Wednesday, April 27

U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

America needs a foreign policy we can be proud of again...

(Any country can do middle-of-the-night killings off the record, and under cover of darkness; we need a military that understands it's easy to use money and technology to take lives, break and destroy...

That is not America's mission in the world any longer.)

Mr. Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, pledged a major buildup of the military, the swift destruction of the Islamic State and the rejection of trade deals and other agreements that he said tied the nation’s hands.

He also pointedly rejected the nation-building of the George W. Bush administration, and reminded his audience that he had opposed the Iraq war.

“America is going to be strong again; America is going to be great again; it’s going to be a friend again,” Mr. Trump declared. “We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy, based on American interests and the shared interests of our allies.”

“The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends and when old friends become allies,” he said. “That’s what we want: We want to bring peace to the world.”
If our nation can rebuild our own economy here at home, we will be stronger than any national military and set a shining example, once again, as to what truly powerful nations can achieve... without destruction, cheating and lying about our collective actions.

This would also help end our new national mantra that Life is Cheap, and the world is but one big Police State where Might Makes Right.

Intelligence matters. Brains over brawn.

Make America Great Again.

Come On, Let Me Hear You Shake Your Tailfeather...

Peacocks Don’t Just Show Their Feathers, They Rattle Them

Researchers studied the physics of how peacocks shake their tail feathers and found they resonate like a guitar string.

Apropos of this...

By Jove... I think they've got it!

The New York Times is listening to its readers:

To the Editor:
Re “Trump in a Sweep of Eastern States; Clinton Wins in 4” (front page, April 27):
One of the hot topics of the primary elections is whether Donald Trump will win enough delegates to avoid a contested convention. I’m not writing this in support of him or any other candidate, but let me get this straight. If Mr. Trump is just a few votes shy of the 1,237 mark, other candidates actually have a viable chance of securing the nomination at the Republican Convention?
Can we allow a small number of establishment delegates to reverse the decision of the overwhelming majority of Republican voters? While the answers to both questions should be a resounding “No!,” that is exactly what might happen.
Love Mr. Trump or hate him, America and our entire electoral system were founded on the principle of democracy by the people. Barring a virtually impossible comeback by Ted Cruz in the remaining primaries, a Trump loss at a contested convention would undermine everything our great country was built upon, and would mean that the votes of you, me and every other American citizen mean absolutely nothing.
Apopka, Fla.
To the Editor:
Re “The Donald Trump Pygmalion Project” (editorial, April 26):
Millions of voters agree with you that Donald Trump is unfit to be president, as do I. Yet Mr. Trump should be commended for having brought to the fore the voices of many millions who feel disenfranchised and disaffected from the current political and economic situation. These voter concerns should be a priority for the next president.
New York

"Can you make it rain harder?"

or,  When Real People Vote, Trump Wins

It seems even the "old media" is catching on to the "new Change" underfoot in the country...  (When the masses of little people lead, the establishment "leaders" have no choice but to follow.)

“And you know, the system is a bad system. And whether it’s their system or our system. You look at what goes on, but you know, the best way to beat the system is have evenings like this where you get record-setting votes, where you get record setting delegates."  
"I use the analogy of the boxer, you know. When the boxer knocks out the other boxer you don’t have to wait around for a decision. So that’s what it is, and that’s what happened tonight and that’s what happened last week in New York, and that’s really what’s been happening throughout.”
“We had some rallies—all over—but we had some rallies in Maryland and Pennsylvania that were absolutely unbelievable. Yesterday in Pennsylvania, we were in an arena that was like Madison Square Garden. They turned away thousands and thousands of people. Unfortunately the press never reports it. They always show my face. They go like this. I said, does anybody ever want to show this arena that’s got tens of thousands of people in it. But they don’t do that, but that’s okay because I’ll at least explain it to you. But we’re gonna have our country back. We’re gonna make America great again.” 

You don't have to like him.
But you can't continue to deny him his rightly earned successes...

Americans of all stripes will rightly respond to that mesage.


Trump Beat Expectations Everywhere, Suggesting a Shift

Wherever he could squeeze out additional delegates Tuesday, he did, and the nomination seems well within reach.

Donald Trump’s Success Carries Lessons for Democrats, Too

Both political parties are susceptible to the failures of leadership, tone-deafness and elitism that fueled Mr. Trump’s rise.

