Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Yesterday's Onion story, today's reality

As much as I am normally overzealous to mock the brittle minds which comprise Social Justice Warriors, leftist kooks and media loons, I desperately hoped this story was fake.

Apparently, even being Asian doesn’t mean people won’t take you for being a white nationalist.

ESPN confirmed Tuesday night that it had decided to pull an announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee. This Robert Lee is Asian.

“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties,” reads the ESPN statement posted at the popular Fox Sports college-football blog Outkick the Coverage.

“Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?” wrote disbelieving blogger Clay Travis, who first broke the story, citing “multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN.”

Mr. Lee had been scheduled to call the Cavaliers Sept. 2 game in Charlottesville against William and Mary.

“It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue,” ESPN said in its statement.

Ummm....it's only an issue because ESPN IS MAKING IT AN ISSUE. Honestly, does ESPN think so little of its audience that they believe the viewers would be "triggered" due to an Asian guy having the same name as a Confederate general from the 19th century?!?!

I'm still holding out hope that this is a hoax. Honestly, I've become more jaded and cynical over the past decade or so but I absolutely refuse to believe this country has gone full Idiocracy.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Box Score of the Week

Milwaukee Braves at New York Giants - August 27, 1957.


Braves' slugger Eddie Matthews hits his 25th home run of the 1957 campaign. In doing so, Matthews became the first player in MLB history to have six seasons of 25 or more homers before his age 26-season.

That record has since been equaled by Frank Robinson and Mike Trout.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Submitted without comment


Though it seems like we've been friends for years, I'm finishing....

Wow. What a news week, eh? I'll do my best to squeeze as much content as I can into an hour, as the Northern Alliance Radio Network program The Closer gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bannon bounced

Amid rumors swirling that President Donald Trump's inner circle was about to be severely shaken up, the New York Post published this photo about a month ago:

Since then, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has been fired. Shortly thereafter, Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci (after a mere 11 days on the job) was given the boot.

Then on Friday, the man considered Trump's top strategist was let go

Top presidential adviser and nationalist bomb-thrower Steve Bannon is out of a job, the White House said Friday.

“Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Kelly had earlier wrapped up a review of the West Wing staff and the former Breitbart editor, the voice of the alt-right who had the president’s ear, was the first casualty.

“Bannon had one hell of a run,” tweeted Matt Drudge, who first reported the story.

Bannon had been on the outs with Trump before for grandstanding and stealing the spotlight, but the president suspected he was one of the main leakers in the administration, trashing his colleagues in news reports.

With that, the Post updated it's "Survivor" board:

I suspect that Bannon's interview with The American Prospect, where he trashed colleagues and undermined the Trump administration's talking points about readiness for war with North Korea, was the last straw. So is firing perhaps the most toxic figure in Trump's administration going to calm the proverbial rough waters? To say I'm skeptical would be an understatement.

So what's next for Bannon? Apparently he walked right from the White House straight to a Breitbart.com editorial meeting where he will resume his previous role with that media outlet. So now that Bannon is unbound, will it be no-holds-barred against Trump & Co.? Ben Shapiro, who was at one time a co-worker of Bannon's at Breibart.com, gives his perspective.

Bannon won’t go straight at Trump. That would be foolish. Instead, he’ll pretend to be Trump’s ally in fighting the swamp from the outside. That’s already how Bannon is playing it. According to (The Weekly Standard's Peter) Boyer, Bannon says that Trump gave him the go-ahead to attack the Republican establishment: “I said, ‘look, I’ll focus on going after the establishment.’ He said, ‘good, I need that.’ I said, ‘look, I’ll always be here covering for you.’”

That means that Bannon will immediately go after a bunch of his old enemies, according to The New York Times (and as I predicted earlier today): Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, plus Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Already he’s characterizing Trump’s presidency as hijacked by those who would “try to moderate him…His natural tendency – and I think you saw it this week on Charlottesville – his actual default position is the position of his base, the position that got him elected. I think you’re going to see a lot of constraints on that.”

