Star Trek’s Disappointing Discovery

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I have watched about three episodes of Star Trek Discovery. I don’t have any passion for this show.  I had mixed feelings going in but its worse than I feared. Not fun and heavily pilfered from a variety of successful sci -fi franchises (NONE of which were Star Trek). They even say “It’s not you, it’s me.” just like in Seinfield! Its harder to watch than the worst episode of Deep Space 9.

Its boring predictable and derivative. Because I have PTSD Im going to try to write my way to a place where I can forget the trauma and sleep. Yeah, its THAT bad.

At this point I must trash JJ Abrams greedy merchandise oriented creative decisions he selfishly made in his time at the Helm of the Final Frontier.  We split the timeline so we wouldnt have to revenue share toys and this is what we’re left with. The implications of his Star Trek franchise, which he’s now abandoned to ruin Star Wars, throws all shows out of cannon except PREQUELS of the original 1967 series. In other words, Enterprise and this. I guess the idea of a traditional Star Trek show was never considered. Certainly the writers are a bit handcuffed.

That said they did a shitty job. No respect for the fans or the material was shown. More of the Abrams era “Lets fix that awful Star Trek by killing its charms” approach.  Its not really an excuse. This is still Star Trek and big budget and good script could have come together, because things like the sets are a triumph most of the time. No such luck. They failed deliver a show you would want to watch or any likable characters for that matter. The lead is a Human female Reverse Spock who grew up on Vulcan. And that’s not even the worst or laziest part.

What went wrong? Apparently everything but mostly, in no real order, it’s that the shows few attempts at humor fail miserably. Then the shows tone is self important and overly slick. All CGI special effects stops have been pulled out. You might be dazzled by a near future holographic subspace conference calls and a huge, even Bigly space battle, but you wont have any fun or crack a smile as the show just sort of happens.

Also lacking- Trek compassion.Its stark how little life seems worth to the Federation. We see characters in jeopardy, like a shuttle pilot who i guess dies for no reason except the dialogue was particularly cumbersome and bad for the preceding 5 minutes. You would expect the loss of any Star Fleet officer to deserve at least a remark, like how these awful people werent worth the loss, or that she had been recovered no thanks to them. The show lacks HUMANITY. In a universe of aliens its rudderless.

Heres an example of how terrible it is- theres an episode called “The Butcher’s Knoefe Cares Not for The Lambs Cry. Think about that!

By episode 2 we are subjected to some kind of screaming conference call (via holograms)  between some pretty badly designed Klingon’s, complete with a flashback to a troubled Klingon childhood out of Blade Runner 2049. It doesnt work at all. In THIS Star Trek show Klingons either yell or deliver lines (in Klingon) with Shakespearian stage kind of acting to I guess make the sheer drivel they’re saying seem important? Wait til you get to their enormous flag ship for a discussion of repairs and food! What a treat!

 

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Some truly unfamiliar and badly designed Klingons

It limps along depending on special effects and gets hamstrung by some of the worst Techno-Babble ever seen on the Final Frontier. Its about as bad as Voyager. Even worse it takes itself very seriously while showing that the writers did only cursory research into Trek Lore.

The plot revolves mostly around an emerging technology that we pretty much can foresee is sort of wrong, but hey, we got Klingons! So we’ll focus on the tension between the Scientific Explorers and the more military people in Star Fleet I guess. I’m on episode 5. Its not gotten any better or developed any sort of energy. This is where the show goes most wrong and borrows heavily from Event Horizon, which was an ok movie but TERRIBLE Star Trek!

Instead of any kind of good or cohesive story its a freakish trip through other successful sci-fi franchises like an awful Aliens Send Up in episode 3.

The show has no feel of Trek at all. Its not as good as even Babylon 5. The ship is even kind of boring looking with a better development story than result. Maybe the retasked Horta-like creature they keep in bondage is supposed to be a bone thrown to the real fans? Because its a lot like a creature from a GOOD trek show? Ok but it actually looks pretty bad when we get a good look at it, and is completely irrelevant, propping up their bad technical experiment story.  This subplot just hangs around to justify the engineer characters reluctance to be a military weapons developer.

I cant blame any actors for lurching and scenery chewing through this mess. I mean, William Shatners pure bluster DOES float a few episodes, so who could blame anyone for tucking in and going with it.

Oh yeah and Vulcan Logic has become somehow like The Force, Because this is an amalgam of other successful NON STAR TREK Franchises! And they can still put on a pretty overwhelmingly boring but sort of serious delivery of their outright silly scientific sub plot.

I hope they dont try to keep this idea going. Its UnWorthy.

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What does Star Trek Discovery deliver? Ok the special effects are awesome. They have some pretty well made aliens among the terribly done Klingons. If you were one hated Enterprise for its title sequence hve no fear, the title sequence might be the best thing in this wreck.

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What they basically confess is a ship inspired by Star Wars

Its Unimaginative, its no fun and it depends on special effects. Some plot devices are plain bad, Beaming from deck to deck. A retinal scanner that only scans, I guess eye fluid? It was back in Blade Runner territory on that one.

