The Mounting Evidence Trump May Just be Functionally Illiterate

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Well we’ve had 100 Days of Fail from no longer all that new President Trump and wow has it ever been a whirlwind. Storming angrily from Failure to Failure and finding new ways to bottom out in Approval Polls, Trump seems dazed and confused most of the time.

Could it be because he can barely read? Podcast Host David Pakman was early to pick up on this. In early February Pakman examined the compelling visual evidence Trump can barely read or comprehend anything. Trumps only added fuel to the fire on this one, but watch the excellent podcast here before i add some of my own thoughts.

Pakman’s theory is backed up by some convincingly presented evidence.

Since the podcast in February, which is his second on the topic, we’ve all seen Trump doing things that suggest he is either functionally illiterate or has a deep reading comprehension problem.

Most obvious to me is the dead and passionless way he reads when he sticks to the teleprompter on the rare occasions he uses one . Droning and devoid of emotion he needs to go off script every few sentences to bash someone or to get a laugh or cheer of approval from the crowd (which he seems to always desperately need and luxuriate in too long).

Then there’s the verbal and visual tells Trump has that again are eerily close to the bullet pointed checklist from the Canadian Police for identifying Illiterate People.

The Canadian Police Publication on How to Identify people with Low Literacy that Pakman references is an enlightening document.  It has numerous checklists and bullet pointed items to help you identify people with low literacy traits uncovered by using Police Science.  That’s a pretty good provenance.  Most people (maybe not Trump) could easily utilize it to make a decent assessment.

Here’s an excerpt – (Forgive the British style spelling, our friends to the north like to use extra letters as often as possible)

People who have difficulty understanding verbal and written information have other tell-tale behaviours. Many people with low literacy:

• give what seem to be indirect, confused, or irrelevant answers to questions

• act confused or ask questions that do not seem to relate to the problem or situation

• not ask any questions at all (rather than reveal they don’t understand what’s going on)

• nod to indicate they agree or understand something, but then not do what you expect

They may also:

• not show up for meetings or hearings (because they did not understand the instructions on a written notice)

• sign statements or legal documents that they do not understand (rather than admit they have a reading problem)

• look dazed or uncomfortable when someone gives them something to read They may show their confusion when they:

• give the impression that they don’t understand the seriousness of their situation

• become frustrated and angry easily; they may storm out, or become physically confrontational  

Is there anything on this list we haven’t seen from Trump in some form? I can’t think of one. certainly “give(s) the impression that they don’t understand the seriousness of their situation’ seems applicable to everything. And getting angry? Remember his meltdown at on the phone with the Prime Minister of Australia when confronted with a complex issue?

I can think of numerous examples of everything on this list right down to storming out of the Oval Office when asked a question he doesn’t like (or comprehend?) and throwing reporters out of abruptly ended press conferences and interviews.

Another standout moment of seeming illiteracy would be when he asked a black

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Trump vacantly staring straight through a copy of Variety

reporter if she knew how he could contact members of the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus; members of Congress whose contact information is literally at his fingertips. Everyone knows this.

Lastly we have the presidents baffling and hilariously Historically inaccurate statements about Frederick Douglass and repeated ignorant statements about Andrew Jackson. The Jackson comments are very disturbing as a cursory review of his presidency would present so many frightening and outright brutal actions and policies.

Genocide with WMD’s (anthrax laden blankets) against the Native Americans is just  one aspect of Jackson’s murderous, racist, removal and extermination policies. He literally tried to exterminate all of the Native Americans east of the Appalachian Mountains. He,, like Trump, was a stranger a compromise and tolerance. Follow this link to the awful tale of the Trail of Tears to learn about how he Death Marched entire Indian Tribes, men woman and children, from areas like Florida to places like Michigan, making no allowances for things like feeding them properly on the way.

In his spare time Jackson continually warred politically with Congress and the Supreme Court; expanding his power at every opportunity.  He was particularly out  of touch and bellicose about how to run the nations finances and was considered irresponsible. He presided over a major recession which was partly his own fault and probably was only curtailed by westward expnsion and the free labor from slavery.

With these kinds of violent and anger driven behaviors being pretty much the Top and Bottom lines of the Andrew Jackson Presidential Tale of the Tape its safe to say only an idiot could fail to see him as anything but akin to America’s 19th century version of Hitler. Even in the south Slave Owning lunatics like Andrew Jackson are a political legacy most seem content to avoid.

Mentioning he was deeply moved by a visit to Jackson’s home and grave you would have to assume he lacked the curiosity to look at the dates on it or just doesnt know when the Civil War was. Jackson, dead almost two decades before the Civil War is now credited by Trump as working to prevent it. Any sane person would probably reason that Jackson’s prevention of the Civil war would have been to expand and protect slavery, which he loved.  Is it possible Trump’s fascination with Jackson is that most statues and memorials have just a one line inscription?  Perhaps his most famous and succinct quote was “Our Sacred Union Must be Preserved”. After the War the Union put it on every Statue of him they could find, especially the ones in the Old Confederacy. So Jackson’s whole appeal may be he has a memorable quote. Its almost a tweet.  It fits with the Low Literacy theory well. Jacksons one big quote is about as much information as he can remember on a topic he is actually interested in but clearly has avoided reading about.

In examining  his personal style and his repeated lauding of another terrible role model, General George S Patton, I detailed how Trump had betrayed he had missed the entire point of the eponymous semi biographical movie about the fiery soldier . A very watchable movie which he often references. The movie clearly paints Patton as a mixed bag of contradictions with as many problems as gifts. Trump misses this entirely.

He also is known to frequently blow off important meeting on complex topics.

For good measure I would throw out there that in his hard to follow spoken comments he rarely finishes a sentence, interrupting himself frequently. When all is said and done its hard to auger what he said.

Mangling quotes, some really badly spelled tweets and non stop misstatements of Historical facts have piled up on a near daily basis.

The most frightening part of this is that his illiteracy precludes any historical perspective. So in an analogous situation to say the Cuban Missile Crisis its likely Trump would be freelancing his way through a situation that historical perspective would give him some tried and true options on. The idea he could negotiate his way out of anything seems highly unlikely too. The command of details this demands seems beyond our pitiful So Called Leader.

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Eleanor Bigly

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Ah, Look at All the Old Angry White People!

Ah, Look at All the Old Angry White People!

Eleanor Bigly;

Lives in Palace on 5th and stays far from Trump every day.

She’s often his prey;

Watching Don scamming.

He’s wearing a Wig that he keeps in a jar of piss by the door,

That he dumps on a whore.

 

All the Old White People,

They want to Build a Wall.

 All The Old White People,

What the Hell did they vote for?

 

Racist Steve Bannon;

Writes an Executive Order that No Court will Hear!

Then hates on queers!

