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Monday, April 6, 2020

Smash!

Like any human being, I can't take an unlimited amount of crap before exploding. A short while back I did a few politically-themed posts and then took a break from that to post some project stuff. And just as I take breaks from political writing, I also sometimes need to take a break from listening to or reading too much news. At bare minimum I always read enough each day to stay current, but unless I feel overwhelmed I frequently pursue much more than just the daily 'need-to-knows'.

A couple of days ago I went on a short news break, but it wasn't long before I felt confronted by one inexplicable outrage after another, until I literally felt like lifting my replica mace off the wall and SMASHING things......just to let off steam. 


This mace-wielding 6" plastic knight made by Marx back in the mid-60s was among my favorite toys as a boy. I even purchased a re-issue of this set and have them in my collection room. He's ready to smash and so am I.


Here is a short list of the most recent affronts to my sanity:

1: Trump uses his news conference not to inform us on Covid-19 updates and progress, but to brag about a renewed push to battle illegal drugs. What a transparent act of self-serving misdirection! First, THIS is NOT a priority right now. Second......if you really want to shut down the cartels, just legalize and stop the nonsense. Third, I couldn't listen to anyone else speak on the topic without noticing that at least half of their podium time was devoted to sycophantically thanking the president. I wondered if it would have been more time efficient to just have Trump bend over the podium with his pants down so that Barr and the others could just line up and take turns licking his crack as he rambled on. It was so apparent to me that this was such a blatant publicity stunt that I was amazed at how little was written about it. I think that's because very few want to come out and criticize anything that "fights drugs". It's a political waltz to a song out of tune. So......


SMASH!

2: Then he fired Michael Atkinson and defended it in a typically Trumpian trash-mouth shit-shower of insults and lies. To be honest, there was a certain inevitability to this, but the timing? The need? The mendacity coating it?

SMASH!

But the one that really got me was #3: In an act of pure deadly, cruel, petty spite, President Shit-bag refused to re-open the enrollment for the Affordable Care Act  coverage. Even his own party supported this. Yeah, one could say, "oh you should have thought about that before the pandemic." But is this who we are? Now? During this? I mean, who would it hurt? With Easter so close one could say that if Jesus was willing to be crucified and die just to open the gates of heaven, why wouldn't that paragon of morality we have staining the White House furniture open these "gates"? He doesn't even have to suffer to do it. Is it because people refer to it as "Obamacare"? 

It is just so.............shitty. It's the act of a petulant child.....who is as I said before....also a walking shit-bag. This one was so unnecessary that I felt the rage of Daniel Plainview (played by Daniel Day-Lewis ) from "There Will Be Blood" confronting the hypocrisy of the poster child of the Evangelicals with a bowling pin:

SMASH SMASH SMASH!

"I'm finished."



19 comments:

  1. As big a political junkie as I am, I've stopped watching the daily briefings, for the reasons you mention. The fawning ass kissing is nauseating, and he's plainly trying to turn them into electronic rallies for his base. Now, the problem with that latter scheme is that unlike at his rallies, he has reporters who can at least minimally challenge and fact-check him.

    On the Obamacare issue, add to the list rolling back fuel efficiency standards. He can can, and undoubtedly will, use the fact that Covid-19 is such a predominant focus as a smokescreen to obscure all sorts of regulatory mischief, knowing that most people will miss it.

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    1. I agree with everything you said......except for me when it gets too incessant I feel the only way to appropriately respond would be with violent bludgeoning.

      I'm also dying to see if anyone can defend #3.

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  2. deep soothing calm breathes


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    1. LOL. Good advice. And I do find those calming breaths come more easily ........right after smashing something. ;-)

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  3. I generally enjoy your idiosyncratic perspective on the world in general, and your kinky, but weird sexual activities. But your Trump derangement syndrome is less entertaining. He would not have been my preferred 1st choice (my car still has my Ben Carson sticker on it) but I am in agreement with most of his actions; not words, actions.

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    1. @ Lurker48: Perhaps you should switch channels. In other words, take your mouse to the top right corner ans click the white "x" in the red square. PROBLEM SOLVED!

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    2. This whole "Trump derangement syndrome" is something that always gives me a chuckle. Here is one definition of "deranged" from Merriam Webster: "disturbed or disordered in function, structure, or condition." So, it's basically a "disordering" of conventional belief or usual function. I have friends and relatives who are Trump supporters and claim to be "conservatives." They also claimed to have been "conservatives" during the Bush and Reagan years, and god knows they preached to everyone about their conservatism during the Clinton and Obama years. Now, during those prior administrations, "conservative" generally meant, according to them:

      -- Limited government and spending restraints: The national debt is growing under Trump at 4x its growth under Obama, and that was BEFORE the stimulus. Anyone remember Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan?
      -- Support for legal immigration: Both Reagan and especially Bush actually supported immigration and saw it as a source of national strength.
      -- Commitment to NATO and democratic allies: Trump has pissed all over our democratic allies while talking about how he fell in love with Kim Jong-Un and believes Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence services. There isn't a tin horn dictator anywhere in the world, other than maybe Maduro, who hasn't genuflected to, while starting trade wars with our allies and withholding medical supplies from Canada during this epidemic.
      -- Support for democratic institutions: Republicans are supposed to be the party of conservative institutional values and democratic norms. Trump labels all such norms "the swamp" and the "deep state."
      -- Personal behavior and family values: As your most recent meme summarized: married three times, cheated on all of them, paid of porn stars, brags about grabbing women by the pussy . . . The list goes on and on and on.

