Okay. Just a quick post to get the latest results in. We’ve now got the semi-final contestants in the Bracket of Bullshit. You can see who these winners were up against here.

First a recap. At the start there were 64 claims of bullshit that made it into the competition. These were split into two conferences: Donald Trump vs Everyone Else. Those two conferences were each split into two divisions. At this point we have the winners of each of the four divisions – two bullshit claims from the Donald Trump conference, and two from the Everyone Else conference. The final will be a Trump piece of bullshit versus one from Everyone Else.

I had an epiphany during voting this morning. All the way through I’ve been saying that I thought that the Trump’s Biggest Inauguration Crowd Ever tweet would win. When it came to casting my vote though, that’s not where I put it. I still think that’s the biggest bullshit, but it’s competition is also major bullshit and it also causes a deep emotional reaction with me.

The idea that there are good people amongst a crowd of people shouting things like, “Blood and Soil,” and “Jews will not replace us,” is sickening. “Blood and soil,” is, of course, a cry of Hitler’s Nazis. You cannot take part in something that looks like a re-creation of Hitler’s night march past the sickbed of Hindenburg and be a good person.  So, it was Very Fine People on Both Sides That Got My Vote got my vote between these two.

 

Third Month Mania Semi-Final - Match One

 

Incidentally, I’ve been re-watching the History Channel documentary series ‘Hitler’s Rise to Power’ recently. Last time I watched it was during the 2016 US presidential election campaign. At that time I could see numerous parallels between the way Trump was running his election campaign, and the way Hitler gained power. Re-watching it, I can see even more. I can’t help wondering if someone like Steve Bannon planned Trump’s campaign using his knowledge of one of his idols – Adolf Hitler.

I’ve been watching another documentary series on the History Channel for the third of fourth time too: ‘Royal Cousins at War’. It’s about the First World War and the strong family ties that link so many of Europe’s royal families. In particular, the king of Great Britain, the kaiser of Germany, and the czar of Russia were first cousins. Again, the similarities to Trump were striking. This time it was how much his personality was a match for that of kaiser Wilhelm II.

Back to the Bullshit.

The two claims that made it this far in the Everyone Else conference are:

Third Month Mania Semi-Final - Match Two

 

In the quarter-final, the Tucker Carlson claim was up against a bit of bullshit from Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly paid US$32 million, even though, he said, there was no sexual abuse involved! O’Reilly got my vote. My comment regrading the Tucker Carlson claim was that it was, “stupidity rather than full-on bullshit.”

As always, whenever there’s a competition for victims and one of the victims is women, women will be expected to suck it up. Anything that happens to them doesn’t matter as much as what happens to anyone else. The reason I think Tucker Carlson won is it’s the USA where there’s a history of slavery and segregation, and racism is still as common as apple pie. Therefore, there’s a natural reaction by good people to pick the bullshit that reflects racism.

On CNN the other day, well known civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump made the claim that of 75 unarmed men killed by Police since 2010, 73 were African-American. I have not been able to confirm this claim, but if it’s true, it’s an horrific statistic. Also, it may only relate to a particular jurisdiction. Thousands of people are shot by police every year in the US and 75 seems very low.

(FYI: NZ Police have fatally shot less than 50 people in the last century. All had weapons as far as I can ascertain, though not all those weapons were firearms. The NZ Public is complaining that the police are acting like Rambo with all these shootings!)

Parkland Conspiracy cartoonI also didn’t vote for the Parkland Conspiracy piece of bullshit because I think the way it was handled means no one was sucked in by it. It’s competition in the quarter-finals was a Paul Ryan tweet that represents a Tax Bill that will hurt millions. For that reason Paul Ryan got my vote.

So. My choice was between two lots of bullshit I didn’t vote for. However, despite thinking Tucker Carlson’s piece of bullshit is mostly stupidity, it’s still despicable. I still think the claim the Parkland survivors are crisis actors is dreadful. However, I’m also sure no one believes it at this stage. My vote went to Tucker Carlson because for him to even think such a thing shows that he’s an awful person.

Besides, whatever piece of bullshit wins the Everyone Else conference, I doubt it has a chance against whichever of Trump’s pieces of bullshit make it, so it doesn’t matter much.

When it comes to bullshit, Trump is a natural.

Trump is a natural liar cartoon

 

What do you think? Did I choose right?

And make sure to vote yourselves – you have just four days – this is where to go to place your vote.


 

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