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10/18/2017

Confirmed: Trump Didn’t Send that $25,000 Check Until the Story Broke

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:14 pm

The necessary background for this is in Andrea Ruth’s post from yesterday evening. Trump had phoned the dad of fallen soldier Sgt. Dillon Baldbridge, and the dad said that his ex was getting the Pentagon’s $100k death benefit, while dad was nearly broke. In a seemingly magnanimous gesture, Trump promised to pay the dad $25,000 of his own personal funds. Dad later opened the mail and saw a card of condolence from Trump — but no check. Trump’s spokeshole was asked about this and she said the check was, um, in the mail. Also: HOW DARE THE MEDIA POLITICIZE THIS DAMMIT?!?!?!

So when was it actually sent? You guessed it: yesterday. The same day it hit the news:

President Donald Trump sent a $25,000 personal check to the family of a fallen soldier the same day that The Washington Post reported that he had promised the soldier’s father a personal donation during a June condolence call but never followed through.

A White House official confirms to CNN that the President sent a personal check Wednesday to the family of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge Wednesday. Baldridge, 22, was killed in June by an Afghan police officer.

Had the Washington Post not reported it, he was never going to send that man a dime. Not one thin dime.

This would be shockingly tawdry behavior, if we hadn’t seen it before. Remember when Trump ran like a baby from confronting Megyn Kelly in the debate just before Iowa? He used a fundraiser for vets as his fig leaf, and promised a cool million to veterans’ charities. Trouble was, he never had any intention of actually paying. The checks were sent only after David Farenthold of the #FAKENEWSBEZOSPOST shamed Trump into it.

Donald Trump has the morals of an out-of-control three-year-old. I’d say he should be ashamed, but he lacks the capacity for it. The people who should really be ashamed are the people who defend him when stories like this break. But they obviously lack the capacity for shame too.

If you’re unwilling to condemn this as bad behavior, don’t ever talk to me about the behavior of any other politician from any party ever again. Criticize their policies all you like. But you have forfeited any right to be taken seriously on the issue of character, if you can’t stand up and say: “Wow. What a s**tbag this guy Trump is, with this particular move.”

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

132 Responses to “Confirmed: Trump Didn’t Send that $25,000 Check Until the Story Broke”

  1. Start spinning . . . . NOW

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. I offer Donald Trump a deal: if he stops acting like a jackass, I will stop pointing out that he is acting like a jackass.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  3. like your dr. – you can keep your dr.

    mg (31009b)

  4. no new taxes

    mg (31009b)

  5. what’s the definition of is

    mg (31009b)

  6. and then their was 2 war booosh

    mg (31009b)

  7. start an impeachment campaign with the uni-party

    mg (31009b)

  8. If you’re unwilling to condemn this as bad behavior, don’t ever talk to me about the behavior of any other politician from any party ever again. Criticize their policies all you like. But you have forfeited any right to be taken seriously on the issue of character, if you can’t stand up and say: “Wow. What a s**tbag this guy Trump is, with this particular move.”

    Yes, Donald Trump is an assh0le. We’ve known that for how long? It is possible that his flunkies effed up, but more likely Trump forgot it the moment he was off the phone.

    There. I condemn it.

    Now, speaking of other politicians bad behavior, how about those Ruskies paying millions to the Clintons to undermine our national security?

    Kevin M (752a26)

  9. Probably the most annoying thing about Donald Trump (and yes, it’s well-contested) is his penchant for focusing the nation’s attention on petty squabbles. Gone are the days of arguments about foreign policy or economic theories, what’s REALLY important is who said what to whom, when about truly stupid thing.

    It’s depressing. I feel like I’ve been locked into some daytime court show. How much longer before we get down to the level of “That bitch stole my man” and similar discussions. Maybe Trump will dump Melania for a younger model.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  10. * about some really stupid thing

    Kevin M (752a26)

  11. Off topic: did you know that the new moon in Korea was 4:12AM Friday. Just saying.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  12. gotta love our pitiful welfare case military

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  13. tranny troops and girls in a fox hole- gotta love it if your the owner of Hustler.

    mg (31009b)

  14. So…he did send the people a $25,000 check, or not? Either way, I condemn him. And frankly, I still don’t know if he sent the promised check, if it cleared and if the folks thanked him for it. Besides, it looks like vote buying to me. Again, I condemn him.

