This is a public service announcement (without guitars) part two: With all of the cognitive dissonance involved in blithely accepting the multiple 180-degree reversals in official White House policy this week (not to mention the interview in which SCROTUS said he'd launched 59 missiles at the wrong Muslim-majority country), I had to ask a SCROTUS supporter: "You realize that you're the kid on the school bus cheering on the sociopathic always-in-trouble/never-studies kid who just grabbed the wheel of the school bus and is now barreling down the street putting your life (and everyone else's lives) in danger, right?"
We should stop referring to spray-tan man as 45 and start referring to him as 180.
Meanwhile, MSNBC (and the rest) normalizes these u-turns as a mere "change in tone." The distance between reality and such sanitized characterizations is as dangerous as FOX News misinformation. We're doomed if we don't pay attention, hold fast to the facts, and keep the cable news talking heads from babbling us into a state of resigned confusion.
It's all pretty simple: SCROTUS and his good pal Vlad realize their protectors (High Nunes, Gowdy Doody) positioned within the collusions-with-Russia investigations are failing. The continuing revelations are pointing an ever-clearer picture of corruption and lies (involving Manafort, Stone, Kushner, Flynn, etc.), so the Demented Duo have conspired to distract the world with military action and chilling statements designed to make make everyone question how we could have ever thought those two were in bed together. Period.
This theory is coming from someone who was seriously scarred by The Day After as a teen, yet all this "U.S. relations with Russia are at an all-time low" bullshit does not quicken my pulse even a bit. The bullshitter in chief and his minions are busily creating smoke to hide the fire. Sadly the profit motive drives the U.S. corporate media, so it can't stop itself reporting on all of this in the way it is because cheerleading war (I'm looking at you Brian Williams and Fareed Zakaria) breathless fear- and war-mongering is good for ratings (i.e. the run-up to the illegal invasion of Iraq), but we cannot fall for it. Not again. You and I need to remain clear-eyed and focused on what is real.
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480 Minutes Season 13 Episode 14