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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 06:36 pm
@oralloy,
Now you're just being willfully stupid and deliberately offensive. and you're doing it to the majority of the country. we outnumber you, that's why trump lost., because our positions actually make sense. stop the nonsensical rants for once and try to taslk raiionaslly.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 06:39 pm
@blatham,
She's knowingly gaslighting. She knows that recipients of these programs think of it as their god-given right. They don't think of it as Socialism, because they can't think for themselves.
goldberg
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 09:21 pm
@MontereyJack,
It would be stretching a point to make a case that you have more voters voting for the Democratic Party in America. Didn't I tell you that most liberal voters voted for a white presidential candidate like Biden, not for BLM? You just can't skate over the fact that most liberal voters still look askance at a black presidential candidate's ability to lead a great nation like America. Meaning they don't want another timorous black politician like Obama becoming the president. Ilhan Omar is just a fink; Kamala D. Harris appears to be a Teflon vice president.

The fact that Fox News is still the most-watched news channel also gives to the lie that America has more liberal voters. I'd hazard a guess that centrists outnumber both conservative and liberal voters in America.

The Republican Party should be able to win the next presidential election if the Democratic Party chooses a black presidential candidate.
goldberg
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 09:27 pm

By Joseph A. Wulfsohn

"It appears that The New York Times has shifted its enforcement of the paper's social media guidelines for its employees as the reporter who attacked millions of Trump voters has skated while a freelance editor was fired earlier this year after making a pro-Biden tweet.

The Times has been radio silent ever since its Justice Department reporter Katie Benner took to Twitter on Tuesday during the first hearing of the Democrat-led Jan. 6 select committee.

"Today's #January6thSelectCommittee underscores the America's current, essential natsec dilemma: Work to combat legitimate national security threats now entails calling a politician’s supporters enemies of the state," Benner wrote.



Benner explained, "As Americans, we believe that state power should not be used to work against a political figure or a political party. But what happens if a politician seems to threaten the state? If the politician continues to do so out of office and his entire party supports that threat?"

The Times' DOJ reporter cast doubt that the Pelosi-appointed committee would resolve the "dilemma" since it remained "unresolved" following the Russia investigation and both impeachments of President Trump.

"That leaves it up to voters, making even more essential free, fair access to the polls," Benner concluded.



Benner, who was recently hired as an MSNBC contributor, sparked backlash on social media for her tweets targeting Trump supporters.

Hours later, Benner deleted the tweets, claiming they were "unclearly worded." She offered no apology.

While she may have taken down her remarks, they appear to have been in direct violation of the Times' editorial standards, which read, "In social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times’s journalistic reputation."

"Our journalists should be especially mindful of appearing to take sides on issues that The Times is seeking to cover objectively," the guidelines explain.


Benner's tweets appear to brazenly violate the Times' guidance, including the "must not express partisan opinions," "promote political views" and "make offensive comments" clauses.

However, since her tweets were made and removed, Benner's work has continued uninterrupted, landing the byline on four stories, including one about how the Justice Department is ordering the Treasury Department to turn over former President Trump's taxes to Congress.

The Times did not respond to several inquiries submitted by Fox News, including whether or not Benner was ever reprimanded by the paper and whether it believes Benner violated the social media guidelines.

One person who apparently was in violation of the Times' policies was Lauren Wolfe, the freelance editor who was fired for tweeting out her excitement of the arrival of Joe Biden at Joint Base Andrews ahead of his inauguration.


A spokesperson for the Times said back in January that Wolfe wasn't fired over "a single tweet," appearing to back up reporting at the time that Wolfe was previously warned by her employer about her social media activity.

The tweet, which showed a screenshot of CNN's coverage of Biden's plane the day before his inauguration, was captioned, "Biden landing at Joint Base Andrews now. I have chills."

While Wolfe's tweet likely fell in the "express partisan opinions" and the "endorse candidates" no-nos in the Times' social media guidelines, it certainly did not violate the "make offensive comments" clause nearly as much as Benner's attack on Trump supporters. "
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goldberg
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 09:30 pm
Katie Benner worked for a Chinese newspaper before coming back to America to work for Fortune magazine as a financial reporter.

The Times loves to poach Fortune magazine. It hired Nelson Schwartz away from Fortune years ago. Then it hired Jia Lynn Yang.

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goldberg
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 09:48 pm

Source: Fox News.

