Cher unloaded a freewheeling barrage of insults at Donald Trump during a private fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, comparing him to Hitler and saying he reminded her of the actress who played a murdering child in the film, The Bad Seed.
Speaking Sunday in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the singer and actress gave a stinging — and at times profane — assessment of the Republican presidential nominee. Invoking The Bad Seed she said: “He’s so Patty McCormack, consummate liar, doesn’t care who she hurts, insane.”
Before an enthusiastic crowd, Cher also said of Trump: “Do you remember Fun with Dick and Jane? It’s like racist fun with Dick and Jane.”
She later added: “He doesn’t mean we want to make America great again. He means we want to make America straight and white.” She also said that she was reminded of “despots, you know Stalin and Hitler.”
A video of Cher’s remarks at the “LGBT summer celebration” was posted on Facebook and first reported by The New York Times.
Cher, who has been campaigning with Clinton, offered praise, though with a few caveats.
“She is shy and she’s not the greatest speaker in the world,” Cher said. “But this is what I believe and this is what I know. I know she will work every moment of every day.”
After the event, Cher told reporters that Trump was “a racist, he’s a misogynist, he’s a horrible person.”
A partial clip of Clinton’s remarks was also posted on Facebook. Thanking Cher, Clinton said: “I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Cher here.”
Bernie baby: A Washington state woman made national headlines in June when she showed up at the state’s Democratic convention with a life-sized crocheted Bernie Sanders doll — or at least the top half of the presidential candidate. Well, it turns out making DIY Bernie Sanders crafts is a thing. Crocheted Sanders dolls populate Etsy, as do Sanders paper dolls, clay figurines, action figures and a bouncy Bernie for the dashboard. We also came across a Donald Trump voodoo doll and a Hillary Clinton prayer candle.
Six years missing: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s campaign commercials have a glaring omission: They don’t mention he’s served in the Senate since 2011. Critics say that’s because he (a) has nothing to show for it and (b) doesn’t want voters examining his record. Of course, in this election cycle, it’s probably wise for an incumbent to try positioning himself as an outsider. What’s dumb is thinking he can get away with it.
Bumped over ‘best butt’: At least one manager is out on his can at Scotty’s Brewhouse in Southport, Indiana. He was fired over an “unsanctioned and unapproved” staff awards contest that recognized one employee with a “best butt” prize. The winner was asked to turn around for co-workers who wanted snapshots of the appreciated derriere. Other employees were recognized for being the “best bartender” and “best server.”
Summer Loon: The wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage is working a summer waitressing job. Her husband, considered the nation’s looniest governor as well as its lowest paid, told a town hall meeting his wife needed the job to supplement his $70,000 salary. But maybe she just wanted time away from him. Among other stunts, LePage has threatened to veto his own bills, compared the IRS to the Holocaust and told the NAACP to “kiss my ass” after its leaders complained about his refusal to attend a Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast.
Off the money: Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King has filed legislation to block the U.S. Treasury Department’s plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. He says it would be “racist” and “sexist” to replace white slave-owner Andrew Jackson’s image with that of the African-American woman who risked her life conducting slaves to freedom.
Too good to be true?: A phony story about President Barack Obama signing executive orders restricting gun sales and gun ownership resurfaced and went viral on Facebook and Twitter in the days after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Liberals cheered as they shared the false news report that the president was putting a 30-day moratorium on gun sales and conservatives raged as they shared the bogus bulletin that the president was limiting Americans to just three guns each.
Incompatible software: Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, who is gay, hosted a fundraiser for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who is not only openly anti-LGBT and an advocate of regressive economic policies, but also a backer of racist Donald Trump. The June 28 event followed Apple’s corporate decision to pull funding and tech support from the Republican National Convention. Facebook, Google and Microsoft have said they will provide some support to the convention.
Feeling the love?: Franklin Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham, held a prayer gathering at the Wisconsin Capitol in mid-June. About 4,000 people attended the event, part of Graham’s Decision America tour to motivate Christians to get involved in politics. At the Madison gathering, the minister led a prayer for the victims of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub. Later, he told the press he loves gays but homosexuality is a sin and LGBT people must repent.
Not a girl’s best friend: On the BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, Charlie Sheen told a story about being given diamond cufflinks by Donald Trump a few years ago — right off the Donald’s own wrist and engraved with his name. A few months later Sheen took the “diamonds” to an appraiser who said, “In their finest moment this is cheap pewter and bad zirconias.” Sheen shouldn’t take it personally. The New York Post reported that Donald Trump has been giving fake diamond jewelry as gifts for years.
He who lives by the sword …: The owner of a gun shop in Amelia, Ohio, died of a gunshot wound to the neck. He was struck by a bullet from an accidentally discharged weapon during a concealed-carry seminar sponsored by his store.
