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Hello Widdershins, happy Tuesday in this broke-down mess of a government we’re currently suffering under.

Last Saturday was the Women’s March. (Yes, something happened besides the playoffs!) Despite all the Farrakhan mishegoss, a smart young colleague of mine and I went and carried signs. There were some good and inspiring speakers, and being San Francisco, the inclusiveness was epic. We had speakers from the MMIW (we really need to talk more about the plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – I was extremely touched by the powerful speakers and singers); high-level elected officials like California Representative Barbara Lee and mayor of SF London Breed; Muslim comics and first-time state representatives; Samoan poetesses and homeless advocates; a Jewish community organizer; and a great performance from the SF cast of “Come From Away.” All women, all powerful, loud and proud! Here are some pictures I took.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Now some questions for you to debate:

  1. Rudy Giuliani: Worst Lawyer Ever or Double Agent for the Good Guys?
  2. Will our next President be Kamala, Kirsten or Elizabeth? (Tulsi, we know, is a hard “NO”)
  3. Buzzfeed story about Cohen being directed to lie to Congress by Drumpf: Totally bogus or only slightly inaccurate?
  4. What’s your bet on what date the government will re-open, cause Pelosi?

This is an open thread. Hang in there everyone!

 

Good morning Widdershins.  We are in D+36, freshly scrubbed from Sunday night’s Republican pre-Halloween grave digging.  It was as if the Headless Horseman borrowed someone’s jack-o-lantern, carved a hen’s butt for a mouth, and turned it loose for a Walking Dead audition. trump-on-debate-stage

All the polls say Hillary won the debate by double digits.  There was carping by Leftie bed wetters about why Hillary failed to put the Yam away.  Here’s why she didn’t:  Strategically, there is nothing better than having Trump as the head of the Republican ticket.

If Hillary had put the rancid, orange Vienna Sausage away, Republicans would have hightailed it like there was a fire at the two-for-one whorehouse.  A ticket led by Trump is Nancy Pelosi’s readmission to the Speaker’s Office.  Trump is going to be tied around every Republican candidate like a cheap Chinese necktie.  Unlike Obama, Hillary and her pips are playing three-dimensional politics for Democratic down ballot candidates.

Hillary flourished Sunday night, we survived, and we saw that a cornered rat is always full of fight, but still susceptible to its love of fermented diary products.  The clamorous Yam’s behavior isn’t surprising.  He can’t be what he’s not – so we can forget the possibility of a decent person miraculously appearing.

I believe what we saw Sunday night was a preview of a new cable channel – low def CDS.  It seems as if the polarization profiteers have gained absolute control of the orange gorilla’s snortables in order to go full tilt in the pursuit of salacious vulgarity.  Who are these polarization profiteers of whom I speak?

Giant Earwig

Giant Earwig

Steve Bannon, Breitbart’s pernicious earwig, David Bossie, a hissing cockroach whose entire career has involved Clinton derangement, and Chatty Kellyanne Conway, the cow killer mutillidae, the real charmer and great pretender of the insect and political world.  They have been hating Clintons since Marky Mark was still running with the Funky Bunch.

All three of these psuedo-humans perfectly mimic their diabolical insect namesakes.  When we thought they couldn’t go lower, they went all Deepwater Horizon on us.  They have learned when you ride a tiger; it is awfully hard to dismount.giant-hissing-cockroach

The most honest thing the crumb at the bottom of the Cheeto bag ever said was, “I’ll run for President and make money at it.”  That’s what we saw last night – a sneak peek of coming attractions on the CDS channel, the visual fever swamp of the Alt-right deplorables.

There will be a remake of Murder She Wrote in her Emails.  There will a soap opera Days of our Wives that times the marriages of these cretins with a sweep secondhand.  There will be a wildlife show like Animal Planet, but it will be called Animal Penthouse as a live feed from Trump’s office and apartment.  Of course, there will be Scandal updates on the hour and the news will be Fairly Unbalanced.  After hours there will be a soft-porn homoerotic, all shirtless Putin program.

Mutillidae

Mutillidae

Undoubtedly, Roger Ailes will be in charge of personnel, leg cameras, and skirt height.  Rudy Giuliani will have a show called The 4 Ds: Dementia, Dental Disease, and Divorce.  Chris Christie will have two shows – a new take on a cooking show called, Believe Me, I Ate the Whole Thing and Bridgegate: Stories from Prison.

This CDS channel will be the first cable channel to utilize smell-o-vision.  Tuning in will reek of regret just like its owners and stars.  These people live their lives with such iridescent regret their only outlet is spewing vituperative bile to ease their self-loathing.  Just like junkies who need more and more for a better high, they need any facade of political correctness to be stripped away so their venomous attacks can be sprayed with reckless abandon.

