Thursday, May 31, 2018

La Planรจte des hommes

I should say right up front that I'm not a Roseanne Barr fan, which is not the same as saying that I hate her because she's a racist Trump supporter, but simply makes the point that I'm not her demographic and have never seen any of her TV shows or comedy acts. I know almost nothing about her and the only memory that I do hold is of her butchering our national anthem at some baseball game in the distant past - like 20 years ago. So getting her show canceled by the ABC Television Network because of some early morning tweet she sent out to the big wide world will have zero impact on my life. However, I am a big fan of "The Planet of the Apes" (ranked #6 on KOTCB all time great Sci-Fi movies list) and an even bigger fan of the ingenious French author, Pierre Boulle, who conceived of this dystopian future. And when I hear people calling a reference to "Monkey Planet" racist I simply must spring to the defense of Boulle, Charlton Heston and Franklin J. Schaffner and the masterpiece they created. Because Roseanne's "crime" was NOT comparing Valerie Jarrett to an ape, as is reported by the #FakeNews media, but was instead claiming that the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” which is, in my opinion, an objectively true observation:

Badie + Zira = VJ

If one were to marry Mohammed Badie (gotta luv the name), leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (now imprisoned forever by al-Sissi) with Dr. Zira (played by a very caucasian Kim Hunter) and they had a baby, that baby would look a lot like Valerie Jarrett. Is that "racist?" As far as I know, I'm the only person in America that's even done the work to validate of disprove Roseanne's hypothesis. And the big time TV star apologized to everyone, even though it was pretty much true, and then lost her show anyway.

I have a modest proposition based on this event (and many other events like it) which is that from this day forward no one pay any serious attention tweets from thespians, or anyone else for that matter, because tweets are just throw away comments made in cyberspace. They're bullshit like the kind of things anyone might say while making their morning coffee or having a beer around the BBQ and they mean nothing - a tweet is no more important or meaningful than a bad joke, misunderstanding or stupid idea that people make verbally ALL THE TIME in their daily life but instead of having the words vanish into the ether they are captured and plastered on the insane Twitter Wall for all to see. In other words, give everyone the same licence to say whatever the hell they want that Twitter extends to its African-American users and let the chips fall where they may - like this:



Do We the People look like apes? Yes we do. "Chimps are our closest living relatives — we share 98.8 percent of their DNA" and it's that hook that made Boulle's fantasy so effective and, based on his personal experience, showed what animals homo sapiens could be. Take a second to Google search "Trump Ape" and see what come up in your web browser if you think I'm being a racist for pointing out this stark fact of life. Insults are cruel by design but it doesn't sting any more if you call a "black" politician (is VJ black? because I really don't know) an ape - or at least it shouldn't in 21st century America - and unless you're a soulless AI or a racist yourself you probably don't think there's any more monkey in a black person than there is in any other race. I've strolled the causeway leading to the Haji Ali- mosque in India and given alms to the impoverished beggars lining each side of the mile long pathway leading to the holy site and among that cast of crippled, disease riddled humanity were honest to god "monkey people" on a leash holding out their tin cup. No one in American politics can be legitimately compared to these wretched urchins and their desperate lot in life so fucking lighten up! We are very fortunate what with our smart phones and twitter accounts and freedom of speech (up to a point) but we should always keep in mind that a Planet of the Men is just 1.2% different than a Planet of the Apes and we should honor and nurture that small but profound difference. Love, forgiveness and honesty will always overcome fear, hatred and lies but the hard part is deciding who's side is authentically loving, forgiving and honest - being able to chose correctly is what makes a human being.

