Tuesday, August 30, 2016

In the Tank

The mainstream press.  In the tank for Trump:

"As Donald Trump arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a rally a week ago, he stepped out of his motorcade and was greeted by a familiar face: Corey Lewandowski.

Lewandowski had been fired in late-June after serving as Trump’s first campaign manager. Given the internal fighting, Trump’s losing ground in the polls, and the candidate’s and his family’s alleged lack of confidence in Lewandowski, the campaign cut him loose June 20.

Now, a few weeks and a lucrative cable network contract later, Lewandowski is back in the fold, according to multiple campaign sources. They describe Lewandowski’s relationship with the candidate as “stronger than ever.” 

“They talk almost every day,” one senior level campaign staffer said, requesting anonymity."

But at the same time, Lewandowski is getting paid by CNN to "report" on the campaign.

All of this, of course, to a background of right wing howls about how the "liberal press" is working to elect Hillary.

And that's why we can't have nice things any more.  Like Democracy.


Monday, August 29, 2016

The Penis Tweeter Rides Again!

Anthony Weiner!  I mean, what a name.  If there is a silver lining to all of this, it is that he wasn't named Anthony Asshole, or we would really have some ugly pictures out there.

So, here's the thing.  Mr. Weiner decided that this was a great time to get up to his former habits, what with his wife in the middle of helping to run a Presidential candidate's race.  And of all the women on earth to send his pathetic tweets to, he had to pick "a “self-avowed supporter of Donald Trump."  No, really.  And then he sent her pictures of himself on a bed with his small son.  Boy, that is really designed to arouse a strange woman, huh?

Well, here is my explanation of all this.  I admit that I have no proof except what all of us must know in our hearts.  This was not an accident, nor another random disgusting act.  Weiner is obviously a very sick narcissist.  As such, it is inevitable that he would find a way to blame his downfall on his wife, and her close friend Hillary.  So, here is his revenge- doing what he can to humiliate Huma and Hillary, and do whatever damage he can to Hillary's campaign, even at the price of showing the world what a pathetic specimen of a man he is. He has come to hate his wife, and her supportive friend Hillary, so much, that he is willing to end any shred of hope that he might rehabilitate himself in the public eye, in order to hurt them both.

An ugly spectacle, by an ugly person.  Tell me I'm wrong, despite my lack of "smoking gun" evidence.  You won't because I am not wrong.


This is a Real Thing


Operation Taco Bowl.

What's next?


By the way, in case you were worried, 100 people showed up for this event.  In Orange County, where there are 100 racists in every mini-mall.  And maybe half of them were from the area, and some of those were actually Hispanic.

I mean, we all know Trump is a deranged, hate-filled bully.  But, what the hell is the trip with all those people who think that would make a good leader?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

I just can't tell you how painful it has been, dredging through this crap the last couple of weeks. Anyway, here it is:

Let's just start out with a special mention of Katrina Pierson, Trump's most pathetic spokesperson, who has this to say:

"Katrinia Pierson on CNN just said Trump hasn't "changed his position on immigration, he's just changed the words he's saying."

Oh well, that explains everything.  He's not hating, he's just lying.  I feel so much better now.

"BREAKING: Paul Manafort Has Resigned From Trump's Campaign"

So shut up about Putin already, would you?

And now the lastest in Wingnut Wrapup's series of Not Funny Right Wing Cartoons:

Because losing half their territory is not retreat.  Not if Obama had anything to do with it.  Sort of interesting, isn't it, that Trump's campaign seems to be tied to ISIS winning.

Michael Barone, Town Hall:  "Today's Candidates Don't Measure Up to Roosevelt or Reagan"

Michael, I think you meant up to Roosevelt or down to Reagan.  See, things aren't as bad as they could be.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Obama, the Worst President Ever, Except Maybe for Hillary"

God, she hasn't even been elected yet, and she's already the worst President in history.

Just as a reminder, I thought it might be good to remember this:

I mean, while we're talking about worst President in history, and all.  David continues:

"It's one thing for "Never Trump" Republicans to criticize Donald Trump, but Democrats, the liberal media and pedestal-perched professors who have enabled President Obama and now support Hillary Clinton have no standing to do so."

