Monthly Archives: July 2016

Do You Know What Diet Stands For? Did I Eat That?

Here are some startling statistics from the Wall Street Journal: In PA in 2016, 80,674 Democrats switched to Republican while 28,522 Republicans switched to Democrats.

However much people may dislike Trump, they cannot stomach the thought of four more years of Obama, morphed into  Hillary. Obama has cleared his October calendar to campaign for Hillary. Cause he loves her so much? Not a chance. He knows very well that his legacy is at stake here. If she loses, Trump will make mincemeat out of him. It’s also interesting to note that although Obama has a positive rating of over 50%, those numbers are not translating into support for Hillary.

White males are voting for Trump in droves. That could prove an issue for Hillary as 63% of America is white while 12% are Hispanic and 16% are black. If you add both of those numbers together it doesn’t come close to the amount of people supporting Trump.

In the end, after all is said and done, people are simply fed up with the status quo. They want someone different, someone who will not promise them the sun, moon and stars and then deliver a bag of potato chips because they know what’s best for the plebs. They want someone who says it like it is, no matter how much like Archie Bunker it sounds. Seasoned politicians best sit up and take note. Life as they know it is over.

In case you were wondering, Hillary has not had a press conference in 236 days. She will not go out without a script and teleprompter.

Who is even more apoplectic about Trump than the democrats? His own party. The ‘establishment’ has totally shunned him. How ironic that they are probably quietly rooting for Hillary. If Trump does manage to pull this off, they will be in the political wilderness for at least four years.

Here’s another genius – the pope. On Wednesday he said that “the world is at war” as he addressed the slaying of a Catholic priest by radical Islamists in France, but he stressed it was not a war of religion.

Slaying? They cut his head off. Not a religious war? So what exactly is it? Here’s a flash for da pope – stick to the pope business and mix out of politics. It ain’t your field.

Tonight is the academy awards at the DNC as finally, at  last, after four very long and tedious nights, Hillary is going to make an appearance. Aside from that nauseaus hug with Obama last night, she’s been hiding out keeping everyone waiting with baited breath until her grand entrance tonight. We could bust from her.

If you watched nothing of this convention, make sure to tune into  her entrance. It’s most likely going to rival the most elaborate broadway set. But wait. Just before she speaks, her daughter Chelsea will introduce her and hopefully warm the audience to her stiff mother.

Remember Ivanka? Elegant, eloquent, beautiful. Check out Chelsea. Hopefully she has better speaking skills than her mother which are nasty to say the least. Blanche, maybe get a message to Hillary’s handlers to give her a nice big shot of vodka to loosen her up. At least she won’t look like a robot. She’ll only sound like one.

One thing the democrats cannot control is the weather. It’s supposed to be armageddon there tonight. Heavy rain, violent winds and lightening. They had to evacuate the media tent as it’s not lightening proof.

And what’s with Zaidy Bernie? Well, he’s no longer a democrat. He went back to being an independent and in the fall, we are assuming after the election, will go back to Vermont, sit in the senate, milk the cows and take care of Vermonters. Guess that takes care of his getting some kind of cushy diplomatic post.

Here’s something Blanche knows from personal experience. People on diets lose tons of weight and then, just like that – poof – back it comes again, like a bad smell. Well, not exactly ‘just like that’. Ya gotta be eating, if you get the drift.

Diets cause people to be stressed, nervous, anxious and think about food all the time. What’s the solution?

Mindful eating. What does that mean? Well Blanche, it doesn’t mean you can  eat six cheese danishes because your mind tells you. It means to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Not stuffed like a turkey dear, just full. As we consider ourselves to be the diet aficionados, we are going to try this new method. We’ll keep you posted.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

Bridge Over Bernie’s Waters

The Democratic convention is a Broadway show with bad entertainment. Paul Simon should realize he’s no longer 40. His rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Waters was nasty. And really Blanche, how corny can you get? The Dems are divided and he’s sing this song? Like that’s going to make a difference.

Sarah Silverman from Saturday Night Live told Bernie’s supporters to get over it. “I think most Sanders supporters are reasonable people who think, you know, Bernie and Hillary have so much in common. They have a lot of the same values.” If that’s the case, all of Bernie’s supporters were duped from day one.

The DNC didn’t only go after Bernie. They referred to Latinos as taco bowls. Hey, wait a minute. Aren’t Democrats the ones who hug trees and fight for the underdog?