Boring, disappointing and action packed this stupid show is should be called Star Trek Disappointment. They need everyone to die in a final episode to wash Trek clean. Watch The Orville, its closer to Star Trek than this mess!

Im now up to episode 5 and the heavy handedness is of toxic proportions.

Do Not Engage with this garbage!

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Trump’s One Talent- Coming Up With Great Punk Band Names

Life under Trump is pretty stark and frightening. He tries hard to keep us fixated on him trump_angusand seems to love tormenting the American People. There seems no end to his despicable actions and harsh words.

The one light in the black? You can harvest some of the BEST EVER UNUSED Punk Band Names from his crazy rantings!

Heres some examples of bands I WOULD pay to see if anyone had the initiative to form them-

  • Fire and Fury (I even buy the t shirt no matter how this band sounds)
  • Little Rocket Man
  • House Not Hole
  • Bannon Cried
  • Sloppy Steve
  • Violence On All Sides
  • Very Fine People
  • Extreme Vetting
  • (The) Bad Hombres (thank you readers!)
  • The Steele Dossier (another t-shirt buy)
  • Mexico Will Pay For It
  • Deep State
  • Beautiful Wall
  • Enemy of the People
  • The Fake News
  • Ten Feet Higher
  • The Crooked Media
  • The Liberal Press
  • The Kysliaks
  • Fancy Bear
  • This American Carnage (maybe a bit like Bad Religion?)
  • Crooked Hillary (ok sounds more metal)
  • Lyin’ Ted
  • Gorilla Channel (ok while this ended up not being something he ever said but damn I would see them!)
  • Very Stable Genius (synth punk a la skinny puppy or maybe like Janes Addiction?)
  • Guccifer
  • Bleeding From A Facelift
  • Psycho Joe
  • Divided Crime Scene
  • Pizzagate
  • Little Marco
  • What You Signed Up For
  • They All Have AIDS
  • No Collusion
  • The 25th Amendment
  • The Emoluments Clause
  • Big Water
  • Executive Time
  • Bigly

I’ve added like 4 since i went live with this…..the list will grow until president shitheel is out of office

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Feds Investigate Clinton Foundation as Trump Goes Full Third World Dictator

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The biggest story right now isn’t the speculation Trump is suffering from a cognitive disorder (he is) or that he will BLOW OFF HIS MEDICAL EXAM next week (he so will) but that at his behest the Justice Department has, according to CNN just a few minutes ago,  has launched a Criminal Investigation (so maybe at some point even raiding?) the Clinton Foundation. Its a Dictators move and Sessions will, I suppose, have that added to the list of charges he’s confronted with at a future American Nuremburg Trial. For whatever reason the Little Rock location was mentioned conspicuously. Probably just a personal slight.

This frightening move puts him squarely in the corner of other autocrats from Hitler to Idi Amin.

It seem that Money for Access is the purported focus of the probe. It probably turns up nothing. If it does catch even the smallest irregularity trust me SCROTUS trump will let us know. Over and over.

This is much bigger than the indisputable fact that Trump’s got dementia or worse or that he’s Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein rolled up into one.

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Separated at birth?

Irrelevant Jeff Sessions has had a banner couple of days. Yesterday he moved to take away the PTSD medicine for every veteran in about 14 states and today he’s attacking a charity.

Why? Because our corrupt presidents charity never remitted and was just a way to enrich himself at the cost of Cancer kids. So of course he’s just sure that the Clinton Foundation is a front as well.

 

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John Adams, who could at least admit he was bald.

Its EASY to believe the president would pass a polygragh regarding his belief that the Clinton Foundation is corrupt. He can look in the mirror and see corruption right there.

So freak out that he’s crazy, I am, but take note that today Trump began persecuting his political enemies with the apparatus of the state.

Liberty has not been so greatly endangered since the Alien & Sedition Acts of 1798 passed by John Fuckin Adams.

Next most disturbing  development of the day (its just about 11 am) would be certified (By Paul Ryan

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Dana Rohrabacher works for the Russians

and Steve Scalise) Putin Puppet Dana Rohrabacher in the following segment screaming over poor Ana Cabrera that the entire Mueller Probe is directed by CNN and the media. Freedom was nice while we had it I guess.

Can Trump Even Read? (seriously)

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unflattering-donald-trump-chin-photo-ps-battle-24-583ecc826229a__700Months ago there was a buzz over President Trump’s apparent inability to actually read. It sort of blew over before reemerging today as just one of many explosive or outright frightening revelations about Trump in excerpts from soon to be released book,  Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House, by a guy named Michael Wolff, who Trump thought would I guess lionize them all. Instead, faced with a bunch of insane petulant people perpetually in full freak out mode things just changed!

The quote about Trump’s literacy is as follows-

“Here, arguably, was the central issue of the Trump presidency, informing every aspect of Trumpian policy and leadership: He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-­literate.

With a few key edits and additions here’s the original post —

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  (We’ve seen plenty of this in Trump’s unnerving tweets about Nuclear War)

• become frustrated and angry easily; they may storm out, or become physically confrontational  (We’ve seen plenty of this with the press)

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.  Just look at some of the crazy tweets he’s put out there about North Korea. And getting angry? Like anyone hasn’t seen that. 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 to compromise and tolerance. Follow this link to the awful tale of the Trail of Tears .  Essentially, Jackson 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. If there had been photography at that time endless comparisons to Hitler (rather than Napoleon) would dog Jackson’s memory.

