Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#GOPDebate ...Now We Know Who Keyser Söze Is

Another Clown Car gathering last night, in Las Vegas, and it was almost Life Imitating Art

Ozzie and Harriet would be blushing today, with all the virulent insults uttered by the PartyofNican Clown Car drivers.

JEB! borrowed a spine from somewhere, and a rubber mallet from the circus, that he kept clubbing (and, at times, looking like he was going to break out in tears), The Donald, who kept dismissing him in Dorthoy Parker fashion (The "I'm 42 and you're 3" retort hurts a bit, doesn't it JEB!)

Only thing missing between Life Story Boy Mario Rubio and the McCarthyesque Ted Cruz was a WWF Banner and Cage Match announcement prior to the debate.

Cruz, in responding to Life Story Boy had to resort to, potentially, classified informantion to keep from getting smashed with a folding chair and thrown out of the ring.

Carli Fiorini looked like she had been stung by 1000 hornets, snarling at the moderators more than any of the other clowns.

Traffic Jam Starter Christie played the High School Prinicple in this production, pointing out the Hobbesian Trap rancor of the other candidates, but injecting his own "my dick is bigger", which was the overarching theme of the entire night, of all the candidates (yes, I know, but it still applies). 

Rand Paul, once again, the exasperated teacher, writing on the proverbial blackkboard, the correct CONSERVATIVE answer  (labeled a "Loser" by CNN) for his inattentive class, but he's looking more and more, like a steward on the Titanic, looking for space for himself on one of those lifeboats.

I think Carson and Kaisch were there, just so two podiums wouldn't be empty, though, our Pryamid Expert did declare he could handle the Commander in Chief thing, having to do what has to be done, because of his neurosurgery experience.

Let us hope, if Dr, Ben happens to get elected, all the terrorists, suddenly, come down with brain tumors.

But the biggest news, and I mean, this is a blockbuster, 10-pt, bold headline stuff;

We found out who really is Keyser Söze!

“We’re fighting a very politically correct war,” he said in response to a question about avoiding civilian causalities. “And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families. They, they care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.”
The Donald reiterated it again, at the debate last night,  stopping short of saying he would go after their friends, and even people who owe them money.

In a previous post, we asked, rhetorically, how more debased things would get.

Last night, came the first answer, we we have every expectation that it will be topped in the very-soon-future.

First, this was a bad night for Trump. Even by Trump’s standards, which are cartoonishly low, he embarrassed himself. He has no answers, no ideas, and no discernible reason to run for president. He doubled down on his plan to kill the family members of suspected terrorists, ignoring the Geneva Convention in the name of “toughness.” His strategy to defeat ISIS amounts to “hiring good people” and building a “great wall.” For most of the night, he flailed like the petulant clown that he is, and gave no indication that he’s taking any of this seriously.
Trump is a national mistake, and every time he opens his mouth in public, he reminds the world how unserious he is and how foolish we are for allowing him to hijack our nomination process.
Is Trump Keyser Söze?

When it's all said-and-done, the greatest trick The Donald pulled was convincing the world he does have intelligence

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Time For Timmy To Send Trump To The Cornfield.

Oh boy ...

We had, already, labeled The Donald as a Fascist, last week.

He's already evidenced he's a bigot, a racist, xenophobic, jingoistic, a grand ignoramus of history, so where do we place his latest smegma, of banning all Muslims - even American citizens living/working abroad - from entering the country?

We even did a follow-up post (It's Starting To Get Ugly Out There), after a Trump Rally crowd beat up a black protester, and a rifle-carrying Rightwing Freakshow militia group picketed a Texas mosque.

In a non-bizzaro political world (bizzaro this 2016 PartyofNoican campaign clearly is), his poll numbers would plummet, his money support would dry up, the media would bury, then shun him, and he would become a political pariah.

Except, despite his self-serving practice of bringing attention to himself with the most outrageous actions, The Donald is a living, breathing torch carrier for the PartyofNoicans.

You’ll remember that Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz have both endorsed explicit religious tests for Syrian refugees entering the country that would only permit Christians to resettle. This is only slightly less-obviously unconstitutional than a blanket ban on Muslims, and is arguably harder to implement. Marco Rubio is actually to Donald Trump’s right when it comes to monitoring Muslims — citizens and non-citizens alike — who are already in the United States. Rand Paul has already introduced a bill in the Senate that would suspend all immigration from Syria and 30 other (predominantly Muslim-majority) countries.
All of these proposals send the same message: Muslims are a problem, and keeping Muslims out or sic-ing Big Brother on them while they are here is the solution. Banning them all from entering — feasible or no — is nothing more than the simplest formulation of the entire Republican Party’s core belief.

