Thursday, December 29, 2016
I'll say it again, when did a Presidential Inauguration become a Super Bowl halftime show? When did a Presidential Inauguration become a festival Coronation for the new King?
So who appeared at Barry's 2009 Inauguration, well thanks to HuffPo here’s the list:
Tim Daly, Tony Goldwyn, Anne Hathaway, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Susan Sarandon,
Kerry Washington, Dana Delany, Ellen Burstyn, Alan Cumming, Barry Levinson,
Alfre Woodard, Josh Lucas, Matthew Modine, Richard Schiff, Connie Britton, Marcia Cross,
Maura Tierney, Sue Kramer, Rachael Leigh Cook, Gloria Reuben, Wendie Malick,
Adrian Grenier, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Phillip Bloch, Tom Cavanagh, Bradley Cooper,
Hill Harper, Ashley Judd, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Maggie Gyllenhaal,
Peter Sarsgaard, Giancarlo Esposito, Kim Raver, Lawrence O’Donnell, Jane Krakowski,
Tamara Tunie and Tom Fontana with performances by Elvis Costello, Sting and Sam Moore (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/08/obama-inauguration-celebr_n_156257.html)
That was just in attendance and not including the many Presidential Balls and events that were planned. But, look at the list many were “A-listers” at that time and a huge part of Liberal Hollywood so of course they would be in attendance.
Don’t give me the bullsh*t about “Conservatives are shunned in Hollywood,” because that’s a lie when you see successes of Clint Eastwood, Sly Stallone, Tim Allen, Adam Sandler, Vince Vaughn, Gary Sinise, and Kirk Cameron. Did any of these folks RSVP? Where any invited? Hell I’m surprised James Woods chained a lawn chair on Pennsylvania Ave but it’s easier to focus on the Liberal then the Conservative when it comes to Hollywood complaints.
I will say it’s sad that only Presidents Obama and Carter are the only confirmed five living presidents to attend, even though Obama presence is a given.
Then again I must wonder if Ms Palin is upset because she’s waiting for her invite, I mean after all she was a Reality TV Star. (http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/bristol-palin-takes-on-the-hollywood-%E2%80%98sissies%E2%80%99-who-refused-to-perform-at-trump%E2%80%99s-inauguration/ar-BBxGr8V?li=BBnb4R7)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Now some have complained that Donnie going after the F-35 contract is a continuation of his earlier attack on Boeing and the Air Force 1 (not so) deal, only problem is that the F-35 is built by Lockheed not Boeing. I truly want to believe this is Donnie listening to his current crop of Administration Generals, some of which also complained about Congress’ spending on materials our military does not need or has an over abundant stock. The M1A1 Abrahams tanks is a prime example of over abundance, but the F-35 program has been a boondoggle for the past 8 years and the contract needs to be renegotiated despite the woes of Congress.
Per aviationweek.org, after Donnie’s tweets about the out of control F-35 spending Lockheed’s Jeff Babione stated “Lockheed has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to reduce the per-unit cost of the airplane more than 60%, he said. The company projects the price tag will be $85 million in the 2019 -2020 timeframe.” That’s all good and well but the current cost per plane, depending on its variant is roughly $200 million per plane with a contract nearing $380 BILLION in cost to date.
Truly I have never understood why the military was in the market for a jet fighter version of the GM J body platform, meaning same vehicle being rebadged per division or in the case of the F-35 being a universal plane for the Air Force, Navy and Marines. Yet Congress was sold on the idea and by doing so it had decided to cut the F-22 jet fighter program in its infancy with a small amount of planes delivered. It’s like the Cleveland Browns drafting a QB in the draft, he turns out to be a good player but there’s a newer shiner QB and they want him so the cut the other guy.
Yes we need to replenish our military with newer equipment, as of right now we’re still using Cold War tech decades after it ended as B-52, C-130, F-16, F-15, F-18 and A-10 are stilling flying and have proved they are still capable of doing the job. But as time passes, parts are becoming harder to get and they can only raid the bone yard so many times to keep the fleet flying.
But can analog tech win in the digital world of warfare?
Get over the Celebrity migration already
Of course there are people who state they are gonna protest against a celebrity for their political view, but how many turn off Ted Nugent when Stranglehold comes on the radio or change the channel when Matt Damon’s Bourne series is on. I would think not very many do it because they enjoy the product. Actually I believe both are overplayed and would rather listen to Nugent’s Great White Buffalo or watch Damon’s We Bought A Zoo instead.
Then again, there none of the proclaimed moves had a time stamp applied meaning yes Donnie was elected President, so Rosie moving to Canada (if they accept her) could happen years after his first term. Plus how many are waiting since 2010 for Limbaugh to fulfill his promise to move if Obamacare became law?
It’s amusing seeing how loyalty doesn’t get one a paycheck afterwards.
Poor Chris Christie and Rudy G, they only wanted one job within the new Admin and got zilch for their puckered lips. Both were offered other cushy seats but wanted none of them and now are seating outside pressed against the glass looking in. It’s not unusual for politicians to attack each other during primaries only to be cozy with each other afterwards, too which some go job hunting at the winner’s office within weeks of victory. So seeing Carly Fiorina’s heels clicking their way to the top floor of Trump Towers like Willard Romney, Ted Cruz and many others who spoke ill is amusing.
So apparently I upset some folks on Social Media the other day by mocking Fiorina’s appearance inside the marbled halls of Trump Tower looking for a job minus crow in hand. Look there’s a difference between flip-flopping and ass kissing but apparently it’s not nice to mock either unless that person is a Liberal trying to garner votes or popularity points. Fiorina got a lot of press after being the topic of a verbal outing by Donnie and she stood stoic but eventually fell of the podium to become Teddy Cruz’s VP selection for about a minute till he fell on the political pen. Now she needs to regain some sort of relevance to stay in the game.
That’s it, slap the political tap and no matter what Social Media tells you Dinosaurs did exist!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
1. No Donnie did not create another 50,000 new jobs with SunBank deal. Why? Because it was a deal that was announced months prior to the US elections but don’t let the current MSM inform you correctly about it. Nope, CBS Radio and local CBS affiliate plus multiple websites are reporting it as if Donnie worked the deal himself. Sorry folks,, don't beleive the hype.
Here's how FOX News announced the deal: http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2016/12/06/trump-announces-50b-investment-from-japans-softbank.html
And this is how CNBC announced the deal, notice the difference of information: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/06/trump-says-softbank-will-invest-50-billion-in-the-us-aiming-to-create-50000-jobs.html
2. No Donnie will not be using Trump One after nixing the Boeing Air Force One deal. Fact is the current 2 planes are almost 30 years old. They were commissioned by Pres Reagan and didnt go into service till 1990. Also missing is the fact that Boeing shut down the manufacturing of parts for that edition of the 747, so maintenance of the current fleet is gettign expensive. The new planes too which he mentioned won't take flight for another 12 years. Plus there are only 2 planes currently manufactured that could handle the amount of travel and cargo needed for a sitting president: Boeing 747 and Airbus A30. I don't think the POTUS will be flying in a foreign built plane.
This blurp by Donnie was simply a knee jerk reaction towards Boeing's CEO who questioned the 35% tax/tariff talk in a current interview. Time to grow some thicker skin
3. NO NO NO “Crazy Grandpa” Joe you will not run in 2020. Don't even give that thought any legs to move because thankfully the notion that was created last week by Joe was put to grave today by Joe. Ain't happening.... Or is it? http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/biden-says-no-plans-2020-presidential-bid-adds-never-say-never/
4. If you buy/rent a home in a Home Owners Association neighborhood, read your damn guidelines and do not complain when the association president and neighbors ask you to remove your flag or banner. Honestly, HOA's a re annoying and a pain in the ass, but neighnorhoods have them for many reasons from yard maintenance to road repair to snow removal. You pay for it, they management. Want to complain, call for a HOA neighborhood campfire and hash out a resolution. But nope it's easier to call the media and make a spectacle of the situation
5. Will the true candidate for SecState please step forward! I've lost count, but Willard Romney is still hanging on despite Donnie's supporters standing by with pitchforks
6. Can we stop with the Colin Kaepernick mocking. OK I get it, you don’t like him because he takes a knee during the national anthem and didn’t register to vote. But ya know what, he wasn't that great of a QB to begin with.
