September 2, 2015

MSNBC AND ME AND THEE

Get up with me on another Thursday at dawn so you can beat the heat because my comments will leave you cold. 5:15 AM Eastern on MSNBC.

August 31, 2015

ONWARD AND DOWNWARD

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2015
ONWARD AND DOWNWARD
BY BOB FRANKEN
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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.

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August 27, 2015

DONNY AND JOEY

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BOB FRANKEN
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DONNY AND JOEY
BY BOB FRANKEN
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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.

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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.



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