Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Posted by Bill at Thursday, September 22, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Jordan Klepper Gets His Mind Blown by Trump Supporters’ Conspiracy Theories
Here’s a clip from last night’s Daily Show, where correspondent Jordan Klepper heads to Donald Trump rallies in Ohio and Wisconsin to learn about some of the many Hillary Clinton and President Obama conspiracy theories that Trump supporters believe in despite having no facts to prove their case — an approach that worked out for them after they called out Clinton’s coughing fits for weeks before news broke that she had pneumonia.
After interviewing a bunch of Trump fans, Klepper learns that Clinton might have AIDS and uses a body double, President Obama is a Muslim terrorist responsible for 9/11, and the media doesn’t portray Trump’s many black supporters.
So what sources do these Trump fans use to find these facts, Klepper asks?
“Um, just Facebook or Twitter. Everything.”
“So you’ll look at facts and bullshit and you’ll put it all together?”
Via the Daily Show, Sept. 20, 2016.
Posted by Bill at Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
In the October issue of The Atlantic, James Fallows, the magazine's national correspondent, has some tips on what to look for in the upcoming Clinton/Trump debates.
When I asked [former Maryland Governor Martin] O’Malley how he would be preparing to debate Trump if he’d won the nomination, he said, "I’d start by thinking of him as a monkey with a machine gun." By that he meant an adversary who is all the more dangerous because you can’t predict which direction he’ll be facing when he pulls the trigger.
In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” Jane Goodall, the anthropologist, told me shortly before Trump won the GOP nomination. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”
In her book My Life With the Chimpanzees, Goodall told the story of “Mike,” a chimp who maintained his dominance by kicking a series of kerosene cans ahead of him as he moved down a road, creating confusion and noise that made his rivals flee and cower. She told me she would be thinking of Mike as she watched the upcoming debates.
On his “Talking Points Memo” site early this year, the political writer Josh Marshall argued that Trump’s debate and campaign approach was best understood as embodying what he called the “bitch-slap theory of politics.”
The essential purpose of any encounter is not to “solve problems” or “advance an agenda” or anything else C‑span-worthy. Instead the constant goal is to humiliate a foe. Humiliation is the central concept here: inflicting it on others, avoiding it oneself. Midway through the Republican-primary debate cycle, I finally saw the 2007 video of a WWE pro-wrestling showdown whose climax was Donald Trump shaving the head of rival promoter Vince McMahon after Trump’s wrestler beat McMahon’s in a match. You wouldn’t need Jane Goodall or Sigmund Freud to see in this spectacle every ritual of dominance, emasculation, ridicule, and humiliation—even with all allowances made for the phony melodrama on which pro wrestling is built. Once I had seen that video, it replayed in my mind every time Trump stepped onto a debate stage.
Posted by Bill at Monday, September 19, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
"But the crowd at Miami Beach City Hall was not only against pesticides. When a representative from the British bio-tech company Oxitec told the commission that his company could reduce the local population of the culprit Aedes aegypti by more than 90 percent using genetically modified sterile male mosquitoes, it was as if he had suggested sacrificing small children. A swarm of sexually inadequate bugs sounded better to me than getting bombarded with pesticides, but this crowd was apparently wanting an organic, grass-fed, free-ranging, no GMO, chemical-free alternative.
"Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez said, unhappily, that at the moment, spraying was the only realistic weapon that could stanch the Zika outbreak. She said, 'Someone has to be the grownup here.'
"The crowd, howling in derision, disagreed." —Zika spraying spawns an epidemic of conspiracy theories, by Fred Grimm, Miami Herald
All these #Zika protestors with their degrees from the University of Facebook and Twitter https://t.co/KMVp9VAzOu— Alfred Spellman (@AlfredSpellman) September 15, 2016
"When Dr. Peggy Honein, chief of the birth defects branch of the CDC, informed the protesters Wednesday morning via teleconference that Zika can cause microcephaly, one shouted back, 'So can pesticides!' The link between pesticides and microcephaly has been debunked but a popular anti-vaccine website continues to promote the false association." —What’s Worse: The Zika Virus or the Anti-Zika Spray?, by Samantha Allen
"We’re creating a world of dummies. Angry dummies who feel they have the right, the authority and the need not only to comment on everything, but to make sure their voice is heard above the rest, and to drag down any opposing views through personal attacks, loud repetition and confrontation." —Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America, by Ray Williams
“I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.” —Donald Trump, when asked who he consults with on foreign policy matters.
“I think that [Hillary Clinton's] bodyguards should drop all weapons. I think they should disarm. Immediately. Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, O.K. It’ll be very dangerous.”—Donald Trump speaking in Miami, Sept. 17, 2016
Posted by Bill at Saturday, September 17, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Samantha Bee: Donald Trump is a 'serial con artist who hasn't got the attention span to read a fortune cookie much less a f**king intelligence briefing.'
Samantha Bee was born in Canada. So why do some Canadians seem to have a better understanding of the American media's failings than that of most Americans? Here are some answers and analysis you won't see on CNN.
"Oh, come on Matt. Do you really think there’s an email smoking gun that the inspector general, a House committee, the FBI, and 18 months of non-stop news coverage couldn’t find that will be magically uncovered by seven minutes of questions from a human Splenda, whose crowning journalistic triumph is having no idea where the f— he is?”
"The problem is news organizations are simply not equipped to cover a candidate whose entire being is a lie.
"Maintaining the image of fairness requires [the media] to portray Hillary and Trump as equally flawed candidates, even though they know that's incorrect. On the one hand you have the most breathtakingly, unqualified, ignoramus to of heave his spray-tanned bulk within striking distance of office. A race-baiting bully who, according to two carefully researched biographies, is a tax cheating, investor swindling, dictator loving, pathologically lying, attorneys general bribing, philandering, mobbed up, narcissistic serial con artist who hasn't got the attention span to read a fortune cookie much less a f***ing intelligence briefing.
"But on the other hand, Hillary Clinton used a private e-mail server. See? Perfectly even."
Posted by Bill at Thursday, September 15, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Stephen Colbert breaks it down....
Meanwhile....Three Florida Newspapers Just Demanded A Criminal Investigation of Trump
Florida’s three largest newspapers – the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel – just called for a federal investigation of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s payoff to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, which forced the Republican nominee to pay an IRS fine and re-ignited media coverage of the Trump University scam and cover up. To date, 827 Floridians have joined the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against Donald Trump.
Posted by Bill at Monday, September 12, 2016