Found His Tongue

Love this from The Peoples Cube:
Nearly 8 years after a terrible wreck left a man unable to communicate, his power of speech has returned. George Bush was 62 when the mainstream media derailed his presidency, which resulted in him and his entire administration going off a cliff and tumbling to the ground.

“For eight long years he didn’t speak a word,” said George’s brother, Jeb Bush. Though his family continued to talk to him, they had no idea whether he understood them. That eased a few days ago, when he began responding to questions with grunts and by blinking his eyes.

On a doctor’s advice, the family had tried art therapy, giving George paints and canvases. He started to paint, which allowed him to communicate with the world, even if non-verbally.

To everyone’s amazement, those were mostly pictures of dogs and cats, which made some wonder if George had anything meaningful to say even if he could communicate verbally. It didn’t help that George developed a liking for sniffing the paint thinner.

But in October this year George made a major advance. When Jeb walked into his room to sniff some of George’s paint thinner, George suddenly said his first word in eight years: “Trump!” According to Jeb, that took them both by surprise. “You could tell by the look on his face, his eyes were kind of big,” said Jeb.

Later that day George added “asshole” to his vocabulary. “He would not have talked dirty before he wrecked,” his mother Barbara said. The next day, when asked what other words he could say, George answered, “I can say anything.”

That was when, on October 19, the family took George to New York and asked him to read something before an audience. George showed a remarkable ability to read from the teleprompter, which sent the entire American media reeling with excitement. It was a speech written by one of George’s former speechwriters who had survived the 2008 crash with a minor scratch. The speech was broadcast on all major networks and became an international sensation in medical circles.

According to some neurologists, however, what George may be experiencing is a disorder known as selective mutism. “It is an anxiety disorder when a person who is normally capable of speech cannot speak in specific situations or to specific people,” said an insider who wished to remain anonymous.

“People with selective mutism stay silent even when the consequences of their silence include shame, social ostracism, or even punishment. This was obvious several years before the crash, when George lived in the White House and remained mute when his voters and supporters wanted him to speak up,” he said.

Some researchers speculate that selective mutism may be an avoidance strategy used by a subgroup of politicians with social anxiety disorder to reduce their distress in difficult situations that they do not fully understand. At the same time they display other communicative behaviors, such as hand clapping, waving, or hugging babies.

“Time will tell whether George’s eight-year-long muteness was caused by brain trauma or it was a strategy to avoid a situation where he was in over his head,” the source said.

Though George’s speech remains slow and labored, he loves to talk and his mother is very proud of him.

She Busts a Move – Maybe Her Career

Those of us who follow Megyn Kelly’s descent into desperate cries of “look at me! Look at me!” as her ratings plunge have a new benchmark in embarrassment for the former Fox News host.

If you remember Seinfeld character Elaine movin’ without the groovin’ – well, MeAgain may just top her.

The Wrap reports:

Megyn Kelly’s transition from primetime to the more-humanizing morning television hasn’t exactly been a smooth one.

“Maybe try dancing?” suggested absolutely no one.

Well, the Fox News Channel alum gave it a whirl anyway on Thursday, and we all have Hoda Kotb to either thank or blame for the results. Warning: once you do look at this particular “Megyn Kelly Today” clip, you can never unsee it.

Petition Calls on Patriots

The NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem are still doing it.

They have the support of the NFL under Roger Goodell. He said yesterday, ““We just had two days of conversations with our owners of which this was a fair amount of the conversation and I think our clubs all see this the same way. We want our players to stand. We’re going to continue to encourage them to stand. And we’re going to continue to work on these issues within the community.”

But, he then said, “I can’t deal with hypotheticals right now. We’ll deal with these issues as they come up, but for right now, that’s our focus.”

That caused President Trump to tweet:

“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!”

And then, “@NFL: Too much talk, not enough action. Stand for the National Anthem.”

Now the President and the GOP have started an “Official Stand for the National Anthem Petition.”

You can sign it here:

A McCarthy Moment

When White House Chief of Staff John Kelly took the podium yesterday, it was a McCarthy moment.

Some may not remember Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy. He believed there were Communists throughout the government and as chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations he hauled many people before it for hearings.

He went too far, though, picking a fight with the Army. They hired lawyer Joseph Welch and McCarthy accused one of his attorneys of having ties with a Communist organization. Wikipedia describes: “As an amazed television audience looked on, Welch responded with the immortal lines that ultimately ended McCarthy’s career: ‘Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.’ When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted, Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?'”

It’s that line that resonated with Americans and got McCarthy censured by his colleagues. He was ostracized and died 3 years later at 48.

