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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"HAPPY DAYS"


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Days_(play)
"Well I thought that the most dreadful thing that could happen to anybody, 
would be not to be allowed to sleep so that just as you’re dropping off there’d 
be a ‘Dong’ and you’d have to keep awake...Samuel Beckett in preparation 
for writing Happy Days. 

The opening pic below is not "Twilight" British actor Robert Pattinson
looking at his vampire mother.  This "Everyday Sunday" Morrissey
video locates on a British beach resort that's seen happier days.
Life's a beach and then you die.  But not before your "Happy Days"
invite arrives.

                           

The female driver in the video is Billie Whitelaw who I saw at The Old Vic
in Beckett's "Happy Days" in 1970's London.  I hopped a plane across
the English Channel from Paris to London, was greeted by a nasty airport attendant as if he were expecting me and had no idea what I was going to
do in London.  I saw an advert for a Beckett play at the Old Vic.  I'd heard
of Beckett's Waiting For Godot but hadn't seen it.  So I bought a ticket
because I liked the name of the star.  Billie Whitelaw as Winnie with head sticking up out of the beach sands of time was captivating.  I was affected
by the strangeness of the play.

Naturally I went to the bar next door, had two beers and while walking
down underground stairs wound up at the bottom having briefly passed
out for the first time in my life.  I can't blame Beckett or the beer.  The combination along with a full pack had cut off my circulation.  I wound up gong to free British clinic looking like An American Werewolf In London
and then to a free British dentist with busted teeth.

The stunning Ms. Whitelaw died in 2014.  I've had the Morrissey video
on this page since at least that time.  It was only in 2016 that I recognized
her in the video and that she just happened to be a very close simulacra
to a post 911 former girlfriend.  Just my imagination?  No, my imagination isn't up to the task of processing half the strangeness that happens to me everyday including Sunday.  Only after seeing the play again in 2017 in Brooklyn with Diane Weist did I realize what the title and the play meant.

I never personally heard the startling wake up "dong" sound of the play.  Instead 
heard sharp hammer base note effects from the direction of my ceiling.  I thought it 
was the neighbors.  It wasn't my imagination or the neighbors.  It started in 2003 with 
a clear pained male voice saying, "somebody help me."  That happened once.  
Then came the base note heavy hammer effects, then an electronically distorted siren-
like human scream lasting for years.   

It sounded like an air-raid siren coupled with a distorted human scream from hell.  
Both combined to completely sleep deprived me for months.  It wasn't delusion, 
hallucination or insomnia.  Famous last words.  Air-raid siren?  Something like the 
opening lines from Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow: "A screaming came across 
the sky.  It has happened before but there is nothing to compare it to now regarding 
V-2 German rockets screaming across London breaking the sound barrier during the 
WWII Blitz.  Yes it happened before and since.  Like the distorted screaming effects 
heard 2003 - 2005.  In both cases the delivery system was beyond ominous.  

2003's version of V-2 became a shitstorm of "V2k" from an overhead distance that I 
thought to be psychosis.  I was wrong.  At no time did I think the FSB NSA or demons 
from hell were coming to get me.

The "Dong" sound isn't a storytelling device to keep the audience from dosing.
Or maybe it is.  Sharp sudden click sounds were used to similar effect in 
"The Old Woman" with Barichnikov and Willem Dafoe and in "Constellations" with 
Jake Gyllenhaal. 

Back To "Reality":
On my last day at work in 2005 a 6' 4" black on the fat side co-worker
made a point of always preaching and telling me what I would find
among what he called "daytime people."  Slackers, stoners, crazies, homeless, unemployed, students, or like me, retired.  Slackers, crazies
and stoners aren't adequate terms for what I found.  I looked at the world and the world looked b-ack.  Ack ack ack!

