Dems Urge Followers to Ruin Thanksgiving

Leave it to uber liberal Chuck Schumer to find a way to ruin everyone’s Thanksgiving.

Well, that’s not to ignore GQ (that of the Colin Kapernick loving magazine) who also want to make your Thanksgiving an episode of Game of Thrones while there are serious knives and copious alcohol abounding. They ran this article: “It’s Your Civic Duty to Ruin Thanksgiving by Bringing Up Trump.” The subhead is “This Turkey Day, consider making life HELL for a few of your relatives.”

Here are their tips:

Don’t show up. For some parents, your absence will speak louder than any sodden arguments over the density of pumpkin pie. If you can’t even look them in the eye, they’ll know you mean business. Besides, Friendsgiving rules.

Show up and be kind of an asshole. No hugs; only stiff, formal handshakes. During the football game, talk about police brutality nonstop. Take any opportunity to emphasize just how much Bruce Springsteen and the entire E Street band loathes Trump. Come out as an aspiring professional DJ.

Scorched Earth. Not even a handshake; just stare, disgustedly, at their outstretched arms. Build a wall out of mashed potatoes. During the football game, order 10 Papa John’s pizzas—the official foodstuff of the alt right—and use them as pie charts to demonstrate who benefits most from the GOP tax plan. Refuse to be alone in a room with your mom, citing the Mike Pence rule. Call your parents by a Donald Trump nickname of your choosing—perhaps Little Rocket Mom or Liddle’ Dad. Insist on setting a place for Robert Mueller, the way Jews do for Elijah on Passover. Wear a coal miner hat for solidarity. Punch a cornucopia right in the mouth.

Of course, this is about more than just spite—as satisfying as spite can be in these trying times. This is about potentially chipping away at the ~35 percent of un-budging Trump supporters. Sure, some of them are fully on board with every inexplicable decision, but others may be swayable. They are Fox News devotees who have simply internalized the message that all negative news about Trump is fake news. They know the president is unpopular, but they think his unpopularity is the strict province of haters and losers. It might be different when it’s their own child—who probably isn’t an Antifa supersoldier and who definitely doesn’t have loser genes—weighing in with cold hard facts. Having a son or daughter loathe everything you’ve become is easier long distance; it’s another thing when that kid is staring turkey-carving daggers at you from across the table.

If your family is unmoved after a ruined Thanksgiving, though, that’s fine too. After all, next year’s Thanksgiving falls just after the 2018 midterms, and if your true believer parents still feel the way they do now, you might ruin their holiday in another way.

The Senate Minority Leader agrees and has some more tips. Schumer instructed his followers to bring a chart from a left-leaning think tank on the Republican tax plan to their holiday dinner in case a relative “tells you the Republican tax bill helps the middle class.”
He also suggested in a follow up tweet that you have this image ready on your phone:


It’s Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise, posing with a newly printed sheet of dollar bills with his signature. That ought to make them resent their capitalist masters and join the revolution, pardon me, resistance, eh?

I’m sure GQ and Schumer would encourage liberals to freestyle it as well. Inject some snark into that turkey by saying something like “Could one of you racist, Islamaphobe, Confederate loving knuckledraggers down the table pass the gravy? And could you pass on the racist, stuuupid, CEO enriching GOP tax reform package while you’re at it?”

That would go over well.

Or they might try “I guess you would say today’s weather is nice, you climate change denying, selfish fan of the orange haired rapist monster who is nothing but a reality show con man celebritard! Don’t you know that a typical November day just means weather has gone crazy and we’ll all fry soon?”

Surely that would rally us to their cause!

Most of us conservatives will just keep our lips zipped. We know that inside they are still burning mad about the election and acting like toddlers who just had their Juicy Juice taken away. Most of us will smile to ourselves. If Trump is getting this kind of reaction, he’s serving up just what we ordered.

Go ahead, have another piece of gloat filled pie! Like revenge, it may taste even better cold.

Thankful? Media Don’t Even Understand the Question

Don’t ask a reporter what he’s thankful for during Thanksgiving week. Evidently that makes him or her or cisgender person absolutely ballistic!

White House Press Secretary found that out when she asked them, on Twitter, to say what they’re thankful for. You’d think she’d asked them about their personal sex life, they were so offended.

Newsbusters reported all this in an article entitled “Why People Hate the Media: Journalists Lash Out at Sanders Asking What They’re Thankful for” by Curtis Houck.

On Monday afternoon, some journalists provided another small nail in the coffin of the media’s credibility when they lost their collective minds on Twitter over White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asking reporters to share what they’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving week.

