Turn it off

And now, folks, Trump TV

I have no doubt this is true, given Trump’s considerable history (detailed in the article) of launching businesses at the wrong time, and having them fail.  Why is it the wrong time? Fox News, presumably Trump’s model, is dying.  Of course it’s been dying off and on for years, but this time it appears that some real changes may be in order there, finally.  All backstage drama aside, much of their audience is due to check out in the next decade.  That’s bad for business.

The bigger issue is that cable in general is dying in places where geography does not make it necessary (and that’s much of the country).  Launching a new channel now is…well…stupid.  Glenn Beck bailed out of TV to exist online — where he’s doing as well as can be expected, I gather –and Sarah Palin, of course, failed miserably with her channel, but she still has enough loyal suckers to send money to her PAC, so she’s okay.  And Trump? Who knows what he will do when he fails.  No doubt he’ll cook up another major flim-flam scam, although running for president again would be out of the question.

He can’t go back to network TV, either.  A couple of comments from an executive at NBC indicate that the possibility is gone forever.  So much for Trump’s alleged scheme to boost his income by running for president, failing, and returning to the show in glory.  (If this is true, how could he ever think it would work?  Ah, it’s his business genius.)

I think the real issue here is the extent of Trump’s delusion.  It seems to be a rampant disease among Republicans; they do everything they can to make their wishes seem to be God’s command, and somehow it almost never works out, at least not for long.

Trump is by far the worst case ever.  But I recall 4 years ago when a Facebook friend became enraged by an anti-Romney meme I’d posted and sneered something like, “you liberals had better laugh now but you won’t be laughing in November.”  Yes, Republicans were convinced (possibly because they thought they had rigged the voting machines in various states) they were going to win.  Look what happened.

And they’re at it again; at least, Trump is.  And if they lose, according to Trump, it’s because of fraud.  Another case of projection.

All this rampant delusion makes me wonder, as I said in an earlier post, if Trump isn’t really, really serious about becoming president.  At least, I wonder if his ego is that serious, so much so that he can’t admit that he’s looking into the jaws of yet another huge, deep cavernous failure.

But these reports of him using this campaign as a sort of long job interview for his next venture — one that will somehow reward him if he fails, which he will — have been persistent.

November will not be interesting, but  I think December will.

 

 

 

 

 

Some things are just wrong, but they aren’t anymore

Moore says Trump is self-sabotaging on purpose

My problem with this is that if Trump is just acting crazy, he’s doing a hell of a job.  He should not only get an Emmy, but also an Oscar.  Maybe Queen Elizabeth can make him a knight.  He seems to have decided that if there is any issue raised at all, such as with his sanity, it is a left-wing conspiracy and as soon as he is king/president, he’ll just outlaw it (or project it on his opponent as he is doing now) and that’s that. Do.Not.Ask.Questions.  And his followers lap this stuff up.

At this point I believe that Trump is truly in the grip of megalomania.  His skin is too thin for it to be an act.  Plus, he’s a lousy actor.

Of course, this is also what Moore is claiming (which kind of disqualifies his headline): Trump got into it just to promote himself and help his show, got a whiff of the seemingly tremendous power of the actual office, and now has gone completely off the rails trying to get it for himself.

Maybe he never thought it would get this far, as Moore seems to be saying.  Or else he decided early on that the rules did not apply to him and anyone who thought they did was an enemy not only of Trump, but of freedom and flag and apple pie and country.  And white people.  And guns.  Let’s never forget the guns.

This brings me to the point: for all his puffery, Trump, with his ambitions and his possible insanity, is beside the point.  His followers are also beside the point; crazies have always been crazies.  They respond readily to Pavlovian stimuli.  If it weren’t coming from Trump, it would be someone else.

Everything is beside the point except for this: how did Trump come to be okay enough for national attention, let alone the office of president?

