Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Comet Ping Pong Craziness

I play music and sometimes I like to go out and see what's new and happening. I don't get out very often, but a few weeks ago my wife went out of town to help her sister move, I had a Friday night to myself, and I went out to hear some music in Chevy Chase.

I went to a place called Comet Ping Ping, on Connecticut Avenue, in Northwest. I overestimated the drive and got there early, went in, hung around for a few minutes. It's a family place, pizza and beer and ping pong tables. Some college age ladies were playing ping pong, switching ends running around the table each time somebody hit the ball, laughing. The band was setting up in the back, behind a curtain. I hung out on the street for a while, wandered into Politics and Prose, stuck my head in at Jake's Americana where my band had played once, eyeballed the Sri Lankan restaurant for future reference. I sat on a bench and watched people walk by.

The bands ... varied in quality. The first was a polyrhythmic duo, drums and synthesizer, and I might like to hear them again. I wasn't sure if they were doing what they did on purpose or just didn't know how to count the meter, but I read some interviews with them and yeah, they know what they're doing. It sounds fresh and spontaneous but it is also disciplined.The second band had a bunch of electric guitars playing mostly in unison and the effect is pretty cool, a wall of sound. Cool for the first twenty minutes or so. The last guy played electric guitar through some digital processing equipment and, well, I'm open to anything but I would call that "noise." It was just a roar and I left after it didn't get any better. The night was just what I had hoped, I had a beer and heard some music. The crowd was enthusiastic, attentive, I think it is good to hang out with young people sometimes.

Wikileaks put email online, where a person found a handkerchief in the kitchen and asked if the person who probably lost it wanted to come by and pick it up, or should they mail it to them. This led some conspiracy theorists to connect random dots, to put together a theory, if I get this right, that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta have some kind of human trafficking ring of child molesters that uses Comet Ping Pong as their headquarters.

A few years ago I talked to Comet Ping Pong about our band playing there. It was kind of charming, the manager explained that they would book us, but they could only pay us in pizzas. We declined, but at least they were honest about it. Bands play there basically for free, hoping to build up an audience.

But now Comet Ping Pong is getting calls, death threats. Sunday a guy drove up from North Carolina with an automatic rifle and fired it inside the place. He was "self-investigating" the child molesters. He thought there were kidnapped children being held in a basement or back room somewhere, and he was going to rescue them. The Post quoted a friend of his this morning saying, literally, "He is not a nut." Wait, what? What does it take any more?

Last week I scrolled through one of the web sites about this, before it was big news. These people are serious. They really do believe that Hillary Clinton is running a human trafficking operation out of Comet Ping Pong, and they have left a lot of clues, sort of like "Paul is dead." The people who believe this theory call newspapers like the Washington Post "fake news" and believe every rumor online about the Clintons being Satanists or criminals or pedophiles. I have some complaints about The Post but I know the difference between reality and fantasy.

And by the way, this is not "fake news." This was not published on a site that looked like a legitimate news site. This rumor oozed out of a festering boil of public discussion on Reddit. The discussion there got so nasty that Reddit finally kicked them out, and that's saying a lot. This story was not planted in the media, it emerged and spread through forums and discussion groups and social media, one person to another.

Yesterday on Twitter the looney-toons decided that this guy with the gun had been sent there as a "false flag" operation, to make it look like the nutty ones had done something nutty, when of course they are the ones who see behind the façade and know what's really going on. They are sure this is all part of the cover-up of Hillary's child sex ring.

This story has been linked to Trump's pick for national security advisor. But Mike Flynn did not tweet about Comet Ping Pong, he accused Hillary of being a pedophile in another context. His son, though, who is always by his side, does claim that this story is "true until proven false." So the story that Comet Ping Pong is headquarters for a Hillary/Podesta pedophile ring has tentacles right into the Trump White House.

I have talked before about mental illness and guns. There can be mental illness where you feel bad, or you say impulsive things, you might talk to yourself, your thoughts are fuzzy or disordered, that's all understandably mentally ill. But what do you call it when an entire community decides to divorce itself from facts? Is that illness or ideology? Or maybe it is just irresponsibility and abdication of decency.

