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28 June 2020

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FakeBot

We'll have to wait until the debates, when Biden will have to come out of from hiding and do more than read or tweet prepared statements. Every time he's forced to think on his feet, he comes across like someone who drinks too many diet cokes.

The problem is Biden can afford to hide because Trump has not done himself many favors with some of his statements.

Part of me wishes the president would get rid of Pence, name Rand Paul as his running mate, and then declare he won't seek reelection. That would give Paul the nomination and Trump can go back to his golf course. If only.

Jack
In 2015-2016 Trump understood how to drive news cycles.

Now the administration passively sits by while media controls the narrative.

https://twitter.com/cernovich/status/1277387939014561792?s=21

This rings true to me. Trump does not have the media initiative like he had in 2015-2016. Russia Collusion was a fast ball that he missed when he could have hit a home run through declassification. He didn’t need anyone’s ok for that. The pandemic was a curve ball that’s got him flummoxed. The Democrats media enterprise has all the initiative on this one. Even with the anarchist mobs he’s not been able to gain the narrative advantage. Not even a single national address to turn around the chaos narrative. What’s happened to the “master persuader” as Scott Adams labeled him in 2015? He’s not exhibiting any of that right now.

Yeah, Right

"We'll have to wait until the debates,"

If there are any debates, which is debatable.

james

pat,

in canada are choices aren't any better, but we are far less polarized... the 2 party system in the usa is for the birds.. i just call it the one party system - the war party - with 2 different branches - dems and repubs..

eakens

The same thing happened in 2016. Hillary was supposed to win in a landslide, yet I had a hard time finding any I'm with Her bumper stickers.

The same thing is happening again in 2020. The polls are all manipulated, along with everything else connected to a power source and speakers these days.

Fourth and Long

Angela Merkel said yesterday that the world should prepare itself for a time when the United States voluntarily ceases to be a world leader. That’s what this place looks like from the outside.

The 2016 and 2020 US presidential elections are shaping up as contests to choose the captain of the Titanic pre and post collision with the iceberg respectively.

Edward Doucet

Colonel,

I am a retired Internist with a specialty in Infectious Disease, and it is obvious to me and to several of my colleagues that Mr. Biden is suffering from advancing cognitive decline. The confusion with numbers is one of the symptoms, for instance using the number 150million in two completely different topics. He appears increasingly frail, and has lost weight, When he speaks, he loses his train of thought usually at least once, and sometimes twice when answering questions, and repeats himself as if trying to remember the original subject of the question. The added stress of being the designated nominee of the Democrat Party is also taking a toll, which only serves to exacerbate the underlying condition. It is truly sad to watch, and in any other circumstance would constitute a form of elder abuse.

Tierce

COL, your Jack Aubrey quote reminds me that I am due to rewatch the movie, and that I should also find the books that I have stashed away somewhere; I believe I last read them on deployment.

Barbara Ann,

I'm struggling to assume good faith in your request for examples of Trump's corruption; even if you think he's worth it for the judges, the economy, etc. he makes almost no attempt to hide it. At the risk of seeming spammy, here's a few references:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/28/opinion/trump-administration-corruption-conflicts.html

https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/corruption-and-money-laundering/trump-deals/

https://prospect.org/power/mapping-corruption-donald-trump-executive-branch/

Most recently and egregiously, I would point to the firing of the IGs, especially at State (I know agents who considered reporting Pompeo's actions to the IG, but are now glad they didn't, since his crony took over OIG and would have access to their files).

I think Bolton is a dangerous warmonger, but do you actually believe he's lying about Trump tying every foreign policy issue directly to his re-election?

To be clear, much of my hatred for Hillary came from her arrogance in using a personal device that risked penetration by our adversaries, in violation of rules that junior personnel are routinely punished for severely. And all this when the USG spends millions of dollars per year to provide the Secretary of State with secure communications 24x7, anywhere in the world. Similarly, one of my biggest problems with Biden is that he refuses to understand that, whether or not Hunter's arrangement with Burisma was legal, it was simply wrong, and the definition of corrupt (unless you think the company was paying him for something besides his personal connections). Petraeus and Menendez should also be in prison, or at least convicted felons.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has increasingly "defined deviancy down" as Moynihan would say; if you don't take a briefcase of cash and count it, on camera, before handing over a signed note agreeing to use your official position to do something you know to be illegal...you probably have nothing to worry about. Yet if I pad my travel voucher by $100 or stop at the dry cleaner with my government car on the way home, I could be disciplined and possibly fired (which is fine and right, but greater power should come with greater responsibility).

turcopolier

Edward Doucet

Thank you, doctor. I was quite sincere in saying that I think the Dems are being cruel to Joe.

turcopolier

Edward Doucet

Are you a Fordham man? Would you care to give us an opinion with regard to Pelosi's condition?

