The Widdershins

Lazy (and sick) weekend

Posted on: October 1, 2016

Fredster is sick and trying his best to avoid going to the doctor.

 

sick-dog

He feels more than confident in your abilities to amuse yourselves.

 

Have fun!

 

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57 Responses to "Lazy (and sick) weekend"

Rest, poor baby. Be well soon. xoxo

Feel better, Fredster!!

Rest, fluids, and YouTubes of comedians shooting Trump full of arrows in his fat posterior.

@3, I want to watch youtube with Luna.

Feel better Fredster.

Poor Fredster.
Get well soon, kiddo.

Oh no Fredster. I hope you can get as comfy as the pooch in the picture. What’s it gonna take to get some doctors doing house calls again? Maybe we should start dragging ourselves into their offices wearing our p.j.s, bedroom shoes, hair sticking out in all directions, moaning and groaning…

Cuckoos of a feather, do something that starts with an “eff” together.

A major financial trade group has apologized for a speech Rudy Giuliani gave in which the former New York City mayor and Donald Trump adviser made pointed comments about Mexican immigrants.

Giuliani veered off a speech that was supposed to be about leadership to talking about immigration and terrorism, according to a New York Observer report published Friday.

The association’s CEO wrote in an email sent to attendees that Giuliani “presented unscripted personal opinions which were independent of CFA’s political position or core values.”

Attendees of the event told the Observer that Giuliani made comments about “Mexicans in the kitchen at the Waldorf” and how Mexicans are coming to the U.S. to work illegally in kitchens.

The apology came a day before Giuliani was nixed as the keynote speaker for this year’s International Council of Shopping Centers’ New York National Deal Making Conference.

The Observer is part of the news media company owned by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has also acted as an adviser to the Republican nominee.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/rudy-giuliani-speech-immigration-228999#ixzz4LtDzdchG

Trump Tax Records Obtained by The Times Reveal He Could Have Avoided Paying Taxes for Nearly Two Decades

Guess who will be up tweeting all night.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-taxes.html?emc=edit_na_20161001&nlid=66589891&ref=cta&_r=0

@9 Wow! An 18 year loophole. How was that ever allowed to be legal? And Trump will shrug it off and say he’s smart.

@11, it is legal. There’s a carry back of 3 years and a carry forward of 15 years. The carry forward mirrors the depreciation of real estate assets. What is really outrageous is the write down of the trade debt during the bankruptcies.

I so hope this backfires on Trump. The tax law in effect rewards bankruptcies. He’s been living high off those thousands of employees and small businesses who lost their livelihoods.

@12: If the tax loophole is legal as you say it is, I say Hillary should attack Trump on his bankruptcies. Trump’s “brilliant” financial empire turned out to be a total failure. In spite of having started in business with millions of dollars from his father, Trump was not a success. The truth is he’s a pathetic little LOSER as a businessman and he had to use fancy lawyers to find tax loopholes to save his thin man-baby skin from rotting in the poorhouse. Sad!

Me@14: I probably should have written that Trump used fancy accountants to find tax loopholes rather than fancy lawyers although I’m sure he has both.

@14 & 15, this is the sad part — it doesn’t take fancy lawyers and accountants. Just regular everyday lawyers and accountants know this stuff. It is how the tax code is slanted toward the rich and the one-percenters.

Undoubtedly he was failure. In fact, from an economics standpoint, this is counter to stimulation and fostering a sound economy. These types of loopholes encourage losing big and not rehabilitating losses. That does nothing to promote the greater good.

There is a permanence to real estate. That’s why this sounds so overwhelmingly wrong — allowing virtually a generation of wealth accumulation tax free. In practice and theory these provisions are supposed to promote investment instead of, like Trump has done, use it as a sword instead of a shield.

@16: Thank you for explaining that, Prolix. What I meant by “fancy” lawyers and accountants is that they work for the rich rather than the rest of us. Trump probably stiffs them anyway.

@18, here’s something that is just so rich and delicious. Manhattan Mango hired a law firm to represent him for some debtors because he didn’t want to pay. They did their work representing him.

Then, wait for it, wait for it, he didn’t pay the law firm he had representing him to not pay other people.

