JOE BIDEN, SO-CALLED ‘PROGRESSIVES’ AND THE REARRANGEMENT OF THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

Submitted by Pachamama

As the coalition of forces gather with their vested interests of displace the American fascist dictator, Donald Trump, on a civil warlike political battlefield, it is becoming quite clear that people who call themselves ‘progressives’ will only awake to the machinations, political tricks, being conjured and to the tectonic shifts under the battlefield when it is far too late. Such a re-imagining of American politics, as neoliberalism was the remixing of economic policies, must of necessity, leave ‘progressives’ out in the cold.

We are estimating that this Democratic-led coalition which is likely to emerge from a possible victory will lurch much further rightward than progressives are generally imagining. For Joe Biden is merely running as a Democrat but intends to rule as a Republican. This is all he has known all his life. Being a conservative Democrat means being a Republican. Same as Obama, there are few differences between factions within the duopoly. Biden has never been known to instinctively done anything progressive in his whole life. Above all, politics is about slicing and dicing as an acceptable method of gaining power, not being a fountain of virtue. Not interfering with the hideous structural infirmities on which the country has been built. This is representative of Joe Biden to the bone!

Therefore, it would be irrational to expect a man like Biden to approach, for example, the misanthropically inspired symbology represented by the ‘Star Spangle Banner’, the national anthem, which glorifies slavery in one of its verses. Or revisit the 13th Amendment of the constitution which still legalizes slavery for people in America’s dungeons, 80% of whom are of colour. Need we go on?

Then, the question which progressives will never get answered is – how could he ‘Build Back Better’ on such a flawed foundation? All Biden really wants to do is to get back to how things were before Donald J. Trump was thrown up by the political culture as if those represented halcyon days for Afrikan-Americans, supposedly his most dependable bloc. That’s all!

But, who are these people generally referred to as ‘progressives’? Well, they could be any motley bunch of political gradations from the far-right to the far-left and in-between. To the far-right they may include Republicans who support the logic of climate change and even never-Trumpers. To the far-left they may be communists, antifascists, socialists or even Trotskyists influenced by the lesser of two evils logic.

In this scenario, Joe Biden would, in effect, be the ‘unwitting’ savior of the Republican Party which is likely to be devastated by a massive defeat, if current polling holds true and in the event Trump is unable to complete that well-planned dastardly act currently underway. Should Biden be buoyed by the winds of a fierce national and overwhelming determination which forces Trump into having no other choice but to leave the White House, even to the point of duress if deemed necessary he saves the Republican Party. In so doing, he would be serving the hordes of Republicans seeking asylum within the Democratic Party as a way of making sure the indispensable other half of the American political duopoly survives Trumpism – the Republican Party.

When we look back at the presidency of Trump, in this scenario, it might appear as though a level of master planning, by hidden hands, paved the way for Biden. He could have the prefect landing to enable him to jettison feckless progressive operating under the assumption that this Democratic Party’s ‘donkey’ will take them somewhere. In addition, Biden could have a highly conservative Supreme Court; a Senate which could be Democratic led but more than willing to serve his less than obvious conservative agenda and a House of Representatives acting likewise with muted or sporadic objections from its progressive caucus.

In these circumstances, the LGBTQ identity politicos, who played such an enormous role during the Obama administration, would not be able to co-exist with the Republican elements within the Biden Coalition, absent the few Log Cabin Republicans. If Biden is faced with a choice between these political forces, there is little doubt that he will go with his new-found friends for the fear about defections of the Republicans may cause too much imbalance within his coalition. He will seek to equalize that action by resting on the logic that the LGBTQ forces generally have nowhere else to go.

The same thinking holds true for Afrikan-Americans, Hispanics, and other progressives who will have nowhere to go notwithstanding the presence of a fledgling Green Party with a presidential candidate, Howie Hawkins, and up to maybe a 100 other people seeking the presidency. Defections of progressives are likely to be deemed as merely a temporary setback. Afrikan-Americans should not expect this reformulation of political forces within neoliberal capitalism will deliver any of Biden’s promises about ‘Building Back Better’ and so on. Nothing will happen but talk, until after the election when the drift to the right becomes public. Observers however, can see what a Biden administration will look like right now by the examination of his teams of advisers. To us such expectations are the equivalent of asking a dead man to change his will and expecting it to happen.

One good thing about Biden is that he has dared to locate himself as it to remove the scab from the old festering wounds making America the fascist state it might have always been and/or to which it has now degenerated for all to see. Of course, he was well assisted by the ongoing demonstrations throughout the country and being a politician there was a need for a response that made sense in order to garner the votes of Afrikan-Americans, women, progressives, young people etc.

In some ways Biden has been sheltered by Whiteness and a hyper focus in the country on what is wrongly seen as a cultural anomaly, the Trump presidency. However, the deeper truth is that Biden will never fix, or even start to fix, in eight (8) years, what was consolidated over four centuries.

