WELCOME TO THE REAL McTEAG!
Welcome to TheRealMcTeag! I’m a fact obsessed blogger who simply loves to write and I can ONLY be Real!
I’m frequently right, sometimes I’m eerily dead on and sometimes I end up being wrong. When that happens I try to blog a correction or in some cases an apology.
But right or wrong I’m totally earnest in my feelings. I try to keep it sort of fun while still giving you information with my opinions.
Because that’s what this mostly is, an opinion blog. I also feature some movie and TV reviews, properly labelled as ‘Spoiler’ or ‘Non Spoiler’. We Do have some VERY serious Star Wars and Star Trek posts too!
So here’s a few things about me;
Among other accomplishments I DO have a degree in History and Political Science (minor in lit!) from Stony Brook University. I learned about American and World History and related stuff like demographics and sociology to pull that off. I agree with most of what I learned there. So that’s where I’m coming from. There’ll be no Chemtrail or Moon landing conspiracies here!
I also fell for and went to a Scam Law School. I dropped out with passing marks after a year and saved about 200 thousand dollars in student debt to Uncle Sam! I talk totally honestly about how I got suckered on that one.
Since this began 5 years ago things in America have changed and not really for the better. We’re more divided and maybe its more important to think about what might motivate people. It can’t hurt, right?
Incidentally, I did my dissertation at Stony Brook on the Third Reich. My interest in them was pure historical curiosity. I always considered them evil scumbags. But compelling evil scumbags who showed a lot about people, especially mobs. They were also big on lies and the reveling in the dangers of Nationalism, Militarism. They were also a nation that felt betrayed (sound familiar?). They unlikely rose; with their seriously unlikely leader; (again, sound familiar?) through lies and brutality. Their use of Them-ism and scapegoating. The Gaslighting and mind control attempts.
Deeply Fascinating and equally revolting – The unbelievable effectiveness of their insidious propaganda. It seems ridiculous.
Their most genius technique; that of dividing people who had been united when they first heard their rhetoric, is out their in America right now and comes from the lips of the Voices of the Right. In particular Trump himself.
I particularly enjoyed talking about the Fall of the Third Reich because after studying them I completely despised them. Also it’s some really amazing military history. It gave me the inspiration and information to write my successful post, America’s Top 3 Most Useless Wars. It also helped me understand that the Republicans have long been a Cargo Cult.
So it’s scary to see some of these same things I learned about happening around me in America today. My History background is most obviously useful watching how Trump tries to play at Dictator and assessing his deep historical ignorance. In fact I make a pretty plausible case that a good deal of Trump’s “World View” comes from his complete misunderstanding of the movie Patton. Also, and I sort of hate this, but it may have given me an educated slightly unique insight on the crazy Alt-Right. I’ve read the same source material. (Except Mein Kampf. Mein Kampf is unread-able crazy rantings well summarized elsewhere).
I don’t need the degree when I talk about how Trump is plain cheap, or creepy. And I don’t need it to wonder if the guy can actually even READ! I’ve been sick of Trump for decades.
I’m from Queens and I’ve been dealing with his annoying act LONG before the rest of this country, at least since his racist reaction to the Central Park 5 Incident made him a city-wide disgrace and prominent bigot. I know this guy and guys like him and his goon Cohen. They all suck! I think the real problem for Trump starts way back when Gotti got locked up and he switched to doing business with the Russian mob! (like everyone in Queens says!)
This is STILL the place for fair movie reviews and in-depth posts on all forms of Star Trek, a real passion of mine. Sometimes I just write pure comedy.
One real change has been that aside from regular completely non political Star Trek posts I go all the way the as a member of the Resistance and hopefully a source of some insight and a small flicker of hope and solace for the other Resistors who Trump and his minions gone. And my love of Star Trek once in a while gives light to this. Mostly I keep it on this planet for politics though. That said #RESIST!
I am especially drawn to Sociological aspects of our society as I see it here from Queens, NY, birthplace of luminaries such as the Ramones, Lucy Liu, Perry Farrell and Martin van Buren. It’s also, sadly, the birthplace of people like awful Donald Trump, America’s First Mentally Ill President. Hey, no place is perfect, right?
So take a ride with me through the strange and dangerous world we live in. From Reverse Truth-ing to psychological and criminal profiles to sports, life and the entertainment. Comments are enabled and I would love to engage as many readers as possible!
Let’s be friends, I have a lot to share with you and I promise, I always will only be real to you.