Hello, Cleveland! No Cavalier-Sized Victory Parade Scheduled For Trump This Week.


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One thing that is a 100% sure bet:  The Republican Convention in Cleveland will draw the highest television ratings we’ve seen in our lifetimes.  Why wouldn’t it?  Trump’s Delusion…. that he’ll actually be elected president… makes its last stand in a totally controlled environment this week.  When the Nielsens come in huge he’ll predictably brag about them and add the rating number to the insufferably boring recitation of the victorious glory days of primaries past he spits out, from memory, to kill 40% of the time at his rallies.

Speaking of controlled environments, I was in Cleveland over the Fourth of July weekend and one of my lifetime complaints has been addressed Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 10.59.44 AMthere: smoking in casinos.  I wondered if I was the only person in the world who liked to play blackjack but hated smoking and the smell of the casino.  The Jack Casino in downtown Cleveland is smoke-free. Delightful. Las Vegas made the calculation years ago that the connection between smoking and gambling was too strong to risk banning it.  Risk what?  That people just won’t gamble, or gamble as much if they can’t smoke for a few minutes or hours at the Bellagio?  That always made as much sense as the fake warnings airlines issued when it was suggested flying become smoke-free. (the law officially changed in 1990) Nervous flyer-smokers were supposedly being denied their Constitutional rights, would stop flying and the airline business would come to an unprofitable end.  Try telling someone under 40 that at one time you could smoke on an airplane.  They won’t believe you.

“Sincerity – if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

That stolen George Burns/Groucho Marx quote appears to be what will decide this presidential election that eclipses all others in having two candidates with such high negatives, albeit for different reasons.  If you’re an undecided voter, you need to consider whether you think that the past, horrible or allegedly horrible things that the candidates have done in their public and business lives are likely to be a replicable roadmap to their behavior as president.  Or, are the most egregious errors that will be pointed out simply unfair exaggerations that can always be countered with, “yea, but what about?…..”

No matter what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did regarding her cavalier attitude towards email security, do you believe she’d actually try to continue to have a private server as President Hillary Clinton, caring so little about state secrets that she’d continue her careless ways unabated… she must hate America even more than Barack Obama?  If not and you think that last sentence was written by Sean Hannity, then she should get your vote.  If you don’t think she went on a 15-hour bender, sleeping through the Benghazi disaster, only to wake up for 3 minutes to call off the readily available troops to rescue Chris Stevens and company, then she should get your vote.  If you think the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy outweighs Hillary Clinton’s own personal foibles and insecurities, she should get your vote.

If you don’t believe that Donald Trump stiffs his contractors and workers, trying to negotiate them down, he should get your vote…  if you don’t believe that in 2006 he started Trump Mortgage specifically to become a lending slumlord, read this: Cleveland’s Pain Was Donald Trump’s Gain.

A deeply reported story on NextCity.org from local writer Dan McGraw looks at how the Republican Party is about to nominate in Cleveland a man who encouraged investors to exploit the foreclosure crisis. Donald Trump “once sold subprime mortgages through a short-lived venture called Trump Mortgages and taught America, through a for-profit education company he founded called Trump University, how to profit from foreclosures,” the story notes. In the same year that Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland lost 783 homes to foreclosure, Trump University “was running ads with a picture of its founding namesake and the message, ‘Investors Nationwide are Making Millions in Foreclosures … And So Can You!,’ ” McGraw writes.

If you think the above is malarkey, vote for Trump.  If you believe his explanation on why he, allegedly the richest guy to ever be a nominee, refuses to release his tax returns (it’s not the law that he has to…. he’s under audit… the Yankees lost 3 in a row….)…. if you don’t care that his returns would show how little he’s ever given to charity, how much lower his yearly income is than would be typical of someone of his alleged net worth, how little in actual income tax he has been paying…. that he hypocritically demanded the VP-Political Apprentice candidates show him their returns…. then vote for Trump.


