Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trumpology

Transgendered people cannot now serve in the U.S. military.  The rationale being to go to the Pat Robertson bbq?

67 comments:

  1. Meh. Identity politricks. Defining the self by sexual preference. Double meh.

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  2. Worked with a cheese clerk once. Real liberal and this was when Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on all the magazine covers and he goes ok you're gay so what? He thought she was exploiting this and defining her public image by her sexuality. Truman Capote on the other hand was gay but at most he'd mention it in passing if at all.

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  3. It's an annoying habit. This whole "This is who I AM...." bleh.

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  4. “My generals” my foot. It is simple Ralph Reed payback.
    If if quacks like a fundy....

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  5. They don't have transgendered robots yet, but the administration is considering
    bricklayer robots for creating the TrumpWall

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    1. Will the Wall have wi-fi and coffee kiosks?

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    2. Scaramucci out, before his clearance passed and his Aug 15 official start date. Is it me, or is the
      news cycle turning into TV tinnitus?

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    3. What a mouth on him! Would make Trump blush.

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  6. The classic colonoscopy has met AI. We note the robotic worm which crawls through your colon (or lower intestine, I'm still a
    bit foggy on the precise terminology). It is said to put much less pressure on the walls where the big
    ol tube pokes around until it curves. If you bought one, you could save $$ and I'm thinking it might
    work for clearing plugged kitchen drains as well. Just saying.

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    1. There's gotta be some YouTube videos out there.

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  7. FB had to shut down two ai chatbots because they started communicating in their own language. Remember the simple days like MySpace?

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    1. Sort of understandable. AI language is digital based, human language derived from sound, then analog
      characters. Instead of asking for five sheets of paper, an AI-noid 'thinks' and expresses “sheet of paper,
      sheet of paper” repeated five times. I think...I have trouble with Klingon language too.

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  8. Eclipse Mania-
    A population of 6,700 of Madras residents is expected to swell to well over 60-70,000 during the week surrounding the solar eclipse event just within the city of Madras. That means that all of the hotels, campsites and even the roads will be totally over capacity. Getting into and out of the Madras area on highways, main thoroughfares and even the smallest side streets will be nearly impossible in the days leading up to and following the 2017 eclipse. This is why so many people have booked several days in the hotels Madras has, as far back as 2015. In fact, there are no hotel rooms available during the eclipse week and most of the camping sites are also already spoken for, with exception of only a few.
    My daughter and family, who live directly under the eclipse, decided instead to drive over to Madras, Oregon and join the astronomy nuts. Every motel and campground was sold out a year ago. They found a farmer who would let them tent in his pasture for $1200 one night. So, they will drive over the night before and drive back that afternoon. The areas to the south of Portland are expecting wall to wall traffic jams. Maybe they will get back in a week or so?

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    1. Who's working that week nobody?

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    2. Last total eclipse I saw was when we were vacationing in N Wisconsin in 1954- cabin on lake Pulaski in the 'Indianhead' area. I was about 13, more interested in fishing and playing catch. In those days, everyone used two layers of exposed photographic film. Do they even have that anymore? 1954:
      the Mau Mau was active in E Africa, Mamie Eisenhower christened the first nuclear sub, an H-bomb
      test submerged the island of Bikini, the Viet Min surrounded the French at Dien Pen Phu, the first
      color TV was introduced, Joe McCarthy goes after the US Army for being soft on communism, Elvis
      releases his first single, the transistor radio was introduced, the first Godzilla film premiered in Tokyo,
      the first Burger King opened and Joseph Stalin died. We learn that eclipses occur, and a lot of other
      stuff goes on as well. Astronomical odditiy, eclipse views are confined to a rather narrow strip across
      the earth surface: most of the world will miss this one. If an eclipse happens in Wyoming, doe the people in Sri Lanka care?

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  9. In deep red Idaho, Trump got 60% of the votes .
    But second thoughts are cropping up.

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  10. So special prosecutor Robert Mueller has convened a special grand jury to look into the Russia matter which means he feels he has something worth looking into...

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    1. Ever notice that R. Muller looks like Leslie Neilson in 'Naked Gun' from a
      certain angle? Trump working hard to suppress leakers: should be down to
      his family members in the admin shortly.

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  11. Went to a movie, 'Dunkirk'. Last movie in a theater I saw was in 2007 'Night At The Museum.
    I should get out more?

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    1. I go at about the same rate, maybe slightly more. Want to see Dark Tower but the critics are crapping on it.

