Apocalypse, now … even though things are pretty good

Newt Gingrich is the essence of what’s wrong with the Republican Party. He knows that negative “feelings” are unwarranted, but instead of being a leader and correcting misconceptions, he preys on fears to secure power for his allies.

He’s the kind of person who would have done quite well in Germany in the 1920s and ’30s. He would allow a dictatorship to happen, and he should be banned from all media.

But that’s not going to happen. So let’s watch as he supports the dictator with the disco beat, and dances our way to social disintegration.

Fox News’s Jabba the Hutt isn’t dead: Another News Corp. atrocity

Last week, Rupert Murdoch announced he would take over as CEO of Fox News with the resignation of Roger Ailes in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. Since the announcement of a lawsuit against Ailes by former “Fox and Friends” anchor blonde Gretchen Carlson, 25 women have described similar sexual harassment that goes back to the 1960s.

So people think the story is over as far a control of Fox News is concerned. Ailes is out. Rupert is in. So why does this seem slimy?

Roger Ailes, the founder and chief executive of Fox News, has resigned from his position under fire, but will remain with the company until 2018 as a consultant, Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, said Thursday.

Ah … the fine print … so why is 2018 significant?

With the scandal erupting rapidly, Fox executives began negotiating the 76-year old executive’s departure. Ailes’ severance package includes about $40 million of payment, or roughly the amount he was owed for the duration of his contract that was set to expire in 2018, according to a person briefed on the matter.

So, Ailes is getting at least $40 million, and Rupert is going to follow his advice until 2018, when Ailes’s contract was going to expire anyway.

roger-ailes-jabba-the-hutIn other words, it’s just cosmetics. Nothing changes. Ailes will still call the shots, but the words will come out of Rupert’s mouth.

Has this ever happened before?

Rupert Murdoch acted with characteristic ruthlessness by closing the News of the World, Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper, in a desperate attempt to limit the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking affair engulfing his media empire. …

There was immediate speculation last night that the paper will be replaced by a Sunday edition of the Sun which could be produced by staff at the daily. The domain names TheSunOnSunday.co.uk, TheSunOnSunday.com and SunOnSunday.co.uk were registered two days ago.

The News of the World was shut down in 2011 when investigators revealed the paper was hacking phones of celebrities, royalty and dead people, including a girl who was murdered. In the murder case, the hacking actually led police to believe the girl was still alive, throwing off the investigation.

So Rupert closed News of the World, a Sunday paper, and then immediately added a Sunday edition to the Sun, one of his other papers. So where do you think he found a staff fast enough to open a new Sunday edition?

It’s all smoke and mirrors, but it gets worse, according to TPM:

Trump said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that, at first, he didn’t want to comment on Ailes. Ailes announced he was leaving Fox last week amid sexual harassment allegations.

“But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him,” Trump said.

“And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person,” Trump continued. “And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”

Leah kills Jabba at Fox News

This just in:

Roger Ailes, the former GOP political operative who oversaw the creation of the Fox News Channel and turned it into the leading voice of American conservatism, is in final negotiations to leave as CEO of the network amid a budding sexual harassment scandal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The agreement is expected to be done shortly, the person said.

Although the lawsuit was filed by Gretchen Carlson, it appears that another Fox blonde may have delivered the final blow, according to New York Magazine:

According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, [Megan] Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.

Kelly’s comments to investigators might explain why the Murdochs are moving so quickly to oust Ailes. As New York reported yesterday, Rupert and sons James and Lachlan, the three top executives at 21st Century Fox, have, according to multiple sources, decided that Ailes needs to be removed. Kelly, who has become something of a feminist icon thanks to her tangles with GOP nominee Donald Trump, is seen by many inside Fox as the future of the network. She’s currently in contract negotiations, and given that Bill O’Reilly has said he’s considering retirement, Fox can’t afford to lose her.

This is how Kelly downed the Hutt:

 

Trump’s delusional ‘moment of silence’

Because he is incapable of telling the truth, Donald Trump, the soon to be Republican nominee for president of the United States, came up with this:

Trump reiterated the claim at a rally in Westfield, Indiana on Tuesday night, where he criticized Black Lives Matter for holding rallies across the country the weekend after the Dallas shootings.

“The other night you had 11 cities potentially in a blow-up stage,” he said. “Marches all over the United States—and tough marches. Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac! And some people ask for a moment of silence for him. For the killer!”

Of course, he said it on Fox News, which people watch to increase their stupidity.

No one, absolutely no one, called for a moment of silence for the killer.

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This is the same as when he said Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating the collapse of the World Trade Center. I was about to get a train to work in New York, across the street from the World Trade Center, on Sept. 11, 2001. And I remember watching the news and seeing a report about Palestinians cheering the terrorism. But the report was in the Middle East and I remember thinking, “we’re going to war with a Muslim country.”

I knew it was on the other side of the world thousands of miles away. Trump thought it was across the river.

So either he’s a fool and doesn’t know any better, or a liar and deserves nothing but contempt. I say he’s a bloated scumbag fucknugget, but that’s just the New Yorker in me.

