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» Boner-City for the Writer

This thing that the nation is going through right now .. where we are testing the very foundations of democracy and the Constitution itself .. this is gnarly shit .. as Steve Schmidt can articulate as well as anyone.

But it makes for fascinating writing.

Documenting HATE | PBS Frontline ProPublica

As I am sure that AC Thompson would agree.

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I feel confident that Adam Davidson would concur.

Adam Davidson talks about how Trump got involved in a global fraud (August 2017)

Because such things open up so many avenues into the human soul and humanity and morals and ethics and what your values are.

Right wing protest in Portland turns violent with Antifa 4 Aug 2018

I bet that Alicia knows exactly what I am talking about. And Stephanie. And Max Boot. And Michelle.

Robert Chain charged with making death threats to the Boston Globe (31 Aug 2018)

And Thomas Friedman. Trump to dictators: "Have a nice day." While Justin Trudeau deserves a "special place in hell."

Ivanka Trump admiring Justin Trudeau at the White House 13 Feb 2017

[ Not if Ivanka has anything to say about it. ]

See .. they are making the point that the values of this administration are opposite what American values have always been.

Erdogan of Turkey, Kim Jong-un of North Korea, Trump, Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt

And opposite what they should be.

» Fmr CIA Director John Brennan Says Trump is a Danger to Democracy

I bet that John Brennan knows exactly what I am talking about. Check out his response here (at t=5:20) when Hallie Jackson asks him if he thinks that Trump is a danger to democracy.

Hallie Jackson asks Fmr CIA Director John Brennan if Trump is a danger to democracy (28 June 2018)

This is the kind of thing that gives a writer a total boner. A writing boner .. so to speak.

Phil Rucker knows what I am talking about.

» The Thief Comes Only to Steal

Along these lines, I can't help but wonder how Neil Gorsuch feels sitting in a seat that was stolen from another nominated man.

Does he feel in any way illegitimate? It's a valid question, no?

I find the whole thing somewhat ironic .. because the Court is supposed to be about determining right and wrong at the highest level in our nation. And yet, this justice sits in a stolen seat.

Ironic might not be the best word, but you feel me.

And the fact that this seat was stolen from a black man, who did the nominating .. this only adds to sense of wrongness.

» Writing is Very Much Affected by the Times in Which the Writer Lives

The writer is very much affected by and influenced by the times in which he lives.

Mail bombing targets (25 Oct 2018)

Ai Weiwei knows what I am talking about.

Hemingway pooh-pooh'ed Fitzgerald's writing by saying that Scott was never in a war like Hemingway was .. and that this was the reason why Fitzgerald's books and stories werent as good.

Hemingway does indeed have a deep-seated insecurity that you can see him operating out of/from/with. (Just like the Donald.) It is probably the thing that drove him to such muscular standards of writing.

I consider Fitzgerald the better writer. I realize that such comparisons are silly in the grand scheme of things. But I can't stop myself from admiring and appreciating their writing.

Anyway .. I actually just wanted to point out this area where I am feeling these FBI guys .. and how I can appreciate the way they value realtime documentation.

It takes time, and is a deliberate thing. It is not something that happens by itself. And you must do it even when you have a million other things to do.

But I ended up mentioning how this existential crisis that America is going through right now makes for great writing .. as I am sure that both Hemingway and Fitzgerald would concur.

» Bon Appétit, Motherfuckers

It must be true what they say about fools .. that they » rush in where angels fear to tread.

Fortunes change over time, as the wheels of justice click around into place for the righteous man.

You'll see what I mean .. sooner or later.

And Coffee Joe will be right there saying, "I tried to tell you fuckers .. but you refused to listen. Now you must eat the fruit of your own devices. Bon appétit, motherfuckers."

I can almost hear the weeping and gnashing of teeth now.

Oh, look at Coffee Joe go here .. in a piece titled » Trump Has Been Lying About Russia For Years (9 Oct 2018) .. where he and only he talks for the whole video.

This is the most direct that I have ever seen Coffee Joe get.

» You Can't Say I Didnt Try to Warm Them

See .. come Judgment Day, these fuckers are going to be saying, "Why didnt you tell me? Why didnt you warn me?"

I have been telling them. I have been warning them. Many times I warned them. This section right here is but one more example of me trying to warn these fuckers.

I am jumping up-n-down, trying to warn them. I am using every possible approach that I can think of.

"How can they not see this obvious thing?" I ask myself. (I bet that Nietzsche knows exactly what I am talking about.)

Then I think, "They can't say that I didnt try to warn them .. repeatedly."