My macro-confidence grows over some things that have always stuck out, for me, about Trump.  He is the richest, most brilliant businessman guy I’ve ever seen who has never produced one person who has said, “he made me rich.” Every other mogul spawns disciples.  The real people who’ve had any kind of financial dealings with Trump, directly or indirectly, seem to be people he’s ripped off and destroyed through schemes and scams over the decades. The tax return thing is so far beyond inexcusable that it cannot be explained away.  And picking Mike Pence to show what a Team Unity Player he is should be seen as the transparent, ultimate flip-flop that it is.  The establishment Republicans can like me…. they can really like me!

Here are some key words for the Republican Convention Drinking Game: God, Obamacare, 35%, Mexico, China, the blacks, the Hispanics, women, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, bathrooms, Second Amendment, tennis balls, law and order, Benghazi, Lyin Hillary, Radical Islamic Terrorism, Obama, Nobama, Lebron, apologize, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, dishonest, illegal alien, Cleveland Orchestra, Republican Party, Titanic.  Enjoy the show!

Why Brits and US Republicans Should Just STFU About Obama’s Brexit Stand



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I have no idea how this important vote will go.  Passionate views about immigration, Muslims, Britishness, sovereignty, borders, assimilation or lack of it…. the issues revolving around whether Britain should stay in the European Union or should it go touch every third rail ever forged.  It’s their choice.

The President of the United States, not surprisingly, has an opinion on which way he would like the vote to turn out. Back in April, he appeared alongside Prime Minister David Cameron urging stay, and even penned a column in the UK Telegraph that was titled: Barack Obama: As your friend, let me say that the EU makes Britain even greater that began this way:

“In 1939, President Franklin D Roosevelt offered a toast to King George VI in the White House. “I am persuaded that the greatest single contribution our two countries have been enabled to make to civilisation, and to the welfare of peoples throughout the world,” he said, “is the example we have jointly set by our manner of conducting relations between our two nations.”

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Not surprisingly, the first polls taken after the president’s “intervention” in British domestic affairs (having an opinion qualified as intervention for the purposes of public opinion polling) showed backlash movement against Obama’s urging to stay in the Union and anywhere from 55-60% disapproval that he even would render a public view in the first place. How dare he, of course. This may have been payback, 52 years in waiting, for the negative reviews seen here when the Beatles first arrived in America in 1964.  World-renowned rightwing music critic William F. Buckley had written in September of that year: The Beatles are not merely awful; I would consider it sacrilegious to say anything less than that they are god awful. They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music, even as the imposter popes went down in history as “anti-popes.”  

Even more not surprisingly, Republicans lectured President Obama for his unpresidential, out-of-line, possibly illegal, maybe impeachable-offense-level buttinsky tactics. On Monday 6/20, the Hill reported that…

Senators Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah) and Jeff Sessions (Alabama) warned the President in a Monday letter not to try to influence Great Britain’s Thursday referendum to stay in the EU or leave, dubbed the Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 10.12.39 AM“Brexit.” The senators wrote that the U.S. should take “no official position” on the referendum, objecting to comments Obama made about it in April.“Regardless of the outcome of the United Kingdom’s referendum,” the senators wrote, “we firmly believe that the United States and the United Kingdom should continue to work closely together for the benefit of all.”

Just how upset were those three Senators when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited over-the-head of the President to lobby the US Congress about the Iran nuclear deal?  Not very.  In fact, they were thrilled.  Was Netanyahu’s an “official position,” that could be construed as intervention in our domestic politics?  The answer is that of course Netanyahu was trying to influence the congressional vote… he did nothing illegal.. he was allowed to have an opinion… but ultimately failed and the deal went through.  Same rules apply to the President of the United States being perfectly within his rights to opine on the crucial Brexit vote.  So the Obama Double Standard stands…. and is not to be defied by any Republican Senator, ever. Let the hypocrisy and disrespect drip all the way to January 20, 2017.

In the end, no matter the outcome of the vote, we’ll be by the Brits’ side and they will be by ours.  As we were 75 years ago in WWII.

The British hardly have clean hands here.  Hang in with me. Much of the current American voter anger, strife, racial animus, and distrust of government goes far back in American History. You could even make the case that Donald Trump is the living embodiment of every divisive grievance you can think of, rolled into one, going back hundreds of years…..  that brings us to the US Civil War, more than 150 years ago.  Military History Monthly reminds us that

“When the South seceded in early 1861, it possessed at most 10% of the industrial base of the former Union. The young Confederacy would go on to make heroic efforts to create an industrial base, but even at its best could produce only a small fraction of the needs of a nation at war.

