Yes, I’ve been remiss in posting follow up comments due to holiday festivities and so forth, but Episode 165 of the Tim Corrimal Show was posted yesterday afternoon. Note that due to some auditory sleight-of-hand, yesterday’s show was actually recorded one week ahead of time, but strangely enough it seems to be as timely as always.
Anyway, on this week’s show Tim and I were joined by three returning guests, Sarah Cosgrove of Mashrabiyya (@s_a_cosgrove on Twitter), Vent of the Cultured State blog (@vcthree on Twitter), and the OC’s very own Andy Wienick (@awienick on Twitter), to discuss budgets, birtherism, and … wait for it … Pole Dancing for Jesus!
How’s that for, um, building up to a climax. You’ll pardon the expression.
As for the fiscal stuff, the panel had some choice words for Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget which is designed to eliminate the deficit by essentially destroying key elements of the social safety net, most notably Medicare. Unfortunately, since we recorded the show on April 17, we did not have the opportunity to comment on the (ahem) warm welcome Rep. Ryan received in his home state last week:
Rep. Paul Ryan, the face of the GOP’s efforts to scale back the size of the federal government and trim the federal deficit, was booed by some Wisconsin constituents this week, but not for the reason you might think.
Ryan’s budget plan, as overwhelmingly approved by the House, would convert Medicare into a program which would provide seniors with subsidies to purchase private health insurance. But as Ryan returned home along with the other 240 Republican members to explain the budget blueprint to voters, he received heat not for the Medicare proposal, but for his call to cut taxes for wealthy Americans.
I’m glad our friends in Wisconsin are waking up to the nightmare they created last November; I just wish they hadn’t, you know, created it in the first place. (Although, to be fair, Paul Ryan is not a nightmare created by Wisconsinites last November; he’s a nightmare they created in 1998.)
Anyway, on the topic of Donald Trump’s birtherism there’s little I can add to what I’ve already written about it, except to note that when conservatives from Ann Coulter to Greta Van Susteren tell Trump he’s full of it, the only fair conclusion you can draw from his recalcitrance is this: He’s a bigot. Oh, sure, you could say He’s not a bigot, he’s just pandering to bigots – but that’s nonsense. Only a bigot would do that.
And if you really had any doubt that it’s bigotry that motivates Trump’s unhinged attacks on the President, well I’m here to set you straight:
Real estate mogul Donald Trump suggested in an interview Monday that President Barack Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended. Trump, who is mulling a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, offered no proof for his claim but said he would continue to press the matter as he has the legitimacy of the president's birth certificate.
“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?” Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.”
Obama graduated from Columbia University in New York in 1983 with a degree in political science after transferring from Occidental College in California. He went on to Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude 1991 and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
You know, I’ve tried hard to avoid engaging in personal attacks and name-calling on this blog, but sometimes people knowingly waive their right to be treated with respect and common decency. So I’ll just say it: What a disgusting piece of dirt. Attacking the President’s academic credentials, which dwarf Trump’s own, as a matter of fact –anybody can get into business school; it takes actual brains to get into law school – while acknowledging he has no evidence but relies solely on rumor and innuendo … Why? Because Barack Obama is African American, that’s why. You know it, I know it, and Donald Trump knows it.
Oh, yeah, and that bit about Pres. Obama graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law? That only kind of, you know, utterly destroys Trump’s argument that the President was a “terrible student.” But that’s beside the point. I know a goddamned racist when I see one.
Finally, as for the Pole Dancing for Jesus clip? Well, you’re just going to have to listen to the show.
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