Friday, September 23, 2016

Kowtows, Nukes and Deplorables

Trump's vision of his presidency.
Trump spokesperson Omarosa Manigault has revealed that one of the most important parts of a Trump victory will be Trump forcing his critics and detractors to prostrate themselves before the Great Leader. Trump's first State of the Union address will be an interesting spectacle as members of Congress are compelled to genuflect upon President Trump's entry.

Germany had the Hitler Salute; America will have the Trump Kowtow.
A recent poll shows that Trump supporters predict a 22% chance that President Trump will use nuclear weapons. Trump himself has publicly and privately shown himself to be nuke curious saying, "If we have them why can’t we use them?"

That same poll shows that Trump supporters put the odds at 32% that Trump will imprison Hispanics in internment (concentration) camps and punish his opponents (i.e. people who don't kowtow).
Jewish refugees display Auschwitz serial number tattoos.
Trump supporters expect (48% chance) him to create a database to track and monitor all Muslims in the US.

The poll results I'm quoting are of Trump supporters. They want America to start nuking her opponents, imprisoning people based on their ethnicity, and oppressing people based on their religion. This corruption of America is what they think will be "great again." That is millions of Americans who want this country to be profoundly evil. Deplorables indeed.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Remember When Hillary Proudly Was Coasting?

It was only a month ago that Clinton campaign aides were saying that she was "coasting" to a landslide victory. They were talking about winning Georgia and over confidently pulling ad money from Pennsylvania. They even directed campaign efforts at Utah with delusions of flipping the Beehive State. But politics is an entropy environment where "coasting" is inevitably followed by "to a stop."

On Aug. 19, FiveThirtyEight.com's nowcast gave Hillary an 87% chance of winning. That is now down to only six chances in ten. A month ago, projections had Clinton nearing 350 electoral votes. Today, she'd be lucky to top 290 EVs. She's losing Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina now. If Trump flips Pennsylvania, you know, where she is not even bothering to compete any longer, she's toast.

I've had more than my share of upper respiratory infections so I sympathize with those who just want to blame her case of pneumonia but the problem goes much deeper. For the past month her campaign's operating philosophy was "we don't need to do jack shit to beat that Trump buffoon."

The effort to turn out crowds for Clinton's public appearances have been lackluster. If that is an indication of their GOTV organization then Hillary is in deeper shit than the polls suggest.

I've seen this all happen before. In California, Gray Davis merged a bland persona with lazy public relations to get himself recalled for the crime of appearing completely disinterested in being governor. That gave California its joke governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In True Blue Massachusetts, Martha Coakley twice ran for statewide office on the platform "I'm the Democrat, what more do you want?" Twice she managed the impossible, electing her Republican opponent.

There is still time for the American people to stare into the black abyss of a Trump presidency and recoil in horror, but they need reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton beyond "at least she's not him."

She needs to make a positive case for herself, aggressively and soon, or this race will be reduced to a coin flip between the boring unpopular person and the exciting unpopular person. When that was the choice in California we got the Governator.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trump and SuperTrump

Were the Trump campaign an episode of The Simpsons it would look the same up to and including a Time Square animated billboard featuring a outsized Trump as Superman.

But since this billboard is the brainchild of alt-right guru Roger Stone we should look at it as Trump's most rabid followers will.

Trump as Superman is a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche's Ubermensch as interpreted by Alfred Baeumler. 
I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him? ~ Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

The foundations of Christian morality -- religious individualism, a guilty conscience, meekness, concern for the eternal salvation of the soul -- all are absolutely foreign to Nietzsche. ~ Baeumler (1937)
It is the vision of a strongman who will replace the petty nihilism of democracy and limitations of modern morality with a God-Man. It is a strongman devoid of the weaknesses of conscience, charity, or compassion willing and able to do those things lesser men once considered evil.

Is 10 in the morning to early to start drinking?

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Weird Nexus Between Hillary Clinton and Masada

The final steps of the climb to Masada,
I took the tram.
I never thought this would be a presidential story.

