Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trump Rally - Harrisburg, PA

White House Correspondents' Dinner 2017

I didn't watch any of the White House Correspondents' Dinner. I didn't seek out any clips online.

No thank you.

Whatever happened there happened. I don't care.

Fall of Saigon - 42 Years Ago

Forty years ago today, Saigon fell. It marked the end of the Vietnam War.

According to David Dao, leaving Vietnam after the fall of Saigon was not as terrifying as his experience on United Airlines.

The lawyer then went onto to describe how his client, who fled Vietnam at the end of the war, had told him he was more fearful on Sunday night than he was when Saigon fell in 1975.

'[David Dao] told me that he had left Vietnam in 1975 when Saigon fell and he was on a boat and he said he was terrified,' [Attorney Thomas] Demetrio said.

'He said that when they were dragging him down the aisle it was more horrifying than what he experience in leaving Vietnam.'
Apparently, Dr. Dao didn't realize that he could have cooperated with authorities and peacefully and without injury simply walked off the plane.

The fall of Saigon and the aftermath is NOT comparable to Dao's experience on that flight.

I wonder what Jane Fonda is doing to "celebrate" the anniversary.

David Bowie: TVC15 - 41 Years Ago

Forty-one years ago today, David Bowie released "TVC 15."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bret Stephens Backlash

New York Times readers are happy with new columnist Bret Stephens.

The backlash over his first column, "Climate of Complete Certainty," verifies his point.

He begins with this:

When someone is honestly 55 percent right, that’s very good and there’s no use wrangling. And if someone is 60 percent right, it’s wonderful, it’s great luck, and let him thank God.

But what’s to be said about 75 percent right? Wise people say this is suspicious. Well, and what about 100 percent right? Whoever says he’s 100 percent right is a fanatic, a thug, and the worst kind of rascal.

— An old Jew of Galicia
Stephens discusses Hillary Clinton's failed 2016 presidential campaign and climate change to illustrate the danger of assuming one is right, without question.

Stephens writes:
In the final stretch of last year’s presidential race, Hillary Clinton and her team thought they were, if not 100 percent right, then very close.

Right on the merits. Confident in their methods. Sure of their chances. When Bill Clinton suggested to his wife’s advisers that, considering Brexit, they might be underestimating the strength of the populist tide, the campaign manager, Robby Mook, had a bulletproof answer: The data run counter to your anecdotes.

That detail comes from “Shattered,” Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s compulsively readable account of Clinton’s 2016 train wreck. Mook belonged to a new breed of political technologists with little time for retail campaigning and limitless faith in the power of models and algorithms to minimize uncertainty and all but predict the future.

“Mook and his ‘Moneyball’ approach to politics rankled the old order of political operatives and consultants because it made some of their work obsolete,” Allen and Parnes write about the campaign’s final days. “The memo that one Hillary adviser had sent months earlier warning that they should add three or four points to Trump’s poll position was a distant memory.”

There’s a lesson here. We live in a world in which data convey authority. But authority has a way of descending to certitude, and certitude begets hubris.

...Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong. Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts.

None of this is to deny climate change or the possible severity of its consequences. But ordinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism. They know — as all environmentalists should — that history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power.

I’ve taken the epigraph for this column from the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, who knew something about the evils of certitude. Perhaps if there had been less certitude and more second-guessing in Clinton’s campaign, she’d be president. Perhaps if there were less certitude about our climate future, more Americans would be interested in having a reasoned conversation about it.
The reaction from Leftists is one you'd expect if Stephens had advocated the clubbing to death of baby seals.

Their unhinged response to his column confirms his warning regarding having a closed mind and blinding oneself with certitude.

"Whoever says he’s 100 percent right is a fanatic, a thug, and the worst kind of rascal."


Sean Duffy and Free Speech on Campus

Sean Duffy nails it when says we need to act to make sure "we don't have Constitution-free zones on campus."

Trump's First 100 Days: Students Hate What He's Done

This video is terrific.