Guided by history, only the total and complete destruction of American empire can satisfactorily settle these deeply divisive issues, correct all the fundamental social problems that have been termed ‘original sins’. Some contend that this fatal option maybe better that Biden’s return to an abnormal normalcy. Progressives should have long recognized the existential forces at work and found ways to insert someone more able to deal the rebuilding that has to happen and therefore avoid this Biden misdirection.

940 comments

  • Now, this is conflict of interest!!

    Vice President Biden and Son’s income generating schemes!!

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  • NYT did an examination of Trump finances including what is known about his tax return here is an excerpt from the article

    “As the president wages a re-election campaign that polls say he is in danger of losing, his finances are under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due that he has personally guaranteed. Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million
    The tax returns that Mr. Trump has long fought to keep private tell a story fundamentally different from the one he has sold to the American public. His reports to the I.R.S. portray a businessman who takes in hundreds of millions of dollars a year yet racks up chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes. Now, with his financial challenges mounting, the records show that he depends more and more on making money from businesses that put him in potential and often direct conflict of interest with his job as president.”

    It is exhaustive reading so give yourself asome time and even then it may be hard to comprehend the scope of his elaborate scheming.

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  • Another big deckie in the shithole of Donald Trump.

    MAS, the party illegally unseated 11 months ago in Bolivia, with the guidance of Pachamama, has defeated the American fascist dictator and his local lackeys.

    Enter President Arce!

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  • This article examines how Trump has built his own swamp and uses the Presidency for the benefit of his own business.
    Again, a lengthy read, here is an excerpt

    “As president-elect, he had pledged to step back from the Trump Organization and recuse himself from his private company’s operation. As president, he built a system of direct presidential influence-peddling unrivaled in modern American politics”

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  • Derrota del golpismo en urnas.

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  • Trump has been investigated by Mueller … 40 odd million dollars

    Clean

    Impeached by Schiff and Pelosi

    Clean as a whistle

    Audited by the IRS for decades

    Whiter than the driven snow

    There is no way he is going to be found to have been in conflict of interest without exposing Mueller, Schiff, Pelosi and the IRS as a waste of time.

    … and money

    If he loses the race he cannot ever be in conflict of interest as he won’t be the President.

    QED

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  • SargeantOctober 19, 2020 1:09 PM

    NYT did an examination of Trump finances including what is known about his tax return here is an excerpt from the article

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    If the NYT has his tax returns they have broken the law!!

    They can’t publish them.

    So who could prosecute Trump for evading taxes?

    The IRS alone!!!

    But hang on a minute, they have been auditing him for decades and no prosecution.

    Trump is clean, probably the cleanest individual in Government!!

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  • Biden has to defeat Trump at the polls otherwise his as is grass!!

    Trump is under no such pressure, he is as clean and white as the driven snow!!

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  • The evidence seems to indicate Biden may be toast!!

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  • @ Quaker John

    You got it in one. The New York Times story are allegations, not facts. Only the IRS, or the state prosecuting authorities can prosecute Trump.
    One important difference between UK and US journalism. In the UK they will never (or rarely) say that they HAVE documents in their possessions. If you read any UK publication, they always say they have SEEN the documents.
    The reason for that is that if you are in illegal possession of documents ie tax documents, then the rightful owners will take out an injunction to get them back. In that way they can follow the email trail back to the source. Dangerous.
    If you have only SEEN them, and they took out an injunction, you can always deny having them. A small, but important, point.

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  • It would not surprise me if he wins 50-0 …. or 57-0!!!

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  • Trump still has plenty to sell. Intelligence secrets. Sources and methods.

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  • Mueller did not investigate Trump’s finances. He was not declared clean by anyone but Barr. We read the report.

    The Senate “trial” was a sham without witnesses.

    Not clean at all.

    We watched the trial.

    Boy, if liars’ pants used to catch afire you would have to wear skirts every day!

    The Ghoul from NYC was the source for this shit. Russian stuff. Probably hacked the account and fabricated e-mails.

    New York Post. Steupse! Murdoch tipping the scales

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  • @John
    Trump should try to take NYT to court and see where it gets him

    BTW on the publication of secret papers, since you like to do research, read about the First Amendment and then conduct research on The Pentagon Papers

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  • @ Quaker John

    In 1962 the New York Times got caught up in a massive computer hoax. They were fighting back against television’s ability to predict election results and they wanted to prove they could do the same. They got screwed.
    The Sunday Times of London also got caught up in a similar hoax, this time the Hitler Diaries, which were confirmed by the greatest living English historian, Hugh Trevor Roper. They proved to be a gigantic hoax.
    There is a long list of newspapers (and broadcasters) being ripped off by clever con men and women, including academics. Journalism has no truth-testing mechanism. That is why we have libel laws. They can only make allegations.

