Archive for July, 2018

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).

supreme court observations

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The next, post-Kennedy Supreme Court will probably find a way to give Roe V Wade — in and of itself, if not allowing for the further state decreed restrictions — a pass.  John Roberts will declare a narrow stare decisis in a 5-4 ruling, before heading over to the concerns of corporate dominance.   Beyond that — well,  as a matter of course, I’d say the recent “Crisis Pregnancy Center” decision — no, they are not required to go against their philosophical mandate and inform women of where the Planned Parenthood is — sounds about right… doesn’t it?

Meantime, the politics of this are fascinating.  Polls show contradictions.  It is this:

62 percent of respondents think the Senate should either confirm or reject Trump’s pick before the midterms.
52 percent of those surveyed said that they hope Kennedy’s replacement on the Court supports access to legal abortion.  29 percent said they hope the Supreme Court’s newest member will reject legal abortion.  About 19 percent had no opinion or said they didn’t know what they wanted.

Maybe they’ve internalized my counter-intuitive forecast?

Hey.  The courts are one reason why Trump was elected — why one parcel of Republicans could go ahead, justify/rationalize/weigh in favor of sticking with Trump.  Meantime, the Democrats’ need to delay until after the election… bring to mind the party’s precarious Senate situation.  The three, or four, vulnerable Democrats over in something oftly termed “Trump Country” may draw straws to decide who off-sets the two wavering Republicans.  And it becomes an irony that the issue, if maybe a little scrambled, that brought Claire McCaskill to re-election six years ago, may just undo her six years later.