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Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Soviet-Era Shit-Show. This was Not a Well-Attended Inauguration.

It's funny. The stone has been lifted from my shoulders. The pennies have been snatched from my eyes. The dark gloom has vanished...

As soon as the Little Baby-Man was sworn in, my mood changed. I realized that all the dark energy of his campaign, all the lies, all the insults, all the bad feelings, all the bad blood, all the dark rabble-rousing is now all on him!

Strange how that works. The man now is in a position of power, a position of responsibility. All eyes are on him. Every decision he makes will be under a microscope.

And he is not a popular man.

He is opposed from all corners. He garners no respect. And the people against him do not fear him! He is not Putin. This is not Russia. We are a well-organized populace. We have a constitution, a court system, the rule of law, a mature democracy, a free press, and a rich history of political activism.

Little Baby Man is a stupid man, one who will most likely do stupid things. 

But the people won't support him. We won't just go along. We will stand up. We will oppose. We will resist. We will raise our voices. And the other elected people in government will realize that backing the Little Baby Man is a losing proposition.

They will jump ship. Throw him under the bus.

My lovely companion and I went to the Anti-Inauguration Rally on Friday night. We stood around with a crowd of people across from Little Baby-Man's Chicago Hotel. There was a marching band playing Darth Vader's theme music, there was a little black pig dressed in a sweater, there were lots of cool & funny signs, and people. Lots of people. Some of them were professional protesters who probably protest everything - the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, Lyndon LaRouche weirdos, Anarchists, Nihilists -  and some of them were like us, folks who can not accept Little Baby Man as a legitimate President.

The next day my lovely companion went to the Women's March, which she tells me was an amazing, exciting, enriching, over-flowing outpouring of folks throughout the streets of downtown Chicago. I read this lovely sentence this morning: "Yesterday we saw the largest protests in American history." So much energy. So much good feeling. A sleeping giant has awoken. And every one of them stands in opposition to the new regime.

This is Democracy at it's best. How to channel that energy? I don't rightly know. But it is a true force for good. And the folks who marched are the ones who represent America as it is today. A true coalition. We the people. Not Little Baby-Man! 

Sean Spicer, Little Baby Man's new Press Secretary had a "crowd size presser" yesterday. It did not go well. He took no questions. He was seething with anger over press reports that Little Baby Man's inauguration was not well-attended. And Spicer lied. Repeatedly. It was like a Soviet-Era kind of shadow shit-show. I don't think the press was impressed or will be humbled, silenced or scared.

Spicer actually had the balls to say this: "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. Period. Both in person and around the globe."

Hah! Don't believe your lying eyes! Every day we must do our best to see the truth, refuse to live with the lie, search out the facts, refuse to believe what Little Baby-Man or his henchmen tell us. They are pathological liars. Their first instinct is to lie, brazenly... this was not a well-attended Inauguration!

This little experiment is already going up in smoke. Karma is a bitch!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sounds Like a Cheap Marvel Comic Ripoff!

This happened yesterday...

The Dark Wraith slowly emerging from his hermetically-sealed sarcophagus to deliver his tuneless words of doom...

He actually delivered a full dose of doom (actual words from his speech):

"Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge, and the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."

And well, what's a poor little Pilgrim to conclude? Only the Dark Wraith can save the day! Sounds like a cheap Marvel Comic ripoff. Sad!

BTW - the best little tidbit of the day came from Katy Tur of NBC News on Twitter. Looks like they were expecting big crowds yesterday. Instead, lots of empty bleachers and thin crowds. I guess the Dark Wraith and his tired schtick of doom isn't all that popular. This absolutely made my day!

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017 - Inauguration Day - A Day of Mourning in America!

January 20, 2017. Inauguration Day. I have heard it may rain in Washington D.C. today. I hope so. It would really be quite appropriate -  a cold, steady, hard rain.

We are in mourning around here today. A certain American idea is dying a little bit today. Hopefully, only a little bit, but dying is dying.

We don't elect a Ruler in America. We elect a President. He (or she) is supposed to be a "servant of the people." Sometimes it works out that way, and sometimes not. It's a powerful position, and this will be the 45th person to fill the office.

I can't imagine a less deserving person to fill the office. As they say you can respect the office, without having to respect the person filling it. This particular man does not command respect. He has basically huffed & puffed his way into the job; insulting Americans of all genders, races, creeds, and colors. He has insulted legitimate American heroes - John Lewis (civil right's hero), John McCain (Vietnam POW), the Parents of a fallen Bronze Star Muslim American Soldier.

So I guess in that way, this new version of President is quite unique - he brings people together by insulting them! I believe the vast sea of humanity that has been insulted by this man shall unite! A Movement of the Insulted!

I refuse to say or write his name today. If I were to describe him I would use words like this: Confidence Man,  the Short-Fingered Vulgarian, Big Little Baby Man, a Foul-Mouthed Bully. Not a man inclined to work hard to earn our trust. Not exactly a uniting force for good.

So a new day dawns. It feels like death. A death sentence. As Dylan once sang: "They are selling postcards of the hanging..." 

I am usually, congenitally, of an optimistic frame of mind. Looking for the silver lining. So my silver lining: I don't think this new President will last. I expect him to implode. Probably sooner rather than later. 

I just hope as Dylan also sang in the "Day of the Locusts:" - "Well, I was praying the pieces wouldn't fall on me..."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Fear & Loathing in Washington D.C."

Holy Shite...

According to McClatchy DC: FBI, 5 Other Agencies Probe Possible Covert Kremlin Aid to Trump

FBI, CIA, NSA Treasury Dept, Justice Dept & Director of National Intelligence. The FBI got a secret warrant on Oct 15 to access bank records, payments and money transfers between Russia & U.S. Trump and his team are at the center of this investigation. 

This seems like blockbuster news. 

"Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said."

"The working group is scrutinizing the activities of a few Americans who were affiliated with Trump’s campaign or his business empire and of multiple individuals from Russia and other former Soviet nations who had similar connections, the sources said."

What are the penalties for colluding with a hostile foreign power to tamper with a U.S. Election? What did Trump know, and when did he know it? And what of the Trump/Putin connection? Will Trump be frog-marched in handcuffs from his own Inauguration? 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Every one I know is pretty much freaking out..."

Every one I know is pretty much freaking out. Funny. Seems they are freaking out more than I am! Which has surprised me. If you read my posts over the last few months, you might think this new political era dawning has been an all-consuming obsession with me, and in one sense it's true, it is very much "top of mind," every day.

