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by jserraglio
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Junior CIA analyst: POTUS is using power of his office to solicit interference from foreign country in 2020 election
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Junior CIA analyst: POTUS is using power of his office to solicit interference from foreign country in 2020 election

WAPO The lights are often on late into the evening at CIA headquarters, where a team of elite analysts works on classified reports that influence how the country responds to global crises. In early August, one of those analysts was staying after hours on a project with even higher stakes. For two we...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Timothy Morrison to impeachment probe: Bolton tried but failed to derail Trump's demand for Ukraine Biden investigation
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Timothy Morrison to impeachment probe: Bolton tried but failed to derail Trump's demand for Ukraine Biden investigation

NYT John R. Bolton, who left the White House in September, has emerged as perhaps the most conspicuous witness who has evaded House Democrats as they build their case. By Nicholas Fandos and Sheryl Gay Stolberg WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser, met privately w...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sondland to Trump: Zelensky 'loves your ass', will do 'anything you ask him to'
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Sondland to Trump: Zelensky 'loves your ass', will do 'anything you ask him to'

Is Trump just a moron who doesn't know what a word like exculpatory means, an uncomplicated grafter, or do his loyalties in fact lie with Putin? One of the three, at a bare minimum, must be the case. CBS NEWS Washington — The embassy staffer in Kiev who overheard a top diplomat's conversation with ...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sondland to Trump: Zelensky 'loves your ass', will do 'anything you ask him to'
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Sondland to Trump: Zelensky 'loves your ass', will do 'anything you ask him to'

After David Holmes's bombshell deposition about overhearing Trump demand a Biden probe in exchange for releasing military aid to Ukraine, I expect Gordon Sondland will be advised by his lawyers to either take the 5th or demand congressional immunity when he testifies next week. Meantime the Trump t...
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Re: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England

Stokowski made experimental stereo recordings at Bell Labs in the early 1930s.

https://www.stokowski.org/Harvey_Fletch ... Stereo.htm
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: A Farewell to Arms / The Naked & the Dead
Replies: 0
Views: 47

A Farewell to Arms / The Naked & the Dead

Re-reading the latest scholarly version on Kindle. A Farewell to Arm s is the greatest war novel I know, never having had the patience to read War & Peace . Also re-reading Mailer's The Naked and the Dead which is very very good except that the mindless censorship of the postwar era dictated that al...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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I disagree with you about American exceptionalism. The fact that enough of you voted for Trump for him to win the electoral college shows that you are at least at petty, indifferent, stupid, resentful and self-interested as the citizens of any other nation. Or even more so. But so what? Like it or ...
by jserraglio
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

I admire David Brooks from seeing him on "The News Hour" with Mark Shields. Other than that, I know nothing of his work. Me too. Never read a word he wrote till now, stumbled upon it in my wife's Kindle library. More than a confessional spiritual journey, also an intellectual odyssey and a stirring...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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When your system is referred to as " affordable care " that relates to individual Americans but not to the taxation system overall!! Assuming Obamacare's $700 billion/yr in healthcare subsidies is unaffordable for the govt, that makes the 2017 GOP tax cut of $1.5 trillion (2/3 of which in 2018 went...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
Replies: 3
Views: 315

