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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Those who control the present control the past,
and that those who control the past
control the future
--1984, George Orwell

Some boys kiss me
Some boys hug me
I think they're o.k.
If they don't give me proper credit
I just walk away
--Material World, Madonna

Huggin' and a-kissin'
Dancin' and a-lovin'
Wearin' next to nothin'
'Cause it's hot as an oven
--Love Shack, B-52's

  And I'd claw at your heart,
and I'd tear at your sheet
I'd say please (please)
I'm your man 
--I'm Your Man, 
 Leonard Cohen 

 Subtitle: A Fool's Morality Play

With CBS's appeal to Anita Hill, we have now entered the bizarre ruralia of the outer limits of reason. (Who am I kidding? Our once-esteemed press has been inhabiting that non-zone throughout this election cycle.)

Professor Anita Hill -- that lovely, intelligent, well-spoken witness against the unfitness of now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in his confirmation hearings, who was thrown under the bus and thoroughly discredited by the fickle kingmakers, the press -- that Ms. Hill was wheeled out by ABC news yesterday to give a brief and grim commentary on sexual harassment 25 years after her shameful treatment.

Doubly soiled both by her then-boss -- Mr. Thomas (a.k.a., "Long Dong Thomas") -- and the press and judiciary committee's assault upon her unimpeachable character, that same press attempted to exploit her once again in their agenda to despoil the candidacy of their doyenne Mrs. Clinton's Republican opponent.

But we needed a token black jurist to replace retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall then, and Mr. Thomas was as token as it gets. (Earlier this year the middling jurist broke his monastic record of a ten-year silence when he spoke on a minor domestic violence case.)

A Supreme Court justice is arguably as powerful as the United States President for he interprets the application of the laws of the land. This Mr. Thomas, who impressed upon the demurring Ms. Hill "about ... such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes" and of his own "sexual prowess" -- while he was married -- (according to Ms. Hill's 1991 testimony before the Senate nominating committee), now has the liberty -- the audacity -- to speak out on a case of domestic violence.

This is a violence in itself.

For her part, the exemplary Ms. Hill could not be coerced by ABC to shill for Mrs. Clinton. She simply said that it is nice to see another opportunity to discuss sexual harassment. However, her distinct lack of enthusiasm made it clear naught will change. She would not partake in the press's insistence that Mrs. Clinton would be a change agent advocating for women's rights.

Ms. Hill's experience with a now very powerful man did not occur in the dark ages. If the sexual harassment claims of a bright and articulate woman like Anita Hill can be dismissed, how much less the hopes for the rest of us?

The New York Times came up with it's own gotcha in its Wednesday piece, "Two Women Who Say Donal Trump Touched Them Inappropriately". "Touched them"? And the meme has now morphed into "rape" thanks to the rigor-less effects of social media.

Not featured high in the story one of the women, now 74-year-old Jessica Leeds (allegedly groped by a young Mr. Trump in first-class) said such behavior from men was "routine throughout her time in business" in the 70's and 80's.

Of course, IRL, we are these hormonal rutting human animals often behaving badly. But the press would make you think that only some people are tawdry, and some are spotless. It is always black or white today, and it is always sex (as it ever was).

And this teapot tempest suffices to slake our salacious demand for news-ish material that will help us determine the next leader of our nation.

 ADDENDUM {10/14/16, 2:42}:

Shock and Appall

Mr. Trump does not help his own case through his own braggadocio and blather. He has not learned to not say all of what you think. It is a double-edged sword, for this candor is his attraction, for many.

The media will happily comply with our demand for smut, and has been trawling for a year to uncover the "gotcha's, but they do seem rather lame. He is not an Arkansas boy (like Mr. Clinton), and he has the money to buy the best women he can afford.

We must display the proper shock and appalment to the boorish stories from the press. It hurts us to know that our sisters and mothers are truly not equals in the world, and we recognize our own bigotry in that knowledge.

The implicit deal the press has offered us is: vote for Hillary and we will make all of this go away. The painful deluge will stop, and misogyny will loose its grasp on the world.

Do you believe it will, on any substantive level?

[cross-posted @ milpub.]

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Anonymous David said...

It's hard to argue that all else being equal you'd rather not have a president known for repeatedly harassing women.

The "all else being equal" is important. One might imagine that in a rational world Trump's suggestion that he would jail Clinton, or Clinton's "whoops, how could I know?" approach to illegal email servers, or either candidate's perspective on foreign wars and global trade, would be relevant factors in some way.

Maybe we'll look back on this nostalgically in 2030, when the presidential elections are decided by Facebook likes instead of ballots.

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 3:07:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They used to seduce voters with barrels of whiskey and wild parties.

Once a human being enters the press zone, one is no longer human. One becomes forever a pawn-ish mythological figure in a rapid fire ersatz morality play created by the elites for whatever their purposes are today.


Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:54:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous David said...

Whiskey and parties are obsolete. Now you seduce voters with retweets and selfies.

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:33:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


The grammarian was going to pop in again, but you self-corrected; all else is NOT equal.

In my tabulations, as a person who whoops it up over the brutal assassination of a head of state (Gaddafi), who had "death squads", and has much American blood on her hands, as well, Mrs. Clinton qualifies as worse than a woman harasser.

His menace is as a fly on a horse's ass; she is a murderer.

You may take that to the bank.

Hillary's Emails Reveal True Motive for Libya Intervention


Funny I see you mention "morality play", for I just entered that as a subtitle minutes before I read that :).

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11:06:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This poor sap, Ken Bone, somehow resonated with people (he was one of the questioners at the town hall debate) and became an instant celebrity. I didn't understand it when I saw it on the "news", but I guess he was seen as some kind of everyman nice guy work-a-day sort. Well, they've turned on him viciously already. Rather than being a nice guy to stand up in contrast to the vile sorry excuse for a man Trump, Bone, it seems, likes nude women and...brace yourselves, he actually believes that the shooting of Saint Trayvon was justified. Now Bone must die.

Deplorable pig that I am, I confess to leveling a few lewd jokes at Bone (in private, hopefully no hot mics) based on his name. Now he has lived up to it. The irredeemable jerk has the nerve to be human....and an off message human at that! He must die....die I tell you!



Friday, October 14, 2016 at 1:39:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous David said...

You made a lewd joke about Bone? That's terrible. I certainly hope you weren't mic'd when you said them, otherwise you'll never get to be president. We take that kind of thing pretty seriously nowadays.

I think it's a sign of how shallow and desperate political culture has grown that you can become an insta-celebrity just by asking a pretty humdrum policy question, and then crash and burn just as quickly over SCANDAL SCANDAL SCANDAL or some such.

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 1:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Like the Dixie Chicks sang, "Earl had to die, goodbye Earl".

Of course, the eponymous Earl was a few clicks worse than the meat eater, Trump.


Yes -- shallowness is us. Like in limboland, I do wonder how low we can go.

I fear we cannot fathom the depths ahead . . .

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2:05:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bread and circus.

From my fav movie "Are you not entertained?!!!?"

"There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."


Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2:25:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous David said...

Important thoughts in your addendum, to which I would add just three words to your final paragraph -- all this will go way... until next time!

In the event Trump loses but the movement is able to gather around someone more plausible next time, one can only imagine what will be said about that person by the liberal establishment. Not just worse than Hitler, but even worse than Trump!

I suppose they will say this about his successor even if Trump wins.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:50:00 PM GMT-5  

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