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  • The “teammate” the Visionary Activist was talking about — who had “the space-bugs eat part of his brain” and made the unbelievable statement about Trump’s Congressional Address — is the Bay Area progressive-activist Van Jones (who served a brief stint as the Obama “environmental advisor,” before he had to resign for being too radical). He now works as news anchor for CNN. In that capacity he joined the chorus of Trump’s Right-wing news cheerleaders, like Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who stated: “I Feel Like Tonight Donald Trump Became the President of the United States.” Van Jones’ praise was identical: “He became President of the United States in that moment.”

    So the question is: What kind of “new water” (Breitbart cool-aid?) has Van Jones been drinking?

    • c_woof

      I wondered the same exact thing. I’ve heard him be progressively moderate.

      His comment about that moment in T’s speech to say what he said shows perhaps his paycheck depends upon bending reality a bit.

  • File Under: Something’s Going On Here, But You Don’t Know What It Is—Do You Mr. Jones?

    Did you know that the “teammate” the Visionary Activist was talking about in such Braindead terms — the guy who had “the space-bugs eat part of his brain” and made the unbelievable-can’t-believe-my-ears statement about Trump’s Congressional Address—is none other than the well-known Bay Area progressive activist Van Jones (who served a brief stint as the Obama “environmental advisor,” before he had to resign for being too radical; “Mr Jones Goes to Washington”)?

    Van Jones now works as a news anchor for CNN (in case you also didn’t know). In that capacity he was jaw-droppingly heard to join the chorus of Trump’s Right-wing news cheerleaders, like Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who testified (while holding his far-Right balls no doubt): “I Feel Like Tonight Donald Trump Became the President of the United States.” Van Jones’ praise was identical: “He became President of the United States in that moment.”

    So the question is: What kind of “new water” (or Breitbart cool-aid) has Van Jones been drinking? (And: Is he fishing to get a position in the White House back, since it sure looks like he’s finally lived down and atoned for his “extreme Left” views?)

    However, I’d like to offer that there’s a serious question here too. It concerns VJ’s space-bug-eaten-brain perception, which provoked his glowing pronouncement on CNN. It was reported, concerning the context of VJ’s praise, that “The CCN news anchor was moved by Trump’s display of compassion for the widow of slain Navy SEAL.” Now, given that if there’s one thing the Visionary Activist wants to get across as a message to “teammates” it’s the necessity in our world for “COMPASSION,” this issue of “progressive” political teammate VJ is instructive. It’s about what the Visionary Activist means by it, or the “toxic mimic”?

    IMO, it all boils down to the way people see Pres. Trump’s putting the slain Navy Seal’s widow in the Reagan balcony (Reagan invented this tradition with his Joint Congressional Addresses) as a guest of honor and prompting 5 min. of applause.

    Of course, the Republicans and their base (and their media; Fox News) see it as the noble act of a great Commander-In-Chief, worthy of praise. But it’s also the accepted, America-Great-Again view, since many liberals on the Democratic side (and their media; CNN) can’t help but agree—“we may be Trump’s biggest critics, but we gotta give it to him this time….”

    The alternate, unpopular take in it (voiced by Michael Moore and Bill Maher on MSNBC after Trump’s speech) is that this wasn’t at all a noble act of “compassion,” but a giant ruse; that nothing “more presidential” was going on with Trump. No, what Trump was up to was yet another despicable media-opportunity to display his megalomaniacal-narcissistic will to power (yes, there is a clinical word for it: “Megalomaniac with Narcissistic Personality Disorder,” or NPD And, thus, if it’s a new VOICE Dept we’re in store for, then why not a NPD Dept?). What the new Commander-in-Chief was doing by “going off-script” (from teleprompter), in order to “honor” the “tragedy” of the slain Navy SEAL through his grieving widow, was actually the crowning Reality-Show act (all that was needed were candies parachuted down from the ceiling) of his malignant narcissism; an Orwellian spectacular in front of 48 million viewers contrived to deflect his from his own (reported) culpability (“I want to show what a big man I am with this ill-timed, poorly-planned raid”) in the SEAL’s death and, by way of sustained applause, boost his piss-poor ratings! In other words, Trump—in the guise of “Our Compassionate Leader—used a war-widow’s grief to further his popularity in his ratings-poor poles! (Hey, “ratings,” “poles”–what’s the big difference?)

    A “Compassionate Leader” of the Free World—or a “Narcissistic Monster” sent from the pit of the Dementors of Doom? That’s essentially what the argument is about now!

    I’m guessing that the Visionary Activist’s dedicated listeners probably share this second, alternative view (or something like it).

  • File Under: Something’s Going On Here, But You Don’t Know What It Is—Do You Mr. Jones?

