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6/30/2020

THE LONE WARRIOR Strikes Again!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:00 pm



[guest post by Dana]

My guess is that, in the midst of civil unrest, a pandemic that won’t end, and a stalled economy, he wants to make sure that we don’t forget who he is…in his own eyes. While one’s work and accomplishments usually reflect the individual’s efforts on behalf of others, Trump is compelled to remind us in bold letters that he is TRUMP, The LONE WARRIOR!:

I don’t care about the tweet, per se. But I do think it reflects Trump’s sense of desperation. He knows his poll numbers are slipping, he is ensnared in new scandal with the Russian bounties and officials claiming that he was briefed about it in 2019, he made a serious misstep in retweeting one of his supporters yelling “white power” during a time of racial strife, and he continues to be unable to effectively lead the nation during a pandemic. In fact, he seems to believe that if he wishes the pandemic away and acts like it’s over with, everyone else will believe it’s over with too. Given all of this, he is obviously having trouble finding a working strategy for re-election. And with in-person rallies now delayed or on hold, and given his low-energy rally in Tulsa and the ruckus surrounding it, he is desperate to find something that gets his campaign off the ground. And amusingly, all Joe Biden has to do is to continue sitting in his basement and wait for the next inevitable misstep by the president. Trump is literally writing Biden’s campaign ads, and possibly providing him with an election win.

Anyway, is there any winning election strategy for a president so beset by difficulties, both of his own making, and difficulties not of his making but made worse by his decisions?

P.S. According to the Urban Dictionary, a lone warrior is an individual who makes sacrafices for a spiritual or moral reason. An idividual who is not selfish, greedy, or disrespectful. A survivor or hero in some eyes.

–Dana

153 Responses to “THE LONE WARRIOR Strikes Again!”

  1. A survivor or hero in some eyes.

    Those eyes would be his own…

    Dana (25e0dc)

  2. Oh Don, that’s so cute. No go outside and play with your little friends.

    john (cd2753)

  3. Trump is the ‘see no evil’ president

    When it comes down to it, the best defense of President Trump’s faltering leadership might be that he simply has no idea what is going on.

    Dave (1bb933)

  4. DJT is certainly disordered in his narcissism. Not sure about sociopathy, but wouldn’t argue against it.

    However, it really isn’t paranoia if they are really after you. Elements of the IC and senior military are after him. The media? Historical animus and unprecedented retreat from journalism back to propaganda. Bolton? Former chiefs of staff?

    More and more he is being cutoff and isolated.

    So, he claims a lonely or singular path. He’s correct. The heroic part? Well, he is the one trying to bring our folks home. He is the one reclaiming American control over lifesaving pharmaceuticals. Those causes aren’t nothing. Demanding a prudent Judiciary which puts founding constitutional principles above most all considerations? Maybe not Quixote-esque, but certainly a fight worth fighting.

    Order vs. nihilism? The struggle of our times and he is on the correct side. At least rhetorically, he is.

    Heroic? Selfless? Mt. Rushmore worthy? Nah. Few are.

    Ed from SFV (f64387)

  5. Biden is not just sitting in his basement. He gave a speech today in Wilmington and took questions afterward.

    Biden was also asked by reporters Tuesday about the cultural battle around the removal of monuments. He drew a distinction between former Confederate leaders, who he said belong in museums, and slave-owners who played pivotal roles in the founding of the United States, statues of whom he said should remain in place.

    “The idea of comparing whether or not George Washington owned slaves or Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and somebody who was in rebellion, committing treason, trying to take down a union to keep slavery — I think there’s a distinction there,” Biden said.

    He said statues of Christopher Columbus, Washington and Jefferson should be protected, even though “they may have things in their past that are now, and then, distasteful.”

    Dave (1bb933)

  6. Even Fox News is starting to question if the President has lost his mojo. This may just be a subtle warning to him to get it together, but I’m wondering what the likelihood is at this point.

    And the President’s supporters are reminding everyone that Michael Dukakis held a 17-point lead in a poll taken in July 1988 and that Hillary Clinton was also sitting pretty (well, maybe not the best colloquialism to use) at this point four years ago?

    JVW (ee64e4)

  7. In fact, he seems to believe that if he wishes the pandemic away and acts like it’s over with, everyone else will believe it’s over with too.

    Not just that, but that the stock market will rebound, and banks will lend money, and businesses will re-open, and the economy will get better, because he considers a double digit unemployment rate the real threat to his re-election because “It’s the economy, stupid.”

    Anyway, is there any winning election strategy for a president so beset by difficulties, both of his own making, and difficulties not of his making but made worse by his decisions?

    Yes, there is. Attack “Black Lives Matter” by name and say it is dishonest and evil and in favor of more crime, which it is, and that their very name is a lie, because it implies 1) that there are a substantial number of people people who think black lives don’t matter 2) that only blacks are potential victims of police brutality 3) that the main danger to blacks comes from the police 4) that all police in all cities are the same and 5) that police conduct have not been getting better since it was founded.

    Point out that they don’t even care about black criminals, but only about crime because they ignore blacks killed in prisons, because if they weren’t were treated more carefully, they would still be in prison – they are on;y interested in releasing people from prison.

    Point out they never said a word about elderly blacks in nursing homes.

    Or black mothers having their children taken away from them by child protective workrs and often sent into abysmal conditions.

    Come up with the beginnings of a reform program. Say that we need police, but he has a plan to reform the police, but that it has to be done with though – it’s like drafting a constitution, cite New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approach, meaning take noe months to work it out.

    And get Democrats to defend Black Lives Matter.

    Recruit blacks to attack it, and all of its stupidities, like being against gentrification because whites moving into their neighborhoods will raise rents (are they in favor of repealing open hosuing laws, or are they counting on a rise in crime to deter them?)

    Recruit blacks as local candidates to run as Republicans, and publicize them and make sure there are substitute candidates to run in case they get intimindated into quotting or gotet shot, ttout school vouchers complete with a program of federal encouragement, run ads and send direct mail geared to black audiences

    and “steal” a portion of the black vote from the Democrats just like he stole a different part of the Democratic base in 2016.

    But Trump is too ignorant and stupid to do this.

    Maybe only Kelly Anne Conway can pull this off. She’s his only hope.

    Of course, the Democratic Party can defeat this tactic by returning to sanity.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  8. Putin will pull out all the stops to keep Trump in office. He’s a priceless asset to Russia.

    Dave (1bb933)

  9. 6. JVW (ee64e4) — 6/30/2020 @ 12:26 pm

    Michael Dukakis held a 17-point lead in a poll taken in July 1988 and that Hillary Clinton was also sitting pretty (well, maybe not the best colloquialism to use) at this point four years ago?

    In 1988, Michael Dukakis was exposed as a stupid thinking “card carrying” member of the ACLU, which the electorate did not initially perceive him to be..

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  10. Dave,

    He has made a few public appearances in June, to limited audiences (Covid-19 concerns), it’s true: June 1 – an AME church in Delaware, June 25 – at a municipal building in Pennsylvania before 25 people, a speech in Philadelphia, and today’s speech in Wilmington.

    My point is, in normal times, a candidate who remains physically out of the public eye for the number of months Biden did (aside from some screwy online appearances), it would all but guarantee their loss come election time. However, Biden’s most winning strategy seems to be, get out of Trump’s way and let him step on himself. And it seems to have been working. Also, the more Biden is physically out in public and giving campaign speeches, the more opportunity he has to really put his foot in his mouth, or worse, completely lose track of what he’s saying. There is a serious risk to him going public now.