Friday, May 18, 2018

the right sort of nonconformist


In days gone by the KOTCB blog has outlined 3 fundamental reforms that would, if implemented, improve the US Federal Government (see KOTCB John Boehner, I give you a standing 0) and in their short form they are as follows:

  1. Mandatory retirement of ALL Federal employees pegged to the Social Security retirement age.
  2. A US Congressmen for every 30,000 citizens
  3. Repeal the 17th Amendment

If these simple rules were in place then John McCain would have been forced into political retirement (at the Federal level) in 2002, just a few years after loosing his bid to be the GOP nominee in the Y2K presidential race, and preventing the nation from having to endure the last sixteen years (16!!!) of his grumpy "nonconformist" bullshit. I write this as one who supported "the Maverick" in his GOP primary battles with W. and as a person who has long standing personal and familial ties with the Senator from Arizona. The year 2000 Republican primary took something out of McCain - especially the firewall battle in The Palmetto State where Bush family skullduggery reached a new low that haunted McCain for years (probably still does). But no matter how much McCain supporters would like to place all the blame on Carl Rove and the Christian Right for what happened in the South Carolina primary it was, at the end of the day, the "war hero" with a hot temper and unconventional style that sealed his own fate.
Evidently unnerved, the McCain campaign stumbled. Addressing the issue of the use of the Confederate battle flag — a subject of passionate debate in South Carolina — Mr. McCain vacillated. He called the flag “offensive” and a “symbol of racism and slavery,” but later backed off those remarks, referring to it as “a symbol of heritage,” the same language flag supporters used in explaining why it flew over the statehouse.
“I feared that if I answered honestly, I could not win the South Carolina primary,” Mr. McCain later conceded. “So I chose to compromise my principles.”*
This "concession", as the NYTimes calls it, is emblematic of what doomed McCain's presidential runs in 2000 and 2008 and what citizens of every stripe and all political persuasions hate about him.

“So I chose to compromise my principles.”

Probably not for the first time and certainly not for the last unless one calls into question what those principles, in fact, are and for that their is a big, ambiguous, never to be questioned answer.


"Country First" was the campaign slogan dreamed up by McCain's consultants for the 2008 presidential contest against Barack Obama ("Yes We Can") and it's bland demand to subservient allegiance stands is stark contrast to Trump's admonition that it's time to "Make America Great Again." Country First is the way to say "America First" when you don't want to say America First because that would cast you as a Nazi sympathizer which is, of course, what all Republicans actually are in the eyes of the NYTimes, Politico and any of the JournoList 400, like Michael Hirsh, who cover politics for the #FakeNews scum. So when Hirsh pens an article for Politico titled John McCain’s Last Fight you kinda know how it's going to turn out before you even read paragraph #1 which is as follows:
John McCain always said he’d go down fighting and so he has, dickering from his deathbed over CIA nominee Gina Haspel and pre-emptively uninviting President Donald Trump from his funeral, then leaving as a legacy some fierce final words for the leader of his party, who is now a political enemy. All Trump displays is “a reality-show facsimile of toughness,” writes the six-term Arizona senator and former GOP presidential candidate who for a generation of Washington politicians has defined genuine toughness, in his forthcoming memoir.
Yeh, he's gonna "go down fighting" because he's goin' down - he's "dickering from his deathbed" - he's "leaving as a legacy some fierce final words" in "his forthcoming memoir" because John McCain is going to die... any day now. So when I hear that a "White House official mocked 'dying' McCain at internal meeting" I'm not surprised and I'm certainly not offended because it's true. It doesn't matter what the Maverick thinks of Gina Haspel or anything else because he's on the way out and no power on this earth (not even John Rich) can raise him to "fight" some more.


