Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bingo



...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Meanwhile in Iraq


Calling it Iraq War 3.0 is a good idea.  We never really left, and it never really stopped.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Do Better, Don

Two days after the first presidential debate, top aides and people close to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump admit the candidate's performance was subpar and that he must dramatically improve in his second showdown against Hillary Clinton.

  NBC
And if they want to keep their positions, they better hope he doesn't find out who.
The debate was a "disaster" for Trump, according to one source close to the campaign. Also dissatisfied with the debate performance were Trump's children, according to a campaign aide, who said they wish campaign leadership had forced him to take it more seriously.
Oh, my. Not the children, too! (Actually, I've been guilty of assuming they're no smarter than he is.)

There's also worry within the family that the campaign is having an adverse impact on their business. Trump's children deny this.
So, then, which "family" is worrying?
The internal debate that plagues the Trump campaign surrounds Trump's public persona. Aides say Trump needs to change. The bombastic candidate that worked in the primary isn't right for the general election.
Why? Are there really any fence-sitters at this point who haven't been exposed to his persona?
[T]wo campaign aides told NBC News that Trump didn't do what was needed Monday night at Hofstra University on Long Island and that the reason is because he did not do enough to prepare for the tedious, one-on-one environment against an experienced and well-prepared opponent.

[...]

Trump aides said that a strategy of winging it will not be the path forward in the Oct. 9 showdown in St. Louis. Instead, they will prepare more traditionally, an aide said, including holding mock debates, honing in on specific policy points and developing strategies to exploit Clinton's weaknesses. The campaign is even contemplating bringing in a professional debate coach.
Since he already made a very public dig at Hillary for actually leaving off campaigning to prepare for the first debate, I'll be curious to see how he spins preparation. On the other hand, his aides and campaign staff don't seem able to change Trump's "persona", and he doesn't seem to be able to focus beyond 90 seconds, so 90 minutes is virtually impossible. Besides, he's been saying he did a fantastic job in the first debate and that everybody else thought so, too. He WON in his mind. Also, he had a bad mic, and Lester Holt was unfair. Right?
Trump thinks that he performs best when he is unpracticed and he was worried that over-preparation would cause too much pressure and result in him freezing on stage.
There you go.
Advisers and aides, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, campaign COO Steve Bannon and aide Stephen Miller, sat in a circle and simply threw questions at Trump to ready him for the first debate.
And what? Let him rant and called it okay? I bet they didn't dare bring up anything that pissed him off.
But privately, aides know that — and Trump admits — he doesn't like to lose. Some aides are hopeful this was a wake-up call.
Hope is not a strategy. And, he thinks he won.
"The best thing about Trump is that he is a fast learner," another campaign source said.
On what planet?



 ...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Where Can I Get One?


We ran this into the ground with George W Bush, if memory serves, and I think it does.  Pretty sure they didn't suggest coughing prevention machine back then though.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Trump Is a Communist???



"Communist Cuba" in case the slower of you didn't see the problem immediately.

"Bombshell".  You wish.  Trump unabashedly stated in the debate that his avoidance of taxes was smart business.  How is his avoidance of Cuban sanctions any different?  His supporters will just see another wily businessman move.


And there's that, too.

All the Putin scare hasn't been working.  Apparently enough people realize that Russia is no longer a communist country.  It's been off the boogie man radar since Condi Rice left Washington and Dubya looked into Putin's soul and saw a beautiful thing.  They're trying desperately to bring it back to the top, since we can't keep all the players straight in the Middle East long enough to rally the pitchfork brigade.  Besides, nobody can pronounce those Arab names.

I have to wonder if the MSM really believe their own bullshit, or if they're now painting Trump with the commie brush because that's the only trigger his supporters might fear.  They sure as hell don't care that he's actually a narcissistic, bigoted, money-grubbing, vengeful, racist, sociopathic, misogynistic, tax-evading capitalist asshole.  That seems to be what they like about him.

Since it's so close to election time, the MSM - who, ironically gave him the good free press he craved from the beginning - now need a bigger threat than Putin inspires.  Maybe they can find a Trump connection to dead Hugo Chávez (or Shavezz, as the brigade knows him) before November.




They really need to connect him to Colin Kaepernick.  That would do the trick.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Speaking of Memes

When Hillary Clinton mentioned in the debate that Trump had probably not paid any income tax, Trump leaned into his microphone and said the government would have squandered the money if he had. This is getting some play in the form of the following Twitter post (this one features Melania when the latest Trump was an infant):



...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Prayer in the Senate

I did not realize they did this.



But this looks like a good thing.  I think diplomatic immunity is overly broad anyway.



A sweeping bipartisan majority in the Senate on Wednesday rejected President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot, all but assuring that Mr. Obama would suffer the first override vote of his presidency.

The vote was 97 to 1, with only Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, siding with the president.

[...]

The measure would amend a 1976 law that granted other countries broad immunity from American lawsuits, allowing nations to be sued in federal court if they are found to have played any role in terrorist attacks that killed Americans on United States soil.

  NYT

Trump! Russia!



Yes, Julia.  It also shows how gullible you "and so many" others (aka knee-jerk news consumers) are.  Stop passing on "scary" memes before you check them out.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

UPDATE:

Yet Marijuana Is Illegal

The National Institute of Drug Abuse’s website shows that approximately 25,000 people died from prescription drug overdoses in 2014. Around 19,000 of these deaths came from prescription opioid pain relievers such as methadone and oxycodone.

[...]

Additionally, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration drug sheet for marijuana reports that no deaths from marijuana overdose have ever been recorded.

[...]

One more caveat: synthetic marijuana has been attributed to overdose deaths. However, the experts we talked with told us that these drugs have nothing to do with marijuana and are a completely different class of substances.

  Politifact
So I wonder why they call it synthetic marijuana.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Atlantic Attacks Trump

Donald J. Trump has a cruel streak. He willfully causes pain and distress to others. And he repeats this public behavior so frequently that it’s fair to call it a character trait. Any single example would be off-putting but forgivable. Being shown many examples across many years should make any decent person recoil in disgust.

Judge for yourself if these examples qualify.

  The Atlantic
Thank you, Atlantic, but this won't turn people against Trump. George W. Bush was one of the nastiest, cruelest little SOBs on the planet, and he held the office for eight years.