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BTRTN: The State of Delusion Address

Born to Run the Numbers on Donald Trump's State of the Union Address:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/01/btrtn-state-of-delusion-address.html

Excerpts: "Last night Donald Trump opened his first State of the Union address by declaring his passionate desire for unity. Now, there are very few things that Trump supporters and opponents agree on, but the idea that Trump is passionately seeking unity? Pretty much everyone in the country can disagree with that... Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters would tell you that his appeal lies precisely in his political incorrectness. They would tell you that they love the fact that he says out loud what they secretly believe. They love the fact that Trump called a broad swath of African nations “shitholes.” They support a guy who equated neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and white supremacists with those who protested such bigotry. They would tell you that they love the fact that he says things that piss off those liberal intellectual elites. Unity? Trump supporters adore the fact that most mornings he writes tweets that are precisely intended to bludgeon, vilify, and slander segments of our society that they loathe.

"Sure, Donald, the state of our union is actually pretty decent considering the carnage you've wrought in your first year in office. And if you leave out all the degrading and embarrassing things you've done -- the bigotry, misogyny, the assertions of "fake news," the venomous twitter rage, the insults to our allies and the pandering to tyrants, your efforts to undermine the FBI, and the fact that you are the subject of the biggest investigation into allegations of criminal behavior by the President since Watergate, then perhaps you can conclude that the state of the union is great...Which is to say that this union is holding up despite you, not because of you."

BTRTN: The State of Delusion Address

Born to Run the Numbers on Donald Trump's State of the Union Address:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/01/btrtn-state-of-delusion-address.html

Excerpts: "Last night Donald Trump opened his first State of the Union address by declaring his passionate desire for unity. Now, there are very few things that Trump supporters and opponents agree on, but the idea that Trump is passionately seeking unity? Pretty much everyone in the country can disagree with that... Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters would tell you that his appeal lies precisely in his political incorrectness. They would tell you that they love the fact that he says out loud what they secretly believe. They love the fact that Trump called a broad swath of African nations “shitholes.” They support a guy who equated neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and white supremacists with those who protested such bigotry. They would tell you that they love the fact that he says things that piss off those liberal intellectual elites. Unity? Trump supporters adore the fact that most mornings he writes tweets that are precisely intended to bludgeon, vilify, and slander segments of our society that they loathe.

"Sure, Donald, the state of our union is actually pretty decent considering the carnage you've wrought in your first year in office. And if you leave out all the degrading and embarrassing things you've done -- the bigotry, misogyny, the assertions of "fake news," the venomous twitter rage, the insults to our allies and the pandering to tyrants, your efforts to undermine the FBI, and the fact that you are the subject of the biggest investigation into allegations of criminal behavior by the President since Watergate, then perhaps you can conclude that the state of the union is great...Which is to say that this union is holding up despite you, not because of you."

BTRTN: The End of the Year of Living Complacently

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Trump's inauguration. Born to Run the Numbers wonders why Americans are not more outraged.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/01/btrtn-end-of-year-of-living-complacently.html

Excerpts: "Our very political climate is changing, far more rapidly and with more immediate potentially disastrous consequence than even the disruption that our ecosystem that is having upon our planet. Donald Trump is not weather, he is climate. He is changing who we are, how we interact with other nations, and how we govern ourselves. And yet the simple truth is that we the people aren’t doing much about it."
"When a democracy functions well, individuals in political parties are loyal first to the nation and second to the party, and are therefore capable of objectively assessing the actions of their own. Read again, if you will, the lists compiled above, only this time imagine Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton committing any single one of the offenses on this list. Just one. Can you imagine the Republican vitriol, venom, and calls for impeachment that would have faced Obama or Clinton if they had committed any of those heinous acts? When the party in power pardons its own leader for every offense but crucifies its opponent for any offense, you do not have a functioning democracy."
"Martin Luther King, Jr. did not virtually cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Four college students at Kent State University did not die in a Vietnam War Protest chat room. Civil disobedience can’t be emailed in. It is a real, human, flesh and blood outrage intentionally staged directly in front of the town hall."

BTRTN: The End of the Year of Living Complacently

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Trump's inauguration. Born to Run the Numbers wonders why Americans are not more outraged.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/01/btrtn-end-of-year-of-living-complacently.html

Excerpts: "Our very political climate is changing, far more rapidly and with more immediate potentially disastrous consequence than even the disruption that our ecosystem that is having upon our planet. Donald Trump is not weather, he is climate. He is changing who we are, how we interact with other nations, and how we govern ourselves. And yet the simple truth is that we the people aren’t doing much about it."
"When a democracy functions well, individuals in political parties are loyal first to the nation and second to the party, and are therefore capable of objectively assessing the actions of their own. Read again, if you will, the lists compiled above, only this time imagine Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton committing any single one of the offenses on this list. Just one. Can you imagine the Republican vitriol, venom, and calls for impeachment that would have faced Obama or Clinton if they had committed any of those heinous acts? When the party in power pardons its own leader for every offense but crucifies its opponent for any offense, you do not have a functioning democracy."
"Martin Luther King, Jr. did not virtually cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Four college students at Kent State University did not die in a Vietnam War Protest chat room. Civil disobedience can’t be emailed in. It is a real, human, flesh and blood outrage intentionally staged directly in front of the town hall."