A Michelin-starred restaurant in Japan closed temporarily after 14 people got food-poisoning on a fancy Japanese-style meal there, and an investigation into the cause is continuing.
The Kanagawa prefectural government said six men and eight women complained of diarrhea and stomach pains after eating at Kita Kamakura Saryo Gentoan on June 11.
Their menu offerings included squid, jelly with sea urchin, pumpkin cooked with fish, eel and sweets, according to the prefecture.
A picturesque restaurant among the trees of Kamakura, a coastal town south of Tokyo, it is known for serving meals in quiet Japanese-style rooms. It serves kaiseki, or small, multiple-course dishes, and has one star in the latest Michelin guide.
The restaurant closed on its own June 14. The prefecture’s closure order was lifted Wednesday, although the cause of the food poisoning remains under investigation, prefecture official Takeshi Ishihara said.
What came first, the Chicken or the Egg — or make that the Two Egg?
The answer is the Alaska town of Chicken came before the Florida town of Two Egg, by about 30 or so years.
But they are neither first nor last in the country’s long list of odd-named places. In Pennsylvania you’ll find Intercourse, Virginville and Blue Ball. In Louisiana, if you’ve had too much of Moonshine, you can always visit Cut Off.
The list goes on: Weed, California; Uncertain, Texas; Eek, Alaska; Butts County, Georgia and oh so many more.
For some, like Santa Claus, Indiana, the name has created a major tourist industry. Others, like Two Egg, are dots on the map that get the occasional visitor curious about the name, but offer little besides a road sign — and even the sign often went missing until it was riveted in place.
“It used to be one of the most stolen signs in the state of Florida,” said Marcus Pender, whose grandfather owned a gas station and general store where trading eggs for goods led to the town name. “I even got a couple myself in the day.”
Here’s background on a few peculiarly named places in the United States:
TWO EGG, FLORIDA
Located about 70 miles northwest of Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, Two Egg is a small farming community where people used to trade eggs for goods at the general store. “People would come in and trade two eggs for meat and cheese,” said Pender. The store is no longer open, but people can still buy Two Egg cane syrup at a farm down the road. Details: http://www.twoeggfla.com .
Doug Devore runs a website devoted to this small mining town near the Canadian border. He says in 1902, locals planned to call the town Ptarmigan after a chicken-like bird they often ate. But they worried people would spell ptarmigan wrong, so they named it chicken instead. Most visitors stop here on tour buses headed elsewhere, but some people make a special trip. “There are some people who are just obsessed with weird town names,” Devore said. Details: http://www.chickenalaska.com .
SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA
Melissa Brockman, executive director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau, says Santa Claus was supposed to be named Santa Fe, but another Indiana town already had that name. The story goes that in the 1850s, families gathered to come up another name on a snowy Christmas Eve. Sleigh bells were heard outside and children shouted, “Santa Claus!” And so the town was named. Santa Claus has fewer than 2,500 people and no fully operating traffic signal, but 1 million people visit each summer and hundreds of thousands of requests arrive in December from people who want their Christmas cards postmarked “Santa Claus.” Details: http://www.santaclausin.com .
Stories vary about how this Louisiana border town got its name, says Randie Canup, owner of the Hoot ‘n Holler guest cottage. One is that when the city applied for incorporation, it hadn’t picked a name, so “uncertain” was written on the form and it stuck. But Canup thinks the true story dates to the 1800s, when a steamship delivered goods to Caddo Lake ports. Shipping labels often peeled off in the humidity, and those boxes were marked “uncertain” and left at the final stop _ which became known as Uncertain. With a population of about 100, tourists far outnumber residents. Cell phone coverage and Internet access are spotty but there’s fishing, birding and scenery. “When people come here, some of what they do is nothing. They just want the quiet,” Canup said. Details: http://www.cityofuncertain.com/index.shtml .
BUTTS COUNTY, GEORGIA
The town is named for Capt. Samuel Butts, who died in 1814 during the Creek War. A radio station owner tired of people cracking jokes about the county suggested a name change at some point but local business owner Henry Kitchen started a “Save Our Butts” campaign with T-shirts and bumper stickers. With the name now safe, a popular bumper sticker reads “Keep Our Butts Clean.” The water tower welcoming visitors driving in from I-75 proclaims “BEAUTIFUL BUTTS.” Details: https://buttscountyga.com .
Abner Weed ran a lumber mill at the base of Mount Shasta in 1897, and thus the city’s name. That doesn’t make it immune to marijuana jokes _ there are tons of “I Love Weed” souvenirs to be found around town. Even the local brewery, Mt. Shasta Brewing Company, plays it up — and got in trouble when the federal government objected to bottle caps that read “A Friend in Weed is a Friend Indeed. Try LEGAL Weed.”
Texas voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide if they want the state’s school board to include a retired teacher who claimed President Barack Obama was a gay prostitute and said dinosaurs might still be around if Noah had more room on his biblical ark.