From Campus Reform:

While supporters of President Trump point to his slew of executive orders and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as markers of his success, detractors claim Mr. Trump has accomplished very little since taking office.

Throughout the year, Campus Reform has shown how liberal professors and students across America have been quick to oppose the President’s actions—often without understanding important details about them.

Hoping to tease out whether such reflexive opposition to Trump is based on policy disagreements or simply distaste for Trump himself, Campus Reform headed to George Mason University to ask students their opinions about the first 100 days.

Except, the “Trump accomplishments” we referenced were actually all things President Obama had done during his first 100 days in office.

...We quickly discovered that the students we spoke with were quick to voice their displeasure with the “accomplishments” we told them about, no matter how liberal they really were.

These students at George Mason University are extremely critical of what Obama did during his first 100 days as president, when they're told that Trump did it.

Hey, students!

Trump didn't go an apology tour. There is no Trump stimulus package. That's all Obama.

Their opinions aren't based on facts, yet they criticize.

Not too bright.

Jimmy Fallon: Jiminy Glick Interviews Donald Trump

Jiminy Glick (Martin Short) interviews Donald Trump (Jimmy Fallon) on his First 100 Days.

United Airlines: Sorry

Dear -- -----,

Each flight you take with us represents an important promise we make to you, our customer. It's not simply that we make sure you reach your destination safely and on time, but also that you will be treated with the highest level of service and the deepest sense of dignity and respect.

Earlier this month, we broke that trust when a passenger was forcibly removed from one of our planes. We can never say we are sorry enough for what occurred, but we also know meaningful actions will speak louder than words.

For the past several weeks, we have been urgently working to answer two questions: How did this happen, and how can we do our best to ensure this never happens again?

It happened because our corporate policies were placed ahead of our shared values. Our procedures got in the way of our employees doing what they know is right.

Fixing that problem starts now with changing how we fly, serve and respect our customers. This is a turning point for all of us here at United – and as CEO, it's my responsibility to make sure that we learn from this experience and redouble our efforts to put our customers at the center of everything we do.

That’s why we announced that we will no longer ask law enforcement to remove customers from a flight and customers will not be required to give up their seat once on board – except in matters of safety or security.

We also know that despite our best efforts, when things don’t go the way they should, we need to be there for you to make things right. There are several new ways we’re going to do just that.

We will increase incentives for voluntary rebooking up to $10,000 and will be eliminating the red tape on permanently lost bags with a new "no-questions-asked" $1,500 reimbursement policy. We will also be rolling out a new app for our employees that will enable them to provide on-the-spot goodwill gestures in the form of miles, travel credit and other amenities when your experience with us misses the mark. You can learn more about these commitments and many other changes at

While these actions are important, I have found myself reflecting more broadly on the role we play and the responsibilities we have to you and the communities we serve.

I believe we must go further in redefining what United's corporate citizenship looks like in our society. You can and ought to expect more from us, and we intend to live up to those higher expectations in the way we embody social responsibility and civic leadership everywhere we operate. I hope you will see that pledge express itself in our actions going forward, of which these initial, though important, changes are merely a first step.

Our goal should be nothing less than to make you truly proud to say, "I fly United."

Ultimately, the measure of our success is your satisfaction and the past several weeks have moved us to go further than ever before in elevating your experience with us. I know our 87,000 employees have taken this message to heart, and they are as energized as ever to fulfill our promise to serve you better with each flight and earn the trust you’ve given us.

We are working harder than ever for the privilege to serve you and I know we will be stronger, better and the customer-focused airline you expect and deserve.

With Great Gratitude,

Oscar Munoz
United Airlines

Brad Schimel: Campaign Video Investigation Still Ongoing

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel told Mark Belling in a contentious on-air interview on Thursday that the investigation into voter fraud in Wisconsin was ongoing.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Under fire from conservatives, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said this week an investigation into voter fraud remained open, contradicting comments he made hours earlier that the probe had been closed.