    For realizing the left and their willing accomplices in the press used this incident to ignore the bad news for Hillary? on the *Russian* front I renounce myself. And condemn Trump.

    I also praise Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) along with all Democrats, socialists and communists currently entrenched in our government for fighting the good fight against the unfit president and his deplorables and renounce all capitalists as racists. Frederica has shown herself to be an up-and-comer in the apparatchik in the mold of comrade Maxine and we wish her more success in shining the Light of Truth on these urgent government failures of Trumps. And I condemn Trump.

    How’s that?

    Rev.Hoagie® (6bbda7)

  15. why has notable philanthropist harvardtrash Ted Cruz not condemned President Trump for this

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  16. Now, speaking of other politicians bad behavior, how about those Ruskies paying millions to the Clintons to undermine our national security?

    Gosh, if only Patterico had done a post on this subject.

    Oh, wait.

    Chuck Bartowski (211c17)

  17. he did two posts so far on that widow chick what felt all disrespected in her limo

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  18. #11, damn, 4 days off…http://youtu.be/m3a4OTh2Y8w

    Catch it before it gets pulled for imagery that evokes one of the summers main events.

    urbanleftbehind (6a13e5)

  19. This soldier gets killed. And his putative father’s complaint is that he’s not making any money out of it. Would he have gotten anything if the kid had not been killed? Is there maybe some reason why the kid wanted his mother to have the death benefit and not this “Gold Star” daddy? A reason possibly hinted at by daddy’s disappointment that he got a condolence letter and not a check?

    I suppose Trump’s wives and kids can condemn Trump. For throwing the family’s money away. For making a rash promise he should not have made, and compounding his foolishness by fulfilling it, even if tardily, for the sake of appearances.

    nk (dbc370)

  20. 8… yes, there’s that.

    Quite a methodical approach to conveying what many of us – even those who voted for him – have known since the late 80s. Namely, that Donald Trump is an asshole on occasions. But forest… trees… and all that.

    If I was sitting in the jury and had to sit through this day after day after day after day after day after day… I’d be going the nullification route.

    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91)

  21. #15, he is too busy playing alt-history debating with Bernie Sanders every Wednesday night.

    urbanleftbehind (6a13e5)

  22. This soldier gets killed. And his putative father’s complaint is that he’s not making any money out of it.

    I was thinking that too Mr. nk. Who does that? And it made me wonder if maybe someone on team trump did some due diligence and discovered some good reasons not to slide this guy 25 large.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  23. loving the duran duran i went a little nuts adding them to my cloud and now i have to pare it back to a playlist cause i have way too much

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  24. the next post, Chuck, will be a repeat of the commie mayor down in cost plusorica campaigning for free stuff.

    mg (31009b)

  25. cost plusorica lol

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  26. he did two posts so far on that widow chick what felt all disrespected in her limo

    Right, one about what the Congresswoman said, and one about Trump’s denial.

    How many posts should he have done about Hillary and Russia?

    Chuck Bartowski (211c17)

  27. i’m just saying that’s 100% more posts

    happyfeet (28a91b)


  28. How many posts should he have done about Hillary and Russia?

    Seven. Asked, answered. Next.

    Rev.Hoagie® (6bbda7)

  29. the uranium story’s huge (really big and important) cause of how it reveals the deep-seated endemic corruption at harvardtrash Rod Rosenstein’s DOJ and Andrew McCabe’s sleazy FBI

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  30. This is not like the million he promised the veterans. That one he milked dry for every last drop of publicity value. There’s no evidence that he did that here. Gold Star Kronos* made it public.

    *So you don’t have to Google it, Kronos is a guy in Greek mythology who ate his kids.

    nk (dbc370)

  31. What’s on the crimalein menu today, nk?

    mg (31009b)

  32. ?

    nk (dbc370)

  33. I’ll rethink that gyros plate i was planning to pick up for lunch, nk.

    urbanleftbehind (6a13e5)

  34. crimaleins eat free in EBT America no cannabalistic tendencies needed.

    mg (31009b)

  35. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the federal government must grant a pregnant 17-year-old illegal immigrant access to publicly funded abortion services in Texas.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  36. Yes I saw the Percy Jackson film,

    Someone dropped the ball at the va or the , it would be interesting to know who.

