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19 February 2017

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bks

His unfathomable comment about Sweden at the campaign rally would seem to indicate a problem. In fact, why is he having a campaign rally at all?
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=31195

turcopolier

bks

Thank you for serving as an example of the nuttiness of the Borgist Resistance. pl

Cvillereader

I have several family members who have never owned or shot a gun in their life, who have decided that now is the time to make the purchase, get the license, and take the necessary lessons.

All of them are affluent, in their fifties, and live in deeply blue states. They also voted for Trump.

The Resistance should carefully consider how long they will be permitted to continue their antics, without encountering a backlash from people who have a lot more invested in the future of this country than they do.

Wrxrally

Bks, its amazing how easily Trump can make his make his opponents dance on cue with an irrelevant comment. All he has to do is make an outlandish comment and you guys jump on it like vultures. Like the inaguration crowd sizes, EC biggest landslide since Regan, Conway's "alternative facts" etc. It drives his opponents crazy, while real policy issues are largley ignored. Trump is succesfully trolling you and you don't even realize it, you take the bait, every time. While his opponents gleefully mock some stupid thing Trump said, most Americans could not care less, they want jobs and security and are hopeful Trump will deliver. Trump is succesully isolating his opponents and making them look hysterical and childish. These are not gaffes, he did it througoht the campaign, and its still working like a charm.

bks

And Trump's comment wasn't nutty?

 jld

Sorry but I can only reiterate my assessment of MOST lefties.
"hostile deranged idiots"
To me, not an American, this is the most important consequence of Trump election, discovering so many people were gone to the nutty side and how far they were.
I would never have guessed from their ordinary conversations, whatever disagreements I could have had with them.

Thomas101st

Trump's comment was in regard to the fact that, as the result of the Muslim invasion, Sweden has become the rape capitol of the world. Not unfathomable at all. What IS unfathomable is that the members of the Swedish government responsible for this have not been arrested, prosecuted, and executed for treason.

Lee A. Arnold

I think the Borg just wants rid of Bannon.

Ken Halliwell

bks

The problem is that DJT misconstrued what he heard on Fox News -- not to be confused with Faux News.

As to the rally, my only complaint is that tax-payer money was wasted on aviation fuel to fly POTUS, via Air Force One, to a political rally -- this has long been a pet peeve of mine.

Valissa

A tale of two female liberal Hillary voters and lifelong Dems and what they think now about Trump and current events.

These are the only 2 friends that I can somewhat discuss my own non-partisan political viewpoints with and who are receptive to the information I share about the true nature of our gov't and politicians and where the US is now in the larger historical context. Both are females in their late 60's. Both have long been into 'self awareness' and spirituality, which is how I connected with them originally. Both expressed much disgust about Trump during and after the election. Like the great majority of Americans, neither of them reads alternative news sources or political blogs, either through lack of interest or lack of time.

One of them has finally realized the media is not to be trusted, is avoiding news headlines, and she is a bit freaked out and very turned off by all the hysteria and the way the Democrats have been acting. This plus her increasing recognition that the Dems have become a corporate-owned war party have effected her such that she is no longer sure she is a Democrat anymore. She still doesn't like Trump, but her lips no longer curl in deep disgust when we discuss him. She is trying to take and wait and see attitude. She is a very sweet and gentle person by nature, and a massage therapist. She grew up in California in a middle class family and now lives down the street from me in a Boston suburb.

The other friend has a PhD in psychology and did a stint in the navy in the mid-late 60's so that she could afford to go to college. She grew up in a large Catholic working class family in an old Massachusetts industrial city. She lives and works in Florida now and went to the first protest at Mar-a-Lago a few weeks ago. I asked her what she was protesting since Trump has not been in office long enough to actually change anything yet. Very uncharacteristically for her, she could not articulate it very well ... she just wants Trump gone. When I asked her how she thought the protests would accomplish her goal she mentioned the protests of the 60's and how that convinced LBJ not to run for another term. Then I gently challenged that belief and asked her a couple more questions to try and make sense of her current thoughts and feelings about Trump and why she thought protesting would change anything, but it was clear her rational mind was not engaged in the conversation so I changed the topic. She is caught up in the tribal hatred of "the Other" right now. She primarily gets her news from watching CNN in the morning as she is getting ready for work and again at night as she is getting ready for bed. She says she does not have time to read any online alternative news sources, though back in the 60's protest era she avidly read the alternative newspapers and we have talked numerous times about propaganda in the media in recent years.

IMO, these two women have both been experiencing cognitive dissonance around this election, but it's pushed them in different directions. One has chosen to be part of the Resistance (and identifying even stronger as a righteous Dem) and the other has chosen peace and acceptance (is reconsidering her political affiliation, though she hasn't left the party yet).