David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

Deep and wide ranging. Beautifully written book by a Burkean conservative.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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The "forgotten people" living lives of quiet desperation surely exist but they were not the deciding factor in electing Donald Trump — the Russians were. But whether they were instrumental or not, he's done little to nothing for them since, other than provide bigotry and circuses at his rallies. The...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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Anyway to paraphrase Bentsen I say this with regard to the fireside chat comment-Trump I knew FDR and Trump, you're no FDR! Right, but he does remind me of Aaron Burr absent Burr's battle ribbons for valor and his legitimate election as Jefferson's first vice-president. Over time, I have come to be...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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Maybe, maybe not. I don't discount the possibility that Trump has never encountered anything more substantial than his own matériel de corps.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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For the record, I'll decide what I do and do not appreciate without any unsolicited assistance. To get an inkling of what American exceptionalism might actually entail, however, one might take the time to look at the relevant presidential speeches by JFK and Ronald Reagan or at the estimable intelle...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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Indeed, America, as I see her, is different, and exceptional. But taking a longer view, we all will need luck, Mitochondrial Eve being what she is.
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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In several respects, the American Civil War never ended. It has simply been fought by other means. Of course no one can be certain, but events, if they go against Trump, are likely to unfold this way: — Trump to be impeached. — Trump to be acquitted but his victory will be pyrrhic. — Trump either lo...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
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Views: 2863

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I wouldn't be so sure about the outcome of any of this. The world over, democracies are becoming unstable, minority governments: Australia had one until 18 May and only holds by a slender majority of 1, the UK is in minority (and probably will be so again), Canada, Israel, NZ as well as Germany (wh...
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

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Oh, I'm pretty sure Speaker Pelosi has factored in and already discounted the Trump (d)base, but in my view, her aims are far more strategic . . . -- leaders tend to lead while trimmers trim. Pelosi is nothing if not a consummate leader. -- The Dems may indeed be as venal as the GOP, but the Speaker...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
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Views: 2863

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Trump will be impeached by the House Dems right as rain, then will probably win acquittal by the GOP in the Senate trial that follows. But in the process, until and unless the GOP caucus seeks safety in numbers and takes a united stand either to criticize Trump outright or to embrace his conduct unr...
by jserraglio
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends (2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 431

Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends (2017)

Read it in one sitting, except for a one fitful overnite spent worrying about what would happen to little 21-year-old Frances while I slept. If you think I thought her character to be a real person, you're right. This novel is compulsively readable. Echoes of Salinger and Plath. A brilliant talent (...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 49
Views: 27259

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Repeat viewings of Mission Impossible V and VI: Rogue Nation and Fallout.

The most exciting action/adventure thrillers I have ever seen. Cinématographe, pure and simple.
by jserraglio
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump claims he's the victim of 'phony emoluments clause'
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Re: Trump claims he's the victim of 'phony emoluments clause'

Trump makes a valid point. The emoluments clause does not apply to him b/c he obtained the Presidency illegitimately with a substantial boost from Russia. Also as an agent of a foreign power, he is subject to diplomatic immunity. So in the light of these facts, he is, as he points out repeatedly and...
by jserraglio
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Ohio, four companies that peddled opioids settle rather than face a jury
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In Ohio, four companies that peddled opioids settle rather than face a jury

WALL STREET JOURNAL CLEVELAND—Four drug companies have reached a $260 million settlement at the last minute to avoid a trial here seeking to blame them for fueling the opioid crisis, attorneys said Monday. The country’s top drug distributors, McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBerge...
by jserraglio
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vets who fought alongside them express disgust at the latest of several US betrayals of the Kurds
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Views: 385

Vets who fought alongside them express disgust at the latest of several US betrayals of the Kurds

REUTERS In the summer of 2004, U.S. soldier Greg Walker drove to a checkpoint just outside of Baghdad's Green Zone with his Kurdish bodyguard, Azaz. When he stepped out of his SUV, three Iraqi guards turned him around at gunpoint. As he walked back to the vehicle, he heard an AK-47 being racked and ...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Foggy Bottom pros openly defy Pompeo and Trump
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Foggy Bottom pros openly defy Pompeo and Trump

POLITICO As U.S. diplomats defy the president and the secretary of State to testify before impeachment investigators, they’re being hailed as heroes by colleagues who’ve long felt abused. They’ve been derided as a “deep state,” slurred as “Obama holdovers,” threatened with draconian budget cuts and ...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pontius Pilate had an edifice complex, archaeologists discover
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Pontius Pilate had an edifice complex, archaeologists discover

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Pontius Pilate is a man many Jews and Christians love to hate. For Christians, the Roman governor of Judaea played a central role in the execution of Jesus around A.D. 30, while for Jews he was a callous ruler who set the stage for the rebellion that led to the destruction of Je...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump began October by green-lighting Turkey and ended it by red-lighting Doral
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: Trump began October by green-lighting Turkey and ended it by red-lighting Doral

Trump rarely backs down?

