Bad Movie Wednesday

One of a continuing series

This is a Chuck Norris movie, so you know he’s going to kick a bunch of ass. Code of Silence came out in 1985, released by Orion pictures. Forget the plot. Here’s a summary. Details are from Wikipedia. I caught it on Amazon Prime Video.

Chuck Norris is Sergeant Eddie Cusack, apparently with the Chicago PD. Opening scenes show a variety of characters who seem to be just hanging around. Obviously, they are cops, waiting for something to go down. And it does.

A confidential  informant pretends to set up a massive drug by in an upstairs room. He’s wired for sound, so the undercover cops loitering around can hear what’s going on. Everybody gets together around a table, and piles of cash and powder change hands.

Bad news. Another gang wants to horn in, so they set up shop in a room directly across the alley and machine gun the contents of the drug room. Then they lay a ladder across the alley and tread over to pilfer the contents, but cash only.


This goes wrong on two levels. First, one of the shot-up druggies is not dead, and he drops an opposing ganger into the alley with a couple of well-situated shots. Then the cops rush in and make mash of what’s left.

One of the cops is street-weary Detective Cragie (Ralph Foody), who gets jumpy and pumps two slugs into a building tenant. Cusack’s partner, Detective Nick Kopalas (Joe Guzaldo), watches as Cragie covers up the crime by planting a gun on the dead teenager. This introduces the theme of the movie, the code of silence. Police officers don’t rat out fellow cops when they screw up this way. Anyhow, Cusack refuses to go along with any cover-up, with the code of silence, hence the title.

But back to the gangs involved. The people doing the drug deal are a Colombian gang, and the ones who ambushed them are a local Italian Mafia family. This ignites a gang war, which quickly gets serious. Posing as a produce home-delivery service, the Colombians draw family members out of their home. Then the back of the back of the truck opens, revealing men with automatic weapons. The Colombians gun down the family members in the street, then they go inside the house and kill everybody there.


Luring victims outside and machine gunning them on the street is a rehash from a device that opened Commando, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Cusack gets on their trail. He follows the 18-year-old daughter of the Italian gang member, and observes she is also a target of the Colombians. He breaks up an attempt to take her hostage and chases one of the Colombians onto a moving elevated train. This is, of course, a recap of the same scene in Steve McQueen’s final movie, The Hunter.


Take a look at the poster for the 1980 movie. It’s possibly the same Chicago train.


There is another classic movie scene director Andrew Davis liked so much, that he used again. Here two armed robbers prepare to take down a local bar. They rehearse in the car before sauntering in, one at a time. It’s only when they pull their weapons they realize they are in a cop bar, and find themselves facing about a dozen drawn weapons. This scene has nothing to do with the plot, but director Davis apparently realized he didn’t have enough material for 101 minutes, so he stuck this in. Even so, it was fun to watch, again.


Davis enjoyed—I did, too—the chase scene from The French Connection so much, he made a go at a redo. Here Cusack chases the Italian godfather, his nephew, and their driver, until the Italians crash and burn. Great action.


The Colombians have snatched the girl, and Cusack arranges a meeting with them. He’s supposed to bring the Italian ring leader to exchange, but that wop is now dead, so he brings an arsenal instead. For snitching on Detective Cragie, Cusack has been blackballed by the his fellow cops, so, in true Chuck Norris style, he has to go in and take out the entire gang by his lonesome. This is a repeat from Invasion U.S.A and also Commando.


Cusack also brings along a gadget almost out of RoboCop, which actually came out two years later. It’s a robotic, autonomous, police assistant. And does it ever have some mean fire power.


Meanwhile, his cop buddies have fallen into line and are rushing to come to Cusack’s assistance. But too late. By the time reinforcements arrive, Cusack has killed all the Colombian gang and rescued the girl (Molly Hagan) wonderfully innocent and vulnerable, here with her hands tied together above her head and awaiting her fate, she observes Cusack’s heroics.


To be sure, this movie is designed  to create work for the Hollywood stunt industry, which does get a workout. Norris is at his best, taking on a barroom packed with Colombians and, as always, kicking a bunch of ass.

