10 Thoughts Under My Fedora John Lewis & importance, fake news & more

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10 Thoughts Under My Fedora John Lewis & importance, fake news & more

Sun­day morn­ing begins with the left all a shut­ter over Don­ald Trump reveal­ing that the absolute moral author­ity™ that the left con­ferred on him over his civil rights record 50 years ago has expired.

It’s a very Bre­it­bart­ian response to the con­gress­man who was never called to account for mak­ing false claims at the pas­sage of Oba­macare despite a $100K bounty for video or audio to sup­port his claims of racism.

The media/​left loud out­rage was pre­dictable as was Allahpundit’s will­ing­ness to join in this panic but in the end it changes noth­ing and all that the fuss will do is demon­strate Demo­c­rat importance.

As Bat­man said to the Joker in the orig­i­nal Dark Knight #3. “you’re play­ing the old game, today I’m tak­ing no prisoners.


We’ve also heard a lot about how hor­ri­ble it is that he said this with Mar­tin Luther King Day com­ing, but the fact is many of the left rejected King in life con­sid­er­ing him an uncle tom and only embraced him after death when he was of use. Fur­ther­more given the black community’s rush to re-​segregate schools and dorms in the name of “diver­sity” and the Democ­rats embrace of it that they invoke King at all is frankly obscene.

If MLK was alive today he’d be ostra­cized in the same way as Clarence Thomas


For sev­eral weeks in the media we have seen story after story about GOP fears over the repeal of Oba­macare and the press report­ing that they are hav­ing 2nd thoughts.

Alas for the left that nar­ra­tive has gone the way of the dodo

On a largely party line vote, the GOP con­trolled House passed a bud­get which will allow the party to repeal Oba­macare using rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, a process reserved for bud­get related items which can­not be fil­i­bus­tered in the Sen­ate. The bud­get bill passed 227198, with all Democ­rats and 9 Repub­li­cans vot­ing against it.

That amounts to under 4% of the GOP defect­ing and largely because they (rightly) object to the level of spend­ing. In the highly unlikely event that the same level defect from the sen­ate, say a Rand Paul in protest to the spend­ing, that will eas­ily leave 50 votes to fin­ish off Oba­macare and don’t be sur­prised if a few democ­rats run­ning for re-​election in red states join in.

So I guess we can clas­sify those sto­ries as “fake news”.


For all those jour­nal­ists still get­ting the vapors over Trump’s attack, here is an exam­ple of the actual mis­treat­ment of jour­nal­ists:

Hamas blocked jour­nal­ists from film­ing a major protest against power cuts in the north­ern Gaza Strip on Thurs­day, detain­ing an Asso­ci­ated Press jour­nal­ist at gun­point and badly beat­ing an Agence France-​Presse pho­tog­ra­pher who refused to relin­quish his camera.

The jour­nal­ists sought to cover a demon­stra­tion against chronic elec­tric­ity short­ages in Gaza, which the AP described as “one of the largest unau­tho­rized protests in the ter­ri­tory since the Islamic mil­i­tant group took power a decade ago.”

Oddly the MSM doesn’t find this all that news­wor­thy, likely because Hamas opposes Trump.


Speak­ing of fake news lets also talks more fake hate crimes

Ann Doss Helms reports another fake hate crime in the Char­lotte Observer. A kinder­garten teacher was alleged to have com­mit­ted the fake hate crime against a Mus­lim stu­dent. CAIR pro­moted the fake hate crime in its patented style, alleg­ing a two-​month reign of ter­ror against the boy. The fake hate crime duly made the national news. Then came the investigation:

Police found no evi­dence to con­firm a Novem­ber report that a teacher bul­lied and assaulted a Mus­lim kinder­gartener at David Cox Road Ele­men­tary, Charlotte-​Mecklenburg Schools reported Friday.

