…thanks to R McGee on LinkedIn
…thanks to R McGee on LinkedIn
Remember the popular TV comedy series, Seinfeld, where the cast of banal, vacuous characters go about their daily dysfunctional lives to the amusement of viewers? Well, it reminds us a bit of the Trump impeachment hearings. And here’s why.
In one of the episodes, Jerry tries to explain to Elaine the comic book concept of Bizarro World, where everything is opposite what it should be. Jerry explains thus…
Jerry: Yeah, like Bizarro Superman—Superman’s exact opposite, who lives in the backwards Bizarro world. Up is down; down is up. He says “Hello” when he leaves, “Goodbye” when he arrives.
Elaine: Shouldn’t he say “bad bye”? Isn’t that the opposite of goodbye?
Jerry: No, it’s still goodbye.
Elaine: Does he live underwater?
Elaine: Is he black?
Jerry: Look, just forget the whole thing. Alright?
Enter Adam Schiff and his crusade to impeach Donald Trump. In Schiff’s Bizarro World, Trump is guilty until proven innocent. Official transcripts, such as the one of the phone conversation between the president and his Ukrainian counterpart, are not evidence, but speculation and conjecture are. Only the accusers can call witnesses but the defense can’t. Questions are controlled only by the prosecutor. Any claim of innocence on the part of the accused is deemed a desperate attempt to hide obvious guilt.
Consider the implications if an upstanding soul such as this writer were accused by one of my many enemies.
Recall that in the latest impeachment charges, Donald Trump is accused of demanding political favors from a foreign government in exchange for U.S. aid. And this, even though the actual record shows that no aid was withheld, no conditions were overtly attached to the receipt of such aid, and in fact the Trump administration had already drastically increased aid to the Ukraine. And he authorized it far in excess of that granted by any previous administration without favors of any kind in return. Then add in the facts that the president is constitutionally empowered to conduct foreign relations, and there is no law against asking for a favor. And anyway, all he actually asked for is an investigation of corruption, not dirt on an opponent. But all this is of no consequence in Bizarro World. All they have is the naked assumption by those unfriendly to the president that he probably—no DEFINITELY—intended nefarious things because, well…it’s Trump, isn’t it?
As you can see, in Schiff’s Bizarro World, the accused is presumed guilty, there is no right to confront your accuser (the “whistleblower”), there is no right to counsel, and unsubstantiated suppositions by Never-Trumpers about his intentions are conclusive evidence.
I’ll admit though that like Seinfeld, the process is amusing. Although for my money we’d be better served having Jerry, Elaine and Kramer running the inquiry rather than Goofy Adam Schiff. They’re more credible. And with the 2020 elections looming, let not the Democrats forget that Seinfeld is no longer on the air.
Are you as befuddled as we were after the most recent Democratic debates? Remember: silly proposals, wrong-headed claims, and shouting out-of-turn to vie for attention. It reminded me of a preschool teacher trying to corral a group of unruly four-year-olds. It defied explanation. But WAIT! We remembered the words of renowned physicist Albert Einstein, who taught us that understanding comes not from knowing the answers, but rather from knowing the questions to ask:
“Genius isn’t about knowing everything; it’s about knowing what questions to ask?”
So, in that we here at HardWired News are undisputed geniuses, we came up with a few questions to help us understand just what the hell went on:
If illegal aliens are undocumented immigrants, why aren’t bank robbers just making an undocumented withdrawal?
If giving every adult $1000 a month is a good thing, why isn’t giving them all $1 million a month a thousand time better?
If giving people benefits without raising taxes works, why wouldn’t giving poker players (who anteed $10 for ten chips) ten more chips make each player twice as well off?
If people who sneak into our country to get our benefits are victims deserving asylum, why aren’t home invaders entitled to take the stuff and be immediately set free?
If illegal aliens deserve American health care benefits, why not just provide it to them in their home countries so they don’t have to make the trip?
