ROGER SIMON – Mueller’s civil war; HANSON – Divided?; WILLIAMSON – Violent Left.
VIRGINIA SHOOTING: AP – Scalise condition; RODRIGUEZ & CLARK – Record crowd; DRUDGE LINKS 6-15-17.
LEADS: CHAVEZ – Putin offers Comey asylum; WSJ – ACA secret history; WASHINGTON TIMES – Shooting Republicans; STOLTZFOOS – Palin apology; BARRETT – DJT investigated; MARK LEVIN 6-15-17.
PA: SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
RECOMMENDED: WALTER E WILLIAMS – Rewriting history; JEFFREY LORD – Bill Maher’s free speech; Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.
“What we are witnessing is a cross between “Animal Farm” and Ugo Betti’s “Corruption in the Palace of Justice” as produced by Jeff Bezos. It also resembles the techniques employed during Stalin’s show trials when “information” was leaked to the reliable press to assure the discrediting of defendants in advance of their testimony. Considering what we have seen in recent days, I have no doubt that some of these leakers would love to see both Trump and Kushner sent to the Gulag, if only we had one. . .” Roger Simon
Roger Simon, PJM: “Does Robert Mueller Want to Cause a Civil War?”
“How are we supposed to take the myriad leaks coming from Robert Mueller’s special investigation of what I guess we could call “The Russian Matter”?
“You would think that on the day Rep. Steve Scalise was shot the lava-like flow of illegal and frequently inaccurate leaked information being promulgated ad infinitum by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN (among others) would stop for a moment’s respectful pause, but no — at least not at the Washington Post.
“That very day they were ‘reporting’ [scare quotes deliberate] that five, count ’em five, needless-to-say unnamed “officials” [scare quotes again deliberate] were saying Donald Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“In Thursday’s WaPo ‘exclusive,’ it’s son-in-law Jared Kushner under the leak-o-scope. This article, like the one before, is accompanied by the paper’s typical boilerplate that they seem to have in macro. (Do they teach this in j-school now?):
The officials who described the financial focus of the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
I thought they weren’t ‘authorized’ to speak at all. I thought it was against the law to leak — naive me.
Obviously, the Post doesn’t care. A scoop’s a scoop to these denizens of digital Grub Street who seem to have to sprung virtually unchanged from the pages of Boswell’s ‘London Journal,’ or is it Evelyn Waugh?
“These leaks have appeared only days after this supposedly confidential investigation began. Where did they come from? Inside the FBI? If so, that organization (with five leakers!) is seriously corrupt and should be disbanded. Yes, you read that correctly. If serial leaks are coming from the FBI, our leading law enforcement agency is betraying the America people and is staffed with a number of criminals of the most despicable entitled sort. They think they know what’s best for us hoi polloi, so they are allowed to break the law with impunity when the rest of us poor schmucks have to tow the line on a parking ticket. Over such things are civil wars and revolutions fought (taxation without representation, etc.) — with justification.
“That is a big story, bigger even than Trump/Russia (well, that wouldn’t be hard). Whether or not Trump obstructed justice we have no way of knowing (though Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley are skeptical), but we do know that illegal leakers are all over our government from intelligence agencies to the FBI. This is quite simply totalitarianism on the march, the subversion of the rule of law in a democratic republic. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Can a Divided America Survive?”
“History has not been very kind to countries that enter a state of multicultural chaos.
“The United States is currently the world’s oldest democracy.
“But America is no more immune from collapse than were some of history’s most stable and impressive consensual governments. Fifth-century Athens, Republican Rome, Renaissance Florence and Venice, and many of the elected governments of early 20th-century Western European states eventually destroyed themselves, went bankrupt, or were overrun by invaders.
“The United States is dividing as rarely before. Half the country, mostly liberal America, is concentrated in 146 of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties — in an area that collectively represents less than 10 percent of the U.S. land mass. The other half, the conservative Red states of the interior of America, is geographically, culturally, economically, politically, and socially at odds with Blue-state America, which resides mostly on the two coasts.
