trump and forbes and the one that got away

I’M NOT FEELING WELL. It could be some late-Summer thing or an advance taste of what the upcoming flu season has in store for us. But it’s a low-grade headache and fever, sore and swollen throat (that makes me squeak when I try to talk, so I don’t) (which some consider a blessing), and Grate Grommett in Heaven do my muscles ache!

That said, I’m not sleeping well these past few days so when I get that first BIG mug of Cafe Bustelo into me in the morning I’m a wee bit giddier than on a normal day. So when I read the question on Quora this morning—a serious, political question, the kind I usually shy away from—I thought, What the hey—let’s give it a go!

So I did.

The question was “As a liberal, what are some things Trump has done that you agree with?” My answer can be found indented between the images below:


Front cover of Forbes magazine with Donald Trump.

This photo was taken at a party where Mr Trump and his guests were playing charades after dinner, in this case, the category was popular songs and Donald was trying to get his team to guess Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.”

That might be kinda kinky

The question is, “As a liberal, what are some things Trump has done that you agree with?” My answer may meander a bit from what the questioner hoped for, but I’m going to meander anyway:

He allowed Stormy Daniels to spank him with a rolled-up Forbes magazine. I’m into magazines, never having had the courage to move up to a ping-pong paddle let alone a riding crop or swagger stick.

And there’s the courage part: even as adventurous a liberal as I am—and you all know how daring we can be—I have never ever allowed a woman to spank me with a rolled-up Forbes magazine, let alone one with a picture of a guy on it!

I have always drawn the line and only allowed women to spank me with a rolled-up Nation magazine. Since the Internet, it’s a fraction of its old size—what magazine isn’t, you might ask—and it’s on lightweight newsprint.

And I usually use one with a neutral photo on the cover, not a guy.

(Well, being a lapsed Catholic, if the Pope was on the cover that might be kinda kinky.

(And appropriate.)

But Forbes … Wow! That’s a pretty serious, heavy-hitting publication: lots more pages than the weenie Nation and they’re on quality paper with a heavier weight. I mean, Forbes packs a wallop!

It could really, you know, h-u-r-t!

That’s all I have to say . . .


Forbes: front cover of The Nation magazine with article on radical popes.

I like the how the Ben Shahn-like drawing gives the Pope a proletariat look and feel.

About the Forbes thing

Yeah, about the Forbes thing: I’ve had my fun and the Cafe Bustelo has worn down a little so I thought I’d end on a sober note. This is from an article titled “Why Stormy Daniels Probably Didn’t Spank Trump With A Forbes Magazine” by staff writer Chase Peterson-Withorn:

“The tale of Stormy Daniels spanking Donald Trump with a magazine with his face on the cover has made countless headlines over the past two months. Since the allegations surfaced, speculation has run rampant about which publication the porn star allegedly used to do the deed in 2006.

Perhaps the most common suggestion [is] Forbes, which ran a story on Trump and his children in its 2006 Forbes 400 issue. Trump appears on the magazine’s cover, standing with Donald Jr. at his left and Ivanka Trump at his right. Given Trump’s longtime obsession with his spot on the Forbes 400 list, Forbes seemed like a logical assumption.

There’s just one problem: the spanking allegedly occurred in July 2006, months before that issue hit newsstands.”

As someone once famous once said, “And so it goes . . .”