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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:47 AM

Trump Is Painting Himself into a Corner Again

Yesterday's briefing, with Trump hinting that he will loosen restrictions soon, was a serious error on his part. In reality, he cannot even do that. The Governors of various states are tightening up restrictions, not loosening them, and Trump has no authority over those Governors.

I did notice, yesterday, that Trump dropped his moronic references to "The Chinese Virus." What he though was clever before, he has now learned got him nothing but condemnation. I'm not sure who convinced him to drop that clumsy, racist designation, but he dropped it.

He is using his daily rally-style Coronavirus briefings to test his own lamebrained ideas, it seems. When they don't work, he moves on as though he never said those things. That is his pattern. He says outrageous things, and then skips over them later, when they are proven to cause harm.

He fails miserably at leadership. Constantly. He does not lead public opinion, nor the decisions of those with cooler heads and practical sense. He throws things out, as if at random, and then ignores what he has said later, when nothing happens.

Sadly, we cannot be rid of that bloated excuse for a President. Not until January of 2021. We can only hope that more intelligent and thoughtful people will manage to stop him from acting on his foolish and harmful ideas.

Perhaps he'll swallow a fly while his mouth is open.

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MineralMan Tuesday OP
5X Tuesday #1
SammyWinstonJack Wednesday #25
Ms. Toad Tuesday #2
bdamomma Wednesday #29
GusBob Tuesday #3
JustAnotherGen Tuesday #4
uponit7771 Tuesday #7
JustAnotherGen Tuesday #12
uponit7771 Tuesday #13
McKim Wednesday #24
True Blue American Wednesday #27
MyOwnPeace Tuesday #5
marble falls Tuesday #6
DinahMoeHum Tuesday #8
JustAnotherGen Tuesday #14
True Blue American Wednesday #28
Wellstone ruled Tuesday #9
brewens Tuesday #10
Yonnie3 Tuesday #11
Beartracks Tuesday #15
panader0 Tuesday #16
MineralMan Tuesday #17
DinahMoeHum Tuesday #19
Sunriser13 Wednesday #22
Crunchy Frog Wednesday #34
rufus dog Tuesday #18
Nature Man Wednesday #32
GeorgeGist Tuesday #20
Totally Tunsie Tuesday #21
Hortensis Wednesday #23
FiveGoodMen Wednesday #26
Proud Liberal Dem Wednesday #30
Grasswire2 Wednesday #31
Haggis for Breakfast Wednesday #33
flibbitygiblets Wednesday #35

Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:52 AM

1. A carrier fly. n/t

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Response to 5X (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:20 AM

25. Ha.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:53 AM

2. . . . perhaps he'll die.

Except that he's not an old lady.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:45 AM

29. I have

read that more men are dying from the virus, it's a matter of time.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2020/03/05/men-far-likely-die-coronavirus-women-analysis-shows/

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:54 AM

3. The "ending the restrictions" talk is a distraction

See how much attention and headlines it is getting?

Trump is good at this, seizing the news cycle.He is a shill and a huckster. We are seeing very few stories of states' unemployment websites crashing for instance.

It so happens that his blather piggy-backs on the stimulus being passed chatter and he gets to crow about the credit tonight

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:55 AM

4. Folks have got to stop

Watching his briefings. When the networks see a ratings dip when he's on - it's over. I can get wat 45 says from reliable news sources AFTER the 45 has been fact checked.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:58 AM

7. We want to know what the doctors are saying because they don't go on shows all the

... time and talk.

If it weren't for the doctors there would be no need.

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:08 PM

12. IF Fauci shows up

Worth it. If not - I turn it off.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #12)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:10 PM

13. True cause Blix doesn't sound like she's going to be straight up with us. Fauci is still lax but

... better than most

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:10 AM

24. I always turn them off

I always turn off the briefings to give them a message. I am also going to contact their advertisers. Also, it is good for my sanity.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:36 AM

27. I have!

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:56 AM

5. Ah, the song!

"I don't know why
he swallowed the fly......
I guess he'll die."

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:56 AM

6. He dropped "Chinese" because every time he said it the stock market had a marked down tick.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:00 PM

8. "Trump. . . is not in charge here. . .The governors are in charge. . ."

said Lawrence O'Donnell last night.

&t=83s





#newrostrong

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:12 PM

14. He's right

I'm telling older relatives in Ohio, Michigan, Alabama - to go to Murphy's (NJ) facebook live daily briefings, and to source governor Cuomo's briefings. Was telling them this last Thursday. This way they were able to prepare to shelter in place. Our Seniors are secure right now in our family.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:38 AM

28. And doing a fine job.

Cuomo has became the Guiding Light. Trump is the busted tail light.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:02 PM

9. Something noticeable yesterday

and a prediction from one of our posters whom has a background the study of Narcissistic behavior.

He predicted the Orange Anus would cave,and do his best to protect his Self Imagine at all Costs. This whole COVID-19 update,which most here figured out from day one,was just a TV Reelection Rally,has now turned into a platform for him to spin everything until the Congressional Bailout takes the focus off his incompetence.

Appears the pinnacle of his spin is to happen today over at Murdoch Ministry of Truth.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:05 PM

10. His saying he would relax restrictions wasn't factoring in how much worse things will

be by then. I'm in Idaho and Washington just went full lockdown. I guarantee you, Trumps words yesterday will ensure our governor won't go for total lock down. We should see our first death any time. 65 cases now. It was only a week ago I think the first was reported.