‘How, then, did the Confederacy fight on so long and bitterly? The output of British factories, mills, shipyards, and arsenals flooded through the Union blockade of Southern ports to provide the bulk of Confederate needs. Without that massive support, the Confederacy would surely have collapsed within 12 to 18 months. Given that the bloodiest years of the war were 1863-1865, it was British material support that allowed the vast majority of the blood-letting to occur.”

It could be just me, but I consider British military and industrial support for the South in the Civil War just a bit more explicit and interventionist than a politician, even a president, merely having an opinion on an upcoming vote.  It took Teddy Roosevelt, some 50 years later, to put the Civil War animosity to bed, forging the partnership we’ve had for more than 100 years.  Let the Brexit fish and chips fall where they may.



Statistically, Government Redistribution Of Firearms Would Make Us Safer. It’s Just A Fact. No It Isn’t.


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In the wake of the Orlando Massacre, the only sure bet you can make is that more guns will be sold, fattening the coffers of gun manufacturers. Meaningful gun-control legislation?  Fuggetaboutit. Not while the NRA is still breathing and a sizable enough slice of America thinks the Federal Government will round up all 300 million-plus guns in America and melt them down, turning them into a giant Statue of Anti-Liberty (Barack Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 10.25.55 AMObama) which will reside next to the lady herself in New York Harbor. Less than seven months left in office for Obama’s jack-booted thugs to grab the guns, making it easier for his successor, Donald Trump, to round up the disarmed, then-compliant 11 million-plus illegals for their homeward boundiness (new word!). You might actually think there’s a conspiracy here…. that it’s all one, big, evil plan to… who knows?  I never detect an endgame reason why this kind of stuff will happen and who ultimately benefits. I simply hear it somewhere, like Trump hears things.  It’s just in the case of guns, no one person has ever done more to stimulate sales by his very existence than President Obama. He’s always been the Scary Black Guy Who’ll Erase The Second Amendment With His Pen. I’d give anything to hear what the executives of the gun manufacturers, thriving like never before, really say about their love for chaos, political unrest, mass shootings, and American Paranoia. Gunmaker Smith & Wesson isn’t ready to admit that the Orlando shooting is huge for sales

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Why anyone would want to be president is beyond me.  It’s way more dangerous than being a cop or a coal miner or a soldier.

Assassination attempts and plots on Presidents of the United States have been numerous: more than 20 attempts to kill sitting and former presidents, as well as the Presidents-elect, are known. Four sitting presidents have been killed, all of them by gunshot: Abraham Lincoln (the 16th President), James A. Garfield (the 20th President), William McKinley (the 25th President) and John F. Kennedy (the 35th President). Two presidents were injured in attempted assassinations, also by gunshot: Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th President) and Ronald Reagan (the 40th President). With the exception of Lyndon Johnson, every president’s life since John F. Kennedy has been threatened with assassination.

Being in Congress is statistically less dangerous than being president, although Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in Tucson in 2011.  Before that, in reverse order were Larry McDonald of Georgia, who died in 1983 on the Korean Air Lines Flight 007 which was shot down over the Sea of Japan— California’s Leo Ryan in 1978, who was on an official visit to Guyana to investigate the activities of the Peoples Temple group led by Jim Jones. Ryan was shot multiple times while boarding an airplane leaving Jonestown— then back to June of 1968 and the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after giving a speech following his California primary win; he died about 25 hours later.

It took RFK’s murder to give Lyndon Johnson the clout to get the relatively mild Gun Control Act of 1968 passed.  It didn’t do much, but it was something, and did restrict the kind of mail-order sales that Lee Harvey Oswald and Ted Cruz’s father used to obtain the rifle used kill John F. Kennedy five years earlier.  All these years later and I’m not sure that anything passed dealing with mail order hasn’t been totally made irrelevant by internet sales of guns, no matter what restrictions apply.  A good history of that 1968 moment of legislation is right here … how it laid the groundwork for the repeat-cycle of shooting/vigil/back and forth on guns/mental illness/Second Amendment/ NRA/blame the shooter only/merry-go-round we can’t escape.

