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Reporting from Philadelphia....PCIntern's 16th Street Journal

My office overlooks a thoroughfare which acts as a conduit through which much occurs in the way of demonstrations and transportation, Also quite a number of my patients are involved in the mechanism of the execution of the Convention so if I see or hear anything I'll post it here immediately.

I can't believe that this is my fourth Presidential Convention Cycle here at DU, having joined early in 2004. I look forward to my community's opinions and reportage here.

A feeling of deja vu...

So we had a sniper in Dallas, Texas shooting innocents from his perch, although early news reports suggested multiple gunmen.
Where have I heard this before?

So they took the wounded to Parkland Memorial Hospital via the Stemmons Freeway.
Where have I heard this before?

There is remarkable heroism of law enforcement spreadeagled over threatened women at the risk of their own lives.
Where have I heard this before.

The killer was killed before trial (N.B. I am NOT complaining about this at all: just pointing out the similarities!)
Where have I heard this before?

The country is in shock over the senselessness of it.
Where have I heard this before?

There is endless discussion and the country is split along various lines as to what should be done in the aftermath.
Where have I heard this before?

Many people feel that the country is falling to pieces in front of our eyes after this occurrence.
Where have I heard this before?

A man known as a President of the United States of America smiles at the worst possible time during a solemn occasion and is captured by a photographer/videographer. ( I will say this: at least when Lyndon Johnson smiled at his aide conspiratorially at his swearing in, he didn't break into a strange dance like W. did during the funeral service)
Where have I seen this before?

This is all so troubling...

I had a thought about the initials RB the killer

Left written in blood.

I was thinking about cryptic messages upon ones death and the first thing that came to mind was Citizen Kane : Rosebud


Something else about Trump (as though things weren't bad enough):

I figured out today one of the things that was bothering me about this ominous cloud on the horizon that is Donald Trump:

It is his paucity of language: he uses almost no sophisticated language or construction in his discourse. Now I certainly don't expect him to be a cross between Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Winston Churchill but the vast amount of his speech consists of one or two syllable street-language words with modifiers limited to words such as "very" or "no" or "big".

It isn't simply that he isn't elucidating policy or mechanism, he doesn't convey any substance via language any more than a traffic cop talking to motorists moving through an intersection or helping an elderly person across the street. There is something not right on multiple levels about this guy and this may be the least of the problems associated with his existence in the political sphere but perhaps it should be pointed out that not only is his intent ignorant and dangerous but there may be something else awry concerning his mental status. George W. Bush's inabilities to speak and communicate comfortably were legendary as we chronicled here at DU endlessly and amusingly, but he is a veritable Lord Chesterfield compared with this obnoxious pretender Trump.

It's nice to be back...

I have been on hiatus from DU for a number of months for a variety of reasons: some personal, some political, some professional. I have been a member since 2004 and was at one time a somewhat prolific poster. I have returned because I have a fundamentally strong loyalty to the site to which I cleaved after the demise of Media Whores Online, which to this day remains my favorite liberal website - a combination of brilliance, creativity, and wonderful perspective and humor. The personal reasons I will leave out; the political reasons I left for a while are legion and include but are not limited to the vituperative nature of many of the ostensibly progressive posters and their unwillingness to allow other points of view to even be heard, much less considered and discussed and the number of people who have demonized Israel and her supporters in a very hostile fashion with much of what I would term frank anti-Semitism using their lectern of anti-Zionism. The professional reasons are that I had to spend a disproportionate number of hours doing support and paperwork in order to allow my nearly forty year-old dental practice to survive. Things had become very difficult in the land of dentistry and I had to save my professional existence.

Returning here is easy and wonderful: it is once again election time in America and this is, as it always is, a unique time in our process. The cast of characters could not be scripted by Hollywood's most brilliant writers and the sequence of events is just mesmerizing. I couldn't conceive of facing this time without the bulwark of the collective participants which coalesce to form DU's power, historical perspectives, and insight. I enjoy the banter and the information as well as the interpretations of the members ( occasionally no matter how poorly conceived!).

There is no question in my mind that DU is greater than the sum of its parts: the Gestalt of DU as it were is stellar in its magnificence. I have always been proud to be a member here and look forward to rejoining the fray.

