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Posted: Jul 9, 2021 - 6:49am

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Creepy Trump factoid of the day: Barron Trump is now 6' 7" tall. As a point of reference, Melania is 5' 11".

God help us all...
....



God help Barron.  6' 7" is heading into unusually tall territory.  That means that 99.9% of people he meets for the first time, will immediately glom on to his height.

At that height, he is unlikely to be a bully, a thug or gratuitously mean.   He may not fit in with the rest of the family.  

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Posted: Jul 9, 2021 - 5:10am

 Steely_D wrote:

Chelsea Clinton, who should know, tweeted that everyone should be leaving kids alone. Most likely as a response to the Barron pics.


It's going to be interesting to see what happens with Barron over the next 20 years.  Younger, taller, probably nicer and smarter....Eric and Don Jr. are going to hate him.  When the Donald passes....Melania and Barron will be the interesting Trumps, and the others will be toxic.

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Posted: Jul 8, 2021 - 8:21pm

Chelsea Clinton, who should know, tweeted that everyone should be leaving kids alone. Most likely as a response to the Barron pics.
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Posted: Jul 8, 2021 - 6:35pm

Creepy Trump factoid of the day: Barron Trump is now 6' 7" tall. As a point of reference, Melania is 5' 11".

God help us all...


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne...


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Posted: Jul 8, 2021 - 12:53pm

Donald Trump Just Can’t Quit Zuckerberg and Dorsey

With zero appetite for becoming handmaidens to sedition by allowing Donald Trump to continue abusing the rules of their powerful platforms, they finally made the decision to dump him — Twitter permanently, YouTube indefinitely and Facebook for two years.

Since then, Mr. Trump has been casting around for a replacement: first via a lame blog that sputtered out and then by dribbling out rumors that he was building his own social network. As that has turned out to be complicated, his latest scheme — and it is a scheme, all right — is to file a class-action lawsuit with himself as lead plaintiff, alleging that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have violated his First Amendment rights.

As if.

It’s clear that Mr. Trump’s ability to communicate the way he likes — loud, unfettered — has been hindered by his exile, even if his most pernicious lies about election fraud have managed to crawl, like misinformation slime mold, into a large part of the body politic. And part of me thinks he actually had gotten addicted, like a lot of us, to erupting at any time, day or night, with whatever message popped into his manic mind.

But the lawsuit is most obviously a feint aimed at fund-raising — texts asking for donations went out as soon as Mr. Trump’s news conference started — and to up the grievance knob on his base of supporters, who have come to believe that social media platforms are our new public squares.

Unfortunately for Mr. Trump’s legal case, they are not. Only public squares are public squares. Like it or not, private companies can do whatever they want when it comes to making rules and tossing off incorrigible miscreants.

Like, of course, Mr. Trump, who appears to have a comprehension issue when it comes to reading our Constitution. “Congress shall make no law,” the First Amendment says, “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Congress, not Facebook. Congress, not Twitter. Congress, not YouTube.

In fact, a government forcing these platforms to host people they don’t want to host is a violation of their First Amendment rights. But not according to Mr. Trump, whose most inane allegation in the lawsuits is aimed at Facebook: He argues that its “status thus rises beyond that of a private company to that of a state actor.”

They are state actors as much as Mar-a-Lago is one, which would mean under this legal analysis that I have a right to join even if Mr. Trump does not want me there to enjoy Six Star Seafood Night Wednesday evenings on the patio. But to that I say: Give me “two-pound lobsters, freshly grilled fish and meat items, salads and a dessert bar, accompanied by a saxophonist under the stars” or give me death (by indigestion)!


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Posted: Jul 7, 2021 - 11:30am

Trump’s Cult of Animosity Shows No Sign of Letting Up
In 2016, Donald Trump recruited voters with the highest levels of animosity toward African Americans, assembling a “schadenfreude” electorate — voters who take pleasure in making the opposition suffer — that continues to dominate the Republican Party, even in the aftermath of the Trump presidency.

With all his histrionics and theatrics, Trump brought the dark side of American politics to the fore: the alienated, the distrustful, voters willing to sacrifice democracy for a return to white hegemony. The segregationist segment of the electorate has been a permanent fixture of American politics, shifting between the two major parties.

For more than two decades, scholars and analysts have written about the growing partisan antipathy and polarization that have turned America into two warring camps, politically speaking.

Lilliana Mason, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins, makes the case via Twitter that Trump has “served as a lightning rod for lots of regular people who hold white Christian supremacist beliefs.” The solidification of their control over the Republican Party “makes it seem like a partisan issue. But this faction has been around longer than our current partisan divide.” In fact, “they are not loyal to a party — they are loyal to white Christian domination.” (...)

Julie Wronski, a political scientist at the University of Mississippi — a co-author, with Mason and John Kane of N.Y.U., of a just published paper, “Activating Animus: The Uniquely Social Roots of Trump Support” — put it this way in reply to my emailed query:
The Trump coalition is motivated by animosity toward Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims and L.G.B.T. This animosity has no bearing on support for any of the other G.O.P. elites or the party itself. Warmth toward whites and Christians equally predict support for Trump, other G.O.P. elites, and the party itself. The only area where Trump support is different than other G.O.P. support is in regards to harnessing this out-group animus.
For as long as Trump remains the standard-bearer of the Republican Party, Wronski continued, “this animosity coalition will define the party.”

