BARBIE, FOX NEWS HOST SHANNON BREAM, AND ME
Question: What’s the difference between your Barbie doll and a Fox News babe? Answer: Plastic and a brain. Whomp, whomp. And so began the battle royal between this host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast, Fox News @ Night host Shannon Bream and her devotees, members of the Trump cult.
On November 21, Ms. Bream posted a tweet siding with Trump who that day had done, once again, something unpresidential: The President of the United States attacked the reputation of the Supreme Court, not a decision with which he disagreed, adding the Supreme Court to Trump’s long list of American institutions whose legitimacy, for his personal political gain, he has worked systematically to destroy.
There is no love lost between Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts a Bush appointee who in a great surprise to Conservatives and Trump had saved former President Obama’s signature legislation The Affordable Care Act (ACA). Justice Roberts, however, clearly frustrated at Trump’s many attempts to delegitimize the Court, a co-equal branch of government, broke precedent and responded to President Trump after Trump said he was going to file a complaint about the 9th Circuit Court that had just temporarily blocked an executive order that would have changed US asylum policy.
Chief Justice John Roberts said: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges…”
Back to Shannon Bream who in response tweeted: “I did read it [Chief Justice John Roberts’ statement], and I also remember PresObama calling out SCOTUS as they sat feet away from him at the 2010 State of the Union (unable to respond/defend themselves). He so mischaracterized their recent ruling that even politifact didn’t buy it, so …”
This was followed by a tweet which has been scrubbed, whose content triggered me to respond:
“Barbie, [Trump] criticism allowed. Deliberate destruction of the reputation of one of the foundations of the Republic to sow dischord (sp) to gin up his base to come to his aid should Mueller or impeachment make it necessary, that is new by Trump and unacceptable.”
Ms. Bream did not respond to the argument of my tweet, but seized upon my calling her “Barbie,” her attempt at deflection from having to answer with a cogent response, and her call to her followers to bear arms.
Bream deflected: “I’m never sure if people calling me Barbie is supposed to be an insult? I mean she has been a surgeon, paleontologist, served in every branch of the military, firefighter, architect, pilot, computer engineer, astronaut, etc. I’m just a measly law school honors grad” �♀️
To which I responded, “Barbie was also made of plastic.”
I might have added: “And had no brain.”
No Bream response.
I later copied a tweet to the law school graduate, Bream, posted by Ted Lieu: Dear @realDonaldTrump: Chief Justice John Roberts is right and you are wrong. The Judiciary is not an arm of the Executive Branch. Their role is not to obey your point of view. The Judicial Branch is nonpartisan & it exists as a check and balance on you. Have a nice Thanksgiving” with the following note to Bream:
“You would think a woman with a law degree would know this. Happy Thanksgiving, counselor.”
Again, no response.
OK, whatever. But allow me to focus on two points. The first is that out of the thousands and thousands of ironically, face-shaming tweets to me by Bream’s ardent followers, not one spoke to the argument of my tweet, and nor did Shannon Bream. What she did, a la most Trumpsters, was to seize on that which she could to deflect from having to defend her ludicrous defense of Trump.
And while one might argue that calling Bream a Barbie was out-of-line, it would miss the point. The use of the term Barbie had nothing to do with television eye-candy Bream’s pretty blonde hair and blue-eyes that helped the Florida native and Liberty University graduate become a participant in the 1991 Miss America pageant and fourth runner-up in the Miss Florida USA pageant (later owned by Donald Trump). It had everything to do with the fact that Ms. Bream, has a law degree from Florida State University College of Law, and as an anchor of a much-watched news show, and an officer of the Court, a responsibility to stick to the facts.
Instead, Bream played to the most cynical, to the lowest common denominator, going for the joke rather than the substance, the formula for the success of Fox News whose motto should be “Always take the low road.” She sicced her followers on me, who called me names I would only call Donald Trump, doing exactly what they accused me of, never my intent.
I said two points. Here’s the second, but I’ll leave it to veteran newsman Ted Koppel to make the point for me as he did so brilliantly in a 2017 exchange with Fox News host Sean Hannity, when in a remarkably blunt interview Koppel told the Fox News commentator Sean Hannity that he was “bad for America.”
Hannity replied: “We have to give some credit to the American people that they’re somewhat [my italics] intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show. You’re cynical,” he added to Koppel, to which Koppel agreed.
Hannity pressed further: “Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”
“Yeah,” Koppel replied flatly. “You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts,” he said.
As has Shannon Bream, which brings me back to Barbie, a doll, not reality, but a plastic play toy meant to spark the imagination of little girls. But that is all.
You’d think a 47 year old woman with a law degree and a job many would envy would know the difference between a toy and reality. You’d think.
THE AIR WE BREATHE…
Let’s talk. If the American Cancer Society told you that if you smoke in the room with your children their chances for developing lung cancer would rise by an alarming rate, but, a few scientists tell you, wait, not so fast, maybe the science isn’t there to prove it, but WAIT, that scientist happens to be a member of a political party that is in opposition to another political party and has deliberately taken the opposing political stand on the issue, what are you going to do?
Are you going to blow smoke in your 5 year old daughter or sons face, or are you going err on the side of caution and not blow smoke into your child’s lungs? Anyone who says that they will continue to smoke in front of their child until all the facts are in, deserves to be reported for child abuse.
Don’t like my argument? Let’s try this. There is scientific evidence that if a young person sustains enough hits in the head while playing football, that young person is likely to develop brain dysfunction later in life.
News stories about former NFL players diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease better known as CTE, have parents rethinking their children’s participation in some sports.
On the other hand, there are scientists who say the data isn’t there yet to fully substantiate the long-term effects of constant jarring of the brain on our youth.
Now your 13-year-old comes to you and says I want to try out for the football team. You’re at least going to hesitate before you say yes, right? You’re likely to err on the side of caution. If you don’t, you deserve to be reported for child abuse.
Sure, every day there’s more and more data thrown at us warning us of the possible negative effects on our being from this that and the other thing. Some data we pay attention to, and some we don’t.
Not many stopped smoking when early reports came out of the devastating effects of tar and nicotine on one’s lungs. But, not many folks are still smoking cigarettes and blowing smoke in their children’s lungs these days, are they? And sign ups for youth football participation has declined substantially as worries mount about concussions known as CTE.
But oddly, the very air we breath, the very water we drink, the earth which is our greatest gift, all creatures great and small are being tossed to the wind by Republicans, despite the warning from scientists that were so dire that a Republican President, Richard Nixon, proposed the establishment of The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an independent agency of the United States federal government for environmental protection, nearly 50 years ago.
Let’s get away from science for a moment, now itself considered an environmental hazard by the GOP… If you’ve lived on earth as long as some of us have, you don’t need a scientist to tell you that the climate has changed, the weather is different, the taste of the air no longer sweet as it once was. Even the color of our rainbows is muted in the filthy atmosphere that is the air we breathe.
Oceans are rising as our polar caps melt, extreme weather conditions are becoming the norm, the streets of Miami are flooded more often than not, asthma is on the rise in children, Pakistan just recorded its hottest day in April ever, 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
But back to smoke and mirrors, the games of the whacko science deniers in charge of our government these days, an EPA commissioner, Scott Pruitt who is himself an environmental hazard, a climate change denier bought and paid for by the Fossil Fuel Industry from the land of shake, rattle and roll, thanks to fracking, the world’s earthquake capitol of the world O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A, OKLAHOMA, not OK…Scott Pruitt, who under the guidance of a president who has his finger in the till of the U.S. Treasury and the banks of the oil barons of the world has reversed and delayed numerous environmental rules, relaxed enforcement of existing rules, and halted the Environmental PROTECTION Agency’s efforts to combat climate change, because its good for business, if not children’s lungs.
All, by the way while the GOP spends the people’s money like it is water, not gas, on tax breaks for themselves while they propose robbing the poor of their food stamps and Medicaid and air.
As I said, we as a nation used to err on the side of caution. We no longer do. Maybe it’s all that carbon dioxide we’re breathing, or the buzz to our brains we get from our mobile phones and computers. Could it be the plastic manufacturers that have killed our thought processes?
I’m not sure I know the answer to these questions, but I do know this: We sure are stupid these days. Because when we as a nation choose greed over our children’s health and place our politics above our people and allow the likes of Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt to rape our environment for personal and political gain, it might be too late for our environment, but it is more importantly way too late for America, a nation under assault by a host of hazards, many a fully-functioning EPA can’t protect, but some only an EPA can.
Only idiots would choose not to err on the side of caution…idiots a yuuuuuuuuuge environmental hazard in Washington D.C. these days.
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About that Rose Garden health care photo op with all those Republican white guys…About the fact that the White House fired its chief usher, the first women on the job…About President Mike Pence…Senate asks Trump associates for records of communication with Russians…Har di har har, the joke is on Trump: A new study shows that PTrump is the subject of the most late-night quips of an early presidency, evah…Even as DJTrump has vowed to address the nation’s opioid crisis, the new Trump budget would effectively kill the drug control office. What? Is Trump on drugs?…Is White House press secretary Sean Spicer on his way out? He won’t be at the podium Friday, but he doesn’t have the day off. Could Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump’s deputy White House press secretary be auditioning for the role?…Watching CNN’s Brianna Keillor smackdown Rep. Marsha Blackburn who refused to answer the simple question: Will people with pre-existing conditions be fully-covered at the same rate as they have been under Obamacare under the Republican plan was as good as any moment watching the WWE… And finally, with apologies to House Dems: Na na na na hey hey goodbye…And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts new podcasts Wednesday’s 3 pm ET. Current and archived episodes are always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Be sure to listen to my latest show with guests NY Times bestselling author of FALLOUT, Sara Paretsky and John Hook, author of WHO KILLED BOB CRANE…And there you have it, my curious kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Bill O’Reilly out at Fox News for trying to get into too many women’s you know whats at Fox News…Sarah Palin showed up at the White House with Ted Nugent and Kid Rock in tow dressed in a doily and a facelift?…WashPost’s Bob Costa named new moderator PBS’ Friday night classic, “Washington Week,” succeeding the late Gwen Ifill…Donald Trump: “Luciano Pavarotti’s a friend of mine, great friend of mine”. ITH: Luciano Pavarotti died in 2007…DOWN GIRLS! We leave politics for a moment to bring you THE WAR BETWEEN THE JENNERS because it is too juicy not to post. Caitlin Jenner’s new memoir says Kris Jenner knew from the get-go then Bruce Jenner’s proclivities. Kris says no. What did Kris Jenner know and when did she know it? It looks like we have a real cat fight here. Meeoow!…Is Gayle King in hot water? Old-school journalists ‘pissed’ she joined the Obamas on billionaire David Geffen’s yacht in Tahiti along with Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and King’s BFF Oprah Winfrey…File under: It takes one to know one, Keith Olbermann says he always knew Bill O’Reilly was a menace…Scott Brown, controversial ex-senator and former nude model once called “America’s Sexist Man” tapped as US ambassador to ‘The Land of Kiwi’ New Zealand…As Trump Administration approaches 100 days, Jimmy Kimmel asks: “Other than Trump’s hair, what did he get done? ‘He can’t even get his wife to move in with him”…How tall is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, or is that how small?…Russian jets buzz Alaska for fourth day in a row. Didn’t anyone tell Putin that Sarah Palin is in D.C.?…
From Huffington Post: “Trump is even more unpopular that United Airlines”…File under: Be thankful for small things, funniest and most astute Republican Ana Navarro relieved Trump hasn’t gotten us all killed in first 100 days quips: I’m happy we’re still alive’ …Journalist Vicky Ward rips Ivanka Trump’s ‘role’ in the White House: “She doesn’t do policy — she’s just wearing clothes”…From actor/writer Sam Cohen: Nixon = Watergate, Reagan = Irangate, Clinton = Monicagate, Trump = Fumigate, yep, that’s about right!…Barack Obama will make the first public appearance of his post presidency where else? Chicago…Hmm, at the top of his game Rep. Jason Chaffetz announces he’s stepping down and now the story gets curiouser and curiouser when he says he might not finish his term? But we are living in Trump’s Wonderland these days and everything is getting curiouser and curiouser… And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts new podcasts Wednesday’s 3 pm ET. Current and archived episodes are always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Be sure to listen to my latest show in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day when I visit with two authors best known for their Holocaust historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author of THE ORPHAN’S TALE, Pam Jenoff, and New York Times Notable Author and PEN finalist whose book THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE is currently on the NY Times Bestseller List, Jessica Shattuck…And there you have it, my curious kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?…Did Steve Bannon’s bodily odor become too odiferous for Poppycock Trump and that’s the real reason why Bannon is on the way out?…Bombs away: DJTrump unleased the Mother of All Bombs (MOABs) on ISIS in Afghanistan proving the bigger the boys the bigger their toys…Speaking of bigger the boys, Trump is looking a whole lot thicker around the middle these days. What, not enough golf?…Note the White House Passover Seder the entire Trump family passed over. Oy vey, even Israel-hater Barack Obama donned a yarmulke and ate matzo, potato kugel and tsimmes, and he doesn’t have any Jewish children, as DJTrump repeatedly reminds us he does — Jewish creds…What’s with CNN’s Anderson Cooper giving whacko Glenn Beck who has reinvented himself almost as many times as DJTrump so much air-time?…Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a chemical-weapons attack in Syria that provoked U.S. missile strikes on the Middle Eastern country may have been orchestrated. Believe that and I’ve got a Stradivarius to sell him…I know, I know, you scrimped and saved to take that dream trip to South Korea. But if I were you, I’d cancel the trip. China Air just suspended all flights to ‘The Land of the Morning Calm’ and you don’t want to rebook on United…Mar-a-Loco has been cited for poor health Food service operations in state inspections this year, which might explain why DJTrump prefers his steaks well-done…Oh where, oh where is Kellyanne Conway, although must say her silence is golden…Beating the tom toms to let you know that Elizabeth Warren tells why she didn’t run for president in her new tell nothing book…Oh how Fox News loves its blondes: Dana Perino, who has been filling in on multiple shows, is emerging as a go-to host for Fox News during a tumultuous period at the network. Bill O’Reilly’s replacement? Oh how ironic that would be…CNN, please, Rick Santorum, Jeffey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany have got to go…Smartest, funniest talking head these days is Ana Navarro. She can’t be that funny and astute and still be a Republican, can she?…Sad news from La La Land, Jennifer Garner has filed for divorce from just out of rehab hubby Ben Affleck. We were all hoping they could make it work. Alas, happy endings don’t happen much in La La Land, only in the movies…Prince Harry hippity hopped for a secret rendezvous with latest love Meghan Markle ahead of Easter…No bull here: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (D) delivered his budget veto with a side of bull dung Thursday to hammer home his accusation that state lawmakers were playing politics with the $4.1 billion budget…DJTrump has been in office 84 days. He’s spent 23 of those at Mar-a-Loco eating tainted food, which might explain some things…And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts new podcasts Wednesday’s 3 pm ET. Current and archived episodes are always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Be sure to listen to our latest show with Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan author of FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES. If out of hell an angel can be born, Marion is it!