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Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Worth flagging.

Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff……

Yeah.  It was round about this.  Which is a hoax, or something.

I do have to note the final … six periods… indicative of something?  (Wait for it, Jeff Sessions…… You know what’s coming, Jeff Sessions……

Noted:

So far, the total conservative congressional outcry seems to come from Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.

Noted to what effect, I am not sure.  I suppose Jon Kyl now joins the vaguely amorphous “Republican willing to take a shot here or there at Trump”, soon simply replacing Flake, holding in stead of McCain’s seat.

on hearing alex jones on clyde lewis again, as i haven’t in a long time

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Years ago, round about 2001 or 2002, I’d hear Alex Jones appear with Clyde Lewis and ramble on about the building of internment — or maybe even concentration — camps — across the empty space of the American West, where the big THEY will in the near future be holding patriotic dissidents of the New World Order.  Perhaps Mr. Jones had a premonition of ICE facilities with migrant / illegal immigrants but his vision was just foggy enough not to take note of details relating to skin tone.

Alex Jones makes for an ironic figure for a “Free Speech Martyr”, but then again you’re always stuck on hypocrisy as a lesser problem, and you’re never holding up the man/woman anyways as anything special.  It’s almost the point and not beside the point.  He literally petitioned the White House (Obama Administration) to deport Piers Morgan for the crime of holding a different opinion on gun control.

Lay it aside as you dice the scrambling of issues thrown out… I’m stuck on a repetitive mantra, where he’s throwing a few things out there and it seems something where he has a host of things listed for listeners to pick up at least one on depending on their political views and biases — how many times in the course of a few hours can he jam in “Judith Miller on wmds”? … a curious question arises — did not know Judith Miller won the Pulitzer, but apparently she did (or, part of the team*)… though not on her Iraq coverage… though… the muddled point still remains, if… floating in as a non-sequitur to not say anything about his controversies.

Reasonably decent points made here or there — once upon a time, a tirade about gay (or hermaphrodite) frogs, reportedly strung off of Democracy Now environmental distress story… a couple minutes clipped out of multiple hours spoken a day for decades… and…  see too the narrowing for whatever he has said on Sandy Hook… hey!  It’s one thing I had … briefly… and was it a guest?

Still a bit of shaky ground for “speculative” commentary for Sandy Hook truthism.  He will be on firmer ground when we get around to Parkland in that… there is a conspiracy we’re working off of… too apt to extrapolate into nonsense… the same few kids who learned some telegenic and media savvy tricks from working in the school’s drama department hooked up with some political activists to promote their gun control agenda/stance.  And, victims that they are, they are not sacrosanct and all knowing.  But then again, they’re not the ones suing Jones.

Clyde Lewis disappoints.  Maybe?  Or maybe we’re a ways away from the “Old Portland”.  It’s where he speaks of the voices you must continue to listen to … combating the NWO and eta al… a list that includes George Noory and Alex Jones (put them with Lewis into a special radio format, I suppose), and then Glen Beck and Michael Savage (each speaking in their own ways on the issues with their own points of views) and then… Lars Larson?

I suppose it would be more Rick Emerson who was mocking Lars, but I’m not hearing much from him other than standard partisan positioning of the type he’s otherwise blasting away on.  George Noory may have settled into something other than a kind of rival (I did notice he passed on well wishing for Clyde’s wife recently), but once upon a time Lewis would’ve blasted him as putting you to sleep.  As for the others…

… actually I’m stuck on Lars and only Lars.

I do have one theory on the likes of Alex Jones, and some of his conspiranoial compatriots, on their relationship with the current President Trump.  They’re behaving in the manner a lot of voting blocs end up behaving — Trump gives them a little attention — just a little, mind you — and they take it and give them a full support that overlooks or excuses some of what they’d otherwise be blasting away on.