Michelle Obama spoke well. She certainly speaks better than her husband and against Hillary is in another realm. As a matter of fact, if Hillary were smart she would let Michelle speak in her stead. People trust Michelle because she has never given them a reason not to. Blanche, you may not like wikileaks and all that they do, but one thing cannot be disputed: they didn’t make those things up and as always, sneakiness and dishonesty surround Clinton.

It’s the old where there’s smoke there’s fire story. Don’t tell Bernie’s supporters, but this week’s Democratic convention is crawling with Wall Street dudes, many of them from Goldman Sachs. The who’s who of money is coming into Philadelphia. Lest you think we jest:

…Five executives from Goldman Sachs including Jennifer Scully, who was a major fundraiser for Bill Clinton in New York in 1992.

…Blackstone, one of the nation’s largest private equity firms, will hold an official reception in Philadelphia on Thursday featuring its president, Tony James, sometimes mentioned as a possible Treasury Secretary in a Clinton administration.

…Hedge fund managers and top Democratic donors plus Morgan Stanley executives will bask in the glow of Hillary.

…Executives from Citigroup, JP Morgan, Chase and other large banks will also prowl the streets and bar rooms of Philadelphia.

So, now do you still think Hillary is not married to both Bill and Wall street?

Islamic terrorists seem to be striking on a daily basis. This last attack was on a church in France where they beheaded an 86 year old priest. Here’s a bit of recent history: For years the Jews have been targeted in France and the government did virtually nothing to protect them. The result: Jews are leaving in droves. In their stead, they have muslims, millions and millions of them.

Everyone knows Jews contribute to whatever society they are a part of. What exactly do muslims contribute? Very little except terror and fear. Germany is about to face the same fate as France. Good luck to Europe. Perhaps the time has come to stop boycotting Israeli goods and start opening their eyes to what they really have there.

The olympics are looming and the troubles keep getting bigger and bigger. The Australian team, about 300 strong, refused to stay in athletes housing as there was no electricity and the toilets were not working. Could be a problem. The moved to a hotel until the issues are resolved.

The backed-up toilets that have confronted some Olympians are nothing compared with the dangerous soup of viruses and toxins that sailors, rowers and long-distance swimmers will dip into off Copacabana Beach and in nearby Guanabara Bay, which is polluted and can stink terribly depending upon which way the wind is blowing. With half of Rio’s raw sewage pumped into the ocean without treatment, it is not so far-fetched to ponder whether athletes should consider wearing HazMat suits when competing.

A word about all those polls coming out. They show Clinton and Trump basically tied in many states. Take a pill everyone. Those polls mean nothing right now. It’s too early. Plus people lie to pollsters, especially this year. If they are registered Bernie Democrats they will not be caught dead saying they are voting for Trump but in fact many might be.

Clinton has to deliver the mother-of-all-speeches on Thursday night, and not look like a stiff, unemotional robot. She got where she is through devious means for years and years, right up to the present wikileaks fiasco. One thing is for sure. If there is one more leak of emails between now and Thursday, she’s in serious trouble and all her wall street and Hollywood friends will not be able to help her.

We’ll talk…

The Mother of All Conventions

Boring it’s not. Blanche, can you catch your breath from all the busyness at the Republican convention? If nothing else, it is very entertaining television. To consolidate what has happened here we go:

The Main Event: We waited to hear both Ivanka and Donald before sending  out Blanche. Ivanka is poised, clear and intelligent. She did what she had to do when speaking about her father. If what she said is true, he’s really forward thinking when it comes to women’s issues.

The media got Trump’s speech beforehand. While some of his facts are correct, others can be disputed. What cannot be disputed is this line which made the crowd go wild: We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore. Obama’s middle name is politically correct. He doesn’t want to o.f.f.e.n.d. anyone. It is the tree-hugger democrats who are busy checking his facts.

We’d like to see people checking Hillary’s facts. She outright lies and the media protects her. In the end, numbers don’t lie. Trump did get 14 million votes during the primaries. And one more thing. Don’t listen to the polls. As everyone saw during the days leading up to Brexit, they missed the mark completely.

Judging by the people in that convention center, every yahoo in America is represented. Let’s see who shows up next week at the democratic convention. For sure they will all have granola bars and bottled water.

