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  1. I need reliable info. I get the distinct impression the Daily Mail has been bought by Trump’s opponents. Is he going to be impeached? I can’t see why. Are his opponents losing their sanity? I don’t live in the US and our media is completely unreliable.

    If he is removed, isn’t that tantamount to saying the US electorate is unfit to have an opinion. What would the reaction be?

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    • Replies: @J1234
    Trump did not issue a directive to Comey to let the matter go. He conveyed his hopes..."I hope you can let this go," or whatever it was. That doesn't fit the definition of a directive.

    It does show political inexperience on the part of Trump, but little more than that. The left is grasping at straws to create something that will be perceived by the public as equivalent to the Hillary email scandal.
    , @Romanian
    Theoretically, impeachment is a political process, not a judicial one. So he could be impeached for anything, including the color of his ties, if the people doing it have the votes, the will to take on the resulting firestorm and the confidence that the precedent of impeaching a President for nothing will not come back to haunt them some other time.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    Unfortunately, the media and a lot of politicians (including prominent Republicans like John McCain) are now talking about impeachment.
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  2. Just heard today that Trump had fishy dealings with–get this–Russia! That’s right, the evilest country on earth. (Because gays, or something.) Against the wishes of Israel, no less.

    Which isn’t surprising, as Trump’s not actually president. (Because popular vote, or something.) Cuddling with evil is something un-presidents do.

    Also, he talked to the FBI director at some point. Since when do presidents do that?

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    You forgot that he also eats Freudian ice cream: two icy globes, where others get just one.

    Oh the patriarchy of it all!

  3. here’s the hit-list of Dem descriptives in order of importance:

    1. The Very Last Straw
    2. The Last Straw
    3. Impeachable
    4. Absolutely Outrageous
    5. He’s Insane
    6. Beyond Words
    7. Hitler
    8. Reagan
    9. Stalin (the middle years)
    10. 5, 3, 1

    [h/t from a commenter on another blog]

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    • Replies: @Daniil Adamov
    I thought 9 was good from a Democrat perspective. That's when he was pals with FDR, no less!
    , @Buck Turgidson
    11. He got an extra scoop of ice cream
  4. Way off-topic,

    Surprised to see that today’s “google doodle” commemorates the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism:

    The Antikythera mechanism (/ˌæntᵻkᵻˈθiːrə/ ant-i-ki-theer-ə or /ˌæntᵻˈkɪθərə/ ant-i-kith-ə-rə) is an ancient Greek analogue computer[1][2][3][4] and orrery used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes.[5][6][7] It could also track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar, but not identical, to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.[8][9][10]
    Found housed in a 340 millimetres (13 in) × 180 millimetres (7.1 in) × 90 millimetres (3.5 in) wooden box, the device is a complex clockwork mechanism composed of at least 30 meshing bronze gears. Using modern computer x-ray tomography and high resolution surface scanning, a team led by Mike Edmunds and Tony Freeth at Cardiff University peered inside fragments of the crust-encased mechanism and read the faintest inscriptions that once covered the outer casing of the machine. Detailed imaging of the mechanism suggests it dates back to 150-100 BC and had 37 gear wheels enabling it to follow the movements of the moon and the sun through the zodiac, predict eclipses and even recreate the irregular orbit of the moon. The motion, known as the first lunar anomaly, was developed by the astronomer Hipparchus of Rhodes in the 2nd century BC, and he may have been consulted in the machine’s construction, the scientists speculate.[11] Its remains were found as one lump, later separated into three main fragments, which are now divided into eighty-two separate fragments after conservation works. Four of these fragments contain gears, while inscriptions are found on many others.[12][13] The largest gear is approximately 140 millimetres (5.5 in) in diameter and originally had 224 teeth.
    The artifact was recovered on May 17th 1902[14][15] from the Antikythera shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, which in antiquity was known as Aigila.[16] Believed to have been designed and constructed by Greek scientists, the instrument has been variously dated to about 87 BC,[17] or between 150 and 100 BC,[5] or in 205 BC,[18][19] or within a generation before the date of the shipwreck (in about 150 BC).[20][21]
    After the knowledge of this technology was lost at some point in antiquity, technological works approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the development of mechanical astronomical clocks in Europe in the fourteenth century.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

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    • Replies: @guest
    They must've forgot Greece is in Europe.

    Or is this one of the things the Greeks stole from black Egypt?

    , @Inquiring Mind
    Simply amazing -- not only is this a computer dating from the first or second century BC, at 13 by 7 by 3.5 inches, it also came in a small form factor (SFF) desktop computer case!
    , @Anonymous
    Meanwhile in Copenhagen …

    AP -- A Danish court on Tuesday convicted a teenage girl of attempted terrorism for planning bomb attacks against two schools.

    Holbaek District Court judge Peder Christensen says the 17-year-old, who wasn't identified, was also convicted of assaulting an employee in the juvenile incarceration facility where she had been held during the trial.

    Christensen said the girl had converted to Islam and intended to carry out attacks, including one on a Jewish school, when she was 15. He said she possessed chemicals to make the explosive known as TATP. It also appeared she had online contacts with radical militants.

    The teenager was arrested Jan. 13, 2016. The court said the bombings were not carried out because she was arrested before she could take action, and that she had not received any orders to blow up her former school, Holbaek, 40 miles northwest of Copenhagen, and Copenhagen's Jewish Caroline School.

    Her lawyer, Mette Gritt Stage, had said her client had been bullied at school and is a confused teenager seeking attention.

    After the guilty ruling, Stage said her client "was very, very saddened."

    Three letters were found in her cell in late April and read in court. In one, the teenager wrote that she deliberately didn't wear a headscarf "to fool the disbelievers" to think she had not converted to Islam.

    In another letter to a Danish-Turkish man who had been sentenced to six years in prison and had his Danish citizenship stripped off for joining radical ISIS militants in Syria, she wrote that she stabbed the employee in the incarceration facility because he had been a soldier in Iraq, adding "I couldn't accept this."

    The court is expected to announce sentencing on Thursday. Prosecutors are requesting her incarceration at a mental institution.
     
    , @SFG
    It was a pleasant surprise, wasn't it? I was annoyed at them for trying to teach me about their gender bias detection algorithm. I had determined to go and watch some manly movies in mini-protest, but they're getting harder to find.
    , @bored identity
    Way off ?

    Jesus Christ and Mary, and all Minor Saints!

    Sir Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World
    wants his post back.


    Ahmed The Clockmaker get piss@d of as well.

    Happy?
  5. There is an obvious coup attempt/color revolution in progress in D.C. I think Trump’s best bet is to continue to build the loyalty of law enforcement and military, in the event he needs to engage in Erdogan-style purges in the intelligence services, FBI or judiciary. A lot of law-enforcement/military voted for him and they’d support him when push comes to shove. It remains to be seen whether the situation degenerates to actual armed confrontation.
    Another option would be for Trump to start a new war in order to divert attention from all this to external enemy. Starting a war is an awful choice unfortunately, but may happen anyways.

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    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    'Another option would be for Trump to start a new war in order to divert attention from all this to external enemy"

    It doesn't seem like that would work anymore. We're perpetually at war, I suspect another would be out of the news within a couple of days.
    , @Thea
    Perhaps he should stop alienating some of his base. We were willing to have his back but part of the deal is that he stands up to the globalist a in DC for us.
    , @dfordoom

    Another option would be for Trump to start a new war in order to divert attention from all this to external enemy.
     
    That's a fairly likely scenario. Americans love their wars and they love presidents who start wars. It would be a smart move. What's the worst thing that could happen? OK, there could be a nuclear war that ends all human civilisation planet-wide. But at least Israel and the cucks will be happy.
    , @Kevin C.

    A lot of law-enforcement/military voted for him.
     
    A lot of the rank and file, perhaps, but the commanders, the folks who give the orders to the order-followers…?

    and they’d support him when push comes to shove.
     
    The cops will support (distant) Trump over their immediate bosses, who can fire them and take away their pensions (or maybe even toss them as sacrificial lambs to the "mercies" of BLM)? The rank and file troops will support Trump over their more immediate commanders, who can have them shot for mutiny?
  6. Regarding reliable info, avoid corporate media. Read A LOT of different writers on the internet. This will develop your bullshit detector and you can decide for yourself what is and what is not.

    If he is removed, isn’t that tantamount to saying the US electorate is unfit to have an opinion. What would the reaction be?

    If he is removed, by impeachment, by coup, or by assassination, you will see a variety of nullification and/or secession movements. The United States will Balkanize.

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    • Replies: @27 year old
    >If he is removed, by impeachment, by coup, or by assassination, you will see a variety of nullification and/or secession movements. The United States will Balkanize.

    Doubtful. Who is going to lead these movements? Based stick man?

    You need local/regional elites and or establishment on board for that to work. Trump doesn't have that and he doesn't even really have his base at this point with how much cucking he's been doing.

    , @Stephen R. Diamond
    I thought you were through with Trump.
    , @dfordoom

    If he is removed, by impeachment, by coup, or by assassination, you will see a variety of nullification and/or secession movements. The United States will Balkanize.
     
    Not a chance. A coup isn't going to bother any of the people who matter. You really think any US politicians in any of the states will do anything? They're all part of the establishment that wants Trump gone. All of them. And they're all corrupt and they're owned by the people who'll be organising the coup.

    A coup will be followed by a massive crackdown on dissent. I'm not talking about shadow bans on Twitter, I'm talking about mass imprisonment of dissenters. You think ordinary people will object? They won't, because they'll be told that Trump is Hitler and the dissidents are nazis. They'll believe it because they won't get to hear any dissenting views. They won't get to hear any dissenting views at all. We're talking about a coup, not a Sunday School picnic. If it's considered that a few thousand deplorable nazis have to die or be sent to the gulags these people won't hesitate to do it.

    Will the military and the police support the coup? Of course they will. As long as they're getting paid.
    , @Kevin C.

    If he is removed, by impeachment, by coup, or by assassination, you will see a variety of nullification and/or secession movements.
     
    And what makes you think they'll do any better than the last such movement? Are you ready for the city or town you live in to get the Atlanta treatment from a modern-day Sherman?

    The United States will Balkanize.
     
    Along what lines? Look at county-level political maps. And even those miss that a "blue" county might be up to 49% "red", and vice-versa. The two sides are too well-mixed; there's no Mason-Dixon line here.
  7. @syonredux
    Way off-topic,

    Surprised to see that today's "google doodle" commemorates the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism:

    The Antikythera mechanism (/ˌæntᵻkᵻˈθiːrə/ ant-i-ki-theer-ə or /ˌæntᵻˈkɪθərə/ ant-i-kith-ə-rə) is an ancient Greek analogue computer[1][2][3][4] and orrery used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes.[5][6][7] It could also track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar, but not identical, to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.[8][9][10]
    Found housed in a 340 millimetres (13 in) × 180 millimetres (7.1 in) × 90 millimetres (3.5 in) wooden box, the device is a complex clockwork mechanism composed of at least 30 meshing bronze gears. Using modern computer x-ray tomography and high resolution surface scanning, a team led by Mike Edmunds and Tony Freeth at Cardiff University peered inside fragments of the crust-encased mechanism and read the faintest inscriptions that once covered the outer casing of the machine. Detailed imaging of the mechanism suggests it dates back to 150-100 BC and had 37 gear wheels enabling it to follow the movements of the moon and the sun through the zodiac, predict eclipses and even recreate the irregular orbit of the moon. The motion, known as the first lunar anomaly, was developed by the astronomer Hipparchus of Rhodes in the 2nd century BC, and he may have been consulted in the machine's construction, the scientists speculate.[11] Its remains were found as one lump, later separated into three main fragments, which are now divided into eighty-two separate fragments after conservation works. Four of these fragments contain gears, while inscriptions are found on many others.[12][13] The largest gear is approximately 140 millimetres (5.5 in) in diameter and originally had 224 teeth.
    The artifact was recovered on May 17th 1902[14][15] from the Antikythera shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, which in antiquity was known as Aigila.[16] Believed to have been designed and constructed by Greek scientists, the instrument has been variously dated to about 87 BC,[17] or between 150 and 100 BC,[5] or in 205 BC,[18][19] or within a generation before the date of the shipwreck (in about 150 BC).[20][21]
    After the knowledge of this technology was lost at some point in antiquity, technological works approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the development of mechanical astronomical clocks in Europe in the fourteenth century.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

    They must’ve forgot Greece is in Europe.

    Or is this one of the things the Greeks stole from black Egypt?

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  8. I could live with President Pence, but the problem with that is it would all but assure some truly intolerable Democrat (my money would be on Kamala Harris) will win in 2020.

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    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    We'll very likely get a horrid Democrat (redundant) whatever happens with Trump.
  9. Screw the haters.

    I was a reluctant and half-hearted Trump supporter, and I see increasing evidence that he is over his head and an incompetent manager. His public speech and mannerisms are frankly embarrassing to me. And yet I have become a strong supporter, because the alternative is rewarding the anti-civilization rioters and the DC/NY parasite class.

    In other words, everything Publius/Anton said before the election.

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    • Agree: Alden, Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Barnard
    Yes, I hate the people who put us in a situation where our only hope to curtail the deep state and managerial class was to vote for a clown like Trump.
    , @Arclight
    Struggling with this myself - on the one hand, I am eternally grateful that Hilary Clinton will never be president, and all I wanted out of Trump was a) a hard line on immigration and b) conservative SCOTUS nominees.

    But it looks like he is not only in over his head but he is remarkably bad at forecasting the consequences of his shoot-from-the-mouth style, not to mention he was dumb enough to allow the GOP (and by extension himself) to burn precious political capital on repealing Obamacare.

    It looks to me like he literally has no plan on anything...
  10. Amidst all the media and Democrat (same thing) insanity and lies, the real problem is the total failure of the Republicucks to get behind Trump. In fact, they seem to be starting to collapse. Probably getting too many angry SJWs at their town halls or whatever. You never, EVER, see Democrats fail to circle the wagons.

    I still think Trump needs to start arresting Deep State traitors. We need perp walks.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    "... the real problem is the total failure of the Republicucks to get behind Trump."
     
    I think you're missing the fact, Peter, that these "Republicucks" and the Democrats are on the same team. They like things the way they are going, and do not want, and probably won't let, Trump get his way, even were Trump to get his act together.

    The only people on (candidate-version of) Trump's side are the patriotic American people, still a lot of people.

    , @Travis
    The GOP is the real culprit. They are not merely not supporting Trump they are trying to destroy his administration. The GOP congress failed to fund the wall, the GOP congress has allowed the "Russian conspiracy" delusions to gain support because they are behind this conspiracy. GOP operatives created the false narrative in an attempt to get a contested convention. The media then picked up on it.
  11. No real idea what Trump is up to.

    As for impeachment, eh it’s a mechanical matter really.

    Assuming that every Democrat votes for it (and why wouldn’t they), you only need enough Lindsay Graham’s and John McCains to pull it off.

    Public opinion, precedent, none of that matters. The media will be spinning it non-stop.

    Frankly I don’t know what anyone would do about it, if this does happen. I guess you could point at that as the moment America officially became a banana republic.

    What’s interesting to me, is exactly who would ever want the job again if it happens that way. There aren’t many people who want the job, and also want to deal with the possibility of something like that happening again (and why wouldn’t it, after all the Republicans are the ones who used the Democrat’s nuclear option to confirm Gorsuch).

    I can’t even imagine the gridlock and indecision that would happen in the future if this latest stupid trial balloon is indulged by some of the Republican Party.

    But based on what I’ve seen of Trump so far… maybe he is playing 4-D chess. Cause I sure don’t know what the man is doing or wants to do.

    I’m not even sure why the Democrats hate him so much honestly. Kushner, Pence, and the rest aren’t so different from what Hillary would have had surrounding her.

    Sure there is Sessions. But what is he doing, and what is Jared Kushner/Ivanka going to allow him to do?

    If Trump goes, Sessions will no doubt have the baying of the hounds at his heels.

    Gratifying to Chucky Schumer in the short term. But what comes after that? Do we have to have the early 21st century version of the smoke filled room, with Goldman-Sachs, the Republican and Democratic leadership, and the “Intelligence Community” hashing out a year ahead of time who is going to be selected to run, and who will win the next Presidential Election?

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    • Replies: @dfordoom

    I’m not even sure why the Democrats hate him so much honestly.
     
    That's the interesting bit. Trump is basically pro-immigration and he's a liberal. He's pro-Israel. He's pro-NATO. There's not a great deal he can do, with the courts against him and given that the Democrats and the RINOs in Congress have the numbers to stop him doing anything significant.

    So maybe it really isn't about Trump. Maybe it's just the elites seeing the opportunity to do something they'd wanted to do for years - to move the US closer to an EU-style political system in which political leaders aren't political leaders at all but merely administrators. Bland managerial types like Macron who can be trusted not to have any original thoughts. A system in which democracy still exists in theory but not in practice.

    Maybe they aren't worried about Trump at all. Maybe they are actually worried about a future Bernie Sanders type, but unlike Bernie one with actual guts. A left-wing populist could be much more difficult to deal with. If they can destroy Trump then that danger more or less disappears.
    , @dfordoom

    What’s interesting to me, is exactly who would ever want the job again if it happens that way.
     
    There will always be Emmanuel Macron types who will be happy just to be allowed to pretend to be president.
  12. The best thing I can say about President Trump is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    Sessions was denied a federal judgeship by Senate Democrats back in the 80s. More recently, he was insulted by his (Democrat) collegues in the Senate during his confirmation hearings. Even his fellow Republican Senators have often treated him like a nobody.

    So, perhaps he harbors a few grudges. I can only hope so. Stick it to 'em, Jeff.

    Along the same lines, one of the best arguments I heard in favor of Gorsuch was that his Mom was, for a time, Reagan's EPA chief, and was viciously attacked by Democrats during that time. That might tend to innoculate Gorsuch from any desire to earn SNR (Strange New Respect) from the liberal elite.
  13. I don’t think impeachment is going to be enough for whoever is behind this. If they win, they’re going to want him to suffer. The chances of all this ending with Trump in federal prison are greater than zero.

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  14. If you stop yourself from getting angry about this, all of this is a great master class in building a parallel reality out of nothing. We’re lucky, it’s usually not this obvious.

    The basis of “Trump is Putin’s gay lover” thus far is:

    1) we have evidence, but it’s secret
    2) the evidence is the word of our anonymous source
    3) we don’t need evidence because it’s just so damn obvious

    But most people are kinda dumb and if everybody around them keeps talking about a hypothetical, they’ll conclude it must be true.

    This will be in the history books in 15 years and once the people who were around when it was being made up are dead, it will be there forever. Conversely, much of history is the result of this kind of trickery. We’ve only just figured out that the Kaiser’s troops didn’t actually hack off toddler’s hands and rape nuns, but that’s just because their evilness doesn’t advance any current political narrative.

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    • Replies: @James Bowery
    Your 3-point damning argument is almost perfect. Here, let me help you:

    1) we have evidence, but it’s secret
    2) the evidence is the word of our anonymous source
    3) we don’t need evidence because these 3 points make it just so damn obvious.
  15. I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a “loyalty oath” from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

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    • Replies: @anon
    Clinton emailed classified info to Huma to print out for her who sent it on to Wiener - clear cut indictable offence - a regular person would be in jail.

    she was protected by an entirely corrupt political-media class.

    it's not the emails it's the final proof there is no rule of law - it's who, whom to the bitter end now - no mercy.

    media delenda est
    , @anon
    Which one of those actions is a crime rising to the level of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" that can command 67 Senate votes for conviction? They may all be unethical but not criminal. Being unethical is bad but not enough to remove from office.

    People who voted for Trump did so knowing full well that he is unethical and immoral. They just want the Wall and Well Paying Jobs. It was a Faustian bargain. That is why he still has more than 85% support among his voters.
    , @barbicane
    This isn't a big deal, except it's politically stupid. I thought Trump was smarter than this.
    , @ziel
    It wouldn't matter in the least to me personally - but I would acknowledge that there is at least a viable argument for investigation and concern - as opposed to the Russia stuff generally, which is complete nonsense.
    , @Mikeja
    Depends a lot on what Flynn's accused of. If it's only failing to report his fee for a speech then no biggie. If he is getting $$$ in a Swiss bank account in return for spying for Putin, then I'd have to have a rethink.

    So far everything concrete I've heard seems quite minor. E.g. He told the DoD about the speech but didn't clear it with State Dept or something
    , @Vinteuil
    "I have an honest question for Trump supporters..."

    Has it really escaped your attention that there aren't many "Trump supporters" left around here?

    But that has nothing to do with this piddling Comey crap.
    , @27 year old
    (((Aaron))), it would increase my support for Trump by a tiny amount. It's not a big deal.
    , @J.Ross
    >I have an honest queation

    Because we're liars? Or you were, up to this point? This insulting, market-tested script language is the hallmark of ShareBlue. Why don't you just talk like a person instead if trying to telegraph and control?

    >What if Trump really is the devil?

    What if Jews really do enjoy the crunch of baby crackers? You really honestly don't do any analysis or reading, do you? You think it's the Red Team and the Blue Team reflexively yelling at each other. There's no evidence, no witnesses, no logic, no undeniable benefit to Putin, no tapes, no reason to believe, no mechanism of action: in fact, I have yet to hear what even the "story" was of this Russian nonsense. What did they do? Tamper with vote tallies? Hack machines not connected to the internet? Bribe a billionaire? Receive uranium from Hilary to make her look bad?
    This story is Charles Schumer repeating over and over that there might be a story. That's the entirety of it. And you have had a year to provide one data point to the contrary.

    Notice also the insulting implication that we are not only dumb cultists, but simple-minded enough to tell this guy to his face "I will support a proven traitor out of contrarianism."
    How about instead of proactively reaching out to challenge the conversation with honest questions, you do some reading?
    Read about the media bombarding their audience with a dishonest movie, advocating for a black serial killer who made his victims drink bleach, to try to save him from execution. Read about the media changing the race of the bad guy time and again to create certainty in the minds of TV watchers that whites are directly responsible for black crime. Read about how the Hilary campaign felt about Sanders and his supporters. Read what Hilary's campaign did, in the California primary, to Sanders. Read about Seth Rich. Read something other than a legacy media inheritor laughing at his betters.

    , @J.Ross
    To reply more directly, you seem to be under the impression that everything was fine until Putin deployed Kommissar Trumpovich. This is very much not the case. It is not Trump who threatens you. It is Trump who saved people like you from physical violence and that is still very much on the table if anything happens to him. Our society has been taken in a direction of accelerated collapse and non-functionality. There is a tiny clique who likes this and wants us to be Northern Mexico. No one else supports this. The people are either distracted by immediate problems (which generally come from the policies of the decaying globalist gerontocracy) or they're angry enough to vote Trump. Nobody apart from paid employees actually wants Sorosworld. It's like Obama thinking that he can normalize black crime by hamstringing his own police -- in a country with mass gun ownership and a tradition of property rights.
    , @Federalist
    I know the Constitution is an anachronism now but the President should be able to expect loyalty from the leader of a subordinate agency within the Justice Department which is itself a part of the Executive Branch. The President should not have to ask his subordinates for anything. Does the President have to ask one his generals to stop a military operation? The FBI is not the fourth branch of government.
    , @Dieter Kief
    It (now already -that's quite fast!) looks a lot like Francis Fukuyama's political forecast for the Trump-presidency: That the state's institutions (law, congress...) would grind him in smaller pieces.

    According to today's report in the liberal-conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine paper, no impeachment to be expectetd anywhere, but damage done nonetheless.

    , @Ron Mexico
    "Would this make any difference in your support for Trump?" Abso-fucking-lutely NOT

    Trump was the first candidate that I cast a positive vote for, rather than a protest vote. I will vote Trump again in 2020 and then probably not vote ever again. If I didn't have 5 kids I would just say I would love it if the whole government went up in flames tomorrow. Politicians will be occupying one of the Circles of Hell. Sick of 'em.
  16. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Watergate was a real scandal.

    Iran-Contra was a real scandal.

    Abu Gharib was a real scandal.

    Benghazi was a real scandal, esp as the government lied about the reasons for the violence: some pastor burning a Koran.

    But what we seeing now is the game of MANUFACTURING SCANDALS where anything Trump does is spun as a ‘new scandal’. Trump is not making scandals. He is being scandalized.

    It might as well be called WHATEVERGATE. MSM will turn anything or whatever into the next scandal.

    Btw, it says something about the current state of affairs that it is just when Trump moves toward greater peace with Russia and Syria that we get the most hysteria, or Russyteria or Hysyria.
    But when Trump acts on questionable info and lobs 50 missiles into Syria, he is hailed as being ‘presidential’.
    To understand the nature of The Power, see what irks it the most. Why does good relations with Russia make The Power most crazy?

    Also, consider a snake like Fareed Zakaria. When the West used to be race-ist and not allow mass-immigration, someone like Zakaria would have been in his own nation and serving its interests and defending the Third World from the hegemonic or imperialist West.
    But now that his ilk have been allowed into the Elysium Club of Globalism, he is doing the bidding of the US as globalist imperialist power.
    There was a time when someone like him would have been in his own country condemning US military strikes against Third World nations. But now, Zakaria praised Trump when Syria was bombed over bogus pretexts. Globalism has turned Third World elites into Servitors of US-globo-empire. According to Zakaria, Trump finally became president by shooting off missiles into a nation based on questionable unverified reports.. And Brian Williams, that Anglo-Cuck, was calling the missiles ‘beautiful’ and quoting Leonard Cohen. What a crazy world.

    Anyway, to understand what is going on in psycho-social terms, consider the part of Kafka’s THE CASTLE.

    https://libcom.org/files/Franz%20Kafka-The%20Castle%20(Oxford%20World’s%20Classics)%20(2009).pdf

    On Page 246:

    “Neither the landlord nor the landlady understood how K. could have done anything
    of the kind. But what exactly had he done? K. asked again and
    again, although he didn’t get the chance to ask for long, because his
    guilt was only too obvious to both of them, and they didn’t believe
    for a moment that he was asking in good faith. Only bit by bit did K.
    find out what the matter was. He had no right to be in the corridor,
    in general he could enter only the bar, and that only as a favour which
    could be withdrawn. If he had been summoned to see a gentleman,
    he must of course go to the place to which he had been summoned,
    but must always remain aware—he did have his wits about him, they
    imagined, like anyone else?—that he was somewhere where he did
    not belong, to which he had been summoned only by a gentleman,
    and very unwillingly at that, merely because official business required
    and justified it.”

    The Land Surveyor doesn’t belong in the Castle.

    Trump the real estate man doesn’t belong in the Corridor, the Bunker of power.

    The Deep State may see itself as akin to the ‘Good German’ generals who tried to depose Hitler.
    But the great irony is it is Trump who wants to make the peace while Deep State wants to make Perpetual War.

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    • Agree: European-American
    • Replies: @Buck Turgidson
    Ice creamgate
    , @ben tillman

    It might as well be called WHATEVERGATE. MSM will turn anything or whatever into the next scandal.
     
    "Whatevergate". That's excellent.
  17. At the Coast Guard commencement today, Trump took shots (no pun intended) at the extravagant costs of beloved projects of two of the Coast Guard’s rival services: the Air Force’s performance-plagued F-35, and the Navy’s floating barge of taxpayer gold, the U.S.S. Gerald Ford.
    He then immediately turned to talking about how many new ice cutters he wants to build for the Coast Guard, all to much vocal expression of delight from both the assembled graduates and their superiors.
    Man knows how to work a crowd.

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    • Replies: @Anon
    Calling the Coast Guard a rival to the Navy or Air Force is giving it a significant promotion.
  18. Are the swamp’s attacks forcing Trump to become Great Again in self defense?

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    • Replies: @anon
    yes - they will destroy him, his business and his family unless he destroys them first
  19. Oddsmakers are now predicting a 55 per cent chance that the president will depart the White House early. : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4514426/UK-punters-early-exit-Trump-bookmakers.html#ixzz4hMZkGJnB

    Predict It, the american site which allows you to wager on political outcomes it indicates 25% probability that Trump will be impeached in the next 7 months, before December 31, 2017.

    I bought 20 shares when it dropped to 70 , now trading at 76. If he is impeached the contract goes to 0. If he is not impeached by December 31 it goes to 100. I risked $70 to make $30. I fail to see any reason they can impeach him, and the GOP will control congress this year.

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    • Replies: @Daniel H
    You made a sound bet.

    I can't play Predict It because I live in Nevada, otherwise I would take the same bet.
    , @EriK
    How did oddsmakers and Predict It do on the presidential election?
    , @Dave Pinsen
    I bought 1307 shares of Trump still being in office at the end of the year at 65 cents each.
    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/864711528590737408
  20. The first “Republican” to sign onto impeachment is, wait for it, a libertarian, Justin Amash. This confirms tow things I have said for years. Libertarians are low-tax liberals. It’s a way for them to be extra smug. The other thing is never trust anyone named Justin.

    I’m thoroughly black-pilled on this. I want the GOP to roll over and hold impeachment hearings or appoint a special persecutor. That would be even better as they always go rogue and start digging in areas where they can make headlines. That will most likely mean in the backyard of both parties. But, a straight up removal of Trump and Pence would be great. I could then spend the rest of my life never hearing one of these assholes drone on about democracy.

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    • Replies: @guest
    "I could then spend the rest of my life never hearing one of these assholes drone on about democracy"

    Why on earth do you think they'd stop lying? What, when their lies become too obvious suddenly they'll turn honest? No.

    Also, it's not a lie if you believe it.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    As a libertarian, I apologize on behalf of this Amash character. That is, not unless he calls for impeachment on all presidential wrongdoings of this level, meaning he'd have been putting out tweets twice weekly since he was old enough to use his thumbs (pretty sure a guy named Justin can't be older than 40). I don't know the whole story, but I doubt that he does.

    Now, conservatives in the past may have gotten pretty peeved with Texan Ron Paul's no votes once in a while, but the man was consistently against ANYTHING that was unconstitutional, and I have the utmost respect for that and for him. Had we 300 more guys at a time like Ron Paul over the last 100 years, we'd still be in a great country.
  21. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    You can count on President Sellout!

    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/17/work-visa-lobby-trump-assured-us-continued-access-foreign-help/

    The largest agriculture pro-outsourcing organization says President Donald Trump has “assured” them that the current flow of foreign workers in the farming industry will continue unreformed.

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    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    Pick a name. Rub our faces in it when all your predictions come true. Drive-by commenting is meaningless.
  22. Trump is in world of trouble. Trump rolled like a mobster, demanding loyalty in his previous world, but has been unable to consolidate power. Lack of deep philosophical anchoring doesn’t help, but it’s his thin skin that is his Achille’s Heel. The man is a Campaign Monster but he seems unable to govern as President. It’s not clear he understands what the job entails – he’s surrounded by a crew of beginners too afraid to even talk straight to the boss, and his family for crying out loud. What he needed was a seasoned war horse to silently observe at meetings and debrief Trump in private afterwords. Instead, to a person, these are people who have no other job prospects, need him and are doubly-constrained by the family dynamic. Without a philosophy and surrounded by ass-kissers, he’s been unable to consolidate power. Not to mention the non-stop rage against him. Meanwhile, Comey has the entire Democratic Party and a former President to come to his aid.

    Leaving the country is dangerous and he is apt to return with an indictment by one of those troublesome circuits. Or Pence convening both houses, or whatever the procedure is for impeachment. While having been the ideal loyal servant in the past, Pence doesn’t “work” for Trump. Pence may even be tangentially tainted by this witch hunt, and it could come down to Ryan.

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    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    I'm not happy with Trump, but you can't chalk this up to inexperience. It's 70% attempts to undermine him. Eg, with the Russia intelligence fiasco, imagine the same had happened with Obama. Would there have been a leak about the situation? No, and if there had been would it have been reported in the same way? No. There is an ongoing campaign to undermine him.
  23. The Antichrist = Trump mechanism is spinning at full pelt. The US Securitate and other arms of the US Establishment are restarting their slow motion coup against Trump.

    Can Trump summon up steel enough to resist, or will he turn out to be another of those fake tough-guys who swagger about in big business?

    Still, it’s a funny way for the Republic to end. The American Century: 1918-2017. RIP.

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    • Replies: @Clyde

    The Antichrist = Trump mechanism is spinning at full pelt. The US Securitate and other arms of the US Establishment are restarting their slow motion coup against Trump.
    Can Trump summon up steel enough to resist, or will he turn out to be another of those fake tough-guys who swagger about in big business?
     