I at least think Trump will have to back down before our governor takes action.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:06 PM

11. He's leading from the rear

Another way of saying he pulls ideas from his ass.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:49 PM

15. That's the same pattern of bullshit he had on The Apprentice, but there...

... he could be edited for television so as to come across as some kind of business genius. It's how the myth of Donald Trump was built and maintained over the years: having his public interactions edited, controlled, manipulated. Ironically, The Apprentice was called "reality television," but Trump in the very real job of President cannot so easily, or believably, be edited to hide what he truly is: an ignorant, narcissistic buffoon.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:52 PM

16. The local Mexican friends of mine have a saying:

"En boca cerrado, no entran moscas."

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Response to panader0 (Reply #16)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 01:00 PM

17. I know that saying from my childhood.

It's a very wise statement.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #16)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 01:13 PM

19. I looked up the translation. Tee hee! Well put!





#newrostrong

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Response to panader0 (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:04 AM

22. I found this interesting - found on the 'nets

But now I can't find the forum it came from...

"Il bocca chiusa, non c'entra mosca" is from an old Italian proverb and is probably the basis for the 'code of silence' instituted in the Mafia. It is basically a warning that you should keep that information you have to yourself or suffer the consequences such that you would be dead, with your mouth open and flies planting eggs,...the first place flies deposit for the decomposition of the body. I had heard several times that the Mexican Mafia was using this to warn that someone that was bragging about being connected would be dealt with. That was back in the late '50s and '60s when I heard this. It has become my favorite quote because it does convey that if you speak too much about the things you are involved with, it is no longer just your information. Something like: The only real secret is the one that only you know!

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Response to panader0 (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:53 PM

34. I remember that from high school Spanish!

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 01:00 PM

18. NAH

He is setting up the blame game. His base could care less if millions die so there is no risk of losing them. He will then point at the states that drive the economy, CA, NY, IL, MA, and blame them for the job losses and recession.

It will be pushed as fact on FAUX News, then CNN and MSNBC will make Dems and Biden defend the shutdowns.


Lather, Rinse, Repeat.



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Response to rufus dog (Reply #18)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 12:08 PM

32. The outbreaks, rate of infection, and deaths

will be unprecedented and terrifying in population centers.

Places where people largely vote Democratic.

Has someone overlaid a 2016 map of votes-by-counties that went for Hillary on a COVID-19 map?

I think this is why he doesn't care.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 01:38 PM

20. He won't make it til January.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 01:53 PM

21. Just for giggles, I'm making note of each day's progression

of U.S. CV cases for the next two weeks to see how many more were added while he's calling for the country's restart. I'm expecting the numbers to be exponential.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:18 AM

23. Pope Francis calls for worldwide midday prayer, today, to beseech God

to rid the world of COVID-19. What he HASN'T called for is for over 2 billion Christians to pack into their churches on Easter Sunday.

With all this focused spiritual energy, my thoughts unusually but naturally turned to Marianne Williamson. Apparently she won't be focusing. Latest headlines on our great spiritualist candidate are:

Marianne Williamson rips 'outrageous' James Carville comments about Dems uniting behind Biden
Marianne Williamson calls Biden’s Super Tuesday comeback a ‘coup’
Marianne Williamson deletes tweet calling Biden’s surge the result of a ‘coup’
Marianne Williamson endorses Bernie Sanders

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:29 AM

26. And last night the local news opened with...

"Governor Waltz says we may be fighting this for some time, but President Trump is more optimistic"




They are TOTALLY in the GOP's pocket.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 12:02 PM

30. The biggest problem with him right now is that *he* is POTUS

If he were some random Fox News pundit or old crank on the street (or on the interwebs), he would not command the same level of attention as he does right now- as POTUS. Most sane and rational folk I've seen so far have rejected and/or condemned his non-CDC-endorsed remarks and suggestions about setting an arbitrary deadline for "re-opening" the economy, which is good, but for every person who refuses to listen to Trump, there are at least one or two people whom hang on this idiot's every word and will literally ingest hazardous chemicals because the President said something promising about them as a *possible* unproven/untested treatment for COVID-19. Once Easter happens, those same people will think that that "all clear" has been sounded and it's time to go back to old habits and activities and states and localities may find it increasingly difficult to maintain quarantines even if they're still in place. There's obviously got to be *some* end to this or loosening of restrictions but there has to be some demonstrable progress to warrant it (ie. increased testing, approved treatments, vaccines, declining case/mortality rates). Trump doesn't decide when this happens and he's not demonstrated that we've made the kind of progress that warrants loosening restrictions and it remains to be seem if something significant will be accomplished by Easter.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 12:05 PM

31. Yale holocaust historian Timothy Snyder tells us that..

...a rising autocrat will deploy outrage after outrage to exhaust the good people of a land. Spectacle after spectacle.

That's what has been happening for three years now.

Spectacle. Riveting public attention to him.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #31)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:45 PM

33. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, NYU History professor and

internationally-reknown expert on fascism and propaganda has a book coming out February 27, 2021, "Strongmen: How They Rise, Why They Succeed and How They Fall." She recently sat for an interview with HuffPost (google this) in which she said that trump is the worst possible person to have in a leadership position right now. She gets down to specifics and the picture she paints is NOT pretty and does NOT end well. She warns that trump is too amoral, immoral to care about people dying. He only cares about power and how to get more of it. She says that he WILL make more and more power grabs as our society shuts down due to COVID-19. Authoritarians fear transparency and accountability, and use emergencies to make audacious power grabs. This is why he is so uncomfortable with science and medicine and the experts who have the credibility to speak with authority.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:13 PM

35. He knows he can't order everyone back to work. He knows the states with sane governors won't do it.

But he can use this to his political advantage.

People in NY and the west coast will stay home as long as is needed to slow the curve, as is the right thing to do.

Meanwhile, Dumpy will scream from the sidelines chiding those lazy people go get back to work. Then he'll claim that any economic problems are their fault, not his, that if he had his way the economy would be great, etc. He's already got the slogan "cure is worse than the problem".

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