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messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by keano77 06 October, 2018 00:37

rendelharris Wrote:
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> JoeLeg Wrote:
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> > I only count eight, but your point stands.
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> Did you count beginning a sentence with a
> conjunction?


It can be perfectly acceptable to start a sentence with the conjunction ‘and’ these days despite what I was taught at school. My bugbear is the current trend for many people being interviewed to start their answer to a question with the stabiliser ‘so’.

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by rendelharris 06 October, 2018 11:26

keano77 Wrote:
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> rendelharris Wrote:
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> > JoeLeg Wrote:
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> > > I only count eight, but your point stands.
> >
> > Did you count beginning a sentence with a
> > conjunction?
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> It can be perfectly acceptable to start a sentence
> with the conjunction ‘and’ these days despite what
> I was taught at school. My bugbear is the current
> trend for many people being interviewed to start
> their answer to a question with the stabiliser
> ‘so’.

Correction, some people think it's acceptable to start a sentence with a conjunction. It has become accepted through frequent (mis)use - just as starting an answer with "so" will doubtless become, will you then regard it as acceptable once it has become normalised?



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messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JohnL 11 October, 2018 11:59

General Kelly will not be fired smiling smiley

[www.independent.co.uk]

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JohnL 15 October, 2018 16:38

Would you buy a chlorinated chicken off this man ?

"Donald Trump has said he believes Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “probably” behind a recent spate of poisonings and assassinations — but appeared to suggest they were not relevant because they did not happen in the US."



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messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by Sue 15 October, 2018 17:20

keano77 Wrote:
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> > Did you count beginning a sentence with a
> > conjunction?
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>
> It can be perfectly acceptable to start a sentence
> with the conjunction ‘and’ these days despite what
> I was taught at school. My bugbear is the current
> trend for many people being interviewed to start
> their answer to a question with the stabiliser
> ‘so’.


Language changes, otherwise we'd all still be speaking and writing like Chaucer (assuming he spoke like he wrote big grin ) or in fact, going back to the mists of time, just sort of burbling big grin

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by diable rouge 26 October, 2018 18:06

Scooby Doo and the gang have been busted...


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqcZ02rU0AAw0lp.jpg

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JohnL 14 November, 2018 12:22

Theresa May just hasn't got it yet - if you ring Trump he'll just shout at you (especially if you happen to be a woman). I can only imagine her frustration (or maybe she really is robotic enough not to care)

[www.standard.co.uk]

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JohnL 16 November, 2018 17:08

Brilliant, Jim Acosta has his accreditation pass back smiling smiley

[www.theguardian.com]

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by Still Rolling 06 December, 2018 23:17

Love You Donald Maga

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JohnL 28 December, 2018 09:26

"This is the kind of life that Donald Trump wishes he was living. Everything in his house is gold and yet he literally could never make this piano work. It's not about the gold; it's about the swagger. Queen Elizabeth has that Gold Piano Energy. Donald Trump has that Rusty Harmonica at a Yard Sale Energy."

[www.elle.com]

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JohnL February 18, 12:59PM

How did the Trump thread drop to page 5 when he says things like

"THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE"

See, we've just got used to it.

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by Blah Blah February 19, 07:37AM

Tommy Robinson said the same thing from a stage outside the Old Bailey last year. It is a standard line for the political extremes and populists. As the old adage goes, get everyone to hate someone, as long as it is not you.

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by keano77 February 20, 07:21PM

Interesting. Just watching ‘Beyond 100 Days’ on the BBC News Channel.

The point was made how important the coming Presidential Election is in terms of whether Trump has done anything wrong.

If Mueller has a case against Trump it has to be brought before 5 years due to a statute of limitations. However if Trump wins again he will be protected by his office and it will be too late to bring the case.

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by rendelharris February 21, 08:31PM

keano77 Wrote:
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> If Mueller has a case against Trump it has to be
> brought before 5 years due to a statute of
> limitations. However if Trump wins again he will
> be protected by his office and it will be too late
> to bring the case.

I have heard it rumoured that the intention was always for him to do his four novelty years before claiming ill health or some such and handing the baton to Pence, but he hadn't anticipated the legal trouble and is playing exactly the game you mention.

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JohnL February 22, 10:02AM

rendelharris Wrote:
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> keano77 Wrote:
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>
> > If Mueller has a case against Trump it has to
> be
> > brought before 5 years due to a statute of
> > limitations. However if Trump wins again he
> will
> > be protected by his office and it will be too
> late
> > to bring the case.
>
> I have heard it rumoured that the intention was
> always for him to do his four novelty years before
> claiming ill health or some such and handing the
> baton to Pence, but he hadn't anticipated the
> legal trouble and is playing exactly the game you
> mention.

In my view Pence could be worse - not as mad but possible badder. His views are strange to say the least.

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JoeLeg February 22, 10:50AM

Pence would be worse. He takes Revelations literally. A Republican SCOTUS and a hardcore Christian in the Oval? Handmaids Tale will start to look eerily familiar...

I’ve also often felt that Trump was just keeping it wa for Pemce; to be fair the Dem’s are doing themselves no favours, they’re as fractured as Labour, just hiding it better right now. The ‘progressives’ - who we would see as moderate Tories but the flyover states see as full on socialists (another concept the US doesn’t really understand) - hurting them. The Dem’s stand a good chance of losing 2020 Unless they can coalesce under one candidate capable of appealing to the middle ground. Right now they’re just running to the extremes (like everyone else).

Trump never expected to win, and the GOP thought they could control him. Since then everyone has been trying to work out what next, and Trump only cares about looking good.

His attacks on the media were comical at first, but now they’re getting pretty worrying. The First Amendment has the force of God over there, but that won’t stop a nutterwirh a gun...Trump is empowering bigotry and hatred, actively empowering it, because it all distracts from his problems.



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messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by Captain Marvel February 22, 11:31AM

Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, a Brit responded.

A few things spring to mind.

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.

That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
* Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
* You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

'My God… what… have… I… created?

If being a @#$%& was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by Sue February 22, 11:51AM

Brilliant smiling smiley

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by carlafindle February 27, 07:49PM

50 years late but Trump finally went to Vietnam...

messageRe: A general thread to discuss Trump
Posted by JohnL February 28, 03:20PM

carlafindle Wrote:
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> 50 years late but Trump finally went to Vietnam...

and came back with nothing.

At least his press conference sounded sane today.

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