"Larry Kudlow slams New York Times opinion piece that argues for non-citizens to vote

'I’m not into global citizenship and I’m so tired of all this Left-Wing whining,' says Kudlow

A bit later in the show, you will see that I offered to make bail for Senator Marsha Blackburn just in case the Senate goes Pelosi and Chuck Schumer orders a mask mandate subject to arrest if you don't follow it. It hasn't happened yet, but you never know!

I’m convinced Madam Speaker's secret sauce to defeat Republican free enterprise principles is to just arrest all the Republican House members.

It's a terrific plan—much better than cogent analysis with numerical facts. Just clean them out! Now folks, of course, I’m just kidding. It's a joke. Is it? We'll see.

Next up is the infrastructure bill, which we'll talk about in just a moment with Steve Moore and Liz Peek, but I just want to raise a puzzling question.

I can't figure out what the Environmental Justice Review is. It's in there. It's not a permitting review because outside of highways, there's no NEPA permitting reform.

The Environmental Justice Review could probably mean anything you want it to mean. I mean we're talking total regulation of every nook and cranny in the economy in the name of environmental justice. There's no telling how much that's going to cost! I doubt the Democrats ever want to clearly define this thing.

Tennessee Republican weighs in on the infrastructure bill, net neutrality and the mask mandate issued in the House on 'Kudlow'video
Sen. Marsha Blackburn voices concerns over wasteful spending in infrastructure bill
Tennessee Republican weighs in on the infrastructure bill, net neutrality and the mask mandate issued in the House on 'Kudlow'

By the way, while we're on the subject of the environment, it's worth reminding that US carbon emissions have fallen 25% since 2005—by far the biggest drop of any major country— and we beat the Paris Climate Accord target by five years. Now that, to me, is environmental justice but I don't think that's what the Bidens have in mind.

I will read from the White House Summary of the Infrastructure Deal:

It "helps us tackle the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history; electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country; and creating a new Grid Development Authority to build a clean, 21st century electric grid."

My emphasis is on the climate crisis because again, we beat the Paris Climate Accord and I don't see this crisis. In fact, the only crisis I see is the possibility that the Democratic Budget Reconciliation Plan coming down the road will tax and regulate everything to death. Now that would be a crisis!

Now my final thought is a terrific article in the New York Times, an opinion piece by Atossa Abrahamian. It's called "There's No Good Reason You Should Have To Be A Citizen To Vote."

Ms. Abrahamian is a citizen of Switzerland, Canada and Iran—not yet the US—though she has obtained permanent residency.

Well, my response is—so go and become a citizen. You've been here 15 years. What are you waiting for?

My second response is—stop whining and stop playing the victim. If you don't like it here, move! Go to Switzerland, Canada, Iran, Havana, or Venezuela. I don't care. We have sovereign borders in this country as do most other countries.



Can non-citizens vote in Iran? I doubt it. In fact, votes in Iran mean nothing anyway and this reminds me of democratic open border policies which are letting in a million illegals this year while, at the same time, the democratic high command is violently opposed to photo voter IDs to vote.

Think there's a link there? Might well be, but I’m not into global citizenship and I’m so tired of all this Left-Wing whining. Like I said, if you don't like it here, please feel free to leave. It's a free country but then again, that's why you came here in the first place. So, stop whining about it. "
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goldberg
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 09:53 pm
Larry Kudlow used to work for CNBC, which is part of NBC. Lou Dobbs also worked for CNN before joining Fox News. His show has been canceled by Fox News. What a pity!

You know what I'm trying to say? Well, I'd venture to say that many liberals simply decide to embrace conservative thinking as time wears on. Why? Because they are not receptive to far-left liberalism thinking.

Far-left liberals even claim that America's capitalism is rotten to the core. That's not true. Capitalism is still going strong worldwide in most nations because it creates wealth, raises productivity and promotes entrepreneurship. It fosters innovation to boot.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 10:15 pm
@goldberg,
Obama got two terms. biden and kamala have run for one and got it. your ability to analyze american politics and voter preferences self-destructed in 2008..
goldberg
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 10:28 pm
@MontereyJack,
I know Obama got two terms. He was also a terrible president. Most American voters won't let such black politicians suck in them again even they are Democrats.