And if Coffee Joe is there, then you know that Mika can't be far. Certainly a distance measured in inches .. and not very many of them, either.

» How Do You Square that in Your Mind?

Speaking of Coffee Joe and Mika .. check out what Coffee Joe says here at t=1:00 the morning after the midterms.

Coffee Joe speaks to people actively supporting overt racism (at t=1:00) the morning after the midterms (7 Nov 2018)

"I just gotta say that I think we all have to be really honest this morning. A lot of Americans decided to go out and vote - we saw it there - to support a man who spent the last month of the campaign - not making subtle appeals to racism .. but making overtly bigoted racist statements, attacking brown people, attacking black people, attacking people who are the other. And you could look at the lies. What was he lying about? The answer: everything. And I do sit here this morning, and I do wonder .. how do you exactly square that in your mind? That you went out to vote specifically to support a guy who gained the praise of David Duke? Who gained the praise of white nationalists, who acted like he did during the last month of the campaign?"

That's pretty impressive. This is not the same Coffee Joe who I knew back in December.

When I heard it, I actually thought of James Baldwin's Pin Drop speech .. because it was so quiet in there. You could hear a pin drop.

I would be lyin' if I said that I didnt have the same question myself. How do they square that in their minds?

Are Nazis bad? .. or very fine people? What say ye?

Somebody please ask a white evangelical this question for me. Do they really agree with the president on everything?

Are they really incapable of ethical functioning?

» Mika Goes Ninja-Like on Kirstjen Nielsen

Oh, look at Mika go here .. getting all ninja-like on Kirstjen Nielsen. I dont think that I have ever seen another thing quite like that.

She is calling out every piece of bullshit that is being said .. right at the point where it is being said it. That has a cool effect when she does that.

And here is Mr. Ninja himself talking about language.

» Doctors Say that Toxic Stress Can Affect a Child for Their Entire Life

Shame on you, Kirstjen Nielsen. Shame the fuck on you and your shitty values and priorities. You are a spineless piece of shit.

Statement on the effects of separating children from their refugee parents by James Madara, CEO AMA

Woe unto you.

Note that this section on our government ripping children away from their parents has been moved to its own page » When Governments Inflict Lasting Psychic Trauma on Children as a Matter of Policy (21 June 2018).

To what degree are we, as a society, as citizens, morally responsible for this lasting psychic trauma?

All of it? Some of it? None of it? Is anybody morally responsible for inflicting this lasting psychic trauma on these children?

You probably want to take your time with that one .. because you dont want to get it wrong.

» Historical Drama Playing Out Right Before Your Very Eyes

This thing here where Sessions fires McCabe .. this is juicy shit .. from a historical perspective. Can't you just see history playing out right before your very eyes?

A pivotal moment in our nation's history .. when it feels like the country is perched precariously close to the precipice of real national crisis. (21 Dec 2018).

These are the places where a nation learns a lot about itself. Jeff knows what I am talking about. I bet that Krugman knows exactly what I am talking about here. Mika, too.

Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki (16 July 2018)

Speaking of historical drama and intending to do lasting harm .. I wonder what Andrew McCabe thinks about what David Leonhardt says here. He makes it sound like Trump hates America .. and that he is doing his best to weaken it.

I wonder what Michael Morell thinks about that.

» The Quisling Who was Executed as a Traitor

Krugman calls Trump a quisling. He says that it is a demonstrated fact.

Putin's hand on top (dominant position) with Trump's hand below (submissive position) as they shake at the G20 summit in Hamburg on 7 July 2018

I had to look up the word. The term is defined as:

  1. A traitor who serves as a puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country.
  2. A traitor who collaborates with the enemy.
  3. Someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force.

The term comes from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), who ruled the Nazi collaborationist government of Norway during WW2.

Vidkun Quisling shaking hands with Adolf Hitler

I see what Krugman is saying.

Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki (16 July 2018)

Quisling the quisling was executed by a firing squad of his own people as a traitor to his nation on 24 October 1945. He was 58 years old.

» The Emperor has No Clothes

I wonder what former CIA director John Brennan thinks of this.

Fmr CIA director John Brennan calls Trump's performance in Helsinki 'nothing short of treasonous'

I wonder what general Barry McCaffrey thinks of all this.

Fmr General Barry McCaffrey says that Trump is a threat to national security

And of course I can't help but wonder what Laurence Tribe thinks of all this.

Laurence Tribe making the case for obstruction

That's what I thought.

I wonder what James Stavridis thinks.

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