Friday, July 22, 2016

What Ailes Fox News, Trump's Red Wedding Speech




We begin with an aside that may affect Fox News for the future of right wing partisan reporting: Roger Ailes has been escorted from the building. One day he was roaming the building, trying to get the news hosts to say something supportive about him on the air. The next day he wasn't allowed into the building, not even to go into his office with an empty box... He was one of the most powerful men in the industry, too bad he tried to use that power to get blowjobs...

Then, 85 year old Rupert Murdoch said that he would step in and run Fox News until he could find a replacement, or he passes away, whichever comes first... Both Bill O'Reilly and Shawn Hannity have said publically that they too would reign if Roger was forced to retire. Let's see if they are men of their words or if they were just trying to line up outside of Roger's office, puckering and moistening their lips...



Onto the convention, where Ivana Trump gave the nicest speech of the convention. If Donald Trump gets elected, he will need people to run his office on a day to day basis, while he is off trying to make America great again. Let's hope that he uses all of the women in his family to fill in the gaps, as they seem more humane and empathetic than The Donald. Plus, there would be Michelle Obama serving as an advisor...

I actually sat through all 90 minutes of The Donald's speech. He was very angry through the whole thing, maybe because he was forced to read off of the teleprompter, and had a very red face, not due to make up and tanning beds. I wondered if he might have a heart attack after twenty minutes of rant, keel over and die, solving the problem of having an upstart outsider as the Republican candidate...

But he made it through, deflated a couple of sizes afterwards. He made lots of promises, all for you the people, but if enacted would lead us to a fascist military state, where we have to give up our personal freedoms but get to keep our guns...

Next week will be the Democratic Convention, and already I know that t will be boring in contrast, because there will be no Hillary bashing. Oh, they will try to bash Donald Trump, but the only way to get under his skin is to make jokes about him. If they do four nights of stand-up comedy, it will be more clever and incisive than having a bunch of serious political speeches. Make sure that Elizabeth Warren tweets throughout, it will drive him nuts because he will have to fight back against every slight, imagined or real. Can you imagine if the Democrats bash back and are just as mean spirited as the Republican speakers, it would show the total dysfunction of our elected officials. Personally, I would like it if Barack Obama would lead for 8 more years, just to see the crazy republican base go fucking nuts and begin to eat their young...


Thursday, July 21, 2016

GOP Day 3: Payback For a Bitch Named Ted




Wow, last night was a letup from the downer of day 1 and the violent intensity of day 2. I wonder what the maestro of chaos has in store for day 3... This was supposed to have been Mike Pense's shining moment as the anointed chosen for the vice presidential slot. So many were vying for the slot and not told they were out of luck until the last minute, including Ohio's governor, John Kasich, who was promised the job by Donald Trump Jr... and that explains why Mr. Kasich is boycotting the convention and has a betrayed look on his face whenever he is questioned by reporters...

Instead, we got the well orchestrated prank that Donald played on Ted Cruz. Many people were
scratching their heads when Mr. Cruz was asked to speak at the convention, they thought there was too much bad blood between him and The Donald, and that he would never give his support to a Trump candidacy.

The fun began in the afternoon as Ted Cruz was on stage at an outdoor rally, only to have Donald Trump buzz the rally in his jet plane before it came in for a landing at the Cleveland airport. It was timed so well that you might think that there was someone in the audience giving the pilot the right time to fly in low, making sure the crowd could read the word TRUMP printed on the side in huge letters...

Then, in prime time, Ted Cruz had the slot speaking right before Mike Pense. I finally got my bottle of beer for the drinking game, you know, taking a swig every time someone calls Hillary Clinton a crook or a liar, and ended up dozing off at the beginning, only to wake up with the pundits on the tube exclaiming how extraordinary the events were, and only added to how bizarre this convention was... Ted figured he would give a little payback himself, and gave his speech really slowly, turning an allotted eight minute speech into 23 minutes, and not once mentioning Donald Trump's name. At the end where he was supposed to endorse Donald, he just said to vote what your conscience tells you to do. Donald had arranged that as a cue for the New York delegation to break out in loud boo's and be as loud as they could. The Secret Service responded by rushing Heidi Cruz out of the auditorium, as Donald made a surprise entrance on stage and the booing turned into cheers... Yes, Ted, you were set up and owned like a teddy bear in a comedy sequel.