It reminds me of a time when people believed the world was dominated by mythical beings. Aphrodite would put love in your heart, Hermes put thoughts in your head. In the absence of scientific knowledge, that is a good enough way to see it, you can understand what's going on in terms of invisible cosmic forces. I think it is halfway between a dream-world and modern consciousness, logic and causality don't really hold but things sort of fit together in a fable or myth. Things happen that you can't see, and that's why the visible world is as it is. And still in the twenty first century people feel they can mythologize someone, for instance Hillary Clinton, they can attribute any kind of evil to her, and it "makes sense" to them. In fact it makes more sense to those people than real things that you can see. Because someone could be manipulating reality like a stage-prop, but nobody can manipulate "the truth."

I really don't know how you confront this. Once a person has let go of the string, once their balloon has soared away from ground, you can't reason with them. You can't even empathize with them, once they have determined that you are earthbound. It's scary.

23 Comments:

Anonymous the gay agenda is history said...

hey look here, kids!

Trump's favorability is soaring, his negatives are sharply declining

Hillary, who is hypocritically participating in recounts after a campaign claiming Trump would hurt democracy by refusing to concede, is sliding in polls

looks like the American people are on to her

just took three decades

also, the Clinton Foundation's contributions are drying up

guess all those countries that persecute gays and oppress women don't feel like there's any more need to buy access if the Clintons are never going to the White House and Hillary may go to the Big House

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trumps-favorability-surges-one-month-after-election/article/2608932#!

December 06, 2016 8:23 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Conservatives, guns, fake news, and stuff they just made up - what could possibly go wrong?

Well, it seems they've made up a whole alternate reality and put it up on the inter-tubes...

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/04/google-democracy-truth-internet-search-facebook

Spoiler Alert:

Everyone the alt-right doesn't like is "evil," doing nefarious things to destroy socity, and part of a vast conspiracy.

There's enough material out there for idiots to believe it's true.

Scary stuff.

Cynthia

December 07, 2016 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Meanwhile in the REAL world, the lead lying liar keeps lying said...

He ‘lied his a– off': Carrier union leader on Trump’s big deal

"...Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier employees, felt optimistic when Trump announced last week that he’d reached a deal with the factory’s parent company, United Technologies, to preserve 1,100 of the Indianapolis jobs — until the union leader heard from Carrier that only 730 of the production jobs would stay and 550 of his members would lose their livelihoods, after all.

At the Dec. 1 meeting, where Trump was supposed to lay out the details, Jones hoped he would explain himself.

“But he got up there,” Jones said Tuesday, “and, for whatever reason, lied his a-- off.”

In front of a crowd of about 150 supervisors, production workers and reporters, Trump praised Carrier and its parent company, United Technologies. "Now they’re keeping — actually the number’s over 1,100 people,” he said, “which is so great.”

Jones wondered why the president-elect appeared to be inflating the victory. Trump and Pence, he said, could take credit for rescuing 800 of the Carrier jobs, including non-union positions.

Of the nearly 1,700 workers at the Indianapolis plant, however, 350 in research and development were never scheduled to leave, Jones said. Another 80 jobs, which Trump seemed to include in his figure, were non-union clerical and supervisory positions. (A Carrier spokesperson confirmed that 800 factory jobs once earmarked for Mexico are staying.) And now the president-elect was applauding the company and giving it millions of dollars in tax breaks, even as hundreds of Indianapolis workers prepared to be laid off.

“Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers,” said Jones, who voted for Hillary Clinton but called her "the better of two evils." “I almost threw up in my mouth.”

Spokespeople for Trump did not respond to the Post’s request for comment..."

December 07, 2016 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice cherry picking by the Washington Examiner!

