Thursday, January 18, 2018

The President is Healthy, And So Is the Economy

It must be frustrating for his media detractors and the Never Trumpers. They’ve tried throwing everything and the kitchen sink at him but nothing sticks.

He’s a racist.

He’s a liar.

He’s a misogynist.

He’s colluding with Russia.

He’s  unstable.

He’s mentally unfit.

He’s got dementia.

He’s unhealthy.

Did I mention he’s a racist?

Having been unable to prove any of the first four allegations the media was certain the results of President Trump’s annual physical would confirm the next four. Although the initial reports proved to be disappointing they pursued the details of the results like rabid dogs. Although  none of them are real doctors they all decided to play one on TV, spending a precious hour of their lives conducting a group forensic autopsy on Navy Rear Admiral Dr.Ronny L. Jackson’s examination. Unfortunately the original diagnosis remained unchanged: the patient was still alive and well. .

Some disappointed Fake News talking heads decided to take matters into their own hands: Sanjay Gupta declared that the president has heart disease and will have a heart attack within 3-5 years. A few others are still defining the breath and scope of “Girther-gate.” The rest have resorted to the only criticisms they know that nobody is able to effectively dispute: “He’s old, fat, and ugly…and his momma was an immigrant.” Oh yeah, and he’s  “literally Hitler!”

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In the meantime, Apple announced, as Trump predicted they would if his tax plan passed, they are repatriating the hundreds of billions of dollars in cash they’re holding oversees, pay a one time $38 billion tax on it to the U.S. Treasury and invest $30 billion in capital in the U.S. economy over the next 5 years… and give employees raises and bonuses. But that’s okay MSM, you keep reporting on how you suspect the President’s PSA number was too low to be real and his mental acuity number too high. And VSG-PTJT will just keep winning for the rest of us.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Open Thread Wednesday

We’re packing up and heading out this morning on our long trek West so I’m leaving you to your own devices, which are considerable. Have fun, but remember: no inappropriate touching!

#MeowToo – because there’s way too much unwanted touching going on around here.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Situational Ethics: When You Have No Absolute Moral Values

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Why is it Democrats have such a natural affinity for situational ethics? Flashback: That Time Schumer Said It Was Insane To Shut Down The Government Over Immigration Reform. But that was then:

Nancy Pelosi called the shutdown gambit “an unthinkable tactic,” and labeled those pushing for it “legislative arsonists.” Chuck Schumer vowed not to use it: “No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage . . . That’s wrong and we can’t give into that,” he told the New York Observer. “We could say, ‘we’re shutting down the government, we’re not going to raise the debt ceiling, until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos,” Schumer said a week later. National Review

This is now:

You want to begin, just begin, that long road back to proving you're not a racist, you're not bigoted? Support the bipartisan compromise that three Republicans and three Democrats have put on the floor — everyone gave! — and get the DREAMers safety here in America."The Week

Then:

In 2013, during the debt ceiling negotiations, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the legislative strategy of tying immigration reform to budgetary matters—and threatening to shut down the government in the process—as a path that would breed “governmental chaos.” Townhall

Now:

Leading Democrats…have warned that without a bill to help Dreamers they would withhold their votes on the government funding bills, essentially threatening a shutdown.LATimes

But then, people of color have always been pawns in the maw of Democratic politics and they know how to use them to maximum advantage. Because this isn’t really about Blacks, Hispanics or Muslims, it’s about the Democrats power, and control.

Betting against people and hoping misdirected hostility is directed towards Republicans for their political gain seems to be the Left’s modus operandi as of late. It’s not about helping people; it’s about the narrative. And if a million people have to get screwed over for the long term goal of booting Trump in 2020 and crushing the GOP in 2018, then liberals wills hang out the Hispanics to dry. This is about the maximization of power. - Townhall

Remember, in the Democrats book of ethics the end always justifies the mean. That way things never get too complicated.calvin hobbes ends justify meansAs long as only one side plays that way.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Crazy Like A Fox

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Think how proud Dr. King would be to see so many black people in Congress today. Well okay, he might have a problem with some of them who got there solely on the basis of the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. I don’t want to mention any names (Maxine Waters) but I think (Elijah Cummings) you know (Sheila Jackson Lee) who (Keith Ellison) they (Kamela Harris) are (John Conyers-emeritus). 

