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Joe Biden and Rudy Giuliani

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In the summer of 2007, Rudy Giuliani was well out in front of all other candidates running in the Republican primaries, and he stayed there all the way until the beginning of December when his poll numbers began to sink. Then came his disastrous early-January showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the conventional wisdom says that his liberal views on abortion were at odds with what conservative primary voters wanted. But if you ask me, I think he didn’t do especially well in the debates.

John McCain, who perhaps won because he was the most famous candidate running against Rudy who said the correct conservative things about abortion, lost big-time against Obama.

Could Joe Biden be the Rudy Giuliani of this election cycle? Like Giuliani, he’s the most centrist candidate in a party that seems to want hardcore leftism. Like Giuliani he does poorly in debates. Actually, a lot worse than Giuliani. Like Giuliani, Biden does especially poorly in Iowa, but is banking on a big showing in South Carolina (and Giuliani was banking on a big showing in Florida, which never happened).

Also, and I don’t throw this accusation around lightly, but I really do think that Biden is in the early stages of some sort of dementia and maybe just five more months is enough time for it to become more noticeable.

In 1992, when Barry Goldwater was 83, I saw him give a talk at my law school, and my reaction was that Goldwater was going senile. Even though I nevertheless enjoyed hearing from him, it was obvious that the man who ran for President many years before was no longer the same person. And I was right. Approximately five years later, in September 1997, it was officially reported that Barry Goldwater “is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.” But notice that there were five years between it being noticeable to me, someone who didn’t know him and never even heard him speak before, that there was something wrong, and the official public acknowledgement. And this isn’t just Monday morning quarterbacking. I remember telling several people afterwards that I thought Goldwater was going senile, and that I thought it was very sad.

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August 23, 2019 at EDT pm

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What has Mike Pence been up to?

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He has done an extraordinary job of staying out of the media spotlight.

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August 12, 2019 at EDT am

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NY Times changes headline to make it anti-Trump

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Democrats and SJWs complained that a NY Times headline was pro-Trump, so they changed the headline to make it anti-Trump.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/new-york-times-headline-trump

njguy73 writes in a comment:

In Orwell’s Oceania, the Inner Party would tell the Ministry of Truth that a news story was “doubleplusungood” and ordered the reporter to “rewrite fullwise” to keep the people brainwashed. In our America, it’s the readers who do that.

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In other news, 8chan (http://8ch.net/) is still down. I’ve warned you before that the internet is controlled by a few monopolies and anyone could be taken offline by them.

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Other weird fact about Connor Betts, he was a live vocalist in a “pornogrind” band. I never knew there was such a thing as “pornogrind” until today. I still say, beta-male rage. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/j5yekp/exclusive-dayton-shooter-was-in-a-pornogrind-band-that-released-songs-about-raping-and-killing-women

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August 6, 2019 at EDT am

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joe30330.com

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joe30330.com

LoL

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According to pundits, despite Joe Biden’s gaffe at the end confusing a website URL with his texting number, he did better than in the first debate even though not great. That’s probably good enough for him to stay in the lead.

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July 31, 2019 at EDT pm

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First end-of-July debate night

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I did not watch, but they say Warren “won.”

I’m in favor of Medicare-for-all because Obamacare sucks, and not having anything sucks, but “decriminalizing” crossing the border, how is that different than open borders? Hundreds of millions can cross the decriminalized border and get free healthcare? Who will pay for that? Where will those hundreds of millions live? What happens when there are no jobs for hundreds of millions of unskilled non-English-speaking people? There’s only so much seasonal farm work.

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July 31, 2019 at EDT am

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Applying the D&D Alignment system

In honor of upcoming Gary Gygax Day (July 27th), here’s another D&D post.

In my previous post on this topic (wow, has it been almost seven years?), a commenter proposed that Tony Soprano is lawful evil. I disagree with that. Although Tony Soprano was in charge of an organization and did have to keep order within his organization and follow a Mafia code, I don’t think we can say that someone who flagrantly violates the laws and encourages other to do so could be “lawful.” Thus I’d peg Tony Soprano as neutral evil, while some of the more violent and uncontrollable members of his crime organization were chaotic evil.

What is Jeffrey Epstein’s alignment? Definitely not lawful! I would say that he’s chaotic evil, but an unusually diabolical and well controlled form of chaotic evil. Yet his life story shows he has always been chaotic. They say he dressed strangely when he was a teacher at the Dalton School, and that continued at Bear Sterns where he was said to not fully conform to the corporate culture.

The typical person in jail is chaotic evil. And perhaps all psychopaths are chaotic evil, and I think that Jeffrey Epstein is probably a psychopath. But some chaotic evil people, especially those with high IQs like Epstein, have a greater degree of future time orientation and planning.

So who are the lawful evil people? I think a lot of politicians might be lawful evil.

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We need a definition of evil that is universal and not just in-the-moment.