I hate to burst your alt-right bubble, but here's the actual poll:

New GW Battleground Poll: Public Opinion of Trump Improves; Voters Don’t Think He’ll Build a Wall at Mexican Border

Public Sees Action on ‘Obamacare,’ Infrastructure, Taxes as Most Likely; Country Remains Deeply Divided


"WASHINGTON (Dec. 6, 2016)—Donald Trump’s public image has notably improved since winning the presidency in November, according to the latest George Washington University Battleground Poll. Of the voters surveyed, 45 percent had a favorable opinion of the president-elect, while 49 percent viewed him negatively. This represents a large swing from the last edition of the GW Battleground Poll in mid-October, when only 36 percent rated favorably and 61 percent were unfavorable.

Trump’s rising approval rate may have been helped by media coverage. Almost half (47 percent) of those polled said what they have seen, read or heard about Trump since the election has improved their impression of him. A few (11 percent) said it made no difference, and 38 percent said it gave them a less favorable impression.

Looking forward, voters were evenly split on their general outlook on the Trump presidency. Asked about the new shift to Republican Party control of the executive and legislative branches of government, half of those polled (49 percent) said they felt either concerned or scared, and half (47 percent) responded they were excited or hopeful.

“It's clear that the campaigns and the election results have jarred the nation,” said Michael Cornfield, associate professor at GW’s Graduate School of Political Management and research director of GW’s Center for Political Management. “Twice as many registered voters chose ‘scared’ over ‘excited’ as their foremost emotional reaction. ‘Division in the country’ was the top issue they want the new administration and Congress to address.”..."


December 07, 2016 8:46 AM  
Anonymous just read fake news on TTF said...

yeah, I don't think there's anything there that the Examiner misrepresented

the only misrepresentation is your allegation that it did

bottom line: Trump's favorability is rising since being elected and Hillary's hasn't

December 07, 2016 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody mentioned "misrepresentation," you liar.

I said "Nice cherry picking by the Washington Examiner" and if you disagree with that statement then you didn't bother to read the Examiner article very far beyond the title.

Typical.

What might account for the @$$hole-Elect's rise in ratings?

I believe they call it "the honeymoon period."

Gallup reported back in July 2009:

"Presidents typically enjoy positive approval ratings during the early stages of their presidencies, commonly known as the "honeymoon" period. Barack Obama is no exception, with ratings that have generally been above 60%. But recent presidents' honeymoons have typically ended much sooner than those of their predecessors. Whereas presidents from Harry Truman through Richard Nixon spent an average of 26 months above the historical average 55% presidential job approval rating after they took office, presidents from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush spent an average of just seven months above this norm..."

What's the honeymoon period high so far for your Pu--y Predator President-Elect?

"45 percent had a favorable opinion of the president-elect"

Whoa baby!

You must be so proud!

Forty-five percent approval rating during the honeymoon period is stellar -- waaaay far up there in the stratosphere!

Way higher than Obama's measly 60% honeymoon approval rating.

NOT!

Too bad for you, Gallup also shows Obama's current 55% approval rating is 10 percentage points higher your Pu--y Predator President Elect's honeymoon period rating of 45%.

December 07, 2016 4:01 PM  
Anonymous remember the Presdient who hired girls straight outta college? said...

ha-ha!

the more important part of the poll is that Hillary, wife of our only "BJ from younger staff" President, continues to be held in contempt by America

obviously, Trump is not a traditional conservative

Hillary, though, is thoroughly liberal

a view that doesn't have a lot going for it right now

ha-ha-ha!

December 08, 2016 6:12 AM  
Anonymous More Trump thugs inspired to acts of hate, death threats said...


Donald Trump just insulted a union leader on Twitter. Then the phone started to ring.

December 08, 2016 6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary Clinton Now Leads Donald Trump by Over 2.5 Million Votes

I think you are confused.

This is your Pu--y Predator President Elect: Trump bragged that he walked in on naked beauty pageant contestants
“You see these incredible looking women… I sort of get away with things like that.”


And this:

Donald Trump 'I GRAB Women BY The PU--Y'!!!!

December 08, 2016 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"continues to be held in contempt by America"

There you go, lying again.

The word "contempt" does not appear anywhere in the GW Battleground Poll or in the Washington Examiner piece about it you cited.

