We know Donald Trump liked to do film and TV cameos. He was also not above doing commercials to promote others and himself (of course). You may be curious about whether he did any cameo with his wives. He did.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1994) – with wife number 2, Marla Maples

Zoolander (2001) – with future wife number 3, Melania Knauss

Although wife number one, Ivana (Zelnickova) Trump appeared in The First Wives Club (1996). But, they did not seem to have appeared in any film or TV cameo together.

They did do a Pizza Hut commercial in 1995. At that time, Ivana was actually ex-wife. The Donald had already moved on to wife number 2.

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We all know Ronald Reagan was an actor before he was the president. I don’t know if Donald Trump thought following Reagan’s path would get him into the Whitehouse, but The Donald also has a list of film & television credits; mostly cameo appearances where he plays himself.

Spin City with Michael J. Fox (1998)

The Drew Carey Show (1997)

Sex in the City (1999)

 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Two Weeks Notice, with Hugh Grant (2002)

Ghosts Can’t Do It (1989) – The Donald seemed to have a bit more than cameo appearance here. He was awarded Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor

Suddenly Susan (1997) – prophetic or what ??

{california} cal exit

October 18, 2017

California is on its third ballot initiatives to secede from the United States of America.

  • 1st – Fizzled, when one of the petition drive’s leader decided to make Russia his home, rather than California. We are not making this up. This can only happen in CA, and you wonder why people don’t take this seriously.
  • 2nd – Governor to negotiate with federal government to give CA more autonomy – a “nation within a nation.”
  • 3rd – Constitutional Convention – to propose amendments to U.S. Constitution, including creating a way for state (particularly California) to secede.

Make no mistake, if the petition comes around to me, I will sign it. How many times do you get the opportunity to be involved in the birth of a new nation? This exercise would be a bit more intriguing, if the petition has any chance, greater than absolute zero, of succeeding.

U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states don’t have the right to secede. A state can only secede through revolution or if other states let it.

  • Revolution usually comes only through armed conflict. I would hope even those ardent secessionists don’t want that, and where would the California’s army come from? Try ask nicely?  A Texas petition did asked the Obama administration, after Obama’s re-election, to allow it to secede. To which, the Obama administration replied – Ha Ha, nice try, NO.
  • Other states allow it – chance = 0
    • 2/3 of the Senate and House of Representatives have to agree. Then,
    • 3/4 of the state legislatures, meaning 38 states, would have to agree to the secession.

Constitutional Convention could provide a way. 2/3 of the Senate and House, or 2/3 of the State Legislatures would have to propose one. However, Constitutional Convention is a pandora’s box. Once opened, you can change anything in the Consitution, including eliminating the Bill of Rights, if enough states agree. Probably, a box you would prefer not to ever open.

I really like reading autobiographies so when I came across Decision Points by George W. Bush, I decided to give it a whirl. I ended up really enjoying reading it because it was at up a bit differently than other presidential autobiographies. In his book, W doesn’t go through his entire life or even his entire presidency. In fact, he focuses on a number of important big issues/events/decisions he made leading up to and during his presidency. He focused on one big decision per chapter. Interestingly, my favorite chapter was the first one during which he talked about essentially going to being an alcoholic (though perhaps not completely addicted) to quitting completely. I never knew! And I had that type of “wow, I had no idea!” moments throughout the entire book. It made me realize how human presidents are.