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With Donald Trump being tasked to endlessly disavow any support from washed-up has-been David Duke, prominent neocon Max Boot told the New York Times, “I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than I would vote for Donald Trump.”

From MaxBoot.net:

Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations … Max Boot is also a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The Los Angeles Times, a blogger for Commentary, and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. … Max Boot was a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2007-2008, a defense policy adviser to Mitt Romney in 2011-2012, and is now a foreign policy adviser to Marco Rubio.

When will Marco Rubio disavow the support of his advisor Max Boot? How often will Rubio disavow the support of Boot?

Update: It’s been seven or eight minutes now since I last asked Marco Rubio to disavow any support from Stalin-supporting Max Boot, and I’ve heard nothing from Rubio.

You know what that means: Rubio is a Stalinist.

 
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  1. Hey, can you try keeping it together man. You’re splitting up the posts.

    p.s. for Eine Gute Laff read his review of Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir. At least Rumsfeld put out that solitaire app… It’s about time Boot finds a real hobby, for the national interest if you want to look at it that way.

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    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    At least Rumsfeld put out that solitaire app… It’s about time Boot finds a real hobby, for the national interest if you want to look at it that way.
     
    Michael Ledeen could always teach him bridge. That'd give him an in with Buffett and Gates.

    Ledeen's e-mail address would shock people, because it contained the letters b-e-n-i-t-o. It was actually after Benito Garozzo, a champion bridge player. But Garozzo was born in Naples in 1927, so who, perchance, was he named for?
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  2. Disavowing someone seems rather extreme. Wouldn’t it be enough to simply unlike Mr. Boot?

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  3. Boot often said, or implied, that Putin is Stalin today. Does it mean that he would rather vote for Putin than for Trump? Is it too late to get Putin to join the Democratic primaries so that he and Trump get to run against each other? I am curious whom the neocons would vote for.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Bibi
    , @Cagey Beast
    For neocons like Max Boot, the rivalry with Putin is a kind of continuation of the old rivalry between Stalin's more pragmatic "socialism in one country" and Trotsky's grandiose global permanent revolution. It's almost a clash between personality types as much as ideologies. Putin and the Russian Federation are not Stalinist but also not globalist while the neocons are globalists first and democrats only as much as absolutely necessary.
  4. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations …

    And we know Jeane Kirkpatrick was yet another one of these odd sort of self-styled conservatives. “At Columbia University, her principal adviser was Franz Neumann, a revisionist Marxist. ..”

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

    There seem to be a lot of these anti-Soviet and anti-Russian types who resented the Soviets and now the Russians for very un-conservative reasons.

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  5. Normally I yield to no one in my loathing of “The Albino Rambo” aka Bootsy, however… Are you really such a hall monitor twerp that you don’t see the defect in your analogy: 1. Mr. Duke essentially said Trump was the best of the available alternatives– a qualified endorsement. 2. Mr. Boot said Stalin was better than one particular alternative. If you have graduated from 2nd grade you can see how that is different from an endorsement of Stalin. Also, for this “joke” to work the audience is supposed to share general sentiments along the lines of: Stalin’s, like, really bad; but Max shouldn’t quit his day job, because there are surely NY Times contributors who believe Uncle Joe hasn’t gotten a fair shake from the all the right-wing university faculty who control education in this country. Think about it. 3. Stalin has actually not entered the race yet

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    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    I think you're taking the situation way too literally. Nobody actually thinks Rubio should disavow Boot--it's a ridiculous circus act. The point is that the brouhaha over Trump is also a ridiculous circus act. If you've graduated from 2nd grade and you're honest, you have to admit that Trump stumbled for some reason (he doesn't like being told what to say? his earpiece really was malfunctioning? who knows...), but also that the idea that Tump actually embraced David Duke and the KKK, which is what's being implied if not actually explicitly reported, is obviously false and malicious.

    And if you insist on taking the situation literally, it remains the case that Boot said Stalin would be a better candidate than Trump.
    , @guest
    I don't think you understand humor.
    , @reiner Tor
    I guess similarly nobody would see a problem if a Trump advisor said "I'd even vote for Hitler rather than Rubio". Because, as you just said, it wouldn't be a literal endorsement of Hitler, and it only works if the audience agreed that Hitler was really, really bad.
  6. Did that lunatic Wes Clark suffer for trying to start WWIII by ordering(luckily countermanded by a British general) a missile attack on a Russian cruiser in the Adriatic? No.

    This is no different. See the MSM will cover this up. Remember when you’re inside the tent or club(as George Carlin would say) and as such, all mistakes are forgiven.

    Criticism is only aimed at outsiders and threats like Trump.

    Of course there is a price to be paid when such moral depravity and intellectual bankruptcy becomes the rule and not the exception.

    Ask the Roman patricians, ohh that’s right they don’t exist. The Burbons? Nope.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Fortunately, the British tank commander on the spot in Kosovo confronting the Russians in 1999, when Wesley Clark was demanding WWIII, was future pop singing sensation James Blunt, a charming man who defused a tense situation.
  7. @inertial
    Boot often said, or implied, that Putin is Stalin today. Does it mean that he would rather vote for Putin than for Trump? Is it too late to get Putin to join the Democratic primaries so that he and Trump get to run against each other? I am curious whom the neocons would vote for.

    Bibi

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    • Agree: gruff
    • Replies: @inertial
    Good idea! Let's import Putin and Bibi to run for POTUS. Orban and Le Pen too.
    I can think of a few others. We need a special H1-B like "skilled workers" program to import foreign politicians, as there is a severe lack of native talent in this area.
  8. @Zach Taylor
    Hey, can you try keeping it together man. You're splitting up the posts.

    p.s. for Eine Gute Laff read his review of Donald Rumsfeld's memoir. At least Rumsfeld put out that solitaire app... It's about time Boot finds a real hobby, for the national interest if you want to look at it that way.

    At least Rumsfeld put out that solitaire app… It’s about time Boot finds a real hobby, for the national interest if you want to look at it that way.

    Michael Ledeen could always teach him bridge. That’d give him an in with Buffett and Gates.

    Ledeen’s e-mail address would shock people, because it contained the letters b-e-n-i-t-o. It was actually after Benito Garozzo, a champion bridge player. But Garozzo was born in Naples in 1927, so who, perchance, was he named for?

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  9. @rod1963
    Did that lunatic Wes Clark suffer for trying to start WWIII by ordering(luckily countermanded by a British general) a missile attack on a Russian cruiser in the Adriatic? No.

    This is no different. See the MSM will cover this up. Remember when you're inside the tent or club(as George Carlin would say) and as such, all mistakes are forgiven.

    Criticism is only aimed at outsiders and threats like Trump.

    Of course there is a price to be paid when such moral depravity and intellectual bankruptcy becomes the rule and not the exception.

    Ask the Roman patricians, ohh that's right they don't exist. The Burbons? Nope.

    Fortunately, the British tank commander on the spot in Kosovo confronting the Russians in 1999, when Wesley Clark was demanding WWIII, was future pop singing sensation James Blunt, a charming man who defused a tense situation.

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    • Replies: @middle aged vet
    As much as I respect West Point grads, this is one of my favorite facts about the modern world. Sadly, James Blunt can sell records but, from what I have heard, he is a boring musician. Wesley Clark being out-argued is generally a good thing, no matter who does it.
    , @Clyde
    No way! Way!!!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blunt I thought you were joking. I previously knew vaguely of this British pop sensation, Mr Blunt.
  10. @inertial
    Boot often said, or implied, that Putin is Stalin today. Does it mean that he would rather vote for Putin than for Trump? Is it too late to get Putin to join the Democratic primaries so that he and Trump get to run against each other? I am curious whom the neocons would vote for.

    For neocons like Max Boot, the rivalry with Putin is a kind of continuation of the old rivalry between Stalin’s more pragmatic “socialism in one country” and Trotsky’s grandiose global permanent revolution. It’s almost a clash between personality types as much as ideologies. Putin and the Russian Federation are not Stalinist but also not globalist while the neocons are globalists first and democrats only as much as absolutely necessary.

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  11. Neo-Con – the word itself makes me want to puke. Trump should fling it at Rubio, et al.

    GWB, McCain, Romney -> 2 administrations of neo-con and 2 wanna be’s. Eternal invasion and chaos and economic decay and collapse. Just say you love Jesus and hate abortion and the rube’s should be satisfied.

    And now Trump supporters are the idiots, the rubes, the villains? Maybe they should get learn to put a polish on their ideas instead of speaking directly?

    Ooh. Pharisees!

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    • Replies: @Bill P

    Neo-Con – the word itself makes me want to puke. Trump should fling it at Rubio, et al.
     
    Eh, it's a loaded word like "cosmopolitan" used to be. There's no reason to antagonize Jews en masse when most of them have little if anything to do with neocon misbehavior, despite how much neocons may want to use blood and soil appeals to drag them all into their epic failures.

    One thing I've been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project. Given their support for Trump this is undeniable. The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth. Jews, to their credit, always knew this and openly denied any connection with the crazier Hagee type shills.
  12. “I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than I would vote for Donald Trump.” Max Boot.

    Is anyone here surprised? Really? I’ve absolutely no doubt every single neocuckservative would do the same.

    OK, they might not actually come out and say they’d do it out loud…

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  13. Like it’s some big surprise that a neocon would vote for Stalin.

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    • Replies: @Ed
    "Like it’s some big surprise that a neocon would vote for Stalin."

    Actually it is. Quite a few of these people started out as Trotskyites.
    , @Clyde
    Stalin Wasn't Stalling.
  14. Joseph Stalin was the leader of a creedal nation — a nation founded upon a specific set of ideas. Ideas that millions of people, many of whom were not Russian, cherished in their hearts. Allegiance to his nation and his nation’s founding ideas could be adopted by anyone irrespective of race or ethnicity. He also, in the fullness of time, exported those ideas abroad.

    He had no use for nationalism or patriotism — look what he did to those pesky Ukrainians.

    Seriously, what’s for the neocuckservatives not to like?

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    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    Stalin, though a Georgian, dropped Lenin's multicultural nonsense and made Russians and the Russian language the dominant group in the USSR. He made frequent appeals to ethnic nationalism during the war, lessened the persecution of the Orthodox Church, and put the Nazi supporting Muslim Tatars under the bootheel.

    The neocons are more similar to the way that the New Left viewed Mao in the 1960s, not the actual Mao or todays CCP telling.
    , @guest
    What's not to like is that Stalin isn't far enough to the left. Neocons are Trotskyists at heart, and Stalin stalled the revolution prematurely. It wasn't supposed to be a creedal nation; it was supposed to be a creedal world. Stalin was too much the nationalist.
    , @inertial
    Actually, Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism or patriotism, even long before WWII.

    As for Ukraine, yes, look what he did to it. He created Ukraine as an entity and as a culture. He explained (or else) to millions of people, most of whom had never heard this word before, that they are something called "Ukrainians." They should really erect monuments to him over there as a founding father. In a speech at the 10th Party Congress, he said, "Even if Russian elements still dominate in Ukrainian cities, in the course of time these cities will inevitably be Ukrainised." And trust me, he made sure of that.
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    Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    I love how being “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” is based totally on being called “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict”. It’s not like they took his various pronouncements and predictions on armed conflict over the years and checked how they panned out and determined that he was, indeed, “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict”. He is one because they say so.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "I love how being “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” is based totally on being called “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict”. It’s not like they took his various pronouncements and predictions on armed conflict over the years and checked how they panned out and determined that he was, indeed, “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict”. He is one because they say so."

