84 thoughts on “The Emperor Has No Clothes – literally and figuratively”

  1. nbc:

    The statues were created by an artist in Cleveland. They are of a stern-faced Trump with his hands folded over a bulging belly. Some parts of male genitalia are visible while others seemingly are missing.

    “It is through these sculptures that we leave behind the physical and metaphorical embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America’s most infamous and reviled politicians,” INDECLINE said in its statement.

    Trump’s campaign declined to comment on the statues.

  2. sfgate:

    A spokesman for the group said it took months of planning to install the statues. Each was placed in a prominent spot in each city Thursday morning at 8 a.m. sharp, then glued to the pavement with industrial epoxy for maximum staying power.

    “It was almost similar to planning a bank robbery,” said the spokesman, who declined to identify himself. “I was in New York, and we installed it in Union Square. Then it was just a matter of blending into the crowd and letting all hell break loose.”

    The reaction in other cities was immediate. The New York figure was yanked down by city workers in a little over two hours. In Cleveland, it lasted only 20 minutes, to the immense disappointment of sculptor Joshua “Ginger” Monroe.

    “That’s my hometown,” Monroe told The Chronicle. “I said I would do this project pro bono, but I said we had to do one in Cleveland. That it went up and down with very little fanfare was heartbreaking.”

    No such worries in San Francisco. The crowds began to gather as soon as the paunchy, raunchy figure went up. Six hours later, people were still crowding around, taking selfies and making the obligatory jokes. [….]

    On Thursday night, Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro on the Board of Supervisors, tweeted that the statue was to be removed overnight, but that he was “working to save him so SF can be reminded of his ridiculousness thru election.”


  3. Where’s the naked statueof Kelley ann conway – she isn’t the campaign manager she is the campaign condom

    covering the candidate and speaking for him so she can lie to gooper women

    haha the headlines today are about the naked statue and Trump 3.0 and manipedi’s problems no good headlines for Dumpster

  4. so how soon will we hear cries of how hypocritical, inappropriate and politically incorrect from those same folk who gave us the infamous hillary nut crackers and prison orange bobble heads?

  5. raw story: After insulting just about everyone in the United States at one point or another for the past 14 months, has Donald Trump turned over a new leaf?

    That was what he tried to convey in a speech on Thursday evening when he said he “regretted” saying some things during the campaign that cause some people “personal pain.” [….]

    “People are not stupid, okay?” Deutsch said. “It was not like he said one thing in the heat of the moment. People have seen what’s inside of him, particularly the educated voters that he’s losing. People are not idiots. And somebody doesn’t get to get elected president in a do-over because they brought in a smart consultant.”

    Joe Scarborough tried to push back against Deutsch and said that for “most swing voters,” the election “doesn’t begin in earnest until the day after Labor Day.” In other words, Trump’s pivot may be deeply fraudulent and cynical, but it could work on people who haven’t been paying attention to the news for the past 14 months.

  6. zakaria in wapo:
    Trump, hillbillies and race
    For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well. Given his obvious lack of qualifications, his absurd proposals, his hypocrisy, his obnoxious rhetoric, his sheer incompetence as a candidate, why is he not down 10 points in every state?

    In other words, who are Trump’s voters and why do they stick with him? Sometimes a good writer with a keen eye can provide more insight than a dozen polls. J.D. Vance has done just that in his lovely book “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” The book has rocketed up the best-seller lists — deservedly so. But it has some interesting and important gaps.

    We all now know that Trump’s rise has been fueled by the alienation and anger of the country’s white working class. That cohort has seen its incomes stagnate, cities crumble and dreams vanish. But Vance gets underneath the data and shows us what these impersonal forces mean to actual people.

  7. boss, war escalation?  a sort of “arms”  race? who has the biggest stockpile so to speak.

    internet is full of fake nude Hillary photos, vids… so the statue may itself be a retaliation to them.

  8. meanwhile, back in florida

    politico: Worried Florida Republicans push Ryan for Zika action

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) asked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to convene an emergency session of Congress to pass a Zika bill immediately. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) is worrying that Congress’ lack of action could cripple him in an already tough re-election battle. And a number of Florida Republicans, including Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), want their party to fully fund President Barack Obama’s larger $1.9 billion Zika request.

    Since Congress split town in mid-July, the mosquito-borne virus situation has worsened: The first locally transmitted cases in Florida appeared at the end of July, with infections there now totaling more than 400 cases (though most were transmitted by people who had traveled abroad). On Thursday, Florida newspapers reported that parts of Miami beach had been infected. And last Friday, the White House declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico, projecting 25 percent of residents will likely contract Zika this year — all just a few miles from Florida’s sandy coasts.

