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Why the Republicans won't give up on Kavanaugh: The Concorde Fallacy

The Concorde Fallacy is an aspect of human behavior (and apparently also observed in other animals), where an investment gradually turns bad, but instead of abandoning it the investors continue to invest more and more to avoid the alternative of accepting the loss. The general result is that what could have been a relatively small loss turns into a much larger loss, as in the case of the Concorde.

I think this phenomenon may be affecting the Republicans. Kavanaugh is looking worse and worse as time goes on, but Republicans are now behaving like Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation, determined to get to the destination no matter what the consequences.

I certainly hope they pay the price for their irrationality.

Watching Olympus Has Fallen on TV. The White House is full of bad guys. Oh wait...

Why did Lindsey Graham say "It's my job to explain this to the president"?

Does he not agree with the late John McCain's statement that ""We are not the President's subordinates, we are his equals"?

Compare Kavanaugh with Bogart in The Caine Mutiny

It's actually pretty creepy.

Trump: "We're making a huge mistake and we need to hurry up and make it while we still can."


Antsy and impatient, President Trump called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday with an unmistakable message: Call the vote on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and call it soon, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

But I could be reading this wrong. Maybe he meant "call it" in the sense of an emergency room doctor who finally gives up with the defibrillator.

There's a humble little village in Yucatan named...

(Google Street View link)

Good news for the people of North Carolina!

I know you people are in for a nasty storm, and there's liable to be a lot of heartbreaking damage and hardship to follow, but you can take comfort in the knowledge that after it's all over, Trump will be there to toss you rolls of paper towels.

What will Trump do about orders he gave in the past that were never executed?

Will Trump look back at orders he gave that were never carried out, and insist that they be implemented immediately? Will he now be more watchful that his decisions are carried out as he intends? Or will he change his mind about those past orders, effectively exonerating the cabal that defied him?

To me that seems like a very important question. In each case he can either demand that the original order be carried out, which could be very bad for the nation and the world, or grant that it was a bad idea, which would be very bad for Trump.

"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past."

(... from 1984, by George Orwell)

Rudy Giuliani On White House Blocking Release Of Full Mueller Report: ‘I’m Sure We Will’

Rudy Giuliani says the White House would likely attempt to block a full public release of Robert Mueller’s anticipated final report about the Russia investigation ― bolstering long-held fears that the special counsel’s ultimate findings may never see the light of day.

I hope Robert Mueller has a plan in place to prevent this. It would be hard to believe he wouldn't take some sort of secret measures to prevent the loss of all of his work.

Maybe Trump will try to fire Mike Pence for attending an event that Trump isn't allowed to attend.

I hope so. Of course he can't fire someone who was elected by the people, but if he tries then it might help people realize what an idiot he is.
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