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by jserraglio
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

The past is increasingly a mythical place. I agree with that, and note that the American Right today, no matter how they may pay lip service to their reservations about Mr. Trump, are secretly enamored with what the guy stands for, but cloak their devotion to his political program with abstractions...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The only reporters encouraged to ask Trump questions are those that never do
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: The only reporters encouraged to ask Trump questions are those that never do

If I ever treated students as this Trump fellow does reporters, I would be (and should be) summarily fired.

Can't wait for November to be well rid of him.
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

the last time there was an identifiable American way of life was the 1950s, and it was built on material aspirations. But it brought with it an optimism and a can-do attitude that were bracing and powerful I knew the 1950's. I was a teen in the 1950s. If the 1950's are now said to constitute a "bra...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

I am actually far less contemptuous of the true-believers on your side of the divide who, like pate-shaven medieval monks prostrated before their imprimaturs, subscribe to the hocus pocus dispensed by this latest incarnation of snake-oil hucksterism than I am of the pragmatic Trump haters who say th...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

There is no "American Way of Life". Never has been. That's just the latest pie-in-the-sky, the latest opiate-for-the-masses that Trump and his fellow travellers have been peddling. "We concede Trump's bad, but the likes of Hillary are worse, so we're gonna swallow Trump's brand of Americanism till s...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

Well, I mostly only read fiction now but I read David Brooks's latest book, devoured it in fact, and liked it a lot. Growing up, I liked conservatives. Still do. Donald Trump is no conservative. What positive thing can I find to say about him? He is a throwback to the great American demagogues in ou...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

It's not just how many dissenting conservatives, and I take it you now concede there are many, but who. Mitt Romney, David Brooks, John Kasich, Bob Corker, Paul Ryan. I may disagree with them, but they command my respect. My state, Ohio, has a long conservative tradition, dating back just in my memo...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

There really aren't that many. Oh really? And next I suppose we'll be asked to believe that rainwater Is gin. In fact, even one critic is too many for Trump's appallingly yawning need for approbation. Just for starters: off da top o' me superannuated head: David Brooks, Mitt Romney, Jeff Flake, Bil...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

Indeed, "fucking moron" seems to be the consensus today about the current President among thinking conservatives I respect, too many to list here.

I am gratified to learn that you concur with their view.
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

I reserve death-wishes for people like Putin and Kim I beg to differ, no death wish, not even for Putin and Kim. The devil one knows ... hmm, the proverb is something musty. not accurate to say I wished him dead. I merely thought that I wasn't sure how upset I'd be if it happened. Well, I understan...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

Barry, unlike you, I do not wish death upon anyone, not even the Donald.

The king still lives. Long live the king!

May Mr. Trump never face what might await him in the afterlife.
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

Indeed, I will have to take Barry's word for it, b/c I am never permitted to be at large, even in a car. My kids have placed me under house arrest, wearing an ankle bracelet. But since we are outing folks that are violating the President's draconian warnings against those who violate his own clairvo...
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 70
Views: 62059

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Troy (2004) with Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom, while reading the Iliad.
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

So too, my mom, March 17, age 100. Such high risk I couldn't even visit her the last 3 weeks of her life, my longest interval ever between visits. She was already dead when I got there.
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Malcolm X" by Spike Lee (1992)
Replies: 0
Views: 348

"Malcolm X" by Spike Lee (1992)

Starring a young Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett. I am a big fan of early Spike Lee.
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

in that case, one can only applaud one of the most godless nations in the world with a declining population, England, for admitting immigrants to the tune of about 10% all told, thereby ensuring that in the next life Hell will not go begging for inhabitants.
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

Jingoism is a just a convenient straw man in this argument. I am a product of that early 20th century immigration, I spoke Sicilian before English, I was illiterate well on into 2nd grade and I never thought of myself as primarily American till i was in my mid-twenties. Never. I regarded myself as E...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

Yes, but correlation and causation can be two very different things. Not all correlations imply causation. Some do, some don't. It's safe to say that smoking causes cancer but not that high SAT scores cause success in college. So it's not clear at all to me that increasing secularizatiom in a societ...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