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  • @John
    Stop panicking! NYT never said it was going to publish Trump’s tax returns

    BTW he recently lost a legal battle against New York State regarding his Tax returns, his foe is not the Feds but State Gov’t so if he pardons himself that doesn’t count in NY state. Isn’t it strange that questions are being asked if the president can pardon himself?

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/donald-trump-criminal-case.html

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  • Donna

    There is not anybody else on earth who could be as corrupt as Donald Trump.

    One day this writer too will tell a Trump story.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    We are obviously living in an alternative universe and thus all opinions regardless of them being discredited are still valid and so too all clearly presented falsehoods are true.

    The POTUS said as follows: “People are tired of listening to Fauci and these idiots”

    He then suggested it was reported that “Fauci’s advice on how best to respond to the outbreak was so bad it would have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands more people.”

    That is an amazing piece of Goebblesque foolishness and thus in our alternative world the John and Mary Trumpets accept the stupidity!

    This man will surely win this election, I guess…

    The blogger who can state so sweetly that “Trump is clean, probably the cleanest individual in Government!!” lives in the above suggested Alternative Universe!

    Quote: “If the NYT has his tax returns they have broken the law!!”

    Reality: The NYT could have received the tax docs from a source who LEGALLY had them so having them may break no law.

    One of the editors of that publication is on record stating he would go to jail to publish POTUS tax details… and as @Sargeant noted thus far they have published analyses of the data seen NOT the actual returns… they dont NEED to publish the returns oh smart man… that’s IRRELEVANT!

    Surely they may still be in some legal jeopardy but they are willing to suffer consequences… GET REAL!

    Quote: “So who could prosecute Trump for evading taxes? […] The IRS alone!!!”

    If ‘Sharkey’ or ‘Gearbox’ had said that I would have been surprised … that a man of knowledge makes such an outlandish remark is utter BS pandering .. steeupse!

    Ask the NY AG how many indictments he will slap on Trump’s backside as soon as he gets the tax data!… and eventually when the House Committee gets the data let’s see what will happen.

    You say some of the most inane stuff…

    Incidentally the man in the WH was legally deemed a CO-CONSPIRATOR to another man CONVICTED and jailed for campaign fraud … as POTUS he is untouchable as a private citizen HIS ASS is greased to skid into a NY fed jail!

    GET REAL, please do!

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  • A journalist saying, or reminding readers, that s/he would rather go to prison than reveal a source is nothing new. That is the journalistic equivalent of the Hippocratic oath.
    It is the first thing you are taught. Thankfully, it is the editor who goes to prison, not the lowly reporter.

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  • @DPD
    Ask the NY AG how many indictments he will slap on Trump’s backside as soon as he gets the tax data!… and eventually when the House Committee gets the data let’s see what will happen
    +++++++++++++++++
    You have the incorrect gender, the NY AG is a woman Letitia James
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letitia_James

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  • Pachamama,

    We who live on earth know how corrupt Trump is. There is nothing you could say that could surprise me.

    DPD,

    Meanwhile we here in Barbados have followed Fauci et al’s advice and presto!

    A whole family gets it from a housekeeper who caught it from a recent returnee and still it is contained to the household. With even a twelve year old boy school boy keeping it to himself.

    Impressive!

    Masks, social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing, testing, contract tracing.

    Once you follow these …….

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  • I wonder if the NY AG is a mannish woman? If so, trouble up!

    Murdah!

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  • SargeantOctober 19, 2020 5:56 PM

    @DPD
    Ask the NY AG how many indictments he will slap on Trump’s backside as soon as he gets the tax data!… and eventually when the House Committee gets the data let’s see what will happen
    +++++++++++++++++
    You have the incorrect gender, the NY AG is a woman Letitia James
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letitia_James

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    Wow dpd

    Donna must got you confused!!

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  • Besides dpd

    She faces elections in 2022 and if Trump wins on Nov 3/4/5/6/…. she may not even be around to do anything!!

    Cuh dear, try and use your brain!!

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  • Trump could well be squirrelling money away. $70,000 on hair care looks like it should be $700.00

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  • My specialty is setting men straight not confusing them.

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  • @John
    She faces elections in 2022 and if Trump wins on Nov 3/4/5/6/
    ++++++++++++
    Seems like you are hedging your bets earlier you said that he will win all 50 states but yuh know who else is speaking about losing? None other than the stable genius…e.g.

    “Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me,” Trump told a crowd in Georgia late last week. “Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life, what am I going to do? I’m going to say ‘I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.’ I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country? I don’t know”

    BTW I saw a stat that 55 million Americans are living in poverty, 8 million just added in the last few months….Thanks to Trump

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/521513-trump-on-if-biden-wins-maybe-ill-have-to-leave-the-country

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  • A senior moment Sarge?

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  • Sarge

    No no … 57/0!!

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  • Actually, 58/0 if you listen to this genius.

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  • @David
    Yours@7.34
    I don know what gets into these guys, there goes his career……..