Yesterday, General Kelly accomplished the same thing with his impromptu press conference. He basically asked the same question of the Florida Congresswoman, the Democrats and the media that pounced on this story Kim Jong Un on a new rocket. They were blasted. They have no decency among them. It’s evident.
The beautiful thing is, Kelly showed he is all decency. He didn’t pontificate. He didn’t dramatize. He didn’t get angry.

He just told his personal story in such a heartfelt way that even the press corps stopped yapping for a while. His agony over his son’s death and others’ was completely sincere. The jackals in the audience even understood that.

Since then, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson has retreated. But not before saying, “You mean to tell me that I have become so important (loud laughter) that the White House is following me and my words? This is amazing! That’s amazing! That is absolutely phenomenal! I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now!”

She may not care about decency, but the average American does. She crossed the line (actually hopped and skipped over it several times) and still thinks she’s OK.

She is not.

MGM Picks Ellen for Softball Questions

Here’s a followup on a story from yesterday, concerning Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos and the Ellen DeGeneres show.

It appears the parent company of her show, MGM, feared how Campos would answer questions from Sean Hannity and others.

From The Daily Mail:

Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas casino feared he would spill the beans about the shooting timeline if he was grilled by real journalists, has learned exclusively.

MGM is worried that families of the 58 people murdered as well as many of the 546 injured in the Mandalay Bay massacre will launch lawsuits potentially worth billions of dollars against the company, sources tell

And they thought Campos might not keep his story straight under the pressure of the TV lights and tough questioning.

That is why Campos, 25, appeared on a daytime chat show hosted by a fast-talking, dancing comedienne, rather than take questions from TV hardhitters such as Fox News’ Sean Hannity, NBC News or ABC News.

‘MGM was behind the decision to call off all the interviews and did a deal with Ellen, knowing she would not play hardball on the timeline as long as she had the exclusive,’ a TV insider told

Campos had originally agreed to do five interviews, all on Thursday last week, but suddenly went missing, his union boss, who was helping set up the deal, told in an exclusive interview.

David Hickey, president of the Michigan-based International Union, Security Police and Fire Professionals of America, would not confirm that MGM was behind the decision, but said the company certainly influenced Campos.

‘I was in a meeting with MGM’s upper management and they were definitely concerned about how tough someone like Hannity would be on him and they voiced their opinions,’ Hickey said.

‘It certainly wasn’t my choice that he should appear on that circus,’ said David Hickey, president of the Michigan-based International Union, Security Police and Fire Professionals of America

He said all sides had agreed parameters for the interviews. ‘Everyone knew he wasn’t to talk about security protocols, staffing or training or give out names of employees.’

But he said the company — that, like most of Vegas’s casino industry, obsessively controls what employees are allowed to say to the media — was pressuring Campos not to give too much away.

‘I thought they were being negative, telling him that someone was going to be tough and how they were worried about his health — it wasn’t the thing he needed to hear four hours before the interviews were going to begin.’

Hickey said he met with the MGM executives at a location in Las Vegas where Campos was staying. They met in the living room but he wanted a word with some of the management team in private so they went into the bedroom.

When they returned, Campos had gone, and Hickey said he hasn’t seen or heard from him since.

The next thing he knew the security official had bailed on the five interviews. Then he learned on Monday that instead of appearing on a news show he would go on Ellen.

Ellen greeted Campos with a hug at the start of the interview, and didn’t push him with tough questions during their chat.

Will we ever know the truth? Probably not.

Regular Americans Perplex Dems

Townhall writer Kurt Schlichter is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers. He has a hilarious column entitled “Liberals Try to Connect with Normal Americans and it Goes Poorly.”

Be sure to have Kleenex nearby because you will laugh til you cry.

Editor’s note: This column is satire.

Key Democrats met secretly to confer about the party’s future as America approached the one-year anniversary of their stunning and hilarious humiliation by Donald Trump. The key question they sought to answer: “How can we Democrats appeal to those Jesus-loving, racist idiots who hate science and don’t live on the coast like everyone we know?”

After opening the seminar by refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Chuck Schumer gaveled the meeting to order, sparking widespread protests. “Hammers are violent tools of oppression that cause oppressed people to literally shake. We need a national conversation about assault gavels that use automatic high-capacity clips,” sputtered the 112 year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein. “Sure, we should be able to have them, but not those, those … little people out there. They don’t need gavels.”

The assembly quickly agreed that in 2018 Democrats must prioritize sensible hammer control, including gavel background checks and ending the tool show loophole, and to enlist Lawrence O’Donnell in their campaign to stop the hammering.

