in which i steal Bruce McCullough’s idea and relate it to this guy with a scooter

recently, our hero janklow was at one of the local fueling stations here in semi-rural Maryland (admittedly, this introduction does not speak of the most exciting lifestyle being possessed by yours truly) when i witnessed a rather large man who was fervently singing the praises of his mode of transport to several people, most of which appeared not to know who the hell this guy was, outside of the gas station. this is weird, but not SAD, i suppose… until you realize that said mode of transport was a bright blue scooter (brand not recalled because, let’s face it, who gives a damn about scooters). now, look, it’s a free country and you drive what you like, but i am still going to call it ridiculous.

and now, janklow with an open letter to the morbidly obese gentleman i witnessed extolling the virtues of his scooter to random people at a gas station.

random blue scooter
fuck you, scooters, fuck you

well, why did you do it? are you some sort of jerk or something? do you not realize how ridiculous you look or sound? i know there’s something to be said for not getting wrapped up in the views and opinions of others, but i think we’re going well beyond the acceptable standard for that when we start to co-sign nonsense like “living the kind of lifestyle that involves a grown man motoring around on a bright blue scooter!”

look, let me tell you some things i understand about scooters:

01. they get phenomenal gas mileage. yes, random scooter guy, i heard you making this point, and i know it’s correct. in fact, i used to work with ANOTHER guy who rode a scooter to work and spent a lot of time defending this decision to those of us who would taunt and boo him until our throats were sore. his major (and possibly only) point was that he got some unrealistic amount of miles per gallon from that scooter; i don’t remember what it was, but let’s say he claimed it was hundreds of miles per gallon. my counterpoint is very simple: great, but this doesn’t change any of the NEGATIVE stuff i’m about to say about scooters. and it’s not like your only choices in life are “awful, awful scooter” or “giant, gas-guzzling pick-up truck.”

so sir, while i admit that scooter must get phenomenal gas mileage, it’s still a scooter and the combination of you and it look completely ridiculous.

02. they lack the aspects of a car that protect you from the weather and/or other drivers. remember that co-worker i mentioned? he would drive to work ON THE GODDAMN BELTWAY on this scooter. forget how you look or the lack of comfort (i can’t imagine a scooter is as comfortable to drive long distances as a car is), what about the harsh elements and/or psychos driving into you with their motor vehicles? my economy-class car might not provide me THAT much protection… but it’s still going to handle a collision with another car better than a scooter will. and yeah, guys manage to drive motorcycles in the cold and the rain and so on, but i think we all know they have to acknowledge and accept those things. that’s why, for example, they dress the way they do, although even that results in people being mocked furiously for their over-the-top “motorcycle outfits.”

so sir, given the lack of protection that scooter will give your bloated physique, i cannot fathom what would occur were you to ride it, say, on the beltway in rush hour in a storm … except that i actually can, and i picture it prominently featuring the recovery of your ill-used corpse.

03. you look RIDICULOUS on a scooter. everyone does, that’s part of what you embrace when you decide to become a scooter guy. that said –and this is not to rag excessively on the plus-sized members of the American tribe– there’s still a difference between a regular guy on a scooter and a guy who weighs 300+ pounds on a scooter. let us not pretend we don’t know what i am talking about.

and finally…

04. there’s no reason to be so goddamn EXCITED about your scooter. you know what kind of things are suitable for making you run around and accost random dudes at a gas station for the purpose of demanding they listen to you? having a child, i guess, and maybe winning the lottery, although the latter might just get you kidnapped. THAT IS THE LIST. when i get a new gun, i’m turbo-excited about it, but i don’t run around demanding people who i have never met listen to my heated extolling of how wonderful those guns are. although i suppose that would make you sound a little crazier than ranting about your scooter.

so in closing, sir, i hate your scooter SO MUCH. and speaking of things i am not supposed to rave at random gas station customers about…

Tantal & M57

things got very Soviet-style-but-not-quite-Soviet around here this time of year with this adorable little Tantal (kind of like an AK-74, but more Polish) and a companion in the Yugoslavian M57 (kind of like a Tokarev, but with better magazine and safety features). now, if only the support for AK-74 clones was as robust as the support for AK-47 clones. oh well…

janklow’s birthday gift to himself: no update required for the week of July 15-21

you know, i hate to throw up a placeholder post in the place of a weekly update TWICE in one year –and by “hate,” i mean “hate in principle, not in practice”– but July has been an absolutely clusterfuck of wedding aftermath, bout with Lyme disease, my own depressing birthday times, and a swarm of giant, giant dogs. SO MUCH DOGS. also, i think there was a hot tub in there somewhere, although i think it’s fair to say i shouldn’t be attributing a lack of production to the mere presence and/or use of a hot tub.

