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Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Absolutely Nothing

NEWSFLASH: the vast array of egomaniacal, group-thinking, elitist celebrities of Hollywood descended from their mansions amidst the canyons of Southern California to celebrate each other’s’ profound greatness and progressive worldviews this past Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild awards ceremony. And, like old times during other GOP-controlled eras, the actors and actresses who were chosen to speak bravely decided in unison to speak truth to power and champion their steadfast opposition to the current presidential administration.

Why these folks still think that anyone cares what the heck they have to say, or that they are entitled to a special platform to lecture and sneer at the middle-American masses that dared to vote differently then they all did in lockstep, one has no idea. Some speeches, of course, were more noteworthy for their insipid stupidity than others.

“Confirmation” actress Kerry Washington, who is nominated for best actress in a TV drama, used her moment to explain why Hollywood was taking a stand in this heated political climate.

“No matter what, actors are activists no matter what because we embody the humanity and worth of all people,” she told the camera.

Huh? What does that even mean? You memorize some lines of dialogue and robotically repeat it before a camera. You are but an empty, soulless vessel channeling the words and thoughts of some other writer, director, and producer. To say that most actors embody anything other than a vapid shell of nothing would be a strong conclusion to make, let alone that you are the living embodiment of all that is good and worthwhile of humanity. That…is a bit of an arrogant, egotistical, and self-righteous stretch, don’t you think?

“Hidden Figures” star Taraji P. Henson, whose film took home the award for outstanding cast in a motion picture, received a similar reaction to her tearful acceptance speech.

“This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race,” she said. “We win. Love wins every time.”

Hey, actually I don’t disagree here. The world would be a vastly better place if we all stopped judging and separating ourselves for each other, and learned to love and accept ourselves, our friends, and our neighbors for who they are. However, I will question the timing of why this is being said today, in this venue. Instead of being perceived as brave for exercising your constitutional rights to free speech from a safe haven amidst the ivory towers of Hollywood, how about descending from your soapbox and proclaiming the same wisdom and lessons from the streets of Riyadh, or Kabul, or Aleppo? Make a real difference and help to stop the hate and bring peace to the angriest, most hostile part of the world. It might even save thousands or millions of lives and avert future wars. Truly, such an act would go down in the annals of history, and millions would give gratitude for your brave and selfless acts.

But man, I bet that afterparty with the million-dollar goodie-bag was just too much to turn down, right? Maybe next time.

Don’t Ever Change, W.

The events of History, in the form of the tragic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, forced him to play the role of a somber, wartime president, a role he was perhaps unsuited for but one in which he accepted and took up the challenge out of duty and love for his country. But the man that is George Walker Bush proves far more complex and nuanced with the shadow of the past behind us. Part everyman doofus capable of nearly choking to death on a pretzel, part renaissance man latter-day artiste, Bush seems like the kind of guy that would be a blast to hang out with and just shoot the shit. Funny, smart, and completely at ease in his own skin, it’s no wonder that, despite the questionable legacy his administration left behind, the man himself has grown in the public eye into someone people now grudgingly respect and perhaps even miss just a little bit.

George Bush Poncho

I guess what I’m saying is, after watching W. struggle to figure out how to properly operate a poncho at the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, please don’t ever change man. Remain endlessly entertaining and true to yourself forever. You rock.

When I Knew We Were Going to Lose

Most political ads barely even earn a second glance. The positive messages are a mixture of the same, old, tired tropes involving the American Dream: faith, family, and freedom. The negative ones opt for outrageous factoids and often feature a narrator with an outrageous voice asking outrageous questions. The brilliant comedy The Campaign lambasted both with equal humor and aplomb.

But this actual, real commercial of the 2016 election cycle, from current Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, hit me with such a raw punch in the gut that I knew the campaign was over as soon as I watched it.

Brutal. Visceral. Emotional. And indefensible. We all know the quotations from Donald Trump are taken out of context, and are often in retaliation for far-worse being said about him. Some lines were meant for comedy, a different time in a far different environment and media. It’s grossly unfair, but it hits the mark to the point that I can barely offer any resistance to it and just wince. Clinton, the megalomaniacal, win-at-any-costs sociopath, hit directly and hard with the dirtiest, most emotional ad since “Daisy” and the days of nuclear war. For her, this is total war, and no truth or narrative stone can be left unturned en route to victory. She won’t lose, and she cannot. No one will fact check her; the ad will run for the next month and Trump’s support with women will sink to record lows and all but ensure he has no path to the presidency.

