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Amy Warren, Elizabeth Klobnachar?

Monday, February 11th, 2019

[ by Charles Cameron — surrealism in electoral candidates’ declarations ]
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I’m glad I was up and alert at 4.30 am Pacific time today, and could catch these two screen-grabs of candidates for the Presidency in 2020 — a wonderful DoubleQuote in chyron confusion:

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Who’s this?

Okay, then who’s this?

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Both screen-grabs are from Morning Joe on MSNBC.

It may be hard for the electorate to tell some of the 2020 candidates apart.

The deliciousness of snakes that bite their tails, &c

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

[ by Charles Cameron — continuing my miscellaneous collections, with metaphor, paradox &c a specialty ]
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Two recent headers caught my eye:

and:

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You can see why I like those two — there’s something very attractive about the way those headlines double back on themselves.Writers know this self-referential form — the serpent biting it’s tail, or ouroboros — I’ve been suggesting for some time that it’s also a useful heuristic marker of matter of special interest, worth particular attention by intel, natsec and geopolitical analysts.

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Okay, another item — a double number his time — for the collections series:

This is from about a week ago, I think, and belongs in my war as metaphor category.

Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, or perhaps said, “The world is so full of a number of things, I ‘m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” I’m that happy, I have to admit, though I’ve no idea whether kings themselves are — hey, given that Shakespeare himself wrote “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown…”

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Gov. Northam‘s predicament is one I won’t comment on, but Rev Al Sharpton had a few comments I found worth noting:

  • This (KKK outfit) is a terrorist uniform .. a terrorist, racist outfit ..
  • You’ve got to be consistent if you’re going to take a moral stand ..
  • Clan robe is a terr– Clan represents lynchings, murder, bloodshed; there’s no way to act like you didn’t understand ..
  • When Sharpton didn’t feel the Northam had sufficiently plumbed the depths of black dismay at the confluence of KKK and blackface on his page, the Rev — at least to my ear — put considerable emphasis on the concept of terrorism — the KKK as home-grown, native-born, internal, domestic, normal, pretty much, right-wing terrorists.

    And they’re still around:

    Georgia, 2016

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    Anyway, I’ll continue dropping visuals in here, and relegate most of my text collections to this and other comments sections.

    What poetry has to say about “the mob at the gate”

    Friday, October 26th, 2018

    [ by Charles Cameron — Donald Trump and Joy Reid. meet CP Cavafy ]
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    Donald Trump has been repeating a mantra tying Dems to the word mob recently — here’s one example:

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    Belay that! For Trump “the mob at the gates” might equally, scarily, be that “caravan” in Mexico, making its way up to a confrontation with US troops at the border, and no doubt paid for their troubles by George Soros

    Take your camera. Go into the middle. You’ll find MS-13. You’ll find Middle Easterners..

    Hold it: that’s a powerful image.

    But Joy Reid saw the mob differently:

    The mob are WOMEN.

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    Democrats, the caravan, women — take the mob at the gates as you will, there’s a considerable force, on the outside, massing and pressing to come in. And poetry has something to say about that (recurrent) situation. In the words of CP Cavafy‘s celebrated poem, Waiting for the Barbarians:

    What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

    The barbarians are due here today.

    Why isn’t anything going on in the senate?
    Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?

    Because the barbarians are coming today.
    What’s the point of senators making laws now?
    Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

    Why did our emperor get up so early,
    and why is he sitting enthroned at the city’s main gate,
    in state, wearing the crown?

    But I’ll invite you to read the answer to that question, and the rest of the poem, powerful as it is, on the Poetry Foundation site..

    Cavafy has one possible outcome — but there may be as many as there are mobs, or people perceiving them.

    In any case, enjoy the poem, and vote.

    Here’s what “not even people” sounds like

    Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — Eric Trump & voices in the uncanny valley ]
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    First, here’s Eric Trump saying the Democrats are “not even people”:

    Now, for an exact comparison, here’s what “not even people” sound like, when they speak those same words:

    Listen to the gaps, Eric, the lapses of emphasis.

    Artificial human voices will no doubt improve: at this point they’re easily discernible. They sound uncanny.

    Dems don’t sound like that.

    WaPo just can’t bear their faces?

    Sunday, October 9th, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — the words “substitute teachers” come to mind ]
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    There’s nothing like quoting the recent past to illustrate the near future, eh?

    presidential-vice-presidents-wapo-savedhttps://twitter.com/postpolitics/status/785172785417125889

    I guess these guys seem more presidential?

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    Edited to add: Okay, revised version, 20 minutes later:

    https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/785177688839520257


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