On my trip to Israel last Spring I caught the flu. I wasn't going to let a little upper respiratory infection stop me so I went on my planned trip to the famous mountain top fortress of Masada.

After a brisk walk from the tram I was feeling a little light headed so I sat on the steps of an ancient building while our guide went through his spiel.

As we walked to the next site I stumbled, fell to one knee, and nearly fainted. The guide freaked out while I was a little embarrassed but calm because I knew what had happened, why, and what I needed to do (lay down for a few minutes).

The guide gave me water (I already had water) and an apple (which I needed) and I told him to take the group on the rest of the tour, I would be fine. After a little lie down I ate the apple, sharing it was a couple of friendly Tristram's starlings.
I was fine. I just pushed myself too hard while under the weather and now I'll need to go back to Masada some day.

People get light-headed from time to time, especially when you combine a respiratory infection with over six decades of life. And so, weirdly, I know exactly what Hillary went through over the weekend. The over-reactive concern of those nearby, the slight embarrassment, and the need to slow down for a few days when that is the last thing you want to do.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Putin's Puppy

One thing you can say about Donald Trump is he loves Vladimir Putin.
If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him.
It goes beyond bromance, this desire to be loved by Putin.
If we had a relationship with Russia, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could work on it together.
It's Trump's natural reaction when faced with a man who offers a firm, disciplinary hand.
The man has very strong control over a country.
It's a classic case of
Although, if Vlad is into BDSM I'm sure Donnie would be down for that. Anything for a little praise.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

I Must Be Dying

Tatiana Berenova performing the Dying Swan from Swan Lake.
Last night I coughed while driving my sister-in-law home from the airport. As that notable medical expert Newt Gingrich has said, a cough is proof that death is nigh.

After I got home I had something to eat, watched some TV, and went to bed where I slept for over seven consecutive hours. As Donald Trump has repeated said, the need for sleep is a clear sign of failing health.

But there's more. I'm five years younger that Hillary Clinton. With slightly arthritic knees I like a little support going up or down stairs so I occasionally use the hand rails on stairs. The renown medical journal Brietbart News has had several articles showing that touching the banister is proof of a fatal illness.

And it gets worse. In the early 1990's I babysat a friend's cats and had an asthma attack due to an allergy to animal dander. There is nothing worse than a lingering death. It's clear I have been dying for decades now and I may only have another two or three decades left.

There is nothing I can do with death so near. I can vote, watch the next eight years of a Clinton presidency and maybe another two or three presidents after her. Life is so short.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Will Trump Be the New Warren Harding?

I really can't make this shit up. American Thinker, the pseudo-scholarly voice of the alt-right, has declared that Donald J. Trump will be the political reincarnation of Warren G. Harding. And they think that would be a good thing.
Every historical ranking of American presidents lists Harding at or near the bottom.
  • Dumbest? Warren is last. 
  • Most crooked? Harding is next to last, behind Nixon.
  • Made sound appointments? Warren is last, again.
  • Overall ability? Last again.
To understand just how bad a president Harding was, he ranks beneath James Buchanan, who started the Civil War, and William Henry Harrison, who caught a cold at his inauguration and died a month later.

The author gives Harding credit for the Roaring Twenties. This is partially true. Harding slashed taxes on the wealthiest Americans leading to a credit bubble that grew exponentially under Harding's successor, Calvin Coolidge, until it burst to devastating effect in the crash of '29.

He says Harding assembled "a quality cabinet" (cough, Teapot Dome Scandal, cough) and urges Trump to study and emulate the heroic Harding. And the author does this without a hint of awareness at how utterly insane this sounds.

Of course, the author is probably right. Trump will probably appoint criminal elements to high office where they can convert public assets into person profit. Trump, like Harding, isn't even dimly aware of the responsibilities of the presidency.

There are differences. Harding was a jolly drunk who saw the White House as his personal Playboy Mansion. Trump is an angry man who sees the presidency as a tool to take vengeance against all the people, races, and creeds that he despises.