For an average voter with conservative tendencies like me, and someone who considers himself to be a gentleman, I’m now faced with the choice of voting for all that I have stood against my entire political lifetime in Clinton, or to back a misogynist, fat-shaming disgusting pig of a human being who is fast and free with the most awful, crippling insults towards women.

Today’s the first day I considered maybe just staying home.

The Worst Wing

Perhaps the single-worst part of any United States political campaign season is when all of the awful, sneering, jock-sniffing Hollywood celebrities come out of the woodwork to endorse their favorite liberal candidates and concerns. They all spout the same, tired, hyperbolic rhetoric no matter who is running: the opposition is a dunce, a buffoon, a threat to the very existential fiber of civilization! It’s become so tiring, and coming from these rocket scientists, it’s no wonder that nearly half the electorate is turned off from their message and is in a state of open rebellion by supporting an anti-politically correct, controversial, outspoken nominee like Donald Trump.

Case in point, the cast of the West Wing have reunited, and they are out on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton.

“There’s no question, this is absolutely the most qualified human being ever to run for President,” says [Bradley] Whitford, who played White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. “She has been a leader in terms of giving people access to health care. And in her children’s health insurance program, equal rights for women, LGBT rights – she has been fighting the good for fight for 45 years.”

Healthcare and LGBT issues! If that doesn’t set someone up as deserving of the highest office in the land I don’t know what does! Pay no attention to how much unsafer the world has become thanks to her poor decisions and policies as Secretary of State. It’s not as if Russia used her infamous reset button to invade and conquer a close ally (and one-time NATO treaty applicant). Or that an Islamist revolution in Libya led directly to the deaths of American lives and further emboldened terrorist organizations such as ISIS.

The West Wing Cast

Seriously, though, look at these unwashed old hippies. Does anyone care what they think?

It’s even more funny (or sad) because–while the show certainly garnered critical acclaim amongst the intelligentsia–it’s not as if the West Wing or its cast were ever really very popular. The show cracked the Top 10 (and barely, at #10) in one year, 2001. Otherwise, it usually labored in the low-20’s or mid-30’s, ranking behind all-time classics such as The Bachelor, Fear Factor, and My Big, Fat Obnoxious Fiancee.

Keep on spreading the good word, folks. Each time you open your mouths and sing Kumbaya, Ohio turns a little deeper shade of red.

Donald Trump Plays the Media Like the Fools They Are

Mainstream MediaIt’s truly amazing that we’ve come this far, hasn’t it? As I write this post in mid-September, Donald Trump — real-estate mogul, reality television superstar, Internet troll extraordinaire — actually has a fairly decent shot at winning this November’s election and becoming President of the United States.

It hasn’t been easy along the way. The candidate has often done all that he possibly can to wipe out his own chances of success with his quick temper and free-flowing mouth. And certainly the mainstream media and collective intelligentsia have done all that they possible can to defame and discount this historic run, alternating between referring to him as “pure evil,” telling tales of impending nuclear disaster, or playing it loose and fast with the facts behind what he says in general.

But, behind it all, they don’t realize one thing; every time they talk, every ounce of hyperbole directed his way, all it does is boost Trump’s chances. There is a giant undercurrent of loathing and hatred in this country for the media elites, and if they are ripping on someone with profound condescension, to that vast undercurrent of “deplorables“, they are reaffirming why Trump is different and worthy of their support.

Case in point, the “Birther” issue. With two terms and eight years completed, it’s a bit nonsensical that we are even wasting our time with the debate over whether or not current President Barack Hussein Obama was born in the United States and technically eligible for the office he holds. Also, mind you not that this entire conspiracy may have gotten it’s start back in the early days of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run for president, or that Obama’s camp did the thing no favors by stalling for seeming years to address the issue convincingly and factually. No, because Donald Trump used to make mention of it years ago–as many of us did at the time–we have to dig deep into the Wayback Machine and use it as a hammer to bash him after the fact.

Take this tweet from the Associated Press, which I singled out back when it was sent:

I’m sure some copy writer or intern at the AP was very smugly satisfied with the language and construction of that tweet. From the “BREAKING” tag to the tone, it’s filled with elitist sarcasm and “of course it was obvious all along” undertones that are designed to make Trump appear to be a buffoon for being so behind the times.