Prin­ci­pal Celeste Spears-​Ellis noti­fied par­ents that the accused teacher has returned to the class­room after the Dis­trict Attorney’s Office found “no evi­dence of an assault other than the complainant’s report” and no grounds for crim­i­nal charges.

As a gen­eral rule if you have to fake hate crimes to make news odds are they aren’t hap­pen­ing. And may I say that this bit (and the next) shows that Pow­er­line has become a must read website


We’ve heard a lot about fake news let’s talk fake char­i­ties:

The Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive has informed the New York Depart­ment of Labor that it intends to lay off its 22 employ­ees on April 15, 2017. The rea­son given is “Dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive.” Here, via the The Great Amer­i­can Move­ment, is a link to the notice on the NY DOL web site.

It’s must be tough for a fam­ily of influ­ence ped­dlers when they have no more influ­ence to peddle.


It seems to me that this eval­u­a­tion is cor­rect:

THIS ISN’T A PROTEST, IT’S A CRIM­I­NAL CON­SPIR­ACY: Inau­gu­ra­tion Pro­test­ers Plan To Destroy Prop­erty And Dis­rupt Balls.

I think these peo­ple have decided the way to power and influ­ence in the Demo­c­rat party is to destroy, I think they’ll look great in a DC jail and if Ses­sions decides to go after this stuff using RICO and start suing the folks fund­ing these guys it could get interesting


I’ve been play­ing a lot of Civ­i­liza­tion 6. It seems to me a rad­i­cal depar­ture from the pre­vi­ous ver­sions. I really feel that I’m play­ing a dif­fer­ent game rather than an update, not nec­es­sar­ily a bet­ter or worse one, but a dif­fer­ent one. The real change is that I’ve been work­ing in a two lap­top sys­tem where one is ded­i­cated to the game and the other to this work.


I’m an old comic book guy and at Christ­mas I picked up a bunch of stuff out of my kids folder for them along with six issues of Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Staki that I never can­celled. You would think after 20 years the qual­ity might drop just a lit­tle, but it hasn’t. Along with Groo I’ll still pick them up and enjoy them.


Finally Yes­ter­day Atlanta made mince­meat out of Seat­tle 3620 and were cel­e­brated as a pow­er­house while the Patri­ots pretty much treated the Tex­ans the same in a 3416 win and were greeted with sto­ries about what is going wrong with them. That’s how good the Pats are.

Inci­den­tally The NFL should think it’s lucky stars for Tom Brady and the Patri­ots, the story of his sus­pen­sion and their quest for Super­bowl 5 along with the rise of the Cow­boys, Atlanta and Aaron Rogers Pack­ers have over­shad­owed the idiocy of Kaeper­nick et/​al, but the real NFL news was San Diego telling the charg­ers to pound sand when ask­ing for a new sta­dium. I think tax­pay­ers are catch­ing on to the scam.

Sunday morning begins with the left all a shutter over Donald Trump revealing that the absolute moral authority™ that the left conferred on him over his civil rights record 50 years ago has expired.

It’s a very Breitbartian response to the congressman who was never called to account for making false claims at the passage of Obamacare despite a $100K bounty for video or audio to support his claims of racism.

The media/left loud outrage was predictable as was Allahpundit’s willingness to join in this panic but in the end it changes nothing and all that the fuss will do is demonstrate Democrat importance.

As Batman said to the Joker in the original Dark Knight #3. “you’re playing the old game, today I’m taking no prisoners.


We’ve also heard a lot about how horrible it is that he said this with  Martin Luther King Day coming, but the fact is many of the left rejected King in life considering him an uncle tom and only embraced him after death when he was of use.  Furthermore given the  black community’s rush to re-segregate schools and dorms in the name of “diversity” and the Democrats embrace of it that they invoke King at all is frankly obscene.

If MLK was alive today he’d be ostracized in the same way as Clarence Thomas


For several weeks in the media we have seen story after story about GOP fears over the repeal of Obamacare and the press reporting that they are having 2nd thoughts.