Schimel suggested his investigators may yet review more than 100 hours of undercover video shot by Project Veritas Action, a group run by conservative activist James O’Keefe.

“It’s not the end of it,” the Republican attorney general said Thursday on “The Mark Belling Show” on WISN-AM (1130).

Schimel’s office released a memo this week from an investigator saying he found no violations of Wisconsin laws. Just hours before he claimed the investigation had not been shut down, Schimel told the Wisconsin Radio Network the memo had been released because the investigation was closed.

Schimel spokesman Johnny Koremenos on Friday said the memo had been released in error and declined to answer other questions.

Schimel kept talking about the "third video" from Project Veritas that they hadn't received yet. He claimed that the memo stating the investigation was closed never should have been released.

Belling and Schimel kept going back and forth.

The conclusion: The investigation continues.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Joss Whedon Mocks Young Cancer Survivors From Wisconsin

On his Twitter page, Joss Whedon, writer and director, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, declares, "i never let them see the worst of me."


If that's true, he's the worst imaginable.

Back in January, Whedon called Ivanka Trump a dog.

He has upped his ugliness on Twitter.

This time Whedon actually apologized, probably due to pressure from the studio.

Poor Whedon. He "inadvertently" is a total ass.

Guess what? "Inadvertently" counts, too.

He certainly wasn't being "inadvertently" sexist when he chose that photo for his Republican hit job.

How's that War on Women you're waging working out for you, Whedon?

The young women Whedon chose to attack are more beautiful and stronger and braver than any Hollywood superhero.

Hey, Berkeley! Invite this jerk to speak on your alleged bastion of free speech campus. I'm sure no ISIS look-alikes will threaten violence against this Trump and Paul Ryan hater.

The Leftists need to get a grip.

Innocents are getting hurt because horrible people like Whedon can't control themselves after their complete post-election crack-up.


Berkeley and Free Speech

Jimmy Fallon: Trump NAFTA Joke

JIMMY FALLON: President Trump has abandoned his plan for the U.S. to withdraw from NAFTA, even though it was a key issue during the campaign. I guess he wants to focus on a different NAFTA, called North Americans For Twitter Attacks.

Jimmy Fallon: Betsy DeVos Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I saw that Trump appeared with education secretary Betsy DeVos yesterday. And Trump had three words for Betsy: 'Really exceptional job.' And Betsy said, 'I have three words for you: Thank you.'

Jimmy Fallon: Trump's Reminders on Phone Joke

JIMMY FALLON: There is a lot going on in Washington right now. Trump is working on a new budget, tax reform, health care, and trade. So to make sure he doesn't forget anything, he actually likes to set reminders on his phone. Let me show you what I mean.

For example, he has one reminder that says: Play Tetris to practice building the wall

He needs a reminder.

His next reminder says: Have assistant finish New York Times crossword puzzle, leave on desk so people think I did it

That works!

The next one reminds him to: Find out if tax plan is available as a book-on-tape

Just read it! Just read the thing!

The next one says: South Korea = good, North Korea = bad

Remember that!

And finally, his last reminder says: 3:00a.m. - TWEET!

'3:00a.m. The perfect time.'

Jimmy Fallon: Trump, Take Your Kids to Work Day Joke

JIMMY FALLON: This was nice. I saw that the White House invited reporters to bring their kids with them this morning for Take Your Kids to Work Day, or as Trump calls it -- every day.

But, it was really sweet. Trump asked the kids what they want to be when they grow up, and then they asked Trump what he wants to be when he grows up. 'A ghostbuster.'

David Bowie: Starman - 45 Years Ago

Forty-five years ago today, David Bowie released "Starman" as a single.

The B-side was "Suffragette City."

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jesse Watters, Vacation, and Ivanka Trump

From Business Insider:

Fox News' Jesse Watters is reportedly taking a vacation, one day after making what was seen as suggestive remarks about Ivanka Trump.

CNN's Brian Stelter and the CNNMoney Media team reported Wednesday that Watters, who co-hosts "The Five," would be missing two days of his first week in the network's 9 p.m. timeslot.

