Typically, my posts are single-topic, but lately I have so many topics backlogging my pending list that I thought I would try to wipe out a few shorter ones in one post. Rather an aggregation of mini-posts, if you will. I have done this once or twice before, but it’s been a while.
Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, just happens to own the New York Observer, a weekly newspaper published in, where else, New York City. We have heard much about conflict of interest surrounding da trumpeter of late, but this has rarely been mentioned. Recently the paper has been described as the “propaganda arm of the Trump administration”. Along with Breitbart, I would say that sounds about right. Anyway, what put the Observer on my radar this week is an Op-Ed piece, written by political columnist Austin Bay. The piece, titled Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate Violent Democratic Tantrums, calls for the FBI to investigate anti-Trump protesters. Further, he suggests that said investigation should include determining whether protesters have ties to any organizations that are calling for a vote recount. Does anybody see a potential for violations of First Amendment rights here?
“The hard left’s violent reaction to Donald Trump’s election is vile and dangerous. They have two goals: intimidating people and sustaining the mainstream media lie that Donald Trump is dangerous … mainstream media outlets have coddled and excused the demonstrators the same way they coddle and excuse violence by Black Lives Matter.”
He continues in a mumbo-jumbo manner, much like da trumpeter himself, talking about investigating specific people, including one man who was captured in a video drinking a glass of wine at a protest … nothing more … just drinking a glass of wine. But Bay calls for an investigation into this man who, he claims, is a democrat. He also calls for an FBI investigation into George Soros, makes nasty, Trump-like remarks about Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton, denigrating Stein for her efforts to obtain a recount in certain states.
You can read Bay’s full article here if you feel so inclined. Kusher may want to be careful … Trump has proven that he can fall into a pile of stinky stuff and come out smelling like a rose, but Kushner and his publication might well be the ones to pay the price for being the mouthpiece of da trumpeter.
Dr. Kevin Campbell, in a Fox News interview, responded to an article in the Wall Street Journal that researchers identified “rising death rates in white, middle aged Americans driven largely by increases in death from suicide, drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, and chronic liver disease.” Campbell’s response?
“I think there’s been a lot of hopelessness in this country,” Campbell explained. “And the opioid addiction problem has been huge. That’s been a huge cause of death. We have to give our kids hope again, and I’m hoping with the new administration we can do that. Make people feel good about what’s going on, support our children, support our seniors, make sure everyone feels like they got a fighting chance.”
I was incredulous … I had to read it many times before I could be sure I had read it correctly the first time. Then, of course, I had to research this quacko to see what qualifies him to make such a ridiculous statement. Turns out that he is a cardiologist in North Carolina, and apart from frequent appearances on Fox News and his above statements, seems to be a dedicated, sane, well-established doctor. Perhaps he just had a brain fart.
I would inform him, however, that the reality is Trump has been the cause of the increase in death from suicide, drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, and chronic liver disease. I have never wanted a nightly glass of wine as much as in the past year, and where I used to smoke only a single pack a day, I now smoke three! John Draper, the Director of New York’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, said that various suicide prevention hotlines were flooded with phone calls on election night following Trump’s victory. “As the evening wore on, we saw a doubling of calls. We had about a 140 percent increase over normal number of calls. At 1 AM alone, 166 people called in, which is something we haven’t typically seen.” I know 1:00 a.m. was about the time I went and grabbed a bottle of Sam Adams out of the fridge that night!
I have not watched Saturday Night Live (SNL) for decades, but perhaps I need to start watching it again! Apparently Alec Baldwin periodically joins the cast playing the role of Donald Trump. Last Saturday night, he returned once again and mocked Trump’s Twitter habits. The clip is pretty funny, so here is a link to the clip in case you missed it and wish you hadn’t. Anyway, 45 minutes after the skit was done, Trumple-thin-skin took umbrage and tweeted the following:
“Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad” Remember that this is the man who had no problem mocking a disabled journalist back on the campaign trail. Double standard!
Baldwin’s response was great: “Release your tax returns and I’ll stop. Ha”
Lastly, I have been on a tear about faux news and its frequently disruptive, destructive outcomes of late. I think this meme that I saw earlier today says it all. I am typically not a huge fan of memes, other than the cute ones showing puppies and other cute animals, but this one really hits the nail on the head.
And that’s it for tonight, folks. I will be back later with more. I am currently working on a tribute to the late John Glenn that I hope to have ready soon.