In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.

William F. Buckley Jr Up From Liberalism (1959)

A few days ago talking about Prager U’s excellent video on Nazi’s vs communists I wrote about the 180 the left did on the US entering WW 2 as soon as Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, we saw a perfect example of this on CBS yesterday.

As I and other noted the firing of FBI director James Comey forced a sudden 180 on the part of the left. For the last six months had been portraying him as public enemy number one on every TV show and social media platform that exists, and suddenly that same left decided getting rid of the said villain was prima facia evidence of our living in a police state.

Unfortunately nobody told Stephen Colbert’s audience that the meme had changed as Rush explains:

So anyway, Colbert goes out there. He says, “A huge story broke just moments ago, less than 10 minutes ago, FBI Director James Comey has just been fired by Donald Trump,” and his audience cheered!

His audience practically gave it a standing O, and Colbert didn’t know what to do. The audience, which is indicative of liberals and leftists all over the country, thought it was the greatest thing they could have heard because that’s what they’ve been conditioned to do: Hate Comey. They have been told that Comey stole the election from them by dumping all over Hillary. They’ve been told that Comey showed all kinds of favoritism to Trump, so they have been conditioned to literally hate Comey.

The Hillary camp has played a role in that; the Drive-By Media has led that charge; the Democrat Party got their digs in. So Colbert goes out there, and he’s fully expecting for his audience to boo and hiss, and what did they do? They cheered it! They gave it a standing ovation because that’s what they’ve been programmed to do. They’ve been told to hate Comey. Colbert was totally taken aback, and he said something like, “Wow, wow. Huge, huge Donald Trump fans here.”

As Jim Treacher put it:

 

It’s akin to Pavlov kicking his dog for coming when he rings the bell, or for those without a classical education the Good Wife episode: What’s in the Box where two sides in a courtroom are fighting over a ballot box one claiming it should be thrown out due to evidence of fraud and other other saying the votes should count, then suddenly word comes that the box has been opened and once the contents are known the two sides do an instant 180

Diane: Your Honor, we ask that these ballots be immediately counted to determine whether a fraud…
Patti: The sanctity of the voting booth must not be breached, Your Honor.

[then word comes out the votes in the box have been counted and it turns out the box contains exactly the opposite of what both sides expected it to be]
Diane: We… Your Honor, um…
Judge: Would you like to change your motion?
Diane: Yes, we– actually, we are going to withdraw the motion out of respect for the voting process.
Patti: We’d like to make a motion, Your Honor.
Judge: Of course you would.
Patti: These ballots are fraudulent and should be thrown out.

Alas unlike the cast of CBS’ The Good Wife the Audience wasn’t given the script.

Even better Jon Stewart who was the guest that night (it was a comedy central reunion show) ended up illustrating the absurdity of the situation: (commentary via newsbusters)

 

COLBERT: I got a question for the audience. When I said (previously) that Comey was fired by Trump, you all cheered — w-why? (more laughter) Is it because of what he did to Hillary? (cheers and applause from audience)

STEWART (pointing finger at audience): No!

COLBERT (reminding audience of proper response to Comey firing): But you know he’s investigating Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia …

STEWART: Yes!

COLBERT: … which will now evaporate like cotton candy in the ocean.

STEWART (aware that Colbert is losing audience): No, you know what you got? You got, they were riding a wave. That was like a beginner’s surfers class where they were like (mimicking a struggling surfer), I’m standing up! Oh no, wait! (audience laughs after being insulted) Oh no, now I’m on my knees! Hold on! Which it was — I hate that guy, I love that guy, but Trump did, and they didn’t

 

In other words, how dare you ignorant masses not realize that the meme has changed.

Cue Gene Wilder:

This is what the left is reduced to, the cool kids being told what they have to think, when they have to laugh and when they are supposed to cheer.

And the really fun part of it? They think they are free thinkers.

by baldilocks

The Great McCain wades into the “logic” of using an epithet for homosexuals as an insult against a heterosexual—and the weirdness of the uproar.

If I wanted to insult Stephen Colbert, I might have called him a lot of things, but “c**k holster” probably wouldn’t have come to mind. By the standards of Stephen Colbert, however, there are no standards, so I can call him any slang synonym for homosexual and still hope to get a network TV contract.

Alas, my phone isn’t blowing up with return calls from CBS executives, which probably means you won’t see “The Stacy McCain Gay Joke Show” on their fall schedule. And I had so much material ready . . .

Being almost as notoriously heterosexual as President Trump, I wouldn’t be much offended at being targeted by an anti-gay slur. It’s an odd thing about what are commonly called “homophobic” insults: Who’s insulted?

