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(David Bythewood) #1692

“Carnival Barking Clown” is now trending because Bloomberg and Trump are going a few rounds. So it’s a good time for me to update this:






Gasp! Fox cut away from Trump’s Daytona 500 lap and his speech!

But fear not, Trump Fans! Here’s a shot that made it past the censors.



And Brad Pasquale posted a shot of Air Force 1 - of George W’s plane at the 2004 Daytona race and saying it was T. Then deleted it.

President Donald Trump’s campaign manager deleted a tweet featuring a dramatic photo of Air Force One at the Daytona 500 after users pointed out that the shot was from President George W. Bush’s visit to the NASCAR race in 2004, not from Trump’s visit on Sunday.

Brad Parscale tweeted the 2004 photo, which shows Air Force One rising above packed stands at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and wrote, ".@realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started."


#fileUnderGrotesque. #YouMayNeedToAvertYourEyesIt’sSoBad

(David Bythewood) #1698

(David Bythewood) #1699


Happy Presidents day



Bloomberg Enrages Trump by Buying Greenland

By Andy Borowitz

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In an apparently successful attempt to get under the skin of Donald Trump, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has purchased Greenland from Denmark.

In an official statement released on Tuesday, the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, would not disclose the price that Bloomberg paid for Greenland but indicated that it was an “all-cash offer.”

“Mr. Bloomberg has a lot of money,” Frederiksen added.

News of Bloomberg’s purchase of Greenland reportedly infuriated Trump, who immediately ordered his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to make an offer to buy the Faroe Islands from Denmark.

Within minutes, however, Denmark rebuffed Kushner’s bid. “We do not believe Donald Trump is capable of running the Faroe Islands,” Frederiksen said.

As for Bloomberg, his campaign released a brief statement about the historic purchase of the 836,330-square-mile landmass, saying only, “Mike gets it done.”


Uncle of SM sends a gift to pro-refuge organization as as wedding present. He is the one who reminded his nephew that he was a direct descendant of refugees in print.


(David Bythewood) #1704

I have a few venn diagrams…

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Post-debate humor :grin:

(David Bythewood) #1706



A little more debate humor,

(David Bythewood) #1708


Comments by NYT’s reporters on Bloomberg’s efforts at the debate…he gets low scores all around, and comments are fitting.

Daniel McCarthy (5/10) — He isn’t ashamed of what he is, distasteful as that may be to other Democrats, particularly where his wealth and ugly history with women and minorities are concerned. His lack of defensiveness might let him brazen his way through the primaries as Trump did in the G.O.P.

Liz Mair (5/10) — Worst answer on sexual discrimination and harassment I’ve ever heard. Better second half, though.

Maureen Dowd (5/10) — Got a bloody lesson in debating and needed to stop and frisk himself for a good answer on all his N.D.A.s about his company being a toxic workplace for women. Got in the necessary red-scare shot at Bernie and dinged him for being a millionaire socialist with three houses.

Wajahat Ali (4/10) — Bloomberg’s troubling past with stop and frisk, misogyny and elitism caught up with him. The other candidates slapped him relentlessly with receipts.

Brittany Bronson (4/10) — Bloomberg spent half the debate apologizing for bad behavior. He picked up his stride on climate change and small-business empowerment but lost it all with his smug defense of his fortune. Much better in commercials.

Michelle Cottle (3/10) — This was Mike’s moment to show that he’s more than a massive war chest. He biffed it. He looked peevish and was not prepared for the pile-on by his rivals. Not ready for prime time.

Elizabeth Bruenig (3/10) — By turns smug and wounded, he seemed to expect thanks for entering the race — and was unprepared and taken aback when he was treated like a presidential candidate instead of a billionaire.

Will Wilkinson (3/10) — Bloomberg might have bled out onstage if he hadn’t been so bloodless. Warren eviscerated him seconds after the opening bell, followed by a brutal dogpile on stop-and-frisk, N.D.A.s, industrial-scale influence buying and billionaire arrogance. The mayor’s tone-deaf mix of evasion, back-pedaling and aristocratic hauteur provided no cover.

Nicholas Kristof (3/10) — The clip of Bloomberg refusing to release women from N.D.A.s will be played over and over. The issue will haunt him until he figures out how to handle it — hopefully by releasing people from their obligations. Too often, he seemed sour and snippy.

Nicole Hemmer (3/10) — Bloomberg was the piñata at the Democratic debate party: Every time someone whacked him — and everyone whacked him — another Republican talking point fell out.

Jamelle Bouie (2/10) — If you saw Bloomberg onstage, you might get the impression that he’s never been challenged this way. He stammered and stumbled in the face of withering attacks from his rivals. It was one of the worst performances of the entire primary season and could kill his campaign outright.

Ross Douthat (2/10) — He introduced himself with terrible, fumbling, unpleasant responses to the most predictable lines of attack (race, sexism, tax returns). Some OK moments later against Sanders but the first hour was a real-world demolition of his virtual candidacy.

Gail Collins (1/10) — Likeability moment never arrived.

Bret Stephens (1/10) — Oy. Vey.

Peter Wehner (1/10) — His performance was a catastrophe — stiff, arrogant, tone deaf and intensely unlikeable. His answer on N.D.A.s was among the worst in the history of presidential debates.

Gil Duran (1/10) — Bloomberg’s not a leading candidate — he just plays one in TV ads. When he wasn’t taking blows, he was invisible. His answers on racism and sexism were awful. Money can’t buy charisma — or humility. Historically bad debate performance.

(Ray Van Houtte) #1710

Just in case you missed it