Friday, July 29, 2016
"The American public prayed for somebody on the political scene who would tell the truth without filters. And like the monkey's paw, it's come back and bitten them in the butt. You like it, America? Here's someone without filters. Is this what you want? It's kind of refreshing, except that he's wrong about everything!"
Missed very little. Watched most of it last evening. The highlights:
(I'm not religious, but I thought he was the most powerful speaker of the night. Tell it, preacher!)
Now the shows are over and we get down to cases. Go, Hilz, go!
(Predictably, Trump reacted with a series of peevish late-night insult tweets. How mature.)
I stumbled upon this. It is strong stuff! Ashley Wool is musical theater performer in NYC. She's a total stranger to me, but I like her message and I like her style -- it's quite possibly more profane, snarky and disrespectful than my own. Some excerpts follow the full-article link.
This op-ed is not addressed to Donald Trump supporters. Because at this point, if you’re still supporting Trump, you’re at least one of three things. Either you’re not paying attention at all...or you’re the stubborn kind of stupid that cannot be fixed with the presentation of facts, logic, citations, and reality...and/or you’re the kind of heartless that cannot be fixed by appealing to your better nature, because you have none.
But this message isn’t for you. So go on back to playing with your guns and Confederate flags until I feel like dealing with you again.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Actually, I saw a lot of it. I did miss Gabby and Panetta and Bloomberg. Saw Kaine and Uncle Joe and Cousin Barry.
It was Trash Trump Night!
Leon Panetta: "Trump asks our troops to commit war crimes, endorses torture, and praises dictators."
Tim Kaine: "He's a slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting, one-man wrecking crew!"
Joe Biden: "No major-party nominee in history has known less or been less prepared. He has no clue, period."
Bradley Cooper is a well-known, accomplished actor who has played many intriguing roles on screen. One was his portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in "American Sniper." The film was a hit and became a big favorite at conservative pajama parties -- they loved watching Iraqi bad guys get blown away.
Bradley Cooper playing Chris Kyle is what's known as "acting." It doesn't mean he's actually a Republican or a sniper.
Conservatives were equally disappointed to learn that Anthony Hopkins doesn't really eat people, and that Morgan Freeman isn't really God.
(Pardon me for being ultra-local in this one.)
Here in Columbus, we have a special single-question election coming up on August 2nd. It's called Issue 1, and it proposes to completely restructure our City Council.
It would remove our current seven at-large council members and replace them with a ward system and a much larger council. There would still be three at-large members, plus a number of ward/district council members -- ten at first, growing to as many as 22 eventually. A City Council of between 13 and 25 people. Ward/district maps would obviously need to drawn. By whom? On what basis? No one knows.
Supporters of Issue 1 claim it would give us more direct "representation." It would certainly give our Council more bodies. Not so sure about anything else.
Issue 1 supporters are, for the most part, white Republicans unhappy to be living in a Democratic city with a Democratic Council.
If you haven't voted yet, please read the ballot language before you pull the trigger. It is a lengthy thicket of confusing crapola, and a recipe for regular gerrymandering. Even the Dispatch says it's no good.
Our long-standing City Council structure is very simple. And by any objective measure, as a large and growing city, Columbus is doing very, very well.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Vote "No" on Issue 1.
Twice in the past week, I've gone out of my way to greet a neighbor at the community pool and say hello. Twice I've wished I hadn't.
The first guy, who was there with his two young grandkids, replied to my generic, "What's new?" with bizarre rant about low sales taxes in other states, and his dislike of the gummint and that "goddam Muslim" running it. "OK," I said, standing to walk away, "Sorry I asked."
"You're not a conservative, are you"? he said.
A few days later, I said hi to another guy. He wanted to know if I'd received his email. It was about supporting our local Issue 1 -- it would totally revamp our city council -- and he wanted me to forward it to the entire neighborhood. I got it, but told him I wouldn't share it because our HOA Board doesn't get involved in politics.
"Really? But it would give us real representation from this area" he said, "not some 26 year-old like Shannon Hardin. The only reason he's on city council is he's black and gay." Whatever, dude. I'm still not forwarding your email.
In psychology, this condition is called the "false consensus effect" or "naive realism." In my experience, it's fairly prevalent among conservatives and relatively rare in liberals.
I wonder why that is.
Asked about Trump a year ago, she said, "I'm a Democrat." Nevertheless, this year she was named the director of "African American Outreach" for the Trump campaign. ( LMFAO! That's a gig with a lot of free time!)
This week, Sean Spicer, the RNC Chief Strategist and Communications Director, trotted her out at an event to "discuss Hillary Clinton's foriegn [sic] policy failures."
You can't make this stuff up. The Republicans have a foreign policy expert who's a C-list reality TV nit-wit, and a Communications Director who can't spell. Perfect!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
For once, Trump was correct. Tim Kaine did indeed do a terrible job in New Jersey. In point of fact, Kaine did literally nothing for New Jersey.
Tim Kaine was the governor of Virginia.
