Bad Losers

Following on from yesterday:

Kathy Griffin, the American comedian who sparked outrage by staging a photoshoot with Donald Trump’s severed head, has accused the president of trying to destroy her.

Griffin, 56, broke down in tears on Friday at a press conference called with womens’ rights lawyer Lisa Bloom.

“I don’t think I will have a career after this,” she said.

“I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”

But she then struck a defiant tone.

“If you don’t stand up, you get run over. “What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country. A sitting president of the US is personally trying to ruin my life forever.”

She has nobody but herself to blame. She might blame her fair weather friends in the US media, who all seem to have deserted her. But instead, turning logic on its head, she blames the victim of her nasty prank.

Hillary Clinton is somebody else who has nobody to blame but herself. But since losing the US presidential election she’s been blaming absolutely everybody and everything but herself. But here she is,  seven months later, constructing an elaborate conspiracy theory featuring… the Russians (starts 52 seconds in):

It’s getting embarrassing. Nigel Farage had it about right even before this latest rambling monologue:

“There is nothing worse in life than a bad loser, nothing worse than somebody who blames absolutely everybody else for their own failings. And let’s face it, you know, she represented an out-of-touch, out-of-date establishment. She almost appeared as if it was her right to become the president and I’m very pleased she didn’t.”

And then there’s Barack Obama’s response to Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Accord:

Barack Obama has accused Donald Trump of “rejecting the future” after he confirmed he would pull America out of the landmark Paris climate deal.

There seem to be a lot of people who think that they can see the future. And for Obama the “future” lay in the Paris Climate Accord. And so, when Trump pulled out of it, it had to mean that he was “rejecting the future”.

The way I see it, Trump’s actions just made that particular future a lot less likely to happen. I don’t see the future as something that is already fully determined. But people like Obama seem to think that if everybody goes along with some vision of the future, that’s what will actually happen.

Maybe that’s Hillary Clinton’s problem too. Back last October, the future as she saw it was going to see her as the next president of the United States. And everyone she knew thought the same way. It was what was going to happen. But then the American people went and “rejected the future”, and she still can’t get her head around how this could possibly have happened. And in fact, she still thinks she’s going to be president of the United States one day. And so do many Democrats. Because it’s still “the future” for her and them. It’s just that the future has been slightly delayed. But when Trump is impeached or assassinated she will take up her rightful role. And if Kathy Griffin doesn’t actually ever get to hold up Trump’s bloody, severed head, well, there’s talk that she’ll run again in 2020.

And maybe it’s the same with Tobacco Control. They seem to believe that the future is going to be smoke-free. And indeed it may well be. But the more I think about it, the more I think that the future is likely to be smokier than ever before. The future will not be smoke-free.

Perhaps it’s just a case of Pride Comes Before A Fall. These people are all so damn self-important that they can’t imagine being sidelined.

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11 Responses to Bad Losers

  1. magnetic01 says:

    Found this clever graphic on another blog.

    The Socialist Brain of a Liberal Democrat
    http://imgur.com/tibZ9p1

  2. Clicky says:

  3. Rose says:

    I’m not convinced that this would get posted on Taking Liberties.

    Help or harassment? Hospital targets patients who smoke
    http://taking-liberties.squarespace.com/blog/2017/6/2/help-or-harassment-hospital-targets-patients-who-smoke.html

    So I’ll just put it here.

    “The NHS must be smoke free by the end of 2006 (Department of Health, 2004).”
    https: //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16607252

    Choosing Health: Making healthy choices easier
    Public Health White Paper
    Department of Health
    16 November 2004

    With foreword by Tony Blair

    page 96
    SMOKE-FREE PUBLIC PLACES

    73.
    “The best way that smokers can reduce the risk to themselves of those diseases that are caused by smoking is by giving up.”

    “But as a society we can act to help smokers to make that difficult healthy choice and stick to it. We know that one of the greatest benefits from smoke-free public places is that people trying to give up smoking can find it easier to succeed if social pressures not to smoke are increased.