      So, Trump has "disordered" the entire Republican party, turning every "conservative" value on its head, causing many of his allegedly "conservative" supporters to do a 180 degree turn on virtually every principle and value they embraced just four years ago. I even had conservative friends howling that the Democrats were being "obstructionsist" for insisting on oversight for the recent $2 trillion bailout, after they excoriated Obama during the financial crisis? So, Trump supporters have upended pretty much every one of their core beliefs to give slavish support to a thrice-married reality show host, but it is the people who are against Trump who are "deranged?" Really?

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    3. Hmmm. for a relatively short comment, you have certainly given me a lot to work with. In fact, you have definitely given me an idea for a post topic. However, let's look at some things you brought up now:

      You admit that you are OK with Trump because of his actions and not bothered by his words, yet you are not OK with my post......even though it is also merely words. You'll see no resemblance to me in any of those images depicting action. If words don't matter when they spew diarrhetically from Trump's upper anus, why are my written ones any less entertaining?

      Secondly, if you support his actions, then in the case of this post, you agree with his focus on cartels during a pandemic, his firing of Atkinson, and his refusal to allow open enrollment in health care. If so, why not explain to me and our readers why these were good decisions rather than just accuse me of not seeing things clearly due to my own issues? These ARE the 'actions' you seem to imply you agree with. Perhaps I could more easily recognize this irrationality you accuse me of if you could explain the wisdom in these actions that I can't seem to see.

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    4. Dan: Yeah well this is why groups shouldn't have descriptive labels. Better to just go with sports team type names like the elephants versus the donkeys. There is no other connotation to confuse anyone when the platforms and membership rules change.;-)

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    1. Thanks. It's nice to know I'm not alone. ;-)

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  5. While I disagree with Lurker's viewpoint, I am committed to a personal philosophy that we all live in this country together. So for me, I strive and struggle to be respectful and open-minded when I hear opinions strongly counter to mine. When my same-as-me thinking friends classify people who think otherwise as morons, and stupid, and blind, it just makes me sad. That's me. I'm not implying KD should feel or act any differently then he does. But Divided we are a weaker country.

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    1. You raise another interesting issue worthy of a post of its own: where does one draw ideological lines between uniting and dividing? I am definitely going to write about that soon. Thanks.

      I'm not sure if you saw my response to smuccatelli a while back where I explained my stance on associating stupidity with political views. It's under the "Dr. Don" post. Essentially I believe that some decisions, viewpoints, beliefs, etc. can run contrary to my own and still be well-considered. However, others can definitely arise from stupidity. To assume that just because people have the right to voice an opinion means each opinion is of equal veracity or intellectual value is just not logical.

      As such, opinions arising from a lack of information or an abundance of MISinformation can indeed lead one to believe the holder of said opinion may not be the sharpest tool in the shed.

      Other decisions can be very well thought out and still be utterly selfish and even cruel. But if someone makes such a decision for those self-serving reasons and others go along with it without themselves getting the same benefit, then even if the originator of the decision may be savvy and self-serving, the followers who get no benefit and in fact could be harmed by the decision might very well be 'stupid' to agree with it. Same decision. But the relative benefits alter the perceived intelligence of those holding it. (Think of an old plantation owner who adheres to slavery because it is financially beneficial. For him, this is NOT a stupid decision. But what if a loyal slave defers to that same opinion? Since that individual and their family will suffer for that same belief, would they not be kind of stupid to agree with their master?)

      Division can cause weakness, and I don't want to give away too much of what I will write about this later, but as a gardener I also know that without 'division' you can have a weaker but larger clumping plant. Divide it and it can thrive though. So, yes, division can be bad or good depending on the circumstances.

      Good comment, Tomy. Thanks.

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  6. Crimson Kid (C.K.)April 7, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    Those supposed "coronavirus briefings" have long since lost any serious value as objective reports to the American people--predictably, 'Von Trump' didn't even try to resist politicizing them and using them to brag about his self-proclaimed 'greatness.'

    Even in a period of national crisis, 'Von Trump' and his flunkies couldn't resist being petty and mean-spirited, could they? His #1 lackey, Mike Pence, recently rambled on without ever answering a critical question about how uninsured Americans would be able to get necessary medical treatment, then 'Von Trump' openly praised him for refusing to respond on the issue.

    Here in the Texas, the Trumpican governor couldn't even describe any clearcut state policy on fighting the coronavirus, babbling on without seemingly saying anything meaningful... --C.K.

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    1. That's because nothing is actually about anything anymore. Everything is just a facade for something self-serving and followers are fine with it. Nowadays one's leader doesn't need to be substantially correct, or helpful, or anything other than THAT person's leader. All one has to do is look at how the typical American will follow their home team regardless of how they play because they are the HOME team....good or bad, right or wrong, even corrupt or honorable. It's so simplistic.

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  7. KD, I heartily agree with you. We skip the 6:00 pm "rally" but I sometimes catch Cuomo's daily briefing on the radio if I am running errands in the car. He should be Time's next Person of the Year.

    Refusing to reopen Obamacare is beyond the pale. Trust me, the USA has nothing to fear from socialized medicine.

    Stay safe,
    Hermione

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    1. I like Cuomo's briefing as well......and I'm not some 100% 'Cuomo Fan'. He's just doing what a thinking leader should do. I like your suggestion for Time's Person of the Year too. And have you seen his approval ratings? 87% the last time I looked with 70% among Republicans! Meanwhile, "Lying Shitbag" brags over his minibump to 50%.

      BTW, dd you see what went on in Wisconsin? Talk about criminal activity veiled in politics.

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  8. I am tirelessly, but in a low-key manner, reminding everyone I know to vote. Again, not with any specified or implied political agenda. I believe that a strong voter turnout it the #1 remedy.

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    1. Thanks, Tomy. If only everyone agreed with you.

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