At the same time, I am spending lots of time writing songs, rehearsing with our band, recording music, playing shows, listening to music, doing the daily chores, sinking into good books, watching movies, and long-form cable series. I have become an avid Netflix user. I am filling my life up with my passionate diversions: life, music, love and creativity. 

But every time we go out and meet other people, it's clear that folks from all walks of life think that their America has taken a dark, terrible turn. Some are fretting, and some are almost resigned to a new darkly sad, politically-scary existence.

Maybe that's what's freaking me out about the people we meet who are freaking out. Folks we know are sort of accepting the new way, and acting as if we are all helpless, and "there's nothing we can do." And I am also realizing that I don't just live in a little progressive, liberal bubble - a good portion of the country is appalled and outraged, and befuddled that the Big Little Baby Man, Mr. Con Man will be taking the oath of office in a matter of days.

I suppose I am a bit more optimistic that this won't last. I am more defiant. I know that this is not normal. And quoting Jeff Bridges "The Dude" who was quoting GH Bush "This will not stand." 

Little Baby Man will be entering office with the lowest approval ratings in modern times. He has major ethical conflicts of interest, he is personally morally repugnant, has no idea what he doesn't know, doesn't seem to care about anyone or anything except his own ego and vanity, he has true legitimate enemies in Washington D.C. in Hollywood, New York, in the capitols of all our major allies around the world, all their intelligence services AND it looks like he has been compromised and is being manipulated by a hostile foreign power.

These are not ingredients for a good and long Presidency. I think the Fat Man is going down. Soon. In an early round. So my freak-out is leavened with healthy dose of the anticipated karma pay-back soon to come down!

Of course, I was one of those who never thought the man had a snowball's chance in hell of "winning" the job (always remember he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes), so I suppose I could be wrong. But everything I know tells me this man is a walking, talking disaster, and he is one wrong step from catastrophe, disaster and a swift and true justice. For sure!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Paul Krugman Says It Better Than I!

Paul Krugman of the NY Times says everything I've been trying to say over the last month or so. He says it much more eloquently and succinctly. "The Tainted Election." Maybe I should have just waited for him to write it all down in one place?

I am so happy we even have a Paul Krugman. If you have been paying attention, he is a powerful voice of reason with a great soapbox in the Times. He is not afraid to speak and write against "conventional wisdom," especially when that wisdom is pretty much bullshit.

Paul Krugman explains it all for us:

"The C.I.A., according to The Washington Post, has now determined that hackers working for the Russian government worked to tilt the 2016 election to Donald Trump. This has actually been obvious for months, but the agency was reluctant to state that conclusion before the election out of fear that it would be seen as taking a political role.

Meanwhile, the F.B.I. went public 10 days before the election, dominating headlines and TV coverage across the country with a letter strongly implying that it might be about to find damning new evidence against Hillary Clinton — when it turned out, literally, to have found nothing at all.

Did the combination of Russian and F.B.I. intervention swing the election? Yes. Mrs. Clinton lost three states – Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – by less than a percentage point, and Florida by only slightly more. If she had won any three of those states, she would be president-elect. Is there any reasonable doubt that Putin/Comey made the difference?

And it wouldn’t have been seen as a marginal victory, either. Even as it was, Mrs. Clinton received almost three million more votes than her opponent, giving her a popular margin close to that of George W. Bush in 2004.

So this was a tainted election. It was not, as far as we can tell, stolen in the sense that votes were counted wrong, and the result won’t be overturned. But the result was nonetheless illegitimate in important ways; the victor was rejected by the public, and won the Electoral College only thanks to foreign intervention and grotesquely inappropriate, partisan behavior on the part of domestic law enforcement."

Of course, there is more to the story now. Trump may actually be an agent of Russia.  As former Chess Champion and famous Russian Dissident (Yes, it's probably a good time to brush up on your Russian Dissidents), Gary Kasparov says on Twitter... 

Yes, and it seems that Mr. Trump is almost assuredly a Russian Asset. Witting or unwitting? If hard evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians, or Trump's team and the Russians emerges, all hell will break loose. I mean, isn't that treason? 

Partisan gridlock or no partisan gridlock, treason kind of takes it all to a new level.

I am counting the days for the next shoe to drop! Oh yeah, and by the way, Trump is an illegitimate President. Not my President!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Walking Backwards & in Circles - A Sign of the Times?

Birds. We have birds. We live with birds. We are bird people. We have two cockatiels, two budgies, and we are "babysitting" 6 little finches (2 society finches and 4 zebra finches) for a few months for a family member.

Lots of tweeting and chattering around here. We love birds. Descendants of the dinosaurs don't you know? One of the cockatiels has lived with us for nearly 20 years. He is another essential family member. My best friend in the world.

One of the zebra finches has come down with a mystery illness. We put him in isolation next to the big cage for the finches. He can't hold his head up. He sits on the floor of the cage most of the day. It seems like he has some kind of paralysis or something.

Of course we took to the Google. We are thinking that he either badly bonked his head, or he has a nasty viral infection, or an inner ear problem. Supposedly pretty much untreatable. He can move around - he can twirl around in circles or walk backwards. He does eat. He is lively. I give him fresh water via an eyedropper frequently throughout the day.

We have decided to name him Beckett, after Samuel Beckett, the great Irish Playwright, who often wrote about characters dealing with impossible situations. So now our little Beckett has become a cause, a mission. Every day, we check in to see if little Beckett is still carrying on.

He has a buddy. Another little finch who looks like an unlikely combination of zebra & society finch. So he's a little hybrid bird, a boundary-crosser, we've named him Marley, after the great boundary-crossing musician Bob Marley.

So all day, little Marley looks over Beckett. They chit-chat back and forth with each other. It is a beautiful thing, two little birds communicating with each other in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

So, of course, Beckett has become sort of a symbol, or emblem of our times - spinning in circles, always going backwards.  Not sure, every day we look for signs that Beckett is getting better. Is he a bit stronger today? Eating more frequently with more gusto? Standing up a bit? Did he just fluff his feathers?

We take heart that he is eating, drinking water, breathing, talking to his buddy... one day... at a time... one more day... alive... maybe a bit stronger, right? Maybe? Maybe? 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The U.S. Cannot Have a Russian Dupe or Asset in the White House. Not Acceptable!

