Sarah Palin Studied Harder And Knew More In Her Debate Than Trump Did In His

That’s saying something, isn’t it?  You underperformed Sarah Palin in her debate with Joe Biden. When John McCain’s chief campaign strategist Steve Schmidt said, “she knows nothing,” it made McCain’s bid for the Oval Office an impossibility.  But the key was “performed,” and for a few short weeks Palin had some defenders, most male, most who wanted to have sex with her, and all whom were willing to overlook her intellectual deficits. After the VP debate, AlterNet summed it up this way:

This debate wasn’t lost or won based on anything verbal. It was won on nonverbal communication. And the winner was Sarah Palin.
The first thing Palin did upon entering the stage was blow a kiss to the audience, then greet Biden, saying, “Nice to meetcha. Hey, can I call ya Joe?” She was colloquial. She was charming. She took control, and except for a brief moment when a teary-eyed Biden recalled his wife’s death and the experience of being a single parent, she never lost it. When Biden sighed, Palin smiled. He jutted his jaw forward in frustration; she smirked. He furrowed his brow; she winked.

One thing is inarguable: Sarah Palin did her homework, was prepared as best she could be, and either intuitively or through well-managed stagecraft did enough to fake a credible performance under pressure.  It didn’t change the trajectory of the election, but it was actually enough to propel Palin to several years of post-2008 cashing in on her fame… as a performer. Come to think of it, it was infinitely more logical for her to become a tv personality after her political career than what we’re locked into right now: a tv personality using the marginal intellectual skills of reality television and little else to become the president of the United States.

After Monday’s first presidential debate, I hereby conclude that Donald Trump outsmarted himself.  In college, you always had to decide whether to cram and maybe pull an all-nighter before a big exam, or get extra sleep.  Extra sleep seldom worked, and no one ever walked out of the class after the test and said, “damn, I studied too much and should have slept more.”  Trump must have been one hell of a crappy student at Penn if the way he didn’t prepare for the debate was the way he didn’t study at college, thinking his native brilliance and Second City Improv skills would carry the day.

Here’s the irrefutable evidence that Hillary wiped the floor with Trump as he blew his chance to show those outside of his cult that he has the temperament to be president: The Clinton-hating Drudge Report links to an article that has NOTHING remotely to do with the 100% distortive, upside-down, crazy-ass headline.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-5-22-03-pm

Trump tired halfway through, floundered, needed water, faded and lost his composure as an interrupting jerk. She was strong, looked great, never lost her original energy… so, just like Trump himself, the official mouthpiece, Drudge, lies to project his deficit onto her. Nice try. If you didn’t really know, which of the two would you guess was dealing with pneumonia recently, based on the strength and stamina shown on that debate stage? I’m sure if Drudge took a poll, 93% would say Hillary! Then Fox News would spread the “result,” and another of Jon Stewart’s trips up Bullshit Mountain is complete.

To complete the Trumpinization of this story… he adds the next layer of lying by denying he has a cold or the sniffles we all saw and heard. Insanely, Trump blames it on a “bad microphone,” which makes zero sense. But, you have to remember the megalomaniacal mind of an authoritarian like Trump, who models himself after Putin and Middle East dictators who dye their hair into their 80’s, always trying to project health and virility (thus the younger wife still having kids). To get a cold (publicly) undercuts his air of strength and invincibility.

So, class, what have we learned?  That Evil Genius/Ex-Fox News Creep/Svengali/Republican/Serial Sexual Harasser/Trainer of Nixon, Reagan, GHW Bush Roger Ailes finally met his Match of Incompetence: Donald Trump.  That was the worst showing by an Ailes-coached politician in a debate ever.  No study, no practice, know nothing. Sarah Palin has been a big Donald Trump supporter, but he’s kept her at a distance for many months.  Never an in-person appearance with her. Ironically, if Trump had gotten debate prep advice from her and heeded it, Monday’s Hoedown Throwdown at Hofstra might have looked a lot different.

