4.44 P.M. ‘Absence of a reasonable logical process’ says Bob Woodward …

Shades of Watergate ?…

fear-trump-in-the-white-house-coverTo Woodward , some of the scenes he learned about and detailed in Fear could only be compared to the days of Richard Nixon ( His investigative reporting , of course , in part led to Nixon’s resignation during the Watergate scandal ) But can he say whether his current work will play a similar role in Trump’s political future ?…

” Obviously , that’s not known . My job is to find out what happened , and present what we call the best obtainable version of the truth” he told Tremonti ( Interviewer ).

He said the president’s fate is now in the hands of the American political system … An especially important observation as the country gears up for its midterm elections in November…

” It’s going to be a fascinating time to watch “…

Source: Trump’s adoption of steel tariffs showed ‘absence of a reasonable logical process,’ Bob Woodward says | CBC Radio

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7:31 A.M. Lox her up : Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order … caused a social media meltdown … ‘ NEWS ‘ ?!!! …

The internet is ablaze with contempt for Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order. This weekend , upon paying a visit to New York City delicatessen Zabar’s , the Democratic gubernatorial candidate asked for her usual : lox , capers , red onions , cream cheese and tomatoes … on a cinnamon raisin bagel. The offending order was caught on camera by Gothamist , which broke the news on Monday afternoon in a five-minute video.

MORBNOTE ; ‘ broke ‘ … the ‘ news ‘ ?!!! … WHO CARES ?!!! …

Nixon’s request has since been scrutinized in the media and widely condemned on social media.

MORBNOTE II ; Is this the same ‘ media ‘ that is adamantly in our faces screaming self platitudes of its’ great importance to society ?!!! … How they defend ‘ our ‘ right to be aware of important issues ? … And they are the only ‘ champions of truth ‘ that can protect us ?!!! … This is what they get paid for ? … Personal diet habits of politicians and entertainers ?!!! … Again , my only thought is … WTFC !!! … And if the bulk of the 15 minutes of famers on the social network zero in on the subject of the ‘ news ‘ the way the ‘ media ‘ presents it and starts discussing said diet … Instead of reading the REAL issue ( which is … Who The Fuck CARES what she eats for brekky !!! ) _ Then that is why we get both the politicians and the ‘ media ‘ we have now …

NJ.com declared that she had “ committed an unforgivable crime against the bagel gods ”…  And Munchies suggested that Nixon’s campaign was ‘ shaken ‘ by the ‘ terrible-sounding ‘ breakfast.

Nixon has taken the criticism in her stride , defending her order to a throng of reporters :

“ That’s my go-to brunch/breakfast whether I’m out or at home. I mean , it’s not uncooked oatmeal. But it’s pretty delicious. And I say , don’t yuk my yum. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it ”…

Much like pineapple on pizza before it , mixing sweet and savoury elements seems to spark heated debate. If you’ve ever walked past a Cinnabon , your nose has certainly assured you that cinnamon and cream cheese are made for one another. And look no further than the African Mediterranean for many delicious examples of cinnamon , raisins and meat commingling. 

MORBNOTE III ; Now , as you see from the preceding paragraph , this writer from the National Post goes on to speak of other ‘ tastes ‘ she feels are odd together … Here’s a thought ; How about informing the people of her state what she intends to do if elected as Governor ?!!! …

As Spin magazine reports , deli connoisseur El-P , for one, expressed his approval. The rapper and investor in Brooklyn’s Jewish deli Frankel’s Delicatessen & Appetizing tweeted :

“ I’ve done this. It’s risky but the combination of sweet and salty is great on occasion. This type of daring shows leadership potential and I’m voting for her “…

MORBNOTE Summary ; If this is how people choose their ‘ leaders ‘ … It’s no wonder we exist in a society where ‘ SNAFU ‘ reigns supreme !!! …

 

Source: Lox her up: Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order caused a social media meltdown | National Post

7:09 A.M. So much for ‘ free speech ‘ …

Steve Bannon , the controversial media figure and Donald Trump’s former chief strategist , is coming to Toronto for a  debate about populism — an announcement that’s already drawing criticism online. This week , The New Yorker magazine scrapped its plan to have Bannon as a featured guest at its annual festival after facing sharp backlash from readers and celebrities. Within hours of making the announcement, New Yorker editor David Remnick decided to cancel the interview , saying he did not want Bannon to ‘ propel further the ideas of white nationalism , racism, anti-Semitism and illiberalism ‘ …

Bannon is set to speak about ‘ The Rise of Populism ‘ at a Nov. 2 Munk Debate … An ongoing debate series held at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall that draws some 3,000 people each time. The November debate , announced Wednesday, is also drawing criticism , with a number of people attacking its moderator and organizer , Rudyard Griffiths , of giving Bannon a platform to share his views.