    It's also worth noting that Boot - a "defense expert" - has never served in the military. He is yet another neo-con chicken-hawk, happily sending (mostly gentile) soldiers off to die and be maimed in wars that he, from the comfort of his well-appointed think-tank office, thinks is worth the price.

    He is a loathsome swine.
    , @bob k. mando
    *shrugs*

    did you know that Ernest Hemingway had a long career as a journalist reporting on military affairs and matters? see the book "Byline: Ernest Hemingway"

    based on his extensive experience ... driving an ambulance ... in WW1?

    you'll notice that a lot of these people's reputations are built on "fake it til you make it" social gaming. Hemingway, the boy who grew up with his mother putting him in dresses, made his reputation as a hyper-masculine patriarchal type figure ( demanded men 30 years older than himself call him 'Papa' ) ... amongst the Parisian ex-pat literati? oh yeah, those are people who just ooze testosterone.

    sorry, Ernie. you want me to think you're the manliest of men, you're going to have to go to Montana and deal with some cow pokes for a while.
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    Lately the media has also been reporting a story on Trump’s father and the Klan from the 1920s. Doesn’t that mean it’s also fair game to ask media figures and intellectuals to disavow ancestors if it can be determined they ever sympathized with Stalinism? An awful lot of people were killed in the communist purges.

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    In some ways, the Democratic Party is smarter. It has enough sense not to put forth their own Rubio — Luis Gutierrez — as serious Presidential Contender.

    I think he has a minor role in THREE’S COMPANY.

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    Damn, the neocons forgot to create their own Cheka/NKVD to deal with the Kulaks.

    Are Dzerzkinsky and Kaganovich still alive?

    Maybe Nuland and Applebaum can fill that role to deal with evil Nazi Kulaks.

    But oh well, they are too busy working with Neo-Nazis in Ukraine against Russia for the moment.

    PS. Boot is especially incensed because he is of Russian-Jewish background.

    He saw how Jewish Bolshies lost the power to the gentiles.

    He sees a replay. He also knows Jews fumbled in the 90s when they could have had it all.

    Given Stalin turned on Jews, Boot really means he would rather vote for Trotsky.

    Trotsky than Trump. Catchy.

    But mentioning Trotsky would give away Neocon origins.

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    • Replies: @guest
    But saying he'd vote for Trotsky over Stalin wouldn't be saying much. Not in his circle. That'd be like a lefty saying he'd vote for Mao. They know about the 65 million or so, but come on, he's our Mao. I don't know what their equivalent of Stalin would be. I want to say Hitler, obviously, but Hitler is the Perpetual Enemy of neocons, too. Pol Pot? He doesn't seem to have much of a following.
  19. “Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. ”

    That’s funny. I just heard once again a TV commercial which contends that “Marco Rubio is generally acknowledged to be a foreign policy expert.” About a week or so ago, I heard Karl Rove on one of the Fox News programs giving a scorecard to the various candidates on various issues, and he gave Rubio an A on foreign policy on both style and substance. This is one area where I think Rove is spouting nonsense and acting like a shill. Rove didn’t reveal what standards he wasn’t applying, which are obviously subjective. Rubio is the guy who graduated from South Miami High School with a 2.1 grade average, supposedly earned a football scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri (which went bankrupt about a year after Rubio left after less than a year), transferred to a junior college before transferring to U of Florida. He has spent five years in the Senate where he supposedly acquired all his foreign policy knowledge. In the meantime, he has endorsed GWB’s war against Iraq, agitated for the war with Libya and has called for no-fly zones over Syria. I see no evidence that he really knows what he is talking about in the area of foreign policy. He is a very shallow lightweight imo. It’s interesting to see how the neoconservatives are always boosting ignorant people for high political positions, like Dan Quayle, GWB, Sarah Palin and now Rubio. Each one an empty slate ready for a “smart” adviser to write policy prescriptions on.

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    • Replies: @Anon
    What's Boot's original name?

    Wiki says his father is Alexander Boot.

    This him?

    http://www.alexanderboot.com/blog/

    Is it time to change it to Max Moot?

    Or at least Max Foot-in-Mouth? Or Max Foot-and-Mouth-Disease?

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

    "He started his journalistic career writing columns for the Berkeley student newspaper The Daily Californian. He later stated that he believes he is the only conservative writer in that paper's history."

    No, I don't think that paper ever had a conservative writer.

    , @JVO
    It's understandable that Rubio would go to a junior college first to get prepared for the rigorous academic environment of the University of Florida.
    Total lightweight, somebody said.
    He's a waxy, sweating Golem of south Florida neocons.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    This is one area where I think Rove is spouting nonsense and acting like a shill.

    Is there another area where Rove is not spouting nonsense and acting like a shill?

    Rubio is the guy who graduated from South Miami High School with a 2.1 grade average, supposedly earned a football scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri (which went bankrupt about a year after Rubio left after less than a year)...

    The guy who attended Tarkio College probably shouldn't be railing against Trump University.
  20. I used to know very well one of his former classmates at Yale. Said he was a psycho asshole even then, and not at all popular with Professor Kennedy.

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  21. @asdf
    Neo-Con - the word itself makes me want to puke. Trump should fling it at Rubio, et al.

    GWB, McCain, Romney -> 2 administrations of neo-con and 2 wanna be's. Eternal invasion and chaos and economic decay and collapse. Just say you love Jesus and hate abortion and the rube's should be satisfied.

    And now Trump supporters are the idiots, the rubes, the villains? Maybe they should get learn to put a polish on their ideas instead of speaking directly?

    Ooh. Pharisees!

    Neo-Con – the word itself makes me want to puke. Trump should fling it at Rubio, et al.

    Eh, it’s a loaded word like “cosmopolitan” used to be. There’s no reason to antagonize Jews en masse when most of them have little if anything to do with neocon misbehavior, despite how much neocons may want to use blood and soil appeals to drag them all into their epic failures.

    One thing I’ve been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project. Given their support for Trump this is undeniable. The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth. Jews, to their credit, always knew this and openly denied any connection with the crazier Hagee type shills.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Eh, it’s a loaded word like “cosmopolitan” used to be."

    Loaded with what? Some truth? Sure, let's pretend not to notice that a disproportionate number of America's current war-mongers come from a particular tribe, and are - quite likely - acting in the interests of that tribe and of its homeland - rather than in the interests of the country they pretend loyalty to.

    Does it make you feel better that we pretend not to notice?
    , @anon
    Evangelicals go for Cruz, not Trump.
    , @guest
    It's an abused term, but loaded? Not categorically. Some people use it that way. I don't . I'll bet most don't.
    , @Chrisnonymous

    One thing I’ve been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project... The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth.
     
    This doesn't match my experience. In fact, I know there is a whole line of thinking within evangelical/fundamentalist circles that, despite the Gospel now being for all people, those who continue to support the Jewish people will be blessed. I'm not arguing that's good theology, but it exists as a position.

    Furthermore, I know religious and formerly religious people who have a knee-jerk reaction against Muslims that they don't have against Jews, and these people tend to support the state of Israel.
  22. @Steve Sailer
    Fortunately, the British tank commander on the spot in Kosovo confronting the Russians in 1999, when Wesley Clark was demanding WWIII, was future pop singing sensation James Blunt, a charming man who defused a tense situation.

    As much as I respect West Point grads, this is one of my favorite facts about the modern world. Sadly, James Blunt can sell records but, from what I have heard, he is a boring musician. Wesley Clark being out-argued is generally a good thing, no matter who does it.

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    • Replies: @AKAHorace
    We must suffer his musical out put (except for "Three wise men" which is not so bad) for his services for reconciliation with our former enemies.
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    Kanye West said George W. Bush doesn’t care about black people. In truth, the GOP(especially neocons) doesn’t care about White People.

    This should be a white conservative song to the Neocons.

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    The way neocons are acting, I now sympathize with Jewish sons.

    I mean neocons are acting like Jewish mothers, not like men.

    For Todd’s sake.

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    Neocon and Trump

    In CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, the woman got bumped off.

    Neocons are using MURDEROUS language. I mean so-called climate of hate against Kennedy was nothing.

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  26. @Anonymous

    Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
     
    I love how being "one of the world's leading authorities on armed conflict" is based totally on being called "one of the world's leading authorities on armed conflict". It's not like they took his various pronouncements and predictions on armed conflict over the years and checked how they panned out and determined that he was, indeed, "one of the world's leading authorities on armed conflict". He is one because they say so.

    “I love how being “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” is based totally on being called “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict”. It’s not like they took his various pronouncements and predictions on armed conflict over the years and checked how they panned out and determined that he was, indeed, “one of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict”. He is one because they say so.”

    It’s also worth noting that Boot – a “defense expert” – has never served in the military. He is yet another neo-con chicken-hawk, happily sending (mostly gentile) soldiers off to die and be maimed in wars that he, from the comfort of his well-appointed think-tank office, thinks is worth the price.

    He is a loathsome swine.

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    @tbraton
    "Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "

    That's funny. I just heard once again a TV commercial which contends that "Marco Rubio is generally acknowledged to be a foreign policy expert." About a week or so ago, I heard Karl Rove on one of the Fox News programs giving a scorecard to the various candidates on various issues, and he gave Rubio an A on foreign policy on both style and substance. This is one area where I think Rove is spouting nonsense and acting like a shill. Rove didn't reveal what standards he wasn't applying, which are obviously subjective. Rubio is the guy who graduated from South Miami High School with a 2.1 grade average, supposedly earned a football scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri (which went bankrupt about a year after Rubio left after less than a year), transferred to a junior college before transferring to U of Florida. He has spent five years in the Senate where he supposedly acquired all his foreign policy knowledge. In the meantime, he has endorsed GWB's war against Iraq, agitated for the war with Libya and has called for no-fly zones over Syria. I see no evidence that he really knows what he is talking about in the area of foreign policy. He is a very shallow lightweight imo. It's interesting to see how the neoconservatives are always boosting ignorant people for high political positions, like Dan Quayle, GWB, Sarah Palin and now Rubio. Each one an empty slate ready for a "smart" adviser to write policy prescriptions on.

    What’s Boot’s original name?

    Wiki says his father is Alexander Boot.

    This him?

    http://www.alexanderboot.com/blog/

    Is it time to change it to Max Moot?

    Or at least Max Foot-in-Mouth? Or Max Foot-and-Mouth-Disease?

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

    “He started his journalistic career writing columns for the Berkeley student newspaper The Daily Californian. He later stated that he believes he is the only conservative writer in that paper’s history.”

    No, I don’t think that paper ever had a conservative writer.

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    • Replies: @tbraton
    I only know what I read in Wikipedia, but I vaguely recall there was a stopover in Britain after his family left the Soviet Union. The thing I find interesting is how vague and nebulous the accounts of his life are about the exact year he arrived in the U.S. He was born in the U.S.S.R. in 1969, and sometime afterward his parents left for the U.S.
    , @FLgeezer
    I prefer Max Mute.
  28. @Bill P

    Neo-Con – the word itself makes me want to puke. Trump should fling it at Rubio, et al.
     
