Friday Open Thread: Musing on Taco Bowls

The tweet by Donald Trump depicting him eating a taco bowl in his office (made at Trump Tower Grill) and proclaiming his love of Hispanics in celebration of Cinco del Mayo is hilarious. It's been retweeted 73,000 times as of now, and "liked" by 85,000 people. (There's no dislike number, which for all we know, could be in the hundreds of thousands.

I think his account was hacked. Even he's not stupid enough to think anyone would believe he loves Hispanics or would eat that Taco bowl. I don't even believe he eats food from a restaurant in his building. Do you really think he doesn't have a private chef?

Best response I've seen so far: "Can we have the taco bowl for President instead of Trump?" [More...]

Hat tip to a tweeter named Benny Johnson who noticed that Trump's Taco bowl is sitting on a bikini-clad photo of his ex-wife Marla Maples, taken by Getty Images in Florida in March, 1985. See the lower right of corner of Trump's tweeted photo. Here's the Getty Image, which I just got at their website:

I wonder why Donald's credenza drawer is open. And what's in it. Looks like a pack of Marlboros but he doesn't smoke. And who is the woman on the right in the photo on the floor? It looks she has a blond bun. Is it Ivana Trump?

The "taco bowl" he's eating is supremely unhealthy, loaded with lard, fat and calories. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, not a "Hispanic" holiday. It's also not on the menu for the Trump Grill. And Trump has placed it in a dish with walls. This just has to be a joke or a hack, no?

Trump is going to supply us with endless laughs between now and November, but I doubt they will translate into votes. He's an entertainer, not a leader. I won't be surprised if Republican voter turnout in November is the lowest in history, or he gets the least number of votes for President of any major party candidate period.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Another item (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:42:15 AM EST
    in you just can't make this stuff up department. Erick Erickson says that the GOP should apologize for impeaching Bill Clinton after nominating Donald Trump. To me this just proves what us liberals have been saying all along. It had nothing to do with any court case and was all about the culture war they have been waging for decades.

    Hey Erick, we're never going back to the Mad Men era whether or not Donald is the GOP nominee.

    I'm all clotted up. (none / 0) (#18)
    by ExPatObserver on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:45:22 AM EST
    An overworked phrase (5.00 / 2) (#26)
    by christinep on Fri May 06, 2016 at 02:13:43 PM EST
    Even this early, one phrase is already becoming old, trite ..but, for some pundit types, seemingly one to throw into every commentary.  The presumptive nominees are described, in the same breath, as "two deeply flawed candidates."  

    "Deeply flawed."  For the past several months--and when certain detractors and repetitive TV commentators were looking for adjectival description to describe HRC, that seems to be the phrase of choice.  Why?  Who knows ... maybe someone found actual evidence of something that hasn't been found in the past 25 years of dredging.  Forgetting the obvious fact that every politician (and everyone, for that matter) are flawed in some respect, the phrase has the advantage of meaning nothing while suggesting something foreboding, murky.  Maybe HRC has been having séances with Vincent Foster???

    So, today on CBS Morning, guest Frank Luntz incorporated that both candidates were "deeply flawed" into his word maneuver ... and, emphasized also how both candidates were so disliked.  Blah, blah, blah.  Moving toward the false equivalency in terms of character definition, as Krugman might say.  He talked a bit about all the negative reactions to Trump in various groups; then, jumped to what he portrayed as a reality about HRC ... his assertion being that she is having trouble with her own party liking/accepting her as seen in Indiana. Well, he conveniently forgets that @ 1 in 5 voters in that open primary were Independents and that she always wins handily among Dems (and that the acceptance numbers are already near the 90& level, a very good level before the unification of the party's convention.) The point: Master Repub Wordsmith Luntz is offering the first of the tsk-tsk they-are-so-much-alike process.  

    So much will depend on who succeeds at character definition of the other.  Here's hoping that HRC's supporters make their case early on ... repeating ... repeating.  Assuming that definition can be made via his past deals, business shenanigans to add to his explosive temperament, so much the better.  Then, use the trite & workable KISS method ... repeating at least once a day here on out.

    Yes, 'flawed' and also this: (none / 0) (#29)
    by Nemi on Fri May 06, 2016 at 02:38:19 PM EST
    Two of the most unpopular nominees, ever!

    [deep sigh]

    No self-respecting Mexican... (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by kdog on Fri May 06, 2016 at 03:34:38 PM EST
    would eat a "taco bowl", least of all with sour cream.  That's some gringo sh&t right there...no mames guey.

    Out here on the US side of the San Ysidro (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by oculus on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:03:00 PM EST
    border, "Mexican" sit down restaurants offer tortilla salad. Very yummy and caloric, especially if you eat the fried tortilla which holds the other ingredients. I've never encountered this item in Mexico.

    with nopalitos (none / 0) (#66)
    by Mr Natural on Sat May 07, 2016 at 10:12:05 AM EST
    Someone (none / 0) (#34)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 04:19:34 PM EST
    else told me the same thing and also that REAL Mexican food is easy to get in NYC. And that REAL NYCers would never be seen eating such a concoction. LOL.

