The story may not be “Fake News.” But it’s just as lame…

Arlington (Texas) preschool teacher fired over ‘Kill some Jews’ tweet, other anti-Semitic posts

BK-I’m very suspicious of the timing of this story, from the Dallas Morning News 2/22/17… about a Muslim woman who tweeted out some anti-Semitic garbage three years ago. This story now appears ….right in the middle of Trump’s inability to forcefully declare his outrage over Anti-semitism. I’ll say why I’m calling BS in a moment.

But first, via Slate, a reminder:
The White House’s statement on the JCC threats read in full:
“Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”
Dahlia Lithwick, SlateIt’s worth noting that terrorism and vandalism have absolutely nothing to do with “individual freedom” and that threatening to kill small babies and elderly people is an affront to human safety and dignity, not just “freedom.” The White House statement, you also might have noticed, did not contain the words Jewish, Jewish Community Center, or terrorism or anti-Semitism. This has become something of a tradition for the Trump administration, which failed to mention the existence of Jewish victims in a message issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Last week, Trump fielded a question about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by making another rambling reference to his Electoral College victory and his Jewish daughter and by dismissing the question as unfair. And on Thursday, in the strangest performance to date, Trump told a Jewish reporter to sit down and accused him of lying when he was asked a softball question about the rise of anti-Jewish hate.

BK: The total lack of information on when this woman was fired renders the story lame, at best.

“Spokeswoman Lydia Cisaruk told the New York Daily News that Salem was no longer employed there, but would not detail when the school found out about the tweets and when the activist left.”

This would indicate the events are far in the past, and have no relationship to Trump’s apparent Jewish Problem. You know, the one where he claims he’s the most NON-anti-Semitic human ever (easily verifiable), loves himself the most Israel ever, but courted and encouraged and never really denounced the entire spectrum of Jew-haters of all stripes during his campaign. The guy who loves his Jewish daughter and grandchildren but hires Steve Bannon of Breitbart fame, home of the put-upon White Christian victims of Obamamulticulturalism. Just for fun, add the irony that Bannon made and apparently still makes a fortune off of the most Jewish show ever on network tv, Seinfeld. The bottom line is that this is excatly the kind of anti-Semitism story Trump Suckups, fans, and excusers can embrace: a Muslim spewing the hate. As if the vast, vast majority of anti-Jewish sentiment and activity isn’t by those very deplorable white supremacist Christian Identity neo-Nazi types. The story of the teacher is…. dreck.

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WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT NOT KNOW AND WHEN DID HE NOT KNOW IT? IN LIKE FLYNN PRESS CONFERENCE EDITION

 

It’s pretty bad when you get called out by your biggest media cheerleader, Fox News, over complete evasion of the story of the day, fully set up by the White House. This really IS Nazi Germany (oops, sorry for breaking Godwin’s Law there… how about “Soviet-Pravda Era,” or old reliable “George Orwellian”… ok?) kind of stuff. On purpose, questions are taken from two guaranteed in-the-tank “reporters.” As a result, of course, President Ignoramus is not put on the spot and made to feel “uncomfortable” and can simply lapse into repeating campaign boasts “my huge electoral college win” in the midst of generic pablum. One American press question from the Daily Caller, and the other from Sinclair Broadcasting. The Daily Caller is Tucker Carlson’s little right wing tattler sheet.  Promise not to say anything about Mikey Flynn, The Russian Whisperer?  You got it, big guy! 

Sinclair Broadcasting is TRULY the definition of FAKE NEWS. (They own ABC 45 in the Triad) Sinclair is the second largest owner of local tv stations in the country… 154 on their way to 165 outlets.

Via Wikipedia: “On December 16, 2016, Jared Kushner, son-in-law of then-President-elect Donald Trump, stated that it had reached deals with Sinclair to give the company extended access to the Trump campaign, in exchange for airing, without further commentary, interviews with the Republican Party candidate on its stations, which Kushner said had a better reach than cable networks such as CNN.”

Trump was, as he always is at these kind of events, bored out of his mind. Read the statement like it was the first time he’d ever seen it. Low Energy Donald. But the stage-managed questions were beyond anything I’ve ever seen. Mr. Trump…. you’re losing FOX NEWS, although your butt boy Hannity is probably preparing a “very special” Hannity Excuse Squad Special: “Why Trump NEVER Needs To Take a Question From Anyone He Don’t Want To.” Oh, Canada.

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Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion; Everyone’s entitled to Alternative Facts. Cool.

