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Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Truth isn’t Truth

RUDY GIULIANI: Well, because the meeting was originally for the purpose of getting information about, about Clinton. The meeting turned into a meeting —

CHUCK TODD: Which in itself it’s attempted collusion. I understand —

RUDY GIULIANI: No it’s not.

CHUCK TODD: You just said it. The meeting was intended to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from a criminal lawyer.

Marvelous stuff from the transcript of yesterday’s Meet The Press.  And of course, it gets better, as you know by now.  That plain statement of a fact followed by an immediate self-contradictory “No it’s not”?  Ol’ Rudy was just getting warmed up!

RUDY GIULIANI: Yes, each time, by 3 or 4 days, so we could write a letter in response. They have taken 2-3 weeks to get back to us, so what I have to tell you is, look, I am not going to be rushed into having him testify so that he gets trapped into perjury. And when you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth. He didn’t have a, a conversation —

CHUCK TODD: Truth is truth. I don’t mean to go like —

RUDY GIULIANI: No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth. The President of the United States says, “I didn’t — ”

CHUCK TODD: Truth isn’t truth? Mr. Mayor, do you realize, what, I, I, I–

RUDY GIULIANI: No, no, no–

CHUCK TODD: This is going to become a bad meme.

RUDY GIULIANI: Don’t do, don’t do this to me.

CHUCK TODD: Don’t do truth isn’t truth to me.

There’s a feeling you sometimes might have – I know I do – when you are saying something and even as you’re saying it, you want it to stop.  It’s as if the words are a none-too-bright child running down a dock on the shore of a lake… and you can see they are not stopping at the end…  you are going to have to run down the dock yourself and try to catch the little nitwit… they have too big a headstart… you’re going to end up in the lake… pulling them out.

It actually seems unlikely to me that Rudy Giuliani ever experiences such a feeling.  But if he does, he surely had it yesterday.  On the other hand, Chuck Todd underestimated how many bad memes this would become by several powers of ten.

It will be interesting to see today how much the Pumpkin administration decides they like, Truth isn’t truth, and tries to spin it into an actual position.  It would serve them well, by every estimation of what they want to accomplish.

Also, we now have a better understanding of why parody is impossible these days.

I will grant this: for sheer gall, you kind of have to admire “Truth isn’t truth.”  Even Big Brother was never quite that bold.

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.

George Orwell, 1984

UPDATED: Tomi Lahren on Fox also went to war yesterday against truth.
See this, quick, before they take it down

 

Louise

From the Buffalo News:

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter didn’t live to see Rep. Chris Collins’ perp walk last Wednesday, but she might have set it in motion.

It went little-noticed at the time, but early last June, Slaughter went into a rage over a report in the Hill newspaper. The report said Collins, at a dinner with congressional colleagues, urged them to invest in Innate Immunotherapeutics, the tiny Australian biotech that counted the Republican congressman from Clarence as its largest investor.

She stayed on this until a full investigation was going.  And last week, it bore its fruit.

Louise passed away in March, but until that day, she was my Congresswoman.  Now here she is, kicking Rethuglican ass from beyond the grave. 

Having Louise represent me in Washington has been one of the best things in my life as a political animal.  She is sorely missed.  

Casey Jones

Did you think of this when you read today’s title?

So sorry.  I was referring to the original ballad.

Johnny Cash sure shows up a lot in this series, doesn’t he?  I think it’s because he has a thing about trains.

As do I, Johnny.  As do I.

And lest I leave you without something truly different, here is the Allan Sherman parody of today’s train song.  Of course now it’s about a subway train.

Stop The Fear

The marvelously Orwellian-named Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring programs aimed at schoolchildren called Stop The Bleed.

click for NYT coverage

The Times calls this an acknowledgment of “the sad reality that shootings at the nation’s schools are far too prevalent”, but I call it something else: Fear maintenance.

The Rethuglican governments have been determined for a long time to keep the people of this country afraid.  9/11 was a great opportunity in this regard.  (Or achievement, if you go the conspiracy theory route.)  

We now allow ourselves to be made afraid of exploding shoes and water bottles at airports.  Muslims.  Blacks.  Refugees.  You name it, we fear it.  “If you see something, say something” is a message that anything you observe that isn’t part of your boring routine is a potential life hazard to be reported to authorities.  “For your security” is the ultimate excuse that lets petty authoritarians get away with any abusive rules they like.

Why do they do this?  People who live in fear look to autocratic figures to reassure them.  To take over and remove their potential for making a bad choice.  To be strong and “protect” them. 

Just as Putin “protects” the Russians.  And us, by proxy. 

Nazis Again

Or as Pumpkin calls them, very fine people.

Some of last year’s national shame — CNN 

They’re marching again today in Charlottesville and Washington, DC.  Last year they only killed one person.  I’m sure they would like to expand on that total this time around.  I hope they fail.  In fact, I hope every single person supporting these racist displays fails in every single way imaginable.

All the articles I read wringing their hands over how Pumpkin supporters never waver no matter how much corruption and graft he flaunts, or badly his policies damage them economically.  In my Google+ stream, I have a collection I post these stories to: It’s the Racism, Stupid!

I am eager for America to prove me wrong.  My expectations are nice and low, however, so I am unlikely to be disappointed.

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