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Friday, June 30, 2017

Donald Trump’s long history of disparaging women’s appearances

CNN Politics
Donald Trump’s long history of disparaging women’s appearances
By Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott, CNN
Updated 4:12 PM ET, Thu June 29, 2017


(CNN)Donald Trump’s tweet Thursday attacking MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski is just the latest in a long line of disparaging jabs he has hurled at prominent women.

The President referred to Brzezinski as “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and said she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she came to visit him around New Year’s Eve. His tweet, which drew swift and widespread condemnation, fits into a larger pattern for Trump, who has a history of viciously going after women’s appearances and mental health. During the campaign, he called then-Fox anchor Megyn Kelly “crazy” and described her during the first GOP presidential debate as having “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”He also tweeted out an unflattering photo of Ted Cruz‘s wife, Heidi Cruz, and threatened to “spill the beans” about her without explaining what that meant. But his pattern of behavior was put on its most public display years before he campaigned for president. During his long-running feud with comedian Rosie O’Donnell in the mid-2000s, Trump repeatedly ridiculed O’Donnell for her weight and once even attacked her for her struggle with depression. “She announced last week that she suffers from depression,” Trump told an audience at the Learning Annex in 2007. “They called me for a comment, and rather than saying ‘I have no comment’ or ‘isn’t that too bad oh, that’s so bad,’ I said, ‘I think I can cure her depression,’ — most of you heard this. ‘If she stopped looking in the mirror, I think she’d stop being so depressed.'” In the same speech, Trump said it was “politically correct bullshit” that people would not call O’Donnell fat. “This slob, now I’m not allowed to use the word fat. They say, ‘he used the fat word.’ I know much worse words,” he said. “It’s funny, I called her a degenerate, I called her the worst things, nobody cared.” He added, “But I go on the Today Show and Meredith Vieira, ‘Donald is it true?’ — this is like two weeks ago I was supposed to talking about The Apprentice. She said, ‘Is it true that you called Rosie crude?’ I said, ‘no, I called her a degenerate. I didn’t call her crude, it’s not strong enough.’ She goes, ‘But did you call her fat?’ I said, ‘Let me ask you a question Meredith. Is she fat?’ ‘I’d rather not comment.’ Can you believe this bullshit? This is politically correct bullshit, OK?” O’Donnell would go on to describe Trump’s attacks on her as “the most bullying I ever experienced in my life,” telling People magazine in 2014: “It was national, and it was sanctioned societally. Whether I deserved it is up to your own interpretation.” Over the years, Trump would make some of his most disparaging comments about women on “The Howard Stern Show.” Discussing actress Nicollette Sheridan in 2005, Trump said, “A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.” He also attacked model-turned-reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith’s lips days in a 2007 episode after her death, saying, “It is the most disgusting thing to look at these big fat pumped up tires.” On Twitter, Trump has lashed out at media executive Arianna Huffington, tweeting in 2012, “.@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.” In 2015, he hit her again, tweeting, “How much money is the extremely unattractive (both inside and out) Arianna Huffington paying her poor ex-hubby for the use of his name?” In 2012, also on Twitter, Trump went after singer Cher, writing, “.@cher–I don’t wear a ‘rug’—it’s mine. And I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.” Trump also said it was a double standard that actress Bette Midler could talk about his hair, but he couldn’t attack her “ugly face or body.” “.@BetteMidler talks about my hair but I’m not allowed to talk about her ugly face or body — so I won’t. Is this a double standard?” he asked on Twitter in 2012. “While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct,” he added in another tweet. And when he was live-tweeting the Oscars in 2014, Trump

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Eye On You – Bette Midler – Art Or Bust – 1984

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1983 – Bette Midler Phil Donahue Baby Divine Part 3

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1997 -The Nineties – Intimate Portrait – Bette Midler

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Friday, April 8, 2016

LGBT progress over the decades in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gazette
APRIL 7, 2016


I’ve had the privilege of covering the Milwaukee LGBT community as a reporter since the 1970s. Here are some highlights of local LGBT history.

Forty Years Ago

In November 1976, Sistermoon Feminist Bookstore & Art Gallery opened on E. Irving Place, later moving to E. Locust St. Until 1984, Sistermoon served as a primary meeting space and cultural center for Milwaukee’s feminist and lesbian communities. Book groups, political meetings and concerts by women singers were a regular part of its schedule. Read More

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Here are some famous historical predictions to help you plan the year ahead

Pattaya Today
Here are some famous historical predictions to help you plan the year ahead:
January 7, 2016


It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. (Yogi Berra)


I see no reason to suppose that these machines will ever force themselves into general use. (Duke of Wellington 1827)


I think there is a world market for perhaps five computers. (Thomas Watson, IBM chairman 1943)


We have no need of the telegraph or telephones as there is no shortage of messenger boys. (Vincent Ardoy of the Post Office 1897) Read More

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Divine Intervention Meet And Greets: Gary And Hilary Quinn And Bette Midler

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We had our meet and greet with Bette on 26 June at MSG. The show was fantastic of course. We were 4 rows from the front so we had an amazing view. Bette sang Chapel of Love as the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that day that all states had to legalise same sex marriage. My wife and I got quite emotional at this point. I think it made us homesick for our five kids back in Perth as we have a family tradition that we play Chapel of Love whenever one of our daughters was getting married and also probably because our son is gay and our extremely conservative government in Australia will never legalise gay marriage. We can’t wait to vote them out! Read More

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bette Midler, Gay Marriage and the End of Gay Culture

Bette Midler, Gay Marriage and the End of Gay Culture
By Paul Hallasy


This has been a historic week. In the same week the Supreme Court upheld both Obamacare and gay marriage. And in the same week, after not having been to a concert at Madison Square Garden in two years, I saw two gay divas there: Bette Midler and Morrissey. (The last concert I saw there was that of another gay diva, Lady Gaga.)

Bette Midler’s concert was an emotional show for both of us. For her, it was a triumphant homecoming after a long career. But it was a homecoming for me, as well. Read More

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

BetteBack: Supreme Court Backs Midler

High court backs Bette Midler
Article from:Chicago Sun-Times Article date:March 23, 1992

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court today let stand a $400,000 award Bette Midler won against an advertising agency that used a “sound-alike” singer for a television commercial five years ago.

The justices, without comment, rejected arguments by the ad agency Young & Rubicam that the award – based on a “misappropriation of voice” – should have been pre-empted by federal copyright law. Read More

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