Don’t Bump The Trump

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It really is unbelievable. Eight days until the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—seemingly supported by thin air. Never has a candidate so obviously unqualified gotten this close to election without caving under the weight of his own impropriety.

Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are. As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

Amazingly, The Donald continues to claim support from

  • Hispanics
  • Blacks
  • Homosexuals

There are number of problems with this claim: He early drew support from his base by announcing that illegal immigrants from Mexico were druggies, rapists and thugs (my wording). Then when a federal judge refused to toss the cast against Trump University, Donald Trump asserted he was unqualified to rule on the matter, because his parents were immigrants from Mexico. Trump broadly hinted to blacks that they are being exploited by Democrats, and that the American black community is rife with criminal activity. Not so much Trump, but Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, is a notorious anti-gay advocate. Lest any one of these points escape the reader, allow me to illustrate one:

 

Donald Trump held a rally in Sanford, Florida, on Tuesday. For the second time in less than two weeks, several Twitter users noted that a woman holding a “Blacks for Trump” sign appeared to be white.

Although there are many blacks who support the Trump candidacy, apparently there are not enough of them to make a reliable showing at his rallies. There may be a reason for this:

Donald Trump ejected a black man waving a note at him at a North Carolina rally, after accusing him of being a “thug” hired by Democrats to disrupt the event.

But C.J. Cary, the man who was thrown out, claims he is a Trump supporter and was merely trying to deliver a message to the candidate to mend ties with some key demographic groups the GOP presidential nominee has offended.

At the Wednesday campaign rally in the town of Kinston, Cary stood a few dozen feet from the stage trying to get Trump’s attention by waving a note and yelling “Donald,” the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

Trump assumed Cary was a disruptive protester.

“Were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?” Trump asked Cary, according to the Observer. The real estate mogul then asked security to remove him.

A person more than blind will get the impression of an underlying current in the Trump candidacy.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Quiz Question

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This one will be trivial to most. Puzzling to some.

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So, I have this special glass. See the illustration above. Disregard the colors. I put those in for interest. Color doesn’t have anything to do with the Quiz Question.

Light enters the pane of glass from the right. Only half of it emerges from the other side. Due to the index of refraction of the glass and the surrounding medium being the same, there is no surface reflection. Half of the light entering the pane is absorbed, and only half comes out the other side.

If I double the thickness of the pane, how much light comes out the other side? Post your answer in the comments section below.

Lying Donald

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I have been accused… All right, nobody has actually accused me, but if they have not they should have. I should have been accused of coming down hard on candidate Candidate Trump’s lack of sincerity. Translation: he lies a lot. He says a bunch of stuff that is just not true. And nobody’s calling me down on this. How come?

There is one thing I should not be accused of, and that one thing is making an industry of calling Donald Trump a liar. A possible reason I am not likely to be accused is because there is somebody else who really does make an industry of calling Donald Trump a liar. That person would be Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star:

When Donald Trump ludicrously accused Hillary Clinton, at the first presidential debate, of trying to fight the Islamic State for her “entire adult life,” Clinton didn’t offer a rebuttal. Instead, she issued a request: “Please, fact-checkers, get to work.”

They were already working. Thanks to the brazenness of Trump’s deceit, fact-checking, that unglamorous journalistic activity once mostly relegated to niche websites and little boxes beside newspaper articles, is having a moment. Big news organizations now assign teams of reporters to fact-check the debates in real time. CNN, among other networks, is using its bottom-screen chyrons to challenge Trump’s most obvious lies. And every day, full-time fact checkers take a false claim, or three, or four, and meticulously explain why it is wrong.

I decided a month ago that this wasn’t enough.

What we’re experiencing from Trump is a daily avalanche of wrongness. The essential truth of this election cannot be conveyed with an examination of any one particular chunk of ice. The story is the massive accumulation of nonsense, big stuff and little stuff alike, day after day.

I’m now spending much of my time immersed in Trump’s dishonesty. I’m the Washington correspondent for Canada’s Toronto Star newspaper, and since September 15, I’ve published a daily tally—or as close to a daily tally as I can produce while also sleeping occasionally—of every false claim the Republican presidential candidate has uttered in a speech or interview. At the end of each day or the beginning of the next, I tweet a screenshot of the list, then publish it on our website, thestar.com.

Daniel Dale formerly had a practice back in Toronto of fact-checking Mayor Rob Ford, whose career is remarkably reminiscent of Trumps. Ford, if you recall, was a compulsive crack cocaine user and a compulsive liar in his denial. Moving to Washington last year, Dale found a fresh trove to mine, and a richer vein it turned out to be. By all accounts, Donald Trump’s mouth is the cornucopia of bent truth.

As mentioned above, Dale has the nasty habit of snatching Trump quotes currently on the roam and exposing them, unfolded, for friend and foe alike to relish. You can guess, most of the relish is enjoyed by foe and least by friend. Here is a typical posting:

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To enable search engines to find the text, here is a copy:

Donald Trump’s false claims, final debate
1. Falsely said, “Justice Ginsburg made some very, very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people, many, many millions of people that I represent.” (Ginsburg criticized Trump, but not his supporters.)
2. Falsely said, “In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States, probably you could say by far, they have more gun violence than any other city.” (Chicago no longer has especially strict gun laws, and certainly is not “by far” the strictest; it is comparable to New York City, which has far less gun violence. Its handgun ban was struck down in 2010; Illinois’ concealed carry ban was struck down in 2012; its gun registry was abandoned in 2013; its ban on gun shops was struck dovn in 2014.)
3. Falsely said, of. Clinton’s immigration plan, “She wants to have open borders.” (Clinton is not proposing “open borders” for immigrants, though she used the phrase in the context of energy and economy in a 2013 speech.)
4. Falsely said, “ICE last week endorsed me.” (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a government agency, did not endorse Trump; a union of its employees did. And it was three weeks ago, not last week.)
5. Falsely said, “Hillary Clinton wanted the wall. Hillary Clinton fought for the wall in 2006 or thereabouts.” (Trump has made it dear that he means a very specific thing by “the wall°, a giant concrete barrier, 35 feet or higher, along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border other than the places where there are natural barriers. Clinton voted for a different barrier: shorter fencing, of a different kind, across a shorter distance. Trump himself said last year that this 2006 proposal was not the same thing: “Such a little wall, it was such a nothing wall.”)
6. Falsely said of Syrian refugees, “They have no idea where they come from.” (The refugees are rigorously vetted by U.S. authorities.)
7. Falsely said of the perpetrator of hacking attack. against Democratic officials, “Our country has no idea.” (The Obama administration and U.S. intelligence officials, along with independent experts, have concluded that Russia is responsible.)
8. Falsely said, of the New START nuclear arms reduction deal, “The Russians have said, according to many, many reports, I can’t believe they allowed us to do this. They create warheads, and we can’t. The Russians can’t believe it.” (The Russians have not mocked the deal in such a fashion. Though the deal sets a cap on the number of “deployed” nuclear warheads, the U.S. is still permitted to develop new ones to replace old ones.)
9. Falsely said, “Her plan is going to raise taxes and even double your taxes.” (Clinton is only raising taxes on the highest earners. The Tax Policy Center says most residents below the top 1 per cent will receive minor tax cuts under her plan, and even most of the highest earners will not see a doubling.)

It is not as though candidate Trump has raised prevarication to a high art. He has merely industrialized it. Others may produce higher quality, but Trump excels in shear quantity. Only some of these statements abuse the truth to the master level, but others, and there are many, bespeak of ignorance or a morbid disregard with fact. I may have mentioned, I enjoy a fool less than a liar. In Trump I may have both.

Don’t Bump The Trump

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It really is unbelievable. Nine days until the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—seemingly supported by thin air. Never has a candidate so obviously unqualified gotten this close to election without caving under the weight of his own impropriety.

Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are. As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

What next? The supply of material is seemingly without bound. Take candidate Trump’s view of modern science and how he attempted to rebut fact with fable:

 

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Was that stupid? Did Bill bop Monica? But wait! There’s more:

Trump denies saying climate change was Chinese hoax — and is contradicted by his own Twitter account

Published: Sept 27, 2016 1:05 p.m. ET By ROBERT SCHROEDER
FISCAL POLICY REPORTER

Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump at their first debate on Monday night for labeling climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

Trump denied saying that. But his own Twitter feed contradicts him, with the real-estate magnate tweeting back in 2012 that global warming was created “by and for the Chinese.”

Scandalously, Trump’s denial came during the first debate with candidate Clinton, on live TV, before the largest audience ever for a presidential debate. How many ways are there to spell chutzpah? How much longer can this lighter-than-air candidate keep up the charade?

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Bad Movie of the Week

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This one is bad. This one is very bad. This is the baddest of the bad. It’s Surf Nazis Must Die from 1987. I saw it once on cable TMC and have been looking for it since. Now it’s popped up on Amazon Prime Video for your enjoyment. I won’t list the players. There’s nobody I recognize. Details are from Wikipedia.

In apocalyptic California, following an 8.6 earthquake in the Los Angeles area, police enforcement is swamped, and gangs operate freely and outrageously. One is the Surf Nazis, here indoctrinating neophytes.

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The gangs live a hedonistic existence, much to impress viewers.

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Since this is a surfing movie, there are ample surfing clips to maintain the theme.

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The gangs war for control and prestige. Nobody can beat the Surf Nazis. They dance around the bodies of their fallen foes.

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Meanwhile Eleanor “Mama” Washington is checking into a retirement home. She isn’t liking it. Everything is much too tame.

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She sees her son Leroy for the last time. He has a run-in with the Surf Nazis and is killed.

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Eleanor is not one to take this shit. A visit to a pawn shop gets her a Walther P38, some ammunition, a shotgun, and some grenades.

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One grenade of which comes rolling into the Surf Nazis’ bunker while they are dozing. Bad news, Mama Washington is on the warpath.

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She finishes off the Surf Nazis.

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And that’s the story. There’s not much more to it. As Joe Bob Briggs would call it, “four bare breasts, one severed head, five knives to the gut, some ardvarking.” And we’re out of here. I don’t know how long Amazon is going to have it free on Prime Video. Catch it if you can. An hours and 22 minutes.

Don’t Bump The Trump

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Ten days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

In the meantime, candidate Trump is taking offense at being accused of some of his scurrilous activities:

