Putting The “Twit” in “Twitter”

Americans don’t use the word “twit” as much as the English do, which is too bad. Twits are brainless people and they’re all over the Internet, wasting space in comments sections at news sites or anytime someone posts a blog. They blather and they…

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Americans don’t use the word “twit” as much as the English do, which is too bad. Twits are brainless people and they’re all over the Internet, wasting space in comments sections at news sites or anytime someone posts a blog. They blather and they bluster, mistaking rhetorical noise for sense.

I got twit flack on Twitter when I posted a link to “Is Trump a New Hitler?” It discussed the GOP convention, Trump, and reports from German author Walter Kempowki’s Have You Ever Seen Hitler? which recorded eyewitness accounts of the dictator.

This was something I considered all week during the GOP convention as the rhetoric got more and more extreme and I felt I had to write after Trump’s incendiary, apocalyptic speech. Many commentators across the board remarked on how dark that speech was. Even conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post said that the “enraged, angry rant Thursday night seemed more indicative of a televangelist or a 1930s fascist leader than a president of the United States.” She wasn’t alone on the right.

It reminded me of what I knew of Hitler from reading about him in English and German.

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One twit commented that Hillary was a Socialist–just like Hitler! Well, yes, the Nazis were the National-Socialist Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP), but they outlawed socialists and were right wing. Claiming the Nazis were socialist or Clinton was, that was just ignorant.

I used this photo montage below to illustrate the Twitter post about my blog and someone responded with something like “Oh, look, they both have mouths!”

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Wasn’t that special? This other twit couldn’t have read the blog. Why bother, really, when it’s much easier and more satisfying to type an instant witless response than actually spend time, even five minutes, reading? That’s Twitter for you, that’s the Internet, and Trumpistas. Don’t read: attack.

Of course, “twit” doesn’t begin to describe the mouth-breathers like the one who tweeted me threatening all Jews with the gas chamber when Herr Trump becomes President, apparently not realizing Trump’s own daughter Ivanka is Jewish.

Hmmm….maybe Trump himself is secretly Jewish and working for the International Jewish Bolshevik Conspiracy and the whole demagogue thing is a giant put on. Maybe he’s a secret super Commie. That might explain why he likes Putin so much…..

Lev Raphael is the author of 25 books in genres from memoir to mystery which you can find on Amazon.

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Donald Trump Is ‘A Unique Threat To American Democracy:’ Washington Post

The candidacy of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a problem that transcends party lines and threatens the very fiber of American democracy, The Washington Post editorial board wrote in an op-ed first posted online Friday.

The Republican nominee is “uniquely unqualified” to be president, the board wrote, citing his temperament and lack of experience. 

“Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together,” the board said. “His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.”

The board struggles to pick which aspect of Trump poses the biggest threat ― as any single characteristic could have devastating consequences. 

That list includes Trump’s inexperience, his ignorance of the Constitution, his dismissive attitude toward the limits of executive power and the law, his stoking of violent, bigoted fervor at his rallies and his indulgence of conspiracy theories

“The Republican Party has moved the lunatic fringe onto center stage,” the board wrote.

The last time a major party nominated someone without electoral experience for president was in 1953, with Dwight D. Eisenhower. Trump doesn’t come close to Eisenhower, the board wrote, and his views don’t improve on his lack of experience.

“To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions,” they wrote.

The Post also slammed Trump’s ongoing refusal to release his tax returns, his disinterest in reading books or anything that doesn’t concern himself; his propensity for lying and his flip-flopping on major policy issues like gun control and abortion access. 

The paper stepped outside conventional boundaries in publishing its non-endorsement so far out from Election Day. The Post, like many newspapers, typically endorses a presidential candidate in October. But it hasn’t taken that long for its board to rule Trump out.

“[W]e cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall,” they wrote. “A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.”

The Post’s criticism of Trump goes back to March, when he sat for an interview with the entire editorial board. The paper later summed up the experience as “baffling,” starting with Trump’s dodge of a question over whether he’d consider a nuclear strike against the so-called Islamic State terrorist group that pivoted into Trump telling the room of journalists how attractive they were. 

The Post stood by its criticisms of rival Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, but said Trump’s deficiencies stand alone.

“Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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The candidacy of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a problem that transcends party lines and threatens the very fiber of American democracy, The Washington Post editorial board wrote in an op-ed first posted online Friday.

The Republican nominee is “uniquely unqualified” to be president, the board wrote, citing his temperament and lack of experience. 

“Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together,” the board said. “His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.”

The board struggles to pick which aspect of Trump poses the biggest threat ― as any single characteristic could have devastating consequences. 

That list includes Trump’s inexperience, his ignorance of the Constitution, his dismissive attitude toward the limits of executive power and the law, his stoking of violent, bigoted fervor at his rallies and his indulgence of conspiracy theories

“The Republican Party has moved the lunatic fringe onto center stage,” the board wrote.

The last time a major party nominated someone without electoral experience for president was in 1953, with Dwight D. Eisenhower. Trump doesn’t come close to Eisenhower, the board wrote, and his views don’t improve on his lack of experience.

“To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions,” they wrote.

The Post also slammed Trump’s ongoing refusal to release his tax returns, his disinterest in reading books or anything that doesn’t concern himself; his propensity for lying and his flip-flopping on major policy issues like gun control and abortion access. 

The paper stepped outside conventional boundaries in publishing its non-endorsement so far out from Election Day. The Post, like many newspapers, typically endorses a presidential candidate in October. But it hasn’t taken that long for its board to rule Trump out.

“[W]e cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall,” they wrote. “A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.”

The Post’s criticism of Trump goes back to March, when he sat for an interview with the entire editorial board. The paper later summed up the experience as “baffling,” starting with Trump’s dodge of a question over whether he’d consider a nuclear strike against the so-called Islamic State terrorist group that pivoted into Trump telling the room of journalists how attractive they were. 

The Post stood by its criticisms of rival Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, but said Trump’s deficiencies stand alone.

“Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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Trump Supporters: Putting The “Twit” in Twitter

Americans don’t use the word “twit” as much as the English do, which is too bad. Twits are brainless people and they’re all over the Internet, wasting space in comments sections at news sites or anytime someone posts a blog. They blather and they bl…

Americans don’t use the word “twit” as much as the English do, which is too bad. Twits are brainless people and they’re all over the Internet, wasting space in comments sections at news sites or anytime someone posts a blog. They blather and they bluster, mistaking noise for sense.

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Here are two of my favorite examples from the last 48 hours when I posted “Is Trump a New Hitler?” It discussed the GOP convention, Trump, and reports from German author Walter Kempowki’s Have You Ever Seen Hitler? which recorded eyewitness accounts of the dictator.

This was something I considered all week during the GOP convention as the rhetoric got more and more extreme and I felt I had to write after Trump’s incendiary, apocalyptic speech. Many commentators across the board remarked on how dark that speech was. Even conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post said that the “enraged, angry rant Thursday night seemed more indicative of a televangelist or a 1930s fascist leader than a president of the United States.” She wasn’t alone on the right.

It reminded me of what I knew of Hitler from reading about him in English and German.

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So of course one twit commented that Hillary was a Socialist–just like Hitler! Well, yes, the Nazis were the National-Socialist Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP), but they outlawed socialists and were right wing. Claiming they were socialists or that Clinton is, well that’s just ignorant.

I used this photo montage below to illustrate the Twitter post about my blog and someone responded with something like “Oh, look, they both have mouths!”

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Wasn’t that special? This other twit couldn’t have read the blog. Why bother, really, when it’s much easier and more satisfying to type an instant witless response than actually spend time, even five minutes, reading? That’s Twitter for you, that’s the Internet, and Trumpistas. Don’t read: attack.

Of course, “twit” doesn’t begin to describe the mouth-breathers like the one who threatened all Jews with the gas chamber when Herr Trump becomes President, since they don’t realize his own daughter Ivanka is Jewish. Hmmm….maybe Trump himself is secretly Jewish and working for the International Jewish Conspiracy….

Lev Raphael is the author of 25 books in genres from memoir to mystery which you can find on Amazon.

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Sir David Attenborough Narrating ‘Pokemon Go’ Is All You Hoped For

“Pokemon Go” gets the Sir David Attenborough treatment in a new viral video.
The renowned British naturalist’s wildlife commentary is dubbed over footage of someone playing the augmented reality game in the hilarious clip.
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Pokemon Go” gets the Sir David Attenborough treatment in a new viral video.