Animosity toward these four Democratic-aligned minority groups is not limited to Republican voters. Mason, Wronski and Kane created an “animus to Democrat groups” scale, ranked from zero at the least hostile to 1.0 at the most. Kane wrote me that
approximately 18 percent of Democrats have scores above the midpoint of the scale (which would mean negative feelings/animus). For Independents, this percentage grows to 33 percent. For Republicans, it jumps substantially to 45 percent.
The accompanying graphic demonstrates Kane’s point.
The three authors go on:
Animosity toward Democratic-linked groups predicts Trump support, rather remarkably, across the political spectrum. Further, given the decisive role that Independents can play in elections, these results suggest that reservoirs of animosity are not necessarily specific to a particular party, and may therefore be tapped by any political elite.
Before Trump took center stage in 2015, Republican leaders were determined to “stymie Democratic policy initiatives, resist compromise, and make it clear that Republicans desire to score political victories and win back power from Democrats,” Kane wrote in his email, but “establishment Republicans generally did not openly demonize, much less dehumanize, Democratic politicians at the national level.”

Trump, Kane continued,
wantonly disregarded this norm, and now Trump’s base may come to expect future Republican elites to be willing to do the same. If this practice eventually comes to be seen as a “winning strategy” for Republican politicians as a whole, it could bring us into a new era of polarization wherein Republican cooperation with the “Demon Rats” is seen not just as undesirable, but thoroughly unconscionable.
Most significantly, in Mason’s view, is that
there is a faction in American politics that has moved from party to party, can be recruited from either party, and responds especially well to hatred of marginalized groups. They’re not just Republicans or Democrats, they’re a third faction that targets parties.(...)

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Posted: Jul 4, 2021 - 2:23pm

 Steely_D wrote:

Check out Twitter’s #1 trend: #LoserPalooza





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Posted: Jul 4, 2021 - 2:21pm

Trump seemingly acknowledges facts of prosecutors' case against Trump Organization while criticizing charges over 'fringe benefits'
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Posted: Jul 4, 2021 - 9:12am

Check out Twitter’s #1 trend: #LoserPalooza
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Posted: Jul 3, 2021 - 5:22pm

 Manbird wrote:


Even the pool is Q shaped. 


That's commitment!
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Posted: Jul 3, 2021 - 4:24pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:

Your place, kurt?


Even the pool is Q shaped. 
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Posted: Jul 3, 2021 - 4:19pm

 Lazy8 wrote:

Delete a tweet, go to jail!


Cover up your crime, go to jail.
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Posted: Jul 3, 2021 - 4:09pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:
Delete a tweet, go to jail!
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Posted: Jul 3, 2021 - 12:06pm


Your place, kurt?
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Posted: Jul 3, 2021 - 11:56am

Because, that's what innocent people do...
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Posted: Jul 2, 2021 - 8:40am

 rgio wrote:

So he's not the worst President ever.....

The C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey

... but he's close.




....like I need an article to tell me that!?!
 


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Posted: Jul 1, 2021 - 1:31pm

“Radical Left New York City and State Prosecutors, who have let murderers, rapists, drug dealers, and all other forms of crime skyrocket to record levels, and who have just announced that they will be releasing hundreds of people involved in violent crime back onto the streets without retribution of any kind, are rude, nasty, and totally biased in the way they are treating lawyers, representatives, and some of the wonderful long-term employees and people within the Trump Organization.”

Aaaand … he said that these rude and nasty prosecutors were also “relentlessly seeking to destroy a reputation of a President who has done a great job for this Country, including tax and regulation cuts.”

I know, we all miss the @realDonaldTrump era.

C-SPAN just issued its latest survey of historians on presidential leadership. Trump was fourth from the bottom, so we can expect to see banners at his rallies boasting “Better Than Buchanan!” or “Even Fiercer Than Pierce.”

Trump’s other mission these days is to keep insisting that he actually won the election. His loss is clearly something he will never get over. On his deathbed he’s gonna be yelling at the attending physician about the vote count in Michigan.

Just the other day he laced into Wisconsin Republicans for failing to show appropriate obsessive interest in “a Forensic Audit of the election results.”

Now any self-respecting Republican would have just retorted: “Good God, man, will you please go away? You LOST.” However, the Republican president of the State Senate issued a pathetic, fawning response in which he stated that the power of Trump’s “pen to mine is like Thor’s hammer to a bobby pin.”


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Posted: Jul 1, 2021 - 11:13am

Did Presidents Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson and James Buchanan try to incite insurrections?   
Steely_D

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Posted: Jul 1, 2021 - 10:00am

 rgio wrote:

So he's not the worst President ever.....

The C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey

... but he's close.




So he's STILL not #1. 

rgio

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Posted: Jul 1, 2021 - 5:13am

So he's not the worst President ever.....

The C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey

... but he's close.


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