Friday, February 26, 2016

(Unintelligible Yelling)

Thursday's Houston Debate Reenactors

clockwise from left Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson (not pictured John Kasich)

Monday, February 15, 2016

THE Problem

The ability to control social pressures would be a boon to people who are on the losing sides of rational arguments. What if you could mutate the language outright or use the social scientists' and behaviorists' discoveries about word associations and subliminal meanings?

What if you could turn propaganda into destination television and browsing favorites? Social pressure would then take over when, in intimate groupings, the dubious factoids and ad hominem smears could be made cool.

She/he might say "x,y,z" and going along or providing a topper would be so much more sociable than slamming the door emphatically shut on such utter bullsh*t. What if you could stigmatize facts into no longer being necessary for thinking and feeling? Demonize journalism as being biased and not worth your time?

It's all about the gut to the hidden persuaders.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

On With the Mishigas!



For those keeping score


Forget New Hampshire (better flush twice)



Vindication for the outsiders. (haiku)


outsiders' Tuesday
who says they're vindicated?
South Carolina?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Man, You've Changed

Since the John Birch Society adopted its mission statement, "we will lose nothing, ever," in the early sixties, there has been their acceptance of defeat (for politically correct reasons despite the irony today) along with a renewed determination to get past that hiccup part of pushing their agenda when given another chance.

Yes, they built whatever it is that they have and behind closed doors. I'm sure they're mighty proud of it. I'm just a pajama-wearing, guitar-player pundit (like the one two doors down from everyone in the United States), but the rules of losing an argument with the American people, to these guys, commands them to re-package, re-purpose, re-use.

Their best kept "tell" is when things are going precisely as they intended. They take actual breaths and use punctuation. (It's the pajamas which render up a pundit's clairvoyance.) Meaning: when the gear noises suddenly cease, you are in really dangerous territory.

When the co-opting and the Machiavellism was going down in real time, you thought something was hinky, but the fourth estate had that covered, right?