Very funny, huh? And therein lies the depth of our political discussion. That’s it. No depth, facts, research or clue as to the issues of the day are required in the least. Look at what we’re missing. Correction, you’re missing. Herein, I discuss everythng from Trump and Kelly to mental illness and the destruction of the left-right paradigm. Enjoy.
You think this has anything to do with voting? Isaac Asimov spake thusly. “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” But irrespective of the foregoing, it is what it is.
Today’s disquisition. I discuss style, news, the medium, elections, Trump, vectors and V. Stiviano and the other Donald, the coot Sterling. Stiviano – sounds like a sugar substitute. Or as someone said. V. Stiviano is from all the years of seeing her name as a defendant. Enjoy.
Behold the rodeo clown media. The primary job of the rodeo clown or bullfighter is to protect a fallen rider from the bull by distracting the bull away from the downed rider and providing an alternative target for the bull to attack, whether the rider has been bucked off or has jumped off the animal. That’s the definition. American media seek to divert your attention away from a host of issues they haven’t the time, inclination or knowledge of to handle fairly and accurately.
While you cared about Ragtime DT and Megyn, ISIS and Turkey were in the news over the weekend. And not just tangentially.
The US Mission to NATO has confirmed that Washington is deploying six F-16 Fighting Falcon jets to Turkey. They are heading to the Incirlik Air Base in the south of the country to help NATO in their fight against Islamic State. The US representatives to the alliance initially made the announcement on their Twitter feed. Aside from the six fighter jets, two other military aircraft will be travelling to Turkey the 31st Fighter Wing based at Aviano Air Base, Italy. [RT]
“The United States and Turkey, as members of the 60-plus nation coalition, are committed to the fight against ISIL in the pursuit of peace and stability in the region,” a statement, released later, added. [RT]
On Sunday, six F-16 fighter planes and 300 airmen of the 31st Fighter Wing from the Aviano Air Base in Italy arrived at the Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. This detachment, from the same unit that played a major role in the 2011 NATO “responsibility to protect” bombing mission in Libya, are to begin the first manned bombing campaigns in Syrian airspace against ISIS from Incirlik. The bombing campaign could bear positive fruits; already a UAV has launched attacks against ISIS and al-Nusra. But with Congress on a six-week break and Obama on holiday, the machinations of the treacherous General Allen-Erdogan axis could go into motion once more. Allen’s modus operandi is to attempt policy shifts while Obama is out of town. [TWSP]
Why? Herein I tell you and explain the causes and sources of our media misdirection. Listen, my children, and you shall fear.
“She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions, and, you know, you can see there’s blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her … wherever. But in my opinion, she was off-base.”
Debates, what are they good for? Absolutely nothing. Say it again. The first point to be made is that they are not even debates. Debates are defined as formal discussions on a particular topic in a public meeting or arguments about a particular subject in a formal manner. What televised POTUS debates are are an amalgam of professional wrestling meeting a reality housewives show meeting a nescient mainstream media whose sole focus and thrust is ratings. The crowd waits for zingers and gotchas and the rebarbative riposte and touché! moment. That’s it. It has nothing to do with issues, clarity or substance. But I know you knew that.
Who won, who lost? The clear loser was Donald Trump. And the reason for that is that the hype that had been promised throughout the weeks preceding this event could never have materialized. You could also notice immediately the palpable dislike that network higher-ups had for Mr. Trump by virtue of the first question which exposed Trump as a political opportunist who would jump ship and go independent if need be. What Trump must do today and from now is is make himself the Washington outsider, the one the ruling class fears. The only one who can turn the economy around. But, remember, DT doesn’t want to win. he never did. That’s why he actually loved the first question as to going indy. He should have said how the GOP is not the party of Reagan and that if it means saving the country, he’ll embrace any vehicle necessary to bolster American power and burnish her image. This race isn’t about the GOP, it’s about our country, everyone’s country. Dems and Republicans alike. Blah, blah, blah, blah blah.
Hill killed. The clear winner was Hillary Clinton, who was mentioned more last night than Obama – at least that’s the impression. Hill’s fundraising folks love that. She was targeted to the world as the anointed leader of the Dems. Hear that, Biden? Did you catch that, Bernie and Lizzie Warren? Hill’s not out yet. But she will be. Trust me.
The double standard. If ever you had any doubt as to the double standard that we have for equality in this country especially anent women, let the Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly confrontation serve as Exhibit A.
