News of the Weird and More…

As if politics and ‘weird’ aren’t almost synonymous anyway, we bring you this…along with Hillary’s latest comments on patriotism and more quick takes…

News of the Weird

And finally this, which many people may have already suspected about members of Congress… Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera announced she will be a candidate for Congress to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  And she does have experience that sets her apart from other candidates for the seat in Congress.   Continue reading “News of the Weird and More…”

Hypocrisy in the NFL, Racism Among Athletes and More Apologies for Hillary–Weekend Quick Takes

The hypocrisy of NFL player protestors and racism among professional athletes.  This and other quick takes as we review last week and the weekend…

Hypocrisy Among NFL Player ‘Protesters’

Vice President Mike Pence was at the Colts game today in his home state of Indiana. When a number of players protested the national anthem, the Vice President left the game.

San Francisco player and safety Eric Reid called the Vice President’s departure part of ‘systematic oppression’.

And apparently, he can’t see the blatant hypocrisy of his arguing “I have a right to voice my opinion” and then saying someone expressing their opinion is oppressive….why? Because it disagrees with his, or course.

How typical in many ways: more hypocrisy from the intolerant crowd who say what they are advocating for is more tolerance.

Racism Among Athletes

As black athletes in the NFL say they are protesting oppression, former black NBA player Kenyon Martin decided to make a few racist remarks of his own.

Jeremy Lin, a current NBA player of Asian descent, is wearing his hair in dreadlocks these days.  Martin, who co-authors a sports blog, posted on his social media account  about Lin’s ‘cultural appropriation’ of black culture.  He then said “Do I need to remind this damn boy his last name is Lin?….alright bro, we get it.  You wanna be black.”

So do you think Colin Kaepernick of anyone will speak out against Martin?  Of course, that’s a rhetorical question.

Ginsberg Goes Over the Line

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg commented last week on the last Presidential election, saying that in her view that ‘no doubt’ it was sexism that kept Hillary Clinton from being elected President.

First, Madame Justice, it’s very inappropriate for members of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to be overtly political.  SCOTUS members should rule on the law, and should stay out of politics so as to not be seen as political, but as judicial in their application of the cases before them.

Secondly, Madame Justice, it could just as easily be that Hillary Clinton’s numerous ethical lapses from the very beginning of her time in government jobs in the 1970’s, her circumventing legal ramifications of her actions that would have thrown others in jail, her total lack of any significant achievement at all while Secretary of State and her mishandling of classified material and her repeated lies about doing so which resulted in at least one death of a US intelligence asset….that maybe THOSE things are why she lost the election.  Maybe, just maybe THOSE are the reasons that she lost and that the American electorate preferred even the most unpopular candidate in US Presidential polling history to her.

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Midweek Quick Takes

After a short break during the lead up and aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Thinking Man is back with this edition of midweek quick takes.   Thoughts and prayers continue to be with those suffering from the impacts of recent natural disasters, whether in Texas, Florida, from the earthquake in Mexico or in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean where the impacts of two hurricanes in two weeks have devastated the area.

Manning the Traitor Back in the News…With Harvard Honors

So what is the fascination that the far left, especially academics, have with anti-Americanism and with glorifying hate for this country?

Harvard University awarded a visiting fellowship at its Kennedy School of Government to Chelsea Manning.  You remember Manning:  the former US Army Private convicted of espionage and other felonies for stealing hundreds of thousands of highly classified documents.  Then while serving time in prison, got the US taxpayer to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a sex change so that Bradley Manning could change to Chelsea Manning.

In Manning’s young life, there have been no accomplishments of academic note other than headlines for espionage.  Manning has no college degree, much less any real world experience worthy of imparting to young minds entering Harvard.  So why would Harvard honor someone who has accomplished nothing but being a traitor?!   Harvard never answered that question but they later did rescind their offer to Manning.

Working Hard to Be Offended

We have become a society that works hard to be offended.  In the latest effort to be offended by everything, one Texas woman has found a plant decoration offensive and went to social media to tell everyone.

Daniell Rider posted a picture of the below, a stalk of cotton in vase, to show why she was outraged.  “A commodity which was gained at the expense of American-American slaves,” she wrote before telling the retailer (Hobby Lobby) that they should take it down.

Being a principled woman, presumably Rider does not sleep on cotton sheets, wear cotton clothes nor have cotton balls anywhere in her home because….that would be racist, right?

Russia and Elections

USA Today reported a study which identified 27 different countries where Russia actively interfered in the local elections over the last decade or so.

According to the study, Russia regularly interferes in the election process of other countries in an effort to further its foreign policy goals. And this is not something new, either. The Soviet Union actually gave money to the opponents of FDR when he was running in the 1930’s and ‘40’s.

