No Bias Here, Right?

It did seem to take the Election Commission a long time to get all the data reported from last night’s primary election. So what’s new? Votes arrived in a dribble as they always seem to do. Why? That always raises suspicions that some precincts have to have vote “corrections.”

Maybe that was part of the reason the CA was very late in being distributed this morning. Those trucks have to come from Jackson, as you know, so it renders the idea of “news” as more like “olds.”

Still, they managed to frame the information that David Lenoir will be the Republican candidate and Lee Harris the Democrat for Shelby County Mayor in a way beneficial to the Democrat.

How? The top photo was a big one in the left (naturally) side. It was about a 7 x 5 full color photo of Lee Harris playing with a little boy as his mom, Harris’ campaign manager, watched. How cute!

The photo of David Lenoir, who was paired with Germantown mayor Mike Palazzolo was greeting two elderly voters. You could barely make out Lenoir in the 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 photo. How white!

In the text of the story the Democrat Harris was also listed first as winner.

Do you think any of this was by happenstance?

Of course not.

There is no room for fairness in journalism anymore.

Have You Voted?

In my polling place there were more election workers than voters. They said it had been a light day.

If anything, light turnouts mean your vote is even more important.

It will be interesting to see who wins the Republican primary as the attempt to smear all Republicans appears to be the goal of our daily news rag. It’s important to get the best candidates to win in the primary so as to bring the most competition to the Democrats. They have been smarting since their thumping in August of 2010. This batch of elections is one they really want to win to take back how the city is being run. That is the responsible Republicans who make things work, not our tone deaf mayor.

I have been receiving emails from Lee Harris’ people. They are very aggressive and have been so in collecting funds. Whoever wins the Shelby County mayor’s race will need our full support. Harris is constantly talking against the second amendment, how he wants to enforce sustainability and how he opposes Trump. His motto is “a new era.”

I don’t think that’s an era win which Memphians would thrive.

So go vote today and keep up with the candidates to put them in office in the August election.

Gutsy Sarah Takes It in Stride

Benny Johnson at the Daily Caller gives us a report on how Sarah Sanders reacted after the cameras were off at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

I was in the room Saturday night when comedian Michelle Wolf began attacking White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Sanders was sitting just feet away from Wolf as she began to hurl insults and bully her. Sanders was called a “liar” by Wolf, had her looks compared to a fictional sex-cult leader and was told she was an “Uncle Tom,” but for “disappointing white women.”

Sanders sat through the insults unsmiling, often looking uncomfortable. I watched the reaction from the sea of journalists and DC influencers packed like sardines into the room at the Washington Hilton as Wolf began leveling her attacks. There was very little laughter. Even the faces of the most liberal reporters cringed during the comments. There was audible groaning. Wolf carried on, reading from her prepared remarks, which also clumsily attacked Kellyanne Conway and made light of aborting a fetus.

As Wolf closed out her remarks it was clear to all present that the act bombed. Those in the room knew the backlash would be swift and the mood from Correspondents Association members and White House staff was grim at the parties that carried on throughout the evening.

At the MSNBC after-party, I spoke with high-ranking members of Sarah’s staff. They were disgusted by the remarks and told me that the plan was for Sanders to walk out of the dinner if the attacks got too personal. Sarah, however, stayed firm.

“I don’t know how she does it,” one of her closest confidants told me, “She kills them with kindness — she puts up with it. Good-hearted American people see that — and then [Sarah] wins.”

Members of the White House press corp tell me they had asked for Sanders’ home address after the ordeal in order to send her a large flower basket.

The MSNBC party was set outdoors. It was a cold and rainy night and the event was winding down. Then the unexpected happened. Sarah Sanders walks into the MSNBC party. MSNBC, an openly liberal network that often promotes the vitriol that just attacked her, was the last place you would expect to find Sanders that night. But there she was. And guess what? Sarah Sanders was smiling. She owned it. I asked her about the attack and she shrugged, cracked a smile and simply told me that the attacks didn’t bother her and that she’s praying for the comedian.

That is the kind of woman she is.

Sanders did not lash out publicly. She did not attack Michelle Wolf personally or professionally. She just forgave her and shrugged it off.

Since then, the White House Correspondents Association has apologized and disavowed Wolf, hundreds of reporters have critiqued the dinner and Sanders has been defended by high-ranking members of the administration and the president himself.

Flying into Washington, D.C. as a celebrity to cheap-shot a mother who works in the White House to her face in front of a room of one thousand journalists, simply because you disagree with her politically, is not brave.

