NC Republicans Urinate On Their State. Ain’t Things Great?

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Determined to walk off the Cliff of Intransigent History, we end another week with the pressure continuing to build against HB2 (The Infamous North Carolina “bathroom bill”) and its supporters.

NBA Goes to the Line- Commissioner Adam Silver had been hedging until Thursday, having said no decision could POSSIBLY be made about the 2017 All Star Game scheduled for Charlotte because playoff games are being held in Charlotte right now (did somebody say those home games must be moved?) and the league has a team there (no kidding, Adam!…did someone say Michael Jordan should be forced to immediately move the team to Toledo?)… a totally fake slippery slope argument that no one was making. The All-Star Game (only) has been the topic, as a singular, big event. Directly comparable to the NFL yanking a Super Bowl from Arizona in 1990 over the Martin Luther King holiday.  Silver unfudged the fudge Thursday, saying “the NBA has been clear that if the status quo in North Carolina remains in place the All-Star Game would have to be moved.”  The league, of course, hadn’t been so clear until that more definitive statement, but it’s never too late to do the right thing.

Incalculable, Self-Inflicted Reputational/Economic Damage In Billions-  It’s one thing to buy a stock, watch it tank, realize it’s never coming back, finally selling it and taking the loss.  You made a bad decision, you digest it…. you move on. It’s Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 10.53.23 AManother thing to buy a stock, watch it tank, realize it’s never coming back, refusing to sell it, never acknowledging your bad judgement… riding the stock down all the way into the toilet out of pique, spite, and arrogance. So far, that’s what appears to be happening with the adherents of HB2.  The more the concert cancellations pile up, the more that companies, both large and small, express their hesitance to expand or relocate to North Carolina, the more overall permanent damage that is done to North Carolina’s former reputation as the “smart, progressive” member of the Old Confederacy with the great Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 11.22.11 AMuniversity system (also being destroyed in a separate crime)…. the more damage done, the stubborner they get. At a news conference on the upcoming legislative session, NC Senate leader Phil Berger referred to the law as “our commonsense bathroom safety bill” for its measures governing transgender bathroom access in many public buildings.

Berger digs in, says HB2 fixes not needed

WWE Announces HB2 Trump vs Cruz Restroom Stall Match!  Not really, but these two heading to opposite sides of the ring on this is the perfect campaign metaphor for the unforeseeable, unintended consequences of the law’s Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 11.33.46 AMpolitical effects anywhere and everywhere politicians are asked about it. On the Today Show Thursday, Donald Trump smartly went full Libertarian/hands off/status quo in opposing HB2: “There have been very few problems, leave it the way it is,” he said. “North Carolina, what they’re going through with all of the business that’s leaving and all of the strife, and that’s on both sides, you leave it the way it is. There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble.”…  When asked about which bathroom Caitlyn Jenner would use in the Trump Towers, he said she could use whichever bathroom she chooses. He was also asked if he had any transgender people working for him, he said he did not know.

Ted Cruz saw an opening:  “Donald Trump is no different from politically correct leftist elites. Today, he joined them in calling for grown men to be allowed to use little girls’ public restrooms,” Cruz said. “As the dad of young daughters, I dread what this will mean for our daughters — and for our sisters and our wives. It is a reckless policy that will endanger our loved ones.” Cruz said the famously outspoken real-estate magnate succumbed to “political correctness.  This is not real tolerance. The Left wants to force its belief system onto Americans across the country and silence people of faith in the public square,” Cruz said. “Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is all too eager to join them.” Ohio Gov. John Kasich has also said he would not sign or support a law similar to North Carolina’s.

The irony of the most potty-mouthed person to ever run for president sounding reasonable and inclusive, using this issue to cut through to Democrats and liberals should be lost on no one.  Right now we’re all on this crazy tour leading to who knows where….


Ted Cruz And The Hurtful Soup

There are a great many things that trouble me about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Alberta TX). His opposition to my constitutional right to self pleasure is but one example of his belief system that gives me pause. I have a measure of admiration for the fact that he’s been able to stay (apparently) happily married for 15 years to a successful, talented, lovely woman. I figured that a guy who could do that had to have something going for him

I’m hereby withdrawing my admiration

The Cruzes talked to Anderson Cooper on Tuesday and revealed a shocking story from early in their marriage

When I married Ted, we got back from our honeymoon, and he went off to the store and came home by himself. And I was completely shocked to see that he arrived back at our apartment with literally 100 cans of Campbell’s Chunky soup. I never bought 100 of anything.

This was shocking to me, so we had a tough conversation about it. I said, “You don’t buy 100 of anything, much less canned soup. We can’t do this. I’ll be making things.” He said, “No, I know you. you won’t be making things.”

