August 24, 2016

Shy crushed pulled-in Hillary, working for you every moment of every day and why don't see how fun and warm she really is?

The NYT reports on Cher's speech at a very Cher-friendly fundraiser in Provincetown, Massachusetts. And I watched the full video here and did my own transcription.

Cher is talking about getting to know Hillary through much experience doing teas with her, and Cher says she told Hillary, "You are so much fun and you are so warm and you are all these things I've never seen when you speak."

Cher asked Hillary why and, as Cher tells it:
She said because she got so crushed — I hope she doesn't mind my telling this story — too late now!— and she said because she got so crushed by the G.O.P., just for trying to set up health care, and she never thought it would be so personal, and she said it made her kind of pull in and she's shy, so it was difficult, and so she kind of kept that with her, but, you know, she is shy, and she's not the greatest speaker in the world, but...and this is what I believe, and this is what I know: She will work every moment of every day.... This chick is just tougher than Chinese algebra.
So she's tougher than Chinese algebra, but she got so crushed when the GOP opposed her health care plan. Which is it? Maybe she's tough in private, after she kind of pulls in. She's so shy and kind of kept that with her. Kept what with her? That crushed, pulled in feeling that she got when Congress didn't go along with that plan she worked so hard on?

She might not be that good at speaking, but she'll pull back into herself and work every moment of every day. Work work work! She may not talk too much — and we know she won't take questions from the press. It's just so crushing when they don't go along with everything she worked so hard on. But she will pull in and turn that crushing into hours and hours of work work work and if only you really knew her, as Cher does, you would know she's so much fun and so warm and... all these things.

But let's take a closer look at that Chinese algebra. Is that racist? Is that sexist? Math class is tough...



... as Barbie said long ago, outraging feminists. And I guess you throw "Chinese" on top of that and get some kind of reference to the stereotype that Chinese students are especially good at math. Why carelessly throw "Chinese" around to try to be funny?

But Cher didn't put those 2 words together all on her own. "Chinese algebra" is enough of an expression that it has an Urban Dictionary definition going all the way back to 2003: "a hard type of math." But I don't know if it was ever used to talk about math. It seems all along to have been a way to talk about erections. It looks as though the original use of the word was from Tom Waits, back in 1976, "Pasties And A G-String":
She's a-hot and ready, creamy and sugared
And the band is awful and so are the tunes
Crawlin' on her belly, and shakin' like jelly
And I'm gettin' harder than Chinese algebra-ssieres...
So Cher thinks Hillary is as hard as Tom Waits watching an erotic dancer. But shy, too! Very very shy. Shy and crushed and pulled in. It's so difficult! So keep it all deep within you and work — work every moment of every day.

90 comments:

William said...

I have it on good authority that Cher performed oral sex on a Republican congressman in order to advance her career.

Unknown said...

Cher is clearly a racist.

Also is it any wonder that trump trails in polls when Hillary has friends like Cher, Jessica beil, justin timberlake and babs...

But seriously dos any one care what these racists think?

Todd said...

She said because she got so crushed — I hope she doesn't mind my telling this story — too late now!— and she said because she got so crushed by the G.O.P., just for trying to set up health care, and she never thought it would be so personal, and she said it made her kind of pull in and she's shy, so it was difficult, and so she kind of kept that with her, but, you know, she is shy

Yes, I can see that. She is a shy introvert that is ignorant of the ways of the world until the EVIL GOP went after her for just trying to help people. Why oh why won't people let her help people?

I can personally attest to how shy she is. I got that from that audio recording of her laughing about getting that child rapist off.

Shy, misunderstood, picked on Hillary. Oh won't you show her how much you care by electing her President? She has earned it!

Ignorance is Bliss said...

It seems all along to have been a way to talk about erections

Sometimes following your train of though is as hard as Chinese trying to pronounce elections

dbp said...

Cher is popular in P-town? Go figure.

Johanna Lapp said...

Chinese algebra is tough because written Chinese has no letters to use as variables.

Bob Boyd said...

Cher is a tortoise full of longing who has fallen for a dome shaped object.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

dbp said...
Cher is popular? Go figure.

FIFY

Paul Zrimsek said...

She's plenty tough when it comes to dishing it out: "I can't be responsible for every undercapitalized small business in America." Perhaps not quite so good at taking it.

Sebastian said...

Existential dilemma for lefties: pick the candidate who got crushed by the GOP or the one that crushed the GOP?

Nonapod said...