    Eh, it's a loaded word like "cosmopolitan" used to be. There's no reason to antagonize Jews en masse when most of them have little if anything to do with neocon misbehavior, despite how much neocons may want to use blood and soil appeals to drag them all into their epic failures.

    One thing I've been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project. Given their support for Trump this is undeniable. The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth. Jews, to their credit, always knew this and openly denied any connection with the crazier Hagee type shills.

    “Eh, it’s a loaded word like “cosmopolitan” used to be.”

    Loaded with what? Some truth? Sure, let’s pretend not to notice that a disproportionate number of America’s current war-mongers come from a particular tribe, and are – quite likely – acting in the interests of that tribe and of its homeland – rather than in the interests of the country they pretend loyalty to.

    Does it make you feel better that we pretend not to notice?

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  29. @Zach Taylor
    Normally I yield to no one in my loathing of "The Albino Rambo" aka Bootsy, however... Are you really such a hall monitor twerp that you don't see the defect in your analogy: 1. Mr. Duke essentially said Trump was the best of the available alternatives-- a qualified endorsement. 2. Mr. Boot said Stalin was better than one particular alternative. If you have graduated from 2nd grade you can see how that is different from an endorsement of Stalin. Also, for this "joke" to work the audience is supposed to share general sentiments along the lines of: Stalin's, like, really bad; but Max shouldn't quit his day job, because there are surely NY Times contributors who believe Uncle Joe hasn't gotten a fair shake from the all the right-wing university faculty who control education in this country. Think about it. 3. Stalin has actually not entered the race yet

    I think you’re taking the situation way too literally. Nobody actually thinks Rubio should disavow Boot–it’s a ridiculous circus act. The point is that the brouhaha over Trump is also a ridiculous circus act. If you’ve graduated from 2nd grade and you’re honest, you have to admit that Trump stumbled for some reason (he doesn’t like being told what to say? his earpiece really was malfunctioning? who knows…), but also that the idea that Tump actually embraced David Duke and the KKK, which is what’s being implied if not actually explicitly reported, is obviously false and malicious.

    And if you insist on taking the situation literally, it remains the case that Boot said Stalin would be a better candidate than Trump.

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  30. If Trump wants to make further inroads into the Christian vote he ought to denounce Rubio for not disavowing a guy who speaks highly of a man who was responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians.

    “Marco, it is despicable that you have an advisor on your staff who believes the man responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians is fit to be the President of the United States.”

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    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I wish Trump read the comments on iSteve, he'd actually get a lot of good comebacks. He relies too much on winging it. But hey, it seems to be working.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "If Trump wants to make further inroads into the Christian vote he ought to denounce Rubio for not disavowing a guy who speaks highly of a man who was responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians."

    He should also hammer Rubio on the considerable financial support he gets from Paul Singer, a billionaire hedge-fund manager and debt-collector, who uses his fortune to promote the homosexual agenda.
  31. anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I did not know this:

    Max Boot:

    “…Boot was born in Moscow. His parents, both Russian Jews, later emigrated from the Soviet Union to Los Angeles, where he was raised…

    …He serves as a consultant to the U.S. military and as a regular lecturer at U.S. military institutions…

    …John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s controversial 2007 book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy named Boot as a neo-conservative ‘pundit’ that represented the Israeli lobby’s positions, notably within the Council of Foreign Relations. The authors argued that Boot and other figures dishonestly warp American foreign policy away from its national interest…”

    Wonder if “consultant to the US military” and “regular lecturer” means he gets paid to occasionally deliver speeches at various military institutions?

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  32. @tbraton
    "Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "

    That's funny. I just heard once again a TV commercial which contends that "Marco Rubio is generally acknowledged to be a foreign policy expert." About a week or so ago, I heard Karl Rove on one of the Fox News programs giving a scorecard to the various candidates on various issues, and he gave Rubio an A on foreign policy on both style and substance. This is one area where I think Rove is spouting nonsense and acting like a shill. Rove didn't reveal what standards he wasn't applying, which are obviously subjective. Rubio is the guy who graduated from South Miami High School with a 2.1 grade average, supposedly earned a football scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri (which went bankrupt about a year after Rubio left after less than a year), transferred to a junior college before transferring to U of Florida. He has spent five years in the Senate where he supposedly acquired all his foreign policy knowledge. In the meantime, he has endorsed GWB's war against Iraq, agitated for the war with Libya and has called for no-fly zones over Syria. I see no evidence that he really knows what he is talking about in the area of foreign policy. He is a very shallow lightweight imo. It's interesting to see how the neoconservatives are always boosting ignorant people for high political positions, like Dan Quayle, GWB, Sarah Palin and now Rubio. Each one an empty slate ready for a "smart" adviser to write policy prescriptions on.

    It’s understandable that Rubio would go to a junior college first to get prepared for the rigorous academic environment of the University of Florida.
    Total lightweight, somebody said.
    He’s a waxy, sweating Golem of south Florida neocons.

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    "Total lightweight, somebody said."

    That somebody might have been me. I live in Florida and passed up the chance to vote for him for the U.S. Senate seat back in 2010 because I sized him up as a rather shallow lightweight who was, even then, spouting a lot of foreign policy nonsense that made him sound like a neocon.
  33. I can’t believe they keep that lunatic around, take him seriously. You know movement conservatives always laugh at civil servants who can’t get fired for incompetence but Boot et al not only majorly screwed up with the Iraq war, they managed to destroy the Republican party as well at least for a time. What the hell would max boot have to do for the establishment to stop taking him seriously (just kidding we know, say something racist, every other failure is a pittance compared to that capital crime)

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  34. @Reg Cæsar

    At least Rumsfeld put out that solitaire app… It’s about time Boot finds a real hobby, for the national interest if you want to look at it that way.
     
    Michael Ledeen could always teach him bridge. That'd give him an in with Buffett and Gates.

    Ledeen's e-mail address would shock people, because it contained the letters b-e-n-i-t-o. It was actually after Benito Garozzo, a champion bridge player. But Garozzo was born in Naples in 1927, so who, perchance, was he named for?

    Mussolini was named after Benito Juarez.

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  35. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Neocons thought the Brick Wall was gone forever after THE HEARTBREAK KID.

    But did the Donald build another wall? 10 foot higher?

    With THE GRADUATE, the neocons ran off with the girl.

    But the girl now eloped with a tall blonde guy.

    I guess Benjamin Braddock Shapiro feels awful bad now.

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

    I think part of the anger Neocons feel is in regard to Lib Zionists in the Democratic Party.

    Neocons were bragging about how they had the dumb moronic gentile whites totally under their command. And when Lib Jews were having trouble with blacks, muslims, and etc, the Neocons may have gloated, “haha, Christian Zionist dummies never give us any lip.”

    But now, the Lib Zionists of Dem must be laughing their ass off.

    Neocons are feeling like Cedric Kushner after Don King pulled a fast on him.

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/2001-05-11-rahman.htm

    Don King used the race card. “you black, me black. I watch out for you.”
    Don Trump used the race card. “you white workers, me white rich guy. I watch out for you.”

    Just pray the Donald don’t pull a King on America. Don King was a leech, almost as bad as that fraud Michael King.

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  36. @celt darnell
    Joseph Stalin was the leader of a creedal nation -- a nation founded upon a specific set of ideas. Ideas that millions of people, many of whom were not Russian, cherished in their hearts. Allegiance to his nation and his nation's founding ideas could be adopted by anyone irrespective of race or ethnicity. He also, in the fullness of time, exported those ideas abroad.

    He had no use for nationalism or patriotism -- look what he did to those pesky Ukrainians.

    Seriously, what's for the neocuckservatives not to like?

    Stalin, though a Georgian, dropped Lenin’s multicultural nonsense and made Russians and the Russian language the dominant group in the USSR. He made frequent appeals to ethnic nationalism during the war, lessened the persecution of the Orthodox Church, and put the Nazi supporting Muslim Tatars under the bootheel.

    The neocons are more similar to the way that the New Left viewed Mao in the 1960s, not the actual Mao or todays CCP telling.

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    But not until 1941ish. Stalin had been Lenin's go-to guy on multiculturalism: he recommended lots of folk dancing.
  37. @tbraton
    "Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "

    That's funny. I just heard once again a TV commercial which contends that "Marco Rubio is generally acknowledged to be a foreign policy expert." About a week or so ago, I heard Karl Rove on one of the Fox News programs giving a scorecard to the various candidates on various issues, and he gave Rubio an A on foreign policy on both style and substance. This is one area where I think Rove is spouting nonsense and acting like a shill. Rove didn't reveal what standards he wasn't applying, which are obviously subjective. Rubio is the guy who graduated from South Miami High School with a 2.1 grade average, supposedly earned a football scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri (which went bankrupt about a year after Rubio left after less than a year), transferred to a junior college before transferring to U of Florida. He has spent five years in the Senate where he supposedly acquired all his foreign policy knowledge. In the meantime, he has endorsed GWB's war against Iraq, agitated for the war with Libya and has called for no-fly zones over Syria. I see no evidence that he really knows what he is talking about in the area of foreign policy. He is a very shallow lightweight imo. It's interesting to see how the neoconservatives are always boosting ignorant people for high political positions, like Dan Quayle, GWB, Sarah Palin and now Rubio. Each one an empty slate ready for a "smart" adviser to write policy prescriptions on.

    This is one area where I think Rove is spouting nonsense and acting like a shill.

    Is there another area where Rove is not spouting nonsense and acting like a shill?

    Rubio is the guy who graduated from South Miami High School with a 2.1 grade average, supposedly earned a football scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri (which went bankrupt about a year after Rubio left after less than a year)…

    The guy who attended Tarkio College probably shouldn’t be railing against Trump University.

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    "Is there another area where Rove is not spouting nonsense and acting like a shill?"

    I only pay attention to Rove when he is discussing voting returns, voting patterns and delegate counts, and, even then, I pay very close attention to make sure he doesn't try to slip something by. When it comes to technical matters, he is very good. I can remember during the 2000 election between Bush and Gore, when one of the networks (NBC?) either called Florida for Gore or was prepared to do so and Rove was able to talk them out of it (or reverse the call) by pointing to some discrepancies in the Jacksonville area (iirc) that did not seem right to him. So he really has a command of the nitty-gritty of election details. It is when he wanders into areas of substance that I dismiss his views, like that "scorecard" on foreign policy that I cited where he gave Rubio an A on style and substance. Total BS meant to shore up the Rubio campaign as far as I am concerned.

    "The guy who attended Tarkio College probably shouldn’t be railing against Trump University."

    Somebody posted on another thread of Steve's about a week ago about someone who attended Tarkio at the same time as Rubio who claims that Tarkio did not give out football scholarships to anyone and that Rubio did not show up at practice after the first day. When you look at the pictures of Rubio in his high school football uniform, he looks (to me at least) much smaller than the claimed 5'8" and 170 lbs. I doubt he weighed more than 150 lbs. in high school. And, by his own admission in one of the articles I read, he lost his starting position at cornerback to a heavier, faster black kid. Now, I don't see how anybody can get a scholarship, much less play, at the college level when you can't hold your position as a starter in high school. A completely invented person as far as I am concerned. One unresolved mystery: did Rubio meet his wife when she was a cheerleader for the Dolphins or were they high school sweethearts? I saw both accounts in the articles I read.
  38. @iSteveFan
    If Trump wants to make further inroads into the Christian vote he ought to denounce Rubio for not disavowing a guy who speaks highly of a man who was responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians.

