64 thoughts on “EWWWWWWWWWW”

    1. It might be that he’s having withdrawal symptoms from the campaign allies which is the only part of the job he likes.

      He’s probably not played golf for a couple of days either.

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  1. Trump now setting up the state governors to take the blame for their economies failing due to lockdown.
    What a truly despicable creature.

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    1. Yes. Having told everyone he had the power to order governors to put the states back to normal running again, he has said that he will “allow” them to make decisions for their states. So if it all goes horribly wrong, either way, he can blame them.

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    2. The man is said to seldom read (he mostly watches TV,) has trouble when confronted with written text. And it REALLY goes wrong when he departs from the text to ad lib. That’s a problem because he actually knows next to nothing, and has the vocabulary of a grade school student.

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      1. Danny: That would be scary if he were the mayor of a small village in rural France.

        There must be many small villages in France grateful for the fact that he is not.

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    3. How soon Trump the blowhard real-estate con-artist and TV reality star fraud, went from claiming “absolute power” (last Monday) to declaring yesterday:

      “‘Every state is very different,’ he continued. ‘They are all beautiful. We love them all but they are very, very different. If they need to remain closed, we will allow them to do that. And if they believe it’s time to reopen, we will provide them the freedom and guidance to accomplish that task and very, very quickly, depending on what they want to do.'”

      Yes, the part about “allowing them” is classic Trump. He actually has no authority to “allow” the state governors to do anything at all about this, but that phrase leaves the path open to blame them later. He didn’t in fact order the states to close down, and he certainly doesn’t have the authority to tell them when to reopen. Under the constitution, states have the police power of sovereign states. The president and the feds in Washington do not.

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      1. Danny: I know he appoints members of his family and other suck-ups to his team and that anyone with any kind of knowledge or anything approaching competency in anything has long since departed his team, but there must have been someone in the White House who knew that he had no ahthority in this matter.

        But of course, he now has a get out no matter which way it goes.

        I gave them the freedom to do what they saw fit for their state…. and look at the mess.

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        1. Tris…….I have the impression that by now he’s gotten rid of the people who would disagree with him and replaced them with yes-people. The State governors know the facts of course, and can quietly just ignore him. The fear of course was that there are Republican governors who would do what he says and initiate a serious recurrence of the disease.

          Governor Cuomo of New York, knows that Trump wants a political fight and will not accommodate him. He quotes a Trump Tweet. (The mainstream news media seldom routinely report his Tweets anymore.)

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          1. Danny: He seems sensible.

            As in the UK, political differences are being put aside by most politicians and Conservative, Labour, DUP and SNP governments are working roughly together.

            It’s a great pity someone didn’t tell Jackson Carlaw that there is a health crisis going on though. He might have liked to grow up and work with us, instead of sniping.

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            1. Tris……Andrew Cuomo, the 56th Governor of New York, is generally given high marks for his management of the disastrous outbreak in New York. His daily briefings are being carried by the national TV networks. His daddy, Mario Cuomo, the 52nd Governor, was a shining light in Democratic party politics, and widely regarded as a potential candidate for president in 1988 and 1992. He never ran for president, seeming strangely undecided and conflicted about it. It earned him the nickname “Hamlet on the Hudson.” There are people in the party who would love to have seen Mario Cuomo win the White House in 1992, instead of Bill Clinton.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Cuomo

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Cuomo

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              1. Hmmm interesting, Danny.

                Sounds a decent guy. Very much for his bill banning the death penalty.

                I know it’s controversial and it would be hard to argue again the idea that the world would be a better place if some people were no longer in it.

                I just think there are too many mistakes… and in any case, a painless death is more than many people get.

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                1. Tris……Capital punishment is actually fairly rare in the USA. (It would be REALLY rare if it were not for Texas.) Only 28 states now allow capital punishment, and most executions are carried out in 10 to 15 of the states. In 2019, there were only 22 prisoners executed in 8 states…..13 of the 22 in Texas. The US federal law has capital punishment, but there have been only 3 federal executions since 1963. The military has capital punishment, but no one has been executed by the military since 1961.