…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…A NOTE ON STRUMPET IVANKA TRUMP & THE VOTE TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD…Ivanka Trump is no friend of women or Women’s Rights. She’s a shill for the most Women Hating Regime in American history led by her misogynist father, Donald Trump. One might even call her a STRUMPET. The day following her father’s regime’s announcement that Strumpet would be officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee (nepotism is illegal) with talk of how STRUMPET would make great contributions to women’s rights (that makes nepotism in her case acceptable) — with a rare tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence (that it was a man who broke the tie should be noted) the Senate on Thursday sent a bill to Donald Trump’s desk giving states permission to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood. Surely the timing on Strumpet’s official role on the Trump team and the accolades offered up for her — one of the few women in power in the Trump White House — was no coincidence. How DJTrump Inc. plays their media games is no mystery. It’s always the cover-up the day before the crime. (Note, Trump even trotted out the Missing Mrs. to talk women’s rights this week, no coincidence there either). First there would be the controversial Planned Parenthood vote today. And there would be the announcement that one of the few powerful women in the WH would be shuffled off to Buffalo or some distant shore taking the blame for the Obamacare fiasco, but that’s a different story for another day along with a conversation that focuses on the fact that Trump is very, very good at blaming women for his own shortcomings. Anyway, Strumpet has not only become a shill for her father, but we now know she’s not the brightest girl in the room, too dumb to understand she’s being used by her father and his women hating team. And while this vote occurred, she let Pence break the tie, stood by and uttered not a word or offered a pretty bat of the expensive false eyelashes she likes to wear. Understand, that any women who says she truly cares about women’s rights and issues pertaining to women could not have sanctioned such a vote. Two Republican women — there are few — stood up and voted nay (give them credit) Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. AGAIN STRUMPET uttered not a word, the self-professed defender of women in the mostly male WH led by her Daddy. Now there will be those who will read this and go off half-cocked (like Trump) and accuse me of being pro-abortion, and not understanding this bill was a vote against abortion, not a women’s right to affordable healthcare. And there will be those who shout me down for being snarky and whatever else because I dare to call the Strumpet what she is. To you I say, Poppycock (hm, good name for Strumpet’s Daddy). Planned Parenthood saves women’s lives. Statistics show that wherever there are Planned Parenthood facilities women lead longer, healthier lives. In much of America, Planned Parenthood has been the savior of poor women. And, of course, on the issue of abortion: It IS the law of the land and it gives women the right to choose. By the by, Federal tax payer money does NOT pay for abortions. So Poppycock and his little boys are just flashing their little you know what’s around when they play their games with PP. Boys will be boys, ya know. And some women like it like that. Not this woman! So, have at it. I have a terrible sinus infection and I’m feeling frisky today and up for a fight.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…How much are you willing to pay for your tacos? Just askin’…Lindsey Graham on Mexico tariff: “Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad.” Graham doesn’t mention tacos…Did President Trump call the National Park Service and demand its chief to provide pictures of the inauguration that showed huuuuuge crowds? In other words, did the POTUS of the United States ask the head of the NPS to lie?…Are Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani kaput?…Forty-two percent of Trump voters are perfectly OK with POTUS using a private email server. Hillary Clinton, not so much. HONK!…Oh, the irony that Prez Trump slammed the ‘hostile’ media in his conversation with Sean Hannity, a member of the media without which POTUS would never have been elected president…White House ‘alternative facts’ counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that all issues will be on the table when Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak by phone on Saturday. Honestly?… Judy Garland to follow the Yellow Brick Road and her daughter Liza Minnelli to California, her remains moved from New York Burial Place to L.A.’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery…Sen. Al Franken tells WashPost no Democrat will vote for Betsy DeVos as education secretary in an attempt to educate the GOP that the Dems still wield power, not really…President Trump says it’s “too early” to talk of moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem, translated to mean it might be too late to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem…President Trump sez it’s “Very Early” to talk about lifting sanctions against Russia. POTUS likes the word early…The World Health Organization (WHO) attributes 13% of maternal deaths annually to complications from unsafe abortions. President Trump wants to see that number grows, his global anti-abortion rule proves…Malia Obama got political at Sundance by attending an event in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…Trump chief strategist alt-Right leader and POTUS advisor Steve Bannon told the press to “shut-up.” Nice talk, Bannon… Mischa Barton hospitalized after exhibiting bizarre behavior, no joke here…President Trump’s hero Winston Churchill said: “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”…Trump’s mom born in Scotland, which makes her an immigrant. You take it from there…Ta ta Sarah Palin who has officially shut down her SarahPac. Her new job? Keeping her keen eye on Russia…Get out of the way Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, get out of her way Tamron Hall and Al Roker, Megyn Kelly is charging her way into NBC mornings when she begins her stint on the Network in September…And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET. Current and archived episodes are always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Be sure to listen to our latest show with journalist Jonathan Chait, author of the brand new book AUDACITY HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL and Steve Hilton, Prime Minister David Cameron’s former senior adviser author of MORE HUMAN: DESIGNING A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE COME FIRST…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER… Just in case you hadn’t heard the not fake news that many wish was, Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States…President Trump brings along his own cheering section wherever he goes, including to his first visit to CIA Headquarters…Press secretary Sean Spicer who in his first press briefing blatantly lied for the newly-inaugurated president gives his first official press conference. And we should believe anything Spicer says because?…It’s a new day in America. In a question asked of Press Secretary Spicer about President Trump’s reinstatement of Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, preventing tax dollars from funding abortion overseas, Spicer answered: “There’s been a lack of respect of taxpayer money for years in this town.” So according to Trump Inc. better than 50% of American taxpayers who support choice don’t deserve respect?…Speaking of Press Secretary Spicer journalist Glenn Thrush notes “What a schizophrenic split screen between Sean [Spicer] today vs. Saturday — Dr. Banner vs. the Hulk.” ITH asks: Will the real Sean Spicer please stand up?…Sen. Marco Rubio who for a second showed some balls in his questioning of controversial secretary of state nominee ExxonMobile Chief Rex Tillerson now says he’ll vote for Tillerson following a squeeze — ouch– by the big hand of POTUS…According to Miriam-Webster, look-ups for the word ‘fact’ spiked after Kellyanne Conway described Trump Inc. lies as ‘alternative facts’…PressSec Spicer holds two pressers in one: One for the media and one to gin up President Trump’s press-hating base…President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush reportedly both on the mend. ITH wishes them well…Little Chief of Staff Reince Preibus says “Size doesn’t matter (POTUS and Sen.. Rubio might differ),” when referring to the disputed size of crowds at POTUS’s inauguration…She’s a lady Chelsea Clinton who ought to know how painful being the child of a president can be came to the defense of her mother Hillary Clinton’s nemesis’ son Barron Trump after the 10-year-old was cruelly bullied in a series of online attacks…Oy vey, Trump administration sending mixed messages on moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…CNN’s Jake Tapper looks like he needs a vacation, just saying…Seasoned newsman Dan Rather calls it like it is calling the Trump Era’s calling of facts “alternative facts’ ‘Orwellian’. ITH wonders what George Orwell would call it…Speaking of Orwellian, I mean Machiavellian, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Republican, plans to gut the state’s Welfare System this after he gutted the labor unions in the state. From Walker: “Parents with school-age children receiving food stamps could lose some of their benefits if they don’t work at least 80 hours per month.” Question: What the heck does this guy have against poor folks and kids? Cheesehead!…Hmm, President Trump has issued an executive order freezing federal hiring just as he says that his number one priority is finding jobs, jobs, jobs for Americans. Are federal workers not Americans?…POTUS says he going to cut 75% of government regulations. Well, heck, if you’re going that far, why not just X them all?…And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Be sure to listen to our latest show with former former CNN anchor Frank Sesno. Boy, does he have great insight to a lot of the mover and shakers in the world…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…So last week’s buzz was about Buzzfeed which went ahead and published an unsubstantiated dossier on PETrump. This week’s buzz is that PETrump is going to become POTUS despite all the negative buzz…Dontcha just love the word dossier? Bet PETrump doesn’t or the word lurid either…What’s with PEETrump groupies who can’t see the forest for the pees? Bada bada bing…Is it true that where there’s smoke there’s fire and rain?…In the category of it’s never too late: Will you look at that Anderson Cooper who finally grew some balls and took to emasculating Trump’s tough spokesperson Kellyanne Conway…Oy vey, rumors say that U.S. intel sources have warned Israel against sharing secrets with Trump-Putin administration because info might get to Russia and Iran…Clinton Foundation like HRC gone girl gone…Nicole Kidman says it’s time for all Americans to support Donald Trump, she who starred in Eyes Wide Shut…Trump statement “NATO is obsolete and the Russians are our friends” and others like it are the quickest way to make Trump obsolete. Keep ‘em coming…Ringling Bros. Circus is no longer The Greatest Show On Earth, thank you Donald Trump…Trump promises health care for everyone. One word: How?…Hillary Clinton to attend Trump’s Inauguration if for no other reason than to wear the million dollar pantsuit she had made when she was so certain she was going to win the presidency…OK, maybe I can stomach 4 years of having to look at Trump’s punim but listen to Trump factotum Katrina Pierson wax ineloquent for 4 more years? Ear plugs please!…Serial plagiarizer and former Fox News babe Monica Crowley out of Trump administration. In at Fox?…Bob Beckel, out of Fox’s popular program ‘The Five’ back in Fox’s ‘The Five.’ In out, in out…Oh the irony that Donald Trump’s Twitter handle is @REALdonaldtrump…Par for Trump’s course: Report says Trump said to be expanding Scottish golf course after vow of no new foreign deals…Birds of a feather flock together: Country singer Toby Keith doesn’t feel like he needs to apologize for playing at Trump Inauguration. Trump never seems to need to apologize either…Mike Pence will be sworn in using Ronald Reagan’s Bible. Reagan’s liberal kids want the Bible back…Where will the GOP be when it doesn’t have Obama to beat up? They’ll be beating up on HRC. And where will they be when they don’t have HRC to beat up anymore? They’ll go back to beating up BHO…What’s in a name? This just in: Republicans in Congress have just discovered that Obamacare is the same as The Affordable Care Act. Oh dear, now what will the Republicans call their plan when they repeal Obamacare and replace it with Obamacare: The ACA…This just in: Obama’s off to Palm Springs post-inauguration… And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Be sure to listen to our latest show with relationship guru Harriet Lerner out with her new book dedicated to Donald Trump (only kidding) WHY WON’T YOU APOLOGIZE?…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Happy New Year to all. It’s a New Year so let’s get started…PE Donald Trump wants to replace his use of email with a courier service, right in line with his other back to the 50s ideas…PE Trump who criticized President Obama for his time on the links is now himself spending a lot of time on the links…PE Trump claims he knows something the rest of us don’t know about the Russian hack? Maybe Putin told him because our team has already told him everything they know…Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he vows to fight PETrump appointees throughout the confirmation process. Mr. Schumer, tell us something we don’t know…Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is like a friggin’ turtle, always snapping at whomever he’s speaking with. Slow it down, bro…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
In 18 days Donald Trump is going to be sworn in as POTUS but Republicans cannot stop beating up on Hillary Clinton. Why?…Court intrigue: Does Chief Justice John Roberts have a dispute with incoming President Donald Trump?…The kiddies in Kongress to kut ethics watchdog. So much for the GOP draining the swamp…Oy kavult, the 115th Kongress convenes today with the KKK, I mean, the GOP in charge. …Better late than never: Some Donald Trump voters are already fearing they made a mistake in voting for Trump with the realization that the repeal of The Affordable Care Act will hurt them more than Trump can help them…Will truth, justice and the American Way survive the Trump Presidency?…Will earth survive the Trump Presidency?…Is it true that the Trump team want Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu at the inauguration? Maybe as a fill-in for the Rockette that will be a no-show? To dance the Hora? Hava nagila tra la la…
Did you ever notice that Kim Jong-un and PETrump have the same shape mouth? There’s a dirty joke here. Use your imaginations and let’s hope that is all they have in kommon, I mean common…Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin spent the holidays in the Hamptons with her son and not with disgraced soon-to-be ex Anthony Weiner who was doing whatever it is he does to amuse himself these days in their Manhattan apartment…Congress is said to be moving to cut funding to the UN in wake of yet another anti-Israel vote. Maybe Congress should cut the pay of soon-to-be former President Barack Obama now exposed as the architect of the ‘I’ll Show Bibi Netanyahu who is in control action’…John Kerry to Israel recently: “A state cannot be both Jewish and Democratic. Really? What the hell is Israel right now?… And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Let’s start the New Year together with a little spirituality. Have a listen to our episode with one of our great spiritual leaders Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, considered a renegade by the Catholic Church, a true holy man by others…And one last note, The Halli Caser-Jayne Show is now available in the U.K. and online at BC Radio. And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…One Rockette, Phoebe Pearl is not kicking up her heels at the prospect of having to perform at PETrump’s inauguration…Is the U.S. really about to have a Secretary of State with the name Rex? I mean REX?!… Speaking of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, he will not be asked to provide his tax returns to pass his confirmation process for secretary of state sez Sen. Bob Corker…In a series of focus groups conducted by Planned Parenthood (through an independent research group) across Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, Trump supporters expressed dismay over the anti-abortion and anti-Planned Parenthood agenda being pushed by the man they elected into office, proving Trump supporters need Planned Parenthood if for no other reason than to get their heads examined…Let the rumors fly: Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin were pictured together on Thursday for the first time since losing the presidential election…Spicy Sean Spicer gets Press Secretary job…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Newt Gingrich admits he misspoke when he said PETrump doesn’t want to ‘drain the swamp anymore’, an understandable mistake since Gingrich had effectively already been drained from PETrump’s swamp…Everyone outraged that PETrump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump were soliciting money for charity, offering a meet and greet and a hunting trip with the two avid animal killers, saying the donations could be perceived as buying access to their father. No one seemed outraged that the two Trump offspring kill animals for sport…Cruel: Hillary Clinton makes GQ’s ‘Least Influential People of 2016’ list…In 4-hour press conference, Vladimir Putin gives Dems some advice, proving that maybe there’s something to be said for those PETrump short 140 character Tweets…Are pantsuits now passé? Just asking?…And just in case you’re ticked off by my previous quip: For a loser Hillary Clinton got a record number of votes over the elected Donald Trump, 3 Mil, thanks to an archaic system…Ouch! There’s no love lost between outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and The Democratic National Committee Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who Reid said is “worthless” and was not up to the task of leading the organization…
