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The Problem with the Magnum PI Re-Boot – Bad Stories Fueled by Endless Gun Play

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Well I just caught episode 2 of CBS new re-boot of Magnum PI. I’ll probably watch it again since I don’t have ESPN and therefore, no Monday Night Football.

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As a fan of the original I was still hoping the shattered pieces of the once sure-thing movie with Matthew McConaughey would be picked up. No such luck but since Hollywood can never leave a once successful idea alone we now have a new re-booted Magnum TV show.

If you’re a Magnum purist forget it, read no further. You’ll probably find the tone just a bit too trite and the female Higgins concept blows apart one of the best aspects of the original show, specifically the tension between Magnum and Higgins as two people who were never gonna get drunk enough for a night of sex, which the current two seem destined for. From what I saw the idea the writers can milk some of the same kind of fun out of the characters seems remote.

The Cast is not bad but sadly about all this show has going for it. Where’d it go wrong? It was probably when Hawaii Five-Oh managed to somehow become a profitable show based on the CBS reaction to the paucity of male fans to be had during even the worst football game.

The network developed an outlook that could only produce mediocre TV. It’s best summed up as “Dumbed Down Detective Shows that make NCIS New Orleans look innovative are fine because we get to have something of a second premiere for every episode AFTER MNF’s season ends.”

The logic seems to be – after January rolls around men will watch for the first time and the wives and girlfriends will watch it again. Down the line its well set up for really good ratings nights when the game is all but decided early or just a bad matchup.

The attitude over at CBS seems to be “We can float sub par shows using an attractive cast and bad stories will be evened out by using LOTS of gun violence as a crutch.”

There’s probably an entire blog post on just how much consequence free gun violence this show and Hawaii Five-Oh throw into any given episode in after-thought fashion.

Back to the Future 

The good news of course is if you miss the 90’s we’ve got the shows back! CBS has rebooted a scat of  shows on a confusing Monday Night that have all been done better! Maybe the new Murphy Brown will work out and be a decent show, it’s too soon to tell. Also in the ether we’ve got a bad MacGyver reboot on Friday nights that’s in the mold of the new Hawaii 5-0. Which is to say – it’s bad.

Sadly the new CBS outlook means even the worst show is Bomb-proof. At least until episodes start to regularly do badly twice as the second airing is key to the formula.

So the CBS writers are in a ‘reduced accountability zone’ and wow have they ever torn into it. Instead of something innovative or new theyve kicked back and thrown out some not so well thought out re-boots that seem to have picked up too much inspiration from The Fast & The Furious Franchise.

You would think that most of these shows would find their way and improve as time went by. Again, while it’s too soon to make a call on Murphy Brown, the lone non cop show entity, MacGyver and Hawaii 50 are bland and usually kind of bad with a cavalier attitude towards violence.

H50’s McGarrett has to be past 200 on screen kills at this point. So the anchor point of this formula was always ‘a low bar story-wise and heavily reliant upon consequence-free violence to move things along.’

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The Big Problem

It all started with the awful Hawaii 5-0 reboot. The fact the shows up against Monday Night Football means that only women are watching it.  So a good looking cast was enough to keep it afloat. Then the network gets basically a second premier of all episodes in January when Monday Night Football is over. So to keep men watching all dialogue is punctuated by long machine gun duels that I guess they consider substance?

One thing we knew going in was the chances of making TV history again with an innovative and fun show were not good. Still, if done right a Magnum PI reboot could still be watchable.

Sadly, CBS bad habits and the apparent lack of decent writing stagnate the show as it almost falls apart before each commercial break. It’s a kitchen-sink approach. And by ‘Kitchen Sink’ I mean long boring periods of gun porn as bad as an episode of The Rifleman.  I guess writing a humorous exchange that works on its own is NOT in the mix for this show. Too bad.

Watching the new Magnum show is best summed up as “Johnny Depp’s thoughts on geo-politics are probably about as interesting and relevant.”

We were told to be ready for some real changes in the format and they weren’t kidding. For one thing there appears to be no narration. The biggest change,  obviously, is female Higgins. I hesitate calling a Latino Magnum a real change. Furthermore, Jay Hernandez is better than okay and might flourish in a better show. Don’t blame him. He captures most of what we would want from Magnum and could get even better if the show lasts. The approach is respectful on this count.

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While it may not have really started out that way the Higgins character grew to occasionally steal an episode. Accompanied by two loyal and extremely obedient dobermans; the original Higgins was a preposterous little man firing off a cannon while raising a Union Jack and scolding Magnum as a free loading car wrecker (and was possibly also Robin Masters).

The new Higgins is completely different. Rather than an oversharing self important blowhard with endless war stories from a colorful military career Higgins is a now simply a cheap, absent minded and mean-spirited brit who is noticeably lacking two tame dobermans. Rather than ‘the lads’ this new Higgins has a brainless female sidekick reminiscent of Kathy Bates with head trauma.

So poor female Higgins has pretty much nothing but un-funny bilious comments as a trade mark. Oh and maybe she’s Robin Masters too. That possibility seemed still alive. Her accent was at least believable, at least to my American ears.  I can’t blame the actress on this one.

In fact I found myself somewhat drawn to the cast despite the terrible story. We still have Magnum couch-surfing through the estate of (absent) millionaire Robin Masters. And YES, we did get the helicopter we remember back and there’s still a decent dose of car-porn. Then there’s the things that changed.

The Bottom Line

It could’ve been worse. The changes didn’t really hurt that much. It’s more the terrible story I had to endure.  And the 4 machine duels in 20 minutes. I was thinking all the flashbacks to Magnum’s time as an active duty War-Time combat deployed SEAL was really him pining away for a safer, quieter time.

If given a better script this show would definitely be okay. The casual machine gun duels should be the first thing to go. It seems the shows very afraid to have anyone have any sort of meaningful conversation without being under fire.

The dialogue was bad, the bad guy tried but had nothing to work with and the Higgins-Magnum tension is at best in limbo til the secretive Higgins character reveals more.

It’s still save-able, but I can’t recommend it.  It needs an entire new room of writers.

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Welcome to (maybe) America’s LAST EVER ELECTION

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It’s just days until the much talked about Mid-Term Elections. All expectations are the president and the Republicans are going to take a beating and I don’t think they will let the results stand.

On election night we’ll see upsets. They will eventually be nullified by Trump who WILL make many false claims and possibly not seat the new congress.

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In hotly contested races like the Florida and Georgia governor races rest assured voter suppression and outright racism will rear their ugly heads. Trump may try to nullify these elections as well.  I just don’t see BLOTUS allowing Andrew Gillum to be Governor of Florida under any circumstances. Trumps far too much of a bigot AND he’s likely committed a slew of crimes there.

As I look ahead I see mostly darkness. This is not an invitation or a suggestion NOT to vote, definitely VOTE. It’s also not a claim at clairvoyance. Its just a couple of sort of likely worst cases.

The issue is that Trump is hateful of the will of the American People and will show that if put on the spot. Hot off an October with at least 1000 verifiable falsehoods and lies from the president it would be naive to think that a huge dose of bad news will elicit anything but a full-blown, divisive and extended meltdown from Trump.

Trump won’t suddenly change when it looks like the Democrats will back Mueller and maybe even make it impossible for him to remain president. He will lie and make delusional statements about millions of illegal votes and just act like he always does. Like a deranged idiot deprived of much-needed electro-shock therapy.

What Just Might Go Down

In the week after Election Night there will be a spate of lawsuits from loser on both sides. It also brings to mind the reality we will see one of the most cruel, destructive and damaging lame duck sessions when this current horrible congress finally all get on the same page and stick it to the American People.  Sure, the Jeff Flakes of the world will pretend to feel bad about it, but as we’ve seen he only cares about having cover for what he does rather than doing whats right.

