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NRA speaks 7 Days After Florida School Shooting

February 21, 2018

NRA to speak 7 Days After Florida School Shooting
The National Rifle Association has been silent on Twitter since the Parkland school shooting, but NRA VP Wayne LaPierre is listed as a speaker at this week’s Comic-Con for Conservatives, the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference. CPAC is being held at the Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor, near DC but closer to a casino. While Mr. LaPierre is a staunch foe of gun-free zones, the Gaylord is one.

Wayne LaPierre isn’t on the CPAC agenda, but since the NRA is CPAC’s biggest sponsor and the biggest donor to GOP campaigns, he’s certain to deliver his usual demagoguery. There’s a half-hour slot on Thursday’s agenda at 10 AM marked “Special Programming,” so that’s our bet. Mike Pence will bless the gathered wingnuts afterwards, at 10:30.

The rest of the 2018 CPAC is a cavalcade of conservative celebs, not just The Apprentice‘s Donald Trump, but disgraced former Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., talk radio ranters Dana Loesch and Mark Levin, Fox flakes Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, and Sebastian Gorka, and that guy from Pawn Stars.

But CPAC 2018 is not all “America First.” France’s holocaust denier and National Front pin-up person Mademoiselle Marion Maréchal-Le Pen and the UK Independence Party spokesmodel, and Brexiteer Nigel Farage will add European élan to the conservative conclave.

More:

“Less Intellectual and More Salacious”: Commercialized, Trumpified, CPAC Is Adrift.” Tina Nguyen, Vanity Fair

Related:

“Five types of gun laws the Founding Fathers loved,” Saul Cornell, The Conversation

“The NRA’s step-by-step playbook for responding to a mass shooting,” Heather Timmons, Quartz

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White House Admits It’s a Reality Show

February 12, 2018

White House Admits It's a Reality Show

On the Celebrity Big Brother TV show, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman made critical comments about President Donald Trump and her time in the West Wing. White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah noted that Manigault Newman first met Mr. Trump while she was a contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice:

“Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this was the fourth time we let her go.”

More:

“On ‘Big Brother,’ America Gets the Reality-TV Politics It Deserves,” James Poniewozik, New York Times

Related:

“Omarosa Was Reportedly Fired for Abusing the White House Car Service,” Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut

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Ronald Reagan on Making America Great Again

January 16, 2018

Ronald Reagan, interviewed by Bill Moyers at the Reagan ranch in California on April 30, 1979, six months before Mr. Reagan declared as a candidate for the presidency.

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Santa’s Coming for Us

December 15, 2017

“Santa’s Coming for Us,” written by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin, performed by Sia, who is joined by J.B. Smoove, Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Henry Winkler, Susan Lucci, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff & Caleb McLaughlin in this heartwarming holiday video, directed by Marc Klasfeld.

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Carlos Danger’s In the Dungeon

November 7, 2017

Carlos Danger's In the Dungeon

Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos Danger) finally entered prison on Monday after pleading guilty to sending sexty photos to a 15-year-old girl.. Since quitting Congress and losing a local election in New York City, Mr. Weiner was fired by Time-Warner cable news outlet NY1 and the New York Daily News, and divorced by Huma Abedin. Mr. Danger Weiner will spend 21 months in a federal lockup near Boston, where other celebs include inside-trader Raj Rajaratnam, and Bernie Madoff’s kid brother Peter. 40 percent of the slammer’s residents are sex offenders.

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Equal-Opportunity Fascist Steps Down

September 4, 2017

Equal-Opportunity Fascist Steps Down

Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke, tough-guy lawman, plagiarist, souvenir pin collector, Trump fan, and alleged torturer, resigned from his post without explanation last Thursday. He had one year left in his 4th elected term.

Maybe he’ll be get a job in the Trump Administration; maybe he’ll be indicted along with the jailers he supervised. He won’t run for the senate in Wisconsin, but maybe he’ll move to Arizona and try to take over where elderly thug Sheriff Joe Arpaio left off.

More:

“Fascist Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Resigns,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

Related:

“The Troubling Sheriffs’ Movement That Joe Arpaio Supports,” Robert L. Tsai, Politico

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Ivanka Adds Book-Like Object to Product Line

May 9, 2017

Ivanka Adds Book-Like Object to Product Line

Ivanka Trump isn’t just the Official White House Lifestyle Guru, she’s a favorite POTUS daughter, multimillionaire wife, nanny-hiring mother, former model, and retail brand! On May 2nd, Ivanka Inc. released a compilation of mis-applied quotations and alleged career advice for women called Women Who Work. This handsome volume would look absolutely fabulous on a Trump Home by Dorya Cocktail Table.

By a strange coincidence, “Women Who Work” is the marketing slogan for Ivanka Trump clothing, jewelry, and accessories. And talk about your coincidences, around the time of the book release Ms. Trump took a high-profile jaunt to Europe, was profiled in the New York Times, chatted in the West Wing with “CBS This Morning,” and appeared with SBA chief Linda McMahon at the U.S. Institute of Peace. It’s not a government-enabled book tour, though. Of course not.

Another coincidence: The State Department tweeted a photo promoting Women Who Work.

But what do the critics say about Women Who Work?

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Cher on Kitsch

April 2, 2017

In 1999, Benjamin Svetkey interviewed Cher at her Malibu house.

Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital). Colorist: Jennifer Yoo. Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska.

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Hollywood Donald

January 20, 2017

“Every Donald Trump Cameo, Ever.” Three-and-a-half minutes with the Celebrity In Chief.

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Ben Carson at HUD: Pyramid Scheme?

November 30, 2016

Ben Carson at HUD: Pyramid Scheme?
Last we heard of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, he was proposed for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, presumably because he lives in a house and once lived in a city. We assume President-elect Trump will appoint a city planner as Surgeon General.

Dr. Carson’s fascination with Egyptian pyramids may influence U.S. cityscapes during the Trump administration. On the other hand, his spokesman told the press that Ben Carson thinks he’s unqualified to run a federal department. Any department. Oh, and the good doctor recently diagnosed the HUD-administered Fair Housing laws as “communist.”

More:

“Ben Carson Is Trump’s Pick for HUD Secretary, for Some Terrible Reason,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

“Ben Carson for HUD Secretary, Why?” Kriston Capps, CityLab

“Stop Treating HUD Like A Second-Tier Department,” Andrew Flowers, FiveThirtyEight

Update:

“Turns Out Ben Carson Didn’t Grow Up in Public Housing,” Adam K. Raymond, New York Magazine

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