Memoirs from the Meme War

 

When news broke that Donald Trump was discussing the purchase of Greenland, I did a quick Photoshop.

It got more traction than I expected, appearing on news sites in the U.S., New Zealand, Spain, Denmark, and Greenland itself. Both pro- and anti-Trump people shared it, becoming a political Rorschach test: would the image make you laugh (about 80% of the respondents) or inexplicably enrage you (20%). Lighten up, people.

Anyway, today, the President of the United States shared the image.

It’s a strange, strange world. Probably should have spent more than 10 minutes on the Photoshop.

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    To mangle Nathan Hale, “I’m thankful you have a buttload of Memes to give for our country.”

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    • August 19, 2019, at 7:23 PM PDT
    • 11 likes
  2. Hugh Member

    I agree with the president. Placing a building that tall close to an airport without hazard lighting would be irresponsible.

    • #2
    • August 19, 2019, at 7:27 PM PDT
    • 8 likes
  3. EJHill Podcaster

    Someone is going to jail for reckless discharge of the cloning tool. The union has been alerted and your rep will meet you at the arraignment. Until then, I’d keep quiet if I were you…

    • #3
    • August 19, 2019, at 7:28 PM PDT
    • 25 likes
  4. Skyler Coolidge

    No royalties? :)

    • #4
    • August 19, 2019, at 7:28 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  5. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    As James Taranto used to say, We Get Results! Great job, Jon!

    • #5
    • August 19, 2019, at 7:32 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  6. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief
    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Someone is going to jail for reckless discharge of the cloning tool. The union has been alerted and your rep will meet you at the arraignment. Until then, I’d keep quiet if I were you…

    That’s all on me. The original was square. Luckily, POTUS didn’t share my widescreen version.

    • #6
    • August 19, 2019, at 7:49 PM PDT
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  7. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    From now on we refer to you as Big Time Jon.

    • #7
    • August 19, 2019, at 7:51 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  8. EJHill Podcaster

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. : That’s all on me. The original was square. Luckily, POTUS didn’t share my widescreen version.

    On the bright side, you’re likely to get a firm offer to be a photo editor at Al Jazeera.

    • #8
    • August 19, 2019, at 7:55 PM PDT
    • 17 likes
  9. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Well, if the people who wanted to get Kevin Williamson fired from The Atlantic could come to Ricochet to crib an old podcast to take some of his snarky words out of context, I’m sure the president, or his Office of Tweets, can come here to borrow a photo of Greenland to assure the residents he’s not sticking a skyscraper casino in their village.

    …plus, it’s silly to build up when there’s about 10,000 miles of waterfront property where the casino can front the boardwalk or the heated golf course.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 8:30 PM PDT
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  10. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    Jon1979 (View Comment):
    plus, it’s silly to build up when there’s about 10,000 miles of waterfront property where the casino can front the boardwalk or the heated golf course.

    World’s longest boardwalk? I’m in.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 8:48 PM PDT
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  11. James Lileks Contributor

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):
    That’s all on me. The original was square. Luckily, POTUS didn’t share my widescreen version.

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Elite Photoshop Division will be in contact soon with a job offer.

    The twitter replies are really something, eh? STOP BEING FUNNY ! BE MAD! ALL THE TIME! ABOUT EVERYTHING! 

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    • August 19, 2019, at 9:04 PM PDT
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  12. Brian Watt Member

    And now featured on FoxNews:

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-tweets-greenland-tower-promise

    Well done @exjon !

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    • August 19, 2019, at 9:28 PM PDT
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  13. Arahant Member

    Fine job, Jon. But you really need more development, the whole waterfront. It’s gonna be yuuge! Trump would never build just one with that much space. That island could be the next Manhattan, holding millions, no billions, of people. It’s bigger than Alaska. If we wanted bigger, we would have to buy and develop Australia.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 12:16 AM PDT
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  14. Roberto, Crusty Old Timer Member

    Seems like a missed opportunity.

    A subtle Ricochet watermark might have really brought some traffic this way. Then again it may have crashed the site, maybe we’re better off. 

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    • August 20, 2019, at 2:01 AM PDT
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  15. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    That’s fantastic, Jon. I offer a weird congratulations on this. I liked the story you told on the pod on its origins last week (?).

    Proof that no good deeds goes unpunished,etc.

    When are you quitting Ricochet and turn into full time Meme Dude ™?

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    • August 20, 2019, at 3:17 AM PDT
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  16. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Someone is going to jail for reckless discharge of the cloning tool. The union has been alerted and your rep will meet you at the arraignment. Until then, I’d keep quiet if I were you…

    That’s all on me. The original was square. Luckily, POTUS didn’t share my widescreen version.