“The two Americas watch different news. They read very different books, listen to different music, and watch different television shows. Increasingly, they now live lives according to two widely different traditions.
Barack Obama was elected president after compiling the most left-wing voting record in the U.S. Senate. His antidote, Donald Trump, was elected largely on the premise that traditional Republicans were hardly conservative.
“Red America and Blue America are spiraling into divisions approaching those of 1860, or of the nihilistic hippie/straight divide of 1968.
“Currently, some 27 percent of all Californians were not born in the United States. More than 40 million foreign-born immigrants currently live in the U.S. — the highest number in the nation’s history.
“Yet widely unchecked immigration comes at a time when the country has lost confidence in its prior successful adherence to melting-pot assimilation and integration. The ultimate result is a fragmenting of society into tribal cliques that vie for power, careers, and influence on the basis of ethnic solidarity rather than shared Americanness.
“History is not very kind to multicultural chaos — as opposed to a multiracial society united by a single national culture. The fates of Rwanda, Iraq, and the former Yugoslavia should remind us of our present disastrous trajectory.
“Either the United States will return to a shared single language and allegiance to a common and singular culture, or it will eventually descend into clannish violence. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The Left Embraces Political Violence”
“It did not take very long to get from “Punch a Nazi!” to “assassinate a congressman.”
“A great deal of spittle has been deployed in the debate over whether or to what extent the Left’s recent indulgence of its penchant for violent rhetoric can be linked to the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise and other members of a Republican congressional baseball team by an angry Democratic activist and Bernie Sanders partisan. But the relevant question here is not violent rhetoric but violence itself. The violence at Berkeley and Middlebury did not lead to the shooting in Alexandria — they are part of the same phenomenon: The American Left has embraced political violence.
“More precisely, the Left has embraced “anarcho-tyranny.” (Yes, I know what kind of man Sam Francis became; his phrase remains useful.) The anarcho part: Progressives including mainstream Democrats have embraced the sort of violence that has been directed against the likes of Charles Murray as an instrument of liberationist politics. Representative Val Demings, a Democratic congressman from Florida, shared her view that the riots greeting Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley were “a beautiful sight.” After a physical attack on white nationalist Richard Spencer, Jeremy Binckes of Salon wrote: “Maybe the question shouldn’t be, ‘Is it okay to punch a Nazi?’ but, ‘If you don’t want to be punched in the face, maybe you shouldn’t preach Nazi values to the public?’” A lively debate about the ethics of using violence to suppress certain political views ensued. Short version: Free speech did not experience a runaway victory. . .”
AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (all times EDT): 11:45 p.m.
“Doctors say the Louisiana congressman wounded during Wednesday’s attack by a gunman on a baseball practice session remains in critical condition but has shown improvement.
“MedStar Washington Hospital Center says Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot in the left hip, had surgery Thursday related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg. The hospital says Scalise ‘will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.’”
Katherine Rodriguez & Alex Clark, BigGovt: “‘Let’s Play Ball’: 25,000 Dems and Reps Come Together to Celebrate America’s Favorite Pastime in Record Turnout”
“After a politically-motivated shooting that left Republicans and Democrats disheartened about the state of politics, lawmakers and spectators in both parties came together to celebrate America’s favorite pastime at the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game Thursday evening.
Attendance at the game was a record turnout — nearly 25,000 people attended Thursday night’s game. The 24,959 tickets sold was the most in the game’s history. The game has taken place since 1909.
There was a heightened security presence in light of Wednesday’s shooting. A police helicopter flew overhead and squads of cops clad in bulletproof vests scattered throughout Nationals Park.
Right before people started packing the stadium, Ivanka Trump, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with the players in the dugout.
Soon after, young professionals in their 30s and 40s packed the stadium.
“Before the game began, the announcer asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the Alexandria, Virginia, shooting that injured five. Among the injured were House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was critically injured, Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, congressional staffer Zachary Barth, and lobbyist Matt Mika. . .”
