Norma Bates 
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Lolling, lounging and luxuriating in L.A.

Updated on March 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM

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Re: “Saturday open line

Honestly, Anna H, do we not feel as if we'd stepped through the looking glass into some alternate holographic "Sleazoids From Beyond the Deep" grindhouse movie version of America where one 70 year old Presidential candidate thinks he's running for class president in high school, touts his dick size and thinks paying his opponent's husband's long-ago mistress to sit on the front row at tomorrow night's POTUS debate is a winning strategy?

I'm being rhetorical. Yes, we do, Anna. (Mary Todd Lincoln this ain't.)

Gennifer Flowers. Anybody with an IQ over 70 and an age under 60 has to Google her. Are we not sick of talentless show-biz wannabes sleeping their way to the bottom by selling doctored phone tapes of her and Bill to the Star back when $500K was $500K; then running a "cabaret" in The Big Easy (out of a former French Quarter bordello, fittingly) where she "sang" (really hard to warble with your mouth full); then trying her hand (so to speak) in Las Vegas, but bombing again; now living in Anonymous, Missouri in a pre-owned double-wide where The Donald plucked (with a "pl-", Anna) her from obscurity to distract debate audiences from his lack of preparation, ignorance, and alarmingly rising asshole levels which threaten to drown not only the eastern seaboard but the fruited plains as well?

Rhetorical again, Anna. Yes, we are.

And is this not the absolute last chance for America's rapidly dwindling white alt.right racists, homophobes, misogynists and Walmart shoppers who can barely rub two nickels together and who've been defeated on everything since the Hippies (interracial marriage, Vietnam, Drugs, the pill, abortion, LGBTs, religious quackery, marijuana, et al.) to wage a last desperate siege to "make America great again" for (fictional) June and Ward Cleavers?

Yes, it most emphatically is and if you think Donald Trump's chances are already sagging worse than Gennifer's tits, just wait.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 09/25/2016 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Saturday open line

"Lock him up!"

Nobody believes your Norma is "your Norma." Oh, the Darlenes know. But my arm candy for tonight - I'll call him Wes, since that's his name, and he's a civilian so he loves my being his army candy as much as I vice versa and we've been sweet on each other for weeks, now - wanted me to prove it. So here we are at my place in The 'Bu, with two Darlenes and their dates, after a fabulous Fu Mei feast, hooking up with my Razorbabies!

Mainly to give you this latest wild (decisive?) tidbit about The Donald and stick needles in Teensy Trump - his small wax effigy.

Surprising everybody, Wes went for Teensy Trump's Achille's heel - which none of us had previously considered, focused as we've been on his head, heart and crotch.

Wouldn't it be funny if Lester Holt actually did his job moderating Monday night's debate and fact-checked the Donald - and he threw a big fat orange snit and huffed off stage and out of the race?

Especially now that we know, per Newsweek:

"Donald Trump committed perjury. Or he looked into the faces of the Republican faithful and knowingly lied. There is no third option."

"This fib matters far more than whether Trump was honest about why he abandoned his birther movement or the corollary fib that Hillary Clinton started the racist story that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. In the lie we are examining here, Trump either committed a felony or proved himself willing to deceive his followers whenever it suits him."

Forget Fu Mei's fabulous feast; we're talking FELONY.

"LOCK HIM UP!"

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-jeb-b…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 09/24/2016 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Friday's open line and the day's news video

Se habla WTF?

Five days after being signed as SNL's first Latina comedian in its 41 year history, Melissa Villaseñor was caught deleting some 2,000 Tweets.

Why? They were racist.

I first discovered Mexican bigotry against blacks on a visit to Tijuana with five friends - one of whom was black. On the way, she laughingly informed us, "You think whites in America are racist? Mexicans are worse!"

Why are people worldwide STILL raised, from birth, to fear and hate and dehumanize other people - instead of to be open and eager to get to know them and their cultures like your Norma?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/first-…

I'm pretty sure it's carb overload steady hitting their brains from all that rice and beans and tortillas and siestas, and toting those barges and lifting those bales, and getting a little drunk and landing in . . . wait: I'm mixing stereotypes.

Don't go by me.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 09/23/2016 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Friday's open line and the day's news video

She's Hillary Clinton. And she approved this message. Just out, her latest campaign ad. In Trump's own words. The press calls it "devastating."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHGPbl-wer…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 09/23/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Friday's open line and the day's news video

"Nothing left but the dog whistle: Trump, 'real America' and the death of the conservative movement. White provincial resentment, as embodied by Trump and Sarah Palin, has destroyed the conservative movement."