Look at him Drinking

Just a stereotype of a filthy dumb mick

with Whiskey dick

All the Old White People 

None can spell worth a dime

All the Old White People 

Forgiving Trump’s every Crime

Ah, Look at All the Old Angry White People!

Ah, Look at All the Old Angry White People!

Eleanor Bigly;

Wants a divorce and full custody of her son;

It will soon be done.

Stupid Sean Spicer, talking in Russian ’bout shit that’s hard on your Brain!

No Swamp was Drained !

All the Old Angry White People,  (ah! Look at all the Old White People)

All Trump does is Fail.

All the Old Angry White People, (ah! Look at all the Old White People)

Their Hero’s going to Jail.

 

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It is my dream this song parody will one day be the centerpiece of an Off Broadway Play by Performed by An Drag Queen Cast.

PRAISE THE CREATORS OF THE GENIUS SOURCE SONG

 

#RESIST

 

 

IS Trump the Most Unpopular President EVER? Some Elusive Perspective

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Donald Trump is running up to what he now calls the “ridiculous” self-imposed 100 Day Mark of Assessment. The First 100 Days is actually we’ve thrown at every president at least as far back as FDR.  The fact that Trump himself set so many lofty 100 Day Goals (and a bunch of unfulfilled day 1 goals) that had he reached his benchmark we’d be in a totally transformed world.

A simple look around tells us few things are much different outside an On and Off Travel Ban and sporadic ICE Raids that first draw a first splash of publicity and then an open firehouse of flaming kerosene worth of bad backlash.

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Mr Charming, Donald Trump.

Trumps petulance, immaturity, apparent ADHD and innumerable gaffes have all been a problem but deep unpopularity is probably what stopped Trump agenda items like The Obamacare Repeal and Replace Disaster that managed only to galvanize the dazed and disparate ranks of Trump Resistance.

The biggest thing stopping The Trump Agenda is probably his lack of popularity.  Let me put that another way – his STUNNING LACK of Popularity is all thats saving us from Trumps Awful Ideas.

As president-elect he was first clueless and then imperious. Breaking rules and ruffling feathers. But none of this translated to momentum. Until he managed to put all future accomplishments in deep jeopardy by altering the rules of the Senate to jam Neil Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court the High Water Mark of the Trump Administration might just have been installing highly unpopular right wing christian ideologue Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

CNN today reported that 53% of Americans Disapprove of President Trump. There’s few polls with any scientific validity that show him anything but underwater. This awful number is actually the result of a slow upward rally since Trump started piece meal attacking countries his daughter finds objectionable about 2 weeks ago. He was diving below later Watergate Nixon before then

SO WHO WAS THE LEAST POPULAR PRESIDENT?

According to Gallup it’s Truman.

Harry S Truman existed at an unbelievable 22% for a chunk of his presidency but was reelected in that time. He remains the president to tally the very lowest approval. Lower than Watergate Era Nixon. It seems inaccurate and likely is.

Truman’s been around over 100 Days when Gallup starts polling.  The Truman number was most likely actually proof of flaws in that era’s polling.  I call it “The Honeymooners Theory”.

The basic assertion is by looking the TV families of the time we can get a clue how life was in the 1950’s and there’s a couple of different classes represented. They show an economically diverse country even within the same city.

 

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The Kramden’s Not So Nice Apartment

The classic show the Honeymooners is from the 50’s and shows 2 working class couples in what was then the not so well off Borough of Brooklyn in New York City. The Kramdens were just scraping by but their friends the Norton’s were doing a bit better.

 

If you loved the show you will recall that there’s an episode where the Kramdens get a phone.  The phones gone after that episode. The Kramdens made calls (and watched what little TV they could) at the Norton’s apartment upstairs. In other episodes we have Norton climbing through the fire escape window with an occasional message for Ralph or Alice.

The Honeymooners was funny and pertinent because it was pretty realistic. Most related to their lives and many to their circumstances.

So typical Americans had a 50-50 chance of having a phone in what was a believable comedy. Its important to remember that the idea they needed to use the Norton’s phone was never seen as overly strange or cause for shame. The Kramdens were of modest means and who knows, maybe their saving for a baby one day. Well folks, the analogy goes to I Love Lucy now.

The Ricardo’s were geographically close contemporaries of the Kramdens but lived in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan. Still a desirable address. The Ricardo’s have a phone (an awesome princess phone in fact). The Mertz’s probably had one too, I i-love-lucy-phone-call-680x510just don’t remember. Fred was cheap but he also was a landlord and I can’t see how he wouldn’t have needed a phone for his business (which seemed to run itself). I’m writing the Mertz’s off for this example.

Anyway the bottom line is even my mom and dad get to the late 50’s when Eisenhower is president (also living in NYC) before both families manage to have phones and televisions.

So Ralph and Alice Kramden would NEVER have a voice in a poll of their time but the Norton’s would. Lucy and Ricky would. There were just so many people of modest of even entering middle class who couldn’t afford these “Utilities” which were then actually LUXURIES.

Bottom Line- Hey you don’t have to be a pollster to see that the polls on Truman were off. Probably WAY OFF! He was probably close to or above 50% but just never fared well in a ‘random’ sampling of Americans skewed towards the wealthy or at least those entering middle class like the Norton’s.

People with money have generally always tended to be more Conservative and in America that means more likely to be Republicans. After all you have a TV and a phone and half your neighbors didn’t. You actually probably hosted a small gathering so everyone you knew could watch ‘I Love Lucy’ and love YOU for it!

SO WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT TRUMP NOW AND IN THE FUTURE?

Well the undeniable Fact is ‘There’s no way to know if he’s the most unpopular president ever until he makes it below 22%.”  Since he seems Baked In at about 30% no matter what it’s probably unlikely he will be the holder of any kind of Unified Title of Infamy.

Trends in media and mass culture over about a hundred years are enlightening.

Initially the master of the print interview had the political edge. Newspapers were cheap and very available up until the 1970s.

 

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Kindred Spirits

By the time JFK takes office the phone and TV situation was a complete transformation from 10 years earlier. People watched the Twilight Zone in their own homes with just their families. By the time Star Trek debuts like 70% of America has

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Tanking Out on TV

at least 1 TV. About 10% of America is blind and wouldn’t need a TV just for perspective. About 10% more have dementia and wouldn’t know if they had a TV or not. So basically everyone had a TV.

 

So by about 1960 polling and reality converge as far as Accuracy. We can sort of have more faith in the scientific aspect of these polls.  The opposite of this happens around 2000 when many switch to having only a cell phone with an unlisted number and polling strives to adjust. But we have a huge chunk of time there where we can rely on the polls.

More bad news for Trump is that for the moment it appears the polling methods  have again gotten to a place where they are accurate refelections of the National Zeitgeist.

Wrapping up you know now why they always add “of any modern president” to the super bad approval ratings Trump is garnering. And its probably the polling. The Truman Era Gallup poll is disproved by his re-election. Its interesting that Truman just ignored everything and Whistle Stopped and made a speech EVERYWHERE he could get his train. He obviously swayed the phoneless, TV-less people he spent lots of time talking to.

