Courage uncovered.

In a country where half the population seems to live in an existential dread of terrorists, foreigners, atheists, minorities, gays, and the Clintons, it is good to see there is one group whose courage is laid bare. I speak of nudists. I suspect that the courage to reveal all goes hand in hand with a certain mental fortitude. I offer this as evidence:

After a shark bit both of Elvin Lanza’s legs at Florida’s Haulover Park – a clothes-optional beach – it would have been understandable if the naturists took their minimalist enjoyment elsewhere. They didn’t. They were soon back frolicking in the waves – or whatever it is they do. Let Jim, 43, speak for them all, “I’m not scared and I don’t care. It’s their [the sharks] water. Just keep an eye open. I mean, did the guy die or lose any limbs?” (h/t Miami Herald)


The Devil’s Advocate.

Conservatives claiming that it’s OK to have the Russians provide ‘oppo research’ have raised eyebrows among those who assign Russians their traditional role – enemy. But now Jeanine Pirro, whose ill-considered blurtings are a feature of Fox News, has taken one more step down Perdition’s trail by dragging Satan into the equation. To whit, she said that: “if the devil called me and said he wanted to set up a meeting to give me opposition research on my opponent I’d be on the first trolley to hell to get it”.

Pirro is a Catholic – which explains the hell talk. And she is a Republican – which explains her affinity for evil, whether it be temporal or metaphysical. (h/t Mediaite)


Doctor Who, a new frontier.

The protagonist of the long-term British TV show ‘Doctor Who has been played by 12 different actors – all men. The new Doctor, however, is to be played by the indubitably female Jodie Whittaker. This course correction has caused both consternation and celebration among fans – and others for whom culture is a mirror to society.

On the one hand, the ‘purists’ argue that the Doctor has traditionally been a man. On the other, the ‘realists’ point out that the Doctor is a non-human, shape-shifting alien for whom human gender is merely a convenience. Who’s right, you might ask. But it is an irrelevant question.

Either people will watch or they won’t. Personally, I think the casting choice is secondary to the fact that the show’s writing has gone down hill and the scheduling is all over the place. But that’s just one man’s opinion. (h/t The Guardian)




Really? 4.18.17 Trump & Pence Stare at North Korea; Ivanka’s China Coincidence; Huckabee Hates Cable; Alex Jones, Joker.

April 18, 2017

America: One big happy family. On April 6th, Ivanka Trump dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. The same day the Chinese authorities approved her trademarks in the world’s second-largest economy. Trump is making America great again – one kid at a time. Pence’s staring contest. Mike Pence is on a tour of Asia. […]

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Really? – 4.5.17 – The Fox News Sty; Misogynists Unite; Trump on Syria – and some Other Stuff

April 5, 2017

Fox News’ abuse birds have come home to roost. The New York Times shone a light on Bill O’Reilly‘s serial harassment and the price Fox News had to pay. Then a Fox contributor, Julie Roginsky, sued the network for gender discrimination. Fox has prospered under a misogyny cloud for years. Even Roger Ailes’ ouster for shameless abasement […]

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Really? 3.19.17 Trump’s Approval Goes From Bad to Worse & Some Other Stuff.

March 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s approval rating falls to a new low – 37%. Does he have a floor? (h/t The Hill) Tim Allen complains that being a liberal in Hollywood is like living in Nazi Germany. Is that the Nazi Germany where ‘enemies of the state’ earn $1.25 million per episode to make a sitcom? Sure, Hollywood […]

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Really? – 2.8.17 – A Lyrical Trump Takedown; Trump vs. the Judges; & More

February 8, 2017

Donald Trump is out-of-control, destructive, counterproductive and incompetent. Congressional Republicans don’t care. But the judiciary is still taking its responsibilities seriously. And Trump doesn’t like it. He tweeted that judges are putting the country in peril. That if something happens it’ll be on the judges’ heads. That ‘people’ are pouring in. It is the usual asinine rantings of […]

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Really? – 2.7.17 – Education Takes a Beating. And Trump keeps Lying – Plus More

February 7, 2017

Al Franken said of Betsy DeVos – “During her hearing, Ms. DeVos proved beyond a shadow of a doubt not only that her ideology is fundamentally incompatible with the mission of the Department of Education, but that she is fundamentally incompetent to be its leader.” Election winners get to pick their nominees. They will choose […]

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Really? – 2.6.17 – A Bad Day for Trump

February 6, 2017

Rumors swirl that Trump is not master of the White House – that the big boss of the administration is his consiglieri, and darling of the ‘white is right’ folks, Steve Bannon. So popular is this belief that typing #pr on Twitter prompts the hashtag #PresidentBannon. Trump’s ADD is legendary – as is his distaste […]

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Really? – 2.5.17 – Trump Promotes Putin & Demeans America’s Judiciary

February 5, 2017

Bill O’Reilly asked Donald Trump why he respected President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia even though he is “a killer”. Trump replied, “You got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?”. We are in charted territory when the President draws a moral equivalence between the United States and Russia. A country where […]

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Really? – 2.4.17.

February 4, 2017

Trump says that Dodd-Frank has to be repealed because his friends can’t get loans. Two thoughts: One, there’s plenty of cash available for well-rated businesses. Two, Trump doesn’t have any friends. Fox’s Jesse Watters says,“It’s my opinion that liberals on college campuses now resemble Islamist mobs”. Other conservatives scorn college liberals as ‘safe space’ seeking ‘snowflakes’. They should […]

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