    Did you know that the “teammate” the Visionary Activist was talking about in such Braindead terms — the guy who had “the space-bugs eat part of his brain” and made the can’t-believe-my-ears statement about Trump’s Congressional Address—is none other than the well-known Bay Area progressive activist Van Jones (who served a brief stint as the Obama “environmental advisor,” before he had to resign for being too radical; “Mr Jones Goes to Washington”)?

    Van Jones now works as a news anchor for CNN (in case you also didn’t know). In that capacity he was jaw-droppingly heard to join the chorus of Trump’s Right-wing news cheerleaders, like Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who testified (while holding his far-Right balls no doubt): “I Feel Like Tonight Donald Trump Became the President of the United States.” Van Jones’ praise was identical: “He became President of the United States in that moment.”

    So the question is: What kind of “new water” (or Breitbart cool-aid) has Van Jones been drinking? (And: Is he fishing in those same delusional waters to get a position in the White House back, since it sure looks like he’s finally lived down and atoned for his “extreme Left” views?)

    However, I’d like to offer that there’s a serious question here too. It concerns VJ’s space-bug-eaten-brain perception, which provoked his glowing pronouncement on CNN. It was reported, concerning the context of VJ’s praise, that “The CCN news anchor was moved by Trump’s display of compassion for the widow of slain Navy SEAL.” Now, given that if there’s one thing the Visionary Activist wants to get across as a message to “teammates” it’s the necessity in our world for “COMPASSION,” this issue of “progressive” political teammate VJ is instructive. It’s about what the Visionary Activist means by it, or the “toxic mimic”?

    IMO, it all boils down to the way people see Pres. Trump’s putting the slain Navy Seal’s widow in the Reagan balcony (Reagan invented this tradition with his Joint Congressional Addresses) as a guest of honor and prompting 5 min. of applause.

    Of course, the Republicans and their base (and their media; Fox News) see it as the noble act of a great Commander-In-Chief, worthy of praise. But it’s also the accepted, America-Great-Again view, since many liberals on the Democratic side (and their media; CNN) can’t help but agree because Trump “adopted a statesmanlike cadence”—like: “we may be Trump’s biggest critics, but we gotta give it to him this time….” (So, as of 24 hrs later, CNN has “turned its head around” about Trump.)

    The alternate, unpopular take in it (voiced by Michael Moore and Bill Maher on MSNBC after Trump’s speech) is that this wasn’t at all a noble act of “compassion,” but a giant ruse; that nothing “more presidential” was going on with Trump. No, what Trump was up to was yet another despicable media-opportunity to display his megalomaniacal-narcissistic will to power (yes, there is a clinical word for it: “Megalomaniac with Narcissistic Personality Disorder,” or NPD And, thus, if it’s a new VOICE Dept we’re in store for, then why not a NPD Dept?). What the new Commander-in-Chief was doing by “going off-script” (from teleprompter), in order to “honor” the “tragedy” of the slain Navy SEAL through his grieving widow, was actually the crowning Reality-Show act (all that was needed were candies parachuted down from the ceiling upon the admiring audience) of his malignant narcissism; an Orwellian spectacular in front of 48 million viewers contrived to deflect his from his own (reported) culpability (“I want to show what a Big Man In Charge I am” with this ill-timed, poorly-planned raid) in the SEAL’s death and, by way of sustained applause, boost his piss-poor ratings! In other words, Trump—in the guise of “Our Compassionate Leader”—*used* a war-widow’s grief to further his popularity in his ratings-poor poles! (Hey, “ratings,” “poles”–what’s the big difference?)

    A “Compassionate Leader” of the Free World—or a “Narcissistic Monster” sent from the pit of the Dementors of Doom? That’s essentially what the argument is about now!

    I’m guessing that the Visionary Activist’s dedicated listeners probably share this second, alternative view (or something like it).

  • File Under: Something’s Going On Here, But You Don’t Know What It Is—Do You Mr. Jones?

    “President Donald Trump reached for poetry and conjured a vision of common national purpose Tuesday during his first address to Congress, shifting his tone from the dark, searing approach of his previous big speeches to the nation. Trump adopted a statesmanlike cadence, hitting notes of inspiration. For once, this most unorthodox of politicians struck a conventional presidential posture as he sought to stabilize his administration after a tumultuous five weeks in office.” — CNN Politics

    “CNN has done a sudden, total turnaround on Trump, just like in Orwell’s Oceania.” — Mark Crispin Miller (Prof. Media Studies, New York University)

    Now that it’s clear, some 24 hours later, that CNN has followed their so-called “progressive” news anchor, Van Jones, in having it’s head turned around about Trump (turned all the way around to his backside and stuck their heads up his ass too; there must be a lot of room way up in there!), because of his Speech to Congress, where he “adopted a statesmanlike cadence,” I want to ago after VJ’s pronouncement of praise for Trump’s speech on CNN: “He became President of the United States in that moment.” VJ also labeled the moment as “one of the most extraordinary moments you have seen in American politics, period” and concluded, “Trump Became President Tonight and Democrats Should be Worried.” (He also tweeted the first part, and the first place it appeared was on RedState, an ultra-conservative political blog!)

