Michael Stuart Kelly

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    Initial Understanding of Islam on Fundamental Intellectual Issues Thoughts on the 12 Steps and Self-Forgiveness Why the Tolerance and Support? Atlantis in the Wilderness A Hunting Story Moral Perfection Like a Lamb to the Slaughter Letter to Madalena ... An Homage to the Value of Valuing Going Home... A Few Thoughts on Family Values Where Principles and Rights Break Down The Stigma of Addiction Book Review on an Addiction Fraud - A Million Little Pieces Charmed on a Raw Night The Nature of Private Written Correspondence – The Sciabarra Smear Online Objectivist Mediocrity The Ayn Rand Love/Hate Myth The Ayn Rand Love/Hate Myth - Part 2 - Moral Ambivalence The Ayn Rand Love/Hate Myth - Part 3 - Brotherhood of Hate The Ayn Rand Love/Hate Myth - Part 4 - Rand's True Value The Virtue of Silliness (w/Kat)
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  1. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Fake News

    Man, does Carpe Donktum nail it. This is America... For sure. And this is the Fake News Media... And this tweet is The Art of the Meme. (That would be a great title for a book. ) btw - I've known Carpe Diem means "sieze the day" ever since Dead Poets Society. What I didn't know is that Carpe Donktum bastardized some Latin to say, "seize the donkey," and by that, he means the Democrat donkey. Michael
  2. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Fake News

    Jon, They never stop, either. These people are blinded by their own cockeyed core stories. And those who are not blind are evil manipulators. When reality does not fit their story, they try to alter reality by deception. And here's the rub. Even the blind know they are deceiving when they are deceiving. Man, are there a lot of these suckers (both types) in the fake mainstream media and fake mainstream social media. Michael
  3. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Fake News

    Just in case anybody has any doubts: That's clear enough. Michael
  4. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Fake News

    First, a more-or-less factual account now that the hoax is unraveling: Chicago police believe Jussie Smollett PAID two Nigerian brothers $3,500 to ATTACK him on the street and they bought the rope found around the Empire star's neck from a local hardware store - Actor Jussie Smollett orchestrated an assault against him, Chicago police say - Empire star hired two Nigerian brothers to beat him, investigators believe - Both men, Nigerian brothers, are friends of Smollett and said to be anti-Trump - The brothers were reportedly paid $3,500 and were promised additional $500 - Smollett has hired high-powered defense lawyer Michael Monico - Smollett said last month that he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack - Said he fought off two noose-wielding white men yelling 'this is MAGA country' - Police say new evidence emerged in interrogations that requires investigation Now for the pure garbage spewed out by the US mainstream press at the time the hoax took place (you have to see the video at the link): MONTAGE: WATCH THE MEDIA UNCRITICALLY ACCEPT ANOTHER OUTLANDISH ‘HATE CRIME’ ‘This is America in 2019’ As Mike Cernovich noticed, almost all of the Democrat candidates for president spread Smollett's hate crime hoax at the time it happened. And the fake news media. Continues to be fake news. The Smollett hoax to them was Mike Pence's fault. You can't make this up. btw - I wonder if Page is getting rusty. She sounded real phony to Colbert at the end. Her acting was off. Maybe they'll take her in the soaps after her star dims a little more. Melodrama seems to be her thing right now... Michael
  5. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Trump humor

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  6. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Trump humor

    Carpe Donktum has been busy, too. Now we can expect an avalanche of different mashups. On all social media sites, the majors and alt. Good job, REM! You put the sting in the satire and made your team look like assholes. Michael
  7. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Trump humor

    Now it's up and pinned. Before it was retweeted. The pinned tweet is a direct tweet by President Trump. So it looks like some things got straightened out backstage. Like for instance, he changed the music. Now Lee Greenwood is going to cash in. God Bless the USA... President Trump likes to win. And it's still as funny as all hell. Michael
  8. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Trump humor

    The tweet is now deleted from President Trump's account. But... Ta Daa! Michael
  9. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Fake Social Media

    Brant, To use the language of the left, the oppressors cannot imagine what the hell the oppressed are griping about. Michael
  10. Michael Stuart Kelly