This vital issue settled, Schumer continued: “Remember, we’re here to freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of openness and unlimited inquiry. With that in mind, your program has a list of the things you can’t say, like ‘illegal alien’ and ‘Christmas.’ It also has a handy cheat sheet of everyone’s preferred pronouns. Mine are ‘he’ and ‘him,’ while Senator Menendez’s are ‘convict’ and ‘Number 675973.’ Also, be sure to observe the rule about not mansplaining, which should not be a problem with this group.”

He then turned it over to 105 year-old Nancy Pelosi, who asked, “Where am I?”

After Schumer whispered in her ear, she began: “With the economy booming, the stock market setting records, and America defeating ISIS, things have never been worse. That’s why we need to keep The Resistance going, because it’s been a huge success so far in my district in San Francisco and, I’m sure, in your districts in Manhattan, Chicago, and Havana. And we need to expand our party, which means we need to convince dirty, stupid, transphobic normal Americans to come to grips with their own failings and join us.”

“We could tell them they’re stupid even more often,” suggested Al Franken.

“And racist,” suggested Maxine Waters.

“Also, Islamophobic,” said Keith Ellison.

“In my state, I can go potty with girls!” said California’s Gavin Newsom.

“Clearly, there’s something wrong with these people, so we need to consult with someone with a genuine connection with normal Americans,” Pelosi said. “Sadly, Hillary Clinton isn’t here to help us. If anyone connects with Middle America, it’s her. Unfortunately, she’s fallen and she can’t get up.” Pelosi made the “drinky drinky” gesture, and the crowd nodded.

“But we have someone almost as good, someone who knows how Americans feel, especially the women. Harvey, are you here?”

“Look, I know about how to reach regular Americans through the power of film, even though I may be having some problems caused by the vast right wing conspiracy, the NRA, and chicks who think they’re too good to play ball anymore,” Weinstein said.

“I say we do a movie that really address some of the issues normal Americans care about, like global warming, or how much it costs to hire a team of top notch defense lawyers. Maybe we get Matt or Ben to star, and Woody or Roman to direct. And hire some actresses who know how the game is played,” he added, winking.

Schumer moved up and took the mic. “Thanks Harvey. We’re looking forward to having you back on top, so to speak, and writing checks. Okay, let’s hear from our next guest, a true hero whose courage and strength has been an inspiration to everyone, Mr. Colin Kaepernick.”

“Look, I’ll stand, I’ll totally stand. Just hire me, okay? Principles, schmiciples, I need money. I got a lifestyle to support. My girlfriend talked me into this kneeling thing and she just went out and bought a herd of yaks. Why did she buy yaks? You know how much a herd of yaks costs?” he said, eyes wide. Then he stepped down off the dais and ran over to Claire McCaskill’s table and began stuffing rolls into his pockets for later.

“Well, we have some other very special guests tonight who have done so much for us,” said Schumer. “These Republican friends have been a huge help. I especially want to thank John McCain for all he’s done on behalf of preserving Obamacare, and also for not taking things personally and joining up with those of us who spit on him after he returned from Vietnam while turning against the normal Americans who supported him. John, you’re a maverick we can always rely on!”

“And there’s Ana Navarro, our favorite conservative Republican since she opposes everything conservative and Republican.”

“Now look,” Schumer said, frustrated. “We have to defend 22 Senate seats next year, many in red states. How the hell are we going to do that?”

“Move left,” said Bernie Sanders.

“Move left,” said Kamala Harris.

“Which one is left?” said Gavin Newsom, staring baffled at his raised hands.

“I know!” came a shrill, grating voice from the back of the room. Hillary Clinton entered with a bandage around her head and limping from the broken toe she got when she “slipped” while wearing her trademark high heels. She took the mic and the room fell still.

“We can start treating normal Americans with respect. We can honor them for their hard work, patriotism, and devotion to family. We can stop insulting their religious beliefs and trying to shove our urban blue state values down their throats. When criminals murder fellow citizens, we can choose not to blame law-abiding gun owners, and instead of calling them ‘racists’ for voting for Trump, talk to them and learn why they felt he was offering them more than the Democratic Party.”

The room was silent, and the crowd sat staring with jaws slack.

“And…and…,” she said, then steadied herself on the podium, looking around confused.

“Are you all right, Madame Should-Be-President?” asked Schumer, handing her a goblet of Chardonnay. She drank it in one gulp.

“I don’t understand…what happened?” she asked.

“You were just mumbling random words, crazy talk,” Schumer said. “It didn’t make any sense at all.”