One leading intellectual, Samuel Goldman, a professor of political theory at George Washington University, "admits that the conservative movement is 'doomed,' or at least it is no longer viable as a majority, and rightly attributes the problem to the fact that conservatives no longer attract anyone but white people:

"The answer has to do with the adoption of a fairly exclusive vision of American nationalism — which sees America not only as a predominantly white country but also as a white Christian country and also as a white Christian provincial country. This is a conception of America that finds its home outside the cities, exurbs and rural areas, in what Sarah Palin called the real America.

"If you project yourself as a white Christian provincial party, you’re not going to get very many votes among people who are none of those things. That’s what’s happened over the last 10 or 15 years."

"Goldman says this is the result of a demographic delusion in which conservatives believed, despite all evidence to the contrary, that their idealized vision of the Real America was literally true."

http://www.salon.com/2016/09/23/nothing-le…

Now all that remains is for trolls to start shooting the messenger; in this case, Salon.

Messenger-shooting's all they've got left since they ditched reality decades ago.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 09/23/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Thursday's open line and the daily news in review

"Where is John Wayne, gene autry, Roy Rogers, hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger,
The Durango Kid, Lash Larue, and all the other Saturday afternoon heroes . . . "

Uh, dead, Going.

Not even dead: they were fictional. They were never real, my darling. You're confusing them with actual living heroes. Next thing you know you'll be telling us Jesus Christ literally existed too.

How adorable that somebody STILL thinks Hollywood shapes culture, when it's the other way around! Your pet theory (and the right wing's) has long been disproved - but facts are anathema to those like you who prefer your own persecuted fantasy worlds.

That old right-wing meme diverts attention from the REAL culprits (government officials who lied about the Gulf of Tonkin "incident" to get America into the Vietnam war and keep the military-industrial complex profitable; or lied about Weapons of Mass Destruction - to keep the military-industrial complex profitable; or lied about "Negroes" to avoid responsibility for slavery and the Civil War; or lied about Japanese-Americans to round them up and "relocate" them for WWII; or lied (and still do) about "Hippies"; or lied (and still do) about drugs to fund the profitable Drug War; or lied (and still do) about abortion, gays, stem-cell research, evolution, science, illegal immigrants, whistleblowers, et al.

Hollywood's about one thing, sweetheart: and despite true artistes like Meryl Streep and me, it ain't Art.

Hollywood's about selling tickets and making money. Truth doesn't sell until long after the public already knows it, has moved on, and is ready to buy tickets to films that look backward and tell it.

"Gone With the Wind" was self-serving Southern racist romantic fiction. Selznick eliminated Margaret Mitchell's victimy, persecuted white southern "nigger" and "KKK" references from his 1939 film - which STILL romanticized the truth about the Civil War 74 years after the fact. Nobody would've bought tickets (or books) that told the truth.

President Johnson resigned in 1968. The Vietnam War ended in 1975. LONG after the public (and those Hippies) knew and had grown disgusted with it.

"Platoon" was made 11 years later; in 1986.

Even "Apocalypse, Now" was released in 1979. But the public knew the truth 11 years earlier, when Johnson resigned.

"All the President's Men" was released four years after the public learned about Nixon's Watergate in 1972.

No, precious; blaming society's ills on media (comic books, movies, TV, video games, Quentin Tarantino) is a diversion from the REAL string-pullers in Washington - and THEIR puppeteers in the Koch brothers' cash-lined pockets.

Believe facts, my darling: despite appalling tragedies like Ferguson and, just now, Charlotte and Tulsa; the United States today is far less racist, homophobic, misogynist and violent than in the storied Golden Era of Hollywood that glorified your fictional Good Guys. There are just more people so it seems like there's more crime.

Both Hollywood and politicians lag far behind the public when it comes to change - of any kind - because the truth doesn't sell movies or elect politicians - until WAY after the public already knows. Self-serving lies do.

So no, you wonderful Hollywood fan, you: Tinseltown starts nothing - except maybe fashion and music trends.

It just reflects EVERYTHING because that's where the money is.

But God bless you. In the immortal words of P.T. Barnum: "There's a sucker born every minute."

Except that too, sweetheart, is a fiction. The phrase originated with a banker, honey: like Wells Fargo. One David Hannum said it.

As Meryl and I like to say, quoting Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn": "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' – that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

But poetry hasn't sold big in forever, macushla.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 09/23/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Thursday's open line and the daily news in review

Trust your Norma and watch.

You know you must.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/b2fc974d1…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 09/23/2016 at 12:28 AM

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