Who’s the Trump Immigration Pivot For?

August 20, 2016 BuzzFeed News:

In Reversal, Trump Indicates To Hispanic Leaders Openness To Legalization For Immigrants

In a Saturday meeting with his newly announced Hispanic advisory council, Donald Trump suggested he is interested in figuring out a “humane and efficient” manner to deal with immigrants in the country illegally, according to three sources. — BuzzFeed News 

This was exciting news since it seemed to indicate the pivot the mainstream media has been looking for since the primaries ended. So of course they jumped on it:

A Trump Deportation Reversal
Hints emerge that he is rethinking one of his worst policies.
–Opinion Wall Street Journal Aug 21, 2016

Is Trump Dumping His Plan to Deport 11 Million Illegal Immigrants?
  The Fiscal Times -Aug 21, 2016

Donald Trump’s mass deportation plan now in question
  CBS News – ‎Aug 21, 2016

But before the pixels on the MSM’s story were even dry, the right-wing news outlets were reassuring their audience that those stories are all liberal media lies. And we know this since their new house organ, Breitbart News, told them so explicitly.

Exclusive – RNC Official at Trump’s Hispanic Meeting Debunks False BuzzFeed, Univision Reports that Donald Succumbed to Amnesty Activists

“The Trump campaign’s and RNC’s swift dismissal of the inaccurate reports that he would back amnesty for illegal aliens comes after BuzzFeed and Univision falsely reported that Trump told Hispanic activists he would.”
Breitbart, August 21, 2016

trumppivot Image by Dayanita Ramesh and Sarah Wasko. From Tyler Cherry, Media Matters

The Problem With The Media’s ‘Trump Is Pivoting’ Narrative by Tyler Cherry. Image by Dayanita Ramesh and Sarah Wasko

Trump’s comment on immigration to his Hispanic advisory council was designed for two groups of people.

1) The GOP establishment base. Now they can pretend that Trump is a “reasonable” human being, as least that will be their rationalization for why they voted/supported him.

2) The mainstream media. The mainstream media really want this story for multiple reasons. They finally get to prove they were right: “Just as we predicted, Trump is moving toward the center! Because of this softening of his rhetoric Trump will get the moderate undecided swing voters that might have gone to Hillary.” They can now justify taking Trump seriously. Monday morning on NPR Cokie Roberts gave credit to New Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway for this move.

Here’s the deal, the media need to take Trump  seriously, because if they don’t then it shows how outrageous Trumps comments are to rational people. I was watching Trevor Noah on the Daily Show saying multiple times. “Trump’s a joke!”  He doesn’t have to pretend Trump sounds like cartoon character.  Also the mainstream media like a 50/50 horse race, one-sided blowouts are boring to them. Trump gives them three things: conflict, novelty and entertainment.  Add in some blood, and he would lead the local evening news too.

What perplexes some people is why this “reasonable Trump” isn’t pissing off his base more. It’s because Trump’s base doesn’t don’t believe anything the MSM says. They don’t read them or watch them.  If they do hear of anything, their own publications explain why the MSM’s stories should be ignored.

I love to make predictions since, like all the right-wing pundits on the war, there are no consequences for being wrong. And, like the dirty hippies regarding the war, there are no rewards for being right.

 So I confidently predict– with 112% accuracy–that the mainstream media will be asking when Hillary will start her move right to “the center” where the “Very Serious People Who Know How The Economy Really Works” live. Of course they have been wrong 100% of the time but they still have the ear of the MSM, who represent the .01%. So keep an eye out for any hippy punching or Bernie bashing.

It would be nice to see someone in the media question this conventional wisdom of movement. Why does Trump pivoting to centrist views mean Hillary will to move right? Because that is what we have seen happen multiple times in the past? But isn’t this election different?

 I think Trump’s pivot left is a huge opportunity for Hillary to move further left, not right. Imagine that! Actually I can, since I’m reading the fascinating book Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek by Manu Saadia and I’ve been listening to Mission Log podcasts about the optimistic future Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek postulated.

I’m no Very Serious Person, but wouldn’t Hillary get more votes moving to the left than the right? My thought is more votes are available on the left than the right. I know that for Trump there are more votes available for him to move left–to the far right center. (I don’t think there is even room for Trump to move Führer further right.)

If Trump moves left and loses, his reluctant GOP supporters can breathe a sigh of relief. They can say, “He wasn’t conservative enough!” His true believers can scream, “KAAAAHHHHNNN!!” and then go on to attack Hillary 24/7 with the same kind of violent threats that Trump normalized during the campaign.