    The Story Wars of Hot Political Issues

    On Facebook, George Smith posted a link to an article I found super interesting (see here for the original post). George made the following comment to the link: And I thought, "There it is. The Overton Window is moving in a pro-Trump direction among the ideological." I'm not going to accuse George of suddenly becoming a Trump supporter , but now that he has read the article, there is no way he can "not see" what normal Trump supporters have seen all along. And I see the signal in his mention of "good points." I don't want to channel George and make personal presuppositions, so let me talk in general terms. Many people who are anti-Trump--and have been anti-Trump as a result of cultural story wars--are going to see what he just saw when they read this article (or other commentary like it, which will now start). I believe their reaction will be similar to George's. Essentially, "Hmmm... I never thought of that. But I still can't stand Trump." What they never thought of is exactly what Trump stands for: the producer against the parasites. That is only a crack, but that inconsistency crack (what they believe versus what they see) will ultimately split the dam open and the water of awareness will come gushing through. Just because a producer may be vulgar and a parasite may be sophisticated, that doesn't make the person any less a producer or parasite. (I use vulgarity here in the normal sense, but also to include inconsistency in how one uses words when throwing them around. The "do" versus "say" thing.) Vulgarity is merely a lens, an external form, not an essence. Since vulgarity is baked into the producer side of American culture (after all, America is where common people in general got their shot to become rich and/or achieve great things), the archetype of the vulgar but good-hearted producer is a staple in the psyches of vast quantities of the American population. I know it's in mine. That's why I resonated so strongly with Trump the moment I thought he had a chance at becoming President. I don't blame people for not seeing this, though. Remember the psychological experiment where a gorilla passes through the middle of basketball players, waves at the camera and walks off? Most subjects who were counting the number of basketball passes among the players didn't see the gorilla. This experiment has been repeated many times. How does that happen? Well, it turns out that such "blocking out" is a characteristic of human perception, not a moral failing. I believe it comes from our brains having evolved in a modular manner, but regardless, this perception versus focus glitch, this framing that blinds, is how the brain is wired, how the brain works. And, on a higher level, this is exactly how ideologies and religions work. People who carry deep convictions on how life should be don't see a lot of things re how life is. Wisdom comes in trying to see what one has missed on a perception level. (This cuts to my "cognitive before normative" process I go on about at times.) And how do ideologies--whether good, bad, benign or dangerous--propagate in a society? You guessed it. Story wars. Cultural story wars. That's what this whole thread is about. Now on to the article by Titus Techera: Harold Ramis, Unlikely Prophet of Trump One beef about the headline. Harold Ramis was not predicting Trump. He was reflecting where Trump came from. If he wasn't, his films would not have been so popular. But headlines are the marketing part of an article. Fundamentally, they exist not to inform, but to get you to read the first paragraph. So I forgive Techera. Back to point, here's a quote from the article about Ramis's film, Back To School. Yup. If that isn't the Trump I saw in the beginning, I don't know what is. So here's the sad news for anti-Trumpers: He is not a brand new phenomenon, a plague on them who just now emerged out of nowhere. He has been here all along. When I kept telling anti-Trumpers they didn't see people like me and other Trump supporters, this is exactly what I was talking about. Except now, I understand this is due--at least in the beginning--to the way the brain works. The moral ickiness of vanity, snobbery, etc. (when they are present), gets piled on top of that. Ditto for these folks excusing the parasitical nature and incompetence of the ruling class snoots. It's not that they like parasites and incompetents. It's that their story war focus on vulgarity, on counting the basketballs being passed back and forth so to speak, don't allow them to see the big ugly-ass gorilla right in the middle of what they are looking at. Even when it waves at them. For those who want more, here is the podcast from which the article emerged. The podcast is a bit irritating because Pete Spiliakos, the one being interviewed, is obviously a ruling class snoot. Except he's seeing it, so he has his insights. He can't fully accept what he's seeing, but he sees it and, at least, is honest enough to admit it. But his snide comments like only conmen come from the Trump side, the way he dismisses Trump's real-world achievements (albeit he recognizes there are lots of real-world indications of something Trump all over the place), etc., shows he hasn't seen it all. Like I said, it's a crack in the dam, not a rupture. As a bow-tie to the story wars theme, a story war is fought for persuasion. I think ruling class elitists can't stand it when the people they look down on and consider their intellectual inferiors, common people who are trying to work their way up, become competent at marketing, advertising and persuasion. I often get the impression that ruling class elitists think they have a corner on that skill and don't want it sullied by their inferiors. Which goes to show that they are losing the story wars big time. One becomes better by being better, not by shutting down others. One does not--and cannot--own a story for persuading. One wields it effectively or not. I hate to say it to the snoots, but all people are created equal in having the possibility to pick up a story and tell it. Skills may vary, but this opportunity is open to all people everywhere. This is a skill where they are losing their edge while those they look down on are becoming experts. (Actually, I don't hate to say it. I like it. ) Michael
  11. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Trump humor

    Looks like somebody was not amused. And it looks like this is going to be a classic for real. Universal filed a copyright takedown notice on the REM song used in the political satire video. Fair use advocates are going on the rampage. It's going to be very interesting to see how this pans out. Meme Maker @CarpeDonktum and Fair Use Advocates Call on Trump Campaign to Sue After Video with R.E.M. Song is Disabled on Twitter Mike Mills, the bassist for REM, told CarpeDonktum that he loved this song being used for meming because of his love for the First Amendment, although he was not a fan of President Trump. Mills even apologized for calling CarpeDonktum an asshole earlier. After this, the video in President Trump's tweet was deactivated by Twitter. However, so far, the video is still available on YouTube. Regardless of what happens, the Streisand effect has kicked in. No amount of censorship attempt by Big Entertainment or Big Social Media will erase the spread of this baby. It's going to become a rallying cry against them. Why? Because their archetype in this little story is "bully" and "Big Brother." That's how the majority is going to see it. And there is no way they can censor it out of existence. (Yup, there is no way they can "Big Brother" it out of existence. Not anymore. ) Michael
  12. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Trump humor

    LOL... Nobody can outdo President Trump in politics when it comes to entertainment. This one is going to become a classic. Michael
  13. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Trump humor

    I got this on the Interwebs (see here). The context is that, recently, President Trump signed a Farm Bill that made dog meat and cat meat illegal in the US. Michael
  14. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Fake Social Media

    Finally some of the gloves are coming off in retaliation to the mind control and censorship bullying by the social media giants. Michael
  15. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Donald Trump

    Lionel says the Deep State's coup as laid out in McCabe's new book did not succeed in getting rid of President Trump for one reason only: the Second Amendment. You know, after seeing the video, I agree. He's right. Especially in his example about Egypt. At one time, Hosni Mubarak had ordered his military to go house by house in Cairo, round up people and arrest them. The military refused and told him to do it himself if he wants it done so badly. They said too many people have Kalashnikovs in their homes and that would be a suicide mission. So transpose that to the massive amount of Trump supporters who freely exercise their Second Amendment rights. What would they do in the event of a Deep State coup by bogus charges, etc.? Lionel says that prospect is what kept the coup from spreading among former Obama insiders and their sympathizers. But let him explain. He does a great job of it. Michael