Democrats are preparing to take over the House, and Americans should be thanking their lucky stars that Republicans still control the Senate, because they’re going to have a job that’s the equivalent of a driving instructor who has an extra brake pedal that he can press when the hysterical teenager at the wheel is about to crash the car.
Judging by what the new House majority members are promising, America is in for two years of (A.) endless, expensive, partisan investigations of President Trump and everyone who ever met him; and (B.) massive government-expanding, budget-busting programs created by people who love socialism even if they can’t define what it is. And of course, (C.) no funding for a border security wall, because that would cost too much.
At the link are some of the grand ideas they have for their “Green New Deal,” so called because it would require spending more greenbacks than there are on Earth.
Sorry, Republican voters, it’s too early to start lining up to vote them out in 2020. Wait at least until next January.
Liberal Priorities in a Nutshell: While the government remains in a partial shutdown due to Congressional Democrats’ refusal to fund a border wall, claiming it’s not a proper use of taxpayer money, the NIH has spent nearly $1.8 million so far on a virtual reality game to help young gay men practice telling their sex partners that they’re HIV positive.
Politics are Relative Dept: A couple of major political figures are discovering the truth of Harry Truman’s advice that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog – because you can’t always depend on the support even of your own relatives.
For instance, Mitt Romney’s op-ed attacking President Trump’s character before he even takes office as a Senator sparked negative responses from many Republicans, including his own niece, GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel:
Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi’s adult daughter, Alexandria Pelosi, gave an interview to CNN in which she warned young leftwing firebrands who would dare challenge Pelosi that her mom will “cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding. That’s all you need to know about her.”
And here’s the even scarier part: if you look at the full CNN interview, I think she meant that as a compliment! Rep. Pelosi might want to make sure that CNN never interviews her dog.
Up until now, Rep. Hank Johnson’s most notorious public comments came when he voiced concerns that sending too many troops to the island of Guam might make it tip over. But now, he’s outdone even that jawdropper by making a speech - in church! -- in which he compared President Trump to Adolph Hitler. For example, he said both were charismatic public speakers, received hard-to-track donations from wealthy industrialists and stirred up their supporters at raucous rallies.
So did Barack Obama. And his point is…?
This hysterical kneejerk inclination on the left to constantly compare anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders to Hitler is incredibly offensive to anyone who understands the true horror of the Holocaust. Have any of these people who fling around the "Nazi" and "Hitler" cards ever visited the Nazi death camps? I have. Once you've been there, you can never invoke that comparison so cavalierly again.
Trump has not put his political opponents into concentration camps or attempted to commit genocide against an entire ethnic group. He’s not only possibly the strongest defender of Israel ever in the White House, but his own daughter and grandchildren are Jewish. These bogus Hitler comparisons are as specious as they are lazy, stupid and offensive. They tarnish the reputations of their targets less than those of the people who mindlessly fling them.
News flash: the only thing Trump and Hitler have in common is that neither one of them ever believed that Guam floats.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which makes its living by branding organizations as “hate groups” (and often slandering Christian and conservative groups on vague and partisan grounds) is facing a new lawsuit. The plaintiff is seeking $6.5 million in damages for the SPLC’s alleged defamation and attempts to deny the right to free expression, as well as alleged racketeering through violating laws and legal codes of conduct by receiving and paying for stolen documents in violation of confidentiality agreements. Because of that, he is demanding that the SPLC’s tax-exempt status be revoked. This could get very interesting. Read more about it at the link.
After a number of Women’s March chapters severed their ties to the national organization due to the revelation of the blatant anti-Semitism of its leaders, both the California and New Orleans branches have canceled plans for their annual marches on January 23rd. The New Orleans chapter blamed it on a severe drop-off in participation and funding after the revelations about the national leaders and their refusal to step down.
Meanwhile, the California branch of the Woman’s March offered a uniquely California liberal excuse for its march cancellation: there are too many white people in their own group. It’s a wonderful example of how the growing intolerance of the fanatical PC left is causing it to devour itself until its own organizations implode.