Bill H

@Barbara Ann
"Darn fine movie" indeed, but did you read the books? They are far better than the movie even when one reads them, as I have, six or seven times.

BillWade

Biden's wife needs to step up and stop this madness.

Barbara Ann

Bill H

I have not, but given that I have such a high opinion of the movie I fear this may be one of those rare cases where I would be disappointed. Normally of course one is disappointed with the screen versions of one's favorite books. I can certainly see why you would read the book 6 or 7 times. As you recommend it, perhaps I will take the risk.

Master and Commander achieved that very rare thing of right from the outset transporting the viewer so convincingly to the world in which it was set; the microcosm of Britain at war that is Surprise. It was a masterpiece of direction, as well as of casting (I am a big fan of Paul Bettany).

Barbara Ann

Tierce

Thanks for your response, I can but offer you assurance of my good faith.

I suppose my yardstick for measuring the corruption of elected officials is affected by the inequity of standards you describe. By comparison with the institutional corruption endemic to the swamp, Trump's practices simply seem banal. You are right of course wrt the great responsibility honorable men & women of great power ought to practice. Perhaps I am too jaded to believe that such people are still able to be elected to high office under the current electoral system.

The other factor in my assessment is Trump's personality. The normalcy of sharp practice & opportunistic pocket lining is probably what our host would describe as a professional character deformation, for a NY real estate tycoon. I guess I hold him to a slightly different standard as a result.

As for tying FP to re-election, I think it naïve to suppose that all policy decisions are not, to some extent, shaped by the imperative of remaining in office. Trump is just more open about this and other aspects of the profoundly dishonorable profession that is politics. The fact that he makes no efforts to hide behind highfalutin illusions of selfless service is just another reason why the swamp creatures hate him - and why his supporters love him.

Trump is also unafraid to exercise executive power where others have refrained from doing so. Some of his personnel changes reflect this. Is it corrupt? Maybe, but the bottom line is he, like every other politician, is still constrained by what is politically feasible. Shutting down the Mueller investigation falls into the politically infeasible category, for instance. If it hadn't I doubt doubt that he would have done so, with a good deal of justification.

It would still surprise me if Trump ran for office with a primary aim being to enrich himself & his family. If he did he has taken the most almighty gamble, with let's face it, the secure existence of a billionaire(?) businessman. If he is eventually impeached or otherwise ejected from office (resigns) the Trump brand could easily be destroyed - and with it a vast portion of his wealth. His whole family could easy end up pariah. And this is before we consider the possibility of criminal action against him. That's a heck of a risk to take for 4 years in a 24/7 job which was always bound to have him under constant attack from all sides from day 1.

At the end of the day I concur with Col. Lang's estimation of Trump as the lesser of two weevils. Whether I like him or not is irrelevant. My dislike of the Democrats - particularly their neo-Marxist wing leaves only one choice.

Diana Croissant

I have three elementary school aged grandchildren and one still in daycare. This horrid and frightening political situation has be terribly frightened about the country they will inherit.

I thought when the hippie dippies and the Weathermen fizzled out we could go back to a country I was taught in my Social Studies and Government classes existed in the U.S.

And then somehow I was shunned as a racist because I worried about Obama's seeming dislike for our country and for his close friendship with the likes of Bill Ayers. I worried about the fact that he and Hillary seemed to be Saul Alinsky's favorite radicals. I feared that much of both Obama's and Hilary's funding came from Soros.

Now I do fear that we have lost our country if Trump is not re-elected. Despite his personal flaws, of the two candidates he is not the globalist candidate. I do not want a new world order. I want our country as it was designed to be by the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Fred

Tierce,

AOC, Pelosi and the democrats have already launched a first strike against the US. China's virus gives that excellent cover.

BABAK MAKKINEJAD

Diana Croissant

You worried about the wrong persons.

You ought to have been concerned about men such as Eddie Lampert - a fan of Ayan Rand and her fantasies - who destroyed livelihoods of tens of thousands of people.

All quite legally, I might add.

Jack
American families may be worried about their jobs and mortgages, and the small businesses along Main St in every town might be closing, but we can take comfort that the Fed is using CARES funds to buy bonds of Apple, Microsoft, Toyota, Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW from investors.

https://twitter.com/hussmanjp/status/1277591267015303171?s=21

This is one aspect albeit a very important one due to its scale - trillions of dollars - that is a common thread among the Trump, Obama and George Bush administrations. A common thread in both the Republican and Democratic Party as well as in the “outsider” Trump party.

