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The Stages of Trumpery 0

Title:  The Five Stages of Trumpism.  Captions:  The Five Stages of Trumpism.  #1:  It's a total lie never happened fake news!  #2:  It happened, but it's not a big deal.  #3:  OK, it might be a big deal, but it isn't illegal.  #4:  OK, it's illegal but Hillary's emails!  Benghazi!  Obama!  #5:  Shutup you dang faggot libtard snowflake sore loser!

Via Job’s Anger.

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Trumpled the coffee bar.

Local news station KRON 4 reports that Korean exchange student Annie An was doing school work with her tutor, Sean Lee, in the Walnut Creek Starbucks when a woman sitting nearby told them to stop talking.

While they didn’t understand what she wanted at first, they quickly realized that she was upset that they were speaking Korean to one another.

At one point in the dispute, Starbucks staff members came over to ask the woman what her problem was.

At one point in the dispute, Starbucks staff members came over to ask the woman what her problem was.

“They’re speaking in Oriental,” she replied. “I hate it.”


Is is not ironic in that one must needs learn a made-up ersatz language just to order a coffee at Starbucks?

Voiceless of the People 0

To the Contrary 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Ronald Riggio explores the reasons why persons will vote against their own self-interest. Here’s a bit of his piece:

Let’s put this in the context of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Poor, working-class whites, who might typically be drawn to the Democratic party because of the party’s promotion of social programs to help the poor, surprisingly* supported the billionaire Republican candidate, Donald Trump, who ostensibly was going to abolish critical social programs such as healthcare and provide tax cuts for the wealthy. (Admittedly, he promised to provide “the very best healthcare,” “to make the rich pay their fair share,” and to bring jobs to the poor, but this is counter to the long-standing Republican agenda.) How can we explain this seemingly contradictory behavior? According to Ciulla, drawing on Ruth Capriles book, Leadership by Resentment, poor, working-class whites have become deeply frustrated and resentful. They perceive that social programs don’t help them as much as they help (and are targeted toward), ethnic minorities. In addition, white males from this group may resent recent advancements by women and therefore turned against candidate Hillary Clinton (her calling Trump supporters “deplorables” didn’t help the situation). According to Capriles, resentment is a powerful force in those who feel disenfranchised, and fuels other acts against one’s own self-interests, including suicide bombings and shootings, and support for toxic dictators.

In the U.S. Presidential election, two other psychological processes come into play: (1) the limitations caused by a two-party system; and (2) the we-they feeling (or in-group, out-group bias).

Follow the link for the rest.

*I must quibble with his use of “surprisingly.” The Republican Party has quite skillfully marshaled white resentment and racism since the days of Richard Nixon and his odious “southern strategy.”

Republicans listened to Lyndon Johnson, even if no one else did, and took his words to heart.


Ellen Key:

Education can give you a skill, but a liberal education can give you dignity.

Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally.

Hoist on the Elmer Gantry 0

Josh Marshall reflects on the death of a uniquely American huckster.

Goldman’s Sacks 0

Unredeemable 0

Evangelicals and GOP, holding newspaper with headline

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

This is your country on Trump.

A bar manager in Spokane, Washington was trying to defend his coworker from bigots yelling the n-word at him last week — and became the target of the racists’ ire.

As Washington’s KHQ station reports, the manager, Jade Cardwell, was sticking up for a black bartender against two unruly customers before the situation escalated to violence.

“Right away, when they came in, they were dropping the N word,” Cardwell said. “We have a black bar tender we just employed. We weren’t having it. We wanted them gone.”

The Trumplers left him severely injured and in need of surgery.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Practice random acts of politeness.

An 18-wheeler driver was wounded Wednesday morning when someone shot at his truck, causing shattered glass to hit him in the neck, Rowlett police said.

About 9:30 a.m., the 57-year-old San Antonio man was driving his tractor-trailer westbound in the 18000 block of Interstate 30, near Dalrock Road, when he changed lanes because of an accident ahead.

Souls for Sale 0

What the Booman said.

Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

The International Air Transport Association reports that the skies are getting fiendlier. A nugget:

What worries IATA officials is that the severity of the situations is increasing, Tim Colehan, IATA’s assistant director of external affairs, told USA TODAY.

“We saw an increase in incidents where all other forms of de-escalation had been exhausted and the cabin crew had no other option but to restrain the unruly passenger for the safety of everyone onboard,” he said.

The numbers break down to approximately 30 serious “unruly passenger” incidents on U.S. flights every day, Forbes reported.

That’s 30 a day out of over 40,000 flights in the US, so it’s an inconsequential percentage, but still too high. The story goes on to point out that alcohol is often a factor. Few things ruin a air trip more than being trapped on a plane with an obstreperous drunk–not even a crying baby, because, remember, the baby can’t help it.

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Michael J. Fox:

I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor.

Flagging Interests 0

Flaming the fan.

If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

A constituent writes an open letter to his Congressman asking why he refuses to do his job.

The Pusher Men, Zombieland Dept. 0

You can read the transcript here.

So Much Winning . . . . 0

Farron looks gleefully at the track record of candidates endorsed by Donald Trump.

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

A 19-year-old Buena Vista University student has been arrested in connection to racist language found on multiple residence hall doors at the private university in the last week.

Ryan Bills of Las Vegas, Nevada, was charged with criminal mischief, a serious misdemeanor, Storm Lake police said. His case did not appear in Iowa’s online courts records system Tuesday afternoon.

More Trumpling at the link.

Virginia Beach Drinking Liberally Thursday 0

When fellowship is needed, join us . . . .

When: Thursday, December 14, 6 p.

Croc’s 19 Street Bistro
620 19th Street (Map)

More here.