Poland has secularized to a degree in more recent times, but it's still nowhere near as far down that road as Western Europe and the U.S. If so, that's bad news for your argument. Why then would minimally secular, Catholic Poland's birth rate have declined significantly in that period, whereas Irel...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

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 jserraglio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

Re: Trump damages national soul

Trump uses some of the worst bad language right across the TV screen and at rallies-young children see this. Examples-b_ll_hit, as_holes, bas_ard. And Trump himself has stated, "I went to an Ivy League school. I know words. I have the best words." Why anyone would not take him at his word puzzles m...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1503

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 . . . . What's happened to the culture of the country . . . is so disturbing to me, that culture is now far and away my biggest concern . . . . People who try to defend the impor...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Homer: The Iliad, trans. Robert Fagles (1991)
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Homer: The Iliad, trans. Robert Fagles (1991)

Almost halfway thru a re-read of hands down the greatest book I've ever read. The characters (god, hero and ordinary human) are all amazingly alive.

I am alternating the excellent Fagles translation with an interesting prose version by A.S. Kline I found online.
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Dazed and Confused" by Richard Linklater (1993)
Replies: 0
Views: 140

"Dazed and Confused" by Richard Linklater (1993)

My film students are currently watching this film remotely. A fitting flick for their tumultuous time with its very different brand of social disruption.
by jserraglio
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Migration of 2020: On the move to escape the coronavirus
Replies: 1
Views: 130

The Great American Migration of 2020: On the move to escape the coronavirus

WAPO The Great American Migration of 2020: On the move to escape the coronavirus Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Lisa Pezzino and Kit Center, of Oakland, gaze out at a rainbow over the mountains in Big Sur, Calif., after they migrated into nature to get away from the Bay Area during the worldwide co...
by jserraglio
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained
Replies: 3
Views: 168

The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained

VOX The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained By German Lopez March 25, 2020 From insufficient testing to a lack of coordination, Trump’s Covid-19 response has been a disaster years in the making. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2020/3/14/21177509/corona...
by jserraglio
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2801

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

lennygoran wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:14 am
I know in the past you've expressed alot of satisfaction with Cleveland. Regards, Len
Yes my hometown, but my wife lived in THE CITY (2nd Ave @ 19th) for ten years. haven't been back there in 45 years though.
by jserraglio
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2801

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

how are you handling shopping for food and essentials? Shopping online at Giant Eagle and Whole Foods. Using a combo of pickup and delivery whichever comes first. Re: the essentials. Stocking up on wine and cigarettes ( The Secret of Christina ) for my spouse. I, good so far, laid in an inexhaustib...
by jserraglio
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2801

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

It looks like this coronavirus is getting worse by the day. For me it even hampers (somewhat) my interest in listening to great music of all kinds. On the other hand, music inspires, is like a medication when nothing else seems to work. Word magic works for me, illiterate till the redoubtable Mrs. ...
by jserraglio
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Trump Disgusting Behavior
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: More Trump Disgusting Behavior

Don't be such a cutie pie, Mr. President.
by jserraglio
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jaws — Pandemic Movie of All Time
Replies: 0
Views: 199

Jaws — Pandemic Movie of All Time

THE NEW REPUBLIC The Pandemic Movie of Our Time Isn’t Contagion . It’s Jaws . The 1975 Spielberg flick captures the dread of facing an invisible enemy—and the incompetence of the politicians in charge. https://newrepublic.com/article/156991/pandemic-movie-time-isnt-contagion-its-jaws https://images...
by jserraglio
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump tweets GM: reopen your Lordstown, Ohio plant now and make ventilators FAST!!!!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Trump tweets GM: reopen your Lordstown, Ohio plant now and make ventilators FAST!!!!!!