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* Wikipedia has its uses, and its uses include this.  But overall, tread carefully.

the coming clunker of a gubernatorial race in Florida

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Listening to the left wing celebration on Democracy Now on the victory of Andrew Gillum in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary wearies me.  First of all, we start with the presumption of guilt — unexplained — on the part of the Republican nominee with the following comment…

We’ve got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction. Let’s build off the success we’ve had on Governor Scott. The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.

The show kept chopping the first line of that out, which does clarify the matter a little and add ambiguity on “monkeying”.  And here the problems comes rushing in:  cue all conservative and Republican media outlets with clips of any Democrat and especially Obama using the term “monkey” in this way, and…

Probably the case of what everyone thinks is going on.  Probably.

Yes.  Years ago, with Bob Corker against Harold Ford in Tennessee, my initial response to the charge regarding his “Playboy ‘call me'” ad was that the racist charge on it was overblown, until the follow up radio ads with bongo confirmed… it was indeed, but plausible deniability is built into these things for a reason.  Ditto his comment describing Gillum as “articulate” — (I suppose he may have gone the Joseph Biden route with his black opponent and said ‘clean’) — the question comes in: what back-handed compliment belittling him can he go with?  If I were a cynical advisor for Ron Desantis, I would get “caught” in a calculatedly “off-the-record” tape of the sort that had Romney recounting 47 percents and Hillary calling out baskets of deplorables and Obama with “bitter” gun clingers… (or maybe just something sure to be caught by a Gillum tracker ala George Allen’s “Macaca”) where he’d be complaining about the “monkey” matter and really stir the fire by acting frustrating on everything and suggesting something like “I say ‘monkeying’ around, everyone knows what I mean, and you know… then the liberal media just goes Apeshit over it…”  Ba da bing, worth a “identify with the candidate” that wins over the gut of pc-hating Floridans who think — rightly or wrongly — they’re just walking on egg-shells.

To his credit, the interviewed spokesperson — left wing political activist — punches the trivial concern away to discuss what he really thinks the campaign should be about.  To his discredit, it comes across as a bunch of blustery noise that doesn’t signify anything.  And now I’m fatigued by things — there are goods and bads with the policy apparatus of the more liberal candidate who won this nomination as opposed to the policy apparatus of the more centrist “establishment” candidate who lost, but I do get tired of being shuffled into the idea that I’m voting for a “movement” that stretches across all issues into a tidy inter-locked package.

But more than that… the happy talk… the celebration gets to me.

And on Tuesday, we saw that the majority of people in the state of Florida want to move forward.

Election results:

Ron DeSantis — 913,997
Andy Putnam — 591,550
Bob White — 32,593
Others — 80,333

Andrew Gillum — 517,863
Gwen Graham — 472,995
Philip LeVine — 306,621
Others — 212,481

It is an unpleasant sign for Democratic chances in November that the Republican vote total was greater than the Deomcratic vote total.

The activist goes on to call the state of Florida a “racist state” and that we have the opportunity to enact a “radical agenda” and…

It has its virtues, and it’s good to be a truth teller, but I’m not sure the framing works to win over a general electorate.

And a crux of the coming elections in November, from the other political activist here.

So, I’m from Chicago, where we have a number of rank-and-file Democrats who actually are perhaps Democratic in name, but in all other ways they are corrupt, they don’t actually act in the best interest of the people—from Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago to various members of our City Council to the person who sits as governor in the state of Illinois.

Fantastic, perhaps?, but in the meantime… on the ballot in Florida… the incumbent Senator Bill Nelson who… currently trailing Rick Scott (the man the Republican nominee is tying his record to and urging everyone not to “monkey it up”)… and… well, Bill Nelson needs the Gillum voters who aren’t terribly enthused by such a centrist figure as he to deign to vote for him, and Gillum needs to stop any bleeding from his voters who are stuck on “Democratic Socialism”…

… Presumably, despite not proceeding with a neatly tied together “movement” grounds, they’d prefer Nelson over Scott — particularly if it spells the difference between a Democratic and a Republican senate, correct?