OK so he took the 49ers to a Super Bowl years ago, but what's lost in that season was the 49ers were having a good year with Alex Smith at QB. Sure he's a vanilla ( no pun intended) QB meaning no excitement, but he was playing good till he got hurt. That's the only reason Kaepernick got into the starting line up.
7. When did it become “patriotic” to pay more for goods? Guess we'll see over the next couple of years.
8. Funny how those who once disliked Marky Mark Wahlberg by calling him a Liberal are cheering him after he went on an itty bitty tirade calling out his Hollywood friends for living in a bubble and how they shouldn’t talk politics. Is this not the same guy who once mocked Charlton Heston at the MTV Movie Awards by saying “I believe Charlton Heston is America's best villain because he loves guns so much. Maybe he should get the award for being president of the National Rifle Association."
Yes, yes it is.
Oh I forgot, Wahlberg is now OK because of his portrayal of Lone Survivor/Marcus Luttrell as few years back. Then again it’s not surprising because too many went bonkers for Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Chris Kyle in American Sniper only to loose their shit after seeing him attending Liberal functions with Obama
I feel better already
That's it, slap the political tap and pay your tab, because the Liberty Valance Presidency Rides Again!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
OK so yesterday I ranted (yet never raved) about what I learned over the Holiday weekend concerning my family/friends views of the GOP’ers and Pres-elect Donnie. Now it’s only fair to do the same in concerns of the DEM and, well, um, apparently there were more excuses then acceptance and the best way to describe my observations can be summed up in one simple Ren & Stimpy meme.
Seriously, that’s all I got because I don’t know where to start.
Sure I can rant about the absurdity of Jill Stein’s “Mrs Irrelevant” post campaign antics of tugging on the hearts of all those who are still in disbelieve of a Donnie presidential term by bagging pots for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. And how the Media keeps labeling those that are supporting her whining as “DEM/Hillary followers” when in truth the money is coming from ALL that opposed Donnie, which are not all DEM believers.
OK sure Hillary’s campaign is sending lawyers to observe any recount, which shouldn’t be a shocker because any campaign should follow up. Yet I'm surprised that Donnie’s campaign isn’t getting involved to argue over any vote changes, I mean after all they have to do something with Chris Christie
The DEM’s are stuck in the mud and until they are able to give a boost to what little youth movement they have, well, the Old Guard is not going to help them very much by the mid-term elections in 2018.
Harry Reid’s departure from the Senate is a start and I’ll admit replacing him with Chuckie Schumer was a smart move even though it’s not a youthful move. But Chuckie has history of willingness to walk across the aisle to cut a deal and that’s what is needed; mover and shaker. But the Senate is not the issue for the DEM when it comes to Congressional population, the ills of the party lay within the House and the lack of anything resembling life.
Now with the next few hours the House DEM will make their way to a super secret ballot for Minority leadership and the botoxed tear ductless Nancy Pelosi believes she deserves the gig one more time. Without a doubt, even though she has one challenger, the minions will show no backbone and anoint her yet again. Of course not many can name DEM House members under the age of 40 and I’m sure there aren’t many but it’s time for they and any that might exist in State Legislatures to make smart calculated moves to grow and add well earned depth or simply watch the party become extinct.
Which all leads to the horrific rumor that Hillary is pondering a 2020 Presidential wobbly run! We just finished the 2016 election and people are shooting for 2020, but the thought of Hillary running for a three try means there is no hope within the party. No, it’s time for the Corey Booker’s, Kirsten Gillibrand's, Julian Castro’s, even a Brian Schatz or a Chris Murphy. Notice I did not list Lizzie Warren or Tim Kaine for a push.
Known of these works without someone stepping up, circumventing around the Party leadership and taking a healthy dose of humility and grovel in the public square of Media. Someone, within the next year truly needs to find a way to squeeze between the current paparazzi-style MSM and their affair with Donnie.
Nope, the Congressional DEM needs counseling because after yet another loss, they’re addiction to losing excuses is getting way to deep. I say this after I read an article that laid blame on former Daily Show host Jon Stewart for Donnie’s victory.
Without doubt people fall for hyperpartisan, fake and parody news. I used to enjoy posting a few parody articles on my Social Media pages just to see who wasn’t paying attention and the results were eye popping. People love the headline porn and usually don’t get passed the first two paragraphs. But to blame Jon Stewart for retiring as the cause for Donnie’s victory is really a special kind of stupid.
And that’s exactly the label the DEM has plastered across their collective foreheads; stupid.
Monday, November 28, 2016
OK that was a stretch but that’s what happens when you decide to watch “Good Fellas” after the election and listen to the Media jumping hoops to report on who is the latest in line for a Donnie gig. Just about everyone from Dr Carson to Timmy the Pizza Guy has been guesstimated for a plush seat and the victims, er I mean job-seekers are enjoying the attention.
The one thing that’s become apparent in Media the past few days has been the re-running of the same stories or a bunch of hypotheticals to fill the void as the country takes a break to overstuff themselves on Carbs and less on bullshit in dysfunctional holiday bliss.
Hell with the amount of attention Rudy G has received one would think he won the presidency. If one were to look at Donnie’s draft board, Rudy G has been picked to lead 5 different departments. Mel Kiper, Jr might want to do some play-by-play commentating and rethink his draft card because Rudy seems to be stuck in some sort of spokesman purgatory that should be driving Donnie’s staff mad at this point.
I understand Rudy’s leading the charge against Willard Romney receiving any type of Admin position, be it Sec/State to Melania’s travel guide, the vitriol from many insiders and supporters towards Willard is obscene. I laugh when I hear these folks claim Willard owes Donnie an apology, even though Donnie fired the first character shot at Willard. Yet, Willard is over-qualified for any position offered but offering him the Sec/State roster spot would give many detractors an acceptable feeling, much like many felt of Biden being the VP to the less experienced Obama.
Every candidate is going to be scrutinized ad nauseam by the Media, some digging deep with others using sleight of hand in disregard to any past discretion and it’s making many people become Xanax dependent of the reported dysfunction of the incoming admin.
Speaking of dysfunction, for about two weeks there were articles being posted about how to avoid political talk with your crazy Liberal Uncle Joe or overly zealous Millennial Conservative cousin Steve, so I gotta ask how’d that go for ya? Lord knows my family tried or attempted to try to lure me in but I was the victor in a sense.
Yes bets were placed on how long it would take me to stir the crazy in the family and bring all conversation to politics too which I did not open that box, but dammit once my Aunt sat down next to me and stated “Let’s talk about the election” I jumped with glee, pointing and shouting “It wasn’t me! It was her, all her!” Safe to say, the conversation never moved from there.
No I’m not saying politics was never spoken and yes I had roughly two or three conversations that the names “Obama” and “Donnie” popped up, but to be clear those talks lasted less than five minutes without verbal onslaught or raised finger of disapproval even though we are entering the era of what I’m labeling the “Liberty Valance Presidency”.
You’re heard the “Liberty Valance” reference before in many lights from Michelle Malkin to Robert Wuhl and by me, but to refresh; When legend becomes truth print the legend. In the case of Donnie it’s more like when fiction becomes fact, print the fiction, but you get the point.
Best recent examples are about the NFL letter, Kentucky Ford and Carrier manufacturing plants.
Now legend/fiction as told by Donnie has the NFL writing to him in agreement that the Presidential Election Committee (or whatever they claim to be) should reschedule their debates because they take place during a Sunday/Monday night football game and people wouldn’t pay attention to the debate.
Fact is no such letter or word was ever spoken to Donnie by anyone in the NFL and in truth the NFL ratings prior to Nov 8 have been very poor on Sunday/Monday night. However there are many that still believe this letter exists even though never displayed.
Number 2 legend/fiction as told by our soon to be leader has him exclaiming on social media that he saved the Kentucky Ford plant and countless jobs from being moved to Mexico.
