“The Lowest Form of Life” – The Annotated Trump, Vol. 1

In which we test time-honored wisdom against a selection Donald J. Trump’s public statements.

August 12th, 2016

According to the New York Times, at his rally on August 12th, Donald Trump said, “These people are the lowest form of life1, 2, I’m telling you,” pointing at the journalists3 covering his rally. “They are the lowest form of humanity.

…and, Scene. Let’s have a look at this week’s lineup: An American badass named George S. Patton and Bacteriologists at Stanford seem to disagree with this assessment of the “lowest form of life”.

Meanwhile, lo and behold, journalism itself seems to be in keeping with the spirit of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and the U.S. Constitution.

1. “Politicians are the lowest form of life.” Attributed to U.S. General George S. Patton.

2. “Mycoplasma genitalium has one of the smallest genomes of any free-living organism in the world, clocking in at a mere 525 genes. That’s a fraction of the size of even another bacterium like E. coli, which has 4,288 genes. M. genitalium‘s diminutive genome made it the first target for Stanford and J. Craig Venter Institute researchers who wanted to simulate an organism in software.”

3. Journalism, and therefore the press, are bedrock institutions of a democratic society. “The term ‘fourth estate’ has become shorthand to denote the role of the public media as a pillar on which the smooth functioning of a democratic society rests, together with the other three estates – legislative, executive, and judiciary. A free press is also a counterbalance to these powers, a watchdog guarding the public interest, and providing a forum for public debate – a public sphere – that underpins the processes of democracy…

The origin of the term ‘fourth estate’ is attributed to the eighteenth-century English political philosopher and commentator on the Revolution, Edmund Burke, referring to the three sections of the French Estates-General, an assembly consisting of representatives from the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners (in practice, the bourgeoisie), whose gathering in 1789 is said to have paved the way for the French Revolution.

The ideas of freedom and democracy enshrined in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, passed by the French National Assembly after the 1789 Revolution, also inspired the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Wall of Fame

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Christian Sands Trio plays Flint Jazz Fest Saturday, 8/13


The 2016 Flint Jazz Festival features Grammy-nominated pianist Christian Sands with his trio next Saturday, August 13th at The Meadows north of The Flint Institute of Music. Open lawn seating, bring your own lawn chairs. Admission: $3 for Saturday, $5 for Sat/Sun.

Hailing from New Haven, Connecticut, Sands was mentored by pianist Billy Taylor, who gave him his first big break: closing one of Taylor’s sets at the Kennedy Center. Sands went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music, where he recorded with Bobby Sanabria’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra (on Kenya Revisited Live) in 2009.


Sands has toured internationally with bassist Christian McBride’s group Inside Straight. In 2014, Sands became a Finalist for the American Pianists Association Jazz Fellowship Awards.

Sands has cited musical influences Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, and Marcus Roberts. “They’re coming from the tradition of bringing people into the music, but also moving it forward into new directions”.

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Bobcats
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Kevin Collins Drum Company
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Swingin’ Chopin
4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tapology with Bruce Bradley
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lunar Octet
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Christian Sands Trio

Sunday — A night dedicated to Joe Frye, “Flint’s Jazz Ambassador.”
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ferguson / McDonald / Hill Trio
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. OVACiiR
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. People’s Jazz Band
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dave Bennett Quartet

Back to the Bricks: The 2016 Flint Car Show

Bullitt_posterBack to the Bricks is this week, and it’s kicking off Tuesday with best car movie ever made: Bullit (1968), starring Steve McQueen. US23 Drive-In Theater (5200 Fenton Road in Flint) is having a kick-off car show party with a DJ and a free showing of the epic car-chase classic. We bet you’ll be ducking for joy with all of those hubcaps flying toward you on the giant outdoor big screen. Bring a date and cozy up with the real King of Queens.

Tuesday, August 16th
5 pm: Car Show and DJ, US23 Drive-In Theater, 5200 Fenton Rd
7 pm?: Drive-In Movie: Bullit (1968) starring Steve McQueen, US23 Drive-In Theater, 5200 Fenton Rd

Wednesday, August 17th
4 pm: Cruise Opening Ceremony, 4300 South Saginaw Street
5 – 9 pm: Car Cruise, Downtown Saginaw Street
5 – 9 pm: Pinewood Derby, Thomas Appliance, 5600 S Saginaw Rd

Friday, August 19th
5 – 9 pm: Car Cruise, Downtown Sagniaw Street

Saturday, August 20th
8 am – 5 pm: Car Show and Drag Racing Cars Display, Central Flat Lot
9 am – 5 pm: Car Corral, Saginaw St. & Court St.
10 am: Car Show Opening Ceremony, Central Flat Lot