First off, I should probably apologize for the light posting this week. It turned out that there was plenty to discuss in last week’s open thread. With the NFL protests dominating the news cycle, I didn’t see the point in posting anything else. Hell, last week’s open thread ran all the way until yesterday.
Anyway, I’ll try to avoid last week’s topics as much as I can. We’ll have to give some more time to watch what happens with the NFL.
So what’s up first? How about Trump’s latest feud? This time with the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Savage, as always. The president is holding true to his “Hit me, I’ll hit you three times harder” credo no matter how bad the optics may be. But is it justified this time?
I have to confess that I’m having a hard time overlooking the vital question of the day:
Gabby is referring to Carmen Cruz’s t-shirt that says “Help us, we are dying”. Maybe my priorities are shit, but I really would like to know how that shirt came to get made with no electricity and get delivered to Cruz during a major humanitarian crisis so she could wear it on national television to complain about the effort to help the island. Seriously, how did it happen? It’s quite an accomplishment when you think about it. Either that, or it’s a scandal that effort was being put into producing and delivering that shirt when there were critical supplies that needed to be moved.
If she genuinely feels like her city is getting insufficient support from the federal government and that it’s simply a matter of “inefficiency” that’s preventing essential supplies from reaching the people who need it, I say “more power to her.”
What bothers me is that she used the word “genocide” to describe what’s happening. Genocide isn’t a natural disaster or simply a matter of “inefficiency.” It’s a deliberate act. Saying otherwise minimizes all of the acts of genocide that have happened over centuries to millions of people.
If anyone genuinely believes that the Trump Administration is deliberately allowing Puerto Ricans to suffer and die in a genocide out of some sort of callousness, I’m just going to say “fuck you” to that person. Would not be worth debating. Just fuck off and take it somewhere else, I say.
These were the same kinds of horrible accusations that were leveled against Bush during Hurricane Katrina. I thought it was politically-driven garbage then and I think what Cruz is saying now is too. Someone needs to get a straitjacket on her, honestly. A floaty one, of course. I don’t want to kill her. I feel the need to say so before she has a t-shirt printed up suddenly that says “RVS Hates Puerto Ricans”. True story.
If you ever wonder why some of us celebrate it when Trump punches back at people like Cruz, you have to understand how frustrating the Bush years were for us. It was infuriating to watch Bush absorb those awful attacks without hitting back. Trump is right to call out this crap. Accusing a sitting president of somehow enabling genocide is outside the bounds of what should be permissible from a politician in the middle of a coordinated federal disaster response. It’s bad enough that we get that kind of hyperbole during campaigns.
A worthy debate can certainly be had over whether or not Trump has paid sufficient attention to this crisis and if there’s anything he could have been doing instead of obsessing about Thursday Night Football’s ratings. We can even examine the reasons for the logistical breakdown that’s preventing critical aid from reaching the countryside.
But if you want to play the racism card, I’m going to tell you to share it with your therapist. If you don’t have one, you need one. That sort of hack partisanship has no place in a serious debate. You’re in the Pizzagate wing of political discourse if you bring that up with me, just letting you know.
Next, if you haven’t yet watched Steven Crowder’s “Undercover in Antifa”, you need to. Since Antifa is about to spring back like a bad Ghostbusters remake on November 4th with a national day of action, you might want to know what they’re really all about. The mainstream media sure isn’t going to tell you, as the video reveals.
A librarian in Cambridge, MA made the news when she pointedly refused a donation of Dr Seuss books from Melania Trump. The ensuing fallout drove her off of Twitter. The librarian, Liz Soeiro, did make a good point that Cambridge is pretty affluent as school districts go and doesn’t have a need for any of the books donated. It may be the first time in history that a public school has claimed to have sufficient funding for anything.
Soeiro could have stopped there–should have stopped there–but didn’t. Her raging case of TDS kicked in and she had to refer to Dr Seuss books as “racist propaganda”. This woman should be fired and put in a padded room next to Carmen Cruz. Not because she was mean to the First Lady, but because she’s an insane idiot.
Dr Seuss was literally an anti-fascist. Go read this and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Dr Seuss was a vocal opponent of the “America First” movement before the US entered WW2. If anything, he should be upheld as one of the historical heroes of whatever it is The #Resistance thinks it is. What a wicked case of extreme ignorance this librarian has shown.
North Korea is freaking out because they can’t figure Trump out. I share their pain. I support the guy and I don’t get him either. The article lends credence to my opinion on this affair. The one where Kim is stuck in his own trap because he thought he could rattle his sabre and draw concessions out of the allies. Trump isn’t playing along, so Kim keeps rattling more. And so it escalates. The Norks seem to be genuinely confused that their old tricks don’t work anymore.
Do you feel like you don’t understand the North Koreans? I suggest that you check out this lecture I stumbled upon. It’s a fantastic explanation of North Korea’s motivations.
Our friends at Common Ground Podcast have a new show up on the NFL, American exceptionalism, and other current events. Go check it out.
Is anyone watching Star Trek Discovery? I’m not.
Hugh Hefner died. Some people think he was a pornographer. I don’t. It’s my opinion that he played a very valuable role in making male sexuality mainstream. Don’t you think the world is a better place because you guys can talk about your interests in current trends in music and entertainment while confidently emphasizing your love of tits?
I’ve long held Hefner in high regard. In spite of the decadence, he has a long history of being a good deed doer. In particular, I appreciate what he did for Bettie Paige (my favorite 50’s pin up model). How do you feel about his life and legacy?
Finally, a stage prop fell on Marilyn Manson during a show last night. Fans reacted with the amount of sympathy you’d expect.
What else is is there to talk about?