His rabid followers foam at the mouth in their hatred for Muslims and Latinos, who in his world are rapists and murderers. He went for the Jews recently with his Hillary Clinton Star of David on a pile of money tweet.

Now he going for, as he puts it, “the blacks.”

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

And while Trump creates another distraction from reality, let’s be aware that this is his base.

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Princess Leia of Fox News sues Jabba the Hut for sexual harassment

Gretchen Carlson, the former morning blonde between Steve Douche and Brian Minidouche at “Fox and Friends,” has filed a lawsuit saying that she was sexually harassed at work and that the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, propositioned her for sex:

Click here to see the suit against the corpulent chairman of the Republican PR channel.

Here are some of the allegations, compiled by Mashable:

  1. Last September, Roger Ailes allegedly told Carson that, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.”
  2. Carson further alleges that Ailes asked her to, “turn around so he could view her posterior, commented repeatedly about her legs and instructed her to wear certain outfits that he claimed enhanced her figure.”
  3. According to the lawsuit, Ailes reportedly, “stays seated when a woman walks over to him so she has to ‘bend over’ to say hello.”
  4. In 2009, Carson reportedly complained to Ailes that her co-host on Fox and Friends, Steve Doocey, created a hostile work environment by “regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way” and “putting his hand on her and pulling down her arm to shush her during a live telecast.” Ailes allegedly responded by calling her a “man hater” and a “killer.”
  5. After complaining of sexual harassment, Carlson was supposedly demoted to a midday slot to produce The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, where Ailes reduced her compensation and withheld network support and promotion for her show.”
  6. Carlson alleges that Ailes repeatedly “commented about her legs” and on outfits that enhanced her figure, urging her to “wear them every day.”
  7. Carlson claimed that Ailes “had slept with three former Miss Americas, but not with her.”
  8. After Carson complained to Ailes that he was being harassed on Fox and Friends, Ailes responded by claiming that she need to learn how to “get along with the boys.”
  9. Though not explicitly stated in the lawsuit, in 2013, Gretchen went onto Fox News reporter Brian Kilmeade’s radio show wearing pants, and casually revealed that Fox and Friends prohibited her from wearing pants on Live TV.

And there’s film of the harassment, which should be admissible in court:

OK. Maybe that’s an exaggeration. Here’s what it was really like at work:

It is a hostile work environment. In the places I’ve worked before, the things we see here are definitely reportable to human resources, and there would be action taken against the harassers. But the suit isn’t against Douche, Minidouche or other miscreants seen in the clip. It’s against Jabba, seen below:

roger-ailes-jabba-the-hutAnd just for the hell of it, and this has nothing to do with sexual harassment, remember when Minidouche made the kid cry on TV?

Here’s why Kim Kardashian is famous

It’s actually an interesting explanation of fame in the Internet age:

I was watching the ESPN documentary on O.J. Simpson and surprisingly remembered that Kardashian was an important name during the murder trial. Robert Kardashian was O.J.’s friend and one of his defense attorneys.

That’s Kim’s father. And it’s not like this was a passing acquaintance:

So, in addition to O.J. getting away with murder, he brought us the Kardashians,

Brits voted to leave the European Union

This is why it is an enormously bad idea:

And to put this into context: That “world’s Ringo” reference at the very beginning? This now makes the United Kingdom the world’s Pete Best. (You kids under 40 don’t get the joke, but your grandparents are laughing their asses off.)

The slogan for the anti-E.U., British exit (or Brexit) supporters was something you hear from the right wing in America:

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Does that sound like a certain piece of moldy Cheetos lodged in the single tooth of the American heartland?

Hold on a sec, Donald Trump’s mouth is moving. I have to do something:

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What happened, essentially, was a victory for the Donald Trump message in the U.K. The nativist, anti-immigrant, ethnic-purity language that has gotten Trump within footsteps of the White House has led to what is going to be the official end of the British Empire.

Within hours of the conclusion of the Brexit vote, this happened:

As Britain absorbed the earth-shaking news, the political fallout reached to the highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying he would step down after championing the campaign to remain in the European Union.

Just hours later, the leader in heavily pro-E.U. Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said she will push for their own referendum to break with England and the other two partners in the United Kingdom, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A second independence referendum, following a defeated vote in 2014, is “highly likely,” said Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister. Calls to break away were echoed by nationalists in Northern Ireland.

Here’s a map of the U.K.

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Scotland is definitely leaving. It had it’s own Brexit vote in 2014, but that vote was to leave the U.K. not the E.U. The Scots overwhelmingly supported remaining in the European Union in yesterday’s vote. They’re definitely gone.

And independence for Northern Ireland was a cause that led to “The Troubles,” a barrage of murder and terrorism that surged throughout the U.K. from 1968 to 1998. Now that they’re countrymen have said, “Hey, it’s OK to leave a place you don’t like,” expect rumblings of a departure there. Hopefully, it doesn’t lead to another civil war.

The British equivalent of the Republican party and its supporters have just not only pulled out of the E.U., they have destroyed their country. I’d say “God, save the Queen,” but in a couple of years, that’s only going to apply to that tiny portion of yellow and purple on the map above.