Today will come as a disappointment for those who became accustomed to it being presided over by Obama for the past 8 years.

polls_obama_christ_3725_892917_answer_2_xlargeThe Democrats Black Jesus – photo-shopped, in every sense of the word

Which brings me back to yesterday’s story of the day: the incompetent photographer hired by the Pam and Dave Zaring family.  I know we discussed this yesterday but I hadn’t done any research yet and wasn’t sure if it was a hoax or just another case of everybody-gets-a-trophy. Turns out it is in fact the later. The family swears “this is most definitely NOT a joke” and paid $250 for the photos. The problem? According to their “professional” photographer “She said the shadows were really bad on the beautiful, clear, sunny day and that her professor never taught her to retouch photos.” Apparently her professor never taught her not to shoot with mid-day sun directly overhead either. Or how to use the Google machine. But no problem: as long as you try your best, right?

family photo2Mom, Dad and kids

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And apparently trying is as good as doing because according to the family Facebook post, they actually paid her for this “best effort.”

Ok. This is NOT a joke. We paid a photographer, who claimed to be a professional, $2-250 for a family photo shoot. Please see these FOR REAL photos she delivered to us....Feel free to share I literally have not laughed this hard in YEARS!!!!! You can't make this stuff up.....again, this is NOT a joke - final product

I really don’t think you should encourage incompetence like that. Next thing you know, some amateur artist will try to “fix up” a priceless fresco. Oh wait…

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Although in the case of the Jesus fresco the sensational story was actually fake news; the restoration took longer than the elderly artist planned and she left it a work-in-progress to go on vacation. She returned to a firestorm. For the rest of the story (with happy ending) go here.

Today’s Take Aways:

  1. Reach for the stars but know your limitations
  2. Do not pay for incompetence, it just encourages more of it
  3. Don’t accept money for your incompetence, sometimes your best effort is not good enough. Try harder.
  4. Just because the media calls you incompetent doesn’t make it so.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday At Costco

I am normally smart enough to stay out of my local Costco store on a Saturday afternoon. But yesterday I was out of my allergy meds, planning a visit to my crazy-sweet-cat-lady sister-in-law today and – having a real cat allergy (insert sad face here) - I committed an unforced error: I decided to pick up a few additional items while I was there.  The whole experience was worse than I imagined. The icy parking lot was a nightmare, I had to stalk someone to get a parking spot.  Shopping cart availability was limited to a bring-your-own-in-from-the-freezing-cold-parking-lot and the aisles were a maze and buzz of third world anarchy. Literally.

They were jammed with people who were clearly not born anywhere around here and by “here” I mean the United States. They were driving their shopping carts around in circles, ramming into others as they darted to and fro, speaking in tongues and otherwise creating shopping gridlock.

shopping cart gridlockFrom Rick and Kathy

Of course I’ve seen non-native born shoppers here before, but they seem to own Saturdays. I know my virtue signaling betters will be quick to call me racist for this, but in my judgement the Hindi woman wearing a very lightweight sari covered only with an equally lightweight rain jacket and wearing flip flops on an afternoon that peaked at 16 degrees was not from around here. Nor was the hijab-clad woman with 5 kids all speaking an unintelligible language.

So I did the math (my white privilege) while waiting in the checkout lines solely on the basis of profiling. Using nothing more than my powers of observation I determined that 31% appeared to be either black or white native born Americans. The remaining 69% appeared (and sounded) to be from some place far, far away. Mind you, I’m not drawing any conclusion about the legal status, citizenship, virtue – or lack thereof - of of this huddling mass of humanity. I’m simply stating what is glaringly apparent to anyone paying attention: in my “white suburban” neighborhood the majority of shoppers on this Saturday afternoon in January, 2018 were most assuredly foreign-born. And oddly enough none – none mind you – appeared to be from south of the border. These new immigrant Americans were predominantly Indians, Pakistanis, Asians and too-numerous-to-mention Middle East countries. All here, I presume, to do jobs that Americans won’t do.

costco pigs next to halal duckscostco halal duck next to pigCostco: where whole pigs reside peacefully next to halal ducks

And that, my friends, is why Donald J. Trump is president.

I once worked with a lawyer  who, when he thought we were offering to give away more than we needed to in a business deal would remind us that while our contract terms needed to be legal and ethical in every respect, we were not a church. Some goes for our country, we are not a church; we cannot save the whole world. Acting as if we can do all of God’s work is pure hubris.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chain of Fools

The “story” of President Trump calling Haiti a “s***hole” in his meeting on immigration reform originally emerged in the WaPo who cited “several people briefed on the meeting” -  i.e. they weren’t there. Then Dick Durban – the only Democrat in attendance - held a press conference to confirm the reports in the WaPo and further embellish the story with his own flourishes,adding this unique interpretation of “chain migration”:

Durbin said the president used the word "shithole" to describe African and Latin American countries "not just once but repeatedly," and asked why current illegal immigrants should be given the right to bring their families with them, so-called' Chain Migration.'

