Saturday, 24 September 2016

The "Macbeth" Riot

As things quiet down in Charlotte, North Carolina.....there is this odd comment about the cops, arrests made during the riot period, and the "players".  So, it's just laid out there.....70-percent of those arrested had out-of-state ID's on them.

It does lead people to ask questions.  Are there just not enough angry locals to conduct riots?  Are these specially-trained rioters who get bused to riots?  Since these are bussed-in rioters.....for several days....are they being put up at local hotels?  Are they getting per-Diem or food money for each day ($30 to $40)?  Is this a profession or money-paid occupation?

Naturally, there are no investigative journalists on this. That's probably one of the big shockers.  No one seems to care about out-of-state rioters.

How do you advertise for professional rioters?  Is there a Craigslist ad for this?  Is there a HR guy who asks six questions and signs you up?  Is there a bonus for a successful four-day riot situation?  Do you have to get arrested to collect on part of the bonus?  Do you have to have a picture ID to be a professional rioter?  Do professional rioters get paid in cash and avoid taxation?  If you were hired to riot in North Carolina.....shouldn't you be paying NC state taxes on your "income"?

If I were a state politician from NC.....I'd probably look at this and devise a simple law that says.....if you are arrested in the act of violence (rioting would be included) and your only ID is a non-NC ID.....then you need to pay a fee of some type (maybe $300) for special handling.  If you have no ID, then NC should hold you until you or your family can show what state you live in, and then assess a $300 fee if you come from another state.

What all of this says?  Locals didn't really care or make that big of a deal over what triggered to riot to occur.  That should worry some people.  In essence, it was a theater-production riot, and it should trigger people into sitting down and pondering who would sponsor something like this and why.  When we as a society reach a point where you can plan out and sponsor a "Macbeth" style theater production riot......then we are fairly screwed up as a society.

Friday, 23 September 2016

The Monday Night Debate

For Hillary?  She has to show up with maximum energy, no health issues, no coughing, brilliantly devised answers and not do any bug-eye situations.

For Trump?  He just needs to show up.

It's that kind of debate.

There's virtually zero chance that Hillary can out-debate Trump.  In fact, Trump's biggest issue is some moderator who asks a trick-question with forty different ways of interpreting the question.

For the moderators?  They have to seem like they are neutral while helping Hillary as much as possible and asking 3rd-grade level questions.  On the idea of taking on Trump?  If the public thinks for one moment that the moderator is the the debator of Trump, this debate is finished and Trump can just grin as he slaps the moderator left and right.

A cough or two from Hillary?  Trump can come and say something that would immediately halt the debate and settle the health question once and for all.

A bug-eye moment?  Don't even bring it up.

And here's the really sad thing for Hillary.....she has to show up to two additional debates, and repeate a perfect health and stately mind situation.  Any stumbles at any of these, and she can carve off hope of winning.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Five HIllary Screw-Ups

More or less.....I think the election is over now and it's just a trot by Trump to the finish the race.  What happened to Hillary?  Some things occurred this year and some have been going on for a decade or two.

1. This episode at the 9-11 Memorial will end up being one of the bigger stumbling points of her career.  It's a seizure.....pure and simple.  She can bluff her way around but no one really believes it.

2.  Taking the Secretary of State job.  It may have given her some prestige but if you ask what she actually did....resume-wise....for four years....it's mostly nothing.

3.  The Clinton Foundation may have been a brilliant idea a decade ago, but over the past twelve months.....as you add up how she used it as Secretary of State....it looks like a mafia unit.

4.  For eight lousy years, there were tons of big things that she could have done as Senator.  But she's basically got three or four lines of material that makes her look Presidential.....the rest?  Just filler and worthless.

5.  One gets this impression that there is just pure dislike between Hillary and the President.  They do these stupid one on one complimentary moments for the networks but it just look awful fake.

Maybe if she'd done better in Iowa in 2008, and hired smarter folks.....she would have won against Obama, and it would have been a cake-walk for her against McCain.  Obviously, she just didn't take Iowa serious or try to set herself as a better candidate.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Art Story

Back around 1790....this German intellectual....Immanual Kant...came up with this observation, which was published in a journal at the time.....that if you said something was art, then it was art.  Even if it was crappy and questionable in nature.....as long as you said it was art, it was art.

This week, some scientists released a study where they looked at the mental side of people and how they might be told something and thus believe it.  It kinda proves what Kant said 200 years ago.

I would argue that it generally works with politics and advertising.....just as much as art.  If you want to believe in something....whether it be Hillary or Trump, then you will believe and trust in that individual.

The same would be true with particular cars, where you believe that Ford is actually better than Chrysler.  Or you might be willing to believe charcoal grills are better than gas-grills.

Maybe it's a fault of the human mind or just the way we are set up to think.  It doesn't matter.  But now that you know this fact....does it make you question your favorability function in life?  Just because you favor vanilla ice cream over chocolate.....should you automatically go for the chocolate?  Maybe.  Or maybe you should root this weekend for Auburn instead of University of Alabama?  Well....maybe.

Course, there are those among us who simply look at some art and say it's 'crap', and automatically go off in a totally different direction.

Sadly, there is no test for this characteristic in life.  There ought to be, but we seem to have not put a priority on finding these sort of people.

So when your neighbor calls you over and shows you a $5,000 painting they bought in Atlanta of two naked ladies on a barn roof, and gets all chatty about their new "art", and you look at it and have the humble opinion that it "ain't art"......well, you might want to keep this humble opinion to yourself. Let's be honest, there's a need for some less-than-talented folks in life who can't make a living....to paint naked ladies on barns, and this fake art business is the best they can do.  Naturally, I won't go and advise anyone to start up some nude ladies on barns art.