    Real Mexican fare is actually quite diverse. (none / 0) (#75)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat May 07, 2016 at 12:09:46 PM EST
    What most Americans are likely to picture in their minds when they think of "Mexican food" are dishes that originated in the northern part of the country in border states such as Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Coahuila, etc. The farther south one travels in the country, the cuisine evolves rather dramatically.

    Tex-Mex is what most Americans (none / 0) (#77)
    by caseyOR on Sat May 07, 2016 at 12:30:28 PM EST
    think of as Mexican food. Most Americans are not familiar with actual Mexican cuisine in all its manifestations.

    The chasm that separates Trump's taco bowl from anything found in one of Diana Kennedy's Authentic Mexican cookbooks is massive.


    Tex-Mex originated in northern Mexico. (none / 0) (#95)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat May 07, 2016 at 11:47:26 PM EST
    It is Mexican, albeit not wholly representative of the country's cuisine in its entirety. My wife's parents live in Corpus Christi, TX. But they are originally from Ciudad Valles, which is about 120 miles inland from the port of Tampico on the east coast. My mother-in-law is a wonderful cook. The dishes she prepares at home bear little resemblance to the taco-burrito combo plate at the local El Torito. Curiously, though, her favorite food is actually Italian.

    Yes, sour cream (none / 0) (#81)
    by MKS on Sat May 07, 2016 at 01:12:07 PM EST
    with black beans.  But the sour cream is more like thick milk. And fried platanos.

    Had it many, many times albeit in Central America.


    I had a Spanish teacher at UW ... (5.00 / 1) (#93)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat May 07, 2016 at 11:18:46 PM EST
    ... who was from Baranquilla in northern Colombia, and she first introduced many of us to fried platanos. They're great.

    The smell of camotes fills the streets (none / 0) (#102)
    by Mr Natural on Sun May 08, 2016 at 11:25:57 AM EST
    in Mexico.  Steamed-Baked sweet potatoes and plantains.  The smell transports me back to the two childhood years I lived in Mexico.  I have no memories stronger than the smell.  Maybe it's more accurate to say that the smell of camotes fills my memories of Mexico.

    You can also fry ordinary bananas; they turn soft and ice-creamy.  They're great for soothing the mouth after an good belt of hot sauce.


    Trump, as presumptive (5.00 / 2) (#37)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 06, 2016 at 05:10:10 PM EST
    Republican presidential nominee, is a very scary development for the country. Republicans are, temporarily, in disarray. However, they are likely to come together by the Convention--the transition may involve a little Kubler-Ross for some, and feigning some conscience for others.  But, it will happen.

    The stakes being so acute, it behooves the Sanders' campaign to hang it up, now.  A difficult call given the wins to come in May, thereby, bringing the illusion of a fuel additive to the tank. But, realistically, no mileage will be gained. Sanders has done what he can do. Take a bow, and exit.

    Trump can't be allowed to win by a disunited party. This has been a Democratic primary--an intra-party competition. Loving Bernie did not require hating Hillary, and vice versa.  The winner is determined by the delegate count. And, the arithmetic is there to see.  

    Full-bored energies need to be focused and expended on the general election as soon as possible.  There is too much to lose and nothing much to gain by waiting until the Democratic Convention.  

    This has been an atypical campaign season. (none / 0) (#92)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat May 07, 2016 at 11:11:23 PM EST
    While I don't rule anything out at this point, either am I expecting a sudden reversion to typical behavior in the wake of Trump's presumptive triumph.

    The crackpots have their candidate, in all his vulgar, bigoted and misogynist glory, and the long-concealed deep fissures in Ronald Reagan's grand coalition of Southern whites and Northern business / financial interests are finally emerging.

    We might actually be on the verge of witnessing an historic political realignment, not unlike what happened at the expense of the Whigs in the 1850s, over the course of the next four to eight years.



    If I were a superdelegate (none / 0) (#94)
    by sallywally on Sat May 07, 2016 at 11:42:11 PM EST
    I would be inclined to vote for Hillary just because of Sanders's arrogance and presumptuousness.

    There's so much going on with him -- just when it seems he might be about to be a statesman of sorts and back off from his nastiness toward Hillary, he doubles down on everything and adds more: transforming the Democratic party, still seeking the presidency, excusing his followers' bullying, threatening  behavior at a Clinton rally, no sign of support for or recognition of Hillary as the nominee, no concern for the party except what it can do to further his "mission" --

    Hillary is being attacked by two pig - headed men at the same time, with enormous issues at stake. We really need her as the only adult in the race -- and that includes the media doing their job or not.