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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 05:40 am
The MyPillow Guy Really Could Destroy Democracy

In the time I spent with Mike Lindell, I came to learn that he is affable, devout, philanthropic—and a clear threat to the nation.

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When you contemplate the end of democracy in America, what kind of person do you think will bring it about? Maybe you picture a sinister billionaire in a bespoke suit, slipping brown envelopes to politicians. Maybe your nightmare is a rogue general, hijacking the nuclear football. Maybe you think of a jackbooted thug leading a horde of men in white sheets, all carrying burning crosses.

Here is what you probably don’t imagine: an affable, self-made midwesterner, one of those goofy businessmen who makes his own infomercials. A recovered crack addict, no less, who laughs good-naturedly when jokes are made at his expense. A man who will talk to anyone willing to listen (and to many who aren’t). A philanthropist. A good boss. A patriot—or so he says—who may well be doing more damage to American democracy than anyone since Jefferson Davis.

I met Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, in the recording studio that occupies the basement of Steve Bannon’s stately Capitol Hill townhouse, a few blocks from the Supreme Court—the same Supreme Court that will, according to Lindell, decide “9–0” in favor of reinstating Donald Trump to the presidency sometime in August, or possibly September. I made it through the entirety of the Trump presidency without once having to meet Bannon but here he was, recording his War Room podcast with Lindell. Bannon has been decomposing in front of our eyes for some years now, and I can report that this process continues to take its course. I walked in during a break and the two men immediately gestured to me to join the conversation, sit at the table with them, listen in on headphones. I demurred. “Anne Applebaum … hmm,” Bannon said. “Should’ve stuck to writing books. Gulag was a great book. How long did it take you to write it?”

In the room adjacent to the basement studio, an extra-large image of a New York Times front page hung on the wall, featuring a picture of Bannon and the headline “The Provocateur.” A bottle of Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol, whatever that is, sat on the desk. The big-screen TV was tuned to MSNBC. This wasn’t surprising: In his podcasts, Bannon carries on a kind of dialogue with Rachel Maddow, playing her sound bites and then offering his own critique. Later, Lindell told me that if it weren’t for attacks by “the left”—by which he means Politico, the Daily Beast, and, presumably, me—his message would never get out, because Fox News ignores him.

Bannon, too, lives outside the Fox bubble these days. Instead, he inhabits an alternate universe in which every minute of every day seems to be entirely devoted to the discussion and analysis of “electoral fraud,” with just a little time devoted to selling wellness products and vitamins that, despite his claims, won’t actually cure COVID-19. Bannon’s podcast, which he says has millions of listeners (it is ranked 59th on Apple Podcasts, so he might be right), is populated by full-time conspiracy theorists, some of whom you have heard of and some of whom you probably haven’t: Peter “Trump Won in a Freakin’ Landslide” Navarro, Rudy Giuliani, Garland Favorito, Willis @treekiller35, Sonny Borrelli, the Pizzagate propagator Jack Posobiec, and, of course, Lindell. Bannon calls them up one by one to report on the current status of the Trump-reinstatement campaign and related fake scandals. There are daily updates. The guests talk fast and loud. It is very exciting. On the day I was at the studio, Bannon was gloating about how President Joe Biden was now “defending his own legitimacy”: “We are going to spring the trap around you, sir!” He kept telling people to “lawyer up.”

Even in this group, Lindell stands out. Not only is he presumably much richer than Garland Favorito and Willis @treekiller35; he is willing to spend his money on the cause. MyPillow has long been an important advertiser on Fox News, so much so that even Trump noticed Lindell (“That guy is on TV more than I am”), but has since widened its net. MyPillow spent tens of thousands of dollars advertising on Newsmax just in the week following the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

And now Lindell is spending on more than just advertising. Last January—on the 9th, he says carefully, placing the date after the 6th—a group of still-unidentified concerned citizens brought him some computer data. These were, allegedly, packet captures, intercepted data proving that the Chinese Communist Party altered electoral results … in all 50 states. This is a conspiracy theory more elaborate than the purported Venezuelan manipulation of voting machines, more improbable than the allegation that millions of supposedly fake ballots were mailed in, more baroque than the belief that thousands of dead people voted. This one has potentially profound geopolitical implications.