Alas for the left that narrative has gone the way of the dodo

On a largely party line vote, the GOP controlled House passed a budget which will allow the party to repeal Obamacare using reconciliation, a process reserved for budget related items which cannot be filibustered in the Senate. The budget bill passed 227-198, with all Democrats and 9 Republicans voting against it.

That amounts to under 4% of the GOP defecting and largely because they (rightly) object to the level of spending. In the highly unlikely event that the same level defect from the senate, say a Rand Paul in protest to the spending, that will easily leave 50 votes to finish off Obamacare and don’t be surprised if a few democrats running for re-election in red states join in.

So I guess we can classify those stories as “fake news”.


For all those journalists still getting the vapors over Trump’s attack, here is an example of the actual mistreatment of journalists:

Hamas blocked journalists from filming a major protest against power cuts in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, detaining an Associated Press journalist at gunpoint and badly beating an Agence France-Presse photographer who refused to relinquish his camera.

The journalists sought to cover a demonstration against chronic electricity shortages in Gaza, which the AP described as “one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago.”

Oddly the MSM doesn’t find this all that newsworthy, likely because Hamas opposes Trump.


Speaking of fake news lets also talks more fake hate crimes

Ann Doss Helms reports another fake hate crime in the Charlotte Observer. A kindergarten teacher was alleged to have committed the fake hate crime against a Muslim student. CAIR promoted the fake hate crime in its patented style, alleging a two-month reign of terror against the boy. The fake hate crime duly made the national news. Then came the investigation:

Police found no evidence to confirm a November report that a teacher bullied and assaulted a Muslim kindergartener at David Cox Road Elementary, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported Friday.

Principal Celeste Spears-Ellis notified parents that the accused teacher has returned to the classroom after the District Attorney’s Office found “no evidence of an assault other than the complainant’s report” and no grounds for criminal charges.

As a general rule if you have to fake hate crimes to make news odds are they aren’t happening.  And may I say that this bit (and the next) shows that Powerline has become a must read website


We’ve heard a lot about fake news let’s talk fake charities:

The Clinton Global Initiative has informed the New York Department of Labor that it intends to lay off its 22 employees on April 15, 2017. The reason given is “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.” Here, via the The Great American Movement, is a link to the notice on the NY DOL web site.

It’s must be tough for a family of influence peddlers when they have no more influence to peddle.


It seems to me that this evaluation is correct:

THIS ISN’T A PROTEST, IT’S A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY: Inauguration Protesters Plan To Destroy Property And Disrupt Balls.

I think these people have decided the way to power and influence in the Democrat party is to destroy, I think they’ll look great in a DC jail and if Sessions decides to go after this stuff using RICO and start suing the folks funding these guys it could get interesting


I’ve been playing a lot of Civilization 6. It seems to me a radical departure from the previous versions. I really feel that I’m playing a different game rather than an update, not necessarily a better or worse one, but a different one. The real change is that I’ve been working in a two laptop system where one is dedicated to the game and the other to this work.


I’m an old comic book guy and at Christmas I picked up a bunch of stuff out of my kids folder for them along with six issues of Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Staki that I never cancelled. You would think after 20 years the quality might drop just a little, but it hasn’t. Along with Groo I’ll still pick them up and enjoy them.


Finally Yesterday Atlanta made mincemeat out of Seattle 36-20 and were celebrated as a powerhouse  while the Patriots pretty much treated the Texans the same in a 34-16 win and were greeted with stories about what is going wrong with them.  That’s how good the Pats are.

Incidentally The NFL should think it’s lucky stars for Tom Brady and the Patriots, the story of his suspension and their quest for Superbowl 5 along with the rise of the Cowboys, Atlanta and Aaron Rogers Packers have overshadowed the idiocy of Kaepernick et/al, but the real NFL news was San Diego telling the chargers to pound sand when asking for a new stadium. I think taxpayers are catching on to the scam.