    If she comes through this and becomes president, she will already be a great president.


    I have two signs in my yard (5.00 / 2) (#53)
    by sallywally on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:58:37 PM EST
    One for Hillary and one for Sanders, to illustrate the concept that we all need to hold together. I'm getting really sick of that Bernie sign, though. It helps some to think I'm communicating something that Bernie is not communicating to his supporters (If they get it...).

    Alabama chief justice... (5.00 / 1) (#80)
    by desertswine on Sat May 07, 2016 at 12:58:18 PM EST
    Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench (again). This is the second time Moore has been removed for defiant disobedience of the law and U.S. Constitution.

    Happy Mother's Day TL (5.00 / 1) (#108)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 08, 2016 at 06:53:55 PM EST
    Beautiful Day. Lost 100 on Mohaymen yesterday. I don't know if I should be consoled or appalled that  the most money was lost on that horse?

    But I grieve that The Americans didn't find a way to apply Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress to Martha. It's an opportunity lost.

    1st World problems

    Number of media (none / 0) (#1)
    by Nemi on Fri May 06, 2016 at 06:51:23 AM EST
    that - listed by memeorandum - found the picture at Trump's Facebook and other of his social media accounts worth covering:

    Take Town, Politico, New York Times, Western Journalism, No More Mister Nice Blog, The Daily Caller, Washington Post, USA Today, Patterico's Pontifications, Independent Journal ..., Hit & Run, CBS Philly, The Verge, CBS Los Angeles, Guardian, The Last Refuge, Fox 59, The Atlantic, Daily Kos, NBC News, Eater, TalkLeft, Mashable, FOX6Now.com, CBS Miami, Business Insider, Red Alert Politics, ABC News, ThinkProgress, U.S. Uncut, CBS Detroit, Hot Air, AOL, Vox, Balloon Juice, fox4kc.com, Mediaite, The Week, Washington Free Beacon, CBS New York, Washington Times, BizPac Review and The New Civil Rights Movement

    I guess he must be doing something right ... right?

    Media Matters: (none / 0) (#31)
    by Nemi on Fri May 06, 2016 at 03:25:14 PM EST
    All The News That Media Ignored While Obsessing Over Trump's Taco Bowl.

    A Google News search for "`Donald Trump'+`taco bowl'" returns about 379,000 results, and a search via TV monitoring software iQ media reflects a massive spike in TV coverage of the "taco bowl" tweet.

    Meanwhile, other consequential events relevant to Trump's campaign have received remarkably less attention. Mitt Romney said he won't back the presumptive Republican nominee, Trump "disavowed" former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's most recent display of anti-Semitic enthusiasm for his campaign after previously refusing to do so, bizarrely walked back his "only detailed economic proposal," saying his tax plan wasn't to be taken literally, and responded to a discrepancy with his adviser Ben Carson over whether the campaign's vice presidential choice would be a Republican. A U.S. District judge is also expected to address the timing of the trial for the class-action lawsuit that Trump is facing over the now-defunct Trump University.

    While media is right to point out the insensitive nature of Trump's pandering tweet - reactions among Hispanic media were especially mocking -- by devoting disproportionate coverage, they have effectively allowed Trump to set the agenda from his Twitter account, subsequently diverting attention from other troubling, more consequential aspects of his campaign. As Mother Jones' Kevin Drum noted, the tweet was bait, meant to induce mockery and appeal specifically to his base, and the media took it.

    I also haven't seen much about Donald Trump's spokeperson claiming that ... Hillary Clinton Has Never Truly Been Vetted By The Media. But maybe even media didn't find that worth a mention. :-/


    Valid points... (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by magster on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:04:00 PM EST
    ... but I don't think the tweet is not newsworthy. It's so telling on so many levels on what is wrong with Trump. If it was a fake "Onion" tweet, it'd be brilliant -- but it's real. Who keeps a bikini photo of an ex-wife on their desk under a taco bowl that's not on the menu of the restaurant he's bragging about making it when it's not a "Hispanic" dish in the first place a day after re-affirming he'd deport 11 million Hispanics and build a wall while saying he loves Hispanics while making a thumbs up sign -- oh and he was in WV yesterday making this tweet pre-meditated?

    You know (none / 0) (#59)
    by Nemi on Sat May 07, 2016 at 07:27:25 AM EST
    my initial reaction was: But why do the media have to give him so much (free!) advertising? But later it became clear that the tweet/picture had really backfired and been ridiculed ... as well it and he should be. But mostly, I think, on social media.

    I believe ridicule is the way to go with - or rather against - Donald Trump. And I share the worry of Alex Pareene at Gawker when he writes:

    "Dangerous Donald," the "loose cannon," hated by loser Republicans, capable of doing anything. This is all straight out of the orange idiot's dream journal.