If Trump made a statement that could in any way be interpreted as racist or dismissive of African-Americans or people of color he would have been pilloried and dismissed instanter. The media would have railed against him without surcease and every commentator and politician of note would come out of the woodwork to bury him once and for all.
But if the statement that he made was about women and clearly sexist and misogynistic, which his history of statements are and were, that gets a pass. That’s not as problematic. And it’s showing you again that women are at the bottom of the sensitivity ladder. You can say anything you want about a woman with impunity. You can make fun of her looks, her age or weight and get away with it. When a woman is forthright and ambitious and strong she’s a bitch. When a woman is perceived by a man to be acting temperamentally she’s accused of being in mid-menses. What does Trump’s daughter think of this?
But if you so much as even hint that a person is ineligible from serious consideration based on a factor other than gender, you will be destroyed. And do conservative and Republican women and his supporters ever question for a moment what Donald Trump would do as chief executive when it came to crafting social policy for reproductive rights, women’s work equity and issues that directly apply to being a woman in one of the most sexist countries on the planet. Remember, whatever you think of Hillary Clinton, her biggest obstacle will be that of being a woman. Other countries have expressed not a moment’s hesitation in electing a woman as their leader. Golda Meier, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Angela Merkel, even Benazir Bhutto in a country like Pakistan that has not been known for its gender equality, these women were elected without incessant references to looks, fat thighs or a penchant for pantsuits. Your country had to pass the 19th Amendment to allow women to vote. An afterthought to the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery. Think about that one.
No, make no mistake about it, had Megyn Kelly been an African-American man and Donald Trump either Tweeted or made an off-the-cuff statement as to anything that could be remotely construed as racist, he would have been indicted. But it’s open season on women. They simply don’t count. And if there is one reason to reject Donald Trump for even theoretical consideration as the leader of the free world and commander-in-chief it would be this incredible blind spot. A self-inflicted blind spot.
WTF, indeed. If you would’ve told me a year ago that something as trivial and ridiculous as this subject matter would captivate the media, especially when coming from a publicity magnet, who has no intention of either seriously running or winning the presidency, of course I would have believed you without question. We have gone the way of rodeo clown media. Diverting our attention from that which really matters and deflecting our focus. I don’t give a goddamn whether Trump meant Kelly’s nose, eyes or ears. It was a throwaway line that has absolutely no relevance or importance whatsoever. And when talking to my colleagues in international media I’m always asked why is it that Americans are so preoccupied with the unimportant, the trivial and the unnecessary. I respond as best I can by explaining that the really important issues that affect the economy in the world and the future of humankind involve a certain degree of reading and comprehension and interest. The subjects are easy. We have completely confused reality show TV with reality show media. That you are interchangeable. This issue has replaced Cecil the lion and the Confederate flag. If Donald Trump doesn’t receive TIME Magazine’s man of the year, then no one deserves it. He is an absolute genius in attracting and maintaining nonstop attention. And Megyn Kelly is the envy of the industry. You will also note that this presages more of these contrived encounters to come. Don’t think for a moment that this controversy just happened out of nowhere. It was carefully planned and carefully orchestrated. It is professional wrestling. It is a work.
What then? This is a Rorschach test at best. It’s a collective idea and feeling and sense that you have about a candidate. Substance is “Trumped” by form. How did they look? Is Double-C too fat? Does Rand need a new rug? What anxiolytics is Ben Carson stoned on? Would someone tell Jeb Bush what year it is? But the two performances that I thought were quite good, from a merely performance vantage, werer Kasich and Walker. Why? Style, Sparky. Merely style. The blood of Jesus bit is great for a revival but wake up, Elmer Gantry, Americans are not as religious and Christian as you think. And watch the Planned Parenthood yammering. America’s also pro-choice and this shutting down and defunding PP scares folks. But not as much as Margaret Sanger’s own words.
The US Special Envoy for Libya says the country is moving towards democracy, even though it’s currently involved in a bitter struggle between rival factions. Speaking to RT, legal analyst and media commentator Lionel said nothing could be further from the truth.
The claims about Libya “joining together” were made by Jonathan Winer, the US Special Envoy for Libya in a blog for the US State Department. He also said the country had managed to unite to seize the moment to overthrow a dictator, and that this was a “moment of pride for Libyans and those outside the country,” who were seeking “freedom from Gaddafi.”
However, Lionel, who was speaking to RT, recalls a very different chain of events.