As an administrator of government Jackson was petulant and incompetent with all the wrong priorities. 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 expansion and the free labor from slavery.  In short, he was just terrible.

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. Jackson’s 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 missed the entire point of the eponymous semi biographical movie about the fiery soldier.  Masterpiece “Patton” is a very watchable movie which he often references. Unfortunately he failed to grasp any of the movies more subtle points. He misses Patton’s obvious conflicts.

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Iconic opening moments of Patton (1970)

The movie clearly paints Patton as a mixed bag of contradictions with as many problems as gifts. Trump simply misses how Patton’s professional training and top notch merit promoted staff  are completely the OPPOSITE of the ‘Dumbest and Dimmest’ collection of Yes-Men the under-educated he’s assembled. Trump misses this entirely. Instead of a cautionary tale of the need to moderate destructive personal traits Trump sees a blueprint for an success through fiery arrogance. Its possible the Dunning-Kruger Effect is operting even in

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Where have we seen this before?

something as simple as a relatively straight forward bio-pic.

He also is known to frequently blow off important meetings 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.

2018 Wish List

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Here’s some things I have my fingers crossed for in 2018-

  • Trump catches fire and slowly burns to death on TV trump_hitler_atl_graffitti
  • Or dies in any other way before June
  • Or is Impeached and tossed in jail forever
  • Same for Pence too
  • Ivanka, Jared and scumbag Trump Jr  starting lengthy prison terms
  • “Flynn Flipped” the Musical
  • Knowingly shake hands with a Genetic Relative
  • Fly my nephew to NYC and hit Mets AND Yankees games
  • gain 10 pounds
  • Reversal of Personal Fortune
  • great Free Concerts in Central Park
  • Survive “The Last Jedi”
  • Continue to Hold Out Deep Into the Night Awaiting Freedom and Liberty to return to America
  • Even more guitar playing
  • Support good journalism (the best cure for Trump) by renewing my subscription to the New York Times
  • Lobby for DEVO to play this and every Superbowl
  • Pray the world moves on from AWFUL music-murdering ginger Ed Sheeran. Weren’t the songs he wrote for Taylor Swift enough to convince people he plain ol’ sucks?
  • Tell everyone to read Philip K Dick’s “Clans of the Alphane Moon” because its the best ever dystopia. You can hear it unabridged Free HEREme_travis
  • continue exercising more
  • drink less soda (so far so good for last 4 weeks)
  • Never Miss ‘The President Show”, basically the Daily Show of hating Trump
  • Meet William Shatner
  • Be in a movie (as an extra or better)
  • Hopefully not hear the name “Roy Moore” even one time
  • Or hear much about horrible Alabama in general
  • Submit that script
  • Become Ex-Pat to Canada if America’s Fascist descent continues
  • St Patrick’s Day/Irish Pride Parade NYC 2018
  • Cuban Pride Day NYC 2018
  • Italian American Pride Day 2018
  • British Pride Day 2018
  • Native American Pride Day USA
  • a proper celebration of at least one Jewish Holiday
  • Tweets of Defiance more
  • Facebook Posts of Conformity less

 

 

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UN Showdown with Skinflint Trump (and What it Means for the Mueller Probe)

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UPDATED 12-31-17

Nikki Haley sounded just like Trump today when she gave a harsh speech that could probably be called “Reverse Blackmail” aimed at the entire world. Some have said this illustrates that Trump wants blind loyalty. Others point to the vote where all but 9 UN member nations decided to condemn the US decision to move its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a place so safe and non controversial that the Israeli’s themselves do government business a Katyusha Rocket flight (and change) away in Tel Aviv.unflattering-donald-trump-chin-photo-ps-battle-24-583ecc826229a__700

That’s all true about loyalty, but Trump also has a lifelong pattern of simply not paying what he owes.  Probably relates in some way to the inexhaustible reservoir of anger he has and his complete lack of empathy for others. The bottom line is that Trump is not a trustworthy  himself, so he sees everyone as the shifty liar he is. There’s always a reason not to pay, even if it’s just something he thinks up that might happen in the future.

Art of the Deal famously talks about his boilerplate practice of simply refusing to remit. Sometimes he says the work was shoddy.  It basically comes down to- he’s too cheap and petty to have lawyers on retainer and not have them sue back their salaries by using them as legal cannon fodder.  Tying people down in court til there was no point continuing but honor has worked. It’ an awful way to do business and it’s probably the biggest reason he has to get his loans from Russian Mobsters instead of American Banks.

Now Trump’s petulance is US Policy. Don’t expect any concessions from the world.  They’re just fine sucking up the vacuum in global leadership and they’re all having a good laugh. What the fuck do they care if the UN moves to the Hague? Old Amsterdam is even more fum than New Amsterdam, they’ll be fine.

mueller.jpgThe American People are the losers here. The idea we will regain moral leadership of the world when we get a new president is not exactly a foregone conclusion.

