Posted on September 30, by Scott Alexander [Content warning: Try to keep this off Reddit and other similar sorts of things. All the townspeople want to forgive him immediately, and they mock the titular priest for only being willing to give a measured forgiveness conditional on penance and self-reflection. They lecture the priest on the virtues of charity and compassion.
Assessing The Trump-Effect Newsweek. To the chagrin of Republicans and corporate conservatives, his demeanor increasingly resembles the adolescent antics of a Bluto punching it out ringside at the WWF.
And a tough guy…but he does love holding my hand. It's such a feeling These are all signs of Trump's complete ignorance regarding policy fundamentals as well as his overwhelming narcissism. There are charming versions of that in the playfulness of the locker room or at the chessboardbut it's somewhat more disturbing as a central, unrecognized obsession of the pussy-grabbing leader of the most powerful country in the world, whose discourse seems to whirl around a black hole of narcissism and need.
It makes for a hollow and dangerous man. People who have dealt with him in New York City over the past decades have come to know Trump's boundless self-obsession very well—and not just leftists who were disgusted by his horrid screed about the Central Park Five.
My nephew worked writing up bids for a contractor in the city whose first rule of business was: We do not work on Trump properties. Trump packed the Board of Directors with his cronies, sucked all the money out, and bankrupted the company.
The late Wayne Barrett chronicled Trump's quasi-criminal business dealings masterfully and relentlessly. As his warnings about Mueller indicate, Trump's real pedestrian crimes as the High Rise Grifter rather than his fictional treason as Putin's Secret Agent are what he is afraid of, and what might bring him down, should RepubliDems and their plutocrat patrons dare to open that worm-laden investigative precedent.
Now that he's entered the glass-walled penthouse of political power, his blatant, grabby, unreliability and untrustworthiness become a different kind of liability.
Unlike them, Trump has no political apparatus—what we might call strategic political depth—in Washington, and his incoherence, impulsiveness, and need for constant, absolute adoration, is driving away even his closest henchpersons Buh-Bye, Sean!
Watch your step, Jeff! Paranoia is part of the narcissism, and it's contagious.
Trump can neither trust nor be trusted, can neither give nor receive loyalty—only its simulacrum: It's wonderful to behold how this is playing out with Trump's new Director of Communications, the too-perfectly-named Anthony Scaramucci.
Nobody has taken the measure of Trump more accurately than Scaramucci —who, not so long ago, called Trump "anti-American," a "hack," an "unbridled demagogue," an "inherited-money dude from Queens County," only qualified to be "president of The Queens County bullies. According to Reuters business reporter Felix Salmon, Scaramucci, like Trump, "has two ways to make money: And nothing epitomizes the hollowness of people like birds-of-a-feather Trump and Scaramucci, as well as the hollowness of the political culture they represent which includes Clinton and the Democrats, whom Trump and Scaramucci both eagerly supported —and got love from in return—when convenient for allthan Scaramucci's instantaneous, transparently opportunistic, pivot to obsequious adoration of Donald Trump.
Really, a dozen or more times: Knows exactly what he wants, and needs. Until Anthony, too, is chased off the stage like the other characters in this comedy.
Nobody who works for Trump comes away the better off for it. All of this insecurity, impulsiveness, and constant churn of personnel makes for a politically surrealistic whirlpool of uncertainty and instability.
Was that the Nightly News or Twin Peaks? Combined with Trump's lack of any coherent political program or political apparatus, it adds up to an administration in chaos and disarray, and it makes Trump a startlingly weak president.
He maintains a core base of support among his voters, but he has no intrinsic support among Washington power brokers and policy makers, the Congress, the intelligence apparatus, or any sector or the permanent government known as the Deep State.Here’s a true story: I’m at the TSA checkpoint at a major U.S.
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This isn’t especially original to me and I don’t claim anything more than to be explaining and rewording things I have heard from a bunch of other people. COMMUNIQUE #3 Haymarket Issue "I NEED ONLY MENTION in passing that there is a curious reappearance of the Catfish tradition in the popular Godzilla cycle of films which arose after the nuclear chaos unleashed upon Japan.
Prison labor provides a way to pay society back for the costs of incarceration, as well as a pathway to correct deviant behavior and possibly find personal redemption. The following op-ed by Hanne Nabintu Herland concerns the Norwegian government’s persistent soft spot for the Palestinians. It was originally published in Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, on January 15th, , and has been translated by the author..
Naïve Checkbook Diplomacy by Hanne Nabintu Herland. Torgeir Larsen, a junior minister for the Norwegian Labor Party, admits in.