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Pushing Daisies reboot?

Not a big fan of reboots. Seems like every crappy show from the 90s and 00s is getting a reboot but Pushing Daisies was pretty good...


Donnie & Chuck


Crossing the border from Detroit to Canada ...

a friend of mine had a similar experience.

The Border Patrol Agent asked, "What do you think of President Trump?"

My friend, smartly as it would turn out, refrains from telling the agent what a piece of crap Trump is and stays non-committal. The Agent proceeds to lecture him for several minutes about how great Trump is...

What the fuck is going on with these guys?

The U.S. ambassador to Denmark starred in a movie mocked by MST3K




Jennifer Aniston and Mark Hamill couldn't save 'The Kids Are Alright'



It hasn't been all bad news for the McCormack clan though. Seven years ago some of the West Wing cast reunited to shoot a campaign ad for Mary's sister. She won and has since risen to Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court...


Epoch Times photographer handing folder to Trump


Peter Thiel's Palantir software has directly powered ICE's accelerating workplace raids

These people that enable and profit off of Trump make me physically ill.


Art Spiegelman balks at Marvel's censorship of anti-Trump piece

Mr Spiegelman points out the double-standard given Marvel's ties to Trump...

Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Maus Art Spiegelman was slated to write the introduction to a new Marvel collection, Marvel The Golden Age 1939-1949, but pulled his work after Marvel wanted him to remove a disparaging reference to Donald Trump.

As reported by Newsweek, Spiegelman, in an essay discussing the political background of Marvel’s offerings during and right after World War II, referenced Trump in a comparison to Nazism, saying, “In today’s all too real world, Captain America’s most nefarious villain, the Red Skull, is alive on screen and an Orange Skull haunts America,” a pretty transparent reference to Trump.

In response, the Folio Society, who was handling publishing on this particular collection, asked Spiegelman to remove the topical reference, claiming Marvel was trying to be “apolitical.” So Spiegelman pulled it, and you can read the essay now in the Guardian.

A few things to note here, the first being that it’s quite odd to suggest that Marvel is trying to remain apolitical in a book which explicitly covers the relationship between the publisher’s output and the rise of early 20th century fascism. This is a book, after all, that prominently features Captain America punching Hitler in the face, in an era where, as Spiegelman points out, Jewish creators created heroes that were specifically anti-fascist in posture and action.

Another big consideration is that, as Spiegelman himself notes, there’s an extant relationship between Marvel Entertainment and the Trump administration. As he writes in the final paragraph of the Guardian version of his essay, “Isaac ‘Ike’ Perlmutter, [chairman of Marvel,] is a longtime friend of Donald Trump’s, an unofficial and influential adviser and a member of the president’s elite Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. And Perlmutter and his wife have each recently donated $360,000 (the maximum allowed) to the Orange Skull’s ‘Trump Victory Joint Fundraising Committee’ for 2020.”

Which seems not precisely apolitical, so far as Marvel’s involvement with current politics is concerned...


CNN-Trump and the Disastrous Detroit Debates

Terrific piece from the Detroit Metro Times about the symbiotic relationship between Trump and CNN (Jeff Zucker) and why the Detroit Debates sucked...

..."The road to the White House in 2020 runs through Michigan," CNN wrote in one of the color-by-numbers, parachute journalism-style digital articles it published ahead of the two nights of debates to help set the stage.

The CNN rep said the network worked with the DNC to find a suitable venue, and the 5,000-seat Fox Theatre was ultimately chosen for its telegenic beauty and its availability. Producing an event like this second round of Democratic 2020 debates — the first round was held in June in Miami, and 10 more are planned before November 2020 — is apparently a mammoth undertaking. At the orientation, which mostly functioned to give photographers and videographers a chance to calibrate their equipment to the theater's lighting, another CNN rep boasted that transforming the Fox into a debate stage took a crew of more than 100 people laboring over eight days. The venue was outfitted with more than 500 additional lights, several thousand feet of cables, and more than 25 cameras across the event's entire footprint, which included the theater, the next-door Hockeytown Cafe (which served as the media "spin room" ), and an anchor set for pundits located across the street in front of Comerica Park, delivered in nine 53-foot semi trucks.

In many ways, Detroit's theater and sports district was the perfect venue for CNN's debate.

That's because despite Trump's repeated jab at CNN as "fake news," the outlet has arguably done more to deliver us the real estate tycoon-turned-reality TV star president than even the far-right Fox News or Breitbart. It was Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, who greenlighted The Apprentice when he was at the helm of NBC Entertainment in 2004.

"That show, more than anything, reversed Trump's fortunes, recasting a local tabloid villain as the people's prime-time billionaire," New York Times Magazine reported in a 2017 profile of Zucker. ( "CNN Had a Problem. Donald Trump Solved It." ) "And it was Zucker who, as president of CNN, broadcast the procession of made-for-TV events — the always news-making interviews; the rallies; debates; the 'major policy addresses' that never really were — that helped turn Trump into the Republican front-runner at a time when few others took his candidacy seriously." According to NYT Magazine, "CNN was the first major news organization to give Trump's campaign prolonged and sustained attention."

Following the success of The Apprentice, Trump reportedly returned the favor, lobbying for CNN to hire Zucker in 2012 after he was fired from NBC following Comcast's purchase of NBC Universal. And by the time Trump announced his presidential campaign in 2015, the network was all in. For a while, Trump was happy to appear on the network, and the network was happy to give Trump countless hours of airtime — even if it just meant broadcasting an empty podium at a Trump rally to build suspense. Another Zuckerism birthed during the 2016 political campaign was the idea to treat it like a giant sporting event. A sports fan, Zucker reportedly looked to ESPN for ideas on how to cover the 2016 campaign: that meant flashy 3-D graphics, countdown timers, and chattering talking heads to analyze the campaigns' play-by-plays, all feeding into CNN's never-ending 24-hour news cycle...


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