Still looking for a law that was broken….
Ivanka gives the Left another trivial reason to freak out
I didn’t vote for Trump. There are many things, including his hands off approach to healthcare reform, that I don’t like about him. But I’m not blinded by hatred for Trump. As Hamburg burns outside of the G-20 summit, back home the Left is slowly devolving in their arguments against Trump. What started as a juvenile exercise in aimless hate for Trump’s appearance, mixed with legitimate hate for his equal level of childishness and bad behavior, has now turned into a fake news gotcha fest. Each “story” is more ridiculous and irrelevant than the last.
Maybe Democrats are also tired of Obamacare. Rather than filling up twitter with defenses of Obamacare, as it slowly churns towards repeal, Democrats are more concerned about trivial fake news.
Take for example the Poland handshake snub imagined around the world. The Left was gleeful as the wife of Poland President Andrzej Duda initially didn’t shake Trump’s hand. She shook Melania’s. Not shown in CNN’s edited video of the event was Mrs. Duda shaking Trump’s hand twice. President Duda himself took to twitter to mock CNN for their phony reporting.
Then there was the content of Trump’s speech in Poland. Trump praised Poland for time and time again defeating Communism, Fascism, and terrorism. He talked extensively about how the Nazis tried to wipe out Western civilization and Polish culture, but Poland resisted. The Left hated him for it. Vox posted an op-ed about how Trump’s speech was an “alt-right manifesto”.
The only problem was, it wasn’t. Funny enough, his speech was anti-fascism. Apparently the leftist Antifa movement is also pro-fascism.
What alt-left Antifa fail to realize is that “western civilization” does not equal British descendants. Both the alt-left and alt-right misunderstand that term. When Trump talks about western civilization, he is talking about democracy, freedom, melting pot, all the things that Communism, Fascism, and terrorist religious extremism are not. When Trump talks about America being great, only the Left and the far Right (Ann Coulter types) think he is talking about white men. America isn’t great because it makes white men great. America is great because everyone here at some time in their family history came from somewhere to America to be Americans.
Today, the Left struck again. The target this time was Ivanka Trump, part of the American delegation to the G-20, who sat in for President Trump briefly one time. Immediately there were calls for Trump to be removed, attacks on Ivanka for being completely unqualified to sit in his chair, and charges of unprofessionalism. But the only people who actually care are former Obama officials and Trump critics. When asked about it, German PM Merkel said it was common for delegates to have someone from their delegation sit in if they are called out briefly. Nothing to see here.
Meanwhile, fakenews site Leftscoop.com went so far as to say Trump skipped “many of his G20 meetings today”. Of course, this isn’t true. Even CNN said he briefly stepped out of one meeting. Leftscoop suggested that the only reason we would even know this is because Russian media were able to sneak a shot of it. Also not true. But the fake story has stoked anger on the Left.
Maybe it’s just the Left being the Left. They are the most anti-women group in the country when it comes to a conservative woman holding any sort of power. But I suspect it’s something even deeper. The Left is so ready to jump, protest, and lose their minds about even the most irrelevant fake news, it could just be that they are out of real things to be upset about. Maybe they’ll prove me wrong and find an real issue that is still worth their time and effort.
Three days later, the GOP Softball Shooter has faded silently into history…
For 8 years the media waited, seemingly hoping and praying that their charge of violent domestic Conservative terrorism would be proven true. Every time there was a mass shooting, the media had what seemed to be pre-written stories about the TEA Party bogeyman ready to go. When James Holmes, a radicalized leftist, walked into a movie theater and shot it up, the media had a 52 year old TEA Party member named Jim Holmes up on the screen within hours.
Now we finally have that guy. Hodgkinson was a frequent protester who was politically active, hated the President, planned out an assault, carefully picked his targets, and did it with clear mainstream partisan political motives. He wasn’t a fringe character acting on conspiracy theories. He wasn’t living in a cabin in the woods with a scraggly beard talking to the trees. He wasn’t even a religious extremist. James Hodgkinson was a campaign volunteer who in posts and letters clearly articulated the views of his party.
