• Trump Tears Into The Sun Over Eclipse: Borowitz

    Andy Borowitz, New Yorker
    Read Andy Borowitz at The New Yorker.

    IF you have not heard of Andy Borowitz, he’s the best satirist, in my estimation, since the legendary Art Buchwald.

    Buchwald had Nixon, and more.

    Borowitz now has Trump, the Alt-Right, and more.

    Borowitz “reports” that Donald Trump is unhappy with the sun and the coverage the sun has received over Monday’s Great American Eclipse.

    Here’s a taste:

    “The sun thinks the world revolves around it,” Trump said. “Sad.”

    Trump said the sun was a “big problem” that his predecessor, Barack Obama, did nothing to solve, but that that situation was about to change.

    “It will be handled—we handle everything,” Trump said, adding that a preëmptive military strike on the sun was “very much on the table.”

    Read more here.


  • Rolling Stone Ranks Anthony Scaramucci’s 10 Days in the White House

    Anthony Scaramucci
    Anthony Scaramucci

    Yes, it happened.

    Turning Left readers are always very well informed, so this is not a breaking story.

    Anthony Scaramucci was fired by President Donald Trump.

    Rolling Stone ranks his 10 days in the White House, from “biblical murder analogies to denials of auto-fellatio, the Mooch’s brief tenure will be, at the very least, memorable.”

    There was a false report today that Scaramucci’s wife was leaving him, filed for divorce, because he posted nude photos of her and loved politics more than she.

    But that was satire.

    What’s real?

    Anthony Scaramucci lasted 10 days in the White House.

    Here are notable firings and resignations from the Trump Administration, from our friends at LATimes.com:

    • Anthony Scaramucci, Director of communications (fired), 10 days
    • Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff (resigned), 189 days
    • Derek Harvey, National Security Council Middle East advisor (fired), 186 days
    • Michael Short, Assistant press secretary (resigned), 186 days
    • Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, White House director of communications (resigned), 182 days
    • Walter Shaub, Director of the Office of Government Ethics (resigned), 180 days
    • Robert Iger, Advisory council (resigned), 133 days
    • Elon Musk, Advisory council (resigned), 132 days
    • Mike Dubke, Director of communications (resigned), 85 days
    • K.T. McFarland, Deputy national security advisor (reassigned), 177 days
    • James B. Comey Jr., FBI director (fired), 109 days
    • Angella Reid, White House chief usher (fired), 105 days (and the only Person of Color on the list)
    • Katie Walsh, Deputy White House chief of staff (resigned), 69 days
    • Craig Deare, National Security Council senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs (fired), 26 days
    • Mike Flynn, National security advisor (resigned), 22 days
    • Sally Yates, Acting attorney general (fired), 10 days

    That’s a list to rival, well, any previous administration.

    More details here.

    Candidate Donald Trump, The Don, Donnie “Make-America-Great-Again” T., boasted that he knew the best people. He would hire only the best people.

    But he’s treating the West Wing like an episode of that little-watched The Apprentice, even calling the Cabinet Room as the “boardroom.”

    Donald Trump, the most insecure man in America, governing, if you can call it that, out of spite for President Obama.

    Who is next to go?

    Bingo, anyone?

    next to go, Trump administration
    Who will be next to go in the Trump Administration.


  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders: The Eyes Have It

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders' eyes
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders has eyes for you.

    A friend suggested this to me, and it creeped me out royally.

    Try this.

    Above, a picture of Sarah Huckabee Sanders not answering questons. Sarah is the principal deputy press secretary in the Trump White House.

    Whatever that is.

    The Trump White House, I mean.

    What a mess.

    But, seriously, try this.

    Cover one of Sarah’s eyes in the photo above. Start with the right eye — as you are looking at the photo.

    Weird, right?

    Now, cover the left eye.

    <waiting…>

    Did you jump in your seat at what you saw?

    As my friend says, “One of her eyes looks like she wants to murder you, and the other eye looks like she can’t believe she has to deal with this bullshit every day.”

    Had me rolling with laughter.

    And then I stopped.

    And covered the left eye again.

    And quivered where I sat.