Lots of ammo burned off, piles of dead bodies, reused plot devices. Bring some popcorn.


Dying to Believe

Some more of the same


As promised, it’s Tuesday again:

OREGON CITY – A Clackamas County jury spent one hour deliberating Tuesday before unanimously finding an Oregon City couple guilty of felony criminal mistreatment for treating their infant daughter with faith-healing rather than taking her to a doctor.

Timothy and Rebecca Wyland face up to five years in prison but are likely to receive probation and possibly some time in jail. They will be sentenced June 24.

As the verdict was read, Timothy Wyland slipped his arm around his wife’s waist, and the couple stoically faced the judge. The Wylands made no comment after the proceedings. They walked out of the courtroom surrounded by supporters from their church, some of them sobbing.

I am suspecting the supporters were sobbing over the horrible mistreatment Timothy and Rebecca Wyland had received in the American justice system, which had deprived them of their religious right to  mistreat their child.

The details of the case are heartbreaking. The couple’s daughter was born  in 2009 with a birthmark that eventually formed a hemangioma, a growth of blood vessels, above her eye. The growth resulted in loss of vision in the eye.

Unlike other stories featured in  this column, this one has a happy ending, if you can call it that. Young Alayna Wyland was removed from her parent’s custody and given medical treatment. She did not die. This is small  consolation,  considering previous cases involved two children who died.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on  your soul.

The Other Foot

Some more of the same


Silvio Berlusconi is a former Prime Minister of Italy. He has a controlling interest in Mediaset, the largest broadcasting company in Italy, and has a net worth estimated at $7.1 billion. He served in the position of prime minister for three terms, serving a total of nine years. He is the longest serving Italian leader since Benito  Mussolini. His life and political career have been marked by a litany of head-swimming escapades.

Apparently Berlusconi took up a political career to forestall personal bankruptcy and also as a path to inoculate himself from criminal convictions. His associates were informed of this intent, and that did not  detract from his rise. Supporters hailed Berlusconi as “an outsider who was going to bring a new efficiency to the public bureaucracy and reform the state from top to bottom.”

Obvious conflicts of interest roiled his tenure, as he used his business clout to buck up his political position. Additionally, the government under Berlusconi enacted laws to shorten penalties for tax fraud, solving some of his personal issues.

Fisticuffs  with Italian media have been notorious. Berlusconi accused Enzo Biagi and Michele Santoro (journalists) and Daniele Luttazzi (a comedian) of using television “as a criminal means of communication.” This resulted in these personalities losing their jobs.

In another instance the government censored a satirical program. Comedian Sabina Guzzanti had criticized the Berlusconi media conglomerate. Mediaset sued RAI, the offending company, and Guzzanti’s program was canceled.

Berlusconi’s administration passed laws having the intent and the effect of delaying court trials against him.

Berlusconi’s close ties to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin raised some eyebrows. Berlusconi’s friend, Bruno Mentasti-Granelli, held a 33% share in the South Stream pipeline, and the Italian government-owned company Eni engaged Gazprom, owned by the Russian government, to build it. A communication revealed by Wikileaks showed Putin promised to cut Berlusconi in on the profits from pipelines developed by Gazprom.

Berlusconi acquired a reputation for childish social  blunders. He suggested that German  politician Martin Schulz should portray a Nazi guard on film. This after Schulz criticized Berlusconi’s domestic policies.

Berlusconi’s social gaffes have not been confined to foreign politicians. He pointed out that “female politicians from the right were ‘more beautiful’ and that ‘the left has no taste, even when it comes to women'”

Berlusconi’s wife Veronica Lario went public over his choice of hot babes to represent his political party. The spat devolved into a public dissolution of his marriage, pointedly in relation to the attention he was pouring onto an 18-year-old bimbo.


And there is so much more. Berlusconi exited Italian politics a few years back, but I, and others, continued for a while to enjoy the comedy of Italian politics.

More recently I have stopped laughing.

