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  1. Is Trump a radical republican? Is President Trump Machiavellian? Is our President an Imperialist? Does he spontaneously achieve *order* in Politics? An article in Real Clear Politics noted that the 50 percent who will always vote for him really like his tweeting. Me too. Peter. From: "George H. Smith" To: "*Atlantis" Subject: ATL: Re: An aside with respect to capital punishment Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 01:35:54 -0500. a.d. smith wrote: "Machiavelli had a central role in articulating the central ethical teaching of republicanism, which was centered around his conception of "virtu." Machiavelli's definition of "virtue" as selfless service to state (either on the battlefield or in the council room) was shared by later classical republicanism thinkers. This definition of virtue has had a poisonous effect on Western culture--- almost as bad as the Christian definition of virtue." Like many Renaissance writers, Machiavelli used the term "virtue" loosely, but in general its meaning was distinguished from "fortune." Those things within our control depend on our virtues (powers, abilities, etc.), whereas those that are beyond our control are a matter of fortune, whether good or bad. Where Machiavelli writes "virtu" modern translators will typically use words like "willpower," "efficiency," etc., depending on the context. Only occasionally does Machiavelli use the term "virtue" in its traditional sense to mean moral goodness. And I am not aware of him ever using it to mean "selfless service to state" (though there may be some instances of this). On the contrary, Machiavelli often speaks of the "virtues" of the Prince, and here -- in radical contrast to the Republican tradition -- he had a purely instrumentalist conception. The virtues of a ruler consist of his willingness and ability to use whatever means -- however murderous or unjust by conventional standards -- that are necessary to achieve and maintain political power. This was about as far from the Republican conception of virtue as it is possible to get . . . .
  2. I agree that it would take a 7.0 quake on the Political Scale to get Hillary back in the saddle. From Fox News. Newt Gingrich predicted an all-female ticket for Democrats in 2020, telling Sean Hannity the party will nominate Senators Kamala Harris for president and Elizabeth Warren for vice president. Gingrich also criticized the "dishonest" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez "squad" and key member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in an interview with FNC's Hannity on Monday. He said it is a fair question to ask if they dislike America so much, why are they here?
  3. These three excerpts are not worth three threads but they are interesting. Remember (nine, nine, nine?) Yes, yes, yes! From Herman Cain: An upcoming book reveals that RINO Paul Ryan tried to sabotage President Trump’s campaign in 2016 back when he thought President Trump had no chance of winning. But now that RINOs have seen that President Trump can win the presidency, I have grave concerns that they will try even harder to sabotage him in 2020. Which is why I’m asking you to make a contribution to America Fighting Back PAC -- founded by true-blooded conservatives who’ve supported President Trump since DAY ONE. WTF? The stuff of novels or Wikipedia? The phrase "Koch Brothers" generally refers to the sons of Fred C. Koch. The most politically active sons are Charles Koch and David H. Koch who bought out their brothers Frederick and Bill in 1983.David H. Koch was the Libertarian Party's vice-presidential candidate in 1980 . . . . A group associated with the Koch’s announced plans to raise $889 million leading up to the 2016 elections. After the Republican primary, they decided to not donate to Trump's campaign at all, instead focusing on the Congress and Senate races. Charles Koch criticized Trump's Muslim travel ban suggestions during the campaign and said "it's possible" that Hillary Clinton could be a better president, although strongly denied rumors that he would actually support Clinton. In June 2018, the Kochs backed a multimillion-dollar campaign organized by three pro-free trade political groups to oppose the Trump tariffs. I am still considering whether or not I will subscribe to this guy. From Robert Tracinski: The old "horseshoe" theory in which the political spectrum goes from the totalitarian far left of communism to the totalitarian far right of fascism, with the "moderate" occupying the ideal spot in the middle, actually offers us a fundamentally grim prospect. The moment the moderate starts to be moved by the basic logic of any of his ideas, one way or the other, he starts an irretrievable slide toward some form of tyranny. We're far better off thinking of the alternative Ronald Reagan described: up versus down--up to freedom, down to tyranny--and encourage men to follow one side of that conflict upward to its logical conclusion in a fully free society.
