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PAULFROMNYS

From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-11

   Sure, but what is the depth of purpose in the writings of Nostradamus?  Unbelief will deflect, what will belief do?  What is the heart of things believed without empirical evidence?

 

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

Sep-11

What I meant is that it would heap crp on garbage!

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Sep-12

ElDotardo said:

Bob Woodward pulls out an old trick to down Trump

Yeah, having Trump sit down for 18 interviews, recording everything after Trump agreed it would all be recorded and it was all on the record.

What a cunning trickster!

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Sep-12

Can you please just try to go one day without being a sexist pig?

PAULFROMNYS

From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-12

   I assumed, but I can only respond to what you post, and I do so in hope.  Now that we have your over all sweeping assessment, perhaps in the future we can deal with specifics if you choose to respond or continue at all. 

ElDotardo

From: ElDotardo

Sep-12

Another fact-based piece ignored I see. Why bother when your snark is so meaningful *chuckle*?

 

Woodward Smears Trump for COVID Negligence

He alleges that the president downplayed the virus's seriousness for political reasons.

Former Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward released excerpts from his soon-to-be-released book, Rage, in which he alleges that President Donald Trump intentionally downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19 in early February, weeks before the pandemic hit the U.S. Regarding several phone interviews Woodward had with Trump, the Post summarizes:

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.

At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than a seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air.

Trump admitted to Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. “I wanted to always play it down,” the president said.

While it’s clear that offering this excerpt is intended to goose book sales, the primary motive is one of political calculations. Woodward admits as much in defending the timing of the book’s release: “If I had done the story at that time about what he knew in February, that’s not telling us anything we didn’t know.” Woodward then adds, “That was the demarcation line for me. Had I decided that my book was coming out on Christmas, the end of this year, that would have been unthinkable.” Unthinkable because it would have been useless to Joe Biden’s campaign. In fact, suspiciously, on the evening of March 19, Biden released a statement alleging that Trump was using his words “to downplay COVID-19 and mislead the American people.”

Trump quickly responded to the story, noting that his motivation for downplaying the virus was concern for preventing unnecessary panic. “The fact is, I’m a cheerleader for this country,” Trump argued. “I love our country, and I don’t want people to be frightened… We don’t want to instill panic. We don’t want to jump up and down and start shouting that we have a problem.”

Trump also hit at Woodward’s obvious political motives, asserting, “Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!”

Dr. Anthony Fauci also rejected Woodward’s characterization of Trump’s pandemic response, stating, “I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything. I mean, in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, ‘We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,’ and would talk about it. So it may have happened, but I have not seen that kind of distortion.”

Further evidence that Woodward’s motives are primarily political came courtesy of his former Watergate journalist colleague, Carl Bernstein, who 
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ElDotardo

From: ElDotardo

Sep-12

Jenifer (Karen) said...

 

Can you please just try to go one day without being a sexist pig?

 

 

How am I doing?

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ElDotardo

From: ElDotardo

Sep-12

While I do not share your Christian faith, I suspect we both rail against the corrupting influence of post-modern moral relativism. It's a battle worth fighting, even for an old pagan, and i am grateful to have allies in the fight against this evil . . .

 

Leftism's Casual Relationship with the Truth Is Intentional

 

In The Soviet Tragedy, Martin Malia describes many Soviet citizens feeling great relief at the outbreak of World War II.  These were people less than twenty years removed from devastating wars, so they were unlikely to be naïve to the horrors, yet many welcomed the news of war because, as Malia describes, war provided a coherent, tangible reality again, in contract to the schizophrenic insanity of communism.

The incoherence is everywhere. 

It's difficult to believe, given modern rhetoric, but in the early days of communism, wealth was considered a good thing, and, they argued, communism was superior because it created more of it.  By the mid-1950s, it became impossible to ignore communism's poverty and deprivation, so rather than abandon their revolutionary ideology, the communists completely replaced what had been their fundamental goal.  Yes, capitalism caused wealth, they conceded, but the wealth caused inequality, and inequality, not poverty, was the great evil against which all society's resources must mobilize.

The intellectual bankruptcy is absolutely shameless and calls to mind an observation from the great black conservative Thomas Sowell: "Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it."

Philosophy professor Stephen Hicks's excellent little book Explaining Post-Modernism details the many outrageous ideological pivots the radical left has been forced to make over the years to preserve a revolutionary posture, including even its abandonment of the presumption of truth.

Frank Lentricchia: "Seek not to find the foundation and the conditions of truth but to exercise power for the purpose of social change."

Foucault: "Knowledge is not for knowing: knowledge is for cutting."

Foucault: "Schools serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions — to define, classify, control, and regulate people."

Ludwig Wittgenstein: "All propositions of logic say the same thing.  That is, nothing."

Marcuse: "'... absolute annihilation' of the common sense world."

Rorty: "I think that a good Left is a party that always thinks about the future and doesn't care much about our past sins."

If these postmodernists were true nihilists, you might expect them to have various political beliefs, but they were all radical leftists.  Also, you'd think some of them might exercise a shred of self-reflection and turn their nihilistic deconstruction to their own work.  If words are devoid of meaning, then what makes their arguments worthy?  No such questions are asked.

It seems that postmodernism is a torture chamber for ideas and cultures masquerading as scholarship.  It doesn't matter what arguments you make once you're inside.  What matters is which ideas and cultures are sentenced to "deconstruction" and which are held above reproach.

Consider this boast made by a Bolshevik named Yurii Piatakov in 1928 (by other accounts, 1932), a generation before the postmodernists: "ordinary people in general, cannot make an instant change, a turn, amputating their own convictions. ... We are not like other people.  We are a party who make the impossible possible. ... And if the party demands it, if it is necessary or important for the party, we will be able by an act of will to expel fr
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ElDotardo

From: ElDotardo

Sep-12

Jenifer (Karen) said...

 

 

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Sep-13

There are NINE HOURS of tapes.

It is extraordinary the lengths you will go to to deny the truth.

Here.  Fox News has some quotes for you.

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