It may have something to do with the fact that he speaks a certain brand of English. He’s not speaking the usual Washington DC kind of language, which obscures ideas, allows extensive hedging and hides muddy thinking and half-baked concepts. Trump is talking everyday language, even if it does seem rooted in the 1970s and ’80s. Sometimes he very clearly proposes obscure ideas, demonstrates muddy thinking and proposes half-baked concepts but in the process he’s speaking everyday English. And perhaps in the end he’s doing what other politicians do, but he’s being open about it. Contrast this to the language used by his opponent in the presidential race — and to the words used by most of those who also ran for the office this year and, yes, many others in Washington today. Perhaps the late comedian George Carlin summed up this DC obfuscation of language best:

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It’s an American tradition to cheer for the underdog, and this campaign season so far there’s no bigger underdog than Donald Trump, especially if you read the major news media. Never mind social media, There are so many critical, slanted and even hateful news articles and editorials and polls in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Politico and the major big city dailies that I’m having a hard time finding any stories even vaguely sympathetic of Mr. Trump and his campaign for president. Continue reading

When a presidential candidate lied on TV the other day, it’s because the candidate insists you believe her, truth be damned. Hillary Clinton was counting on your “suspension of disbelief.”

Clinton claimed on Fox News Sunday (7/31) that the director of the FBI had backed up her claims about her emails. The director actually said that Clinton had not been truthful about her emails. But Clinton said she had been truthful and director backed her up. Do not argue with Mrs. Clinton. She was truthful because she says she was truthful, and that makes it a fact. Continue reading has been available continuously on the web for going on 17 years. Unfortunately, a huge server farm accident in the 2000s destroyed most of the site’s files going back to 1999. We have been working ever since to locate missing files.

The Catalogue of Catalogs was a file on the original site aimed at consumers who enjoy actually holding and flipping the pages of merchandise catalogs.

The Catalogue of Catalogs access is now restored. Enjoy!

UPDATE: Turkey appears to be in chaos. There is now concern over the safety of a US/NATO airbase, as that nation’s president also appears to be changing the structure of its entire government. Turkey’s army, under the constitution, was charged with ensuring that religious totalitarianism does not gain control over the government. Sunday, the president issued a decree bringing the military under his command, effectively reversing a central check-and-balance in the Turkish constitution. And the president discharged nearly 1400 military personnel. And there were calls over the weekend for “Death to the US” by civilians who appeared to be marching on the NATO Incirlik Air Force base, where much of the US-led effort against ISIS originates, and which is home to an estimated 6 dozen NATO nuclear missiles. Continue reading

An early sign that an everyday street boy could achieve resounding success in theater and movies simply using raw talent, perseverance and a professional attitude, Ben Gazzara was an inspiration to many of us who love acting and directing. His career may not have gone according to plan and his dream of achieving super-stardom may not have been realized, but it became quite clear in his later years that Gazzara was an actor’s actor and a strong, unique personality among the ranks of Hollywood.
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