We’re getting near the end now, and the quarter-finals are upon us. There’s only one match up left in each of the four divisions of bullshit. In a couple I found it quite tough to make a choice. The level of bullshit is just so high.

There are four days before the semi-final, so you’ve got a bit of time to make your own choices. But, with only four votes to make, it doesn’t take long. So why not do it right now? Just go here: Third Month Mania: Bullshit Bracket, scroll down until you can see the bracket, and click on the wee pic of Trump’s YUGE inauguration crowd.

Here are the choices I made:

Trump Conference: Division I

The two left in this division are Trump’s inauguration crowd and his self-reported “amazing” response to the disaster in Puerto Rico. My vote went to his claim that his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever. However, it has stiff competition.

There are many in Puerto Rico that are still suffering significantly. After months of no electricity for a huge chunk of the island, the US Army Corps of Engineers moved in, and progress is occurring. Their goal is to have 95% power restoration by the end of this month.

Bullshit Bracket Match 1



Everyone Else Conference: Division I

This division’s final two bullshit claims are Paul Ryan’s sick tweet re the Republican tax plan, and the conspiracy theory that the Parkland shooting survivors were crisis actors. As it has all the way through, the Paul Ryan tweet gets my vote. The damage that will be done to US society’s most vulnerable long term by the GOP tax plan should concern any decent person imo.

The crisis actors claim is also a major piece of quite unbelievable bullshit, but I think the kids themselves have done a great job of countering that one. If anything, it’s been a help in getting their message out.

Bullshit Bracket Match 2



Trump Conference: Division II

Trump provides so much copy for comedians and journalists, this competition proving that yet again. His claim that there were “very fine people on both sides” in the Charlottesville protests split not just his country, but his own administration. His then new Chief of Staff, John Kelly, could be seen hanging his head in shame as Trump made the comment.

Trump’s claim that he would be a hero when confronting a school shooter gave cartoonists another opportunity to poke fun at him. Many were of the theme that someone with five deferments for bone spurs (that seem to no longer be a part of his anatomy) doesn’t fit the profile of hero. However, I actually give Trump a pass on this one. Most of us would like to think we’d do the right thing in this sort of situation, but few of us know for sure how we’d act. It was crass of Trump to mention the subject, but the reason he did is obvious. His deep insecurities are clear to all. They’re the source of most of his biggest faults, but also, I suspect, some qualities in the eyes of a few he’s close to.

Bracket of Bullshit Match 3

Everyone Else Conference: Division II

This match up was a tough choice. We’ve got sexual harassment vs the delusion of American Exceptionalism (with a hint of racism). Both, ironically, are from Fox News hosts. Bill O’Reilly’s had my vote since Round One, but I stopped voting for Tucker Carlson in the last round when he came up against the Mike Pence walkout. That was a tough choice, but I decided Carlson’s claim was stupidity rather than full-on bullshit. So anyway, I stuck with O’Reilly again.

Bullshit Bracket Match 4


So, what do you think of my choices? Have I got it right, or would you have made different ones? Make your own choices official by going here, then come back and let us know how you voted.

I’ve got a pretty bad record this year – I haven’t been close to what most people have chosen. I’m clearly out of mainstream thinking of US society, at least amongst viewers of The Daily Show. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?


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