Say what?

He has capitulated in one way or another to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, N.Korea, Russia and China. On the foreign front at least, he conducts himself as if he were an invertebrate.
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump began October by green-lighting Turkey and ended it by red-lighting Doral
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Trump began October by green-lighting Turkey and ended it by red-lighting Doral

THE HILL President Trump on Saturday said he would no longer host next year's Group of Seven (G-7) summit at his Doral resort after intense backlash from Democrats, ethics watchdogs and some Republican lawmakers. The reversal came two days after the White House announced that Trump National Doral ne...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Text of Mitch McConnell WAPO op-ed breaking with Trump on foreign policy
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Text of Mitch McConnell WAPO op-ed breaking with Trump on foreign policy

Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances. Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the Obama administration’s reckless withdrawal from Iraq, which facil...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Excerpts from Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill"
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Excerpts from Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill"

Weinstein’s relationships with the private investigators were often routed through law firms that represented him. This is designed to place investigative materials under the aegis of attorney-client privilege, which can prevent the disclosure of communications, even in court. David Remnick of The ...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Excerpts from Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill"
Replies: 3
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Excerpts from Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill"

THE NEW YORKER Ronan Farrow details how Harvey Weinstein tried to surveil and intimidate him and various accusers as Farrow doggedly pursued the story of Weinstein's crimes against women. THE BLACK CUBE CHRONICLES PART I https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-espionage/the-black-cube-chronicles-th...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ's expose of how America was humiliated by Trump's chaotic retreat in Syria
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WSJ's expose of how America was humiliated by Trump's chaotic retreat in Syria

WALL STREET JOURNAL President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops upended Middle East policy and empowered Washington’s adversaries America’s humiliating exit from the war in Vietnam was marked by chaotic images of people struggling to board the last helicopters leaving the rooftop of the U.S. ...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another new low for squalid president
Replies: 6
Views: 875

Re: Another new low for squalid president

This WAPO update on G-7 Doral appeared today: -----•----- A day after President Trump awarded the huge Group of Seven summit to his own struggling Doral resort in Florida, the White House said Trump’s company would charge taxpayers only enough to cover the resort’s costs. But neither the White House...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 49
Views: 27259

Re: What movies are you watching today?

The Witch (2016) directorial debut by Robert Eggers (director of The Lighthouse, now in wide release).
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pelosi chides Trump as a public 'potty mouth'
Replies: 11
Views: 1441

Re: Pelosi chides Trump as a public 'potty mouth'

VOGUE 4 Art Experts Analyze That Historic Nancy Pelosi vs. Donald Trump Some see Renaissance influences; others, hints of Norman Rockwell. Have you noticed the Benjamin Franklin bust in the background and the clock on the mantle bisecting the frame? The instantly iconic photo of Speaker of the House...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 49
Views: 27259

Re: What movies are you watching today?

On Amazon Prime Video:

The Jewish Journey: America (2015) PBS documentary
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1997) documentary
Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
Fear and Desire (1953) dir. by Stanley Kubrick
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 49
Views: 27259

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Lacombe, Lucien (1974) dir. by Louis Malle
1900 (1976) dir. by Bernardo Bertolucci
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Significance of this week's House testimony explained
Replies: 0
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Significance of this week's House testimony explained

