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.........................A timely collection of conservative articles about corrosive liberal influences on politics and culture in America ......................

Saturday, May 25, 2019

File under American silliness: AOC Comes Out Swinging In Rant Against Racist Cauliflower

The Federalist Papers  "New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running out of things to be outraged about and has now moved to vegetables.
"In video rant the 29-year-old said that planting the popular vegetable, grown in Mexico, is a “colonial approach” that oppresses minorities." . . .

Remember when leftists said the sun is racist?  . . . 'But AOC’s constant use of the Race Card and attacks on white people is reminiscent of the idiotic race-baiting of leftists in August 2017, when they insisted that the sun was racist. Why? Because the main path of the great Solar Eclipse of 2017 passed mostly through states that voted for President Trump." . . .

“Veggie Tales” Now Racist According To SJWs Because Of Course It Is  "If it exists, it’s racist. That’s the kind of misery the social justice-obsessed have to live in constantly, as they are unable to enjoy the simple things due to their crusade to rid the world of everything they don’t like. One of those things is the kid’s cartoon “Veggie Tales,” which is apparently racist now according to some students at Cal State San Marcos. During a “Whiteness Forum” that looks critically at the problem of whiteness, students were encouraged to find racism in things we enjoy in order to train their critical eye. One group of students said the NFL was racist since the players were black but the coaches were white. Another group said that Veggie Tales is racist because the good guys are white, and the bad vegetables are ethnic." . . .

Remember "gravitas"? Now the latest meme among anti-Trump media: "Pelosi gets under Trump's skin".

Free Beacon: "Talking Point Alert: Pelosi Gets Under Trump’s Skin"
. . . "The press loved the acidic exchanges—Pelosi later said she would pray for Trump—and the "skin" talking point took hold quickly. On CNN and MSNBC alone, the Washington Free Beacon counted at least 19 examples of a variation of the phrase being used in just 24 hours." . . .

2007: Rush discusses how the press copies each other on memes. Remember "gravitas"?  . . . "I want to play this montage of ‘gravitas’ I was talking about last hour. This goes back to the year 2000. It’s one of the all-time great montages, this happened within a day of President Bush selecting Dick Cheney to be his vice presidential running mate. You’re going to hear Al Hunt, Juan Williams, Claire Shipman, Steve Roberts, Vic Fazio, Jeff Greenfield, Jonathan Alter, former Senator Bob Kerrey, Margaret Carlson, Mike McCurry, Sam Donaldson, Eleanor Clift, Walter Isaacson, Mark Shields, Judy Woodruff, and Sam Donaldson — and none of these are repeated.
HUNT: He is a man who meets all George W.’s weaknesses: lack of foreign policy exerience, lack of gravitas. I think now when Gore is trying to make the case of lack of gravitas pagainst George W. …WILLIAMS: Now we look and we see the son, who is seeking some gravitas, to say to people that he is an intelligent man…SHIPMAN: There is a lot [of] talk they are looking at older candidates, candidates with gravitas.  . . .
Press memes: Thomas Sowell had fun with the Rush Limbaugh treatment of it.. Back in 2000.
RUSH LIMBAUGH has been having some fun lately, playing back recordings of politicians and media people, who have been repeating the word "gravitas" like parrots, day after day. Before Dick Cheney was announced as Governor George W. Bush's choice for vice presidential candidate, practically nobody used the word. Now everybody and his brother seems to be using it. The political spin is that Governor Bush lacks "gravitas" -- weight -- and that Dick Cheney was picked in an effort to supply what the governor lacks. In other words, the fact that Bush picked somebody solid for his running mate has been turned into something negative by the spinmeisters. The fact that media liberals echo the very same word, again and again, shows their partisan loyalties -- and their lack of originality. . . .

If You Believe Pelosi and Schumer, I Want to Sell You a Bridge

David Limbaugh

"Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of the congressional Democratic cabal have treated President Trump abominably, and it's getting old. Do they assume Americans have endless patience for their ongoing investigation charade?

"Consider the latest brouhaha between Trump and the Democratic leaders. They were scheduled to meet at the White House on a $2 trillion infrastructure plan when Pelosi decided to poison the punch bowl.

"Ahead of the meeting, Pelosi and five investigative committee leaders spoke with other Democrats who had called for an impeachment inquiry. Afterward, she made an unsolicited public statement.

" 'We do believe it's important to follow the facts," she told reporters. "We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up."

"And she feigns outrage that Trump cut the meeting short?" . . .

Nancy Pelosi treats Kellyanne Conway like 'the help'

Monica Showalter  "Is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi trying to rev up and motivate President Trump's ace campaign manager whose talents were key to winning the presidency for Trump?
"Sure looks like it, because here's what the haughty House Speaker did to Conway during yesterday's meeting between Trump and Democratic congressional leaders. "

. . . And does that make Conway, the master election engineer, the ace campaign manager who wins elections against all odds for Trump - and someone so valuable to Trump that he keeps her by his side despite her husband's anti-Trump outbursts - want to sit the upcoming election out? . . .  

LGBT People Rage At Pete Buttigieg For Not Being Gay Enough

The Federalist  "Gay representation has certainly come a long way from Patrick Stewart and Steven Weber in the classic 1995 gay film, “Jeffrey.” That same year, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, and Wesley Snipes shocked audiences with their hilarious and stunningly relatable performances as urban drag queens taking a long road trip across middle America in “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.”
"And of course, who could forget Robin William’s heartfelt comedy performance in “The Birdcage”the following year? These movies were promises of societal acceptance as big-name, straight actors played proud gay characters for straight audiences who laughed, cheered, and empathized with them.
"As acceptance and normalcy have rained out the gay pride parade and “coming out” no longer requires a party or the prospect of never speaking to one’s parents again, the appreciation for sharing LGBT culture has significantly dwindled. Where we once tearfully cheered on our straight allies, today we see LGBT writers and actors smugly lecturing them on the appropriate distance to keep between themselves and sacred artifacts of LGBT culture and identity.
"If a straight actor plays a gay role today, the movie is likely to be boycotted by LGBT activists. If a gay actor plays a transgender role, the same can happen. Although we were once thrilled by mainstream representation, we now find LGBT people complaining that even the first openly gay candidate running for president just isn’t queer or diverse enough." . . .

Friday, May 24, 2019

American Taliban John Walker Lindh and the death of Johnny Micheal Spann

On Memorial Day, you might spare a thought for Americans like Mike Spann "With so much going on in your life over the Memorial Day weekend — picnics, parades, soccer and sitting out late with your family and friends, telling stories and laughing — the last thing you need is another thing to do.
"And I’m not telling you to do this, but if you have a quiet moment, alone, you might want to think of someone: Johnny Micheal Spann. 
"He was called Mike. He was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. And later, he joined CIA. "He was a father, a husband. He’s buried at Arlington National Cemetery." . . .
. . . "Spann is said to have been the first American killed in the war in Afghanistan. On Nov. 25, 2001, at the ancient fortress turned into a military prison Qala-I-Jangi during an uprising.

"He’d just interrogated a piece of human garbage, the so-called “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh. Spann’s family had always thought that Lindh should have warned his fellow American that the uprising was coming, and that Lindh bore responsibility.
"Lindh wasn’t charged with murder. He spent 17 years in prison and was released a few days ago. It was a big deal when he was captured — his face was dirty, his eyes were wild, his long hair was matted and filthy. He’d grown up wealthy, from Marin County, Calif., and converted to Islam in his teens." . . .
"In federal prison, he’d write letters to reporters, expressing his admiration for Islamic State and al-Qaida and other terrorist groups that were quick to murder, including decapitations of Americans on video and sending that video out so the world could see." . . . 

Population declines: New Yorkers fleeing in greater numbers, Census shows

Press Connects  . . . New York's population stagnation and its decline in many parts of the state has been an issue for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to contend with, and a point of criticism from Republicans, including President Donald Trump.
"In February, Trump told reporters at the White House that he loves upstate New Yorkers, but said, "They’ve been treated very badly."
"The president continued: "If New York isn’t gonna treat them better, I would recommend they go to another state where they can get a great job.
"Cuomo has cast blame on potential future population losses on Trump's policies, particularly on the president's federal tax reforms in 2017 that limits income-tax deductions on state and local taxes to $10,000 a year.
"The Democratic governor said he fears the deduction cap could mean wealthy people may choose to move to lower-tax states. New York and other states with high taxes, like New Jersey and Connecticut, are suing the federal government over the so-called SALT cap." . . .

'More Rats Than Residents' at One NY Housing Development, Tenants Say

Thursday, May 23, 2019

University Dubs Conservative Women Two-Fifths Of A Person

Mike Adams

"Feminists often decry the “fact” that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Despite the flaws in the studies upon which this statistic is based, the idea of treating a human as less than fourfifths of a person appalls them. Similarly, while ignoring political context, feminists decry the “fact” that our founders were racists by complaining that they considered blacks to be three-fifths of a person. Yet feminist administrators at UNC-Wilmington (a.k.a. “The Dub”) recently ruled that conservative women are less than one-half of a person. Unlike the feminists, I can bolster that accusation with facts and appropriate political context. Last August, a conflict emerged between a feminist adminiistrator and two conservative women – one an alumna and the other a student. The feminist administrator ran the Women Studies Resource Center (WSRC) until she recently resigned in the wake of the conflict, which has now resulted in a federal civil rights complaint. The initial conflict was over the question of whether the WSRC would fund an abortion debate sponsored by a Christian organization. It was doubtful they would, given their long herstory of only sponsoring unequivocally pro-abortion events."
. . . 
" . . .I was incensed. I was one of the proposed debate participants. The other was abortionist Dr. Willie Parker. (That debate eventually happened and you can watch it by clicking on this link).

