A Pleasant View

The View, that malicious political show masquerading as entertainment and fair opinion, reminds me of what might be in store for me should I go to purgatory or hell. I would have to be made to watch it with eyes clipped open as in A Clockwork Orange.

There’s nothing beneficial, informative or fair about it.

But I will watch The Right View.

This one is streamed weekly on Wednesday nights at 7 Central time. It is from the Trump campaign and its participants are women I truly like and admire. Lara Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Mercedes Schlapp and Katrina Pierson are the panel. The motto is “Make Talk Shows Great Again.”

Here’s the first show:

Now if only they would have some late night “comedy” shows. I would love to see liberals being made fun of and roasted as our side is every night in an unfunny manner on every old school alphabet network.

In Case You Missed This

Here’s a panel discussion of MLGW leaving TVA. The host is Eric Barnes of the Daily Memphian.

The two interviewed are pro leaving TVA. Daily Memphian says they couldn’t get someone from the other side.

Watch for yourself:

Some questions pop up in this discussion, such as why didn’t they ask the IRP why it’s imprudent to join MISO. Couldn’t someone ask?
Looks like a lot of flim flam could be done, given how technical this all is.
Why do they gloss over the cost in billions that it will cost for new infrastructure?
Aren’t we going from one monopoly to another?
Is a raise of 30% in the last ten years that bad?
Why not get someone to clean up the TVA if it is corrupt?
Duh, of course these two will deny that they have any interest in this. That’s not how it works. If Rep. Cohen and Mayor Lee Harris are for it, that’s not an endorsement in many eyes.

We definitely need another panel discussion of this with pro TVA people interviewed. This is a big deal that should not be done without the public’s input.

Rude Reporter

I believe the above headline is repetitive, something you are not supposed to do in journalism.

Except that they do it all the time.

Ah, the rudeness. Weijia Jiang is the insistent female reporter who has twice asked President Trump obnoxious and argumentative questions. That, also, is considered journalism today, in fact it is a prerequisite.

Several times this 36 year old CBS White House correspondent (used to be a post given to older, seasoned reporters) asked President Trump gotcha questions in the Rose Garden. Monday she asked this:

Q [Jiang]: Thank you, Mr. President. You said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

Q [Jiang]: Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if, every day, Americans are still losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me; ask China that question, okay? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer.”

She kept interrrupting and attacking which prompted the president to end the news conference.

Last month she “scored” with this exchange:

JIANG: Thank you. Yesterday Jared Kushner said the notion of the federal stockpile was, it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use. What did he mean by our?

THE PRESIDENT: What are you asking?

JIANG: Even the fact that taxpayers from every state pays [sic] for it.

THE PRESIDENT: What’s that? A got you? I got you. You used the word our.

JIANG: No, it’s not a got you.

THE PRESIDENT: Our, you know what our means? United States of America. That’s what it means.”

Jiang is also the one who alleged that someone from the White House called the #coronovirus Kung-Flu to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.”
I believe it was Kellyanne Conway who denied this and asked the reporter to come forward and name the person. Jiang never did.

And in March, she accosted President Trump in this manner:

WEIJIA JIANG, CBS NEWS: Since you shared with us something else that you saw on TV today. I have a question about something you said Thursday. You said you were angry because information about the virus should have been told to us earlier and a lot sooner. “People knew it was coming and people did not want to talk about it.”

Many Americans are saying the exact same thing about you, that you should have warned them the virus was spreading like wildfire through the month of February instead of holding rallies with thousands of people. Why did you wait so long to warn them and why did you not have social distancing until March 16th?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Who are you with?

JIANG: I’m Weijia Jiang with CBS News.

TRUMP: So if you look at what I did in terms of cutting off or banning China from coming in —

JIANG: Chinese nationals. But by the way, not Americans who were also coming from China.

TRUMP: Just relax. We cut it off. People were amazed. Everybody was amazed that I did it. With 21 people in the room, everyone was against it but me. Dr. Fauci said, had I not done that, perhaps tens of thousands, may much more than that, people would have died. I was very early. Very, very early.