    "Marco, it is despicable that you have an advisor on your staff who believes the man responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians is fit to be the President of the United States."

    I wish Trump read the comments on iSteve, he’d actually get a lot of good comebacks. He relies too much on winging it. But hey, it seems to be working.

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  39. @Maj. Kong
    Stalin, though a Georgian, dropped Lenin's multicultural nonsense and made Russians and the Russian language the dominant group in the USSR. He made frequent appeals to ethnic nationalism during the war, lessened the persecution of the Orthodox Church, and put the Nazi supporting Muslim Tatars under the bootheel.

    The neocons are more similar to the way that the New Left viewed Mao in the 1960s, not the actual Mao or todays CCP telling.

    But not until 1941ish. Stalin had been Lenin’s go-to guy on multiculturalism: he recommended lots of folk dancing.

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    • Replies: @anonymous-antimarxist
    It was more than just a passing ideological commit to multiculturalism, Stalin simply loved dancing and apparently dancers as well.

    Including Hollywood musicals and especially Fred and Ginger.

    I believe I remember reading John Kenneth Galbraith or George Kennan telling a story about how Stalin not only loved to relax by staying up all hours watching musicals. But, enjoyed repeatedly needling, by interrupting, Ambassador Harriman to ask about Ginger Rodgers and what it was like to have slept with her.

    Turner Classic Movies occasionally shows a restored version of the notorious Lillian Hellman penned pro soviet propaganda film The North Star. It now again opens with the infamous and preposterous folk dancing scene on a collective farm that was sure to have pleased Uncle Joe.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_North_Star_(1943_film)

    There was also a pretty decent movie that dealt with Stalin's obsession with musicals call The Inner Circle concerning the life of Stalin's film projectionist.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inner_Circle_(1991_film)
  40. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Bill P

    Neo-Con – the word itself makes me want to puke. Trump should fling it at Rubio, et al.
     
    Eh, it's a loaded word like "cosmopolitan" used to be. There's no reason to antagonize Jews en masse when most of them have little if anything to do with neocon misbehavior, despite how much neocons may want to use blood and soil appeals to drag them all into their epic failures.

    One thing I've been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project. Given their support for Trump this is undeniable. The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth. Jews, to their credit, always knew this and openly denied any connection with the crazier Hagee type shills.

    Evangelicals go for Cruz, not Trump.

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  41. @celt darnell
    Joseph Stalin was the leader of a creedal nation -- a nation founded upon a specific set of ideas. Ideas that millions of people, many of whom were not Russian, cherished in their hearts. Allegiance to his nation and his nation's founding ideas could be adopted by anyone irrespective of race or ethnicity. He also, in the fullness of time, exported those ideas abroad.

    He had no use for nationalism or patriotism -- look what he did to those pesky Ukrainians.

    Seriously, what's for the neocuckservatives not to like?

    What’s not to like is that Stalin isn’t far enough to the left. Neocons are Trotskyists at heart, and Stalin stalled the revolution prematurely. It wasn’t supposed to be a creedal nation; it was supposed to be a creedal world. Stalin was too much the nationalist.

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  42. @iSteveFan
    If Trump wants to make further inroads into the Christian vote he ought to denounce Rubio for not disavowing a guy who speaks highly of a man who was responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians.

    "Marco, it is despicable that you have an advisor on your staff who believes the man responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians is fit to be the President of the United States."

    “If Trump wants to make further inroads into the Christian vote he ought to denounce Rubio for not disavowing a guy who speaks highly of a man who was responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians.”

    He should also hammer Rubio on the considerable financial support he gets from Paul Singer, a billionaire hedge-fund manager and debt-collector, who uses his fortune to promote the homosexual agenda.

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  43. @Zach Taylor
    Normally I yield to no one in my loathing of "The Albino Rambo" aka Bootsy, however... Are you really such a hall monitor twerp that you don't see the defect in your analogy: 1. Mr. Duke essentially said Trump was the best of the available alternatives-- a qualified endorsement. 2. Mr. Boot said Stalin was better than one particular alternative. If you have graduated from 2nd grade you can see how that is different from an endorsement of Stalin. Also, for this "joke" to work the audience is supposed to share general sentiments along the lines of: Stalin's, like, really bad; but Max shouldn't quit his day job, because there are surely NY Times contributors who believe Uncle Joe hasn't gotten a fair shake from the all the right-wing university faculty who control education in this country. Think about it. 3. Stalin has actually not entered the race yet

    I don’t think you understand humor.

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    I don’t think you understand humor.
     
    Mr. but hurt appears to be trying to understand and even utilize what humans call humor. He's having some trouble, though. Drunken autist trying to make a joke is my guess.

    This reminds me, Steve, you really need to include a variant on the Captcha test where anyone attempting to post is shown a picture of a pair of eyes and is required to identify the emotion being conveyed. If the poster gets it wrong the comment is auto-deleted. I admit that I'd have some comments deleted, but it'd be worth it.

    Or maybe the posts won't be deleted, but will be placed in an alternate thread for autists.

  44. @celt darnell
    Joseph Stalin was the leader of a creedal nation -- a nation founded upon a specific set of ideas. Ideas that millions of people, many of whom were not Russian, cherished in their hearts. Allegiance to his nation and his nation's founding ideas could be adopted by anyone irrespective of race or ethnicity. He also, in the fullness of time, exported those ideas abroad.

    He had no use for nationalism or patriotism -- look what he did to those pesky Ukrainians.

    Seriously, what's for the neocuckservatives not to like?

    Actually, Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism or patriotism, even long before WWII.

    As for Ukraine, yes, look what he did to it. He created Ukraine as an entity and as a culture. He explained (or else) to millions of people, most of whom had never heard this word before, that they are something called “Ukrainians.” They should really erect monuments to him over there as a founding father. In a speech at the 10th Party Congress, he said, “Even if Russian elements still dominate in Ukrainian cities, in the course of time these cities will inevitably be Ukrainised.” And trust me, he made sure of that.

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    • Replies: @syonredux

    Actually, Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism or patriotism, even long before WWII.

    As for Ukraine, yes, look what he did to it. He created Ukraine as an entity and as a culture. He explained (or else) to millions of people, most of whom had never heard this word before, that they are something called “Ukrainians.” They should really erect monuments to him over there as a founding father. In a speech at the 10th Party Congress, he said, “Even if Russian elements still dominate in Ukrainian cities, in the course of time these cities will inevitably be Ukrainised.” And trust me, he made sure of that.
     
    Really, I don't know why the Ukrainians can't get over Stalin waging war against Ukrainian peasants during the Collectivization campaign:

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

    And starving to death approx 3 million Ukrainians during the '32-'33 Terror Famine:

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

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

    What's the big deal?
    , @Olorin
    > Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism

    Yeah, at Kolyma, and on the Mannerheim Line.
  45. @Anon
    Damn, the neocons forgot to create their own Cheka/NKVD to deal with the Kulaks.

    Are Dzerzkinsky and Kaganovich still alive?

    Maybe Nuland and Applebaum can fill that role to deal with evil Nazi Kulaks.

    But oh well, they are too busy working with Neo-Nazis in Ukraine against Russia for the moment.

    PS. Boot is especially incensed because he is of Russian-Jewish background.

    He saw how Jewish Bolshies lost the power to the gentiles.

    He sees a replay. He also knows Jews fumbled in the 90s when they could have had it all.

    Given Stalin turned on Jews, Boot really means he would rather vote for Trotsky.

    Trotsky than Trump. Catchy.

    But mentioning Trotsky would give away Neocon origins.

    But saying he’d vote for Trotsky over Stalin wouldn’t be saying much. Not in his circle. That’d be like a lefty saying he’d vote for Mao. They know about the 65 million or so, but come on, he’s our Mao. I don’t know what their equivalent of Stalin would be. I want to say Hitler, obviously, but Hitler is the Perpetual Enemy of neocons, too. Pol Pot? He doesn’t seem to have much of a following.

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  46. @middle aged vet
    As much as I respect West Point grads, this is one of my favorite facts about the modern world. Sadly, James Blunt can sell records but, from what I have heard, he is a boring musician. Wesley Clark being out-argued is generally a good thing, no matter who does it.

    We must suffer his musical out put (except for “Three wise men” which is not so bad) for his services for reconciliation with our former enemies.

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  47. @Bill P

    Neo-Con – the word itself makes me want to puke. Trump should fling it at Rubio, et al.
     
    Eh, it's a loaded word like "cosmopolitan" used to be. There's no reason to antagonize Jews en masse when most of them have little if anything to do with neocon misbehavior, despite how much neocons may want to use blood and soil appeals to drag them all into their epic failures.

    One thing I've been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project. Given their support for Trump this is undeniable. The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth. Jews, to their credit, always knew this and openly denied any connection with the crazier Hagee type shills.

    It’s an abused term, but loaded? Not categorically. Some people use it that way. I don’t . I’ll bet most don’t.

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  48. @inertial
    Actually, Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism or patriotism, even long before WWII.

    As for Ukraine, yes, look what he did to it. He created Ukraine as an entity and as a culture. He explained (or else) to millions of people, most of whom had never heard this word before, that they are something called "Ukrainians." They should really erect monuments to him over there as a founding father. In a speech at the 10th Party Congress, he said, "Even if Russian elements still dominate in Ukrainian cities, in the course of time these cities will inevitably be Ukrainised." And trust me, he made sure of that.

    Actually, Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism or patriotism, even long before WWII.

    As for Ukraine, yes, look what he did to it. He created Ukraine as an entity and as a culture. He explained (or else) to millions of people, most of whom had never heard this word before, that they are something called “Ukrainians.” They should really erect monuments to him over there as a founding father. In a speech at the 10th Party Congress, he said, “Even if Russian elements still dominate in Ukrainian cities, in the course of time these cities will inevitably be Ukrainised.” And trust me, he made sure of that.

    Really, I don’t know why the Ukrainians can’t get over Stalin waging war against Ukrainian peasants during the Collectivization campaign:

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

    And starving to death approx 3 million Ukrainians during the ’32-’33 Terror Famine:

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

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

    What’s the big deal?

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    Collectivisation and famines happened in other parts of the USSR as well. But you know that - or if you don't, it's not because you haven't been told.
    , @inertial
    Collectivization was conducted by the very same people who a little earlier were busy squeezing "Russian elements" out of the cities, forcing newly constructed Ukrainian language down everyone's throats, and inventing Ukrainian identity. This was especially true at the local level.
  49. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    On the ‘marginal’ concept thing in the Sailer takimag article, politicians and candidates need to invoke context along with policy.

    Too often, policy issues are dealt with abstractly as ideals and principles.

    But all policies only make sense within context.

    It’s like we need coat in winter, not in summer.

    Just because it kept us warm in winter doesn’t mean it’s good for us in summer.

    So, all policies must be seen in relation to context of reality.