More recently, it’s always noted as a main talking point by gun fans that almost without exception, mass shootings in theaters, schools, churches and other public gathering places are “gun-free zones.”  It then follows that had people been armed like the shooter, the shooter would have been stopped sooner, fewer people would get killed in the shootout, and just the knowledge that others were likely similarly armed would have probably discouraged the shooter/terrorist in the first place.  It’s the Good Guys With Guns Make Us Safer Theory, which law enforcement thinks is stupid, but that doesn’t stop the mythology.  Orlando massacre lays to rest NRA’s ‘good man with gun’ defense

Accepting the possibility of a grain of truth in the proposition…putting aside counter-arguments that even trained-officers are barely able to hit the target in mass mayhem, even if they positively identify the target…. we must face the real problem:

Gun Ownership Inequality: Too Many Guns In Too Few Hands; Too Many Hands With No Guns

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If they’re selling way more guns than ever before…. and I mean way more guns as we saw earlier… and the percentage of households with guns keeps dropping at the same time…. that can only mean that the excess supply is mostly going to the same or decreasing percentage of the overall population.  The gun rich are getting richer.  If that chart above were a stock, the 40-year trend would be unmistakable: sell.  Get out. That’s an unbreakable, unmistakable downtrend that even with increased sales overall, there is a four-decade decline in what percentage of people actually own guns.  So, in any mass shooting situation, you’re statistically less likely to be lucky enough to be near a good guy with a gun.  It does you no good that the one-third of people who own guns have 12 of them at home and you don’t have even one.  It’s not fair.  It’s time for government redistribution of guns.  Not confiscation.  Just redistribution for everyone’s safety.  It’s a crisis! Eight percent of those gun owners (or two percent of American adults) can claim an arsenal of 10 or more firearms, while 25 percent own five or more guns.

Over 6 Million Americans Own 10 or More Guns

An argument against forced taxation is just that: It’s taxation with the force of government behind it.  Most of us accept that as one of the prices we pay for living in the United States, and it truly is the redistribution of wealth.  The argument always gets down to who and what should be the recipients of the redistribution.  The army, the parks, the retired, the building of highways and airports… the list is endless. I don’t see for a second the problem with sharing the gun wealth, either.  The Second Amendment doesn’t read “The right of some of the people to not keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  Let’s get busy here.  Infringement for the good of the people!

The Redistribution of Guns Act of 2017.  I know…. not gonna happen.  I don’t even think the actual assassination of one of the two remaining candidates or their family members would change minds.  The Economist wrote this after Charleston in 2015:

Those who live in America, or visit it, might do best to regard them (mass killings) the way one regards air pollution in China: an endemic local health hazard which, for deep-rooted cultural, social, economic and political reasons, the country is incapable of addressing. This may, however, be a bit unfair. China seems to be making progress on pollution….

To which the all-guns-no-controls-all-the-time crowd will gleefully point out: “yea, British Brexit Boys, your own tight gun control country just saw one of its Parliament members shot to death. Don’t lecture us!”

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Celebrity Birthdays for June 14, Steffi Graf turns 47, Boy George turns 55, Donald Trump hits 70!