LIES- The Knickerbockers

You think that you’re such a smart girl
And I’ll believe what you say
But who do you think you are, girl
To lead me on this way hey
Lies, lies
I can’t believe a word you say
Lies, lies
Are gonna make you sad someday
Some day you’re gonna be lonely
But you won’t find me around
Lies, lies
A-breakin’ my heart…

Washington Post:

“Why put him (press secretary Sean Spicer) out there for the very first time, in front of that podium, to utter a provable falsehood?” Chuck Todd of NBC asked Kellyanne Conway …. referring to the dustup over the crowd count at the inauguration… “It’s a small thing, but the first time he confronts the public, it’s a falsehood?”

After some tense back and forth, Conway offered this:

Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that. But the point really is —

At this point, a visibly exasperated Todd cut in. “Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered . . . were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts; they’re falsehoods.”

bk: ALTERNATIVE FACTS…..Game, Set, Match. Bring out the trophy. The contest is over. The United States of Insanity has its queen, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President of the United States… Donald J. Trump, the anti-George Washington. “I cannot tell the truth,” is his credo, and he has his Pussy Posse of Prevaricators, led by Kellyanne, the Majorette leading this Baton Brigade of Bullshit. ALTERNATIVE FACTS…. Dick Nixon spun around in his grave to send a tweet of congratulations to Trump. “It took me years to accomplish what you have in just a few days being president… lying with world-class arrogant impunity and compiling an enviable enemies list . Well done, Donald! signed, Dick” ALTERNATIVE FACTS…. George Orwell just checked in with Kudos For Kellyanne! “When I came up with the idea of Doublespeak, I never dreamed one as lovely as you could take it to a new level of deception… War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Trump Won In A Landslide. You go, girl..” ALTERNATIVE FACTS…. Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness,” a quality characterizing a “truth” that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively “from the gut” or because it “feels right” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts… was named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster. The world progresses (regresses?) and ALTERNATIVE FACTS, which of course by definition are lies, supplants truthiness forever!

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No Class Oaf Kicks Off 2020 Campaign For Reelection In Darkest, Angriest, Ugliest Inaugural Address Ever… His Fans Dig It, Of Course

I KNEW TRUMP WAS INCAPABLE of even the slightest hint of humanity, but the darkness of this speech was beyond that. A third-rate version of his campaign appearances… minus the always crowd pleasing recitiation of primary victories, the size of the crowd, and some shots at the dishonest press. No shining city on a hill, but a third-rate, disheveled slum, is the country he leads. Well we’re living here in Allentown. And they’re closing all the factories down. Only I can fix it. Certainly no “ask what you do for your country.” The only thing we have to fear is Trump himself. Remember, he’s doing us a favor by giving up his life for this.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway explains he’s actually settling and we should all appreciate that. In fact, Conway said Friday morning on FOX, President Trump made “enormous sacrifices” to become president. “He actually gave up more money, more power, more prestige, more position than he will have,” she said.

American nationalism to the world; bite-me-if-you-didn’t-vote-for-me to the electoral majority of Hillaryville. The world is put on notice: not just America First, but America First and Only. No gracious tip of the hat to previous presidents. It’s not what he does. Repeal the recent past and he’ll get back to you with the details. Let the world know, from this day forward, that the contents of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech were merely the seeds immediately planted for his reelection. He will soon hit the rally trail again, quoting himself from what he’ll term as the greatest inaugural speech ever. The crowd will cheer the brag… he’ll soak up the love… and they will eat up the idea of the Trump Permanent Campaign.  Why really run something when it’s more fun to run for something?

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Even Paul Anka, F.O.D, HAS NOW COME UP WITH AN EXCUSE TO PULL OUT OF SINGING FOR TRUMP’S INAUGURATION

 

FOD (friend of Donald), 75-year old Paul Anka, is not too old or too dumb to keep having children in his Social Security years.  So, at an age when a normal person is trying to decide which blood-thinning miracle drug they should be on, Anka’s still playing Kramer vs. Kramer. This, of course, makes my hard work on new song lyrics for him pointless, irrelevant, and not nearly as funny.  It’s all about me, of course. Thanks, Paul. Via The Wrap:

Anka says that Trump is a long-time friend of his and personally invited him to perform at the inauguration gala ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where he would have perform “My Way” as Trump danced with his wife, Melania.  Instead, Anka had to cancel due to a scheduling change in an ongoing custody case for his son. Anka said that he had always been planning to perform on Jan. 20 “for the office and for our country.”  More here

He never backed out on Lisa Simpson….

Depending on your purient interest level, here’s Paul talking about life at home with the National Enquirer in 2009:

On Dec. 3, Anna Aberg, a sexy blonde fitness author who has been wed to Anka for only a year, called 911 from the couple’s Thousand Oaks, Calif., mansion during a domestic dispute.