Drudge Links 6-15-17
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NYT: Blame Palin…
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List of threats against GOP & Trump from Hollywood…
Aida Chavez, TheHill: “Putin offers political asylum to Comey”
“Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday offered to give political asylum to former FBI Director James Comey, poking at tensions between Comey and President Trump.
“If Comey will be under the threat of political persecution, we are ready to accept him here,” Putin said at a press conference, according to Russian state media outlet TASS.
“Comey testified last week that Trump pressured him to “let go” of the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, before Trump fired him. Comey acknowledged leaking his personal memos about his conversations with Trump to the media, which the White House has seized on to attack the former FBI head’s credibility.
“Putin compared Comey’s decision to leak details of conversations with Trump to the actions of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker who was granted asylum by Russia.
“This is strange. How then is the director of the FBI any different from Snowden? He is not a head of the special services, but a human rights activist,” Putin said. . .”
WSJ: “ObamaCare’s ‘Secret’ History”
“Jonathan Gruber is back and betting again on public ‘stupidity.’
“Senate Republicans continue to negotiate the details of their health-care reform, and one measure of progress is that their opponents are more manic and disingenuous. Progressives who used to deride the GOP for incompetence are now panicked that they may really succeed, and thus the faux tantrums.
“The distortion du jour is that the GOP is operating “in secret.” This week Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Republicans of working ‘behind closed doors, writing a bill they won’t let the public read. . . . Today, no Member of Congress can read the bill because we don’t know what it is.’
“Despite Mr. Schumer’s bewilderment, he still knew enough to assert that the Senate bill will “greatly hurt the American people.” Well, which is it? And if Republicans are trying to suppress a public debate about repealing and replacing Obama Care, then they haven’t prevailed, either now or across the presidential campaign. Health care has been central to U.S. political debate for nearly a decade as Democrats created a new entitlement with little public support.
“Compared to that effort, the Senate this time has been a model of deliberative democracy. On Dec. 19, 2009, a Saturday, then Majority Leader Harry Reid tossed the 2,100-page bill the Senate had spent that fall debating and offered a new bill drafted in an invitation-only back room. Democrats didn’t even pretend to care what was in it while passing it in the dead of night on Dec. 24, amid a snowstorm, in the first Christmas Eve vote since 1895.
“Liberals excused this legislative sausage-making as the price of making history, which was an insult to sausages. MIT economist and ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber told an academic audience in 2014 that ‘lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.’
“Mr. Gruber has since re-emerged to complain of the current debate that ‘I’m just worried about the speed they’re moving at for what that implies, because it implies no effort to actually get this right.’ The professor had apologized for what he called his ‘inexcusable’ remarks in 2014 but he’s betting he can con Americans again.
“The irony is that the GOP negotiations are so time-consuming because Senators are trying to improve the product as they build a consensus that can get 50 votes. They’re trying to answer the House bill’s critics on the left and right, not that they’ll get any credit.
“One objection is that the House’s tax credits aren’t generous enough to help the working poor; the Senate is likely to increase their value. Another is that the House’s Medicaid expansion wind-down is too disruptive for Governors to manage; the Senate will probably create a longer off-ramp. When they reach an agreement, they’ll release the specifics.
“The policy parameters are known to anyone paying attention, including those like Mr. Gruber who are arguing in especially bad faith because no bill the Senate could possibly produce would satisfy them. Even as the GOP moves the bill toward the political center, reflexive liberal opposition increases.
“Mr. Schumer claimed Republicans have “solicited zero bipartisan support,” which is hilarious. Democrats opted for total pre-emptive resistance to the Trump Administration, and in January Mr. Schumer and Nancy Pelosi announced together that “we are a united caucus. We are two united caucuses. And we’re united in our opposition to these Republican attempts to make America sick again,” as he put it. House Republicans hadn’t even released a bill at that point and the ObamaCare exchanges were already in increasing distress, but Democrats refused to participate.
