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We Wonder, Is This The NEW New Trump?

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Mr. Trump met with Obama in the White House this morning, and to my mind is becoming far too obsequious. He proclaimed it was “an honor” to meet him and that Barack was “a good man”. What? Has Trump lost his cojones? Or is he, like a chameleon, changing his spots. Sorry, that’s a leopard. Well, he’d better be more like a leopard.Screen Shot 2016-11-10 at 1.02.47 PM

We elected him on his stated platform. He’d better not lose sight of it.

It has been quite a joy to watch the backtracking of celebrities who pledged their all to Hillary Clinton. Speaking of whom.

I’ve said all along that she was Bill, in her clothing, or maybe he was her in his clothing. Or maybe they are cross-dressers, who knows, but theirs was clearly an end run around the 22nd Amendment, which refers to term limits of 4 years only, passed March 21, 1947.

Bill and Hillary are and remain a married couple, which means that legally they are treated in many ways as a single entity, enjoying certain privileges, such as that they cannot be forced to give evidence against each other. Another game to the system.

Some celebrities say that if Trump was elected, they’d move up to Canada. Trouble is, Canada doesn’t want them. Will they build a wall to keep them out?

Life is becoming truly bizarre.

Another Look at Trump

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I posted this 3 months ago, in August. I hope he will turn out to be exciting in his new presidency. The U-turns being undergone by certain – and you know who I mean – celebrities, and refusal and possibly exodus of some of them to other countries, will be fascinating. And how about Politically Incorrect Bill Maher? He will become completely irrelevant to the scene from now on, unless he can spin it somehow.

 

Having sat through those two mind-numbing Conventions and wondering at the utter futility of all that talk, insults ad hominem/ad nauseam, spewing through the mouths of the candidates, their supporters and media spectator pundits – thumbs up or thumbs down as in the days of ancient Rome – I figured that Trump has probably got it made. We should resign ourselves to the fact that he will probably be the next occupant of the White House. Our loss is that we cannot then continue to poke fun at him in the way we’ve been doing. (Here I must reveal my secret admiration of him: that he financed his own campaign.)

But relax, take a swig or a puff or a snort, or whatever best opens your mind, and listen up.

He may amaze yet because he is not a conventional thinker, and his lack of politically engineered experience may clear the field, like a computer reboot, format, or system upgrade.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 11.21.14 AM

I don’t think he looks for wars. He looks for solutions. If he’d been there in 1939, he might have done a deal with Hitler to look East instead of West. Thus, Hitler would have had the challenge of containing Communism instead of us, there’d have been no Battle of the North Atlantic, no U-boats, and the deaths of 70 million scapegoats might not have had to be mourned by their grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters and children. Of course, we’ll never know.

But that’s past. How about the future?

How might he deal with todays’ fears from terrorism, and ISIS? The U.S, UK, France, Germany, and the rest of Europe seem to be out of ideas on that score. The ideology of PC thinking paralyzes the U.N. and its members. Would Trump do any better? Well, he’s perfectly capable of thinking the following. He might say

“Pay mercenaries. Hire headhunters. Professionals seeking bounties, and motivate them with lots of cash. Attract Gurkha warriors, who would know what to do with decapitating the enemy with their curved kukri weapons. Torture? Brutality? They would do as ISIS does, and make money while doing it. Any person wearing a black hood gets it.”

Countries would look the other way. They’d say ‘Deal with it, don’t tell us how.’

Most people can’t think like that. Certainly not Hillary or Obama. But if it worked, then the billions currently spent on security could be spent creating new businesses and jobs.

One might care to notice that America gained its empire by buying with cash, not killing and conquering. Alaska? California? Louisiana? St. Thomas? Purchases all.

So, I’m leaning more towards the acceptability of Trump. I think he’d be up for the challenge of true Democratic Capitalism. He could be exciting. Yes, it’s all about the money, yes.

Remember, it was the Bard who said “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise”. Perhaps the time has come.

Donald Trump, NAZI MAN No More!

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Post Election Day November 8, 2016:

I had been asked earlier this year what I thought of Donald Trump. That was like being asked what I thought of Adolph Hitler. But rather than going into the gory details, I decided to make a little comedy sketch with my two young talented friends Seth Garben and Jacob Grodnik. It was called “NAZI MAN!”, and showed a couple of American method actors complaining how the British have stolen all the good parts in Hollywood, before becoming confronted with Rudy, the idiot younger brother of Adolph, who has been hiding in a bunker for 70 years, emerging with the avowed intention of making Nazi Germany great again.

But the times they are a-changing, and it’s no longer de rigueur to make fun of the Donald, who is now our president-elect. Hey, he might come after YOU if you don’t straighten up. And you’d lose the chance to be part of his cabinet. So I’m taking down this spoof, to be on the safe side.

However, the story of how we made it on the sly is worth telling, so I’ll leave that up.

SPOILERS.

I don’t usually believe in revealing how movie magic is made, but progress says it’s old-fashioned to hold that view. These days everybody’s a movie maker, and wants to know. It seems that people are able to somehow suspend their disbelief when it suits them, so a little back story here.

We shot it on the sly, and the reason was that displaying the Swastika in public is, well, unwise. Illegal in most European countries, we’re told.

We went to Western Costume to get me be-garbed in the genuine Hitler uniform, which they have hanging on their racks.  It’s tan and very understated. Swastika, Iron Cross etc, and much medal bling. IMG_2916We paid their rent for a week, and then the manager came charging out and refused to let us take it off the premises! He said it was their policy to rent genuine Nazi uniforms only to big studio productions, and here we were, a tiny independent. A solution was quickly needed.

That’s how we came up with the fairly innocuous but genuine leather Lederhosen, which, though expensive, we bought. Then we shot on a Sunday and holiday when everything was closed, and – just lucky, actually – no cop cars were to be seen to check on whether we’d obtained permits and whatnot. We hadn’t.

Update: Producers renamed this spoof “Make America Great Again (parody)” There are several videos with similar titles, and runaway views in the millions. Ours not.

What shocks me for the future of the medium is that viewers are watching old copyrighted movies with the animated faces of Trump and Hillary and Obama simply pasted on.  Check out these hijacking examples: A “sword and sandals” epic along with “The Terminator”. I have to admit that “Making America Great Again (Donald Trump parody)” is very funny

and so is
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but the law needs to be changed if the ownership of intellectual property is to mean anything. Every movie ever made could be used and abused in this way under the umbrella protection of “Parody”.  A “with apologies to . . .” would be helpful, but that’s presuming the cult of ethics still exists in its old form. Hence lawyers.