The CDS channel will service those who believe Fox is too polite and environmentally friendly.  Unhampered by logic or science, the CDS will be long on “feelacts” – those things that feel like facts.  All I can say is:  Since people who get their news from Fox would be better informed if they listened to no news at all; those who come to be informed by the CDS will be given two coupons for the nearest drive-by lobotomy clinic just in case the first one doesn’t take. abandon-ship

Sunday night Donald Trump did what he knows how to do – belittle, beleaguer, and degrade a woman on stage as well as four seated in the audience.  He tried to intimidate through sheer size and Lurch-like looming.  If his sentences were jigsaw puzzles, we still wouldn’t have the outer edges fitting together, but we recognize the picture on the box top – Greed and Narcissism by Trump during his orange period.

Of this I’m sure, just like Fox, Limbaugh, Hannity, and the rest, the best thing for the business of CDS is a Hillary Rodham Clinton administration.  Listen closely and you can tell it’s part of the business plan of the polarization profiteers.

What’s on your mind?

 

Good morning Widdershins.Bank of China

What say we start with a little thought experiment? Let’s say that Barack and Michelle Obama had a credit card or car loan from the Bank of Bahrain. How would Fox, Drudge, Breitbart, Blimpbaugh, or Hannity react?

Now you are thinking, “Prolix, that is just plain three-legged dog stupid. Of course they would never shut up about it.” For example, Hannity, the dumbest man to ever be paid to talk on teevee and proud Trump adviser, still mentions Bill Ayers every third breath and that illicit entanglement is based on a chance meeting at a 1995 cocktail party.

So where is the outrage when the Republican nominee is in hock to the Bank of China and Russian oligarchs?  In a backbreaking piece of research journalism, the New York Times article: Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debt and Opaque Ties found:

Beyond finding that companies owned by Mr. Trump had debts of at least $650 million to the Bank of China among others, The Times discovered that a substantial portion of his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an additional $2 billion to a string of lenders, including those that hold the loan on the Avenue of the Americas building.  (A building that alone carries $950 million in loans.)

So where is the outrage when the clamoring Yam doesn’t make good on his commitments to charities, particularly, veteran charities?  Or how about a little outrage over evidence of self-dealing when he jacked-up the rent on his own campaign five times higher when contributors started footing the bill?

When there are daily, even hourly, outrages the tongue-wagging press becomes anesthetized to them.  Just like beekeepers being immune to stings, the sting of outrage has ceased to make an impression upon the keepers of the Trump press.Clinton Foundation

Instead the Yam and his Trumpanzees want to focus on the Clinton Foundation. It’s a charity with an “A” rating that enjoys contributions from 300,000 contributors, 90% of whom contribute $100 or less.  Its good works have positively affected the lives of 430 million people in over 180 countries, including 31,000 American schools, 11.5 million needing HIV/AIDS drugs, and 85 million people in the U.S. through strategic health partnerships.

And the call is to shut the Clinton Foundation down. Shutter it. Stop the good works – all for a talking point of a two-bit, lying buffoon being choreographed by a racist, nationalistic, purveyor of slime and hatred who wriggled from the fever swamp of Breitbart.

This is the modus operandi of the Alt-right.  Throw so much spaghetti on the wall it makes you think an Olive Garden exploded. It’s a perfect scheme now that a human’s attention span is less than that of a goldfish.  Mother Jones explains Steve Bannon as the head lizard of the Breitbart fever swamp:Swamp

Trump was signaling a wholehearted embrace of the “alt-right,” a once-motley assemblage of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, ethno-nationalistic provocateurs who have coalesced behind Trump and curried the GOP nominee’s favor on social media. In short, Trump has embraced the core readership of Breitbart News.

Though disavowed by every other major conservative news outlet, the alt-right has been Bannon’s target audience ever since he took over Breitbart News from its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, four years ago. Under Bannon’s leadership, the site has plunged into the fever swamps of conservatism, cheering white nationalist groups as an “eclectic mix of renegades,” accusing President Barack Obama of importing “more hating Muslims,” and waging an incessant war against the purveyors of “political correctness.”

