Laughter is the best medicine.
Indubitably it is, FJ, and as I have strenously averred nmerous times and featured at my blog today, "SATIRE is the BEST REVENGE."
_ ON JANUARY THIRD __
There'll be nothing to tout.Nothing to buy.The stores have run out.Your funds'll run dry.DEMOCLAWS are coming to town!For their mill you are grist.They think fun’s a crime, They just clench their fist,When you seek a good time.DEMOCLAWS are coming to town!They'll monitor your reaping.They’ll ration what you take.Whatever you try keepingThey will grab for their own sake!SO, you’d better not smile,You’d better not dance.Demoleaders are vile,They'll all look askance.DEMOCLAWS Upon You Will Frown.When Democlaws take over the town!They're the CommunistsWho would make us slavesTHEY'VE CAPTURED the TOWN!~ Sin Terklaas
Brace yourselves! We're going to have to hear how great they are for the next two years.
All politicians are blowhards. That's a given.Whether you support them or not depends on which way the[r wind is blowing, wouldn't you say?
And ALL politicians should be exposed and ridiculed for lies and perfidy.
CI: Agreed. I would have no problem with the press if they went after everybody equally and stopped cheerleading for their side.We are all biased. I'd dare to say you and I have led more people (bossed, in civilian parlance) than anyone else here. There were subordinates we loved, and others we hated, but we knew how to be an adult and treat everyone fairly.
Well said, +1
Gonna be a fun two years
Indeed it WILL be, but ONLY if we can manage to keep our sense of humor alive, well, active, strong –– and increasingly vigorousThe DemonRats may be buffoons, but like John Wayne Gacey who frequently donned a clown costume, they can be deadly, –– IF we allow ourseves to take them seriously.President Trump's persistent mockery and fierce denunciation of his enemies in no uncertain terms is EXACTLY what we need in a leader, –– particularly nowAND we must never forget that RINO'S, –– those wolves in sheep's clothing who dominate the GOP –– are infinitely more dangerous than DEMO'S.
At least the alt-media doesn't fill its pages with trumpery.
If by "alt media" you mean the ENEMEDIA, you're correct. They don't publish trumpery.. Instead, their pages are filled only wth flummery, frippery, calumny, perfidy and treachery.
You decide|Home British & World English trumperyDefinition of trumpery in English: trumperyNOUNmass nounarchaic 1Attractive articles of little value or use.‘None of your woollen drapery, nor linen drapery, nor any of your frippery or trumpery. I hate ostentation’More example sentencesSynonyms1.1 Practices or beliefs that are superficially or visually appealing but have little real value or worth.‘he exposed their ideals as trumpery’‘theatrical trumpery’as modifier ‘that trumpery hope which lets us dupe ourselves’More example sentencesADJECTIVEarchaic 1Showy but worthless.‘trumpery jewellery’More example sentencesSynonyms1.1 Delusive or shallow.‘that trumpery hope which lets us dupe ourselves’More example sentencesOriginLate Middle English (denoting trickery): from Old French tromperie, from tromper ‘deceive’.Pronunciationtrumpery/ˈtrʌmp(ə)ri/
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In other words anything cheap, tawdry, gimmicky, insubstantial and meretricious, right? };^)>BTW, here's an excellent piece of unbidden advice:The CAMBRIDGE Dictionary of the English Langjuge is the best online dictionary I have found so far. Precise, concise, orderly, direct, and accurate.
Sorry FT. Cambridge is LEFT. Oxford is RIGHT. I'll stick with Oxford.
Imagining what makes a democrat supporter is kinda stunning. It has to take a negative IQ don't it?
Defecrats are a lot like penises –– i.e. they HAVE no minds.
I’m waiting for an elected Democrat to claim that their smarter than the Generals, or could have made a good one.Could happen, right........?