And if too many elections are settled in the GOP’s favor under a cloud you gotta ask yourself if people in New York and New Jersey would even consider allowing some disputed ultra-Trumpist having a hand in their fate. Californians also fit that bill.

And then we could see Secession here and there. One possibility is 3 to 5 regional republics with varying (if any) relationships with the Federal Governments Remnants. Another, further flung possibility would be 50 little fiefdoms. If this happens god help Mexico as the Texas Republic will likely declare war on them within 30 months of independence.

The idea of several regional republics really doesn’t seem so bad to be honest. Imagine the Red States in Flyover America forced to come to terms with their own bad governing ideas? Because a Republic of the Northeast would be pretty well set up to prosper without them. Though these states are believers in Federal Socialism, how much more money would New York and Massachussetts have if they didnt have to subsidize loser job deserts in other states? And Missouri forced to self finance? A humanitarian disaster could happen there.

The idea New York simply makes a bid to join Canada sounds crazy now. In fact most of this post would have been considered Science-Fiction 500 or 600 days ago. A whole bunch of mostly bad things have happened over that course of time though and America’s falling down and to the right.

The fact is if sufficiently bungled (and we have some great bunglers in power now) the Mid-Term could result in the break up of our Union. No matter what happens we’re sure to have an extra angry, extra dangerous Trump ruminating over the concept he could get a Comeuppance for the first time ever. He’s gotta be in deep fear of that. He has never had one and never come to terms with any mistakes or personal flaws he has.

Were he anyone else he would have been forced into a mental institution years ago. It took the accumulation of fame and ill-gotten cash to insulate the guy from reality,. This despite him being a self proclaimed news-junkie and self purported authority on Fairness.

While Putin will love this no matter how it happens, he really wont be happy til he gets 50 little fiefdoms. This would still include the possibility of a reunion of the old Confederacy or some kind of malevolent New Confederacy with the policies of 1980s South Africa.

I guess the most ironic thing about either scenario is it could truly make of Trump what he falsely said of Obama – he could end up being a president NOT born in the United States. How? Well for one thing should the nation splinter theres just NO WAY New York aligns with Trump.

So there you have it.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Bad Day of Lying About the #MAGABomber, “Caravan” and Synagogue Massacre

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While the original post on the evils of Sarah Huckabee Sanders is comprehensive; the way the national discourse has fallen off the table recently with a spate of violent attacks coming from the political right. The recent horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre was front and center for a singularly bad day for America’s tas peyer paid  designated liar, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

SHS sat most of the month out, but the October 29th presser was the first in 26 days as the Trump Administration continues to do business in closed rooms with locked doors in the dead of night.

Always evasive of soap and direct answers, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has probably reached felony level complicity in the Trump Criminal Enterprise.

Mostly we see her now when things are incredibly bad and White House comments are long overdue. For some reason this has no impact on the angry indignance with which Sarah goes about her infrequent pressers.

Shame is never gonna set in to these horrible pressers or the woman who runs them with Goebbels-like dissonance. We can stop expecting the administration to start to learn or to start leading. This is it folks. We have the most corrupt and incompetent Administration this side of Ancient Rome.  sarah-huckabee-sanders-presser.jpg

As always the presser started 25 minutes late, much like Mein Kampf recommends.

Looming over the October 29th presser was a spate of recent hate crimes most people who don’t watch Fox News more or less blame the president for inspiring.

The atmosphere was first charged by the 14 (and counting) devices mailed out by a Florida Trumpist nicknamed the #MAGABomber by Twitter based on his targets. Driving around in his home/ bomb factory / vanifesto he had managed to empty out the CNN building and credibly attempt to kill former presidents Clinton and Obama among many others.

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just one window of #MAGABOMBER’s Anti-Left, Pro Trump ‘Vanifesto’

All the people and institutions targeted, like california rep Maxine Waters, CNN and Right Wing Whipping Boy George Soros, were frequent Trump targets.

Next an old school Nazi Anti Semite shot up a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed eleven innocent worshippers and wounded many others. The shooter made some social media posts that showed he was moved to action in part by the presidents xenophobic obsession and repeated rants regarding a group of immigrants apparently following the harvest north Trump’s classified as a Democratic Party Funded Immigrant Caravan designed to swing the midterm election. They’re currently about a thousand miles from the US Southern border. More on the so called caravan later.

In a macabre twist, a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor was among those killed. Thats where the United States is at just about 500 days into President Trump’s inept and criminal administration.

It was another new low for angry Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The Trumpire Strikes Out

On to today’s Ministry of Information Dance of Dishonesty!

Sarah outright lied and claimed the president had won the popular vote with 63 million votes when he in fact lost by over 3 million votes. Shades of Spicer in the shrubs on that one!

It didn’t get much better. One positive, she managed to stop herself in the middle of starting to pick her nose. After that you could tell something was stuck in her simuses and adding to her overt irritation.

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Trump had thrown out some horrible tweets about people who were MAGABomber targets to start the day and made then some off the cuff, stupid, uninformed statements and hard to swallow denials getting into his helicopter. So the clouds were well seeded.

Hemmed in by insensitive statements by her boss that sort of blamed the victims at the synagogue; Sarah didn’t bother to do much more than deny reality and say false things when confronted. No one was buying.

The idea the president felt the Synagogue lacked a Good Guy With A Gun and was asking for it hung in the air after Trump made off-hand observations that were first darkly un-American and second sort of dissed the victims with the implication they were reckless not having an armed guard and therefore sort of played a hand in their own deaths.

The shooter for the record, was super well armed. More well armed than my character in ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Ghostlands‘ avatar.  He had 2 pistols and an AK-47. He wounded 3 cops in a gunfight while massacring 11 American citizens and then held SWAT at bay for some time.  So the idea an armed guard or anything short of a machine gun nest could have stopped the guy is laughable and plain old sick.

In her chrome-a-key green sure to be parodied dress Sarah sounded like the ambassador from a hostile and rude Star Trek race. The only solution for Gun Violence was hardening schools and places of worship. It’s just asking for it in Trump’s world if you do anything without armed security (or go around not packing heat).

On the #MAGABomber topic she just lied and pretended the idea that he supported Trump was a media fantasy despite the social media posts and threats going back months the MAGABomber had verifiably made.

Humility was in short supply when asked if she is simply lying or out of the loop and a back and forth with CNN’s pundits was answered with rudeness and dismissive comments as always.

Justifying Illegal Dictator Moves and Spreading Fear 

The president has been lying and spreading fear with repeated assertions the migrants from Central America were ISIS concealing terrorists in the ranks. This is what motivated the Synagogue shooter, who kind of liked Trump, he just thought he was too muted in his anti-semitism.

This invited questions about Trump suspending or plain violating the Posse Comitatus Act, which pretty much forbids the president from using Federal Troops to enforce Domestic Policies within the United States. Sanders was simply evasive and made some false claims about the act not applying. To be clear to suspend Posse Comitatus the “caravan” as the right has dubbed it, has to be classified an Invading Force.

Maybe enough racist governors let him deploy their National Guard Units, but it’s really unclear what Trump would want the military to even do, open fire? As far as deploying the Army? Seems to be specifically prohibited. It would probably be met with great resistance by any officer forced to command such an expedition.

It’s an issue that should go away as soon as the midterms end. Trump really likes talking about this and the Fox News Feedback Loop makes sure he keeps seeing it though, so who knows?

And at the 23 minute mark Sarah declared she was out of time and stormed off.

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So What’s the Deal with Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Heritage?