    And it is apparently the line the Democrats have decided to take. They're going to build Trump up as a reckless and virile force of nature--and a true outsider--rather than expose him as a pitiful clown and an obvious fraud. This is completely backwards. As any writer who's ever received an angry personal response from Trump can tell you, you get under his skin by mocking and emasculating him, not by feeding the myth of his power and strength, the precise qualities his authoritarian followers adore.

    Please, Democrats and Hillary Clinton campaign, don't leave it up to social media to expose the guy by ridicule!


    Backfired? Ridiculed? (none / 0) (#60)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 07, 2016 at 07:40:00 AM EST
    Just (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat May 07, 2016 at 08:57:17 AM EST
    because it was re-tweeted might not be a positive thing. I saw a lot of jokes and mocking of it.

    The Worth of Mockery (5.00 / 1) (#88)
    by christinep on Sat May 07, 2016 at 04:20:15 PM EST
    If anyone knows the power of short-hand <pun intended>, it is Donald Trump.  The tweet skirmishes between Elizabeth Warren and Trump are intriguing ... something tells me that she is well-position for the role, the almost hatchet-like role ... she is using two words that catch attention by their defining nature "weak" & "loser" to describe Trump ... direct, clearly; and--this is key in the game of early definition words--they may well stick because the strong, simple words often do as they have an honest quality about them.  We'll see.

    The all-purpose laugh, used sparingly & mockingly, finds its target in the backyard bully of a Trump.


    Trump wasn't pandering to Latinos. (none / 0) (#105)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 08, 2016 at 04:18:28 PM EST
    Rather, he's appealing once again to the millions of ignorant whites who think the bill of fare at the local Taco Bell constitutes authentic Mexican cuisine, showing his own base of supporters how "reasonable" he is because, hey, he's eating a taco bowl. Everyone would be better off ignoring his tweet.

    And several hundred hours of free media (none / 0) (#62)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 07, 2016 at 08:29:44 AM EST
    As (none / 0) (#68)
    by Nemi on Sat May 07, 2016 at 10:29:28 AM EST
    I've already pointed out.

    One (none / 0) (#67)
    by Nemi on Sat May 07, 2016 at 10:27:21 AM EST
    doesn't rule out the other.

    Nope (none / 0) (#70)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat May 07, 2016 at 10:41:45 AM EST
    because free media doesn't necessarily mean positive media.

    Yes (none / 0) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 07, 2016 at 10:59:55 AM EST
    I'm sure they are sweating about bad press from Gawker

    Says who? (none / 0) (#73)
    by Nemi on Sat May 07, 2016 at 11:22:47 AM EST
    Not me.

    Frankly (none / 0) (#74)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat May 07, 2016 at 11:25:47 AM EST
    I don't think Donald cares. It plays to his base and gains him nothing in the way of voters. Latest poll shows him detested by 87% of Hispanics. I don't think his numbers could go any lower with that stupid tweet.

    You mean his (5.00 / 1) (#86)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 07, 2016 at 04:02:20 PM EST
    Hispanic outreach.  

    Excellent point, Capt ... yet (none / 0) (#89)
    by christinep on Sat May 07, 2016 at 04:26:31 PM EST
    Because the press will be there for him in any event, at this point the real game may be to define him early, strongly in a way that can't be shaken ... and, that definition should be one that makes him a laughing stock as weak, cowardly bully. One of the exceptions to the there-never-can-be-too-much-publicity is the offsetting effect of PR that renders one (Trump?) the butt of jokes by the late-night comedians, followed by all the rest of us.

    No one has ever loved "the diverse" (none / 0) (#2)
    by ExPatObserver on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:07:15 AM EST
    more than The Donald. He's a lovely guy.

    Who do you side with? (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:50:11 AM EST
    I'm reposting this link cause I think it's cool.


    answer a few questions and it tells you based on there views of record who most agrees with you.

    I side with Clinton 96%.... (5.00 / 5) (#52)
    by magster on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:29:14 PM EST
    ... and with Sanders 96%. I, therefore, am a unity voter.

    The survey did not ask me, full disclosure, about whether someone who's lost should quit throwing poo at the inevitable nominee when the general election foe is a threat to the world as we know it. My scores might be a little different.


    I'm 96% with Sanders and Stein, 92% Clinton. (5.00 / 1) (#98)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 08, 2016 at 12:26:32 AM EST
    I'm still supporting Hillary.

    This little quiz Howdy links to (none / 0) (#4)
    by caseyOR on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:59:25 AM EST
    is pretty interesting. I took it. The results confirmed for me that Sanders and Clinton hold very very similar policy positions on most issues.