BTRTN: Why Would Norwegians Want to Come to a S---Hole Country Led by Donald Trump?

Born to Run the Numbers addresses the question of the day: Which country is the real shithole... the one that struggles with poverty and disease, or the one that is led by Donald Trump?

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/01/why-would-norwegians-want-to-come-to-s.html

Excerpts:

"Yes, this time Donald Trump’s latest shit storm is actually a shit storm, as the President of the United States not only articulated his own overtly racist immigration policy, but did so with an incendiary scatological insult to Haiti and a number of African nations..."

"It turns out that in Donald Trump’s America, we limit our search for the tired, the poor, the hungry, and the huddled masses yearning to be free to the upscale neighborhoods in Bygdøy and Holmenkollåsen. Trump prefers “people from countries like Norway” to come to the United States, conveying an apparently deeply held conviction that Norwegians have vast untapped potential to become excellent Americans..."

BTRTN: Why Would Norwegians Want to Come to a S---Hole Country Led by Donald Trump?

Born to Run the Numbers addresses the question of the day: Which country is the real shithole... the one that struggles with poverty and disease, or the one that is led by Donald Trump?

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/01/why-would-norwegians-want-to-come-to-s.html

Excerpts:

"Yes, this time Donald Trump’s latest shit storm is actually a shit storm, as the President of the United States not only articulated his own overtly racist immigration policy, but did so with an incendiary scatological insult to Haiti and a number of African nations..."

"It turns out that in Donald Trump’s America, we limit our search for the tired, the poor, the hungry, and the huddled masses yearning to be free to the upscale neighborhoods in Bygdøy and Holmenkollåsen. Trump prefers “people from countries like Norway” to come to the United States, conveying an apparently deeply held conviction that Norwegians have vast untapped potential to become excellent Americans..."

BTRTN: Loose Bannon, Part II, The Rift That Keeps on Giving

Born to Run the Numbers on Steve Bannon's bomb cyclone of quotations in Fire and Fury.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/01/loose-bannon-part-ii-rift-that-keeps-on.html

Excerpts: "Democrats can fling sticks and stones at Donald Trump. The news industry’s efforts to bring Trump to task have been all but neutered by natural audience selection. Robert Mueller may someday be ready to take Trump down through an orderly constitutional process. But there is one guy who can damage Donald Trump’s standing with his ferociously loyal base, and that guy just pulled his rip cord...
All this Bannon fodder can be traced back to a simple truth: Bannon and Trump have been in a ferocious competition to take credit for Trump’s victory. Both absolutely crave that credit, and both are furious that the other appears to have taken more than their just share. Perhaps at only a subconscious level, Steve Bannon knows that his best hope of proving that he deserves credit for Donald Trump’s rise is to ensure that without Bannon, Trump falls. Hell hath no fury like a political consultant scorned. That Steve Bannon would allow himself to be quoted so freely, so viciously, and with such vitriolic hyperbole can hardly be considered a mere lapse of judgment. As James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming so eloquently put it, “once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.”
Live by Bannon, die by Bannon. Instant kharma’s going to get you, Donald. Maybe this time it wasn’t such a great idea to scream, “You’re fired.”
Posted by reggieandlee | Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:38 AM (0 replies)

BTRTN: Loose Bannon, Part II, The Rift That Keeps on Giving

Born to Run the Numbers on Steve Bannon's bomb cyclone of quotations in Fire and Fury.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/01/loose-bannon-part-ii-rift-that-keeps-on.html

Excerpts: "Democrats can fling sticks and stones at Donald Trump. The news industry’s efforts to bring Trump to task have been all but neutered by natural audience selection. Robert Mueller may someday be ready to take Trump down through an orderly constitutional process. But there is one guy who can damage Donald Trump’s standing with his ferociously loyal base, and that guy just pulled his rip cord...
All this Bannon fodder can be traced back to a simple truth: Bannon and Trump have been in a ferocious competition to take credit for Trump’s victory. Both absolutely crave that credit, and both are furious that the other appears to have taken more than their just share. Perhaps at only a subconscious level, Steve Bannon knows that his best hope of proving that he deserves credit for Donald Trump’s rise is to ensure that without Bannon, Trump falls. Hell hath no fury like a political consultant scorned. That Steve Bannon would allow himself to be quoted so freely, so viciously, and with such vitriolic hyperbole can hardly be considered a mere lapse of judgment. As James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming so eloquently put it, “once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.”
Live by Bannon, die by Bannon. Instant kharma’s going to get you, Donald. Maybe this time it wasn’t such a great idea to scream, “You’re fired.”
Posted by reggieandlee | Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:37 AM (1 replies)
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