…and yet none of that stuff has turned into an update? huh.

ANYWAY, this is the placeholder, i hope we all enjoy it and that it results in actual on-schedule production resuming shortly thereafter.

making jokes or drowning oneself in a river? DECISIONS, DECISIONS

this is, admittedly, another one of those “not exactly the longest update i have ever cranked out” updates, largely due to the fact that the time was split between “eh, a couple of things i could make some jokes about” and “eh, some political stuff that reminds me how American politics in the year 2012 often makes me want to fucking drown myself in a river like a bag of unwanted kittens,” but in either case, it didn’t really seem like ENOUGH of each to warrant a full-on update. but then time forced me to make a decision (sigh), and so i went with jokes. was that the right call? THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW. except that, you know, this just got posted, so i guess the world does have a chance to make up its proverbial mind.

Henry Baxter
the face of a man who would chop off his adoptive father’s head with a shovel? probably

Nashville man arrested for killing, decapitating adoptive dad

clearly, Tennessee has decided to give Kentucky (and sometimes Florida) a run for their ridiculousness title, although i think we need to be upfront with Tennessee: it’s going to take a LOT more than one crazy decapitation to get that title. try to work in some beard-eating! anyway, there’s actually a story that goes with this link:

“A twisted love triangle resulted in the murder and decapitation of a south Nashville man at the alleged hands of his adopted son. Metro police arrested and charged 37-year-old Henry Baxter with criminal homicide early Friday morning for the murder of 48-year-old Erman Thompson. Thompson’s headless body was discovered by a mail carrier in a vacant lot located at 169 Old Hermitage Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. His head was recovered early Friday in a garbage can in an alleyway next to a home located at 116 Claiborne Street. The addresses are less than two blocks apart.”

to be perfectly honest, i was REALLY hoping this story wasn’t going to involving a “love triangle,” considering it’s about a man and his adopted son; it might not end up as creepy and terrible as i originally suspect, but still, nothing good will come from said “love triangle” inclusion. that being said, i WILL give the police credit for locating the missing head quickly. that seems sarcastic, but it’s really not.

“According to Metro police detectives, last Sunday, July 8, Thompson and Baxter got into an argument over Thompson’s wife at the Claiborne Street address where the trio lived with three young children. Police said the fight escalated and Baxter took Thompson’s gun and shot Thompson in the head. He disposed of his body in a garbage can in the backyard. The following day, police said Baxter took Thompson’s body out of the garbage and decapitated him with a shovel. He then placed the body and the head back into the garbage can. Wednesday, Baxter took Thompson’s body to the vacant lot off Old Hermitage Avenue and dumped it.”

now, i know it goes without saying that someone who’s fighting with their adoptive father (over his adoptive mother) before killing them is probably not the brightest bulb on the string (and likely has some emotional problems); however, what’s weird is that he took the time to go back and decapitate the corpse… for no apparent reason. he dumped the body close by, so you have to assume it wasn’t REALLY done to defeat a police investigation, and he seems to have not done any creepy serial murderer stuff to the head, or have used it for any trophy-type role. as a wise man once said, this town deserves a better class of criminal.

“The mailman, who typically stops at the vacant lot on his lunch break, discovered the body the following day. He told police he smelled a foul odor on Wednesday afternoon but initially ignored it. Police said Thompson was partially clothed and his body was badly decomposed”

i’m not sure why this mailman has to justify not investigating a foul odor he smelled in a vacant lot. do we really suspect everyone to investigate every foul odor they randomly smell while traveling through an area? hell, i’m more surprised that he DID investigate the smell at all.

“”A homicide involving decapitation in this city is virtually unheard of,” Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said during a new conference at the scene Thursday evening.”

however, “virtually unheard of” means it HAS been heard of at least one other time. I DEMAND INFORMATION ON THIS ADDITIONAL DECAPITATION HOMICIDE AARON FELT COMPELLED TO VAGUELY REFERENCE!

