SOMETIMES LIFE IMITATES ART

Way back a long time ago, I think about 191, when AMC actually showed CLASSIC films I came across Elia Kazan’s 1957 film “A Face In The Crowd” starring a young Andy Griffith. At the time, I was struck by the similarities between this small town cornpone who turned into a rhetorical Pied Piper and one William J. Clinton. Fast forward 17 years and the media-generated illusion of Barack Obama was foisted on us.

I was reading Cal Thomas’ column today and he equated the Trump phenomenon to the same thing. This is an excerpt; I didn’t think you’d mind my spoiling the end, since most don’t have time. The entire film is available for viewing on Youtube. It co-stars Patricia Neal as the radio host who had fallen in love with him then realized the monster he had become.

“Jeffries has a local radio show on which she interviews interesting characters. She finds Rhodes irresistible and puts him on the air. Rhodes becomes a sensation, eventually climbing the ladder to his own network TV show and then, as politicians approach him for endorsements, a self-described kingmaker.

“I think of Rhodes when I watch Donald Trump. The two have much in common. Rhodes’ view of women seems to mirror Mr. Trump’s. In one scene, Rhodes says, ‘A guitar beats a woman every time.’ He marries more than once and has several affairs during and in between those marriages.

“As he becomes intoxicated with a beverage clearly not the milk of human kindness, Rhodes brags: ‘I’m not just an entertainer. I’m an influence, a wielder of opinion, a force a force!’

“Later as his political and cultural demise approaches, Rhodes says this about his audience when he thinks the microphone is off (Jeffries has kept it on to expose him as a fraud and make amends for creating a monster): ‘Those morons out there? Shucks, I could take chicken fertilizer and sell it to them as caviar. I could make them eat dog food and think it was steak. You know what the public’s like? A cage of guinea pigs. Good night, you stupid idiots. Good night, you miserable slobs. They’re a lot of trained seals. I toss them a dead fish and they’ll flap their flippers.'”

I think the huge difference is that back then character actually mattered. Had something like that happened to Obama it wouldn’t have made a whit of difference.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/14/cal-thomas-donald-trump-is-lonesome-rhodes/print/

This is the official trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lrmxkF-UKM

The long knives will be out tonight during the Trump Show, masquerading as a debate, on CNN. I have plenty to post today and, of course, will have more tomorrow.

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ONE BIG REASON FOR HIS POPULARITY
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  1. Pistol Pete

    Rand Paul says he’ll blast ‘fake conservative’ Trump with ‘both barrels’ in debate as conservative group spends $1 million on anti-Donald ad buy
    Kentucky senator says Trump ‘isn’t one of us – he’s barely a Republican,’ and he’ll run ads touting himself during the CNN debate broadcast
    Paul said Trump will be exposed in Wednesday’s debate and ‘Americans … [are] going to run away with their hair on fire’
    Club for Growth spent $1 million on ads calling The Donald ‘just another politician’ who is ‘very liberal’ despite campaigning as a conservatve
    Trump has feuded with the group, which wrote to his campaign manager in June asking for a $1 million donation but he refused
    The knives are out for Trump among his GOP rivals on the eve of the second primary debate in Simi Valley, California

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3236135/Rand-Paul-says-ll-blast-fake-conservative-Trump-barrels-debate-conservative-group-spends-1-million-anti-Donald-ad-buy.html#ixzz3lv1pjhFz

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  2. Pistol Pete

    New anti Trump ad points out his ‘liberal record’
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    FIORINA HITS BACK

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  3. Pistol Pete

    Bernie Sanders To Meet With Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay McKesson
    A PROFESSIONAL RACIAL TERRORIST AND A SEPTUGENAREAN MARXIST GETTING TOGETHER.WHAT COULDPOSSIBLY GO WRONG?

