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Mike 03

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March 5, 2021

Maybe for the same reason F.B.I. behaviorists and forensic psychiatrists

are so fascinated to interview serial killers.

A lot of people don't care about the Why? but a lot of people do.

So many of the posts here at DU express frustration at the inability to comprehend these people. One way to try to comprehend them is to interview them and study how they think, and why they believe what they believe and do what they do.

March 5, 2021

The WSJ is being way too gracious

I'm SICK of hearing about how Trump is wounded by the trauma of losing power. I can't ever recall a defeated POTUS or any politician except for Roy Moore whining and crying and pissing and moaning like Trump over losing an election. And he wasn't some nice guy: he was the meanest, nastiest most corrupt and criminal SOB ever to occupy the office. We are not talking about an FDR who occupied office for years and years. Trump was a (shitty) one-term, twice-impeached president who didn't even like the job Americans gave him.

He ate, watched TV and golfed. For a supposedly ruthless negotiator and businessman, he's really just nothing more than a gigantic cheese puff with a sad face drawn on it.


March 4, 2021


These are people who have arrived at a tacit agreement to claim they believe something they almost surely don't believe because it is so offensive to the people they hate.

Not to get too far off on a tangent, but it's the same for almost all Holocaust Deniers. They know it happened, but they get such enjoyment from torturing the people who know how serious it was (while wearing their Auschwitz t-shirts).

We need a better word than "Gaslighting".

March 4, 2021

If we've learned anything, our next move...

Instead of apologizing, Biden should say, "I am sorry, that was deeply unfair to Neanderthals. I meant to say single celled paramecium" or something of that nature. "Governor Abbott is dumber than a protozoa." Double down, triple down, don't apologize.

March 4, 2021

Nicely done.

If only you were the editor of the biggest newspaper in Wisconsin.

I'm not permitted to write to Senator Ron Johnson anymore. I wrote to him late summer with some constructive criticism (that he abstain from disseminating Russian disinformation, and reminding him of Dr. Fiona Hill's testimony to the same effect) and thereafter, when I try to submit an email I get a warning notice that I may constitute a national security threat so my email will not be accepted by the good senator's office.

When people call Johnson a "piece of shit", they are not exaggerating.

March 4, 2021

Thank you, Joe.

I know that everyone here at DU understands what's at stake here, and the MSM is doing a good job of conveying the import of this assault on democracy; what I don't know is whether the average person who is not a newswatcher or newsreader is entirely aware of what is transpiring and, if they are not, how we can reach them so they understand this is not what Andrea Mitchell likes to call "politics as usual".

I think it helps that Biden is being so direct. Hopefully, people will listen.

March 4, 2021

Thanks for sharing this.

I'm totally fascinated by what moves people either into politics or from one position to another.

Your posts are making me wish I'd been more politically aware during that period, but I was a typical self-involved teenager planning my next trip to the movie theater or record store. My mother was the most politically-alert person in the family during that time. She despised Ronald Reagan.

March 4, 2021

I wish I could recall more. There was a lot of important discussion going on

just in general, not particularly just about Reagan, and I remember two large publishing events: The release of "The Cold and the Dark: The World After Nuclear War" and also Strobe Talbot's book "Deadly Gambits" (those were two of the first nonfiction hardcovers I ever owned). So in high school and then college I had classmates talk about Reagan causing a nuclear war, but these were not adult, serious discussions and I think we were repeating things adults were saying or were influenced by the thinking of other people because we went on with our educations and didn't spend that much time thinking about it as a reality. Maybe if we'd had been older it would have been another story. Maybe we came close and didn't know it.

My father was in the Naval Reserve or Army Reserve (?) during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was moved to "On Call" or "On Duty" status (I wish to God I had asked him more about this when he was alive--he did actually get transported somewhere, so it was probably more than just being "On Call" ) and he always said that he was scared shitless. That was according to him one of the scariest times of his life. Recalling that week he said, "I didn't know if I would ever see your mother again." The two historical things he never forgot were being called up during the Cuban Missile Crisis and being a reporter during the assassination of JFK.

March 4, 2021

I understand people who say, "We need to protect this senate seat" but my view

has changed dramatically over the last two months. Instead of protecting this one chess piece (Manchin, or Sinema) we really are going to lose most of our chess pieces if we don't really take command here. We won't get a second chance.

Maybe there's an analogy in war. Win the battle and lose the war?

Seriously, take what Adam Schiff said last night to heart. We'll be the next Hungary if we don't play very hard now.

March 4, 2021

The more and more I think about the Filibuster

the more I conclude there is nothing to be gained by keeping it.

Even the "Be careful what you wish for" argument doesn't really work for me, because we only have two or so (hopefully 4) years to prove that Democrats can lead, govern and create meaningful change for Americans. If we can't do that, we'll lose the next few elections anyway, and our chance to prove we are able to govern will be gone--Adam Schiff says it will be gone for ten years, but I say it could be gone forever.

The alternative is allow the Republicans to continue to make our country ungovernable.

Also, who here trusts the Republicans not to eliminate the Filibuster in two or four years when they have the opportunity?

They are pathological liars but patient strategists.

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