Got Me Good


Emin Agalarov is a Russian pop star. His father is Aras Agalarov, a rich developer who worked with Donald Trump to host the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Russia. By all accounts, Trump enjoyed Agalarov hospitality, going so far as to make a cameo appearance in an Emin music video. Shortly after Trump returned to America, Emin’s sister appeared at Trump Tower in New York – “bearing a gift for Trump”, a sealed letter from Putin. On November 11, 2013 Trump tweeted –

“I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!”

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In June 2016 Emin’s publicist Rob Goldstone contacted Donald Trump Jr. with a message from Aras Agalarov – “The “crown prosecutor of Russia” had some information that could “incriminate” Hillary Clinton, Goldstone wrote in an email. “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin,” Goldstone continued.”. Donald Trump Jr. replied, “If it’s what you say I love it”, then called Emin to set up a meeting at Trump Tower a few days later.

From https://www.vox.com/2018/6/26/17506586/emin-agalarov-music-video-trump-russia

When Don Jr.’s meeting became known last summer (confirmed in emails he himself released), it seemed to quite clearly show Trump’s team willing to accept campaign help from the Russian government. However, all parties involved claimed, and continue to claim, that the meeting ended up being a dud and let nowhere.

Emin didn’t seem particularly bothered by the development. Documents later released by the Senate Judiciary Committee show Goldstone texting Emin in a panic, worrying about his own reputation being destroyed because he was being painted as “some mysterious link to Putin.” Emin responded: “That should give you mega PR,” with a wide-eyed, eyebrows-raised emoji face.

Fast forward, a year later and half a world away Russian pop star Emin releases a video satirizing Trump, Ivanka, Stormy Daniels and Hillary Clinton. In “Got Me Good”, Emin places himself front and center in a musical parody of American politics. Between clips of Emin briefcase and envelope exchanges with Donald, Ivanka, Hillary and Stormy Daniels impersonators, Emin sings “you got me so good, you really got me so good”. WTF!!!

From Vox –

“The video shows Emin shadily meeting and hanging out with impersonators of Trump, Ivanka, Stormy Daniels, and Hillary Clinton — all as he’s being surveilled by a shadowy figure.

It sets some scenes, with Emin and Trump, at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. “I wish you at least would be honest, I wish that you told me the truth,” Emin croons as footage of him and Trump plays. (Despite the video, the lyrics generally sound like they refer more to a romantic relationship.)

At one point, the video shows a shows a shadowy figure at a computer terminal watching a video of Trump partying in a hotel room with several bikini-clad women and Emin himself. The figure then erases Trump from the video, in what’s clearly a reference to the “pee tape” rumor. Is Emin alluding that he knows something?”

Sincerest apologies – I’m out of words.

 

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Shithole


Ponder newspeak of shithole Trump –

“George Orwell warns us in his dystopian novel 1984 that authoritarianism begins with language. In the novel, “newspeak” is language twisted to deceive, seduce and undermine the ability of people to think critically and freely.

Donald Trump’s unapologetic bigoted language made headlines again Thursday when it was reported he told lawmakers working on a new immigration policy that the United States shouldn’t accept people from “shithole countries” like Haiti. Given his support for white nationalism and his coded call to “Make America Great (White) Again,” Trump’s overt racist remarks reinforce echoes of white supremacy reminiscent of fascist dictators in the 1930s.” – http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/shithole-countries-trump-uses-the-rhetoric-of-dictators/

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Romulus Augustus


Romulus Augustus appeared on my Facebook page yesterday. Written by Nigel Best, a fellow Canadian who echoes my sentiments –

When a dog has fleas, a powder helps. worms? it’s given medicine.

When the dog has cancer, it’s only right that the animal is put to sleep.

So it should be with Romulus Augustus, such is the name of the dog.

Romulus is the mastiff American republicans adopted a couple of years ago. Despite some fears about his temperament and his propensity to shift in an instant from licking to snarling, the party took him in, gave him a few dog whisperers, and put him out on show.

“somehow, he manages to grab us all in a certain way, despite a certain revulsion at the slobbering jowls,” gushed one junior senator at Romulus’ inaugural event just 12 months ago.

Excess salivating aside, the party membership in America needs to accept what the rest of us could already discern on that cold day, the dog looked very sick.

Republicans had to have known something may be going on when their mastiff started pissing on the bed. with some hindsight, perhaps the congress should have done something earlier, but when one has a pet, it’s sometimes hard to accept this day will arrive, especially not this quickly.

By mid-year, it was a little more difficult to afford or reconcile Romulus’ sneaking into offices and pissing on senators’ heads as they attempted to sleep on office sofas between late-night committee sessions.

“all i needed was him to quieten down and curl up in my lap, but he just could not, or would not,” said a Utah congressman. “yet, it still seemed possible he would take a turn for the better.”

It’s hard to hear that something one has coddled is riddled with inoperable tumors, though it probably helps to understand some of the animal’s most outlandish and erratic behaviors stemmed from a systemic sickness.

It must have been difficult to shake off questions about his behavior, even as they were being mocked and ridiculed.

Was that perhaps because some were in horror at the appearance of being aloof to his plight? Now that there’s no disguising this sickness, will there be any pity for the appearance of being almost inhumane?

It should not have come to this, but look, Romulus is barely able to breathe. he can barely walk. having gone almost blind, like any creature in a similar situation, he is afraid. that accounts for his bared teeth and attempts to bite at any shadow that flits across his dimming pupils.

It is cruel to keep the sick animal on a life-support system. at the same time he is taxing your well-being, putting your health at risk with the constant not knowing what is next.

It’s never easy letting go. having to have done it before, dog owners will tell you, whisper gently into Romulus’ ears as the sharp needle is administered.

You will detect in his final moments that this is exactly what he has been wanting from you. those early-morning yelps of desperation that would rouse you daily from your slumber, those were his appeals for this moment.

You will know he will be thanking you as the drug helps him slip into oblivion.

So, in the sake of empathy, now is the moment to say goodbye to Romulus Augustus. as the saying goes, every dog has its day.

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Oklahoma Lesbian Trumps Roy Moore’s America


American media is obsessed with Roy Moore, it’s inescapable. Hour after relentless hour talking media heads march to the beat of Roy Moore’s unapologetic resolve to stay the course. Should he step down, why hasn’t Trump Tweeted his position, who supports, who condemns, blah, blah, blah. One might think the future of America depended on Alabama’s December 12 special election to fill Jeff Sessions vacant Senate seat.

Fortunately this Canadian has the luxury of turning off American news. Abandoning U.S. jibber-jabber for homegrown reporting delivered a breath of fresh air. A story of promise buried by U.S. media in favour of Roy Moore shenanigans and Trump hypocrisy. American media isn’t talking about Democrat Senator Allison Ikely-Freeman, but the rest of us know Oklahoma elected a 26 year old lesbian to the Senate.

Oklahoma Democrats win state Senate seat in red-district special election

Last Tuesday’s Oklahoma special election upset should be the stuff of front page news. Not for a Democrat squeaking past Republican Dan Newberry by 31 votes, but for gob smacking realities of an openly gay politician prevailing in the spine of Trumpland. Tulsa County is home to Oklahoma 1st Congressional District, a hive of rigid conservatism defined by 2016 election results – 61.4 % voted Trump, 32.7% marked Clinton – a District now represented by a Democrat lesbian.

Roy Moore can simper, Trump can Tweet petulant whimpers, American media can beat both to death. None of which changes the fact a flicker of hope still burns in America.

Roy Moore – The Mary/Joseph Defense And Other Absurdities


Alabama Republican Roy Moore likely considered aspirations to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions a done deal. Can’t say I blame him, apparently impervious Christian hubris prevails in Alabama. Citizens of the “We Dare Defend Our Rights” State nominated Moore to run in the December 12 special election despite Moore’s less than exemplary distinction of twice elected, twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court. Elected in 2001, removed in 2003 for defying a Federal Court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument ( commissioned by Moore ) from the Alabama Judicial Building. Elected again in 2013, shown the door in 2016 for instructing probate judges to enforce a state ban on same sex marriage despite federal ruling it was unconstitutional.

In 2003 Moore created The Foundation For Moral Law, an ultra right Christian organization opposed to abortion and same sex marriage, champions of mandatory school prayer, Trump’s travel ban and legislation excluding Muslims from holding political office. Vile as the day is long, a morally repugnant assault on equality and constitutional freedom.

News broke yesterday – allegations of sexual misconduct against once a judge Roy. Reason might dictate righteous Christian outrage toward a man who allegedly fancied underage girls – not so fast, reason got lost somewhere between Trump boasting he grabbed women by the pussy because he was powerful and Moore admitting to Sean Hannity on Fox News he didn’t date any girls without their mother’s consent. WTF Roy!

It gets better. Moore issued this statement – “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” His Campaign elaborated with – “Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary.”

OK, so Kevin Spacey’s career can implode over allegations of sexual misconduct, but Roy Moore is a doe eyed victim of fake news? A morally superior bastion of decency incapable of lewd behavior?

Never mind truth, investigation or concern for alleged victims. Kudos to blithering conservatives for spinning  creative biblical cob-webs. Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler said – “Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

Stranger things have happened, but I’d say chances of Moore tossing political aspirations to winds of Christian forgiveness are slim to none. Moore doesn’t need to beg forgiveness for his sins, conservatives don’t care who or what is violated as long as their agenda prevails. Case in point, a fundraising message Moore sent to his supporters –

The Obama-Clinton machine’s liberal media lapdogs have just launched the most vicious and nasty attacks against me I’ve EVER faced.

I won’t get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks.

I refuse to repeat their lies.

The forces of evil are on the march in this country.

We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.

Pathetic


An hour of soul sucking channel transfers between Fox and CNN culminated in a single word – pathetic. Yesterday racist asshole, misogynist buffoon, contemptuous nincompoop, delusional windbag or televangelist troll rolled off my tongue to describe Trump – today, a rising crescendo of wretched absurdity delivered pathetic.

Ponder pathetic – pitiful, paltry, woeful, feeble. Yikes. We’ve wasted perfectly good energy blithering common sense protestations over a contemptibly inadequate clown. Gloves off America, call him pathetic, turn your back and walk away. Pathetic serves indefensible finality when dispatched appropriately, a stark and ugly realization capable of muzzling even the most delusional maniac. Donald Trump is pathetic, America needs to tell him so.

 

Pondering The Newsroom


The Newsroom was an HBO political drama series that aired from June 2012 – December 2014. Starring Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, news anchor at fictional Atlantis Cable News. Twenty five episodes over three brief “seasons” cemented The Newsroom atop my list of remarkable TV productions. Posted below are a handful of clips chosen to illustrate America’s indifference towards common sense truth – scripted Will McAvoy snippets ringing truer than anything blithered on non-fictional U.S. media today. The content may be dated, the message is anything but.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Newsroom_(U.S._TV_series)