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It happened again!!

MSNBC just did a piece on Trump from Scotland. The reporter on site had a smile plastered across her face from start to finish. The body language is uncanny: whenever Trump is a subject it's as though they're talking about Chris Rock or Louis C.K. This is all a joke. We shall see how funny this is a year from now.

Fucking dentist: as tho I didn't have enough problems

Three people came in today and jokingly asked whether I kill lions in my spare time. Har de har har.

This murderer...what manner of person goes and shoots a lion?? A miscreant.

In addition, Chaka Fattah is my Congressman. Great day all the way around.

Anyone else notice this with respect to coverage/commentary of Trumpzilla's candidacy?

There seems to be a choreographed set piece on the cable news channels which goes somewhat consistently like this:

No matter what the lead-in story is, whether it be flood, famine, or pestilence, the Anchor develops a smile on his or her face which we used to characterize as a shit-eating grin. He or she then introduces two or more "panelists", who are generally "consultants" and fit this pattern: one is a serious-looking professional politico associated with some Institute or another, always a Republican sounding one which contains words like Freedom, Independence, or Original Intent. This individual also has a phony smile etched onto the face. The second "guest" is often a lesser-light, such as CNN's Brian somebody whom they identify (oxymoronically) as a Republican Comedian, or some such moniker. He also has a smile which persists for the entire interview. If a female is involved she's smiling with the little lines around the eyes made prominent by the makeup shoveled onto all of these people. All of them are shown simultaneously all with the same smile.

And then the interview begins concerning Mr. Trump. The specifics are irrelevant: the important point is that none of them have any substantive reason as to why the candidate's popularity is not going to be helpful, stating all kinds of platitudes which are wholly nonsensical. For example, this afternoon on CNN once of these Joker-esque characters was saying that the next President was going to have to deal with all kinds of bad guys and so therefore who in their right mind would vote for Trump? As though all of the other candidates from Jeb to Carly have wide-ranging expertise and a positive track record in this regard. The implication is that they are all more qualified than Trump. That is not going to convince anyone to the Right that he's not their Man...they know better: if any of these clowns had a real political persona, he or she'd be leading the field by 40 points. But none of them are competent to even tie their own shoes. The interviews continue in the same vein with absolutely no true analysis of the voting blocks in key states, but just one riff after another on why Trump is a strikeout king waiting to swing at that high and outside pitch. When asked occasionally why his numbers just keep going up, they all say, well, so FAR, but it's early yet. Well, YES, it IS early, and their favorite sons ain't doing too well, most of them having popularity in single digits, and Trump's incredibly funny scathing remark about Lindsay Graham being on TV every week for 20 years and having a zero percent popularity is achingly true. None of these are viable, really with a RW electorate, except for Trump. It's absolutely BRILLIANT on his part, and I'll also state that if I were Trump, with a narcissistic personality disorder, virtually 100% name recognition and between 5 and 10 billion dollars, I'd run for President as well.

The MSM created this guy decades ago and he's been waiting in the wings. This may be the perfect time for him and the frozen smiles on the faces of the so-called Press and its minions are emblematic of getting busted with a trunkful of drugs. Personally, I can't stand the guy but it does not surprise me in the least that he's this popular at this stage and he's already been outrageous by Republican standards so he could cruise from now on. At the debate, they won't have the guts not to shake his hand which is a tacit acceptance that he has already defeated most of them. Refusal to shake his hand will detract from whatever (idiotic) platform that candidate has chosen to run on...some form of the Three G's no doubt.

If I weren't so nervous about his chances long-term, I'd be having a lot of fun now. Anyone who sells this guy short is asking to lose, and lose ignominiously. He's beaten the odds before and this may well be the Perfect Storm.

This made me vomit faster than a comet...


A long-time Lincoln University professor drew ire from Pennsylvania officials in 2010 when he called for the destruction of Israel and questioned whether the Holocaust ever happened.

But Kaukab Siddique, a 72-year-old associate professor of English, kept his job. Now he's mouthing off again.

"Don't be scared of these dirty Jewish Zionist White Supremacist thugs," he wrote in a Facebook post in May.

Earlier this month he wondered why it took Bill Cosby's accusers so long to come forward. Is it because: "Many women are sluts."

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150723_Lincoln_prof_blasts__dirty_Jewish__thugs___homo__uprising___sluts_.html#5R8Mflr6SLPx9jFa.99

This Trump/McCain business reminds me of something I posted many years ago

I can't stop thinking about an incident many many years ago in my practice which amazed me. I had posted on it way after the fact to prove a point but it bears repeating now methinks.

I had this guy, now deceased, who was a white guy, about 6'5", a Philadelphian by birth, who had at one time been a chef at one of the fancy Country Clubs on the Main Line. He was an Air Force veteran of low rank, had been on a first-name basis with his hero Barry Goldwater, and was as politically conservative an individual whom I've ever had the (dis)pleasure of consistently having to deal with in my life.

He was a practiced racist, bigot, and hater of all things foreign. He had failed at many good jobs because he could not work...rather WOULD not work with people, as he would call them, "of the black persuasion". His employment arc plummeted over the years and in his last job he was a school bus driver for the School District of Philadelphia and a telephone reservation individual for Amtrak. He let everyone know how much he despised people of color, leftists, foreign nationals, well, everyone to the left of George Wallace, who he thought, had not gone far enough and was a "chickenshit" especially at the end when he "renounced" his beliefs.

