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by jserraglio
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria

Not to mention the perilous conclusions allies like Ukraine, Israel, Japan, S. Korea and adversaries like China, Russia, N. Korea and Iran will inevitably draw about this paper tiger, if they haven't already done so.
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria

CBS NEWS Abandoned by the US, our former allies, the Kurds, are now attempting to cut a deal with Russian and Syrian forces under Assad advancing from the south. Washington — The U.S. is "preparing to evacuate" about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible," Defense ...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

To say nothing of the Freedom-in-Chains Jazz Quartet (Kim, Xi, Vlad and MBS) now serving a residency at the White House.
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

lennygoran wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:36 am
jserraglio wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:33 am
(next to cancer itself)
There's a cancer in the White House-where's my John Dean! Regards, Len:x
Hey Len, I didna write about cancer, only about LOVE.
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump looking for new Homeland Security Dept chief tonite
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Trump looking for new Homeland Security Dept chief tonite

Another abject failure of executive power to be propagated into competent administration. Little wonder our allies have thrown up their hands in despair of ever finding anyone at Foggy Bottom in charge of actual policy. Meantime Bill Barr considers it seemly for the Atty General to meet with right-...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Belle wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:15 pm
jserraglio wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:45 am
Belle wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:57 am
Life is too short for hatred.
On the contrary, life is too short for love.
Hatred is about the most destructive force (next to cancer itself) on the planet. Avoid. But for some people, sadly, it's Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
You misread the post.
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Belle wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:57 am
Life is too short for hatred.
On the contrary, life is too short for love.
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics
Replies: 9
Views: 130

Re: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics

Comparison to the illegitimate 1919 WS is far more to the point. The President complements his phallic red tie with his Black Sox.
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics
Replies: 9
Views: 130

Re: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics

even with him being a Yankee fan and an opera lover he's got to be punished In a Manhattan state court yesterday, Trump's lawyers argued as follows: 1. The POTUS is too important to be burdened with prosecution by any state or federal entity. 2. It follows then that he is also too important to be b...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

He said in Minnesota that impeachment was an act of sedition, an attempt, in his words not mine, "to overthrow the government of the United States". I.E., if he is ever removed, it will have to be by force of arms.
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump looking for new Homeland Security Dept chief tonite
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Trump looking for new Homeland Security Dept chief tonite

Another abject failure of executive power to be propagated into competent administration. Little wonder our allies have thrown up their hands in despair of ever finding anyone at Foggy Bottom in charge of actual policy. Meantime Bill Barr considers it seemly for the Atty General to meet with right-w...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump looking for new Homeland Security Dept chief tonite
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Trump looking for new Homeland Security Dept chief tonite

CBS NEWS Washington, D.C. — Kevin McAleenan on Friday resigned from his post at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security, bringing an end to a six-month tenure in which he struggled to maintain control of a sprawling law enforcement and border security agency that hardliners have tried to use...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics
Replies: 9
Views: 130

Re: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:46 am
looks big!!!!!
10/11/2019
CNN's Pamela Brown: Is Rudy Giuliani still your personal attorney?
President Trump: Well, I don't know. I haven't talked to Rudy . . . .

Does the name Michael Cohen ring any bells?
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: State Dept has been hollowed out by corrupt political operatives out for personal gain, career ambassador testifies
Replies: 0
Views: 35

State Dept has been hollowed out by corrupt political operatives out for personal gain, career ambassador testifies

WAPO The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine whose abrupt ouster in May has become a topic of interest for House impeachment investigators said Friday that her departure came as a direct result of pressure President Trump placed on the State Department to remove her, according to her prepared remarks ...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Sadly, we are long past the stage of 'marriage counseling' where reflection and healing might attend upon an amicable settlement of differences. The resolution of the coming conflict, if and when it occurs, is unlikely to be a no-fault separation, but instead much more like a nasty and recriminatory...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Tyranny is like love. Once one experiences it, one doesn't need to parse it. Trump is a scoundrel, bigot and tyrant. He was elected by a popular minority, but now a majority of the people, which includes more and more every day of the very ones he duped, favor taking extraordinary steps aimed at imp...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Trump's gulls are not idiots. They are just dupes. As Mitt Romney--a conservative I respect--pointed out long ago. Trump will be impeached. And if he continues his game of blind man buff, he may even put his own otherwise unlikely removal into play. Yes, an elected official can and should be removed...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Kudos to the news media, esp. the NYT and WAPO, for exposing Trump's hate-based antics. Too bad about the gulls that voted for him and now want to shoot the messenger.
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics
Replies: 9
Views: 130

Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics

THE HILL Two men who aided efforts by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden were arrested on campaign finance violation charges Wednesday. Federal authorities arrested Florida businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, alleging that they violat...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

GOP neo-con wing's conflict with Trump over Syria has already damaged his Presidency and, if left to fester, could bring it down. FOX NEWS Turkey's incursion into northern Syria following President Trump's unexpected withdrawal of troops from the region has reignited a fight within the Republican P...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Belle wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:54 pm
Why are either of those labels, or any others, even necessary?
Because like other accusatory terms, they often give a name to deeply felt personal grievances.
by jserraglio
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

QED. Misogyny trumps misandry.
by jserraglio
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Trump's betrayal of the Kurds will reignite suspicions that Trump is Putin's 'Siberian Candidate'. Russia is reportedly preparing to attack the Kurds from the south in coordination with Turkish air and ground forces from the north (source: WAPO's David Ignatius). Turkey is a huge deal. Trump now wil...
by jserraglio
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I'm interested that only Lenny of our American posters has said anything. Is that because of Trump-fatigue, or because you think I am wrong? It has to be quite an issue in the US if even Republicans are condemning it, does it not? Qui tacet consentire videtur. But see the NYT story on Trump's betra...
by jserraglio
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Sunday Trump' greenlights Turkey's attack on Syrian Kurds; 'Wednesday Trump' waves a STOP sign.
Replies: 0
Views: 61

'Sunday Trump' greenlights Turkey's attack on Syrian Kurds; 'Wednesday Trump' waves a STOP sign.

NEW YORK TIMES By Ben Hubbard and Carlotta Gall BEIRUT, Lebanon — Turkey launched airstrikes and fired artillery across its border into northeastern Syria on Wednesday to open a military operation aimed at flushing out an American-backed militia, Turkish and Syrian officials said. The Turkish attack...
by jserraglio
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Of course both sexes are equal in being capable of the worst behaviors. I am not disputing that. The issue is one of proportion. I am suggesting that men engage in pernicious behaviors to a far greater extent than do women, but for a variety of socio-political reasons that have little to do with gen...
by jserraglio
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Oh, if only life was like fiction. And you've forgotten the tradition of courtly love where women were chaste and inviolable. You seem to propose contradictory things: viz. that the villainous literary characters you mention (Lady Macbeth, Medea, Gertrude and the rest) mirror social reality; but th...
by jserraglio
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Art imitates life, and vice versa. Set against Gertrude, Goneril and Lady Mac, one finds Portia of Belmont, Portia Catonis, Rosalind, Viola, Beatrice, Marina, Desdemona, Imogen, Miranda, Isabella, Emilia, Hero, Lady Macduff, Juliet, Hermione, Miranda, Katherina & Bianca Minola, Cordelia, Ophelia and...
by jserraglio
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 45
Views: 19887

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Le souffle au cœur (Louis Malle, dir., 1971)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 45
Views: 19887

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Yesterday nite's quad feature . . .

La La Land (2016)
Us (2019)
Get Out (2017)
Her (2013)
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Moral Literacy by Barbara Herman
Replies: 0
Views: 408

Moral Literacy by Barbara Herman

Move over Aristotle and G.E. Moore. This is the greatest book on the theoretical underpinnings and practical consequences of moral agency I have ever read. It is a work of normative ethics in the broad tradition of analytic philosophy as influenced by Kant and Rawls. The newbie who comes to this wor...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera

Is sex still legal? I don't think it is in the UK without the proper consent forms signed and witnessed in triplicate!:lol: Third-degree burns on one's Johnson are still regarded as a legit badge of honor in some quarters. And the music maestro impersonating Don Lothario is often feted as a phallic...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

The only time I ever challenged a prof (a Harvard PhD stuck teaching ed psych at the publicly funded Cleveland State Univ) occurred when he called all of us "Catholic working-class asses" and then refused to give me the title of a book he had referred to b/c he said I would not be capable of underst...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: President Pelosi? Improbable but not impossible
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: President Pelosi? Improbable but not impossible

Okay, but I am so confused now. What should be the sequence of potential impeachments?