  • More Color, More Pride: LGBT Flag Redesigned To Highlight People Of Color

    LGBTQ pride flag redesigned
    More Color, More Pride.

    Well, now I know why I was able to “purchase” a 5′ by 3′ rainbow flag for shipping only.

    The iconic LGBTQ pride flag has been redesigned to highlight people of color.

    And that’s cool.

    This, from More Color More Pride:

    Read more here: https://morecolormorepride.com/


  • Eight Years Ago? Fox News Attacked Pres. Obama For Using Dijon Mustard

    Barack Obama eating hamburger
    Barack Obama eating a hamburger.

    Here’s some perspective for you.

    At this point in his presidency, Fox News was attacking Barack Obama for using — gasp! — Dijon mustard on a hamburger.

    Think about that.

    And then think about the Comey hearings, Lyin’ Donnie T., and all that noise coming from The Big Oval these days.

    Did the Predator In Chief invite you to dinner recently. After you arrived, did you suddenly feel uneasy because you were the only two in the room?

    Creepy. Creepy. Creepy.

    From Newsweek via Yahoo! News:

    In news from eight years ago that appears to be from some alternate reality, Obama left the White House and went out for a local bite to eat with vice president and BFF Joe Biden in May. The two politicians ordered hamburgers, MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell reported at the time, with the sitting president requesting mustard on his red meat.

    The story was featured on Sean Hannity’s show, Hannity’s America, as a screen showed a photoshopped image of Obama surrounded by bottles of mustard with the words “PRESIDENT POUPON” plastered on a red and white banner.

    Let that soak in for a minute. Trump tweeted his support for Fox News Friday, commending them for the network’s morning show Fox And Friends’ “great reporting” job on ex-FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday testimony. The network’s rejection of Obama’s taste palette compared to its incredible support of the embattled Trump White House was seen by Twitter users as shocking at best, and propagandistic at worst.

    That was “news” eight years ago.

    And, now, Trump.


  • Is Donald Trump Talking To Portraits Of Past Presidents Yet?

    Crazy Donald TrumpAh, Donald.

    The Donald.

    The Don.

    Donnie.

    Donnie T.

    Crazy Donald.

    Are you talking to portraits of past presidents yet?

    You know, Richard Nixon did that.

    You say you like Andrew Jackson, that the two of you are BFFs.

    But you really should get to know Tricky Dicky, the original Richard “I am not a crook” Nixon.

    Are you a liar, Donnie T?

    As you laze about The Big Oval, or wander the Residence at night in your bathrobe, are you taking time to smell the paintings? Are you spending time talking to Andrew Jackson, or do you just admire him from afar?

    James Comey testified today. For how long will your crew insulate you? For how long will the GOP spew out parseltongue, protecting you from yourself?

    Were you really that ill prepared, as Speaker Paul Ryan suggests? Are you just too new at all of this? Are we to believe that James Comey is really to blame because he did not tell you that it was inappropriate for you to meet with him alone? Was it really up to Comey to correct you, sir, when you asked AG Jeff Sessions and Jared to leave The Big Oval so you could spend quality time with Mr. Comey?

    Is there anything at all for which you will take responsibility?

    How long until a new David Frost interviews you, after you’re, you know, out of office?

    Is there a contemporary Dan Aykroyd in your future, sir Trump? Will Alec Baldwin be the ultimate closer for you on SNL?

    The sooner the better.

    Some day, some day soon, this….


  • White Chicago Man Calls Black Man A Slave, Charged With Battery

    white man calls black man slave Chicago
    WLS screenshot

    A white man in Chicago was charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery after calling a black man a slave, according to Chicago Police — and caught on video.

    From The Root:

    The assailant, identified as 23-year-old William Boucher, can be heard on the video screaming at an unidentified black man: “Shut up, slave! Do not talk to me!”

    Boucher then goes on to compare the man to livestock and suggests that he should be tagged with a bar code with his Social Security number.

    “Your children are disposable vermin!” Boucher continues to yell at a second man who is also videotaping him. He then spits on that 30-year-old man as well as a 34-year-old woman, according to police.

    The man Boucher spits at, however, is not having any of it and rushes up to Boucher, but is held back by another bystander.