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  12. Pay no attention to the critics-

    “I sat cringing before MGM’s Technicolor production of The Wizard of Oz, which displays no trace of imagination, good taste, or ingenuity… I don’t like the Singer Midgets under any circumstances, but I found them especially bothersome in Technicolor… I say it’s a stinkeroo.” – Russell Maloney, The New Yorker
    The Excorcist- "A chunk of elegant occultist claptrap... A practically impossible film to sit through... It establishes a new low for grotesque special effects..." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
    When It's a Wonderful Life was first released in 1946, it received generally negative reviews. It was the next generation of the 60s and 70s that so loved the film that it became the classic that it is today.
    Bonnie & Clyde- “It is a cheap piece of bald-faced slapstick comedy that treats the hideous depredations of that sleazy, moronic pair as though they were as full of fun and frolic as the jazz-age cutups in Thoroughly Modern Millie… This blending of farce with brutal killings is as pointless as it is lacking in taste, since it makes no valid commentary upon the already travestied truth. And it leaves an astonished critic wondering just what purpose Mr. Penn and Mr. Beatty think they serve with this strangely antique, sentimental claptrap…” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
    And, we note that the Turner Classic Movies channel for example, has programmed a festival of "Movies Condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency" that included several that were not rated C by the Legion. So, if you want to go, go. Box office receipts and critics are not necessarily synchronous.

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    1. My friend absolutely does not care what critics think he just goes. I've often said if movie critics know how movies should be made why don't they make them themselves???

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  13. Some movies are sleepers; really good but get no critical acclaim. Others get really good reviews but essentially suck. I like TCM, it's my mother's 24/7 go to. They have no commercials, which really makes a difference. Not long ago we watched Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. I think a lot of the shock value was kind of lost on us. It was hard to imagine how truly interracial relationships were viewed back then.

    I really don't see what the big deal is about letting transgender people in the military. Seriously I think Trump just does stuff to piss people off. How much of the stuff he's done has been arbitrary, things that he didn't have to do but that have such widespread negative effects, like the act that protects streams that provide drinking water from pollution. Seriously, why did he have to get rid of that law? Clean water is no good?

    Now I'm seeing rumors that Pence is going to run in 20? He may be in office by 2018 if things keep up.

    Also, this business with leaked phone call transcripts. He really is that stupid.

    The laminate floor is in, done, and looks gorgeous. The YouTube put out by Pergo on installation is a lot of propaganda. It's infinitely harder than they make it out to be.

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  14. The RW clones over at Z's really came unglued at the idea of transgendered military. Somehow the following nations have them:
    Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
    I suspect the resistance to such people in uniform extends to women fighter pilots, pharsi interpreters,
    and truck drivers as well. IMO, qualities like courage, honor, sense of duty and ability transcend gender and race. *note Israel has transgendered soldiers, perhaps the Neanderthals should go after
    that tough little country?

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  15. Isn't that the American way? It doesn't matter that something (like socialized medicine or transgender people in the military) is done successfully all over the civilized world, we can't take a hint and possibly learn something by doing the same.

    I remember hearing back with Katrina that the Dutch (who know more about living below sea level than anyone else) volunteered to give some expertise and help with rebuilding. The help and knowledge were refused by the Bush administration.

    We're so stupid.

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  16. Trump railed about Obama playing golf. His believers elected him. So, how's that working out?
    Golf games first 200 days:
    Trump 19
    B. Clinton 5
    Obama 1
    Bush 0 So, he has done three times the golfing of the three preceding presidents. Meanwhile,
    N. Korea's nuclear sophistication grows: we see a WWF cage match between Kim Jong Un and Donald Jong Trump, with Vlad in the front seat, laughing and eating popcorn. This ain't politics,
    this is nonsense.

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    1. They ALL play golf. Everyone needs to drop the golf issue already.

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  17. Yeah, but only one owns a slew of golf courses.

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  18. Everyone needs to drop the golf issue already? First time I mentioned it, but perhaps we should
    not kow-tow to the boy emperor in the matter.

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  19. Checking on the lower regions of politics, I used your Grudge Link, but instead found an article on
    the rise of the sexbots. Further inquiry reveals some tech/financial data on AI and sex . Bible-wise, we ponder what Jesus would say?

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    1. Drudge does seem to like those offbeat articles into human weirdness but it's getting annoying.

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  20. Is the Yonkers fallout shelter well stocked with cronuts?

