Kelly Shows There’s No Hope For Decency, Proves His Trumpster Bona Fides

On social media there were people who had put all their faith into Gen. Kelly as a moderating force on Trump. They hope he’ll keep us out of war and the like. But today proved that no miracles are forthcoming from Kelly. If anything he’s there because his sensibility is more Trumplike than the hopers thought.

Imagine, if you will, if Kelly really was a decent person who could be Trump’s conscience. If Trump got into another stupid war of words over a gold star family, even worse with a new widow whose husband died on Trump’s watch and the typical Trumpist boasts of being better than Obama. Kelly could rap him on the wrist and tell him to back it up and fix it! It’s a sensitive situation, apologize and get it behind you. That’s what a decent chief of staff would have advised and done.

But that’s not what Kelly did. Kelly defended his bosses’ stupid, reflexive attack on the Congresswoman and his childish denial of what he said on the phone. In all of Kelly’s words he actually admitted Trump said it, while enabling Trump’s non-apology. Kelly added gasoline to the fire by further attacking the Congresswoman and spewing a few nonsensical culture attacks that merely show he’s the kind of older white man that, hey shocker, voted for Trump. Looking backwards at a time that never existed, when “women were sacred”.

He gave Trump’s bluster a veneer of sympathy by whoring out his own military experience, his son’s death, to paper over Trump. Sad!

People will say that Kelly made that speech to impress his boss. Nonsense. He made that speech because he’s a kindred spirit of his boss. He thinks like Trump, just moderately more responsible.

It was a pretty damning performance showing that nobody is going to rein in Trump’s worst instincts. If you can’t get him to stop a fight about insensitive words to the widow of a dead soldier, if you actually keep it going, you are no hope at all.

P.S.: in Kelly’s version of the story it was the Khan family that demeaned gold star families, not Trump.

P.S.S.: In reaching for a negative thing to drop about Congresswoman Wilson, Kelly got the facts wrong (lied) about the incident.  Film from the Miami Sun-Sentinel proves it.  Kelly is now officially a big liar like his boss.

Larry Elder to Sean Hannity: “17 unarmed black men were killed by the police last year. 17. That is not very many.”

So what are players even protesting?  That’s what passes for a hot take on Fox News.

17 unarmed black men were killed by the police last year. 17. That is not very many. As opposed to 5,000 blacks killing other blacks. Mostly young black men killing other young black man.

Larry Elder takes a knee in protest of other black people.

I Admit Things – Sexual Assault

Jim Jefferies is one of my favorite comics and he has a show on Comedy Central on Tuesdays at 10:30pm.  Last night he admitted to some self-reflection about sexual assault jokes after Mr. pussy-grabber won the election.  He said he thought he was doing okay as a man for all the “non-rape” he was committing, but now he feels like he can do much more to be sensitive to women.  Yes, we can all do better.

In thinking about the pervasive sexual assault problem it’s easy to think, “yeah but I’ve never done that.”  And then that voice in the back of your head says “oh yeah you have, remember that time…” and it comes flooding back.

I started thinking about how I grabbed the naked buttocks of stripper at a bachelor party.  Which is embarrassing.  She turned and shot me a look.  Her bouncer bodyguard came over and gave me a warning and I, me, had to sheepishly back away in shame while apologizing profusely and pleading that it won’t happen again.

Five minutes later the naked stripper was on top of my brother miming having sex with him, but nevermind, my lack of self-control in reaching out and touching her butt cheek makes me cringe about twice a year when I think of it.  The rule was no touching and I broke the rule.  And just because it was a naked stripper and I would never do that on  a subway car isn’t exculpatory.  I did it.  It was wrong.

But thinking about that brought back memories of a much worse incident.  It came back to me like a flood of shameful recovered memory.

When I was 11 or 12, in 6th grade, we had frequent Saturday night parties at each other’s houses.  Lots of boys, lots of girls in the group.  Up till that year, almost everything we did was separated by gender.  The boys played sports and hung out together.  The girls did whatever they did and hung out together.  This year, these parties, were the first time for all of us that we were involved in co-ed activities, not separated by gender.

There would be kissing games, of course.   But we also had a seance once and freaked a bunch of us out when we thought we brought back the spirit of John F. Kennedy.   It was varied, it was fun and it was exciting to be that age and to finally have human relationships with girls.

At one party, an older boy showed up.  He lived on my block and maybe, I can’t remember for certain, maybe I was responsible for him coming to the party.  He was probably in junior high at the time, 13, maybe 14.

I remember the party devolving into the boys chasing the girls around in order to grab and expose their boobs.  The older boy had a knife and tried to cut the girls bra straps.  I don’t remember if he succeeded.

Things get fuzzy trying to remember that far back, it’s pretty far back indeed.  I do know that the girls weren’t exactly happy with this.  It’s not like they wanted this.  However, I do know that there were no repercussions that I can recall.  I am not certain if what happened that night essentially just went unspoken thereafter.  I’m curious to reach out to people who were likely there that night  and see if they have recollections of it, I don’t completely trust my own because I know memory is not reliable.

I do know that I ran into one of the girls at that “party” years later, as adults.  I recognized her and stopped her, excited to see her.  She seemed cold and uninterested in a reunion.  I remember at the time wondering if that stupid night was the cause.  Although I could swear that we had remained friends after that year, through junior high and high school, that meeting on the street felt like a cold shower along with her cold shoulder.  I had liked her in school and I think maybe I had exposed her breast that night.  Maybe the next day we went on about our lives as if it hadn’t happened.  But maybe she really didn’t.   Maybe only I did.  To think that her memory of me from those days are that I assaulted her, not that I was a classmate and a friend, is pretty haunting.