“When did that happen? My recollection was a little different. I remember there were a series of military actions with NATO and other forces that basically removed a sovereign leader allegedly, allegedly, in retrospect, who became despotic,” he said.
Winer, who according to the State Department’s website, is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing US policy on Libya, also claimed that Libyans are “working to bridge differences and to realize the democratic aspirations of the revolution for which so many sacrificed so much.”
However, the current situation in Libya is a far cry from the fairytale picture that Winer is trying to present, with two rival governments vying for control and constant fighting between militias. The second government was set up after an umbrella of armed groups from the western city of Misrata seized the capital Tripoli last August.
To add to the misery, the North African country has seen the emergence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) as another destabilizing factor, while tens of thousands of migrants are using the country as a launchpad to try and cross the Mediterranean Sea and flee to Europe.
“What democratic aspirations are we talking about? Have people suddenly realized we have to do something? We have to form a parliament and some type of government, which we have never had before, which we are not used to – to form a constitution. To think there will be civility and order after systems of order have been destroyed is insane!” Lionel commented, speaking to RT.
Despite the daily violence in Libya, Winer mentions in his blog that “many Libyans” from all sides of the political spectrum have “come together and made real progress in negotiations towards the formation of a unified, national government.”
Even the UN understands the situation is desperate. In July, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Bernardino Leon briefed the UN Security Council on just how bad things have got in the country.
“The situation in Libya continued to deteriorate amidst significant political fragmentation and violence. Too many Libyans continue to die in this fight among brothers and far too much destruction has taken place,” Leon said on July 15
“When I read this, and I am being very honest with you, I almost laughed. I wondered which country are you talking about? When you go into an area and you remove the controls of it – when you remove law, you remove order, when you then allow tribal factions and religious factions and cliques and families and whatever… How can you expect order to be maintained?” Lionel concluded.
MacArthur’s views about the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were starkly different from what the general public supposed …. When I asked General MacArthur about the decision to drop the bomb, I was surprised to learn he had not even been consulted. What, I asked, would his advice have been? He replied that he saw no military justification for the dropping of the bomb. The war might have ended weeks earlier, he said, if the United States had agreed, as it later did anyway, to the retention of the institution of the emperor.
Admiral William Leahy – the highest ranking member of the U.S. military from 1942 until retiring in 1949, who was the first de facto Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and who was at the center of all major American military decisions in World War II – wrote (pg. 441):
It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.
The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.
Tell me you’re not shocked at how today’s schools are quickly resembling America’s prison system.
Tell me you’re not alarmed by the growing number of school children – all too often emotionally and behaviorally disturbed – being arrested, cuffed and frogmarched from schools to waiting patrol cars. And for the most trivial reasons imaginable. Tell me.
Michael Snyder in 19 Crazy Things That School Children Are Being Arrested For In America detailed a variety of abuses that have become all too commonplace. I defy you to not be leveled by the incomprehensible sense of overreaction that is the common thread in all of these incidents. The range of infractions can only be considered ridiculous. What would barely have earned a note to a parent in our more rational days of yore, today all too often results in a trip to the station house.
The latest arrest of two disabled children in Kentucky who were shackled and traumatized for school misbehavior has caused many to focus for the first time on a problem that’s plagued the American school system for years. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on their behalf seeking to declare the officer’s handcuffing of the children unconstitutional and a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
I am a licensed practicing lawyer and former prosecutor who has watched our criminal justice system morph and devolve into a system that would make Draco blush. It has become all too often the case for news accounts to be flush with references to children arrested for such trivial acts as burping in class, doodling on a desk and throwing paper airplanes. I have taken the liberty of providing my own indictment of this insanity in my podcast on the subject.
But let’s look at the bigger picture. Children are being habituated into a system that breeds and inspires learned helplessness where they are overcome and overwhelmed by disciplinary systems of incomprehensibly extensive violations that they ultimately submit to and refuse to even avoid. And why shouldn’t the behavior matrix that we adults are learning daily not be initiated early in the farm system of indoctrination, the American school system? And throw into the mix the particular devastation that these police encounters have on a child who already suffers from emotional and behavioral disability and the result can be – and often is – catastrophic.
We are a system that has yielded rights and liberties to the prison industrial complex. You must certainly have read the statistic which shows that the United States is 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the world’s prison population. With the militarization of police, the systematic erosion of Posse Comitatus along with 1,033 programs that in some cases equipped local police forces with surplus military equipment and gear which turns Mayberry into Fallujah, Americans have misinterpreted police and military presence for law and order and security.
