Ellen DeGeneres's friendship with ex-President George W. Bush became controversial this week, in light of the progressive values she claims and the 600,000 corpses left by his occupation of Iraq. She delivered a monologue on her show in response, casting their friendship as an example of civility, overcoming political differences, and having "faith in America". So Rafael Shimunov added a simple backdrop of Iraq war scenes to her monolog, in the hopes DeGeneres might better understand the complaints. In response, copyright takedown notices flew and it was removed from the 'net, so it is at least getting under her skin.
Here's a copy, which I'll update if and when it disappears. Read the rest
Unlike most of the GOP, former first lady Laura Bush is not afraid of Trump. His policy of taking children from their parents and putting them in detention centers, she writes, is "eerily reminiscent" of internment camps. "Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children." (Wayback Machine link)
The term "baby-snatching" isn't hers, though. That's from today's opionion piece in the New York Times.
Read the rest
This may well be one of the most callous policies the Trump administration has instituted in its zeal to crack down on illegal immigration.
Politico reports that Kathleen Hartington Kennedy overheard George H.W. Bush saying he's voting for Hillary Clinton instead of party candidate Donald Trump.
On Monday, Townsend posted a picture on her Facebook page shaking hands next to the former president and this caption: "The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
In a telephone interview, Townsend said she met with the former president in Maine earlier today, where she said he made his preference known that he was voting for a Democrat. “That’s what he said,” she told POLITICO.
The republican and 41th President evidently has no liking for the millionaire TV star and real estate tycoon, but declined to confirm Kennedy's claim to Politico's Darren Samuelsohn.
The report comes--tellingly, perhaps!--a day after Republican National Committee chairman Rince Priebus publicly threatened Republican candidates who refuse to vote for Trump. Read the rest
Just you like remembered. The former leader of the free world feels something no one else does. Read the rest
“We must stop demonizing these quiet intelligence professionals and start giving them the tools they need.”
Jeb Bush, asked to explain his use of the term "anchor babies," dismissed suggestions of ethnic divisiveness and helpfully clarified that he's talking about asian people, not Mexicans. In trying to out-Trump Trump, he only got Trumped harder.
Read the rest
Mark Malloy, for London newspaper Metro: "A Shropshire man has been told by the Royal Mail he will not receive any post unless he cuts back his aggressive raspberry bush." Read the rest