This is just unbelievable. Donald Trump wants Russian hackers to steal (or release, if they've already stolen) the emails deleted from Hillary Clinton's private server:
"I hope they have [her emails]. Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."
Then, in a tweet, "Perhaps they should share them with the FBI."
First, Trump rooted for the housing crash and Great Recession because he thought he could make money. Now he's rooting for a foreign country to hack the internet accounts of his American political opposition -- which is a crime -- so he can win the election. He's asking Russia to help him beat Hillary!
Donald Trump is a selfish, no-class asshole. He's a dangerous scumbag and he must not be allowed to get anywhere near the White House. If you vote for him, you are a silly, delusional fool. Don't do it.
As for things that really should be shared, how about releasing your friggin' tax returns, Donald!
Missed the first two, but caught Bill live and Hil on the video link.
It was history-making day in Philly, as Hillary Clinton officially became the first major-party woman presidential nominee. Sort of a big deal, I'd say.
"In memory of our children, we are imploring all of you to vote on Election Day."
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood:
"Well, Donald Trump, come November, women are going to be more than an inconvenience. Women are going to be the reason you're not elected!"
"What's the difference from what I told you [about Hillary] and what they [the GOP] said? One is real. One is made up. [The GOP's] only option is to make up a cartoon. They're running against a cartoon."
Hillary (on video):
"If there are any little girls who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next!"
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
In a recent interview, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was asked to reveal the most conservative thing about herself. Her answer:
|That's a bottle of Blanton's. You can't do better.|
Oh Rachel, I've loved you for many reasons. Now I have another.
One of my oldest and dearest friends is that rare, reasonable Republican. He is properly disgusted by Donald Trump and says he will not vote for him. Good. (And him at least, I believe.)
Well, ol' buddy, if you must, you must, but I say we already have way too many Big Johnsons in Washington D.C. I say it's time for a non-Johnson, if you catch my drift. And I don't mean Jill Stein.
Buster is an equal-opportunity avoider of political conventions. Mostly.
Things I missed last night in Philadelphia (but caught later online):
The "Bernie or Bust" people were indeed ridiculous. They are the die-hards, they are few, and they missed the memo. Hillary Clinton is the nominee. End of story.
(By the way, for all her faults, Debbie Wasserman Schultz did her job. She delivered an historic and highly capable candidate to the Dems. Reince Priebus gave the Republicans Donald Friggin' Trump.)
"When they go low, we go high." "All our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States." I'm really gonna miss Michelle.
Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker were righteous stem-winders.
"What kind of man roots for an economic crash? What kind of man cheats students, investors and workers?" "Trump's entire campaign is just one more late-night infomercial." -- Warren
"America's greatness is not measured by how many billionaires we have, but by how few people we have living in poverty." "We. Will. Rise." -- Booker
"Any objective person will conclude that, based on her ideas and leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close."
Meanwhile, Donald Trump was somewhere with his phone in his tiny hands, sending out childish, bitter tweets into the wee hours.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Reality: Ousted DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn't even pretend to be impartial, but even without her help, it was always going to be Hillary in 2016. No one is surprised by the inevitability of it, not even Bernie. And although some of his supporters are freaking out, to his credit Bernie remains the grown-up in the room, focused on defeating Humpty Trumpty.
Questions about Russia's possible involvement are more intriguing and more important.
We know that DNC computers were recently hacked by Russian intelligence agencies, and that the emails released by Wikileaks had passed through Russian computers.
Trump has had business dealings in Russia for decades and is heavily reliant on Russian investment for many of his real estate developments. He owes them.
Trump has openly expressed his admiration for Vladimir Putin. (They are both grandiose birds of a feather -- both have an eponymous cologne. Seriously.)
Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort spent seven years working with Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych to move that country into Putin's gravitational pull.
Trump's foreign policy advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn sat with Putin at a Russian news media gala held last year.
Trump has repeatedly stated his displeasure with NATO. Putin would love nothing more than to see NATO go away. An isolationist America would be Putin's wet dream.
So, would Putin and Russia really release stolen emails in an attempt to influence the American presidential election? Sure. Why not?
We all know some folks like that, people who, as John Oliver put it, are convinced that believing something to be true is the same as it being true. And, as Oliver pointed out, many of them were on display at last week's GOP Convention:
Oh, how I've missed him too!
Jon Stewart stopped by Stephen Colbert's Late Show to rip the vile GOP Convention and the current sad state of American conservatism:
“You feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that: This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no ‘real America.’
You don’t own it. You don’t own patriotism, you don’t own Christianity, you sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters. Trust me.
I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their ‘Blue Lives Matter’ rhetoric who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 First Responders Bill reauthorization. I see you, and I see your bullshit...”
Friday, July 22, 2016
(Missed it again, and so glad I did.)