Oh boy, oh so excited, peeing in my pants in anticipation of watching The Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform at PETrump’s inauguration…Does anybody care that Katie Couric will be returning to co-host the Today Show in January, substituting for Savannah Guthrie out on maternity leave?…And this just in: Donald Trump and his doctor say he’s 6-foot-3, but his New York driver’ license says he’s actually an inch shorter which might explain PETrump’s Napoleonic Complex always on display…Of the four living former U.S. presidents, so far only Jimmy Carter has agreed to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20…And speaking of January 20, A Day That Will Be Remembered in Infamy… And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Have a listen to this week’s episode with Angel Whisperers Sophy Burnham and Belinda Womack…And from all of us at Inside the Hopper and The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, may your days be merry and bright! To all of you we wish you Happy Holidays and season’s greetings…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…During an NPR interview President Barack Obama vowed retaliation for the Russian cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee earlier this year. Vladimir Putin laughed. After all, he owns the White House now. Hillary Clinton, not so much…Israeli leaders and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are singing Hava Nagilla this morning with PE Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli far right…Available to the highest bidder: Coffee with Ivanka Trump, part of a charitable fund-raising project? Or available to the highest bidder: Coffee with Ivanka Trump that guarantees access to a future president? You decide, after all, with the Trumps it’s always a Rorschach test…The vindictive PEOTUS Donald Trump in a food fight with Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter long Trump’s nemesis who printed a scathing review of Trump Grill, calling it “the worst restaurant in America”…Unless you’re PEOTUS Trump be careful what you Tweet: Conservative radio host and Fox News babe Monica Crowley Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council suggested in an old Tweet that Vladimir Putin should hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails…Here’s hoping Trickledown Economics works: Of the 17 people PE Trump’s has appointed to his team thus far they make more money than fully one-third of American households combined. Put another way: The collection of wealth is greater than that of the 43 million least wealthy American households combined—over one third of the 126 million households total in the US…Will he follow his own advice? PE Trump, who has a history of hiring non-Americans puts forth this: ‘My admin will follow two simple rules, buy American & hire American’…Though it’s usually friendly territory for PE TRUMP, a recent Fox News poll found that a plurality of registered voters believe history will judge Donald Trump’s presidency as “one of the worst.” Are Fox News viewers smarter than we think?…There’s a shortage of canned whip cream. Just thought I’d throw that in…Discredited Sheriff Joe Arpaio who along with PE Donald Trump might be called together the Fathers of Fake News continues to insist that his probe finds President Obama’s birth certificate is a ‘fake’…President Obama to Hawaii for a ‘holiday vacation’ aka in the new Trump Era a Christmas vacation…President Obama to Hawaii to further fix his birth certificate?…The obnoxious hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough grant interview to Vanity Fair’s ‘The Hive’ in which the reporter fails to ask the one question everyone wants the answer to: Are Brzezinski and Scarborough sleeping together as PE Donald Trump alleged…Speaking of obnoxious: Bow-tie clad Tucker Carlson the new host of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight in which Carlson takes out all his angst on his unsuspecting guests…And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Have a listen to this week’s episode with FORREST GUMP author, Winston Groom whose first work of fiction in 20 years, EL PASO, is now out and Peter Ames Carlin who talks about his controversial new bio HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…We begin on a sad note with the loss of a great American hero, former Senator and astronaut John Glenn who passed at 95, literally the last of a dying breed…Former Governor Mitt Romney’s niece, Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel is said to have emerged as the consensus favorite to head the RNC… Who said “money talks, bullsh*t walks?” PE Donald Trump raised more money than Hillary Clinton in the final days of the campaign, and spent less money than HRC on his entire campaign…Oh where oh where could Rudi Giuliani be, or where oh where could he be?…Scott Pelley rumored to be axed from his anchor position on the CBS Evening News to take up fulltime residence on 60 Minutes or the new ranch he’s just purchased in his native Texas, or both?…The President of the United States is going to produce Celebrity Apprentice…Talk about wearing multiple hats: Is Donald Trump’s Inauguration Committee having trouble landing big name celebs for Trump’s inauguration? Maybe the incoming POTUS ought to hire Producer Trump to produce the inauguration of President Donald Trump…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
PE Trump’s circus: And in ring number 2 Carl Junior CEO and incoming Secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder who advocates robots over humans, opposes hiking the minimum wage, loves to sell his product with hyper-sexual commercials featuring nearly naked women in seductive pose and used alcohol as his excuse for beating on his wife…Proving that even retired generals can change their minds: Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey has changed his opinion on the incoming national security adviser, retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn, after reading Flynn’s conspiracy-minded crazy-ass tweets…Lefty filmmaker and activist Michael Moore who called the election for Donald Trump months before election day, even correctly naming the states that would surprise and vote Trump now predicts that the Electoral College will deny Trump the presidency and lightning rarely strikes twice…Definition of a politician: Donald Trump…Definition of the Democratic Party: Dead…Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine rumored to be in the ballgame for United States Ambassador to baseball crazy Japan…
PE Trump on his cabal of gazillionaire cabinet picks: “I want people that made a fortune” – and lost a fortune, and made a fortune and lost a fortune like himself…One-time senator and presidential hopeful, that liein’, cheatin’ heartbreaker, John Edwards just listed his 100-acre, North Carolina estate for $6.9M, provin’ liein’ and cheatin’ can be profitable…A new report by the world’s anti-doping watchdog has laid out mountainous proof of Russia’s systematic doping program. What a bunch of dopes!…Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain to lead a wide probe of Russia’s meddling in the presidential election and other cyber attacks much to the chagrin of PE Donald Trump who will be asking his BFF Vladimir Putin to send Russia’s KGB to probe his archenemies Graham and McCain…And in a move reminiscent of Vladimir Putin, The National Park Service, on behalf of the Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee, has blocked access to The Lincoln Memorial, long the site for many of the United States’ most historic rallies to the millions of women planning a protest rally against President Trump, also barring the protesters from most of the National Mall, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington Monument for days and weeks before, during, and after the inauguration… And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET. Halli’s weekly political rant ONLY IN AMERICA and The Halli Casser-Jayne Show are both available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…The Swampmaster aka President Elect Donald Trump was back on the trail at a Cincinnati “victory” rally in which he proved once again that humility was never his forte…This is rich:”We condemn bigotry in all its forms” Trump shouted to the nearly-empty Cincinnati arena in which the ‘victory’ rally was held, since he and his chief strategist Steve Bannon are the number one purveyors of bigotry in all its forms…Proving that there is someone in the world more hated than Hillary Clinton, François Hollande the French president whose approval ratings have been as low as 4 percent will not seek re-election…President-elect Trump makes another cabinet pick right out of central casting, Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis for Defense Secretary, calling Mattis “the closest thing to Gen.George Patton that we have.” Did he mean George Patton or Patton portrayer actor George C. Scott?…This gem from Mad Dog Mattis: “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Too late for Hillary Clinton — the latest jobs report says payrolls rise solidly and the jobless rate is at a nine-year low… Where oh where is FBI Director James Comey, silent since he helped bring Hillary Clinton down. Did the Clintons’ have him killed? Only conservatives know for sure…Speaker Paul Ryan sez he’s discussed the Constitution ‘extensively’ with Trump. Who knew one could discuss anything ‘extensively’ with Donald Trump?…Trump booster and right-wing propagandist Scottie Nell Hughes declared on NPR that facts are dead. Finally, something to agree on with a Trump supporter…After discovering more outrageous anti-Israel, anti-Semitic remarks by Muslim bigot Rep. Keith Ellison, the Anti-Defamation League says Ellison should be disqualified from running for DNC chair. Well, that took you long enough…New Jersey Governor Chris Christie threw his hat in the ring for RNC Chair. The chair broke…
Creepy man whacko, serial sexter and estranged husband of Hillary Clinton’s right hand lady Huma Abedin who might have brought Hillary Clinton down, Anthony Weiner has been whacked with $65,000 bucks worth of fines for the improper use of his 2013 mayoral campaign funds…He said that he would do it and indeed he did: Wole Soyinka, an 82-year-old Nigerian poet and playwright and the winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature says he has fulfilled a pre-election promise to cut up his green card and leave the United States if Donald Trump was elected president. OK, there’s one…According to researchers at UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy the decline in America’s white population is declining rapidly. There goes Trump’s base…The number of fraudulent or illegal votes cast for Hillary Clinton in November have continued to climb and have now reached a whopping 2.3 million, 2.3 million now on PE Trump’s list of those to be deported…PE Trump’s MSNBC spokesperson Joe Scarborough and his she used to be a Democrat but now that she’s a Republican now that she’s said to be Joe’s gal pal Mika Brezinski — floated ExxonMobil Chief Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State for their incoming boss, further adding to that other contender former Governor Mitt Romney’s public humiliation… And a reminder THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW PODCAST airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET. Halli’s weekly political rant ONLY IN AMERICA PODCAST and The Halli Casser-Jayne Show are both available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper. Only in America!
INSIDE THE HOPPER… Now that Vladimir Putin has won the American election, what can we expect?..PE Donald Trump is now questioning the validity of the election he won. You, too, Mr. Trump?!…Masterful Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway is going rogue, publically chastising her boss for considering detractor Mitt Romney for secretary of state. Is she (alt) right or wrong? Asking…And more on the Kellyanne Conway dustup: ITH is going to miss Ms. Conway’s sneering little smile. Nobody does snide better than Kellyanne Conway…And more: It will be interesting to see how her boss grapples, I mean gropes, for an answer to how to handle this one. Fired or not? Taking bets…This just in: Mitt Romney to return to Trump Tower for a second interview — a perp walk? — Tuesday, according to NBC News.
Trump Tower renamed “Dump Tower” on Google maps…After pretty boy and revolutionary Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Fidel Castro a ‘remarkable leader,’ Twitter imagined what he would say about Stalin…Yes, PM Trudeau, Fidel Castro was ‘remarkable’: The Daily Mail is reporting that Castro was $120 million bed-hopping hypocrite although he claimed he lived on $25 a month. Further Castro had 20 luxury homes, a private island, an 88ft yacht – and mistresses galore…According to Kellyanne Conway, PE Donald Trump talks “regularly” with President Barack Obama, Trump asking the former president what it feels like to be a soon-to-be deported Muslim…And so it begins: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. Andrew Cuomo already lining up donors for their 2020 presidential run…HRC attaches herself to Green Party Jill Stein’s recount and PE Trump issues off-with-Clinton’s head edict to foreign governments to probe the Clinton Foundation…While PE Trump was busy Tweeting about the validity of the election that he won, it appears that radioactive material has disappeared from an Iranian nuclear facility…The Borking of Mitt Romney?…Oh those pesky emails. Now PE Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s are leaked, revealing that he once praised a former ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for plotting the 2013 Bridgegate scandal, calling the plot ‘badass.’…Keith Ellison as the potential Chair of the DNC is the DNC’s HUUUUGE middle-finger to the GOP with Ellison carrying the baggage of a Muslim, fighting accusations of anti-Semitism, ties to The Nation of Islam, and that he once proposed making a separate country for blacks…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Oh that Drama Queen PE Donald Trump to parade Hillary Clinton’s potential cellmate for passing state secrets Ret. Gen. David Petraeus before the public as he auditons for the Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani much-coveted Secretary of State appointment… And the Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker aka Mark Hamill believes President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet and staff choices belong to the dark side saying that the Trump appointments are ‘really despicable people’…Ted Cruz still vying for relevance in a world gone Trump sez no U.S. officials should attend Fidel Castro’s funeral. Who was he thinking would? That Commie of all Commies President Obama?…The self-styled champion of the working class, President-elect Donald Trump has assembled an administration that could be worth as much as $35 billion. Trickle-down economics?…And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET. One Broad Talking Politics and The Halli Casser-Jayne Show are both available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…I guess president-elect Donald Trump’s Alt-right chief strategist Steve Bannon wasn’t in the mood for a shower and a shave, and didn’t feel like pressing his suit. He didn’t show up at the Zionist of America(ZOA) dinner…The Obamas are going bi-coastal, said to have purchased a home in Rancho Mirage, CA. They’ll remain in Washington in a 9 bedroom home until daughter Sasha graduates. And they have purchased a vacation place in his home state of Hawaii. It’s profitable to be president, ain’t it!…Fox News host and former Westchester DA, and longtime friend of the president-elect, Jeanine Pirro is said to be in the running for a top job in the Trump administration…Pew Research Center says voters’ “grades” for the way Trump conducted himself during the campaign are the lowest for any victorious candidate in 28 years. Ya think?…Donald Trump appears to be proof that everything old is new again, Hitler?…If VP-elect Mike Pence wasn’t ‘offended’ by the comments made by one of the “Hamilton” cast members after he attended the hit Broadway show last Friday evening, than why was the master of deflect, deflect, deflect P-elect Trump?…Speaking of deflect, deflect, deflect, despite his promise not to, PE Trump made a $25 M settlement on the Trump U lawsuit…And you thought you couldn’t afford a home under President Obama? Mortgage rates are climbing rapidly and Donald Trump hasn’t even been inaugurated…Dow hits $19,000. How’s all this working out for you blue collar workers?The rich get richer and the poor get poorer tra la la…Mike Pence refuses to rule out torture in a Trump administration. News for Pence: More than half of America is already feeling tortured by the Trump Administration…Old boy’s club: According to Megyn Kelly certain pro-Trump Fox supporters fed Trump “tough” questions beforehand…In or out? What will be the fate of NJ Governor Chris Christie? Only Donald Trump knows for sure…The lemmings have jumped off the cliff for Trump, his popularity up 10% since his election…In step? Former Texas Governor Rick Perry fresh off of Dancing with the Stars made an appearance at Trump tower. Remember the book I’M DANCING AS FAST AS I CAN?…Question of the day: Were reporters and the networks too insulated to see Trump’s growing support? Or were the suits secretly in the tank for the candidate who turned into the biggest financial boon for news divisions in years?…Trump meeting with Democrat Rep Tulsi Gabbard, a pretty, young woman from Hawaii, makes Trump sense…Poll says Trump kids should not be part of Trump’s administration. We’re citing polls? Really?…Less than a week after saying he would not seek a Cabinet position in the Trump administration, Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon told Fox News Channel’s “Fox Report Weekend” on Sunday that he was open to accepting a spot on Trump’s White House team begging the question: What’s wrong with Carson’s brain? Only his brain surgeon knows for sure…Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote continues to climb by almost 2 million votes, still not enough to crack that proverbial glass ceiling but it’s a shard…The Trump meeting with the NY Times was on, then off and is on again. Imagine Trump’s struggle: I need them, no I don’t, yes I do. Don’t you just love a decisive man?…And last but not least: Twitter owes President-elect Trump a sh*tload! Tweet, tweet…A reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET and is always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com…And there you have it, kids, from Inside the Hopper!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…File under ya gotta love Donald Trump who won the presidency as the savior of the little people. His first appearance after winning the presidency was at New York’s posh 21 Club where he ate a $34 buck hamburger. Question for the president-elect: Ever been to Fatburger?…How smart is he really? If it’s true that the press can make or break a president, how smart is Donald Trump to go to war with the press? Want my answer?…Corey Lewandowski back on Trump Train post-election admits the FBI threw the election to Trump…What’s the deal? The new Troika of President-elect Donald Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abo…Say it isn’t so. Reports that the Secret Service can’t find tons of its guns, phones, badges and cars…For whatever it’s worth Paris Hilton voted for Donald Trump…Exaggerator-in-chief Donald Trump bragged in a tweet that Ford will keep its plant in Kentucky after he talked with Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford except Ford was never going to move the whole plant to Mexico…Monster’s Ball: Deemed too racist to be a federal judge, Trump nominates Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions Attorney General job…Deemed too racist to keep his job, Trump nominates Former Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn for NSA job…Deemed anti-Semitic by his wife and more Trump hires Breitbart Chairman Steve Bannon as his chief strategist…Deemed a racist for his remarks on Muslims, Trump nominates Tea Party Rep. Mike Pompeo for top CIA job…And because ITH is always fair: Dems seek to nominate known anti-Semite Rep. Keith Ellison head of the DNC…On the road again, did ya hear that Donald Trump is planning a victory tour?…And in case you hadn’t heard it: Brain surgeon and former presidential contender Ben Carson turned down a cabinet position offered by Donald Trump saying he wasn’t qualified to run the government…Looks like we’ll finally have a Jew in the White House in the person of Jared Kushner…Debbie Wasserman Schultz fresh off her re-election despite her ouster as head of the DNC is all over the airwaves defending Nancy Pelosi’s position as House Minority leader she the last woman in power. Come on, Dems, WT Gender F**k?…This just in: The Art of the Deal? It turns out it cost more than Trump thought to win the presidency to the tune of $20-$25 million, the amount of a settlement deal regarding the fraudulent Trump University case (And he said he wouldn’t settle!)… Comedy King John Stewart warns liberals not to paint Trump supporters as a monolith. He’s joking, right?…Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Dermer sez he looks forward to working with Trump team, including Alt-right White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. And how many housing starts with no blowback from the administration was Israel promised to come to Bannon’s defense?…Say it isn’t so, Steve Bannon to make an appearance at Zionist Organization of America dinner. Will he shower and shave and have his suit pressed? Just asking…Coughing out loud at this Stephen Colbert quip: “You know things are getting bad when China starts lecturing the US on climate change”…Symbolic that President Obama as one of his last gestures as POTUS walked in the ruins of Greece?