Mary Lou Bruner, 69, an arch-conservative with a penchant for conspiracy theories, is a Republican candidate in a race for the board that sets policies for the nation’s second-largest school system.
She is in a run-off vote and if she wins, will be considered a front-runner in the general election in November in her heavily Republican district.
Bruner has captured national attention this year with anti-Islam comments and by saying U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s beard made him look like “a terrorist.”
She also made contentious Facebook posts in recent years that include saying: “Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties. That is how he paid for his drugs.”
Bruner has blamed U.S. school shootings on the teaching of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in classrooms and said Noah loaded dinosaurs on the ark to escape the biblical flood. “The dinosaurs on the ark may have been babies and not able to reproduce. It might make sense to take the small dinosaurs onto the ark instead of the ones bigger than a bus,” she said on Facebook.
While the comments brought her ridicule in some parts of the country, in East Texas they also vaulted her to the top in a March primary, where she won 48 percent of the vote.
Bruner, who taught elementary school and special education for 36 years, has toned down the rhetoric recently and has been commenting only on her platform for the seat on the 15-member state school board that oversees the educational system and approves textbooks for some 5 million public school children.
“We need to stick with the basics of teaching phonics, cursive writing, English grammar and multiplication tables,” she said in an interview. “I stand for truth in education, not political correctness.”
After the primary, which brought closer attention to her comments, and speeches this year citing statistics many said were inaccurate, her campaign has sputtered. She lost an endorsement from a powerful Tea Party group and her lead has narrowed over her run-off opponent, Keven Ellis, a chiropractor and school board president in the East Texas town of Lufkin.
Cry me a river, you say? Natural science students at the University of Leicester, England, set out to determine the plausibility of the world’s population crying enough tears to create a river — based on the flow rate of the world’s shortest river. Montana’s Roe River is 201 feet long and discharges about 709,190,040 liters of water per day. The average human tear is about 6.2 micro liters and even if everyone on Earth was sobbing, there’d be no river. However, the students calculated, if everyone cried 55 tears they could fill an Olympic-sized pool.
Koch brothers pull false ad: The Koch brothers’ Freedom Partners Action Fund decided to nix a $2 million attack on Russ Feingold after three Wisconsin TV stations refused to air it. Why? The attack was an utter fabrication. In fact, it is Sen. Ron Johnson, the Koch brothers’ candidate, who is guilty of the charge Feingold is accused of in the commercial.
That’s not my name. A Muslim high school student in California says she’s identified as “Isis Phillips” in the yearbook recently issued at Osos High School in California. Bayan Zehlif says school administration informed her the ID under her class photo was a “typo.” That “typo” halted distribution of the yearbook until the name could be corrected.
Bravo, bravo. Carmina Beerana, the latest specialty beer from Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, toasts Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” a classical piece inspired by monks. The beer is part of the brewery’s collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony. The beer has a bold fruit flavor, a clean and bitter finish and some Belgian character.
Better than hemorrhoids. Rachel Maddow recently published data that identified things that fare worse in polls than presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The list included: lice, traffic jams, used car salesmen, root canals, jury duty, hipsters and the DMV. “To be fair,” Maddow pointed out, “Trump is losing in single digits to some of these.” Trump also can take heart from the fact he polled better than hemorrhoids.
Trump 101. Students at Georgia’s Savannah State University can enroll this summer in a three-credit course on “The Trump Factor in American Politics.” They will study Trump’s biography, read excerpts from his bestseller, The Art of the Deal, dissect some of his more controversial proposals and delve into how Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee. Savannah State is a historically black campus of about 4,900 students.
Civics lesson. An 18-year-old who toured an Ohio high school while posing as a state senator has been sentenced to three months in jail for impersonating a peace officer. Authorities say the young man spoke to a government class in Sycamore, Ohio, in December 2015. School officials didn’t realize they hadn’t hosted a senator until weeks later.
Culprit was a rat. A tip from the public led the FBI to arrest a man who’d allegedly been putting a mouse poison on food at a Michigan Whole Foods and other stores over a two-week period. “Our joint investigation leads us to believe that this individual sprayed a liquid mixture of hand sanitizer, water, and Tomcat mice poison on produce,” an FBI special agent told the Detroit News. No explanation was offered.
Letting it out. Transgender actress and activist Shakina Nayfack isn’t just speaking out against North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.” She’s peeing out. As she takes her solo act around the state this summer, she’ll take selfies of herself squatting to take a whiz in men’s urinals and post them on social media.
Baring it. Photographer Spencer Tunick is looking for 100 women to pose nude for a photo shoot on July 17 at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. For the shoot, titled “Everything She Says Means Everything,” 100 naked women will hold up large mirror discs that reflect “the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of Mother Nature,” according to Tunick’s website.