Possibly the only consolation that this nightmare election season has to offer for me is the puncturing of the collective delusions that certain people have about Hillary Clinton over the years. For the longest time Hillary Clinton had a ridiculous mythology built up around her that was perpetuated by vacuous daytime talkshows, checkout line magazines, and various Hollywood sorts. But over the course of the last few years there have been revelations that suggests a much more grasping, venal, mean spirited person who lies so much that it's even difficult for her to keep track of all her stories.

Paul Snively said...

I'm old enough to remember when Cher seemed like a tough-as-nails truth-teller (I was a child at the time). Now she just sounds like an incoherent scold.

David Begley said...

Yeah, Hillary works, works, works. She works to line her pockets with money from foreign governments.

Cher is a fucking idiot. Why would anyone value her opinion?

Mac McConnell said...

Talented exstripper high school dropout supports criminal Hillary and thinks Trump is a Nazi.

Martha said...

Hillary! is as tough and brazen as can be, but she tends to hide behind female privilege when the going gets too tough.
I mean when she is held accountable.

Laslo Spatula said...

"This chick is just tougher than Chinese algebra."

I'm looking at the other part of the sentence.

"This chick?"

I thought women saw the use of "chick" as diminutive.

For Hillary, I think "This broad" works better.

Yes, a size joke.

But also an avenue to discuss the difference between "chicks" and "broads".

When discussing this difference imagine yourself hearing Frank Sinatra saying it.


I am Laslo.

Original Mike said...

Gag me with variables.

JPS said...

"I hope she doesn't mind my telling this story"

Yeah. Hillary and her campaign just hate it when celebrities try to paint her as human after all.

Not that I need convincing. Glad Cher reminded me of Mrs. Clinton's health care plan. I was profoundly moved when Hillary, asked about the impact of her recommended taxes on small businesses, replied, "I can't be expected to go out and save every undercapitalized small business out there."

She really cares, folks. It's too bad the opposition was just so mean.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Expecting consistency is sexist. Stop being so sexist. She's tough as naisl and shy/a crier--she's harder than [unnecessary racist analogy redacted] and so soft she can't communicate and connect like most successful politicians do.
She's a woman, so the rules and standards are different for her. That's equality.

SGT Ted said...

Boohoo poor privileged, entitled woman. She's been in the public eye for 25 years and has to have a soft image of herself crafted by surrogates because she always comes across like a bitchy harridan ex-wife. Because that's who she is.

Meade said...

Number of days since Clinton last held a press conference : 263.

John said...

Blogger Paul Zrimsek said...

"I can't be responsible for every undercapitalized small business in America." Perhaps not quite so good at taking it.

I've always thought that this quote summed up how totally, painfully, ignorant Crooked Hilary is about math, business or anything else.

It doesn't matter how well or how poorly capitalized a business is. If it pays expenses (health insurance) out of capital, it is going to go broke. A very well capitalized business will take longer to go broke than a poorly capitalized one, but it will run out of capital eventually, sure as eggs.

If the revenue is not enough to cover expenses, shutdown looms.

John Henry

Danno said...

David Begley said..."Cher is a fucking idiot. Why would anyone value her opinion?"

I dunno. You got me, babe.

Curious George said...

"and she said because she got so crushed by the G.O.P., just for trying to set up health care, and she never thought it would be so personal,"

Now the reality (like Obamacare):

"In August 1994, Democratic Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell introduced a compromise proposal that would have delayed requirements of employers until 2002 and exempted small businesses. However, "even with Mitchell’s bill, there were not enough Democratic Senators behind a single proposal to pass a bill, let alone stop a filibuster."

There was nothing about Hillarycare that wasn't a clusterfuck. Add that she is a horrible despicable piece of crap...no America. No.

Curious George said...

"Danno said...
David Begley said..."Cher is a fucking idiot. Why would anyone value her opinion?"

I dunno. You got me, babe."

Funny, but you should have kept it clean. A simple "You got me, babe." would have been a home run.

John said...

Hey Cher,

Can you tell us some of the things Crooked Hilary accomplished?

I think she did get a post office named after someone while a senator.

She used to claim responsibility for the Middle East but now she claims it is not her fault, that evil black man (President Obama) made her do it.

Anything else?

JOhn Henry

Bob Boyd said...

Hillary cries when she thinks about Hillary.

I do too sometimes.

MayBee said...

Have you seen what Hillary wore that day? What????

MayBee said...

Sorry. Bad link before. But please Look at this!

John said...

Cher and Hilary exist in the public eye for the same reason, they both married a man who carried them along.

Cher only exists because of Sonny. For all his buffoonishness, Sonny was the brains of the operation.

Cher would be nothing without Sonny.