It's as if I had the extreme audacity to retire after working seventy hour weeks at two
jobs for twenty years with nothing but time and age to show for it.  I went from
70 hour work weeks to zero.  The result wasn't from overwork or any kind of non-
combat PTSD.  It wasn't induced by any internet troll sausage factory version of
government mind control.  Nor was it the result of drugs, beer, Beckett plays, dementia or delusion.

My attempt at describing the unnerving Zoolander human++ types so common nowadays
sounds straight out of a zombie movie or something from a demented central casting call
for a sub-class of Marvel unitards.  Except the above two plus marks after the word human are completely applicable but I'm not sure what they equal.  If anything.

Friday, June 9, 2017

FANTASTIC POLITICAL BEASTS THEN AND NOW



WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS




"DEEP THOUGHTS": (the revelance will eventuate)
"Where physics is concerned with the microscopic processes that underlie macroscopic 
reality, metaphysics is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality.  metaphysical 
hypothesis might make a claim about the reality that underlies physics itself. Alternatively, 
it might say something about the nature of our minds, or the creation of our world"...David 
Chalmers, PhD, Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the 
areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. Professor of Philosophy 
and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Rhodes Scholar, Oxford. 

SERIOUS/ HUMORIOUS COMPARISONS: 
Per Wiki, David Chalmers "hypothetical philosophical thought experiments": 
philosophical zombies.[12] (p-Zombie) "unlike the zombie of popular fiction, in 
philosophy of mind and perception is a hypothetical being that from the outside is indistinguishable 
from a normal human being but lacks conscious experience, qualia, or sentienc
  • behavioral zombie (bZombie) that is behaviorally indistinguishable from a human.
  • neurological zombie (nZombie) that has a human brain and is generally physiologically indistinguishable from a human.[5]
  • Put em all together and whatta ya get?  
The Nov. 2016 movie release of Harry Potter prequel, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" coincided with different sort of Beast, the Nov 2016 US Presidential election of Donald J. Trump.  Despite one being fictional both have curious political similarities.

Movie summary:
Fantastic Beasts character Credence Barebone, he of the suppressed destructive monstrous id,
served as counterpart to Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne.  Along with supernatural
powers, out of focus eyes, duck-toed walk, Scamander has no need for eating, sleeping or
getting along with ordinary people.  He is also keeper of the metaphysical Fantastic Beasts
loosed upon NYC from an 4th dimensional James Bond-like device-loaded magical suitcase.
The beasts contained are falsely blamed by the MACUSA magical ruling aristocracy for
unexplained 1920's NYC mayhem needing to be stopped before attracting the attention
of ordinary humans thus betraying the existence of supernatural beings who intrude upon
and, in fact, are the true movers of this world.

The Credence Barebone character played by Ezra Miller is a foster child with nasty abilities completely opposite his look.  (Bigger the front, bigger the back?)  Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein played by Katherine Waterston might possibly be a forebear across fictional barriers to
Emmanuel Goldstein whether or not the latter actually existed as underground leader of Orwell's "1984."  Another character, Tina's sister, Queenie Goldstein, violates all rules of magic by
being attracted to baker-to-be, "Muggles" Jacob Kowalski.  She knows the quickest way to
Jakes heart is through her own 1920's version of fast food strudel.



This is the fantastical Harry Potter universe of metaphysical's existing in and out of a space-
time dimension that intrudes on "our" everyday existence in every way.  (The recent "Personal
Shopper" typically understates the intrusion)  The metaphysical upper class ruling MACUSA
must make sure that their kind are never known by ordinary humans.  (MACUSA - besides
being an acronym it's a play on the very real Professor Herbert Macuse of the "Hail Cesar" "future")

Here is a video of silent era star, Buster Keaton.  Ezra Miller's resemblance to Keaton was
deliberate and acknowledged by everyone connected with the film as well as screenwriter,
AJ Rowling.  His was not the only deliberate historical resemblance.

 


Perceval Graves, in black and white wizardly uniform played by Colin Farrell has a weird
manipulative "deathly hollows" scene with Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone.