… And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET and is always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com…And there you have it, kids, from inside the hopper!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Congrats to President-elect Donald Trump. Still believe that the election was rigged?…This just in: Mike Pence in for Chris Christie as head of Trump transition team. Apparently even Trump Tower wasn’t big enough for Trump, Christie and Steve Bannon…Steve Bannon (the head of the Alt-right website Breitbart) and Corey Lewandowski (accused of assaulting a female reporter) said to be on the list of possible picks for Donald Trump’s chief-of-staff…Last night Little Donny Trump got to his Twitter feed before Mommy Kellyanne Conway took it away again and sent him to bed with no dinner…We’ll miss you Hillary and lines like: ”Only in America could a man whose staff took away his Twitter account be given the nuclear codes…Smart, publicity hungry Megyn Kelly sez she’s not happy with the NY Times review of her new book as she tries to make noise about her new book…More on Megyn Kelly: Reports that while Megyn Kelly was busy berating Donna Brazile for leaking debate questions, she was sitting on evidence that Fox was feeding debate questions to Trump…Is Chelsea Clinton being groomed to run for the New York seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey?…What Trump has wrought: The Klu Klux Klan soon to hold a Trump Victory Rally in North Carolina…When news stopped being news and entered the entertainment arena is that when America went to hell and the proverbial deplorable hand basket?…Hillary Clinton divorcing Bill Clinton rumors hit the web. Rumors?…The NRA spent $14 million on Trump’s campaign to shoot down Hillary. Bang!…Start stocking up on birth control all you birthers…Proving that you should be careful what you wish for: Sign-ups for Obamacare have spiked post-election…Proving there are some dumb Muslims, too Asra Q. Nomani says that she is a Muslim, a woman and an immigrant. And she voted for Trump, her last vote before she’s deported…Now that Donald Trump is the President-elect: The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!…On Veteran’s Day we celebrate our veterans but this day we truly celebrate the tombs of Trump’s unknowns…Oy vey — with anti-Semitism crawling out from under the rock, Trump win rattles American Jews…How quickly she’ll be forgotten– three days after the fall, Hillary Clinton who?…File under: Is that what they meant by ‘draining the swamp’? A good way to start draining the swamp is to adopt strong climate change measures…Drain the swamp one more time: The only thing that has changed in Washington is the Swamp Master…The best part of Donald Trump’s election? Rest-assured that his orange, orangutan hair will soon be gray…Trump’s election brought an earthquake to The Sierra Club…Crazy making: As everyone tries to dissect the reasons for the results of the campaign they keep bringing it back to the issues, which no one wanted to discuss during the campaign…Would Hillary have won the election if she had worn a dress?…Nothing to announce today FBI Director James Comey?…The return of Sarah Palin?…One reason to be glad you’re a Democrat: Because they’re Dems and not R’s all Democrat’s eyes, not guns, are focused on incoming Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer…. Poll sez there is a dramatic swing in ‘Right Track’ views after Trump victory. And we should trust polls why?…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone… And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET and is always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Hillary Clinton is a woman. Just thought we’d remind everyone who wants to deny the fact that Hillary Clinton is a woman. Roar!…Point of fact: FBI’s Comey so compromised himself and the agency who would believe anything those ‘Republican pol investigators aka G-men’ come up with on Emailgate? Just askin’…Polls: By large margin men support Donald Trump and women support HRC, proving sexism is alive and flourishing in the USA…Kelly Ayotte doesn’t want her daughters in a room with Donald Trump or Bill Clinton, so be sure to vote HRC and Hillary will promise to keep Bill in his cage should Kelly Ayotte ever be invited to the White House…Ted Cruz hit the campaign trail for Donald Trump in order to earn the coveted title of Hypocrite in Chief…Republicans are coming “home” to Donald Trump because they can’t move to Canada because Trump Toronto just went bust thank you Michael Grunwald…When did Donald Trump hire FBI Director James Comey?…Oh, Susan Sarandon, what a girl won’t do for publicity. Jill Stein, really?…Julian Assange swears the Russians had nothing to with Wikileaks leaks. Oh, Julian, Putin lies and you swear to it…The list of all those Republican hypocrites grows by the hour. I-don’t-like-the-kind-of- man-Trump-is-but-I’ll-vote-for-him-anyway, Mitch McConnell’s superpack will be throwing 12 million into the race…George Stephanopoulos’ wife Alexandra Wentworth sez that if Trump wins they are moving to Australia. Australia? Really?…What happens to cable news channels where ratings are soaring now after the election ends? Just askin’… This just in: Hiring is steady as wages see biggest rise since the recession, but you won’t hear it from Republicans…Beyonce to campaign for Clinton…Did Melania Trump plagiarize the words of Donald Trump’s wife Number 2, Marla Maples in her Little Barbie Trump goes to bat for her sexually assaulting husband asking “Do we want a country that respects women?” Gimme a break speech?…Has the FBI gone full Alt-Right?…Did he say THAT? Yes he did. Donald Trump: “Generals don’t want Hillary Clinton as their boss.”…Is it too early to ask what happens AFTER the election?…Funny from late night comic Stephen Colbert: Colbert: “Hillary should’ve hid her emails where Trump hides his taxes”…Bill Clinton: Mum is the word…Truer words were never spoken from Matthew Yglesias of Vox: “The real Clinton email scandal is that a bulls**t story has dominated the campaign”…Apparently Donald Trump has violated Federal Labor Laws in refusing to negotiate with his Las Vegas labor union…Will Paul Ryan step down after Tuesday? Some Republicans seem to think so…Two words: Almost over!!!…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone… And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET and is always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Raging anti-Semite Mel Gibson makes his Hollywood comeback tour with his new film Hacksaw Ridge sporting an in-your-face Taliban-style beard…Donald Trump’s favorite movie is The Russians are Coming!…Six foot eight FBI Director James Comey is handsome as the day is long and as dumb as a cluck…Is Donald Trump stiffing his own pollster? Of course. Stiffing seems to be what Donald Trump does best…Is Election 2016 almost over or has Election 2016 just begun?…Proving that acquiring a lot of money doesn’t make you smart, Tech Giant Peter Thiel supports Donald Trump… Proving that acquiring a lot of money doesn’t make you smart: Donald Trump…Proving that the Republican Party has one member with scruples, Governor John Kasich, who vowed not to vote for his party’s nominee Donald Trump stood by his word and wrote in Senator John McCain for President…Proving that the Democratic Party has at least one unscrupulous member, former CNN talking head and current temp Chair of the DNC Donna Brazile leaked debate questions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign ahead of the debates…Oh dear, Fox News offered its biggest star Meghan Kelly a new $20 million dollar plus a year contract. Ya better take it Ms. Meghan. It seems no one else is interested…Donald Trump’s candidacy is said to divide Evangelical voters, proving that half of Evangelical voters are hypocrites, just sayin’…The best thing about the end of Election 2016 is that we won’t have to listen to and watch Donald Trump’s campaign director KellyAnne Conway smirk her way through anymore lies…So in the end Choir boy Paul Ryan voted for the racist, Donald Trump…We take a brief break from politics to bring you the utmost in celebrity news: handsome Bradley Cooper and his Russian beauty Irina Shayk have discussed marriage…What will we all do with our anger when the election is over? Here’s a novel idea: therapy, not Facebook…If Donald Trump loses the election does he go back to his number one hobby groping women?…Polls showing FBI Director James Comey’s October surprise isn’t hurting Hillary’s poll numbers. What about Donald Trump’s hair?…Two words: Huma Abedin. What else can ya say but two more words Anthony Weiner…Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Roger Ailes– Ain’t Gonna Miss You When You’re Gone tra la la…And since we’re in a singing mood over here at ITH: Oh where oh where could your tax returns be oh where oh where can they be Mr. Trump?…And one more refrain, Oh where oh where can Anthony Weiner be, Oh, where oh where can he be?… Oy vey, Sheldon Adelson boosts Donald Trump with a last minute donation of $25 million to defeat Hillary Clinton… News Hillary can use: Variety Endorses Hillary Clinton…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…And a reminder The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday’s 3 pm ET and is always available for your listening pleasure at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…And there are how many days left until Election Day?…Should Wikileaks Julian Assange be hung or hung?…Little Richie Rich aka Donald Trump needs a time-out, permanently…Donald Trump sez the election is rigged as he tries to rig the election…Where art thou, Hillary Clinton?…Where art thou, Lindsey Graham?…Where art thou David and Charles Koch?…Where art thou American sanity?…Donald Trump wants Hillary to take a drug test before the next debate. Is this guy on drugs or what? Snort, snort…The biggest finding of the latest Wikileak dump: Surprise: Hillary Clinton is a politician. Who knew?… Trump sez he’s not pulling out of Virginia. For once INSIDE THE HOPPER believes him. Donald Trump never seems to pull out of anywhere, only insert, if ya get our drift…Will the real Rudy Giuliani please come back?…MIA New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Did he jump off the George Washington Bridge?…MIA Trump’s tax returns…
Ay Caramba! Clinton maintains 50-point lead among Latinos…Reported the most previously reported story a report that Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is discussing the creation of a post election TV network, reportedly…Never trust a man who speaks softly, Mike Pence…Trump campaign manager Kelly Ann Conway looking ragged, I mean rigged, I mean ragged…Get well friend Tanya Tucker…Doing well for Hillary Clinton: Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama…Women Vote Trump because?…Plagiarizer, smutty model and third wife of Donald Trump, Melania Trump stands up for her man-child, Donnie, in a series of interviews. And we should believe anything Melania sez because?…Out of the mouth of a Donald babe: And, did Melania Trump actually call her husband a ‘teenage boy’?…And last but not least on Melania Trump, drumroll please, you can bet Donald Trump is a fan of the Second Amendment. It allowed him to put a gun to his wife’s head and force her to get out and defend her husband’s indefensible behavior, bang! bang!..Republican voters had 17 contestants to choose from for their candidate for president and they chose the one serial predator, Donald Trump. Good job, GOP!…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Proving once again that women are the smarter sex, women support Hillary Clinton 51% to 36% for Trump…Trump products being boycotted. How ‘bout boycotting Trump?… What are you up to, Paul Ryan?…Billy Bush is officially out at NBC. Donald Trump, his cohort in the taped vulgar conversation that brought Bush down, lives to assault the American public another day…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone… And a reminder that I hope you’ll listen to our SPECIAL featuring Alzheimer’s disease victim Glen Campbell’s oldest children and “Delta Dawn” country legend Tanya Tucker. It is Part One of two shows that take a look at Alzheimer’s families, life, death, sickness, health, hope, despair, greed, control and yes, even love! Part One tells the real life drama of what happens to multi-marriage families across our world when someone falls ill with Alzheimer’s disease. You can listen to the podcast here. It will leave you sobbing…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out!
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Senator Ted Cruz earns the title of the new poster child for hypocrisy when he throws his wife and father under the bus for self-preservation and endorses Donald Trump…Who would have thought that Glen Beck of all people would have it right on Ted Cruz backing Donald Trump calling the endorsement “profoundly sad”…Be sure to tune in for the debut of the newest limited reality TV series ‘THE DEBATES’ starring the housewife from Chappaqua and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the blow-hard from Manhattan Donald Trump, this week’s episode co-starring Mark Cuban, Don King and Lester Holt…The Cincinnati Enquirer endorses Hillary Clinton for president, the first time since 1916 the paper has endorsed a Democrat. The last was Woodrow Wilson…Clinton allies see a double standard and sexism in the debate. What? Just in the debate?…After Donald Trump repeatedly hurls insults at women, the physically challenged, embraces racism, insults world leaders and, and, and, the media asks is HILLARY likeable enough? Gimme a break!…Question of the day? Donald Trump, when will you release your tax returns? I thought I would ask since the lamestream media seems to have stopped asking and oy vey, did I just quote Sarah Palin?… Oy, oy, Donald Trump advisor international businessman Carter Page is under investigation by the FBI for talking with officials in Moscow about lifting US sanctions on Russia if Trump is elected president…Bruce Springsteen the master of words and music calls Donald Trump a “moron” tra la la
What a girl won’t do for a little publicity, Green Party candidate Jill Stein will protest “Let Jill Debate” outside of the first presidential debate…Has Hillary Clinton’s email problem finally lost its power? Just askin’ ‘cause I haven’t received any emails about it lately…On the other hand, I’m taking bets. Will the email question be first, second or third question posed to Hillary Clinton by presidential debate moderator Lester Holt?…FBI reveals that President Obama used a pseudonym in his emails with Hillary Clinton. Taking bets on what it was? Kenya Born?…Costly? No fortune 100 CEOs back Donald Trump…Ah caramba! Hispanic Dems are ‘disappointed’ with party’s Latino outreach…A new poll shows that a majority of Americans fear a Donald Trump presidency, 56% of respondents saying they would be ‘afraid’ if the GOP nominee were elected, proving fully 44% of Americans might need their heads examined…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Democrat state lawmakers are not ruling out impeachment proceedings against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Donald Trump consigliere during the Bridgegate trial…And this just in Baby Donald Trump, upset that Mark Cuban will be in the audience for HRC, threatens to bring Bill Clinton’s alleged paramour Gennifer Flowers…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…Oh, a reminder that if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show I hope you’ll listen to our SPECIAL featuring Alzheimer’s disease victim Glen Campbell’s oldest children and country music legend Tanya Tucker. It is about families, life, death, sickness, health, hope, despair, greed, control and yes, even love. It tells the real life drama of what happens to multi-marriage families across our world when someone falls ill, especially with something that kills slowly like Alzheimer’s disease. This is WORLD ALZHEIMER’S MONTH! You can listen to the podcast here. It will leave you sobbing…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Is it me or does the press have a problem walking and chewing gum at the same time this cycle, only able to tackle one Donald Trump stupid at a time…Jill Stein, Harvard-trained internist, now Green Party presidential candidate sees signs of health, mental, cognitive issues in Donald Trump. Ya think?…Fox News resident Democrat Juan Williams sez Hillary Clinton spoke the truth on ‘deplorables’ in a well-written piece. You can read it on The Hill dot com…White voters are keeping Donald Trump alive in must-win Florida emblematic of the racially-driven throw-back election that is 2016, thank you Donald Trump…It’s difficult to decide who has gone more off the rails this election cycle, Rudy Giuliani or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in their defense of Donald Trump on the birther issue, as they each claw for a top position in a potential Trump White House…Speaking of Chris Christie on Bridgegate he now says “I really don’t have any knowledge of this incident at all.” And if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you and Chris Christie…This just in: Uh oh, Prosecutor says Gov. Christie knew about bridge lane closings as they were happening…Does anyone care that home economics guru Martha Stewart is voting for Hillary Clinton?…Is the Trump campaign spooked by a probe into the Trump Foundation?…!Jeb Bush’s! bit on the Emmy Award’s! opening with amusing host Jimmy Kimmel! may be Jeb’s! finest hour this election cycle!, Exclamation point…Speaking of the Emmys, we loved Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ acceptance speech both for its pathos (she announced she’d lost her dad just two days before) and her humor: “I apologize that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics.” Condolences for both…It’s been reported that Republican friendships are shattering over Donald Trump. Wow! Who knew Republicans had friends?…Oh, Haliburton! Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s pick for VP sez that he’d model his vice presidency after Dick Cheney’s, maybe the most despised VP in American history…President Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus that he will consider it a “personal insult” if they don’t vote for Hillary Clinton. Didn’t anyone ever tell Barack Obama that in politics you should never take anything personally?…Back to the Emmys where diversity reigned and boredom, too…Back to Donald Trump who in the wake of the Chelsea and New Jersey bombings renewed his call for racial profiling as if the terrorism task forces don’t racially profile. I’m sure they were combing tapes looking for blonde, blue-eyed men at the scene of the attack. Gimme a break…Melania Trump, Melania Trump where art thou Melania Trump?…The Don RNC Chairman Reince Priebus warned Republicans that if they don’t tow the party line and support Donald Trump, 2020 GOP hopefuls “may be punished. Neigh!