And it’s not like Trump has any plans beyond maybe trying to acquire the UN site for luxury hotel space. He’s just doing the only thing he knows, playing to the loudest Right Wing Empty Barrels and attempt to curry favor with petty horrible people like himself. Is it any shock he gravitated to the Right Wing fantasies that regard withholding money?

Nikki Haley should be ashamed.  Has she even considered Life After Trump? Does she really think if she becomes Secretary of State she will not be undermined and bashed by Trump the way he currently goes after Tillerson?

I haven’t said this before because I guess my pride forbid it; but it can’t be denied, Trump, by virtue of everything we see, is a powerful seductive voice. Yes, he mostly appeals to simple, angry people, but there’s a few who damn well should know better sprinkled in.

Trump’s cheap and petty traits are going to drag America through the mud as he uses the (now free) resources he has to soothe his angry ego by just cheating people. I think he gets off on it.

Trump’s predilection to use shifty legal manuevers to simply delay while he creates other fires has scary implications for the Mueller Investigation.

I predict the very idea he can fire Mueller or effectively neuter him with some maneuvering and strategic firing of others (hear that Rosenstein and McCabe?) is too much for Trump’s feeble mind.

Since the time of the Roman’s the best way to destroy a democracy outside outright war has been to simply install and inept leader who spends badly and otherwise stresses the state institutions, like the courts. Trump was appealing to his Russian handlers because anyone thinking about him being president for even a minute would realize he’s incompetent and flagrantly dishonest. He could stress the Institutions of State.

It’s pretty likely we’ll all be out on the streets protesting in the next couple of days. I just don’t see Trump as able to handle the power and hey, he KNOWS he’s guilty, so he’s going to fire Mueller. Probably sooner rather than later.

UPDATE- Mueller somehow came out of Christmas and looks to be ending the Nw Year with a job still. I still think ultimately he will be fired.

If that somehow doesnt happen (or un-happens) look for Trump to just use all tactics available to play for time. He has no problem being president of 35% and falling. He can take more Horrible than us.

His goal wont be to win in this either, just to kick the can every day with no real Frand Strategy outside the usual- some kind of Out fo Court Settlement where he steps away admitting No Guilt. As soon as he leaves office he has 19 or so Sexual Harrassment / Sexual Assault cases againsyt him that will take a lot of effort to avoid paying out in. On this one his strategy will be (unwittingly, of course)  to kick the can til he dies.

#RESIST!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I’m Not Seeing Last Jedi (and you shouldn’t either!)

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Not a Review, a warning. (No spoilers)

Well its December and time for another Star Wars movie. This time I’m not plunking down any money for what looks like a giant turd. Here’s why there’s no reason to see it before it hits video

  • The Rotten Tomatoes score is at 56% and falling. 40 points or so below the critic score.
  • Shape of Water looks pretty awesome. Seems like a better investment of 15episode-8-luke-skywalkerdollars.
  • George Lucas has absolutely NOTHING to do with this. In fact, he’s not so sure these new movies will be any good and said so a long time ago. HE WILL get plenty of money though, which is overhead they have to pay for… by selling toys and other stuff that doesn’t help the movie.
  • Star Wars Stockholm Syndrome. Its real, I’ve seen it! It’s like this- You can’t really trust people who saw it and think its was ‘Pretty good” or “Still worth seeing.” They need to see it a second or third time to really believe its mediocre or even bad. This is fine for the Star Wars People. They have the easiest job ever. They CAN’T Fail. The fans just are overwhelmed by the advertising and the years of waiting. Most people’s perspective is shot by the time they walk in to see it. Its something like Stockholm Syndrome. People blame themselves when they don’t enjoy Star Wars movies! Otherwise why would The Phantom Menace be the one that made the MOST MONEY?
  • The initial Episode 8 ad campaign was a threat to ruin the movie with toy commercials! “DON’T LET ANYTHING SPOIL THIS MOVIE”. Pulling that off would be a Sci-Fi movie of its own! Am I supposed to go back in time and kill JJ Abrams to prevent the mediocre set up that was the last movie?
  • If you just go see a mediocre movie cause Disney said you have to, well, what would the Rebels we loved in the original trilogy think of that? DISNEY’S AN EVIL EMPIRE.
  • Luke and Han just won’t be onscreen together
  • Admit it. When you saw Episode 7 the second time you were kinda bored. It was ok the first time but sitting through it the second time with my nephew was awful. And the kid sort of hated it. He was 11. At that age he should have loved it. He loves everything with Harrison!
  • Episode 7 was impossible to watch straight through on video. When it was on Netflix I gave it one more shot. This time I just saw the flaws. Like for instance how Fin and Po form a life bond in a 200 second tie fighter escape and crash. It felt like they didn’t even try to make the characters real.
  • Rogue One was much better than any Star Wars “Episode” movie since maybe super violent ‘Revenge of the Sith” Think that’s a low bar? CNN compared this one to Revenge of the Clones! Chose your poison.
  • You can’t trust reviews that say its good because they could be bought and paid for.
  • The LEGO version will probably be better
  • The Toy commercials have exposed 15% of the plot. EXAMPLE- BB-8 has a rival or buddy robot whose similar but Empire, I mean “First Order” style. Knowing these movies, maybe first a rival than a companion?
  • The last movie was one long beginning teasing this movie the whole time.
  • The Han Solo movie will be better.
  • The Obi Wan movie will be better.
  • Remember the end of LOST? Same people.
  • It’s got long awkward parts JUST to sell toys. In the last few movies it’s been worse and worse.
  • All the Ad Campaigns launched at once with a glut of out of context movie scenes. So its being sold on home video (well in advance). Of course the toys are also being sold, throw in the backpacks and t -shirts and other merchandise being sold and the related stuff like car commercials. For at 4 weeks they will runs non stop. Every week they will debut slightly new commercials for the same stuff. Worse, it intentionally spoils the movie. Punishment for those who hesitated? They’ll know next time! Worse still each commercial s has a slightly different approach and tone, some silly some semi serious, its annoying.
  • The 10 million different licensed products seem to all have gotten there own 2-3 seconds of movie to sell their product with,so- dozens of spoilers.
  • It’s close to three hours long! Come ON! This isn’t Martin Scorcese. Who even wants a 3 hour Star Wars movie? Is it just so it can sell more toys?
  • Do you want to be part of rewarding Disney for making a long mediocre Star Wars movie? When does it end? Remember what i said what I said about Phantom Menace making the most money? Don’t you think that facts been dogging the franchise? If your worst movie is still a huge goldmine and blows up franchise records whats the motivation to EVER make good ones? Take a stand for quality.
  • This last ones Purely Personal- Doesn’t seem a chance in Hell the best character, the Emperor will show for the oh so uncool First Order.  Its just not Star Wars without Ol’ Lightning Hands.

