Netflix on Warpath Again

Here’s even more confirmation that Netflix has decided a conservative audience is not worth their bother.

Now that they’ve signed a deal with the Obamas, our former president has said what we long suspected. Netflix will be used as a tool of indoctrination.

The Daily Caller reports: “Former president Barack Obama said Wednesday that his upcoming Netflix shows are ‘training the next generation of leaders’ at a conference in Las Vegas.”

Business Insider reports that Obama hopes his show “will help people see and better understand one another and ultimately help us move past the divisive political discourse that has mired Washington for so long.”

“I would not have been president had I not learned very early on in my professional career the importance of stories,” Obama told a standing-room-only crowd of thousands of people.

He recounted his first job out of college as a community organizer, helping bring various factions together to solve local problems from crime to underfunded schools. An older, experienced community organizer told the young Obama at the time that before he started to suggest solutions to problems, he should spend a month talking to people and hearing their stories.

“Everyone has a story that is pretty sacred” about the significant events in their lives, he said. Listening led to relationships, which led to people working together.

To repulse Republicans and conservatives even more, Netflix has a new show called “The Break with Michelle Wolfe.”

Yes, that Michelle Wolfe. Netflix says, “Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy.”

They aren’t even trying to hide their hatred of everday Americans, conservatives or Trump supporters.

I hope that boycott is successful. This needs to be nipped.

Bike Share Takes a Spin

Today’s front page feel good story involves the new bike sharing system that just launched yesterday in Memphis.

Explore Bike Share touts 600 rental bikes stationed around the city. I saw one yesterday near McLean.

For $5 you can rent a bike for an hour and go where you want. The system uses a mobile phone app that tells you the location of stations and bikes, equipped with GPS and a flat screen computer. There are 60 stations around Memphis.

The promoters want to supplant cars on the road, while giving visitors a chance to sightsee. Many other cities have it, such as New Orleans, Boulder, Seattle and Minneapolis.

Funding came from donations plus a $2.2 million federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant. In other words, our taxes are paying for a chunk of it.

However, have officials given enough thought to the consequences? Everyone wants clean air (although the effect has got to be microscopic) and healthy activities for citizens (if they use it), but there may be problems.

Memphis drivers, for one. It’s hard enough to avoid bad drivers while you’re in a car, but can they handle keeping attention on cyclists? Many haven’t adjusted to the bike lanes, much less bicyclists. Who will pay in accidents? Is there liability when helmets aren’t provided? This could get sticky.

Has anyone independently checked out how the program is working in other cities? Would it be fair to expect the same level of driving ability here as in Seattle, where many have already been using bikes? What about theft?

A comment on Nextdoor raises doubts. Someone wrote, “Its ambitious and I hope for the best…but having been to many cities with these relatively new bike share programs…generally, they do not seem to be working so well. They seem to be forever broken and the racks often empty and they have to go find the bikes after they are randomly abandoned anywhere and everywhere. I also don’t understand why nearly all of the locations are in relatively affluent areas where the residents likely have bikes already. It would seem this idea would be better serviced with stations in affluent and poor areas so people could start and stop all over not just start in a nice area and end in a nice area. I don’t know…hopefully it works but I can’t help but be skeptical.”

Me, too.

It’s such a progressive idea, that I’m afraid whether it works will never be truthfully told by any media here.

The program may just be spinning its wheels. We’ll see.

Camera Hogg Parties in NYC

The New York Post’s Page Six reports that two of the young activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high, scene of the Parkland shooting, have been taking their activism to New York’s party scene.

David Hogg and Cameron Kasky — survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting — were all over New York this week, and the teenagers will stay in the national spotlight for years to come.

The boys made a surprise appearance at a West 72nd Street book party on Monday night. They joined author Rick Allen to launch “RFK: His Words for Our Times,” a collection of Robert F. Kennedy’s speeches, at the penthouse of Matt Gohd, of Tipping Point Analytics.

“Honored to celebrate the release of a book about this incredibly inspiring man,” Kasky tweeted.

Gohd was vacating the apartment the next day to move to Santa Monica, Calif., and launch the Families vs. Assault Rifles PAC with five Parkland parents.

Gohd apologized to RFK’s daughter, Kerry Kennedy, because he wouldn’t be able to host a party for her book, “Ripples of Hope,” coming out June 5, in time for the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination.

Hogg, 18, and Kasky, 17, had a busy schedule. A few hours earlier, Hogg was presented an award at the Common Good Forum by Michael Bloomberg, along with a $2,500 scholarship.