You saw Bret Baier making a statement. They had a debate well into February and not even mentioned, it wasn’t mentioned, the Democrats. We were very early. Oh, I’m the president, and you know what I just did?

JIANG: When you issued the ban, the virus was already here.

TRUMP: You know how many people when I issued the ban — how many cases of virus were in the United States when I issued the ban? Do you know the number?

JIANG: There was —

TRUMP: No, how many cases were there? Remember I said one person. How many cases were here when I issued the ban?

JIANG: But did you know —

TRUMP: No, no, no. You have to do your research.

JIANG: I did the research. On the 23rd of March, you said you knew this was going to be a pandemic.

TRUMP: I did know it, I did. All you have to do is look.

JIANG: So you knew it?

TRUMP: Anybody knew it. Are you ready? How many cases were in the United States when I did my ban? How many people had died in the United States when I did this?

JIANG: Do you acknowledge you didn’t think this wouldn’t spread?

TRUMP: Keep your voice down, please. Keep your voice down.

JIANG: Did you not think it would spread?

TRUMP: How many cases were in the United States? I did a ban where I was closing up the entire country. How many people died?

JIANG: And that’s a fair point.
TRUMP: How many people died in the United States and yet I closed up the country and I believe there were no deaths. Zero deaths at the time I closed up the country. Nobody was there. And you should say thank you very much for good judgment.

So who is she?

Yes, she was born in Xiamen, China. When she was two she moved with her parents to West Virginia. She attended William and Mary College then Syracuse University. Marathi.tv adds “She is interested in causes that concern children, education, economic empowerment, civil rights and social action.
She also loves to participate in anything, which involves the arts and culture. Her close association with the political arena has led to a keen interest in politics.” In other words, a perfect SJW.

Her husband, Travis Luther Lowe, is from Arkansas. They married in 2018 and he “works as the global vice president for public policy at Yelp, the website and mobile application for consumer reviews. He oversees public policy initiatives, including competition policy, consumer free speech and open data.”

So a marriage of Media plus Big Tech. They met at William and Mary when the two of them hosted an online TV show with news and political commentary. William and Mary, by the way, has a Confuscious Institute on campus, as do many universities including U of Memphis. These are funded by the CCP and widely suspected of espionage, stealing intellectual property and attempts at subverting young Americans, according to Senate inquiries and the FBI.

Rush called Jiang a provacateur. She is a race baiter and virtue signaler who has a platform. A dangerous one.

Some Don’t Want to Return

What have you learned since being quarantined by the pandemic?

That all of us need to be more prepared? That we need to have cash on hand, along with necessities like food, prescriptions, drugs and toilet paper?

Many will want to rethink the time spent with loved ones. Perhaps not everyone feels they have spent enough time with the family. Or, that something as simple as a walk, watching a favorite TV show or cooking your own dinner is as or more enjoyable than an elaborate night on the town. And that learning how to amuse yourself is an invaluable tool.

Some will feel that keeping an updated resume is also important.

Evidently, though, many don’t want to use the pandemic for self enrichment. They want to upend our society.
The Democrats want that. The blue state governors are enjoying their power surge. Dems have seen that by keeping you at home and the economy down, they can achieve their goal of more reliance on them and going socialist.

It was interesting to see this surface in a Nextdoor posting. The question was asked: “Do we really want to go back to normal?” and this graphic put up:

Responses were eye popping.

Here are some samples:

“I hate to say it because I am not a young man but we need to get all these old corporate capitalists out of the way and redefine the terms of capitalism and realize not everything is here to make money from. Our health and education to name a few. Old politicians like you being dumb. That’s how old society was in the 20th century . If you haven’t notice (sic) some people don’t want it any different.”

“I definitely think we should take this opportunity to rethink normal.” (Many chimed in their agreement.)
“Ants aren’t building hills and subterranean complexes with an option to buy. Fleas aren’t selling dog shares on the stock exchange. ‘Normal’, ‘money’, and ‘Capitalism’ do not exist in nature, they are human constructs that can be redefined.”

(I have never seen a squirrel willingly give up a nut or acorn it has worked to get, nor have I seen a dog give up a bone or scrap of meat it has found, have you?)