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  21. I see the FBI has raided. Do you think they found evidence of Sasquatch?

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    1. Yes, a Russian hairy creature.

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  22. Is the right wing at war with inself ? G. Beck reports on Robert Jefress, S. Baptist bible expert, leader of a huge following of faithful and all around poor example of a Christian, urging nuclear war. He should
    have been in my college research lab on mice exposed to a mere 1000 roentgens; how misearble it is
    to die from the inside out. I miss Obama. Just saying.

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  23. So now if Jong-Un nukes the US territory of Guam President Trump has promised "fire and fury" and the likes of something the world has never seen.

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    1. Calling Mr. Rodman..Mr. Rodman...

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  24. Kim announced they were planning to drop 4 untipped MRBMs around Guam, 25 miles off shore.
    To demonstrate his capability, apparently. Not sure what the Yonkers coworkers have concluded, but
    IMO it is just another in the long string of human conflicts: the Opium War in 1800s China, the War To
    End All Wars in 1917, the Phoney War in 1939 Europe and now the Twitter War. Like a couple of
    Bronx teens, the insults fly and escalate: we seem to be at the “yo Mama” stage. Bizarre, considering
    the energy expended on fighting the opiod epidemic, the transgender soldier arguments, the Merry (or not) Christma scandals, dozens of Hillary investigations, The Great American Wall, Boko Haram,
    Global (or not) Warming, Jeffry Beauregard Sessions, Where did Comey Go? and what does Ivanka
    Do whem Donald is putting... So, what do the restaurant coworkers conclude...and do any have a
    geiger counter?

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    1. Guy at work was funny today. He said alot of countries have nuclear weapons but YOU can't have ONE.

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  25. Nuclear weapons have been around since the early fifties and most countries with the capability have been pretty responsible . In N. Korea's case, it is sort of like keeping a pyromaniac
    from playing with fire, IMO.

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    1. The moral use of nuclear weapons. Kind of an oxymoron.

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  26. We ponder what a Catholic theologian thinks about the state of
    affairs in the US.

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    1. Who's best then Switzerland?

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  27. Island of Guam threatened by N Korean missiles?
    Rumors that Reddit has moved Guam south and east and it now lies out of the target zone
    between Tahiti and Bouganville. Check the map. Where is Yonkers these days?

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  28. Early west trivia department-
    We note that there were
    worse disasters along the Oregon/California Trail than the Donner Party. Having been caught in a couple of central Wyoming blizzards, IMO they should have started earlier and ignored
    Brigham Young that year.

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  29. Monthly visit from a pair of Jehova Witnesses-
    Nice folks, not pushy, but long term persistant. This week they stopped by with the latest 'Awake'
    amd 'Watchtower' and their montly topic: 'Are You Doing Too Much?' That being the lead in question,
    I answered that no, I wasn't and never had. So they pressed on with the the words of Soloman in Ecclesiastes, “Better is a handful of rest than two handfuls of hard work and chasing after the wind”. (they even had electronic tablet bibles, which I criticized for being a bunch of bits and bytes rather than Hebrew) I observed that some old king with 700 wives and 300 concubines was trying to tell ME how to take it easy? They left laughing....but will be back next month. You ever get these folks on your porch?

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  30. Conspiracy Theory 12A-14
    DB Cooper was transgender. Since there were almost a dozen other potential suspects in this sole unsolved hijacking case, none of whose fingerprints or DNA matched the intrepid parachutist, I'm going with the theory that old DB trotted down the back steps of the NW Airlines flight, parachuted into the rough country north of the Columbia River, thinking to walk west to Portland. But, he/she landed further to the east and north in the upper Wind River drainage. He injured his leg, landing in a Douglas Fir, was discovered by a Sasquatch family and spent his/her remaining years unshaven and lurking with them deep in the mountain forest. Maybe.

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  31. Now Trump wants to go to war against Venezuela like what are we doing?

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    1. Dunno Z-man; Venezuela doesn't seem like much of a threat. They don't promise to launch missiles at us, having none and they have about as much nuclear capability as a microwave. The dude just likes to hear himself jabber? They say he is defining a new type of presidency....

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    2. Yeah so I'm like Venezuela? What is this gonna be like a bonus war?

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  32. Not much news about N Korea the last few days. Probably ran out of insults.