Could it work again to re-elect Trump? lets see him avoid jail for the next four years but the answer is likely “No”.

I guess we should remember that seeing the president of the United States move and

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People were just wild to see Harry

talk was almost exclusively something you had to go to the Movie Theater for when HST just talks to anyone who will listen in PERSON all over the place. I ‘m sure everyone in Duluth, Montana found their way to the train station to see “Give ‘Em Hell Harry”.

 

Shit’s different now.

Trump is already campaigning openly for re-election. But now everyone has a TV and a phone. Hell, they’re now almost the same damn thing! And Trump pounds that phone with non stop tweeting. Love him or hate him he’s familiar. He boasts Expert TV and social media trolling skills. In fact the election of Trump in 2016 spoke to a theory I had since college – Whoever Dominates and Best Uses the newest form of Mass Culture Media will have an exceptional Ride.

Hitler was maybe the first guy to lie to people’s faces via radio and movie newsreels and later outright State Made Propaganda, he also manages to gain ultimate power (sadly). In America the personable Franklin Roosevelt manages to charm America and win the presidency….four times. He’s noted for being a great personality on Radio, the dominant form of mass culture at the time. Fireside Chats and the Declaration of War on Japan were shining examples.

JFK was a master of television. He changes the face of his election by decimating Dick Nixon in a TV debate that on paper Nixon sort of won. Radio listeners preferred Nixon’s performance too.  But he looked like shit so people tuned him out when they saw him on TV. Kennedy goes on to appear regularly on TV like no president does again until Reagan. Nixon notably NEVER gets TV at all and goes down in a scandal that might have gone away if he cultivated any media friends.

The “Best Candidate on TV” is still a real thing and lets face it Hillary NEVER established anything like the Trump Twitter Storms.  We saw Trump using his Twitter to co-opt the news. As a guy who was illegally using Rolling Stones Music in the campaign and loving it he surely knew the old saying “There’s NO Such Thing as Bad Publicity”. He sort of sucks the air out of all conversation throughout the campaign and benefits from it.

Media and Social Media are changing fast these days. Can angry septuagenarian  Trump continue to stay out ahead of the curve and pre-emptively destroy conversations and derail news with his Twitter? Probably not. TV is somewhat wise to him. Now he can tweet but the media walks and chews gum at the same time.

24 Hour News now can address a brash claim and then still focus on Russia in the same 15 minutes. That 15 minutes is more than HALF of ALL news Americans would get via broadcast TV in 1970.donald-trump-grow-up

So how’s the Future look for Trumps popularity? Probably Not Good. Don’t write off him diving to 30% and just staying there.

Donald Trump has only one plan- That he can easily take more horribleness than anyone else and that Horribleness will likely continue on Full Display.

He is, for now still not the most Unpopular President ever and polling anomalies may be the only reason why.

 

 

 

 

Hell Awaits – Steve Caracappa, second craziest criminal I ever talked to

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Today I read about Mafia hitman and Super Dirty Cop Steve Caracappa dying. You would have to hope there’s a Hell.

He comprises 50% of the Murderers I know with Spree Murderer Colin Ferguson, who I had a more intense series of encounters with, comprising of the other half.  Is Caracappa a Serial Killer? I would say yes but an unusual one.

He had SEVEN (known) victims, and who knows if he liked doing it? He was obviously a very cold blooded bastard. Like the famous Ice Man, he was essentially a contract killer though. I don’t know if that makes him a TRUE Serial Killer in a pathological sense, but face it he was one cold dangerous motherfucker and I would have run for my life if I had suspected what he was capable of.

I would love for the prison psychologist (and seriously if this guy doesn’t command the time of a prison shrink who does?) to release their findings so I could see if they share my hypothesis- he was able to lie to himself and believed he was actually a good cop and a hero. In other words, he was a sociopath. Probably a lot of other things too, but sociopath seems to be wellspring of all else.

Another thing I would like to know is if the prison shrinks considered Caracappa Schizophrenic. I think he would need a touch of it to function. Heres why- Cop is a stressful job even for honest people doing the right thing. I guess its possible that as a criminal at heart the guy was maybe LESS stressed than an honest cop. After all if a real or imagined issue were to come forth to complicate his career he could simply fall back on dishonesty and criminality to try to remedy the situation and never feel a bit bad. A complicated criminal indeed.

My next thought feeds the ‘double life’ scenario but it is a little questionable because of my bias in favor of my Dad – Caracappa most likely was extremely convinced of himself to be able to fool every single other cop and my father. From what i saw and was told by other cops at work Dad was a cynical and very accurate assessor of character, but he totally blew this one! So did every other cop. These were not dumb guys. These were not prone to flights of fancy or unsound investigative thinking. They had after all caught the Son of Sam! They never suspected. I don’t think any of them, mostly in retirement when the story broke, could really believe it. My Dad’s disbelief continued until the Conviction was handed down. He knew they were well represented and had been duly found guilty and he knew it was a sound verdict.  He was totally floored. I doubt he fully came to terms with all the implications. He never, for instance, stopped to consider how much danger the guy had posed to him. I know why this happened to my dad and ALL the other Good Cops who were  fooled.

It was because of  The Mafia Cops very chilling primary tactic, taking advantage of the natural trust cops generally have for each other. It’s an essential thing cities and  police departments need to function. While there was already Internal Investigations they were likely nascent in their methodology and not yet a real priority. I’d like to think what they did couldn’t work today. I might NEED to think that though just to live in this town.

For the record Caracappa held forth in the face of seven murder convictions and proclaimed his innocence. His family was squarely behind him last I heard. I feel bad for them.

My late father was an honest and very dedicated New York City Detective. He had distinguished himself working on the terrible Son of Sam Case. He was the ideal guy to train aspiring new Detectives, which is what they tasked him with. Hence his coming for a few months to train Caracappa in Criminal Investigations and Detective work.  The man I called Mr Caracappa on the phone could’ve been a much more dangerous cancer had he thought more like a cop in planning his own crimes. So let’s be glad he wasnt the best student because his police procedural ignorance was his eventual undoing.

Caracappa hadn’t become operational as a mobster yet, but the mendacious Quisling kept his friends close and potential enemies, in this case honest cops, closer. Caracappa’s next partner was Lt Louis Eppolito; likely already a mobster when they hooked up.

When they came together it was an Awful moment in New York City Criminal History and certainly the very lowest point for the Greatest Detectives in the World.