I think these two women are probably representative of the choices millions of Democrats are making. The media is making a big deal about the Resistance because most of them are part of it, but I'm not yet convinced that membership in the Resistance is large enough to accomplish anything. I think it's being magnified by the anti-Trump MSM. Also the so-called Resistance does not seem to have any goal other than getting rid of Trump. They are angry about election results and have no positive vision of their own as to how to improve the Democratic party and pull others into their fold.

iowa steve

Regardless of your feelings about Trump, impeachment/removal ain't happening for the reasons stated.

If the dems want to do something constructive in opposition to Trump, they need to offer concrete policy alternatives that deliver real economic benefits to the working and middle class--Medicare for all and a minimum wage increase would be good starts. But as the election showed, the dem elite is not interested in those things. Hence, the nonstop, non-policy oriented gibberish about Russia. It's all they got.

TV

And the Borg (ruling class) apparently doesn't know (or care) that those yahoo flyover Trump supporters are the ones who own most of the guns.

Hood Canal Gardner

bks, Come on in any other circumstance, admit it, you would not be listening or reading "rally" transcripts. You must have lots of disposable time .. but maybe not.

To your Q "why is he having a campaign rally at all? For one mundane answer bts check his 2017 tax returns. I'll bet you a quarter that his accountants claim a chunk of the cost numbers as deductible business expenses..

JJackson

pl
1. They control neither chamber of Congress.
Don't they? While the Dems may be withering on the vine the Borg (adherents of the long standing US FP positions seem alive and well). Unless this is not the group you mean by 'The Borg'. I note Bolton has reappeared on the Flynn replacement short list. I thought - or at least hoped - we had heard the last of him.

eakens

Just? If you believe that then I don't know what to tell you

Sam Peralta

Col. Lang

The Borg Resistance live so completely in their own echo chamber that they believe their own BS. One of the downsides of the vast information trove on the internet is that every conspiracy theory have all the information for confirmation bias. No longer are people in general seeking the truth or seeking information sources with limited bias. Most align with the information and sources that confirm their own bias. The MSM is fully dedicated in propagating the Borg groupthink. It seems we are in the interregnum between the death of the MSM as an outlet of real news and the rise of the next sources. SST is at the vanguard of this next epoch of news.

Trump is unusually savvy about the use of media and communications to promote his brand. I don't think he was particularly successful as a real estate developer but he was hugely successful in building a brand. I believe the preponderance of revenues of the Trump Organization come from brand licensing deals. His rally in Florida yesterday was I believe again masterful. He is giving his supporters a feeling of being part of something larger.

The Borg is again making the same mistakes they made during the election campaign. Once again the stories are about a White House in disarray just like the stories earlier of a campaign in chaos. Trump with his fight back against the MSM is making them less relevant among large swathes of the people. The Democrats are so esconced in their DC/coastal/MSM bubble that they are making no effort to understand why they have steadily lost so many states over the past decade and becoming less and less relevant. It is quite possible that Trump will play a huge role in backing primary challenges to many GOP Borgists during the next mid-term.

LeeG

He needs some adulation and photo ops at Mar-a-Lago won't support the Trump brand like Air Force 1 and cheering fans.

b

I don't get why anyone would even think of blaming Trump (or Flynn) of any talk with the Russians.

It is his publicly declared policy to seek better relations with Russia. That of course requires communication with it. Non-public communication for starters. Trump could have easily protected Flynn with just a few words: "I ordered him to explore some possibilities with Russia." I still wonder why he did not do that. (He would have had better ways to get rid of Flynn who seemed way of his capabilities as NSA.)

The Dems are currently behaving like that McCain dude. Ranting against Trump but enabling him on all real policy issues that actually could need active opposition. Its childish theater. Who do they hope to win with such nonsense?

David E. Solomon

If the Democrats and Trump's other enemies proved successful in removing him, just how much would they like having a President Pence?

Degringolade

Whew....

Heirs of the Gracchi

https://twitter.com/repblumenauer/status/832024632203046913

Jason

It will be Pence and McCain leading the charge to remove Trump. Since Trump has trolled Democrats into hysterics, they will join in even though it isn't in progressive interests to remove him. I have been pushing my friends and associates hard to see the danger posed by Borg/Deep State actors and finally making headway. Strategically why not let the Republicans attempt to take him down? Why would anyone on the left prefer Pence to Trump?