  • Mocked a man with disabilities.
  • Attacked the parents of a fallen American hero.
  • Belittled POWs and the war record of Sen. John McCain.
  • Lied about how much money he raised for veterans.
  • Called a former Miss Universe “disgusting” and fat, telling his Twitter followers to find her non-existent sex tape.
  • Accused an American-born federal judge of being unfit to do his job because of his Mexican heritage.
  • Likely avoided paying taxes for nearly two decades.
  • Called most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, even though that’s not remotely factual.
  • Lied about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11.
  • Lied about getting a letter from the NFL complaining about the debate schedule.
  • Tried to exploit the death of an African American woman in Chicago to say that’s why black voters will support him.
  • Found the “bright side” to tragedies because his poll numbers tend to go up.
  • Settled with the Department of Justice after his company was found guilty of racially discriminating against minorities.
  • Has cheated on at least one wife.
  • Was just discovered on video admitting that he not only tried to cheat on his current wife, but he attempted to do so with another married woman.
  • Had his first wife publicly say that he did nothing when it came to raising their children until they were old enough to talk business.
  • Tweeted that women should have expected to be sexually assaulted when they mixed males and females together in the military.
  • Said he wants to target the families of terrorists.
  • Stated that he wants to ban an entire religion.
  • Praised a Russian president who obviously hates the U.S. and Americans.
  • Encouraged the Russian government to commit espionage against Americans.
  • Insinuated that another Republican’s wife was ugly.
  • Tried to implicate another Republican’s father in JFK’s assassination.
  • Sought out the help of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes after he was fired following multiple allegations that he had sexually harassed women for years.
  • Made Breitbart’s Steve Bannon one of his top campaign people.
  • Had a former campaign manager abruptly resign after a report came out linking him to pro-Russian groups that were directly trying to undermine U.S. policy in eastern Europe.
  • Called Carly Fiorina ugly.
  • Has said climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese — then denied saying it.
  • Was a leading conspiracy theorist when it came to the racist-driven birther conspiracies against President Obama.
  • Dismissed nearly eight years of accusing the president of not being an American with a less than 30 second statement where he didn’t apologize for any of it.
  • Tried to blame Hillary Clinton for his racism.
  • Re-tweeted anti-African American propaganda created by a white supremacy group.
  • Played dumb about knowing who former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke was.
    Skipped a presidential debate because he was scared of a moderator.
  • Has, on several occasions, suggested he finds his daughter attractive.
  • Called a husband doing things like changing diapers and helping with the children, a man “trying to be the wife.”
  • Has said he wants more countries to have nuclear weapons.
  • Said he can’t release his tax returns because they’re currently being audited — even though the IRS said that’s a lie.
  • Feels he has the right to sexually assault women.

For the record, Donald Trump is guilty of all the above. In the meantime he is hitting back at accusations by women who say he acted scandalously, even criminally, toward them:

(CNN)Donald Trump on Friday called himself a “victim” as more women continued to come forward on Friday accusing him of sexual assault and harassment.

“As you have seen, I am a victim of one of the great political smear campaigns in the history of our country,” he said at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday night. “They are coming after me to try and destroy what is considered by even them the greatest movement in the history of our country.”
Trump’s comments came as he once again alleged it’s “all false stuff” and there is a “concerted effort” to take down his campaign, ignoring calls from his campaign advisers to focus on economic issues rather than responding to the allegations.

Donald. Donald! Listen to me. I’m trying to help you. If you want people to believe you didn’t grope those women or otherwise act like a buffoon towards them, then you should have not done all of those other things you did. Mocking a handicapped man made you look like an ass. Likewise disparaging a real war hero, pushing false claims the President is not a citizen, denying you knew KKK leader David Duke, calling political opponent Carly Fiorina ugly, cheating on multiple wifes before dumping them. Donald, people have started to notice a trend. No sympathy from me if you are accused by a growing chorus of women, given even the chance at least one accusation is false. You made it. You live in it.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Bad Joke of the Week

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The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note and posted on the apple tray. “Take only one. God is watching.”

Moving further along the lunch line. at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

One child whispered to another, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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Eleven days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

Bad news for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has Republicans rejoicing. Republicans have been attempting to repeal this act since it became law six years ago. In particular, candidate Trump is having a field day. The government announced this week a projected rise in premiums for patients enrolling in the government-sponsored exchange. 22% is touted as a conservative number.

Candidate Trump has seized this lifeline to his sinking campaign and is hoping to make the most of it:

Seizing on Rising Costs, Trump Says Health Law Is ‘Over’

Unfortunately this has not been the gift that keeps on giving. As mentioned yesterday, Donald Trump initially gave the impression he had no idea how the ACA works, and he further had no idea his own employees are not affected by it.

All the while, candidate Trump continues to promise to repeal the ACA ASAP once he takes office. Other Republicans have been promising the same thing for six years. Their aim, they say, is to replace the act with something more suitable, but they have yet to propose any such. The notion running wild in the upstairs computer room where I am composing this is the Republicans have never had any intention of coming up with a plan for universal health coverage, and they never will in the future. A promise is as good as fact if you can get people to believe it.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Friday Funny

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Yes, readers, it’s Friday again, and the funny stuff just keeps rolling in. Most recently a boat load has been disgorging from this year’s political campaign. For example:

Yesterday on “Trunews,” Rick Wiles said that he has been praying for Donald Trump before each debate to ask God to protect him and guard him against demonic attacks from witches.

Before the third debate, Wiles decided that he will also be “praying that confusion would cloud Hillary Clinton’s mind and that fear would come upon her.”

If you are not familiar, Rick Wiles is some kind of quirky “citizen reporter and media producer:

Like David vs. Goliath, Rick Wiles is a citizen reporter who decided to take on the Big News Media. Starting with a $7,500 donation in May 1999 to launch the first radio program, Rick’s faith in God and steadfast determination has overseen the growth and development of Trunews into an internationally recognized source of credible news and information in a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Rick’s professional career was in media marketing and advertising sales. Throughout his early years, God’s hand silently guided him to be in employed in the latest new media. While in his early 20’s, Rick’s first media job was with a new FM radio station in the days when AM was still king.

Readers of this blog may have run into him already. He has popped up multiple times.

Anyhow, Rick Wiles seems to be spot on with his scheme to confuse Hillary Clinton at the last debate. I caught it on TV and noticed that while candidate Donald Trump was spouting wild conspiracy theories, Clinton was completely confused by the spectacle and could only smile and watch.

Now, that’s funny. Keep laughing. And may Jesus have mercy on our soul.

Best Friend Forever

Or until tomorrow. Whichever comes first.