They had become the Infamous NYPD Detective Mafia Cops of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Eppolito a Maudlin Quioxte and Carracapa his Sancho; malignant in their delusion and not in any way Just or Admirable. Dreaming horrible dreams and making them real like a horrible Hollywood movie about Bad Cops too gritty and disillusioning too see (very much like Bad Lieutenant but on a 20 year run of criminal luck and no moment doubt, pain or moderate redemption). We can never surely know the extent of their crimes. In many ways they were, for a couple of decades, among New York’s biggest and worst criminal scourges. They deserve a place in Criminal Infamy.  They had perhaps no actual admirable qualities and either one probably would have killed the other if they had to. They were that Awful.

Worse,  Steve Caracappa and Louie Eppolito were crooks amongst heroes as they impersonated dedicated honest cops. Truly despicable. They were fine actors. They were respected. They had decorations from the city. They had Rank. The charismatic Eppolito was presented in court as the more powerful. There was nothing he couldn’t find out, no investigation he couldn’t misdirect, no one who he couldn’t reach and touch with impunity. Caracappa, not to be sold short, was painted as a immoral complete follower and murderer. There’s little reason to argue with the prosecution.

The most frightening thing about the Mafia Cops is that for a city to function a small group of individuals must be trusted as beyond reproach to investigate crimes.  Among this select group are a few who betrayed the city’s trust, standing amongst the ranks of the very worst in New York City history, including the corrupt as far back as the colonial era goons from the early Dutch Government’s corrupt officials and maybe even the least honorable of the  Lenape would be the Mafia Cops.  At some point watching the watchers becomes impossible, these Vampires of Public Trust Knew and Exploited this.  They’re a chilling cautionary tale.

They damn near got away with it! It’s sobering. The most frightening thing about the Mafia Cops is that for a City to function a small group of individuals must be trusted as beyond reproach to investigate crimes.  Among this select group are a few who betrayed the city’s trust. And standing apart, amongst the ranks of the very worst in New York City history, including the corrupt as far back as colonial era goons from the early Dutch Government’s corrupt officials and maybe even the least honorable of the Lenape would be the Mafia Cops. At some point watching the watchers becomes impossible, these Vampires of Public Trust Knew and Exploited this.  They’re a chilling cautionary tale.

I would suppose Caracappa was just making sure to engender himself to my Dad (who was NOT dirty and therefore potentially a liability) and surely other detectives, by maintaining a relationship with as many of them as possible I can’t remember any other cops that were so conspicuous in keeping up relationships. People liked my dad but the cops he was close with happened to also be guys he grew up with and they were conspicuously non Dirty.

In his roughly monthly phone calls Caracappa always knew whether I had just had a recent birthday or religious sacrament as well as  what grade I was in.He knew to call me by the same childhood nickname my Dad used. He had no kind of memorable voice but of course had a New York accent. Thinking back it DID sound like he was reading off an index card. It was thorough.

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The Cold Eyed Face of Death with a Gold Shield and an Iron hand

My Dad had a hard time accepting a bad cop could ever slip through the screening process but this guy sure did. My mom and I have marveled at how my Dad didn’t really shirk danger and was kind of known to be a bit tough and worldiy as a cop yet never realized that he was the kind of Boy Scout Carracapa or Lt Louie Eppolito (who I also met once), would have simply wasted without a second thought and then misdirected the Investigation. I could have grown up without a Dad because of this asshole.

Now things just get weird.

So what was it that caught these terrible killers? Just what bought down the two most highly placed Hitters we’ve ever known about? These Super Villains? It was part sheer arrogance and part a mundane but real demand for luxury bath goods. The Mafia Cops for some insane ill-advised reason were happiest using their actual service weapons (fucked up!) to whack people for the Mob. How could they have been so stupid? It had to be arrogance.

And how do Luxury Bath Goods fit in? Glad you asked! – A Suffolk County Long Island Mall expanded in the early 90’s uncovering a corpse rich Mafia Graveyard/ Dumping Ground.

Like a dozen murder cases were reopened and all of them promptly had some real answers.  Answer Number One was to the Question – How the fuck did these bodies of guys from places like Brooklyn end up here? Well; These people were absolutely killed by the Mob. Some were Mobsters themselves. Among the bodies were two men who went missing within days of eachother. They were united by one thing, the same name. Yes, they tracked down and killed the wrong guy and had to go kill again to get the right one. Right out of the Sopranos. The Mafia Cops  weren’t geniuses.

But for the demand for a Bed, Bath and Beyond none of this comes to light! But like Justice,  Progress (or the need for finely made towels) is not to be denied! So Scented Candles should come in ‘Stiff Wind of Justice’ Aroma!

I guess the fact they were both enjoying retirement with no clue what was about to happen when they were unexpectedly arrested is just part of the Irony. After a life of living on the edge and pocketing an extra 50 grand every year (this seems very little for your soul) they must have thought they were set. It also prevented them from say shooting it out when their moment came (unlikely but hey these were violent guys) or just going out on their own terms using their favorite guns on themselves.

Ultimately it turned out some of them were killed by the Mafia Cops. There’s more to it but things moved pretty quickly from there. Mostly it’s because these vicious killers used their own service weapons to kill their victims. They were that fucking arrogant and how the Hell they disregarded the ballistics they used themselves in their guise of cops occasionally solving (pinning?) other you’d suppose real crimes is a great question(They still had a caseload to handle). If you ask me it shows a real lack of vision. ‘Throw Away Burner Gun’ would seem to be at the top of a dirty cops equipment checklist. God knows they came across enough in their day jobs as cops in the 70’s, 80’s and into the opening of the 90s.

Personally I have a hard time believing their guns put so many bullets into so many stiffs without them knowing about it. Thy’re stone cold guilty and stone cold murderers. Everything I know points to a true Double Life. I don’t get how Carracapa was able to not be upfront with himself.  He’s carrying a Gold Detective shield while taking a grand a week from mobsters.  He still went through with  it day after day for decades. This might require some form of insanity, even if its just loss of cintrol to delusions of grandeur. I would have imagine it was deeper though, we’re talking about a Serial Killer.

The level of delusion extends to choosing to be a Dirty Cop instead of a Made Man in jail, though I would love to know what they represented themselves as to their fellow prisoners. Still, even Federal Prison probably is even a little more dangerous of a place for Dirty Cops.

It’s also possible that aside from all they pulled off they were also fucking idiots. After all, one of the people they killed merely had the same name as the person they were after! They had to go back and kill someone again. With their own fucking service revolvers! Did they ever even draw them for real on duty?! Who is so casual with things that lead to Life Prison Terms if found out?  So who fucking knows about these guys? The idea two criminal idiots could raise to high rank in the NYPD really is just too awful to contemplate. Fortunately they seem to be a horrible anomaly.

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Young Dirty Detective Epoolito from a Daily News story where for all appearances he was just another cop at the scene.

How fucked up were these guys? They ran with Sammy The Bull Gravano and were chronicled somewhat in Jimmy Breslin’s book “The Good Rat- A True Story

At the end of his life despite pleas to the contrary Dad felt compelled to write to Caracappa. We didn’t find out about this one until after Dad died but I’m positive I know what it said because he often told me what he wanted to tell the guy. To Repent.

