22 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-17-16

  1. They’ve totally jumped the shark with this nonsense.


    “Liberals should think twice before blaming the 2016 election on racism.

    Some recent headlines: “The Electoral College Is an Instrument of White Supremacy — and Sexism,” exclaimed Slate magazine.

    CNN: “Math Is Racist: How Data Is Driving Inequality.”

    From the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma: “‘To Be White Is to Be Racist,’ Norman Student Offended by Teacher’s Lecture.”

    Wow, things are bad here in America. Maybe I should move to Canada? Uh oh, from Heat Street: “Canoes Reek of Genocide, Theft, and White Privilege, Says Canadian Professor.”

    Is there no place safe from white supremacy? Let me check the Huffington Post. “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal.”

    In other words, going by the headlines, you’d think everything is about race. Or, as the Harvard Crimson put it, “Everything Is About Race.”

    You might say this is a cheap technique. Headlines are supposed to be provocative, particularly in the age of click-baiting that passes for much of what we call journalism. Let us look to the academy, where cool reason rules.

    (Hey, stop laughing. I haven’t even gotten to the punch line yet.)

    Over at the Journal of Applied Philosophy, we’re told that condemning racism is — wait for it — racist.”


  2. The battle for 2020 has already begun. Democrats have finally found a worthy presidential candidate…..

    Oh wait, never mind…. 🙄


    “As much as I want to throw rotten eggs at anyone who begins talking about the 2020 presidential election this week, particularly after what we’ve just been through, this one is simply too good to pass up. In the aftermath of last Tuesday, Michael Moore went on television to ask why the Democrats can’t just nominate people who are actually beloved by the American people. Well Michael, your wish is granted. As reported by our colleagues at Redstate yesterday, you’ve got a candidate on the way who is a complete outsider and wildly popular with your base. Yes… Kanye West is running for President.

    Rapper, mogul and “fashion designer” Kanye West has said in the past that he would seriously consider a bid for the White House in 2020.

    In an interview with BBC radio this week, Yeezy confirmed he will run in 2020.

    “When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views,” he told Mac. “I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the (the) truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time to somehow make a difference while I’m still alive, I’m all for it.”

    This is fantastic news. We can finally have a candidate to run against who is not only a rapper, but has a rap sheet to boot. Pointing out that he doesn’t have any political views is a good move for Kanye. Once you start making policy plans people begin wanting to ask you questions about them and then it’s just one headache after another.

    You may recall that Kanye first brought the subject up seriously in August at the VMAs. Of course, “seriously” may be a bit difficult to pin down because he later admitted that he was high when he said it. But that could work out in his favor as well. Democrats are passing marijuana legalization laws all over the country these days and if he’s moving into the White House he’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that the District of Columbia legalized it for recreational use last year. I mean, if you’re going to put someone in charge of the whole nation during a wave of such laws you’ll want somebody who has some experience with the product.”

    🙂 Yes please!

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  3. From “Atlanta Journal” via Drudge:

    “Women would be barred from wearing burqas and veils while posing for photos on Georgia driver’s licenses under legislation filed for the upcoming session of the General Assembly.”

    Makes sense. Everyone has to have an identifiable picture. It doesn’t have to do with religion. The problem is, with Islam, there is nothing that is separate from religion.
    That’s the problem. We cannot allow sharia to be used as a law in this country.
    Nowhere, in no circumstances.
    You want to drive? OK Have your picture made.
    Against your religion to show your face?
    OK, Just don’t drive.
    It’s that simple. It rally is.

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  4. I have no idea what “Jumping the shark” is, but I agree with Aj about that.
    They’re trying to dig up an issue when there isn’t one.
    They can get protesters, but people are becoming oblivious to those now.

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  5. All Southerners should make at least one trip to Lexington, Virginia.

    Among the highlights are:
    Stonewall Jackson’s house.
    Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University.
    Lee’s office.
    Lee’s tomb.
    The VMI Chapel with the tapestry of the cadets’ charge at New Market.
    Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the four cannon of the Rockbridge Artillery.
    Jackson’s grave.
    The Museum at Washington and Lee featuring all the famous portraits of the Washington, Lee and Custis families that Mrs. Lee rescued from Arlington House before its capture.
    Dinner at the Southern Inn.