Anna – author of The 30-Minute Pregnancy Workout Book – claimed Paul had pulled a gun on her during a heated argument about a member of their household staff.

Paul says he explained to police that he had moved out of the house and was living in a nearby hotel. But that on the day of the incident, he had gone to the home to take their young children to school. Paul and Anna began to argue about an employee she had fired, he says he explained to officers.

Paul told The ENQUIRER that he also placed a call to cops.

“Anna locked herself and the nanny in the laundry room and started screaming at the top of her lungs,” Paul revealed.

“Our kids were in the kitchen, hearing Anna scream, so they started freaking out crying. Anna went ballistic, she finally comes out and shoves me and then calls 911.”

When the cops arrived to the Anka home, they reported no visible injuries and no arrests were made.

This isn’t the first time the couple has had a run-in with the law. Last year, Anna, 38, was arrested for felony domestic battery after she threw a piece of ice at Paul, splitting his head open.

At the time, Paul refused to press charges and the matter was dropped.

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Brad Gets The Last-Minute Phone Call To Rescue The Inauguration Of Donald J. Trump!

 

When I saw this headline my heart raced with excitement!

Great to see Paul Anka is still active. He asked me to help him with rewrites of his biggest hits and then I got a call from Lee Greenwood, too! Glad to help.

In addition to a special “F-U, Losers,” rewrite of “My Way,” “Diana” has been retooled.

“Ivanka”

“I’m so old and you’re so young
Thinking where to stick my tongue
I don’t care just what they say
‘Cause forever I will pray
You and I will be as free
As the birds up in the trees
Oh, please, stay by me, Ivanka

Because I’m old our days are few
Why’d you marry that slimy Jew?
Oh Ivanka, can’t you see
I love you with all my heart
And I hope we will never part
Oh, please, stay with me, Ivanka”

Particularly proud to help out old friend Lee Greenwood with his classic.

God HELP The USA

“If tomorrow all the lies he told
Didn’t win him the job as prez
He’d be stuck in that stupid tower
And Rachel Maddow’s still a lez

I’d have thunk my lucky stars
For the white trash working class
If their good sense would have seen
That the Con Man is an ass

And I’m proud to be an American
Where we used to sorta be free
Then V. Putin hacked and Comey backed
God Help The USA!”

 

 

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I HEAR THE TRUMP TRAIN COMIN…. IT’S ROLLING ROUND THE BEND

 

 

You may have had a parent or teacher use the admonition: “your mouth is ahead of your brain….” which, of course, is advice to think before you speak. Social media has obviously exacerbated this problem… typing before thinking. People lose jobs, relationships… you know the deal. America is a week away from its president being the prototype of this problem. Over and over again, he speaks or tweets with no preparation or thought or insight, just the spontaneous ignorance of a fool. I think it’s even more fair to go back well before Trump was a candidate, when his Twitter feed was barely noticed…. a dark foreshadow of what was to come. October, 2014 for this drivel about “Blackish,” the well-constructed hit comedy on ABC.  

So much wrong in just 24 words.

1. “How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled “Blackish”?
The answer, Donald, is that they are “allowed” because we have a free country and there is no one “deciding” what a show is “allowed” to be called. (Plus, you’re supposed to put the question mark INSIDE the quotation marks) After your Hitlerian-style beatdown of Jim Acosta of CNN this week and your singling out of other news outlets and reporters for years, can we look forward to a new Trump agency: The Department of Allowing Stuff Only That Trump Likes… Or Gets?

2. “Can you imagine the furor of the show, “Whiteish”!
(I won’t dwell on the ignorance of the punctuation again) Can a show have “furor?” Of course Trump was really too careless and lazy to say correctly, “can you imagine the furor OVER a show called “Whiteish?” The answer is there would be none, unless it was rattling around in your mind that your imaginary “Whiteish” was a Brietbart-produced weekly celebration of whiteness as an endangered segment of America about to be overrun by the OTHER. This week’s guest host, David Duke. He must think Blackish is JayZ/Beyonce/Al Sharpton celebration of black folks at his expense. How come we don’t celebrate whiteness, huh? Hey Donald, are you still upset over “White Men Can’t Jump?”