    Dana (25e0dc)

  11. 8, Dave (1bb933) — 6/30/2020 @ 12:35 pm

    Putin will pull out all the stops to keep Trump in office. He’s a priceless asset to Russia.

    What’s he going to do? There are no emails to hack, and the emails Russia released in 2016, weren’t so bad – they just reminded people of the whole issue of Hillary’s dishonesty.

    No, the on;y thing he can do sis something similar to but different than what he did in 2016. Steal some of the yellow dog Democratic base.

    But not the same portion of the base he did in 2016. That won’t work.

    And “BLACK LIVES MATTER” HAS AFFORDED HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. And he must target black voters even if, by themselves, it is not enough.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  12. Re: “Lone Warrior”

    Trump likes to be the only person in politics taking a certain stance – a stance that nobody will argue against, although they won’t support. He is able to do that because of other people’s cowardice.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  13. So, you don’t like Trump. And? Make the case for why biden is going to be better. Should be easy to do, if you’re a liberal or a Democrat.

    rcocean (2e1c02)

  14. No doubt that Biden has been minimizing his target profile effectively.

    Float like a butterfly
    Sting like a bee
    The hands can’t hit
    What the eyes don’t see

    In terms of campaign content, though, even with his limited exposure Biden still spends more time talking about relevant issues than Trump. He doesn’t spend 14 minutes explaining how he walked down a ramp, weave conspiracy theories accusing political opponents or media personalities of murder out of whole cloth, etc.

    Dave (1bb933)

  15. Attacking Biden for supporting the crime bill is the wrong approach. There was a reason for punishing crack dealing more than cocaine. Drug users paid for crack by committing often violent crimes against persons. This was not true for cocaine. So crack dealing was worse.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  16. In 1988, Michael Dukakis was exposed as a stupid thinking “card carrying” member of the ACLU, which the electorate did not initially perceive him to be.

    His spazzy Rocket J. Squirrel hatted turn in the tank photo op was also a factor.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. Maybe Trump was just playing a video game and won the first level.

    Paul Montagu (b04883)

  18. Dave: Putin will pull out all the stops to keep Trump in office. He’s a priceless asset to Russia.

    Sammy: What’s he going to do?

    You watch: Putin is going to double or even triple the amount of money Russian operatives spent on Facebook ads in 2016. Why they might spend $400,000 or even $600,000 on ads this time around, and then it will be all over for Joe Biden.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  19. Also the empathy for his wife’s hypothetical rapist.

    Dave (1bb933)

  20. I’m not worried about Putin taking out Facebook ads, JVW. There’s plenty more he can do.

    Dave (1bb933)

  21. Trump’s theory is that the one issue that will really resonate with voters this fall is whether vandals do or do not splash red paint on statues of George Washington.

    I agree that this will be an all consuming issue for approximately 40% of America and dreams of defending marble or bronze will dominate their thoughts, and they will wish only for a lone or at least loneish ( Jared will help) warrior to defend statues from paint.

    But I kind of hope the majority have other things in mind.

    Victor (0301a3)

  22. Biden still spends more time talking about relevant issues than Trump

    He’s against defiling Washington statues.

    That is amazing.

    He’ll mandate everyone wear a mask in public, but won’t enforce it against mobs defiling Washington statues.

    What else lights your fire?

    beer ‘n pretzels (206766)

  23. Float like a butterfly
    Sting like a bee
    The hands can’t hit
    What the eyes don’t see

    More like…

    Float like a turd
    Act like a jerk
    The left hand diddlin’
    While the right hand go to work

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. So, you don’t like Trump. And? Make the case for why biden is going to be better. Should be easy to do, if you’re a liberal or a Democrat.

    rcocean (2e1c02) — 6/30/2020 @ 12:52 pm

    Who is Biden?

    The election is still about whether Trump did a good job. Is America better off than it was four years ago? Is it great again, again being some kind of racist thing related to Obama being born in Africa and Muslim bans and mexicans being rapists?

    The more we look at Biden, the worse our future seems. But until the GOP removes Trump from the party, from the ticket, from our future, the election is about Trump. Trump made everything about him, so it’s easy for nevertrumpers and democrats to say ‘ok it’s about you then’.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  25. I’m not worried about Putin taking out Facebook ads, JVW. There’s plenty more he can do.

    I know, but the overall impact that Russia had in the 2016 election, which was probably less than the impact of Stacey Dash’s endorsement of Donald Trump, strikes me as just a bogeyman story told by angry and depressed Democrats who still can’t figure out how they blew it so badly. And to the degree that at one point (and probably still to this day) something like half of registered Democrats believed that Putin had actually manipulated vote totals is the sort of election fraud that the media likes to harrumph about when it’s Republicans making similar complaints about left-wing organizations. So I’m not going to wet the bed in fear that Russia is somehow going to elect the next President of the United States.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  26. ‘…he made a serious misstep in retweeting one of his supporters yelling “white power” during a time of racial strife,’…

    No. He didn’t; crazy like a Fox-viewer:

    ‘White people constitute the majority of the U.S. population, with a total of about 234,370,202 or 73% of the population as of 2017.’ – source, wikipastiface

    That’s a large and powerful voting bloc– ‘the silent majority’– worth appealing to amidst televised images of angry browns and blacks. It’s the lw & order’ strategy; ‘The Big Dick Redux.’

    The misstep today was JoeyBee’s pathetic Covid-19 speech to a near empty gymnasium w/a few reporters, declaring Americans must be ‘tested, tested, tested’ – then admitting to a reporter on camera he, himself, has not been tested.

    He’s an idiot.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  27. 17. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 6/30/2020 @ 12:54 pm

    His spazzy Rocket J. Squirrel hatted turn in the tank photo op was also a factor.

    That was art of the same thing. Made Dukakis look stupid.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  28. What the Mel, eh, Donald?!?!

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Mel Gibson plays the lone road warrior forced to fight in the gladiatorial arena of Bartertown, under the rule of queen Tina Turner.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  29. So why exactly does Trump continue to praise Putin….and why initially did he do it during his campaign? Is it running schtick that he uses to tweak the news media and make his biggest fans giggle? Or maybe the psychology is that only a real tough guy can coddle other tough guys. Of course, to most though the coddling seems subservient. I just don’t follow where there is a hidden bloc of voters that view Putin-worship as a plus….or even as a push.

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  30. The misstep today was JoeyBee’s pathetic Covid-19 speech to a near empty gymnasium w/a few reporters, declaring Americans must be ‘tested, tested, tested’ – then admitting to a reporter on camera he, himself, has not been tested.

    I think images of intelligently widely spaced, low attendance events, intended for the internet, are really weird to boomers, but appealing to younger voters.

    He’s an idiot.

    There’s nothing Biden can do that you’re going to suddenly say ‘hey he’s smart’. If Trump had Bernie Bros and Neocons allied for his benefit, I bet you’d say he was quite clever.

    Biden is nothing great, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not an idiot. He is, at minimum, smart enough to stay out of his own way, to not be trolled the way so many of Trump’s opponents and Trump himself are. This need people have to insist their political foe is a drooling vegetable because they aren’t very good at showbiz really is a thing of the past. It’s like caring if Dan Quayle can spell potato on the fly, or caring what Beyonce says.

    Let’s imagine your comment if Biden had a packed audience and disclaimed testing, or said he had gotten tested every day. Lots of ways to characterize these as idiotic too.

    But Biden’s problem isn’t that he’s stupid. It’s that he’s a bad person. He’s a divisive ghoul. He’s going to ride this ugliness instead of being a leader for a left that is doing a lot of harm to its real goals.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  31. 27 DCSCA (797bc0) — 6/30/2020 @ 1:38 pm

    eclaring Americans must be ‘tested, tested, tested’ – then admitting to a reporter on camera he, himself, has not been tested.