  9. the hillbillys of Middletown Ohio

    yeah it’s a great read and has caught the imagination of a press core without imagination.

    but they are still folks for the most part who blame people who don’t look like themselves for their problems



  10. nytimes:
    Pressed by the F.B.I. about her email practices at the State Department, Hillary Clinton told investigators that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had advised her to use a personal email account
    The account is included in the notes the Federal Bureau of Investigation handed over to Congress on Tuesday,…
    Mr. Conason describes a conversation in the early months of Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at the State Department at a small dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright, another former secretary of state, at her home in Washington. Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice also attended.
    “Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,” Mr. Conason writes. “Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”
    Mr. Conason continued, “Saying that his use of personal email had been transformative for the department,” Mr. Powell “thus confirmed a decision she had made months earlier — to keep her personal account and use it for most messages.”

  11. more from above nytimes link:
    Mr. Powell’s office released a statement on Thursday night saying he had no recollection of the dinner conversation. He did write Mrs. Clinton an email memo, which may exist in the F.B.I. files, describing his use of his personal email account for unclassified messages “and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department,” the statement said.
    In his memoir, “It Worked for Me,” Mr. Powell writes about his personal email, and he has taken pride in having tried to advance the antiquated technology practices at the State Department. But his use of personal email and Mrs. Clinton’s aren’t entirely parallel. Mr. Powell did not have a server at his house or rely on outside contractors, as Mrs. Clinton did at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y.

  12. I absolutely love the statement from NYC park officials about the statue.  SNL’s best writers couldn’t have done any better.

  13. OK, now about all this intrigue about swapping cash for hostages – c’mon.  The guy on TV this morning, after blowing it in a presser earlier in the week, came close.

    How hard at this point would it be to say that given the discussions about the timing of both the hostage release and the cash release, we could not disclose to the press any details for fear that the Iranians would not honor the commitment to release our citizens.  Of course we held up the cash delivery until the hostages were released.  But it wasn’t our cash.  This notion that “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” sounds good but it wasn’t true when Reagan uttered it and it isn’t true now. It’s more accurate to say that we don’t pay money to terrorists to release hostages they have taken.

    Or something like that.

  14. not many people vote  on the issue of border security ask Tom Tancredo

  15. Thank you to all for providing such humorous entertainment on this blog.  Sorry for not participating much.  We are going through some difficulties with Rick’s father.  It eases the tensions to come here and laugh…

  16. troll and the condom trolling thru the south

    how come there are only white faces at the rallies

  17. ya eventually git what ya wish for…not in d.c. yet, but bet it’s on it’s way
    Arc de Trump?
    “It’s going to be a beautiful wall. Someday, when I’m gonzo, maybe they’ll name it after Trump,” he said. “I’d really much rather have a statue in Washington, D.C. I don’t want a wall named after me, but that’s OK. I want a statue in Washington, D.C.”
    As the crowd cheered, Trump suggested maybe he’d “share it with Jefferson or something.”


  18. manipedi has resigned…..Kelly ann Condom was just a fraud –first gooper woman to manage a presidential campaign indeed a cover up for a firing
    Ryan Lochte just apologized for his behavior maybe Trump could take some tips on apology technique

  19. let’s see, where in d.c. should we put it* where it best will expose

    his lack of leadership and other essentials?

    my 1st choice would be atop the DuPont circle fountain…lit appropriately of course to hi-light his weaknesses


    *i.e. drumpf denuded

  20. “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”

    fron wapo story: One GOP strategist said Manafort was undone by the combination of revelations about his work in behalf of those pro-Russian forces and the elevation of Conway and Bannon. “If you had had one of these things happen, it would have been survivable. But you had two of these things in concert,” the strategist said. “One thing I don’t think Trump will tolerate is the focus being on someone else rather than himself.”

  21. Mrs. Pence is traveling with the campaign   where is Melanoma?  Did she have to leave the country to get her visa renewed?

  22. more from above wapo story (and probably the real reason considering the drumpf’s megalomania):

    Manafort took a much different approach to running the campaign than Lewandowski had. While Lewandowski and his small band of aides with limited or no presidential campaign experience operated under a motto of “Let Trump Be Trump,” Manafort quickly seemed to implement some limits on Trump. Prior to Manafort’s arrival, Trump was frequently a guest on the influential Sunday morning news shows that often set the tone for the week, sometimes calling into or appearing on numerous shows the same day. Starting this spring, Trump’s appearances became rarer — and Manafort often appeared in his place.