3. “Racism at highest level?”
Uh…. no, not at all. Trump clearly had never seen the show. And what is that high level you speak of? As president will you be calling Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, to lodge your complaint? Trump’s entire pathology of Impulsive Ignorance is on display here. This is only about a tv show. Soon he’ll be tweeting and speaking with the power to move markets, start wars, to destroy people and companies who do not bow down to him. Bring this up to someone who voted for Trump and they’ll parrot his response to the indefensible: “he won.”  It won’t be the last time we hear that one.  We’re about to find out as we never have before that elections have not just big consequences, but catastrophic ones.  And that’s not fake news.

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Trump: The Bully In The China Shop

Every time we get a new president, somebody puts up a billboard with the previous president’s picture with the words, “miss me yet?” W when Obama took office…. Bill Clinton when W took office, etc.  We may be seeing these even before Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president.

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Good news. Still more than 40 days before taking office, Donald Trump has reassured a world that is worried he’ll send out an errant, thoughtless, provocative tweet…. that he’s more than capable of creating an international incident the old-fashioned way…. with an old-style, 20th century phone call!

China Warns Trump After His Controversial Call With Taiwan

I look forward to Kellyanne and Kaleigh and Jeffrey and Sean and Reince and Pence and the rest of the Excuse Squad trying to tell us this was not Trump thoughtlessly and ignorantly thrilled to get an attentive, ego-boosting phone call that had nothing to do with any commercial conflicts of interest he has in Taiwan. To those of you too young to have lived through the Cold War and the Sixties and hiding under your desk to protect yourself from nuclear fallout (yea that was gonna help!)….screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-1-57-51-pm

I think those days will be back, in a sense. Trump is so impulsive, so thoughtless, and so ignorant of the world that we may be finding ourselves continuously on the brink of disaster. Are you not tired of this guy ALREADY, and he’s more than 45 days from taking office?

His “victory tour” (really an “FU If You Didn’t Vote For Me” tour) which features continued attacks on a free press, much to the delight of the followers, is reminiscent of authoritarian dictator rallies that none of us thought we’d ever see or live through in our own country.  screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-2-03-35-pm

No, everything Trump does that is unprecedented and flagrarantly obnoxious, ethically/legally indefensible and self-serving, will not succeed because Trump is some kind of magical, transformative figure sent by God to Drain the Swamp (possibly the most tedious call and response chant, right after “lock her up.”)

With one major takeaway from the 2016 election being demagoguery works, one has to write this stuff with a foreboding sense of humility that any facts may be deflected like bullets off of Superman.  Facts did not matter in the campaign, and Trump’s full embrace of George Orwell “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it” and Machiavelli “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived” sets us up for a future that we thought just couldn’t happen here.  Vigilance and a Never Again resolve move to the forefront in a way that we haven’t seen in the United States for generations.

I believe that Donald Trump is such a shallow, ignorant, transactional, whatever-it-takes to grab the world’s consciousness 24-7, regardless of the consequences, that we’re entering a time of dangerous unpredictability analogous to the obvious pivot points of the past: the Cuban Missile Crisis, World War II, the Great Depression.  And we voted for it.  With a little help from our friends, the Russians.

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Bullies Over Broadway, As Trump Trashes Tony-Taking Titan Hamilton!

 

 

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-4-18-28-pmAs we’ve been noting for 18 months, EVERY TIME Trump goes on what he thinks is brilliant offense over anything, it always is a false attack on something HE has been guilty of. Always. The rubber-glue/I know you are but what am I? technique. Here, in extending his singular fake outrage (vp-elect Mike Pence says he was not offended in the least), he turns his classic deficits away from himself onto others. And we won’t allege much of this is deflective drivel designed to get everyone to move on immediately from Mr. Never Settle settling in the Trump “University” scam case. We wouldn’t do that, so we didn’t.

These great stars of Broadway who perform intricate dialogue from memory, according to Trump…. are idiots. In fact, the president-elect says the current star of Hamilton, Brandon Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, is so pathetic, that Trump thought he’d score by saying Dixon “couldn’t even memorize lines,” when he read the very respectful statement to Pence. This, from the guy who was saved from HIMSELF by finally agreeing to be his version of being “presidential” and “on message” the past few weeks of his campaign by being force-fed words on a teleprompter. The guy, who even earlier in the campaign, several times whipped out a script and read precise words about not admitting Muslims. From December, when he apparently even needed to read his own name: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on…” Earlier, his original 3rd grade outburst was, “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior.”

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What kind of sick human being in his position would think it elevates him in the eyes of anyone by throwing in the pointless aside “which I hear is highly overrated?” Is it even necessary to refute that well-reasoned, well-sourced, scholarly theater review by using Trump’s own measuring techniques for success in anything: winning (11 Tony Awards), tv ratings (highest tv ratings for Tony Awards show in 15 years) and money (most expensive Broadway ticket ever… over $1,000 and sold out for years. Trump has been in the process of practicing his “bully pulpit” technique for 70 years. Up until now, I can’t recall a president ever not being, at least somewhat aware of the power of his words to crash markets, start wars, destroy reputations, or shred the dignity and credibility of the presidency itself. But then, we’ve never had a true bully at the presidential pulpit. Until now.