Fact the Kentucky Ford plant was never set to close nor were there talks of job cuts. In fact what did happen was Ford announced they were removing the manufacturing line of the poor selling Lincoln MKC and adding another line of the higher selling Ford Escape.
Number 3 legend/fiction has Donnie, again, taking to social media telling all he is working diligently with Carrier of Indiana from moving their plant to Mexico, when in fact it’s actually Gov (and VP –elect) Pence who’s been clearing his desk and working on that deal.
But I’m sure the most hardened Conservative out there is keeping track of this to defend because normally I’m just shooting from the hip and speaking out of turn.
Next time we’ll talk about the flip and what we learned about those DEM’ers as well. That’s it, time to pay that political tab
Monday, November 21, 2016
The next 4 years will have more mockery then the combined past 16 years of Obama and Bush 43, just that there’s gonna be a gross amount of defensive folks out there. I can’t spend the next 4 years poking fun at Donnie, it’s nearly impossible because if I did it just means I’m not paying attention or refusing too with a pinch of partisanship.
As with any presidency, there will be issues I will/will not agree with, however it’s the constituents that make matters worse on both sides of the aisle with their knee jerk reactionism that causes the Media to run to be the first to be on air to report only to research after the fact.
These boycotts are becoming more asinine the further we rush to finish 2016. For the life of me I still do not understand the brilliance of “Trump Cup.” The idea of showing up Starbucks CEO by paying for an expensive coffee at Starbucks only to have the barista shout “Trump” when your order is ready as a boycott/protest to they’re a Hillary supporter is as useful as a Pet Rock.
Then again I also think the “Mannequin” challenge is stupid but that’s just me.
Now we’ve already gone thru the whole “Hamilton cast was rude to VP-Elect Pence” argument, however that’s only because; 1. Donnie took to Twitter and skewed the facts 2. Media’s reporting of the event has many interpretations ass backwards.
Fact is, yes VP-Elect Pence was jeered by some in attendance at a Saturday afternoon viewing of Hamilton and yes the cast of Hamilton took it upon themselves to come out, address the situation in a genuine respectful manner. It was the latter that has the thin-skinned Donnie in an uproar by making false accusations and demanding an apology. I give Mikey credit, he acted 100% more adult (and with thicker skin) then Donnie who took to Social Media to give a tongue lashing to the Hamilton cast. Nope Mikey took it in stride and stated “that’s what freedom’s all about.”
What I do not understand is the notion of dropping a few hundred bucks to attend Hamilton to then feel you have the right to interrupt the show in as retaliation because you’re a Donnie supporter. Wouldn’t have been smarter as well as cheaper to stand outside and boo folks as they entered the theatre?
See that would be easy to do however it’s more flamboyant to make a spectacle amongst the crowd then be obscure outside.
All this boycott/protesting becomes meaningless after a few days and in no way does vandalism or violence help your voice. And when I say “vandalism/violence” I’m talking to those that incite such behavior in public or on Social Media. Graffiti of “swatzikas = Trump” on churches, buildings and playgrounds is more of an annoyance then persuasion.
Of course any discussion on a 2016 boycott/protest leads into Colin Kaepernick’s “take a knee” stance during the National Anthem. As much as I disagree with CK’s stance, I gotta admit it’s done in a respectful way in the realm of no violence/vandalism or the old go to of Old Glory flag burning. It also leaves me too laugh when I heard he’s not even registered to vote.
But how many out there stand up in respect to the National Anthem as a spectator? Pardon let me revise that question because I know many of you yelled “I always do dammit!” How many stand in respect to the National Anthem while being a spectator at home?
And I would gather the mood has changed as you ponder the thought and that about 7-10 DO NOT stand at home even though you are sitting in respectful silence. There’s no shame in respectfully sitting in silence in the comfort of your couch while holding your favorite cold beverage and waiting for the Buffalo Chicken Dip be served. It’s the “respectful silence” that should be the concentration of the action whether one seats, stands or kneels yet it’s too hard for many to comprehend that at home or stadium one should observe.
Meanwhile there are boycotts by NBA teams avoiding Trump Hotels and others swearing off wearing New Balance shoes or drinking a Pepsi too the “Alt-Right” crew forming their own “invitation only” social media sites because Twitter banned them. And still(!) no one really cares about the real true protest in North Dakota over an oil pipeline running through sacred American Indian tribal land.
But if people aren’t boycotting/protesting they’re complaining about that Melania and young Barron won’t be living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave but are staying at the gold plated NYC home so he can continue his studies at a private school. Plus, the Liberals are now bitching that Donnie is using his personal cell phone to conduct business and forgetting Barry did the same in 2009 to the dismay of Conservatives.
It’s as if we’ve become a nation of tired toddlers at nap time crying for a blanky and stuffed animal to snuggle with. Scratch that, crabby toddlers are easier to deal with then whiny adults
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Personally when someone jumps at me (admittedly I am an ass), I like to lead the conversation further. Normally the opposition is hyped up or drunk with emotion that they knee jerk their reaction by being provoked by the headline porn or the first paragraph of an article. Those people are way too much fun as they’re usually the first to hurl insult then claim to be the victim when others poke them in the eye.
I feel no need to label people but they sure do love labeling me. For some I’m too Liberal or not Liberal enough. Hell I’ve even been called a Bastard Conservative on occasion. I post articles on what I find newsworthy or interesting be it headline news or something on Page 13 and I blog on topics I feel need addressed by observation. However it’s up to you to decide how to digest the story.
For example I received this nugget the other day when I posted a story from The Hill concerning President-elect Donnie being asked his opinion about Same Sex Marriage to which he answered and I paraphrase “the SCOTUS ruling is the law and I’m fine with that.”
“Todd - I'll say it again... you are an ass. He will improve healthcare, get rid of criminal illegals first, secure borders, he never said he was reversing same sex marriage. Maybe you should go work for NBC or CBS. I thought his interview on 60 minutes was very good."
I love you too Aunt Kathy… (Note to self that's one less Christmas card to mail)
The kicker is I never said he was for/against Same Sex Marriage! He was asked a question and he answered. I made no personal reflection concerning his statement, however, like most articles I share I found this interesting as there are many in the LGBTQ community fearing a GOP controlled government will push to reverse SCOTUS ruling on the matter. Plus, the added fact is Donnie is the GOP victor to the Oval Office and he has the gold plated pen come Jan 20.
But when you win an election on vagueness, catchphrases and bumper sticker politics people are gonna question your every move. Yes your words can and will be used against you in the court of Social Media opinion and the sparring matches over President-elect Donnie will become colorful, senseless and divisive.
We’ve heard for months about Repealing and Replacing Obamacare, but within 48 hours after the election a new word was added by Donnie; Amend. Um, sorry the whole Repeal and Replace mantra was never defined with amending Obamacare. You repeal then replace as in “Gone. C-ya. No Mas” Yes GOP’ers had originally stated there were parts of Obamacare they liked but once the law passed, that was it, nevermore shall the law be.
Or how about “Build the Wall?” Yes the 1,989 mile solid brick and cement monstrosity that’ll cost double what Donnie had stated and will fall on taxpayers to pony up money for will now have sporadic chain link fence sections. Isn’t that the current problem along the Mexican border, areas that are “fenced” have holes or ladders or tunnels to circumvent their reasoned task? But hey, it’s a jobs builder program just can’t call it shovel ready.
We have no clue what will happen after Inauguration Day. Everything is speculative and being pulled out of the so-called experts collective rear. Just like Election Day polling.
But these are all chump change rambles compared to what could happen once he is sworn in. The only undeniable fact since Election Day is all these protests are gonna go away within the next week. Hey there are holidays to celebrate but after the holidays and Inauguration Day inches closer they’ll pick up but at the current capacity in my opinion.
Wait! What? No the beer you fool not a chick... Such perverts.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
The one thing I've been wanting to do is take being Politically Brewed to a higher level. Some say go "all in" however that's not me. If I am going to build I'm gonna build it right. One of the building blocks is too find fresh voices in this politically driven society too which we live. Voices that are Left and Right, Hawkish and Dove, Religious and Atheist, and so on. In my mind, there is too much division caused by too many willing not to listen to others, yell the loudest and end up sinking further into the mud.