    “Get on all fours right now!” Boucher screams. “Get on all fours! Do not walk off on two legs! You don’t deserve to walk on two legs, vermin.”

    Boucher is also seen punching down to the ground an older man who was walking toward his direction.

    And then this, from ABC 7 Chicago:

    As the man starts to leave, he’s approached by what appears to be a homeless man. He throws a single punch and sends him to the ground. Witnesses tackled the man and held him down until help arrives.

    Video of the incident below:

    What is happening in America?

    Always there, just below the surface.

    Now, unleashed.

    Raw.

    Violent.

    Obscene.


  • Donald Trump Calls Out Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Responds

    Donald Trump smug smile

    Donald Trump mentioned Pittsburgh today, and that was a mistake.

    The Bumbler In Chief called out Pittsburgh today when he announced that he would ditch the Paris Agreement.

    The reaction from Pittsburgh has been a fast and furious rebut.

    From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    Pittsburgh is hogging the national spotlight, and it’s being shone on the city courtesy of President Donald Trump, who in a climactic moment about the climate, made the alliterative assertment that, when it comes to which accords he’ll agree to, he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

    Which was surprising to Pittsburghers, because It’s worth noting that in November’s presidential election, Allegheny County and Pittsburgh were won by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

    So far, reaction has been swift.

    And then there were the tweets, these from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto:

    And the voices go on from there.


  • Man Allegedly Threw Poodles From Fifth Floor Of Parking Garage

    edward hanania, poodle
    Edward Hanania and one of the dogs he allegedly threw from a parking structure. The other dog died.

    A man in Oak Lawn, Illinois, is accused of throwing two poodles from a parking structure near a hospital. The man, Edward Hanania, 22, a convicted felon, allegedly claimed the dogs were his own when he saw a Facebook ad place by a good soul who found them.

    From the Chicago Tribune:

    Prosecutors allege Edward Hanania, a convicted felon, drove the two dogs he claimed as his own to the roof of the parking garage at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn on Saturday and threw them off the fifth floor. One of the dogs died and the other was treated for leg and head trauma, prosecutors said.

    The 22-year-old Hanania was charged with two counts of animal cruelty, a felony, stemming from the incident. A judge on Tuesday set bail for Hanania at $350,000 during a bond hearing at the Cook County courthouse in Bridgeview.

    Prosecutors said someone found the lost poodles Thursday and posted an ad on Facebook seeking their owner. Hanania went to the person’s house the next day and paid $20 as a reward to the person who found the dogs before he took them.

    Hanania, who appeared in court in flip-flops and a cutoff T-shirt, does not have any connection to the dogs, prosecutors said.

    Mind-boggling, and sad.


  • Myanmar’s ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’

    Wirathu Buddhist Bin Laden Myanmar
    Wirathu, the ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’ of Myanmar.

    Sharing this because I’ve heard it said that all of the world’s religions have some history of violence — except Buddhism.

    Well, leave it to people.

    Religion is a vehicle, like a car is a vehicle. The vehicle of religion is intended to help people arrive at a certain destination. But, like a car, the vehicle of religion can be misused.

    Meet Wirathu, Myanmar’s ‘Buddhist Bin Laden,’ as he is called.

    From The Star online:

    Barbet Schroeder spent months with Ugandan dictator Idi Amin at the height of his power, when corpses would wash up every morning on the shores of Lake Victoria and Kampala was rife with rumours that he was eating his opponents.

    But in his decades of documenting evil, the veteran Swiss filmmaker says he has never been as scared by anyone as he was by a Myanmar Buddhist monk named Wirathu.

    “I am afraid to call him Wirathu because even his name scares me,” the highly acclaimed director told AFP. “I just call him W.”

    “The Venerable W”, his chilling portrait of the monk who has been accused of preaching hate and inciting attacks on Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, has been hailed by critics at the Cannes film festival as a “stirring documentary about ethnic cleansing in action”.

    What dismays Schroeder is that Wirathu, whom Time magazine dubbed “The face of Buddhist terror” in a 2013 cover, is utterly unfazed by the chaos and suffering he has unleashed.

    More here.