 

Fleetwood Mac Fades; Widespread Panic Begins

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you’ve got to choose
Ev’ry way you look at it, you lose
 -Simon and Garfunkel

Nixon and JFK, moderated by Howard K. Smith, then of CBS, in 1960…

screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-12-38-19-pm

Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow) played by Fleetwood Mac at the 1993 inauguration celebration of Bill Clinton can be seen here:

No wonder 68-year-old Hillary Clinton… unfairly, in my opinion, is not connecting with younger voters the way her husband did (he was 46 at the time), let alone Barack Obama (47 at his inauguration).  Putting aside the obvious sexist overtones that under-thirty favorite Bernie Sanders just turned 75, Bill and Hillary’s move into the White House in ’93 may as well have been 1893 for anyone under 40.  It’s as far back for them as Eisenhower was for me.  I was five when he left office so I have no direct memory of him as president…. he was only this old, white-haired guy from the moment I was aware of him.  Just like Bill is for younger voters now.

Donald Trump is actually older than Hillary by almost two years, and would be older than Reagan taking the oath.  But as of this writing, he has successfully cornered her on the strength, stamina, and healthy enough to do the job lie.  She’s an old lady who got pneumonia recently; he told Dr. Oz he never gets sick and hasn’t been in the hospital since he was 11.  American voters are no more questioning than that stupid, simplistic evaluation of the presidential medical scene.  He has a much younger wife and a young boy at home; she’s married to Dwight Eisenhower (at least visually for younger voters).

The polls have recently moved in Donald Trump’s direction the past few weeks.  It seems impossible to believe that it is just the “deplorables” comment that offended undecideds and a few Hillary voters to swing his way.  It can’t be those widely not-paid-attention-to teleprompter speeches on his phony economic and child-care ideas.  Credit seems to have been going to slightly fewer completely off-the-rails insults, gaffes, blooper, bleepers, fights, and foulups… a grading on the curve display of presidential discipline shown.  24 hours without drooling on himself is a march to victory, so it seems.  The stakes for the first debate could not be higher.  Hillary has all the experience and knowledge going in; Trump is being coached by the Angelo Dundee of debate preppers, Roger Ailes, disgraced, ousted head of Fox News, serial sexual harasser, and spiritual advisor to Trump, and who knows…. Bill Cosby?  That’s just idle speculation, and I no longer believe Ailes and Cosby to be buddies.  Now, can we get on to the real issue in front of us?

As horrible a human being as Donald Trump is… as unqualified as he is… as ignorant as he is on any public policy… as uncouth, ostentatious and bullying as he is….as dishonest as he is in every facet of life on display… the hiding of his tax returns…. the fake charity scandals… the fleecing of Trump “University” victims and the unpaid bills….the bribing of public officials such as the Florida AG… the fudging of his medical records, his draft-dodging (I know, that description only applies to lefties, right?)… his direct appeal to violence against Hillary and support from white supremacists, Nazis and the rest of the rightwing fringe…. free association riffs about using nuclear weapons…as bad as that all those things are…. ***read the entire Keith Olbermann list of 176 reasons…(needs updating already) HERE*** would his election mean all those predictions about The End Times for us be much closer than we skeptics thought? Keeping in mind the election and reelection of Barack Obama was framed in similar apocalyptic terms also before the ’08 and ’12 elections. Is it different this time? Will those of us who see Trump in Hitlerian terms have to simply depend on his being such a phony candidate that we can only hope he morphs into a normal person as president and that he really never meant ANY of his thin, detail-less claims and boasts and promises to dissemble the entire United States in his own image?

NBC: “Trump has changed his position on a lot of things over the years. But if there’s one consistent thread, it has been his seeming obsession with conspiracy theories that touch on race, religion, or ethnicity.In the case of Obama, Trump spent years spreading separate rumors about not only the first black president’s nationality, but also his religion, and whether his accomplishments were the result of affirmative action.
On the narrow issue of Obama’s birthplace, Trump’s theories were so elaborate that limiting it to the narrow question of whether the president was born in America barely scratches the surface.”  Need more?  Check it out below:

Analysis: Trump’s Lengthy History of Conspiracy Theories and Rumors

As the week ended, Trump went off ‘prompter again, both threatening Hillary with assassination while advising her to ditch her Secret Service detail, which he also has, of course. He never uses that term… they’re always “bodyguards,” which sounds like she’s got Suge Knight’s protection detailAND… revealing his inner con man persona by lying to the media over a press conference he never intended to have as he hyped his new Trump-branded hotel, got a bunch of military hero guys to extol his virtues, then, like a good husband knows CAN’T be done, he spent 7 seconds fake retracting his birther crusade against the president, then walked out the door.  No apology, no why-I-did-it in the first place, no excuses, and two new lies in less than 25 seconds: that Hillary “started birtherism” and he, Trump, “ended it.”  Yea, just like the Warren Report ended and solved any questions about who killed Kennedy.

BONG…. this is a Fox News ALERT!

BARACK OBAMA DECLARED THE DUMBEST (not white) MAN EVER ELECTED PRESIDENT. I know this because he was dumb enough to appoint as his first Secretary of State the person who absolutely, positively, deliberately demanded Obama show his papers, questioning his citizenship and his eligibility for the nation’s highest office, Hillary Hussein Clinton (all Trump surrogates and spokespeople have thankfully informed me of this fact). What a fool! Did he not know? Did he not realize what was going on? He unfairly has been attacking Donald Trump, who heroically picked up this important story and demanded Obama prove himself a natural-born American. I suggest he withdraw his support for Hillary Clinton and get behind Mr. Trump, whose only laudable purpose was to affirmatively legitimize Barack Obama’s presidency, securing his place in (the back of) the Hall of Presidents at Disney World. This has been a Fox News ALERT!

 

The Dark (K)Night of Cleveland

Professor Harold Trump arrived in Cleveland and began his final quest to close the sale.  That’s what salesmen do.

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.14.33 AM

I’m so depressed.  Because Donald Trump made me feel that way in Cleveland Thursday night. The United States, according to Trump, invoking a Reverse-Reagan, is a “tarnished city in a hole.”  I know I am right about this because over at Fox News they’re pounding away at the out-of-touchiness of people like me and everybody else on tv who said we had just seen a speech that was an attempted leveraged buyout of the Soul of America.  Howard Kurtz, like all who enter The Kingdom of Fox, checked his integrity at the door, said in a piece deceptively titled Trump Turns Serious, Rolling the Dice on a Policy-Packed Speech“Trump was all business, and his mission was to persuade wavering voters that he has the depth and discipline to run the country. In short, to pass the commander-in-chief test.”  Did it work?  More later.

The pre-speech film bio was mistitled, considering its pessimistic subject.  As a counterpoint to Bill Clinton’s 1992 seventeen-minute intro called The Man From Hope, Trump’s should have been billed as The Man From No Hope–Unless You Elect Him. When the history of this convention is finally written, let it be said that Melania The Plagiarizer had much better taste stealing from Michelle Obama than Donald did in stealing his ideas for dividing the country from the ’68-vintage Richard Nixon. “Law and Order” was better off being put away as a phrase from the ash heap of history and as a successful NBC police/law franchise. Believe me.  Roger Simon in Politico nails it:

Nixon used urban riots and racist fears to gain voter support. Trump has found a new enemy: “Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens!”… “Roaming free” is the kind of vivid, fearful imagery that one needs to sell this kind of campaign. Expect more of it in the weeks ahead. The speech, whose transcript was footnoted on every page, promised action so swift that not a minute of the Trump administration would be wasted: “I have a message for all of you,” Trump said. “The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20, 2017, safety will be restored.” Don’t ask how.

Irony or coincidence? It all sinisterly ties together when you appreciate the connection between the deposed Fox News Chief Roger Ailes and Trump. Like tugboats passing in the night, Ailes was put out the door (with a cardboard box of mementos and $40 million) with Trump triumphant on the exact same day.  Ailes, whose foray into political coaching and consulting began with Richard Nixon in ’68, ends with his Fox News nurturing and fostering the legitimizing of the Insanity of Trump for these many years.  The consistency is wondrous.  Nixon listened to Ailes and turned around his nasty image via town hall meetings (new at the time) with “ordinary” citizens asking him humanizing questions.  Check one out here.