… And they both will be a bit off each other’s track in messaging as they proceed.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, I want to turn to Fox News host Laura Ingraham commenting on Andrew Gillum’s upset victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida.
LAURA INGRAHAM: Gillum is the African-American male version of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He’s young. He’s kind of dynamic. And he’s running on a platform of universal Medicare, legalized marijuana and abolishing ICE. Exciting. And he’s viewed by hard-left Democrats as kind of a savior from the stranglehold that the party’s establishment have had on their desires, hopes and dreams.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: Charlene, can you comment on that? I mean, Fox News, that’s the same network that DeSantis said “monkey this up.”
CHARLENE CARRUTHERS: Yeah, you know, this is more of the same. We saw this in 2008. We saw it in 2012. And we saw a version of it in 2016, where conservatives, Republicans, where the media, that is also controlled by corporate interests, use not just these whistleblowers, but, as Andrew noted, like bullhorns, to really lay their values out on the table.

… Uh huh.  Am I missing something here?  Laura Ingraham said the exact same thing as the group of activists in this DN interview, only with a sarcastic inflection on the word “exciting”, and changing “radical” to “hard left”…

But we’re stuck in the narrow echo chambers, having to twist Laura Ingraham’s message that echoes those of these activists, if from an oppositional stance instead of a supporting stance, into … something that doesn’t?

in the future, Trump will be the new Carter

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

At around the time of Barack Obama’s inauguration, the still alive presidents did a photo op where … fascination.

And I’m imagining in the future, where this photo-op is re-enacted.  In 2009, we saw Jimmy Carter separated from everyone else.  I’m imagining Donald Trump will be in the same basic spot as Jimmy Carter.

And in defense of Donald Trump visa vie John McCain…

He’s right.  No need to have the flag at half mass for every John, Dick, and Ed who… no bones about it, he doesn’t even like…

Wait.  We’re thinking of a man who politicized flag reverence politics visa vie NFL players, so we may be in that “Sigh.  Hypocrisy Call” angle.

And in defense of John McCain against callers out from the “left” about his not so maverick stance — with a litany of problems that accord to his essential Republican nature and his essential Hawkish nature… (voted with Trump some 85 or whatever percent of the time) no one said he wasn’t anything but a Hawkish Republican… whose principles happen to not align with yours… or, you know, mine.

 

they’re selling mccain now

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Upon the passing of David Foster Wallace, a lone Rolling Stone article covering the 2000 presidential campaign of John McCain was spruced into a tidy little volume and put out for sale.  And, there it was… a long magazine article published into a book.

I suppose now, upon the death of the subject matter — John McCain — that the book may as well be reprinted.  You know, the first time it was to squeeze in every point of sale and interest springing from the death of the great author, this time for the great politician.

But, nay.  It is also possible the publishing industry has shifted enough that the market’s no longer there — go online, and you can find the damned article — so, we’ll just have to settle for a reprint of those point of sale impulse buy magazines for “John McCain” which I saw some of a year or so ago —

— covering all political bases, this one spliced together to target your patriotic moderate to conservative longing for a hero in the days of Trump —

Anyway, if you want to buy some McCain dumplings… you’ll have your opportunity now.

All very sad, but life continues, so we can go ahead and segue now to a… a porpoise kissing show?  …

echoes of courthouses

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Is it just me, or is the latest utterances from President Donald Trump —

He doesn’t like the “flippers“…

— round about where we have an enforcer standing in the back of the courthouse as a gang member / drug dealer / whatever is being prosecuted, wearing a “Stop Snitchin‘” shirt? — an which, theoretically, has its defenders

He won the Italian Mob vote, I know, but…

Psst.  Jeff Sessions.  Be sure to look up when you enter an elevator, capiche?

the newly woke Archie Comics

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

I’m looking over one of the latest offerings from Archie Comics.  So, what we have with this series, as is everything published by comic book publishers these days fit for instant graphic novel… “Betty and Veronica — Vixens” it’s… urm… the girls form a biker gang in order to kick the asses of some biker dudes (and their toxic masculinity) and take a stand for feminism, and the rights of Women.