The End of the Melania Flap: Yesterday morning someone finally stepped up to the plate and ‘admitted’ being the one who wrote Melania’s speech and took the fall for the plagiarism. Her name is Meredith McIiver (not to be confused with that erstwhile detective McGiver) and her resignation was refused by Trump. Can we talk?

The person who wrote the speech was her step-son Donald with perhaps some help from Eric.   It took two days to find someone willing to be the scapegoat. It’s ok though because every five minutes something else happened that overshadowed this mini-crisis.

The Ted Cruz Payback: It’s pretty obvious that lyin Ted is a sore loser and didn’t take well to Trump attacking both his wife and father. All he had to do was say four little words: Vote for Donald Trump. He couldn’t do it and took a huge chance on the rest of his political career.

He’s betting that Trump will lose big time in November and if that happens Cruz thinks he will come out as one of the only candidates who did not compromise his ideals. In case you were wondering, ‘vote your consciousness’ is code for preserving the ability not to vote for Trump. In other words if you were part of the anybody but Trump movement, vote for anybody but Trump.

On the other side, Trump knew what what coming as all the speeches are vetted and he let him go out there anyway. That’s because in the end, Trump clearly understands the value of an exciting TV show and while he didn’t know exactly what would transpire, he knew Cruz would up the ratings of the convention. That of course leads to a massive audience tonight salivating to see how Trump will a) speak b) react to Cruz and c) go off script.

You may not know his name but you sure know his network. Roger Ailes built Fox News from scratch. He ran the show (pardon the pun) for 20 years with an iron fist. Well, iron fist or not, he’s out due to allegations that he forced out a former anchor after she spurned his intimate advances. Within two weeks of the court filing, more than twenty women had contacted the firm with stories of alleged harassment by Ailes either against themselves or someone they knew. Two came forward publicly. Pretty sad ending to an unbelievable career. Then again, if  these allegations are true he’s just another dirty old man. Feh.

Just because many people who happen to be in the media say something is right it doesn’t mean it’s right. Case in point is the $35,000 comedian Mike Ward has to pay to a young man by the name of Jeremy Gabriel with another $7,000 to his mother in moral and punitive damages. All day we have been hearing what a terrible travesty of justice that this comedian has to pay money for insulting this kid at a comedy show.

Jeremy has something called Treacher Collins syndrome, which is a congenital disorder characterized by craniofacial deformities. That’s a nice way of saying his face is deformed. Other handicaps can be hidden, but if it’s your face there’s no hiding anything unless you want to walk around with a paper bag on your head.

Said comedian, who does something called the Nasty Show at the comedy festival decided that Jeremy was fair game. After all, it’s the nasty show so one has to be as nasty as possible, right?

Here’s the problem: Even if there is no line, even if there are no barriers, even if anything goes there’s something called common decency. Wait, we can hear the liberal yelling – it’s a democracy. If you don’t want to hear nasty stuff don’t go to the show. And here’s our take:

As human beings have we lost any semblance of sensitivity, of human decency to someone, especially a child with a very visible illness? That’s the crux of the matter. Not everything is fair game and this was not. Ward deserves to pay through the nose for what he did. Unfortunately Blanche, it will most likely teach him nothing. The only way such people learn is when something happens to them or someone close to them. Then poof! they sing a different tune.

With the summer olympics days away, a terrorist attack was foiled today. The Brazilian government is out there saying the ten men they caught were amateurs and poorly organized. Could be. Could be not. With about 500,000 visitors expected to travel to Brazil for the Games, many of them from the United States, let’s say we would stay clear of crowds. Oh wait, the whole thing is one big crowd. Yikes.

If you live in North America Brexit is over. If you live in Great Britain it’s just getting revved up. Billions of pounds’ worth of public projects will have to be scrapped by Theresa May because of a “tidal wave” of pressures from an impending Brexit. Major projects such as the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, a third runway at Heathrow and the ambitious HS2 rail project would have to be reassessed as the government decides which can be done without. They are in some serious trouble there dudes.

Good Shabbos
We’ll talk…

Only A Genius Can Say These Four Words Really Fast Four Times: Eye Yam Stew Peed

We watched Melania Trump speak last night, with about 35 million other people. On a scale of one to 10 she was a 8.5. Imagine – she’s stunning, great body,  she can speak – five languages and knows how to deliver a speech.

