Love All, Trust a Few and Do Wrong To None

— William Shakespeare

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

The afternoon was a very nice spring afternoon, if not a nice summer day.  The “radio” was a cellphone with an app for SiriusXM, using Bluetooth to send a signal to a small speaker in a waterproof case.  I was listening to Caliente channel, a Spanish channel.  Something about it was more pronounced than I had noticed years ago.  The DJ was a native Spanish speaker, but while talking English, in particular American English would be used when a Spanish word or phrase was too long or even non-existent.

Years ago, even decades ago, particularly in Southern California, slipping between English and Spanish was fairly common, even today with new comers to the U.S. they start doing this.  In Colorado I noticed it too.  But, it was just a sentence or two.  What I hear now is the children of those newcomers to the U.S. comfortable with both languages.

In the office I have two people who handle calls from Spanish people and they too slip back and forth.  Unless they are talking to someone who is strictly a Spanish speaker.  One of my co-workers, now in Mexico, was raised with both languages, he too would slip back and forth.

These are the people who are being deported by the very scary federals.  They are not what the Republicans make them out to be. They may be Dreamers or DACA (scary sounding to me).  They may be young adults or even thirty-year-olds living over a work permit.  But they are Americans, they do not speak British English.  They speak American English.

Having listened to people who have been in America a very short time, they were proud to try an American word or two.  But, now they are afraid of moving their lips due to the very bad actions of the deportations squads.  Why are they so scary?

They are not WHITE.  Not Wonder Bread White Bread WHITE.  Not toothpaste white WHITE. They are not the color of “pure”.  Even vanilla is not white.

Next up are Vietnamese who Americans saved from slaughter in Vietnam.  The federal purity deportation squads are now ready to remove valiant and patriotic Vietnamese people from America.  Veterans need to get involved here.  But, once again – they are not WHITE.

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Author: Blue Bronc

Born in Detroit when Truman was president, survived the rest of them. Early on I learned that FDR was the greatest president, which has withstood all attempts to change that image. Democratic Party, flaming liberal, Progressive, equality for all and a believer in we are all human and deserve respect and understanding. College educated, a couple of degrees, a lot of world experience and tons of fun. US Air Force (pre-MRE days). Oil and gas fields, computer rooms and stuff beyond anything I can talk about. It has been quite a life so far. The future is making my retirement boat my home. Dogs, cats and other critters fill my life with happiness. Work pays the bills.

64 thoughts on “Love All, Trust a Few and Do Wrong To None”

    the guardian:
    US stops caravan of Central American asylum seekers

    Nearly 200 Central American people who have been travelling north through Mexico for a month with the aim of seeking asylum in the US have been stopped at the border after inspectors said a crossing facility could not accommodate them.
    Donald Trump vowed last week to stop the annual “Stations of the Cross caravan”, while cabinet members said they would deliver a swift response.
    About 50 asylum seekers were allowed through a gate controlled by Mexican officials to cross a bridge but were stopped at the entrance to the US inspection facility at the other end. They were allowed to wait outside the building, technically on Mexican soil, without word of when officials would let them claim asylum.
    About 50 others remained outside the Mexican side of the crossing in Tijuana, prohibited from crossing the bridge.
    Earlier, the asylum seekers had travelled in school buses under police escort to a beachfront rally in Tijuana, where a steel fence juts out into the Pacific Ocean. They sang the Honduran national anthem, and supporters on the San Diego side of the fence waved a Honduran flag.
    After a final briefing from lawyers and minutes before they were due to walk to the border crossing, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, announced that the San Ysidro border crossing, the country’s busiest, had “reached capacity” for people without legal documents and that asylum seekers may need to wait in Mexico temporarily.
    The administration’s warnings left organisers in disbelief that border inspectors were not ready for them.
    “They have been well aware that a caravan is going to arrive at the border,” Nicole Ramos, an attorney working on behalf of caravan members, said at a news conference. “The failure to prepare, and failure to get sufficient agents and resources is not the fault of the most vulnerable among us. We can build a base in Iraq in under a week. We can’t process 200 refugees. I don’t believe it.”
    The San Ysidro facility can hold about 300 people, according to Pete Flores, the CBP’s San Diego field office director. The agency processed about 8,000 asylum cases from October to February, the equivalent of about 50 a day.
    Asylum seekers are typically held for up to three days at the border and then turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If they pass an initial screening, they may be detained or released into the US with ankle monitors.
    The asylum seekers did not appear to be discouraged by the delay.