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Earlier I posted one of a series I title Your Friend The Handgun. The title is a bit of sarcasm, because every post illustrates a case where somebody would have been better off without a handgun (sometimes without a long gun). I always figured I would sooner or later get some push back, and here is some from my Facebook feed, where I posted a link:

Steven Breed The claim made in the graphic is not supported by the data.
Stirling Dodd · Friends with Steven Breed

I think a fair argument is that the risk of attempted suicide isn’t increased, but the risk of a successful suicide is.
John Blanton I have the survey results. Want to see?
Steven Breed I don’t see how it’s veracity could be established with a survey, but please feel free to post. I believe the claim dates to the first Kellerman paper (I haven’t looked up the link, but it’s easy to find) which has serious flaws.
  • Steve has asserted the graphic (see above) is not supported by the data.
  • Stirling has pitched in and mentioned some things I am about to cover in my response.
  • I have promised to show the results of a survey.
  • Steve has asserted the claims (>50% suicides are with a gun) derives ultimately from the so-called Kellerman paper. He further doubts the validity of conclusions based on a survey.

Here I go.

Let me start with an item from that reputable journal of scientific research, The New York Times:

Not all of those suicides are by gun, but a majority are. And while some people feeling suicidal impulses will choose another method if a gun is not at hand, public health researchers cite two reasons guns are particularly dangerous: 1) Guns are more lethal than most other methods people try, so someone who attempts suicide another way is more likely to survive; 2) Studies suggest that suicide attempts often occur shortly after people decide to kill themselves, so people with deadly means at hand when the impulse strikes are more likely to use them than those who have to wait or plan.

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The source is Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the United States Government.

Regarding Steve’s mistrust of a survey, by a survey I mean looking at the data. I hope that clears up that point.

Final analysis, in case the point has been missed, I am advocating that on average guns are not life-saving devices. I have elsewhere advocated that having a gun for self-protection poses a greater risk than the risk it is meant to provide protection against. I repeat my observation from personal experience.

  • I have personally known four people killed by firearms. None of these involved criminal activity.
  • Two of these cases were self-inflicted.
  • I have personally witnessed a homicide by firearm. The killer was not a criminal prior to the act.
  • A family member (I was named after him) was a gunshot victim. Not killed and no criminal activity involved.
  • I have never personally encountered criminal activity involving firearms, nor do I know anybody who has been assaulted by a criminal with a firearm.

Readers can keep abreast of my comments on the friendliness of handguns by following my blog. A new post comes out every Thursday, and there is an abundant supply of material.

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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Twelve days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

 

A favorite topic of candidate Donald Trump’s, in fact a favorite topic of all conservative (Republican) politicians, has been the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the ACA or “Obamacare.” The aim of the ACA has been to place more Americans under some kind of health insurance program. Conservatives, under whatever logic can be imagined, see this as an infringement on human liberties and have fought it relentlessly. Republican politicians have long advocated for repealing the act, which became law in 2010, and replacing it. Replacing it with what has never been satisfactorily explained. My opinion: these politicians will never work for a program to insure all Americans, because any such program smacks of socialized medicine, a huge bugaboo for conservatives.

Just this week insurance companies participating in the ACA have announced new premiums for the coming year, and there is considerable sticker shock. A number I see often is a 22% increase. There is unrestrained rejoicing from Republicans. Unrestrained rejoicing that some Americans must now pay more, but particularly unrestrained rejoicing that the ACA has hit a bump in the road. Rejoicing in particular is candidate Trump:

Doral, Florida (CNN) — Donald Trump claimed Tuesday during an event with staff at his resort here that his employees are having issues with Obamacare — an account contradicted by his property’s general manager — amid the news that President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation is facing soaring premiums.

“I can say that all of my employees are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare,” Trump said. “What they’re going through with their health care is horrible because of Obamacare, so we’ll repeal it and replace it.”

That is certainly bad news for Trump employees. Now that insurance rates are going up by double digits, they are going to be hit hard. Readers, this is absolutely intolerable.

Wait! What did candidate Trump just say. His employees “are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare?” His employees are involved in Obamacare in any form what-so-ever? His employees don’t receive health insurance coverage under a plan provided by Trump’s company? Breathtaking inanity!

For the record, every American employer of any size and worth has been offering health insurance plans to employees since about the last 75 years. Some employers pay the premiums 100%, making, for all but a few “Cadillac” plans, the premiums a tax-exempt wage. Down the ticket, most employers pick up part of the tab for the premiums, and at the very worst the employer offers the plan as an option, with the employee paying all of the premium. The benefit of this last is that these are group plans, and all applicants must be accepted by the carrier. And, all other things being equal, the premiums are lower than they would be on the open market.

Anyhow, it turns out that Trump company employees are covered by plans through the company, and the ACA is neither here nor there for them. They are not “having a tremendous problem with Obamacare.”

So, was candidate Trump lying, or is he just too ignorant of how his business is run? Everything else being equal, I would prefer a liar to a fool. I might in this case have both.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

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Having a firearm in your personal possession is a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment, and must be protected at all cost. Denying this right to people is an affront to the Constitution. This right must be protected, no matter what it takes, even the sacrifice of the lives of a few patriots:

(CNN) — Nazi emblems were found among the “personal effects” of the man who was killed in Houston Monday after wounding nine people in a mass shooting, according to the head of the police homicide division.

Capt. D.W. Ready said the shooter was dressed in some kind of military uniform and had Nazi emblems with him and at his house.

Yeah, y’all be careful out there, and keep your powder dry. Salute this martyr for the cause in your thoughts and prayers. Remember, he died for you.

