United States Republican Trump impersonated by British comedian Russell Brand

This video from Britain says about itself:

Should Miss Universe Trump Mexicans? Russell Brand The Trews (E354)

10 July 2015

This is me watching, for the first time, Donald Trump’s recent shocking speech about Mexican immigrants.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Video: Russell Brand does a pretty good Donald Trump impression

Mr Trump, who officially announced his candidacy for US president in his speech on Tuesday, is currently the forerunner for the Republican primary

Alice Harrold

Russell Brand has done a spot on impression of US presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, lampooning his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

Speaking in Trump Tower in New York recently, the presidential candidate said that Mexicans who come to America illegally are “rapists” who bring in drugs and crime.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us.”

“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

In a video on his YouTube channel Brand laughs at this, saying that Trump is “making it up on the spot”.

Spanish language station Univision has refused to air the Miss Universe pageant following Trump’s comments.

In an pretty accurate imitation of Trump’s voice, Brand jokes: “You can attack me and you can slander my family and if you must you can kill me, but when you cancel a man’s beauty pageants, you cross a line. And that’s worse than crossing a border.”

Brand asks how Trump can have a “fibre-optic narrow tunnel of compassion” for pageant contestants but feels no sympathy for immigrants.

Read more:

Miss USA contestants refuse to drop out of pageant

Mexicans bring ‘tremendous infectious disease’, says Trump

The current Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, spoke out against Trump’s immigration comments saying they were “unjust and hurtful”.

“As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community,” she said.

Trump then criticised Miss Vega, calling her a hypocrite for keeping her crown.

Trump, who is paying for his campaign with his own fortune, said that as president he would build a great wall on the southern US border, “and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”

A Republican senator for Arizona, Jeff Flake, has said that “Donald Trump’s views are coarse, ill-informed and inaccurate.”

“These views belong in the world of comedy, not in the world of politics,” Brand said.

Rick Santorum says Donald Trump was too liberal on Mexicans for calling them rapists and drug dealers: here.

Scott Walker Announces He’s Running For President In 2016: here.

2016 FIRST TO LAST: THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM How angry do you have to be to be a GOP 2016 candidate these days? [Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]

United States ultra-conservative judge Scalia, animated cartoon

This video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

Scalia’s Poetry Slam

8 July 2015

It seems only fitting to use Antonin Scalia’s own words for a poetry slam, since the justice’s snarky dissents are filled with so many poetic gems. The Affordable Care Act victory was followed quickly by the same-sex marriage win, and Scalia’s dissents have become increasingly irate and colorful. You can read more on my site.

Charleston, USA massacre, Confederate flag, animated cartoon

This animated cartoon video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

Last week’s horrific shooting at the “Mother Emanuel” church in South Carolina underscored America’s terrible racist past, not to mention present. While it’s all well and good the Confederate flags are starting to come down, that is the easiest choice imaginable from the toxic menu of racism, hatred and guns.

If only racism and gun-toting white supremacists would disappear with the removal of the Stars and Bars from government grounds and major retailers. I’m happy to see the bandwagon of politicians who used to support the display of the Confederate flag getting bigger every day.  Some of these guys were using the “heritage” defense of the flag just last week, then calling for its removal this week.

Thanks to the none-too-brave Nikki Haley, Republicans are tripping over themselves to defuse this potentially damaging campaign issue.  (Never mind that the current Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives has his own history of hanging out with white supremacists and he seems to be doing just fine.)  Unfortunately, the racist past and present of the United States will be haunting us for a long time to come, but at least we won’t be able to buy a Confederate flag at Walmart.  (These are still on sale, however.)  Enjoy the cartoon, feel free to help the victims and the community most impacted by this tragedy.  And, as usual, be sure to check out the news behind the cartoon.

USA: Store owner who says Confederate flag doesn’t represent racism, revealed to have family ties to Ku Klux Klan: here.

This sudden rush to take down symbols of racism and slavery that the American political establishment has kept in place for decades is a defensive response to an outpouring of public horror over the Charleston killings and popular hostility to racism. This powerful reaction has taken the political establishment and both parties by surprise, forcing them to reckon with vast changes in popular consciousness of a broadly democratic character, particularly in the South: here.

ANOTHER BLACK CHURCH CATCHES FIRE South Carolina’s Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church is the seventh predominantly black church to catch fire since the Charleston shooting. Investigators have yet to label the fire an act of arson. [Andrew Hart, HuffPost]

Climate change, Pope Francis, United States Republicans, animated cartoon

This animated cartoon video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

The Gospel of Denial

26 June 2015

Now that Pope Francis has come out on the side of acknowledging human-caused global warming, Republican presidential contenders are suddenly on the side of “science” not religion. Where does this pope guy get off on mixing religion and politics, sheesh! You can read more here.