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One article that I saw stated that the Unite the Reich Right rally attendants had fewer than 20 people make it to Washington (out of a "few dozen" that boarded the train in Virginia), and that they decided to depart early when it began to rain.

 

Maybe Nazis are like the aliens in Signs, and are water-soluble.

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7 hours ago, Ternaugh said:

One article that I saw stated that the Unite the Reich Right rally attendants had fewer than 20 people make it to Washington (out of a "few dozen" that boarded the train in Virginia), and that they decided to depart early when it began to rain.

 

 

A metaphor for our times:

 

Hundreds of furious reporters seeking to whip up widespread moral panic descend on a lackluster protest by a score of wet asshats with no staying power.

 

The irony is so deep it aches and makes me want to reach for an aspirin bottle.

 

Yes, the alt-right exists and beating them is a kind of hot kinky-fetish for many of us.

 

But... unless you have a paintbrush the size of the Titanic, they aren't as dedicated, influential, numerous, or relevant as their opponents seem to want them to be. 

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2 hours ago, Vondy said:

 

But... unless you have a paintbrush the size of the Titanic, they aren't as dedicated, influential, numerous, or relevant as their opponents seem to want them to be. 

 

The ones in Congress and the White House seem to be influential enough.  As are the 62 million Americans who put them there.

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29 minutes ago, Cygnia said:

 

Here's to being on the side of desperate men. For whatever acts they may have committed (or not) to get them incarcerated, the use of what amounts to slave labor should be completely unacceptable.

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2 minutes ago, RDU Neil said:

 

Here's to being on the side of desperate men. For whatever acts they may have committed (or not) to get them incarcerated, the use of what amounts to slave labor should be completely unacceptable.

 

A-fricking-men

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Following his tantrum over not getting his big military ego stroking parade, it's being reported that Trump is looking into the possibility of a private military force that will report to him.

 

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President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said.

Prince's idea, which first surfaced last year during the president's Afghanistan strategy review, envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy for the war who would report directly to the president.

"I know he's frustrated," Blackwater founder Prince said of the president. "He gave the Pentagon what they wanted. And they haven't delivered."

 

How long until he starts strutting around in a faux-military uniform with lots of gold braid?

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I can't decide if Trump is genuinely cunning and sinister, or just oblivious to the implications of what he says and does. I mean, there's much evidence that he's not the genius he claims, but could a man who's lived so long and seen so much really be that thick?

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1 hour ago, Lord Liaden said:

I can't decide if Trump is genuinely cunning and sinister, or just oblivious to the implications of what he says and does. I mean, there's much evidence that he's not the genius he claims, but could a man who's lived so long and seen so much really be that thick?

It is a conundrum. But then again, if Trump IS that thick, how much thicker are the people who believe his lies ?

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3 hours ago, Old Man said:

He knows the implications, he just doesn't believe they apply to him.  Societal norms, decency, laws, these are all for the proletariat, not Randian "producers" like himself.

 

You are giving him far too much credit if you think he has any idea who Rand is.

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Which, according to a biography my brother read in Rolling Stone. he does. Or at least that's what his father told him: That he is genetically superior to the people around him.

 

Keep in mind, this is my recollection of what my brother said he read. So, not the most reliable source. Someone with better internet connection and time than I have could try to check this.

 

Dean Shomshak

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4 hours ago, DShomshak said:

Which, according to a biography my brother read in Rolling Stone. he does. Or at least that's what his father told him: That he is genetically superior to the people around him.

 

Keep in mind, this is my recollection of what my brother said he read. So, not the most reliable source. Someone with better internet connection and time than I have could try to check this.

 

Dean Shomshak

 

Given his diet, by this point half his genetic material is probably trans fat.

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Giuliani, explaining why Trump shouldn't talk to investigators lest he be caught in perjury or a PR gotcha, said, and I quote "the truth isn't the truth"

 

Is there a word for the opposite of a tautology?

 

I mean, I kind of get where he's coming from. Trump's foot is permanently attached to his upper palate, and he's so immersed in the world of unnecessary superlatives, hyperbole, and sales talk (and lying), that he probably would get in trouble.  And yes, honest, true statements can be twisted, like Hillary's "deplorable" comment got trimmed to make it sound like all Republicans were deplorable.

 

Just . . . it was a very maladroit way to say that, especially from a lawyer. If he'd used Richelieu's "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him" bit, it would have conveyed the problem and sounded elegant (yes the quote is maybe fake)

 

Still, aren't lawyers supposed to be like surgeons for argument? good words and all that?

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6 hours ago, DShomshak said:

Which, according to a biography my brother read in Rolling Stone. he does. Or at least that's what his father told him: That he is genetically superior to the people around him.

 

Keep in mind, this is my recollection of what my brother said he read. So, not the most reliable source. Someone with better internet connection and time than I have could try to check this.

 

Dean Shomshak

I couldn't find an interview quite like that, but I did find a Rolling Stone article that referenced the Independent, and it has a biographer that claims this is what Trump believes. The thing is, the Biographer didn't say Trump claimed to be genetically superior, not quite. He did pull a clip where Trump claims he has genes that make him driven, which is not quite the same thing.

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The opposite of a tautology is doublespeak.

 

Anyone else read Marc Stiegler's Brain Trust books?  Politically not as much of a reach as one might fear.  

 

Trump sees the world through blinders, and thinks no one can do anything to retaliate.  What scares me more, tho, is that his approval ratings remain so high.  And THIS is why the whole alt-right aspect is scary.  Perhaps they don't have the public support...but they have the climate planted, watered, weeded, and maintained by Trump working in their favor to grow behind the scenes, like any other noxious and toxic weed.

 

 

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23 hours ago, Sociotard said:

Giuliani, explaining why Trump shouldn't talk to investigators lest he be caught in perjury or a PR gotcha, said, and I quote "the truth isn't the truth"

 

Is there a word for the opposite of a tautology?

 

I mean, I kind of get where he's coming from. Trump's foot is permanently attached to his upper palate, and he's so immersed in the world of unnecessary superlatives, hyperbole, and sales talk (and lying), that he probably would get in trouble.  And yes, honest, true statements can be twisted, like Hillary's "deplorable" comment got trimmed to make it sound like all Republicans were deplorable.

 

Just . . . it was a very maladroit way to say that, especially from a lawyer. If he'd used Richelieu's "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him" bit, it would have conveyed the problem and sounded elegant (yes the quote is maybe fake)

 

Still, aren't lawyers supposed to be like surgeons for argument? good words and all that?

Very Orwellian isn't it !

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