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Donald spent his 70th birthday (which he noticeably DIDN’T brag about) in Greensboro on Tuesday. Like a political Zika virus, all elected officials above the level of Dog Poop Supervisor avoided being seen with him. Since this appearance was in my town, I steeled myself and decided to watch the entire disjointed mess of this particular Trump “speech,” the usual stringing together of the same, tired nuggets of insult and disinformative distortions and lies that have collected in this greatest brain ever over the past year of campaigning. The only difference right now compared to his other same-old recitations is the noticeable lack of bragging about the polls, because now they have turned against him, big time. But the Washington Post is in the polling business and he did courageously and heroically kick out their reporters from traveling with him because they wrote a headline he didn’t like. Somewhere Saddam Hussein is smiling.
How someone attending a Trump rally these days doesn’t feel a bit cheated is beyond me. I may be offbase here, as the fans apparently show up across the country to hear the oldies, barely noticing the new songs. Trump’s inept, off-rhythm, inexplicable lyric recitation of the minor sixties song, “The Snake,” kills 3-4 minutes and surely leaves most of the attendees stunned and bored. Maybe he and William Shatner can record together as the Axis of Tonedeaf. Back to the reminders that Hillary will, by dictum, end the Second Amendment and take your gun, Obama’s the worst, and Mexico’s ex-president now WANTS to build a wall and WANTS to pay for it…. the usual. Oh, and Trump’s x-ray vision will destroy ISIS, the radical Islamic terrorists, the words that Hillary won’t speak except she already did. So did the incumbent Collaborator in Chief.
My new drinking game while sitting through a Trump Speech is called, “Spot the FRESH Lie.” The old ones are always there, but a new one…. now that’s special. Since it was his birthday…. his 70th birthday…. oops I mentioned that already…. he clumsily charged practically the entire US Military in Iraq of being on the take and stealing cash.
“Iraq, crooked as hell. How about bringing baskets of money — millions and millions of dollars — and handing it out?,” Trump said at an evening rally. “I want to know who were the soldiers that had that job, because I think they’re living very well right now, whoever they may be.”
Who better to know about ripping off undeserved money from, in his case, “students” at his “university,” …. in the military’s case from taxpayers…. than Donald J. Trump, Chancellor and President of Trump “U?”
Here’s the great part of the story. The Man Who Never Apologizes because he’s never wrong, quickly did a 180 on this later and tried, as he always does, to get out of it by lying against video evidence… telling you he was talking about the corruption of Iraqi soldiers, not Americans. No, he clearly wasn’t, as this :26 clip demonstrates.
He said no such thing about Iraqis. But ironically, he’s actually right that many American troops have been nailed through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts. For once, he had the facts on his side but presented them so badly that he attempted to backtrack where he shouldn’t have had to. More here. If Trump ever becomes an even remotely disciplined candidate he’ll be dangerous. For now, he remains in full control of the Republican Wheel of Misfortune, driving himself and his hostages over the cliff.

Obama Resigns…. Cites Trump’s Post-Orlando Tweeted Demand That He Quit As Main Reason



Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.42.58 AMWashington, DC (AP)– The United States awoke to remarkable news on Monday.  Barack Obama resigned as President of the United States late Sunday night, making him only the second president to do so.  While not admitting he’d broken any laws or would have been likely impeached due to the high crimes or misdemeanors clause of the Constitution, Obama’s statement of resignation acknowledged this:

After thinking it over following the tragic events in Orlando and Donald Trump’s thoughtful demand, I am resigning the presidency of the United States.  Joe Biden will immediately take over but will accede to all commands and wishes from our next president, Donald J. Trump.  I saw this tweet on Sunday and decided Mr. Trump was so right, I had to do what was best for the country.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.50.07 AMGoing back through my speeches and public utterances through the years, it became obvious that I had not used the exact, precise language that Mr. Trump demands.  Imagine how great it will be in the future to have a president who says those words, over and over again.  A president who tweets them out with confidence and strength, instead of avoiding them as I have, thinking wrongly that it would give strength and even more credibility and purpose to the radical Islamic terrorists in their recruiting efforts.  Ooops, I accidentally said it. But I didn’t mean it…. I was just using it to describe what I’m supposed to say but I didn’t really say it.

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That’s the man who has shown himself a great arbiter of what is and what isn’t racism.  I wonder if she’s become a Redskins fan since relocating to DC as a senator.

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Thanks, Trump. This went out at 5:07am Sunday.  Get some sleep.  No, really.  At that point he surely thought this was “taking the high road.”

3. He interrupted himself soon after to get back on to a pointless point that, of course, was a 100% lie.

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The ad was completely true.  We’ve all seen Trump flailing his arms mocking Serge Kovaleski of the New York Times last fall.

4. Finally, he shifted into high demagogic gear, and demonstrated that there really may be something called Trump Tourettes Syndrome.  It’s when you can’t help just spitting out your personal idiocy to the world.  Britt calls Twitter “an intelligence test.”