General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!! FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!! [/size][/b] NYT Under Intense Criticism, Trump Says Government Will Buy More Ventilators https://www.nytimes...
by jserraglio
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO: Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients
Replies: 4
Views: 480

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

You can be thinking about it [DNR] in the hospital. Certainly, hospitals talk about this on a daily basis, but to say that to the American people and make the implication that when they need a hospital bed it's not going to be there or a ventilator, it's not going to be there, we don't have evidenc...
by jserraglio
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When it hits close to home
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: When it hits close to home

"What was terrible about my cousin's situation was they could not go to the hospital. Their daughter died alone. The funeral cannot be a family event. They weep alone." I was so sorry to hear this story, Ricordanza . My family has just endured a similar experience: a loved one dies alone, no one pe...
by jserraglio
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 915
Views: 729396

Re: What I listened to today

SIMON RATTLE CONDUCTS BERIO AND BARTÓK 12 Mar 2020 BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER FREE https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/52535# Luciano Berio Sinfonia for 8 Voices and Orchestra (38 min.) Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Interview Simon Rattle on Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra (11 min.) Béla Bartó...
by jserraglio
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO: Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients
Replies: 4
Views: 480

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

Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/25/coronavirus-patient...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:28 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: 734

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

I would agree if not for what you and a few others have turned this board into ... That the trajectory of Mr. Trump's behavior now threatens our nation is all too clear to me for reasons way too numerous to revisit here. So, like it, lump it, say what you bloody well please about it, I firmly inten...
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:47 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: 734

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

He was also quoted this week as saying Trump has never refused to take his medical advice. You may be fighting a losing battle on the political front: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epoll ... -7088.html The trend is not going your way. to [Trump’s] credit, even though we disagree on some things,...
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Covid19: a hint of optimism
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Covid19: a hint of optimism

I agree, so far lotsa people have acted selfishly, including some of our leaders, but not all and as with the Brits in WW II, eventually altruism may take hold. I just hope some exceptional leadership emerges. So far that has been in short supply. On the micro level, I deal every day with 17-year-ol...
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2801

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

In the interest of maintaining regular order during these irregular, chaotic times, may I suggest, respectfully, that Lance move the political stuff in this thread, from both the New Right and the Old Left, over to the Pub forum?
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 702

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

In the interest of maintaining regular order during these irregular, chaotic times, may I suggest, respectfully, that Lance move the political stuff in this thread, from both the New Right and the Old Left, over to the Pub forum?
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biden Goes Digital to Counter Trump
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Biden Goes Digital to Counter Trump

I rather think it's you who've done all the complaining, non stop now for nearly 3 years. What I write irritates you? then you are, of course, perfectly free to squawk. No problem at all with that, on my end. Might I be permitted to ask, though, that you correct your significant mis-characterizatio...
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biden Goes Digital to Counter Trump
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Biden Goes Digital to Counter Trump

Belle wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:29 am
A rowboat going after a battleship!!!
Image

Once the games begin, don't complain if you get knocked about a bit. Politics is a blood sport.
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biden Goes Digital to Counter Trump
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Biden Goes Digital to Counter Trump

WSJ
March 24, 2020


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by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: President Considers Easing Lockdown Guidelines
Replies: 1
Views: 303

President Considers Easing Lockdown Guidelines

The Wall Street Journal President Considers Easing Lockdown Guidelines March 24, 2020 BY JON HILSENRATH AND STEPHANIE ARMOUR The White House is discussing easing social-distancing guidelines as early as next week amid a broader debate over how much economic loss the country can bear to save an unkn...
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:00 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: 734

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

‘I’m going to keep pushing.’ Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts of the pandemic https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/i-m-going-keep-pushing-anthony-fauci-tries-make-white-house-listen-facts-pandemic By Jon CohenMar. 22, 2020 , 7:35 PM Anthony Fauci, who to many watching ...
by jserraglio
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Illinois Gov. tweets Donald Trump: 'Get off Twitter & do your job!'
Replies: 7
Views: 902

Re: Illinois Gov. tweets Donald Trump: 'Get off Twitter & do your job!'

Let me get this straight-this mafia mussolini criminal lying trump should be considered a poor man-absurd. Regards, Len :x :x :x Belle , I believe, was flinging a penny dreadful at the head of Joe Biden. I have no problem with that. As a public figure of considerable stature and reputation (36 year...