HAPPY FESTIVUS, if that’s possible…

by InsightAnalytical-GRL

On this, the Eve of Festivus 2016, I wish all a satisfying Airing of Grievances in this Era of the Trump.

I will be celebrating tonight around my Festivus Pole in anticipation of a perfect Festivus tomorrow, which will include every carbo-laden comfort food I can  muster, most likely in the form of pasta (doing double duty in honor of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster).  The Feats of Strength will be spread out over the coming months as the Trump Administration unfolds…

Best Wishes to all in this “festive” season….

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“The Gilded Age”: Harry Reid Reminds Us, Ida Tarbell Muckraked It…

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Seeing Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid today on the occasion of Senator Reid’s departure from the Senate was very moving.  In his final address to the Senate, he was pointed in his comments and along the way referred to “The Gilded Age.”

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nation-world/article119671818.html

REPOST 8/15/17: As President, Which Type of Rally Will Trump Go For on His “Thank You” Tour? “No Frills” or Nuremberg?

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

August 15, 2017   I am pinning this in light of Trump’s comments regarding the terror in Charlottesville, VA.

UPDATE:  November 30, 2016…I have changed the title of this post to reflect the new name for Trump’s current tour, formerly called the “Victory Tour,” now called the “Thank You” tour.

The New York Times is reporting that Trump is just aching to stay in touch with his peeps even though he is a “homebody.”  (Note: This is another of those stories we’re hearing that are aimed at “normalizing” Trump.)

Yes, while he needs adulation as his drug of choice,  the really important thing is to get out and meet his followers…yes, it is sweetly “old-fashioned.”  Normal Rockwell would be proud!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/us/politics/trump-president.html

Donald Trump Prepares for White House Move, but His Tower May Still Beckon

By MAGGIE HABERMAN and ASHLEY PARKER

President-elect Donald J. Trump won the White House with an outsider’s populist promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington.

Now, as he prepares to assume the presidency, an open question remains about the capital he repeatedly spurned: Just how much is he willing to become a part of it?

Mr. Trump, a homebody who often flew several hours late at night during the campaign so he could wake up in his own bed in Trump Tower, is talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House. He has told them he would like to do what he is used to, which is spending time in New York when he can.

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Returning home to Trump Tower from the White House may not be Mr. Trump’s only embrace of the familiar. His aides say he has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that were a staple of his candidacy. He likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide, and his aides are discussing how they might accommodate his demand.

“I think Trump has discovered that these rallies are tremendous opportunities for him to get his message out,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media, a conservative website. “It’s actually sort of old-fashioned, that you want to actually meet people and press the flesh with him.”

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Now, apart from wondering if Trump is actually going to do any work himself or just past it all to his staff while he gets his “rally rush,” one has to wonder what these rallies will be like.

Will he go for the straight “Rant Rally,” in the classic style of Benito Mussolini?  After all, way back in February 2016, the BBC reported that Trump had re-tweeted a quote from Mussolini...http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35682844

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The glue that held the Fascist regime together was Mussolini’s cult of personality. Fascism never developed into a coherent doctrine, recognizing itself best by what it was against: Fascism meant antiliberalism, antisocialism, antifeminism, and, after 1938, anti-Semitism. For the general public, Fascism acquired real meaning in the larger-than-life figure of Il Duce. A vast propaganda machine directed by the Ministry of Popular Culture churned out newsreels, radio broadcasts, and newspaper stories glorifying Mussolini. The Fascist Party choreographed huge rallies at Mussolini’s Roman headquarters at Piazza Venezia, where Mussolini harangued the crowds with rousing speeches. A common propaganda axiom held that “Il Duce is always right,” and that youth should learn to “Believe, obey, fight.” Mussolini’s posturing lent itself to a kaleidoscope of propagandist images: Il Duce as family man, photographed with his five children; Renaissance talent playing the violin; hero of the peasants, harvesting grain bare-chested; brave commander in chief flying a fighter plane. Mussolini reached the peak of his personal popularity when he led Italy to victory over the Ethiopian empire in May 1936.

http://www.ineedchops.com/School/GOV/GOVUnit109Sem1/Benito_Mussolini.htm

Then there is the rally based not only on oratory, but also on true spectacle and staging, rallies not just composed of run-of-the-mill large crowds.  This type of rally would really ramp up Trump’s mainlining of adoration and  leave his supporters in awe.  Scrolling through pictures of the Nazi Party Congresses, it’s really very hard to choose which one would be most appropriate.