    While McKesson is seen as the face of Black Lives Matter, he appears to have split with the movement over political strategy

    Late last month, the group rejected the Democratic National Committee’s resolution endorsing the movement. The group has also disrupted Clinton and Martin O’Malley campaign events.

    But as McKesson’s meeting with Sanders indicates, he’s been more willing to enter the political fray. In June, he attended a Clinton campaign event in New York at the candidate’s invitation.

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/15/bernie-sanders-to-meet-with-black-lives-matter-activist-deray-mckesson/#ixzz3lv7NIHs7

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  4. Pistol Pete

    Hillary Clinton: The Thought Of Having Bill Run As VP “Crossed My Mind”…
    WHY NOT PUT HIM ON THE GOVERNMENT PAYROLL AGAIN AS HE RAKES IN TENS OF MILLIONS FOR YOUR BOGUS FOUNDATION?

    “He would be good, but he’s not eligible; under the Constitution, he has served his two terms and I think the argument would be as vice president it would not be possible for him to ever succeed to the position — at least that’s what I’ve been told,” Clinton told Extra’s Mario Lopez in portions of an interview released Monday. “It has crossed my mind.”

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    Clinton also joked about hip-hop artist Kanye West’s announcement that he had decided to run for president in 2020.

    “If I’m going for my second term, [I would ask him] to wait four years, but if I’m not… be sure he has comfortable shoes because there’s a lot of walking involved,” she said.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/hillary-clinton-bill-vice-president-joke-213611#ixzz3lvBm7QKJ

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  5. Pistol Pete

    SCOTT WALKER IS STILL MY CHOICE

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    • For years I made my living as a musician performing in clubs around southern Indiana and Los Angeles.

      I’m not sure that makes me qualified for the Super Bowl halftime show. I was a fan, but Walker can’t seem to gain traction on the national stage.

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      • Good point. I like him anyway, though.

        Where did you perform in Indy, J? Bloomington? Evansville? Lawrenceburg? I hope you weren’t in Mellenkamp’s band. He’s a lousy drunk, but even when he’s sober, he’s still a Democrat. 😉

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        • Pistol Pete

          Saw a picture on Yahoo this morning with Mellencamp,looking like a cadaver,out and about with Billy Joel’s ex,Christie Brinkley.
          I kid you not.

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        • He called me once at work looking for bass players. Two guys in my band went over and nearly got into a fight with “The World’s Biggest A**hole.” I won’t address his comment, according to my sound guy, that “there’s money to be made in this industry if you know who to bl**.” Remember, he started out on Riva Records, say no more.

          Played Bloomington in my early twenties (Little 500 winning frat house TWICE, now that was a party!!), Indy in my late twenties, L.A. in my thirties. Biggest gig ever? On the bill with Nick Gilder during the week “Hot Child In the City” was #1, 10,000 people at an outdoor concert. I wasn’t ready, it wasn’t my finest hour, still cooler than s*** though.

          Mostly journeyman club stuff, lugging the gear around, dealing with 1:30 a.m. drunks, playing for peanuts. The music part is great, the hustling part gets old.

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          • Very cool, Jane! Sounds about right with JM and Riva! But the Little-5 parties sound like they were a blast to play. And I can only imagine what it’s like to play in LA.

            I’ve run sound (engineer by trade) and hauled gear for a lot of local bands (just church and local events), and I always tried to take good care of them, because journeyman musicians really do get almost nothing for their trouble. It helped a lot if we could at least let them have a pleasant gig, keep ’em in booze and water and help take care of their gear. That’s been mostly in Colorado, but I’m from Indy originally. That’s why I asked.

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          • What’s your instrument(s)? Are are you mostly vocals?

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  6. Pistol Pete

    McConnell to Dems: I’ll Force Painful Amendments If You Keep Filibustering the Iran Deal
    WHO DOES HE THINK HE’S KIDDING?