If you’re not actually gay, why would someone call you a f*ggot? Is he trying to start a fight? Aren’t anti-gay insults, when aimed at a target who is not even suspected of homosexuality, just a way of saying, “I don’t like you”?

OK, you don’t like me, so you call me a f*ggot. And then what?

How am I expected to react to this non sequitur? Call the Civility Police and report you for violating the law against homophobia? (…)

Barry Manilow recently announced his homosexuality. Has Stephen Colbert called the legendary pop balladeer a “c**k holster” yet? Has Colbert said anything similar about Elton John? Was Colbert making gay jokes when George Michael died? Have I somehow overlooked Colbert’s history of remarks indicating his negative opinion of homosexuality? If we don’t have any reason to believe Colbert is anti-gay, then why the social-media uproar about his alleged expression of “homophobia”?

Emphasis mine.

It’s simple. Left-leaning sorts like Stephen Colbert:

  1. May use any slurs, whether racial, sexual, or any other type. It’s almost like a driver’s license.
  2. Believe that Republicans hate homosexuals and, therefore, believe that they would be angry at being called one.

(I remember that this was a perennial Twitter “insult” tossed at the late Andrew Breitbart—the biological father of four children. President Trump has five children.)

It is, simply, “I don’t like you”—an example of using whatever verbal weapon one thinks the target would like least. It’s the higher primate version of chimpanzee poo-flinging.

For the record, I couldn’t care less if Colbert keeps his show or gets the axe. It’s still somewhat of a free country and I’ll keep exercising the freedom to miss his show.

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Full disclosure: I struggle with sin to the point where both today and yesterday when this post was written I had to skip communion at daily Mass because I need confession.

There are a lot of reasons to think that Stephen’s Colbert’s vulgar rant against Trump was a bad idea.

First of all it’s cheap comedy, it takes no effort to make a vulgar joke. 2nd of all it’s demeaning to a major network to be this crude on their primary late-night show. Third of all it’s is disrespectful to the office of the presidency and an example the decay of our culture.

For me it’s something quite different

One thing about Stephen Colbert is he is a very public Catholic, here is him going Catholic with Patrica Heaton:

And here is one with America Magazine

Full disclosure I’m not big on America Magazine

He also has been known to publicly invite people, famous people back to the faith.

Or put simply he is a very public Catholic who wears his faith on his sleeve.

And that’s why that vulgar Trump joke is so bad.

He didn’t just do something wrong and beneath him but did it as a known very public member of the faith, even worse he didn’t have the courage to say to his writers: “You know I think this crosses the line and as a public Catholic I shouldn’t do it.” That cowardice is the worst of vices as it drives people, even devout people to sin more than anything else. Cowardice, the unwillingness call out sin, invariably leads to something worse.

Now it’s true that a private sin, like my own are no better than public one and can be even more dangerous in the sense that the lack of public embarrassment makes it easier to repeat and harder to fight and the plank in your own eye argument is not an unfair one.

But to do something like this in public brings disrepute on the faith itself.

Some people think Colbert should be fired.

I don’t.

I think it’s an excellent opportunity to display repentance and the importance of sacramental confession and show that whatever ones sins if you are willing to go to confession repent and work to do better, you can start over. As the Pope said

I think Colbert has a great chance to show this, will he, the champion of liberals, have the courage to risk offending those liberals who love this kind of thing.

Todd is a member of the MSM and as an MSNBC guy tends to go left but there are apparently bridges too far even for him:

“Is it fair to the process? Yes, the process is a mess, but he’s doing it in a way that it feels as if he’s trying to influence it with his own agenda, that may be anti-Republican. And we in the media are covering it as a schtick and a satire, but it’s like, ‘Well wait a minute here…’ he’s also trying to do his best to marginalize the candidates, and we’re participating in that marginalization.”

Todd is taking a page from Robert Stacy McCain calling BS instead of playing along. Good for him and good for Mediaite for pushing it.

Good form Mr. Todd, Good form indeed!

Here is the video via Big Journalism:

Update: As Chuck Todd shines ABC doesn’t

Once their work on the hill was done, these pols were no strangers to controversy. We take a look at some of the most tawdry affairs and public scandals that rocked the lives of these politicians, and how each one weathered the storm.

Guess what former president doesn’t make the list. HINT he was in office the same time as Newt and is known as “slick willie.”

Worse than the bias is the assumption of stupidity of the part of the reader.