MORBNOTE ; All the ‘ Liberals ‘ feel that if someone doesn’t agree with them , then that person either ‘ doesn’t understand ‘ things  or they’re racist !! … Which means , because they don’t think the way Liberals do , they are wrong and they don’t have a right to have that opinion and should not be allowed the freedom to speak that opinion !!! …

Critics have attacked Bannon for stoking racial divisions and advocating for far-right ideas , both inside the White House and during his time heading the Breitbart News Network. Bannon once described Breitbart as ‘ the platform for the alt-right ‘. But while admitting the website attracts racists , homophobes and anti-Semites , he has vowed he doesn’t hold those views.

In Toronto, where ‘ Diversity Our Strength ‘ is the city’s motto , Bannon is set to argue in favour of populism … ” I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment ” he is quoted as saying on the website promoting the debate.

Source: Steve Bannon to debate populism on Toronto stage after being dropped by New Yorker | CBC News

4:47 A.M. The following snippet of an ‘ opinion article ‘ in the NYT is just that … One man’s ‘ opinion ‘ …

They sat in seats of honor , near the front of Washington National Cathedral. They bowed their heads when appropriate. They looked up pensively and listened.

By all appearances , they were honoring their departed colleague , Senator John Sidney McCain III , during a majestic ceremony on Saturday. And by doing so they were showing America that leaders of both parties reject the hateful , petty , law-defying politics of President Trump. They were showing America what a better nation could look like.

But it was all an act … A cynical , hypocritical act that McCain , who had a keen eye for hypocrisy , would have seen right through.

It was an act for Mitch McConnell , the Senate majority leader … It was an act for Paul Ryan , the speaker of the House … It was an act , most jarringly , for Lindsey Graham , McCain’s dear friend and the senior senator from South Carolina … It was an act for Orrin Hatch , Rob Portman and nearly all of the other Republican members of Congress who attended the service.

It was an act because they have not kept faith with the principles that McCain held dear.

MORBNOTE ; If you read the entire article written by David Leonardt , you’ll see he negates his own ‘ opinion ‘ right off the top by para-phrasing John McCain … It was John McCain who often stated that , basically …

‘ You can disagree with people , yet still respect them for being decent , hard working individuals ‘…

But , true to form , this writer slags all the people that don’t agree with HIM ! …

6:39 A.M. Just wondering … WTFC ?!!! …

The media ( Understandably referred to as ‘ Fake News ‘ by the Trumpster ! ) … Thinks this is worthy of being considered ‘ news ‘ ?!!! And they wonder why there’s a a huge , growing backlash bubbling over their ‘ credibility ‘ ?!!! …

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I don’t recall seeing any pictures ( ah … That’d be black and whites … I’m old ! ) of Liz sittin’ in torn jeans with a litter of Corgis nestled in with her …

Read these tidbits of world newsworthy information spewing from their pages …

‘ Her older pet Bogart stayed back with friends when the duchess crossed the pond to live with and marry Prince Harry ‘…

‘ Her younger dog Guy made the journey and moved into Kensington Palace ‘…

( I love this one !!! ) ‘ He’s surely showing Oz ( Meghan’s newly adopted dog ) the ropes as he adjusts to palace life ‘…

‘ The dog is already happily ensconced at their cottage ‘…

‘ Like the Sussexes , the dog will divide its time between the palace and their country home in the Cotswolds ‘…

This is ‘ news ‘ ?!!! … Who the fuck cares ?!!! …

Source: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new dog’s name revealed

8:38 P.M. Ahhh … Rob … You need an EXTRA large cuppa !!! …

This is just the second paragraph … Click on the link to read the entire diatribe of this asshole’s ‘ opinion ‘ on how Max is doin’ … This obtuse airhead figures he KNOWS what it’s all about !!! …

Bernier has some well thought-out and valuable ideas about such issues as supply management , free trade , corporate taxation , and competition in the telecom industry … Just to name a few.