  2. The mojo gang was pillorying Michelle Wolf and the WHCA for hiring her. I’m up for pillorying everyone who voted SFB into the White House. Whaddaya say?

  3. Pogo,

    I’d say let’s try to be constructive & not destructive. Work towards trying to find solutions to problems rather than more pollution of hate, spite, immaturity. This ties into to this Post, too. What type of country will we remain, become? It’s up to us, the votes we cast, the effort we put into democracy. Every solution starts with us.

  4. Twitter went completely bonkers over the Aunt Lydia / Smoky Eye barb at Sanders that I just thought was both funny and accurate.  There was virtually no commentary about the abortion remarks that whatever your opinion on the subject, I found decidedly unfunny.

    Either way for whatever reason, the evening bombed which took the focus away from the horror of Trump in Michigan where he was the disgusting reality vs the talent or lack thereof of Michelle Wolf.


  5. Jamie,

    President Trump laid a trap & the Press walked right into it.

    Washington, DC vs Washington, Michigan … now, which one reflects your America?

  6. A large population in certain areas of Dallas speaks Spanish only.  My best friend’s mom came here when she was 14 and never learned English  because there is such a large Spanish-speaking community.  It just isn’t necessary to learn English if you can get all of your needs met, including commercial, within a community.   There is even a separate Chamber of Commerce, on which her brother served. My friend spoke no English when she was taken away from the home at the age of 4.

    On the other hand, I live in the most diverse area of Texas.  Most are from India, but also Singapore, Russia, Vietnam, Korea, China, Mexico, Central and South America, and, Mid-Eastern countries.   The Muslim Community Center is closer to me than any church. There’s a huge festival in the spring where everyone gets to show off the wonderful dances and foods of their cultures.  It’s very melt-y here in this area.

  7. tampa bay times:
    Parkland students see hypocrisy in NRA’s ban on guns at Pence speech
    “The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself.”


    The National Rifle Association has championed the idea of a “good guy with a gun,” but no firearms will be allowed when Vice President Mike Pence speaks at its annual meeting – sparking criticism from Parkland students, who say schools should be afforded the same protection.


    The NRA, bolstered by Trump, have been vocal proponents of allowing more guns in public places, including schools, but the exception for the convention has raised eyebrows and prompted skepticism among students and at least one parent who lost his child in the Feb. 14 shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed.


    “On so many levels, this is enlightening. According to the NRA, we should want everyone to have weapons when we are in public,” Fred Guttenberg, father of slain Parkland student Jaime Guttenberg, said Sunday on Twitter. “But when they put on a convention, the weapons are a concern? I thought giving everyone a gun was to enhance safety. Am I missing something?”

    The NRA did not respond to a request for comment.

    Matt Deitsch, who graduated from the Parkland school in 2016 and is the chief strategist for the March for Our Lives protest, expressed similar skepticism.

    “[Y]ou’re telling me to make the VP safe there aren’t any weapons around but when it comes to children they want guns everywhere? Can someone explain this to me?” Deitsch said Saturday on Twitter. “Because it sounds like the NRA wants to protect people who help them sell guns, not kids.”

    March for Our Lives did not respond to a request for comment.

    Parkland student Cameron Kasky simply said Saturday on Twitter: “The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself.” David Hogg, a Parkland student, circulated a petition on Sunday calling on Pence to cancel his NRA appearance.