Ghostship

"At Florida rally president refers to attack in Sweden that did not happen, possibly confusing it with Sehwan in Pakistan"
The Guardian is being charitable and suggests he might be confusing wSweden with Sehwan in Pakistan where there was a major ISIS terrorist attack on a Sufi shrine last week. I wonder who hates Sufis enough to fund such an attack.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/19/sweden-trump-cites-non-existent-terror-attack
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/16/thirty-killed-100-injured-isis-bomb-sufi-shrine-pakistan-sindh.
http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2014/11/wahhabism-isis-how-saudi-arabia-exported-main-source-global-terrorism

Valissa

Are Liberals Helping Trump? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/opinion/sunday/are-liberals-helping-trump.html?_r=0
… for many Trump voters, even peaceful protests are unsettling. “I don’t have a problem with protesting as long as it’s peaceful, but this is destroying the country,” said Ann O’Connell, 72, a retired administrative assistant in Syracuse who voted for Mr. Trump. “I feel like we are in some kind of civil war right now. I know people don’t like to use those terms. But I think it’s scary.” Mrs. O’Connell is a registered Democrat. She voted for Bill Clinton twice. But she has drifted away from the party over what she said was a move from its middle-class economic roots toward identity politics. She remembers Mr. Clinton giving a speech about the dangers of illegal immigration. Mr. Trump was lambasted for offering some of the same ideas, she said.

“The Democratic Party has changed so much that I don’t even recognize it anymore,” she said. “These people are destroying our democracy. They are scarier to me than these Islamic terrorists. I feel absolutely disgusted with them and their antics. It strengthens people’s resolve in wanting to support President Trump. It really does.” Polling data suggest many center-right voters feel the same way.
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Valissa

Extreme Protest Tactics Reduce Popular Support for Social Movements https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers2.cfm?abstract_id=2911177
Abstract
Social movements are critical agents of change that vary greatly in both tactics and popular support. Prior work shows that extreme protest tactics – actions that are highly counter-normative, disruptive, or harmful to others, including inflammatory rhetoric, blocking traffic, and damaging property – are effective for gaining publicity. However, we find across three experiments that extreme protest tactics decreased popular support for a given cause because they reduced feelings of identification with the movement. Though this effect obtained in tests of popular responses to extreme tactics used by animal rights, Black Lives Matter, and anti-Trump protests (Studies 1-3), we found that self-identified political activists were willing to use extreme tactics because they believed them to be effective for recruiting popular support (Studies 4a & 4b). The activist’s dilemma – wherein tactics that raise awareness also tend to reduce popular support – highlights a key challenge faced by social movements struggling to affect progressive change.
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Cvillereader

Tell that to Obama.

http://nypost.com/2017/02/18/obama-linked-activists-have-a-training-manual-for-protesting-trump/

TV

I give Trump points for dumping Flynn.
He lied,"misstated" to the VP.
AND, Flynn either didn't know - or didn't care - that the Russian Amb. phone was tapped.
So, he's not the brightest bulb on the porch, either.

Blrturner

Col. Lang, as an African American woman I am tried of all tbe whining about how White people are upset about job lost. Every community has experienced job lost and evergy community needs to understand the jobs are not coming back. Everyone needs to understand a High School Graduate is not going to make 40-70 per hour in some mfg. Plant. Trump @ Boeing in SC ignored the fact many of the parts used are mfg. in other countries. Boeing Spply Chain is Global. Thats not going to change. Boeings customer are these same countries. Trump is a fraud. As usual White People blame "Other" in the end Trump is only interested in helping his family. He is man that does not feel empathy. This African American woman has heard enough and say,"White People" go to school, retrain, etc. And Please Stop Whinning"

Stan P.

First of all, you do understand this is not a campaign rally? He won the election and not yet running for 2020. Why did you use that term?

Second, this was a very big story recently and I understand you don't read these stories in the Borgist media. It's been viral and maybe seen be Trump recently:

Alleged gang rape shown on Facebook shocks Sweden

Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
February 7, 2017

Outrage and shock are spreading across Sweden over a case against three men of foreign origin arrested on suspicion of raping a woman and broadcasting it live on Facebook.

Swedish authorities said Wednesday that the case against the unidentified men was "growing stronger" amid an increasing backlash against immigrants in a country that took in more asylum seekers per capita than any other nation in Europe last year.

"There have been cases in Sweden before where crimes have been filmed and publicized on social media but not like this," said Pontus Melander, chief prosecutor in the case in Uppsala, the city where the alleged incident took place in an apartment Jan. 22.

"I have seen different cases around the world — but not sexual cases," he added.

The alleged crime in the Scandinavian country, which has one Europe's highest recorded rates of sexual assaults, was live-streamed on a private Facebook page accessible to about 60,000 people.