The Terrifying Spectacle of the Nuremberg Rallies in Germany

The Nazi Party relied on spectacle to impress German citizens and wow true believers. Beginning in 1933, once Adolf Hitler ruled the country, the annual rally in Nuremberg became a shining example of the power of German propaganda. Each year, the rallies grew larger and more impressive, and Hitler’s speeches became progressively more sinister. The rally in 1939, scheduled to begin on September 2, was cancelled at the last moment—Hitler and Germany had invaded Poland the day before.

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The ever-popular “Cathedral of Light” (introduced in 1934)  would certainly inspire all Trump fans, even those evangelicals who love Trump’s sincere religious beliefs…

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But the 1937 “Rally for Labor” style would really appeal to all his working-class followers because it celebration of the  “reduction of unemployment in Germany after the Nazi rise to power. It had fallen from 6 million at its peak to 1 million. Hitler did this by emphasizing manual labor, restricting companies from using labor-saving machinery, and keeping wages low.”  Yeah, that “keeping wages low” bit is right in keeping with Trump at one point telling his followers that Americans were getting paid too much.

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But who could forget the 1935 Nuremberg Rally? This was the rally at which  “Hitler introduced the Nuremberg Laws, which prohibited Jews from marrying Germans, and declared that only people with German blood (not Jewish) could be German citizens.”  Thousands of soldiers stood at attention during this homage to purity…and the racial “purists” these days are out in full force post-election going after black people, Muslims, and…oh, but we haven’t seen them pushing around any more cerebral palsy victims… yet…

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So, on Inauguration Day, what will happen? Why settle for this…http3a2f2fmashable-com2fwp-content2fuploads2f20132f012freagan-inauguration-1981

When we can have this?

San Diego, May 28 2016– Trump supporters pepper spray protestersc_scalefl_progressiveq_80w_800

OR THIS??

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What’s Up with Trump’s Breathing?? Can He Handle STRESS??

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

I was listening to  Trump on Saturday, July 16, with Mike Pence during the VP announcement  and, at least a few times, it sounded like he was really huffing and puffing.

This was not the first time I’ve noted this.  At times, he will gasp for breath.

Back in December 2015, Trump provided us with what was supposed to be a “medical report.”  According a piece in The Daily Beast, the letter written by his doctor was greeted with…er,  puzzlement.

DR. STRANGE

12.14.15 4:00 PM ET

Trump’s Medical Report Is More Insane Than His Campaign Somehow

Donald Trump’s doctor released a medical report so silly that when we asked the American Medical Association about its language, their spokesman started to laugh.

Donald Trump’s doctor appears to be just as bombastic as he is.

It’s the only conclusion to be drawn from a hilariously bizarre letter that the mogul’s doctor—Harold Bornstein—wrote about his yuuuugely terrific health. And the letter raises as many questions as it answers.

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“If elected,” Bornstein writes, “Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

This is, of course, hooey. It’s embarrassing that a doctor even wrote it—unless, of course, Bornstein time-traveled to the 19th century to check on Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison. Reached for comment regarding this, a spokesperson at the American Medical Association just giggled.

They weren’t the only ones who found the comment perplexing.

“I don’t want to question Dr. Bornstein,” said Jeffrey Singer, a practicing general surgeon and adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute. “But doctors don’t usually say that kind of thing.”

“I could understand Donald Trump saying that, because that’s the kind of thing he says—just like he’s the smartest guy and the richest guy and all that,” Singer continued. “But doctors don’t usually make those kind of superlative comments.”