“This battle will not take days or years, it will take lifetimes,” Hogg said.

The following night, Kasky was honored at the PEN Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History, where Morgan Freeman also presented an award to Stephen King.

Milking it for all they can.

Netflix Goes Full Democrat

Netflix has announced they have made an eight figure deal with the Obamas.

According to the Netflix announcement, the former President and First Lady will advise the company about new shows, documentaries, and other “learning” programs. CBS News says the Netflix/Obama agreement will try to “cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

That means shows will be geared to naive snowflakes and children too young to question anything.

Their programming has already been dubious. William Sullivan at American Thinker shares his experience. He and his son watched “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Then came “Bill Nye Saves the World.” This is what was in store:

As The Independent puts it, Nye’s new “science show aimed at adults” famously “jumps the shark” in its inaugural efforts by having Rachel Bloom join the show for Episode 9, titled “The Sexual Spectrum.” She performs a song called “My Sex Junk,” in which she utters such thought-provoking scientific lyrics as:

This world of ours is full of choice, but must I choose between only John or Joyce?

Are my options only hard or moist? My vagina has its own voice. Not vocal chords, but a metaphorical voice. …

Cause my sex junk is so, oh, oh, oh, much more than either/or, or, or.

Power bottom or top off, versatile love may have some butt stuff.

Vulgar, eh?

Sullivan also spotlighted a kids show called “The Who Was Show.” It supposedly highlights historic figures. Actors singing songs and telling jokes to educate the children-viewers. It all seems harmless enough.

“I was giving the show mild attention as my kids watched in the living room until I caught this passing quip by a narrator, describing how the Roman Republic was an ‘extremely advanced civilization:’

“While most of the world struggled to stay alive, the Romans had running water, air conditioning, shopping malls, and same-sex marriage [sic].”

Air conditioning? That’s a stretch, but as Sullivan points out, the same sex marriage is “a bald-faced lie with purpose.

“Here are the facts. Marriage, as an societal institution, was strictly monogamous in ancient Rome, and strictly heterosexual in nature. The laws were structured toward the advancement of its civilization – namely, the production of children who would become Roman citizens. There were never codified laws allowing same-sex “marriage” among Roman citizens. The suggestions that it even occurred at all amount to singular and depraved examples.”

You can expect more squeezing of history to suit modern progressive goals.

I think I’ll pass.

Some Ideas for Obama TV

He tried to push Obamacare on us. Now we’ve got the prospect of Obama TV with his Netflix deal.

So what shows might Netflix make at the promptings of the Obamas?

Here’s some you might expect to see:

Fifty Shades of Blue: A documentary about how progressive Democrat policies could alter life in our 50 states and bring about the longed for Utopia that Republicans have denied Americans.

Saul, Apostle of the Antichrist: Even though Saul Alinsky dedicated his “Rules for Radicals” book to Lucifer, he’s really quite a nice guy as viewers will see as we trace his extraordinary life.

Animal House: A new comedy based on the popular movie. Only this time wacky antics occur as MS-13 gang members try to sell drugs on campus. Hilarity ensues.

Red Dawn: The old movie has been revived and updated. Here you’ll see the rise of Trump and what good Americans do to stop him.

American Idle: This time the reality show involves Americans who have left the workforce. Competition involves who can collect the most government money; who has accrued the largest student loan debts; the interesting things the unemployed do to fill the day; and who has the most inventive use of their parents’ basement living quarters.

Rhodes’ Scholars: Political adviser and former White House staff member and the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for President Obama travels to universities to find the most promising liberal students majoring in Sociology, Psychology, Social Studies and Political Science and find out what they face from the conservative cabals.

Biography series on Famous Black First Ladies: Whoops, there’s only been one so we’ll follow the fascinating shtruggle of Michelle Obama’s life. Expect 26 episodes.

From Russia With Love: The tell all of the women involved in the Golden Showers Steele dossier. If they don’t show up, stand-ins (or lay downs) will substitute in the storyline of a sick, racist real estate developer with political aspirations who takes time out of his busy day to watch women urinate. Not for viewers under 5.

If that doesn’t bring the viewers in, what will?

New Outlet Challenges CA

For those Memphians who will miss Geoff Calkins, Jennifer Biggs and Chris Herrington stories in the CA, there might be another outlet where you can read them.

Here’s what Smart City Memphis writes:

In Memphis Future: A Nonprofit, All-Digital News Outlet

A new media outlet for Memphis moved dramatically out of the due diligence process and assertively into the implementation phase with the resignation of three popular Commercial Appeal reporters.