And then we woke up this morning to the news that parts of her speech were plagiarized. We watched Morning Joe to see the lay of the land and sure enough there it was – a few parts almost word for word lifted from Michelle Obama’s speech eight years earlier.

Blanche, ya gotta feel bad for Ivanka. Who were her speech writers? Didn’t anybody there who’s first language is English know that they would get caught? Don’t they know that the media is hovering like vultures over the entire Trump organization just waiting for something like this? Amateur hour would be the operative words here.

To add some gasoline to the fire, Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager sent out one of the most stupid press releases known to man: There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These are common words and values — that she cares about her family, things like that. She was speaking in front of 35 million people last night; she knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.

We are not in politics but we know one thing: when something like this happens you take ownership of the situation, admit your mistake right away and take the wind out of everyone’s sails.

A final word on this: Who cares if she said the same things. They were all positive. Get a life and move on.

That failed coup d’etat in Turkey was something special. After the dust settled the dudes who perpetrated it looked like they planned it by watching the keystone cops.

Erdogen took the opportunity (or did he create the opportunity?) to get rid of any vestiges of those who don’t like him. He and his government suspended 15,000 Education Ministry employees, forced 1,500 University deans to resign and revoked 24 radio and TV licenses. Seems he’s looking to be president for life and this fiasco could very well place him there because in a couple of weeks the only people not afraid to speak out will be his ‘friends’.

There are geniuses and then there are geniuses who are off the charts. The two pilots who were inebriated, aka three sheets to the wind – and thought they were sober enough to pilot a jumbo jet from Glasgow to Toronto should go to the front of the genius class.

Air Transat, where those two yahoos work, added insult to injury by keeping the passengers on the plane for three hours while they ‘worked’ things out. What was the point of that? No point. They probably have no protocol for what to do in such a situation so guess what? They did nothing until someone rewrote the rule book. The passengers should have been handsomely compensated. Certainly more than the $200 they got.

Did you know that Russian athletes may get kicked out of the summer’s olympics?
Why would that happen you ask? Simple and what everyone thought all along. Because of government-ordered cheating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics – which continues to this minute.

A report detailed state-sponsored doping that dated back years and extended across the spectrum of sports, affecting results of both the Winter and Summer Games.

We hope that no one is surprised by this. Wait. Here’s another non-surprise item: The whole olympics is one big fraud from top to bottom. If this were not the case, it would never have gone to Brazil. Anyone with a brain the size of a pea knows that Brazil is dirt-poor. There was no way they would be able to finish all the venues, which they didn’t, nor the transport system. The water is polluted, it is very unsafe there and there is not enough security. Ah, but who cares about those silly details.

As long as the FIFA group gets their millions, let them eat cake. Oh yes. Here’s what we think: Putin will quietly come up with a few million and poof, just like that most of the Soviet athletes will be there.

While Blanche has minus interest the whole Pokeman Go business, we did investigation to find out what the craze is all about.

In a nutshell, Pokémon Go is a game that uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game.

Still, what’s the big deal and why are people seeking out virtual creatures while at work and as they go to the bathroom? (Got that? In the loo.) Part of the reason Pokémon Go is popular is that it’s free, so it’s easy to download and play. For the other parts of why this game has people going into funeral homes etc, you’ll have to look that up yourself. Truly, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a non-issue.

We’ll talk…

Special Edition

Another insane, gruesome attack in France, this time in Nice. Different place but same results – ordinary people doing ordinary things on Bastille day in France. This time the modus operendi was even more grisly – a huge truck plowing through hordes of people – men, women, babies in strollers –  zigzagging through the crowd for over a mile until the driver was killed. You know how long a mile is? It is mind-boggling.

The driver was a resident of Nice of Tunisian origin.  Israel has seen these kind of attacks for a long time. Isis issued the call a couple of years aog to kill the infidels any way they can including stabbings and driving trucks into people. This person in Nice took that call literally.

The French people have a huge issue on their hands, one that is almost unsolvable. For decades North Africans have moved into France but were never accepted by French society. It is one of many reasons that often the terrorists are native French-born. They live segregated from the French population, are often unemployed and are ripe to find ‘meaning’ in their life which they get from isis.

