Time to interrupt my final two Stacy McCain posts to comment a little on the issues of the day/week.
There have been attacks in London and Paris this week. In Paris the target was just one policeman in London the underground but the most amazing thing about both attacks is the continuing unwillingness of either people to fight back.
I’m old enough to remember when the media/left insisted that Scooter Libby had to be jailed over the Valerie Plame affair. Strangely enough Susan Rice’s activities don’t seem to excite any worry at all to them, after all her targets were their political enemies.
The Red Sox failure to punish those behind the banner incident beyond ejection is going to encourage more of this at more Redsox Patriots Bruins and perhaps even Celtics games. And while I agree with the Herald that it will hurt the left in the long run, it will also make these games much less enjoyable for those who enjoy sports so I don’t like the trade off.
Even worse for the left is the fact that many on their side, young, hip and of color are questioning it. How soon will we see rebelling against the left PC become the next cool thing for the eternally bored young?
Andrew Breitbart told us that politics is downstream from culture, Phelim McAleer with his Ferguson play has taken these words to heart and is going to make sure some of that truth gets downstream. Would that more of those on the right, particularly those who waste their funds on consultants, did so too.
Finally I find reading “Chelsea” Manning play the victim over losing a visiting fellowship at the Kennedy School at Harvard when she will still be given a speaking slot at the most prestigious almost as amazing as the initial invitation. Then again considering what I saw at Harvard last week, the idea that the Kennedy School, as in John Fitzgerald Kennedy war hero, would honor a traitor who is only free from a 35 year jail sentence because we elected a president with a great affection for enemies of America does not seem that amazing at all.
We mentioned Act for America feeling compelled to cancel their nationwide events Sept 9th. I’ve invited Dianne Ploss of Boston’s ACT chapter to join us for the Stacy McCain Buffet Books and Blather event in Leominster. She has graciously accepted and we look forward to seeing her on our roundtable panel. You can get tickets here.
The Houston disaster continues and demonstrates something important. That while we can make good scientific guesses our ability to predict the cycles of weather and climate are limited by the amount of years we’ve actually been measuring thus when it comes to any storm cycle that repeats over a period of 300 years or more, we haven’t got a clue.
The contrast between those trying to help in Houston and those who are rioting in Berkeley or calling for the removal of monuments has been a disaster to the left and the media’s memes, or to put it another way, I’ve seen pictures of boats with Confederate flags saving folks in Texas, I’ve not seen pictures of boats full of people in black wearing masks doing so.
I was called back to work this week from the company that laid me off, I started on Tuesday which is the 3rd workday of this new shift I’m on. While I was out of work my readers provided me with a paycheck every week I was out plus the equivalent of two more days worth of pay, I’ll leave you to decide it that is coincidence or providence.
Yesterday on the radio I heard there was a march of ministers against Trump which gave few details. One of the detals they left out was that it was organized and led by Al Sharpton, presumably because such info would defeat the MSM goal of portraying the march as an actual moral crusade.
When I was young the NAACP was known for standing up to police dogs and angry Klansmen for the rights of average people to go to school, sit at a lunch counter and live where they will. Now they are known for protesting on behalf of a millionaire football player unsigned after a 2-10 record and people wonder why they aren’t as respected as they once were.
To close on a football story actually involving football the New England Patriots has lost Julian Edelman for the season thanks to an injury in their 3rd preseason game. Despite what you are hearing from sites like this as long the offensive line and Tom Brady remain uninjured Edelman’s absence from the Patriot lineup this year will have only a slightly greater effect on their playoff run than my own.
I like Jeff Sessions but his decision to recuse himself on the Russia Matter was the single biggest mistake of any person in this administration from day one. Apparently he forgot the hardball that was played against him back in the days when Democrats had at least a semblance of sanity.
You would think that after the last 20 years the GOP would learn that the media is not their friends never has been there friend and never will be their friend. Then again you would think they would have managed to repeal Obamacare too
There are days when I ask myself “Why does Jake Tapper stays at CNN as I can’t imagine it doesn’t much for his reputation?” At least until I ask the question: “What outfit in the MSM could he go to these day that wouldn’t hurt his reputation?
The Premiere for my new radio show on WQPH went about as bad as one could get, from the pouring rain that dropped attendance to the technical issues that led to dead air at the time to the person who backed into my wife’s car at the end. The show will be rebroadcast next week, I guess we got all the bad luck out of the way early.
Dana Milbank says there is no such thing as a Trump Democrat. Might I suggest he checks out my interviews covering three of his events herehere and here.
I rewatched the movie 1941 last weekend. Even without the classic John Williams score I can’t see how this movie doesn’t leave absolutely everyone simply dying from laughter.
As of the moment I’m writing this post not knowing the final resolution to my situation with DaWife and Southwest Airlines is up in the air. After our 3rd (4th if you count Saturday’s abortive attempt) call and a bunch of tweets and IMs and the changing goalposts my left the house vowing that she would never fly with them again.
Tomorrow is her day off and I suggested her to wait to see if Southwest airlines calls her to get things settled by 10 AM EST (they should have our number from my DM’s) If they don’t call, them my instruction is to book our trip if she can, if she can’t do the whole thing do just the flights using whatever credits she can.
As for me I’ll go to work and punch in at 10:30 PM. When this post goes up at 6 AM I’ll still be working but will leave at 7 AM go from there to the 8 AM mass and then get home around 9 AM and intend after being up 24 hours to crash. and when I wake up tomorrow afternoon she can tell me If there is a long post coming recommending an alternative choice to my readers or not.
