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quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Meh. Fancy Cordon Bleu stuff is all well and good, but sometimes you just want a cheeseburger and fries.

Yup. This isn't anything new. Made a news splash when he was elected. He simply prefers fast food. And chocolate cake.

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no prophet's flag is set so...

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I just want everyone to know that anything incriminating or really stupid I appear to have written on this thread was actually written by trumpy's lawyer.

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Two very critical gaps in the Trump administration is the diplomatic corps and the elite military.

We generally have 188 Ambassadorships. Trump has appointed only 60 ambassadors, leaving many critical posts unfilled. On top of that Tillerson has put a hiring freeze on the rest of the foreign service and he does not seem to be ready to lift the freeze. Now Colin Power and Madalene Albrecht, former Secretary of States, are expressing concern about how weak the service has become.

We are also seeing the military being ripped apart at the seams. Look at the list of accidents that the 7th Fleet has had in the past year. While all the accidents have been found to be the fault of the commanding officers, they point to the systemic problems of the fleet being overextended and the personnel are fatigued.

Also, our elite forces are coming apart. There have been several situations where we have lost servicemen in the field and they are not being replaced fast enough.

And now Trump wants to undo the National Monuments.

How long, oh Lord? How Long?

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quote:
Originally posted by Golden Key:
This isn't anything new. Made a news splash when he was elected. He simply prefers fast food. And chocolate cake.

And TWO scoops of ice cream! (I guess that's typical of a three-year-old, which he is mentally and emotionally.)

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On top of that Tillerson has put a hiring freeze on the rest of the foreign service and he does not seem to be ready to lift the freeze.

Is this to save money? Or is a point being made about such positions (i.e. that they are irrelevant)? Or something else?
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First and foremost, it will (again) pander to his base by cutting back on the useless, bloated Deep State (as they see it).

To me it also embodies his isolationism. It also weakens the executive and thus strengthens the presidency.

In the meantime, it's putting a brake on people acquiring skills and knowhow in foreign diplomacy which will be hard to make up. It's sobering and terrifying to see just how quickly well-established institutions and nations can be trashed.

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Sometimes, I think T is simply trying to undo everything in gov't--particularly anything Obama did, but basically everything.

When he was little, he reportedly had a habit of kicking down other kids' block creations. This might be the same thing.

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quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
quote:
Originally posted by Golden Key:
This isn't anything new. Made a news splash when he was elected. He simply prefers fast food. And chocolate cake.

And TWO scoops of ice cream! (I guess that's typical of a three-year-old, which he is mentally and emotionally.)
Heart attack in the making at his age.

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His junk-food habit should be encouraged.

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

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quote:
Originally posted by Eutychus:
First and foremost, it will (again) pander to his base by cutting back on the useless, bloated Deep State (as they see it).

It looks like the plan is to get in private contractors to root out his problems with the deep state:

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/04/trump-white-house-weighing-plans-for-private-spies-to-counter-deep-state-enemies/

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[Paranoid]

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Well, we had this recently.

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quote:
Originally posted by chris stiles:
quote:
Originally posted by Eutychus:
First and foremost, it will (again) pander to his base by cutting back on the useless, bloated Deep State (as they see it).

It looks like the plan is to get in private contractors to root out his problems with the deep state:

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/04/trump-white-house-weighing-plans-for-private-spies-to-counter-deep-state-enemies/

Is Trump using Richard Nixon's playbook?

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quote:
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Is Trump using Richard Nixon's playbook?

I think this has been posted before, but here's a piece by Art Buchwald that was published, amongst other places, in the Reno Gazette-Journal on July 12, 1973.

[ 05. December 2017, 12:49: Message edited by: Eutychus ]

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Gramps49:
On top of that Tillerson has put a hiring freeze on the rest of the foreign service and he does not seem to be ready to lift the freeze.

Is this to save money? Or is a point being made about such positions (i.e. that they are irrelevant)? Or something else?
Oh, this one is easy. You cannot be appointed to anything by this administration, not so much as dog catcher, if you have ever said anything denigrating Lyin' Don. (He never ever forgives a slight.) Since this does let out a substantial swathe of Americans, the pool of possibles is already very small. On top of that, the desire to clamber onto the Titanic and help rearrange the deck chairs is, understandably, weak if you have the sense God gave a goat. This is how they ge\ot all those weirdos and cranks in -- because that's who was at the bottom of the barrel.

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Drat, missed the edit window. I wanted to add a new and terrifying link. This is a free click and was referred to me by a friend of a Jewish friend, who adds, "'The president would like to start his own private Intelligence (haha) network. He could call them cool like "Super Spies" or SS for short.'

And the hair quite literally rises on the back of my neck."

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As indicated by my [Paranoid] icon above, I think that's conspiracy theorist territory myself.

Meanwhile, Mueller takes direct aim at the POTUS...is it happening...?

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Meanwhile, Mueller takes direct aim at the POTUS...is it happening...?