The political Roaring Twenties icon, NYS Senator, NYC Mayor, "Beau James",
Jimmy Walker was the real-life subject of the 1956 Bob Hope movie comedy by
that name.  Unacknowledged by anyone is the unmistakable resemblance between
Fantastic Beasts character Senator Henry Shaw played by Josh Cowdary and the real
life Mayor Jimmy Walker who is shown below in old footage:


Jimmy Walker was a New York State Senator until 1926 which is exactly when
the movie takes place.  Walker embodied the roaring twenties.  His political mentor
was the famous Al Smith.  Walker was the fancy dressing corrupt populist thrown out of
office as NYC Mayor in 1929 by then New York State Governor and future President,
Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Just in time for the Republican Hoover Great Depression of 1929.

John Voight plays Henry Shaw senior, father of Senator Henry Shaw Jr.  Voight is a
stand-in for newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst, America's first media star
who overextended himself in real estate by buying and refitting old HP mansions and castles.
His newspapers of the pre-WWII 1930's ran unopposed columns by Germany's Hitler and Göring.

Here are some scenes depicting the movie character of Senator Henry Shaw (Walker)
and his powerful newspaper tycoon father (Hearst).  AJ Rowling dialogue from #2 son
Langdon Shaw,"...the people behind this aren't like you or me.  This is witchcraft don't you see."



The idea of witchcraft and demons in the NYC of that time was likely not an uncommon one.
The term Muggles or "nomag" refers to ordinary humans (paroles) who can can be bumped,
taunted, (mugged), made to trip over suitcases, be manipulated, humiliated but never killed.
Senator Shaw is the exception.  He had the misfortune of calling Credence a freak in front
of his adopted family.  This results in an uncontrolled rage that manifests as a free floating
monster of the id called an Obsecuret (or Obsecur-us) unleashed on an unsuspecting Senator
and New York City.

It's undoubtedly a coincidence that Voight's character in the movie gives a fund raiser
for his son the Senator.  The fund raiser doesn't turn out so well for the Senator who is
violently killed in front of his father by Credence in Obscuret form.

In stranger than fiction reality John Voight gave the intro speech prior to the Washington
DC inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Should anything like Credence exist today (possibly in the form of Trump officials Steve Bannon
and Steve Miller) lets hope it shows more restraint in the act of turning on its wizard master
Trump than Credence did in turning on wizard Graves and Sen. Shaw.

                                 


Thursday, June 8, 2017

FANTASTIC POLITICAL BEASTS NOW AND THEN


ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD WHATEVER SESSIONS III



KATE MCKINNON AS AG JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD SESSIONS III

                                         


On a more serious note, there are seemingly few speculations about the following:
The country was attacked or attempts were made during the first year of every
President since Bill Clinton.

As President Trump signs off on easily overturned Executive Orders, it's probable
that many of his moves can be seen as setting up his political opposition.  IF an
airliner is attacked, as was attempted during Obama's first year, DT can deflect
and claim that his attempts to save the country were thwarted and obstructed by
the "lying" liberal press, and the judiciary with SCOTUS decisions pending.

On the other hand DT represents the same Republican Party that obstructed and blocked
President Obama's TSA appointment during his first year of 2009.  Yes, that Republican Party.
A "loyal" opposition that easily gets away with indirectly abetting an attack in plain sight.
When the attempt failed the Republican Senator Jim DeMint who blocked the appointment
was the first to criticize the President and FBI's handling of the "Christmas Bomber" case.
Rumors and RW manufactured news later claimed that team Obama arranged the whole thing.

6/6/17 - I wrote the above and tweeted about this since Trump's first EO February 2017.
I was unaware of anyone else but apparently others like Jack Goldsmith of lawfareblog did also.
I only started following him on Twitter recently unaware that we had similar blog posts.

https://lawfareblog.com/does-trump-want-lose-eo-battle-court-or-donald-mcgahn-simply-ineffectual-or-worse. (EO = Presidential Executive Orders)

"Last night I tweeted: “Increasingly apparent—from the way Trump 
rolled out EO to his attack on courts—that he wants EO struck down. 
Not just incompetence.”"