  4. It will be interesting to see Kamala mad, flustered, and her reaction to crowd jeering, gaffs,. misspeaks. and apologies. "I'll select potent potables, Alex." Does she drink or do any drugs now, or in the past? Does she have an expunged juvenile record? Let's see her high school yearbook. Will she do or say anything to get elected? It is time for the President to hire the A-Team. President Trump has weathered the worst they have thrown at him. And now he is . . . not a seasoned veteran because that can imply he is now just A Politician . . . but he has been through the mill as the saying goes. To my surprise, even his TV experience saying, "You're fired!" has aided his righteous cause. I would advise him to get more sleep and about those tweets, Donald? Can I call you Donald? Well the same to you buddy, and I won't let the door hit me in the ass! Peter
  5. Wow, Michael. Kamala? Aren’t you the bold one! It is 477 days or so until the next Presidential election on November 3, 2020. That’s about 15 to 16 more months. From Real Clear Politics. National Democratic Presidential Nomination Poll: Biden 27.3 Warren 16.3 Sanders 14.8 Harris 14.3 Buttigieg 6.0 O’Rourke 2.5 Yang 1.8. I still think Biden will fade and there are stories today that he is ready to bow out. Biden / Harris? Harris / Butigieg? Any other suggestions, predictions, or prophesies? President Trump has another year before The Democratic primary on July 13th to July 16th 2020. And that event will cause the President’s focus and The News to shift. The President will be busy slicing and dicing the democratic agenda and candidate after the Primary. And ABC, CBS, NBC News will be slanting the news about the campaigns of both parties in even more cunning ways. I think they have learned since 2016. In contrast Fox News will seem more pro Trump than usual, while also being more neutral than the other major networks. President Trump has one year to keep or raise economic growth to a 28,000 or higher DOW. Pursuing more Laissez Faire policies, works. He has one year to be a successful President who keeps us out of wars. But who can say if Presidential smarts and an overwhelmingly strong military power can insulate America from an irrational country like Iran? I have no doubt the war colleges and the pentagon are busy creating scenarios and successful resolutions that will displease the Mullahs and the American left. One worse case is dozens of Iranian scud missiles fired at Israel after a confrontation with America. And then America and Israel flatten the Iranian threat. Perhaps America will urge Israel to stand back and observe as happened with Iraq. But no one knows anything other than intentions. Peter
  6. Peter

    Rep. Ilhan Omar

    "They" promised that when women had their fair share of powerful positions things would be better. Instead little difference is seen after equitable gender equality. Some behavior is more frequently observed in different genders but "wrong" behavior can show up due to bad premises, thinking, and goals too.
  7. I am aware of no science or experiments. I know from observation, including Hollywood's and literature's final death scenes, self written obituaries and tombstones, and personally listening to the dying breaths of my loved ones, including my own Dad. Wishes. Regrets. Final wills. Most conscious but dying humans express those emotions. Even animals have fears at the time of death, expressed in whimpers and pleas, understandable to humans. A female German Shephard named Judy that I owned whimpered by an old outside air conditioner wanting to be brought inside, as she lay dying. I did, though her fur smelled long before her final breath. I miss my parents. I think everyone except those in pain want to remain alive, with the exception of the suicidal. Hollywood depicted "Rosebud" as one final word, and Napoleon said, "Mama."
  8. William wrote: Further 'friends' and associates of Epstein may be the subject of scandal, if not prosecution, for tolerating or participating in the most criminal of acts alleged against Epstein. end quote Fox is saying that, so far, Epstein is known to have paid a quarter million in bribes. He faces life in prison. The rapper R. Kelly has paid bribes to hide his sex crimes. There were non-consensual, sex crimes. Talk about a conspiracy of the moneyed getting away with sexual predation. If investigators follow the trail they will be able to find and prosecute the government officials who aided and abetted criminals. They are also criminals. And hopefully the IRS will get involved.
  9. Notice how the spin is that the Trump allowed the meddling in the last Presidential election? Fox had a new video of Joe Biden talking about Russian and other meddling in the last Presidential election. He said something like this didn't happen on the Obama / Biden watch. But Joe? It did. You were IN POWER in 2016 and Trump didn't get sworn in until January 2017 if I have my calendar dates right. So Jobama allowed the meddling and they should be held accountable.
  10. At the end of one's life even if it is "cut short" 99.9999 percent of humans *want* something more. What does *want* scientifically prove? Peter
  11. What are the unemotional facts? I just had to look it up. Life expectancies were lower "way back then" but this is to IN NO WAY exonerates an old fart today with teenagers or his human trafficking. I saw where the dude said to someone, he mostly just watched! To continue, dear readers. In “Romeo and Juliette” in the year 1597, Romeo was around 16 and Juliette around 13. That implies that both of them had reached puberty. And they should live to be 30 to 40 years of age. Peter From the net. How old is Romeo Montague? Most interpretations of Romeo and Juliet estimate him to be about 16 years old, and Juliet to be about 13. The heir of the House of Montague, Romeo meets and falls in love with Juliet, the young daughter of the House of Capulet . . . . From Very Well Health . . . . After comparing the proportion of those who died young with those who died at an older age, the team concluded that longevity only began to significantly increase—that is, past the age of 30 or so—about 30,000 years ago, which is quite late in the span of human evolution . . . . gerontologist and evolutionary biologist Caleb Finch describes the average life spans in ancient Greek and Roman times as short at approximately of 20 to 35 years, though he laments these numbers are based on “notoriously unrepresentative” graveyard epitaphs and samples. From the 1500s onward, till around the year 1800, life expectancy throughout Europe hovered between 30 and 40 years of age.
