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Randy Interviews AG "Roseanne" Barr



tRump on reading the Constitution: "It's like a foreign language."

Vanity Fair shared an excerpt from the book, A Very Stable Genius:

"While being filmed for a documentary, the president stumbled through his chosen passage, taking his frustration out on everyone around him, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig write...

"With LED lights on stilts in front of him, Trump took his seat. “You’re lucky you got the easy part,” (director Alexandra) Pelosi (daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) told him cheerfully. “It gets complicated after this.” But the president stumbled, trying to get out the words in the arcane, stilted form the founding fathers had written. Trump grew irritated. “It’s very hard to do because of the language here,” Trump told the crew. “It’s very hard to get through that whole thing without a stumble.” He added, “It’s like a different language, right?” The cameraman tried to calm Trump, telling him it was no big deal, to take a moment and start over. Trump tried again, but again remarked, “It’s like a foreign language.”

"The section, like many parts of the Constitution, was slightly awkward—an anachronistic arrangement of words that don’t naturally trip off the tongue. Members of the crew exchanged looks, trying not to be obvious. Some believed Trump would eventually get it, but others were more concerned. The president, already bristling about his missteps, was getting angry. He chided the crew, accusing them of distracting him. “You know, your paper was making a lot of noise. It’s tough enough,” Trump said.

“Every time he stumbled, he manufactured something to blame people,” another person in the room recalled. “He never said, ‘Sorry, I’m messing this up.’ [Other] people would screw up and say, ‘Ohhhh, I’m sorry.’ They would be self-effacing. He was making up excuses and saying there were distracting sounds.… He was definitely blaming everyone for his inability to get through it. That was prickly, or childish.” Though stiff, he eventually made it through without any errors.

"Trump presented a stark contrast to many other readers, including the Supreme Court associate justice Stephen Breyer, who read as if he knew the full text by heart, and Senator Ted Cruz, who “knew it from beginning to end” as a result of performing dramatic readings of the Constitution as a high school student, according to Pelosi. “Donald Trump is a celebrity and he came to perform,” she said. “He had not practiced it beforehand. I don’t think anyone would show up to read the Constitution without practicing it first.”
(emphasis added)

That HBO documentary is available on-line here, but the site requires an email address to view it.

IMPEACH appears at 27:05, where he somehow managed to get through the script without stumbling.

"Million Moms" going after BK now

After their campaign against Hallmark bellyflopped, the ultra-Conservative group set its sights on Burger King. Their beef? An actor in BK’s August 2019 ad uttered one word that is apparently beyond the pale: “Damn...”



As reported in the WaPo, these attack-helicopter moms are outraged because little children might hear this naughty word and start repeating it. Instead of collapsing onto a fainting couch, they are asking people to sign a petition directed at the fast food vendor. Almost makes me want to try their ImpossiBurger.

After they attacked the WASP-network (Haulmark TV), they were essentially told to “shut the fuck up” (another naughty word!) by Hallmark, and you’d think they’d have learned a lesson from that experience. And you’d be wrong.

Be sure to read the comments posted below the article. And stop by your local BK, even if only to grab a cup of coffee. If you want to go out onto a limb during that visit, take a sip, and tell your server “Damn, that’s good!” Even if it isn’t.



Shocking! The Daily Show's Top 10 Obama Scandals



Marines holding his umbrella
Dijon Mustard
Selfie Stick
Shirtsleeves in the Oval Office
The bike helmet
The latte salute
The tan suit!
...They're all here!

Caution: this video contains clips from Faux Gnus and other reich-wing sources.

Marine Amy McGrath files to run against MoscowMitch

It’s now official:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Calling her party's victory in the Kentucky governor's race a jolt of momentum for her own bid to unseat a Republican incumbent, Democrat Amy McGrath on Friday officially filed to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what looms as a bruising, big-spending campaign next year.

McGrath, a retired Marine combat pilot, touted many of the same issues — health care and good-paying jobs — that Andy Beshear highlighted in ousting Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in last month's election for governor. Beshear ran a “great campaign" that focused on issues that hit home for Kentuckians, McGrath said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

“It absolutely gives us momentum because it shows that against an unpopular Republican incumbent, a Democrat can win," McGrath said. “And we win by talking about those bread-and-butter issues that Kentuckians really care about.

(Louisville) Courier-Journal

I’m ready to cut a check to her campaign. Join us, won’t you?

John Oliver: It's time to end SantaCon



If you've never heard of SantaCon, you're lucky. It's "not a magical occasion. It’s a terrifying combination of binge drinking, public urination and trauma to small children that decades of therapy will never manage to reverse.”
Posted by Fritz Walter | Mon Dec 9, 2019, 07:09 AM (1 replies)

Chairman Adam Schiff on release of impeachment inquiry report

The audio quality improves after the first minute or so. Please adjust your speaker/phone volume as needed.
Posted by Fritz Walter | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 04:09 PM (2 replies)

Randy Rainbow's newest video: He's Just a GURL Who'll QUID PRO QUO!



Happy Indigenous People's Day,... so far

OK, Christopher Columbus did not earn a national holiday. Not in the same way that veterans did, nor as did most presidents. So be it.

So, why shouldn’t we devote a whole month to recognizing the many contributions and huge sacrifices the original Americans made here? (And, yes, I know: Mr. Vespucci’s naming rights here are dubious at best).

Let Columbus have his day. As long as it’s not a national holiday. Postal workers, other federal workers, or civil servants should still get a day off with pay. Let’s just call it something else.

I know: the current federal legislature is focused on much bigger issues. The House is going to impeach Dances-with-Despots (Putin, Erdoğan, Kim, Xi, (and the list gets longer and longer every fucking day)). The Senate does whatever #MoscowMitch dictates. Sadly for us. And the rest of the world; witness the abandonment of the Kurds as the most recent instance.

Still, haven’t native Americans earned more than sharing a holiday with a colonialist at best, a genocidal idiot at worst?

What do y’all think?

How OUR President addressed the UN in 2014



There is much that must be done to meet the test of this moment. But today I’d like to focus on two defining questions at the root of so many of our challenges -- whether the nations here today will be able to renew the purpose of the UN’s founding; and whether we will come together to reject the cancer of violent extremism.

First, all of us -- big nations and small -- must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms. We are here because others realized that we gain more from cooperation than conquest. One hundred years ago, a World War claimed the lives of many millions, proving that with the terrible power of modern weaponry, the cause of empire ultimately leads to the graveyard. It would take another World War to roll back the forces of fascism, the notions of racial supremacy, and form this United Nations to ensure that no nation can subjugate its neighbors and claim their territory.

Recently, Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order. Here are the facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt president fled. Against the will of the government in Kyiv, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.

This is a vision of the world in which might makes right -- a world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another, and civilized people are not allowed to recover the remains of their loved ones because of the truth that might be revealed. America stands for something different. We believe that right makes might -- that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones, and that people should be able to choose their own future...
Source: Obama White House Archives.

Contrast that with today's spectacle, including and especially the reactions of the delegates.
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