    BTW please leave “Seniors” out of this 😊

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  • Jeffrey Toobin has been doing shiiite for decades but being a supercitizen nothing will happen to him in the midium tern.

    Once this blows over he’ll be back on CNN again flogging his books and talking shiite expertly.

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  • Medium

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  • Word is that Trump wants the next debate to be on Foreign policy which means he wants to avoid:
    1) Pandemic
    2) Economy
    3) Health care
    4) Environment/Climate change
    5) Supreme court appointments
    6) Racial issues
    7) Education
    8) Electoral reform
    9) Taxes
    10) Immigration
    11) National security
    12) Home grown Terrorists (White Supremacists)
    13) Gun laws
    14) Income and wealth inequality
    15) Budget deficit

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  • Sarge

    Trump is a stable genius.

    He knows that whatever he says or asks there will be those who will give him the opposite.

    He obviously does not want the debate to be on foreign policy.

    Luckily for him, the commission is not smart enough to twig and he will get exactly what he wants..

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  • Turning the corner

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Sarge… thanks for the data point … in reality I was thinking of the Manhattan DA Vance when I wrote NY DA… so I misstated by omitting the ‘C’ in NYC … as you know the Manhattan DA is male.

    So yes both the state and the main city legal eagles of that state are after Trump.

    And to add to your factoid Ms James is very female indeed… quite attractive and clearly also quite ambitious.

    @John, you are either an absurd synchophant who shuts off his brain as soon as you hear anything trumpy or you are a fool … and as much as I really dont conceive that you are a fool, alas you are ACTING like one.

    My ERROR of writing actually HIGHLIGHTS even more from @Sargeant’s note the incredible legal jeopardy facing Trump private citizen … and you call the man CLEAN!

    Even if he WINS that tax data will eventually be released (in some context) to the legal authorities … as the SCOTUS has already suggested …. if there is a case there then they will lodge it.

    The POTUS as the law seems to suggest has no protection from state indictments … they are NOT duty bound by the ruling of the US Justicd Dept that a POTUS is legally untouchable… but let me not get ahead of myself.

    I accept that it would be a profound constitutional crisis to indict POTUS so likely if he wins he skates through for 4 more years … but AFTER THAT oh acting foolish man… ANY NY democratic AG in Albany or Manhattan WILL indict private citizen Trump.

    And before you go off the rails again let’s remind you that NY is heavily democratic so one can reasonably expect a Dem AG in one of those posts!

    Stop acting the fool… good heavens man you are a Bajan scholar after all… not Gearbox, steeupse!

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  • Thats telling em Sasse

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  • Commander in Chief

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  • de pedantic DribblerOctober 19, 2020 9:17 PM

    And before you go off the rails again let’s remind you that NY is heavily democratic so one can reasonably expect a Dem AG in one of those posts!

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    So is California, … so is California!!

    Isn’t New York the place where the Democrat Mayor just killed 10’s of thousands of Senior citizens?

    Que sera … sera!!

    Relax and watch what happens!!

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  • Looks like Diane and Kamala could be in trouble!!

    https://ballotpedia.org/Newport_Beach,_California

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  • Dribbles

    You need to look at the evidence as it unfolds in front of you and stop being so emotional.

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  • Critical Analyser and John Knox should be ashamed of themselves for running with that New York Post story.

    Rupert Murdoch owned rag! The only one that would print the crap.

    And it turns out it’s the exact same shit that was pulled by Russia on behalf of the French far right looney woman who actually travelled to Russia to meet Putin before it happened. They hacked Macron’s campaign and inserted fake documents among the authentic documents.

    I remember reading and hearing about that back then when it happened.

    The guys who did it were indicted yesterday.

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  • What happens when you are proven wrong?

    Will you disappear like a cartoon devil?

    Or are you going to question the results?

    So Biden is damned if he doesn’t win and damned if he does.

    Meanwhile…the grinning orange lunatic poses with a piece of Trashing even Bill Barr for not arresting anybody. Trashing media outlets and reporters for not publishing the Ghoul’s trash. Calling reporters criminals.

    Meanwhile even Faux News refuses to sink so low and damage their “credibility”. Looking past this president perhaps and into the future?

    Ain’t nobody believing it but the same loonies who were going to vote for him anyway. Nothing to gain.

    Meanwhile…. the Michael Flynn/Obama administration investigation has been quietly closed without indictments. Moneybrain is still awaiting a Nunez report. The Durham investigation cannot produce the report as ordered.

    Steupse!

    While the Orange Menace….

    Trashes Fauci who has a security detail for the first time in his life. Trashes the Governor of Michigan who was just saved from kidnapping and execution.

    In the meantime field hospitals are being built for treating COVID patients. ICU beds are in great demand. Some states are sending patients out of state for treatment. People are still dying.

    But Trump says people are tired of the pandemic.

    The very stable genius who predicted more than six months ago that he had it under control and it would soon be down to zero.