It’s not “Morning Again in America,” anymore as it was for Reagan’s syrupy, sunny reelection appeal in 1984.  It’s “Midnight Again in America,” according to Trump, who sets a new record for chutzpah by a self-proclaimed savior NOT in the specific role of Adolph Hitler by uttering these words to the nation:

“I AM YOUR VOICE…. Nobody knows the system better than me… which is why I alone can fix it.”

All that said, I hope I’m not wrong. Initial polling right after the speech, specifically on CNN, indicated mass approval of the Savior. BizPac Review: For viewers, a whopping 57 percent said they had a “very positive” reaction to the speech, while only 24 percent said the speech had a “negative effect.” Even more incredible for Trump was that 73 Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.00.43 AMpercent of viewers said the policies proposed in the speech would move the country in the “right direction,” with only 24 percent saying otherwise. The speech left 56 percent of viewers saying they are “more likely” to vote for Trump.  

On his way out of Cleveland, Trump continued his feud with Ted Cruz and graciously complimented the National Enquirer for their award-winning work in general, and their remarkable, groundbreaking, fact-free-innuendo-laden non-investigation of the John F. Kennedy assassination in particular. “This was a magazine that, in many respects, is respected. They got OJ [Simpson], they got [John]Edwards, they got this. If that was The New York Times, they would have gotten Pultizers for their reporting. I’ve always said, ‘Why didn’t the National Enquirer get the Pulitzer surprise for Edwards? And OJ Simpson? And all of these things?”  Here he lies about his own lies… is this double-lying or lying squared? “I don’t know his father – I met him once – I think he’s a lovely guy,” said Trump. “All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer, there’s a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”  It does me no good to ask about the reasons or the origins of the delusional breakfast reference in the middle of what should have been a gracious victory farewell to Cleveland.  Yea, right.

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 10.44.46 AM

____________________________________________

A final footnote here at halftime, between conventions, was the reemergence of Tony Schwartz after 29 years to tell what he really knows about Donald Trump.  Schwartz wrote “The Art of the Deal.”  No, he really wrote the book by himself, with practically no help or cooperation from empty vessel Trump. According to NPR,

Schwartz says the portrait that he painted of Trump in The Art of the Deal is not accurate. “I helped to paint Trump as a vastly more appealing human being than he actually is. And I have no pride about that. … I did it for the money. It’s certainly weighed on me over the years,” Schwartz says. “Now, since he’s … in a position to potentially become president, it makes my decision back then look very different than it did at the time.”

“One of the chief things I’m concerned about is the limits of his attention span, which are as severe as any person I think I’ve ever met,” Schwartz says. “No matter what question I asked, he would become impatient with it pretty quickly, and literally, from the very first time I sat down to start interviewing him, after about 10 or 15 minutes, he said, ‘You know, I don’t really wanna talk about this stuff, I’m not interested in it, I mean it’s over, it’s the past, I’m done with it, what else have you got?’ ”

The idea of a president in an “incredibly complex and threatening world who can’t pay attention is itself frightening,” Schwartz says.

The number of people who know about Schwartz and will have read the original piece in the New Yorker this week is dwarfed 1000 to 1 by the number of people who know Trump from the image makeover in the book, perpetuated for 3+ decades by a co-dependent press, and his carefully-crafted by clearly false image as a strong, successful, decisive leader from Celebrity Apprentice.  God help the United States of America.

 

 

Hey Dude, What’s In Your Wallet? Anti-Slavery, Broadway Star Hamilton–Or Genocidal Slaver Jackson?

