instant insult tweet mode

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

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.

birtherism rears its ugly head

August 5th, 2019

The New York Times runs a profile of Tulsi Gabbard, and I’m having to do a bit of a hic-up on this one…

On the plethora of “first”s she would represent as president… The first woman,

the first Samoan, the first from Hawaii, the first surfer, the first vegan.

The first from Hawaii?  Is the New York Times going birther on us regarding Obama?
(Too bad we never got that President Kucinich to scratch that vegan itch.)

Elsewhere, Timothy Noah chimes in with a good word on Joseph Biden as battering against the left wing drift of the Democratic field — somewhere on immigration beggering back to Obama’s insistence for a kinder gentler deportation policy but indeed a deportation policy —  except he’s too old and said some old things at the last debate, so I guess we’re stuck on Buttigieg.  Just… checking in on the pundit class’s thinking for y’all.

new york times covers the 20 democrats debating

August 2nd, 2019

The New York Times’s coverage of the Democratic debates has David French putting in a good word for Joseph Biden — making a reasonably good point on the complicated nature of the politics of the past as judged by the present — something like though you do hold the Crime Bill of the Bill Clinton harshly, you have to understand — it was passed at a time of high crime, and if party members were in office at the time they would’ve been voting for it, and also you have to give some policy consideration to state governments.  Interestingly enough, the man who was propped up by some conservatives to take a bid for the presidency — hold the fort against Trump — cites “Obamacare” as a success, Biden would be building off of — as opposed to what I see in Reason magazine citing any Health care policy plan as a defacto acknowledgement of the failure of Obama’s Health care plan.  A bit contradictory to the magazine’s earlier pointing out that the Trump signed tax policy had a belated gutting of Obamacare… so where does that leave us?

David Brooks makes a bid for Marianne Williamson.  At least in terms of “spiritual rhetoric” as opposed to policy — tossing the idea that the centrist and liberal policy debate is all good and well, but everyone ends up a technocratic variant of Michael Dukakis.  The nation’s soul is at stake.  A curious gambit… a left winger would argue that a centrist Carter presaged a right wing Reagan to a more right-wing centrist Clinton than on to Bush and the horror of the right drift to Obama and now the fascist Trump, new norms normalized, so what we need now is high does of AOC style socialism.  Or… some argument along those lines.

During one exchange, for instance, after Mr. Biden rejected the idea that illegal border crossings should be decriminalized, Julián Castro, the former Housing secretary and mayor San Antonio suggested that Mr. Biden lacked “guts”.
Once more a false usage of a pejorative… Biden lacks guts for suggesting something short of the liberal policy of the audience he is speaking in front of?  I don’t understand.

And then there’s this…

and that Mr. Obama and President Clinton came from the center of the party.

… Clinton sure — though arguably you can say he came from the right of the party, but that’s not the frame of meanings that the paper has here.  On that part, Obama ends up fidgeting his way to the center or a tad to the left — terminology gets lost as you consider his first runs at political office and who he’s competing against, and then the amorphous cloud of running to win down to Indiana.


July 24th, 2019

Afghanistan has said the United States should clarify comments by President Donald Trump

Oh boy.  I don’t know that Trump is interested in clarifying the comments, but I’m as good a representative for the “United States” as anyone, so I’ll take a crack.  What were President Trump’s comments?

“I have plans on Afghanistan that, if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone,” Trump told reporters. “It would be over in – literally, in 10 days. And I don’t want to do, I don’t want to go that route.”

This was met by the typical chest thumping on the part of some representatives of Afghanistan.  The familiar “Graveyard of Empires” shtick.

We do have a clarification of sorts from Trump…

At one point in his Oval Office remarks, Trump referred to dropping America’s largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan in 2017, and said that dropping more of them would be the “easy solution” to ending the conflict there.

Not the mention the nuclear ones, which… see, the development of the A Bomb during World War Two has created a new calculus which would blow away the whole “Graveyard of Empires”, though with repercussions of old paranoid 50s era science fiction.

Citizen Trump once tweeted the question for the Obama Administration — why are we still having troops out there fighting in Afghanistan?  He’s finally getting around to this as president, though predictably giving it his Biff Tannen spin.


on the eve of destruction

July 19th, 2019

The funny thing … George W Bush swung the Muslim vote in 2000.  And why the hell not?  A small “c” conservativism uncomfortable with some tenants of the “gay lifestyle”, and hey — who’s that on the backhalf of the Democratic ticket and what’s he think of Israel again?…

Then again, how is it Trump unites some anti-semitic spewers of “alt right” land with the hawkish Lukid government in Israel?  Things unite, then fall apart.

So, in response to Donald Trump’s racist comment — we are dumped with the responses — clip various comments made by the members of the “Squad” — double back to highlight their unpopularity with members of the electorate (and, yes, Nancy Pelosi is right: they wouldn’t win outside their districts), declare this as brilliant strategy — Trump will now be running against these four, not the actual Democratic nominee.  And did you see that comment made by the Boston congresswoman?  Isn’t that something?  Did we mention polling shows them to be unpopular?

Trump walks into a rally.  They chant to lock her up — I mean deport her — or thereabouts — and, by the way, this Atlantic headline … Trump Supporters Don’t Make Chants About Men — nay, they’re busy back curating Biden groping Biden images for Trump to retweet…. after a bit of Republican buttheading, Trump suggests he tried to calm the crowd and made quick galloping talk-overs.  Surely he jests.

Question:  How does it all play over in some weird parts of Pennsylvania Coal Country?  That’s all that matters.  And quit being a pundit, armchair pundit voter.