I would think it stung the dirty cop rotting in jail bitterly that somewhere, in a comfortable house, the Sucker Boy Scout he would have iced was praying he would have the couage to ask God forgive him for the horrors he had done. While no one was happy about Dad writing a 7 times convicted murderer we felt my fathers need to tell this guy to turn to God was important enough to my him to just not dwell too much on it. As an Atheist I really don’t get it.

Personally I really don’t think a path towards God would have held much appeal to a guy who killed people for the money. I would almost say I hope he didn’t cause thinking he was saved and going to God’s Kingdom like Arthur Seyss-Inguart seems too generous a delusion to give the guy. I guess the prison chaplain made that call. Whatever.

I do know that for quite some time there was no way to stop them from collecting

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Louis Eppolito, here convicted and here older, was portrayed as the Alpha Mafia Cop

their NYPD pensions despite conviction. I suppose their families who got that money were victims too so maybe it doesn’t matter how that ended up.

 

Caracappa never saw the light. He never admitted his guilt and ended his time in a cod dark Federal Prison. Its debatable if he lived like that long enough to call it justice.

Who knows? I would suppose he’s best off if the Atheists are right.

In the end we have to wonder what kind of Criminal Insanity gripped these two men. Clearly they were quite greedy and were stunningly dumb criminals considering the amount of police knowledge they had. They weren’t just arrogant, they were arrogant to the point where they held the investigative abilities of other cops in contempt. Had they used some hot guns and ditched them later they die free men laughing at the other cops they misled. Fortunately fate is funny sometimes. It’s too bad it took so long.

Do they deserve any Sympathy? You can make up your own mind.

“…..and all the sinners saints”

What Better Tribute to the Mafia Cops then a performance of Sympathy for the Devils, warts and all, from Altamont. where nothing ended up being as it seemed as well?

Caracappa was a despicable Super Criminal and I would have to say a higher functioning Maniac than crazy Colin Ferguson. Its kind of messed up I came across two such miserable creatures. Maybe thats out of the way and I’ll only meet nice people from now on.

 

 

 

The Man in the Monitor : My Relationship with Social Media

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I think my relationship with Social Media is an Extension, not a Replacement for Who I am. It’s not much different from the days I would grab my trusty telecaster and rock a room full of people (but a lot more mundane), right?

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The Year 30 PI (Pre-Internet)

As a 20th century vintage human I recall the world before the Internet pretty clearly. It’s impossible to overstate how little we missed what we did not yet have.  Cell phones were the props of movie villains and ridiculously non portable.

In some ways we were blissfully ignorant of the nature of the “High Tech” items in late 20th century every day life that seemed amazing. For example-the Fax machine was nothing but a glorified telegraph, it would either print or it wouldn’t. On/Off. Simple. The analog technology argecko_phoneound us occasionally featured maybe a circuit board. At this point we’re still slightly fascinated by monochrome Liquid Crystal Displays. It was not in fact the worst time, unless you were waiting on a phone on a beautiful day, or missed your favorite show. Basically things we’re pretty immune from now.

Then there’s this oddly Rustic aspect of Social Media Now. I never kept a diary of any consequence before Facebook.  It was almost a bygone era thing in general. Well, in a slightly different form its back in a huge way. That alone probably is a good thing despite (and sometimes because of ) some of the stupidity we can occasionally spew. Diaries are among the most important Historical Documents. It will probably seem bizarre to future Historians figuring out just WHY Condescending Willie Wonka had something snarky to say about EVERYTHING.

One thing I’ve noticed is I no longer have as much trouble with people simply not hearing me or not getting most jokes.  The words are there on their own saying what I mean (or showing I can’t express myself for shit) long enough for most people scrolling by to give it a moments thought. Its more than we sometimes gave eachothers words before. I would think thats probably good, right? And its not the worst vehicle for apologues, or the start of an apology,  if you can sound sincere. Despite the lack of a sarcasm Font (thanks Facebook, not even Italics!) the fact it’s there in print means most people could actually get it. So i would say if your delivery on jokes sucked this is probably a godsend.

Back to Me, personally-Not unlike Real World McTeag Internet McTeag is honest. The temptation to get caught up in Fake News just to make a buck was immediately rejected by BOTH! Part of it was I was averse to the blood money it would generate as I would have needed to go Hard Right Sock Puppet Liar to generate cash. The other part would be I felt like there SO MUCH out there summoning my Bigly ability for Fiction I could have out-faked them all.  If you want to say I could have held forth longer and more intensely to build a Market for Left Wing Info I would say ‘Turn on MSNBC (if your

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one of the many easy to find infographics showing MSNBC has like 10 viewers

carrieir even bothers to offer it). Theyre reportings not bad but until Maddow comes on theres like 3000 people watching and they have a whole advertising Department with a budget. I can amass as many clicks in a few days as an hours worth of MSNBC would be targeted by. Hell it may even take less, maybe 2 days.  I’m NOT the only person telling the truth (cult leaders say that), but I would never knowingly spread lies. Thats why most articles i publish are linked to Hell and back!

If you were replaced by the way you think you present on the Internet would your real world friends still recognize you? The only way tp make sure is to stay authentic and share some of the bad with all the good.  I still feel true to myself.

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Is it all a Waste of Time? Probably gonna be up to History to judge. If the servers are preserved this would be the most well documeted period EVER! Its possible History *might* even applaud us. That is if the Historians aren’t Aliens visiting the bla

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Take me to your Followers!

sted remnants of the 21st centuries only major conflict on a lifeless Earth. I mention this mostly because the deadliest nuclear arsenals in the world is in the hands of petulant children and China may currently be the least aggressive nuclear nation in its rhetoric.  America’s “president” Trump has the social media habits of 15 year old girl and a temper to match. His buddy Vlad isnt much more stable, but thats a whole other post.

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Welcome to Cold War 2!

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Its been awhile since I felt the urge to share my thoughts. In fact this is my first post of the Trump Era.

We have likely entered a time Historians will call the Second Cold War or Cold War 2. There’s little doubt that the worlds 2 biggest nuclear powers have never had a more strained relationship. Vladimir Putin, who has social engineered the Russian Federation to a standard of living where the average citizen has just over 400 bucks a month to play with, is surely laughing at the unmitigated success of ‘Operation Fuck Up America’. The fact is a corrupt strongman dictator presiding over economic collapse could be the most powerful man in the world is sobering.  His objective being to line his pocket is the only thing mitigating the charge to Armageddon. angry_trumpPutin at least seems to realize for now that Mutually Assured Destruction is a Reality despite frightening words to the contrary starting to slowly leak in reports from both the Kremlin and the White House.