  12. Here is some of my past and future reading Wolf. I may be Barnes and Nobels best customer. I wish you success. Peter Len Deighton none out Stephan Hunter none Robert Harris none out Thomas Harris none out Brad Meltzer none Gregory Bedford Rewrite, Loops in the Timescape, out Nov 6 Robert Ludlum now by Eric Van Lustbader Neon Prey (Signed Book) (Lucas Davenport Series #29) by John Sandford April 23, 2019 “The Bourne Nemesis” by Robert Ludlum but now by Eric Van Lustbader Out Sept 1 The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz out 9/11/2018 Jane Hawk Series #4 Felix Francis “Crisis” out on October 8, 2018. Holy Ghost by John Sanford out Oct. 9, 2018 John Grisham “The Reckoning” out Oct. 23 Dark Sacred Night harry Bosch by Michael Connelly out Oct. 30, 2018 Past Tense by Lee Child out 11/05/2018 Loops in the Time Scape by Gregory Benford out November 6 Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci out 11/13/2018 Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler March 12, 2019 The Secret Partner by Steve Martini September 15, 2019 Not until August Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child Not until sept. Oak Leaf by John Sanford Out Nov 2019 Guilty Not Guilty felix Francis Game of Snipers (Bob Lee Swagger) by Stephen Hunter | Jul 30, 2019 The Second Sleep: by Robert Harris | Nov 19, 2019 Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child | Oct 29, 2019
  13. He says his name is Scott but with that hippy dippy hair . . . ? I hope El Presidente watches out, if he is "interested." Yuk. That's the yuk laugh not the "yuk!: yuk.
  14. What is "cis-het" romance? Is it a transposed error for hot CSI romance between a man and a woman? And one other quibble, unless otherwise stated all romance is heterosexual.
  15. William must be a fan of Kammmalllla by finishing his post with her mini me video. Kamilla? Is it pronounced like Camilla? There she goes again, with her "I like what I am seeing" or is that her "I am looking forward to our date" look? If you don't listen to her recorded voice but just watch the video she looks like old movie actress Mae West saying "Why don't you come up and see me sometime, big boy?"
  16. I just wanted to note one or two other perspectives to this “younger but not underage” discussion. Did you know young men have sex with young ladies? That is meant humorously. I know several states once allowed 13 year old girls to get married but I don’t know if those laws have been overturned. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis may have married his 13 year old cousin when he was in his twenties and what about Romeo and Juliette? Several Arabic and African countries allowed grown men to add young ladies to their households or harems though scrutiny may have curtailed that activity. If anyone knows the facts I would gladly read them. I just remember one black African male said in an interview that his new 13 year old bride would NOT be expected to have sex with him . . . for now. Do men rule the world? The ability to earn money for support and physical strength are factors of the human condition that go back to our cave living days. I am not supporting any of the above, just commenting on it as I look for a *why*. And what about *cougars* seducing younger men? What is the appropriate age difference?
  17. William wrote: What seems disgusting (and chips fall where they may) is that there were and are a Corps of Enablers who (like Acosta) forgot about the victims/did a shoddy job of prosecution. There is to my mind another set, a more diffuse class of enablers who "knew" or suspected criminal activity yet ignored, evaded, minimized or excused that behaviour (I note again the excellent work of the reporters on this file at the Miami Herald). end quote Well said William. The resignation of Alex Acosta would make an interesting episode of a legal - lawyer show like “Bull.” Oh crap the politician says, I didn’t know I would (be working for potus) (be the governor of Virginia) when I made that plea deal to get that asshole into prison and off my docket. The morality of a legal deal can come back to haunt you. Following Acosta’s resignation and Epstein’s new indictments, will justice be served, William and all other readers? Epstein recruited young ladies to entice dozens more young ladies to “work” for him. It sounds like a Arabic harem but shush, we can’t talk about that. Along with Michael and all others interested I hope this case lives on and leads to indictments of all the creeps involved. Peter From The Daily Beast. Alex Acosta took the podium Wednesday to try to put to rest a controversial plea deal he reached with accused child-sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida in 2007. Much of what Acosta said sounded somewhat reasonable at first blush: Prosecutors do have a great deal of discretion in charging and resolving cases, so assessing the strength of a case against a defendant, whether he is likely to be convicted, weighed against the possibility of a dangerous defendant walking free, are legitimate and important prosecutorial considerations. But they simply don’t hold up here to explain what Acosta did . . . . On its face, that sounds appropriate; Acosta is saying that federal prosecutors stepped in to ensure an outcome that state authorities had failed to reach on their own. But in reality, there was absolutely nothing about Florida’s state prosecution that would have prevented federal authorities from pursuing a full-throttle investigation of Epstein’s crimes—which clearly rose to the level of federal sex trafficking—and aggressively charging that conduct, regardless of what the state did. Neither double jeopardy law nor DOJ policy would have prevented that. end quote
  18. Surface or Middle Earth? Here's a good idea for the Lord of the Rings movies. "Stock picks for Hobbits, Dwarves. and Elfin Big Tech Billionaires."