In both of these instances I saw how my own best instincts could be completely disregarded in the bravery of the crowd.  Oh it can happen to any woman and any man can do it under the right circumstances, I know it.

Have They Seen His Crappy Buildings?

Report in the WaPo says Mexicans are not impressed with Trump’s wall prototypes.

“People are still going to cross no matter what is there,” said Kevin Ávila Rodríguez, 17, who recycles trash and lives near the spot where the border wall prototypes are being built. “This won’t change things much.”…

Most of the Mexican reaction to these prototypes ranges from offended to blasé. Residents of Tijuana and other border cities have lived with various types of American barriers for years, and they are used to them. The existing fence here, built in the mid-1990s, is roughly 10 feet tall and made out of metal sheets from helicopter landing pads left over from the Vietnam War. A second layer of more-modern steel-mesh fence, 14 to 18 feet tall, stands behind that.

You mean the wall won’t work to stop the opioid crisis?  That sounds glib, but Trump continues to conflate opioids with drugs coming across the border.  He doesn’t understand basic facts.  He actually thinks the border wall will keep oxy out of West Virginia.

His rhetoric often shows that he’s completely disconnected from the reality of what his words actually mean.  He keeps invoking “the swamp” as a rhetorical weapon, but he’s been an ardent advocate for the actual real swamp, adding acres and acres of system deranging corruption to D.C.

Just yesterday he gave a speech to Heritage:

Speaking to the crowd gathered at the Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club meeting, Trump apologized to the “lobbyists” in the crowd who may lose their jobs because of his efforts to “put more Americans back to work and more lobbyists out of work” by repealing the Environmental Protection Agency’s “so called Clean Power Plan.”

“(We) have ended finally the war on clean, beautiful coal. People are going back to work,” he said. “Over the last nine months we have removed job-killing regulations at a record pace. In fact, in nine months, we have done more, they say, than any President in history.”

Besides all of the other mind numbing nonsense there, his assertion that he’s putting lobbyists out of work by fulfilling their fondest wishes of handing regulatory agencies to them is enough to make you want to move to West Virginia and divert some of that oxy yourself.

The people in that audience have to know that what he’s saying is completely removed from reality.  They may be applauding the sentiment because, yeah, they’re the ones who’ve been working for decades to hobble the EPA, open up national parks to mining, loosen regulations on everything that can make their clients money even if it kills people. But none of these ethically challenged moral reprobates would call coal “beautiful.”  They understand that him handing them a victory is not good government, it’s at the COST of good government.

They may giggle to each other for a bit like the Enron energy traders back in 2000 that cynically shut down power plants in California in order to create more energy demand and increase energy prices.  From taped telephone calls between Enron employees:

ENRON EMPLOYEE 1: So the rumor is true? They’re f—-ing taking all the money back from you guys? All that money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?

ENRON EMPLOYEE 2: Yeah, Grandma Millie, man. So she’s the one who couldn’t figure out how to f—-ing vote on the butterfly ballot, but yeah, now she wants her f—-ing money back for all the power you’ve charged right up her —- jammed right up her a—- for f—-ing $250 a megawatt hour. Yeah, you know. You know Grandma Millie. She’s the one that Al Gore is fighting for.

So Heritage, how’d all that work out for Enron?  Going along with schemes that got you what you wanted, economically and ideologically even though they were immoral, unethical?  There’s big profit, until there isn’t and then there’s humiliation and jail.

 

I Admit Things

Have you ever flossed because something heinous is between your teeth, and you got it out (relief), but it’s not on the floss, it’s not in your mouth… mystery…. and you later find the nasty offensive object sitting on your shirt?

I’ve done same with nose blowing too.  Blew something out, but where did it go? Oh, what’s that in my chest hair?  Ugh.

I don’t deny my mistakes, flaws and stupids, then say Obama was worse.

Trump never farts, but the people around him have terrible gas problems, I’m sure.

 

Trump Opens Up Multi Front War on Widow, Congresswoman, Mother, Military, Press, Decency, etc.

Myeshia Johnson lost her husband Sgt. LaDavid T. Johnson.  Now she too will go to war in her own country as Trump and his zombie followers will compound her pain by attacking her.  Congresswoman Wilson knew what she signed up for when she ran for office.  The widow did not.  The mother of the fallen soldier did not.  It’s all so unfair and so sad.

President Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa this month that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.”

But the mother of the fallen soldier stood behind the account, saying that Trump “did disrespect” the family with his comments during a phone call.

He is despicable.  He will go to the mattresses to deny that he used insensitive language because he can’t admit that he’s not perfect, to the extent of attacking the victims of his stupid.

He already made up libelous nonsense about previous presidents to cover his lack of attention to his commander-in-chief duties, and also empathy, sympathy.  By the end of the day he will say that Obama disrespected soldiers too.  I think he probably already did in connection with Benghazi so none of this is even a stretch.

Hail Krugman!!

Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies

10 lies Republicans spew about taxes. Please to read the piece for details.  The amazing thing is how easy it is to debunk almost all of this.  Yet they keep repeating as if truth doesn’t matter (or is that the real issue here? Yes. it is.).

Lie #1: America is the most highly-taxed country in the world

Lie #2: The estate tax is destroying farmers and truckers

Lie #3: Taxation of pass-through entities is a burden on small business

Lie #4: Cutting profits taxes really benefits workers

Lie #5: Repatriating overseas profits will create jobs

Lie #6: This is not a tax cut for the rich

Lie #7: It’s a big tax cut for the middle class

Lie #8: It won’t increase the deficit

Lie #9: Cutting taxes will jump-start rapid growth

Lie #10: Tax cuts will pay for themselves