    Democrats seem to think they can end the discussion by blocking an up-or-down vote, then turn around and pretend they care deeply about Israel and human rights. Well if they vote again to deny the American people a final vote, they’ll have a chance to test the theory. I will file on an amendment that would prevent the President from lifting sanctions until Iran meets two simple benchmarks: It must formally recognize Israel’s right to exist, and it must release the American citizens being held in Iranian custody.
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/09/15/mcconnell-iran-move-n2052829

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  7. Pistol Pete

    Disgusting Mooch School Lunch Alert! Moldy, Raw, Expired And Unidentifiable Food- “Criminals Get Fed Better!”
    Students at Prince George’s County Public Schools posted images of half-pink meat patties, sandwiches that had buns containing mold, expired drinks and hollowed out chicken nuggets on Twitter.

    But the students said the horrid images of the food items are nothing new to their lunch trays, according to FOX 5.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3234767/Students-outrage-regularly-fed-school-meals-moldy-uncooked.html

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  8. Pistol Pete

    Pope Will Deliver Only 4 of 18 Speeches in English While In U.S.–Rest in Spanish

    HAS HIS HOLINESS CHECKED WHAT COUNTRY HE’S COMING TO?WE SPEAK ENGLISH HERE….OH,WAIT.
    Francis has polished his English during recent trips to Asia, but the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the 78-year-old Argentine pope simply finds it easier to express himself in Spanish.

    He said there was no symbolic significance to the pope’s decision.

    Two of Francis’ major speeches will be in English: his remarks at the White House and speech to Congress, the first ever by a pope.
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/pope-give-4-speeches-english-us-rest-spanish

    Gays, Transgenders, ‘Nun on the Bus’ Invited to White House Pope Francis Reception


    YUP,OBAMA’S KIND OF PEOPLE
    Guests at the White House reception for Pope Francis on September 23 will include several gay and transgender persons, a controversial nun, a radical preacher and a gay Episcopal bishop.
    http://cnsnews.com/blog/mark-judge/gays-transgenders-nun-bus-invited-white-house-pope-francis-reception

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  9. Pistol Pete

    Did the beloved Illinois cop thought to have been gunned down in the line of duty take his own life? Coroner raises the shocking possibility as federal agents scale down their involvement in the case
    Fox Lake Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was found dead from a bullet wound on the morning of September 1
    Now, the coroner has revealed that following the autopsy there is a possibility Gliniewicz may have taken his own life
    ‘We obviously know that a bullet killed him. I can’t rule out a suicide. I can’t rule out an accident. And I can’t rule in a homicide,’ said Thomas Rudd

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3236141/Beloved-Illinois-cop-thought-murdered-committed-suicide-according-coroner-federal-agents-begin-reduce-involvement-case.html#ixzz3lvOvM4R2

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  10. Pistol Pete

    Hillary Clinton’s Poor Donald Trump Impersonation Makes Her Look Like a Fool

    Hillary Clinton joined the GOP field with an attempt to ride the coattails of Donald Trump momentum
    That said, her attempt to impersonate Donald Trump ended up making her look like a fool.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/09/hillary-clintons-poor-donald-trump-impersonation-makes-her-look-like-a-fool-video/

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  11. Pistol Pete

    Brock Pleads With Democrats: Don’t ‘Chicken Out’ and Ditch Clinton
    YOU WOULD THINK WITH ALL THE MONEY HE HAS HE COULD AFFORD SOMETHING BETTER THAN A $2.99 HALLOWEEN FRIGHT WIG

    “I’m still constantly surprised that, every time Republicans manufacture a fake scandal and convince the mainstream media to swallow the bait, Democrats immediately fret— often publicly, to conservatives’ delight— that the sky is falling,” wrote Brock.
    http://freebeacon.com/politics/brock-pleads-with-democrats-dont-chicken-out-and-ditch-clinton/

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  12. Pistol Pete

    Ben Carson says it is ‘foolish’ not to use already aborted babies’ tissues in experiments

    DR. CARSON IS MERE POINTS BEHIND TRUMP SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE ANTI-POLITICIAN FERVOR GOING ON
    Thursday night, Dr. Carson denied that he was “in the laboratory actually doing the research, or retrieving fetal tissue.”

