There was a time at the end of the last millennium when one could be optimistic about the future. The Soviet Union had fallen and people were talking about Russia becoming a democracy. China was opening up to the world and its peoples were beginning be consumers. The United States was seen as the leader in many fields.
Then things changed.
The oligarchs took over Russia; Americans invaded the Middle East; and China remembered its history. Strong men grabbed more and more power in more and more countries: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and so on.
And, in January 2017, the world really began to unravel. Hope for a better future dwindled…and continues to dwindle.
Hope is the last emotion to die...
Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Sending Trump Back to School in Fall
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Borowitz Report)—Amid the debate over reopening the nation’s schools, a new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans would like Donald J. Trump to go back to school in the fall.
Due to social-distancing requirements, those surveyed agreed that there should be limits on class size when Trump returns to school, but that his class should be large enough to accommodate other education-starved students such as Jared Kushner, Rand Paul, and Betsy DeVos.
Although Americans acknowledge that the logistics of sending Trump back to school could be complicated and expensive, the cost of his continuing lack of education is far greater, the poll indicates.
Americans were split on which school subjects they would like to see Trump focus on most when he returns to the classroom.
Science and math received the strongest support, but a substantial number of respondents also favored history, geography, and English.
Finally, if Trump is ordered back to school in the fall, a vast majority of respondents urged that steps be taken to insure that he does not send someone else in his place.
I read a disturbing—although not surprising—headline stating that the Catholic Church received $1.5 billion in coronavirus aid.
What happened to separation of church and state?
What does this do for the economy?
What does this do for suffering citizens?
How does this produce jobs?
How does this solve any problem?
This merely supports a parasite. Cardinals will be able to fly first class, stay in hotel suites, and buy more fancy threads.
This is a crime against the American people…but that seems to be the default mode of this government.
The only other example of a leader/government wilfully harming its own citizens in Pol Pot’s reign in Cambodia.
Putin Admits Taking SATs for Trump
By Andy Borowitz
MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—The firestorm of controversy swirling around the upcoming tell-all book by the President’s niece exploded on Tuesday, after Vladimir Putin revealed that he took the SATs for Donald J. Trump.
Putin said that he had hoped to keep his role in Trump’s college admission a secret, but, with the impending publication of Mary Trump’s book, “it was only a matter of time before the truth came out.”
The Russian President said that, when young Donald Trump was applying to college, in the nineteen-sixties, Putin was making “a few extra rubles” by offering his services as a test-taker to wealthy but academically hopeless American high-school students.
“I recall the day that I took Trump’s SATs as clearly as if it were yesterday,” Putin said. “I totally aced them.”
As the years rolled by, Putin followed with intense interest the career of the man whose SATs he took.
“I often asked myself, ‘How will Donald Trump ever repay me for putting him on the path to Wharton?’ ” Putin said, with a devilish smile. “As it turned out, I found a way.”
At the White House, the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, refused to address the Putin bombshell and instead questioned the authenticity of Mary Trump’s memoir. “No one named Trump has ever actually written a book,” McEnany said.
Today, I had a eureka moment. Reading the numerous headlines about the forthcoming release of a revealing book about “The World’s Greatest Conman” by his niece, I knew that this would make no difference to what people think about him and his behavior. People that hate him will say: I told you so; and people that love him will love him even more.
This made me think about why the so-called evangelicals stick to their hero, besides his work to help them ensure abortion is banned. There is a deeper explanation. If these people have unshakable belief in a book of ancient myths, belief in some guy that maybe live 2000 years ago, and belief about a fantasied figure in their image imagined by humans, then they will believe in a human imposter. He once claimed that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue with impunity, but has gotten away with cheating his way out of military service (and disparageing people that have fought in war); cheated his way into college; cheated on several wives; cheated on taxes; blatantly broken laws, abused bankruptcies laws, etc.
Each day the man reveals proof of having needed to pay someone to take his SAT test. Math and logic are not skills he understands. Yesterday, he claimed schools could open safely because Denmark and Sweden were opening, while the graphic showed the US having 50,000 current infections (Denmark had 19; Sweden 25). There is a simple math question given to beginning maths students asking them to show which number is larger. There is even a math symbol (>).
Like a WW1 British general sitting in his London club and sending millions of soldiers to death in the trenches, a crook without a molecule of empathy blithely wants to send millions of children into the jaws of a pandemic. He doesn’t care if kids become sick, infect others, or die. He can still play golf.
Trump Freaks Out After Giant Statue of Obama Suddenly Appears on White House Lawn
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Borowitz Report)—Donald Trump “totally freaked out” on Tuesday morning, after a gigantic statue of the former President Barack Obama appeared on the White House lawn overnight, sources have confirmed.
Trump first discovered the statue, which stands approximately thirty feet tall, when he awoke to see the sculptural rendering of Obama’s face staring at him through his bedroom window.
Shaken, Trump immediately summoned his Secret Service detail to escort him down to the White House bunker, where he unsuccessfully tried to steady his nerves.
At 7 a.m., an emergency meeting of top White House advisers was convened, during which an increasingly agitated Trump demanded to know the origin of the mysterious Obama behemoth.
Trump, who theorized that the gargantuan statue had been placed on the White House grounds by either George Soros or Jeff Bezos, ordered that the imposing monument to his predecessor be torn down and disposed of at once.
Reached by reporters at his home, Obama said that he “wasn’t sure” that he deserved a statue, especially such a large one, but expressed surprise at Trump’s decision to tear it down.
“It’s not like him,” Obama said. “He cares so much about history.”
Obama’s words did little to calm Trump, however, who reportedly ordered the Secret Service to foil any plot to deposit a giant statue of Hillary Clinton on the White House lawn.
Click here to editI learned about a site called Bookcase Credibility, which criticises the backdrops of the countless talking heads flooding the media in the age of Corona. Some people put much thought and effort into what people see behind their heads. Book cases are favorite, because many think this communicates erudition. Evidence of the books having been read is nowhere in sight. Although, an impressive academic title suggests reading.
One can even buy “books by the foot” in different genres to provide some talking head with desired credibility. If one looks closely, it is not difficult to discern which backdrops have been staged.
Pence Walks Out of “Hamilton” Again in Own Living Room
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Borowitz Report)—Mike Pence’s turbulent relationship with “Hamilton” continued over the weekend, as he walked out of the Broadway show in his own living room.
Pence, who walked out after the Tony Award–winning musical in 2016, when the cast tried to address him, told reporters that he tuned in to the streaming version of “Hamilton” on July 4th specifically to walk out of it once more.
“I wanted to send the cast of ‘Hamilton’ a strong message,” Pence said. “The minute it began, I turned to my wife and said, ‘Karen, I’m out.’ ”
He immediately followed through on his threat, leaving Mrs. Pence alone in their living room for the next two and a half hours as she watched “Hamilton” in its entirety.
Pence dismissed reporters’ questions about the limited impact of his gesture, since the cast of “Hamilton” was unable to see him get up from his couch and leave in a huff.
“President Trump told me to walk out of my living room, and I am grateful for the opportunity to obey him,” Pence said, adding that he intends to walk out of “Hamilton” again tonight.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.