It wasn't too long ago that someone took a chance on me and my ramblings, be it the subject manner was professional wrestling, but just like political diehards, they are a finicky lot. As time wore on, I hit a groove, I found a niche and I excelled. I too am willing to take a chance on fresh ideals and beliefs in the stale world of political and societal narration that we've become accustomed too, with hope these voices grow as I believe they can.
I am pleased to post the first of these new voices with G.D. Jakes.
Why I am Afraid to Sit on My Back Porch
I am afraid to sit on my back porch. When I say this to friends or family, there is a tone in their kind replies that is unique but not unfamiliar, an amalgamation of other tones. The top note is one of sympathy used for a child who is scared of the dark. The next interval is the slightly exasperated edge I have heard when explaining that as a gay person I have been denied the human rights that heterosexuals have not. The bass note is one that I, as a white male, am least familiar with – I imagine it is the tone that chauvinists use with women, a sort of condescending pitch which says I am ridiculous. I am not upset by this complex, wordless reaction; I am not angry at it, but I am afraid of it.
As to the porch and my newfound fear of it – it is post-election fear. The election dragged on and on, easily starting with decent force in mid-2015, with Trump announcing in June. Since then a hymn of hate has thrummed across the airways and digital landscape of the United States. Trump rallied a deplorable chorus that included the likes of the Ku Klux Klan and Traditionalist Youth Network, both white supremacist groups. He chose a running mate who is unabashedly anti-gay, fanned hate against Hispanics, Muslims, and gleefully called for the beating of African-Americans at his rallies. Like the Pied Piper, Trump’s song drew angry white men and women from every hamlet of the American countryside and like the rats they are the Alt-Right rose from the sewers of the internet to support him. In the end, millions of Americans voted to usher Trump in to office, just under half of all those who voted did so for Trump. I knew before this song that hate existed, I knew before this song that prejudice was real, what I did not know was how many men and women in this country believed in the racist white nationalist ideology that Trump ran and won on.
My home faces the street in the small Southern city my husband and I live in, and in the back a low fence runs along the edges of our thickly treed property, chicken wire, just enough to keep the dogs from wandering off over to our neighbors’ lawns. We have a nice little porch, with the broken terracotta tile floor indicative of the homes of the 60’s and 70’s in the area. We have a little propane fire pit that keeps us toasty when the temperature drops, but which always runs out of gas too soon. I enjoyed this little piece of heaven, especially in the summer. The problem is I cannot see who comes to the house if I am alone on the back porch. I am smart enough to know that after this election a culture of hate will explode in this country and I fear this culture of hate enough to need to see who approaches me, approaches my husband, approaches my home. Just three days after the election and Trump supporters have committed a litany of hate crimes. Writer Shaun King has diligently been reporting many of these, while the national media have picked up a few as well. As early as election night, Trump supporters allegedly beat a gay man in California bloody. Even as I write this, stories pour in from all over the country as people of color, LGTBQ citizens, and liberal minded individuals are denigrated, harassed, and threatened.
This is real, this is happening, and more than that it is the fruition of the implicit promise of the Trump campaign. I know, and we must all remember, that despite Trump’s new conciliatory tone and claims that he will defend the vulnerable, he will not. What Trump will do is to make America hate again, to foster a world wherein white nationalists and Christian fundamentalist can openly express the vitriol that underpins their beliefs. More dangerous than this though are the millions of people who will not openly express such vitriol, but who will sit passively by and allow it to happen. They will start by saying how awful it is that Trump supporters are committing such acts, they will claim not to support such violence, they will give sympathy to their non-white friends – but they will take no action. Eventually these same people will change slowly; instead of being “shocked” by the violence they will question why the black man or lesbian was “in that situation” to begin with, even if that situation was only walking down the street. We know this will happen because it has happened before. This is Germany 1933. This is Cambodia 1968.
So when I say I am afraid to sit on my back porch it is not just because I fear that some Republican with a gun, newly empowered to be openly hateful and violent, might sneak up and threaten me for being me, but also because I cannot trust my neighbors to do anything about it. And when I express this fear to my friends and family and their reply rings with that tone, I am more afraid. I am more afraid because I can tell they that they do not understand what is really happening, that their eyes are already turning away, that they are becoming the passive mob whose silence is a song for atrocity.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Media needs to speculate on everything now heading into a new administration, mainly to keep viewers tuning in and for their experts to keep earning a paycheck but with all the hype about draining the “Swamp” there is very little noise about Donnie’s transition team composing the lizards and snakes from that very “Swamp.” Yes K Street and many former status quo Reagan, Bush 41 & 43 are well represented along with the chap lips of Gov Chris Christie and Dr Ben Carson.
So it is status quo, just a rearrangement of positions.Really that doesn’t bother me as the “Swampees” are needed to get the wheels rolling on Pennsylvania Ave and one wouldn’t want a bunch of rookies tripping and stuttering trying to find their way to the nearest Starbucks.
Along with the “Swampee” speculating many on both sides of the Poli-talking heads have been polishing their magic 8 balls and churning out their “First 100 days!” predictions, because for some reason everyone believes those are the only days that set the agenda. Bullshit!
Why are we still comparing beginning of an administration to the barnstorming lawmaking of FDR in 1933?
Hell Donnie promised about 20+ things he’d do on Day #1 too which I won’t hold him too, but you know the Leftie Poli-talkers will be keeping score.
The (lack there) genius of Ann Coulter attempted a bit of humor by penning that Donnie’s first 100 days would consist of nothing but “Building the Wall.” It’s cute to Ms Coulter attempt humor, which she lacked a few months ago by not understanding what happens at a Comedy Central “Roast” and her being the butt of jokes. But the “Wall” that many are drooling about, well let’s just say that the GOP is cheapening the deal by looking at alternatives like a double chain link fence to help with any private land and waterway issue, plus that Border Patrol cannot see thru a typical brick and mortar wall. Graffiti artist are upset to lose that giant canvas
Many have made noise about the missing “Muslim ban” promise from Donnie’s website with those folks saying “he’s softening his tone” only to have the campaign calling it a “glitch” and it promptly reappeared.
Then there’s that Obamacare promise. Donnie has given hints for his plans to “repeal and replace” which I have no issue with as I was never for the idea of Obamacare, however I also believe an replacement plan should be on the Congressional calendar prying to hacking Obamacare away. Donnie had promised that on “Day 1” Obamacare would be gone.
Now he can with a stroke of his gold plated pen he can scribble higher tariffs on imported goods. Per Hal Shapiro, there’s a miniscule notation on the Trade Act of 1974 allows a president to slap retaliatory tariffs on those that violate trade agreements or use unfair trade practices. Funny thing about that is, I know people who have stated they don’t mind paying more for goods if imposed as if it were some patriotic theme in life.
Truly I am hoping for a successful presidency for Donnie even though I stated I have never ever been a fan of his. As I did with Billy, W43 and Barry, I know I will not agree with every issue and how can I? Yes, they all did something I agreed/disagreed with and I voiced my pleasure/displeasure yet it’s going to be 4 years of comparing and blaming past administrations by the drunkard DEM/GOP Loyalists.
So we shall see how Congress, better yet the Congressional GOP handles their adolescent president come Jan 20, 2017. Will they work for the will of the people or allow Sarah Palin to be Press Secretary?
Scratch that, not all have become dumber just the popular vote majority.
It’s very simple folks, it’s called Democracy not Thunderdome with “One man enter, One man leaves” rules. You vote = most votes win. You should be upset with the Democratic Party and not the GOP or Donnie.
Be upset with the Democrats putting on bets on Hillary and failing
Be upset with the Democrats for not having a strong enough roster to win back the Senate
Ok voice your opinion, hold a protest march in half dozen cities over the Election results, but what will it change? Donnie aint gonna relinquish his soon to be throne.