"Here is what I meant.   The clearly foreseeable consequence of the 
roll-out combined with Trump’s tweets is to weaken the case for 
the legality of the EO in court.  Why might Trump want to do that?  
Assuming that he is acting with knowledge and purpose 
(an assumption I question below), the only reason I can think of is 
that Trump is setting the scene to blame judges after an attack that 
has any conceivable connection to immigration.  If Trump loses in 
court he credibly will say to the American people that he tried and 
failed to create tighter immigration controls.  This will deflect blame 
for the attack.  And it will also help Trump to enhance his power after 
the attack.  After a bad terrorist attack at home, politicians are always 
under intense pressure to loosen legal constraints.  (This was even 
true for near-misses, such as the failed Underwear bomber, which 
caused the Obama administration to loosen constraints on its 
counterterrorism policies in many ways.)  Courts feel these pressures, 
and those pressures will be significantly heightened, and any 
countervailing tendency to guard against executive overreaction 
diminished, if courts are widely seen to be responsible for an actual 
terrorist attack.  More broadly, the usual security panic after a bad 
attack will be enhanced quite a lot—in courts and in Congress—if 
before the attack legal and judicial constraints are seen to block safety.   
If Trump assumes that there will be a bad terrorist attack on his watch, 
blaming judges now will deflect blame and enhance his power more 
than usual after the next attack."....Jack Goldsmith, lawfareblog. 


GRAVE DANGERS AND DEEP SADDNESS OF AMERICA FIRST,  Max Boot
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/01/23/the-grave-dangers-and-deep-sadness-of-america-first-don

"Donald Trump’s caustic, ill-tempered, and divisive inaugural address sounded as 
if it came from a different world from the one I inhabit — or, to be exact, from a 
different America than I have known for the 40 of my 47 years that I have been 
lucky enough to live in this wonderful country." 

"Trump's America is full of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.” It is home to an education system “which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge.” It is rife with “crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.” And who is responsible for this “American carnage”? Trump heaped blame on other countries and on disloyal American elites"" Max Boot, Foreign Policy, 1/21/17 (who immigrated to the US from Russia at a young age.  Never thought I'd quot him) 


WHAT'S LEFT UNSAID: 


Trump's now infamous inaugural speech in part depicted America as a dystopian Mad Max
landscape filled with the above named "rusted out factories like tombstones" as if playing to
endtime fundamentalists or an RT audience whose petrostate unofficial government sponsor,
Vlad Putin, uses the RT network as a platform to depict everything imaginably negative
regarding the U.S.  Made easier by the fact that America is an open society with a news media
and politics charged with criticizing government and bringing to light all possible societal flaws.

This is President Trump assisting Putin's years long strategy of reversing media and internet
news that puts closed authoritarian Russian Fight Club kleptocracies in a bad light.
Whose history and systems of government, always in transition, leave them no choice but
to employ Big Brother censorship and journalistic control to the point of murder far
exceeding the many flaws of Western media.

Russian opposition media exists but is so diminished as to necessitate books with titles like,
"Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia" a 2015
book by ex-Russian journalist Peter Pomerantsev that summarizes Russian media and
propaganda strategies perfectly.  I read the glowing reviews in the NY Times in 2015,
apparently few others bothered.

The Russian local internet was polluted and turned upside down years ago.  At the same
time Putin turned his attention to the world beyond Russia's borders for similar results.
None of which is in any way new.  We do not now live in a post fact, post truth world
despite years of You Tube and social media manipulation by Religious Right, alt/ right,
Alex Jones, fake YT radio channels, 4-Chan, National Enquirer, Russian troll bot hacking farms.

