AT THE BERNIE SANDERS RALLY IN PORTLAND, OREGON LAST NIGHT
This happened. Around the intertubes, it's being called "Birdie Sanders."
In the nastiest, dirtiest presidential campaign in my lifetime it was sorely needed - a perfect, refreshing moment.
BILL MAHER'S AGEISM RANT
How did I miss this when Bill Maher first broadcast it late in 2014 on his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher?
It's as relevant now and if you pay attention, you'll see a quick cutaway of Bernie Sanders at about 57 seconds from the top.
TRUMP'S NON-STOP BRAGGADOCIO
You have to be careful these days because the news media is pretty much all Trump all the time and too much of him will definitely rot your brain.
Last week, Huffington Post senior editor Nick Baumann strung together dozens of what Donald Trump tells us are his many qualifications to be president. Baumann calls it a Prose Poem and indeed, there is a terrifying rhythm to the narcissistic repetition. It begins:
”I am the most successful person ever to run for president. Nobody’s ever been more successful than me. I have the best words. I am the most fabulous whiner.
“I am the best builder. Nobody builds walls better than me. I build the best product. Nobody can build a wall like Trump. I’ve always had people say, 'Donald, you have the most beautiful hands.' I have the steadiest hands. I have a very good brain.”
Then it goes on for about 24 column inches of text and ends thusly:
”My primary consultant is myself. I am the least racist person you will ever meet. Nobody reads the Bible more than me. I am very modest. I am the most humble celebrity...”
Remember, every word is a quotation and the repetitive egotism is almost mesmerizing. Read the whole thing here.
TEXAS MAN FIND NOAH'S ARK FOSSILS IN FRONT YARD
Or, at least, that is what he tells us. And it gets even better: a “biblical scholar” has confirmed the find without even seeing the fossils in person. See what you think.
You can read more here.
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN KANSAS DRASTICALLY CUT TAXES
As usual in every presidential and congressional election, Republican candidates for high office are again telling us this year that massive tax cuts will make America great and every American rich.
As it turns out we have a test case for that theory. A few years ago, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback cut taxes in a way that closely resembles what all the Republican contenders for president say they will do with national taxes and last week, Seth Myers took a look how that has worked out for Kansas.
HOW BANANAS ARE HARVESTED
Yes, this video is an extended commercial for the Dole corporation but because I eat half a banana almost every morning of my life but have never seen a banana tree, let alone a farm, I was curious about how they grow. Maybe you are too.
JOHN OLIVER – THE TRUMP WALL
John Oliver's HBO show, Last Week Tonight, is the best advertisment we have for long form journalism, for taking the time – a week in this case – to thoroughly research a single story and then carefully craft it into a smart, informative report.
Hardly anyone does this anymore but Oliver and his crew don't stop at good reporting. They then throw a lot of fall-down-funny humor into the mix. This week, it is a reality-based look at the nuts and bolts of that wall Donald Trump says he, as president, will build.
Most of us have a list of classic literature that we haven't gotten around to reading but intend to do so before we die. TGB's estimable Sunday musicologist, Peter Tibbles, has found a solution for us at BoredPanda.
See? Nothing to it. Now you can toss that dusty, old reading list.
HOW FRENCH WOMEN EXERCISE
It was way back in November 2011 that I first posted this video in Interesting Stuff. Darlene Costner sent it to me then and she's done it again. So I'm posting it a second time because it's so damned much fun.
THE OREO CAT
Everyone should be able to have this much fun dancing all by ourselves like The Oreo Cat does. Thank doctafil for the video.
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