Unless, of course, you’re Donald Trump’s doctor.

This commentary should be read in full for the fun of it and the link is provided for the actual “bizarre letter.”

So, once again on Saturday, even my aging ears, which often miss what people are saying, picked up Trump’s labored breathing…does anybody else notice?

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the media isn’t picking up on this. I guess half of the media has been banned from covering Trump, of course, but it is OBVIOUS to me that he seems to be short of breath sometimes.

Wondering if it’s health related (heart? he takes low-dose aspiring and a statin… lungs?) or is it a sign of ANXIETY/STRESS??? This all started as a lark, remember, and now he’s the nominee!

For all his bluster, his red face, and racing speech, it’s the real shortness of breath that I am now listening for every chance I get.  He may have cardiac issues that are under control, he may have allergies…but gasping for breath/hyperventilating may also be a symptom of STRESS.

Which begs the question:  Can Trump actually handle real stress, when things are not quite fully in total control?

I have to wonder if he gets the nomination and at some point, suddenly drops out, citing health issues…even if not severe, it would be a perfect way to avoid being
President and giving up his freedom to do whatever he wants to do at any given moment.

Heck, there are so many bad deals to make, so many taxes to avoid, so many people to not pay, and that great plane with the gold fixtures that is waiting to whisk him over to one of his golf courses.

Why the hell would Trump want to be President?

As things get real after the formal nomination at the GOP Convention, let’s see how he breathes during his acceptance riff.

I will be watching with “bated breath” to see if he gasps at any point.  And I will be looking as the campaign unfolds how his respiratory system reacts…at some point, maybe he will asphyxiate himself as he smothers in his torrent of toxic words…

Happy New Year! My Thoughts after Seeing “The Big Short…”

~By InsightAnalytical

Well, of course, the best time to release a movie about the 2007-8 economic crash is to release it during a holiday week at the same time the masses are being dished out “Star Wars”…again…

Being contrarian by nature, I made it over to see “The Big Short” which is based on the fantastic book of the same name by Michael Lewis.

Well, I went to the noon showing, this last day of 2015…the parking lot was full…of Star Wars fans, most likely.
I counted 20 people in for The Big Short. I was surprised there were that many…it’s only showing in one of the 3 movie complexes in town…seems it may be around for another week, but after that I bet it will be gone…

Of the 20, there were about 4 under the age of 60, probably in their 40’s/early 50’s.

Well, it was really gripping! It really was brilliantly done, esp. the asides with the “explanations.” I doubt, however, that many Selena Gomez fans will be in to see it, though.   I have to say the sleaze award goes to the guy based in New Jersey working for Merrill Lynch…figures.

After it ended I chatted with a woman who said they had lost $26 M in ethanol. Wants to get out the country (me, too!),  $300 for a visa to get out to Vietnam…or Cambodia ….or Thailand…Well, I cautioned her about a place like Vietnam being so dependent on China! Also, told her to watch “The Executioner” via MHzChoice (foreign TV series and one shot movies)….a Danish “movie” based on a true story…you will not want to go to Cambodia maybe after seeing the crap that goes on there. I also told her to read WallStreetWindow.com as well as Zero Hedge (but ignore most of the drek in the comments section…truly awful. I mean it…)
The truth is…with the global connectivity at this point, where is there anyplace “safe”??

She revealed that she had “insurance” in a safety deposit box…and I told her to get it out of that box in a bank!!!

When I got home I spotted the young man who works for Apple from home…he and his wife have just bought a house. I pulled over to say a final goodbye as he did his final move out of stuff….gave him the same info about a few sites that I gave to the woman at the movie and told him to save his money and learn what’s going on, not to keep all his retirement on one stock like Apple….exchanged phone numbers again and I gave him my email…told him I may not know all the answers, but I can figure out where to look most of the time…I’m sure I won’t hear from him again.