Fred

bks,

Yes the good professor of linguistics points out a trivial literal linguistic fact while purposely obscuring the point that a colloquial expressions such as "last Friday" might perhaps mean something other than Friday February 17th, 2017. Lord forbid the good Imam of the Intelegencia have a "conversation" with a deplorable who might point out that Trump may have been meaning this:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/08/alleged-gang-rape-facebook-shocks-sweden/97633012/
Or this:
https://www.rt.com/news/373853-sweden-no-go-zones-gangs/
and he might mention the 60 minutes report too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ1_6s5OFmM
Looks like pattern recognition and confirmation bias are concepts not in the good professor's indoctro-educational toolkit. Unfathomable indeed.

Babak Makkinejad

Boeing was forced to give that work to foreign countries so that they would become customers.

In case of Japan, they have learnt enough to build their own smaller passenger airplane; that was the fear in Boeing 30 years ago.

The global supply chain can be broken, it is not a Law of Nature, just another arrangement - economic in this case.

Babak Makkinejad

He was a liability in his explicit enmity to Islam.

Fred

Cvillereader,

Big O is busy helping organize a coup in the DNC to get Keith Ellison as chair. I think that is likely to drive a wedge through the gordian not of KKKrazy glue that holds the party together. It is certainly not going to do anything positive for Hilary's power and influence within the DNC.

Fred

Birturner,

"not going to make 40-70 per hour in some mfg..."
They never did. More like $20-25 plus benefits. Skilled trades in new UAW contract max out about $40/hour and there aren't many of those around and there are plenty of UAW members in competition for them too.

http://www.allpar.com/news/2015/09/the-uaw-contract-is-now-up-to-the-workers-30036

hans

The Dems, along w their allies in the MSM and the IC, are committing a cardinal political error these days; they've driven their troops in an hysterical charge without giving them a feasible, attainable goal. Impeachment is not going to happen, given the complexion of the House n Senate. In a while, outrage fatigue will set in, morale will bottom out, and if the Dems hope to rekindle the outrage they'll have to come up with ever more outrageous outrages.

Lyndon Johnson used to describe moving the electorate to do something as akin to the technique he used on the U.S. House - driving cattle. First you speak softly to 'em, even sing to 'em a little. You find the lead cow and put a bell on her, set her going in the direction you want the herd to go; pretty soon other cows'll start following her. Then you get your outriders and dogs to start squeezing the herd from the sides and pick up the pace a little. Your corral is maybe 5 or 6 miles away, remember, so you better've strung some fence to make a funnel. When you're within a mile or so you get your dogs nipping, crack your whips, bring in the stragglers, and stampede 'em.

What the Dems are doing here is starting the stampede within the first mile, there's no bell cow to lead 'em, there's no corral and no guide wires, they pay no attention to your dogs cuz they're moving too fast to even see 'em. Pretty soon your cattle are scattered all over hell n high country and it'll take you forever to round 'em up again.

And your main chance, the 2018 election? Long n forever gone.

Valissa

I expect the popcorn industry will see big growth in the coming years ;)

Valissa

Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama’s New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A Bullshit’
Organizing for Action was supposed to complement the Democratic National Committee. Instead, Democratic leaders say, it nearly killed the Democrats.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/17/leaked-emails-dem-state-leaders-think-obama-s-new-organizing-army-is-grade-a-bullshit.html

turcopolier

birturner

I am sorry but for me to think you are a real person would be racist. I leave it to others to respond. pl

Jack

b said...

I don't get why anyone would even think of blaming Trump (or Flynn) of any talk with the Russians.

b, as you know the Borg doesn't want any rapprochement with Russia. So they have to rant and rave and drive the fear factor with Trump is a cossack in disguise.

I would take seriously when Trump says he'd like to do a deal with Putin and discount what Pence, Mattis, etc. say.

wisedupearly

Pence does a few more presidential tours while Trump holds rallies with ever decreasing numbers attending. The Borg keep feeding Trump's obsession with the media and Washington elite, Trump stays for longer periods in Florida, is unable to complete his cabinet. Nightly news would keep pounding away at Trump's isolation and questionable behavior. Mental confusion/exhaustion might be the term they use.
Pence will graciously take over until Trump recovers. Once he is in a hospital he will never quite recover. Videos carefully leaked will show someone really sick.
At some point Trump has to shut the Borg down and he can't do that from Mar de Largo. Can he survive by whipping up his supporters and having them march on Washington? He would need mass rallies with millions in every major city.
Which in my opinion he is not going to get.

Lee A. Arnold

Watch what happens.

turcopolier

wisedupearly

Dream on. pl

Wrxrally

Right, only the "oppressed black woman" has the right to whine. You still dont get it do you? Nobody cares if you are a black woman, it gives no validity to your arguments. Race-baiting and all the other social justice BS is why the Democrats lost,we are sick of it. This has nothing to do with race.

wisedupearly

you are joking. Pence would be a lot worse for the country. Good for the Borg but not the country.

