Melania Trump, the Accidental Plagiarist

July 19, 2016

By Karen

No one could fault Melania Trump for watching Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech and taking notes, since Melania also had to do an infomercial on her husband. But when she presented chunks of the exact same pitch, “people” (as Trump likes to say) want to know why, so her education is under scrutiny.

At 46 years old, Melania Trump has never had the national spotlight. Despite being a model who landed some TV gigs, she was just another pretty face until age 35, when Trump made her wife No. 3. He was about 59, so she popped out a son 14 months later to secure her future alimony. Since then, she’s been a typical trophy wife, dabbling in philanthropic causes and launching jewelry and skin care product lines because being arm candy is her schtick.

Her personal website and RNC bio claim she earned a degree in design and architecture from the University of Slovenia. Her Fox News bio says she attended the University of Ljubljana but doesn’t give a degree. Other unofficial bios say she dropped out after her freshman year to take up modeling in Milan.

Trump could put this whole matter to bed by producing Melania’s college diploma. Otherwise, payback may be hell. The press will dig for the truth like Trump tried to prove Obama’s not a U.S. citizen.

So, Melania may have shade in her background, but what’s a solid fact is that parts of her convention speech were plagiarized. You can watch the pertinent passages side by side.

Trump and his minions call the accusation “crazy,” saying Melania simply used common words and ideas.

Yeah. Using the same common (or uncommon) words in the exact order someone else used them is the definition of plagiarism. Changing a few words doesn’t make a thought yours; you need to give it a total rewrite.

Melania says she wrote the speech with “a little help.” “Little” is the operative word.

Trump’s lazy speechwriters probably Googled “first lady convention speeches” and transcribed the first thing that popped up.

Here’s a news flash, boys: If you can Google something, so can the rest of us. And finding something on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s free to take.

Bottom line: Melania Trump may be a relatively uneducated person, and she speaks English as a second language. She had no reason not to trust her husband’s flunkies and probably didn’t realize they gave her plagiarized material. I don’t believe she copied those words herself.

Trump’s contemptible denying and lying instead of admitting his team screwed up is yet another taste of what we could expect from him as president. He’s a typical politician.

Trump blames Hillary and Obama for everything bad that happens in the world, so let’s lay the blame squarely on him for standing on that stage and gloating while his wife parroted Michelle’s Obama’s beliefs. What was rich was that the Republican audience ate up every Democratic word of it.

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Mike Pence is Probably Doomed

July 18, 2016

By Karen

Donald Trump will never share the spotlight with any running mate, particularly one he hasn’t broken in as a doormat.

I’ve now seen Trump and his VP pick, Mike Pence, together twice, with Trump avoiding eye contact and behaving just short of dismissive. Pence will be walking on eggs, and no matter what he says or does, if Trump decides that telling Pence, “You’re fired!” will make Trump look more presidential to his followers, he’ll do it. And then claim the RNC “unfairly” stuck him with a low-energy loser of a VP.

I’m not shedding tears for Pence. He’s a typical backward-thinking, discriminatory misogynist who cloaks himself in religion, and now he’s volunteered to be the most pathetic second banana in American political history.

The best Pence can muster to say about Trump is, “He’s a good man,” and he repeats it like a mantra. I seriously doubt Pence’s religious faith recognizes incessant boasting, exaggeration, mockery, bullying, and lying as virtues.

I think we’re still looking at a Trump-Gingrich ticket by election day.

Meanwhile, Hillary’s team has been going great guns at turning Trump against himself.

After the Trump-Pence 60 Minutes interview, they must be giddy to get so much new fodder.

Trump says any disagreements with Pence occurred “a long time ago.” And after winning the nomination playing the outsider, Trump now says teaming with a career politician is good for “party unity.”

Since when did Trump EVER want party unity? His whole raison d’être has been to stomp the living shit out of the GOP.

Trump’s challenge now is to wring a drop of Pence-ibility out of all his positions. He’ll be making even less sense than Sarah Palin.

Pence must disavow most of his beliefs and dive into the deep end of Trump’s cesspool of negative campaigning. How long will Pence swallow his revulsion before he blows chunks all over Trump?

On 60 Minutes, Leslie Stahl asked Pence if he’d ever dare tell Trump he’d crossed a line, and Trump guffawed at the question, like, “Yeah, like THAT’S ever gonna happen!” Then Trump said he’d “listen” to Pence (not take his advice), but he’d never apologize to anyone for anything.

Pence brings nothing to the ticket but more mud. Now we’ve got two guys tap-dancing to make wildly divergent wacko notions mesh. Example: Pence tweeted that Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration is “offensive and unconstitutional,” so Trump’s now calling for “extreme vetting,” whatever that is.

How long and how much will Trump be willing to compromise? I’ll give him a month.

It’s a match made in hell. Let’s see how long those two can roast in it before someone spontaneously combusts.


We Need to Take Notes from Brexit

July 5, 2016

By Karen

Uninformed, nonthinking British voters’ bigotry was stoked by sleazy politicians. Next thing you know, they’ve tanked their economy, shredded their standing as a trusted, responsible ally, and sent worldwide stock markets into a tailspin.

That’s what happens when a country tries to make itself “great again” by being more unpredictable.

If Great Britain’s catastrophic Brexit from the European Union did nothing else, let it teach us some lessons before November so we don’t follow it down the crapper. We should learn…

A fact-challenged buffoon with a bad haircut isn’t your best source of information.

BorisJohnsonFormer London Mayor Boris Johnson (who could play “Dumb” to Trump’s “Dumber”) was a Brexit cheerleader, appealing to racism and selfishness. His personal agenda was apparently to oust current Prime Minister David Cameron (which he did) so he could have the job himself.

Google your homework BEFORE you vote.

When Brits woke up after their Brexit celebration, their money was worth less and their stock market in free-fall, with recession predicted to follow. THAT’S what made them Google, “What does it mean to leave the EU?” and “What is the EU?”

The answers made them start a petition for a do-over.

When the situation unravels, don’t expect the buffoon to clean up his mess.

Once Great Britain’s economy and trade deals were reduced to rubble and other EU members want to kick the UK out on its arrogant arse pronto, Boris Johnson decided he didn’t want the PM job after all. So, buh-bye to any promises he made to halt immigration, save jobs, and replace all that ails England with “something terrific.”

Our own carrot-faced loudmouth is on track to tank our economy and revive massive unemployment when the many nations he’s already alienated tell him to stick his “art of the deal” on trade renegotiations straight up his ass. And perhaps, just for fun, he’ll drag our southern border states into a pointless war with Mexico over paying for a stupid wall.

And what will he do? He’ll blame Congress for everything and quit, if he’s not impeached first. And so will the hapless schmuck who ends up being his VP.

Don’t expect your so-called friends to stick around, either.

Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain in the EU, but England and Wales dragged them out, so they may secede from the UK. Against France, Germany, and 25 other EU countries, a diminished UK will have all the clout of Rhode Island as a voice in Europe’s destiny.

Never underestimate the power of ignorance.

Trump is cultivating an unthinking, fully-armed militia to do his bidding with violence. We’ve already seen it at his rallies. For example, if he decrees that Hispanics or Muslims belong in internment camps so they can be watched (like Roosevelt did to Japanese Americans during WWII), he’d just have to say the word. His supporters would gleefully put on their bedsheets, grab the ammunition, and kill more than they capture in the name of patriotism.

Britain has cut its own throat and may never recover. If we don’t stop Trump, the AmerExit he’s planning could easily turn into a bloodbath.


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