 

Screen shot 2016-04-18 at 10.35.11 AM

A story that bubbles up every few months is back.  Who gets fired from their place on US currency?  Who gets tossed off the Paper Money Island of Immortality?  It is kind of a cool thing to be on cash.  Remember that this whole thing started when a little girl named Sofia wrote to President Obama in 2014, asking him why there were no girls on our money.  Trump’s right…. we can’t do anything anymore, and Sofia’s now 11 and fed up with the diddledaddling.  More here: Girl Who Asked Obama to Put Women on Banknotes Opposes Delay

Alexander Hamilton first looked like the most-likely to lose his place… on the $10.  The reason given was that the $10 supposedly was at the front of the line for a makeover, like your nasty, old bathroom.  Tonight at 9:00 on CNBC…. The Currency Brothers, annoying twins who show up and in 26 minutes redo your paper money, at no cost to you.  In the succeeding two years since

Screen shot 2016-04-18 at 11.02.38 AMSofia started this trouble, Alexander broke through on Broadway as a Big Hit.  I randomly checked and found that even a few months out it would cost you way more than 50 current Alexander Hamiltons to buy one of the worst seats at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

It was suggested that Andrew Jackson get tossed from the $20, what with his slave and Trail of Tears pedigree along with this rampant political correctness crap going around.  But since we’re now in an election year, the whole thing gets more controversial as the days wear on.  Better to let the next Treasury Secretary handle this hot potato, as the current one, Jack Lew, appears to be punting on the issue.  Somewhere, somebody will find someone on C-SPAN in 1989 invoking the paper money equivalent of the fake, not-really-a-rule Biden Rule that said no Supreme Court nominations shall be made or acted upon in a president’s 4th or 8th year.

My totally reliable sources sent me this in association with the story:

When asked about the changes in the faces on the $10 and $20, the presidential candidates reacted quickly. Ted Cruz predictably said Ronald Reagan should be on all denominations, Trump said, “Trump,” and Kasich said, “everybody calm down, make it a woman like my wonderful mother… oh, say Betty Crocker.” Bernie Sanders said “Fidel should be on the $20, and my favorite Marx Brother, Karl, should get the $10.” Did I mention we have a corrupt campaign finance system?” Hillary said, “leave Hamilton alone on the $10, find a suitable LGBT person for the $20, and let’s kick Philanderer Franklin off the $100 and put that Goldman Sachs guy on there. And no, I can’t tell you why.”

Screen shot 2016-04-18 at 10.38.03 AM

15 Years After 9/11, We Can All Go Back To Hating New York Again

The Big Apple had its decade-and-a-half honeymoon. It officially ends Tuesday when Republicans in the Empire State join the enabling masses with an unforgivable, resounding victory for Donald Trump in the New York primary. He’ll falsely, shamelessly, and more obnoxiously than ever declare his gigantic, yuge home-state margin evidence of his overwhelming Screen shot 2016-04-15 at 9.57.32 PMpopularity with all of America.  A margin courtesy of Republicans in a party he says (use 4-year-old voice in back of minivan when sister is touching him) ISN’T FAIR. We’ll have to wait until the general to see him whipped in New York, probably by a girl.  I imagine he makes those insufferable phone calls in the morning to the shows in his pj’s in a Hugh Hefner-like pose but probably looking more like those late-in-the-Screen shot 2016-04-15 at 10.55.33 PMgame hermit shots of Howard Hughes before getting gussied up for the day.

Neanderthal, Originalist Scalia-type thinking does not do justice to the simplistic slop that is Make America Great Again.  Trump and the other two guys and all Republicans running for any office invoke Ronald Reagan and cherrypick his era in office (1981-’89) as the Last Golden Age of America.  Now three decades back, peoples’ memories are quite susceptible to the rote repetition that the 1980’s were FAN-tastic:  we all got along, we all loved Reagan, he beat the Ruskies and made ’em tear down that wall. He cut those mean taxes and the benevolent one-percenters (job creators) created jobs and the prosperity trickled down like soft rain over a happy, burgeoning Melting Pot Middle Class America while no bad terrorist guys would dream of attacking our homeland because the Mighty Reagan scared them so much.  He’d roll over and crush Nancy if he knew a would-be successor’s number one issue is a slightly different take on the wall bit.

It doesn’t appear likely that even though Trump has the best education of anyone ever with his undergraduate degree from Penn that included a few Wharton classes, which he has inflated to make you think he’s a real Wharton business grad— in spite of that pedigree he probably doesn’t realize the basis for his whining that Republican Party rules are designed to screw him adhere perfectly to the founders’ warnings against both parties and mob rule through “pure democracy.”