In my years of practicing criminal law, I can safely say that I’ve never seen the case where even a mature adult did not find the arrest process harrowing and traumatizing. Just imagine what that process is like through the prism of a child who may suffer from the inability to process cause and effect consequence dynamics. Why, instead of calling a parent or a school nurse, are schools opting instead to call 911 to have a uniformed cop, often aggressive and undertrained when it comes to emotionally disturbed children, do what he knows best, i.e. to arrest, cuff and transport.
There is yet another aspect that is problematic and that is the fact that instead of Americans become sensitized to this problem described, we’re becoming likewise habituated and conditioned by the frequency of these events. They’re not having the shocking effect that they should have. Instead of these cases inspiring a call to action and a demand that policies change, especially when dealing with the exceptionally vulnerable, we’re chalking them up to the changing times and a more authoritarian zeitgeist.
No one is suggesting ceding authority to unruly ruffians or to embrace a Blackboad Jungle classroom dystopia. But before we saddle children – especially the emotionally vulnerable – with arrest and criminal records that will threaten future employment and educational opportunities let’s try something this country needs desperately to reinvest in: Thinking.
#2 A 13-year-old student at a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was recently arrested by police for burping in class.
#3 Another student down in Albuquerque was forced to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched because he had $200 in his pocket. The student was never formally charged with doing anything wrong.
#4 A security guard at one school in California broke the arm of a 16-year-old girl because she left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning up some cake that she had spilled.
#5 One teenage couple down in Houston poured milk on each other during a squabble while they were breaking up. Instead of being sent to see the principal, they were arrested and sent to court.
#6 In early 2010, a 12-year-old girl at a school in Forest Hills, New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly scribbled on her desk.
#9 A 17-year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father’s lunch with her to school. It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples. So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this? The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.
#10 In Allentown, Pennsylvania a 14-year-old girl was tasered in the groin area by a school security officer even though she had put up her hands in the air to surrender.
#11 Down in Florida, an 11-year-old student was arrested, thrown in jail and charged with a third-degree felony for bringing a plastic butter knife to school.
#13 A police officer in San Mateo, California blasted a 7-year-old special education student in the face with pepper spray because he would not quit climbing on the furniture.
#14 In America today, even 5-year-old children are treated brutally by police. The following is from a recent article that described what happened to one very young student in Stockton, California a while back….
Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.
#15 At one school in Connecticut, a 17-year-old boy was thrown to the floor and tasered five times because he was yelling at a cafeteria worker.
#16 A teenager in suburban Dallas was forced to take on a part-time jobafter being ticketed for using foul language in one high school classroom. The original ticket was for $340, but additional fees have raised the total bill to $637.
#17 A few months ago, police were called out when a little girl kissed a little boy during a physical education class at an elementary school down in Florida.
#18 A 6-year-old boy was recently charged with sexual battery for some “inappropriate touching” during a game of tag at one elementary school in the San Francisco area.
#19 In Massachusetts, police were recently sent out to collect an overdue library book from a 5-year-old girl.
Unfortunately, what is going on in our schools is a reflection of the broader society as a whole. Our schools are being turned into prisons because our entire society is being turned into a giant prison.
Our nation is rapidly heading down the toilet, and the children of this nation do not have a bright future to look forward to.
If the police really want to find some criminals, they should start investigating some of the sickos that are in charge of some of these classrooms.
It seems like almost every day now there is a news story about some public school teacher that is involved in some kind of really perverted stuff.
For example, just check out what police down in Los Angeles recently found that one teacher was hiding….
A former Los Angeles elementary school teacher has been arrested for felony molestation of nearly two dozen students, accused of gagging children and putting live cockroaches on some of their faces. Deputies say the crimes were committed on campus.
The lastest horror. The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit in response to a video which shows a deputy from the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office handcuffing a disabled elementary school child to restrain him.
In keeping with the cruelty of Photoshop. Our friends at the poor man’s Britannica Wikipedia remind us that Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn onlookers to stone. Now, on to the podcast.
The Lionel Doctrine. The ad coelum doctrine relates to the common law rule that a land owner owns everything below and above the land, up to the sky and below the earth to its core. Well, how do drones figure into this? This is a case of first impression. But not for me. Now, on to the podcast. Hie!