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Rubio boo'ed off stage at Orlando's Calle Orange event

...by a Latino crowd, no less.

According to the Orlando Weekly (alternative newspaper) -- as well as NPR and other media outlets -- it did not play out the way Marco and his campaign staff had hoped.
"I'm going to introduce a man who represents Latinos, no matter where you're from," the emcee boomed in Spanish. The boos grew louder still. "Ladies and gentlemen, the senator for the state of Florida, a Latino like you and me ... his name is Marco Rubio! Applaud!"

Instead, the boos rained down on the senator, drowning out what appeared to be a handful of supporters in the crowd.

The NPR report goes on to say that Rubio's support of Drumpf has become an albatross around Marco's neck. And, as one attendee Tweeted, "So @marcorubio just showed up at a largely Puerto Rican street fair in Orlando and got booed of (sic) the stage big time."

As it turns out, the Republican strategy of grouping all Latinos into one demographic has backfired on them. When you attack Mexicans as a group, the people from Puerto Rico, South America and other Central American countries do not take kindly to that approach.

I wish I could have been there!

Here's the Orlando Weekly article

How *some* Xtians justify supporting Drumpf

Last night, I received a forwarded email from a friend in another state, outlining how Xtians should feel OK with voting for the worst-ever candidate for POTUS.

It opens with a feeble joke about a flooding victim, stranded on his rooftop, who turns away three rescue attempts -- via rowboat -- because he's waiting for "God." The punchline is the guy dies and meets his god in heaven who tells him "But I sent three rowboats to you!"

Here are some of the justifications the writer made for voting for the mangled-apricot hellbeast:
Maybe God is trying to tell us something important--that now is not the time for a "nice Christian guy" or a "gentleman" or a typical Republican powder puff. Maybe now is the time for a natural born killer, a ruthless fighter, a warrior. Because right about now we need a miracle, or America is finished.

No, the image that comes to my mind is a large predator, such as hungry alligator or perhaps even a great white shark, rescuing the hapless soul on the rooftop to fill its own belly.

The argument continues:

Or do you want another Mitt Romney, Bob Dole, John McCain, Gerald Ford or Paul Ryan? Did any of them win? Did they lead the GOP to "the promised land?" Did they change the direction of America ? No, because if you don't win, you have no say.

And with one last breath, maybe what we need to save us at the last second, is someone different. Someone you haven't ever experienced before-- because you weren't raised in rough and tumble New York where nothing good gets accomplished unless you're combative, aggressive, outrageous, on offense at all times, and maybe just a tad arrogant too.

Someone with a personality you've never seen on stage at your church. Maybe, just maybe, being a nice gentlemanly Christian would not beat Hillary and her billion dollars, and her best friends in the media who will unleash the dogs of hell upon the GOP nominee.

I guess you think God is only nice and gentlemanly. Really? Then you've missed the whole point of the Bible. When necessary, God is pretty tough. When necessary, God strikes with pain, death and destruction. When necessary, God inflicts vengeance.

Maybe you think God couldn't possibly be associated with someone like Trump. Trump is too vicious, rude and crude.

When I spent three weeks working in the hot zone in lower Manhattan 15 years ago, those of us responding to the attacks on 9/11 did manage to accomplish a lot of good work without a lot of "combative, aggressive, outrageous, offensive or arrogant behavior."

And I'll admit, it's been a few decades since I read or even cracked-open a bible, but I seem to recall all the vengeance was crammed into the old testament. The whole tone of the book changed in the new testament; you know, the Beatitudes, Sermon on the Mount, that sort of stuff. No?

Here's the conclusion:
I believe Trump is our miracle. I believe Trump is our rowboat. Except he's more like a battleship!

No one is saying Trump is perfect. No one is saying Trump is a perfect conservative. But he is a patriot. He is a warrior. He is a capitalist. He is the right man, at the right time. Yes, he's a bit rude and crude and offensive. But that may make him the perfect warrior to save America , American exceptionalism, capitalism and Judeo-Christian values. The choice should be easy for Christians.

It's Trump...or it's the end of the American dream.