The early part of a marriage is a fun time. It’s full of cuddling and celebration. Really, it’s magical. Raphael Ted was just stewing and plotting during the honeymoon

When we get back to the apartment, I got to get a s–tload of Chunky, ’cause this bitch is gonna starve me

Come on, man! In the first few precious days of marriage, women always call out men for not thinking of “we” and, instead, thinking of “we”. How the hell are you gonna be thinking about your new life together with this amazing person and still be thinking

I ain’t even gonna tell ole girl. I’m just gonna get down to the store and buy all the damn Chunky they got. I’ll do that s–t while she’s still asleep

Quick! Somebody call Jimmy Webb for a quick re-write of “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”

By the time I get to Wal-Mart

She’ll be snorin’

I’ll be stackin’ all those cans

In my cart

And you know the argument had to be heated and personal

HEIDI: What are you going to do? Just sit over there and eat your soup every night while I watch?

TED: No. You can have some. Just don’t take all the sirloin


See, I’ve always hated the reception ritual where the couple smears cake on each other’s face. That’s a very serious ritual and it literally symbolizes that the couple will feed each other when they need nourishment. It’s like a promise. But, not in Ted’s world. In Ted’s world, “I do” means “I gotta head down to Mega Mart to make sure I don’t starve”

I also love that he chases his initial insult with “I know you. You won’t make anything”. DAMN! If I was Heidi, I’d be googling “annulment”

So the next morning, it was a weekend morning, I loaded up our car before he woke up and returned every single can. And when I got home, I called my mother just to make sure I’d done the right thing as a newlywed. And she emphatically disagreed with me. And so when Ted opened the pantry, I had to quickly tell him that I would go back and buy those cans again

First of all, thanks mom, for all the support. Heidi Cruz had the one mother in all of America who would not have cussed out the son-in-law. I think it would have been pretty funny if she would have hidden the cans of soup all over the house. Like, Ted would have found some of them in his sock drawer and a couple in the Christmas decoration box from time-to-time

I may be overreacting. There have been worse husbands than Ted Cruz. O.J. Simpson, for example. But something tells me that even O.J. wouldn’t have said “Bitch, I know you ain’t gonna feed me”

It makes me sad to think of Heidi Cruz going to that store and returning those cans

Ma’am, do you have a receipt?

No, just a terrible husband (cries)

So, here’s to the great disappearing institution of marriage. As fragile as it is, it can take some hits early on and keep on truckin’. And here’s to Heidi Cruz. God, that woman is a saint


Trump Exhibits Signs of CTE, Confuses Canada With Mexico Following Loss to Cruz in Iowa

A sad-but-predictable public meltdown occurred Tuesday in New Hampshire when Donald J. Trump slimed, slurred, and attacked the entire country of Canada… our best friend and Neighbor to the North.  In taking the issue of broad stereotyping and generalization to new heights, here are his exact words as he attempted to hammer home an attack on Ted Cruz, who’d sent out a dishonest, scare-the-old-people mailer over the weekend.  Newsmax:  “What kind of people do we have running for office? It’s really dishonest” Trump said. “These politicians are worse than real estate people in New York.” The real estate mogul says he knows the reason for Cruz’s dishonesty: “it’s because he was born in Canada.” 


Problem 1:  Are we to believe, therefore, that Donald J. Trump is the only honest “real estate person” in New York?  Problem 2: Is Ted Cruz’s dishonesty problem really the result of his being born in Canada…. which is not in dispute?  He was born there. It’s his “natural born citizen” status as per the Constitution… an issue that has not been formally decided by the courts.  Those are two quite different things.  Problem 3:  We were all getting used to Donald trashing Mexicans who come to the United States.  Now we have to suspect all Canadians, too?

According to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, this terrible brain disease is associated with confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia.  The latest NFL star to have been conclusively diagnosed with CTE is Ken Stabler, the great Oakland Raiders quarterback who died at age 69, officially of cancer.  His brain was removed and studied and Stabler had a high Stage 3 (out of 4) version of CTE.

Donald Trump has been saying…. and getting away with saying…. many, many things during the course of his campaign that make no sense…. that are 100% illogical, not standing up to the slightest bit of scrutiny.  His blusterous, confident, angry delivery of those remarks pleases his followers, inspired by the impossible strength of Trump’s maniacal delivery.  When presented with a real situation that he cannot control…. the actual numerical outcome of the Iowa caucus, for instance… he simply lies about the result, disavowing his own previous grandiose prediction of victory.  I am now prepared to excuse Trump as yet another victim of CTE… brain damage.

ABC News: “My life has been about victories,” Trump told a crowd in Fort Dodge, Iowa, last November. In a state Trump really wanted to win and said as much, Monday night was not the result the real estate mogul was banking on.“I want to win in Iowa, I want to really win, I don’t want to come in second,” Trump said in Cedar Rapids last month. “Smart would be to say, I want to do well. That way if I come in second everyone is going to say you did well. I don’t want to do that. I want to win, right?”

