Archive for August, 2019

scene I’ve seen a few times now

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Green Peace volunteer:  How’s your day been?
Guy walking by:  Pretty good.  Yours?
Green Peace volunteer:  Yeah.  Good.  But not a good day for the whales.
Guy walking by:  Yeah, it’s a pretty tough situation.  Hopefully it’ll turn.  (walks onward).

in partial defense of President Trump

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Schizophrenic, it all is.  You have Palestine — a nation (if not state) whose cause is revered by the left, and whose governing authorities deny rights to LGBTQIA+…  to be sure, in keeping with the sentiment of the populace…  which oughta pull the rug under the “Intersectional as fuck” crowd — or at least force an admission of gray and complications, but … we got the claim of the struggle within the Palestinian Struggle, and why bother with the middle class bourgeois niceties of Israel as some gay tourist magnet?

Interestingly, the New York Times ran a listing of a batch of the Democratic candidates and too Trump and the playlists for their rallies, with a note that “surprisingly” Trump’s features gays… oh, YMCA by the Village People, Elton John… weird notation… I doubt Jerry Falwell himself blinks at an Elton John song…

As we are, Benjamin Netanyahu hugs Trump to pump his right wing Israeli base — trumpeting the hardline stance and bloviating at the “Boycott / Divest” movement favored by Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar…

In the old days, I would hear the ads for the Forward… entreating it as the place to go to probe “What should American Jews think” of current events in Israel.  Differences abound, and much consternation stems from the divergence of American domestic policies and Israeli policy —  but obviously American Jews have a particularly keen interest in watching the fate.

Schizophrenia ensues.  Trump may be full of it, but not because he’s here “drawing up ancient hatreds” and feeding the Richard Spencer “Jews will not replace us” part of his base by conjuring up “dual loyalties” with the partisan attack tweeting insisting Jews shouldn’t vote for the party of the “Squad” (and BDS).  It’s a bit of a leap from Biden or Warren there, but he’s running against every politically vulnerable part of the party, right?

spanish civil war re-enactors take their places again

Monday, August 19th, 2019

I hear in the distance the “This is the Portland Police.  Stay off the sidewalk.  Any attempt to obstruct law enforcement will result in your arrest”, repeat, in loop.

A giant pick up truck drives by with a giant “Trump 2020″ flag.  Not an American flag, mind you –those might be taken to be Berniecrats after all and get you bashed from both sides.

Looking down as I walk over the overpass the gaggle of dudes with black bandanas in wait to put on.  After I cross the bridge, another batch of dudes — more crew cutted, if you will — walk past.  I see one with an Alex Jones t-shirt… don’t get a good look at it.

From what I hear there was a bunch of hippy dippy jumping about somewhere about the park.  This is the main crux of activity for the mass of people.  Closer to the police line you have the hardcore antifa shouting across the line, next to whatever the fas — “Proud Boys” — are proud about.

I probably get in trouble with my peers for suggesting that, whatever these are, they aren’t “nazis in the streets”, and not having as much sympathy for the antifa forces as they want to… they managed to avoid beating up a gay Asian man this time — the logic I suppose is in the polling data that shows one small cohort of political demographics with a 50-50 split on whether it’s okay to “punch someone just because they are a nazi” and what gets defined as “nazi” is that gay Asian man who says mean things about them on the Internet…

If the fas versus antifas battles resemble this one in the future, it will be a positive development.

creating our own silly season

Friday, August 16th, 2019

“NOW I don’t think I like him.”

— comment made regarding President Trump in regards to retweeting Hillary connected conspiracy theory on Epstein.)

(On “We see ‘been Hillary’d?  Why isn’t it “Bill’d?”… “Yeah, ‘billed’ is actually a word!”  “Then again, we throw Trump into the mix, so “Donalded” or “Trumped?”… “Or… Epstein was just “Bidened” his time?”)

instant insult tweet mode

Friday, August 9th, 2019

“They were hurting. He was comforting. He did the right things. Melania did the right things,” Brown said. “And it’s his job in part to comfort people. I’m glad he did it in those hospital rooms.”

Whaley added: “I think the victims and the first responders were grateful that the President of the United States came to Dayton.”

So says Seantor Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley when, a tone not seen with the Democrats in Texas.

And for this we get the Donald Trump tweeting…

Just left Dayton, Ohio, where I met with the Victims & families, Law Enforcement, Medical Staff & First Responders. It was a warm & wonderful visit. Tremendous enthusiasm & even Love. Then I saw failed Presidential Candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown & Mayor Whaley totally…..
….misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing!o

You might be able to accuse Sherrod Brown, as the auto-drive of Trump voting has it, of playing politics with this visit… demographic shifts show Texas as more likely to vote for the next Democratic candidate in 2020 than Ohio, and Brown does have to finangle some Trump voters in any future election endeavor.  But, what we have is evidence of a glitch… automatic timer accorded to “insult mode”, whatever the facts on the ground.

Elsewhere I see election analysis that’s a little off… in the Nate Cohn “Trump’s Approval Rating is Rising.  Will it Matter?”… parsing “personal” rating increases with not moving job approval ratings…

The president’s longstanding relative strength in online polls led many to speculate about a “shy” or “hidden” Trump vote that would divulge its preferences only online — not in live interviews.  There was never much evidence for this theory, but if a “shy” Trump vote ever existed, it has either subsided or been canceled out by some newer series of biases in online polls.

 I see in the public library a not so veiled display of “Resistance to Nazi Germany” books.  It is undeniable that to admit to favoring Trump is… “deplorable”.  The evidence for any such under tally is in that he was, indeed, elected president.

fake news propagated

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

The right wing anti-Chinese government paper that used to be known as Epoch Times…

… and figuring out the plotline we have of the fas versus the antifas and what’s going to be sliced into place after the fa versus antifa standoff scheduled in Portland on the 17th…

… diverting from the recent mass shootings and claims against Baltimore to… hrm… milkshake tossing hoodlums.

“Trump May Label Antifa a ‘Major Organization of Terror”.

Quotes from Trump tweets and the resolutions pushed by Ted Cruz and we get a mention of the assault against Andy Ngo (“independent journalist”)… And, yes indeed you can see on this blog me lobbing a grenade against antifa on this one… but…

“Portland police later said the cups contained quick-drying cement mixed with milkshake.”

They did so falsely.

This right here leads me to a question.  Is this non-fact known as a fact by the average viewer of Fox News and listener of (conservative) talk radio?

The article shows no mention or sympathy for liberals antifa has attacked, mistakenly thinking they were their definition of “fascists” or lacking ideological purity.