Hole in One

Did he or didn’t Trump say he didn’t want people coming here from “shithole countries?”

I don’t know because the last people I would trust to tell me are Democrats like Dick Durbin and media hordes from CNN. On our side, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue deny they ever heard him say it.

Pro Trump people will not be objecting and the haters will continue their outrage. I, for one, am tired of constant outrage. It gets less effective each time they do it. And should I be outraged over someone wanting two scoops of ice cream at dinner? Does that define the person? Good God where are we?

Many people think Trump said it on purpose. Rush Limbaugh is saying this afternoon that by the one mention Trump has redirected peoples’ attention to the issue while showing the country that he will not be swayed to stop his promise of the wall and an end to chain migration.

I suspect many people feel like this commentator:

Trump is a stable genius and a master communicator and negotiator. He plays the Leftist-Traitor-infested media like Horowitz played a Steinway. Anyone with half a brain and a smidgen of common sense and self-awareness would do anything to avoid stepping into the ring with PDJT; hell, I wouldn’t play Rock’em Sock’em Robots with Baron and I used to box. The liberal media is proving to the country they are mentally unstable non-geniuses by the day and hour. Whether he said it or not, now not only is everyone wondering why we’re importing hordes from shitholes, but Trump is making it safe to say what one thinks again; he’s paving the road out of the shithole country known as “Political Correctness” and liberating an entire people (America) from its stench. Thank you God Emperor. God bless you and keep you and your family safe from the plots and machinations of The Enemy.

I notice that Trump has a pattern to what he does with big issues. Take getting rid of Obamacare and the tax cut proposal. First, he is reasonable with all parties. He acts as if he assumes the bill(s) will be passed. He encounters opposition and the deal is nixed. He will say something outrageous and it ends up bringing the parties back to the table. And then he gets what he wants.

Perhaps this is what is happening here. Earlier this week he told both the Democrats and Republicans he was willing to take the heat from the issue.

He’s taking plenty of heat – for now.

Midtowner Gets Federal Judgeship

We know him as Tommy Parker. But from now on, he will be Judge Parker, a U.S. district Court judge for Tenneessee’s Western District. That includes Memphis and surrounding counties.

Parker was nominated to the position by President Trump in July and the Senate confirmed him Wednesday 98-0.

That’s good news for Republicans. Judge Parker has been active in the Shelby GOP. He very kindly has transported me and others on several occasions to the Shelby GOP election caucuses. His opinions were always spot on and insightful. Parker would always buy tickets to the Lincoln Day dinner which he shared with others. At another time, he graciously shared his opinion on a legal matter I asked him about without any hesitation.

The Central Gardens resident is the father of three girls. He’s been a top notch attorney at the prestigious Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

Kudos to President Trump for picking him. He should be a very good judge for Tennesseans.

Big Fat Rebuke for MeAgain

Isn’t it amazing how media stars criticize the president then step in it themselves?

We have seen this time and again with people like Megyn Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, etc. With NBC’s MeAgain Kelly she’s like a moth to a flame.

She did it again this morning on her pathetic show.

According to Page Six of the New York Post:

Megyn Kelly’s secret to staying skinny during law school? Asking her stepfather to fat-shame her.

On Thursday, Kelly, 47, revealed on her eponymous “Today” show that, while studying at Albany Law School in the 1990s, she asked her stepfather, Peter Kirwan, to fat-shame her whenever she wanted to eat.

“Some of us want to be shamed!” Kelly said. “When I was in law school, I was gaining weight, I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, ‘Where you going, fat ass?’ And it works!”

Kelly was interviewing “Fit Mom” Maria Kang, a 37-year-old mommy blogger. Kang drew online ire in 2013 when she posted a photo of herself (looking toned) and her three kids on Facebook, captioned “What’s your excuse?” Critics were quick to accuse Kang of body-shaming less-fit moms.

Kelly’s comments also stirred up controversy on Twitter.

No kidding.

I thought women weren’t supposed to be looked at for their figures. I thought that was a big feminist no no. Evidently Megyn thinks that way, though. Otherwise she wouldn’t consider that something to be ashamed of and ask for rebukes.

Maybe hypocrisy is something she should be more ashamed of than the odd pound or two.

Bad Cold: The New Dog Ate My Homework Excuse

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) released the transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s closed door testimony three days ago. Her act resulted in outrage by Senate Chairman Republican Chuck Grassley and many others.

Many have questioned whether what she did was legal.

At first she told a reporter that “I just decided to do it.”

OKaaay.

As people objected, Feinstein next said, she was sorry for not giving Grassley a headsup about the release of the Fusion GPS transcript. “I meant to tell him, and I didn’t have a chance to tell him, and that concerns me. I just got pressured, and I didn’t do it.”

Well, that’s different. I guess.