The full employment economy in the U.S. that greeted Trump on January 20th, 2017
was in sharp contrast to the 800,000 job loses occurring the month before Barack Obama
took office in 2009.  For the latter disaster we can thank "excellent" chess moves of
Dick Cheney of the Cheney Bush administration and a Republican Party that left Democrats
to their traditional role of digging out from Republican deregulation which gave us a (1929)
2008 Great Recession.  Taking until 2013 for major banks to pay off fines.  Deutsche Bank,
one of the few majors that would still lend to Trump Inc who had paid off LIBOR fines,
was find for laundering money for Russian oligarchs (blamed on an American, of course)
and is still paying off fines assessed in the billions by the Obama DOJ in 2016.  In reprisal
Deutsche falsely announced in late 2016 that the US was in recession.

2009 left America's first African-American President with options both terrible and bad.
Things were in such dire shape that Dick Cheney famously predicted that President Obama
would be a one-term President.  That the combined disasters of cleaning up after two wars
and near economic collapse would overcome anyone so unfortunate as to serve after a
Republican like 5 draft deferment (DC) Dick Cheney who had eight years to deregulate
and unleash beasts of "free market" predatory economic mayhem.

Cheney, as it turned out was very wrong.  His daughter Liz, however, was finally elected to
Congress in 2016 to offset her fathers powers of prediction.  Possibly as a challenge to
a faltering Trump and or Pense in 2020 as the first Republican female Presidential candidate
or VP.  The world can only handle one horror reality show at a time.

In 2008, elements of right wing America thought President Obama was going to
take away *freedumbs* and guns.  This resulted in an exponential uptick in death threats.
Typical and expected from NRA Purge Night skinheads of the U.S.  How many believed
such hyperbolic crap?  (Is this blog equally hyperbolic?  Not even close)  Political power,
oil and nihilistic party over country is what matters for the GOP as was said be moderate heavyweight George Packer recently at the NYPL.  Republican moderates Thomas Mann
and Norm Ornstein have rightly singled out their own party with worse descriptions.

Going from Fantastic Beast Obscurets, Trump and Bannon to Dick Cheney wasn't a stretch after all.



Sunday, February 26, 2017

THE UNPOSSIBLE FILES





This blog is a mix of politics, humor and far-out philosophical musings.  I start with 
some Loudon Wainwright III political humor to prepare myself for what's to come 
from President Trump, Religious Right, Putin, Netanyahu and Alex "Zoolander" Jones.

"In Russia, farms of online trolls systematically harass democratic voices and spread false information on the Internet and on social media" Eric Schmidt CEO, Alphabet (Google)

The above is far from confined to only Russia's local internet...

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html...Adrian Chen



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/17/how-pro-trump-twitter-bots-spread-fake-
news.html?via=desktop&source=twitter...Gideon Resnick

The Paranoid Style As Weaponized Disinformation:
"In fact, the idea of the paranoid style as a force in politics would have little 
contemporary relevance or historical value if it were applied only to men with 
profoundly disturbed minds.  It is the use of paranoid modes of expression by more 
or less normal people that makes the phenomenon significant."...The Paranoid Style in American Politics”, historian Richard Hofstadter, 1964

http://www.cjr.org/analysis/breitbart-media-trump-harvard-study.php 
From the above Columbia Journalism Review March 3, 2017: 
"What we find in our data is a network of mutually-reinforcing hyper-partisan sites that 
revive what Richard Hofstadter called “the paranoid style in American politics,” combining decontextualized truths, repeated falsehoods, and leaps of logic to create a fundamentally misleading view of the world." 

