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Some Guy Whose Name You’ve Already Forgotten
Tina Brown "Americana"
I used to read The New Yorker, I was a subscriber pre Tina Brown and liked to read through the meandering articles and poetry and cartoons. I liked the magazine covers. I liked seeing what was going on in NYC (at the time I lived in Washington DC - land of lawyerly stiffness and ladies dressed in business suits) with its abounding arts, theater, film and every other kind of entertainment or diversion. Honestly, on any given night in New York City there are literally hundreds of worthwhile things to do or experience and The New Yorker listed them all so that everyone living in a glorified cowtown like DC could just sit and stew over the banality of their 2nd tier existence. Most of all I liked the strange netherworld the magazine inhabited - like a cross between a literary journal and Needlepoint Now with a little Farmer's Almanac tossed in to the mix. That's a long way of saying that there was something very "American" about The New Yorker in spite of the fact that it was written, edited and published in New York. But in the mid-80's this book was snatched up by Condé Nast and by the early 90's it was transformed by glamour loving British woman into an overly wordy version of Vanity Fair that publishes illustrations that desecrate iconic American images. But yesterday the old New Yorker crawled up from the pit it's been buried in for so many decades and screamed out across the Hudson to that mysterious land beyond the Palisades: THE OPEN LETTER DENOUNCING TRUMP YOU’RE GOING TO READ ON FACEBOOK FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS. And look, I'm not saying I expect The New Yorker to like Trump (though he represents a New Yorker much better than they're capable of admitting) but when they publish this kind of parody I have to wonder if the editors are contemplating hopping off the C train and hitching a ride on the Trump train:
Donald Trump isn’t just a bad candidate, he’s an existential threat to the United States. (tell that to JEB!)
Donald Trump is a racist thug. (but aren't they all)
Yeah, that’s right. I said it. (yeah, you said it. How brave you are)
Who wrote it? Some guy whose name you've already forgotten. Some guy on Facebook who sees the world like this:
It's funny and oh so true - the amount of stupid vitriol spat out by busy little fingers on keyboards in the direction of Donald Trump is mind boggling. The whole piece is great, but the center section I copied above is spot on - it's exactly the kind of thing you read on Facebook and Twitter. And we'll all be reading a lot more of it after tonight once the GOP makes the Trump candidacy official. The collective meltdown on cable news coverage is wonderful to behold now that this thing is actually happening - the reality of it is finally starting to sink in and the stakes of this game couldn't be higher. Fantasy and dreamy scenarios are metastasizing into a nightmare of epic consequence and the only thing reasonable, worldly people can do is post their objections on Facebook. Warnings that will soon be forgotten like a sun setting on the amber waves of grain.
She was "sexy", but "too much hard work." I'm a regular Fox & Friends viewer (mostly in protest of the other insipid morning programs like Today and Good Morning America) so over the years I've gotten to know Gretchen Carlson pretty well. Stuck between Steve and Brian she always seemed a prudish scold with an irritating, self-righteous demeanor that I simply put up with because I figured some people in the Fox audience actually liked her persona. It was obvious that Steve and Brian did not, but they were stuck with her like so many talking heads and had to make the best of it - which they did. Besides, she was no worse than any of the other women on morning show TV - I mean, you're only going to find a certain kind of person to do this kind of work and that kind of person is the Gretchen Carlson kind. Then, one day, she was gone and replaced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck and the F&F ratings began to climb, and climb and climb - in two months view
I came into this wicked world in the early 1960's and as a result I have born witness to America's 50 Years of Failure which includes the modern age of mass shootings by psychotic men who "go off" on a given day, for no reason at all (except "guns"), and kill scads of innocent bystanders. Back in August of 2019 a KOTCB blog post titled " Reciprocity City " explored a young gunman named Patrick Crusius who drove 9 hours through the west Texas flatlands to shoot up El Paso, TX The KOTCB has commented on many of these shootings, bombings and knifings over the years - The roots of the Boston Marathon Bombing , the Emanuel AME Church shooting , Syed Rizvan Farook and his bride Tashfeen Malik , Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting , Nick Cruz lovesick Parkland shooting , the Iranian, PETA activist, Vegan Bodybuilder, YouTuber's attack on Google and now this very oddly timed and placed "lone wolf" attack on Walmart shoppers. This list
Who voted for this guy? It's been ten days since the results of the Maricopa County, Arizona ballot audit were released to the public and presented at a hearing held by the state senate. This exercise in democratic accountability had been going on for months and, if reports are to be believed, was completed well over a month before the September 24th hearing where overwhelming proof of an illegitimate election was presented to lawmakers . The audit showed multiple irregularities, fake ballots, duplicate counts, errors, omissions and egregious acts of sabotage and obstinance by the Maricopa County board of supervisors who did everything they could to withhold and destroy evidence of wrongdoing from the citizen sleuths. The misfeasance of Arizona's political leaders was clearly defined, shocking and (for some) beyond belief but somehow these facts were discovered, organized, packaged and suppressed for MONTHS by the Cyber Ninjas who were attempting to "get to the bottom&q