Durbin continued: "When it came to the issue of, quote, 'chain migration,' I said to the president, do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe they migrated to America in chains and when you talk about chain migration, it hurts them personally."

Does Dick even know what a fool he sounds like? Aretha Franklin, well known racist, weighs in:

Oh, one of these mornings
The chain is gonna break
But up until the day
I'm gonna take all I can take, oh babe
So let’s review: the original allegation came from unidentified sources who weren’t in the meeting, it was collaborated by Dick Turbin Durbin who has a history of histrionic mendacity, and then dropped into the MSM echo chamber for use as a weapon for mass distribution. It’s beginning to smell like desperation. They have found themselves with only one arrow left in the quiver and it’s the race card.
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And when the one arrow left has a dull tip from repeated use it might not stick in the target anymore.
Ironically the party that invented the soft bigotry of low expectations. the party that has actively worked to keep minorities economically shackled to leftist ideology and welfare handouts has the audacity to tell us that chain migration refers to the shackles of slavery. They might have taken all they can take; one of these mornings the chain is gonna break.
one arrow left in quiverGetting close to drawing their last arrow and it looks like full-on cultural appropriation

Friday, January 12, 2018

FLOTUS Friday And We’re Dealing With Some S**t Around Here

Well, there’s certainly been a s**t-storm over the President’s observation that maybe we don’t need any more immigrants from s**t-hole countries like El Salvador, Haiti and various African nations. This seems rather obvious; unless they come with skills-in-hand. America doesn’t need any more welfare recipients, crime or outbreaks of turd world diseases that we’ve already eradicated once.

Make no mistake: this is why President Trump is considered a racist: he dares believe – and say - that opening our country to people coming from crime infested, disease ridden, terrorist harboring countries with no strings attached (skills, knowledge of our culture and willingness to assimilate those values) is unwise. The fact that these s**tholes are populated predominantly by people of color and/or Muslims (not a race, but we like to pretend it is) is a reality, not racism. Whatever their race, creed or gender the odds of them becoming self-sufficient citizens contributing to the fabric of American life is pretty slim unless they bring some education – to ensure they can learn English - and skills that will enable them to get a job. But then, Libs think merit based anything, especially immigration, is RACIST.

white privilege mathMath: White Privilege on Steroids

Merit, like math, is a racist, cultural construct that considers social justice irrelevant and is therefore racist by definition.

So I say pull on your s**t-kickers and get out there and kick some ass.

house-of-pain-shirt-gray-shit-kickersWe’re Making America Great Again and we’re not taking any prisoners.

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And don’t forget, today is FLOTUS Friday: honoring an immigrant who brought both skills and shit-kickers – two things you really need in America these days.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

These Are Our Wonder Years

Well, well, well: it looks like the (uncorroborated) Dirty Dossier was in fact used to obtain FISA warrents to spy on the Trump campaign.

FBI“And there’s your soundbite right there Larry King.”

Note to the media: YOU’VE BEEN PUNKED! Ha, ha, ha!

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By Hillary, Obama, the FBI, and all the other weaponized agencies within the U.S. government. And good work, you returned the favor by trying to punk the rest of us, even after you knew you had been punked.

And don’t give me that face, you’ve been punked too Bernie.

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But you won’t hear much about this from the MSM today, they’ll be too busy attending today’s opening of “The Post” – an enchanted tale of their Wonder Years: that quaint time in the memorable past when editors still agonized over such things as journalistic ethics and truth. And freedom of the press did not include hot typing lies hand-fed to you by treasonous partisans simply trying to take a president out.

Whatever your feelings about the release of the Pentagon Papers, at least it occurred at a time when most news was still driven by a love of truth and country instead of a love of ideology and a hatred of country (and President).

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Real Housewives and the Art of the Deal

TheRealHousewivesOfDCLogoThey said if I voted for Donald Trump he would turn D.C. into another reality show. Of course what they failed to understand is that D.C. has always been a reality show. President Trump just decided to broadcast it.

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In a time where few people, even federal judges, seem to understand and/or respect the law…

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects those who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children from facing deportation if they meet certain qualifications.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is based in San Francisco, ordered the Trump administration to renew parts of the program and to start accepting renewal applications from those already part of the program while related lawsuits make their way through the legal system…Alsup argued the administration’s assertion that DACA was unlawful appeared to be “based on a flawed legal premise. [ed. What “flawed legal premise? That  you can’t unilaterally circumvent Congress after it declined to extend the DACA benefits to this same group of illegal aliens?]

it’s fairly easy to understand why the President decided to go live with his reality show.

