In the Corner

“Today, I’m announcing the American Dream Plan. Over the next four years, the American Dream plan will bring more than 2 million jobs to Hispanic communities.” -@realDonaldTrump

I wish somebody told Kushner that people who want identity-based pandering already have a whole party existing exclusively for that goal. You can’t beat them at identity games. They have had decades of practice and will cream you every time.

In the meantime, those of us who hate identity-mongering are languishing over here in the corner. Will somebody finally try to appeal to us?

7 thoughts on “In the Corner”

  1. Think I found Trump policy you’ll strongly disagree with:

    ///A Glimpse Into A Second Trump Term

    … nothing conceivably remains on the Israeli government’s wish list save a clear American green light for annexation, which Prime Minister Netanyahu has said multiple times is a requirement for Israel to move forward with official changes to the status of West Bank territory.

    While I have long been confident that such approval will be granted by the end of a second Trump term, on Wednesday the yellow light began to noticeably turn green with the signing of a bilateral U.S.-Israel agreement to extend scientific, academic, and commercial projects between the two countries to the West Bank and Golan Heights. The old agreement, signed during the Nixon administration and left unchanged by every subsequent administration until yesterday, stated that these projects, which are taxpayer funded, “may not be conducted in geographical areas which came under the administration of the State of Israel after June 5, 1967, and may not relate to subjects primarily pertinent to such areas.”

    Tel Aviv (undisputed Israeli territory), East Jerusalem (part of Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries and thus effectively annexed), the Golan Heights (Israeli law and jurisdiction have been applied), and the West Bank (either disputed territory or belligerently occupied territory depending on whom you ask) are now all treated identically when it comes to American funding for cooperative projects. By the end of a second Trump term, a large portion of the West Bank will undoubtedly move into the annexed/extension of sovereignty and Israeli law category, and yesterday’s announcement is only a preview of coming attractions.

    What worries me is the issue of selling advanced weapons to our (currently or potentially) ‘friendly’ neighbors:

    “now that the UAE will be getting F-35s, the Saudis, Qataris, and Egyptians will want them too. If they don’t get them, the U.S. may provide them with other advanced fighters such as F-16s, or they may look to purchase alternative systems and equipment from Russia or China. This will create a rapidly spiraling escalation, and while Israel may be able to keep pace in some ways, the more advanced weaponry there is scattered throughout the Middle East, the harder this becomes.”


    1. By the way, I received Iron Gustav yesterday and have read about 100 pages so far. It’s brilliant, thank you for the recommendation. I’m loving it passionately.


      1. Very glad you like Iron Gustav so far and hope you’ll share a review when you finish. 🙂 Always enjoy reading your reviews, especially of books I’m planning to read myself. So far, finished “Little Man, What Now” and try to start “Wolf among Wolves” but am unsure I’ll do it soon.

        Haven’t started Iron Gustav yet, but was worried it wouldn’t be good after reading in the foreword that Joseph Goebbels forced Fallada to make ideological changes to the novel. Fallada capitulated and wrote in his diary (August 1938): ‘this month […] is marked in black in my diary. The world filled me with loathing, but I loathed myself even more for what I was doing.’

        Btw, did you order the new Penguin translation? The foreword in my version says:

        “The 1940 English edition was considerably shorter than the one that had appeared in Germany in 1938. In the first place, it was based on Fallada’s original manuscript and did not include … Moreover, Putnam removed an additional eight sections and undertook wide-ranging cuts across the board. They clearly wanted a much shorter book.

        Putnam’s editor in 1940 had little time for Fallada’s detailed and often humorous accounts of everyday life, such as the conversations in the queue for rations (Three, II) or in the waiting room of the doctor’s surgery (Three, XV) during the First World War.

        The cumulative effect of these changes was to produce characters that are much less complex and a novel that lacks the colour and vividness of Fallada’s original work.”


  2. I absolutely do not follow American politics since at least 2008. It is not my country. I care as much about US politics than, say, German politics. A very basic and interest and knowledge. This is why I do not comment on US politics here, or anywhere.

    That being said, I am not surprised. Republicans probably think that Latinos is not a homogeneous group (Republicans in Miami, and the rest of the country Democrats is probably less and less true), and hope to get more votes within that “community.” Conservatives in Canada played that game as well as the Liberals.

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