Saturday, February 25, 2017

Blaming Democrats and the Liberal Press

Make America Great Again, because the Democrats have ruined it.

Here's the result of 30 minutes of googling... all back of the envelop stuff, probably something wrongish but close enough ... 

Since 1993/94 ish to current -


  • Republicans have had the majority of state legislatures 11 times, Democrats 7 times, and 1 time tied.
  • Republicans have had the majority of Governorships 16 times, Democrats 4 times
  • At the Federal level:
  • Republicans have had the majority in the Senate 7 times, Democrats 4 times, and 2 times tied
  • Republicans have had the majority in the House 10 times, Democrats 3 times
  • In the Supreme Court, of the 18 Justices who have served on the Supreme Court between 93/94 and today - 14 were appointed by Republicans and 4 by Democrats.
And of course there have been 3 Republican Presidents and 2 Democrats as President during the same time period.
For the last month plus they've had the White House, Supreme Court, House, Senate, 33 Governorships, and the majority of the state legislatures.  
But, they have done NOTHING BUT WHINE since November.   They've become so accustomed to blaming others for their shortcomings that they don't know what to do.

The biggest target of their whining has been the dastardly LIBERAL MEDIA.  Yes, that same group that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Fox News have been complaining about for the last 20+ years.

The media on the right love to brag about how they dominate the ratings.  Bill O'Reilly loves to remind Rachel Maddow and the folks at MSNBC that many more people watch Fox than MSNBC.  Something like 14M people listen to Rush daily, 13M listen to Hannity, along with Fox News dominating the TV news ratings.  To compare about 600K people watch Morning Joe on MSNBC every day.  But, they can't stop whining about the liberal media.  First, listen to Democracy Now if you want to hear Liberal media.  The argument is one I've never understood, MSNBC/CBS/ABC and Fox all are corporate media and on a pretty narrow political spectrum, each company's primary goal is making money, not teaching or influencing opinion. Rush actually knows this, it's just he's made his brand on complaining that people aren't treating people like him and his listeners fairly, and it's worked, so he continues to roll with it.

They've been in the political majority for the last 25 ish years.  They've dominated the media during the same time period.  And they whine and complain that the world sucks and it's somebody elses fault.  And these folks are supposed to be the ones that believe in personal responsibility?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

How to handle this idiot

Donald Trump is on a "fake news" rant... it is his latest shiny object.  There have been literally thousands of these "shiny objects" since he started running for President, and as of yet, neither the media nor other rational reasonable people know how to deal with someone so clearly in their own reality.

On "fake news" it's interesting that Donald doesn't really even understand what it is... he believes it is opinion that disagrees with his own.  In fact it's all the links embedded at legitamate news sites and webpages that is paid content... here are some I just copied from an actual newspaper's site:

 TAKE A LOOK

The IRS Announces 2017 Standard Mileage Rates

What turns off small business shoppers?

Three Tax Credits for Your Family

New Year, New Tax Implications

Possible Jail Time For Stallone?

How To Fix Your Fatigue (Do This Every Day)

Megyn Kelly Joins NBC After Fox News Drug Allegations

Ivanka Has Last Laugh At Media With Secret Net Worth

Trump Saves Homeowners $5,088

Itching This Part of Your Body Is a Sign of Alzheimer’s

There are some more egregious than these that most people have seen - photo shopped pictures of muscle bound folks which say something about "scientific breakthroughs"...

But this dumb ass we've elected President doesn't know the difference and when he spouts this crap about CNN being "fake news"... the 35% who somehow think this idiot is going to make their life work by being mean to the people that they blame for their failures (the poor, blacks, immigrants, liberals, etc.) they absolutely believe it.

Reasonable and rational people don't know what to do with irrational, illogical idiots like this guy.  They all grew up hearing that if they argued with an idiot bystanders wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  So they just assumed that people would figure it out.. well that didn't work out did it?

Carl Bernstein tweeted - "the most dangerous 'enemy of the people' is presidential lying--always. Attacks on press by @realDonaldTrump more treacherous than Nixon's."

Maybe just maybe the media is going to figure out how to handle this very dangerous man and his alternative reality.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Psychoanalyzing Trump

My friend Mary, a brilliant writer, wrote this on facebook -
"Public Service Announcement: If someone says, "Nobody loves you more than me. Nobody!" run far and fast. That's not love. That's how an abuser keeps his or her victims in line."
Donald's speech to the CIA yesterday -
 "I just wanted to really say that I love you. I respect you. There’s nobody that I respect more. You’re going to do a fantastic job. And we’re going to start winning again. And you’re going to be leading the charge." https://www.lawfareblog.com/president-trump-speaks-cia-headquarters
The Psychological Condition that Best Explains Donald Trump's Twisted Worldview: Think of our president as a hoarder. But instead of objects, he collects victories and vendettas.

The evidence mounts to overwhelming: He's a pathological climber. The self-declared "ratings machine" suffers from "Impressive Compulsive Disorder,” a condition that is like hoarding, not of stuff but of impressive power.You know that burning sinking feeling you get when you're around someone who's more impressive than you? That's Trump's sole driver. There's nothing in him to upstage it, no greater good to temper it.

 The Mind of Donald Trump


Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity—a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency.

 Trump and Narcissistic Personality Disorder

 The Mayo Clinic’s definition of NPD is: “A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. Behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that is vulnerable to the slightest criticism. If you have NPD, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious, you often monopolize conversations, you may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior, and you may feel a sense of entitlement (when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry). At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior.” Does this sound like Mr. Trump? You bet it does!

Has there ever been a more damaged person who was President, perhaps.  But, I guarantee there has never been a more damaged person so easy to read as our new President. 

How the press and the public navigates figuring out which of his rants are "donald being psycho" and those that  have serious implications are going to be one of the great challenges over the next four-years.

The other challenge will be making sure he doesn't destroy everything we've built since 1776.

 

Fears of the President

Trump supporters are all over social media chastising "liberals" for what they deem as unwarranted fears of the President.  They're also suggested that singer/actress Madonna be charged with treason after she said publicly that she'd thought of burning down the White House after the election.

AlterNet pulled out some of the fears of the right-wing regarding the last President.

10 Right-Wing Predicitions About Obama That Never Came True
1. Obama Will Create Death Panels2. Obama Will Kill His Critics3. Obama Will Spread Disease In Order To Imprison Americans4. Obama Will Start A Race War5. Obama Will Create A Personal Brownshirt Army6. Obama Will Seize Guns7. Obama Will Invade Texas8. Obama Will Ban The Bible
9. Obama Will Impose Sharia Law10. Obama Will Stay In Office

Read the AlterNet piece to see which loonies were pushing which conspiracy theory that didn't come true.

Speaking of loonies, lots of your facebook and twitter friends are warning of that evil Madonna today and what she said to the rapid "feminazi's" that marched on 1/21/17, actually here's what she said:

Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet, W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II: We must love one another or die.
"I choose love. Are you with me? Say this with me: We choose love. We choose love. We choose love."
Here's the Full Transcript of Madonna's Speech at the Women's March

Oh wait.  It was a message of love? Hmmm... kinda like those 10 thoughts from the conservatives, right? Uh, no.