Reality can be brutal, especially political reality as the Huffington Post seems to have found out. Back in July the Huffington Post went all in on the notion that the Donald Trump candidacy would be ephemeral so they could get away with displaying their bias by consigning Trump stories to the entertainment, not politics page. Unfortunately for them, Donald Trump not only lasted through the rest of the summer but he is well in the lead among Republican candidates for the nomination. Obviously at some point, the Huffington Post would be forced to cover Trump like the other candidates and that time appears to be now. However, first let us take a trip back in time to July when the Huffington Post foolishly crawled out on a political limb with this announcement:
I am probably the only writer on NewsBusters to have received an award from the Soviet Union. It was for my work as an American correspondent for Krokodil Magazine which you can see chronicled in I Was A Commie Writer.
I live in South Florida which is full of eccentrics which is why I feel right at home here. My main accomplishments in life were winning a bottle of aftershave when I was eight and having the biggest PING List (over 1000 Pingees) on the Free Republic forum for my DUmmie FUnnies blog. This is fortunate since I suffer severely from Ping List Envy.
Prior to the advent of the Web, I wrote a syndicated humor column that appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout North America. Only complete humility forbids me from telling you that my columns appeared in the Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, L.A Herald-Examiner, Winnipeg Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Vancouver Sun, and lots of other periodicals that I am much to humble to list.
Oh, I also produced an award-winning satirical comix website called PJ's Comix. This sort of balances out the fact that I am the WORST basketball player in the world.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I wrote comedy material for comedians. Sorry, due to business ethics I can't reveal any of their names (Argus Hamilton).
Did you see Marty McFly and Doc Brown materialize today in a DeLorean car? Remember, today is October 21, 2015, the same day the two time travelled here in "Back to the Future II." If they did arrive today, I am sure they would be disappointed to see no hover boards. However, the good news for them is that they could easily conjure up a video of Marty McFly on a hover board simply by viewing the movie on a smartphone, a device absent from the movie.
Okay, your humble correspondent is a big fan of the "Back to the Future" series but I feel compelled to cast more than a bit of aspersion upon the veracity of "Back to the Future" writer Bob Gale who is claiming that the character of Biff Tannen was based upon Donald Trump despite the fact of no mention of this before Trump's presidential run. First let us analyze the claim made in the Daily Beast and then we shall see why it is probably not true.
How inflated is Venezuelan currency? So inflated that even thieves in Venezuela are refusing to steal it.
This has been reported in several media outlets such as the New York Times and Vox but a certain word is very noticebably absent in both reports. It is the S-word that dare not speak its name. One big reason it is taboo in liberal circles to associate that word with economic failure is that one Democrat candidate for president is openly an advocate of the unspoken system and most of the rest of the other candidates silently support it. We start with the New York Times story which avoids you-know-what word:
Did you know that 2014 was the hottest year on record? Oops! Never mind. It turns out that after that claim was made, NASA scientists rather sheepishly admitted that there was only a 38% percent chance that was true.
Well, at least the mainstream media waited until the end of 2014 to make that silly claim but now they just can't wait because according to them, 2015 WILL BE THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD. The MSM started hyping this "fact" almost out of the starting gate long before most of the stats even existed. Way back on April 15, Slate was proclaiming that 2015 "Is Shaping Up to Be The Hottest Year on Record":
It has happened many times in the past. A story is covered by numerous websites but which is ignored by the mainstream media because it doesn't fit with their political agenda. However, rarely has there been such a blatant example of this Web/MSM dichotomy in coverage as what happened this week in view of the fact that it involved a major presidential election issue. Hillary Clinton claimed her bigtime flip-flop from supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to opposing it came about because she had recently read the pact. The big problem for her credibility is that the details of that agreement have not yet been released as was verified by the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest. One of the websites covering the story that the MSM dare not touch was Breitbart which noticed the bigtime Hillary fib:
Just how bad is the movie 'Truth' that will be released tomorrow? So bad that even the notoriously liberal Vox is mocking it. Vox writer Todd VanDerWerff goes so far as to describe it as an example of why "so many people hate Hollywood liberals." As we shall see even Dan Rather in 2004 disagreed with the premise of "Truth."