And then I came home. Hugged my dogs…and am checking my storage food for freshness…

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Before going I was watching Bloomberg and the word SCARY came up twice from the anchors…the discussion has been about the 600,000 jobs gone from banking….. The site says 500,000 but they said 600,000 on air.
http://www.bloomberg.com/ne’sws/articles/2015-12-31/half-a-million-bank-jo…

They had a guy on talking about going into recession (for some reason I can’t find THAT video up on the site); the anchor brought up Marc Faber also forecasting that a day or so ago. Yesterday, I saw the mayor of Wilmington, DE talking about the loss of 1700 jobs from the DuPont-Dow deal…he was pretty grim….

Anyway, a couple of the people on air today looked pretty pale…and to hear the word ‘scary’ TWICE, no matter in what context…well, THAT was scary!!!

CNBC’s Fast Money is having a party at the moment…party hats, champagne, are they kidding me?? ….can’t even stand watching CNBC much anymore…Bloomberg seems a bit more “sober” but …where IS that video from the recession talker today??

Stay safe out there in the New Year….

While the Confederate “heritage” flag still flies, Princeton Battlefield is about to be desecrated

by InsightAnalytical

July 31, 2015….Unfortunately, the building has started…

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I’ve been following this story from afar and it’s down to the wire now. Although the Princeton Battlefield Society has an injunction for now, the bulldozers are there and the construction fencing is up.

http://www.centraljersey.com/news/princeton-institute-for-advanced-study-battlefield-society-reach-agreement-to/article_483301b4-1528-11e5-8692-77a36e017dd3.html

What a perfect place to build 15 townhouses for The Advanced Institute’s faculty housing….

Why should this place be treasured?

On January 3, 1777, the peaceful winter fields and woods of Princeton Battlefield were transformed into the site of what is considered to be the fiercest fight of its size during the American Revolution. During this desperate battle, American troops under General George Washington surprised and defeated a force of British Regulars. Coming at the end of “The Ten Crucial Days” which saw the well-known night crossing of the Delaware River and two battles in Trenton, the Battle of Princeton gave Washington his first victory against the British Regulars on the field. The battle extended over a mile away to the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

The famous Mercer Oak, once stood in the middle of the battlefield, not far from the spot where General Hugh Mercer fell during the Battle of Princeton.

http://www.visitprinceton.org/activities/history/princetonbattlefield/

Here is a great new video that shows how the battle was fought and views of the park and area today…and the fight that goes on to save the battlefield…including an interview with a descendant of one of the soldiers who fought in the battle

The Crossroads of the Revolution video is on this page:

http://www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com/

When living in the area, I often drove out of Princeton down the narrow road, past the Monument (where I once saw wedding photos being taken), past the Clarke House (built in 1772, the only building still standing near the battlefield), through the deep woods over the little stream, past the open fields and finally out to Route 1. I remember the now-gone Mercer Oak. I also once took a birding hike along trails on the Institute’s land. The road through the grounds was like going back to 1777, a miracle on the way to the modern ugliness and congestion of Route 1.

So, the bulldozers are out on the battlefield now….to take more property from this area and turn it over to development.

Princeton Battlefield Monument

Heritage worth protecting….this is a state park and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. a U.S. Historic district, and is on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

The narrator at the end of the video has it right….this is hallowed ground…”in a country that espouses patriotism while trivializing preservation….we owe it to the generations to follow, to preserve what little is left…..”

Hillary Clinton: Not “Progressive” Enough?… History Shows How She Nailed China on Abuse of Women, Worked on Microcredit for the Poor

by Insightanalytical

No candidate is perfect. Grownups realize this. So, to those who are not going to vote for Hillary because she isn’t “pure enough” in their progressive eyes….she’s been around this fight from the beginning!  Here are a couple of examples of her “progressive pedigree.”

Who went to China as First Lady and detailed the abuse of women?? What politician today would have the guts to do that?
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/06/world/hillary-clinton-in-china-details-abuse-of-women.html

HILLARY CLINTON, IN CHINA, DETAILS ABUSE OF WOMEN

Published: September 6, 1995

BEIJING, Sept. 5— Speaking more forcefully on human rights than any American dignitary has on Chinese soil, Hillary Rodham Clinton catalogued a devastating litany of abuse that has afflicted women around the world today and criticized China for seeking to limit free and open discussion of women’s issues here.