Democrats have NO STANDING to criticize Donald Trump.  So just SHUT UP!!!  Hillary has no right to even campaign, as she is already THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY!

Stridentconservative, Red State:  "Obama’s Socially Engineered Military Is Full Of Anti-Christian Wusses"

Talk about respect for our troops.

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "The Monkeys are Running the Zoo, and Spending Your Money to do it … Literally"

Literally? Monkeys literally spending money.  Man, I can hardly wait to see that.

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "Dana Perino Unloads on Poll Deniers: “I Won’t Be a Party to Delusion”

Delusion?  Dana, you were George W. Bush's press secretary.  Don't remember that?

Anthony J. Ciani, American Thinker:  "Why Would Russians Hack Democrats?"

This is a complete mystery to Anthony.  I mean, aren't Democrats the sellouts to the commies?  I mean, isn't it the Democratic Presidential candidate who has essentially promised Putin that he can invade anyone he wants?  No? It was the other guy?  Sorry, then.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Obama's war on private enterprise takes down another industry"

The "industry" in question?  Private prisons.  Green Eagle just can't find the words to describe how sad he is about that, as he was sort of thinking of a whole new career as a prison guard.



"Basically, profit seems to be a dirty word for the Democrats, showing they have no idea or don't care how the United States got to be the strongest economy in the World."

Profiting from imprisoning people?  Yeah, that is a dirty idea, at least to decent people.  Not you, Thomas?  Okay, then, we'll keep that in mind.

J. Marsolo, American Thinker:  "Obama's release of Gitmo terrorists endangers Americans"

No comment on how much Americans are endangered by allowing our government to keep people in prison for fifteen years without even filing charges against them.

Kaitlyn Collins, Daily Caller:  "Britney Spears Stunned Her Fans When She Posted This TOPLESS Photo On Instagram"

What I want to know is, why don't we get vital political reporting like this on Daily Kos?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Another DNC Official Is Leaving Following Wikileaks Scandal"

Just have to push the both sides thing, don't you Cortney...that "DNC official" would be one finance director Jordan Kaplan, who, I'll bet, no one here has ever heard of, and whose "crimes" were so minor that Cortney could not find one to report on.  Unlike, say, Trump's people, who are traitors.

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "The 7 Dumbest Things That Offended Liberals"

Well, how about the 13 million dumbest things that offended liberals:  the assholes that voted to give us Trump as a Presidential candidate?

David Reaboy, Red State:  "No, Trump’s Advisor Joe Schmitz isn’t an Anti-Semite"

He only plays one on TV.  And everywhere else he goes too.

And of course, it's all our fault for voting Democratic:

Tom Knighton, PJ Media:  "EpiPen Costs Skyrocket, Because Big Government Ruins Everything...Doctors and patients say the Mylan pharmaceutical company has jacked up the prices for an EpiPen -- the portable device that can stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction -- from around $100 in 2008 to $500 and up today.  That's a hike of over 400 percent.  "Patients are calling and saying they can't afford it," said Dr. Douglas McMahon, an allergy specialist in Maplewood, Minnesota. "They're between a rock and a hard place." Following a recall by Mylan's chief competitor last year, the company now enjoys a near monopoly."

The company took the failure of their competitor as an opportunity to jack up their prices by 400%.  This is the fault of those damned Democrats because no one else has been able to meet the FDA standards for a new product yet, and who could ever blame rich people for taking any opportunity they can get to screw people?

"So Big Government regulations slow down the rise of living standards -- thus harming the poor, not helping them. Who knew? (Hint: conservatives. They knew.)"

Better for someone to be allowed to sell epi-pens filled with diet Coke or something.  That's the American way.  Of course, Tom does not have a shred of evidence that the government is doing  this out of anything but the concern for public safety which is their job, but when did that sort of thing ever stop a right wing liar?

"Despite the extensive knowledge regarding the safety of epinephrine, the FDA has no "fast track" option for competitors to Mylan."

No "fast track" way to evade concerns about public safety.  The Bastards.  And actually, we all know that the real reason is that Hillary has bought up the nation's supply of epi-pens to get her from now to the election.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Flood Victims Cheer Trump in Louisiana: “We Knew You’d Be Here!” 

