Just Let Me -- G -- Indoctrinate You!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dear America,

"Defeat isn't bitter if you don't swallow it."
Alton Brown
just last night...
closing out a rousing episode of Challenge Barramundi on
"Iron Chef America"

isn't that little morsel fabulous?

This week has been infiltrated by the art of polls, politicking, and polarizing issues; not only does Brown's assessment seem fitting, but added with the imagery of putting up the good fight,  much like The Good War (if only in rhetoric), the Barramundi itself becomes the quintessential ingredient on the day.  Oh, how the Barramundi do not come easily (not that I have personal experience in that...just going by a fish story or two).

They hate nets, or so I'm told; the idea of being trapped, caught, snagged by the misstep, is enough to make a Barramundi give it everything he's got until the bitter end.

Enter Trump... a classic reaction, wasn't it?

“I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully getting rid of this issue...I hope it checks out beautifully. I am really proud, I am really honored,” said Trump. “Now we can talk about oil, we can talk about gasoline prices. We can talk about China ripping off our country.”

What just happened?

... apparently, the guy who 'hasn't got a prayer for taking the next election' made the president blink.

And as the world turns, in an odd way, has almost made the situation worse.

For now the nationwide response is beginning to sound a little something like this:

...what took you so long
...if this was so easy to do, how come you didn't get this over and done with years ago (when Hillary brought it up)
...if this is all "silliness" and "sideshow," according to your own opinion, Mr. President, why in the world did you allow it to go on for three years?
...are you kidding me?
...Trump plays with you
...pokes you
...prods you
...and it prompts a press conference?...seriously?
...as you come to the podium lamenting the position this wayfarer of the tabloids has put you in, saying,

normally I would not comment on something like this, 
because obviously there’s a lot of stuff 
swirling in the press on at any given day
and I’ve got other things to do..."

(like catch my plane for The Oprah Show)

"But two weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week the dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that we’re going to have to make as a nation.  It was about my birth certificate.  And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here."

good grab there Barackamundi; way to stick to the facts and reel us all back in to what it's really all about.  well done.  oh what's this...we got a sauce to go with it?  yum...

"And so I just want to make a larger point here.  We’ve got some enormous challenges out there.  There are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work.  Everybody is still suffering under high gas prices.  We’re going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future but also get a hold of our deficit and our debt — how do we do that in a balanced way."  Barrackamundi

sweet chili and tamarind, just the thought of it makes my mouth water.

so we get it.  you are resting the last three years of spinning the birth certificate bruhaha into a win for you, by snagging the old Trumpster right where you want him...eating his own words.

too bad it didn't work.

Believe you have forgotten who you are up against; Trump has lost everything and come back.  And given no experience in politics (to date), funny how the guy has mastered spin on the fly so fast, isn't it?

and thin skinned you're not...

"But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted.  We’re not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other.  We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts.  We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers."  Barrakamundi

The clever little net we weave right out of the manual of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals; it's all about "everybody else" --   everybody else vilifying each other...everybody else making things up...everybody else pretending the facts are not facts.  If the facts are so straight, Mr. President, then with all due respect, this press conference of yours should have happened long before you ever had the honor of making the biggest power grab in history, doncha think?  what's with all this time pulling the old red fish blue fish shenanigans?

Hate to break it to you, but this "silliness" is all on you; this two, three years of throwing it all out there on the line to see what sticks, energizing your base through years of inexplicable manipulation and masterminding around your own story (s) -- that is, until Trump made you come clean -- does little to exude confidence and leadership, let alone a general commandeering of your own reputation... let alone stand for the principles of truth and honor once held in high esteem in this fair land.

But you wrangled with the guy long enough, and it was time to really hand it to him.

"We live in a serious time right now and we have the potential to deal with the issues that we confront in a way that will make our kids and our grandkids and our great grandkids proud.  And I have every confidence that America in the 21st century is going to be able to come out on top just like we always have.  But we’re going to have to get serious to do it.

