Tagged: emocons

King nothing

The Conservative Clown Convention took place. Mr Trump’s speech was all broken syntax and non-sequiturs.

William F. Buckley Jr expected conservatives to have brains, not eat them.

Trumpflakes and other emocons are crying about how Hollywood and the media treat their harlequin President.

Hence, the only media outlets permitted at White House press briefings are Fox News, Russia Today, and the National Enquirer.

There’s really no point in covering a fake president.

Republican convention, Act 1

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Running commentary:

Why isn’t this airing on Comedy Central?

The house band is covering the Rolling Stones. They should probably play “Under My Thumb.”

The world is getting a glimpse of the “Other America.”

Bob Dole is the last surviving “rational” Republican.

It’s sad that the Benghazi mom has allowed her personal tragedy to become a political trump card.

Slapstick from the Benghazi Brothers. The “play off” music fails.

Chuck Norris will not speak at the Convention. Instead, he’s counting to infinity. Again.

I hope Melania’s dress wasn’t stitched together in China.

We may look back on Clint Eastwood’s empty chair skit as a high point in recent Republican politics.

Speaker: How can you defeat an enemy you can’t even name?
POTUS: … drones…

Recall GW Bush’s kinder, gentler Republican convention in 2000, which featured break-dancers to show the diversity of the Republican Party.

The good old days!

Navy seals wringing their hands about how scary the world is. It’s the rise of the emocons, who play the victim card to the max.

It’s hard to imagine the likes of Darth Cheney or Rumsfeld crying about being afraid of the dark.

Rudy Giuliani is speaking, upbraiding the media.

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Twitter weighs in:

Chris Rock @chrisrock
I’m watching the republican convention it’s pretty good. What time does George Zimmerman speak.

Out of the primordial mist strides Mr Trump.

Hopefully, Ms Trump will tell us about Donald as a family man and how he’s adapted to his third marriage.

Now someone (a general?) is talking about bathrooms. It just gets better and better.

3/4 empty hall chanting “Lock her up!” (regarding Ms Clinton).

The Republican subculture are a sad lot.

It’s over. I can’t wait for the entr’acte.

Devil eyes

Justice Scalia was a formidable roadblock to progress, a modern day Taney.

In various rulings and majority opinions, Justice Scalia ratified the second class citizenship of African Americans (re voting rights) and women (re reproductive health rights), and consigned thousands of Americans to a violent death by handgun. His dissenting opinions represent a sort of cahiers de doléances for American emocons, the victims of modernity.

One almost wishes the Presidency on Trump. The Tea Party pitchforks would expect him to live up to his promises. He would have about six months to “Make America Great Again” before their guns would come out.

Poor educational standards (exacerbated by an epidemic of homeschooling), the substitution of internet blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Fox News for traditional sites of authenticated information, and the reality televisualisation of reality itself have led to the rise of the politics of Trump, Cruz, and Rubio: clownish, buffoonish, and outrageous performances meant to draw eyeballs and deaden brain activity.

Evangelical Christians have been the bane of American politics since they became a political force in the 1970s as the so-called Moral Majority. The theocratic polity they envision for America would make Torquemada blush. However, sometimes they are surprising: they have broken with Republican anti-science fanatics over climate change and appear to support “immigration reform” rather than wall-building and mass deportation.

Two tribes

Putin versus Erdogan. Two dictators having a spat is not a pretty sight.

As the Diego Costa of international relations, Mr Putin faces the problem of a lack of credibility when he cries wolf.

As the kids say, “sh*t just got real” for Russia’s Eternal President.

I’m no friend of Erdogan (who himself is a very bad actor), but Mr Putin was warned about violating Turkey’s airspace (I believe when Russia’s model airplane/drone was shot down a few months ago). Now, he’s been taught a harsh lesson in the meaning of respect for the sovereignty of other nations, something he’s wilfully ignored in Ukraine.

It’s ironic to hear the Black Hand of Donetsk use the language of “stab in the back.” All of this could have been avoided if Mr Putin had respected the international law of sovereignty.

US versus Syrian refugees. Caterwauling emocons are afraid of their own shadows.