WE knew he'd be there too- no camera in the country that he's not leaping in front of these days.  I just hope that his cheering victims didn't also "know" that he would do a damned thing to help them, because he isn't there to help them, he's there to pretend he cares about anyone but himself.  That's okay, though.  No one that is not as stupid as Jim fell for it.  And continuing Jim's crap about the rains in Louisiana:

"TRUMP COMFORTS LOUISIANA FLOOD VICTIMS – Obama Lectures Victims on Racism… From Golf Course"

Obama lectures victims of racism, and, of course, leads a highly organized and effective FEMA operation to deal with the problem.  Jim forgot that part.  Meanwhile, Trump "comforts" flood victims by giving them free Play-Doh.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "PROTESTERS Crash Trump Fundraiser, BEAT AND ROB Trump Supporters Leaving MN Convention Center"

The Trump supporters were robbed blind if they gave a nickel to his campaign, and as for the beating, that's coming in November.  And as for any Trump people that were harmed, take another look at the video of real Trump supporters I posted a while ago.  These people deserve to be beaten bloody; and don't try to tell me I am wrong here- they are anti-American racists determined to destroy our country so they can live in the white supremacist dictatorship they are yearning for.  Getting a few eggs thrown at them (the majority of the violence here) doesn't even begin to be what they deserve.

Kaitlan Collins, Daily Caller:  "Here's How George Bush Responded To Louisiana Compared To Obama Today"

Kaitlyn, George Bush responded to Louisiana by turning FEMA over to his college friend as soon as he took office, who left it totally nonfunctional when it faced a major disaster.  Obama responded by rectifying the situation and making FEMA an organization capable of doing its job, like it was under Bill Clinton.  Who showed up for a photo op and when, really doesn't mean a damned thing compared to that.  Under Democrats, government works; under Republicans it doesn't.

Breitbart:  "Animal Rights Activists Wish Death upon 12-Year-Old Female Hunter"

And here she is, with the poor giraffe she killed:

Screw it- you know what? I wish death on her too, and on the miserable parents that brought up a child so psychopathic and lacking in empathy that she could do this.

Christian Datoc, Daily Caller:  "Christie: Hillary's Broken Promises To Black Community Are 'Unacceptable'...'A Trump presidency will address those things head on, without caving into the special interests'

Sorry, that remark is beyond the reach of sarcasm.

Moses Apostaticus, Daily Caller:  "The Alt-Right: Young White Men Sick Of Being Hated"

Ha.  Moses sort of forgot about all the hating they are doing on their own.  But they're white guys- they are allowed to hate.

"Schooled in extreme leftist ideology during her college years and having refined her rhetorical barbs inside the deeply corrupt Democratic machine, she’s expert at pushing the ideological buttons which leftists have been programmed to respond to."

Like objecting to violent white racist bullies with guns.  That sure is pushing an ideological button, alright.

 "The problem that Hillary and other leftists are encountering now is that young, white men have had enough, and are starting to push back against the dogma en masse."

With more violent racism.  How quaint.  And by the way, we think they have had enough too.  Enough of a free ride on the backs of non-white people around the world.  Now, they are getting a taste of what it is like to be on the bottom of the heap, and they don't like it too much.  Well, too damned bad.

"This is what has leftists worried. Leftists haven’t had any real intellectual opposition for a very long time, and they now have a formidable foe indeed."

Not that I'd exactly call hatred and bigotry "intellectual," though.

James Harris, Daily Caller:  "Millions of African Americans...aren't being heard when asking for safe neighborhoods or criticizing a welfare system that destroyed their families."

If they aren't being heard, how do we know they exist?  In fact, and I'm just guessing here, given that Trump's support among African Americans hovers between zero and one percent in most States, they don't exist.  But, what do I know?

Wayne Allen Root, American Thinker:  "That Angry White Males Have Every Right to be Angry"

Great.  Just do it somewhere  else, please.  Or to each other.

Michael Curtis, American Thinker:  "Two Problems for the Next President of the United States...They center on Vladimir Putin, the enigma of the East."

Funny, isn't it, that Michael got through this entire article without even mentioning the fact that Putin owns Donald Trump.  In fact, he never even mentioned Trump in the whole piece.