Right-to-life people think that pro-choice people are evil because they kill babies, but pro-choice people think that right-to-life people are evil because they’re misogynists (and to be a misogynist is to be evil).

If both sides are doing what they are doing for altruistic reasons, then maybe they can both be said to be good, while a slimy politician like Joe Biden who says whatever he thinks will help him get elected without regard for whether he believes it’s wrong or right, that would be an example of evil.

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July 26, 2019 at EDT am

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Mueller

The only thing I learned from reading about yesterday’s testimony is that Mueller didn’t write the report personally. Maybe he wrote some of it personally, or maybe not. He managed the creation of the report which was primarily the work of others, and he lacks perfect knowledge of everything that’s in it.

Other than that, I don’t know anything about the investigation today that I didn’t know two days ago.

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But I would point out that the job of prosecutors is to prosecute people they think deserve to be prosecuted, it’s not to exonerate people or proclaim they are innocent of all crimes. Mueller, especially, seems to think that everyone is guilty of something, but he is wise enough not to state it in that manner. Perhaps if an investigation determines that someone accused of a murder was in an entirely different city at the time the murder happened, they might exonerate him on that particular point. But when there are no facts in dispute, like the fact that Trump tweeted something stupid, the determination of whether the stupid tweet is “obstruction of justice” is not something that prosecutors are ever going to exonerate.

Even criminal trials where the defendant is found not guilty, that doesn’t exonerate anyone, that just means that the jury didn’t find proof “beyond reasonable doubt.”

Democrats insisting that the failure of Mueller to say “Trump is innocent” are willfully refusing to understand our our criminal justice system works.

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July 25, 2019 at EDT am

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The allegedly “racist” Trump tweets.

Here they are (posted on July 15):

1. We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country….

2. ….They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more….

3. ….Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now – rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!

So why is that “racist?”

Some Democrats voted to impeach Trump because of these three tweets [looks like I was wrong, it was another set of three tweets]. A High Crime or Misdemeanor? Trump tweets a lot of dumb stuff, this is less dumb than most of his tweets. Far-left Democrats DO hate America. Leftists only complain about how we enforce immigration laws with no alternative plan except de facto open borders. Open borders probably would mean HUNDREDS of MILLIONS rushing here, turning this into a poor third-world nation almost overnight. “America Love it or Leave It” was a Vietnam War era slogan that no one considered to be “racist” at the time, even though it was always considered déclassé. Trump is definitely the prole president, but being prole doesn’t violate the Constitution.

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I would disagree with Trump that people can simply leave America. Not so easy. What country will take you? All countries have closed borders. Even the crappy countries that the immigrants are coming from won’t take you.

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As pointed out by a commenter, I didn’t go far enough back in time, to July 14th:

1. So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……

2. ….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….

3…..it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

I have to confess I lose track of all the tweets. I did see these tweets, but then forgot about them.

This is supposed to be “racist” because we are supposed to make the connection that the Congresswomen he is talking about aren’t white, and he’s saying bad (but true) things about the non-white countries their families came from.

I suppose it’s up to debate about whether people whose ancestry is from crappy countries have less moral authority to complain about how awful the United States is compared to people whose ancestry is from countries that are nice places to live. One could say that once you are born here, you have as much moral authority as any other American, but when they play racial identity politics, then yes, I think it does become relevant.

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This blog post is a real mess, maybe I should just delete it.

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July 18, 2019 at EDT am

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Latest Emerson Poll

https://emersonpolling.reportablenews.com/pr/july-national-poll-biden-extends-lead-in-democratic-primary-trump-closes-the-gap-in-the-general-election

Shows Trump beating Harris by 2 points.

Trump still loses to Biden by 6 points, and Biden leads all other Democrats with a commanding 15 point lead over Harris, but if, like in 2016, the Democrats go stupid and nominate the most unelectable candidate (angry black woman) instead of the most electable (grandfatherly white man well liked by blue collar voters in swing states), Trump could win another term! And it looks like the Democrats are definitely heading in the direction of stupid, but we shall see how it pans out.

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July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

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Advice to Tom Steyer: don’t waste your money

A billionaire I never heard of until today, Tom Steyer, says he is going to run for the Democratic nomination and spend $100 million of his own money.

My advice to Tom is that instead of wasting your money like this, you should give some of it to me. I can use it! You have zero chance of winning the Democratic nomination no matter how much money you spend, and $100 million isn’t that much money. Jeb Bush raised more than that, plus he had name recognition and was considered next-in-line by the party bigwigs, but still he lost the nomination.

Hardly anyone knows who you are (except for hardcore Democratic Party operatives), plus the image of a white male billionaire is totally at odds with what today’s Democratic Party is looking for. Your fellow white male billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, who has more name recognition and real political experience (as Mayor of the largest city in America), realized he has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination.

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July 9, 2019 at EDT am

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