I’ve heard some voices say that Trump is not the problem; his followers are the problem. I’ve also read that we are somehow all responsible for the rise of Trump.  As for the latter, I have a serious problem with that.  The population has been force-fed a steady stream of mediocrity for the past 30+ years, since Reagan bluffed and bumbled his way through the Presidency.  For a while we thought it could get no worse than Bush Jr. (who at least had enough weak qualifications for the office that his followers could make excuses for him), but nooooo…

Palin was the first highly visible national symptom that the problem of heaven-blessed mediocrity had finally gone too far.  She was unqualified, stupid and unashamed to be stupid.  But the conventional and online media largely chose to ignore it instead of sounding the alarm — and we have to ask, why?  Who paid them to do this?  Who wanted to make a silly, shallow, unqualified lump appear to be a sterling standard of statesmanship?

But someone did just that.  Thus set free, Palin attracted a rabid group of followers who still refuse to see through her to this day and think anyone who criticizes her is Satan. She continues to make a living off of her opinions, worthless as they may be.  And people keep asking her for them.

By ignoring Palin’s shortcomings, and even pandering to them, the media made it okay. After that, the festering problem indicated by Palin just got worse, and now we have a Trump infection going around.

So no…the problem is not so much with all of us, or even with Trump’s followers — the most rabid of which existed all along, but were kept in check by social restrictions that have now apparently gone by the wayside. There is nothing they can do wrong anymore that they can’t brush aside merely by projecting blame for their actions on to the media, or to “liberals,” or whatever.  They are, in their minds, the “patriots” and the heroes and are blameless and free of responsibility to society.  This is the damage that has been done, letting these idiots loose on the rest of us.

And who did it?  The people doing the force-feeding. The blame goes not to all of us, but to those who paid to create the problem.  They did it to further their own aims, and the idiots-at-large are their pawns who don’t and probably will never realize it.  Insert the old saw about a fool and his money here.

But, back to Trump, inconsequential as he may be in this general trend.  Is he seriously trying to get out of the campaign?  No, not anymore if he ever was. Is he crazy? Possibly. Is he a great actor?  Not if his TV show was any indication.

Will he win?  Probably not.  But that won’t stop the next mediocrity from coming along. They will keep coming along until we tackle the underlying problem — and that is not Trump or his followers, but whoever it was who freed them.

 

 


 

Drop it.

Huffington Post

If you read that link, you know what I’m talking about.  I won’t go into it further.  Well, maybe I will…

Sarah Palin is finished, Hoss.  I don’t care what some right-wing loudmouth says.  Right-wing loudmouths don’t have a good handle on the truth, anyway, do they?  I mean, just before the election I had one snark at me that I might as well stop making jokes about Romney’s “binder” remark on my Facebook wall because (I don’t remember the quote directly, but here’s the gist of it) “if liberals think they are going to win this election by making ‘cute’ comments on Facebook they are mistaken.”

No surprise, it seems that every day brings an increasing amount of information on Republican vote fraud.  Day by day little bits and trinkets keep trickling in, mostly ignored by the national media.  But they are there, and you don’t have to dig hard to find them.  Reference my previous post in this blog, for instance.  I found that on YouTube, for crying out loud.

Why do I mention this?  Because I think if even half the votes had been honestly tallied in a number of “red” states, the election would have been a blowout for the Democrats.  As in, not even close.  What am I basing this on?  Well, if Anonymous’s claims are true, and they indeed did meddle in Ohio on the side of truth, then there may have been vote-tampering elsewhere that went undetected.  If nothing else, it’s awfully curious that two states with documented histories of Republican vote tampering went on to be scored as victories for Obama, in spite of almost incredible Republican smugness about having those states in their pockets.

Even if there is no legality gap, there is definitely a reality gap.

Yes, since the election I have come across crabby white men and a new phenomenon: packs of young-ish (mostly in their 30’s) women of the privileged class wandering about together in their finest clothes, snarking at and bullying anyone who is “not our kind, dear.”   So I have no doubt they are out there — Republicans, that is.  But I don’t think there are as many of them as we’ve been led to believe.