You can't keep yourself from lying.

As Priya Lynn has reminded us, you feel "There are many situations where its apropriate to lie."

Take your lies and go do exactly what your Pu--y Predator President Elect tells you to do.

December 08, 2016 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Comet Ping Pong "rescuer" believed a lie some Pu--y Predator President Elect supporters spread around the internet.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/pizzagate-from-rumor-to-hashtag-to-gunfire-in-dc/2016/12/06/4c7def50-bbd4-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html

The Comet Ping Pong conspiracy theory was yet another vile lie about Hillary Clinton, one among many broadcast and spread around the internet by alt-right sites like Brietbart and the like.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/were-going-to-put-a-bullet-in-your-head-pizzagate-threats-terrorize-dc-shop-owners/2016/12/05/39469a82-bb2e-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html

Hillary Clinton was not the only person threatened or harmed by these vile lies told by alt-right, post-truth lying liars.


December 08, 2016 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary Clinton received more votes for president than any white man in U.S. history.

December 08, 2016 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Racist graffiti at Giants player's home investigated as hate crime

"MOONACHIE – Shortly after Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock recounted to The Record the feelings of disappointment and confusion that have emerged since his home was broken into on Tuesday night and defaced with several racially-charged epithets, local police announced they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Whitlock returned home with his family on Tuesday night and found "KKK," three swastikas and other racist language scrawled onto the walls of home. The largest word, "Trump," was also written in marker on the wall leading up his staircase.

His immediate thoughts upon entering his home was to make sure he kept him family safe, he told The Record early Thursday morning, but in the hours after the incident he reflected on what was now littered throughout his home.

“Of course there are the common feelings you have of being violated, feelings of hatred, feelings of ‘why us?’ which, it’s apparent why us,” he said in the living room of his home. “I don’t think we felt ‘targeted’ at first…then as you see it and how specific some of the things are on the walls, and then we actually had an attempted break in three weeks prior… it just felt like somebody was definitely trying to get us.”

Moonachie Police confirmed on Wednesday night that they are investigating the Tuesday night break-in – which happened between 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. – and racially charged vandalism that were left in Whitlock’s home. Sgt. Richard Behrens said on Thursday that police are investigating the incident as a hate crime and are canvassaing the area for any neighbors who may have saw something on Tuesday night or have security cameras with footage the police could review.

"Based on the content and messages on the wall, we will be treating this as a hate crime," Behrens told The Record. "It appears to be bias."

On Thursday, Whitlock had covered up the scrawls with large bed sheets in an effort to shield his son from the words of hate. The home’s side door had a large crack in its window and the metal wiring on it was mangled.

While Whittlock said he has recently spoken to his son about race relations in the country – specifically since Donald Trump was elected president, – he said he felt the timing was not right to explain exactly what happened on Tuesday, besides a robbery.

Whitlock said he posted a photo of some of the more offensive slurs on his Instagram page because it was “something that needed to be out there.” After discussing it with his family, Whitlock said they decided that people needed to know that racist attacks like the one he experienced “can happen to anyone.”...


If Trump expects the Americans who did not vote for him to accept him as president, he needs to show that he accepts all of them as Americans. He needs to show that he understands their concerns and hears their fears.

We all have a role to play here. But it’s the winner who carries the burden of taking the lead in uniting the country. It’s the burden of leadership. It’s the burden of being the president of the United States.

December 08, 2016 5:11 PM  
Anonymous planet Earth is blue said...

"If Trump expects the Americans who did not vote for him to accept him as president, he needs to show that he accepts all of them as Americans. He needs to show that he understands their concerns and hears their fears.

We all have a role to play here. But it’s the winner who carries the burden of taking the lead in uniting the country. It’s the burden of leadership. It’s the burden of being the president of the United States."

I was never too excited about him but he's doing pretty good in this regard so far. Certainly seems open-minded. Ask Al Gore.

You know, I can see how someone could misconstrue Trump's words and get Hispanics riled up. Hard to see what issues blacks have with him.