If Clinton moves right and wins, conventional wisdom will be proven correct–even if that wasn’t the reason she won. If she moves left and wins, conventional wisdom will be proven wrong, but the media and pundits won’t acknowledge it. The conventional wisdom will be about how Trump was never going to win anyway.

The sane comments Trump is making are really for the establishment media. They will report them diligently and bring them up every time a previous conflicting statement is mentioned. You will know when you hear the phrase,  “To be fair, Trump recently said..” Or they will credit his campaign hoping that Trump is listening to the “very smart people” Trump promises will advise him.

Tyler Cherry of Media Matters did a great piece in June about the problems with the media accepting this pivot narrative.

I think many of the media want to turn to the camera after an especially egregious ridiculous Trump comment and say, “Can you believe this? Trump actually said this — with a straight face.”  But this is not the Daily Show, and they can’t throw back to the studio saying, “Reporting from Washington, I’m Luke Potato. Jon?”

Watch These Trump Supporters Who Want To Cage and Ship Out Mexicans

I just saw part of the Triumph’s Summer Election Special 2016 for Hulu on YouTube. In this segment a focus group of Trump supporters watch fake new Trump commercials and then give their take on them. It’s funny, clever—and scary.

The fake ads range from the ridiculous to the horrific. What is astonishing is how many of the members agreed with the ideas expressed, and wanted to help The Donald implement them.

http://www.spockosbrain.com/wp-content/uploads/Trump-youtube-grab_1.mp4 I’ve run and participated in focus groups before. People knew they were being recorded. If the group was going to be shown or broadcast, releases had to be signed. I would have been fine if my opinion on garlic-flavored Pepsi was released to the world on YouTube. (Note: I’m against it!) But after watching the participants in this focus group video, my first thought was,”They can’t be serious. They don’t REALLY believe that.” But what if they do?

When I first heard the violent rhetoric, bigotry, sexism, homophobia and hate coming out of right-wing talk radio I believed what a lot of people did. “It’s just an act to get ratings.” I thought that if you had a serious conversation with these people they would admit . . . → Read More: Watch These Trump Supporters Who Want To Cage and Ship Out Mexicans

Open Carry Rules For RNC, In Black & White

It’s only called ‘open carry’ when the man is white. It he’s black it’s ‘oh shit, he’s got a gun!’ #PhilandoCastile pic.twitter.com/cgjSCWvd7L

— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) July 7, 2016

The Wall Street Journal gives the rundown of what is allowed in the area of the RNC.

Considering all open carriers: Who is going to be in more danger of being arrested for suspicious behavior before the event? During? After?

White men  Black men

I think many of the black men considering open carry will be arrested before the event on some trumped up charge, just to keep them out of the picture.  The ones who make it through will be fine, unless there is a panic. We all know what happened to the last black guy who open carried at a protest and there was a panic.

I believe many of the white men considering open carry won’t be arrested before the event. The government treats the white Republican men differently, even if they have a previous criminal history of protesting with guns. (See Bundy Ranch and Malheur refuge stories below)

I do predict that some open carriers will be arrested at the event. They want to show how peaceful they are and how . . . → Read More: Open Carry Rules For RNC, In Black & White

Yet Another Concealed Gun Carrier Screws Up, Shoots Four At Restaurant

Police: Man accidentally discharges gun, injures 4 Marquette students

MILWAUKEE June 22, 2016—Police said a man accidentally discharged his weapon and injured four Marquette students at Sobelman’s restaurant Wednesday evening.

David Sobelman said his restaurant at 16th and Wells streets was on lockdown after the shooting, which took place around 7:30 p.m.

Police said the shooter, a man in his 20s, accidentally fired a gun in the vestibule at Sobelman’s front door. Debris from the bullet hit four Marquette students who were standing nearby.

The students, three females and a male, were only dealt minor injuries and didn’t go to the hospital.

The man left after the shooting, police said.

Sobelman said the shooter and his friends got into a car and “disappeared.”

“You have to be pretty stupid to shoot yourself with your own gun,” Sobelman said.

Police are unsure if the man injured himself and do not have anyone in custody in connection to the incident.

An investigation is ongoing. WISN ABC June 22, 2016

I contacted Milwaukee police last week for more details, but the shooter hasn’t been found or come forward . . . → Read More: Yet Another Concealed Gun Carrier Screws Up, Shoots Four At Restaurant

Don’t worry folks, Trump will lose, this time

Just returned from 2019. Spotted this bumper sticker. ‪#‎SpockoTheTimetravelingVulcan‬

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What If We Pushed Body Armor Like The NRA Pushes Guns?

Testing a bulletproof vest in Washington, D.C. September 1923. This work is from the National Photo Company collection at the Library of Congress.