The story isn't going away... instead, it is the story of our times...

U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, compromised by Russian Intelligence. Vladimir Putin of Russia, conducts a hacking/disinformation campaign, and simultaneously sabotages the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and the Republican candidate Donald Trump. Russia undermines the 2016 U.S. Election and sows doubt and confusion about free and fair elections around the world.

Trump is to be sworn in on January 20, (will it really happen?), and becomes President under a massive black cloud of illegitimacy. The man who spent years questioning the legitimacy of President Barack Obama, (claiming he was not a U.S. born citizen, even though early on there was no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii),  enters office crippled with a brewing espionage scandal, major business conflicts, rumors of a sex tape and major financial crimes. Trump still defiantly refuses to release his tax returns, suggesting that there is incriminating evidence buried within. 

You hope that the New York Times and the Washington Post and all the major newspapers have investigative reporters on the case. You hope that the FBI and the CIA and the NSA are not compromised by ideology, and that they will diligently, doggedly search for the truth.

I don't know if it's encouraging or disheartening to realize that some of the best reporting and intelligence so far is coming from overseas.  First there was this report from Israel that U.S. Intelligence warned Israeli Intelligence not to share secrets with Trump and his team because they have been compromised by Russia.

And there is this excellent narrative from the Independent in the U.K. about Christopher Steele, the M16 British Agent who compiled the infamous dossier on Trump and Russia. Seems Steele believes that the FBI may have sat on the file and the investigation of Trump even as they tried hard to come up with something against Hillary Clinton. Very, very disturbing.

Still it's a great read. Why does it take a British newspaper to spell things out so clearly?

I am confident that even though we are in a hall of mirrors, the truth, or at least the gist of it will come out. Too many players now on the case. You would think that all the key Intelligence Services are trying to get to the bottom of things; so many of our allies worry about a Russia/America alliance. I expect the Israelis, the Germans, the French, the British Intelligence Services will all help uncover the truth.

Same thing with the major investigative reporting teams around the world. This will not stand. The U.S. cannot have a Russian Dupe or Asset in the White House. Not acceptable!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

So, It's Judgement Day, Every Day!

There is a war inside your heart, your mind. You hear a voice: "Nothing has changed. Nothing." You hear another contrary voice: "Everything has changed. Everything."

Really, you are caught in a net. A dream has died, it has vanished. A vision has been broken into pieces, disfigured beyond recognition. What you thought you knew turns out to be quite wrong. What you thought...

So now. What? 

Silence is not an option. Silence is acquiescence, assent. Silence is a cop-out. Being non-political or a-political is not an option. Or it's a totally unacceptable option because choosing not to choose is just another choice too. Whatever happens going forward is on all of us!

How "existential" - we are all responsible and guilty for all the choices we make, and those we don't make too; as individuals, as a society, as a country, as beings in the world. We are responsible for every damn little thing.

So it's Judgement Day, every day...

And we all must decide where do we stand, what do we say, what do we do?

Those who collaborate, enable, support the Despot will be judged harshly by the cold, dead, eyes of History.

You Little Pilgrim must stand with the Resistance, the Opposition. You must raise your voice, march, vote, refuse to live with the lie. You are now a Eternal Dissident. You must resist and oppose at every turn; in that way you will be judged a bit less harshly by the cold, dead, eyes of History.

Viva la Resistance... it's the only way forward...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Just the Tip of a Big Whomping Iceberg!

Yes, back to the intrigue...

What is unfolding? Maybe it's not so important what bodily fluids Trump may or may not have exchanged with prostitutes at a room in the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow back around the Miss Universe pageant a couple years ago.

Except, of course, maybe it's a bit of "leverage" the Russians would want to use to motivate, to extort Trump.

Maybe it's just as important to follow the money and influence that may or may not have been exchanged with Russian Oligarchs, the Russian Mob, and Russia's very own Tinpot Despot. Trump's team is made up of some sordid, shady characters who seem to have deep ties to a hostile foreign power!

Maybe this flood of stories hitting all the newspapers and cable tv outlets is just the tip of big whomping iceberg?

I am confident we will find out. It's all too juicy of a story to go away. The little political narrative of the improbable new Maverick coming to shake up Washington D.C. has been erased. Blotted out. Not the story!

Now we have our very own real-life "Manchurian Candidate."   And as Josh Marshall says it's also a bit of a "Hall of Mirrors:" - "Everything we are hearing is disjointed, half-contradictory, actions are taken that have no clear rationale or explanation behind them. It is not just troubling. Much of it simply doesn't fit together."

And there's a new twist, Israel's largest daily newspaper is reporting that: U.S. Intel Sources Warn Israel Against Sharing Secrets with Trump.

Holy Shite! This is not normal...

"The Americans implied that their Israeli colleagues should “be careful” as of January 20, Trump’s inauguration date, when transferring intelligence information to the White House and to the National Security Council (NSC), which is subject to the president. According to the Israelis who were present in the meeting, the Americans recommended that until it is made clear that Trump is not inappropriately connected to Russia and is not being extorted – Israel should avoid revealing sensitive sources to administration officials for fear the information would reach the Iranians."

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Barack Hussein Obama - A Balm for Our Weary, Battered Psyches and Souls...

Let's take a short break from Big Little Baby-Man and "cloud cuckoo land." I don't really understand what's happening. It's all getting curiouser and curiouser. Something very weird & disturbing is unfolding. Something terrible has happened, and someone terrible has been elevated before us, a man unworthy & unsavory, a disgrace, an abomination, a walking car crash. 

In the meantime, I'd like to turn to Barack Hussein Obama. If you haven't done so already, please watch his farewell address: 51 minutes, 25 seconds of goodness. It will soothe your weary, battered psyche & soul. 

What to say about this man? I do love him. I love who is, what he represents, the way he acts and presents himself to the world. To me he truly embodies the best of America. A mix of White & Black. A true "boundary-crosser." I think of other world-shaking boundary-crossers like him and can only come up with the mind-blowing and unlikely musical hybrids -  Bob Marley & Jimi Hendrix - unique Human cocktails.

Obama's own personal history is so unique, he can not be put in a simple category. His Political Enemies couldn't really take on the man, they needed to invent another character all together; they tried to paint him as a radical, Kenyan, Socialist, not American-Made, a secret Muslim & Liberal out to destroy the U.S.

So absurd.

