Bus Crash Collides Into Racism

Look where political correctness has taken us.

There was a tragic bus crash in Canada in which 15 people died. A Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus collided with a tractor trailer. Dozens of other young people are still in the hospital, four critical.

People set up a Go Fund Me page and that apparently outraged someone on twitter. Look at this:

What difference does it make who they were? This woman doesn’t see that she is prejudiced beyond belief. When did discrimination become one sided?

Chappaquiddick

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, hurry and do so before it is gone.

It was originally supposed to be released in November, around the anniversary of the JFK assassination, but it was postponed. It got pushed and pushed until the opening April 6. The movie makers have suggested that there were forces behind the scenes trying to squash it.

Powerline blog had reviewed it over the weekend. The blogger reported a full house, plus a sold out crowd for the next performance. I didn’t encounter that, but going on a Monday matinee is not likely to find a sellout.

If you thought the movie would hide or soften what happened that July night in 1969, you would be wrong. Powerline called it “brutal” and I would agree that the brutal truth was revealed.

Ted Kennedy, revered as the “lion of the Senate” is seen as the “lyin’ in the Senate” in this movie. He lies about his role in the drowning of Mary Joe Kopechne, trying to say that she was driving. He lied to the police chief. He lied to his friends. A week after it happened, he’d completely moved on to save his own skin. His remorse was remarkably short lived.

Bruce Dern as head of the family Joe Kennedy barely said a word – Joe was suffering from a stroke – but he really deserves an Oscar. He looked the part and his eyes conveyed his disgust for his son’s failures and his frustration with him. Rose Kennedy was not included in the cast, which I found puzzling as in an early scene Ted is told to call his mother. She certainly was alive at that time.

The filmmakers did a terrific job of setting up the suspense leading up to the drowning. Even though you knew it was going to happen, you were caught up in it. They laid out the story in all its gruesomeness from the Friday night it happened, to the funeral of Mary Joe to the contrived statement Kennedy went on TV to make.

The team of lawyers old Joe assembled for his son, included Bob Macnamara and historian Ted Sorensen among others. They played out the event against the backdrop of the landing on the moon and used it to help deflect the incident. The sleaze oozes from the screen.

This is a movie every American should see. How this man went on to be the fourth longest serving Senator and even made another attempt at a presidential run, shows how manipulated Americans have been by politicians and the media.

Ted Kennedy went on to continue his bad actions with women, ruining his marriage to Joan who ended up a homeless alcoholic. He used women as waitress sandwiches with Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd. He used his family’s tragedies to get a pass on all this.

When he died, Ted Kennedy was lauded as if he was something noble. This movie shows that image to be as phony as his pathetic excuses.

Go see it.

Kudlow Battles on Tariffs

The worry about tariffs on China is way overblown. We have to decide if we want to allow China to continue assaulting us or whether we stand up for our own nation’s workers and technology.

Newly appointed National Council Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow did a very good job explaining. The only problem is the ridiculous media. This ten minute segment is very enlightening. The Bloomberg anchor is completely obnoxious.

Hannity Targets ‘Perv’ Kimmel

Hannity unloaded on Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter.

“This is ABC’s @jimmykimmel aka Harvey Weinstein Jr. Asking 18 year old girls to grab his crotch and “put their mouth on it”. Jimmy that’s you being a pervert asshole. How would you feel if that was your daughter? I bet @Disney is so proud.”

And, “Also @jimmykimmel attacking @MELANIATRUMP while reading a book to kids? What happened to “Mr Morality”? Attacking a woman who is helping children? This is @Disney? #pervertkimmel”

The first tweet refers to this, which Kimmel thinks passes for funny:

The second tweet refers to this:

In both cases Kimmel’s “humor” is of the lowest kind. There is nothing clever about making fun of someone or doing penis jokes. The days of Johnny Carson’s repartee and self mocking humor are long gone.

Holder on Warpath on MLK Day

If you missed this from Chris Herrington in the CA, it’s enlightening to those of us on the Republican side.

The reporter really makes no attempt at impartiality. It also shows how the Democrats think and what they’re willing to do to win in November.

A few minutes before former Attorney General Eric Holder’s keynote address at the MLK50 symposium at the Peabody yesterday, I ran into someone who had been in the morning sessions, on criminal justice and voting rights. They had apparently gotten pretty tough on the current inhabitant of Holder’s old office, Jefferson Sessions.

“It was like visiting a country that existed a year and a half ago,” he joked, before adding. “I’d still like to be in that country.”

You got the sense that most luncheon attendees, nibbling plates of chicken and listening to a series of speeches, might agree. It felt like the meeting of a government in exile. (Several attendees had apparently come straight from Nashville, where former Vice President Al Gore had hosted a 70th birthday party.)

Holder was introduced by recently elected Alabama Senator Doug Jones. When Jones, as a federal prosecutor, convicted two men responsible for the Birmingham church bombing, he worked with Holder, then a deputy under Janet Reno in the Clinton-era Justice Department.

But before Jones paid tribute to Holder, he introduced a couple of other dignitaries in the crowd, “What I hope are a couple of future colleagues [in the Senate], Mike Espy and Phil Bredesen.”

