Monday, September 16, 2019

America's been stolen...

And not just by Trump. Before there was Banksy, there was Blenheim Palace.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Merciful Trump

Never one to set his own bar too high, Trump tells us that he could win the Afghan war "in a week". He just doesn't "want to kill 10 million people". In other words, for now he is not inclined to commit genocide on the scale of Hitler or Stalin. What a relief!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Political posturing

So we see that Bernie Sanders is now an unapologetic millionaire, having written a couple books hyped with pseudorevolutionary rhetoric. Bernie's hypocritical reply to critics: "If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire too." And another false idol crumples on feet of clay.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The right question

Once in a while a penetrating query receives a revealing response. In a CBS interview yesterday Hillary was asked whether her husband should have resigned in the wake of revelations about his relations with Monica Lewinski. Hillary's immediate response, without the slightest hesitation, was No. She rationalized her position by comparing Bill to Donald and, by implication, herself to Melania.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Senate votes

With respect to the Kavanaugh confirmation, one observation is inescapable. Though each and every senator has or will declare that s/he voted according to her/his conscience, the Senate vote broke down on strictly party lines, tempered only slightly by political self-interest. While this may not prove anything, we may nevertheless infer with a high degree of confidence that the United States Senate, the upper chamber of Congress with members elected to a 6-year term of office, consists entirely of overpaid, underperforming hypocrites.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The wheel turns, the pendulum swings

The Kavanaugh confirmation process is an engaging drama. The drama contains far too much comedy for it to ennoble the main character or the principal players (Kavanaugh, Trump, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and soon the entire Senate). Nevertheless, there are lessons to be learned here.

One thing seems certain to emerge from the FBI investigation. Kavanaugh's oft-repeated, rosy description of himself and his teenage years will not stand up to scrutiny.

When people talk about themselves, typically they tend to lie. Hence, the people who talk about themselves the most are generally the biggest liars. Combine that with the gullibility of most people, and you have the makings of a con artist... or a professional politician.

The worst of that bunch... the con artists and politicians... understand that when they praise themselves to the sky and then trash their opponents, many will blindly believe both assertions. If they do that often enough in the simplest of terms, then their false narrative will achieve a significant measure of popular acceptance. And so we get a Donald Trump... and now a Brett Kavanaugh.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Postgame analysis

After viewing the Senate hearing yesterday, I could only concur with one remark by Kavanaugh. It was indeed a national disgrace. As was Trump's speech before the United Nations General Assembly.

That said, it once again looks more likely that Kavanaugh will secure a seat on the United States Supreme Court. But, belying the short span of modern news cycles, I doubt that this story will quickly fade from memory.

What was played out yesterday on a world stage was the vision of a US government, indeed of the US nation, deeply divided. The communication gap was bitter and extreme. Ironic though it may be, the hearing gave proof to the concept of confirmation bias.