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  1. #3946

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    It was fairly unintentional. But on a thread that is solely dedicated to the downfall of a country by a buffoon, the desecration of the language by us writers should be accepted, in view of what said buffoon has done to it in a more serious manner.
    For Tiny, I simply find that everything he does is so toxic that things are never "Good". They have levels of "Bad, Worse, Worst". So in cases like this, "less worse" becomes operational.
    Use it. Let's see if it catches up.
    Starry starry night

  2. #3947

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Ok. To make it a bit less worse for you: remember where courtesans ended.
    A terrible fate for those women. But it would be fitting for Kellyanne.
    I guess it wasn't what Angela Lansbury hints at in "Liaisons" with villas, expensive art and jewelry?
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  3. #3948

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    You know how Tiny is running around saying Queen Elizabeth II never had such a good time with any other visitor than him?

    Ronald Lebow
    Jun 10
    TRUTH: Someone asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump? Nate White, articulate and witty writer from England, wrote this magnificent and brilliant response:

    "A few things spring to mind.
    Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. 1/

    For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities ..with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. 2/

    So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief. Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever. 3/

    I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

    But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

    Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. 5/

    And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness. There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. 6/

    Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. 7/

    Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.
    He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege. And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. 8/

    That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could 8/

    never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.
    More to come. 9/

    So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:

    Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
    You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man. This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty hard to miss.11/

    After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, 12/

    God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. 13/

    In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.
    And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

    'My God… what… have… I… created? 14/

    If being a t*at was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.”

    End of a brilliant and so quotable summation of one English writer’s view from across the pond that resonated with me on many levels. 15/ end
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  4. #3949

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Ryan Goodman

    Blockbuster story buried in this NYT report.

    Pentagon, intelligence officials fear they cannot trust Trump enough to brief him fully on new US cyber operation against Russia for fear he will "countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials" as he did before with Russians.

    This is almost at the end of the article
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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