"I'm going to be taking a vacation with my family, so I'm not going to be here tomorrow," said Watters. "I'll be back on Monday, so don't miss me too much."

On a Tuesday night segment in which Watters was speaking on Trump's appearance at a women's conference, Watters commented on the way President Donald Trump's daughter held a microphone.

"It's funny, the left says they really respect women, and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that, they boo and hiss," he said. "So I don't really get what's going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone," Watters said.

On Wednesday morning, Watters denied accusations that his comment carried lewd overtones.
Watters tweeted:

I really don't think Watters should be punished for the remark. I think way too much is being made out of it.

I happened to see that segment of the show on Tuesday and I didn't think he was saying anything lewd. That's not the way I interpreted it.

Earlier in the day, I had seen the footage of Ivanka Trump speaking and the ensuing negative reaction from the audience. It was all over the Internet. WATCH IVANKA GET BOOED AND HISSED!!!

I thought the audience behaved badly. I also thought Ivanka's manner of speaking into the microphone was a little strange, like she was whispering, using a voice that seemed more appropriate for a perfume commercial. That was my reaction.

So a bunch of people pounced and claimed to be horrified by Watters and his comments about how Ivanka spoke.

And FOX News is sending him on a little vacation for that? Really?

Also on that Tuesday show, the panel discussed the Nordstrom jeans with the fake mud. Dana Perino and Kimberly Guilfoyle talked about the sort of men women like. Perino said, "Women actually like men who do outdoor work, not men who pretend to do outdoor work."

Guilfoyle agreed. She commented that the appeal of the look of the jeans comes from the fact that women like "a guy that actually knows how to use his hands."

That remark was met with chuckles from the panel, especially from Bob Beckel. Guilfoyle had to know what she was saying had a sexual innuendo.

Why wasn't that an issue?

That was on the same show. At the time, I thought people would call for the whole panel to be fired.

It's crazy.

Watters' remark was not clearly lewd.

No benefit of the doubt given anymore?

I guess not at FOX News.

Jimmy Fallon: Chris Christie, Trump's First 100 Days Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Chris Christie said that he'd give Trump a B on his first 100 days. He said he'd give him an A on immigration and a C on health care and, long story short, he'd end up spelling 'bacon.' He can't help himself.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Canada Trade War Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Trump said yesterday that he's not afraid of getting into a trade war with Canada. It's getting serious. Canada is now threatening to withhold their most precious natural resource -- handsome actors named Ryan.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Border Wall, Legos Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I read that the Republican spending package does not include any money for Trump's border wall. Then Trump told his secretary, 'Get me the CEO of Legos.'

Jimmy Fallon: Melania Trump Birthday Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I want to say 'Happy Birthday' to First Lady Melania Trump, who turned 47 years old today. She plans to celebrate with her loved ones, and Donald.

They celebrated like they always do, making sure Donald had something to unwrap, too, so he doesn't feel left out. 'It's my birthday, too.'

Conservative Speech on Campus Not Allowed

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ann Coulter Speech Cancelled

The ISIS look-alike thugs have won.

From Reuters:

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled her speech planned for this week at the University of California's Berkeley campus after a dispute with university officials, who feared violent protests, over whether a safe venue could be found.

"There will be no speech," she wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday, saying two conservative groups sponsoring her speech were no longer supporting her. "I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team," she wrote.

It's a disgrace that Berkeley is not permitting free speech, acquiescing or partnering with Leftist thugs determined to silence conservatives.

This is an affront to every American and our rights under the Constitution.

If you aren't angry about what has happened, you should be.

Jonathan Demme R.I.P.

Rest in peace.

Nordstrom - Jeans with Fake Mud $425

I would like to meet the idiot that would pay $425 for jeans with fake mud.

These have to be for people that never actually do anything that would get their jeans dirty. They can pose as real men, live out that fantasy.

From WXYZ:

The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans feature obvious splashes of what Nordstrom calls "caked-on muddy coating," giving the effect of being worn on a day in the dirt.