We have likely entered a time Historians will call the Second Cold War or Cold War 2. There’s little doubt that the worlds two biggest nuclear powers have never had a more strained relationship. Vladimir Putin, who has social engineered the Russian Federation to a standard of living where the average citizen has just over 400 bucks a month to play with, is surely laughing at the unmitigated success of ‘Operation Fuck Up America’.

Since the start of their Campaign for President Team Trump was never concerned about appearances, a fact that sometimes benefited and never hurt the Candidate. One allegation of Impropriety after another has come to light since Trump’s jaw dropping “10 for 10 in tossup states” election night Coup victory.

A stranger to Decency and the Truth So Called President Trump has done evrything he can to avoid being a president for all Americans to the point its no longer even important why he does

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Look Out Below!

it. A low level of Courtesy toward friend and foe alike have Trump in a Historic Approval Ratings Downfall that only can be compared to the final fleeting weeks of the Watergate Scandal.

Congressional wanna-be Gauleiter’s like Devin Nunes have come out the woodwork to lie, cheat and steal for this president and most of all shield him from the Growing Red Storm above the White House’s latest occupant. While Trump himself laments the failure of predictably dead on arrival Horrible Ideas (like the Obamacare Repeal and Replace Fiasco) that featured a collapse of GOP resolve in the House of Representatives the RussiaGate Scandal only intensifies.

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Red Skies loom over the White House

The only thing we know with absolute certainty is Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin Cronies have used money, hacks and media manipulation at the very least to influence the outcome of the election.  Whether they pierced any state voting systems to engineer the mind blowing statistical anomaly that was the Trump Victory (which boils down to a just over half a sold out baseball stadium in most states he won worth of votes, a handful in this nation of millions) is still being investigated.

rather than try to keep score right now here’s a smattering of problems off the top of my head–

  • A Traitor and now possible Triple Agent, Ex-General Mike Flynn whose whole story is such a flaming bag of shit that the White House usually tries to punt all questions. Look for Flynn to testify FOR the Government AGAINST the President when the Impeachment or Worse goes down. (UPDATE- as of about 8 pm Eastern time CNN has begun reporting Flynn is actively SEEKING IMMUNITY
  • A farsical Press Secretary who is now a  Human Cartoon
  • A White House so leaky talk of an unnoticed iceberg strike is now mandatory
  • 2 travel bans shot down as petty and Unamerican
  • Healthcare slapdash con job implodes
  • Constant Blame shifting by the White House
  • A complete inability to let go of any perceived slight
  • Never missing a chance to speak harshly and stridently to women and minorities, especially those in the press
  • A Self Destructive Paranoia ending in baseless accusations that then president Obama was watching the Trump Campaign via arcane methods
  • Revelations that Trump family members and Campaign officials had fallen into the data collection we routinely do to our adversaries
  • That most of data was collected in a way so predictable the level of incompetent arrogant rank dishonesty is stunning. It only makes sense calling the Russian Embassy would raise eyebrows and leave audiofiles
  • Incomplete but dusturbing money trails that are now verified as close as a few (metaphoric) blocks from Trump Tower
  • Ivanka Gets Top Level Security Clearance like she’s the daughter of a Third World Dictator
  • Jared Kushner is now in charge of so many things he just has to fail at most. The tasks are not even realistic. Example- Peace In the Middle East on Americas Terms NOW.
  • The Term ‘Circular Firing Squad’ becoming commonplace in any discussion of current White House methods
  • Two disastrous raids in as many months by the US Military numbering into the hundreds of dead civilians in places like Yemen and Iraq.
  • Military Viewpoints that are increasingly called out as Dark Ages (or on a good day Medieval)
  • A complete tone-deaf reaction to every race or gender issue outside the persecution of the disenfranchised white man
  • A near Boiler Plate Pattern of Squandering away perceived success with increasingly discordant messages via twitter at crazy hours
  • Still more unrelated early early morning Tweet Storms as self-defeating as they are self-serving
  • Regular falsehoods dispensed from day 1 about the size of the crowd at Trumps (modestly attended) inauguration
  • Panic descending on the entire administration starting sundown on Saturday to see whose reputation Saturday Night Live will lay bare next. This is made all the more tragically funny by the immediate angry reactions from a president who faithfully watches a show he once hosted but always trashes as awful.
  • North Koreans on their own Schedule could care less how much Tillerson yells at them
  • Tillerson is apparently either so shady or such an asshole the press aren’t permitted to travel with him
  • Just because you CAN get away with getting elected president without releasing your taxes doesnt mean you should
  • Non Stop Comparisons to worst aspects of former president Richard Nixon
  • Popular Perception of Trump and his Supporters as Small Minded Racists is making even Small Minded Racists feel sort of bad about it
  • A deep longing that this was only as bad as Hillary’s server plus Lewinsky Scandal on Crack by the president
  • An Intelligence Community here and among our allies that simply but justifiably despises Trump and his crew
  • What Hell Is Up With James Comey? Why didn’t he tell America BOTH Campaigns were under Investigation? Why did he only go after Hillary? Is he a Spy? Blackmailed? Just Dumb?
  • An FBI that may just be compromised, especially in New York area.
  • Not being able to return home to New York due to the absolute assurance of a major protest with a 6 figure crowd trapping him in Trump Tower followed by a dangerous and humiliating exit via rooftop helicopter
  • The increasing anger at a president who ran on his work ethic but has already established a pattern of taking 1 out of every 3 days off.

There’s more but the bottom line is I am LUCKY for a couple of reasons –

First of all at this point I’ve had a full life. Next is the fact that being 2 miles from the Freedom Tower puts me solidly inside the Zone of Complete Destruction from a Russian Nuclear attack. There’s no need to stock up food when you are sure to be ionized. Lastly- I have no children.oops

One thing is clear- without a change of leadership (or at the least serious reversal of philosphies)  at the top of BOTH nations the situation will be near Untenable for the foreseeble future.

The United States and the Russian Federation are now facing each other in a Cold War Stance.

 

 

A Black Sabbath Fans Open Letter to Donald Trump

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Dear President-elect Trump;

I was in no way surprised to find out that you were a fan of Black Sabbath. What I am puzzled by is whether or not you understand the context of the lyrics. Visualizing a young Trump blasting rails of high quality cocaine off his desk cranking ‘Snowblind” on an awesome 8 track stereo system is unfortunately  as amusing as it gets

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Before I get into the reasons I’m concerned by your interest in my favorite band let me just say how proud I am of the members of Black Sabbath for finding an excuse NOT to meet you. You don’t deserve that honor. You’re crazier than Ozzy and never shown the personal character of someone like Tony Iommi. You could learn a lot from Geezer Butlers humility and you’ll always be baffled by the talent of Bill Ward. Even the genius of Dio is something that you could be humbled by, but you’re not a humble man and that’s what frightens me.

Songs like “After Forever” are ALLEGORIES speaking to the powerful, whose ranks you will soon join, warning them to temper their actions or risk a destroyed post apocalyptic world that’s only supposed to exist in their lyrics.