These illegal pop-up protest marches over the Election just need to stop because it’s obvious one cannot regulate their emotions. Yes they are illegal if they did not have a permit to do so but because police officers show up in riot gear doesn’t give one the outlandish right of throwing rocks or bottles at them. They are there to not only protect the protesters but to protect the public and property from stupidity.
I know, that's crazy to think America can change overnight after all it only took how many years for all forms of racism to end. Yet I can see why people fear a Donnie admin but is it warranted over spoken words. Yes his brashness helped propel him to victory and that brashness also caused a 700 point drop in the Stock Market, yet his tone has changed since being declared the victor which helped stabilize those that play the Stock Market game.
Yet the fear shouldn’t be directed at Donnie, but that of one party controlling government. As much as the GOP/Conservative whine about DEM/Liberals bending over to special interests, GOP’ers get bent more often especially in the realm of Christian Right.I don’t need to run on as to why the LBTGQ and Muslim groups have great reason to fear a GOP controlled government; all they have fought for may be tossed away by a simple floor vote in DC or are holding onto the thinnest of hope that the government will protect them.
So chant, kick, scream, pout and sniffle all you want just pull up your big boy/girl pants and suck it up buttercup because you may not have cast a vote for Donnie he is your President beginning on Jan 20, 2017 at 1200p.
And stop the “well in 2008 the GOP and others said that Obama ain’t their president” crap. It’s pathetically sad and my 10 year old can debate better then that over a can of Pringles
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
"Day After?" no not the abortive pill, I'm talking about the 80's TV Apocolypitc movie.
I accept the results of Election Day with a little confusion of trying to understand that the "Rust Belt" folks were buying into the Jobs promise or just ready to stick it to the elite. Honestly it's a mixed bag of both. We all want change but it may not to be the change we are looking for. Many didn't get it under 8 years of Obama nor George 43, yet the Loyalists stuck by their side and defended with every breath. Will that be true for Donnie?
I believe the Loyalists will dig their heals deeper in the mud of defense regardless of any result. That's how Loyalists are, no matter the malfunction the political defense is a spin game and oh! are we gonna get dizzy. Think about, seriously, DEMs defended Obama's work just as equal to that of GOP defendind George 43, it's just that each called the other crazy kool aid drinkers and their flocks fell in line.
The Electoral map shows it all when comparing 2012 to 2016, Hillary underperformed by an average of 10% to that of Obama in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Her campaign played the cards wrong, took those States for granted and the final results show it as so.
I will not gloat
I will not gloom
I shall not jump off the boat
of our possible doom
OK I always sucked at poetry and never really cared for Dr Seus, but the words are true. One should not gloat nor feel gloom the "Day After," one needs to hold onto to hope of a successful presidency. Hey even Limbaugh stated he never cared for Obama but hoped for a successful presidency for the country.
Although I find a little humor in that it would be fun to see a Rachel Maddow place a "Promise Broken Counter" on her show ala Sean Hannity of Obama's first 100 days. However, Maddow has 100% more professionalism at her desk than Hannity, then again I rarely watch her show, so someone keep me informed how that goes.
The one major obstacle that will help President Donnie be successful will be those he surrounds himself with. Will there be life for Dr Carson or Gov Christie come Jan 20. 2017?
In actuality I'm looking towards Congress for success and less gridlock, yet that all begins at the Speakers podium and whether/not we keep a Speaker Ryan or someone more fanatical steps in. I've always liked Speaker Ryan, he's a numbers guy and he knows how to work with opposition which many Loyalists do not want to see happen, only their vision is correct which is a closed door to the Dems.
So as we slow walk towards Jan 20, 2017 as well as the midterms elections, accountability regardless of results will be a stranglehold on the GOP and the voices of Conservative poli-talking heads better stay lubricated to help steer their vision.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
To begin to even think about it, I have to list all the 16 candidates minus Donnie that were around for the first debate on August 6, 2015. So here we go
1. Jeb(!) Bush
2. Dr Ben Carson
3. Gov Chris Christie
4. Sen Ted Cruz
5. Carly Fiorina
6. Gov Gilmore
7. Sen Lindsey Graham
8. Gov Mike Huckabee
9. Gov Pyush Bobby Jindal
10. Gov John Kasich
11. Gov George Pataki
12. Sen Rand Paul
13. Gov Rick Perry
14. Sen Marco Rubio
15. Sen Rick Santorum
16. Gov Scott Walker
Just looking at that list, one can understand how the GOP ended up with Donnie. It’s a large list of has-beens and never was candidates. And I truly can’t remember Gov Gilmore in attendance as well but we’ll keep him
Automatically we can delete Gilmore, Perry, and Pataki because they never truly had a shot of going far, so they’d eliminated by the second debate. And as the debates rolled on, I can personally eliminate Huckabee and Santorum as their traction was based on the Christian Right fandom along with Jindal and Walker as they shot themselves in the foot out of the gates but stuck around more on ego.
What’s leave us: Jeb, Carson, Christie, Cruz, Carly, Graham, Kasich, Paul, and Rubio let’s say by Easter 2016. That’s a decent accomplished crew, minus the fact that Cruz, Rubio and Paul had yet to really do anything as freshman senators, but still they played well during debates.
Plus there’s no lie concerning Jeb’s bank account, the Tea Party love for Cruz and Paul would push them further to May. Soon the list would dwindle due to funds drying up or media attention starvation leaving Jeb, Cruz, Paul, Kasich and (I’ll say it) the Southern Belle Lindsey Graham.
Go ahead and laugh but as the primaries rolled on, Graham and Kasich were sitting damn good in the Media spotlight.
By the time the GOP convention rolled into Cleveland I truly believe the best two to debate Hillary would’ve been Graham and Kasich. Kasich appealed to many RINO’s and BLUE DOGS, yes those damn moderates, but Graham’s appeal, outside of his constant ISIS gloom, was his many years in office and his Southern likability
I voted and didn't get a damn sticker
Over the past few years I've enjoyed taking my son with me to the voting booth, this however was more intriquing because at age 10 he is more attentive to what is happening around him and being that he is on the Autism Spectrum is pretty damn cool. He reminded that his school in 2012 had picked Mitt Romney and this year they choose Donnie Trump (yeah he calls him that because of me) and proceeded to tell me how he feels about this election.
I'm not one to bloviate to whom I voted for, that's for me and I have to live with that choice for the next 4 years. But I will contest I have never in my years of voting never votes straight ticket and never will. The only issue today was ConJay's cheerleading with each choice I marked.
As ConJay and I walked into the local elementary school to vote I could see the anxiety in his face as we entered the hallway and his first response was "Where the bake sale dad? There's always a bake sale and campaign posters everywhere" Yes he was correct gone were the tables of parents and children selling bake goods in the hallway, lights were dimmed and the absence of any political posters made for a very subdued feeling as if we just walked into a dungeon.
I handed my voter registration card and driver license to one lady who acted in shock that I had both pieces of ID with me and as she scrolled through the index box looking for my info I scanned the room and counted a total of five poll workers doing their due diligence in being non-partisan while helping each voter. With a tug of my arm, I looked down and my son whispered "I hope 'so-so' loses." With a shake of my head, I told ConJay it's not polite to say such things (more for the reason I didn't want a verbal confrontation with any soul nearby).
Within seconds a poll female poll worker appeared on my left, learing over my shoulder as my card was pulled from the index box. "Here you are" she exclaimed and began scanning a binder to find my name, verifying the info and write the #111 next to my name. Every election I swear I'm always #111 in line to vote.
I laughed, with information in front of her, she misspelled my name and had to initial the corrections as she handed all my info to the gentleman beside her to verify as well.
Next came the walk with another poll worker to the booth who placed a cartridge in the machine and asked "do you need any help on how to operate the unit?" With a sigh I simply answered "I'm good, if I need help I'll ask thank you." Surprisingly the poll worker stood near as I scanned the room again and noticed one poll worker sitting in the corner who seemed as if he'd rather be carving a piece of wood then sitting staring at people.
So it began, and with each selective area from President to Senate to Attorney General to whether it should be mandatory for judges to retire by the age of 75, ConJay either asked about a selection, why that person had no opponent or simply pump his arm in approval of the selection. Again shaking my head, I had to remind him to be calm and collected so he wouldn't upset anyone. As I looked up, took a deep breath the nearby poll worker smiled at us in approval of respecting others around us.