Yet, the person who perpetrated this attack does not fit the profile of other terrorists. He was not particularly ‘religious’ and was not on any watch list. It’s almost scarier because it is virtually impossible to find someone like that. Maybe he watched a few videos for a couple of days and made an impulsive decision.

So what is the answer? Not words. Not balloons. Not teddy bears. Not candles. Not flowers. Not marches. Not memorials. Not thoughts and prayers. No kumbaya holding hands singing together. ACTION. Armies from multiple countries sent to completely and totally eradicate isis and their supporters coupled with complete sharing of all information world-wide. That would include sending in moles, as Israel does. Dangerous work. Isis is losing ground in Syria and have moved their sights to terrorist attacks to get their message across. If they are hit on two fronts at once, perhaps it could weaken them enough so they would look impotent to those who value their strength.

Unfortunately, our world has no leadership right now. Obama came out sputtering the same impotent and totally useless words refusing to say it was done by islamic terrorists. He will go down in history as the worst president the United States has ever had, refusing to acknowledge that the world is at war, taking a zero leadership role.

This is a world war and every country must be actively involved. It is a matter of time before they set their sites on other countries.

Special Edition

Another insane, gruesome attack in France, this time in Nice. Different place but same results – ordinary people doing ordinary things on Bastille day in France. This time the modus operendi was even more grisly – a huge truck plowing through hordes of people, zigzagging through the crowd for over a mile until the driver was killed. You know how long a mile is? It is mind-boggling.

The driver was a resident of Nice of Tunisian origin. Most likely his parents were  from Tunisia and he was born in Nice.  Israel has seen these kind of attacks for a long time. Isis issued the call a couple of years aog to kill the infidels any way they can including stabbings and driving trucks into people. This person in Nice took that call literally.

Doesn’t matter that the French have taken in millions of arabs. They are getting the brunt of these attacks. Remember the Charlie Hebdo attacks when cartoonists drew mohammed? They don’t forget these things. That’s why strength is what is needed.

Not words. Not balloons. Not teddy bears. Not candles. Not marches. Not memorials. Not thoughts and prayers. No kumbaya holding hands singing together. ACTION. Armies from multiple countries sent to completely and totally eradicate isis and their supporters. Nothing else will work. But to do that the world needs leadership. And there is none.

Obama came out uttering the same impotent and totally useless words refusing to say it was done by islamic terrorists. He will go down in history as the worst president the United States has ever had, refusing to acknowledge that the world is at war, taking a zero leadership role. You may not like Trump. He may be brash, say inane things and rub you the wrong way. But he’s a leader and with good advisors, would have taken action long, long ago.

This is a world war and every country must be actively involved. It is a matter of time before they set their sites on other countries.

Trump To The Rest of The World: I’m 97% Sure that No One Likes Me and I’m 100% Sure I Don’t Care

Anyone see the picture on the front page of the Montreal Gazette today? The young woman depicted was part of the black lives matter demonstration taking place in Nelson Mandela park. Blanche, this was the only picture they had?

Her mouth was insanely w  i  d  e-open (to put it mildly), obviously yelling something she deemed important. Behind her is a smiling woman on her phone, a couple walking arm in arm, a man just walking. All part of the same march. What exactly was the point of this picture?

To show how black people are oppressed? To highlight black lives matter?  Perhaps the photographer mistakenly thought this young woman was auditioning for a Broadway show. When newspapers print pictures of this ilk, it diminishes their credibility, as this picture did.

In the latest polls, Trump has taken the lead over Clinton. Can we talk? There is no doubt that Trump got what is termed a boost in the polls due to the laser-beam, brutally honest comments by Comey, the head of the FBI, calling her “extremely careless” in using a private email address and server and raising questions about her judgment.

This poll boost however is tenuous. Next week is the Republican convention where Trump will ostensibly be crowned the official nominee unless of course someone or some people try and upset Trump’s hour of glory. If that happens, it will give new meaning to the word ugly. But we digress.

If things go as planned, Trump will get another boost in the polls. Until Hillary’s moment of glory a couple of weeks later. That’s when she will be wearing the crown of her party, complete with Bernie nodding beside her. (Blanche, did you see Hillary nodding while Bernie endorsed her? She looked like a live bobble-head of herself. She’s really something very special.)

The gloves will then really be off and we will get a glimpse of the next few months of what will most likely be the most base (and no doubt crude) campaigns known to man.

