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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Cheer Up, Things Could Be Worse!

So he skipped this:

In order to go here:

Which was "great" because the crowd decided he deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for Kim Jong Un stepping across the DMZ to meet the President of South Korea and agree to dismantle a nuclear testing sight North Korea no longer needs.

Even Trump's public supporters (the ones who put their names to their statements) weren't going that far.  But Trump sought adulation because he couldn't bear the thought of showing as much spine as his Press Secretary did.

And oh yea, proving Trump has the "Reality" stone, and thinks what he imagines is reality:

Gotta be Rasmussen from three days ago.  That one still shows "disapproval" at 52%, approval at 47%, which Trump thinks is good.  538 still aggregates them into 54% disapproval, 40% approval, which Trump probably thinks is good, too.

He also thinks the GOP won't lose the House and Senate in November.  He's about the only Republican office holder who does.


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

She was brutal, it was comedy with a wrecking ball. I didn't think it read funny but a lot of it was well delivered. It's not my usual thing but I'm a fan for now.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

I remember when "SNL" was brutal. There seems to be a continuum over the last 40-50 years.

So it goes.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

I should add: comedy always involves an element of brutality. Monty Python exposed me to British sensibilities, where the humor is often as physical as American comics, but much more brutal (who else would reduce a Knight to a torso and head, still demanding battle? It's gross and funny at the same time, and extremely British.).

There are still people who get their hackles raised at the banter between Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx, as if the latter were truly insulting the former, rather than reading the lines each was given, as they were actors. Groucho was much harsher on his TV game show, so I hesitate to say humor has coarsened since the first episodes of SNL (which were criticized by older comics as "too harsh").

I still remember the "Bass-O-Matic" and Ackroyd's Julia Child sketch, so maybe American humor was as bloody as British humor, after all.

Court jesters have always ventured to go too far; and this was not comedy delivered before the Crown. As Fineman said: she was invited, hired even. They got what they paid for: controversy and something to cluck their tongues over the next morning.

8:28 PM  

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