Wednesday Reads: Take my wife, please…

 In the latest showdown between the two jokers vying for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz revive an old Henny Youngman bit….with a bit of a twist.  Actually, I should say tweet because this skit played out on the Twitter.

Y’all have to remember Henny Youngman was known as The King of the One-liners. And the famous of Youngman’s jokes, the punchline was, “Take my wife, please. ”

Well…keep that in mind as you check this out:

GOP Primary Contest Continues to Resemble Third-Grade Playground | Mother Jones

Liz Mair was anti-Trump before being anti-Trump was cool. After being let go from the Scott Walker campaign last March, she spent months during the summer and fall trying to get conservatives to take the threat of Trump seriously. In December she started up a super PAC dedicated to defeating him. But Mair also has a sense of humor—something that’s gotten her in trouble before. Her super PAC was called Make America Awesome.

Anyway, Mair decided to run a Facebook ad in Utah that featured Trump’s wife, Melania, from a nude photoshoot she did many years ago:

Of course this did not go over well and Trump reacted in the usual…Trumpy-douche fashion….

GOP Primary Contest Continues to Resemble Third Grade Playground Mother Jones

Sigh.

imageLadies and gentlemen, this is your Republican presidential primary. Slut shaming, schoolyard threats, and puerile taunts all carried out in full public view on Twitter. Are you feeling sorry for the demise of the smoke-filled room yet?

Well, that is what they call entertainment today…right?

Reality TV?

Later on however…..

Trump tweets threat about Cruz’s wife – POLITICO

Liz Mair, who co-founded the anti-Trump super PAC, took to Twitter to set Trump straight about the ad’s provenance.

Trump tweets threat about Cruz s wife POLITICO

Heidi Cruz took an upaid absence as an managing director with Goldman Sachs last year after her husband began his presidential campaign. Cruz met her husband while working on the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, marrying in 2001.

imageWhile it is unclear what Trump could be referring to with respect to Cruz’s wife, BuzzFeed News reported last March on a heavily redacted 2005 police report where Heidi Cruz was spotted sitting on the ground near a Texas highway outside of Austin. According to the report itself, Heidi Cruz displayed no “signs of intoxication.”

“About a decade ago, when Mrs. Cruz returned from D.C. to Texas and faced a significant professional transition, she experienced a brief bout of depression,” Jason Miller, an adviser to Cruz, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News at the time, in response to inquiries. “Like millions of Americans, she came through that struggle with prayer, Christian counseling, and the love and support of her husband and family.”

imageMore on this crap here: Donald Trump Threatens to ‘Spill the Beans’ on Cruz’s Wife After Racy Photo of Melania Trump Used in Ad – ABC News

Ted Cruz: Donald Trump’s attack on my wife shows his character – POLITICO

Now for the results of yesterday’s primaries/caucuses:

Trump, Clinton win in Arizona; Sanders takes Utah, Idaho – NY Daily News

imageClinton edges closer to nomination with Arizona win

Ted Cruz Wins Utah Republican Caucus

Bernie Sanders wins Utah Democratic caucuses

Clinton and Trump Win Arizona; Cruz Picks Up Utah; Sanders Takes 2 – The New York Times

Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz – POLITICO

Club For Growth Decides to Back Ted Cruz – WSJ

 

imageThe Trump v Clinton movie is coming. The primaries are just a subplot | Jeb Lund | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump and Clinton Clash After Brussels Attacks – Bloomberg Politics

Cruz: ‘Empower Law Enforcement To Patrol And Secure Muslim Neighborhoods’ : NPR – I can’t even comment on that one.

Ted Cruz: Police need to ‘patrol’ Muslim neighborhoods – CNNPolitics.com

Shakesville: Ted Cruz Urges “Patrol and Secure” of Muslim Communities

imageTrump says Muslims not doing enough to prevent attacks | Reuters

GOP Senate Candidate Blames Brussels Attack On Hillary Clinton

 

Oh gawd, help me…Trump Says He Will Delegate Supreme Court Appointments To The Heritage Foundation | ThinkProgress

 

There have been new developments overnight in the Brussels IS terrorist attacks.