VietnamVet

Colonel,

There is definitely a coup ongoing to switch the nationalistic ideology of the White House back to corporate globalism. What happens depends 100% on the Republicans. The globalist Republicans are headed by John McCain and Lindsey Graham. There are 60 members of Congress are in the Tea Party caucus. They won’t be turned. The Democrats are powerless unless a GOP faction needs their votes. The question is what will the corporatist Republicans like Paul Ryan do? I think they are smart enough to realize that an Impeachment will start a 3rd American Revolution and permanently split their party if they live long enough. On the other hand, their global paymasters want Donald Trump gone. Corporate Republicans may try to manage perceptions with the media’s assistance to convince the American public that the President is insane and elevate Mike Pence through the 25th Amendment but that is dangerous without obvious cause.

Although the Democrats are powerless, they can’t admit it. They avoid mentioning their support of offshoring jobs and looting the middle class. They are purposefully stoking the fires for a war with Russia. This is why Globalists pay them big bucks. This causes horrendous cognitive dissonance among progressives. If they face the truth, they realize there is no way of returning their world to sanity. Americans are in a similar position as the Greeks. The only way Greeks can throw off the yoke of the European Central Bank is to revolt and invite the destruction of their society.

ex-PFC Chuck

Valissa, do you know what your two friends' preferences were in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination? Hilary or Bernie?

ex-PFC Chuck

With regard to what they might be accomplishing, from their Borgillionnaire funders' prespective, every day the Resistance goes on is another day that Democratic grass roots activists don't do any self-reflection on why the party did so badly.

ISL

Dear Colonel,

Thanks for your piece. As (sadly very) few commenters here have noted, Trump is playing the media and the Dems/liberal class and many of the responders – see focus on the trivial while missing the point –red flag in front of a bull named snowflake.

Trump calls the media the enemy of the American people – does he believe that? I am sure he doesn’t – you do not rise to be a billionaire without understanding power and its application.

Who is the media? The major media is just a mouthpiece – for the media owners (six companies) and the Deep State. Currently the Deep State has elements who are leaking information (true and false). I predict the media owners will find themselves soon facing anti-trust investigations and selective application of numerous SEC and other regulations. This will be effective in largely taming the media – but it is slow and time consuming process.*

IMO Trump is following classic Mao strategy – (narrative of weakness) to flush out the old regime loyalists who are not respecting the election. There is a reason why he stacked his admin is Goldman and General heavy. Absent a strong powerbase of his own he will be destroyed. The Borgist #Resistance smells blood, which is making them crazy (Spirited Away – the River Spirit) and believes the US will revert to status quo as under Obama without complaint. They believe support for Trump is inflated – a popular Borg narrative.

* I support freedom of the press, by which I do not mean public relations stenographers. The US no loner has a free and independent mainstream media – its oligarchically-owned after the extreme consolidation of the last few decades, reverting to its format in the 1920s when there was a similar Gini Index. New media will become more important, but billionaires (e.g., Bezos) will consider major media as a cost center and a good investment – ABC never reports on problems with Disney, and they rags will persist.

In this light, net neutrality is very important.

ISL

Bitturner,

Presuming your self description is accurate, google:

Trump, Sharpton Image

or

Trump Jesse Jackson image

and your see if your cognitive dissonance survives.

Tyler

Many people (including more than a few here) seem absolutely dead set on creating conditions that exponentially increase the odds of them being brought before a Deploreable's Tribunal where someone like me passes judgment on whether you get to see another sunrise.

Wrxrally

Sir, there are rumors flying around that the reason some anti-trump politicians are so hysterical and acting irrationally is because many are afraid of being exposed as pedofiles. Robert David Steele (ex-CIA) is doing the rounds of the alt-media pushing this narrative. He claims among other things, that Epstein's slave island was a mossad operation to blackmail us politicians. Do you have an opinion on this man's (Steele) reputability?

Valissa

Both Hillary supporters, who expressed admiration for her competence and sympathy for how hard her political journey has been. They both "identified" with her.

Jack

While you may wish what you penned comes to fruition, Trump's supporters who elected him are pleased with what they see.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-19/ap-asked-trumps-supporters-how-feel-about-his-war-press-what-it-found

Just like the election every one is going to be surprised at how strong Trump is relative to his cabinet. He's unlikely to be rolled on issues he really cares about.

sid_finster

No black people work in factories?

optimax

Jeff Bezos owns Amazon and the Washington Post and Amazon has a $600 million contract with the CIA. This makes it a perfect conduit for Borgist propaganda.

http://www.blackagendareport.com/wp_under_amazon_cloud

Bandolero

All

I think the best way for Trump to respond to the treason-for-speaking-with-Russia-nonsense would be to order an investigation of direct or indirect collaboration of US citizens and officials, and foreign officials, too, with Al Qaeda, especially in Syria, or threaten such an order for that matter.