John Adams: There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

James Madison:  All civilized societies would be divided into different sects, factions, and interests, …of rich and poor, debtors and creditors, … the inhabitants of this district or that district, the followers of this political leader or that political leader, the disciples of this religious sect or that religious sect. In all cases where a majority are united by a common interest or passion, the rights of the minority are in danger.

George Washington: In his farewell speech, he predicted the rise of a Donald Trump, a scourge we have avoided for almost 230 years:

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.

As always, Trump seemingly has a point but plays to the worst, base instincts of the followers.  Bellowing the unfairness of it all, that the guy who gets the most primary votes should automatically be the nominee, previous rules be damned, he sets up what I saw back in June on Day One. It was The Descension Down Screen shot 2016-04-15 at 11.45.14 PMthe Stairs of Trump Tower past the Trump Bar, the Trump Grill, the Trump Cafe and Trump’s Ice Cream Parlor, beside the glass encasements selling Donald Trump neckwear.    That day, the first cards he put on the table were The Mexicans Are Criminals And Rapists, I’m Really Really Rich, I never lose and I will not under any circumstances accept anything less than full capitulation by everyone, everywhere at all times on my way to and while serving as your president.  It’s all about me.

Imagine a year 2000 scenario, where Al Gore won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College to George W. Bush (details notwithstanding). In the end Gore took the highest road and graciously conceded.  He didn’t have to.  It could have been quite ugly in the streets.  Trump is promising to not accept the outcome of the convention if he doesn’t win and threatens violence. Three other times in US history the guy with the most votes didn’t get elected.  The Electoral College Speedbump was put there by the founding fathers on purpose, imperfect as it is.  Political parties long ago decided to erect the barrier of the delegate system, imperfect as it is…. what it is…. a painful cliche that truly applies and could turn out to be America’s last defense against exactly the kind of rich, egomaniacal caudillo-in-waiting like Donald Trump.  But his setup of demanding a popular vote-only criteria for nomination is about to cause the final implosion of the Republican Party and take us where the founders feared most.

No доверяй, No но проверяй Is Sorta, Kinda The Russian Term For Enforcement of Fabulous NC LGBT Law

Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 11.16.02 AM

From the Asheville CitizenTimes:Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 9.51.16 AM

Thank you for asking that question, Wayne.  Just so we know what we’re talking about, let’s turn it over to Yahoo’s Katie Couric:

On Feb. 22, Charlotte passed an ordinance expanding North Carolina’s antidiscrimination laws so that LGBT people would also be granted protection in places of “public accommodation” — which, among other things, would allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of the gender they identify as. This ordinance was to go in effect on April 1.

But in response, at a special session on March 23, North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed and passed the House Bill 2 (HB2) — or the “bathroom bill” — and Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law that same night.

The new law did more than repeal the Charlotte ordinance. It made the state’s law on antidiscrimination — which covers race, religion, national origin, color, age, biological sex and handicaps — the final word. Meaning cities and local governments can’t expand “employment” or “public accommodations” protections to others, such as on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Back to letter-writer Wayne Stanko of Asheville.  His question is so good, so important, and so relevant to the discussion that it seems to have been lost on everyone on all sides.  Let me try to help.    Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 10.19.01 AM

The law in North Carolina will demand that everyone use…. and this is a new, copyrighted term…. their “birth identity bathroom.”  This is determined the first few seconds after you’re born and a confirmed, visual inspection by those present ascertains your sex as male or female.   This is entered on your birth certificate and correspondently which public restrooms and locker rooms you shall be permitted to access for the rest of your natural life.  That decision is not subject to appeal, change, alteration, surgery, emotions, internal struggles, or those so-called gender “identity” issues later in life.  Case closed.  Good day, madam… or sir.

What good is any law if there is no way to enforce it fairly?  NC HB2 is not like speeding, where the cops have and use discretion all the time when you’re over the speed limit, often actually seeing you whiz by. While no one demands all speed laws be repealed because all violators can’t be observed, let alone charged and punished…  we agree they serve a societal purpose in giving us reasonable guidelines on how fast we can safely drive under most conditions.