He was everything the media was hoping for. The only problem is Obama is no longer the President. Hodgkinson wasn’t a TEA Party protester carrying his 2nd amendment and anti-big government views to their final conclusion. He was a 99%er fed on the left’s rhetoric about Trump being a traitor and the rich seeking to harm the poor. When the left says Republicans want dirty air and dirty water, when they have commercials where Republicans rob Grandma or push her off a cliff, when they argue that Republican policies will result in the deaths of women and children or destroy our planet, apparently their followers listen.
Bernie Sanders just four days before the shooting was in Chicago calling for political revolution against Trump. He accused Trump of engineering policies that would kill women and children. He called Trump a liar. He announced that Trump would not be allowed to get away with it. Four days later, Hodgkinson walked onto a softball field with a rifle and a handgun and carried out “justice” and “resistance” against GOP congressmen.
As of this post, the shooting has happened three days ago. Surely James Hodgkinson is still in the news cycle being analyzed and discussed at length, right? Wouldn’t his ghost haunt the headlines for at least a week? A politically motivated shooting by a mainstream protester. Surely this is as newsworthy now as it would have been for the last 8 years, right?
CNN.Com has plenty of space for headlines. Hodgkinson isn’t there. Of the entire front page, there is a story about Rand Paul on the baseball field and a story about one of the Capitol police officers throwing out the first pitch. Headlines that are more important than discovering what made Hodgkinson tick? “Watch Newt Gingrich Contradict Himself”. “How NBC Botched the Megyn Kelly Rollout”. “State Budget Puts Powerball in Jeopardy”.
NBCNews does a little better, including a link to a US News report that the “Baseball Practice Gunman Had List of GOP Lawmaker’s Names”. One other headline says “Guns Recovered in Virginia Shooting Appear Legally Bought”. I would assume that’s about Hodgkinson. The Washington Post offered a biography of Hodgkinson after the shooting suggesting that he had no idea who was on the practice field, despite eye witness accounts that he verified it was the GOP practice team before opening fire and had a list of targets.
Don’t hold your breath. Will we find out if Hodgkinson was in the audience earlier this week when Sanders called for revolution? Will we find out what his duties were with the Sanders campaign? Is it possible Hodgkinson was ever paid by the DNC to show up at a Trump rally? Don’t expect the same sort of media curiosity you might have seen if Obama was President and James Hodgkinson was a TEA Party activist.
If negative media is an act of war, we are in trouble…
After Comey’s testimony, the Russia Trump collusion story has been downgraded to Birther level controversy. Comey vindicated Trump, saying in fact that Trump was never even under investigation. Comey has also said that Russia did not alter a single vote in the US election. On the administration side, it seems as though the biggest issue is General Mike Flynn’s work with Russia and failure to disclose the payments he received. Yes Trump asked Comey to go easy on Flynn, but Trump also fired Flynn.
What did Russia do then? Russia did not collude with the administration. Russia did not change the votes. They did not hack the electronic voting machines. Apparently it’s possible that Russia released Podesta’s emails, but the incriminating statements there came directly from Podesta and other DNC staffers. At this point, it appears that Russia’s biggest sin was printing negative press and sometimes fake news about Hillary Clinton.
Russia did not print negative news about Hillary Clinton in order to elect Trump. Unlike the Clinton’s campaign work to influence the GOP primary and make sure Trump won, Russia simply didn’t like Hillary Clinton.
Russia’s actions have been called an act of war. Even some on the GOP side have called Russia’s actions an attempt to destroy our constitutional process and democracy. Is this a valid accusation? Does foreign media printing negative stories equate to election hacking? Should we be sanctioning Russia because they printed negative stories about Hillary Clinton?
Let’s talk about Germany. Harvard recently performed a study on various news outlets to see whether Trump was getting fair coverage. The result is that Trump is getting more negative coverage than any of his predecessors. Remember, negative press from foreign sources equals an act of war and destruction of our constitutional process. So we should probably be concerned about Germany’s ARD news network’s 98% negative reporting rate on Trump.
Britain is another hacking nation that has declared war on the US through their media outlets. Financial Times was negative about Trump 84% of the time, BBC 74% of the time. When it comes to using media to influence US opinion, both Britain and Germany are just as guilty as Russia.