If shouting down your opposition is the way to get noticed and win, why doesn’t ANTIFA run everything?
When our current political hopefuls run out of whacko things to give away in return for votes, what will the next generation of politicos give away?
If Wall Street is the cause of all our problems, why not banish them all to concentration camps like Hitler did with his problem causers?
If using other people’s money to give free stuff away in exchange for votes is a good thing, why don’t candidates take each other’s money and buy the votes of their opponents’ supporters?
If the definition of insanity is using the same failed strategy and expecting different results, why aren’t proponents of socialism adjudicated insane?
We don’t have all the answers to these questions just now (actually we do), but we’re still geniuses for asking them. Right?
And you, Dear Reader? We’re pretty sure you have answers of your own (you’re free to post them here). Good luck!
Disclaimer: Einstein never really said that—we made it up (they’re still damn good questions)
Are you like us, worried about the greatest threat to American society? Maybe you think it’s the opioid epidemic. Or nuclear proliferation, perhaps AIDS or even Global Warming. If so, you’d be wrong.
No, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), Brown University, and the world’s greatest authority on what’s wrong with America, Elizabeth Warren, it’s Toxic Masculinity.
Yep. But, hey, maybe there’s a grain of truth. After all, who isn’t horrified by rape, domestic violence, drunken barroom brawls and the like? But those are a tiny fraction of all men, the criminal element populating our jails. And it’s not at all what the APA, New York Times, and a host of other progressive (insert liberal) organizations are talking about. No, the APA unashamedly calls the threat “traditional masculinity” (our emphasis) indicating the problem is that of everyday men being…well…men.
Here are a few of the APA’s indicators of toxic masculinity (a term originally attributed to uber’-liberal Elizabeth Warren):
If that sounds like just about most of the men you’ve ever known, you’re probably right.
Our cadre of physicians and scientists has found that the opposite of toxic masculinity, and therefore the correct way to be, is something they describe as femimasculinity or being a femimasculist. Think about it: the alternative to the above indicators is being overtly emotional, having a soft exterior persona, displaying vulnerability, readily talking about everything, and having little interest in sex (post marriage, anyway). And that describes just about all of the women we know.
Now, we’re not talking about sexual orientation here. That’s something altogether different. No, we’re talking about how ordinary men act. With a nod to Jeff Foxworthy, here are a few tests you can take:
Of course, all of us want to be part of the solution, not the problem. But overcoming toxic masculinity requires a more in depth understanding of the symptoms before we can identify those needing a cure. Here is a handy list of scenarios prepared by our Research Department that contrast nasty toximasculists with oh-so-desirable femimasculists.
Fellows, if you fall into one or more of the above Toxic Masculinity categories, not to worry. Courses and programs to fix yourselves are cropping up at progressive institutions, and just in time. Breitbart.com reports that, among others, Brown University is offering a program Unlearning Toxic Masculinity 101. Brown’s literature says
Brown’s goal is to create a “safe space” for male students to “unpack all of the things they have learned about masculinity and what it means to be a man…”
Thank God! Help is on the way.
So guys, if someone says you have toxic (e.g. traditional) masculinity and are therefore a threat to society, go ahead and enroll in a course to become a femimasculist. Or…you can just tell them to kiss your toxic (insert your own noun here).
Occasionally (or in this case, “Ocasio”-nally, get it?) we post a cartoon that tickles our fancy. Here is today’s offering:
Borrowed with appreciation from LinkedIn and DB .
Of course, the photo is of new uber-liberal phenom, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young, pretty and loquacious newly elected Democrat representative from the Bronx. An unabashed socialist, she has been something of a disruptor even for the Democrats. Beyond her preposterous ideas (e.g. abolish Ice, all energy to be non-fossil by law), she has become known for a failure to grasp widely understood facts and a penchant for blurting things that are…well…stupid. Here are just a few:
Said “Honduran caravan migrants” are equivalent to “victims of the Holocaust.” Jewish people might have a different take on that.