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Before I talk about Elizabeth Warren’s DNA I want to point out the real story is the long racist, anti-woman screed disgraceful president Trump has been off on since the announcement. He’s said a bunch of really despicable things and essentially has been the truly awful bully we’ve become accustomed to.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Ancestry Claims

She’s probably telling the truth. It’s not a huge number. Certainly seems too small to lie about. The number out there is 1 part in 168.

My quick math would put it anywhere from 6 to 8 generations back. So we’re talking maybe 1700s for the last full-blooded native american ancestor. if it’s entering her line 6 generations back the person would be 1/3 native american in about the year 1750?

Lets split the difference and say it’s 7 generations back. That’s a generation when there’s 128 direct ancestors. They’re may not be a moment when they’re all alive at the same time either. It’s complicated! Notably even that far back the ancestor would not be fully native based on the size of the match Warren’s claiming.

So to put it in the terms of Lifetime of the Last full-blooded ancestors; picture a room with 168 people in it. They cover parts of the 7th and 8th generation back. For fun imagine them in their 18th century garb and remember its likely they’re not all that okay with each other on a bunch of levels. Many never set foot in America and live out their lives in Europe.

One of these people would be Native American.

Over 300 years they reproduce into a steadily smaller siphon of direct ancestors as we approach the present.  Fast forward 2-300 years and you have Elizabeth Warren. It’s not quite that simple, but that’s not the craziest or least scientific way I’ve heard this put.

Whether her family story of anti Native American oppression is true is hard to say. Best case she’s just over 7 generations removed and the native american ancestor is an unwilling subject of the British Crown. Someone would have to have been keeping serious score of all of their neighbors to know this, but hey, theres people that petty. Just look at Trump. So who knows?

It’s also probably no longer important how native she is, she IS. I do not think she will lead with this and shouldn’t. To me this is mostly because there’s a high likelihood we have already had a president with some Native DNA and simply don’t know it.

Either Roosevelt is a decent candidate due to the long period of time the family had been in America. They were like 9th generation New Yorkers of the New Amsterdam Vintage! Thats a lot of generations. None of the 692 direct ancestors that make up the 9th generation back, or anyone they married on the way, was part native? How many Roosevelt’s lost a first wife to child-birth and remarried to mix it up more? I’ve sometimes wondered if James Earle Carter may have something other than pure european DNA as well. How many generations in America for the Carter’s?

Of note;  Warren has yet to release any kind of truly reliable or scientific percentage or number. The best number I’ve heard out there, specifically from CNN, is 1/ 168th Native American. This, I believe would make me 900 times more Native American, but don’t quote me.

Nothing Elizabeth Warren has ever done or said has been anywhere near as disrespectful as the repeated racists attacks Trump has launched against her. The president is simply a completely dysfunctional racist with no sense of appropriateness. It’s hard to say where this truly pointless national conversation will get us.

As far as a potential future president, while I tend to like Warren’s ideas I find stunts like this off putting. Its like 21 days til an election that she’s not running in. Bad team spirit by Warren sucking the oxygen out of the room for Democrats! Does NOT reflect well on her as a potential leader.

Back to Trump, who still doubts climate change, that the Russians hacked the election or that Gold Star Families deserve respect  and basically is just a despicable guy. He’s disgraced himself a bunch of times making racist comments over this situation. Here’s one horrific example of Trump’s inappropriateness as he diminishes two American War Heros with a racist rant –

Well, Warren didn’t use a commercial test, so we can ask out loud if she ordered up the results ahead of time. So there’s going to be that asterisk. Trump will seize on it just like he seized on Obama’s Birth Certificate only to simply dismiss as fake all proof.

The president, of course, is an inveterate liar.  Much more of a liar than if Elizabeth Warren were to have faked distant Native roots.

More to the point, if she were lying maybe a full percentage point would have been better? Seems like this is plain old true and, with a number so small, likely accurate. Who would bother to lie on a scale so minute when a simple verbal correction would not have upset anyone?

I do not think Elizabeth Warren is lying. I am confidant that odds of her actually having native DNA were pretty high just waking in the morning. The story was essentially true and we have some proof now. That the amount of DNA she actually has could be described as minimal is something we will hear about endlessly forever. I doubt she wins this, true or not. Trump’s just too effective a bully.

Of note- Trump is a liar to the core and is not going to make good on the ‘Million Dollar Bet’ against Warren having Native American ancestry no matter what. This is a  guy who set up a phony charity that was so shady and such a money grab that Thievin’ Trump and his family are SPECIFICALLY FORBIDDEN to form or be part of any charity in their home state of New York for fraud and ‘Self-Dealing”.

Trump also has claimed to not believe he was the person who was on the Access Hollywood Bus tape when all other people on the tape claim he was there and Trump himself admitted it was him. This won’t change. The guy is completely dishonest.  He’s also a sociopath and a pathological liar who lies even to himself.  You don’t need to be a geneticist to know the Trump Crime Family are the ones whose DNA you just don’t want!

Everything we’ve heard about the case of Elizabeth Warren suggests that she was right when she heard tales of distant native ancestry from her family. What seems shitty is the perception she used it to advance herself and that she’s maybe just another rich white lady looking for a “Minority Card.”

This is probably not a good characterization of Warren or anyone else because it seems that it was true and merely exaggerated or misunderstood by the people relaying the information. As far as I know there were no geneticists in Warrens family tree so we can’t really kill her for just simply being like as much as 1/3 of all North Americans.

Are White Americans REALLY European?

Another absolutely impossible to ignore part of the conclusions is that white Americans are not really Europeans if they’ve been here any amount of time. And if we stop all immigration today we’re all still going to slowly become some kind of American Race of mixed DNA.

So bottom line? It’s really unlikely a 4th generation American could not be part native american. Probably a very small part, but part.  Spare everyone the dream catchers, acknowledge it’s the evidence of a Genocide that was only skin deep.

Now we’re finding out that the popular view of Native Americans in pretty much every single Western Movie before The Outlaw Josey Wales in the mid 1970’s is actually personally offensive to us and we were somewhat racist against ourselves. I blame society on this one.

And that’s a lot to think about. And that’s why there’s this whole separate post from a ways back about when I tested my own DNA and discovered I had Native American DNA.

NOTE – this HAD to be hived off from the original post (the previous one). It got out of hand and developed a life of its own.

America’s Fastest Growing Ethnicity – Native American

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Like a lot of other North American’s I have Native American DNA. Whats It mean?

More than anything it means that just 7 generations back you had well over 100 ancestors and nobody knows who all of them are. It also means that yes, a great deal of white Americans have some Native DNA.

Its only generations of “Moving on up” in apparent whiteness that fostered this idea the Native American genocide was all that complete. While the Native Americans were surely dealt a shit hand by history where lot really were outright killed and many more suffered horribly, theres more of their DNA left than people realized. Til now. Personally I’m fairly sure my low percentage of unidentifiable DNA is probably native american too, but who knows? I can say in 2 years on 23&me its the one racial category that has only kept going up, harvesting out of my “Unidentifiable” DNA( a category that keeps going down).

For the ones among us like myself finding out now through science there’s no cultural component. For the most part we got here the same way. We are descended from willing participants in forgetting the Native American Heritage. Even in the 1970s the ‘Defeated Noble Savage’ thing was still out there and people just were happy NOT to verbally pass that information on to their kids.  The truth was they had become US. We’re still here and depending on how you crunch it; maybe there’s more of us than ever.

Now, like David Cone’s perfect game or Aaron Boone’s home run it seems there’s more people claiming  ‘I was there’ than any stadium could ever hold. In the case of the Native DNA its the opposite of a baseball milestone. We didn’t realize we were at this event. We ARE this event. We’re Aaron Boone’s Home run! For perspective on this huge number think about this; most every latino is part Native American right off the bat.

Marketing by the DNA Companies

The DNA Research Corporations showed they trusted in math when they started using Native American Ancestry as a pitch.