    ‘ But none dare call it treason if treason doth prosper’ from the link abovd.

    narciso (d1f714)

  37. There’s a reason why what we call gyros in America is illegal in Greece, ulb. What they call gyros is what is called shawarma here, in which the meat is sliced and stacked and more or less identifiable.

    nk (dbc370)

  38. Murder in America is legal if your a federal judge.

    mg (31009b)

  39. Someone dropped the ball at the va

    No, the kid named his mother as the beneficiary as he had the right to. It’s like life insurance.

    nk (dbc370)

  40. I wonder if team rino has thought about giving free life insurance to the crimaleins?

    mg (31009b)

  41. No tbe four alarm fire in the post,

    There was no forensic proof on kronos part, so i think he was framed like richard 111

    narciso (d1f714)

  42. Build the Fu##ing Wall G#d D#mmit.
    A friend was just in a accident because of a drunk crimalein.
    These drunk crimaleins should hang before being deported.

    mg (31009b)

  43. Now, speaking of other politicians bad behavior, how about those Ruskies paying millions to the Clintons to undermine our national security?

    Whatabout this thing Patterico already wrote about

    Patterico (115b1f)

  44. Mg, a true white natty might feel different, so long as there was a copay and the girl was ushered back across promptly.

    urbanleftbehind (6a13e5)

  45. Probably the most annoying thing about Donald Trump (and yes, it’s well-contested) is his penchant for focusing the nation’s attention on petty squabbles. Gone are the days of arguments about foreign policy or economic theories, what’s REALLY important is who said what to whom, when about truly stupid thing.

    It’s depressing. I feel like I’ve been locked into some daytime court show. How much longer before we get down to the level of “That bitch stole my man” and similar discussions. Maybe Trump will dump Melania for a younger model.

    It is a shame. But again, look to the people if you want to know who to blame. This is what they care about, so it’s what the news focuses on.

    Take this blog. Today’s post will be about Xi Jinping, just because I want to write a post about him and it’s timely.

    Few will read it and almost nobody will comment on it.

    Just watch.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  46. Is a white natty a donkey?

    mg (31009b)

  47. ‘Plastic turkey, mission accomplished, the Sheehan mess, the Plame travismockasham, tell me when the press has focused on issues of substance.

    narciso (d1f714)

  48. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the federal government must grant a pregnant 17-year-old illegal immigrant access to publicly funded abortion services in Texas.

    What is she, stupid? She want to kill her anchor baby? Didn’t anybody tell her that the government will give her cash assistance, food stamps, and free medical care, and possibly put her on salary at union rates as the kid’s caregiver, if she keeps her American citizen baby?

    Tone down the outrage. The girl is in detention. A prisoner. The judge ruled that the government has to give her access to necessary medical care, even if it is an abortion. Abortion is legal, or haven’t you heard?

    nk (dbc370)

  49. What’s this? Trump called the father of a dead American soilder and neglected to mention that service in the armed forces might possibly result in the loss of life or limb, and they know that when they vow to defend the Constitution?

    What an outrage! Quick, someone find a two-faced, loud-mouth, lying, fat-ass, ungrateful female, free-loading Trump hater in a pink cowboy hat to easedrop on the President’s next condolence call.

    She’ll give NeverTrumpers an excuse to sow discord among their ideological allies. You can always count on members of the Stupid Party to squander the political opportunity of a lifetime, all the while congratulating themselves and each other on their greater wisdom, exemplary morals, and deep political insight as they stab Uncle Sam in the back. Maybe George Soros will send out a few checks.

    ropelight (bbe920)

  50. my sister brought some white henny back from the islands it’s a sassy lil brandy but it’s not actually white that’s a misnomer

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  51. White nationalist, and that term gives many here agita as it is a wrong summation outside of a couple old guests, one who had a foreskin fetish and another who uses the same three letter root for his new names. See nk’s response at #49 as it cuts to the chase.

    urbanleftbehind (6a13e5)

  52. If the Xi Jinping post is as good as the Sergio Magnitsky post – Game On.

    mg (31009b)

  53. the chineser sleazers need to clean up after their dirty little noko dog

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  54. i’m just saying that’s 100% more posts

    Are you saying that Patterico shouldn’t have posted about Trump’s denial?

