Trump Times Entry 18 – Trump Tweets

Trump Tweets

November 26, 2016mefront2

It’s been 18 days since they stole the election, but the Trump gang seems angry as ever.  Sore losers I understand, but the sore winners are troubling.  I suspect they just like to be angry.

Nevertheless, the republic stands, now waiting to be made great again.

I find it remarkable how common Twitter recursion has become.  For instance, the mainstream media headline this morning was, “Trump tweets Castro is dead!”  How the fuck is that even news, no less a lead story?  It’s a headline of a tweet of a headline.  A story that indirectly refers to itself.  It’s not about Castro dying, rather about Trump announcing that Castro is dead because Castro died and Trump is announcing…  Goes around in circles, kind of make you dizzy – oh, it was on Fox News.  Fox is always good for a cheap high – probably why it’s so popular.

But enough about Fox, let’s spend some time pondering the Trump Tweet phenomena.

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As we all know, tweets are short declarative expressions, meant to provoke.  And the Donald is a provocateur.  For years, we have been offered a never-ending set of venomous Donald tweets covering all topics Trump.  Hell, there are online databases of Trump Tweets.  Did you know that, so far, there are 235 Trump tweets with the word “loser” and 222 with “dumb” or “dummy”?  Mostly name calling and critical, Donald tweets arn’t, well, classy.

Up till now, the consumption of the Trump tweet was limited to those with a taste for it.  Much like pro wrestling, Elvis sightings and alien abductions, the Trump tweet audience was large, but self-limiting.  (Since, most people have a crazy limit.)

But in the new order, those of us who don’t have a taste for the Jerry Springer Show are now compelled to expose ourselves to the Donald’s Twitter stream of consciousness.  It promises to be painful.

On the other hand, if you have ever wanted to troll the internet, here’s a real chance.  Trump is over sensitive, in public view, easily provoked and apparently runs his own Twitter feed.  Twitter is a Troll Heaven; all skill levels welcome.  Take a shot.

I wonder how long until some snarky troll shakes an international incident level tweet from the Donald.  Sure hope he doesn’t ironically start a war.  Ya know?

That’s all I got today. Take care of yourselves and each other,
osv

Trump Times Entry 2 – Feelings Shared with Media Polls

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November 10, 2016

“Polls?  Nah…  they’re for strippers and cross country skiers.” – Sarah Palin 2016

In the wake of this current crisis, I harbor some unexpected feelings.

Sure, I got the usual anger, denial, dazed thing going.  But beyond the anger, beneath the denial, glowing in the haze is something else.  Something less comfortable.

Ever get that “something’s wrong” feeling?

Like when you head out for a walk and call your dog – that feeling just before you realize she passed away last month.  Or when it’s 25th of the month and in the back of your mind it’s unclear how to get next month’s rent.  Or when you reach for the phone, then remember the call you’ve been making every day, for the last six years, won’t be needed any more.  That feeling…

When my memory drifts back to election night, whenever I hear the phrase “Trump Cabinet” or “Trump’s first hundred days” that’s what I feel.  Loss with some alienation on the side.

(beginning of rant)

On the other hand, my feelings regarding our mainstream polls and media are simple.  To suggest that they made mistakes, but who could see it coming?  To assert that they have learned and are ready to move on, is frankly insulting.

The polls and media weren’t just wrong; they were spectacularly wrong.

The polls predicted a greater than ninety percent likelihood of exactly what did NOT happen.  The media, apparently, never detected, so never reported the actual election winning narrative.  They didn’t see the story, even when characters in the story were screaming at them.

Plainly, the current crop of mainstream media and polling staff are not competent enough to do the work required in our democracy.  All the polls: 538, Huffington Poll, Gallup, Rasmussen… lack credibility.  All the mainstream media: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, MSNBC … lack the imagination, curiosity and courage to act as our eyes and hears.

Our mainstream media and polls were gamed and easily manipulated by Donald Trump.  They were outsmarted by team Breitbart.  They should all step aside and let someone else give it a try.  Clearly, they’re not good enough to play in the big leagues.

(end of rant)

That’s all I got today.  Take care of yourselves and each other.

osv

Our NaPoWriMo Project (Story) Poem for today is titled: What could possibly go wrong? Chapter 3

Chapter 3

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They Enjoyed

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Doing crosswords in bed
Two dogs and her bright guy
Beside her

He didn’t care for word games
But took in the view
Morning light on her skin
Brought on soul stir

(More tomorrow…)

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