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Mike 03

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Hometown: Modesto California
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What about some of these fish and animal related changes:

Lifting protections on wolves
Allowing hunters to shoot bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens
Changes in fishing regulations allowing long-banned long-line fishing techniques that endanger other species?
Opening that ocean and bird preserve in the north east to fishing?
Allowing the use of small explosive devices to kill some animals in certain states?

Didn't Trump open up some national reserves to hunting?

Did anything come of Pebble Mine?
Drilling in ANWR?
The huge pristine forest in Alaska: wasn't part of it open to logging?
Destruction of a national monument in Arizona to build the wall?

I read, and then never heard of this story again: NAVY asking for permission to use some kind of device in the pacific northwest that might result in killing Orcas, and obtaining a permit that allowed them to kill a certain number in the course of doing whatever experiments they were doing?

I hope NONE of these disgusting things happen(end), but those made big news at the time they were announced.

You can count the number of Republicans who are not ass-kissing whores on

the fingers of one hand, even if you'd lost three fingers in chainsaw accident.

Except for Mary and her deceased father, the entire Trump family is

a pack of entitled degenerates and thieves with impulse-control problems:

Don Jr. swiped half a grilled cheese sandwich off my plate

The Magnitsky Act

I've always wondered if this is what Mike Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador about, and why he lied to cover it up. And when Trump couldn't get rid of the MA, Putin lost interest in him. Somewhere in one of the Trump books I remembering reading that Putin's #1 obsession is to get rid of the Magnitsky Act.

Looks like the legal freak show is about to grind to a halt:

Trump's campaign lawyers have been holed up for days in a conference room at Trump campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., one of the sources said, Andrew Giuliani had been around all of them.

The way Rudy conducted himself yesterday--talking gibberish, leaking hair dye across his cheeks, sweating profusely and wiping boogers all over his face--how long before the announcement comes that he's tested positive?

He's given certain special interest groups legitimacy and favors they've

been craving for decades, especially the Christian Nationalists and Alt Right.

I also agree with others who've said that there's a lot of fear, because it's unclear how much power he will retain after leaving office.

Also, the "shared enemies" theory. Some people like him because he hates the same people they do.

I kind of get where this is going.

Reading the book description at Amazon, I'm remembering that Elton John song, The Ballad of Danny Bailey and this theory is making some sense. There is a certain hagiography that evolves around the "bad guys." To wit, the insane popularity of De Palma's remake of Scarface.

I still think there's a lot more going on, especially after reading Unholy by Sarah Posner and The Power Worshippers by Katherine Stewart, and The Cult of Trump by Steven Hassan and Dangerous Charisma by Dr. Jerrold Post.

I just think we can't ignore the appeal of strongmen like Putin, Duterte, Bolsonaro, etc... I see it has having to do with their perceived power, not necessarily their "badness," but the two are not unrelated because of their enemies.

Autocrats have this ability to absolve people who believe deep down they are failures of guilt, introspection, self-blame and personal responsibility by conditioning them to direct or project their self-loathing at "others" (immigrants, Jews, people of color, religious minorities). And the followers vicariously share the leader's perceived power.

But there is a place for what you're saying in a fully evolved theory of Trump's appeal, especially when you are talking about the Alt Right, the racists and people who feel beaten down by life; not so much with the Christian Nationalists.

I appreciate the book recommendation. May give it a look.

Great job

I was a coward and just emailed her.

You did great!

Emily's email address:


Some humble suggestions for the Trump Library:

Fire and Fury
House of Trump, House of Putin
The Apprentice (by Greg Miller)
Fear by Woodward
Rage by Woodward
Disloyal by Michael Cohen
The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, by Dr. Bandy Lee, et al
The Cult of Trump by Steven Hassan
Dangerous Charisma by Jerrold M. Post
Trump and His Generals by Peter Bergen
A Very Stable Genius by Rucker and Leonnig
Omarosa's book
Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump
The Room Where it Happened by Bolton
The Mueller Report

Some books about Putin:

The New Tsar
From Russia with Blood
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible
The Less you Know the Better you Sleep

and really, on and on

Bottom line: The entire library could be filled with books about what a catastrophe the Trump administration was

I know I have no business giving Biden and Harris advice, because IMO they

are doing a spectacular job under extraordinary and unprecedented pressures.

But I sincerely wish Biden would make a statement at least saying "We will remove any person that Trump burrows into one of our agencies, regardless of rules or protections, because he is making these changes in bad faith for the sole purpose of sabotaging an incoming administration."

I wish he would prepare the way to kick these people out, let anyone who is not paying attention understand the purpose of Trump's moves, and make it clear he won't allow them to remain in place. They are "moles" intent on destroying the Biden/Harris administration.

Just my opinion.
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