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  • May 19, 2018 08:09 AM
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    I watched the MSNBC coverage. Stephanie Ruhle and Katy Tur were absolutely ecstatic in watching the royal couple in the carriage ride by....almost like a couple of teenage girls watching a rock star. When it comes to pomp and ceremony, no country in the world can beat the British.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will represent a new generation of the British monarchy very well. And America can finally claim a part of the royalty as theirs. It was indeed a fairy tail wedding, and people who watched could feel good.

    And yes, the open carriage was symbolic as well. It could not happen in America.

  • May 19, 2018 08:09 AM
    Last: 7hr

    I watched part of the Royal Wedding on TV early this morning. All network and cable news channels were covering it. So why are so many people drawn to watch it? Do we Americans place the royalty on some kind of pedestal? Does it make us feel good?

    Having lived in London for nine years, I will observe that the royal family is very much in the hearts of the British, and by extension many Americans. While some will complain about the cost, on the other hand, they are a major tourist draw. I believe that their mere presence in British society pays for itself economically.

    What is the number one place tourists to Britain want to visit: Buckingham Palace. And if the crowds surrounding the gates can get a glimpse of the Queen or any member of the royal family entering or leaving, it makes their day. Something to rave about. And when they return home, their suitcases are loaded with all kinds of royalty souvenirs. My wife and I still have ours. Ha.

    Long live the Queen.

  • May 18, 2018 11:44 AM
    Last: 3hr

    When one reads about Dimitrios Pagourtzis, he has no background on crime. Never been arrested. Member of his local Greek Orthodox church and a member of a dance troupe in that church. Honor roll student. Defensive player on the football team.

    However, quiet. He started wearing the trench coat to school after the Parkland High shooting; it was common to see him wearing it so he didn't stand out on the day of the shooting. The guns (shotgun and pistol) he used were legally owned by his father.

    Washington Post: Alleged school killer Dimitrios Pagourtzis had a fondness for trench coats and a growing darkness

    Still I suppose the signs were there in the few days leading to the shooting. He showed a fascination with fascism and things military. As per the WP article, "on the same day he posted the T-shirt photo of himself [born to kill], Pagourtzis uploaded a picture of a jacket adorned with several pinned symbols. In captions, he explained the significance of each: the Communist Party’s hammer and sickle representing rebellion, Nazi Germany’s Iron Cross representing bravery, the Japanese rising sun for the tactics of kamikaze pilots, the Knights Templar’s Baphomet for evil and the Cthulhu from science fiction for power."

    But no prior history of that kind of interest.

    Hard to understand...being bullied perhaps.

  • May 18, 2018 03:21 PM
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    Rachel Maddow had a good segment on the Qater-Kushner link and how Trump used the power of his presidency to basically "extort" Qatar to loan the Kushner family the money. It's absolutely sickening but in Trump world it is business as usual. Pay to play...

  • May 18, 2018 11:44 AM
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  • May 18, 2018 11:44 AM
    Last: 3hr

    Daily Mail, May 18, 2018: High School Massacre in Texas

    At least 8 to 10 students killed at a Santa Fe high school near Houston. Gunman taken alive. President Trump was quick to take to Twitter, saying: 'School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!'

    We will hear many similar condolences with offerings of "thoughts and prayers" today. And not much else will happen. "Now is not the time."

  • May 13, 2018 10:26 AM
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    I suppose you may have seen these quotes on the Occupy Democrats Facebook page:

    "Jews are not people, they are animals" -- Adolph Hitler

    "Undocumented immigrants are not people, they are animals." -- Donald Trump

    Trump is unhinged when it comes to undocumented immigrants and refugees entering our country. It's an obsession and he just cannot let it go. "Build the wall!" He is sick.

    USA Today: Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'

  • May 16, 2018 09:32 AM
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    We have become more and more a "24/7 society" where the internet is only a few key strokes away for shopping, dating, ranting, healthcare advice, and much more. Some stores are also open all night, but also gas stations, certain 24 hour restaurants, even law firms in case you get in an accident after midnight.

    I would hope those who have to work the graveyard shift are compensated for it, but I suspect not.

  • May 13, 2018 06:56 PM
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    If the reports are true that the North Korean nuclear test site has collapsed and is unusable for further nuclear testing, then "giving up" something that they no longer have becomes a political bargaining chip on both sides. Kim Jung-Un can give it up as part of the "negotiations" and Trump can claim the credit for it...and then brag so much that his bragging becomes a populist movement for the Nobel Peace prize.

    However, as Dutch pointed out, it remains to be seen what happens beyond that one day of "negotiations". Will Trump initiate another economic recovery program in North Korea at US taxpayers expense? A jobs program perhaps, by the job creator? Or is the economic revitalization program to become largely China's and South Korea's responsibility with Trump getting all the credit?

    Nevertheless, for such a denuclearization program to work, North Korea will have to dismantle their entire nuclear program including giving up their existing arsenal of nuclear bombs, uranium material and such to China. They will also have to invite inspectors on a regular basis to ensure that the nuclear deal is being accommodated and that North Korea is not reconstituting their program on the sly. In other words, the North Korea nuclear deal become a carbon copy of the Iran nuclear deal that Trump just scuttled.

    And as a bonus, Trump avoids impeachment by a Republican controlled Congress and gets re-elected for a second term. You betcha....

  • May 13, 2018 10:26 AM
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    From the PsychCentral website: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:

    • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
    • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
    • Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
    • Requires excessive admiration
    • Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
    • Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
    • Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
    • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
    • Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes


    Those traits certainly apply to Trump. However, the subject of the thread is "Trump's ignorance of everything". Looking at Dutch's list, I can agree that Trump is ignorant of many of the points on the list. However, does it matter if his base -- the 35 percent or so -- is also ignorant of the same topics?

    You have to give Trump credit for having a sense of what he repeatedly needs to say and do to appeal to his base, no matter how outrageously false. In that single aspect, Trump knows how to exploit and manipulate Americans. Or as George Lakoff says, "Trump is very, very smart. Trump for 50 years has learned how to use people's brains against them. That's what master salesmen do."

    Trump is a master salesman, but I prefer "con artist" -- an opportunist who knows how to appeal to our emotions, our darker sides if you like, and turn Americans against themselves for his own gain. In that respect, the trait above -- "exploitive of others to achieve his own ends" -- applies to much of what Trump says and does. His worldview, as wwjd suggests, is driven by "what's in it for me". For Trump, it is always, ME, ME, ME.

    And he knows how to use US to accomplish the ME -- to use our brains against us.

    I've covered Trump's narcissism and Lakoff's assessment of Trump "being very smart" before in this website, so I am repeating myself here again. However, I haven't seen anything to change my mind. The only thing I will push back on Dutch, as usual, is that much of what he says applies to that 35 or 40 percent. No arguments there. But the rest of us, the 60 percent, are ready to move on from the Trump debacle.