  8. huffpo:
    National Enquirer Turns On Michael Cohen
    “The president is in the hot seat because of his lawyer,” according to the Trump-friendly tabloid.

  9. You didn’t know who Wolf was, two days, ago, now, she’s the most famous woman in America.  That’s a home run, in show-biz.  In front of the stuffiest crowd of some of society’s worst people, to boot!  Too bad Mika and Joe can’t take a joke.


    Progressives are going to lose the debate among the elctorate when it comes to indiscriminately letting refugees INTO the country.  Unless they start opening their personal homes to such people, their laments ring hollow.

  10. SJ, frankly I don’t think that criticizing the “America” that put SFB in the WH and finding solutions to offer is a choice – those are two things that can coexist.  Let me note that Washington, MI probably knows that the auto industry in Michigan, despite all of SFB’s BS to the contrary about manufacturers coming back – and he singled out Ford as I recall – lost auto manufacturing jobs in MI over the past year. (Auto manufacturing jobs are up by 8,400 nationwide and down by 800 in MI).  And Flint still has lead filled water, and the free bottled water is being discontinued.  Washington, MI is Trump’s America – and his response to it – essentially it’s feed them lines of shit because they believe it.

    Poobah, one’s in the oven if you want to schedule it – and it’s got a short “Sell by” date.

  11. mika and joe never had an opinion they kept for more than a day
    Gallivan Burwell
    20 hrs ·
    All this False Outrage over Michelle Wolf’s comedy routine burns me up. You know what’s offensive? Being a bunch of fucking right-wing, anti-environmental, knuckle dragging religious crackpot white supremacists who are destroying what’s left of our democratic institutions.

  12. BlueBronc…   wonderful post!

    We watched American Idol last night…  we’ve watched a few episodes here and there.  The top 10 got trimmed down to the top 7.  The three that got axed…  the drag queen, the black guy with tattoos and really bad teeth, and the woman from Venezuela (a foreigner).  But the 2 blond country singing women…  along with the blond blue eyed country singing male…  all survived.  Gee… why am I not surprised.

  13. every year after this dinner the rightwing displays its lack of sense of humor

    They should have hired Laura Bush to be the entertainment she delivered one of the best speeches at this dinner in 2005 probably one of the best ever

  14. Washington, DC vs Washington, Michigan … now, which one reflects your America?


    That one is easy, definitely DC.  In DC, everyone was totally free to agree jubilantly or disagree vociferously.  They could yell at each other for hours on Twitter, Facebook, and various TV & newspaper outlets.  IOW, they could be really loud Americans exercising their right to speak up and offend anyone and everyone as suited their mood.  They were noisy and objectionable.

    Much better than the MI mind meld crowd of lock step clones guided by the hate filled and ignorant ring leader.


  15. “…best speeches at this dinner…probably one of the best ever“


    That distinction will always belong to Stephen Colbert.

  16. I want to be associated with Jamie’s 10:10 comment.

    Bink… totally agree with Stephen Colbert.

  17. Well, then you get a Monday morning song that i think you’ll like.

    Ok, all my blog capital’s spent, not even noon on a Monday- Michelle Wolf for Senate!

  18. a critique and a trailer vid from today’s  the guardian :

    The Fourth Estate review – revealing doc tracks an exhausting year of Trump
    4 / 5 stars


    “Crazypants bullshit” is not a phrase one might expect to hear in America’s most prestigious newsroom, but the Trump administration has rewritten all of the rules of journalism……

    As its closing selection, the Tribeca film festival screened the 90-minute first installment of documentarian Liz Garbus’s three-part series chronicling the Times’s handling of Trump’s calamitous first year in office. And oh, what a year it was: the first segment tackles approximately the first hundred days following inauguration, concluding with an ominous closeup of the word “collusion”, and that period alone brought what would have otherwise been a presidential term’s worth of scandal. The audience gets an intimate peek at the major players as they assemble their coverage of possible partisanship in the FBI’s intelligence gathering operations, an unsavory link to Russian officials, the White House’s selective barring of press from official briefings, and the first handful of resignations, to name only a few. It is all engaging in the specific way a good procedural ought to be, making the process of learning about the nitty-gritty as tense and kinetic as a car crash.