I’m sure you relate to when they sing directly about Mental Illness. Try to understand they are suggesting the troubled seek counseling rather than embrace their Insanity. They may be focusing on a tragic side-note, but don’t miss the overall point- If you’re Crazy admit it and get Help. I don’t think you will do that.

I see you laughing at the Resolute Desk, where great men who mostly tried to avoid War and Strife have sat, belittling the handicapped or women while listening to ‘War Pigs’ and seeing it as an ASPIRATIONAL song rather than a condemnation of people who act the way you usually do. You WILL HIDE YOURSELF away after starting a war.  You will never send anyone you care about ‘out to fight’. You’ll leave peril to the poor.

I see a world resembling that described in “Children of the Grave” should you give in to your darker instincts. You worship a ‘Computer God’ in your use of Twitter and every single appearance you make on television could be described as a “TV Crime”.

If you’re not cautious you will be the Fool who brings on Mob Rule. Disturbingly, this seems like something you’d enjoy.

When you won the election, showing there’s certainly are plenty of ignorant people in this country it was politically the Bloodiest of Sabbath’s for our Republic.

I would urge you to listen to the music of Black Sabbath with fresh ears. You’ll find the lyrics to be compassionate and humane and yes, angry and frustrated.

Black Sabbath  channeled their anger and frustration into changing the face of Rock n Roll forever. Please, heed the warnings of their music and try to be as compassionate and positively constructive as they are.

Time for some ‘Changes” Donald. You’d be surprised just how different Black Sabbath is than we may think at first listen.

-the real mcteag, live and sincere from Queens

Trump and ‘Patton’; How the Misunderstanding of a Movie is shaping our Future

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Based on his rhetoric and posturing Donald Trump is fascinated with General George S Patton, or more specifically the portrayal of Patton by George C Scott in the 1970 (mostly) biographical movie “Patton”. The worst aspects of this problem are that certain coincidences I believe Trump regards as similarities between himself and Patton as portrayed in the movie will re-enforce his delusional belief that he is very much like George Patton, if not his outright reincarnation, a major theme of the movie.

The biggest thing my hypothesis has going for it is if you momentarily embrace it, it explains pretty much everything and holds up to scrutiny from numerous angles. Of course its not perfect, but indulge me and then draw your own conclusion— BECAUSE COMMENTS ARE ENABLED!! Please weigh in if you feel so inclined!

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Trump’s fascination with Patton is a problem for a bunch of reasons. For one thing George Patton, despite his success, is a TERRIBLE role model for a politician. The real Patton was apparently non political, which makes sense because despite a rough charm he had no diplomatic skill or real  personal charisma beyond the shock and awe of non stop profanity.

The movie ‘Patton’ is a masterpiece of film making that starts with a very strong Francis Ford Coppola screenplay advised by none other than Patton contemporary and equal- General Omar Bradley himself.  An inspired George C Scott gave a brilliant, authentic and  career defining performance then blew off accepting his Best Actor Oscar to go to a hockey game, he was that cool .  Throw in one of the best movie scores outside Star Wars to move it along from the great Jerry Goldsmith of Star Trek fame. The director was Franklin J Shaffner , fresh off “Planet of the Apes” success.

The fact is Film Appreciation 101 might save the planet were Trump forced to take the course. If he had he would have realized the Ironic Duality of the plot. Simply put the movie is all about introducing the open question of “Is Patton all that is Great and Gallant in the United States Military or is he all that is Wrong and Perverse about War and War Making?”

The problems with Trump’s fascination with the movie are indeed numerous. Primary among his misconceptions seems to be that he is viewing in a very simple manner. It seems likely Donald Trump never took a single film class. The fact is Film Appreciation 101 might save the planet were Trump forced to take the course. If he had he would have realized the Ironic Duality of the plot. Simply put the movie is all about introducing the open question of “Is Patton all that is Great and Gallant in the United States Military or is he all that is Wrong and Perverse about War and War Making?” The movie seems to suggest he is both at the same time.

The movie analogizes very well to the campaign as we have seen it. The characters line up as roughly this- Trump of  course is Patton.  Egotistical British General  Montgomery , equally delusional and insane to only a slightly lesser degree, is ‘Crooked Hillary’. Patton’s very first aide in the movie who dies is BOTH original campaign managers AND Chris Christie (aside from the actual sorrow Patton felt,Trump seems a stranger to empathy).  Cod, his final aide is Kellyanne Conway and racist Steve Bannon. Omar Bradley and the US military are Paul Ryan and the Republicans. The German Military is the over-prepared Democratic Party, including their OP-O Researcher. Rommel is Bernie Sanders, the likely superior field  commander made ineffective by a truly incompetent leader.

The movie opens with a Rally. A composite of Patton’s actual speeches delivered by Scott in front of a gigantic American Flag using his incredible speaking voice to draw us in. It’s very much a political looking arena and an Academy Award Moment defying the viewer to look away. When Patton begins to speak he’s commanding and profane. This is misleading right away as the actual George Patton is easily shown to have had the speaking voice of a little girl and that he had to talk dirty and dumb just to get anyone to stop laughing at him. So a key aspect of Trumps hero is pure Hollywood and just to improve story, something Trump surely relates to.

There are some traits both the Man in the movie and Trump share. One similarity between Trump and Movie Patton would be the portrayal of Patton as very much Bipolar. He was probably ‘Manic Depressive’ in terms of that time. Both were spotty students at prestigious schools (though Patton was afflicted with dyslexia, an actual learning disability he overcame, showing great personal character). Both are only functional because they are different and also only at derisive price to others. Both are insulated from their mistakes by great personal wealth.

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Anti-Patton Cartoon from “Patton” (1970)

Both loved the coverage of and bristled at the scrutiny from the media they courted. Both earned the distinction of “Suspected Huge Fan of the Nazis” from the media in their time.

 

While Trump uses tweets Patton would simply act in an outrageous manner (sound familiar?) til the press couldn’t look away. Both seem to flirt with the idea of War for War’s sake (the Patton character admits this repeatedly). Each guy had their own unique religious tastes, Patton’s shown as much more extensive than Trumps appear. Patton’s steadfast belief in re-incarnation and love of all things violent calls into question whether he is actually a christian. In the movie he hits his knees a couple of times but only in the most arrogant way in the most dire moments. This is not unlike Trump being beloved by extremist Christians despite a life of documented debauchery. The climax of this subplot is arguably also the climax of the movie. Patton, frustrated that the reality of the situation didn’t fit with his preconceived plan, basically ORDERS GOD TO CHANGE THE WEATHER AND APPARENTLY PULLS IT OFF. This only

reinforces his extreme vanity and puts a more dangerous edge on his genius.