There’s one other problem worth mentioning. The assault on the US and our constitutional processes is not being led by Russia or Germany. It’s being led by the US. If unbalanced coverage and fake news equals everything the left and John McCain say it does, then we should be more concerned about CNN and NBC reporting negatively about Trump 93% of the time. CBS was 91%, New York Times 87%, Washington Post 83%. Comey’s testimony discredited all of these US news outlets, forcing them to print retractions of fake news they had recently reported.
If the whole Russia thing boils down to their state media operations, I hope we can find a way to laugh at ourselves and move on with our lives. And to think, Obama kicked the Russian ambassadors out of our country over this.
Relief from Global Warming, for a price
It has been two days since Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Accord, and the temps are on the rise. This month is already predicted to be warmer than May, and next month will be even worse.
There are winners and losers from the US withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. As the ACLU pointed out, one big loser is racial justice and communities of color. They are right. Major Wall Street players have found ways to cash in on global warming, including Disney. But you have to be able to pay if you want to play.
Disney’s “Blizzard Beach Water Park” is an installation that makes millions of dollars a year selling relief from the scorching temperatures. As corporate pollution causes the Earth to heat up and people to die, Disney has developed temporary measures to mitigate the heat for a price. In addition to “Blizzard Beach Water Park”, which is ironically named after a type of snow storm that will soon be gone from our vocabulary, their other cooling establishment “Typhoon Lagoon” has a bit of a more appropriate name considering the coming climate apocalypse.
So is there a problem with corporate America cashing in on the inevitable end of the planet? There is when Disney decides to target poorer minorities with their pricing schemes. Disney isn’t the only culprit. Seeing the writing on the wall, Universal Studios has also sought to cash in on human suffering by building an unaffordable global warming relief establishment. As if to mock the suffering and dying, Universal Studios has also themed their cooling apparatus and priced the lower classes of society out of admission. Dripping with irony and disgust towards their fellow man, Universal Studios has opted to name their private establishment “Volcano Bay”. They laugh as the poor melt away.
What can be done when the President has already consigned us to doom by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord? Government funding for pools and parks is abysmal. The government also has refused to provide poor Americans with their own personal pools, opting instead for communal pools in a limited number of neighborhoods. Rural areas are sure to perish from the heat first.
It appears at this point that the only path to survival for poor minorities in the country is to impeach President Trump, and for Republicans to provide the funding necessary for poor minorities to have equal access to global warming relief.
…And 3 million is a rational estimate
What happened next will kill 43,000 people
It will be yuge. In the era of fake news and hyperbole, Trump is only one of many offenders. We live in an age where anyone can say anything and lay claim to credibility. It works especially well if you use half the facts and flawed research. That’s exactly what the Washington Post did when they declared that repealing Obamacare WILL kill more than 43,000 people a year. Not “it may”, not even “experts suggest”. It will kill them. 43,000 a year. Poof. Just like that. Without even getting end of life counseling.
“…thousands of American lives that were previously protected by provisions of the Affordable Care Act are in danger” begins the article. The claim is based on a study that says that for every 455 people put on Medicaid, one person a year lives who would have died otherwise. Since correlation always means causation, the reasoning is sound. It’s even more sound if you consider that there is absolutely no replacement for ACA.
Of course, that’s not true. Republicans already have a replacement ready, and it keeps some key parts of ACA such as not being dropped for pre-existing conditions. But here the article makes a strange argument. Despite being obviously anti-Republican, the article notes that while it only takes 50 votes to repeal Obamacare, it would take 60 to pass a replacement. I think the argument goes something like this: Republicans can repeal Obamacare easily, but in order to replace it and save 43,000 lives a year Democrats would have to not filibuster. So perhaps the headline should have read “Democrat filibuster will kill 43,000 people”.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time some wild eye, crazy hair person has claimed that repealing Obamacare equals mass murder. Bernie Sanders used to say that without the ACA 36,000 people would die annually. At the time he was given 4 Pinocchios by none other than the Washington Post.
Now? Apparently now Bernie’s prediction of 36,000 dead per year if Obamacare is repealed is “certainly well within the ballpark of scientific consensus”, according to the article. Good night, and good luck.