It looks like we have yet another Flying Pigs Alert. Reliably liberal Eleanor Clift has praised Donald Trump's performance at the No Labels convention yesterday. Yes, you read that right. Not only that, Clift was also surprisingly critical of Bernie Sanders at the same event. Will political wonders never cease? Of course, Clift did deliver a bit of obligatory liberal slam against Trump in the first paragraph of her Daily Beast column so let us get that out of way before proceeding to her glowing praise of The Donald:
Your humble correspondent has a lot of respect for Joe Lieberman so I am giving him the benefit of the doubt that he knew nothing about the background of the incredibly lame 'No Labels' mascot at the "Problem Solver Convention" which has attracted a number of major presidential candidates. If it were just a matter of the mascot being over the top lame, it would be merely funny. However, the idiot mascot, Zach Fox, also has a background as a failed comedian making racist cracks and humiliating women with very crude sexual remarks as you can see in this video which manages to insult many races and religions that he proudly posted himself
First a little background on Lieberman and the No Labels convention which is now marred by the idiotic mascot who hopefully inserted himself into the proceedings rather than being chosen for the task by that group:
What happens if you are a candidate for governor and you lose badly? Not just a mere bad loss but one of historically bad proportions following an absolutely horrible campaign marked by the cowardice of shying from previously well known positions. Well, if you are a liberal it could mean you can score a TV show based on the aftermath of your loss. Such is the case with Wendy Davis. The "Abortion Barbie" of Texas who mostly avoided that for which she was best known is the inspiration of a "dramedy" show based on life after going down to complete defeat after refusing to stand up for what she really believed during her gubernatorial campaign. Deadline Hollywood describes the NBC show based on the cowardly campaigner:
It has only been a few hours since Hillary Clinton has announced that in contrast to her previous enthusiastic support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, she now opposes it (with convenient caveats). Of course, her new opposition to TPP is a completely principled position and has nothing to do with politics. Yeah, right! However, will those on the left be so skeptical of such an obvious political ploy? Well, it seems that at least some are not buying her self-serving rationale for now opposing the TPP starting with Jonathan Chait of New York magazine. In fact the very title of his article, "Hillary Clinton Pretends to Oppose Pacific Trade Deal," reveals complete cynicism about her motivation:
Admit it. When you read the title of this story you probably thought Chris Matthews was being sarcastic in his praise of Donald Trump. However when you view the video below of Matthews speaking at the Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C. yesterday, you can see he is absolutely sincere. Of course, to maintain his liberal bonafides he quickly tosses something in about supposed Trump nonsense but the rest of the clip sounds like it could be used in a Trump campaign commercial. In fact Matthews was so effusive in his praise of Trump in contrast to the political class that you might have to play the video twice to make sure you heard what you thought you heard the first time.