Here’s a shout-out to Trump: Stick to the script dude. Keep harping on Hillary’s dishonesty, carelessness, lack of judgement and you’ll do fine. Start talking about flying mosquitoes, walls that will never be built and throwing out all the muslims and she will eat you alive.

Whatever you want to say about Trump, however much you dislike him you can’t change this fact: He appeals to the people. He has emotion. He sounds real even if he’s not. Hillary is stiff, cold, condescending and staged – and those are her good points.

Somebody got to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Headlining the New York Times today was her non-apology to Donald Trump. Yes Blanche, you read that correctly. She ‘apologized’ for her stinging remarks calling Trump “a faker” who “really has an ego”, saying he had been treated too gently by the press. Mr. Trump “says whatever comes into his head at the moment” and has no consistency in his thinking.

Today she did an about-face. Verbatim: “On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”

Those last few words are a giveaway. It’s like saying in the future I’ll keep my mouth shut because somebody laced into me big-time. Kind of reminds us of writing 100 times on a blackboard: In the future I will be more circumspect. In the future I will be more circumspect. In the future… Get it?

Somehow it ‘leaked’ out today that Mike Pence will be running alongside Trump. Ya just can’t keep a secret these days. So who is this dude?

For starters he’s calm, cool and collected which in Trump’s world can only be a good thing. Whether or not he will need a tranquilizer after spending a week with Trump is up in the air.

He’s an Irish Catholic who used to be a conservative radio talk show host (tamer than Limbaugh). Right now he’s the governor of Indiana. He’s has been married to his wife Karen for 31 years and has three children. So far so good. He’s white, has good  hair, albeit a bit short and no comb over. Still good and gets better.

He was a congressman for six terms who is a proven fundraiser with close ties to billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch and their network of wealthy donors. Those dudes dropped Trump like a hot potato, so maybe with Pence on board, the money will start flowing again.

If you’re waiting for a juicy tidbit, here it is: This year Pence clashed with the local Catholic archdiocese by opposing the settlement of Syrian refugees in Indianapolis. Now you know why Trump picked him.

Theresa May, Great Britain’s new Prime Minister made her first appointment today and it’s a doozy. She named Boris Johnson as Foreign Minister. In case you don’t know about this dude, let’s just say he makes the late Rob Ford look tame.

Lest you think we are exaggerating, here are a few choice quotes of Johnson:

On Tony Blair visiting Africa, in 2002: “What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies… That last word is, shall we delicately say, a derogatory word for black children.

Here’s what he said about Hillary: “She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.”

On Trump: He accused Mr Trump of being “out of his mind” and of possessing “stupefying ignorance”.

When he visited Kurdistan, Foreign Office staff had to pick up a hotel bar tab and stop Mr Johnson from driving a sports car out of a showroom. Then, get this, he insisted on visiting the front line in the fight against isis.

Obviously a deal was made before she took office and he dropped his run on said office. Guess May’s no Margaret Thatcher. Oh well.

In case the olympics in Rio de Janiero don’t have enough problems, here’s another one. France was informed of a planned terror attack on its team at the Olympic Games. They received this news from the head of French military intelligence.

Now get this one: There are no less than 85,000 security force members including 47,000 policemen and 38,000 soldiers ensuring the safety of 10,500 athletes and officials, journalists and tourists from around the world.

If you’re going there, we’re sure you now feel much better. As Blanche has said before previous games, get some popcorn, open your television, sit down on your couch and watch what you want in your own house.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

It’s The Old Money-In-The-Sock-Trick Back Again

We told you so. In the last Blanche report (and many before that) we said what everyone was thinking. Those doing the construction in this city have not the faintest hint of a clue what they are doing. Now we have proof.

In May some work on the new Champlain bridge had to be torn down and redone no less than five times. Why you ask? Because the materials used were not adequate. Seriously? Inferior products? Blanche, what are you saying? Didn’t we have the Charbonneau commission to put an end to this money-in-the-sock business?

After the concrete was poured the mold lost its shape, causing the pillars to crack. What a shock. A spokesperson said the team has since changed the way it makes the molds for a better performance. Keep reading, there’s more.

A short while later an engineer was inspecting a completed pillar when he noticed it was missing reinforcement steel bars. Hello?? Missing reinforcement bars? Like when a big truck would be rolling across the bridge – plop – it would eventually land in the water?

