Saturday, January 21, 2017

Trump Inaugurated: A Look Back At The Experts' Predictions

Chris Wallace, Fox News: "Let me ask you a couple of questions. How should Republicans handle Donald Trump?"

Karl Rove, Republican Strategist: "Ignore him. Look, he is completely off the base. . . . This guy is not a serious candidate."

-----Fox News, Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Jeb Bush, who might be president, and Donald Trump, who won't be president, competing for media oxygen, and well, it was a contest."

-----Howard Kurtz, host, Fox News' MediaBuzz, June 21, 2015

"Anyone who takes [Trump] seriously should really, really, really be ashamed."

-----Michelle Bernard, president of the Bernard Center for Women, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, June 23, 2015

"Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee. There's absolutely no way - his unfavorables are above 60%."

-----Lisa Booth, Republican Strategist, CNN's New Day, July 4, 2015

"Let's start with this: Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016."

-----Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post, July 12, 2015

"I don't think Donald Trump is going to be the nominee of the Republican Party."

-----Rich Galen, Republican strategist, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, July 15, 2015

"Trump's support will probably fade. Or at least, given his high unfavorable ratings, it will plateau, and other candidates will surpass him as the rest of the field consolidates."

-----Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight, July 20, 2015

"The Donald Trump candidacy is almost over. Don't be fooled by Trump's double-digit lead in a new poll:  He is not going to win . . . Donald Trump is not running a real campaign . . . Soon, the bolder members of the field will follow Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush in making harder and more decisive strokes against him. Unlike Trump, they'll use real oppo, tested and targeted messages - ads built not just to cut, but to kill. They'll break his operational tempo, get inside his OODA loop, and turn his circus into a crispy ruin. It's what real campaigns do."

-----Rick Wilson, Republican message and media strategist, Politico, July 22, 2015

"Trump's unfavorable ratings are extraordinarily high. So this is not a popular person. And people tend, in the end, to vote for people they like."

-----Gerald Seib, Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, CBS News' Face the Nation, July 26, 2015

"Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee, in almost - almost all certainty."

-----John Heilemann, co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, CBS News' Face the Nation, July 26, 2015

"At the end of the day, [Trump] is not going to be the Republican nominee."

-----Sara Fagen, Republican strategist and former political director for President George W. Bush, NBC News' Meet the Press, July 26, 2015

"I think Trump is not going to win the nomination."

-----Ron Fournier, senior political columnist for National Journal, NBC News' Meet the Press, July 26, 2015

John Brabender, Republican political Consultant: "Donald Trump is not going to be the nominee. I'm telling you that right now. But . . . ."

Don Lemon, Host:  "How do you say that?"

Brabender:  "He's just not going to be. My experience of doing this for 30 years. I'm just telling you he's not going to be the nominee."

-----CNN Tonight, August 3, 2015

"Donald Trump is doing well now, but I rather suspect the air will come out of that balloon at some point in time. I don't know when, I don't know how, but it's very difficult to imagine him being the Republican nominee for president."

-----Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, CNN's World Right Now with Hala Gorani, August 5, 2015

"Trump's campaign will fail by one means or another . . . . If you want absurd specificity, I recently estimated Trump's chance of becoming the GOP nominee at 2 percent."

-----Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight, August 6, 2015

"Let me go on record saying this right now: Donald Trump will not be our next president. He won't even be the GOP nominee. And I know, I know: We've underestimated him before. But still."

-----Amber Phillips, The Washington Post, August 10, 2015

"Our emphatic prediction is simply that Trump will not win the nomination. It's not even clear that he's trying to do so."

-----Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight, August 11, 2015

"Virtually all the political prognosticators are united on one point: Donald Trump's surge is fascinating, but of course he won't be the Republican nominee."

-----Howard Kurtz, host Fox News' Media Buzz, August 6, 2015

"Whomever is going to be the eventual nominee . . . it's not going to be Donald Trump."

