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The Titanic arrogance of using "Skittles" as a political football.

Sometimes, in the midst of all the big details, we lose sight of the small ones, but small ones can yield great benefit, and also do damage if overlooked.

Consider the "skittles" meme Trump's son used. Now, we can safely say Trump chose to use the Skittles analogy, as the old Nazi era version of that meme involved a mushroom. Now, why does the fact he used Skittles much worse. Is it because you make a candy joke right near Halloween, about one of the more popular Halloween candies?, partially, but not the whole.

Skittles is made by Mars chocolates, famous for making M & Ms. One of those M's stands for mars in fact. They are also known for being one of the worlds most aggressive defenders of their copyrights, to the point where they get mentioned as the example of a company ready to sue you into oblivion if you even HINT of a possible violation.

http://www.thedailymeal.com/Mars-loses-mms-trademark-case-sweden/6616
http://www.confectionerynews.com/Manufacturers/Mars-and-Mondelez-wage-M-M-s-trademark-war-in-Sweden

Do keep in mind, Mondelez is no mom and pop, they almost bought Hershey.

http://www.ibtimes.com/hershey-mars-lock-horns-over-similar-candy-packaging-249118

oh, and remember M and M's?
http://www.cracked.com/article_18616_5-bitter-truths-about-chocolate.html

and as for what makes them the way they are?
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/life-on-mars-the-mars-family-saga-has-all-the-classic-elements-1535722.html

So, we have a company that literally sets a standard for OBSESSIVE detail, aggressive defense of it's copyright, is known to be equally obsessive about everything, to the point where the aristocratic execs do not even give themselves perks, not because they are nice, but because they want to pour every spare penny into the business. Last, a company that is willing to sue entire countries, and has ample legal muscle to do it! They have the bankroll and legal muscle that makes the Trumps look like chumps.

AND THIS is the company that Trump dragged into the political arena? You know Trump's legal staff had to have a stroke! Of all the people to RISK getting into a fight with, you choose people who are psychotic and have much more money than you ever will?

I cannot believe this is an accident. If Trump's kids managed to get their MBA's without hearing about the company used as the example of aggressive suing, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. In addition to being arrogant enough to recycle a nazi meme, they also tried to be macho by poking one of the industry's legal dragons.

Why is this important? Simple, it shows the outright STUPID, DANGEROUS arrogance. It is one thing to be arrogant, another to be reckless. Yes, Mars is not suing them YET, but if heaven forbid they lose Halloween sales because of some political bullshit, the Trumps may WISH they stuck to politics. It also shows the sort of arrogance that is not merely the sort you do nto want to have near "the button", it also shows that they are NOT even very good at business. The mars Family is debt free because they aggressively hate executive perks. The Trumps, well we know them. The Trumps also took a crap on the very idea of copyright, because of all the copyrights that Mars has been known to make billion dollar companies pay a king's ransom for, you pick the Mars family, aka the people that make Willy Wonka look like white bread and mayonnaise.

fear and loathing of Milennials

Yes, I understand the media does a lot of parading of Milennials who seem to like Stein or Johnson. Keep in mind, the media desperately needed a narrative to sell, that somehow, anyhow, Hillary is not gonna winnnnn! The Bernie campaign fed that, but since Bernie folded up his tent and joined Hillary, the media does not have that, so they need a knock off.

That being said, some are buying into the side effect, thinking that those Milennials are bigots/stupid/stoners/sexists/ etc. You know the tos keeps me from quoting people her on DU, but you will find them. I would ask that people not get suckered into the trap that is being set, especially because the last thing we want is a generation gap. Most Milennials hate trump, precisely because he is the literal embodiment of the older boss that would exploit their labor, fuck them over, and act like they should feel honored for it.

to "but she was wrong to call half of us deplorable"

No doubt, the media will push the idea that Hillary was wrong to say half. After all, many in the media will say that they were only trying to give Trump their due, but they are not bigots, etc.

Let us cut to the point:

First, this is a very unconventional election, one where rude behavior has been rewarded. If what Hillary said was so bad, why has Trump not been held to account for doing and saying things that not even Bush or Romney would do? This election that made roadkill out of 14 other people, including Jeb Bush who, this time last year, was not only a shoe in for the nomination, but a serious contender for the victory in November. Donald Trump has not laid any incense before the altar of good politics, and for one solid year, he has gotten reward after reward after reward. Here is a man whose sound bites are rated pg-13 to R, talking about blood coming from (censored), and they are going to get mad because she said "half?". The tenor of the campaign has been set, and the media has said "we demand bad behavior."