    Again, along with the issue of the speech being at odds with the policies (where it’s about rhetoric over content), the focusing issue is about Trump’s putting the slain Navy Seal’s widow in the Reagan balcony (Reagan invented this tradition with his Joint Congressional Addresses) as a guest of honor and prompting 5 min. of applause. It seems that the majority view is that represented by Van Jones on CNN (and, of course, its identical one of Chris Wallace on Fox News: “I Feel Like Tonight Donald Trump Became the President of the United States”).

    It has been reported (because of the controversy that arose from the progressive Left over VJ’s stunning declaration) that ”The CCN news anchor was moved by Trump’s display of compassion for the widow of slain Navy SEAL.”

    As I’ve already pointed out in by previous post, this is not the alternate, unpopular take in it by those progressives and/or quasi-progressives who were appalled by VJ’s praise (as voiced by Michael Moore and Bill Maher on MSNBC after Trump’s speech)

    So let me speak for this “progressive.” Trump’s action of “honoring” the slain Navy SEAL by having his grieving widow applauded for a record time wasn’t at all a noble act of “compassion” (especially when his father refused to meet Trump!), but a giant ruse; that nothing “more presidential” was going on with Trump. No, what Trump was up to was yet another despicable media-opportunity to display his megalomaniacal-narcissistic will to power (yes, there is a clinical word for it: “Megalomaniac with Narcissistic Personality Disorder,” or NPD And, thus, if it’s a new VOICE Dept we’re in store for, then why not a NPD Dept?). What the new Commander-in-Chief was doing by “going off-script” (from teleprompter), in order to “honor” the “tragedy” of the slain Navy SEAL through his grieving widow, was actually the crowning Reality-Show act (all that was needed were candies parachuted down from the ceiling upon the admiring audience for a “great performance by”) of his malignant narcissism; an Orwellian spectacular in front of 48 million viewers contrived to deflect his from his own (reported) culpability (“I want to show what a Big Man In Charge I am” with this hasty, ill-timed, and poorly-planned raid) in the SEAL’s death and, by way of sustained applause, boost his piss-poor ratings! In other words, Trump—in the guise of “Our Compassionate Leader”—*used* a war-widow’s grief to further his popularity in his ratings-poor poles! (Hey, “ratings,” “poles”–what’s the big difference?)

    That said, I want to add something that I didn’t cover in my first post on this, which will put more in context as to why progressives are outraged. The fact is that this isn’t just an isolated incident where VJ is concerned. Ever since “Mr Jones goes to Washington” and becomes Obama’s “Environmental Advisor,” he has toned down his progressive rhetoric and backed off the “extreme [Leftist] views” that he was attacked by the Republicans for and finally resigned over in 2009. (One statement that got VJ in trouble was calling Republicans “ass holes” in a video before he was appointed to the Obama administration. Which is why I thought it was only fair to state that VJ “has his head so far up his ass that he’ll have to go to a proctologist the next time he needs dental work!”.) It seems like, to put it diplomatically, VJ has been “making the move toward the center” (not so diplomatically, he’s “selling out”) in order to get somewhere in Beltway politics. (Why do Progressives think that a mainstream media outlet like CNN would hire him?)

    To the point, this negative uproar from progressives about what they heard VJ say, isn’t just about the specific statement about “the moment when Trump became President,” it was (a) the entire context of VJ’s assessment of the Trump presidency and the bullshit about “people should be worried” … blah, blah, blah and (b) his recent history of becoming less and less outspoken in his “progressive” views.

    Right, “worried”—we should definitely be fucking “worried,” but not for the reason VJ gave. But, now, I’m also “worried” about Van Jones!

    Okay, I admit I’m being unfair to Van Jones, because I didn’t have all the information! In January of 2017, on his “The Messy Truth with Van Jones” CNN show he declared he was suffering from an “emotional whiplash” after President Obama’s farewell address and President-elect Donald Trump’s first news conference. “My head is completely still spinning,” Jones said.

    So now I get it! It makes sense that VJ put his head way up his ass last night—because there it would be safe from further “still spinning” “whiplash”! Oh, yeah “Messy Truth” is one thing—but “Messy Falsehood” is another!

    Btw, here’s the text of what Van Jones said on CNN:

    “He became President of the United States in that moment. Period. There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him. But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you’ve ever seen in American politics. Period. And he did something extraordinary.

    And for people who were hoping that he would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment. For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should begin to become a little bit worried tonight. Because that thing you just saw him do, if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years.

    Now there is a lot that he said in that speech that was counterfactual, that was not right, that I oppose and will oppose.

    But he did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became President of the United States.”

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