How many times have we heard that Donald Trump has peaked since he declared his candidacy for president in June? A half dozen times? More? And each time Peak Trump was announced by pundits, it was inevitably followed by yet another surge in the polls. This is probably why in recent weeks, media prognosticators seem to have shied from declaring Peak Trump since it is always followed by you-know-what. However enter Ezra Klein of Vox. Throwing caution to the winds, Klein went where few now dare to go by predicting that we have indeed finally reached Peak Trump. Klein consulted charts and graphs before tuning up his horn to play taps on Trump's candidacy. Of course, the inevitable quickly happened to leave Klein's face covered with egg. But first let us join Klein's bold assertion of Peak Trump posted at 8:20 this morning:
Have you ever enjoyed a good bellylaugh watching Mack Sennett or Charlie Chaplin slapstick comedies? Of course, such movies were carefully produced. Such comedy perfection could only happen in reel life but not in real life. Well, meet Stephanie Mercades, the inadvertent star of a real life slapstick comedy. Before viewing her hilarious performance as an utterly inept anti-Trump protester, we shall let the New York Post set up the slapstick comedy scene:
Up to 200,000 people will be attending a climate change rally on the National Mall on the same day that the Pope will be speaking to Congress. Wow! Such was the bold prediction reported by Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Michelle Boorstein on August 25. So what happened when Pope Francis did arrive at the Capitol last Thursday? Before we get to that sad reality, let us join Eilperin and Boorstein joyously wallowing in yuuuuuge numbers back in August:
Even Lonesome Rhodes, I mean director Steven Spielberg, couldn't make Hillary Clinton's image more likeable. According to a New York Post excerpt of Edward Klein's book, "Unlikeable," Spielberg acting as Hillary's "consigli di immagine," tried but failed in this difficult endeavor. When you see the video clip below of Lonesome Rhodes in the movie "A Face In the Crowd" giving similar advice to make Senator Worthington Fuller more likeable you will see why I used Italian terminology for "image adviser." But first let us read of Spielberg acting as Lonesome Rhodes giving advice to his Senator Fuller, Hillary Clinton:
Count Bill Maher as among those who don't buy into the fable promulgated by much of the mainstream media about young Ahmed Mohamed building the clock that he brought to school. Maher expressed his extreme skepticism about the fairy tale last night on HBO's Real Time. One huge takeaway from the show is the utter cluelessness of guest Ron Reagan. I won't ruin the surprise by revealing what Reagan said in advance except to ask you to imagine him as a TSA agent checking baggage at the airport after viewing the video below.
That Ahmed the clock boy is such a genius! Why, on his own he put together an intricate clock displaying a great deal of electronic knowledge. Yet for his effort he was accused of bringing a suspicious object to school and was arrested. Fortunately, after enlightened members of the MSM hailed the genius of young Ahmed Mohamed, he got himself an invite to the White House and Google too! Unfortunately for the narrative of much of the media, this tale has begun falling apart upon just a bit of scrutiny.
One result is the expected "Hitler" parody you will see below. In addition, we have a couple of videos from electronics expert Thomas Talbot telling us first why the Ahmed clock story is false as well as the likely agenda for perpetrating this fairy tale. But first let us go deep into the Fuhrerbunker to watch the reaction to the discovery that Ahmed the clock boy is a fraud.
"You Can't Handle the Truth!!!" ---A Few Good Men.
Apparently former CBS producer Mary Mapes can't handle the truth at least according to her portrayal by actress Cate Blanchett in the newly released movie trailer for the upcoming fictional movie "Truth." I say fictional because Mapes in the film somehow maintains the truth of her story about George W. Bush getting favorable treatment in the Texas Air National Guard based on documents that were proven to be forgeries.
"Colbert bests Trump."
That was the title of a Politico story by Ben Schreckinger about Donald Trump's appearance last night on CBS's Late Show hosted by Stephen Colbert. Huh? Did Ben see the same show as everybody else because your humble correspondent was surprised at how amiable the interview was. You can see most of the interview below and judge for yourself. Here is part of what Schreckinger wrote in trying to score liberal points at the expense of Trump in contrast to rather friendly reality:
Mark down January 15, 2016 on your calendar. It won't be one of Hillary Clinton's favorite days for just as the primary elections kick off, that is the day that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is scheduled to be released in movie theaters. Judging from the movie trailer, this film directed by Michael Bay is exactly what Hillary doesn't want the public be reminded about. For one thing, it is pretty clear that the assault on the diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012 was not inspired by a mere video according to the trailer. Also included in the video is a scene where the security team is told to stand down after the attack. Coming as it does at a crucial point in the election season, it is sure to inspire quite a bit of buzz. In fact it is already generating a lot of controversy judging from the many comments posted in the IMDB message board even though it is still almost four months away from being released.