All of this to feed the prying eyes of those hungering for click-bait. It is the last refuge of those wanting to be seen as something genetically similar to journalists, but too lazy to engage in anything beyond false equivalencies.Flying Monkey 1

With the outrage-o-meter in the red courtesy of the flying monkeys led by the wicked Noodleliani, there are those who camouflage their laziness and Clinton derangement syndrome with an intellectualized Mary Kay sampler kit.  A prime case in point is Jonathan Chait, a graduate of the Ryan Lochte Ethics Institute, who writes:

“Give a man a reputation as an early riser,” said Mark Twain, “and he can sleep ‘til noon.” Hillary Clinton finds herself in the opposite situation: She has a reputation for venality — the merits of which we can set aside momentarily — that forces her to a higher ethical standard. Her inadequate response to the conflicts of interest inherent in the Clinton Foundation show that she is not meeting that standard, and has not fully grasped the severity of her reputational problem.

Ultimately, there is no way around this problem without closing down the Clinton Foundation altogether. Passing off management of the foundation to non-relatives or other third parties doesn’t do the trick, either. If the Clinton Foundation is not leveraging the Clinton name, it has no purpose.

Chait is representative of the lazy journalists who pander to the jaundice-eyed skeptics who forego facts for conditional morality. The conditions of their morality are whatever fits their transitory narrative.  Presently, that narrative is to reward the Circus Peanut for keeping his clothes on and not howling at the moon as he spews factless, baseless lies.

It is easy to say in hindsight, why didn’t the Clintons change the Foundation accordingly? Their answer is: Change it to what? Here is a leadership truism: If the objective is randomly subjective, why bother? Just do what is right. The lesson is this: No matter what the Clintons might have done eight years ago, it would have made no difference since the standards by which they are judged are constantly evolving to fit the subjective views of those proclaiming the standards. CDS makes ordinary strategic thinking useless, so the Clintons just did what was right. Not politically expedient, but a methodologically practical plan to provide charitable services.Circus Peanut

When you consider the Trumpanzees, the flying monkeys, the lazy co-opted press, and the attention-grabbing bobbleheads, what you have left is a coalescing Alt-right world embodied by the Republican Party. It is a world of rumor and innuendo with closed captioning of hate and paranoia. The caricatures of bigotry and prejudices are now the reality of the GOP.

And what is missing throughout this:  Not one word about the 430 million poor people whose lives have been made better.  Instead, the good work of the Clinton Foundation has been turned into fodder for the promotion of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, racist provocateurs.  To quote James Carville, “Someone is going to hell over this.”

What’s on your mind today?

We are now in the holiday interregnum. It’s that period between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we will be besieged with ads telling us if we are worthy spousal units, children, friends, or postal patrons we will show it by exercising the credit card “swipe of love”. I’ve often thought transforming a religious holiday into a consumer-driven guilt fest is synonymous with proclaiming sin a virtue.

Which brings us to today’s series of inconsequential words birthed by less than consequential thought and mercifully Hello I'm a Victimstopped at intervals of interspersed periods and paragraph breaks. The question I pose today is this: When did the 98-pound weakling become the inspirational role model for, well, just about everyone?

The news channels have become one big tug-of-war between who is the bigger victim. Twitter is basically a “hash tag woe fest” in 140-characters or less. Facebook is just a 365-day Christmas letter of unbridled bragging intertwined with catastrophes and personal “major-go-to-pieces” of shoe-dying not matching new nail polish.

Wow — in rereading what I have written so far and I sound like a curmudgeon of the highest order. Perhaps I am, but I am sickened by the unending fiasco of “my victimhood is bigger than your victimhood.” It seems as if everyone is jonesing to sit “shiva” at the slightest of slights or a hint of innuendo twisted into a pretzel of defamatory duel-worthy insults.

The genesis of these decidedly “unpositive” thoughts is the Ferguson, Missouri, demoralizing mess. The whole Ferguson prolonged episode is fraught with leaders who wouldn’t know a good decision if they ran over it one of their MRAP tanks and then shot it with their grenade launchers and machine guns.

Over the weekend it was announced that the police officer, Darren Wilson, has resigned from the “56 member white, 3 black” Ferguson police force. His reason for resignation was, “His safety.” Not that he had been involved in a questionable incident where he lost control of a situation, failed to call for backup, and then chased an unarmed eighteen year-old at least 153 feet from the safety of his police cruiser and gunned him down.

Not that he had been the beneficiary of a tainted and lopsided prosecutorial grand jury.  A grand jury where he was paraded in at the beginning of the process and allowed to tell his story with all the conflicting testimony coming later and subjected to rigorous cross-examination by the incompetent prosecutors.

Not that he was the only person, the only person, out of the twenty witnesses who saw eighteen-year-old Michael Brown reach for the waistband of his basketball shorts — basketball shorts that couldn’t hold up a water pistol no less a revolver. Not that only two witnesses said Michael Brown charged at Darren Wilson while no less than a plurality of the twenty witnesses said Michael Brown had his hands up and was surrendering.

