Monday, March 11, 2019

Silly Stuff

Sometimes it’s worth it to note little things that just point out the fact that humans have the capacity to be amazingly silly and make you wonder if this is where Darwin thought we were heading.

First up is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who is supposed to be the GOP and therefore the Trump administration’s point man on what’s going on in Venezuela.  And why not?  He’s Hispanic, he allegedly speaks Spanish, and so by their logic he should be the one to interpret for us gringos what’s really going on there.

Per his Twitter feed, Mr. Rubio is outraged that a German dam was sabotaged causing the massive power failure in Caracas and putting lives at risk.  Except that Germán Dam is a journalist in Venezuela who was covering the story.  (“Germán” is the Spanish spelling of the name “Herman.”)

Okay, thanks Mr. Point-man.

And then there’s Tucker Carlson, defender of all that is white and right in America, going after women for being, well, women.

Between 2006 and 2011, Tucker Carlson spent approximately an hour a week calling in to Bubba the Love Sponge, a popular shock jock radio program where he spoke with the hosts about a variety of cultural and political topics in sometimes-vulgar terms. During those conversations, Carlson diminished the actions of Warren Jeffs, then on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list for his involvement in arranging illegal marriages between adults and underage girls, talked about sex and young girls, and defended statutory rape.

Carlson, who was hired by Fox News in 2009, also used sexist language to talk about women, including then-co-workers at NBC and public figures. He referred to Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis Stewart as “cunty,” called journalist Arianna Huffington a “pig,” and labeled Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.” He also said that women enjoy being told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told” and that they are “extremely primitive.”

Anywhere else in the real world, he’d be hung out to dry and fired.  But since he works for Fox News, he’ll probably be promoted to White House Director of Communications.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Socially Awkward

I didn’t watch any of the funeral ceremonies for George H.W. Bush yesterday, but I did see that when Trump showed up there was a rather awkward moment when he took his seat next in the front pew next to the Obamas, Clintons, and Carters.

Trump was in the company of all his living predecessors for the first time Wednesday, and the encounter was plainly uncomfortable. By 10:49 a.m., when Trump and first lady Melania Trump stepped into the cathedral, a cool hush had come over the pews filled by American dignitaries and foreign leaders, past and present. Trump handed his black overcoat to a military aide and took his seat on the aisle next to his wife, with three past presidents and first ladies seated to her side.

First was the president Trump said was illegitimate (Barack Obama); then the first lady he called a profligate spender of taxpayer dollars (Michelle Obama); then the president he called the worst abuser of women (Bill Clinton); then the first lady and secretary of state he said should be in jail (Hillary Clinton); and then the president he said was the second-worst behind Obama (Jimmy Carter) and his wife, Rosalynn.

The Trumps and the Obamas greeted each other brusquely, but only Melania Trump reached over to shake hands with Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton did not acknowledge the Trumps, keeping her gaze straight ahead as if determined not to make eye contact with the man who continues, two years after the 2016 election, to inspire “Lock her up!” chants at his rallies.

Body language speaks volumes.

Monday, December 3, 2018

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Bad Trip

Maureen Dowd got stoned in Denver and writes about it.

The caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars I used to love as a child.

Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more. I figured if I was reporting on the social revolution rocking Colorado in January, the giddy culmination of pot Prohibition, I should try a taste of legal, edible pot from a local shop.

What could go wrong with a bite or two?

Everything, as it turned out.

That explains a lot.

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Catching Up

Thanks to Bob and the Old Professor for a swell party last night: lots of friends from all sorts of places; theatre, the car club, school.  And the food was great and plentiful.

Some news items that caught my attention this morning:

– The passengers aboard the sight-seeing ship to Antarctica that got stuck in the ice on Christmas Eve have been taken off via helicopter.  There wasn’t a risk of it turning into the Donner Party; the ship had plenty of provisions, but I’ll bet they got tired of watching the live version of Happy Feet over and over.

– Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has temporarily blocked the implementation of the Obamacare contraception mandate for religious-based organizations.  No, this does not apply to Hobby Lobby.

– The Northeast and New England is bracing for another heavy snowstorm and very cold temperatures.

– A federal court has permanently blocked the implementation of one of Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign promises: mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients.

– People lined up around the block all over Colorado to buy marijuana legally sold for recreational use for the first time.

– The fecal matter is impacting the ventilating device for the people involved in the George Washington Bridge lane closure incident, and starting to land on the shoes of Gov. Christie.

– The Morning Joe crew is still a bunch of Villager chin-strokers even without their eponymous host.

What are you doing today?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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