    My outcomes:

    Sanders - 99%

    Clinton - 97%

    Stein - 95%


    I got (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:05:53 AM EST
    (From memory)

    Sanders 94

    Clinton 92

    Johnson 89


    A, A-, and a B+ (none / 0) (#6)
    by Mr Natural on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:26:30 AM EST
    I got (none / 0) (#11)
    by CoralGables on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:51:04 AM EST
    Me 100
    Clinton 96
    Sanders 95
    Stein 88
    Johnson 85
    and all the way down to
    Cruz 16

    All of which is somewhat meaningless with me at the top of those I'm in agreement with as I'd never vote for me, but great to know I never want to have a beer with Cruz.


    Did you see the Johnson interview (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:57:28 AM EST
    I took that from?  I posted it in another thread.  I laughed when he said the person he most agreed with was Sanders.  I thought wait, you are not counting yourself, right?

    That's funny (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:09:02 AM EST
    because he really doesn't agree much with Sanders.

    I got (none / 0) (#16)
    by CST on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:26:42 AM EST
    97% Bernie, 96% Hillary, 95% Stein.  Gary Johnson was in the 60s, Donald Trump was down at 25%.  Even a stopped clock I guess..

    Survey says! (none / 0) (#25)
    by kdog on Fri May 06, 2016 at 12:10:11 PM EST
    Bernie 97%
    Jill 96%
    Hillary 92%
    Marc Allan Who? 85%
    Gary 82%

    I got (none / 0) (#99)
    by vml68 on Sun May 08, 2016 at 07:40:09 AM EST
    Bernie - 92
    Hillary - 87
    Stein - 85

    I am with her!


    I know on which date Trump (none / 0) (#7)
    by ExPatObserver on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:42:25 AM EST
    will have fried chicken and watermelon!

    Yes (none / 0) (#8)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:17:01 AM EST
    that seems to be the joke. On Juneteenth he will eat watermelon and fried chicken and say I love the blacks!

    Look forward to the (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:22:21 AM EST
    Gay Pride menu

    hot dogs (none / 0) (#10)
    by ExPatObserver on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:43:25 AM EST
    And tossed salad. "Trump tower has the best tossed salad!"

    Kielbasa and Ambrosia (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:01:25 AM EST
    And bananas fried in Crisco.

    If we're talking Gay Pride, ... (none / 0) (#30)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri May 06, 2016 at 03:07:57 PM EST
    ... I know a number of LGBT people who'd prefer that Trump be on the receiving end of a can of Crisco, a baseball bat and a bag of doorknobs.

    If you have (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:10:25 AM EST
    a twitter account, you should go check out the briefing. I have been LMAO all this morning looking at what they have put up.

    More on the (none / 0) (#19)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:59:50 AM EST
    you can't  make this stuff up. The leader of the Southern Baptist Convention says opposing Trump puts you on the right side of Jesus.

    Truth and Trumpism, (none / 0) (#20)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 06, 2016 at 11:40:15 AM EST
    a prediction of media coverage, Dr. Paul Krugman (NYT, May 6, 2016).   The first, the least harmful, will be the urge to make a horse race. Krugman reminds about polls; outliers need to be taken with a pound of salt

    Second, more damaging, is the false equivalence and the striving for "balance."  The example given is the wildly irresponsible and asymmetric policies: Trump's huge tax cuts with no offsetting spending cuts and promise to pay down the debt v. Mrs. Clinton's proposed modest spending increases paid for by specific tax hikes. Or, they all do it; Mrs. Clinton and Trump both fight dirty: Trump calls opponents liars, questions their manhood, suggests father involved in JFK murder.  Mrs. Clinton suggests Sanders did not do his homework on his key policies.

    And, the whitewashing, literally, of the racism that is at the heart of the Trump movement; pretending to be about something else, (e.g. D.C. insiders, etc) and denying the racial core.

    One thing (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 11:46:03 AM EST
    The day after Indiana he was already backpedaling the tax cuts for the rich.  Well, maybe we could raise taxes on the rich.

    Nothing he has said will effect what he says or does form now forward.   We know how short memories are.


    You (none / 0) (#22)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 11:49:48 AM EST
    are correct that voters memories tend to be short. However they are going to be constantly refreshed by Hillary's campaign. They are already doing it.

    Agreed. we always (none / 0) (#23)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 06, 2016 at 12:05:46 PM EST
    knew his so-called governance policies were not key to Trumpism. Trump is also, now going to "look into" increasing the minimum wage (before they were too high at $7.25/hr).

      As Krugman suggests, it is Trump saying what they say in the open--normalizing the racism core.  No more "political correctness."  In that interchange between Cruz and Mr. Ray Ban, the first response to Cruz's question, what do you like about Trump, answer: "the wall."


    That's right (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 12:06:56 PM EST
    Same interview.  

