Friday, November 27, 2020

Why the media isn't fake.

Donald Trump, White House press conference
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020

      Because nobody could make this shit up. 
     That's it. That's the entire post. I could add more. (What is that? The Irresolute Desk?) But the picture of Donald Trump's first press conference since losing the election Nov. 3 says it all. He is the living embodiment of John Milton's observation, "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven." Outside conditions are wildly over-valued, particularly by crude frauds like Trump. It is the person within, his mind and character, that color everything. Look at him. Look at his condition: Rich. Powerful. Famous. The president of the United States. And yet such a tiny, pitiful man. He radiates the essential pettiness within, emits a constant whine of grievance, no matter the circumstance, a howl that drowns out everything else. That's why I'm really not very concerned whether he goes to prison or not. What difference does it make? He carries his cell with him wherever he goes. Some people are their own worst punishment.

20 comments:

  1. We have a notorious amblulance-chasing personal-injury lawyer here in Cleveland, who specializes in bad car wrecks, malpractice cases, and industrial accidents. His billboards and TV spots are ubiquitous. And they always end with the same unforgettable line: "I'll make them pay!"

    Orangy the Clown didn't wreck a car. He wrecked America.

    He did not drive drunk or botch a surgery or mess up in a factory. But he was responsible, and will continue to be responsible, for hundreds of thousands of Plague deaths, long after he leaves the Oval Orifice.

    And he has also destroyed countless numbers of other lives, through the loss of loved ones, lost jobs, lost homes, lost businesses, lost hopes, lost futures.

    Somebody needs to "make him pay"...and pay and pay and pay. Every goddamn day. For the rest of his sorry-assed life, no matter how long, or how short.

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  2. Thanksgiving at the kid's table. Looks like the staff did a quick clean-up of the floor. Maybe they should have wiped the pumpkin off his face.

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  3. I kind of hope we just let it go. I have a suspicion he'll use any prosecution as an act of martyrdom that have will his 73 million followers dreaming of a Beer Hall Putsch to restore the "rightful" ruler to power to deliver America from the evils of Liberal Democrats bent on destroying their America.

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    1. I agree, Paul, but Neil's point is that it's unnecessary to punish Trump legally. He lives in an inescapable prison of himself, tortured by the plain fact that others are happy while he is miserable, that lie, steal and cheat as he may, he cannot gain one iota of self respect, that the acclaim of his stooges means less than nothing, despite his braggadocio and amateurish posturing.

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    2. I transposed "have" and "will" in the above. Maybe that'll make better sense.

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    3. That he is a petty human being trapped in a the prison of being himself is little consolation for the damage he's done to our American values, but it is really his supporters that worry me. A few minutes of watching the ignorant drivel fed to them by their "news" channels is enough to make any rational person laugh hysterically if it weren't for the fervor and worship these people bring to their devotion to the wannabe emperor.

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  4. He needs to go to prison because everyone should be treated the same under the law. It's because this country needs cleansing from the putrid smell he leaves behind.

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  5. I'm hoping for a redemption of sorts as they lead him away in chains, clinging to the radiator and warning kids not to be a jerk like him.

    Or just the chains part, very cathartic for some of us.

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  6. If he would go away quietly and hold his tongue, it would leave a bad taste but it could be best for the nation. More likely he will twitter storm us relentlessly, encouraged by his minions and his incurable mental illness. I see little downside to aggressively prosecuting him with
    federal and state law enforcement agencies commensurate with the volume of lies and vile accusations he has directed at us. Gerald Ford let Nixon off the hook, George H. W. Bush pardoned Iran Contra suspects, and perhaps these leniencies enabled The Cowardly Liar to push the envelope beyond any reasonable limit. Ignorance is bliss, they say, so a psychopath feels no shame. I'd like to believe that Herr Drumpf would live in a personal hell on earth but I would prefer that his cell was cold and secure, unrelenting discomfort for the rest of his days.

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  7. I am one of the few who believed at the time that Gerald Ford was correct to pardon Nixon. The Watergate hearings and all the ensuing drama had taken up so much of the country's attention for so long that it felt right to me for us to turn the page and move on to better things.
    The same argument can and will be made about Trump and his unrelenting drama. Heaven knows there are plenty of things on Biden's plate that demand urgent attention. Just getting the country back to where we were four years ago will be a huge lift, let alone "building back better." Then pile a global pandemic that is raging virtually unchecked in this country on top of everything else! We really do need to turn our attention away from Trump and his minions. But when I think about the horrendous damage that man has done to our democracy, our environment and our image in the world along with the actual crimes he has committed before and during his time in office, I just don't see how we can let that pass. He may have to live out his life in his own private hell, but what signal does it send to potential future criminal tyrants if we leave it at that?

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    1. I first posted this in September...and now it seems to be an appropriate time to repeat it:

      Joe Biden reminds me of Ford, who was also a good and decent man. I liked Ford very much. But I didn't vote for him, mostly because he had pardoned Nixon, whom I despised. I was young and foolish and short-sighted in '76...and later in life (much later) I realized that I should have voted for Ford. He did the right thing.

