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Joseph Natoli

Joseph Natoli

Joseph P Natoli is a retired college professor and author of numerous books on culture and politics. He is a member of the editorial collective of BAD SUBJECTS, the oldest political online magazine on the web. He writes regularly for a number of political and pop culture online magazines, including SENSES OF CINEMA, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL, POPMATTERS, AMERICANA, DANDELION SALAD, GODOT, TRUTHOUT

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  1. 1

    Anthony Bernardo

    He’s actually already started the downfall by picking a fight with the Owl of the Senate. Trump can’t get anything done on his agenda without a hoot from the Owl. Even now, without the 800 bil savings in the repeal of O care, there can’t be any major tax overhaul without an expansion of the deficit, and the same is true with infrastructure spending. That’s three out of four main legs (wall/immigration) that won’t happen by the 2018 election. Then Trump is in a lose lose position. If the Rs hold the Senate, the Owl stays on as majority leader. If the Ds take the Senate, the entire agenda is gone. I doubt he’s thought it through that far. Regarding Korea, Trump may have put Kim between a rock and a hard place. If Kim attacks Guam, it’s all over for him. If Kim doesn’t attack Guam, he loses major face. Either way, Kim is done. I doubt that Trump understood this with his goading remarks, but maybe.

    1. 1.1

      Richard Ivans

      Trump can’t get anything done without Senate approval?
      Are these anything?
      -1- illegal border crossing down 70% since taking office

      -2- July unemployment rate was 4.3%, a 16 year low.

      -3- Stock market (ie, Joe’s 403(b) portfolio, mine too) is at a record high, extending an already long bull market even further, making Joe and me wealthier.

      -4- Israel is our friend again.

      -5- Saudi Arabia is our friend again.

      -6- Tension between Israel and Saudi Arabia is reduced, indicated by President Trump flying Air Force One directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel, the first direct flight *EVER*.

      -7- The war on “the JV Team” is going well. Where we had none, we now have some cooperation and coordination with Russia on that war.

      -8- President Trump spoke to 50+ Arab Muslim leaders about “Islamic extremism” and “Islamic terror” (words Obama never uttered). Immediately afterwards several Muslim nations, including Saudi Arabia, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in an unprecedented protest against Qatar’s support of terrorism.

      http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-executive-orders-memorandum-proclamations-presidential-action-guide-2017-1/#executive-order-april-28-exploring-offshore-energy-prospects-4

    2. 1.2

      Anthony Bernardo

      Richard, border crossings were down before he took office. Has been down for years. Unemployment is fake news. Oh wait: this is real news because it’s Trumps unemployment. Forgot. Unemployment has been on a downward trend from the high of around 10% caused by bad economic policy, since 2010. It was around 4.6 when O left office. Hardly an accomplishment. Stock market was the longest bull market before Trump. Fortunately, he hasn’t screwed it up yet. The middle east is the middle east. Some day it will change. I myself think Netanyahu is not interested in a 2 state solution. Russia. Give me a break. Putin is laughing his ass off at his leash dog Trump and Trump doesn’t even realize it.

    3. 1.5

      Richard Ivans

      Anthony Bernardo,
      When unemployment went down during Obama, was that a good thing?

      But now that it is going down even further (which like the long bull market is more and more difficult to sustain) under President Trump that is not a good thing?

      https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

    4. 1.6

      Richard Ivans

      Anthony Bernardo,
      Yeah, President Trump is Putin’s leash dog alright. LOL

      When Putin jerks his leash and orders him lower his head he does. LOL

      Yeah, President Trump has no idea how to handle dictators. He should have learned from the stellar performance of his predecessor….

      President Trump should have done a RESET WITH RUSSIA like Obama did. Reverse the missile defense system like Obama did.

      President Trump is a fool. He should treat dictators in Asia like Obama did. For example, how Obama treated the Emperor of Japan, son of Hirohito, the most brutal dictator ever in the long history of Asia.

    5. 1.7

      Richard Ivans

      DEADLY STUPID POSTURING
      May 2009 North Korea explodes a nuclear bomb
      Nov 2009 Obama on Asia apology tour, kowtowing to Hirohito’s son
      Feb 2013 North Korea explodes a nuclear bomb
      Jan 2016 North Korea explodes a nuclear bomb
      Sep 2016 North Korea explodes a nuclear bomb

      I wonder if Obama verbally apologized to Hirohito’s son for dropping atomic bombs on them. Or maybe the kowtow was apology enough.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_weapons_tests_of_North_Korea

    6. 1.8

      Richard Ivans

      Anthony Bernardo,
      You think maybe Kim Jong un saw that kowtow?