The renowned British naturalist’s wildlife commentary is dubbed over footage of someone playing the augmented reality game in the hilarious clip.

Watch the video here:

“It is, of course, a bird,” Attenborough is mashed up to say about a Spearow, before describing a lizard-like Charmander as a “top predator.”

“Bats, with their fluttering zigzag flight are not easy targets,” he later narrates as a Zubat hovers into view. “That is one bat that will not return to the roost tonight,” he adds after it’s been caught by the player.

The Irish website Lovin Dublin posted the clip to its Facebook page on July 14. It gained major traction online over the weekend and has now garnered more than 2.4 million views. 

Attenborough’s dulcet tones have previously been dubbed over footage of a soccer hooligan brawl and video of drunk people in nightclubs.

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Henry Cavill Goes Undercover To Prank Will Smith At Comic-Con

It’s 1-0 to the “Justice League” after Henry Cavill hilariously punked Will Smith at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

The star of the latest round of Superman movies donned a Guy Fawkes “V for Vendetta” mask and visited the “Suicide Squad” meet-and-greet for an autograph.

Cavill crouched alongside Smith for a photograph and removed his disguise. Deadshot himself soon realized the fan’s true identity, and burst out laughing.

Watch the clip here:

Cavill posted footage of the prank to Instagram on Saturday night. The clip is now going viral.

“Best Comic Con yet,” the actor wrote. “I got to be here for Justice League but couldn’t miss Suicide Squad.”

The video also showed the clandestine Cavill going completely undetected by unsuspecting fans as he walked around the convention floor and posed for pictures.

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It’s 1-0 to the “Justice League” after Henry Cavill hilariously punked Will Smith at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

The star of the latest round of Superman movies donned a Guy Fawkes “V for Vendetta” mask and visited the “Suicide Squad” meet-and-greet for an autograph.

Cavill crouched alongside Smith for a photograph and removed his disguise. Deadshot himself soon realized the fan’s true identity, and burst out laughing.

Watch the clip here:

Cavill posted footage of the prank to Instagram on Saturday night. The clip is now going viral.

“Best Comic Con yet,” the actor wrote. “I got to be here for Justice League but couldn’t miss Suicide Squad.”

The video also showed the clandestine Cavill going completely undetected by unsuspecting fans as he walked around the convention floor and posed for pictures.

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Smoldering Clinton-Kaine Campaign Poster Stokes Up Election Heat

It’s the dreamy ticket.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine have been given a smoldering makeover in a spoof campaign poster going viral online.

#ClintonKaine2016 Between love and madness … lies pragmatism. pic.twitter.com/eyfK42xmtn

— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 23, 2016

The team at “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” unleashed the sultry Calvin Klein-style photoshopped advert, which appears to feature the open-shirted Virginia senator apparently giving Clinton a piggyback on a beach Friday.

Taste the danger,” the image is captioned above the words “Clinton Kaine.”  “Between love and madness… lies pragmatism,” the tweet itself reads.

Next stop is surely a fully blown CK-inspired commercial, like the one below?

Bee’s team also came up with a bunch of slogans that the #ClintonKaine2016 campaign may want to use in the run up to November’s election. 

Check out some of the best here:

@FullFrontalSamB #ClintonKaine2016 Could your Friday night get any better?? pic.twitter.com/HHj8YbVuk3

— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 23, 2016

@FullFrontalSamB #ClintonKaine2016 (Confession: we’re not that quick on our feet. We just knew she’d do this to us.) pic.twitter.com/HqwWesCDzh

— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 23, 2016

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— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 23, 2016

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It’s the dreamy ticket.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine have been given a smoldering makeover in a spoof campaign poster going viral online.

The team at “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” unleashed the sultry Calvin Klein-style photoshopped advert, which appears to feature the open-shirted Virginia senator apparently giving Clinton a piggyback on a beach Friday.

Taste the danger,” the image is captioned above the words “Clinton Kaine.”  “Between love and madness… lies pragmatism,” the tweet itself reads.

Next stop is surely a fully blown CK-inspired commercial, like the one below?

