Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Eve of Destruction

We stand on the Eve of Destruction -- inauguration day 

The roads in Washington, D.C. are starting to close this morning, but no one knows why as it appears very few people are coming for the inauguration. The Saturday protest against Trump is expected to be four or five times larger than the inauguration crowd, and no one can recall an Inauguration Day protest ever being held before. I think this is a first.

In fact, the Trump folks have screwed this up so badly, that they can't even book a Bruce Springsteen cover band and they are, literally, giving away ball tickets in the hope that somebody will  show up.

Jennifer Holiday was booked, but cancelled after she found out who Trump actually is, and so the three "big" acts left are Three Doors Down (America's version of Nickelback), Lee Greenwood (whose last hit was 25 years ago), and the faded country loudmouth Toby Keith. In addition, we have Youtube "star" Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and at least some of the Rockettes. If you think "Branson, Missouri matinee on the Potomac," you have it about right. The best acts are likely to be the D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Republican Hindu Coalition, and the Montgomery Area High School Marching Band. Not making that up. Those are headliners.

Pretty much everyone has said no to Trump, including CĂ©line Dion, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Garth Brooks, BeyoncĂ©, Kelly Clarkson, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Moby, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, and Charlotte Church.  It seems standing next to the political equivalent of a garbage dump fire is not seen as either a fun time or a career-maker. Who knew?

As of 5 days ago, only 393 charter bus permits had been requested for the inauguration on the 20th, while all of the city's 1,200 available charter bus parking spaces at RFK Stadium have been booked and filled for the Women's March to be held Jan. 21, and even more buses are being parked across the river in Maryland and Virginia.

A normal Presidential inaugaration parade lasts for 3 or 4 hours, but this one is scheduled for 90 minutes, which may be an hour too long.

The Shit Show is about to start. 


Ruth Hansell said...

We need a box to check for Sad. Or Frightening.


It's a good time to see how mature Trumps opposition is. Accepting reality is a useful skill 50% of Americans need to work on at the moment it seems. No, they'd rather ruin or de-legitimize his presidency before it happens. As much as the election was profound the reaction to the result was really interesting.

Jacinta Denton said...

Thank you, Terrierman, very appropriate,

Jennifer said...

Hoping for a post on the Women's Marches. The shit has started for sure.

PBurns said...

I was there for both the inauguration and the Women's March. Made signs and everything (mine was the best sign on saw at the inauguration, but was quickly eclipsed by those at the Women's March). Letting it percolate a bit. My short take, at the moment, is that Trump is insane with Alzheimer's and will have to be removed in pretty short order. I think that will be transparent soon enough, if that is true. There is very clearly no larger plan or vision. The CIA speech was a a travesty, but I think much worse is coming. He's 70 years old with no experience and no governors on himself, either internal or external. What's going on is not a difference of political opinion or style; it's real cerebral dysfunction. What's coming is so unprecedented, ugly, and awkward that America and the world is sucking in its breath, hesitating before going over the edge that they know they are going to have to go over. I think it's important to cut Republicans some slack. The problem with Trump is not that he's a Republican; it's that he has Alzheimer's. This is a medical condition, and it's serious and no laughing matter, even if it's terribly, terribly dangerous.


Funny how numerous business men who meet Trump have a different opinion and seem quite surprised by Trumps open mindedness. Nobody walked out of Trump towers saying he was crazy or in any way lacking intellectually. Check out Jack Ma's interview at Davos. Pretty interesting how intelligent people see the guys vision and opportunity. You don't see any of these international businessmen booing or crying over the results. The alternative to Trump would have been a disaster. Hard to see for her supporters i suppose. Generally all Trumps speeches since taking office he is focused on the USA. He is not going to be putting money into needless international issues which the past 15/20 years has been a major drain on resources. He wants to make America competitive again. Your probably not going to view Rt's Peter Lavelle with much enthusiasm but anyways his latest crosstalk 'POTUS 45' on Trump is a good discussion and observation on the situation.

Your probably more into Micheal Moore and Madonna's contributions which were riveting of course.