-----Robert George, editorial board member of the New York Daily News, MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki, August 16, 2015

"I do think that Trump will hit a ceiling . . . So, at the end of the day, I don't believe that Trump will be the nominee.

-----Mindy Finn, Republican political consultant, CNN Newsroom, August 18, 2015

"[Trump is] here to stay for a while, maybe through a few primaries. But he is not going to be the nominee . . . When the field narrows, he won't go very far."

-----Charlie Black, NBC News' Meet the Press, August 23, 2015

"Donald Trump, who is not going to be the nominee . . . "

-----Alex Castellanos, Republican presidential campaign veteran, NBC News' Meet the Press, August 23, 2015

"I'm going to show you Donald Trump will not be the nominee of the Republican Party!"

-----Adolfo Franco, Adolfo Franco, Republican strategist, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, August 28, 2015

"I am sure Donald Trump will not be our party nominee."

----- Adolfo Franco, MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki, August 30, 2015

""[It] won't happen, won't happen. I mean, Trump has . . . I think he's hit a ceiling of about 30 percent . . . We're at peak Trump. Of course, I said this about six weeks ago.  . . . Maybe peak Trump will last for another, two, three weeks, but I don't think so . . . . I do not believe [Trump] can be the nominee."

-----William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulus, September 6, 2015

"Last week's debate could mark the leveling off of Trump's rise and the beginning of his deflation."

 -----Thomas Fitzgerald, politics writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 20, 2015

"He is getting boring. That's what destroys Trump.  . . I will be stunned if the next time you and I sit down at this table he still has the numbers that he has now."

-----Ian Bremmer, political scientist, PBS's Charlie Rose, September 22, 2015

"The entire commentariat is going to feel a little silly when Marco Rubio wins every Republican primary."

-----Ross Douthat, columnist for The New York Times, Twitter, September 25, 2015

“If you bother to read some of the serious analysis of Trump’s support, you realize that it’s a very fragile thing and highly unlikely to deliver what he needs in the crucial first phase of the primaries.”

-----Niall Ferguson, senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, January 2016 [How the Davos Pundits Got it Wrong: President Clinton, Anyone?"Bloomberg Politics, January 15, 2017]

“By the time we get to March-April, it’s all over. I’m really looking forward to it: Trump’s humiliation. Bring it on.”

-----Niall Ferguson, at a 2016 panel co-hosted by Bloomberg.[How the Davos Pundits Got it Wrong: President Clinton, Anyone?"Bloomberg Politics, January 15, 2017]

 “It doesn’t matter who the Republicans put up. Hillary will win.”

-----Martin Sorrell, the chief executive officer of WPP Plc, January 2016 [How the Davos Pundits Got it Wrong: President Clinton, Anyone?"Bloomberg Politics, January 15, 2017]

"She [Clinton] has everything under control."

-----Michelle Goldberg, Slate, September 27, 2016

"Republican Donald Trump has essentially no path to an Electoral College victory."

-----Natalie Jackson, Senior Polling Editor, Huffington Post, November 7, 2016

"Hillary Rodham Clinton will become the first woman to win the presidency tomorrow, decisively defeating Donald Trump in no small part due to unprecedented Latino turnout."

-----Cliston Brown, The Observer, November 7, 2016

"Robert Reich: Don’t worry, Hillary Clinton will win the election Reich explains why there's no worry to worry (sic) about Tuesday night"

-----Don Hazen Alternet, November 8, 2016

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bulletin: Legalienate To Boycott Inauguration!

