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Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 141

At worst Clinton represents much the same course in international affairs as has been going on for eight years. It's hardly dangerous, and Clinton would hardly be the first president to have a policy of containing Russia. In fact, that's been general US policy, save for about fifteen years after the collapse of the USSR, since the end of the Second World War.

Comment Re:"Tacit approval"? My nose! (Score 0) 122

Cherry picked and quote mined parts of vast document dumps are not reliable. We've been down this road with Climategate. You can literally make any text say anything providing you 1. freely mine it for quotes and 2. rely on those who share your prejudices won't fact check your quote mines.

Comment Re:YEEE-HAW! (Score 2) 122

There's a certain kind of conservative, and even some Libertarians, who seem to have an unhealthy admiration for autocrats, at least when they believe said autocrats would remake society in a way they approve of. I imagine there are people on the Left of similar temperament, but in general, I find this "strong man" fetishism to be a right wing/Libertarian phenomena. I once had a very hard right social conservative telling me how what the West needs is a few Francisco Francos to set things right, and in general seemed to have considerable disdain for democracy, or at least democracy with a universal franchise.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 141

Jesus Christ, "voter intimidation" now? Does the hyperbole ever end?

Face it, your candidate played the buffoon. More than likely he was playing you, but if you want to keep blaming the victor for the loser's real or self-contrived inadequacies, that is your problem. Voters have more than once in the history of democracy been faced with the choice between a flawed candidate and a dangerous one, and in most cases they will pick the flawed one. On the few occasions that a dangerous one has been chosen, it hasn't gone so well.

As to Wikileaks, even you can only make it interesting by exaggeration, which should tell you why it isn't making much impact. But go on, blame the voters, blame the press, blame some evil secret cabal, but under no circumstances ever blame Republican voters for picking probably one of the worst big ticket candidates in US history.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 141

I'm sure it can serve two purposes. Putin has greatly benefited by stocking the flames of discord in the West, whether that's Brexit or other issues between EU members, or throwing spanners in the US election. It allows him to punch well over his weight. But he certainly would more likely benefit from a Trump presidency than from a Clinton one, if for no other reason than it is likely there would be four years of chaos in Washington.

But yes, this definitely gives him some propaganda to spread at home as well.

Comment Re:Fuck Off McAfee! (Score 1) 141

Except there isn't going to be a world war. Putin isn't suicidal, and isn't going to start lobbing nukes at the US or its allies.

For fucks sake, we went through this for forty years during the Cold war, and there were a few moments then where tensions did get dangerously hot, and nothing happening now even comes close. Yes, Russia is saber rattling, and NATO is back, just like the old days, but just like then, it's as much for domestic consumption as anything else, and the Russia of 2016 is a pale shadow of the Soviet Union.

Among all the anti-Clinton talking points, including that she's some sort of Mafia don who takes out hits on people, this one is probably the most moronic and hyperbolic.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 141

Do you have some evidence Kerry is trying to shut Assange up? If Kerry had that much sway over Ecuador, then Assange would be in the custody of the US, Britain or Sweden by now.

You see, this is the problem, you can't just get away with one layer of conspiracy, you just have to keep layering one conspiracy on top of the other.

Comment Re:Fuck Off McAfee! (Score 2) 141

Item 1 is likely never going to fly, and I question the legitimacy of it anyways. If voters in a district or state like their representative, why shouldn't they be able to run for an open ended number of terms? There are some decent reasons for limiting the President's terms, but none of those really apply to Representatives or Senators. It's like declaring "All engineers and doctors must retire after ten years!" Beyond that, I doubt there would ever be enough approval among the states to get it through.

Item 2 is silly. You can't say what needs may come in the future. Mindless freezes won't do anybody any good.

Item 3 is the same kind of idiotic item 2 is. Why should there be some upper limit of regulations? There's no real coherent philosophy here at all.

So while some policies might make some sense, others are just stupid, and item 1 at least is almost certainly never going to happen. And considering Trump's long history of pretty dubious deals, what makes you think he's the man to do any of it, when even his own tax plan would both increase the debt and largely only help people like Donald Trump, which means he'd simply be adding to the kinds of policies that screw over the average person.

But you've also left out some items:

Item 7 - Abuse his position of head of the executive branch to pursue his political opponent.
Item 8 - Sue the women claiming he sexually assaulted him. This one is particularly stupid because, of course, suing them means they in turn get to delve into his sexual history via discovery, which could lead to both civil and criminal charges against him. This is what I'd call the Oscar Wilde Blunder; mainly because it resembles what Wilde did when he was openly accused of homosexual acts by the father of his lover; the Marquess Queensbury. Wilde decided to sue the Marquess, and of course, the trial inevitably lead to Wilde being outed, and then charged and convicted of moral turpitude. So if I were Donald Trump, win or lose, i'd probably stay away from civil trials over his alleged sexual escapades.

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