Mr. Secretary

I need to be careful to not make this a rehash of The Carson Hour:

Up front: I’ve never been a fan of creationist Ben Carson. My mind can’t get past someone who puts aside known facts in favor of popular myth.

What’s prompting this foray into last year’s brain scrub is the following meme, which scrolled by on my Facebook feed this morning:


My immediate reaction was, “Say it isn’t so!” Some Skeptical Analysis was in order. Immediate relief. No, Retired medical doctor Ben Carson has not been tapped to become Secretary of Education. What a relief! Take consolation where you can get it. He’s only being considered for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. I guess that means our faith in President-to-be Donald Trump is fully restored. Think that if you want.

But wait! I’m not finished with the Skeptical Analysis. Did (possibly future) Secretary Ben Carson actually say those stupid things credited to him? Some investigation was in order, and said investigation was promptly rewarded in the negative. I was unable, through the use of the modern miracle of the Internet search, to find any direct quote attaching this foolishness to Dr. Ben Carson. There was only this foolishness:

With the wide release of video from a speech that Carson made to his fellow Seventh-Day Adventists in 2012, however, it’s becoming clear that there are significant gaps. In the speech, he made statements on subjects ranging from evolution to the Big Bang that suggest he never learned or chooses to ignore basic, well-tested scientific concepts. In attempting to refute the Big Bang, for example—which he characterized as a “ridiculous” idea—Carson said:

You have all these highfalutin scientists, and they’re saying that there was this gigantic explosion and everything came into perfect order. Now, these are the same scientists who go around touting the second law of thermodynamics, which is entropy, which says that things move toward a state of disorganization. So, now you’re going to have this big explosion, and everything becomes perfectly organized. When you ask them about it, they say, “Well we can explain this based on probability theory, because if there’s enough big explosions, over a long enough period of time, billions and billions of years, one of them will be the perfect explosion”…. What you’re telling me is, if I blow a hurricane through a junkyard enough times, over billions and billions of years, eventually, after one of those hurricanes, there will be a 747 fully loaded and ready to fly.

He continued, “It’s even more ridiculous than that, because our solar system, not to mention the universe outside of that, is extraordinarily well organized, to the point where we can predict seventy years away when a comet is coming. Now, [for] that type of organization to just come out of an explosion? I mean, you want to talk about fairy tales, that is amazing.” Finally, he argued that the observed motion of the planets in our solar system would be impossible if there had been a Big Bang.

That was Lawrence Krauss writing for The New Yorker last year. Lest you wonder whether Dr. Krauss is qualified to speak on modern cosmology, you need to ask those who employ him in his position as “Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and director of its Origins Project.” Full disclosure: I previously reviewed his book A Universe from Nothing.

Dr. Krauss goes on to quote from the Carson  interview: “It’s even more ridiculous than that, because our solar system, not to mention the universe outside of that, is extraordinarily well organized, to the point where we can predict seventy years away when a comet is coming. Now, [for] that type of organization to just come out of an explosion? I mean, you want to talk about fairy tales, that is amazing.” I don’t have a degree in cosmology, but my college degree plans have included courses in Celestial Mechanics and Interplanetary Navigation. My final term  project for my physics degree was a computer simulation of a multi-body planetary system. None of that is required to refute Dr. Carson’s silly ideas about comets and planetary motion.

What is really remarkable about Carson’s remarkable utterances is that he is pronouncing (pontificating?) on something of which he knows nothing. The last time I checked, courses in Relativity, Celestial Mechanics, and Interplanetary Navigation were not required for the prestigious medical degree Dr. Carson obtained. One would have hoped, however, along the way he would have picked up enough in the way of situational awareness to know when he is making a fool of himself in public.