Let’s have a little of that transparency that Obama spoke so highly of but never implemented. Let’s hear the Democrats defend their insistence that our borders remain open to all comers and chain migration continue in order to ensure generations of future Dem voters. Let’s hear them insist, again, that if you give them what they want now they’ll work with you later on what you want.

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Let’s hear the Democrats tell us they want a “clean DACA” bill - meaning amnesty for the Dreamers with no strings attached. Let’s hear Trump amiably agree that he too wants a clean DACA bill, by which he means funding of The Wall and an end to chain migration and the visa lottery. Note to Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson: it’s too soon to talk about Trump being a traitor. Remember the President is fresh from a meeting with Republican leaders at Camp David last weekend. When he says “I’ll sign whatever you send me” I suspect he has an agreement with the House and Senate leaders regarding acceptable parameters. So why would they send him anything else? And I’m betting the bill includes wall funding and the end of chain migration and the visa lottery. Yes, I assume it will also include some type of legality - short of automatic citizenship - for any of the Dreamers who’ve managed to keep a clean rap sheet. But frankly I’ve always assumed that would be the case. It’s the art of the deal.

 "You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on." Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Two Americas: We’re Not Surrendering

Remember John Edwards? Once considered a Democratic dream candidate straight from central casting, he was dividing the country with his disingenuous “two Americas” socialist diatribe long before Obama, Occupy Wall Street, BLM, or Bernie Sanders. He fell by the wayside after the revelation that he also thought America was a land of two families.

I bring him up only because he was apparently correct, there are two Americas: the Left’s and everyone else’s.

Everyone else sees the President enter a stadium and hears the cheers, In Left America they hear only jeers.

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Left America watches the President singing the national anthem and assumes he’s forgotten the words because, dementia! We see a guy singing along the same way we do, sometimes joining in and sometimes stopping just to listen.

When it comes to Trump – or anyone not buying into their socialist utopian dream – the Left is committed to seeing two different realities. Hillary will forever be a paragon of virtue while Trump, and by extension his supporters, will always be the Nazi who recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the racist trying to prevent our borders from turning into permeable floodgates. No matter that the Left is only interested in the border crossers as a “critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.”

I guess we just have to accept the fact that there are two Americas and continue to fight to maintain the one based on the principles adopted by the founding fathers rather than those espoused in Das Kapital.
So you keep waving those white towels as a symbol of protest against Trump’s America:

giphy give up flagsWe’ll keep seeing them as a sign of surrender.

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Two Americas: but we’re gaining on them

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Monday, January 8, 2018

And the Winner of Last Night’s Golden Globe Is…Not the Lemming!

Let the Blacklash Begin. The social media message was sent out and like lemmings drawn to the sea Hollywood responded.

sea of blackThe Black Sea, filled with lemmings

The theme for the evening was “Time’s Up” for the culture of sexual misconduct and abuse. Because every ribbon color under the sun has already been appropriated for one cause or another, solidarity was demonstrated by donning the uniform of the night: black. Normally that would be considered racist, white privilege or worse than Hitler but the elites can always make exceptions for themselves. So there was a red-carpet black out.

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The evening’s must-have accessory - an activist on your arm:

Eight actresses, including Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams and Emma Stone, announced Sunday that they would be bringing gender and racial justice activists as their guests, including MeToo founder Tarana Burke and the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen Poo. – Daily Mail

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Nor was the blackout restricted to women; enlightened men, who normally wear black tie anyway, really went all out to demonstrate their solidarity with women against their own bad male behavior.

men in blackMen in Black

The movement has already found and anointed their political, spiritual and fiscal leader; she may not be the Black Jesus but Oprah is surely their Black Madonna. She had nearly the entire sea of lemmings in tears after her powerful speech.

“I want all the girls watching here to know that a new day is on the horizon. When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again.” 

This had many of her acolytes immediately calling it “one of the greatest American speeches” and demanding that Oprah replace Donald Trump as soon as he’s been impeached and/or removed from office for being stupid.

Oprahspeech1-640x480That Weigh Watchers really, really works! Oprah looks as hot and angry as Michelle ever did. 

Somehow though, I’m not 100% comfortable conflating the horror of Hollywood starlets “forced” to watch Harvey the Prev pleasure himself in the shower with the story Oprah related  of “a woman named Recy Taylor who was raped at gunpoint in 1944 by six white males as she walked home from church in Alabama.” But I guess that’s what Hollywood does: makes everyone else’s story all about them.