That’s why Lindell has spent money—a lot of it, “tens of millions,” he told me—“validating” the packets, and it’s why he is planning to spend a lot more. Starting on August 10, he is holding a three-day symposium in Sioux Falls (because he admires South Dakota’s gun-toting governor, Kristi Noem), where the validators, whoever they may be, will present their results publicly. He has invited all interested computer scientists, university professors, elected federal officials, foreign officials, reporters, and editors to the symposium. He has booked, he says variously, “1,000 hotel rooms” or “all the hotel rooms in the city” to accommodate them. (As of Wednesday, Booking.com was still showing plenty of rooms available in Sioux Falls.)

Wacky though it seems for a businessman to invest so much in a conspiracy theory, there are important historical precedents. Think of Olof Aschberg, the Swedish banker who helped finance the Bolshevik revolution, allegedly melting down the bars of gold that Lenin’s comrades stole in train robberies and reselling them, unmarked, on European exchanges. Or Henry Ford, whose infamous anti-Semitic tract, The International Jew, was widely read in Nazi Germany, including by Hitler himself. Plenty of successful, wealthy people think that their knowledge of production technology or private equity gives them clairvoyant insight into politics. But Aschberg, Ford, and Lindell represent the extreme edge of that phenomenon: Their business success gives them the confidence to promote malevolent conspiracy theories, and the means to reach wide audiences.

In the cases of Aschberg and Ford, this had tragic, real-world consequences. Lindell hasn’t created Ford-level havoc yet, but the potential is there. Along with Bannon, Giuliani, and the rest of the conspiracy posse, he is helping create profound distrust in the American electoral system, in the American political system, in the American public-health system, and ultimately in American democracy. The eventual consequences of their actions may well be a genuinely stolen or disputed election in 2024, and political violence on a scale the U.S. hasn’t seen in decades. You can mock Lindell, dismiss him, or call him a crackhead, but none of this will seem particularly funny when we truly have an illegitimate president in the White House and a total breakdown of law and order.

Lindell had agreed to have lunch with me after the taping. But where to go? I didn’t think it would be much fun to take someone inclined to shout about rigged voting machines and fake COVID-19 cures to a crowded bistro on Capitol Hill. Because Lindell is famously worried about Chinese Communist influence, I thought he would like to pay homage to the victims of Chinese oppression. I booked a Uyghur restaurant.

This proved a mistake. For one thing, the restaurant—the excellent Dolan Uyghur, in D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood—was not at all close to Bannon’s townhouse. Getting there required a long and rather uncomfortable drive, in Lindell’s rented black SUV; he talked at me about packet captures the whole way, one hand on the steering wheel, the other holding up a phone showing Google Maps. Once we got there, he didn’t much like the food. He picked at his chicken kebabs and didn’t touch his spicy fried green beans. More to the point, he didn’t understand why we were there. He had never heard of the Uyghurs. I told him they were Muslims who are being persecuted by Chinese Communists. Oh, he said, “like Christians.” Yes, I said. Like Christians.

He kept talking at me in the restaurant, a kind of stream-of-consciousness account of the packet captures, his mistreatment at the hands of the media and the Better Business Bureau, the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccines, and the wonders of oleandrin, a supplement that he says he and everyone else at MyPillow takes and that he says is 100 percent guaranteed to prevent COVID-19. On all of these points he is utterly impervious to any argument of any kind. I asked him what if, hypothetically, on August 10 it turns out that other experts disagree with his experts and declare that his data don’t mean what he thinks his data mean. This, he told me, was impossible. It couldn’t happen:

“I don’t have to worry about that. Do you understand that? Do you understand I’ve been attacked? I have 2,500 employees, and I’ve been attacked every day. Do I look like a stupid person? That I’m just doing this for my health? I have better things to do—these guys brought me this and I owe it to the United States, to all, whether it’s a Democrat or Republican or whoever it is, to bring this forward to our country. I don’t have to answer that question, because it’s not going to happen. This is nonsubjective evidence.”

The opprobrium and rancor he has brought down upon himself for trying to make his case are, in Lindell’s mind, further proof that it is true. Stalin once said that the emergence of opposition signified the “intensification of the class struggle,” and this is Lindell’s logic too: If lots of people object to what you are doing, then it must be right. The contradictions deepen as the ultimate crisis draws closer, as the old Bolsheviks used to say.