Which brings me back to Sarah Palin.

I still believe she will never completely go away.  She’s too much like Donald Trump, who is a similar hopeless case.  Both are attention-hounds.  They will do and say anything to stay in the public eye.

But does that mean they should be taken seriously?  No.  Only the people who take reality TV seriously will take these two seriously.  Palin in particular took a set of paltry qualifications (for Vice President/President) and diminished them into no qualifications at all just by opening her mouth more than once.  Trump…well who the hell ever took him seriously?  He’s a parody of a parody, a second-rate clown.  He has never been anything more.

I think out here in the real world, even most Republicans realize that nominating Palin for President any time in this lifetime would lead to a very, very serious blow-out — one that would make your average volcano look like a pimple in comparison.  It would be political suicide by wishful thinking.

I think it’s time for them to get serious and really talk to people.  They need to stop dealing with the public via platitudes.  I think a fair number of them realize this now.

Will they take the lesson to heart?  Remains to be seen.  Remember that in 2008 they “learned,” then forgot very very quickly.  And goodness knows the House has learned nothing.

But as for the Huffington Post, all I can say is that if they don’t want a reputation as the new National Inquirer, they’d better drop the Palin line right now.  Stupid of the Day award goes to that publication for even mentioning the idea of Palin making a serious run for the White House.

The Sandwich Cookie Syndrome

Herman Cain.  Michele Bachmann.  (and even) Sarah Palin.

What do they have in common?  They’re all sandwich cookies.  I’d say the brand name but I don’t want some giant corporate conglomerate on my ass.  They aren’t worth the trouble.  Suffice it to say that the most popular sandwich cookie through the years has had vanilla frosting on the inside and chocolate cookies on the outside.  Other such cookies have different outsides and insides, but usually (not always), the basic scheme is the same: the outside is very different from the inside.

Many years ago I started to notice what I am now calling the Sandwich Cookie Syndrome.  No surprise that the first raging example to come to light was Phyllis Schlafly, that good old-fashioned white-bread “lady lawyer” who just HATES anything smacking of women’s rights, leave alone the fact that without women’s rights, she’d never have entered college let alone law school.

The primary symptom of the Sandwich Cookie Syndrome is that you label everything, but when the labels become inconvenient, then you put “oh, but s/he’s a GOOD *label*,” and the shortcoming of having a bad label is instantly overcome.

To put it simply, if you hate blacks, you support the “good” black Herman Cain.  If you hate women, you support things like Bachmann and Palin — “good” misogynous women.

And how are they “good?”  Well that’s easy.  They just take the conservative view on everything — the more extreme, the better.  Never mind the ironies, conflicts, cruelties, untruths, and outright lies; if you are “good,” they are forgiven because your presence is very comforting to the blinkered set.  Doubt it?  Then explain Cain, who seems to be too thick to accept any truth, Palin, to whom the truth is merely a vague inconvenience, and Bachmann, who is a complete stranger to the truth.  And that’s not even touching the issue of Stupid, which is equally present in all three of them.  But none of this seems to bother conservatives much — at least, not now.

Sandwich cookie-ism an easy ticket for the fame-hungry.  That is, it is an easy ticket until election day.  Then they find out the truth: a black is still black, and a woman is still a woman, and conservatives want neither for President.

And so in the end you are left with media pundits — you know, sorta like Sarah Palin *wink*.

New Heights of Irony

I was just about to comment on Rick Perry getting trounced at last night’s CNN-hosted Tea Party debacle (which I hadn’t seen, but considering the coverage of it, felt like I had), when this was pointed out on my Facebook feed via Americans Against the Tea Party:

‎”Well, I’m offended for all the little girls and the parents that didn’t have a choice.” – Michelle Bachmann on Rick Perry’s mandated HPV vaccinations.

