Will Hoverboard be the Trump of Christmas gifts, 2015; will fact checks and warnings mean nothing?

Was buying a hoverboard for your kid for Christmas, 2015, the most problematic but irresistible and inevitable of all gifts?  The excitement at the moment of discovery followed by danger, regret, and maybe even injury?  Not being that bright but ultimately optimistic, I have been Screen shot 2015-12-26 at 9.10.53 AMassuming that will be the final trajectory of the Make America Great Again Crusade of Donald Trump.  Danger. Regret. Injury. I could be wrong.

 

 

Because hoverboards can’t campaign and get out there to lie about how great and smart they are and how they are literally killing the competition, Xboxes are weak, stupid losers….. I am outselling every other Christmas gift…. every survey agrees with me… Barbie has no stamina…. American Girl is low energy… pathetic” (notice the targeted attacks on veteran female dolls!)…. hoverboards may be subject to the laws of truth, experience, and the marketplace of bad products.  There was no way to argue with the dangerous fires that were documented on both social and non-social media of exploding lithium battery-powered hoverboards.  And rest assured that we’ve closed another loophole for ISIS trying to take down an airliner.  Screen shot 2015-12-26 at 9.38.53 AM

 

 

 

Buyers remorse for politicians often takes years, sometimes decades to take hold.  Think how long it took for your dad to admit voting for Nixon wasn’t such a hot idea after all; that he really was a crook.  It’s taken years for some people to regret voting for George W. Bush or Barack Obama, for way too many reasons.  Hoverboards however, are subject to instant analysis that should mean something……Screen shot 2015-12-26 at 9.49.41 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The tiniest amount of thought that hoverboards, which don’t hover and look to me to be skateboards on steroids, would be a dangerous choice for a gift.  The flying image of them from Back to The Future II was enough to overcome reality for many.  In a painful analogy, the tiniest amount of thought that Donald Trump, who does hover endlessly, would be anything but dangerous as president, seems obvious to those of us on the outside looking at this.  The image of Trump from reality tv has been enough to overcome reality for many, too.

—tweets gathered by Gizmodo—-

Failed Artists FOR $800, Alex. He was an authoritarian liar who lied his way into power. Joe.. “Who was Trump?” No. Judy.. “Who was Hitler?” Correct. Trump can’t paint.

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A group of 14 paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Adolf Hitler went under the hammer at the Weilder auction house in Nuremberg in June, collectively fetching €400,000 ($450,000).

The most expensive work, which fetched €100,000, went to a buyer from China. The painting is of King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, which is now a popular tourist attraction. A floral still life sold for €73,000.— from ARTNET News.

 

We’re so far into unchartered territory on this lying thing regarding Trump that it seems a good time to pause and look at how we got here and how there are now millions of Americans who don’t even pretend to care that a guy they’d vote for for president is so knowingly dishonest and cynical in pursuit of the office… far beyond what we’ve ever seen before.  That’s not saying that politicians don’t lie and didn’t before Trump appeared.  Nixon famously lied about Watergate… Screen shot 2015-12-02 at 9.03.52 AMand paid the price.  As a candidate, he lied about having a “secret plan” to end the Vietnam War. Upon election, he escalated the war.  Bill Clinton lied about having “sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” He was impeached.

 

 

 

Nixon and Clinton were lying about what they themselves had done or said they would do as president and all these years later there’s not much to argue about the history of Nixon and Vietnam and Clinton and Monica.  They were not lying about provable, uncontested, settled historical facts.  But as Jeet Heer writes this week in the New Republic in a piece called, Donald Trump is Not a Liar (he’s something worse, a BS artist) that goes well beyond the insanity over the 100% false claims of “thousands of Muslims” in the streets of New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks, for we are in a post-truth world where Trump’s statements can’t be fact-checked, and we have to simply accept the workings of his self-proclaimed “world’s greatest memory.” In effect, Trump wants to take us to a land where subjectivity is all, where reality is simply what he says. A similar gambit to destroy the possibility of objective historical knowledge can be seen in a controversy over a Civil War memorial plaque at a Trump golf course in Sterling, Virginia. The plaque reads: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ ” When informed by The New York Times that historians called the plaque a fiction because there is no record of a battle fought on that spot, Trump petulantly responded: “How would they know that?… Were they there?” Again, what’s disturbing here is an attack on the hard-won scholarship that tries to sift through the evidence of the past to accurately record history. In Trump’s BS universe, history is whatever is convenient for him to say.

That so many Americans have decided that this is where they have decided to draw the line against their own party, the fact-based media…. the “establishment,” to follow and swallow the narcissistic insanity of the ultimate establishment real estate power broker in New York, Donald Trump…. is most disturbing of all.  Steve Schmidt, ex-John McCain strategeryist and initial supporter of Sarah Palin for VP (he quickly turned on the idea of her and realized his bad judgement) said this week that Trump gets to get away with his lying (now increasingly being actually called lying, instead of “disagreeing on the facts” or other soft-peddled garbage) because “the blacks” got away with the Ferguson, Missouri Big Lie of “hands up, don’t shoot,” which was never really said by the victim.  So Trump is the Angry White Man’s Revenge for that?  Way to show ’em, gang!

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We’ve all had those moments where you come to realize everything you thought was true was false.  Mary Ann really was hotter than Ginger.  People who put ketchup on hot dogs are not evil.  The water in the toilet does not swirl in the other direction in Australia.  But Donald Trump lies, cheats at golf, cannot be trusted, and will eventually bump up against the gold ceiling of support, which today seems very deep but can’t widen much.  I think.  I hope.

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Fred Thompson Has Died

The former Tennessee Senator was 73

 

Bruce Willis was fond of his “Die Hard 2” co-star

I recall talking to someone who was a former staffer of the Tennessee Senator and this person told me that Mr. Thompson had famously dated the gorgeous country chanteuse Lorrie Morgan back in the 90s. After they had broken up, the staffer told me he was in the car briefing the Senator and one of Miss Morgan’s songs came on the radio. Mr. Thompson sighed, said “Oh, Lorrie”, softly and turned the radio off

RELATED: Kelsey Grammer may have been channeling Fred Thompson (at least the look) a few years back on his TV show “Boss”

Looks like Fred, no?
Looks like Fred, no?