    He’s an idiot.

    He doesn;t know that esting doesn’t find 100% of the cases. At least standard testing. They should try a saliva test and a dog sniffing test.

    But actually Covid -19 is pretty hard to transmit. They just published a study in Norway. The people in the study continued to use a gym without masks but just did a little social distancing and maybe were there for a limited time. They also could not use the showers or the saunas and they were supposed to wash their hands.

    Nobody got the disease.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/it-s-safe-go-back-gym-if-there-s-little-covid-19-around-study-suggests

    A study on the risk of coronavirus transmission in Oslo found that people who went to a gym were no more likely to get infected, or sick, than people who didn’t. Norway has reopened its gyms based on the tentative results, which were published as a preprint yesterday and still need to go through peer review.

    But some epidemiologists aren’t so sure. It’s possible that no one was infected at those Oslo gyms because there were very few COVID-19 cases in the city when the study was done—not because working up a sweat on the treadmill or lifting weights in the midst of a pandemic is safe.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/health/coronavirus-gyms-fitness.html

    The researchers found only one coronavirus case, in a person who had not used the gym before he was tested; it was traced to his workplace. Some participants visited hospitals, but for diseases other than Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

    There was no difference in hospital visits between the groups, and there were no outpatient visits or hospitalizations because of the coronavirus. The findings were posted online on Thursday, but had not been peer-reviewed nor published.

    Some experts felt the results demonstrated that returning to the gym was relatively safe — but only in places where there were few infections.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  32. 29…so in other words, hes going the Grover Cleveland route against Pres. Harris/Abrams/Demings/Rice in 2024. However, the ol’ pilot in the photo was called Capt. WALKER.

    urbanleftbehind (9b68ac)

  33. 20. That was in a debate. That only went to show tat he was a card carrying member of the ACLU.

    Dukakis was against capital punishment. Of course he could have said he should not answer such a question.

    He didn’t have sympathy for the hypothetical rapist, just would not let his judgment be deflected.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  34. 26. JVW (ee64e4) — 6/30/2020 @ 1:25 pm

    . And to the degree that at one point (and probably still to this day) something like half of registered Democrats believed that Putin had actually manipulated vote totals

    Putin tried to investigate manioulating results, but the system is too decentralized and key parts not on the Internet and he started too late.

    After the election, when Trump looked for a while like he might make Mitt Romney Secretary of State Putin tried to take it away from Trump (Jill Stein began demanding recounts)

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  35. So, you don’t like Trump. And? Make the case for why biden is going to be better. Should be easy to do, if you’re a liberal or a Democrat.

    Only be 50% less of a failure than Trump at:
    1)Covid
    2)Foreign policy
    3)National security
    4)Race relations

    Trump made it about himself, he’s not just a failure, he’s massively failing directly in the lead up to the election.

    All Biden has to do is continue to say; wear a mask, wash your hands, at least complain about Putin, don’t actively repeat white power memes, you know, like the other guy.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  36. Biden is nothing great, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not an idiot.

    Except he is. Plagiarists usually are– especially when repeatedly caught at it.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  37. Trump’s ‘white power’ retweet set off ‘five-alarm fire’ in White House
    …..
    The video remained on the president’s Twitter page, where he has 82 million followers, for more than three hours because White House officials couldn’t reach him to ask him to delete it, the two officials said. The president was at his golf club in Virginia and had put his phone down, the officials said.
    ……..
    That must have been a first …….

    RipMurdock (d2a2a8)

  38. A Biden win means four years of fun watching many here defend him.

    Yippee! Go Biden. And pass the popcorn.

    beer ‘n pretzels (ddfa85)

  39. Except he is. Plagiarists usually are– especially when repeatedly caught at it.

    You keep complaining about plagiarism. Why do you think plagiarism is more of an issue than rape, fraud, 20k lies, treason-lite, unwilling to actual do the presidenting? Versus, you know, plagiarism, what’s your deal?

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  40. I think images of intelligently widely spaced, low attendance events, intended for the internet, are really weird to boomers, but appealing to younger voters.

    Actually, it’s very Reaganoptics: a la Newtie-G; addressing an empty House chamber only for the benefit of the must ir C-SPAN cameras, freely piping his conservative bloviations into cabled outlets across America– and the planet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  41. @40. It’s not a complaint- it’s a matter of fact. Ask the Drop-Out-Kid; JoeyBee, circa 1988. Let him do the complainin’— and explainin’.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  42. Trump is the president now. He’s running for president now. That is, and always will be, about are you better off now than 4 years ago. He could, and is, running against a bowl of jello, and based on Trump’s record, he’s getting trounced, and it’s getting worse.

    By the time of the election, we’ll be at close to a quarter of a million deaths due to Covid, the Russia thing would be getting Senate Republicans to impeach any other president and they’re not even bothering to argue the facts anymore, just complain that it came out, if the Republican president loses the military vote, he’s toast. Plus there’s the whole white power thing.

    Please, tell me how he’s doing anything other than the worst possible job imaginable on those three things 4 months before an election. How could he do worse?

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  43. It’s not a complaint- it’s a matter of fact. Ask the Drop-Out-Kid; JoeyBee, circa 1988. Let him do the complainin’— and explainin’.

    No, you’re bringing it up. Why, why is plagiarism 32 years ago worse than actively trying to get Americans sick, actively covering up for America’s enemies, actively promoting white supremacy…last week? You keep bringing it up, why?

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  44. S. Dakota Gov. Noem says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration with Trump at Mount Rushmore
    ……
    “We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing,” Noem, a Republican, said in an interview Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

    State officials have told the people of South Dakota “to focus on personal responsibility,” said Noem, adding, “Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they’re comfortable with.”
    …..
    A website detailing information for the July 3 event says that “attendance will be limited” through an online lottery that occurred in June “to around 7,500 participants.”

    While the website for the celebration makes no mention of social distancing or providing face masks, the National Park Service says “We ask the public to be our partner in adopting social distancing practices when visiting parks.”
    ……
    As of Tuesday, there are 807 active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota, according the state’s department of health. There have been 6,716 positive cases and 91 deaths from the disease. According to a three-day moving average from Johns Hopkins University, there have been on average about 60 new cases a day recently which has remained steady.
    …..
    Face masks at Mt. Rushmore (sorry for the source)…..

    RipMurdock (d2a2a8)

  45. I read first thing symposium so I knew about derelict judges, although I didn’t they would be so loyal to the cults of moloch and chimera, but military leaders unwilling to enforce public order, corporations surrendering to radical terrorists, that was something new in my experience,

    narciso (7404b5)

  46. like basil fawlty said,

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/382618/

    I know barber fauci, wants to apply more leeches,

    narciso (7404b5)

  47. It’s like the huge line around HEB a few months ago. On one level, looks really really good because it means they are doing their best to keep me safe. On another level, wow how hard to go to the store! Really depends on how you think.

    I don’t know much about c span. I’m younger than 6,000,000,000,000,000 years old so why would I care about c-span? Biden’s got the morally superior student hashtags, Trump’s got the russian trolls and the nazis lying about the latest news. This election is happening on phones that no one calls anyone with.

    Think about that weirdo with the unmodified AR 15 and the pink polo shirt, barefoot. He made a protest of the mayor all about himself. That’s Trump, every damn day. Looking dumb. Making bad things about himself. as you’d say, he’s an idiot.