Choice.  Well, ain’t that just the height of irony.

For that matter, I’m offended too, Ms. Bachmann.

The Mother of all Sons of Bitches

In the past few days we’ve been drenched a tidal wave of conflicting messages about the Tea Party.  For instance, someone, somewhere has decided to try to save Sarah Palin’s career.  As an example of this, YahooNews ran a love letter to her in the guise of “opinion” just the other day.  The writer never got down to specifics — possibly because there are none — but instead waxed poetic about how Palin just oozes liberty and justice and holy inspiration, and about how moving her movie was (yes, so moving that people probably moved away from theaters to get away from it), and how anyone who hates her is afflicted with “Palin Derangement Syndrome.”  How hopelessly unoriginal, particularly in the face of the far more real Obama Derangement Syndrome that has been used as feed for an entire movement — the Tea Party, such as it is.

And it’s the Koch-backed Tea Party I am talking about here.  In the last few days they have had enough ups and downs in the media to knock anyone permanently dizzy, leaving alone the fact that they were dizzy to begin with.

Of course there’s the fact that a Koch brother was caught on audio saying something about launching “the mother of all wars” against the Obama administration during the reelection campaign next year.  The left were outraged; the right just probably silently nodded their noggins.  I was left wondering  just why such an untantalizing figure would directly quote a hated, deposed and hanged dictator, while hiding behind an Astroturf populist political party of his own creation.  Seemed rather ironic, if not just plain stupid.

And then we heard that Palin’s speech the other day drew a bigger audience than did Romney’s in the same state.  This was designed to scare moderate Republicans into kissing the Tea Party’s collective ass, when it is the size of that ass that has come under question.  Interestingly, it was hard to pin down just how big Palin’s audience was. But then the amateur videos started to leak out and seemed to indicate that if there were not an historic, possibly life-threatening stampede out of the venue after she spoke (which was before the keynote speaker of the event spoke), then the audience couldn’t have been very big to start with.

And then there was James Hoffa referring to the Tea Party as “sons of bitches,” and the immediate joke that this had shocked the teabaggers so badly that they dropped their “Obama is Hitler” signs.  Certainly, after scrambling to pick the signs up, they started whining about threats of violence against them.  Never mind that one of their own tools has been threats of violence.

And then, of course, came one of those ubiquitous surveys saying that approval of the Tea Party is at an all-time low, and at least one left-wing blog announced that we are witnessing its death.  Got news for you: it seems like the majority of the U.S. public has never heard of the Tea Party (and/or is not sure what the hell the Tea Party is).  So who were the survey-takers asking?

And tell me, even if it’s true that the Tea Party is dying, how does an Astroturf faux party die?  I think it will merely change its name and become yet another bogie man to scare moderate Republicans to the right.  There is too much at stake here for the Koch brothers and their ilk to give up that easily.

The only way to end this game is to keep coming out with the truth.  And the truths are these: the Tea Party is not real, so let’s stop examining it as if it were.  Sarah Palin is nothing more than a publicity whore.  And the Kochs are behind the whole thing.  Why?  Because they think the life of an Untouchable in India is good enough for 98% of us.

And in this case, the mother of all sons of bitches is nothing more than publicity.  If you don’t pay attention to the Tea Party or Palin, they are finished.  The Kochs, operating in the shadows, are another deal altogether, but the answer there is to expose them at every opportunity.

It is possible, folks, but we just have to keep looking at the man behind the curtain and not so much at the curtain itself.

I am speechless, irony

Sarah Palin is going to South Korea, a country I assume she thinks is an enemy state while North Korea is our great friend, to speak before a gathering of…are you sitting down…the World Knowledge Forum.

Read this, but don’t have any coffee in your mouth while you do because you’ll spit it out.

Oh well. If nothing else, this could be a great way of  being able to say, “oops, I missed the debate,” and pulling down $100,000.00 or thereabouts in the meantime.  As the song goes, money for nothing.