There are some interactive thingies that predict whether you will personally benefit from the abominable tax bill the Republicans are expected to pass today. Here’s a link to WaPo’s version. Looks like we’ll get a moderate cut that will be more than consumed by the spike in health insurance premiums experts are predicting next year.
Everyone but the wealthy will ultimately get screwed under the Republican tax bill. I dread the fallout from it, including the inevitable assault on the social compact.
But in the short term, I’m dreading the vapid horse race coverage from the Beltway that will inevitably frame this as a “win” for Trump, without mentioning the loss for, say, kids who need chemo. I’m also dreading the doom-crying from a subset of fellow liberals, who are convinced that political gravity only applies to Democrats. I’m going to try to ignore all that bullshit.
Did you hear about the giant Tic-Tac that (possibly) came from outer space? Probably not. Each day’s fresh hell has all but knocked an otherwise remarkable story off the front pages. Via CNN:
A former Pentagon official who led a recently revealed government program to research potential UFOs said Monday evening that he believes there is evidence of alien life reaching Earth.
“My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” Luis Elizondo said in an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront…”
A pair of news reports in The New York Times and Politico over the weekend said the effort, the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, was begun largely at the behest of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who helped shore up funding for it after speaking to a friend and political donor who owns an aerospace company and has said he believes in the existence of aliens.
The Times’ report on the government UFO study included a pair of videos of pilots remarking on something mysterious they were seeing. One of the pilots, retired Cmdr. David Fravor, told CNN that he had witnessed an object that looked like a “40-foot-long Tic Tac” maneuvering rapidly and changing its direction during a flight in 2004.
Spreading minty freshness throughout the universe — a noble mission!
In other news, Cardinal Bernard Law shuffled off his mortal coil in the wee hours. To paraphrase Bette Davis on the death Joan Crawford: You should never say anything bad about the dead, only good. Cardinal Bernard Law is dead. Good.
Lastly, I saw “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” last night, and later today, I’ll post an open thread with a hidden thread for TLJ discussions with spoilers.
As for this thread, it is open!