Archive for July, 2018

seems predictable and obvious enough, but isn’t really surfacing out there

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Curious to know, if in the most salacious part of the story — the “honeypot” part of the Russian Spy fixing herself into the NRA in part through one activists’s pants, if “The Spy Who Shagged Me” is trending as a mildly clever and obvious enough reference to toss out there.

Not a hashtag on twitter.  A few random twitter commenters cite it — all very hey hey hey!– in tweets that showcase her next to Republican politicos,  (You know, Rosalyn Carter met with Jim Jones.  And John Gacy.)  In the news, we’re focused in on the death of the actor who played Mini-me and rumors of a new Austin Power movie… so no one is there with a cutesy title blurb.

We await to see if the standbys of the late night talk shows — Stephen Colbert or Samantha Bee or Bill Maher or whoever it is who hosts The Daily Show these days — think to toss it out there.

strongman envy

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

All right.  So there’s a breakdown of media influencers.  Some dividing lines in the Conservative Media and Punditry — a few Trump supporters flake away and for various reasons — remembering their hawkish policy positioning for Freedom and perhaps even not able to make the gymnastic mental leaps to call out the leftist sore loser warmongers–

— and we note as acceptable enough if — as we’ve seen — to get there we need to position Trump’s double negative next to Clinton’s definition of the word “is”–

And then there’s the standbys.  Back from Finland, Trump stops over at Sean Hannity to take the load off.  Hannity offers praise for Team Trump, calls Trump “strong” — for his un-credited “Strength, not appeasement” treatment of the Russian president…

[Pause]

And then we run into Trump — and the specifics almost (but not quite) don’t matter —

“I thought President Putin was very, very strong,”

The script is off.  Sure, Obama and Clinton may meet with Putin — and may or may not put in a good performance doing so — as all the flip commenters in the bottom half of the Internet have it — to tackle various issues (START again?) , and confront various issues (I suppose the Dems may be more concerned than Trump over those anti-gay edicts), in, I guess, doing the bidding of the Deep State…

— But neither are going to come across as agog in wanting to view again the …

Riding shirtless on horses?

when two brands of occam’s razor cut into each other

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Reading a recent incredibly random commentary regarding the left wing polemicist / historian Howard Zinn, the conservative couldn’t help but place in a link to a magazine expose that the man was once a card carrying Communist.
Attempting to figure out the answer to some questions — and would it be surprising if he were at that point in time?– it’s hard to figure it mattering: the general “American Exceptionalism” (if a mirror image of what one generally thinks when they hear the phrase) tome of his big work can be pilloried or praised or half-of-each or quarter of some and three quarter of the other by itself.  But there is a thorough-line you have to work with, at least.

IF Stone gets blasted a bit more.  To say, Agent.  Implications and inferences are that he was a Soviet agent, coming as he did out of the Popular Front — that he emerged from a naive notion in the 1950s writing that the Soviet leadership are “not good people” doesn’t .   Apparently written in released Soviet documents is he was code named “Pancake”, and dined a time or two with some figure or other.  Retorting: yah, so did Walter Lippman.  Retort number two: better to suggest, we have a better candidate to suggest.  (See the wikipedia sub-artcile)  Suppositions move on that it really wouldn’t matter one way or the other — he would go on to publish some articles rejected by the New York Times from Herbert Matthews as “Censored work”,  after that time the New York Times decided he was just promulgating Fidel Castro’s propaganda.  That becomes what you have to put your hat on…

And surely it’s a conspiracy theory and a slide into a kind of Red Scare to now charge Trump as somehow or other… beholden
It’s a mistake to indulge in grand conspiracy theorizing—Manchurian candidates! The Americans! Urinating sex workers!—to explain the president’s actions when mundane incompetence and egomania fit just as nicely.

