Saturday, January 19, 2019

Another “Bombshell,” Another Dud

The latest “bombshell” dropped on the President turns out to be a dud.

The latest “bombshell” about the President had deep state enthusiasts in fits of ecstasy.  The headlines read: “A bombshell report says Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow deal,”  “If Trump Told Cohen to Lie, Impeachment is Coming,”  BuzzFeed: Sources say Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about proposed Moscow project.”  CNBC reported, “Trump told his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about Russia Trump Tower deal, BuzzFeed report says.” They have visions of the President’s bleeding carcass being carried out of the White House.  Only one problem.  It was another dud.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler claims telling Cohen to lie to Congress is a criminal act that he will be investigating.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff believes that this violation is  “among the most serious to date."  Andy Wright, an associate White House counsel under former Democratic President Barack Obama, stated that if this is true,  "it's a seismic event."  Directing or encouraging someone to lie under oath is a crime known as subornation of perjury. 
BuzzFeed’s report, based on the ubiquitous anonymous sources, is being contradicted by the Special Counsel’s office.  Peter Carr, the spokesman for the Mueller’s office stated,  “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”  BuzzFeed’s report is apparently based on the testimony of Michael Cohen who has been convicted of lying to Congress.  The President tweeted that Cohen was lying to get less prison time.  Is it possible that the Special Counsel would stoop to such tactics? 
Aside from Cohen’s questionable veracity, there is reason to believe that he has some severe psychiatric problems.  Cohen reportedly hired the IT firm RedFinch Solutions to manipulate polls to improve Donald Trump’s image. He also hired the company to create a Twitter account called @WomenForCohen.  The account claims that it is run by “women who love and support Michael Cohen.”  It describes him as, “Strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented and ready to make a difference!”  One tweet claims Cohen looks “even more sexy” than a young Andy Garcia.  John Gauger, the owner of RedFinch Solutions, claims that he set up this account under Cohen’s direction.  Gauger claims he was promised $50,000 for his work but only received about $12,000.  Several female sources who wish to remain anonymous have testified that Cohen does not qualify as a “sex symbol.”  When he wept at his sentencing he brought into question his claim of being a “strong pit bull.”  It appears that Michael Cohen is seriously delusional.
These allegations are having an adverse effect on our economy and our foreign policy. The Daily Caller claims that a report by ABC’s Brian Ross about former national security adviser Michael Flynn caused the stock market to drop several hundred points. The constant effort to destroy the President has made U.S. relations with Russia.  Completely bogus stories like the claim that the Russians were hacking the U.S. power grid have poisoned our relations. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Mainstreaming Of The Word “MF”

In 1939 Clark Gable’s character Rhett Butler stated, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" in the film Gone with the Wind. This line was nearly cut from the film because it didn't meet the industry's standards.  The movie’s producer David O. Selznick claimed, "It is my contention that this word as used in the picture is not an oath or a curse. The worst that could be said of it is that it's a vulgarism." Recent events have illustrated how far we have “progressed” in our use of language.

Recently elected Congresswoman Rashida Tlaibstated at a rally, “And when your son looks at you and says mama, look you won, bullies don’t win, I said baby they don’t because we’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the mf.”  (I have bowdlerized this quote.  It is unnecessary to spell it out since everyone knows what she said.)  Tlaib’s comments were defended by Rep. Andre Carson(D., Ind.).  Carson claimed, "We've got firepower in Congress. We got sister Rashida in the House, and she's tough. She's the kind of sister you take to a debate with scholars with you because she'll rock the house.”   Nancy Pelosi stated she is "not in the censorship business."    Tlaib was also defended by actor Samuel Jacksonwho endorsed her use of the word.  

The election of Donald Trump has inspired a great deal of crudeness.  Third rate actor Josh Charlesscreeched,   “I’m so sick of this mf.  Just so sick. This needs to end. F--- him and every single person who continues to support him and his dangerous administration.”   Cultural ikon Snoop Dogg  stated,  “F--- everybody down with Donald Trump. If y’all do vote for him, y’all some stupid mfs.”  An art galleryin Portland, Oregon, displayed a graphic window illustration of President Trump being threatened with a bloody knife at his throat.  It was entitled “F--- Trump.”

Of course much of this crudeness can be traced back to the music that is marketed to young people. Dana Mack relates the story of Dr. C. DeLores Tucker in her book The Assault on Panenthood.  The late Dr. Tucker was the chair of the National Political Congress of Black Women.  Mack reported that Tucker became aware of the damaging effects of rap music when her seven-year-old daughter began using the word “mf” indiscriminatingly in conversations.  In 1995 Tucker confronted Time Warner’s board of directors about their marketing of Snoop Doggy Dog’s album.  Obviously she was not successful.