The national and international staff of Legalienate, a blog more famous than the NY Times , Fox TV, SlimeFeed, Bogus Newz and ScumBook announced its boycott of the Trump inauguration.
Spokeperson Frank Scott said:

"in keeping with our long cherished and sacred policies and on a moral  par with the U.S. Constitution, the Ten Commandments and our even more sacredly cherished Hypocritic Oath, as in all other inaugurations dating from George Washington, our dedicated staff members, born, unborn, zygote, fetus or whatever, will not attend in protest against political and media hacks and in order to get some free publicity like all the other nobodies, nothings, losers and pretenders who are claiming fame by not attending a public spectacle they were never invited to either."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Psycho-Social Breakdown

“To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Bucky Fuller

America’s ruling powers have maintained control by utilizing the divide and conquer strategy of identitarianism. Avoiding democracy by keeping people in real or imagined minorities has worked well, but there are times when that ruling force needs to unify people in order to keep its dominance and in those circumstances what works best is the outside menace that threatens “all of us ”. In the recent past it was an alleged international communist conspiracy, centered in the Soviet Union. When that ended more than twenty years ago, the terrorist menace presented itself as for the first time America experienced a threat within its own borders as a result of murderous policies acted out elsewhere. While that real fear has been fully exploited and is at least based on a material rather than mentally created reality, the present endangered status of our ruling oligarchy has brought about a new alleged menace for public consumption, this time from a capitalist Russia and embodied in Vladimir Putin.

An individual leader always plays an important role in the demonology productions of our consciousness controllers, who may have suffered a loss by killing Osama bin laden. The transformation of a Russian who played a major role in bringing his country back from near economic disaster to a position of global leadership into an alleged fiendish menace to all that Americans hold dear has been a dangerous success, so far.

Supposed liberals, progressives, and some who call themselves leftists have been swept up in a reactionary frenzy that makes past conservative foaming-at-the-mouth anti communism seem almost benign by comparison. Charges of Russian interference with an already corrupt electoral system entirely dependent on funding by the richest people in America have been swallowed by people who consider themselves more knowledgeable than those fed up with that system, however confused they might be about what changing it actually means. If Russia doesn’t listen in on official American communications as America listens in on those of the entire world, it would not only be led by but also populated by incompetents on a par with some of the think-from-the-armpits types in our government. The USA has not only spied on but also meddled in foreign elections whenever it deemed the outcomes not conducive to its dominant role in the world. And American computerized communications are regularly spied upon by some of its alleged allies, most especially Israel. The shocked reactions to learning that others do what we do is in keeping with the psychosis that rationalizes present forms of colonialism, mass murder of foreigners and the destruction of nations deemed problematic to the supposed master race of self chosen people cult. But when alleged critics of that cult calling themselves not only liberal but also leftist become willing believers in its worst created fantasies, America and its people are threatened as never before.

A lynch mob composed of supposedly progressive liberals is no different from a lynch mob composed of supposedly reactionary conservatives. Whether fueled by wine, cheese and the New York Times or pretzels, beer and Fox TV, it is a lynch mob, and the nation is presently in danger of becoming a manipulated mob of uninformed, misinformed, bigotry enacting lynch mobs engaging in righteous psycho-neurotic behavior patterns that get closer to psychotic violence every day.

The victory of Trump in the election triggered an increase in the revived cold war behavior as a corrupt electoral system was suddenly discovered to be unfair when someone who was not supposed to win actually did win and bring on this new chapter of mental maladjustment bordering on physical breakdown. It has brought to the surface long suppressed but very American hate tendencies in the individual blame game that serves as cover for the social crimes of capital.

The sordid celebrity gossip reporting that passes for political analysis has reached depths to shock thoughtful populations here and in other countries that may live in fear of what total breakdown could mean for the rest of the world. Irrational bursts of brainlessness emanating from the professional servants of power in our politics and media that used to be occasional are becoming everyday reality. The newly elected president, who may be the most open and least sneaky of the dimwitted breed in his unabashed Americanism of supremacy, has set off explosions in the national oligarchs reflecting their mortal fears of losing control. It has taken a billionaire, not a revolutionary, to scare the hell out of the billionaires who own the nation. Go figure? But the danger of a lone nutcase losing it while in possession of a gun, knife or bomb is multiplied hundreds of millions of times when the nut is a class in possession of enough money and weaponry to destroy much of the civilized world. When a rich, egotistical, arrogant and often ignorant loudmouth begins to sound like the most rational voice in a debate, those being made to pay for the argument need to take action for sanity before the nut-cult ends all possibility of not only thought or logic but life itself.