    These days, it’s easy to invent a gaffe, freak out about something that doesn’t actually matter (OMG Biden hasn’t had a COVID TEST OMG OMFG OMBBQFG JFC HELP ME!!!)

    Everyone telling Biden to run out and make as many things to construe into OMG OMG OMG BIDEN DID IT THIS WAY!!! OMG HOLY F***… they aren’t Biden’s friends. And like it or not, Biden has enough intelligence to ignore the trolling. That isn’t exactly an earth shaking stroke of genius, but it shows sense.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  48. Except he is. Plagiarists usually are– especially when repeatedly caught at it.

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 6/30/2020 @ 2:23 pm

    I hate to be contrarian about this, but it surprises me how smart cheaters often are. there are people who put more work into cheating than it would have been to just do the work. Biden’s plagiarism pertains to his lack of moral character and work ethic. The law class where Biden cheated, he actually earned an A in that class when forced to retake it without cheating. Biden’s lifting of all those speeches… again, it was the powerful stuff. It was not stupidly chosen. What’s amusing is Biden was running for president before Abraham Lincoln was born.

    By pretending Biden is a total dumbass, all Biden has to do is sound like a normal 100 IQ kinda guy to crush expectations.

    A lot of Biden attacks demonstrate how good a job Biden’s campaign is doing. You’re resorting to attacking Biden for having a safe press conference, for not announcing a COVID test (a perilous headline that would probably damage Biden), for cheating in the 15th century. You would rather call Biden an idiot for relevant stuff, wouldn’t you? But you can’t cause Biden isn’t doing any relevant stuff.

    It’s hilarious. It’s not something I think we should want, but it’s reflection of something wrong with our political system.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  49. If I never see another SPCA sad commercial, it will be a blessing. I will gladly give them $1,000 to stop it.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  50. 45… why apologize for your far-left beliefs? There’ll be time enough for that.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  51. 50… this one should finish it… https://youtu.be/ozCmQjjgjDI

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  52. john gill is remarkably lifelike, has no relation to what’s actually happening in this country, the rampant destruction of property, the surrender to radical terrorists, whose protests spread this virus in many venues,

    narciso (7404b5)

  53. The thing is Dustin, every day Trump demonstrates his complete lack of discipline and inability to focus on anything other than himself.

    He doesn’t read briefings. He shows no understanding or appreciation of the crisis that has been wrecking our country for months. He can’t control himself long enough to repeat even a single coherent campaign talking point in response to a softball question from a sycophantic interviewer.

    Biden’s ability to do what Trump apparently finds impossible by remaining committed to a simple, consistent strategy and message from one day to the next is evidence, in itself, of superior fitness to hold office.

    Dave (1bb933)

  54. Mattis, Tillerson, Kelly and Bolten.

    They have called Trump many things but “warrior” isn’t one of them.

    noel (4d3313)

  55. R.I.P. Carl Reiner

    The 2,000 Year Old Man’s straight man was just 98.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  56. @49. Smart cheaters aren’t caught. JoyBee wuz–repeatedly.

    Varsity Blues…

    You’re resorting to attacking Biden for having a safe press conference…

    No. Just calling him out for being an idiot for declaring and reiterating his March policy to ‘test, test, test’ then admitting on camera at the end of June he, himself, has not been tested.

    Tagging him an idiot is a safe call for any umpire.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  57. Biden’s ability to do what Trump apparently finds impossible by remaining committed to a simple, consistent strategy and message from one day to the next is evidence, in itself, of superior fitness to hold office.

    Dave (1bb933) — 6/30/2020 @ 3:26 pm

    Yes. Just staying out of his own way. Trump’s fanatics will insist this kind of thing is effusive praise for Biden. But no, we know what Biden is. Fanatics have insisted we loved Hillary, that it’s really funny when we are frustrated with obstruction of justice, that we’re never trumpers. Well, say never enough and it becomes true.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  58. ‘@58… remaining committed to a simple, consistent strategy and message from one day to the next is evidence, in itself…’ — of old age.

    America is a nation that worships youth, treasures the vigor of energetic innovators and is at it’s best when remaking itself every 20-25 years, always looking to the future.

    If he is still alive, JoeyBee will be 78 on November 20; his future has passed.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  59. If he is still alive, JoeyBee will be 78 on November 20; his future has passed.

    Picking his VP is a real problem. A) it’s newsworthy, which is against his strategy of not existing. B) he’s going to need to pick someone the rioters really like C) he’s going to need to pick someone that helps him move to the center on the issue of crime

    And everyone will assume this person could be president. So if he picks someone with a light resume, that could be a disaster. The really bad president could be the GOP’s next candidate, should the pendulum keep swinging like this.

    But until then, this is the Trump show

    Dustin (739c8b)

  60. Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827) — 6/30/2020 @ 2:36 pm

    By the time of the election, we’ll be at close to a quarter of a million deaths due to Covid,

    We’re now at (using World Health Organization figures, which differ in accuracy from country to country) 125,000 dead from tis virus in the USA, and 500,000 worldwide, and 10 million reported cases. (which should be multiplied by anything from 10 to 30.)

    Please, tell me how he’s doing anything other than the worst possible job imaginable on those three things 4 months before an election. How could he do worse?

    There are several ways Trump could do worse, and there are others who could do much worse.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  61. Picking his VP is a real problem.

    Of his own making.

    And the poor woman will have to slave away for him– carry his water so to speak– as all VP running mates end up doing. ‘Maid to order;’ that’ll look great for a black woman in the 21st century.

    He’s an idiot.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  62. So if he picks someone with a light resume, that could be a disaster

    He said again today that experience w/foreign affairs, political appointments or elected office wasn’t essential for his choice. Because he has it.

    He’s an idiot.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  63. America is a nation that worships youth, treasures the vigor of energetic innovators and is at it’s best when remaking itself every 20-25 years, always looking to the future.

    If he is still alive, JoeyBee will be 78 on November 20; his future has passed.

    Well, then you should definitely vote for the middle aged or young one. Which one of the two is that? Trump will be 74 1/2 by then, that’s a 4% difference in age.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  64. @60. Look, JoeyBee is a candidate by system default, not accoladed choice. He’s the DNC’s McCain this go around; another doomed old fart. And to be kind, you can’t really fault the candidates; the flaws lay in the plumbing of the two major, antiquated political parties which allows these floaters to keep rising to the waterline of the throne. They keep too many around too long clinging to power, w/o a good, thorough flushing. Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, the Gingrich-types, etc. Stinkers all… it’s how America got Trumped. The real problem are these two major political parties. They’ve done more damage to America than NorKo, the PRC or Russia could have dreamed. And Putin smiled…

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  65. @64. And Trump hasn’t had brain surgeries like JoeyBee has.

    In an era where Americans don’t want to be governed but wish to be entertained, JR Ewing beats George Wilson every time.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  66. And Trump hasn’t had brain surgeries like JoeyBee has.

    In an era where Americans don’t want to be governed but wish to be entertained, JR Ewing beats George Wilson every time.

    So that’s the problem, he needs one. Again, you’re talking about Donald Trump, the guy that’s tweeting white power memes and kowtowing to Russia. Donald Trump, who can’t string 3 words together without sounding like a meth addicted toddler.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  67. If Trump keeps this up, he’ll have a stroke. He should realize that he’s too good for us and resign. If he works it right he can get a pardon for everything, including no paying this year’s taxes.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  68. It is really boring that you develop some catchphrase like you’re selling me a Datsun.

    It’s also kinda Trumpy. like an alternative to recognizing the point.

    JR Ewing beats George Wilson every time.

