• Peter, nonsense. I don't overhype Putin nor compare him in any way to  Stalin, simply acknowledge historical Soviet and Tsarist facts and post-Soviet reality, trends and possibilities.

    • Okay, withdraw the pejorative, and just say the article was hugely questionable and doubtfully argued on all fronts. That there might be a couple valid points in a lengthy imbalanced portrayal is not a basis for discuasion. Nevertheless, I gave a couple points to highlight the absurdity, and...

    • That's crap - I've had 1 only slightly huffy experience with US border guards, and always expected worse than I or others got. And while they have a job to do, before 9/11 it was a breeze, and after they still maintained some decorum despite a lot of new work, regulations, concerns, border chaos...

    • Dowd's version: "Crazy Stupid Love" devil...

    • People who voted for Trump knew full well what would befall minorities. The idea that they are blameless is ridiculous. 

    • And the Deplorables have so little to cheer about...SAD! Trump is working so hard to keep the con going.

      Latest, French Holocaust scholar, Henry Rousso, detained and almost deported.

      He...

    •  Something we can do. And should. 

      Thanks to you and Joseph.

      I wonder if we could keep an "honor role" here in Dagblog keeping track of democratic congressmen whom one of us has contacted and the district on which he should operate. I assume that that would not in any way create...

    • Thank you... Joseph...

      ~OGD~

    • When the 56 escapee made the mistake of visiting  Hungary in the 80s he was imprisoned in a

      mental hospital. Got out somehow. Occasionally read his letters in the Times for which his son

      is now a famous contributor.

      On a personal level of course Evil and its opposite are...

    • There is no surprise when racist deplorables cheer when Trump abuses the rights of a black citizen of the United States, David Duke is smiling.

    • You just made me think of how it's no longer going to be some fun to do the San Diego to Tijuana little trip, probably going to be royal assholes at the gate going in both directions.

      The point about an American citizen is well-made, as it is only rational to think that American citizens...

    • Jr. may have a nicer more well balanced and congenial personality than you exhibit in this particular comment.

      And it is true that those who are steeped in vitriol and hate may justify those base emotions in themselves by projecting them as originating in others.

      Having...

    • Re: Perhaps calling the article a stinking pile of shit was over the top

      Yes, but I do think calling it "agitprop" would be quite accurate. And very late 60's style at that, maybe SDS or Weathermen.

    • Afterthought: I think that Boot gets Trump's number, knows what button to push, with the following:

      "We’ll see if Trump is man enough to take it.”

      Now if Fox News or Morning Joe will just requote that, Trump will probably see it. Because I betcha no one...

    • Yes the mental hospital thing was a favorite of the USSR and satellites. For artistic "dissidents" especially, paint or write the wrong things and you got the free "medical care" that the state said you needed. I've met several of that experience from a major Leningrad artistic circle. They...

    • It is great to have this pointed out, thanks for posting it. Pop theories like this are often twisted according to the reader's predilections, so to get the author's view on this when it's someone in power doing it is very helpful.

    • Yes the first sane grownup has spoken up. We don't know how Trump (Col. Kurtz II) will react. Both the NYT piece that The Hill links to and the NYT companion piece from today are well worth reading, espeically Max Boot's comments in the companion piece; I give snippets from both:

      ...
    • I like this piece as well.  One thing I've found hard to articulate but that I think is relevant is that being "right" in terms of facts is not serving us very well.  Victory by consensus is what matters and, in our system, it doesn't even have to be a national consensus since the preferences of...

    • Common sense is for communists.

    • Perhaps calling the article a stinking pile of shit was over the top but it wasn't a very good article. We have directly confronted the main point of the article, " This study reveals that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and...

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