Trump Probably Gonna Go Bomb Some Countries After UN Assembly Laughs in His Face – Vanity Fair
Levin Report Trump Probably Gonna Go Bomb Some Countries After U.N. Assembly Laughs in His Face The LOLs came as he bragged of his administration’s many “accomplishments.”
by Bess Levin September 25, 2018 3:17 pm Email Facebook Twitter
“Stop laughing at me!” By Spencer Platt/Getty Images. As virtually everyone outside the White House seems to understand, the Trump administration is a total joke—a sad, depressing, terrifyingly dangerous one, but a joke nevertheless! In the 20 months that Donald Trump has inhabited the Oval Office, he’s taken the U.S. from a respected superpower to a punch line in ways big and small, from cozying up to Vladimir Putin and other authoritarians to opening his mouth . But to the former Miss Universe owner, who has less self-awareness than an empty Big Mac wrapper, his time in office has been a yuuuge success, a point of view he naturally shared with the U.N. Assembly on Tuesday. But the response was not the thunderous applause he likely envisioned in the car on the way over.
To be clear, that’s a group of foreign leaders and ambassadors literally laughing in the president’s face as he delivers the unintentionally hilarious line, “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.” And it wasn’t the only time the audience couldn’t stifle its yuks.
Elsewhere in unintentional humor, Trump praised himself for his meeting with Kim Jong Un in June and thanked the murderous dictator for his “courage and for the steps he has taken” to ensure “missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction.” He also patted himself on the back for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, numerous trade agreements, and the Human Rights Council, while threatening to sharply curtail foreign aid because the U.S. has been ripped off for too long and Uncle Don isn’t gonna take it anymore. Those lines didn’t seem to get any audible laughter, but they probably should have!
Of course, we all know what happened the last time a room full of important people laughed in Donald Trump’s face : he decided—perhaps in that very moment!—to launch a wild-card bid for the White House. What will befall the world this time? Who can say? Luckily, the good people at Fox News have seemingly taken it upon themselves to avert a global catastrophe by ensuring that Trump doesn’t have to relive today’s embarrassment when he catches up on his six to eight hours of TV later.
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Reminder: Brett Kavanaugh is a terrifying SCOTUS nominee for a multitude of reasons
It’s not just about his alleged history of sexual misconduct, or his belief that President Tanning Bed is above the law. He also believes that business regulations should die in a fiery rubble:
One of the biggest questions facing the American judiciary is whether the Constitution allows elected representatives to meaningfully regulate the national economy.
Kavanaugh clearly believes it does not: He has called the existence of independent regulatory agencies—notably including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau but potentially the entire alphabet soup of F.C.C., F.T.C., C.F.T.C., S.E.C., F.E.C., etc.—a “threat to individual liberty.”
But rather than debate this squarely, we are instead faced with grifters like Kavanaugh’s former boss Ken Starr insisting in the pages of The Washington Post that Kavanaugh stands for nothing more than a simple “pro-democracy, let-the-people-govern-themselves vision.”
The truth is quite the opposite—Kavanaugh’s vision, which he shares with Starr and the bulk of the conservative legal academy, is one in which the courts should stand as staunch allies of capital and block any effort at democratic control of big business.
Just another reason, of course, why the Georgetown Prep alum is Donald “ Let’s just let Wall Street regulate itself ” Trump’s dream pick.
Ivanka Trump avoids news alerts that remind her what a s–tshow daddy’s administration is
During an interview at the Concordia Summit on Monday, the First Daughter and senior White House adviser said she deals with the “daily chaos” of the West Wing by making sure to avoid any stories that might offer extremely valid criticism of her father’s regime. “It’s been a work in progress, but I’m getting better at ignoring the noise,” Ivanka explained. “I tend not to respond, I tend not to debunk criticism or say when things are inaccurate.” Unfortunately, not all of her colleagues are as well-versed at burying their heads in the sand and focusing on content for their Instagram accounts . “I have seen people care so much and want to do good work, but then they start getting Google alerts,” she lamented. “Then it starts to take more of their time, and they get defensive and suspicious of those around them, they start to ask who circulated certain things. It’s pointless, drains energy, and causes their internal compass to go awry. Getting too engaged in the daily chaos is distracting, I don’t pay too much attention because it would be unhealthy.”
Compensation Watch ‘18: Wall Street can probably expect to do all right for itself
According to a report released by New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, annual pay for the securities industry was up 13 percent last year to its highest level since the crisis, with the financial services industry professionals taking home $422,500 on average. Pay rose as industry profits grew 42 percent to $24.5 billion in 2017, and considering profits for the first half of 2018 were up 11 percent to $13.7 billion, this year should probably prove even more lucrative! Hopefully the downtrodden workers of Goldman Sachs get a piece of that pie, otherwise there’ll surely be rioting in the streets.
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Bill Cosby stripped of TCA Career Achievement award
It’s hard to overstate what a big deal Bill Cosby was in pop culture at one time. In his more than 50 years in showbiz, the 81-year-old comedian and star of The Cosby Show had garnered enough awards and honors to fill a small museum. He began losing them in 2014, after comedian Hannibal Buress referenced accusations that Andrea Constand and other women had made against the formerly beloved TV star in a standup routine that went viral. Dozens of women, 60 in all, came forward with their own accusations. On Tuesday, as Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in Pennsylvania state prison for sexually assaulting Constand, he lost one more.
