Reminder: In 2009, President Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

Glenn Reynolds Instapundit (repeated meme)

On Sunday Morning as a perused the net while Dawife resisted waking, I saw this headline at Memeorandum
globetrump

In an age where CNN honestly fact checking Hillary Clinton draws a “Wow!” an opinion piece at the Boston Globe hitting a presumptive GOP nominee for president as a potential authoritarian is practically evergreen.

Nor is the substance of Mr Cohen’s argument incoherent as it is, of particular note. After all you can’t lead a piece talking about the Trump flips and flops, describing a man whose words can’t be taken seriously and then tell us we should be concerned about Trump as an authoritarian thus:

But there’s a good reason why Bezos might be concerned about Trump going after him, if he became president.

Trump said he would.
Doesn’t “Be afraid because he said this”, this contradict that whole opening “You can’t believe a word Trump says” meme that he started with, or is it just me?

What caught my eye about this particular piece, what makes this something beyond the redundant, “GOP is Evil”, “Trump is Evil” media line was his big finish warning the American people about the oppression that would come under a Trump presidency:

What he’s hinting at is that he would use the anti-trust division of the Justice Department to go after a newspaper publisher who writes stories that he doesn’t like.

This is a direct threat. And even if Trump has no intention of following through, he is clearly trying to intimidate Bezos and in turn The Washington Post from running negative stories about him. Indeed, Trump is trying to get Bezos to use his position as owner of the paper to influence the Post’s coverage.

Trump, who is running for an office in which the oath for that position demands he “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” is actively calling for a measure that would violate the spirit if not the letter of the First Amendment. In an ordinary democracy, comments like these would practically be disqualifying for a presidential candidate. In America 2016, they barely garner notice. If anything, Trump is using it as a campaign selling point. Perhaps he should create a new tab on his campaign website titled “Planned Abuses of Power.”

It is easy to become inured to Trump’s obnoxiousness, crudeness, and know-nothingness. But, make no mistake, a man who so casually suggests using the awesome powers of the federal government to investigate newspaper owners is a direct threat to our democracy.

I’m sorry but ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Didn’t we have the federal government selling guns to mexican cartels and then using those sales to attack gun rights? 
Didn’t we have the IRS targeting the Tea Party over their political beliefs, and the public spectacle of Lois Lerner take the 5th before congress rather than answer questions without anyone being punished?
Are not Catholic nuns being sued by the federal government to be forced to violate their Catholic beliefs?
Didn’t we see an elected official in February jailed for daring to insist on her religious freedom of conscience?
Aren’t we seeing AG’s across the nation ready to practice lawfare against anyone dares point out the holes in the entire Global Warming meme?
Are we not seeing the full force of the federal government being used against North Carolina for daring to decree that biological reality is in fact reality?
And in the last seven days did we not see this very government command by fiat that every public school in the nation must allow students to choose their own gender as if they were bidding on a flight on Priceline?
And only now, does Michael Cohen,  whose columns seem oddly lacking in content about the abuses listed above, have worries about authoritarian presidency.  Only now, when the target of potential government abuse shift from conservatives to an industry like the press, almost entirely a haven for liberalism, is the oath of office for a president a serious and sacred thing worth worrying about.

Unexpectedly.

In the end this proves one thing: liberals are never worried about authoritarianism as long as they are the authorities.

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Ever think you had woken up and found you were still asleep and dreaming?

That’s how I felt when I saw this tweet from the Donald Trump camp.

My reaction to this was, wow, just wow, which is a polite way of saying:

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

In a way it makes sense. The Donald™ has decided (correctly btw) that there is little or no chance of winning over Ted Cruz voters so there is no downside for him here and given the abject hatred of Ted Cruz by the establishment GOP, the media etc etc etc this line of attack is likely to be repeated and popular and hopefully overshadowing the Marco Rubio surge. All part of the overall Trump control of the air campaign plan

Of course it’s also there is always the chance that he’s making this idiocy up as he goes along.

I was thinking it was most self delusional tweet you will see from a presidential campaign, or at least it would be if twenty minutes before I made this Joke concerning Rand Paul & Rick Santorum (both good men btw) leaving the GOP race…

….Jim Gilmore tweeted this.

My reaction of course is ARE YOU KIDDING ME, he really means it!

I’m trying to figure out which tweet is more delusional and just can’t decide so I think it’s time for a poll.

After all the world needs more laughter.

One of the constants of the left is that if one of their own falls it certainly isn’t the fault of the left or anything resembling it. It’s an aberration, a person disturbed or the person really wasn’t a leftist after all.

But if you really want to find the ultimate it spinning Niki at the Liberty Zone has found it:

I shouldn’t be amazed at the continued racism, prejudice, and utter appalling lies perpetuated by the SJW crowd. After all I’ve written about them enough on this blog. Every time I finish an essay, I promise myself to ignore these nits hereafter. I don’t want to give them any additional publicity or clicks.

