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by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

People on your side of the divide tend not to recognize an American Way of Life. That's one of the reasons people on my side find the Democrats so unacceptable. It ties in nicely with what I've been saying in my past few posts. There is a major cultural divide in this country. It's arguably risen to...
by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

I respect and even like most of them (I have come to mildly dislike Brooks), and don't have a problem with their stance on Trump. For the most part, they're right about him. My only disagreement with them, if there is one (I doubt they'd all be prepared to commit to supporting the Democratic nominee...
by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

There are exceptions to every rule. Given the size of the country and number of people who don't feel that way, the people you listed are an anomaly, and some of them may not even be conservatives or Republicans (the military generals probably would have served in a Democratic administration if aske...
by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

Indeed, "fucking moron" seems to be the general consensus today about the current President among thinking conservatives I respect, too many to list here. There really aren't that many. Most of them work for CNN or MSNBC, where they only care about finding people who will push the company narrative...
by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

Embarrassed at times. But as I've said before, I've never wished for even a fraction of a second that Hillary were president instead. If he's a fucking moron, he's sure lucked into a lot of good decisions. The three guys who preceded him, who I assume are not fucking morons in your eyes, sure look p...
by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

It's not accurate to say I wished him dead. I merely thought that I wasn't sure how upset I'd be if it happened. The earlier times that I referred to all involved me thinking about him being removed from office via impeachment; not dying. I reserve death-wishes for people like Putin and Kim, and wil...
by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

At the risk of surprising you, after reading about Boris Johnson's turn for the worse, I gave some thought to the possibility that it could happen to Trump, leading to a President Pence going into the election. My feelings were not all negative. There have been a number of times I've thought that it...
by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

" “The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil,” Mr. Navarro’s memo said. “This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the...
by Barry
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

I'm increasingly coming to the conclusion that many among us (the American people) are to blame for the extent of the problem in the U.S. Not only Trump and other members of coronavirus commission have repeatedly said to stay in and not go anywhere unless absolutely necessary, but every governor in ...
by Barry
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

We obviously disagree about that. I would say religion has very much to do with the matter while accepting that there can be counter factors that are strong enough to off-set some of the impact of the decline in religion's role in a society. That's much more the exception than the rule though. In mo...
by Barry
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

That would be fine if, as was the case for much of our history, we insisted on a level of assimilation that is no longer insisted on. Nineteenth German immigrants wanted to conduct all official business in some of their towns in German. The government wouldn't allow it. Make English the official lan...
by Barry
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2723861/ https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=2ahUKEwiwiYaIl8roAhUml3IEHc6sD3cQFjACegQIBBAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fosf.io%2Fpreprints%2Fsocarxiv%2Fpvwpy%2Fdownload&usg=AOvVaw15Lk-bDYOGmaAmsS7DmF-G (this one from Stanford is a fil...
by Barry
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

our inability to have enough kids to keep our population steady in more recent years (which is the case in almost all nations that have a much lesser role for organized religion than they used to). Poland being one of those exceptions, and a particularly glaring one at that, to such questionable po...
by Barry
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

The thing about organized religion is that it's always easier to pick out negative incidents to hold it up as something bad because the good that comes form organized religion comes more in the form of long-term trends that don't lend themselves to TV news or newspaper coverage. But I would argue th...
by Barry
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

RE:The American Way of Life: I suggest Samuel Huntington's, "Who Are We?"
by Barry
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

Barry, that is a very reasonable answer, thank you. I agree with many of your concerns. My horror of Trump is not necessarily support for Democrats, especially the "woke" ones of the Left who also horrify me. Identity politics is their only game, and it is so destructive. I am fairly socially conse...
by Barry
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

The people on my side of the political divide have been calling out the lack of moral standards in the country for years. For years, I cared about foreign policy more than anything else when it came to choosing candidates and a party. But that has changed in recent years. What's happened to the cult...
by Barry
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

The nation's soul has been severely damaged for a long time. That's why so many of us felt that business as usual (an establishment Democratic candidate who was happy to go along with the cultural changes to the country that have killed that soul) was unacceptable in '16 and still feel that way. It ...
by Barry
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19
Replies: 24
Views: 2050

Re: Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19

You seem to be upset that he is going step by step in terms of escalating his special powers. If he had done it all in one massive power-grabbing executive action, you and many of the others who can't say a single positive thing about him would be complaining that he went to fast. MSNBC's Joy Reid:...
by Barry
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rep. Massie
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Rep. Massie

