Recently during a phone call, a friend of mine asked my opinion on Glenn Greenwald. For those unaware Greenwald was involved in the Snowden NSA leaks and has written on many aspects of the government overreach on privacy issues. He has of late been very critical of the lock step solidarity by the tech giants and the Democratic/MSM complex to censor important news stories based on partisan viewpoint.
During the phone call I was pretty heatedly adamant that Glenn Greenwald wasn’t an ally, he was part of the Left and therefore my opponent. But thinking about it for a while I figure it’s worthwhile clarifying exactly how I characterize guys like Greenwald and Taibbi. In a short phrase I’d call them honest Leftists. They believe in most of the things that the woke psychos believe in but they also believe in the Bill of Rights. They don’t think it’s acceptable for the government to conspire with the media to railroad someone even if he’s a no-good conservative. They probably don’t mind if Google algorithmically advantages the Left and disadvantages the Right but they don’t want it suppressing news outlets from broadcasting their stories across their platform.
And when I see a Matt Taibbi story calling MSNBC and the New York Times hypocrites for running stories that they know are false in order to advantage the Democrats, I praise him. And when Greenwald is willing to walk away from the website that he founded because the owner forbids him to speak honestly about the Hunter Biden story then I praise him. And what I am praising is his honesty and moral consistency. And nowadays that’s a lot. On left or right that’s a rare thing. It’s an admirable trait and deserves praise. It should be recognized and praised.
What it’s not is a reason to “reach across the aisle” and try to form an alliance. That was the mistake that conservatives made with the neoconservatives. Conservatives thought that because both sides wanted a strong defense against the Russians and free market capitalism that we could join forces and work a compromise that would work to both sides’ advantage. Instead we got a series of wars in the Middle East and a globalist financial agenda while they adopted all of the social policies of the far Left. That meant gay marriage, transgenderism, open borders, intersectionality in our schools and BLM in the streets.
And as long as all of these things were slowly assimilated into the culture without violence in the street and approved by the Supreme Court voted in by the Uniparty then the neocons would be fine with it. And if you weren’t fine with it then you were a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic bigot. And the same slippery slope goes double for Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald. All they require is that all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed. They are honest and they honestly want all the things that make life in America awful. The only difference is that they’re willing to let you say what you think before they call you a racist homophobe. The woke people want to silence you so you can’t even say it, or write it or even think it. They need to be dealt with drastically. They need to be put out of business. Taibbi and Greenwald can be ignored.
Bottom line, I respect Taibbi and Greenwald. But they are not my friends, allies or partners. They are my enemies even if they are enemies whose honesty I respect.
If you thought they went crazy four years ago wait until you see this one. A padded cell and straitjacket would be the minimum infrastructure needed to keep this woman safe from herself. She’s driving a car and I doubt she can see the road through her rage and panic.
Where do these people come from? How do they get through their lives without growing out of the two-year-old tantrum phase? November is going to be a meltdown regardless of how it works out. Even if President Trump wins by two hundred electoral votes these people are going to go ballistic. Watch yourself. A lot of them are unhinged.
I saw the headline, “Joe Biden Gets My Vote in 2020.” And the byline, “Robert Redford.” How could I resist? But save yourself the trouble. It’s not worth the couple of minutes it takes to read. It starts off with Redford hearkening back to when he was just a wee lad listening to FDR during WWII. He heard a voice that combined strength with compassion and a call to unity. Then he fast forwards to now and disparages President Trump for being divisive. And then he ends up with an encomium of the FDR-like Joe Biden. It’s quite a tour de force of nonsense. FDR’s ability to bring everyone together must have been a real comfort to the Japanese that he interned. And did FDR ever have J Edgar Hoover planting false evidence against his cabinet officers? I doubt it. And the idea of Joe Biden projecting a patrician dignity under any circumstances is not even a joke. It’s more like a reversal of reality. The idea that the hair-sniffing, shoulder-rubbing conqueror of Corn Pop could be anything other than a delusional sociopath is ludicrous.
It’s clear that Redford is just writing whatever sounds good in his own head regardless of the absurd divergence from reality. A couple of sentences will highlight this departure from the real world, “You can see it in the peaceful protests of the past several weeks — Americans of all races and classes coming together to fight against racism. You can see it in the ways that communities are pulling together in the face of this pandemic, even if the White House has left them to fend for themselves.”
Peaceful protests? That might surprise those in the graveyard after the riots put them there. And the pandemic has certainly given some blue state governors the chance to show how little they care for their constituencies. Favoring rioters over churchgoers in terms of social distancing rules is just one example of how division is what the Left sows.