I'm waiting for people to step up who are smarter than the colossal dumbschitts who got us into Iraq, still can't get out of Afghanistan, destroyed Libya and triggered the Million Muslim Man March on Europe, stoked the Yemen civil war, empowered China to the point they are now an ominous threat to the US and all freedom-loving people...Gen Mattis is a great man, a scholar and a true American hero, but the best he could come up with on Afghanistan was more of the same with some different words.I'm fed up with the foreign policy "experts."
Exactly. That's why we're going back to populism and free markets on a level, unbureaucratized Main Street (not global) marketplace.
Ready for the tRump recession?Should sharpen Warren's platform.
Duck,Way to go, rooting for a recession. Sheesh.
Thanks, Ducky. What's good for Democrats is bad for America.
SF - Yep......but we’re clearly going to be waiting for some time to come. There hasn’t been a significant change in foreign policy or how to engage terror threats, since 9/11. Three Administrations and counting....
SF - What's your take on the James Webb - SecDef buzz?
Webb is the first Democrat I would have voted for since I voted for Al Gore in the Dem primary (he wasn't an unhinged nutball back then), but we all knew a man as sensible as Mr. Webb has no place in today's Democrack party.I think he'd be a good fit.
Jim Webb ... Navy Cross, Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts. He came out against the invasion of Iraq and the occupation of Afghanistan. He'll be a good fit with Trump in the area of not sticking our noses where they don't belong. But frankly, I don't see anyone worth his salt sticking with Trump for too long. There's just not a lot of room in the administration for anyone but Trump.
Agree with SF & Sam. Best fit out there for the position, but like Mattis (and I was wrong), I’d be surprised if he took the gig. Even resigning with integrity breeds trash talking from Trump.
Mattis supported TRANSGENDERED freaks as full-fledged members o]f the armed forces.Webb defected from the GOP and became a Democrat.If those untoward facts don't raise your eyebrows, i guess nothing would.What next an avowed COMMUNIST as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as head of the office of Economic Development?God, give me strength!
Veterans are pretty good judges of other Veterans.
Not all veterans.
True Ed, there some outliers. Such as Veterans who don't seem to mind when the CinC stands before assembled Service-members in a combat theater, and lies to them...repeatedly. Many of whom in the audience being Leaders...who know a thing or two about leadership, and if Academy graduates - swore an oath not to LIE, cheat or steal...or tolerate those who do.Not that Trump is a veteran of course......
That was the Honor Code at New York Military Academy, where Trump went.
Click on "Character and Leadership Development" in the above link. Donald Trump, Class of '64.
All the more interesting......the Code didn’t seem to take.
Really? I think it's "why" Trump ran for President. Washington DC reaks of corruption.
...and Trump could no longer tolerate" it.
I can "tolerate" others... but then again, the USMMA's honor code omits the "intolerance" clause.A Midshipman shall not lie, cheat, or steal. I'm responsible only for myself.
And a CinC should not lie to the Service-members of this Republic, no?
You don't believe in the Noble Lie? The lie that a piece of paper grants you "rights"?
There's Caesar's law, and the Lord's Law. You choose which lie to follow.
...and which to ignore.
Thou Shalt not Kill.
What makes a lie "noble"?
...Nobles gained their nobility through killing/war.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
Then what's a casus beli?
There is no "absolute" truth in words. An old Italian proverb, "Alexander never did what he said, and Caesar never said what he did."
Some truth's are entirely "subjective".
Nietzsche, "No one now dies of fatal truths: there are too many antidotes to them."
...and the criterion for every truth is the speaker's "jouissance".The will to power, Nietzsche instructs, is a claim on truth, confirmed only to the extent that it serves life and culture.
Since I share Trump's idea's of the good life, and culture, his "lies" do not bother me, for they ring quite "true".
Trump's "will to power" (aka - the presidency") means that his is "The Master's Discourse". All other discourses derive their meaning from his. The "University Discourse" has not yet adapted to Trump's presidency.
Our Father, which art in heaven,Hallowed be thy Name.Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our trespasses,As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.Our original sin/ fall from Grace applies to All leaders and their followers. Trump could hardly prove "different".
