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She corroborates much of what is written in Dangerous Case but also asserts he does not meet the technical definition of "delusional," which is an issue that's been debated since Trump took office. Her book could settle a number of important unresolved issues, such as the proverbial: "Does he know he's lying or does he believe what he's saying is true?"

Her claim he didn't expect or want to win was first asserted in Fire and Fury. This is so interesting.

I really can't wait to get my copy.

Call me naive, I have total faith in Mike Bloomberg

He's the guy who, on his own initiative, flew to Paris to meet Macron and personally pay the $15 M United States' Paris Accord dues the day after Trump announced he would pull us out.

(Source: p 348, The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg by Eleanor Randolph.)

They know this convention is going to be like the CPAC conference

and that it will be shameful, embarrassing, divisive and openly racist. They may be okay with that privately but might not want to be seen at such a televised spectacle.

They are going to have difficulty getting speakers, too. They might end up with bottom of the barrel guests like Dinesh D'Souza and Jerome Corsi, maybe Roger Stone (after he's pardoned), General Flynn, Corey Lewandowski, Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders... Ye gods!

Seriously, who would want to be seen here?

I predict an embarrassing disaster!

And the MSM played clips of him lying over and over again all day yesterday.

Except for Joy Reid.

I wish they'd treat him like the pathological pariah he is, bypass the sound clips and proceed directly to, "He's a fucking liar so we won't bother playing his speeches."

The odd thing about this talk of Kanye receiving mysterious loans of this size

is that according to Forbes and other sources he's a billionaire, allegedly $1.3 billion. Why does someone this wealthy bother with loans of this size. Borrowing costs money. Why is he taking these loans out? I'm leaning more and more towards this being an impulsive (I'm being charitable, not speaking about his mental issues) grab at attention.

Kanye West is now officially a billionaire and he really wants the world to know

After months of requests, the hip-hop superstar shared financial records, revealing details about his wildly popular Yeezy sneaker empire—and his fixation on outside validation.

Thanks. There's a lot of good info in your post.

For the first time ever I've begun hearing a new election trope: presidential elections are won in the spring. Why am I suddenly hearing this for the first time?

Has anybody else heard that before this year?

Presidential elections are won in the spring

Sure sounds nice. Reassuring. Made me feel very confident. But I'm not sure it's correct.

We are really going to have to fight tooth and nail to the very last vote.

This is going to be hard work and a rough few months.

I guess I forgive him for what he said

about Courtney Love. <---

By the way "Better off Dead" is a great song off that album too.

That is why he closed his tweet with that reference.

Yes. Mid seventies.

If I'm wrong about the context, I'll stand corrected.

I think the point of Bernie Taupin being the "brown dirt cowboy" is that he came from a less well-off family than Elton John and was engaged in physical labor. He's also often been in the background, as lyricists often are, compared to Elton John who is a superstar.

Most Elton John fans know Taupin is his lyricist, but in the Seventies maybe it wasn't common knowledge how important Taupin was.

Captain Fantastic, raised and regimented, hardly a hero
Just someone his mother might know
Very clearly a case for Corn Flakes and classics
"Two teas both with sugar please"
In the back of an alley

While little dirt cowboys turned brown in their saddles
Sweet chocolate biscuits and red rosy apples in summer
For it's hay make and "Hey mom, do the papers say anything good
Are there chances in life for little dirt cowboys
Should I make my way out of my home in the woods"

Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing
City slick Captain
Fantastic the feedback
The honey, the hive could be holding
For there's weak winged young sparrows that starve in the winter
Broken young children on the wheels of the winners
And the sixty-eight summer festival wallflowers are…

It seems to be about the unlikeliness of these two artists coming together. It portrays Taupin as being shy, not having obvious prospects, and from a situation of deprivations, compared to Elton who is street smart and has grand artistic ambitions.

Short essay: What Cormac McCarthy Saw When He Saw Evil

Matt McManus

“When asked to describe Chigurh, the few people lucky enough to have encountered him and survived claimed he that ‘looked like anybody.'”

There are few writers in history who have the kind of talent Cormac McCarthy does—not to mention the sheer audacity to speak with a Biblical level of authority in the 21st century. Among the deepest themes of McCarthy’s work is his analysis of good and evil. An intense analysis of what evil is—and why the human race has been so utterly unprepared to resist it—is a prominent question in his later works such as The Road and in earlier, lesser books such as Child of God. However, nowhere is it more directly the focus than in the twinned works Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men, both of which feature unstoppable and ultimately victorious antagonists of Miltonian power and attraction. At a time when men with authority murder in the streets and world leaders call for military intervention against their own citizens, it is worth considering McCarthy’s lessons.

The Gravity of Emptiness

Blood Meridian centers on the immutable figure of Judge Holden, a gigantic albino, who joins the real life Glanton gang in exterminating Native Americans. Originally working at the behest of the American and Mexican governments—under the influence of the judge—the gang becomes a terror squad operating only for themselves, before imploding in rage and violence. Throughout the novel, the judge commits acts of startling brutality, including the sexual abuse and murder of children. Despite this, he comes across as an unrepentant Mephistopheles, knowledgeable of all the things of the world. The judge knows countless languages and skills, and he comments with such tremendous insight on the crumbling moral architecture of the world that even the few conflicted characters in the book cannot contradict him. He is a scientist who collects samples as the gang travels, chronicling the constituent features of existence.

Despite this, it is not curiosity or love of the world that drives the judge’s intellectual pursuits, and it is not even a Faustian desire to lose oneself in the to and fro of time. Curiosity and even a longing for distraction direct the self outside itself—and indirectly towards the needs of others. In theological terms, it might incline one to ruminate on the mystery of God’s creation. For the judge, science is another tool in the ultimate and human pursuit of war. Whatever “exists without [his] knowledge, exists without his consent.” Scientific knowledge becomes not the humble interest in an intrinsically valuable world but, rather, the final tool for violent mastery of a nihilistic morass signifying nothing.

The book juxtaposes the random pointlessness of chance, which characterizes so much of life, with the equally meaningless possibility that power can grant one control of the world. At its peak, this can be tantamount to acting as the lord of fate: parceling out death and suffering impartially to a species for whom that is the inevitable final end. Reducing the elected back to the nothingness, which the gravity of existence pulls towards, is a god’s work. And, in the judge’s theology, “war is god.” At the end of Blood Meridian, the novel’s anti-hero encounters the judge one final time, and the judge finally accepts an overtly metaphysical stature—dancing wildly while exclaiming that he is “never going to die.”

Read more here: https://merionwest.com/2020/06/05/what-cormac-mccarthy-saw-when-he-saw-evil/

Interesting stuff. Many fans of Cormac McCarthy grapple to understand his view of Evil and exactly what he's trying to say about it in his work, particularly Blood Meridian but also the wanton and malicious destruction of innocence he depicts in novels like The Crossing (and The Border Trilogy generally). Like others, I've read literary and critical essays attempting to explain this carefully and rarely felt they provided a surer grasp on his ultimate view. This essay, far shorter than most that tackle McCarthy, offers some food for thought.
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