Monday, February 20, 2017

Dr Franken Diagnoses The President

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic lawmakers are openly questioning President Donald Trump’s mental health, and a growing number of them are invoking the 25th Amendment as a springboard to introduce legislation that would allow former presidents and vice presidents to determine if Trump is mentally unfit for office.  Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) are among several of these Democrats, according to The Hill. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Media vs. Trump

Credibility is a person’s most valuable asset.  For someone in the media credibility is essential.  People make mistakes and the occasional mistake can be forgiven.  However, when an individual or organization continuously makes “mistakes” favoring one side of an argument their bias becomes obvious.

There are people on the left and people on the right of the political spectrum.  The vast majority of people are somewhere in the middle.  The left and right need to appeal to this group in order to attain power.  In this battle to capture the middle the left has a powerful advantage.  The left controls the commanding heights of our society: academia, the bureaucracy (7.2% of Washington DC voters voted for Trump), the entertainment industry, and most importantly, the media.  The left also has a powerful disadvantage.  Their fringe includes demonstrator often carrying foreign flags, rioters destroying property, protesters wearing genitalia hats, signs with various obscenities, gay parades with public nudity and after many of their rallies many sites can be declared toxic waste dumps.  

It is therefore important for the representatives of the left to appear reasonable and well informed.  They are failing miserably in this matter.  CNN’s Jake Tapper claimed, “The person (Trump) is not dealing with the world in which we live.”  Tapper is completely correct. But who is in more touch with reality Trump or Trapper?  The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza commented on the President’s press conference, “There was a rawness to his attacks, a personal invective.  Trump's appeal to voters is, and always has been, how he is able to speak to them on an emotional rather than an intellectual level.”   I have to confess I feel no tingle up my leg when Trump speaks.

The left cannot abandon their narrative that Trump was put into the presidency by Vladimir Putin.  Chris Cillizza claims Trump’s attacks on the media are a distraction designed to deflect attention away from the Russian connection.  He claims,  “It's also one that will almost certainly succeed in changing the subject from Russia and Mike Flynn.”  Dan Rather, an expert on credibility, remarked, “The White House has no credibility on this issue. Their spigot of lies - can't we finally all agree to call them lies - long ago lost them any semblance of credibility."  Rather suggests that this “crisis” may be even worse that Watergate.  He commented, “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.”

NBC’s Chuck Todd, “I'm sorry, delegitimizing the press is un-American.”  Todd did not criticize President Obama when he attacked Fox News.  Fox’s Shepard Smith dredged  up some information he learned in Psychology 101: “It is crazy what we are watching every day, it is absolutely crazy.  He keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we are some kind of fools for asking the question.”  He followed this with a demand, “we are not fools for asking those questions, and we demand to know the answer to this question. You owe this to the American people.”  It appears the media is in a very demanding mood.  Jake Tapper also had a demand for the President,  “Now get to work, and stop whining about it.”

Trump’s recent press conference has been described as blustery and bombastic.”  For those who watched the press conference there was nothing blustery or bombastic about it.  The leftist media are damaging their cause through exaggerating and their emotional responses to the President.  They see themselves as a special class.  CNN’s Chris Cuomo declared, “Also interesting is, remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents (the Wikileak documents). It’s different for the media.”  Their wailing and gnashing of teeth is unbecoming.  John Bolton has pointed out that, “the notion that the press is somehow specially protected by the First Amendment...that they have a special status, is ridiculous.”

Monday, February 13, 2017

Rutgers Prof Released From Bellevue

Nothing Abnormal Here

Rutgers University professor Kevin Allred was subjected to a psychiatric evaluation because of comments he made in his classroom and on the internet about killing white people.  One comment was, “Will the 2nd amendment be as cool when I buy a gun and start shooting at random white people or no…?”   He was released from the hospital after only two hours because it was determined that he was not in need of hospitalization.  Allred claimed that he was being targeted for his politics when the NYPD came to his Brooklyn home and dropped him off at the Bellevue Hospital psych ward.
“Rutgers police told them I’m a threat based on political statements I’ve made on campus and on Twitter,” Allred tweeted after the cops arrived at his home. “And this is for exercising my ... First Amendment rights.  The NYPD said campus police in New Brunswick, N.J., asked them to conduct ‘a wellness check’ ... on the professor based on comments he made in the classroom and on Twitter about killing white people.”  In a tweet the day after Donald Trump was elected President, Allred wrote: “If I see any Trump bumper stickers on the road today, my brakes will go out and I’ll run you off the road.”  University officials issued a statement saying the university was responding to a student complaint about Allred.  Allred teaches gender studies and a course called “Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé,” about the singer’s role in pop culture.  Allred tweeted, “she said politicians say much worse on live television with no repurcussions (sic) and they choose to waste resources bringing me in.”  Apparently this college professor does not know how to use Spell Check.  Establishment media reports naturally describe the incident from Allred’s perspective.  He is completely innocent and his threats were not serious.  Psychiatrists gave him a clean bill of health.  It was Donald Trump contacting the Rutgers University police that caused the problem.

Why is a professor teaching an entire class on Beyoncé and what does this say about the University?  The course is entitled Politicizing Beyonce: Black Feminism, US Politics, & Queen Bey.  It is apparently a women’s studies course.  It is claimed that the class is at capacity. Allred said, “They usually sign up because they're big fans of Beyoncé's music, but they quickly start to make connections beyond just being fans."  Allred says he’s a huge fan of Beyoncé, but he didn’t think of her as a political actor until he came across an essay by Yale Professor Daphne Brooks that linked the singer to black, female disempowerment.  How Boyoncé is linked to the deprivation of influence of black females is unclear.  However it inspired Allred “to use Beyoncé in my teaching to spark students' interest in having conversations around gender, sexuality, and race.”  Beyoncé’s music challenges many of society’s conceptions about gender, sexuality, and race, according to Allred, who says her prominence gives her political influence.  “Beyoncé is a political figure because she commands attention—perhaps the most attention of any entertainer today. People listen when she talks and people question things when she raises the question herself,” he says.  While Allred admits her influence isn’t explicitly governmental or legislative, he says she has the power to inspire cultural movements for change.  Beyoncé has hosted a high-dollar fundraiser for Barack Obama, is a champion of LGBT equality, and increasingly highlights feminism in her work.  Allred states, “I rather like the concept of a 'multi-talented performer' who neither plays an instrument nor writes music. And a 'black feminist' with long blonde hair dressed as a 1950s burlesque queen singing about bitches.”  

Is this course worth the $25,000 it costs to attend Rutgers?  Are there any comparable courses on artists like Yuga Wang, a woman vastly more talented than Beyoncé?

Has not applied for a Professorship at Rutgers.