THE NEW YORKER FORGET TRUMP’S “MELTDOWN”—FOLLOW THE TESTIMONY By Susan B. Glasser October 17, 2019 In a series of tweets in late July, Donald Trump called Elijah Cummings, a Democratic representative from Baltimore and one of his chief congressional critics, a “brutal bully” whose inner-city distri...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: With Trump, all roads lead to Vladimir Putin
Replies: 0
Views: 554

With Trump, all roads lead to Vladimir Putin

CNN POLITICS October 18, 2019 In defending the recent withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, President Donald Trump has continued to cite reasons that are not only factually dubious but which also mirror talking points issued by Turkey and Russia, contradicting US officials and the facts on th...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Actor John Lithgow sizes up Trump as entertainer
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Views: 556

Actor John Lithgow sizes up Trump as entertainer

NEW YORK TIMES Opinion The performer in chief is forcing us to live in a B-movie horror. John Lithgow: Trump Is a Bad President. He’s an Even Worse Entertainer. By John Lithgow Readers of this page have every reason to be suspicious of the political musings of an actor. I’m suspicious of them myself...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Quid pro quo? Well, maybe just an itsy-bitsy one? Mick admits.
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Views: 579

Quid pro quo? Well, maybe just an itsy-bitsy one? Mick admits.

THE HILL The White House defense against Democrats’ impeachment inquiry suffered a major blow Thursday with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s admission that aid for Ukraine was linked to President Trump’s desire for the country to pursue a political probe related to the 2016 election. The stunni...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS calls for renewed attacks on Kurd forces weakened by Erdogan's attacks and Trump's precipitous pullout
Replies: 1
Views: 454

ISIS calls for renewed attacks on Kurd forces weakened by Erdogan's attacks and Trump's precipitous pullout

WAPO The Islamic State is racing to capitalize on the deteriorating security situation in northern Syria, stepping up attacks on prisons as well as on the now-weakened Kurdish militia that served as the vanguard in the U.S.-led war against the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate, intelligence official...
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The question is no longer whether but when: House grapples with impeachment timeline
Replies: 1
Views: 484

The question is no longer whether but when: House grapples with impeachment timeline

VOX Mitch McConnell has floated the idea of holding a Senate impeachment trial after Thanksgiving. Senate Republicans believe an impeachment trial in their chamber will wrap up by the end of the year, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not making any promises on her end. “I have no idea,” Pelosi flat...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another new low for squalid president
Replies: 6
Views: 875

Re: Another new low for squalid president

Trump could very well be hosting that G-7 as a private citizen, the first ever President to be impeached and convicted; but even if he survives his Senate trial, as now seems likely given the utter emasculation of the GOP, he will be hosting it as only the fourth President to be stigmatized by impea...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pelosi chides Trump as a public 'potty mouth'
Replies: 11
Views: 1441

Re: Pelosi chides Trump as a public 'potty mouth'

The image soon became Pelosi's cover photo on Twitter. Pelosi's Chief of Staff Drew Hamill clearly wanted others to notice the tongue-in-cheek gesture, so he tweeted an image of the speaker's cover photo, thanking Mr. Trump for the new image. Hamill also retweeted presidential candidate Amy Klobuch...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pelosi chides Trump as a public 'potty mouth'
Replies: 11
Views: 1441

Re: Pelosi chides Trump as a public 'potty mouth'

Caption: 'Third-grade' teacher sends unruly student to Principal's office. What the dickens is the WH thinking? They publish a photo that shows the Speaker standing and pointing powerfully at a seated, subservient President? Have they no idea how this image reinforces Pelosi's appeal to Independent ...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: McConnell tells GOP senators to be ready for an impeachment Senate trial as soon as Thanksgiving
Replies: 0
Views: 592

McConnell tells GOP senators to be ready for an impeachment Senate trial as soon as Thanksgiving

WAPO Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators Wednesday to be ready for an impeachment trial of President Trump as soon as Thanksgiving, as the Senate began to brace for a political maelstrom that would engulf the nation. An air of inevitability has taken hold in Congress, with the e...