Basically a day came when they had a sample size so large it was scientific. Then,  there was one somewhat astonishing find – that a lot of Native American DNA is diffused through the population of North America.

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These DNA companies saw the evidence of the prevalence of Native DNA in small amounts marbled through American demographics. Then they checked their math and when everything added up they somewhat cynically exploited Native American heritage. This Disney-fication of Native American history is a problem and a future blog post of it’s own. Whatever, it really went down that way. It’s probably sort of morally a bit wrong.

That same math tells the DNA Research Corporations that there’s enough people running around with minimal amounts of Native DNA to have serious cover on any criticism. In other words- It was going to be them too! Looking in the mirror they realized surely as many as 1/3 of them, the DNA researchers, and their employees  had Native American DNA as well and therefore could turn around and say “Fuck you, I got my Indian Card” to anyone else.

Having some Native DNA is marketed as an exotic, semi magical thing that makes you the right kind of different in a good way. The truth is the DNA collection companies are merely cynical truth tellers making money off a til now little known  fact. Forgetting for the moment that some good came of it and it’s not like they were just lying; 23&me and Ancestry.com proceeded in this direction knowing, for a fact, before anyone else that so many people had some Native American DNA that they could use it for a mass multi-media marketing campaign in the US.

The real story of course is one of genocide. So while there’s reason to celebrate your Native American DNA; the first thing it should tell you is that somewhere in your genealogical past, probably over 150 years ago, you had a white rapist in your family tree. So it should be an eye opener about just how poorly behaved the pure Europeans were when they showed up in North America. You probably should read “Custer Died for Your Sins” and if movies are your thing see amazing documentary “Reel Injun

How did this happen? Well for one thing outright breeding people out of existence is nothing new. It’s been practiced by victors at least as far back as Rome and beyond into the deepest reaches of antiquity. How did it work out? Well, you don’t see a lot of people saying they’re part Samnite, do you? This despite the fact that the Samnite’s DNA was extremely successful to the point it’s forever intertwined into all Italian’s DNA.  But then, of course, History was written by the victors.

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Who Are We? 

Very simply the raising of awareness and building of a database that substantiates the fact- while there’s always been a lot of partly Native American’s walking around never have so many been aware of it til now.

Of course we can continue to opt out and just be americans who have native ancestors. That’s worked so far.

If we want to emulate our native ancestors I guess we should look to the existing populations for guidance. I’m not sure what they may think of us, and I can’t speak for anyone but myself.

Here’s one personal aspect; I know before I send more money back to Ireland I would more likely give to a Native American Charity.  Certainly hanging a dream catcher from the rearview and boring your friends with the story is the least productive thing you can do. At least respect the remaining communities and start pushing for greater respect by the government toward native americans.

Without lying I can say I think there’s a really good shot that Native American is the country’s fastest growing ethnicity. As little as 100 years ago massacring “Indians” was still a thing, it really takes WWI for modern racial sensibilities that we can identify with or understand to start to slowly emerge.

We’re all equally Americans. The sooner you get together with that in your mind the better. White, black, whatever. No one’s an “other”. Avoid thinking in terms of “Them-ism”.  By the way it’s probably a good idea to just apply that to everyone, not just the partially native out there.

The truth is the genocide against the Native Americans only seemed to be extremely effective. The truth was that the Native Americans were lurking just below the skin of all these apparent White People.

Some estimates claim as much as 1/3 of all Americans have SOME native DNA. One day we’ll probably have a real reliable number on this and not have to estimate. And by “one day’ I mean within about 5 years.

And that’s as much as it means.

Seven generations back you have 128 direct ancestors. So 7 generations back you are getting like what? 1/128th their DNA over the time between like 1700 til now was passed to you and that’s it.

At some point between the time seventh generation was giving way to the 64 members of the 6th generation back from you there were 100 direct ancestors and that’s where you can start to say “In 1750, before America, ‘what was going on?’ on the East Coast of the US and in the Caribbean?” The answer? “Lots and lots of interracial sex by both the willing and unwilling. And of course, as the white people stab west they proliferate with the natives just as soon as they can manage it.

Another quick way to sum it up would be “On a mass scale and by any measure,  White People used to act even worse than they do now.”

And that’s a lot to think about. And that’s why there’s this whole separate post from a ways back about when I tested my own DNA and discovered I had Native American DNA.

Welcome to the Lowest, Most Disgraceful Day in American History

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As protestors flood DC screaming and chanting against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court we’re at Rock Bottom as a Nation.

Our flag has never flown so low or under such troubled, Kremlin Red Skies.

Twilight’s Last Gleaming

October 6th, 2018. A day that will live in infamy. The day America reached it’s deepest low since pre civil war congressional fights that fail to end slavery.

The new GOP tactic of having its few women in power say the awful slut shaming things that the GOP men script for them (because are too smart to say them themselves) is likely dooming us all to decades of Kavanaughian misery.

Our national prospects have never been worse. We’ve now got a caveman on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s approval ratings are roughly the same as the amount of Americans who Opposed Winning World War II,  about one-third of everyone. The other two-thirds passionately hate and fear Kavanaugh.

Screams and protests from the Senate Gallery, the sort unheard in decades of divisive legislating, is quite simply heartbreaking.

A grim, angry and entitled man on the SCOTUS bench is just another example of Donald Trump’s 2 Super Powers- To make people walk away more divided than they were before he spoke and, worse; an ability Constantly Reach New Lows through the utter lack of a moral basement.

Never forget Susan Collins, Senator from Maine, who lead the charge among women on the right to pretty much be Rape Cheerleaders for an angry drunken frat boy, so long as that frat boy is a conservative.

The Two Front War Against The Truth and of course Women and Minorities seems to be consequence free for now. It’s hard to say ‘Vote “em Out” when I’m pretty sure the GOP will try to fix the election with help from Putin again and this time the backlash will be greater and more immediate.

As his wife cavorts around Africa without him dressed in cast off movie villain outfits, the Social War at home remains a baffling example of failed indirect democracy. Since the 2nd election in less than 20 years to make the (huge) loser of the popular vote president the will of the American People is simply being ignored on many fronts.

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Super Popular measures on Gun Control and the Affordable Care Acts are ignored or even attacked as a minority agenda slowly advances.

Then to top it all off we have a terrible possible predator  who seems likely open to blackmail going to a lifetime job telling the rest of us how to live.

What Next?

Sure looks like this coming midterm is going to have Three main features.

First; the Democrats will likely win all over the map.

Second; there will be many states who fail to protect their Voting Process and a bunch of contested results where the GOP wins in a fishy way.

Third; BLOTUS Trump will absolutely claim every democratic win is a fraud and probably try to get the FBI to investigate the Democrats ONLY and find a way to NOT seat the new congress at all.

Trump WILL try to nullify the midterms.  Caveman Kavanaugh is about to beat the odds and become a Supreme Court Justice. The checks and balances meant to florence_flagconstrain incompetent or corrupt presidents will be severely inhibited and rigged to favor our criminal billionaire heir who hasnt made a dime on his own of a president.

It’s a sad day for decency.

50 Little Fiefdoms or Several Regional Republics?

This is what Putin wanted and its becoming sort of likely. Every time Trump stretches the rubber band of national morality to near snapping point the less and less it is able to return to its original shape. He’s deeply damaging all our institutions all the time.

The stakes of this election are really high. The people of any given region will not sit by and live their lives according to another regions morality. Any hint of Hacking in the election has the potential of having breaking into several regional republics.

The funny part about this, is, if it happens it would actually makes Trump the first president NOT born in the United States since the guys who were born when we were British Colonies. Talk about “what comes around goes around.”

Unreal.