December 08, 2016 7:54 PM  
Anonymous soaring said...

"Hillary Clinton received more votes for president than any white man in U.S. history"

we don't elect presidents directly

electors who intended to vote for her got more overall but they were concentrated on the west coast and the east coast above the DC area

actually, if you take away Manhattan and California, she lost the rest of the country badly

drive about a half hour outside the beltway sometime

you'll still see trump signs everywhere

seems as though America didn't want to see on their TV every day, a corrupt, lying, incompetent drone with a pervert husband who tries to exacerbate division among racial and ethnic groups

go figure

meanwhile, great pick for the EPA!!

more polls about the Trump honeymoon:

http://thehill.com/executive-branch/309182-trump-favorability-hits-new-high

December 08, 2016 9:16 PM  
Anonymous This cad is your Pu--y Predator President-Elect said...


This is what happens when Donald Trump attacks a private citizen on Twitter


"About a year ago, 18-year-old college student Lauren Batchelder stood up at a political forum in New Hampshire and told Donald Trump that she didn’t think he was “a friend to women.”

The next morning, Trump fired back on Twitter — calling Batchelder an “arrogant young woman” and accusing her of being a “plant” from a rival campaign. Her phone began ringing with callers leaving threatening messages that were often sexual in nature. Her Facebook and email inboxes filled with similar messages. As her addresses circulated on social media and her photo flashed on the news, she fled home to hide.

“I didn’t really know what anyone was going to do,” said Batchelder, now 19, who has never discussed her experience with a reporter until now. “He was only going to tweet about it and that was it, but I didn’t really know what his supporters were going to do, and that to me was the scariest part.”

This is what happens when Trump targets a private citizen who publicly challenges him...

For Batchelder, who studies history and gender studies at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H, the abuse continues more than a year later. Five days before the election, she received a Facebook message that read: “Wishing I could f---ing punch you in the face. id then proceed to stomp your head on the curb and urinate in your bloodied mouth and i know where you live, so watch your f---ing back punk.”..."


I'm with the majority of American voters who voted for Clinton.

As far as I'm concerned, he and his supporters who attacked this coed can go f- - - themselves.


December 09, 2016 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2016/12/trump-remains-unpopular-voters-prefer-obama-on-scotus-pick.html

December 09, 2016 9:28 AM  
Anonymous I'm achy-breaky smart said...

"I'm with the majority of American voters who voted for Clinton"

the people whose chose to vote for Hillary make up only 21% of Americans

although, in fairness, it was 27% of people eligible to vote

huge swaths of the population chose not to vote, many because their vote doesn't really count in an electoral system

it's completely unknown who would have won a popular vote, if we'd had one

an inconvenient truth that will surely encourage vile-anon to tell me to do something to myself

December 09, 2016 11:39 AM  
Anonymous For the math/reading challenged said...

You wouldn't know truth if it fell in your lap.

The statement you quoted was: "I'm with the majority of American voters who voted for Clinton"

"American voters" not "Americans."

Try and keep up instead of reminding us yet all again you continue to suffer a deficit in reading comprehension.

The majority of "American voters" who voted in the 2016 US Presidential election, 53.8% of them in fact, voted against your Grab Our Pu--y Party candidate.

Hillary Clinton received 65,534,951 votes (48.2%)
Others received 7,642,799 votes (5.6%)

The total number of "American voters" who did not vote for your Pu--y Predator President Elect: 73,177,750 (53.8%)

Meanwhile, your vile, foul-mouthed pu--y grabbing braggart didn't reach even 50% among "American voters."

Pu--y Predator President Elect received 62,858,281 votes (46.2%)

It's your Pu--y Predator President Elect who tells you where you can go and what you can do with his vile foul mouth obscenities.

Got a problem with that? Take it up with your twittiot yourself.

December 09, 2016 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Polling galore said...

A large percentage of Trump voters are severely misinformed. They live in a virtually fact-free or made-up-fact environment.

