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Trump, McCarthyism, and Roy Cohn


In modern times, besides Trump, leading exponents of the paranoid model have been Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon. All these men did political battle in a paranoid style. And connecting the dots between these complicated men was a corrupt lawyer named Roy Marcus Cohn, who never held elective office, but was close to all of them.
Trump first hired Cohn in 1973 when the federal government investigated claims of racial bias involving Trump apartment buildings.
Both Cohn and Trump abhorred paying taxes. In How to Stand Up for Your Rights—and Win! Cohn devoted an entire chapter to tax avoidance. He wrote: “More so than any other institution in these free and United States, the IRS smacks of a police state with police state methods. All this procedure must be viewed in the context of where tax money goes…welfare recipients…unemployment compensation…bloated bureaucrats…political hacks, and to foreign aid, where big money is ritualistically poured into countries that hate our guts….All of this provides an incentive not to overpay taxes….”

Trump learned at the feet of the master, reporting almost a billion dollars of questionable losses, which he could use to shelter substantial taxable income over a ten-year period. Giving the spurious excuse that his returns were under audit, he stubbornly refused to release them lest the returns disclose the extent of his tax avoidance schemes, and his rumored dealings with Russia.


My Trump cousin-in-law pulled a new one on me last night

at a family gathering. She believes every conspiracy theory ever hatched, the wackier the better ("those flat-earth people make some good points" and "you shouldn't leave food out because Bigfoot can go through walls, and the scent of the food will draw him to your house" as well as the standard Alex Jones disgusting bullshit ("the Newtown CT shootings were a false-flag operation designed to raise opposition to gun rights", so it never occurred to me that an outlandish true story would strike her as false. She does not believe that Elon Musk's Tesla was sent into space. I don't know why she doesn't believe it because her sister gave her the side-eye and she quickly said "but this is not the time to talk about that." I wish I could hear her theories without passion, without any sort of emotion on either side, because I've noticed that other Trumpies I know don't care about logic, but my cousin-in-law seems to have reasonable explanations--well, reasonable to her, anyway--for every nutjob thing she believes.

How soon before Trump tweets

that his crowds were bigger than Aretha's, and he doesn't even have an organ?

Outrageous sexual abuse by priests in PA

Examples from the grand jury report (and all but two of these crimes are exempt from prosecution because of expiration of statute of limitations):

One priest tied up a victim with rope in the confessional in a "praying position." When the victim refused to perform sex, the angered priest used a 7-inch crucifix to sexually assault him.

Another victim said a priest used a metal cross to beat him.

At a parish rectory, four priests made a boy strip and pose as Jesus on the cross while they took photos.

"He stated that all of them giggled and stated that the pictures would be used as a reference for new religious statues for the parishes," the grand jury wrote. Two of those priests later did jail time for sexually assaulting two altar boys.

Another was quoted as telling altar boys they should serve naked beneath their cassocks "because God did not want any man-made clothes to be worn next to their skin during Mass," the jury wrote.

Priests told children they would "go to hell" if they told anyone what happened and "nobody would believe a lying child over a man of God's word."

In one church, a priest told a boy who confided he had been gang-raped as a 7-year-old that he had to provide sex to get to heaven. He would then be molested for three years before the priest was transferred.

Several priests used hypnosis during counseling sessions to manipulate their victims.

Helping a priest grade papers in his rectory somehow became a session of nude weightlifting.

I have posted only a partial list; read the whole story at http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/nation/20180816_ap_8d0245fd14924dbdb1c2d28366efb896.html.

Sharp Objects on HBO

Anybody else enjoying this creepy show? I really like it, especially Patricia Clarkson, but something is bugging the hell out of me. On "Calhoun Day," a celebration honoring stalwart Southerners, the pageant put on by high schoolers involves repeated playing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Do the show runners not know this was the Northern anthem? Is it a joke I'm not getting, that the high school music teacher is so stupid *he* doesn't know it? WTF?

Punctuation Nazi smirks at Trump

"...my wonderful son, Donald,..." means my *only* wonderful son--my wonderful son, whose name is Donald. "My wonderful son Donald..." leaves room for Eric--my wonderful son Donald and my wonderful son Eric. Learn to punctuate, asshole--or maybe that's exactly what he meant.
Posted by cyclonefence | Tue Aug 7, 2018, 10:36 AM (3 replies)

"Sorry to Bother You" (spoilers)

I was really looking forward to this movie because it's about a young man working at a phone-sales office, trying to sell (of all things) encyclopedias. I thought this was a great idea for a movie, with wonderful possibilities for a plot. We saw it this afternoon, and it was just dreadful. And it's heart-breaking because all the actors (mostly unknown to me) were terrific; there wasn't a false note among them, and the dialog was well-written and cogent. But the plot just wasn't there. There were moments of hilarity, when I thought, "well, here we go," but things never took off like they should have. The climax--a race of half-human, half-horses bred by the evil mega-millionaire--on top of his this-close-to-slavery business--was too stupid for this smart movie. What a disappointment.
Posted by cyclonefence | Sat Aug 4, 2018, 04:48 PM (1 replies)

Anybody else using a Navage for chronic sinus infection?

I bought one on the "you might want to try it; other than (more) surgery I don't have much to offer you" recommendation of my ENT. It's like a neti pot with suction, and I think it might be helping. I am having trouble using it the way you're supposed to, though, and I wondered if anyone had any tips for me. I've watched youtube videos, which haven't helped much. My problem is that I can't get the right "seal" to make it a closed system. I always have a lot of salt water running down my throat instead of into the collection module, and it causes an unpleasant sensation of choking. I've found it works *sometimes* if I hold my breath, but that's clearly not something I can do for the entire process. Any suggestions?
Posted by cyclonefence | Wed Aug 1, 2018, 08:28 AM (8 replies)

Gazpacho for people who don't have a garden

Get a hydroponic cucumber, a green pepper, a small red onion and a head of garlic. Get a 28-oz can of Hunt's diced tomatoes and a big jug of V8. You probably already have some olive oil, red wine vinegar, hot sauce and s&p.

Cut the cucumber, pepper and onion into small dice, 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Smash a few cloves of garlic (depends on how spicy you want it to be; I usually use 4 or 5) and mince them. Put all this into a big metal bowl (metal because it will get cold faster). Dump in the tomatoes and V8. Put in a couple of splashes of hot sauce--don't overdo it because people can add more at the table--and s&p to taste. Here is the important part: be generous with oil and vinegar--start with about 1/4 cup of each, then taste. You should get a good vinegar tang, so add more if you need to.

Chill overnight.

I hear that real gazpacho is thickened with bread crumbs but I don't believe it.

You use hydroponic cucumbers because they are virtually seedless and are pretty straight, which makes it easier to dice them. I happen to grow cukes in my garden, but I won't use them in my gazpacho because they are too much work. Ditto tomatoes, because I don't want to have to blanch and peel them (1); (2) it takes a lot of them because they are watery and have seeds you have to get rid of and (3) I'd rather eat tomato sandwiches with my garden tomatoes.

There's no reason Lanny Davis would--I mean wouldn't--tell the truth

about the source of the leaks from the Michael Cohen tapes. I watched Rachel last night work herself into a swivet trying to figure out how the leaks would help Trump and why his side would be leaking. I think the answer is simple: because leaking is what Trump's underlings do. I don't think the leaks have any strategic purpose; I think it's yet another case of people working in the Trump administration having had it with the Jerkoff-in-Chief and leaking because they hate him so.
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