    Down to zero is what we have in Barbados. Using Fauci’s advice.

    P.S. Still awaiting the videos of the brawling women.

    SMH

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  • Donna

    The ugly man from england has recently argued that no “respectable” newspaper would do such – publish an article without proper attribution, by-line. But for some conservatives The Post is indeed “respectable”.

    The point being that if you are powerful enough you can bend media to your will. All these socalled standards mean nothing.

    Separately, we have seen the NYT, as well, not be so blatantly corrupt in this way, but attribute authorship to a group of scientists and so on.

    We await their ugly justifications.

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  • The ugly man from england has recently argued that no “respectable” newspaper would do such – publish an article without proper attribution, by-line…(Quote)

    What stupidity? Cut and paste that journalistic illiteracy, you uncivilised moron.

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  • Should be ‘poses with a rag’.

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  • Well, it always amusing when a dog, an english bulldog, answers by its given name.

    The moron is he who pretends that some misbegotten english “standard” has credence everywhere, as though london is the centre of the world. And that the colonial boy given refuse has now fully grown up under the union jack.

    We have never been known here or anywhere else for the cut and paste lie to which you have now descended for refuse as a result of your innate idiocy.

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  • Have a great day Barbados.
    Hoping to see some great posts on the various topics.
    HAGD

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  • You are a cretin and you get away with it. You create myths and try to force them on to others. You fabricate and back up your stories with your violent, foulmouthed crap. Sadly, the not so bright often agree with you.
    As they say on BU, you are now shifting the argument. Here is what you said: “The ugly man from england has recently argued that no “respectable” newspaper would do such – publish an article without proper attribution, by-line”

    Bring the evidence. Prove it, you mental defect. I am aware that those on BU who cannot debate resort to hitting below the belt. It is learning by rote, ignorance, the rum shop.

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  • Pacha,

    Real conservatives are going with The Lincoln Project. Even former chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele just endorsed Joe Biden. He’s on MSNBC right now demolishing this administration. He doesn’t buy it. Not any of it.

    The NY Post is just respectable to the loonies. They are cultists not conservatives. They’ll believe anything and cannot be moved anyway. Still, America is getting loonier and loonier, especially the white ones.

    Not really being familiar with the NY Post, I did not dismiss the story outright. Loonies don’t do research. They follow the cult leader.

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  • Pacha,

    Yeah, I realize nobody would put their name on it.

    Just unsubstantiated trash. No investigation. Just a little birdie told me crap.

    Loonies do not understand what that means. They don’t know the difference.

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  • But Pacha, I really didn’t read what Hal Austin said, so not me and dah Pele case, bosie!

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  • Hal AustinOctober 11, 2020 2:08 PM

    @ William

    You must stand your ground. They are bullies and aby attacking you they hope you will drift away. It is the morality of a thug – an anonymous thug.
    What started this discussion was the use of pseudonyms; no respectable UK or US publication will publish a letter from an anonymous source libelling or being obnoxious about another reader.
    To equate that with an anonymous source for a news story shows how ignorant people are of how publications operate. They may appear in the publication as a source, but they are know to the author, who does not even have to tell the editor who they are.
    But the editor can decide not to publish the story.In the UK the editor is legally responsible for everything in his/her publication, not the publisher.
    I try not to discuss journalism with the BU hawks; they know about everything and know nothing. If they are so brave, why don’t they come out from behind their masks? I fear that readers will realise they are bluffers and many of them do not know as much as they claim.

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    Halton Austin, yuh cunthole!!

    This represents proof certain. The above was penned by you, a stinking dog, less than two weeks ago.

    Maybe, you could tell us where we have ever ‘cut and pasted’ anything without attribution of the sources. Give us one fucking example.

    We have never pretended to have any expert knowledge about professional journalism, it has never so interested us, beyond as consumer/observer, but you have.

    However, nobody here would recognize you as such.

    Now that we have, at least twice, proven you as the fucking liar which you have always been it would be a rightness to admit it.

    Halton Austin, is a fucking idiot!

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  • ””””””””””’no respectable UK or US publication will publish a letter from an anonymous source libelling or being obnoxious about another reader.”””””””””””

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    The precise words of a fu#king liar! HALTON AUSTIN

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  • Hal AustinOctober 11, 2020 2:08 PM

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  • I apologise, that in 2020 a Barbadian can be so semi-literate that he cannot even understand simple English words. Let me repeat in Bajan: no editor of a reputable publication will publish a letter from an anonymous person attacking anyone. They will put it straight in the bin. Understand, in the bin. Further, no editor, but no editor, will deliberately publish a libellous letter. Clown.
    Further, even if the letter writer is known, and asked for anonymity, a respectable editor will still not publish a letter making a personal attack anonymously.
    The author must identify him/herself or the letter will not be published. That is journalism 101. Common sense tells you that. If anonymous letters making personal allegations were allowed all newspapers would be like BU.
    Here again is what you said: ““The ugly man from england has recently argued that no “respectable” newspaper would do such – publish an article without proper attribution, by-line”
    Do not write about things you do not understand. A letter to the editor is not an article; you attribute claims and allegations in news stories; you source in features; and a by-line is something you give an author, a news reporter or features writer. A letter writer’s name on a letter is not called a by-line in journalism.
    I know it is not the practice on BU, but if you do not know what you are talking about admit it.
    .