We are what we are....in the end.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Les Deplorables?

In 1862, Victor Hugo finally finished up a book that he'd written.....combining history and fiction....into some epic story of France.  The novel?  Les Miserables.

What can be said was that it was a story about the poor, the victims, the miserable public, and the landscape of France between the 1800s to the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris.  Law and order had failed France.  Leadership had failed France.  Civilization had failed France.  In the midst of this story, an ex-prisoner....Jean Valjean...has a chance to redeem himself.  Huge uses Valjean to show that life can return to order.

Over the years.....Les Miserables has been told in different ways, and even been made into an opera.

This week, after Hillary comment about the "deplorables" voting by Trump....some creative picked up the whole thing and set deplorables against the backdrop of Les Miserables.

Yesterday in Miami, Les Deplorables appeared for the crowd and got them all peppy.

What's going on?

France in this thirty-year period was miserable.  The public became increasingly negative about what they saw or felt.  It didn't matter what was said....it all came to be a fraud or lie.

You see the same behavior and attitude out of most Americans.  They are tired of politics.  They are tired of the opera-like behavior out of the news networks.  They are tired of being led around from agenda to agenda.  They are tired of marginal leadership.  They are tired of politicians trying to be comedians or fake intellectuals.  They are tired of political gimmicks without any value.  The list goes on and on.

We are for the most part in the same landscape as France in this period before the June Rebellion.  We want something to change.

A Trump opera unfolding?  As silly as it sounds.....it's what the public desires.  If you are going to have fake politicians.....then lets go all the way.

The book by Hugo?  Few people realize that it was nearly 1,900 pages (in French) at the time, Today, when you go to typical book publishers....it'll run to around 850 pages (more or less).....that it's been edited a fair bit and not the original piece by Hugo.  We can all admit....if you handed us 1,900 pages....maybe one guy out of 500 would read the whole book.

I think the Trump period in American history will amount to the same thing.....1,900 pages and simply too much to grasp or remember.  Generally, a good opera ends up with a fat lady singing toward the end.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

My Hillary Scenario

This is my silly Hillary fantasy scenario.

She wins in November (I know it’s wild).

Come January and the swearing in ceremony...in the midst of a bright sunny brilliant day....right as she’s supposed swear an oath...on the 4th word....she stops and does some head-shaking movement and eye-twitching.  Then she launches into a full-scale seizure.

The Chief Justice just stands there....trying to figure some plan B. Chelsea on one side and Bill on the other....are trying to hold her up and yelling at the justice to just keep going.

The Secret Service looks for a signal and then drag her off the stage. The VP gets his oath. Everyone exits the side-door.

She comes to 30 minutes later in the WH and seems ok, with the chief justice right there and they wrap up the ceremony in private. 

The press asks....what’s the deal? Oh it’s that Pneumonia thing. Over the next hundred days...she has four more seizures in public. One during some meeting with the French President and they hustle her back to the plane and fly back to DC in a huff.

Finally, the senate convenes and asks to impeach her. She now admits that she has Parkinsons....but argues about what stage that she’s in. She says just middle stage of one. Experts just stand there and say it can only be mid-way from two to three, period.

So then the idiot GOP senators ask.....how long have you known that you had Parkinsons? Six months will be her answer....but the experts say it’s likely three to four years.

So they turn to the VP and ask him....is this a surprise? Oh, he knew it in the summer of 2016. So by summer of 2017, they’ve impeached Hillary....with Kaine moved up but they refuse to accept his choice as VP (Sen Warren).

Arguments occur, and eventually some GOP guy says that they will accept former ex-VP Joe Biden. So Joe gets a call and ends up as VP once again. The press sits there in shock how all this unfolded and they just couldn’t figure this out.

Hillary is mostly shocked at being impeached....not over lying or corruption or any of the 300-odd things that she'd done in her life....but her health is the only thing that they were willing to impeach her upon.

Yep, a remarkable thing.....all that business that could have gotten her fired or sent off to some jail, and in the end.....it was the silly Parkinsons that did her in.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

If Hillary Choose to Leave the Race

I know.....people talk about this and they think it might happen, but here's the humble truth.

We are up to mid-September.  Most states have already started printing their ballots and their rules are now in a set pattern.  It's virtually impossible for most states to reverse this or take in some new candidate.

So if Hillary says she's bad off....the only choice is to keep her on the ballot and let the system go forward.  Maybe the sympathy vote would work, and the electoral college would have enough for the Hillary/Kaine to win.  Then because of her condition.....she'd step to the side and Kaine would become President on day one.

The job of the Electoral College in your state vote....is to go and vote for the candidate they are pledged to.

There was a point....maybe there within a week or two of the Convention where Hillary could have stepped down and something could have occurred.  But now?  No.

So, let's ask three simple questions.

1.  For the typical true-blue Democrat voter.....does any of this matter?  No.

2.  For the independent voter....does this matter?  Yeah.  They probably won't vote for someone bad-off or seriously ill.

3.  For the Republican voter.....does any of this matter?  No....it only proves they were right.

Personally, this ought to bring people back to the idea of only allowing people who are between forty-five and sixty.....to run for President.  I doubt if anyone wants to make rules on this but that ought to become the future norm.

As for Hillary?  She's been on this tangent since 2006.  A ten year episode to become President.  Who can blame her for masking everything and just trying to reach some lofty goal.  With a President who passes out weekly or during periods of stress?  Who'd agree that this is a good idea?

So settle back and enjoy the next eight weeks.  It should be entertaining.  She might surprise everyone with a miracle-like recovery from pneumonia in just ten days. For a 69-year-old to get completely over and all charged-up physically in that short of time.....it is absolutely a miracle.