As we verified our selections ConJay asked if he could pressed the big red "VOTE" button to complete. Of course I allowed him to do so and no one disapproved of the action, then again if they had I would've told them to mind their own selections.
As we walked out, ConJay made the bold statement of "Dad I guess they didn't sell any cookies because both candidates stink right?"
Todd Morgan Kelly
Monday, November 7, 2016
Wait, does that mean someone who committed voter fraud could get double freebies? Scoundrels!
Honestly those freebies aren’t gonna make anyone feel any better after this debacle of an election cycle unless one is able to get a Bakers dozen on alcohol. But instead of stuffing our faces with freebies either with glee or gloom maybe we should be gambling on our next four years of Hillary or Donnie.
No not by holding your nose and closing your eyes in the voting booth, but by calling a bookie and trying to make some cash because you’re gonna need it come January 20 2017.
Hey wait that’s a Friday!!! Oh the bars will be making cash that day
According to the British site Betfair there has already been over $130 million wagered on the Nov 8th 2016 outcome (compared to the 2012 total of $50 million). This is also the same site that took in close to $160 million on the Brexit vote. Per CNBC, our European buddies are taking some enjoyment on placing wagers on Hillary & Donnie:
UK-based Betfair, internet betting exchange
Clinton - 83 percent
Trump - 18 percent
UK-based Ladbrokes, online betting platform
Clinton - 83 percent
Trump - 22 percent
Ireland's Paddy Power, bookmaker
Clinton - 83 percent
Trump - 18 percent
It sure does seem like the gamblers have an itch for Hillary, with some saying it’s a landslide. Other sites like Oddsharks.com, Presidentialelectionodds.net and a few others collectively have Hillary at 75% at gaining her entitled throne and Donnie sitting like a jester at 23.5%.
However if you want to run away on Nov 9th after the election results are final, the ZipCar freebie is only to get you to the polls, not Canada.
It’s a rather funny thought when the fact is both Hillary and Donnie are the most unpopular Major Party candidates in a lifetime, well my lifetime. So winning the popular vote could be considered not being picked last during recess dodge ball.
If this does happen, one could expect the cries of foul coming from the Right or just the Donnie supporters and we only have to look to Al Gore to see how the Right told the Left to shut up, stop whining and accept the results. The argument over the dysfunction of the Electoral College will be the larger headline on Wednesday Nov 9 without a doubt.
It’s not surprising that Hillary’s poll numbers dropped after Comey’s letter released a week ago stating a new batch of 650k emails were found on Huma and hubby Anthony’s laptops and how they might contain “something, possibly nothing” but we just wanted people to know just in case. As the Media had to mention this repeatedly for a week, was it a surprise that over the weekend Comey released the results of the latest investigation as “these aren’t the emails you’re looking for. Move along. Move along” A few hours after Comey’s latest announcement, the Media and the court of social media scoffed at Comey’s latest letter bomb with “How is it possible for the FBI to scan through 650k emails so quickly?”
Enter Ed Snowden, yes whistleblower Ed Snowden to answer the question. It’s an algorithm and if you can’t figure that out please unplug your Commodore 64.
If Hillary does lose, the Media will have a field trip debating FBI Comey’s “we got something/maybe nothing” storyline concerning the “not so new” Hillary emails as to whether it had any effect on the election outcome.
Regardless of which candidate wins, personally I don’t think I can handle four years of a “Cankles/Kackle” or “Infantile/Pestiferous” of either administration. Grant it, the growth of pro/anti social media memes will grow substantially and Congressional gridlock will resume just like the past 8 years.
Monday, October 31, 2016
This election cycle is the "I'm Rubber You're Glue" tour of petulant little children on both sides of the political aisle, yet neither side can see thru their own bullshit to believe it's within their own party. We'd rather believe the other side of political thought are the true scoundrels when a story shows the hypocrisy one's automatic response is "that's a political plant, there's no such person....." or "that person was a member in name only"
No scratch that, as society as a whole.
So why am I saying this? Well truth hurts but obviously many are pain free when examples a re explained.
Someone captures video of a homeless lady taking a stand against vandalism by protecting Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star with people harassing, mocking and pushing her and all people think of is "Look at the hypocrisy of these liberals! They're only interested in certain forms of Freedom of speech." Here's the fun thing, how dos one know they are liberals, because as of Monday morning those that were mocking were now called "Never Trumpers" which last I checked was created and populated by many Republicans. But let's break it down further:
1. Aren't most Americans hypocrites when it comes to Freedom of Speech? Simple answer: YES.
2. The video demonstrates how low society has come that people would rather stand by and watch idiots humiliate this person then stand up and protect her from others.
3. There's no prestige about having a Hollywood star. Any celebrity, reality star, pseudo-celebrity can get a Hollywood Star, they just have to be nominated by someone/anyone and pay the $30K
Funny how politics circles overlap. But only side can be batshit
We are so consumed by fossil fuels that people wave their collective hand of the story about Native Americans trying to protect their sacred burial land (private land no less) from an oil pipeline in North Dakota, but excited that the Bundy Boys were cleared of any wrong doing when they caused a month long stand off by taking Malheur National Wildlife refuge by gunpoint with a bunch of their besties, one which died for not listening to police orders to stop when being apprehended.
1. I'm waiting for a pipeline to go thru a cemetery and see people freak out about how their family can't rest in peace. These Native Americans are protecting their land, their history, while doing so have been pepper sprayed and arrested.
2. The Bundy's committed a crime, period. They took over federal land and equipment at gunpoint, that's a federal crime. Yet now we get to worry about copycats lurking behind trees.
3. Moral of this story is simple, as long as capitalism prevails and the government looks like fools, it's a win..... for the moment
Just like any disruption we only agree with what we feel is right. A person or group history should not be a wall to capitalism yet I do recall people cheering Vera Cokking for fighting Donnie and Bob Guccione to Jersey State Supreme Court for their decades long attempts to buy and use eminent domain of her property.
But my fav story is that of James O'Keefe was able to get two high ranking members of the liberal group Democracy Partners to admit they were part of the problem, if not the reason, for the Donnie Chicago rally riots a few months back. Absolutely that is a deplorable action, yet there's more to the story.
1. Not only were Democracy Partners linked to the Chicago rally riots and one of them receiving a check from the Clinton campaign, they also had connections to Breitbart News. Yes the very same Breitbart News that has been a Donnie hotspot since he announced his intentions in 2015.
2. The link between Breitbart and DP is a simple one; collusion. Breitbart and DP worked together to help disrupt Donnie's primary opponents
3. Yes there is a third here, Project Veritas got paid $10 grand by the Trump Foundation a month prior to announcing his campaign. Can you guess who created Project Veritas? That's correct, James O'Keefe
Yet you don't care about parts 2 & 3 of the story, it's only the first part of the story that caught your eye and that's all the info needed in the 15 minutes of recess the mind allows. Funny how politics circles overlap. But only side can be batshit crazy and the other be pillars of the community.
The thing is I know many Liberals and Conservatives. I enjoy the company and conversation of both, however only one side takes greater offense to a story they object too, plus the lack of humor doesn't help. See Liberals can laugh when they are the joke and they don't circle wagons the way Conservatives do, basically what I'm saying is the term "Butt Hurt" describes Conservatives doubly.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
We hear all the time how Millennial are screwing things up, we’ll get to that in a bit, however I’ve been saying for awhile now we should be blaming the Baby Boomers for today’s problems and WAPO’s Dana Milbank’s makes the point as too why?
Grant it that in Milbank’s 10/25 opinion page (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2016/10/25/7d0c6a62-9aef-11e6-b3c9-f662adaa0048_story.html?utm_term=.94c98b48a3f5) he is talking about the blame of the “Boomer Presidency” and how they created today’s debacle of Trump/Clinton. He just says it with eloquence then I.
Think about it.