… or something like that.

I suppose it’s worth noting the conflicting history for the company on these matters.  As reprinted in the coffee table book released in the early 1990s at the 50th anniversary, there’s a story from the fundamentalist Christian conservative Al Hartley where the women faculty at Riverdale High are debating whether or not to form a women’s lib group, and Mr. Weatherbee comes storming in to put a stop to this, but stops when they all decide not to with that annoying rejoinder on “equal rights” “Why would we want to take a step back to that?” and clear cut gender roles being re-asserted with Mr. Weatherbee opening the door for everyone… and ha ha ha… A story I’m sure the company is embarrassed by these days, as what we see in the “Best of” collections for the collection reprinting a story from each of Archie’s 75 years is a mid-1970s story where the girls are agitating to remove all the outdated influences of Ms. Grundy, only to find out that she’s been spear-heading moves in that direction…

Almost certainly have the Al Hartley story in deep freeze.  (Though, let me know if some digest reprints it.)

Beyond that to the apolitical nature of things…  I’m sure you can probably force some 3rd wave feminist angle from — particularly around this decade of the 1970s– you ever get the feeling the company’s main artist — Dan Decarlo– basically spent 9 months of the year in a holding pattern just waiting for the summer months so he could spend all his energy filling up his comics workload with what he really wanted to draw?

But in the current iteration of this “biker chick” Betty and Veronica — and a quick scan of the internet asks the question which I saw floating about in some criticism of the new Wonder Woman movie — “Is this really feminist?” — oh, they’re just aping this male violence… and a close-up of Gadot’s butt thrown in to boot.

But be that is it may… I’m thrown off by something which is a little… either ham handed or just plain off…

It’s an armpad worn by the leather jacketed biker adversary, someone with the biker gang — the “Serpeants” (a biker gang whose leader is… believe it or not… a retooled version of the lizard alien adversary in the old Little Archie comics.  “huh”).  We get a close-up to signify the nature of their … awful politics… And there, riding just above some vaguely fascistic seeming imagery (a bolt of lightening or something… something like two “s”s which are your nazi ss formation, or the last two letters in “Kiss”…)

It’s the letters “PC” with a line crossing over them.

Uh huh.  Fight the Power!!

I suppose we’re getting into the “4-chan” zeitgeist here, where you throw up a forum devoted to “un pc” and the transgressive humor therein works as a gateway to alt right politics.  The word is loaded and confused.  I flip past am talk radio and hear a conservative radio host blast Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem kneelers, and align their politics as “PC” — when I would argue that in the context of the politics of the masses of stadium goers and the general public, their politics are the unpc.  (Upsetting oh so sensitive sensibilities, correct?)  Thereabouts the word becomes … meaningless or fudged.

It’s a little… unclear… hereabouts I lose the comic book’s politics.  Like, somewhere along the line we’re going to forge our way into the counting of micro-aggressions, which is… a rabbit hole no one is going to win.

one step to the left, another step to the left, and a third step to the left

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Meet the anarchist Senate candidate…

a contradiction in terms?

I don’t believe him.  I know of my anarchists, they don’t run for political office.  That’s the job of those damned liberals, those damned reformists captive to the system, not seeking to overturn everything.
Know your Emma Goldman quote, damnedit — “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

Carico, who is nonbinary and goes by Jae Em, wants to mainstream anarchism and push Democrats further left. White supremacists from David Duke to Tom Metzger have used political campaigns in this manner for decades, and now, according to the Anti-Defamation League, there are 10 far-right extremists running for national office, eight as Republicans. A couple have even won primaries. Self-identified members of Antifa have not yet copied this strategy — but Carico hopes to change that.