It’s the definition of a coward and a bully.

Putting up with it and forgiving that person afterward?

That is real power.

Endorsements

The primary election is tomorrow, May 1. If you are a Republican, get to a polling place! We need a good turnout now to defeat the Dems in August by getting the strongest candidates possible.

Here’s turnout so far:

And:

For what it’s worth, here are my endorsements:

County Mayor: David Lenoir
Sheriff: Dale Lane.
Assessor of Property: Robert “Chip” Trouy
Trustee: George Chism
Register of Deeds: Wayne Mashburn
County Clerk: Arnold Weiner
County Commission, District 1: Amber Mills
County Commission, District 2: David Bradford
County Commission, District 3: Mick Wright
CC District 4: Mark Billingsley
CC District 5: Richard Morton
CC District 6: Sam Goff
CC District 7: Dr. Sharon Webb
CC District 8: Brandon Morrison
CC District 9: Tom Leatherwood
Criminal Court Clerk: Richard DeSaussure
Juvenile Court Clerk: Robert Hill
Probate Court Clerk: Paul Boyd

Anecdotes to the WHC Dinner

President Trump refused to be a chump for the annual White House Correspondents dinner. Instead, he ditched Washington, DC, for Washington, Michigan.

Trump gave an hour and 40 minute speech there that kept your interest in a way no “comedian” could have at their lame dinner. He was in full Trump mode – digressing, revealing and even stopping when someone in the audience got ill and calling for a doctor. No topic was off his plate. The crowd responded enthusiastically.

The WHC dinner, true to form, became a Trump bash-arama. This time Sarah Sanders got the incoming. The yucks the “comedian” host delivered were more like yucky.

A reporter who attended complained that the DC reporters showed themselves up to be even more clueless about what real Americans think, deepening and strengthening our distrust of them. Ya think?

Blogger Don Surber had the routine we’d like to see occur. He channeled his inner Triumph the insult dog and came out with a doozy:

“Thank you, it is an honor to be here tonight. So, once again President Trump skipped partying with the wallflowers because he cannot take a joke. He’s in Mar-a-Lago tonight sulking. And by sulking, I mean having the time of his life with his gorgeous model wife.

“You call this the nerd prom. That’s because for so many of you this is the first time you have a date. I haven’t seen this many virgins since I visited the Vatican.

“I kid.

“Bob Woodward is here. It is great to finally meet a man who inspired so many losers to become journalists. He’s finally starting to look like Robert Redford who played him in the movies. Redford didn’t age well.

“Carl Bernstein made it here tonight too. Busy season for him. A Republican is president so Bernstein has to go on CNN a lot to deliver his line, ‘Worse than Watergate.’ What a career. No one made more off three little words since Ted said, ‘I’m a Kennedy.’

“I kid.

“Note to April Ryan. Sarah Sanders finally made you that pecan pie you wanted. Um, I wouldn’t eat it if I were you. And not just because you could stand to lose 50 pounds.

“I kid.

“Is Jim Acosta here? He’s living proof that immigrants do a better job than we natives. You were born in Washington, weren’t you?

“I kid.

“Is Major Garrett here? What a man. What a correspondent. What a name. I cannot understand why after all these years he hasn’t been promoted. He should be a colonel by now.

“Someone wake up Chuck Todd. Oh wait, those are just his sleepy eyes. Hey, don’t be upset because the president called you Sleepy. At least he didn’t call you Dopey. He reserves that title for the people at MSNBC. Oh, I forgot. You work there too.

“I kid.

“Sean Hannity couldn’t make it tonight. He’s too busy eating Jimmy Kimmel’s lunch. Hannity is starting to look a little chunky, too.

“I see Jeff Zucker’s sock puppet is here tonight. Hey, Jake Tapper, how about standing up and taking a bow? What? Too hard to do with Zucker’s hand up you? How long can his arm be? He’s a foot shorter than you.

“I kid.

“Ah Jeff Zucker. Under his leadership a boring news channel that was in last place has become a boring Fake News channel that is in last place. Impeachment is just around the corner. Honest. This time Wile E. Coyote finally catches the Road Runner.

“I kid.

“Andrea Mitchell is here with her husband, Alan Greenspan. I love those November-December marriages. Till death do they part. She never thought it would take this long.

“I kid.

“Is Joy Reid here? Or is she too busy boycotting Doctor Seuss because he is a racist? One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. How come there is no Black Fish? And how come there is no Three Fish? Sounds Cis Binary to me.