Sanders still allowed reporters to ask questions and most responded with thoughtful answers, but a few ignored it (including the Associated Press’s Zeke Miller and Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson). For some journalists on Twitter, they lambasted Sanders for her “bizarre” exercise that one labeled “harmful to a democracy.”

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro was the most offended, showcasing how he honestly needs to lighten up and be a normal human being. In a series of tweets, he argued that the simple request was somehow a threat to the country’s stability:

The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng was right behind Montanaro in having a meltdown, firing off a series of tweets, starting with how he’s “thankful for not having to go to the briefing room every day” in a subtweet about Sanders. In the next three tweets, he was far more direct:

Freelance journalist Kate Bevan was similarly annoyed, tweeting for Sanders to “fuck off” and “[h]ope the reporters said they were thankful for a free press.” For the record, a number of them did, with Bloomberg’s Margaret Talov and ABC’s Cecilia Vega citing that as their sole answers.

BuzzFeed News editor Hayes Brown was mortified, expressing grief that anyone went along with Sanders’s question:

Showing how partisan some in the media are, Politico’s Timothy Noah stated how upset he was that no one in the briefing room responded with “Robert Mueller’s ‘wide-ranging request’ for DOJ documents” in the Russia probe.

Washington Blade White House reporter Chris Johnson disliked it, but was able to convey it without spouting off:

Children’s TV producer Steve Marmel tweeted with snark:

For one tweet of note just outside journalism, Hillary Clinton confidant Philippe Reines tweeted that it was equal to one President Trump cabinet meeting in which his cabinet secretaries showered him with praise to the media’s horror.

Like Reines, a number of tweets complained that Sanders “forced” them to say “what they’re thankful for.” The horror! Thinking positively about the good things we’ve all been blessed by in our lives! Oh no!

Once the briefing was over, Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin proclaimed that he’s “thankful that awkward briefing is over.”

I think it was a brilliant maneuver on Sanders’ part. With one simple question she exposed them for the haters they are. She also showed how unbelievably detached they are from every day Americans. Most of us are thankful to God for many things. Is God even a concept they relate to this? Doesn’t look like it.

Bravo Sarah! You’ve outfoxed them once again.

Malia Obama – Smoking Hot

Looks like spending a year interning with Harvey Weinstein has encouraged Malia Obama to let it all hang out.

According to the Daily Mail:

The 19-year-old former first daughter, who took a gap year before starting at Harvard this fall, was seen locking lips with a mystery man at the festivities outside of the Yale Bowl.

A video shows the moment Malia reached up and put her arms around the young man before going in for a kiss.

Judging by the photos, Malia’s date is taller than her – a feat since 6-foot-1 Malia has several inches on the five-foot-10 average American male.

Another photo shows Malia smoking a cigarette during the tailgate – a sign that she may be picking up her dad’s old tobacco habit.

Malia doesn’t seem to mind showing off her lower half either in skin tight leggings. Guess she wasn’t listening when her dad and mom told Americans about the dangers of smoking. That’s just for us flyover peasants.

Can you imagine what would burst out of the media should they see Tiffany Trump taking a puff? The Left would erupt and castigate the entire family.

A year ago Malia was in a bar harassing a Gateway pundit reporter. There were rumors she had to be wheeled out although she was not the legal drinking age.

Must be a tough gig to be her Secret Service contingent.

Creepfest Continues

Independent journalist Mike Cernovich tweeted last night that the Franken case was just “the very tip of the Congressional iceberg” and promised more would come out today. He said “Ranking Democrat on major committee accused of several harassment by multiple women. Huge scandal. Developing…”

Who will join the creepfest? Many hope it’s Adam Schiff, the congressman who’s been involved in the golden dossier farce, or Senate Minority slug Chuck Schumer. This may be too much to hope for, but would anyone be surprised at their antics?

Nextdoor Gives Peek Into Issues

About 2400 people participate in, read, enroll in the Midtown Nextdoor Neighbors email. That’s 57% of residents according to their site.

The day to day topics give a pretty good look at what peoples’ concerns and strongly held beliefs are.

Crime is the No. 1 topic. Is there a day that goes by without “Gunshots,” “Suspicious person,” “Package stolen,” “Car break in” or other such phrases popping up in the header? Or people complaining about the rampant crime?

Responses like these show what we’re up against:
“It’s scary for sure. Usually the holidays bring more crazy crime. I’m praying it doesn’t and they (criminals) stay inside and away from here. I’ve put sheers on our windows to keep them from seeing inside. I’ve also noticed Peabody has turned into a car racing track late at night. Where is our police? Where is our mayor?”
And

“I’m really really hoping that the violent crime slows way down with the chilly weather easing in… we always jokingly pray for crappy weather because that means way less gunshot/stabbing victims come in (the ER) – because people just are not outside as much when the weather is cold or wet. It’s not an answer to the problem but it might be a small reprieve.