 

 

Of course what we all know today about Patton’s Weather Prayer is that a warm front moved in and the snow simply stopped.  That doesn’t blunt the forceful nature of the scene where Patton excoriates a regimental chaplain, telling him to write a prayer “good enough” for God to bother listening. Its very much like Trump’s contempt for the Pope and religion in general. The “Two Corinthians” Fiasco shows Trump has no religious convictions including having no problem with rank hypocrisy and is therefore a bit less moral than Patton. This sequence of the movie is meant to show Patton’s Hubris and psychopathy in pursuit of battle and it’s a very dangerous thing to take it literally as surely Trump does.

Another thing Trump and ‘Movie Patton’ have in common would be a total lack of understanding of whats called “Psychological Warfare”.  In the film Patton is apparently baffled as to the importance of his mission leading up to D-Day- to  be a weapon of mass distraction . Patton’s use as a decoy convinced Hitler to disregard an Actual Invasion and hold off forces that may well have turned the tide of the War itself , to await a Fictional Invasion that was never going to happen.

angry_trumpThis is a lot like Trump calling the Generals and the president stupid repeatedly for broadcasting some details of the plan to destroy ISIS. He simply doesn’t understand the idea that you can cloud your opponents judgement to the point you can predict or even control his actions.  It’s too subtle for the movie character or Trump to grasp. (I’m pretty sure the Historical George Patton DID understand but probably had contempt for psychological warfare).

Both Trump and Patton have a deep disdain of giving out any government healthcare. Patton orders his hospital units not to admit Combat Fatigue, which he considers

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Patton “shaming a coward”/ abusing a soldier

cowardice. This was so insane to 1940’s medical personnel they simply ignore him, a move that boomerangs on Patton in his “Hot Mic on the Bus” moment where the General loses control of himself publicly.  Of course I am talking of the scene where movie Patton slaps a ‘cowardly’ soldier in a Field Hospital, disgusting everyone and betraying to his troops how little he cares about them despite the bravado. Real life Patton slapped more than one soldier more than one time til they actually had to discipline him and remove him from  command. Patton is benched and used as a decoy until after the D-Day Invasion, the battle he  had waited all his life to fight in. He faces it like a pitcher caught doctoring a baseball and forced to miss a playoff start. In other words, with only a minimal thought of anyone else. Again Patton shows his view of war and command to be from the Dark Ages or perhaps early Renaissance at its most compassionate.

In his finest moments of triumph after receiving a new army to command, when  prosecuting the war Patton is shown as petty and dismissive of his soldiers well-being and simply thinks of his Army as a whole. People get killed the same way a person trims their fingernails, it’s a natural ongoing function of war. More important than winning were the laurels and press adulation that came with it. When holding the spotlight Patton is grandiose in his actions while his words are always petty. Demonizing and denigrating his personal rival “Crooked Monty” aka British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. The press shines its light on one only at the cost of the other in much the same way as the US media did with the candidates in the recent election.

Patton and Trump have contempt for the abilities (and probably even the racial abstraction)  of the Russians, despite Trump’s open admiration for Putin. Patton moves himself firmly onto the hot seat in the early postwar moments by repeatedly insulting people, specifically members of the russian military, the US President and that which would become NATO. Sound familiar?

Near the conclusion of the movie Patton is again being a prima donna for the press, riding a prized horse in a Baroque era stable. He’s absolutely embraced the role of Military Governor from a Medieval Perspective. He refuses to denounce the Nazi’s properly and defends his utilization of Hitler’s former minions in his administration. In the characteristically glib manner of a sociopath Patton simply analogizes the Nazi party to the Republicans and Democrats in America. Such is his arrogance he ignores the way the press are manipulating him and plays bluntly to them making a bellicose implied case for war and just basically checking off boxes on the list of traits of “Unfrozen Caveman Warlord”. The career of Patton is gutted by his insane statements and brutal medieval view of war, deemed just too out of touch with the 20th century to be any longer tolerated.

The movie closes with the disgraced Patton reflecting in how the Romans would celebrate a victory with a triumphant parade through Rome itself and a warning that all Glory is Fleeting.

 Disturbing Conclusions and Thoughts-  

It’s my theory  that Trump see’s the story of Patton as that of an American who couldn’t lose cause he was an American and that he was an exceptional person who prospered BECAUSE he broke all rules and civility rather than IN SPITE OF THIS. I believe he sees his kooky Cabinet of Billionaire Ass kissers as equivalent to Patton’s highly trained and battle proven staff officers. This dangerous delusion casts crazy ex-General Flynn in the role of Omar Bradley, something so far from the truth it would be laughable of it weren’t absolute reality.

Based on his overtly displayed misunderstanding of the movie Trump shows he is dangerously militarily primitive and most comfortable with methods and ideas more commonly associated with the Nazi Germans than 20th century Americans.

Patton is a terrible role model for even most soldiers as he was always succeeding at he expense of higher all around casualties. He declined peaceful solutions whenever possible. He was always one mistake from disaster  but circumstance connived him a series of unlikely wins. As a role model for a president Patton is a disaster.

Like Trump, Patton’s glory should never eclipse the incompetence of his enemies. It requires some historical perspective to understand. Patton was set loose in western Europe with a veteran army and ample supplies. Even more decisive the Germans are mandated by Hitler ONLY to plan against Patton in an area where they expect the Invasion that never comes in Calais. Rather than ever accepting that they must fight Patton they become intimidated and willfully ignorant of the reality due to Hitler’s rapid mental decline from seriously insane to non functional maniac between about 1942 and early 1944. Patton directly benefits. As far as the recent campaigns analogize think of this as being roughly the same as Hillary not going to states she considered ‘safe’, like the vaunted Democratic “Blue Wall” of reliably Democratic states , each of which she then lost by less than an under-attended football game worth of people. We know Trump appreciates this misstep because its one of his favorite riffs to go on from the ongoing “Thank You Rallies” that are a veritable torchlight parade for the guy.

Also like Trump, Patton did have a staff of soothsayers, but again, they were highly competent top notch merit promoted staff officers with great expertise as well. Trumps rag tag group of advisers is anything BUT top notch or Highly Competent.

Another unavoidable conclusion from the movie is that current 21st century Americans are actually LESS civilized than Americans of the mid 20th century, 75 years ago, or at the very least the Americans of 1970 when the film is made. Being at war since 9-11 surely is somewhat to blame for this.  This suggests that assertions about a cult of ignorance and a desire to literally turn back the clock to early post world war 2, before the integration of the military, by the Trumpists are very much real and accurate.

There is still time to avoid the fate of the Germans and the fate of Patton, which is the final spoke of this wheel. Patton’s death was in a freakish car accident. Its long been imagined and even said that the General was killed by the CIA’s predecessor the OSS. If you watch the movie you’ll end up a little torn by that because clearly he was an enemy of peace in every form. Could Trump’s disdain for the Intelligence community and peoples sensibilities be such that there is action taken against him as well?

Only time will tell.