Obama has never played the partisan politics game. Maybe sometimes to his detriment. He always "went high, when they went low." Which means some times you do the right thing and lose. But Obama is always playing "the long game," and you can see he believes that reason, truth, honesty, virtue & hard work will pay off in the long run and move us forward.

So inspiring. So powerful. A truly beautiful man. I think of words and phrases to describe him: classy, eloquent, inspiring, brilliant, compassionate, honest, full of grace, hard-working, forgiving, positive, radiant, illuminating, enlightened, soulful, funny, American, the best of us, one of our better angels, a man, a good man, a really, really good man. 

I am, we are all, lucky to have seen and heard this man in real-time. I wish him the best. We need him.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

British & U.S. Intelligence: Mr. Big Little Baby-Man May have Some Serious Kinks, and Mr. Putin May Have Video!

Okay. So I guess we have been waiting for the "other shoe to drop" on Trump. BuzzFeed News has just dropped a big ole shoe: "Reports Allege Trump Deep Ties to Russia!"  These reports come from British Intelligence.

Trump took to Twitter to furiously deny everything, but I guess, based on our past experience with the serial lying Mr. Little Baby-Man, his furious denials probably means is there is something to the reports. Where there is smoke there is fire!

And Kevin Drum tells us that U.S. Intelligence believes "Evidence of Trump-Russia Ties Might Be Credible." So yes, okay, but where is the meat in this sandwich? Is it all bread, and no baloney?

No, indeed there is some credible baloney appended to the reports. Supposedly Mr. Putin has some "compromising material" on Mr. Little Baby-Man, and it seems Mr. Little Baby-Man may have some serious kinks. Does Putin have any of this on video-tape?  Enquiring Minds want to know. 

You may ask "What kind of kinks?" Word is: "Personal perversion!" "Golden Showers!" "Sex Parties!"

If a hostile foreign government can black-mail our President-Elect, can he really be sworn in on January 20? What are the odds against? I'm thinking there is a good chance suddenly Mr. Little Big Baby-Man decides he needs to step down to spend more time with his family!

Yes, we have entered Weirds-ville. Getting weirder by the moment!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Village Idiot Experiment: Every Village has it's Village Idiot!

Yesterday's post about Meryl Streep's speech, and the reaction to it, (see previous post), started me thinking about the debate about "Who are the real Americans?" Maybe, really, a silly, pointless question.

You would think the Native American Indians would win that debate hands down, but off course they were conquered, massacred and shoved off to reservations. Not in the conversation.

There is this idea that "real Americans" live in the heartland. They live in small towns. Rural places. They are those left behind by the new economy. They are distinctly not multi-cultural or open-minded. Also, of course, they are distinctly white.

They are supposedly tired of being "politically correct," which seems to mean they want to be free to speak openly about their racism, sexism & xenophobia. They don't like all those elitists in Hollywood & New York talking down to them.

So when a wealthy, successful, highly-rewarded Hollywood actress dares to speak, lots of those real Americans, and their Little Baby Man leader shout her down. Pretty ridiculous. Especially when her speech was basically about common decency, and seeking the truth. Pretty damn uncontroversial.

So yes, let us not forget, Meryl Streep is a real American too. And Bruce Springsteen, and Beyonce, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Lebron James.  These are all successful folks who have a social and political conscience. I, for one, am happy and inspired that they choose to speak their minds in the public space. They are using their celebrity to further their vision for America. How American.

They have just as much a right to speak their minds as a Celebrity Reality TV Guy.

They are just as real as Trump and his supporters. It truly does take a village. In this case of course, Trump is playing the Village Idiot, and he is rallying his rabid mob around him trying to shout down everyone else. Of course, it's a rare thing when you make the Village Idiot the leader of the pack, but we have entered weirds-ville. Let's call it the Village Idiot Experiment!

It won't work. Really. For sure. American is too big, too complex, made up of way too many races, ethnicities and sensibilities to be reduced to one imbecile thing.

There is room enough for all of us. The main thing, we all need to be engaged, with eyes open. We can not let the loud know-nothings voices, drown out the soft know-somethings. That's Un-American!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Meryl Streep Speaks the Truth About the Little Baby-Man!

Yes. Of course. I have always loved Meryl Streep. One of our great actresses. An artist. Complete. And her speech at the Golden Globes ripping into Trump is pitch-perfect, essential. And it takes guts to stand up on a stage and challenge the Little Baby-Man at this juncture. Thank you Meryl Streep! Our nation turns it's lonely eyes to you...

"But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.

O.K., this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth." - Meryl Streep

BTW - The Little Baby-Man later took to Twitter to deny that he made fun of a disabled reporter. Unfortunately for him it is on videotape. It's amazing how that Little Baby-Man can lie so brazenly. He wants to tell us: "Don't believe what you see. Don't believe what I said yesterday. Just take me at my word today." Ridiculous Little Baby-Man!

BTW #2 - Seems Trump's spokeswoman, Kelly Anne Conway is really taking to her job of defending the indefensible"You always want to go by what comes out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart."

Hah! That's a good one. Don't judge the man by what he says or does, judge him on what Kelly Anne tells us is "in his heart." Yikes! They really must think we are all gullible little sheep.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

That, in the end, is always the killer...

Karma. "Ethical consequences." And the "nature of a person's next existence."

Right. So Benjamin Netanyahu has been riding high in Israel for quite a while. Allowing/encouraging the building of settlements in the Occupied Territories. Seemingly putting off a peaceful solution with the Palestinians to another time and place in a galaxy far away. Treating Obama and Kerry with total disdain. Seems like the karma-train is loaded and ready to roll.

Is his next existence coming now?

Sounds like a major corruption scandal is brewing for Mr. High-Flying Guy. You wonder if finally everything is gonna crash down around him? This sounds pretty serious: "a series of tapes in which the prime minister’s own voice is heard."

That, in the end, is always the killer, "the harder they come, the harder they fall... one and all..."

Saturday, January 07, 2017

A "BFD." No Way Around It!

The New York Times tweeted this yesterday afternoon... 

I think this is a BFD (big fucking deal)! No way around it. If it's to be believed, then, well, yes, not only did Trump lose the Popular Vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, and sneaked in via the Electoral College - but Putin helped him do it. 

Does it "delegitimize" his win?! Yep. For sure. Is it bad for America? Yep. For sure. 

Should we be surprised that Trump will madly spin this info? Nope.

