2016 isn’t done with us yet

So of course the most Republican Republicans exercised their solemn democratic duty and elected Donald Trump. And it happened because we got too complacent with our civilization and forgot to read our history and maybe what this country (or an enough of us to squeak out an electoral college victory) really wants is black lists, war with somebody, the KKK, internment camps, selling out our commonly held resources and generally a full body embrace of the worst excesses unregulated capitalism has to offer. And I fear the most used acronym of the next four years is going to be IOKIYAR or perhaps WTYSBYTIWBFTETSHI (We Told You So, But You Thought It Would Be Fun To Elect The Shit Head Instead) It wasn’t ever really clear to me how much lip service was being paid by conservatives to the institutions of Democracy as long as they were operated mostly for the benefit of conservatives. I am surprised by the extent to which they are willing to sabotage American democracy so they get to forestall they day they have to pay their taxes, change our country’s energy usage to minimize the effects of global warming, be more or less civil to people who aren’t white Christian evangelical rich people, give up the right to recklessly build private arsenals, or have the police shoot black people for trivial and/or invented offenses, or accept that people will want to move to the US as long as we keep employing undocumented workers. The man of the year appears to be spite.


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The loud-mouthed minority who delude themselves they are the “real” America & voted for Lumpy Trump have completely justified “Hatin’ on America”.


Reading history is important but writing it well is at least as much so – & in focusing on current readers at the expense of academic posterity a lot of recent history is shabby as fuck compared to the best that’s been archived. Like news, history has been reified as just another commodity, & it’s taken on a fuckton of quality control issues ever since.

THOSE WHO DO NOT REMEMBER THE SHITSTORM ARE DOOMED TO RE-EAT IT: Trump’s the real Bush Legacy Project … & I have a hunch there’s at least one mundane but poisonous culprit that’s done a lot to make the harvest of said Project so toxic & bilious.


The salient fact of American politics is that there are, at any given time, enough people to elect a president who would also volunteer to live with their family in a cardboard box under a bridge, and eat sparrows toasted on an old curtain rod, if you only promise them that the black-gay-foreign-liberal-Mexican in the next box over doesn’t even get the sparrow.

Posted [to Obsidian Wings] by: Davis X. Machina | September 04, 2008 at 12:32 AM


Lovely rant, HM, agree 1000%.

Once again, paragraphing would make your thoughts easier to read! But I’ve told you that so many times.

(And that last sentence is a bit odd… is that really what you meant to say?)


There are only two possible upsides to the Trump victory…

1) If Hillary had won, we’d have have had LOTS and LOTS of incidences of heavily armed lunatics shooting up the joint, like that moron who believed in “Pizzagate”.

2) Given likely GOP control of the Supreme Court for the next generation, the GOP is going to totally own the abortion and gun issues. And the old adage will apply, “Be careful what you wish for.”


I guess what I was trying to say with ‘the man of the year is spite’ comment, was that there was a fraction of the left that didn’t vote Hillary out of spite, because Bernie didn’t get the nomination. Most of the Republican votes were to spite what they perceived as a bunch of know-it-all, gun-grabbing, secular, trans-rights-advocating, socialist, freedom-haters. If more people had been convinced to vote their own financial best interests instead of “screw those guys”, the republicans would have lost.


If more people had been convinced to vote their own financial best interests instead of “screw those guys”, the republicans would have lost.

What are you trying to do, decimate our nation’s manufacturers of cardboard boxes and curtains?


Oopsie, almost forgot to remark that today’s GOP is a rich mix of wealthy pricks, hicks from the sticks, and Bible-thumpin’ lunatics


Gonna go to Christmas Eve services with the Aquaherd tomorrow night.



Let’s see…carry the one…

OK. So how we got from Reagan to Trump …

Work in progress.

Now what was that movie what had the glasses that would show you who the aliens were, but without the just looked like normal people, and was rowdy Roddy piper in the thing imma thinking about?



Yes, Rowdy Rod. They Live, it’s called.


They Live, yes Rowdy Rod was in it.


Damn you, WordPress!


Thank you MB, imma gonna have to find a copy so’s I can keep it in regular rotation at the casa UNE. just got reacquainted with yet another forgotten piece of hardware… An old eeepc, which will be perfect for the portable ‘puting needs.


They Live! a classic. With one of the most realistic fight scenes ever captured on film. Starts at the 55:30 mark.


DKW, I will check that out when I get a copy.

Also Too, just got back into the email box, so will try to catch up with anything I’ve missed in a while, and then back for more goofs and shinings of monkeys!!!

I have now properly re-putered, re-passworded, and have a few piles of shit that have built up around these parts that need flinging, and whatsuch.




Wingnut crackpots in the news: Carl Paladino, chair of NY Trump campaign… unfortunately I am not making this up…


Artvoice: What would you most like to happen in 2017?

Carl Paladino: Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.

Artvoice: What would you most like to see go in 2017?

Carl Paladino: Michelle Obama. I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.

Paladino verified to The Buffalo News that he did make the comments, while at the same time slamming News editors for inquiring.

“Of course I did,” he said Friday morning. “Tell them all to go f— themselves.”


Some Guy, If’n you might have a link,…. ok here we go….

Here we go

In the running for Trumpanzee of the year.


Merry Christmas, everyone.

Some kids spray-painted graffiti on my garage door last night. Pissed me off, but then I thought, I kind of like it. I may leave it up for a while.

Anyhoo, hope everyone had a happy one.


Merry Christmas, everybody!

Hope Santa was good to you!

And Gary R— may your sheep be docile and well-lubricated!


Well, 2016 couldn’t be ALL bad. Thomas Sowell is retiring.

(Also, Andrew Breitbart is still dead).