Makes you wonder how John McCain won 60 Million votes in 2008 doesn't it? Yes, they were Raisin' McCain in 2008 because he'd been dead (politically) since his "compromised" campaign in 2000 and, low and behold, he walked right into the greatest opportunity to truly "reform" the Federal Government and it's relationship to it's patriotic citizens since 1929. The 2008 financial crisis saw the gears of the global new world order freeze up and the issue was forced - should we bail these motherfuckers out by smashing the piggy bank of our children, grand-children and great-grand- children or not? McCain proved himself the same principled Republican on this issue that he was on the Confederate Flag in 2000 - "McCain on U.S. economy: from 'strong' to 'total crisis' in 36 hours."
Early this week, as the American financial system absorbed one of its biggest shocks in generations, Senator John McCain said, as he had many times before, that he believed the fundamentals of the economy were "strong."
Hours later he backpedaled, explaining that he had meant that American workers, whom he described as the backbone of the economy, were productive and resilient.
By Tuesday he was calling the economic situation "a total crisis" and denouncing "greed" on Wall Street and in Washington. Meantime, he moved from adamant opposition to resigned acceptance of the big government bailouts.
If you're wondering what's going to adorn John McCain's head stone the words "from adamant opposition to resigned acceptance of the big government" would be a fitting statement to sum up the man's political life - his personal life was tortured (literally), tragic and plush. So if you're wondering what the "Country" in the slogan "Country First" represents then I've got no idea what to say - It doesn't mean derivatives traders, AIG, Big Banks, the Federal Housing Finance Agency's and corrupt congressmen to me but I have to believe that's exactly what it means (with resigned acceptance) to John McCain. Here's the great reformer making promises right after the market meltdown:


"I promise you that We will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street. We will reform government." What "We" is he talking about here? I fear it is the Royal We otherwise known as "Country" and that We ain't gonna change a thing - Yes We Can. A bunch of Senators voted NO to the bailout and Mike Pence stood tall with another 170 in the House so a brave nonconformist could have lead the charge and hammered home the blistering injustice of our national spanking but, alas, there was no champion to organize and inspire the peasantry. The guy who should have fought for America decided to swear his oath to Country instead and his chance to become Leader of the Free World was traded for a $700 Billion bad check.

So after losing in 2000 for the sin of "compromising his principles" and then losing again in 2008 because of his "resigned acceptance of the big government" the Maverick, at the age of 72, decided it was time to retire and do community service at his Arizona home, right? Wrong!!! He kept on running (and winning) and stayed right were he'd been since childhood - Washington DC. With brain cancer this dude isn't going anywhere but Country First. He'll get some of his brain cut out one week and fly to DC and vote on legislation a few days later. NOT LEAVING people - got it?

This is many things but one thing it is not is patriotic - This is nonconformity of the highest level because the framers of our Constitution would never believe that an octogenarian with brain cancer would have the audacity of rolling into the Senate chamber in his wheelchair and vote on the issues of the day. This is noncompliance with standards, rules, or laws of what Country on this earth? Our Country.

*When Donald Trump was questioned about the Confederate Flag he gave a somewhat more principled answer - Donald Trump tees off on the Confederate flag

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Who to follow?

Told you so. “when I make promises, I keep them.” DJT



KOTCB readers know how I feel about the Twitter Wall and DJT's Trebuchet which he uses to rip gaping holes in this mental fortification. Today I was scrolling the wall looking for news and commentary on the Iranian Nuke deal and saw this mess (which I have taken the liberty of annotating) fill my screen. I do follow David Frum (for laughs see KOTCB Frum-Frum) and the idiots at Twitter have created an algorithm that suggests I also follow @JRubinBlogger and @SteveSchmidtSES too, so let's take a look at what these deep thinkers have to say before I commit to taking the bate.

  1. Children are "separated" from their parents every day in this country when those parents are sent to jail for breaking laws. "Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country"
  2. Nicolle Wallace is an moron.
  3. Is Jennifer Rubin really going to lecture people on "loosing composure"



Actually, the fight these helpless and disgusted Americans are waging is with the President of the United States and the institutions he leads (the Executive) or works with (Congress and Judicial branches) but Steve is right that no one is asking anyone to die over it. Good thing too (for Steve) because there's not a snowball's chance in hell that he'd risk his hide (meaning risk death) to defend whatever it is he believes in which, as far as I can tell, is nothing (unless you count words).

No thanks Twitter. I think I'll pass on your recommendations. I already follow someone who really shakes things up and seems to understand how to use your medium better than most. Look what he did to the Silver Spooned Surfer and his Iranian subterfuge in under 128 characters. 

That was this morning. Foreshadowing?
Mid day I was asked what I thought Trump would do on the Iranian Nuclear deal by a trader who's long on crude. I was happy to give him my thoughts because, what the hell, I'm not a mind reader but...