Trivia: Sonny copied the act from Louis Prima and Keely Smith. I think they did it much better. I had a huge crush on Keely Smith in my younger days. Still do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-a8kLtJSJ4 (Covering David Lee Roth's Just a Gigolo)

John said...

Blogger SGT Ted said...

Boohoo poor privileged, entitled woman. She's been in the public eye for 25 years and has to have a soft image of herself crafted by surrogates because she always comes across like a bitchy harridan ex-wife. Because that's who she is.

Are you talking about Clinton or Cher here?

John Henry

PB said...

Cher thinking Hillary is working for us every moment of every day demonstrates delusion. It can't be excused as mere hyperbolic praise.

John said...

thanks, Maybee. She looks like a Chinese algebra teacher. One with no taste in clothing.

And is that Michael Jackson applauding in the foreground?

Is this the reason she now wears long coats? depends don't always work?

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CknGDjoWsAE9fxH.jpg

John Henry

AReasonableMan said...

John said...
(Covering David Lee Roth's Just a Gigolo)


Pretty sure this is the other way around and even they weren't first, although first to pair with "I Ain't Got Nobody".

Sydney said...

I thought algebra was the same in all languages, or do the Chinese try to do algebra without using Roman numerals and Greek alphabet symbols?

Bob Boyd said...

"Have you seen what Hillary wore that day? What????"

She looks like a dementia walkaway.

virgil xenophon said...

Hillery = (a) Harpy

(b) Harridian

(c) Charlatan

(d) Grifter

(e) Pathological Liar

(f) hard leftist ideologue

(g) ALL of the above

Pick one..

Jupiter said...

MayBee said...

"Sorry. Bad link before. But please Look at this!"

Thank you so much for that. Say what you will about Hillary Clinton, she may have slept her way to the top, but she isn't just another pretty face.

buwaya puti said...

Re Chinese algebra -
You all realize that mathematics instruction in China is a complete foreign borrowing. The Chinese, on China, use the Roman and Greek alphabet for variables, and the whole system of notation is the western one.
Using common modern theories of cultural hegemony, etc, they should be assumed to be working with a handicap, having to adopt alien systems.
But they dont seem to be handicapped do they.
Modern cultural theories do not adapt to observations however.

CWJ said...

All that work work work every single day accomplishing nothing positive (except in her bank account).

Fernandinande said...

Pretty cool "Freudian" slip on someone's part:

“Consummate liar, doesn’t care who she hurts, insane and, you know, sociopathic narcissist,” she [the singer] said. “I just wish he’d fall off the face of the earth.”

"I was so mad I accidentally told the truth!"

Steven Pinker. Sigh, what a disappointment.

Why carelessly throw "Chinese" around to try to be funny?

Why not? Are they sacred, like blacks and homos?

John said...

ARM,

Quite right, I was making a funny. The link is from the early 50's, probably before Cher was born. It was written in 1929.

Just a gigolo was Prima's theme song. My son, then in HS, was amazed when one day he heard it on a Prima CD in the car. He thought it was a cover of the DLR version. I had to set him straight.


John Henry

Fernandinande said...

MayBee said...
Sorry. Bad link before. But please Look at this!


That's a Chinese Algebra suit.

CWJ said...

BTW, contra that AP article showing that the majority of Clinton's meetings were with people who had financial dealings with the Clinton Foundation. I have it on good authority that the vast majority of Trump's business meetings were with people who had financial dealings with Trump. So there!

Fernandinande said...

buwaya puti said...
Using common modern theories of cultural hegemony, etc, they should be assumed to be working with a handicap, having to adopt alien systems.


Math notation is foreign to everyone at first, as are Greek letters for most people, so I don't think their using western characters is a big deal.

AReasonableMan said...

John said...
Quite right, I was making a funny. My son, then in HS, was amazed when one day he heard it on a Prima CD in the car. He thought it was a cover of the DLR version.


Sorry, missed the humor. I was surprised just how little DLR changed the songs arrangement in his version, more a copy than a cover.

Kate said...

Let's pretend everything Cher said is true and relevant. What kind of person is still reacting to feelings that were hurt *30* years ago? Go to freakin' therapy, already.

YoungHegelian said...

So, is Hillary promising all the gays in P'town that, if they just drop off a monster check to her campaign, they'll never be snubbed by a Christian baker refusing to bake them a cake again?

If the baker's Muslim, they're still on their own, however. There's no check big enough to re-attach one's head.

Jupiter said...