"Battleship"? -- Well the abbreviation matches what we've seen over the past 15 months;
"Patriot" -- defined as someone who avoids the draft via four student deferments, and when those ran out, he got a note from his doctor about a bone-spur on his foot;
"Warrior" -- someone who insults Sen. McCain, stiffs veterans of money donated by others (until he gets caught); sacrificed nothing and no one; would start a shooting war over a perceived slight; and idolized the ex-KGB official who invaded Ukraine, is currently committing mass murder of civilians in Syria, and wants Drumpf to abolish NATO so that he can invade individual European countries with no significant resistance. Yeah, some warrior!
"A bit rude, crude and offensive" -- only to people of color, women, Muslims, LGBT citizens, immigrants, anyone who disagrees with him, and just about everybody else Drumpf defines as "losers," including the author of this bit of skreed

I'm with Hillary on this one!

Bad Lip Reading: the Democratic National Convention

Warning: do not drink or eat while watching this.
(I'm not going to replace anybody's smart phone, tablet, keyboard, monitor or laptop due to spray-damage).

Stephen Colbert has a question for Drumpf

What a Dirty (Sanchez) thing to say!

"If we elect this cartoon of a human, we will have made a mistake! A straight-up mess!"

Best. Line. Ever. "That guy needs a turd Martini."

Nice try, Professor!

It's finally dawning on some members of the Fourth Estate that they're culpable for much of the havoc that the Mangled-Apricot-Hellbeast (AKA Drumpf) has wreaked over the past year. True, there are some who have been consistent in telling us that this short-fingered vulgarian has no clothes -- and I apologize for that mental image -- but they have been and continue to be marginalized.

Eleven days ago, well before the RNC dumpster fire in Cleveland, the Columbia Journalism Review published an article written by David Mindich, a professor of media studies, journalism, and digital arts at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and former assignment editor for CNN: "For journalists covering Trump, a Murrow moment." He references Edward R. Murrow, the CBS News journalist who exposed Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950:
“This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent—or for those who approve,” he said. “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”


After months of holding back, modern-day journalists are acting a lot like Murrow, pushing explicitly against Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. To be sure, these modern-day Murrow moments carry less impact: Long gone are the days in which a vast majority of eyeballs were tuned to the big-three television news programs. But we nonetheless are witnessing a change from existing practice of steadfast detachment, and the context in which journalists are reacting is not unlike that of Murrow: The candidate’s comments fall outside acceptable societal norms, and critical journalists are not alone in speaking up.

Yeah, professor. A handful of critical journalists have been speaking up. But the Drumpf still scores front-page headlines and top-story newscasts every time his stubby, little fingers tap out a Tweet. I guess old habits are hard to break. Instead of focusing our attention on the blatant racism, sexism, xenophobia and unvarnished hatred contained within the Republican Party's platform, they point us to the shiny objects: Melania's cribbing a few lines from FLOTUS Michelle Obama's speech eight years ago; Raphael Cruz's non-endorsement.

The good professor waxes nostalgic about the good old days:

The American journalistic goals of detachment and objectivity are long held. Until the mid-19th century, most newspapers were directly funded by political parties. As that started to change and the commercial model began to emerge, newspapers started to shed their partisan baggage. For much of the last 150 years the trade-off was a good one: Journalists would avoid taking sides, and they would be given access to newsmakers—and news consumers—from both parties.

Yeah. Right!

Today, instead of political parties directly funding newspapers, we have that power concentrated into a handful of massive corporations, who are totally committed to their financial reports' bottom line, and a return-on-investment for their shareholders. Responsible journalism -- with solid commitment to the concepts of accuracy, objectivity and balance -- has been supplanted by infotainment, and an obsession with ratings with their correlated advertising revenue streams. These same corporate entities are major donors to candidates and PACs, thanks to SCOTUS for Citizens United. Not quite full-circle, but pretty close.

Still, it's an interesting read, especially since he mentions Steven Colbert's diagram on The Late Show. I imagine Mr. Murrow must be up to 500 RPM in his grave by now. In classic pedantry, Mindich cites:
...a theoretical construction of objectivity by a leading journalism historian, Daniel Hallin, who sees the world of political discourse as falling into three concentric spheres: consensus, legitimate controversy, and deviance.

We call them "bubbles" in the real world, professor.

Let's see how the coverage of the DNC unfolds next week, shall we?

Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump

Garry Trudeau, creator of the Doonesbury comic strip, has been satirizing the mangled apricot hellbeast for three decades, and his book, "Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on {Drumpf}," hit the shelves in bookstores -- and, of course, on Amazon -- Tuesday.