So there you have it. Don’t bother.

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Bannon; The Evil Jerk in the Cheap Jacket

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In the last couple of weeks my least favorite Trumpkin, Steve Bannon, has come out of the internet sewer he lives in to take a shot at selling the people of Alabama on electing, of all things, a pedophile to the United States Senate. It didn’t go so well.

When everyone still thought Moore would win Bannon showed up and tried to bully sitting senators, like old Turtle Boy McConnell. He really made a point of praising Moore, a Fragging Candidate during the Vietnam War.  It was really hard to watch. Mostly because Bannon seemed powerful and it was frightening. Would he REALLY cajole these crazy rednecks into voting for a Child Molester? It seemed as though he could.

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The man in the 30 dollar jacket

Then he didn’t. Immediately my view of Bannon reverted to what it had been before, minus a lot of anxiety about his so called ‘charisma’.

Still, I got  few problems with Bannon.

First off, whys he gotta be Irish? Seems since JFK any kind of liberal Irish politicians are few and far between.  They’re universally sociopathic Republicans.

Then we have what we could call “A Perpetuation of the Stereotypes” going on. Every Irish person with a conscience tries to COVER for how much they drink, even if it’s not that much in the first place. We’re always put down for that as a race. Weeks past a mandatory haircut, perpetually with 10 o’clock shadow, Bannon looks like Otis the

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Otis the Drunk

Drunk from the old Andy Griffith Show plus 10 more years of hard drinking. He’s a walking stereotype of the most intolerant, uneducated cab driver at the lowlife bar. I don’t CARE if he went to Harvard, he managed to avoid learning anything there.

Is he on pills? is THAT why he’s so insensitive? Mottled with Gin Blossoms across his face and with a voice that,yes, absolutely fits. I’m always surprised he’s not slurring. Thanks for disgracing the race, Bannon.

On his soapbox he actually is more at home. Free and easy with awful things that set the nation back every time he opens his whiskey hole, he actually is a competent speaker….if you don’t look at him too long or too closely.

His Charisma, such as it is, is finite, thankfully. His milieu is too incongruous and it only works just so often. Maybe it doesn’t even work at all without outside help, be it from Trump or if the Russians cut out middle man and do business with him directly. Whatever is going on the facade is not the greatest and people do balk.

More Dr Morell than Hitler, he just looks like Hell. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want him to start jogging or dieting! Let high cholesterol carry him away tonight!

He’s a divider, and he’s had his day, but maybe, just maybe reason is returning to America (or arriving for first time) ?

Til now it seemed he was probably a soothsayer of some ability. He had, after all been able to conjure up Presidential support for the candidate he initially picked and who then beat Trump’s guy Luther Strange for the GOP senate nomination.  When he out predicted his old boss it was sort of scary.

No matter what the situation, for instance somehow selling Trump to at least some people and giving him some policy, bad as it was, Bannon had a decent track record. I was starting to think he was the next coming of Hitler.

But he’s merely a good speaker, not one for the ages like Hitler. And we’ve heard this before. And the failures of Trump have sheered off some people whose minds were only partly poisoned and they recovered some dignity.

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‘I’m Roy Moore and I own a nickel plated 5 shot. Vote for Me?’

And Bannon Failed Big. The people of Alabama found a way to send the Democrat, Doug Jones, to Washington instead of rotten ol’ Roy Moore. Their first democratic senator in a generation.

Alabama is a ruby red Hater State where a bunch of small minded religious bigots spend their time trying to tell everyone how to live. Their 18th century views are a stain on the national discourse and dammit it took a CHILD MOLESTER to stop them voting republican. Was it hubris on Bannon’s part? I think that’s possible.

Right now Bannon’s looking like a really inept self promoter. It’s gotta a tough sell, his product was, after all, disproven by World War 2!

Bannon’s greasy paw prints are all over this Implosion. There were a few normal people that just got lost in the shuffle once Bannon started carping for Moore to be the guy. And he was good enough at influencing people to get that. It proved a Pyrrhic Victory. If he didn’t have terrible judgement he’d be much more dangerous. He chose the wrong battle and was beaten like the Germans at Stalingrad.

And now, 30 dollar K mart jacket and all, he begins a descent. Will he land in prison? Maybe for a while. Then, if he does get out, I suppose if he’s allowed around computers, he likely ends up a 21st Century Internet version of vintage hater, the Nazi subsidized Father Coughlin , another disgraceful Irish guy.

 

 

An Aspiring Gentleman’s Guide to Navigating The Weinstein Effect

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THE RECKONING

For the last few months there’s been something of a Reckoning going on in America.  In short, woman are (at long last)rebelling against the societal norm that diminished the impact of sexual harassment and abuse on the PERPETRATORS.

The fall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein amid harrowing tales of sexual misconduct turned whispers to shouts. The best way to sum it up is – After years of terrible treatment our mothers, sisters, nieces and wives just aren’t going to take it anymore.

Sexual Harassment and worse have been rampant but it seems a Page has Turned. Now instead of the victim complying or getting fired its just as likely the cops will show up w_effect2to deal with what can be a crime.

Whats an aspiring gentleman to do? Best guesses and compassion are all we have to go on.

This is what I’ve come up with;  I don’t think we should even try to speak on behalf of women. We’re probably gonna be wrong and its probably presumptuous. Its only gonna sound paternalistic.

Heres my attempt at some schematic guidance for the overwhelmed or unsure.

NO VICTIM’S LYING

Holy shit guys, get past any excuses that may come to mind, all these victims can’t be lying. If time reveals some accusers did lie that’s an individual thing and an aberration. It’s probably true that in some cases you have so many accusers that they will run the gamut of personalities. Some people will come off badly, some will be convincing, but all deserve to be believed at least initially.

The most cynical and laughable approach to whats been going on is on the political front.

Currently the people of Shit Hole Alabama are taking insanity, denial and projection to new heights by weighing whether a Republican whose likely a

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Roy Moore during a Stump Speech

Child Molester is better than a law-abiding Democrat to make their Senator.  Moore’s defense is as simple as it is laughable, that everyone’s lying but him.

Worse, it’s a bewilderingly, disgustingly close race.  Like there’s anything to even think about? The fact Child Molesting Roy Moore is even in the running is mind-blowing.  Just another awful day to avoid watching the coverage.

Even worse still, throw in the full gospel pseudo intellectual justifications that Moore has taken to using in defending himself.  His rhetoric is right off the ‘Right Wing Crazy Person Media’ that America’s mindless happily allow to pollute their thoughts. It issues forth from internet sewers like Breitbart and AM talk radio stations. Its decades old and recycled. Still, some haters make a living off it.

There’s some bad people out there. Be careful and be informed.

Beware the MRA’s 

So Called ‘Men’s Rights Activists’, also known as simply ‘MRA’s’ such as despicable Rush Limbaugh , Trump himself and Jesus Freak Mike Pence, spin a seductive lie to Men that, in fact, denying these things happened in itself makes them untrue, They will present the men as victims (unless they’re non white). The MRA philosophy has taken hold of

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Rush Limbaugh has long been considered an MRA

most right wing people. Take something as crazy as Quivering!  It sounds like a disempowering and futile philosophy. We’re NOT talking families who just have many children, we’re talking about the crazed extremist christian simpletons who feel obligated to repopulate the world. Having children to get in good with god is crazy.

Some people like putting the crass nature of the actions on society via musical or cultural icons. Its to dilute any one persons guilt. “If Jay Z says  ‘Bitch’ why can’t I?” Forgetting for the moment you simply shouldn’t? Next best answer – when you have a gold record you can go ahead and risk your fame doing it.  If you’re not a celebrity you are gonna have a terrible life trying to live by their rules.

Also hanging out near the murky bottom is good ol’ Ted “I”m Not So Great on Guitar No More” Nugent. Ted’s not as refined as some who spin intellectual reasoning for Sexism, he just outright trashes women. It’s an insidious way of thinking, but the part where you get to think no one else is as smart as you and your old-fashioned notions is seductive. It strongly appeals to dumb people and born followers alike.

Don’t be a ‘dumb follower’. It even sounds bad.

Enter the Quislings

Quisling is an interesting term in the sense its a Historical reference to the Fascist Collaborator who ran Norway for Hitler. One day we’ll see something similar with the names Flynn, Trump and Kushner. If you don’t know this term, hey, it’s why I provided a link, just use it.

Breaking My Own Rules a little here, be warned.