I’ve never doubted that his lies don’t bother you. I’m not hardwired for selective outrage and hypocrisy. I’ve long known that I’ve been the minority in this.
The title of this post is quite appropriate.
Custom, the king of allof mortals and immortals leads, justifying that which is most violentby its very powerful hand. - Pindar
Glad you can find the humour in "truth".
I certainly can, in what passes for “truth” in some circles. A bit saddening as well though.
Othello - The tyrant custom, most grave senators,Hath made the flinty and steel couch of warMy thrice-driven bed of down -Shakespeare, "Othello" (Act I Sc 3)
Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. - Plato:)
"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,As he landed his crew with care;Supporting each man on the top of the tideBy a finger entwined in his hair."Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice;That alone should encourage the crew."Just the place for a Snark!–I have said it thrice;What I tell you three times is true."-Lewis Carroll, "The Hunting of the Snark"
Snark or Boojum? I suppose it depends upon your subjective "perspective".
Speaking truth to Power....an oft undiscerned oxymoron.
...characteristic of the "castrated" hysteric's discourse.
I had what I needed with this:“his "lies" do not bother me, for they ring quite "true".Except in the case above, his lies (no scare quotes necessary) are proven by metrics and the public record. Why people embrace hypocrisy, fascinates me.
You really don't know how the University Discourse works, do you?Think of it as the "Theory of Relativity" that once revolutionized science.Welcome to the Multiverse.
Verse... meaning language.
btw - metrics and the "public record"... your tyrant (as Othello's), "custom".
Didn't anyone explain the "Death of the Author" to you? As Nietzsche said, "G_d is dead". Now deal with the void that emerges in "nihilism".
On "scare quotes"...
btw - Irony is what they call things that those who support the ideology of those "in power" use. It's "cynical".Kynicism is what they call the ideology of those who are "not in power". It's "hysterical" for those not of the "Analyst Discourse". :)
Have you heard a pair of terms that has attained currency recently called "cultural capitalism"?Welcome to the relativisation and complete deconstruction of what once perceived as "American" culture. The result is the inevitable censorship we see emerging through the tech giants of social media. Corporate globalization in action.
"Custom" will never be the same.
Culture once "superceded" capitalism. No more.The conservative right often attributes the excesses of political correctness to the destructive influence of cultural Marxism which tries to undermine the moral foundations of the Western way of life.But if we take a closer look at these “excesses,” we can see that they are, in fact, signs of the unbridled reign of what, decades ago, political theorist Fredric Jameson called cultural capitalism: a new stage of capitalism in which culture no longer functions as a domain of ideological superstructure elevated above economy but becomes a key ingredient of the ever-expanding reproduction of capital.One of the clearest imaginable examples of cultural capitalism is surely the commodification of our intimate life. This is a permanent feature of a capitalist society, but in the last decades it’s reached a new level. Just think about how our search for sexual partners and for good sexual performance rely on dating agencies or websites, medical and psychological help, and so on.House of Yes, in Brooklyn, New York, adds a new twist to this game: the intricate problem of how to verify consent in a sexual interplay is resolved by the presence of a hired controlling agent. The club is a hedonistic playground where “anything goes”. Time Out voted it as the second best thing to do in the world and The Sun described as “the wildest night club on the planet”.-Slavoj Zizek
"Culture is, before all things, the unity of artistic style, in every expression of the life of a people." - NietzscheSo much for "unity".
The emerging "Capitalism with Asian Values" or "Authoritarian Capitalism" emerges through Tech Company PC enforcement.Trump isn't the "authoritarian threat". Capitalism is.
...which is "why" the Uniparty so hates Trump. He's threatening their control.The "elites" know what's best. Support the "elites"... Give them back their rightful "power".
Laughter "truly" is, the best medicine.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the elite sponsored cynical Snark.
Just don't laugh so hard that you fall off Trump's wall. "I don't know what you mean by 'glory,' " Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't—till I tell you. I meant 'there's a nice knock-down argument for you!' " "But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'," Alice objected. "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all."-Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass"
Joe,"why" the Uniparty so hates Trump. He's threatening their control.That's exactly it.