    What you cannot cure you must endure and Trump will endure just to spite his enemies and to do as much as he can of what he promised during his campaign. Trump's limiting factor are his children what have their lives and business careers ahead of them. The are afraid of having their businesses ruined by vengeful Democrats and the loony left.
    I can see a few business leaders telling DJT the facts of life. Such as, you put up a wall that hurts our supply of cheap labor and toilet paper sales, and we will make sure your children's businesses suffer for the next 25 years. Our housing/real estate sector is very dependent on our current out sized flow of legal and illegal immigrants, not just our toilet paper manufacturing sector.

    The USA is the world's superpower when it comes to manufacturing soft two& three ply toilet paper and we intend to keep it this way. Chafed arses are for people living in other nations!

  24. Whether he’s broken his most important promises due to a threat from the business end of the Deep-State, or he just is very weak-willed and doesn’t trust himself over 30-year beltway veterans and his son-in-law is not known. However, the new way of the establishment for preventing anything positive from happening in the Feral Government is this constant barrage of accusations about Russia, leaks, who talked with whom and anything else that distracts from the REAL problems.

    Here’s another strategy from the progressives/lefties/commies/globalists, whatever your favorite terminology is for people that aim to finish off traditional America: They stir up the useful idiots to GET “deranged”, and the smart ones in charge ACT deranged about the new, supposed “conservative” (also, whatever term you want) in office. They make it out like he is everything they detest, while, in reality, he is getting nothing done at all that they really have anything to bitch about. Things move along toward ruination just at 3/4 speed compared to the rate it’d have been with their man (or beast).

    Then, patriotic Americans call them, and write about, these people as “deranged” with “Trump Derangement Syndrome”, formerly “Bush Derangement System” back in 2002. That makes us feel better, as it sounds like our guy is doing the right things, as the other side is freaking out. Well, guess what, he’s NOT accomplishing a whole hell of a lot to stop the ruination of the nation, but we forget that, cause we feel he is OUR man now, as much as “they” are deranged about him.

    Then, 4 or 8 years go by, and we are told that we’ve ruined the nation enough for a while, and “their” side should have a chance for a few years – another Øb☭ma is needed to settle the score.

    It’s detestable, it’s insidious, it’s odious, but this strategy has been working great for a few decades now, suckers.

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  25. Why hasn’t Peter Thiel taken a more active role in the administration? He had a once in a lifetime chance to roll back American decline but it feels like he’s had zero influence. He couldn’t even get a good FDA pick and instead we got an industry shill!

    Does anybody have any thoughts on why his influence has been so limited, and why he isn’t trying to take a more active role?

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    • Replies: @aceofspades
    He might have seen the Trump administration as a sinking ship and bailed out. Or perhaps his Silicon Valley "friends" put pressure on him to not get involved.
    , @Daniel Chieh
    I think he's sick of democracy and no longer wishes to participate in this game.
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    Tough to look at that photo of Trump and his son-in-law walking outside the white house yesterday. Trump just doesn’t get that his Jared fixation makes Donnie look like a moron. Like a soft, old man with bad judgement.

    But there is some good news that finally Trump is displeased with ALL of his neocon/lib advisors including Kushner.

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  27. @Luke Lea
    here's the hit-list of Dem descriptives in order of importance:

    1. The Very Last Straw
    2. The Last Straw
    3. Impeachable
    4. Absolutely Outrageous
    5. He's Insane
    6. Beyond Words
    7. Hitler
    8. Reagan
    9. Stalin (the middle years)
    10. 5, 3, 1

    [h/t from a commenter on another blog]

    I thought 9 was good from a Democrat perspective. That’s when he was pals with FDR, no less!

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  28. The leftist propaganda is inescapable. I’m watching the Google I/O keynote right now, and they are highlighting just one use of AI to help people. A young boy from Chicago… oh and look his parents are recent immigrants! And yes, they are from Pakistan… and yes, they’re Muslim. And his project is to help women! Perfect choice.

    And Google makes use of how many H1-B visas?

    You can’t get away from it.

    If you watch any mainstream media, you can see that Trump is doomed. If you don’t watch any tv, I guess you’re some sort of hermit. I hope there are enough hermits to convince Senate Republicans to hold firm and not vote to begin impeachment proceedings and not vote to have a special prosecutor.

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    • Replies: @Anon7
    And... now there's a special prosecutor:

    "Lawmakers are quickly backing the decision to name former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor for the probe into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election."
  29. most of the leaks have been fraudulent , used to push fake news stories.

    Strange that the NY Times pushes the narrative that Trump put our intelligence gathering at risk for revealing the ISIS plots to blow-up planes, because the Russians might figure out where we obtained the information. The NY times themselves published a story indicating exactly where our CIA obtained this intelligence, Israel. The threat of using laptops to hide explosives was widely disseminated across the news outlets before Trump ever met with the Russians. CNN reported about the terrorists plot in April. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/politics/terrorist-laptop-bombs-may-evade-security/

    More fake news to push the false narrative that Trump is either a fool or dangerous Russian collaborator. The media is 100% aligned against Trump, and he has no defenders in the GOP nor among so-called conservative pundits. Thus the attacks and fake news stories are being created daily with no opposition. Many Trump supporters also abandoned their support , because of his bombing of Syria and failure to fund a wall in the recently passed budget.

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  30. I have always said and believed that Trump’s real mandate, more important than MAGA, more important even than The Wall, was to drain the swamp. The Americans who voted for Trump are simply sick and tired of these globalist, corporatist fiends colonizing every aspect of their lives whilst simultaneously consigning them to the dustbin of history.

    We are now seeing just how very real that assessment was.

    If Trump wants to survive this, he’s going to have to come at these people with everything he’s got. He should have ordered Hillary Clinton arrested the moment he lifted his hand from the Bible. It was a massive mistake for him to cuck out on that issue and call her a “good person.” But what’s done is done, and now he has no choice but to do now what he should have done then, because his enemies will not stop until they destroy him. Hillary and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, James Comey—the whole despicable crew—they all need to be arrested and perp-walked. If CNN and MSNBC object, then Trump needs to revoke their broadcast licenses and order federal agents to occupy their studios and shut down their businesses. If Congress calls for impeachment, then Trump needs to dissolve Congress and announce his intention to govern without them. I know there is no legal basis for such a move, but we are already in extra-legal territory and have been for quite some time. Trump can count on nothing from the Republican Party; Ryan, McCain, Chaffetz, that unknown idiot Amash, they have all come out against him. All Trump has are the Deplorables and possibly the military (but not the general staff). He will not get a fair hearing in Congress, in the media, in the federal bureaucracy, or in any court.

    The Deplorables vs. the Deep State is shaping up to be the decisive political battle of our time. I wish I had some more resounding rhetoric to offer, but that’s all that really needs to be said. I think Trump will have no choice but to implement some sort of de facto martial law. He should order the military to defend the southern border. He should also reorganize it into a domestic police force loyal to him personally. The names I mentioned above should be tried in military tribunals and executed for treason. I’m not kidding. They have left us no choice.

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    • Agree: BenKenobi
    • Replies: @Das

    I have always said and believed that Trump’s real mandate, more important than MAGA, more important even than The Wall, was to drain the swamp. The Americans who voted for Trump are simply sick and tired of these globalist, corporatist fiends colonizing every aspect of their lives whilst simultaneously consigning them to the dustbin of history.
     
    Donald Trump was forced to pay a 20 million dollar fraud settlement in the middle of the general election campaign, and is currently running a business empire parallel to the White House that is cashing in on foreign bribes.

    *No one* voted for Trump because they thought he would "drain the swamp" or somehow clean up corruption. He didn't even mention that line until the last week of the campaign. The big applause line for Donald Trump throughout his entire campaign was "build the wall."

    Lots of people held their noses and voted for the reality TV host with four bankruptcies under his belt because they thought that he might usher in a more sensible immigration policy.

    So far Trump has agreed to continue most of Obama's amnesties and signed a budget deal that specifically outlaws funding for the wall.
    , @Melendwyr
    Arresting Hillary without very strong evidence of lawbreaking can only have been a disaster. Does anyone have conclusive and damning evidence? Enough to not only convince a grand jury but win a conviction? Without such, an arrest would be spun as a politically-motivated attack on enemies, and that's pretty much what it would be - an abuse of power by the highest office in the nation on a grand scale.
  31. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Trump should try to be more Reaganesque and be aloof and remain above the fray of all the jabbering. It will make him look superior to the nattering media.

    Also, he was elected by the Base who really responded to his promises.

    He needs to keep those promises on the basis of serving the people.

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  32. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Oh, yeah, this is what we voted for! Get into bed with the satanic regime that is exporting wahabbi Islam and funding mosques all over America and doing everything to kill the frackers!

    Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/05/17/trump-to-unveil-plans-for-an-arab-nato-in-saudi-arabia/

    Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    Thanks, Jared!

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    • Replies: @Anon
    I'm sure Rex had a hand in this too. Exxon hates the small onshore US drillers, and will wield any tool to shatter the threat they pose to the super majors and their enormous offshore projects.
    , @Diversity Heretic
    Oh, please, not another alliance along NATO lines, from which the U.S. should have withdrawn when the Warsaw Pact dissolved. What can Trump be thinking? He needs to concentrate on his domestic survival, which I think is under serious challenge.
    , @utu
    This makes a perfect sense. Finally they found a way of starting a war on Iran. Israel will not be mentioned.
  33. Amash Attacks Trump; Trump Must Smash Amash

    Republican Congressman Justin Amash is a horse’s ass. Justin Amash is a Michigan shyster who wants more Muslims in the United States. Amash is the same type of Michigan slob that Spencer Abraham was. These bastards from Michigan want to flood the United States with as many Muslims as they can.

    Amash has attacked President Trump’s patriotic attempts to preserve the safety and security of the American people by banning the entrance of certain individuals from Muslim nations or areas. President Trump is protecting the national security of the United States by calling for a moratorium on entry into the United States from certain areas and individuals.

    Amash is a libertarian lout who doesn’t believe in borders. Amash is a globalizer who doesn’t think the United States has a right to refuse entry to certain individuals from Muslim countries or regions. Amash is a threat to the national security interests of the United States.

    This was my opinion of Amash in 2014, and it still holds:

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  34. Note that Obama called Trump a bullsh*tter. I guess the saying, It takes one to know one, is true after all.

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  35. Trump is often silly at times, and certainly the least presidential of any president in my lifetime – he recently said in an interview that being president was much harder than he thought, and phrased it in his usual style – Wow! I didn’t know it was going to be this much work! Or something like that. But how do his failings so far stack up with the failings of the other presidents of my lifetime? Pretty minor by comparison.

    Most of his “folly” is a function of presentation by the media. Obama’s weird and foolish mother-in-law lived in the White House for 8 years, and that resulted in how many SNL skits? Yeah, right. Obama’s weird and creepy African relatives lived in the US for years contrary to immigration law, partly because Obama bent the rules so they could stay. And that resulted in how many news investigations and front page headlines? Yeah, right.

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  36. The firing of Comey unleashed some kind of evil from TPTB.

    My guess is though Trump offered peace after the election by stating there’s be no further investigations into the Clinton Crime Syndicate and affiliates, their continued meddling in his ability to govern forced his hand.

    Comey out and a day later the news of the DNC staffer assassination was a signal war was back on the table.

    While actual impeachment is laughingly absurd, and Trump himself is perfectly comfortable amongst chaos, it will wear on the rest of the crew hindering anything meaningful from being accomplished ; my thought is this is the objective.

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    • Replies: @utu

    My guess is though Trump offered peace after the election by stating there’s be no further investigations into the Clinton Crime Syndicate and affiliates,
     
    Perhaps he wanted to be so, but after they went after Flynn he should have known they will not be satiated. Firing Flynn was his first great mistake.
  37. I would say that if the Dems and Repubs both want him gone, he’s got to be doing something right. The constant kerflufferling that’s going on now says more about the dishonesty and corruptness of those arrayed against him than the does about the Don himself. I hope he can hang in there, for that fetid, febrile, and fartive political swamp surely needs drained, dried, and swept with a cleansing fire from Hell itself.

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  38. It rained in London today … my colleagues wanted to blame Jeremy Corbyn or Brexit, but couldn’t decide which, so they settled on the BBC party line that it must be climate change, given it was 25C last weekend. I always though that was a change of weather, but … whatever!

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    • Replies: @englishmike
    It rained in London today … my colleagues wanted to blame Jeremy Corbyn or Brexit, but couldn’t decide which, so they settled on the BBC party line that it must be climate change...

    Only because they couldn't think of a convincing way to blame it on "Trump".

    By the way, there was a News story in the leftist-liberal British newspaper "The Guardian" a few weeks ago that began by referring to "Donald Trump" and thereafter to "Trump" without ever acknowledging that he was the president of the US.
  39. @syonredux
    Way off-topic,

    Surprised to see that today's "google doodle" commemorates the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism:

    The Antikythera mechanism (/ˌæntᵻkᵻˈθiːrə/ ant-i-ki-theer-ə or /ˌæntᵻˈkɪθərə/ ant-i-kith-ə-rə) is an ancient Greek analogue computer[1][2][3][4] and orrery used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes.[5][6][7] It could also track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar, but not identical, to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.[8][9][10]
    Found housed in a 340 millimetres (13 in) × 180 millimetres (7.1 in) × 90 millimetres (3.5 in) wooden box, the device is a complex clockwork mechanism composed of at least 30 meshing bronze gears. Using modern computer x-ray tomography and high resolution surface scanning, a team led by Mike Edmunds and Tony Freeth at Cardiff University peered inside fragments of the crust-encased mechanism and read the faintest inscriptions that once covered the outer casing of the machine. Detailed imaging of the mechanism suggests it dates back to 150-100 BC and had 37 gear wheels enabling it to follow the movements of the moon and the sun through the zodiac, predict eclipses and even recreate the irregular orbit of the moon. The motion, known as the first lunar anomaly, was developed by the astronomer Hipparchus of Rhodes in the 2nd century BC, and he may have been consulted in the machine's construction, the scientists speculate.[11] Its remains were found as one lump, later separated into three main fragments, which are now divided into eighty-two separate fragments after conservation works. Four of these fragments contain gears, while inscriptions are found on many others.[12][13] The largest gear is approximately 140 millimetres (5.5 in) in diameter and originally had 224 teeth.
    The artifact was recovered on May 17th 1902[14][15] from the Antikythera shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, which in antiquity was known as Aigila.[16] Believed to have been designed and constructed by Greek scientists, the instrument has been variously dated to about 87 BC,[17] or between 150 and 100 BC,[5] or in 205 BC,[18][19] or within a generation before the date of the shipwreck (in about 150 BC).[20][21]
    After the knowledge of this technology was lost at some point in antiquity, technological works approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the development of mechanical astronomical clocks in Europe in the fourteenth century.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

    Simply amazing — not only is this a computer dating from the first or second century BC, at 13 by 7 by 3.5 inches, it also came in a small form factor (SFF) desktop computer case!

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  40. The media will not let up against Trump. All the elites. Oligarchs, and GOP establishment is against him, trying to destroy his administration. One fake outrage after another.

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  41. He needs to use the phrase “fake news” way more.

    He should get somebody in the NSA to work on finding the new iteration of the journolist – expose the media coordination that is obviously taking place as they hype the Russia story hard to crowd out Seth Rich stuff.

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  42. It’s hopeless to think Trump haters would ever come to their senses but it gets tiresome how excitable even some of his supporters seem to be. Yeah, sure, maybe he’s screwing up on [issue du jour] but the analysis that says he’s screwing up is generally the sort of 2-D thinking (to borrow Scott Adams’ phrase) that was wrong about everything about him during the campaign.

    Best example off hand is all the hand-wringing about no wall being built. If Trump *was* absolutely 100% planning to build a gigantic wall on our southern border, what exactly would he be doing different from today? There’s already a plan for demonstration wall segments to be built. He’s enough of a showman that he wouldn’t waste the “big reveal” of his plans until he’s got room on his plate and is ready to go with the ground breaking. If he has minions working on plans and schemes do you think he’d tell anyone? How many huge buildings did he get built? Pretty sure he had huge staffs of lawyers and architects and builders helping him on those and pretty sure they weren’t leaking all the details to the press along the way. Yeah, maybe Trump is a disaster but there’s no actual evidence of it. The stuff even his supporters point at as evidence is generally stupid.

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    • Agree: Federalist
    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    Scott Adams stole the line from Spock:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iPQfwmfRq2s
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    I’ll wager a trillion Trumpbucks that the humongous Saudi deal contains a backdoor bailout for the Kushner Krime Kartel.

    Kushners are drowning in massive debt due to Genius Jared’s catastrophic purchase of the 666 building in Manhattan.

    It’s a multi-pronged attempt at a Kushner rescue: Chinese HB visas and Saudi arms sales.

    THE COUNTRY WILL PAY WHATEVER PRICE TO STAVE OFF EPIC FINANCIAL HUMILIATION FOR PRINCE JARED & PRINCESS IVANKA

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  44. @22pp22
    I need reliable info. I get the distinct impression the Daily Mail has been bought by Trump's opponents. Is he going to be impeached? I can't see why. Are his opponents losing their sanity? I don't live in the US and our media is completely unreliable.

    If he is removed, isn't that tantamount to saying the US electorate is unfit to have an opinion. What would the reaction be?

    Trump did not issue a directive to Comey to let the matter go. He conveyed his hopes…”I hope you can let this go,” or whatever it was. That doesn’t fit the definition of a directive.

    It does show political inexperience on the part of Trump, but little more than that. The left is grasping at straws to create something that will be perceived by the public as equivalent to the Hillary email scandal.

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  45. Not sure what’s up with the day’s disinformation in the capital, but here’s another tile in the mosaic.

    http://nypost.com/2017/05/17/yale-dean-loves-diversity-except-for-white-trash/

    She gets to keep her job after filing a pro forma apology. And she doesn’t have to stand there and get f-bombed by the likes of Jerelyn Luther.

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    is she mixed - she has one of those arrogantly smug SJW faces?
    , @Pericles
    Dean Hate Whitey's name is June Chu, identifying as a Chinese-American. Perhaps this is a case of 'only whites can be racist'?
  46. Like his conservative predecessors, Trump turns out to be on defense almost all the time. This is a losing position.

    He should be accusing/investigating leftists of misdeeds, trumped up or otherwise. This would force the media to cover them and not make up stories about how talking to Russians is treason. It would also warn leftists that their beliefs have consequences, creating a chilling effect.

    The guy’s not the culture warrior his supporters wanted him to be.

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    • Agree: utu, TomSchmidt
    • Replies: @Marat
    Bannon could fix this in a New York minute, but Ivanka doesn't have the stomach for it. She wants to win friends and influence people at the next Davos.
    , @Anon
    Trump won the election by going on the offense a lot. He needs to realize that as president, you need to start going after your enemies with investigations if they won't stop attacking you. The left doesn't see the election as a battle they lost. They're still trying to win the war, and he needs to put them on the defensive.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    "Like his conservative predecessors..."

    What conservative predecessors? The last conservative in that office was old Ronnie, and "people" think it was that long-nosed .22 round that took most of the hard-core conservatism out of him, along with almost killing him.

    Before that, you've got to go back to Eisenhower, or maybe even "Silent" Cal Coolidge to discuss a real conservative.
    , @dfordoom

    Like his conservative predecessors, Trump turns out to be on defense almost all the time. This is a losing position.
     
    Absolutely. He needs to take the initiative and keep it. It should be attack, attack, attack. He needs to put his enemies on the defensive. Showing weakness or hesitation is like blood in the water when you're being circled by hungry sharks.
  47. Open Thread

    You should have one on Seth Rich.

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  48. Let’s assume it is true(questionable to doubtful).
    According to several bloggers including Gregg Jarrett, a lawyer from Fox News,
    Comey had a duty to immediately inform DOJ of “real” obstruction of justice under 18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361.
    Apparently , obstruction requires intent, not just “why don’t you go easy on Flynn, he resigned, he’s a good guy” man-to-man talk.
    The investigation continues unabated.
    We are witnessing a strong attempt at a coup d’etat.
    If it is successful , the Deep State truly rules America.
    If unsuccessful, some people need to go to jail.

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    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    Jail? You really think our country will escape so easily. We're one Harper's Ferry away from Civil War 2: This Time It's Personal.
  49. Trump faltered badly for a few weeks starting with bombing Syria. Now the Trump Train seems to be back on track. This is what I would have predicted during the campaign – the anti-Trump hysteria cranked up a couple of orders of magnitude. The question is can they follow through with impeachment and conviction? I find it hard to believe they’ll attempt something like that with the pathetic crap they’re throwing at us so far. If they do attempt to ram this through there has to be a massive, massive march on Washington. Otherwise, so long as the CIA and their Mighty Wurlitzer are convulsed in screaming agony, I’m a happy man!

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  50. Still waiting for that wall…
    I think Ann Coulter is right when she said that all of this FBI/Comey stuff is being used by Trump to distract us from his failure to follow through with his big promises (i.e. Ending DACA, the Wall, stopping the refugee racket, an America First foreign policy, etc).

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    • Replies: @Anon
    Nonsense. No one wishes this sort of crap on himself.
  51. My 6th sense tells me that Google will explain that the real inventor was a Black lesbian disabled Muslim transvestite, and the cis male patriarchal ancient Greeks covered it up because of their racism.

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  52. No Takimag articles this week or last week? What’s up?

    As for Trump, he clearly has people working for him who don’t like him and leak info all the time. I’m talking about Trump’s own advisors, not deep state people. He also does seem to be pretty reckless, like inviting the Russian foreign secretary to the White House the day after firing Comey. Whether anyone thinks it matters or not is irrelevant, it looks bad. He needs some good lawyers to tell him what he can or can’t say, and he’d do well to shut his mouth at times. He seems to think that the media can’t do anything to him. He’s wrong. It’s like he’s deliberately walking into an obvious trap they’ve set for him. To clarify, I still support the guy but he needs to change some things.

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    • Replies: @Marat
    Agreed. Surely Trump had some chitchat with Martha Stewart about how "reasoning" with the FBI turned out for her. Normal Americans understand what Trump means with his "sloppyspeak", but every encounter with the press has become a treacherous risk, and cleanup from every verbal misstep is too costly. He must zip it, pronto.

    Trump may well have to resign because the alternative may be worse. Not even Fox is reporting the bigger picture that the Americans can't be trusted with sensitive intelligence. To traitors in the WH, they simply know best and must put muh Russians above national security. They'd be tried for treason in a well-functioning society, but it is clear that that the establishment has more important priorities than protecting national security.

  53. Anonymous says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Scott Adams is calling it a slow motion assassination, to me it’s a what-doesn’t-kill-you … -stronger kind of thing. There were some nice stock bargains today as a result of the hype. Trump will win 45 states in 2020. Guar·an·tee·d.

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    the media hysteria over Russia was always a smoke screen – initially to deflect attention from Clinton being indicted over sending classified emails to Huma to print out for her (and then Huma sending them on to Wiener to print out ) which any regular person would have gone to jail for.

    imo the even more extreme hysteria happening now is to cover up that Seth Rich leaked the emails – thus killing the Russia story – but also possibly a lingering worry that he really might have been killed by their team.

    (my guess is he leaked the emails because he was mad about Bernie Sanders but they contained info about Saudi Arabia funding Isis. i think that info is the start of a trail that leads to elements of the deep state helping Isis against Assad which is maybe why people like McCain are worried).

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  55. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Art Deco
    Not sure what's up with the day's disinformation in the capital, but here's another tile in the mosaic.

    http://nypost.com/2017/05/17/yale-dean-loves-diversity-except-for-white-trash/


    She gets to keep her job after filing a pro forma apology. And she doesn't have to stand there and get f-bombed by the likes of Jerelyn Luther.

    is she mixed – she has one of those arrogantly smug SJW faces?

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  56. Part of the hysteria is that the Democrats are running out of time. As Trump masters the office and gets more and more maneuvering room, he will begin to dismantle the Democratic coalition. With Comey out of the way, the investigation into the past administration’s old croneys will proceed apace destroying Obama’s legacy.

    The entire “The Russians are coming” meme is purely media driven. Half of the Democratic coalition could not even find it on a map. But they are now the worst thing ever because the Democrats are running out of cards. Once Hillary failed, the anti-white forces lost their cohesiveness so they had to find new white people to hate on.

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    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    Had Hillary Clinton won, the Democrats would be openly fighting white men domestically. The problem is that they maxed out that strategy to the point where it became counter productive. So now then need a foreign enemy as a proxy. The Russians fit the bill. They are white Europeans, Westerners, and have a strong nation state. The Democrats could have just as easily claimed there was a Venezuelan connection and linked Chavez to Trump via Machado and other skanky women but that would not have had the right optics.
    , @Anon
    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump's side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they're some sort of potential military enemy. They're just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you're the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump's American supporters.
  57. Anonymous says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Andrew McCarthy at National Cuckservative:

    Up until now, veiled orders have not been thought the equivalent of obstruction.

    On April 10, 2016, President Obama publicly stated that Hillary Clinton had shown “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of the relevant criminal statute). The president acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Secretary Clinton’s server, but he suggested that, in the greater scheme of things, its importance had been vastly overstated.

    On July 5, 2016, FBI director James Comey publicly stated that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in using a private email server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of the relevant criminal statute). The director acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Secretary Clinton’s server, but he suggested that, in the greater scheme of things, it was just a small percentage of the emails involved.

    Case dismissed.

    Could there be more striking parallels? A cynic might say that Obama had clearly signaled to the FBI and the Justice Department that he did not want Mrs. Clinton to be charged with a crime, and that, with this not-so-subtle pressure in the air, the president’s subordinates dropped the case — exactly what Obama wanted, relying precisely on Obama’s stated rationale. Yet the media yawned. Of course, they’re not yawning now. Now it is Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, sending Comey signals. So now, such signals are a major issue — not merely of obstruction of justice, but of high crimes and misdemeanors.

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  58. The deep state with their hands on the levers of power in the government, political and media establishment, is striking back at the the President representing the deep nation, who are increasingly lucky to be employed in any capacity.

    The establishment policies epitomized by John “”jobs aren’t coming back” McCain–now talking about a Trump Watergate– can no longer get democratic ratification.

    In 2013 the Obama administration (left wing of the deep state) sent Major General Michael J. Carey, who was effectively in charge of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force of 450 nuclear missiles to participate in a joint excise in Russia. Carey got drunk and was sacked, The top nuclear commander in America, privy to who knows what information and contingency plans, being sent to Moscow where he was potentially prey to any number of possible honey traps or entrapment operations by the Russians on their home ground shows what a lot of nonsense the Flynn business is. Islamic State are a joke compared to the Russians and any information about Islamic State is pretty worthless, compared to the nuclear secrets Carey knew about. The way he went about it, shows Obama didn’t really want to hit Assad and General Dempsey told him what he wanted to hear. Then the Russians came in and crushed the rebels the US had supported with words but nothing else (much like the Ukraine situation).

    America has come across as nervous and weak in foreign policy. But Trump seems to have got completely the opposite impression, and sought to mend fences. Until needed to fight enemies of the west, such as Nazi Germany (and in the future, China) Russia should be kept in a box marked “potential enemy” Russia is literally a million times more dangerous than the virtually destroyed Islamic State”. Putin had did nothing to earn his ambassador’s longed-for interview with the US president in the White Houses. Emissaries of Putin need to be treated with suspicion, not invited into the Oval Office for a chat as Trump did, as if Russia had just withdrawn from Ukraine or at least stopped bombing Syria.

    Trump got elected by representing the deep nation being pauperised by outsourcing of manufacturing (and immigrant workers to do the things like construction that can’t be outsourced) as while he said China was raping the US. But he was gulled by the Chinese in the recent trade See Fingleton on the way the nation is being betrayed by the state. deal.http://www.unz.com/comments/efingleton/north-korea-why-trump-should-kims-feet-to-the-fire/

    He granted them a massive concession: the right to have their investments in the US to be treated no differently than the anyone else’s instead of being scrutinized as is appropriate for a potential enemy. In return he got nothing at all that had not been already conceded before the talks. Maybe he was promised the moon and the stars over Kim’s nuke, but China will never abandon North Korea any more than they will stop claiming Taiwan (China and the US exchanged nuclear threats over Taiwan in 2000, when the US talked about incalculable consequence –diplomatic argot for using a nuke–if China attacked Taiwan; China responded by pointing out that it could hit the West Coast).

    In my opinion Trump needs foreign policy successes, and should do the following things
    1) Understand that the wars, such as the one in Syria, are not conducted under a commonly accepted arbiter, not what Carl Schmitt defined as a “police operation”. Forget about cooperating with Russia against Isis, and get back to the understanding of great power politics as a zero sum game in which America’s credibility is always at stake. America must back its Syrian rebels, even if there are only a handful they cannot defend against bombs with the memory of kind words.

    2) Conduct a more traditional, intensively testing and probing diplomacy with Russia and China with no precondition of either side, to discover what makes them tick, ie what policies they consider essential to maintain. Never ever take their word for what is non-negotiable; the Chinese especially are past masters at getting others to accept their preconditions on the supposed sacredness of certain things as their essential bottom line. No more potentially putting our crown jewels ( into play unless the Chinese and Russian convince us that they’re reciprocating. They’ll have some essential bottom lines but everyone will have to bring some to get some.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I'll give you that hundreds of nukes are more dangerous than that crowd of camel jockeys (long as they have not been imported yet to a town near you). How dangerous the situation is depends on whose hands the nukes are in.

    You are confusing Soviet Communist Russia with modern-day Russia, Sean. From your naive posts that I've read, you can't be old enough to even remember the USSR and the Cold War.

    Russia is not dangerous to the US at this point, and could be about the best ally we could have against the real enemies . The made-up fear about Russia, since Øb☭ma was on the way out, has been explained very well to you by many of the comments above this one.

    Again, quit with your neocon world's policeman crap, Sean. We don't need to back anyone on anything; we are 20,000,000,000,000 dollars in the hole, not counting about 10 times that much in Fed-Gov obligations. How about we let the Chinese be the world's policemen, exploiters, and colonizers of Africa, and just become a Republic again?

  59. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @syonredux
    Way off-topic,

    Surprised to see that today's "google doodle" commemorates the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism:

    The Antikythera mechanism (/ˌæntᵻkᵻˈθiːrə/ ant-i-ki-theer-ə or /ˌæntᵻˈkɪθərə/ ant-i-kith-ə-rə) is an ancient Greek analogue computer[1][2][3][4] and orrery used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes.[5][6][7] It could also track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar, but not identical, to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.[8][9][10]
    Found housed in a 340 millimetres (13 in) × 180 millimetres (7.1 in) × 90 millimetres (3.5 in) wooden box, the device is a complex clockwork mechanism composed of at least 30 meshing bronze gears. Using modern computer x-ray tomography and high resolution surface scanning, a team led by Mike Edmunds and Tony Freeth at Cardiff University peered inside fragments of the crust-encased mechanism and read the faintest inscriptions that once covered the outer casing of the machine. Detailed imaging of the mechanism suggests it dates back to 150-100 BC and had 37 gear wheels enabling it to follow the movements of the moon and the sun through the zodiac, predict eclipses and even recreate the irregular orbit of the moon. The motion, known as the first lunar anomaly, was developed by the astronomer Hipparchus of Rhodes in the 2nd century BC, and he may have been consulted in the machine's construction, the scientists speculate.[11] Its remains were found as one lump, later separated into three main fragments, which are now divided into eighty-two separate fragments after conservation works. Four of these fragments contain gears, while inscriptions are found on many others.[12][13] The largest gear is approximately 140 millimetres (5.5 in) in diameter and originally had 224 teeth.
    The artifact was recovered on May 17th 1902[14][15] from the Antikythera shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, which in antiquity was known as Aigila.[16] Believed to have been designed and constructed by Greek scientists, the instrument has been variously dated to about 87 BC,[17] or between 150 and 100 BC,[5] or in 205 BC,[18][19] or within a generation before the date of the shipwreck (in about 150 BC).[20][21]
    After the knowledge of this technology was lost at some point in antiquity, technological works approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the development of mechanical astronomical clocks in Europe in the fourteenth century.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

    Meanwhile in Copenhagen …

    AP — A Danish court on Tuesday convicted a teenage girl of attempted terrorism for planning bomb attacks against two schools.

    Holbaek District Court judge Peder Christensen says the 17-year-old, who wasn’t identified, was also convicted of assaulting an employee in the juvenile incarceration facility where she had been held during the trial.

