Priorities USA

Watch this ad (it’s only 30 seconds) produced by Priorities USA, largest Democratic PAC (political action committee), translation high value donor acquisitions in support of electing a Democratic president. By law, Priorities USA is legally prohibited from coordinating with candidates on their campaigns. As are Republican PACs Lincoln Project, America FIRST and so on. Political action committees can’t contribute money directly to politicians, what they can do is spend untold millions on advertising. We’ve all seen their ads, blah, blah, blah “paid for by” this, that or the other brand of concerned citizens.

Lead MSNBC story on Rachel Maddow tonight featured controversy surrounding this ad. According to Maddow it was the first of its kind to air on TV way back in March, airing predominantly in swing states – Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.



Trump blew his comb-over, threatening to sue any television station airing the ad. Trouble is, State law in all but Wisconsin levy penalties and court costs against parties who waste court time, be it frivolous, harassment, for personal gain or plain old nonsense. What’s a Trump to do? Sue a tiny independent station in northern Wisconsin, duh! That’ll teach media not to mess with Trump. Sweet mercy, what a fool. Priorities USA immediately countered with deep pocket expansion of air time specific to this ad.

Here’s the thing, why splice together out of context Trump-bites for dramatic effect? What’s the point of giving Trump media attention when he calls bullshit on the above? Why create content where sites like PolitiFact (linked below) can shred it to pieces with “well yes, he said that but at different times and context”? All it does is piss him off. It’s like tossing an arsonist stranded in torrential rain with five gallons of gasoline, waterproof matches.

Trump is incompetent enough without giving him reason to toss a fit. There’s more than enough Trumpish zingers to go around without resorting to spliced jibber-jabber. Priorities USA, time for you and your kind to smarten up. Let Republican super PACs play dirty, all Democrats have to do is air unadulterated content. It’s not as if Trump absurdity is hard to find.

In closing, acting like a four year old is not presidential Mr. Trump.

Foul Bush

I’m a firm believer in remembering certain events – events possessing unprecedented magnitude, implications, historic value or perspective altering ramifications. Pondering collective memories in my lifetime, I find it difficult to capsulize “events” without evoking the personal anguish of news coverage the morning 9/11 unfolded or the absurdity of Hurricane Katrina.

9/11 played out on a Tuesday morning – rather than the kids breakfast before school, or dressing for work, our family sat together in a state of collective paralysis, struggling to comprehend the enormity of witness. 9/11 meant fundamental changes to the world we knew, our lives would never be the same. 9/11 was pivotal in my lifetime, a moment etched in the annuls of profound historical shake-ups. 9/11 will never languish in dusty corners of memory, it can’t be forgotten.

Hurricane Katrina on the other hand teeters on the precipice of obscurity. For all the horror and emotion of 9/11, Katrina is the one responsible for painting a public face on the underbelly of America. To this day no amount of pondering can make sense of the absurdity.

Enter the George W. Bush Museum and Library in Dallas, Texas. Since May of 2013 scores  have crossed the threshold,  falling down a rabbit hole into a revisionist parallel universe ruled by the hubris of George W. Bush. Visitors are presented with interactive installations offering “choices” of action in the face of adversity. “what would you do as  Bush” games give 3 response scenarios post Katrina, all aimed at how to “restore order”. Would you rely on local forces, send troops without police powers or use the Insurrection Act? Don’t hold your breath in expectation of  implementing humanitarian aid or evacuation – put yourself in the shoes of a inept imbecile overwhelmed by the burden of “restoring order”.  No mention of nincompoops at FEMA, no hint of abysmal failure to respond, not a whiff of anything but contempt for hordes of desperate citizens.

To this day,alarming numbers of white Americans scratch their asses while clucking over the mentality of poor urban blacks. Viewed as morally vacant, assumed to be lawless looters responsible for the rift in polite acceptance of the status quo. The George W. Bush Museum epitomizes the ignorant assumption of disorder once the Negroes get “uppity”.

Take a moment to watch this video from the Rachel Maddow show. America needs to remember Hurricane Katrina, it’s every bit if not more important than 9/11.