Jones was elected in a high-profile race last December, becoming the first Democrat to serve Alabama in the senate since Howell Heflin, more than two decades ago.

Espy, a former Mississippi congressman and U.S. Agriculture Secretary, is an announced candidate for retiring Senator Thad Cochran’s seat, which will be decided by a special election in November. Espy would seek to follow Jones in becoming his state’s first Democratic senator since John C. Stennis in 1989. (He would be the first black Mississippi senator since Reconstruction.)

Bredesen, a former two-term Tennessee governor, is seeking retiring Senator Bob Corker’s seat this fall. If successful, he would be the first Tennessean on the Democratic side of the senate chamber since Jim Sasser in 1995.

Bredesen’s likely race against Rep. Marsha Blackburn could find itself in the national spotlight. Bredesen is a quiet but substantial figure from the moderate wing of his party. Blackburn is a political firestarter from the opposite end of hers.

Bredesen has been running stolid television ads signalling that he’s not an inherently oppositional figure to the current president. The subtext of his campaign so far: “I’m here to govern; she’s here to get on the talk shows.” Will it work? Time will tell.

Did Doug Jones start something? Time will tell.

If 1968 looms over this week in Memphis, 2018 loomed over Peabody’s Grand Ballroom yesterday. And so did 2020.

Holder, the highest-ranking African-American law enforcement official in the country’s history, took the stage only a couple of hours after the announcement that former Vice President Joe Biden would be making a Memphis tour stop this summer. Biden clearly wants to run. Holder is a subject of 2020 speculation as well, for either top or bottom of his party’s ticket.

Holder cited the “three evils” King focused on near the end of his life: Racism, poverty, and war. But he also provided a litany of more specific issues where he senses the country going backwards, not from 1968, but from 2016: Voting rights, ballot box access, criminal justice, “empowering white supremacists.”

“The age of bullies and bigots is not yet behind us,” Holder said, also referencing the activism of “young people who feel lost in their own country.”

Holder, as he has in his own civilian life over the past year-and-a-half, honed in (sic) on voting rights as “the chief civil rights issue of our time,” with “spurious claims of voter fraud” and gerrymandering preserving a “status quo where politicians are picking their voters.”

Holder came closest to implicating He Who Shall Not Be Named in his biggest applause line, warning against yearning for “a past that was comforting to too few and unjust for too many. That’s not how we make America great.”

Some, I suppose, might find it untoward that contemporary politics would hang so heavy in the air at an event ostensibly about commemorating the death and life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I found it unavoidable. (For starters, the room was full of politicians.)

King, of course, was not a traditional political actor. He was a moral leader who addressed politics as a necessity and challenged leaders of both (or all) political parties at a time when there was a some level of bipartisan consensus on the wrong side of history.

Political leaders needed to bend to his movement, not he to their needs. Those that did most profoundly (Kennedy, Johnson) provoked a political realignment, and we’re still living in the aftermath, though one that seems to be growing less geographically precise.

Holder, Jones noted without commentary, had first been nominated for a judgeship by Ronald Reagan. Even those were different times.

Yeah, well St. Ronald didn’t always hit the mark as we know from his immigration cave.

I find it incredible that someone of as low an ethical character as Holder is allowed to prance around and be respected, much less considered presidential material.

The three evils King cited that Holder mentioned like racism will never be allowed to end under the Democrat party. Poverty in the black community has taken a knock from the good jobs situation Trump has provided. Dems don’t like that. As for war, they turn their efforts towards a civil one which they would greatly like to start given their incendiary rhetoric.

Let’s see if Doug Jones gets re-elected. I doubt it. Let’s see if Bredesen gets elected. I doubt that, too. I don’t think the diehard Democrats will like that he’s straddling their leftism with a Trump outreach. Conservatives won’t be taken in by his deception. He’ll vote with Chuck Schumer readily the first day he enters the Senate.

Governor Booed

At least according to one eager to report Nextdoor person, Governor Haslam was booed at yesterday’s MLK event.

Here’s the report: “Did anybody else notice, but when our Governor got up to speak at the MLK celebration, he got booed, loudly and for about 5 minutes. He looked really upset. Guessing he got what was long overdue. IMO….He’d only show up to Mphs (in the past, to now), and talk to the power people, then zip back to Trashville. Thank you to those whom spoke up….imo”

Aside from the atrocious punctuation and grammer issues, this person was delighted that our Republican governor was treated poorly.

The reactions were varied:

“What happened to honoring MLK???

“He didn’t even have to come! Had I been him, I would have honored MLK and the rude crowd by walking off the stage with a one finger salute to the crowd! And before anyone responds… I’m not a racist! I’m just tired of the disrespect so many people give towards others these days!”

“So you mean thank you for making Memphis look like a bunch of jerks?”

“Actually, I was thanking (X) for recognizing that the important issue was to honor Dr. King and not make it a political forum by booing the Governor.”

I guess Strickland had to invite our governor, but I wonder if he invited any other Republicans.

Then, again, Haslam went out of his way to accommodate the removal of Confederate statues. If Haslam thought this would endear him to any in the black community, I guess he got his answer yesterday.