You can read the declassified Intelligence Report here. This "annotated" version with notes and clarifications is a really helpful and informative read. Also Zach Beauchamp, who has emerged as a tremendous resource for me over at Vox, has a nice recap of the report.

So yes, if all this is true, it's a bombshell. Alternatively, if it's just an elaborate hit-job by U.S. Intelligence on the incoming President, well, then, maybe, that's an even bigger bombshell.

Is it really possible that "no drama" Obama would endorse and release this if he thought it was a lie? Not on your fucking life!

I think our incoming President is finding out that soon he will not be controlling the narrative. Maybe tweeting in the middle of the night has worked wonders during the election and pre-inaguration period, but soon, he will learn the lesson that all other Presidents had to learn - yes, being President is a position of power, but reality  is bigger and deeper and more complicated than one man's little story.

Reality bites deep and hard. Never fails.

BTW - I do think this is the way the New York Times screams that something really important went down, Saturday's front page...

Friday, January 06, 2017

"No to the Tin-Pot Despot!"

When the Tin-pot, Despot comes to town, well, you have to speak up, right?! I suppose it's the least a thinking, feeling, engaged, politically & culturally aware person can do. 

There is no room for cowardice. 

Things have taken a terrible turn. And silence is not an option. So yes, I am all for Democrats logging a formal challenge to Trump's Electoral College Victory. 

There is nothing wrong with raising the challenge. Even if they and you (and I), know that it is "symbolic" or unlikely to succeed. 

It turns out usually the greatest causes are the ones unlikely to succeed. There is nothing wrong with speaking the truth, and failing. It happens all the time. As they say, "When they go low, we go high." Even if that means we lose some of the time.

Anyway, suddenly Rep. Ed Perlmutter is now my new political hero, here is his statement:

"This is not about trying to stop Donald Trump from becoming President," he said. "This is about the fact that our liberty, freedom and democracy were compromised by Russia’s intrusion into America’s election. We cannot allow a foreign nation to ever influence our elections because it harms our liberty, freedom and independence. This is bigger than just one election, and for the sake of our democracy, we must remain vigilant."

Amen, brother. Although, in my humble opinion, stopping the Little Baby-Man from becoming President would be just the ticket. A collateral win. Just saying...

BTW - "Senior government officials" in Russia celebrated when Trump won the election... something smells really, really rotten  here, fishy, like a complete rotted fish carcass left too long in the midday sun... phew!

I say, "No to the Tin-Pot Despot!"

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Yes, We Have Entered Weirds-Ville!

Yes, one of the over-arching themes around here lately is that we have entered some kind of "Weirds-Ville." The whole election cycle was strange, odd, anti-democratic, debilitating, dehumanizing, and unappealing.

And the result was less than edifying. To say the least.

And it seems our political polarization & dysfunction are an existential threat to our Democracy.  I am sure Karl Marx has a theory for it all. Don't have the time to search for it. Probably something to do with the Decline of the West, late-stage Capitalism, and blindness and laziness of the Human Herd. Okay yeah, right. But we do have Cheeseburgers and Beyonce!

I am truly baffled and troubled by Trump's strange new alliance with Putin/Russia/Wikileaks/Julian Assange.   I wonder is Trump such a slave to his own needy Ego that he just can't stomach the idea that Russia may have helped him get elected, and in that way delegitimized his Presidency at the same time?

You'd think he could take the ego-hit and move on. It's just "weirds-ville" when the President-Elect basically goes to battle with the current sitting President, the CIA, the FBI over the Russian hacking story.

So that leads me to think there is a deeper truth buried in all of this, and I wonder, what is Trump's worry? What is he hiding? Is he really just a cringing little Baby-Man? Does he really only want to hear flattering things about himself? Will he always fly off the handle if he hears something he doesn't want to hear? 

Does the man have any clue how all of this looks to the bigger world? Does he care? I am left with the theory that Putin has dirty pictures, or videos of Trump. Or there is a trail of dirty money from Russian Oligarchs or Mobsters that leads right to Trump Tower.

And if any of this is true, does Trump really think he can bluff his way through it all? I do think there is a monster story/scandal brewing under the surface, and I wonder how long it will take to unravel and roll out... yes, we have entered Weirds-Ville...

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

A Sick, Twisted, Solitaire!

Okay. Something clicked for me yesterday. You know how you're at a party, and it's really out of control, vodka is flowing, people are smoking, chitter-chattering, the music is loud, and someone has started a poker game in the kitchen? You're high, woozy, and everything seems a bit out of focus.

And you decide to sit down to play. And the guy running the poker game declares that for this round there are multiple Jokers in the deck, and 2's, 5's and 7's are wild, and the nickels are now dimes, dimes are quarters, and one dollar bills are fives.

And that Dude starts to deal and chatter and squawk as he tosses cards on the table. And your head is spinning, and it's sort of hard to follow along, and you think maybe the Dealer is insane. That's the new Washington D.C. 

A place where Democrats despise the man who will be running the game, and Republicans are actually afraid of the guy. They will do anything to stay in his favor. Oh, there are a few Republicans who think they can play along, use the guy for their own purposes, but really this guy is playing a game for one. All for one. Everyone thinks they're playing some kind of mad Poker. But really it's a sick, twisted game of Solitaire.

You know this guy, the new dealer in town, is just like this guy... except, without the charisma, the fashion sense, the humor and the malevolent genius...

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The Full-On Creep is Full-On Display!

One other difference between Nixon & Trump (see previous post) - we didn't know that Nixon was a paranoid, vindictive, alcoholic, madman, creep with an "enemies list" until after his landslide win in 1972, the Watergate scandal rolled out, and we finally got to listen to the tapes. We may have suspected all of the above, and certainly that was the gist of HST's reporting, but Nixon hid behind a mask of pragmatism and competence. The reality of Nixon's venality outstripped HST's imaginings.

Not so for Trump. Every bad quality he possesses has been on grand display from the first. We know that Trump sees enemies in every corner (these "enemies" are just average Americans who don't support him), and he even tweets about them“Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”

Not so cool. Not so funny. Not so normal. The full-on creep is full-on display! Remember how Obama told us there is no Red America, No Blue America, that he was President for all of us. Big difference right there.

Let's hear it from that other Boss, Bruce Springsteen:  “I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” he said. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility? I think he’s going to make as big a mess as he can, and I don’t know what that’s going to mean,” he continued, “but we’ll find out shortly.”

