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Old 2020-07-23, 20:27   #1222
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His covid-19 update yesterday was a cross between a campaign speech (I build a wall between use and Mexico to keep the virus out) and a lot of misleading information. I understand that he wants to put a positive spin on things, but people want facts, not "guesswork" turned into facts.

I'm sure he is thinking this, but won't say it: "Think about all those people on medicare/medicaid/ssi disability/public assistance who are getting sick and dying. We're saving billions of your tax dollars." Or "Think about people who are costing their families thousands upon thousands of dollars to keep them in nursing homes. This will save them money, money that they can now use to help our economy."
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Old 2020-07-24, 22:32   #1223
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Not meaning to cause offense here, but watching this from afar is just mind-blowing.

It's almost like a bad apocalyptic sci-fi novel, except that it's happing live on CNN and FOX...

This story, for example, strikes me initially as "this can't really be happening, can it???
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Old 2020-07-25, 02:04   #1224
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Not meaning to cause offense here, but watching this from afar is just mind-blowing.

It's almost like a bad apocalyptic sci-fi novel, except that it's happing live on CNN and FOX...

This story, for example, strikes me initially as "this can't really be happening, can it???
Like Il Duce, Ted Wheeler is up for re-election this year. I guess we'll see whether getting tear-gassed is the end of Mayor Wheeler. He's been getting an earful from Black Lives Matter activists, but perhaps standing up to the tear gas from jack-booted government thugs will give him some street cred.

Meanwhile, in the "Waaait, THAT not real" category (obscure cultural reference to Gary Larson "The Far Side" cartoon), Il Duce has declared that COVID-19 has made it too dangerous for R-delegates to convene in Jacksonville FL (which place he chose after he decided NC was being too restrictive about COVID-19), but continues to insist that school children should be crammed into classrooms this fall.
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Old 2020-07-25, 08:13   #1225
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This story, for example, strikes me initially as "this can't really be happening, can it???
Not available to European viewers.

Tells me something about the NY Daily News attitude to privacy.
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Old 2020-07-25, 13:22   #1226
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President Trump called Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler “pathetic” after the Oregon politician was gassed by federal troops while standing among protesters outside a courthouse.

“He made a fool out of himself. He wanted to be among the people, so he went into the crowd and they knocked the hell out of him,” Trump said during a prime-time performance with Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday. “That was the end of him. So that was pretty pathetic.”

Protesters have been regularly active in Portland since unarmed Black Minnesota man George Floyd was killed in police custody in late May. The president sent federal troops to confront demonstrators, which Wheeler referred to as “an unconstitutional occupation.”

Federal officers in camouflage fatigues have been apprehending citizens and using unmarked vans in recent days. Protesters have complained about not knowing why they were being detained or who their captors were.

Wheeler, whose role as mayor makes him the commissioner of the Portland Police Bureau, has been taking it from both sides. Some critics fault him for restraining law enforcement. Other politicians blame him for what they believe to be strong-arm tactics by Portland’s police force. Wheeler told protesters Wednesday he was literally and figuratively standing beside them as he was tear-gassed.

“It stings. It’s hard to breathe. I can tell you with 100% honesty I saw nothing that provoked this response,” Wheeler told the New York Times of the incident early Thursday. “I’m not afraid but I am pissed off.”

During his video chat on “Hannity,” the president said “we want to go in and help the cities” where peaceful protests as well as violence and vandalism have occurred.

“We’ll put in 50,000-60,000 people who really know what they’re doing,” Trump said. “They’re strong, they’re tough, and we could solve these problems so fast.”

An executive order signed by Trump last month allows him to deploy federal troops to protect historic monuments and federal facilities.

The president noted that he would like for the politicians who run cities like Chicago and Detroit to ask for his help, but warned, “At some point we’re going to have to do something that’s much stronger than being invited in.”

Trump also boasted to Hannity about how well he had been doing as president before the pandemic spun out of control, the economy crashed and protests erupted from coast to coast.

Hannity praised the president for his work with the African-American community and claimed Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive opponent in the November election, is “adopting the position that police are the enemies.”
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