Add to this the indignation of the St. Louis police union over five Rams football players exiting the tunnel with their hands up and you have a perfect aperitif to accompany a feast of victimhood.

Or take Rudy Giuliani’s nonsensical race-baiting comments about “white police officers wouldn’t be in these neighborhoods if blacks weren’t killing one another.” Of course Giuliani, like so many others, have hopped onto the shiny trope train of blaming the victims of black-on-black crime to divert attention. The real facts are simple: People commit crimes of violence against real people they can see where they live — people don’t much care about crimes against invisible non-existent people. In fact, 84% of crime is white on white crime, but that statistic is rarely trotted out as an explanation of police militarization or as a criticism of why Humvees aren’t trolling suburban neighborhoods.

Truth is, we will never know the truth about the end of Michael Brown’s life. With both sides of this situation being “lawyered up” where Wilson is guarding his flank against a criminal civil rights prosecution and Brown’s friend angling for a civil suit, the two best witnesses have three months of legal programming to shade their recollection.

One thing we do know without any question, if you are a young black man you have a 21 times greater chance of being killed by a police officer than a similarly situated young white man. That’s not twenty-one more young black men being killed, that is twenty-one TIMES more likely to die from a police pistol than a similarly situated young white man.

There’s no victimhood in Darren Wilson changing his circumstances because of fears for his safety — the real victimhood is that Michael Brown could not.

In case you didn’t see Jon Stewart’s usual insightful take on the burgeoning cottage industry of victimhood instigation fertilized by Fox, here it is:

This is an open thread.

Seriously, does it get any better than this for Barack Obama?  Does this man lead a charmed life or what?

I don’t care how many ways you want to cut it, his political life has been blessed.  From Alan Keyes to John McCain to the current onslaught of complete idiots fighting for the GOP nomination, life sure looks pretty good these days.

Faced with a struggling economy, a resistant congress, a slip in the polls, and a slate of opposing contenders who don’t have a clue, I predict that he need only raise a paltry $1.88 and a handful of redeemable coupons to win himself another term when pitted against this sorry group.  You need not be a “fan” of Barack Obama to fully appreciate that if he just spends the next 12 months pitching balls into the basket his chances of securing another 4 years is almost a given.

Herman Cain? Gone after today. Michele Bachmann? Just about over. Rick Perry? Down for the count. Ron Paul? Not likely. Rick Santorum? Never stood a chance. Jon Huntsman? No interest. Newt Gingrich? Not gonna happen. Trump, Palin, Daniels, Barbour, Guiliani, Christie?  All took a pass.

Which leaves us with Mittens. And nobody likes him. Flip flopping like a pancake, Mitt fails to “inspire” which accounts for his dismal 24% likability in the polls which has remained static since the beginning.  The GOP is begging for somebody – anybody! – to step forward and release them from the possibility of Mitt being the 2012 standard bearer.  An example of Mitt’s unpopularity is that some donors are still contributing to Herman Cain even in the face of alleged sexual harassment charges that should raise questions on this man’s troubling past with women.  Apparently it is easier to conceive of a sexual scoundrel in the White House than a Mormon who will say or do anything to achieve that goal.

For a party who has focused exclusively on making him a “one term president” even before he marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, the crop they chose to lead that parade has been one of the sorriest group of idiots to ever assemble on one stage.

Consider that Mitt is viewed as the “least radical” of this clown collection and you have about summed up the contest in full.  This is a man without convictions of any kind – (at least none that he is not willing to change) – and except for his overriding bid to be President of the United States, stands for nothing.  Four years of preparation and the GOP is “stuck” with the least attractive candidate to emerge from a field of ultra conservative, anti government, bible thumping ideologues whose “appeal” could not sustain them for long when viewed over a period of time.  Thus Mitt.

I would urge Barack Obama not to take things too much for granted.  But at the moment he appears “safe” to some degree.  The enthusiasm from his side may well have dissipated and the disappointment from the Left has been earned.  But at this stage of the campaign, judging from the quality of the opposition that would have us considering as leader: President Cain, President Bachmann, President Perry, or President Newt, the chances of President Mitt is another longshot.

I’d be laughing too if this is “all they’ve got”.  Given his own mediocre performance over the last 3 years, his inability to strike back at the opposition when given the chance, the lack of substance to what he offers, and the string of broken promises that marked his early performance, compared to the opposition he looks almost “majestic” by default.

If it all weren’t so serious I may be laughing too.

Possibly. Because if you listen to the pundits Mitt appears to be the only “grown up” so far in a roomful of mental midgets who have announced, are about to announce, or are playing with the idea of announcing. Considering that Mitt has managed to “flip flop” on most past stances with regard to healthcare and abortion rights, this gives us an idea of what the rest of the field looks like: unimpressive.