Egomania, perhaps.  And we got your “Thank you note” works well enough.  Business transactions, surely more interesting than “pee tape”s– at this point, no one would much care anyway.  But what this is not is Kennedy …

So it is…  And I don’t know why the last word in this New Yorker quotation from Nina Khrushcheva was crossed out

President Trump:   We have also seen the benefits of cooperation. In the last century, our nations fought alongside one another in the Second World War.  Even during the tensions of the Cold War, when the world looked much different than it does today, the United States and Russia were able to maintain a strong dialogue.
But our relationship has never been worse than it is now.
However, that changed, as of about four hours ago.

There’s two places to go with this one.  One: I need to see more bomb shelters being built to agree with the “relationship has never been worse” comment.  But then again, two:  apparently I won’t, as of four hours ago when Putin met Trump.

Putin:  I’d like to add something to this. After all, I was an intelligence officer myself and I do know how dossiers are made up. Just a second. That’s the first thing. Now the second thing.
I believe that Russia is a democratic state and I hope you’re not denying this right to your own country. You’re not denying that United States is a democracy. Do you believe the United States is a democracy?

(Tap tap tap.)
Yes.  He knows from intelligence dossiers.
[tap tap tap]
People’s Democratic Republic of…

Putin:  […]George Soros[…]

Had to sneak that one in there, huh.

Do you think that we tried to collect compromising material on each and every single one of them? Well, it’s difficult to imagine an utter nonsense of a bigger scale than this.
Well, please just disregard these issues and don’t think about this anymore again.

… Got that?  Do not think about it anymore… never again consider… pee tapes… or conjure up… pee tapes….

Trump:  I have great confidence in my intelligence people but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today and what he did is an incredible offer.

Incredible!

He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators, with respect to the 12 people. I think that’s an incredible offer. Ok? Thank you.

Incredible!

Partisan Commenting abounds.  We need to do the old “What about that guy?”  Obama once promised Medvedev on a hot mic “flexibility” after the election.  How the hawkish denunciations meets up against what we have right now, I do not know.

Har de har har.
Did you forget the FDR-Hirohito summit of 1942, when Hirohito’s insistence that Japan was not involved in Pearl Harbor convinced FDR this was just another example of “fake news,” and led to his denunciation of US intelligence, law enforcement, and the media?
When Washington sent Lafayette home because “we can get along with the British.” When Lincoln told Jeff Davis that revolting to protect slavery made sense. Or the time JFK said, “we can trust Khrushchev with missiles in Cuba. Its the last guy’s fault they are there anyway.”
“Mr. Gorbachev, what an amazing beautiful wall you have here!”
Oooh, good ones. How about that time LBJ said “I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party as your President, because I really want to hang out in Hanoi a little bit more and share some tactical secrets with Vo Nguyen Giap.”
Imean, Kennedy did have that one day during the CMC when he kept saying it could have just been some lone Romanian (possibly Guccifer 1.0) who moved missiles to Cuba, but I assume that was a few too many back pills talking.
What about that time Calvin Coolidge took Ecstasy at a roaring 20s rager?

Oh.  And by the way… the positive optimistic spin on things… a necessary fire leading to rebirth… sorry.

dated

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

The confused jumble of our politics, sometime when Republicans were hawkish on the threat of Russia and apt to fault Obama for being a weak leader against, say, that sly annexation of the Ukraine…

… prophesied by Seinfeld, wasn’t it?

Though, some remain true to the old “We are all Georgians” script.

And thus staring at me in second run syndication, the tv series that was propped up mentioned when Roseanne relaunched as a companion show and something for networks to work on to tap that conservative Trump supporter in this here cultural war struggle… Tim Allen and Last Man Standing, which circa 2014 gave us… that.

[…]

Here on the eve of an all too friendly meet and greet… and a strange NATO dealing…

Well, it dates that episode a tad, doesn’t it?

sign posts

Friday, July 13th, 2018

For some reason — atmosphere and local color, I guess — or to “get the full story” on Trump’s meeting with the Queen of England —

the news broadcasters were standing in the parade of protesters with signs.  Lester Holt is talking about the indictments, as someone walks across with a sign that declares Trump the “c” word.  (I think the President and not, as Ms. Bee used it for, the first lady… but we’re in a swarm of a self satisfied feedback loop round about her.)