The departures of 9:01 columnist Chris Herrington, sports columnist Geoff Calkins, and food and dining reporter Jennifer Biggs roiled the newsroom at 495 Union with most staff members taken aback at our Friday revelation about the ambitious and aggressive plans of the Memphis Daily News to launch a new media outlet in our community.

What these three have in common besides their writing talents are their active community involvement, and that brings added value to the new media venture.

Following the Friday resignation of Mr. Calkins, Commercial Appeal Executive Editor Mark Russell published a letter to the newspaper’s readers, acknowledging the obvious – that the resignations were “a major blow,” but he promised that the paper will “find great journalists to rebuild our local team.”

We take him at his word, but his greatest obstacle is likely to be convincing Gannett Company, the newspaper’s neglectful and negligent owner, that The Commercial Appeal deserves the resources and the autonomy to become the newspaper that it can still be.

A Nashville-Centric Cog

Mr. Herrington spoke for all us when he tweeted: “Like most Memphians, I lament the paper’s shift toward being a corporate cog in a Nashville-centric Tennessee network.”

There is little that we can point to since Gannett purchased The Commercial Appeal that indicates that its cookie cutter newspaper template will not continue here. Truth be told, the mother ship is not likely upset at the resignations because it saves money. After all, Gannett regularly fires veteran reporters to cut costs, finding younger, lower-paid employees to reduce budgets within the corporation’s tightly top-down corporate rules.

Whether Mr. Russell will ultimately have the power to hire the kind of talent he needs to replace the departing trio will be indicated clearly in the caliber of hires that Gannett allows him to make while the newspaper’s circulation continues to spiral downward.

While we expected broad interest in Friday’s post about a new media outlet for Memphis, it surpassed our expectations, crashing this website and with more than 10,000 people reading and sharing the post on Facebook. It portends well for the new media venture and suggests the deep well of interest that exists for a legitimate journalism alternative to The Commercial Appeal.

Memphis-Centric

Mr. Calkins described the new media site it this way in his Facebook post: “…a Memphis enterprise written by Memphians for Memphians.” It also will be managed by Memphians and editorial decision-making made here.

We expect the new media outlet to be a hybrid of the Texas Tribune, the nonprofit all-digital news organization headquartered in Austin, Texas.

In only nine years, the Tribune has added a new depth to the coverage of Texas issues and an emphasis on investigative pieces that have gained national attention – along with numerous national awards.

The Texas media outlet was founded by venture capitalist John Thornton, who contributed $1 million and raised $3 million more in startup funding. It is our understanding that the new Memphis venture is capitalized by a major donor but that a communitywide fundraising campaign will be undertaken in the near future.

If the new media outlet by The Daily News mirrors the Texas Tribune model, its financial support will come from donations and memberships. Today, the Tribune has about 3,000 donating members and a budget of just under $7 million a year (about $4.4 million funds the news outlet).

Knowledge, Not News

The Tribune began with 11 journalists and today has just under twice that many. A large number of the Tribune’s staff of about 50 is dedicated to community outreach events, online videos about important Texas issues and the annual Texas Tribune Festival, a three-day event focusing on the state’s challenges and opportunities. Notably, the Tribune has the largest state house news bureau in the United States, providing a level of coverage of the state administration and legislature matched by only newspapers like the New York Times.

The Tribune launched an opinion website in 2014, TribTalk, which is about citizen engagement on various issues; Texas Weekly, a weekly panel focused on the Capitol; and blogs, including one on the inner workings of the news site itself.

When asked its mission, the Tribune is as likely to define itself in citizen engagement terms as it is to talk about a news outlet – it often says it is about knowledge, not news – and to engage Texans in a wide-ranging conversation that brings greater transparency and accountability to public policy, politics, and government.

If the new Memphis media outlet pursues this business model, it will become part of a trend to respond to layoffs at newspapers by setting up a nonprofit membership structure. In addition to the Texas Tribune, which is the nation’s most successful all-digital nonprofit news site providing statewide coverage, there are more modest nonprofit outlets like the Voice of San Diego and MinnPost. Today, the Tribune has more than one million unique monthly visitors.

Replacement Or Supplement?

As The Daily News prepares to launch its new news outlet this summer, it is important to remember that it takes time to establish something like the Texas Tribune, but it’s an exciting prospect for our community. We don’t expect the Memphis outlet to be a statewide news outlet like the Tribune. If anything, the USA Today Tennessee Network already speaks to the difficulty of doing this, and the Texas Tribune has the luxury of being in the state’s capital.