There surely are tens of thousands of public bathrooms in North Carolina, none of which are or will be patrolled by controlling legal authorities. That a transgender person who feels more comfortable not using his or her “birth identity bathroom” is violating the law will not be the question. Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 11.16.02 AMThat person is a lawbreaker.  Without resorting to bathroom police jokes, letter-writer Wayne Stanko single-handedly destroys the very idea of the law. Will there be a guard outside every restroom in the state checking peoples’ sex organs?  Will there be any guards outside (or inside) of any restroom in North Carolina.  Of course not.

When speaking of relations with the Soviet Union, most notably on nuclear arms control, Ronald Reagan put the Russian proverb, Доверяй но Проверяй, pronounced Doveryai no Proveryai, which means trust, but verify, into common usage.  The North Carolina legislature and its Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 10.47.10 AMgovernor, Pat McCrory, included nothing at all about actual enforcement of this law.  A law that was so important that it needed to be codified practically overnight with no input from anyone in opposition. A slap-dash, instant paste-together job, there was nothing in the law about actual enforcement.  There couldn’t be.  Putting faith in the very transgender and fake transgender men who the law is supposed to stop from using the lady’s room to molest your daughter, sister, or mom, it’s a 100% honor system law.  With more expansion of “if you see something, say something” than you ever thought possible, HB2 turns around the standard conservative line that liberals like to pass meaningless, unenforcible laws that make them feel good.  That’s the umbrella criticism of all attempts at gun control.  The bad guys will never Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 11.18.12 AMgive up their guns and you’re unarmed.  If there are transgender people or fake transgender people hellbent on using public bathroom access to molest and assault, why do the proponents of this law think they will obey it?  No trust, no verify.

Of course, it’s all happening in North Carolina, home of mythical Mayberry, where regular, normal citizens were more than happy to step up and help the cops.  Maybe it can happen again. Barney made that u-turn and BAM, Gomer on the case!

 

Ronald Reagan Repudiates Republican Recalcitrance re: Roberts Court Replacement

Screen shot 2016-02-15 at 3.25.30 PM

We all know that Ronaldus Magnus is the Gold Standard for integrity and presidential greatness.  Here he is in November of 1987 nominating Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court, just a year before the election.  Kennedy would be confirmed 97-0 in February of 1988. If you wish to get to the heart of the matter, go to 4:17 of the clip.

I believe the mood and the time is now right for all Americans in this bicentennial year of the Constitution to join together in a bipartisan effort to fulfill our constitutional obligation of restoring the United States Supreme Court to full strength. By selecting Anthony M. Kennedy, a superbly qualified judge whose fitness for the high court has been remarked upon by leaders of the Senate in both parties, I have sought to ensure the success of that effort.

Reagan concluded his prepared remarks asking the Senate to hold “prompt hearings conducted in the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship,” promising “I’ll do everything in my power as President to assist in that process.”

Screen shot 2016-02-15 at 3.54.26 PM

 

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

 

Trump Has Technical Difficulties

Problems for the GOP frontrunner during one of his (in)famous rallies. This one happened Wednesday in Pensacola

(Betcha that mic was made in…CHINA!)

Let’s go back 36 years when Ronald Wilson Reagan was battling George Herbert Walker Bush for the Republican nomination

So, yes, ahead, of Thursday’s GOP debate in South Carolina, I am accusing Donald Trump of orchestrating some microphone drama to make himself look more Reagan-esque. A lot of people don’t remember the Reagan thing, so his campaign will feed the comparison to various media types who are friendly to Trump (or use social media, which Mr. Trump is famously adept at using)

Problem is, Reagan was all about tearing down a wall and Trump is DYING to build a MASSIVE one

Maybe Trump’s private plane will have some problems flying into Charleston and he can threaten to fire the air traffic controllers. Maybe he can develop an affinity for jellybeans. Maybe Melania can start consulting astrologers

But, getting tough with the sound guy doesn’t make you Reagan