And let's just end this nonsense with the following:

Bruce Walker, American Thinker:  "The sound and sight of an old, fat, sick coughing woman beside a healthy and vigorous man speaking confidently and clearly can only hurt Hillary and help Trump.  Hillary's uncontrolled coughing will be the story coming out of the debate, no matter what the candidates actually said, and that will make her health an issue that may not go away until Election Day."

Bruce knows this because he can see into the future, and has already watched the first debate, in which Hillary falls to the floor in a fit, while several dozen "security" guys jab her with epi-pens from every direction.  Unable to control herself, she would then promptly revert to her real appearance as a lizard person from outer space.  That would sure put a damper on her campaign.

And you know, Hillary could put an end to all of this, with a letter from her doctor, maybe like the one who vouched for Trump's health:

Oh well, at least it answers the question of what this guy has been up to for the last couple of decades:


"the next day, the Trump campaign ought to say nothing more than "we hope Mrs. Clinton is doing better today, and we hope that she is able to well for the next debate."  Nothing snide, nothing editorial, and nothing more."

Because that would be Trump all over.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Storm

Why do people send out "tweet storms?"  Why do they not just say what they have to say, in a nice, easy to read article, post it somewhere relatively public, and see how people respond?  Instead, they voluntarily reduce political conversation to nothing but an endless series of cheap sound bites.

Honestly, I think sending out "tweet storms" should be dealt with by a course of electroshock therapy.

My Point Exactly

Daily Kos this morning, making a point that I have been trying to get people to accept for several years now:

"The week started with attacks on the Clinton foundation (which fizzled, to the consternation of many in the media and to the embarrassment of the AP) and ended with a scathing attack on Donald Trump’s anti-Semitic and racist connections...

But there is a reason why people like Rove and Trump employ this tactic: the media buys it. For example, here are some of the headlines emanating from yesterday:

ABC: Clinton, Trump Tangle Over RacismWashington Post: Clinton, Trump exchange racially charged accusationsCNN: Clinton says Trump leading ‘hate movement’; he calls her a ‘bigot’Politico: Trump and Clinton throw more blows in bigotry fight

In other words, projection isn’t just a psychological defense mechanism anymore. It is a political strategy used to ensure that the media reports moments like this as a “he said/she said” that is the basis of bothsiderism. It works."

Let me make this clear:  "Projection" is not what is going on here.  Projection is a psychological problem, not a cynical political strategy.  And more importantly, because this article still does not make the key point, what is happening here is not Republicans duping the press, it is Republicans acting in collaboration with the press, which is owned by Republicans and is determined to interpret Democratic truth-telling about Republicans, and Republican lies about Democrats as exactly the same.

There is not an informed person in the country, including all of the reporters for the mainstream media, who does not know absolutely, that the stories about the Clinton foundation are lies, and that the evidence that Trump is a monster is all over the place.  Yet they repeat the charges from both sides, over and over again as though they deserve equal weight.

This is a perfect way to kill a free society.  And they are well along in their campaign to do just that.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Hatchet Job on the Clintons from the Left

Everybody hates them!  Even though nobody can actually find anything evil they have ever done!  But who cares?  It's so much fun to help turn the country over to a traitor. The object of my current disgust?  An article that appeared in Harpers' magazine a couple of years ago, which has suddenly been resurrected.  I found out about it from some alleged left wingers on Facebook who apparently do not have the ability to either read or think, and who seem to believe that it really stitches up the Clintons quite tightly.  I wouldn't bother with it here, but my response is so long that it was not suitable for a Facebook comment.  I'll direct readers of that thread over here; anyone else is welcome to read or not, as I give it a bit of the Wingnut Wrapup treatment:

"After endless delays and excuses, the Clinton Foundation released its 2014 tax return"

The publication date for this article was November 17, 2015. The Clinton Foundation's 2014 tax return was presumably not due until April, 2015, and if their accountants had filed for an automatic extension, that would make the public release of the information less than two months after the return was legally due.  That does not amount to "endless delays," but it certainly shows the tone of hysteria with which the author is about to present whatever material he was able to dredge up.