And
“… I remember when the police station on Union Ave. was about to close, but the PST branch was still going to be there – an old policeman told me, ‘Within a year or two, you won’t be able to live in Central Gardens; the residents here have no idea how much stuff we stop daily – and now they are moving the oldest police department in the city – outside of downtown – it’s a shame.’ In my heart of hearts I was hoping this man wasn’t right – but now I am wondering if he was telling me something prophetic. With property taxes as high as they are, with the ‘educational system’ being as horrible as it is – and with graft within the school system being something that the thieves in Washington, D.C. would be proud of, I am wondering why the city can’t find the money to pay for the police department to hire the people it needs, and to keep a station at the original Union Avenue location, AS WELL AS a station on Crump. Why can’t that be done?”

Mayor Strickland may talk about dealing with crime, but people sure don’t see any progress.

As for beliefs, Midtown is liberal and sometimes hysterical.

Someone who had a Black Lives Matter sign posted in the yard shared a note received in the mail. It was a card that said “All Lives Matter.” There was no return address.

This person interpreted it as “#bigotry #whitenationalistterrorism #hatemail #dumbbigots” and wrote “I reach out to anyone who wishes to speak out against hate to put a black lives matter sign in your yard to combat this hater, who I am sure is not alone. We can’t let intimidation like this stand. Imagine what hate mail actual people of color receive standing up for themselves?”
The responses were interesting. Here are some:

“Where is the threatening part?”

“I would not take that as a threat. Not hate mail if it says all lives matter. If you want to see what a threat or hate mail looks like, put a Trump sign up in your yard.”

The person who got the mail responded:

“It is actually hate mail, it’s confrontational to send an anonymous letter to a strangers house because you don’t understand that a black lives matter sign doesn’t mean all lives don’t matter, it means that we need to draw more attention to the importance of black lives since they are not treated fairly or reported about as equally as white lives. It’s like having a breast cancer awareness ribbon, it doesn’t mean other cancers aren’t important, it means attention needs to be raised toward that specific cancer so more public support and finding will come to that cause. No one sends letters, or confronts people with pink ribbons because they aren’t saying ‘all cancer is terrible’”.

Followed by
“I don’t know why “ALL LIVES MATTER” is considered “a hateful phrase” and don’t know how you consider this threatening. Yes, it was mailed to you and the zip code was wrong. Whoever did this is an idiot. I would just ignore it and go on about your day…”
Which the person then said:

“It’s hate mail because it is intended to loudly silence my black lives matter sign, and the issue that black lives are not treated as well in society, their deaths are not treated as importantly as white lives. This does not mean all lives do not matter, it means that attention needs to be paid to black lives in our society to end the disparages between us. It’s a hateful tactic.”

Another said:
“We just don’t want you to feel threatened and certainly you’re not hated. I’m certain… I have passive aggressive neighbors that are more bothersome, but this is harmless. Please do not become aggressive.”

“WTF is wrong with people? I’m starting to think we need to be two different countries because apparently the two sides currently residing in the US are never going to be able to work together on anything again. The days of cooperation, consensus and compromise seem to be over. Obviously the days of human understanding are over too.”

“Probably All Lives Matter was just the writer’s opinion, which means Alicia’s life matters…I wouldn’t categorize it as awful hate mail., just mail from someone who doesn’t understand the Black Lives Matter concept.”

“How can it be threatening if it states that all lives matter. That would surely include yours.”

The receiver of the note again commented:

“Girl, it’s not that it conveys all lives matter, it’s that it angrily imply that black people don’t struggle with equality in our society. It’s like saying ‘support pancratic cancer!’ Then someone writing a letter to that person with just all caps saying ‘ALL CANCERS MATTER'”.

“How could you decipher all of that in those 3 words? For that matter, all people are currently struggling in our fair city’s society trying to stay safe and out of the way from (statistically proven) black men’s gun shots.”