Suspected Brussels attacker still on the run, brothers ID’d – NY Daily News

imageBrussels attacks: 2 suicide bombers identified – Business Insider

2 Brothers Identified as Brussels Attackers; 3rd Suspect Is Sought – The New York Times

Pictures of brothers and suspect still at large can be found here: Brussels Attacks: Suicide Bombers Were Brothers – NBC News

The latest news can be found here: World News liveblog | Reuters.com

imageThere are still some Americans missing according to a Reuters report.

More on Brussels….

Why was Brussels attacked? – AJE News

Cities lit up in tribute to Brussels victims – in pictures | World news | The Guardian

#BrusselsAttacks: Grief, Islam and double standards – AJE News

Solidarity, debate over Islam’s future in the West and anger at politicisation dominate social media after bombings.

imageChalk tributes on Belgium’s pavements – BBC News

Also, some stories on Obama’s  recent trip to Cuba , and his current visit to Argentina.

Remarks by President Obama to the People of Cuba | whitehouse.gov

Mr. Obama’s Honest Message in Cuba – The New York Times

‘Historic’ game in Cuba ignores the pain so many people endured

Another loss. That’s what this already feels like to so much of Miami — before the “historic” baseball game has even been played. As if the Cubans who fled to this country haven’t already felt enough of those losses over the decades. Lost childhoods. Lost roots. Lost families. Lost land. Lost freedoms. Lost lives in the ocean that divides Cuba and America like the million miles of distance between desperation and hope.

imageCuban Dissidents Praise ‘Closeness and Trust’ After Meeting With Obama – The New York Times

A Cuban family in Havana is enthralled and heartened by Obama’s words | Tampa Bay Times

Obama meets Argentine leader amid regional political shift | Reuters– There is a picture of the Obamas, their daughters and Michelle’s mom coming off Airforce One at that link…I love that.
I will include a few odds and ends here, all various items for you to scan through.

imageBaby formula extortionist gets eight years for poison threat | World news | The Guardian

An Auckland businessman who threatened to poison baby formula bound for China in a bid to blackmail New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar dairy industry has been jailed for more than eight years.

Jeremy Kerr, 60, pleaded guilty to two counts of blackmail after sending threatening letters containing a pesticide called 1080 to dairy giant Fonterra and the New Zealand Farmers Federation in 2014.

imageIn the letters he threatened to lace baby formula destined for various markets – with China the only country specifically named – unless New Zealand stopped using 1080.

The threat to supplies bound for China, a major importer of New Zealand baby formula, was not initially disclosed publicly by New Zealand authorities, who tightened access to it in domestic shops.

They also launched a massive investigation into the threat to New Zealand’s dairy sector, the country’s biggest export earner.

imageWow….more at link…

‘Fitbit for your period’: the rise of fertility tracking | Moira Weigel | Technology | The Guardian

I don’t know about that…but Bebe is having surgery a week from today, doctor thinks she has Endometriosis …and is doing a D&C and Laparoscopy on her to take care of it before she starts treatment.

Florida teen with fake gun shot dead by cops after standoff – NY Daily News

imageGeorgia teen arrested after allegedly threatening Trump online | www.ajc.com

Florida girl, 12, charged with battery after pinching butt – NY Daily News

Ash tree set for extinction in Europe – BBC News

Sydney schoolgirl ‘wired cash to IS’ – BBC News

Remember the story about the woman in China who died of starvation when she was trapped in her office elevator? Shades of that tint this story from Atlanta…

imageTrapped worker dies in Atlanta hotel freezer | Tampa Bay Times

A kitchen worker died after she was apparently trapped inside of a walk-in freezer for about 13 hours at a downtown Atlanta hotel, police said Tuesday.