                  Capital punishment became a political football in New York state, when a posturing law and order candidate, George Pataki, in 1994, ran on a platform calling for the death penalty to be reinstated. There had not been an execution in the state since 1963. Responding to public concerns about crime, the New York State legislature passed one death penalty law after another during Mario Cuomo’s administration. He vetoed every one of them…… 12 vetoes in 12 years. George Pataki rode to victory over Cuomo in 1994 on a promise to reinstate the death penalty. Pataki signed the death penalty bill in a public ceremony that was much like a political rally. But the law never took effect. It was declared unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals, and New York law was changed in 2007 to eliminate the death penalty as a punishment for any crime. So for all of Pataki’s grandstanding on the issue, the execution in 1963 remains the last one ever carried out in New York State.

                  Today, New York has no law allowing the death penalty for any crime, and execution facilities have been dismantled by the state. But strictly speaking, there is no statute that explicitly bans the death penalty in the state either. Andrew Cuomo advocates removing the death penalty as a theoretical penalty in New York State altogether.

                  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-advance-legislation-remove-death-penalty-state-law-solidarity-pope-francis

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                    1. Tris…..generally yes, but also some in the Midwest.

                      But I misread the data about Texas. Actually in 2019, of the 22, only 9 were in Texas, including a total of 2o of the 22 in the South.

                      And in 2018, of a total of 25, 13 were in Texas, including a total of 22 of the 25 in the South.

                      Here are the maps:

                      https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/executions/2019

                      To see how Texas is a total outlier among the states, look at the TOTAL number of executions in the 43 years that have passed since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. In that time, Texas has executed a total of 566 prisoners, with the next nearest number being 113 in Virginia.

                      This shows the total for all the states since 1976:

                      https://www.statista.com/statistics/199090/total-number-of-executions-in-the-us-by-state/

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                    2. Danny: Texas seems to go for it in a big way.

                      I was a bit surprised to see some more nothern states. \Montana, Washington, Delaware.

                      And Missouri is in there too!

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                    3. Yes, Texas’ execution rate is abominable by modern American standards. George W. Bush would always deflect criticism of his failure to seriously consider execution appeals while he was Governor of Texas with some gibberish about taking the recommendations of the……(and then he would name various official state boards, etc.) It was self-serving gibberish of course, but it was always the answer he had ready for that criticism of his role in Texas executions. (OF COURSE it was gibberish; it came out of DubYa’s mouth.)

                      Yes, sadly, Missouri is one of the states which executes prisoners with some regularity, although nothing even remotely similar to Texas. Oklahoma even more than Missouri. Of course outside of urban Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri is rural and bright red right wing Republican…..more like the states to the south and east.

                      I suppose that in the West, there might be some of the old wild west cowboy justice still around.

                      I don’t know why Delaware was once big on capital punishment; but it’s no longer the case. Wiki: “Capital punishment was declared unconstitutional by the Delaware Supreme Court on August 2, 2016.The ruling will retroactively apply to earlier death sentences. Today, capital punishment is no longer applied in the state.”
                      Wiki also says: “Prior to this, [Delaware] had the third highest number of executions per capita behind Oklahoma and Texas. 16 people were executed in the state after the [US Supreme Court] Gregg v. Georgia decision of 1976.”

                      The last execution in Delaware was in 2012.

                      Capital punishment is on its last legs in the USA now, although it will take a while to disappear as long as the right wing Republican creeps in Texas and the South…….not to mention Oklahoma and Missouri…….are in control.

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                    4. Yeah, over all it’s a good thing.

                      There were some horrible miscarriages of justice in the UK, police fitted “simple” people up and they were executed and later found to be innocent.

                      At least when they do that now, the person can be released.

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                    5. There have been a number much publicized incidents in the states where new evidence (such as DNA evidence not available at the time of trial) have proven that an individual awaiting execution is proven to be innocent.

                      The Supreme Court has whittled away at the application of the death penalty over the years, and it was on hold from 1971 to 1976, while the states were forced to rewrite their laws in a way that the penalty was no longer applied capriciously and in a non-uniform manner. For example, the Southern states loved to convene all white juries which would almost always hang a black man but not a white man for the same crime.