    Christensen said the girl had converted to Islam and intended to carry out attacks, including one on a Jewish school, when she was 15. He said she possessed chemicals to make the explosive known as TATP. It also appeared she had online contacts with radical militants.

    The teenager was arrested Jan. 13, 2016. The court said the bombings were not carried out because she was arrested before she could take action, and that she had not received any orders to blow up her former school, Holbaek, 40 miles northwest of Copenhagen, and Copenhagen’s Jewish Caroline School.

    Her lawyer, Mette Gritt Stage, had said her client had been bullied at school and is a confused teenager seeking attention.

    After the guilty ruling, Stage said her client “was very, very saddened.”

    Three letters were found in her cell in late April and read in court. In one, the teenager wrote that she deliberately didn’t wear a headscarf “to fool the disbelievers” to think she had not converted to Islam.

    In another letter to a Danish-Turkish man who had been sentenced to six years in prison and had his Danish citizenship stripped off for joining radical ISIS militants in Syria, she wrote that she stabbed the employee in the incarceration facility because he had been a soldier in Iraq, adding “I couldn’t accept this.”

    The court is expected to announce sentencing on Thursday. Prosecutors are requesting her incarceration at a mental institution.

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  60. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    Clinton emailed classified info to Huma to print out for her who sent it on to Wiener – clear cut indictable offence – a regular person would be in jail.

    she was protected by an entirely corrupt political-media class.

    it’s not the emails it’s the final proof there is no rule of law – it’s who, whom to the bitter end now – no mercy.

    media delenda est

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  61. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @wiseguy
    Are the swamp's attacks forcing Trump to become Great Again in self defense?

    yes – they will destroy him, his business and his family unless he destroys them first

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  62. None of the current crop of sh*t is going to stick to Trump.

    Comey’s Stupendous Memo is going nowhere. It’s the CYA product of a disgruntled employee, and Trump will just deny that he said what Comey said he said. If what went on was worthy of impeachment, why did Comey wait until he was fired to bring it up, even in non-public briefings with Senators? How does it get any traction?

    And the leak issue is going nowhere even faster. I’ve almost already forgotten about it.

    The media and the Democrats will, though, waste no time in impressing the public with the fact that they’ve gone totally out of their minds.

    I myself will awake from my political slumbers only for the occasional guffaw.

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    One further point.

    However much they may dislike him, the Republicans had better figure out a way to come to Trump's defense. If they don't, and they were to allow Trump to be damaged by the Democratic and media attacks, then the consequences couldn't be more obvious: afterwards, every Republican President will be Trump.

  63. https://reactionaryfuture.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/nothing-to-get-excited-about/

    Unless Trump has a solid, extra governmental organisation, with its own security apparatus and ability to operate outside of the scope of the laws of the Republic, and it is actually organised and subject to his judgement and a clear and organised plan, all we will see is lots of screaming and noise, but nothing fundamentally done, because all the institutions are in place, the funding is still there and there is no potential for new institutions (which don’t even have a guiding purpose – what is Trumpism? it seems to be bland protectionism)

    Any claim that the Cathedral is finished demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of the thing and a lack of understanding that culture is downstream from power and Trump isn’t power.

    https://reactionaryfuture.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/entryists-enter-the-cathedral-concept/

    Trump’s victory can be seen as a very obvious mark of confirmation for Moldbug, and a number of people seem to be clicking on. Not only did Trump run against the entire media apparatus, but he also engaged in a right wing game of high-low versus the middle, this time with the low being middle america which is still busily being assaulted through immigration and policies naturally directed at crushing them.

    This added interest in the cathedral concept will only become more widespread as the next four years will show that every time Trump so much as makes an innocuous speech about transport policy, the entire academic, civil service and media apparatus will engage in full spectrum attacks.

    The danger of this is that instead of understanding how the cathedral concept was formed, and what this entails, people will load it with liberal trash, thereby turning it into some sad sack conspiracy theory. The true power of this concept, and the ramifications will thus be lost because of rank stupidity. Imagine if the developments of Einstein were accepted, but were back filled with a story of goblins or fairies being responsible – it wouldn’t go very far, would it? That is what is happening with the cathedral concept.

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    Unless Trump has a solid, extra governmental organisation, with its own security apparatus and ability to operate outside of the scope of the laws of the Republic, and it is actually organised and subject to his judgement and a clear and organised plan, all we will see is lots of screaming and noise, but nothing fundamentally done
     
    Exactly. Look at who are Trump candidates for the FBI director's position. W/o right people nothing can be really done.

    Cadres are the key to everything (J. Stalin)
     
    , @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    Any claim that the Cathedral is finished demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of the thing and a lack of understanding that culture is downstream from power and Trump isn’t power.
     
    The Cathedral?

    Try The Synagogue.

    No wonder "liberals" laugh at us.
  64. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Jason Sylvester
    At the Coast Guard commencement today, Trump took shots (no pun intended) at the extravagant costs of beloved projects of two of the Coast Guard's rival services: the Air Force's performance-plagued F-35, and the Navy's floating barge of taxpayer gold, the U.S.S. Gerald Ford.
    He then immediately turned to talking about how many new ice cutters he wants to build for the Coast Guard, all to much vocal expression of delight from both the assembled graduates and their superiors.
    Man knows how to work a crowd.

    Calling the Coast Guard a rival to the Navy or Air Force is giving it a significant promotion.

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  65. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonymous
    Oh, yeah, this is what we voted for! Get into bed with the satanic regime that is exporting wahabbi Islam and funding mosques all over America and doing everything to kill the frackers!

    Trump to unveil plans for an 'Arab NATO' in Saudi Arabia

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/05/17/trump-to-unveil-plans-for-an-arab-nato-in-saudi-arabia/

    Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    Thanks, Jared!

    I’m sure Rex had a hand in this too. Exxon hates the small onshore US drillers, and will wield any tool to shatter the threat they pose to the super majors and their enormous offshore projects.

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  66. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    Which one of those actions is a crime rising to the level of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” that can command 67 Senate votes for conviction? They may all be unethical but not criminal. Being unethical is bad but not enough to remove from office.

    People who voted for Trump did so knowing full well that he is unethical and immoral. They just want the Wall and Well Paying Jobs. It was a Faustian bargain. That is why he still has more than 85% support among his voters.

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    People who voted for Trump did so knowing full well that he is unethical and immoral. They just want the Wall and Well Paying Jobs. It was a Faustian bargain. That is why he still has more than 85% support among his voters.
     
    Nope.

    They are seeing that the media is Mephistopheles so whatever flaws Trump has they pale in significance when compared to the vile media.
  67. @candid_observer
    None of the current crop of sh*t is going to stick to Trump.

    Comey's Stupendous Memo is going nowhere. It's the CYA product of a disgruntled employee, and Trump will just deny that he said what Comey said he said. If what went on was worthy of impeachment, why did Comey wait until he was fired to bring it up, even in non-public briefings with Senators? How does it get any traction?

    And the leak issue is going nowhere even faster. I've almost already forgotten about it.

    The media and the Democrats will, though, waste no time in impressing the public with the fact that they've gone totally out of their minds.

    I myself will awake from my political slumbers only for the occasional guffaw.

    One further point.

    However much they may dislike him, the Republicans had better figure out a way to come to Trump’s defense. If they don’t, and they were to allow Trump to be damaged by the Democratic and media attacks, then the consequences couldn’t be more obvious: afterwards, every Republican President will be Trump.

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    • Replies: @Pericles
    If the deep state manages to impeach Trump, I foresee a long sequence of Macron figure heads in the American future. No Hope and No Change, peons.
    , @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    However much they may dislike him, the Republicans had better figure out a way to come to Trump’s defense. If they don’t, and they were to allow Trump to be damaged by the Democratic and media attacks, then the consequences couldn’t be more obvious: afterwards, every Republican President will be Trump.
     
    Hilarious.

    That's like saying all the future GOP governors of California are going to have a rough time.

    Just how many more GOP presidents do you think there are going to be?

    Only one group of people votes Republican in any numbers - white people.

    Non-whites are overwhelmingly Democrat.

    And every year the electorate gets less white, and more non-white.

    When Texas and its 33 electoral college votes swing back to the Democrats, it's all over for the GOP when it comes to the White House.

    As in permanently.
  68. Here is what is backwards to me. In 2015 the White House acknowledged their computers had been hacked and that Russia did it. So they were aware. Well, Obama and his intelligence agency chiefs are responsible for our national security so what steps, if any, did they take to monitor or block Russian espionage afterwards? It would seem axiomatic they would warn ( if they even had to ) Hillary Clinton to be on the look out for and to protect her campaigns computer systems but this, apparently did not happen.

    If Clinton has a complaint it should be directed at President Obama for failing to do anything in response to Russian espionage.

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  69. Wake me when there is a house Democrat majority, or Democrats plus Republicans who aren’t keen to slurp from the trough for another term.

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  70. Trump should immediately issue an Executive Order banning flag burning (“As your President, by the power vested in me, effective from this midnight EST, I’m…”):

    I. To prevent a fire hazard against federal property.

    II. To protect the breathing air of children.

    III. To protect against harmful CO2 pollution, threatening the future of our common climate

    These exceptions apply regarding,

    I. A federally registered or certified fire department or service, must be be present an (1) hour before and two (2) hour after a flag burning near (1 mile) or on federal property.

    II. Any children present, at the age of 19 or below, must be removed from the fire point (minimum 1 mile) or issued gasmasks.

    III. Only federally certified carbon neutral flags may be burnt.

    Requirements and penalties can be expanded near ad infinitum.

    There is no reason for the Trump administration to expend much resources defending this EO in the flood of court cases that will erupt. The point is that every bullet must be litigated and the lefty foundations and lefties in general will donate a LOT of money funding the lawyers and the lawsuits.

    Trump should issue dozens and dozens equally spurious Executive Orders day after day (“Stray voltage”, I believe it was called). Result:
    1. Media must enter a defensive, reactive mode.
    2. No more money for the left come the mid-terms (“donor fatigue”).

    The risk of course is that a federal judge on the Marshall Islands will find EO’s unconstitutional and issue a nationwide ban.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Douthat essentially calling for a coup is not his finest hour. Maybe the synthesis of all of this will be a bipartisan, Moldbugian rejection of democracy, leading to the enthronement of Emperor Bloomberg I, Chief Minister Zuckerberg, and Minister of Female Resilience Sandberg.
  72. @Zogby
    There is an obvious coup attempt/color revolution in progress in D.C. I think Trump's best bet is to continue to build the loyalty of law enforcement and military, in the event he needs to engage in Erdogan-style purges in the intelligence services, FBI or judiciary. A lot of law-enforcement/military voted for him and they'd support him when push comes to shove. It remains to be seen whether the situation degenerates to actual armed confrontation.
    Another option would be for Trump to start a new war in order to divert attention from all this to external enemy. Starting a war is an awful choice unfortunately, but may happen anyways.

    ‘Another option would be for Trump to start a new war in order to divert attention from all this to external enemy”

    It doesn’t seem like that would work anymore. We’re perpetually at war, I suspect another would be out of the news within a couple of days.

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  73. @The Z Blog
    The first "Republican" to sign onto impeachment is, wait for it, a libertarian, Justin Amash. This confirms tow things I have said for years. Libertarians are low-tax liberals. It's a way for them to be extra smug. The other thing is never trust anyone named Justin.

    I'm thoroughly black-pilled on this. I want the GOP to roll over and hold impeachment hearings or appoint a special persecutor. That would be even better as they always go rogue and start digging in areas where they can make headlines. That will most likely mean in the backyard of both parties. But, a straight up removal of Trump and Pence would be great. I could then spend the rest of my life never hearing one of these assholes drone on about democracy.

    “I could then spend the rest of my life never hearing one of these assholes drone on about democracy”

    Why on earth do you think they’d stop lying? What, when their lies become too obvious suddenly they’ll turn honest? No.

    Also, it’s not a lie if you believe it.

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    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Also, it’s not a lie if you believe it.
     
    WTF? I know you don't believe that. Z is wrong, of course. Did I miss a tongue-in-cheek marker somewhere?
  74. On the plus side.

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    So 3 out of 4 arrested do have prior criminal convictions? This sounds like a wonderful group of folks, I don't understand why we wouldn't want them all in our country.
  75. @Art Deco
    Not sure what's up with the day's disinformation in the capital, but here's another tile in the mosaic.

    http://nypost.com/2017/05/17/yale-dean-loves-diversity-except-for-white-trash/


    She gets to keep her job after filing a pro forma apology. And she doesn't have to stand there and get f-bombed by the likes of Jerelyn Luther.

    Dean Hate Whitey’s name is June Chu, identifying as a Chinese-American. Perhaps this is a case of ‘only whites can be racist’?

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  76. @kihowi
    If you stop yourself from getting angry about this, all of this is a great master class in building a parallel reality out of nothing. We're lucky, it's usually not this obvious.

    The basis of "Trump is Putin's gay lover" thus far is:

    1) we have evidence, but it's secret
    2) the evidence is the word of our anonymous source
    3) we don't need evidence because it's just so damn obvious

    But most people are kinda dumb and if everybody around them keeps talking about a hypothetical, they'll conclude it must be true.

    This will be in the history books in 15 years and once the people who were around when it was being made up are dead, it will be there forever. Conversely, much of history is the result of this kind of trickery. We've only just figured out that the Kaiser's troops didn't actually hack off toddler's hands and rape nuns, but that's just because their evilness doesn't advance any current political narrative.

    Your 3-point damning argument is almost perfect. Here, let me help you:

    1) we have evidence, but it’s secret
    2) the evidence is the word of our anonymous source
    3) we don’t need evidence because these 3 points make it just so damn obvious.

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  77. @Anonymous
    Scott Adams is calling it a slow motion assassination, to me it's a what-doesn't-kill-you … -stronger kind of thing. There were some nice stock bargains today as a result of the hype. Trump will win 45 states in 2020. Guar·an·tee·d.

    The Dementia of the Grey Lady.

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  78. @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    This isn’t a big deal, except it’s politically stupid. I thought Trump was smarter than this.

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    • Replies: @jimbojones
    It's not about being stupid or smart, it doesn't matter what he does or says, they'll blame him for anything. I think if he cures cancer they'll blame him for causing overpopulation and for not curing AIDS. If it turns out he is the second coming of Jesus, they'll blame him for all the evil in the world. A major portion of Trump's critics, including the bulk of the mainstream media, seem to be suffering from severe anger issues.
  79. @candid_observer
    One further point.

    However much they may dislike him, the Republicans had better figure out a way to come to Trump's defense. If they don't, and they were to allow Trump to be damaged by the Democratic and media attacks, then the consequences couldn't be more obvious: afterwards, every Republican President will be Trump.

    If the deep state manages to impeach Trump, I foresee a long sequence of Macron figure heads in the American future. No Hope and No Change, peons.

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  80. It’s a media/deep state coup. Amazing to watch it go down in real time. The left has lost their mind and don’t seem to care that 80% of the controversies are manufactured bullshit.

    OT: Bug Report: I read Unz.com through an RSS reader and every time I click through to the article (mostly to see the comments) the comments do not appear on the link. This very post for example: ?http://www.unz.com/isteve/trump-open-thread-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trump-open-thread-4 but if you remove the “UTM” string at the end comments show fine: http://www.unz.com/isteve/trump-open-thread-4/

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    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    The left has lost their mind
     
    What do you mean "the left"?

    John McCain (a Republican Senator) compared this "scandal" to Water Gate. So apparently even Republicans think Trump should be impeached. The entire establishment wants him out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6xonEFR-b0
  81. @22pp22
    I need reliable info. I get the distinct impression the Daily Mail has been bought by Trump's opponents. Is he going to be impeached? I can't see why. Are his opponents losing their sanity? I don't live in the US and our media is completely unreliable.

    If he is removed, isn't that tantamount to saying the US electorate is unfit to have an opinion. What would the reaction be?

    Theoretically, impeachment is a political process, not a judicial one. So he could be impeached for anything, including the color of his ties, if the people doing it have the votes, the will to take on the resulting firestorm and the confidence that the precedent of impeaching a President for nothing will not come back to haunt them some other time.

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  82. @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    It wouldn’t matter in the least to me personally – but I would acknowledge that there is at least a viable argument for investigation and concern – as opposed to the Russia stuff generally, which is complete nonsense.

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  83. What is up is that for 8 years the Republican Party worked itself into a froth creating the myth that Obama, a boring, mildly-corrupt center-right technocrat, was the second coming of Hitler and Stalin.

    The Democratic Party saw how well this riled up their base and decided to do the same. The big difference is that Trump is a moronic, incompetent buffoon. This is a man too dumb to be able to read something longer than one page.

    What is the most depressing is that much (not all) of the Dem base has fallen for it as easily as the right wing fell for laughable bullcrap like birtherism.

    The Republican Party is using the opportunity to get the only thing it cares about (tax cuts for globalist plutocrats) and is going to do absolutely nothing about immigration, jobs, wages, trade, stopping dumb wars, etc. Just like in 2009 when Obama and the Democrats bailed out the banks, and did nothing for the middle or working classes. Obama also kept us in the Forever War despite the wishes of his base, and Trump is further accelerating our dumb wars despite the wishes of his base.

    In the medium and long terms, this is a catastrophe, as it will discredit everyone on the right and left who is a skeptic on immigration, trade, or non-interventionism.

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    • Replies: @guest
    The idea that Democrats are following the lead of anti-Obama froth is ludicrous. Why do you think every purported scandal has the suffix "-gate" attached to it? Please bear in mind stuff happened before 8 years ago.

    Also, in what world is a former "community organizer" who literally taught Alinskyite tactics center-right?

    Wait, apparently the left to you is defined by not supporting Big Banks or perpetual war for perpetual peace. Wake up.

    , @dfordoom

    The Republican Party is using the opportunity to get the only thing it cares about (tax cuts for globalist plutocrats)
     
    That's about the size of it. It needs to be acknowledged that the Republican Party is every bit as evil as the Democrats, if not more so. The Republicans will never ever back a president who looks like actually tackling issues like immigration, jobs, wages, trade, stopping dumb wars, because the Republicans do not want those issues addressed under any circumstances.

    In the medium and long terms, this is a catastrophe, as it will discredit everyone on the right and left who is a skeptic on immigration, trade, or non-interventionism.
     
    Which the elites would see as a huge bonus. They want those issues permanently removed from the political agenda.
  84. It’s an open secret that Trump is actually a reptilian creature from Vril. No, I don’t have to reveal my identity: 1st amendment, Cletus.

    Democracy dies in darkness.

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  85. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Hard to see how the appointment of a Special Prosecutor does not mean the end of Trump Presidency.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/robert-mueller-appointed-special-counsel-oversee-probe-russias/story?id=47472673

    It is Nixon or Clinton, pick your poison.

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    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    The Democrats planned on doing nothing for the next 3 years hoping for chaos or a recession to dethrone Trump. The only votes they were going to give were nos. It is much easier for the minority party to obstruct than to go on offence so if they do come out of their shell to fight, they might end up getting their asses handed to them. If they want to try, go ahead, but if they try to take down the Donald, they are going to have to take everything down with him.
    , @guest
    For the record, a special prosecutor was not the end of the Clinton presidency. Heck, impeachment didn't even end his presidency. He kept tickin' thanks to the senate.

    Granted, ol' Bill had the MSM and permanent government on his side. Trump doesn't, but let's test just how much that matters.
  86. @Jean Ralphio
    No Takimag articles this week or last week? What's up?

    As for Trump, he clearly has people working for him who don't like him and leak info all the time. I'm talking about Trump's own advisors, not deep state people. He also does seem to be pretty reckless, like inviting the Russian foreign secretary to the White House the day after firing Comey. Whether anyone thinks it matters or not is irrelevant, it looks bad. He needs some good lawyers to tell him what he can or can't say, and he'd do well to shut his mouth at times. He seems to think that the media can't do anything to him. He's wrong. It's like he's deliberately walking into an obvious trap they've set for him. To clarify, I still support the guy but he needs to change some things.

    Agreed. Surely Trump had some chitchat with Martha Stewart about how “reasoning” with the FBI turned out for her. Normal Americans understand what Trump means with his “sloppyspeak”, but every encounter with the press has become a treacherous risk, and cleanup from every verbal misstep is too costly. He must zip it, pronto.

    Trump may well have to resign because the alternative may be worse. Not even Fox is reporting the bigger picture that the Americans can’t be trusted with sensitive intelligence. To traitors in the WH, they simply know best and must put muh Russians above national security. They’d be tried for treason in a well-functioning society, but it is clear that that the establishment has more important priorities than protecting national security.

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  87. @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    Depends a lot on what Flynn’s accused of. If it’s only failing to report his fee for a speech then no biggie. If he is getting $$$ in a Swiss bank account in return for spying for Putin, then I’d have to have a rethink.

    So far everything concrete I’ve heard seems quite minor. E.g. He told the DoD about the speech but didn’t clear it with State Dept or something

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  88. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @anon
    Which one of those actions is a crime rising to the level of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" that can command 67 Senate votes for conviction? They may all be unethical but not criminal. Being unethical is bad but not enough to remove from office.

    People who voted for Trump did so knowing full well that he is unethical and immoral. They just want the Wall and Well Paying Jobs. It was a Faustian bargain. That is why he still has more than 85% support among his voters.

    People who voted for Trump did so knowing full well that he is unethical and immoral. They just want the Wall and Well Paying Jobs. It was a Faustian bargain. That is why he still has more than 85% support among his voters.

    Nope.

    They are seeing that the media is Mephistopheles so whatever flaws Trump has they pale in significance when compared to the vile media.

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  89. @22pp22
    I need reliable info. I get the distinct impression the Daily Mail has been bought by Trump's opponents. Is he going to be impeached? I can't see why. Are his opponents losing their sanity? I don't live in the US and our media is completely unreliable.

    If he is removed, isn't that tantamount to saying the US electorate is unfit to have an opinion. What would the reaction be?

    Unfortunately, the media and a lot of politicians (including prominent Republicans like John McCain) are now talking about impeachment.

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    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    They are talking about a coup.

    And it will work out just as well as it did for the Shah in '53-'79.
  90. @guest
    Just heard today that Trump had fishy dealings with--get this--Russia! That's right, the evilest country on earth. (Because gays, or something.) Against the wishes of Israel, no less.

    Which isn't surprising, as Trump's not actually president. (Because popular vote, or something.) Cuddling with evil is something un-presidents do.

    Also, he talked to the FBI director at some point. Since when do presidents do that?

    You forgot that he also eats Freudian ice cream: two icy globes, where others get just one.

    Oh the patriarchy of it all!

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  91. @RC
    It's a media/deep state coup. Amazing to watch it go down in real time. The left has lost their mind and don't seem to care that 80% of the controversies are manufactured bullshit.

    OT: Bug Report: I read Unz.com through an RSS reader and every time I click through to the article (mostly to see the comments) the comments do not appear on the link. This very post for example: ?http://www.unz.com/isteve/trump-open-thread-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trump-open-thread-4 but if you remove the "UTM" string at the end comments show fine: http://www.unz.com/isteve/trump-open-thread-4/

    The left has lost their mind

    What do you mean “the left”?

    John McCain (a Republican Senator) compared this “scandal” to Water Gate. So apparently even Republicans think Trump should be impeached. The entire establishment wants him out.

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    • Replies: @Detective Club
    Tokyo Rose by way of Hanoi.
    , @KevinB
    At about 54 seconds in, the senile old dolt starts to stammer about immigration reform, but catches himself a half second too late. Such calibration suggests that even McCain realizizes how toxic his initiative was. Trump's appraisal of Maverick's Vietnam heroics no doubt triggered deeply felt anger, but it's the burying of "immigration reform" that has truly angered the old Neocon warrior.
    , @aceofspades
    Looks like Trump's missle attack on Syria did nothing to appease the neocons
    , @guest
    Well, McCain is to the left of me, so no reason for me to contradict the above poster.
    , @Sammler
    Why do the people of Arizona keep electing McCain, who is not only an unusually stupid man but in practice a force for empowering the left?
    , @ben tillman

    What do you mean “the left”?

    John McCain (a Republican Senator) compared this “scandal” to Water Gate.
     
    McCain is a hard-core leftist.
  92. Special Counsel for The-Russians-hacked-the-election-with-Trump hoax.

    Fast & Furious, Lois Lerner, Solyndra, 33,000 destroyed government e-mails on a non-governmental server, Clinton Foundation slush fund, 20% of all US Uranium fields sold to a Putin front company through Hillary’s State Dept. at a rock bottom price, Benghazi and on & on & on. World without end : AMEN.

    No Special Counsel for any Democrats and their outrageous crimes, never. NOT A SINGLE ONE!

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  93. @Gabriel M
    https://reactionaryfuture.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/nothing-to-get-excited-about/

    Unless Trump has a solid, extra governmental organisation, with its own security apparatus and ability to operate outside of the scope of the laws of the Republic, and it is actually organised and subject to his judgement and a clear and organised plan, all we will see is lots of screaming and noise, but nothing fundamentally done, because all the institutions are in place, the funding is still there and there is no potential for new institutions (which don’t even have a guiding purpose – what is Trumpism? it seems to be bland protectionism)

    Any claim that the Cathedral is finished demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of the thing and a lack of understanding that culture is downstream from power and Trump isn’t power.
     
    https://reactionaryfuture.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/entryists-enter-the-cathedral-concept/

    Trump’s victory can be seen as a very obvious mark of confirmation for Moldbug, and a number of people seem to be clicking on. Not only did Trump run against the entire media apparatus, but he also engaged in a right wing game of high-low versus the middle, this time with the low being middle america which is still busily being assaulted through immigration and policies naturally directed at crushing them.

    This added interest in the cathedral concept will only become more widespread as the next four years will show that every time Trump so much as makes an innocuous speech about transport policy, the entire academic, civil service and media apparatus will engage in full spectrum attacks.

    The danger of this is that instead of understanding how the cathedral concept was formed, and what this entails, people will load it with liberal trash, thereby turning it into some sad sack conspiracy theory. The true power of this concept, and the ramifications will thus be lost because of rank stupidity. Imagine if the developments of Einstein were accepted, but were back filled with a story of goblins or fairies being responsible – it wouldn’t go very far, would it? That is what is happening with the cathedral concept.
     

    Unless Trump has a solid, extra governmental organisation, with its own security apparatus and ability to operate outside of the scope of the laws of the Republic, and it is actually organised and subject to his judgement and a clear and organised plan, all we will see is lots of screaming and noise, but nothing fundamentally done

    Exactly. Look at who are Trump candidates for the FBI director’s position. W/o right people nothing can be really done.

    Cadres are the key to everything (J. Stalin)

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  94. @Jason Liu
    Like his conservative predecessors, Trump turns out to be on defense almost all the time. This is a losing position.

    He should be accusing/investigating leftists of misdeeds, trumped up or otherwise. This would force the media to cover them and not make up stories about how talking to Russians is treason. It would also warn leftists that their beliefs have consequences, creating a chilling effect.

    The guy's not the culture warrior his supporters wanted him to be.

    Bannon could fix this in a New York minute, but Ivanka doesn’t have the stomach for it. She wants to win friends and influence people at the next Davos.

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  95. @Prof. Woland
    Part of the hysteria is that the Democrats are running out of time. As Trump masters the office and gets more and more maneuvering room, he will begin to dismantle the Democratic coalition. With Comey out of the way, the investigation into the past administration's old croneys will proceed apace destroying Obama's legacy.

    The entire "The Russians are coming" meme is purely media driven. Half of the Democratic coalition could not even find it on a map. But they are now the worst thing ever because the Democrats are running out of cards. Once Hillary failed, the anti-white forces lost their cohesiveness so they had to find new white people to hate on.

    Had Hillary Clinton won, the Democrats would be openly fighting white men domestically. The problem is that they maxed out that strategy to the point where it became counter productive. So now then need a foreign enemy as a proxy. The Russians fit the bill. They are white Europeans, Westerners, and have a strong nation state. The Democrats could have just as easily claimed there was a Venezuelan connection and linked Chavez to Trump via Machado and other skanky women but that would not have had the right optics.

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  96. Trump can tell the Russians whatever he wants. That is his prerogative as head of state and commander in chief. (I would be curious to hear a legal opinion on this issue – what, exactly, can Trump say or not say de jure?) Especially pertaining to the issue of terrorism. The Russians, people forget, are eager allies in the War on Terror, because they themselves have suffered egregious acts of terror. Second, it is not clear that Trump divulged anything particularly sensitive. Or, for that matter, anything. Third, this stuff with the “anonymous intelligence sources” is becoming tiring. Put up real evidence or shut up.

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  97. @Travis
    Oddsmakers are now predicting a 55 per cent chance that the president will depart the White House early. : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4514426/UK-punters-early-exit-Trump-bookmakers.html#ixzz4hMZkGJnB

    Predict It, the american site which allows you to wager on political outcomes it indicates 25% probability that Trump will be impeached in the next 7 months, before December 31, 2017.

    I bought 20 shares when it dropped to 70 , now trading at 76. If he is impeached the contract goes to 0. If he is not impeached by December 31 it goes to 100. I risked $70 to make $30. I fail to see any reason they can impeach him, and the GOP will control congress this year.

    You made a sound bet.

    I can’t play Predict It because I live in Nevada, otherwise I would take the same bet.

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  98. @Travis
    Oddsmakers are now predicting a 55 per cent chance that the president will depart the White House early. : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4514426/UK-punters-early-exit-Trump-bookmakers.html#ixzz4hMZkGJnB

    Predict It, the american site which allows you to wager on political outcomes it indicates 25% probability that Trump will be impeached in the next 7 months, before December 31, 2017.

    I bought 20 shares when it dropped to 70 , now trading at 76. If he is impeached the contract goes to 0. If he is not impeached by December 31 it goes to 100. I risked $70 to make $30. I fail to see any reason they can impeach him, and the GOP will control congress this year.

    How did oddsmakers and Predict It do on the presidential election?

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    • Replies: @Travis
    not very good. Trump contracts were selling below 40 in the days before the election. The Pennsylvania contracts were selling below 30.
  99. @SanJoaquinSam
    The firing of Comey unleashed some kind of evil from TPTB.

    My guess is though Trump offered peace after the election by stating there's be no further investigations into the Clinton Crime Syndicate and affiliates, their continued meddling in his ability to govern forced his hand.

    Comey out and a day later the news of the DNC staffer assassination was a signal war was back on the table.

    While actual impeachment is laughingly absurd, and Trump himself is perfectly comfortable amongst chaos, it will wear on the rest of the crew hindering anything meaningful from being accomplished ; my thought is this is the objective.

    My guess is though Trump offered peace after the election by stating there’s be no further investigations into the Clinton Crime Syndicate and affiliates,

    Perhaps he wanted to be so, but after they went after Flynn he should have known they will not be satiated. Firing Flynn was his first great mistake.

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  100. @anonn
    What is up is that for 8 years the Republican Party worked itself into a froth creating the myth that Obama, a boring, mildly-corrupt center-right technocrat, was the second coming of Hitler and Stalin.

    The Democratic Party saw how well this riled up their base and decided to do the same. The big difference is that Trump is a moronic, incompetent buffoon. This is a man too dumb to be able to read something longer than one page.

    What is the most depressing is that much (not all) of the Dem base has fallen for it as easily as the right wing fell for laughable bullcrap like birtherism.

    The Republican Party is using the opportunity to get the only thing it cares about (tax cuts for globalist plutocrats) and is going to do absolutely nothing about immigration, jobs, wages, trade, stopping dumb wars, etc. Just like in 2009 when Obama and the Democrats bailed out the banks, and did nothing for the middle or working classes. Obama also kept us in the Forever War despite the wishes of his base, and Trump is further accelerating our dumb wars despite the wishes of his base.

    In the medium and long terms, this is a catastrophe, as it will discredit everyone on the right and left who is a skeptic on immigration, trade, or non-interventionism.

    The idea that Democrats are following the lead of anti-Obama froth is ludicrous. Why do you think every purported scandal has the suffix “-gate” attached to it? Please bear in mind stuff happened before 8 years ago.

    Also, in what world is a former “community organizer” who literally taught Alinskyite tactics center-right?

    Wait, apparently the left to you is defined by not supporting Big Banks or perpetual war for perpetual peace. Wake up.

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    • Replies: @anonn
    Obama didn't do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted, unless you give him credit for changing his mind on marriage equality after the Supreme Court made it a fait accompli, and after a majority or near-majority of the people had changed their minds. His only significant legislation, Obamacare, was born in a Republican think-tank.

    Wait, apparently the left to you is defined by not supporting Big Banks or perpetual war for perpetual peace. Wake up.
     