"“Fake news,” which implies made of whole cloth by politically disinterested parties 
out to make a buck of Facebook advertising dollars, rather than propaganda and disinformation, is not an adequate term. By repetition, variation, and circulation 
through many associated sites, the network of sites make their claims familiar to 
readers, and this fluency with the core narrative gives credence to the incredible" ...benkler-faris-roberts-and-zuckerman, Columbia Journalism Review
                                                                                                        
NY Times, 9/7/16 - OXFORD, England — "Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lashed 
out at Russia on Wednesday, accusing the government of President Vladimir V. Putin of demonstrating a “clear ambition to erode” international order and warning Russia to stay 
out of the American elections.  Russia plainly ignored that admonition." 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/miriamelder/trumps-critics-are-letting-the-bigger-russia-story-slide?utm_term=.ivkEvpYmK#.hcPWrde61

THE UNPOSSIBLE FILES:
IMO, this has been happening for a decade.  Russian troll network disinformation merging 
their message with elements of the U.S. and Israeli Religious Right, the Trump friendly National Enquirer and Alex Jones occurred long before prominent Republican's like 
Trump, Pat Buchanan, Rudy Giuliani, Ralph Peters, Rep. Steve King praised Putin for 
his so-called moral and political leadership.  Putin is Christian.  At least he says he is.  
The above more than take his word while questioning their own leader's religion and citizenship.  None dare call it_____(guess)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-13/will-putin-and-trump-bond-over-oil
What else do all of them have in common?   All are funded by oil and might want the 
price of same to go to "at least" $75 a bbl. to bailout the oil economies of Texas, Alaska, 
Kansas, Oklahoma, and last but not least, Russia.  Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela etc.
Putin and Russia might very well want Antarctica to melt for it's oil which means, 
at least for them and for red states, global warming doesn't exist as a big problem. 
They all know that it's caused by humans but economics causes them to "unknow" 
inconvenient facts.  

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas now looks like a genius in promoting tax cuts and supply-
side economics.  It helps that his state of Kansas is the Koch Brothers home base.  The 
right wing put their faith in oil, in Putin, in Koch, in Exxon CEO and future Sec. of State, 
Rex Tillerson, in Donald Fucking Trump and, last but not least, in fear and doom ultra-nationalism.  potent combination.  A vindication of Czar Putin, Trump's financial, 
cybernetic, hacking and financial backer of last resort.  They won.  It started before 
Benghazi but they won. 

"In a report dated May 21, Internet Research Agency commercial director 
Svetlana Boiko discussed the progress of the trolling project’s $75,000 trial 
period, which began April 10. The report says that during that period, the 
trolls left more than 2,500 comments on 30 different news websites, tweeted 
1,220 times from 12 accounts, wrote 85 Facebook posts, posted 175 times in an unspecified number of forums, and made five bizarre YouTube videos attacking 
the U.S. government."
"Bizarre" YT videos attacking U.S.?  Deliberately using "bizarre" "paranoid modes 
of expression" as a means of spreading not misinformation but disinformation by 
Psy-war troll farm networks whose deliberately demented content is offset by shear 
numbers of You Tube channels, deliberately psychotic You Tube supporting 
comments and further offset by officious British accented narrators.  Thousands 
of bogus YT channels, fake comments, blogs, fake news, fake (Above Top Secret) 
forums and websites with "news" "government (implied U.S. government) doesn't 
want you to know."  

The above is now referred to as U.S. Cold War paranoid McCarthyism by so-called
journalistic gatekeepers like Glenn Greenwald and Max Blumenthal.  The term Russophobia is seen in what's left of comment sections with all expected exaggerated 
formality, feigned insult and pointed accusing finger of fake political correctness 
thrown back at US liberals.  Only slightly exaggerated: "At the end of the day sir, 
have you no shame?  With your insulting Russophobic baseless accusations.  
Where's your proof?  It is indeed a sad day."  IOW, beyond satire and sarcasm.   

FROM THE ABOVE 2014 BUZZFEED LINK (forcing wider coverage):
"Russia’s campaign to shape international opinion around its invasion of
Ukraine has extended to recruiting and training a new cadre of online
trolls that have been deployed to spread the Kremlin’s message on the
comments section of top American websites."

