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Global Lipstick Inventories Plunge as GOP Seeks Cosmetic Miracle

by Betty Crackerat8:11 am on April 23, 2016. It has 118 Comments.

This past week — as we Democrats were bickering over which of our two presidential candidates has the better strategy for ameliorating wealth inequality, addressing structural bias, reducing student debt and securing world peace — Republican poobahs were hearing a new campaign chief’s presentation on plans to repackage the short-fingered vulgarian for general election purposes. From the NYT:

Addressing about 100 committee members at the spring meeting here, many of them deeply skeptical about Mr. Trump’s candidacy, the campaign chief, Paul Manafort, bluntly suggested the candidate’s incendiary style amounted to an act. “That’s what’s important for you to understand: That he gets it, and that the part he’s been playing is evolving,” Mr. Manafort said, suggesting that Mr. Trump was about to begin a more professional phase of his campaign…

“Fixing personality negatives is a lot easier than fixing character negatives,” said Mr. Manafort, claiming that Hillary Clinton suffered from negative. “You can’t change somebody’s character. But you can change the way somebody presents themselves…”


Sorry, Republicans. There’s just isn’t enough lipstick in the world to beautify the oinker who is your frontrunner. Trump hasn’t merely pretended to be a repulsive pig to appeal to the GOP’s swinish base. He is and always has been an embarrassing, racist, chauvinist pig.

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Trump believes that a woman’s worth directly correlates with her looks and that a man’s worth directly correlates with the eye candy on his arm.

I was struck by a similar thought the other night while watching Trump’s post-NY primary victory speech, which the Beltway press deemed a magnanimous pivot to a more presidential tone. But it wasn’t anything Trump said that caught my attention — it was the visual image:

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Speaks At New York Election Night Event


Nothing against tall, willowy, blond, white ladies who wear their hair long and part it in the middle: I was one myself before I started going grey. But can you see that photo and NOT imagine a Trump stage manager herding all the short, visibly middle-aged or portly women — if such women there be with power connections at a Trump event — to the rear of the dais, or better yet, backstage? What would it look like if Hillary Clinton tried to pull off a similar power tableau? Maybe something like this?

clinton fabios


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https://www.balloon-juice.com/2016/04/23/global-lipstick-inventories-plunge-as-gop-seeks-cosmetic-miracle/

A Supreme Court sketch artist pretty much drew Clarence Thomas sleeping:

Supreme Court sketch artist drew Clarence Thomas in what appears to be a state of deep hibernation.



Clarence Thomas is known for having a very calm disposition during oral arguments at the Supreme Court. He has a habit of reclining in his seat and closing his eyes and recently asked a question of an attorney for the first time in a decade. Veteran courtroom observers say that this doesn't mean he's disengaged, per se—he's not actually sleeping, and between his moments of repose he looks at briefs, writes notes, etc. He's paying attention.

And yet, in the drawing above by longtime SCOTUS artist Arthur Lien of an eventful Wednesday hearing, I will be damned if it does not really look like Clarence Thomas is deeply and profoundly asleep or possibly 100 percent dead.



http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/04/22/supreme_court_sketch_artist_draws_clarence_thomas_deep_in_thought.html

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

Middle class in socialist hellholes is doing far better than the American middle class is doing under laissez-faire.

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The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.

While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.

After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.

The numbers, based on surveys conducted over the past 35 years, offer some of the most detailed publicly available comparisons for different income groups in different countries over time. They suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality.




the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/upshot/the-american-middle-class-is-no-longer-the-worlds-richest.html

Queens beat the Jack-off cards, which you hold.

Trump Slams Clinton: 'Only Thing She's Got Going Is The Women Card'


“I can tell you that if I go too presidential, people are going to be very bored,” the New York real estate baron told Fox News in an interview that will air on Saturday. The network released excerpts on Friday.

He went on to say that Clinton “is a person who’s got many, many flaws” and that she’s “the worst possible representative a woman can have,” as he shifted his focus away from Republican rivals and toward the Nov. 8 general election.

“The only thing she’s got going is the women card,” Trump said. “We call her ‘Crooked Hillary’ because she’s a crooked person. She’s always been a crooked person.”

Clinton said at an event on Friday in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, that she would not respond to Trump’s comments about her.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-clinton-women-card_us_571a9ccee4b0d0042da95296

The world already would be out of water if everyone ate like Americans

If the rest of the world ate like Americans, the planet would have run out of freshwater 15 years ago, according to the world’s largest food company.

In private, Nestle executives told U.S. officials that the world is on a collision course with doom because Americans eat too much meat, and now, other countries are following suit, according to a secret U.S. report titled “Tour D’Horizon with Nestle: Forget the Global Financial Crisis, the World Is Running Out of Fresh Water.”

Producing a pound of meat requires a tremendous amount of water because farmers use tons of crops such as corn and soy to feed each animal, which require tens of thousands of gallons of water to grow. It is far more efficient when people eat the corn or soy directly.

The planet is a on a “potentially catastrophic” course as billions of people in countries such as India and China begin eating more beef, chicken and pork like their counterparts in Western countries, according to the 2009 report released by Wikileaks and first reported by Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting in a cache of water-related classified documents. The Chinese now eat about half as much meat as Americans, Australians and Europeans, a figure that continues to rapidly rise as more Chinese are lifted out of poverty and into the middle class.

MORE:
https://www.revealnews.org/blog/the-world-wouldve-already-run-out-of-water-if-everyone-ate-like-americans/?utm_source=Reveal&utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=facebook

President Obama Held a Town Hall this Morning. Fast Forward to about 11:30.

WOW!
POTUS enters the town hall to Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter"

more pics:
https://theobamadiary.com/2016/04/22/the-president-and-first-ladys-day-with-the-royals/

Kerry Signs Climate Agreement With Granddaughter


"Purple Rain"


https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/723265083044929536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/cover-story-2016-05-02?mbid=social_twitter

What Obama promised after victory in 2008 vs What Trump promises after victory in 2016



https://twitter.com/ddiamond/status/722600270404939777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Prince is dead

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3552300/Fatality-Prince-s-estate-Minnesota-days-musician-rushed-hospital.html

BREAKING NEWS: Prince is dead - Body found at Minnesota estate days after he was rushed to hospital with severe flu

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/prince-dead-dies_us_57190013e4b0c9244a7b2a5b
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