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As always, everything Trump says is a lie. Friday he declared there is no drought in California.

Trump said state officials were simply denying water to Central Valley farmers to prioritize the Delta smelt, a native California fish nearing extinction — or as Trump called it, “a certain kind of three-inch fish.”

“We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” Trump told thousands of supporters at the campaign event.

I see he’s focus-grouped “Pocahontas” and “Crooked Hillary will stop all drilling and fracking… she will repeal the Second Amendment” and is sticking with those proven winners.  He chickened out debating Bernie because (he lyingly says) it wouldn’t be “appropriate.” Yes, THERE’S the word that guides Donald Trump. I apologize for missing the Year of Appropriateness. The lies are even more striking as they all line up under the category of “they’ve all been lying to you… I’m the great sage, smarter than everyone…the truthteller… whatever the issue is, only I can solve it, quickly, cheaply, and easily.” The great Scott Adams, the Dilbert guy, has brilliantly analyzed Trump, and regrettably predicted his election many months ago. He explained it on Bill Maher Friday night. It’s truly evil. 

B&B Podcast 03/15/16

We talk to Sarah Palin, George W. Bush AND Lil’ Rush. Then, we compare the rhetoric of George Wallace in 1968 to Donald Trump in 2016

Never Buy Bagels From A Place That Doesn’t Give You The 13th For Free… It’s Just An Immutable Rule

And NEVER….. and I mean NEVER buy from a place that sells these damn things:

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This is as bad as it gets.  This is not what the world needs.  This doesn’t improve anything.  It looks like a Bernie Sanders acid trip gone bad.   My eternal thanks to Wonkette for making us aware of this scourge on humanity: “Rainbow Bagels – the name is trademarked – became a massive hit in New York after Jonathan Cheban, a friend of Kim Kardashian, shared pictures of his purchase on Snapchat. They are credited to baker Scot Rossillo, the self-described “World’s premier bagel artist”, whose CV also includes the invention of the cragel, a croissant-bagel hybrid.”

1. This is but one more thing to add to Things That Are a Blight On the World Because Of OJ Simpson. He is to blame for ALL things Kardashian. We would have never known those little brats were it not for him, and this post would not exist.
2. I am a Bagel Racist and proud of it. I believe that bagels should not MIX with other genetically inferior, non-bagel ingredients as shown here. A puredough, real bagel need not be sullied by the inferior blobs that are produced via mutations that come from the evil minds of Culinary Chef Mengeles.
3. Bagels are NOT some kind of culinary canvas to be painted or decorated like other inanimate objects. They are BAGELS, dammit.  These iterations are far enough.  If you want a donut, go get a donut.

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Jews In The News and The Chutzpah of Cruz

1. So, a rabbi, Jesus, and Jack Nicklaus enter a town council meeting in Chino Valley, Arizona.  The rabbi says the mayor (who is himself a pastor… in a wonderful example of not separating church and state) promised not to end the next meeting with a Jesus invocation at the end of his prayer.  With Trumpian-like defiance, he broke his promise to Rabbi Adele Plotkin, had her tossed from the public meeting…. and stated this, in the Mayor’s Report on Council Invocations 2/10/2016:

The television and newspapers have been filled lately with stories about invocations at Council meetings, with Phoenix and Scottsdale making the news all over the state. Even quiet little Chino Valley has made the headlines of late, but in our case it was because the Council chose to stand its ground against the growing Screen shot 2016-02-12 at 2.15.40 PMonslaught of “political correctness” which seems to be flooding our nation.
Read and see it all here, courtesy of Raw Story:

Rabbi berates Arizona town council members over Christian prayer — then gets booted out

2.  A few weeks ago when Ted Cruz went after Trump for his “New York values,” I discounted any interpretation of that phrase as being inherently anti-Semitic, naively thinking Cruz was simply using the term to describe stereotypical liberal views on abortion rights, gun rights, gay marriage, etc, trying to pin those views on Trump.  How stupid of me to give Ted Cruz the benefit of any doubt that his vile persona may be fronting for a better person than we see.

Cruz borrowed some money from Goldman Sachs.  Trump went after him for that.  Cruz responded by pointing out that Trump had borrowed over $480 million from Wall Street banks and was therefore a hypocrite.

“For him to make this attack,” Cruz boomed, “to use a New York term” – Cruz then paused for laughter – “it’s the height of chutzpah.” Highlighting Donald Trump’s “New York values” is a tack Cruz has repeatedly taken in recent weeks on the campaign trail. But not all were amused. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote, “‘chutzpah,’ of course, is not a ‘New York’ term. It’s a Yiddish – a Jewish – one. And using ‘New York’ as a euphemism for ‘Jewish’ has long been an anti-Semitic dog whistle.”  As a sociolinguist who specializes in American Jewish language, I’ve studied the use of the word “chutzpah” in the United States. Was Ted Cruz correct in calling “chutzpah” a New York word? And were there anti-Semitic undertones to the association?