    Chuck Bartowski (bc1c71)

  55. So here’s the twist

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/19/florida-democrat-wilson-no-friend-veterans-vote-
    record-shows.html

    Xis rise is interesting because he is a low profile mandarin, those of the pla ruling clique don’t speak with one voice neither do the siloviki.

    narciso (d1f714)

  56. Are you saying that Patterico shouldn’t have posted about Trump’s denial?

    no i’m saying he did more posts on subject a than on subject b (so far)

    i figured this out by counting up all the posts what he did on the widow chick and then i counted up all the posts he did on the russia uranium fbi corruption story

    i used this data to construct a ratio which i previously expressed in percentage terms but which i will express here as 2:1

    now how we interpret this data is a whole different discsussion

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  57. a whole different *discussion* i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  58. And the notion that they had possession of 20 million confidential got files doesn’t reassure

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/17/world-wary-of-chinese-president-jinpings-consolidation-of-power

    narciso (d1f714)

  59. Seven. Asked, answered. Next.

    Since you think that subject is worth seven posts, why don’t you start your own blog and write all seven posts? Or maybe write a few of them for our host.

    I don’t understand people sometimes. Patterico writes about Hillary and Russia, and that post drew 139 comments. He writes about Trump breaking a personal promise (contrasted with a political promise), and people are up in arms that he didn’t write enough about Hillary and Russia.

    A certain segment of commenters here seem to get angry whenever Patterico criticizes Trump. But these same commenters would be calling for Obama’s head had he done something similar. Patterico has shown no bias: he criticizes people from both parties, and gives credit where and when it is due. But no criticism of Trump — no matter how well-deserved — will ever be tolerated by some.

    Chuck Bartowski (bc1c71)

  60. no i’m saying he did more posts on subject a than on subject b (so far)

    That’s meaningless. It’s patently obvious that he did two posts about Subject A. And the second one of those posts was a rebuttal to the first. It’s also patently obvious that he did one post about Subject B, and there was no rebuttal to that post.

    The original complaint was that Patterico was ignoring Subject B, when he had already covered that subject. Why do you suppose someone would complain about that?

    Chuck Bartowski (bc1c71)

  61. “German security officials have accused the Iranian regime of pursuing its goal to build missiles armed with nuclear warheads, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported.

    “Despite the nuclear agreement [reached with world powers in July 2015], Iran has not given up its illegal activities in Germany. The mullah regime also made efforts this year to obtain material from [German] firms for its nuclear program and the construction of missiles, said security sources,” Der Tagesspiegel wrote on Friday.”

    Now here’s a story where a sentence in all caps is warranted. If you don’t write one, you have forfeited any right to be taken seriously on a sense of proportion.

    harkin (8789d3)

  62. I wanna Xi Jinping post! Wanna, wanna, wanna!

    nk (dbc370)

  63. Like with Christine o’dinnell, so how did the bearded Marxist work out, oh at last count he was trying to male Mueller unaccountable. So I don’t get it, Dana ward aka Ben burn has been as much a pest as rauhauser, but he doesn’t get nearly the derision I think he deserves.

    narciso (d1f714)

  64. there’s a lot more facts I think about the uranium story than the widow chick story Mr. Bartowski

    we don’t have any real idea of what was said in the phone call in the limo and we don’t know whether what was said made the widow cry so hard she lost a contact on the floor of the limo and everyone had to do that thing with their phones to where the flash turns into a (battery-draining) flashlight

    we just don’t know

    but we know a lot more about the russian uranium fbi corruption story and it raises many, many troubling questions (i repeated the word many to emphasize that there are vast implications to the russian uranium fbi corruption story, many of which have yet to be explored here and indeed elsewhere as well)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  65. I think things like this often happen to Presidents — where people the President calls ask for special help of consideration. It’s probably another reason, among many, why Presidents don’t make more calls. They are unscripted and can have unpredictable results.

    Former Presidents in this situation would have expressed sympathy for the father’s economic problems and promised to have a staffer contact him regarding assistance he might qualify for. Maybe there are state and local resources, or even military assistance groups for extended family members.

    But Trump didn’t do that and promised to send this father $25,000 of his own funds. It was both a magnanimous and a stupid gesture. The last thing someone who has trouble managing money needs is a big influx of cash, instead of help planning for their future needs. But, to his credit, Trump did feel a desire to help and he did follow through when pressed.

    The lesson is: Trump needs to be pressured to keep his promises, so we need to pressure him instead of defend whatever he does. Trump has no personal incentive to keep promises if he’s not pressured.

