The news that actress Michelle Williams received the AFTRA-SAG minimum of $80 per day while Mark Wahlberg got $1.5 million for reshooting “All The Money In The World” makes me insane. The irony is so rich; the re-shoot was necessary because a man, Kevin Spacey, was using sex as power, and was caught. So the producers threw him out of the film, that’s good, but then paid Michelle Williams a thousand times less than Wahlberg. And the truth is this; she’s a much better actor than Wahlberg. She acts circles around most men, as she did in Manchester By The Sea. And this part really pisses me off; in the spirit of the #metoo movement, at first she offered to shoot for free, but the producers wouldn’t let her. The union said she needed to be paid that $80 bucks.
Wahlberg has a racist background, he committed a hate crime as a younger man, and now wears his religion on his sleeve. But my real beef is with the other men. The ones in the shadows. One can only hope that their time is up.
Trump campaigned on a lie. The lie is a simple one, propagated by the GOP for years, that a smaller government means less taxes. And it does, but not for them. This 2018 tax bill reduces corporate taxes by over 30%, meaning billions in lost revenue. But who does that really hurt? The answer is surprisingly simple; the very ones who embraced it.
Take the deep south. Please. The individual mandate, a tax that the conservative leaning Supreme Court upheld, has been eliminated. And that means that people in poor areas will not have health insurance, and instead will show up at local hospitals, who will be forced to treat them, and as we have already begun to see, will go bankrupt and be forced to close.
It’s just the beginning for poor white people who have been lied to again.
While every other public opinion company, at least those following ethical guidelines for conducting polls, still have Trump in the 30’s, Rasmussen has Trump’s approval rating at 46% and FOX news and Drudge lead with the number. But when you examine the practices, you find that it’s total partisan bullshit, intended only to support Trump’s stutter of a presidency. The methods are suspect, to say the least, and the results don’t match with literally dozens of accredited experts.
That’s not what really bothers me however. It’s that Trump’s followers, who blindly believe the FOX coverage of the Rasmussen’s numbers, are the ones most impacted by his twisted folly. It’s tragic irony at it’s best. So, tell your Trump friends to do a little forensic citizenship. The news they think is fake, may one day soon take their jobs, and possibly their lives.
President Trump’s daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, one a senior White House advisor and the other named after a jewelry store, posted a video of themselves in bikinis blowing kisses to the American people. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like the princesses of the oligarchy mindlessly reminding all of the rest of America just how f***ing rich and privileged they are. If there was still one remaining shred of decency, dignity, and gravitas left in this presidency (there wasn’t) it’s gone now.
Breitbart, the largely super-PAC funded media site, gave its full-throated and defiant support to beleaguered US Senate candidate Roy Moore. It didn’t matter how many credible victims of his sexual predation came forward, or how many ghastly things he said about Muslims and member of the LGBT community, or that he publicly lamented both woman’s suffrage and the end of chattel slavery. But now that Alabama has chosen his rival Doug Jones, a — gasp — Democrat, Breitbart calls Roy Moore “a weak candidate.” Way to show a spine Breitbart. Hate to see where you stand when President Trump resigns and 36 of his closest associates are sentenced to prison. Breitbart future headline prediction: “Trump Never Really Was That Great After All.”
Whatever opinion you might hold of Donald Trump, and I hold many, such as sociopath, bigot, racist and misogynist, you must admire his doggedness and steadfast commitment to his ugly cause. Compare him, for example, to Ted Cruz. Trump insults Cruz’s wife, his integrity, and even his children, and Cruz’s reacts by lapping at Trump’s udders like a hungry kitten might for milk.
He’s not alone. Rubio, Rand Paul, Ryan and MCconnell have all swallowed any pride or decency thru their silence or outright support of a man whose lack of morals has the entire western world on edge. I mean seriously Ted Cruz, Trump mocked your wife and you still pal around like you were college buds?
I don’t know who Trump is; a monster with a black heart, or a con man of the highest order. But I know who Ted Cruz is, and it ain’t a man.
Roy Moore lost fair and square the old fashioned way, by not getting enough votes. But that’s not stopping him from whining like a little bitch and crying for his momma. Even though his ideological overlord President Trump has called on him to concede, he refuses. Instead, he’s taking to the airwaves and hinting at election fraud, turning his defeat into a fundraising opportunity. Give now to his “election integrity fund!” If for no other reason than pure entertainment value. This is getting hilarious.
Banning valid terminology from government reports is both ignorant and dangerous,” Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University’s School of Medicine, told HuffPost in an email. “Not since Lysenko and Stalin has government made hate, malice and duplicity official policy. The Trump administration with its seven-dirty-words policy has now elevated lying to a national standard.
“We cannot replace truth with bias – the nation cannot survive a steady diet of bullshit.”
Roy Moore is not afraid to drag out old cliches. He recently said “I know we do not need transgender in our military. If I’m in a foxhole, I don’t want to know whether this guy next to me is wondering if he’s a woman or a man.”
Well, it’s a cliche. And it’s old. But seeing Roy Moore with anything older than 14 years is a good start. But the fox hole metaphor has been used to discriminate against blacks, Jews, and women. And vets like Moore know the truth. If you’re really in a firefight, and you’re worrying about another man’s package, the problem’s with you.
As wildfires rage throughout California, back in Washington Republican lawmakers have eliminated the deduction for property losses due to wildfires or other natural disasters. I know California didn’t vote for Trump, and is overwhelmingly Democratic, but seriously? This feels personal.
As the Thomas Fire, the fifth largest fire in American history, continues to rage this morning, threatening Santa Barbara, and as images of hundreds of lost homes, dead horses, and tens of thousands of displaced Californians fill the news feeds, the timing could not have been worse. Sure am glad the Republicans in Washington are taking away a nominal tax break for regular people suffering the worst days of their lives so that the richest corporations and individuals can have more money they don’t need.