    Yes, the economy and war and peace are important are important to me. Sorry? Where you see an Alinskyite community organizer, I look at what he actually did and didn't do.

    He didn't impose a wealth tax, he didn't help unions, he didn't nationalize the banks, he didn't end any wars, he didn't create any new social programs of note, he didn't raise the minimum wage, he didn't mandate equal pay for women, he didn't help workers, he didn't impose a carbon tax, he didn't legalize weed, he didn't take away anyone's guns. Gay marriage happened despite him.

    He talked a pretty game, but did nothing about over-policing. He negotiated the kabuki theater Paris Accords, a collection of toothless promises with no enforcement, and which can and will be ignored by everyone. Sure, he talked like a leftist at times, but there was nothing else but talk.
  101. @barbicane
    This isn't a big deal, except it's politically stupid. I thought Trump was smarter than this.

    It’s not about being stupid or smart, it doesn’t matter what he does or says, they’ll blame him for anything. I think if he cures cancer they’ll blame him for causing overpopulation and for not curing AIDS. If it turns out he is the second coming of Jesus, they’ll blame him for all the evil in the world. A major portion of Trump’s critics, including the bulk of the mainstream media, seem to be suffering from severe anger issues.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    Paranoid schizophrenia.

    At least where MSM leaders are concerned, likely genetic in origin.
  102. @anon
    Hard to see how the appointment of a Special Prosecutor does not mean the end of Trump Presidency.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/robert-mueller-appointed-special-counsel-oversee-probe-russias/story?id=47472673

    It is Nixon or Clinton, pick your poison.

    The Democrats planned on doing nothing for the next 3 years hoping for chaos or a recession to dethrone Trump. The only votes they were going to give were nos. It is much easier for the minority party to obstruct than to go on offence so if they do come out of their shell to fight, they might end up getting their asses handed to them. If they want to try, go ahead, but if they try to take down the Donald, they are going to have to take everything down with him.

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  103. @JohnnyWalker123

    The left has lost their mind
     
    What do you mean "the left"?

    John McCain (a Republican Senator) compared this "scandal" to Water Gate. So apparently even Republicans think Trump should be impeached. The entire establishment wants him out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6xonEFR-b0

    Tokyo Rose by way of Hanoi.

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    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    McCain should be jailed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO0mHEJyC3Y

    #LockUpMcCain
    #TokyoRoseMcCain
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    The Boss here (no, not Steve, the Boss!) has an interesting article on the site here about Juan McCain's background, that he wrote a few years back.

    I remember going on a rant about this guy back in early 2005 to a guy on an airplane with me. I have hated this guy for longer than some of you have been out of diapers. There's only a few people in this country that I can say suck more than that traitor McCain. I'd have to dig deep.
  104. @anon
    Hard to see how the appointment of a Special Prosecutor does not mean the end of Trump Presidency.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/robert-mueller-appointed-special-counsel-oversee-probe-russias/story?id=47472673

    It is Nixon or Clinton, pick your poison.

    For the record, a special prosecutor was not the end of the Clinton presidency. Heck, impeachment didn’t even end his presidency. He kept tickin’ thanks to the senate.

    Granted, ol’ Bill had the MSM and permanent government on his side. Trump doesn’t, but let’s test just how much that matters.

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  105. @Luke Lea
    here's the hit-list of Dem descriptives in order of importance:

    1. The Very Last Straw
    2. The Last Straw
    3. Impeachable
    4. Absolutely Outrageous
    5. He's Insane
    6. Beyond Words
    7. Hitler
    8. Reagan
    9. Stalin (the middle years)
    10. 5, 3, 1

    [h/t from a commenter on another blog]

    11. He got an extra scoop of ice cream

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  106. @Zogby
    There is an obvious coup attempt/color revolution in progress in D.C. I think Trump's best bet is to continue to build the loyalty of law enforcement and military, in the event he needs to engage in Erdogan-style purges in the intelligence services, FBI or judiciary. A lot of law-enforcement/military voted for him and they'd support him when push comes to shove. It remains to be seen whether the situation degenerates to actual armed confrontation.
    Another option would be for Trump to start a new war in order to divert attention from all this to external enemy. Starting a war is an awful choice unfortunately, but may happen anyways.

    Perhaps he should stop alienating some of his base. We were willing to have his back but part of the deal is that he stands up to the globalist a in DC for us.

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  107. @Anon
    Watergate was a real scandal.

    Iran-Contra was a real scandal.

    Abu Gharib was a real scandal.

    Benghazi was a real scandal, esp as the government lied about the reasons for the violence: some pastor burning a Koran.

    But what we seeing now is the game of MANUFACTURING SCANDALS where anything Trump does is spun as a 'new scandal'. Trump is not making scandals. He is being scandalized.

    It might as well be called WHATEVERGATE. MSM will turn anything or whatever into the next scandal.

    Btw, it says something about the current state of affairs that it is just when Trump moves toward greater peace with Russia and Syria that we get the most hysteria, or Russyteria or Hysyria.
    But when Trump acts on questionable info and lobs 50 missiles into Syria, he is hailed as being 'presidential'.
    To understand the nature of The Power, see what irks it the most. Why does good relations with Russia make The Power most crazy?

    Also, consider a snake like Fareed Zakaria. When the West used to be race-ist and not allow mass-immigration, someone like Zakaria would have been in his own nation and serving its interests and defending the Third World from the hegemonic or imperialist West.
    But now that his ilk have been allowed into the Elysium Club of Globalism, he is doing the bidding of the US as globalist imperialist power.
    There was a time when someone like him would have been in his own country condemning US military strikes against Third World nations. But now, Zakaria praised Trump when Syria was bombed over bogus pretexts. Globalism has turned Third World elites into Servitors of US-globo-empire. According to Zakaria, Trump finally became president by shooting off missiles into a nation based on questionable unverified reports.. And Brian Williams, that Anglo-Cuck, was calling the missiles 'beautiful' and quoting Leonard Cohen. What a crazy world.

    Anyway, to understand what is going on in psycho-social terms, consider the part of Kafka's THE CASTLE.

    https://libcom.org/files/Franz%20Kafka-The%20Castle%20(Oxford%20World's%20Classics)%20(2009).pdf

    On Page 246:

    "Neither the landlord nor the landlady understood how K. could have done anything
    of the kind. But what exactly had he done? K. asked again and
    again, although he didn’t get the chance to ask for long, because his
    guilt was only too obvious to both of them, and they didn’t believe
    for a moment that he was asking in good faith. Only bit by bit did K.
    find out what the matter was. He had no right to be in the corridor,
    in general he could enter only the bar, and that only as a favour which
    could be withdrawn. If he had been summoned to see a gentleman,
    he must of course go to the place to which he had been summoned,
    but must always remain aware—he did have his wits about him, they
    imagined, like anyone else?—that he was somewhere where he did
    not belong, to which he had been summoned only by a gentleman,
    and very unwillingly at that, merely because official business required
    and justified it."

    The Land Surveyor doesn't belong in the Castle.

    Trump the real estate man doesn't belong in the Corridor, the Bunker of power.

    The Deep State may see itself as akin to the 'Good German' generals who tried to depose Hitler.
    But the great irony is it is Trump who wants to make the peace while Deep State wants to make Perpetual War.

    Ice creamgate

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  108. @white trash
    Screw the haters.

    I was a reluctant and half-hearted Trump supporter, and I see increasing evidence that he is over his head and an incompetent manager. His public speech and mannerisms are frankly embarrassing to me. And yet I have become a strong supporter, because the alternative is rewarding the anti-civilization rioters and the DC/NY parasite class.

    In other words, everything Publius/Anton said before the election.

    Yes, I hate the people who put us in a situation where our only hope to curtail the deep state and managerial class was to vote for a clown like Trump.

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  109. @white trash
    Screw the haters.

    I was a reluctant and half-hearted Trump supporter, and I see increasing evidence that he is over his head and an incompetent manager. His public speech and mannerisms are frankly embarrassing to me. And yet I have become a strong supporter, because the alternative is rewarding the anti-civilization rioters and the DC/NY parasite class.

    In other words, everything Publius/Anton said before the election.

    Struggling with this myself – on the one hand, I am eternally grateful that Hilary Clinton will never be president, and all I wanted out of Trump was a) a hard line on immigration and b) conservative SCOTUS nominees.

    But it looks like he is not only in over his head but he is remarkably bad at forecasting the consequences of his shoot-from-the-mouth style, not to mention he was dumb enough to allow the GOP (and by extension himself) to burn precious political capital on repealing Obamacare.

    It looks to me like he literally has no plan on anything…

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    • Replies: @J.Ross
    The mainstream media is non-stop brainwashing and emotional babbling to create the impression you just related. There is no substance whatsoever. There is no real criticism of Trump anywhere. One guy flew overseas and offered a thousand dollars for a tip that turned out to be bogus, because he thought he was buying a Trump scandal.
    There are no "real" politicians who never misspeak or who get every desired appointment, and normally these professional political parasites are the beneficiaries of a certain media threshold which has been thrown aside in Trump's case.
    Stop giving attention to people who hate you and want you to die violently as every tradition of your people is burned to ashes. You will not miss anything: these people know nothing and have nothing to say. They are not "the news." Robert Siegel spent almost a minute of his Hate Trump report a week ago laughing. Just him laughing at what a dumb goy Trump is on air. Where would I be without such thoroughly sourced and relevant analysis? I'd be reading real news in the new media instead of listening to Robert Siegel laugh like a child.
    , @Olorin
    Who does in this Gang Aft Agley dimension?
  110. @Travis
    Oddsmakers are now predicting a 55 per cent chance that the president will depart the White House early. : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4514426/UK-punters-early-exit-Trump-bookmakers.html#ixzz4hMZkGJnB

    Predict It, the american site which allows you to wager on political outcomes it indicates 25% probability that Trump will be impeached in the next 7 months, before December 31, 2017.

    I bought 20 shares when it dropped to 70 , now trading at 76. If he is impeached the contract goes to 0. If he is not impeached by December 31 it goes to 100. I risked $70 to make $30. I fail to see any reason they can impeach him, and the GOP will control congress this year.

    I bought 1307 shares of Trump still being in office at the end of the year at 65 cents each.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    I dipped my toe in at 70, only 30 shares to start. I think they will end at 100 but could dip to 50-55 before then.

    My biggest position right now is 350 shares on Ossoff winning the special election.

    I am shocked to see GOP retaining the House at only 55. I will buy in at 52 if it goes that low.

  111. The last week’s worth of gaffes and turmoil have exposed Trump’s two biggest (related) problems: lack of staffing and lack of discipline.

    He doesn’t have and hasn’t been able to get people who are competent and whom he can trust to work in his own White House in sufficient numbers and in key positions (to say nothing of the rest of the government). He’s apparently sufficiently paranoid to demand personal (rather than institutional) loyalty and to be averse to leaks (which are bad right now but reflective of the bad organizational climate) that he isn’t involving necessary principals in key decisions (like firing Comey), so they get mishandled.

    The lack of discipline might be reflected in the supposed Russia disclosure and conversation with Comey (if either of those stories is true). Yes, the President can declassify information legally, but doing so off the cuff when that information came from another country might have been a faux pas. The Comey story (again, if true) is more unambiguously problematic and, whether or not it raises any legal issues or grounds for impeachment, reflects a serious lack of good judgment. If the story is to be believed, Trump sent friendly witnesses out of the room, then appeared to pressure the FBI director over investigating a political ally and former official of his who had gotten into trouble, for dealing with a country he keeps getting accused of having illicit dealings with. He then unceremoniously and publicly canned that FBI director with that hanging out there. Whether any of this was improper, it certainly appeared improper, was downright stupid, and was done (in the best light) out of personal loyalty to someone who had lied to others in his administration and caused trouble. Again, if this story is true, Trump’s judgment stinks. (As of today, this decision has gotten the Russia matter a special counsel, former FBI director Mueller.)

    There’s no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They’ve always been out to get Republicans, and would have been out to get Trump all the more so, given how thoroughly he’s set himself against the entire establishment. The task demands better of him, and it’s down right now to perhaps his own personal flaws and failings whether or not his administration is going down in flames. I suppose I would hope that maybe some Washington “wise man” in the mold of James Baker could come in and be trusted to protect Trump from himself, but I don’t know who that would be (who could do it and whom Trump would trust and not get exasperated with).

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    He doesn’t have and hasn’t been able to get people who are competent and whom he can trust to work in his own White House in sufficient numbers and in key positions (to say nothing of the rest of the government).
     
    Well, Trumpism is new, so there's little bench to draw from with any government experience - the only name that comes to mind immediately is Michael Anton ("Publius"), and he's already in the White House. But Trump should think outside the box here and get some outside help.

    He's got a database of millions of Americans who donated small dollar amounts to his campaign. Start there, with a universe of loyal supporters, and shoot out an email to all of them with a link to a recruiting site featuring a 20-minute Wonderlic IQ test. Follow up with the top 1% with a test more targeted to government service skills and filter from there (background checks, then in-person interviews for the best scorers on the second round).

    There'd still be some bumpiness with this route, as these recruits wouldn't have government experience, but government isn't rocket science, and "quantity has a quality all its own". Trump will be better off filling government roles several ranks down with smart but inexperienced loyalists than with the status quo of an experienced but leaky and disloyal establishment.
    , @JohnnyWalker123

    There’s no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They’ve always been out to get Republicans,
     
    Not true.

    The media went remarkably soft on George W. Bush.

    -On 9/11/2001, 3,000 people were murdered in a violent terrorist attack. Evidence emerged that the FBI had issued numerous terrorist warnings to Bush in the months preceding 9/11, but Bush had ignored the FBI. They implored Bush to do something, but he just brushed them aside. At one point in the summer of 2001, an exasperated Bush even said to the FBI, "you've covered your ***." Then 9/11 happened. So it appears that Bush's lack of attentiveness was a major factor in why the 9/11 attacks happened. The media, however, treated Bush as some type of "heroic" figure, who had responded "valiantly" to the 9/11 attack. It was totally bizarre.

    -The Bin Laden family was immediately sent out of the U.S. immediately after 9/11 (by the Bush administration), rather than interviewed. Several days after 9/11, Bush had dinner with the Saudi prince. Interestingly, for many years, Bush's family had a business relationship with the Bin Ladens and the Saudi Royal family. The media didn't make an issue of this.

    -Evidence soon mounted that Al-Qaeda had been financed by the Saudi govt. No military action was taken. However, Afghanistan and Iraq were attacked. Why didn't the media care?

    -Bush linked Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil." Three govts with no relationship or common ideological link, but they were linked together. Why didn't the media make an issue of this ridiculousness?

    -Before the Iraq War, Bush kept lying and saying Iraq was responsible for 9/11. The media not only refused to critique this obvious lie, but repeated his words to the gullible public. Why?

    -After the end of the Iraq War, no "weapons of mass destruction were found." The media didn't make an issue of this. Why?

    -Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind obtained taped evidence that the CIA (under Whitehouse orders) fabricated evidence that Iraq bought nuclear weapons-grade uranium ("yellowcake") from Niger. The media didn't cover this at all. Why? This would seem much more significant than even Water Gate.

    -The total cost of the Iraq War began to spiral out of control. One estimate placed the long-term cost at $5 trillion. The media hardly ever reports this. Why?

    -The Iraq War killed 5,000 troops and injured over 1 million troops. Also, over 1.1 million Iraqis have been killed and millions more internally displaced, orphaned/widowed, or injured. These statistics are never reported. Why?

    -There was also a huge increase in opioid deaths under Bush. Much of the heroin in the U.S. comes from Afghanistan, which had previously eradicated drug production (under the Taliban in the 90s) and then saw a drug explosion from 2002 onward. Nobody reported on this.

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?

    The media was amazingly soft and deferential to Bush.

    Conservatives always say the media is out to get Republican politicians, but that wasn't the case for Bush. The way the media treated him, you'd think they worked for him.
  112. @epebble
    A new theory from the conservative intelligentsia: Trump is a manchild.

    When the World Is Led by a Child By David Brooks MAY 15, 2017

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/opinion/trump-classified-data.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fdavid-brooks&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection&mtrref=www.nytimes.com&gwh=0395EDC10F8D388C57ED7F283E2D658C&gwt=pay&assetType=opinion

    The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump By Ross Douthat

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/opinion/25th-amendment-trump.html

    Douthat essentially calling for a coup is not his finest hour. Maybe the synthesis of all of this will be a bipartisan, Moldbugian rejection of democracy, leading to the enthronement of Emperor Bloomberg I, Chief Minister Zuckerberg, and Minister of Female Resilience Sandberg.

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  113. @JohnnyWalker123

    The left has lost their mind
     
    What do you mean "the left"?

    John McCain (a Republican Senator) compared this "scandal" to Water Gate. So apparently even Republicans think Trump should be impeached. The entire establishment wants him out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6xonEFR-b0

    At about 54 seconds in, the senile old dolt starts to stammer about immigration reform, but catches himself a half second too late. Such calibration suggests that even McCain realizizes how toxic his initiative was. Trump’s appraisal of Maverick’s Vietnam heroics no doubt triggered deeply felt anger, but it’s the burying of “immigration reform” that has truly angered the old Neocon warrior.

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  114. @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    “I have an honest question for Trump supporters…”

    Has it really escaped your attention that there aren’t many “Trump supporters” left around here?

    But that has nothing to do with this piddling Comey crap.

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  115. @Thomas
    The last week's worth of gaffes and turmoil have exposed Trump's two biggest (related) problems: lack of staffing and lack of discipline.

    He doesn't have and hasn't been able to get people who are competent and whom he can trust to work in his own White House in sufficient numbers and in key positions (to say nothing of the rest of the government). He's apparently sufficiently paranoid to demand personal (rather than institutional) loyalty and to be averse to leaks (which are bad right now but reflective of the bad organizational climate) that he isn't involving necessary principals in key decisions (like firing Comey), so they get mishandled.

    The lack of discipline might be reflected in the supposed Russia disclosure and conversation with Comey (if either of those stories is true). Yes, the President can declassify information legally, but doing so off the cuff when that information came from another country might have been a faux pas. The Comey story (again, if true) is more unambiguously problematic and, whether or not it raises any legal issues or grounds for impeachment, reflects a serious lack of good judgment. If the story is to be believed, Trump sent friendly witnesses out of the room, then appeared to pressure the FBI director over investigating a political ally and former official of his who had gotten into trouble, for dealing with a country he keeps getting accused of having illicit dealings with. He then unceremoniously and publicly canned that FBI director with that hanging out there. Whether any of this was improper, it certainly appeared improper, was downright stupid, and was done (in the best light) out of personal loyalty to someone who had lied to others in his administration and caused trouble. Again, if this story is true, Trump's judgment stinks. (As of today, this decision has gotten the Russia matter a special counsel, former FBI director Mueller.)

    There's no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They've always been out to get Republicans, and would have been out to get Trump all the more so, given how thoroughly he's set himself against the entire establishment. The task demands better of him, and it's down right now to perhaps his own personal flaws and failings whether or not his administration is going down in flames. I suppose I would hope that maybe some Washington "wise man" in the mold of James Baker could come in and be trusted to protect Trump from himself, but I don't know who that would be (who could do it and whom Trump would trust and not get exasperated with).

    He doesn’t have and hasn’t been able to get people who are competent and whom he can trust to work in his own White House in sufficient numbers and in key positions (to say nothing of the rest of the government).

    Well, Trumpism is new, so there’s little bench to draw from with any government experience – the only name that comes to mind immediately is Michael Anton (“Publius”), and he’s already in the White House. But Trump should think outside the box here and get some outside help.

    He’s got a database of millions of Americans who donated small dollar amounts to his campaign. Start there, with a universe of loyal supporters, and shoot out an email to all of them with a link to a recruiting site featuring a 20-minute Wonderlic IQ test. Follow up with the top 1% with a test more targeted to government service skills and filter from there (background checks, then in-person interviews for the best scorers on the second round).

    There’d still be some bumpiness with this route, as these recruits wouldn’t have government experience, but government isn’t rocket science, and “quantity has a quality all its own”. Trump will be better off filling government roles several ranks down with smart but inexperienced loyalists than with the status quo of an experienced but leaky and disloyal establishment.

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    Well, Trumpism is new, so there’s little bench to draw from with any government experience – the only name that comes to mind immediately is Michael Anton (“Publius”), and he’s already in the White House.
     
    I think with respect to a few key positions (maybe like Chief of Staff, to replace Reince Priebus, which was a sop to the establishment GOP that didn't work out), Trump could get away with someone who was merely trustworthy, respected, and competent, rather than needing to be a true believer in Trumpism, to keep the White House running. I don't think every establishment Republican, right now at least, is of the malicious Bill Kristol mold, just waiting for Trumpism to fail and to replace Trump voters. The current climate in Washington though assumes that no such people exist, and unfortunately Trump might just be of that paranoid mindset that prizes personal loyalty over all (his possibly self-destructive commitment to Michael Flynn, even after he'd already been put into difficulty by Flynn's dishonesty and forced to sack him, may be revealing here as to how Trump relatively values people versus performance).
    , @SFG
    This is actually one of the better ideas for dealing with the lack of right-populist people with government experience I've heard.

    You'd have to worry about aspies and similar smart-but-socially-stupid types filling your government (and many of us commenter, myself definitely included, probably fit this profile)--while I agree the current batch of schmoozers has gotten us into no end of trouble, the nerds would probably be easily manipulated by the media etc. I guess you would handle that at the interview stage?
    , @nglaer
    I think top 2 or 3 percent would be a great improvement in most staff positions.
  116. @Polynices
    It's hopeless to think Trump haters would ever come to their senses but it gets tiresome how excitable even some of his supporters seem to be. Yeah, sure, maybe he's screwing up on [issue du jour] but the analysis that says he's screwing up is generally the sort of 2-D thinking (to borrow Scott Adams' phrase) that was wrong about everything about him during the campaign.

    Best example off hand is all the hand-wringing about no wall being built. If Trump *was* absolutely 100% planning to build a gigantic wall on our southern border, what exactly would he be doing different from today? There's already a plan for demonstration wall segments to be built. He's enough of a showman that he wouldn't waste the "big reveal" of his plans until he's got room on his plate and is ready to go with the ground breaking. If he has minions working on plans and schemes do you think he'd tell anyone? How many huge buildings did he get built? Pretty sure he had huge staffs of lawyers and architects and builders helping him on those and pretty sure they weren't leaking all the details to the press along the way. Yeah, maybe Trump is a disaster but there's no actual evidence of it. The stuff even his supporters point at as evidence is generally stupid.

    Scott Adams stole the line from Spock:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iPQfwmfRq2s

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  117. What are the chances that Trump’s mental state is failing, like recently. He obviously wasn’t impaired during the campaign, but there seems some decline, no? My daughter who is in this field says a colleague of hers notes striking difference in Trump vocabulary, eloquence since the 90′s.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    At least 10,000% chance.

    He's on his last legs. He's on his way out. He will not survive this. This is the beginning of the end for Trump.

    Also he has syphilis, Alzheimer's, ALS, crotch weevils, eczema, nasal polyps, housemaid's knee, and climactic bubo.

    Plus that bad case of tapeworm and the chronic colitis.

    Surely if he were as eloquent as he ever was in our best memory, the MSM would be presenting that 24/7.

    The Father has been enthroned for 117 days!

    We grow weary! We demand a new tanist! Dumuzi is dead, long live Dumuzi!

    , @J.Ross
    This is not something that should be tolerated unless you're being satirical. This "Trump is crazy" stuff is a well-established MSM talking point which has no basis in reality and which represents a lowering of standards. My second cousin has a chance meeting who has a pet who has a Phillipino slave who says that your friend's daughter is not a source, and if she has real qualifications, they cannot enable her to diagnose through the TV. Real health professionals have no time for diagnosis through the TV and licenses can be revoked if it is attempted.
    If you are not with ShareBlue please consider that if the media successfully gaslit a US president, there would be absolutely nothing to stop them from gettng rid of you if they ever wanted to.
    , @for-the-record

    My daughter who is in this field says a colleague of hers notes striking difference in Trump vocabulary, eloquence since the 90′s.
     
    Compare the present version with this 5-minute video from the 1988 Republican Convention.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usb0iE5WiZI
  118. @jimbojones
    It's not about being stupid or smart, it doesn't matter what he does or says, they'll blame him for anything. I think if he cures cancer they'll blame him for causing overpopulation and for not curing AIDS. If it turns out he is the second coming of Jesus, they'll blame him for all the evil in the world. A major portion of Trump's critics, including the bulk of the mainstream media, seem to be suffering from severe anger issues.

    Paranoid schizophrenia.

    At least where MSM leaders are concerned, likely genetic in origin.

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  119. @Detective Club
    Tokyo Rose by way of Hanoi.

    McCain should be jailed.

    #LockUpMcCain
    #TokyoRoseMcCain

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    Did any other American POWs in North Vietnam make similar broadcasts? Was McCain the only one?

    If he was, it might be very embarrassing for him. If he wasn't the only one, I don't imagine too many people would hold it against him. I guess I wouldn't. And I despise him.
    , @Inquiring Mind
    First of all, to call this a "Tokyo Rose" recording is to demean the real Tokyo Rose, who was said to have "trolled" American units and even individual service members in propaganda broadcasts.

    This recording, however, is stock Manchurian Candidate boilerplate -- an American prisoner held by Communist forces is tortured until he offers up this pro-forma confession and praise for his humane treatment. It is said that all of our pilot-prisoners were tortured until "they broke." If this is all people have on John McCain, it is pretty weak tea indeed.
  120. @Arclight
    Struggling with this myself - on the one hand, I am eternally grateful that Hilary Clinton will never be president, and all I wanted out of Trump was a) a hard line on immigration and b) conservative SCOTUS nominees.

    But it looks like he is not only in over his head but he is remarkably bad at forecasting the consequences of his shoot-from-the-mouth style, not to mention he was dumb enough to allow the GOP (and by extension himself) to burn precious political capital on repealing Obamacare.

    It looks to me like he literally has no plan on anything...

    The mainstream media is non-stop brainwashing and emotional babbling to create the impression you just related. There is no substance whatsoever. There is no real criticism of Trump anywhere. One guy flew overseas and offered a thousand dollars for a tip that turned out to be bogus, because he thought he was buying a Trump scandal.
    There are no “real” politicians who never misspeak or who get every desired appointment, and normally these professional political parasites are the beneficiaries of a certain media threshold which has been thrown aside in Trump’s case.
    Stop giving attention to people who hate you and want you to die violently as every tradition of your people is burned to ashes. You will not miss anything: these people know nothing and have nothing to say. They are not “the news.” Robert Siegel spent almost a minute of his Hate Trump report a week ago laughing. Just him laughing at what a dumb goy Trump is on air. Where would I be without such thoroughly sourced and relevant analysis? I’d be reading real news in the new media instead of listening to Robert Siegel laugh like a child.

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    Do the frigging math on the immigration arrests: it’s a rate of 150,000 per year. That’s a tiny % of illegals.

    Trump is leaving in place the illegal hordes and their massive document/tax/ID fraud.

    A rate of 1,000,000 per year would be a good start. We are far from that.

    They have a plan. They are doing minimal deportations in order to “secure the border” and then get amnesty.

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  122. @nglaer
    What are the chances that Trump's mental state is failing, like recently. He obviously wasn't impaired during the campaign, but there seems some decline, no? My daughter who is in this field says a colleague of hers notes striking difference in Trump vocabulary, eloquence since the 90's.

    At least 10,000% chance.

    He’s on his last legs. He’s on his way out. He will not survive this. This is the beginning of the end for Trump.

    Also he has syphilis, Alzheimer’s, ALS, crotch weevils, eczema, nasal polyps, housemaid’s knee, and climactic bubo.

    Plus that bad case of tapeworm and the chronic colitis.

    Surely if he were as eloquent as he ever was in our best memory, the MSM would be presenting that 24/7.

    The Father has been enthroned for 117 days!

    We grow weary! We demand a new tanist! Dumuzi is dead, long live Dumuzi!

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    Also he has syphilis, Alzheimer’s, ALS, crotch weevils, eczema, nasal polyps, housemaid’s knee, and climactic bubo.

    Plus that bad case of tapeworm and the chronic colitis.

     
    Is there an upside you're keeping from us, Olorin? I'm no doctor, but I do have an internet connection - those things don't sound so good.

    Dr. Parkinson declared "I'm not surprised to see you here.
    You've got smoker's cough from smoking,
    brewer's droop from drinking beer,
    I don't know how you came to get those Betty Davis knees,
    but worst of all, young man, you've got industrial disease."

     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rWuc5kar3Y
  123. @Arclight
    Struggling with this myself - on the one hand, I am eternally grateful that Hilary Clinton will never be president, and all I wanted out of Trump was a) a hard line on immigration and b) conservative SCOTUS nominees.

    But it looks like he is not only in over his head but he is remarkably bad at forecasting the consequences of his shoot-from-the-mouth style, not to mention he was dumb enough to allow the GOP (and by extension himself) to burn precious political capital on repealing Obamacare.

    It looks to me like he literally has no plan on anything...

    Who does in this Gang Aft Agley dimension?

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  124. @Dave Pinsen

    He doesn’t have and hasn’t been able to get people who are competent and whom he can trust to work in his own White House in sufficient numbers and in key positions (to say nothing of the rest of the government).
     
    Well, Trumpism is new, so there's little bench to draw from with any government experience - the only name that comes to mind immediately is Michael Anton ("Publius"), and he's already in the White House. But Trump should think outside the box here and get some outside help.

    He's got a database of millions of Americans who donated small dollar amounts to his campaign. Start there, with a universe of loyal supporters, and shoot out an email to all of them with a link to a recruiting site featuring a 20-minute Wonderlic IQ test. Follow up with the top 1% with a test more targeted to government service skills and filter from there (background checks, then in-person interviews for the best scorers on the second round).

    There'd still be some bumpiness with this route, as these recruits wouldn't have government experience, but government isn't rocket science, and "quantity has a quality all its own". Trump will be better off filling government roles several ranks down with smart but inexperienced loyalists than with the status quo of an experienced but leaky and disloyal establishment.

    Well, Trumpism is new, so there’s little bench to draw from with any government experience – the only name that comes to mind immediately is Michael Anton (“Publius”), and he’s already in the White House.

    I think with respect to a few key positions (maybe like Chief of Staff, to replace Reince Priebus, which was a sop to the establishment GOP that didn’t work out), Trump could get away with someone who was merely trustworthy, respected, and competent, rather than needing to be a true believer in Trumpism, to keep the White House running. I don’t think every establishment Republican, right now at least, is of the malicious Bill Kristol mold, just waiting for Trumpism to fail and to replace Trump voters. The current climate in Washington though assumes that no such people exist, and unfortunately Trump might just be of that paranoid mindset that prizes personal loyalty over all (his possibly self-destructive commitment to Michael Flynn, even after he’d already been put into difficulty by Flynn’s dishonesty and forced to sack him, may be revealing here as to how Trump relatively values people versus performance).

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    George Soros used to talk about the idea of "reflexivity", the feedback between the intangible and the real in securities markets. Say shorts beat down the share price of some company that is fundamentally solid: its stock is just an intangible, but it can have an effect on the company if potential applicants, customers, and lenders shy away from it due to the slumping share price.

    Something similar is happening with Trump now. The media has been talking him down, and that can have real-world implications, such as drying up the experienced applicant pool.

    In hindsight, Trump caving on the budget resolution probably emboldened all of his enemies. The impeachment nonsense ramped up after that.
  125. @guest
    The idea that Democrats are following the lead of anti-Obama froth is ludicrous. Why do you think every purported scandal has the suffix "-gate" attached to it? Please bear in mind stuff happened before 8 years ago.

    Also, in what world is a former "community organizer" who literally taught Alinskyite tactics center-right?

    Wait, apparently the left to you is defined by not supporting Big Banks or perpetual war for perpetual peace. Wake up.

    Obama didn’t do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted, unless you give him credit for changing his mind on marriage equality after the Supreme Court made it a fait accompli, and after a majority or near-majority of the people had changed their minds. His only significant legislation, Obamacare, was born in a Republican think-tank.

    Wait, apparently the left to you is defined by not supporting Big Banks or perpetual war for perpetual peace. Wake up.

    Yes, the economy and war and peace are important are important to me. Sorry? Where you see an Alinskyite community organizer, I look at what he actually did and didn’t do.

