Great place to sit and have drinks. I love the calamari appetizer too. Always had people come to check on me right when I sat down, so I have no idea what Bill was talking about... of course, I'm not a jerk to staff, and I do tip.
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@Cl - The last time I quoted the Aramaic, it was crickets. So... As to your last rhetorical question, it's fairly easy to see the differences between them. What most people have a hard time doing, is seeing the similarities.
Amen indeed. And hallelujah.
@datGuy - Happy to oblige. I've told you why above. You've been shown. Now see.
As to the appropriate verse for this particular discussion, I've thought a bit about those who think that the craziness is just on the Trump side of the equation, and I have demonstrated quite a number of times why he is merely the result of forces left to fester for too long by both wings of an inattentive and unconcerned duopoly. So let's throw down with the obvious.
From John 9:
"..He then answered, 'Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.' So they said to him, 'What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?' He answered them, 'I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again?'..."
@datGuy - Nah. Just pointing out an area of your hypocrisy with regard to the 'empty seats' thing. Let me quote a little bit of Luke for you. There is a similar thought in the canon of all great religions, but I think Luke 6 hits it most succinctly:
"..And He also spoke a parable to them: 'A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brothers eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brothers eye. For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.'..."
As a child, my simple mind made me wonder if blackberries were evil. But I think I understand the gist of it now.
@datGuy - What branch of the military were you in, again?
@barf - I think he is a moderately successful manager, who doesn't understand the fullness of what his expert advisors have told him he needs to do, so his public pronouncements seem disjointed and highlight his poor grasp of the details of those proposals. That doesn't mean his administration will necessarily be ineffective, or that he doesn't have a big picture level understanding of what he is trying to do. The only way we are going to find out what that plan means for large cities, is to watch and see how it plays out. It won't take very long to see where it's headed. And I agree with your assessment of the boom/bust cycle by the way..
I agree AP. One of the things that people forget about Trump, is that he enjoys wheeling and dealing in high stakes negotiations. In his world, using a bald-faced lie as the beginning of a bargaining position is a rational way to do things. He is completely unused to the idea that people are taking notes, and may want to try to hold him to every word he says. The response of his opposition to this tendency, will determine whether or not they can move him in the negotiations which are going to be required, in order to obtain the results which America needs from this administration. He is petulant and vindictive, so legislators will need to be conscious about managing their relationship with him, or they will be on the outside looking in. And with his cabinet choices as hard-line right as they are, that isn't a good place to be for most liberal or moderate constituencies. Picking fights with him at this early stage doesn't make sense, unless you don't think you are gonna need anything out of the Executive branch for the next four years. The ones who are lining up now to do that seem shortsighted to me. As I've said before, we should ignore his bizarre tweetery, and watch what he actually does. That will be where pressure can be productively applied. The rest is childish grandstanding.
@AP - Mr. Cohen has been rewarded over the last few years by a sympathetic Executive. I suppose he has calculated that such favor has ended, and he ain't getting a lot out of Trump no matter what he does.
So Cohen decided to thumb his nose at Trump early and maybe score some points with the home boys. What the hell, right? Nothing to lose...
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