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  • Donna

    There is nothing we have ever said here, as a matter of fact, which is beyond proof.

    That does not mean that we are incapable of making mistakes, we make them all the time.

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  • Pacha,

    Hal Austin is right this time.

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  • The ugly man is such an assh#ole

    We have a situation here where all the elements in his recent pronouncement are present in relationship to the Bidens but yet he continues with his sublime ignorance.

    Like the dishonest person he has always been he does not even bring the precise quotation for readers to evaluate. What a journalist is this Halton Austin!

    Instead, he resorts to the trick of the pen to rephrase the quotation. These simplistic political tricks should have no use for a former journalist.

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  • Hal AustinOctober 11, 2020 2:08 PM

    @ William

    You must stand your ground. They are bullies and aby attacking you they hope you will drift away. It is the morality of a thug – an anonymous thug.
    What started this discussion was the use of pseudonyms; no respectable UK or US publication will publish a letter from an anonymous source libelling or being obnoxious about another reader.
    To equate that with an anonymous source for a news story shows how ignorant people are of how publications operate. They may appear in the publication as a source, but they are know to the author, who does not even have to tell the editor who they are.
    But the editor can decide not to publish the story.In the UK the editor is legally responsible for everything in his/her publication, not the publisher.
    I try not to discuss journalism with the BU hawks; they know about everything and know nothing. If they are so brave, why don’t they come out from behind their masks? I fear that readers will realise they are bluffers and many of them do not know as much as they claim.
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    This is his precise contribution

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  • Apart from the typos, I stand by every word. It is basic journalism. I repeat again so that it can penetrate your thick skull. Even if the the informant is referred to in the publication as ‘a source’, that person will be known to the reporter, even if not to the editor.
    And, again, plse open your brain: there is a fundamental difference between an anonymous letter to the editor and a source for a news story.
    Why is it so difficult to understand simple things? Is it my fault for not explaining it well or you are just stupid?

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  • Donna

    We respect your opinions, even when counter intuitive.

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  • …. and if you are brainy enough to be published in a learned journal, your contribution is peer reviewed.

    It takes a while before you even get approval for publication of your ideas, theories or whatever.

    Newspapers just have the editorial staff.

    The story about Hunter Biden’s laptop took the paper 5 days to review before publication.

    They have firstly, a witness … the store owner.

    A signed receipt from Hunter Biden.

    Then confirmation from Biden’s lawyers when they emailed asking back for the hard drives.

    And fourthly, no libel/slander suit, no attempt to say the hard drive is not his.

    The attempt by the democrats to claim it was a Russian plant is also exposed as pure rubbish.

    Schiff is a complete joke.

    By the time the debate rolls around day after tomorrow, Trump will have alot to talk about.

    What will be informative is whether the Democrat moderator asks Joe the relevant questions which would be like …. “How much money was kicked back to you by Hunter?”.

    The debate will tell you, once the story of the hard drive has not been discredited by then, whether the fake news is fake … or not.

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  • Only a complete idiot would support Biden, …. or oppose Trump which is the same thing!!

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  • After Obama was elected the Republicans decided a black face would be just the magic to combat him and choose Steele as its Chair only to jettison him two years later for Reince Preibus. If I was him I would give that Party a wide berth.
    Little know fact about Steele his sister was married to Iron Mike Tyson

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  • I do not come on BU to talk about Biden, Trump or Boris Johnson. I know nothing about US politics, and do not care about them. I come on BU to talk about Barbados.

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  • Meanwhile, Biden is in hiding for the four days leading up to the debate while his handlers try to figure out how to stop Trump exposing their client and the fake news.

    You can bet that Trump has alot more than what is in the public domain!!!

    ADVANTAGE TRUMP!!

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  • It would not surprise me come Thursday night that Trump puts on a show which no voter could miss.

    Biden has no place in the Presidential race, he should withdraw,

    He is dirt.

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  • I don’t think he will walk out in disgust, that is not his style.

    He will make Biden and the moderator walk out in shame.

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  • Pacha,

    He said “respectable” newspaper.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Undoubtedly many who generally browse this site wonder why we get into this ad nauseam counter-sniping … well simply to highlight that stupidity must be questioned!

    Now, Mr John Blogger clearly yours was an SOBP ‘shut off brain post’ when u said : “You need to look at the evidence as it unfolds in front of you and stop being so emotional.”

