Power Play

Remember Samantha Power? She was Obama’s last U.N. ambassador. She’s also been suggested as one of the people who unmasked Americans in the Trump campaign who had no reason to be monitored.

Power was also, naturally, a big Hillary Clinton supporter. She writes about election night 2016:

Well, I’ve had a lot of bad ideas in my life, but none as immortalized as this one. I decided on election night to invite the 37 women ambassadors to the U.N., many of whom face struggles in their own foreign service, or at the U.N. of a kind that, as an American, I never did. And I thought what an amazing night for them. I mean, that’s what America represents to the world, when a glass ceiling is shattered in our country, it creates a whole new sense of possibility for people everywhere.

And so, I invited them. Most of them came, and we gathered with Madeleine Albright, our first woman secretary of state; Gloria Steinem, who is not only an icon here, of course, but all around the world, and we went through the same process, if you want to call it that, that so many people did at their election parties. As the host, I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t be quite the blowout that it was anticipated to be, because I wanted to make sure that people had a chance to interact with Gloria Steinem.

Too soon. I wanted to milk the soft power dividend of this moment, and instead, and HBO was there, I guess unfortunately or fortunately, to capture it all, but instead, you really see what so many people went through, which was all of that sense of promise and excitement, and frankly, a dose of complacency. And then, it slowly dawning on us that not only was this going to be much closer than anybody anticipated, but that it was not going to end well.

And for me, every time I see that, I am haunted most, actually, by the images of my children, who were running around the apartment for much of the night, but when the election is called, my daughter, who at that time is four, is just lying in my lap, kind of like this pale, Irish statue, and there’s something about the way she’s lying, I don’t know, that just makes her look like she’s the one who’s going to inherit this — what he does is on her, right? It’s like we’ve somehow collectively landed in this place, but the people who are going to feel this, and be affected by this are these innocents. And as it happens, I was looking at a young child, but there’s so many other innocents who are being subjected to the cruelty, as we speak here today.

But yes, I think that scene moves viewers the most because it triggers, I think, a kind of post-traumatic stress about their own election night experience, which mirrored mine.

They still can’t get over it!

However, she was easily able to get over a child her motorcade killed in Cameroon.

It was April 2016 when the incident happened. Newsweek said

The United States has compensated the family of a Cameroonian boy who was killed by a car traveling in U.N. ambassador Samantha Power’s motorcade during an anti-Boko Haram visit in April.

Power visited the northern city of Mokolo in Cameroon to meet with victims of the Nigerian militant group and offer encouragement to affected communities. But the trip was overshadowed by the tragic accident in which Birwe Toussem, who was seven years old, darted out into the road in front of Power’s motorcade. Toussem, who was reportedly distracted by a helicopter flying overhead, was killed instantly; the motorcade had been traveling at around 60 miles per hour.

The ambassador returned to Mokolo on the same day to pay her respects to the boy’s family. The car that hit Toussem had initially stopped but was ordered to continue by U.S. security forces, as the area was unsecured and two Boko Haram attacks had taken place nearby in recent days.

They just drove on.

That was kept pretty quiet, wasn’t it? Can you imagine if that happened to Nikki Haley? All hell would break out. But since she was visiting a “shithole” it didn’t matter much, did it?

Another Reason to Hate Trump

If you need any proof that liberal/Progressive/Democrats have gone stark raving cuckoo, look what a little candy does to them.

Truepundit explains:

Twitter expressed outrage on Monday after the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump only eats two different flavors of Starbursts, the box-shaped, fruit-flavored chewy candies.

In an interview with the Post, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) mentioned how, when the two were having dessert in October, Trump picked out and only ate the red and pink Starbursts.

“We’re there, having a little dessert, and he offers me some,” McCarthy said. “Just the red and the pink. A bit later, a couple of his aides saw me with those colors and told me, ‘Those are the president’s favorites.'”

The Twitterverse, including mainstream media journalists, was quick to respond with a flurry of thoughts on Trump’s candy preferences.

It turns out that days later, McCarthy bought some Starbursts, picked out the pink and red ones, put them in a jar and sent them over to the White House.

That caused eruptions on Twitter like this one: “Our taxes are paying for an employee to sort thru Starburst candies to segregate all the pinks & reds for the narcissist in the WH.”
And, “I’m sure if there were white ones… they would be only Starbursts Trump likes. This is disgusting #ShithoIeGOP kissing by Sen McCarthy to separate Trump’s Starburts for him so he only gets his favorites. #ImpeachTrump”

From the Daily Kos: “Using candy and picture-books, House Majority Leader McCarthy is becoming Trump’s new best buddy”

And, “Using candy and picture-books, House Majority Leader McCarthy is becoming Trump’s new best buddy”
Plus, “Government waste at work. Starburst specifically makes a product which only includes these flavors. Kevin McCarthy, his team, and Trump, are all imbeciles for not knowing this.#FaveReds #ShitholePresident”
I’mSTILLwith her wrote, “So kevin mccarthy is spending hard working #TaxPayer $’s on starburst for the monster. Good to know our tax dollars at work.”