Headlines in publications supposedly dispensing news sell claims about Trump and Putin that embarrass gossip hustlers. Enormous attention is given a slur by a professional actress that allegedly brings tears to the eyes of well meaning if ignorantly gullible listeners, claiming that Trump trashed a physically disabled person .Simple investigation would find that he used the very same movements to trash political opponents whose only disability might be mental and not visible to the naked eye or empty mind. The need of our oligarchs to make this unpredictable individual weak if not feeble even before he takes office has led to speculation of his being impeached or possibly murdered, all of which finds previously rational types clucking in agreement while accepting claims of his being the source of all the ugliness at the core of national policies which date back not just to previous administrations but to the founding of the nation. All of this individual bashing neglects the enormous social power and its murderous affect on the world, especially the middle east, being acted out every day regardless of which party clown, oaf, servant or competent professional serves as CEO of our corporate warfare state of social welfare for the rich and individual sink or swim for the rest.

An obsolete model based on the acquisition of private profits in a market as the primary motivation of life itself has been criticized almost since the moment it became evident to thinkers who could see beyond the end of their noses. We are dealing with a system in danger of not only further corrupting life but possibly ending it for humanity if it is allowed to continue under control of minority oligarchs and their servants. Concentration on individuals exclusive of the social forces they serve is long past tolerable for humanity and only profitable for a tiny population even if ultimately damaging even for them. But nonsense about one or another president or ceo that allows the corporation to continue its business is worse than criminally ignorant. It is racially stupid, as in threatening all of humanity and not just the relative handful buying into the master race of self chosen leaders that passes for western capital’s american centered domination of the globe. Different political leaders may be nice, wonderful, rotten, diseased or whatever else, but the system ruining the planet is the problem, not some individual’s talent, personality or lack of both. It is capitalism that is obsolete and we need a new social model . Continued tolerance of the malevolent ignorance being forced on us by consciousness control is a critical part of our problem and we need to stop it, before it makes us, obsolete.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year! Resolutions For 2017

The air shall be cleansed of all poisons except those born of human fears and human passions;

in the streets cars shall be run over by dogs;

people shall not be driven by cars, or programmed by computers, or bought by supermarkets, or watched by televisions;

the TV set shall no longer be the most important member of the family and shall be treated like an iron or a washing machine;

people shall work for a living instead of living for work;

written into law shall be the crime of stupidity, committed by those who live to have or to win, instead of living just to live like the bird that sings without knowing it and the child that plays unaware that he or she is playing;

in no country shall young men who refuse to go to war go to jail, rather only those who want to make war;

economists shall not measure living standards by consumption levels or the quality of life by the quantity of things;

cooks shall not believe that lobsters love to be boiled alive;

historians shall not believe that countries love to be invaded;

politicians shall not believe that the poor love to eat promises;

earnestness shall no longer be a virtue, and no one shall be taken seriously who can't make fun of himself;

death and money shall lose their magical powers, and neither demise nor fortune shall make a virtuous gentleman of a rat;

no one shall be considered a hero or a fool for doing what he believes is right instead of what serves him best;

the world shall wage war not on the poor but rather on poverty, and the arms industry shall have no alternative but to declare bankruptcy;

food shall not be a commodity, nor shall communications be a business, because food and communication are human rights;

no one shall die of hunger, because no one shall die of overeating;

street children shall not be treated like garbage, because there shall be no street children;

rich kids shall not be treated like gold, because there shall be no rich kids;

education shall not be the privilege of those who can pay;

the police shall not be the curse of those who cannot pay;

