Gosh, Senator Cleaver, your questions are so insightful and interesting that I wish this confirmation hearing could go on forever! Unless a nominee is a complete idiot, he (or she) will be incredibly polite during his confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate. It is hardly the place to display a Fonzi ("Happy Days") attitude. However, Dana Milbank in the March 21 Washington Post suggests that the politeness demonstrated by Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice could be insincere thus making him a judicial version of Eddie Haskell from "Leave It to Beaver." If you are one of the small handful of people still unaware of Eddie Haskell, he was the young character who displayed insincere polite flattery towards adults to cover up his true smart aleck attitude.
I am probably the only writer on NewsBusters to have received an award from the Soviet Union. It was for my work as an American correspondent for Krokodil Magazine which you can see chronicled in I Was A Commie Writer.
I live in South Florida which is full of eccentrics which is why I feel right at home here. My main accomplishments in life were winning a bottle of aftershave when I was eight and having the biggest PING List (over 1000 Pingees) on the Free Republic forum for my DUmmie FUnnies blog. This is fortunate since I suffer severely from Ping List Envy.
Prior to the advent of the Web, I wrote a syndicated humor column that appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout North America. Only complete humility forbids me from telling you that my columns appeared in the Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, L.A Herald-Examiner, Winnipeg Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Vancouver Sun, and lots of other periodicals that I am much to humble to list.
Oh, I also produced an award-winning satirical comix website called PJ's Comix. This sort of balances out the fact that I am the WORST basketball player in the world.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I wrote comedy material for comedians. Sorry, due to business ethics I can't reveal any of their names (Argus Hamilton).
When Rachel Maddow tweeted on the night of March 14 that she had President Trump's tax returns, great jubilation broke out online among the left in general and by the Democratic Underground in particular. They anxiously awaited her MSNBC show less than an hour and a half later in joyful anticipation that finally, FINALLY they would see the downfall of Trump. Unfortunately, soon after her broadcast began, a horrible realization set in that this was nothing more that Maddow's version of opening Al Capone's vault since the income tax revelation showed that Trump paid a respectable $38 million on a 2005 income of $150 million.
Last week on CNN's "Believer" host Reza Aslan dined on filet of human brain. This week he had to endure the wild rantings of self-described messiah JeZus who, sounding a lot like an updated Charles Manson, claimed that global warming would cause a worldwide flood which is why his Hawaiian-based cult is building an ark. Oh, and unlike the Jesus of a couple thousand years ago, JeZus is also a polytheist who worships Pele among other gods. The interesting thing about JeZus is that, despite his over the top theatrics, his global warming claims don't really sound much different than the standard issue global warming alarmists promoted by the mainstream media such as Bill Nye the Science Guy.
When reading the series of charts containing a weird labyrinth of rather tenuous connections published in the March/April edition of Politico Magazine, it is hard not to channel Inspector Jacques Clouseau trying to connect the unrelated dots to make the case that was always far off the mark. The Politico dots on the series of seven elaborate charts are chock full of oligarchs, both Russian and Ukrainian, a beauty contest, a mixed martial artist, a dossier that no one has seen, a couple of Russian energy giants not to be confused with a regular Russian oil company, and, to top it off, a mystery person. This is the laughable evidence presented by reporter Michael Crowley to desperately give the Trump-Russia fake news story an aura of validity despite no proof.
Now that the Trump-Russia fake news story is crumbling as Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi warned liberals, how can the mainstream media continue to report on this fact-free topic? Simple. By invoking masters of fiction in the form of spy novelists. Therefore it is appropriate that Associated Press writer Hillel Italie consulted several of those fiction writers to comment on fake news fiction.
Be very careful Democrats and your mainstream media allies. The fake news story about collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia is a minefield that could destroy your credibility even beyond conservative skeptics who already don't believe you. So who is making this warning? One of the usual "rightwing" sources? Nope. The warning comes from the very very liberal Matt Taibbi and if you doubt his leftwing bonafides you can verify it right here on NewsBusters. Taibbi is very worried about the Trump-Russia story blowing up in the faces of the left as you can see in his March 8 Rolling Stone article, Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media:
You have probably seen the image below of the New York Times January 20 headline. It has gone viral on web and renders absurd the current denials by the Times and much of the rest of the mainstream media that there was no wiretapping of the Donald Trump campaign by the Obama administration. No, there won't be a document out there signed by former President Obama that says something like "I hereby authorize the wiretapping of the Trump campaign." There doesn't need to be. The headline and its January 19 article makes very clear that the previous administration did secretly monitor communications of the Trump campaign.
Woo! Hoo! In the nine special state legislative elections since the biggest upset in political history last November the Democrats have made no net gains. Aren't you impressed by their fantastic performance?
