HuffPo stupidity of the day

I can’t really find anything to admire about Donald Trump (except, perhaps, how he keeps his hair on), but it does bother me that many Democrats and organs like the HuffPo are obsessed with finding fault in his every statement. It’s an obsession, and an unhealthy one, for it’s turning our political system into a mutual hate-fest. And here’s one from HuffPo (click on the screenshot to go to the post). It’s followed by a quote from Trump:


Our airports are like from a Third World country,” Trump ranted. “You land at LaGuardia, you land at Kennedy, you land at LAX, you land at Newark, and you come in from Dubai and Qatar and you see these incredible ― you come in from China, you see these incredible airports, and you land ― we’ve become a Third World country.”

Now it is true that many U.S. airports (and I’m thinking of LaGuardia and Logan) are unpleasant, crowded, and don’t even have decent noms; other countries, like the Netherlands and Germany, do much better. So some U.S. airports do bespeak a third-world atmosphere. As far as our becoming a Third World country, well, that’s true hyperbole, and yet in many ways: child mortality, lack of public medical care, income inequality and so on, we are. But HuffPo, instead of trying to turn Trump into a Satan by attacking his every word, might concentrate more on stuff related to the campaign, particularly his stands (or, rather, non-stands) on the issues.

And I’ve discovered that HuffPo now puts this at the end of every article about Donald Trump. I guess it can’t allow readers to think for themselves:



  1. BobTerrace
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t PuffHo ‘stupidity of the day’ every story they publish?

  2. eheffa
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who consistently pays no taxes & then complains about the quality of state-funded infrastructure is an idiot or a complete hypocrite. In any case, he or she deserves our contempt.

  3. Posted September 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    So, what is it about this numbered list thing? Why are numbered lists so popular now?

    “You won’t believe these 27 craziest photos of Brangolina!”

    • Flemur
      Posted September 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Numbered lists are one weird trick.

    • Posted September 29, 2016 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      They are called “listicles”.

    • Christopher
      Posted September 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      Brangolina? Is that some new species of Pangolin?

      • John Harshman
        Posted September 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

        Don’t worry. It’s extinct.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted September 29, 2016 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

          Or it’s a publicity stunt.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Exactly. Sitting around discussing the things that come out of the mouth of someone is not helpful or even interesting. Making comment about what is not said, what is not there, would be far more important.

    That a candidate does not have any program or plan to actually create jobs for the middle class or unemployed. Does not have any stated plan to take on the enemy ISIS, other than he is going to do it and bomb the hell out of them. His program to stop the killing in our cities is Law and Order. But that is no plan, just a sound bite.

    One of his most talked about plans, if you call it that, is building this great wall. Was not even brought up by the person running the debate or the opposition.

  5. Heather Hastie
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Trump’s attack on airports is not new – he’s been doing it for ages. The fact that airports are the best example of crumbling infrastructure he can come up with speaks to how out of touch he is, especially as they’re at the better end of the scale.

    The need to spend on public infrastructure is a policy that, in general, he and Clinton have in common. However, I think it’s much more likely to be acted on, and funds better directed, with Clinton in charge.

  6. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Republicans spend an excessive amount of time demonizing democrats. Liberals should not stoop to the same.

    That said, not as bad as Tuesday or Wednesday’s submissions i.e not FUBAR.

  7. Posted September 29, 2016 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Even in this specific case, do not kill the messenger.

    Let’s also look at our trains and railways (The government does not support our rail system at all,except for, maybe, Amtrak, and it’s outdated). Roads and bridges have deteriorated. 911 systems, emergency systems of all kinds, disaster preparedness, after-the-fact help to victims of disasters, etc. Clean power generation, functional power grids, etc. Grossly inequitable medical care. Excessive pricing on drugs. Federal agencies that pay way too much attention to lobbyists and not the truth, therefore adding to the obesity and other related health crises in the US.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    … anything to admire about Donald Trump (except, perhaps, how he keeps his hair on) …

    I’ve been studying this, and it appears to be with splotches of product strategically placed atop the key eddies and vortexes and whirlpools in the Trumpian coiffure.

    It seems to work pretty well, too — although on occasion, after a hard day on the hustings, the whole confection shifts along the subduction zone that serves as his part, opening up a seem that looks for all the world like a lobotomy scar.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted September 29, 2016 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      (except, perhaps, how he keeps his hair on)

      I hope it’s six-inch nails.

      • darrelle
        Posted September 30, 2016 at 7:10 am | Permalink

        Surely nine-inch?

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted September 30, 2016 at 7:58 am | Permalink

          We’ve flushed out a Trent Reznor fan. 🙂

          • darrelle
            Posted September 30, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

            A memory that always makes me laugh. A good friend telling the story about when his girlfriend told him that the song playing on the radio was by a group she liked called Nine Inch Nails. He heard Males, and was nonplussed. “I thought, damn, those guys are conceited, and I’m in trouble!,” as he has told the story.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted October 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

          It’s only a few years since I realised that the graffito which I saw all around comprised of (mixing scripts here) “NIИ” was an abbreviation for a band called “Nine Inch Nails”. I’ve still never (knowingly) heard a track by them. For some reason I associate them with some sort of post-1990s imitation of heavy metal – but that may be guilt by association with a couple of Sabbath freaks who were incredulous that I’d never heard of them.