A search for the woman began when she didn’t return home after her shift at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, one of the city’s most recognizable skyscrapers with its cylindrical shape. Investigators reviewed hotel surveillance video, and they think she may have entered the freezer about 8 p.m. Monday. She was found shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Atlanta police Lt. Charles Hampton said.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as Carolyn Robinson, 61, of East Point.

imageThere was evidence the woman tried to get out of the freezer, but Hampton didn’t elaborate on what led investigators to believe that.

“It appears that there was some type of mechanism to allow anyone who was inside to be able to exit,” Hampton said. He wasn’t sure if it was working properly.

“Right now there does not appear to be any foul play,” Hampton said.

How tragic….

I know it is a sad way to end a thread…but I think it makes a point to say…life is short, you never know what is going to happen.

Deep Breath….
Which brings us to the end of the post, so what’s happening in your neck of the woods?


34 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Take my wife, please…”

  1. Have a good day, sorry for the depressing ending…very melancholy right now.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    Strange bedfellows. Liz Mair is backing Cruz, a very public denier of gay marriage and gays in general,

    Yet Liz herself is gay. Why would any sane gay person vote for a candidate who publicly dismisses their existence. She may object to Trump but Cruz is far more objectionable in this regard.

    You can’t make this stuff up! The jokes just write themselves.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Remember there are 2 GOP groups called, The Log Cabin Republicans & GOProud. They are widely disliked by the majority in the LGBT community. Just like with every other minority and oppressed group there are a few LGBT people who think more of their, wallet, investments, career, etc, than they do what is in the best interest of the LGBT community as a whole. They are the typical “I’ve got mine” folks.

    • Enheduanna says:

      I found this comment by Sanders a little annoying:

      “The impressive numbers of young people and working-class people who participated in the process are exactly what the political revolution is all about. These decisive victories in Idaho and Utah give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests,” Sanders said.

      I think we all agree caucuses are terribly undemocratic. How do you have a revolution with only white people? Why would you want to? Still with the non-existent “revolution” that erases the thousands of people who’ve been politically active for progressive causes for years now.

      • dakinikat says:

        I have no idea why they seem to ignore the huge numbers of minorities that don’t feel the Bern and how any “revolution” excludes those significant voices. White privilege is a strong drug.

        • janicen says:

          This is an interesting article that addresses why Bernie’s strategy will fail…

          http://www.thenation.com/article/whats-wrong-with-bernie-sanderss-strategy/

        • ANonOMouse says:

          I don’t understand that either. Hillary won every county in AZ, most of them convincingly. There aren’t any exit polls, but you know that she won heavily among Latino’s a AA’s. Bernie is definitely having difficulty connecting with minorities.

          • janicen says:

            Check out the article I linked in the comment above. It talks about the racist condescension of the Bernie Bros referring to the fact that Hillary’s victories in the southern states aren’t a good representation of AA’s because the south is occupied by “low information voters”.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Did you see that on-line poll with that MSNBC article? Sixty-six percent of participants thought Sanders could still win the nomination. Good grief! These Bernie fans are still in the denial phase.

  3. Enheduanna says:

    Dragging their wives into this – Heidi Cruz and Melania Trump….just wow. I started following politics as a teenager in the late 60s, but I can’t remember anything as childish or embarrassing. It’s unbelievable people are willing to vote for these men.

    • dakinikat says:

      Women and minorities arent going for them at all!

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I wondered how long it would take the nude pics of Melania to become part of the battle. Still, I find it hysterical because you can’t make this shit up!!! Who ever thought that there was even the possibility that the party of holier-than-thou, religious zealots might elect a nominee whose wife had posed in the nude? It’s all too ridiculous.

  4. quixote says:

    Minor point, but I wanted to provide a bit of background on the New Zealand and pesticide story. 1080 is a biocide that especially kills mammals. Except for a bat species, NZ doesn’t have any native mammals so it’s used to get rid of pest species like rats, feral cats, and opossums in natural areas.