…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…Oh, and one more reminder if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with guests Margo Lee Shatterly the author of HIDDEN FIGURES (soon to be a major motion picture with Taraji P. Hensen and Kevin Costner), which tells the fascinating and largely unknown story of the African-American women mathematicians behind the space race at NASA, and our Four Broads Talking segment with our feisty political pundits, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…What a girl won’t do to change the subject (“Half of Trump supporters are deplorables”) Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia, a big disappointment to Republicans who were hoping she was dying of cancer…Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, tra la la. Get better Hillary…The Press is having a coronary over Hillary Clinton’s failure to inform them she has walking pneumonia, not that Clinton has walking pneumonia… Donald Trump mostly silent on HRC’s pneumonia diagnosis, not because he’s kind, but because the political calculation is not to knock ‘the little woman’ down when she’s down… Not funny: Donald Trump Jr. and Trump ally Roger Stone share deplorable White nationalist image on social media, Stone’s tweet: “I am so proud to be one of the Deplorables #Trump2016”…This just in: At least half a dozen of Hillary Clinton’s senior staff were felled by the same bug that took HRC down, including campaign manager Robby Mook… Donald Trump to release his medical records in which we will discover his blood is pure green…Speaking of green, Green Party candidate Jill Stein wants a whole new investigation of 9/11 to “uncover the truth.” Do you like green eggs and ham?… Donald Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns proving he is green, a coward…Think about it, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway is becoming the real Republican candidate for president…Line of the day comes from political commentator Jeff Greenfield who sez “Donald Trump is Pat Buchanan with better timing”…Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), blocking the Israel-US Defense Deal told Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to tell President Obama to go F**k himself, but he said it with a Southern drawl…Did comedian Bill Maher make a joke about Donald Trump getting assassinated? Politically incorrect…Ted Cruz (remember him?) to inject internet fight into spending battle in Congress because what would a Congressional battle be without Ted Cruz? No battle?…I’m beginning to hate the word ‘transparent’, even though my mom told me to never hate anything…Rudy Giuliani is getting weirder by the day, just sayin’…Uh oh, Judge orders New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s personal emails to be searched in the Bridgegate scandal…Wondering what it was like to play cowboys and Indians with Donald Trump as a kid? Donald Trump sez he would shoot unruly Iran Ships “out of the water” and Trump claims Hillary Clinton could shoot someone and not get prosecuted…It’s a new day: Perky new Miss America, Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields (a good year for Arkansas?) lectured Trump and Clinton during a press conference following the pageant…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…Oh, and one more reminder if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show a look at country music ‘supergroup’ The Highwaymen with producer of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END, Jim Brown and at the man who was Waylon Jennings with Terry Jennings author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Gone missing. Where are you, Al Gore?…Gone girl gone, Fox News’ longtime host Greta Van Susteren abruptly departs Foxs News after 14 year run…Barbra Streisand’s new album ENCORE debuts numero uno trouncing Britney Spears, which brings to mind something about old dogs…Speaking of old dogs, Henry Kissinger won’t vote Trump but won’t vote HRC either…Morning Joe’s Mika Brezinski’s mugging for the camera is getting old, ruff, ruff…And even more on old, Hillary Clinton email story is getting old. How ’bout bringing back old Bill Clinton sex stories?…And one more play on ‘old’ even if it’s getting old: 88 old generals and admirals endorse Donald Trump…Did Donald Trump visit a Detroit church to court black voters or to see for the first time what a black church looks like from the inside out?… Former presidential candidate and member of Congress Michele Bachmann sez this will be the “last election” if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. Please, let this be the last word from Bachmann… Chevy Chase back in rehab…Gretchen Carlson is 20 million dollars richer after winning her sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes…Roger Ailes is a little bit poorer. He will pay Carlson part of the settlement out of his own pocket…Fox News presenter Bret Baier says he’s “not comfortable” with former boss Roger Ailes advising presidential candidate Donald Trump. Ya think?…
Oh, the irony: Anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly passes away at 92 after a hard-fought fight to keep women down, succumbing the year that America might just elect its first female president…Moderators for three presidential debates will be NBC’s Lester Holt, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. Ay caramba, what, no Hispanic?…Hollywood icon Faye Dunaway is 75 years young. You go girl!…Arizona Democrats to host a Taco truck on every corner. Delicioso!…Not ready for prime time, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein flew to wrong city for a campaign rally, landing in Cincinnati instead of Columbus. It’s a ‘C’ thing…Hillary Clinton sez she didn’t know that ’C’ stood for classified. Oh that ‘C’ thing…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Flies in the face of reason? People who describe themselves as “very right wing” are the most likely to be satisfied with their sex lives, according to a survey carried out across five European countries by the polling company YouGov…And they say that Hillary Clinton has no sense of humor: Hillary Clinton sez her latest coughing fit is do to her Trump allergy…This just in: Michelle Obama to campaign for Hillary Clinton…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone… Oh, and one more reminder if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show you can listen to the podcast HEROIN: A NEW LOOK AT ADDICTION AND ITS TREATMENT with #author and former addict Maia Szalavitz here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Under the guidance of his new campaign manager Republican pollster KellyAnn Conway, Donald Trump reinvents himself yet again. Will the real Donald Trump please shut up…Under the guidance of his new campaign manager Donald Trump sez he has regrets. I’ll bet he does and as the song sez not a few…Hillary Clinton told the F.B.I that Colin Powell advised her to use private email, coining a new phrase, ‘The Powell Excuse’…By the by, Powell doesn’t recall email conversation…U.S. concedes $400 million payment to Iran was delayed as prisoner ‘leverage’ coining a new phrase ‘politics by semantics’…Zika virus travels to Miami Beach, tourists not so much…This just in: Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns. Some men just can’t work under a woman but prefer answering to strongmen Vladimir Putin…
Amber Heard announces she’ll donate her $7 million settlement from Johnny Depp to charity. Charity? Really? Or is the $7 million donation the high cost of trying to rebuild a severely tarnished image?…MSNBC covering Donald Trump’s trip to Baton Rouge as if the President of the United States was descending on the flooded state, which he’s not. Apparently the real Air Force One is stuck on Martha’s Vineyard, as is President Obama…This just in: President Obama forced to leave the golf course in shame to visit Louisiana next week by Donald Trump…Conflict of interest: Is Corey Lewandowski, now a paid pundit on CNN also whispering advice to Donald Trump?…Hillary Clinton – Hillary Clinton – Hillary Clinton, just thought I’d remind the news organizations that she is the Democratic Party’s candidate for POTUS and she is winning with no help from you who only show Trump rallies on air, just sayin’…Trump surrogate Katrina Pierson tells MSNBC that Hillary Clinton has a rare brain disease. This truly is silly season…Certified crazy Steve Bannon, CEO of Breitbart News now Trump campaign CEO, proving water seeks its own level…As Donald Trump builds his campaign on the premise that the American people deserve better from their politicians, his own Republican Party preps a perjury case against Hillary Clinton because, as I keep saying, if at first you don’t bring HRC down, try, try again…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Rio Olympics = yawn!…Happy Birthday, Bill Clinton, 69 years old, honestly!…Trump campaign releases first campaign ad to air in 4 states. Review: Huuugely awful… Can’t wait for this one: HarperCollins still plans to publish Roger Ailes’ memoir despite his Fox News ouster over sexual abuse allegations…Speaking of Fox News, watch out Megyn Kelly, MSNBC is surging and Rachel Maddow is biting at your super high heels…Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with the author of POWERHOUSE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOLLYWOOD’S CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY James Andrew Miller you missed a fun conversation as well as our roundtable segment FOUR BROADS TALKING with our smart, sassy, feisty ladies on all things Election 2016 and more. You can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Donald Trump, proving he’s just another mainstream politician (that didn’t take long) gives his big endorsement to “Little Marco Rubio” for Senate, and his little endorsements to Paul Ryan and John McCain and Kelly Ayotte. …Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz despite all her michigas concerning her reign at the DNC is 8 points ahead in the polls against her opponent Tim Canova…Huuuuuge gaps in Melania Trump’s immigration story are starting to raise questions following the release of racy photos of her by the NY Post…Like wow, man. Oh sweet Mary Jane, pot smokers feeling groovy that as many as nine states will get to decide whether to liberalize laws involving weed come November…Mariah Carey from first rate super star singer to third rate reality show star, ugh…Something is rotten in Denmark. The internal investigators of sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes also examining whether other Fox News executives knew of improper behavior…Oh where oh where can Sarah Palin be? Gone girl gone silent on Donald Trump…Think about it: If he fails, trainwreck candidate Donald Trump can become a railroad magnate…Ben Carson, just go away…Is it me or is it Loreal? Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s hair and eyebrows seems to be going all in Trump, even the color of his hair, red… Watching her poll numbers hit the roof, what do you think Hillary Clinton is thinking right about now? If you’re waiting for my answer, don’t…What do you think early Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani is thinking right about now? If you’re waiting for an answer, ask Rudy…Did they say that? What a headline from the Washinton Post: “Republicans nominate dangerously insane person to lead America, then panic when he proves he’s dangerously insane.”…Fun to watch President Obama at the I don’t give a sh*t stage of his presidency…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Headlines say ‘Polls Show Donald Trump is in Trouble’. We don’t need polls to tell us Donald Trump is in trouble…Is Donald Trump ruing the day he let Corey Lewandowski go? Just askin’…Did GOP Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) really say that? ‘Vote for me. I’ll kick Trump right in his baby dick’…Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton, just wanted to remind the obsessed with Donald Trump talking heads on cable “news” that Hillary Clinton is a candidate for the presidency of the United States…Washed up before Donald Trump, Antonio Sabato Jr. sez Hollywood is blacklisting him for supporting Donald Trump. Ha!…When all else fails let’s trot out this tired old trope: ‘No Doubt’ President Obama is a Muslim, Donald Trump’s New York campaign chair Carl Paladino says… Caitlyn Jenner sues paparazzi alleging they share responsibility in fatal car accident. What a girl won’t do to stay in the headlines…
Those in the know say that Donald Trump’s path to victory depends on a surge in the white man vote. Ah, and it’s back to the battle of the sexes…Fahgettin’ the sparkle of Donald Trump, Mike Pence may be the dullest candidate evah, just sayin’…Obama on Iran Ransom: ‘We were completely open with everybody about it’. Halli on Obama and Iran Ransom: Bull!…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone… Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with three-time Olympian turned call girl Suzy Favor Hamilton whose book FAST GIRL: A LIFE SPENT RUNNING FROM MADNESS is astonishing, as is our conversation and our roundtable segment FOUR BROADS TALKING news, politics, celebrity and whatever, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…It’s official, Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman nominated by a major party as their candidate for president…Well, that didn’t take long. Presidential candidate loser Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran as a Democrat returns to the Senate as an Independent…Debbie who? That was quick. Soon to be former chair of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the woman everyone loved to hate and booed out of the DNC convention Monday, isn’t a blip on most people’s radar, except, perhaps in Florida where she is fighting to retain her house seat…Oops, did Bill Clinton catch a little shut-eye during his wife’s acceptance speech?…
Ted Cruz who?…Sure would love to know who wrote this line from HRC’s acceptance speech: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”…What? Fox News didn’t air Hillary’s entire speech? And they call it Fox ‘News?’…Navy to name a ship for gay activist Harvey Milk…May the mosquito bite you: Zika comes to Florida and Pols of both parties play games with federal funding…The price tag of Chelsea Clinton’s DNC dress: $2,215…Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Meryl Streep to join Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins sequel…This just in: Clinton hosts much better party than Trump…Liar liar pants on fire: Donald Trump insists that he doesn’t have a relationship with Vladimir Putin. Let’s go to the videotape from three years ago where he swears that he does…Bumper sticker of this political season thank you President Barack Obama:”Don’t boo, vote.”…Vice President Joe Biden going Hollywood about to appear in an episode of Law & Order: SVU…Trump family’s favorite line: I was just kidding, honest…Clinton allies put a million dollar bounty on Donald Trump’s tax returns…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Keep your fingers crossed, hold your nose, pray if you’re a believer if you vote Donald Trump as Marco Rubio assures us that Trump will get better at this whole presidential thing once he gets elected…Let us count the ways and how many government agencies have been hacked. It looks like Hillary Clinton’s home server may have been less vulnerable than those of the American government’s, certainly that of the DNC et al, just sayin’…Second thoughts on Clinton’s number 2 Tim Kaine: Too cool…Did you know that Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump have more in common than you think: Both have father-in-laws who spent time in the slammer for doing naughty. Look it up!…
Oh joy, Newt Gingrich officially returns to Fox News August 1 to do cover for Donald Trump…Is she or isn’t she pregnant? Lindsey Lohan inquiring minds want to know…Bread and butter politics from Apple CEO Tim Cook who will soon host a Clinton fundraiser. Didn’t he hold one for Paul Ryan earlier this year?…Sad: Former Fox News booking agent and event planner Laurie Luhn says Roger Ailes sexually harassed her for over 20 years…. Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone… Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson whose new book is TEARS TO TRIUMPH and our roundtable segment FOUR BROADS TALKING news, politics, celebrity and whatever, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER… Hillary Clinton picks nice guy Senator Tim Kaine for VP. Sadly, nice guys often finish last…Oy vey, Tim Kaine boycotted Netanyahu speech, backed Iran Deal…Apparently Donald Trump never learned that children should be seen and not heard… Apparently Debbie Wasserman Schultz never learned that silence is golden…SPIN: It was Megyn Kelly’s silence that signaled the worst for Roger Ailes. How ‘bout Megyn Kelly has no eggs, or Megyn Kelly does what’s best for Megyn Kelly? Or…
Melania Trump, Bill Clinton: Who will make the better first lady/gentleman? You decide…Elizabeth Warren sez she’ll put every ounce of energy toward Clinton effort, meaning what? She’ll beat her tom-toms for Hillary? OK, not politically correct. Get over it…Al Gore to skip Dem convention. Al who?…Former Republican Mayor NYC, rich man, His Eminence from Wall Street Mike Bloomberg to endorse Hillary. And that helps how?…Donald Trump bounces to the lead…Never mind what Roger Ailes departure from Fox News means for Fox. What will it mean for Jeff Zucker’s efforts at CNN?…President Obama says that honesty as President is ‘absolutely necessary’. I say as a candidate for presidency, not so much…Oh, joy, Wikileaks to drop another bomb on DNC Convention. I’ll email you when I get the news…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Bernie Sanders supporters chanting “Lock Her Up” at opening of DNC Convention. Hey Bernie, good thing you’re not the nominee. If you can’t control your own, what the hell kind of President would you have made? Just askin’…Leaked DNC documents show plans to reward big donors with federal appointments. Da!…Malik Obama, half- brother of President Obama sez he supports Donald Trump. And how much did Trump pay him to say that? Just wonderin’… Good going, Teddy. Senator Ted Cruz has turned himself into the kid on the school playground everyone hates…Marco Rubio’s woes, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ mess, Orlando, Ft. Meyers, Zika virus, alligators – what the hell is going on in Florida?…Will the real Hillary Clinton please stand-up: Thursday night at DNC Convention we will meet Hillary Clinton again!…The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!…Trump hater Charles Krauthammer sez that the DNC email leak validates that the Dem campaign was rigged. Pea-green with envy?…Obama: Trump’s rhetoric is ‘Helping do ISIL’s work’ for them. Trump: Obama’s rhetoric is helping do ISIL’s work for them…
In a letter to The New York Times, Mary F. Commanday called on the Trump campaign and the GOP to put an “immediate and permanent stop” to the “opportunistic and cynical use” of her son’s name. No joke here…GOP operative David Frum sez he sees no big deal in DNC emails. Better tell that to Miami-based law firm Beck & Lee who just filed a class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for rigging the primaries… Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with author Marc Wortman about his new book 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR and our round-table segment FOUR BROADS TALKING news, politics, celebrity and whatever, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Nice, France, there are no words…Helps or hurts? Rep. Keith Ellison, the only Muslim/American in Congress, is trotted out every time there’s a terrorist attack. Just askin’…Obvious: MSNBC and others focus on eyewitnesses to the terror attack of Middle Eastern origin…Dems “freaking out” over HRC’s low poll numbers post FBI Comey’s statements on email fiasco…Not so fast: Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton and then gave a 23 minute speech mentioning Clinton ZERO times, yes, that’s zero with a Z…No big surprise Never Trump movement over, died in committee…Show me the money: GOP short on convention dollars begs donor Sheldon Adelson to dip into his deep pockets to save the convention organizers. Question: If the GOP can’t fiscally manage their convention, how is the GOP going to manage America’s government?