“It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights,” Mrs. Clinton told the Fourth World Conference on Women assembled here.

“It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls,” Mrs. Clinton said, or “when women and girls are sold into slavery or prostitution for human greed.

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Mrs. Clinton’s gravity and directness seemed to please both Democratic and Republican members of the United States delegation here, and thus the speech may trump the political disputes that have plagued both Mrs. Clinton’s decision to travel here and the Administration’s approach to China.

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Continuing with references to domestic violence, genital mutilation, coercive abortions and sterilizations, Mrs. Clinton told the delegates from more than 180 countries, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

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In the section of her speech aimed most directly at China, Mrs. Clinton seemed to betray frustration over China’s intolerance for dissenting views.

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Back in the day, when the GOP was not insane, even arch right-winger Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), praised the speech (although he thought she could be more “specific.”…can’t ever win with these jerks!)

OK, and then there’s this:    Who was deeply involved micro-banks in underdeveloped countries?

http://www.shareintl.org/archives/economics/ec_mlmicrocredit.htm

Microcredit Summit seeks to help world’s poorest  (1997)
by Monte Leach

Excerpt:

The impressive roster of participants at the Microcredit Summit, and their enthusiasm for microcredit programs, was a tribute not only to Yunus, but also to the power of his idea that the poor can help themselves out of poverty if given half a chance.

Among the more than 2,000 participants from 100 countries were three presidents and two prime ministers; Queen Sofia of Spain; the President of the World Bank, and the presidents of major regional development banks; the heads of UN agencies; members of parliament; heads of commercial banks and private corporations; heads of major foundations and philanthropists from around the world; representatives of nongovernmental organizations; practitioners — those who implement microcredit programs across the globe; as well as borrowers like Francisca Rojas who have received the benefits of microcredit.

The presence of the world’s movers and shakers, from every part of the political spectrum, appeared to mean more than simply efforts at photo opportunities with the gathered media. US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a co-chair of the summit, who, along with the US Secretary of the Treasury, spoke at the conference, said that she and the President, Bill Clinton, first met Mohammed Yunus in 1986, and have been deeply committed to microcredit since then.

Hillary Clinton showed photos of her visits to microcredit programs in Bangladesh, Chile, India, Nicaragua, and the US itself. The First Lady talked about a woman she met in Chile who had received a loan for a new sewing machine. “She said that when she got that new sewing machine she felt like a caged bird set free. And that is a good way to describe how many of the people I have met seem to feel when given the opportunity.”

Mrs. Clinton went on to describe the opportunity presented at this moment in history: “As we move toward this 21st century, we have an opportunity that has seldom come, if ever, in the history of humankind. We have a world that can, with technology, democracy, and free enterprise extend the benefits of prosperity and peace to countless millions whose lives can be lifted up.”

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Yeah, Hillary is an elitist who doesn’t understand those “below” her…

I consider myself a progressive. And that means not having another Republican get into that White House and crucify blacks, women, and gays.
Having marched on D.C. for women’s rights and to seem them crippled is really pissing me off…we are in dire need of a woman to restore the dialogue about issues that affect women and their families…and that includes men, too!

Hillary has been a crapped-on wife, a mother, a brilliant lawyer, an activist, First Lady, a Senator, and Sec. of State. She has seen the world, the villages, not just the presidential palaces. WHO CAN MATCH THAT EXPERIENCE???   She has a daughter and now a grand-daughter. Don’t you think she wants a better world for them and for all children??

People better grow up and realize that to put a Republican in the WH and with a GOP Congress will screw us for decades, esp. with regard to the Supreme FART!

Wake up people…I donated without hesitation last night and will be working on the campaign…at 64, this is a bookend in my life…I started
seeing progress in the 60-70’s, have seen it snatched away…and it’s time to take progress back!

I thought I wasn’t going to be energized, but…I AM!