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Like Nixon’s secret plan to end the Vietnam War, Trump tempts us with “tough, smart & vigilant.”  Words that really mean nothing and cost even less.  He then accepts congratulations he says he really didn’t want.  But then, no one was really offering them to him.  Followed by the statement that “tough, smart, and vigilant” means saying the magic words, “radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump fires Obama, just like on his tv show.   That final dessert tweet is another totally irresponsible retweet, as Mediaite reports that “no law enforcement officials have confirmed that the gunman yelled “Allah hu Akbar” during the attack. In addition, the LA Times reported that law enforcement do not believe that the man arrested near the Los Angeles parade was connected to the Orlando shooting.  Sebastian Gorka sent out the original tweet that Trump appeared to have copied. According to an April Buzzfeed report, Gorka is a former Breitbart news national security editor and was paid $8,000 by the Trump campaign for “policy consulting.” He reportedly owns a national security consulting group.”

Back after the weekend to the safety and security of Fox and Friends, Donald Trump got back to his roots, as Wonkette chronicled:

On Monday morning, he accused the President of being in cahoots with ISIS. “He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,” Trump told the gang over at Fox and Friends “And either one is unacceptable.”

This is hardly the first time that Donald Trump has accused the President of being a Secret Muslin who actually LOVES terrorism, having previously suggested that his Secret Muslin identity may be the reason he wouldn’t give Donald Trump his long-form birth certificate.

Those of us who live in Greensboro, NC just can’t wait until Tuesday for this statesman to hold a rally.  It will be in the same facility that Bruce Springsteen would have played in had he not cancelled due to NC’s stupid HB2 “Bathroom Bill.”  Maybe Trump can rework a Bruce song to include both the Mexican Judge and Orlando Afghan Terrorist… Each “Born in the USA, Now What?”


Trump Caught In Lie Again: Told Megyn His Favorite Movie Was “Citizen Kane.” Evidence Points to “Scarface.” Believe It.


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I first saw Scarface when it opened on Christmas Day, 2003.  Ever since then, I’ll catch 15 or 20 minutes when it pops up, as it continually does, on tv.  No real need to watch the whole thing.  In case you haven’t seen it, Al Pacino (Tony Montana) swims 90 miles from Cuba, fighting off sharks, and comes ashore at the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach.  Tony deals drugs, his sister gets mad at him, he becomes the South Florida Cocaine King, and is so enamored with himself that he buys a big house and literally kills anyone who looks at him wrong or messes with his business. That’s about it, isn’t it?

I’ve always kind of thought of Scarface as cartoonish and exhibit A of a trademark over-the-top Pacino yelling/performance.  Amazingly though, it’s grown to be taken more seriously over the years and has found its way into rap music and video games. Even Martin Scorsese himself has praised it.  I’m not sure why. WHY SCARFACE’S CRITICS WERE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. IT’S AWFUL

Nonetheless, it’s a work of fiction.  It was not designed to be blueprint on how succeed in business without really dying or anything of the sort.  But the non-stop bombast, the public self-assurance, the threat to destroy anyone who doesn’t 100% support or even just disagrees with Tony Montana looks exactly the way Donald J. Trump is steamrolling his path to the doorstep of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Tony Montana was not a practitioner, but should have been, of Praeteritio, a word I was not familiar with until I was researching Trump’s sickening, deliberate habit of saying something by saying that he’s not going to say it.  Praeteritio is the term that describes this tactic stolen from 8-year-olds and Cicero.   Back in December,  of Slate.com described it this way:

Let’s talk about Trump’s rhetoric. No, we’re not going to talk about how he called Mexican immigrants “rapists and criminals,” or prisoners of war “losers.” And we’re definitely not going to remind you how he imitated a disabled reporter. No, we’re not going to mention those moments, because we wouldn’t do that. We are, however, going to talk about Trump’s favorite rhetorical tactic.

Praeteritio is the act of saying something by saying that you’re not going to say it. Like, for instance, when Trump calls Rubio a lightweight by saying “I’m not going to call him a lightweight, because I think that’s a derogatory term.” It’s a rhetorical device as old as political rhetoric itself, once proudly wielded by Cicero, who often “refused to mention” the various crimes committed by Catiline and his supporters.