Robert Redford stars in two or three movies I really enjoy. But true to form, he is a dishonest Hollywood nitwit. If he were on my side, I would start to doubt myself. But it is a good reminder to read what he has to say about important issues of the day. Someone who can call the two weeks of rioting “peaceful protests” reveals all you need to know about the delusional nature of his thinking. And this is right in line with what you’ll hear from the rest of the entertainment industry. Actors and artists can paint pretty pictures out of thin air and try to convince the feeble-minded that it’s reality they’re providing. And being delusional maybe they actually believe it themselves. That’s harder to know.
But one thing I’ll guarantee, for all his talk about peaceful protests, if the mob ever came down his street and headed for his door, Mr. Redford would sell his soul and even his Oscars for a platoon of policemen with automatic weapons. And if that meant he had to call Donald Trump on the phone and grovel through an apology for all the foul things he’s said about him, Redford would do it in a heartbeat. After all what’s the good of being an actor if you can’t give the performance that’s needed?
Minnesota’s Governor Walz has requested President Trump to declare a national disaster and bail out Minnesota to the tune of $500 million for the damage which he himself caused when he allowed the rioting thugs to burn down Minneapolis.
I think the correct response is to respectfully ask Governor Walz to go pound sand where the sun don’t shine. The first thing that should be done is to cut off all federal police funding to Minneapolis and institute a DOJ investigation into the civil rights violations inherent in a city knowingly allowing a mob to terrorize American citizens based on their racial identity.
Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council, a veto-proof majority, have announced that they intend to eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department. The idea is to replace the police department with a “community-based public safety model,” whatever that is.
Realistically I don’t think they’ll do much of anything beyond handing over a ton of cash to “community organizers” and tying the police force’s hands on lethal force and hiring more minority and female cops. But let’s just imagine what may happen if the police become so angry about all this vilification and decide to stop interfering with the underclass not only in the ‘hood but also everywhere else.
I can just see an enterprising young businessman from the mean streets who notices that Mayor Frey has a pretty nice wardrobe of Armani suits and decides to pay a visit to the mayor’s house to “borrow” them for a while. I imagine that previously the mayor would have had a detail of police whose only job was to provide 24/7 security to hizzoner. I’m guessing that security may become just a wee bit more relaxed after this. And what might be the situation for the nine City Council members who have announced their intention to eliminate the police. Well, I’ve got to tell you, I wouldn’t want to be them after today. The police really are the ones who make life in a big city possible. If you turn them against you, I foresee many, many bad things happening to the people threatening their livelihood. Remember for a minute that there are always a certain number of bad actors on the police force and they’ve just lost their steady gig and they are pretty handy with a gun. Now add in that there isn’t any police force to stop them and they know you were the one who got them fired. It doesn’t sound good.
You know, come to think of it, I really think they should vote on this thing right away. I’d be interested in seeing what happens when the police department has a ninety percent sick week in Minneapolis. It might actually outdo the recent riots for destructive result. And the timing is perfect. The long hot summer and the COVID-19 depression are both right there to make a bad situation into a living hell. When the first wave of teenagers robs its first department store and realize that no one is going to stop them they’re going to get a rush of excitement that may not let up until they’ve looted every store for a mile around. And that’s not even considering how exciting it’s going to get when the young thugs who currently practice the knockout game in their inner-city neighborhoods export it to the better neighborhoods like Fulton. Once the self-righteous citizens of Minneapolis get a real good look at what happens when you tell the underclass that there is no one there to make them stop they’re gonna beg the cops to come back and they’ll pay them double without a thought. Unless you live in a gated community with round the clock armed guards you really don’t want to let the mob have its way.
But let’s see whether it’s all talk or not. It would make for an interesting experiment but not a pretty picture. Let’s call it a teachable moment.
When I saw this headline, Colin Kaepernick Agent, Increasingly Frustrated at NFL’s Snub, Sends Out Press Release
I thought it was a satire piece like in the Babylon Bee.
After reading it I knew it was real but because of that it’s much funnier than any satirical piece could be. Imagine this. Kaepernick torpedoes the NFL’s relationship with its most loyal fans, sues the league for malfeasance and wins millions and then his agent is increasingly frustrated that no one wants to hire him and start the cycle over again. It’s pure comedy gold!
In order to set the record straight and counter the false narratives out there his agent sent out a press release. Here are some of the best bits:
Has Colin been offered a job by an NFL team?
No, not a single team has offered Colin a job since the 2016 season, in which he began his peaceful protest.
Has Colin ever had a workout with an NFL team?
