Robert Campbell

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  1. Mark, TAS is off my radar, too. Kingwood is a suburb of Houston and to my knowledge she's lived in Texas for a while. She wouldn't have had to be there in the 1980s to have heard about Dick Minns. Robert
  2. Mark, Dick Minns has made up a lot of stuff about himself over the years. This might include when he first got into Rand. My point about Dick Minns and Carl Barney was precisely that Minns is worse. I'm not defending Barney on that account—I appreciate the work you've done to expose him. I continue to marvel at how the ARIans (and some others in Rand-land) can pick 'em. Robert
  3. Mark, Without knowing *when* Dick Minns got into Rand, I'd stay off any Hickman-Roark-Minns connection. Robert
  4. You quoted me. But my name isn't Billy. Robert
  5. Dick Minns was the talk of Texas for several years after 1980. The corruption of Houston PD was a common topic of conversation from the 1960s through the 1980s, though before reading some of the material that Mark posted I never realized just *how* corrupt some of the cops were. There is no way the ARIans wouldn't have heard more than a little about Dick Minns. No way Jennifer Grossman wouldn't have, either. His son, Mike Minns, was two years ahead of me in high school. Founded our school's only underground newspaper, which I worked for. I think he ran off some of the first copies in
  6. Michael, At a number of points in these discussions, you gave the impression of exulting in lies told by others (and given further circulation by yourself), as long as it appeared they would help your guy win. You know, the alleged extramarital affairs of Randy Ted Cruz, and all. But I did not think, and was not presuming, that you were lying about Donald Trump's stated views regarding Social Security. I did think that you have may have been indulging in wishful thinking regarding them. Trump has been rather adamant, since BNTE 2, that Social Security MUST BE PRESERVED
  7. Michael, The value you get out of responding to this kind of question is the value of being able to back up your own assertions. You know, as opposed to such alternatives as requiring everyone to accept them on your authority. Otherwise, why not just attribute to your guy, Donald Trump, any position you want, just because it happens to be a position that you like? http://www.marketwatch.com/story/is-donald-trumps-new-plan-for-social-security-crazy-2015-10-09 There is nothing in this Market Watch article about phasing Social Security out at some future time. In fact, t
  8. Korben, There are some things I say a lot on this site (all of them much too often for your taste). Here are several things I am going to say just once. Your support of a candidate who just won a major party's nomination does not entitle you to lie on his behalf, to throw tantrums on his behalf, to vent your blind hatred on his behalf, or to play juvenile games with other participants in this discussion on his behalf. And if you have been doing this stuff because you are incapable of posting intelligent responses, it's best to stay out of discussions in which these are occa
  9. Michael, Somebody or something deleted it. I wasn't suggesting you did the deleting. Robert
  10. Tad, Clearly, many of Donald Trump's supporters do see him in a Messianic subrole: driving the money changers out of the Temple. Some (not the proprietor of this site!) go further. For them being the disrupter is all that matters. Milo Yiannapoulos told an interviewer that he fully expected President Trump to issue a couple of big executive orders, then be in total, lock-down conflict with Congress (both houses, both sides of the aisle) for the rest of his term or terms—and he considered this an excellent outcome. The problem is that Trump only pretends to be an overturner of t
  11. It's hard to admit being wrong when Donald J. Trump is your role model. Robert
  12. Ahh, and if anyone should complain that he hasn't delivered, President Trump and his surrogates will just tell them how badly they misinterpreted him. Robert
  13. Michael, Your post to M. Guyau is quite the eye-opener. I am sure that you will not care for the least portion of what I am about to offer. But there's a slender chance others will read it, so I'll give it a try. I'll start by saying that I am hardly immune to all forms of charisma, but the kinds we often encounter in politicians generally leave me cold. I realize that in different forms Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump all have charisma. But I experience it, pretty much from beginning to end, as bullshitting. Be that as it may, I did not think in 2007-20
  14. Will Brant now join the list of those to be silenced? Robert
  15. Michael, Yes, I'm sure you do like the idea of silencing this audience. (Being a Bill Maher audience, their derision would have extended to several other Republicans, but never mind.) Ms. Coulter, moving right on to candidates not yet declared, states her preference for a Romney-Walker ticket. Mitt Romney! Her guy in 2012. Scott Walker! A man who, from your point of view, has been stomped by Donald Trump and could therefore never have done anything worthwhile. She was still a long distance from redemption when she made these remarks. Robert
  16. Adam, Yes, we both can do the math. Kasich should have packed up and gone home a long time ago, but, OK, finally... Robert
  17. RCP now says (92% in); Trump 53% Cruz 37% Kasich 8% You had Trump within 1%. And Bernie has been declared the winner on the other side, 53% to 47%. Not quite so close. Robert
  18. Michael, I will credit Mr. Trump for trying to be gracious—trying hard—but he couldn't even hold the attitude for the duration of this clip. He had to get back to people who had endorsed him. Robert
  19. Michael, Let it be recorded that 17-18 hours before Donald Trump closed the deal on the Republican nomination (beating Ted Cruz in a primary Cruz had to win; Cruz responded by ending his campaign), you wrote something like this. On the verge of your guy's biggest win to date. Then tell us that your support for Donald Trump is not primarily motivated by a desire for revenge. Then tell us that support for Donald Trump, from you or from anyone else, is not and surely cannot be driven by hate. George Will has been on the scene since the late 1970s. He has had his ups and
  20. Adam, Looks like you're going to be pretty close, on the Republican side. Which effectively means that Trump will be the nominee. (I do think you've overestimated Kasich's percentage.) Bernie vs. Evita is currently very close to your prediction. Therefore, way too early to call. Robert
  21. Korben, My final paragraph was about the expedient stuff. You know, Donald Trump wanting to defeat Hillary Clinton. Donald says, "Hillary Clinton takes money from Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs." (Which, of course, is true.) Hillary says, "Donald Trump's campaign manager takes money from Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs." (Which is also true.) I'm actually wondering why Donald Trump would accept such an exposure. What the hell does any of this have to do with McCarthyism? Robert
  22. Korben, What you appear to be saying is that you don't actually care what Donald Trump's position is on anything. All that matters is that he is winning. That's great for Donald Trump, and it's pretty attractive to anyone who is, or will be, on his payroll. What does it do for you? Robert
  23. Michael, Do you have anything to say about Viktor Yanukovych? You know, the politician who was Paul Manafort's client for 6 years, give or take... I suppose it could be that people who see Yanukovych fail to see you, and people who see you will fail to see him. Robert