URLs du Jour

2017-01-23

Vanity plate seen on an approaching car at Walmart yesterday: "IDNTW8". Made sure to yield the right of way to him.

  • The Trump Administration continues to hand rhetorical ammunition to its enemies. Take it away, Patterico:

    [On Meet the Press,] Chuck Todd asked Trump spokespiehole Kellyanne Conway about Sean Spicer’s pack of falsehoods in yesterday’s press conference on the trivial (but important to Trump’s ego) issue of crowd size at the inauguration. Conway did her usual shtick of aggressive deflection combined with aggressive horseshit, but one moment stood out: Conway’s statement that Spicer was simply offering “alternative facts” […]

    "Spokespiehole". Heh. You may see me steal that. The twitmemes came thick and fast:

    Not that stone-casting Chuck Todd was entirely without sin. Ann Althouse entertainingly scores the exchange as a nine-round bout. Bottom line:

    Final score: 4 to 4. It's a draw. Nice going, you crazy kids.

    Losers in a fight between a hopelessly biased MSM and a thin-skinned ego-driven Administration: everyone else.

  • At PJ Media, Charlie Martin has a modest demand: "Stop Making Me Defend Trump!" Because he's not a fan. But:

    But seriously people, the degree of utter nincompoopery in the last days has just gotten completely out of control. It was bad enough with the moron who thought it was a good idea to harass Ivanka Trump, her three kids, and her husband on an airplane, and the nincompoops who defended the moron; then we got Kevin Williamson, who rightly suggested this was unmannerly—but really spoiled the effect by adding "Uday and Qusay" to the Trump family. (Pro tip, Kev—adding two psychopathic mass-murdering rapists to the Trump family really plays hell with your paean to manners.)

    Yes, a rare misstep for KDW.

  • But the general point remains. For all the Trump-side prevaricating buffoonery, the anti-Trump side seems dominated by shrieking left-wing crazies and thugs. Mickey Kaus notes the fearful Reductio ad Hitlerum articles and memes sprouting like kudzu.

    Of course, you don’t need these examples if you have Democratic Facebook friends.  Just read their posts — alarms about journalists jailed and killed, brownshirts, ethnic cleansing, pervasive surveillance, people living in fear, exterminationist violence, the whole nein yards. They’re scared.

    Speaking as someone with Democratic Facebook friends: this is so, so true. Another data point provided by MSNBC fembot, Rachel Maddow, asked what "first question" she would hypothetically pose to then-PETOUS Trump.

    “Are you going to send me or anybody I know to a camp?” she said she’d ask the Republican.

    [Obvious response: "Of course not, Rachel. Who do I look like, Franklin Delano Roosevelt?"]

  • But (true enough) it's not as if the ongoing verification of Godwin's Law started this year. Last November, Larry Elder sifted through enough history to conclude: "Comparing Republicans to Nazis has long been a national pastime of the Democratic Party." A memorable example from (I think) 2005:

    Former Vice President Al Gore said: "(George W. Bush's) executive branch has made it a practice to try and control and intimidate news organizations, from PBS to CBS to Newsweek. ... And every day, they unleash squadrons of digital brown shirts to harass and hector any journalist who is critical of the President."

    Ah, digital brownshirts. Al Gore called me that. Good times.

    So, yes, Charlie Martin, I'm with you.

  • Speaking of crazies and thugs: Ashley Judd sucked enough air out of the room so that relatively little notice was given to one of the other featured speakers at Saturday's "Women's March". Angela Davis. Who the MSM blandly termed an "activist". David Horowitz provides a non-whitewashed bio of her bloodstained career. A high point:

    In 1970 Davis was implicated by more than 20 witnesses in a plot to free her imprisoned lover, fellow Black Panther George Jackson, by hijacking a Marin County, California courtroom and taking hostage the judge, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors. In an ensuing gun battle outside the court building, Judge Harold Haley’s head was blown off by a sawed-off shotgun owned by Ms. Davis. To avoid arrest for her alleged complicity in the plot, Ms. Davis fled California, using aliases and changing her appearance to avoid detection.

    So (a) the march organizers were hard-left enough to be just fine having Davis as one of the faces of their movement; (b) they didn't think this would detract from the march's respectability in the eyes of the nation; and (c) it seems they were correct about that, because the :watchdog" MSM totally bought it. I guess I find this disturbing.