As with Cicero, Trump uses praeteritio to insult his opponents while also suggesting he’s the kind of guy who’s above insulting his opponents. It’s a neat trick.

We now face another six months of the nominee talking about not talking about things he just doesn’t want to talk about.  He reminded us early in the week that he didn’t want to talk about how some people say Vince Foster was killed by the Clintons. But let me note that, among the thousands of things Trump has gotten away with… and please, no “but what about Hillary’s email scandal she’s getting away with?”… as if she’s getting away with anything here…. On Thursday, May 25, when the President said while in Japan that Trump was “rattling world leaders,” Trump’s Full-Threat Tony Montana response included this: “He shouldn’t be airing what he’s airing where he is right now and I think you’re going to see it stop pretty soon.”  What’s being said there?  What does that mean, “you’re going to see it stop pretty soon?”  Was that a Trump presidential-style polite reminder that Barack Obama only has 8 months left in office so by definition he won’t have the stage to say those kind of mean, nasty things anymore?  President/Caudillo-in-waiting Trump will now declare Obama officially a Muslim and ban him from re-entering the country? Maybe he’s speaking of violent removal from office “pretty soon?” Maybe the Trump Air Force will shoot down Obama’s plane.  That would shut him up. Maybe, as always, I’m just being overly sensitive and am too stupid to understand the bonding and coding that Donald Trump has with his unshakable supporters who know they are supporting the most brilliant, generous, thoughtful, trustworthy person who’s 100% on their side against the World.

Me?  I see it differently. I see Trump, the guy who has consistently said for 30+ years he’d only run if things got so bad that while looking in the mirror he saw himself as the only savior of the United States.  He’s seen that, and coupled that with his belief he can destroy the American village to save it.

He’s only in it to win it as he redefines The Ends Justify The Means.  I would not want to be the folks who deliver him bad news election night that all is lost while he’s on the 39th floor of Trump Tower taking it all in.

Raul Castro’s Shopworn Zinger On Lack of U.S. Universal Healthcare Proven True In NC


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While President Obama was scoping out some quality beachfront property in Cuba this week, he took some time to also visit with President Raul Castro.  Raul, clearly uncomfortable with anyone ever asking him a question about anything, was, however, ready when the subject of political prisoners and human rights in his Communist dictatorship came up. “What political prisoners? Give me a name or names,” Castro said in response to Jim Acosta’s (CNN) question on why the prisoners have not been released. “After this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners, and if we have those political prisoners, they will be released before tonight ends.”  Oh, so that’s been the problem for 55 years?  We keep forgetting to give them the list.  Screen shot 2016-03-22 at 11.02.06 AM


National Review reports that Raul then went to the chalk, going after America over human rights, its trade embargo with Cuba, its “illegal occupation” of Guantanamo Bay, its “inconceivable” failure to provide free food, health-care, and social security.  Non-Citizen/Marxist Sympathizer/Commie Bedwetter/Red Diaper-Doper Baby Illegal President Obama responded that he “personally would not disagree” with his many of those criticisms.  Forgetting and never actually believing in American Exceptionalism and how perfect the U.S. is, except when Trump says everything sucks and doesn’t work, Obama caved, “President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure everybody’s getting a decent education or health care, has basic security in old age, that those things are human rights as well,” Obama said. ”I personally would not disagree with that.” 

Meanwhile, back in the actual USA, this letter appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer on Sunday, March 20.  North Carolina is one of those “Medical Miracle” states run by a Republican Governor and legislature…

Doctor: My patient is dead, but at least N.C. taxpayers saved money

I had the pleasure of taking care of a North Carolina constituent recently. She is in her early 60s with severe heart failure acquired as a genetic abnormality. She works in a small diner here and makes $9,000 a year. She needs a defibrillator, which costs from $50,000 to $80,000.

She does not have health insurance since she cannot afford to buy on the open market. She tried the Affordable Care Act. The cutoff is above her pay so she is not eligible. Since Republican lawmakers are fiscally responsible, she understands why they rejected money that was coming from Washington to expand Medicaid. After all, they have to do what is best for the people in other states that expanded Medicaid or what is best for their friends in the insurance and pharmaceutical industry.