So, as Thinking Man observed in a piece “The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking” on Jan. 18, there should be no question or surprise that Russia meddled in the US elections.  It’s done so before, it will again and that is one of the reasons that Russia is an enemy—Russia opposes many of the things we prize and hold most dear, elections that reflect the will of the people being one of them.  But to say that Russia interfered because they were so afraid of Hillary that they wanted to help defeat her has a very long way to go to be proven.  The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking” going back to Jan. 18 , of course Russia tried to meddle in the US elections. And it has done so before and will do so again and that is one of the reasons they are an enemy, and oppose much of what we in the US hold dear. But to say that Russia interfered because they were so afraid of Hillary that they wanted to help defeat her is something that has a long way to go to be proved.The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking” going back to Jan. 18 , of course Russia tried to meddle in the US elections. And it has done so before and will do so again and that is one of the reasons they are an enemy, and oppose much of what we in the US hold dear. But to say that Russia interfered because they were so afraid of Hillary that they wanted to help defeat her, is something that has a long way to go to be proved.

Media Quicktakes

There are lots of items recently in the news…about the news media.  Thinking Man’s take on some of the crazier ones…

ESPN, Reuters and the Media

Earlier this week, the geniuses who make up the management at sports giant ESPN decided to reassign a reporter who was part of the team that was going to cover the Univ. of Virginia football game.  Why?  Because his name was Robert Lee, the same first and last name as the Confederate general.

The Asian-American reporter was reassigned for no other reason other than he had the same name as someone else.

Apparently in an effort to show that incompetence in the media is not limited any particular company or network, Reuters reported on the incident on its social media accounts, saying that the reporter was reassigned because he was named after the Confederate general.  Then when they found out that was wrong, they said it was because he looked like the historical Robert E. Lee.   Finally, after a couple of tries at guessing, someone must have actually checked the facts—bizarre and crazy as they were—and found the real reason.

 

Meet the Press

On last week’s edition of the NBC’s Sunday news show Meet The Press, one of the guests was from ANTIFA, and advocated on that show, using violence against political opponents that he disagreed with, in this case the rally organizers in Charlottesville.

So this guest said that the violence there was wrong, but that his violence would be not only be ok but is needed to stop the other violence.   Huh?

And NBC gave this person a free voice, airing his call to violence against other US citizens.  Imagine if the guest had been from the other end of the political spectrum.

Violence against your political opponents is wrong, Period.  And NBC is disgustingly shameful for airing a call to violence from anyone.

 

PBS, NPR and the Media

In a recent on-air fundraising appeal, Public Broadcast stations took the normal break between its shows to appeal for funds.  Part of the appeal from the on-air personality went, “We are trying to build bridges, not build walls.”

Forget what you think about the issue of immigration and the President.  Here is a station that survives only because the government (meaning, we the taxpayers) pay to keep it afloat every year.   As such, it should not be political and using taxpayer funds for political purposes.   Period.

And they wonder why there are attempts to cut their funding every year.  Look in the mirror.

Mid-Week Quick Takes

Items in the news this week:

Sanctuary Cities

Mayor of Chicago and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says that his city will sue the federal government for cutting off federal tax dollars because it is a sanctuary city and refuses to cooperate with federal law enforcement.

As is typical of those who run sanctuary cities, Emanuel thinks that he and his city are entitled to money from taxpayers, no matter what those taxpayers think and no matter what the law.  Because he knows better and you should give him money….well, just because he says you should.

Obamacare News

Anthem, the second largest insurer in the country has announced it’s pulling out of another Obamacare exchange.  Anthem announced this week that it will be pulling out of Nevada, in addition to a number of other markets where it has already stopped offering insurance.

There is no doubt left to anyone that Obamacare is dying.  As predicted when it passed, sky-rocketing costs, along with huge increases in premiums and other key failings have doomed it to either a massive infusion of money-in the trillions of dollars-to save it or a slow death that will have cost hundreds of billions of dollars with no effect on healthcare costs.

While that dies, the Republicans offer no alternative after seven years of saying that will give us something better.

More Hypocrisy from Liberals in Hollywood

Actress Lena Dunham shared that she had complained to American Airlines after she had heard two employees, in a private conversation in the terminal, say things that offended her and she felt were transgender-phobic (is that even a word?)

So, she feels that people cannot express their personal opinion and their jobs should be in danger if they do.  Interesting.  What would be more interesting would be her opinion on a person expressing his personal opinion while at work and in uniform if, say, that person were an NFL quarterback named Colin Kaepernick?