PuffHo stupidity of the day

Someone at the top at PuffHo has ordered all the privileged white editors to work in Trump-dissing everywhere they can. They’re already gone way too far, but this is beyond the pale (click on the screenshot if you must):


Yes, there’s a video, which is not in the top rank of cat videos. But seriously, how dare they connect my beloved cats to Trump? And the “text” for the article is equally heinous:

Oh, to be a cat.

While the rest of the world frets about whether GOP nominee Donald Trump will win the presidential election on Nov. 8, these cute kitties are blissfully oblivious.

But they do worry about one thing ― getting their owners’ attention.

The needy cats featured in the Pet Collective’s new video montage climb on their owners’ backs, beg on their rear legs or just snuggle up in a bid for some undivided love.

Such contentment. If only everything was so simple.

Note also another patented trope of this garbage-y website: the word “perfect.”  No, the perfect respite to Trump’s Toxic Campaign is not to watch or read about him, and, even better, vote against him. It’ll all be over in November.


  1. grasshopper
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Elsewhere, it is reported that Donald Trump thinks that his portrayal by Alec Baldwin “stinks”. Sounds to me like Baldwin has nailed Trump’s persona one-hundred per cent.

    • rickflick
      Posted October 17, 2016 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      I had to go check it out… Live, it’s SATURDAY NIGHT!

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted October 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

        Bah! “This video not available in your country.”

        So as a consolation for non-Americans, here’s John Oliver instead:


        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted October 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

          Oh sod it, I’m sorry, didn’t mean to imbed it!


  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Trump would have to be a dog person anyway. He is the object of attention and a cat could care less.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

      I can’t imagine Trump deriving much pleasure from petting or playing with a dog.

      Then again, I don’t imagine Trump having much idea of what to do with a pudendum, either, if he ever managed to grab hold of one during all his feckless groping.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve no patience or regard for HuffPo. But as far as I’m concerned, the world will never have too much Trump mockery.

    Let us never forget that this thing Trump first slithered to political prominence by making himself the cynosure of the “birther” movement, the nadir of right-wing stupidity and cynicism, claiming that Barack Obama was born not in the state of Hawaii, but in Kenya.

    It’s a position he was openly advocating earlier this year, one he did not expressly renounce until just a few weeks ago, before the first presidential debate, when it dawned on his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, that Trump would almost certainly get questions about his birtherism that he could not possibly answer. That alone merits unceasing ridicule and should disqualify Trump from ever holding any elective office in this land.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted October 17, 2016 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      I personally don’t think I “mock” Trump a lot. I do, however, criticize him an enormous amount.

      The thing with this election is it’s not a normal competition of ideas. Trump demonstrates over and over again that he is neither fit nor capable of being president. I for one feel the need to point that out over and over again because of the bizarre reality that tens of millions think he would be a great president.

      If someone like Ted Cruz had won the Republican nomination, I would hate the idea of him becoming president, but he is actually capable.

      I don’t like mockery of people, even Trump. Besides, with him there is an enormous amount of material to attack him on without descending to mockery.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted October 18, 2016 at 12:43 am | Permalink

        I understand where you’re coming from, Heather. But some public pronouncements are so risible that mockery and ridicule are the most appropriate response. Serious criticism confers upon them a dignity and seriousness they do not merit.

        It is often the case, in this country in particular, that our very best political commentary comes from our comedians and parodists and satirists. That’s been true this election cycle, although Donald Trump has been so mind-bendingly bad, his policy proposals so meager, his public persona so farcical, that our humorists have had to strain mightily to the task.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted October 18, 2016 at 1:36 am | Permalink

          I’m with Ken there, especially his first paragraph.

          Besides, his behaviour and utterances are so bizarre (for an aspiring politician) that just recounting his doings in an ironic tone of voice would constitute mockery.


        • Heather Hastie
          Posted October 18, 2016 at 11:17 am | Permalink

          I do agree that mockery is sometimes the only response, and I’ve got to say that I have found some of the best political commentary I’ve seen this cycle has been from John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Trevir Noah. The thing is though, I don’t think they have to do a lot of actual mockery – just pointing out the reality of the situation is often enough.

          For example, I don’t like jokes about Trump’s hair. However, the idea that he invites people to pull it to see if it is real is a frankly bizarre situation designed for a comedian to take advantage of.

          And there’s so much stuff. One of the things that got in Al Gore’s way was the way the right inserted the words “flip-flop” into the narrative so they became associated with him. He was mocked and ever since, changing your mind when better evidence comes along or realizing you’re wrong has become a bad thing. However, Trump holds multiple positions in several key policy areas, and changes his mind within hours sometimes. Pointing that out comes across as mockery, but it’s actually also important information in recognizing his unfitness.

          I’m not sure if I’m making much sense here. I suppose what I’m saying is that writing about Trump often seems like mockery when all you’re doing is telling it like it is.

  4. Carl
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    “Note also another patented trope of this garbage-y website: the word “perfect.” No, the perfect respite to Trump’s Toxic Campaign is not to watch or read about him, and, even better, vote against him. It’ll all be over in November.”

    Somehow, you don’t capture “perfect” here. “Perfect” (for me) would be voting for someone I actually think is good, though vote against Trump I will. And as long as we’re fantasizing about perfect, how about an outcome where everyone comes to clearly understand why Trump is so bad, proclaims it to the hilltops, and drives him into exile on a small, rat infested island never to be heard from again.

  5. Christopher
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    In all fairness to the PuffHo, cats are a perfect respite to a great many things, to Trump, Clinton, politics in general, and to the PuffHo in particular. I, for one, would rather while away my evening hours in the company of a cat than insert my head into the fresh cow pats of the mind that pass for journalism at the PuffHo.

  6. Craw
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I find group-think repellant. It seems many commentators here do not. Even when Dr Coyne calls out empty-headed examples of it, some comments are just more of the same. Imaginings about Trump and dogs now?

  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Question: Wouldn’t it be ‘group-think’ if everyone here unquestioningly agreed with Dr Coyne?

    I can see two possible explanations for the near-universal condemnation of Trump:
    One, groupthink. Everyone here is a secret Hilary supporter.

    Two, Trump’s performance has been such that any (well, almost any) independent person confronted with him would immediately condemn it, quite irrespective of anyone else’s opinion. In which case saying so isn’t groupthink.


    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted October 17, 2016 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Damn. That was of course a reply to Craw at #6.

      I hate it when that happens. (My incompetence has nothing to do with it, of course)


    • Craw
      Posted October 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      It isn’t condemnation of Trump that is the issue. It is the need to announce it loudly while asking someone to pass the salt. We all condemn John Wayne Gacy; we don’t all compete to be see as the one who hates him the most, all the time, every time.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted October 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

        My answer to that is, that we so often have to watch the obnoxious getting away with things, it would be ungrateful and flying in the face of fate to squander the chance to enjoy it to the full when one of the obnoxious falls off his bike.

        Besides, had you noticed, there’s an election aka a propaganda war on. Mr Trump has not been noted for his quiet, modest, fact-based campaign.


  8. jeremy pereira
    Posted October 18, 2016 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    It could have been worse, they could have gone for “purrfect”.

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