    Garbus looks to the Times and their stalwart rivals at the Washington Post as the final line of defense against an onslaught of crazypants bullshit, and her subjects know better than to buy into their own hero-myths. This real-life Spotlight sans Hollywood histrionics comes not a moment too soon, though this critic has doubts about the series’ efficacy in winning over the tinfoil-hatted set convinced NBC’s out to get them. If facts are the Trumpista’s mortal enemy, what use could they have for a meticulously produced “How It’s Made” episode about information?


    In these times when journalism is being questioned and attacked as “fake news,” Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) turns her lens on The New York Times in THE FOURTH ESTATE, revealing the challenges, triumphs and pitfalls of covering a president who has declared the majority of the nation’s major news outlets “the enemy of the people.” Embedded for the past year with The Times and granted unprecedented access and interviews with editors and reporters on the front lines, the docuseries presents a groundbreaking portrait of the men and women who are fighting for freedom of the press. Viewers will witness the inner workings of journalism and investigative reporting during this administration’s first history-making year. Don’t miss the premiere Sunday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

  19. Kentucky Oaks post position draw has taken place and morning odds assigned:

    Post Position

    Sassy Sienna
    Gary Stevens
    15 to 1

    Coach Rocks
    Luis Saez
    12 to 1

    Classy Act
    Brian Hernandez Jr
    15 to 1

    Chocolate Martini
    Javier Castellano
    12 to 1

    Wonder Gadot
    John Velazquez
    20 to 1

    Kelly’s Humor
    30 to 1

    Draydon Van Dyke
    15 to 1

    Calvin Borel
    30 to 1

    Take Charge Paula
    Jose Ortiz
    15 to 1

    Midnight Bisou
    Mike Smith
    5 to 2

    My Miss Lilly
    Joe Bravo
    10 to 1

    Patrona Margarita
    Ricardo Santa Jr
    30 to 1

    Eskimo Kisses
    Corey Lanerie
    15 to 1

    Monomoy Girl
    Florent Geroux
    2 to 1

  20. B.B.,

    I feel the frustration in your post. And, we’re in good company with William Brennan in his April article in the Atlantic:

    Julie Washington’s Quest to Get Schools to Respect African-American English
    The speech pathologist believes that helping kids switch seamlessly between dialects is a key to their success.

    Tim Tomkinson

    William Brennan
    April 2018 Issue

  21. Bink…  a girl lead singer…  a girl drummer… and a token male all rockin’ away…  what’s not to love!

    Jamie… sign me up for Monomoy Girl.  Monomoy is an island just off of Chatham on Cape Cod Mass.  It has a lighthouse and was once inhabited by mostly fishermen.  The lighthouse has been automated and it’s only residents now are seals.  Consequently…  a good place to also find great white sharks.

    Rick and I love to go watch the seals frolicking in the surf there.

  22. Flatus

    Read your blurb on The Atlantic article and immediately remembered the “scandal” of Ebonics in CA.  When reading the article itself, this was brought up.  The noise the right wing made over that Oakland proposal was totally insane.

    Children learn languages at early ages quite easily just by emersion.  Some friends of mine who were with the US Embassy in Japan had a child born there.  Her first language was actually Japanese thanks to playmates and caretakers.  When I met her back in the states when she was ten, she spoke beautiful English but with a slight Japanese tilt to the accent.


  23. Jamie, I’ll take a Patrona Margarita if you don’t mind.

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – I like Michelle Wolf and liked her WHCA Dinner performance.  Now, get a Dem House to stop any SFB legislative nonsense in its tracks and put plenty of biting satire and pointed comedy against the buffoon on the airways and we’ll get the best of both worlds so long as SFB is still in office.