This GOP House member is a lunatic. McCarthy has said he has a way to get around him without requiring Congressional members to return to Washington. He has even united Donald Trump and John Kerry via Twitter. https://twitter.com/JohnKerry/status/1243552337429438464 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTru...
by Barry
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO: Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Re: WAPO: Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/03/26/dr_birx_coronavirus_data_doesnt_match_the_doomsday_media_predictions_or_analysis.html DR. DEBORAH BRIX: I'm sure you have seen the recent report out of the U.K. about them adjusting completely their needs. This is really quite important. If you reme...
by Barry
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘I’m going to keep pushing.’ Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: ‘I’m going to keep pushing.’ Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts

The trend is not going your way. Look, citing trends at this early stage makes one sound a lot like a giddy Hillary Clinton partisan in the last cycle. Sad, sad, sad. I would agree if not for what you and a few others have turned this board into. If you don't want this to be about jumping on any sh...
by Barry
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘I’m going to keep pushing.’ Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: ‘I’m going to keep pushing.’ Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts

Conservatives can also ask leading questions. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/03/23/fauci_the_response_of_trump_admin_has_been_impressive_i_cant_imagine_anybody_could_be_doing_more.html https://thehill.com/homenews/media/489191-fauci-media-should-stop-pitting-me-against-trump He was als...
by Barry
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

Let's be clear. Trump may have committed an error in judgment by waiting a little longer than he should have to ramp up anti-coronavirus efforts into high gear. But the Chinese Communist Party leadership INTENTIONALLY hid the virus' initial outbreak and then the extent of it from the world and actua...
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

In fact, thank God, he had already toughened up border security and brought in the Mexican military to help via negotiations with the Mexican President. The last thing we'd need under the current circumstances would be people flowing across the border unchecked. Even Angela Merkel understands that a...
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

Has China learned its lesson from the coronavirus tragedy? Judging by its continued censorship, no Official responses following Li Wenliang’s death show little sign Beijing realises that the muzzling of information has life-and-death consequences for the world. An unrepentant China may leave the wor...
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

Yes. You agree with me. Times have changed. I pointed out on Facebook a day or two ago that the days of Trump publicly praising Xi are over. He had his reasons for speaking in positive terms about Xi personally and his relationship with Xi. It was part of his overall strategy for dealing with China,...
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19
Replies: 24
Views: 2050

Re: Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19

Too bad he started by calling it a hoax. Regards, Len :( This reminds me so much of what this board was like during the Iraq War and why Corlyss, the founder of this board, I and a couple others left. When Bush introduced the surge, none of the liberals on the board would even discuss the merits of...
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19
Replies: 24
Views: 2050

Re: Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19

On Wednesday, President Trump held another grim press conference to inform the public he was deploying wartime powers to fight the impending coronavirus threat. Several members of the White House press corps responded by squandering what little time available to them by lecturing the president abou...
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

None of which alters the fact that we rely on China for much of our life-saving medication and they have threatened to shut that off (in effect, they threatened to kill Americans) in recent weeks. At this point, continuing to rely on them for critical materials would be as nonsensical as relying on ...
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

We're not talking about withdraw from the world; only decoupling from China (and I would imagine, consequently, some of its allies).

Surely, in light of what's happening now, you don't think it's a good idea for us to continue to rely on China for crucial goods, including medication?
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

The Wuhan Virus and the Imperative of Hard Decoupling By Andrew A. Michta It won’t be easy or painless, but the role China has played in exacerbating the fallout from the coronavirus crisis ought to force Americans to fundamentally reconsider the relationship. I flew back from Washington DC to Munic...
by Barry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19
Replies: 24
Views: 2050

Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/03/20/biased_press_does_chinas_bidding_on_covid-19.html By Mark Hemingway March 20, 2020 Biased Press Does China's Bidding on COVID-19 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) On Wednesday, President Trump held another grim press conference to inform the public he was de...
by Barry
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NY TIMES: Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths
Replies: 39
Views: 2639

Re: NY TIMES: Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths

Why the hell publish a story with the title: Worst Case Estimates for US Coronavirus What sort of journalism is this? Certainly not responsible in any way ... Thank you. That was my exact reaction when I heard about that at first. There are obviously those who think we should go on with the level o...
by Barry
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump's Sunday Shenanigans Send Monday's Markets into an Early-Morning Tailspin
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Trump's Sunday Shenanigans Send Monday's Markets into an Early-Morning Tailspin

Nobody in their right minds thought we could confront China without some negative blow-back. But it was still the right thing to do. I actually expect one beneficial side effect of the current crisis will be that we will finally acknowledge the need to make our own medicine. The truth is that while ...
by Barry
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump's Sunday Shenanigans Send Monday's Markets into an Early-Morning Tailspin
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Trump's Sunday Shenanigans Send Monday's Markets into an Early-Morning Tailspin