But that’s not really how it played out on television, though. In reality, Trump used the opening of his new hotel in Washington, DC as an opportunity to appear, well, dare I say…presidential. He came out, definitively declared the issue over, stated the facts, and then closed with the brilliant line, “Hillary Clinton started it, I ended it.” BOOM. That is the line that will resonate with voters throughout the country when its all said and done. And by covering the issue with unbridled enthusiasm in anticipation of meltdown, instead the mainstream media provided a forum for Trump to have one of his best days ever. Like Butch said in Pulp Fiction, “this is how you are going to beat them; they keep underestimating you.”

Look, I’m only the most tepid of Donald Trump supporters personally. There’s a lot to be concerned about, from his fundamental knowledge of some issues to his lack of depth on others, a frightening combination of arrogance and willful ignorance. However, to borrow from another sage proverb, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and if Trump is going to continue to make the media look like the biased, pseudo-intellectual fools that they are, I’m going to gleefully laugh and enjoy the ride with each and every incident.

If You Are a Racist Politician, You Just Might Be a Liberal

Obama, Reid, PelosiHey, can you do me a favor?  Can you remind me just which American political party is the one that’s always portrayed in the media and during debates as the one filled with horrible, filthy racists and elitests?  I don’t see any Republicans making the news lately for absolutely beyond-the-pale outrageous statements aimed towards President Barack Hussein Obama.

No, I’m not even talking about former KKK kleagle Robert Byrd.  Not this time, at least.

Let’s start with the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, he of the vow towards creating the “most ethical Congress in history.”  Apparently, he has some theories as to why and how Obama became the 44th POTUS.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered an apology on Saturday to President Barrack Obama after making off color race remarks.

Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, was quoted in a new book as having said that Obama did not have a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” and that he was popular because he is “light skinned”.

Not to be outdone, though, former Democrat President Bill Clinton — he of countless scandals, alleged corruption, and his own rhetorical stylings of being the “first black president” — apparently longs for the good old days of segregated country clubs or perhaps even the plantation lifestyle.

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

A lot of the liberal mentality, as held by the masses that populate the coasts and other urban areas, is genuinely rooted in a (misdirected) means towards promoting equality and justice for all persons, of all faiths and colors.  Make no mistake, though: the ruling class that these liberals elect, though, share no such dream.  They know that they only way they can maintain power is to promote policies that actually incentivize poverty and welfare and inhibit increased distribution of prosperity.  Given that the unfortunate racial makeup of these downtrodden communities, one cannot help but wonder who the true racists are.

They’re Coming To Take You Away, Ha Ha

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evilThe Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution clearly states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

It’s one of those inalienable rights set forth that helped set America on the path towards being, for two hundred years, the single greatest force for freedom and privacy in human history.  Barring a justified cause — and appropriate legal documentation — there ain’t nobody that can come into your abode and take you away for thinking the wrong thought, expressing the wrong idea, or engaging in the wrong action (to the accuser).

While you were out Christmas caroling, debating the healthcare fiasco, or even catching up on your DVD watching, President Barack Hussein Obama quietly moved to undo the United States Constitution by granting the international police force INTERPOL unlimited rights to run amuck throughout our nation.

Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order “Amending Executive Order 12425.” It grants INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) a new level of full diplomatic immunity afforded to foreign embassies and select other “International Organizations” as set forth in the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945.

By removing language from President Reagan’s 1983 Executive Order 12425, this international law enforcement body now operates — now operates — on American soil beyond the reach of our own top law enforcement arm, the FBI, and is immune from Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Got that?  The Right gets a bad rap for allegedly wanting to curtail liberties in the names of morality and safety in the public debate, but let’s be honest: it’s the Left that consistently has proven that, if you dare to question their brand of political thoughtspeak, it’s off to the gallows for you.

Now, I find it hard to believe that this Executive Order can stand as legal if challenged in court — not only is it unconstitutional, it seems to vaguely resemble an element of international treaty that would require a Congressional seal of approval as well.

That being said, is it really far fetched to wonder if, one day, the International Police Force of the New World Order might come, apprehend, and even execute you for daring to speak against it, or for not having the correct carbon footprint, or for serving in a prior war that it deems now worthy of prosecution for War Crimes?

The plans are already being formulated, my friends.