“This is also a notable change from 2009-10, when Democrats froze out centrist Republicans who wanted to cut a bipartisan deal of the kind Orrin Hatch and Ted Kennedy had struck on the children’s health insurance program. The Obama White House preferred a far more liberal program that would complete the entitlement state. The GOP’s obligation now is to start to clean up that mess.”
Washington Times: “A shooting war on Republicans”
“Trump Derangement Syndrome leads to an attempted assassination
“The only person responsible for shooting up a congressional baseball practice Wednesday in Alexandria, wounding a Republican congressman and several aides, is James Thomas Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. He died of a gunshot wound, but it was brought on by the rage in Democratic ranks of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
He was a man consumed by politics. “I know he wasn’t happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff,” his brother told The New York Times shortly after he got the news. The news, he said, came “totally out of the blue.” His brother, he said, “was engaged in politics but otherwise led a normal life.”
“Engaged in politics but otherwise led a normal life.” This is the coda for our times. Millions are consumed by politics, so unhappy with “the way things are going” that picking up a gun to make their point is regarded as the only recourse, but they “otherwise lead a normal life.”
Trump Derangement Syndrome leads to the obsession that every ill and annoyance of life is the work of Donald Trump, a traitor out to betray the nation to its enemies. Millions of Democrats, disappointed with the results of the 2016 elections, have built their lives around despising the president. It isn’t healthy for the republic, it isn’t healthy for those afflicted and it won’t be healthy for those who die at the hands of assassins.
“The Alexandria assassin, slain at the site, seemed to have been obsessed with equal parts hatred of the president and devotion to Bernie Sanders. “He did not come off as a radical,” a friend in his hometown says of him. “He did not come off as an unstable individual. He wasn’t belligerent, he was just a kind of normal guy.”
Normal, but deranged. Mr. Hodgkinson’s “social media accounts” — Twitter, Facebook and the other instruments of the life of an obsession with trivia — showed him, observes The New York Times, “as deeply committed to liberal politics and distrustful of Republican-controlled Washington. In posts, he rails against Republicans, lavishes praise upon [Mr.] Sanders … and shows a deep engagement with the churn of news coming out of Washington.”
“This is naturally a deep embarrassment for Democrats and particularly for the senator from Vermont, who is naturally against assassins and their grim work. “I am sickened by this despicable act,” Mr. Sanders said in the wake of the incident. “Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the clearest strongest possible terms.”
“To be equally clear, Mr. Sanders is not responsible for what happened at the congressional baseball practice. To make that charge, as some partisans were quick to do on social media, is to betray a fundamental conservative principle, that there is no such thing as collective guilt. Every man is responsible for himself and the things he does.
“But Bernie Sanders is part of those who spread the derangement, of making losing an election, with all the pain that goes with it, both science and art. The derangement he suffers carries over into how he conducts his Senate business. The senator, an atheist, declared he wouldn’t vote to confirm a Trump nominee for a trade post because he doesn’t approve of the nominee’s Christian faith, though the Constitution expressly forbids making a religious test a qualification for office.
“Though neither Mr. Sanders nor any other Democrat is responsible for the attack on the Republican congressmen, but they are responsible for creating the current partisan climate, where anything goes in the crusade to destroy a duly elected and duly qualified president of the United States. Trump Derangement Syndrome will destroy everything we all hold holy and priceless unless political passions can be brought under control. The hour is late.”
Rachel Stoltzfoos, Daily Caller: “NYT Corrects Palin Smear In Editorial On Baseball Shooting”
“The New York Times corrected an editorial on the GOP baseball shooting Thursday that baselessly accused Sarah Palin of inciting the 2011 shooting of Gabby Giffords.
“‘An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords,’ the correction reads. ‘In fact, no such link was established.’