                      While the death sentence for simple rape……without murder or the intent to murder….was once common, but was abolished by most states by the early twentieth century, it persisted in the Southern states for a long time. The southerners just LOVED to hang black men for rape, especially if the victim was a white woman.

                      This article is an interesting account of Coker vs Georgia, in which the Supreme Court struck down capital punishment for simple rape in Georgia, the last state which allowed it. So it’s now illegal in the United States.

                      https://timeline.com/death-penalty-for-rape-935969eb3a2d

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                    6. We aren’t without racism in Europe. Not by a very long way.

                      But by comparison with the southern state of America we are almost civilised in these matters.

                      That’s just horrific, Danny.

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                    7. Yes, the Southern States continued fighting the Civil war through violence against black people for 100 years. And that was the LEGAL part. Lynchings of black people were not uncommon well into the 1930’s and later. And it wasn’t just the South. One of the most famous pictures was of a lynching that occurred in Indiana in 1930.

                      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/26/lynchings-memorial-us-south-montgomery-alabama

                      There was a race riot and lynching in Omaha, Nebraska in 1919, and the now famous Greenwood Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. For many years, the Greenwood Massacre did not appear in Oklahoma history textbooks and was not taught in Oklahoma schools.

                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_massacre#Breaking_the_silence

                      https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/20/us/oklahoma-schools-1921-race-massacre-trnd/index.html

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                    1. Yes Tris, what WOULD New York do without the governor’s office issuing translations of official announcements in Haitian-Creole for example?! Cuomo is famously leftist in his viewpoint, and would fit in well in California if they ever chase him out of New York……LOL.

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  2. To think that I’m insecure about my writing when I’m evidently gooderer than the precedent of the untied shoes!

    Or to quote Ralph wiggum: “Me fail English? That’s unpossible.”

    Next the dipstick will be telling us about the time he tied an onion to his belt – which was the style at the time.

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    1. As someone said yesterday. I suspect that they are raiding the wine cellars at Chequers.

      Nicola Sturgeon was interviewed on the Today Programme this morning, by Labour’s Sarah Smith, and try though she might, she failed to get Nicola on the back foot. She tried getting her to disagree with the UK government; she tried getting her to agree with the UK government and she tried to get her to admit that we were better off with the broad shoulders of the UK government.

      To no avail.

      The BBC will have to do better than Labour’s Sarah Smith if they want to catch the FM out.

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        1. I’ve always thought of her thus.

          I mean fair enough. He father was John Smith, but you’d have thought that with a bloke like him, some of his decency might have rubbed on on his daughter.

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  3. Beats me that the Americans can neither see nor accept that their President is a moron with an IQ the size of his shoe size. The climb down over States’ Rights is yet another failed attempt to get himself a crown. Make America great again by getting rid of Trump[.

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    1. The Tenth Amendment of the US constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively , or to the people.”

      Trump claimed “absolute authority,” and frequently spouts gibberish about his “Article II” powers. (Some lawyer in the White House obviously told him that the powers of the president are enumerated in Article II of the constitution.) No way he’s actually read it, and of course he wouldn’t recognize the states rights of the Tenth Amendment if it hit him in the face.

      He’s a famously weak man in temperament, who admires authoritarian dictators, but can’t bring himself to fire someone face to face. He fires by Tweets. He’s all bark and no bite, or if you’re from Texas, he’s all hat and no cattle.

      A couple of weeks ago, there was a good article in Politico about the “Authoritarian Weakman”:

      https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/26/trump-is-an-authoritarian-weakman-149573

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      1. Good article, Danny.

        I think we said of him some years ago, that he thought he could run America like he ran Trump Inc.

        He was shocked to find that he couldn’t.. He was seriously hacked off that there were judges and congresspersons who could stick a spoke in his wheel. That never happened in Trump Inc.

        I love the expression “all hat and no cattle”!