I’ve marveled before at the multiple strategies the NRA uses to sell more guns. They make money after ever mass shooting. They have created an environment where the answer to any question about guns is more guns. It’s ridiculous, but clever. It makes sense that Donald Trump is happy to be part of this selling scheme.

I’ve been talking to people at several groups lately about what strategies can be used to make changes in how we tackle the gun problem in our society. I’m looking at multiple ways from legal to financial to cultural. I’ve wanted to know what worked, what didn’t and why.

As part of the exercise I looked at what the NRA did to get where they are today and wondered how a group could do the same, only with a different product, one that could prevent deaths.

What if that group had the same willingness the NRA has shown to use every technique in their bag of tricks to sell more products–no matter the consequences?

Illustration Credit: Spocko

I picked . . . → Read More: What If We Pushed Body Armor Like The NRA Pushes Guns?

How NRA will profit from 9th Circuit ruling on concealed guns in public

Carrying concealed weapons in public is not a 2nd Amendment right, says 9th Circuit ruling

..a federal appeals court said Thursday people do not have a right to carry concealed weapons in public under the 2nd Amendment.

An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said law enforcement officials can require applicants for a concealed weapons permit to show they are in immediate danger or have another good reason for a permit beyond self-defense.  — AP Mercury News 

Of course some conceal carrying commenters from around the country are demanding to know, “What part of SHALL NOT INFRINGE don’t these people understand?!” They will follow that with how happy they are they don’t live in California. (I’m happy you don’t live here too Shootie McGlockface)

 The people who are really happy with this development? The gun makers and the NRA. They are probably shooting the corks off of American sparkling wine tonight. This is good news for them.

The NRA will purposely misinterpreted this court’s decision and combine it with the possibility of Hillary Clinton as President. It will become this quarter’s hot PR campaign to sell more guns.

“Hillary Clinton and the activist judges in California are trying to take away . . . → Read More: How NRA will profit from 9th Circuit ruling on concealed guns in public

It’s not unusual to feel about elections

As a half Vulcan half human male from another planet it’s hard for me to totally understand both the happiness and frustration that yesterdays’ election results were received by my friends on the left in America. My friends Susie, Angie, David and Raf  have all made great points about feeling happy or happy/sad with both frustration and pride.

I suppose it’s not unusual for people to feel this way.

I just want to acknowledge what has been accomplished in America. With that I give you a black man and a white woman dancing.

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Who is Michal Spocko and why should we listen to him?

Lately I’ve been writing some big companies to explain why it would be wise to change their policies on guns to more closely align with their brand image. I explain that a failure to do so will cost them money. I used all the various appeals to authority, but I neglected to provide the people with an easy way to let them know who I am. I had this in my “About” page.

About me. A brain in a box.

Contact me at spockosemail at gmail . com

I didn’t even say “I’m just looking for a piece of the action.” like I do on my twitter page @spockosbrain, Or  “I went to Star Fleet Academy”, like I do on Facebook.  But I should have probably told them a bit about my past and the last time I made some suggestions to CEOs, CFOs, COOs and CMOs of RW radio stations and TV.

People often use visual short cuts to help them make decisions about people. They also use signifiers of education, years of experience and associations as a quick way to decide who to listen to on a topic or whom to ignore. Where did they go to school? What is their degree . . . → Read More: Who is Michal Spocko and why should we listen to him?

Fun Video by @SketchShe for #RedNoseDay

I’m a huge fan of Shae-Lee @ShaeLeeShack, Lana @LanaKington and Madison @madisonLloyd from the comedy group SketchShe.

They made this fun video last year for #RedNoseDay It’s them lipsyncing to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” across Luna Park in Sydney.

Red Nose Day is about helping lift children out of poverty. This video helped lift me out of gloominess. Watch it, it’s really fun.

Got my rednose @walgreens then watched @SketchShe fun 2015 #RedNoseDay video https://t.co/9hyY9Ssf7Q @WalgreensNews https://t.co/SSVPGiNabh

— Spocko (@spockosbrain) May 26, 2016

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. rings opening bell for RedNoseDay Nasdaq: WBA

This year the sponsors had some fun. This is Skip Bourdo, Walgreens Corporate Operations Vice President [Nasdaq: WBA] and Christy Gibb of the Comic Relief Board of Trustees ringing the Opening Bell at Nasdaq. I wonder if this years’ Red Nose Day partners from Mars Chocolate North America brought any snacks?

I think it is great when companies do this, it’s one way of showing that they care about their customers and their communities–while having fun doing it.

I often focus on serious issues, but I believe that most people in companies are decent and want to do the right thing. . . . → Read More: Fun Video by @SketchShe for #RedNoseDay