“We’re gonna flip this seat red in November,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a rally for a Kansas Democrat. Red, of course, is used to denote a Republican. Either she has flipped parties, or meant “red” as in communist.
“Unemployment is low because people are working 80 hours a week.” Lest we forget, unemployment is measured by people not working at all, and not by those working extra jobs or hours. If companies require more people to work overtime as an alternative to hiring more workers, it would raise – not lower – unemployment.
“A 17-year-old can walk into a shop and get (an assault weapon).” Not so fast, Alexandria, that has long been prohibited by federal law.
When asked by an interviewer to elaborate on her views about the Israel-Palestine issues, after stumbling over her answer at first, she said.“Oh…um…I think I meant…I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue, I just look at things through a human rights lens and I may not use the right words … Middle Eastern politics is not exactly at my kitchen table every night.” Welcome to Congress where you are in good company, girl.
When asked by another interviewer how she felt about Nancy Pelosi as a potential House Majority Leader, her answer was, “She is, she is the leader of, of– no no, she, I mean, um, um, Speaker, or rather Leader Pelosi, hopefully, um, you know, we’ll see, she’s uh, she’s the current leader of the party and I think the party absolutely does have its leadership in the House, we our leadership in the Senate as well.”
“I would love to get inaugurated January 3rd [and on] January 4th we’re signing healthcare.” Only Presidents are inaugurated, Alexandria, Congresswomen are sworn in. Must have cut civics class that day.
There’s plenty more, but we’d run out of ink. I think you get the picture, though.
HWN actually likes Miss Ocasio-Cortez and admires her spunk. Our coverage here is not an attempt to humiliate her, but rather to point out that the political left is most often driven by feelings, rather than facts or rigorous analysis, as exemplified by this Democratic newcomer.
So…we wish Alexandria nothing but the best on her road to recovery from being another mindless far-left icon.
Our otherly-abled office boy, John Bascom, recently showed us a letter he wrote to his senator regarding the impasse over the wall. To our great surprise, it was spot on, validating the adage “even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again.” So we thought we’d reproduce it here and see if our readers agree and are motivated to write their own senator or representative.
Our view is that the opposition is motivated by the prospect of humiliating the president and denying him a key campaign promise to undermine his re-election chances and advance the prospect of a Democrat controlled government in 2020. It should not go unnoticed that many recently elected Democrats ran on being independent of party politics and pro-border security. These promises are seen as disingenuous given recent events. In the meantime, ordinary citizens who want and need effective border control are simply…well…screwed. If our readers have a similar notion, we encourage them to write their own senators and representative, especially if they are Democrats, to express their opinion on this matter. The following links have contact information for individual senators and representatives
One of our occasional contributors, hapless office-boy John Bascom, has provided his list of 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. In view of our political climate and how they influenced his resolutions, we thought we’d share them with you here:
’nuff said – with acknowledgement to Robert McGee on LinkedIn.com
We admit it: we’re fascinated by the hypocrisy of the left. It’s at the same time stomach-turning and riveting, like not being able to avert one’s eyes from a deadly automobile accident that is unfolding.
Enter Cory Booker, the uber-liberal Democrat who led the charge against poor, defenseless Bret Kavanaugh. You remember, Kavanaugh was the Supreme Court nominee (now an Associate Justice, thank the Lord) who was accused of sexual assault over thirty years ago when he was still a high school teen. The charges were leveled without corroboration, even by the accuser’s best friend who was supposedly a witness but who then denied it (actually, nobody remembered it). Kavanaugh was confirmed, but not until the left went ballistic, screaming and protesting (still) that an accuser must be believed without evidence of any kind. Cory “I’m Spartacus” Booker led the merciless onslaught.
