Will the Left’s Twitter Magruders face GOP’s McClellans (Consultants) or Grants (Fighters)?

In 1862 during the little tif in the nation known as the Civil War General George McClellan devised what was in fact a pretty good plan to take the Rebel capital at Richmond. 130,000+ soldiers were moved by the US navy to the James Peninsula to hit Richmond from the east rather than southward from Washington and began their march toward Yorktown.

The Confederates was at Yorktown was one tenth their size commanded by John Bankhead Magruder. With the primary Confederate force under Joseph Johnston out of position he knew that if McClellan pushed forward he could brush aside his tiny force and reach Richmond before help could arrive by land.

So as McClellan reached the outskirts of Yorktown Magruder a fan of theatrical performances, arranged for his men to be constantly spotted in as many different places on the defensive line as possible each day while setting up fake cannon and defenses to convince McClellan that instead of the tiny but loud force that before him , there stood a mighty host.

It worked. McClellan begged for more troops delaying his movements bringing up siege guns and 41 ten ton mortars that had to be moved into place by animal and manpower which took plenty of time allowing Johnston’s force which had been blocking the route from Washington DC to move south.

By the time McClellan was ready to begin the bombardment Magruder, took his show on the road and pulled out leaving McClellan an empty town. He had delayed him a full month while suffering fewer causalities against a 130,000 man army than the city of Chicago loses to murder over six months these days.

It’s 160 years later and the Democrats are playing the same game, this time using Twitter, Google and the MSM.

And that brings us to Google, Twitter and the Democrats in 2020.

The reality is that to win in Election 2020 the Democrats have to take state they lost in 2016. In order to do this they have to increase their potential vote while decreasing President Trump base, while at the same time keeping him from going on offense in states where he came close like Virginia, Minnesota and New Hampshire.

So what we’ve seen has been a giant Psi-ops operation. The left was already well established in Academia, Hollywood , the media and in big tech. So they’ve used these advantages to downplay President Trump’s success and either silence or divert arguments in his favor.

And with foreign governments like China with a vested interest in defeating Trump (and able to use their leverage with large tech and multinational corporations anxious for their market) on board they have done all they can to silence voices in support of the president both online and in person while using a campaign of intimidation & disinformation to make their own voices appear to be more widespread rather than concentrated in states like California and New York where they already hold majorities.

With Chinese dollars on the line and consultant jobs that are not going to former deep state players at stake there have been plenty of people who the media/democrat/left are elevating as “voices of the right” who argue for capitulation. Those who they can’t buy they attempt to spook.

These are the McClellans that they hope to face.

Unfortunately for the Democrat left coming the economy which was doing well before Corona is roaring back, the stock market is surging again and unemployment numbers are heading back in the right direction. Unless they can get those states that Trump won to shut down and the virus back on the march these trends will sink them (why do you think they’ve been so anxious to promote large gatherings of BLM supporters, you didn’t think they actually wanted the Corona virus numbers down did you?)

Most unfortunate of all for the left President Trump is not a McClellan, he’s a Grant and he fights. and there are a lot of people who are willing to fight on his side.

The question is this. Where you do stand are you a McClellan as the left’s Magruders hope or are you a Grant?

That will determine the election.

In Lady A music battle big crushes little when white privilege meets wokeness

By John Ruberry

Up until a few weeks ago the country trio Lady Antebellum barely registered on my radar. While I do enjoy country music my interest is mostly focused on the Americana genre. As for the country music you hear on most FM radio stations, most of it is formulaic garbage, mediocre pop tunes delivered with a drawl. And that is the type of drivel Lady Antebellum delivers. And it’s not just me who feels that way. In 2010–that year will come back soon in this story–a sub-headline on Slate named Lady Antebellum “the world’s dullest band.”

But their name caught my attention. Even before wokeness became a political movement I thought “Lady Antebellum” was an odd choice of a moniker, as it refers to what some Lost Cause of the Confederacy propagandists viewed as the good old days of the pre-Civil War South. On those infrequent occasions when word came up, until very recently, it referred to plantation manor homes, which of course were staffed by slaves and were financed by agricultural goods produced by slaves. Those good old says weren’t good at all.

According to the band they decided on Lady Antebellum after a photo shoot at one of those mansions.

But after the killing of George Floyd and the protests, some of them of violent, Lady Antebellum announced they were now Lady A.

But as you probably heard there is already a Lady A, Seattle blues artist Anita White, who has been using the name for decades. But she isn’t a superstar or even a star. When White spoke up–that should have been the coda of the new name for the artists-formerly-known-as-Lady Antebellum. Their wokeness compelled the name change. They are white and Anita White is black. Their wokeness should have compelled them to brainstorm for yet another name. Now the former Lady Antebellum is suing White to prevent her performing as Lady A.

There was briefly an informal co-existence agreement between the two Lady As after the group’s name change. But that’s not working out. If you type “Lady A” into the search box on iTunes and Spotify, it’s the new Lady A who appears, not the blue singer. The same result comes at at YouTube.

White now wants $10 million from the Lady A trio–with half going to Black Lives Matter and some charities. The ex-Lady Antebellum calls that demand “exorbitant.” The band has possessed the trademark for “Lady A” since 2010. While I’m not going to pretend, as a non-lawyer, to completely understand the legal side of this dispute, the law appears to favor the band.

Even if the law didn’t, the band has significant financial resources that White doesn’t. For her part, she told Entertainment Weekly that she offered a compromise, “I had suggested on the Zoom call [between the band and her] that they go by the Band Lady A, or Lady A the Band, and I could be Lady A the Artist, but they didn’t want to do that.”

There are a number of lessons in this story that exemplify why our society is so messed up.

There has not been heavy coverage of this suit outside of the entertainment media and Seattle news sources despite the race angle. Conservative websites have been reporting on this story. Now imagine if Lady A the Band were conservative Republicans. This battle would be the lead story on CNN and MSNBC. There would be a constant drumbeat of stories from them–and of course the New York Times and the rest of the legacy media, which of course takes its cue from the Times.

Lady A the Artist told Rolling Stone, “They claim to be allies and that they wanted to change their name out of the racist connotation, and then they sue a black woman for the new name.”

So here is more proof for you that the mainstream media is not interested so much in reporting the news but instead advancing their narrative that America is systemically racist–and conservative Republicans even more so.

Let’s talk common sense. Just because something is legal that doesn’t make it moral. Charles Dickens’ character Mr. Bumble phrased it best in Oliver Twist, “If the law supposes that, the law is a ass–a idiot.” Well maybe that’s an overreach, but there are three idiots in Band Lady A.

I support Peter Sagal’s idea. He hosts NPR’s quiz show Wait…Wait…Don’t Tell Me! “There is a simple solution to this problem, though,” he said. “Lady A the Band should just go by Lady A-Hole.”

That works for me.

I just typed “Lady A-Hole” into the iTunes search box. Nothing relevant comes up.

Go for it.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.