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16  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 12:41:17 PM
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is designed solely for the purpose of detecting cognitive decline associated with dementia.  Its results offer no conclusions as to the presence of psychopathologies in anyone.  Nor do I.

Kid:  I look forward to your response on the three points I raised, with you, in my previous post.  Do you think Trump will come to appreciate the contribution that the Lebanese immigrant from a refugee family made to his, Trump's, life this week?

17  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 11:57:18 AM
KIDC -

Speaking up against racism, and exposing it wherever it appears, is a sign not of weakness, but of believing in the charter of America. 

The girther movement was not something I was taking too seriously - it's just amusing because it's a little bit of karma for the POTUS.  I thought you could detect the irony there.  The word "girther" was kind of the clue.

Regarding the Lebanese immigrant who designed Trump's cognitive test - I wasn't "chopping away."  I thought it might, as the doctor himself pointed out (I assume you read the piece, there's no Tribune paywall), help Trump to better appreciate the contributions of immigrants.  If Trump can learn and grow while in office, I totally support that.  If that includes discovering the contributions of refugees (the doctor's family were refugees from a "shithole"), I would be the first to stand and applaud the President's mental health and personal growth.



18  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 10:17:39 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-cognitive-test-20180117-story.html

Trump's cognitive assessment test designed by Lebanese immigrant to Canada.  

Heh.

And I am so glad Trump can tell the difference between a rhinoceros and a camel.  

And I, too, am joining the girther movement.

19  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 15, 2018, 11:35:00 PM
This award-winning documentary might be worth a look today. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Not_Your_Negro

Showing on PBS this evening, in most places, on Independent Lens.  Or one can, as always, be smug and confidently assert  that racism is over and Dr. King's work completed.  As one who lives among Lakota people, I am aware that there is still much work and consciousness-raising to be done.  Tribal us-them thinking is deeply ingrained in the human psyche, and casting some illumination into those ancient dark reflexes is the spiritual work of every new generation. 

Great guy for which we have a holiday: http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article182651026.html



You should watch the documentary with an open mind and maybe learn something from someone (James Baldwin) who spent his life observing and understanding people like you, and the cozy fantasy you live in.  Only someone who lives in a fantasy world can spew like the toxic and rotting jism-filled cesspool that you appear to be while you think you're being clever and inspirational.  Nothing really bad has happened to you - but you like to pretend it has, and that you have magical levels of street cred because of it.  You think you can be cynical and call it some kind of wisdom, and know that you will always be comfortable because after all they're not really going to come after you.  Good luck in your happy place.
20  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 15, 2018, 08:41:15 PM
Must be a January special on sock puppets.
21  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 15, 2018, 05:21:19 PM
This award-winning documentary might be worth a look today. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Not_Your_Negro

Showing on PBS this evening, in most places, on Independent Lens.  Or one can, as always, be smug and confidently assert  that racism is over and Dr. King's work completed.  As one who lives among Lakota people, I am aware that there is still much work and consciousness-raising to be done.  Tribal us-them thinking is deeply ingrained in the human psyche, and casting some illumination into those ancient dark reflexes is the spiritual work of every new generation. 
22  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 15, 2018, 12:01:25 PM
Benghazi!  Private email!  Break out the tiki torches! 
23  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 14, 2018, 11:35:43 AM
We've been posting on the "very old backup" since Sept. 26.

Have no interest in the missing posts, but would be nice to have full editing function restored on the profile page, e.g. avatar, caption, tagline, etc. 

If we are stuck with 2008, then could Silver let us know? 

24  Arts / Television / Re: Television on: January 13, 2018, 06:25:32 PM
Anybody remember this series?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_(2009_TV_series)

I don't think it was intentional, but some viewers felt it had an anti-Obama subtext.  So where's our Trump-as-aliens-invasion sci-fi TV series?  Am so ready for that.

25  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 13, 2018, 06:04:13 PM
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/report-trump-calls-haiti-el-salvador-african-nations-shithole-countries/

Still dont know the source

Lindsey Graham didnt like the language.

Doesnt mean what is reported is 100% accurate

Context, Kid.  Trump has made his bigotry evident many times...

Bosses having all black employees at his casino ordered off the floor when he and Ivana visited.

1973, refusing to rent to blacks, lying to black prospects that no units were available.

These comments: "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control."

His comment in a meeting last month that Nigerian immigrants "would never go back to their huts" if allowed into the US.  Or saying all Haitians have AIDS.

Etc.




26  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 13, 2018, 12:06:18 PM
Trump linked to porn star. Film at 11:00.

Aren’t there any porn character actors?
27  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 12, 2018, 02:56:46 PM
10.

The two I missed were really close.

So I got the highest 10 out of twelve that anybody ever has in the history of the world!

(meanwhile,Q1 is factually in error. it asks "1.When campaigning to be US president, of which country did Trump say: 'Without us, gone!'”

Their citation for the answer lists a speech given in June of 2015. Before he had announced his candidacy.

So. 10 out of 11. Which is so much better than anybody getting 10 out of 12, it's just basic math people. I did the best that anybody who has ever gotten ten out of twelve has ever done, in the history of ever.)

Heh.  Looks like they aren't releasing the psych portion of Trump's exam today, so we won't know if 45's being the healthiest President in the history of the galaxy is matched by his mental robustitude.  Of course, the Dos Equis guy is still the world's most interesting man and the Deep State fellas have been reluctant to have him eliminated at 45's request.

Congrats to you and Facilie on your mathematically ambiguous scores!
28  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 12, 2018, 12:10:52 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/12/can-you-match-donald-trump-insult-country-insulted

This is a fun little quiz.  I got 8/12, which score gets you: "congratulations, a career in the US diplomatic service awaits you."

Heh.

29  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 12, 2018, 11:39:33 AM
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How are the numbers "skewed?"  If our immigration policy is to be merit based, and some number of African Immigrants get into and attend our institutions of higher learning, how is that contrary to a merit based policy?

And you ignore the numbers that show that they work at a higher rate, and that they work at jobs that require a high level of education at a higher rate.  This is the very definition of merit from the standpoint of immigration policy.

So why should we have an issue with African Immigrants, kidcarter8?

I wish you luck getting specific and on-point answers from Kid.  But isn't all this kind of beside the point, in a country that was historically committed to being a haven for people from nations on hard times or under repressive rule?  Pretty much all my ancestors came from places that were, at that time, "shitholes," and that was kind of the point of immigration.  Most of us could say the same.  We weren't let in for our merit or our firm promise of becoming doctors or engineers.  A review of that Emma Lazarus poem on the statue in NY Harbor would be in order, perhaps.  America is a Concept, and Trump's remark is a direct stab in the heart of that concept.  We built this country on people getting out of shitholes.  Unless Trump is really just about building our stock of blue-eyed Aryans, then his remark about Norway is borne out of utter ignorance and stupidity.

30  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 12, 2018, 10:02:33 AM
I, for one, welcome the coming wave of poor, tired, huddled Norwegians, yearning to breathe free.  They have so much to offer America, with their papyrus raft-making skills, their whitefish marinated in lye, their crime novels, their powerful thick ankles that handle skates so perfectly.  As a Norwegian-American (on my father's side), I welcome my distant cousins from across the sea.  There will be no pining for the fjords once they have tasted the good life.  
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