Rich White Oil Men

I wish I would have had more of the kind of conversations I had last night before the election.  The fact of the matter is that for the last 18 months, we were all just making fun of the republicans because it appeared that the dark days of this country were behind us.  Obama wasn’t anything close to a good president, but he didn’t blow anything up.  Sure, the Affordible Care Act is a mess, sure he deported 2.5 million people, sure he conducted more drone strikes than other president (which really isnt saying much, given that drones just happened on the scene), but he was trying to do right by the American people.

The American people have been robbed by their own people.  While some people make millions (billions even) out of nothing, ten times the amount of wealthy are living out of their cars right now.  We have more homeless people living in America than any other country and yet we fight over what kind of health care we shouldn’t give each other.  We fight over who should run this country– so passionately that we have created Donald Trump.  We are supposed to give him the benefit of doubt, the benefit of optimism before he takes office. Well, tonight, I lost that optimism.

I just want to run through his cabinet selections for you.

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson, a Texas Oil man with a son by named Bobby Joe!  Tillerson has very close ties with Russia — he wanted to drill into the Artic space owned by the Russians.  Lovely.  He’s expected to generate 300 billion in revenue from that deal.  In 2013, he rec’d the Order of Friendship, from Putin.  No conflict of interest there, just a great partnership.

Some great quotes from Mr. Tillerson: “The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not.”  That being said, Mr. Trump and Mr. Tillerson will be at odds on TPP– Trump has said he would abolish the TPP and NAFTA immediately upon entering office, but Tillerson says, “One of the most promising developments on this front is the ongoing effort for the Trans-Pacific Partnership… The 11 nations that have been working to lower trade barriers and end protectionist policies under this partnership are a diverse mix of developed and developing economies. But all of them understand the value of open markets to growth and progress for every nation.”

Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin Goldman Sachs executive for 17 years.  He produced Suicide Squad, American Sniper and The Lego Movie!  He has publicly noted that he wants to repeal parts of the Dodd-Frank act because its too complicated and it prevents banks from lending.  He owns two homes, one in New York and one in L.A.; each valued at $20 million.

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Attorney General: Jeff Sessions, The Senator from Alabama.  He was nominated to be a Federal judge, but he couldn’t get confirmed because of his views and his alleged racist comments.  He is a staunch opponent of immigration reform.  Sessions was George W. Bush’s go to guy– voting for all the tax packages, the wars, everything in lock step with his commander in chief.  Sessions is a leader when it comes to illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration.  He voted and actively campaigned against the Affordable Care Act.  He doesn’t believe in Climate Change.  He voted to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas.

Secretary of Energy and former Candidate for President RICK PERRY

Am I really writing this?  RICK PERRY for Energy Secretary?  One of the first people to say that Trump is a joke and here he is, in all his glory, nominated for Energy Secretary.  So… What makes Rick Perry a good energy secretary?  First of all, his presidential chances ended in 2011 when this little gem happens… He wanted to eliminate it, now he is going to be running it.  He’s most notably known recently for sitting on the board of directors for Energy Transfer Partners– you know the people that OWN THE DAKOTA PIPELINE.  Another Oil Man in the cabinet.  How do you think he is going to do for conservation?

There are even more of a cast of characters, 90% of them are all white men… No Latino’s, One Black man, Two Women, one of them Asian. I had originally thought that Kathy McMorris-Rodgers was going to get the nomination of Secretary of the Interior, but Ryan Zinke from Montana got it instead, so McMoron gets to terrorize Eastern Washington at the house level for yet another term.

Look, I don’t have to live by any journalist integrity here and this is my own opinion, so whatever, but I mean look at these people. These are the absolute worst that America has to offer– none of these people care about anyone except for the elite 1% of this country, they don’t give a shit about the environment, they care about money and making more of it.  They want to drill our natural resources, they want to ignore science and build a government that is going to further separate the top from the bottom.  All of these people I have put before you today have no place in government – their whole purpose is to destroy government and what little regulation there is and make more money for the corporations that they own and control.  Trump is turning the Federal Branch into the best country club in the world.  All these people that want jobs back here, all those people that blame the immigrants for taking what little jobs there are here– all the meanwhile killing off the government, cutting spending, not paying for airplanes, twittering at 2am, all of that is going to come together so nicely for the American people.  Before todays nomination, I was still trying to be at the very least, optimistic.  Now tho– now that I see what he is at least trying to put forward– I see that all along he was just watching to see who was by his side and of course his closest alley was big oil– and here we go again– make friends with Russia so they can buy our oil, make everyone rich while cause economic calamity… It’s neverending, pathetic and sad.  If this is making America great again, I love it when it totally sucks.

