Diversions and Distractions

96253C6D-DB0C-4D9A-A314-4198B8066B76When you read this post, you’ll probably think I’ve gone off the deep end, or that I’m extremely cynical. You may say I’m a skeptic, maybe even paranoid. And some of you might suggest that I’m hawking a crazy conspiracy theory.

But consider this. So far there have been 12 pipe bombs delivered or mailed to some very high powered Democratic politicians, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Maxine Waters, and Eric Holder. Some of those bombs were sent to Trump critic and former CIA Director John Brennan, the liberal billionaire donor George Soros, and outspoken anti-Trump actor Robert De Niro.

The good news is that none of the pipe bombs detonated and no one has been injured. The FBI confirmed that these were “live” bombs (i.e., not fakes), but there are questions, based upon the way they were constructed, about whether or not they would actually function (i.e., detonate).

Now consider this. The stories of these attempted bombings have dominated the news over the past three days. The bombings have essentially pushed some other very disturbing stories off the news:

  • The brutal, barbaric murder of Saudi journalist, Washington Post columnist, and permanent U.S. resident, Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, which was likely sanctioned by Jared Kushner’s good buddy Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • While Congress is in recess, Mitch McConnell is pushing through young, very conservative judges to fill lifetime federal judgeship appointments without any hearings or input from Democratic senators.
  • Trump insists on using his personal, unsecured iPhone (the one he tweets from and from which he talks to close confidants, including Fox News personalities) even after he’s been told that Chinese and Russian intelligence agencies are certainly listening in.
  • GOP candidates are falsely claiming that only they will save the pre-existing conditions provisions from Obamacare even though they have consistently voted to kill Obamacare, including protections related to pre-existing conditions.
  • Republican politicians in red states continue, less than two weeks before the midterm elections, to play all kinds of dirty tricks designed to suppress the votes of primarily minority voters. And in Texas, a number of voters who attempted to vote the straight Democratic ticket saw their votes for Senator going to Republican Ted Cruz.FBFD46AA-29F6-4ADA-A287-6889DAA48A8A

So why am I bringing up these items that would otherwise be making headlines but aren’t because of these pipe bombs? Well, might it be possible that we are dealing with a real life “Wag the Dog” scenario? (If you’re not familiar with “Wag the Dog,” click here.)

Could Republican political operatives — with or without Trump’s knowledge — be behind these “bombs” in order to distract us from other, more important issues? Could these apparently poorly made and possibly incapable of detonating bombs merely be a way of diverting attention away from all of the other awful things that Donald Trump and his administration are doing just below the radar?

Yes, I know…I’m nuts. But is it any more inconceivable that Republican operatives are behind these bomb attempts than, for example, Trump’s claim that there are “unknown Middle Easterners” traveling with the group of Central American migrants moving north through Mexico toward the U.S.? Or Mike Pence’s statement that “It’s inconceivable there are not people of Middle Eastern descent” in the migrant caravan?

Seriously, as crazy as it sounds, nothing would surprise me anymore.

23 thoughts on “Diversions and Distractions

  1. The Haunted Wordsmith October 26, 2018 / 4:14 am

    I have no doubt that there are nutters in his camp that would do much more than send pipe bombs. As long as he continues this rhetoric, it will only get worse. He’s like my teenager though and refuses to see that others’ reactions are a direct result of his action (or inaction).

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  2. Somewhere Sea October 26, 2018 / 5:29 am

    The world is crazy, the news is crazy…beyond that fundamental assertion, I’m not sure what to do except pray.

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  3. Kijo October 26, 2018 / 6:49 am

    Ways to hide information:
    1. Lie.
    2. Bombard the info streams with flashier info.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sadje October 26, 2018 / 7:16 am

    Not me either! And I am not a believer ( I think) in conspiracy theories, but this looks remarkably fishy.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. XingfuMama October 26, 2018 / 8:56 am

    They also gave him, a largely missed, opportunity to look presidential.

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  6. James Pyles October 26, 2018 / 9:12 am

    An arrest has been made in Florida but law enforcement isn’t releasing any details as yet. I suspect some lone wolf far-right fanatic, possibly mentally ill, is behind all this. I’d be surprised if the bomber were part of a larger conspiracy.