Interesting Conversation

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It’s no secret I glean a passel of my story ideas from Facebook. Friends post all kinds of stuff, some things I could not make up on my own during my weirdest moments. Here is one posting:

Daniel G. Kuttner

October 8 at 7:27pm ·

Given two evils, I’ll take the guy who 11 years ago talked about consensual touching, over the woman who enabled and covered up her husband’s actual violent assaults on women, and also threatened or publicly humiliated the victims who dared to speak out.

You need some background to know what this is all about. Dan is referring to the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both running for the office of President of the United States. The “11 years ago” refers to Trump’s recorded remarks about groping women, “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” The “woman who enabled and covered up her husband’s actual violent assaults on women” refers to former President Bill Clinton—who had numerous liaisons with women other than his wife, candidate Hillary Clinton—and candidate Clinton’s actions during that time.

There are, of course, problems with Dan’s interpretation.

  • There is no indication Trump’s groping was in any way consensual. Additionally, other women have since come forward to complain specifically of non-consensual groping.
  • Reference to Bill Clinton’s ” violent assaults on women” seems to come out of somebody’s imagination, perhaps Dan’s. Perhaps not.

Anyhow, odd that this was, it needed some response. Here is mine. I have added a line break and the bullets and have corrected the spelling of candidate Carly Fiorina’s name:

John Blanton An excellent selection, Dan. Let’s see what else you get with the package:
This is a man who:

  • Mocked a man with disabilities.
  • Attacked the parents of a fallen American hero.
  • Belittled POWs and the war record of Sen. John McCain.
  • Lied about how much money he raised for veterans.
  • Called a former Miss Universe “disgusting” and fat, telling his Twitter followers to find her non-existent sex tape.
  • Accused an American-born federal judge of being unfit to do his job because of his Mexican heritage.
  • Likely avoided paying taxes for nearly two decades.
  • Called most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, even though that’s not remotely factual.
  • Lied about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11.
  • Lied about getting a letter from the NFL complaining about the debate schedule.
  • Tried to exploit the death of an African American woman in Chicago to say that’s why black voters will support him.
  • Found the “bright side” to tragedies because his poll numbers tend to go up.
  • Settled with the Department of Justice after his company was found guilty of racially discriminating against minorities.
  • Has cheated on at least one wife.
  • Was just discovered on video admitting that he not only tried to cheat on his current wife, but he attempted to do so with another married woman.
  • Had his first wife publicly say that he did nothing when it came to raising their children until they were old enough to talk business.
  • Tweeted that women should have expected to be sexually assaulted when they mixed males and females together in the military.
  • Said he wants to target the families of terrorists.
  • Stated that he wants to ban an entire religion.
  • Praised a Russian president who obviously hates the U.S. and Americans.
  • Encouraged the Russian government to commit espionage against Americans.
  • Insinuated that another Republican’s wife was ugly.
  • Tried to implicate another Republican’s father in JFK’s assassination.
  • Sought out the help of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes after he was fired following multiple allegations that he had sexually harassed women for years.
  • Made Breitbart’s Steve Bannon one of his top campaign people.
  • Had a former campaign manager abruptly resign after a report came out linking him to pro-Russian groups that were directly trying to undermine U.S. policy in eastern Europe.
  • Called Carly Fiorina ugly.
  • Has said climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese — then denied saying it.
  • Was a leading conspiracy theorist when it came to the racist-driven birther conspiracies against President Obama.
  • Dismissed nearly eight years of accusing the president of not being an American with a less than 30 second statement where he didn’t apologize for any of it.
  • Tried to blame Hillary Clinton for his racism.
  • Re-tweeted anti-African American propaganda created by a white supremacy group.
  • Played dumb about knowing who former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke was.
    Skipped a presidential debate because he was scared of a moderator.
  • Has, on several occasions, suggested he finds his daughter attractive.
  • Called a husband doing things like changing diapers and helping with the children, a man “trying to be the wife.”
  • Has said he wants more countries to have nuclear weapons.
  • Said he can’t release his tax returns because they’re currently being audited — even though the IRS said that’s a lie.
  • Feels he has the right to sexually assault women.

That’s some list, and I’m not the one who scanned current and recent news to compile it. I posted it with confidence that just about all of it is demonstrably true. As I suspected, Dan was eager to challenge me on these points. He responded:

Daniel G. Kuttner Interesting talking points from that collectivist/statist site.”

Some seem true, some are exaggerated, some are simple spin on truths, and many unproven allegations.

I still patiently await your same level of skill and effort to focus on the Clintons. Do I hear Crickets?

Remember, though, I say both aren’t hire-able to sweep my driveway.

Maybe they’d have adjoining cells, if we had a real Justice Dept.

Like · Reply · October 9 at 6:13pm · Edited

It is possible some of my points include exaggerations, spin on truths, unproven allegations. It is worth checking out. I challenged Dan to make the case:

John Blanton Please feel free to challenge any one of them. There are more, besides.

And this went back and forth. The dialog is edited:

Daniel G. Kuttner John: I gave the challenge at the same level of detail you used.

Like · Reply · 1 · October 9 at 6:47pm

John Blanton Just take one. Give it a go. If you are correct, then it should not be difficult to refute at least one.

Like · Reply · October 9 at 8:46pm

Daniel G. Kuttner You give me a documented, straight one (not spun) and I will. Chances are, if it’s documented, I won’t refute it, but will agree!

Like · Reply · October 10 at 2:04am

Daniel G. Kuttner Still waiting, 8 days later…

https://youtu.be/K8E_zMLCRNg

Cricket Sound

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Like · Reply · Yesterday at 2:06am

John Blanton Dan, the sound of silence you are hearing is yourself, failing to follow-up. I gave you a list of assertions, any one of which you were invited to challenge. Your unwillingness or inability to respond is telling. Shades of AGW?