 

This Isn't Us

First of all, I hate, hate, hate writing about this kind of thing, but the thing is, I have such a limited amount of time to write, I am just going to write about this because it’s easy enough to critique something so annoying.  Maybe this will lead to better things.
I have been trying.  Trying to be patient that the NBC show This Is Us is going to come around, it’s going to make that magical turn into a great show like everyone else seems to think it is.  To me, it seems rehearsed, fake, unnatural.  The characters are so stereotypical. Lets review.
1. The fat chick.

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When I first saw this show, I was like, oh cool, another plus sized model– I hope she’s as funny as Megan McCartney.  Then I see that she is also dating a plus sized man– which, again, I was like sure.  Then I realized almost everything about this character is ALWAYS.ABOUT.HER.WEIGHT.  She breaks up with her boyfriend because he refuses to diet with her because he wants to just be happy and she doesn’t have the will power.  It’s pathetic.  It’s like all fat people are just fat because they can’t stop eating.

Instead, they could make this woman not care about her size, make her active to where she is getting her steps in with her fancy fitbit, going to coffee and leading the life like the struggling actor below.  They could make the struggling actor be razor thin and hate himself for it, binge eating and not able to do anything about it– really shake the shit up, but instead they just go easy.

II. The Adopted Black Man

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The Black Man whose was adopted and his homeless, biological father comes in to the picture when the father  is dying of cancer and of course they immediately let him in to live with them.  The son, raised by white parents, is an incredibly successful Investment banker with the beautiful wife and 2 perfect children.  But, he has adoption issues, never quite fitting in, never quite bonding with his siblings, which one of these things dont fit like the other.. His father, of course, who wasn’t raised by whites, is a broke musician who never amounted to anything who comes back into the picture and the son forces him to move in, puts him under his medical insurance and takes him to the best doctor his money can buy.

III. The Struggling Actor

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The first two have problems related to their size and race, but poor Kevin, he is REALLY the tortured soul!  This poor guy spent several successful seasons as the lead actor of “The Manny”, only to find that no one wants him after such a role.  He decides to move to theatre, where he immediately struggles, but an actress sees something in him and they make out, she gets invited to Thanksgiving with the whole family so she can see how inspired a “real American” family can be.  The struggle is real, brah.  He even gets to sleep with the AT&T girl!!  So tortured.  Of course he also has issues with his adopted black brother.  He has a confrontation with him several times and it comes out that he could have been perfect if his brother didn’t get all of the attention, all of the opportunity.  It’s actually pathetic to watch.

IV. The Mandy Effect

mmnewoldOh man, Mandy Moore.  Twice.  We get the young, struggling Mom in the late 70’s Mandy Moore and we get the 60+ Mandy Moore all in the same show!  Wooo-hooo?  Nope.  Her character is the most tolerable, unless you consider that the young Mandy wouldn’t allow the adopted son to know his father.  The old Mandy still doesn’t tell her son that she knew his father even as he is a grown man with a couple of kids.  No, he has to find out coincidentally as his father gets stoned with his wife on pot brownies and revels accidentally that he gave her something when he was born…

V. Time, Space Continuum

I have said it before, several times– a story is in trouble whenever the writers have to use what I call the “Time, Space Continuum.”  This refers to whenever a show has to go back or forward in time to give the current story context– and this story has a constant thread of the old, complete with 70’s flare!  Although its quaint and its got the feel of a terribly flat version of that 70’s show– without it, the show would be TERRIBLE and would make these people seem as selfish and meaningless as they really are.  We watch this show waiting for it to come together, to get past the cheesy stereotypical characters and actually make some headway, but it doesn’t — it just falls into the same stereotypes.

I know, you are thinking, then why the hell do you still watch?  Five episodes in… and here we are.  It’s no parenthood and never will be.

The thing about it– This Isn’t Us– like you and me and us.  The truth is, this show is what advertisers want to think were like.  We have problems, but they are all surface level, at the end of the day we all sit at the same dinner table and break bread and forgive and forget.  I hope that most of us are more normal than all of this, meaning it’s more chaotic.

Your thoughts?