  24. RR & Pogo – Riders Up.  Race on Friday.

    I’ll put up the Derby post positions tomorrow after the draw.

  25. Jamie, I must go unto the old Charleston highway to check if the ancient ‘Impeach Earl Warren’ sign is still there.

  26. patD – It looks like the Natl Enquirer is carrying water for Trumpsky, again/still.

    Trying to discredit Cohen while Trumpsky tries to stroke him to keep him from flipping.   Cohen is screwed no matter what he does.   He may be loyal to Trumpsky, but Donny will use his media mouthpieces against Cohen.

    As for the caravan, it’s just more of the same over-population problem that nobody wants to come to terms with, least of all the Catholic Church.

  27. The WHCD has gotten silly.  When Hollywood started showing up at these things, maybe because of Bill Clinton’s friends (the Tomlinsons), it snowballed and has becom an avalanche as they try to top themselves each year.   It seems like they are scrambling to come up with folks to do the (dis)honors.  I’ve never heard of this woman before.     (They’ll never do better than Colbert; many seemed unaware he was playing a character.) Anyway, it’s an example of what we’ve become and it’s a distraction.



  28. Many thanks to all who filed posts to be published during my hip replacement and recovery. We’re covered through next Monday, when I’ll be off narcotics and go to my first physical therapy session. Surgery is noon tomorrow and I’ll be in hospital until Thursday. Not bringing my electronics, so will be off line until I get home.

  29. BiD, Hollywood was well represented much before bill Clinton came to town as evidenced by above picture.

    President John F. Kennedy with Guests at White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
    Date(s) of Materials: 25 February 1961

    Rowe, Abbie, 1905-1967

    Description: President John F. Kennedy poses with a group at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. (L-R) Columnist Holmes Alexander; Orchestra Leader Eddie Pierce; Teddy Piero and Hector Piero (jugglers known as “The Piero Brothers”); actress and singer Julie London; President Kennedy; actress Dorothy Provine; violinist Mischa Elman; actor Ralph Bellamy (behind Elman); actor Joey Bishop; opera singer Jerome Hines (behind Bishop); pianist Joseph Seiger; Bishop’s manager Joe Merman (behind Seiger), producer of the White House Correspondents’ Show Joel Margolis.

  30. craig, by Thursday you’ll be ready for your favorite cookout dish grilled by dad and david.  the thought of that should tide you over the long days of mystery meat and mashed veggies in the hospital.

  31. Gee…  it’s only the WHCD… not the Oscars.  Probably only political insiders and political junkies watch it anyways.  And what’s that…  maybe a small fraction of 1 or 2%.

    Even though I’m a political junkie, I wasn’t about to give up watching my beloved Boston Bruins play the 7th game of their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs…   Bruins won!

    Now on to Tampa Bay…  Bruins won game 1….   Go Bruins!

  32. Craig…  I wish you the best of luck on your surgery tomorrow.  I’ll be thinking of you and enjoy the hospital food (insert smiley face).

  33. abc news:

    The Trump campaign has spent nearly $228,000 to cover some of the legal expenses for President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, sources familiar with the payments tell ABC News, raising questions about whether the Trump campaign may have violated campaign finance laws.
    Federal Election Commission records show three payments made from the Trump campaign to a firm representing Cohen. The “legal consulting” payments were made to McDermott Will and Emery — a law firm where Cohen’s attorney Stephen Ryan is a partner — between October 2017 and January 2018.
    Cohen has said that he did not have a formal role in the Trump campaign, and it is illegal to spend campaign funds for personal use – defined by the FEC as payments for expenses “that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign or responsibilities as a federal officeholder.”
    “They’re on shaky legal ground,” said Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy at the nonprofit watchdog group Common Cause. “It sounds like they are really pushing the envelope … If the campaign were to say they are campaign-related payments, then maybe it’s okay to use campaign funds. But he can’t have it both ways.”
    Legal experts told ABC News that if the payments referenced in the FEC filings are related to the Russia investigation, they likely wouldn’t violate campaign finance law, as the investigation is related to the 2016 presidential campaign. If the payments are related to the Stormy Daniels matter, however, the campaign could have a problem.
    It is not clear what type of legal work the payments were for, but sources familiar with the matter said that the legal work in question was not related to Daniels.
    A spokesperson for the Trump campaign declined to comment on the payments. Ryan, Cohen’s attorney, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


  34. Craig, Best wishes for your swift recovery.  We shall hold down the fort until your return.  I’m sure Toby will enjoy your extended stay.


