The Body vs the Bozo

https://www.economist.com/united-states/2017/01/19/before-donald-trump-there-was-jesse-ventura

The supposed antecedent to Donald Trump as President is not really that, given that Ventura had actually been mayor of a large city and actually accomplished things for the average citizen of Minnesota. The primary similarity is neither one expected to win the election. I still maintain that Donnie’s activities with the Russians related to his organized crime syndicate are what is being covered up and why he won’t release income taxes. He screwed all this up when he went and won the election. And now his ego can’t look past the fact that a perfect storm of events put him in the White House.

We can hope another similarity is Donnie won’t run for re-election like The Body did.

Meanwhile, Putin just smiles.

© 2018 Joseph Galligan

A Great Burn from the Home of (Robert) Burns

A protestor in Scotland during Donnie’s trip to rest up for his mano-a-mano with Putin but also shamelessly self-promote his Turnberry golf resort (in the company of his son Eric who ostensibly rakes in the dough for Trump Organization without Dad knowing about it) had a sign that read: “Yer jaicket’s oana shoogly pet, Donnie.” (Your jacket’s on a wobbly peg).

What a fantastic way to say, “Your time ain’t long.”

© 2018 Joseph Galligan

Taphophobia Unites Humanity

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/cave-rescues-that-captivated-the-world/9961756

The great Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung noted that certain elements of dreams, what he called “archetypes,” are common among the indigenous people of Australia and the Arctic. These people have never interacted culturally, yet their dreams form around these same archetypes. The same is true for the bond-trading bro in Manhattan and the nomadic man in Mongolia. There appears to be these common threads in the human psyche, which I believe are rooted in what is called “junk DNA” (never mind why).

Something else all humans seem to share is an ancient fear of being buried alive (called taphophobia), which explains why there was such a massive, transnational response to the recent discovery and rescue of the soccer team in a cave in Thailand. Every day, a vastly larger number of children are starved, bombed, poisoned and shot to death around the world, to the shrugs of most other humans. But if they are trapped in a cave, that’s different because of taphophobia. (This is not to say that the boys and their coach did not deserve their heroic rescue.)

This common fear also seems to apply to animals. All around the world, hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are wandering around lost and disconnected from the human support many need to survive, and again, shrugs from most human quarters. But if a dog or cat or horse or elephant or leopard is trapped in a well, as often happens, the transpolitical or trans-social response is intense. (Search “animal trapped in well” on Google.)

Imagine the difference if all the migrant children taken from their families were trapped in a cave instead of put in baby jails (7/14: numerous editorial cartoons from past week make this same point).

© 2018 Joseph Galligan

How to Get Away with Murder

Donnie appears to endorse the following (per his view of Putin and election tampering):

Judge to bailiff:  Bailiff, please tell the court what crime the defendant is charged with.

Bailiff: First degree murder, your honor.

Judge to defendant: So how do you plead to this charge?

Defendant: Not guilty

Judge to defendant’s lawyer:  Mr. _______, I have read all the pre-trial documents, and your client was photographed at the scene of the crime, he had the victims’ blood on his clothes when he was arrested, the murder weapon is registered to him, he posted numerous comments on Facebook that he wanted to kill the victims, and we have statements from his brother and girlfriend that they drove him to the scene of the crime. Are you sure you want your client to plead not guilty and not accept the plea bargain he was offered? If he is found guilty via trial, he could get the death penalty.

Defendant’s lawyer: He says he didn’t do it.

Judge: Well, ok then. Case dismissed.

 

Update from NY Times 7/16/18:  “I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that was responsible for the election hacking, Mr. Trump added. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.” Case dismissed.

© 2018 Joseph Galligan