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Friends, this is no ordinary Wednesday.

Today, we have a world premier for your viewing pleasure.

It has been laboriously produced, written, and directed by none other than our own Fredster. Without the slightest fear of contradiction, his brainchild captures the innermost thoughts and dreams of Comrade Sanders.

Expect this to be an early favorite at Cannes.  Remember, you saw it here first. Without further adieu, here’s the world premier of:

 Springtime for Bernie


Good morning, all. I hope you had a lovely weekend with lots of Happy Happy, Joy Joy.

As for our friend #TheBernout, I think he may have had a few too many of those psychotropic mushrooms behind his cabin in the Vermont woods, because he seems to have lost any concept of how elections actually are supposed to work. He’s so far out on the fantasy limb, he could drop into a Dungeons and Dragons game without much of a leap.

His latest foray into the land of Make Believe is to claim that Hillary will not have enough pledged delegates to get to the magic number, so it’s going to be a contested convention.

In a news conference from Washington, D.C., on Sunday, the Vermont senator urged superdelegates from states where he has won the majority of the vote to reconsider their support.”It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14 with pledged delegates alone,” he said.

“She will need superdelegates to take her over the top. The convention will be a contested contest,” he said.


Just because she will “need superdelegates to take her over the top,” that doesn’t mean that the convention will be contested. To contest the convention, you would need to make a really strong argument to overrule the will of the pledged delegates, the superdelegates, and, most importantly, the voters. Hillary Clinton has demonstrated an overwhelming strength in all three of these areas, leading in the popular vote count by three million votes.

Still, #TheBernout must have some reason to think that he can come back far enough to erode her overwhelming lead, right? Other than the fact that she’s only a wimminz? Why yes, yes he does!

He said he has won state after state after a strong majority of younger people have voted for him, noting he hopes to win Indiana in next week’s primary. His campaign has sparked energy and excitement, he said, which will translate to a large voter turnout in November.

Sanders then detailed the delegate math, saying that to win the majority of pledged delegates, he needs 65 percent of the remaining delegates in the upcoming contests.

“There are 10 states remaining where we are going to be vigorously competing, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam,” he said.

“We believe that we are in a very strong position to win many of these remaining contests and we have an excellent chance to win in California, the state with far and away the most delegates.”

He admitted that the road ahead is a “tough road to climb,” but not an “impossible road to climb.”


Sanders is trailing in the polls in every major upcoming contest, including California. Here’s how it’s looking according to 538:

  1. Indiana (Tomorrow!) – Clinton predicted to win by 7 points.
  2. California (June 7) – Clinton predicted to win by almost 10 points.
  3. New Jersey (June 7) – Clinton predicted to win by almost 10 points.

None of the other contests Sanders mentions have enough delegates to matter. (But but but…GUAM!!!)

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A good and happy weekend to you Widdershins!

Well this week was certainly one for the books.  Hillary won four, count em, four primaries this Tuesday with the jewel being her win in Pennsylvania and its yuge number of delegates.  Sanders won Guam uh Rhode Island.  Now I’m not dissin’ on Rhode Island.  It’s just…Rhode Island.  Herr Drumpf made a clean sweep of all five primaries which I would say does make him the odds on favorite for the Republican nomination, although the Cruzer is not going quietly into that night.

However, let’s concentrate on the good news this week.  So many of us have had not-so-great starts to 2016 that we need to concentrate on the good news of the week and our girl being the presumptive nominee for the Democratic nomination.  I suggest we post some songs that make us feel happy, joyful, lighthearted.  Here are my contributions and y’all feel free to add yours in the comments.

Happy-happy Joy-joy

divider-doodle line(1) Holly Dolly – Dolly Song (yes I know it’s silly)
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(2) Another Holly Dolly – Don’t Worry Be Happy

(3) Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter  (just liked it because it was up tempo)

musical peace sign(4) Judy Garland – Get Happy (what can I say?  Get Happy!!)

(5) Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

(6) Happy Days Are Here Again – Barbra Streisand

Musical arrows.

Well okay!  Those are my happy, upbeat song choices.  Please add yours in the comments below and let’s enjoy the weekend.

Good evening Widdershins.Cartoon Cleveland

We thought a thread for the Correspondents’ Dinner might be a good idea.

We will return to Fredster’s Weekend programming when the dinner is finished and the dishes are washed.

From all reports, it seems as if dear Drumpf will be a favorite topic.  We can only hope.