I’ve attempted to auger just how the Accused end up having some powerful female allies. I got nothing. It doesn’t make sense to me. Are they just mistaken? Could they be victims too? Maybe one day we’ll know for sure. For now? We just can’t fall in step with them. Just because they are women saying things a caveman would love to hear doesn’t make their statements valid.

It would seem an easy decision to either avoid favorably discussing the perpetrators or to simply put it on the Justice System to sort out, but some choose to do otherwise. In most cases it’s people on the political Right, who as I mentioned are currently making a Virtue of Pedophilia (Roy Moore again), so trashing adult women is probably easy for them now (Did they ever find it difficult?)

There are many collaborators, just try not listening to them. Helping out the “MRA’s” are some totally delusional privileged woman so rich and out of it they throw the blame on the victims and end up merely useful Quislings.

A great example recently would be Lena Dunham defending  a much accused possible rapist. I thought personally it rose to level of Enabling since she’s technically the boss of him. I further felt she was unfair to the victims.

Dunham would seem to me a somewhat toxic enabler.  Fair Disclosure- I’ve long considered her overrated and petty.

TV’s Big Bang Theory star Miam Bialik stumbled into second place in the Enabler Stakes when she wrote, then retracted, an Op-Ed many felt blamed the victims. Like a novice skater slipping on ice she seems to have accidentally recovered, but not before a good deal of backlash for bascially coming off like a 19th Century adherent to the Cult of Domesticity.

Bialik seems to be regarded by most as an Unwitting Enabler and seems to have changed her tune, but the story illustrates how many parochial attitudes remain.

While Bialik seems to have recovered, peoples patience with Dunham seems more frayed. Frutratung this one is she’s not much good at apologizing or explaining things.

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Lena Dunham

The Girls TV show creator notably penned a bizarre self aggrandizing autobiography where she made some disturbing claims about what she did to her younger sister.

If you’re already on a bad path and love it, then look to Dunham for your cues. You can claim you were on acid later I guess.

The Intellectual MRA’s, the low brow MRA’s and the Quisling’s are a heady mix.  Rhetorical Fastballs, Curveballs and Spitballs all are served up in a confusing display.  You COULD be tempted to believe them. Hey there’s a whole bunch of loudmouth excuses and lies being put out there all day. In Limbaugh or Alex Jones’ case it’s incentivized on both ends.

The Consumers get to feel like theyre correct and the purveyors make money off it. Don’t buy into it.

Seemingly insane or “In On It” Camile Cosby, Bill’s real life wife, is another kind of

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A telling and strange image of Bill and Camille Cosby

Quisling. Whether she’s delusional or In On what Bill does is anyones guess. She’s a seriously stereotypical enabling wife. Perhaps we need look no further than money? Some would throw Hillary Clinton in this category too. Fair or not its a perception she paid for when her historic presidential bid went sideways.

Guys, my advice is again simple- screen out the narrow-minded voices who claim they can explain everything. There’s almost never merely one solution anyway. That’s your first Red Flag  If you took the things the discordant voices of Intolerance say one small piece at a time they implode under analysis anyway.

A New York City Police Department Detective once told me “Anyone who is conned has larceny in their hearts”. He was right and it applies to intellectual cons as well. If you find toxic things convenient or empowering you need to pump yo’ brakes. You’re being primal when its time to be civilized.

 

THE UNREPENTANT UNPUNISHED

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Pitching Hate

The fact that some terrible offenders are just getting away with or even rewarded for what they’ve done through what amounts to crass denials are going unpunished just makes the whole Shit Storm more intense. Bill Cosby and Donald Trump are the most prominent of this group.

Some people just never seem to be held accountable. Seeing them is like a punch in the gut to people who’ve been victimized by other scumbags. If a person with an Abusive Past comes to prominence their victims have a new imperative. They want everyone to know how the abuser acted. It seems like a pretty normal cause and effect for me. It’s normal for people to wait until they are confronted with their abuser standing on the brink of power before they act.  It’s too common to call it anything else. To these victims surely it must seem their worst nightmares are coming true.

For the moment the Unpunished Unrepentant are somewhat having their day. Trump of course is president, Cosby is still defiant and a multi, multi millionaire out nothing but legal fees. Awful Roy Moore may just be the next Senator from Alabama.  All have adopted a moralizing attitude and derided their accusers. In Trumps case he goes as far as simply calling his 19 accusers liars. Cosby somehow prevailed in court and was immediately cured of a variety of ills and had enough energy to trash his accuser too.

Moore, who stands accused of the gravest crimes imaginable, has a hybrid Defensive approach. Alternately using a large group of female supporters as surrogates only to reappear and brazenly call his accusers something along the lines of pagan liars. Agents of the media are likened to forces of supernatural darkness. And in the 21st Century  no less. Don’t fall for it.

The overall effect of this simply refreshes the outrage or even re-victimizes some people with every new set of revelations.

These individuals are Straw Men on Steroids. It might actually be part of their appeal.

WHAT’S A GUY SUPPOSED TO DO?

We simply can’t afford not to take every accusation and every accuser seriously.  Victims and crazy people can be one and the same. People who have an attitude might not be lying either. People with a chip on their shoulder, hey, maybe being a victim is how it got there?

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Sometimes There’s No Good Options.