After all everyone screws up sometime, that’s life, it’s how you handle a screwup or an upset customer that determines if one should take their custom elsewhere.
Speaking of Screwups those insisting on selling the line that the president to stumble all over himself and embarrass our nation in Saudi Arabia are having a very bad day as reality is getting in the way of that narrative:
If anyone was waiting for President Trump to trip over his own tongue and damage our international relationships they probably came away disappointed. While he came on stronger than his predecessor by a wide margin and took a few chances, this speech probably opened the door to more cooperation against radical Islamic terror right in their own back yard. (Whether anyone actually wants to walk through that door in any significant way is another question, but at least he made the invitation.)
I’m old enough to remember when the media uniformly predicted that President Donald Trump’s hard line against Islamic Terror was going to make diplomacy in the Arab world difficult if not impossible
3 things there that will recur throughout the speech: 1. He’s not going to tell them what to do, 2. We all have children and our children are the future, and 3. He knows something of what God thinks.
But here is the real Killer Analysis:
That seems like another implicit refutation of Idea #1, but it’s followed by this very strong statement of Idea #1:
America is prepared to stand with you — in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. It is a choice between two futures — and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.
That sets up the strongest part of the speech, which sounds as though he’s yelling what to do at them:
A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship. DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities. DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.
“Drive them out” is an imperative, repeated, with brutal Trumpian emphasis, 5 times. And yet, it’s technically a choice: There’s that “if”: “A better future is only possible if…”
Trump gives a name to his approach: “Principled Realism”:
acknowledging the reality of Islamic Terror is not something the left is in favor of.
While the President’s speech is getting a lot of headlines there is another thing worth noting here that Don Surber has picked up on:
US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has taken Saudi Arabia by storm ever since she disembarked from Air Force One in Riyadh Saturday morning.
The hashtag #Trump’s_daughter, in Arabic, is the top trending hashtag in the country as Twitter fans heaped praise on the first daughter.
Ivanka, who is set to take part in roundtable discussions during the president’s first official visit abroad, wore a long navy dress as she arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the US delegation.
Why is this a big deal? Well both she and her husband are Jews
Rest assured they know her religion. And her participation in the talks gets noticed by Saudi women, as the official press (as well as Arab News) went all-in on praising Trump’s visit.
The respect given both President Trump’s daughter and his wife (not to mention President Trump himself) make the job of the MSM in destroying him all that much harder.
Incidentally take a look at this public gathering of Democrats with Nancy Pelosi
California – The classless Democrats gathered in Sacramento for a state convention on Saturday. CA Dem Chairman, John Burton held up his middle fingers while encouraging the crowd to scream ‘F*** Donald Trump!’ while House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi laughed in the background.
And ask yourself if a gathering of Republicans including the highest ranking Republican in the House, ended with a crowd chanting “F*** Obama” and holding up their middle fingers if
1. There would be any other story in the news
2. The media would not be asking every single Republican member of congress to denounce the event and said leader
3. They would be united in calling for said leaders resignation after an abject apology.
The question by the way answers itself.
The media will not cover that story for the same reason why the Democrats won’t tell their base the truth about the accusations on Trump, because they’re too invested in a myth:
Key Democratic officials are clearly worried about the expectations that have been purposely stoked and are now trying to tamp them down. Many of them have tried to signal that the beliefs the base has been led to adopt have no basis in reason or evidence.
The latest official to throw cold water on the MSNBC-led circus is President Obama’s former acting CIA chief Michael Morell. What makes him particularly notable in this context is that Morell was one of Clinton’s most vocal CIA surrogates. In August, he not only endorsed Clinton in the pages of the New York Times but also became the first high official to explicitly accuse Trump of disloyalty, claiming, “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
But on Wednesday night, Morell appeared at an intelligence community forum to “cast doubt” on “allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.” “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire at all,” he said, adding, “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”
The problem is selling this myth is a source of short term profit and as long as that is true it will continue to go on
I found this plea from Chris Cillizza of at CNN comical
Weiner’s plea agreement brings a close to the latest chapter in his increasingly appalling conduct in the years since he was forced to resign from Congress in June 2011 after a series of sexually explicit texts with women not his wife — at the time top Hillary Clinton official Huma Abedin — were discovered.
Over the intervening six years, Weiner attempted a political comeback by seeking the Democratic nomination in the New York mayor’s race in 2013 but was, again, brought low by his increasingly cavalier decisions to share explicit photos of himself with women he met via social media sites. In January 2016, Weiner began one such exchange with a 15-year-old girl. Which brings us to his plea deal Friday.
Those are the facts. Now, can we please agree to just stop talking about Weiner?Hey, it makes sense. If I was totally invested in all Trump Hate all the time I wouldn’t want anyone talking about former leading Democrat and Clinton insider married to a Hillary Clinton’s closest aide who had classified material on his laptop making plays for minor children either.
I understand. Hey if I was part of a media in general and a network in particular fully invested in the Trump evil , GOP evil meme the last thing I’d want to remind the public is that the Husband of Hillary Clinton’s closest aide who had classified material on his computer was using it to make sexual advances toward underage girls.
And unlike the Trump stuff there is actual evidence of it.
When Barack Obama spoke at Notre Dame faithful Catholics were rightly outraged at the idea of a man so diametrically opposed to the faith (and who would end up actively persecuting it as President,see Little Sisters of the Poor Lawsuit) but they did not disrupt his speech or student’s graduation ceremony.
When faced with Vice President Mike Pence, a devout Christian who embraces faith, leftists in the student body did not have the same degree of class
A group of Notre Dame students walked out at the start of Vice President Pence’s commencement speech Sunday. The protest had been planned in advance so the walkout was not a surprise. What may have been a surprise was how few students actually decided to join the walkout.