Happy Friday Widdershins.  It’s the weekend of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – the D.C. Prom.  Larry Wilmore is the marquee name this year.  It will be President Obama’s last rodeo and just sayin’, bet there are more than a few Trumpenstein references.  A variety of outlets need Saturday evening fodder for fill:Larry Wilmore 1

C-Span (Motto:  Your crazy uncle is already watching, why not you?) will begin coverage at 6:30 EDT Saturday evening.

CNN (Motto: Where breaking news is interrupted for breaking news of breaking news.) coverage will begin at 7:00 EDT most likely on Saturday, but you never know.

MSNBC (Motto:  All Jane Sanders, all the time.) coverage will begin at 9:00 EDT.  Most likely they will interrupt their weekend coverage, “Jane Sanders caught on camera doing TurboTax,” to cover the dinner.

Here are a few other things catching my attention.

Cruz Campaign vehicle...

Cruz Campaign vehicle…

There are fantasies and then there are fantasies.  Given the ego and self-promotional bent of Ted Cruz, it isn’t difficult to believe he likes playing make-believe.  What is really crazy is talking someone into joining his fantasy. Have you noticed Cruz’s campaign play on words — TrusTed?  I’ve been working on a few.  How about:  WasTed, DisgusTed, DetesTed, NauseaTed, or my personal favorite AddicTed.

Of course, you have to wonder why Cruz selected Fiorina?  She placed seventh in the first primary and then soared in the second primary to, wait for it, seventh place again.  She then quit.  There is one thing consistent about Fiorina – she always fails up.  Her jobs before HP, failures, that led to being HP CEO.  She failed there too, but left with a golden parachute in excess of $20 Million.  She ran for Senate, failed, then ran for President.  She failed, quit, and is now pretending to be Vice President.  The woman sure can fail.


Speaking of failures.  John McCain had to fire one of his fundraisers.  It seems like there was an unfortunate incident with an accidental meth-lab and marijuana growing operation in her home.  McCain should have called Angie’s List.


Boehner looking for a kegger at Stanford...

Boehner looking for a kegger at Stanford…

Boehner’s Most Excellent Adventure at Stanford. There was an embarrassing amount of attention on Boehner calling Cruz “Lucifer” and a miserable S.O.B.  Yadda, yadda, yadda.  Like those are new insults for Cruz. My suggestion:  Boehner should carry one of those pocket Breathalyzers.  He also said:

  • Boehner said he has played golf with Trump for years and that they are “texting buddies.” (Talk about pressure beta-testing spell correct.)
  • “Early in the talk, the speaker impersonated Clinton, saying ‘Oh I’m a woman, vote for me,’ to a negative crowd reaction.” (One of the reasons his drag career never took off.)
  • “Throughout the talk, Boehner frequently referenced the Freedom Caucus as the ‘knuckleheads’ and ‘goofballs’ in Congress.” (But they were his “knuckleheads and goofballs.”


Instability.  How many times, how many thousands of times, did we hear a Republican shuffle out to the microphones during the A.C.A. debate and say, “American business just wants certainty and assurances?”  Oh, what a difference a few years make!Trump Inauguration

Now, Drumpf, the presumptive nominee (self-proclaimed), has declared the keystone of his foreign policy is unpredictability.  Other words for unpredictable are:  erratic, fickle, uncertain, dangerous – you get the idea.  Drumpf is about to make instability our number one export.  Dubya is probably praying each night that Drumpf will take the pressure off him as the worst President evah.


Eating worms.  The Republican Party is now the most unpopular it has been since 1992.  Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said they had an unfavorable view of the GOP.  Remarkably, Pew Research reported that the decline in favorability “has largely come among Republicans themselves:  Sixty-eight percent of Republicans now view their party positively, down from 79% last fall.”

Just goes to show you, even racism and sexism are embarrassing if others notice.


What’s on your mind today?


Good morning Widdershins!  And a mighty fine morning it is.  It appears our gal has achieved the long coveted title of “presumptive nominee.”  But, just like a Z-pack having a five-day course of antibiotics, it appears the math is too hard for the BernBrains and it’s Philadelphia or bust.  Their hoverboards are already charging.

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

While the statement from BerningBum mentioned no way forward to the nomination, it came just hours after a scathing fundraising email from Jeff Weasel calling Hillary a traitor of some sort or another.  Apparently Gollum Weaver has been in a hobbit bad mood for the past 130 years.

Given the late hour, the rest of this post is going to be stream of consciousness.  Warning:  If you have a seatbelt, strap up or if you are a daytime drinker, might I suggest a double big gulp.