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Ted Cruz’s linguistic chutzpah

3.  And, did you hear….. for the first time in American history, a Jew won a primary?   America, fortunately, barely noticed and got on with business.  Of course, winning the primary ain’t winning the nomination, and it sure ain’t like winning the presidency itself.  Since racism and bigotry have been declared over by Republicans and the Supreme Court, Bernie Sanders Screen shot 2016-02-12 at 2.49.37 PMcan be sure to get a fair hearing in South Carolina, which squashed the Confederate flag a few months ago, reassuring Jews who move to Hilton Head and Charleston that all is cool.  In the LA Times, Jonathan Zimmerman reminds, however:

Consider the most prominent Jewish politician of the early 1800s, Mordecai Noah, who served as sheriff of New York City and also as U.S. consul to Tunis. Although Noah’s father and grandfather had both fought in the American Revolution, newspapers routinely referred to him as “Shylock” or simply “the Jew,” to remind readers that he really didn’t belong.  And when Noah defended slavery, abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison attacked him as “the miscreant Jew” and “the enemy of Christ and liberty.” On another occasion, Garrison called Noah “the lineal descendant of the monsters who nailed Jesus to the cross.” Southern slaveholders also reviled the Jews who supported their cause, including Confederate Secretary of War Judah Benjamin. Some Southerners even attributed the Confederacy’s defeat to Benjamin, suggesting that God wouldn’t hear their prayers because of the “little pilfering Jew” in their midst.  Read it all here:

B&B Podcast 02/11/16

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In Early 1967, We Were All In Favor Of An All-Out Effort To Land On the Moon… Right? Wrong.

A very smart man, Coach Vince Lombardi was undoubtedly more concerned with winning football titles than when we would be putting men on the moon.  He may have personally cared about the US space program, but I couldn’t find any on-the-record remarks from him about the subject.  I bring it up only as an excuse to knock out a myth about the first Super Bowl and the false narrative that all Americans were gung-ho about beating the Ruskies to the moon as soon as possible, no matter the cost.  Are the two things really connected?  Hell no, but when you run through a NY Times archive of that day’s paper to read about the first Super Bowl….. you get a bonus!  You are reminded that Republicans are ALWAYS against progress, they ALWAYS have an excuse that involves spending, and they have been and continue to be against the New Deal, the Great Society, and of course, today, Obamacare.  Oppose it, derail it, defund it, kill it.  It’s all the same to them if it helps people and a Democratic president suggested it.Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 4.38.25 PM

I hear Joe McCarthy has already been put on retainer to return from the dead to lead a possible presidential campaign against self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist (a redundant term to Joe, of course) Bernie Sanders should he get the nomination.  But let’s start with football……

I’ve always heard that “you know, they didn’t even call it the Super Bowl until the third one, when Joe Namath and the Jets beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in 1969, the first two years they simply called it the AFL–NFL World Championship Game.”  But in the New York Times’ front page writeup about the Lombardi-led Packers 35-10 win over Kansas City on January 15, 1967 in that first game, the final paragraph reads:

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Of course, the Times may have retroactively changed the article all these years later, just as the Honolulu newspapers later magically inserted the “birth” announcement of Barack Obama into their archives long after 1961:

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Meanwhile, back to Super Bowl Sunday back in 1967 and that NY Times front page, which also featured this piece:Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 4.11.22 PM

It’s what they do.  It’s who Republicans are.  Nothing much has changed, but hostility to President Johnson, who, by then was the embattled Vietnam president, knew no domestic bounds even on our striving to land on the moon before the Soviet Union.  From the article, check out this 1967 variation on Hillary Clinton’s famous “what difference does it make?” remark to the Benghazi committee:Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 3.16.56 PM

Everett Dirksen is considered to be a highly thought-of senator.  His flippancy about not caring when we finally might make it to the moon was, if anything, consistent.  Dirksen is famous for having said, on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.”

B&B Podcast 01/25/16

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Simon & Garfunkel Have Always Demanded Creative Control Over Politicians’ Use of Their Material

The legendary sixties twosome, whose last recorded album together was 1970’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, is sort of all-in for Bernie Sanders, providing the soundtrack to the early-voting states for what is, so far, the 2016 campaign’s best non-negative ad.  That would be defined as a commercial that directly mentions neither a specific issue nor an opposing candidate and aims for a viscerally emotional, fully idealistic, patriotic view of America.  Hilariously, Variety reports their now 45-year on-off feud extends to today! Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Sanders, said that the music was properly licensed. A representative for Garfunkel said that singer gave his approval, while a rep for Simon, who also wrote the song, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel have been loathe to lend their music to politicians in the past.  Now, let me have some fun!  The following is slightly fiction, but is chock-full of non fiction!  ….. As Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign was being planned, the duo was contacted and asked if “America” could be used in the similarly affirmative way that Sanders would use it 32 years later.  Simon, the songwriter, a pot-smoking liberal of the day, said absolutely no.  Not to be deterred, Reagan’s team ditched the idea of using a popular song and developed the legendary It’s Morning In America spot:

Paul Simon did, however, in an ornery fashion, offer one S&G tune for use by the noticeably aging 73-year old Reagan, thought by many to have already shown signs of mental deterioration.  Recently Ron Reagan, the president’s son, and detailed analysis of Reagan’s speech patterns confirmed what was seldom expressed publicly.  Simon told ’84 Reagan campaign manager Ed Rollins he was free to do what he wished with his ’77 hit “Slip Slidin’ Away.”  

God only knows
God makes his plan
The information’s unavailable
To the mortal man
We’re working our jobs
Collect our pay
Believe we’re gliding down the highway
When in fact we’re slip slidin’ away

Rollins politely declined, knowing the obvious implications.  Reagan was fed a hilarious line that he famously used against the much younger Walter Mondale to deflect from the age issue in a debate in the fall of ’84, seen here:

By tapping phones illegally and intercepting text messages, I have heard that Paul Simon has told Republicans they can use certain songs of his, but only specifically as he mandates.  No deviations.  Here’s the list for 2016 of classic Simon & Garfunkel hits for the campaign ahead:

Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman: At The Zoo…………Chris Christie: Bridge Over Troubled Water……….Ben Carson: Sound of Silence……. Jeb Bush: Slip Slidin’ Away…….. Donald Trump:  Fakin’ It

 

B&B Podcast 01/21/16

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