    Possibly (none / 0) (#64)
    by sallywally on Sat May 07, 2016 at 08:43:39 AM EST
    nonexistent memories in the case of his supporters!

    that's harsh (none / 0) (#55)
    by linea on Sat May 07, 2016 at 01:00:34 AM EST
    calling everybody who supports trump racists feels to me to be a bit more than using a colorful exaggeration for emphasis.  but what do i know?

    i remember people accusing hillary supporters of racism during the obama election.  perhaps my visceral ("relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect") dislike of hillary is a remnant of that election?  i dunno.


    Best way I heard it put (5.00 / 2) (#56)
    by ruffian on Sat May 07, 2016 at 05:19:30 AM EST
    On daily kos radio.......all Trump supporters are not racists, but it is clear who the racists are supporting. And Trump is welcoming them with open arms.

    Yeah (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 07, 2016 at 07:12:06 AM EST
    I would say not all Trump supporters are racists but nearly all racists are Trump supporters.

    What you describe (people accusing HRC supporters (none / 0) (#85)
    by sallywally on Sat May 07, 2016 at 03:11:11 PM EST
    of racism) is an injustice toward her supporters. Why would that give you a bad feeling about her? It was his folks who made the accusation.

    I had that accusation leveled at me and , like many on this site, I was supporting her because her positions were more progressive than Obama's. Racists may have opposed him, but not all who supported Clinton were racists. Indeed, like me, I'm pretty sure that almost all Hillary supporters voted for Obama twice.


    i guess i dont write good. (none / 0) (#90)
    by linea on Sat May 07, 2016 at 05:30:43 PM EST
    i suppose i was trying to explain that all my friends were pro-obama and very much anti-hillary during that primary and everybody was pretty hash in wanting the clintons to go away and that pretty much formed my feelings of the clintons.  when i see (what seems to me) over-the-top rhetoric calling trump hilter and all his supporters racists it makes me realize that i was exposed to a lot of (what seems to me in retrospect perhaps unfair) anti-clinton rhetoric duning the first obama election.  dunno if i made that any clearer.

    You did make it clearer, thanks! (none / 0) (#96)
    by sallywally on Sun May 08, 2016 at 12:01:20 AM EST
    I appreciate it.

    Trump did have a book of Hitler's speeches (none / 0) (#97)
    by sallywally on Sun May 08, 2016 at 12:07:15 AM EST
    in his bedside table....

    Trump and hairspray. (none / 0) (#27)
    by vml68 on Fri May 06, 2016 at 02:20:41 PM EST
    I really want to be able to laugh at this but all I feel is rage that this %&#@ is the Republican nominee.
    I really should take a break from reading/watching anything to do with Drumpf, it is not good for my mental health!

    Colbert expresses my feelings on (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by vml68 on Fri May 06, 2016 at 02:36:45 PM EST
    the Trump run very succinctly.
    No words required!

    Taco Bowl is Hispanic Food? (none / 0) (#33)
    by MKS on Fri May 06, 2016 at 04:03:17 PM EST
    Don't think so.

    For Mexican food, I will always love Chiles Rellenos and Cheese Enchiladas.  The best!

    But I really have pet peeve about Christmas Tamales.   Shoot me, but not my favorite.   Teeny, tiny piece of pork in the middle.  And the rest is not all that interesting.

    Taco Bowl... (5.00 / 1) (#83)
    by fishcamp on Sat May 07, 2016 at 01:23:30 PM EST
    I've been to Mexico many times and have never heard of a taco bowl.  Sounds like a college football playoff game.

    The Triumvirate of Bush (none / 0) (#35)
    by CoralGables on Fri May 06, 2016 at 04:45:56 PM EST
    have all said they will sit out the presidential election. 41, 43, and "not" 45 all said they'll pass on Trump.

    You know (none / 0) (#36)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 04:50:49 PM EST
    I hear people say this doesn't matter but it does. It matters those Republicans who are Bushies. Maybe it's only 1 or 2% of the electorate that this might effect but in a close election that can make a difference.

    But, Trump did get (none / 0) (#38)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 06, 2016 at 05:17:46 PM EST
    Vice President 43.

    True (5.00 / 1) (#44)
    by CoralGables on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:37:42 PM EST
    but does anyone really want him on their side?

    Yes, (5.00 / 2) (#61)
    by KeysDan on Sat May 07, 2016 at 07:41:21 AM EST

    And his daughter (5.00 / 1) (#87)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 07, 2016 at 04:04:38 PM EST
    Or is that redundant?

    She is running for the senate again.  And that probably has more to do with Dicks endorsement that anything else.


    Yes, a quick-draw (none / 0) (#103)
    by KeysDan on Sun May 08, 2016 at 11:34:27 AM EST
    supporter if you are looking for a job (e.g., Perry)or a family member is (e.g.Cheney).

    Belladonna of Sadness (none / 0) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:42:01 PM EST
    I have never seen this film but I have been hearing about it pretty much since it was released.  It's being released in a new restored version.