I think helping Al Qaeda would be factually, juridically and politically much more fertile ground than the talking-to-Russia-witchhunt, wouldn't it? As far as I understand the US is at war with Al Qaeda, so the laws of treason may apply here?

Babak Makkinejad

Steel-workers did in late 1970s early 1980s.

wisedupearly

wrong, that scenario is not my wish at all.
Several of Trump policies are essential to our survival such focusing on American jobs, illegal immigration, rebuilding the infrastructure, getting out of stupid wars, straightening out the military weapons programs.
I really hope he can succeed.
If Pence replaces him we lose the country.

Cortes

Well said.

And maybe toss a few jalapeño peppers into the mix by beginning an investigation into the rethink on this guy's incarceration:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

David

Sweden should do what is done in Australia, which is that dual-nationals involved in serious crimes can have their Australian citizenship revoked. This has happened to at least a few involved in terrorism abroad and there was also case in Sydney where a whole family was deported because of multiple felonies by two teenage brothers.

David

Degringolade,

Don't you mean it the other way around as it were
the populist Gracci brothers who were assassinated by the Roman "Borg".

Stan P.

Lol, Tyler de Torquemada, Grand Inquisitor. But you can't joke like this because the Xanax-dependent neurotic liberals will start running stories that Trump has restarted the Inquisition. All joking aside, the people populating the Acela corridor better dial back their BS before they open an apocalyptic scenario ending in rivers of blood or a glass field in that same corridor.

Sam Peralta

A very good idea to identify all those that have given aid, comfort and material support to the radical islamist jihadi enemy. Love to see Jake Tapper & Chuck Todd come to their defense.

Tyler

Stan,

The problem is these idiots are going to meme in the Ninth Crusade and the Pinochet regime with their hyperventilating.

Personally I prefer "Archon" or "Alastor" if I need a title.

Scylla

Just thought I would point out that Sweden defines and reports rape differently than other nations (Ask Assange). They do not necessarily have more or fewer actual instances of sexual assault than other nations. They are the exact opposite of nations like the US that do everything they can to discourage the reporting and prosecution of sexual assault.

optimax

The following quote from Trump is from a 2002 magazine article profiling Jeff Epstein, six years before he served time for soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.

Epstein likes to tell people that he's a loner, a man who's never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,'' Trump booms from a speakerphone. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it -- Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

This doesn't mean Trump indulged in Epstein's underage brothel but Trump was being sued by a Jane Doe for him raping her at Epstein's when she was 13. Trump's past associations with sleazy characters {thew owner of a helicopter service he contracted with was busted for moving massive amounts of cocaine and Trump wrote a letter to the court vouching for his character} is hardly mentioned in the press.
I have no conclusion, just doubts about our prez or any prez we're allowed to have.

optimax

This is the article.

http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/

Bandolero

Cortes

I think it wouldn't be clever to mix the subjects of who supported Al Qaeda with Israeli spying in an initial investigation on who supported - or still supports - the Al Qaida enemy. That would only put wide open the door for Borginst allegations of a biased enquiry regarding the support of Al Qaeda while damaging perspectives for Major Tulsi Gabbard's "Stop Arming Terrorists Act."

But, of course, if an investigation ordered by Trump would somehow come to the conclusion, that there are indications that Israeli officials somehow supported or support Al Qaeda, than, I think, Trump would be well positioned to order an investigation of possible Israeli spying in the US, including the circumstances of Pollard's pardon.

With regard to possible Israeli support for Al Qaeda, I think an investigation may start with a JPost article September 17, 2013. The relevant text there reads, quote begin:

'"Tehran-Damascus-Beirut arc is the greatest danger," says outgoing Israeli envoy to US Michael Oren. ... “The initial message about the Syrian issue was that we always wanted [President] Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran,” he said.

This was the case, he said, even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated to al-Qaida.'

Quote end. Source: http://www.jpost.com/Syria-Crisis/Oren-Jerusalem-has-wanted-Assad-ousted-since-the-outbreak-of-the-Syrian-civil-war-326328

Well, to me it sounds like that the Israeli ambassador to the US told the world there, that Israel wanted the officially declared US enemy of Al Qaeda to win. I find that a remarkable statement from a close US ally, even more so from an ambassador of an ally having a "special relationship" receiving billions of Dollars of US military aid each year.

So for the US Israel seems to be an ally which wants the enemy of the US to win. I think if President Trump would explain this situation to his people - who usually love Israel - he could make American voters understand that this is something quite contrary to what it should be.