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Caveman Kavanaugh will Fail to make SCOTUS AND Lose His Job (Part 2)

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Updated – I’m still pretty shocked I was wrong about this. A delay of even one more day probably would have killed all chance. It’s still hard to believe they didnt just find someone else. Here is the original post, which can still get shoved back into being more correct than it is right now

As I predicted the Kavanaugh Hearing was a complete disaster for Republicans. For starters, they pulled the plug on the much vaunted “Having a woman ask terrible questions for them” tactic when the relative reasonableness of the questioning worked fine for accuser, Dr Ford, and was never going to clear Kavanaugh.

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So that was a 2-fer on predictions. It was a disaster and they couldn’t stick to their plan. Fair enough, no plan survives contact with the Enemy. The real measure of any strategic situation is how you handle a setback. The GOP just couldn’t.

Trump’s Gettysburg

Between a laugher of an insincere speech from Lindsey Graham, who seized control of the hearing (in a way that may not have been in order) by shouting like a man in the depths of an Ether Binge. It was a Trump-loving Social Suicide of sorts. He had good reason to panic. The Caveman was unfreezing right in front of the nation and the world on TV. He was becoming self aware and paranoid (revenge from the Clintons?).

The Q & A with Democratic Senators showed Kavanaugh was an anger driven egomaniac whose attitude was right in line with a would-be rapist became impossible. Graham called an audible with an outburst worthy of the Young and the Restless over the mistreatment of Kavanaugh over a woman they all claimed to believe to a degree.

UPDATE – Kavanaugh seems to have plain ol’ lied about having no connection to Yale and was, in fact, a ‘legacy’ enrollment. Also- Yale’s pretty much disowned him.

With questions about hedonism and drunkenness it at times sounded like an intervention. Certainly when Kavanaugh made a series of baffling statements about his drinking.

Attacking people who asked any question he disliked, he really sounded like a drunk in denial. Ranting he only drinks beer was a constant refrain as he challenged and abused the Democrats like an angry idiot with no sense of appropriateness. Imagine a guy this angry with a few (dozen) in him?

The preposterous calendar he should have burned shows his poor judgement. The easy to interpret slang for any former 80s teen shows Caveman Kavanaugh drank til he puked all the time and boasted to himself about sex.

Some sleazy quotes that makes you wonder if the Yearbook committee had any kind of adult supervision,  paints a cave painting of a  gross, pornographic obsessed alcoholic Kavanaugh sort of Rape-Walking his way through high school puking all the time from extreme drunkenness….from beer though!

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Swearing he was sure he absolutely remembers everything no one could actually adhere to – that he’d never forgotten anything while drinking- was sort of a laugher as was Kavanaugh’s Drunk Uncle moments of shouting about how much he likes beer. I wouldn’t have faulted him for simply saying “No one who has ever drank can say they remember everything just due to pure human memory. My first beer was forty years ago.”

While that wouldn’t have been great, but it would have been true and relatable. More relatable than the priestly image of studious dignity Kavanaugh presented of himself when he was introduced by Trump as the nominee weeks ago. It woukd also have been far more believable than the ‘heavy drinker with a weak stomach who puts ketchup on spaghetti’ line he tried to tell Senator Whitehouse, who didnt bite and questioned Kavanaugh’s quoting him out of context or completely fictionally and then returned to drinking related questions.

He saved exceptionally high levels of disrespect for female Senators like Feinstein and Senator Amy Klobuchar. The Klobuchar exchange was so ugly that Caveman Kavanaugh apologized after one of the many breaks.

The idea Kavanaugh might be a rapist was left hanging in the air but now it had company. New questions about state of mind, whether a man who cries and screams over little basketball in front of the senate and the nation on live TV, has the intellect or attitude for the Supreme Court Bench.

His list of crazy grievances were a channeling of Trumpist Insanity that makes you wonder if arrogant Kavanaugh’s privileged world view isn’t too narrow-minded and intolerant to sit in judgement of anyone.

At the end of all things, after a nationally painful elevator pitch to a hapless Jeff Flake by two impassioned sexual assault victims just bought too much to the surface for Flake not to make me a prophet yet again by helping the Democrats punch in a running Touchdown in the form of a week’s delay for a FBI investigation (which the White House already seems to be trying to sabotage).

The vote to approve the Caveman for Supreme Court seemed a done deal until  Flake’s moment of clarity bought the nation some time for the downfall to be complete and the flaming wreck of a man that is Kavanaugh to simply crash and explode behind a hill offscreen.  It was as dramatic a moment as any we’ve seen under this whacked out administration.

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It doesn’t matter how narrow the Investigation is, the punked polaroid pictures of a drunken Kavanaugh from all ages of his life have started to surface and a lot of them look very real. Then there’s the other accusers that the FBI apparently won’t talk to, who will be on TV telling their story.

On the employment front- while still on the DC Bench for the moment, he probably isn’t allowed on campus while Harvard mulls over whether they will let him continue to work there.  So there’s something of a validation there. I’m pretty sure the DC Circuit job is an extremely endangered species in future Right Wing Satellite Radio host Brett Kavanaugh’s life.

UPDATE – One Job Lost Already

Slammed by Yale as Unfit, now our Unfrozen Cro-Mag buddy has also been FIRED from Harvard! Outcry form students was part of it. Technically he quit (while hugely in debt BTW). No one was going to take part 2 of his class and be subjected to even academic Judgement from serial drunk anger addict. There’s people looking for money back and credits for being subjected to the guy in the first place and they might get it.  Presumably he’s gone for lack of integrity/ being a drunk/ being a danger to students. The DC Bench job will be gone in less than 12 months. I doubt hes ever allowed to see another case. Maybe he keeps his law license, but disbarment for a short period of time is looking likely. OR- he might still get jammed onto the SCOTUS bench, but it would be temporary.  Captain Caveman will have about 6 weeks of safety before calls to impeach

Was this Hearing Trump’s Pickett’s Charge?

Historians might just call the stalled Kavanaugh Nomination the High WaterMark of this rebellion.

The Trumpian waters may have crested. For a moment a Rubber Stamp Justice on the Court seemed a sure thing, but then it exploded and now is a zombie at best. Kavanaugh will be surely fail to make the cut after any investigation. If the investigation looks terrible it’s likely Flake’s conscience comes back into play.  After all, there are other terrible conservative judges who aren’t drunken assholes who would just get the gig.

I think the stipulations put on the Kavanaugh vote have doomed him, justifiably so, to not get on the Supreme Court. It may be remembered as the Picketts Charge of Trump’s Presidency. As I said, a high watermark that will not be reached again.

Like Robert E Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, Trump likely remains dangerous, but Historians may well point to the failure of this nomination, now i would say assured, as the moment things started going against him.  He’s not winning anymore and he may mor be able to Un-Lose. Lee never really menaced the North with an invasion again. You could also analogize it to Stalingrad too I suppose as Trump is something of a Nazi.

I would be great if Saturday Night Live, returning tonight, brings back Horatio Sans as Drunk Uncle/ Kavanaugh for tonight’s 275th season premiere of SNL

UPDATE – well i was wrong on  SNL but Matt Damon CRUSHED it as a raging, “water” swilling, ‘Bad Will Hunting’

 

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Caveman Kavanaugh will Fail to make SCOTUS AND Lose His Job

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UPDATED-  I’m still pretty shocked I was wrong about this. A delay of even one more day probably would have killed all chance. It’s still hard to believe they didnt just find someone else. Here is the original post, which can still get shoved back into being more correct than it is right now

UWith four women (and growing) accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior that’s starting to look like a pattern of disrespect there’s almost no way he makes it to the Supreme Court. The question being begged now is “Can this guy sit in legal Judgement of ANYONE?!”