To be honest, the original Women’s March never did make it clear why they were marching, other than they didn’t like the results of the 2016 election. So…were they protesting democracy? To listen to its organizers, “Trump’s America” instantly turned into a place where women’s rights were being repealed and “The Handmaid’s Tale” was now reality. But here in real reality, Trump has appointed more women to important White House jobs than any President in history, women are earning more money and more college degrees than ever, women are gaining more power and toppling powerful men in many industries, and “The Handmaid’s Tale” remains nothing more than an overpraised TV series.
The only people in America who are telling women that they aren’t allowed to express their opinions are PC leftists who relentlessly attack and silence Republican and pro-life women -- and any women who complain about transgender men who “identify” as women usurping women’s rights.
Here’s a modest proposal: the California Women’s March should go ahead and hold its January march. Just make it a protest of their own group’s racism and anti-Semitism. At least then, they’d have an actual reason for marching.
Funniest Tweet of the Day, courtesy of the Lexington, Kentucky, police department.
From “Huckabee” writer and our resident pop culture guru, Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook )...
As the showbiz history buff around here, the unhappy task has fallen to me to report the passing of various celebrities. This is a particularly sad duty today because three well-loved entertainers from three different fields have left us at once. Since their obituaries are in most mainstream news outlets, I’ll try to share a little trivia about each that you might not read elsewhere.
Likely the most famous is keyboardist Daryl Dragon, better known as “The Captain” from the ‘70s duo, the Captain and Tenneille. He died on New Year’s Day in Prescott, Arizona, of renal failure at 76. You might remember their cheesy/fun variety show (where Toni Tenneille carried most of the sketches because Daryl was shy and uncomfortable on camera). If not, then you’ve definitely heard their many hits, such as “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “The Way I Want to Touch You,” “Do That To Me One More Time,” “Shop Around” and “Muskrat Love,” famously parodied by Dr. Demento favorite Big Daddy as “Hamster Love.”
Dragon got his nickname from his habit of wearing a captain’s cap, but do you know who gave it to him? Mike Love of the Beach Boys. In his pre-fame days, Dragon toured as that band’s keyboard player.
Sadly, the Captain and Tenneille’s marriage didn’t last as long as their songs. They were divorced in 2014 after 39 years of marriage. Toni scored a successful solo career as a singer of standards. But love did keep them together: Toni’s spokesperson said they stayed in constant contact and were dear friends to the end. She was by his side when he passed away.
For a shot of instant ‘70s nostalgia, here’s the video of their breakthrough hit, “Love Will Keep Us Together.” If you think it’s just a silly love song, note that it won the Grammy for Record of the Year, and compared to this year’s nominees, it’s Beethoven’s Ninth.
Taking a big turn to a totally different field, pro wrestling announcer/interviewer and WWE Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund has passed away at 76 in Sarasota, Florida. Okerlund was beloved by wrestling fans as the ringmaster at the center of the mayhem, occasionally committing wild or inappropriate “bloopers” that seemed suspiciously scripted. Some things you might not know about him:
Jesse Ventura gave him his “Mean Gene” nickname. He survived two kidney transplants. During his high school days in South Dakota, he had a band called Gene Carroll and the Shades that played all around the area, released a couple of singles and was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame in 2009. And in 1985, the WWE released an LP, “The Wrestling Album,” on which Okerlund sang a pretty great rendition of “Tutti Frutti” that you can hear at this link:
Finally, from my world of comedy writing, I’m very sorry to have to report the passing of deadpan comic Bob Einstein, one of the few people who scored Emmy nominations as a writer, performer and producer. He died at 76 shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia. His long comedy career began in the ‘60s on the “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” as a writer and as the cop, “Officer Judy.” His most famous role was as the catastrophe-prone daredevil, Super Dave Osborn. Most recently, he was Larry David’s prickly neighbor Marty Funkhouser on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He also had a hand in creating a number of shows over the years for stars such as Carol Burnett, Dick Van Dyke, John Byner and Sonny & Cher.
Einstein came from a comedy dynasty. His younger brother is Albert Brooks (that’s right, his real name is Albert Einstein. You can see why he changed it for a career in comedy.) Their dad, Harry Einstein, was a popular dialect comedian on radio who played the Greek character Nick Parkyakarkus on Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson’s shows and later, on his own show and in a number of movies.
If only Bob Einstein had been as indestructible as Super Dave. Here’s a compilation of some of Super Dave’s most hilarious stunt disasters.