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North Carolina Republicans lost the Supreme Court, but are they plotting to steal it back?

The headline above is the Daily Kos version of a widely reported story late in the week.

When Republicans don’t win, they change the rules of the game to suit their needs. It’s become the GOP way nationwide, and that could play out in North Carolina. One of the bright spots that emerged for Tar Heel Democrats on Tuesday was the election of a progressive judge over a conservative one, giving the court a 4-3 Democratic majority as of next year. Unless GOP lawmakers find a way to add seats to the court, reports Mitch Kokai.

“State lawmakers could vote to expand North Carolina’s Supreme Court by up to two additional members, according to the N.C. Constitution. There’s been speculation about such a move in the wake of challenger Mike Morgan’s victory over incumbent Bob Edmunds in this week’s state Supreme Court election. […]

Observers have asked whether the N.C. General Assembly could expand the number of justices to blunt the election’s impact. The answer is yes.”

The court currently has one chief justice and six associate justices, but the state constitution says, “the General Assembly may increase the number of Associate Justices to not more than eight.” Adding more than two associate judges would require a constitutional amendment.

But time is of the essence there if Democrat Roy Cooper ultimately succeeds in defeating Gov. Pat McCrory. Governors are responsible for appointing new justices. If Cooper prevails, he’ll take office on Jan. 11, 2017.

The newspaper dropped on my driveway each day is the News and Record. Its version is this:

State GOP leaders could neutralize Democrats’ Supreme Court majority by adding justices

Within that article are comments from Bob Hall, executive director of some commie outfit known as Democracy NC (we know when they call it “Democracy NC” what THAT means!). Bob says “he has not heard specifically of a legislative effort to add justices to the Supreme Court.

If it is true, Hall said, then

“it’s completely hypocritical and astonishing that a group of elected leaders who say that the will of the people matters would try to circumvent the will of the people in this Supreme Court race.”

Hall said the same voters chose to elect Republican Donald Trump as president, re-elect Republicans U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and, apparently, deny McCrory a second term.

“That shows a will of the people to have both parties with a role in control of the political process in North Carolina,” Hall said.

“Therefore, it would be expressively outrageous and an abuse of power to permit the additions to the Supreme Court because it would allow the legislature to conduct an outright takeover of another branch of government.

Bob is being kind and charitable and diplomatic in his language, as strong and unmistakably true as it is.  When you lose, you lose.  You don’t work the refs, you don’t get to change the rules, you don’t get to put extra time on the clock. Cleveland Indians Lost The World Series, But Are They Plotting To Steal It By Adding 2 More Games?  

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The disgusting chutzpah, the towering arrogance, the unmitigated, transparent attempt by North Carolina Republicans to control each and every aspect of state government in ways like adding more justices is no different than a military coup, just without the guns. But it fits perfectly with what we saw last week in the presidential election.  A guy who nakedly ran on all kinds of caudillo, strongman, dictator precepts… the wall, the ethnic slurring and scapegoating for all problems, America First, the threats to jail the opponent, militarism, drain the swamp (but scrape bottom of swamp and dredge up Gingrich and Giuliani)… who could be surprised that the Triple-A teams at the state level wouldn’t be inspired to justify their anti-democratic means to their one-party, autocratic ends, even more boldly and brazenly than ever?

By 1937, Franklin Roosevelt was having many of his New Deal initiatives struck down by a conservative-leaning Supreme Court.  So he came up with the BS idea that the court should add one extra justice for every one that was over 70.  This was under the guise of charity to the elderly, since those old judges obviously couldn’t keep up with the workload.  Known now as “court packing,” FDR was blasted by nearly everyone for his transparent plan to add more justices friendlier to him.  He lost a lot of credibility for that scheme, paid the price and New Deal legislation was finished as the idea went away.  More here. By a different name, North Carolina Republicans may try the same thing.  This really needs attention to be paid and stopped.  But the track record for checking the national and state Republican power grab recently is dismal.  Ironically, it is often the courts that have been a last backstop, on voting rights, minority rights, abortion rights… the whole menu.  Changing the refs ends all hope.  Sadly, it must be said, that if even a small percentage of those who are pissed off enough at Trump being elected who are marching nightly had expressed that anger by voting, we’d be in quite a different place today.

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