“The editorial initially stated there was a ‘clear link’ from Palin’s rhetoric to Giffords’ shooting, as a means of justifying the board’s decision not to place the same kind of blame on Democrats for the baseball shooting. . .”
Devlin Barrett, et al.; WaPo: “Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say”
“The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.
“The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
“Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.
“Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.”
Mark Levin, (06-15-17)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The shooting of Republicans in Virginia was predictable as the Leftists have become increasingly lawless and extreme. This personalization of politics, where the left attacks people personally, isn’t new, it’s as old as Marxism. What’s new is its embrace by democrat leadership. Rules for radicals pointed this out when Saul Alinsky wrote: pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. The democrat party and media have embraced this kind of politics of the street. Of course, the shooter is responsible for his own actions but there’s an atmosphere of violence that has been created by the left. The shooter loved Bernie Sanders, hated America, hated the rich, hated the system and hated President Trump. He hated everything he was told to hate by the left.
“Also, we have roving prosecutor, Robert Mueller, whose subject is whatever he wants to investigate, it’s as broad as he chooses. He’s independent from every branch of government to take down Trump. Now, Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings. This is what happens when you have a king for a prosecutor. Who will charge the prosecutor if the prosecutor violated any laws – like leaking? Nobody. The democrats plan is to have Mueller write a report one day which they will use as a basis for impeachment, not indictment, if they can win back the house. This is their plan and the Republicans allowed it to happen and the Deputy AG, Rod Rosenstein, triggered it.
“Finally, Otto Warmbier is back home from North Korea after 17 months of captivity with a severe brain injury. North Korea is very good at torture, they do it to their citizens. Kim Jung Un needs to be taken out and China needs to do it.
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 6/16 Ups & Downs
“Congress. After the attack on Congressional Republicans at their practice Wednesday morning, members of Congress came together and reached across the aisle and united behind condemning the violence. Congressman Mike Doyle, who is the manager of the Democratic baseball team, sent a powerful message with the picture of him leading his team in prayer. Everyone at PoliticsPA wished Rep. Steve Scalise, the Capitol Police Officers, and staffers who were injured in the shooting a quick and full recovery.
“Philly Soda Tax. The Commonwealth Court ruled that the Philadelphia soda tax is lawful despite complaints from the American Beverage Association, but the city had to lower its projected revenue from the tax after just a few weeks of the fiscal year made it clear the city would not bring in the expected $46 million.
“Mike Stack. After coming under investigation, people have been rumoring runs to challenge Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack next year. This week, the first official challenger emerged, which may cause more to jump into the race.
“Tom Wolf. Decision Desk HQ entered the race rating game, and gave Governor Tom Wolf good news, rating Pennsylvania as “lean Democratic.” The rating matches up with Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and will likely help Wolf bring in donors and motivate volunteers.
“Kris Hart. How many statewide campaigns have been derailed by a single question? Businessman and former Gubernatorial candidate Kris Hart can be added to the presumably short list. He announced this week that he was running for Governor, but had to quickly cancel his scheduled kickoff event after WHYY reporter Dave Davies learned Hart was not eligible to run for Governor. Hart has not lived in Pennsylvania for the Constitutionally required seven years before running for Governor. He is exploring a bid for U.S. Senate instead.
“Chrissy Houlahan. National Democrats are throwing their support behind Chrissy Houlahan who is running to challenge Congressman Ryan Costello (R-Chester) next year. Houlahan received the early endorsements of VoteVets, EMILY’s List, and was plugged by the DCCC as their candidate in the race.
“Pittsburgh Penguins. As painful as it is to write this, the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, making them the first back to back Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.”
Walter E. Williams, Creators: “Rewriting American History”
HT: Red Eye
“George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.
“Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It’s not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places.
