Friday, July 20, 2018
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Who is the better liar, Putin or Trump...
and Two:POLL:— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) July 17, 2018
They both lie, but who lies better, i.e., more, more effectively, and more easily?
Duplicitous Validmir Putin, the KGB-trained leader of Russia,
#LyingDonaldTrump, the KFC-fueled leader of the USA?
Can one maintain civility when addressing Trump about his Washington, D.C., military parade with its authoritarian and un-American (i.e., Trumpian) overtones...
POLL:— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) July 19, 2018
Is it possible to tell @realDonaldTrump what you think of his fucking pyongyangish #MilitaryParade while maintaining civility? https://t.co/l9PcTu9DNs
Saturday, July 07, 2018
I just started reading Joseph Heller's final novel, Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man, in which Eugene Pota, an older novelist, is looking for an appropriate subject and plot for his next book. I was surprised to see that one of Pota's early attempts is a story prompted by a memory of the song Yellow Bird. In this novel sketch a young boy lets his mother's new canary out of its cage, a mistake that leads to the yellow bird's death and also leads to his first experience with successful lying when he gets his mother's money back at the pet store.
"Years later, he remembered the yellow bird and labeled the experience his first brush with death. Also his first advantageous negotiation. His first constructive deception. It was all so easily fruitful he resolved to try dishonesty again whenever a situation counseled chicanery. Like Tom Sawyer, he was fond of mischievous deceit, and his antics had never, until the present, tumbled him into trouble. Foppishly, he'd felt himself invulnerable. Absurdly, when elected to the presidency of the country, he'd chosen for himself the code name Yellowbird."
"Forty-five years later, when holed up quaking in the White House as though in an imperiled stronghold, and confronted by the impending ignominious dishonor of impeachment, he recalled this childhood exploit with the canary, and in his next lamebrained and squirming, sorrowful, insincere, apologetic speech he impetuously injected a line of poetry he'd come upon far back in a place he no longer remembered by a poet no longer of importance to him, interpolating, 'I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to shine...or dance.' That sounded great, he thought, and infused with an ardent surge of confidence, he hastened to venture further into the domain of arts and letters and raced on extemporaneously with a line he associated with Eleanor Roosevelt, that, to wit, it was better to light a candle than curse the darkness. He was pleased with himself after that one too and was basking in his own scholarly sense of himself even before he finished.If Twitter had existed in 1999 when Heller's novel was written, I'm sure President Yellowbird would have used it rather than a speaker's podium to embarrass himself. But despite its prophetic qualities, this fictional sketch doesn't become Pota's next novel.
"His speechwriters and closest advisors, on the other hand, were aghast. In shocked states of agonized helplessness, they glared at each other with outrage. 'That putz!' grumbled the one from New York City. 'That very dumb putz!' Another, with a polite growl of apology, stepped outside to vomit."
"Who cared? What could it lead to that was worthwhile? Another political farce, another dysfunctional family yarn? Any serious literary work treating those contaminated buffoons in Washington as a herd of contaminated buffoons could no longer be fresh or striking. It would have to be ludicrous and thin, anything but serious, and there had already been too many of those."Isn't that exactly how a lot of writers are feeling about the "real world" of 2018, with our current president that no serious novelist would ever be able to (or want to) invent?
Thursday, July 05, 2018
70 Years Ago Today, UK citizens got something that US citizens are told is impossible, a National Health Service
|The National Health Service began on July 5, 1948.|
Your new National Health Service begins on 5th July. What is it? How do you get it?It will provide you with all medical, dental, and nursing care. Everyone--rich or poor, man, woman or child--can use it or any part of it. There are no charges, except for a few special items. There are no insurance qualifications. But it is not a " charity ". You are all paying for it, mainly as taxpayers, and it will relieve your money worries in time of illness.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Rage may not be touring or recording now, but we have their songs being given new life by Brass Against the Machine. This version of "Wake Up" was just posted ten days ago.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Friday, April 06, 2018
POLL:— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) April 6, 2018
Which of these scares cowardly @RealDonaldTrump the most?
Monday, March 05, 2018
POLL:— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) March 5, 2018
Many people are saying that @realDonaldTrump's unexpected #TariffTantrum is nothing more than a calculated distraction from Robert Mueller's #TrumpRussia progress, which leads to this week's question:
Is Donald Trump more concerned about foreign steel or #ChristopherSteele?
Friday, February 23, 2018
POLL: Can the Wisdom of Crowds tell us which member of the #TrumpCrimeFamily is going to see the inside of a jail cell first?
WEEK-LONG POLL:— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) February 23, 2018
Will the first member of the #TrumpCrimeFamily to be indicted be Papa Don, Baby Don, Eric, or one or both of the halves of the glamorous criminal couple known as 'Javanka'?
(Retweets will help to harness the infallible #WisdomOfCrowds)
Thursday, January 18, 2018
New Poll. Which psychiatric disorder is behind the President's compulsion to build the #GreatWallOfTrump?
POLL: You too can be an amateur presidential psychiatrist!— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) January 19, 2018
The unchanging and unevolving compulsion of @realDonaldTrump to build an ineffective but VERY VERY VERY GREAT #GreatWallOfTrump could best be diagnosed as symptomatic of which of the following?