Rachel Maddow, last night, and with special guest, Senator Bernie Sanders hit on the same message - that virtually all the PartyofNoican candidates running for President have all come out with fascist, xenophobic, prejudicial proppsals for dealing with Muslims and other immigrants, just not as over-the-top as Trump (go to the link and watch the video, Sanders really nails it, using Demagoguery to blame someone else, and avoid the real issues).

And we appear to be stuck with him, as Lauren Fox at TPM notes;
Trump supporters don't appear willing to give up on their guy no matter how much the party elders distance themselves from him or condemn him. Trump is like the boyfriend with the motor cycle. The harder you try to keep your daughter away, the more she wants to date him. That's why an establishment-backed ad assault aimed at discrediting Trump among his fact-resistant following is unlikely to resonate.
Hard to imagine, with about two-months before the first primary, how much more debased Trump, or any of the other candidates, can go, other than to say, we may have to do another follow-up post of "It's Gotten Ugly Out There".

The video up top comes from a classic 'The Twilight Zone' episode, 'The Good Life'

Time to ask Timmy, to send Trump, and perhaps, the rest of the PartyofNoican candidates, to the cornfield.

Bonus Links

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Early Xmas Gift For Cable News - A Mass Shooting

Another sad, tragic event, in our lawless gun control country.

Coming on the heels of the Paris Shootings, and its' terrorist roots, Cable News wasn't going to be left out on this side of the Atlantic.

At around 11PM last night, this is what I Tweeted;

‪#‎SanBernadino‬ ... w/still little info, media talking heads straining at bit/peeing pants, to label this terrorism
For the preceeding number of hours, on CNN and MSNBC, with their parade of ex-military, ex-Intelligence, ex-police on hand, citing what it took to plan this attack, the attire of the shooters, all were dancing on the head of the pin to outright claim this was a case of terrorism.

Even, with two press conferences, with the local police, and FBI, saying it was too early to say what it was, and while not ruling out Terrorism,  that they will follow where the evidence leads them, this didn't stop the Talking Heads from couching all their "analysis" wrapped in terrorism.

Bob Baer, the infamous "Terror Expert", on CNN, kept referring to his "bias" in wanting to push the Terrorism button.

The location of this shooting, a health center, a Christmas party, that was the only wrench thrown into Baer's bias, and barely slowed down the other Talking Heads

And, we had a new phrase introduced, the constant, apparently coming from victims, use of the phrase "long guns".

Anchors and their talking heads kept, ominiously, saying how the shooters had "long guns" as if the killing of 14, and wounding of 17 wasn't enough, teasing the veiled talk of this being "terrorism" with the constant repeating of "long guns".

The only think missing was spooky organ music.

Put "Long Guns" on the shelf, with "Lock Down", and "Shelter In Place" as part of the new vernacular of our Post 9-11, Patriot Act-blanketed, Drone-Filled-Skies world.

All the talking heads sounded, almost, disappointed, when, late in the night, the identity of the shooters was revealed, that it was an employee of the agency, and his wife, and this was starting to take shape of, perhaps, a mentally unbalanced employee committing workplace violence, over some still unknown reason.

Lacking in this jingoistic cacophany, for all the hours they were burning, was any discussion about better gun control.

Even after, late in the night, it was reported that, at least, one of the guns used in this horrible shooting was purchased legally, that didn't stop one of the Talking Heads to poo-paah better gun control, saying it wouldn't prevent an event like this.

And, hitting their marks, on cue, were the Presidential Candidates, the PartyofNoicans all calling for prayers, and the Democrats all calling for better gun control.

The 'New York Daily News' had a good smack-down of the PartyofNocians, screaming from their front page " 'GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS'".

With God taking a pass, you can bet the line that our Congress will also.

During the night, a bevy of statistics were out everywhere, one citing that there has been more Mass Shootings (the criteria being 4 or more people shot) this year than the number of days in the year.

Sandy Hook, Columbine, South Carolina, Plan Parenthood were all mentioned.

Yet, as time passes, and these type of Mass Shooting continue to occur, Nicholas Kristoff notes in his column today "On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying"

That leaves us all vulnerable to be part of the next wall-to-wall Cable News coverage of the next Mass Shooting.