“I was afraid this post was going this way… (Recipient), Black Lives do Matter! So do White, Red, Orange, Pink, Blue or what ever color there is! The main point is we, as people I was afraid this post was going this way…
Alisha, Black Lives do Matter! So do White, Red, Orange, Pink, Blue or what ever color there is! The main point is we, as people , a city, county, state and country, should be colorless. This is just a theory or hope; but not reality. You received a piece of mail and perceived it as a threat/hostile. Your perception is your reality! It may not be others. Does this make us (others) wrong? I understand you have this belief that Black lives are not important to society as a whole. This is not TRUE! As X said ‘All people are currently struggling in our fair city’s society trying to stay safe and out of the way from (statistically proven) black men’s gun shots.’ Using this as an example then: If Black Lives Matter, then the ones ‘who matter’, need to change their own dynamic. How many psychologist’s does it take to change a light bulb? Think about it.”

“Just brush it off your shoulder and move on. Don’t let this person disturb your peace of mind. I honestly don’t think they meant you harm. Just voicing their opinions in an inappropriate way.”

It was interesting to read the spectrum of opinions. This kind of politics doesn’t usually get allowed on Nextdoor; perhaps it has since been removed.

Millennials Have It Coming

My new favorite columnist, Kurt Schlichter of Townhall, takes delight in what’s in store for those hipster millennials.

With all the awful things happening now – the discord, the anger, the stupidity – at least those of my generation can rest easy knowing that the Millennials are going to suffer after we’re gone. Sure, I’m going to die a lot sooner than them – unless someone invents some sort of expensive life extension potion that I can buy but they can’t because they will still be paying off their degrees in Oppression Studies and Virtue Signaling Arts until the year 2083. But at least I’ll know that we left them a suitably terrible world, since they are a terrible generation.

Millennials are the spawn we deserve – annoying, posturing, and frequently pierced. They are utterly convinced of their own moral superiority, and yet they don’t even believe in morals. Well, that’s not quite true – they just confuse morals with the increasingly bizarre patchwork of taboos and fetishes of the social justice weirdos they use as their moral compasses. When you ask people, “What’s the world’s biggest problem,” and they answer, “The structural paradigm imposed by cisgender Western males,” and you reply, “How about, I dunno, ISIS?” and they answer “Well, who are we to judge their culture?” it’s slappin’ time.

We warned them to stay off our figurative lawns, and now it’s time to figuratively tackle them like Kentucky libertarians.

I was born during the last week of the Baby Boom, making me…older than the Millennials. So I straddle that useless generation and the useless one that followed. It used to be called Generation X, but no one calls it that anymore because it made no lasting impression. Obama was in my generation. We’ll never live that down. In any case, I remember when calculators were newfangled, phones were attached to walls, and Showtime was the bomb.
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OK, so we dug this country $20 trillion into debt, we have a world full of enemies and a military that’s collapsing, and we saddled Millennials with Obamacare, a magical system that makes healthcare worse, but at least it costs more. Yet they seem cool with it. Oh, and politically, the country is divided as never before, at least not since Lincoln, who you Millennials think owned slaves because … sheesh, you nitwits think Lincoln owned slaves.

There was a time when liberals and conservatives didn’t segregate themselves into different bubbles and hate at each other. Recently, Time magazine ran an article about some liberal chick who dumped a guy during a date because he voted for Trump. That never would have happened years ago. Instead, they would have finished their encounter, and he would have given her a fake number so he never had to deal with her pinko nagging again.

But we seem to be losing everything that made us great. Back in the day, we crushed uppity Russian empires, no thanks to commie-hugging liberals who told us that the Reds loved their children too. You Millennials know that awful Sting song – your mom used to listen to it in the Volvo while carting you to soccer or whatever other sick, soul-killing enrichment activities she forced you into instead of letting you run free in the streets and woods like we did. But now we cower at the same losers Reagan stripped of their Ural Mountain oysters in fear of them posting some super-persuasive Facebook ads targeted at making autoworkers in Michigan fall out of their deep and abiding love for Hillary.

Yeah, we messed up, but you Millennials reading this on your smartphones, which you can see without glasses or squinting, shouldn’t act so high and mighty. You had a chance to fix all of this and instead you’ve chosen to never move out of your parents’ houses and to just sit around and invent new pronouns for genders that don’t exist. A couple decades down the road, when I’m dead from chronic bitterness and drinking too much expensive cabernet that I buy with the Social Security money you’ll be toiling to pay me, you won’t have families or careers. You’ll be my age and still making coffee for the next generation of ingrates, the children of the immigrants and super-religious Christians who represent the only portion of America still making babies. You’ll come home to your used Mitsubishi love robot named Olive, reheat some Sara Lee avocado toast sticks, and watch Saturday Night Live as it tries to make fun of President Donald Trump, Jr.