I’d say I pity these special snowflakes when they reach the real world, but that would be a lie.
I’m not a big basketball guy (loved to play it in my youth but never enjoyed watching it as much) but I found myself watching Cleveland destroy the Celtics in game one and was amazed at how bad they made the #1 seed in the East look and they made them look even worse in game two.
That brought to mind a pair of thoughts: This must be what it was like in the 50’s in Baseball and in the 60’s in Basketball when everybody knew it was just a question of who the Yankees or Celtics would face and if either would be lucky enough to beat them.
It also confirmed what I’ve said before, the regular season means very little as long as you make the playoffs. If Cleveland wanted to they could have started their scrubs for the last two weeks to make their bench stronger and rest their stars and I still think they’d be 10-0 as of this writing.
In a season that has been the worst send off I’ve seen for a Doctor since the Sylvester McCoy (who likely didn’t know the series was done) This week’s Doctor Who was a gem and a half that you should not miss and ironically the most memorable moment had nothing to do with the welcome return of Michelle Gomez, but eitehr way you should watch it. Incidentally punctuated by one of the funniest moments I’ve ever seen on the show. The clip follows but you have to hit more to see it as it has Major spoilers Continue reading “Ten Thoughts Under My Fedora: Southwest & DaWife, Trump in Saudi Arabia and a Pope in the TARDIS”→
If the Sunday Shows have become so insufferable that a political junkie like me can’t watch them anymore how bad must they seem to normal people?
How far have we declined as a nation where booing and heckling graduation speakers who are conservative is considered virtue signaling?
I wonder how many people realize the link between participation trophies from 20 years ago and the number of young adults living with their parents because they can’t afford to do otherwise?
The idea that Elizabeth Warren’s solution to graduates who are piled with debt thanks to majors they can’t get a job in is to have them agitate really crystallizes what the left is.
Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Sharia Law was ever imposed on the US that the current left would be it’s most enthusiastic enforcers?
I suspect that the move of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is a bargaining chip for Trump with the Palestinians, but unlike Clinton or Bush the moment they screw with him, it will get done and fast.
I wonder how many Democrat members of congress will be called and asked if they agree with Congresswoman’s Eshoo’s (D-CA) reference to Middle America as “Podunk USA” I’m guessing unless I do it myself the number will be zero.
You know it’s kinda depressing to have your Basketball team get to game seven in an exciting series when the entire world assumes that no matter what happens the winner is going to get swept by Cleveland.
I was totally taken aback by the end of last week’s Big Bang Theory, You would think by now they would have run out of ideas and surprises, but apparently not.
You know it’s pretty sad where there isn’t a single movie coming out that I have the least interest in seeing.
Was there anything more boring than the white House Correspondents dinner, particularly compared to the Trump Rally last night?
Can someone explain to me why the MSM having to public declare “we are not fake news” at the Correspondent’s Dinner is not a laugh line while Christine O’Donnell saying: “I am not a witch” is?
I took great pleasure watching Comcast’s menu show “White House correspondent’s dinner” for 8-10 and see the first hour dominated by Trump.
Could someone explain why liberals how liberals on CNN’s STOU suggesting Barack Obama should go on a “poverty tour” to make up for his big money speaking deals, is not an acknowledgement that 8 years of Obama including 2 years of filibuster proof majorities and 4 years of senate control did not solve these problems.
If Jake Tapper had been drinking when Samantha Bee said with a straight face to him live on his show that she’s all about the comedy and not about the activism we would have been treated to a live shot of him either spitting, choking or having whatever he drank come out of his nose.
Would it be so hard for Samantha Bee et/al to just admit that there is a good living playing to liberals panicked over Trump and she intends to make it?
If the Bill O’Reilly case doesn’t prove that Mike Pence is the smartest man in Washington I don’t know what is.
If Comcast really wants me to keep paying for cable I think they would have the current season of Doctor who available on demand for free for at least a few days after they air.
Conventional wisdom kept saying the Patriots would trade Malcolm Butler or Jimmy Garoppolo to save money but apparently nobody considered that they might just want to win it again this year.
It’s amazing to see just how average the Red Sox are and how little other teams fear their lineup without David Ortiz in it.
If there is one thing that Berkeley proves once as for all, the only way to get the left
For the next three days I’m going to be flat out. Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for life who you’ve seen hosting EWTN’s series Defending life, will be doing several events in several cities for WQPH 89.3 and I’ll be covering him and those who attend the various, events, masses and dinners over Divine Mercy Sunday. You can get tickets for the various dinners and lunches here and the events are open to the public so I hope to see you in Boston, Malden, Medford and Fitchburg particularly at the Eucharistic Procession on Saturday in Fitchburg.
If you are only interested in mass there will be four two of which he will be the celebrant.
Sat 8 AM St. Joseph’s Church Medford Fr. Imbarrato celebrant
Sat Noon St. Bernards Church at St. Camillus Parish Fitchburg
Sat 5 PM Madonna of the Holy Rosary 118 Theresa st. Fitchburg
Sunday 4:30 PM Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine Boston Fr. Imbarrato celebrant
(the Final Mass will be preceded at 2:30 by confession and a Holy Hour)
America’s largest provider of terminations, Planned Parenthood, described the new measure, which has delighted pro-life conservatives, as “designed to undermine women’s health”.
The new law nullifies a rule finalised in the last days of the Barack Obama administration that effectively barred state and local governments from withholding federal funding for family planning services, regardless of whether groups offering these services also performed abortions.