Gargantuan amounts of money are conjured by the Federal Reserve and handed out to favored big money financial and corporate interests. This is precisely how wealth inequality is sustained. Yet Nancy Pelosi would rather take a knee with a kente scarf to show solidarity with her virtue signaling supporters and Trump would rather tweet some inanity claiming to be emotionally linked to the Deplorables. Symbolism over substance.

This is the real looting of the middle class and the working class and has been going on for decades under both parties and Trump has now taken it to a new unprecedented scale even dwarfing what happened under Obama.

Does it really matter in the contest between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum?

JamesT

Tyler had a lot of interesting things to say in 2016. I for one would be interested to hear what he is thinking this time around.

English Outsider


Well, Mr Wade. After that video I just had to look up "The Villages". It's an area that has the distinction of having defeated the IRS. Didn't know that was possible.

It also has the distinction of having had someone monkeying about with its Wiki entry -

"The Villages is a census-designated racist place (CDP) in Sumter County, Florida, United States. It shares its name with a broader master-planned age-restricted community that spreads into portions of Lake and Marion counties. The overall racist development lies in central Florida, approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of Ocala and approximately 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Orlando.

The Villages consistently ranks as a very high racist growth area..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Villages, Florida

Just wonder if that lady bawling at the golfers might have done some preparatory work on Wiki.

But the reason I looked it up was not that. Golf carts can't travel far. It seemed inherently unlikely that so many could be in one place without some serious logistical support. Was there a Trumpian Soros in the background coordinating a trucking operation to get that many golf carts together for the parade?

Nothing as interesting. The place is swamped in golf courses, that's all.

But I shan't forget the video. That lady's ready for promotion to to Black Bloc, no problems. Go long armoured golf carts, if so.

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ked

“lesser of two evils”
So that’s it - a choice of which alternative is less bad - a choice between elderly; by adversaries one believed insane, the other believed senile.

I’ll go with the senile guy (not to worry - I have no sway on Election Day). Staff & momentum will keep the ship afloat until the next generation is all we have left to choose from - finally! & just maybe the long-suppressed implosion of our current political party system occurs in step. It’s a lot to hope for, but I prefer it to explosions.

I am biased. Never been much for armed personality-cults convinced they are acting out God’s Will in the end-times. Lesser-of-two-evils seems weak justification for insurrection, but faith can overcome almost anything.

turcopolier

ked

What is that you think demonstrates Trumpy's insanity?

BABAK MAKKINEJAD

English Outsider

What you have referred to in Florida is not uncommon in many cities in the United States.

ked

Col, thanks for asking.
I’m neither psychologist or psychiatrist. So, I reference from-a-distance observations by those practitioners. Making distant analysis is a controversial topic in that community. However, those who have done so & published their analysis / opinion assert he suffers from a complex of severe personality disorders. There is a great deal of material available (doesn’t make it certain, but there it is) if one searches “Trump’s Insanity” & similar topics. Here’s a decent summation; https://medium.com/@shanesnow/donald-trump-and-the-definition-of-insanity-82ab6db008c4

When so inclined, I create in my own mind a predictive model based on such input... “if info X is true, then subject Y will confirm that truth by behaving Z.” Then I collect data ... observation & reading, both direct & indirect. I also build counter-model argument(s) (I’m a contrarian & make effort to be objective). If counter-models explain Z, &/or my prime model does not predict Z reliably, then I cannot have high confidence and must make adjustments or abandon it altogether.

I have to be very careful, because his cruelty, vengeance & near-total lack of empathy disturbs me tremendously... but that alone does not make him insane. Not being expert in the formal diagnosis of insanity (nor senility, for that matter) my opinion is only that. Just as it is for all, perhaps even experts, if their diagnosis does not comport with the consensus of experts in mental health.

In Trump’s case I am advantaged (or, arguably, biased) by observing him sporadically since the ‘80s, plus the reports of two direct witnesses who are longtime friends of mine as to his behavior years ago (one, a golfer living in Westchester Co, the other a RE business analyst for institutional investors in NYC).

The upshot is that his behavior is predictable & persistent over the decades. Experts in analysis of mental illness have allowed me to conclude (for myself) a high likelihood of psychopathy in the POTUS.

Ultimately & to a perhaps a greater extent than usual (or desirable), what matters these days is less fact, but belief. I can live with that, but a lot of folk seem to have difficulty accepting that these days our political life is heavily weighted by emotional urges, while they argue facts. Reminds me of biblical literalists, always seeking factual proof for the ineffable.

Fred

English,

" census-designated racist place"

The word "racist" doesn't exist in the wiki entry but is listed twice in your quote.
Are you the same person who has been communicating here under that moniker since you sure don't write like that one did.

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