But there is a distinctly American element to his thinking too. The argument from personal experience; the evidence acquired on the journey from crack addict to CEO; the special kind of self-confidence that many self-made men acquire, along with their riches—these are native to our shores. Lindell is quite convinced, for example, that not only did China steal the election, but that “there is a communist agenda in this country” more broadly. I asked him what that meant. Communists, he told me, “take away your right to free speech. You just told me what they are doing to these people”—he meant the Uyghurs. “I’ve experienced it firsthand, more than anyone in this country.”

The government had taken his freedom away? Put him in a reeducation camp? “I don’t see anybody arresting you,” I said. He became annoyed.

“Okay, I’m not talking about the government,” he said. “I’m talking about social media. Why did they attack me? Why did bots and trolls attack all of my vendors? I was the No. 1 selling product of every outlet in the United States—every one, every single one, all of them drop like flies. You know why? Because bots and troll groups were hired. They were hired to attack. Well, now I’ve done investigations. They come out of a building in China.”

It is true that there has been some organized backlash against MyPillow, which is indeed no longer stocked by Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, and other retailers. But I suspect that this reaction is every bit as red-white-and-blue as Lindell himself: Plenty of Americans oppose Lindell’s open promotion of both election and vaccine conspiracy theories, and are perfectly capable of boycotting his company without the aid of Chinese bots. Lindell’s lived experience, however, tells him otherwise, just like his lived experience tells him that COVID-19 vaccines will kill you and oleandrin won’t. Lived experience always outweighs expertise: Nobody can argue with what you feel to be true, and Lindell feels that the Chinese stole the election, sent bots to smear his company, and are seeking to impose communism on America.

Although he describes the packet captures as “cyberforensics”—indisputable, absolute, irreversible proof of Chinese evildoing—Lindell is more careful about evidence that isn’t “nonsubjective.” When I asked him how exactly Joe Biden’s presidency was serving the interests of the Chinese Communist Party, for example, his reasoning became more circuitous. He didn’t want to say that Joe Biden is himself a Communist. Instead, when I asked for evidence of communist influence on Biden, he said this: “Inauguration Day—I’ll tell you—Inauguration Day, he laid off 50,000 union workers. Boom! Pipeline gone. The old Democrat Party wouldn’t lay off union workers.”

In other words, the evidence of Joe Biden’s links to the Chinese Communist Party was … his decision to close the Keystone XL pipeline. Similarly convoluted reasoning has led him to doubt the patriotism of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as well as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, all of whom deny the existence of serious electoral cheating in their states. “My personal opinion,” he told me, is that “Brian Kemp is somehow compromised and maybe could be blackmailed or in on it or whatever. I believe Raffensperger’s totally in on it.”

In on what? I asked.

“In on whatever’s going on …”

I asked if he meant the Chinese takeover of America. Was Raffensperger pro-China?

“I believe he’s pro-China.”

Alongside the American business boosterism, Lindell’s thinking contains a large dose of Christian millenarianism too. This is a man who had a vision in a dream of himself and Donald Trump standing together—and that dream became reality. No wonder he believes that a lot of things are going to happen after August 10. It’s not just that the Supreme Court will vote 9–0 to reinstate Trump. It is also that America will be a better place. “We’re going to get elected officials that make decisions for the people, not just for their party,” Lindell said. There will be “no more machines” in this messianic America, meaning no more voting machines: “On both sides, people are opening their eyes.” In this great moment of national renewal, there will be no more corruption, just good government, goodwill, goodness all around.

That moment will be good for Lindell, too, because he will finally be able to relax, knowing that “I’ve done all I can.” After that, “everything will take its course. And I don’t have to be out there every day fighting for media attention.” He won’t, in other words, have to be having lunch with people like me.

Alas, a happy ending is unlikely. He will not, on August 10, find that “the experts” agree with him. Some have already provided careful explanations as to why the “packet captures” can’t be what he says they are. Others think that the whole discussion is pointless. When I called Chris Krebs, the Trump administration’s director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, he refused even to get into the question of whether Lindell has authentic data, because the whole proposal is absurd. The heavy use of paper ballots, plus all of the postelection audits and recounts, mean that any issues with mechanized voting systems would have been quickly revealed. “It’s all part of the grift,” Krebs told me. “They’re exploiting the aggrieved audience’s confirmation bias and using scary yet unintelligible imagery to keep the Big Lie alive, despite the absence of any legitimate evidence."