Indeed because without the steel, which is used to reinforce the concrete from the inside, there would have been a serious weakness in the base of the structure.

Who exactly is running the construction dog and pony show here? Isn’t the bridge a federal project? You better hope that they didn’t give it over to this province or we will all need to have life-jackets when crossing that new bridge.

Blanche stands corrected.
In our last post we used the word ‘win’ when referring to Hillary. As was pointed out to us by our erstwhile readers, it was the wrong word. What we should have said was that there are laws for the plebs and then there are laws for the Clintons. Hillary didn’t win anything. She got away with yet another illegal action.

She lied, was careless and now we find out that when the FBI interrogated her she was not under oath. FBI Director James Comey testified today before something called the House Oversight Committee that not only did Hillary not swear an oath to tell the truth before meeting with the FBI for three and a half hours last weekend, but the interview was not recorded. Blanche, what are you saying?

Comey testified that Hillary Clinton’s claims (some made under oath at a different time) about her use of a private email server were “not true”.

In October Clinton had claimed that nothing she sent or received was marked classified.
Comey was asked about such claims, which she also made publicly. “That’s not true. There was classified material emailed,” he said.

On her claim that she used one device, Comey said, “She used multiple devices.” And on her claim that she turned over all work-related emails, he said, “No, we found work-related emails, thousands that were not returned.”

She’s guilty of lying under oath, lying to the American people and being consumed by her own interests.

Here’s Blanche’s question: Where was Obama in all of this? He didn’t know anything? He sent her hundreds of thousands of emails all to her personal server.  He’s now running around again with his shirtsleeves rolled up campaigning for his ‘dear friend’ Hillary. Can we talk? He despises her but if she loses he’s toast as is his legacy.

If the Republican party had a normal person running, Hillary would be left in the dust. But they don’t. They have Trump who, during an hour speech last night was not able to keep on track due to a mosquito flying around him. “I hate mosquitoes.” Oy.

He spoke about a multitude of things, but very little about Clinton. A while ago Blanche put forth the suggestion that Trump would quit rather than lose the election if his poll numbers tanked. After all, he won the nomination. We were roundly criticized. Well dudes, here’s something for you to ponder, one up from our suggestion: When asked today if he would quit after winning the ultimate election, Trump smiled wryly and didn’t rule that suggestion out.

And one more thing: A while ago we set forth the suggestion that the best Vice Presidential candidate would be his daughter Ivanka. Guess what appeared in the media today? Indeed. Ivanka is eloquent, pretty, good hair, young and able to control her father. Of course that would mean that neither of them would know where to even find a pen in Washington. It’s not going to happen but it’s certainly a good idea.

There was yet another black man shot and killed by a white policeman, this time in St. Paul Minnesota. His girlfriend  live streamed the event right after the shooting as people watched this man die. Something stinks very badly in the United States when it comes to white authority and black men.

Either the police are not getting the proper training or they are beyond bigoted. The guy was asked for his license and registration and was shot four times when reaching into his pocket. Seems he was stopped for a broken tail light. It also seems that he was driving in a white neighborhood, one of the toniest in all of America.

You can now bring out the barf bag as Hillary tweeted: Black lives matter. Shut-up. What the heck does she know about black lives? The only life that matters is her own.

Can anyone tell Blanche why female news analysts or reporters must  be half naked while their male counter-part is fully dressed with a suit and tie?

We’re talking serious cleavage, stiletto heels, dresses way to short often with thunder-thighs and outfits that belong in a nightclub. It’s sexist, demeaning, unnecessary and does not make those women look or sound any smarter. Do those running news shows think that people won’t listen to what the women are saying if they are dressed a little more modestly? Or is it that these women are told unless they dress this way they won’t get the job?

Either way we have a suggestion: the men should start wearing shorts that are way to tight on their thighs, shoes that don’t fit, sandals with socks and Hawaiian shirts. If anyone thinks that the glass ceiling has been broken, fuggedaboutit. It stares you in the face every night.

Yet another pit-bull attack in Montreal. This time young victim, a sixteen-year-old girl was saved by a good Samaritan who hit the dog with a stick. No one, absolutely no one will ever convince Blanche that this kind of dog should be a pet. Time to muzzle each and everyone of them until they are all gone.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

And She Wins Again…

The head of the FBI stopped just short of indicting Hillary in his scathing reprimand of her. Quel surprise.