The new measure cleared Congress last month with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.
The Yahoo article describing this drips with contempt but this was also a win for States as Hotair noted:
When the vote was cast, Senator Joni Ernst praised the bill. “It should be the right of our states to allocate sub-grants under the Title X program in the way that best fits the needs of the people living there,” Ernst said according to a report in the NY Times. She added, “Unfortunately, like many other rules issued during the Obama administration, this rule attempted to empower federal bureaucrats in Washington and silence our states.”
I think it’s really something that the items this president has managed to advance have been pro-life. I’m ecstatic.
Also at Hotair it seems like the most prolife president in my lifetime will be meeting with Pope Francis after all:
Just to John Gizzi’s point, I just want to make sure I note that we will be reaching out to the Vatican to see if a meeting, an audience with the Pope can be accommodated. We’ll have further details on that. Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness.
Gronk scores? (Well, we’re used to that.) What’s odd about this is that several questions had come between Gizzi’s exchange and this later answer. The question on the table when Gronkowski interrupted was about NAFTA. No one had followed up on Gizzi’s question, but Spicer returned to it anyway. Hmmm.
While Francis has been a mixed bag great on confession and the danger of the devil and weak on Dogma (we still haven’t seen an answer to the four Cardinals dubia on the Amoris Laetitia footnote concerning marriage and communion) on the issue of abortion he has been very clear in both speeches and encyclicals condemning it, although if you listen to democrats and the media it’s as if he never has.
Meanwhile Trump has so far been falling on the Paul of Tarsus vs the Simon the Magician side of the conversion scale.
You can understand why the compromise might appeal to both the conservative and moderate wings inside the GOP. For the Freedom Caucus, it means red states will be able to shed onerous federal regs and offer a greater variety of health-care plans, replete with lower premiums for consumers. For the Tuesday Group, the fact that waivers are available but not mandatory means that blue states will be able to keep the more robust ObamaCare rules intact if they like. In that sense, the plan bears a slight resemblance to Bill Cassidy’s and Susan Collins’s proposal, which would have repealed ObamaCare and then let each state choose whether to “reimplement” it or to build their own tailor-made system. The new GOP deal doesn’t go that far but it’s a step in that direction vis-a-vis EHBs and community rating. If you believe a Freedom Caucus source who spoke to CNBC, there are 25 to 30 FC members ready to flip to yes to vote for this deal — a bit surprising given libertarian suspicions that waivers will be harder for states to obtain than everyone thinks.
And of course if it defends Planned Parenthood as well that’s going to be a biggie too.
There is a lot of talk about the first 100 days but I think that’s arbitrary, I’d just worry about getting it done period because it it gets done then we can always do more later.
identified an appropriate, protectable venue that is available on the afternoon of May 2. While it is not one we have used for these sorts of events in the past, it can both accommodate a substantial audience and meet the security criteria established by our police department. Earlier today, we informed both the Berkeley College Republicans and the Coulter organization of this development, and we look forward to working with them. We will disclose the exact location of the venue once we have finalized details with both organizations.
She was going to show up anyway and create a security clusterfark for them when the usual suspects inevitably started smashing windows. That was the nuclear option. Berkeley doesn’t care about bad press from the right; the fascist left wears that as a badge of honor. They don’t care about First Amendment lawsuits either. But if the town is going to burn on the 27th and they’re going to get sued by the victims for not having done more to provide security, then sure, they’ll spring into action and find a “protectable venue.” If this standoff is destined to happen, better from the school’s perspective that it happen in an environment they can sort of control than one they can’t. Coulter forced them to choose. Any other conservative speaker with the guts and the dough to provide their own security, just in case, can probably get other public universities to back down with the same threat.
Hours later, Coulter shot down the invitation in a series of tweets and said she will speak at Berkeley on Thursday as planned not only because she “can’t do May 2,” but “THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!”
That week is “Dead Week,” a time when classes are suspended so students can study for exams.
“It’s at an awful time,” said Naweed Tahmas, 20, of the Berkeley College Republicans student group that invited Coulter. Also, the last day of instruction is three days later.
“Do not fall for b.s. Berkeley press release claiming they ‘rescinded’ cancelation,” Coulter tweeted. “GOOD NEWS FOR CA TAXPAYER! You won’t be required to pay $$$$ to compensate me & my crew for rebooked airfare & hotels. I’m speaking on 4/27.”
Your move Berkeley.
There was an interesting piece on Jake Tapper in the Washington Free Beacon worth quoting:
In a candid interview with GQ published Tuesday, Tapper acknowledged that after his tough interviews of administration figures like Kellyanne Conway, he picked up a following from many critics of President Donald Trump.
“It’s nice to be recognized, but I also know that a lot of the people who are happy with me now are not going to be happy with me in four to eight years,” he predicted.
Tapper said that he was just as tough on Obama, and earned his share of grief for it at the time.
“A lot of people sending me nice tweets today were cursing me when I was asking questions about Benghazi in 2012,” he said.
“President Obama was not friendly to the press, but the press was very friendly to President Obama,” Tapper told GQ. “I mean, President Obama did not like me, and I understand why. I was a pain in his ass and I didn’t drink the Kool-Aid, and, you know, a lot of other people did.”
This is what I’ve been saying for years, that once a Republican was elected, conservatives would think Tapper had turned on them, but he’s never been with us, he’s just been a reporter who actually reports. Yeah he’s gotten a thing wrong or two on Trump (who he clearly doesn’t like) but I’m not going to throw Jake out of the bus for being what he’s always been, a journalist who asks a lot of tough questions that make people in power uncomfortable, whoever they are.