    Nobody born in the last 300 years knows what you’re talking about.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  69. Honorary Karen.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  70. JR Ewing beats George Wilson every time.

    Trump comes up short against Thurston Howell III.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  71. And Trump hasn’t had brain surgeries like JoeyBee has.

    Talk about a high, hanging curveball over the middle of the plate…

    Too easy.

    Dave (1bb933)

  72. Trump comes up short against Thurston Howell III.

    Lil buddy, he ain’t Gilligan. He had his own island too.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  73. “You ain’t never the same when the air hits your brain.”

    And it certainly made matters worse when Joe had his head drilled for teh hair plugs…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  74. And it certainly made matters worse when Joe had his head drilled for teh hair plugs…

    Now you’re going to compare hair…with Trump? Donald Trump…this Donald Trump?

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  75. If Trump keeps this up, he’ll have a stroke. He should realize that he’s too good for us and resign. If he works it right he can get a pardon for everything, including no paying this year’s taxes.

    Kevin M (ab1c11) — 6/30/2020 @ 5:17 pm

    It’s time to go, Moscow Donnie. But I’m sure Trump’s advisors, the ones who own Ferraris now, are telling him to go for the gold, biden’s brain dead so the debate will be easy pickins.

    If Biden’s smart he’s got some incredibly simple gimmick. He could just read names of everyone who has died from bleach poisoning in the last month.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  76. @69. You do.

    So does Kevin.

    Hillary Logic.

    The biggest mistake everyone– everyone— has ever made when ‘dealing’ with Trump over a lifetime in personal, business — and now his presidency– is underestimating him.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  77. Until the hair took root, those plugs got Biden disinvited from the St. Patrick’s Day parade due to the wiffle ball whistling effect when he rode in the lead convertible…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  78. And it certainly made matters worse when Joe had his head drilled for teh hair plugs…

    Did he rip out his wife’s hair and then rape her, like Trump did after undergoing that procedure?

    Dave (1bb933)

  79. If Biden dies before inauguration (after his landslide win) does Trump get another term?

    Dustin (739c8b)

  80. @67. See #27.

    ‘White people constitute the majority of the U.S. population, with a total of about 234,370,202 or 73% of the population as of 2017.’ – source, wikipastiface

    Crazy like a Fox-viewer: he knows his audience; and his voting bloc in key EC states.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  81. The biggest mistake everyone– everyone— has ever made when ‘dealing’ with Trump over a lifetime in personal, business — and now his presidency– is underestimating him.

    Oh, I thought you were going to say the mistake of not getting paid up front.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  82. @78. Have you noticed the tiny ‘duck tail’ he’s sporting? A Grey Greaser.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  83. The biggest mistake everyone– everyone— has ever made when ‘dealing’ with Trump over a lifetime in personal, business — and now his presidency– is underestimating him.

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 6/30/2020 @ 5:30 pm

    I definitely agree with you here. Trump has a plan to win and it’s probably a much better one than we realize. It is probably horrible, and like his plan to win last time, should put a lot of people in prison for helping him. But Trump is formidable. He would slaughter every last American soldier for $17.

    I had to google more than once to figure out you were referencing the Dallas show (which is way before my parent’s time). George wilson is a football player and a Gatsby character and google did not put anything about your George Wilson on the first two pages. You’ve got to update your um… notecards? Stone tablets maybe? Maybe fax Google with your telegram machine? I assume one of these guys was ‘alpha’ and the other was somehow lame and that’s supposed to mean Biden… He is an idiot TM.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  84. Oh, I thought you were going to say the mistake of not getting paid up front.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827) — 6/30/2020 @ 5:37 pm

    hahahahahaha

    Dustin (739c8b)

  85. Until the hair took root, those plugs got Biden disinvited from the St. Patrick’s Day parade due to the wiffle ball whistling effect when he rode in the lead convertible…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 6/30/2020 @ 5:31 pm

    I have to admit I laughed at this one too. Biden is a lot more fun to laugh at than Trump.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  86. Biden is a lot more fun to laugh at than Trump.

    Speak for yourself, white man.

    Dave (1bb933)

  87. Really, when you get down to it- what has Trump done to hurt your life personally? He’s a filthy rotten, disgusting capitalist who bends the law, wholly spawned and nurtured in the Reaganomics cesspoll of the go-go 80s. Hot wives, steamy mistresses, lots of cool toys… Envious? The pandemic isn’t his fault– and he even sent you $ to help you though it– and may just send more before Election Day; he forced NATO deadbeats to start paying up; he cut your taxes, got you two conservative SCOTUS judges, is going after illegals, got the stock market booming and has entertained you for almost four years. Even impeaching him was a show! ‘Course we can all find something; I’ll never forgive him for destroying the art deco facades on the Bonwit Teller Building when putting up Trump Tower– or for Helsinki.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  88. @84. You’ve never seen the Dennis The Menace foil, George Wilson?

    Sad. And sadly Bidensque. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  89. Personally, spent my kids money like the most drunken sailor ever, actively worked to get a couple of hundred thousand Americans to die from “the woowooflu” while putting all of us at greater risk, conspired to allow the Russians to murder some of my fellow countrymen. But that’s just in the last month.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  90. Dustin, I think the reference is to Dennis the Menace.

    Kishnevi (dd21f2)

  91. Biden is a lot more fun to laugh at than Trump.

    He is, most decidedly, a chucklehead.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  92. Democrats cheer this crap…

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/dems_equate_july_4_with_white_supremacy_06-29-2020.jpg

    You think they have any interest in helping to make your life – and the lives of your children – better? Think again.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  93. But that’s just in the last month.

    You forgot the time when he had peaceful demonstrators beaten, trampled, grenaded and gassed so he could defile a historic church for a crass political stunt.

    Dave (1bb933)

  94. You forgot the time when he had peaceful demonstrators beaten, trampled, grenaded and gassed so he could defile a historic church for a crass political stunt.

    Oh yeah, forgot that one.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  95. 90.Personally, spent my kids money like the most drunken sailor ever,…

    Translation: how Kudlow can you go: Reaganomics.

    … actively worked to get a couple of hundred thousand Americans to die from “the woowooflu” while putting all of us at greater risk…

    Republicans are the party of ‘personal responsibility’– if you’re gonna party with the party, stop waving the Constitution, start wearing a mask.

    ….conspired to allow the Russians to murder some of my fellow countrymen.

    … Afghans aren’t Russians. Yet.

    _________

    @94. You forgot the time when he had peaceful demonstrators beaten, trampled, grenaded and gassed so he could defile a historic church for a crass political stunt.

    You forgot, Davey; Reagan Seed:

    ‘Attorney General Bill Barr gave the order for federal police forces to clear Lafayette Park minutes before President Trump held a photo-op at St. John’s church. Barr work[ed] in the White House of =drumroll= Ronald Reagan dealing with legal policies.’ – source, wikiEvil

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  96. C’mon, be honest… weren’t they mostly peaceful?

    They demand a defunding of the police, so that they have an easier time at their game of deniable intimidation. You both are smart enough to know this, and yet you beclown yourselves with nearly every post.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  97. If the debates are open to the public, the Trump partisans should show up in dog masks (think Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the old Cleveland Browns Dawg Pound):
    http://nypost.com/2020/06/30/joe-biden-rips-trump-calls-reporter-a-lying-dog-face/

    urbanleftbehind (9b68ac)

  98. I would have congratulated him on the roll out of the emmanuel plan in new york and other places

    Narciso (7404b5)

  99. Hot wives, steamy mistresses, lots of cool toys… Envious?

    The opulent golden rooms look uncomfortable and weird. Paying for sex all the time, hanging with Epstein and joking that he likes them young, Trump’s life really isn’t what normal men want. If you want to tell a young man how to have a very happy life, tell them to find monogamy, live well within his means, exercise, take advantage of good opportunities.