"I think he’s going to pull out of the deal and open up a vacuum that will suck down a lot of bad-faith actors. Much of what DJT is doing on the Korean peninsula is targeted at Iran and I think it’s working but staying in the Iranian Nuke deal runs counter to his long term goal of preventing nuclear escalation in the Middle East. As a practical matter, nuclear proliferation is an impossible problem and if more than a handful of countries have them the chances of a detonation (even an accidental one) go up exponentially. Can’t have it - not an option. I always thought that Iran Nuke deal was just a long term set up to justify war with Iran anyway (which I don’t want to see happen) so getting rid of it will pull the rug from under the military/industrial complex and remove at least one pretext for war. Besides, Iran is Russia’s problem just like NK is China’s problem - Trump needs to work with Putin to solve it which is why the Deep State creeps spun up this Russian collusion narrative right after the election to prevent a Trump/Putin alliance - The powers that be in DC want War, not peace and they’ll do anything they can to disrupt harmony and good will. So the Iranian Deal has to go - one more nail in the coffin that holds Obama’s legacy and by casting off the old agreements the door opens for something new and better."

Pushback: Our allies don't support him. The US can't go it alone. Everybody's long crude.

"Unilateral US sanctions will not hurt US companies because the Iran Nuke deal was always better for EU firms in the first place - there was nothing in it for America from the start (one of Trump’s biggest objections to the deal). Besides, US firms will just use shell companies to do business with Iran like they’ve been doing for 40 years. Trump pulled out of the Climate Accord last year and everyone else stayed in - that’s been great for America and the rest of the world can go piss up it’s own leg. California alone has a larger GDP than France https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-economy-idUSKCN0Z32K2 and if the price of crude goes up than that’s MAGA too https://www.reuters.com/article/us-energy-iea/u-s-to-overtake-russia-as-top-oil-producer-by-2019-at-latest-iea-idUSKCN1GB0C6 so I see no reason why Trump would stay in the deal. Most importantly, for the Trump brand, staying in the deal, after railing against it for two years and calling it “the worst deal I’ve ever seen”, is a circle that can’t be squared. He almost has to pull out regardless of the fall out. Gird your loins - I might be wrong, but it’s going to shake up the markets either way."

At about 2:15 PM ET my friend thanked me via email and I hope he makes a killing on those oil futures. One thing is clear - don't hedge by hoping that Donald Trump will go back on his word.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

where the fuck is Kanye when you need him?

Outlaw
When it comes to Hip Hop/Rap music I'm old-school because, well, I'm old. I was one of those pale fellows mixing it up with the crowd at Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five shows in '83 and I have a nostalgic soft spot for the more innocent and melodic "songs" from my youth. Please don't think of me as a prude or high minded scold who Rights-off this vibrant and important (in my view) category of music just because I've lived long enough to be there at the beginning and watch the full evolution/devolution of the genre. As far as today's Rap Music scene is concerned I'm neither East Coast or West Cost but align myself with the Dirty South and truth tellers like T.I. (even if he did have to take it back) and his innovative enterprises like Blackstock. I'm down with almost anything out of Hotlanta - Outkast, B.o.B. (I love anyone who believes the earth is flat) and keep going down to Three 6 Mafia and still further down to the Crescent City where you'll find what I think is the greatest voice in all of Rap music - I'm talking about Lil Wayne. A brilliant artist in his own right who has crafted memorable tunes like Lollipop it is his collaborations with other Rap artists (there are many) that draws the sharp contrast between the Lil giant and his lilliputian compatriots. Two of these stand out - the first being Lil Wayne's work with B.o.B on Strange Clouds where he tops the top dog and delivers a knockout against, let's face it, a truly talented collaborator. The second is more complex and requires some explanation because the Eminem song No Love (one of his best IMHO) gives Lil Wayne the lead-in and then uses his singular talents to accentuate or emphasize important moments in Eminem's rhymes which make up the second verse of the song. Now I'm not going to claim that Lil Wayne out-raps Eminem in this song because as Slim Shady points out "I'm standing on my Monopoly board, that means I'm on top of my game and it don't stop till my hip don't hop anymore" and in this case he's absolutely right. Eminem is raw, very funny, sometimes maudlin but when it comes to the Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers aspect of spitting out rhymes this dude has few equals and No Love shows off this verbal alacrity with a "top of my game" KO. But I will say that Lil Wayne's shiftless and menacing lead-in lays waist to the conscious mind and clears the rink, so to speak, for Eminem to do his thing in the second round. From the opening line - "Throw dirt on me and grow a wild flower but it's 'fuck the world', get a child out her" the stage is set and Lil Wayne's delivery - the voice - is just incredible and creates a sharp contrast between the first and second verse of the song. Check it out:


Why am I even writing about this? Well, if you've been watching the news over the past week or so you've probably heard that Kanye West loves Trump (as a person) and believes in free thought (KOTCB readers already know this about Kanye see West World) which has people questioning his sanity and hating on him for real. I've questioned Kanye's sanity myself - NOT for his Trump Love but for his immersion in the Kardashian Project because when I see what these broads did to Bruce Jenner it takes my breath away and I wouldn't get near them, but that's me. Of course Kanye loves Trump because the guy who wrote Gold Digger (Stormy Daniels), Stronger (Jim Comey), Can't Tell Me Nothing (#NeverTrump), All Of The Lights (Syria) and Jesus Walks (this broken world) knows Trump's soul in a very deep and meaningful way. Lil Wayne doesn't even know who Donald Trump is. Eminem will Hate Trumps Love forever and has gone all in, regardless of what his fans think, on running down the POTUS and speaking truth to power but, much to Em's dismay, the power isn't speaking back.
“I feel like he’s not paying attention to me,” said Eminem, on Shade 45, shortly after the BET Freestyle. “I was kinda waiting for him to say something, and for some reason, he didn’t say anything.”
The "reason" that Trump isn't taking phone to hand and tweeting an obligatory insult to Eminem is because Trump Loves Eminem's Hate and enjoys watching Mathers twist in the wind and have, what appears to be, a psychotic episode in reaction to the MAGA agenda. When the average Trump voter thinks of Eminem the image is of a degenerate wigger who's made millions ($190M) filling their children's, and now grandchildren's (he's been rapping for 30 years) , head with poison. In other words, Eminem is the problem that Trump was elected to solve and the fact that Em hates him and everything he represents is confirmation that America made the right choice in Nov. 2016. The ironic part, for me anyway, is that Eminem's "No Love" could (and probably should) be used as a replacement for the Stone's "You Can't Always Get What You Want" as the Trump theme song for the 2020 campaign. If that seems a strange idea to you then take a minute and read the lyrics and you'll see that word for word it represents the Trump presidency and his victory over all Eminemies (Dems, GOP old guard, #FakeNews, Deep State, whores & fools of every stripe).

It's a little too late to say that you're sorry now
You kicked me when I was down
But what you say just (don't hurt me)
That's right (don't hurt me)
And I don't need you (no more)
Don't want to see you (no more)
Bitch, you get (no love)
You showed me nothin' but hate, you ran me into the ground
But what comes around goes around
I don't need you (don't hurt me)
That's right (don't hurt me)
And I don't need you (no more)
Don't want to see you (no more)
Bitch, you get (no love, no love, no love, no love)
Bitch, you get (no love, no love, no love)
And I don't need you (no more); get 'em!

As for Ye, well, he's going through a red-pill transformation and it's blowing everyone's mind - including his:

And that changing of the mind has pitted Mr. West against The People where Kanye speaks for himself and the voice of The People is represented by, you guessed it, T. I. who, as I've said many times, is one of my favorite rappers and might well find his own mind changing over time. There's no telling how it will all play out, but the fact that this conversation is taking place outside the walls of the Hoover Institution and the AEI where egg heads have been making these arguments for decades is a positive #MAGA development. Kanye will feel the burn of Progressive Politics retribution but Jesus Walks and I trust that the Lord will protect him.



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