The satirical music video for “All I Want” from the new album “+/-” (pronounced ‘polarity’) by German-Iraqi DJ and producer Boys Noize is smart, a bit profound, and definitely of the moment. Continue reading “Music Video: ‘All I Want’ Harnesses Opposites With Ironic Results”
I reported earlier today about Donald Trump’s visit to Nevada over the weekend where he held an indoor campaign rally with a few thousand supporters in violation of the current Nevada guidelines regarding gatherings of more than 50 people.
I just came across this, however, which has to go in the ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ file.
Watch these hundreds of Trump fans race past the barricades (barely a mask in sight) all to the tune of the Village People’s gay anthem, “Macho Man.”
It’s also worth noting that Victor Willis, the only original member of the Village People still with the group, sent a cease and desist letter to the Trump campaign in June asking that the group’s music (Trump also loves using “YMCA” and “In the Navy”).
Just watched a sea of people rush to the front of the barricades ahead of tonight’s rally in Minden, NV. pic.twitter.com/pawt9D2P3Z
— Mark Meredith (@markpmeredith) September 12, 2020
A Texas woman who mocked the ongoing COVID-19 health threat as a “hoax” on social media has died of the virus.
As Twitter user @sunnmcheaux posted, on March 14th Karen Kolb Sehlke shared a lengthy coronavirus “hoax” rant on her Facebook. On April 2, her family launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for her medical and funeral costs.
The third tweet below carries a Facebook post that has been attributed to a friend of the deceased, but I haven’t been able to confirm that.
March 14th: *posted COVID-19 hoax, anti-socialism rant on FB*
April 2nd: *died of COVID-19, family asking for GoFundMe donations*
— Sunn m'Cheaux (@sunnmcheaux) April 4, 2020
What's troubling about the way reports of Karen's COVID-19 death are being handled by family & friends is their censorship, the deception. Though it was initially stated on their Gofundme the cause of death was COVID-19, it's been deleted & now reported as cause of death unknown: pic.twitter.com/QoqWeLhMZ8
— Sunn m'Cheaux (@sunnmcheaux) April 4, 2020
One of her friends on Facebook posted this. I've felt similar about my friends relatives who were still acting just like Karen less than a week ago.
This is heartbreaking and infuriating. pic.twitter.com/Bf07570V83
— Stag 🌹 Moecco (@creezee) April 5, 2020
The same Twitter user noted that initially, the GoFundMe listed the cause of death as COVID-19. The campaign has since been edited to now say cause of death unknown.
The campaign raised more than $35,000 before the family stopped further donations.
The Facebook rant has reportedly been removed as well.
I agree with Sunn m’Cheaux that the point of highlighting this story isn’t to mock the woman’s death but to understand the ongoing risks and widespread effects of the disease.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has become the first U.S. Senator to test positive for coronavirus.
From NBC News:
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19,” Paul’s account tweeted. “He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”
“He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time,” the thread continued. “Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.”
Paul is the third member of Congress to announce a positive test for coronavirus, following Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and Ben McAdams, D-Utah. Several Republican lawmakers also self-quarantined earlier this month after learned they had interacted with someone who tested positive for the virus at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Some might note the irony that Paul was the only senator to vote against a bipartisan $8 billion deal to provide emergency coronavirus funding earlier this month.
Earlier this week, I reported that Walking Dead actor Daniel Newman developed symptoms, knew he’d been exposed to the coronavirus, went to the ER and was told (after ringing up a bill for $9,000+) that his test couldn’t be “processed” because he wasn’t a senior citizen or traveled recently in China or Italy.
How did an asymptomatic U.S. senator get tested if Newman and others couldn’t?
Of course, we know the answer to that question.
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020
big concerns in Senate gop ranks about @RandPaul’s positive test for coronavirus and what it means for everyone else.
Rand was in lunches w his colleagues. Jerry Moran said at lunch today that Paul was at the gym this AM swimming.
Paul got the results late this am and left.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 22, 2020
Sen. Rand Paul has been sitting with GOP senators at lunches and meetings every day.
And per CNN, he was at the Senate gym this morning!
I think a lot of GOP senators are going to have to isolate right now.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) March 22, 2020
So Rand Paul can get a test without symptoms, but the rest of us peasants cant? #RandPaulPositiveCovid19.
— Professional Student, JD, LLM ⚖️🍷📚🎼 (@somebodystop_me) March 22, 2020
Why did he get tested if he is asymptotic but the common Americans can not get a test even if they are showing symptoms!
— Maureen Vaughn (@MaureenDeniseV) March 22, 2020
With the ongoing political turmoil happening in Virginia as Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring each deal with allegations of past racist or misogynist behavior, Donald Trump took to Twitter today to say if these were Republicans ‘far stronger action would be taken’ against their own.
Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia. If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken. Virginia will come back HOME Republican) in 2020!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019
Now, this comes from the man who has repeatedly said misogynistic and racist comments for years – on tape!
Seriously, folks, irony is dead.
“If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken.”