No? Then you are probably normal. Yet Politico takes this fact and acts like it is some sort of great victory portending great things for the Democrats in the future. You won't know whether to laugh or yawn while reading Politico going into desperate feel-good overdrive hyping the Democrats based on incredibly thin gruel:
Rolling Stone published a February 28 story which featured North Carolina state senator Jeff Jackson (D) who vociferously blamed President Trump for the Jewish community center bomb threats around the nation. Bad timing for him because just three days later, on Friday, a suspect was arrested for the JCC threats. Very inconveniently for Jackson and many liberals the suspect, Juan Thompson, turned out to be an anti-Trump leftist. So what was the reaction of Jackson and the Rolling Stone? Contrition? An apology? Naw. Complete silence.
"False news." That accusation is definitely not appreciated by CNN. And it seems to bother them even more when that claim is made by a foreign official. In this case it was made on March 2 by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in response to accusations that the Russian ambassador to the United States is a spy master. Zakharova forcefully told CNN by name to stop spreading false news.
Imagine if the suspect arrested today in connection with making phone threats to Jewish community centers around the nation had been a big Donald Trump supporter. Do any of you have any doubt at all that the fact of his support for Trump would have been in the first paragraph of all the mainstream media reports of his arrest? In fact, it would probably have appeared in the very first sentence.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
We've already had witches attempt to cast a mass spell to remove President Trump from office but now a former senior editor of New Yorker magazine, Jeffrey Frank, has come up with an equally unlikely scenario: a recall election. Yes, the extremely desperate left have analyzed and discarded removing Trump via impeachment or the 25th Amendment so now a recall election has been trotted out despite that fact that it isn't even constitutional.
Now that it has dawned on most of the leftwing opponents of President Trump that removing him from office via impeachment or the 25th amendment is very unlikely, what is left for them? Well, Jo Confino of the Huffington Post recommends consulting the writings of a Zen master for advice. Unfortunately, the recommendations offer little solace for the exceedingly angry diehard leftists as we shall see:
Long before the fake news reports by such fake news New York Times reporters as Jayson Blair and Herbert Matthews, there was fake news reporter Walter Duranty who wrote fake news stories about Joseph Stalin's 1932/33 systematic starvation of Ukrainian peasants...the Holodomor. Although Duranty has been written about in the past, movie audiences will soon see him portrayed on the big screen.
Better Call Saul because actor Shia LaBeouf is probably going to need a lawyer to bail him out of jail again or, more likely, a mental health facility in the Duke City. As proof, take a look at LaBeouf's total mental meltdown in the video below at the site of his new 24/7 "He Will Not Divide Us" livestream camera which relocated on February 18 from Astoria, NY where it was removed by the hosting museum to the new location in Albuquerque, NM.
Talk about a stretch! Or, better, make that a streeeeeeetch. Vox has started a new type of movie review in which they take a film and try to correrelate it to current events. Since Vox, like the rest of the MSM, is absolutely obessed by President Trump, it is no big surprise that they will apply their TDS to the reviews starting with the current movie: "Dr. Strangelove." To read the review by Alissa Wilkinson you would think Stanley Kubrick's classic dark comedy should have been named "Dr. StrangeTrump or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Donald."
The New York Times and the Washington Post are chock full of "conservative" columnists who reflect the lack of political diversity in their newsrooms by being united in their opposition to Donald Trump. However, of all these "conservatives," there is one with the saving grace of at least being comically entertaining in that he consistently provides hilariously wrong predictions about Trump. He is Ross Douthat who is sort of a monastic mini-me version of his Times colleague David Brooks.
So just how wrong are Douthat's predictions? Let's just say they are in the category of Bob Shrum Curse wrong. And the funniest thing about Douthat is that no matter how many times he seems to swear off making predictions that make him look foolish...he always returns to make yet more foolish predictions. He just can't help himself.
Excuse me, Newsweek, but who was ultimately responsible for establishing the Manzanar internment camp along with the other such camps which interned Japanese residents in the USA along with Japanese-American citizens during World War II? If you read this February 15 article by Newsweek senior writer Alexander Nazaryan you would think President Donald Trump who was born a year after that war ended was somehow responsible rather than the real culprit, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In fact Nazaryan mentions Trump 26 times in the story while FDR appears only 3 times.
Few things better illustrate the cultural isolation of the New York Times in their liberal bubble than the fact that they actually consider it an insult to President Donald Trump to compare him to the popular character of Al Czervik in the comedy movie "Caddyshack." That was the bizarre assumption made in their February 13 Editorial Notebook opinion piece, The 'Caddyshack' President, written by Elizabeth Williamson. Had she or anybody at the Times' editorial staff done just a bit of research, they would have discovered that many Trump supporters have been making the same comparison because the way Al Czervik shook things up at the stodgy golf club was looked upon favorably.
Imagine New York Times "conservative" columnist David Brooks decked out in a Maquis beret as part of the Ivory Tower resistance movement against the evil TrumpenReich. He runs out into the street to stop traffic, including emergency vehicles, while screaming vehement rhetoric to mobilize mass opposition to the fascistic dictatorship of President Donald Trump.