“He added Friday that the last decapitation the department can remember dates back 25 years.”

uh… well… it seems some heroic Tennessee reporter actually felt the same way i did, and that there was nothing interesting to report. so, okay, i’m satisfied. really, i am. sorry if that sounded sarcastic.

“Aaron said he credits the public for helping investigators quickly identify the body and thus make an arrest in the case. He said after a description of the tattoos on the body was released, the department received a tip from a resident who gave police Thompson’s name. Investigators went to Thompson’s Claiborne Street home after Baxter, who also happened to be the tattoo artist, confirmed his identity. Baxter admitted to the murder following his arrest.”

i guess it’s not totally weird that the murder victim’s killer is his adoptive son AND his tattoo artist, but i will saying this: these police officers have GOT to have been thinking, “wow, this is the single most convenient investigative twist that’s ever occurred in our careers.” they’re certainly never going to top this case in that regard.

“He told investigators he is the adopted child of the Thompsons and also fathered a child with Mrs. Thompson.”

…and that explains the love triangle part. also, this is where i realize, “wait a second, a 48-year-old is the adoptive father of a 37-year-old?” there is something fundamentally wrong with that part, although it might help explain why this Mrs. Thompson feels it’s kosher to switch back and forth between adoptive father and adoptive son as potential sex partners.

“Thompson had at least one child in the home. Police believed the third child to be fathered by another man. Nashville’s News 2 spoke with Mrs. Thompson on Friday afternoon. “My kids no longer have a father,” she said. “How do you tell your children their dad is not coming back? I can’t do it. I haven’t found the words yet. I know I have it inside of me and it will happen.” She continued, “Thank God for my friends giving me strength to deal with this. I won’t cry in front of my kids. I won’t show I am sad. [I hope] James Baxter rots in jail the rest of his life. I’m sorry, you don’t do that to someone you call dad.””

ah, so she’s classy to the extent that she has three kids by three men? lovely. also, your kids no longer has a father? actually, it sounds like only ONE of your children no longer has a father, and that another of your kids has a father who’s not even involved in this nonsense. hell, he might even be a well-adjusted member of society! although, given the child’s mother, i kind of doubt that she associates with that class of man.

“Mrs. Thompson said she was not at home when the fight between the two men broke out. “I was not home [at the time. I was] at church. All three [of the kids] were. They would [have] seen and heard a lot. I hope and pray they were not in the house to hear this,” she said.”

you were at church? AT CHURCH?! please allow me to call “fucking bullshit” on this claim.

“Baxter was charged with criminal homicide and booked into the Metro jail on a $750,000 bond. Additional charges are likely, police said.”

such as “really poor attempt to scheme,” i hope.

“The gun used in the homicide has been recovered. Baxter’s arrest history reflects convictions for criminal trespassing, driving on a suspended license and tattooing without a license.”

and frankly, that final offense is absolutely the best closing comment on this case.

Lauryn Hill
damn it, Lauryn Hill, looking normal in photographs is not going to help my case that you’re crazy as shit

singer Lauryn Hill pleads guilty to tax evasion charges

so i sort of resisted initially bashing Lauryn Hill over this because a) i often feel like these situations are often more “i got fucked over by my management” than the celebrity ACTUALLY being that much of a tax cheat and b) she seems like she’s legitimately got some mental and/or emotional problems, and those people aren’t the best to make fun of unless it’s going to be REALLY funny. luckily, it’s likely that Hill has now entered that territory.

“Moments before Lauryn Hill admitted today to federal income tax evasion, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Shipp asked the eight-time Grammy winner if anyone had forced her — either directly or indirectly — to enter the guilty plea. Hill took a long pause, then said: “Directly, no, but indirectly, yes.””

so here we go! basically, Hill’s accused of evading her taxes (hence the guilty plea), and despite her preceding history of crazy shit that can basically be summed up as “seems to have abandoned her incredibly talented and successful music career to live in a weird compound with one of Bob Marley’s less-talented children and pump out some kids” (which admittedly sounds less crazy when summed up), she THEN decided to post an insane rambling explanation of her “need” to evade taxes. i suspect the need for a plea was related to that for some reason.