Barr
Pompeo
Pence
Trump

or ...

Trump
Pence
Pompeo
Barr
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

To the extent that they think the GOP will see to their interests other than to max out the nation's credit card, I would not call America's working class deplorables so much as dupes.
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Both the UK and the USA have experienced not just Civil War but violent Revolution. And arguably have emerged better for them.
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Belle wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:53 am
you can take that to the bank!!
In the end, it all comes down to who's got da CASH, dont it?
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

If you wish to take offense at remarks I made about nationalism, not to be confused with patriotism, then so be it.
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Yes, nationalism without any really effective checks on the power of the nation-state has worked about as well as might be expected in the past, resulting in just two world-wide conflicts in the last century and a perpetual state of only intermittent warfare since. No reason then not to cling to it ...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: President Pelosi? Improbable but not impossible
Replies: 3
Views: 291

President Pelosi? Improbable but not impossible

WASHINGTON POST President Pelosi? It could happen. https://www-washingtonpost-com.cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w680/s/www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/LosxOGPxIimo6vtk9Rpw0oK06zg=/767x0/smart/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/D6QWZ2XDB4I6TMFGHUBXEG4F54.jpg https://www.google.com/...
by jserraglio
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I can think of nothing worse than internationalism — except nationalism. Speaking of Manhattan high-rises, while living in one I held down three jobs — I regarded New Yorkers, including those working at the UN just down the street from me, as among the hardest workers on the planet and was proud to ...
by jserraglio
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Whatever the UN does is fair game for criticism, although I suspect they believe that it is for the greater good and that they are acting out of beneficence. But UN officials can be criticized severely without being demonized by having their "reasons" characterized as "cynical", as they have been he...
by jserraglio
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

One can legitimately criticize the UN for a lot of "stuff", several particulars having been listed above. But I object to folks calling into question the motives of the UN in the Greta matter. I am disputing the notion that the UN's reasons were "cynical", as was clearly stated here. What evidence i...
by jserraglio
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 2551

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

Trump appears to have at least three objectives, two designed to help advance Putin's goals and one designed to help himself. Each aim is in direct opposition either to US law or current US foreign policy. AIM #1. Enlist the aid of the govt of Ukraine to tarnish Joe Biden's candidacy, the opponent h...
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I think you'll find it's the UN itself which is patronizing Greta Thunberg for the most cynical reasons imaginable. Pulling at the heartstrings and emotional manipulation of the worst kind. Actually, I find that to be both untrue of and unfair to the UN (cf. the UN's Melissa Fleming's inspiring boo...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump told Ruskies Lavrov & Kislyak in the Oval: Your election interference? No problemo, amigos. The U.S. does it too.
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Trump told Ruskies Lavrov & Kislyak in the Oval: Your election interference? No problemo, amigos. The U.S. does it too.

WASHINGTON POST President Trump told two senior Russian officials in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States did the same in other countries, an assertion that prompted alarmed White House officia...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Security breach: a White House military aide at Mar-a-Lago put pic of underage girl on Russian site, prosecutors say
Replies: 0
Views: 335

Security breach: a White House military aide at Mar-a-Lago put pic of underage girl on Russian site, prosecutors say

MIAMI HERALD September 27, 2019 A military official formerly in charge of all White House communications for the U.S. Army at Mar-a-Lago was sentenced to three years of probation on Friday after he made false statements to a federal agent during a child pornography investigation. Richard Ciccarella...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Whatever "universally agreed notions about child protection" actually exist (and I bet they are largely chimerical), should not be employed to quash a young person's right to have her voice heard and taken seriously. The more her diminutive presence is likened to that of a 12-year-old, the more her ...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Of course it's in the PD. But to make a point if it and use it on her is, I think, irrelevant to the validity or invalidity of what she purports to say. She may indeed inhabit the body of a 12-year-old, she may even suffer from mental infirmities and still be able to make a compelling case for takin...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3392

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I disagree. Child or not, disabled or not, she has, in my opinion, the right to be heard, to be taken seriously, and to use whatever means are at her disposal, including emotional appeals, to make her case without having personal comments leveled at her and without being condescended to by being dia...