  6. Well, you know they are now blaming white women for Clinton losing.
    Here’s a news flash
    I am a Southern White Woman. Either way I go, Southern Belle or White Trash I am a joke just waiting to happen to the more elite and educated. I did play into it a little the other day on a website where I informed a few who thought we Southern Women had to be weak and demure and vote the way our White Suprematist, Redneck, Wife Beating, knuckle dragging husbands told us to:
    Southern women been controlling their men for decades, either with their grandmama’s frying pans or a cold shoulder.

    News Flash. I don’t care whether you are male, female, trans(insert noun), Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist, Catholic, Pagan, or even Muslim. I don’t care if you are red or yellow, or black or white.
    What I care about is that the government takes 30% of what I make in a year. I pay 20% of that for health insurance with a $6000 deductible. The cost of everything has risen and I don’t have any money in a retirement account because I CAN’T AFFORD IT!!!!!!!

    What don’t they understand????????????

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  7. Jumping the shark — blame it on Fonzie.

    From Wikipedia:

    “Jumping the shark” is attempting to draw attention to or create publicity for something that is perceived as not warranting the attention, especially something that is believed to be past its peak in quality or relevance. The idiom “jumping the shark” is almost always used in a pejorative sense. It is most commonly used in reference to gimmicks for promoting entertainment outlets, such as television series, that are declining in popularity.[1]

    At first, the phrase was specifically used to describe an episode of a television comedy in which there is a gimmick or unlikely occurrence that is seen as a desperate attempt to keep viewers’ interest. Therefore, moments labelled as “jumping the shark” are often considered indications that the writers have run out of ideas; that the show has strayed irretrievably from an older and better formula; and/or even that the series as a whole is declining in quality.

    Popularized by radio personality Jon Hein in the 1980s, the phrase is based on a scene from a fifth-season episode of the sitcom Happy Days in which the character Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water-skis.[2][3][4] This was deemed a ratings ploy, for it was outside of the original thrust of the sitcom.

    The usage of “jump the shark” has subsequently broadened beyond television, indicating the moment when a brand, design, franchise, or creative effort’s evolution declines, or when it changes notably in style into something unwelcome.

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  8. Thanks Donna. I have lived all my life not knowing that.
    Kim, there is a reason Southern women came to be known as “steel magnolias”.
    Yankees would never understand.

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  9. Chas, I didn’t know for a long time where that phrase came from either — which is why I posted it. You hear it a lot and I didn’t watch “Happy Days” regularly, so I had no clue either until I looked it up some years ago …


  10. Ratings apparently were down and they did this to try to bring back viewers again — it was silly & over the top, widely ridiculed as going too far.


  11. What is the purpose of a president, who has 63 days left in office, making a European tour? Can he promise anyone anything? Is he telling the world that we have a democratically and Constitutionally elected president-elect who will work with their leaders but will expect fairness from them? Is he asking that they give him a chance to govern, or is he telling them that he himself is so great that no one can replace him? Did anyone listen to his news conference with Angela Merkel? Staying at home and not wasting taxpayer money would have been a great gesture. I guess he doesn’t have the grace of his predecessor, who refused to comment on how his successor was conducting himself, and will not simply go gently into the night…


  12. I’m glad he’s gone overseas. Maybe he can tell the rest of the world that the wildly sobbing demonstrators here predicting all manner of apocalyptic scenarios, are mistaken.


  13. Based on what I’m seeing, Tychicus, he’s embraced lame duck with gusto. Why was the president the guest editor of Wired Magazine this month? Why is he making videos about what his life will be like when he leaves office (funny, yes, particularly at the DMV), why is he cooperating with the Joe Biden memes? Doesn’t he know Isis is on the move? Doesn’t he still have a job to do? What about all the people who are dying overseas in the middle east; can’t he give some thought to them. Are we still paying him?

    Funny though the FB items have been, they have disturbed me. The presidency can have its moments, but guest editing, etc. should be done AFTER he leaves office, not before.

    OTOH, I suppose it keeps him out of mischief . . .

    Yikes, talk about behaving like a teenager rather than an adult. Where are the adults? Who really is running the country?

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