They are the first coddled generation as their parents, considered the greatest generation lived through 2 Wars and the Great Depression. Their parents didn’t want their child to end up in factories, coal mines or mills. Their parents pushed them to go to college and aspire as the world grew too fast for them to keep up.
The Baby Boomers pushed for the majority of the very same social programs they are currently against. They didn’t care who paid for it they expected government to do it for free. Now (!) they realize it’s they who are paying for it and are looking for “Slash/Burn” tactics while blaming younger generations for the problems.
They believed in Freedom of whatever, be it Speech, Sex and Religion. Today many want youth to shut up, believe in only one religion and monogamy is the only way.
It was they who perfected the protest and oh boy did they protest about everything, sometimes peacefully and other times with a form of violence.
They are, well, they were today’s Millennial.
Which leads me to another article titled “Dumb American Youth” by Townhall's Walter E. Williams (http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2016/10/26/dumb-american-youth-n2236346). Williams, like his counterpart Milbank, draws his ire to a generation as a major obstacle we will have to endeavor for many years to come, so his choice was the youngest voter, the Millennial.
No doubt today’s Millennial like their Baby Boomer grandparents have been overly coddled by mom, dad, grammie and pappy. So can you blame them for being a group of deeply sensitive, ignorant know-it-all, conceited lot of people?
They are the product of a society created by the Baby Boomers but have pushed those beliefs near the cliff’s edge. One should understand why so many favored Bernie Sanders entitlement world it was bred into them by their family tree.
Both generations have way too much in common but are too dense to look in the mirror, especially when politics are involved. Or should I say how they get their political info?
There has been a mass exodus of sorts from the traditional Media by both Baby Boomers and Millennial as the MSM is considered either to Liberal, one-sighted or too limited on info due to some higher management policy one story lead. Due to that thought, it has led many to search the interwed for their info or the love affair of political partisan commentary.
We don’t have time to read the story, we need to have it spork-fed to us while we drive or sit a minuscule cubicle at the office. It has led to the inundation of hyperpartisan websites with their partisan talking points is leading to generations of misinformation. You can find hundreds of such just on a Facebook or Google search.
Of course why wouldn’t someone want to go to a site called “procon.com” or “liberaloasis.com” to find your partisan Conservative/Liberal view or if you do not have a candidate of choice and see “so-so” has more Facebooks followers you may be inclined to skip the rest and stick with that person. These sites are doing exactly what people hate MSM does; manipulate the facts to their own liking.
See hyperpartisan and MSM are equal to that of Baby Boomers and Millennial, they won’t admit it but they are all the same, one giant hot mess screwing things up for the rest of us.
People need to pay attention to the meat of the story; the facts! Honestly there is about a paragraph worth of difference between an article on FOX and CNN, but it’s who is telling the story that justifies the reader/viewer belief in the source. But if a partisan site is telling the story, well it’s gotta be straight to the core, right?
Bullshit! Everyone knows the cardinal media jingle “If it bleeds it leads” so why wouldn’t any partisan source actually throw a whole lot of yellow journalism into the mix to keep you coming back.
Now I’ve already broken my cardinal jingle of never writing more than a person can read during the average crap…
CHEERS! And wash your hands dammit
Thursday, October 20, 2016
I give FOX’s Chris Wallace huge kudos for being the example of how a moderator should be portrayed. Yes there were times when Hillary and Donnie went off the rails with interruptions or off topic and he did his best to rein them in, yet it was the substance of the questions that he did his expected best. However, as I’ve said during every debate, there is a real need for shock collars on candidates and kill switches on the microphones to help keep certain decorum of the individuals.
I'm truly thinking of starting a write-in campaign to the Presidential Debate Committee concerning debates as I have had better debates with my 10 year old about time limits on his Xbox 1! #killswitchoncandidatemicrophones
Everyone who watched has their favorite moment, but for some reason the “Nasty Girl” interruption as well as Donnie’s “non-committal” comment are making the rounds for those that Monday Morning QB the debates.
One, if Donnie could’ve called Hillary a “bitch” he would’ve but I don’t see the huge fuss over the statement another then it being another example of Donnie not knowing or being able to control his mouth.
Secondly, the “non-committal” over the election results should’ve been expected, so why the surprise? Other than it shows (again) how he and Mikey Pence are not on the same page because Mikey had stated earlier that “they” will accept the outcome.
Hillary or “Robo-Hillary/Hillary-bot” was her normal self. I’d say she had “Resting Bitch Face” but Botox doesn’t allow such expressions.
In the end, there is no way the 3rd debate helped the undecided voter make a decision! All the supporters or haters are gonna vote their will, the undecided’s will hold their collective breathe, raise their nose in the air and blindly make a choice while reciting a bible verse or something of encouragement!
One the topic of voter fraud that always makes the news weeks before Election Day, Fox News’ Chris Stiwalt stated it best with “Donnie is down by 8 points of the whole country was Chicago there's not enough voter fraud to make up that difference.” Now that doesn’t mean there will fraud, but it means that if going by the polling numbers, the amount needed would be impossible to happen. Yeah there’s fraud, Texas is currently going thru an investigation too which they are finding the “problem” is happening with write-in balloting where one person is witnessing multiple ballots when law states a person can only witness one ballot. Per the investigation the issue is deep at locations such as Nursing Homes where a nurse is witnessing multiple patient ballots. So why not pat for a Notary official to go to these locations and stamp each ballot?
I do have one question concerning the Election Day results; What are the chances of Donnie appearing on the following WWE Raw after Election Day as a thank you to Linda McMahon's $6 million contribution to his campaign and support PAC's if he wins?
In the end, I'm so proud to have two childish immature non-mannered moronic people running to want to represent the US
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
NO! you don't have to spend any time defending yourself unless asked, simple answer and walk away. We've heard enough about it. I'm tired of all the childish bullshit this election cycle has brought and I ain't just talking about Donnie. We’ve gotten little substance on policy from both Hillary and Donnie because they are too busy dragging mud on the debate floor.
The Main Stream Media, the Partisan websites, the commentators, every single one of them are to blame in making this, quite possibly, the dirtiest nastiest elections since Andrew Jackson had to defend wife Rachel!
Donnie needs to get on track, finish strong and talk policy, and not waste time with playground antics like inviting Bill Clinton accusers or the Mrs Smith who lost her son at Benghazi. It makes him look more like PT Barnum then a serious candidate. Yet people applaud
What if Hillary invited all the Donnie accusers or all 3,500 contractors and Trump U participants who have a lawsuit against him to the next debate? People would scream “Cheap Clinton tactic” or worse.
Think about it, whichever gets the nomination come Nov 8, they will get very little down considering the GOP will still hold the House and possibly slip into victory to keep the Senate. GRIDLOCK! Hillary will get little done because the GOP will spend her entire term in committee arguing her emails. If Donnie wins, well he’s pissed off pretty much everyone in Congress that he’ll have little support plus he could be the first president busy defending himself due to all the current lawsuits against him.
Too many have cried how they cannot wait for this election to finally be over, but there will not be a collective sigh after Nov 8. Nope there will be much anger because the result will not be accepted and we will spend the next 4 years counting down the days with boiling hate.
Yep we deserved every ounce of pain this election has brought us, beginning to end
Monday, October 17, 2016
You’ve done it. You’ve tried to answer it because it’s human nature to always discuss the “what if” speculation after a major event.
The problem too many have is that they truly only believe in foreign terrorism and that anything considered domestic terrorism is just stereotyping some redneck Mid-Western looking individual driving an old pick truck or crew-cut individual wearing clothes they bought at the old Army/Navy store who talks tough and wants to play soldier in the woods with his buddies on the weekend gathered around a campfire. Yet everyone knows a terrorist always has a Middle Eastern appearance and works at 7- Eleven, right?
I bring this up because of two stories from over the weekend that received small amounts of news with lots of speculation as to who would commit such crimes. First there were the three individuals arrested for planning car bomb attacks for Nov 9 in a small Somali community in Liberal, Kansas.
Did you catch that date? Nov 9th is the day after this year’s Election Day, nice timing.