    Dubya got to ride a fighter jet onto an aircraft carrier and blow up the entire regime of his dad’s nemesis. Was cool under pressure. An imperfect presidency but one that cared a lot about this country.

    Trump installed a button for diet cokes.

    The pandemic isn’t his fault– and he even sent you $ to help you though it

    I guess you changed your mind on the merits of that? It’s not Trump’s money, btw.

    Trump thinks the masks are about him, told us to drink bleach and shove UV lights up our asses.

    He’s an idiot.

    what has Trump done to hurt your life personally?

    As re-election slogans go I’ve heard better.

    Dustin (739c8b)

  100. Dude, when YOU have to call YOURSELF the LONE WARRIOR, you are one pitiful lame-ass lame-o fit only to be laughed at.

    nk (1d9030)

  101. Dustin, I think the reference is to Dennis the Menace.

    Kishnevi (dd21f2) — 6/30/2020 @ 6:02 pm

    I am sure I’ve seen the comic strip but I can’t remember it at all. But thanks. Mea culpa!

    Dustin (739c8b)

  102. Trump’s alter ego weighs in

    THE LONE PRECIOUS!!!!!!

    Biden, too

    You know, and this is real, but you know who else wore a mask? The Green Lantern. You’re telling me it’s not *cool* to wear a mask? The Green Lantern isn’t cool? Who the hell says that

    Paul Montagu (c8b54e)

  103. Hey, Donnie can’t be blamed for the Russia thing, because “he don’t read no stinkin’ briefs” that sounds like a pansy thing. He totally likes the panty thing, for sure, grab’em and stuff, he totally hooked up with those hotties, didn’t have to pay them at all, definitely not $130k. He’s totally a panty man, wait, what now?

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  104. “what has Trump done to hurt your life personally?

    As re-election slogans go I’ve heard better.”

    lol

    Davethulhu (7d96ba)

  105. Trump also, was totally not informed, because reasons and stuff, but Kayleigh Mcenany said even though he totally didn’t know, he’s also “the most informed person on planet Earth”. Except on this, or who know bleach is bad to inject, or the flu killed people…most bestest informed of all the persons on EARTH.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  106. He’s totally a panty man, wait, what now?

    He’s totally a pantywaist, and the “he” part is questionable too.

    nk (1d9030)

  107. Trump team’s brewing debate: How to message a raging health emergency
    ……
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Jared Kushner, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and counselor to the president Hope Hicks are among the aides arguing against these regular sessions because they want to keep the White House focused on the path forward and the nascent economic recovery…..

    Other senior aides, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and his team, believe keeping Americans up to date about the nature of the outbreak is critical as the death toll rises. More than 126,000 people have perished in the U.S. because of the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the government’s own experts are warning of serious trouble ahead.
    ……..
    …….. Top aides cannot determine the best way for Trump to appear in control of the response — while the president himself has remained focused on culture-war concerns such as protests, the removal of monuments and the funding of law enforcement.

    Trump has told advisers and allies he expects a vaccine for the novel coronavirus to arrive this fall, a timeline for which there is no certainty, and he wants aides to offer both facts and a message of optimism to the public, a senior administration official said.
    ……..
    …….. Trump aides are trying to decide whether to put the national spotlight back on what they have spent months arguing is a series of state and local issues — that had previously been relegated to the vice president’s office.
    ……..
    Some White House officials, such as Meadows, want Dr. Deborah Birx, a global infectious diseases expert on the White House task force, to become the face of the coronavirus response and make appearances on local media…….
    ……..
    “We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day,”(Dr. Anthony) Fauci said. “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so, I am very concerned.”…..
    ……………

    Rip Murdock (cbe514)

  108. Maybe if they ever figure out how to “message” the raging health emergency, they’ll have time to think about how to solve it…

    SMH

    Dave (1bb933)

  109. I’m just fascinated at why the Media and their allies (Mittens, Schumer, Pelosi, etc.) all think the average American shares their (fake) obsession with Putin, or cares about some minor Intelligence issue. Somehow its important, even though there’s no evidence that it matters or even that it resulted in any American getting killed or injured.

    Remember the Ukrainian phone call? The MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE EVER. The one that required trump to be impeached by the Democrats in the House, and removed from Office by the Democrats in the Senate? The only Republican to vote with them was Mitt Romney. Yet, despite this unheard of impeachment, no one talks about it. Its as if, it never existed. And it only happened 4 months ago!

    But now we’re on to the next big scandal. The one that will BRING DOWN TRUMP. The walls are closing in. They’ve got him this time. zzzzz

    rcocean (fcc23e)

  110. What’s more interesting is that the Senate Republicans smell blood in the waster. They think Trump is finished, and are getting in touch with their inner loser. Mitch is “Threatening” the D’s not to change the filibuster because…well…they’ll be sorry. Just you see.

    Mittens is demanding Troops not be brought home from Germany because…yeah whatever. Its Mittens.

    Other R Senators are praising BLM, because supposedly some Black person somewhere will vote for them. And because the C of C supports them. Meanwhile, the destruction of Monuments and name changing of building all over the USA, doesn’t get a peep from them. You wonder if the R Senators, really want to retain control of the Senate, or if they really just want to let the D’s take control of Everything, so they just talk and collect their graft money.

    rcocean (fcc23e)

  111. It’s interesting to hear that dead American soldiers at the hands of GRU-financed Talibaners is just “some minor Intelligence issue”.
    The mothers of those killed Americans don’t share your downtalking, ocean.

    Paul Montagu (c8b54e)

  112. CV-19 deaths are going down while CV-19 cases are going up. The explanation is simple. Large numbers of asymptomatic and immune people are being identified. In addition, people under 50, without serious medical conditions, have a very, very, low death rate from the disease. Its no worse than the flu.
    So, if young people are getting CV-19, this won’t result in a large number of deaths.

    But we need to keep the hysteria up till November 3rd, and then the disease will mysteriously decline. Assuming Biden wins.

    rcocean (fcc23e)

  113. Cool story bro, 130,122 dead. 5k more than Friday.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  114. So, if young people are getting CV-19, this won’t result in a large number of deaths.

    According to the Trump CDC, Covid-19 hospitalizations are at a record high for all age groups, the highest rate being people 65 and over, not “young people”.

    Overall, about 1/1000 of the population is hospitalized for the virus right now.

    The rate for people 18-49 is 60% of that (so 6/10000).
    The rate for people 65+ is 300% of that (so 3/1000).

    Dave (1bb933)

  115. CV-19 deaths are going down while CV-19 cases are going up.

    Deaths are a lagging indicator.

    Paul Montagu (c8b54e)

  116. Deaths are a lagging indicator.

    Also, if the rate of hospitalizations keeps climbing, eventually there will be no more capacity, and fatalities will skyrocket.

    That was the danger in the beginning, and it’s still the most serious danger.

    Dave (1bb933)

  117. The best thing that would happen is that EVERYONE under 40 got Covid-19 this week. We should PAY people to get it. Until we have herd immunity, those older folks will be in constant danger.

    #Getitoverwith

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  118. @102. Joseph Kearns. Look him up.
    _______

    @100. Trump’s life really isn’t what normal men want. If you want to tell a young man how to have a very happy life, tell them to find monogamy, live well within his means, exercise, take advantage of good opportunities.

