The Watering Hole; Thursday July 21 2016; The 2016 Republican Convention, Summarized


I decided weeks (maybe years) ago to not watch a single moment of the 2016 Republican Convention because, at my age, I find it’s already way too easy to become dumbed down strictly via life itself, ergo I do NOT need any help from the 15,000 (at least) stupid shits working to make Hair Furor Drumpf our POTUS. Therefore, I decided to begin this Thursday Post on the day the convention began (Monday) and carry forward to posting time simply by pasting aboard the most significant . . . umm . . . analyses(?), by whomever, of events driving the collective absurdity mentioned above.

So here goes, in a word, NOTHING.
First off, Monday:


Next up, a sample of Tuesday’s spit-back:

Excuses The Trump Campaign Made For Melania Trump’s Plagiarized Speech

1. Trump Communications Director Jason Miller: It “Included Fragments That Reflected Her Own Thinking”
2. Chris Christie: “93% Of The Speech” Was Not Plagiarized
3. Paul Manafort: It’s Hillary’s Fault
4. Trump Spokeswoman Katrina Pierson: Michelle Obama Didn’t Invent English
5. Ben Carson: It Just Shows They Have The Same Values
6. RNC Spokesman Sean Spicer: Actually, Michelle Obama Plagiarized From My Little Pony
7. Anonymous Trump Source: “It’s Piss Poor Staff Work”


Broad-based summation of the Convention’s Day One:

Might the Convention effectively define Trump’s Katrina?

RNConvent day2


Wednesday, a quick look back courtesy of Colbert and Stewart


Fox’s Varney Complains ‘It’s A Disgrace’ For Media To Cover Melania Trump’s Plagiarism

I say the mainstream media is pathetic on this and I mean that in every shape of that word. Pathetic. Last night, Melania Trump came out there and gave a terrific speech. She was poised, she was passionate, she was on target, on message. The crowd loved her, despite the fact that she is an immigrant, English is not her first language, but she wowed that crowd. That was a terrific speech.

This morning, I wake up and I’m looking at the headlines of the major news outlets and they say, “Oh, she is a plagiarist!” They’re doing anything they can to bring her down, to bring the Republicans down. Why is she a plagiarist? Well, in one paragraph that she came out with last night, she used the expression, “Your word is your bond. Do what you say you’re gonna do. Treat people with respect.”

In that one paragraph that was mirrored from a speech given by Michelle Obama eight years ago. From that, the mainstream media says, “Oh, that was plagiarism! What a disgrace!” I think it’s pathetic, Maria, I really do.

I really think the mainstream media wants America to be more like bankrupt, socialist Europe. I think they’re leading us down that path. They just want to get us there as fast as possible. What a disgrace! What a disgrace! Today, the theme on the convention is getting America back to work: growth, jobs, prosperity. What will they find wrong with that? I’m just dying to find out.


Ben Carson: Transgender People Are ‘The Height Of Absurdity’

It is silly for us to engage in something that we have known for thousands of years. We have known what a man is and what a woman is for thousands of years. All of a sudden, we don’t know anymore. I said that is absurd. […] There are biological markers that tell us whether we are a male or a female, and just because you wake up one day and you say, ‘I think I’m the other one,’ that doesn’t change it. Just — a leopard can’t change its spots.


And speaking of Transgender, on Wednesday morning there was Caitlyn Jenner’s lengthy interview wherein she basically explained how foolish people who “think” like Ben Carson are, and also why she is a devoted Republican. 😯 ❓

Jenner said there’s needs to be change within the Republican Party and said this year’s GOP campaign has been “downright hostile” to the LGBT community. “I want to help the Republican Party in so many ways,” Jenner said. “I think our best move to get back to a constitutional government is in the Republican Party. I won’t give up hope on it.” . . .

One example is the “non-issue” about transgender people being banned from public bathrooms. Jenner even filmed herself using the restroom at Trump tower in April. “A trans woman in New York, I gotta take a pee. Anyways, Oh my God, Trump International Tower, I love this,” Jenner says in the video.At the convention, she made light of the situation and joked about state legislatures having restricted access. “Maybe we should ban Republican representatives at the state level from being in bathrooms,” she said.


Wednesday PM: Plagiarism Clarified; Deniers were all wrong; Trump with new UhOh:

Trump may have violated campaign laws by using private employee to write Melania’s speech: report

According to the Washington Post, it may have been a violation of campaign finance laws for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to use private corporate resources to write a campaign speech.

According to the Post, Meredith McIver, 65, is a full-time employee of the Trump Organization and not a paid campaign staffer. She took responsibility for lifting two passages from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech for Melania Trump’s highly-anticipated Monday night speech.

“On the face of it, this looks like a corporate violation,” Lawrence Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, told the Post. That is “a violation of federal law. It can result in civil penalties to the corporation and the campaign.”

It’s a criminal offense if the campaign used private resources “willingly and knowingly,” the Post reports.


NH lawmaker and Trump adviser: ‘Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot’

In case you haven’t noticed, this year’s Republican National Convention has started to resemble Lord of the Flies when it comes to the bloodlust being unleashed against Hillary Clinton.

Buzzfeed notices that New Hampshire State Rep. Al Baldasaro, who also serves as official adviser to Trump on veterans’ affairs, has managed to turn hatred for Hillary Clinton up to a whole new level by calling for her to be executed for treason.