Honestly, don’t these people have better things to do than this? What about the Washington Post? I hear there’s a big scandal brewing about the DOJ, FBI and the Steele Dossier. Perhaps they could send a few reporters out to cover the biggest political story of our lifetimes instead of pink and red Starbursts.

Monumental Fascist Move

Barack Obama recently released the image of his presidential library in Chicago. Here it is:

The hideousness of it is probably appropriate to his hideous presidency.

Notice that it’s not so much a library as a monument. Just a library wouldn’t be enough for such a consequential president. It’s really a complex – a 20 acre one – something dictators like to do.

The tower’s shape is based on a photograph of four hands coming together, Obama explained. There will be a center comprised of three main buildings: a library, forum and tower making a U shape around a public plaza used for events. The museum/tower represents “ascension, hope and what ordinary people have the power to do together,” Obama said. Parking, a children’s play area and an athletics center are also part of the plan.

But wait – there’s more.

The center will also have a community garden (Michelle’s obsession transferred here), a “test kitchen” and a recording studio. At the studio visitors will be able to “create their own songs, speeches, short films, and interviews,” according to the Foundation’s website. Obama bragged that Steven Spielberg and Spike Lee and musicians like Chance the Rapper and Bruce Springsteen will offer seminars in creating movies and music.

There will be a recreation area with basketball courts, a restaurant and food courts.

It will be a place where a community can come together and take actions, according to O.

And plan their rebellion against Republicans, I imagine.

But guess what’s not in it.

From the National Review:

It seems Obama is once again taking executive power for granted: His library will neither contain his presidential documents, which have all been digitized, nor be administered by the National Archives and Records Administration — the two elements required of a presidential library. In fact, the Obama Foundation has named it the Obama Presidential “Center,” and the only books it might contain would come from the Chicago Public Library. In other words, it’s not really a presidential library at all. It is, in Obama’s words, a “gift to the community” that will spread his message. The Foundation explains this on its website by pointing out that the center itself will be a living testament to the values of Obama’s presidency. It boasts that the center’s design takes into account the expressed views of “Chicagoans like you,” and that the Foundation will “continue to ask for and incorporate your feedback every step of the way.”

Except Chicagoans have not warmed to the plan.

The site of Jackson Park for the library has irked residents. They fear the project will force out longtime minority residents and ruin the park’s enjoyment for them. They say they don’t want the garden, kitchen and recording studio. They’d rather have their public park, low cost housing and their own culture, according to newspaper reports.

That won’t matter. It never does to dictators. The people is not what they’re really about. It’s power.

The complex reminds me of that kind of building that went on in Fascist Italy, Germany and the Soviet Union. Barren, overdone and presumptuous as this similar monument that Mussolini created for himself.

You could say it’s a hand, too, or a finger on it.

Mussolini’s monument:

Remember that Obama, too, was going to totally “transform the United States of America.” Mussolini thought he’d transform Italy, too.

Thank goodness Obama only had eight years.

No “News” in Paper

Today’s CA is remarkable. Not just for what their content is, but also for what it isn’t.

First, there is no weather page today. On a day when many readers would like to know the forecast for the coming days, or the temperatures across the country, or the sunrise/sunset times, they don’t have it. The little front page squib they do have acknowledges “no weather map by deadline.”

You can translate that as we wanted to get out of there because it’s a snow day, so here’s a snow job.

But that’s not the most egregious problem. We get three big stories – enough to take up more than a page – all about Trump’s “shithole” comment and how racist he is. He could have said anything and it would have been turned into a racist comment because everything the CA and most of the media cares about anymore is racism. You wonder if they remember what a true racist is.

No space in the paper briefly even touches on two big stories that will effect everyone. The first is James O’Keefe’s videos that show Twitter exercises suppression of freedom of speech when it comes to conservatives, Republicans or anyone they don’t like. This is unbelievably shocking and evil.

Second is the huge investigation being undertaken to find out how deep the FBI and the DOJ under Obama were corrupted for political purposes. Did the Obama White House and Clinton campaign make up the Steele Dossier and use it to get a FISA warrant to spy against their political opponent? Many feel that there will be a major development next week in these cases that promises to rock Washington.

The CA blithely goes on ignoring the major stories while doubling down on everything Trump does. Don’t go to them for news. Their real purpose now appears to be for laughs. They are certainly providing them.