"Journalists are going to be scouring through this new financial information and pumping out “balanced” stories that evade what is already evident, namely that the  Clintons have used their foundation for crass profiteering and influence peddling. If the Justice Department and law enforcement agencies do their jobs, the foundation will be closed and its current and past trustees, who include Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, will be indicted. That’s because their so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich Clinton family friends. It is beyond dispute that former President Clinton has been directly involved in helping foundation donors and his personal cronies get rich."
Even though the writer of this article, one Ken Silverstein, seems to lack a single shred of evidence to support his maniacal claims.

And here is a damning piece of information:  The Clintons used an accounting firm from Bill's home State, Arkansas to handle the foundation's books.  About this, Silverstein says:

"It brings to mind Bernie Madoff, who also used a small accounting shop when he was running his notorious Ponzi scheme."

So now the Clintons are on a level with the biggest corporate criminals in American history, because they used a small accounting firm.  Because, by the way, we've never heard of criminality on the part of large and famous accounting firms.

"The new audit that was released yesterday was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a major accounting firm. I’ve been told by multiple sources with knowledge of the review that PwC was under tremendous outside pressure to turn in a truthful audit as opposed to the shoddy work performed by BKD. "

Multiple sources, all unnamed, of course.  Boy is that a common thing among people who like to attack the Clintons.

“I can’t say for certain that it’s illegal because I don’t have access to all the financial information but at best they are skating along the edge,” the source added. "

The (of course) unnamed source "can't say" that it is illegal, because he does not have a shred of evidence that it is; otherwise he would be pounding our heads in with it.  But that certainly won't stop him from saying it is, now, will it?

“They get away with it because the major media outlets are too lazy to look into it but the [Congressional] Benghazi Committee has access to the key information, and so do government agencies like the IRS, the SEC and the FEC. If you put together the information that all of these agencies have it’s obvious that the foundation is a fraud.”

The Benghazi committee!  The Benghazi committee had proof that the Clintons did something illegal, and they ignored it!  Can you even believe that someone had the nerve to say that?

Bill and Hillary Clinton have in tandem made enormous sums of money since Bill left the White House. According to the Washington Post, they netted at least $136.5 million between 2001 and 2012. “All the Benghazi committee has to do is match up Hillary’s travel as secretary of state with Bill’s speaking arrangements...can they get away with that? The committee is either corrupt or incompetent, or both.”

Oh yes, the Benghazi committee was on the take, covering for Hillary's criminality. And all on the say so of the usual unnamed sources.  Is there anyone on earth stupid enough to fall for that?*

"There’s also Sidney Blumenthal, another Clinton administration veteran and long-time Clinton family hatchet man. (Perhaps I’m biased but my view is that allowing Blumenthal to operate in the political environment is like letting Typhoid Mary loose in an orphanage.)"

Sidney Blumenthal!  And they paid him to work for them! And what's more, Blumenthal also works for organizations promoting Hillary's candidacy!  The corruption!  What next, is this article going to claim that Vince Foster was killed so he could serve as Hillary's personal liason with Satan?

Well, this malignant article goes on and on, filled with invective and smears, and without one substantiable fact to prove the Clintons were up to a thing but running a very successful and transparent charity, which has done tremendous good.  But, who cares?  It's been proven again and again, for over twenty years, that, when you are smearing the Clintons, everything is fair game.



*Apparently there are such people, or I would not have to spend my time writing things like this.

The Press Casts Their Vote

Things I heard yesterday:

ABC News providing a detailed, absolutely fabricated account of Hillary's charitable activities, straight out of the Trump campaign.  They treated Trump's smears and the actual, well known truth as equally likely to be true, and when called out on it, weaseled around and still refused to state openly that they were purveying lies.

NPR:  I heard them while I was driving to work, discussing the lying Trump accusations against the Clinton foundation as equally likely to be true or false, with the clear implication that we just can't trust someone who has all these rumors swirling around her.  And again, I must repeat what we all know perfectly well: not one person who touched this story has a shred of doubt that it is a monstrous lie, but they repeat it anyway because...because that is what they get paid to do.