“Hillary Clinton to me is the Jane Fonda of the Vietnam,” Baldasaro told the Jeff Kuhner Show on Tuesday evening. “She is a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi. She dropped the ball on over 400 emails requesting back up security. Something’s wrong there.”


As a writer, I think it’s way too easy to compare the
Republican Convention to anything relating
to Germany in the thirties
 ~Frances Langum, C&L


So. It’s late Wednesday afternoon and I’m more than a bit sick of all the RNCrapola I’ve been trying to endure. Today is over, afaic. If I should happen to stumble upon any more Trump crap, I shall wash it down with a glass of Sangria and hope that none of it sticks. Sotospeak. Tomorrow’s another day. Yuk. Why is that?

Here’s my final statement, my view of Amurkkka’s Hair Furor “Movement” and all its works and all its ways, perfectly summarized.

GOP training film


[W]hen the nobility see that they are unable to resist the people, they unite in exalting one of their number and creating him prince, so as to be able to carry out their own designs under the shadow of his authority.”
~Machiavelli, The Prince, ch. IX




72 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday July 21 2016; The 2016 Republican Convention, Summarized

  1. Thanks, Frugal, for the Colbert videos. Nice way to start the morning. ( I have to admit, I scrolled past the insanity)

  2. Let’s add Carson’s ridiculous inclusion of Hillary Clinton’s non-existent links Saul Alinsky and ‘Lucifer’ to the mix of toxic crap that is the Repugnicant party Confederention.

  3. Oh, yeah, how about a shout out for Ted CruzMissile? Pissing off the Drumpfsters, he’s lucky he got off the stage without being lynched and torched as a traitor.

  4. “When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat”

    George Carlin

    • I’m not entirely clear but I think the whole resigning versus being fired is a matter of whether or not you can keep your pension or other benefits. They shouldn’t have allowed him to resign. They should have fired his sorry ass because they knew the women weren’t making it up. What sickens me is his defenders (many of them males who never saw or suffered harassment.) I mean, how the fuck would Bill O’Reilly know that Ailes never harassed anyone? Not only do I find his defense incredible, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bill-O was in the room when Ailes said something sexually suggestive about or to one of the women.

      Besides, I’ve read that O’Reilly, Hannity and van Susteren have clauses in their contracts that allow them to leave Fox News Channel if Ailes is ever gone (for whatever reason.) I think all three know they won’t get another job in cable anywhere else. Not a news job for sure, as none of them did news anyway.

    • “Frantic Fran” is a swindler too and the least loved former Viking from the glory years. When he is interviewed by local sports casters he never mentions anyone but himself and when anyone else from those years is interviewed they refuse to even mention him unless the interviewer brings him up first. Heck! He’s such a dick that even Howard Cosell hated his guts!

  5. I don’t know if any of you have seen the latest example of an unarmed black man shot by police. He was a behavioral therapist attempting to get his autistic client, who was sitting in the street playing with a toy truck, to return to his group home.The gentleman yelled to police that the autistic man had only a toy and that guns were not needed. He laid down on the ground and put his hands in the air, all the while trying to calm the autistic man and get him to lie down too. Police shot the therapist in the leg. Tonight NBC News reported that the North Miami police had issued an explanation, the officer was trying to shoot the autistic man and missed. Zoo commune? South Sea Island? Help me out here folks, I’m not sure I can live here anymore.

    • I hear you loud and clear, feel much the same. South Seas Island? How about somewhere in the Kingdom of Atooi, a place made for those who want “to live and build a lasting diverse community for the children of the Pacific and the world based on natural, organic and sustainable practices”? Sounds pretty good!

      • I can raise hogs, right? Son can keep bees and be a large brown autistic man without fear of death? I’m lucky, my child is articulate and would probably not sit in the road and play with a toy truck. He might ride around with his My Little Pony collection though. I hope no one mistakes Fluttershy for a gun.

        • My Little Pony — wasn’t that the book(s) that some nitwit Republican accused Michelle Obama of plagiarizing her 2008 speech from (the speech that Melania Trump didn’t plagiarize)?

          I’m sure hogs and bees would be welcome in Atooi. 🙂

      • That would be lovely. Just about any place else but here.

        One of my Canadian contacts offered Wayne and I a large loft apartment over her company’s warehouse (I had heard that she had live in it for a long time.) She told me that all of her U.S. vendors were worried about Trump. That was both encouraging and discouraging at the same time.

        • EV and I want to move to the Isle of Skye, so maybe we can all sardine ourselves into a little stone cabin. That’s probably the only way we’d stay warm. 🙂

    • Rightwhiners don’t know things. They believe things and pesky little things like facts don’t even phase them. They are not even on speaking terms with the cause and effect universe inhabited by sane and smart people.

  6. I guess that Alex “I’m Afraid of Fucking Clouds” Jones wasn’t carrying his precious gun today. As much fun as it might be to see Cenk drop him I’m glad it didn’t go any farther. Now, if Ana had kicked his ass…?

    • Yes, but a prop is a prop, and a pretty faced prop is worth more…unless it’s too stupid to not steal somebody else’s wordage.

    • i managed to last though his speech up til now. Even with an audience of semi-drunk old white people, his red meat flinging seemed to fall flat.

    • It won’t surprise me to hear a call from Herr Trump to take over before the election so crooked Hillary can’t fix the election.

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