July 17th, 2018

crazy /eek - yammer


Whoa…. There is an avalanche of you-know-what rolling downhill at warp speed toward @realDonaldTrump over this summit. Republicans – even the DNI are throwing bucketsful at him. - — John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) July 16, 2018

The Russiagate frenzy is largely about punching up contrasts between the United States (angelic and victimized) and Russia (sinister and victimizer).

Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda

Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme

Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in the dominant groove as it editorialized that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is “an implacably hostile foreign adversary.”

Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme. Mainline U.S. journalists and top Democrats often bait President Trump in zero-sum terms. No doubt Hillary Clinton thought she was sending out an applause line in her tweet Sunday night: “Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?”

A bellicose stance toward Russia has become so routine and widespread that we might not give it a second thought -- and that makes it all the more hazardous. After President George W. Bush declared “You’re either with us or against us,” many Americans gradually realized what was wrong with a Manichean view of the world. Such an outlook is even more dangerous today.

Noam Chomski - Manufacturing Consent

How Dark Money, Gerrymandering And Democratic Complacency Altered Wisconsin Politics

I came home to hear the regional FM station, ("Big Radio"), airing a forum for candidates trying to be governor of Wisconsin. Yah hey. They were all Democrats. And, if times change starting here, as they always do, I can tell you that things look good. Nothing but great candidates presented here.

Madison Mayor, Paul Soglin, is running! He would be my first choice. He started as a hippie and, like Moonbeam, he disappeared and then came back to conquer. He tends to be a naturally boring civil servant now, more than a radical, but he is true history and progressive when he can be, just like Tammy Baldwin. I hope.

Another candidate by the name of Pat Quinn(?!) claims he plans to stop and get rid of the massive FoxCon project in Kenosha, because they are on an illegal contract, since it is illegal to specify individual companies for special treatment, in Wisconsin law. That sounds completely right and legal, but he probably cannot win it because idiots will always be bedazzled by money and by massiveness. Until they get polluted off to heaven.

These Wisconsin candidates sound awake and eager. And, unlike the candidates in Illinois, they have the concept of civic engagement behind them, backing them. Illinois politicians almost never have that. They are always selfish, crooked or dumbshits, instead. Boring as fuck. Arrogant as a smelly sock.