To rub it in a bit more, Chris Christy was available for reporters questions, and he answered that now you know how Ted Cruz got his reputation in Congress, of being the most disliked... If anyone thought any of this was spontaneous, I have a bridge in New Jersey to sell you...



And poor Melania Trump. First, we learn that she plagarized part of her big speech she gave at the convention, and to make it worse, she quoted from THE ENEMY, Michelle Obama, whom she secretly admires. Next, a scapegoat was found and an imaginary scenario was concocted where the hapless ghostwriter confesses to Donald her sins and he forgave her because she wrote two of his books and he certainly didn't want another headache like the one with Tony Schwartz, the author of The Art of the Deal. Tony has been delivered a cease and desist letter by the Trump attorneys, because he keeps on giving his opinions that he regrets ever writing the book, and that in his opinion Donald Trump is a sociopath who cannot focus his attention on anything other than himself, and if Donald got control of the nuclear weapons codes, it could mean the end of civilization, literally... Anyway, Donald forgave her for Melania's sins, and has spirited her off to some secret corner of the Trump Tower where she cannot let down her hair.

Next, comes the revelation that Melania doesn't really have a university degree like she said she has, and that she actually dropped out of an obscure Slovenian university in her freshman year... the hits just keep on coming folks...

This convention has been really weird, I can hardly wait and see what fun things Donald will say tonight in his acceptance speech, will he go full bore batshit crazy like Rumpleforeskin Giuliani? We know that he will perpetuate the lies that have been told and retold that Hillary Clinton had something to do with the deaths in Benghazi, and she is responsible for all the evil that has sprung up in the world, will he go the distance like Ben Carson did and link her to Lucifer? I still have another bottle of beer that I will sip slowly and try to stay awake when it all hits the fan and the fun begins!!!



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GOP Convention Day 2: Politics By Blunt Instruments



Before I get into last night's coverage of the GOP Hillary bashing, let's talk about the world we live in and the strange response to violence or even criticism of a country's leaders. Why must we respond with a move towards fascism and censorship? Even France seems to want permanent martial law... Of course, I still can't figure out why France has been attacked by jihadists so much, it has been the friendliest to Muslim refugees and been more inclusive than most other European countries...

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to the recent failed coup, by vowing punishment and revenge to the extreme end of the spectrum. Over the past 16 years he has moved to a more autocratic style of rule, which is fueled by his guilt and paranoia. It has finally exploded in his revenge on an old friend turned enemy, a Sufi cleric who lives in Pennsylvania since 1999... Mr Erdogan has purged his military by 35,000 members, 15,000 education ministry employees are gone, 21,000 teachers and 1,500 university deans have been dismissed. Sounds like he has been making his lists for a long time... And now he is insisting that the US deport the Sufi cleric back to Turkey so he can put him in jail and torture him.

Besides the personal animosity between these guys, there has been a long history of both Sunnis and Shiites persecuting the Sufis as heretics. Sufism is essentially mystical teachings, and usually ignores the more crazy pronouncements by the Sunni and Shiite clerics, which makes them burn down Sufi shrines, like they have done in Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria in recent years. ISIS hates Sufis and have been responsible for many of the shrine attacks...

Israel just passed a law allowing them one step closer to autocratic right-wing rule, by allowing their congress to vote out members they find offensive, mostly Arab members that they previously had to allow because they were voted in. If this keeps up, who will support an Israel that ends up more resembling fascism than any other country in the Middle East or Europe?




All I really can say about the 2nd day of the GOP convention, is that I am emotionally drained and
depressed after witnessing another evening of mean spirited, brutal Hillary bashing. I have never seen politics played out at this level of negativity, and if I were someone just tuning in by curiosity, I would be shocked and repelled... And to think there's more of this tonight, well I might watch the Jason Bourne trilogy again for some relief...

Ironically, the best speech of the night, and best speech of the convention so far, was given by Donald Trump Jr. He read the teleprompter way too fast, and has yet to learn when to make pause for emphasis, but as a newcomer to political speechmaking, he blew the socks off of the older, more experienced white guys. ( No people of ethnicity tonight, guess they shot their wad on that... )

For a guy with three wives and children by each of them, The Donald has turned out some nice kids, who speak highly of him even though they were never raised by him. I think that it's because he accepts them into his businesses and set them up in their own that they are grateful and positive towards him, enough to overlook his rough and nasty public persona and cruel putdowns. Hey, even Chris Christy came back like a lapdog and gave a mean speech last night...