Clinton and Trump Are Pulling Away From Rivals

The victories by Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton intensified the aura of inevitability around their nomination bids and increased Mr. Trump’s chances of winning enough delegates to avoid a contested Republican convention.

Monday, April 25

Tad Light.

Speaking of, that would be a GREAT nickname for an inept, in-over-his-head, Boy Speaker of the House...

Paul Ryan Continues to Push Agenda Alternative to Donald Trump

The House may be a tad light on the legislative front these days, but on the message front, Mr. Ryan, the House speaker, is keeping busy.
Even the facts of the story back up the nickname...
The House may be a tad light on the legislative front these days, largely focusing on bills like those that target the Internal Revenue Service and that have no chance of being signed by President Obama. But on the message front, Speaker Paul D. Ryan is keeping busy.
Mr. Ryan, who plans to roll out a policy platform this spring, has already been trying to build a social media and youth movement around the House Republican agenda. This week, Mr. Ryan wil participate in a town-hall-style event at the Georgetown Institute of Politic and Public Service. In advance of that event, his office has rolled out its latest video holding up Mr. Ryan as a man with a plan, though the details of that plan, obliquely intended to distract from the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, are very much a work in progress.
While Mr. Ryan has repeatdly said that he has no intention of becoming his party’s nominee this year, he has been busy creating a personality and policy alternative to run alongside the presidential effort to provide both a platform for House Republicans to run on and a foundation to rebuild if Republicans fall apart in November.
Mr. Ryan is not a candidate. But his videos continue to make it seem as if he is running for something. 
I wonder if young Mr. Ryan is honestly oblivious to the fact that there's no there there, or he's just playing a role and hoping to get a style trophy?

Sunday, April 24

Shut Up Already. Damn!

Tell me who in this house know about the quake?
(We do...)
I mean, really? Really?
If you know how to party say "Yeah..."
If you know how to rock me say "Oh yeah..."
If you aint hip get it right: Housequake!
Shut Up Already. damn.

Pop-a yo body, let me hear you shout "Malloy!"

(What was that?!)

Saturday, April 23

PThe City Knows...

When a rocket blows
And everybody still wants to fly.

Some say, a man aint happy truly
Until a man truly dies...

O why?

Sign o the Times.

Friday, April 22

She took me to her Castle...

and I just couldnt believe my eyes:
She had so many devices
Everything that money can buy...

Thursday, April 21

I went to the doctor...

and guess what he told me?

He said, "Girl you better try to have fun no matter what you do....
Well he's a fool..."

I'm Not Your Woman.

I'm Not Your Man.
I am something that you'll never understand.
I'll never beat you.
I'll never lie.
And if you're evil, I'll forgive you by and by...

I'm not your lover.
I'm not your friend.
I am something that you'll never comprehend...

"Can you make it rain harder?"

Christine Hauser

It was relentlessly raining in Miami on Feb. 4, 2007, and organizers of the Super Bowl XLI halftime show were concerned that Prince, who was scheduled to perform, might have a problem with that.

But when someone called him to ask, this was Prince’s response:

“Can you make it rain harder?”

In an online tribute, the National Football League published those memories and the video of Prince’s performance that night.

The New York Times review said Prince’s performance “will surely go down as one of the most thrilling halftime shows ever; certainly the most unpredictable, and perhaps the best.”

Prince kicked it off with a whisper — “Dearly beloved” — intoning the famous first words of “Let’s Go Crazy.” Soon came “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. That gave way to a piece of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” which melted into “Best of You,” the 2005 hit by the Foo Fighters.

As Kelefa Sanneh reported, the heavy rain made the smoke and lights seem mysterious, instead of ridiculous. “And there was a sneaky thrill in watching Prince steal the field from guys three times his size, if only for a few moments.”

She had the nerve to ask me if I planned to do her any harm...