“Normal is just a setting on a dryer. I love the sentiment and you’re totally right.” (If you are sick, you appreciate what normal is and recognize it. If you go to the doctor for a test and it comes back normal, you are happy about it.)
“When there’s a cloud I think it is very useful to expand the heck out of any silver lining. And one silver lining may be the opportunity to reassess the degree of frantic racing around that was the old normal. There are many other areas of societal improvement this time and opportunity could lead us to beneficially consider as well…”
(A lot of people enjoy the frantic running around. They will keep doing it.)
“Agreed! And we’re gonna do it brother. I believe we’re gonna make it better. Our kids are learning so many different things right now. My son’s in Africa on the equator. I’ve never done that, but we can’t do this alone. We should remain stoic and persevere but the next gen has got this. I’m proud to be where we are right now as a people and I truly believe what doesn’t break you makes you stronger and better. Plz keep smiling!🙂”
(Couldn’t resist getting in some virtue signalling could he? The next gen is what scares me the most. They don’t seem prepared to do anything except maximize the use of a phone.)

These people don’t realize – or refuse to acknowledge – that capitalism is what has raised up a middle class free to enjoy things our ancestors could only dream about. A system that rewards hard work and innovation is what made us a wonderful country.

Scary that years of liberal indoctrination have blinded so many.
Often what follows a period like this is a renaissance. People find new ways of doing things and new opportunities. Hopefully we will never be as dependent on other nations as we are now for vital goods. Virologists will learn a lot from this disease and come up with a better understanding of epidemics, as well as better vaccines.

But to change our successful society into a socialist/Communist government is not the way forward.

Empty Claims

Perhaps you saw Jimmy Kimmel making fun of VP Mike Pence delivering masks and things to an elderly people.
While Kimmel might have bathed in the fun of conservative mockery, he later had to apologize about it. Note the apology’s impact never matches the initial charge.

Washington Examiner sets the whole boxing match straight:

A deceptively edited video of Vice President Mike Pence is making the rounds, so it’s time for a fact check: No, the vice president did not deliver empty boxes of personal protective equipment to a Virginia healthcare center on Thursday.

Any claim to the contrary is fake news spread by people unwilling to do a little research. That includes Jimmy Kimmel, who, during his show on Thursday, played a 40-second video clip purportedly showing Pence, who had a hot mic on, grabbing a couple of boxes only to be told that they were empty. “Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?” Pence replies.

And then the clip, which has garnered millions of views, ends there.

Mike Pence caught on hot mic delivering empty boxes of PPE for a PR stunt. pic.twitter.com/IduvGhiPwj
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 8, 2020

“Mike Pence pretending to carry empty boxes of PPEs into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is and what he’s doing,” Kimmel said while narrating the clip. “A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing.”

What Kimmel didn’t show is Pence putting the boxes down, shutting the door of the vehicle, and joking with one of his aides about how the empty boxes would have been “a lot easier” to carry.

Jimmy Kimmel is lying.

Watch the unedited clip.pic.twitter.com/HyV8iBiljS https://t.co/hU8RiddYcZ
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) May 8, 2020

Kimmel was ultimately forced to acknowledge his mistake. His apology naturally included a not-so-subtle jab at the Trump administration. Alas, what more can we expect from people whose instinctual anti-Trump mindset leads them to actively create and spread fake news?

it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth. https://t.co/hI9cO4lxcX
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 8, 2020

There are others, however, who have not retracted the edited clip. One of them being Matt McDermott, a Virginia-based pollster and Democratic strategist, who tried to frame his correction as “additional context.”

Additional context to @jimmykimmel segment. With 75,000 Americans dead, Pence is joking about about empty boxes of PPE during a publicity stunt, after the White House press secretary said they had no time for “publicity stunts” in the middle of a crisis. https://t.co/hFeSp83lJs
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 8, 2020

Of course, the “additional context” in this case completely undermines the legitimacy of the edited clip and subsequent interpretations of it.

McDermott should have followed Kimmel’s example and deleted the clip. But he won’t, because oftentimes the people who rail against fake news are the very same people who have no trouble spreading it if it serves their agenda.

So much for honesty.