George W Bush has given the fear that this may be the last Republican Convention, especially if Trump gets trounced. Lord knows it needs to purge the right-wing crazies who have no sense of humor. I must insist on getting a sixpack of beer for tonight, I am such a lightweight that I'll be drunk after the first five minutes of continued Hillary bashing. Who knows, maybe it is time to move to New Zealand...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GOP Convention Day 1: Cleveland or Busted




I wasn't sure what to expect from the Republican Convention, but it has turned out to be more entertaining that ever I could have hoped. Too bad I no longer drink alcohol, because the theme of the evening was to disparage Hillary Clinton. The drinking game would be to imbibe every time one of the minions mentions Crooked Hillary or Lying Hillary, and I would have been wasted early into the program... Of course, I'm waiting for the Clinton Camp to rejoin with something like, what do you expect from Dumb Ass Donald???

The convention began with hijinks and chicanery, resulting with the Colorado delegation getting up en mass and walking out... Several states had wanted to amend some of the convention rules, that would have freed up delegates bound to vote for The Donald, and allow them to vote for someone else on the first round of voting, perhaps allowing for someone else to become the nominee. It takes a certain amount of the delegates to petition for a role call vote, and one had been called on from the floor. The chairperson suddenly left the stage for several minutes, and when he came back announced that three of the states had withdrawn from the petition and then had a vote by voice recognition, and of course he recognized that the ayes had the loudest side, and passed the rules without any further debate... This was when the Colorado folks got up and left, the only state to do so. Since I currently live in Colorado, it brought a tear to my eye to see them do me so proud...

So much for the boring rules and procedures, which gave way to many people shouting and booing and telling the media tales of cheating and frustration, which the media sucked up as if it were primo cocaine... Then came the prime time show...

The Trump organization had promised famous celebrities, but all we got was the boring child of Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and a low level child television star who looked like a muppet... Then came the doom and gloom portion, designed to freak you out, and it certainly went over the top on that. This is where the vilifying of Hillary began in earnest, but I would have been pretty buzzed after the Duck guy and Scott Baio finished, and certainly was not prepared for Pat Smith, the mother of a foreign service worker who died in an ambush at Benghazi, Libya. She was a walking raw wound, with a practiced haunted look in her eyes, and her grief was raw and rubbed with salt, it was painful to witness. Then she went off the railings by accusing Hillary Clinton of murder, and complaining that the State Department stopped talking to her... What she didn't disclose was that her son's death had permanently unhinged her, and the guy's wife had asked the State Department to stop talking to the crazy woman. That the RNC brought this woman up onto the stage and tried to use her by manipulating our empathy was pretty foul and reprehensible, the poor woman needed a good grief counselor. not a stage meant for political theater...

There were a couple of good speeches about the patriotic duty of military service that were more
generic than political, and would have fit in at any high school rally across the country... Then came several black speakers who talked trash on Clinton, giving rise to the speculation that the speakers on the stage were of a more diverse background that the whole of the delegates... And then came Rudy Giuliani... Have you ever listened to a one on one interview with Rudy? The man is brash, doesn't listen, and must go on and on trying to make his ill reasoned points. His speech was inflammatory, shouted all the way through, giving one commentator to speculate that he looked like he was going to bite the head off of a bat at any moment...

As a nice contrast to the intensity and bummer factor of the previous speakers, luckily no-one committed suicide ( as close to a jihadist joke I can allow myself to make right now, sorry ), the featured speaker was then Melania Trump. I expected her to basically say that she enjoyed Donald's money very much, and if they lost, please don't deport her back to Slovenia, but she actually gave a nice speech centered around the joys of family, the virtue of hard work, and giving others the respect they deserve, no matter their background or ethnicity. If only The Donald would listen to her advice...

Turns out the advice actually came from a speech that Michelle Obama gave the Democratic Convention in 2008, and it had parts plagiarized line by line. The cable news networks began having a field day, wondering who wrote the speech for Melania, who had said that she mostly wrote it herself, and would the Trump organization fire the writer or not?

The response has been that hey, both Melania and Michelle must have the same values, there's nothing more to see here, and we are going to move on... Which means, translated into real life, that Melania is dumber than we thought, and not much at giving speeches, and she did the cribbing herself, enough to make it legally plagiarism, and please don't let her bring down Donald's campaign, we will promise to keep her out of sight from now on... Again, a pundit said at the very least, Michelle should be given a writer's fee...

