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    • Gezza

       /  January 15, 2018

      WSJ wanting to have a public argument over whether Trump said “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” or “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” is just bloody stupid.

      I’ve listened to the WSJ audio. Even allowing for the fact Trump often obviously doesn’t listen to what he’s actually saying, shoots off on tangents, even when he’s reading a speech, and frequently just blithers, it makes more sense that in that interview Trump would say” I’d have … “, and that’s what I hear.

      Let it go.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 15, 2018

        I listened to the White House audio version and “I’d” was perfectly distinct. Trump was right, WSJ wrong.

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        • They critique the way the man walks downstairs holding a handrail at 72. CNN spent 8 minutes on it on one news show…and they say he’s insane?

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          • Gezza

             /  January 15, 2018

            This is the sort of thing I mean. Why criticise him for things that are arguable?
            Stick with things that are beyond debate. Like, he’s vulgar, he’s narcissistic, he lies, he makes and repeats fake news, and he’s ignorant. There’s no shortage of evidence for these failings.

            His ratings are low because he’s a constant embarrassment to everyone for the reasons above (except his most ardent anti-liberal anti-lefty supporter,s who’d come up with an excuse to justify it if he mooned someone on the floor of Congress).

            But be fair to the objectionable sod. Acknowledge when he achieves a policy goal, debate the pro’s & cons of his policy proposals, his appointments, his claimed successes (he’s had some – it’s ridiculous to ignore them).

            The msm & the Democrats have descended to his level of puerile insults & juvenile behaviour and their own hyperbolic, fake outrage dominates their coverage.

            Trump’s rise to power, when you look back at how vacuous and money driven and vacuously celebrity-obsessed US society has become, is actually not all that surprising.

            Rather than fixing it, though, Trump’s just exacerbating it.

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    • Gezza

       /  January 15, 2018

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  2. All delightfully secular countries who support women’s rights, encourage diversity and embrace gay citizenry. Right?

    All bastions of freedom, flag bearers for religious expression, all yelling ” girls can do anything” from the rooftops?

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  3. Public transport systems the envy of the world?

    Sanitation the same?

    Health

    Education – wheres the girls?

    Tell me these aren’t justifiably called shitholes

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  4. robertguyton

     /  January 15, 2018

    Why does everyone here accept the term “shithole”, that is, anus, as a descriptor for “bad” or worse? Are you all anally-retentive? Is it time to grow up, do ya think? 3, going on…

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    • Gezza

       /  January 15, 2018

      It’s because it’s such a commonly-used vernacular term for a place that’s considered a really bad one. If your house was described as a shithole do you think someone would be praising it?

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    • Corky

       /  January 15, 2018

      Time to withdraw gracefully, Robert. Traveller has painted a mural that can’t be beat.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 15, 2018

      I’m tempted to offer you “loony Left” as a substitute, Robert. But I have to admit “shit-hole(” is more generic.

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      • robertguyton

         /  January 15, 2018

        “As both Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have made clear, to call yourself a socialist in “the latter part of the second decade of the twenty-first century” is not the one-way ticket to political oblivion which Blair and Clinton assumed it to be. With the grim consequences of the neoliberal counter-revolution all around us, the imminent prospect of a peaceful, democratic-socialist, revolution no longer seems so bad.”

        Chris Trotter

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    • Shithole is a well used term in the English speaking people’s vernacular. Nobody thinks of anuses especially, but inherently those of us even vaguely in the real world understand it.

      It’s a rarity to see priggish Southern Presbyterian types being offended so easily.

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