The problem is Dr. Carson failed to stop with modern cosmology. He has, apparently with some effort, extended his embarrassment (and ours) beyond all reasonable expectations. Dr. Krauss continues:

Carson’s wild delusions aren’t confined to physics, either. In the same event, in a more surprising and perhaps more worrisome statement, Carson claimed that evolution, as explained by Darwin, was actually the work of the devil. (“I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary, and it has become what is scientifically, politically correct.”) As if invoking Satan weren’t bad enough, Carson resorted to bad puns to sidestep his scientific ignorance: he went on to say that he was planning a book called “The Organ of Species,” which he said would “talk about the organs of the body and how they completely refute evolution”—an amazing claim that would require a rewriting of most biology texts. At another point in the speech, he uses a long stream of medical terminology to argue against the biochemical origins of life—something he doesn’t seem to realize has nothing to do with Darwinian evolution itself. Elsewhere, he claims that plants couldn’t have evolved before bees and that sexual reproduction shouldn’t have evolved at all, and suggests that geological formations provide evidence of a great flood, not an old Earth.

Krauss links to an MSNBC story that illuminates further:

Addressing his bizarre views yesterday, the GOP presidential hopeful said, “I’m not gonna denigrate you because of your faith and you shouldn’t denigrate me for mine. And that’s the kind of attitude, you know – that’s the kind of attitude that I think is very important in the society in which we live today.”
It’s an unsatisfying response because it misses the point of what makes revelations like these significant. A leading national candidate, who’s asking Americans to trust his judgment, has ridiculous ideas about a demon shaping our understanding of modern biology. It’s the sort of the thing that, for some in the reality-based community, is a disqualifying characteristic for someone seeking the world’s most important job.
Carson seemed to suggest yesterday that his bizarre beliefs are somehow off-limits. To notice a presidential candidate’s weird ideas, he says, is to “denigrate” the man who talked about those ideas publicly.
It’s treating faith as some kind of trump card – as if prominent public figures who denigrate science (and scientists) should be left alone because of their religious motivations, regardless of the disservice they’re doing to the discourse.

This was before Dr. Carson announced his candidacy, and it’s critical to observe that following the time these views became public he was momentarily the front runner for a major political party. It speaks to an American public, at least to a large block of an American public, totally opaque to some basic facts of the world we live in.

Did I mention that Dr. Carson is not presently in line for Secretary of Education? Did I mention he is only being considered for Secretary of HUD? Do you feel safer now? Me neither.

Bad Movie of the Week

One of a series

Need another flick for the Bad Movie of the Week column. Where to turn? Oh, yes! How about the Classic Movie file on Hulu? How about an old John Wayne movie? How about any John Wayne movie? There is a God in Heaven. Here, mined from Hulu’s sacred vault, is The Lucky Texan, from 1934 by Monogram Pictures. What a beaut!

This came during John Wayne’s season of low-budget westerns. He considered he must have played in about 80 of  these until his break-out role with Stagecoach in 1939. During this time he honed his talents and paid his dues. The result is a mother-lode of candidates for BMotW.

There is a colorized version, but these screen shots are from the original monochrome. For some reason Hulu does not have the title sequence. The movie opens abruptly with a large cowboy riding up on an equally big white horse. He greets an old-timer, Jake Benson (“Gabby” Hayes). He is Jerry Mason (Wayne), returned from college and ready to become partners, as previously arranged.


This is an OK story, with enough skew in the plot to give it some interest. It bags a welcome amount of comedy, some of it unintentional. But here is the story.

Jerry and Jake go into  business together. They have the ranch and additionally a blacksmith shop in the town. Jake removes a stone from a prospector’s horse, and a stray dog, wondering into the shop, picks up the stone with his mouth. It turns out to be gold-bearing quartz, and the dog becomes a permanent adoptee. Jerry and Jake retrace the prospector’s route and discover a creek laden with gold nuggets. They keep the find secret and begin to harvest the gold.


Bad news. They take the gold to an assayer’s office to redeem it, but the two operators, Harris and Cole (Lloyd Whitlock and Yakima Canutt), are crooks, having already conceived a plan to swindle Jake out of his ranch. They take an inordinate interest in the source of the gold. Viewers will be interested to  know that Canutt was a professional movie stunt man, and he mentored John Wayne’s early career, teaching him riding and other cowboy western skills.


But first, there is a break in the action. Jake’s granddaughter Betty (Barbara Sheldon) is returning from college and will join them to run the ranch household. Things are looking up for Jerry. But here’s what’s crucial. Jerry and Jake have been paid off in bills for their gold, and one of the greenbacks is torn. Jerry patches the bill with the gummed flap from Betty’s letter.


