Sweatin’ With the Angries (“conservative” pop & “stupid” liberal mom on “Morning Joe”)

61qYqJ2P3yL._SX401_BO1,204,203,200_ morningjoe_l_2 Every time I go to the gym,* I figure I’ll treat myself with some TV. I’m going to listen to TV news. Exciting. World-spanning. I can catch up** on my pop-culture deficit during my 20 minutes of exercise (which resembles PT more than exercise, but hey).

And then I turn on the dreck. I start with Fox (why not?). Fox and Friends had on one Bush daughter and the Bush mom (not to be confused with the real Barbara Bush, who would never read, let alone write, a children’s book on Texas, or rather American clichés for the youngest minds to consume).

Switch that off. Let’s go to those supposedly liberal cable shows that big media and the G.O.P. are always whining about. It’s even worse. Mom and Pop are arguing. Plus Pop puts down Mom: He’s the intelligent one in the family, after all, who gets to reverse poor Mom — who has to keep saying to her supposed co-host, “No, you’re wrong” (or something to that effect).

Well, that’s when I gotta end. My PT, after all, works only in 20-minute increments, and at least I put in my 7 minutes learning why everyone — populists on the right and the left — is so gosh-dang-it angry — no, enraged.  Let’s hope my PT recovery is better than the Democrats’. The Republicans, naturally, did it to themselves, and I’d listen to more backstabbing and whining if I just had the patience to finish.

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* for PT, now exciting, energizing, strengthening . . . just 2 decades of recovery from self-induced PC compulsion

** TV was banned in our house when I was growing up, unlike my cousins. We had a working television but we couldn’t watch until we hit the junior-high ostracization years, when I accidentally revealed (to my horror) my ignorance by responding “Who?” to a mention of Keith Partridge of The Partridge Family. That was the last time I unwillingly hid under a pop-culture rock.

Five Minutes of Freedom Ain’t For Free

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 4.01.51 PM.pngWatch the 5.08 visual version of Jennifer Lopez Singing for Hillary Clinton

While I don’t like wading through advertisements, this version is the best song for Hillary Clinton, the General whose fighting the GOP’s War against Women, now waged by Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Harming Hillary

images-1  KayDaly Do Democrats want to put a Democrat in the White House? Why complain about the absence of Democratic contenders now? If you’re a self-interested member of the GOP, sure — that GOP-someone who wins the White House will get to nominate four to five Supreme Court justices on what is already an ultra-conservative Roberts Court.

A long time ago, the Literary Digest existed to distill the news from within towns, and from town to town. Social-media news-gathering devices do that now. It’s the algorithms that get your blood boiling about the misinformation, the superficial or cynical, self-serving spins, or the outright fabrications. I’d collect them all, but that would be defeating the purpose of Democrats who want to put a Democrat into the White House, with Bernie playing his part of pushing Hillary leftward. (Thanks, Bernie!)

Here are a couple of outliers to substantiate my neotribalism/SLAMs-and-SCAMs viewpoint. “Hillary Clinton Takes Epic Tumble While Boarding Airplane.”

I’d say the mainstream media, which pretends to be in the middle, and objective, of course does the most damage. Never mind the less-than-subtly negative New York Times. What about the New Yorker’s “How to Beat Hillary Clinton” headline? (Who cares if it’s ironic or doing the switcheroo to get you to read past the headline.)

Do the Democrats need to be more disciplined? Do we really need our national political gender diversity to come from locking-and-loading, gun-toting GOP women contenders, like incumbent Renee Ellmers, who is fending off Kay Daly, in their fight for Congress?

Letter Knocking Kevin McCarthy Out of Speaker of the House Race – Walter B. Jones to Cathy McMorris Rodgers Oct 6, 2015

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Here it is — the letter written by Honorable Walter B. Jones to Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers Oct 6, 2015 writing that

With all the voter distrust felt around the country, I’m asking that any candidate for Speaker of the House . . . withdraw himself from leadership election if there are any misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress that will embarrass himself, the Republican Conference, and the House of Representatives if they become public.”

This letter, naturally, became public immediately, and Kevin McCarthy stepped out of the Speaker of the House race.

Trump, Less Tru More Rump

The_Apprentice_LogoWhat happened to Larry? Lawrence Lessig, I mean? I guess he wasn’t “Trump” (as in “rump”) worthy. Just think about it. What did Trump do for us? A lot.

It’s a lot more than having the perfect letters for Scrabble.

Trump pushed enough bullies off the stage. Ring a bell? Sure it does. His “The Apprentice” was the only “reality” show I ever turned on back in the day.

Trump apprenticed Scott; he humiliated Jeb (who is up for a comeback, I’m afraid);
he got Veep Biden out of a slump (or at least distracted from his personal tragedy); and he got Carly noticed (OK, let’s face it, she’s not going to become a Veep herself, but at least she tried, though why doesn’t she go find another company to run, that’s what I don’t get). I finally understand the difference between Mario (the Wii game) and Marco (the Floridian with better brown hair).

Don’t worry, I never confused Marco with Ted, since Ted’s hair is irrelevant but his position on the 10th amendment (let alone the 1st or 2nd amendments, given last week’s horrors) is frightening, with his views on federalism being the most frightening of all. But Ted, I’m not worried about you being a showboat, since no male or female who likes shows is going to have their head turned by the likes of you (or your GOP political philosophy).

The Donald

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Look who is leading the huddle . . .

No need to read the front-page piece in the NYT by Patrick Healy and Jeremy W. Peters about the Donald’s refusal to say we (women) are not “fat pigs.

HC could not have anticipated this, or could she? Did she? It’s certainly delicious.