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Massacre on Fifth Avenue?

January 28, 2016

Massacre on Fifth Avenue?
“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”
Donald Trump, West Des Moines Iowa
January 23, 2016 [NBC News]

Note: Donald J. Trump has a New York City concealed-carry permit and owns several handguns.

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Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

January 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

It’s the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We baked him a little kuchen, but the Internet fire marshals wouldn’t let us put 261 candles on it.

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Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2016

“Auld Lang Syne” performed in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium in 2009 by Lang LangSong Zuying, Plácido Domingo, and Jay Chou, with orchestral accompaniment arranged by Qian Yi. Robert Burns’ lyrics were translated by Deng Yingyi.

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Hanukkah With The Donald

December 6, 2015

Hanukkah With The Donald

You Folks:

Happy Holiday from the guy with all the Hanukkah Gelt, Donald Trump. Tell me, you call that a National Hanukkah Menorah? I’ll build a bigger one. And what is this, the Festival of Lightbulbs? There should be lasers. And luxurious latkes with kosher caviar.

And let’s have seasonal dreidel-spinning in the casinos. Hear me, Sheldon Adelson?

— DJT
Make Hanukkah Great Again

More:

“Donald Trump Tells Republican Jews That He Is a Negotiator, Just Like ‘You Folks,'” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

“Trump to GOP Jews: You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency

“Trump courts Republican Jews with offensive stereotypes,” Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, Times of Israel

“Donald Trump Kept Repeating Jewish Stereotypes In Speech To Jewish Republicans,” Rosie Gray, Buzzfeed

“5 Cringeworthy Things Donald Trump Has Said About the Jews,” John A. Oswald, The Forward 

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Adele Is Back … In a Skinny Little Box.

December 6, 2015

Adele Is Back ... In a Skinny Little Box.
Talented vocalist and songwriter Adele just released a recording of a new suite of original songs called 25 to great acclaim. It’s a bestseller even though it can’t be heard on Spotify or other streaming services. Some fans have downloaded the digital album from the Web, but many others have purchased it in solid form, as something called a Compact Disc or CD.

CD buyers receive a small square flat thing with Adele’s photo on it containing a round flat CD, an audio recording format popular from the 1980s until about 2004. There’s also a printed booklet with photos of the artist singing, playing the piano, and biting her fingernails (though not concurrently) and printed credits.

While Adele appeals to people of all ages, many younger fans have never owned an audio CD before and may be puzzled by the antique technology. Never fear, Buzzfeed’s Katie Notopoulos has written an illustrated guide “For Those Who Bought Adele’s CD And Don’t Know How To Play It.” Is it too early for Nobel Prize nominations?

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Trump on SNL: For Once, The Donald Isn’t Funny

November 9, 2015

Trump on SNL: For Once, The Donald Isn't Funny

Donald J. Trump — reality TV star, education scammer, overgrown trust-fund baby and Republican presidential candidate — is often unintentionaly hilarious, but he wasn’t funny at all when he hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend. Ratings were good but the show was not:

“Trump’s sorry night on SNL: An overhyped bummer for us all,” Hank Stuever, Washington Post

“Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’: Not Hugely Entertaining,” Maureen Ryan, Variety

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Trump: Born on Third Base

October 28, 2015

Trump: Born on Third Base

“’It has not been easy for me. It has not been easy for me. I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars,’ Trump remarked. ‘I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest.'”

— “Trump: My dad gave me a ‘small loan’ of a million dollars,” Nick Gass, Politico

Trump père, Fred, left an estate worth $200 million in 1999, and son Donald, self-made man, inherited about $40 million of it.

“I’m running for office in a country that’s essentially bankrupt, and it needs a successful businessman.” — Donald Trump in Rolling Stone.

Donald J. Trump was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. He isn’t rich because he’s a great investor. He’s rich because his dad was rich, because he likes to spend other people’s money, and because he enjoyed government incentives. But given that head start, just how successful has he really been?

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Yogi, 1925 — 2015

September 25, 2015

Yogi, 1925 -- 2015
Baseball’s Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra – slugger (lifetime .285, 358 home runs, 1,430 RBIs), catcher, coach and manager, man of words and soft drink salesmandied Tuesday at the age of 90. He had played in more World Series games than anyone else, earned three Most Valuable Player awards, and played to 10 World Series wins.

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Another Temp Job for Sarah Palin?

September 13, 2015

Another Temp Jpb for Sarah Palin?

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla, once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, losing GOP Vice Presidential candidate and failed Fox News commentator, told CNN’s Jake Tapper she’d like to be Secretary of Energy in President Trump’s cabinet so she could dismantle the agency. Mrs. Palin is pretty good at demolishing things — look at what she did to John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Despite lack of evidence, Senator McCain thought Mrs. Palin knew lots about energy. The “Energy Secretary Palin” idea was first mentioned by Newt Gingrich during his 2011 quest for the GOP presidential nomination, probably to quash talk of putting her in the VP slot. And while Mrs. Palin has occasionally opined about abolishing the agency, John McCain suggested it as far back as 1994.

Sarah Palin is, quite literally, in bed with Big Oil — her husband Todd worked for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska for 18 years and only resigned after his wife left the governorship. And back in the days of high-priced oil, royalty payments from Alaska oil and gas producers kept her state’s government running despite Governor Palin’s budget disasters.

But perhaps Mrs. Palin wants to abolish an agency she heads simply due to her proclivity for short-term jobs. She was appointed to her first state job on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003 and quit after 11 months; elected Governor of Alaska, she assumed office in December 2006 and resigned in July 2009 after serving 20 months, much of that time spent on her failed vice presidential campaign. Sarah Palin was hired as a Fox News Commentator in 2010, dropped in 2012re-hired, and dropped again in 2015, and had reality TV shows on TLC  and the Sportsman Channel, both cancelled after one season.

What Mrs. Palin really knows about energy policy would fit on a “Drill-Baby-Drill” bumper sticker. She has no idea what the job involves and confuses it with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). But Sarah Palin does have one prerequisite to be Secretary of Energy: Good Hair.

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Donald Trump, Promise Keeper

September 6, 2015

Donald Trump, Promise Keeper

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump signed a loyalty pledge that he will support the official Republican Party presidential candidate and, if it’s not himself, he won’t run as a third-party candidate. Party loyalty means a lot to former long-time Democrat Trump, and a signed contract like that is surely sacred and binding to a man with three marriages and four bankruptcies.

And don’t worry, he’ll really get around to learning about foreign policy after his inauguration. It’s a promise.

More:

“Donald Trump’s empty loyalty vow: Man with three marriages, four bankruptcies reportedly pledging fidelity to GOP,” Joan Walsh, Salon

“Is Trump’s Republican Loyalty Oath Legally Enforceable?” Jacob Gershman, Wall Street Journal Law Blog

“Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?” Timothy Noah, Politico

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