Congratulations, America, These Are the Men Who Will Determine if You Live or Die

Obama, Reid, PelosiWith so-called comprehensive healthcare reform all but passed in the United States Senate, it seems certain that our nation will soon nationalize a major segment of our economy and place it under strict, socialist government control.  I will spare you for now a thorough discussion on the merits and demerits of such a system, aside from noting that the plan actually faces shocking opposition on both sides of the political aisle — perhaps an indication of how unnecessary the plan is and how out-of-touch our federal legislators have become.

But what of these legislators?  Are they the sort of sober, serious, thoughtful men and women that form the bedrock of a representative democracy, filled with the gravity of their responsibility and steeped in the common sense framework foundation provided by the Constitution?  Or are they another, far worse form of despotic, greedy, arrogant, and hyperbolic monster?

Let’s start with Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat at one time considered to be relatively conservative and perhaps even opposed to nationalized healthcare outright.  Oh, how a few lucrative dollars from the public teat had him changing his song rather abruptly.

But special attention should go to Senator Ben Nelson, who played hard-to-get the longest and in return for being the 60th vote won an exemption for Nebraska from paying any of the additional costs for the bill’s Medicaid expansion, which is worth $100 million. He also won millions of dollars of exemptions from the $6.7 billion in health insurance fees for Nebraska-based companies like Mutual of Omaha.

This is the same Senator who declared a few weeks ago that “my vote is not for sale.” Well, he never said: at any price.

Sadly, Nelson was only one in a long line of elected officials willing to sell out their constituents in exchange for some fresh graft.  It’s the new way of doing business, says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and if you aren’t up for the game then you just aren’t doing your senatorial job.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered a vigorous defense Monday of the deals in the Senate reform bill that benefit individual states, saying “it doesn’t speak well” of senators who didn’t secure such deals.

“There are 100 senators here and I don’t know that there’s a senator that doesn’t have something in this bill that isn’t important to them,” Reid said. “If they don’t have something in it important to them then it doesn’t speak well of them.”

He likened the legislation to the defense bill, which is thick with earmarks and other provisions benefiting individual members and even private corporations.

“That’s what legislation’s all about,” Reid said of the compromises. “It’s the art of compromise. In this great country of ours, Nevada has many different problems than does New Hampshire. Michigan has many different problems than does Georgia.”

Besides, its not as if the rules even apply to our fair Senators.  Why, even asking one to so kindly turn off his mobile device so his flight can become airborne without crashing in a fiery hell is simply too much to ask.

New York’s famously garrulous senior senator, Chuck Schumer, got busted Wednesday for calling a female flight attendant the B-word aboard a US Airways flight from New York to Washington on Sunday.

Schumer was sitting next to protege Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, gabbing away on his phone, when a flight attendant told him to shut it down.

Schumer turned off his phone, and then argued with the attendant that he was allowed to talk while the cabin door is open. He lost.

He then muttered his complaint about the flight attendant to Gillibrand.

They know better than the lowly proletariat, don’t you know?  And if you dare to question their authority, well, you are no better than a klansman or Nazi.

This afternoon, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) gave a speech in which he quoted Richard Hofstadter’s 1964 essay, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” and accused ObamaCare opponents of inciting “vindictive passions”:

“Far from appealing to the better angels of our nature, too many colleagues are embarked on a desperate no-holds-barred mission of propaganda, obstruction and fear. History cautions us of the excesses to which these malignant, vindictive passions can ultimately lead. Tumbrils have rolled through taunting crowds, broken glass has sparkled in darkened streets. Strange fruit has hung from Southern trees. Even this great institution of government that we share has cowered before a tail-gunner waving secret lists.” (Emphasis added.)

Truly, a great close to a great year for the United States of America.

Learning From Great Political Advertising

When historians compile a list of New York’s greatest leaders one day, it seems unlikely that our current accidental occupant of the governor’s mansion will find his name etched into inclusion.  Despite his near blindness, alleged infidelities and drug abuse, David Paterson built himself a steady if unspectacular life as a career politician in one of the most dysfunctional legislatures in the fifty states — only to be thrust into the unexpected role of Governor after his running mate himself became embroiled in his own sordid sexual scandal.