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Valissa,

I think the #theResistance is an undercover Clinton Restoration group. All the Clinton/Obama people already knew eachother and had their connections and linkups in place. They have rushed out this #theResistance to get DemParty citizens rounded up and serving the Clinton/Obama party lords early. The #theResistance leader-planners hope to occupy so much brainspace that the "Berniecrats" are denied any space to entrench and grow outward from.

Keeping the DemParty controlled by the DLC Free-Trade Wall Street Democrats is the goal of #theResistance. "Getting rid of Trump" is just the organizing hook and loyalty reinforce.

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David E. Solomon,

The DLC Wall Street Democrats would prefer a President Pence over a President Trump. Pence supports Cold War 2.0 with Russia, Free Trade Agreements, and regime change in Syria and probably elsewhere just like they do.

Any impeachment effort will have to be aborted in the House. Because if the House is permitted to vote for Articles of Impeachment and send them to the Senate, enough mainstream Republican and mainstream Democratic Senators will vote to impeach that he would be removed. So it has to be prevented from passing the House.

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Fred,

Why would Obama want Ellison to be DemParty Chair? Doesn't Ellison oppose Obama on several important issues? Isn't Perez more
DLC/Free Traderite/anti-Russianitic than Ellison?

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Cvillereader,

In reading this, I note that the biggest thing OFA is organized to agitate about is "protecting Obamacare". Since Obama expected to earn a lot of gratitude-reward money from the different medical-industrial-insurance players for getting Obamacare passed, perhaps he sees those payoffs threatened if Obamacare gets repealed. Perhaps his owner-sponsors have privately told him that he has to make sure Obamacare stays the law if he wants to get any of the money he is expecting.

That would explain to me why he cares so much. Its all about the money . . . the "his" money which he has been expecting for a job well done over these last 8 years.

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Birturner,

Your comment is so full of grammatical mistakes and misspellings that I wonder if you are really an African American woman at all. I wonder if you aren't some kind of "performance satire" troll.

OldCoastie

Geez, Stan P., all joking aside, who exactly is gonna mete out this punishment on the Acela corridor? Trump? His supporters? I keep seeing stuff like this but am never sure who is going to do the dirty deed.

Bill H

Removal of Trump from office does seem unlikely, but the behavior of "The Resistance" seems odd to me even in calling themselves that. "Resistance" is what one does against a totalitarian government. In a democracy, the minority is still part of government, both in the legislature and in the electorate.

They are on the losing side of an election and have the expressed goal of delegitimizing and removing the winner, in which case we would pretty much have to quit pretending to be a democracy. Elections in which only one outcome is accepted are the kind of thing that is done in, for instance, Syria.

David

My apologies Degringolade,
I read the tweet backwards.

 jld

Thank you for the laugh.

English Outsider


I think for once we're ahead of the American press in the anti-Trump campaign:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39015559

We've got Chairman Mao and Stalin lined up. You'd better hurry up and get Pol Pot and Tony Blair before they're taken. Or is that going a little too far?

Jackrabbit

To paraphrase Nuland: "F*ck the Left"

"The Left" doesn't matter anymore than "the EU". Other than a few progressives, "the Left" has been betrayed, marginalized, mocked, hippy-punched into submission by the Centrist Hillary-Obama Democratic Party establishment.

Jackrabbit

1. There is an old, but still valid law, that makes it illegal for a private citizen to interfere in a US dispute with another country. Hence the focus on whether Flynn spoke with the Ambassador about SANCTIONS.

2. If Trump ASKED Flynn to talk with the Ambassador about sanctions, he could be guilty of a crime. That would put Trump at risk of being removed by impeachment.

3. If Trump had tried to retain Flynn because Trump favors peace with Russia, that could put Trump at risk of removal via 25th Amendment. The reasoning going like this: Trump is compromised by Russia's help during the election (as determined by US intel agencies) and demonstrates this by retaining Flynn who (allegedly) committed a crime.

For the reasons above, I believe that Flynn resigned to protect Trump and Trump had no choice but to accept Flynn's resignation.

(PS I've written about this on your blog b.)

Jackrabbit

I've always thought that a 25th Amendment removal was more likely because Trump is too good at communicating to the people. My view was reinforced by his performance at the recent news conference. Impeachment takes weeks, if not months - during which Trump can appeal to the people. 25th Amendment happens within hours.

Flynn's resignation has greatly reduced the threat from supposed Russian connections. But those supposed connections will still dog Trump.

The Borg's not having a majority in Congress is incorrect. The Democrats will all vote against Trump and many Republicans would prefer Pence.

Now that we've seen Pence & Co. in Munich, I am wondering if Trump will ever be allowed to actually meet with Putin (still no date set for that!).

Valissa

dc, I wondered that too.