The GOP Convention ended just like it began, with another Fear Night in America.
|This is what we should be afraid of.|
Trump trotted out a long and fallacious list of things to be afraid of -- crime and violence (code for black people), illegal immigrants, Muslims, domestic disaster, international humiliation, job loss, death, destruction, terrorism, weakness! It's the apocalypse! Aargh!! Run for the hills!
But wait! There's only one solution to all these ginned up "problems" -- Donald J. Trump himself. "I alone can fix it." "I am your voice."
This is classic demagoguery as practiced by tinhorn dictators: Terrify, then reassure. Be very afraid, but don't worry -- Strong-Man Trump will make everything "great" again. (He just never says how.)
The Big Don said he'll even protect our LGBTQ community, but only from being murdered by all the Islamic terrorists pouring into our country. Meanwhile, VP Mike Pence will make sure that LGBTQ people can't get married or order a birthday cake.
Let's go for positive, not negative. Don't drink the Fear Kool-Aid. Reject Trumpism. It's insane.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Is the point that Republicans used to be great but now they suck? No, I don't think so (even though that's very true). I think the intended point is a convoluted dog whistle -- more along the lines that black people ought to be grateful for what Republicans gave them 150 years ago and should now be eternally quiet and well-behaved. What any of this has to do with Obamacare is . . . nothing. The whole premise is stupid.
The image was on the Facebook page of a website called "The Informed American -- A Beacon of Truth in a World of Lies." This description is false advertising -- it may be a beacon of something but truth ain't it! It's more of a collection of predictable white right propaganda and photos of Obama in a Nazi uniform. "The Informed American" is a champion of gun-nut nonsense, racism, and bigotry of all sorts. It's awful.
The image was re-posted by a friend on his FB page. I've mentioned a number of similarly unenlightened posts from him in the past and chalked them off to carelessness. No more. Things don't get posted by accident. You post it, you re-post it, you own it.
Facebook is the Swamp of Indiscretion. My friend's posts are an example of why many people shouldn't be allowed to use social media. They are Uninformed Americans.
(More stranger-than-fiction weirdness that I didn't see, because I refuse to watch.)
It was Loser's Night at the GOP Convention in Cleveland.
The disembodied head of Marco Rubio appeared via videotape. Marco regurgitated Islamophobia and Benghazi BS.
And Ted Cruz did not endorse Trump. He instead told everyone to "vote your conscience" (which assumes that conservatives have consciences, all evidence to the contrary). Cruz was lustily booed!
V.P. nominee Mike Pence, a virtual unknown who apparently will run the country if King Donald is elected, introduced himself to the crowd and vowed to unite the party around the critical issues of gay-bashing, potty police, and the illegal suppression of a woman's right to an abortion.
It's all just a televised beauty pageant to these dipshits, and Daddy Dearest is their Miss Universe.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Oh, how I've missed him!
"Truthiness" was from the gut.
"Trumpiness" clearly comes from much further down the gastrointestinal tract.
The first night was Fear Night. The second was Hillary Hate Night, because no one really likes Trump, so let's unite in Hillary Hate.
Also, Hillary caused Boko Haram to kidnap hundreds of girls in Nigeria. Hate her.
Hillary is a criminal. Hate her.
Hillary is a pig. Hate her.
Curb Your Enthusiasm. Mitch "Yertle" McConnell and Paul "Smallnuts" Ryan both extolled the virtues of "our nominee -- what's-his-name, the guy with the hair who yells a lot."
Donald Trump Jr. continued the family tradition of irony-free public appearances (and long greasy hair). Donnie Jr. maintained that "fancy colleges and degrees and MBA's" are for losers. (Both Donnie Jr. and his father were in the MBA program at Wharton.)
|"I was born a poor black child."|
Yessir, Junior, that's hard times. Very few of us would consider a loan of a million dollars "small." Very few of us have a father capable of lending us a million bucks. Junior, you're just a regular Joe Baggadonuts.
Once again, I happily missed all of the above!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
No one should be surprised. Ailes built his career as a political operative specializing in dirty tricks, lies, racism, sexism, and packaging/spin. Fox News was his crowning achievement -- an all-propaganda "news" network dedicated to waging a 24-7 partisan assault on public opinion. A lot of suckers swallowed it whole.
Ailes was a proudly unreformed sleazy asshole, and it finally caught up with him. Ignominiously dumped by the Murdoch clan. Couldn't happen to a more deserving piece of shit.
This article has been in the Buster's Links sidebar for five years, but it's still great if you want to read more about Ailes and Fox News.
It was Fear Night at the convention, with so many things to fear: Hillary Clinton will kill somebody. ISIS will kill somebody. Illegal Mexican immigrants will kill somebody. Black Lives Matter will kill somebody. Baby parts will be sold by Planned Parenthood.
Obama is still a Muslim. Gotta be afraid of Muslims, too.
Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi . . . snore.
A couple things that are good: (Both got huge ovations from the crowd.) The Baltimore cops who managed to turn Freddie Gray from alive into dead keep getting acquitted. And the state of Texas continues to execute its prisoners as fast as it can.
You can't make this shit up!