But while we’re still here together, with me owning stuff and you struggling to afford your daily kombucha smoothie, we face many shared challenges. There’s that giant debt, and there are those foreign people who want to kill us, and there is the terrifying fact that we are at each others’ throats here at home. We know how this plays out if we don’t fix it – bad for me, but super-bad for you. Maybe we should try and square things away. Maybe we should stop assuming the worst about each other, start thinking about what unites us instead of what divides us, and work together to make a better tomorrow. Maybe.

But I guess that’s kind of up to you though, because as so many of you on Twitter like to point out, I’m going to die a lot sooner than you are. And that kind of makes the future your problem.

Same Game, New Players

With all the sexual harassment accusations swirling after Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Judge Roy Moore and now Sen. Al Franken were exposed, another name popped up. This time it’s from 20 years ago, but the similarities are quite astounding.

There was a Republican senator from Oregon, Bob Packwood, who was run out of the Senate in 1995. At the time I wasn’t paying too much attention to politics, but I do remember something about him kissing a woman in an elevator. People were shocked (more naive times) and this was before the Clinton/Lewinski/impeachment drama.

If you look him up on Wikipedia, the surprising thing is how familiar the event and the players are.

He won his election in 1968 by 3,500 votes. Even then it was a tough road for a GOP guy in the Portlandia world.

Wikipedia goes on to say, “He was most noted for his role in the 1986 ‘unlikely triumph of tax reform’ while he was chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. President Ronald Reagan had proposed the idea of tax reform in 1984, but Packwood’s initial response was indifference. However, he played a leading role in fashioning a ‘radically new tax code that will raise business taxes by some $120 billion over five years—and lower personal income taxes by roughly the same amount.’ Historians of the Act have written that his turnaround ‘revived the dying tax reform bill’, and credited his ‘ingenuity and astonishing legislative skill’ for passage of the law, which ‘despite its warts and wrinkles…succeeded at the fundamental purpose of reform’.”

Trump’s tax cuts and reforms are the biggest since Reagan’s attempt in 1986. People forget how long it took to get them.

Wikipedia continues, “Packwood’s debating skills were rated A+ by USA Today in the issue of July 18, 1986. But his debating and legislative skills could kill bills as well as pass them. His ‘masterful’ floor management has been credited with killing President Clinton’s 1993 health care bill.”

At that time it was called HillaryCare. Now it’s Obamacare, but it’s the same attempt at government takeover of the health care system. Would that we had as skillful a Republican senator today!

Then, “Packwood’s political career began to unravel in November 1992, when a Washington Post story detailed claims of sexual abuse and assault from ten women, chiefly former staffers and lobbyists. Publication of the story was delayed until after the 1992 election, as Packwood had denied the allegations and the Post had not gathered enough of the story at the time. Packwood defeated Democrat Les AuCoin 52.1% to 46.5%. Eventually 19 women would come forward.”

Yes, you can always count on the Washington Post to blab about Republican mistakes while ignoring what Ted Kennedy and buddy Chris Dodd were doing to waitresses in restaurants. No different today when the sleazy Sen. Bob Menendez goes on trial for taking bribes, plus he apparently likes young girls, too.

“With pressure mounting against him, Packwood announced his resignation from the Senate on September 7, 1995, in which he stated that he was ‘aware of the dishonor that has befallen me in the last three years’ and ‘his duty to resign’ following the Senate Ethics Committee unanimous recommendation that he be expelled from the Senate for ethical misconduct. Democratic Congressman Ron Wyden won the seat in a special election.”

Wyden still holds the seat.

“After the sexual harassment case came to light, Packwood entered the Hazelden Foundation clinic for alcoholism in Minnesota, blaming his drinking for the harassments.”
Minnesota, eh? Will Minnesota Senator Al Franken find it his duty to resign? Will he blame another vice? Will he go to a clinic? Has Menendez resigned? No.

Here’s the interesting part: “Four years later, during debate on Clinton’s impeachment, McConnell said that the Republicans knew that it was very likely Packwood’s seat would fall to the Democrats if Packwood were forced out. However, McConnell said, he and his fellow Republicans felt that it came down to a choice of ‘retain the Senate seat or retain our honor.'”

The McConnell they refer to is Mitch McConnell. As you may recall, it was in the Senate that impeachment fizzled. Had it not, would we be in this mess today? Funny how McConnell didn’t feel it was that big a deal for Clinton to lie.

Maybe it would have been better had Republicans retained the Senate. Funny, too, how well versed McConnell is in ousting people. He’s also very familiar with how to handle these issues – along with tax cuts/reforms and getting rid of Obamacare. Surely some of that knowledge could help him today – if he really wanted to do something.

Did this Packwood case also suggest to him how to sabotage the Alabama Senate seat?

It’s all very curious.