…Indiana Governor Mike Pence becomes Republican Donald Trump’s pick for VEEP. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see two angry white men holding hands as they campaign across America together. Well OK, if you want me to be more accurate, one angry white man and one angry orange man…Show me the money: The DNC’s rapid response to Trump’s announcement on Pence: “Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s running mate. This is a moment for Democrats to stand against their bigoted, divisive policies. Pitch in $3 or more right now.” So get out your forks, folks ba da ba da boom…Up, down, inside out, the polls appear to be as whacky as this election season…Congress adjourns for seven-week vacation without funding Zika. May the Zika mosquito bite you… Did he say that? When Donald Trump was asked why Sarah Palin isn’t on the speaker’s schedule for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, he answered Alaska is too far away, Alaska, of course, according to Palin being closer to Russia…New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Donald Trump’s consigliere and rejected VEEP pick says he “doesn’t like coming in behind”. Oh the quips, but I will refrain…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Because a little levity goes a long way in times of trouble, not Trump’s pick for VEEP, but onetime Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said “I fully expect by tomorrow morning that President Obama will have rediscovered his left-wing roots and will give a press conference in which he’ll explain that the problem is too many trucks”Wow, who knew Gingrich had a sense of humor?…Oh alegria, Hillary Clinton’s likely choice for VEEP, Tim Kaine is fluent in Spanish. That he and she are both utter bores, not so important… 28 pages on alleged Saudi ties to 9/11 released and tell us what we already know… Hillary Clinton’s response to Nice terrorist attack: “We will not be intimidated.” Now there’s an answer to the problem, not…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone… Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with author James Bone whose new book THE CURSE OF BEAUTY might be one of the most interesting books I’ve read all year, and our roundtable segment FOUR BROADS TALKING news, politics, celebrity and whatever, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Bernie Sanders to join Hillary Clinton for a New Hampshire rally where he’ll endorse her, as if anyone cares at this point!…Today’s favorite headline: Trump’s problems with women runs deep…Buzz builds around Mike Pence for Trump’s VP…WTF? State Department can’t find evidence that Hillary Clinton was trained to handle classified documents?…New reports that Bin Laden’s son wants revenge on U.S. New?…Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston together everywhere. Anyone taking bets on how long these two last?…Outed: Prominent Democrats want Debbie Wasserman Schultz out…U.S. to add 500 troops to help Iraq retake Mosul. All together now: Slippery slope?…Pressure grows on Hillary Clinton’s aides to loose their security clearances, proving once again that if at first you don’t succeed try every way you can to take Hillary and Company down…
So, what’s with NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s hate-on for all things Clinton? Is she the only woman Bill Clinton never made a pass at?… Wow!Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, badly burned in a freak accident, kept injuries quiet for days after Dallas shootings…Aerosmith’s guitarist Joe Perry, 65, collapsed during Brooklyn concert and remains hospitalized… Is the Obama administration brushing aside new German intelligence reports indicating that Iran has accelerated its efforts to procure key nuclear materials, despite promises to end this behavior as part of last summer’s nuclear accord?…Oy vey: Members of the Republican Jewish Committee, including Sheldon Adelson and the RNC finance chair gave Romney $15.2 mil, so far they’ve given Trump $5,400…
Women who are still getting a paycheck from Fox News claim they have never been sexually harassed by Roger Ailes…Is Donald Trump seriously considering the registered Democrat, pro-life Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for his Veep choice? A novel idea? Flynn one of only a few good men? Or is this to help Flynn hawk his new, much talked about book THE FIELD OF FLIGHT…Day whatever this Kardashian free zone…Republican talking head Mary Matalin sez the GOP created Donald Trump by being ‘Unresponsive’ to tsunami midterms. Say what?…Poll: 56% of Americans disapprove of the FBI’s decision to exonerate Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton to 56% of Americans: I’ll get you my little pretties and your little dogs, too…Caitlin Jenner is headed to Cleveland for the GOP Convention. Yawn…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Peanuts and Cracker Jacks: Yankee great Derek Jeter and longtime girlfriend Hannah Davis married…Because a guy does what he has to do: House Speaker Paul Ryan to speak at GOP convention for 10 minutes, hoping to help Donald Trump or trying to boost his sagging poll numbers (P.M.I) which are well below 50 percent in his race to maintain his seat in Wisconsin’s first Congressional district…This just in: Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh is jumping into the Indiana Senate race, a move that upends the race for the majority in 2016.. Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with author Stephen Dinen SACRED AMERICA, SACRED WORLD and our roundtable segment FOUR BROADS TALKING news, politics, celebrity and whatever, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Reports Hillary Clinton to meet with FBI, hopefully not on a tarmac and hopefully not by email…Where do waning film stars park themselves these days? On TV game shows, Alec Baldwin, the new host of the revival of the 70s Gene Rayburn classic ABC’s Match Game…Are you voting for your candidate or against the other? Pollsters want to know…Who coined the term ‘Brexit’ anyway?… Paris Hilton is ‘counting down the days’ until sister Nicky’s daughter is born – so she can get the spotlight back on her…News you can use or not: The most common age in the USA for whites is 56, for Hispanics 9…A majority of Republicans prefer someone other than Trump, which leaves Hillary, right?
AG Loretta Lynch and former POTUS Bill Clinton had a tete a tete on an airport tarmac. Lynch, what were you thinking? Bill Clinton, we know what you were thinking…Could they be more obvious? Feds ask for 27-month delay in release of Clinton staff emails…Dame Judi Dench got her first tattoo at aged 81 as a birthday present from her daughter, proving there is nothing like a dame, tra la la. Happy Birthday Dame Dench!…In a surprising twist, the man with the head of hair that rivals Donald Trump’s locks, Boris Johnson, the man who essentially won the Brexit, announced he has no plans to lead Britain. Aren’t you just dying to know what they have on him?…You go girl: Scarlett Johansson is said to be the world’s highest grossing actress…Looks like the Republican convention in Cleveland is going to take a play out of ‘The Sound of Music’ when The Von Trump Family Talkers take center stage, Ivanka Trump taking a lead in a prime speaking role, filling the void left with the refusal of leading Republicans to speak leaves…
Just in case you hadn’t heard former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Governor Chris Christie said to be at the top of Donald Trump’s list for VEEP, oh, and Gov. Mike Pence, too. Yawn…Worst kept secret in TV: Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, daughter of rabid Democrat political operative Zbigniew Brzezinski, quietly divorced her husband of 22 years and will soon admit her long-term affair with her Republican co-host Joe Scarborough. Me, oh, my, oh Mika and Joe!…A recently released Kaiser Family poll reports that nearly three in four Americans want the U.S. to spend more money on researching the devastating Zika virus and preventing its spread. Congress? They’d rather play politics with American lives, the Zika funding stalled, again…Hillary Clinton’s financial haul for June was a whopping $70 mil. What happens to all that money when she’s indicted?…According to Marco Rubio he is in a dead heat with the likely Democrat candidate for his Florida senate seat. Thanks for the update, Sen…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…Joe Biden says Bernie Sanders is going to endorse Hillary. Question: When? When? When!…Worst review evah of a political pundit? Corey Lewandowski on his first week on CNN. Better cash that half-million dollar check right away, Corey, before they cancel it, I mean you…Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne, author of the most controversial book of this political season so far, CRISIS OF CHARACTER, and the debut of our new segment FOUR BROADS TALKING with veteran journalists Sheila Weller, Lisa DePaulo, Lisa Schiffren and moi, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…Baaa baaa, see EU later alligator, Britain leaves the EU…Question of the day: Where will you move if Donald Trump becomes the next President of the United States?…Donald Trump says the polls aren’t accurate because his supporters are too embarrassed to tell pollsters that they are voting Trump. Ay yi yi, does this man even hear what he says? Better yet, do his supporters hear what he says?…On again, off again, Florida Senator Marco Rubio flip-flopped and announced his re-election bid. It’s a Florida thing…It’s a sad day for Reese Witherspoon when the only story about her that her publicists can get in print is that she cut her hair 4 inches for a new summer doo that, by the way, looks exactly the same as her winter doo, OK, yea, four inches shorter, big deal…
VEEP Joe Biden warns Trump’s foreign policy will lead to ‘A return of anti-Americanism’.” Republicans do not understand the statement as they think Trump is the anecdote to the already flourishing anti-Americanism, thank you, President Obama and Joe Biden or so sez the GOP…Hillary Clinton paints Donald Trump as reckless and misguided in a new speech. Who better than HRC to recognize a reckless and misguided man, just sayin’…Donald Trump paints Hillary Clinton as reckless and misguided. Will the real reckless and misguided candidate please stand up!…Poor Donald Trump: The alleged King of Money is getting crushed by Hillary Clinton’s money machine…Happy Birthday Prince William, 34. Smooch!…
Hillary Clinton to takeover President Obama’s storied email list-on — her personal server? Just askin’…Report, report, report Senate Republicans may defy the NRA on a gun control bill – or not. What are they afraid of the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre holding a gun to their heads?…Attorney General Loretta Lynch sez that the ‘Most effective’ response to Islamic terrorism ‘is love’. OK, guys, altogether now, Kumbaya my Lord, Kumbaya…A less disheveled Senator Bernie Sanders says he will vote for Hillary Clinton even though he hasn’t conceded the election. What?…Great speech by Donald Trump and we now know he can read a teleprompter, which makes him eminently qualified to be POTUS. Now, can you work on that snorting sound you make every two seconds when you speak…Did she really say that? Megyn Kelly ripped the Dems over their sit-in saying “Taking guns away from ISIS doesn’t solve the problem”… You’re fired Corey Lewandowski hired by CNN…
Tim Kaine is the perfect running mate for HRC. What some call his negative that he’s not a rabid pro-abortion guy might be his best asset, appealing to those crossover voters Clinton will need to beat the Trumpster, IMHO, of course…It’s cool to be 70. Last week it was Goldie Hawn who the tabloids touted as looking great at 70, this week it’s Charlie’s Angel’s beauty Jaclyn Smith, still gorgeous after all these years. But maybe the ones the tabloids should be touting are their fabulous plastic surgeons…Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with veteran newsman Bob Franken, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…Bernie Sanders is like the bad house guest who doesn’t know when it’s time to leave, just sayin’…Huuge! Donald Trump wanted to make history. He has. He’s earned the lowest favorability rating in Bloomberg Poll’s history…Late night host Seth Myers has banned Donald Trump from his late night show. Trump had never previously granted an interview to Seth Myers. But taking a page out of Trump’s playbook, the comedian got as much press by saying Trump was banned on his show as if Trump had actually been on the show…With Donald Trump’s polls tanking, and with many Republicans refusing to back his candidacy, and with all those TV hosts who helped him rise now swearing they didn’t, Joe Scarborough, the happiest person in the U.S. right now has got to be Hillary Clinton who must be thinking what she’s going to wear to her inauguration as the first woman American president…
INSIDE THE HOPPER...Misspoken or a page out of Trump’s playbook and getting to have it both ways? Sen. John McCain in a fierce fight to maintain his long-held Senate seat backtracked on his provocative statement that President Obama is directly responsible for the Orlando attack. But the fact that he said it is out there for all the crazies…As reported last week, Nick Cannon has been dragging his feet on signing the divorce agreement worked out with wife Mariah Carey, seeming to want to hold on to the title of Mr. Carey. This week he’s trying to make a career out of it all, doing it with a freestyle rap, “Divorce Papers” dropped on Soundcloud…The only stories out there about the great Goldie Hawn these days is how fabulous she looks at 70. How about a story about the new romantic comedy she’s been signed to do? C’mon Hollywood, bring back the rom com and bring back Goldie! After all, she looks great, even if she’s 70… Is Donald Trump paranoid or is Jeb Bush really trying to mount a convention coup? Both…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
INSIDE THE HOPPER…Are Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s days as head of the DNC already over? Looks like Hillary Clinton’s team aren’t waiting for the convention and have pushed her out already…Former President George W. Bush is out on the campaign trail coming to the rescue of the GOP. Now you know things are bad for the Republicans when their only hope is to trot out W…You know the music biz is in trouble when the music on TV commercials is better than what you hear on the radio… The View’s Paula Faris insists that Oprah’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton ‘Does a disservice to every single woman,’ but apparently not to married women?…More from The View: Joy Behar sez Trump is ‘basically working with ISIL to kill us,’ calling him the ‘recruiter-in-chief.’ What a girl won’t say to save her show, and her last TV job, from tanking ratings…House Speaker Paul Ryan says it’s his responsibility to support Donald Trump. I say, the hell it is!… Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with veteran newsman Bob Franken, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…Time flies when you’re married to the most gorgeous man evah who is also talented and fun and he’s married to the most gorgeous woman evah who may not be as talented but who needs talent when you look like she does? Is it really 10 years for Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban? And they said it wouldn’t last, Tom Cruise…Line of the day comes from Fox News megastar, Bill O’Reilly who commented to CBS late night host Stephen Colbert: “Obama does not seem to understand that you cannot contain evil, you must destroy it.’ Who knew O’Reilly could be so thoughtful? Just sayin’… What’s with Hollywood hunk Leo DiCaprio and his penchant for models anyway? His latest is reported to be Nina Agdal. The relationships never work. But I guess he believes if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again and again, and again and again. Well, you get the drill…
Donald Trump revoked the Washington Post’s press credentials and is barring reporters from campaign events, and is calling the newspaper “phony and dishonest.” I guess it takes one to know one…Curb your enthusiasm, please. Curb Your Enthusiasm is returning to HBO with Season 9…Is it possible that trainwreck, HIV Positive once the darling of TV and film now a pariah, Charlie Sheen is getting his act together? One can only hope… American singer-songwriter, rock and roll Hall of Famer and former Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh announced he will give a portion of the proceeds from two upcoming shows in North Carolina to the American Civil Liberties Union to support its lawsuit fighting the state’s anti-LGBT law. And who said you were an “Ordinary Average Guy?”… After almost 15 hours of filibustering, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy declared victory early Thursday morning, saying he had secured a Senate vote on gun control measures, no joke here…A lot of people are speculating about whether Donald Trump’s goal was ever to become the POTUS. Now there are some who think his goal has always been the launch of Trump News. That’ll be news to Roger Ailes (or not), and Trump’s millions of supporters…
Amazing, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are expecting their second child. Still can’t say Kutcher without thinking Demi Moore and one word: betrayal…Ohio Governor John Kasich is in agony over his decision last year to support the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and now he tells Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning Joe “At this point, I just can’t do it.” It’s good to know it’s not only women who change their minds.…Speaking of women changing their minds, Florida Senator and failed presidential candidate Marco Rubio who said he wouldn’t seek re-election, today might be on again about retaining his seat…And this just in: Secret meetings with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and right wing money to map out the senator’s future, not so secret…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…Lost a great one today: Ann Morgan Guilbert, beloved as the next-door neighbor on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and seen recently on CBS’ comedy “Life in Pieces,” died at 87. RIP… And finally, a reminder to Bernie Sanders: The people and the Superdelegates have spoken…Oh, and one more reminder, if you missed this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show on Election 2016 with veteran newsman Bob Franken, you can listen to the podcast here…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…We begin with the unspeakable Orlando shootings and with an offer of prayer and love to those who lost their lives, to those who lost loved ones and to our great nation. What we do here at ITH is we take a look at politics and celebrity with a bent toward satire and wit with the belief that in all the craziness that is our politics and celebrity these days, there is always humor. Not so here. A bigoted, crazed, insane, religious zealot mowed down 49 of our fellow countrymen and injured many more. But for all the pain he inflicted upon our nation, what he couldn’t exact was our fortitude to stand tall as the great democracy that we are as together, not Democrats, Republicans and Independents, but as Americans we unite. As one, we will defeat evil…That said, leave it to Donald Trump to make the terrorist attack about him when he tweeted “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” Trump is right. We must be tough, we must be vigilant and we must be smart. Just not narcissistic…
Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, a mover and shaker for the Dems in the past is becoming a power player in his newly-minted GOP father-in-law’s presidential campaign. Ah power, it’ll turn a man’s convictions on its ears in a political heartbeat…Bobby Brown says Whitney Houston had a secret same-sex romance with Robyn Crawford. And we should believe what Bobby Brown says because?…Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) told Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker that she is leaving her options open to vote for Hillary Clinton. I can just see Trump shaking in his boots because Susan Collins might vote for Clinton…Just wondering what former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson who sold HRC out in 2008 is thinking now?…And what about turncoat Secretary of State John Kerry? Guess his public service career is over when President Obama leaves the White House…And speaking of betrayal, just two words: John Edwards. And two more: Remember him?…The rumors about Prince Harry and his lady friends abound. One day it’s reported that his latest love is Bruce Springsteen’s daughter. The next it’s singer Elle Goulding. Tomorrow, let’s guess…Donald Trump gets another Hollywood endorsement this one from Roseanne Barr. Roseanne who?…In his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, President Obama finally admitted that Hillary Clinton is probably the most qualified person to be president, as she was in 2008, but he sure didn’t say so then, did he?…MSNBC’s “Road Warriors,” is a roundtable program featuring campaign correspondents Katy Tur, Hallie Jackson, Kristen Welker and Kasie Hunt that shows up every now and then. It is young, fun and informative, and no jokes here…Watching the GOP leadership twist themselves into knots over how to respond to their presumptive nominee’s often scurrilous remarks couldn’t be more fun, and sad. If Trump has done one thing for the Republican Party he’s proven that the GOP leadership is as unprincipled as they claim Hillary Clinton to be…Sore Loser Bernie Sanders promises to do everything he can “to stop Donald Trump from becoming president” — Help Hillary Clinton? Not so much…
On an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, President Obama said that he is “actually worried about the Republican Party.” Ya think?…Donald Trump sez “I am the least racist person.” I say, Prove it!…Donald Trump once said the he didn’t believe in heaven or hell. Of course not, as far as I can tell the only thing the Trumpster believes in his himself…The only one who thinks that the public gives a hoot about anything that Mitt Romney sez is Mitt Romney – oh, and the news media…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…I’m in love. The object of my affection: James Corden. What a delicious character. What a great job on the Tony’s. Oh, and about the Tony’s – best in years…Did you miss last week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when my guest was Ambrosia’s drummer, Burleigh Drummond? Have a listen and find out what it was that caused him to choke up on air… Up Next on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show? Wed, 3 pm ET it’s politics with Emmy-award winning journalist and syndicated columnist, MSNBC contributor Bob Franken. When Bob and I get together, watch out! I promise, the earth will move…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…Dame Helen Mirren sez “I love no longer being a sex symbol.” Will she hate it if I tell her she still is?…In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts and in his new tell all book Bobby Brown opened up about daughter Bobbi Kristina’s death which brings to mind two words: Shut up!…Gone: Her swanky engagement ring. Hillary Swank broke off her engagement to former tennis pro Reuben Torres…Playboy mansion to be bought by neighbor, Daren Metropoulos, the Twinkie King who for years has been watching all the fun through the bushes and now wants to have some fun of his own…Spoiler: Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson is pulling 11% of the vote in the presidential contest, according to a new IBD/TIPP Poll…
It’s back to the future: Hillary Clinton’s brother-in-law Roger released from Redondo Beach jail after DUI arrest…Fair to say that Bernie Sanders is not fit to be president if he can’t accept reality? Hillary clinched it, Bernie baby…House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Hillary Clinton for prez on the morning of the California primary, after AP declared HRC the presumptive nominee. Boy, aren’t you courageous Madam Speaker?…Prince Harry dating Bruce Springsteen’s bassist daughter? Doesn’t she just wish…
Donald Trump is starting to bring to mind Baby Huey, except Trump is no longer funny…HRC took California by storm. Why were the polls so wrong?…Oh that Jimmy Fallon who said “Hillary can’t celebrate her big win because she drank all of her champagne when Trump secured his nomination”…Am I the only one who doesn’t think CNN’s Jeanne Moos is funny? Just sayin’…Love Paul Begala. Period…What a dope: Tennis great Maria Sharapova banned from tennis for 2 years for doping…Worst kept secret in D.C. is the coming endorsement of HRC by Barack Obama…Despite Donald Trump’s continued racist rants Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) reaffirmed his support for the Trumpster, affirming Paul Ryan is an immoral twit even though with his boyish good looks and sweet style he wants us to believe that he is the moral face of the GOP…Elizabeth Warren about to get off the sidelines and endorse Hillary Clinton. Hey, Lizzy, what took you so long?…Twenty-two years later O.J. Simpson’s former confident retired L.A.P.D. police officer Ron Shipp opened up about how he knows Simpson is guilty. Hey, Ron, what took you so long?…Wow, it’s 22 years since the death of Nicole Brown Simpson? …Once Bernie Sanders concedes to Hillary Clinton, maybe he’ll find the time to comb his hair?…Pummeled by the media for their Trump lovefest during the 2016 primaries, Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, long-time Trump friend, and Mika Brzezinski, not the smartest girl on the block, have taken to pummeling Trump. Hmm. Ratings? Or couldn’t take the heat? Or D: All of the above…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…On the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp front this just in: In 2009, the openly bi-sexual Heard was jailed in a domestic violence incident against her then lover Tasya van Ree, a record she tried to get expunged just as she began her relationship with Depp…Not sure if what Bristol Palin does is news anymore, but because ITH loves happy endings, this past week Sarah Palin’s daughter married the father of her newest born out of wedlock baby, Dakota Meyer…Did you miss my conversation with Ambrosia’s drummer Burleigh Drummond on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show? Do have a listen to our brutally honest conversation…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out!