Here’s an edgy piece of writing that basically says to the BernieBros, “Pound sand – the Democratic Party doesn’t want or need your vote.”  Here is an excerpt I found equally enlightening and delightful by asking, “What is the problem?”

So if it’s not the issues and it’s not the person, what is it then? Is it the fact that you believe both parties are the same? Try telling that to the 4.3 million people in 22 states whose Republican governors are denying them Medicaid. Try telling that to the women in 22 states who have had new provisions put in place to limit access to abortion services. Try telling that to the transgender community who faces discrimination in North Carolina as well as seven other states considering bathroom bills denying this population basic human rights and dignity. Try telling that to low-income and minority voters who will face new voting restrictions in 17 states for the first time in a presidential election. Try telling that to environmentalists who have had research and development stalled thanks to an entire Republican Party that refuses to acknowledge man-made climate change. And try telling that to your fellow Americans who believe that immigrants and Muslims should not be discriminated against simply because of who they are, where they come from, and what they believe.

Trump's War Council...

Trump’s War Council…

The next article from the Wall Street Journal chronicles the Virginia county Trump carried with 70% of the vote as “The Place that Wants Donald Trump the Most.”  Here’s an excerpt:

His [Trump’s] wealth isn’t a put-off. County Sheriff Ray Foster, who supports Mr. Trump, says rich businessmen have long been well-liked around the county because “they make jobs for the people here.”

As for the imbroglios over Mr. Trump’s comments about women and his shifting views on abortion and foreign policy, which have driven up his negative ratings in national polls, they are generally seen here as a plus. They reinforce his outsider status.

“He talks before he thinks,” Mr. Foster says, “so he doesn’t have time to think up something and lie to you.”

Nothing can make America great again like relegating thought to a distant second after speaking incoherently for long periods of time.

The following article was interesting because it demonstrates the disconnection between emotion and logic.  Different groups were asked the question, “When was the last time America was great?”  Ironically, most Trump supporters, most Republicans, most Americans, and most Democrats said 2000.  What are the two centerpieces of 2000?  It was before 2001 and Bill Clinton was president.  The other thing I found interesting was that Republicans only seem to count in 5-year increments.Knight Chair throw

Today, Trump is going to get the endorsement of Bobby Knight.  Obviously this is some type of 11-dimensional chess ordinary humans can’t conceive since getting an endorsement from someone adding another ten or fifteen points to an unfavorability rating among women would ordinarily be seen as a bad thing.  Perhaps Bobby will coach Trump in the benefits of long periods of quiet contemplation or not.  Word to the wise:  Beware of flying chairs today.

The dynamic duo of Cruz and Kasich didn’t work too well.  Their agreement to team up in order to extinguish the Trumpster fire lasted almost 18 hours – eighteen whole hours – almost.  Now the Republican primary seems to be all about Hoosier-land – Honest-to-goodness, Indiana.  That last part is Indiana’s state motto – honest-to-goodness it is.

Ann Telnaes - The Washington Post

Ann Telnaes – The Washington Post

This last article is one I did not make up because I’m not blessed with such a glorious imagination.  Chuck Tingle is an erotica writer who is successful on Amazon.  He has penned a book, Feeling the Bern in My Butt, a hot and heavy commentary on 2016 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders—if he were a gay socialist unicorn.  Told you, you can’t make stuff like that up.

What’s on your mind today?  Take the conversation in any direction you might want.


Vote 2016


Yep, somewhere today I saw the elections today referred to as the Acela Primary.

The closest forthcoming day of presidential primaries occurs on Tuesday, and will take place in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. This is certainly not the first day America has experienced multiple states voting at the same time. This is, however, the only day nicknamed the “Acela primary,” which probably means nothing to the vast majority of the country. After all, the nickname only pertains to the aforementioned states.

The Acela primary, so named because of the train service connecting the states, will yield 409 delegates for Democrats and 172 for Republicans, the third greatest number of delegates on a single day this primary season after Super Tuesday and “Mini-Tuesday.”
Actually I prefer to call it “The Day Hillary Clinton nails the lid shut on Sanders’ campaign coffin”.

You should be able to watch the results at the usual places:

MSNBC here.

CNN is probably going to be somewhere here.

PBS should be showing details here.

Personally I don’t know which one to watch.  The spin on MSNBC will be UGE with Rachel and Kornacke on there.  And if you dear readers find a juicy link concerning the primaries tonight be sure to put in the comments below.


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