    DRJ (15874d)

  66. Yet no one would really seem to sanction china, because they let their bull dog north Korea, on the loose or something, its worth noting the longest agent inside American Intelligence was we Tao chin, for a long time. Longer than Hanson or ames, only kendall Myers was longer

    narciso (d1f714)

  67. sounds like the krauts must be trying to get ahead of something

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  68. harkin,

    Maybe you should get a blog where you can write about what you think is important. You can even write in ALL CAPS.

    DRJ (15874d)

  69. Post Count:
    Donald Trump is an insufferable A-hole: ***217***

    Crimes of teh Obama administration and teh Clinton Crime Family: ***17***

    Colonel Haiku (6c3d91)

  70. You must agree with me, comrade.

    Burnee Sanders (31009b)

  71. Its kind of a addition, certain German war veterans ahem like alois runner who was working for the bond was arranging a rocket program for nasser to target Israel. A generation later s me.ver ofvthat operation eyerle was supplying saddam, then there was the Rabta plan for kaddafi, and another project otrag by some of Von brains associates

    narciso (d1f714)

  72. Few will read it and almost nobody will comment on it.

    Just watch.

    Cryptic comment vacuum? RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  73. Will Trump admit to being 2nd Fiddle?

    On his numerous foreign tours, Mr Xi presents himself as an apostle of peace and friendship, a voice of reason in a confused and troubled world. Mr Trump’s failings have made this much easier. At Davos in January Mr Xi promised the global elite that he would be a champion of globalisation, free trade and the Paris accord on climate change. Members of his audience were delighted and relieved. At least, they thought, one great power was willing to stand up for what was right, even if Mr Trump (then president-elect) would no
    https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21730144-do-not-expect-mr-xi-change-china-or-world-better-xi-jinping-has-more-clout

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  74. please don’t release the kraken

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  75. Crimes of teh Obama administration and teh Clinton Crime Family: ***17***

    They’re history, dude..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  76. @ 66 The lesson is: Trump needs to be pressured to keep his promises, so we need to pressure him instead of defend whatever he does. Trump has no personal incentive to keep promises if he’s not pressured.

    LOL. Ain’t that the truth! Most folks have this little thing – an internal regulator of sorts (call it conscience, call it guilt, call it integrity, call it character). Either mother nature or Trump’s dad shorted him in this regard. Big League.

    Q! (267694)

  77. As far as I’m concerned DRJ about nails it @66. It’s really a “who cares” kind of story except that Frederica did get the press off the Clinton crime family Russian collusion-pay-to-play SOP for the day. That’s good for the comrades.

    But DRJ really did it when he wrote: ” The last thing someone who has trouble managing money needs is a big influx of cash, instead of help planning for their future needs.” Damn straight. Nobody, not even comrade Frederica could have been pissed if Trump had offered to send the family and accountant to help with finances instead of $25k that the idiots will just squander (along with the other $100k from the VA) on drugs, booze, lottery tickets and ho’s. Oh, and a new Navigator.

    Rev.Hoagie® (6bbda7)

  78. Trump needs to be pressured to keep his promises

    maybe we should practice our pressuring tactics on an obamacare-luvin’ torture-turd liar like John McCain first

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  79. No that was weinstein, or perhaps he was the mighty minotaur.

    If you diAL past the ambient noise, the folks we saved on three different occasions from themselves are rather too faced. The Iraqi nuclear program got a big boat from French firms like cogema. Tammuz 1y was dubbed o’chiraq, because of a certain corrupt enarques support.

    narciso (d1f714)

  80. Q!, The point is Trump did keep the promise even if he had to be pressured to do so. How much did you offer? So Trump=bad for being pressured into giving the $25k he promised but everybody else is just wonderful for giving n-o-t-h-i-n-g. How much did Harvey give? How about Carlos Danger or Hillary? or Bloomberg or Soros? Nada. I condemn Trump!

    Rev.Hoagie® (6bbda7)

  81. He stiffs people all the time. Probably tips like Scrooge McDuck.

    During campaign he promised a check to Veterans. Had to hold his stanky feet to the fire again.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  82. Has anyone who has ever worked with a wealthy person commented on this? The wealthy do not write checks – they have staff. So, what you should consider is this : what is/was the billing cycle for Trump’s staff. The fact that his staff had not immediately sent out the check that President Trump promised is not a reliable sign that he was not going to send the money.

    Michael Keohane (947544)

  83. Trump promised is not a reliable sign that he was not going to send the money.

    Is that a double negative?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  84. 80, Rezko-O or vice versa?