Here’s the part from a USA Today story:

One law firm that fought contractors over payments and other issues for Trump — New York City’s Morrison Cohen LLP — ended up on the other side of a similar battle with the mogul in 2008. Trump didn’t like that its lawyers were using his name in press releases touting its representation of Trump in a lawsuit against a construction contractor that Trump claimed overcharged him for work on a luxury golf club.

As Trump now turned his ire on his former lawyers, however, Morrison Cohen counter-sued. In court records, the law firm alleged Trump didn’t pay nearly a half million dollars in legal fees. Trump and his ex-lawyers settled their disputes out of court, confidentially, in 2009.

In 2012, Virginia-based law firm Cook, Heyward, Lee, Hopper & Feehan filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization for $94,511 for legal fees and costs. The case was eventually settled out of court. But as the case unfolded, court records detail how Trump’s senior deputies attacked the attorneys’ quality of work in the local and trade press, leading the firm to make claims of defamation that a judge ultimately rejected on free speech grounds.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/

@19, that’s hilarious! I hope Hillary’s campaign has a spot out already about it.

@19: leading the firm to make claims of defamation that a judge ultimately rejected on free speech grounds.

So maybe the lawyers should have taken out some ads point out that Donald J Trump is a cheap b@stard who doesn't pay his bills. Free speech and all that

@19 I wouldn’t expect anything less from Trump. It’s unbelievable how his 16 primary opponents just let all this slide while they stood there too stunned to speak.

Whoa Trump was extra crazy at his PA rally. I don’t even know where to start so I’m just gonna post the link.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/10/02/as-news-of-trumps-taxes-broke-he-goes-off-script-at-a-rally-in-pennsylvania/

Fredster, sending you hugs and get well wishes! Am sorry you are sick, hope you can enjoy the weekend football.

@22, I wondered the same thing at the time. Am astounded he became the nominee. Maybe its for the best and we’ll get to see the rethug skullduggery laid out for all to see and understand. I am so disgusted with anyone who votes for rethugs.

@19, Wow! His evilness is a bottomless pit.

@21 – Fredster! Are you feeling any better?

This Trump story is awesome. He is melting down publicly, like the Wicked Witch of the East after Dorothy threw water on her. It is just as satisfying, too.

I will check with our personality guru (Prolix) on this theory: To me, it seems like every other time in his life when Der Trumperer has lost, he has been able to lie, cheat and steal in order to avoid admitting it (or at least, settle out of court). Now he is in the public eye, and people are confronting him with his losing status, and he can’t escape the realization that he has not, in fact, won! I just don’t think his psyche is capable of accepting this.

I thought the SNL skit was very funny, although I think the “Hillary as robot” BS should just die already. Alec Baldwin was perfection.

The rest of the show, which I mistakenly watched on Saturday, was beyond abysmal. I don’t think there was a single group of people they didn’t offend. White women and men, Latinos, African-Americans, people with weight issues (most people these days!), Jewish people, etc. etc. etc. etc. The musical guest was The Weeknd, who performed two awful songs under a giant cross. The song about a woman, of course, cast her as evil, and the cross turned red.

I don’t know how SNL performers can live with themselves. The writers should all be fired and replaced with people who are actually funny. And who owns NBC anyway – some right-wing conservative Christian? Haven’t we heard enough from them at this point?!

@23, Just read the wapo article. Good, he is imploding. He sounds more psycho every day. I glanced at the top few comments and people there are calling him: Hair Trump!

Fredster hope you’re feeling better. Thanks for putting the VP and 2nd debate info on the sidebar.

MB, that’s what I heard about snl also. I stopped watching it years ago.

Fredster, love the cute doggie!

@26: I didn’t watch SNL last night so I can’t comment on the show. Haven’t watched it for years. I posted the debate parody just because it is getting a lot of publicity and I thought others might want to see it. It was pretty funny. Alec Baldwin was good as Trump but I confess I can never look at him without thinking about the horribly abusive things he said to his daughter when she was a child. I don’t like him.

If Trump is imploding, do any of you think there is a chance he might drop out before the election? Maybe for “medical reasons”? If he does, would Pence be the automatic nominee? I absolutely loathe Pence ( he’s my governor ) . His politics are totally repulsive but he might manage to come across as “normal” compared to Trump.

