trump and forbes and the one that got away

Es­ti­mated reading time is 3 min­utes.

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 . . .”




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