I've long suspected that this would all come down to Trump's questionable finances. His uncreditworthiness is the perfect avenue for leverage.

As was said in another presidential scandal, follow the money.

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Oh, I agree. See also Al Capone.

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As indicated by my [Paranoid] icon above, I think that's conspiracy theorist territory myself.

Meanwhile, Mueller takes direct aim at the POTUS...is it happening...?

Nothing's going to happen. Mueller is going to be fired any day now by some Trump lackey at Justice, on the basis that "this has nothing to do with Russia," "bias," and "look what happened to the stock market when ABC ran the false report on Friday, I can't let this witch hunt destroy the economy."

And the GOP will do shit all about it.

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no prophet's flag is set so...

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Nothing's going to happen. Mueller is going to be fired any day now by some Trump lackey at Justice, on the basis that "this has nothing to do with Russia," "bias," and "look what happened to the stock market when ABC ran the false report on Friday, I can't let this witch hunt destroy the economy."

And the GOP will do shit all about it.

I think something may happen. Deutsche Welle report: Representative Maxine Waters of California and other Democrats have asked whether the bank's loans to Trump, made years before he ran for president, were in any way connected to Russia." trumpy borrowed $300million and Deutsche Bank owns half of his debt. The information disclosure will either happen now, or it will happen later.

Meanwhile, set the PVR record "All the President's Men", the movie about another one of these POTUSES** and being bad.


*is the plural of POTUS, POTUSES or POTI? Thinking hippopotamus and hippopotami.

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Weeks after pulling support and money from accused child predator Roy Moore, the RNC is back to supporting him as of this morning.

Which is another clear example of why nothing is going to happen to Trump.

These people and the people who vote them into office DO NOT GIVE A SHIT about optics. And they have been served well by that attitude so far. They accepted the racist rapist in 2016, and it got them the White house, majorities in both sides of Congress, and a Supreme Court justice. They have no reason to pick a fight with Trump if he ends the investigation, and they won't.

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One day, in the not-too-distant future, he will DIE.

And will be answerable to a Higher Tribunal (as will we all).

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I can't believe Mueller doesn't have some form of dead man's handle in place against the eventuality of him being fired.

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Yes, apparently the latest defence is Who cares, no crime here!

He argues that a president can't obstruct justice. No such crime, for me!

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Fancy people don't agree to plea agreements unless the prosecutor has confidence that the potential witness has substantial, credible and reliable evidence implicate higher ups in the criminal enterprise in illegal behaviour. Someone else is going to be arrested and/or cop a plea.

Interesting that in House of Cards (Netflix series) Kevin Spacey is out due to sexual harassment/assault. Robin Wright is announced as being the focus of the last season. While art (if netflix is art, which is debatable) if it is of any use (also debatable) usually reflects society, perhaps the reflection here is distorted a bit. I'm putting my money on Ivanka as the candidate for the party of her daddy in your next election. No more ridiculous than what we've already seen in this, season one.

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I hope they use orange paint on the walls of his prison cell. Then he can pretend he isn't there at all, coz he'd be invisible...

You really couldn't make it up.

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If even the Westboro Baptist Church can't tolerate you any more, then you are pretty bad.

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quote:
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If even the Westboro Baptist Church can't tolerate you any more, then you are pretty bad.

Given that Westboro Baptist doesn't seem able to tolerate anyone outside the confines of their cult, I don't think this demonstrates anything one way or the other.

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quote:
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Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
Is Trump using Richard Nixon's playbook?

I think this has been posted before, but here's a piece by Art Buchwald that was published, amongst other places, in the Reno Gazette-Journal on July 12, 1973.
Thanks for this. I had trouble reading that photocopy, so I dug up a text copy. Here's a text version (Blind Dive).

NOTE: that site is new to me, and there's no "About". Seems to be someone's anti-Trump site.

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So this Jerusalem is the capital business seems to be getting a lot of noise.

While the bleatings of ME potentates who can hardly claim to be democratic doesn't bother me much tbh, the impact on the peace process does. As does the symbolism.

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Reading another board suggests that in the US a) this move is not simply being supported by con-evos b) outside these boards, support by Americans for this move appears to be the default opinion. Am I completely wrong about this?

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Re Jerusalem:

My comments from the previous page.

I doubt that most Americans have much of an interest, and most probably don't really know anything about the situation.

Fund/evo folks, and anyone else of an end-times bent, may well think it's a good idea...if only to get things moving, so the rapture and/or 2nd coming happen, and they can be free of this current world.

I think it's stupid and dangerous for the US to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It will trigger more trouble for Israel. And moving the US consulate/embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is more of the same. AND it endangers everyone involved.

IIRC, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have both said this would be a bad idea.

If T were a religious man, I'd been concerned that he's *trying* to bring on the end times--rather like those people who've taken roan/red cattle to Jerusalem to fulfill a prophecy. Of course, he might have people whispering suggestions to him.

T would be interesting casting as the anti-Christ. Rather than slick, suave, smart, and possibly directly of the devil, T is broken, crazy, barely functional, and just a messed-up human being.