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        1. Tris…..Yes, if you just think of the way a blustering moron would run a family business, it tells you all you need to know about Trumpy.

          That Texas quote is sometimes attributed to Ann Richards, a governor of Texas who had a lot of them. In her keynote speech at the 1988 Democratic Convention, she famously said about the elder George Bush: “Poor George, he can’t help it — he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

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    2. George, speaking of a crown, I noticed this video from a group named: “Republicans for the Rule of Law.”

      As you know, this is all playing out against a background of a presidential election that’s now less than five months away. Trump was flying high with all-time record low unemployment and an all time record high stock market. He was devastated (and reportedly outraged) by the market plunge and huge numbers of new unemployment claims. “Opening up” the economy is for him all about getting unemployment back down and the stock market back up before the November election.

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      1. The sad thing is, at least the American public as a whole has a minor chance to remember this when their vote happens (although everyone seems to have forgotten Bush) but when will the uk next have an election? No doubt people (present company excepted) will be back to giggling because the sun implied that a labour person once whispered a rude word maybe.

        If only events could be somehow captured for posterity, in some sort of linked computer network – and if only people could remember past the last tweet by (insert ‘celebrity’)

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  4. The man is said to seldom read (he mostly watches TV,) has trouble when confronted with written text. And it REALLY goes wrong when he departs from the text to ad lib. That’s a problem because he actually knows next to nothing, and has the vocabulary of a grade school student.

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  5. We’re not that much better off.
    The handcock now saying the testing target is ambitious, code for not making his own target, Short on PPE for the weekend, what, after yesterday we’re sorted.
    Then just hear hunt put the boot in about PPE shortages, ask yourself who was the previous minister in the health service, doh.
    Sky, without a trace of irony, says ‘China has previous for fiddling the numbers’, and sky don’t, ayr right.
    The donald is a class act on reading for a TEN year old. America is fortunate to have him.
    The casino is still open, people are still trading paper, stocks and shares and bonds.

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    1. I suspect this is probably an old joke that somebodies put Trumps name to but it can still raise a smile if you haven’t heard it:

      Trump has a heart attack and dies. He goes to Hell where the Devil is waiting for him.

      “I don’t know what to do,” says the Devil. “You’re on my list but I have no room for you. But you definitely have to stay here, so I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’ve got three people here who weren’t quite as bad as you. I’ll let one of them go, but you have to take their place. I’ll even let YOU decide who leaves.”
      Trump thought that sounded pretty good so he agreed.

      The devil opened the first room. In it was Richard Nixon and a large pool of water. He kept diving in and surfacing empty handed over and over and over, such was his fate in Hell.
      “No!” Trump said. “I don’t think so. I’m not a good swimmer and I don’t think I could do that all day long.”

      The Devil led him to the next room. In it was Tony Blair with a sledgehammer and a room full of rocks. All he did was swing that hammer, time after time after time.
      “No! I’ve got this problem with my shoulder. I would be in constant agony if all I could do was break rocks all day!” commented Trump.

      The Devil opened a third door. In it, Trump saw Bill Clinton lying naked on the floor with his arms staked over his head and his legs staked in spread-eagle pose. Bent over him was Monica Lewinsky, doing what made her famous.

      Trump looked at this in disbelief for a while and finally said, “Yeah, I can handle this.”

      The Devil smiled and said, “Monica, you’re free to go!”

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    2. We are no better off.

      I think Hunt is trying to come out of this as a good guy so that when they get rid of Johnson, he will have another chance.

      Did he vote for a pay rise for nurses?

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  6. Trump is a bit of a joke at the best of times nd this is not the best of times.

    Another joke almost as bad as Trump is

    “How do you make an Octopus laugh?

    You give it ten tickles!”

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  7. As far as Coronavirus is concerned, Peter Hitchens is right, the mood music has changed over the last few days – we’re being prepared for a climb down folks!

    There are lies, there are damned lies, and then there are Coronavirus Statistics.

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    1. They seem to think they can lie with impunity becasue, I suppose, they always have.

      But now even people like Piers Morgan are calling them out.

      What a set of incompetent ministers they have in London.

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