    Every position by ALL candidates has some validity on its own as a principle… but it must be measured in context of current realities.
    It’s like ‘winter coat is good’ is a valid as a concept. But it is only useful in winter, not in all seasons.

    So, our position isn’t anti-immigration as a iron eternal policy but anti-immigration for NOW since the system is broken and there are too many costs.

    This is where Conservatism has failed. It keeps yammering about principle regardless of context.
    It still talks of Russia as if cold war is still on.
    It still talks of Jews as if it’s the Holocaust when, in fact, Jews are the most powerful people in the world.

    For the longest time, GOP was all about lowering taxes just when the 1% was getting richer than ever. Principle totally apart from context. We need perceptive cons than programmed cons. It’s coming down to Perceptives vs Programmeds.

    Given the current context of immigration problems and foreign policy mess, Trump is better than others. Do less invading and less inviting.

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    Some principles are categorical, it's just that they pick the wrong ones. Tax cutting for tax cutting's sake is worthless, except insofar as you prefer Robber Barons spending money to Leviathan spending it. Which I do, but not enough to vote for people on that basis. Tax cuts back when were sold at least partially as a means of shrinking government. You'd never know that nowadays, as you're much more likely to hear them touted as a way to increase revenue. Republicans even favor deficit spending as a positive good like true Keynesians. Which is the opposition party?
  50. @Svigor
    Like it's some big surprise that a neocon would vote for Stalin.

    “Like it’s some big surprise that a neocon would vote for Stalin.”

    Actually it is. Quite a few of these people started out as Trotskyites.

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  51. @Steve Sailer
    Fortunately, the British tank commander on the spot in Kosovo confronting the Russians in 1999, when Wesley Clark was demanding WWIII, was future pop singing sensation James Blunt, a charming man who defused a tense situation.

    No way! Way!!!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blunt I thought you were joking. I previously knew vaguely of this British pop sensation, Mr Blunt.

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    During WWII, English movie star David Niven, like James Blunt a Sandhurst military academy grad, was used by the top brass to sit in with on meetings with the American top brass because everybody liked Niven and he helped the two armies get along better.
  52. @syonredux

    Actually, Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism or patriotism, even long before WWII.

    As for Ukraine, yes, look what he did to it. He created Ukraine as an entity and as a culture. He explained (or else) to millions of people, most of whom had never heard this word before, that they are something called “Ukrainians.” They should really erect monuments to him over there as a founding father. In a speech at the 10th Party Congress, he said, “Even if Russian elements still dominate in Ukrainian cities, in the course of time these cities will inevitably be Ukrainised.” And trust me, he made sure of that.
     
    Really, I don't know why the Ukrainians can't get over Stalin waging war against Ukrainian peasants during the Collectivization campaign:

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

    And starving to death approx 3 million Ukrainians during the '32-'33 Terror Famine:

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

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

    What's the big deal?

    Collectivisation and famines happened in other parts of the USSR as well. But you know that – or if you don’t, it’s not because you haven’t been told.

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    • Replies: @syonredux

    Collectivisation and famines happened in other parts of the USSR as well. But you know that – or if you don’t, it’s not because you haven’t been told.
     
    Of course they happened in other parts of the USSR, but Ukraine was the focal point of the Collectivization campaign. And around 3 million of the approx 6 million people who died in the '32-'33 famine were Ukrainian.
  53. @guest
    I don't think you understand humor.

    I don’t think you understand humor.

    Mr. but hurt appears to be trying to understand and even utilize what humans call humor. He’s having some trouble, though. Drunken autist trying to make a joke is my guess.

    This reminds me, Steve, you really need to include a variant on the Captcha test where anyone attempting to post is shown a picture of a pair of eyes and is required to identify the emotion being conveyed. If the poster gets it wrong the comment is auto-deleted. I admit that I’d have some comments deleted, but it’d be worth it.

    Or maybe the posts won’t be deleted, but will be placed in an alternate thread for autists.

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  54. @Anon
    On the 'marginal' concept thing in the Sailer takimag article, politicians and candidates need to invoke context along with policy.

    Too often, policy issues are dealt with abstractly as ideals and principles.

    But all policies only make sense within context.

    It's like we need coat in winter, not in summer.

    Just because it kept us warm in winter doesn't mean it's good for us in summer.

    So, all policies must be seen in relation to context of reality.

    Every position by ALL candidates has some validity on its own as a principle... but it must be measured in context of current realities.
    It's like 'winter coat is good' is a valid as a concept. But it is only useful in winter, not in all seasons.

    So, our position isn't anti-immigration as a iron eternal policy but anti-immigration for NOW since the system is broken and there are too many costs.

    This is where Conservatism has failed. It keeps yammering about principle regardless of context.
    It still talks of Russia as if cold war is still on.
    It still talks of Jews as if it's the Holocaust when, in fact, Jews are the most powerful people in the world.

    For the longest time, GOP was all about lowering taxes just when the 1% was getting richer than ever. Principle totally apart from context. We need perceptive cons than programmed cons. It's coming down to Perceptives vs Programmeds.

    Given the current context of immigration problems and foreign policy mess, Trump is better than others. Do less invading and less inviting.

    Some principles are categorical, it’s just that they pick the wrong ones. Tax cutting for tax cutting’s sake is worthless, except insofar as you prefer Robber Barons spending money to Leviathan spending it. Which I do, but not enough to vote for people on that basis. Tax cuts back when were sold at least partially as a means of shrinking government. You’d never know that nowadays, as you’re much more likely to hear them touted as a way to increase revenue. Republicans even favor deficit spending as a positive good like true Keynesians. Which is the opposition party?

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    I think Cruz is slimy and Rubio is zero, but to be fair…

    Trump can get away with so much cuz he’s got money and celebrity.
    If he had neither, he would be nowhere.

    Cruz and Rubio have to rely on donors. It’s the ONLY way they can play.

    So the rather sad irony. Trump can (or can pretend to) represent the people because he can AFFORD to and cuz he gets free publicity due to his celebrity status.

    It’d be more genuine and impressive IF he were a regular guy who could do what he did and make a difference.

    Maybe the new Right should look for ways to make that possible.

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    "Trump can get away with so much cuz he’s got money and celebrity.
    If he had neither, he would be nowhere."

    Yes, that is true. If Trump were not rich and famous, he would not be rich and famous.

    "It’d be more genuine and impressive IF he were a regular guy who could do what he did and make a difference. Maybe the new Right should look for ways to make that possible."

    Nobody can vote for you if they haven't heard of you. For a lot of voters, their vote may be based on little more than name recognition. I agree with you that it would nice if people of modest means could play this game too. That would require that they have a political party. And unfortunately the two parties have made the barriers to entry for new parties sufficiently high, that it is virtually impossible to start a new one. The only way to make a new party is to hijack one of the existing ones. Which is just what Trump is doing.

  56. @Clyde
    No way! Way!!!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blunt I thought you were joking. I previously knew vaguely of this British pop sensation, Mr Blunt.

    During WWII, English movie star David Niven, like James Blunt a Sandhurst military academy grad, was used by the top brass to sit in with on meetings with the American top brass because everybody liked Niven and he helped the two armies get along better.

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    During WWII, English movie star David Niven, like James Blunt a Sandhurst military academy grad, was used by the top brass to sit in with on meetings with the American top brass because everybody liked Niven and he helped the two armies get along better.
     
    Thanks and I would have never known otherwise. You have been stalwart in your David Niven advocacy. His only failing was in Casino Royale. My James Bond claim to fame was having an extended conversation or three with the very cute and shapely daughter of George Lazenby circa 1990. She said her father was doing great in Australian properties.
    , @Andrei Martyanov
    Yet, US officers present on ARCADIA conferences noted how condescending, if not altogether arrogant, British General Staffers were towards their US colleagues.
    , @flyingtiger
    It is more than that. Niven had made pictures in Hollywood before the war. He knew what the USA was like and how it was different than Britain. Niven knew that both countries had different words or terminology for the same objects. He would sometimes translate American English into British English. He would explain to Americans that the British always try to speak as little as possible. If a Britain says calmly, "That is a good idea." Niven would explain that was a major achievement. Then Niven would explain that Americans always have a story to tell to explain their viewpoint. He would tell them to smile every time the American pauses, so the American thinks that you are listening.

    The only Brits that did not seem to not have any problems was Bill Slim and Orte Wingate. Both guys were use to working with foreigners.
  57. @syonredux

    Actually, Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism or patriotism, even long before WWII.

    As for Ukraine, yes, look what he did to it. He created Ukraine as an entity and as a culture. He explained (or else) to millions of people, most of whom had never heard this word before, that they are something called “Ukrainians.” They should really erect monuments to him over there as a founding father. In a speech at the 10th Party Congress, he said, “Even if Russian elements still dominate in Ukrainian cities, in the course of time these cities will inevitably be Ukrainised.” And trust me, he made sure of that.
     
    Really, I don't know why the Ukrainians can't get over Stalin waging war against Ukrainian peasants during the Collectivization campaign:

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

    And starving to death approx 3 million Ukrainians during the '32-'33 Terror Famine:

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

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

    What's the big deal?

    Collectivization was conducted by the very same people who a little earlier were busy squeezing “Russian elements” out of the cities, forcing newly constructed Ukrainian language down everyone’s throats, and inventing Ukrainian identity. This was especially true at the local level.

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  58. @HEL

    I don’t think you understand humor.
     
    Mr. but hurt appears to be trying to understand and even utilize what humans call humor. He's having some trouble, though. Drunken autist trying to make a joke is my guess.

    This reminds me, Steve, you really need to include a variant on the Captcha test where anyone attempting to post is shown a picture of a pair of eyes and is required to identify the emotion being conveyed. If the poster gets it wrong the comment is auto-deleted. I admit that I'd have some comments deleted, but it'd be worth it.

    Or maybe the posts won't be deleted, but will be placed in an alternate thread for autists.

    A good one

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  59. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Did Obama yrs make Americans ultra-cynical about the media?

    People seem to care much less about media smears. Why?

    Have the media BS that led to Obama made Americans utterly cynical about the media?

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  60. One thing Duke shares with Hitler is the near-total certainty that the longer an online debate continues, his name will show up.

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    • Replies: @Anon
    Mentioning duke is a gambit that can go wrong.

    His Trump video is getting a lot of views.

    It got 189,922 views.

    Before the internet, people like Duke couldn't reply.
    Now they can.
  61. @5371
    Collectivisation and famines happened in other parts of the USSR as well. But you know that - or if you don't, it's not because you haven't been told.

    Collectivisation and famines happened in other parts of the USSR as well. But you know that – or if you don’t, it’s not because you haven’t been told.

    Of course they happened in other parts of the USSR, but Ukraine was the focal point of the Collectivization campaign. And around 3 million of the approx 6 million people who died in the ’32-’33 famine were Ukrainian.

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    Collectivisation didn't have a focal point, any more than, say, WW2 had a focal point within the US, and in 1921-22 famine affected the lower Volga most severely.
  62. @Steve Sailer
    During WWII, English movie star David Niven, like James Blunt a Sandhurst military academy grad, was used by the top brass to sit in with on meetings with the American top brass because everybody liked Niven and he helped the two armies get along better.