Angry and confused that his second-place finish is not being credited as a victory for him because he has now decided it’s more important to disregard his non-stop bragging about leading in polls leading up to the vote, including the Des Moines Register Iowa Poll…. the newspaper which he trashed continuously as biased until that last weekend poll which had him leading Cruz 28-23 with Rubio at 15, his brain melts down in discombobulation. He goes bonkers in denouncing the interpretation of third-place Marco Rubio (right behind Trump) as the real surprise, momentum-building result coming out of Iowa, when he is sure he is being unfairly treated. The guy who has no handlers, no consultants, suddenly demands credit for getting the number of votes he got without campaigning nearly as hard as Ted Cruz and Rubio, upon “being told” not to try.   Not fair.  Somebody should be getting fired!

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Bragging that he received the second-most votes ever in a Republican Iowa caucus, he leans on that tiresome, nonsensical, pointless claim that he drew such a yuge turnout… not mentioning that yuge turnout was yuger for the guy who got more votes than him.  Bragging you got the second biggest vote ever is great, unless it occurred at the same time another guy got the biggest vote ever.  Then, you’re an idiot.  It’s like a 54-48 Super Bowl score where the team that got 48 brags it scored the second-most points ever by a team in the Super Bowl.  You lost.  Confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression.  Bye bye.

B&B Podcast 02/01/2016 can take care of all your Valentine’s Day needs now. Don’t wait until the last minute. Lil’ Rush with thoughts on Cam Newton’s pants, B and B on Cruz being crazier than Trump, the stupid process of the Iowa Caucus, Super Bowl chat, Trump loves the Broncos.

The Five Establishment Stages of Nominee Trump: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance


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Thursday night in North Charleston during the Fox Business Cavalcade of Liars, Ted Cruz, world-class sleazeball, launched a laser-guided call to Iowa Evangelicals to reject “New York values,” defined as “socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage. Focus [is] around money and the media.”  He fake apologized the next day, as noted here by CNN.  Screen shot 2016-01-16 at 1.00.11 PM

Donald Trump channeled his Inner Rudy and responded by invoking 9/11, saying “….no place on earth” could have handled the events “more beautifully, more humanely.  I’ve never seen anything like it. And the people in New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death and even the smell of death—nobody understood it… And it was with us for months. The smell. The air. And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched, and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers, and I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made.”  Yes, boys and girls, Donald Trump was hurt both personally and on behalf of all New Yorkers by Cruz’s vicious, nasty words. A session or two with some high-quality Gotham grief counselors should help him get over it.

If Trump’s polling momentum becomes real voting momentum in the upcoming races in Iowa and New Hampshire and beyond, that response may be taken for the moment Trump moved from blustering cartoon character/reality show clown to real human being. With one allegedly from-the-heart moment, a guy who has been willing to say anything about anything and anyone to get attention is transformed?  All is forgiven?  Because of a prepared beatdown of Loathsome Ted?  Nicely summarized here by Peter Wehner, establishment Republican, in a NY Times piece called Why I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump… recall some of the fact-free bile spewed by Trump, the Leader of Angry America, Pissed Off and Proud of It: 

It is little surprise, then, that many of Mr. Trump’s most celebrated pronouncements and promises — to quickly and “humanely” expel 11 million illegal immigrants, to force Mexico to pay for the wall he will build on our southern border, to defeat the Islamic State “very quickly” while as a bonus taking its oil, to bar Muslims from immigrating to the United States — are nativistic pipe dreams and public relations stunts. Even more disqualifying is Mr. Trump’s temperament. He is erratic, inconsistent and unprincipled. He possesses a streak of crudity and cruelty that manifested itself in how he physically mocked a Times journalist with a disability, ridiculed Senator John McCain for being a P.O.W., made a reference to “blood” intended to degrade a female journalist and compared one of his opponents to a child molester.

Never letting a chance to play the aggrieved victim pass, New York City itself feigned offense at Cruz’s “New York values” taunt.

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The reviews came flowing in after the last debate, lauding Trump as showing decency, spontaneity, sincerity, a humanity that we had not seen during the campaign.  Really?  C’mon….. are you that naive to believe Trump wasn’t just repeating his standard 9/11 spiel and using it to answer a question that was never actually posed to shut down Cruz?  Cruz didn’t ask, “Donald, how did New Yorkers, many of whom are pro-choice social liberals, respond after 9/11?”  Because Trump is every bit the Masterdebater that Harvard Law grad Ted Cruz is, he technically whacked Ted with his response.  The ever-enabling media of all stripes fawned over the moment, and since then we’ve seen a quick slide to stage 5 of the Five Stages of Trump Steamrolling the Party…. acceptance…

….coming from the guy, who if he’d had his way, would have taken over the rebuilding of downtown Manhattan, rebuilding the World Trade Center with taller buildings that would have been called Trump Towers Too.  Ok, I made up that last part.  He wanted them called Twin Towers Two.  I apologize to everyone who was offended by my insult, even though Trump said in 2009: “I’d rather have nothing than what they’re building…. It’s a terrible design. It was designed by an egghead architect who really doesn’t have a lot of experience at designing something like this.” Sounds a bit like some sour grapes from a guy who got rejected as the Rebuilding Face of NY for the project.

I’m surprised Trump isn’t already selling those “We Are All Donald” tees in shops and on the streets in the NY metropolitan area.