She fully supports GOP policies because, after all, what is one life worth? She also understands that the general Republican thought that Medicaid expansion is a Democratic socialist ploy had nothing to do with why they did not adopt it.

I regret to inform you that she died a few days ago. I am pretty sure she and her family are thankful to Republicans for saving all this money. She totally understands the position that the cheapest patient is a dead patient.



Occasional Trump Dump 03/16/16

I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things

–DJT on who he consults re foreign policy

THE BIG NEWS: One day after killing it in IL, NC, FL, and MO, Our Hero was back on the attack. Trump said that if the GOP Establishment™ screws him out of the party’s nomination, there will be blood in the streets

In fact one of Trump’s supporters said there would be riots if Trump didn’t win the nomination at the convention, though riots themselves “aren’t necessarily a bad thing.”

“If it means because it’s in there fighting the fact that our establishment Republican party has gone corrupt and decided to ignore the voice of the people and ignore the process,” Trump supporter Scottie Neil Hughes told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday

Sure. Those positive riots in Chicago in 1968 were a fantastic travelogue for the Windy City. People who craved beatings boosted tourism to the Windy City™ 178%. And that wacky Chicago Seven™ trial was such a hoot and a welcome sideshow for America

The line between funny and sad has always been a thin one, but I believe we’ve long since decimated that sucker

The Economist Intelligence Unit warns that a Trump presidency could mean worldwide disaster

A British research organization has warned that a Donald Trump presidency could have a dangerous impact on the world economy, increasing the potential of Islamic terror attacks and of a trade war with Mexico and China.

The Economist Intelligence Unit released its updated global risk assessment, ranking the election of Trump a 12 on a scale of one to 25 — the same number it assigned to the possibility that jihadi terrorism would destabilize the global economy

So, the (allegedly violent) Muslims that Trump wants to keep out of the country would cause as much damage as he would. Super. Does this mean he’d ban himself (temporarily) from entering the U.S.? Gosh, I hope so

On Trump’s instagram, he released this beauty today

Is this what we want for a President?

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

Please, Lord: Someone beat the crap out of his instagram. I’ll even pay the legal bills

It does bring up the question: What if Hitler had been able to use social media? Would his reign of terror have started sooner? Ended later? Doesn’t all of this point to a horrible job of parenting by his mother and father? At what point did they just declare young Donnie “hopeless” and decided to let him become a huge asshole? Was there a moment where he could have been saved?

PBS inadvertently exposes Trump supporters sporting spiffy white supremacy tattoos


That 88 on her left hand doesn’t mean she graduated from high school in 1988. Apparently, it’s white supremacist code for “Heil Hitler” (H being the 8th letter of the alphabet, so H twice is HH or Heil Hitler)

Thhhhhheeeesssee are the people in your neighborhood…

But, it’s okay because, as Samantha Bee found out from Trump supporters, the white supremacists love America, too, and it’s okay for them to support Trump because everyone can come together on their love for America


(I cued it up to the pertinent portion, but you should peruse the whole thing. It’s terrific…and terrifying)

Those deputies in NC who jumped on the victim of an assault at a Trump rally on 3/9 were disciplined today

Latinos are getting naturalized so they can stop Trump

Figures from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services show a 14.5% jump in naturalization applications in June-December of 2015 compared with the same six months in the previous year. Federal data does not break down those applications by race, but grass-roots organizations, like the Florida Immigrant Coalition, say their naturalization drives across their swing state are filled primarily by Latinos.

“They feel very unsafe with his words,” said Florida Immigrant Coalition spokesman Ivan Parra. “They want to be respected. For them, it is an emergency.”

What a delicious irony! People becoming legal, inspired to stop the very man who slandered them. Quick! How do you say “TAKE YOUR WALL AND SHOVE IT” in Spanish? I gotta get that printed on a t-shirt

Florida Governor Bat Boy Rick Scott endorsed The Donald today

More on DJT’s preference for well-done meat

A gray, rock hard piece of once beautiful flesh. Once, full of promise, now, the carcass is a pitiful reminder of what it could have been

Was I too “on the nose” with that one?

B&B Podcast 03/16/16

Obama picks the perfect nominee for the Supreme Court

B&B Podcast 03/14/16

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