    78.
    We believe these measures respond to what we have heard, striking the right balance between responsibilities and freedoms. They will represent a major advance, making smoke-free public places the norm.

    page 135

    55.
    We have a well-established partnership with the manufacturers of NRT, who have an important role in public health and in the promotion of therapies.
    In 2003 we agreed an innovative deal with the companies involved, under which they
    provide free NRT patches to PCTs in recognition of the increased investment the NHS is making in stop smoking products.
    This arrangement will increase the resources available to the NHS to help even more smokers quit.
    http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354/http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_133489.pdf

  4. waltc says:

    Slightly OT, but the more I read about May’s crashing polls and Corbyn’s projected policies, the more important It seems to be for the rationally “a plague on both your houses” voters to nonetheless vote for the lesser of the evils. You seem to be facing the same predicament that many faced here in the choice between Hillary– the devil we knew was the devil–and the changeable and less-than-knowable Trump. But you do know that Labour will sabotage Brexit (so it seems from what I read) and continue to advance the war on smokers.

  5. Smoking Lamp says:

    OT but important observation on the tobacco controller’s endgame. It seems that the current campaign on imposing smoking bans on outdoor hospital grounds is being amplified by a call to ban smoking near children.

    Just today in The Australian SundayTelegraph they are running an op-ed entitled “Smoking in smoke-free zones is selfish, especially around sick kids at hospital” give it a read, its virulence is quite stark. It has pronounced echo of the Nazi attacks of the 1930s. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/smoking-in-smokefree-zones-is-selfish-especially-around-sick-kids-in-hospital/news-story/fc3b90638a7aa78a83bd7f2e0d0b412f

    It is really sad that a newspaper would publish this outright hateful propaganda. This isn’t about concern for sick children; it’s a hate rant designed to denormalize and stimulate the persecution of smokers.

    Just as biased but slightly less overtly vile (the underlying view of smokers as demons exists but is subtle except in the comments section) is a recent article at The Journal in Ireland: “Poll: Should it be illegal to smoke in the same room as a child?” http://www.thejournal.ie/smoking-around-children-3418039-May2017/

    • Joe L. says:

      OT: Here’s an article from October describing how the state of Oregon changed their laws in an underhanded fashion to redefine an “enclosed” patio in order to widen their smoking bans.

      Reading the reactions from bar owners reinforces the fact that smoking bans drive away customers and destroy businesses, contrary to what the Powers That (Should Not) Be in Tobacco Control love to claim.

      The State Just Sneakily Outlawed a Bunch of Portland Smoking Patios

    • Joe L. says:

      I didn’t mean for that to be a reply to your comment, SL.

      However, you aren’t exaggerating about the virulence of that Daily Telegraph article. The author repeatedly resorts to childish name-calling, referring to smokers as “selfish,” “mouth-breathers,” “cowards” and “pond scum.”

      He even subtly makes fun of the “sick kiddies” that he claims to be defending in this hate piece by claiming, “Even the kids that could barely see spotted them.” (referring to the “No Smoking” signs).

      What an asshole.

      Who allows hateful shit like this to get published? Replace the word “smokers” in this article with “Jews” or “blacks” or “Mexicans” or “gays” or “Muslims” and not only would the author be dragged though the streets, but the newspaper would be firing senior staff left and right in an attempt to save the ship. However, since the vitriol is directed at smokers, it’s apparently just fine to publicly hate and bully. I want off this fucking ride. Now.

      • Smoking Lamp says:

        No worries, same theme. It is sad that the media is complicit in amplifying this hate speech. Fear and mass hysteria appears to rase its ugly head in new settings all of the time. A common comment I’ve been attacked with when pointing out the persecution of smokers is that: “smokers aren’t a protected class.”

        Of course, neither were Jews, Gypsies, gays, Intellectuals during the Shoah, Armenians in the Armenian Genocide, Tutsis in Rwanda, Bosniaks in Bosnia, peasants in Cambodia, or just about anyone that questioned Communist Party propaganda during the Cultural Revolution. Tobacco control is the new totalitarian movement and antismoking propaganda its version of “Mao Thought.”

    • waltc says:

      More people should take the Journal poll. Only 9% now say smoking shouldn’t be banned in the presence of The Children™ With 59% flat-ourpt yes and 37% more saying,yes but it can’t be enforced. And we know this poll has been stacked by the Aunts.

      On the Telegraph article, there seem to be no comments and when I tried to post the following, all I got when I hit “Post” was an endlessly spinning ball. Maybe simebody else should try or use mine if they let you in:

      “Will the Telegraph offer equal space to anyone who wants to call any other group –like intolerant anti-smoking fanatics, for instance–anything like “selfish, mouth-breathing pond scum” or is that kind of hate speech only reserved for smokers?”

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