"Plans attached to emails leaked by a mysterious Russian hacker collective 
show IT managers reporting on a new ideological front against the West in the comments sections of Fox News, Huffington Post, The Blaze, Politico, and WorldNetDaily."  (Fake newspeakshocking, appalling and cause for concern)

"The bizarre hive of social media activity appears to be part of a 
two-pronged Kremlin campaign to claim control over the internet, launching a million-dollar army of trolls to mold American public opinion as it cracks down on internet freedom at home."
Not to mention an army of Russian hackers and trolls influencing the 2016
elections with help from the RNC, Wikileaks, and DNC incompetence
in failing to heed repeated FBI phone calls in Sept 2015 that high ranking
DNC computers and emails had been breached.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/us/politics/russia-hack-election-dnc.html?
_r=0

https://newrepublic.com/article/138019/right-giving-democracy
Explaining evangelical support for Trump via Jeet Heer of The New Republic:
"More recently, a virtual Vladimir Putin cult has arisen among religious conservatives longing for a return to cultural purity."
Putin’s macho bearing, his hostility to LGBT rights, and his fusion of nationalism with support for the Russian Orthodoxy all make him an attractive figure to right-wing Christians disenchanted with Obama’s socially liberal America. 
Franklin Graham, heir to the most influential American
evangelist, says Putin should be celebrated for taking
“a stand" to protect his nation’s children from the
damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda,” even as “America’s own morality has fallen so far on this issue.”
Rush Limbaugh cheers Putin for opposing “a full-frontal assault on what has always been considered normalcy.” Religious Right stalward Bryan Fischer, host of the radio program Focal Point, has hailed Putin as a “lion of Christianity.” Sam Rohrer, president of the America
Pastors Network, calls the Russian president “the moral 
leader of the world.”.....Jeet Heer Oct 24, 2016
Disinformation soft news and comments on YT videos and on HuffPo
old comment sections are the least of new Cold War blizzard of lies tactics.
They are way down in terms of importance.  Sowing fear and doubt by increments: hacking the internet, large corporations, banks, candidate emails.   Soon to come: possible political blackmail of the Trump White House,
effusive praise of Putin by a growing number of Republicans, right wing governments across Europe.  Which possibly means every country on Russia's
border, EU countries Italy and Merkel's Germany.  Meet the new New World Order of oil elites.

The 2016 NYC explosions on 23rd Street three blocks from where I live
where no one was killed and all injured were released from the hospital
the next morning were a prelude to something worse.  The Nov. 8th
election of Donald Trump.

The fact that the explosions occurred across the street from the home
of TPM editor and virulent Trump foe, Josh Marshall and his family
has to be an unfortunate coincidence.  He and his family were elsewhere
at the time.  Marshall was writing editorial after editorial critical of
Putin's relationship with Trump and Russian backing of New York City's
Trump Soho hotel.

Now the Republican base grinds clenched teeth as a Trump regime takes shape.  Even as the WSJ suggested in response to the Trump rape tapes that, if elected, Trump would resign after taking the oath whether on his own or by prompting
by the RNC with VP Pense then taking the oath and Chief Justice Roberts
having to get it right a second time as he was forced to do whether deliberately
or through incompetence in 2009.

As liberal Keith Olbermann and conservative David Frum have
recently tweeted, the 25th Amendment Article 4 will be getting
a lot of scrutiny even as Trump concedes $25 million in restitution
regarding Trump U to NYS AG, Schneiderman.  The only reason
it wasn't bigger was because statutes of limitations had run out.
If Trump had been defeated he wouldn't have paid the 25 million.

My personal and worldwide Nightmare Before Christmas continues for
four - eight more years with Trump's Republican Party much more of a
danger than he is with legislative powers much greater than the last
time they lost the popular vote and assumed a mandate to govern.
They will do so with or without the Soprano level R/ E gangster unless
he has something really terrible on them.

It's become a tradition for Republican's to use the #1 spot as a foil to
distract while the big boys, in this case Pense, Ryan and Tillerson
run the show.  While the compliant mainstream and the subservient
to insanity right wing Breitbart, Drudge play "what will Pres. Donald J,
Melania (damn spellcheck) and Ivanka say today?"