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…It’s been reported that Hillary Clinton is working on her “likeability” issue. Hey, Hillary, it ain’t workin’…If you can’t trust your Secret Service agent, who can you trust? Hachette to release Clinton tell-all by agent Gary J. Byrne June 28. Didn’t he promise to protect and defend? Nothing sacred…Not surprising since there have long been reports about exercise guru Richard Simmons’ (67) mental health, he was hospitalized for weird behavior and released, denying the problem was a mental health issue, saying he was simply “dehydrated”, which can make some people crazy…Sen. Elizabeth Warren sez she doesn’t agree with Democrat Superdelegates, except, she is one…Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is growing increasingly critical of Donald Trump, warning him to lay off GOP officials and drop his penchant for “name calling.” McConnell is also hawking his new book…Bernie Sanders insists the DNC will be a contested convention. Bernie Sanders is not going gently into obscurity or will Bernie Sanders bail tomorrow night after Hillary Clinton clinches enough delegates to become the Dem’s presidential nominee? Inquiring minds want to know…Hillary Clinton sez Trump is not qualified to be commander-in-chief. She’s right, but she ain’t saying anything Trump supporters don’t already know and don’t care about…Trump has been called many things but so far, not gay. How much you wanna bet he will be before this election is over?…Oops, that didn’t take long, Washington Post is allegedly coming out with a report he is. Oh, and he used cocaine, too…Oops, coming report denied…Oops, this is America, all you have to do is float a rumor and it becomes the truth. Of course “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” is on every post hinting at the Trumpster’s alleged homosexuality…
Still drinking after all these years, according to TMZ, Hillary Clinton’s brother-in-law, Roger Clinton, is sitting in a jail cell after getting busted for a DUI in Southern California just 2 days before the crucial CA primary vote…Remember Barack Obama, you know, still the President of the United States? He’ll make his first appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show Thursday, June 9, the beginning of his campaign to secure his legacy, starting with endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of his ‘Help Secure My Legacy’ campaign…Oscar buzz: Screen idol Matthew McConaughey, still handsome after all these years, stars in a controversial new Civil War story Free State of Jones… What’s with Matt Drudge’s obsession with Hillary Clinton’s cough anyway?…
Could CBS’s Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson host a duller show? I mean really…Bill Clinton to give eulogy at Mohammad Ali’s funeral. I wonder if he’s thinking, finally, yippee, the spotlight will be back on me?…Donald Trump has paid men on his campaign staff one-third more than women, while Hillary Clinton has compensated men and women equally, according to the Boston Globe confirming what we always have said that women are the fairer sex…All quiet on the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard front. Dealmaking?…Day whatever of this Kardashian free zone…Nick Cannon refusing to sign off on his divorce from Mariah Carey. I guess he wants to be able to say that he’s Mrs. Carey for as long as he can…Up next on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wed. June 8, 3 pm ET, an intimate conversation with founding member, drummer-percussionist, 5 time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter producer Ambrosia’s Burleigh Drummond. Don’t miss this one!…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort sez Mitt Romney is “jealous of Trump’s success. I say Prove it!…Bill Kristol promised “an impressive independent candidate.” I promise Bill Kristol that his time has come and is now gone no matter if he puts forth Conservative lawyer and Iraq war veteran David French…Dems are urging Hillary Clinton to ignore Trump’s attacks. What, they don’t trust Hillary to do the right thing?…Speaker Paul Ryan’s endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump proves that the one who shouts the loudest about their moral turpitude are generally the ones with the least of it…Meghan Kelly’s epic fail: Maybe the Barbara Walters wannabee should have kept her feud with Trump going a little bit longer. Her sweet reconciliation with her nemesis for her primetime special was panned by the critics and now her Fox News numbers are tanking, with Sean Hannity overtaking her becoming number two behind Fox News King Bill O’Reilly…This just in: Meghan Kelly is back attacking Trump trying to reignite their feud and save her arse at Fox, and secure a hefty new contract, which she is negotiating now…FYI: Facebook likes for web content fell 55%, shares declined 57%, comments down 63% between July 2015 and April 2016, NewsWhip analysis of top 10 publishers shows. Looks like Facebook is getting on everyone’s nerves, not just mine, Mark Zuckerberg…Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has fueled speculation that he could be Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick with an all-out assault on Donald Trump at a campaign event in New Jersey. Doesn’t N.J. Gov. Christie want the job? Watch out, Cory, Christie will eat you for lunch if you get in the way of his ambitions, bada bada bing…Gotta give it to Hillary Clinton. What a speech! Huuuge!…Real estate magnate, realty TV show host turned presidential hopeful Donald Trump calls for Hillary Clinton to go to jail. What does he think he’s playing here, a game of Monopoly?
From Hollywood, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious news: Disney announces a Mary Poppins sequel, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, starring Emily Blunt and Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda…No surprise but too sad, authorities confirm that Prince died of a drug overdose…In the ongoing bruising battle between Johnny Depp and estranged wife Amber Heard over who struck who this just in from ET: Johnny Depp ‘Punched Wall’ During Argument With Amber Heard, Leading to Injury That Halted ‘Pirates,’ Sources Say. Isn’t striking a wall a far better thing than striking a wife? Just sayin’…Rolling Stone’s Ronnie Wood became a father of twins at 68. I bet you expect me to say something snarky about a 68 year old man having twins…
Sad, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris split after 15 months together. What beautiful babies they would have made together, if not beautiful music…ET reporting that Amber Heard has texts from 2014 detailing alleged assault by boyfriend Johnny Depp: ‘He’s Done This Many Times’. Question: So why’d you marry him, money? I mean honey, I mean money!…This just in: Johnny Depp’s assistant Stephen Deuters insists that the texts were doctored…Outlander has been renewed for Seasons 3 and 4. Oh happy nights…Poor Paris Hilton, last year she had to put on a happy face while she watched her sister Nicky Hilton marry the catch of the decade, James Rothchild. This week Paris had to do the same while she watched her sister, again the center of attention, at her lavish baby shower. Poor Paris, always a bridesmaid never a bride…Day 2 of this Kardashian free zone and counting…I was happy to report that still sexy at almost 80, Kris Kristofferson does not have Alzheimer’s Disease, but is suffering from an undetected case of Lyme’s Disease. Read all about it at The Halli Casser-Jayne Show’s blog…And there you have it kids, from the inside out…
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…Is Hillary Clinton untrustworthy or merely ruthless, shrewd and contrived? Inquiring minds want to know…Andrea Mitchell is looking very, very tired on her MSNBC show and is very, very tiring to listen to. So, I guess I’m saying I’m very tired of Andrea Mitchell…Bernie SPOX Jeff Weaver says that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a “divisive figure.” What is Jeff Weaver? Little Miss Mary Sunshine?…Is Bernie Sanders a sore loser or just crazy? Inquiring minds want to know…Clinton strategist sez “Trump’s turned over nothing: She has turned over 55K of emails.” Strategist has a point. On the other hand, will we ever know just how many emails there really were?…Let’s all move to New York City where after legislation is signed we’ll all be free to pee, drink alcohol out of a brown paper bag, lurk in parks after hours, and make enough of a racket to violate the noise code, thank you whacky Mayor de Blaisio…Little Marco Rubio says he won’t run for the Senate, or Florida governor or be Trump’s VEEP, but Rubio is out on the airwaves trying to become Big Marco Rubio. Hmm…And while we’re on the subject of Marco Rubio, he sez he apologized to Trump for his “small hands” jest. How much you wanna bet Trump didn’t apologize for his “little Marco jest?”…Recently Rosie O’Donnell lit into Donald Trump at a live show: “I f*cking hate that orange piece of sh*t. I would rather give birth to a flaming iguana while taking a sh*t. I hate him. I hate him. I’m not going to say his name.” Go ahead, stoop to Trump’s level, Rosie…
As if anyone cares, Gary Johnson won the Libertarian presidential nomination…If this doesn’t prove that Gd has a delicious sense of irony, I don’t know what does. Bill Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr was ousted as President of Baylor University in the wake of the university’s sexual assault scandals. Ha!…After California had one of its driest years in history in 2015, Donald Trump tells California “there is no drought.” I hate to rain on the Trumpster’s parade but WTF?…According to Ben Carson Trump is starting to believe in a “greater power.” No news here, he has always believed in a greater power: Himself…Who’s the girl in this contest? Hillary Clinton can’t seem to get a word in edgewise against girlie Donald Trump. And they say women talk too much… And this just in: Hillary Clinton doesn’t know how to use a computer. Lucky Hillary!…About the news media and their coverage of Election 2016 – well, my mom always taught me that if you have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all…Great Reads for $1.99 or less
Let’s jump to Hollywood where we heard that Amber Heard got a restraining order against her estranged husband Johnny Depp, even though the cops tell TMZ that there was no evidence of injuries when the LAPD responded to her 911 call. This one looks like it’s gonna be a bruising divorce…If you’re waiting for me to comment on the Kardashians, don’t hold your breath. INSIDE THE HOPPER is a Kardashian-free zone…And because you just never know what I’m going to say next, the camera just loves ‘Outlander’s Sam Heughan, and so do I…And question: Did the Cincinnati zoo keepers really have to kill Harambe, the gorilla? Inquiring minds need to know…Don’t forget to check out this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast when my guests were the producer/director of the American Masters/PBS special The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End and Terry Jennings, oldest son of Waylon Jennings. Trust me, it was a fascinating show. ..And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
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INSIDE THE HOPPER…On Meghan Kelly: Meghan Kelly wants to be the next Barbara Walters. But to coin a phrase out of a fairly well-known Republican’s playbook: Meghan, I know Barbara Walters and you’re no Barbara Walters… On Clinton email debacle: With apologies to The Eagles, “You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes, and your smile is a thin disguise, I thought by now you’d realize, There ain’t no way to hide your lyin eyes” … On the Obama’s new posh DC digs: With no apologies to The Jeffersons “Well, we’re movin’ on up”… On Bernie Sanders: Go away little boy…go away…On Trump and his return to the subject of Bill Clinton’s sexual prowess – You’re just jealous!…On Trump and his return to the subject of Whitewater: boring…On Bill Clinton: He’s starting to look a lot like Colonel Sanders. Just picture an added beard and you’ll see what I mean….On Debbie Wasserman Schultz losing her position as head of the DNC: Off with her head!…On RNC Chair Reince Priebus: What kind of f**ckin* name is Reince Priebus?… On world leaders being “rattled” by a potential Trump presidency and Trump’s ignorance: Ain’t that the pot calling the oil kettle black?…On Bernie Sanders: Go away little boy. Oh, I said that already…On audio proving Katie Couric documentary deceptively edited her interview with pro-gun activists: With apologies to Cher, Bang, bang, you shot me down! And speaking of Cher, where are you Cher? Miss you!…On Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe…yawn!…On Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe: Three words -Too much Testosterone… On Trump and Bernie debate: C’mon, admit it, you’d rather be watching Kate McKinnon and Larry David on Saturday Night Live, you know it’s true…On Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe being under federal investigation for campaign contributions: It was just a matter of time… Hey, whatever happened to shamed former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich? Don’t know what made me think about him, tarnished Mayor Rahm Emmanuel? Hillary Clinton? Gov. Terry McAuliffe?…On Trump terminating his national political director Rick Wiley: You’re fired! (Sorry, couldn’t resist)…Which writer extraordinaire and well-known political commentator locked herself out on her New York City balcony in the wee hours of the night recently Lisa DePaulo? Only in New York, kids…On Hillary Clinton and her campaign: Somebody save her from herself, please!…On Mitt Romney and a possible third party run: The thought is unbearable… On Bill Kristol pushing Romney toward a third party run: Oh, Bill, oh Bill, no Mitt!…On Donald Trump calling Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas all I can say is beat those Tom-Toms for being politically incorrect…On Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) using medical marijuana during his tenure in Congress: Like, oh wow, cool, far out and thanks for the memories!…And this just in according to AP: Donald Trump has clinched the Republican nomination: HUUUUGE! Which takes me back to Bernie Sanders: Go away little boy…go away…And there you have it, kids, from the inside out.
DONALD TRUMP: GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Don’t plotz. I’m going to say something nice about Donald Trump. I am. Are you ready? On your mark, get set: Donald Trump has done something good for America, and for that he deserves something nice said about him.
What has he done? Donald Trump has gotten America, and each and every American who cares about our great Republic to take a good, hard, honest look at the problems that have been plaguing our great nation for too long, and the people who have been running our government.
Is Donald Trump a mensch?
You may not like Trump’s delivery of the message and you may not like Trump’s solutions, but surely you have to acknowledge that Trump has got you thinking about what our government has become.
There’s something rotten in Washington, about that Trump is right. To coin a phrase, “money talks and bullsh*t walks.” And whether you are a liberal, a conservative or an independent, and whether or not you thought so before this election season, Trump has named the problem. And like calling Radical Islam what it is, naming the problem is the first step in solving a problem.
Crony capitalism is at the core of our nation’s troubles. We now have a political class bought and paid for by the high-rollers of Wall Street and K Street. And thank you, Citizen’s United, the very heart of our democracy, our free-elections, have been compromised.
The GOP and the DNC are no longer political parties, but activist organizations, their members’ tools of the high-rollers. Americans no longer pledge their allegiance to The United States of America, but to their respective parties, of which the people are only a pawn in the game of those that control, which, oy vey, thanks to Mr. Trump they are learning.