In its description for the pants, the company says they "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action" and that, when worn, they show "you're not afraid to get down and dirty."

No, no, no.

These ridiculously expensive jeans show that "you ARE afraid to get down and dirty."

There is no way any sane person would pay to have fake mud applied to jeans.

When he discovered the product this week, "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe posted about them on his website, saying the Nordstrom jeans were proof of "our country's war on work."

"They're a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic — not iconic," Rowe wrote on Monday in a post titled, "Jeans made to look like you work hard so you don't have to."
Rowe is right. This is a costume.

You really would have to be crazy to buy these jeans.

I've never spent that kind of money on jeans. I've never spent more than $50 on jeans.

The fact that Nordstrom would sell the fake look of "rugged, Americana workwear" for so much money is funny.

Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty.

What's funnier is that some chump out there would actually buy the jeans.

Care instructions: Machine wash cold, line dry.

So rugged they can't handle the dryer.


Denim Day Milwaukee 2017

Dear City of Milwaukee friends and colleagues:

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and 2017 marks the sixth year that Milwaukee has recognized Denim Day, an international effort focused on raising awareness of sexual violence and victim blaming. Since its inception, Denim Day has generated much-needed awareness and discussion around preventing sexual assault and supporting survivors.

Community engagement is the campaign theme this year. We ask all community members to make a personal pledge and take concrete action to end sexual harm. The community engagement theme encourages us all to consider the networks, relationships and resources available to us and reflect on the question, “What will I do to end sexual violence?” and ultimately act to fulfill those commitments.

Please join me and my co-chair, writer and performer Dasha Kelly, to offer your voice, talents and presence to support sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts in Milwaukee. On Wednesday, April 26, I invite all City of Milwaukee employees and residents to wear jeans to show support for survivors.

To pick up Denim Day posters and stickers, please contact the City of Milwaukee Health Department at (414) 286-3521. You are also encouraged to visit Denim Day Milwaukee online at to find out how you can get involved. Thank you for your support.


Tom Barrett

Jimmy Fallon: Trump's First 100 Days - Pros and Cons

During Tuesday's "Pros & Cons" bit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump's first 100 days as president was the topic.

Pro: 100 Days.
Con: 99 problems.

Pro: He's really shown a lot of drive.
Con: And chipping and putting.

Pro: He has promised to take on China.
Con: As soon as he learns how to pronounce it.

Pro: Trump's spent a lot of time with Betsy DeVos in the Oval Office.
Con: Because she has no idea how to get out.

Pro: Hiring Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General.
Con: Having to also hire his brothers, Snap, Crackle, and Pop.

Pro: He said he'll "knock the hell out of ISIS."
Con: By writing ISIS on his golf balls.

Pro: The Trump presidency has encouraged Americans to exercise more.
Con: By going to protest marches every week.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Epcot Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I also saw that Trump hasn't visited a single foreign country in his first 100 days while Obama had visited nine. Today, Trump was like, 'Quick! Take me to Epcot! I need to bang out ten countries ASAP! Bigly!'

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Television Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I thought this was interesting. Trump said that he doesn't watch any television that he finds unpleasant. I guess when you're the most powerful person on the planet and your wife doesn't live with you, nobody's fighting for the remote. So, I mean, you can do whatever you want.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Star Vandalized Joke

JIMMY FALLON: This isn't good. I saw that Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was just vandalized again. As of tonight, police have narrowed down the list of suspects to 150 million people.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Border Wall, Government Shutdown Joke

JIMMY FALLON: In the meantime, Trump is asking Congress to fund his border wall, and there might be a government shutdown if they don't. Or as Trump put it, 'Did you hear that? The wall hasn't even been built and it's already a huge obstacle. Amazing how quickly that happened.'

Jimmy Fallon: Hillary Crushes Wine Glass Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I saw that President Trump did an interview the other day where he said that he never realized that being president was such a big responsibility. And somewhere far, far away, Hillary Clinton crushed the wine glass she was holding.