    YOU are telling the blog to look at evidence… 😡🙈 SMH

    Thanks to @Donna’ latest recap one can immediately show how ridiculous you are …

    1.The WH crook tried to force his law officers to manufacture evidence of wrong doing re ‘the Michael Flynn/Obama administration investigation’ … it FAILED as there was nothing illegally done.

    Evidence to follow: POTUS is a crooked, corrupt cretin who is subverting the powerful US apparatus to suit his personal objectives.

    2.The WH liar directed his law officers to improperly (it was for personal gain) investigate the investigators of a duly approved federal review of electoral crimes by Russia et al…. again as the lady bligger reminded us “the Durham investigation cannot produce the report as ordered” bcz simply there was nothing ILLEGAL about the original investigation of a US national security treat.

    Evidence to follow: POTUS is a crooked autocratic minded persona who is subverting the powerful US apparatus to suit his personal objectives.

    He should be hounded out of office like ‘tricky Dick’ Nixon.

    3.The WH incompetent mis-manager
    “t[h]rashes Fauci who has a security detail for the first time in his life. T[h]rashes the Governor of Michigan who was just saved from kidnapping and execution.”

    Evidence to follow: POTUS is a thug. He has no respect for ‘law and order’, incites violence against publuc officials who disagree with him and is subverting the powerful US apparatus to suit his personal objectives.

    4.“In the meantime field hospitals are being built for treating COVID patients. ICU beds are in great demand. Some states are sending patients out of state for treatment. People are still dying. […] But Trump says people are tired of the pandemic.”

    And one can add that despite escalating infections this deplorable man prances and parades across the US before large mask-less, non-distanced crowds … DIRECTLY contradicting the strong recommendations of HIS govt health officials.

    Evidence to follow: POTUS is a phycopathic charlatan who mocks the powerful US apparatus to suit his personal objectives and has little true interest in the well being of citizens

    5.“The very stable genius […] predicted more than six months ago that he had it under control and it would soon be down to zero” despite mounting evidence to the contrary and his OWN strongly held views that this “airborne virus” was very serious and more dangerous than any regular flu virus.

    Evidence to follow: POTUS is a pathological liar and crooked, corrupt cretin who will say ANYTHING to gain favor for election. He is a piss poor leader who needs to demit the US capital and return to his gilded golden mansion.

    Follow the real evidence oh acting foolish gentleman… surely you aced logical progression studies.

    Stop with the mocking fake news of your alternative universe!

    I gone.

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  • … or the debate will not happen!!

    Except that the opportunity for Trump to expose the swamp on public TV with the swamp creatures present will be lost.

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  • It has started!!!

    Thursday night will be fun.

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  • Another example of due diligence.

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  • Now stupid journalists can just sit on a story but if someone else does the due diligence and the truth comes out, here is what happens to the stupid journalists!!

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  • dpD;

    Do you remember that Bushtea used to describe John as someone who had fallen as a baby and hit his head on a hard floor? The evidence for that diagnosis continues to mount every day

    Re. your above post it now seems evident that Barr has abandoned Trump, as he has refused to allow the Guliani files to go forward, but instead allow the opening of a window into a DOJ enquiry into the Russian providence of an October surprise, through Rudy Guiliani, that Trump had expected would have catspraddled Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency.

    I suspect that Barr has been operating as a “double” agent for a few months now. Perhaps he will come out clean in this whole affair. The balance of the evidence over the past few weeks suggest that he is no longer slavishly following Trump’s orders. That should mean a lot re. the probability of significant insurrection over the next few weeks

    The election might be close but I think that there is some danger that Trump might go off the deep end before the whole thing is wrapped up.

    Stay safe!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Quote from Mr Clean on the type of conversation he as POTUS could immediately use to raise funds:

    “How are you doing? How’s energy coming? When are you doing the exploration? Oh, you need a couple of permits?” he said. “When I call the head of Exxon I say, ‘You know, I’d love [for you] to send me $25 million for the campaign.’ ‘Absolutely sir.’ ”[…] “I will hit a home run every single call. I would raise a billion dollars in one day if I wanted to. I don’t want to do that,” he said.”

    Evidence to follow: POTUS is clearly a corrupt, criminally enterprising swamp-creature who breaks the law in make-believe-calls just like he does in real calls (Ukraine) and has such disregard for the rule of law and the electorate that he boasts openly that he can do whatever he wants. This man is a crook!

    US LAW as almost all democratic nations’ statutes forbids any solicitation of political campaign contributions in exchange for specific policy outcomes or other quid pro quos!

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  • DPD,

    I said “trash” and that is what I meant. Google it! Not t[h]rash. TRASH. It means to heavily criticize.

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  • Oh Bush Tea thought he was brain damaged. That is also my conclusion. One part of his brain has been damaged.

    Clearly.

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  • It seems Toobin gave Don Lemon a stroke then anderson cooper a stroke then had a few himself lol

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  • John
    Really? Bernard Kerik?