Everything Wrong With Donald Trump

And to think I thought I despised Goldwater

I had no idea what hate was. I can't decide whom I hate more in this debate. I do recall a spirited dorm room discussion in the 70's about who was the worst Nazi in WWII. I would get the old gang together but half of them are Rethugs now that they made a few bucks.

Speaking from Center City Philadelphia:

This has been a remarkable time here...it's easiest if I sum it up point by point.

1. The tenor of the place, of the visitors and the remaining residents has been fantastic: warm, friendly, exciting. I've been in town - moved in with my kid for five days to be able to get to my dental practice - and the spirit is great.

2. Which leads me to my second point: they scared everyone who lived here into leaving town because of the pending hordes of millions of people descending upon the City. People who remained stocked up on food, medications, emergency supplies, etc. all for absolutely no reason. Many stores closed...again for absolutely no reason. I'm talking about stores outside the red zone as they call it...yes we have a Red Zone and a Black Zone.

3. We have barricades all over the place: concrete barricades placed so there is no chance of vehicular disruption. This of course makes sense. We have the National Guard stationed at every corner for a huge perimeter. We have huge security checkpoints manned by nundreds of Federal Police and TSA. We have shut down the major artery, the Schuylkill Expressway all the way from the Northeast to the airport. We have literally hundreds and hundreds of emergency vehicles moving at all hours of the day and night: convoys of vehicles with flashing lights moving at very high speed on the otherwise deserted roads. The area around where the Pope is staying is like an armed fortress - it is a real show of strength from the Federal Government the likes of which I have never witnessed. There must be two thousand vehicles here with Virginia, D.C., and Maryland plates, and these people are not fooling around.

4. People are enjoying themselves. We went out last night to a very popular restaurant and bar and were among the few people in the place which normally would be overflowing. We walked around the streets and it was a real party atmosphere but sober and controlled. Tell you one thing: it was certainly a safe night to be out.

5. Hopefully Sunday will continue to be a safe and exciting event for the participants.

From the City of Brotherly Love and Martial Law I post on this Yom Kippur...

I do not believe that in the history of the United States has a major metropolitan area been so remarkably cordoned off it has been here in Philadelphia. They are not only placing high fencing in a lengthy perimeter around the Center City region, but major arterial highways are going to be closed for long stretches of time. Unless you live here you cannot imagine the extent of the disruption to literally millions of residents and thousands of businesses. I am slack-jawed at the measures which they have taken and are going to take. The preparations for security for this event have been unceasing since the announcement: thousands of personnel, cables, radiation detectors, cameras, and electronic gear which looks like George Lucas designed them for the new Star Wars film. The logistics for each of us who have to be in Center City for the next five days is staggering: the rules for walking, driving, parking, opening ones business, going to restaurants, etc. are complex beyond comprehension and changing by the moment.

This I believe is unprecedented. I wonder at the reasoning and have several hypotheses, none of which are positive.

A couple thoughts about Mr. Trump:

I was thinking this morning that Mr. Trump differs from many of the billionaires who became prominent in the tech boom era. Gates, Jobs, and others were creators of devices, of software to run those devices, of distribution companies to distribute books, computers, other hardware, and then everything else which is now available over the Intertubes.

But Donald Trump differs from these people in several ways, the most important of which is that he and his minions made him the face of wealth back in the Eighties and his wealth was from business dealings with which we were familiar with the merger and acquisition outcomes which plastered his name all over the east coast. If you think back to an emerging Atlantic City with his name in three prominent locations early on, Trump Tower in New York, the gigantic yacht moored in Florida, his presence on television and radio, you might recall that he was the face of pure capitalism back when St. Ronnie's minions were directing the show and paving the way for the Bush cabal.

Trump makes deals, earns money for himself, loses other peoples' money, is grandiose and ego-driven. He is perfect for his role: he married three beautiful women in a row, made the first two into celebrities whose names were on everyone's lips for decades, rivaling the Fisher, Reynolds, Burton, and Taylor era. This guy was the ultimate 'success' story in America.

And now he in his all-too-bare exhibitionism, threatens to torpedo the phony establishment which professes to be the Party of Business. Well, Party of Business, you have the ultimate example of alpha business malodor: coarse, crude, successful financially, successful sexually, with virtually 100% name recognition throughout the United States. He is the caricature of success and you cannot deal with the real thing. You professed to say that this was the definition of success and now you get to chew on it. And the rest of us may well have to as well, before this is over.
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