“I see Jeff Bezos is here. It’s the light shining off his head. I get that democracy dies in darkness, but could he put a hat on one night a year? People are trying to eat.

“I kid.

“Is Katy Tur of MSNBC here? She is one of the bravest women in journalism. She actually slept with Keith Olbermann and admitted it.

“I see Carrot Top is here. Excuse, that’s Kathy Griffin. I should have known better. They may look the same, but he’s the one with the talent.

“And a career.

“I kid.

“Is Wolf Blitzer here? Everyone thinks he is dumb because he lost on Jeopardy, baby. But he is so proud of himself. Last week he completed that puzzle he was working on in a month’s time. The box said two to four years.

“Right now, Chris Cuomo is going, ‘I don’t get that joke.’ That’s because he’s still working on the puzzle. Spoiler alert, the block shaped like a triangle goes in the three-sided hole.

“I kid.

“What a banner year for journalism. NBC canned Matt Lauer because of sexual harassment. CBS canned Charlie Rose because of sexual harassment. Fox News canned Bill O’Reilly because of sexual harassment. Who’s next? Kent Brockman?

“PBS canned Garrison Keillor for the same reason. The tip off was when he changed the name from Lake Woebegon to Lake Wanna-see-me-naked. Nobody wants to see any man over 60 naked. Right, Andrea?

“I kid.

“Well, you’ve been a lovely audience. Now if you would kindly put down the pitchforks and torches, I’ll make my way out of here.”

Now that’s more like it!

Smarting From Meters

When MLGW introduced smart meters, the public was told about how efficient, fair and good they were.

Many of us warned that this wasn’t the case in other countries that tried them. We warned that rates would go up, the meters would fail and be unreliable. This at a tremendous cost to the taxpayer.

Looks like people in Midtown who swallowed the lies are finding out about them now.
Channel 5 reported:

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/clip/14287301/smart-meter-error-leaves-man-with-nearly-1000-mlgw-bill

In other words, too bad chumps.
Still, they are determined to inflict us all with them. Dub something “smart” or “progress” and you can get by with a lot.
Unfortunately it has worked.

Now It’s Brokaw’s Turn

On the heels of Bill Cosby being found guilty of sexual assault, here comes another one. This time, a network news icon.

Tom Brokaw can now join Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose in the #MeToo category. Page Six of the New York Post reveals:

A woman who was an NBC correspondent in the early 1990s has claimed legendary news anchor Tom Brokaw tickled her and tried kiss her on separate occasions while she worked there.

Linda Vester told Variety in an interview published Thursday that she was going public with the allegations because she was unhappy with how the network was handling sex-harassment allegations against former “Today” host Matt Lauer.

She alleged Brokaw tickled her in an NBC conference room in Denver in 1993 while they were covering a papal visit.

“I’m standing there, and Tom Brokaw enters through the door and grabs me from behind and proceeds to tickle me up and down my waist,” she says in a video interview.

“I jumped a foot and I looked at a guy who was the senior editor of ‘Nightly [News],’ and his jaw was hanging open. Nobody acted like anything wrong was happening, but I was humiliated.”

Vester also claimed Brokaw tried to kiss her in her hotel room in 1993, then again at a London restaurant the next year.

Brokaw, 78, who has been married since 1962 and retired in 2004, denied any misconduct.

“I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago, because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC,” he said in a statement issued by NBC to Variety.

“The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other.”

NBC did not respond to The Post’s request for comment on Thursday.

In her interview, Vester targeted what she called NBC’s sexist culture.

“There was a culture at NBC News, in my experience, where women who raise questions about misconduct get labeled as troublemakers,” she said. “It can torpedo your career.”

Her lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, said Vester wanted to “give her truthful account in the hope that other women will not have to endure what she did.”

“Linda is literally seeking nothing for herself. She comes forward at her own expense and at her own peril,” he said.

Wilkenfeld is also representing a woman who claims Lauer engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior toward her at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. He claims NBC did not do enough to protect the unidentified woman.

Lauer was fired from the “Today” show after that and other accusations came to the network’s attention.

As for Brokaw, a second woman told The Washington Post that he acted inappropriately toward her in the ’90s, when she was a young production assistant.

The details of that encounter were not revealed. Brokaw again denied any wrongdoing.

Sure.

Is it surprising? Brokaw was king of the hill and retired to become the fatherly, respected journalist everyone supposes knows the news and treats all fairly. Except he doesn’t.

Looks like the only people who don’t know what’s going on are the network news people, doesn’t it?