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I’m predicting that Kavanaugh is removed from the bench he currently sits on in DC by the end of the year.

For starters today’s chaotic and confusing press conference by a lying, self-pitying Trump, coming hours after Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison and lifetime violent sex predator status, wasn’t really an all out push for the Caveman. Trump was hedging his bet ever so slightly, but  we all know that that simply means he will ruminate on Kavanaugh being a pain in the ass and eventually just ditch him. We’ve seen Trump damn people with faint praise before. They never seem to last after that. It may take a week, but no longer.

Then you can be sure the Hearing will be an outright disaster for the Republican’s. If anyone sees a path to victory for them as far as not looking like total creeps tell me, comments are enabled, cause I can’t see it.  Even the use of a female lawyer to ask questions for them seems dicey. Will they miscalculate and accidentally bash her? I’m pretty sure they will. “We can have a woman ask it” will likely be the concept that dooms Kavanaugh. These are still a bunch of male GOP senators as crazy as John Kennedy and John Cornyn.

The Democrats wont be able to do a whole lot, so look for them to try to punch in a running TD with getting a real FBI investigation OR a second hearing for other accusers. Either will end Kavanaugh.

Then Disgraced further by either falling short on a vote or being removed from consideration by another sex predator (Trump) the calls, already out there, to remove Kavanaugh from the DC Circuit Bench will grow, and as his stock falls it will come down to simply quit or be removed. It’s that or face recusal request for any case involving women’s issues or any attack against a woman. Even in Civil litigation he seems like he’d be biased and lack respect for women.

I’m not ready to say he’ll lose his law license yet, but don’t count it out. Looking at how things went for Michael Cohen as he hurtled out of Trump’s orbit I would not rule out anything.

 

 

 

Trump’s Very Bad, Chaotic, Hurricane Florence Address About Hurricane Maria

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Today we were treated to a largely unnecessary and completely chaotic appearance by President Trump in the Oval Office as the afternoon wore on. All of the traits that have driven this president’s personal approval ratings to a dismal place in the low 30’s simply ran rampant. The president was just lost to his worst impulses most of the time.

Bewildered Out of the Gate

Stubborn, dim, defiant, ignorant, inarticulate, dishonest, unrealistic, outright wrong and of course, inappropriate pretty much describe where Trump was at mentally for this whole sad display of non-leadership in the face of an unfolding Natural Disaster.

The first part of the ‘address’ was an off the cuff and unscripted science lesson where the president sent up a couple of his ‘Best People’ to explain what he simply couldn’t about dangerous Hurricane Maria, a sustained Category 4 storm heading toward the Carolina’s.

While the ‘experts’ were okay, when the president spoke it was as garbled and imprecise as ever. Using his ever shrinking vocabulary seems more and  more difficult for Trump.

There was also, maybe, some aspects of a Cognitive Disorder presenting themselves too. More on that later.

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As the image shows, the president looked dazed and confused as the dumbed down science was spoon-fed him. It seemed to frustrate Trump, something he simply doesn’t bear well. Before things were over a fuming and defiant Trump showed, as far as the truth goes, he’s having none of it.

On the initial topic of Hurricane Florence he sounded like he was simply lost looking for a synonym for “Wet”. Really, it was the kind of “Low Energy” verbal sputtering he would deride had anyone else blurted it out. The president seemed lost as to what his point was a couple of times.

Of Florence he would have us know this profound piece of sage wisdom;

“Its very, very wet. Tremendously wet. Wetter than anything we’ve seen, maybe ever.” He had no other term for what most people just call ‘rainfall” or even simply “rain”. Trump only knows the word ‘wet’.

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In fact the president seemed to be having a hard time grasping anything and simply made inexact statements about the storm being really huge and really wet.  We’re back to wondering if the president can even read. After recently mistakenly describing a 10 year market anomaly as a 100 year market anomaly I guess “Is Trump Dyslexic?” is in the mix now too.

Does Trump Suffer from a Growing Cognitive Disorder?

More on point the president seems to have some aspects of a Cognitive Disorder. He was apparently getting angry and changing the subject to get away from something he couldn’t understand.

Perhaps that’s why the president was focused on the wrong Hurricane and simply started blowing off steam with some angry lying? Blowing up when you don’t understand something would definitely be something that a Cognitive Disorder would cause.

To be clear, a cognitive disorder wouldn’t make him subject to classic dementia. So he wouldn’t say, think he could fly. Instead he would be hard pressed to explain things at times. A person with a Cognitive Disorder would not be able to stay on topic much. They would also struggle for seemingly easy words and their vocabulary would shrink.

Trump’s erratic penchant for just freelancing and going on Off-Topic Rants is showing up more and more lately. If he does have a Cognitive issue being in the job he is will only make it worse fast.

Another disturbing sign would be that he simply has not grown or learned a thing in his 19 months in office. This also could be attributed to a cognitive issue or general cognitive decline.

One things for sure; as Hillary said of Trump; “This is it, folks. There is no second act.”

Grandiose Lies and an Angry shift to Puerto Rico

To finish off the press conference Trump went with cobbling together three of his very favorite rhetorical tactics in a row- 1- veering wildly off-track; 2- to tell needless lies; 3- peppered with defiant, dishonest boasting.

For the record the provocation for Trump’s trip into Fantasyland was a question about whether he had learned anything from the response to Maria that he would use in this crisis. It was a question he should have passed on. He lacks the character to answer something so introspective. As usual when made uncomfortable the president went with anger and lies. The wheels just came right off at that point.

The president cluelessly ruminated on Hurricane Maria, which is fast becoming accepted as one of the worst disasters of the century.

There was no real need to talk about the Hurricane Maria disaster at all from the administration perspective. Right off the top-there were pressing matters at hand right now! Still, the impulsive president couldn’t resist the opportunity to simply start lying. Could it be he was uncomfortable from all his experts smart talk going over his head? Was he simply showing he was out of his depth? More signs of Cognitive difficulty.

It comports well with accounts of erratic self interrupting non-reality hindered rants we get from the Anonymous New York Times Op Ed, Bob Woodward’s book “Fear”, dropping today and the now venerable tome ‘Fire and Fury”.  Except it was on Live television in real time. Ugly isn’t a strong enough word. It’s a bad way to run things that no competent or sane person would knowingly contrive to start off with. Throw in “Melt-done Prone Anger Driven President” and it’s just a recipe for disaster.

It’s Not JUST The Dunning-Kruger Effect

If someone is suffering from a cognitive disorder things would look much like they did today. The Dunning-Kruger Effect could seem to be the what’s really driving it and it wouldn’t be totally untrue. From the outside it would be hard to tell for a while. Inside the afflicted mind, the person would first lose the ability to really understand that they had become incompetent, so the Dunning-Kruger comparisons would likely be rife. Like they have for the last 2 years regarding Trump and his team. They verifiably lack the competent to recognize that they are incompetent. Pick your disaster.  The Maria Fiasco, Border Family Seperation Policies, several rejected travel ban attempts. The legislative record of the Trump administration, as he would say; is a complete and total disaster.

The statements Trump made were not tethered to any realistic account of the Hurricane Maria Catastrophe. He seemed to believe himself too, which is also frightening.

At the start of his rant, shockingly, he gave himself and his administration high marks. The he went to bullshitting about Puerto Rico being some kind of primitive backwater that was a mess before the hurricane.  Suffice it to say he grossly misrepresented the situation, which while not great, was not the worst (or all that far away) before the storm.

“One of the best jobs we’ve done,” he shamelessly lied…or worse even believes.  The Donald-Trump-Sickchange of topic seemed completely spur of the moment. After all, if you’re Trump Hurricane Maria was a subject best ignored. Suddenly it’s front and center right there on live TV! Trump essentially regaled in his own ignorance and displayed no regard for American citizens currently in jeopardy.

