The gods are laughing at us on Olympus!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

What we "humans" are like:
Donald J. Trump's debate performance was truly amazing. Suggested reading:

In this morning's featured editorial,
the Washington Post details Trump's astounding cluelessness, his "ludicrous assertions," about an array of foreign policy matters.

In this essay at Vox, Ezra Klein explains how clueless Trump is about NAFTA, and about trade in general. (Key statement: "It’s a simple fact that none of this is true.")

In this column in today's New York Times, Jim Dwyer explains how clueless Trump is about stop-and-frisk, and about the whole recent history of crime in New York City.

Trump's cluelessness is astounding. It extends to a wide array of deeply serious topics. A great many misstatements and misconceptions are waiting to be untangled. And what is being discussed on cable? Whether it was nice, twenty years ago, to call a young woman "Miss Piggy."

Answer: No, it wasn't nice! But Anderson Cooper would crawl on his knees over broken glass for the chance to spend hours with ludicrous guests discussing this powerful topic. What will Kayleigh say?

Just for the record, it wasn't nice to call that young woman "Miss Piggy." It also wasn't nice to call her "Miss Housekeeping."

This morning, Mika was pretending to be extremely upset about the fact that Trump did that. Of course, she kissed his ascot all last year. What did she think her idol was doing during the birther years?

The hustlers and grabbers you see on TV are terrible, horrible people. Meanwhile, the gods are laughing about how stupid we are as they lounge on their hill.

We'll also have fun with this: Meanwhile, Howard Dean to the rescue—to the rescue of Trump. The gods are laughing very hard at how unimpressive we are.

27 comments:

  1. Bob, why do you think Howard Dean's cocaine snarkiness is helpful to Trump? I don't like it when our side descends to cattiness, but in general the progressive blog commenters seem to think this is hilarious, and sauce for the gander after all of Trump's baseless 'some people are saying' accusations. If it works for him, why can't it work for us? (This is a sincere question, not trying to be self-righteous).

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  2. Bob, why do you think Howard Dean's cocaine snarkiness is helpful to Trump? I don't like it when our side descends to cattiness, but in general the progressive blog commenters seem to think this is hilarious, and sauce for the gander after all of Trump's baseless 'some people are saying' accusations. If it works for him, why can't it work for us? (This is a sincere question, not trying to be self-righteous).

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    1. Dean was asked about it, and he said "no." He didn't bring it up.

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    2. Actually, he said it was Trump himself who started the rumors he was doing Coke.

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  3. I think it is fully appropriate to speculate about Trump's health, given that he has released no health info (in recognizable form). Somerby himself has wondered whether or not Trump is mentally ill. Drug abuse is one reason why a sane person might appear to be having symptoms. Dean has supplied a series of symptoms besides the sniffling and Trump himself has described his lifestyle. I do not believe anyone attended Studio 54 in its heyday without using something. I am willing to believe he has avoided alcohol because of his brother, but cocaine is something else. I do not believe he has made all drugs off limits (as recovering addicts do) and I have no trouble believing he may be using cocaine (or some similar drug).

    I want to see convincing evidence from a doctor that he is in appropriate health to take on the stressful duties of the presidency.

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  4. "Just for the record, it wasn't nice to call that young woman "Miss Piggy." It also wasn't nice to call her "Miss Housekeeping."

    Just for the record, she was introduced into this campaign discourse by Hillary Clinton, and that introduction may in fact backfire.

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    1. Can you be more specific about the nature of your threat?

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    2. From Huffington Post:

      "Machado was briefly under investigation for being a possible accomplice in a 1998 murder attempt involving her then-boyfriend, Juan Rodriguez Reggeti. In this case, Reggeti was accused of shooting his brother-in-law, while Machado allegedly drove the getaway car. Machado had an alibi, and the judge in the case eventually declined to indict her for any wrongdoing, citing the lack of sufficient evidence tying her to the scene of the crime. Later, this judge would publicly accuse Machado of threatening his life after he indicted Reggeti."