Bill Cosby appears in court on Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) More The Television Critics Association, which includes more than 200 TV critics and journalists nationwide, voted overwhelmingly to take back the Career Achievement Award given to Cosby in 2002. “This marks the first time the TCA has repealed an award,” according to a new release.
The same day, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce declared that Cosby is not in danger of being kicked off Hollywood Boulevard. The star presented to him in 1977 will remain, according to a statement posted on the chamber’s official website: “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a historical record of entertainment figures past and present. Once installed, the stars become part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame, a ‘designated historic cultural landmark,’ and are intended to be permanent. The stars only commemorate the recipient’s professional accomplishments. It is regrettable when the personal lives of inductees do not measure up to public standards and expectations; however, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce does not remove stars from the Walk of Fame.”
Still, vandals have done their best to ensure that Cosby’s star is at the very least difficult to maintain. Someone scrawled “serial rapist” across it earlier this month.
Among the most significant honors that have been stripped from Cosby are two achievement awards bestowed upon him by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: his inclusion in the group of performers recognized in 1988 and the 2009 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Cosby was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor an American civilian can receive, from President George W. Bush in 2002. President Barack Obama, who was in office when most of the allegations were levied against Cosby, said in January 2016 that there was “ no precedent for revoking a medal. ” An Obama spokesman noted that the president didn’t want the award to become politicized, with presidents revoking medals given by their forerunners simply because they were opponents.
When Cosby was convicted of crimes against Constand in April, he was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences , which hands out the Oscars, and was removed from the online list of the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame honorees. (He was allowed to keep his multiple Emmys, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award that he accepted in 2003.)
New York magazine contacted 42 colleges that had granted Cosby honorary degrees and found that, as of June, 33 of them, including the college he attended, Temple University, had revoked the honor.
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Skateboarder Tony Hawk Tweets Every Time He Isn’t Recognized in Public
Maybe you recognize him more with a helmet strapped on and a skateboard magically attached to his feet. Advertisement
Here he is flying through the air, mastering an insane gravity-defying trick. Advertisement
Skater, entrepreneur, dad and overall Twitter savage
“Pro skater, husband, dad, videogame character, CEO, kid chauffeur, global citizen, food glutton and public skatepark defender. Old AF & proud” says Hawks’ Twitter bio. Advertisement
A young legend
Did you know Tony became a professional skateboarder at age 14? He was destined for greatness. Advertisement
Who knew this little man would grow up to be one of the biggest names in skateboarding history?
And, also have the best sense of humor? Advertisement
Do we have any excuses?
Since his fame started at a pretty young age, it seems odd that so many people do not recognize him, or get him mixed up with other celebrities. Advertisement
Does he ride bikes or skateboards?
Classic mix-up. I wonder if he’s gotten this one before? Or if Lance gets mistaken for Tony… Advertisement
That’s a great question
This is a thoughtful approach to asking if a celebrity is they’re actually a celebrity. I might try this method. Advertisement
Sometimes, there are good experiences. And, quite flattering ones. Advertisement
Irony at its finest
I feel like it’s quite common for people to associate a rogue skateboard with Tony Hawk, but how often do we see them then ACTUALLY recognize Tony Hawk? Advertisement
Well, now we know his real name, which will probably confuse even more people. Advertisement
Slightly awkward encounters
This probably happens more than we realize. A little passive aggressive, but we all make mistakes.
Tony still proves his quick wit. Advertisement
How could you forget this face?
I mean, look at that hair. He is iconic, then and now. Advertisement
Some people are just plain rude
If only she knew who she was talking to… Advertisement
Some people really do recognize him
This guy really knew who he was talking to. Wow, some people go to extreme lengths to get to their celebrity obsession.
This guy risked TSA trouble and a pissed off wife. He must be pretty brave. Advertisement
Other people are a little too late in recognizing the legend, like with this encounter. Advertisement
Never ending mystery
This guy would have been left wondering his whole life if he actually saw Tony Hawk.
Even Tony wants us to believe the hype. Advertisement
…but he’s no fool. Giving his number to fans is still a big no-no. Advertisement
Can you imagine Tom Brady on a skateboard? Quite a laughable picture right there. Advertisement
Even his daughter is unsure sometimes
His own flesh and blood can’t recognize him on the biggest billboards. Advertisement
People from Iowa seem to be nice
Another flattering mistake. At least they are keeping his memory young.
Who knew gas stations could be such a lovely place? Advertisement
How dare you touch Tony Hawks’ skateboard and not even know that it’s Tony Hawks’!
Geez, some people need to start using their eyes. Advertisement
You can call him Mr. Awesome
He is quite awesome at something…we just can’t quite put our finger on it…
Maybe a business card would be helpful. Advertisement
Yes, his life really is this glamorous. Advertisement
And this is why we love Tony.
The lack of recognition can be a pain in the butt I’m sure, but karma has a way of figuring it all out on its own. Advertisement
Give this guy some street cred
What does this guy have to do in order to get some recognition around here?
Be the first person to ever successfully complete a 900? Advertisement
I mean, he has a Pop doll
You can’t get more famous than this. Advertisement
He also has a Simpsons cameo
Yeah, he’s a big deal. Let’s never get him mixed up ever again. Advertisement
Remember this face
Let’s make sure Tony Hawk doesn’t have an identity crisis. And if you don’t want to be called out on Twitter by the legend, then you better know who he is.
Share this with your friends to make sure everyone knows what Tony Hawk looks like, so we never make these mistakes ever again. Advertisement