    A commercial failure in 1973, Belladonna Of Sadness bankrupted Mushi, the pioneering Japanese animation studio founded by the great Osamu Tezuka. Now touring in an uncut restoration, this freak-out of subtexts and limited animation techniques by Tezuka's close collaborator, Eiichi Yamamoto, stands as one of the most unusual and challenging animated features of its time--no small feat, given that its contemporaries include not only René Laloux's Fantastic Planet and the early features of Ralph Bakshi, but also Tezuka and Yamamoto's A Thousand And One Nights and Cleopatra. Belladonna Of Sadness was intended as a follow-up to those two earlier features--in their own way as strange and experimental as this movie--but was only begun after Tezuka had left Mushi to start a new company. In lieu of his rounded figures and lines, it looks to art nouveau, expressionist figure drawing, and the fashions of the time for influence, slipping through a dazzling array of styles.

    Inspired by the work of Jules Michelet--the 19th century French historian who, among other things, named the Renaissance--Belladonna Of Sadness straddles the line between academia and obscenity. Yamamoto and his team transform Michelet's theory of witchcraft as a form of rebellion against political and religious oppression into an anti-authoritarian parable that combines feminist agitprop, erotic art, and the rape-revenge plotting of the era's sexploitation films. In feudal France, a young woman named Jeanne (Aiko Nagayama) defies the powers that be--explicitly connected with sexual violence and repressed desire--through sexual pleasure and its mythological analogue, magic. Perhaps too ambitious for its own good (or at least its budget), the film is impossible to dismiss, even if it exhausts its reserve of ideas.

    I did not post the first paragraph of this review because it contained so many words that I thought might be "flagged"

    The animated psychosexual freak-out Belladonna Of Sadness is a major re-discovery

    It's one f a bunch of classics that have been released recently in restored versions.  There is the King Hu films

    A Touch of Zen


    Dragon Inn


    Fritz Langs DESTINY

    Dang (none / 0) (#40)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:43:39 PM EST
    I forgot what was going to be the point of that

    the trailer for BELLADONNA OF SADNESS


    If you have an iPad (none / 0) (#42)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:00:36 PM EST
    And like film I suggest the "trailers" app.

    You all the new trailers without looking.


    Kanashimi no Belladonna (none / 0) (#69)
    by Mr Natural on Sat May 07, 2016 at 10:30:14 AM EST
    Someone posted a clip dubbed with Joplin's "Piece of my heart."

    FOX is (none / 0) (#41)
    by ragebot on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:50:38 PM EST
    advertising a special about El Chapo

    thanks, I'll be watching (none / 0) (#54)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 06, 2016 at 11:24:53 PM EST
    and writing about it for sure (I would have missed it but for your comment.)

    El Chapo wast moved north (none / 0) (#78)
    by Mr Natural on Sat May 07, 2016 at 12:34:00 PM EST
    to a prison in Ciudad Juarez.  If he's lucky, he can catch a tunnel out.  If he's not, it's extradition.

    Donald (none / 0) (#45)
    by ragebot on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:48:43 PM EST
    Yeah, I missed it. (none / 0) (#76)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat May 07, 2016 at 12:28:34 PM EST
    I have to admit that I'm not as big on beach volleyball as I am of the regular game, so I haven't followed it this spring at all. But UH's All-American Nikki Taylor credits her experience playing beach volleyball with having elevated her own game on the indoor court.

    My daughter and other high school volleyball coaches out here have been trying to get beach volleyball sanctioned by the state high school athletic association as a recognized interscholastic sport. Right now, it's played at the club level.



    Rachel interview with Sanders tonight.... (none / 0) (#46)
    by sallywally on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:32:14 PM EST
    He wants to be president in order to bring the American people to fight back on the important issues of the day -- we know what these are.

    He does not like his protesters to disrupt a candidate's meeting inside, but outside -- well, that's free speech. She reminded him that his protesters were carrying signs outside a Clinton event that said "Liar, liar, liar" and other unpleasant things, telling her to drop put of the presidential race, etc. He was not worried in the least about this. Free speech, to him.

    She said Democrats were worried about Bernie and Hillary  not coming together and this being bad for the party. He will do all in his power to defeat Trump but has no plans for his movement if he doesn't become president.

    Nothing about supporting her if she is the nominee or encouraging his followers to support and work for her.

    That protest (5.00 / 3) (#47)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:46:53 PM EST
    was all over twitter and it was very ugly. It will hurt Bernie a lot in California. His supporters apparently took a sign a little girl made for Hillary and Hillary signed it and tore it up. They screamed obscenities at a little boy and made him cry. The fact that Bernie can't bring himself to say that kind of behavior is wrong speaks volumes about him.

    It will only hurt Sanders if (5.00 / 2) (#51)
    by caseyOR on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:23:56 PM EST
    the press reports on it. Most people are not following Twitter feeds, so they will not know anything that does not appear on the news.