    During WWII, English movie star David Niven, like James Blunt a Sandhurst military academy grad, was used by the top brass to sit in with on meetings with the American top brass because everybody liked Niven and he helped the two armies get along better.

    Thanks and I would have never known otherwise. You have been stalwart in your David Niven advocacy. His only failing was in Casino Royale. My James Bond claim to fame was having an extended conversation or three with the very cute and shapely daughter of George Lazenby circa 1990. She said her father was doing great in Australian properties.

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  63. @Steve Sailer
    Bibi

    Good idea! Let’s import Putin and Bibi to run for POTUS. Orban and Le Pen too.
    I can think of a few others. We need a special H1-B like “skilled workers” program to import foreign politicians, as there is a severe lack of native talent in this area.

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  64. @syonredux

    Collectivisation and famines happened in other parts of the USSR as well. But you know that – or if you don’t, it’s not because you haven’t been told.
     
    Of course they happened in other parts of the USSR, but Ukraine was the focal point of the Collectivization campaign. And around 3 million of the approx 6 million people who died in the '32-'33 famine were Ukrainian.

    Collectivisation didn’t have a focal point, any more than, say, WW2 had a focal point within the US, and in 1921-22 famine affected the lower Volga most severely.

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  65. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    If a ‘respectable’ pundit wrote ‘I would rather vote for Hitler than sanders’ — even as mere hyperbole or joke — ,what would happen?

    So, why is Boot still working? Btw, I’m not even sure it’s hyperbole.

    Romney, McCain, National Review, and etc are all attacking trump.

    But to appease whom?

    Suppose Jewish Republicans were okay with Trump.

    Would all these gentile Cons be barking like attack dogs?

    Dogs bark to win the approval of their master.

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  66. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Ann Coulter the main inspiration for Trump?

    Culture War replaced by Coulter War?

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    Culture War replaced by Coulter War?
     
    Followed by Coultergeist.
  67. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Reg Cæsar
    One thing Duke shares with Hitler is the near-total certainty that the longer an online debate continues, his name will show up.

    Mentioning duke is a gambit that can go wrong.

    His Trump video is getting a lot of views.

    It got 189,922 views.

    Before the internet, people like Duke couldn’t reply.
    Now they can.

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  68. @Anon
    Ann Coulter the main inspiration for Trump?

    Culture War replaced by Coulter War?

    Culture War replaced by Coulter War?

    Followed by Coultergeist.

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  69. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Oy, the irony.

    Neocons are acting like the pharaoh that won’t “let my people go.”

    The idea of a gentile leading gentile masses for gentile interests is SHOCKING to them.
    Neocons see it as natural and right that gentile leaders would serve as overseers to control than serve and lead the masses who, under the whip, would put Jewish interests over their own.

    But then, neocons think straight masses serving and praising homos is more natural than homos acting decent and serving the straight community.

    Ethno-minority supremacism is breaking down.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahkwQhQZWG8

    This is the moment when Siegfried realizes that Mime the Nibelung isn’t his parent.
    Just like Moses rediscovered his true self, Siegfried rediscovered his. They became ‘who they are’ in the identitarian sense. Society says you are ‘this’ or ‘that’ in accordance with the interests of the ruling elites, but all true persons must rediscover their self, one of roots.

    White folks need their own ROOTS. ROOTS, not Max Boots.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-m4iecEKpk

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  70. A decade ago most of these stooges and their enablers were advocating the genocide of Iraqi Sunnis and/or Shiites (they constantly went back and forth on that) and did everything possible to ensure that Bush could interrogate and wiretap anyone regardless of court orders. Now all of a sudden they’re expressing shock and horror at the idea of the military committing war crimes. I’m not sure whether to be outraged at such opportunistic hypocrisy or laugh my ass off for the same reason. We live in interesting times.

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  71. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    How about this proposal for mutual understanding between Neocons and gentile cons?

    Neocons serve their own Jewish interests, and gentile cons serve their own gentile interests.

    Gentiles ask no favor from Jews, and Jews ask no favors from gentiles.

    OK?

    I think gentiles would let Jews go and let Jews do their own Jewish thing. The problem is Jews won’t let gentiles go and let gentiles do their gentile thing. Jews must keep gentiles as their tools.

    It’s like Willy Loman won’t let Biff go. At least Willy did feel so,me kind of love for Biff.
    But there is only the mentality of a master over slave in the neocon attitude toward the goyim.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1lazBK1Pec

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  72. @Steve Sailer
    But not until 1941ish. Stalin had been Lenin's go-to guy on multiculturalism: he recommended lots of folk dancing.

    It was more than just a passing ideological commit to multiculturalism, Stalin simply loved dancing and apparently dancers as well.

    Including Hollywood musicals and especially Fred and Ginger.

    I believe I remember reading John Kenneth Galbraith or George Kennan telling a story about how Stalin not only loved to relax by staying up all hours watching musicals. But, enjoyed repeatedly needling, by interrupting, Ambassador Harriman to ask about Ginger Rodgers and what it was like to have slept with her.

    Turner Classic Movies occasionally shows a restored version of the notorious Lillian Hellman penned pro soviet propaganda film The North Star. It now again opens with the infamous and preposterous folk dancing scene on a collective farm that was sure to have pleased Uncle Joe.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_North_Star_(1943_film)

    There was also a pretty decent movie that dealt with Stalin’s obsession with musicals call The Inner Circle concerning the life of Stalin’s film projectionist.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inner_Circle_(1991_film)

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    Dancing figures in some fictional versions of Stalin too.

    Fazil Iskander, Abkhazia's greatest writer, wrote a series of stories about Uncle Sandro, a sort of archetypal Abkhazian character. Stalin, called "the Big Mustache", is a recurring character too, and there's a tale where Sandro becomes Big Mustache's favorite dancer, a real dzighit. For once Sandro realizes he's in over his head.

    I find that reading Communist-era literature from the E Bloc helps illuminate our present situation.

    , @Harry Baldwin
    Stalin simply loved dancing and apparently dancers as well. Including Hollywood musicals and especially Fred and Ginger.

    Good thing Fred never performed for Stalin--he would have been afraid to stop tapping.
  73. 3 loosely connected thoughts:

    Max Boot is an almost too perfect name for a Rubio advisor.

    Rubio always makes me think of the Warren Zevon song “Lawyers, Guns, and Money.”

    I’ve been surprised at Bernie’s weak showing in the Dem primaries. I realize my perspective is skewed by spending a lot of time on a college campus in Austin, but I really expected him to do better, even taking into account possible corruption in the polls. I’m expecting his numbers to improve as the elections move to less black states, but still, he isn’t doing as well as I’d predicted.

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  74. @Anon
    What's Boot's original name?

    Wiki says his father is Alexander Boot.

    This him?

    http://www.alexanderboot.com/blog/

    Is it time to change it to Max Moot?

    Or at least Max Foot-in-Mouth? Or Max Foot-and-Mouth-Disease?

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

    "He started his journalistic career writing columns for the Berkeley student newspaper The Daily Californian. He later stated that he believes he is the only conservative writer in that paper's history."

    No, I don't think that paper ever had a conservative writer.

    I only know what I read in Wikipedia, but I vaguely recall there was a stopover in Britain after his family left the Soviet Union. The thing I find interesting is how vague and nebulous the accounts of his life are about the exact year he arrived in the U.S. He was born in the U.S.S.R. in 1969, and sometime afterward his parents left for the U.S.

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  75. @Zach Taylor
    Normally I yield to no one in my loathing of "The Albino Rambo" aka Bootsy, however... Are you really such a hall monitor twerp that you don't see the defect in your analogy: 1. Mr. Duke essentially said Trump was the best of the available alternatives-- a qualified endorsement. 2. Mr. Boot said Stalin was better than one particular alternative. If you have graduated from 2nd grade you can see how that is different from an endorsement of Stalin. Also, for this "joke" to work the audience is supposed to share general sentiments along the lines of: Stalin's, like, really bad; but Max shouldn't quit his day job, because there are surely NY Times contributors who believe Uncle Joe hasn't gotten a fair shake from the all the right-wing university faculty who control education in this country. Think about it. 3. Stalin has actually not entered the race yet

    I guess similarly nobody would see a problem if a Trump advisor said “I’d even vote for Hitler rather than Rubio”. Because, as you just said, it wouldn’t be a literal endorsement of Hitler, and it only works if the audience agreed that Hitler was really, really bad.

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    Boot is yet another rear-echelon war lover whose advice has turned out to be a disaster for America time and time again. Yet here he is, in the position of ‘advisor’ all over again. I doubt if in fact he’d ever cast a vote for Stalin since he would end up being purged by him. Judging from the people surrounding Rubio, from his financial backers to his advisors, it increasingly seems that this mediocre glib talker is just an artificially concocted candidate who is a hollow vessel for others, just a complete front. Trump, invoking the idea of what’s good for Americans, certainly brings out the hate.

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    I doubt if in fact he’d ever cast a vote for Stalin since he would end up being purged by him.
     
    This didn't stop a great many people who were later purged by him to cast votes for him.
  77. I doubt if in fact he’d ever cast a vote for Stalin since he would end up being purged by him.

    This didn’t stop a great many people who were later purged by him to cast votes for him.

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  78. @anonymous
    Boot is yet another rear-echelon war lover whose advice has turned out to be a disaster for America time and time again. Yet here he is, in the position of 'advisor' all over again. I doubt if in fact he'd ever cast a vote for Stalin since he would end up being purged by him. Judging from the people surrounding Rubio, from his financial backers to his advisors, it increasingly seems that this mediocre glib talker is just an artificially concocted candidate who is a hollow vessel for others, just a complete front. Trump, invoking the idea of what's good for Americans, certainly brings out the hate.

    I doubt if in fact he’d ever cast a vote for Stalin since he would end up being purged by him.

    This didn’t stop a great many people who were later purged by him to cast votes for him.

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  79. It’s kind of creepy when so many material about white people, specially Southern, conservative whites, coming from progressive media sounds eerily like “kill the kulak” propaganda in the Soviet Union. After all, dekulakization was proposed and executed by “progressive” leftists and Jews, and defended by the New York Times.

    Even to this day, there is no serious criticism coming from the left about it. You see a lot of left-wing critics of the Great Purge, such as Alfred Koestler and others, but that’s easy, the Great Purge killed mostly other communists. But during dekulakization the victims were the ultimate “Other” in the eyes of leftists, independent farmers and land-owners.

    Now, conservatives are asked all the time to manifestate regret and disavow ethnic nationalism, because of Hitler. When will progressives be asked to disavow their hate of conservative farmers because of dekulakization?

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    "It’s kind of creepy when so many material about white people, specially Southern, conservative whites, coming from progressive media sounds eerily like “kill the kulak” propaganda in the Soviet Union. After all, dekulakization was proposed and executed by “progressive” leftists and Jews, and defended by the New York Times. "

    We Southern whites have noticed and its one of the main reasons we have zero flexibility regarding our guns.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    The 12th of Never.

    It's not the ideas that are bad, it's the people implementing them who screwed them up (Stalin, Mao, etc). All it takes is one really really smart person, like HRC, and this time it will be fabulous!
  80. @Bill P

    Neo-Con – the word itself makes me want to puke. Trump should fling it at Rubio, et al.
     