“When you let that genie out of the bottle — bigotry, racism, intolerance… they don’t go back in the bottle that easily if they go back in at all,” he said. “Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American. That’s what he’s appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society.”

By the way, Sam Wang over at Princeton Election Consortium tells us it is "polarization" between Democrats & Republicans that has destroyed our abilities to make rational distinctions. Folks are so blinded by political polarization that many of our citizens thought that Hillary Clinton was worse, or at least no better than Trump. They can't see the difference! Which from my perspective, over on the Left side of the equation, is totally, completely ridiculous.

And maybe the danger now is that Trump has such lowered expectations that whatever havoc he wreaks is already being integrated in our worldview. Could this be true: "Today, majorities of Americans do not express confidence in Trump’s ability to prevent major scandals, use military force wisely, or handle an international crisis. Trump’s extreme low scores in these domains are concerning for the coming year."

Monday, January 02, 2017

Trump's Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune!

I was a wee lad when Watergate dominated the news. I came of political age reading Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72".

It's all ancient history now. A weird time. It kind of set the template for me, in terms of political culture, and maybe pop culture too. HST was a real hero to me. A drug-crazed journalist obsessed with the Dark Prince of America: Richard Nixon.

Today I see echoes of Watergate and Nixon in the Russian Hack and Trump. In both cases the initial event was a burglary of the DNC headquarters. In 1972 burglars cracked a lock, in 2016, Russian hackers cracked a computer.

Nixon and Trump have lots in common too. Paranoid: they see enemies in every corner. Insecure: they seem to share the feeling they just aren't good enough, not like those establishment folks who will never give them the respect they deserve. Vindictive: they both seem to want to win and even the score, always.

Nixon, of course, was a smart, experienced politician, a man who knew how to conquer and divide folks to his electoral advantage. Trump is an experienced, multi-bankrupt con-man, who built his brand empire on a hill of sand, but he too is good at playing on folk's hatreds and perceived slights. Pricks and kicks are all Trump feeds on - the slings and arrows of an outrageous fortune.

Nixon's "Watergate" played out like Shakespearean tragedy - deeply flawed man, rises to the pinnacle of power, wins in a landslide against George McGovern, brought low by his own deep flaws, resigns in disgrace less than 2 years later, declaring "I'm not a crook!"

Trump - it's a dark comedy. And the Russian hack is not a little story floating around on the back pages of the Washington Post, no, already this little hack/burglary is front page news in all the major papers. A bi-partisan committee of Senators are on the case. 

Trump hasn't even been sworn in yet, and already he's squirming around like a clueless buffoon.  He's out on a limb against the President, CIA, FBI and Senators & Congress folks. Trump has decided to throw in his lot with Putin & Russia. Stunning. Weird. You wonder does he owe money to Russian Oligarchs? What is he hiding on his tax returns?

I do sort of wish HST were around for this one. The dark circus is back in town.  How long before this "winner" turns into the big loser we all know is his grand destiny? I'm guessing this all comes to a head in less than a year.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

I Vow to Be More Joyful!

2017. An improbable number. Arbitrary. Just a number. Not a lot of meaning in that number. Just a way to keep score.

The first day of the new year. And what's a year? "One revolution of the earth around the sun."

So here we are. What to do? I don't know about you, but I vow to seek to be more joyful, eat more chocolate, meditate more often, to think, to listen, to play more music, to sing, to write new songs, to create.

To carry on with heart and soul. And try to enjoy the things I enjoy. To endure. To deepen my heart. To be compassionate. To try to understand. 

To not get too pissed off. To try to be realistic and happy too. To find pleasure in little things. To look around. To smell the coffee. To not let others dictate my level of happiness.

As Zadie Smith recommends: "Regret everything, and always live in the past."

Just kidding! 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 - Death-Haunted!

Death-haunted. 2016 was that kind of year. I mean, you could probably say that about every year, right? All of us, haunted by death to one degree or another.

It is the great subject that is always floating around us. Or as the mystics tell us: Death is always on our left shoulder. Our constant companion.

And death has no mercy.  So final. Complete. It's a hard nut to crack. No way around it. The losses mount up. Life rolls on. That's the story.

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Coordinated Disinformation Campaign!

Another political writer that I have been turning to, is David Frum, Senior Editor at the Atlantic. I suppose it is fair to say that he is right of center, but seems to me to be a very principled conservative. A thinker. Open to evidence. A perceptive and eloquent thinker and writer.

And the evidence (as Kevin Drum reminds us) tells us that yes, Russia did hack the 2016 Election.

But it's the next step of this operation (as detailed by David Frum), that is most important: "How Trump Made Russia's Hacking More Effective." It wasn't just that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee's computers, but that Trump lied about what the DNC emails said during the campaign.

It's almost like the whole thing was a coordinated disinformation campaign! Done in plain sight. We watched it happen. Some of us were so stunned by Trump's buffoonery, that we didn't take his malicious actions seriously. 

Alternatively, Josh Marshall suggests that maybe indeed, it was all buffoonery, that Trump just blundered into supporting the Russian disinformation campaign. Trump's stupidity, and/or indifference to the truth, led him to concoct false tales on the campaign trail, using anything he could to throw mud at Hillary Clinton. And since we know that Trump doesn't know what he doesn't know, and it out-weighs by tons anything he does know, maybe his campaign actually was mixed up with the Russians, but he either didn't care, or just didn't want to know, or just did his best not to see it. And he denies it even now, even after U.S. Intelligence tells us it's so.

Anyway, is all this treason? A candidate wittingly or unwittingly coordinating with a foreign government to interfere with a U.S. Election? I do think Congress should thoroughly investigate. We all need to know. What did Trump know, when did he know it, and was he working with Putin and the Russians? And, oh yeah, just what exactly is Trump hiding on his tax returns? Is he partners with Russia? Does he owe money to Russian Oligarchs? Does Putin have anything on this man? Is he being black-mailed by a foreign power?

Questions! Many questions for the new year in politics!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Stream of Consciousness Gibberish in Action!

Yes, still mulling over that great article and interview I posted about yesterday (see previous post).

There's this from Stuart Jeffries: 

"If you listen to Trump speak, it's all stream-of-consciousness gibberish. There's no real thought, no real intellectual process, no historical memory. It's a rhetorical sham, but a kind of brilliant one when you think about it. He's a projection of his supporters, and he knows it. He won by capturing attention, and he captured attention by folding pop entertainment into politics, which is something the critical theorists anticipated."