Later, the sheriff’s son, Al Miller (Eddie Parker) conks the banker in his office and steals the cash Jake just paid to settle the ranch mortgage. The crime is pinned on Jake. But the bill with the envelope flap stuck on is a dead giveaway when Miller starts spending some of his hard stolen cash.

A street fight ensues, so obviously faked. Even in those days you could not pay an actor enough money to allow John Wayne’s fist to make real contact.


Miller recovers from the beating and steals a horse, riding out of town. Jerry steals another horse and gives pursuit. It’s one of those senseless chases that adds nothing to the plot, but does burn enough celluloid to help stretch this to over 53 minutes.

Jerry attempts the old “pull up alongside and drag him off his horse” trick. That fails miserably, and Jerry goes tumbling down a steep incline. He recovers, and gives chase in the oddest way. He encounters a water sluice of some sort and from all appearances skates downstream for a considerable distance before exiting and waylaying Miller further along  the trail. Unbelievable!


Harris and Cole follow through with their scheme to sucker punch Jake. They bushwhack him out on the trail, leaving him for dead. But the two bumblers are unable to steal Jake’s mule, which animal returns to town, alerting people that something has happened to Jake. Also, wonder dog Friday is instructed by Jake to go get help. Friday fetches Jerry, who recovers Jake and the gold he was carrying.


Now comes the critical plot device. Jerry, Jake, and Betty make a pact to not reveal that Jake is alive. They are going to spring a  trap on Harris and Cole. When Jerry brings the gold into town to redeem it at the bank, the crooks accuse him of the crime.

Betty alerts Jake, and the two plan a surprise. Jake was an actor in a previous life, and he shows up at Jerry’s court hearing  in drag disguise. He claims to be Veronica Benson, Jake’s closest (very close) relative. With attendant comedy, Jake reveals himself in court and points the finger at the two crooks.


The cooks make their getaway out the courtroom window, and a Keystone Cops chase ensues. Here is Jake crossing the tracks in a 1915 vintage automobile, nearly cutting off the crooks on their stolen railway maintenance car.


Of course, Jerry and Jake bring the crooks in to justice, and of course there is matrimony in the future for Jerry and Betty. Not to be indelicate, but when the two stand together, Betty’s pretty head does not even reach up to Jerry’s shoulders. She is going to be in for a big surprise on her wedding  night.


There is an additional jolt in this plot I did not mention. Jake is arrested for conking and robbing the banker. He is confined to the slammer. Jerry needs to take action. He rides immediately to the ranch. Betty has just arrived, and they meet for the first time. Jerry rides back to town. What was Jerry’s purpose in riding out to the ranch? I’m guessing the plot required for Jerry to meet Betty about this time, so Jerry needed to ride out to the ranch to make this happen. Possibly there was more to the plot in an early version, but that part got clipped. We may never  know.

Uncle No No

Some more of the same


That title is inspired by an earlier post. Pardon me for a moment, but there seems to  be an echo:

Donald Trump won the hearts and minds of a segment of American society, a segment that flinched at shadows and saw what wasn’t there to be seen. It is a segment for which the truth is a sometime thing, and what is believed is driven by inner voices overriding crisp reality.

  • The religious right saw a savior who would return piety to government institutions.
  • The self-serving saw a politician who would rein in government meddling.
  • Isolationists saw someone to protect them from a fearsome world just an ocean or a wall away.
  • The paranoid saw a politician who respected their romance with deadly force.
  • And some saw a white man who would restore privilege where it was rightly due.

Some or all of these are going to be disappointed.

Yeah, people. I hope you didn’t milk all those expectations dry, because there’s not much left. The list is short now but likely to grow. Where to start?

Start with “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

During Donald Trump’s successful White House campaign, his massive crowds thundered: “Lock her up. Lock her up.”

What he didn’t say was that, as president, he would not have the authority to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, much less jail her, as Trump threatened during a debate. That’s the jurisdiction of the U.S. Justice Department, which is supposed to work outside the influence of politics.