    “My only involvement in this study was supplying tumors that I had removed from my patients. Those tissue samples were compared to other tissue samples under a microscope,” he said.
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ben-carson-says-it-is-foolish-not-to-use-already-aborted-babies-tissues-in

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  13. Pistol Pete

    JEB BUSH PRESIDENTAL RUN IS PUTTING ALL AMERICANS TO SLEEP
    I WONDER HOW MUCH DIAMOND AND SILK ARE MAKING OFF THESE VIDEOS?

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  14. Pistol Pete

    Andrea Mitchell: White Women ‘Abandoning’ Hillary Clinton ‘In Droves’

    NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported on the Today show Tuesday that white women were abandoning Hillary Clinton “in droves,” and that the Democratic presidential candidate was desperately trying to win them back.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/andrea-mitchell-white-women-abandoning-hillary-clinton-in-droves/

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  15. Pistol Pete

    Chelsea Clinton can’t understand why Americans find Hillary dishonest: ‘My mom is my hero’
    OF COURSE SHE IS.ALL YOUR PARENTS’ MONEY GOT YOUR UGLY ASS A HUSBAND AND A DO-NOTHING JOB MAKING A SMALL FORTUNE.BEATS HAVING TO WORK,DOESN’T IT?

    “I’m not a pundit. I’m a daughter,” Chelsea Clinton said. “And I love and admire my mom. I know that she’s talking about issues that are important to families across our country.”

    She said she’s confident that such issues “are starting to resonate” with voters and that the Democrats will once again be “ready for Hillary.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/chelsea-clinton-hillary-my-mom-is-my-hero-164243454.html

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  16. Pistol Pete

    Massive Crowd Chants “God Bless America” after Michigan Mosque Voted Down

    After weeks of contentious debate, the planning commission of Sterling Heights voted 9-0 Thursday night to reject building a mosque on 15 Mile between Ryan and Mound roads.

    City Planner Donald Mende said the mosque was too tall for the location and not suited for the residential area. Many residents agreed with him, speaking out before the vote.

    But Jaafar Chehab, a board member of the proposed American Islamic Community Center, said before the vote: “Not allowing this mosque to be built is a violation of my Constitutional rights…Denying me a house of worship in the place I live is unacceptable..We have the right to build a mosque.”
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/09/video-massive-crowd-chants-god-bless-america-after-michigan-mosque-voted-down/

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  17. Pistol Pete

    Soros-Backed, Bush-Led Immigration Group Plans Attack Ad for CNN Debate
    THE SOONER THIS BASTARD IS ROASTING IN HELL THE BETTER OFF THE WORLD WILL BE

    Ironically, the ad features clips of the very sort of blue collar workers whose wages are beaten down year after year by waves of immigrants welcomed by Big Business.

    The New York Times reports that the National Immigration Forum Action Fund, which leftist billionaire George Soros has funded during previous immigration battles, spent about $750,000 on the 60-second ad. NITAF falls under the umbrella of National Immigration Forum (NIF), on whose board of directors sits Jeb Bush, Jr.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/15/soros-backed-bush-led-immigration-group-plans-attack-ad-cnn-debate/

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  18. Anybody ever lose their power for a day? It happened to me yesterday during a large-scale outage in the San Fernando Valley, from 5:10 am to 2:28 pm. Boy, I never realized how dependent I am on that slippery current coming into my house through those little constantly-surprised outlets.

    No Internet. No TV. No AC or fan and very high humidity. Had to close the company, couldn’t see our working schedule. Bored, bored, bored. I seem to remember being mostly curled up in a fetal position, checking the clock every 45 seconds for ten hours.

    First time a big EMP bomb explodes over L.A., my life is over. 😦

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