Like · Reply · 19 hrs

Daniel G. Kuttner John: I don’t know the abbreviation.

Apparently you didn’t read MY answer to your unsupported assertions.

Do you only have an output port? Or is your input filtered to only accept responses which coincide with your “directed skepticism?”

Like · Reply · 19 hrs

John Blanton Dan, the abbreviation stands for Anthropogenic Global Warming . We were discussing it a few weeks ago. Your responses established a baseline against which current conversations are bring measured. And I did read your ANSWER. I’m assuming the word is supposed to be all caps. Yes, I did put up a list of unsupported assertions. Assertions you are unable to refute. If you are unable to put the lie to them, then I’m going to assume you accept them as true. Your recourse is to refute at least one of them. Only one. The ball is in your court. I await.

Daniel G. Kuttner Where’s your science?

It is not one’s burden to disprove a theory or to prove a negative.

The burden is on those proffering the assertion.

The crickets continue to chirp. It’s their job.

Like · Reply · October 20 at 6:05pm

John Blanton The assertions stand. You don’t have to disprove any of them. Just pick one and tell me it is false. If you can’t then don’t.

Like · Reply · 13 hrs

Daniel G. Kuttner They don’t stand, outside of your and other readers of talking points.

However, how ’bout 1/2 of one of them: “…racist-driven birther conspiracies against President Obama. ”

Are you saying Hillary Clinton is a racist? It’s her campaign (Michael Blumenthal and a woman whose name I don’t remember) who researched and started that whole thing.

She only dropped it after she & O left the Bilderberg meeting and she suspended her campaign against O, accepting Sec’y of State if he were elected.

As to its being racist in general, how is questioning anyone’s eligibility under the Constitution racist? I, for one, also questioned Cruz’s… or was I being Canad-o-Phobic for that?

The back and forth continued, with others chiming in:

Jan Robin John, I have found a rediculous amount of information which supports Trump’s defense on the long list of complaints you have against him…but instead of posting them…or even one…I am again drawing the attention back to the pertinent issues that voters need to be focusing on. Even if I posted evidence supporting Trump’s defense on any one of the accusations on your list, it would be a waste of my time…since you would undoubtedly pull something published from Mrs. Cinton’s camp. Instead of wasting our time on criticism of either candidate, why don’t we move forward and instead, focus on the issues at hand. These are the target points of the election which will determine America’s future! I’m afraid with all of this mudslinging that’s gone on…it’s a smoke screen to the true issues…we are on the brink of losing our country! I’ve already voted, so now all I can do is take deep breaths and pray for the United States

Jan’s remarks are interesting on a number of points. I particularly like, “Even if I posted evidence supporting Trump’s defense on any one of the accusations on your list, it would be a waste of my time…since you would undoubtedly pull something published from Mrs. Cinton’s camp.” The “Even if…” part is telling. Jan will not post the evidence, because Jan cannot produce the evidence. And I, in response to Jan’s evidence, “would undoubtedly pull something published from Mrs. Cinton’s camp.” That is, I will go to the Clinton campaign to obtain rebuttal and not rely on the historical record, which would include video interviews featuring Donald Trump.

Anyhow, a summary of the conversation has been captured as best as I was able and is archived here.

Dan professes to be ambivalent about Clinton vs. Trump, vis: “Remember, though, I say both aren’t hire-able to sweep my driveway.” None-the-less, he seems to carry a heavy load of water for Donald Trump and particularly for conservative causes.

The central theme here is the assertion that somehow Clinton and Trump are different sides of a coin—equally disreputable. That gets pushed a lot, and it needs some push back. Donald Trump, whose campaign mantra includes, “lying Hillary” and “lock her up,” is demonstrably the winner in any race to the bottom. The points I have bulleted above will stand up to scrutiny, and they heavily overshadow any and all of Clinton’s actual failings. Readers are challenged to find fault with at least one of these and to post a response. See the comments section below.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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Thirteen days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

In campaign speeches Donald Trump has made a number of statements that are indefensibly wrong (untrue, lies). At one point he stated, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” That is an obvious lie:

During her take-no-prisoners foreign policy speech on June 2, Hillary Clinton reminded listeners of controversial things that Republican presidential rival Donald Trump has said over the years.

At one point, Clinton said, “Donald Trump says climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.”

Did he? Yes, though he later said it was a joke.

The original source of this claim was a tweet Trump sent on Nov. 6, 2012, as we noted in a January 2016 fact-check of a similar claim by Clinton’s Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders.

Trump’s tweet said, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Donald Trump has done this kind of thing on multiple occasions during the campaign. He has made outlandish statements, and often he has followed up by stating he never said them. Unfortunately, this statement was inscribe on the Internet, which is sort of like chiseling the words into the concrete on the courthouse steps:

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An item in The Washington Post followed this thread:

During the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday, Clinton accused her rival of believing “that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.”

“I did not. I did not. I do not say that,” Trump replied. Clinton was probably referring to a viral tweet from 2012, which does say that:

The Post item concludes with:

It’s worth noting that if Trump’s campaign was, for some reason, interested in erasing the candidate’s tweeted statements about global warming, they’d have a lot of deleting to do. He’s tweeted 101 times about global warming, according to a new archive of all of Trump’s tweets from 2009 to the present. The vast majority of those tweets claim in some way that global warming is a hoax.

This is the person whose political mantra, echoed by his vast crowd of followers, is “Lying Hillary.”

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

 

Bad Movie Wednesday

One of a continuing series

When this came out in 1999 I caught the trailers on TV, but I never saw the movie. This was past the time I quit going to movie theaters, and Notting Hill never showed up on Turner Classic Movies, that I ever noticed. Since I quit cable TV back in March I’ve been watching Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, and with September this has apparently been added by Amazon. It’s worth a look. I’m getting details from Wikipedia.