And then, there's this from Kevin Drum this morning: "Donald Trump Holds a Micro Press Conference, Comes Off as Idiot."

So, yes, "stream-of-consciousness gibberish" in action! It does help when you have a few "neo-marxists," or "lefty all-stars" to consult!

And it's kind of head-opening to be reminded that my beloved Pop Culture actually promotes an insidious Capitalistic Totalitarianism!  Manufacturing Distraction!

"Manufacturing distraction is exactly what it is. If you read Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man, you see him struggling with this problem. He sees in 1964 that everyone is getting too comfortable to revolt against oppression of any kind. People are distracted by the sexual revolution, by popular music, by virtually every aspect of mass culture."

By the way, here's another interesting piece of the puzzle: there's this little "brain study" that tells us it's really, really hard to change someone's political opinions. Seems those opinions are buried deep in the brain, in something brain scientists call the "default mode network," so an attack on our political opinions is perceived as a personal attack on our identities.

An "inconvenient truth," is like a threat to our being. So we evade, and dissemble, and double-down on our initial belief despite the evidence. Sounds familiar?!

So yes, we are seduced, and lied to, and it's okay, just let us buy stuff and let us believe what we want to believe, when we want to believe it. That's so damn human of us!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"The way he speaks and lies and bombards voters..."

What makes Sunny sunny? Sometimes? Finding out interesting, thoughtful things. Ideas! Things to roll around in my over-charged little brain. For instance, this article from Vox: "If You Want to Understand the Age of Trump, Read the Frankfort School."

I just love the idea that there is a school of thought to draw upon. And to find out that it's a school made up of an "all-star crew of lefty theorists," well, it makes me think that some of my time spent nosing about in philosophical texts in college wasn't a total waste. I realize I actually did read some Walter Benjamin!

"Neo-Marxists hoping for a socialist revolution..." Oh those were the days... this is the gist of their critical theory, it seems totally unassailable today:

"A guiding belief of the Frankfurt School, notably among Adorno and Horkheimer, was that mass culture, in all its forms, was a prop for totalitarian capitalism. The idea was that art, in late-capitalist society, had been reduced to a cultural commodity. Critical theory sought to expose this by rigorously examining the products of popular culture. In particular, they tried to show how culture became a stealth vehicle for the inculcation of capitalist values."

Pop Culture has won the day! It is oh so shiny, oh so seductive. It permeates everything. And we willingly surrender ourselves, and submit to the apotheosis of Pop! And yes, it's a consumerist, capitalistic paradise. We willingly give up all of our freedoms and privacy in order to shop more efficiently!

Okay so right, so far... and then there's this, which, right about now, seems prophetic and profound:

"Adorno warned of an American “culture industry” that stunted critical inquiry and, over time, blurred the distinction between truth and fiction, between the commercial and the political."

Bingo! We are definitely in the time and place where fiction beats truth, and commercial beats political every time! Trump!

Anyway, I recommend the article and the interview with Stuart Jefferies.  It seems so smart and of the moment, and sort of helps you get your head around what's been happening. Here's Jefferies on Trump:

"From the perspective of critical theory, Trump is clearly a product of a mass media age. The way he speaks and lies and bombards voters — this is a way of controlling people, especially people who don't have a sense of history. I saw the same thing in the months leading up the Brexit vote earlier this year: the lying, the fear-mongering, the hysteria. Mass media allows for a kind of collective hypnosis, and to some extent that is what we’re seeing."

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Let's See the Damn Video!

There has been a "rumor" floating around for a few months. I've heard about it from friends in the neighborhood, and read it online in a few places. Supposedly, there is a video - outtakes from Trump's Celebrity Apprentice Show, spliced together, showing Trump saying terrible, terrible, nasty things. Sort of a highlight reel of the worst of the worst of Trump's fever swamp brain.

People associated with the show have seen it. It may even have been passed around for entertainment purposes. "Hey watch this funny video of the ridiculous Little Baby-Man saying terrible nasty things about people!"

One of the people who has supposedly seen it is Tom Arnold. Who is Tom Arnold? Wikipedia tells us he is "an American Actor and Comedian." Yes, he was on Roseanne Barr's TV show. He married and divorced her. He used to appear on the David Letterman Show - hyper, sweaty, sort of funny in a  self-deprecating way. You always thought he was on something. You laughed at him or with him, but sort of felt sorry for him too. And then well, he went to rehab, you got the idea he cleaned up and he was on some sports cable talk show, and well, he entered that quasi-celebrity zone - ex-sitcom guy who turns up every once in awhile on Howard Stern or other lame talk show to tell stories about the days when he did crazy stuff. 

I've actually sort of kind of always liked the guy. Especially, probably because it seemed Letterman liked him. And that was some sort of stamp of approval. But he now does exist in this sort of subterranean cable TV/bad sitcom/stupid game show universe where lots of semi-celebrities, disreputable people of all stripes hang out. People famous from porn tapes, or drug crackups, or really degrading sitcoms, child-stars who later went off the deep end and lived to tell the tale. You know the  place where Trump ruled as the Big Daddy Boss Man.

Anyway, there were people who were hoping that this ugly video would have been released to the public BEFORE the 2016 election. But it didn't happen. But now Tom Arnold has recently been tweeting that he is one of the folks who think it's time that little video should be seen and that "Watergate Level Journalists" are on the case.

Tantalizing! Do we want to see the video? You wonder if it will just be more noise. The people who despise Trump will probably despise him more. The people who love Trump will love him more, and those who love him will just spin and rationalize his behavior. Maybe it's worth it just to watch his supporters/enablers continue to defend the indefensible?!

I suppose I'm in the camp with Kevin Drum - "Let's get it out there!"  I mean, sure it might be ugly, degrading, and unedifying, and it probably won't change one damn mind, but hell, why not? It's the new Little Big Baby Man Era.  Let's see the damn video!

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 - Ambiguous Key Center?

Looking for a different narrative this morning... not the same old story...

Maybe cosmological? Ecological? Geological? Anthropological? Social? Political? Musical?

I stumbled across a Vox article this morning: "The Music Theory Principle that unifies 2016's Radio Hits." Funny. I have not heard any of these songs. Not on my radar at all. 

My musical tastes point in another direction. We do own one Adele record in our vast collection of music (doesn't everyone on the planet own at least one Adele record?), and although I don't often listen to it, that woman really does have a powerhouse voice, don't you think?