Some culture? Olivia De Havilland (who I think my wife resembles) is the last great star of Hollywood’s golden age still alive, from Captain Blood (1933) to Gone with the Wind (1939) she’s done it all and this week demonstrated the class of that bygone generation in reply to questions concerning a new mini series Feud about Hollywood circa 1963.
De Havilland is played on the series by fellow Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as a regal friend and supporter of Davis, but she was not consulted by the show’s creators — Murphy recently told THR that he “didn’t want to intrude on Ms. de Havilland” — so THR emailed her (yes, she uses email) to ask for her thoughts about the show and the women at the center of it.
“I have received your email with its two questions,” De Havilland replied. “I would like to reply first to the second of these, which inquires of me the accuracy of a current television series entitled Feud, which concerns Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and their supposed animosity toward each other. Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it. However, in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves.”
Added De Havilland, “As to the 1963 Oscar ceremony, which took place over half a century ago, I regret to say that I have no memory of it whatsoever and therefore cannot vouch for its accuracy.”
Now, time to find a throw pillow large enough to embroider with every word of this email.
Susan Sarandon is one of the Stars of that series playing Joan Crawford. She is an ultra leftist but as this story shows, she is an honest one:
“It doesn’t matter if you’re outspoken about Trump, because Hollywood hates Trump,” she says. “But it was brave of Richard to say what he said. He was drawing attention to the things that everyone has agreed not to pay attention to. That’s the sin.”
She’s talking about Richard Gere who has been blacklisted in Hollywood for the crime of Supporting Tibet and criticizing China and even indy films are iffy now:
Gere is now appearing in “Norman,” the story of a Jewish “fixer” who gets involved with an Israeli politician. He’ll soon star in “The Dinner,” a modest story about two couples arguing over their adult children’s troubles.
Pure indie filmmaking. Yet even some indie films are off limits to him now.
“There was something I was going to do with a Chinese director, and two weeks before we were going to shoot, he called saying, ‘Sorry, I can’t do it,’” confides Gere. “We had a secret phone call on a protected line. If I had worked with this director, he, his family would never have been allowed to leave the country ever again, and he would never work.”
It’s a reminder that China is the same dictatorship it always was, but just imagine if they told Hollywood to lay off of Trump or no $. It would be fun to see which Hollywood types would bite their tongues off. Sarandon wouldn’t, that’s why I respect her.
An earlier item mentioned Gronk that is Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski who was part of the Pat’s continent that visited the White House and caused the Patriots to call out the New York Times for Fake News:
These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn. https://t.co/iIYtV0hR6Y
If you want to know why so many non-New England fans hate the patriots it’s because most can only dream about tweets that say “The last time the [insert their home team here] won two Super Bowls in three years”
and while the NYT has offered a mea culpa (via hotair)
NYT Sports editor gave me a pretty effusive statement on that Trump/Patriots-crowd-size-comparison tweet: pic.twitter.com/yrvyuCPybp
You’ll notice that the 800+ retweets that got is a lot less that the Times original 50,000+
Finally while the Boston Bruins (down 3-1) and the top seeded Boston Celtics (down 2-0) are nearing first round playoff elimination and the Boston Red Sox season just starting (10-6) 3rd place in the East have are all newsworthy I think the big story is the real likelihood that Superbowl Hero Malcolm Butler might be done in New England:
The thinking would be similar to what the club did in 2016 when it shipped defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a late second-round pick. The Patriots knew they were unlikely to sign Jones to a big-money extension after the season when he became an unrestricted free agent, so they decided that getting something valuable for him one year earlier was a worthwhile investment. They ultimately turned the pick they received for Jones into two players — starting guard Joe Thuney and promising receiver Malcolm Mitchell — en route to a Super Bowl championship.
Butler might even bring the Patriots a greater return in a year in which the club’s earliest selection in the draft is currently early in the third round, No. 72 overall. If the Saints were willing to return the first-round pick they received from the Patriots (No. 32 overall) in the Brandin Cooks trade, that might be enticing for Bill Belichick. Or a combination of high second- and third-round picks might even be viewed as more valuable to Belichick for a player who is unlikely to return to the team in 2018 after New England invested five years and $65 million in free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Of course they might just decide they want to extraordinary CB’s this year to make the defense even more airtight.
He’s one of the few people to whom a Superbowl victory can be directly traced and is rightly considered by the NFL as the top Interception of all time:
I’d be sorry to see him go but if he ends up with a big contract elsewhere I’m happy to see him cash in, he earned it.
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One of the few seemingly valid arguments on the left concerning Trump’s Syria strike is the claim of a double standard that a congress that asserted it’s authority on Obama and Syria wasn’t that concerned about Trump acting alone.
The hole in that argument is best explained by one of Tip O’Neill’s famous Uncle Denny stories. Uncle Denny is in a bar drinking on the cuff and the bartender calls the owner to ask if he’s good for the price of a drink and is asked:
“Has he had it?”
“Then he’s good for it.”
It’s a lot harder to object to a fait accompli particularly a popular one, then it is a potential event with all the unknown consequences and Trump understands (as my father did) that it’s better to offer explanations for doing what you’ve already done that to ask permission to do what you want to do.
Has anyone noticed that the language / pronoun police haven’t gotten to shootings yet? You still see people routinely refer to a “gunman” instead of a “shooter” even though “gunman” not only implies a particular gender and an old fashioned binary gender as well. I suspect that’s because to our friends in the copy rooms of the left, the implication that men are violent murders by nature is an acceptable prejudice. It’s the same way with us Sicilians, it will be forever acceptable for the Hollywood left to portray us as a bunch of gangsters and murders to be feared.