      Does anything Machado might have experienced after her encounter with Trump (while 18 years old) excuse what Trump said and did to her?

      If Machado were the only source of info about the incident, one might doubt her statements, but there is video of Trump with Machado, and he has not denied it. In fact, he has doubled down on it.

      That she later got upset about being wrongly accused and said some intemperate things to the judge, changes nothing about what happened earlier.

      The right is trying to make a big deal about Clinton's "vetting" of Machado, but her complaints about Trump are true and she doesn't have to be a saint to have deserved better treatment from Trump as an 18 year old.

      What kind of man calls a woman "Miss Piggy" no matter what her weight? What kind of man calls a Latina "Miss Housekeeping"? He is a horrible person.

      So, your threat about this "backfiring" is only in the imagination of the fever-swamp right. Decent people will see this for what it is -- a horrible remark by a horrible man. Trump's own words on video and twitter condemn him.

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    3. How is saying something might backfire a "threat."

      Now, saying you are going to kill someone. Like a judge, for example, that is a threat.

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    4. Trump's gross of course in his tactics, but if you're concerned about people criticizing your looks then you won't enter such a demeaning thing as a beauty contest.

      I love how the TV media is puffing themselves all up about it as well.

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    5. "might backfire" implies some unpleasant consequence. I was asking you what that might be. Suggesting that there is going to be an unpleasant consequence constitutes a threat.

      "I just said it would be a shame if something happened to your nice restaurant. How is that a threat?"

      Don't be disingenuous. Conservatives are trying to use this to hurt Clinton. I suspect you came here to join that effort. Why else would you talk about backfiring?

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    6. Clinton did not say anything about this. He said that Trump used insulting terms when talking about woman's looks, and "Pig" was one of them. So Sylvie's is typical Trump counterpunch stuff, brazen, moronic, and happily dishonest.

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    7. Greg, didn't you mean to direct your comment to @ 3:41 instead of Sylvie, who is vigorously contesting the "backfire" bullshit?

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  5. The threat is that of Trump winning the election. The Jill Stein Jungen plus the Gary Johnson potsherds will peel enough votes away from Clinton while the Trumpenmensch will vote without thought.
    Why? Because Trump is the guy we deserve in this country. A noble experiment unsustainable due to rampant stupidity.

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    1. rampant stupidity -- so kind of you to illustrate the concept

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    2. What is smart about our country? Cable news? Fast food? Tattoos? Las Vegas? NFL? We are stupid. We deserve it. It makes perfect sense.

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  6. No one else (except Bob maybe) seems to realize that this was a beauty contest we're talking about. Which makes all of the phony umbrage about "How dare Donald Trump criticize her looks!" even more insane.

    The whole thing's sexist-- not just Trump. And for the corporate media of all things to be criticizing this emphasis on looks and appearance is even nuttier and more hypocritical.

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    1. No one is upset because he was criticizing her looks. It was the brutality of his language and his disrespect for her that people are complaining about. "Miss Housekeeping" is not about her looks.

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    2. Sorry, but in this case they've been obsessing on how he criticized her looks. It's that too.

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  8. As a direct result of this election, the alt-right has increased its harassment of online journalists who they consider to be Jewish.

    At samefacts.com (The Reality-Based Community), Harold Pollack says:

    "I and many others who write for fairly broad audiences are being deluged with antisemitic messages from Trump supporters. They come mostly on Twitter, but on private emails and blogs, too. Many alt-right messages bracket our names like so: (((haroldpollack))), to indicate that we are Jewish...In a strange way, I’m almost–almost–glad that these anti-Semitic messages are out there. They remind many of us on the receiving end of a few basic realities that hang over our contested, pluralist democracy. They should remind us of what many others are facing, who have so very much more to lose if our nation jumps off the political cliff this November."

    Those who think comparisons between Trump and Hitler are far-fetched need to understand what is being encouraged at rallies where the non-Christians are singled out and Trump asks: "Shall we keep them?"

    It can happen here.

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