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  85. 78, at very least, the dad should be in show about Charles Murray.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  86. 40. nk (dbc370) — 10/19/2017 @ 6:36 am

    No, the kid named his mother as the beneficiary as he had the right to. It’s like life insurance.

    How did the father get in on the conference call?

    Dillon Baldridge’s biography isn’t clear. When did they get divorced? Who had custody or spent more time with him?

    Anyway the fact that his father (now married to a different woman than Dillon’s mother) was being called created the impression, or the father created the impression, at least with Donald Trump, that he should have been the rightful beneficiary, and/or that omitting him was an oversight on the part of his son. Because surely he loved both parents.

    But probably one reason he was broke because his son was probably not supporting him.

    Sammy Finkelman (3915d0)

  87. #60, CB, it isn’t simple ‘criticism’ of Trump. That’s not it at all.

    It’s the unrelenting, every day, NeverTrump, cheap-shot campaign of insults directed at Trump and his ‘deplorable’ supporters.

    And, to what end? No minds are changed, the only result is a mutual loss of respect, and the nagging question of why continue to subject oneself to it. (Maybe it’s habit, I’ve been here longer than most.)

    Recall the textbook definition of insanely – repeating the same action – expecting a different result. That’s where we are and our host alone can reset the tone that attracted us here in the first place. Yet, he declines to do so.

    The ancient Greeks, always observent, noticed a pattern of rigidity in how the Gods foreshadowed the impending arrival of consequence.

    ropelight (bbe920)

  88. @81 Q!, The point is Trump did keep the promise even if he had to be pressured to do so.

    ROFL! Nope. That’s not the point at all “Rev”.

    Q! (267694)

  89. Money!
    It’s a thing!
    Don’t give me this “Your son died a hero”
    Patriotic goody do-good bullsh!t!

    nk (dbc370)

  90. The Washington Post story reported the same thing happened with Obama:

    Paragraph 7 of about 38:

    It took 18 months for President Barack Obama to fulfill a similar promise made to the family of Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015 while she was held captive by the Islamic State in Syria. Obama’s undisclosed sum, for a charity set up in Mueller’s name, arrived only after a report by ABC News called attention to what the president later described as an oversight.

    Sammy Finkelman (3915d0)

  91. Bet you think one would wait, for the full story:
    https://bejohngalt.com/2017/10/haters-gotta-hate-its-what-they-do/

    But you know its just a day ending in y,

    narciso (d1f714)

  92. Has anyone who has ever worked with a wealthy person commented on this? The wealthy do not write checks – they have staff.

    Yep. And bingo. Though the staff are accountable to the boss, and the boss is accountable for his staff. But in what large organization does this not occasionally happen? I’ve had to prompt insurance companies and such quite often. And that is with money OWED to me not a promised gift. It’s not like Clintons and Haiti or some such. Some very wealthy people owe me a good 5 figures of income right now. I’m not happy about it but I understand the situation and deal with it as necessary in the context of the situation.

    CFarleigh (5b282a)

  93. If it had been me, instead of Trump, once the guy started whining about not getting a share of the kid’s death benefit, I would have mouthed a few more words of comfort and hung up shaking my head.

    “Death benefit”. What a horrible phrase if you think about it.

    nk (dbc370)

  94. Check- writing should be seen as ceremonious as signing Executive Orders.

    Pomp and Circumstance right up Trumps alley. He’s losing his mojo but seems to have a tight grip on his cash flow.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  95. This one act alone should make any President a laughing stock. He promises a grieving military family $25,000 and just goes about his business like he never said it. I do not have adequate words for this one. Who does this?

    S.N.A.F.U

    noel (b4d580)

  96. Maybe you should get a blog where you can write about what you think is important. You can even write in ALL CAPS.

    That thing sailing over your head and clearing the center field wall is my point.

    harkin (8789d3)


  97. ROFL! Nope. That’s not the point at all “Rev”.
    Q! (267694) — 10/19/2017 @ 8:09 am

    Yes, it is “q!”. Unless you gave them more than $25k?

    Rev.Hoagie® (6bbda7)

  98. Its a rather cold calculus if the insurance, remember the film. ‘Double indemnity’ bard on a James can novella came from that

    narciso (d1f714)

  99. Patterico: there is nothing to “spin” here.

    The American people elected a petty, narcissistic huckster as President, and he is behaving true to form.