Of course we don’t mind all that much, as people generally don’t mess with us because of it, and unlike other groups we don’t give a damn what a bunch of Scranos think of us. (and no I’m not going to translate that for you).
The weekly standard had an interesting article about the Gorsuch confirmation indicating that the three senators that the left were counting on to stop the nuclear option were Collins of Maine, Murkowski of Alaska and Corker of Tennessee. The first two were not a surprise to me as they are only marginally republican the third was. The whole world was convinced it would be McCain and Graham as the potential holdouts, not a lot of people outside of DC had Corker on that list, but it’s a moot point now as Democrats were stupid enough to demonstrate that it doesn’t matter how respected and qualified a nominee is, they would filibuster them as seriously was anyone stupid enough to believe that if Hillary had won and the Democrats had held the Senate the first thing to go would be the Filibuster rule?
One last thing about the Gorsuch nomination, it’s worth noting that while the opposition of him was partisan the support for him was bipartisan. I didn’t hear the press use that word much if at all during the hearing etc. It’s funny because as I recall during the Obama years if even a single senator or congressman from the GOP supported something he did the press trotted out the word “bipartisan” as a sign that it was good and worthwhile, but they somehow never used that word when the GOP was passing bills in the house that Harry Reid held up (nor did they note that the opposition to Obamacare in the house was bipartisan). Apparently the word “bipartisan” is only an acceptable complement when describing support of Democrats or opposition to Republicans.
Don Rickles died this week and tributes have come in from all over. Of course if you look while his work on the Dean Martin Roasts and on Carson are immortalized on YouTube, they could not be performed by a comic today without being censored by the SJW crowd and the comic being declared a racist, sexist bigot etc etc etc. I suspect a lot of the comics of today envy folks like Rickles who lived in an era when people , having lived through actually suffering and hardship knew the difference a joke and actual suffering and hardship.
This is likely why there are so nostalgia networks on the tube these days, the jokes from the old shows are funny and didn’t care about the political correctness of today.
I don’t understand the difficulty of some on the right to see why Trump’s hit of Syria was a good thing to so many. The Pax America while expensive to the US has been one of the better things the world has seen, the loss of it puts a lot of people worldwide in danger. It’s true a lot of folks like to complain about it just like they do about the police but they come in really handy when you need them.
Boy I miss the world war 2 generation and their values.
Speaking of things the culture needs Heather MacDonald direct challenge to Black Lives Matter about their lack of outrage over black children being murdered is one of the greatest things I’ve seen in years. That so many in the black community are afraid of confronting these thugs who don’t give a damn if they live and die is one of the great disgraces of the 21st century. It’s the same dynamic as the confrontation on CNN between Brooke Baldwin and a survivor of a Syrian Gas Attack who asked where all those people who protested against Trump on immigration where when they were being gassed? Why wasn’t that worth a march?
All these people are playing the roles of useful idiots for the left and if they are more useful dead to the left then they’ll let them die.
One of the hardest things this year has been watching the Red Sox offense sputter this year without David Oritz. I know it’s still very early but the lack of fear on the faces of opposing pitchers has been apparent. Maybe in a few years or maybe even this year Andrew Benintendi will generate that fear, but he hasn’t yet.
I saw an article saying that in addition to shattering every other record that any other Quarterback has held Tom Brady has the chance to break the record for oldest player to start at QB in an NFL game. He would have to last till 2022 to do so. While that’s not impossible it’s worth noting that of all the sports out there Football is the one where the end of your career is always only one hit away. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brady last 2, 3 or even four more years but to be talking seven years is WAY premature.
Finally yesterday was my 29th Anniversary and a funny thing happened this week. Leaving a funeral mass one day my wife commented on a tucked away flower shop where we got our wedding flowers. I noted I’d never been there and said it would be unlikely that I’d so as she said she didn’t want flowers anymore as she preferred plants. She had totally forgotten this and had wondered why I had stopped buying her flowers over the last eight years.
That just goes to show that no matter how long you are married it’s a good idea to keep communications open, because you never actually know if people are saying what they mean, particularly when you are talking wives.
Let’s start this week with a thanks for all those who have been praying for DaWife, the recovery from Surgery has been on track but the contagious infection that she picked up shows no sign of improving. We see the nurse practitioner on Monday and possibly an infectious disease specialist if things don’t change, I’m hoping to be back to work sometime late this week.
I’m really reaching the point were it’s just not worth watching the media anymore, it’s all anti-trump Democrat liberal spin all the time and I see no reason to waste my time on earth listening to people lie to me. I suppose it’s cathartic to those who are still all the time but it’s reached the point where I presume dishonesty from them before they even open their mouths. One might think that’s harsh but having seen how these folk operate up close and having written about it for nearly a decade to do otherwise would be an exercise in self delusion.
One of the things I noticed in his war against the media is that as soon as he stopped Tweeting the left and the media went on the offensive, I think President Trump needs to keep tweeting fast and furiously to steal a phrase. Make the left spend every single day reacting rather than acting. It’s the only way to keep them off balance.
A great example of this is the MSM Trump/Trump tower being bugged story. When Heat Street wrote about it in November, the US media yawned. When the Guardian wrote about it in January the MSM took no notice. But now that President Trump himself has tweeted about it, and it can not be hidden from the general public or ignored suddenly the MSM which wasn’t disputing the stories coming out since November are suddenly in full denial mode calling the whole thing a conspiracy theory even though the Obama Whitehouse had a history of bugging people.
