Thursday, February 14, 2019
Apparently someone on Quora asked a probing question about Donald Trump, which prompted Ms. James to provide the following British perspective...
Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response.
A few things spring to mind.
Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.
Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.
I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.
But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.
Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.
And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.
There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.
Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.
Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.
And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.
Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.
He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.
He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.
And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.
That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.
There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.
So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
* Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
* You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.
This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.
After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.
God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.
He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.
In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.
And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:
'My God… what… have… I… created?
If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
If your only news source was right wing hate speech radio purveyors, such as Rush Limbaugh.
Or Fox News.
You would have heard that Trump drew a crowd of 10 to 15 thousand to his Wall Rally in El Paso, while Beto O'rourke drew only 1 or 2 hundred to his El Paso Wall Rally.
Only a couple hundred, and according to Trump's Number One propaganda supplier, Limbaugh, Beto jumped around the stage like a Jack in the Box, was totally unprofessional, spewing erratic nonsense.
You know, as opposed to that dignified address Trump gave to his cult members, leading them in chanting 'lock her up', 'build that wall', along with anti-media chants which resulted in a BBC reporter getting a beating.
Beto countered Trump's lies about El Paso and the wall in El Paso, and the wall concept in general, but actual facts apparently are not able to be processed by someone like Limbaugh, and his ignorant ilk.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
A British Columbia, Canada newspaper, the Burrard Street Journal, is the source of the news about the Trump boys being detained.
And you know those ultra-polite Canadians would never fabricate a story.
Three paragraphs from the Trump Sons Detained At Vancouver Airport Due To Alleged Ties With Fascist Dictator article...
RICHMOND, BC—Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are in police custody at YVR airport this evening, after alleged ties to a fascist dictator surfaced during routine questioning.
The two sons of a former American billionaire, had flown to the pacific northwest for the unveiling of the new Trump tower in Downtown Vancouver.
However upon arrival the brothers were reportedly selected for random inspection by the Canadian Border Services Agency and ultimately detained under suspicion that they may be connected to an oppressive regime in a foreign nation.
Related news in the Burrard Street Journal...
BREAKING: Pope Suggests Donald Trump Gives Up Presidency For Lent
Thursday, July 21, 2016
There is a large segment of the population, thankfully, who react to Cruz in the same way one instinctively reacts to a scary reptile.
How is it some people don't see this guy's oily snake-like reptilian-ness?
A face that somehow causes a visceral urge to punch it. The pitchy voice that sounds like somehow the voice change process got halted part way through his teen age years.
And then there is the dumb stuff that comes out of this Canadian's mouth. All spoken in a phony bad actor method of delivery.
I don't know how the ill-fated Cruz candidacy survived his ridiculous Simpson's audition. Or that even more embarrassing, long video of Cruz and family making political ads, with the most damning segment being Cruz sitting next to his mom, telling the camera that his mom prays for him, for hours, everyday, with the look on his mom's face of utter astonishment at the lying nonsense coming out of her creepy son's mouth.
And yet there he was, last night, back on America's TV screens, causing the skin to crawl of a large segment of the world's population.
I am even more appalled by the Great Orange Pumpkin than I am by Ted Cruz, but if I was Donald Trump I would not want someone like Ted Cruz to endorse me, in fact, I would prefer he didn't.
Republican Party unity be damned....
Saturday, July 16, 2016
A trumpence is the amount of return on investment on a con job.
Used in a sentence...
"I knew it was too good to be true, but I thought it was worth trumpence."
“You should always make sure the target of your scam isn't overly intelligent, then you can play on their fears to maximize your potential trumpence.”
And now, 48 hours later, for some reason, the Urban Dictionary's trumpence definition has been expanded....
The return on investment of a con, bribe, theft or fraud. This could include the direct financial benefit of a scam or plot, but also can be used to represent the emotional boost a narcissist or sociopath gets from feeling superior to those they have manipulated and tricked.
I have read Mr. Trump is having some regrets about picking Mr. Pence. We think he should get over any regrets.
The TP Ticket is going to be a lot of fun....
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thus accurately describing the audience of dimwits who listen to him without realizing they are listening to ignorant nonsense.
I listen to Rush Limbaugh for a short duration fairly regularly. I find him entertaining, in a warped sort of way. That being the reality that a man this ignorant, so un-educated, has a legion of followers too ignorant to know how stupid Limbaugh is.
If I had to pick the most amusing thing that comes out of Limbaugh's mouth it might be his frequent reference to what he calls "Low Information Voters".
Low Information Voters.
Like much of what Limbaugh spews, this Low Information Voters thing is sort of Orwellian. The people Limbaugh refers to as being low in the information department, are actually the enlightened, progressive, educated types he fears. The actual Low Information Voters are the idiots who listen to Limbaugh who are too stupid to realize they are listening to a hate mongering moron.
Some amusing anti-Limbaugh comments gleaned from hundreds of comments made to this particular Facebook post by Americans Against the Tea Party.....
Kenneth Kuller: Just remember, Limbaugh's record on Politifact remains at zero truths.
Barbara Wolfe: Never once I have I turned on one of his broadcasts. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Gregg Davis: Why is it that it's against the law to tell lies to sell products but it's not against the law to sell the lies themselves?