    He didn’t impose a wealth tax, he didn’t help unions, he didn’t nationalize the banks, he didn’t end any wars, he didn’t create any new social programs of note, he didn’t raise the minimum wage, he didn’t mandate equal pay for women, he didn’t help workers, he didn’t impose a carbon tax, he didn’t legalize weed, he didn’t take away anyone’s guns. Gay marriage happened despite him.

    He talked a pretty game, but did nothing about over-policing. He negotiated the kabuki theater Paris Accords, a collection of toothless promises with no enforcement, and which can and will be ignored by everyone. Sure, he talked like a leftist at times, but there was nothing else but talk.

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    • Replies: @Vinteuil
    "Obama didn’t do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted..."

    He kept the borders open, dude.

    Have you really not noticed that open borders/rubbing the right's face in "diversity" is what leftism is all about, these days?
    , @Dave Pinsen
    He passed Obamacare, expanded food stamps, appointed reliable liberals to the Supreme Court and lower courts, expanded unemployment insurance to 99 weeks (from 16 in some places), cracked down on local law enforcement, amnestied millions of illegal aliens, and that's the thanks he gets from you?
    , @ben tillman
    He might not have done what you wanted, but he did what the Left wanted.

    The Left = plutocrats, and that's always been the case.
  126. This is another example of how wrongdoing by the Clintons makes things worse for everyone else. Comey was fired because of how he handled the investigation into her secret e-mail server. There has never been an explanation of what Pres. Obama knew about that matter, when he knew about it, and what he did about it, not to mention others in his Dept. of Justice, as well as those in the intelligence agencies at the time (CIA, FBI, NSA, etc).

    Why didn’t anyone say anything back then? Why is Trump getting so much grief for something that Obama was responsible for?

    And now with the news of this special counsel being appointed, what will the reaction be when he comes up with nothing for Russian interference or collusion? What if the special counsel comes across evidence of wrongdoing by someone else (such as leaks or surveillance from the deep state, or shenanigans by the Democrats)?

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  127. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Jason Liu
    Like his conservative predecessors, Trump turns out to be on defense almost all the time. This is a losing position.

    He should be accusing/investigating leftists of misdeeds, trumped up or otherwise. This would force the media to cover them and not make up stories about how talking to Russians is treason. It would also warn leftists that their beliefs have consequences, creating a chilling effect.

    The guy's not the culture warrior his supporters wanted him to be.

    Trump won the election by going on the offense a lot. He needs to realize that as president, you need to start going after your enemies with investigations if they won’t stop attacking you. The left doesn’t see the election as a battle they lost. They’re still trying to win the war, and he needs to put them on the defensive.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Trump won the election by going on the offense a lot. He needs to realize that as president, you need to start going after your enemies with investigations if they won’t stop attacking you.
     
    Quite so. The Justice Department should be subjecting the Clinton Foundation, it's benefactors, hangers-on, and allies, to a rigorous investigation.
    , @Buck Turgidson
    Well stated. The left never sits back and lets things play out. They are constantly on the offensive. Trump needs to ramp things up and start thinking about imprisoning sewer rats like holder, lerner, koskinen, and yes ... hilLIARy. Oh the media will scream like stuck pigs but they are going to do that anyway.

    Like some others here, all I really wanted was a sharp reduction in all immigration. I am not seeing it. I like Mr Trump and thought he would be really good, and he isn't hiLIARy and I know this isn't easy and am patient. At the same time, I hear him telling us he loves legal immigration. Not a good sign.
  128. @WorkingClass
    Regarding reliable info, avoid corporate media. Read A LOT of different writers on the internet. This will develop your bullshit detector and you can decide for yourself what is and what is not.

    If he is removed, isn’t that tantamount to saying the US electorate is unfit to have an opinion. What would the reaction be?
     
    If he is removed, by impeachment, by coup, or by assassination, you will see a variety of nullification and/or secession movements. The United States will Balkanize.

    >If he is removed, by impeachment, by coup, or by assassination, you will see a variety of nullification and/or secession movements. The United States will Balkanize.

    Doubtful. Who is going to lead these movements? Based stick man?

    You need local/regional elites and or establishment on board for that to work. Trump doesn’t have that and he doesn’t even really have his base at this point with how much cucking he’s been doing.

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    • Agree: Lot
    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    Versus "27 year old commenter" declaring defeat before the first shot is fired?

    Yes. You and Lot can tell each other after its all said and done how you provided "moral support" with your pithy blog posts while men did the fighting.
    , @Kevin C.

    You need local/regional elites and or establishment on board for that to work. Trump doesn’t have that
     
    Does anybody on the Right? Given how well "academia" and the need for a degree for employment (driven how much by HR departments fearing lawsuits?), and urbanization trends, and media and cultural pressure, have all done for "brain-drain" removing potential local/regional elites from those locales and assimilating them into the dominant liberal elite?

    And need them one does, since elites determine if a rebellion becomes a revolution.
  129. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @JohnyD
    Still waiting for that wall...
    I think Ann Coulter is right when she said that all of this FBI/Comey stuff is being used by Trump to distract us from his failure to follow through with his big promises (i.e. Ending DACA, the Wall, stopping the refugee racket, an America First foreign policy, etc).

    Nonsense. No one wishes this sort of crap on himself.

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  130. @Thomas
    The last week's worth of gaffes and turmoil have exposed Trump's two biggest (related) problems: lack of staffing and lack of discipline.

    He doesn't have and hasn't been able to get people who are competent and whom he can trust to work in his own White House in sufficient numbers and in key positions (to say nothing of the rest of the government). He's apparently sufficiently paranoid to demand personal (rather than institutional) loyalty and to be averse to leaks (which are bad right now but reflective of the bad organizational climate) that he isn't involving necessary principals in key decisions (like firing Comey), so they get mishandled.

    The lack of discipline might be reflected in the supposed Russia disclosure and conversation with Comey (if either of those stories is true). Yes, the President can declassify information legally, but doing so off the cuff when that information came from another country might have been a faux pas. The Comey story (again, if true) is more unambiguously problematic and, whether or not it raises any legal issues or grounds for impeachment, reflects a serious lack of good judgment. If the story is to be believed, Trump sent friendly witnesses out of the room, then appeared to pressure the FBI director over investigating a political ally and former official of his who had gotten into trouble, for dealing with a country he keeps getting accused of having illicit dealings with. He then unceremoniously and publicly canned that FBI director with that hanging out there. Whether any of this was improper, it certainly appeared improper, was downright stupid, and was done (in the best light) out of personal loyalty to someone who had lied to others in his administration and caused trouble. Again, if this story is true, Trump's judgment stinks. (As of today, this decision has gotten the Russia matter a special counsel, former FBI director Mueller.)

    There's no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They've always been out to get Republicans, and would have been out to get Trump all the more so, given how thoroughly he's set himself against the entire establishment. The task demands better of him, and it's down right now to perhaps his own personal flaws and failings whether or not his administration is going down in flames. I suppose I would hope that maybe some Washington "wise man" in the mold of James Baker could come in and be trusted to protect Trump from himself, but I don't know who that would be (who could do it and whom Trump would trust and not get exasperated with).

    There’s no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They’ve always been out to get Republicans,

    Not true.

    The media went remarkably soft on George W. Bush.

    -On 9/11/2001, 3,000 people were murdered in a violent terrorist attack. Evidence emerged that the FBI had issued numerous terrorist warnings to Bush in the months preceding 9/11, but Bush had ignored the FBI. They implored Bush to do something, but he just brushed them aside. At one point in the summer of 2001, an exasperated Bush even said to the FBI, “you’ve covered your ***.” Then 9/11 happened. So it appears that Bush’s lack of attentiveness was a major factor in why the 9/11 attacks happened. The media, however, treated Bush as some type of “heroic” figure, who had responded “valiantly” to the 9/11 attack. It was totally bizarre.

    -The Bin Laden family was immediately sent out of the U.S. immediately after 9/11 (by the Bush administration), rather than interviewed. Several days after 9/11, Bush had dinner with the Saudi prince. Interestingly, for many years, Bush’s family had a business relationship with the Bin Ladens and the Saudi Royal family. The media didn’t make an issue of this.

    -Evidence soon mounted that Al-Qaeda had been financed by the Saudi govt. No military action was taken. However, Afghanistan and Iraq were attacked. Why didn’t the media care?

    -Bush linked Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an “Axis of Evil.” Three govts with no relationship or common ideological link, but they were linked together. Why didn’t the media make an issue of this ridiculousness?

    -Before the Iraq War, Bush kept lying and saying Iraq was responsible for 9/11. The media not only refused to critique this obvious lie, but repeated his words to the gullible public. Why?

    -After the end of the Iraq War, no “weapons of mass destruction were found.” The media didn’t make an issue of this. Why?

    -Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind obtained taped evidence that the CIA (under Whitehouse orders) fabricated evidence that Iraq bought nuclear weapons-grade uranium (“yellowcake”) from Niger. The media didn’t cover this at all. Why? This would seem much more significant than even Water Gate.

    -The total cost of the Iraq War began to spiral out of control. One estimate placed the long-term cost at $5 trillion. The media hardly ever reports this. Why?

    -The Iraq War killed 5,000 troops and injured over 1 million troops. Also, over 1.1 million Iraqis have been killed and millions more internally displaced, orphaned/widowed, or injured. These statistics are never reported. Why?

    -There was also a huge increase in opioid deaths under Bush. Much of the heroin in the U.S. comes from Afghanistan, which had previously eradicated drug production (under the Taliban in the 90s) and then saw a drug explosion from 2002 onward. Nobody reported on this.

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn’t know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?

    The media was amazingly soft and deferential to Bush.

    Conservatives always say the media is out to get Republican politicians, but that wasn’t the case for Bush. The way the media treated him, you’d think they worked for him.

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    • Agree: reiner Tor
    • Replies: @Anon
    My father (sigh) spent the entire George W. Bush administration forwarding to me online news articles that were violently anti-Bush. The idea the media went easy on Bush is nonsense. I also remember the Reagan administration quite well, and the media despised Reagan to the nth degree and let the whole country know it. The only recent Republicans who had any sort of mild handling (but who still took their lumps) were Bush I and Ford. Nixon was hammered, of course, and before him, you have to go all way back to Eisenhower to find a Republican that the media actually liked.
    , @Anon
    My father (sigh) spent the entire George W. Bush administration forwarding to me online news articles that were violently anti-Bush. The idea the media went easy on Bush is nonsense. I also remember the Reagan administration quite well, and the media despised Reagan to the nth degree and let the whole country know it. The only recent Republicans who had any sort of mild handling (but who still took their lumps) were Bush I and Ford. Nixon was hammered, of course, and before him, you have to go all way back to Eisenhower to find a Republican that the media actually liked.
    , @Jonathan Mason
    Good post, I could not agree more. But you forgot to mention that Bush reinstated the US as a nation that tortures. And after all that just to show that he was not a one trick pony, Bush's grand finale was to leave the nation in a state of financial collapse. Surely the worst President in history.

    Obama was also given remarkably generous treatment by the press for his failure to follow his obligations under the UN Convention on Torture by which he should have arrested Bush and his torture gangs and put them on trial.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    What about billions in contractor fraud committed in Iraq? Some of the fraud was committed by Cheney's former employer (Haliburton). Other fraud was committed by generous campaign contributors.

    $140 billion was awarded to contractors for their work in Iraq. About 45% of that amount ($60 billion) was lost to fraud. Haliburton (which was one of the most egregious offenders) was given $40 billion in no-bid contracts.

    https://www.ft.com/content/7f435f04-8c05-11e2-b001-00144feabdc0

    Why wasn't Cheney jailed for that?

    Why did the media let this go?
    , @Reg Cæsar

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn’t know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?
     
    Come on, the guy called Islam "a peaceful religion". He clearly hadn't opened a history book (written in the previous century) since grade school.

    The scary part is, nobody in the s0-called opposition called him out on this. Is that cynical, or what?

    When the pitcher throws a big fat slow one over the center of the plate, and the batter doesn't take his bat from his shoulder, you have a right to think you smell a rat.
    , @ben tillman

    Conservatives always say the media is out to get Republican politicians, but that wasn’t the case for Bush. The way the media treated him, you’d think they worked for him.
     
    No.

    You'd think he worked for them.
  131. @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    (((Aaron))), it would increase my support for Trump by a tiny amount. It’s not a big deal.

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  132. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Prof. Woland
    Part of the hysteria is that the Democrats are running out of time. As Trump masters the office and gets more and more maneuvering room, he will begin to dismantle the Democratic coalition. With Comey out of the way, the investigation into the past administration's old croneys will proceed apace destroying Obama's legacy.

    The entire "The Russians are coming" meme is purely media driven. Half of the Democratic coalition could not even find it on a map. But they are now the worst thing ever because the Democrats are running out of cards. Once Hillary failed, the anti-white forces lost their cohesiveness so they had to find new white people to hate on.

    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump’s side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they’re some sort of potential military enemy. They’re just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you’re the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump’s American supporters.

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    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump’s side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they’re some sort of potential military enemy. They’re just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you’re the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump’s American supporters.
     
    A lot of people are saying this but I must disagree with it. The Globalist cabal really does want to destroy Russia, and not just because of Trump. The elite have turned Washington D.C. into their wretched hive and have taken control of the US military/political/financial establishment. Russia, the nuclear superpower with the first-rate military and traditionalist/nationalist leanings, is the only power on earth capable of thwarting their ambitions. The elites hate Russia with a passion.
    , @PiltdownMan
    Please substantiate the rather broad assertion that "Putin was on Trump's side during the election."
  133. The only way Trump might survive is to make it clear that he is willing to destroy the GOP on the way down.

    Even then they might give him the boot.

    2 years of President Pence+House+Senate = a bonaza for Wall Street.

    And even if the Dems take the House and Senate in 2018, they won’t be able to change laws until at least 2020.

    He should have picked a veep that scared them more than Trump.

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  134. Getting rid of Comey was a no-brainer, and while I am not a big fan of Trump, I am starting to feel sorry for him, as clearly the whole Russian thing is sour grapes over the election and of no more global significance than Trump’s dealings with the government of Scotland over the view from his golf course.

    Comey is the guy, who under congressional questioning about the Russia investigation, seems to have admitted that he did not know what Gazprom is (Russia’s largest energy company, actually Russia’s largest company and the supplier of 17% of the world’s production of natural gas).

    This makes one wonder exactly how much Comey and his team of Keystone cops really know about Russia, who the major players are in Russia, and who in Russia would benefit from interfering with a US election and how.

    It just looks like a slow-motion coup d’etat is in progress in the US in an attempt to overthrow a democratically elected administration and that Comey was one of the conspirators.

    After all, WHY SHOULD THE FBI BE INVESTIGATING TRUMP/RUSSIA? Who decided there would be an investigation? On what basis?

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  135. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @JohnnyWalker123

    There’s no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They’ve always been out to get Republicans,
     
    Not true.

    The media went remarkably soft on George W. Bush.

    -On 9/11/2001, 3,000 people were murdered in a violent terrorist attack. Evidence emerged that the FBI had issued numerous terrorist warnings to Bush in the months preceding 9/11, but Bush had ignored the FBI. They implored Bush to do something, but he just brushed them aside. At one point in the summer of 2001, an exasperated Bush even said to the FBI, "you've covered your ***." Then 9/11 happened. So it appears that Bush's lack of attentiveness was a major factor in why the 9/11 attacks happened. The media, however, treated Bush as some type of "heroic" figure, who had responded "valiantly" to the 9/11 attack. It was totally bizarre.

    -The Bin Laden family was immediately sent out of the U.S. immediately after 9/11 (by the Bush administration), rather than interviewed. Several days after 9/11, Bush had dinner with the Saudi prince. Interestingly, for many years, Bush's family had a business relationship with the Bin Ladens and the Saudi Royal family. The media didn't make an issue of this.

    -Evidence soon mounted that Al-Qaeda had been financed by the Saudi govt. No military action was taken. However, Afghanistan and Iraq were attacked. Why didn't the media care?

    -Bush linked Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil." Three govts with no relationship or common ideological link, but they were linked together. Why didn't the media make an issue of this ridiculousness?

    -Before the Iraq War, Bush kept lying and saying Iraq was responsible for 9/11. The media not only refused to critique this obvious lie, but repeated his words to the gullible public. Why?

    -After the end of the Iraq War, no "weapons of mass destruction were found." The media didn't make an issue of this. Why?

    -Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind obtained taped evidence that the CIA (under Whitehouse orders) fabricated evidence that Iraq bought nuclear weapons-grade uranium ("yellowcake") from Niger. The media didn't cover this at all. Why? This would seem much more significant than even Water Gate.

    -The total cost of the Iraq War began to spiral out of control. One estimate placed the long-term cost at $5 trillion. The media hardly ever reports this. Why?

    -The Iraq War killed 5,000 troops and injured over 1 million troops. Also, over 1.1 million Iraqis have been killed and millions more internally displaced, orphaned/widowed, or injured. These statistics are never reported. Why?

    -There was also a huge increase in opioid deaths under Bush. Much of the heroin in the U.S. comes from Afghanistan, which had previously eradicated drug production (under the Taliban in the 90s) and then saw a drug explosion from 2002 onward. Nobody reported on this.

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?

    The media was amazingly soft and deferential to Bush.

    Conservatives always say the media is out to get Republican politicians, but that wasn't the case for Bush. The way the media treated him, you'd think they worked for him.

    My father (sigh) spent the entire George W. Bush administration forwarding to me online news articles that were violently anti-Bush. The idea the media went easy on Bush is nonsense. I also remember the Reagan administration quite well, and the media despised Reagan to the nth degree and let the whole country know it. The only recent Republicans who had any sort of mild handling (but who still took their lumps) were Bush I and Ford. Nixon was hammered, of course, and before him, you have to go all way back to Eisenhower to find a Republican that the media actually liked.

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    The idea the media went easy on Bush is nonsense
     
    Reread my above post. I gave numerous examples of the media going easy on him.

    Nobody ever called Bush out on his lies, fraud, incompetence, or other chicanery. He was just left to do as he wished.

    If the media were "tough" on Bush, they would've made an issue of his incompetence leading to 9/11, his lies on Iraqi "WMDs", contractor fraud (Haliburton) in Iraq, and numerous other examples.

    Not only did the media go easy on him, they behaved like they were on his payroll.

    Controlled opposition.
  136. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @JohnnyWalker123

    There’s no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They’ve always been out to get Republicans,
     
    Not true.

    The media went remarkably soft on George W. Bush.

    -On 9/11/2001, 3,000 people were murdered in a violent terrorist attack. Evidence emerged that the FBI had issued numerous terrorist warnings to Bush in the months preceding 9/11, but Bush had ignored the FBI. They implored Bush to do something, but he just brushed them aside. At one point in the summer of 2001, an exasperated Bush even said to the FBI, "you've covered your ***." Then 9/11 happened. So it appears that Bush's lack of attentiveness was a major factor in why the 9/11 attacks happened. The media, however, treated Bush as some type of "heroic" figure, who had responded "valiantly" to the 9/11 attack. It was totally bizarre.

    -The Bin Laden family was immediately sent out of the U.S. immediately after 9/11 (by the Bush administration), rather than interviewed. Several days after 9/11, Bush had dinner with the Saudi prince. Interestingly, for many years, Bush's family had a business relationship with the Bin Ladens and the Saudi Royal family. The media didn't make an issue of this.

    -Evidence soon mounted that Al-Qaeda had been financed by the Saudi govt. No military action was taken. However, Afghanistan and Iraq were attacked. Why didn't the media care?

    -Bush linked Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil." Three govts with no relationship or common ideological link, but they were linked together. Why didn't the media make an issue of this ridiculousness?

    -Before the Iraq War, Bush kept lying and saying Iraq was responsible for 9/11. The media not only refused to critique this obvious lie, but repeated his words to the gullible public. Why?

    -After the end of the Iraq War, no "weapons of mass destruction were found." The media didn't make an issue of this. Why?

    -Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind obtained taped evidence that the CIA (under Whitehouse orders) fabricated evidence that Iraq bought nuclear weapons-grade uranium ("yellowcake") from Niger. The media didn't cover this at all. Why? This would seem much more significant than even Water Gate.

    -The total cost of the Iraq War began to spiral out of control. One estimate placed the long-term cost at $5 trillion. The media hardly ever reports this. Why?

    -The Iraq War killed 5,000 troops and injured over 1 million troops. Also, over 1.1 million Iraqis have been killed and millions more internally displaced, orphaned/widowed, or injured. These statistics are never reported. Why?

    -There was also a huge increase in opioid deaths under Bush. Much of the heroin in the U.S. comes from Afghanistan, which had previously eradicated drug production (under the Taliban in the 90s) and then saw a drug explosion from 2002 onward. Nobody reported on this.

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?

    The media was amazingly soft and deferential to Bush.

    Conservatives always say the media is out to get Republican politicians, but that wasn't the case for Bush. The way the media treated him, you'd think they worked for him.

    My father (sigh) spent the entire George W. Bush administration forwarding to me online news articles that were violently anti-Bush. The idea the media went easy on Bush is nonsense. I also remember the Reagan administration quite well, and the media despised Reagan to the nth degree and let the whole country know it. The only recent Republicans who had any sort of mild handling (but who still took their lumps) were Bush I and Ford. Nixon was hammered, of course, and before him, you have to go all way back to Eisenhower to find a Republican that the media actually liked.

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  137. @JohnnyWalker123

    There’s no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They’ve always been out to get Republicans,
     
    Not true.

    The media went remarkably soft on George W. Bush.

    -On 9/11/2001, 3,000 people were murdered in a violent terrorist attack. Evidence emerged that the FBI had issued numerous terrorist warnings to Bush in the months preceding 9/11, but Bush had ignored the FBI. They implored Bush to do something, but he just brushed them aside. At one point in the summer of 2001, an exasperated Bush even said to the FBI, "you've covered your ***." Then 9/11 happened. So it appears that Bush's lack of attentiveness was a major factor in why the 9/11 attacks happened. The media, however, treated Bush as some type of "heroic" figure, who had responded "valiantly" to the 9/11 attack. It was totally bizarre.

    -The Bin Laden family was immediately sent out of the U.S. immediately after 9/11 (by the Bush administration), rather than interviewed. Several days after 9/11, Bush had dinner with the Saudi prince. Interestingly, for many years, Bush's family had a business relationship with the Bin Ladens and the Saudi Royal family. The media didn't make an issue of this.

    -Evidence soon mounted that Al-Qaeda had been financed by the Saudi govt. No military action was taken. However, Afghanistan and Iraq were attacked. Why didn't the media care?

    -Bush linked Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil." Three govts with no relationship or common ideological link, but they were linked together. Why didn't the media make an issue of this ridiculousness?

    -Before the Iraq War, Bush kept lying and saying Iraq was responsible for 9/11. The media not only refused to critique this obvious lie, but repeated his words to the gullible public. Why?

    -After the end of the Iraq War, no "weapons of mass destruction were found." The media didn't make an issue of this. Why?

    -Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind obtained taped evidence that the CIA (under Whitehouse orders) fabricated evidence that Iraq bought nuclear weapons-grade uranium ("yellowcake") from Niger. The media didn't cover this at all. Why? This would seem much more significant than even Water Gate.

    -The total cost of the Iraq War began to spiral out of control. One estimate placed the long-term cost at $5 trillion. The media hardly ever reports this. Why?

    -The Iraq War killed 5,000 troops and injured over 1 million troops. Also, over 1.1 million Iraqis have been killed and millions more internally displaced, orphaned/widowed, or injured. These statistics are never reported. Why?

    -There was also a huge increase in opioid deaths under Bush. Much of the heroin in the U.S. comes from Afghanistan, which had previously eradicated drug production (under the Taliban in the 90s) and then saw a drug explosion from 2002 onward. Nobody reported on this.

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?

    The media was amazingly soft and deferential to Bush.

    Conservatives always say the media is out to get Republican politicians, but that wasn't the case for Bush. The way the media treated him, you'd think they worked for him.

    Good post, I could not agree more. But you forgot to mention that Bush reinstated the US as a nation that tortures. And after all that just to show that he was not a one trick pony, Bush’s grand finale was to leave the nation in a state of financial collapse. Surely the worst President in history.

    Obama was also given remarkably generous treatment by the press for his failure to follow his obligations under the UN Convention on Torture by which he should have arrested Bush and his torture gangs and put them on trial.

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    Bush’s grand finale was to leave the nation in a state of financial collapse. Surely the worst President in history.
     
    Definitely. It's remarkable no one has seriously talked of prosecuting him for all of this.
    , @Buck Turgidson
    I had considered dubya to have been the worst, until there was obozo. Now I've got dubya at 2nd worst.
  138. @guest
    "I could then spend the rest of my life never hearing one of these assholes drone on about democracy"

    Why on earth do you think they'd stop lying? What, when their lies become too obvious suddenly they'll turn honest? No.

    Also, it's not a lie if you believe it.

    Also, it’s not a lie if you believe it.

    WTF? I know you don’t believe that. Z is wrong, of course. Did I miss a tongue-in-cheek marker somewhere?

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  139. @anonn
    Obama didn't do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted, unless you give him credit for changing his mind on marriage equality after the Supreme Court made it a fait accompli, and after a majority or near-majority of the people had changed their minds. His only significant legislation, Obamacare, was born in a Republican think-tank.

    Wait, apparently the left to you is defined by not supporting Big Banks or perpetual war for perpetual peace. Wake up.
     
    Yes, the economy and war and peace are important are important to me. Sorry? Where you see an Alinskyite community organizer, I look at what he actually did and didn't do.

    He didn't impose a wealth tax, he didn't help unions, he didn't nationalize the banks, he didn't end any wars, he didn't create any new social programs of note, he didn't raise the minimum wage, he didn't mandate equal pay for women, he didn't help workers, he didn't impose a carbon tax, he didn't legalize weed, he didn't take away anyone's guns. Gay marriage happened despite him.

    He talked a pretty game, but did nothing about over-policing. He negotiated the kabuki theater Paris Accords, a collection of toothless promises with no enforcement, and which can and will be ignored by everyone. Sure, he talked like a leftist at times, but there was nothing else but talk.

    “Obama didn’t do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted…”

    He kept the borders open, dude.

    Have you really not noticed that open borders/rubbing the right’s face in “diversity” is what leftism is all about, these days?

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    You cannot name a single real, concrete thing Obama did.

    Total immigration under Obama was less than under Bush. Again, I am interested in his actions, and he didn't actually do anything significant on immigration. He never had any interest in upsetting the status quo on immigration and never did. He goosed the statistics by pretending to deport people who weren't deported. Again, not a real action.

    Have you really not noticed that open borders/rubbing the right’s face in “diversity” is what leftism is all about, these days?
     
    Straw man. Open borders is a bipartisan policy. Diversity is a meaningless catchword. Does the word itself hurt your feelings or something?

    In 50 years, Obama will only be remembered for being the first black President, and that's because he did almost nothing else of consequence.
    , @AndrewR
    That's what "conservatism" is all about too. Cheap scab labor.
    , @(((Owen)))

    He kept the borders open, dude.
     
    Yes, Trump's immigration policy: DACA, 50-100k refugees every year, welcoming all the world's Moslems (or at least 43/50 Moslem countries), automatic Central American refugee status so they don't even have to sneak across the border, and 1MM chain migrants every year.

    That was Obama's policy, too. Obama was no more for open borders than Trump is.
  140. @nglaer
    What are the chances that Trump's mental state is failing, like recently. He obviously wasn't impaired during the campaign, but there seems some decline, no? My daughter who is in this field says a colleague of hers notes striking difference in Trump vocabulary, eloquence since the 90's.

    This is not something that should be tolerated unless you’re being satirical. This “Trump is crazy” stuff is a well-established MSM talking point which has no basis in reality and which represents a lowering of standards. My second cousin has a chance meeting who has a pet who has a Phillipino slave who says that your friend’s daughter is not a source, and if she has real qualifications, they cannot enable her to diagnose through the TV. Real health professionals have no time for diagnosis through the TV and licenses can be revoked if it is attempted.
    If you are not with ShareBlue please consider that if the media successfully gaslit a US president, there would be absolutely nothing to stop them from gettng rid of you if they ever wanted to.

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  141. @peterike
    Amidst all the media and Democrat (same thing) insanity and lies, the real problem is the total failure of the Republicucks to get behind Trump. In fact, they seem to be starting to collapse. Probably getting too many angry SJWs at their town halls or whatever. You never, EVER, see Democrats fail to circle the wagons.

    I still think Trump needs to start arresting Deep State traitors. We need perp walks.

    “… the real problem is the total failure of the Republicucks to get behind Trump.”

    I think you’re missing the fact, Peter, that these “Republicucks” and the Democrats are on the same team. They like things the way they are going, and do not want, and probably won’t let, Trump get his way, even were Trump to get his act together.

    The only people on (candidate-version of) Trump’s side are the patriotic American people, still a lot of people.

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  142. If President Trump pardons Julian the Rapist from any possible charges within 48 hours, we will know that there’s some meat to the stories about poor Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer.

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    Julian the Rapist?

    According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had "done something" with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.
     

    Miss W phoned Assange and arranged to meet him late in the evening, according to her statement. The pair went back to her flat in Enkoping, near Stockholm. Miss W told police that though they started to have sex, Assange had not wanted to wear a condom, and she had moved away because she had not wanted unprotected sex. Assange had then lost interest, she said, and fallen asleep. However, during the night, they had both woken up and had sex at least once when "he agreed unwillingly to use a condom".
     
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden
  143. @Anon7
    The leftist propaganda is inescapable. I'm watching the Google I/O keynote right now, and they are highlighting just one use of AI to help people. A young boy from Chicago... oh and look his parents are recent immigrants! And yes, they are from Pakistan... and yes, they're Muslim. And his project is to help women! Perfect choice.

    And Google makes use of how many H1-B visas?

    You can't get away from it.

    If you watch any mainstream media, you can see that Trump is doomed. If you don't watch any tv, I guess you're some sort of hermit. I hope there are enough hermits to convince Senate Republicans to hold firm and not vote to begin impeachment proceedings and not vote to have a special prosecutor.

    And… now there’s a special prosecutor:

    “Lawmakers are quickly backing the decision to name former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor for the probe into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 election.”

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  144. @The Z Blog
    The first "Republican" to sign onto impeachment is, wait for it, a libertarian, Justin Amash. This confirms tow things I have said for years. Libertarians are low-tax liberals. It's a way for them to be extra smug. The other thing is never trust anyone named Justin.

    I'm thoroughly black-pilled on this. I want the GOP to roll over and hold impeachment hearings or appoint a special persecutor. That would be even better as they always go rogue and start digging in areas where they can make headlines. That will most likely mean in the backyard of both parties. But, a straight up removal of Trump and Pence would be great. I could then spend the rest of my life never hearing one of these assholes drone on about democracy.

    As a libertarian, I apologize on behalf of this Amash character. That is, not unless he calls for impeachment on all presidential wrongdoings of this level, meaning he’d have been putting out tweets twice weekly since he was old enough to use his thumbs (pretty sure a guy named Justin can’t be older than 40). I don’t know the whole story, but I doubt that he does.

    Now, conservatives in the past may have gotten pretty peeved with Texan Ron Paul’s no votes once in a while, but the man was consistently against ANYTHING that was unconstitutional, and I have the utmost respect for that and for him. Had we 300 more guys at a time like Ron Paul over the last 100 years, we’d still be in a great country.

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  145. @Vinteuil
    "Obama didn’t do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted..."

    He kept the borders open, dude.

    Have you really not noticed that open borders/rubbing the right's face in "diversity" is what leftism is all about, these days?

    You cannot name a single real, concrete thing Obama did.

    Total immigration under Obama was less than under Bush. Again, I am interested in his actions, and he didn’t actually do anything significant on immigration. He never had any interest in upsetting the status quo on immigration and never did. He goosed the statistics by pretending to deport people who weren’t deported. Again, not a real action.

    Have you really not noticed that open borders/rubbing the right’s face in “diversity” is what leftism is all about, these days?

    Straw man. Open borders is a bipartisan policy. Diversity is a meaningless catchword. Does the word itself hurt your feelings or something?

    In 50 years, Obama will only be remembered for being the first black President, and that’s because he did almost nothing else of consequence.

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    Mass immigration didn't explode due to the 1965 Immigration Act. The 65 Act actually capped migration from the Western Hemisphere (which was previously uncapped). If not for the 65 Act, mass immigration would've been MUCH higher.