  35. You’re showing excellent restraint, Poobah.  Good luck and may you have as pain free a recovery as possible.

    BiD, I agree that Colbert was a high point for the dinner, but I am not sure what amount of his comments were in character that night.

  36. Greg Sargent:

    As the controversy continues to rage over comedian Michelle Wolf’s barbed routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the insta-wisdom of pundits and reporters has concluded, in the words of Axios’s Mike Allen, that the media handed President Trump a “big, embarrassing win.”
    This is true — but not in the manner these people are claiming. Rather, members of the news media handed Trump a big win by failing to seize this occasion to acknowledge that the basic thrust of Wolf’s critique of the media’s institutional performance in 2016, and of the media’s current challenges in dealing with a White House that lies with unprecedented abandon, was 100 percent correct.
    * * *
    But here’s the big mistake: Rather than just repudiate Wolf’s over-the-line barbs, the WHCA and members of the media should have seized on this opportunity to also acknowledge, in a high profile way, that Wolf’s remarks did point to serious and legitimate problems. How many reporters expressing outrage about Wolf’s superficial barbs also clarified that her underlying critiques are correct? They could have done both. Instead, they inflated the former in a way that helps overshadow the importance of the latter.
    * * *
    The press’s truth-seeking is, in fact, divisive. And the WHCA and reporters criticizing Wolf can’t wish that away.  Through a systematic campaign of relentless lying and attacks on the press, Trump and his allies are trying to undermine shared agreement on facts as the foundation of our discourse and the currency in holding him accountable, and public faith in the press’s institutional role in providing those facts. Wolf told us that we haven’t yet risen to the challenge of figuring out how to respond. The WHCA and reporters worrythat Wolf’s personal barbs handed Trump a win by making his case against us easier to make. But they are facilitating this themselves by failing to acknowledge what Wolf got right.


  37. “It looks like the Natl Enquirer is carrying water for Trumpsky, again/still.” – Ms Dallas

    I just want it to be all that dangerously natural (and unnatural) Flint water.

    But I’m worried, because Biggovermentor Snyder says that he’ll never make water again.


  38. May your knee be returned to you in better-than-original condition, and without the need for any more pain killers than are fun.

  39. Why are people yapping about speeches ? Tell us about the food. It was a dinner, for cods’ sake.

  40. pogo – I meant that I think they didn’t realize that he was doing a character on his show, so they were surprised with what they got that night at the dinner.



  41. Craig – Tomorrow, shortly after noon, we’ll be able to call you a hipster.  Speedy recovery!

  42. Thanks for all the well wishes. At the airport now picking up David, who will be what physical therapists call my “coach”. We’re not sure what that means but he has to go to class for it. Eager to get rid of this hip pain. Can only walk about 100 feet without sitting down. Hoping Mueller doesn’t issue indictments while I’m knocked out. Wouldn’t want to miss that.

  43. I see the “importance” of the greedy old pervert victim culture as just more of the same, happens every year after the WCHA dinner.  Actually it happens any time they can gin up a reason to be a victim of [name your reason].  This year is very important because it covers SFB criminals and their activities for the mob boss a few hours if not days.

    This week is starting out a little different.  I have not heard any “leaks” in the Mueller investigation.  Other weeks there has been something of a tiny breadcrumb to keep our hopes up.  So far nothing.  From when Flynn and Manafort were indicted we know there are at least four sealed indictments. There are probably many more, but those four have not been unsealed yet.