What will happen when Lindell’s ideological, all-American, predicted-in-a-dream absolute certainty runs into a wall of skepticism, disbelief, or—even worse—indifference? If history is anything to go by … nothing. Nothing will happen. He will not admit he is wrong; he will not stop believing. He will not understand that he was conned out of the millions he has spent “validating” fake data. (One has to admire the salesmanship of the tech grifters who talked him into all of this, assuming they exist.) He will not understand that his company is having trouble with retailers because so many people are repulsed by his ideas. He will not understand that people attack him because they think what he says is dangerous and could lead to violence. He will instead rail against the perfidy of the media, the left, the Communists, and China.

Certainly he will not stop believing that Trump won the 2020 election. The apocalypse has been variously predicted for the year 500, based on the dimensions of Noah’s Ark; the year 1033, on the 1,000th anniversary of Jesus’s birth; and the year 1600, by Martin Luther no less; as well as variously by Jehovah’s Witnesses, Nostradamus, and Aum Shinrikyo, among many others. When nothing happened—the world did not end; the messiah did not arrive—did any of them throw in the towel and stop believing? Of course not.

Lindell mostly speaks in long, rambling monologues filled with allusions and grievances; he circles back again and again to electoral fraud, to the campaigns against him, to particular interviewers and articles that he disputes, some of it only barely comprehensible unless you’ve been following his frequent media appearances—which I have not. At only one moment was there a hint that this performance was more artful than it appeared to be. I asked him about the events of January 6. He immediately grew more precise. “I was not there, by the grace of God,” he said. He was doing media events elsewhere, he said. Nor did he want to talk about what happened that day: “I think that there were a lot of things that I’m not going to comment on, because I don’t want that to be your story.”

Not too long after that, I suddenly found I couldn’t take any more of this calculated ranting. (I can hear that moment on the recording, when I suddenly said “Okay, enough” and switched off the device.) Although he ate almost nothing, Lindell insisted on grabbing the check, like any well-mannered Minnesotan would. In the interests of investigative research, I later bought a MyPillow (conclusion: it’s a lot like other pillows), so perhaps that makes us even.

When we walked outside, I thought that I might say something dramatic, something cutting, something like “You realize that you are destroying our country.” But I didn’t. He is our country after all, or one face of our country: hyper-optimistic and overconfident, ignorant of history and fond of myths, firm in the belief that we alone are the exceptional nation and we alone have access to exceptional truths. Safe in his absolute certainty, he got into his black SUV and drove away.

theatlantic/applebaum
blatham
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 07:19 am
@glitterbag,
That's my thinking as well.
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blatham
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 07:50 am
@hightor,
Thanks for posting that Applebaum piece. For no good reason, I'd been holding off on reading it. She's very good. The content of the piece is pretty much as I'd expected but she fleshes it out deftly and it illuminates. My favorite sentence appears early...
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Bannon has been decomposing in front of our eyes for some years now, and I can report that this process continues to take its course.


blatham
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 11:37 am
All hail Gov Ron DeSantis and the Patriotic Children of Florida risking their lives, unknowingly, for his political aspirations.
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Last week, 6,999 children under the age of 12 contracted Covid-19 in Florida, which was nearly 10 percent of the 73,199 new cases across the state last week, according to the Florida Department of Health, which no longer does daily reporting.
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NSFW (view)
blatham
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 12:42 pm
@izzythepush,
A rumor I wouldn't credit but Brooker's gag is good.
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blatham
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 03:54 pm
DeSantis - What evil looks like when well dressed
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Eric Boehlert
@EricBoehlert
1h
context for Florida's jaw-dropping number of 21K new cases today: the entire country of France had 3K new cases today

Eric Boehlert
@EricBoehlert
1h
mind boggling: Florida had as many new daily cases as ALL OF RUSSIA
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 06:27 pm
Link didn't work
BillW
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 06:33 pm
@edgarblythe,
Try now...

https://oklahoma.arrests.org/Arrests/Gary_Walvoord_27071902/
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goldberg
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 08:10 pm
Anne Applebaum once worked for The Economist, which has been an acerbic critic of Trump. She also rails against Russia's sabre-rattling and Putin's vindictiveness, which is admirable.

Yet a liberal journalist hating Trump like her still can't do justice to Trump's popularity among conservative voters. She just chalks it up to Trump's deception just like other liberal writers.

  




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blatham
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 08:15 pm
No, that's false. And I'd ask you to delete it.
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