Things you missed while focused on the taupe groper

OK, women who vote. You were appalled by the crimson harasser’s boasts of molestation yesterday, right? Just think about this. It wasn’t the worst thing he said this week!

OK, African Americans who vote. Pay attention to this:

A member of the “Central Park 5” who was wrongfully convicted in a horrific 1989 New York rape case blasted Donald Trump Friday after the GOP presidential nominee said he believes the group is still guilty.

“What more do we have to prove? I’m tired of proving our innocence! I don’t care what this a—— thinks @realDonaldTrump #centralpark5,” Raymond Santana Jr. tweeted.

Back in 1989,  a 28-year-old woman jogger in Central Park was raped, bludgeoned with a rock and was found hours later, tied up, stripped and suffering from hypothermia and brain damage.

Five juvenile males—four black and one Hispanic —were arrested and tried for assault, robbery, riot, rape, sexual abuse and attempted murder. They were convicted and sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. It was a huge case in New York.

But it turns out they had been coerced by the police into confessing, and were released after the actual rapist confessed to the crime and DNA evidence showed he was the only one involved. New York was sued by the five and paid out $41 million in damages to the unjustly convicted.

But the other day, the GOP presidential candidate, whose former wife accused him of raping her, went on CNN and said he’s still convinced the five are guilty of the crime they were cleared of.

“The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty.”

“The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous,” Trump told CNN. “And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”

But they weren’t guilty. The evidence proves it. The actual rapist confessed. The city paid them $41 million for the false arrest and conviction and jail time.

At the time of the attack, the taupe satyr, who was in the midst of having an affair with the woman who would be his second wife, took out an ad in a New York paper that contained these words:

“How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits? Criminals must be told that their CIVIL LIBERTIES END WHEN AN ATTACK ON OUR SAFETY BEGINS!” And his headline suggested what ought to be done with them:


These are the words of a man who would have brought out a noose and led a lynch mob to the courthouse.

Honest to God! Are 40 million people really going to vote for this goon?

Who knew the GOP had nominated Chester the Molester for president?

The latest development concerning the billionaire used condom is off the charts. How is this election not over yet? It’s now at the point where when he breathes, Hillary has an ad ready that justifiably asks “Isn’t his breathing disgusting?”


And just like that, here’s the ad:

I’ve been in workplaces where guys who said things like this were automatically fired, no discussion, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. It’s time to stick a fork in this dumpster diver, because he’s done!

Four years ago, I wrote this about the GOP:

The Republicans were going to … (here I go again) … drive that bus off the cliff and into a river of hungry crocodiles next to a nuclear plant during an earthquake just as the tsunami wave reaches 50 meters carrying a school of piranhas being chased by great white sharks with al-Qaeda tatooed on their dorsal fins and plutonium bombs between their teeth.

Today, the contempt had grown exponentially. Let’s use a round number like by 1,000-fold to match all those points of light George H.W. Bush (the smarter) made reference to when he ran for president. And even Poppy is disgusted with his party’s nominee and has said he’s voting for Clinton.

I voted early a couple of weeks ago because I’m not going to be in my precinct on Election Day. I had the option to fill in one circle and vote a straight party ticket, but I wanted to enjoy the visceral fulfillment of going to each category and saying “screw you” (or something less appropriate for youngsters’ ears) as I looked at the Republican candidate’s name and filled in the circle for the person running against the GOP.

Because today’s Republicans do things like this:

In a statement just released moments ago, Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s “sickened” by the Trump tape and says Trump is “no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”

Ryan appears to remain a supporter and endorser of Trump, saying he hopes Trump “works to to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.”

Hey, Paul! Screw you! (Or something less appropriate for youngsters’ ears.)

The creepy clown breakdown

Well, this came out of nowhere:

Turns out that people with a lot of face makeup and bizarre, billowy hair aren’t just frightening America from debate podiums.

Creepy clowns, the ones with squirting flowers — not flags — on their lapels, are becoming a scourge across the country.

From Virginia to Florida to Ohio, police are getting calls about threatening men dressed up as clowns luring children into the woods with money, running around with machetes, pipes, knives or even guns and generally scaring the bejesus out of everybody.