Anyway, what about this grand musical theory? Well, Owen Pallet from Arcade Fire (Yes, we do own a bunch of Arcade Fire records, they are one of our favorite bands, please see Funeral, The Suburbs & Neon Bible, for instance), tells us that 2016 features a bunch of songs with "ambiguous key centers." Which is damn interesting.

Songs are usually in a particular key. G-Major would be a sunny, uplifting kind of feel, A-Minor, sort of sad, introspective. Seems these "hits" kind of waver between key chords, no definitive choice, or in some cases, the chord is just suggested.

And many of the hits of 2016 were these kinds of songs. Now of course, music is sort of like fashion, and one thing influences another, and one hit will inspire other hits. It's sort of like the idea of a viral infection - one germ of an idea, spawns many others. Copies.

Now, as a musician and songwriter myself, most of this is interesting, but not useful. I find it best to "not know what I am doing" when I'm writing a song. Tune everything out. Of course, I am steeped in all the music I do listen to, influenced, by the things I love, but my process is much more intuitive. "Dancing in the dark." Which is probably why I have never written a hit. Kind of working in another field entirely.

It's not exactly incompetence, but maybe, sort of...

And that's cool. But it is also kind of cool when you look at the clutter of the world and sometimes see or imagine some over-arching pattern or theory which seems to fit a certain phenomena. I mean it's interesting for entertainment purposes only. But sometimes entertaining ourselves is essential!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

"He will be one of the boys..."

Yes. Merry Christmas 2016. What's on my mind this morning? How journalists covered the rise of Mussolini & Hitler. I wonder why?

Entering uncharted waters. 

I have a tremendous sense of foreboding. This is where the dark, scary music starts playing, right? The Christmas tree is blinking. The presents have been ripped open. There's a loud rapping on the door. Bare knuckles or a solid gun-stock? There's the sound of boots in the street. And heavy machinery.

That Jagger/Richards song kicks in: "Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy..."

The Smithsonian“No people ever recognize their dictator in advance,” she reflected in 1935. “He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship. He always represents himself as the instrument [of] the Incorporated National Will.” Applying the lesson to the U.S., she wrote, “When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American.”

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Bumpy Ride with Little Baby-Man!

Yes, as they say, "The Emperor has no clothes." Let Politico explain: "On Election Day, just 38 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Trump, compared to 60 percent who viewed him unfavorably — unheard of for a presidential-election victor. (Still, Trump won about 15 percent of the vote among those who had an unfavorable opinion of him.)"

You do have to wonder about those 15 percenters. They had an unfavorable opinion about the man, but voted for him anyway. Kind of a "fuck off" to the rest of us. Aye?

How sad for the Little Baby-Man (see previous post). No respect. Low opinion. People just generally dislike the man. Oh, yeah, Putin is giddy.  But as one  Pro-Kremlin Russian Analyst says: “Putin is a macho, Trump is also a macho. Maybe it could be a problem.” Ted Nugent is probably firing off a shotgun in celebration right now, the Little Baby-Man does have his fans, but they are a pretty grim, motley group. 

How do we work around this "Accidental President?" That's gonna be the trick for the next few years.  Work around! The Emperor has no clothes. Not pretty! Still, we can't close our eyes. We must pay attention. Little Baby-Man is so desperate and needy. I predict no matter what he does, it's not gonna turn out well. For him, or for us.

Buckle up. It's gonna be a bumpy ride with Little Baby-Man!

Friday, December 23, 2016

No Respect for The Little Baby Man! He is Just Too Uncool!

Thursdays I usually turn to the Style Section of the NYTimes. You'd be surprised how entertaining and enlightening the world of fashion can be. Anthropological.  

Yesterday, a profile of Andre Leon Talley. Quite good. "Monsieur Vogue is Leaving Trumpland." Seems Andre has "dressed Melania Trump," and said some nice things about her in the past, and this has created a stir in the fashion world. A fashion world kerfuffle! There's this great quote from Andre:

“You make the choice to be in Trumpland or you make the choice to eject yourself from the horror of Trumpland. I’ve made my choice not to be part of Trumpland.”

Way to go Andre! I also read somewhere that the Trump team is frantically trying to secure "A-List" entertainment for the big inauguration in January, and is coming up empty. Already turned down by Celine Dion and Elton John (A-List?!), and I think to myself, yes, "Who in their right mind would want to play any part in that horrible spectacle? Well, looks like pretty much no one... although, you'd think maybe Kid Rock, Ted Nugent and those Duck Dynasty Dudes might show up?

Much of Hollywood, and the Fashion world and Silicon Valley and the Music World cast their votes for the progressive woman candidate. I don't expect many of them to now join the horror of Trumpland.

The man, and what he represents (Maybe Fascism in America?) is horrifying, and frightening. More importantly, basically, fundamentally, Trump is NOT COOL! Never was, never will be. He just isn't. Coolness is a land Trump can never enter.

Trump will never be cool. And he doesn't know it. Which even makes him more uncool. He is not only uncool, but he is laughable, a constant figure of ridicule, satire (Alec Baldwin!!!). A big, bloated buffoon. He doesn't know what he doesn't know. He likes to tell everyone how "smart" he is - a sure sign of complete stupidity. And insecurity.

The man is a Narcissistic little Baby-Man. And he thinks that with wealth and power, he will earn respect. He is sadly mistaken. No respect for Little Baby-Man. It's probably what drives him. He doesn't understand why people don't look up to him. Don't envy him. Don't show him the respect he thinks he deserves. 

He never will earn that respect. People laugh at this man.  They will always laugh at this man. Always. Forever. He can occupy the White House, he will have the power to send soldiers into combat, he will be able to "drone" people, and still, he will be a figure of comedy. We will laugh at him. He is so uncool with his big, overdone hotels, his ridiculous Stepford Wife, his strange Stepford-like children, his frantic and absurd tweeting, his Celebrity Apprentice history.

The Little Baby Man is a fool. There may be tragedy around the corner. We may all suffer for his foolishness, but still, if the world ends under the rule of Trump, the last word, won't actually be a word. It will be a laugh. A small little snigger. Hah! "What has that Uncool Little Baby Man done now?"


And as George Carlin the great comic once said, every little boy's last prayer before they went to bed, was always: "Please God, make me a cool guy." Everything else is just showbiz.

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