Cool, so far as it goes.  But this means he’s running in the Democratic primary.  Right?
No, actually he appears to be an independent.  Everything about this article, and the couple wins by “Democratic Socialists” for House seats, can be tossed out the window now.  Just as well.  Damned Nader-ish spoiler!  — Oh, wait.  I’m stuck in Bourgeois politics think.  (And, frankly, not very good bourgeois political analysis at that.  A run for office gets some media attention, and is thus worthwhile activism I’d think– even if not the means to a revolution, and no one contemplating a vote for him is going to go for Bredesen.)

Brian Levin, Director at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, said that Antifa members don’t have the organizational skills to burrow into mainstream politics like far-right extremists.

Wait.  You don’t say?  Surely they have some problems in coalition building — what with viewing the “slightly progressive leftist”s as tools of bourgeois system tinkerers… deserving of a clubbing, evidentally.

A “slightly progressive leftist” by his telling, Welch is a registered Democrat in Oregon, voting records show. He cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary and Hillary Clinton in the general election, he said.

The 38-year-old line cook is also no stranger to street protests in Portland. He said he attended the Women’s March held during the weekend of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

This summer, Welch, who works six days a week at a catering company, stopped by the Occupy ICE encampment on his days off to bring protesters water, toilet paper and sunblock, he said. […]

As he carried his flag, two people dressed in black and covering their faces approached Welch and demanded he turn it over to them, calling it “a fascist symbol,” he said.
Welch refused, and the counter-protesters ripped it out of his hands, he said.
Welch wouldn’t relinquish the flag.
Video captured by Mike Bivins, a freelance journalist, shows what happened next. […]

“My bones turned to Jell-O and I just went down,” said Welch, who believes he was struck with a metal object affixed to the end of the weapon.
The video shows a crowd of onlookers watching as Welch lay on the ground in a fetal position. Another counter-protester, holding a shield, appears to stand above the injured man and jabs him with a makeshift weapon.

I’m not entirely sure the thugs here make any distinction between the “Proud Boys” / “Patriot Prayer”ers and the Bernie Bro flag waver — again: just a bunch of bourgeois clods brainwahsed to saluting the “Amerikkka”…
… though, I suppose, to some in the “movement”, this may include this Tennessee Senate candidate now… fooling around with America’s crooked institutions.

Rocky makes his rounds

Monday, August 20th, 2018

This year, de la Fuente has run in U.S. Senate primaries in nine states without achieving success in any of them. So far in 2018, de la Fuente has been blown out in Senate races in California, Washington, Hawaii, Vermont and Minnesota. He is running in the Wyoming primary this week and in Florida next week with contests in Rhode Island and Delaware waiting next month. 

So.  A scorecard.

California, open primary.  He came in 9th in a field of 14, with 2.03 percent of the vote.

Washington’s open primary.  He came in 21st place in a much more crowded field with .34 percent of the vote.  Does this fall off from California represent a smaller constituency in the state or just a more splintered field — with votes being taken away by “Good Space Guy”, for instance?

Hawaii’s Republican primary.  Fifth in a field of seven with 11.41 percent of the vote.  Mind you, we’re now just talking one party, and the state’s minority party at that, so do the math and we may come down to California’s tally.

Vermont’s Republican primary.  Fourth, but “write in” tallies beat him.  4.04 percent.  Looking at the bright side, that beats Bernie Sanders’s first Senate race tally.

Minnesota’s Republican primary.  Fourth, with 5.88 percent.  (Was there any voter confusion with the second and third place candidates, Merill vs Rae Hart Anderson?)

Next up tomorrow… Wyoming.  Then it’s onto Florida next week, Delaware following, and Rhode Island — just to think small.

Can he do anything in any of those states?  At least top that 11.41, maybe?  The races seem set in stone, but if Robert Flanders can’t get 85 percent of the vote in the primary… well, that may spell troubles in the general!