Second: If Trump has hired the likes of Bannon, Manafort, and Lewondowski to be MANAGERS and OFFICIALS in his campaign, it can easily be assumed they speak for at least half his voters. It would be one thing if he hired (insert more generic mainstream conservative here.) Indeed, when Manafort got fired, there were many who thought there would be a pivot, where he might act more like a normal politician. Instead, he went right to the alt-right a publisher of material that a Bush or Romney would have to say was deplorable, the Ann Coulter side of the street. Now, if he feels that these people he hired do NOT represent his targeted voter, why hire them to make more voters? That would be like hiring an Italian Chef to make French Cuisine.

Third: but far far from last, IF Trump voters see things like the violence that has occurred at his rallies, or heard some of the r-rated stuff, and they still vote for Trump, then they need to be held accountable for it. Cry Godwin's law now, but this shoe fits, no not every German was anti-semitic. However, those that let Hitler gain power because they thought it would somehow "make German great again" can and were held accountable for the fact they supported him. There is a reason Germany was torn in half and not allowed to reform till decades later, why the EU was formed , in part, to somehow prevent Germany from startling another World War. The people who, may just hate Hillary, who may have hated Hillary back in the 90's, cannot just say "I'm voting for Trump" the way they could Bush or Romney, because Trump has done things that neither Bush nor Romney would have done. If nothign else, the "bromance" between Trump and Putin should make any so called "conservative" lose credibility or go into shock. Ask them if they would have let Obama talk of Putin the way Trump has.

To all the folks trying to reassure Hillary has this is in the bag.

I truly appreciate the intent, and I also appreciate the need to avoid our own tendency to despair (namely becaus eunlike the GOP, we have brain cells that think.)

But the last time I was assured, a man named W. got elected.

This will be a long four year fight, they will fight to say Trump won, they will fight to say trump won though he lost, then try to cripple Hillary. They are addicts that will sell their children to pirates if it gets their fix.

About Deplorable people

Part of the problem is that this media is willing to put anything Hillary says under an electron microscope, while Trump is literally encouraged to say things that would make you put your six year old in a "time out" chair.

Was "half of" a bad term, perhaps...but neither she nor we need to walk that back, because not only is it true, but it also brings focus to something that MUST be put to every voter, that if you vote for Trump, you are with Trump. Trump does not care if you hate Hillary Clinton, all he cares about is that you helped him get into power, and rest assured, the only way to keep him out of power is to make sure more people for FOR Hillary than him.

So, not half eh? Fine, judge him by the people who MANAGE his campaign, who he hired to do so. Bannon, outspoken racist and sexist. Lewendoski, fired for berating a woman, Manafort, possible Russian agent. During a normal year, any one of those three would be a deal breaker; even the Bushes would not hire them. Yet, we can easily see people "she had no right ta say half" with "OK, look who he hires to manage things." We have every reason to assume that if he hires these people, he likes the way they do things...

and if they are deplorable people using deplorable methods, we have every right to assume at least half the supporters like them too, or at the very least, that they will keep in power, and that Trump will not care if they are Deplorable!

Trump's weakness and strength

Is that he is NOT a politician. The problem comes in when a bunch of wonks, who are very interested in defending the idea that their snake oil still is medicine, try to throw all their tricks at him, ala DWS, throw the stuff that is NOT made to deal with folks like him. You cannot embarrass a reality show TV star out of their career! Fortunately, Hillary is getting less formal and more folksy, and she has one of the best, slickest snake oil sellers in Bill to test things with. Hell, why can't bill be her debate prep, he knows Trump well, and could imitate him.

about demonizing the blue collar folks

Some people think that the unsuccessful among us are that way because they are either lazy or stupid. This sort of thinking used to be mostly confined to the right wing, and , it is still a major part of right wing thought. However, as people who identify themselves as "liberals" start to move into gentrified neighborhoods, or benefit from outsourcing, they seem to agree, and scream even louder at those they blame. If right wing stupid has ignorance, left wing elites have arrogance. Just take a look at the mayhem that happens to the Afro-American board whenever an AA has any other opinion but "yes, please save us o liberals" or the Unions folks when a bunch of "liberals" join the stone throwing and name calling at the folks that lost jobs to China.

It is not a matter of Americans not being willing to work, or being too lazy to improve their lot. Let's be honest, with the lowest vacation, most overtime, most unreported overtime, least job security, and the sheer work it takes to even score unemployment benefits, the problem is NOT that Americans do not want to work. If Americans were lazy, no one would dare work in places which are just a step above old antebellum plantations. The problem is that our elites do NOT put half the risk and toil that their employees do, and because people are desperate and badly fed, they will accept anything that gives off hope, or it's cheap cousin, revenge. Think of Trump as fast food, it's not what you want to live off, not what you want to feed your kids, but on budgets that make vegetables a luxury, it is something that beats hunger.

If Clinton wants to beat Trump, and she could do so easily, she needs to step away from the Yuppies whose response to food deserts is "why don't they buy organic at whole foods?" and connect to the folks that have to use Hamburger Helper. She can do this, but she needs to continue on the path she started when she FINALLY got Debbie Wasserman Schultz out of the cockpit and started describing herself as a girl whose grandpa was poor.