“She then consulted with her attorney, Nathan Hockman, in whispers before answering “No” when the judge asked the question a second time. “Ms. Hill is very particular about language,” Hockman said. “Language is very important to Ms. Hill.””

with all due respect, no, she is just crazy. language being very important to someone USUALLY means they watch their use of said language in such places as “that federal court you’re currently in pleading guilty to income tax evasion.”

“Hill then pleaded guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million she earned over three years. The 37-year-old South Orange native and mother of six could face up to three years in prison and at least $75,000 in fines when she is sentenced in November. Hockman said the singer had been targeted by the federal government because of her celebrity status. “There are many people in society who fail to file their taxes on time who only face civil liability,” he said. “They chose Ms. Hill in particular because of who she was.””

now, okay, here i must object. yeah, the government singles out celebrities, but that’s because they’re a) well-known people who are often rich (this would seem to apply here, although i suppose Hill might not actually be that financially well-off) and b) they tend to owe a lot MORE money than the average tax evader. they make great examples for the rest of us of what NOT to do! that said, i don’t think you should JUST go after celebrities (or infamous criminals like Al Capone) and i am sure there’s some bias towards doing so (because it has GOT to be the most fun of such cases)… but come on now, no taxes on $1.8 million and i am supposed to believe you feel persecuted?

“Hill appeared startled when Shipp ordered her to undergo mental health counseling as directed by pre-trial intervention services. Through her attorney, Hill asked the judge to clarify what he meant by the word “directed.”
“I want to make sure you understand that term,” Shipp said.
“I don’t understand that term,” Hill responded.
It is unclear why court mandated counseling is required for Hill and the judge refused to clarify any further.”

well, since it seems “unclear,” let me clarify: because she is FUCKING CRAZY. first off, if you question why you need mental health counseling, typically you question why you have to have it at all, not why it was “directed” (or whatever other vocabulary word you have beef with). second, let’s say you are just awkwardly questioning why you have to have this counseling at all; the answer is clearly “because of that shit you wrote about why you had to evade your taxes at all.”

“Earlier this month, Hill used a personal website to post a lengthy explanation for why she failed to file her taxes, writing that she withdrew from society to keep herself and her family safe.”


“She denounced pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.””

…which, if true, is certainly not something that affects ALL musicians, right?

“”I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns!” Hill wrote.”

okay, Hill, but here’s the thing: if you put, let’s say, the health of your family BEFORE your tax responsibilities, you ARE deliberately abandoning those responsibilities if you never go back and take care of them. but look, don’t feel bad, you’re not the first celebrity to be in this situation. why, let’s look at a random listing of some of those celebrities for no reason at all!

“Hill is not the first celebrity to run into tax trouble. Martha Stewart-“

Martha Stewart? clearly deserves to be jailed for her crimes. continue.

“-Lindsey Lohan-“

enough said, continue.

“-and Al Pacino, among others, have also been cited for failure to pay federal taxes.”

AL PACINO?! never mind, this “busting celebrities for not paying their federal taxes” thing is CLEARLY bullshit and/or a scam. seriously, though, Hill’s case IS at least a current event, but why are we randomly saying, “eh, fuck it, let’s remind everyone that Al Paicno once had a federal tax problem.” am i the only person who sees this as irrelevant and/or a crime against humanity?

“Hill rose to fame as a member of the Fugees in the 1990s. Her debut solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” sold more than 10 million copies after its release in 1998 and won five Grammy awards. Since then, her musical output and public appearances slowed dramatically. She released only one other album and appeared on a handful of singles, largely retreating from public life to raise her six children. Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, is father to five of them.”

see, that’s the problem: when you combine “sold more than 10 million copies of an album,” even if you were getting TOTALLY fucked over by your record label, with “retreated out of public life to crank out five of Rohan Marley’s children,” it’s simply not going to be considered valid in the average person’s mind that you couldn’t manage to get your taxes paid. i do hope she gets the taxes and/or BEING INSANE stuff straightened out, i really do (especially if it meant we’d get some new and decent Fugees material), i just don’t feel BAD for her about all this.

this week, we will apparently be making fun of Florida. sorry about that, Florida

sometimes it seems like we have waves of ridiculousness that make a particular state look bad; typically, this state has been Kentucky, but it seems the recent zombie attack in Florida has tipped the balance of “ridiculousness to be mocked on the internet” over to Florida for the time being. so with that being said, i would be remiss if i didn’t make with the insults ASAP.