The establishment has gone to great lengths to make rap music acceptable. President Obama frequently invited rap “artists” to the White House.  In 2018 rapper Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize for music. Lamar is famous for that classic tune “I Don't Smoke Crack, Mf I Sell it.”  That old time classic, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" won an Oscar in 2006.  Tupac Shakur was nominated for the NAACP Image Award.  Shakur is famous for the lullaby “Last Mf Breathin.”  Ivy league universities have Hip Hop Archivesand hip-hop scholars.

“No way, Jose! So cut it out, ’cause we ain’t no suckers. Cough up the money yourself, you cheap motherf*cker,” he (Samuel Jackson) said just as Jimmy Fallon cut him off, causing the audience to break out into raucous applause.
Kathy Griffin exclaimed, adding, “IMPEACH AND CONVICT THE MOTHERF*****.”

Sunday, September 9, 2018

A Renewed Attack On The President

As the possibilities of the Russian collusion investigation fade, a new attack on the President is necessary.  The current assault on the President involves an attack on his mental health status.  It is not a coincidence that these attacks are coming from several sources.  On September 6th a Yale University psychiatrist reported to the media that two members of the Trump administration have been “scared” by the President.  Dr. Bandy Lee told Salon and the New York Daily News that two Trump White House officials contacted her last October and informed her that Trump was ”unraveling.”  She gave them a confusing response: "Not wishing to confuse the role I chose, as an educator of the public, and a potential treatment role, I referred them to the local emergency room without inquiring much further.”  Mentioning her potential treatment role is a bit grandiose.  It is unlikely that the President would call on her for “treatment.”  Dr. Lee is the author of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”    She is also the author of an article in which she claims her book keeps “within the letter of the Goldwater rule.”    This rule supposedly prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures without a personal examination and without consent.  After explaining the Goldwater rule she then proceeds to diagnose the president.  Not surprisingly her conclusion is that the President is crazy.  David Frum in The Atlantic claims the anonymous article has, “enflamed the paranoia of the president.”  

The Hill article on the doctor’s concerns followed the previous day’s New York Times by anonymous. Anonymous is supposedly a high ranking Trump administration official.  He claimed that the idea of removing Trump from office had been discussed by his top aides. The 25th Amendment contains the procedure for removing a president that his cabinet believes is incapacitated.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren believes it is time for White House officials to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the President. In her eyes he is obviously incapacitated, or as Martin Sheen dubbed him an “empty-headed moron.” Martin Sheen played a psychiatrist in the 1987 movie “The Believers.”

This leads to the question: Who is it that is really crazy?  Do you recall all the Tea Party members who were removed from the Senate chamber for disrupting the Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s confirmation hearings?  Neither do I. Perhaps, it was just not covered in the press. The left and the right have totally different ways of dealing with problems.  The left’s view is influenced by the entertainment industry.  A movie star who played a psychiatrist can diagnose people.  Stars who played farm wives (Jane Fonda, Sissy Spacek, Jessica Lange, and Sally Field) can testify before Congress on the future of family farms.  The New York Times can claim that the Wakanda in the movie “Black Panther” offers an almost too perfect rebuttal to President Trump’s comments about African nations. Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson carries a little plastic Obama doll in her purse.  She pulls it out every now and then to remind herself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently.  She claims, “Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.”

Then there are the mass demonstrations where the attendance can be measured by the amount of trash left behind.  On the anniversary of President Trump’s election leftist performed a “howl-in.” From New York City's Washington Square Park to Eugene, Oregon thousands of people took part in what Facebook called “Scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election.”  Eva Sahana of Refuse Fascism announced, "We are screaming in rage, we are screaming in pain, but we are screaming in unity and solidarity 'cause we have a plan and a way forward.”  The Philadelphia screamers outside City Hall concluded with chants of “F--- Trump.”  In addition to the scream movement there is the “Pussyhat Project.”  On January 21, 2017, a day after Donald Trump's inauguration, approximately 200,000 people were supposed to march on Washington DC to advocate for gender equality.  Tens of thousands of them were anticipated to wear  "pussy hats" — pink knitted beanies with cat ears.  

The leftist elite is so convinced of its intellectual superiority that it has lost touch with reality. If you are involved in a contest where you believe your opponent is less competent than you and he defeats you, you may explain that by saying you were not putting much effort into the contest. You may be able to excuse your defeat up to the third contest.  However, if your opponent defeats you overwhelmingly ten times in a row it is time to concede that your opponent is a better contestant.  If you admit this you may be able to improve your performance by going back to school.  If you insist that you are still a superior contestant you will be continually defeated.