He then put his left hand on my groin, over my jeans, and began to rub…He then used his other hand to grab my left hand with his right and pulled it over to touch him. At the same time, he disengaged from rubbing me and used his left hand to push me to my knees from my shoulder for what was clearly a move to have me perform oral sex on him. At that point, I pulled away quite violently…
…anonymous Booker accuser
But the reaction from the left is a little—shall we say—different this time. The national broadcast media—we all know how they roll—are not pushing the story like they immediately did with Kavanaugh. Nor are the Dems angrily and self righteously demanding Booker’s removal from office. No, now that it’s one of them, they are painting it as a smear without merit of any sort. And if this isn’t paradox enough for you, CNN actually defended him regarding a separate incident of sexual assault perpetrated by Booker when he was fifteen. Of course, when those excuses were (rightly, in our view) made by Kavanaugh supporters they were vilified. Now they are righteous when used to defend crazy Cory Booker.
For our part, we give no greater credence at this point to Booker’s uncorroborated bathroom accuser as we did to Kavanaugh’s. The irony is in the left’s hypocrisy in outrage over the accusations against Kavanaugh, and then defending their own when basically the same type of accusations are leveled.
The most amazing thing is, in the face of this continuing hypocrisy and dishonesty on the left, everyone is expecting a blue wave on election day in two weeks. Go figure!
God save us.
Guest contributor Pat McQueen has some thoughts to share with us regarding the recent Kavanaugh confirmation process and the role of some of the protesters. Pat is a financial consultant, retired banker and former State of Michigan Banking Commissioner, although he still has lucid moments. While his thoughts don’t conform to the usual satire we deal in, they still shed light on some of the shenanigans going on in political Washington. Enjoy.
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…
As You Like It…William Shakespeare
We were entertained by several “players” during the confirmation hearings. Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser Dr. Ford both gave impressive performances. One may find this hard to believe, but my favorite performance was that of Ana Marie Archila, the “entertainer” performing in and around the elevator occupied by Senator Jeff Flake on or about September 28. Ms. Archila’s best line was screaming, “Look at me!”
Listening to CNN and Fox News during the Kavanaugh and Ford performances alternately, both networks provided what I would consider fair reviews for the most part.
When Ana Maria Archila gave her performance, however, I was listening to CNN. Archila’s passionate, and sometimes obnoxious, performance was reviewed in detail by CNN. The Archila reviews took a vastly different tone. CNN knew who Kavanaugh and Ford were. They had studied Ford for days and Kavanaugh for months. CNN had no idea who Archila was, yet they gave her an amazing amount of time, great deference and sympathy. My recollection is that CNN characterized Archila’s performance as powerful.
CNN fell into a trap. The trap was set by MoveOn.org, the Center for Popular Democracy and Ms. Archila. As it turns out, Ms. Archila is very good at what she does, with an annual salary and bonus in excess of $175,000 per year as co-executive director of the latter organization. The Wall Street Journal, page A19, Monday, October 8 is my source.
Archila is a paid activist that put on the performance of her life.
It shook Senator Flake and delayed and altered the confirmation process. CNN bought it hook, line and sinker, giving her instant credibility by providing her the stage, lots of time and a glowing reviews. Archila was either “fake news” reported by CNN or CNN was simply hoodwinked; your call.
If CNN had reported that Archila was a lobbyist would it have made a difference? Did CNN have an obligation to conduct any due diligence on Archila? Was CNN’s handling of the confrontation influenced by any biases or predispositions?
If I ran the NRA I would hire Archila. Maybe not; it is highly unlikely that such a riveting performance would be given any credibility by CNN on a pro-Second Amendment topic.
That is the problem.
Finally, if I were in charge of the U.S. Senate, I would not allow paid (or even unpaid) political activists unfettered access to members of the United States Senate during working hours. Flake ended up looking like a fool.
Unfortunately, CNN and its followers will continue to believe “Look at me!”
Ms. Archila, great acting! You should get an Oscar! You are vastly underpaid.