A Year Off

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We all need a year off now and then:

In the midst of promoting her latest film, Jennifer Lawrence says she’s taking a break from acting to work on political engagement with the young folks. 

The Red Sparrow star tells Entertainment Tonight she’s going on Hollywood hiatus for a year, during which time she’ll be “working with this organization as a part of Represent.Us ... trying to get young people engaged politically on a local level.” Lawrence explains her newfound gig isn’t about promoting “partisan [politics]. “It’s just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy,” the Mother! lead says.

 

Wakanda

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If you plan on seeing the movie Black Panther this weekend, try to remember that one of the central arguments made by the Trump regime is that people from Africa shouldn't come to this country because they might bring their "shithole" countries with them.

How is it that no one has asked Trump if he thinks Wakanda is a real country? I still haven't figured that out yet.

Stormy Daniels is Not a Stupid Person

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We have been conditioned to think that the blonde in question is an idiot. That does not seem to be the case:

Stormy Daniels [Stephanie Clifford] can't get her story straight. Or maybe she can but chooses not to.

The pornographic film director and actress issued a signed statement Tuesday in which she once again denied having an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Then, in a bizarre twist, she cast doubt on the authenticity of the statement hours later in an interview with late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel noted that Daniels's signature on the statement appeared different from her previous signatures.

“Did you sign this letter that was released today?” Kimmel asked.

“I don't know. Did I?” Daniels replied. “That does not look like my signature, does it?”

Wait. What? Of course Daniels knows whether she signed the statement. After the Kimmel interview, Daniels's spokeswoman, Gina Rodriguez, told The Washington Post that she and an attorney witnessed Daniels sign the document Tuesday afternoon.

Daniels either suffers from short-term memory loss or, more likely, is deliberately sending mixed messages.

Why would she do that? Here's a theory: Daniels is trying to tell us, through winks and nudges, that she did have sex with the future president, even as she officially denies an affair.

Daniels said in her statement Tuesday that she was not “paid ‘hush money,’ as has been reported in overseas-owned tabloids.” That was a backhanded reference to a report by the Wall Street Journal that Daniels accepted $130,000 to keep quiet during the 2016 presidential race. (For the record, Journal owner Rupert Murdoch is Australian-born but is a U.S. citizen, and the paper is not tabloid-size.)

Of course, all someone has to do is step forward with a penalty check--probably a little larger than $130K--and then double it so that Miss Clifford (her real last name) can come clean about what went on, but who's going to do that?

She knows that no one will help her. No one will do that. So, why not cash in?

We are being manipulated, of course. We're being led around by a woman who understands that men are stupid because they will spend untold amounts of money to be in her presence and buy the products she sells (beyond movies, she is an entrepreneur who sells access to the content she creates and to the sex toys that she endorses). She knows that the focus is on her looks and her line of work. This is smart because she is in the process of enriching herself despite what the country is doing to itself. She's more of a Republican than Trump, for crying out loud.

But what's really troubling is that this has not crippled Trump politically. Lesser sex scandals in size and scope (he had a relationship with her for about a year, in case you have forgotten) have sunk Democrats. For someone like Trump, of course not. This is who he is. He's a serial philanderer who doesn't care what anyone thinks of him. He makes hypocrites out of every follower.

I may be in the minority, but if Clifford had come out with her story in late 2016, it wouldn't have made a difference. It might have even helped Trump with the asshole contingent that voted for him. Certainly nothing he does is hurting him with evangelicals and Nazis.

Officer, I'd Like to Report a Murder

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So, Richard Marx basically killed Piers Morgan again today.

The problem is, there is virtually nothing left of Morgan because he has been obliterated, again and again, by people on Twitter. This is the guy who shouldn't even have a Twitter account anymore because he has been humiliated so many times on the platform, no one has any credible way of keeping statistics on it. He has, literally, been vaporized on a social media platform and reduced to a quivering heap of ashes and grease stains that have been driven into a cheap piece of carpeting, and walked on by millions and millions of indifferent souls. He has been turned into a barely-remembered afterthought by the collective efforts of those who have taken his ridiculous statements and turned them into withering insults that would have driven any decent person to eschew commenting in public altogether forever. He is without shame or anything resembling a public profile now, and when the sun hits him in a public place, he casts no shadow whatever because sunlight cannot fall on him because he has, for all intents and purposes, been rendered invisible to all good people.

He is Piers Morgan, and he is the consistency of a dissipated wet fart that dried out years ago.