    Eh, it's a loaded word like "cosmopolitan" used to be. There's no reason to antagonize Jews en masse when most of them have little if anything to do with neocon misbehavior, despite how much neocons may want to use blood and soil appeals to drag them all into their epic failures.

    One thing I've been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project. Given their support for Trump this is undeniable. The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth. Jews, to their credit, always knew this and openly denied any connection with the crazier Hagee type shills.

    One thing I’ve been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project… The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth.

    This doesn’t match my experience. In fact, I know there is a whole line of thinking within evangelical/fundamentalist circles that, despite the Gospel now being for all people, those who continue to support the Jewish people will be blessed. I’m not arguing that’s good theology, but it exists as a position.

    Furthermore, I know religious and formerly religious people who have a knee-jerk reaction against Muslims that they don’t have against Jews, and these people tend to support the state of Israel.

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    "In fact, I know there is a whole line of thinking within evangelical/fundamentalist circles that, despite the Gospel now being for all people, those who continue to support the Jewish people will be blessed."

    More particularly, there is, in some of those evangelical and fundamentalist Christian circles a premillennialist belief that what is now going on in the Middle East prefigures the approach of the "end times" as described in the book of Revelation. Many of the people who believe this welcome the prospect. They want to see the Temple of Jerusalem rebuilt, so that the prophecies of St. John may be fulfilled. Here's an example:

    http://prophecysigns.com/prophecy-sign-6/

    Eric Voegelin described utopian totalitarians, such as Communists and Nazis, as seeking to "immanentize the eschaton," i.e., to bring about some sort of heaven on earth. But the premillennialist Christian supporters of Israel want to immanentize the Christian eschaton, as they understand it. They are oddly paralleled by the ISIS fanatics, who believe the Islamic version of end times are near, and that the flag of Islam will soon fly over Rome.
  81. @Anon
    I think Cruz is slimy and Rubio is zero, but to be fair...

    Trump can get away with so much cuz he's got money and celebrity.
    If he had neither, he would be nowhere.

    Cruz and Rubio have to rely on donors. It's the ONLY way they can play.

    So the rather sad irony. Trump can (or can pretend to) represent the people because he can AFFORD to and cuz he gets free publicity due to his celebrity status.

    It'd be more genuine and impressive IF he were a regular guy who could do what he did and make a difference.

    Maybe the new Right should look for ways to make that possible.

    “Trump can get away with so much cuz he’s got money and celebrity.
    If he had neither, he would be nowhere.”

    Yes, that is true. If Trump were not rich and famous, he would not be rich and famous.

    “It’d be more genuine and impressive IF he were a regular guy who could do what he did and make a difference. Maybe the new Right should look for ways to make that possible.”

    Nobody can vote for you if they haven’t heard of you. For a lot of voters, their vote may be based on little more than name recognition. I agree with you that it would nice if people of modest means could play this game too. That would require that they have a political party. And unfortunately the two parties have made the barriers to entry for new parties sufficiently high, that it is virtually impossible to start a new one. The only way to make a new party is to hijack one of the existing ones. Which is just what Trump is doing.

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  82. Leftist conservative [AKA "Trump Kills Last Mosquito, Places Tiny Make America Great Hat On ZikaHead Baby"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    LITTLE MARCO just got 10 inches shorter

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  83. @Anonymous

    Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
     
    I love how being "one of the world's leading authorities on armed conflict" is based totally on being called "one of the world's leading authorities on armed conflict". It's not like they took his various pronouncements and predictions on armed conflict over the years and checked how they panned out and determined that he was, indeed, "one of the world's leading authorities on armed conflict". He is one because they say so.

    *shrugs*

    did you know that Ernest Hemingway had a long career as a journalist reporting on military affairs and matters? see the book “Byline: Ernest Hemingway”

    based on his extensive experience … driving an ambulance … in WW1?

    you’ll notice that a lot of these people’s reputations are built on “fake it til you make it” social gaming. Hemingway, the boy who grew up with his mother putting him in dresses, made his reputation as a hyper-masculine patriarchal type figure ( demanded men 30 years older than himself call him ‘Papa’ ) … amongst the Parisian ex-pat literati? oh yeah, those are people who just ooze testosterone.

    sorry, Ernie. you want me to think you’re the manliest of men, you’re going to have to go to Montana and deal with some cow pokes for a while.

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  84. @anonymous-antimarxist
    It was more than just a passing ideological commit to multiculturalism, Stalin simply loved dancing and apparently dancers as well.

    Including Hollywood musicals and especially Fred and Ginger.

    I believe I remember reading John Kenneth Galbraith or George Kennan telling a story about how Stalin not only loved to relax by staying up all hours watching musicals. But, enjoyed repeatedly needling, by interrupting, Ambassador Harriman to ask about Ginger Rodgers and what it was like to have slept with her.

    Turner Classic Movies occasionally shows a restored version of the notorious Lillian Hellman penned pro soviet propaganda film The North Star. It now again opens with the infamous and preposterous folk dancing scene on a collective farm that was sure to have pleased Uncle Joe.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_North_Star_(1943_film)

    There was also a pretty decent movie that dealt with Stalin's obsession with musicals call The Inner Circle concerning the life of Stalin's film projectionist.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inner_Circle_(1991_film)

    Dancing figures in some fictional versions of Stalin too.

    Fazil Iskander, Abkhazia’s greatest writer, wrote a series of stories about Uncle Sandro, a sort of archetypal Abkhazian character. Stalin, called “the Big Mustache”, is a recurring character too, and there’s a tale where Sandro becomes Big Mustache’s favorite dancer, a real dzighit. For once Sandro realizes he’s in over his head.

    I find that reading Communist-era literature from the E Bloc helps illuminate our present situation.

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    Maybe, but we're in the Brezhnev era, not the Stalin era.
  85. @Bettega
    It's kind of creepy when so many material about white people, specially Southern, conservative whites, coming from progressive media sounds eerily like "kill the kulak" propaganda in the Soviet Union. After all, dekulakization was proposed and executed by "progressive" leftists and Jews, and defended by the New York Times.

    Even to this day, there is no serious criticism coming from the left about it. You see a lot of left-wing critics of the Great Purge, such as Alfred Koestler and others, but that's easy, the Great Purge killed mostly other communists. But during dekulakization the victims were the ultimate "Other" in the eyes of leftists, independent farmers and land-owners.

    Now, conservatives are asked all the time to manifestate regret and disavow ethnic nationalism, because of Hitler. When will progressives be asked to disavow their hate of conservative farmers because of dekulakization?

    “It’s kind of creepy when so many material about white people, specially Southern, conservative whites, coming from progressive media sounds eerily like “kill the kulak” propaganda in the Soviet Union. After all, dekulakization was proposed and executed by “progressive” leftists and Jews, and defended by the New York Times. ”

    We Southern whites have noticed and its one of the main reasons we have zero flexibility regarding our guns.

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  86. @Bettega
    It's kind of creepy when so many material about white people, specially Southern, conservative whites, coming from progressive media sounds eerily like "kill the kulak" propaganda in the Soviet Union. After all, dekulakization was proposed and executed by "progressive" leftists and Jews, and defended by the New York Times.

    Even to this day, there is no serious criticism coming from the left about it. You see a lot of left-wing critics of the Great Purge, such as Alfred Koestler and others, but that's easy, the Great Purge killed mostly other communists. But during dekulakization the victims were the ultimate "Other" in the eyes of leftists, independent farmers and land-owners.

    Now, conservatives are asked all the time to manifestate regret and disavow ethnic nationalism, because of Hitler. When will progressives be asked to disavow their hate of conservative farmers because of dekulakization?

    The 12th of Never.

    It’s not the ideas that are bad, it’s the people implementing them who screwed them up (Stalin, Mao, etc). All it takes is one really really smart person, like HRC, and this time it will be fabulous!

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  87. @JVO
    It's understandable that Rubio would go to a junior college first to get prepared for the rigorous academic environment of the University of Florida.
    Total lightweight, somebody said.
    He's a waxy, sweating Golem of south Florida neocons.

    “Total lightweight, somebody said.”

    That somebody might have been me. I live in Florida and passed up the chance to vote for him for the U.S. Senate seat back in 2010 because I sized him up as a rather shallow lightweight who was, even then, spouting a lot of foreign policy nonsense that made him sound like a neocon.

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  88. @Harry Baldwin
    This is one area where I think Rove is spouting nonsense and acting like a shill.

    Is there another area where Rove is not spouting nonsense and acting like a shill?

    Rubio is the guy who graduated from South Miami High School with a 2.1 grade average, supposedly earned a football scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri (which went bankrupt about a year after Rubio left after less than a year)...

    The guy who attended Tarkio College probably shouldn't be railing against Trump University.

    “Is there another area where Rove is not spouting nonsense and acting like a shill?”

    I only pay attention to Rove when he is discussing voting returns, voting patterns and delegate counts, and, even then, I pay very close attention to make sure he doesn’t try to slip something by. When it comes to technical matters, he is very good. I can remember during the 2000 election between Bush and Gore, when one of the networks (NBC?) either called Florida for Gore or was prepared to do so and Rove was able to talk them out of it (or reverse the call) by pointing to some discrepancies in the Jacksonville area (iirc) that did not seem right to him. So he really has a command of the nitty-gritty of election details. It is when he wanders into areas of substance that I dismiss his views, like that “scorecard” on foreign policy that I cited where he gave Rubio an A on style and substance. Total BS meant to shore up the Rubio campaign as far as I am concerned.

    “The guy who attended Tarkio College probably shouldn’t be railing against Trump University.”

    Somebody posted on another thread of Steve’s about a week ago about someone who attended Tarkio at the same time as Rubio who claims that Tarkio did not give out football scholarships to anyone and that Rubio did not show up at practice after the first day. When you look at the pictures of Rubio in his high school football uniform, he looks (to me at least) much smaller than the claimed 5’8″ and 170 lbs. I doubt he weighed more than 150 lbs. in high school. And, by his own admission in one of the articles I read, he lost his starting position at cornerback to a heavier, faster black kid. Now, I don’t see how anybody can get a scholarship, much less play, at the college level when you can’t hold your position as a starter in high school. A completely invented person as far as I am concerned. One unresolved mystery: did Rubio meet his wife when she was a cheerleader for the Dolphins or were they high school sweethearts? I saw both accounts in the articles I read.

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    You're right, I was exaggerating about Rove, but I really can't stand the guy. I mute the TV the instant they bring him on, just as with Sharpton, Colmes, McCain, or Graham.
  89. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Steve Sailer
    During WWII, English movie star David Niven, like James Blunt a Sandhurst military academy grad, was used by the top brass to sit in with on meetings with the American top brass because everybody liked Niven and he helped the two armies get along better.

    Yet, US officers present on ARCADIA conferences noted how condescending, if not altogether arrogant, British General Staffers were towards their US colleagues.

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  90. @Zach Taylor
    Hey, can you try keeping it together man. You're splitting up the posts.

    p.s. for Eine Gute Laff read his review of Donald Rumsfeld's memoir. At least Rumsfeld put out that solitaire app... It's about time Boot finds a real hobby, for the national interest if you want to look at it that way.

    Nah, the other post is for the music clips.

    This one’s for comment.

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  91. @inertial
    Actually, Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism or patriotism, even long before WWII.

    As for Ukraine, yes, look what he did to it. He created Ukraine as an entity and as a culture. He explained (or else) to millions of people, most of whom had never heard this word before, that they are something called "Ukrainians." They should really erect monuments to him over there as a founding father. In a speech at the 10th Party Congress, he said, "Even if Russian elements still dominate in Ukrainian cities, in the course of time these cities will inevitably be Ukrainised." And trust me, he made sure of that.

    > Stalin had plenty of use for nationalism

    Yeah, at Kolyma, and on the Mannerheim Line.

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  92. You know what that means: Rubio is a Stalinist.

    Maybe not a Stalinist, but definitely a *tool*. And that’s why the Establishment chooses him. He leveraged affirmative action to get into a community college. Obama and Cruz at least got into the Ivies with their AA benefits. Rubio is a dimwit who will do and say whatever his handlers and donors tell him to do or say. The Establishment is terrified of Trump because he is nobody’s tool.

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  93. @Chrisnonymous

    One thing I’ve been saying for a while to anyone who would listen is that evangelicals never really cared about the Zionist project... The entire evangelical-Zionist alliance was fabricated out of whole cloth.
     
    This doesn't match my experience. In fact, I know there is a whole line of thinking within evangelical/fundamentalist circles that, despite the Gospel now being for all people, those who continue to support the Jewish people will be blessed. I'm not arguing that's good theology, but it exists as a position.

    Furthermore, I know religious and formerly religious people who have a knee-jerk reaction against Muslims that they don't have against Jews, and these people tend to support the state of Israel.

    “In fact, I know there is a whole line of thinking within evangelical/fundamentalist circles that, despite the Gospel now being for all people, those who continue to support the Jewish people will be blessed.”

    More particularly, there is, in some of those evangelical and fundamentalist Christian circles a premillennialist belief that what is now going on in the Middle East prefigures the approach of the “end times” as described in the book of Revelation. Many of the people who believe this welcome the prospect. They want to see the Temple of Jerusalem rebuilt, so that the prophecies of St. John may be fulfilled. Here’s an example:

    http://prophecysigns.com/prophecy-sign-6/

    Eric Voegelin described utopian totalitarians, such as Communists and Nazis, as seeking to “immanentize the eschaton,” i.e., to bring about some sort of heaven on earth. But the premillennialist Christian supporters of Israel want to immanentize the Christian eschaton, as they understand it. They are oddly paralleled by the ISIS fanatics, who believe the Islamic version of end times are near, and that the flag of Islam will soon fly over Rome.

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    max boot reminds me of this simpsons episode

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfy9Wzj1ROA

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    Yeah, "Max Boot" is like a cross between "Scoop" and the time when Homer Simpson changed his name to "Max Power."
  95. @Anonymous
    max boot reminds me of this simpsons episode

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfy9Wzj1ROA

    Yeah, “Max Boot” is like a cross between “Scoop” and the time when Homer Simpson changed his name to “Max Power.”

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    • Replies: @TangoMan
    Max Boot bears a striking resemblance to Max Headroom.
  96. @Anon
    What's Boot's original name?

    Wiki says his father is Alexander Boot.

    This him?

    http://www.alexanderboot.com/blog/

    Is it time to change it to Max Moot?

    Or at least Max Foot-in-Mouth? Or Max Foot-and-Mouth-Disease?

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

    "He started his journalistic career writing columns for the Berkeley student newspaper The Daily Californian. He later stated that he believes he is the only conservative writer in that paper's history."

    No, I don't think that paper ever had a conservative writer.

    I prefer Max Mute.

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  97. @Steve Sailer
    Yeah, "Max Boot" is like a cross between "Scoop" and the time when Homer Simpson changed his name to "Max Power."

    Max Boot bears a striking resemblance to Max Headroom.

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  98. @anonymous-antimarxist
    It was more than just a passing ideological commit to multiculturalism, Stalin simply loved dancing and apparently dancers as well.

    Including Hollywood musicals and especially Fred and Ginger.

    I believe I remember reading John Kenneth Galbraith or George Kennan telling a story about how Stalin not only loved to relax by staying up all hours watching musicals. But, enjoyed repeatedly needling, by interrupting, Ambassador Harriman to ask about Ginger Rodgers and what it was like to have slept with her.

    Turner Classic Movies occasionally shows a restored version of the notorious Lillian Hellman penned pro soviet propaganda film The North Star. It now again opens with the infamous and preposterous folk dancing scene on a collective farm that was sure to have pleased Uncle Joe.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_North_Star_(1943_film)

    There was also a pretty decent movie that dealt with Stalin's obsession with musicals call The Inner Circle concerning the life of Stalin's film projectionist.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inner_Circle_(1991_film)

    Stalin simply loved dancing and apparently dancers as well. Including Hollywood musicals and especially Fred and Ginger.

    Good thing Fred never performed for Stalin–he would have been afraid to stop tapping.

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  99. @tbraton
    "Is there another area where Rove is not spouting nonsense and acting like a shill?"

    I only pay attention to Rove when he is discussing voting returns, voting patterns and delegate counts, and, even then, I pay very close attention to make sure he doesn't try to slip something by. When it comes to technical matters, he is very good. I can remember during the 2000 election between Bush and Gore, when one of the networks (NBC?) either called Florida for Gore or was prepared to do so and Rove was able to talk them out of it (or reverse the call) by pointing to some discrepancies in the Jacksonville area (iirc) that did not seem right to him. So he really has a command of the nitty-gritty of election details. It is when he wanders into areas of substance that I dismiss his views, like that "scorecard" on foreign policy that I cited where he gave Rubio an A on style and substance. Total BS meant to shore up the Rubio campaign as far as I am concerned.

    "The guy who attended Tarkio College probably shouldn’t be railing against Trump University."

    Somebody posted on another thread of Steve's about a week ago about someone who attended Tarkio at the same time as Rubio who claims that Tarkio did not give out football scholarships to anyone and that Rubio did not show up at practice after the first day. When you look at the pictures of Rubio in his high school football uniform, he looks (to me at least) much smaller than the claimed 5'8" and 170 lbs. I doubt he weighed more than 150 lbs. in high school. And, by his own admission in one of the articles I read, he lost his starting position at cornerback to a heavier, faster black kid. Now, I don't see how anybody can get a scholarship, much less play, at the college level when you can't hold your position as a starter in high school. A completely invented person as far as I am concerned. One unresolved mystery: did Rubio meet his wife when she was a cheerleader for the Dolphins or were they high school sweethearts? I saw both accounts in the articles I read.

    You’re right, I was exaggerating about Rove, but I really can’t stand the guy. I mute the TV the instant they bring him on, just as with Sharpton, Colmes, McCain, or Graham.

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    Very often, I keep the TV on while using the computer. Instead of getting up to use the mute button, I just tune out the guys I don't want to listen to. If I hear something interesting, I will get up and watch the TV head on. My list of people to ignore is a lot longer than the four you named, but those four are near the top of my list.
  100. @Steve Sailer
    During WWII, English movie star David Niven, like James Blunt a Sandhurst military academy grad, was used by the top brass to sit in with on meetings with the American top brass because everybody liked Niven and he helped the two armies get along better.

    It is more than that. Niven had made pictures in Hollywood before the war. He knew what the USA was like and how it was different than Britain. Niven knew that both countries had different words or terminology for the same objects. He would sometimes translate American English into British English. He would explain to Americans that the British always try to speak as little as possible. If a Britain says calmly, “That is a good idea.” Niven would explain that was a major achievement. Then Niven would explain that Americans always have a story to tell to explain their viewpoint. He would tell them to smile every time the American pauses, so the American thinks that you are listening.

    The only Brits that did not seem to not have any problems was Bill Slim and Orte Wingate. Both guys were use to working with foreigners.

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    An American friend of mine, a US Army colonel, argues vehemently that Bill Slim was the greatest allied general of WW2.
  101. @Tex
    Dancing figures in some fictional versions of Stalin too.

    Fazil Iskander, Abkhazia's greatest writer, wrote a series of stories about Uncle Sandro, a sort of archetypal Abkhazian character. Stalin, called "the Big Mustache", is a recurring character too, and there's a tale where Sandro becomes Big Mustache's favorite dancer, a real dzighit. For once Sandro realizes he's in over his head.

    I find that reading Communist-era literature from the E Bloc helps illuminate our present situation.

    Maybe, but we’re in the Brezhnev era, not the Stalin era.

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  102. @Harry Baldwin
    You're right, I was exaggerating about Rove, but I really can't stand the guy. I mute the TV the instant they bring him on, just as with Sharpton, Colmes, McCain, or Graham.

    Very often, I keep the TV on while using the computer. Instead of getting up to use the mute button, I just tune out the guys I don’t want to listen to. If I hear something interesting, I will get up and watch the TV head on. My list of people to ignore is a lot longer than the four you named, but those four are near the top of my list.

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  103. I found this comment over at TAC under a Larison blog, which I would hope the Trump camp would make use of:

    >>>“Sans his religious values, Cruz might possess no inherent morality whatsoever.”

    That’s if you believe he has religious values. I don’t.
    His post-election party last night was hosted by Michael Berry, a notorious racist who hosts a radio show that features a character named Dr. Rev. Shirley Q. Liquor among other racial stereotypes. He’s referred to black people as “jungle animals,” and has praised the KKK.
    I’d think that, given all the heat Trump is taking, that the news media might be interested in this story but apparently not. And equally apparently, Mr. Cruz is cynical enough that he knows he doesn’t have to worry about it.
    The man makes my skin crawl and I’m far from alone. If the GOP establishment circles the wagons around Cruz, it’s proof in my book they’d rather lose with Cruz than win with Trump.
    That said, Don’tTrustEd is still better than Rubio.<<<

    Talk about a double standard at work. They make a big deal about an innocent remark of Trump re his "approval" of David Duke, a person Trump has never met and who never endorsed Trump, and the KKK, an organization which barely exists today, while totally ignoring Cruz's close association with a real life racist who has apparently spoken in praise of the KKK.

    Both Cruz and Rubio creep me out, and I wouldn't trust either man, but I would have to rate Cruz much higher than Rubio since he is clearly much smarter than Rubio.

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  104. @flyingtiger
    It is more than that. Niven had made pictures in Hollywood before the war. He knew what the USA was like and how it was different than Britain. Niven knew that both countries had different words or terminology for the same objects. He would sometimes translate American English into British English. He would explain to Americans that the British always try to speak as little as possible. If a Britain says calmly, "That is a good idea." Niven would explain that was a major achievement. Then Niven would explain that Americans always have a story to tell to explain their viewpoint. He would tell them to smile every time the American pauses, so the American thinks that you are listening.

    The only Brits that did not seem to not have any problems was Bill Slim and Orte Wingate. Both guys were use to working with foreigners.

    An American friend of mine, a US Army colonel, argues vehemently that Bill Slim was the greatest allied general of WW2.

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  105. Neoconservatives are to conservatives as the Terminator Infiltrator units are to the Human Resistance in The Terminator… they also bring to mind Philip K Dick’s Second Variety – https://www.gutenberg.org/files/32032/32032-h/32032-h.htm

    They only want to imitate the target to get close enough to destroy them.

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