Everyone got up and left the convention hall, leaving the last few speakers to give their speeches to a much emptied house, just like speaking in Congress. For those who are more liberal leaning the convention is proving a wonderful catharsis, I can hear my sister yelling at her tv from upstairs in several spots during the night, and I know the rest of the convention will be more of the same, including the embarrassing screw-ups. Tonight will showcase speeches by former rivals of The Donald, including Ben Carson, Chris Christy, and Ted Cruz, oh what could go wrong? If you hear someone laughing like a maniac, it will be me...







Saturday, July 16, 2016

I Will Miss Barack Obama



" All of us, we make mistakes. And at times we are lost. And as we get older, we learn we don't always have control of things - not even a president does. But we do have control over how we respond to the world. We do have control over how we treat one another. "    
                                                                                                                                - Barack Obama



I have to confess that I am going to miss Barack Obama as our president very much. I wish there was a way that he could stay and just give speeches on a regular basis, and not always when there is a tragedy. He has shown such class, and loving family man, and still has a sense of humor after eight years of Republican abuse that has been raised to a level we have never seen before openly in public.

We have learned that white crackers like Mitch McConnell don't like taking orders from a black man, and their willingness to go to incredible lengths to make sure that nothing of Obama's agenda gets done, that nothing that he has done will stay, and none of his future plans ever bear fruition. I believe that this white backlash has opened up the wound between the black communities and white cops. Cell phones have helped record the killing of innocent men by fearful and racist cops, who are then protected by the system and they never have to take responsibility for their actions beyond the court of public opinion.

Or we can blame how scary black men are to old white guys because of the fake gangster mentality fostered by rap music, though I remember being quite shocked when I first heard the song Cop Killer while driving through Oakland around midnight, it gave me chills...

Whatever bullshit theory we may have, we haven't been able to sit down at some imaginary table and begin to talk things out. Maybe Obama could become a czar of race relations, or at least do some stand-up comedy once a month and tell sly jokes like he has done each year at the White House Correspondents Dinner. I will miss that. Even more, I will miss how eloquent his speeches are, how they always speak to the truth of the matter, and like a good preacher and a good politician should, inspire us to do better.

He is such a good person that I get mad whenever some conservative with a stick up their butt disses him on the news shows, spouting made up lies that have previously been debunked but they have to say it, and if they say it long enough and loud enough, then maybe people will believe it's true, just like how they try to pin the fiasco at Benghazi, Libya on Hillary Clinton. I wish that he could have accomplished more, and not have had a presidential kill list for drone strikes...


Well, I've rambled on and have not even touched on the events I wanted to comment on. Next post, I guess... Right now I have to go and take a shower and get ready for my cat, who likes to curl up on my lap every afternoon for his nap, and it becomes my nap time, too... This Spring he has been bringing in a bumper crop of field mice and baby bunnies, proudly displaying their bodies laid out on the front lawn, terrifying the neighborhood children...




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's All Obama's Fault




Don't blame it on the sunshine
Don't blame it on the moonlight
Don't blame it on good time
Blame it on Obama...


If we were to listen to folks like the head of the national police association or crazy Rudy Giuliani, who tells us that the real problem that has provoked the recent police violence, is that Barack Obama is waging a war against cops, or that it's all the fault of Black Lives Matter. This, of course, is not true and reflects more on the racist paranoia of the person making the statement. But, still, it's a form of trickle-down economics, the policies of the top negro filtering down to the angry streets of Ferguson, Dallas, and Baton Rouge.

But it has been a fact that  public emphasis on the treatment of black people has happened more in the media since Obama took office, coupled with the amount of cell phone videos showing police beating up, shooting and killing, and trying to cover up their actions, resulting in the loss of black lives. Obama himself, has tried to balance along the tightrope, often sounding like the only voice of reason in the NRA wilderness...

Our society is in turmoil and a crossroads: either we find solutions to our broken systems like criminal justice, or we can watch as we sink deeper into chaos and violence, without any group like ISIS lifting a finger. One beginning is to emulate the new Canadian prime minister, who is going to release from prison every person convicted on marijuana possession... Another is to look at our communities and find a way to make them more accepting, to rebuild the dying ones and make us all thrive. For example, if we ruled that all buildings are not to exceed 10 stories and every building and house should have solar panels, use Bill Gates's money on slums along the west coast, the Koch brothers funds for the Midwest, and a coalition of GOP  donors on the eastern seaboard, we could make a dent in renewal...