Newt’s imploding. Bachmann is just a little too nuts. Santorum’s appeal is miniscule. Ron Paul does not stand a chance. And Pawlenty is this cycle’s answer to Sominex. Factor in the other possibilities who have yet to fully step forward: Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, and Rudy Giuliani, and the pundits may just have it right. Like it or not, Mitt may be all the Right has at this point to at least signal an appearance of competency in field of candidates who are – shall we say – “out there”.

Mitt has been a governor, oversaw the Olympics, and has managed a business. Room for argument can be considered that his business dealings have been played out against the employee for the sake of the “bottom line” but there you have it.  Mitt does have “experience” and at least a modicum of sense with his recent warnings about climate change. Unless he considers “genuflecting” to Rush Limbaugh for his refreshing remarks that we are suffering from “man made” events, he has at least admitted the truth of what scientists have been saying for the last 20 years.  Something the others refuse to accept.

Consider that Obama may not have earned the enthusiasm of the Democratic voters that he enjoyed in 2008, and factor in what may still be an unemployment figure hovering around 9%, he could be vulnerable to the alternative. It will only take a handful of disaffected Dem voters and a swing toward the Right with the Independents, and Mitt could actually pull it off. A nation who believed in all that “hope and change” hype may very well make Obama a “one termer” come 2012.

 The general public may no longer be in a forgiving mood as they continue to watch their future being used as a political “ping pong game” and the “change” this time around could easily be thrown back into the court of the GOP.
Obama may just have to sit up and take notice that he may be facing someone the GOP can “work with” in the sense of “selling” the idea of Mitt Romney. Though the others may be the fodder of late night talk shows for the comedic relief they offer, Mitt could emerge more substantial in the end. Though I would consider any GOP win a disaster I would have to admit that the pundits may have made a point.

Dismal though this field of candidates may present, and dismal in that Obama’s achievements so far are just as difficult to defend, I don’t discount that come 2012 we may be facing a race that is the Dems to lose.  “What have you done for me lately?” may be a question the Dems will have to answer and the answer may be one they are not likely to want to hear.

Best never to count your chickens before they hatch.

I’m sure you are as “fired up” as I when hearing the new that Newt is throwing his hat into the ring!

The year 1995 was just a preview of Newt’s skills when he shut down the government and showed America what a real leader looked like. Considering that he pretty much thought of himself as the “de facto president” at that time, this announcement – though years after the fact – should be taken with as much gravitas as did Donald Trump’s. If arrogance were currency we would own China by now!

Trump overplayed his hand. Newt is about to do the same. How can he deny the years of his public service that will underscore his shadiness both professionally and in his private life? I suppose he could run on the proposition that his infidelities were in fact “patriotic” as he has suggested awhile back and let the rest of us sort that one out. Though Mitt Romney may hold title to the “king of flip floppers” when it comes to his positions regarding healthcare access and abortion rights, Newt has done many a “belly flops” himself when it comes to saying one thing today, another tomorrow depending where we are on any given argument facing the nation on a day to day basis.

Are there any reasonable people left within the ranks of the GOP itself? Anyone untarnished by tawdry escapades and shady business dealings who aren’t spouting bible passages as a way of exonerating past behavior while courting the Evangelicals with specious claims of redemption? Anyone still affiliated with that party who is not tainted with their own words willing to step forward with a commonsense approach to governing? Judging from the crop of possibilities I think not. Newt’s announcement is as old as yesterday’s news and I seriously doubt that any sensible Republican would consider holding his/her own nose to cast a vote for this double talking loser given the circumstances.

Remember when the possibility of having Fred Thompson get on board a few cycles back inflamed the GOP? They were “tickled pink” with the very thought of Thompson emerging as the front runner even before the poor man was reluctantly dragged into the spotlight that fizzled out within weeks. He just did not have the required “fire in his belly” to pursue the long road to the White House that this position demanded. Against an array of candidates that included Romney, Guiliani, Huckabee and Tancredo, Ron Paul, that even McCain began to look good. But Fred was going to “save the day”.   Didn’t happen.

Perhaps another shot at the prize could be offered to Fred once again. Judging from the field that is currently “exploring” their chances, he may be persuaded to haul his lazy ass out of mothballs and try once again. The others are just tired symbols of days gone past or just batshit crazies that are poised on the brink of making fools of themselves for the enjoyment of us who dine out on this stuff.

And who knows, as “lazy” a candidate as Thompson became, he is a far better alternative to the nutjobs and carnival barkers scurrying around the field for 2012.

Someone might consider giving him a call.


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