I knew from watching the trailers 17 years ago this was a kind of Cinderella story. A very ordinary guy, with emphasis on ordinary, hooks up with a glamorous movie actress, and there’s obviously going to be some tension. It’s what makes the plot, and I do believe the device has been used several times before.

Strange thing, from the TV trailers I got the idea the story ends with the two going their separate ways, but I was delightfully surprised. As usual, I won’t recap the plot. I’m just going to touch on some highlights and do my usual critique. Here’s the story.

Will Thacker (Hugh Grant) lives in London, and London, as I learned when I was there one time, is really a collection of towns, and possibly Notting Hill is one of those. Will shares a flat with a screwball Welshman, known only as Spike (Rhys Ifans), and he has a bookshop that’s a good walk away through the heart of Notting Hill. The bookshop sells only travel books and is called, appropriately “The Travel Book Store.” It’s not making any money.

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Then, one day, as Will is minding the counter, in walks Julia Roberts, looking to purchase a book. Only it’s not really Julia Roberts, it’s Julia Roberts playing Anna Scott, the fabulously attractive and talented actress whose face adorns city buses all over London and whose picture is on the front of every tabloid and trade magazine. Will spots her right away. He manages to sell her a book, not the one he thought she should have bought, but the one she thought she should have. He throws in an extra book, one he thought she really should have. He bags the books and sends her on her way. Sigh.

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So, Will’s brush with the ravishing Anna Scott is about to fade when fate steps in. He splashes orange juice all over the front of her nice shirt. What a way to make an impression. I’m not going to tell you how this came about.

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But he does make an impression, and shortly Anna is Will’s date at his sister’s birthday party. Anna is comfortable meeting Will’s wacky sister Honey (Emma Chambers) at a dinner thrown by Max (Tim McInnerny) and Bella (Gina McKee). She also meets another friend, Bernie (Hugh Bonneville). Tragically, Bella has been crippled from a fall and must use a wheelchair.

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Will and Anna are attracted to each other, but this may not be going anywhere. Again, fate steps in. Hideous nude photos of Anna have, after over a decade or so, finally made their way to the tabloids, and Anna is being hounded by the press. She flees to Will’s flat, and he takes her in. Biology kicks in, and they finally get some quality sack time. At this point it’s the morning after, and the two of them are discussing people’s fascination with everything sexual. Anna remarks on men’s obsession with tits, only she calls them breasts. Will takes a look.

 

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I have previously commented on Roberts’ tits. It came about this way:

This is the second time I reviewed this movie. I believe the first time I said something like, “This movie has two things going for it, and Roberts has them.” Julia Roberts, of course, was playing the title role in Erin Brockovich.

In Erin Brockovich tits were a factor. I think Roberts, maybe even Brockovich, used a push up for emphasis, because Roberts is not known for grandiose knockers, despite my comment above.

Bad news. Spike, having the previous night come home to find Anna in the bathtub, has dropped a few words to pals in the pub, and come morning light a screaming throng of paparazzi clog the street out front. Will discovers this when he goes to investigate, dressed in shirt and shorts. Anna confirms when she goes to investigate, dressed in one of Will’s shirts. Spike confirms, dressed only in his BVDs. Anna departs, possibly forever.

Getting the two back together is a major theme of the plot, and it’s ticklish. Anna’s leaving has left Will in a sexual funk, and his friends try to help out. We see a parade of blind dates, beginning with a prize loser, and culminating with an absolutely acceptable woman of the female persuasion. I know about these things. We last see Will’s final date, wistfully walking away, possibly wondering if she has bad breath or something.

Not to complicate the telling, Anna comes back to London to make a Henry James movie, as Will had previously recommended, and things almost go off track again. It’s a Graduate moment as Will catches Anna’s attention just as she is about to leave London forever. There follows a blow-out wedding, and the final scene shows Will and Anna sharing a park bench, with Will possibly reading Henry James.

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And yes, Spike marries Honey. So it is a Cinderella ending after all.

It’s obvious why Roberts was chosen for the part of Anna. In late 20th century American film she is recognized as a prime natural beauty. As far as I can tell, she is aging well. The part of Anna is heart warmingly down to earth. Pulling $15 million per picture, as she confesses to Bernie, she has retained a firm grip on reality, lamenting that shortly her looks will fade, and her career will enter the history books. Belying the stereotypical Hollywood starlet, she is not empty-headed or giddy, and she is aware of her own true worth. Perhaps, as the plot goes, this is why she is attracted to Will. He is one straight guy, having previously been married and abandoned. Neither has he any illusions.

What I found troubling was Will’s mid-plot romance, or lack thereof. His friends have hooked him up with what appears to be a just right woman, and he lets her go. Of course, guys reading this will recognize the situation, because it happens to us all the time. No, it does not. Everybody watching has to be wondering what is wrong with Will. Of course, if he latched onto Miss Right, then that would be the end of the plot, so he didn’t

Finally, one needs to be troubled by the core of this plot. Glamorous movie queen marries ordinary man. History has not been kind. Jane Froman survived a plane crash in 1943 and later married the co-pilot John Burns. The marriage did not last. You have to guess the Anna and Will coupling will have a chance, as is appears at the end that Anna is retiring from acting. Will is not a financial success by any means, and there’s always going to be the issue of his wife’s money. Not easy to get around.