  44. Don’t worry about the blog while you’re away- BiD will continually post trite inanities about shit they don’t like to make sure the tubes stay open.

  45. excerpt from pbs newshour discussion when judy woodruft asked about views on the wh correspondents dinner
    Stuart Rothenberg:
    Well, I wasn’t there either. I was sitting on my couch in my living room watching it.
    And 10 seconds after she ended, I tweeted out that I thought her material and her delivery was — her material was vulgar and mean-spirited, nasty.
    I think much of what the president has said over the years is vulgar, mean-spirited and nasty. But what I found is, if you criticize Michelle Wolf, then critics of the president automatically think that you support — they think they that if you criticize Wolf, then you are — how do I say this?

    Amy Walter:
    You sort of condone what he’s doing. Yes.

    Stuart Rothenberg:
    Yes. Yes.
    And so it’s very — it’s awkward. I think that they both can — both the president and the comedian can be wrong. But it’s hard to hold that position these days — this day and age.

    Amy Walter:
    Yes. And here’s the thing.
    Every year, we have the same controversy. A comedian comes. It’s been happening since Bill Clinton. A comedian comes…

    Judy Woodruff:
    And even before.

    Amy Walter:
    And even — probably even before that.
    A comedian comes in, whether it’s saying something about the president or people around him, or just saying things that are considered crass or politically incorrect or whatever, there’s a minor controversy, and we move on.
    The reason we don’t move on is because the president has in many ways used the press as this, you know, place that, as he said in that clip, they’re against me all along.
    And, quite frankly, when you hear a bunch of people in the room laughing, right, a room that is filled with journalists laughing at all of those jokes, America can say, well, I guess this is where the press is.
    But if you don’t want these controversies, here’s a really great idea. Don’t have comedians come in.

    Stuart Rothenberg:

    Amy Walter:
    If you haven’t watched comedy in the last — if you have watched comedy in the last 10 years, this is how comedians operate.
    So, bring in somebody who will tell knock-knock jokes. I don’t know. But don’t bring in a modern comedian.

    Judy Woodruff:
    There is a question about how much Hollywood and/or New York comedy and Washington really mix.

    Stuart Rothenberg:

    Amy Walter:
    Right. They don’t mix.



  46. craig, hoping a 100 ft walk in the future will be like floating on air.  BTW,  how soon do they say you’ll be able to run the marathon?

    please ask david to let us know all is well… we will worry until then

    and give us a detailed report back on whatever bizarre conversations occurred while you were still dopey   🙂

  47. “Judy Woodruff:There is a question about how much Hollywood and/or New York comedy and Washington really mix.“


    The only reason the WHCD is held is so D.C. wonks can mingle with Hollywood celebrities-  that’s why people like KellyAnne and Sarah Sanders show up, despite knowing they’ll be insulted: they still get to hang out with the cool kids, if only for a night.  Everybody on that PBS panel knows it, too.

  48. Oh Bink,

    Stop making sense. (No, please don’t stop. I’m just in a Talking Heads mood.)

    You may ask yourself …..

    Same as it ever was

    Same as it ever was

    Same as it ever was



  49. Pretty sure the first one I paid any attention to at all was when Imus did it…….at least I don’t remember any before that…..

    Colbert is still the King.

  50. My brother sat next to David Byrne years ago at a music symposium, not realizing that it was the famed musician, thinking it was just a rather fidgety, quiet, nervous man. After Mr Byrne was introduced & got up brother thought Holy crap, that was David Byrne.

    Live & learn.


  51. Check out “David Byrne Radio”, international music curated by him- been doing it for years; he’s like the John Diliberto of World Music, now.


    Ok, loins girded and all that.

  52. Sorry, Cap’n. I thought it was your knee. Well, thank heaven it’s only your hip ! There are fewer mechanisms to go wrong in the hip. Yule bee write ass reign inn naught I’m.  God bless and speed you.

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