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~ Aug26|2016 ~

  Logophere's Short-Shots and Follow-ups

Quickie news-stories, observations, and follow-ups to keep us focused.



To Christian Estrosi: stick these photos up your bum.

As France shows its true racist colors and as the world now better understands why France is a magnet for terrorist attacks, Frog moron and right wing-nut politician Christian Estrosi steps up and leverages his racism with threats against everyone's free speech.  According to The Verge  and other sources, Estrosi claims police have begun to prosecute ". . . those who spread the photographs of our municipal police officers and those uttering threats against them on social networks" -- referring to the now viral photographs of Frog cops busting a woman on a beach at Nice because she is not showing enough skin. 

So, Christian Estrosi, you can now add me to your list of millions who have spread the photos, and you can stick them up your bum. 

And then there is right wing-nut case Nicolas Sarkozy, famed serial womanizer who knows a thing or two about women showing lots of skin, and who is again running for president of France. Ole' randy Nick has added to his platform a nationwide law demanding that all women show enough skin on the beach to suit him. 

Once there was a time when women showing too much skin were arrested and fined. Now we've got hyper-secular moron politicians like Estrosi and Sarkozy who actually think they have the power to force modest women to show some undefined, minimal amount of skin.  

I don't know about you, but if the French think the state can force modest women to expose more skin, then I suddenly have less sympathy for the French with respect to the murders of French white people by terrorists, and that's because I have less sympathy in general for racists and xenophobes than I do for those who embrace human diversity and basic individual rights, like the right not to expose your body to strangers if you choose not to. 


NYT depends on HuffPo data to predict the demise of Trump
Ha, ha, ha . . .

Today Josh Katz at the NYT predicts that Hillary has "a 90% chance of winning the presidency."  Katz presents pretty fivethirtyeight.com-like graphs, and, like Nate Silver, Katz blathers on about "our model." And so it looks to the unwary like Katz has made a strong case that Trump does not have a snowball's chance in Florida, where, BTW, Katz claims Trump is losing 78% to 22% while most of the polls Katz cites show a tossup. 

But no analysis is any better than the data that go into it, and to see where Katz's data come from you have to put on your 20x reading glasses and dive to the very bottom of the article to find out that "Polls compiled from the Huffington Post polling database and Morning Consult."  And with that 0.05 point-font admission the whole NYT analysis is as screwed as Trump's bouffant in an Iowa tornado.

And the reason I say it is because HuffPo is not a polling organization. It is not even a news organization. It is a propaganda machine for Hillary Clinton and Debbie Schultz. HuffPo does not even pretend to be objective or fair -- they are out to bring down Trump or any Republican running for the White House or Congress, and that automatically disqualifies HuffPo as a source of predictive voting data for any federal election.

Looking at a few HuffPo headlines from today you will see what I mean:  

  • If Anyone Can Save Us From A Trump Presidency, It’s Women -- Emily Peck

  • Chrissy Telgen Not-So-Subtly Likens Donald Trump To An 'American Psycho - She's not wrong -- Carly Ledbetter

  • Trump's Heart Of Darkness -- Bob Burnett

  • Trump Pitches to Blacks & Latinos, Alienates Them Instead -- Siraj Hashmi

  • Trump Campaign Enters 'Death Spiral' -- Marty Rudoy

Mind you, this is just a rather mild sample of one day's worth of the type of anti-Trump invective HuffPo has been dumping every day for the entire year. For months HuffPo has appended the following "Editor's note" to its articles on Trump:  

"Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S."

HuffPo is not an organization reporting about the clowns; it is one of the clowns. Obviously, any predictions such as Katz's, based in any way or on any amount of HuffPo "polling" data are not worth wasting a single pixel on, and not worthy or your time.  


Another pervert for President?  

Olivia Nuzzi at The Beast has published an excellent but disgusting piece about "an NBC contract" they claim was used for contestants on Trump's The Apprentice.  Basically, Nuzzi says that the contract required the potential contestants to agree to all sorts of pervert provisions in order to compete for the $125,000 first place prize and a 1-year employment agreement for  $125,000.  It was, essentially, a play-to-play deal, and disgusting. 

Here are some of the provisions contestants were required to agree to in order to get on the show:

  • to be filmed, “whether I am clothed, partially clothed or naked, whether I am aware or unaware of such videotaping, filming or recording” and to agree that “I further acknowledge and understand that the film, tape, audio and other recordings that will be made of me in connection with the Series might in other circumstances be considered a serious invasion of my privacy.”

  • undergo sexually transmitted disease screenings, which tested for “HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HPV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes,”

  • accept “that Producer may impose one or more Series Rules regarding the type of sexual activity, if any, that participants will be permitted to engage in.”

The contestants could only bring to NYC clothing and personal hygiene products, and their clothing had to be approved by the producer.  No cell phones, cash, credit cards, debit cards, computers, other electronics.

Clearly, NBC had to know of this "contract" and to approve, and that makes the NBC producers involved equally disgusting, notwithstanding that NBC has severed contacts with Trump.  And even though Nuzzi's excellent article tries to throw some legal smoke to protect them from Trump retaliation by saying the onerous, perverty requirements were "almost certainly not mandated by Trump himself," how could Nuzzi know who mandated the provisions?  It sure sounds like Trump to me.  As Nuzzi points out he is on the record for admitting that he has required girlfriends to undergo AIDS testing. 

And when I think of hardball Trump legal tactics, the first person I think of is vicious "Says who?" Michael Cohen, Trump's top lawyer and VP (and potential Attorney General) who became famous when he tried to bury rape allegations against Trump by making the absolutely idiotic and false assertion  to the Daily Beast that "by the very definition, you can't rape your spouse." 

Michael Cohen

So maybe Nuzzi put up that bit of cover because she was thinking of the way Cohen threatened The Beast and its reporters over the no-spousal-rape bullshit.

"I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know," Cohen said. "So I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?" -- Michael Cohen



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