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Mike 03

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Hometown: Modesto California
Home country: United States
Current location: Arizona
Member since: Mon Oct 27, 2008, 05:14 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement

I'm so tired of being lectured to ignore the polls, like I'm a little child incapable of both understanding and paying attention to polls, and working hard to get my candidates elected.

Thank you

Anyone who wants to ignore the polls is welcome to.

I'm not ignoring the polls.

I'm going to allow the polls to motivate me and continue to work like my life depends on it and continue to make donations to my candidates.

Paying attention to the polls and working hard are not opposite concepts. They are complimentary.

When Serena Williams steps onto a tennis court, she believes she's going to win. It doesn't make her play less hard.

Two things aren't mutually exclusive

It's possible to both be excited by the polls and to work hard.

Being hopeful and excited about the polls is not equal to complacency.

If we aren't excited and hopeful, what is the point? The next five months would be pure agony if we weren't hopeful about something.

Some people work harder when they are motivated by the prospect of winning. Ask any athlete if it's possible to both work hard and simultaneously believe you are going to win.

It's difficult to do a psych profile of a world leader who keeps his mouth shut, like

Kim Jong Un or, to a lesser extent, Putin. It's probably a dream job to be working in MI6 or Mossad and be asked to assemble a profile of Donald Trump.

It's almost as if he's siding with the virus

It screws with your mind when you realize you're not only fighting the virus but your own country's leadership that is telling you your common sense perceptions of unfolding events are wrong.

In January 1945, as the Red Army encroached from the eastern front, and the Western Allies encroached from the west, and cities were firebombed, Goebbels still reassured Germans that if they dug enough trenches and fought hard enough the war was still winnable.

Last year he made matters much, much worse for himself on

Twitter when he actually argued it should be legal for a man his age to have sex with a young teenager. Anybody remember that?

First he denied it.
Then he said he kept his underwear on.
Then he said there was nothing wrong with it, and that it should be legal.
Then Twitter users asked him if he was drunk-tweeting.
Then he said he was just speaking hypothetically.

Agree about Chris Steele

He was the former head of the Russia desk at MI6.

Tangentially related, one of the clearest explanations I've ever encountered of the perplexing relationship between the United Kingdom and Putin's Russia is to be found in From Russia With Blood by Heidi Blake. It's an extraordinary, almost thrilling, look at why Britain tended to conceal or treat lightly assassinations by Putin on British soil (until it could no longer be reasonably ignored), but it gets heavily into the politics. I think in a sense it's related to why May and Johnson might "turn a blind eye to allegations about Trump."

There's been smoke around the Giuliani/Barr relationship since the release of

the Ukraine (truncated) transcript, where Trump tells Zelensky to get in touch with Barr. Barr distanced himself assiduously but it was suspicious. There are probably some parts of this story I'm forgetting. Barr went nation-shopping to find something--perhaps dirt on Hunter Biden/Burisma. Those two are very much connected so it wouldn't be surprising if an investigation into Giuliani implicated Barr.

The police scanner has been interesting

There have been numerous incidents, one in particular: a person or persons impersonating the Secret Service who could produce no credentials when asked. Also, some early preparation for VP Pence. Sounds like he might be arriving early, although it's hard to tell from the police traffic exactly what the situation is.


"When you're right, you're right, and you're right."

J. J. Gittes, Chinatown
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