I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest.  But I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press.  We do not have time for this kind of silliness.  We’ve got better stuff to do.  I’ve got better stuff to do.  We’ve got big problems to solve.  And I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them — not on this.

Thanks very much, everybody"

good on you.

Trump this:  "I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully getting rid of this issue."

In an article from Politico this morning was a quote from the past press secretary, Robert Gibbs, who in a twist of brilliance and irony said this not that long ago, “There are no more arbiters of truth ...So whatever you can prove factually, somebody else can find something else and point to it with enough ferocity to get people to believe it. We’ve crossed some Rubicon into the unknown.”

and from Dan Pfeiffer, White House Communications Director: “That is the downside of the disaggregation of the media. If you don’t want to believe what someone is telling you, you can go somewhere else. If you believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that the president is not American, you can go somewhere to find somebody to validate that.” [me thinks it's more of an upside...but maybe that's just me]

“It’s a terrible problem for the body politic,” said former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer. “People like me who have been or are in the arena have an obligation to speak out against people in both parties who push untruths.”

Dr. Tibor Machan, of The Daily Bell and one of my favorite watering holes, drops in with another view of truth and innuendo:
"If it were possible to gain certainty beyond a shadow of doubt, it would be impossible spell it out. For doubts can always be imagined past the current ones. What should be the standard is certainty of the kind that withstands doubts that are well grounded, for which reasons exists...

The fallacy of wishing for the kind of certainty that is beyond a shadow of doubt shows up everywhere – despite the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial life, people and institutions invest enormous resources on searching for it. Despite no evidence for thinking that government stimulus packages can dig a country out of recessions or depressions, politicians and policy wonks keep up the hope that it is possible to do it – getting something out of nothing, to put the idea in its most basic form and thus indicating just how contrary to reality it actually is... 

The bottom line is that although it is sometimes, rarely, useful to base actions and policies on mere hope – if there is at least some credible reason lined up behind such hope – in the bulk of cases resting public policy and personal aspirations on the fact that one doesn't know beyond a shadow of doubt that a course of action is futile is a very bad idea. And it is very very costly, unless you can steal the funds from others to support such fantastic explorations."
I encourage you to read the whole thing with a quick click on certainty without a shadow of a doubt above -- really good stuff, as always, from the Tibor-cuda.

Widespread commentary speaks of a common thread --  thanks for wasting everybody's time, Mr. President; it's been a long day, we are hot, tired, and worn out from what seems likes days under the scorching, unforgiving sun and in the end, we've got nothing to show for it.  Only the back and forth of my fish is bigger than your fish -- with one caveat -- what fish?  I don't see no stinkin' fish.  What sweet defeat?

...and while we're on the subject, and even if we're not, I don't see no hope either (but all of a sudden, craving a Filet-O-Fish sandwich, side of fries and an orange drink).

No worries, though, as we all take the president's lead: we've got bigger fish to fry and no time for silliness -- good luck with that to the both of you.

Make it a Good Day, G

do believe my next catch phrase of choice will soon be:  "sideshow alert, sideshow alert"  But hard to say for sure, right now, it merely only sounds good in my head.

addressing the whoppie cushion response on The View: If we must go back to a conversation about race bring it.  No need to wait for the beep -- please feel free to replace Barackamundi with someone like Allen West at any time. NOT about the color of the fish -- it's about the content of it's character.

Last thought (mean it): surprised the president didn't take a moment to give a shout out to the Hub-ster yesterday while he was at it.  The inventor of the teleprompter, Hubert "Hub" Schlafly died this past week.  The teleprompter made it's first debut in 1950, for a soap opera called "The First Hundred Years"  -- and given I can't seem to help myself in this moment, I guess the soap went from being a taped TV performance from LA of the first 100 to driving a live political farce from D.C.of the last (100) oh G you are a silly girl today.  silly stupid silly girl...did I mention silly?

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