      Prosecuting Nixon, and sending him to prison, would have torn the country even further apart. After Vietnam and Watergate, America needed unity, not more divisiveness. We needed to put all that, and Nixon, behind us. Ford even called his excellent and candid autobiography: "A Time To Heal."

      My "favorite president" list is a short one.
      Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Obama...and Gerald Ford.

      I hope I can add Joe Biden to the list. On the other hoof, I hope to see Former Leader in an orange jumpsuit and taking a one-way ride. To Attica...in a rubber truck.

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  8. A punishment is not a punishment unless one *realizes* it's a punishment. I don't believe he is capable of realizing his current condition. But I think even he'd figure out that his fortune had turned if he found himself in prison. Plus, you know, he's a criminal and has been one for a long time, so there's that. The fact that a poor average Joe who steals a loaf of bread or a 6-pack of socks might end up in jail, but a rich grifter who runs fraudulent universities and foundations is fined, if that, is an indictment of our legal system. If one gets drunk, climbs behind the wheel and inadvertently kills a pedestrian, there would be consequences. But we're gonna let this guy, smashed on orange Kool-Aid and the adulation of his cult, advertently kill thousands by downplaying and misleading people about a virus and he just gets to play golf and tweet to his heart's content? Why?

    In that photo, he looks like an adult trying out his old grade-school desk for kicks. What a twit.

    In the new America that one can dream about, how about we do away with this presidential pardon idea, huh? Another norm that's been somewhat abused in the past, now completely trashed by a mafia Donald with the power to pardon his accomplices. Why should that even be allowed?

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    1. I recently heard a tale about an unfortunate midwesterner who struck a pedestrian on a dark rural road. He was returning home and had consumed enough alcohol to barely hit the .08 legal limit. The person he hit was a seriously troubled soul and consensus was that more than likely he stepped into the road deliberately. But the law was strict and a respected member of that community is into a second decade of incarceration. Justice has a lot of gray area. Donald J. Trump is responsible for terrorizing refugees with innocent children and inaction to a deadly virus. We don't know how many deaths he is responsible for here, but the number must be significant. But perhaps his greatest transgression has been the constant attacks on Truth. We've heard the cynics say "Oh, they're all liars". Not like this. Not so apparent that nearly 99 percent of elected republicans are unwilling to publicly accept the obvious fact of The Cowardly Liar's unmatched mendacity. For this offense alone, maybe more than any other, he deserves to be punished severely.

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  9. On January 21, 2021 they should just forget him and ignore him. Move on and move forward. The way to piss the Orange Clown off is to ignore him and forget him. We'll have plenty of things to worry about, he shouldn't be one of them.

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  10. Part of me just wants him to go. I hope that the media ignores him and what will be his tireless rants for the next several years. It took them time to stop pretending Sarah Palin was actually somebody and had anything relevant to say. If he's ignored, he'll just go to Mar a Lago and pout. They say he'll do paid speaking tours. Will his cult be willing to pay $100/more? to hear him cry "I was robbed"? I don't think so. Rich business leaders are beginning to ignore him, too.

    Part of me wants desperately to see him perp-walked in handcuffs out of wherever he's hiding and brought to justice. Maybe he can share a cell with Bernie Madoff. As Grizz said, Trump's done untold damage to this country. People dead, thousands and thousans of businesses permanently closed, jobs lost forever, people thrown out into the street and asshole McConnell doing nothing. I don't really give a shit about his taxes, his payments to porn stars; I just want him punished for something. He lacks the self-awareness see himself, as Neil said, living in his own cell for the rest of his life. If he keeps saying the election was rigged, he'll make himself believe it.

    Ken Lay got off easy by dying before he went to prison. I hope Donald stays strong and healthy in an orange jumpsuit. After all, orange appears to be his favorite color.

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    1. I think it was Zuckerberg. The Orange Devil...and the Devil's disciple. I'd pay to see those two nuts in a cage, as they drive each other even more nuts.

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  11. Lock him up, humiliate him, let him go down in history as one of the biggest losers ever, so those coming after who would emulate him will know what their fate may be.

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  12. I point out to you that a Pardon that is accepted, is also a legal admission of guilt.

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  13. One of the more egregious and abhorrent actions during trump rallies was the chant: " lock her up" .it's banana republics and dictatorships that imprison their political opponents . Should our system devolve into that? I hope not. What next poisoning at lunch? C'mon folks. Let's move on.

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    1. One of the primary reasons that "lock her up" was egregious was that almost nobody in public or private life has been as thoroughly investigated as Hillary, often for completely spurious reasons. She did not *deserve* to be locked up.

      Trump -- uh, different story. In an equitable justice system, he would have been in prison long before he ever became president, for any of a variety of scams, tax dodges or sexual improprieties.

      What he's done *since* he's become president has been, flatly, treasonous. Certainly impeachable, for which he should have been sent packing a long time ago. Remember Benghazi, by any chance? Compare that, objectively, to the scandals of the Trump era. Pardoning Flynn, by itself, is beyond the pale, and that's just one of the most recent. (I'd say it's the "most recent", but hey, it was days ago -- no telling what I've missed.)

      Your comment brings apples and oranges to mind, I gotta say. tl;dr -- He's a criminal, not simply a political opponent.

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