Yes, he probably is insane | Tom Camfield

Tom Camfield
Posted 10/23/20

“Mr. President, the days of using our faith for your benefit are over,” the ad from Not Our Faith warns. “We know you need the support of Christians like us to win this election. …

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Yes, he probably is insane | Tom Camfield


“Mr. President, the days of using our faith for your benefit are over,” the ad from Not Our Faith warns. “We know you need the support of Christians like us to win this election. But you can’t have it.”

In continuing, it also accuses Trump of “using Christianity for his own purposes,” and shows footage of his Bible-toting photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House, after having peaceful protesters teargassed to clear the area for him.

Not Our Faith’s advisory council includes Michael Wear, a faith adviser to former President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, and Autumn Vandehei, an aide to former Rep. Tom Delay (R-Texas), the Associated Press reported. The group is launching a six-figure TV and digital ad campaign targeting Christians, especially evangelical and Catholic voters.

“Trump eked out 2016 with unprecedented support from white evangelicals and, important to note, a really strong showing among Catholics. We’re going after all of it,” Wear told AP. “We think Christian support is on the table in this election.”

Indeed, last week more than 1,600 Christian leaders signed a letter endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden. And this week, a Pew poll found that Trump is bleeding support among Christian voters, including the evangelicals who were essential to his 2016 victory. “Christians don’t need Trump to save them,” the new ad states. “The truth is that Trump needs Christians to save his flailing campaign.”

In a USA Today op-ed, Wear took issue with Trump’s bold claims about faith ― and in particular spoke out against Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, for proclaiming that Trump had “literally saved” Christianity.

Sadly, I cannot pass along here all I read and/or save, but there’s space to quote a bit from Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University. In an editorial contribution recently to the Los Angeles Times, he pointed out how “for decades, the right has thrived on resentment and a mood of dispossession, flailing away at enemies who threaten their ideal of a white, Christian nation.” (Reminding me immediately of Ilhan Omar, a young Black Muslim woman running for re-election to Congress — whom Donald Trump just can’t get out of his mind, and to whom I accordingly sent a token contribution).

Gitlin wrote about two eminent world-class political scientists who were struck by the common use of the word “hate” on Fox News. Their study for the first four months of the year, of the evening transcripts of Fox News and MSNBC, showed that “hate” appeared 647 times on Fox and only 118 on MSNBC. Pursuing further, the researchers undertook a search for “they hate” going back to 2009 and including CNN for comparison. By 2020, Fox News was using “they hate“ more than two and one-half times as often as MSNBC and CNN combined,

“So who is doing all this hating, according to Fox News? Mainly Democrats, liberals, political elites, professionals, and the media — all self-seeking, unpatriotic, ungodly and otherwise wicked. Why else would these monsters despise ordinary people and their hero, Donald Trump?”
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Think about it when you read these local blogs. I — and others sharing some of my views — likely as not will be described as “Trump-haters,” the favorite label of a leading local troll. However, I don’t recall any of us using that particular four-letter word except in items such as this where it is specifically dealt with.

Gitlin’s article concludes: “Fox News, its radio equivaalents and the Trump White House are paranoia machines, and we have not seen the last of their furies — or of the linguistic projection that suits the all-or-nothing apocalypse they invite.”

Meanwhile, I do despise Donald Trump.

The insanity? His lying claim at a Florida rally that Minnesota Congressmember Ithan Omar had entered the county illegally “married her brother or something” and “hates America” (There’s that word again). Samolia-born Omar, a Muslim, entered the country at age 8, fleeing civil war at age 8, She was naturalized in 2000 at age 17. So Donald is in Florida, seeking a few good racists in Minnesota via free TV.

Or Saturday’s charge that Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) is “rude and obnoxious” after the latter lambasted the president for his coronavirus response and accused him with being friendly with dictators and white supremacists. Think hard on the Supreme Court nomination, Senator.

Or, in Miami, supporting a conspiracy theory alleging that Joe Biden helped orchestrate the killing of Seal Team 6 members to cover up that the Osama bin Laden assassination was fake.


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Tom Camfield

52 TIMES AS DEADLY AS FLU.—I don’t understand why, in broad and unsubstantiated generalities, our annual fall-winter siege of influenza is continually likened by some to far-deadlier Covid-19. Although the flu and coronavirus have some overlapping symptoms, the coronavirus' death rate in the US is far higher. 

Much as Trump and his ilk dislike truthful detail, particularly scientific, let’s throw a little math at them anyway. 0n average in the U.S. the flu’s death rate is .1% (note decimal point), while the coronavirus’ death rate is 5.2%.

Both viruses are most deadly for the elderly. The flu kills only .83% of infected people above age 65 (note decimal point again), whereas the coronavirus’s death rate is 10.4% for infected people from 65 to 74, some 20.8% for the 75-84 group, and 30.1% for people over 85.

While about 0.1% of people who got the flu died in the US last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus' death rate is currently about 5.2%, based on the reported totals of cases and deaths. That makes the coronavirus' average death rate 52 times higher than that of the flu.

Over 30% of US coronavirus patients over 85 have died; over 90 is not listed, so I being over-90 seem to be a write-off. I don’t like the odds, being 91, so I keep a mask readily at hand—as does my wife. Our oldest child is over 65 and is a cancer survivor. I beat pneumonia for the third time in my mid-80s.

Those numbers may not tell the whole story—which also would involve inadequate access to testing throughout the U.S. and the countless individuals who may have had coronavirus and recovered before being tested. Both could skew those percentages significantly.