Today was frightening as he co-opted his own press conference to lie about something else. It’s looking like Trump has a very limited view of reality.

He should have simply left it to his experts and not taken part in the whole affair. It would have been blessedly NORMAL in fact. Once he got going the president couldn’t stop.  The lies came quick and easy but were poorly crafted to say the least! The president is nothing if not consistently, inveteratly, dishonest.

“An Incredible Unsung Success,” was how he falsely summed up his administrations totally bungled response to Maria, diving deeper into hos own personal madness.

It took a few minutes to get to the end of his long, insincere boasting session of pure falsehoods.  Seems the president has just been living in his own little world of narrow-minded ignorant fantasy about Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria this whole time. Upsetting to say the least!

As Americans suffer the president is in some of kind of obvious mental decline. To those who say ‘You’re not a doctor,” I say,”Okay, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to point at the moon anymore than you need a Psych degree to say Trump’s off his rocker.”

This has to chill people living in the Carolina’s! He thinks losing 3000 people to the last hurricane was a success? Whats the definition of success for this storm? In fact Trump is seeming more than a bit like the Emperor Nero these days.

It’s clear that once things get complicated and inevitably a few set backs show up the president will simply lie and deny the problem. The part where the Hurricane will mostly hit Trump-Lovin’ areas probably won’t outweight his personal vanity so far as being better at managing this disaster. There’s a very high chance things go very slowly and badly once again.

This ‘president’, as usual, didn’t concede an inch to reality. He blatantly lied and misrepresented the situation in a petty, improvised manner. The fact that Hurricane Maria was as bad, as fatal and as important as 9-11 will eventually sink in and he’ll be on the wrong side of History once again, but til then we’re stuck with this.  The fact the president under performed and was ignorant and probably more than a tad racist all coalesced into a completely bungled disaster response that killed far more than the storm itself. It would be fair to call it MACABRE, actually.

It would seem the president is only going to get worse. Hang on!

 

Trump’s Clueless, Inappropriate 9-11 that Just Kept Getting Worse

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Well we never expected Very Stable Genius Trump to distinguish himself on the anniversary of the worst attack on this nation in its history, but so far its been one mistake after another.

At best he was untethered to reality, at worst he’s invited speculation that he’s presenting some pretty sure signs of a growing Cognitive Impairment.

Here’s how he went about the day –

The Petulant Morning Tweets

In an early morning tweet storm he went after the FBI

“‘We have found nothing to show collusion between President Trump & Russia, absolutely zero, but every day we get more documentation showing collusion between the FBI & DOJ, the Hillary campaign, foreign spies & Russians, incredible.’ @SaraCarterDC @LouDobbs
Yup, he went into the weeds and mud to trash the FBI and political opponents. That was a rabbit hole that lasted a few raging tweets. At this point he must’ve looked at the calendar.

So he decided to demonstrate he could still do basic Algebra –

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Wow. Inspiring, feel the solemnity? For contrast our previous president said This –

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The Half-Hearted Speech in the Middle of Nowhere

So the fact the current president is always Inappropriate was fully on display in time for him to go to the only 9-11 Memorial where he’s not unWelcome- The sad, lonely and today, rain-swept field in the middle of Pennsylvania’s farmlands where there’s no one really around to be upset by his presence or protest him.

Could you IMAGINE the reaction he would get at home in New York? They’d have to helicopter him out of Manhattan for sure when tens of thousands of angry New Yorker’s, already in a bad mood, came out to protest their city’s least favorite son!

So of course, he blew the optics getting off the plane and just went into Campaigning Mode. It was gross and looked like this-

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Then he gave a not too bad and fairly sedate speech at the actual Shanksville Monument. If anything it was sort of ironic when Trump said Americans would never bow to a tyrant. You had to wonder if he meant it regretfully.

The Very Bad, Not Good, Off-Topic Oval Office Hurricane Florence Address

Next there was a largely unnecessary and completely chaotic appearance in the Oval Office hours later as the afternoon wore on. The traits that have driven this president’s personal approval ratings to a dismal place in the low 30’s simply ran rampant. The president was lost to his worst impulses.

This part of the day was so out of control and outright concerning it’s been expanded into a larger post speculating Trump may have a Cognitive Disorder .

Stubborn, dim, defiant, ignorant, inarticulate, dishonest, unrealistic, outright wrong and of course, inappropriate pretty much describe where Trump was at mentally for this whole sad display of non-leadership in the face of an unfolding Natural Disaster.

The subject of the ‘address’ was an off the cuff and unscripted science lesson where the president sent up a couple of people to explain what he simply couldn’t about dangerous Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 (for the moment) heading toward South Carolina.

While the ‘experts’ were okay, when the president spoke it was as garbled and imprecise as ever. Using his ever shrinking vocabulary seems more and  more difficult for Trump.

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As the image shows better than any words can- the president looked dazed and confused as the dumbed down science was spoon-fed him.

“Its very very wet. Tremendously wet. Wetter than anything we’ve seen, maybe ever,” is almost an exact quote. He had no other term for what most people just call ‘rainfall” or even simply “rain”. Trump only knows ‘wet’.

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In fact the president seemed to be having a hard time grasping anything and simply made inexact statements about the storm being really huge and really wet.  We’re back to wondering if the president can even read. After recently mistakenly describing a 10 year market anomaly as a 100 year market anomaly I guess “Is Trump Dyslexic?” is in the mix now too.

Perhaps it’s because the president was focused on the wrong Hurricane and simply needed to blow off steam with some angry lying?

To finish off the press conference Trump was set off by a question and went with cobbling together three of his very favorite rhetorical tactics in a row- 1- veering wildly off-track; 2- to tell needless lies; 3- peppered with defiant, dishonest boasting.

The president cluelessly ruminated on Hurricane Maria, fast becoming accepted as one of the worst disasters of the century, rather than sticking with the matter at hand. There was no need to talk about the Hurricane Maria disaster at all from the administration perspective. Still, the impulsive president couldn’t resist the opportunity to simply start lying. Could it be he was uncomfortable from all his experts smart talk going over his head? Was he simply showing he was out of his depth?

It comports well with accounts of erratic self interrupting non-reality hindered rants we get from the Anonymous New York Times Op Ed, Bob Woodward’s book “Fear”, dropping today and the now venerable tome ‘Fire and Fury”.  Except it was on Live television in real time. Ugly isn’t a strong enough word.

He gave himself and his administration high marks while bullshitting about Puerto Rico being some kind of primitive backwater that was a mess before the hurricane. “One of the best jobs we’ve done,” he lied. While Hurricane Maria was a subject best ignored, it was suddenly front and center right there on live TV as Trump regaled in his own ignorance and displayed no regard for American citizens in jeopardy. Basically he co-opted his own press conference to lie about something else. HE should have simply left it to his experts and not taken part in the whole affair. It would have been blessedly NORMAL in fact.

“An Incredible Unsung Success,” was how he summed up his administrations totally bungled response to Maria at the end of his long, insincere boasting session of pure falsehoods.  Seems the president has just been living in his own little world of narrow minded ignorant fantasy about Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria this whole time. Upsetting to say the least.

This has to chill people living in the Carolina’s! He thinks losing 3000 people to the last hurricane was a success? Whats the definition of success for this storm? In fact Trump is seeming more than a bit like the Emperor Nero these days.

This ‘president’, as usual, didn’t concede an inch to reality. He blatantly lied and misrepresented the situation in a petty, improvised manner. The fact that Hurricane Maria was as bad and as important as 9-11 will eventually sink in and he’ll be on the wrong side of History once again, but til then we’re stuck with this.  The fact the president under performed and was ignorant and probably more than a tad racist all coalesced into a completely bungled disaster response that killed far more than the storm itself. It would be fair to call it MACABRE, actually.