My computer is acting really funky. You know, duct tape can only do so much. I’m also fighting a fever.

Carry on, Widdershins.

Beata – I am absolutely wondering the same thing. I don’t think the mango-colored monkey really understood what it would mean to run for President and be publicly accountable for all of his evil words and deeds. He doesn’t like it, and I don’t think he has the stamina for it. (Mwahahahaha.)

If Pence is the nominee, he would probably seem “normal” next to Trump, but certainly couldn’t mobilize the same fan base, being a “Washington Insider111!!!.” And I am sure HRC would jump on his 13th-century views of women right away. I doubt he’d be any more popular than Drumpf with them.

Hey everyone! Thanks for your well-wishes. 🙂

I’m feeling better and as I said trying to avoid going to the doc.

My ACA plan this year required that I pick a BCBS “select” physician as my primary doc to get the lowest co-pay. i went to him one time and really wasn’t impressed. I’m allowed to change the select doctor up to 3 times during the year but haven’t found another in the local area that I feel comfortable with. And Gawd only knows what BCBS-AL will come up with for the next year. The other 2 companies in the marketplace are leaving so BCBS will be the only option available.

The other fun thing with BCBS-AL is that they have requested a 40% increase in premiums on their ACA plans for next year. This being a red state, their request is merely a formality because the state insurance commission has no authority to deny or reduce it. Which makes me wonder: why the hell does this commission even exist?

#30, Beata, I’m going to watch your link as soon as I get hold of Lakers mac. I’m using our pc and the cheap speakers died. I’m not an snl fan like I was in the 70s & 80s, but once in a while they do something funny.

#31, I’ve been wondering the same thing for weeks.

@23: From that WaPo article it sounds like Trump is falling apart. I had read elsewhere (besides this link) that Clinton was consulting “psychology experts” to see where Trump was most vulnerable. It sounds like she got some good tips from the “experts”.

The plan is to get Trump to lash out and look not-so-presidential – like he did several times during the Republican primary debates – and the belief is that he’s most insecure about his intelligence, his wealth and his brand as a successful businessman.

She’s studying up, not just on policy, but on Trump himself, as her team is conducting ‘a forensic-style analysis’ of his previous debate performances.

Whoever she worked with, whatever they told her to do, it seems to be working. And I don’t think he’s going to handle this next debate very well with the town hall format. He’s not going to be able to pick the audience nor get a bunch of softball questions like he did in that town hall with #drunkmika and #socklessdeadintern.

@26, people who have these personality characteristics don’t suffer shame. Shame is a wonderful leveler of human activity — it is sorta like the curb on the street, shame keeps you between the lines of acceptable human behavior. The Trumpanzee, and those like him, have no shame.

MB, you are absolutely right, he can’t accept defeat and so there is no defeat in his world. For instance, this tax story of losing $916 Million primarily out of casinos — how do you lose money in casinos when there is a built in profit with the gambling laws? How does someone do that? But losing a billion dollars isn’t a failure, it shows what a “business wizard” he is in the lala Trumpworld.

It is an alternative reality in real life and we are seeing it in this campaign. This is kinda difficult to explain, but people with these characteristics live a life just like their speech patterns. His constant patter of a word salad smorgasbord of thought is a way of defense. Where do you jump in and say, “That f’ing crazy you orange baboon! Stop already!”

That’s the way he lives his life — dodging, bobbing, and weaving because he is a fox who can’t allow himself to be treed. Banks know this behavior.

Here’s my bet — any bank designing loan documents for transactions of this magnitude have within them “triggering events of default.” For someone with the Cheetos’ background, the triggering events are so onerous and strict, it probably would include someone from the bank physically in his office monitoring the loan. I’ve seen this on a weekly or biweekly basis.

Trump would never operate like this — not because it is onerous, but because it would get out that he was on the ropes. Rather than suffer the gossip, he has gone to Russia for financing. Remember the story about his father buying $3 million in chips as a loan. It is the same, he has some Russian oligarchs who have prospectively bought up a bunch of apartments to float him or have come in as limited partners in some of his ventures.

