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Old 02-08-2018, 04:40 PM   #161
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Old 02-08-2018, 04:54 PM   #162
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Fuck the fucking fuck off with your "big scoops" or whatever, Omarosa. Honestly.
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Fuck the fucking fuck off with your "big scoops" or whatever, Omarosa. Honestly.

i found this almost genuine, honestly.

i get that she's a con artist, too. and she's amping up her importance. but those final bits i find compelling.
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Fuck the fucking fuck off with your "big scoops" or whatever, Omarosa. Honestly.
Normally, I'd agree with you, it's a circus. No one should pay attention to people like this.

But if the buffoon in the WH wants to run a reality show presidency, this is what he gets.
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To be fair, I think 95% of the people in the WH should fuck off as well.

There are probably a few admins and housekeepers who are decent people, those are the remaining 5%.
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Praying Russians? What are we coming to!? I heard Paul Ryan was spotted drinking vodka last week...and needless to say, it wasn't Swedish.

It could have been Polish! You don't know for sure, Nick.
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Well, all I know is it was absolutely vodka.
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Polish vodka will soon be Russian.
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Why is this waste of space on TV?
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I'm not at all surprised by any of this anymore.
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While you can be frustrated with the Democrats for playing too nice with GOP, or being too Centrist, or too cozy with Wall Street

At least they didn’t

Support a sexual assaulter, 3x married, and bangs porn stars behind his wives backs

Support a pedophile

Support a domestic abuser

That’s the party of Family Values and the state of the GOP
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Given that the White House doesnt care about domestic violence — I’m sure he swore loyalty, which is the only qualification that matters — I wonder who else in the White House is operating with a temporary security clearance, and why.
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Remember when Obama wore a tan suit?

I long for those scandals
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I long for those scandals
Outrageous!
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Masha Gessen gets it.

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In the imagination of the Cold War era, military parades were the thing that the Soviets did. This notion was not entirely historically accurate—the United States paraded its own might in Washington on a couple of occasions during the Cold War. But it made for a powerful image. I still have a mounted copy of a New Balance poster from the late nineteen-eighties or early nineties, depicting a jogger—the very picture of Americanness, rendered in color—running in the opposite direction of a black-and-white Soviet parade in Red Square. The tagline: “Why runners make lousy communists.” Military parades, it went without saying, were a feature of totalitarian regimes and the opposite of freedom. (In 2016, the New Balance owner and chairman, Jim Davis, gave nearly four hundred thousand dollars to the Trump campaign.)

Around the time of that ad campaign, the Soviet Union held the last of its military parades—on May 9, 1990, to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of victory in the Second World War (these parades had taken place on the big anniversaries, in 1965 and 1985) and on November 7th, to mark the seventy-third anniversary of the October Revolution (these parades had been held annually). After that, the parades were discontinued until, in an effort to mend a torn and disillusioned society, President Boris Yeltsin haltingly brought back the Victory Day parade. The step was politically fraught, both domestically and internationally. It made clear that Yeltsin was abandoning any hope of forging a Russian identity that wasn’t tied to notions of imperial greatness. Also, Western leaders, including Bill Clinton, did not want to take part in parade festivities in 1995, when Russia was prosecuting its first brutal war in Chechnya. Yeltsin had the parade moved off Red Square and separated from the official celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The next parade wasn’t held for another four years.

Vladimir Putin, by contrast, has relished the parade and weaponized it. For my most recent book, “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” I made myself sit through video recordings of the military parades held in Red Square on May 9th every year since Putin came to power. The display is subject to inflation: five thousand troops took part in 2003 (I couldn’t find earlier numbers) and fourteen thousand did so in 2012. Pieces of military equipment—tanks and rockets—were added in 2008. An air show was added in 2010. The parade is the central event of the Russian political year, and it reflects contemporary Russian identity: great, frightening, built entirely around the victory in the Second World War. The Russian sociologist Lev Gudkov has said that the victory is a perfect national myth, because it shines its light both on the past and on the future: it explains how the U.S.S.R. became a twentieth-century superpower, and it justifies the terror that preceded and accompanied the war.

The Bastille Day military parade in France that apparently inspired Trump is not exactly free of connotations of terror, but its over-all symbolism is more appealing. It celebrates the power of the people who overthrew the monarchy and won freedom (though they certainly didn’t wear uniforms or march in lockstep).

What would an American parade signify? Trump’s understanding seems clear on the surface: he thinks that parades go with the Presidency like gold-leaf furniture goes with wealth. Also, Trump wants it seen that he—and not the generals who are charged with taming him—is the Commander-in-Chief. Plus, his button is bigger than Kim Jong Un’s.

But, demagogue that he is, Trump is also tapping into something deeper: a sense of lost American greatness, and, even more, a sense of a lost American story. In this way, the United States isn’t different from the rest of the Western world, which has suddenly discovered that its post–Second World War story is no longer as convincing as it used to be, and can’t serve as an anchor for its identity. The rise of the right in Europe is a symptom of this phenomenon. Sweden, which in the wake of the war forged an identity as a humanitarian superpower, has seen that story punctured by the meteoric rise of an anti-immigrant right. Germany has seen the unthinkable: the rise of a far-right party that explicitly rejects the idea that Germany must continue to reckon with the ghost of Nazism. And the United States has a President who has no use for stories like “America is a nation of immigrants,” and who is trying to make America great again by ordering a military parade.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-c...rade-symbolize
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I really don't get the overreaction to Donnie Orange's desire to have a military parade.

He's a nationalist and he's trying to win support from nationalists.

Also, the US swings its military dick in like, every country. It's navy is very ceremonious across the world. It frequently utilizes training exercises as shows of force, worldwide. If it's going to be a shit sandwich, now it will wear a nice suit. It really isn't a big deal, just a heaping waste of money.
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At least they didn’t

Support a sexual assaulter, 3x married, and bangs porn stars behind his wives backs

Support a pedophile

Support a domestic abuser

That’s the party of Family Values and the state of the GOP
They were also the party of fiscal responsibility while Obama was in office. What happened to that?
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I really don't get the overreaction to Donnie Orange's desire to have a military parade.

He's a nationalist and he's trying to win support from nationalists.

Also, the US swings its military dick in like, every country. It's navy is very ceremonious across the world. It frequently utilizes training exercises as shows of force, worldwide. If it's going to be a shit sandwich, now it will wear a nice suit. It really isn't a big deal, just a heaping waste of money.


of course there are worse things, practically speaking.

it does tell us a lot tho.
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Did Trumpy ever deliver on those fake news awards? If so I must have missed it.
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They were also the party of fiscal responsibility while Obama was in office. What happened to that?
The same thing that happened to Democrats who didn't care about the deficit and debt when Obama was in office, but do now.

The same thing that happened to the right who used to think the Russia was America's greatest geo political foe, for decades, and now seem to be OK with them.

The same thing that happened to the left who criticised the right for red baiting during the cold war, and mocked Mitt Romney when he said Russia was American's greatest geo political foe and are now engaging in full fledged Russia hysteria.

The same thing that happened to the right who used to think that character and integrity mattered in a President, but now couldn't care less.

Hypocrisy happened. The only thing surprising is people's continuous shock about it and conviction that it's mostly the other side that engages in it.
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