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06/25/2018

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What a sad post, about the lemon tree that is.

All you say about the immigrant children kerkuffle is true. However, it is quite amazing the lack of compassion from the WH. And then there is Melania's jacket, whatever the heck it meant. Or did the liberal media CGI it onto her back?

No idea at all what to make of the jacket thing. I had the impression that things like that are kind of fashionable in some circles now. But why wear it?!? Even if she herself was oblivious to the way it would come across, surely someone on the staff would have said, "Umm...." Beats me.

"What the hell are his opponents thinking? Have they not noticed that their hysteria is mostly being ignored? Have they not started to worry that, worse, it might be having the opposite effect to the one intended? Do they not care that Trump’s approval is now where Ronald Reagan’s was, and where Bill Clinton’s was, and where Barack Obama’s was at the same point in their territories? That the generic ballot lead has shrunk again? Are they not aware that, when voters start to fear violence, mass-protest, and incipient mob rule, they vote for Republicans, not Democrats?"

"Congrats! Your “[Terrible thing is happening.] [Nazi analogy.] This. Is. Not. Normal. It’s 2018. Think about that.” tweet got 74,000 likes! If the aim is to drive Trump from office and win public policy arguments, they’re losing — bigly."

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/trump-approval-rating-democrat-overreaction-drives-popularity/

Truly, though, isn't the reality of Trump in the White House enough to make anyone slightly nuts? Take his latest tweet, for instance, in response to Maxine Waters' contemptible call for folks to harass public officials. Instead of saying something "presidential" to calm the waters, he does this:

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!

Are people in fact making a comparison to the Holocaust, or to the concentration camps of the 1930s? Because the latter comparison doesn't seem far off the unreasonableness and injustice of the policy being pursued on the US border in recent weeks. The extermination camps only got going mid-war. I can't help thinking that Neoneocon is being disingenuous in taking the reference to concentration camps to be a reference to the Holocaust.

That "calm the waters" was an unintended pun, by the way. :)

"More disturbing than such views about romance are the instances I've seen of liberals not wanting to live in the same neighborhood as conservatives. Maybe the same thing happens in the other direction, but I haven't encountered it."

I am resigned to living among barbarians, until they kill me, but in the last year or so, I must say that I really would prefer to have nothing to do with people who support abortion and same sex fake marriage, in particular. Atheists I could also really happily live without. I do have a small number of friends who have those ghastly views, and my lingering affection for them means I won't simply cut them off. But I won't spend much time with them either.

I have no intention of ever becoming friends, or even friendly acquaintances with people who support abortion etc. I can't do it any more. They act like they're demon possessed, and their self-righteousness irks me far too much. I'm done with them.

RIP lemon tree, which is perhaps the most melancholy thing about this post.

That limoncello looks YUM!!!

"And then there is Melania's jacket, whatever the heck it meant."

Nobody in his right mind would care.

"Truly, though, isn't the reality of Trump in the White House enough to make anyone slightly nuts?"

No, I think that is OTT.

In completely different news, it looks like we will be headed back to Australia to live in about 6 months. the kids and I are also going back for a holiday in September. This was planned way before the move looked likely.

I hope that's a good thing.

I don't have a problem being friends with people of very different views as long as we can stay off Those Subjects. That's easy with some people, less so with others.

Marianne: "Truly, though, isn't the reality of Trump in the White House enough to make anyone slightly nuts?"

Oh yes. There was some faint hope when Trump was first elected that he would become more "presidential", but that seems to have been dashed. It's entirely possible that he's "trolling" people. Probable in fact. And it works, insofar as it drives his opponents crazy and gets some of his own supporters fired up. He doesn't miss a chance to pour gasoline on the fire, nor do his frenzied opponents. It's a vicious circle. There's a school of opinion that thinks people like Maxine Waters are going to get him re-elected, as those C Cooke quotes above suggest.

Trump also went off on how "filthy" the restaurant that refused service to Sarah Sanders is.

Paul: "Are people in fact making a comparison to the Holocaust, or to the concentration camps of the 1930s?"

Oh yes, they very much are. You give way too much credit to the level of discourse going on here. I'd venture to say that not one person in 50 making the Nazi comparison is even aware of the distinction you make. That tweet from the general (!) makes its point with a picture of Auschwitz.

The probable move is more or less a good thing. There are advantages and disadvantages.

I hope it ends up being mostly good.

"I don't have a problem being friends with people of very different views as long as we can stay off Those Subjects. That's easy with some people, less so with others."

I have friends that are way to the left of me on this stuff, and relatives that are way to the right (Obama birther types). I've learned to steer clear of talking about certain things. Fortunately the lefties I know are mostly hippie types; broadly progressively socially but mostly apolitical. To them the Dems and the GOP are all "The Man." LOL

My relatives are another story. They simply can't understand why I don't care about the latest Clinton conspiracy theory or new piece of evidence about something unsavory that happened in the Obama administration. This is what comes of staying up late at night and listening to alt-right podcasts. That stuff will rot your brain (as will its leftie counterparts).

Fair enough. That is over the top (and fairly offensive).

My "one in 50" is probably too high. One in 100 might be closer. The reasoning, so to speak, being applied in current political rhetoric is that if you can find anything in common between fascists and your enemy, you can equate them.

"That stuff will rot your brain." During the Clinton administration I was on an email list that discussed Clinton administration scandals. Some of it was plausible, though unprovable. But mixed in with that was a lot of preposterous stuff. At some point a guy who was determined to stick to verifiable facts took over the management of the list and culled out the wilder stuff, which really irritated a lot of the subscribers.

This morning Adolph is attacking the beloved US institution of Harley Davidson, one in which it would seem that most of the buyers of their products might be supporters of his. They think he is right about everything, so he probably is about this too.

Everybody on both sides would be happier if they would ignore this stuff. He's like the bully who will keep on as long as he knows he's getting to you.

There is probably some comedy gold out there in a parody of Hitler tweeting on various subjects.

Apparently prior to the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, when people had the need to compare someone to the most despicable in history they would say "Pharaoh".

In a few years people will have forgotten about Hitler, and "Trump" will replace he and the Nazis. :)

In that long Facebook argument (381 comments!) I mentioned a few weeks ago in which I was taken to task for my comments about toxic femininity, I was criticized for "attempt[ing] to be reasonable" when the other person thought (apparently) that I should be emotional.

I must have missed that.

AMDG

Well then, I guess you just need to read the whole thing again. :-)

"In a few years people will have forgotten about Hitler, and "Trump" will replace he and the Nazis. :)"

And in a hundred years historians will be appalled that we picked a two-bit wannabe like him instead of true monsters like Stalin.

Thanks, Maclin.

Advantage 1: Being close to ageing parents.

Disadvantage 1: Leaving behind an amazing and large network of very committed, good Catholic home schoolers.

Well then, I guess you just need to read the whole thing again. :-)

Thanks, I needed a good laugh.

AMDG

http://thethreeprayers.blogspot.com/2018/06/thinking-and-friendship-in-dark-time.html?, but pertinent, I think, to some of what you say above.

AMDG

So much for my html.

AMDG

Nothing wrong with it, the link works. I read your post but don't have time to listen to the interview. Not sure when I will have, unfortunately. It does sound worthwhile.

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