Stephen Colbert decided in his running gag about forming his own PAC to highlight both Turn Right USA and their initial Janice Hahn video. (Note I am breaking my own rule concerning this ad because it is only a brief clip within the Colbert Report.)

His own priorities not withstanding thanks to Colbert, the play count for the ad and the hit count for Turn Right USA should soar. I’m sure the Hahn campaign will love the attention. In fact let’s take a look at what happens when you search for “Janice Hahn” on Youtube as of 7 a.m. this morning EST:

Count da hits

Count the hits, that adds up to 700,000+ including the MSNBC report which played the entire ad. That’s sure to keep people unacquainted with the charges in the ad.

And it gets worse for Hahn. If you look at the top 10 results only two of them are not directly speaking to the ad and one of those is the initial news report that the ad is based on.

Now I object to the ad because I consider it (and still do) sexist and I don’t care for the language, but idea that Stephen “I’m whiter than wonder bread” Colbert is accusing two black rappers of racism against blacks is rather interesting.

At least one of the rappers in question Uncle Head, objected on twitter.

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Loudly:

Splack Pack btw is the name of the Rap group in the video.

So the end result of all of this is:

A whole new set of people not acquainted with the ad or the charges have been introduced to it.

The primary association for Janice Hahn on YouTube is this video.

Turn Right USA has been granted instant national credibility by one of the left’s attack organs and will likely result in an influx of contributions

And of course I’m sure the both the Hahn campaign and Turn Right USA are absolutely thrilled that Colbert has done this the day after Turn Right USA released this follow-up video:

With a 75%-25% advantage D vs R in the primary, the odds of Hahn losing her special election in CA-36 are long, but she is damaged and democrats have been forced to use resources, including money and national airtime to counter that damage. What do you think will happen if Ladd Ehlinger and/or Turn right USA is turned loose on a closer campaign?

If the left is not worried, they ought to be, and if Ehlinger wasn’t stopped by death threats like this, what will they end up doing next?

Update: Colbert was granted his PAC by the government today on two votes 6-0 & 5-1. Turn Right USA couldn’t buy this kind of publicity.

They are still talking Colbert on Morning Joe. I have yet to see them mention the DOJ scandal this week, Washington post front page not withstanding.

Politico right now is saying that Democrats regret having him up there, I think the administration doesn’t regret it at all. Mission accomplished!

Remember the worst media bias is not the actual report, it is choosing what stories get reported (re: Time and Militia this week) and those that do not (DOJ scandal).

For your discussion and debate #1 Some poll results are more permanent than others

Looking at current polls. Obama is shown in poll with only 40% or so believing he deserves re-election. Joe points out in perspective saying that his polls were comparable with Clinton 2004 & Reagan 1982, can’t make this the last word…

…then in the same poll Obama is shown beating Sarah Palin in a 2012 match up and the Same Joe Scarborough touts this as more proof that she can sell books but can’t be elected and Mika breathes a sigh of relief.

My take: How is one poll a snapshot of time and the other set in stone? Joe’s point about the president is right but it applies equally to Sarah Palin. How was Reagan polling in 1978 for example?

For your discussion and debate #2 Some stories are more relevant than others

Colbert took his act to SNL The comedy connection a congressional hearing on Friday and Mika’s reaction indicates she found it just as appealing and appropriate as leading the day’s news with Paris Hilton. Her comment was classic: “Who are these people who are the 21% that approve of congress?” Mark Halperin pointed out Pelosi & Hoyer disagreed on the appearance noting that this should be a bigger story….

…yet there was not a word about the other Friday Hearings on the air DOJ RACISM SCANDALS made the Washington Post front page but as of 7:08 Morning Joe hasn’t touched it. I submit that this is not coincidence. I think democrats wanted that coverage off of TV and as far as Morning Joe goes, that’s exactly what they’ve got. As John Nolte put it: Mission Accomplished.

My Take: I know they had their education day scheduled for a while but I’d like to see Mika decide for the 8 a.m. hour to lead with Christopher Coates testimony instead of Colbert a-la Paris. She has 45 minutes. Will she do it?

Different individuals have different expertise, I don’t know if Stephen Colbert has any more specific information about illegal immigration than anyone else, but I do know this.

If you are going to testify on the people’s dime in the people’s house it is not meant to be a publicity stunt done in character.

But clown Colbert’s Democrat enablers aren’t interested in serious debate. They’re interested in promoting illegal alien amnesty by any means necessary — even it means turning a House hearing into a Comedy Central stage.

If democrats want to know why they are heading for the defeat they are, it’s because they have the same respect for the voter as they do for the people’s house.