justice and liberty, Siamese twins condemned to live apart, shall meet again and be united back to back;

a woman, a black woman, shall be president of Brazil, and another black woman shall be president of the United States; an Indian woman shall govern Guatemala and another Peru;

in Argentina, the crazy women of the Plaza de Mayo shall be held up as examples of mental health because they refused to forget in a time of obligatory amnesia;

the Church, holy mother, shall correct the typos on the tablets of Moses and the Sixth Commandment shall dictate the celebration of the body;

the Church shall also proclaim another commandment, the one God forgot:  You shall love nature, to which you belong;

clothed with forests shall be the deserts of the world and of the soul;

the despairing shall be paired and the lost shall be found for they are the ones who despaired and lost their way from so much lonely seeking;

we shall be compatriots and contemporaries of all who have a yearning for justice and beauty, no matter where they were born or when they lived, because the borders of geography and time shall cease to exist;

perfection shall remain the boring privilege of the gods, while in our bungling messy world every night shall be lived as if it were the last and every day as if it were the first.

------Eduardo Galeano, upside down - A Primer For The Looking-Glass World

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Stop Listening To Them and Start Acting Like Us

“Western modernity enmeshed people in spiritually numbing networks of discipline and control…no one is more distant than the Americans from spirituality and piety.

Sayyid Gutb*

After blaming the FBI, Russia, Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo Boo, Housewives of Atlanta and everyone but the Tooth Fairy for Clinton’s loss to Trump perhaps now that the historic disgrace of democracy called an electoral college has legitimized his victory, some self criticism from the political clods responsible for our national condition should be on the agenda. But don’t hang by your lip waiting for that to happen, as everyone at least slightly left of the American Nazi party is being mobilized in the alleged crusade for freedom being organized by freedom’s worst enemy: the American ruling class.

Once it became clear that the owned-by-billionaires candidate had been defeated by the billionaire candidate who was as yet undisciplined as to the rules of the owners of the nation, the campaign that vilified him before the vote became one to house break him or destroy him after. So far, the tv personality who has come to stand for all that is wonderful, inspiring, ugly and frightening about America - depending on which channel or social media tool is being used to exercise control over the viewer/user - seems to be acting like he’s not about to poop on the ruling class rug. But he is unpredictable and so the crusade to diminish him by creating a near civil war goes on with no letup as creatures from the democratic party to the republican party and even some who call themselves “the left” are united in further reducing the american people’s minds to a collective pulp of mis and dis information to make fake news and conspiracy plots sound thoughtfully critical by comparison.

A story alleging that Putin has the secret hots for Hillary or that Trump gay-ly lusts for Bill might be accepted by some of the post-senile and pre-adolescent diners at the fabulous american taco-chicken-pizza-burger mall of media cuisine being force fed to people being prepared for fascism, world war five or emergency brain surgery. Not just the dimmest bulbs in a rapidly darkening nation, those whose knowledge (?) comes from watching the History Channel or a Spielberg movie, accept the hysterical charges of fascism at our doors, but alleged experts from the academic and political elder community. These equivalents of the old powdered wig and gown wearing elite of the colonialists who brought the USA into being are not bright enough to be drag queens or trannies but are sold as authority and expound on how Trump threatens the land grabbing racist war making ugliness that has made us the great nation many just recently came to regard ourselves as when what used to be liberals became like neo-nazis and real neo-nazis became too embarrassed to show up in public so are reliant on the Southern Poverty Law Center and the FBI to act as their membership. What can the less educated idiots do when the college educated imbeciles have stolen their game?  

This rich, egotistical, arrogant presidential putz has been cast as the inventor of historic institutional ugliness inherited by all americans but always blamed on individuals, in keeping with the political economic system of social unconsciousness i-me-mine-and-up-yours-if-you-get-in-my-way-ism we call american free market capitalism.