And now, we hear about more e-mails from Hillary; e-mails which no one in the press has ever seen, but that does not stop them from reporting with a tone which clearly implies that they are going to reveal some horrible misdeeds.  So, when, like every similar story for three years, this one turns out to be about nothing, the press will just forget about it and report about even more e-mails, which may or may not even exist, but which will surely, finally, provide the smoking-gun evidence that Hillary, who has survived two decades of these lies, is a horrible witch.

So, totally fabricated stories about mythical evildoing by Hillary continue to grab the attention of the mainstream media, day after day, month after month, year after year, without ever once paying off, pushing out of the news things like this:

Donald Trump is in league with the spy service of the world's worst dictator.
Trump supports destroying our NATO commitments.
Trump's whole business life has been an endless succession of criminal deals and failures.
Trump is openly courting the worst sort of American racists, and there is only one explanation for this- that Trump is a race hater himself, with a long family and personal history of racism.
Trump is promoting the most disgusting hatred and violence among his American base.

I could go on and on here, but let me stop to point out that this is exactly how the country ended up with George W. Bush as president:  the mainstream press chose to endlessly promote a series of lies and smears against Al Gore, while utterly ignoring the obvious fact that Bush would make the worst President in our history.

And let's forget about the nonsense that this is because the press loves a horse race, or that reporters are all operating on the emotional level of middle school bullies.  This all dates to Ronald Reagan's successful efforts to see to it that virtually the entire mainstream media could be bought up by a handful of gigantic corporations, who use them, as they use everything they control, to the personal short term advantage of their top management, regardless of the easily predictable result.

I can't believe the people who watch this and still blame it on the psychological deficiencies of reporters and opinion writers.  I wonder, didn't any of these people ever have a job?  And if they did, did they do what they wanted to do, or what their bosses paid them to do?  And it is the same with the members of our press here in the United States.  It is dedicated solely to advancing the interests of a few hundred rich families, and one of the principal means of achieving that is to make sure that the clear truth is kept out of the hands of voters.  Thus, Hillary is a crooked, dishonest, self-serving creep, but the traitor Trump is probably someone we'd all like to have a beer with, so let's put him in the White House.

As I've said over and over again, the Democrats could wipe the Repubican party off the face of the earth without hardly trying, but they cannot defeat the Republicans and the press working together, and that is what we are facing today.  Well, maybe they've gone a step too far when they let Trump take the Republican nomination, but we thought the same thing with Bush, and with Reagan too, a couple of guys who were frighteningly unsuited to be President.  We got them anyway, and we might get Trump too.  In my opinion, this would really be the end of the great American experiment in self-governing, but to the people behind the Republican party and the press, that would be a good thing, as long as it isn't too obvious.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trump is Winning the News Wars

As Democrats have their laughs every day at the preposterous and disgusting things that Trump and his surrogates have to say for themselves, they are totally missing the key fact in all of this: the outpouring of hatred is accomplishing exactly what it is intended to.

In the first place, as Trump has said, nothing he does can make the 35% of voters that are committed to supporting him turn their backs on him.  So there is just no downside to his infantile displays.

But there is a big upside, and it is not that he thinks he is going to convince any of us to suddenly become white racist haters.  Hillary is running, or trying to run, a fact based campaign.  When voters have a chance to hear what she is really proposing, the vast majority of them are going to be sympathetic to it.  But they are apparently never going to hear it, because Trump, counting on the collaboration of the mainstream press, has figured out a way to monopolize the news coverage, so Hillary will never get a chance to have her message heard.  Instead, it is his intention to see that people are fed a steady diet of "Hillary is on her deathbed," "The Clinton foundation is some sort of massive corrupt conspiracy,"  "e-mails, e-mails, e-mails," "Benghazi!!!"  and endless other even uglier lies, between now and November.

And so far, it's working.  There is not a sign that the mainstream press thinks it is their job to provide the American people with actual information about the candidates.  Instead, they've decided to go to the circus, and stay there.  So the coverage is barely above that accorded to the Republican primary argument about the size of the candidates' penises.

And don't think this will not take its toll.  Look at the way their single-minded two decade campaign to portray Bill and Hillary as corrupt criminals has taken its toll, or how many people they have, unbelievably enough, convinced that Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. If they can just get a few percent more voters to fall for their miserable backstabbing, we will be right back where we were a few months ago, before people started to see what a conniving crook Trump is, and then, with the collaboration of the press, and a little strategic cheating, we might indeed be facing a Trump Presidency.