In recent years, there have been several people here interested in pursuing a Texas Tribune-type news site (including us), and the difficulty was identifying the level of financial support that could ensure that it launches with impact and authenticity. It is impressive that the people with The Daily News have been able to combine concept and cash, and it speaks volumes about the thought they have given to this before they raided some of local journalism’s best.

The Texas Tribune has said that it was not established to replace traditional print journalism but to supplement it. However, in Memphis, traditional print journalism at The Commercial Appeal is already being undermined by its own owner so whether the new outlet is a replacement or a supplement is more of a question here than it was in Austin.

We believe we are about to find the answer.

We shall see.

Feminists Exclude Women

Could someone please define for me what a feminist is?
The new Duchess of Sussex claims to be one. She announced it at the chic apres wedding party given by her father-in-law Prince Charles. The British even put it on the royal website for her. It prominently displays her saying “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

Does a feminist give up her religion and country so she can be supported for the rest of her life by her husband? Does she subsist on the taxes of hard working Brits so that she can live in palaces, have servants to tend to every need she has, travel whenever and wherever and dress in couture and priceless jewels? In return she does what? Exist?

Is Hillary Clinton a feminist? She’s another one who came to prominence via her husband. Before he ascended the political ladder to the top office, she was just a lawyer at a Little Rock law firm. As First Lady what did she do to deserve all the perks – if being a feminist means doing it all yourself on your own? Was it following feminist orthodoxy to turn a blind eye when her husband raped people and picked out women to bed as if they were his concubines and she then helped cover it up? Was it feminist to accept this role?

Was she a feminist to run for president using her husband’s fame and their sketchy Clinton Global Initiative money obtained more or less through bribes? Was her appointment as Secretary of State, thanks to Obama, any more than an excuse to travel the world pocketing other peoples’ money with a wink and a nod? Did she earn the title? Someone explain to me how.

Is Ashley Judd a feminist? She says she is and donned a pink vagina hat to get her street cred. But then she admits that as an actress she let men take advantage of her and not report it, but then just happen to get that coveted movie role she wanted?

Does being a feminist mean you readily endorse the killing of other females who just happen not to fulfill their 9 month gig? Evidently.

It’s very confusing.

Consider the newly confirmed CIA chief, Gina Haspel. She’s been rejected by the official feminist groups. She worked her way up to that position by doing her job well, showing leadership and making difficult decisions. But since President Trump nominated her, that negates all her right to be a feminist. She’s the first to break the glass ceiling at Langley, but “true feminists” don’t like her and some voted against her.

Same goes for Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway. They hold top posts at the White House as Press Secretary and Counselor to POTUS. Conway was even the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign. But neither qualify as feminists because they aren’t the right type of woman.

Neither is Ivanka Trump. She, too, became successful. She demonstrated business acumen by having her own company. She has balanced motherhood with business and now with working for the country. But, we’re told she’s not worthy of the feminist title because of her dad.

The only conclusion I can draw is that Republican women are automatically excluded from the feminist title. They can do more, work harder, be great examples of women achievement, but the R by their names disqualifies them.

Because of this the feminists are destroying their own movement. But then again they’ve never been into nurturing or life either.

3 CA Writers Jump Ship

Three of the CA’s local writers have flown the increasingly empty coop. The front page of the paper says Geoff Calkins, Jennifer Biggs and Chris Herrington have decided to move on “to pursue other journalism opportunities in Memphis.”

The story is written by Executive Editor Mark Russell. He tries to spin it positively. He fails miserably.

Calkins and Biggs are what many subscribers are reduced to reading anymore, because Memphians love sports and everyone likes to eat. Food used to be a topic where politics didn’t reside, but that’s not much true anymore as the social justice warriors have claimed that, too.

They, with Herrington, at least report on local places. Since Gannett took over our local news has taken a backseat to Nashville or other propagandistic USA Today topics. And most of what is about the Bluff City centers on race and our citizens’ failures to live up to their social justice standards.

That is when they’re not bashing Trump and Republicans.

I almost did a spit take with my hot cofeve this morning when I read Russell’s explanations. Or rather non explanations, but assurances that the CA will continue to thrive (even though it’s on life support).

He actually says the departures “are a major blow, but we’ll find great journalists to rebuild our local team.” Journalists like “a former Los Angeles Daily News high school sports reporter…who started in January.” Think he’ll attract the veteran Culkins’ readers with a high school reporter?