    7. 1.9

      Anthony Bernardo

      Ah, when your defense is an attack on O, I know blood has been drawn.

    8. 1.10

      Anthony Bernardo

      Hey, I defended Obama by building up Obama. You defended Trump by knocking down Obama. I do see blood, but none of mine.

    9. 1.11

      Anthony Bernardo

      Richard, if you think anything will get done without House and Senate support, you’re as foolish as you leader.

  2. 2

    Anthony Bernardo

    He’s actually already started the downfall by picking a fight with the Owl of the Senate. Trump can’t get anything done on his agenda without a hoot from the Owl. Even now, without the 800 bil savings in the repeal of O care, there can’t be any major tax overhaul without an expansion of the deficit, and the same is true with infrastructure spending. That’s three out of four main legs (wall/immigration) that won’t happen by the 2018 election. Then Trump is in a lose lose position. If the Rs hold the Senate, the Owl stays on as majority leader. If the Ds take the Senate, the entire agenda is gone. I doubt he’s thought it through that far. Regarding Korea, Trump may have put Kim between a rock and a hard place. If Kim attacks Guam, it’s all over for him. If Kim doesn’t attack Guam, he loses major face. Either way, Kim is done. I doubt that Trump understood this with his goading remarks, but maybe.

    1. 2.1

      Richard Ivans

      Trump can’t get anything done without Senate approval?
      Are these anything?
      -1- illegal border crossing down 70% since taking office

      -2- July unemployment rate was 4.3%, a 16 year low.

      -3- Stock market (ie, Joe’s 403(b) portfolio, mine too) is at a record high, extending an already long bull market even further, making Joe and me wealthier.

      -4- Israel is our friend again.

      -5- Saudi Arabia is our friend again.

      -6- Tensions between Israel and Saudi Arabia are reduced, indicated by President Trump flying Air Force One directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel, the first direct flight *EVER*.

      -7- The war on “the JV Team” is going well. Where we had none, we now have some cooperation and coordination with Russia on that war.

      -8- President Trump spoke to 50+ Arab Muslim leaders about “Islamic extremism” and “Islamic terror” (words Obama never uttered). Immediately afterwards several Muslim nations, including Saudi Arabia, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in an unprecedented protest against Qatar’s support of terrorism.

      http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-executive-orders-memorandum-proclamations-presidential-action-guide-2017-1/#executive-order-april-28-exploring-offshore-energy-prospects-4

    2. 2.2

      Anthony Bernardo

      Richard, border crossings were down before he took office. Has been down for years. Unemployment is fake news. Oh wait: this is real news because it’s Trumps unemployment. Forgot. Unemployment has been on a downward trend from the high of around 10% caused by bad economic policy, since 2010. It was around 4.6 when O left office. Hardly an accomplishment. Stock market was the longest bull market before Trump. Fortunately, he hasn’t screwed it up yet. The middle east is the middle east. Some day it will change. I myself think Netanyahu is not interested in a 2 state solution. Russia. Give me a break. Putin is laughing his ass off at his leash dog Trump and Trump doesn’t even realize it.

    3. 2.5

      Richard Ivans

      Anthony Bernardo,
      When unemployment went down during Obama, was that a good thing?

      But now that it is going down even further (which like the long bull market is more and more difficult to sustain) under President Trump that is not a good thing?

      https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

    4. 2.6

      Richard Ivans

      Anthony Bernardo,
      Yeah, President Trump is Putin’s leash dog alright. LOL

      When Putin jerks his leash and orders him lower his head he does. LOL

      Yeah, President Trump has no idea how to handle dictators. He should have learned from the stellar performance of his predecessor….

      President Trump should have done a RESET WITH RUSSIA like Obama did. Reverse the missile defense system like Obama did.

      President Trump is a fool. He should treat dictators in Asia like Obama did. For example, how Obama treated the Emperor of Japan, son of Hirohito, the most brutal dictator ever in the long history of Asia.