I grew up in the city of Torrance, Calif, which for many years prided itself on being lily-white. Any black man driving through the city after 10 pm would be stopped by the cops and hassled. The police department was all white, even after the Rodney King beating put emphasis on more diverse hiring practises. There was an incident where a local LA television news reporter, who was black, went inside the Torrance police department to inquire about their being one of the last two all-white departments in the state of California, along with Simi Valley, and in front of the camera, the officer manning the desk jumped over it and started beating up the reporter... A few weeks earlier I had a friend beaten up the same way, and the chief ignored our complaints afterward... one good thing that resulted was the installation of a large plexiglas barrier along the reception counter. Most people feel it's for the officer's safety, but I point out on every visit that just the opposite is true, and get a stink-eye from some overweight officer with a bad attitude every time...

Just like the videotaping of the Rodney King beating, so too the combination of cops killing innocent black men, compounded by the heroic action of cops in Dallas when they were under attack by a black sniper last week will give us determination to actively change our policing methods and interactions with the community. Ironically, the Dallas police department has a reputation as being one of the best in this area, and could give lessons to places like Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri, Florida, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Kansas for a start...

I'm in my 60's, and can count on one hand the bad interactions I've had in my life with the police. But if you asked every black man my age, they can give you lots of stories of bad encounters, both for themselves and every male member of their family. It really is up to the younger folks to keep protesting and finding ways to publicly embarrass the political leaders who ignore the problems. No little girl should have to sit in the back of a car watching her daddy get shot because the officer was badly trained and worked himself up into a hysterical mode of behavior... This really has to stop...



Saturday, July 9, 2016

I Got the Weary Sniper Blues




So, we've concluded the Benghazi hearings and the email server investigations, which the conservatives are still trying to flog back into life, groups like Judicial Watch are trying to file civil lawsuits against Hillary. They have found a puppet judge at the federal level who is setting a hearing to see if there's any cause to bring her in for another deposition, set right before the Democratic Convention, oh, what a coincidence...


I'm emotionally exhausted after watching the videos of the two innocent black men being shot and killed by police, then the retaliation shootings in Dallas, which ironically has one of the best police forces in the country. The comedian Larry Wilmore commented that it's a good thing that cell phones have cameras, because otherwise, there'd be no public record of these actions, just the victim's family filing wrongful death reports that go ignored...

One of the arguments going around is if you are a black man living in a state that allows concealed carry laws, what's the next step if you are just going to be shot by the police if you do carry a gun for your protection? It's obvious that a lot of police officers should not have become a cop in the first place, they are emotionally unfit for the stress of the job, time for an early retirement for these guys...

Things could be worse, we could be living in Kenya, with one of the most brutal and corrupt police forces in the city of Nairobi... It is a tradition that goes back to colonial times, when the British engaged in torture, concentration camps, and forced disappearances. Wait, aren't a lot of the brutal regimes in the world ex- British colonies? Let's talk about sadists being drawn to the military service... This also explains why countries like Egypt let the CIA set up sites where they could torture prisoners in semi-secret...

Back to the US... Because one video of a shooting was broadcast in real time on Facebook Live, it has made Facebook re-examine their posting policies, and I'll be that six months from now, a video like that, which probably saved the lives of a woman and her daughter ( the police officer was pretty shaky and hysterical, it looked like he was debating whether to leave witnesses or not ), will not be allowed and a filter to keep it from airing will be installed...

There already have been a few copycat shootings at police officers within 48 hours of the Dallas sniper shooting that killed police working at a street protest, mostly in southern states with a long history of racist intolerance: Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri. Pundits have said that it was the first time that a robot was used to deliver a bomb and then detonate it to kill the sniper. Usually these robots have been used for roadside bombs in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, and now that our domestic police have used one, can the age of police drones and robocops be far off... Time to dust off those old comic books to see the future...

Hopefully, the violence will cool down in time for the political conventions, where another kind of warfare will be waged, and I can enjoy good old stories about sexual harassment in the Fox workplace, care of that bloated pig of a man, Roger Ailes...