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  • Not my fault

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  • Money, money, money, money,moneyyyyy

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  • https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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  • dpD
    Very interesting times. Many things are not what they seem.

    e.g. Yuh ever thought of where Lindsay Graham’s best self-interests are, in the face of a very serious challenge for his senate seat from a relatively unknown Black? Yuh tink postponing the Supreme Court confirmation to after the election might help him a teeny bit to ensure that he will still be in the senate after January 2021? Has he ever been anything more than self serving? Yuh tink he will sell out Amy Coney Barrett to have a better chance at retaining his Senate seat? He’s the Chairman of the judiciary committee, does he have the power to sway a couple of his colleagues who face similar challenges to rethink their support of Barrett at this time? Is it possible that at this late hour the Senate might vote to postpone the confirmation until after the Election?

    Whuh yuh tink about MItch McConnell? His seat is safer than Lindsay Graham’s but if Trump is in serious danger of crashing spectacularly (as he appears to be) and if the Senate is in serious danger of being taken over by the Dems, might Mitch’s exalted position in the senate also be at serious risk? Seems he cannot find the votes to craft a popular Stimulua package? Where does that put him re. Trump’s approval? Could it give Trump more ammunition to bring the whole thing down?

    Many things are not what they seem. The US is now entering the real danger times. The Repubs will have to choose their best individual and party options very carefully.

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  • The Republicans have “burnt the boats”, there is no retreat from Trump island and a tsunami is coming; some like McConnel will survive but it’s a toss- up on Graham’s fate. Many others will be swept away and the survivors will point fingers and it isn’t going to be pretty. As usual a few will preach that the Party has to be more inclusive that it has to diversify etc. as they did after Obama won in 2008 but Trumpism is now the guiding principle of the GOP it is ingrained in the Party.

    A quarter of the electorate have already voted and McConnell will get his wish for a one term president only it wouldn’t be the one he envisaged.

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  • Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19, by Age and Race and Ethnicity — United States, January 26–October 3, 2020
    Early Release / October 20, 2020 / 69

    Lauren M. Rossen, PhD1; Amy M. Branum, PhD1; Farida B. Ahmad, MPH1; Paul Sutton, PhD1; Robert N. Anderson, PhD1 (View author affiliations)

    View suggested citation
    Summary
    What is already known about this topic?

    As of October 15, 216,025 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the United States; however, this might underestimate the total impact of the pandemic on mortality.

    What is added by this report?

    Overall, an estimated 299,028 excess deaths occurred from late January through October 3, 2020, with 198,081 (66%) excess deaths attributed to COVID-19. The largest percentage increases were seen among adults aged 25–44 years and among Hispanic or Latino persons.

    What are the implications for public health practice?

    These results inform efforts to prevent mortality directly or indirectly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as efforts to minimize disruptions to health care.

    Whose pants is on fire – AGAIN?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Yes @Lyall, many things (nothing even) are not what they seem… dangerous times for US and world!

    Let me pick up on that theme re this latest ploy re the 60 Minutes interview where once again this man resets the agenda and drives the social and media narrative to suit is ‘ideal’ publicity desires… he has been able to do this continually for four years so that despite the volumes of evidence of mismanagement, wrong doing, corruption, quid pro quos and presidential infelicities that would have resulted in the electoral defeat of any other US administration we are still actually concerned that he can win!

    Republicans like Graham (particularly) and McConnel have used POTUS quite effectively to progress their conservative philosophy and it would be a complete political tsunami if either of them lose their seats … the noise now – because he trails Biden by as much as 10 points nationally and by more than the margin of polling error in key swing states – from those collaborating republicans urging POTUS to focus on policy and stop the inane personality attacks is FALSE and self serving … four years too late to have any integrity.

    So yes, this crazy as a fox man could bring the whole thing down… he acts the victim of that Stahl interview to avoid the repercussions of once again looking unprepared, unhinged and uninformed due to ‘tough’ (actually just simply focused and consistent) questions…. just as clearly as he has set the table to act the victim against a Biden victory!

    All reasonable folks fear an irrational preemptive act like this latest “it’s fake news’ ploy … everything of his ‘impressive’ ability to drive public opinion and dissemble what’s truth and fiction over four years prepares us for that, yet of course how can one be ‘prepared’ for the type of electoral violence in the US only associated with the most non-democratic nations!

    Yep, real, real danger ahead over next 14plus days.

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  • Lol Dribbler when you said you and sarge were going tubing ….I didnt realize you meant toobin. Well you boys boys are going to left holding those things when as john has forecasted trump is going to kick ass because of your cousins that are starting to clue in that the dems have never let go of their past.

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  • DPD,

    You see how easy it was to debunk John’s excess deaths argument? I meant to check the stats for a long time and kept forgetting.

    “Where are all the heart attacks gone? Gone to COVID every one! When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?”

    Quote

    I would call him King Liar but he is too easily debunked for that title. Plus he hasn’t convinced even one person yet.

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  • Who did Romney vote for again?

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