    5. 2.7

      Richard Ivans

      DEADLY STUPID POSTURING
      May 2009 North Korea explodes a nuclear bomb
      Nov 2009 Obama on Asia apology tour, kowtowing to Hirohito’s son
      Feb 2013 North Korea explodes a nuclear bomb
      Jan 2016 North Korea explodes a nuclear bomb
      Sep 2016 North Korea explodes a nuclear bomb

      I wonder if Obama verbally apologized to Hirohito’s son for dropping atomic bombs on them. Or maybe the kowtow was apology enough.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_weapons_tests_of_North_Korea

    6. 2.8

      Richard Ivans

      Anthony Bernardo,
      You think maybe Kim Jong un saw that kowtow?

    7. 2.9

      Anthony Bernardo

      Ah, when your defense is an attack on O, I know blood has been drawn.

    8. 2.10

      Anthony Bernardo

      Hey, I defended Obama by building up Obama. You defended Trump by knocking down Obama. I do see blood, but none of mine.

    9. 2.11

      Anthony Bernardo

      Richard, if you think anything will get done without House and Senate support, you’re as foolish as you leader.

  3. 3

    Richard Ivans

    money is how we exchange labor.

    A teacher buys a car with money, not with teaching lessons.
    A farmer buys a tractor with money.

    Both the teacher and the farmer labor to get money they then use to buy cars and tractors.

    Money, the lust, the greed for money is nothing more than the lust for labor.

    Who doesn’t want to accumulate as much labor as possible with the least effort possible?

    Who sweeps their driveway with a toothbrush?

    Who looks at their 403(b) stock and bond portfolio balance and doesn’t care if it went down?

    Who doesn’t care if they pay $10 or $2 for a gallon of gasoline?

    ——————-
    It’s always the other guy who is greedy.

  4. 4

    Richard Ivans

    Trump’s End?

    Joe,
    President Trump isn’t even 7 months into his presidency and already you’re writing about his end.

    Well, that’s not really correct. You and others have been writing about his end for 9 months, since last November.
    ————–
    THE ELECTION IS OVER, THE END ISN’T FOR YEARS
    Get over it. President Trump was elected by a significant margin. America wanted him to be our president. He beat out a couple dozen other people to win. It wasn’t a fringe group of crackpots that wanted Trump to be our president. It wasn’t some people who didn’t know what they were voting for. Donald Trump had been in American news for over 30 years. Before being elected, Obama, Clinton, and Carter had been in the news for maybe 1/4 as long.
    —————
    WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED
    President Trump ran on securing the border, fighting terrorism, cutting excessive regulations, downsizing government, eliminating dumb spending programs, strong military, and making our economy strong. In less than 7 months he has made significant progress in those areas. Exactly what he was elected to do.
    —————
    ATTACK THE PERSON WHEN YOU CAN’T THE POLICIES
    Equating our President to Kim Jong Un? Robert Mugabe?

    Both those guys are socialists. President Trump is a capitalist.
    Mugabe and Jong Un aren’t crafty businessmen, they didn’t create and own multi-billion dollar international conglomerates. They spent almost all their lives in politics.

    Both those guys got to power with fraudulent elections. Jong Un and Mugabe got into power because people like Donna Brazile, CNN, Hillary, Podesta, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC leadership cheated for them. President Trump got into power in spite of those people.

    Both Mugabe and Jong Un are big government guys, expanding government’s reach into people’s lives. President Trump is an opposite here too.
    ————–
    DEMEANOR
    That’s how we judge a leader? By demeanor?
    Andrew Jackson isn’t on the 20 because of his demeanor.
    George Washington isn’t on the 1 because of his.

    Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson aren’t the greatest heavy weights of all times because of demeanor.

    When you can’t knock a fellow’s accomplishments then you go after his demeanor. That’s why Ali was The Louisville Lip and an arrogant n—. That’s why Andrew Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt were labeled unfit for office, because of demeanor.

    That’s also why our President, creator, owner and manager of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate, successful in many fields, employer of tens of thousands of men and women of all colors, creating products and services bought by millions, year after year, here and abroad, is labeled…
    — bankrupt
    — racist
    — unable to handle complex tasks
    — not trustworthy
    — ignorant of social graces
    — ignorant of government
    — ignorant of foreign affairs
    — just plain ignorant

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/political-cartoon-depicts-president-andrew-jackson-sitting-news-photo/517354664?esource=SEO_GIS_CDN_Redirect#political-cartoon-depicts-president-andrew-jackson-sitting-stunned-as-picture-id517354664

  5. 5

    Richard Ivans

    Trump’s End?