The business is so convoluted with interconnections that it is probably totally impossible to separate out or track money once it gets into the sausage maker of the Trump-o-matic.

The guy is as crooked as a bucket of screws.

@26, MB I wrote a long answer and WordPress won’t let me post it. It has nothing in it — no links, no curse words — it just won’t post.

Fredster? Any ideas why?

@37, Prolix, the same thing happened to me twice about an hour ago. Also happened earlier in the day over at Dak’s blog. I figured it was my computer acting up but maybe it’s something else?

@38, WP gremlins.

@34 that sucks. Insurance companies are leeches. We need to get rid of 3rd parties in healthcare.

Prolix, you have a few recent comments that are in the trash folder. Do you want me to take them out of there?

I clicked on “restore” on your comments and they went to pending. I just released them from there.

Beata I didn’t see your comment n either trash or pending. Hmmm.

@44: What gets me Luna is the ins. companies say “well these people are a lot sicker than we thought they would be and we didn’t get a lot of young, health people to enroll”. Translation: “These old farts have signed up for the plans and are using them.”. Well, not me! I’ve had the one doctor’s visit and then refilled my maintenance meds and that’s about it.

@48, Fredster — they’re insurance co’s. They’re not in it out of the goodness of their hearts. They always lie.

That’s my impression as a clinician. I long ago gave up any expectation that anything connected with health insurance would make sense.

Must add: Healthcare. One more reason why Hillary must win.

@49: They’re not in it out of the goodness of their hearts. They always lie.

That’s so very true. They are definitely not your friends!

@50: Agreed! They need to do some tweaks and fixes to the A.C.A. Of course we’ll need a Democratic House.

@45 I don’t think it’s necessarily because they’re sicker either. If someone sees a doctor for the first time in years they are going to recommend standard testing. If you’re 55 and never had a colonoscopy, the doctor will want to schedule one. Or if your mother had breast cancer and you haven’t had a mammography, you need one. Those tests may turn out to be perfectly fine. It should be expected that this kind of “catch up” testing was/is going to effect ACA for a few years.

@50: And actually GAgal, a number of those tests and procedures, like the colonoscopy are covered under A.C.A. with no charge to the patient if you use in-network providers. But you know how that works too: if the colonoscopy is done and they find no polyps, then no charge to the patient. If the doc finds and removes a polyp then the nature of the test changes and the ins. company wants to run it under a different category and the usual deductibles and co-pays come into play.

Obviously I don’t know about how mammograms are treated.

Harry Reid’s statement on the NYT article. (I’ll post the link but this is the entire statement)

“As I was saying.

“Trump is a billion-dollar loser who won’t release his taxes because they’ll expose him as a spoiled, rich brat who lost the millions he inherited from his father. Despite losing a billion dollars, Trump wants to reward himself with more tax breaks on inherited wealth while stiffing middle-class families who earn their paychecks with hard work.

“Trump is over-leveraged and deeply indebted to someone, but until he releases his taxes we won’t know who. The implications for America’s security are severe. The American people deserve to know who has leverage over this man who wants to be president. In the name of the public interest, the Senate should immediately pass the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, which would force all presidential candidates to release their tax returns. If all senators agreed to pass this act for the good of the country, we could pass it in a matter of minutes.

“Let’s step back and take stock: Senate Republicans have put party so far ahead of country, they’ve endorsed a racist, incompetent failure who managed to lose a billion dollars in a boom year. Now they are helping Trump hide his tax returns and preventing the American people from knowing what individuals, businesses or foreign interests could have leverage over Trump.”

http://www.reid.senate.gov/press_releases/2016-10-02-reid-statement-on-trump-tax-report#.V_HcNeTrtjo

@52, statements like that make me miss old pugilistic Harry before he’s gone. I don’t see Schumer being quite as plain spoken.

@52 – Go Harry! As he is leaving, he has nothing to lose by speaking his mind. We’ll see what happens with Chuck. He is a very interesting guy. He can be quite cutting when he wants to be.

Prolix – I see Trump as a frenzied hummingbird trying to escape its cage, beating its head against the bars repeatedly in a rage of self-destruction. His meltdown seems just that mindless.

“Go to the light, Kellyanne.”

@52: I will miss Harry Reid as well. Always a fighter.

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