[Votive]

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My question here is not about Trump but about the default perception of the rights and wrongs of Jerusalem as Israel's capital Stateside. I've asked it again in another thread.

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Eutychus--

FWIW: I did address that at the beginning of my post.
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quote:
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If even the Westboro Baptist Church can't tolerate you any more, then you are pretty bad.

One phrase from the linked-to report caught my attention:
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your refusal to repent of your proud sin
So all he has to do is "repent of his proud sin" and he'll be back on Westboro's A list. He's certainly proud of his sins, that's for sure.

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AFAIK, Westboro isn't really in the business of giving second chances.

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So far as I can see the issue of Jerusalem is a matter of indifference to most Americans. Lyin' Don says it was a campaign promise. My circle of acquaintance suggests that it's either a piece of meat thrown to his base, =or= that Vladimir Putin is using his sock puppet again. IMO these are not mutually exclusive.

In slightly different news this is sure to enrage him. We're sure to have a surly tweet soon.

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In slightly different news this is sure to enrage him. We're sure to have a surly tweet soon.

I was thrilled with their decision. But I'm sure Trump will continue to maintain that he was really their first choice and turned them down.

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Chuck Schumer is in favor of the Jerusalem move as well. He and Ted Cruz have worked hand in hand on this in the past.

There are also quite a few Democrats in Congress who have backed bills to refuse federal money and contracts to individuals and companies backing boycott / divest.

I don’t doubt that Trump is acting at the behest of the Bannon-wing here, but this one appeals to lots of folks across the board.

I tend to lean towards “this is more provocative than helpful” on this one, fwiw.

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Crœsos
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quote:
Originally posted by Eutychus:
My question here is not about Trump but about the default perception of the rights and wrongs of Jerusalem as Israel's capital Stateside. I've asked it again in another thread.

Most Americans are indifferent, but it's something of a fetish object for those on the further reaches of the American right, particularly the Christianist and anti-Islamic factions. (Those are not necessarily the same people.)

Here's the (partial) opinion of one American blogger who belongs to neither of those groups.

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It is absolutely silly to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and/or move the US Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem in exchange for nothing. It is poor strategy, it is bad policy, it is a pointless and ultimately self defeating tactic, and it is diplomatically backwards. The reason the US hasn’t moved it’s embassy to Israel to Jerusalem and/or recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital isn’t just the security concerns. It is because either of these potential changes in US policy are most effectively used as motivational carrots to cajole the Israelis into negotiating in, if not good faith, then better faith. Unilaterally giving these to the Israelis removes very valuable and effective leverage from the US’s diplomatic tool kit.
Another great plan from the master negotiator who [ghost] wrote The Art of the Deal.

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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
In slightly different news this is sure to enrage him. We're sure to have a surly tweet soon.

Bully for Time magazine! That sends a message!

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by mousethief:
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
In slightly different news this is sure to enrage him. We're sure to have a surly tweet soon.

Bully for Time magazine! That sends a message!
A few weeks ago a friend sent me a mock-up of a TIME Person of the Year cover with Robert Mueller. That would have been great, but this is even better. Well done, TIME! (I also heard that the announcement was made on the Today Show -- which just fired co-host Matt Laurer for sexual abuse.)

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Taylor Swift [Paranoid]

The Economist ran a piece lately about how her playbook mirrored Trump's - build a diehard core fanbase, continue extremely personal vendettas, stay mute on racism...

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Bishops Finger
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Well, The Crawling Chaos has duly announced to the World that Jerusalem is Israel's capital, according to the BBC.

No doubt he will soon be Tweeting the date and time of Armageddon.

Are the End Times upon us, do you think?

[Help]

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Somebody has probably pointed out this already.

Trump's pissing contest with Kim Jong Un, and his moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, are steps designed specifically to trigger war, something straight out of Steve Bannon's playbook.

" Bannon doesn’t just believe that we are in an existential X288MB with Islam or with China. It seems he wants to exacerbate those conflicts into a new world war. As a believer in Strauss and Howe’s theory of history, Bannon fantasizes that he can use that cataclysm to forge a completely new order. He is now in a position to make that a reality."

https://www.thenation.com/article/steve-bannon-wants-to-start-world-war-iii/

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". . . an existential WAR with Islam and with China."
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Hedgehog

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I found X288MB to be far more existential....

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quote:
Originally posted by mousethief:
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
In slightly different news this is sure to enrage him. We're sure to have a surly tweet soon.

Bully for Time magazine! That sends a message!
Amen!! [Yipee]

I've been hoping he'd say something self-incriminating, in response to all the #metoo furor and firings. Like maybe "hey, what's the big deal? I did that sort of stuff, and no one complained". Maybe not being on the cover will push him over the edge a bit?

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Golden Key
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What is "X288MB", please?

I looked it up, but only found references to computer files and single-grade engine oils!
[Ultra confused]

Is it L33T code or something? Though I would think that would pop up.

Thx.

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