I was working part time in a five-and-dime
My boss was Mr. McGee
He told me several times that he didn't like my kind
'Cause I was a bit too leisurely

Seems that I was busy doing something close to nothing
But different than the day before
That's when I saw her, ooh, I saw her
She walked in through the out door, out door

She wore a
Raspberry beret
The kind you find in a second hand store
Raspberry beret
And if it was warm she wouldn't wear much more
Raspberry beret
I think I love her

Built like she was
She had the nerve to ask me
If I planned to do her any harm
So, look here
I put her on the back of my bike
And we went riding
Down by old man Johnson's farm

I said now, overcast days never turned me on
But something about the clouds and her mixed
She wasn't too bright
But I could tell when she kissed me
She knew how to get her kicks

She wore a
Raspberry beret
The kind you find in a second hand store
Raspberry beret
And if it was warm she wouldn't wear much more
Raspberry beret
I think I love her

The rain sounds so cool when it hits the barn roof
And the horses wonder who you are
Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees
You feel like a movie star

They say the first time ain't the greatest
But I tell ya
If I had the chance to do it all again
I wouldn't change a stroke
'Cause baby I'm the most
With a girl as fine as she was then

(Raspberry beret)
The kind you find (The kind you find)
The kind you find (In a second hand store)
Oh no no
(Raspberry beret)
(And if it was warm)
Where have all the raspberry women gone?
Yeah (Raspberry beret)

I think I, I think I, I think I love her

(Raspberry beret)
No no no
No no no (The kind you find)
(In a second hand store)
(Raspberry beret)
Tell me
Where have all the raspberry women gone?

Don't Make Me "Black".

Prince Roger Nelson was born June 7, 1958, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis to Mattie Shaw and John Nelson. They had been in a jazz ensemble called the Prince Roger Trio. Since Mattie called her husband Prince, she dubbed her son Skipper “because he was small in size and he was just real cute — he was a darling baby.”

LENNY WARONKER (Warner Bros. VP): You could not only tell there was talent but there was a vision. He went out and played guitar, then overdubbed drums. By the time the drum part was recorded, it was clear. We didn’t want to insult him by making him go through the whole process, but he wanted to finish. As I was walking through the studio, he was on the floor. He looked up and said, “Don’t make me black.” I thought, “Whoa!” He said, “My idols are all over the place.” He named an array that was so deep in terms of scope of music that for an 18-year-old kid to say what he said was amazing. That, as much as anything, made me feel that we shouldn’t mess around with this guy.

PRINCE (on “Larry King Live,” 1999): [Minnesota] was interesting because I grew up getting a wider array of music. I grew up with Santana and Larry Graham and Fleetwood Mac, all kinds of different things.

HIS MOTHER (Star Tribune interview, 1984): He could hear music even from a very early age. When he was 3 or 4, we’d go to the department store and he’d jump on the radio, the organ, any type of instrument there was. Mostly the piano and organ. I’d have to hunt for him, and that’s where he’d be — in the music department.

PRINCE (Star Tribune interview, 1978): Around the time I was 8, I had a pretty good idea what the piano was all about. I had one piano lesson and two guitar lessons as a kid. I was a poor student, because when a teacher would be trying to teach me how to play junky stuff, I would start playing my own songs. I’d usually get ridiculed for it, but I ended up doing my own thing. I can’t read music. It hasn’t gotten in the way yet. Maybe it will later, but I doubt it.

BOBBY Z (drummer): Prince was playing the piano. It was an upright or spinet — a small thing. It was moving, waving like a cartoon, responding to his fingertips. The music was rich and full. I never heard anything like that. I’d never seen anyone play the piano like that. I was taken immediately.

JIMMY JAM: We were at Bryant Junior High. I was a year younger than him. We were in a band to back up the choir at school. I was gonna play drums, and I knew Prince played keyboards. He showed up at practice and picks up a guitar and plays, note for note, the intricate solo from Chicago’s “Make Me Smile.” I made the mistake of getting up from the drums, and he sat there and he killed ‘em. He had the biggest Afro in the world — that wasn’t fair, either.

Sign 'o the Times.

Sister killed her baby
'cuz she couldn't afford to feed it
and we're sending people to the moon...

In September my cousin tried reefer
for the very first time...
Now he's shooting horse;
it's June.


Black Day; Stormy Night.

No Love, No Hope in Sight...

Don't cry, he is coming
Don't die without knowing... the cross.
Ghettos to the left of us
Flowers to the right
There'll be bread for all of us
If we can just bear... the cross.

Sweet song of salvation
A pregnant mother sings
She lives in starvation
Her children need all that she brings...

We all have our problems...
Some big, some are small
Soon all of our problems
Will be taken by the cross.

Black day, stormy night
No love, no hope in sight
Don't cry for he is coming
Don't die without knowing the cross...

