The Trump Kim summit is over and the reactions from the media have been varied, & the spin has already begun but even Joe Scarborough is admitting that this is a big deal:
It very fair to say that we aren’t going to know the long term results of all of this for years but Trump is already winning the PR war per this conversation with George Stephanopoulos
G: You’ve set the bar for nuclear agreements by criticizing the Iran nuclear deal, said it’s the worst deal ever made.
T: Terrible deal.
G: Does that mean that any deal with North Korea has to be tougher than the Iran deal?
T: I don’t think a deal could be softer. First of all, we’re not paying $150 billion, OK, we’re paying nothing from that standpoint other than, you will see what happens.
On a completely unrelated side note I had to open up a browser that I wasn’t signed into to get that Morning Joe tweet as I had forgotten they had blocked me a long time ago. Perhaps the judge in the Trump-Twitter was ignorant of the fact that all a blocked person has to do in order to see a tweet is to open a new browser that they’re not logged in to. But I’m flattered that the show blocked me as it indicated they have no confidence in their ability to counter my points among their most loyal fans.
That’s why I never block folks unless they are putting porn images into my timeline, let the left’s own arguments show them for what they are.
The Trump/Kim summit also demonstrates something that it took me a long time to figure out about Trump. Complements and Insults are throw away lines to be used whenever they suit him. One should not take an insult, even the worst possible insult as anything of substance and by the same token one should not take a complement from Trump as more than a bit of expediency. Both complements and insults are tools to be used to achieve ends. What Trump really thinks about a person is kept close to the vest and can not be determined by any complement or insult. His foes inability to figure this out is one of their great weaknesses.
Oh one exception. Trump’s complements to and about me were of course completely sincere.
Speaking of summits while the results of the Trump/Kim summit will take months and years to evaluate the results of the Trump/Kardisian summit are already worrying some on the left:
Donald Trump is succeeding at something few people thought possible. He is getting some black people to compare him to Barack Obama. Obama didn’t get Alice Johnson out of jail. Obama didn’t pardon Jack, even though Ken Burns asked him to and produced an entire documentary explaining why.
Donald Trump isn’t killing the Republican Party.
He is killing the Democratic Party.
He is singlehandedly making people forget the strength and resilience and heart of the party that once tried to define itself as the place for the little guy, for the left-outs, for the have-nots.
The key words in that are “once tried to define itself” because with black unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent and the gap between the black and white unemployment rate is down to 2.4% the difference between “defining itself” and doing is the difference between Trump and the Democrat Party.
Don’t’ get me wrong as Powerline notes Alice Johnson was a big time Drug dealer and deserved what she got but after 21 years she’s not likely a danger to anyone, but gestures like this showing that America is the country of 2nd chances is good for the country in the long run.
A little more Trump? The president has managed to Sack the NFL with his move on the Eagles (ironically a team that didn’t kneel during the 2017 season. By dis-inviting them and then following up asking for a list of possible pardon targets he has invited them to put their money where their mouths are and provide names of folks who have been mistreated by police who deserve pardon. There has been no response from the NFL crowd but it will be interesting to see if they thread the needle of recommending cop killers and traitors on one end or snubbing the offer on the other.
Given what we’ve seen from the players I expect them to charge directly into the jaws of this trap rather than doing something useful with it.
Speaking of sportsmen who don’t care for Trump there is a lot of talk about where Lebron James is going to end up next year. I’ve heard speculation from Philly, Houston, LA and even Boston but in all that talk there was one thing I was hearing on sports radio that I found very appealing.
The question was how long Lebron would stay in the league, from what the hosts were saying his goal is to stay long enough so that when his oldest son is drafted by a team, he can play beside him.
There are a lot of reason why people don’t care for Lebron, but I’ve got to tell you that as far as I’m concerned a man with such a goal in mind has his priorities in life straight and it certainly won’t hurt the black community to have a role model who is clearly concerned about being a father who is there for his son.
Robert Stacy McCain tell us another story of how the honored cultural elites turn out to be less than meets the eye:
Stunning revelations of an Australian paedophile ring involving celebrity arts figures have been laid bare by the daughters of a prominent playwright.
Rozanna and Kate Lilley, the daughters of playwright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men including the late Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, The Australian reports.
Sharp, Australia’s foremost pop artist, designed record covers and posters for Bob Dylan, Donovan and Eric Clapton and wrote songs for Clapton’s band, Cream.
Ellis was a political commentator, writer and film maker who penned 22 television and screenplays.
The Lilley sisters, who each have written new books, say their mother encouraged underage sex between her daughters and famous men she entertained at her Sydney house.
The sisters say the men enjoyed having young girls around and their mother, considered a left wing radical and admired feminist, encouraged their joining in the libertine sex scene of the times.
If you have the stomach for it I suggest reading the whole piece but in fairness I have to say that given what we’ve seen from Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey and so many others of the left I have to take exception to the use of the word “shocking” in this context.
Entertainment? The movie Solo is aptly named as it seems to be alone in the Star Wars universe in it’s inability to make it into the black. Apparently the idea of treating the customer base as a group of people to be lectured to on social issues rather than a customer base to be served just doesn’t work in terms of the bottom line.
And apparently the plan for Disney is to extend this to the Marvel movies as ace reports:
Anyway, Disney may be facing tougher times ahead, and I couldn’t be happier about that.
When all this is over, I’d like Disney to stand as a cautionary tale about injecting SJW politics into movies, TV shows, childrens’ cartoons, and sports coverage.
When you position yourself as a de facto political organization, you should be treated as such.
PS: Captain Marvel seems like it just might be a Social Justice Warrior bonanza. I have high hopes that it will be the first Solo-like dud of the MCU.
Some house keeping. After 9 years on the radio and podcasting we ended the podcast last month. The time just isn’t there and the weekly format meant that I was behind on some news while missing other news. As an alternative I’ve been doing a series of pieces called “Interviews with Immigrants” where I do audio interviews with folks who were born elsewhere about the hows and whys and wherefores of coming here. So far I have talked to people from Haiti, Iraq and El Salvador with more on the way. The plan is to start putting them up by the of the month.
Finally some blog/stat/dough updates
You may have noticed a few changes here. Fausta has been ill and has been unable to post, Zilla also has had some health issues in the family and has been absent as well as had JD Rucker. We wish all of them speedy recoveries and hope they choose to return when they are feeling better. Sadly we have also said goodbye to Michigan Mick who choose depart for personal reasons and wish him the best with the knowledge that there is always a place for him to opine if he feels the need to opine.
On the plus side the good we have decided to give a platform to the good folks at the Worcester Tea Party who have helped us with events in the past. We have an occasional Gun piece from Sam Bocetta and Tech Knight and Ellen Kolb are posting twice a month rather than once.
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