Critiques & Commentary

11/9/16….The Day After…No shit, Sherlock division…

‘CAN THE MEDIA RECOVER FROM THIS ELECTION?’ Discuss! James Poniewozik: “The job of journalism, always, is to describe reality as we honestly find it, regardless of appearances. I hope that’s a permanent change. I fear that the profession will decide Mr. Trump was a one-off, an asteroid, a special circumstance requiring Special Trump Rules.” Jim Rutenberg: “The press needs to explore the frustration of those many Americans who think free trade’s gone too far; that immigration threatens the national fabric; and that insiders from Washington, Wall Street and the media have rigged the system against them.”

11/9/16…The Day After…

Here’s my friend Yves Smith, whose website Naked Capitalism. com is absolutely indispensable, on the election:

I seriously considered shorting the market first thing yesterday morning, and have the e-mail record to prove it. And this wasn’t confirmation bias since I decided not to vote for any Presidential candidate.

It was based on the fact that every single bit of anecdotal information I had from real people ran against what experts and the polls were saying. For instance, the overwhelming majority of Hispanics I ran into, once I gave them latitude to express their views by saying I hated both candidates, made clear they were voting for Trump, including a van driver in Dallas. The upper income, 30s to middle aged guys in my gym, all of whom save one had been Sanders voters, were voting for Trump (I added another one to that tally tonight). A 70 year old college educated friend in Dallas, never married, who’d lived ten years in New York running a major department at Christies and joked that she was the only one of her girlfriends not to carry a gun in her purse, said apologetically that she thought both candidates were terrible but Trump might be a tiny bit less terrible. The 40-ish partner from Apollo who sat next to me on the plane to Dallas (a rare sighting, private equity partners rarely slum by flying commercial) was reading the New York Post and checking Drudge on his iPhone and thus clearly not going to vote for Clinton.

So even though my sample was small (and I have more examples), it said the closeted Trump voter was a real phenomenon and likely bigger than anyone was allowing for.

Election Day…Breaking FB silence, I posted this….

If HRC carries the day and it comes time for a gracious acceptance speech, after the usual brief anodyne “healing bit,” I hope she pronounces a “declaration of war” on McConnell, Ryan and the rest of the Capitol Hill swine that have held this country hostage to their pay-to-play politics.

And sometime in the future it would be nice to see the organization of a multi-agency (SEC, IRS etc) task force to investigate Trump top to bottom.

I prescribe this because should DJT win, I have no doubt he’ll do the same.

Election Day…The following FB thread, in which I participated…

strikes me as on point.

“I can’t believe how many otherwise intelligent people are voting for Mr. Trump. I know more than a few. I can understand why uneducated Yahoos will vote for him, but educated people? I am baffled.” 
“I know people who are voting for Trump and it is always the same issue, and most often one issue alone: their tax money.”
Michael M Thomas Quite so. In 1944, on a carrier in the midst of combat in the Pacific, my father wrote a letter to my cousins in Ft. Worth. Was it about the evil of war, the Evil Empire of Japan? Not at all. It was about the evils of the income tax. Jefferson: “”The purse of the people is the real seat of sensibility. It is to be drawn upon largely, and they will then listen to truths which could not excite them through any other organ.” –Thomas Jefferson to A. H. Rowan, 1798. ME 10:60

Election Day…from James Kunstler’s blog, my thoughts exactly….

“The tragedy of Trump is that he represented a roster of legitimate grievances but argued them so poorly and then betrayed them with behavior so oafish and crude that he often looked not sane enough to hold high office. His partisans brushed that aside, saying it was good enough that he personified a giant “fuck you” to the political establishment. No, that wasn’t good enough because in the process he de-legitimized the issues.”

Here’s the blog itself…

The Fat Lady Has a Sore Throat

11/7/16…Now here’s something I didn’t know…

from Patrick Barrett and Deepa Kumar writing in Jacobin:

With the implementation of NAFTA in 1994, for example, the Clinton-Gore administration helped to destroy the livelihoods of millions of Mexican peasants, who having been rendered landless by the dumping of cheap US corn, were forced to migrate to Mexico’s northern border to toil in the maquiladoras (sweatshops), or over the border into the US, scraping by in low-wage, precarious jobs.

11/7/16…As I truly loathe Lena Dunham, can’t resist posting this….

The Week’s Most Austere, Unclear, and Insincere Headlines

Lena Dunham is an unforgivably overweight and savagely unattractive alleged comedienne who blithely makes false rape accusations and once wrote glowingly of diddling her baby sister’s vagina. On Twitter last week she posted a short animated video that calls for the extinction of white men.

In the video she asks her father Carroll—an artist known for paintings of giant gross vaginas—“How are you feeling about the extinction of white men?”

Her daddy responds:

Well, white men are a problem. Straight white men are a big problem, that’s for sure. But I actually feel pretty good about it. I think, uh, straight white guys have been screwing things up for long enough. High time, uh for straight white males to step back and let some other people do it.

Then, as a giant lady’s shoe comes down and crushes the straight white male cartoon character to death, Lena is heard saying “That’s my dad” as her dad laughs.

On her Tweet that accompanied the video, Dunham wrote:

It’s not the end of men, it’s the evolution of men into better men.

How about you evolved into a thin woman who’s attractive and funny?

Dunham recently told an audience:

White patriarchy is like a beast in a movie that’s been stabbed and is just dying so slow and screaming as it goes down, and I just am afraid of what that’s going to look like.

We here at Taki’s Mag would not be afraid in the least to see what it would look like if a giant straight white man’s boot came down from the sky and squashed Lena Dunham into a squirming manatee begging for life but receiving roughly as much mercy as she appears willing to dole out to straight white men.

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11/7/16….if Cubs fans realize…

that Joe Ricketts, patriarch of the family that owns the team, is a major backer, along with the unspeakable Sheldon Adelson, of the anti-Hillary PAC Future45. And that reminds me of this: consorting in any form with known gamblers, whether illicit or legit, no matter whether they run a corner numbers game or a dozen billion-dollar casinos (including sports books), used to be grounds for disbarment from Major League Baseball. Wonder what Pete Rose thinks of this?