Ghettos to the left of us
Flowers to the right
There'll be bread for all, y'all
If we can just, just bear the cross, yeah

We all have our problems
Some are big, some are small
Soon all of our problems, y'all
Will be taken by the cross

The cross
The cross!

Read more: Prince - The Cross Lyrics | MetroLyrics

I Guess I Should Have Known...

by the way you parked your car -- sideways --
that it wouldn't last...

It was 7:45...

We were all in line...
to greet the teacher Miss Kathleen.
First was Kevin; then came Lucy; third in line was me.

All of us were ordinary compared to Cynthia Rose.
She always stood at the back of the line,
a smile beneath her nose.

Her favorite number was 20, and every single day
if you asked her what she had for breakfast,
this is what she'd say...

Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam.
Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine.
and a side order of ham.

If you set your mind free, baby,
maybe you'd understand:
Starfish and coffee.
Maple syrup and jam.
Cynthia wore the prettiest dress,
with different color socks.
Sometimes, I wondered if the mates were in her lunchbox...

Me and Lucy opened it, when Cynthia wasn't around...
Lucy cried; I almost died; you know what we found?
Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam.
Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine.
and a side order of ham.

If you set your mind free, baby,
maybe you'd understand:
Starfish and coffee.
Maple syrup and jam.
Cynthia had a happy face...
just like the one she'd draw...
On every wall, in every school...
But it's all right! It's for a worthy cause!

Go on, Cynthia! Keep singin' ...
Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam.
Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine.
and a side order of ham.

If you set your mind free, baby,
maybe you'd understand:
Starfish and coffee.
Maple syrup and jam.

All Excited...

and we don't know why!
Maybe it's cuz... we all gonna die!
And when we do...
what's it all for??

Better Live Now 'fore Grim Reaper
Come Knockin on Your Door

Prince Is Dead... ???


ADDED: And if the elevator tries to bring you down...

Go Crazy!
Punch a Higher Floor!!

Wednesday, April 20

Aw, But Don't You Believe Them...

Actually, the Blues lead the series 3-1 over the Hawks, but why let the facts get in the way of promoting a story?

Blackhawks Put Blues on the Brink in a Bitter Series
Fights, disputed calls and a possible shouted slur were all present as Chicago took a 3-1 series lead over St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, April 19

If You Don't Stand for Something...

You'll Fall for Anything...

RIP Doris Roberts.

I’m not a bull artist,” she said last year.
“I tell it like it is. I’m not some celebrity thinking I’m greater than anybody else. I’m one of the people. And they know that. It’s wonderful when they say to me ‘Thank you for the humor you’ve brought us all these years.’ I am a lucky son of a gun. I get paid for it."

Friday, April 15

The Year the American People Got Theirs.

ENLARGE  Photo: Getty Images/Blend Images
On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an “election” without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred.

A planned vote had been canceled. And one million Republicans in Colorado were sidelined.

In recent days, something all too predictable has happened: Politicians furiously defended the system. “These are the rules,” we were told over and over again. If the “rules” can be used to block Coloradans from voting on whether they want better trade deals, or stronger borders, or an end to special-interest vote-buying in Congress—well, that’s just the system and we should embrace it.

Let me ask America a question: How has the “system” been working out for you and your family?

I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people. Members of the club—the consultants, the pollsters, the politicians, the pundits and the special interests—grow rich and powerful while the American people grow poorer and more isolated.

No one forced anyone to cancel the vote in Colorado. Political insiders made a choice to cancel it. And it was the wrong choice.

Responsible leaders should be shocked by the idea that party officials can simply cancel elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide.

The only antidote to decades of ruinous rule by a small handful of elites is a bold infusion of popular will. On every major issue affecting this country, the people are right and the governing elite are wrong. The elites are wrong on taxes, on the size of government, on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy.
Why should we trust the people who have made every wrong decision to substitute their will for America’s will in this presidential election?

Here, I part ways with Sen. Ted Cruz.

Mr. Cruz has toured the country bragging about his voterless victory in Colorado. For a man who styles himself as a warrior against the establishment (you wouldn’t know it from his list of donors and endorsers), you’d think he would be demanding a vote for Coloradans. Instead, Mr. Cruz is celebrating their disenfranchisement.