I know it’s a bit early for 2017 predictions, but here goes anyway…


Citing her son Barron’s education. Melania Trump declines to move to the White House, which unleashes an unfortunate series of event.

Donald Trump attempts to decline to move to the White House, but public pressure forces him to occupy it, like all previous presidents.

Thus, Donald Trump is basically living in the White House without supervision.


So begins a legendary White House orgy, featuring East European hookers and Latin American cocaine, that makes the combined debaucheries of JFK and Silvio Berlusconi look like Lutheran picnics.


Predictably, Trump dies of a drug-and-hooker-induced heart attack within six months of assuming office.


The GOP, needing a scapegoat, blames Moslems and declares nukular war on Iran.


The entire civilized world is aghast, and vocally supports Iran versus the US.


So the US declares war on the entire civilized world.


The entire world is destroyed in a cacophony of nukular explosions.


Cockroaches are seen celebrating in the streets by the last few survivors.


Then the cockroaches organize a government and unanimously vote for the only human survivor of the nuclear holocaust… Darth Cheney.


Mrngh. Elections have consequences. Mrngh.


Some guy
December 28th, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Are you paying rent on that real estate in my brain??

Just an observation…There is this afternoon CNN guy, who always has a prop, Lets call him Linus with a rolled up coupla sheets of paper that he is always using for emphasis, wearing a sweater and has glasses, basically unwatchable…basically what is his name and who is he related to, ?

Anyway he will be on the list, when I recover my game.


This year can’t be over too soon. Vera Rubin, Carrie Fisher, and Richard Adams in one week? GRRRR…


I’m having trouble getting Some Guy’s 4:25pm comment out of my head. I’ve had a copy of Alison Jackson’s new book on my desk for the last couple of days, still wrapped in shrink wrap, thank the Lord, and when my son asked about it today, I hesitated a second when he asked “Is that photo of Trump banging Miss Mexico taken in the oval office? I think Kanye and Trump are friends. This book is weird.” For a second, just for a second, my brain couldn’t quite remember if Some Guy’s predictions hadn’t already come true. My brain didn’t just entertain the thought that someone took Trump’s photograph while he was banging Miss Mexico on his desk in the oval office . . . for a second it was true. Fake and all but true.

(For reference: http://www.alison-jackson.co.uk/shop/private-alison-jackson. It’s a not really book worth owning but for $10 it’s almost worth buying a copy just to leave at your dentist’s office.)

After mulling it over for a while and rereading Some Guy’s predictions a bit more carefully, I’m worried that he’s being way, way too optimistic. I mean “cacophony of nukular explosions” sounds kinda lovely on the tongue and while it’s noisy and all, it’s quite final and clear and mercifully quick. Right? A flash, everyone looks like an x-ray, there’s just enough time to think “Wow, this is what getting nuked is like . . . “, maybe, and then there’s nothing more to worry about.

What if there’s a long stretch between Trump over indulging in hookers and coke and . . . the lovely “cacophony of nukular explosions”? Hello, Mike Pence? Remember? We have a VP-elect. What if he blames Quakers and North Korea? What if Jesus returns and falls in love with Kanye and they run together in 2020? What if Mike Pence starts dropping acid and accidentally nukes Florida and Texas and the rest of the world is like You Go America? You get the idea. Any number of things might get in the way of that “cacophony of nukular explosions”.

And then where would we be? We’d be months, maybe years, away from Darth Cheney’s reign. Things could get ugly.

But, I admire Some Guy’s optimism.


Only at this site would I be admired for my optimism… but alas, satire is futile in Trump World, where fiction cannot keep pace with fact…


The first memo, based on the former intelligence officer’s conversations with Russian sources, noted, “Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance.” It maintained that Trump “and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.” It claimed that Russian intelligence had “compromised” Trump during his visits to Moscow and could “blackmail him.” It also reported that Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on “bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls.”



I missed that David Corn article. Thanks.

(I generally avoid reading Corn . . . I find it hard to tell if he’s part of the problem or the solution. Take that article, yes, it’s interesting but . . . if he has those sources, if those documents exist, if an opposition research team had them in hand . . . then why the fuck aren’t we reading about Trump being compromised and that FBI investigation _now_?)

How Trump is going to handle investigations into the various overtly corrupt parts (not that there are any non-corrupt parts but, well, lets say the most overtly corrupt parts) of his administration is going to be interesting. I can’t see him putting up with any investigations and it seems likely that he’ll fire and hire based on loyalty and do his best to scrub the records/evidence. He can and no doubt will get away with a lot but what’s he going to do if, say, Wikileaks publishes his tax returns or those opposition research reports that Corn claims are around surface or whatever? Drone Assange? Maybe. Well, it’s going to get interesting.

My bet is that the Trump plan to deal with all the little stuff–mortally wounding Social Security, suppressing more votes, selling off what’s left of public property, stacking the courts top to bottom with Federalists, and so on–is to manufacture one giant distraction. A war seems most likely, maybe nuking Iran and NK on the same weekend, invading Canada, something along those lines. A huge, huge distraction should make all the little stuff way easier to deal with.


Getting rid of the House ethics committee–surprise, surprise–is a start. They’ve got aways to go to cancel all investigations . . . who’s next? Any bets?


Won’t be Trump who gets investigated if R’s can help it, that’s for sure.


Sicktimonius Pranc…



Ooooops. So maybe David Corn iz da man? Maybe. Still hard to say. If today’s Trump revelations slide off the table because some part of that opposition report are clearly false . . . then this was a remarkable laundry. If this goes down like the Killian documents . . . they are true but not true and Trump comes up stinking like roses . . . sigh. Well, we’ll see soon enough.


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