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  33. I am fairly distraught over Charlottesville. We were in VA about 50 miles west when it all went down. On Facebook people are trying to equate BLM with Nazis. One guy who was identified in the pictures has lost his job, probably a few more to come but one of the biggest questions is why did the police wait so long to intervene? Is it because it was a bunch of wild eyed white boys that it didn't seem so scary? They are all ecstatic because Trump didn't call them out, they're taking it as a secret love message which cmon who really doubts it? Like David Duke said, these are the people who put him in office. How much more out in the open can it get?

    I was pleasantly surprised by Ted Cruz's statement calling it terrorism and I understand they are looking into whether terrorism charges can be filed. Meanwhile mom says she doesn't get into politics with her son but that she thought it was a Trump rally. Are we getting to a point yet that the GOP will abandon Trump?

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  34. ..that can't afford to lose the critical Nazi vote...

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  35. Nazi Trump Rally Update-
    As Charlettesville cleans up, we note that the driver of the car that injured 20 and killed one was NOT
    an Antifa (maligned antifascist groups) as reported by numerous 'reliable' right wing outlets, but one
    James Fields, a young Ohio man. Mr. Fields was known in HS as a pro Nazi white supremacist kid.
    He held a couple of odd jobs here and there, was the subject of run ins with law for threatening his Mom numerous times, joined the US Army and was released after a few months for not meeting standards. Another attendee of the skinheads for Trump rally was the president of the Washington State University Young Republicans. He stated he was attending to legitimize the groups, which he
    described as IQ 80 and bad examples of modern antileftist protesters. Mr. Allsup was controversial on campus, having the Young GOP build a plywood wall on campus praising Trump and warning blacks,
    Jews and minorities they were not welcome. While the WSU club remains radicalized, Mr. Allsop had
    to resign, and it is not clear whether he will return to school, but he quickly removed his YouTube rant.
    (which is still available, but with a warning:inappropriate and requiring sign in)

    At the other end of the spectrum, we note that a young black Virginia woman has been named as the
    Brigade Captain of the West Point corps of cadets and ponder the differences between her, Fields and Allsup. As she assumed command duties, Mr. Allsop played the victim-
    “Allsup added that he sees any action or response from the university as an affront to his free speech rights and singling him out as a member of the alternative media.” We ancients, old enough to recall
    Hitler in the flesh, cringe at the thought of the GOP letting itself be used by by Himmler wannabees whose concept of patriotism is defined by hate and rage.

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  36. And this morning I woke to the news that they pulled down a statue in Durham. The revolution has begun.

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  37. Soooooo glad I didn't vote...clear conscience.

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  38. Why is nonvoting always considered such a horrible thing?

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  39. You could not in good concience vote for either candidate. We suspect that may have been fairly common. It cannot be known if those votes would have favored one or the other. All that is known
    is that we have a president by the name of Trump. We cannot determine what the other candidate would do, although with a loaded GOP congress, probably not much. That is the reality. And we
    note that reality is not some twisted black is white, up is down Alt-right/Alt-reality. History will
    judge the blame, if any.

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  40. We can speculate that the other candidate wouldn't have installed white supremacists in the WH, wouldn't have pulled out of the Paris Accord, wouldn't have defended neo Nazis in Charlottesville or worked to repeal the Clean Water Act. We can also assume with confidence that there would not currently be the spectre of nuclear war with Korea and that the established governments of the world would not be looking on in mingled horror and disbelief as they watch the birth of a fascist state.

    I think that much we can be fairly certain of.

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    1. I agree with you except for the part about Hillary and war esp. regarding North Korea. We really don't know how she would have handled it. Is she a hawk a dove or in-between? Almost anybody that could have ran and won has more gravitas than Trump.

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  41. In the Trumpian world of confused anger, we note his use (and his minion's use) of the term 'alt-left'.
    Since I never heard of that, I googled alt-left and found 29 million refs. Almost all explaining that there is no such thing. Perhaps the closest was-
    “ Alt left” is a term quite literally designed to draw equivalence between white supremacists and people who want universal healthcare.”
    --in other words, thugs screaming heil Trump, carrying torches, wearing swastikas, carrying clubs and
    bearing signs with fascist slogans are simply just the same as people who would like healthcare as good as the rest of the world has and tell their congressmen so. Kafka could have written this book.

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    1. I once posed the question here if there's an alt-right it would seem there should be an alt-left. Back in the day maybe the Black Panthers. Worth pondering. However that doesn't mean you can't call a neo-Nazi a neo-Nazi. David Duke is still around?

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