Likewise, Mr. Cruz loudly boasts every time party insiders disenfranchise voters in a congressional district by appointing delegates who will vote the opposite of the expressed will of the people who live in that district.
That’s because Mr. Cruz has no democratic path to the nomination. He has been mathematically eliminated by the voters.

While I am self-funding, Mr. Cruz rakes in millions from special interests. Yet despite his financial advantage, Mr. Cruz has won only three primaries outside his home state and trails me by two million votes—a gap that will soon explode even wider. Mr. Cruz loses when people actually get to cast ballots. Voter disenfranchisement is not merely part of the Cruz strategy—it is the Cruz strategy.

The great irony of this campaign is that the “Washington cartel” that Mr. Cruz rails against is the very group he is relying upon in his voter-nullification scheme.

My campaign strategy is to win with the voters. Ted Cruz’s campaign strategy is to win despite them.
What we are seeing now is not a proper use of the rules, but a flagrant abuse of the rules. Delegates are supposed to reflect the decisions of voters, but the system is being rigged by party operatives with “double-agent” delegates who reject the decision of voters.

The American people can have no faith in such a system. It must be reformed.

Just as I have said that I will reform our unfair trade, immigration and economic policies that have also been rigged against Americans, so too will I work closely with the chairman of the Republican National Committee and top GOP officials to reform our election policies. Together, we will restore the faith—and the franchise—of the American people.

We must leave no doubt that voters, not donors, choose the nominee.

How have we gotten to the point where politicians defend a rigged delegate-selection process with more passion than they have ever defended America’s borders?

Perhaps it is because politicians care more about securing their private club than about securing their country.
My campaign will, of course, battle for every last delegate. We will work within the system that exists now, while fighting to have it reformed in the future. But we will do it the right way. My campaign will seek maximum transparency, maximum representation and maximum voter participation.

We will run a campaign based on empowering voters, not sidelining them.

Let us take inspiration from patriotic Colorado citizens who have banded together in protest. Let us make Colorado a rallying cry on behalf of all the forgotten people whose desperate pleas have for decades fallen on the deaf ears and closed eyes of our rulers in Washington, D.C.

The political insiders have had their way for a long time. Let 2016 be remembered as the year the American people finally got theirs.
Mr. Trump is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. 

Wrong Country, Honey.

Hillary Clinton:  "The Libyan people deserve a chance at democracy and self- government. And I, as president, will keep trying to give that to them."  Think closer to home. Nttawwt.

Clinton on the Fiasco in Libya:
"What we did was to try to provide support for our European and Arab allies and partners. The decision was the president’s. Did I do the due diligence? Did I talk to everybody I could talk to? Did I visit every capital and then report back to the president? Yes, I did. That’s what a secretary of state does.

But at the end of the day, those are the decisions that are made by the president to in any way use American military power. And the president made that decision.  And, yes, we did try without success because of the Libyans’ obstruction to our efforts, but we did try and we will continue to try to help the Libyan people."
= I failed, but give me the A anyway.  I tried really hard!

Look at all the busywork I put in, and I'm not ready to quit yet, even though my actions have led to worse failure -- and most importantly, more deaths -- than not trying to help at all...

Bernie Sanders on NATO:
Dana Bash has a question.
BASH: Senator Sanders, in 1997, you said this about NATO, you said, quote: “It is not the time to continue wasting tens of billions of dollars helping to defend Europe, let alone assuming more than our share of any cost associated with expanding NATO.”
Do you still feel that way?
SANDERS: Well, what I believe, if my memory is correct here, we spend about 75 percent of the entire cost of the military aspect of NATO. Given the fact that France has a very good health care system and free public education, college education for their people, the U.K. has a good National Health Service and they also provide fairly reasonable higher education, you know what, yeah, I do believe that the countries of Europe should pick up more of the burden for their defense. Yes, I do.
BASH: And just following up, Senator Sanders, Donald Trump also argues that NATO is unfair economically to the U.S. because America pays a disproportionate share. So how is what you say about NATO and your proposal different than his?
SANDERS: Well, you got to ask — you got to ask Trump. All I can tell you is, with a huge deficit, with 47 million people living in poverty, with our inner cities collapsing, yeah, I do think countries like Germany and U.K. and France and European countries whose economy, or at least its standard of living and health care and education, they’re doing pretty well.
So I would not be embarrassed as president of the United States to stay to our European allies, you know what, the United States of America cannot just support your economies. You got to put up your own fair share of the defense burden. Nothing wrong with that.
Nothing wrong with that, indeed!  Take care of our own, first.
Now that's the spirit.