Robert Casey
Casey relaxed expression is that of a man who will not be judged for what you may or may not have found concealed in his rectum

police: naked man caught masturbating while driving (Fort Pierce, FL)

the real failing with this headline is that it does not indicate what’s so over-the-top about this story; while sometimes it’s nice to have a surprise, the catch is that many a reader might think, “oh, just another story about a masturbating driver” and move on, never knowing exactly what a secret gem of local news they missed out on.

“A man was naked and masturbating while driving in St. Lucie County on Monday, according to a police report obtained by WPBF 25 News. Robert Casey, who just turned 49 on Sunday-“

so is it possible this was some part of a belated birthday celebration gone horribly wrong? obviously, that doesn’t make this acceptable driving practice, but still, if there’s ever a time to get a pass on behind-the-wheel masturbation (and nudity), it might just be your 49th birthday.

“-was driving his Jeep Cherokee in Fort Pierce when a tow truck driver pulled up alongside him, a report from the Fort Pierce Police Department said. The tow truck driver told investigators he saw a naked man masturbating while driving the Cherokee. “The male’s hands were in his groin area moving around,” the police report said.”

now, when i first read this, i thought, “oh, some defense attorney is just going to say that there was a bee sting there or something.” but upon closer inspection of the police report, it turns out the witness PRECEDED the “groin area moving around” remark by stating that it “appeared that the white male was beating off as he was driving in traffic.” apparently we can’t use the phrase “beating off” in polite company even when we’re describing a crime? what a prudish society we live in.

“When Casey was eventually pulled over along the side of Interstate 95, it took him a moment to come to a stop because, according to the arresting officer’s notes in the report, he was still trying to get dressed. When the officer asked him why he was driving naked, “Casey stated that he has problems with this and he is getting therapy,” the report said, adding that the man couldn’t explain why he was naked.”

and here i thought “has problems with this and is getting therapy” WAS an explanation for why he was driving around naked beating off.

“The officer then patted Casey down and found a toy pistol tied to his leg, part of which was hidden in Casey’s behind. Another portion of the contraption was tied around his genitals, the report said.”

…and THERE is the twist that the headline leaves out: naked and masturbating IN TRAFFIC while driving… with a toy pistol tied to his leg and/or in his ass. AND THE USE OF THE WORD “CONTRAPTION” TO DESCRIBE THIS. but this does lead to another question: what exactly was Casey referring to when he stated that he had problems “with this”: the public masturbating and/or nudity? the poor driving decisions? the use of the toy pistol? this is why it’s such a shame our hard-hitting journalistic profession has taken such hits in recent years: no one is asking the questions that need to be asked!

seriously, at LEAST an explanation of what the hell the “contraption” was would have been nice. i have seen some terrible, terrible things in my day and i still can’t make any sense out of it.

“Casey was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior.”

mainly because you can’t be charged with “making me touch that toy pistol after what you did with it.” however, where is the reckless driving charge?

Mark Christopher Miller ... and his 4-FOOT sword
let me sadly admit that i have some experience with random sword attacks, although i wish it was not so

sword, sandwich used in attack in women, deputies say (Winter Haven, FL)

at least this story SHOULD feature less masturbation?

“A Winter Haven man remained in jail Sunday after he was accused of attacking three women with a 4-foot sword and a peanut-butter sandwich, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.”

one thing i have never understood is why stories involving sword attacks (not that there are THAT many stories about sword attacks, i suppose) always want to focus on how long the sword is. would the attack have been less severe if the sword was only 3 feet long? is the author of this news piece unable to describe a sword beyond to state its length? am i the only one who cares about this?

“Mark Christopher Miller, 50, used the sword to threaten two women, one of them pregnant, and then smeared another with the sandwich before the deputies hauled him away, according to his arrest report.”

well, if incidentally smearing someone with a sandwich constitutes ATTACKING them with it, then you can color me disappointed with the attack this story’s headline promised me. COLOR ME INDIGO FOR INCREDIBLE DISAPPOINTMENT. because i have to be honest, it just seems like the sandwich was just kind of there.

“As the deputies drove him to jail, Miller ripped a piece of padding from the inside of the patrol car with his teeth, the report says.”

well, look, once you’ve been arrested for the sword attack, you might as well do whatever OTHER crazy nonsense you’ve always wanted to do so that you can lump it all together into one big exhaustion/drug addiction/alcoholism excuse. you’re probably only going to get so many of those in life, so you cannot waste them.