This will be found all over the Internet—except at the likes of Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post (checkout line tabloid). Try:

Friday, October 23, 2020
Justin Hale

Color it any way you choose Tom, hate is hate.

“So who is doing all this hating, according to Fox News? Mainly Democrats, liberals, political elites, professionals, and the media — all self-seeking, unpatriotic, ungodly and otherwise wicked.". I can't speak about the ungodly and otherwise wickedness of the Trump-haters but I agree that they are usually the MSM, Liberals/Progressives and Democrats. Are they self-seeking?, of course they are, why else?. They are usually butt hurt Hillary voters who never got over the fact that she lost the election. Unpatriotic?, what else do you call someone who spends four years disparaging our duly elected leader, calling him all manner of evil, questioning his faith, and nearly gleeful when he get's a life threatening virus. In my mind a patriot accepts the outcome of an election, not ceaslessly works to undermine the outcome of that election.

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Marge samuelson

If nothing else I have learned that to hate Donald Trump is useless. You can't reach someone who is narcissistic, has no empathy, and is a pathological liar. We need to get him out of office. Let him go play golf, enjoy what's left of his life, just go away and let America heal.

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Marge Samuelson

"It won't be so exhausting, just having a normal president," former President Barack Obama told a Florida crowd.

Wiser words were never said.

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Tom Camfield

And then there’s what our current president tells a crowd. Donald heaped praise on his international diplomacy skill and falsely took credit for the awards at one of his campaign rallies over the weekend in New Hampshire. “Serbia and Kosovo, so we signed a deal, so they gave me a prize for that, they gave me a Nobel Prize for something else, they should give me a Nobel Prize for what I did in Syria,” he said. But then he later corrected himself and said, “When I say Nobel Prize I mean nomination, I don’t know, you know, I don’t know.”

The Nobel Committee actually actually chose for the 2020 Peace Prize the United Nations World Food Programme—for its “efforts to combat hunger” and its “contributions to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.” The WFP was founded in 1961 and provides food to more than 100 million people a year,

Meanwhile, today (Monday) the U.S. leads the world with 225,230 coronavirus deaths.


Monday, October 26, 2020
Justin Hale

Sure Tom, as if Biden doesn't misspeak and stumble over his words now and then.

The last year of the Obama administration gave 2,014,994,328 to the WFP.

In 2020 the Trump administration gave 2,733,214,268 to the WEP.


"Meanwhile, today (Monday) the U.S. leads the world with 225,230 coronavirus deaths. "......What has that to do with anything? Oh yeah, that's all Trump's fault according to the Trump-haters, so if Biden wins the Presidency and the death counts go up to 300k + that will all be on Biden, right?

Monday, October 26, 2020
Marge samuelson

Biden is not Trump. He understands what's going on and that Trump failed to lead the country in a time of crisis. So tired of this constant worship of a man who has done nothing but tear the country apart. So sad, he got to waste four years of our lives. And no, I am not better off after four years, I am seriously wondering if we will survive as a country.

Monday, October 26, 2020
Justin Hale

Biden doesn't know where he is or who he's running against half the time. This shows the Loony thinking of the Trump-haters, ignore the fact that China released this plague onto the world but politicize it, and blame Trump for it. Look no further than the biased agenda-driven MSM half-truths and distortions and the brain-dead Trump-haters who believe them that is tearing this country apart.

I had a pretty good four years up until this damn virus, unlike you I turn my anger towards to ones who created it, China, the Trump-haters turn their anger inwards towards our duly elected President and then wonder why this country is being torn apart. Think about what the police in many big cities are dealing with in preparation for an unlikely Trump victory next week, more rioting pillaging and burning, murder and mayhem, you think those will be trump supporters?

If you feel that you have wasted four years of your life carrying hate in your heart for our leader that's on you.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Tom Camfield

Was Trump ever named Michigan's “Man of the Year,” as he claims?

I heard him making the claim over TV the other day in Michigan and looked it up (again). I didn’t have to look far; see for yourself:

Like so many things, it’s just another lie—never happened and is not about to.

When Donald loses this coming week we’’ll see 11 weeks of crazed revenge from the Trump camp until Biden is inaugurated. I expect to see all manner of disruption and destruction—with Donald reaching for any nearby microphone by which he can blame the general madness on some sort of fraud perpetrated by Democrats—blue-atate governors, senators, police chiefs, etc.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to lead the world in coronavirus deaths, the total yesterday in our country having passed 225,000.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Justin Hale

"Was Trump ever named Michigan's “Man of the Year,” as he claims?" , you know how much that affects my life Tom? ZIP!

Donald my well lose the election, know how much that will affect my life Tom?, ZIP!

Why are you so obsessed with the CV death count Tom?

"When Donald loses this coming week we'll see 11 weeks of crazed revenge from the Trump camp until Biden is inaugurated." ..... You've been wrong on many things Trump, let's hope your wrong on this one also. On the other hand, why are several police departments all over the country making preparations for disorder if Biden loses? not if Trump loses.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Marge samuelson

You do know Just in hale that Joe Biden worked very hard to overcome his stuttering. He has done a great job but once in a while he has to slow down, which isn't easy when your debating someone like Trump who just lets whatever he feels in his gut spill out.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Justin Hale

When Biden denies any corrupt dealings with his Son Hunter and Ukraine and China he isn't stuttering, he's outright lying.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Marge samuelson

Trump lies all the time, no stuttering, just mainly incoherent.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020