The story she is talking about is pretty basic, a rather well-known Astronomer and professor at liberal Bastion USC Berkeley Geoffrey William Marcy was found to have violated the sexual harassment policy of the college

Amid growing outrage less than a week after a sexual harassment scandal burst into the news, renowned astronomer Geoff Marcy has resigned his post at UC Berkeley.

But his resignation, announced by campus administrators Wednesday, did little to quell anger over the school’s light punishment after an official investigation found he had been subjecting students to unwanted groping, kissing and massages for nearly a decade.

The Berkley statement is of interest:

 

It is important to understand that as Berkeley’s leadership considered disciplinary options, we did not have the authority, as per University of California policy, to unilaterally impose any disciplinary sanctions, including termination. Discipline of a faculty member is a lengthy and uncertain process. It would include a full hearing where the standards of evidence that would be used are higher than those that are applied by the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) in the course of its investigations. The process would also be subject to a three-year statute of limitations.

 

The statute of limitation explains why this is not criminal matter.

Now the idea that a Berkeley Professor used power to take sexual advantage of students in his care is a legit story and one that’s repeated in public schools & colleges nationwide.

What was the cause? The abuse of power? A predatory nature? Because he could? No the blame for this Berkley professor can be laid at the door of that infamous womanizer…Captain Kirk…

In hindsight, those early episodes seem undeniably cheesy, but at the time they were far more serious – not only about the starship Enterprise’s mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” but also about the importance of Captain Kirk meeting hot alien babes on all of the strange planets they found.

if you think blaming Kirk is maximum crazy it’s not:

But condemning the behavior of the university and the professor wasn’t good enough for the “writer” of the dreck I cited above. No, she just had to take the opportunity to smear the SJWs’ favorite punching bag, the Sad Puppies, with that tainted brush, because Sad Puppies = anyone the SJWs hate.

The mental acrobatics and irrational contortions that she obviously had to go through to reach this conclusion are making my eyes cross! You see, the Sad Puppies, in the addled shit show of a mind of this particular imbecile, want to bring back the good ole days of science fiction, which are replete with misogyny, degradation of women, and the SJW morons’ favorite boogieman: the domination of old white men.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

This college professor while pretending to be a good liberal professor at Berkeley was made a sexual harasser late in life because of the horrible influence of William Shatner’s portrayal of Captain Kirk and Furthermore this just shows that the Sad Puppies Hugo Awards guys want to create a world we’re science fiction will be all about grooming people to think sexually assault women while pretending they are orion slave girls.

And you thought medical marijuana wasn’t harmful.

Of course even funnier is the demonstration of my crazy uncle principle as said opinion apparently produced a plethora of agreements and affirmation. It’s a wonder they haven’t launched a class action suit against Shatner.

I wonder if Bill Clinton & Bill Cosby were big Trek fans?

There are people in the world who need to be laughed at publicly, this person is one of them.

Via Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit

Update: Related, perhaps not being able to cope with the opposite sex is a berkeley problem.

“One time, I agreed to meet with this guy at 8 or 9 at night. Before we met, I said to him, ‘This is the work I do, I know the chief of police … so, don’t try and get creepy; I know all my rights.’ And five minutes later, he was like, ‘Actually, I’m really not OK with how you just assume I’m a bad guy. And I get very bad vibes from that, so we shouldn’t hang out anymore.’”

“I was in a rage. He was a total fuckboy about consent,” she said.

I guess this berkeley co-ed is lucky this guy sounds like a closet Shatner fan to me. I think Stacy can see her future

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There are a lot of things today that need to be laughed at.

Today too many people are so disconnected from reality, so fearful of the wrath of the left or ignorant that they allow things that should produce mocking laughter automatically actually threat these things seriously.

So this is the first in a semi regular series called “Are you kidding me” where we will point at a story and laugh at it.

Today: Hillary Clinton Cries “Sexism

Hillary Clinton has found a new wedge issue against Sen. Bernie Sanders. The topic is gun control, but the angle is gender. Clinton is framing Sanders as a sexist who accuses women of shouting when they try to speak up.

It didn’t take long for this sexism charge to produce stories with even Jake Tapper asking Senator Sanders about to answer her over it.

Are you kidding me?

Seriously, Hillary Clinton, the wife of Bill “you’d better put some ice on that” Clinton is crying “Sexism” because Bernie Sanders says shouting on Guns won’t get it done.

I noted this to a Hillary supporter pointing out that Bill Clinton opened for her and Katy Perry at her big rally and wondering what would happen if say, Josh Dugger opened for Mike Huckabee at an event?. Her reaction.

No I’m not insulting I’m just informed enough to know that if Hillary Clinton is opining on sexism the proper response for any person with any actual knowledge of the Clinton and perspective on what sexism is: is to point at Hillary and laugh.