Incidentally while I thought Jeff Sessions decision to recuse himself from any Russian investigation was honorable I think it was a mistake. When dealing with the left you can’t give an inch because they can never be satisfied. The only power they have at the moment is the power you give them so I give them nothing and make them like it.
I know some might disagree but those who do are presuming we have shared cultural values, while that might have been true a generation ago I think it no longer is. That fact is a crying shame but it would be a bigger shame to deny reality.
Just saw on Instapundit that Iowahawk has quit Twitter (although not necessarily the net). It’s a shame as he is one of the funniest people on the net but it shows that he has a lot of sense as well.
For those suffering Iowahawk withdrawal here is my interview with him from 2010
I see Disney has decided to finally cave to gay activist on both the Beauty and the Beast movie and other shows. This might make short term sense but given that it is the religious population worldwide that is having children in the long term it’s going to do damage to do permanent damage to the brand, particularly in a world that offers so many alternatives.
The clueless folks in Major League Baseball have decided to make intentional walks automatic. Not only does it eliminate some of the rare but occasionally interesting events during an IBB such as the immaculate deception of Johnny Bench.
but ironically I think this will slow the game down in some situations as a reliever to be pulled is often given the task of issuing a free pass to give his replacement time to warm. Now managers will have to use other methods to stall.
However baseball being the greatest game ever invented has survived plenty of stupidity, it will survive this.
Word is the five primary stars of the big bang theory have agreed to a pay cut from 1 mil an episode (24 mil a year) to $900,000 per episode ($21,600,000 a year)to allow a pay raise for Mayim Bialik (Amy Farah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) to get them from $200,000 per episode ($4.8 mil a year) to $450,000 per episode (10.8 Mill a year).
Given that it’s highly unlikely that any of these actors are going to pull anything near this kind of money once the show ends the smartest thing they can do is keep going with the flow for as many seasons as possible and keep the green coming.
While all these folks (except Kaley Cuoco play genius’ on the show I wonder how many of them have been smart enough to put some of these millions away to live on for when they are in the wilderness again?
Finally I’m still weeks away from posting all of the videos I’ve taken at CPAC on the blog and frankly still haven’t gotten them all published on youtube either.
I know these interviews don’t draw a lot of view but I think they are vital to learn exactly what people think and for me to have clearer idea of the view of the voter and the activist.
Perhaps the day will come when these short videos will be more appreciated in terms of their journalistic value, perhaps not but either way I offer them as a snapshot of the opinion of the public, it’s up to you to decide if it’s more important than the five stars that went too far.
Yesterday was the first Time in a VERY long while that you did not see a post with my byline was not on this blog, instead RH – NG36B ‘s loving tribute to his seven month old daughter Rebecca. When the news came here Wednesday evening that Rebecca had unexpectedly died I made the decision, to provide an update to Saturday’s post concerning her condition. Instead I made a private announcement to our writers & asked our substitute writers to prepare posts for today in the event RH decided he needed some time off here. He responded that he wished to continue to write then penned, well typed, tribute and asked when it should go up. We decided it should be the lead post yesterday. It received a strong response and continues to do so.
He now has a funeral to plan and pay for, he does not have a tip jar at his base site but if you follow him on facebook I’m sure you can contact him about helping out if you wish or to send him direct condolences.
Of of the things about RH’s tribute to little Rebecca is how well it answers one of the oldest questions in Christianity: “Why does God allow bad things to happen”
Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influencing, or trying to influence, those around us. We read books, we devise arguments, we make PowerPoint presentations, and we argue on Facebook. And yet here I had a little girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed everyone around her, including people she never met. Her broken heart was changing those with hardened hearts.
She did it without words, without slides, and without a social media account.
It truly was never about her. It was always about us, about making us better. And even though it took her death for me to realize it, I’m glad that I did.
There are those who would argue that a Down Syndrome child’s live has no value, that it’s would be better to have said child killed in the womb than incur the costs, both financial and emotional, of bringing such a child into the womb. I submit and suggest that perhaps we’ve needed them as much as they’ve needed us and the crass, narcissistic society that we now possess is the price we have paid for making children like Rebecca disposable.
There was actually a 2nd death in our blog family, although with two big differences.
1. Technically she wasn’t in our family at the time of her death.
2. She came back.
Old friend Zilla of the Resistance, one of the grande dames of the blogging world who I last saw several years ago in a hospital bed in very bad shape contacted me a few weeks ago and provided me with an update on her situation filled with good news, although not good enough for her to return to daily blogging. I immediately invited her to join our merry band here and she accepted. Her 2nd post since her return to blogging was yesterday. This is quite ironic as she was on my initial list of bloggers to join my magnificent seven but was too ill and weak to consider it at the time. You will see her here Friday evening for as long as she wants to stay and her health continues to permit it..
You might have noticed that old friend Jerry Wilson who wrote here occasionally has returned and is now writing regularly here. You will find him here Thursday Evenings. We are pleased to have him back and look forward to his posts from the left coast which tend to be non-political but as we’ve learned there is much more to life than issues in the political world.
After writing about weighty subject turning to the Press’ tantrum over Donald Trump’s press conference seems completely anti-climatic. Because of my sleep schedule I didn’t see the President’s press conference when it happened only the outraged reactions of the media to it. When I finally went online to watch it seemed to me (as it did to others) that the media description of this event bore no resemblance to what actually happened. It’s the same backwards reaction they had to his speech opening his candidacy.
This would explain both President Trump’s willingness to confront them head on the death of their credibility with the public.