Which brings up an interesting point. Bill Clinton is justifiably famous as a horndog, but he is hardly indiscriminate. Whether long-term lovers like Gennifer Flowers, infatuated victims like Monica Lewinsky, or actual or attempted rapes like so many we could name, the women Bill Clinton pursued were physically attractive, often very attractive. With one exception; the woman he married. Even when she was young, she was never pretty, or even presentable, and her clothes were not chosen to disguise that fact. What do you suppose got into him, to marry such a creature?

damikesc said...

Number of days since Clinton last held a press conference : 263.

Hey, she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and opened some pickles.

It's not like regular media would be any rougher with her.

damikesc said...

infatuated victims like Monica Lewinsky...the women Bill Clinton pursued were physically attractive

Umm, no.

Darcy said...

You know what shyness is? Self-absorption. Makes sense that Hillary is "shy".

Shy people spend a lot of time thinking about how the world views and treats them. Me, me, me. They are too caught up in what is going to happen to them that they are unable to serve others well.

Truth. (Recovering shy person here.)

Oh, and Cher's a fucking idiot.

Big Mike said...

Hillary is as worthless as Cher is over the hill.

rehajm said...

The women in that Hillary Clinton Crying video are revealing. I recall all those supportive Wellesley women surrounding Hillary during that campaign. Notice how none of them are following her now, either because too old or too don't give a fuck anymore.

Big Mike said...

@MayBee, I am never clicking on one of your links again! What is seen cannot be unseen.

rehajm said...

Yes, Cher but we all really want to know: What does Macaulay Culkin think?

F said...

I find the "work hard for you" meme curious. Do we really elect people to work hard for us? It seems to me elected officials use this formulation because they know they really are not working hard -- for anybody, much less for their constituents. They are just cruising along, asking people for money and constantly a little surprised that a lot of people are willing to give more and more. But the "work hard for you" idea strikes me as so dishonest they just keep spouting it to convince themselves as much as their voters. I think of ditch diggers as working hard, and even public school teachers. But politicians? Especially at the very top, where they have every whim catered to? No, I just cannot credit that.

Darcy said...

Gawd. Hillary's stylist must hate her. That is the worst yet! Wow.

In all seriousness, I would question the judgment of a candidate that would wear a housecoat to a fundraiser. Appalling style.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Number of days since Clinton last held a press conference : 263.

Trump and everyone on his campaign should begin prominently wearing big buttons with the numbers on them. 263 today. 264 tomorrow and so on.

That way when asked what those mean they can each and everyone expound on the lack of Hillary press conferences and speculate on "what is she hiding" and "why is she so afraid to speak to the press".

BIG buttons...huuuuge even :-)

Todd said...

Dust Bunny Queen said... [hush]​[hide comment]
Number of days since Clinton last held a press conference : 263.

Trump and everyone on his campaign should begin prominently wearing big buttons with the numbers on them. 263 today. 264 tomorrow and so on.

That way when asked what those mean they can each and everyone expound on the lack of Hillary press conferences and speculate on "what is she hiding" and "why is she so afraid to speak to the press".

BIG buttons...huuuuge even :-)

8/24/16, 10:19 AM


Or ask if she is too sick to hold one!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

OMG!?! Who would get up in the morning and deliberately decide to wear THAT...Maybee's link

Put that on and think..."yeah....I look good". Think that this is even acceptable to wear down to the pharmacy to buy some emergency depends or laxatives. Really? WHO let her out of the house dressed like this?

buwaya puti said...

Cher did a terrible job raising her daughter.
I suspect much of that may be the result of their divorce.

richlb said...

It similarly shows up in a SNAP song (the band more famous for the Rock Jam classic "I Got the Power") called "Oops Upside the Head":

She was as soft as bubble bath,
I was as hard as Chinese math...

Char Char Binks said...

I don't think "Chinese algebra" is a racist term, but I'm willing to pretend it is in order to publicly shame Cher and Hillary.

Paul Snively said...

Darcy: In all seriousness, I would question the judgment of a candidate that would wear a housecoat to a fundraiser.

It's to hide all the "soft money" wads of $10,000 bills under.

n.n said...

Math is easy. Biology is hard. Life is choices. Girls were deceived by female chauvinists.

Paul Snively said...

Darcy: Oh, and Cher's a fucking idiot.

Let's hope not. (About the fucking part, that is. About the idiot part, there's nothing we can do.)

FullMoon said...

Danno said... [hush]​[hide comment]

David Begley said..."Cher is a fucking idiot. Why would anyone value her opinion?"

I dunno. You got me, babe.


Cher has a soft spot for Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.
She sings good, but is no genius.

Ann Althouse said...

"I don't think "Chinese algebra" is a racist term, but I'm willing to pretend it is in order to publicly shame Cher and Hillary."