Monday, August 22, 2016

It's About the Ads

I want to take the opportunity to discuss something that my wife observed, which I totally missed; and about which I think she is one hundred percent right.

First, let me say that she had a 25 year career as a feature film trailer maker, ending up as a senior executive in creative advertising at one of the major motion picture studios, so she knows something about the subject.

Her remark had to do with two recent Trump events- his delivering a seemingly accommodating speech about black Americans, in front of a totally white audience, and his useless appearance in Baton Rouge after the flooding there.  She attributes both of these events to the new presence of ex-adman Roger Ailes in Trump's campaign.  Her notion is that neither of these events had anything to do with the live or TV audiences that saw them this week, but that both of them were nothing but stockpiling footage to be used in campaign spots in October, portraying Trump as a humane, serious candidate.  As someone who was involved in many special shoots and audience reaction spots for movies, she said she recognized what was going on immediately.

Well, we won't have to wait long to see if she is right, which, by the way, I am sure she is.  Just one more cynical manipulation of public opinion by Republicans.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Horrible Truth About Hillary Is Finally Revealed!

From no less authoritative source than Donald Trump's friends at the National Enquirer:


BUT WAIT!  NEW BREAKING NEWS!

It turns out that the people at the National Enquirer, in the kindly, considerate fashion for which they have always been famous, have been sugar-coating the truth.  Now at last, the whole horror can be revealed:
What a pity.  It's a shame to see the decline of a great personality.  Oh well, at least we can take comfort in the fact that we will all be safe under the steady hand of President Trump.

And yes, I could have done a better photoshop job than this, but really, who cares?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Real Trump

Before getting on with this post, let me remind you of this:

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

And with that gotten over, on we go.

Donald Trump this week unceremoniously dumped campaign manager Paul Manafort, not because he is a loathsome pig (they both are) but solely because Trump saw that Manafort had become a liability to his Presidential campaign.  Nothing else about Manafort bothered Trump in the least, including Manafort's having been paid millions by the Putin government.

And what was that money handed over for?  Well, this, for instance:

"Lt. Colonel Tom Doman’s introduction to Ukraine, at 4 a.m. on May 27, 2006, was not a warm one.

“We had rocks thrown at us. Rocks hit Marines. Buses were rocked back and forth. We were just trying to get to our base.”

Doman and his 112 reserve Marines and sailors were boarding the buses after dark, with backup from Ukrainian special forces, to get to a compound where they would lay the groundwork for Sea Breeze 2006, a larger international training exercise set to involve 3,500 troops from the U.S., Ukraine, and 12 NATO partner countries. But hundreds of protesters seemed to have come out of nowhere to confront them.

The Marines ended up hemmed in by angry locals in Feodosia, a Ukrainian resort city on the Black Sea. “We had people jeering us and protesting against us until we basically left the country,” Doman says. The Americans couldn’t go outside; they couldn’t reach their supply ship in the town’s port. Some protesters wielded what Col. Bill Black, the Marines’ commanding officer, jokingly called “Ukrainian cocktails” — plastic bottles filled with diesel fuel.

A decade later, the aborted exercise is arousing new interest: American diplomatic cables and Ukrainian prosecutors say the anti-US, anti-NATO protests that threatened these Marines were largely partisan plants, organized by politicians who consulted with Paul Manafort, now the prominent campaign aide to presidential candidate Donald Trump."

The Marines were eventually forced to leave the country, their mission incomplete, for fear of setting off an international incident.

And in case you have forgotten already, let me repeat this:

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

The Republicans throw the word treason around against every Democrat, so often that it has largely become a meaningless taunt to most people.  But here it is, folks, the real thing- literal, Constitutionally defined treason in its most blatant form; the actual incitement of violence against U.S. troops, to the benefit of a hostile country, and all done for cash.

So Manafort got caught and now Trump is endeavoring to wash the stain away.  But the truth remains: Trump is a traitor and the willing employer of traitors, and a large part of the electorate is just fine with that.  It's hard to find, given this fact, a shred of the country that we are supposed to respect.