    LOL Take that up w/t fellas off the third shift at Firestone in an Akron watering hole.

    Trump installed a button for diet cokes.

    Arnold Palmer installed taps directly from Latrobe’s Rolling Rock brewery into his den.

    Rolling Rock on tap beat Diet Coke, canned or bottled.

    As re-election slogans go I’ve heard better

    Like: “Make America Great Again” — a 1980 Reaganoptics line lifted/copyrighted and applied to all widgets Trump. Ever the filthy, rotten, gilded, flamboyant, lying, thieving capitalist. ;-). Like JR Ewing- the entertaining scoundrel everybody loves– or loves to hate.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  119. LOL Take that up w/t fellas off the third shift at Firestone in an Akron watering hole.

    Not sure why I would. Maybe on TV these kinds of guys are engaged in the depraved moral behavior of Donald trump, but they probably can only get away with so much of that before reality catches up with them. Trump didn’t have that blessing.

    Like: “Make America Great Again” — a 1980 Reaganoptics line

    It is! And it’s a promise. The greatness we lost in the 1970s, brought back and then some. Some of this is self-fulfilling I guess. A people can be happy, united, productive, if they believe the are.

    Trump, however, is indeed someone Americans resent and love to hate. He’s a divisive racist. The greatness he was reclaiming had more to do with his endless concern that Obama was born in Africa, and nothing to do with economic opportunity for the working man.

    Like JR Ewing- the entertaining scoundrel everybody loves– or loves to hate.

    Is this on Netflix?

    Dustin (739c8b)

  120. @121. The greatness we lost in the 1970s, brought back and then some

    On Uncle Sam’s AmEx Gold Card.

    Trump, however, is indeed someone Americans resent and love to hate.

    Not all Americans.

    He’s a divisive racist.

    So was Henry Ford. Some capitalists can “drive” you crazy.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  121. This is foreign policy?

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/trump-phone-calls-national-security-concerns/index.html

    Putin and Erdogan (who has a private line to Trump, even calls while he on the golf course) are running circles around him like it was child’s play, while Trump condescends to, berates and insults allied foreign leaders, especially the female heads of state.

    High ranking officials familiar with these calls, who either overheard them in real time or read rough transcripts and contemporaneous notes, are aghast. They are shocked at the president’s complete lack of preparation and utter lack of knowledge and understanding of policy and current events, not to mention diplomacy and decorum.

    These officials say that if Congress were briefed on these calls, heard recordings or read rough transcripts, Trump would lose a lot of support in the Senate. They’re that bad.

    As to the PDBs, that’s an inaccurate acronym, because they aren’t prepared solely for the president. They’re actually executive daily briefings, which go out to several high-ranking officials, such as the Chief of Staff, the National Security Advisor, the Secretary of Defense, among others, like the Director of National Intelligence. And they’re not just a few pages in bullet-point format. The reports are often forty to fifty pages long. No wonder Trump doesn’t read them.

    The New York Times found the daily briefing in which the Russian bounty scheme was mentioned, even noted the date. Bolton stated publicly that he personally briefed the president on the intel on more than one occasion–in March of 2019.

    So Trump is lying, again. There is some question as to how to interpret the intel though. Was Putin actually putting bounties of US and allied troops, or was he funding the Taliban, knowing it would result in attacks that would cause the deaths of US and allied troops? That’s a distinction without a difference. Either way, Putin clearly wants to keep the US mired in Afghanistan, because he knows it costs us blood and treasure, and stretches our forces thin.

    Trump says he wants to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan, but Putin won’t let him. Why? Because he knows that a prolonged conflict overseas, the longest in American history, without a victory in sight makes the US military look weak. That’s like a slap on the cheek of a butt-boy in a dominant-submissive relationship.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  122. Trump says he wants to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan, but Putin won’t let him. Why? Because he knows that a prolonged conflict overseas, the longest in American history, without a victory in sight makes the US military look weak. That’s like a slap on the cheek of a butt-boy in a dominant-submissive relationship.

    Also with his efforts to ensure his proxy minimize NATO, potentially undercutting a Ukraine invitation, removing troops from Russia’s theater(s); Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Syria, and keeping America tied up in Afghanistan. This is all Putin has been looking for. It’s a geopolitical win for him, a loss for America, and has the benefit of 30% of American’s cheering for it as winning, because they are fools. This has been an outstanding espionage win for the Russians. Plus, you have their bots spreading conspiracies, lies, and egging on violence on-line, letting very stupid useful idiots parrot the script from the IRA.

    Итак, многое, победа

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  123. The lone warrior indeed. Trump is now cancelling rallies and hiding in his bunker.

    https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/06/30/no-trump-rallies-now/

    But he is going to a fireworks show at Mr. Rushmore, as if he deserves to added to that monument mountain. Not unless he can find a sculptor who can carve a giant dunce hat out of stone.

    I agree with Frank Bruni, Trump is toast.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/opinion/trump-lose-2020-election.html?smid=tw-share

    Biden may be laughable, but he is not loathed. That’s a real problem for the Trump campaign, because they don’t know how to attack, smear and ridicule the opponent. Biden is playing it smart, if somewhat gaffe prone. He’s letting Trump lose this election all by himself.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  124. Gawain’s Ghost (b25cd1) — 7/1/2020 @ 2:15 am

    The New York Times found the daily briefing in which the Russian bounty scheme was mentioned, even noted the date.

    I don’t know if the date is in the New York Times (I think they have February or late February) but the date it was mentioned in the President’s Daily Brief is said to be February 27, and in addition it was mentioned in some secret publication put out by the CIA, dated May 4. It also may have come up last year (2019)

    Bolton stated publicly that he personally briefed the president on the intel on more than one occasion–in March of 2019.

    What does he exactly say?

    So Trump is lying, again. There is some question as to how to interpret the intel though. Was Putin actually putting bounties of US and allied troops, or was he funding the Taliban, knowing it would result in attacks that would cause the deaths of US and allied troops?

    The evidence is strong that Russia paid money to the Taliban (using the hawala system, which involves no money crossing borders, but someone in Afghanistan handing money to someone in exchange for someone outside Afghanistan handing money to someone else – this system is not limited to the Arab world, but was used to evade capital controls during World War II)

    The Taliban, in turn, appear to have paid criminal groups to carry out attacks. They were not on salary, but were paid as needed. Mercenary terrorists, you might call them.

    So there could be some question as to how closely Russian money was tied to attacks. Did Russia have a fixed budget for support of the Taliban, or did Putin pay extra for successful attacks? The Taliban did.

    That’s a distinction without a difference.

    It’s being treated like it makes a great deal of difference Maybe it shouldn’t be. And there’s of course another question: Was Russia doing this on its own, or was it laundering money for some other power, perhaps taking a cut for itself, or perhaps in exchange for other favors?

    Either way, Putin clearly wants to keep the US mired in Afghanistan, because he knows it costs us blood and treasure, and stretches our forces thin.

    Well, no, that would tend to chase the United States out of Afghanistan, and especially have an impact on Trump, who probably doesn’t like to see American troops killed on his watch.

    Trump says he wants to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan,

    Guess why? But he won’t retreat under fire.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  125. This is what former National Security Adviser Susan Rice claims she would have done: (I aded a few words in brackets)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/opinion/trump-russia-afghanistan.html

    Here’s what should have happened. Had I, as national security adviser, received even “raw” reporting that Russia was paying to kill U.S. service members, I would have walked straight into the Oval Office to brief the president.