    Joe,
    President Trump isn’t even 7 months into his presidency and already you’re writing about his end.

    Well, that’s not really correct. You and others have been writing about his end for 9 months, since last November.
    ————–
    THE ELECTION IS OVER, THE END ISN’T FOR YEARS
    Get over it. President Trump was elected by a significant margin. America wanted him to be our president. He beat out a couple dozen other people to win. It wasn’t a fringe group of crackpots that wanted Trump to be our president. It wasn’t some people who didn’t know what they were voting for. Donald Trump had been in American news for over 30 years. Before being elected, Obama, Clinton, and Carter had been in the news for maybe 1/4 as long.
    —————
    WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED
    President Trump ran on securing the border, fighting terrorism, cutting excessive regulations, downsizing government, eliminating dumb spending programs, strong military, and making our economy strong. In less than 7 months he has made significant progress in those areas. Exactly what he was elected to do.
    —————
    ATTACK THE PERSON WHEN YOU CAN’T THE POLICIES
    Equating our President to Kim Jong Un? Robert Mugabe?

    Both those guys are socialists. President Trump is a capitalist.
    Mugabe and Jong Un aren’t crafty businessmen, they didn’t create and own multi-billion dollar international conglomerates. They spent almost all their lives in politics.

    Both those guys got to power with fraudulent elections. Jong Un and Mugabe got into power because people like Donna Brazile, CNN, Hillary, Podesta, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC leadership cheated for them. President Trump got into power in spite of those people.

    Both Mugabe and Jong Un are big government guys, expanding government’s reach into people’s lives. President Trump is an opposite here too.
    ————–
    DEMEANOR
    That’s how we judge a leader? By demeanor?
    Andrew Jackson isn’t on the 20 because of his demeanor.
    George Washington isn’t on the 1 because of his.

    Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson aren’t the greatest heavy weights of all times because of demeanor.

    When you can’t knock a fellow’s accomplishments then you go after his demeanor. That’s why Ali was The Louisville Lip and an arrogant n—. That’s why Andrew Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt were labeled unfit for office, because of demeanor.

    That’s also why President Trump, creator, owner and manager of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate, successful in many fields, employer of tens of thousands of men and women of all colors, creating products and services bought by millions, year after year, here and abroad, is labeled…
    — bankrupt
    — racist
    — unable to handle complex tasks
    — not trustworthy
    — ignorant of social graces
    — ignorant of government
    — ignorant of foreign affairs
    — just plain ignorant

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/political-cartoon-depicts-president-andrew-jackson-sitting-news-photo/517354664?esource=SEO_GIS_CDN_Redirect#political-cartoon-depicts-president-andrew-jackson-sitting-stunned-as-picture-id517354664

  6. 6

    Anthony Bernardo

    Trump was given the business by his father. It was worth 200 mil at the time. Had he put the money in an index fund he would be worth about the same as Forbes estimates his current net worth, not the bs number Trump puts out. He’s a total con man, and a schmuck.

  7. 7

    Anthony Bernardo

    Trump was given the business by his father. It was worth 200 mil at the time. Had he put the money in an index fund he would be worth about the same as Forbes estimates his current net worth, not the bs number Trump puts out. He’s a total con man, and a schmuck.

  8. 8

    Richard Ivans

    During the Republican debates Marco Rubio jabbed at Donald Trump saying he inherited $100 million from his father. Turning $100 million into $3.5 billion requires a 21.8% annual increase.

    21.8% > 5.4%

  9. 9

    Anthony Bernardo

    The 100 million was on his death in 1999. That adds to the 200 million business the father gave him, not split, in 1970s. The Dow was 1000 ish in 1980. It was 18000 ish when he won. 18 X 200 equals 3.6 bil. Plus add the 100 mil compounded. The Dow index would have been just as good. I know you love alt. facts.

  10. 10

    Anthony Bernardo

    The 100 million was on his death in 1999. That adds to the 200 million business the father gave him, not split, in 1970s. The Dow was 1000 ish in 1980. It was 18000 ish when he won. 18 X 200 equals 3.6 bil. Plus add the 100 mil compounded. The Dow index would have been just as good. I know you love alt. facts.

  11. 11

    Anthony Bernardo

    Actually, I went to a history of DT on Wiki. Who is occupy democrats?

  12. 12

    Anthony Bernardo

    Actually, I went to a history of DT on Wiki. Who is occupy democrats?

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