“Slavery is an undeniable fact of our history. The costly war fought to end it is also a part of the nation’s history. Neither will go away through cultural cleansing. Removing statues of Confederates and renaming buildings are just a small part of the true agenda of America’s leftists. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and there’s a monument that bears his name — the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. George Washington also owned slaves, and there’s a monument to him, as well — the Washington Monument in Washington. Will the people who call for removal of statues in New Orleans and Richmond also call for the removal of the Washington, D.C., monuments honoring slaveholders Jefferson and Washington? Will the people demanding a change in the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School also demand that the name of the nation’s capital be changed?
“These leftists might demand that the name of my place of work — George Mason University — be changed. Even though Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a part of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, he owned slaves. Not too far from my university is James Madison University. Will its name be changed? Even though Madison is hailed as the ‘Father of the Constitution,’ he did own slaves.
“Rewriting American history is going to be challenging. Just imagine the task of purifying the nation’s currency. Slave owner George Washington’s picture graces the $1 bill. Slave owner Thomas Jefferson’s picture is on the $2 bill. Slave-owning Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s picture is on our $50 bill. Benjamin Franklin’s picture is on the $100 bill.
“The challenges of rewriting American history are endless, going beyond relatively trivial challenges such as finding new pictures for our currency. At least half of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were slave owners. Also consider that roughly half of the 55 delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were slave owners. Do those facts invalidate the U.S. Constitution, and would the history rewriters want us to convene a new convention to purge and purify our Constitution?
“The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place. The hate-America types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and demeaning our history. Our history of slavery is simply a convenient tool to further their cause.”
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator: “In Defense of Bill Maher’s Free Speech”
HT Harley & McNamara
There he goes again.
He being comedian and talk show host Bill Maher. The host of HBO’s Real Time stepped in it the other week, as described here by Esquire:
Yet while Maher has never hidden the joy he takes in busting on Trump — or, for that matter, his broadly Democratic leanings — he has distinguished himself from John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers by sucker-punching the Left as gleefully as he does the Right. Before introducing his panel, he talked one-on-one with Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, about why Americans chronically vote against their interests. Maher didn’t miss a chance to needle her with one of Trump’s own epithets. Attempting to explain the Democrats’ dismal fortunes with working-class voters, he told her, “They don’t like you, Pocahontas.” Warren didn’t respond to the insult, choosing instead to stare a hole through her host’s high forehead.
A few weeks later, Maher would answer a joke by Nebraska senator Ben Sasse with a similarly tone-deaf response. When Sasse extended an invitation to come work in Nebraska’s fields, Maher playacted surprise and said, “I’m a house nigger.” Whereas the Pocahontas remark prompted another round of an ancient Internet dispute — whether Maher is a misogynist, a dick, or a fearless political savant — the comment to Sasse sparked universal outrage. HBO called it “completely inexcusable and tasteless,” and many clamored for Maher to be fired.
Full disclosure. I’ve been on Bill’s show and, heaven forbid, had a great time. Bill is a liberal, his audience is liberal, the panelists for the most part are liberal. He says outrageous things. And… what?
This time around he said something that truly was offensive, disgracefully so. He quickly and correctly apologized, saying his words were, indeed, “offensive.” CNN wrote up his apology and reported on Maher’s conversation the following week as follows:
“I did a bad thing,” Maher said to his first guest, sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson. “For black folks, that word, I don’t care who you are, has caused pain. I’m not here to do that.”
Maher added that, “It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t said in malice. If it brought back pain to people then that’s why I apologized freely and I reiterated it tonight.”
… “This was just a mistake,” he said. “This was just a dumb interception.”
Later in the show, rapper and actor Ice Cube told Maher that the word is “like a knife” in that it can either be used as a weapon or as a tool.
“I think this is a teachable moment not just to you, but the people watching right now,” Ice Cube told Maher.
Maher responded by saying, “I think the people watching right now are saying, ‘That point has been made.”
My CNN colleague Symone Sanders was also on the show and said that his remark was a “slap in the face to black America.” I rarely agree with Symone, but on this one? Are you kidding? She was right a thousand times over.
This was exactly the way to address this issue. Admit the mistake and have three Americans who are black on the show to discuss. Then… move on to show next.
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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