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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:05 PM

Morrison's Thumb

A sociopath, on the other hand, has the same regard for financial obligations as he does to personal ones: no remorse, no conscience. Get what you want now, and damn the consequences later.
― Mary Jo Buttafuoco


This morning, I heard from an old friend who is a teacher in a southern state. As of Tuesday, she was one of 39 people diagnosed with Covid 19 .....you know, that virus that just disappeared when the sun came out in April. The "old gang" very concerned, since another otherwise healthy friend died from it in the spring.

There have been some interesting conversations among us in the two hours since our friend shared this news. She is furious, as many in her community still believe Trump's lie that the virus is a hoax. Other friends are debating if Woodward is a hero or a villian for the information documenting that Trump knew the truth as far back as February. (In fact, Trump knew as far back as at least December, 2019, but ignored the coming crisis.)

No matter what one thinks about Woodward -- older forum members may recall detailed conversations about his role in reporting on Watergate in the days of the "Plame threads," when I provided the information that informed on my opinion of him -- his new book has added pressure on Trump as an individual, and on his administration. This is, of course, distinct from the Trump cult members, who are still confident that the covid hoak will dissipate in April, 2020.

We did not need a Q-anon to predict the responses of the ilk of Kayleigh McEnany, who has assured the public that Trump's lying to the public is proof positive of his heroic status. Surely her description of Trump brought an image of a flock of angels, tears in eyes, leading a standing ovation along with their recently deceased relative. I could fucking puke.

Of more significance, in my opinion, is how we can anticipate Trump reacting. The old boy is already under pressure from a number of things. Covid is still raging, and will surely pick up in intensity as we approach Election Day, much the same as a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico before it hits land. The economy isn't good, despite what the White House pretends is real. The polls, both national and more importantly in states, indicates that Biden will win the election.

Trump's hopes for a bump in the polls from the republican confederate convention proved as disappointing as a premature ejaculation before their party could get their trousers unzipped. No hump, no bump there. But Woodward's new book is only one is a series of releases that expose the tawdry Trump family.

The most important of the books, in my opinion, will likely appeal to a fairly small audience, which is a shame. "Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump," by Peter Strzok, is essential reading. The threat that Trump poses to our national security obviously did not disappear in April -- like magic. (I'm hoping that Peter will agree to do an interview for this forum soon.)

Since the release of Dr. Bandi Lee's book, "The Dangerous case of Donald Trump," I've spoken here about the increased level of danger that a sociopath under pressure presents. We can hope that, because Trump is a cowardly man with limited abilities, he will stick to telling increasingly outrageous lies ......that if Biden wins, the Democratic Party will outlaw Christmas, force white men to undergo abortions on command, incarcerate innocent people in cages near the Mexican border, and give antifa caravans all of the guns an explosives that the Q-anon militias now have. We can deal with that.

However, Trump will be open to doing far worse things to avoid the consequences of losing the November election. Even as I write this, I know that dick-dripping Stephan Miller has Trump's ear. And I don't put anything past a sociopath who is being advised by a nazi.

Peace,
H2O Man

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H2O Man Sep 2020 #2
dchill Sep 2020 #6
H2O Man Sep 2020 #8
dchill Sep 2020 #10
H2O Man Sep 2020 #11
bigtree Sep 2020 #3
H2O Man Sep 2020 #4
coeur_de_lion Sep 2020 #5
H2O Man Sep 2020 #7
H2O Man Sep 2020 #9

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:22 PM

1. Excellent essay. I did not know about Morrison's thumb...

Had to Google it.

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Response to dchill (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:48 PM

2. I did, too!

After reading your response, I googled it, too.

This morning, watching the news on Woodward's book, I had the working title "Out of Rage" in mind for my essay. But then, a song from An American Prayer played:

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 04:16 PM

6. Initially, I thought it was some kind of Doors reference.

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Response to dchill (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 05:00 PM

8. My imagination is

limited, I suppose, to the past. Speaking of which, as Jim noted:


"Back in those days,
Everything was simpler and more confused."
--Stoned Immaculate

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #8)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 08:24 PM

10. Mine, too. I was then, and still am, a Doors fanatic. "Horse Latitudes..."

"When the still sea conspires an armor
And her sullen and aborted
Currents breed tiny monsters
True sailing is dead
Awkward instant
And the first animal is jettisoned
Legs furiously pumping
Their stiff green gallop
And heads bob up
Poise
Delicate
Pause
Consent
In mute nostril agony
Carefully refined
And sealed over"

Great stuff.

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Response to dchill (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:25 PM

11. It still holds.

I still listen to the Doors a lot.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 02:07 PM

3. sorry about your friends, man

...they deserve better from their government.

I think we're in the post-Labor Day period where facts and reports become confirmation of existing impressions and reputations of these candidates. Trump's recorded words, in this case, confirm for most voters what they likely suspected, that their president was lying to them about the virus that's sickened and killed their family members, put their jobs and livelihoods in needless jeopardy, and allowed the calamity to perpetuate into an indefinite future.

For the ones who shift belief like it was a choice off an Arby's menu in support of Trump, this revelation might be something that sobers, but you just gotta know they'll choose the murky, sloppy gyro over the savory brisket every time.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 02:29 PM

4. Thanks, bigtree.

I agree completely with you on the post-Labor Day period. I can't remember any presidential electyion with fewer "undecided" voters than this one, can you?

I'm pleased to see that a group I support, Bend The Arc: Jewish Action, set a record yesterday with 29,225 voter contacts. That is so important and encouraging. I'm a member of a few anti-Trump groups on facebook, too, where I encourage people to focus on getting out the vote, rather than debating Trump supporters. We have a great ticket with Biden-Harris.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 03:39 PM

5. I googled Morrison's thumb

No luck. What did you mean by that?

Were well into the danger zone for trump.

Hell kill us all to steal the election.

I am honestly scared to death.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 04:57 PM

7. The Doors' song

The Hitchhiker was playing:

"Thoughts in time and out of season
The Hitchhiker
Stood by the side of the road
And leveled his thumb
In the calm calculus of reason ......."

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 07:40 PM

9. PS:

In case anyone was wondering, I find Glenn Kirschner's dhow "Justice Matters" worth watching.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrWmonkmTk5NbvmVnc7f70w

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