It is interesting to me that the two men still standing in the Republican Party out of the original class of 17 potential nominees are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, imperfect candidates both, but that is not my point. They are the antithesis of each other, and symbolic of the great fight to be won or lost in Election 2016.
Trump is Mr. The Art of the Deal, and Cruz is Mr. No Deal. Trump is funding his own campaign; Cruz is now bought and paid for by the conservative machine. Trump is a man who refuses to walk lock, stock and barrel with an ideology and Cruz appears to have never seen an ideology he didn’t walk lock, stock and barrel with.
The establishment is losing its macaroons over this. How dare the man who appears to be the presumptive nominee of the GOP not stand resolute with the party platform?
Can you be a conservative and still believe that Planned Parenthood does a lot of good for women, or that Medicare and Social Security don’t need to be abolished but rather reformed?
I said above that at the heart of the problems facing America at this critical juncture in our history is crony capitalism. But here’s an even bigger problem: Our leaders, of both parties, are no longer allowed to be free thinkers. Either they tow the party line, or shalom. We should never forget that our greatest leaders who led us to our greatest moments were those who put forth great, new ideas.
Bottom-line, you can call Donald Trump a schmuck and you don’t have to like his campaign schtick or his spiel, but you’d be a schmegegge if you didn’t acknowledge that he’s a yiddisher kop for exposing the truth. We the people should give Trump credit where credit is due.
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OH, HILLARY! I WANT TO LIKE YOU, BUT…
Hillary…Hillary…Hillary…oh Hillary. Oh, I want to love you. Oh, I want to support you. Oh, I want a woman in the White House, oh, oh, oh. But, Hillary, I just ain’t feeling it this political season, oh, oh, oh.
And it’s driving me Oh so crazy, so crazy that thoughts of what’s wrong with your presidential campaign last night woke me up in the middle of the night.
That’s when I asked myself: What’s wrong with Hillary? Why ain’t I feelin’ it for Hillary? After all, if experience is important to the job of leader of the free world, Hillary’s long resume actually makes her Overqualified to be President of the United States. I mean, really, think about it: Lawyer, her Children’s Defense Fund work, First Lady of Arkansas, CHIP, First Lady of the United States, healthcare, Senator, Secretary of State. Oh, and did I mention mom and now grand mom? And if we’re touting her many accomplishments, how about being married to Bill all these years? That’s experience in and of itself.
In 2008, I was Hillary’s champion. Why? Then I understood the importance of breaking men’s long hold on the Oval office. I very much admired her accomplishments. Truth be told, back in 2008, I never understood the O thing, and might I add, I still don’t, but that’s a subject for another day. I agreed with her on a woman’s right to choose, and still do. I believed America’s health care system needed an overhaul, and still do. And while I was against the Iraq War, even though I lean right on foreign policy, as does Hillary, I excused her vote for it, sympathetic that she was the representative from New York where after 9/11 emotions ran riot. How could she justify Not voting for the war as the senator representing The Empire State in 2002?
But supporting a candidate for president is not only about voting for a candidate’s resume and in some ways it is more than a vote for a candidate’s policies. In many ways who we vote for is an emotional decision, what according to author Darice Britt, psychologists call “The peripheral that emphasizes emotional appeals and focuses on personal traits and generating positive feelings.”
So, here it is: I have -0- peripheral feelings about Hillary. In fact, this political season, she leaves me cold and I asked myself why into the oh so wee hours of the night.
And I thought, yes, eight years later, Hillary continues to say all the right things. She’s right, in my Opinion, on most of the issues. I was Over the moon when in the last debate with her nemesis Bernie Sanders she came to the defense of Israel, even as the Democratic Party seeks to move to the left and blames Israel when Israel is right, a rare moment of Openess from Hillary.
So what’s the problem?
Well, here it is…
Hillary is being Overshadowed by Donald Trump, and the bluster of Bernie Sanders and therefore pales in comparison.
And so, as I tore myself away from CNN airing once again the golden locks of Donald Trump, I reminded myself into the oh, so wee hours of the Obscure night — as I hope others will do — that all that glitters is not gold.
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INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW: FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN THE UNITED STATES?
If it’s true we learn by doing, I have learned. I have learned of something so abominable that is happening to young women worldwide but is also happening right in The United States of America.
It began in my conducting research for a show featuring the author Joni Binder and her book MILE 46, FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND, and pioneering women’s advocate, the founder of Futures Without Violence, Esta Soler.
The show was to focus on Joni’s book which recounts her time living with the Maasai in Kenya, Africa. In large part Joni’s book is a photographic essay as well as a recounting of the customs of the Maasai she witnessed living there. The book also addresses her witness to the ritual of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
I love Joni’s book. Having her as my guest allowed me to talk about one of my favorite places in the world and more importantly, afforded me the opportunity to have a significant conversation about this antiquated and cruel practice victimizing so many women, Female Genital Mutilation. Esta agreed to lend her significant knowledge of violence against women to our conversation.
So, while I was doing the research for the show I came across this startling fact: The number of women and girls at risk for female genital mutilation in the UNITED STATES has more than doubled in the past 10 years, according to figures released by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).
For those who might not know, female genital mutilation is an injurious custom that involves the removal of part or the entire clitoris. FGM is often performed without anesthetic. According to Equality Now.org, “FMG can have lifelong health consequences including chronic infection, hemorrhage, severe pain during urination, menstruation, and sexual intercourse. It could lead to complications during childbirth and increases the risk of newborn deaths. Women may also suffer psychological trauma as a result of being subjected to FGM.”
Some girls die from the procedure.
What are its origins? Apparently, the practice predates religion and has no religious significance in either Islam nor Christianity. Still, communities of both faiths continue to circumcise their daughters, believing it will cleanse or purify the girl, ensure she remains sexually chaste, prevent cheating on her future husband and keep her behaving well.
It is the ultimate weapon of control of a paternal society of its women and girls.
FGM is recognized internationally as a human rights violation, torture and a form of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
FGM has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996. But an amendment to the law banning vacation cutting — the practice of sending young American girls overseas for the procedure of mutilation — or having a traditional midwife or cutter sent to perform FGM in the U.S. wasn’t passed until 2012.
And, yet, even with laws in place here in the United States, the land of the free and the home of the brave, more than half a million women and girls in the U.S. are at risk of undergoing FGM in the U.S. or abroad.
Many have already undergone the procedure including 166,173 under the age of 18, according to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). And the states in the U.S. where this happens most frequently? California, New York and Minnesota.
So, how can it be that the number of women and girls at risk for female genital mutilation in the UNITED STATES has more than doubled in the past 10 years?
Inquiring minds want to know. And I want you to know!
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MR. ART OF THE DEAL AND MR. NO DEAL
Go figure. Only the Republican Party of 2016 could manage to have Mr. The Art of the Deal and Mr. No Deal vying for the nod to become their candidate for president.
It is symbolic of a party that knows no in-betweens, which leans to its left and leans to its right, but always, always is in for a fight. No gray here.
The only thing gray about the GOP these days is its mascot the elephant. Is it the lack of gray matter that is at the heart of the party’s current problems?
Mr. The Art of the Deal Donald Trump, also the master of hyperbole, exaggeration and overstatement (I’m being hyperbolic here) is a fascinating candidate to be sure. His campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” really ought to be “Make America GRAY Again.”
In a way, is it not Trump’s flirtation with the gray that accounts for much of his crossover support?
Isn’t one of the reasons that the GOP establishment is so freaked about Trump’s potential win is that Trump is actually a “gray” candidate?
What’s a gray candidate? It’s an independent in elephant’s clothing who has hijacked the GOP. The opening for Trump was there. The GOP had no sure-fire candidate to run against Hillary. The Dems had Hillary, so no place for Trump there either. It’s impossible to make it to the presidency running as an independent candidate.
And so, Mr. The Art of the Deal who can never pass up a good deal saw an opening to make a deal and went for the GOP nod. Yeah, he’s tough on immigration, and on terrorism, but he’s also pragmatic. (He’s for saving Social Security and Medicare.) Dealmakers usually are realistic. Republicans these days aren’t.
So, yes, truth be told, the conservative wing of the GOP is right: Donald Trump ain’t no Right-winger. He’s probably not a Democrat either, the other party that has moved off its center to the left.
So what we have here folks is an independent running for the Republican nod, pulling the party to a place its leaders don’t want to go, to that gray area, where deals can be made by Mr. The Art of the Deal.
Now let’s move to the dark side and the world of Mr. No Deal, Ted Cruz, who clearly needs to enroll in Trump University and take a course in The Art of the Deal.
There ain’t no gray here, folks.
He’s dogmatic, inflexible and rigid. He’s the man who was willing to shut down the American government for 16 days. He’s also one of the most despised men in Congress, no fifty shades of gray about that.
While Cruz has shown some skill as an orator – Google his 21-hour reading of GREEN EGGS AND HAM – and, in fairness, has shown ample skill, unlike Trump, of playing the delicate, delegate game, he is also short on charm.
And as my late mother would say: “Oy what a punim (face)!” My girlfriend’s daughter recently remarked that he has beady eyes and therefore cannot be trusted.
I recently remarked in an interview with a well-known journalist on my show (The Halli Casser-Jayne Show for those who don’t know, click the link) who took it personally that call me small-minded, but I don’t think I want to spend the next four, and please not eight years, looking at the face of Ted Cruz. It’s a Richard Nixon thing, OK, and, admittedly, petty, too.
And then there’s Hillary Clinton, and that guy Bernie Sanders.
But that’s a subject for another day – a gray, rainy day.
DONALD TRUMP’S VERY BAD HAIR DAY
Ever wonder what it would be like to wake up with Donald Trump lying next to you in your bed? I hadn’t until this morning, when my crazy brain tripped into a visual I would just as soon forget. I’ll give you a peak: It had to do with hair, orange hair spread across a pillow – think Orangutan in shock! OK, enuf said.
Yesterday, Donald Trump had the equivalent of a very, bad hair day.
In fact, he’s had a series of bad days recently, suffering along with bad hair from what appears to be foot in mouth disease. From his startling statements on NATO, the possible use of nuclear weapons on our allies, the Geneva Conventions, violence against women and his defense of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski charged on Tuesday with misdemeanor battery for grabbing a female reporter’s arm at a news conference earlier this month – oh, and did I mention his recent tweet that paired an unflattering shot of Mrs. Heidi Cruz with a photo of his own glamorous third wife, Melania (who probably never had a bad hair day in her life, for which I hate her)?
All of that followed with yesterday’s OMG statement: There would “have to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed in the U.S.
Both the Right and the Left trounced on Trump pummeling him for his statement. You could almost hear Ted Cruz shouting in all his pomposity: “Off with Trump’s head, I mean hair!”
Finding himself in a rare hairy situation, Trump took little time to walk back what he’d said, issuing a statement that read: “If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.”
Of course, he could have said anything, and it wouldn’t have been enough to stop the bleeding begun by his earlier in artful remarks. As we all know, politics is blood sport. All politicians are vampires in waiting, ready to suck the blood out of their rivals. Get that first taste of blood and it’s Slurpy-time for politicians, as well as for the political pundits who this election cycle are looking even worse than the politicians they cover, no hair jokes hair…bada bada bing!
Which takes me back to my crazy brain and my hairy Donald Trump vision and this from Bo Goldman, the writer of such screen classics as Scent of a Woman and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest:
“They say that the hair is everything, you know? Have you ever buried your nose in a mountain of curls, and just wanted to go to sleep forever?”
All the vampires, all the pundits, none who seem to understand that the rise of Donald Trump has nothing at all to do with what he says. And, of course, nothing at all to do with his hair. It’s all about what Donald Trump stands for.
Take Sominex tonight and sleep, safe and restful sleep, sleep, sleep.
It’s security, stupid.
Macho, macho man tra la la!
Halli Casser-Jayne March 31, 2016
KIM KARDASHIAN & DONALD TRUMP: TAKING IT TO THE BANK
Kim Kardashian is a joke, but the joke is on us, not her.
The girl who’d rather bare her assets, paid for or not – you decide – is laughing her arse off (pun intended) all the way to the bank. And banking on us she is, we who watch her life unfold on the reality show of all reality shows, in the tabloids, on Twitter, in videos, anywhere and everywhere as she sells her product: her salacious, disreputable self.
Daughter of the Tiger Mom of all tiger moms, Kris Jenner, the women who gets a gold vault’s worth of respect for being the Queen of Self-Promotion, Kim is a chip off the elder’s less protruding block, who would sell her soul for a million bucks, laughing all the way to the bank.
So a few weeks ago, when once again she bared her body for the world to see, even though we’ve seen it all before, she mounted 192 thousand likes on her Twitter account, because one thing Kim Kardashian knows – sex sells. She’s pretty much broken the bank on it.
A brouhaha followed the posting. The more seasoned Baby Boomer women celebs, the mothers of the Sexual Revolution, posted to Twitter and elsewhere to decry Kim’s exposure. Once called “The Queen of Raunch,” (raunch isn’t sex), Bette Midler took to Twitter. “Kim Kardashian tweeted a nude selfie today,” she wrote. “If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s gonna have to swallow the camera.”
And then generations of women picked their sides, mostly the young for Kim, the older against Kim’s latest exposure of herself, the elders speaking from experience.
Kim’s final tweet on the subject was another naked selfie, marked with the hashtag “#liberated.”
Liberated her arse! And some role model for her daughter, North West, and all the daughters of the world. Because the issue is far more than whether or not Kardashian is making a mint by selling sex — women have been doing that since time immemorial – and taking it on the you know what for doing so. Think Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, the women of Burlesque — outcasts all.
In the end Monroe committed suicide, seemingly because she knew she’d allowed herself to be exploited even when she thought she was in control. She wasn’t, and women like her never are despite what they think. In the end, every exploitation, self-imposed or otherwise, chipped away at her self-esteem.
But that was then and this is now, and now there is a difference from back then: Kim Kardashian ain’t no Marilyn Monroe, who at least tried to build herself a successful career as an actress. Kardashian makes no such attempt at legitimating, and either doesn’t understand, or chooses not to care that in the past fellow women never approved of a woman’s choosing the shame filled path to earning a buck.
Many were embarrassed by their sister’s exposures, even while men salivated at a naked pin-up girl, hiding their Playboy magazines secreted beneath their bed. Not that there was anything wrong with a man reading Playboy, but it wasn’t something you wanted your children exposed to just yet.
And sidebar, Playboy, now up for sale, no longer publishes pictures of nude women. I doubt it was a moral decision. The fact is that why pay to see a nude woman when all you have to do is go to Kardashian’s Twitter account, her free porn site on the web. Who was it who said: “Why pay for it when you can get it for free?” Answer: Mothers of a different generation. Maybe they were right. Maybe the Sexual Revolution had zero to do with laying oneself bare for all the world to see.
Which is not to say that while men enjoy naked pictures of women, they didn’t and don’t think that the very women who titillated them by exposing themselves was a women they’d take home to meet their mother. There remained the belief that despite the acknowledgment that a girlie magazine was a fun sex tool, it appeals to our base nature. And while what one does behind closed doors is one’s business, nice girls don’t strip for the cameras.
They certainly didn’t want their daughters to earn their living doing the same.
Today’s generation of mothers and fathers appear to think differently. They allow their 7 year old daughters to dress like their idol the revolting Kardashian, and seem to overlook their daughter’s sexting, reportedly also beginning as early as the tender age of 7.
Which says what? Cheapsters like Kardashian are no longer considered cheap. Rather they are symbolic of a society which appears to have decided that a girl has to do whatever she has to do to get – ahem – ahead. As Cole Porter once wrote, “Anything goes.”
I suspect there will always be the Kim Kardashians. But Kardashians and the like exist because of those who decry Kardashian’s antics yet post to the social network sites their snarky comments. They are no better than Kardashian. Because Kardashian’s brand of sleaze only exists if those who say they are appalled by Kardashian continue to watch her reality show, comment on her titillating tweets whether for them or against them, and make Kardashian the butt of their jokes – yes, pun intended – on their social media sites.
The fact is that we, and I am included for writing this piece, are the reason that Kim Kardashian exists. Kim is laughing uproariously. Never have words meant more than when Kim Kardashian thanks her fans and says: “I wouldn’t be here without you.”
Yes, Kim Kardashian is laughing uproariously — all the way to the bank — thanks to you and me. And just for the record, Donald Trump is laughing just as loudly.
Halli Casser-Jayne, March 28, 2016