“The fracas began when Miller heard a disturbance outside his mobile home at 2500 U.S. 92 W. No. 18A. He exited, sword in hand, and “poked” it at the 6-month pregnant woman’s stomach, the report says. She managed to grab the blade and stop him from stabbing her.”

this, of course, adds credence to my theory that the sandwich was incidentally there: he heard a fracas outside his mobile home (because of COURSE this thing happened near some mobile homes) in the middle of his dinner, which probably involved a sandwich, and then responded by grabbing his 4-FOOT sword and heading out in search of justice. one doesn’t just DROP a partially-eaten sandwich in the quest for justice, though, as you never know when you might want to grab a bite.

here’s the REAL question: why was a 6-MONTH pregnant woman involved in a “fracas” outside this guy’s mobile home? seriously, even if he’s a complete sword-wielding nut-job, shouldn’t a pregnant woman not be fracassing it up out there?

and now, for the most ridiculous thing i can think of finding in Florida that’s not related to Scientology:

Donald Trump
stand down, Chris Brown and Sean Penn: Donald Trump demands you recognize he has America’s most punchable face

Trump to receive local GOP award ahead of party convention (Sarasota, FL)

look, GOP, i thought we had an agreement: i would watch you cozy up to this garbage human being Trump during the primaries and you guys would cast him aside once it was time to get serious. and now this! frankly, this is just another reason why i think there ought to be a limit on when the whole election process starts, because it already seems like i have endured several years of people taking Donald Trump seriously. especially when i have weighed in on this several times.

and yet…

“Business mogul Donald Trump will be recognized as the 2012 Statesman of the Year by the Sarasota, Florida, Republican Party the day before the Republican National Convention opens in Tampa next month.”

all i have to say is this: what exactly has Donald Trump done to be recognized as a statesman of the year? seriously, all jokes and rants aside, what exactly has Trump done? continue to be a hypocrite on free trade? bitch about Obama continually? because with all due respect (as in no respect is due to Donald Trump), the man is a fake billionaire who has never held public office (and never will) and who will never have any serious political job.

“Tickets for the August 26 dinner go as high as $1,000 per person, which include a private meet-and-greet with Trump, according to an invitation flyer for the event.”

also, he is not worth paying $1000 to greet, even privately. but wait, i think they’re going to tell me his statesman’s credentials!

“Trump has endorsed the presidential run of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, though Trump’s repeated questioning of President Barack Obama’s birthplace and birth certificate have overshadowed events where they have appeared together.”

okay, so he’s endorsed the Republican nominee, something thousands of ACTUAL Republicans have done, and he’s engaged in the whole “birther” controversy, something no serious political figure or human being has done. so far, this is only making it clear he has absolutely no standing to be called a statesman. well, that and that he’s a fucking scumbag.

“Trump initially flirted with his own run for the presidency, but dropped out of the field in the spring.”

let me repeat myself: he has never held public office and never will. this was not flirting with a run for the presidency, which he could never seriously have run for anyway, given his need to conceal his LACK of being a billionaire; this was a cynical ploy to take advantage of the GOP to get a ratings boost for his television show and to keep his name out there. one must always remember that Trump is not a businessman who sells products or runs businesses; he sells his name and/or fame for money. the end.

“He has appeared this year at state-level Republican Party events, such as a fundraiser for the North Carolina GOP last month, where he stood by his so-called “birther” comments and said waging war with Iran may be “good politics” for the incumbent.”

so again, he’s done nothing more than scores of other ACTUAL politicians, he’s made stupid birther remarks, and i guess you add he’s belittled the concept of war with Iran. still waiting for those credentials!

“Rep. Vern Buchanan, who is the subject of four federal and Congressional investigations into his business practices, has donated at least $15,000 in conjunction with the event, according to the August invitation. Buchanan is the head of fundraising for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works to elect Republicans to Congress.”

well, this is clearly about Buchanan, not Trump, but it’s not making Trump look like one hell of a statesman.

GOP… come on, now, get it together and get rid of this Trump character. now he’s soiled the good image of the Republican primaries and the good name of Sarasota, FL. pretty soon he’ll damage something that matters!