OK, weird, but is it really a national concern?

During a news conference, a Bloomberg reporter asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest if President Obama was aware of the clown reports and associated arrests. Earnest said he did not know if the president had been briefed on creepy clowns, and deferring to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on the jester specifics.

What’s going on with this clown obsession? The clowns of my childhood weren’t scary. They were happy, like this guy:


Bozo the Clown


Did I completely miss that 50 years ago? In my mind, back then, if Bozo showed up in a van and offered candy to get in, I’d have gone for the candy. I mean, what if there was candy in the van?

I was cool with clowns until this guy showed up:


This is Pogo the Clown, better know as John Wayne Gacy. Back in the 1970s, he killed 33 teenage boys and young men in Illinois. One of his lures was “the handcuff trick.” You can figure out what that was, and that it wasn’t a good idea to let him do that to you. But we don’t have to worry about him anymore. He was executed in 1994.

By the time Stephen King released “It,” his killer clown story, in the mid-’80s, I realized that a lot of the greasepaint guys and gals were creepy.

Then clown porn came along the whole clown concept was over as far as I was concerned.

Anyway, King is telling us to relax:

But, really, why is everyone freaking out over clowns in 2016? What has happened on the national scene that has gotten people so upset they’re spotting dangerous clowns all over the country?


Now you understand. It’s Freudian, but it’s true.

Meanwhile, I’m reposting my favorite creepy clown video:

Now that’s a clown that’ll give you nightmares.

A reflection on ‘Do the Right Thing’


And speaking of the opening credits:

So why are we thinking about “Do the Right Thing“?

Because Radio Raheem died this week.

Bill Nunn, a versatile actor best known for playing the role of Radio Raheem, the boombox-toting neighborhood philosopher killed by police officers in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” died on Saturday in Pittsburgh. He was 63.

His death was announced on social media by Mr. Lee. His wife, Donna, told The Associated Press that Mr. Nunn had cancer.


Bill Nunn

What I didn’t realize was that we’ve seen Bill Nunn in a lot of things. He was in the Spider-Man movies, appeared in “Sister Act” and was a regular character actor on television.

Also, here’s something interesting to consider. Radio Raheem’s death by cop in “Do the Right Thing” happened decades ago. Very little has changed, but there has been an interesting reaction to similar circumstances today:

colin-kaepernick-time-maagzine-cover-leadAnd this is why Colin Kaepernick is taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Because brutality that was the climax of a movie in 1989 that had pundits like Joe Klein saying that the movie was dangerous because it would make blacks want to riot (that’s right Joe, I haven’t forgotten that piece of editorial diarrhea) still happens today and doesn’t appear like it’s going to stop anytime soon.

Spike Lee was criticized for making it the focus of attention in 1989. Colin Kaepernick is criticized for making it the focus of attention in 2016.

Guess who’s responsible for racism!

Do prominent Trump supporters not understand it’s a bad idea to talk to the British media?

Is this really in the Guardian?

Donald Trump’s campaign chair in a prominent Ohio county has claimed there was “no racism” during the 1960s and said black people who have not succeeded over the past half-century only have themselves to blame.

Kathy Miller, who is white and chair of the Republican nominee’s campaign in Mahoning County, made the remarks during a taped interview with the Guardian’s Anywhere but Washington series of election videos. …

Miller added: “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”

Miller dismissed the suggestion that Trump was exploiting racist or prejudiced views among some voters as “the media making stuff up.” Instead, she said of the Republican nominee: “He’s very willing to talk about issues that have never been discussed publicly.”

When it was pointed out that some people might find her remarks offensive, Miller replied: “I don’t care, it’s the truth.”

Holy fuck! It’s the same thing the North Carolina congressman said. It’s a damned talking point for the Pump Truppets.

Don’t they realize that when they’re talking to people they don’t know, they’re supposed to use their inside voice? Because there’s no doubt they’ve been interviewed by their local media and they’ve said the exact same thing, but it wasn’t reported because “both sides!”

Oh, and Hillary! Only 50 percent are deplorable? You’re way off!