… I’m sure the guy walking the sign around is doing a high-five right now with whoever may have aided him in the great sign plopping plot.

And after a minute more babbling, he addresses the sign, stating that he is right now in a parade of protesters of signs, and invariably some of them might use vulgar language — unlike the president, I suppose — and “we apologize for that.”

A five second delay may need to be deployed for the Presidential beat.

going abroad

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Oh, those wacky Brits.

For the past couple of weeks, a social media campaign has sought to make Green Day’s classic 2004 jam “American Idiot” the No. 1 tune in the UK by the time Trump arrives Friday. The “Get American Idiot to No.1 for Trump’s UK Visit” Facebook page has been advocating for some type of musical protest during a Trump visit to Britain pretty much since the start of his presidency. After Trump’s “working visit” — as opposed to a formal state visit — was announced in April, the effort went into overdrive.
The campaign asks people to download “American Idiot” between Friday, July 6, and Friday, July 13, to push the 14-year-old single to the top of the Official UK Charts.
Sure.  Sure.
As we parse the meanings here, where Trump jumps out in front of criticism of his approaching meeting with Putin and current supposition of implication thereof on the meaning of that twined with his seeming move for Putin’s objective in undermining NATO…
Germany is… captive to Russia…
… they buy natural gas from them, see…
And once upon a time, surely… it went beyond such energy business transactions.
Not so much a call of hypocrisy, though maybe that’s in it — if facile, and not so much a policy point made, and maybe the fact that it isn’t is part of the point in overwhelming the allies,
Just… Pee Wee Herman as President.  “I know you are but what am I?”

confused questions on watching Teen Wolf

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Is there some characteristic about being a wolf man that would make someone good at basketball?

Or bowling, for that matter?

It’s not terribly realistic how this bad basketball team, turned title contender thanks to the dominance of the werewolf teen, can — with the absence of their star player the wolf who had made all the other players irrelevant during the period of success — overcome a 30 point deficit (or 25 or something) suddenly figure out how to play — with the fat kid making all those shots.

You do see foreshadowing in the final montage, with the repeating song refrain “Win in the End” telling how it all ends — he does, indeed, win in the end.  Curiously coincidental song selections greet the dance — somehow we have a song about a wolf at the dance that Michael J Fox’s character laps up all the attention as a wolf.

As for the sequel — Teen Wolf Too — is there some characteristic about being a wolf man that would make someone good at boxing?

And where is this college where Boxing is King?

Did they ever consider going The Karate Kid route and make the third installment of the Teen Wolf movie with a female protagonist?

outliers of the future

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

It’s actually a little uninteresting in and of itself, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory.  She wins a heavily immigrant district at a particularly tumultuous time issue wise against the dull Democratic Party apparatchik.  And in a year where the only clear tealeaves in Democratic primary fights, on equal ground or the rare insurgent victory,  is that women win over men.  She doesn’t represent an obvious path for the party toward winning nationwide, and may just portend trends in the urban core that’d fade out in the suburbs.

The question worth trying to gauge, from historical precedent, whether in some future, Republicans can make some political hay out of her (one of 435 Representatives.)  We see Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck going the “Like the Honest Socialists, don’t like the dishonest ones” route of facile praise (wink wink — jab at more politically vulnerable and careful positioning Claire McCaskill, or… whomever… who are “hiding their true colors” or… something.)  Going with her obvious forebear — Bernie Sanders — any one since 1990 that a Republican won a race anywhere by morphing their opponent with this “Democratic Socialist”?  No, for the most part he fades into eccentric obscurity.  The party has more prominent figures (and likely less liberal) to work with.

Going back further… and clue me in if there’s someone else worth positing… at some point, will a Richard Nixon come out and win an election by “exposing” the voting similarities of his opponent, Jerry Voorhis, with that of Labor Party/ red or pink Wallacite Vito Marcantonio’s?  Oh, who’s to say?  Probably a ways too far from the Cold War.  For the moment, Maxine Waters represents a better boogey woman… even if Ocasio-Cortez largely backs her up (if maybe not specific to the full frontal public confrontation Waters seems to favor).