When asked who pressured her, she said she wasn’t pressured. What gives?

That didn’t satisfy her critics, so she landed on this: “I don’t make an excuse but I’ve had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities a little bit.”

Many are calling that the Nyquil excuse. Maybe she should try the Twinkie excuse, which used to work in the past.

President Trump isn’t buying it. He tweeted: “The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace,” Trump tweeted. “Must have tough Primary!”

Later he expanded it: “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes,” he tweeted. “Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”

Feinstein didn’t do her side any favors. The transcript makes Simpson look bad. However, it also disrupts Grassley’s examination. That was really the reasoning behind it.

Shame on Feinstein and shame on Republicans if they let that go.

Did You Know This?

The Democrats/Liberals/Progressives/media are screaming Watergate! Watergate! about the Trump Russia “collusion.”
Of course they are. Taking down President Nixon was an orgasmic experience for them; one they would like to repeat.

Our side understands that it is worse than Watergate. This time it’s not the administration and Republicans who tried to undermine American values, but an out of control Deep State that makes up lies to get Trump ousted.

One of the heroes of Watergate was Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein. With his colleague Bob Woodward they used a Deep State FBI guy, Mark Felt, to attack Nixon. Bernstein has been popping up lately on cable news, particularly CNN. They want you to make the connection between Watergate and “hero” Bernstein and his current objections to Trump.

The only problem is that if you look more closely at who Bernstein is, it isn’t a wholesome picture. Here’s what the Los Angeles Times described in a review of his book “Loyalties.”

Bernstein’s parents were among the thousands radicalized during the 1930s. After graduating from Columbia Law School, Al Bernstein went to Washington and threw himself into the movement to unionize government workers. His wife, Sylvia, was drawn into left-wing politics by the Spanish Civil War. Both felt they were carrying out the principles of the New Deal.

The Bernsteins joined the Communist Party while living in San Francisco in 1942 and left (why is not explained) around 1947. Whether in the party or out, they spent their lives within the broad Old Left community. Both were interrogated by congressional committees and saw friendships shatter and job prospects disappear. For some years, Al Bernstein ran a Washington Laundromat; he later made a living as a fund-raiser for the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Although Bernstein’s book attempts to show his rebellion against his parents, it’s difficult to imagine that their politics escaped impressing him.

Ironic, isn’t it, that Bernstein fails to see that his own pursuit of Trump uses the same techniques he objected to in Watergate and with his parents.

You’re just not supposed to think about that.

Dems Trumped Again

You really have to step back and admire the depth of understanding President Trump has when it comes to communication.

Perhaps this weekend you gasped when you saw that Trump had called himself a “very stable genius” in reply to the Michael Wolff book describing him as a nutcase. At first glance it looks like a big serving of hubris that will turn off the public. So many on our side get upset when he tweets things like this because they think it will hurt him.

To those, I say stop clutching your pearls. It’s OK. He knows what he’s doing. Don’t take it from me; take it from Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist who has become a very popular political commentator. He has a lot of cred because he saw early on that Trump was campaigning in a persuasive way and believed he would win the election when the “best” pundits didn’t.

As Adams describes it on his podcast at his blog, blog.dilbert.com, Wolff’s accusations cannot be disputed directly. Anyone who says I am not stupid, I am not crazy, I’m not a racist, immediately gets a raised eyebrow. Of course they’d say that, guilty or not.

So how to refute it? Adams believes Trump responded in a genius way. His statement that he’s a “very stable genius” Trump knew would be repeated all over the press. It would mean that phrase would be tied to him forever. It would be planted in the public’s mind. That would be the best rebuttal he could make to Wolff. POTUSVSG began to trend on twitter.

Then over the weekend we saw Team Trump knock down Wolff’s accusations on every network show. Trump was helped by Wikileaks releasing the book to anyone who wants to read it for free. That should cut down on book sales dramatically.

In another answer to the Wolff charge that he’s a poor leader who can’t hold a meeting, Trump opened his meeting today on immigration reform with Senate and House members to the press. He let participants discuss the issue in a way that can’t be manipulated by the press because the public could listen in.
On the heels of the Center for American Progress leaked report that the Dems must reject any DACA deal or be doomed electorally, Trump flipped that on them, too. We could hear their thoughts on immigration, security and DACA on the record.

None of our other Republican officials have understood how to handle the critics. Trump does. He’s even going to have a fake news awards show tomorrow. That will get his message across in a humorous yet forceful way. He even built more audience for it by delaying it from yesterday’s schedule to tomorrow.

If we’re lucky, some of our GOP friends will begin to catch on and go offense instead of defense whenever critics start up. Maybe. They have an excellent example in Trump. They would do well to follow him.

Tarnished Golden Globes

Miss the Golden Globes? Me, too, and on purpose. Like the Oscars and the Emmys, this award show is just a bunch of Hollywood light brains clapping their love for themselves.

