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Sat Aug 5, 2017, 07:34 PM

Donald Trump has a sickening fetish for cruelty -USA Today

These are not the actions of a well-adjusted person. Trump clearly has a maudlin fetish for cruelty – given his pattern of humiliating both friend and foe, the president's brain is occupied with little else than Electoral College results and revenge fantasies. Trump is basically a 71-year old kid cackling in delight as he melts ants under his magnifying glass. Only these ants are attorneys general, senators, FBI directors and governors.

Naturally, Trump's supporters think toying with peoples' dignity is a show of strength – but it is the exact opposite. He's a weak leader who wastes what little political capital he has settling personal scores. With apologies to Winston Churchill, Trump remains an immodest man with much to be modest about.

And it's just a matter of time before he's under Vladimir Putin's magnifying glass.

More here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/05/trump-has-fetish-cruelty-christian-schneider-column/537483001/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-newstopstories

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Reply Donald Trump has a sickening fetish for cruelty -USA Today (Original post)
LudwigPastorius Aug 2017 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2017 #1
SHRED Aug 2017 #11
gilpo Aug 2017 #19
gilpo Aug 2017 #20
Rhythm Aug 2017 #22
stuffmatters Aug 2017 #2
calimary Aug 2017 #3
LudwigPastorius Aug 2017 #4
pangaia Aug 2017 #14
LudwigPastorius Aug 2017 #16
pangaia Aug 2017 #17
Fritz Walter Aug 2017 #23
pangaia Aug 2017 #24
Ilsa Aug 2017 #25
Dream Girl Aug 2017 #5
marylandblue Aug 2017 #8
StepnKretchit Aug 2017 #7
Harry Also Aug 2017 #6
July Aug 2017 #9
Doreen Aug 2017 #10
democratisphere Aug 2017 #12
Doitnow Aug 2017 #13
Bleacher Creature Aug 2017 #15
dalton99a Aug 2017 #18
DinahMoeHum Aug 2017 #21
RKP5637 Aug 2017 #26

Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:02 PM

1. Trump is a weak person's idea of a strong-man. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 09:20 PM

11. Nailed it.

 

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 09:45 AM

19. Like Ryan is the idiot's idea of a smart man

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 03:26 PM

22. Among other things...

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:08 PM

2. I've said for a sometime Repugs are the Plantation Party, the party of cruelty, sadism, oppression

There's a reason they simply cannot grasp even concepts as fundamental as The Social Contract much less that a woman's body is
her property not theirs.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:08 PM

3. Call me crazy, but I can't help wondering if Russia had a hand in that latest round of leaks

from trump's calls to other world leaders. That followed rather quickly after he was forced to sign the sanctions bill.

I can't stop thinking that maybe Putin's going to start making him pay for not being the obedient vassal his Russian mentor paid for.

I think Vlad is going to expect to get the results he paid for when he helped trump win last November. Now that his boy isn't living up to the assurances he gave to his benefactor, I suspect problems could easily arise.

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Response to calimary (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:19 PM

4. If Putin has the reported kompromat on Trump, he can take him down at any time.


My guess is that Putin wants to make a move on eastern Ukraine while Trump is still in office, because he knows he'll do nothing. Maybe he'll even try to annex Abkhazia and parts of Moldova.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 10:02 PM

14. You got it.

And he does not want to stop there.
Not by a long shot. Estonia, Latvia, Belarus.


Romania? Bulgaria?

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Response to pangaia (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 11:59 PM

16. You're right. With Trump's previous whining about NATO,...


he's already practically invited Putin into Eastern Europe.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #16)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 12:33 AM

17. I know people in Estonia, Latvia, Romania

..umm. Georgia...Finland......

It's not a good situation at all..

And ROK, Japan.....

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Response to pangaia (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 05:40 PM

23. Lets go to the map

Specifically, Kaliningrad. A tiny spit of land on the Baltic Sea, west of Lithuania, north of Poland.

It's Russian. A remote possession, but still flying the white, blue and red flag of Российская Федераци.

According to Wikipedia, before World War II, it was called Königsberg, a Prussian/German land, which was...
... renamed Kaliningrad in 1946 after the death of Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Mikhail Kalinin, one of the original Bolsheviks. The survivors of the German population were forcibly expelled in 1946-1949, and the city was repopulated with Soviet citizens. The German language was replaced by the Russian language.


My close friends in Lithuania are painfully aware of what happened in the 20th Century. They were the first Soviet republic to evict their Soviet occupiers, and have struggled ever since to rebuild their millennium-long identity.

Kaliningrad is an all-too-painful reminder of Putin's penchant for rebuilding the USSR and raping lands and citizens in his as yet unbridled quest for wealth and power.

I've been there. I've seen how Putin's buddies turned churches into foundries and sanitariums. When they watched Drumpf stealing the election, they knew exactly what they were in for.

We must not turn our backs on this NATO ally.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Reply #23)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 06:11 PM

24. Thank you for adding..

Most of the friends/people I know/people I know of, are classical musicians or somehow connected with the arts... they... they continue with their lives, often traveling... it is not easy for them... some are a bit well-known....

Also, a number of Russians, in St Petersburg, mostly, but also in Perm, Novosibirsk, couple in Moscow. Some living in western parts of Europe...Interesting discussions sometimes. We definitely learn from each other. :>)




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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 06:24 PM

25. Nikki Haley and other republicans will decry the invasion,

offer help through NATO. Then trumpty-dumpty will sit on the wall and define an opposite policy, all because Pooty told him what he'd leak if he didn't.

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Response to calimary (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:22 PM

5. Interesting thought. When it came out, I kept saying to myself, "who leaked this?"

Something is rather odd about it coming out so much later. The theme was weakness, many of the other leaks are about abuse of power, fraud, etc. but this was obviously intended to show him as weak and kind of echoed what Medvedev (sp) said when he trolled him right before.

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:37 PM

8. I think Preibus allies leaked it

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Response to calimary (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:34 PM

7. You are not crazy.

 

President Trump is not only being grabbed by his private parts, those parts are in a vise.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:25 PM

6. Wow

Just wow. Spot on.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:46 PM

9. And yet he can only toy with their dignity if they let him.

Yes, there may be a price to pay for standing on one's dignity -- but then, at the least, one is left with one's dignity.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 08:46 PM

10. He is not a weak leader. He is not a leader at all.

A weak leader is someone who tries but just does not have what it takes. Rump does not try anything good just ruling, hate, fear, unfairness, insults, hate ( yes I said it again ), discrimination, and evil. Please do not consider him what he is not and never will be....a leader.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 09:32 PM

12. Expect nothing less from a psychopath.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 09:53 PM

13. Mornings when I take a walk, I tune in usually to Democracy Now, but

KPFK being a low voltage station often has lots of static. So, I listen to Bill Handel because we've lost all liberal talk here in the L. A. area, and he's the least obnoxious of all the right wing talk shows now. Well, Handel must have taken lessons from Dump 45, because all his "jokes" tend to have truly cruel endings---and he even includes his wife and kids whom he often derides on air. What is with such people who take pleasure in other people's misfortune or pain? Really sick!

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat Aug 5, 2017, 10:22 PM

15. Come on Vlad, release the damn tapes!! NT

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 02:20 AM

18. Our Caligula

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #18)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 03:07 PM

21. "Oderint dum metuant"

Let them hate, provided they fear.

(attributed to Caligula)

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 06:35 PM

26. His followers see him as strong. I seem him as a weak individual and easily manipulated. n/t

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