  9. Kevin
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I can’t imagine Trump has every walked through the economy side of any airport. Maybe he is comparing pictures he sees online.

  10. charlize
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    At least Trump has shown that trampling political correctness, with which the regressive left is holding the West in a pseudo-intellectual death grip, can work in your favour. It’s what his whole appeal is based on. Too bad his way of going about it is more often than not ill informed.

    However, what tracks reality more closely, Trumps observation that there is a problem with Islam or Potus’s incantation that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.

    • Posted September 29, 2016 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      Uh-huh, and how exactly does implying that Mexicnas are inherently predisposed to raping women track with reality?
      To whatever minescule extent Trump has made valid criticsms of the overly PC left, that pails in comparison to the fact that he’s taken the grand tradition of turning political conservatism in the US into a celebration of being a crass, hateful idiot, and of taking great pride in that fact, and turned it up to 11.
      Let me be clear, I make no apolgoies for the fascistic postmodernists masquerading as liberals who wish to take the West to task for the most petty of grievances, while giving oppressive regimes in the Middle East a pass because they can only see Muslims as hapless victims of Western imperialism. But that’s not going to make forget that for at least forty years, conservatives in the US have been standing on the leading edge progress shouting STOP as loud as they can, no matter how much Dave Rubin or that shitheel Milo Yianoppolous wish it would.
      I’m damn near forty years old and I’ve been a southerner my entire life. I have to live with the laws passed by the willfully ignorant, right-wing trash that populate the Florida Legislature. Blind tribalism is a bad thing. Being ethically bankrupt, racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic, not to mention top-to-bottom wrong on fiscal policy is much, much worse.

      • darrelle
        Posted September 30, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

        Tell it brother.

  11. loren.russell
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m not the least ashamed to pile on the hate fest — il Douche will probably not lead us to stupid wars — though given enough rope he could well let down some allies, encourage nuclear arm races in Asia, etc.

    But his election will almost surely tip the US toward racism and theocracy… At my age [and race and gender] I’m personally threatened only to the fairly remote likelihood his policies would lead to hyperinflation. But in terms of anything I care about — human rights, environment, religion in my face– his America could well be the one I take to my grave.

    So really, do we need more tone policing? Humor in the Hobbesian sense of asserting superiority is at least some balm as we ride into the abyss..

    • Posted September 30, 2016 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      The Roolz specify that you can’t tell me what to post or not to post about. Apologize or you’re gone. I hate Trump as much as anyone, but I’m not in favor of the demonization of any politician, whether it be Clinton or Trump, and I don’t appreciate your telling me what I don’t “need” to say.

  12. Wunold
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    other countries, like the Netherlands and Germany, do much better.

    The problem in Germany is to finish building them in the first place. 😉

  13. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    PuffHo: “Did you know JFK has a sustainable farm that runs on terminal food waste?”

    Speaking as a passenger, I don’t give a flying f**k about that. All I care about is, how obnoxious is the security; how easy is it to find where I’m going; and are there enough comfortable seats, drinking water, and adequately cheap food for waiting passengers. And maybe free wifi.

    I don’t know any US airports, but Dubai (which the Donald cited with apparent approval) is a near-FAIL in my estimation. Yes, really spectacular architecture. But not nearly enough seats in waiting areas, and the floors are bloody marble, not carpeted, so painful to sit on. And the ‘duty free’ shops are all full of top-end stuff at prices that nobody in their right mind would pay.

    My favourite airport is Brisbane. It looks like a repurposed cargo shed. But it’s got generous carpeted waiting areas and plenty of really comfortable sofa-style seating. And water fountains. Somebody has obviously given some thought to passenger comfort. Melbourne isn’t far behind. I doubt the Donald would approve, though, not enough glitz and glitter.


  14. ploubere
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Nor should Trump be mocked for his personal appearance. How he wears his hair is his business, and the size of his hands are irrelevant. Those statues of him were just mean and stupid.

    He should be roundly criticized for his ideas and his behavior.

  15. Barney
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Huff Post’s regular message on Trump is admirable. Shame on you, professor, for saying “I guess it can’t allow readers to think for themselves”. Readers of your site can think for ourselves, even when you repeat one of your beliefs; why do you assume that Huff Post thinks its readers can’t?

    It even gives links so you can go and see the evidence for why Trump is a despicable conman and bigot. Huff Post is informing its readers, and you’re denigrating it for that.

    Again, shame.

    • jeremy pereira
      Posted September 30, 2016 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Do you think anybody who reads Huff Po doesn’t already know about Donald Trump? The bit at the end of every article is somewhat patronising.

      • Posted September 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

        And, to me, smells of desperation.

      • Barney
        Posted October 1, 2016 at 10:28 am | Permalink

        I expect there is at least one registered voter who reads Huffington Post in a contested state who is not planning to vote for Clinton, yes.

        I mean, look at the way most of the media treats him like a reasonable person. Clearly many people are fundamentally mistaken about him. So it’s worth reminding people just how awful a president he’d be if you don’t vote for the alternative.

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