WaPo ran an opinion piece on the book, featuring an interview with Garry, and one quote nailed this particular cult of personality:

Here’s what the people who love Trump don’t understand: He doesn’t love them back. I figured they’d be on to him by now. These are folks who feel anxious and left behind by the new economy. Many are struggling. Trump has a word for such people: losers. And he’s never had time for losers. He doesn’t have time to sit in their kitchens and go to their barbecues and listen to their problems. True, losers in the aggregate — say 12,000 at a time — get him to where he wants to be. But he’s always one squirt of Purell away from getting back on his plane so he can sleep in his penthouse. Never has an electorate been held in more contempt by its putative champion.

As much as I despise and abhor the aforementioned hellbeast, I might add this book to my collection, or at least check it out from my public library.
Posted by Fritz Walter | Thu Jul 7, 2016, 07:13 AM (3 replies)

Drumpf blasts Will -- suffers major burn in response

Donald Trump blasted Pulitzer Prize winning conservative columnist, Dr. George Will, for leaving the Republican Party. Will's Response Is PERFECT: Will, with biting wit, responded in the best way possible. "He (Trump) has an advantage on me, because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I can't."

OK, this is an apocryphal quote I found on FB, but even if Will didn't say/write it, its entirety true.

Responsible Gun Owner of the Day

Kills his father.

Runs off to Daytona Beach with his wife/girlfriend, carrying a massive arsenal of weapons including assault rifles.

When confronted by law enforcement, commits murder/suicide or "double suicide."


After several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the occupants inside, police fired two cans of CS gas into the room and the robot entered the room about 10 a.m., police said.

Reddock and a woman, believed to be his wife, Samantha, were found dead in the hotel room, along with an arsenal of weapons, including four assault rifles, four handguns and ammunition, investigators said. She has not yet been positively identified.

"It was basically an armory," Capri said. "By the grace of God, we dodged a bullet today."

Capri said it appears they each took their own life.

But here's the best bit:

Domestic violence history of Joe Reddock Jr.

2000: Arrested for assaulting his father
2001: Father gets injunction against him that’s in effect for more than a year
2002: Arrested for violating the injunction; Reddock grabbed his father’s wrist after the father called 911 on him for making threats
2004: Arrested for assaulting father
2005: Father gets second temporary injunction
2010: Arrested for assaulting his mother, who told deputies Reddock was bipolar and depressed
2015: Father gets third temporary injunction
2015: Arrested for assaulting Samantha Reddock

NOTE: Most of these charges were dropped

Meanwhile, the right wing express their shock and dismay at a sit-in in the US Capitol.

Beam me up Scotty!

Danish PM toasts Pres. Obama: "You're the best President..."

At the Nordic State Dinner last night, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen paid our current President a wonderful compliment: "You're the best President that Europe never got."

The comment harvested both laughter and applause from the 300+ attendees, including leaders from Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Norway as well as the USA.

From the Danish coverage of the event (via Google Translate):
"It is easy to see the importance and value of your leadership, Mr. President. So, without wanting to meddle in American politics, I can undoubtedly say that you are the best president that Europe never got," said Statsminister Rasmussen.

But immediately after, there was silence when Lars Løkke Rasmussen said that he supported the "Donald" as President.

"He is clever, the talented leadership skills, and he is a visionary... And I'm talking of course about the EU president, Donald Tusk, who in absence of you is the best president the EU could ask for," and laughter broke out among the guests.

The prime minister also praised a number of Obama's political results that are controversial in American politics: healthcare reform Obamacare, climate agreement in Paris, and the decision to celebrate the authorization of homosexual marriages through the United States by leaving the White House... in rainbow colors."

The loudest applause came from this comment:
"As the first country in the world to allow civil partnerships between same-sex (couples), we admire and support your struggle for equal rights."


From the Washington Post:

The prime minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, got the biggest laughs of the evening at the Nordic state dinner Friday, prompting President Obama to declare that they’d found the host of next year’s White House correspondents’ dinner.

“The first time you invited me into the Oval Office, Mr. President, you said that Denmark is punching above our weight. It made me proud,” Rasmussen said. “Now some six years later I understand that not only Denmark, but all the Nordic countries are punching above their weight? Nevertheless, I’m still proud.”

Rasmussen ran though a list of celebrities of Nordic descent, including Scarlett Johansson, Julia Roberts and Uma Thurman. “And the Norweigans? Well, they gave you Karl Rove.”

Jeg elskar Danmark! (I love Denmark)!
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