Never before has Glenn Reynolds statement to the BBC about 90% of the press giving the other 10% a bad name rung more true.
The contrast on how the media has handled their “loss” vs how RH has his is notable and speaks volumes.
Now the death of credibility:
Listen to this speech via Milo, from a Bucknell Student (in introduction to Christina Hoff Summers appearance there) who upon receiving an open email from a professor at Bucknell university calling conservative and libertarian students “racists and fascists” and saying they should “Pay a deep and lasting price” for having Milo speak on their campus last year, Asked said professor in a return email what he meant by a “steep and lasting price”.
The professors response was…interesting.
The university’s decision to not only back the professor but go along with his explanation to them that “a deep and lasting price” meant, “engage me in calm and peaceful discussion” sends a clear message that inciting violence against conservatives and libertarians who do not support the goals of the SJW community will be tolerated but questioning said incitement will not.
A lot of masks have been falling lately and the totalitarian campus left have proved like totalitarians everywhere that they love free speech until they are in power and then will crush it.
Thus dies free speech at the University
Continuing on this theme it’s worth replaying Andrew Breitbart’s response six years ago to a question at an event in Lexington Mass that I covered to what happens if the left decides to resort to violence:
“We outnumber them and we have the guns”
I’m really thinking that the left and the media is hoping and praying for us for some of these anti-milo, anti-trump and anti-conservative rioters to get themselves killed by a conservative in fear for their life, and would like it even better if they can provoke the police into doing so for the sake of their cause.
Ironically this whole “#resistance” nonsense sounds very familiar:
You hear it from the stump, you read it in their papers and in their resolutions, that if Mr. Lincoln is elected the Union is to be dissolved. Here is a constitutional party that intends to violate the Constitution because a man is constitutionally elected President. Here is a constitutional party that proclaims it treasonable for a man to uphold the Constitution. If the people constitutionally elect a President, is the minority to resist him?
That’s Sam Houston in Sept 1860 advising Democrats not to revolt over the election of a Republican via the electoral college, and a few months later he had some words for those who thought violent revolution was a good idea:
They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche
What is it about Democrats that they turn to violence and revolt if a republican wins the presidency without a popular vote majority?
In my DJ career, I have spent a great deal of time in communities and scenes that normal folks would regard as underground. For many years, I DJed BDSM parties, Fetish events, and the like. I’ve DJed warehouses and clubs with no names, buried in the wreckage of abandoned industrial parks. The marketplace of sex is one which I know exceedingly well. I’ve been DJing these scenes for the better part of 20 years.
To quote Blade Runner, I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe
As that commenter lamented, so I’ve seen first-hand. These SJWs, the radical feminists who spend their lives fighting the Patriarchy? They come to my clubs to be beaten senseless on crosses, chained to them by men dressed in uniforms very reminiscent of the Nazis. Yes, it’s a thing, as anybody who has ever been to a Goth club can attest. They demand to be tied up, burned, bruised, and battered.
Go on social media, and you will see SJWs telling us that Nazis are everywhere, that they are evil, and foul, and legion. They are in the White House, they are on Youtube, they are on Twitter, they are in Video Games. Nazis, everywhere. And so they march out into the streets, the Black Bloc, Antifascists engaging in what Tom Kratman calls a bit of political theater (not unlike Fascists once did).
But at the end of a long week of fighting the cisnormative heteropatriarchy, they come to be beaten by men dressed as Nazis, to the gritty beats of loud Industrial music in the depths of an Industrial park.
I suspect that this is actually more well known that folks let on.
You might not have thought it was possible to take a post about a movie paring a 72 year old actor with a 44 year old love interest and connect it to election 2016 and the attacks on Steve Bannon but then again you might not be Stacy McCain:
Steve Bannon is a conservative populist, period. Only if you’re a cult disciple of Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse can you believe that an American conservative populist is necessarily a crypto-fascist. Yet dozens of reporters keep publishing stories that depict Bannon as a Nazi fanatic — because Trump is literally Hitler, of course — and this is merely the logical sequel to the failure of Hillary Clinton to fulfill the media’s fantasy narrative, The First Female President of the United States.
That narrative was as flawed as the idea of casting Robert De Niro as a washed-up comedian who scores with a woman 30 years younger. And the whole problem with the narrative that the media are using as the script for their sequel, Literally Hitler, is that it involves liberal journalists writing stories with their fellow liberal journalists as the intended readership, just like having Helen Mirren’s husband direct a show-business-themed comedy starring Robert De Niro was so obviously a made-for-Oscar project. People aren’t lining up at the mall cineplex to pay $8 bucks to watch The Comedian, and the media’s bulls–t script for Literally Hitler isn’t going to make people line up to vote Democrat.
I’ve known Steve Bannon about as long as Stacy McCain has, I’ve interviewed him at CPAC before and I hope to do so next week during my return to CPAC after a two year absense.
Is this the death knell of De Niro’s career?
Finally I was going to close on why the next regeneration of the Doctor should not, despite all the buzz and the SJW warriors of the left & the BBC insisting it should be, but that got to be very long so it will be it’s own post, here is a preview:
4. As anyone who has followed the Doctor on TV or in books or via Big Finish knows, the Doctor is constantly getting captured and chained up in dungeons, and prisons and getting tortured. One the Doctor is a woman how do you deal with the inevitable possibility in fact probability of rape? How do you explain it away? How do you get that to play on what is supposed to be a kids show?
The problem is these fools are forgetting that Doctor Who is basically a kids show about a hero fighting monsters, the last time they decided to go SJW and make the monster Margaret Thatcher is what killed it the first time. As I said on Twitter