    I did not vote for him, I wish he was not President, but we are stuck with him for now.

    By the same token, I did not vote for the closet Marxist who used his charm and black skin to get into the White House, and I wished he had never been elected. But we were stuck with him for eight years.

    Nor did I vote for the hectoring harridan who wanted to succeed him and impose her vision of a socialistic kleptocracy on the nation.

    I had the luxury of voting for a third party candidate, because I live in a very blue state and so my vote made zero difference. Had someone held a gun my head and forced me to chose, I would have chosen the narcissistic huckster over the hectoring harridan. Because in the long run he will cause less damage.

    During the election, I joked that our choice was like choosing between diarrhea and constipation. They are both very annoying. But the former is just very messy. The latter in the long run is a serious health problem. ‘Nuf said.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  100. , I would have chosen the narcissistic huckster over the hectoring harridan. Because in the long run he will cause less damage.

    Some TRUTHINESS there. A bonfire is better than smoldering because you get to re- build in a shorter time frame.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  101. This was the last time, the good soldiers name came up:

    http://wncn.com/2017/06/23/westboro-baptist-church-to-protest-franklin-county-soldiers-funeral-today

    Till it was necessary to turn him into a political football

    narciso (d1f714)

  102. how much will nevertrump pay westboro for their services?

    i bet it’s more than 25K

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  103. Remember that muddle part of kingsman, I didn’t find out out of bounds:

    narciso (d1f714)

  104. From absolute control to Field Autonomy..the cost of Trumps War.

    http://time.com/4986918/us-military-niger-soldier-deaths-investigaton/

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  105. The soldiers were reportedly only armed with rifles and their vehicles were not armored. The attack lasted 30 minutes until French air support dispersed the militants and helicopters evacuated American forces.

    Reckless disregard…

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  106. yes yes Mr. narciso that was a nice display of what you accomplish with a can-do attitude and a well-developed work ethic

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  107. the US Military isn’t exactly known for its competence Mr. burn

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  108. When Yahya asked one 19-year-old Shabab recruit whether he went to a government school, the young man had no idea what a government school was. In his region, the government did not provide schools, clinics or welfare services.

    CONSERVATIVES RULE!

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-somalia-shabab-bombs-20171016-story,amp.html

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  109. Unrelenting pressure works, ropelight. It worked to make Trump keep his promise to pay $25,000 and it’s working on harkin and apparently it’s having an effect on you, too.

    DRJ (15874d)

  110. Speaking of Russians….I will lay 2-1 odds the informant never tells his story, Mueller and Rosenstein will not recuse, and the MSM will keep their fingers in their ears whilst repeating “I can’t hear you” as they regurgitate Fusion GPS’ talking points.

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355937-fbi-informant-blocked-from-telling-congress-about-russia-nuclear

    Lenny (5ea732)

  111. Our allies are not that reliable in that part of the world:
    http://narcisoscorner.blogspot.com/?view=flipcard

    Kind of like the Mexican special forces that became zetas

    narciso (d1f714)

  112. You should know narco.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  113. That was about the us trained officers in Mali, next door that led a coup

    narciso (d1f714)

  114. Didn’t see all of Kelly’s presser but caught part of it.

    Smart to go after the Congresswoman with the funny hat. I did not see the whole thing. I assume he was also smart enough not to mention the mom who publicly supported the Congresswoman’s version…

    I further assume he either faced no questions about the actual content of the call (like did Trump say he knew what he signed up for) or refused to answer them citing privacy. Ditto questions about how he felt about Trump dragging his son’s death into it.

    All of this would have been my advice to him and he does not seem dumb.

    Patterico (bd09f6)

  115. During the election, I joked that our choice was like choosing between diarrhea and constipation. They are both very annoying. But the former is just very messy. The latter in the long run is a serious health problem. ‘Nuf said.

    Lol, Bored Lawyer. The analogy may be more apt than you realize. Diarrhea can be deadly but many people don’t realize it.

    Patterico (bd09f6)

  116. Bored Lawyer was the one who compared Trump to diarrhea. It was not I, and I disclaim any approval of such a comparison. Denounced and deplored.

    Patterico (bd09f6)

  117. @116. Watched it. His rebuttal to the congresswoman was fair game.