No, not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout. Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. Afterwards, Pete Carroll said Colin is a “starter in this league.” No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past 3 seasons, despite other false statements in the media to the contrary.
What about Colin being a “distraction” with the 49ers?
His coach, Chip Kelly, during the 2016 season said about Colin, “He is zero distraction.” In that same 2016 season, Colin also won the Len Eshmont Award, voted on by 49er players and given to the 49er who best exemplifies inspirational and courageous play.
Well I’m glad to hear he was zero distraction as he tanked the league’s ratings with his protest. Anyway, Nike will drag old Colin out for at least a year or two more until everyone actually forgets who he is. Then they’ll harass us with some new dumbass they find biting the hand that feeds him. Hey maybe Colin can go to China and try his protest over there. After all the Uighur people are being oppressed pretty awfully by the Chinese. I’m sure the Chinese would be grateful to Colin for pointing this out to them. They are a very reasonable people. Just ask the Uighurs and the Tibetans.
Conrad Black is a good friend of President Trump. And he is a very upbeat prognosticator of of our troubled times. But this little historical expedition to the French Revolution and de Gaulle’s 1968 power play are amusing and give an interesting comparison to the madness of the lunatic fringe of the Democrat party. Of course that fringe now encompasses the whole party so it’s an unusual situation. Fun to read.
The Democrats’ French Dilemma
Watching Jim Acosta at a White House Press Briefing is akin to watching a determined three-year-old asking his mother why. Initially it’s amusing but eventually it’s unbearable. The mindlessness of it renders it a form of exquisite torture. In the three-year-old it’s tolerated because you know it’s a stage in the development of language and social skills. In an allegedly mature man with a White House Press Pass it’s a symptom of the terminal illness that has infected the American body politic, bloodless civil war. Acosta is a proxy for the desire of millions of progressives to harass the President of the United States for winning the 2016 presidential election. He gets to mouth ridiculous complaints about the supposedly unfair statements President Trump makes about the press. And in his yammering repetition of what he thinks are damning indictments of the current administration we hear an echo of the half-witted chants of Antifa, BLM, Occupy Wall Street and every other neo-marxist street circus going all the way back to the drug addled imbecilic protesters of the 1960s. Hey hey, ho ho, blah blah blah has got to go. Hey hey, ho ho, blah blah blah has got to go. Hey hey, ho ho, blah blah blah has got to go. Hey hey, ho ho, blah blah blah has got to go…………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Full of sound and fury signifying nothing.
As ZMan is fond of saying “we live in unserious times.” But in all actuality the stakes are very serious. A federal judge (and one appointed by President Trump no less) has granted a temporary injunction pending a decision on whether Jim Acosta’s lunacy at White House press conferences is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The duly elected leader of the most powerful state to ever exist is thwarted in his important work of transmitting the proceedings of his administration to the Press by a bleating half-wit with an expensive hair-cut and a power tie. I’m starting to think that the real victory of the Trump presidency will be when he begins reining in the madness that the Left inflicts on us daily.
There is a school of thought that President Trump supports the daily barrage of leftist insanity as a way to garner sympathy from the American public, that the presence of Acosta actually stokes the anger that guarantees his constituency’s ardor in supporting his causes. If that is true then I must be outside of his target audience. I would pay a month’s gross salary to be rid of the likes of Jim Acosta from the daily news feed. If he were permanently banned from the White House and had to merely comment from the sidelines, I would be supremely pleased. It would be a solid win. It wouldn’t change the world but it would be a sign that these lunatics sometimes have to retreat. So, President Trump, hear my plea. Don’t just let Jim Acosta win. Push this all the way to the Supreme Court if need be and strike a blow for baseline sanity. Prove that this is still in some small way the same place that engendered Washington and Jefferson or for pity’s sake at least Teddy Roosevelt.
The Z-Man posits that the ideologies can differ but the “true believer” is what gives them their strength and their frightening ferocity and consequences.
“The only person I have read, other than myself, who bothered to contemplate the mindset of the typical Nazi, Bolshevik or Progressive was Eric Hoffer. His classic book, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, is the field guide to understanding the mind of the political zealot. Over the years I have referenced it many times, when posting about the American Left. Hoffer’s book is not the definitive work, more of a skeleton key to unlock a mode of analysis. It is a starting point in thinking about the Left.”
Very interesting read.
The Cancer of Fanaticism
Vox links to an article in the NY Times. Now I wouldn’t give them the click change so luckily he excerpts a paragraph. Apparently the Left doesn’t like being characterized as robots. Boo-Hoo.