Now per the reports, the three individuals busted were part of some sort of militia called “The Crusaders” and that Liberal, Kansas is a small Christian faith Conservative community with Trump/Pence yard signs planted throughout. So you can see where people have begun their speculations and finger pointing, right? Yep, these individuals were some sort of “Christian” hate group, yet those interviewed around town pretty much say the same thing “those guys obviously don’t believe in God as we do… We help those in need, especially those in the Somali community.” OK, yes I’m paraphrasing the words, but you get the point.
But the connection between the “hateful Christian faithful” community and the planned attack on foreign community is a constant in our society for how long now?
From all I’ve read so far, these guys were a bunch of ignorant jackasses and true faith had nothing to do with it.
Then there’s the story of the North Carolina GOP headquarters that was firebombed on Sunday that had a few individuals blaming the DEM’s for the violent act, even though there is no indication as too who’s at fault.
Why the GOP HQ was chosen is still a huge question, but we’ve got to have a villain picked out immediately to throw stones at, and in this case, Donnie immediately called out the dirty DEM’s for committing the act. Why would he do so, well; 1. Donnie is losing by 4 points in North Carolina right now per the polls, 2. The area is heavily populated DEM registered community, 3. The individuals spray painted “GOP” and “NAZI” on the side of building. So add it all up and “BOOM” it clearly adds up.
Problem being the investigation just started and there’s no evidence reported to media yet. But we need a villain and Donnie spouted it out, the Alt Right media jumped on board and now the misinformation is now fact until the authorities tell us otherwise.
Whoever did commit this crime, I hope they are apprehended soon. Also kudos to the DEM for setting up a “gofundme” to help the GOP HQ get back in business, although some will wave that off as some sort of cover up.
Why am I ranting about all this? Because it’s all Domestic terrorism that people will not believe in.
Yes these are also random events that have no connections that we know of, but that’s what “speculation” is all about.
There is more to my response to the question “Where or how do you think it may happen again?”
As I replies “we’ll never know because it can happen anywhere by anyone?” and time has rolled on, authorities from local to federal have taken major precautions to large gathering events such as Inauguration day, Super Bowl and World Series. But those are specific giant events that bring lots of attention in person or on TV. And yes we’ve seen what can happen at smaller events such as the Boston Marathon bombing, which had many people displaced along the marathon route.
But what about a major event that has major implications for over 300+ million individuals that authorities cannot patrol all at one time, like Election Day?
Think about it. Election Day is an all day nationwide event that begins around 700a Eastern and ends around 1000p Pacific. OK I excluded Alaska and Hawaii time zone, yet the point is, voting happens everywhere; church basements, school gyms, community centers, post offices and even (depending on the town) someone’s living room.
What could stop someone from committing a heinous act in any of these places while they are open 12 hours of the day?
Simple answer: NOTHING
Don’t give me the answer “A good guy with a gun…” either
With all the hatred out there in our society, not over there in another land, right here in the US, there are more people here who want to cause more harm to us than those guys over there. And with all the disgust happening in this Election cycle, it wouldn’t surprise me if we hear more and more about “events” happening all the way to Inauguration Day.
I know somewhere someone is reading this thinking “what kind of f*ck up mind does this guy have?” Grant it, yes I think of some f’d up things sometimes, some for laughs some out of simple observation, yet the point is simple that people need to open their eyes and stop stereotyping everything.
People aren’t wearing little stickers that say “Good Guy” on them, no they carry badges and they’ve sworn to protect citizens at all costs.
Friday, October 14, 2016
So to recap what i'm blabbering about; at a recent football, the quasi-intelligent Cornell HS cheer squad decided to join the national fad of taking a knee during the National Anthem with a VFW Color Guard present.
OK, I'm not thrilled with the concept of taking a knee during the national anthem by anyone. Yes one cannot like the decision either, but ya gotta agree at least it's a peaceful protest even though some do not understand the reasoning for it. Kinda like the ice bucket challenge a few years back.
But for those who were offended, outside those that were in attendance such as the VFW Color Guard, to have the whimsical idea of calling the school district and issues threats towards the school is simply pathetic. What have you done with your outrage? Well for one the local police have double security of school grounds plus the neighborhood surrounding the school to go along with the school having to cancel homecoming just in case some genius decides to take action.
Yes threats of violence is always makes one feel patriotic, especially against training bras and a pimply faced student cheer section.
So taking a knee has been going on for over a month now thanks to San Fran QB Colin Kaepernick's first move to start a national conversation. Oh he started a national conversation, scratch that, started a national feud that has put money in his and the NFL's pocket in jersey sales. Honestly if you're gonna buy his jersey to burn, is it worth $100 or more to do so? You're just giving your money to him anyway
There's nothing wrong to protest, it's become a tradition to protest anything since the early 60's.
Protest for Equal Rights for women, one would just burn a bra.
Want to strike fear into the minds of minorities or Catholics or military rivals, do as the Scotts used to due and set a Cross ablaze.
However, standing for the National Anthem at any event is a stance of honor. Unless you're in your living room watching, because I would gather that 0.0001% stand for the Anthem at home.
Yes Dr Carson you are correct, there are way too many distractions this election cycle and we can only blame the candidates for that problem. Hell yeah, I want policy talk not bedroom talk. I want to hear about foreign policy and not emails or hot mic moments, but the problem is Media and the absent minded voter only want to hear soundbites for the emotional response at the polls.
Yes Hillary is too blame for her 4 decades of cold-hearted bitch characterization.
Yes Donnie is too blame for his 4 decades of arrogant rich dick characterization.
Both are the perfect villain for the American electorate to loathe but love just enough to vote to cancel the other out.
We deserve this and we accept this. Well acceptance only when it's not your nominee.
It's becoming almost impossible to keep track of all the mud being thrown by Hillary/Donnie and the surrogates. For crying out loud, Hillary has the Big "O" out there, flying around on Air Force 1 trying to bring her good fortune but all he can talk about is Donnie's downfalls. STFU, tell me Hillary's policies and how much they'll equal a possible third term.
Donnie's surrogates ain't much better, especially with Newtie Gingrich out there making statements like "“The little Trump is frankly pathetic. I mean, he’s mad over not getting a phone call" on Fox's Business Channel. Apparently Donnie was whining like a little boy because he didn't a congrats phone call from Speaker Ryan after last Sunday's debate and it's embarrassing to Newt to see Donnie act like that.
It's kinda funny to hear this from Newtie who in 1995 tossed a fit on Air Force 1 because he was escorted from the rear of the plane after landing in DC with everyone else while President Billy Clinton emerged to the lights of Media.
Hillary/Donnie surrogates need to follow their own advised, get back on message and get the candidates on message as well.
I still have hopes that during the final debate, both Hillary/Donnie will ignore non-policy questions and use their "thought bubbles" instead
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Look at Julian Assange Wikileaks much bragged about Clinton email surprise, there's really nothing in there to cause chaos. OK, so some Clinton aide make a crack about the Religious Right
Grant it, the whole Donnie "P*ssygate" is consuming the vast majority of ALL media, but who wouldn't want to report on a juicy story like that. Yes yell at NBC for holding the tapes till now. But it's not the tapes that are causing a Donnie downward spiral, that was already in motion weeks prior because he just doesn't know how to keep quiet.
Truthfully, the real annoyance are all these damn poli-ads running constantly all damn day, yet they are Oscar nomination worthy.
I'm for an entire ban on TV poli-ads... let's be British an regulate the election cycle for society's sanity. OK not a complete ban on TV poli-ads, but how regulate them to certain times of the day and on certain channels. Would that be fair?
How about play them between 12p-2p, during the afternoon soap operas, just don't confuse Victor Newman for Donnie. Hey come to think about it, the two kinda resemble the other with billionaire lifestyles, hiring of private investigators to spy on competition, multi wives, womanizing, control freaks, abrasive behaviors.... Has anyone ever seen these two guys together? What would Donnie look like with a mustache?
So we got the afternoon covered for poli-ad viewing now comes the evening, however that's simple to cover; they can only be played on News channels and QVC.
Why QVC? Well you might be able to buy all your survival gear at one time for the "End of Times" we keep hearing about if Hillary or Donnie get elected.