Bonus Links

Broadcast Nets Break In, Cable Goes Wall-to-Wall on California Shooting

Network and cable news anchors head to San Bernardino for shooting coverage

Calif. shooting sends networks into special report mode

GOP presidential candidates offer prayers — not solutions on gun control — after San Bernardino massacre

“Prayer Shaming” Is the New “War on Christmas”

Lawmakers Offer ‘Prayers’ For Mass Shooting Victims, Receive Large Checks From The NRA

How the NRA is harming American Security: Mass Shootings as Serial Terrorism

Ryan: Attacks no reason to 'trample' gun rights

Friday, November 27, 2015

Top Ten Cloves: Other Things Donald Trumps Claims To Have Seen

10.  Relatives of current Syrian Refugees partying/celebrating in NJ on Sept. 11th

9.  Swears, if you look closely at film, Muslims celebrated Hindenberg explosion

8.  Trump, sworn to secrecy, who killed JFK

7.  Muslims celebrating crash of Flight 800

6.  Saw photos, old newsreels of Muslim celebrating when Lindburgh baby was kidnapped

5.  UFO aircraft at Roswell, New Mexico ("It looks fabulous ... just fabulous")

4.  Walt Disney's Cryogenically Frozen body (Awesome man, really awesome)

3.  He's seen - and heard - missing 18-minutes of Nixon Tapes

2.  Saw Sonny Liston fans celebrating after dive from Muhammad Ali’s phantom punch

​1.  ​Where D.B. Cooper landed ("Tremendous guy, really tremendous")

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

It's Starting To Get Ugly Out There

We'll refrain from shouting out "I told you so ..."

In our post Friday ("Trump and Rubio ... Fascism Redux"), we wrote near the end;
"Along with the insanity of Chancellor Trump, and Field Marshall Rubio talking like this, proposing things like this, it's a matter of time before we start hearing about attacks and violence against otherwise law-abiding, peaceful Muslims living here now."
And, today, straight out of Central Casting, and on-cue;

"A group of armed protesters who wanted to “show force” gathered outside a Texas mosque Saturday in response rumors about Syrian refugees and Sharia law.
The group, calling itself the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, stationed itself outside the Islamic Center of Irving carrying signs with messages like, “Stop the Islamization of America,” according to the Dallas Morning News. A video taken at the mosque shows a man dressed in black with his face masked carrying a rifle ..."

"The town of Irving was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when police arrested a fourteen-year-old Muslim student who brought a homemade clock to school, accusing him of constructing a bomb."
And this comes on the heels of another disturbing incident, yesterday, at a rally for The Donald in Alabama.

A black activist protesting at the rally, and rather then waiting for security to remove him, was attacked by up to 9 Trump supporters, punched, knocked down, and kicked

And what was Trumps' reaction?

"Trump was asked to weigh in on his supporters’ actions on Fox & Friends Sunday morning. “Maybe he should have been roughed up,” he said. “It was disgusting what he was doing.”
The Republican frontrunner compared what happened at his rally to a Black Lives Matter protest at a Bernie Sanders event, which prompted the Democratic candidate to release a detailed racial justice plan. “This is not the way Bernie Sanders handled his problem, I will tell you, but I have a lot of fans and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy, a troublemaker, looking to make trouble,” Trump said.

So, according to The Donald, Bernie Sanders is a wimp, for not kicking the shit out of the protesters at his event. 

And, The Donald, with a comment like that, has given tacit approval for his supporters to beat up anyone who protests, or, criticizes The Donald.

This kind of thuggery should disqualify him from being allowed to run for office.

"Trump supporters have gotten physical with protesters at several other events this fall. A protester was dragged out of a Trump rally in Miami. A Trump supporter ripped up a protester's sign. A Trump bodyguard was filmed sucker-punching a protester outside Trump Tower in early September. And at a rally in DC, photographers captured a Trump supporter pulling a protester's hair."
I can't say, in the history of politics in this country, that violence wasn't committed, however, it is atrocious, and beyond the pale to have a candidate for president condoning violence by his supporters.

Before some actually gets murdered, time for The Donald, all the presidential candidates to adopt a policy of #AllWordsMatter.

Otherwise, the campaign trails melts down to a free-for-all, and the candidate with the better fighters and goons wins.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Trump and Rubio ... Fascism Redux

Even before the Paris attacks, the Clown Car Candidates had already unleashed a torrent of racist, homphobic, and xenophobic remarks.