    But frankly, you can cut him some slack on some of it as parts were a little arrogant in spots: “If you’re ‘not in the family’ you don’t know how to make these calls…’ says CoS Kelly at the WH Briefing presser today.

    With all due respect to Kelly, and his own personal loss, military personnel aren’t the only walk of life to suffer sudden loss, as first responders climbing into the WTC know all too well– or concert goers in Las Vegas- and pretty much all of us w/family and friends know the horrible pain and difficulty facing us when we have to ‘make that call’ at a passing. It’s never, never easy– whether you’re in uniform or civilian.

    “We don’t look down you who haven’t served. In fact, we feel bad for you…” says Kelly.

    That’s surely was an insular line. Because, as the President of the United States of America said: you knew what you signed up for.

    It’s never, never easy– whether you’re in uniform or civilian– to have to “make that call.”

    It was a good reminder, after Kelly left the podium, at how lucky we are to have people willing to volunteer– and how wise it is to have civilian control of government.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  118. Patterico (bd09f6) — 10/19/2017 @ 12:50 pm

    (like did Trump say he knew what he signed up for)

    Kelly did say Trump had said something like that but Kelly used other words.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  119. At 7:40 kelly tells about it.

    (the call was Tuesday)

    Kelly noptes the phone call is made to the next of kin ONLY if the next of kin agreees to accept the call. Sometimes they don’t. A pre-call is made.

    “And he said to me ‘what do I say?’

    But let me tell you…what my best freend…. told me:

    ….He was doing exactly what he wanted to do, when he wss killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining the MArin..by by joining that 1% He knew what the possibilities were because we are at war. And when he died….he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends…That’s what the president tried to say to…four families the other day.

    I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning – and broken hearted – at when I saw a member of Congress doing…

    [A president who] and in his way tried to express that opinion ..that he was a brave man, a fallen hero. He knew what he was getting himself into, because he enlisted. There is no reason to enlist, he enlisted. And he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be with exactly with the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken That was the message. That was the message that was message. That was the message that was transmitted.

    Kelly was stunned even that the member of Congress listened in. Kelly went to Arlington cemetery and walked among the stones.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  120. DID THEY AXE HIM ABOUT THE DEF TRETS?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  121. LOL and then denounced in two successive posts. That must be a record of some kind.

    For the record, I was comparing the choice between Trump and Clinton to that other choice. Neither prospect was one I liked.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  122. I had grave reservations when I heard the Maxine of the Caribbean was involved, the context of the conversation was the begalt link, the context was stripped out. quelled surprise. There used to be a decent interval where the narrative wasnt takennat face value.

    narciso (d1f714)

  123. This soldier gets killed. And his putative father’s complaint is that he’s not making any money out of it. Would he have gotten anything if the kid had not been killed? Is there maybe some reason why the kid wanted his mother to have the death benefit and not this “Gold Star” daddy? A reason possibly hinted at by daddy’s disappointment that he got a condolence letter and not a check?
    nk (dbc370) — 10/19/2017 @ 5:52 am
    Maybe he thinks CS is refundable? I’m sure he kept his receipts.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  124. *So you don’t have to Google it, Kronos is a guy in Greek mythology who ate his kids.
    nk (dbc370) — 10/19/2017 @ 6:18 am

    In your zip code that’s called taking a bite out of crime. If you believe the Freakanomics guys.

    McGruff the Crime Dog gets 112 dog years in prison

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  125. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the federal government must grant a pregnant 17-year-old illegal immigrant access to publicly funded abortion services in Texas.

    happyfeet (28a91b) — 10/19/2017 @ 6:32 am

    I’m really on the wall about that one. Taking abortions away from real Americans.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  126. i’m not pro-life but i hate it when they spend tax dollars on abortions that’s so stupid why can’t sofrita here just do a gofundme like a normal knocked-up illegal alien

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  127. A friend was just in a accident because of a drunk crimalein.
    These drunk crimaleins should hang before being deported.
    mg (31009b) — 10/19/2017 @ 6:46 am

    You really wake up cranky. Porque no las dos?

    Trebuchet por su puesto

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  128. Steve-O would just throw himself down some stairs.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  129. Debt – when it comes to contracts, Don’t Ever Believe Trump.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  130. 129Pinandpuller
    You sound just like my nurse when I awoke from surgery. As I told her you don’t fu##ing understand. Hope I can get to the bighorns one more time where I learned to flyfish50 years ago.

    mg (21de20)


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