  23. Pence is working Trump like Trump is a ventriloquist dummy — he keeps is hand on or near Trump

  24. kellyann condom was the ONLY gooper gal willing to sign up — what happened to her undying loyalty to Trustedted

  25. I’m glad to hear the feds are ending the use of private prisons.  I hope it is the end of the privatization of public services – someone should ask the tub of lard what he thinks about privatization.  There was a big trend in the 1990’s and it has not worked out well for anyone except the investors.  Glad to see this is coming to an end. There are also many stories about the failure of private ambulance services.
    Kellyann Condom says this campaign should be about issues (she is lying f course) but fine let’s make it about Trump’s policy on privatization

    It’s amusing to hear tube of lard talk about how every child should have a good education but whose policies are going to destroy public education

    He’s given up being Joe McCarthy and is back to being Nixon

  26. glad the trail’s back.  was afraid our choice of subject matter today caused the black out.  am getting paranoid. what with the new pivot on the pivot one worries about what new and worse dastardly deeds by or on the behalf of drumpf develop.

  27. trump is La  not one black person

    and someone should ask him how much money he has raised or better yet personally given to flood relief
    he did not tour anything – he met with local members of the elect trmp committee so once again the appearance of doing something without doing anything
    kind of a trophy crisis for Trump must run in the family

    Let’s review Clinton is raising money for flood victims
    Trump the optics of being president all fluff (a lot of fluff) and no substance. Ask him about federal flood insurance

  28. KC, imagine. Trump acting as if he’s doing something while doing nothing. HRC should do a fundraiser in NO for the BR flood victims. And I don’t know how you could do a rally of 10 people in LA from Baton Rouge to NO and not have any black people among them.

  29. kgc, good idea for media to ask him about donations to red cross who are right now helping the flood victims.  at least it will give the cause a pr boost.

    be nice for Hillary also to say something in their support.

    not so sure the la gov wants the distraction tho’

    “Gov. Edwards wasn’t informed of the Trump campaign’s visit to the state or the schedule,” according to a statement from the Democratic governor’s office. “We welcome them to Louisiana, but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope they’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of this storm.”

    wapo reports:

    Edwards said he is “not complaining in any way about our federal partnership.”

    He added that while the President can visit whenever he’d like, he’d prefer him to wait “a week or two” because such visits require local police and first responders to help block roads and provide security.

  30. well, what do you know…

    abc news:l

    1:10 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton has called Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss the state’s devastating flooding and says the state’s relief effort, “can’t afford any distractions.”

    The Democratic presidential nominee says in a Facebook post that her “heart breaks for Louisiana,” where a torrent of about 2 feet of rain deluged the southern part of the state, damaging tens of thousands of home and affecting more than 100,000 people.

    Clinton’s campaign released the post on the same day that Republican Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence traveled to Louisiana to inspect the flood damage.

    Clinton is urging people to reach out to the Red Cross and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to help with flood relief.

  31. Except they drove quickly by flood damage to a meeting with the all white public safety officers in Southern LA or as we know them Trump supporters  they did no touring

    Trump helped unload something for a photo op
    no wonder he is never photographed without a coat is wearing a corset …I mean spanks

  32. “Wonder if there’ll be retaliation with a naked Hillary statue”


    Sculptor Daniel Edwards did one in 2006 he called “The Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton: The First Woman President of the United States”.  


  33. It’s pretty straight forward  I thought it would have more of an Arneson touch

  34. kgc, you gotta hand it to him …. takes great courage for a certified germophobe to touch the great unwashed

  35. so the race is back on… look for an uptick in his polls.
    unless he says something stupid again.

    one thing about being at bottom…the only way left to go (with a little help from very expensive professional spinners) is up

  36. libertyunyielding: A bust of Hillary Clinton quietly went on display in New York last week. However, the sculpture is not meant to mock the Democratic nominee and, in fact, exaggerates her physical endowments in a manner opposite to those of the Trump depictions

  37. he’s not touching the great unwashed — he is not in the flood zone but at a rightwing all white church

    Clinton email to supporters with “donate to the red cross” and “donate to the braf” buttons:
    I just got off the phone with Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana.

    The flooding there is more extensive than anyone expected — more than 40,000 homes have been damaged and more than 100,000 people have been affected.

    My heart breaks for Louisiana, and right now, the relief effort can’t afford any distractions. The very best way this team can help is to make sure Louisianans have the resources they need.

    There are two organizations the governor asked that we help. Chip in right now to the Red Cross, which is doing critical work to provide medical assistance and supplies to the victims of this natural disaster. You can also donate right now to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a local organization that’s directing money to community non-profits that need it.

    These are our friends, our family members, our community — and they’re counting on us to reach out with open arms right now. This team has done so much for me. Now I’m asking you to show that same support to the victims in Louisiana, so that we can begin to rebuild together:

    Thanks so much,


  39. maybe the Clinton Foundation should take this opportunity to change the face of housing for some of the poorer areas in Souther LA. especially people who have no resources to rebuild.  They could bring in solar, wind and hydro for power   There is an emergency situation and they could fund some great projects  They could get Mary Landrieu to be their project manager

  40. The American Red Cross (ARC) does not receive money from the governments.  It is funded entirely by private donations.  Most of the organization is staffed by volunteers.  As an ARC Disaster Services (DS) volunteer I was asked Sunday if I could go to Baton Rouge the next day (we can deploy in twenty-four hours).  Because I work I could not take leave immediately.  Beside Louisiana, the fires in California are requesting ARC DS volunteers.  If you are tired of your regular, boring, vacations, volunteer and do two weeks in the field.  You will need training which can take time, but have no concerns, there are always disasters happening.