Now, Paterson finds himself commander of a state hemorrhaging tax revenues and even contemplating withholding or deferring payments to vendors and debtors to keep from having to declare total bankruptcy.  With the specter of an extremely difficult primary challenge on the horizon at the hands of current Attorney General Andrew Cuomo — and possibly a November showdown with 9/11 hero Rudy Giuliani to follow — it becomes difficult to fathom the Governor’s political career surviving past 2010.

I guess nobody told that to him, though, because since mid-November Paterson has unleashed an array of campaign spots that rank as among the best I’ve ever seen. The one I have chosen to embed here, “When,” stands as the best of the bunch.

[Editor’s Note 01/24/17: Alas and woe, the ad appears to have swirled down the memory hole of the Internet, and is lost forever. Or, at least, I cannot find it after scrolling through pages after pages on YouTube and Google. Unfortunately, though, literally hundreds of videos from Saturday Night Live and elsewhere cruelly mocking Paterson for his disabilities and dalliances remain, painting him as a buffoon and borderline mentally handicapped. Today, we’d call that bullying.]

Simple, heartfelt, and compelling. Paterson is immediately rebranded as a humble, hard-working man thrust into an untenable situation and doing the best he can with the impossible.  And, after repeated views, it’s hard to disagree on a certain visceral level; Paterson has inherited a massive debt and out-of-control budget built for decades by Democrat and Republican officials alike, and with the rank and file of the Assembly and Senate filled with corrupt and shady politicians of the worst kind, the Governor comes off as a sympathetic figure.

NY has a lot of real problems, and much like with government at the Federal level, it’s hard to see how anything but a complete revolution and 100% turnover of office-holders will bring about the change required to keep our democratic republic going for another three centuries.  But in this one instance, its good to see an official displaying the sort of inner-city yeoman attributes that the state desperately needs.

Pretty extraordinarily unlikely that I’ll vote for him, though.

Vote or Die. Or Don’t. You’ll Probably Live and Not Much Will Change Either Way.

Fresh off the humiliating election of woefully over-matched President Barack Hussein Obama — accompanied by nearly filibuster-proof majorities for the Democrats in both houses of Congress — this year’s Election Day turns our focus to more local, personal roots, as several notable contests are underway in both the Empire and Garden states.  These campaigns, though, are not without their own national implications, especially for the Republican Party.

Upstate, with the withdrawal of Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava, a previously uninteresting House seat is now up for grabs between Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Doug Hoffman.  I was clear last year in my contention that, when the fate of the free world was at stake, conservatives and similarly minded individuals needed to hold their collective noses and pull the lever for John McCain, given the alternative (and, indeed, looking at the sorry state of affairs in DC these days, I maintain this was the correct call).

This time, though, with a relatively insignificant seat up for grabs for merely 365 days, I think it’s safe to say that we are all gleeful to see the out-of-touch liberal pragmatists running the GOP get what was coming to them via a little right-wing revolution.  Based on The Other McCain’s profile and relentless on-the-ground coverage, it seems clear that Hoffman is a good guy and just the sort we need more of patrolling the hallowed halls of the US Capitol.

Meanwhile, what’s left of the woeful and inept New York GOP casts its fate with Napoleonic Mayor-for-Life Michael Bloomberg, in the hopes that Mike and his free-spending millions won’t jilt them at the altar yet again after safely securing the throes of office.  I’m sorry, but even with a potential train-wreck such as the incompetent and out-of-touch liberal alternative in Democrat Bill Thompson, I will not be casting my vote for Mayor Mike.  Whether I hold my nose and vote Democrat or merely abstain entirely will be a game-time decision.  But no lover of liberty and the will of the people can in clear conscience support a man who basically single-handedly overturned a public referendum and ended term limits so that he can gain an additional four years.  No doubt the Mayor and his overdeveloper friends will carry the day on Tuesday, but it will not be on my hands.

Rare is the day I embed and praise a Communication Workers of America video!

At least I have a worthy and decent City Council candidate in Dan Halloran at the most local of levels to support — a Conservative Republican with a chance to win even!

Meanwhile, across the Hudson River, the incumbent governor and noted expert vehicle driver Jon Corzine is in the battle of his life against the rotund but affable Chris Christie.  Yeah, he’s fat, but who cares?  He’s cool with it.  Question for Jersey residents: you have among the highest taxes and costs of living in the United States, and businesses and residents are fleeing the state faster than the Israelites beat a path out of Egypt.  Is more Big Government and Big Finance at the hands of the former Goldman Sachs’ CEO really the answer?

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