The un-regulated markets of obsessive profit seeking are like un-protected sex. Even at their best they can produce unwanted results but at their worst they may produce terminal disease, which is what present global market forces have created. The current awakening to an all too often new profit motivating business called “climate change” may yet lead to a truly global movement that will work to transform political economics before they transform us into a former race. Until that democratic movement develops strength we will suffer the continued treatment of humanity, earth, air, water and atmosphere as no more or less than commodities capable of producing private profits and the public be damned. Do we need radical change? Does a snake have wings?

Of course, if change is simply a matter of identity politics, the USA is the most radical nation in the world. Its ruling parties and corporations are composed of women, people of color, people of no color, gays, lesbians, every hyphenated American sub-group known to the market and practitioners and prosecutors of hate speech, dumb speech, and moronic and suppressed speech. The 1% has hired an affirmative action governmental team to simultaneously screw the majority of Americans, itself, and even larger sectors of the global community, in order to wear the shiniest economic chains in the history of political economic slavery. We call it “our” Democracy, showing our lack of much more than our accuser cites in the opening quote.

 What passes for liberalism has provoked balkanized divisiveness which has conservative fakers appealing to groups and ideals it has neglected: American workers, social values, political economics and more. Thus, we have survival-of-the-fittest individualism stronger than ever because political forces work to divide the nation into controllable minorities and in the process keep them from becoming the democratic majority. Our elections involve agents of the 1% calling themselves representatives of Americans against agents of the 1% calling themselves representatives of hyphenated Americans and whichever agents win, America loses.

And so does the world when we continue the system that is destroying it; what sense does it make to have a handful of humans living on millions of dollars a week while billions of humans live on less than five dollars a day? That’s Trumpism for the mind controlled and slack jawed but it’s deadly capitalism for the rest of us. We need to get beyond idiocy about who captains the Titanic and create a democratic mutiny to save the ship or get the hell off before it’s too late.

* After living in the USA for a few years he founded the Muslim Brotherhood…are we inspiring or what?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Liberals Still Wetting Their Pants Over Trump

Videos from clueless Hollywood liberals are making the rounds again. Martin Sheen, Mike Farrell, and many others are on display at sites like Occupy Democrats and Move-On pleading with the electoral college to vote against president-elect Donald Trump on Monday, even though he clearly won the election. This is not an effort to get Hillary Clinton in the back door, they insist, but a non-partisan effort to prevent an "unqualified" president-elect who has no knowledge or respect for the U.S. Constitution from taking office, allegedly the purpose of the electoral college in the first place.

Please liberals - take your medications. Where has your (alleged) concern for our glorious Constitution been these past eight years? Obama, the constitutional lawyer, has usurped the right to assassinate even U.S. citizens - wherever they happen to be in the world - with no due process of law. Every Tuesday morning he flips through his "baseball cards" of official enemies to determine who will subsequently die by drone attack, now the largest terrorist campaign in the world. If you want to know what sorts of actions increase the risk of the American people suffering further terrorist attacks, including, ultimately, a WMD-attack, this should be at the top of your list.

In any event, the electoral college is not a tool of expedience for liberals to over-turn election results that don't turn out the way their preferred style of corruption has told them they should. It's one of many undemocratic features of American politics put in place to make sure the super-rich never lose political control of the country. Liberals apparently haven't noticed, but the Lords of Capitalism regard Trump as a threat, which is why they're now acting to make sure his populist demagoguery stays within proper bounds. That, not the electoral college, is what determines our political parameters in the USA. It would be nice if liberals would take time out from their anti-Trump hysteria to notice it.

President Obama defended his restrained response to hacking ... but says he warned Russia, "We can do stuff to you"

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December 16, 2016

President Obama warned Putin that we could send all our
identity groups
to Russia and then they would have to create
 gender fluid toilets,
trigger alert rooms for sensitive therapy patients,
phone messages and ballot statements for
bilingual billionaires
and housing for 400 thousand homeless americans
and 150 million american pets.