To my point: one day, McCain was in the news when he was running against Junior Bush. It might have been around the time that Rove and his minions were saying horrible things about McCain's family. This guy said to me, and I'm paraphrasing but not by much, "That scum McCain is no hero: he violated the Code of Military Conduct on multiple occasions and should have been court-martialed and shot. But they wouldn't do that because of his family history." So I asked him, "How did he violate it?" He replied, first, his duty when offered release was to go back immediately and report on the conditions of the POW camp and of the men held there. Second, he didn't withstand any torture: he just told them everything he knew right away."

Now I'm no fan of McCain AT ALL, but I said, "Hey, he didn't leave the men because perhaps he knew that his connection to top brass might help save their lives. And I'd start talking as would you immediately once they started on my fingernails or skin or whatever." He told me that was all bullshit and called him a "Traitor to the Flag and to the Service".

The hatred was palpable: this guy didn't talk about President Clinton with that venom. and that's when I realized how much hate these people carry around with them all the time. Frightening.

Well this is horrible...


An adult bookstore employee was shot early Saturday by a man reportedly dissatisfied with the shop's offerings.

The incident touched off about 3:38 a.m. inside Danny's Midnight Confessions at 133 S. 13th St. in Center City.

A man walked in, looked around, and made "a negative remark" about the gay merchandise for sale, police said.

He exited but soon returned, inquiring about straight adult entertainment.As an employee was directing him toward some DVDs he'd requested, the man pulled out a silver revolver, and a struggle ensued, police said.

Unusual in Center City....

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Dannys_adult_bookstore_worker_shot_in_Center_City.html#qBUwIhYkIkFJ8x28.99

I'm gonna pull a Dr. Frist here...because I can:

I think Trump has what we USED to call: Organic Brain Syndrome.

Now this term is out of favor in the medical community but quite frankly, I care what they think like I care what Sean Hannity thinks...so THERE.

Organic Brain Syndrome is a catch-all term for non-psychiatric disease of the brain which, among other things, causes an impairment of judgement. Now have you looked at Donald lately from profile - and I don't just mean his face, but the whole torso? He's not just fat: it's like there's something wrong somewhere: thyroid, pituitary, something's not right. I can't put my finger on it but something looks weird about him and qualitatively different.

I know I know: it's beyond speculative, but then again, if I were the examining physician I would note that I would need to rule out metabolic disease given his appearance and behavior. He's become a caricature of himself in recent months and, as outrageous as he's always been, this little series of tirades in which he has been engaged is grossly inappropriate by any standard including the Republican standard which is nadiresque (not Nader-esque).

I think something's wrong with this guy: if an individual did the equivalent in the workplace or home or place of worship or relaxation, they'd be calling the docs immediately. the fact that he's apparently a billionaire gives him insulation but you know what? These people can suffer the same slings and arrows as the rest of us.

Sumpin's up with this guy which goes beyond his psyche...mark my words.

Keeping people updated as to the Pope's visit in Philly:

To preface this brief post: someone I know well told me today: I'm thinking about renting out my house for the Pope's visit - they tell me I can get between 4000 and 5000 dollars for the weekend. It'd be perfect for clergy: there's a church less than a block away and a playground across the street.

Anyway...they're talking about building a four-mile eight-foot fence around Center City for the adventure of a lifetime. Most of our 'rapid' transit won't be stopping at the usual stations in Center City during this onslaught AND one would need to buy a pass to get on and off. The Regional Rail as we call it will be curtailed in many respects and here comes the best part...

There are many buildings within the zone which require 24 hour maintenance or emergency maintenance. One individual whom I know who is in charge of a building told me that once the engineers enter the building they cannot leave and re-enter if the building is deemed significant...whatever that means. He went into some detail which I don't feel comfortable posting on a public forum. Suffice it to say we have quite the National Security Red Zone coming here which I believe is unprecedented in the US of A, at least implemented in this fashion. All the roads are being repaved down here in town and enormous amounts of money are being spent to upgrade sidewalks and intermediate areas. The electronics installed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are obviously state of the art AND for the first time ever, there are landmark signs every so many feet indicating the exact quadrant one is located in. We have been told to shut down completely on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday inasmuch as virtually no patients would be able to get to our office easily - certainly not those from out in the suburbs. Monday probably won't be any better as three million people will be trying to get out of town all at the same time.

You know: we just had the President here with all of the usual appropriate security and it hardly disrupted a thing unless you were caught in the motorcade blockages for a few minutes between his speech locales. But this is like something from one of those movies...not certain if it's an apocalyptic film or a fascist film but I'm not liking this at all one bit. Not one bit.

Big crowd in front of the Rittenhouse Hotel

In Philly awaiting the President following his speech to the NAACP.

I have a terrible admission to make here...

No...I'm not an eleven-year troll on this site. No, I didn't vote for Nixon once. No, everything I've posted here is true to my knowledge and beliefs...

My child's first word which she read out loud was "Trump".

My mother of blessed memory lived down in the Atlantic City area in Ventnor Heights. One day when my kid was almost 2, we were driving down the Atlantic City Expressway and intended to exit at Exit 2 which leads to Route 40/322...BUT there was an accident on the ramp so we were forced to take the road into Atlantic City. There, at the base of the expressway was Trump Plaza with the trademark huge sign on the side of the building. My kid, who knew the alphabet well by that time saw the sign and proclaimed "Trump!!"

I almost lost control of the car. I asked my wife, "That ever happen before today?" Her glum response, "No. It hasn't."

And so it began..."it" being my political education of my child, all the while knowing the secret of that day.
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