Or one who comes from a Biloxi news organization or the one who hails from Hattiesburg to be “content strategist in charge of business, suburbs and entertainment who started in April”?

Do you think they know the city well enough to cover it? Or have the years in to be skilled?

Russell concludes, “The CA has been around for 177 years and our No. 1 goal is ensuring we remain relevant to readers for many years to come.”

That’s a stretch since they haven’t been relevant for years.

I guess I have to thank him, though. Since he’s taken the helm the ship has been going down fast. Given its content, it needs to go down even faster.

Fortunately, he’s doing a helluva job. Not everyone could take 177 year institution and destroy it so thoroughly in so few years.

Obviously Culkins, Biggs and Herrington weren’t on board with what’s happening. The article does not say where they’re going, but their readers will find them and hemorrhage subscriptions even more.

Don’t look for 178.

Wedded to Social Justice

Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle may have been a celebration of marriage, but it was inescapably a Social Justice festival.

Everything was done to push that message. The ceremony was eaten up with it.

If you were watching, when it came time for the sermon, Chicago born Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry launched into a speech about love. Very quickly it became obvious it wasn’t focused on marriage and love, but brought slavery, poverty and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into it. He worked in the resilience of faith during slavery. Guess that was more important than addressing the young couple’s marriage vows.

Not surprisingly, this same bishop has been outspoken in comparing LGBTQ rights to the civil rights movement as well. Next week he plans to join a march on the White House next week objecting to President Donald Trump’s “America first” stance which he calls “theological heresy.”

We also got gospel/civil rights anthems throughout the service in a nod to Meghan’s racial diversity. They played “Stand by Me,” “This Little Light of Mine” and “Amen.” It all seemed unsuited for a wedding, but the urge to push social justice can’t be stopped.

It’s all fine, but if they were really unprejudiced, wouldn’t her biracial component not even be worth mentioning?

The politically correct couple drove to their evening party in in a silver blue open-top Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 and now runs on electricity. Another way to show their ecological sympathy. So was the party, hosted by Prince Charles, who insisted that all the food be organic.

At the party the new Duchess of Sussex made a speech, which is usually left to male family members. In it she told everyone she was a feminist. That must have delighted the liberal audience members like George Clooney and his wife and Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah, by the way, spent six hours with Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, before the wedding. Evidently she was filming for her OWN network. Maybe it was Oprah who gave mom lots of pretty clothes in exchange for the sit down. We’ll certainly hear more about this later. The nose ring Doria wore evidently pre dated the event.

The Duchess also has her own web page, courtesy of the crown. It’s here: https://www.royal.uk/duchess-sussex

On it, it reads,

From a young age, The Duchess had a keen awareness of social issues and actively participated in charitable work. Aged 11 she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that had used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid. Her Royal Highness also volunteered at a soup kitchen in Skid Row, Los Angeles from the age of 13-17. She continued to volunteer at the soup kitchen when she would return home to Los Angeles until the age of 22.

These early experiences helped to shape her lifelong commitment to causes such as social justice and women’s empowerment.

While filming in Toronto, The Duchess actively volunteered at a Canadian soup kitchen from 2011-2013. She also established the program at her place of work to ensure that leftover meals from the set were donated to local homeless shelters.
One Young World

Her Royal Highness became involved with the organisation One Young World in 2014 when she was asked to become a Counsellor for the charity. One Young World is a global forum that gathers together young leaders in order to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. She attended panels for One Young World in Dublin, Ireland and Ottawa, Canada.
UN Women

In 2015, The Duchess became the UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership. In this role, she gave a speech on the importance of gender equality on International Women’s Day for UN Women in New York City. Ahead of her appointment to this role, Her Royal Highness spent time at the UN’s New York office to understand the organisation’s day-to-day work before embarking on a learning mission to Rwanda. On this trip The Duchess met female parliamentarian leaders in Kigali and visited Gihembe refugee camp, where women were working on leadership and empowerment at a grassroots level.

I am proud to be a woman and a feminist

It will be interesting to see whether Markle can integrate easily into what she called in her speech “The Firm” or whether she will launch her own campaign pushing social justice. Look for her to do it. She may even take a knee. If the U.S. deserves one, how much more so does Britain with its long history of oppression and colonialism.

But then again, maybe it’s different when you are suddenly thrust into it and enjoying the palaces, jewels, luxury cars and junkets.

Not bad when the same British people pick up your tab.