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White, male, expatriate living in the mountains of central Taiwan, Oregon permanent address, 34 years of age. Born in St. Louis. Army brat lived all over. Veteran of the Korean War (sieved in Libya and Austin, Texas). Ph.D. in anthropology and linguistics, Indiana University. Career in linguistics and ESL at numerous US and foreign institutions. Spent most of my career as a director of English as a Second Language programs. Taught at National Chi Nan Unversity, Puli, Taiwan over the years 1995-2016. Retired as an orchard keeper with my life partner Judy Wu of the Bunun Austronesian tribe in our mountain hideaway cabin, High Mountain Orchards.

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Daily Beast: Trump Needs a Villain to Demonize, and Joe Biden Ain't It


Matt Lewis, Senior Columnist
Updated Jun. 25, 2020 4:00AM ET
Published Jun. 23, 2020 3:51AM ET


So why is Biden so hard to hate? Like Trump, Biden is an established brand with near 100 percent name recognition. We have lived with Biden for decades, and not just as a reality TV star. If he were going to do something either crazily radical or insanely corrupt, we figure, he would have done it already. Theyíve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at him, but it has proven almost impossible to begrime the Biden brand.

Biden is TEFLON (Too Empathetic For Lies or Nonsense)

Biden picking up support among white fundamentalist Evangelicals


Growing evangelical support for a key Democrat could spell trouble for the GOP in November: report.

Published 3 hours ago on June 22, 2020 by Alex Henderson, AlterNet.

The correct terms are used here. Not Evangelical Christians, but "White fundamentalist Evangelical Christians." There are Black evangelical Christians and white evangelicals in moderate and liberal churches such as the Episcopals (my church), Lutherns, Methodist and some Presbyterians. Evangelical comes from the Greek for "Good News" and historical does not have a pejorative connotation. The world was created in 7 days about four to ten thousand years ago, bible thumping fundamentalist are the ones supporting Trump, but not all (including most of my family who tend to support Trump) are dummies. There is some hope they can rescue their reputation, but the idiot televangelists and other fundamentalist goons are locked into his orbit unfortunately. The collapse of Trump could bring in invigorating new movement into this group. Even in one of my relatives fundamentalist church, she complains of Neve-Trumpers. There are other reasons for not being a fundamentlist, but a least they could support descent conservatives favoring their views on abortion, school prayer, and such, without coming out as anti-science advocates. Anyway, I am a moderate Episcopal evangelical and deplore the backwardness of the fundamentalist (primarily Southern Baptist) Christians.


Although Democrats do plenty of campaigning in churches, one group of Christians they often struggle with is fundamentalist evangelicals. Nonetheless, Barack Obama reached out to that group during his 2008 campaign. And Gabby Orr reports in a new story for Politico that evangelical support for former Vice President Joe Biden could be a growing threat to President Donald Trumpís reelection prospects.

From Fox poll: Biden's lead widens to 12 points over Trump 50:38



The survey finds Biden at 50 percent and Trump at 38 percent. Biden led Trump 48 to 40 in the Fox News poll in mid-May. The former vice president has surpassed the 50 percent support mark in the RealClearPolitics average, where he leads Trump nearly 9 points overall.

Trump appears to be dragged down in the Fox News poll by his response to the civil unrest over police treatment of African Americans.

Fifty-six percent of voters said they disapprove of Trumpís response to the demonstrations, while 60 percent have positive views of the protests.

Biden breaking 50 and Trump underwater below 40. We have to keep up the momentum (JOEmentum) until the seemingly so0-far-in-the-future election. Wish the election were held today.
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