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A wonderfully British takedown of twitler....

Stolen from a friend of a friend. The best description of Trump I have ever read, from a Brit.

Someone on Quora (a free-thinkers website) asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response:

A few things spring to mind.

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.

That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
* Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
* You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

'My God… what… have… I… created?

If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

Chutes and Ladders 2019 Edition!!!

Or just back a stair truck up to the wall. That'll work, too!

In honor of Black History Month. Thanks for making history. Thanks for keeping it classy 🌺

Beatles appreciation thread.....

When 73 million Americans tuned into The Ed Sullivan Show at 8pm sharp on February 9, 1964 they had no idea that they were watching history in the making.


Posted by Heartstrings | Sat Feb 9, 2019, 11:19 AM (8 replies)

The Police

Posted by Heartstrings | Sat Feb 9, 2019, 02:47 AM (0 replies)

Ed Sheeran vs Marvin Gaye's family

Apparently Ed was hit with a plagiarism suit from Marvin Gaye's family over his song "Thinking Out Loud", and lost....now I hear similar chords between these songs, but much different tempo, composition, lyrics, etc.....thoughts?

Posted by Heartstrings | Fri Feb 8, 2019, 03:02 PM (2 replies)

I love the Brits! ❤️❤️

BREAKING: "Caecilians are wormlike amphibians that spend most of their lives with their heads buried in dirt—which to many is a fitting trait for a species now named Dermophis donaldtrumpi. That, my friends, is what you call a taxonomy burn, and a British company called EnviroBuild paid $31,250 to make it happen.

A caecilian’s vision is also rudimentary, allowing it to perceive only light and dark, or black and white, a fact that EnviroBuild cofounder Aidan Bell says reminded him of President Donald Trump’s unnuanced views on climate change."


Gotta Love/Hate this.....

Street Artist JR Installs Massive Face of a Child on Mexican Side.

Credit: Facebook

Posted by Heartstrings | Fri Feb 8, 2019, 11:42 AM (4 replies)

"Robert Mueller's big endgame" per the Palmer Report....

The position of President of the United States of America has been, for generations, a renowned and highly respected position. Since the time of George Washington, the highest seat in the land was one that was viewed as a position only held by the most respected and valued individuals. This appearance ended when Donald Trump illegitimately stole the presidency in 2016.

While there is still time to regain the legitimacy of the position of America’s presidency, that time is running out. After the Democrats retook power in the House of Representatives in the 2018 election, America was given a chance to ensure a check on Trump’s power was ensured. The Constitution ensures equal power between the separate branches of government. When Republicans had full control of Congress, they refused to place a check on Trump’s power.

There has been an increase in discussion about whether or not Robert Mueller’s team should accept a Trump resignation in exchange for complete immunity. While the current Department of Justice guidelines state that “The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions,” some high ranking Democrats in Congress have publicly stated that in their view, this is not a hard and fast rule.

The fact remains that nobody knows what Robert Mueller and his team plan to do. Based solely on the publicly available evidence of Trump’s guilt, something must be done to ensure that nobody is above the law. It is now demonstrably clear that Donald Trump has sold out his country. The only question now is how Mueller will deal with such treason.


Waiting as patiently as I am able, Mr. Mueller......Lock them up!!!!!

Posted by Heartstrings | Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:52 PM (1 replies)

This is 🔥🔥🔥

Posted by Heartstrings | Thu Feb 7, 2019, 02:08 AM (8 replies)
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