  19. Google is private property but darn if they aren't acting like the Chinese government's bloodhounds.
  20. The name PAWS caught my eye. What a smart and benevolent thing to do. Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act UPDATE: On December 20, 2018, the provisions of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act were signed into law as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The PAWS Act establishes a grant program for entities that provide shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence survivors to enable them to better meet the housing needs of survivors with pets. The new law also takes the important step of including pets, service and emotional support animals, and horses in federal law pertaining to interstate stalking, protection order violations, and restitution. These provisions provide law enforcement with additional tools for protecting victims from their abusers.
  21. Wilhelm asked, "What are your best tools, dear reader?" Basic plus I.Q. A desire to know., a desire to make people laugh, a need to see humanity succeed, and a desire to avoid all loss of human life to achieve those goals.
  22. Shucks. You got it. I have asked before if Freud followed scientifically pure methods and no one answered sufficiently. Now you must divulge your true I.Q. Are you from planet Earth? And will you help me play the stock market?
  23. Was Freud a scientist? I won’t give all the clues but you may guess them. From The NY Times Sunday Puzzle by Naomi Geller Lipsky, “Scientific Nomenclature.” Here is one clue: Scientist featured in an adventure film. Answer. Joule of the Nile. And the rest of the answers with different questions. Freud Green Tomatoes. The Perils of Pauling. I am Curie-ous Yellow. Fermi and My Gal. Ohm on the Range.
  24. Can I get one more plug in on this thread? This sure doesn’t pertain to me after many years of marriage but isn’t this worth a re-listen on YouTube? Vonda Sheppard, “Searchin’ My Soul,” which was the anthem for the TV show Ally McBeal. . . . . Got myself together, now I'm ready to sing I've been searchin' my soul tonight I know there's so much more to life Now I know I can shine a light To find my way back home One by one, the chains around me unwind Every day now I feel that I can leave those years behind Oh I've been thinking of you for a long time There's a side of my life where I've been blind and so. . . I've been searchin' my soul tonight . . . .
  25. Talk about making something from nothing. I have mentioned before how my granddaughter collects toys that almost look real but are sort of like a puppet. I remember collecting toy or look alike elephants, toy soldiers, and dinosaurs. I still have two of the steel elephants. My grandfather had a dark steel brontosaurus friom a World's Fair, and I thought it would go to me, but . . . Peter From June of this year. History of TY. A very small toy company opened up in 1986. Ty Warner, The man behind all of this was trying to make success out of plenty of different toys of all sorts. But, the company’s biggest win would not be until 1993. Ty Warner wanted to make his mark in the toy industry. Then one day in the year of 1993, he came up with plush toys. They were named Beanie Babies. They weren’t very much of a win for Ty but, he’d keep trying. He kept producing the plush toys. One day though, he noticed that the elephant Beanie Baby Peanut was selling in stores rather quickly for some reason and Ty got the perfect idea. He would retire Beanie Babies frequently so, people would try to buy them while they could before the Beanie Baby (babies) would suddenly retire. This was such a hit for Ty so, he carried on with the plan. People were crazy for these. It was the era in time during the 90’s that people had to collect them all. Ty worked with Mc Donald’s in the 90s and put smaller sized Beanie Babies into Happy Meals. (That wouldn’t be the last encounter with Ty and Mc Donald’s) Ty was happy. It was even like Beanie Babies were taking over the world! Ty was making too much money. The toy company was unstoppable until one day. People still collect Beanie Babies. This is a person’s collection. They can be quite expensive on EBay. One day, the Beanie Babies were getting unpopular and less people were still collecting them. This made Ty shut down the company’s stock of Beanie Babies. The last Beanie Baby style at the time was the “The End” Beanie Baby in 1999. But this was only the beginning. Ty started to get back in the Beanie Babies. They were there for a brief amount of time before completely closing. Modern technology was coming and Ty started to make a game involving Beanie Babies. They were known as Beanie Babies 2.o. This was not a win. The last one was a chocolate lab before these toys disappeared. This is the computer game cover. You scanned the new Beanie Baby 2.o to see them become a real virtual pet. Ty had another plan and that was Beanie Boos. They were released in 2009. The first ones were only released in the UK. Ty was in some trouble. Yoo-hoo and Friends, a plush company by Aurora sued Ty because the lemurs that Ty produced looked like the lemurs they produced.