"It will come as no surprise to readers that I did not take this laying down. I decided to file a formal Title IX complaint since the funding for my speech was denied on the basis of my gender. I was one of the males subjected to discrimination. So I had standing as the complainant. The two conservative women were the ear-witnesses to the discrimination." . . .

President Trump stands against the Democrats, academia, and pretty much all the media that has access to this nation's minds

From The Federalist Papers: Pelosi, Schumer Whine And Cry After Trump Owned Them On Live Television  . . . "The trio were supposed to meet in The White House to discuss plans to fix America’s infrastructure but that is not what happened.
"The president walked in the room, read the two top Democrats the riot act, and then went to the Rose Garden to speak to the gathered reporters." Video
"The Democrats are like a beehive that has lost their queen -- only, in this case, the queen is not Nancy Pelosi, but Barack Obama. He alone was able to hold this fractious cuckoo's nest together. And one wonders if he could do it now.
"Nevertheless, Pelosi, anxious to do her part and stave off impeachment charges she knows are electoral poison for her party, did her best to damp things down by accusing Trump of a "cover-up" when she emerged from the Democratic caucus Wednesday morning.
"Talk about projection!" . . .

Socio-Political Journal: Trump Ends Infrastructure Talks With Schumer, Pelosi Over Demands Dems Cut 'PHONY' Probes  . . . "This whole thing was a takedown attempt at the president of the United States, and honestly you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for the way you reported so dishonestly,” he said.
"Last month, Schumer and Pelosi said Trump had agreed to support a $2 trillion infrastructure spending package. But, at the time, they said no decisions on how to pay for the plan. The president – a real estate developer before he was elected president – has long sought to strike a big infrastructure deal, but has faced some resistance from conservatives in his party over concerns about the country’s rising debt.
"But questions have remained over whether Pelosi and Schumer can strike deal with Trump on infrastructure, as congressional Democrats ramp up investigations of the president and subpoena members of his administration in the wake of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report."

Donald Trump: I am an ‘Extremely Stable Genius’ and ‘Crazy’ Nancy Pelosi Is a ‘Mess. . . "Conway said that the Democrats were lying about the president. Sanders said that the president was “very calm.”
“ 'I’ve seen both, and this was definitely not angry or ranting. Very calm and straightforward and clear,” Sanders added.
"The president reacted to Pelosi after she needled the president at a press conference earlier in the day.
“ 'I pray for the president of the United States,” she said on Thursday morning. “I wish his family, his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”

Ted Cruz Destroys Democrats at Barr Senate Judiciary Hearing

Free at last! The American Taliban is on the streets and available to the media (Updated)

Christmas for the media!

Update: This CNN employee may just agree with the above cartoon:
CNN Employee Shreds Jim Acosta as Book Set to Be Released
. . . The first takeaway here is – Holy cow this guy actually views himself as some sort of war hero fighting the oppressive regime that is the Trump administration. He’s a warrior only in his own mind, however.
There have been times Acosta is so bent on ‘fighting the establishment’ that he walked out of a press briefing practically teary-eyed.
The second takeaway is how an employee of the network he works for told Fox News that insiders there are pretty much embarrassed by Acosta.

Biden a "walking time-bomb"

Don Surber  "Brit Hume has lived in Washington all his life.
"He has seen them come and he has seen them go.
"For 46 years, Hume has watched Joe Biden in action.

"Hume's assessment is Biden is a walking time-bomb.
"Hume said, "I like Biden on a personal basis, but I think he 
is a walking time-bomb. I think his age is an issue, I’m the same age as he is, my age is an issue, I think his is too... the filters don’t work as well, the memory isn’t as sharp.
" 'You might blurt out things as he did the other day when he said China is no competitor of ours. Now, I can kind of get where he was coming from on that, meaning you know we are the best and nobody can beat us. But that’s not how it came out and that is not how he said it.
" 'He is gaffe-prone and always has been and I don’t think that he’s less-so now. He’s got a lot of strengths, he’s got a huge body of sympathetic support in the party, and he’ll be able to raise money. He’ll be in this, but it’s a high-wire act and I’m not sure he can make it.' "

Ian Macfarlane
Johnny Carson on Joe Biden in 1987