Advance warning … I am in a mood tonight, am feeling the sarcasm & snark bubbling to the surface. I may not be nice tonight, but those at the receiving end of my mood will have surely earned their position there!
This is what they call ‘karma’
You remember Omarosa, right? Full name Omarosa Onee Manigault Newman, she was once on the former guy’s television show, The Apprentice, but is better known for her brief stint as assistant to the President and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison during the Trump administration. She lasted less than a year there before then-Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her, claiming “money and integrity issues”, as well as “inappropriate use of company vehicles”. Translation: She disagreed with Trump on something.
The following year, 2018, Omrosa wrote a book titled Unhinged, which was highly critical of Trump and his cronies. With over 5,000 lawsuits filed by or against him in his lifetime, it came as no surprise that he sued Omarosa, alleging that with publication of her book, she had violated a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Last September, Donald Trump lost his lawsuit, when the arbiter rejected Trump’s claims, saying the NDA was “overbroad, indefinite, and unreasonable” and that it went “far beyond what would be reasonably expected to protect” Trump’s interests.
The only remaining question was … money. That question was answered yesterday when the arbitrator said of Omarosa, “Respondent was defending herself in a claim which was extensively litigated for more than three years, against an opponent who undoubtedly commanded far greater resources than did respondent.” And with that, Donald Trump, aka the former guy, was ordered to pay Ms. Omarosa Manigault Newman the sum of $1.3 million!
Yep, folks … Karma with a capital ‘K’!
The face of the Maga … er, Republican Party
This, my friends, is the man who was once America’s most beloved mayor, the mayor of New York City at the time of the 9/11 tragedy.
Yep, Mayor Rudy Giuliani brought New Yorkers together, instilled calm to the extent possible, went to Ground Zero, shed genuine tears, and earned my respect as well as millions of others in this nation.
But then, he hitched his wagon to the wrong horse and sunk to depths we could not imagine, costing him his reputation and his right to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C. Yep, the same Rudy Giuliani who scheduled a press conference at a landscaping company in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania a few days after the 2020 election. He spoke to the press … the ones that bothered to show up … surrounded by bags of manure and gardening equipment, with more lies about election fraud and whatever else was the dish of the day in Trumplandia. But this latest tops even that.
The show was The Masked Singer, a reality singing competition television series that premiered on Fox on January 2, 2019. Giuliani sang Bad to the Bone dressed in a costume that at a glance I thought was a quite colourful chicken, but I’m told it was a Jack-in-the-Box costume! From America’s #1 Mayor to a … Jack-in-the-box in just over 20 years. Sad. The host of the show, Nick Cannon, said …
“Well, Mr. Giuliani, with all of the controversy that’s surrounding you right now, I think it surprises us all that you’re here on The Masked Singer. What made you decide to do this?”
He said he did it to show his granddaughter that it’s okay to have fun and do things that are out of character. Well, Rudy certainly has done much in the past 20 years that was out of character … or was it? Apparently, his singing won him no prizes and he was judged the least talented singer of the group that night. Ahhhh, Rudy … what happened to you? From hero to zero, as one newscaster said.
French freedom on the chopping block?
We have our share of troubles here in the U.S., troubles that as I have stated in the past few days, could potentially be the death knell for the nation. But, our next presidential election is two-and-a-half years away, giving us time yet to make some changes, to convince people not to throw away more than two centuries of progress. France, on the other hand, will decide this coming Sunday whether to keep their democracy under President Emmanuel Macron, or to toss it all and elect a demagogue and authoritarian, Marine LePen.
LePen is a female Trump, only with more base intelligence, knowing when to tone down her rhetoric in order to win votes. It is highly likely that Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin has skin in this game, as he did in Trump’s election in 2016, and LePen has called concerns that Putin posed a threat to Europe “a big scam.” Oh really? I wonder if the people of Ukraine would agree with that?
When she traveled to Russia to meet with Putin, according to Euronews, she said that if elected, she would consider plans to swiftly lift EU sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea. “It’s now the world of Putin, the world of Donald Trump,” she told reporters after the meeting. Damn, I hope NOT!
In the French election on April 10th, Macron won with 27.8% of the vote as compared to LePen’s 23.1%, forcing a runoff election that will be held this Sunday, April 24th. Too close for comfort, especially given that supporters of the third highest ranking candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who garnered a significant 22% of the vote, may turn next to LePen for her populist views. I’m pleased to read that the latest polls have Macron at over 55%, but as we know from our own 2016 experience, the polls can be dead wrong. Fingers crossed that Macron can once again defeat Ms. LePen, else I fear France will soon be closely allied with Russia and may exit the European Union (EU).