I wonder if that is part of the common-sense security message that young Americans coming up are warming to...

Jewish News You Can Use...

By Maggie Haberman, NYT
Donald J. Trump met with roughly 30 reporters for Jewish media outlets and with Orthodox Jewish activists in his office on Thursday afternoon. ...

Midway through the meeting, according to the publication The Forward, Mr. Trump was asked how he would refer to what are commonly described as the West Bank settlements. Mr. Trump turned to Jason Greenblatt, who is not a campaign adviser, but is the chief legal officer of the Trump Organization. 

“Jason, how would you respond to that?” Mr. Trump said. He said that Mr. Greenblatt would better understand the issue. 

Mr. Greenblatt, in turn, said that he would not describe the land as “occupied” and that there was little reason to get “hung up on terminology,” according to The Forward’s account. Mr. Trump never directly answered the question. 
Yossi Gestetner, a Rockland County activist and a co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, said he had arranged the meeting, arguing that some politicians in New York “shun the Jewish community.” 
Mr. Gestetner said. “He smartly found a good way not to answer, which whatever he would have said would anyway be criticized by another segment involved in this issue.”

By Jason Horowitz, NYT
The Sanders campaign’s announcement on Tuesday that Simone Zimmerman would be its national Jewish outreach coordinator delighted her fellow left-wing Jewish political activists and encouraged their belief that public expressions of disgust with the Israeli government had edged into the acceptable mainstream of Democratic politics.

They might have been getting ahead of themselves.

On Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign suspended Ms. Zimmerman, 25, after revelations that she had used vulgarities in Facebook posts about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Hillary Clinton.

Not One New York Delegate for Ted Cruz.

That's the goal...
If Wisconsin voters were too smart by half,
thinking of themselves as nation-builders here at home with a plan to vote for Ted (whom nobody even supports) in order to install a potential slate of in-state candidates:  good ole young boys who could not earn it themselves -- hell Ryan could not even win his own state for Mitt Romney in 2012, then I hope New York shows the nation...

Not even one New York delegate should got to Ted Cruz.
That's the goal, and I think New Yorkers are smart enough to pull it off...

We've had enough Texans playin' tough to last the world a lifetime.

Mr. Trump hailed the “straight talk” and “big energy” of New Yorkers, and “the families playing in Central Park.” But as he has done repeatedly in attempting to make Mr. Cruz pay a political price for deriding his “New York values,” the Queens-bred developer saved his most impassioned definition of the phrase to associate it with the victims and heroes of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“In our darkest moment as a city, we showed the world the very, very best in terms of braveness and heart and soul,” he said.

Mr. Trump singled out the Rev. Mychal F. Judge, the New York Fire Department chaplain who was killed as he attempted to rescue the wounded at ground zero. “He died praying and taking care of people,” said Mr. Trump.

It was a sober turn for the Republican front-runner, who usually speaks extemporaneously. But Mr. Trump is attempting to win convincingly enough here next week to take all of the state’s 95 delegates and steady his campaign, which has suffered from staff turmoil and has struggled to win delegates at a series of recent state contests.
With a bank of television cameras and dozens of reporters in attendance, Mr. Trump did not mention Mr. Cruz by name and only glancingly noted that he is “millions of votes ahead” of his chief rival. ...
Jobs, freedom, security,” he said. “These are not 51 percent, narrow wedge issues.”
ADDED:  Protesting does not pay like real jobs do... this is child's play:
Earlier in the evening, about 100 protesters marched around Grand Central Terminal, carrying red and black flags symbolic of anarchy. They went into the MetLife building and then roamed through the terminal, chanting “Stand up, fight back” and “Donald Trump, KKK, racist, sexist, antigay.”

A large contingent of police officers followed the demonstrators. Eventually the crowd exited the terminal and marched east on 42nd Street toward the hotel.

When they encountered Trump supporters, they chanted, “Nazi scum, off our streets.”

Here I Am, Lord.