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    • Fandango October 26, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Yes, I just saw that, too. I’m relieved that my conspiracy theory proved false.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Christine Bolton October 26, 2018 / 10:44 am

    I think James is right…some lone wolf fanatic but also someone who might have been “hired” for those reasons. 😔

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    • James Pyles October 26, 2018 / 11:01 am

      I don’t think the suspect is “organized” enough to act as the front man for some sort of group. If you look at his criminal history, he’s had plenty of arrests in the past going back decades if I recall correctly. He’s probably the sort of nut who winds himself up and then does something stupid in response.

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      • Christine Bolton October 26, 2018 / 11:40 am

        Oh I haven’t had chance to read the report yet. You’re right then … a bit like the Las Vegas shooter.

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            • James Pyles October 26, 2018 / 12:32 pm

              Your comment made me curious as to who exactly is Trump’s base. We can make some assumptions, but I prefer data. Keep in mind conclusions will be limited, and I still have to do some guess work.

              While obviously fringe-element extreme rightists such as this bomber fit the bill, is Trump only supported by the far, far right? Probably not, since, by definition, fringe elements are few (even if they are noisy and obnoxious) dropping off somewhere past the third standard deviation from the mean (that’s just a guess of course).

              After a quick Google search, an article at The Verdict seemed the most likely to present that data. We can’t assume personality types or mental stability, but we can sample demographic data from who voted for him vs. Clinton.

              Trump’s base seems to be (as you might expect) more white (58%), more male (53%), older (53% in the 45-64 range and 52% 65+), less educated (67% White/Not College Grad), making more money (greater than $50,000 a year – interesting since his base tends to be less educated), Republican (90%), and are most concerned about immigration (64%). Keep in mind the figures I’m pulling from the linked article can add up to more that 100% in any category.

              Occasionally, I go to news.gallup.com (I don’t want to put more than one link here), Trump’s overall approval rating is 39% as of the week ending on October 21st, however, during the week of Oct 15-21, his approval rating was 44%. Interestingly enough, Barack Obama’s approval rating for October in his second year was only 45%, just one percentage point more than Trump’s for the same time period. Bill Clinton’s for the same time period was 44% (tying Trump), George W. Bush’s was 65%, and his Dad’s rating was 57%.

              Granted, we can’t draw a lot of conclusions based just on numbers, and we can’t really say who was approving of those Presidents or why they approved or disapproved, and keep in mind, these figures jump up and down quite a bit. I can say that it was Ronald Reagan who had the lowest approval rating for this time period of his presidency at 42%, so at least as of last week, Trump’s approval rating wasn’t the lowest.

              At presidency.ucsb.edu, the president who had the lowest approval rating after leaving office was Richard Nixon (R) at 24%, but then again, he resigned rather than be impeached after it was proven he had committed crimes. The next lowest was Harry S. Truman (D) at 32% and the next lowest after him was Jimmy Carter (D) at 34% tying with George W. Bush (R).

              Sorry if I went overboard, but relative to raw percentages, so far, Trump’s rating may be down there, but he’s not the worst by the numbers.

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            • Christine Bolton October 26, 2018 / 1:49 pm

              Phew that’s a lot! He will however go down in history as the worst president. I’m convinced of that. 😕

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  8. Marleen October 26, 2018 / 11:04 am

    “And in Texas, a number of voters who attempted to vote the straight Democratic ticket saw their votes for Senator going to Republican Ted Cruz.”

    I hadn’t heard about that.

    I voted early,
    and we had a way
    to change a vote. But not by hand-marking
    (and not with a clearly vulnerable way of overriding Democrats).

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    • Marleen October 26, 2018 / 11:07 am

      Note: I’m not from or in Texas.

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  9. Paula Light October 26, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    I know the guy is probably a wackadoo, with no real logic behind his behavior, but still I would like to know why he included Robert DeNiro. Loads of celebs have ranted against Trump. On Twitter, there are accounts with huge followings ragging on him daily. Maybe he planned to get to more of them eventually.

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  10. Marilyn Armstrong October 26, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    I was convinced one of Trump’s kids did it … maybe Eric? He like blowing things up. On a positive note, I think this might have made a few people think about what they are doing to the country. I know the deplorables are transfixed by Trump, but not everyone is one of them. There are some people out there who think and hopefully this triggers the “think” mechanism.

    But actually, I can see where you are coming from. i went through some very strange ideas about these bombs, too.

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