Tyler

Coastie,

You're right. No one can leave their backyard to smash a wasp's nest. Or maybe the Acekea Corridor has a force field that only lets the goodthinkers in?

This question is so silly it sounds like you're whistling past the graveyard.

Matthew

Tyler: Are you auditioning for the part of Bain in the Batman series?

Seriously, do these apparatchiks really believe that Trump supporters will quietly accept this coup?

I'm a lot more afraid of the so-called smart people than I am of Trump.

ked

I see it growing likely that the dynamic that will deflate the Trump admin will be a common one of populist movements. Implosion within, among contending cliques. This is more commonly a purification dispute. With Trump it will be more an expression of his character (autocratic, self-referencing) through over-dependence upon a restricted circle of family & staff. He evidences idiosyncratic and significant-probability failure modes, & faces institutional rejection. He's easy to read, so the Law of Large Numbers (call it the Borg if you like) will find its way around him (& it's way past time to forget the WH PC, pay attention to political satire). I expect him to break under self-induced load.

Lefty

Thanks for what sounds like genuine LBJ political process insight. It's as applicable today as it was 50-75 years ago. What happened to the profanity?

Petrous

If interested
A recent post on the informed comment blog by Prof. Juan Cole shes some light on the Sweden comment by Mr. Trump and other statements made by him and others about crime & immigration linkage .

http://www.juancole.com/2017/02/invents-sweden-immigrant.html

Jason

And good riddance to it! I have been enjoying the process of rebuilding. Thanks to Trump for finishing it off.

Tyler

Matthew,

I could probably die happy if I got to ask Friedman/Graham/Kristol/Kristoff "Do you feel in charge?"

OldCoastie

Tyler, I'm not trying to be silly. I really want to know. If someone is going to nuke NY City, I'd like to warn my niece. Thanks.

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Lee A. Arnold,

The Borg wants Cold War 2.0 with Russia.
The Borg wants serial regime change operations overseas.
The Borg wants more Free Trade Agreements.

Tyler

Ked,

Ah the newest iteration of "Trump will never win the primary!"

Meanwhile the man has turned the spotlight on the problem with rapefugees in Sweden and the fake news is busy handwaving away hand grenade attacks as no big deal.

VietnamVet

Tyler,

Steve Bannon’s 3rd American Turning was the New Deal. There was no revolt in the USA for the simple reason that FDR was a traitor to his class, the Bolshevik Revolution was within living memory, and smart people agreed to redistribution of wealth to avoid a Red firing squad. This led to the great economic boom that lasted until redistribution started to end during the Ronald Reagan era. This will not be the case for a 3rd American Revolution. It will be very much like the revolt America supported in Syria. If you look like a recruit for the gang with the rifles, you may have a chance to convert. If not, you are a dead duck.


The real question is what will happen to the US military and its nuclear weapons if WWIII is avoided. They are naturally conservative and support existing institutions. On Herbert Hoover’s orders, General Douglas MacArthur crushed the Bonus Army. But, if the wealth inequality continues to grow and corporate supranational institutions supersede democratic nations; at some future point, the USA will split apart and the Praetorian Guard with their families will end up inside corporate defense berms.

Eric Prince (Betsy DeVos brother) is setting up training centers for a privatized army to protect Chinese overseas interests:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/betsy-devoss-brother-is-setting-up-a-private-army-for-china?utm_term=.shLVmDKGLl#.qb2NKlXGwa

The Left-Behinds outside business protection rings will revert to their tribal origins. Chaos will reign in the no man lands unless People Protection Units or Religious Police squads arise to protect the surviving communities in the new Dark Age.

turcopolier

raven

To what Tylerism are you referring? pl

turcopolier

Tyler, Raven and Oldcoastie

You all have tried my patience too far. pl

turcopolier

OldCoastie

What the hell are you talking about? Nobody want to bomb New York City except a few half assed anarchists. pl

Kurt Van Vlandren

I wouldn't feel cheated if he were booted. I'd feel relieved.

turcopolier

Kurt Van Vlandren

I hope to god that you are foreign so that I can feel better about your total disrespect for the constitutional order in the USA. pl

Fred

DC,

The DLC is very much a Clinton organization . Obama and Ellison want to have the power and influence over the party organization, just like the Clinton's enjoyed these past many years.

Fred

Babak,

NAFTA+EEOC+an end to competency testing. I was making the point of not conflating the gross income earned from a great deal of overtime pay with a pay-rate that gives one a $100K a year base income.

TonyL

Col,

It is a difficult task to referee these exchanges. I would suggest you forbid them to respond to each other comments. They can post whatever, but if they respond to each other then you'd ban them for a week or so. The comments from raven and Tyler are interesting when they are not part of these chidish arguments.

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