Merl Miller: Remember, Limbaugh was a Democrat until he discovered that Democrats are not gullible enough to be rabid fools. He is an entertainer and he gets paid millions a year to tell stupid people what they want to hear so he can sell crap.
Lois J Buzzell: He should take Ann the demon spawn Coulter, and go to a deserted island. Two of the most disgusting and dangerous people on the planet.
Gary Werner: He's a windbag
Tim Koerber: Why does he still have an Audience? Oh I know, those with brain damage or mental or rational disabilities still have money to spend via "Sponsors" who pay for his broadcast! Sad, so sad!
Bob Holmes: Most countries would arrest such a liar set on stirring public revolt. He is lucky for the first amendment, otherwise he would be in prison.
Gordon Brooks: Much of what spews from his mouth is merely said to stir his crowd of ill educated followers.
Alfred N. Van Kirk: He doesn't really give a damn. He started the conservative radio apocalypse. He discovered the more outrageous the claims the more he made! Not a single fact. Just lies followed by more lies! You know it as the Republican creed!
Tom Massa: Lush Slimebaugh and Donald Trump are the two most obnoxious people on the face of the earth.
Mitchell Stein Sr.: Fear sells....the salesman without morals will sell anything for cash.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Reading the comments was like a window into some perverse club where occasionally someone whose education had continued past high school would attempt to be a voice of reason, to no avail.
Much of the FOX News type idiocy, as reflected in comments, is the fruit of those who read no legit news sources and who listen to too much right wing talk radio, becoming what are known as Rush Limbots, often not understanding what Limbaugh is actually saying, morphing the nonsense into something even more ignorant and stupid.
Eventually I had my faith restored in the majority of American humanity when I came across various news sources where intelligent, educated, healthy minded human beings made comments regarding our current sad state of American affairs.
One of those more elevated comment sources comes to me from Facebook via something called Americans Against the Tea Party.
A couple days ago the Queen of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, endorsed Donald Trump.
Palin's endorsement rant took Palin being embarrassing to an entire new level. Below is a sample of comments regarding Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, then, followed by the comments an amusing selection of memes on this subject which are currently circulating the Internet......
Todd A. Smith: Sarah Palin is a buffoon and (probably in the most literal sense, here) a tool. Donald Trump - I am still unsure, on that one. The man is not stupid. He speaks ignorantly, but that is calculated pandering, to enable the LCD of the population to "identify" with a billionaire. I'm not convinced he isn't actually running a huge scam, to divide and weaken the GOP base, and thereby hand the election to his old friend, Mrs. Clinton. The Republican establishment despises Trump, and have been scrambling to distance themselves. If they excommunicate Trump, and he goes third party independent, he takes a good portion of the GOP voter base with him, and effectively murders any chance of a Democratic loss.
Julio Ojeda-Urzua: Stop kidding ourselves, Trump is a joke and Palin is a court jester, but Trump is really running. We need to take him seriously because he actually has a real shot at winning the GOP nomination and the presidency if enough stupid people go out to vote while disenchanted liberals/moderates stay home.
Jen Lavris Makovic:s: I think that Sarah Palin's incoherent ramblings are proof enough of her idiocy. Either that or she's got a major disability.
Brian Cronin: To everyone (and you know damn well who you are) who ever thought this dingbat was intelligent, sharp, a viable politician, or potential leader of our country...we'll except your apology now, please. This comical Alaskan dingbat with the double digit IQ is as useless as a goddamn Kardashian....or one of those Duck Dynasty poser douche bags.
George Neill: What is so very sad about Sarah is that she is able to connect with so many other ignorant white trash Americans!
Ron Murray Sr.: Well, you have to understand, that since most of the White Folk in Red States are on Welfare and Food Stamps they have plenty of time to sit around watching Faux Noys on their Chinese Habitat for Humanity television set and then go meet up with their neighbors at the Chines Habitat for Humanity Wal-mart store to talk about how bad the nation is with that BLACK MAN LIVING IN THEIR "WHITE" HOUSE.
Doug Tull: If you live in a Red State or travel through the Red States, it's not hard to believe at all. I hear folks saying just insane shi* that they hear on Fox and Rush Limbaugh. I hate to break it to you, but there are a lot of stupid, racist, homophobic, xenophobic bigots in America. Get out and vote, or it's over.
Joseph Abate: I said the same thing months ago - Trump is playing a colossal joke just to bring out the true colors of republikids. Then he's going to say, "See how they are? You've GOT to vote for Hillary. She'll be terrific."
Chuck Accleton: America has become the nation of the lowest common denominator. Conservative voters are the stupidest people on the planet.
Parrish Galusky: There is a huge percentage of the population that is extremely stupid and they do have those votes locked up. Stupid loves stupid.
Richard Garrison: Everybody really should listen to the entirety of Sarah's speech. If it is a "beauty pageant" speech, where some pretty but empty-headed young woman gives a rambling, jumbled, incomprehensible speech on some subject like world peace. Usually Sarah delivers a word salad. Words strung together in "sentences" which slightly resemble, and sound like, English. But this speech is in a whole other category, much more industrial strength. This one is more like gallons of alphabet soup which has been eaten by a cow, digested through all the cow's stomach's, then evacuated onto a landfill, then picked up by Sarah and read to us as she praises Trump. The bottom line is that if this speech makes sense to you, you are part of the problem.
And now some amusing Sarah Palin/Donald Trump memes....