    Contrary to the spin-masters in the White House today, I would not have waited until we had absolute certainty. I would have said, “Mr. President, I want to make sure you are aware that we have troubling reporting that Russia is paying the Taliban to kill our forces in Afghanistan. I will work with the intelligence community to ensure the information is solid. In the meantime, I will convene the national security team to get you some [useless and futile] options for how to respond to this apparent major escalation in Russia’s hostile actions.”

    If later the president decided, as Mr. Trump did, that he wanted to talk with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at least six times over the next several weeks and invite him to join the Group of 7 summit over the objections of our allies, I would have thrown a red flag: “Mr. President, I want to remind you that we believe the Russians are killing American soldiers. This is not the time to hand Putin an olive branch. It’s the time to punish him.”

    Susan Rice is a semi-regular contributor to the New York Times Op-ed page and is probably on former Vice President’s short list for Vice President.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  126. the benghazi movie reviewer, lol, (she recited the talking points, that excused the rendition and death of an american ambassador) and provided the ‘by the book’ pretext’ for the flynn witchhunt,

    narciso (7404b5)

  127. Trump: “I’m All For Masks, I Think Masks Are Good”

    In other news, we have always been at war with Eastasia.

    (Trump says he liked wearing a mask because he thought it made him look like the Lone Ranger…how Trumpy is that, boys and girls?)

    Dave (1bb933)

  128. Hmm, well, it’s not like Trump is 5 months late, and 100k deaths short.

    Also, Trump now believes that sticking a light up your butt is uncomfortable, but there is no consensus that it doesn’t work to kill the rona, there’s this one guy who says it works, I think that’s campaign manager Brad Parscale.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  129. Hey, the Donald, the most “informed” person on the planet “Earth” thinks the Russian bounty program that his admin has confirmed, is a hoax. Well, he got the mask message kindasorta right’ish today, hoping for him begrudgingly only being just a simpleton for one day was too much to ask, he had to double down and moron with a seasoning of treasonous conduct.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  130. With Trump, moron is always the verb. He’s actively moronning this very moment.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  131. On his Fox Business interview, Donald Trump’s plan to defeat the ‘Rona is to hope for a miracle. That’s the plan.

    TRUMP: “We’re heading back in a very strong fashion, with a V. And I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope.”
    BLAKE BURMAN: “You still believe so? Disappear?”
    TRUMP: “Well I do, I do. Yeah sure, at some point. And I think we’re going to have a vaccine very soon too.”

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  132. He learns nothing and forgets nothing.

    Dave (1bb933)

  133. Daily confirmed deaths per million people, 7-day average from July 1:

    Brazil: 4.67
    US: 2.67
    Sweden: 2.43
    UK: 1.69
    Canada: 0.52
    France: 0.27
    Italy: 0.22
    Germany: 0.12
    Norway: 0.05
    Denmark: 0.05
    Finland: 0.03
    Japan: 0.01

    Heading back in a very strong fashion!

    Dave (1bb933)

  134. Remember how the virus was going to “just disappear” in April, when the weather got warmer?

    How long until he claims it will disappear when the weather gets colder, I wonder?

    Dave (1bb933)

  135. Typically, deaths are a lagging indicator, but the top three in new deaths today was…
    1. AZ, 88
    2. CA, 71
    3. FL, 49
    …and the top three in new cases was…
    1. FL, 6,563
    2. TX, 6,041
    3. AZ, 4,877
    It’ll just go away. Hope is a plan.

    Paul Montagu (c8b54e)

  136. Cvod-19 is not like the flu or like smallpox was, where every person has approximately an equal chnnce of transmitting it. It is like measles and like SARS was, where a few people seem to infect others much more than most. There may be a narrow window of time when it can be readily transmitted starting a few days after infection – however THAT TIME BEGINS BEFORE SYMPTOMS ARE NOTICEABLE.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/science/how-coronavirus-spreads.html

    Epidemiologists capture the difference between the flare-ups and the plodding with something known as the dispersion parameter. It is a measure of how much variation there is from person to person in transmitting a pathogen.

    But James Lloyd-Smith, a U.C.L.A. disease ecologist who developed the dispersion parameter 15 years ago, cautioned that just because scientists can measure it doesn’t mean they understand why some diseases have more superspreading than others. “We just understand the bits of it,” he said.

    When Covid-19 broke out, Dr. Kucharski and his colleagues tried to calculate that number by comparing cases in different countries.

    If Covid-19 was like the flu, you’d expect the outbreaks in different places to be mostly the same size. But Dr. Kucharski and his colleagues found a wide variation. The best way to explain this pattern, they found, was that 10 percent of infected people were responsible for 80 percent of new infections. Which meant that most people passed on the virus to few, if any, others.

    Another study, in Georgia, found that just 2 percent of people were responsible for 20 percent of transmissions. hey thik it’s probably not genetic – it might be more related to where somebody is.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  137. CBS News reports that Trump now is endorsing masks more. He’d wear it in a crowd.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  138. The oral polio vaccine may strenghen the immune system and gear the body up to fight the coronavirus:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-old-vaccine-may-help-against-coronavirus-11593557168

    We suggest the Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine, or OPV, as an ideal way to stimulate native emergency immune response to Covid while work on a targeted vaccine continues. OPV has a 70-year track record in protecting against polio, and almost 50 years ago Russian virologists discovered that it is also protective against other viruses. It reduced influenza by 3.8-fold—better than specific influenza vaccines. Other vaccines, including one for measles, can do the same

    This is probably too crazy to get actually recommended.

    Did you read that it works better against the flu than flu vaccines? (probably considering all varieties of flu here)

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  139. 137… where’s GA?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  140. 137… where’s GA?

    At the link you can click on. Do your homework.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  141. Okay, Colonel (Honorary) Karen, but no link on the comment I was responding to.

    Putz…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  142. Comment 137 certainly does have a link, and the info you asked for is there…

    Dave (1bb933)

  143. Okay, Colonel (Honorary) Karen, but no link on the comment I was responding to.

    Putz…

    Sure, you were talking about the one that had nothing to do with states, not the one with the states and the link.

    How about you can’t remember a number.

    Georgia…not good, 5th mostest bad, 45th best. But you could have clicked the link, or given it a goog.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (305827)

  144. So New York (Population: 19.45M) has 32,143 COVID deaths and NJ (Pop. 8.9 M) has 15,213 COVID deaths, but Texas (pop. 29.9M) with 2,538 COVID deaths and Florida (pop. 21.5 M) with 3,554 deaths are the problem…

    Science!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  145. Kentucky Woman!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  146. …the homely butch kind is keeping Mitch McConnell awake at night.

    urbanleftbehind (33b929)

  147. Science!

    The number of total deaths or cases since the start of the pandemic is irrelevant to the degree of pressure on the hospitals, doctors and nurses today.

    New York and New Jersey are currently getting 3 new cases per 100,000 per day.

    The rate in Arizona is 14 times higher. Florida is 11 times higher.

    The rate of deaths in Arizona last week was 0.51 per 100,000. In New York, 0.01.

    Science!

    Dave (1bb933)

  148. When will teh manlove for Andrew Cuomo cease!?!?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  149. The rate of deaths in Arizona last week was 0.51 per 100,000.

    Better schiffcan the economy again… Science!!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  150. Someone told me that he heard from a doctor that there are about 100,000 people in Boro Park, and nobody there is wearing masks, and there hasn’t been a (hospitalized?) case there in 6 weeks.

    Herd immunity may be more easy to arrive at than you think.

    Sammy Finkelman (70b0bc)

  151. What other economy does Arizona have besides old people? If you kill them off, it’s back to raiding Chihuahua.

    nk (1d9030)

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