So Bannon will pretend that Trump’s foibles are really just Trump being misled by others.

Until, that is, Bannon finds a convenient way to turn on Trump himself.

While there's nothing Trump could ever do to assuage leftists, he did at least placate a few conservatives by firing the one member of his team with the closest connection to the "alt-right." Again, I don't believe this will magically transform the Trump administration into a disciplined operation. However, it's a move that absolutely had to be made.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Radical Islamic terror strikes Barcelona, media deflects

Another "soft target" hit in the West.

A van veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in what authorities called a terror attack.

The late afternoon attack in the city’s Las Ramblas district left victims sprawled in the historic street, spattered with blood or writhing in pain from broken limbs. Others were ushered inside shops by officers with their guns drawn or fled in panic, screaming and carrying young children in their arms.

“It was clearly a terror attack, intended to kill as many people as possible,” Josep Lluis Trapero, a senior police official for Spain’s Catalonia region told reporters late Thursday.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, saying in a statement on its Aamaq news agency that the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the Islamic State” in response to the extremist group’s calls for followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive it from Syria and Iraq.

The sobering reality is attacks via vehicle are becoming all too commonplace with very little recourse to eradicate them. Think about it. How often do people just carry on with the mundane business of the day, walking down a city sidewalk while scores of cars drive by? It only takes one vehicle to jump a sidewalk and kill or severely injure a significant number of people.

On a separate note, some media members couldn't help themselves by invoking a similar act from Charlottesville, VA over the weekend.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer suggested that the terrorists who carried out the attack were copycats of the violence in Charlottesville, where a woman was killed when a car driven by a white supremacist plowed into a crowd of protesters who were marching in opposition to white supremacist rally in the Virginia city.

“There will be questions about copycats, questions about if not what happened in Barcelona was at all, at all, a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Blitzer said. “Even though they may be different characters and different political ambitions, they used the same killing device — a vehicle going at high speed — into a group, a large group, of pedestrians.”

The insinuation seemed to be that the Barcelona terrorists took a page out of an incident at Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally. You would think a longtime media veteran like Blitzer would realize this has been the M.O. of radical Islamists long before this past weekend. Heck, the year 2017 alone provided more than enough examples.

That doesn't even include the July 2016 attack in Nice, France where a cargo truck killed 86 people and injured more than 400 others.

Look, what James Fields (the Charlottesville driver) did was beyond despicable and thus he will likely never see the light of day again. But to suggest that his actions in any way influenced the horrific incident in Barcelona is at best being ignorant of past terroist actions and at worst displaying utter stupidity.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

POTUS one-upped again

I've noticed a trend since Donald Trump has become President. No matter how buffoonish he comes across, his detractors within the media inexplicably come off worse.

Yeah, because when I see footage of masked thugs engaging in acts of violence and destruction of property in an effort to suppress First Amendment rights, I totally think of the soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Flippin' morons.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

White nationalists and Social Justice Warriors deserve each other

Via Brendan O'Neill:

It's becoming so clear now why the war of words between SJWs and the new white nationalists is so intense. It isn't because they have huge ideological differences -- it's because they have so much in common. Both are obsessed with race, SJWs demanding white shame, the alt-right responding with white pride. Both view everyday life and culture through a highly racialised filter. SJWs can't even watch a movie without counting how many lines the black actor has in comparison with the white actor so that they can rush home and tumblr about the injustice of it all. Both have a seemingly boundless capacity for self-pity. Both are convinced they're under siege, whether by patriarchy, transphobia and the Daily Mail (SJWs) or by pinkos and blacks (white nationalists). Both have a deep censorious strain. And both crave recognition of their victimhood and flattery of their feelings. This is really what they're fighting over -- not principles or visions but who should get the coveted title of the most hard-done-by identity. They're auditioning for social pity. "My life matters! My pain matters! I matter!" The increasing bitterness and even violence of their feud is not evidence of its substance, but the opposite: it's the narcissism of small differences.

It would be borderline amusing to see these kooks offset each other if it weren't so detrimental to our country.