    I’m assuming those are Russian spy boats fishing trawlers in the bay.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 3:18 AM PDT
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  17. Kozak Member

    The DNC responds ….

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    • August 20, 2019, at 4:32 AM PDT
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  18. Columbo Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Someone is going to jail for reckless discharge of the cloning tool. The union has been alerted and your rep will meet you at the arraignment. Until then, I’d keep quiet if I were you…

    @ejhill … you should do some photoshop training at the next senior management meet up.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 4:41 AM PDT
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  19. Penfold Member

    2008: Hugh potential oil reserve found off Greenland coast

    2013: Greenland slaps a moratorium on the granting of fresh offshore oil and gas drilling licences 

    2018: Greenland offers oil and gas concessions off its west coast. Beijing is very interested.

    2019: US – China trade wars continue.

    The world wonders.

     

     

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    • August 20, 2019, at 5:02 AM PDT
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  20. Full Size Tabby Member

    I can understand why Trump would decline to build that particular concept.

    But . . .

    What about a sprawling low-rise complex with several golf courses, like the Trump National Doral near Miami?

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    • August 20, 2019, at 5:17 AM PDT
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  21. Full Size Tabby Member

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    And now featured on FoxNews:

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-tweets-greenland-tower-promise

    Well done @exjon !

    Unfortunately I see that several outlets that have picked up the photo (Fox, NYPost, Daily Wire) cut it off so that @exjon isn’t properly credited. :-( 

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    • August 20, 2019, at 5:23 AM PDT
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  22. James Hageman Member

    Has Snopes misverified it yet? That would make it the GOAT.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 6:19 AM PDT
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  23. Skyler Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I can understand why Trump would decline to build that particular concept.

    But . . .

    What about a sprawling low-rise complex with several golf courses, like the Trump National Doral near Miami?

    It’s too hard to find the little golf balls in the snow.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 7:11 AM PDT
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  24. Arahant Member

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I can understand why Trump would decline to build that particular concept.

    But . . .

    What about a sprawling low-rise complex with several golf courses, like the Trump National Doral near Miami?

    It’s too hard to find the little golf balls in the snow.

    No, you get the neon-colored balls. Then it’s easy.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 7:44 AM PDT
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  25. Skyler Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I can understand why Trump would decline to build that particular concept.

    But . . .

    What about a sprawling low-rise complex with several golf courses, like the Trump National Doral near Miami?

    It’s too hard to find the little golf balls in the snow.

    No, you get the neon-colored balls. Then it’s easy.

    Until the snow is deep!

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    • August 20, 2019, at 7:46 AM PDT
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  26. Arahant Member

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I can understand why Trump would decline to build that particular concept.

    But . . .

    What about a sprawling low-rise complex with several golf courses, like the Trump National Doral near Miami?

    It’s too hard to find the little golf balls in the snow.

    No, you get the neon-colored balls. Then it’s easy.

    Until the snow is deep!

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    • August 20, 2019, at 7:49 AM PDT
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  27. Kevin Creighton Contributor

    You realize that you, in effect, have now been quoted by the President of the United States. 

    First, it was Peter Robinson with this “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” line, now it’s you with a meme. 

    R>: Home for the shakers and movers of GOP politics!

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    • August 20, 2019, at 7:49 AM PDT
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  28. namlliT noD Member

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I can understand why Trump would decline to build that particular concept.

    But . . .

    What about a sprawling low-rise complex with several golf courses, like the Trump National Doral near Miami?

    Golf Magazine: If President Trump buys Greenland, the U.S. would acquire these golf courses

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    • August 20, 2019, at 8:36 AM PDT
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  29. Hugh Member

    the DNC responds:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD24VY0YWdQ

    (I do love that piece of video)

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    • August 20, 2019, at 9:03 AM PDT
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  30. Right Wing Teamster Lawyer Thatcher

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Fine job, Jon. But you really need more development, the whole waterfront. It’s gonna be yuuge! Trump would never build just one with that much space. That island could be the next Manhattan, holding millions, no billions, of people. It’s bigger than Alaska. If we wanted bigger, we would have to buy and develop Australia.

    President Trump: Your majesty, Queen Elizabeth, beautiful handbag by the way, and Mr. Prime Minister, Boris, we can be on first name basis, right? Brexit might bring some financial hardships, we can work with you, make a great big trade deal, both sides, make lots of money. But to hold you over, how much for Australia? Cash deal, right now.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 9:10 AM PDT
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