    It was in the mid 1970s when immigration exploded, mostly because of business interests wanting cheaper labor. Then there were even larger legislative increases in immigration in 1986 (amnesty), 1990 (legal immigration increase), more amnesties during the 1990s, and 1998 (H-1B cap expansion). Up through the early 1990s, it was business groups that pushed immigration, not "diversity" consultants. However, by the mid/late 90s, the left had become very pro-immigration.

    Steve Sailer once noted that the NYT went from anti-amnesty in the 1990s to pro-amnesty in the 2000s. The WSJ, however, has been pro-open borders since the early 1980s.
    , @ben tillman

    Straw man. Open borders is a bipartisan policy. Diversity is a meaningless catchword. Does the word itself hurt your feelings or something?
     
    Diversity means fewer whites. Until the number hits zero.

    Genocide is not "meaningless".
  146. @Thomas

    Well, Trumpism is new, so there’s little bench to draw from with any government experience – the only name that comes to mind immediately is Michael Anton (“Publius”), and he’s already in the White House.
     
    I think with respect to a few key positions (maybe like Chief of Staff, to replace Reince Priebus, which was a sop to the establishment GOP that didn't work out), Trump could get away with someone who was merely trustworthy, respected, and competent, rather than needing to be a true believer in Trumpism, to keep the White House running. I don't think every establishment Republican, right now at least, is of the malicious Bill Kristol mold, just waiting for Trumpism to fail and to replace Trump voters. The current climate in Washington though assumes that no such people exist, and unfortunately Trump might just be of that paranoid mindset that prizes personal loyalty over all (his possibly self-destructive commitment to Michael Flynn, even after he'd already been put into difficulty by Flynn's dishonesty and forced to sack him, may be revealing here as to how Trump relatively values people versus performance).

    George Soros used to talk about the idea of “reflexivity”, the feedback between the intangible and the real in securities markets. Say shorts beat down the share price of some company that is fundamentally solid: its stock is just an intangible, but it can have an effect on the company if potential applicants, customers, and lenders shy away from it due to the slumping share price.

    Something similar is happening with Trump now. The media has been talking him down, and that can have real-world implications, such as drying up the experienced applicant pool.

    In hindsight, Trump caving on the budget resolution probably emboldened all of his enemies. The impeachment nonsense ramped up after that.

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    In hindsight, Trump caving on the budget resolution probably emboldened all of his enemies. The impeachment nonsense ramped up after that.
     
    The funny thing is - I don't think he caved. I don't think Trump is a true believer on the wall. He just said what he needed to say to get elected, just as he said what he needed to say to sign up students for Trump University. His plan was to get the wall blocked, so he could say "I tried, but the judiciary stopped me in my tracks". The difference is that unlike a fly-by-night fast buck operation, presidents can't avoid intense public scrutiny of their ability to fulfill their campaign promises.
    , @Thomas

    Something similar is happening with Trump now. The media has been talking him down, and that can have real-world implications, such as drying up the experienced applicant pool.
     
    I could at least imagine competent political operatives who might appreciate the challenge of helping turn this administration around, for reasons of personal ambition and challenge, not to mention possibly patriotism and party loyalty.

    Unfortunately, Trump's reputation as a boss right now, which owes itself more to his own decisions rather than anything the media has done, is one of publicly cutting his subordinates off at the knees, and rampant nepotism. (Latest: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334056-report-kushner-urged-trump-to-attack-after-special-counsel) Nobody with the ability Trump likely needs working for him to bring his Presidency back on course is likely to be that lacking in self-respect or alternatives that they would stoop to working in that kind of environment.

  147. @Jonathan Mason
    Good post, I could not agree more. But you forgot to mention that Bush reinstated the US as a nation that tortures. And after all that just to show that he was not a one trick pony, Bush's grand finale was to leave the nation in a state of financial collapse. Surely the worst President in history.

    Obama was also given remarkably generous treatment by the press for his failure to follow his obligations under the UN Convention on Torture by which he should have arrested Bush and his torture gangs and put them on trial.

    Bush’s grand finale was to leave the nation in a state of financial collapse. Surely the worst President in history.

    Definitely. It’s remarkable no one has seriously talked of prosecuting him for all of this.

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  148. @anonn
    Obama didn't do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted, unless you give him credit for changing his mind on marriage equality after the Supreme Court made it a fait accompli, and after a majority or near-majority of the people had changed their minds. His only significant legislation, Obamacare, was born in a Republican think-tank.

    Wait, apparently the left to you is defined by not supporting Big Banks or perpetual war for perpetual peace. Wake up.
     
    Yes, the economy and war and peace are important are important to me. Sorry? Where you see an Alinskyite community organizer, I look at what he actually did and didn't do.

    He didn't impose a wealth tax, he didn't help unions, he didn't nationalize the banks, he didn't end any wars, he didn't create any new social programs of note, he didn't raise the minimum wage, he didn't mandate equal pay for women, he didn't help workers, he didn't impose a carbon tax, he didn't legalize weed, he didn't take away anyone's guns. Gay marriage happened despite him.

    He talked a pretty game, but did nothing about over-policing. He negotiated the kabuki theater Paris Accords, a collection of toothless promises with no enforcement, and which can and will be ignored by everyone. Sure, he talked like a leftist at times, but there was nothing else but talk.

    He passed Obamacare, expanded food stamps, appointed reliable liberals to the Supreme Court and lower courts, expanded unemployment insurance to 99 weeks (from 16 in some places), cracked down on local law enforcement, amnestied millions of illegal aliens, and that’s the thanks he gets from you?

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    ACA/Obamacare was the individual-mandate plan that Republicans developed during the 1990s.

    The soft stance on immigration was done to placate business interests. Obama also expanded the OPT visa and spousal H-1b at the behest of businesses.
    , @anonn
    Obamacare was a right-wing think-tank dream, and a catastrophic mistake, and most of the left hated that Obama gave up on the "public option" without a fight. Those "reliable liberals" on the courts are corporatist stooges who will continue the slow erosion of ordinary people's legal rights. The only bright spot is marriage equality, and again, Obama had nothing to do with it.

    I don't agree with the orthodox left position on immigration, but he didn't amnesty millions. He chose not to do anything. That's what DACA was, a choice to do nothing and change nothing. Those illegal immigrants were largely immune from deportation under Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. Obama then gave them a scrap of paper that just said, as long as I'm the President we'll continue to do nothing and not enforce the law. Now that Trump is in charge, they're again doing nothing and not enforcing the law, but without the piece of paper.
  149. @Dave Pinsen
    On the plus side.
    https://twitter.com/crampell/status/864920707289026561

    So 3 out of 4 arrested do have prior criminal convictions? This sounds like a wonderful group of folks, I don’t understand why we wouldn’t want them all in our country.

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  150. @JohnnyWalker123

    There’s no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They’ve always been out to get Republicans,
     
    Not true.

    The media went remarkably soft on George W. Bush.

    -On 9/11/2001, 3,000 people were murdered in a violent terrorist attack. Evidence emerged that the FBI had issued numerous terrorist warnings to Bush in the months preceding 9/11, but Bush had ignored the FBI. They implored Bush to do something, but he just brushed them aside. At one point in the summer of 2001, an exasperated Bush even said to the FBI, "you've covered your ***." Then 9/11 happened. So it appears that Bush's lack of attentiveness was a major factor in why the 9/11 attacks happened. The media, however, treated Bush as some type of "heroic" figure, who had responded "valiantly" to the 9/11 attack. It was totally bizarre.

    -The Bin Laden family was immediately sent out of the U.S. immediately after 9/11 (by the Bush administration), rather than interviewed. Several days after 9/11, Bush had dinner with the Saudi prince. Interestingly, for many years, Bush's family had a business relationship with the Bin Ladens and the Saudi Royal family. The media didn't make an issue of this.

    -Evidence soon mounted that Al-Qaeda had been financed by the Saudi govt. No military action was taken. However, Afghanistan and Iraq were attacked. Why didn't the media care?

    -Bush linked Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil." Three govts with no relationship or common ideological link, but they were linked together. Why didn't the media make an issue of this ridiculousness?

    -Before the Iraq War, Bush kept lying and saying Iraq was responsible for 9/11. The media not only refused to critique this obvious lie, but repeated his words to the gullible public. Why?

    -After the end of the Iraq War, no "weapons of mass destruction were found." The media didn't make an issue of this. Why?

    -Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind obtained taped evidence that the CIA (under Whitehouse orders) fabricated evidence that Iraq bought nuclear weapons-grade uranium ("yellowcake") from Niger. The media didn't cover this at all. Why? This would seem much more significant than even Water Gate.

    -The total cost of the Iraq War began to spiral out of control. One estimate placed the long-term cost at $5 trillion. The media hardly ever reports this. Why?

    -The Iraq War killed 5,000 troops and injured over 1 million troops. Also, over 1.1 million Iraqis have been killed and millions more internally displaced, orphaned/widowed, or injured. These statistics are never reported. Why?

    -There was also a huge increase in opioid deaths under Bush. Much of the heroin in the U.S. comes from Afghanistan, which had previously eradicated drug production (under the Taliban in the 90s) and then saw a drug explosion from 2002 onward. Nobody reported on this.

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?

    The media was amazingly soft and deferential to Bush.

    Conservatives always say the media is out to get Republican politicians, but that wasn't the case for Bush. The way the media treated him, you'd think they worked for him.

    What about billions in contractor fraud committed in Iraq? Some of the fraud was committed by Cheney’s former employer (Haliburton). Other fraud was committed by generous campaign contributors.

    $140 billion was awarded to contractors for their work in Iraq. About 45% of that amount ($60 billion) was lost to fraud. Haliburton (which was one of the most egregious offenders) was given $40 billion in no-bid contracts.

    https://www.ft.com/content/7f435f04-8c05-11e2-b001-00144feabdc0

    Why wasn’t Cheney jailed for that?

    Why did the media let this go?

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    $140 billion was awarded to contractors for their work in Iraq. About 45% of that amount ($60 billion) was lost to fraud. Haliburton (which was one of the most egregious offenders) was given $40 billion in no-bid contracts.

    https://www.ft.com/content/7f435f04-8c05-11e2-b001-00144feabdc0

    Why wasn’t Cheney jailed for that?

    Why did the media let this go?
     
    Because wars of aggression are leftist projects.

    And the media are leftist.
  151. @Vinteuil
    "Obama didn’t do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted..."

    He kept the borders open, dude.

    Have you really not noticed that open borders/rubbing the right's face in "diversity" is what leftism is all about, these days?

    That’s what “conservatism” is all about too. Cheap scab labor.

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  152. @Jason Liu
    Like his conservative predecessors, Trump turns out to be on defense almost all the time. This is a losing position.

    He should be accusing/investigating leftists of misdeeds, trumped up or otherwise. This would force the media to cover them and not make up stories about how talking to Russians is treason. It would also warn leftists that their beliefs have consequences, creating a chilling effect.

    The guy's not the culture warrior his supporters wanted him to be.

    “Like his conservative predecessors…”

    What conservative predecessors? The last conservative in that office was old Ronnie, and “people” think it was that long-nosed .22 round that took most of the hard-core conservatism out of him, along with almost killing him.

    Before that, you’ve got to go back to Eisenhower, or maybe even “Silent” Cal Coolidge to discuss a real conservative.

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  153. @Anon
    My father (sigh) spent the entire George W. Bush administration forwarding to me online news articles that were violently anti-Bush. The idea the media went easy on Bush is nonsense. I also remember the Reagan administration quite well, and the media despised Reagan to the nth degree and let the whole country know it. The only recent Republicans who had any sort of mild handling (but who still took their lumps) were Bush I and Ford. Nixon was hammered, of course, and before him, you have to go all way back to Eisenhower to find a Republican that the media actually liked.

    The idea the media went easy on Bush is nonsense

    Reread my above post. I gave numerous examples of the media going easy on him.

    Nobody ever called Bush out on his lies, fraud, incompetence, or other chicanery. He was just left to do as he wished.

    If the media were “tough” on Bush, they would’ve made an issue of his incompetence leading to 9/11, his lies on Iraqi “WMDs”, contractor fraud (Haliburton) in Iraq, and numerous other examples.

    Not only did the media go easy on him, they behaved like they were on his payroll.

    Controlled opposition.

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    If the media were “tough” on Bush, they would’ve made an issue of his incompetence leading to 9/11, his lies on Iraqi “WMDs”, contractor fraud (Haliburton) in Iraq, and numerous other examples.
     
    The media supported -- or told! -- the lies regarding 9/11, Iraqi WMDs, etc. Why would they make an issue of someone doing what they wanted?
  154. @peterike
    Amidst all the media and Democrat (same thing) insanity and lies, the real problem is the total failure of the Republicucks to get behind Trump. In fact, they seem to be starting to collapse. Probably getting too many angry SJWs at their town halls or whatever. You never, EVER, see Democrats fail to circle the wagons.

    I still think Trump needs to start arresting Deep State traitors. We need perp walks.

    The GOP is the real culprit. They are not merely not supporting Trump they are trying to destroy his administration. The GOP congress failed to fund the wall, the GOP congress has allowed the “Russian conspiracy” delusions to gain support because they are behind this conspiracy. GOP operatives created the false narrative in an attempt to get a contested convention. The media then picked up on it.

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    I totally agree with this. I want to bite the Repugnants like a rabid dog. Republicans are just way too degenerate/corrupt to even realize they would have no power without Trump in office; no power ever again. When Obama was elected, I did feel it was an end of an era - no more Republican presidents, evah!

    Republicans and Democrats both suck bc they have no cool people, who actually say stuff that matters - young people, by now, would rather stick a finger down their throat than to go into political life - why do sucky stuff?...and just fight and hate people all the time? blech!

    Any talk of "regime change"- aka impeachment, just brews more cynicism and hatred. Sheesh, I hate all my old friends who voted for Clinton. I could care less about them; the hatred is mutual. Hatred wins! yey!

    Why not just have an atom bomb destroy us? We can argue whose fault it is until we are snuffed out..but hey, we can pretend we were principled. As an immigrant, I am ashamed of the USA.

  155. @Dave Pinsen
    He passed Obamacare, expanded food stamps, appointed reliable liberals to the Supreme Court and lower courts, expanded unemployment insurance to 99 weeks (from 16 in some places), cracked down on local law enforcement, amnestied millions of illegal aliens, and that's the thanks he gets from you?

    ACA/Obamacare was the individual-mandate plan that Republicans developed during the 1990s.

    The soft stance on immigration was done to placate business interests. Obama also expanded the OPT visa and spousal H-1b at the behest of businesses.

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    These were also things the left wanted (for decades) and Obama did them.
    , @guest
    The Respectable Right comes up with ideas like insurance mandates to cut the socialists off at the pass, so to speak. But they end up doing the other side's work for them, as leftists know. Which is why the other side is always promoting these moderately socialist ideas. Stepping stones.

    The net result is a shift to the left. Not left enough for the true believers, but the shrewder ones know single payer is much more likely now that the country has been Romneycared.
  156. @EriK
    How did oddsmakers and Predict It do on the presidential election?

    not very good. Trump contracts were selling below 40 in the days before the election. The Pennsylvania contracts were selling below 30.

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    The day of the election, you could buy Trump contracts on PredictIt for 25 cents.
  157. @Sean
    The deep state with their hands on the levers of power in the government, political and media establishment, is striking back at the the President representing the deep nation, who are increasingly lucky to be employed in any capacity.

    The establishment policies epitomized by John ""jobs aren't coming back" McCain--now talking about a Trump Watergate-- can no longer get democratic ratification.

    In 2013 the Obama administration (left wing of the deep state) sent Major General Michael J. Carey, who was effectively in charge of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force of 450 nuclear missiles to participate in a joint excise in Russia. Carey got drunk and was sacked, The top nuclear commander in America, privy to who knows what information and contingency plans, being sent to Moscow where he was potentially prey to any number of possible honey traps or entrapment operations by the Russians on their home ground shows what a lot of nonsense the Flynn business is. Islamic State are a joke compared to the Russians and any information about Islamic State is pretty worthless, compared to the nuclear secrets Carey knew about. The way he went about it, shows Obama didn't really want to hit Assad and General Dempsey told him what he wanted to hear. Then the Russians came in and crushed the rebels the US had supported with words but nothing else (much like the Ukraine situation).

    America has come across as nervous and weak in foreign policy. But Trump seems to have got completely the opposite impression, and sought to mend fences. Until needed to fight enemies of the west, such as Nazi Germany (and in the future, China) Russia should be kept in a box marked "potential enemy" Russia is literally a million times more dangerous than the virtually destroyed Islamic State". Putin had did nothing to earn his ambassador's longed-for interview with the US president in the White Houses. Emissaries of Putin need to be treated with suspicion, not invited into the Oval Office for a chat as Trump did, as if Russia had just withdrawn from Ukraine or at least stopped bombing Syria.

    Trump got elected by representing the deep nation being pauperised by outsourcing of manufacturing (and immigrant workers to do the things like construction that can't be outsourced) as while he said China was raping the US. But he was gulled by the Chinese in the recent trade See Fingleton on the way the nation is being betrayed by the state. deal.http://www.unz.com/comments/efingleton/north-korea-why-trump-should-kims-feet-to-the-fire/

    He granted them a massive concession: the right to have their investments in the US to be treated no differently than the anyone else's instead of being scrutinized as is appropriate for a potential enemy. In return he got nothing at all that had not been already conceded before the talks. Maybe he was promised the moon and the stars over Kim's nuke, but China will never abandon North Korea any more than they will stop claiming Taiwan (China and the US exchanged nuclear threats over Taiwan in 2000, when the US talked about incalculable consequence --diplomatic argot for using a nuke--if China attacked Taiwan; China responded by pointing out that it could hit the West Coast).

    In my opinion Trump needs foreign policy successes, and should do the following things
    1) Understand that the wars, such as the one in Syria, are not conducted under a commonly accepted arbiter, not what Carl Schmitt defined as a "police operation". Forget about cooperating with Russia against Isis, and get back to the understanding of great power politics as a zero sum game in which America's credibility is always at stake. America must back its Syrian rebels, even if there are only a handful they cannot defend against bombs with the memory of kind words.

    2) Conduct a more traditional, intensively testing and probing diplomacy with Russia and China with no precondition of either side, to discover what makes them tick, ie what policies they consider essential to maintain. Never ever take their word for what is non-negotiable; the Chinese especially are past masters at getting others to accept their preconditions on the supposed sacredness of certain things as their essential bottom line. No more potentially putting our crown jewels ( into play unless the Chinese and Russian convince us that they're reciprocating. They'll have some essential bottom lines but everyone will have to bring some to get some.

    I’ll give you that hundreds of nukes are more dangerous than that crowd of camel jockeys (long as they have not been imported yet to a town near you). How dangerous the situation is depends on whose hands the nukes are in.

    You are confusing Soviet Communist Russia with modern-day Russia, Sean. From your naive posts that I’ve read, you can’t be old enough to even remember the USSR and the Cold War.

    Russia is not dangerous to the US at this point, and could be about the best ally we could have against the real enemies . The made-up fear about Russia, since Øb☭ma was on the way out, has been explained very well to you by many of the comments above this one.

    Again, quit with your neocon world’s policeman crap, Sean. We don’t need to back anyone on anything; we are 20,000,000,000,000 dollars in the hole, not counting about 10 times that much in Fed-Gov obligations. How about we let the Chinese be the world’s policemen, exploiters, and colonizers of Africa, and just become a Republic again?

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    I am naive enough to doubt that US is inhabited by pure simple folk who have been corrupted by the military industrial neocon complex, and would otherwise all live together in harmonious isolation.. Even in a perfect Republic humans are not innately good once you remove corrupting elites. Hobbes (the proto liberal) and Schmitt knew our nature required an iron fist to keep the peace. Even if other countries refrained from interfering in the Republic, their mere existence would cause dissatisfied factions to look outside the Republic (he US civil war might not have happened without the South being under the impression that Britain would recognize it).

    The dissatisfied faction would be huge, because the common people would not stand for the isolationist Republic you propose. They demand an assertive foreign policy. When Athens became a democracy it immediately overthrew the caution of the aristocratic previous rulers and embarked on several foreign wars. Almost every revolution in history has been caused by the failure to successfully assert national interests. The American revolution was sparked by the Quebec Act seen as a concession to continental Catholic powers. French reverses at the hands of Austria caused the French revolution. The loss to Japan caused the 1905 , and reverses at the hands of Germany caused the 1917 Russian revolution.

    The Republic, not being the worlds's policeman, would be in no position to stop other counties (big ones) expanding their influence, into previously sacrosanct American backyard areas like Mexico now up for grabs. US and EU did it with Ukraine, and were only stopped by brute force.

    The US may be broke on paper, but it is the most powerful country in the world, the place everyone wants to come to and with a life style everyone aspires to, because it gets into wars. If the US had allowed Germany to win WW1 and 2, which it would have without US intervention, then the US would have been forced back, Finlandised by a world island German superpower. Americans would be living worse too.


    http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/92-BECK_GB.pdf

    If this be peace, I must say I prefer war. [...] To use Schmitt again: Westerners have not understood themselves as facing on the battlefield an enemy whose victory is possible, just irrational people who have to be corrected.
     

  158. @Dave Pinsen
    He passed Obamacare, expanded food stamps, appointed reliable liberals to the Supreme Court and lower courts, expanded unemployment insurance to 99 weeks (from 16 in some places), cracked down on local law enforcement, amnestied millions of illegal aliens, and that's the thanks he gets from you?

    Obamacare was a right-wing think-tank dream, and a catastrophic mistake, and most of the left hated that Obama gave up on the “public option” without a fight. Those “reliable liberals” on the courts are corporatist stooges who will continue the slow erosion of ordinary people’s legal rights. The only bright spot is marriage equality, and again, Obama had nothing to do with it.

    I don’t agree with the orthodox left position on immigration, but he didn’t amnesty millions. He chose not to do anything. That’s what DACA was, a choice to do nothing and change nothing. Those illegal immigrants were largely immune from deportation under Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. Obama then gave them a scrap of paper that just said, as long as I’m the President we’ll continue to do nothing and not enforce the law. Now that Trump is in charge, they’re again doing nothing and not enforcing the law, but without the piece of paper.

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    That's quite the litany to build from a strand of gossamer drifting on a soft autumn breeze - so what kind of Marxist are you? A misanthrope or a religious zealot?
  159. @JohnnyWalker123
    ACA/Obamacare was the individual-mandate plan that Republicans developed during the 1990s.

    The soft stance on immigration was done to placate business interests. Obama also expanded the OPT visa and spousal H-1b at the behest of businesses.

    These were also things the left wanted (for decades) and Obama did them.

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    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    The H-1b/OPT expansion had only become popular with Democrats during the late 90s and early 2000s, when Bill Clinton led them in a more corporatist direction.

    The liberals wanted an employer-mandate healthcare plan in the early 90s, while the Republicans wanted an individual mandate. We ended up with the Republican individual mandate-plan. The same plan that Governor Romney implemented in Massachussettes ("RomneyCare").
  160. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    This is what Trump needs to do.

    He should tell the media…

    Okay, so what are you guys so nutty about?

    Russia? Russia? And more Russia?

    Okay, you guys, along with Deep State, waste all your time and energy chasing after that wild sheep while I do real things.

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  161. @syonredux
    Way off-topic,

    Surprised to see that today's "google doodle" commemorates the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism:

    The Antikythera mechanism (/ˌæntᵻkᵻˈθiːrə/ ant-i-ki-theer-ə or /ˌæntᵻˈkɪθərə/ ant-i-kith-ə-rə) is an ancient Greek analogue computer[1][2][3][4] and orrery used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes.[5][6][7] It could also track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar, but not identical, to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.[8][9][10]
    Found housed in a 340 millimetres (13 in) × 180 millimetres (7.1 in) × 90 millimetres (3.5 in) wooden box, the device is a complex clockwork mechanism composed of at least 30 meshing bronze gears. Using modern computer x-ray tomography and high resolution surface scanning, a team led by Mike Edmunds and Tony Freeth at Cardiff University peered inside fragments of the crust-encased mechanism and read the faintest inscriptions that once covered the outer casing of the machine. Detailed imaging of the mechanism suggests it dates back to 150-100 BC and had 37 gear wheels enabling it to follow the movements of the moon and the sun through the zodiac, predict eclipses and even recreate the irregular orbit of the moon. The motion, known as the first lunar anomaly, was developed by the astronomer Hipparchus of Rhodes in the 2nd century BC, and he may have been consulted in the machine's construction, the scientists speculate.[11] Its remains were found as one lump, later separated into three main fragments, which are now divided into eighty-two separate fragments after conservation works. Four of these fragments contain gears, while inscriptions are found on many others.[12][13] The largest gear is approximately 140 millimetres (5.5 in) in diameter and originally had 224 teeth.
    The artifact was recovered on May 17th 1902[14][15] from the Antikythera shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, which in antiquity was known as Aigila.[16] Believed to have been designed and constructed by Greek scientists, the instrument has been variously dated to about 87 BC,[17] or between 150 and 100 BC,[5] or in 205 BC,[18][19] or within a generation before the date of the shipwreck (in about 150 BC).[20][21]
    After the knowledge of this technology was lost at some point in antiquity, technological works approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the development of mechanical astronomical clocks in Europe in the fourteenth century.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

    It was a pleasant surprise, wasn’t it? I was annoyed at them for trying to teach me about their gender bias detection algorithm. I had determined to go and watch some manly movies in mini-protest, but they’re getting harder to find.

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    Ugh, that Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (the good kind of IQ, not the bad non-existent one) was too much to bear.
  162. @Travis
    not very good. Trump contracts were selling below 40 in the days before the election. The Pennsylvania contracts were selling below 30.

    The day of the election, you could buy Trump contracts on PredictIt for 25 cents.

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  163. @Dave Pinsen

    He doesn’t have and hasn’t been able to get people who are competent and whom he can trust to work in his own White House in sufficient numbers and in key positions (to say nothing of the rest of the government).
     
    Well, Trumpism is new, so there's little bench to draw from with any government experience - the only name that comes to mind immediately is Michael Anton ("Publius"), and he's already in the White House. But Trump should think outside the box here and get some outside help.

    He's got a database of millions of Americans who donated small dollar amounts to his campaign. Start there, with a universe of loyal supporters, and shoot out an email to all of them with a link to a recruiting site featuring a 20-minute Wonderlic IQ test. Follow up with the top 1% with a test more targeted to government service skills and filter from there (background checks, then in-person interviews for the best scorers on the second round).

    There'd still be some bumpiness with this route, as these recruits wouldn't have government experience, but government isn't rocket science, and "quantity has a quality all its own". Trump will be better off filling government roles several ranks down with smart but inexperienced loyalists than with the status quo of an experienced but leaky and disloyal establishment.

    This is actually one of the better ideas for dealing with the lack of right-populist people with government experience I’ve heard.

    You’d have to worry about aspies and similar smart-but-socially-stupid types filling your government (and many of us commenter, myself definitely included, probably fit this profile)–while I agree the current batch of schmoozers has gotten us into no end of trouble, the nerds would probably be easily manipulated by the media etc. I guess you would handle that at the interview stage?

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    There are tests to screen for personality elements too. I've taken a couple for sales jobs that combined IQ-type questions and personality ones. You could also have people link to their LinkedIn accounts, and screen for those with a job history that suggests some level of interpersonal skills (sales, management, etc.).

    You can even use publicly available algorithms to analyze their personalities via their social media accounts.

    There's really no reason the Trump administration couldn't quickly surface a thousands of quality recruits this way.
  164. @Yngvar
    If President Trump pardons Julian the Rapist from any possible charges within 48 hours, we will know that there's some meat to the stories about poor Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer.

    Julian the Rapist?

    According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had “done something” with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.

    Miss W phoned Assange and arranged to meet him late in the evening, according to her statement. The pair went back to her flat in Enkoping, near Stockholm. Miss W told police that though they started to have sex, Assange had not wanted to wear a condom, and she had moved away because she had not wanted unprotected sex. Assange had then lost interest, she said, and fallen asleep. However, during the night, they had both woken up and had sex at least once when “he agreed unwillingly to use a condom”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

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    It's just a hypocorism, ya'know?
    , @Old fogey
    Sexual intercourse used to be called "making love" for a reason. Nowadays they call it "having sex." Sounds about right.
    , @bored identity
    What a condomistic willy-nilly bastard he is!

    Julian Monahan Assange, indeed.
  165. @Gabriel M
    https://reactionaryfuture.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/nothing-to-get-excited-about/

    Unless Trump has a solid, extra governmental organisation, with its own security apparatus and ability to operate outside of the scope of the laws of the Republic, and it is actually organised and subject to his judgement and a clear and organised plan, all we will see is lots of screaming and noise, but nothing fundamentally done, because all the institutions are in place, the funding is still there and there is no potential for new institutions (which don’t even have a guiding purpose – what is Trumpism? it seems to be bland protectionism)

    Any claim that the Cathedral is finished demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of the thing and a lack of understanding that culture is downstream from power and Trump isn’t power.
     
    https://reactionaryfuture.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/entryists-enter-the-cathedral-concept/

    Trump’s victory can be seen as a very obvious mark of confirmation for Moldbug, and a number of people seem to be clicking on. Not only did Trump run against the entire media apparatus, but he also engaged in a right wing game of high-low versus the middle, this time with the low being middle america which is still busily being assaulted through immigration and policies naturally directed at crushing them.

    This added interest in the cathedral concept will only become more widespread as the next four years will show that every time Trump so much as makes an innocuous speech about transport policy, the entire academic, civil service and media apparatus will engage in full spectrum attacks.

    The danger of this is that instead of understanding how the cathedral concept was formed, and what this entails, people will load it with liberal trash, thereby turning it into some sad sack conspiracy theory. The true power of this concept, and the ramifications will thus be lost because of rank stupidity. Imagine if the developments of Einstein were accepted, but were back filled with a story of goblins or fairies being responsible – it wouldn’t go very far, would it? That is what is happening with the cathedral concept.
     

    Any claim that the Cathedral is finished demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of the thing and a lack of understanding that culture is downstream from power and Trump isn’t power.

    The Cathedral?

    Try The Synagogue.

    No wonder “liberals” laugh at us.

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  166. @JohnnyWalker123

    There’s no point in saying the media and Democrats are out to get him. They’ve always been out to get Republicans,
     
    Not true.

    The media went remarkably soft on George W. Bush.

    -On 9/11/2001, 3,000 people were murdered in a violent terrorist attack. Evidence emerged that the FBI had issued numerous terrorist warnings to Bush in the months preceding 9/11, but Bush had ignored the FBI. They implored Bush to do something, but he just brushed them aside. At one point in the summer of 2001, an exasperated Bush even said to the FBI, "you've covered your ***." Then 9/11 happened. So it appears that Bush's lack of attentiveness was a major factor in why the 9/11 attacks happened. The media, however, treated Bush as some type of "heroic" figure, who had responded "valiantly" to the 9/11 attack. It was totally bizarre.

    -The Bin Laden family was immediately sent out of the U.S. immediately after 9/11 (by the Bush administration), rather than interviewed. Several days after 9/11, Bush had dinner with the Saudi prince. Interestingly, for many years, Bush's family had a business relationship with the Bin Ladens and the Saudi Royal family. The media didn't make an issue of this.

    -Evidence soon mounted that Al-Qaeda had been financed by the Saudi govt. No military action was taken. However, Afghanistan and Iraq were attacked. Why didn't the media care?

    -Bush linked Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil." Three govts with no relationship or common ideological link, but they were linked together. Why didn't the media make an issue of this ridiculousness?

    -Before the Iraq War, Bush kept lying and saying Iraq was responsible for 9/11. The media not only refused to critique this obvious lie, but repeated his words to the gullible public. Why?

    -After the end of the Iraq War, no "weapons of mass destruction were found." The media didn't make an issue of this. Why?

    -Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind obtained taped evidence that the CIA (under Whitehouse orders) fabricated evidence that Iraq bought nuclear weapons-grade uranium ("yellowcake") from Niger. The media didn't cover this at all. Why? This would seem much more significant than even Water Gate.

    -The total cost of the Iraq War began to spiral out of control. One estimate placed the long-term cost at $5 trillion. The media hardly ever reports this. Why?

    -The Iraq War killed 5,000 troops and injured over 1 million troops. Also, over 1.1 million Iraqis have been killed and millions more internally displaced, orphaned/widowed, or injured. These statistics are never reported. Why?

    -There was also a huge increase in opioid deaths under Bush. Much of the heroin in the U.S. comes from Afghanistan, which had previously eradicated drug production (under the Taliban in the 90s) and then saw a drug explosion from 2002 onward. Nobody reported on this.

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?