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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Fourteen days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

Donald Trump kicked off his abortive political career with a series of lies:

Here’s a laundry list of birther declarations Trump made before he tried to put the controversy to rest:
1. “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”
– March 23, 2011, on “The View”
2. “He’s spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue. Millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And I’ll tell you what, I brought it up, just routinely, and all of a sudden a lot facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country.”
– March 28, 2011, on Fox News
3. “He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me — and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be — that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.”
– March 30, 2011, on The Laura Ingraham Show

This list from CNN goes on to include 14 dishonest statements concerning the citizenship of the elected President. Donald Trump’s lies continued from that point forward. At times he would make a statement and then subsequently deny having done so. Eventually it all caught up with him:

The Washington Post has obtained an extremely crass recording, above, on which Donald Trump converses with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about women aboard a bus on the set of Days of Our Lives. Among the things Trump says:

  • “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything.” (It’s not clear who Trump was talking about.)
  • “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Trump’s supporters sought valiantly to deflect his disreputable conduct:

  • This was 11 years ago. Trump has matured since then. (He was 59 then. He is now 70.)
  • It was just “locker room talk” and did not reflect actuality. Trump never did such things as he described.
  • It’s not disgraceful at all. It’s just boy talk.

Then the roof began to cave in. Women came forward—11 at my last counting. They accused Trump of past sexual battery. Some accusations are almost benign—uninvited kissing. Other actions are clearly criminal—groping a woman’s breasts and putting his hand up her skirt on a plane. Groping a stranger’s crotch in a crowded nightclub.

His response has been denial and outrage. He is threatening to sue. After the election. Trump advocates have pitched in to add their own denial, often by disparaging the women. Friends of Facebook have submitted items that are humorous at best. See the meme at the top of this post.

Some of or all of these women’s accusations may be false, though a few are corroborated by witnesses. Supposing in the extreme that these are all lies foisted for a political purpose. It’s too late for Donald Trump. He has lowered his credibility to the point where denial is fruitless. Donald Trump is skewered on the pike he hoisted for months against all who crossed him—the innuendo, the exaggeration, the outright slander. It is the ricochet bullet that is killing any chance he may have had at a credible run for the presidency. And it could not have happened to a nicer guy.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

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It’s Tuesday again, and there is another report of death due to stupidity. We will never run out of Tuesdays:

4-year-old Natali Joy Mudd was found dead by detectives in her own home, with a tumor in her eye that was almost as big as the rest of her head. At the horrific scene, a police sergeant found horizontal trails of blood along the walls of the house. The trails matched the height of the girl’s head. Natali had apparently been leaning against the wall as she dragged herself from room to room, blinded, trying to find a way to freedom, before the tumor killed her. (Stauth 2013)

Natali’s parents belonged to the Faith Assembly Church, a Pentecostal offshoot. They didn’t believe in medical care, and they were not prosecuted because Indiana had strict religious shield laws. Two years later, Natali’s five-year-old sister died from an untreated tumor in her stomach the size of a basketball.

This CSICOP posting notes that Natali’s parents were not prosecuted because of an Indiana law that protect parents who murder their children, provided the killing is in accordance with a sincere religious conviction. We should all be so well protected.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

Two weeks before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, Donald Trump presented a campaign speech at the place where in 1863 Abraham Lincoln delivered an address calling for unity. Trump’s approach was to appeal to the idea of a corrupt system united against him. Inevitably he wandered off into railing against personal injustices against his own person. His focus on Donald Trump remains front and center in a campaign about national policies:

Trump said the system is “totally rigged and broken” because Clinton has been allowed to run for president, even though he says that she broke “so many laws on so many different occasions.” Trump also implied that what he called rampant voter fraud could cost him the election and said the media was “dishonest.”

“They’re corrupt. They lie and fabricate stories to make a candidate that is not their preferred choice look as bad, and even dangerous, as possible,” Trump said. “At my rallies, they never show or talk about the massive crowd size and try to diminish all of our events. On the other hand, they don’t show the small size of Hillary’s crowds but, in fact, talk about how people are there — very small crowds, you know it, they know it, everybody knows it.”

Media outlets often provide crowd estimates for campaign events by both Clinton and Trump.

Trump also accused media outlets of giving voice to women accusing him of improper behavior or sexual assault without fact-checking their claims, even though in many cases the women have provided the publications with the names of witnesses and others who have supported their accounts.

Donald Trump’s protestations of innocence pale in the light of his previous bragging of such incidents. As of Sunday morning 11 women have accused candidate Trump of improper performance of a sexual nature, some not rising to actionable offenses, others unbecoming of a civilized man. Trump threatens to sue the women making accusations against him, but no such action has been forthcoming in the days since his sexual proclivities became famous through an indiscreet audio recording. I am guessing Donald Trump will never bring these suits, and for a variety of reasons:

  • He knows he’s guilty, and there will be the risk of additional exposure.
  • He will be elected President and will be able to tell his accusers to go stuff it.
  • He will go down in incendiary defeat, and he will have more pressing troubles to address.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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Less than three weeks before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward an catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the humor surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job that requires character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that more than a personal train wreck is headed our way.

It ceases to be funny. Candidate Donald Trump has managed to bring upper echelon American politics to its lowest level in my memory and in the memories of many others who have spoken. Central is a duplicity unparalleled.

I did not create the meme pasted above, but it exemplifies the concerns of straight-thinking people. We once had a president who sponsored criminal transgressions against the political opposition and then came forward to deny his guilt. Now we have a candidate bent on wrecking his own party’s brand by demeaning significant segments of society, all the while proclaiming his purity. A recent item by Nina Bahadur, a woman writing for the Huffington Post, paints the picture of a person with little true regard for women. One comment in particular:

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” — from an interview with Esquire, 1991

Bahadur cites an additional 17 items that demonstrate the inner Trump. His denials fly in the face of a hurricane of rebuttal.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. In conclusion, I will post the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.