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  1. MSK, That's a hell of an interview. I must pass it on to our - um- friends, the lovely moral guardians of the world who vilify your President every day. Black does indeed "crystallize", as Levant said, what one roughly gathers about the character, convictions and aims, Trump has. Undoubtedly, like one does when gradually evaluating any person, Conrad Black has made a host of inductions about the man and the president which he has abstracted, rising above personality cult, issues, behavior, appearance, style, scandals ... etc. which so concerns-aggravates the (often anti-conceptual) Left (CNN). Therefore, Black is certainly a conceptualist, an attribute much missing from the dominant, superficial discourse of commentators one sees (CNN). Tell you what, it has been seeming to me President Trump is a conceptual-minded man also. Which contradicts criticism of his "anti-intellectualism" I've heard in O'ist circles. Maybe they mean non-cerebral. Anti-elitist?
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  2. J, why are you wasting so much time trying to fit me into the prefab box of a fictional prototype Trump-hater? I don't seethe with hatred against Melania, I think she is pretty and glamorous and in a tough spot and married to an overbearing boor, and does as good a job as possible. I certainly dislike Trump and disapprove of his policies, but I don't feel any burning hatred towards him. I have got kind of used to him. I am not a good hater even in personal life. Political invective when used by Trump is, to you and Michael, a tactical weapon; when used by a critic of Trump, it's a symptom of pathological hatred. I have not turned into a liar, seething with hatred, and the stereotype you create is your own projection. Continually calling me these things does not make me these things. I don't know why you have decided that my distaste for a political figure has turned me into a raging left-wing version of Breitbart . I suppose you are so used to hating Obama and the Clintons that now that they are gone, you need more present targets to defeat. I haven't changed into your fantasy construct. I am the same person you knew. I don't feel the reverse is true.
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  3. The Ontario provincial election will take place on June 7th. The current premier, Liberal Kathleen Wynne, is assured of losing power, since her personal support has crashed below 20 percent. The Conservative, Ford, was until just lately expected to form a majority government. Then ... Then the third party in the legislature -- the New Democratic Party -- began to take support from the collapsing Liberals. A poll this week suggested that they could possibly form a majority, were the polling correct. So, Zzzzzzz ...
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  4. The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/28/the-diplomat-who-quit-the-trump-administration Still, Feeley was disheartened by his initial meeting with Trump. “In private, he is exactly like he is on TV, except that he doesn’t curse in public,” he told me. Well, there's that.
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  5. Your impression of Black is quite right. I have nothing but admiration for him for how he weathered his 6 years in prison, and even learned from them. Before that he was someone who cared not and had no compassion for those lower than himself, especially those whose pensions he appropriated as part of his own assets ( Dominion grocery workers, whom he characterized as "the bozos in the warehouse ", e.g)Clever business move, ho-ho. He is hugely intelligent and literate and a good writer. Ezra is neither of these things.
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  6. I voted for Trump to use him as my very own personal political I.E.D. I think of our Donald as a Stink Bomb which I helped to toss into the midst of government.
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  7. Exactly. Carol clearly savors denouncing Trump, including for things that he hasn’t said or done, and for beliefs that she has assigned to him, but that he doesn’t hold, but yet she has to be dragged kicking and screaming to making the same judgments of others who have exhibited the same behaviors for which she denounces Trump. MSK is correct. I specifically asked Carol about Hillary’s behavior. What did Carol do in response? She slithered. She squirmed around the question, and turned it into an attack on Trump via Melania, whom I did not ask about. She is fixated on hating Trump. She relishes it. It’s truly a sickness. J
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