But on the question of Canada’s diversity , he has very little of substance or value to offer. In fact , through his own platitudes , posturing , and pandering , he’s shown himself to be no better than the prime minister he’s ostensibly criticizing.

Ya gotta read this guy’s bullshit  just to really get inside his empty skull !!! … Clearly , this individual is one of the FAR TOO MANY that need to find a job in society where they can QUIETLY contribute and go about that business and just …

Source: COMMENTARY: Maxime Bernier offers a disappointing and distracting diversity diatribe – National | Globalnews.ca

8:35 A.M. Rex muses about the ‘ Trump ‘ effect … Part I …

 

 

 

 

 

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It may now join the propositions of Euclid , as impregnable to rebuttal , that Donald Trump or any news that alludes to him , unhinges the minds of those who oppose him. Trump , in this respect , is like global warming. He is the universal key to every phenomenon. Any statement about Trump , so long as it is in any way condemnatory , dismissive , insulting or condescending , requires neither proof , consistency , logic or ( and especially ) decency.

Just as enlisting in the grand cause of global warming invests the recruit with the immeasurable gifts of infallibility , moral superiority and boundless righteousness , so too does opposition , even to hatred , of Trump free the mind from all obligation to moderation , custom , or articulate argument. It is the ultimate pass to be as nasty and crude as anyone could wish , and — with rarely noted irony — even to be more nasty and crude than the great boorish Trump himself.

How odd … To oppose Trump is to become a more clangorous version of him. Hatred of Trump frees the mind from all obligation to moderation , custom , or articulate argument. As a corollary to the axiom , the greatest Trump-a-phobes also assign themselves the power to label anyone inconvenient to their view of the world as Trump-like , any opponent as Trumpian. Poor President Trump has become such a convenient touchstone that merely to drop his name while savaging an antagonist — under the cranium of any incensed Trump-a-phobe — is to close the sale , end the argument , and consign the victim to the red-hot hell of pariahdom.

The dark halo of Trumpism gets painted over many an innocent head. One minute it is , of all people , Andrew Sheer who is adopting Trump-like tactics.

Pause a moment. If Andrew Scheer is Donald Trump , I am Hulk Hogan.

In Ontario , the freshly invested premier, Doug Ford , is also Donald Trump. He’s really Donald Trump. For is not Doug Ford that most contemptible of practicing politicians , a dreaded populist ? ( Swiftly — “ weave a circle round him thrice.” )…

I reach for the fat , full , multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary to plumb the meaning of this vile Trump trope. I find on its Delphic leaves :

“ populist — one who seeks to represent the views of the mass of ordinary people.” Very , very rarely in the elegant forum of the National Post that all know and love as Full Comment do I dip into the demotic mode , but this is such a moment.

“ Doug Ford , you are a heartless bastard. Representing the mass of ordinary people — you fiendish tribune.” His brother — the late , dear , troubled , lovely Rob ( peace be to his shade ) — was even worse. He actually ( shudder ) liked them as well.

It is one thing to be called a Trump wannabe. It is quite another to actually work for Mr. Trump  … 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders , an articulate , tough , poised woman , is his press secretary , who with seven of her friends went far out of Washington to have supper at a restaurant , The Red Hen. Two minutes after placing the order , the zealous owner , Stephanie Wilkinson , asked / told Sanders to leave. ( No free-range chickens for you ! ) The obliging , polite , still esurient Sanders did, without demur or protest.

The locust swarm of anti-Trumpers soon hit the high clouds of Twitter to cheer Wilkinson’s ‘ resistance ‘. She was the Bonhoeffer of Today’s Specials. Those who spoke a word or two in Sarah Sanders’ favour were mauled mercilessly. An enlightened mind which sparkles under our very own Canadian skies , an academic no less , if political science can be said to partake in that category , enlarged the Twitter mindscape with this aperçu :

“ It’s 1934 and pundits are complaining that a restaurant refused to serve Goebbels.” ( He neglected to send out a warning to Poland though. )

Sarah Huckabee Sanders — Goebbels ?! …

Back to the Euclid formula that introduced this aria. It is a chief glory of being ‘ anti-Trump ‘ that having adopted that position as a surrogate for thought , one is , by equally demented analogy , free to write and say the first ripe idiocy that springs to mind , however crude and misplaced.