    The media was amazingly soft and deferential to Bush.

    Conservatives always say the media is out to get Republican politicians, but that wasn't the case for Bush. The way the media treated him, you'd think they worked for him.

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn’t know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?

    Come on, the guy called Islam “a peaceful religion”. He clearly hadn’t opened a history book (written in the previous century) since grade school.

    The scary part is, nobody in the s0-called opposition called him out on this. Is that cynical, or what?

    When the pitcher throws a big fat slow one over the center of the plate, and the batter doesn’t take his bat from his shoulder, you have a right to think you smell a rat.

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    • Replies: @anonymous
    Your neck of the caliphate isn't it?

    [Mogadishapolis] Mayor Betsy Hodges will give her State of the City address May 23 at a mosque in north Minneapolis.

    The speech, which counts as an official Minneapolis City Council meeting, will be at 11 a.m. at the Masjid An-Nur (the Mosque of the Light), at 1729 Lyndale Ave N.

    Hodges, who is campaigning ahead of November mayoral elections, last gave a prepared public speech at the Shir Tikvah synagogue in south Minneapolis on April 18, where she outlined what she called the “pernicious” threat of Donald Trump’s presidency for cities like Minneapolis.
     
  167. @JohnnyWalker123
    ACA/Obamacare was the individual-mandate plan that Republicans developed during the 1990s.

    The soft stance on immigration was done to placate business interests. Obama also expanded the OPT visa and spousal H-1b at the behest of businesses.

    The Respectable Right comes up with ideas like insurance mandates to cut the socialists off at the pass, so to speak. But they end up doing the other side’s work for them, as leftists know. Which is why the other side is always promoting these moderately socialist ideas. Stepping stones.

    The net result is a shift to the left. Not left enough for the true believers, but the shrewder ones know single payer is much more likely now that the country has been Romneycared.

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    • Replies: @SFG
    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?

    (I am convinced the guy who runs on this would win.)
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    Every first world country has a mandate system. Their healthcare costs are lower and their life expectancies (even race-adjusted) are higher.

    A mandate is a common sense policy to diversify the risk pool, which brings down healthcare costs for the sick and aged. We should've adopted a mandate system decades ago.

    Respectable Right
     
    If you're implying that the right's desire for "respectability" is driving them towards the left, that's not always true.

    On healthcare, they opposed their 1990s individual mandate plan. They derided it as "socialism." Apparently, the 1990s Republican party was "socialist."

    Take the Iraq War. The left (and the rest of the world) opposed it. The right wildly supported it (despite not WMDs or 9/11 links). The right showed no desire for "respectability" on the Iraq issue. They just did what they wanted.

    Take the issue of tax cuts. The right consistently supports more tax cuts (and has done so since the 70s), against the opposition of the left.

    Take minimum wage. Inflation-adjusted, it's been falling since the 70s. The right doesn't mind fighting the left on this issue.

    Take the incarceration rate. It rapidly increased since the late 70s. The right is okay with this.

    Take environmental issues. Whenever the right gets into office, they usually cut back on environmental regulations.

    Plenty of examples of the right adamantly fighting the left.
  168. @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    >I have an honest queation

    Because we’re liars? Or you were, up to this point? This insulting, market-tested script language is the hallmark of ShareBlue. Why don’t you just talk like a person instead if trying to telegraph and control?

    >What if Trump really is the devil?

    What if Jews really do enjoy the crunch of baby crackers? You really honestly don’t do any analysis or reading, do you? You think it’s the Red Team and the Blue Team reflexively yelling at each other. There’s no evidence, no witnesses, no logic, no undeniable benefit to Putin, no tapes, no reason to believe, no mechanism of action: in fact, I have yet to hear what even the “story” was of this Russian nonsense. What did they do? Tamper with vote tallies? Hack machines not connected to the internet? Bribe a billionaire? Receive uranium from Hilary to make her look bad?
    This story is Charles Schumer repeating over and over that there might be a story. That’s the entirety of it. And you have had a year to provide one data point to the contrary.

    Notice also the insulting implication that we are not only dumb cultists, but simple-minded enough to tell this guy to his face “I will support a proven traitor out of contrarianism.”
    How about instead of proactively reaching out to challenge the conversation with honest questions, you do some reading?
    Read about the media bombarding their audience with a dishonest movie, advocating for a black serial killer who made his victims drink bleach, to try to save him from execution. Read about the media changing the race of the bad guy time and again to create certainty in the minds of TV watchers that whites are directly responsible for black crime. Read about how the Hilary campaign felt about Sanders and his supporters. Read what Hilary’s campaign did, in the California primary, to Sanders. Read about Seth Rich. Read something other than a legacy media inheritor laughing at his betters.

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  169. @Detective Club
    Tokyo Rose by way of Hanoi.

    The Boss here (no, not Steve, the Boss!) has an interesting article on the site here about Juan McCain’s background, that he wrote a few years back.

    I remember going on a rant about this guy back in early 2005 to a guy on an airplane with me. I have hated this guy for longer than some of you have been out of diapers. There’s only a few people in this country that I can say suck more than that traitor McCain. I’d have to dig deep.

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    McCain should have been kicked to the curb back when his buddy Charlie Keating went to the big house for the Lincoln Savings and American Continental Corporation scandals.

    The NVA had the right idea when they tossed McCain in the Hanoi Hilton. It was just a few years too early.

  170. @anonn
    You cannot name a single real, concrete thing Obama did.

    Total immigration under Obama was less than under Bush. Again, I am interested in his actions, and he didn't actually do anything significant on immigration. He never had any interest in upsetting the status quo on immigration and never did. He goosed the statistics by pretending to deport people who weren't deported. Again, not a real action.

    Have you really not noticed that open borders/rubbing the right’s face in “diversity” is what leftism is all about, these days?
     
    Straw man. Open borders is a bipartisan policy. Diversity is a meaningless catchword. Does the word itself hurt your feelings or something?

    In 50 years, Obama will only be remembered for being the first black President, and that's because he did almost nothing else of consequence.

    Mass immigration didn’t explode due to the 1965 Immigration Act. The 65 Act actually capped migration from the Western Hemisphere (which was previously uncapped). If not for the 65 Act, mass immigration would’ve been MUCH higher.

    It was in the mid 1970s when immigration exploded, mostly because of business interests wanting cheaper labor. Then there were even larger legislative increases in immigration in 1986 (amnesty), 1990 (legal immigration increase), more amnesties during the 1990s, and 1998 (H-1B cap expansion). Up through the early 1990s, it was business groups that pushed immigration, not “diversity” consultants. However, by the mid/late 90s, the left had become very pro-immigration.

    Steve Sailer once noted that the NYT went from anti-amnesty in the 1990s to pro-amnesty in the 2000s. The WSJ, however, has been pro-open borders since the early 1980s.

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    Mass immigration didn’t explode due to the 1965 Immigration Act.
     
    Of course not - it took time to have an effect.

    1965 was when the fuse was lit - it exploded later.

    People who try to minimize the magnitude of the 1965 betrayal are almost always acting in bad faith.
    , @(((Owen)))

    Up through the early 1990s, it was business groups that pushed immigration, not “diversity” consultants. However, by the mid/late 90s, the left had become very pro-immigration.
     
    Out of necessity. The conservatives had pushed mass immigration to divide the solidarity of workers and slash wages. It worked. Wages have stagnated and workers can't unite anymore now that they're so badly divided by ethnicity.

    So the Democrats had to win the votes of the new immigrants and their kids to survive and they did. That requires diversity wranglers to keep them in line. And that means downplaying border enforcement, too, because players that can wrangle immigrants see it as an attack on themselves. The immigrants themselves are willing to vote to pull up the ladder, but their co-ethnic leaders won't stand for it.

    So Republicans infected America with the mass immigration disease. And Republican leaders all still love it. Democrats, being the party of workers, can't organize against it anymore unless Republicans do also.

    But still, every Democratic presidential candidate in the last 40 years was more immigration-restrictionist than his Republican opponent, until Romney versus Obama. Obama was better than McCain, Kerry was better than Bush, and Mondale and Carter were both much, much better than Reagan.
    , @Mike Sylwester

    The 65 Act actually capped migration from the Western Hemisphere (which was previously uncapped).
     
    Immigration from the Western Hemisphere was not capped, but people who wanted to immigrate had to convince US consular officers to issue them immigration visas.

    Not everyone who wanted to immigrate from the Western Hemisphere was allowed to do so.

    , @anonymous
    You fail to see the significance of the 1965 Act. Prior to this act the default mindset was that America was a white, European country. The passage of that act was in effect a proclamation this this was no longer the case.

    This changed mindset is what allowed that immigration waves of the 1970s and later you reference. For if America was no longer a white, European nation, there was no longer a concerted effort to keep it so. Without that act and the accompanying change in mindset, I doubt the waves of non-white immigration we've seen in the past four decades would have been tolerated.
  171. @Anon
    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump's side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they're some sort of potential military enemy. They're just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you're the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump's American supporters.

    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump’s side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they’re some sort of potential military enemy. They’re just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you’re the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump’s American supporters.

    A lot of people are saying this but I must disagree with it. The Globalist cabal really does want to destroy Russia, and not just because of Trump. The elite have turned Washington D.C. into their wretched hive and have taken control of the US military/political/financial establishment. Russia, the nuclear superpower with the first-rate military and traditionalist/nationalist leanings, is the only power on earth capable of thwarting their ambitions. The elites hate Russia with a passion.

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    China is also a nuclear superpower with a strong military, and I don't know if their philosophy would be Traditionalist as per Evola, but they're certainly nationalistic and proud of their heritage as the oldest civilization on earth.

    I suspect Russia is just a club to beat Trump with. Plus Russia being white means nobody can cry racism.
    , @anon

    A lot of people are saying this but I must disagree with it. The Globalist cabal really does want to destroy Russia, and not just because of Trump.
     
    yes - anti-white media pundits start frothing at the mouth over Russia
    , @PiltdownMan
    For those who don't know about it, the Western elites' hate of Russia, and specifically Putin, goes back to a single speech—that given by Putin at the Munich Security Conference in 2007.

    In that speech he laid out the case that a unipolar world order led by the United States was simply not working and went on to describe what might work. I remember reading that some of the Western leaders at the conference were rude enough to laugh and titter during Putin's speech.

    It is required reading.

    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/24034

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/12/AR2007021200555.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlY5aZfOgPA

  172. @candid_observer
    One further point.

    However much they may dislike him, the Republicans had better figure out a way to come to Trump's defense. If they don't, and they were to allow Trump to be damaged by the Democratic and media attacks, then the consequences couldn't be more obvious: afterwards, every Republican President will be Trump.

    However much they may dislike him, the Republicans had better figure out a way to come to Trump’s defense. If they don’t, and they were to allow Trump to be damaged by the Democratic and media attacks, then the consequences couldn’t be more obvious: afterwards, every Republican President will be Trump.

    Hilarious.

    That’s like saying all the future GOP governors of California are going to have a rough time.

    Just how many more GOP presidents do you think there are going to be?

    Only one group of people votes Republican in any numbers – white people.

    Non-whites are overwhelmingly Democrat.

    And every year the electorate gets less white, and more non-white.

    When Texas and its 33 electoral college votes swing back to the Democrats, it’s all over for the GOP when it comes to the White House.

    As in permanently.

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    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    'Only one group of people votes Republican in any numbers – white people."

    Hopefully after seeing how Trump has been treated by the GOP establishment, this voting for the Republicans ends. They've shown themselves to be completely and utterly useless.
  173. @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    To reply more directly, you seem to be under the impression that everything was fine until Putin deployed Kommissar Trumpovich. This is very much not the case. It is not Trump who threatens you. It is Trump who saved people like you from physical violence and that is still very much on the table if anything happens to him. Our society has been taken in a direction of accelerated collapse and non-functionality. There is a tiny clique who likes this and wants us to be Northern Mexico. No one else supports this. The people are either distracted by immediate problems (which generally come from the policies of the decaying globalist gerontocracy) or they’re angry enough to vote Trump. Nobody apart from paid employees actually wants Sorosworld. It’s like Obama thinking that he can normalize black crime by hamstringing his own police — in a country with mass gun ownership and a tradition of property rights.

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  174. I didn’t think he could win the nomination or the election, so my opinions are worth $1.50 minus a non-Starbucks coffee. That said:

    1. Trump has serious issues with discipline and no experience in government. As Steve has said, someone without Trump’s negatives probably wouldn’t have run against immigration, so you take what you can get (and Hillary would have been a lot worse). That said he is showing that surviving in government really is a skill separate from business–you have to know how to CYA politically and not hand the media things to go after you for. Being a Republican president means dealing with a hostile liberal media. It’s just the way it is unfortunately. Even Bannon, for all his quite impressive political skill, isn’t quite as used to playing defense and I think this is hurting him. (Plus he has been sidelined by Kushner.) The bit with Comey is an awful unforced error.

    2. The lack of people with government experience who are ideologically reliable is a real problem. It’s why Bill Buckley and Co. cultivated a conservative movement over their decades out of power and were able to fill staff positions in the Reagan White House with people who knew how to do stuff. Trump, at the head of his new movement, has no such luck. It’s quite possible that a victorious Goldwater might have been kneecapped in the same way, but I’ll leave that to the alt-historians alongwith the bit where the Afrikaners supply the Confederacy with AK-47s. (That is a real book, and it is fun.)

    3. Ivanka and Jared. They’re not helping. He’s not going to fire his son-in-law.

    Now am I hopeless? Not at all.

    1. The Democrats won’t have the majority they need for impeachment until 2018, if then. That still gives us 2 years. If nothing else you can pump out a kid or 2 in that time.

    2. Republican candidates are permanently on notice that being soft on immigration is a bad idea. That will help further down the line.

    3. What if he gets impeached? Pence is not a man of genius and is way too pro-Israel for your tastes (and too pro-war-in-the-Levant for mine), but he’s also going to want to get reelected. (And he isn’t going to give the media opportunities to say he was sharing secrets with the Russians.) Make it perfectly clear that he is not to back off on enforcement or he will face a primary challenge, and you can at least hold the line on immigration. 4 years of that plus deportation and decreasing legal and illegal immigration, plus actually promoting assimilation the way we did a hundred years ago, and the Republic may yet be saved.

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    ... where the Afrikaners supply the Confederacy with AK-47s.

    "Bring the Jubilee", right?
  175. @Olorin
    At least 10,000% chance.

    He's on his last legs. He's on his way out. He will not survive this. This is the beginning of the end for Trump.

    Also he has syphilis, Alzheimer's, ALS, crotch weevils, eczema, nasal polyps, housemaid's knee, and climactic bubo.

    Plus that bad case of tapeworm and the chronic colitis.

    Surely if he were as eloquent as he ever was in our best memory, the MSM would be presenting that 24/7.

    The Father has been enthroned for 117 days!

    We grow weary! We demand a new tanist! Dumuzi is dead, long live Dumuzi!

    Also he has syphilis, Alzheimer’s, ALS, crotch weevils, eczema, nasal polyps, housemaid’s knee, and climactic bubo.

    Plus that bad case of tapeworm and the chronic colitis.

    Is there an upside you’re keeping from us, Olorin? I’m no doctor, but I do have an internet connection – those things don’t sound so good.

    Dr. Parkinson declared “I’m not surprised to see you here.
    You’ve got smoker’s cough from smoking,
    brewer’s droop from drinking beer,
    I don’t know how you came to get those Betty Davis knees,
    but worst of all, young man, you’ve got industrial disease.”

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    Far from my favorite Knopfler outing...but great to hear it again, thanks.

    Being embarrassed to have misspelled climatic bubo, I'll raise you a Zappa:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvLnf_SouF4

  176. @Dave Pinsen
    These were also things the left wanted (for decades) and Obama did them.

    The H-1b/OPT expansion had only become popular with Democrats during the late 90s and early 2000s, when Bill Clinton led them in a more corporatist direction.

    The liberals wanted an employer-mandate healthcare plan in the early 90s, while the Republicans wanted an individual mandate. We ended up with the Republican individual mandate-plan. The same plan that Governor Romney implemented in Massachussettes (“RomneyCare”).

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Obamacare has both employer and individual mandates (the employer mandates are partly responsible for the spike in part time jobs versus full time).
  177. @AaronNYC
    I have an honest question for Trump supporters.

    If all of the allegations turn out to be true that:

    Trump asked for a "loyalty oath" from Comey>>>Trump asked for Comey to stop the Flynn investigation >>>>Trump fired Comey because he was rejected on both counts

    Would this make any difference in your support for Trump? Or is it not a big deal?

    I know the Constitution is an anachronism now but the President should be able to expect loyalty from the leader of a subordinate agency within the Justice Department which is itself a part of the Executive Branch. The President should not have to ask his subordinates for anything. Does the President have to ask one his generals to stop a military operation? The FBI is not the fourth branch of government.

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  178. @SFG
    I didn't think he could win the nomination or the election, so my opinions are worth $1.50 minus a non-Starbucks coffee. That said:

    1. Trump has serious issues with discipline and no experience in government. As Steve has said, someone without Trump's negatives probably wouldn't have run against immigration, so you take what you can get (and Hillary would have been a lot worse). That said he is showing that surviving in government really is a skill separate from business--you have to know how to CYA politically and not hand the media things to go after you for. Being a Republican president means dealing with a hostile liberal media. It's just the way it is unfortunately. Even Bannon, for all his quite impressive political skill, isn't quite as used to playing defense and I think this is hurting him. (Plus he has been sidelined by Kushner.) The bit with Comey is an awful unforced error.

    2. The lack of people with government experience who are ideologically reliable is a real problem. It's why Bill Buckley and Co. cultivated a conservative movement over their decades out of power and were able to fill staff positions in the Reagan White House with people who knew how to do stuff. Trump, at the head of his new movement, has no such luck. It's quite possible that a victorious Goldwater might have been kneecapped in the same way, but I'll leave that to the alt-historians alongwith the bit where the Afrikaners supply the Confederacy with AK-47s. (That is a real book, and it is fun.)

    3. Ivanka and Jared. They're not helping. He's not going to fire his son-in-law.

    Now am I hopeless? Not at all.

    1. The Democrats won't have the majority they need for impeachment until 2018, if then. That still gives us 2 years. If nothing else you can pump out a kid or 2 in that time.

    2. Republican candidates are permanently on notice that being soft on immigration is a bad idea. That will help further down the line.

    3. What if he gets impeached? Pence is not a man of genius and is way too pro-Israel for your tastes (and too pro-war-in-the-Levant for mine), but he's also going to want to get reelected. (And he isn't going to give the media opportunities to say he was sharing secrets with the Russians.) Make it perfectly clear that he is not to back off on enforcement or he will face a primary challenge, and you can at least hold the line on immigration. 4 years of that plus deportation and decreasing legal and illegal immigration, plus actually promoting assimilation the way we did a hundred years ago, and the Republic may yet be saved.

    … where the Afrikaners supply the Confederacy with AK-47s.

    “Bring the Jubilee”, right?

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    • Replies: @SFG
    Nope, that's the *other* famous Civil War alt-history. Guns of the South.
  179. What’s up with Trump?

    This is what Putin had to say, today.


    “What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans,” Mr. Putin said. “Either they don’t understand the damage they’re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.”

    Nailed it.

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  180. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @SFG
    It was a pleasant surprise, wasn't it? I was annoyed at them for trying to teach me about their gender bias detection algorithm. I had determined to go and watch some manly movies in mini-protest, but they're getting harder to find.

    Ugh, that Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (the good kind of IQ, not the bad non-existent one) was too much to bear.

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  181. @Intelligent Dasein

    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump’s side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they’re some sort of potential military enemy. They’re just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you’re the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump’s American supporters.
     
    A lot of people are saying this but I must disagree with it. The Globalist cabal really does want to destroy Russia, and not just because of Trump. The elite have turned Washington D.C. into their wretched hive and have taken control of the US military/political/financial establishment. Russia, the nuclear superpower with the first-rate military and traditionalist/nationalist leanings, is the only power on earth capable of thwarting their ambitions. The elites hate Russia with a passion.

    China is also a nuclear superpower with a strong military, and I don’t know if their philosophy would be Traditionalist as per Evola, but they’re certainly nationalistic and proud of their heritage as the oldest civilization on earth.

    I suspect Russia is just a club to beat Trump with. Plus Russia being white means nobody can cry racism.

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    Russia can never be under-estimated. People from the polar regions have certain abilities and capabilities that can not be learned. I have always hoped for a time when Russian and the USA will work together. Can you imagine if they (and, perhaps, China, too - they will choke if Americans stop buying their cheap stuff) worked together for CC , or my fave, protecting the last wild animals in Africa, Asia & S. America?! Russia will always be with us. The sooner the hysterical Democrats understand this, the better.
  182. @Robert York
    Why hasn't Peter Thiel taken a more active role in the administration? He had a once in a lifetime chance to roll back American decline but it feels like he's had zero influence. He couldn't even get a good FDA pick and instead we got an industry shill!

    Does anybody have any thoughts on why his influence has been so limited, and why he isn't trying to take a more active role?

    He might have seen the Trump administration as a sinking ship and bailed out. Or perhaps his Silicon Valley “friends” put pressure on him to not get involved.

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  183. anonymous says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Reg Cæsar

    -Ambassador Galbraith claimed that George W. Bush didn’t know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. When did the media report this?
     
    Come on, the guy called Islam "a peaceful religion". He clearly hadn't opened a history book (written in the previous century) since grade school.

    The scary part is, nobody in the s0-called opposition called him out on this. Is that cynical, or what?

    When the pitcher throws a big fat slow one over the center of the plate, and the batter doesn't take his bat from his shoulder, you have a right to think you smell a rat.

    Your neck of the caliphate isn’t it?

    [Mogadishapolis] Mayor Betsy Hodges will give her State of the City address May 23 at a mosque in north Minneapolis.

    The speech, which counts as an official Minneapolis City Council meeting, will be at 11 a.m. at the Masjid An-Nur (the Mosque of the Light), at 1729 Lyndale Ave N.

    Hodges, who is campaigning ahead of November mayoral elections, last gave a prepared public speech at the Shir Tikvah synagogue in south Minneapolis on April 18, where she outlined what she called the “pernicious” threat of Donald Trump’s presidency for cities like Minneapolis.

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  184. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Mass immigration didn't explode due to the 1965 Immigration Act. The 65 Act actually capped migration from the Western Hemisphere (which was previously uncapped). If not for the 65 Act, mass immigration would've been MUCH higher.

    It was in the mid 1970s when immigration exploded, mostly because of business interests wanting cheaper labor. Then there were even larger legislative increases in immigration in 1986 (amnesty), 1990 (legal immigration increase), more amnesties during the 1990s, and 1998 (H-1B cap expansion). Up through the early 1990s, it was business groups that pushed immigration, not "diversity" consultants. However, by the mid/late 90s, the left had become very pro-immigration.

    Steve Sailer once noted that the NYT went from anti-amnesty in the 1990s to pro-amnesty in the 2000s. The WSJ, however, has been pro-open borders since the early 1980s.

    Mass immigration didn’t explode due to the 1965 Immigration Act.

    Of course not – it took time to have an effect.

    1965 was when the fuse was lit – it exploded later.

    People who try to minimize the magnitude of the 1965 betrayal are almost always acting in bad faith.

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    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Exactly. This disingenuous pretense that demography is not shaped over time is a particular species of innumeracy.

    (The Americans did not begin to prevail against the Japanese atMidway; the tide turned only in August of 1945, you see....")
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    You're wrong about this.

    The 65 Act placed a quota on immigration from Latin America, Carribean, and Mexico. Before that, Latin/Carribean/Mexican migration was uncapped. If not for the 65 Act, America would've been flooded even worse.

    Immigration exploded in the mid 70s because business interests wanted lower-cost employees and were alarmed by rapidly increasing wages. Then it exploded even more in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, as more employers started to incorporate foreign labor into their business model.

    If you want to blame someone, blame all the corporate interests and politicians who've fought tooth-and-nail to crush unions. Unions were historically a major opponent of immigration. When unions were gutted in the 80s and 90s, the immigrant labor poured in unopposed.
  185. @JohnnyWalker123

    The left has lost their mind
     
    What do you mean "the left"?

    John McCain (a Republican Senator) compared this "scandal" to Water Gate. So apparently even Republicans think Trump should be impeached. The entire establishment wants him out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6xonEFR-b0

    Looks like Trump’s missle attack on Syria did nothing to appease the neocons

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    Looks like Trump’s missle attack on Syria did nothing to appease the neocons
     
    Because Tillerson went back to pre April 4 making deals with Russia on Syria. Russians apparently made some noise about missile attack on Syria but understood that Trump had to do it (because its American way) and found out that Trump is willing to continue the policy in Syria that was outlined by Russia.

    This may explain the fury. It is possible that another false flag attack blamed on Assad will be engineered in Syria soon. However it might be double edged sword as it may give Trump opportuney to be presidential while Putin will see through it again.

    The greatest achievement of Trump showing that he consolidated power at least at DOJ was forcing Israel to arrest Israeli citizen (a patsy?) responsible for anti-semitic hoaxes that were designed to hurt Trump. That DOJ managed to compromise a possible Mossad operation was a great feat and won't be forgotten nor forgiven.
  186. @Anon
    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump's side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they're some sort of potential military enemy. They're just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you're the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump's American supporters.

    Please substantiate the rather broad assertion that “Putin was on Trump’s side during the election.”

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  187. @Vinteuil
    "Obama didn’t do a single significant thing in his entire 8 years that we on the left wanted..."

    He kept the borders open, dude.

    Have you really not noticed that open borders/rubbing the right's face in "diversity" is what leftism is all about, these days?

    He kept the borders open, dude.

    Yes, Trump’s immigration policy: DACA, 50-100k refugees every year, welcoming all the world’s Moslems (or at least 43/50 Moslem countries), automatic Central American refugee status so they don’t even have to sneak across the border, and 1MM chain migrants every year.

    That was Obama’s policy, too. Obama was no more for open borders than Trump is.

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  188. @Achmed E. Newman
    ... where the Afrikaners supply the Confederacy with AK-47s.

    "Bring the Jubilee", right?

    Nope, that’s the *other* famous Civil War alt-history. Guns of the South.

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  189. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Intelligent Dasein

    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump’s side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they’re some sort of potential military enemy. They’re just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you’re the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump’s American supporters.
     
    A lot of people are saying this but I must disagree with it. The Globalist cabal really does want to destroy Russia, and not just because of Trump. The elite have turned Washington D.C. into their wretched hive and have taken control of the US military/political/financial establishment. Russia, the nuclear superpower with the first-rate military and traditionalist/nationalist leanings, is the only power on earth capable of thwarting their ambitions. The elites hate Russia with a passion.

    A lot of people are saying this but I must disagree with it. The Globalist cabal really does want to destroy Russia, and not just because of Trump.

    yes – anti-white media pundits start frothing at the mouth over Russia

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  190. Trump is toast — he’s got about six months max before he’s impeached and convicted. McCain, Lindsay Grahamnesty, Marco Rubio, Sing-a-long with Mitch McConnell, and Cuck Ryan all hate hate hate him. And his deplorable voters. Probably at least as much as Hillary if not more.

    So yeah, the Special Prosecutor will note that Trump said “booger” or something and thus must go (while Cackle-Pants is guilty of all sorts of violations of the Government Secrets act that Deplorables go to jail for). And that will be that, impeachment in the House by Cuck Ryan and his boys, with San Fran Granny Nan piling on; and the Over the Hill and Light in the Loafers Gang convicting. That’s a done deal.

    There is nothing anyone can or will do about it, least of all Trump. No one fears him and particularly not with Presidents Ivanka and Jared calling the shots. What matters is White male survival.

    Dems, non-Whites, White Women outside the working and lower middle class, and the political class are simply not going to “tolerate us deplorables any more.” Certainly no more than they will tolerate Trump. Anti-White male stuff is not abating in Trump’s victory, if anything it seems as over-drive as in a Hillary Victory:

    [MORE]

    *Hollywood is purging White males from TV (gone, Last Man Standing), and behind the camera in writing, directing, and producing. Already White males are largely verboten in movies. With both TV and Movies having any romances be the standard Black Male-White female pairing that White women in particular love like an ISIS bad boy.

    *Silicon Valley is purging the remaining White male nerds out of its lair, to be replaced with low cost body-shop dudes from India and China and various do-nothing SJW types to lecture us deplorables on just how deplorable we really are.

    *The Democratic Party is White male free, as free from White males as the Nazi Party was of Jews in say, 1943.

    *The media, Hollywood (TV and movies), NGOs, Universities, Courts, and Deep State have all embraced non-White and particularly MUSLIM immigrants to express their HATE HATE HATE of White men.
    ———————-
    Almost all of this is directed by middle and upper class White women who have a lady thrill for various bad boys, you don’t see girls joining the Linux club and writing viruses to take down Windows machines to prove their love for nerds now do you? Or many White male converts to Islam? [Islam certainly wants European women. European men, on the other hand, they view as slaves to be used as slaves, per Abu Hamza in Britain.]

    Does Jerry Seinfeld want lots of Muslims here? Think of his Saabs! Carbeques are not his thing, man. Now Sarah Silverman, post-Wall, sure! A hijab will hide her fat-days (which is every day ending in Y now) and she’d rather have a fourth of a goat-herder / part time killer than all of say, some fat older producer. See Cherie Blair’s sister, convert to Islam. Women love Islam, the polygamy and violence are great for them — not so much for White males.

    So it is vital for a social movement by and for White males, to offer security, mutual support, jobs and patronage, and the like to move forward.

    Steve deserves your support, next paycheck I’m donating and I urge you to do the same, but more we need to organize a social movement that aims to protect: Steve Sailer, John Derbyshire, Mark Steyn, Ann Coulter, the 2Kevins, Heartiste, and others from the sure-to-come retaliation as the clampdown comes.

    Trump is a lost cause — a Stalingrad or Dien Ben Phu, and the appropriate response is a Dunkirk like sealift to evacuate our remaining troops and regroup to survive. Above all, us White males must understand: most of our womenfolk outside the working class HATE HATE HATE us; particularly the Upper Class, and we can look only to ourselves alone for protection and mutual support. We should endeavor to make our enemies fear us while avoiding violence which favors the Left (since they own the courts and government and media and well, everything). Eric Rudolph was dumpster diving while he was on the run; Bill Ayers lived on a Luxury houseboat paid for by his lawyer.

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  191. @guest
    The Respectable Right comes up with ideas like insurance mandates to cut the socialists off at the pass, so to speak. But they end up doing the other side's work for them, as leftists know. Which is why the other side is always promoting these moderately socialist ideas. Stepping stones.

    The net result is a shift to the left. Not left enough for the true believers, but the shrewder ones know single payer is much more likely now that the country has been Romneycared.

    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?

    (I am convinced the guy who runs on this would win.)

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    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?
     
    Count me in - as long as I can be sure your guy will pull a "Demo-Congress vs. Reagan" and welch on the Gov't-run healthcare part after the handshakes.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    Right here.

    #SFG2020

    Let's get this trending.

    , @utu
    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?

    I am with you.
    , @guest
    It does have a certain gibsmedat logic.
  192. Thanks. I may have read “Guns of the South“, but I recall definitely reading “Bring the Jubilee

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    i think Trump should go after the gang of neocons who’ve been helping Isis – this would detach a lot of the Left from the media’s agenda for a while allowing him to go after the Clintons/Podesta – most of the swamp will be linked in a chain from one of those two nodes. then last but by no means least, clean out the GOPe.

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  194. @SFG
    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?

    (I am convinced the guy who runs on this would win.)

    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?

    Count me in – as long as I can be sure your guy will pull a “Demo-Congress vs. Reagan” and welch on the Gov’t-run healthcare part after the handshakes.

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  195. Lotsa comments. I’ll keep mine short. Trump is the first “hobby” president since the FF. He literally does not NEED the job. He cares enough to try to fix things. If the bastids get him down, he will bolt. The bastids are counting on their ability to wear him down and get him to resign the office. I think he’ll stay the course a bit longer, but I’d not place long odds on him resisting this onslaught without some break in the action for too much longer.

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    So, when he bolts, his supporters will just agree that the "resistance" was too tough?
    , @Lagertha
    OMG! You are the wussiest guy in town! Get a life. There is no way in hell you could be doing better than Trump today, if you were prez. Arm chair opinionators are part of the problem.

    Hmmm? corruption for the last 30 years; full of feckless and sociopathic people. So, a stammering, bizarrely coifed builder, who is disrupting everything and, he has a large, happy family, is a threat to your upper middle (or top 1%, more likely in your case) income/white privilege existence? Trump's popularity is just growing, btw...in the hinterlands where people work and send their kids to public school.