Dec 8, 2017:
— Serial Trader 🐾 (@Serial_Trader_) February 7, 2019
would this stronger action been after they were sued by the government for racial discrimination or when they were out there grabbing pussies? feel free to let us know when the Republican party becomes the gold standard for morality and ethics, i for one won’t hold my breath.
— Nicole Miller (@millnic) February 7, 2019
Far stronger action? You mean like putting them on the Supreme Court?
— Greg Tanner (@gtanner425) February 7, 2019
The Daily Show found video footage of Donald Trump telling graduates back in 2004 to ‘never give up,’ even if there’s a ‘concrete wall in front of you.’
“Never, ever give up. Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen. If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it, go over it, go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.”
CNN host Don Lemon took a trip on the way-back machine last night by airing a 2013 video of Donald Trump saying then-President Obama should be fired over a government shutdown.
Lemon first ran down a list of those agencies and employees that are affected by the current Trump shutdown of the federal government:
• 380K federal employees on leave without pay
• 420K working without pay including 41,000 law enforcement and correctional officers, and tens of thousands of Customs and Border Patrol agents and customs officers.
Lemon then aired a clip from 2013 where Trump told Fox News: “If you say, ‘Who gets fired?’ it always has to be the top. Problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top.”
“The president is the leader, he has to get everyone in a room and lead,” Trump continued.
Lemon calls the now-ironic remark “priceless.”
Irony is officially dead.
On her Fox News show last night, Jeanine Pirro railed about “unhinged leftists” who are “normalizing outrageous behavior” regarding the story of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant due to the owner’s deeply held moral convictions.
“Political debate at the very heart of the founding of this country has devolved into political harassment and outright political abuse. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, one of the most of prestigious jobs in Washington, D.C., out to dinner, places her order and is then told to leave by the owner because she works for the president of the United States. Sarah quietly leaves.
“The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week was literally screamed and heckled out of a restaurant while eating her dinner. Trump supporters are being harassed all across this country by a hysterical left unwilling to accept the decision and the will of the American people who put Donald Trump in office. These unhinged leftists are normalizing outrageous behavior which is only getting worse.”
Of course, what’s hysterical is Pirro is one of the most fervent supporters of the king of ‘normalizing outrageous behavior,’ Donald Trump.
Pirro being offended by a restaurant owner quietly asking Sanders to leave when the Trumpster has spent years saying every kind of offensive thing he can think of about his political opponents is truly laughable.
I thought Republicans had decided that businesses are allowed to discriminate and don’t have to serve people they don’t want to serve. Or is that just for gay couples who want wedding cakes baked for them?
Watch the opening rant below.
“What’s happening in this country today is beyond anything we’ve ever seen in American politics. Political debate, at the very heart of the founding of this country, has devolved into outright political abuse.”
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) June 24, 2018
And who says irony is dead?
Donald Trump, the president with the lowest approval ratings in history, took a swipe at Hollywood by pointing out the Academy Awards’ low TV ratings with a tweet that read, “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President.”
The Trumpster added a quick “just kidding, of course,” but I’m not so sure he was kidding…
Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
Nothing he cares about more than ratings! https://t.co/Vfsd4MT1FR
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) March 6, 2018
Translation: “I know more about the details of TV ratings than I do about global trade, taxes, healthcare, and foreign policy.” https://t.co/us27Je8b1Z
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) March 6, 2018
Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to defend two White House staffers who resigned due to allegations of domestic abuse.
Time and again Donald Trump finds a way to side with men accused of bad behavior but he never has a word for the victims.
From The New York Times:
In a Twitter post, Mr. Trump appeared to raise doubts about the entire #MeToo movement, a day after he had offered sympathy for a former aide accused of spousal abuse.
“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” the president wrote on Twitter, adding: “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
On Friday, the president had jumped into the controversy over the former aide, Rob Porter, who is accused by two former wives of physical and emotional abuse, defending him and offering no denunciation even for the idea of assaulting women. Mr. Trump, who himself has been accused of sexual misconduct, focused instead on Mr. Porter, saying that he was enduring a “tough time.”
Of course, this is the same man who makes unfounded claims against his enemies all the time…
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
In point of fact, 2 ex-wives talking on the record to journalists and to the FBI and one ex-girlfriend on background, with a photo of a black eye and a police report, is not “a mere allegation.” https://t.co/yummWOW4qZ
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 10, 2018
Women’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by domestic abuse. Some are not believed, even with evidence. Some injuries are new, and some are old. There is no recovery for someone who is denied justice.
You had the chance to speak out and condemn this. You failed. Again. https://t.co/syqtyeai9T
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 10, 2018
Oh, look! The man who spent $85,000 placing full-page ads in the four daily papers in New York City, calling for the deaths of the Central Park Five, all exonerated by DNA, is pretending to care about Due Process. President Snowflake is scared. https://t.co/H7V8tli84Y
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 10, 2018
Good grief. Irony has nine lives. https://t.co/ZuhvXC3eaP
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) February 10, 2018