Demonizing people you think do not want to work will only shovel the people who work for 50-60 hours a week right into Trump's furnace. If you think I am being hard on the left side, I say this: we are the ones that want to sell compassion, respect, reason, logic and genuine efforts to allow people to keep what they have and try to improve. It is high time we started to live up to what we say we believe, even if, especially if, if threatens our ego.

and to sum it up, I end with a bit of an another OP: Some people do not like certain versions, but most leftists know the Three penny opera. It is most famous for a song called "Mack the Knife", but this song states the point very well.



You gentlemen who think you have a mission
To purge us of the seven deadly sins(2)
Should first sort out the basic food position
Then start your preaching, that's where it begins

You lot, who preach restraint and watch your waist as well
Should learn, for once, the way the world is run
However much you twist, or whatever lies that you tell
Food is the first thing, morals follow on(3)

So first make sure that those who are now starving
get proper helpings, when we all start carving
What keeps mankind alive?

What keeps mankind alive? The fact that millions
are daily tortured, stifled, punished, silenced and oppressed
Mankind can keep alive thanks to its brilliance
in keeping its humanity repressed
And for once you must try not to shirk the facts
Mankind is kept alive
by bestial acts!

what keeps mankind alive

This is something to keep in mind this year, both for the self righteous GOP that thinks morality is a simple matter of working and not having sex, and for the self righteous who call themselves democrats who think they are special because they have that cushy job in the gentrified neighborhood. Bonus points if you know the original source of this:



You gentlemen who think you have a mission
To purge us of the seven deadly sins
Should first sort out the basic food position
Then start your preaching, that's where it begins

You lot, who preach restraint and watch your waist as well
Should learn, for once, the way the world is run
However much you twist, or whatever lies that you tell
Food is the first thing, morals follow on

So first make sure that those who are now starving
get proper helpings, when we all start carving
What keeps mankind alive?

What keeps mankind alive? The fact that millions
are daily tortured, stifled, punished, silenced and oppressed
Mankind can keep alive thanks to its brilliance
in keeping its humanity repressed
And for once you must try not to shirk the facts
Mankind is kept alive
by bestial acts!

let's not be the Hare to the Tortoise

It is very easy to be complacent, but as someone who lived through the 2000 election, I know that is the one thing we who oppose Trump cannot do. We have Rick Scott in Florida, willing to hand this state to Trump. We have an army of "lone gunmen" ready to apply "second amendment remedies" to liberals, who will be taking weapons into polling places and giving anyone with a hint of skin pigment that "I will git you" stare. We have Julian Assange who, apparently does not have the talent to find Trump's secrets, and the Jill Stein voters who will gladly vote for Trump (via voting third party) and gladly step in their minivans (bought with privilege) drive off to whole foods and have a congratulatory organic pizza mixed with homegrown herbal "medicine" that they know they can get away with (after all, the cops have plenty of young teenagers to lock up for mary jane, and they cannot afford lawyers.)

In short, until the hand is raised, do not let up. Furthermore, we know that the Oligarchy's paid army of whores (otherwise known as the House of representatives) will do everything and anything to make Hillary a "one term president", just like Mitch the Turtle tried to do to Obama. I do nto care how many times the GOP's obit is written, if the GOP did not wane after the disaster that was the Bush era, it will not now.

Has Comedy Central follwed a policy of "Last hired, First fired?" Re: the nightly show cancellation

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/business/media/comedy-central-cancels-larry-wilmores-late-night-show.html?_r=0

OK, I know there are some who will howl if you mention race and media. I myself found Larry Wilmore charming, funny and yes, talented. He gave me the fix I was missing from Jon Stewart, even though I do like Trevor Noah too.

However, why is it that the first shoe to get the ax was this show? If you were to Ax Noah, it would indeed say a lot about race (namely that many white people would prefer to be mocked for their bigotry by a white guy) but to see Wilmore get the ax is appalling. Her is a guy that was simply witty and funny, did not have to use shock value or even scream a lot, and yet, to keep it 100, still was able to fly right into thorny subjects with a rare grace and ease.

The fact that the Nightly and Daily shows are getting Pilloried frankly sets off my radar. Yes, it would have been nice if Samantha Bee took their offer to take over the show, however, neither Noah nor Wilmore got a fair shot. And let me say this right now, I do not care if it is someone like Lweis Black, Denis Leary, or any of the Comedians I truly love, if all of a sudden another white guy gets a new show, I will call shenanigans. For that matter, yes I know women are not represented on television, but could it hurt to consider some of the very funny women PoC? Hell, Whoopi Goldberg has to be getting sick of the View, or an Aisha Tyler could do this along with Archer. Or bring in Olivia Munn, former DS alumni.

Hell, part of me hopes they get so desperate they offer Dave Chapelle the slot.
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