The stock market under President Obama soared. The Dow Jones Industrial average went from 7,949.09 to 19,614.91, up 11,665.72. In other words, it more than doubled. Yet 39% of Trump voters think the stock market went down under Obama.

Unemployment dropped from 7.8% to 4.6% during the Obama administration. Clinton, Johnson, Stein and other voters are well aware of that fact. But not Donald Trump voters; 67% of them believe unemployment rose under President Obama.

40% of Trump voters believe that Donald Trump won the popular vote. They believe the both lies your Pu--y Predator President Elect tweeted claiming "I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

60% of Trump voters believe that millions voted illegally for Clinton. They believe the both lies your Pu--y Predator President Elect tweeted claiming, "I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

73% of Trump voters believe that George Soros paid Trump protesters. That has been thoroughly debunked here: How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study

29% of Trump voters believe California vote should not be included in the popular vote.

What Grab Our Pu--y Party voters believe about the world is distinctly different from what the rest of the country believes, and it's different from what is true too. This is the alternate reality that they are in — it is weird enough and specific enough that you can’t say it just springs from broader a misunderstandings or from a broader ignorance on issues that afflicts the country. And this is a specific alternate reality that was created by the Trump movement for a political purpose. And it worked for that political purpose. And now as the Trump administration takes shape, they have to know that they are in power thanks to their voter base that has these false beliefs about the country. False beliefs about the country, false beliefs about the economy, false beliefs about the outgoing president, false beliefs about what California is. In terms of what happens next in our country, it seems important to know this incoming president basically created this fantasy life for his supporters.”

One of the reasons Trump may want to keep the rallies going is to ensure his base remains ill-informed. Given his agenda, he will depend on that ignorance lest his draconian policies are dead on arrival.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2015/PPP_Release_National_120916.pdf

December 09, 2016 3:51 PM  
Anonymous letter to a gutter dweller said...

"You wouldn't know truth if it fell in your lap"

what a novel metaphor. you must have taken creative writing from a mail-in college

"The statement you quoted was: "I'm with the majority of American voters who voted for Clinton"

"American voters" not "Americans."

Try and keep up instead of reminding us yet all again you continue to suffer a deficit in reading comprehension."

my point, which you apparently didn't comprehend, is that "voters" is a small subset of the population of "eligible voters" and that's because we didn't hold a popular vote

people choose whether to vote

and part of that decision-making process lies in the rules for how the vote is counted

so, unless we announce that we are holding a popular vote and people base their decision to vote on that, the head count is irrelevant

do you understand that now, or do you require further instruction?

"It's your"

I've said many times that Trump was not my preferred candidate so you are now denying and lying

"Pu--y Predator President Elect who tells you where you can go and what you can do with his vile foul mouth obscenities"

actually, it was you

and you've done it several times

you appear to have a fantasy about being grabbed by Trump

I can see no other reason why you repeat this vile comment so much

Trump acknowledged the inappropriateness of the comment but it wasn't said in public and it was just words

do you do the same with real actions like Ted "left my girlfriend dead in the water" Kennedy or Bill "only gets BJs from the youngest staff members" Clinton or Barney "so my boyfriend running a gay prostitution service from my townhouse" Frank or Anthony "showing pictures to girls of any age" Weiner

"Got a problem with that? Take it up with your twittiot yourself"

I'm taking up YOUR comments with you

when you decide to dwell in the gutter, as you have, you become part of the gutter

have fun splashing in the crap

December 10, 2016 10:39 AM  
Anonymous thanks, hillary said...

this morning, Trump announced his has worked with Dow Chemical to create a new innovation center in Grand Rapids

it's his third such deal since being elected and he isn't even President yet

in fairness, Hillary's campaign pumped up the economy by spending 1.2 billion, much from foreign sources while Trump only spent 600 million, all from domestic sources

so on behalf of America, thanks Hillary for bringing in new money!

December 10, 2016 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Pu--y Predator President Elect who tells you where you can go and what you can do with his vile foul mouth obscenities"

actually, it was you "


Click any link.

That's not me, Comrade!

December 11, 2016 7:49 AM  

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