August 31, 2015

ONWARD AND DOWNWARD

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 15th FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
CUSTOMER SERVICE: (800) 708-7311 EXT. 236
BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2015
ONWARD AND DOWNWARD
BY BOB FRANKEN
---
To show you how clueless I am: I thought the term “anchor babies” was a harmless way of referring to the very young kids of TV news readers. Now I discover that it’s a pejorative way to describe infants born to immigrant parents in the United States who automatically gain U.S. citizenship, a birthright guaranteed by the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
There are some really good, fairly obvious reasons for birthright, having to do with slaves and fairness, but that hasn’t dissuaded Donald Trump from pandering to the GOP hater base by turning it into something so sinister and such a danger to the nation that he and they are justified in using an epithet that is insulting to millions of Latinos.
In fairness, it is true that there is a thriving industry run by hustlers who arrange for very pregnant women to come to this country just before a little one pops out and immediately gains citizenship. But does that necessitate the use of a description that is widely offensive? The answer is, of course not.
Let’s say this again: There will always be language-church ladies who will go ridiculous lengths to get attention by trying to stifle any descriptive language. It’s really easy to differentiate between that silliness and ugliness, and ignore such mindless busybody prudishness. We simply need to rely on common sense.
To wit: Let’s consider the word “boy.” Obviously, it means male child. But the vicious bigots in our country, past and present, have used it over decades to debase black men to the degree that it remains a symbol of oppression. So it’s very simple: Never, ever use it when referring to African-Americans. What’s so hard about that? It’s no more difficult than rejecting the name of the Washington NFL team. It’s loathsome that any business, particularly a quasi-monopoly that represents a region in this country, would continue to use a name that offends so many million Native Americans. That, too, should be a no-brainer, but it isn’t, just like the term “anchor babies” isn’t.

Continue reading "ONWARD AND DOWNWARD" »

August 27, 2015

DONNY AND JOEY

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 15th FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
CUSTOMER SERVICE: (800) 708-7311 EXT. 236
BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2015
DONNY AND JOEY
BY BOB FRANKEN
---
Is it premature to ask who Donald Trump will choose to be his vice-presidential running mate? Maybe. Maybe not. No matter what absurdity The Donald spouts, no matter how bigoted or simple-minded, he maintains his lead in the polls ranking the GOP candidates. There are at least a couple of reasons.
First of all, the rest of the field is made up of ridiculous caricatures of regressive hatefulness or those who are mind-numbingly boring. On the second point, a few of them -- Scott Walker and Jeb Bush -- have announced to the world that, by gum, they’re going to become feisty. It’s a “No More Mr. Nice Guy” strategy that is somewhat funny and somewhat sad at the same time. It’s also just another straight line for Trump to mock, and he’s wasting few opportunities to do so.
Getting back to the question of who will be his running mate: This is assuming he’ll even want one, since he doesn’t like to share the spotlight. But the Constitution requires one, and Donald Trump supports the Constitution ... except for the 14th Amendment that guarantees citizenship to anybody born here. But let’s not quibble.

Continue reading "DONNY AND JOEY" »

August 26, 2015

PRE DAWN AGAIN ON MSNBC

What is it that makes Thursday's at 5:15 AM so special? Is it because that's when I'm on MSNBC?
Nope. That's definitely not it.

August 24, 2015

RIDICULOUS POLITICS

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 15th FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
CUSTOMER SERVICE: (800) 708-7311 EXT. 236
BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2015
RIDICULOUS POLITICS
BY BOB FRANKEN
---
It’s always easy to dwell on the negative, but let’s not. Let’s look at what’s positive about the Trump immigration plan. First of all, Sarah Palin likes it. Her exact words on Fox News were that it’s “a real shot in the arm to constitutionalists and conservatives who want America to be put first.” What more needs to be said? If Sarah is for it, it’s a winner.
But there’s more: Donald Trump has put some flesh on the bones of his campaign platitudes by providing a few details of a policy for dealing with those millions of illegal immigrants who are here or want to sneak in. Unfortunately, the flesh is rotting, so rancid with hatred that any thinking person should be gagging in disgust.
Of course, it’s not put out there for thinking people. It’s for those in his base who only know that they’re angry at everything and want scapegoats. The Donald speaks for them. They love his sound bites to the extent that when he offers a few specifics -- in this case, six pages’ worth -- they simply support them, no questions asked. There’s no need for examination.
But let’s take a look anyway. He explains how he’d force Mexico to build the wall on our borders. He’d seize millions in financial commerce and charge onerous fees for those who want to come in legally. Most striking of all is his insistence that those who are here and undocumented must be rounded up and kicked out of the United States. “They have to go,” says Trump.

Continue reading "RIDICULOUS POLITICS" »



ADVERTISEMENT


In case you missed it on MSNBC

AN MSNBC KINDA SATURDAY

DYNASTY DYNAMICS

EARLY MADNESS ON MSNBC

HILLARY'S STRATEGIC RETREAT

P.C.TRUMP OR P.T.BARNUM

MSNBC UNGODLY EARLY

ABC? (ANYBODY BUT CLINTON?)

THE PAP SEER

BAITING DEBATERS ON MSNBC

HUMAN KILLERS

THE DAWN DUMP ON MSNBC

A REASON TO GO BACK TO SLEEP ON MSNBC

NO LIGHT ON MSNBC

SATURDAY ON MSNBC WITH ME

INDEPENDENCE FAST FORWARDED

BOB IN THE MSNBC DARKNESS

A FIRECRACKER FRIDAY ON MSNBC

BACK ON MSNBC IN THE DARK

THE TWO WHEELER DEALERS

Contact

Subscribe



Enter your Email


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz