Author Archives: Trish Ponder

Reverse Draining the Swamp?

President-elect Trump has said that he’s going to “drain the swamp” in Washington…but lately it’s gotten even more complicated: so far, Mr. Trump seems to be implementing a sort of “reverse-draining” technique. Perhaps he intends to overflow the swamp first, thereby draining it? This would be an incredible feat of politics, not to mention nature, physics, and logic.

— Recent newsletter from the On the Media radio show and podcast from WNYU. The comment comes as President-Elect Trump continues to pick Washington and Wall Street insiders and cronies to serve in his cabinet.

Obama Puns His Way to Final Turkey Pardon

A nice final turkey pardon speech from the guy we’re all going to miss.

A Wall Wouldn’t Help

What I want is a secure border, whether it’s a wall or a fence, however you do it. I want to to know who’s coming into our country because I don’t want another Pulse attack.”

— Gov. Rick Scott (GOP/Tea-Fla.), commenting on how incoming Pres. Donald Trump should handle border security. Scott, whose state experienced the country’s deadliest mass shooting and hate crime at Pulse Nightclub, is apparently unaware that the shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was an American born in Hyde Park, N.Y.

What Does Surprise Winner in Bloomberg News Poll Portend for 2020?

The winner of the latest Bloomberg News poll
The winner of the latest Bloomberg News poll

The results of a new Bloomberg News poll in Florida show the winner is…Michelle Obama!

The First Lady’s net favorability score — 57 — was higher than the other ten people in the poll, all of whom are, were, or want to be, elected officials.

Here are the actual numbers, from lowest net favorables to highest:

Patrick Murphy, candidate for the Florida U.S. Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio — 38
Tim Kaine, Democratic VP nomineeand Virginia senator — 39
Hillary Clinton — 44
Donald Trump — 46
Rick Scott, Florida governor — 47
Bill Clinton, former president — 47
Marco Rubio, Florida senator — 50
Mike Pence, Republican VP nominee and Indiana governor — 51
Barack Obama, president — 51
Joe Biden, vice president — 54

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The Trump Cocaine Tweet, Captured Live

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By now you’ve probably heard the theory that Donald Trump was using cocaine during the first debate with Hillary Clinton. That’s because of the odd sniffing noises Trump kept making. Former Democratic National Committee chair and presidential candidate Gov. Howard Dean tweeted what everyone was thinking, and an alert viewer captured a screen shot of the live tweet and posted it in the comments section of the website Jezebel.

New Will & Grace Video on Clinton & Trump

The Will & Grace cast has aged better than Trump or Clinton. If you were a fan of the show, you’ll enjoy this.

Hillary? On “Between Two Ferns,” Just Call Her “Hillary-ous!”

Both of these people are truly funny.

Rubio Says Women Don’t Need the ERA

Good news, ladies! You might not have noticed it, but your rights in America are totally equal. Your protections are the same as men. Discrimination based on gender is over. Feels good, huh?

Apparently that’s what Sen. Marco Rubio thinks. When he was asked at a rally before he quit his race for president earlier this year if he would support the Equal Rights Amendment, Rubio guffawed. “That old thing?” he seemed to say in a newly released video. “That’s so 1979!”

In fact, efforts continue to this day to enshrine equal protection of rights for women in the United States Constitution.

Now Rubio is back in Florida, running for the U.S. Senate seat he virtually abandoned because he was so convinced America would elect him their president in November. Yet even as he campaigns, he won’t commit to serving the full term, lest he again decide America wants him more than Florida does. How Rubio has any support in his state, and any votes among those of us paying pink taxes is a mystery.

When It Comes to Trump, Little Marco Might Be Sore But He’s Also a Whore

“Little Marco,” as Trump christened him during the debates, stands by his assessment of Trump as “a con man,” but he says we should put him in the White House anyway. That astonishing position reveals more about Rubio’s fitness for office than it does about Trump’s.

— Columnist and author Carl Hiaasen, explaining the awkwardness of the Republican custom of disavowing Donald Trump while continuing to endorse him.

But Mostly Taxidermy

It’s a very complicated subject…It’s some mysterious triumph of lacquering and weaving and taxidermy that really cannot be understood.

— Comic strip artist Garry Trudeau, describing Donald Trump’s hair, and his depiction thereof in his cartoon, “Doonesbury.”