The only award I would have handed out last night was to the Woman in Red; she either didn’t get the memo or decided to selfishly use the Blackout to her advantage:

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What more could you expect from someone named Blanca Blanco – clearly she is just displaying (nearly all) of her white privilege.

Or maybe she’s just not a lemming.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Plan A was win the election: continue and complete the fundamental transformation of America.

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That didn’t work out:

2016-election-clintonNews of Trump’s impossible win reaches the celebrants at Hillary central

Hastily assembled Plan B was IMPEACH! Based on the RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! collusion.

That didn’t work out either. All fingers pointing towards high crimes and misdemeanors seem to be circling back round towards Obama and his band of merry men and womyn - which is precisely why the implementation of Plan B is imperative. They need to circle the wagons, their cancer needs to be contained.

But when even Barbra Steisand has thrown in the towel on the RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! scam -

Collusion or no collusion, @realDonaldTrump should be impeached for sheer stupidity. — Barbra Streisand December 30, 2017

it’s time to find another basis for removal of the President. Disappointingly, stupidity is not specifically impeachable behavior; however if you combine it with questions of mental health…well, then we might have something! Enter a professor - of PSYCHAITRY! - from YALE! to “brief” members of Congress on her beliefs that the President is deranged. 

So now they’re up to Plan C which is to implement Plan B by any means necessary:

They will stop at nothing to get rid of Trump and try to find a compliant replacement Republican, which most are, who will take the reins of office (temporarily, until they are handed back to their rightful owners) and work with Democrats to continue the cover up of true high crimes and misdemeanors from the Obama years. Because it’s for the “good of the country,” or something.

If that’s their trump card, I think I’ll just hold onto the hand I’ve got.

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Oh, and by the way, Barbra is now whining that the Trump tax cuts – you know, the ones that only benefit rich people – were designed to  punish Hollywood types (most of whom were rich, last time I checked, but logic is not a Hollywood core competency).

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that blue states, athletes, actors, writers, producers, and directors will be punished by this scam of a tax bill, where billionaires get billions, and the middle class gets bupkis (practically nothing) – and an eventual tax increase. – Babs January 4, 2018

I think she should have her head examined too.

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Buckle up buttercups, it’s going to be a rough ride up to Plan 9.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Fire and Ice

I see the debate over precisely how it is that manmade climate change will destroy the planet rages on.

global warming coolingAll we know for sure is that President Trump, lunatic-at-large, is responsible as he withdrew the U.S. from the planet-saving Paris Agreement on climate change. And since consensus has it that we are all going to die perhaps we should spend a little time contemplating the pros and cons of cooling v. warming. ice harborraging wild fireThe metaphysics alone make my head spin, but better to be prepared.15-time-ice-age-global-warming-covers.w710.h473

So I give you Robert Frost’s poem to contemplate the possibilities.

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

Either way, and with all inconvenient truths aside, Al Gore - Global Warming/Cooling/Change Guru and Love Poodle - will continue to preach his planet saving, morally superior,  carbon-caring religion that forms the basis of his wealth.

the algore black love poodle iceberg_thumb[23]The Al Gore memorial black “love poodle” iceberg was created in 2000 in anticipation of his presidential inaugural in January 2001. Last seen languishing off the coast of Labrador, waiting to be melted by global warming.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Bombagenesis Friday, Followed By Bomb Cyclone Saturday

As a rule nothing can remove a higher-than-average precipitation weather event from the front page. However the media will make an exception in the event they can dish some dirt on Trump, any person related to Trump or any person once associated with the aforementioned Trump. Therefore this year’s snow-event of the century (Bomb Cyclone! Bombagenisis!!) is going to have to play second fiddle to Fire and Fury! which seems to be a book all about Steve Bannon’s firing and his subsequent fury.

So I leave this FLOTUS Friday thread up to you; feel free to discuss Melania – who is apparently still being held in captivity against her will by the evil king – or feel free to turn your attention toward either the weather or Sloppy Steve™.

I will confess to not being a big fan of Melania’s New Year’s Eve Erdem gown. I preferred last year’s Dolce & Gabbana selection:

melania new year's eve

But then I’ve always been a sucker for a little black dress worn with a simple multi-strand diamond bracelet.

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As for her return to D.C. outfit: I love the camel Bottega Veneta pea coat, and appreciate the coordination of the oxblood colored Hermès Birkin bag, turtle neck, leather trousers and stilettos. And while nobody could wear them better, I’m a thumbs down on skin-tight pants that wrinkle the moment you move, let alone sit down. So I’ll just focus on the color palette. Which I love.

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And no, I can’t afford any of them, but it doesn’t bother me that in this great United States of America some people can. Because if that were not the case, we’d all be Venezuela.

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