Although it may seem otherwise, as I believe I mentioned on here the other day, I would not call myself a staunch Trump backer. But I also don't hate him and feel obliged to take his side at times, in the interest of balance. In fact, I believe my ideological conversion from Left to Right about the ...
by Barry
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump's Sunday Shenanigans Send Monday's Markets into an Early-Morning Tailspin
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Trump's Sunday Shenanigans Send Monday's Markets into an Early-Morning Tailspin

Trump makes your side look much worse than Trump. Trump stupidly and rashly gave the markets more than 15 hours to stew over why the Fed was acting on a Sunday and to draw the conclusion that things had to be way worse than Trump was letting on in his premature bubbling-over-with irrational-exubera...
by Barry
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump's Sunday Shenanigans Send Monday's Markets into an Early-Morning Tailspin
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Trump's Sunday Shenanigans Send Monday's Markets into an Early-Morning Tailspin

I am no financial expert and don't discount the possibility that I could be wrong, but I have to say the notion that the entire stock market reaction today to the Fed Rate was precipitated by the fact that Trump announced it Sunday instead of allowing it to come out Monday strikes me as nuts. The ec...
by Barry
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus
Replies: 39
Views: 3268

Re: Virus

If you want phenomenal meatloaf, try it at a restaurant called Jones at 6th and Chestnut Streets.I moved to the suburbs. No longer next door to Vietnam Palace. But I still work right next to Chinatown. Barry thanks-I make a pretty darn good meatloaf so I'll pass on the one you talk about. Whjat sub...
by Barry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Congress and Gallup
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Congress and Gallup

right before going into partisan rants against the President. Partisan to be sure are these Dems, partisanship can be a healthy thing for the body politic. What is not so healthy for our country is the revelation that POTUS's own Secy of State, fourth in line to the office he holds, once called him...
by Barry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Congress and Gallup
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Congress and Gallup

right before going into partisan rants against the President. Partisan to be sure are these Dems, partisanship can be a healthy thing for the body politic. What is not so healthy for our country is the revelation that POTUS's own Secy of State, fourth in line to the office he holds, once called him...
by Barry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Congress and Gallup
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Congress and Gallup

How many people do you think watched those hearings?

I watched part of them and enjoyed seeing Democrats praise the bi-partisanship of the committee right before going into partisan rants against the President.
by Barry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump's 10-minute fumble causes markets to tumble
Replies: 18
Views: 1584

Re: Trump's 10-minute fumble causes markets to tumble

I suppose it's fair to point out that the Dow skyrocketed nearly 2,000 today, most of it right after Trump's speech.
by Barry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

I had tickets for all of the Beethoven symphony programs in Philadelphia.

Oh well.

At this point, I'm pessimistic about Luisi/Tchaikovsky 5th and Sokhiev/Shostakovich 5th in late April and early May.
by Barry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Congress and Gallup
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Congress and Gallup

For the first time in about a decade and a half, the Congressional Republicans now poll higher nation-wide than Congressional Democrats. https://news.gallup.com/poll/287633/approval-congressional-republicans-tops-democrats.aspx It appears that the polling was done before the virus was a big story an...
by Barry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus
Replies: 39
Views: 3268

Re: Virus

I've heard the meatloaf story. Extremely funny!

If you want phenomenal meatloaf, try it at a restaurant called Jones at 6th and Chestnut Streets.

I moved to the suburbs. No longer next door to Vietnam Palace. But I still work right next to Chinatown.
by Barry
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus
Replies: 39
Views: 3268

Re: Virus

I'm afraid those ribs are another thing we disagree on. I'm not saying they can't be enjoyed for what they are. But it's not real barbecue in terms of the lack of smoke. I've become much more serious about barbecue in the years since I left this board. I've eaten at a few of the top barbecue places ...
by Barry
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus
Replies: 39
Views: 3268

Re: Virus

The governor of my beloved state, Ohio, and the POTUS are both Republicans, the difference between them on this COVID-19 matter being simply a matter of basic competence —the one has it, the other, I reckon, not so much. And one is honest, not mentally ill, not a narcissist, not corrupt. He also is...
by Barry
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus
Replies: 39
Views: 3268

Re: Virus

I've still never gone to the flower show.

I'm very sorry to have to miss the Philadelphia Orchestra's planned Beethoven cycle though.
by Barry
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus
Replies: 39
Views: 3268

Re: Virus

Pence is making the rounds today-even CNN! Keeps praising trump but he's failing the TEST. Regards, Len :( What test would that be? I can sense your excitement over the political possibilities of this virus from here. Were you happy when he restricted travel from China or did you join some of your ...