Now that he’s won the election, the president-elect is sending a signal both to Congress and, perhaps even his incoming attorney general, that it’s no longer politically beneficial to try to prosecute the former Democratic presidential nominee. In a Tuesday meeting with editors and reporters at the New York Times, Trump said he doesn’t “want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”

All that aside, the fact remains that Hillary Clinton has never committed an indictable offense. For all the shouting, for all the rhetoric, for all the accusations, the former Secretary of State is one clean politician. A comparison with the president elect, from all accounts institutional grade indictable, is ludicrous,

But according to Trump University employees, Mr. Trump’s investing techniques were never part of the program. Instead, salespeople were trained to exploit vulnerable “students” by pressuring them to pay thousands of dollars to attend seminars and “personal mentorship programs,” many run by people with little or no experience in real estate. One sales manager called the entire business model a “fraudulent scheme.”

Mr. Trump initially said he would never settle the suits, a claim he has often made in other cases. But in fact, Mr. Trump settles lawsuits quite often — in more than one-third of the cases whose outcome is on the public record, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Politics. As soon as he was elected, he changed his tune on the Trump University suits, surely realizing that it would not look good for a sitting president to take the stand in his own defense against charges of fraud and racketeering.

Trump supporters who were promised the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would forthwith evaporate upon The Donald’s taking office are in for some disappointment, some of it already setting in:

After reiterating his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President-elect Donald Trump has indicated that he may keep two of the law’s most popular provisions. One is straightforward enough — children up to age 26 being allowed to stay on their parents’ plan. The other — preventing insurance companies from denying coverage because of preexisting conditions — offers a perfect illustration of why Trump and most of the other Republicans critics of Obamacare don’t understand the health insurance market.

There is a lot more to the foregoing from The Washington Post, and it explains some of the harsh truth that the ACA was designed to handle.

Any serious consideration  by President Trump to pull the United States out of NATO is going to be met with firm opposition from the people in charge of our national defense:

Nato’s secretary-general has issued a dramatic warning to the US president-elect Donald Trump: “Going it alone is not an option, either for Europe or for the United States.”

Writing exclusively in the Observer, the leader of the western military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, claims the west faces its greatest security challenge in a generation.

NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was envisioned by General Dwight Eisenhower following the conclusion of World War Two in Europe. It has had strong support from American administrations ever since, including the current one:

Donald Trump will retain America’s commitment to the Nato alliance, Barack Obama has said, seeking to reassure a jittery world of continued American leadership.

The Republican was often critical of Nato during the presidential election campaign, branding it “obsolete” while praising the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, a source of alarm in foreign capitals.

But speaking in the White House before heading to Europe on his final foreign trip as president on Tuesday, Obama said Trump indicated when they met last week that he would not pull out of the decades-old alliance.

My prediction of earlier this month is likely to continue bearing fruit, and also considerable disappointment to a large block of the electorate, so easily taken in when they were told what they wanted to hear. The coming years are going to see a large dose of buyers’ remorse.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a continuing series

Not yet

Not yet

A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.

“Listen,” said the CEO, “this is a very sensitive and important document here, and my secretary has gone for the night. Can you make this thing work?”

“Certainly.” said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.

“Excellent, excellent!” said the CEO as his paper disappeared inside the machine. “I just need one copy.”

Cry Baby

Some more of the same


This just in: President elect Donald Trump is beginning to  take his prospective term of office seriously.

Not so fast:

Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.

“It was like a f−−−ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said, ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.

“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing-down,” the source added.

A second source confirmed the fireworks.

