Wednesday Reads: Natural Born Assh*les

Last night, while looking for comedies on Filmstruck…my son noticed the 1994 Oliver Stone movie, Natural Born Killers. Yeah, I said the same thing…eh, what the hell is that doing in the comedy section? But…he wanted to watch it. I had not seen the film since it came out in the theater and I thought, what the hell.

I think tRump must really enjoy this film, because there is a line in there about a snake biting a woman:

Old Indian: Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, “Why have you done this to me?” And the snake answered, “Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake.”

I know that orange natural born asshole likes to tell this tale, I didn’t realize just how much he likes it:

‘The Snake’ at CPAC: How Trump appropriated a radical black singer’s lyrics for immigration fearmongering – The Washington Post

One of President Trump’s earliest documented uses of “The Snake” came in January 2016, on the eve of the primary season that he would go on to storm.

Speaking to a crowd in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with the state’s all-important caucus just days away, the candidate put on reading glasses and read the story from a piece of paper: A talking snake fatally bites a woman after she takes it in to give it care.

“I read this the other day, and I said, ‘Wow, that’s really amazing,’ ” Trump told the crowd.

Trump used the poem repeatedly on the campaign trail to illustrate the threats posed by refugees from Syria and other countries. The United States is the woman who naively gives others refuge; immigrants are the snakes who deliver the fatal strike.

“The Snake” was back this week after a hiatus, when Trump did another rendition during a freewheeling speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

For someone who is not known as a man of letters, this is one of Trump’s only literary touchstones. It is a crowd-pleaser, part xenophobic fearmongering, part tale told by Grandpa — “story time with Trump,” as one college supporter said that day in Iowa.

Funny, when I think of the snake, I think it is tRump, but we didn’t invite him in. Certain Russian factors forced him upon us.

But the lyrics have a far more complex origin than Trump’s use might imply. The poem originated in the 1960s from a soul singer and social activist in Chicago, Oscar Brown Jr. Its appropriation as a tool to drum up fear about immigrants has turned heads; some of Brown’s family are asking Trump to stop using it. And now, people are reading deeper into the president’s fixation with the parable.

This is the story of the president and “The Snake.”

So, please go to the link and read the story of the asshole and the snake.

The rest of today’s “stuff” is cartoons.

Nick Anderson cartoon: 04/03/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

04/03/2018 Cartoon by David Cohen

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 04/03/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

04/03/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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Cold, Dead Numb Nuts: 04/03/2018 Cartoon by Steve Artley

Cartoon by Steve Artley - Cold, Dead Numb Nuts

04/03/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 03/30/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 04/01/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

04/02/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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03/30/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies -

Lorraine Motel: 04/03/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Lorraine Motel

04/02/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey

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No Stomach Left Unturned: 04/02/2018 Cartoon by Peter Dunlap-Shohl

Cartoon by Peter Dunlap-Shohl - No Stomach Left Unturned

Life during Trumptime: 03/17/2018 Cartoon by Peter Dunlap-Shohl

Cartoon by Peter Dunlap-Shohl - Life during Trumptime

April, sex, ass: 04/02/2018 Cartoon by Ed Hall

Cartoon by Ed Hall - April, sex, ass

Funneled: 03/30/2018 Cartoon by Ed Hall

Cartoon by Ed Hall - Funneled

USS Trump: 04/02/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - USS Trump

Bully: 03/30/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Bully

ways a black person can avoid being shot by police: 04/01/2018 Cartoon by David G. Brown

Cartoon by David G. Brown - ways a black person can avoid being shot by police

04/01/2018 Cartoon by MStreeter

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I think that was a turd joke?

04/01/2018 Cartoon by John Cole

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Putin, Trump, Stormy Easter bunnies: 03/31/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Putin, Trump, Stormy Easter bunnies

Trump Census Policy: 03/31/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Trump Census Policy

And with that….this is an open thread.

 

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16 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Natural Born Assh*les”

  1. roofingbird says:

    So, I guess the snake story is different from the frog and the scorpion story, in that the frog was a bad negotiator and trusted too much, but in this story, nurturing was also part of the equation. That the nurturer was also a woman, and that this version plays on biblical themes, says a lot about why drumf is taken with the snake version.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      I heard this as a folk song forty five years ago and always understood it from a feminist point of view: beware the perfidy of men.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    So difficult to accept that Martin Luther King was murdered 50 years ago today.

    Things may have changed for the better but not that much when young black men are gunned down by a militarized police force that shoots first and asks questions later.

    We would like to believe we are better than that today but we aren’t.

  3. Pilgrim says:

    I agree that the best understanding of the parable is that it is Trump who is the snake. The American people foolishly invited him to its bosom. Sadly not all, just enough, of the people made the dreadful mistake.

    • RonStill4Hills says:

      Wait if Trump is the snake,

      1) Why hasn’t he blamed the fatal bite on Crooked Hillary and

      2) Why hasn’t Sarah Hucksterbee Slanders declared the fatal bite beneficial and exactly what the snake was elected to do?

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    Data mining at its finest.

  7. RonStill4Hills says:

    Two paragons of dignity character and grace.

    Maya Angelou and Martin Luther King Jr. make me immensely proud.

    The two of them are the polar opposite of that thing in the Whitehouse.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      They had the strength that most of us do not. They stood up even in the face of derision.

      I saw the face of intolerance as a child through the mission of Martin Luther King. I was 10 when I watched Bull Connor hose those peaceful protesters and was appalled. It made a deep impression on a child of the North who up until then never saw what the people of the South had endured.

      It took guts and determination to put your lives on the line in an atmosphere of such hate.

      Bless him.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Indeed they are, Ron. May we all learn to be the change we want to see.