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Podhoretz again, on Morning Joe

He really is a despicable asshole, saying the races are tightening because of Kavanaugh and that there isn't a shred of corroboration of Dr Ford. My rageometer is through the roof, so I turned it off for today. There's a fucking narrative by dickheads like him, coupled with the sham FBI Kavanaugh investigation that is going to see Republicans railroad his nomination through.

Who Do You Think You Are? Samantha Power

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power explores her ancestry, finding secret military officers and a Communist scourge of the Catholic hierarchy. It's online until Oct 23rd.

This is the link to the program on the Irish National TV site. Apologies if it is restricted to Ireland only, but there is no indication that this is the case. As I'm in Ireland, it works for me !


Avenatti : I don't traffic in nonsense. I traffic in facts and evidence.



Anyone surprised by Mika's silence while Joe and his Repug sycophants give Ford and Dems a kicking ?

My blood is boiling. Where's her MeToo now ?

Judge Napolitano on if Kavanaugh's nomination is in jeopardy

Trump's Irish visit: 'There should be no welcome for this man'

US president Donald Trump has been told he is not welcome in Ireland with two Government Ministers saying they intend to boycott his visit in November.

Independent Alliance Ministers Finian McGrath and John Halligan said they intended to join the protests that are anticipated to take place when Mr Trump arrives as part of a European trip, which will see him participate in events to mark the centenary of the end of the first World War.

The White House said that Mr Trump’s visit would seek “to renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his predecessor Enda Kenny both invited the US president to come to Ireland when meeting him in Washington in the last two years. Mr Trump, who owns Doonbeg Golf Club in Co Clare, told Mr Varadkar in March that he would “love to” visit Ireland, saying it was “a great country”.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said said “Ireland is an open and tolerant nation, committed to peace and democracy. Trump’s values are not our values and there should be no welcome for this man”.


Treason vs Betrayal

With people wary of using the Treason word, it occurred to me that Betrayal might be a better fit i.e. Trump is betraying the American people and the Constitution.

I was looking up the difference, and came across this thread from 2010


Is there a difference between treason and betrayal ?

It seems to me that treason is used in the context of law and that betrayal in more general. Am I right ?



Treason is indeed an offence under English law. It has been a capital offence since 1351 and includes essentially helping one's own nation's enemies (so a French person can't be accused of treason against Britain). However it includes such miscellaneous offences as arson in the royal dockyards and raping the queen or female heir to the throne.

Betrayal, fortunately, is far less dramatic.

But what can be considered betrayal, is it the same as "disloyalty"?

If you accuse a president of treason and betrayal, should I assume that betrayal is a synonym of disloyalty? He was not loyal to his nation, for example...

It might be easier with examples. Let's say a president allowed a rival country access to military secrets - that would be treason. He might also break his election promises (to reduce unemployment, build more schools, or whatever) - that would be betrayal but not treason. A president can betray his electorate without betraying his country. Treason is if you like a subset of betrayal

Say YOU were Vladimir Putin, and you had masterminded an amazing plot to put your boy into the Oval

Office of your no 1 enemy, and you had his party (while controlling all parts of the legislature) too afraid to take you on, but it re-energised the opposition. What would you do next, bearing in mind that if the Democrats get even one branch of the executive back in November, everything will be exposed, you won't be in control, AND there is the expectation that by Jan 2021 at the latest, draconian revenge will be taken on you personally and those who helped you ?

(and let me re-state, there is little doubt Putin and his henchmen will/must suffer a terrible price for what they did).

My own view fwiw, is that he has made this calculation and is going to quadruple down on the mid terms, in the hope that the GOP will hold the House and the Senate. I don't see he has a choice.

Brexit News and stuff






Rick Wilson talks about Trump, AOC, 2020 Dem Candidates, Harris, Bernie, Biden and more

I can guess some will go berserk with some of what he has to say, but we should bear in mind that people will come to the fore during the primaries who we may not have expected.

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