Whoa! “I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.” It would appear some people have no sense of irony:

This, from an  opinion piece that ran in The New York Times, goes on to list 19 additional  prevarications, and from all appearances these were within the confines of a single presidential debate.d

The Washington Post has been additionally diligent. Here is their list:

  • Comments connecting Mexican immigrants and crime
  • He never said ‘some of the things’ claimed by Megyn Kelly
  • President Obama spent $4 million to conceal school and passport records
  • The ‘real’ unemployment rate is 42 percent
  • His claim that his tax plan is going to cost him a fortune
  • President Obama is accepting 200,000 Syrian refugees
  • The Bush White House tried to ‘silence’ his Iraq War opposition in 2003
  • ‘Thousands’ of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks
  • He ‘predicted Osama bin Laden’
  • The unemployment rate is 23 percent
  • His border wall would cost $8 billion
  • He would save $300 billion a year on prescription drugs
  • He built his empire with a ‘small loan’ from his father
  • John Kasich ‘helped’ Lehman Brothers ‘destroy the world economy’
  • Time magazine as the source for his ‘facts’
  • He can eliminate $19 trillion in debt in eight years
  • There have been no negative ads against Kasich
  • The Islamic State is ‘making a fortune’ on Libyan oil
  • No foreign leader greeting Obama was ‘without precedent’
  • ‘Scores of recent migrants’ in the U.S. are charged with terrorism
  • Putin called Donald Trump ‘a genius’
  • The National Enquirer story on Ted Cruz’s father was not denied
  • Hillary Clinton started the birther movement
  • ‘There’s nothing to learn’ from his tax returns
  • Crime is ‘through the roof’ because of illegal immigration
  • There’s something ‘fishy’ about Vince Foster’s suicide
  • Trump University judge was out of line
  • The Obama administration actively ‘supported’ terror groups
  • Saddam Hussein was ‘so good’ at ‘killing terrorists’
  • Trump had nothing to do with Russia’
  • His revisionist history of mocking a disabled reporter
  • Clinton ‘started the talks’ to give $400 million to Iran
  • Clinton raised $60 million in July from just 20 people
  • Clinton only recently pledged to renegotiate NAFTA
  • Clinton’s emails led to an Iranian defector’s death
  • Clinton lacks the ‘physical stamina’ to be president
  • Undocumented immigrants collect Social Security benefits
  • 58 percent of black youths are unemployed
  • ‘Pay-for-play’ regarding Clinton and Ericsson
  • Trump’s ridiculous claim that veterans are ‘treated worse’ than undocumented immigrants
  • 92 million Americans represent a ‘nation of jobless Americans’
  • ‘We’re not allowed to profile’ potential terrorists
  • President Obama is trying to ‘delay’ Obamacare enrollment until after the election
  • Stop and frisk in NYC wasn’t ruled unconstitutional
  • A racial discrimination suit was ‘brought against many real estate firms’
  • He won ‘every poll’ on the second presidential debate
  • Clinton ‘lost’ $6 billion at the State Department
  • Clinton-backed Haiti factory ‘amounted to a massive sweatshop’
  • His version of the latest Hillary Clinton email controversy
  • Clinton “gave” or “handed over” 20 percent of U.S. uranium to the Russians.
  • Clinton email controversy is ‘bigger than Watergate’
  • The murder rate is the ‘highest it’s been in 45 years

And there is my favorite, which neither of the foregoing saw fit to mention:


Donald Trump’s tirade against CNN and Jeff Zucker conjures up irony on an industrial scale.

The Trump administration is still forming and will not  become real until January. I will continue to have a few laughs in the meantime, but come inauguration day the fun will really get started. Keep reading.

Friday Funny

One of a series


This is Friday, and something is always funny on  Friday. What is it this time? There’s a story. Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended a performance of Hamilton in New York. It’s about the revolutionaries of Colonial America, featuring Alexander Hamilton. Governor Pence attended and did not receive an overly warm reception:

Mr. Pence had been seated in the center orchestra section, prominently visible to audience members. He appeared engaged throughout the show and applauded after most of its numbers, audience members near him said.

When Mr. Pence entered the Richard Rodgers Theater in Manhattan, he was greeted with a mix of clapping and booing, according to theatergoers who posted on Twitter.

The response was predictable:


So, what’s it to be, Mr. Snowflake President? My memory may be foggy on this, but I recall just a few days ago a presidential candidate calling out “Lying Hillary” and leading chants of “Lock her up.” And now somebody’s feelings are  hurt.

Readers, this is funny.