Personally, I’m shocked he didn’t repeat his worst false claim about 9-11 from back in  November, 2015  when he told the biggest lie he’s told about this day. That “thousands and thousands” of ethnic muslims celebrated on the streets of New Jersey as the Towers burned and fell. Take it from someone who was there- if that was true we’d be talking about dozens of people murdered by angry mobs. EVERYONE but trump and Giuiliani were sad on the first 9-11.

And that’s how Trump spent his 9-11. Acting angry and out of it most of the time, never striking the right tone and lashing out at reality.

All the Presidents Henchmen

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Bob Woodward really dropped a potentially administration ending book on us today in the form of his inside history of the Trump Administration so far, “Fear.”

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Here’s what the book tells us- President Trump is a serial liar who may not even know what reality is. He dwells in a state of criminal semi-insanity akin to End-Times Nixon.

Dim and distant, Trump’s allowed to amuse himself (in his very few work hours) on a few fictional policies that everyone tells him are great. He also manages to advance a couple of actual narrow-minded assertions (calling them ‘ideas’ seems wrong) here and there just because his “Governing by whacked out Tweet at 4 AM” style is so overwhelming there’s no way to contain him.

How crazy is ‘the president’ right now? Well he’s already tried to order another world leader whacked (Assad of Syria). That’s right, the president ordered a Mob Style “Hit” on Assad in a wild call to Defense Secretary Mattis. After telling Trump he was all over it Mattis simply hung up and ignored him. Stunningly this pays off as Trump never follows up or seems to have recalled what he ordered. So its Ad-hoc governing at its very worst right now.

If  Woodward’s to be believed, and lets face it he SHOULD be, killing Assad and invading Syria would be the second time Trump’s ordered a country invaded and nothing has happened. (I’m assuming we’ve all heard of the half assed Dark Ages Warlord strategy that led to an ignored order to invade Venezuela).

Then there’s the knee -slapper about how back in January Trump’s lawyers pantomimed Trump’s clueless rage filled performance in a mock Robert Mueller interview for, of all people; the actual ROBERT MUELLER! This was their strategy? Sketch Improv couldn’t come up with anything more bizarre! Great crisis management there!

Other goodies in the book include just what “The Best People”; the Trump Cabinet; think of their boss. “Moron” was, unsurprisingly, in the mix. So was “Fucking Idiot” of course, and a bunch of references to pre-middle school behavior and intellect. And of course he regrets saying racism was evil in one of his many flubbed reactions to Charlottsville’s violent White Supremacist Riot last year.

It’s General Mattis who really skewers Trump, CBS puts it like this-

“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly told associates that Mr. Trump had the behavior and the understanding of “a fifth- or sixth-grader.” Current Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a meeting that Mr. Trump was an “idiot“.”

With a level of believability of Tillerson-ian proportions Kelly has denied he called the president an “Idiot”. Just another Trump Administration lie.

Kelly is a Quote Machine and should sing for a Punk Band! He also said; “He’s gone off the rails! We’re in Crazytown! I don’t even know why any of us are here! This is the worst job I’ve ever had!” (MY exclamation points, but like I’m wrong?)

Gary Cohn, a Cabinet level economic adviser (now gone on his own volition), saw a document on the president’s desk he simply judged too complex and inflammatory to allow Trump to see. He was probably right! Thinking on his feet he just grabbed it and tossed it “to protect the country” from the president’s reaction.

The book further tells us that one third of wife beater Rob Porter’s job was simply listening to a nonstop crazy rant all day. And then he had to try to de-fang the crazed unininformed ideas as “less then great.”

This is something we’ve also heard was a job Porter’s current punching bag Hope Hicks was stuck doing. The fact is listening to Trump on an angry destructive rant is also Ivanka and Kellyanne’s only real jobs. My guess is they just aren’t as good at getting yelled at and Trump’s an uncorked fire hydrant of Violent Stupidity they just can’t contain.

So now, according to what we glean from Woodward and (many) other sources, with the insulation stripped away by scandal and in Hicks case, apparently built up loathing, we’re all Trump’s Crazy Rant Beta Tester’s.

And the feelings are mutual. Trump openly disparages people in front of other staff. He apparently hates everyone around him and just verbally assaults people all day while tearing down their colleagues. Great for morale!

If the Trumpists are to be believed it’s all a pack of lies but Woodward sure captured Trump’s tone and spirit in the quotes and actions he details. I’m sure it’s mostly if not completely true.

An that’s maybe the craziest part of this book. No one credible doubts a word of it. Trumpist pawns point to the stock denials, but this books no hoax.

Its not even that different from what we heard in Fire and Fury months ago. In fact “What’s new?” might be the Trumpists best defense. They can point to years of reptilian behavior by their hero to back this one up.

The idea that Trump is a completely incompetent, erratic, rage-a-holic with no respect for his staff is not at all hard to believe. It would be the idea he ever showed courtesy or restraint that would actually be news at this point.

The President is way past 25th Amendment Territory if the book is even partly true. People grabbing things off the presidents desk because it would set him off? So that, by extension means if you want to light his fuse you can just put something on his desk to piss him off. There’s a term for this; it’s “Easily led.” or “Easily Manipulated”. That’s highly disturbing even if the presidents first instincts weren’t violent and criminal, which of course they are.

If you saw today’s Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Approval hearings you know this congress wont do anything about it. Kavanaugh just scowled most of the day as the Republicans upbraided Democrats for asking that one million pages of documents from just Kavanaugh’s time as W Bush White House Counsel alone be released to be  reviewed and considered. No Such Luck. Look for Kavanaugh to be shoehorned in with Pence casting the 51st vote.  That’s how the most Corrupt Least Transparent White House in History does things. Like a bunch of highly incompetent, extremely angry criminals.

So that’s where we’re at. The Corner of “Oh No!” and “What The Fuck?”

One thing Trump said is true- the world is laughing at us, especially our so called  leaders.

The Space Force Farce

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For the first time since 1948 we have a new branch of the Military- Space Force! But what is it, really?

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NASA-Waffen

At the very least its a pure Work Around to avoid the real scientists and pacifists at NASA, who probably balked at some crazy plan months ago and triggered this whack idea. John F Kennedy’s NASA Mission was supposed to be peaceful and non military.

If this was 1942 Germany they’d call this concept the NASAWaffen , or  “Weaponized NASA”, or the SpaceWaffe, which is what this nonsense is aspiring to be.

Department of Redundancies Department

What exactly was wrong with NASA and the conventional military coordinating? Weve had navy missile destroyer’s blow up bad satellites on a treacherous re-entry path, we’ve put a bunch of people on the moon. We ran a largely successful shuttle program for decades. There’s a real record of achievement there.

Throw in the fact that every branch of the military has space assets and Space Force is more than just arguably unneeded. It’s outright redundant.

Starfleet Command was Taken

Oh yeah, they’re going to use Naval ranks like Star Trek!  So “Space Ranger Rick” will sadly never be a reality. Oh well, at least the idea of an actual spacefaring Captain Kirk is alive and well!

Space Force is the most blatant and stupid attempt to wag the dog in history, don’t get too distracted by it. There’s daily criminality from the Trump Administration,  which has certainly surpassed two incompetently corrupt terms of Grant in less than 2 years.

Its a Black Hole for Cash for Corruption and Contracts to Gift Up Defense Contractors.  

Come on, whatever money Trump can get his hands on for this will first find its way into the Cabinets and his own pockets. Next they will stash some away to fund dirty tricks and bribe people. Finally they will try to get some sort of contracts approved for people like Northrop Grumman.

There’s not much more than that to this dysfunctional administration.

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