  41. sic transit gloria mundi

    in re drumpf denude dude in Cleveland, wkyc:

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OHIO – This statue of a naked Donald Trump adorned the Coventry Road sidewalk Thursday morning before police were called to remove it because someone reported that it was a hazard to pedestrians.  

    The Cleveland Heights police report says the statue was glued to the sidewalk in front of the Huntington Bank. The plaque attached to the statue had an inscription.

    The officer that responded was able to lay the statue down on the ground and another officer arrived and covered the statue with a sheet.

    The Cleveland Heights Service Department loaded it into a truck and took it to the CHPD impound lot.

  42. yep, for me at least from 11:30 something to 1:00 something I kept getting a “403 forbidden” error message and a browser noted it was down for construction or something like that.

  43. Veterans tell Rubio to dump Trump in Tampa

    On Thursday afternoon, a group of veterans delivered over 6,000 Floridian-signed petitions to the senator’s Tampa office, urging him to denounce Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

    The group consisted of just three brave souls: Dessia Laxton-Reinke, who served for 10 years as an Army intelligence analyst, her husband, Andrew Reinke, who served two tours in Iraq and Ali Samiian, an Iranian-American veteran. [….]

    Laxton-Reinke: “As proud veterans, we are delivering 6,000 signatures to ask Republican leaders like Marco Rubio to denounce Donald Trump for the way he has treated our veterans and our service members.”

    Rubio office staffer: “K thx bye.”

    This experience likely mirrors that of the group who delivered the 110,000 total signatures to Republican offices on Capitol Hill earlier this month.

  44. Has anybody else noticed the little suede sack, like a coin purse, that Hillary is now attaching to her belt? Seems to be empty right now; wonder why she’s wearing it.

  45. Well, it’s about time for the weekend to begin.  It’s cooled off to 93F and for the first day this week it did not rain in the afternoon – looks like grass is dying to be cut.  Everyone have a good weekend.

  46. Craig – Labcorgy looks really alert there.  And your frogs look like they are doing well.  The wood frog in my little pond disappeared for a while, leaving me to think it was a decent meal for one of the snakes.  Nope, back on the iris and looking a little larger.

  47. I hope Troll is being fact checked…he just lied through the whole speech

  48. I can’t imagine anyone is going to pretend he isn’t the same being giant asshole no matter how polite he is and  no matter how he broadens the terms for the people he finds unacceptible.

  49. Dateline :  Deadbeat Perish, Louisiana
    Notice that trump, while he showed up at a relief supply photo opportunity, didn’t bring ANY relief supplies himself, ‘cuz 
    1. He’s too damned cheap, 
    2. He’s a taker not a maker, 
    3. He’s sure Louisianans would just sell it to buy dope, 
    4. He thinks it’s the job of BIG GOVERNMENT !
    5. trump’s god Mammon only helps ordinary Americans who get a $1 M!LL!ON for high school graduation, and deadbeat donald is very, very religious in such matters.

  50. trump apologists say take the apology and shove it– that’s the best you are going to get

    The condom said -the people he insulted should take the blanket apology and if they don’t they are not compassionate

    well Kellyann Condom  the phrase bygones  just doesn’t  cut it

  51. Ein Kultur, ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer, ein Trumplemacher !

    that’s what I heard.  There were so many dog whistles in his speech I’m surprised every stray in the area didn’t rush the hall

  52. sturge n flatus, see time’s  “Hillary Clinton Carries Ninja Squirrel Hot Sauce Everywhere”

    “No seriously, hot sauce. I’ve been eating a lot of hot sauce. Raw peppers and hot sauce,” she said. “Because I think it keeps my immune system strong. I think hot sauce is good for you, in moderation.”

    and from the nation: ‘Hot Sauce in Her Bag’: A Poem for Hillary Clinton

  53. woohoo

    Joy Reid did actual reporting on the Iran money. Actual facts.
    so a Trump contribution to the flood victims is play doh

  54. KGC

    how do you keep watching  all that cable TV and stay sane.

    Or is staying sane just not a problem,

    not that that is a bad thing I have several friends where sanity is optional.




  55. Yeah,  drumpf showed up ready to get to work.   Pressed khakis,  starched white shirt,  navy blazer with obligatory flag lapel pin and Chinese “Make America great again”  cap.  WHO IS BUYING THIS SHIT?

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