    I suspect the news will report mostly about how this is a bad sign for Clinton.


    True (5.00 / 1) (#63)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat May 07, 2016 at 08:38:24 AM EST
    but you've got a campaign like Sanders that is entirely based on social media. So don't underestimate the power of something like that going viral.

    Donald goes off on Hillary (none / 0) (#49)
    by sallywally on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:05:42 PM EST
    saying Bill was the worst philanderer in history and Hillary was a nasty, mean enabler and the things she did to those women were disgraceful. I think something about trying to ruin their lives. Showing video of him saying this stuff and he looks out of control, sweaty, pale, big-eyed.

    Apparently (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:09:56 PM EST
    Hillary released a clip of him from the Howard Stern show and it sent him into a complete meltdown. That and apparently the fact that Elizabeth Warren breathes air is enough for him to go insane.

    Ha! And he thinks this is his (5.00 / 2) (#57)
    by ruffian on Sat May 07, 2016 at 05:31:03 AM EST
    General election pivot? People made up their minds about how they deal with Bills philandering a long time ago and no one except the people that already vote Trump still goer bug eyed outraged. And they see Hillary as a person who dealt with extraordinary strains and made her marriage work anyway. good luck with that line of attack.

    Now that's certainly the pot ... (5.00 / 3) (#79)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat May 07, 2016 at 12:36:45 PM EST
    ... calling the kettle black, given that Trump himself has enjoyed a similar reputation as a serial womanizer, fathered a child out of wedlock while still married to Ivana, and even fantasized publicly about schtupping his own daughter.

    And, his ex wife (5.00 / 1) (#82)
    by MKS on Sat May 07, 2016 at 01:17:26 PM EST
    testified in a deposition under oath that Trump raped her.

    She later said she did not mean rape in a criminal case.  Sure.


    Great (none / 0) (#72)
    by Nemi on Sat May 07, 2016 at 11:17:31 AM EST
    to be reminded of this video, and brilliant catch by Leela Daou.

    College students punished for claiming (none / 0) (#84)
    by McBain on Sat May 07, 2016 at 02:46:06 PM EST
    racial attack

    Two women have been kicked out of the University of Albany and indicted for allegedly making up a false story of being attacked while riding a bus.    

    Their accusations gained national attention, but they have since been charged for making the story up and in fact starting the fight.

    The three were indicted by a grand jury and arraigned for 10 misdemeanor charges, including assault, attempted assault and false reporting, along with a violation for harassment.

    FWIW (none / 0) (#91)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat May 07, 2016 at 07:21:12 PM EST
    new poll here in GA has Trump at 42 and Hillary at 41. It's by Landmark which has a C+ rating. Strategist say Hillary has a chance of carrying GA if she spends time and money here.

    Gary Johnson (none / 0) (#100)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 08, 2016 at 11:12:58 AM EST
    On This Week, ABC.

    Saying he would probably give up smoking pot if elected president.  Then acted like he was joking.

    I like this guy.  I am not the only one who is going to.

    Here is (none / 0) (#101)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 08, 2016 at 11:15:25 AM EST
    I stumbled into investment banking by chance (none / 0) (#104)
    by Mr Natural on Sun May 08, 2016 at 12:53:49 PM EST
    Is (none / 0) (#106)
    by Nemi on Sun May 08, 2016 at 05:20:43 PM EST
    Jill Stein and Camille Paglia actually the same person? Or is their similar appalingly vicious mentality and rhetoric just a coincidence ...

    Both Drs. Stein and Paglia act as though ... (none / 0) (#111)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 08, 2016 at 10:04:50 PM EST
    ... morally, intellectually and philosophically, they're heads and tails over the rest of us mere mortals. Were they any farther above it all, their head shots could be photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

    Patti LuPone - Penny Dreadful (none / 0) (#107)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 08, 2016 at 06:17:43 PM EST
    I absolutely love that Patti has shown up in the new season of Penny Dreadful.  But I was confused.  Wait, I thought, didn't she play an entirely different character in the same series last year?

    Why, YES!  She did.

    Weird but wonderful.


    Patti LuPone is back for more "Penny Dreadful."

    The Broadway legend, who guest starred as Joan Clayton (aka the Cut-Wife) in the sophomore season of Showtime's Victorian England-set horror series, is back for season 3 as a series regular. She'll also be playing a new role: Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Eva Green's bewitching Vanessa Ives with an unconventional new approach.

    Game of Thrones (none / 0) (#109)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 08, 2016 at 07:45:39 PM EST
    Rumored to be the Tower of Joy episode.

    Lots of other tumors.

    Could be another killer episode.


    Um (5.00 / 1) (#110)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 08, 2016 at 07:54:24 PM EST
    RUMORS not tumors.