And for Oprah. Apparently she’s our next president. NBC tweeted that she was “our future president” and a bunch of other outlets did, too. Ego is not a problem for her and I’m sure she sees herself as No. 46. Time to dig out the old Kitty Kelly book on her.

Fortunately, not all were enamored of last night’s show. Maureen Callahan of the New York Post had the best observations. Worth a read:

And the award for ultimate hypocrisy goes to . . . the Hollywood class of 2018.

This year’s Golden Globes were meant to be a defiant, vibrant celebration of a post-Weinstein industry, an awards ceremony about so much more than meaningless awards. We were promised a reckoning, the leveling of a male-dominated industry that institutionalized the rape, abuse and harassment of women for decades.

Like so much Hollywood product, advance buzz was greatly exaggerated. Not one actor or actress, on the red carpet or on stage, made direct reference to their industry’s greatest monster — the one they boast of slaying yet still want to appease.

Host Seth Meyers, in his opening monologue, was the only person in the room to mention him by name.

“Harvey Weinstein can’t be here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” Meyers said. “But don’t worry — he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.”

And how did these brave, crusading, black-garbed, pin-wearing celebrities respond? They booed.

Same when Meyers made a crack about the disgraced Kevin Spacey fumbling a Southern accent. “Oh, is that too mean?” Meyers asked incredulously. “To Kevin Spacey?”

Even a tame Woody Allen joke fell flat. It seems there’s no sexual predator who still doesn’t get Hollywood’s sympathy.

Yet many of the night’s honorees spoke like leaders of a revolution.

“May we teach our children that speaking out without fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star,” said Laura Dern. She, like several other stars, brought along other female activists, apparently to remind us that Hollywood’s not the only cesspool.

Dern brought Monica Ramirez, of the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance, and reminded us that Ramirez’s group would be feeding the Globes attendees. (Not literally, but still.)

Emma Stone brought Billie Jean King — which made sense, as Stone played the tennis legend in “Battle of the Sexes” — yet NBC misspelled King’s first name while referring to her as the “O.G.” of gender equality.

Michelle Williams brought Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, and Williams gave nearly identical speeches to E! and NBC. “I thought I would have to raise my daughter to learn how to protect herself in a dangerous world,” she said. “And I think because of the work that I’m learning how to do we actually have the opportunity to hand our children a different world. So I am like moved beyond measure to be standing next to this woman. I have like, tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.”

Then she made prayer hands.

Why no questions about Spacey, who costarred with Williams in “All the Money in the World” until he was accused of assaulting a teenage boy and was excised from the film? Does Williams have any thoughts on her director Ridley Scott’s recent statement that he never thought twice about hiring Spacey, even though he heard rumors? Or that it wasn’t his decision, but the studio’s, to replace him with Christopher Plummer? How about Scott’s assertion that Harvey Weinstein may mount a comeback, and that perhaps we should forgive?

Not relevant, apparently. Or maybe it would make Williams — God forbid — uncomfortable.

How about Meryl Streep showing up with Ai-Jen Poo, the little-known director of the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance? Streep has vocally denied knowing anything about Weinstein — who she famously called “God” at the 2012 Globes — but instead preferred to talk in vague platitudes.

“I think that people are aware now of a power imbalance . . . and it’s led to abuse . . . and we want to fix that,” she told Ryan Seacrest.

What a profile in courage.

Meanwhile, not one presenting or accepting actress mentioned Rose McGowan, who kickstarted this entire movement and who says she was raped by Harvey Weinstein. Sitting together up front were Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek, who both went public with the abuse and torment Weinstein visited upon them; in the New York Times, Hayek wrote that Weinstein threatened to have her killed.

These women are heroes. Not one of their colleagues called them out, thanked them, or acknowledged their bravery.

In perhaps the night’s most twisted hosanna, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas was honored with a standing ovation and special award. It didn’t take long for Twitter to light up over Douglas’s long-rumored rape of Natalie Wood when she was just 16.

If the average viewer at home knows about this, how could a room of insiders not? Just what are they trying to say?

Towards the end of the night, supporting actress winner Allison Janney — who won for playing Tonya Harding’s mother in “I, Tonya” — thanked the actual Harding, an invited guest, for “sharing her story . . . a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media.”

Harding, of course, was a real-life perpetrator of female-on-female crime, having her Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan kneecapped — and though the movie exonerates her, Harding has admitted to at least having knowledge of a plot. Kerrigan later said the FBI told her they believed Harding was the mastermind and showed her transcripts detailing a plot to have her killed.

“That was one of the options,” Kerrigan said. “To kill me over a sporting event. That’s crazy.”

But in Hollywood’s version, Tonya’s a feminist hero. What a metaphor.