Hillary Backer Gets Shamed

I caught this on Sebastian Gorka’s twitter feed. It is a fascinating encounter. As he expressed, this encapsulates the elite attitude that doomed Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes.

Here’s a little background on the “star” of the video. Careen Turner is a Democrat lobbyist who raised money for Hillary Clinton. She was appointed to the Port Authority Commission last year.

Like that attitude? The police remained amazingly calm as she went on her tirade.

According to NewJersey.com,

A Toyota Corolla with Nevada plates was traveling north on Route 9W in Tenafly when two patrol officers decided to pull it over because it had front side tinted windows–not uncommon in Las Vegas, but a definite no-no in New Jersey. The car also had a license plate frame that partly covered the name of Nevada–a seemingly trivial issue, but one that can lead to a ticket in New Jersey. Once they pulled the car over, the officers learned that the car had an expired registration and the driver did not have an insurance card. Turner’s daughter was a passenger in the rear seat.

No one was arrested. The officers only issued three summonses for the tinted windows, the obscured license plate, and expired registration. But the car was impounded until the owner, reportedly the mother of one of the other passengers, could provide proper paperwork for the vehicle.

Turner was not charged with any wrongdoing, but she was forced to resign. The video was widely shared and Turner got shamed.

Good. Count this a victory for Deplorables.

Sitting It Out

Thinking of the State Dinner last night, I pity the person who had to decide where people sit. What a headache that would be!

I ask myself if I were attending, who would I want to sit next to and – more importantly – not sit next to?

I wouldn’t want to sit next to Apple CEO Tim Cook and former Obama EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. That would not compute. They said that no Democrats except Louisiana Governor Bell were invited, but, let’s face it, Cook and Jackson might as well be wearing pink resistance hats. No thanks to those two.

I wouldn’t want to be seated next to Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. He might tell me we are eating lamb, then decide right before we were served that it wasn’t lamb. That would be too taxing.

Henry Kissinger and wife Nancy? No again. I’m afraid at his age of 94 he might be a bit hard of hearing. Imagine yourself sitting across from him and trying to converse. The room might go silent right before you yelled out “Waas Up?” and that would be embarrassing.

So, too, would it be to sit next to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Although I like her quite a bit, if I made some inappropriate remark she might smack me down with one of her very pointed rebukes. Too risky.

If I sat next to Jerry Hall, I’d want to ask if she liked it that Trump plays “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at his rallies. Might be a bit gauche on my part. Besides, she’d probably be busy tending 87-year-old hubby Rupert Murdoch, who had a back injury in January. I’d also have to refrain from asking him why he doesn’t disinherit his liberal sons and save Fox News.

It would be tough to sit next to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. They are truly beautiful people and everyone else must have felt frumpy and overweight.

Memphian Fred Smith might be OK, but he also might want my dessert. He’s put on a few. I hope he didn’t ask for two scoops of creme fraiche ice cream to go with the nectarine tart.

Paul Ryan and wife? My taste doesn’t run to RINO. Probably ditto House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. I might slip up ans ask “By the way, whatever happened to full Obamacare repeal?”

I would like to sit next to National Security Advisor John Bolton. He has a great sense of humor and loves to tell funny stories, of which I’m sure he has a lot. He might just give in and lob a roll at Tim Cook for a laugh.

Senator John Kennedy would be a good table mate, too. He’s charming with a quick wit. I might burst out laughing around him.

Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis would do, too. I think we’d get good service with him at our table.

Despite all these creatures the evening seemed to go well. Maybe that’s because no “celebrities,” stars or media were present. They had to sit it out, like me.

There’s always a next time, celebrities.

Memphian at State Dinner

Some interesting names popped out in the guest list to last night’s White House State Dinner honoring French President Emanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte.

Memphian Fred Smith and his wife, Diane, were among the attendees. The Fed Ex founder and chairman had the honor of being among 120 select people who got to go to it. Interesting that the President felt his position and his industry was one that he perhaps wants to interact with in future business consultations.

Other business executives there were media mogul Rupert Murdoch with his wife, Jerry, ex girlfriend of Rolling Stones Mick Jagger; Apple CEO Tim Cook who attended with former Obama EPA administrator Lisa Jackson (?!); and Lockheed Martin’s CEO.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts got an invite as did Henry Kissinger and his wife, Nancy. Kissinger evidently had a near fall on entering. He was using a cane.

Some other pictures you may not have seen.

Here’s Sarah Sanders and her husband, Bryan

And new administration addition John Bolton with his wife, Gretchen

Let’s hope a good time was had by all.