Friday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 277

Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20

Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,
went to the high priest and asked him
for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,
if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,
he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,
a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
He said, “Who are you, sir?”
The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,
for they heard the voice but could see no one.
Saul got up from the ground,
but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias,
and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”
He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight
and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
He is there praying,
and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
come in and lay his hands on him,
that he may regain his sight.”
But Ananias replied,
“Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man,
what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.
And here he has authority from the chief priests
to imprison all who call upon your name.”
But the Lord said to him,
“Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine
to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel,
and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.”
So Ananias went and entered the house;
laying his hands on him, he said,
“Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me,
Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came,
that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes
and he regained his sight.
He got up and was baptized,
and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
that he is the Son of God.

Thursday, April 14

Charles Blow... for the Status Quo.

The trouble with artificially elevating select minorities to top corporate positions is that once there, they rarely represent in order to maintain the protected safety of their own.  Nttawwt.

The black columnist at the New York Times is "bored" with the presidential preference political races, and tells us all that Hope and Change based on promises is just not happening, people...

I fear that the cynicism the president describes is inevitable because this country, in its founding documents, wasn’t designed to easily facilitate change, let alone revolutionary change.
It took centuries for this country to arrive at its current condition and will take time to shift away from it.
That isn’t what people want to hear in an anti-establishment, revolutionary change cycle, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
I fear that we are going to move from the race’s current banality to an eventual, and most assured, sense of betrayal in which armies of voters see promises of radical change come crashing to earth. That to me is unfortunate and even frightening.
He even defines CP time, for white liberals not in the know who bought the promises.  Turns out the president was operating on a different timeline.  This one's for Charles, then:
Let's Hang On...
to What We Got...
Don't Let Go
'Cause We Got A Lot!
Who said all the black voices are shut out of the prosperity chorus, anyway?  Sounds like money for nothing...

Wednesday, April 13

Cute Graphic.

Illustrating what happens when the votes of the American people are stolen by another candidate because he had ... the good organizational sense to install lying delegates on the ground willing to promise one thing, and then turn around and do another at the first opportunity.

That wasn't "cute" even when we were all kids...
It was a sign you could not be trusted to keep your word, even with the "fingers crossed, behind the back" out.

God help ya if you admire men like that, or work for them.
Real Don Blankenship-types.

News SmashUp.

News Q’s | Journalist Responds to Her Critics and Becomes a Media Star

What do you think? Is “this cute little girl” a “real journalist”? Why or why not?
I presume she is cashing the checks, so there's that...
She's on the anti-Trump bandwagon, solidifying her skill...
Rush Limbaugh once called her out for shame by name!
She credits Dave Barry, and Gail Collins, as influences...
Harvard legacy, from college paper to WaPo columnist...
Humor, guys!  It's all about the funny in news today!!

I Vote Yes.  Thanks for asking. 

ADDED:  Isn't this how Megyn Kelly got her start?  She's got legs; she knows how to use them...

UPDATE:  I forgot though. Not enough to just have a bangin bod in journalism today.  How easily does she bruise?  Remember, the women journolists who get their names known nationally have to be able to quickly insert themselves into the action, to mix it up in the press-conference scrum and sustain fingerprint bruising on the arm very quickly, after only a seconds-only near-contact with protected national leaders.  Not everyone has the physical ability to take abuse like that in their career...

Tuesday, April 12

Hill and Bill.


"I just have to say thanks for the endorsement, Bill. Took you long enough,” Clinton told her former campaign manager.
“Sorry, Hillary, I was running on C.P. time,” de Blasio replied to gasps from the crowd.  Clinton then appeared to rescue de Blasio by saying he meant "cautious politician time.”

The skit did not go over well with social media, where many users took issue with the racial nature of the material...
He should have called her "my bitch"
if he was doing racial humor.
All in good fun, of course.
To be down with the natives,
both of them white folk
batting for Team Black.

I liked the joke actually.  Never mind the social media clucks -- fuck em. It would have been funny, in a non-PC world.

But the fact that people like Hillary Clinton have helped create the sense of political correctness in their bubble world -- passed on to their children raised in the Baby On Board,
make-a-special-safe-place-for-me generation ...

And most of all,
the fact that someone felt the need to explain the punchline and what was being riffed on, set her, and the joke, up for failure ...
It didn't feel natural. Either you got it, or not. Never explain; let them catch up...

If people today are faking outrage over the allegedly risque humor, it only goes to show how far we have fallen in our... dialoging, how artificial everything has become.

Who helped create that world again?