More than anything else we probably have to come to terms with the truths; it happened around us. All the things that we used to think just aren’t true. It’s just the way it is. That doesn’t make everyone a prick who may have thought bad stuff or believed the wrong person, but looking back now things probably weren’t what we thought then.

When we hear a story of abuse, unless we’re in a position of power, have to accept the fact the odds favor the victims. Respect and sympathy seems the only way to go

ME, YOU AND THE OTHER GUYS

It’s changed being a guy. We see another icon or celebrity explode into a pervy jackass on a daily basis. How are we supposed to feel? Theres an element of shared guilt.

In my not yet that long life I have seen the world change. I’ve changed. too,  but I definitely never came close to anything that would be called ‘attacking’ someone! I never just pulled out my dick to ‘close the deal’, I can’t even imagine thinking that was a good idea. I didn’t need to “change” like that. Thats years of therapy and medication if not incarceration level thinking. Maybe my strong mom and having a younger sister helped me out, I don’t know why acting Normal is so damn abnormal these days.

The stories about things like Matt Lauers “Door Locking Rape Button” or Harvey Weinstein jerking off into a potted plant absolutely fall into category of “Stuff No One Had To Tell Me Never to Do”, in most cases I knew better before I was in High School! It’s criminal behavior and I’m not aspiring to be a criminal.

When I was young I could sometimes be a dick, and I know there were times I thought shit that I now know was wrong maybe was, I don’t know funny, or

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young me (in the middle)

innocent.  I was wrong.

But underage girls? Attacking or drugging people?  Anything against the law was something that even in the depths of my worst booze and drug binge never seem to have happened. I guess I don’t have it in me (and thats a real relief).

On a bad night I probably misread signs and tried to kiss someone only to fail horribly, that’s mildly embarrassing not criminal.  Mostly because I never persecuted anyone for turning me down.  Unbelievably, theres people who attack anyone who rejects them.

POWER AND PUNISHMENT

The element of power is what the most obvious aspects of the Weinstein Effect separating it from simpler acts of horribleness. Weinstein and the other prominent

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Kate Beckinsale brightens up any movie

accused had a LOT of power.

The more the perpetrators prospered the more powerful they became. They could point to the pelts on the wall in the form of destroyed or minimized careers and validate the rumors of vengeance. Weinstein also somehow alluded one of America’s better police departments, seemingly by simply bribing Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.  He must have felt invulnerable. Thankfully the second approach from the NYPD likely lands him in jail as a convicted rapist.

Weinstein defined the Abuse Matrix as we know it now, that he would murder your career. Many of his victims, like many of Cosby’s, can absolutely point to downturns in their careers.

Some of these downturns are just Inexplicable outside active, powerful forces. Lets

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Bill Cosby in his purported “Patchwork Sexual Attack and Drugging Robe”

 

face it, unless she wanted to stay home no year should have been without several Kate Beckinsale movies. She COULD have been as big as Julia Roberts by now. There’s no turning back the clock. Not to minimize what was done to her, but theres a faceless army of victims of innumerable unpunished abusers who did even worse. And Beckinsale herself had some power and still held off speaking about what heppened to her for years. Maybe she wasn’t scared, but she couldn’t pioneer her careeer on her own terms, that we know. Its just completely unfair.

Cosby, Weinstein, at times Trump and others dangled stuff ( or threatened to take away things) anyone would find tempting – a lucrative contract or a path to celebrity. In some cases they cleverly picked people who just fell between the cracks in society and trusted the public perception they were just lying Gold Diggers to take hold. Til recently it almost always worked.

In a world closer to that of Moore, very strange Michael Jackson, if he WAS abusing people, was something of an evil genius in finding pre-compromised people.  Be they exceedingly poor, in need of life saving medical care or just hung with a bankruptcy and some judgments he knew how to pick people with credibility issues. Like I said a different abuser but enlightening in his methods if he was abusing people. (seems to me he was)

The Weinstein scandal signaled a sea change. Would Be Abusers are in uncharted waters. Technology (every cell phone has the potential to record life destroying images and audio) is probably starting to help catch some abusers, but really its courage and to a lesser extent frustration by the women of America en masse.

The time has come to allow woman to speak for themselves. They seem to have found their voice.

I’m going to try to stay out of the way and learn as much as I can.

ITS PROBABLY GOING TO LAST MONTHS IF NOT YEARS

A lot of people have shit to answer for. Don’t get yourself mixed up in trying to parse who is worse. Everyone was a scumbag. Criminals we should just leave to the law. If they beat the rap but everythings sealed we know they low roaded their way out at best. We have to shun them.

Theres no real rule of thumb anyway. I don’t know what it says about me that it took me til the third accuser to really dismiss doubts about Al Franken and, years earlier even Bill Cosby. If I had to make an excuse its that I was in really numerous and good company.  Nobody thought America’s Dad was a rapist til we all realized it was just not possible he wasn’t, if not legally certainly morally.

Theres no quick or easy way for this to end, The Fire can’t be Quenched, it can only be allowed to exhaust as much fuel as possible and hopefully when it burns out the new lanscape is friendlier, nicer and less prone to abuse.

Fingers Crossed.

 

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.