Since then, it's become a tsuanmi shitstorm, with PartyofNoican Governors having joined in, by the tenfold, on refusing to accept refugees, with Dr. Pyramids referring to the refugees as "mad dogs", all the while, two of the leading Clown Car drivers are advocating a new Fascist States of America.

Let's start with The Donald.

When asked how that differed from Hitler's Germany registering the Jews, his response was a arrogant "You tell me."

Senator Marco Rubio wasn't going to be locked out of the Fascist Funhouse.

“It’s not about closing down mosques. It’s about closing down any place — whether it’s a cafe, a diner, an internet site — any place where radicals are being inspired,” ...
Radicals, yes, but Trump and Rubio seem to sharing the same Fascist paintbrush in wanting to document, track and round up all Muslims.

In effect, the Government has already been tracking, not just Muslims, but everybody, in their over-reaching Orwellian surveillance programs.

Along with the insanity of Chancellor Trump, and Field Marshall Rubio talking like this, proposing things like this, it's a matter of time before we start hearing about attacks and violence against otherwise law-abiding, peaceful Muslims living here now.

This type of talk is dog-whistling, red-meat-biscuits to the extremist of the Rightwing Freakshow and is utterly irresponsible.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

"Pay No Attention To That Woman Behind The Curtain ..."

Oops! ...

It's long been held by the Press (lapdogs, such as it is,  that a good number of them are) that politicians only offer empty platitudes, well-rehearsed blah-blah-blah ...

Except, when they let their guard down, and, inadvertently, speak a revealing truth, which has them and their staffs throwing up a tsunami of well-rehearsed blah-blah-blah, trying to walk the revealing truth back,

Toto, in spirit, at least, pulled the curtain back on Hillary Rodman Clinton in last night's Democrat's Debate.

Sen. Bernie Sanders was, rightly, dissing Clinton for being the Big Wall Street Money candidate.

Clinton pushed back, promising she has an "aggressive plan to reign in Wall Street," which, by the way, multiple times, talked about not needing the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall to get this done, name dropping Paul Krugman and Paul Volker, and treating Glass-Steagall like it was a leper, on no use of value, or noting that it's repeal helped cause the financial disaster we saw.

Bernie wasn't having any of it, and scoffed "Not good enough," adding;
"I have never heard a candidate — never — who has received huge amounts of money from oil, from coal, from Wall Street, from military-industrial complex, not one candidate says, ‘Oh these campaign contributions will not influence me. I’m going to be independent,'" Sanders said. "Well, why do they make millions of dollars of campaign contributions? They expect to get something. Everybody knows that."
This was Toto's cue to start tugging, and pulling back the curtain.

"He has basically used his answer to impugn my integrity, let’s be frank here," she said of Sanders before citing her work in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
"I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtime Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild," she said.

Did she just say that?!

Holy Cow!

I didn't look, but I will speculate, before the debate ended, someone photoshopped Hillary, standing on the ashes and debris of the WTC, receiving a campaign contribution.

In fact, CBS's partner in the debate last night, Twitter, did, proverbially, offer that picture.

Someone named Andy Grewal tweeted;
Have never seen a candidate invoke 9/11 to justify millions of Wall Street donations.  Until now.  @HillaryClinton #DemDebate

"Pay No Attention To That Woman Behind The Curtain ..."

I'm not sure Hillary offered as much passion in her other answers, as the amount she offered defending her taking in Wall Street millions.


Later in the debate, the candidates were asked to cite a personal crises they dealt with that would show they have the muscle to be president.

None of the three candidates offered a good story, but it was Clinton who doubled-down on Sept. 11th again;
At the end of the debate, CBS News moderator John Dickerson gave Clinton one more opportunity to make her point. He asked each of the candidates to name a crisis they had experienced in their life that prepared them for the presidency. “Well, there are so many, I don’t know where to start,” Clinton responded, before retelling the story of her advising President Obama in the decision to launch a mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Considering there is some contention on how the Obama Administration found Osama bin Laden, and the controversy over it, and with 20+-years of Clinton Scandals, Right Wing and Media harrassment, she goes to the Sept. 11th well again?

Help me, Mister Wizard!

In a previous debate, Sanders gave Hillary a gift, with his heated rant about how no one cares about "your damn emails"

HIllary returned the favor on it last night, exploiting the Sept. 11th tradegy

Take advantage of it Bernie, pound that with a over-priced military hammer, of whose costs you want to rope in.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Je Suis Paris



Residents near Paris attack locations are offering shelter using the hashtag #PorteOuverte