    No one gives a sh*t about Comey & Russia; major duh. Oh, and the Millennials think all Dems are so lamo bc they are still stuck at 2016. Old people suck....Boomers suck ( I am one, but I hate boomers, too). Boomers and Gen Xrs just need to effin' disappear/go retire to wine country...grow organic veggies or something - grow pot! - but, you're not cool enough for that. Liberals just wanna argue; and it is hubris, hubris, hubris...with a side of hypocrisy.

  196. Maybe Trump needs to throw a curveball at Washington and pull a Napoleon on this? Maybe a Napoleon with a Constantine twist? In other words, dissolve the republic and move the seat of power to Mar-a-Lago. The Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter collection of 2014 is ready to go as-is:

    http://beautyshallsavetheworld.com/2013/05/the-dolce-gabbana-fallwinter-2014-fashion-show-breathtaking-byzantine/

    Barron Trump can be the Sebastokratōr of New York:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_bureaucracy_and_aristocracy

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  197. @Intelligent Dasein

    The real reason why the Dems are ranting about the Russians is because Putin was on Trump’s side during the election, not because they believe the Russians hacked us, or that they’re some sort of potential military enemy. They’re just mad because the Russians supported Trump. If you like Trump, you’re the Enemy. Liberals feel the same frothing hatred towards Trump’s American supporters.
     
    A lot of people are saying this but I must disagree with it. The Globalist cabal really does want to destroy Russia, and not just because of Trump. The elite have turned Washington D.C. into their wretched hive and have taken control of the US military/political/financial establishment. Russia, the nuclear superpower with the first-rate military and traditionalist/nationalist leanings, is the only power on earth capable of thwarting their ambitions. The elites hate Russia with a passion.

    For those who don’t know about it, the Western elites’ hate of Russia, and specifically Putin, goes back to a single speech—that given by Putin at the Munich Security Conference in 2007.

    In that speech he laid out the case that a unipolar world order led by the United States was simply not working and went on to describe what might work. I remember reading that some of the Western leaders at the conference were rude enough to laugh and titter during Putin’s speech.

    It is required reading.

    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/24034

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/12/AR2007021200555.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlY5aZfOgPA

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  198. @Anonymous
    You can count on President Sellout!

    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/17/work-visa-lobby-trump-assured-us-continued-access-foreign-help/

    The largest agriculture pro-outsourcing organization says President Donald Trump has “assured” them that the current flow of foreign workers in the farming industry will continue unreformed.

    Pick a name. Rub our faces in it when all your predictions come true. Drive-by commenting is meaningless.

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  199. @JohnnyWalker123
    Mass immigration didn't explode due to the 1965 Immigration Act. The 65 Act actually capped migration from the Western Hemisphere (which was previously uncapped). If not for the 65 Act, mass immigration would've been MUCH higher.

    It was in the mid 1970s when immigration exploded, mostly because of business interests wanting cheaper labor. Then there were even larger legislative increases in immigration in 1986 (amnesty), 1990 (legal immigration increase), more amnesties during the 1990s, and 1998 (H-1B cap expansion). Up through the early 1990s, it was business groups that pushed immigration, not "diversity" consultants. However, by the mid/late 90s, the left had become very pro-immigration.

    Steve Sailer once noted that the NYT went from anti-amnesty in the 1990s to pro-amnesty in the 2000s. The WSJ, however, has been pro-open borders since the early 1980s.

    Up through the early 1990s, it was business groups that pushed immigration, not “diversity” consultants. However, by the mid/late 90s, the left had become very pro-immigration.

    Out of necessity. The conservatives had pushed mass immigration to divide the solidarity of workers and slash wages. It worked. Wages have stagnated and workers can’t unite anymore now that they’re so badly divided by ethnicity.

    So the Democrats had to win the votes of the new immigrants and their kids to survive and they did. That requires diversity wranglers to keep them in line. And that means downplaying border enforcement, too, because players that can wrangle immigrants see it as an attack on themselves. The immigrants themselves are willing to vote to pull up the ladder, but their co-ethnic leaders won’t stand for it.

    So Republicans infected America with the mass immigration disease. And Republican leaders all still love it. Democrats, being the party of workers, can’t organize against it anymore unless Republicans do also.

    But still, every Democratic presidential candidate in the last 40 years was more immigration-restrictionist than his Republican opponent, until Romney versus Obama. Obama was better than McCain, Kerry was better than Bush, and Mondale and Carter were both much, much better than Reagan.

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  200. @utu
    Julian the Rapist?

    According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had "done something" with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.
     

    Miss W phoned Assange and arranged to meet him late in the evening, according to her statement. The pair went back to her flat in Enkoping, near Stockholm. Miss W told police that though they started to have sex, Assange had not wanted to wear a condom, and she had moved away because she had not wanted unprotected sex. Assange had then lost interest, she said, and fallen asleep. However, during the night, they had both woken up and had sex at least once when "he agreed unwillingly to use a condom".
     
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

    It’s just a hypocorism, ya’know?

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  201. @pepperinmono
    Let's assume it is true(questionable to doubtful).
    According to several bloggers including Gregg Jarrett, a lawyer from Fox News,
    Comey had a duty to immediately inform DOJ of "real" obstruction of justice under 18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361.
    Apparently , obstruction requires intent, not just "why don't you go easy on Flynn, he resigned, he's a good guy" man-to-man talk.
    The investigation continues unabated.
    We are witnessing a strong attempt at a coup d'etat.
    If it is successful , the Deep State truly rules America.
    If unsuccessful, some people need to go to jail.

    Jail? You really think our country will escape so easily. We’re one Harper’s Ferry away from Civil War 2: This Time It’s Personal.

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  202. anonymous says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Patrick J. Buchanan at the Daily Caller on the “crisis” …

    Q: Does the GOP eventually get around to embracing Trumpism completely?

    PJB (pbuh): Trump was a good salesman for these ideas, and these ideas had real currency with the American people. I think the Republican Party will be brought around to these ideas because their previous ideas were unsustainable. Open borders, and refusing to protect the borders, and amnesties like Bush and McCain wanted was going to be a disaster for the country and the party.

    You keep up the same trade policies with China running $400 billion trade surpluses and you won’t have a manufacturing plant left in the country. And you get involved in a couple more wars over there, the American people will rise up against the Republican Party and throw them out the way they did in 2006 and 2008.

    It’s not the persuasiveness of tactics that got these issues elevated in the hearts and minds of millions. It’s what happened. We tried the wars, we tried the free trade globalism, and we tried the open borders and people don’t like the results. And they’re not going to like it better if we go back to the same approach.

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  203. anonymous says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    A Republican playing offense? Wow!

    WASHINGTON — A House Republican wants to see the entire memo from former FBI Director James Comey on President Trump asking him to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn, as well as any memo Comey might have composed on the infamous meeting Bill Clinton had with Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

    “If the New York Times has [Comey’s memo] that means we’re going to be able to see it and I would assume that would be fair. I assume that Mr. Comey also kept, if he’s disturbed by the same memos, that he gave to or about when Mrs. Clinton’s husband appeared in the jet with the attorney general,” Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions told The Daily Caller Tuesday.

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  204. I am beginning to believe that we are literally living through the end of the American Experiment-that, just as we read about Rome (‘democracy from year x to year Y, Empire from Y to Z, Ceasars from Z to AA, and so on), this may literally be the end of the American Republic and the beginning of something different.

    I support Trump, I’m glad he won, and I thought, like all Trump supporters, that he would be kind of a reckless Reagan: the Left hates him, but he’ll actually do what he said (build the Wall, drain the swamp, eliminate the Department of Education, whatever else he promised to do). In other words, a Reagan who does what Reagan pretended to want to do. It may not have saved the country or Western Democracy, but it would have reset the clock a bit.

    But the response to Trump isn’t simply anti-Reaganesque. Its not just Sam Donaldson antipathy. The unending, geniune calls for a coup, or calls for using the 25th Amendment to remove him, by what would have been legitimate, mainstream figures just a few years ago, is genuinely different. And it is genuinely calls for a coup: using the 25th Amendment to remove an elected president simply because we (the press, the Democrats, the Republican mainstream) don’t like him really is not business as usual.

    The motivating situation: that Trump colluded with the Russians to get elected: is preposterous on its face. First you have to argue that Trump would even collude with Russians: would consider contacting Russian secret agents in order to benefit in an American domestic election. Then you have to explain how this contact would even benefit (money? Trump is a billionaire. Are Russians secretly manning polling booths in Ohio? What could Russian secret agents offer that would impact the election? Press influence? It simply makes no sense on its face).

    Even if Trump is a wildcard; even if he can’t keep his mouth shut: even if he actually did talk about some secret agent in a town in Pakistan with the Russian ambassador: even if he did ask Comey to lay off Flynn: none of this is genuinely impeachable. None of this justifies invoking the 25th Amendment and removing a healthy president from power. No president has ever been impeached and removed from power. The 25ht Amendment has never been used, or even seriously proposed to be used. Suggesting (as Ross doughat has, as the mainstream media is), is truly new territory in American history.

    Just because this is all happening now doesn’t change the fact that it is genuinely unprecedented, outlandish, and unheard of in American history that its happening. I think because people are saying it somehow normalizes it. But its not normal. Its insane.

    I will say that while Trump is the triggering event that may very well be the turning point and end of American Democracy, it makes me realize that perhaps the seeds of this end may have been in the government for a long time. Eisenhower in 1961 famously warned of the military-industrial complex. I, and I presume just about everybody, just assumed he was talking about pretty benign stuff: defense contractors will schmooze a few senators and we would end up spending too much on jet fighters or aircraft carriers or something. We all know the B1 Bomber was overbudget-that Eisenhower knew this would happen!

    But, in retrospect, that seems almost a presposterous interpretation. The president uses his final speech as outgoing president to warn about budget overruns on weapons development?

    So the ‘end’ of the American Republic may be triggered by Trump, but I am beginning to suspect that the shift in power to what we are now calling the ‘Deep State’ has been occurring throughout my lifetime.

    If Trump is removed (if?), it really won’t be ‘back to normal with some irrelevant guy from Indiana in the White House until elections can get back to how they used to be. I don’t think there will be some kind of uprising. Underemployed factory workers in Pennsylvania won’t march on Washington, and the Army won’t either. It will simply be a new and different institutional arrangement for power. Elections will self-evidently not matter any more. The parties will exert more control over the process to insure that another Trump can’t happen. The shift will simply occur, about half the people will want it to happen and the other half will accept it, and the next phase of American history, a post-republic, will have been instituted.

    joeyjoejoe

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    The Roman Empire kept the Senate and all the Republic formalities, it's all a farce but they tried to show that nothing had changed when the truth is that everything had changed.
    , @anon

    I am beginning to believe that we are literally living through the end of the American Experiment
     
    it's looking like that - the oligarchs and their whore media have corrupted the political system beyond repair and without a root and branch counter revolution it's over.

    however i think a root and branch counter revolution is still possible.
    , @Kevin C.

    I don’t think there will be some kind of uprising. Underemployed factory workers in Pennsylvania won’t march on Washington, and the Army won’t either. It will simply be a new and different institutional arrangement for power. Elections will self-evidently not matter any more. The parties will exert more control over the process to insure that another Trump can’t happen. The shift will simply occur, about half the people will want it to happen and the other half will accept it, and the next phase of American history, a post-republic, will have been instituted.
     
    Yes, all of this.
  205. @utu
    Julian the Rapist?

    According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had "done something" with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.
     

    Miss W phoned Assange and arranged to meet him late in the evening, according to her statement. The pair went back to her flat in Enkoping, near Stockholm. Miss W told police that though they started to have sex, Assange had not wanted to wear a condom, and she had moved away because she had not wanted unprotected sex. Assange had then lost interest, she said, and fallen asleep. However, during the night, they had both woken up and had sex at least once when "he agreed unwillingly to use a condom".
     
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

    Sexual intercourse used to be called “making love” for a reason. Nowadays they call it “having sex.” Sounds about right.

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    Whatever. "Making the beast with two backs" (Shakespeare) doesn't sound very spiritual/romantic either.
  206. When President Trump submitted his budget proposal, suggesting large reductions (“slashing!”) in spending in departments and agencies, I never imagined the “state” would fight back like this. Congress is at fault. They must back him up right now and right away, or there is a constitutional crisis we are seeing just about …now.

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  207. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Achmed E. Newman
    The Boss here (no, not Steve, the Boss!) has an interesting article on the site here about Juan McCain's background, that he wrote a few years back.

    I remember going on a rant about this guy back in early 2005 to a guy on an airplane with me. I have hated this guy for longer than some of you have been out of diapers. There's only a few people in this country that I can say suck more than that traitor McCain. I'd have to dig deep.

    McCain should have been kicked to the curb back when his buddy Charlie Keating went to the big house for the Lincoln Savings and American Continental Corporation scandals.

    The NVA had the right idea when they tossed McCain in the Hanoi Hilton. It was just a few years too early.

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  208. @anon

    Mass immigration didn’t explode due to the 1965 Immigration Act.
     
    Of course not - it took time to have an effect.

    1965 was when the fuse was lit - it exploded later.

    People who try to minimize the magnitude of the 1965 betrayal are almost always acting in bad faith.

    Exactly. This disingenuous pretense that demography is not shaped over time is a particular species of innumeracy.

    (The Americans did not begin to prevail against the Japanese atMidway; the tide turned only in August of 1945, you see….”)

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  209. @SFG
    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?

    (I am convinced the guy who runs on this would win.)

    Right here.

    #SFG2020

    Let’s get this trending.

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  210. @anonn
    Obamacare was a right-wing think-tank dream, and a catastrophic mistake, and most of the left hated that Obama gave up on the "public option" without a fight. Those "reliable liberals" on the courts are corporatist stooges who will continue the slow erosion of ordinary people's legal rights. The only bright spot is marriage equality, and again, Obama had nothing to do with it.

    I don't agree with the orthodox left position on immigration, but he didn't amnesty millions. He chose not to do anything. That's what DACA was, a choice to do nothing and change nothing. Those illegal immigrants were largely immune from deportation under Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. Obama then gave them a scrap of paper that just said, as long as I'm the President we'll continue to do nothing and not enforce the law. Now that Trump is in charge, they're again doing nothing and not enforcing the law, but without the piece of paper.

    That’s quite the litany to build from a strand of gossamer drifting on a soft autumn breeze – so what kind of Marxist are you? A misanthrope or a religious zealot?

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  211. I am not surprised by anything going on. I watched the circus leading to the election out of the corner of my eye. I choose to not give my consent to being governed by liars, thieves, and murderers by not participating in the dog and pony show of public elections. I was not invested in the tragic comedy of the presidential campaigns.

    I turned on the election coverage that night out of curiosity. I really did not think DT could win so I was fairly surprised by the turn of events. I recall thinking that if Trump could not be co-opted by the political establishment they would do anything and everything to wreck his presidency.

    I would posit that he has already been co-opted. The evidence being his walking back some of his campaign promises especially around military intervention in the Middle East. But it seems the political establishment wants to remove him from office anyway.

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  212. @anon

    Mass immigration didn’t explode due to the 1965 Immigration Act.
     
    Of course not - it took time to have an effect.

    1965 was when the fuse was lit - it exploded later.

    People who try to minimize the magnitude of the 1965 betrayal are almost always acting in bad faith.

    You’re wrong about this.

    The 65 Act placed a quota on immigration from Latin America, Carribean, and Mexico. Before that, Latin/Carribean/Mexican migration was uncapped. If not for the 65 Act, America would’ve been flooded even worse.

    Immigration exploded in the mid 70s because business interests wanted lower-cost employees and were alarmed by rapidly increasing wages. Then it exploded even more in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, as more employers started to incorporate foreign labor into their business model.

    If you want to blame someone, blame all the corporate interests and politicians who’ve fought tooth-and-nail to crush unions. Unions were historically a major opponent of immigration. When unions were gutted in the 80s and 90s, the immigrant labor poured in unopposed.

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    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    Europe is more unionized than the US, but you don't see union leaders standing with the nationalist right. You see them at the vanguard of the communists.
    , @PiltdownMan
    The 65 Act placed an annual cap of 20,000 green cards per per country for all categories of immigrants, with some limited exceptions to the caps being made for family reunification. The formula has become complex, over time, but the basic limit is that no one country gets more than 7% of the total visa cap for family and employment categories.

    The current cap works out to be about 25,000 per country.

    https://www.uscis.gov/tools/glossary/country-limit

    http://immigrationroad.com/visa-bulletin/immigrant-visa-annual-limit-and-cap.php

    Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are exempted from the cap. Over time, this undermines the visa cap through chain migration. The chain can be broken if the law is amended to not allow the automatic immigration of unmarried adult siblings (married siblings are already barred) or adult children of U.S. citizens.

    Currently. parents of U.S. citizens automatically get green cards, whether these citizens are anchor babies or adults. They in turn can sponsor adult children, and so on.
    , @anon

    If you want to blame someone
     
    The people who try to downplay the importance of the 1965 immigration act are trying to downplay the role of the banking mafia and cultural Marxists in that great act of betrayal.
  213. @JohnnyWalker123
    Unfortunately, the media and a lot of politicians (including prominent Republicans like John McCain) are now talking about impeachment.

    They are talking about a coup.

    And it will work out just as well as it did for the Shah in ’53-’79.

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  214. @JohnnyWalker123
    You're wrong about this.

    The 65 Act placed a quota on immigration from Latin America, Carribean, and Mexico. Before that, Latin/Carribean/Mexican migration was uncapped. If not for the 65 Act, America would've been flooded even worse.

    Immigration exploded in the mid 70s because business interests wanted lower-cost employees and were alarmed by rapidly increasing wages. Then it exploded even more in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, as more employers started to incorporate foreign labor into their business model.

    If you want to blame someone, blame all the corporate interests and politicians who've fought tooth-and-nail to crush unions. Unions were historically a major opponent of immigration. When unions were gutted in the 80s and 90s, the immigrant labor poured in unopposed.

    Europe is more unionized than the US, but you don’t see union leaders standing with the nationalist right. You see them at the vanguard of the communists.

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    In Germany, unions and the nationalistic right used to have an effective anti-immigration alliance. That broke down under right-wing corporatist Angela Merkel, who invited in millions of refugees.

    With the exception of highly corporatist UK, most of the EU has protected a lot of the good middle/upper class professional jobs. I think unions are to credit. That's why they've mostly avoided the H-1b flood.

    Unfortunately, not all sectors (especially the less-skilled) are effectively organized. It's those sectors (for example agriculture) that get flooded with immigrants.

    In Europe, there was mass scale worker importation during the 60s. It mostly stopped in the early 70s, but then surged again in the 90s.
  215. @SFG
    This is actually one of the better ideas for dealing with the lack of right-populist people with government experience I've heard.

    You'd have to worry about aspies and similar smart-but-socially-stupid types filling your government (and many of us commenter, myself definitely included, probably fit this profile)--while I agree the current batch of schmoozers has gotten us into no end of trouble, the nerds would probably be easily manipulated by the media etc. I guess you would handle that at the interview stage?

    There are tests to screen for personality elements too. I’ve taken a couple for sales jobs that combined IQ-type questions and personality ones. You could also have people link to their LinkedIn accounts, and screen for those with a job history that suggests some level of interpersonal skills (sales, management, etc.).

    You can even use publicly available algorithms to analyze their personalities via their social media accounts.

    There’s really no reason the Trump administration couldn’t quickly surface a thousands of quality recruits this way.

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  216. @JohnnyWalker123
    The H-1b/OPT expansion had only become popular with Democrats during the late 90s and early 2000s, when Bill Clinton led them in a more corporatist direction.

    The liberals wanted an employer-mandate healthcare plan in the early 90s, while the Republicans wanted an individual mandate. We ended up with the Republican individual mandate-plan. The same plan that Governor Romney implemented in Massachussettes ("RomneyCare").

    Obamacare has both employer and individual mandates (the employer mandates are partly responsible for the spike in part time jobs versus full time).

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  217. @SFG
    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?

    (I am convinced the guy who runs on this would win.)

    Single payer healthcare plus immigration moratorium. Any buyers?

    I am with you.

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  218. @guest
    The Respectable Right comes up with ideas like insurance mandates to cut the socialists off at the pass, so to speak. But they end up doing the other side's work for them, as leftists know. Which is why the other side is always promoting these moderately socialist ideas. Stepping stones.

    The net result is a shift to the left. Not left enough for the true believers, but the shrewder ones know single payer is much more likely now that the country has been Romneycared.

    Every first world country has a mandate system. Their healthcare costs are lower and their life expectancies (even race-adjusted) are higher.

    A mandate is a common sense policy to diversify the risk pool, which brings down healthcare costs for the sick and aged. We should’ve adopted a mandate system decades ago.

    Respectable Right

    If you’re implying that the right’s desire for “respectability” is driving them towards the left, that’s not always true.

    On healthcare, they opposed their 1990s individual mandate plan. They derided it as “socialism.” Apparently, the 1990s Republican party was “socialist.”

    Take the Iraq War. The left (and the rest of the world) opposed it. The right wildly supported it (despite not WMDs or 9/11 links). The right showed no desire for “respectability” on the Iraq issue. They just did what they wanted.

    Take the issue of tax cuts. The right consistently supports more tax cuts (and has done so since the 70s), against the opposition of the left.

    Take minimum wage. Inflation-adjusted, it’s been falling since the 70s. The right doesn’t mind fighting the left on this issue.

    Take the incarceration rate. It rapidly increased since the late 70s. The right is okay with this.

    Take environmental issues. Whenever the right gets into office, they usually cut back on environmental regulations.

    Plenty of examples of the right adamantly fighting the left.

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  219. @JohnnyWalker123
    You're wrong about this.

    The 65 Act placed a quota on immigration from Latin America, Carribean, and Mexico. Before that, Latin/Carribean/Mexican migration was uncapped. If not for the 65 Act, America would've been flooded even worse.

    Immigration exploded in the mid 70s because business interests wanted lower-cost employees and were alarmed by rapidly increasing wages. Then it exploded even more in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, as more employers started to incorporate foreign labor into their business model.

    If you want to blame someone, blame all the corporate interests and politicians who've fought tooth-and-nail to crush unions. Unions were historically a major opponent of immigration. When unions were gutted in the 80s and 90s, the immigrant labor poured in unopposed.

    The 65 Act placed an annual cap of 20,000 green cards per per country for all categories of immigrants, with some limited exceptions to the caps being made for family reunification. The formula has become complex, over time, but the basic limit is that no one country gets more than 7% of the total visa cap for family and employment categories.

    The current cap works out to be about 25,000 per country.

    https://www.uscis.gov/tools/glossary/country-limit

    http://immigrationroad.com/visa-bulletin/immigrant-visa-annual-limit-and-cap.php

    Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are exempted from the cap. Over time, this undermines the visa cap through chain migration. The chain can be broken if the law is amended to not allow the automatic immigration of unmarried adult siblings (married siblings are already barred) or adult children of U.S. citizens.

    Currently. parents of U.S. citizens automatically get green cards, whether these citizens are anchor babies or adults. They in turn can sponsor adult children, and so on.

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  220. @aceofspades
    Looks like Trump's missle attack on Syria did nothing to appease the neocons

    Looks like Trump’s missle attack on Syria did nothing to appease the neocons

    Because Tillerson went back to pre April 4 making deals with Russia on Syria. Russians apparently made some noise about missile attack on Syria but understood that Trump had to do it (because its American way) and found out that Trump is willing to continue the policy in Syria that was outlined by Russia.

    This may explain the fury. It is possible that another false flag attack blamed on Assad will be engineered in Syria soon. However it might be double edged sword as it may give Trump opportuney to be presidential while Putin will see through it again.

    The greatest achievement of Trump showing that he consolidated power at least at DOJ was forcing Israel to arrest Israeli citizen (a patsy?) responsible for anti-semitic hoaxes that were designed to hurt Trump. That DOJ managed to compromise a possible Mossad operation was a great feat and won’t be forgotten nor forgiven.

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    The greatest achievement of Trump showing that he consolidated power at least at DOJ was forcing Israel to arrest Israeli citizen (a patsy?) responsible for anti-semitic hoaxes that were designed to hurt Trump. That DOJ managed to compromise a possible Mossad operation was a great feat and won’t be forgotten nor forgiven
     
    .

    Hmmmmm. Trumps greatest achievement is arresting a teenage prank caller. ??
    A kid making prank calls from a traceble phone is now a mossad operation. ??
    Can I get a 20 sack of your private stash, please ?!?!?!?!
  221. @Travis
    The GOP is the real culprit. They are not merely not supporting Trump they are trying to destroy his administration. The GOP congress failed to fund the wall, the GOP congress has allowed the "Russian conspiracy" delusions to gain support because they are behind this conspiracy. GOP operatives created the false narrative in an attempt to get a contested convention. The media then picked up on it.

    I totally agree with this. I want to bite the Repugnants like a rabid dog. Republicans are just way too degenerate/corrupt to even realize they would have no power without Trump in office; no power ever again. When Obama was elected, I did feel it was an end of an era – no more Republican presidents, evah!

    Republicans and Democrats both suck bc they have no cool people, who actually say stuff that matters – young people, by now, would rather stick a finger down their throat than to go into political life – why do sucky stuff?…and just fight and hate people all the time? blech!

    Any talk of “regime change”- aka impeachment, just brews more cynicism and hatred. Sheesh, I hate all my old friends who voted for Clinton. I could care less about them; the hatred is mutual. Hatred wins! yey!

    Why not just have an atom bomb destroy us? We can argue whose fault it is until we are snuffed out..but hey, we can pretend we were principled. As an immigrant, I am ashamed of the USA.

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  222. @WorkingClass
    Regarding reliable info, avoid corporate media. Read A LOT of different writers on the internet. This will develop your bullshit detector and you can decide for yourself what is and what is not.

    If he is removed, isn’t that tantamount to saying the US electorate is unfit to have an opinion. What would the reaction be?
     
    If he is removed, by impeachment, by coup, or by assassination, you will see a variety of nullification and/or secession movements. The United States will Balkanize.

    I thought you were through with Trump.

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  223. @Coldwarvet
    Lotsa comments. I'll keep mine short. Trump is the first "hobby" president since the FF. He literally does not NEED the job. He cares enough to try to fix things. If the bastids get him down, he will bolt. The bastids are counting on their ability to wear him down and get him to resign the office. I think he'll stay the course a bit longer, but I'd not place long odds on him resisting this onslaught without some break in the action for too much longer.

    So, when he bolts, his supporters will just agree that the “resistance” was too tough?

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    • Replies: @Coldwarvet
    Never addressed his supporters. Just saying the end game will be he 'resigns' - he's already capitulated on several of his major platform issues. But, since you asked, maybe some of them will realize he could never do what he promised in the first place, intentions aside. Then, we shall see how many internet commandos can walk their talk. My guess is very few...
  224. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    This is what Trump should do.

    He should call for an Open Presidency since Media and Deep State are colluding in leaking everything.

    OK, if they are gonna derail everything that way, then Trump should just be OPEN about everything.

    If the deep state and media are gonna leak secret stuff and then accuse Trump of not keeping secrets, what’s the point?

    I mean whatever Trump said to Russians would have remained a secret if it hadn’t been leaked.

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    A Go Pro presidency.
    https://twitter.com/DeanPetrulakis/status/864909702794063872
  225. @anon
    i think Trump should go after the gang of neocons who've been helping Isis - this would detach a lot of the Left from the media's agenda for a while allowing him to go after the Clintons/Podesta - most of the swamp will be linked in a chain from one of those two nodes. then last but by no means least, clean out the GOPe.

    Yes.

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  226. @Zogby
    There is an obvious coup attempt/color revolution in progress in D.C. I think Trump's best bet is to continue to build the loyalty of law enforcement and military, in the event he needs to engage in Erdogan-style purges in the intelligence services, FBI or judiciary. A lot of law-enforcement/military voted for him and they'd support him when push comes to shove. It remains to be seen whether the situation degenerates to actual armed confrontation.
    Another option would be for Trump to start a new war in order to divert attention from all this to external enemy. Starting a war is an awful choice unfortunately, but may happen anyways.

    Another option would be for Trump to start a new war in order to divert attention from all this to external enemy.

    That’s a fairly likely scenario. Americans love their wars and they love presidents who start wars. It would be a smart move. What’s the worst thing that could happen? OK, there could be a nuclear war that ends all human civilisation planet-wide. But at least Israel and the cucks will be happy.

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  227. @SFG
    China is also a nuclear superpower with a strong military, and I don't know if their philosophy would be Traditionalist as per Evola, but they're certainly nationalistic and proud of their heritage as the oldest civilization on earth.

    I suspect Russia is just a club to beat Trump with. Plus Russia being white means nobody can cry racism.

    Russia can never be under-estimated. People from the polar regions have certain abilities and capabilities that can not be learned. I have always hoped for a time when Russian and the USA will work together. Can you imagine if they (and, perhaps, China, too – they will choke if Americans stop buying their cheap stuff) worked together for CC , or my fave, protecting the last wild animals in Africa, Asia & S. America?! Russia will always be with us. The sooner the hysterical Democrats understand this, the better.

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    Can you imagine if they (and, perhaps, China, too – they will choke if Americans stop buying their cheap stuff) worked together for CC, or my fave, protecting the last wild animals in Africa, Asia & S. America?!
     
    Wait, so you want them working together to support C.C. DeVille or CeCe Winans or Coca Cola or Chris Cornell (apparently now dead; I happen to know, from a friend in the business, that guy did a lot of cocaine, so there is no surprise here...), or what? Please can we stop with the lazy-assed use of undefined acronyms around here? It's got our of hand. Scuba and laser are acceptable acronyms; they've even become words in their own right. Likewise conventionally recognised and defined acronyms like F.B.I., N.A.S.A., and U.S.A.

    But terms like NH White and CC are just retarded, uncommunicative, and confusing. Any moment now someone will be along to compare me Andy Rooney unflatteringly, but I stick to my guns on this point because it's not a mere matter of aethetics and formality: Normal, intelligent people literally have no idea what the Hell you mean when you write like this!

    , @anon
    given the root problem
    - the global north is more prosperous than the global south because of genetics and the global south is going to swamp the north if they're not stopped

    then the logical answer for everyone who doesn't want a world of 85 IQ slave cattle is for the global north to team up together to protect themselves from mass immigration and then either
    - exploit the global south
    or
    - fix them
    according to personal preference/morality.
  228. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @utu

    Looks like Trump’s missle attack on Syria did nothing to appease the neocons
     
    Because Tillerson went back to pre April 4 making deals with Russia on Syria. Russians apparently made some noise about missile attack on Syria but understood that Trump had to do it (because its American way) and found out that Trump is willing to continue the policy in Syria that was outlined by Russia.

    This may explain the fury. It is possible that another false flag attack blamed on Assad will be engineered in Syria soon. However it might be double edged sword as it may give Trump opportuney to be presidential while Putin will see through it again.

    The greatest achievement of Trump showing that he consolidated power at least at DOJ was forcing Israel to arrest Israeli citizen (a patsy?) responsible for anti-semitic hoaxes that were designed to hurt Trump. That DOJ managed to compromise a possible Mossad operation was a great feat and won't be forgotten nor forgiven.

    The greatest achievement of Trump showing that he consolidated power at least at DOJ was forcing Israel to arrest Israeli citizen (a patsy?) responsible for anti-semitic hoaxes that were designed to hurt Trump. That DOJ managed to compromise a possible Mossad operation was a great feat and won’t be forgotten nor forgiven

    .

    Hmmmmm. Trumps greatest achievement is arresting a teenage prank caller. ??
    A kid making prank calls from a traceble phone is now a mossad operation. ??
    Can I get a 20 sack of your private stash, please ?!?!?!?!

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  229. @Coldwarvet
    Lotsa comments. I'll keep mine short. Trump is the first "hobby" president since the FF. He literally does not NEED the job. He cares enough to try to fix things. If the bastids get him down, he will bolt. The bastids are counting on their ability to wear him down and get him to resign the office. I think he'll stay the course a bit longer, but I'd not place long odds on him resisting this onslaught without some break in the action for too much longer.

    OMG! You are the wussiest guy in town! Get a life. There is no way in hell you could be doing better than Trump today, if you were prez. Arm chair opinionators are part of the problem.

    Hmmm? corruption for the last 30 years; full of feckless and sociopathic people. So, a stammering, bizarrely coifed builder, who is disrupting ever