Rest assured, the current political paradigm, replete with its sock puppets and sycophants......has me quite entertained.
Silverfiddle @ 9:19 ... spot on.
A O-C busts a couple moves
Repubelicons are especially tone-deaf and stupid when attempting to smear their enemies with social media.If I were a GOOP political operative my advice would be to STFU and stop attacking AOC--every time they try, they end up like Wiley Coyote shooting himself in the face with a cannon.She's young, she's hip, she's enjoying herself, and by her own hard work, she is now a congresswoman. Attacking her on anything other than her economically-ignorant ideas and rancid lefty ideology makes the GOOPers look like the petty, mean, humorless turds they are.
A certainty: There is a 100% chance rabid, unhinged Democrats will go too far and turn off the normals.This is going to be a fun two years. Leftwing loons and rage-stoked nutballs think they can use the power of congress to get President Trump's tax returns, subpoena every last shred of everything from him and anyone connected to him......and it will be a hilarious pleasure to watch those same loons and nutballs explode in tears and rage when it turns out congress cannot get their grimy dickskinners on the president's tax returns, and their subpoena powers are limited in scope to relevant issues under the law and germane to the committee's jurisdiction.Those slavering for plenary politburo show trials will be sorely disappointed.
You tell 'em, Silver!Besides, hasn't the recent behavior of the FBI-CIA-DOJ-State Dept. complex clearly demonstrated that subpoenas have no power to command anyone to do aynthing anymore –– and neither does FOIA?
Good article in the commie house organ, Forbes
Good points SF; of course, the GOP can never again ask for tax returns of a Democrat.
Woo Hoo!! CI got it exactly right. Isn't this era such a great time to be alive?!!?
I was told long iong ago by the wisest of all wise birds NEVER to say NEVER.In this crazy mixed up maddeningly unpredictable world ANYTHING can happen at ANY time. Any minute now I expect some Bright Young Thing will find the way to transform DOG DIRT into GOLD.Won't that be loverly?
SF,A certainty: There is a 100% chance rabid, unhinged Democrats will go too far and turn off the normals.That's what happened to me during the days of the Vietnam War protests and the Watergate hearings: I got completely turned off by politics. I got so I wouldn't read the newspaper or watch the news: I couldn't stand all the dog and pony shows. Oh, I voted when I came of age to vote. I read each candidate's platform, then cast my ballot based thereon.I didn't acquire an interest in politics until 9/11.And one more thing....These "Impeach Trump!" screechers (Rashida Tlaib, for example, with her 'We're gonna impeach the motherf****r' roar) don't seem to understand the meaning of the word impeach; they believe that impeachment itself removes a POTUS from office.
AOW - that is at least in part, because our public school system and other institutions that should be educating the populace, aren’t interested in Civics.
@ CI: "the GOP can never again ask for tax returns of a Democrat."Even more damaging, how can the money-blowing fiscally-irresponsible GOOPers raise objections to Democrats' socialist budget-blowouts?
Oh they understand this. They know the reality is the Republican majority in the Senate won't vote to remove Trump. But, for them it is the opportunity to give the beleaguered president another black eye.
Remember when Obama was in office and the GOP controlled the House? Remember all their ballyhooing votes to repeal Obamacare, and all the other useless chest-thumping votes that did nothing more than get the Fox News crowd giddy?Democrats are doing their version of that propaganda kabuki for the next two years.
Yes, but THEY have a Trump hating RINO Never-Trump alliance with Mitch McConnell and the US Senate. I wouldn't underestimate them.
The only thing holding a general immigration amnesty in check is a Trump veto.
The only thing that can restore civility, reason, and proper governance is either 1) impeachment and removal by the Senate, 2) a Trump landslide defeat in 2020, or Trumps premature death.
Anon: we need another smooth criminal like Barack Hussein Obama
For a dummy like me..can you PLEASE provide substantial evidence proving your allegation? Opinion doesn't get traction.Thank you for your consideration.
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