Why wasn’t she indicted? Seems she didn’t have intent to circumvent the system. Right and Blanche didn’t have intent to gain weight when she ate a box of cookies. Seriously.

Let’s go back to last week’s conversation between Loretta Lynch, Attorney General and Bill Clinton in one of their private planes  while they ‘just happened’ to land at the same airport. “We talked about our grandchildren”. Really?

Wait, it gets better. The FBI interrogated her on Saturday. That would be four days ago. Are you telling us that in four short days the FBI was able to put all their information together, cross-check it with her answers and come up with what they said today?

Here’s the short list of what James Comey, the director of the FBI said:

…She and her aides were extremely careless’ with ‘very sensitive, highly classified information’
…She had 110 emails on private server with classified information when she said she had none
…Her server had no 24-hour security
…She emailed work information overseas while in countries with ‘sophisticated adversaries’ prone to snoop
…Even private service like Gmail has better protection

She lied:
She said her emails were not classified when they were sent and received. Here’s what the FBI director said: From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received.

Comey said failed to turn over “several thousand” work-related emails to the State Department in December 2014. This after she said that repeatedly that she did turn over all such records.

She said that she never dealt with classified emails. Comey said she’s not a fool and knew exactly who to send what, which were classified.

So here’s the deal: She’s a liar, extremely careless, incompetent and by magic is not indicted. Tada! Good luck to whoever votes for her. Yer gonna get what ya deserve and then have to live with her for four years.

If you don’t think that the monster construction sites in Montreal are run by nincompoops, buffoons and clowns, take note of this.

Yesterday there was the mother-of-all traffic jams going from downtown to the South Shore. People left work thinking they were going home but… if they drove toward the South Shore via the Ville Marie they ended back downtown on Robert Bourassa Boulevard basically going in a huge circle. Now you may be asking why.

Here’s the part that you’re gonna ‘kvell’ from: Getting caught himself in the massive jam, Pierre Sainte-Marie – THE PROJECT MANAGER said they created a third lane under the expressway leading to the Champlain Bridge but an oversight meant no signs were up and no traffic cops knew about it.

Folks, there’s nothing more to say. It’s official. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Pointe finale. We’re doomed. That mess you see that’s supposed to be a highway with intersecting roads in about five years? It’s a puzzle with some pieces that fit and others that well, are just shy of fitting perfectly. Doesn’t matter. They will make those odd pieces fit in somehow and the result will be…another five years of fixing the original plan.

Great Britain got totally screwed in their referendum. Their Prime Minister, David Cameron who was for the remain side, resigned that night. Boris Johnson who was one of the leaders of the leave side said he won’t run for PM. Yesterday, Nigel Faraj, the ringleader of the Independence movement said he’s quitting because he reached his goal – the decision to withdraw Britain from the EU and wants to go back to his business. Seems no one wants to negotiate out of the EU. It will be a nasty affair, no doubt.

One of the main issues were those ‘nasty’ immigrants from Syria etc. Brits wanted a stop to their migration and thought that voting to leave the EU would do that. It will. In two years. Until then, those people are going to do their darnedest to fast-track themselves into Britain before the gates close in front of them. So they are basically zero for three. No leaders, full-on immigration and no end in sight.

After a five year journey from Earth, Juno the solar-powered spacecraft squeezed through a narrow band, skimming Jupiter’s surface, avoiding the worst of both its radiation belt and its dangerous dust rings.

The spacecraft will orbit the planet once every 53 days until October 14, when it will shift to a tighter 14-day orbit. And after about 20 months of learning everything it can about Jupiter’s interior and its atmosphere, it will eventually succumb to the harsh environment and plunge into the planet’s crushing centre.

The cost of this mission is $1.1 billion. As we are not scientifically minded and are dizzy from all of this, may we humbly direct you to NASA’s website where you will learn everthing you ever wanted to know about this project: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-juno-spacecraft-in-orbit-around-mighty-jupiter

Elie Wiesel passed away on Shabbos and was buried on Sunday in New York. He was a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Holocaust survivor and author – but he is perhaps best known for giving a voice to the voiceless. “To forget the victims means to kill them a second time. So I couldn’t prevent the first death. I surely must be capable of saving them from a second death.” He lived his life with this adage and never wavered from it.  May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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