    It works very well for that and has led to the resurgence of native birds in the places where it’s been used. But it is horribly toxic and there has been some strong popular feeling against it. I would say it’s not really justified because in NZ’s case, and given how specifically it’s used, it actually does make sense. But it is horribly toxic.

    Sounds like some of the anti-1080 crowd have gone completely round the bend. What the guy is protesting is its use to kill (pest) animals and he’s going to do that by killing babies. That makes sense. Not.

    I knew the US doesn’t have a monopoly on crazies, but with the current Repub gong show I sometimes forget.

  5. Fannie says:

    So Trump is going to turn the supreme court appointment over to the Heritage Foundation. The ashol is going to outsource everything.

  6. janicen says:

    This made me cry.

  7. NW Luna says:

    People showed up at 10am for an 8:15pm Hillary appearance in Seattle yesterday.

    Clinton slams ‘leaders who incite more fear,’ pledges to defend workers’ rights

    On Tuesday, thousands lined up in Seattle streets to try to see Clinton’s speech, with many unable to get into the high school gymnasium. Lotus Zheng, 44, a meditation instructor from Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood, was second in line Tuesday after showing up at 10 a.m. The hard-core Clinton supporter said she met the candidate two years ago at a book signing. “She’s experienced. She’s smart and she’s a passionate fighter,” Zheng said, also praising the former secretary of state as “tough.”

    In the rally earlier at the International Association of Machinists union hall in Everett, Clinton drew big cheers from a crowd of a couple of hundred union members and others. She noted she’d been named an honorary Machinist years ago for her pro-labor record. “I am no person new to this struggle. I am not the latest flavor of the month,” Clinton said, promising to “have the toughest enforcement” of labor laws and to use “the bully pulpit” to defend workers’ rights to organize.

    After the noon Machinists event, Clinton met with about two dozen tribal leaders in the library of the Chief Leschi School in Puyallup. Bill Sterud, chairman of the Puyallup Tribal Council, praised former President Clinton as the “greatest president ever,” noting tribes had been invited to march in Clinton’s 1993 inaugural. Gesturing to Hillary Clinton, he said, “She was right next to him.” Clinton told the tribal leaders they could march in her inaugural parade if she wins, too. “I think it’s fair to say you have an invitation,” she said. Media members were barred from watching the entire meeting.

    Damn Seattle Times did not mention Hillary was honored with her own tribal name. Ignoring that because they got their feelings hurt at being barred from the whole meeting? They endorsed Sanders BTW.

    I didn’t get to hear Hillary 😦 but I hope to be able to when she’s back.

    • janicen says:

      Holy cow! We went to see Hillary in Seattle in ’08 and went about 2 1/2 hours ahead of time and were 3 rows back from the rope, my daughter got right up to the rope because some awesome people noticed she was too small to see so they let her up front.

      Fantastic that there was that much enthusiasm this year.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Pretty good schedule for such a woman with such “low stamina.” 🙂

  8. NW Luna says:

    Damn. I’d hoped we were done with him in the state. Maybe he’s getting frantic.

    Bernie Sanders plans rally at Seattle’s Safeco Field Friday

    http://old.seattletimes.com/text/2028375186.html

    • ANonOMouse says:

      He’s sucking up the end of the adulation. In less than 4 months the cheering crowds will be gone and it will be all over for him.

  9. MsMass says:


    Hillary speaking about fight against ISIS-
    don’t know how to put as direct link.

  10. Ron4Hills says:

    Morning Joke was on about how ugly politics has gotten in the lst ten years, now they are attacking spouses.

    Do they really not remember how Hills was treated from 1992 to 2001.

    The attacks were constant.

    Trump and Cruz have both declared “No Spouses.”

    Of course that won’t apply the The Big Dawg.

    It has been a continuum of incivility, but it started against the Clinton’s.

    They were the first First FAmily that somehow didn’t rate common decency.

    • janicen says:

      Hah! No spouses? Let’s see how long that lasts with Clinton! So I guess Joke thought it was fair game back in the nineties to accuse the Clintons of murder and drug dealing.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Thursday post is up finally.