Mayor Quotes Holder

Our mayor never misses an opportunity to ingratiate himself with black voters, even if he has to reference one of the most corrupt Obama administration officials.

For example, he posted this on Facebook:

I agree with what former Attorney General Eric Holder said here this week: Memphis is unique in that we celebrate our progress but are also frank about our challenges and tackle them.

That’s what gives me optimism about our future.

However, it was interesting to read the responses. They weren’t all positive about his praise for Holder. Here’s a sample:

“It’s like my ole grandad use to tell me..”Son, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s _ _ t.”.
“Why did we invite that crook to Memphis?? An embarrassment!!”
“Eric Holder is a criminal. Memphis is is totally lost now under this Mayor! I’m moving to a conservative smaller town that follows laws and doesn’t idolize criminals or their behaviors.”
“What do you expect? Strickland is above the law too.”
“Doesn’t get anymore corrupt than Eric Holder.”

Only one approved: “Proud of you, Mayor! Love my City, too! So excited for our future.”

Holder, if you’ll recall, was the man in the DOJ who approved of President Clinton’s pardon of the criminal Marc Rich, whose wife just happened to be a Clinton donor. Clinton and Holder were vilified for this vile action, even by the liberal press.

But as often happens, the event just got ignored and Obama made him Attorney General. Many of us view him as a completely corrupt AG who did Obama’s bidding, even when it was dubious. Fast and Furious and the IRS coming after Tea Party groups to silence them are just two that spring to mind.

Mayor Slickman doesn’t care about that. He’s using today as a springboard to cement the black vote for his reelection.

Will it work? Not if a black Democrat decides to run. Much of the white vote has left him, too. I know I will not vote for him and many echo this sentiment.

Cohen: Trump Is Fake News

Our Congressional representative, little Stevie Cohen, doesn’t think President Trump is being truthful.

I know. Someone who never tells the truth thinks he understands it. Anyway, this particular topic is DACA and the wall.

The Washington Examiner explains:

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., doesn’t think President Trump was being sincere when he seemingly killed a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Sunday.

Cohen said on MSNBC he feels Trump was just doing whatever he needs to do to shock Democrats in the negotiations over DACA, a program that allows illegal immigrants brought to the country as children to stay in the U.S. without being deported.

“He keeps saying things over and over again. There’s no truth to what he says. This is a ploy,” Cohen said.

“He’ll say anything he can say at the moment that he thinks will get him his wall. Last week he said Democrats didn’t want to help the kids. He loves the dreamers and want to have DACA, but the Democrats are stopping him. He’s doing all he can. It’s all about the wall and the wall is all about him. Remember, the Mexicans were going to pay for the wall. It’s all just a farce.”

Trump tweeted earlier Sunday that he wants Republicans to “go nuclear” — or end the legislative filibuster — in order to pass tougher immigration laws.

“Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump tweeted.

The Dems will stoop as low as they can to get an electorate. They consistently put lawbreakers in front of hard working Americans. Even after the 2016 shellacking they think this is wise.

The only problem here is the UniParty people and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both groups like the cheap labor these invaders bring. We can’t count on Mitch McConnell and Co. to do the right thing for us.

Fortunately, I believe Trump is willing to stand up for us deplorables. He usually wins, too.

Why Shulkin Had to Go

Don’t be one of those Republicans who fear that there is chaos in the White House because people get fired.

If you like accountability, firing is a good thing.

For instance, the latest victim, VA secretary David Shulkin.

Fixing the VA was one of Trump’s big campaign promises. But under Shulkin, not much has been moving.

Trump had suggested vets should be able to go to any hospital they like for the quickest, best care. Evidently Shulkin didn’t agree.

Politico says,

From a policy perspective, the fight centered around two versions of a bill to give veterans greater access to private health care. A bill championed by Sen. Jerry Moran and supported by the Koch-backed group would allow veterans to choose care as they please outside of the VA system, which critics say amounts to privatizing the VA system while taxpayers foot the bill.

Shulkin, with the support of veterans groups like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, supported a bipartisan bill that gave VA physicians the ultimate control over when veterans could go out of the system. Neither bill was included in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus budget, and by late March, senators were still negotiating over them.

Shulkin repeatedly said he would never oversee the privatization of the VA, the only large government-run health care system in the United States. Veterans groups and some Democrats on House and Senate veterans committees, viewed the attacks on Shulkin as an effort to remove barriers to privatization.

Lobbyists, anyone?

Shulkin had a related problem. He liked freebies. That contributed to his getting canned as well.

But his tenure took a sour turn on Feb. 14 when the VA inspector-general reported that Shulkin and his wife had improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets and used staff to arrange site-seeing visits during a business trip to Denmark and England last summer.

Although Shulkin repaid the money in question, foes in the White House and the VA, loosely allied with the Koch brothers-funded Concerned Veterans of America, used the opportunity to press for his removal.

Shulkin responded in a series of interviews with POLITICO and other news outlets that there was “subversion” against him and his mission.

There’s always someone else to blame, isn’t there?

Except when you’re in the Oval, as President Truman understood. The buck stops there. Or it should.