Bee’s team also came up with a bunch of slogans that the #ClintonKaine2016 campaign may want to use in the run up to November’s election. 

Check out some of the best here:

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Donald J. Drumpf Statement On Banning Canadian Immigration

NEW YORK, NY, July 23, 2016: Donald J. Drumpf is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Canadians entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out exactly what the hell is going on. 
It is clear there is a…

NEW YORK, NY, July 23, 2016: Donald J. Drumpf is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Canadians entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out exactly what the hell is going on. 

It is clear there is a great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Canadian population. On Wednesday July 20, for example, a Canadian by the name of Rafael “Canada Ted” Cruz, Jr. entered the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and unloaded what many witnesses described as a “huge dump on the stage.”

How the Republican Party allowed the notorious “Canada Ted” into the arena is a mystery—especially as this is the same America-hater who had previously cost the US economy $24 billion when he successfully shut down the entire government following a similar stunt in Washington DC.

The failing New York Times will criticize me for saying this, but I’ll say it anyway: CANADA IS NOT SENDING US THEIR BEST! THEY’RE BIEBERS. THEY’RE ROGENS. And once they get here, we have no effective way to track or identify them, unless they inadvertently say “eh” at the end of a sentence. Once they are in this country, Canadians are notorious for disappearing off the radar screen and just when you wonder what they might be up to, they spring a terrifying surprise on the nation, like Ryan Reynolds did with “Deadpool.”

We simply cannot allow Political Correctness to prevent us from speaking out against the harmful activities of Canadians lurking in our midst. They may look like us. They may seem to blend in. For example, I know either Edward Norton or Ryan Gosling is Canadian, but I always forget which one.

Even in God-fearing Indiana, where my running mate Mike Pence has dedicated himself to waging war on the rights of women and the LGBT and Q community, the “Secretly Canadian” record label continues to operate openly.

And here’s a hypothetical: What would happen if a judge with Canadian parents were ever to try a case in which a prominent billionaire and reality TV star was alleged to have scammed a few Canadians out of their life savings?

No way could you trust a hater Canadian judge to give the defendant a fair trial!

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help believing that Canadians are starting to hate us. For that reason, until we can determine and understand the Canadian problem and the dangerous threat it poses WE MUST IMMEDIATELY BAN CANADIANS FROM ENTERING THIS COUNTRY! – Donald J. Drumpf (with no help from Meredith McIver!)

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Bill Maher Reveals ’25 More Things You Don’t Know’ About Hillary Clinton

Bill Maher has been imagining what Hillary Clinton’s rivals would say in Us Weekly’s “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” ever since the Democratic nominee answered the magazine’s questions herself in April.

The “Real Time with Bill Maher” host has poked fun at Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in recent weeks. And this week, with the Democratic National Convention just days away, it was Clinton’s turn to be spoofed.

“It takes me 72 hours to be spontaneous” & more from Hillary Clinton’s upcoming feature in @USWeekly.https://t.co/5BmlnkUjSy

— Real Time (@RealTimers) July 23, 2016

“We’ve done a bunch of the other candidates and we thought we’d circle back because this is her big week coming up,” Maher said Friday. He then let loose with such wisecracks as her “secret service codename is ‘Nutcracker” and she is surprised nobody’s noticed “that I’ve switched from pantsuits to space suits.”

Check out the clip above to see what else was included in the list.

Here’s how Maher previously spoofed Sanders:

This is how Maher imagined Cruz would reply:

And here are Trump’s fictional responses:

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Bill Maher has been imagining what Hillary Clinton’s rivals would say in Us Weekly’s “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” ever since the Democratic nominee answered the magazine’s questions herself in April.

The “Real Time with Bill Maher” host has poked fun at Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in recent weeks. And this week, with the Democratic National Convention just days away, it was Clinton’s turn to be spoofed.

“We’ve done a bunch of the other candidates and we thought we’d circle back because this is her big week coming up,” Maher said Friday. He then let loose with such wisecracks as her “secret service codename is ‘Nutcracker” and she is surprised nobody’s noticed “that I’ve switched from pantsuits to space suits.”

Check out the clip above to see what else was included in the list.

Here’s how Maher previously spoofed Sanders:

This is how Maher imagined Cruz would reply:

And here are Trump’s fictional responses:

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