But coming from anyone who defines racism broadly -- opponents of "Redskins," etc — it's hypocritical.

FullMoon said...

Darcy said...

Gawd. Hillary's stylist must hate her. That is the worst yet! Wow.

In all seriousness, I would question the judgment of a candidate that would wear a housecoat to a fundraiser. Appalling style.


Yep, pretty ugly, especially for an unlimited wardrobe budget.
But it does go to show she is a leader, a trendsetter. Not some average rich woman in the public eye, like Michelle or Melania, who, like use every trick in the book to look smart and attractive.
Those pantsuits with triangular tops gonna be a big hit with the in crowd. I guarantee it. BTW, did you notice the dildo shaped microphone she is raising to her lips in the photo is color co-ordinated with her outfit? Shows ability to plan a head.

JPS said...

F, 10:15:

"I find the "work hard for you" meme curious. Do we really elect people to work hard for us?"

Good question - but I'm grateful for the occasional break from "fighting for you!"

damikesc said...

It's a bit sad that I think Cher TRULY believes the idiotic bullshit she spouts. Nobody can be that idiotic, one would think, but entertainment industry folks tend to be a bit on the slow side.

And, if she wins, the GOP should introduce a bill to eliminate ALL sunshine laws and to repeal the FOIA. It's going to be ignored by the President completely so why even have it?

Todd said...

JPS said...
F, 10:15:

"I find the "work hard for you" meme curious. Do we really elect people to work hard for us?"

Good question - but I'm grateful for the occasional break from "fighting for you!"

8/24/16, 11:18 AM


I don't care for those either but I will get behind a politician that promises to fight for "leave me the f*ck alone"!

Another of those moronic statements is when they go on about "all the jobs they will create". As though they were going to go out and start an actual business or something.

F said...

I just clicked on the link showing her clothes. Good grief! Someone really seriously told her to wear that? What were they thinking?

Rusty said...

Oh dear god.

mockturtle said...

I just clicked on the link showing her clothes. Good grief! Someone really seriously told her to wear that? What were they thinking?

And almost always round-necked tops. Very poor choice for someone with a round face. One thing I liked about Carly Fiorina was that she always looked sharp. Same with Condy. Hillary seems to be emulating Angela Merkel's style. Or lack thereof.

Unknown said...

Let's all bash Cher now! Yawn.

Big Mike said...

Back when I taught in college women had a tendency to want bonus points based on how hard they worked (or claimed to have worked) while men wanted to be graded on whether they had the right answer. And then, Althouse, you have the nerve to wonder why men dominate!

Rusty said...

Unknown said...
"Let's all bash Cher now! Yawn."

Or any other cartoon character who's opinion you value.

viator said...

I hope Putin's not mean to her.

damikesc said...

I bet she'll end the Iran deal since they are notoriously less-than-friendly to America.

...oh, wait, they hate America. They might not hate HER personally.

...OK, they will probably hate her, too.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Meade said...

Number of days since Clinton last held a press conference : 263.

I wonder if the press has considered pooling their resources and making a joint contribution to the Clinton Global Initiative. Maybe then they could get a press conference.

MadisonMan said...

That was not a very coherent speech on Cher's part.

What I listened to, at least. I Couldn't get through it all. Over-the-top adulation just makes me roll my eyes.

Tina848 said...

Wouldn't someone who was a trial attorney have had to speak regularly in public. She was a partner at a law firm, was she not? Plus all those years in the Senate. I find her lack of communication skills very telling, she is not cut out for these jobs.

Clyde said...

MayBee said...
Sorry. Bad link before. But please Look at this!


Where are Tom and Lorenzo when you need them? That was horrific! She should be in jail for that outfit alone, much less the emails and the Clinton Foundation cronyism!

SukieTawdry said...

What kind of "work, work, work" does a president do?

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Skooda wodda zeeba daba zooda why eye.....

Darrell said...

Stealing, law breaking, lies, deception, and treason are all hard work.

Sammy Finkelman said...

John: It doesn't matter how well or how poorly capitalized a business is. If it pays expenses (health insurance) out of capital, it is going to go broke. A very well capitalized business will take longer to go broke than a poorly capitalized one, but it will run out of capital eventually, sure as eggs.

I think the idea there is, a more well capitalized busines scan affird to invest in things that will help it save money in the long run - for one thing, it might hire fewer people, which would enable it to afford the higher health insurance costs per employee.

An undercapitalized business cannot afford higher labor costs.

Sammy Finkelman said...

The "work hard for you" meme is part of a bigger meme that quality of work is proportional to the amount of effort.