No. 7 Bookworm Room Podcast: America has become a fantasy land

America is a divided country in part because half of Americans live in a fantasy land, predicated on fear and gossip, and entirely unrelated to reality.

(This is a companion post to the No. 7 Bookworm Room Podcast, which is embedded at the bottom of this post, or which you can find at Libsyn or at “>Apple Podcasts. If you like the podcast, please spread the word.)

I finally realized why I’ve been having such a hard time blogging (and podcasting) for the past few days. It’s because there’s nothing going on. Despite the 24-hour news cycle, the non-stop screaming from the Left, and the insanity of social media, nothing of note has happened in the world. Nothing at all. Instead, we’re getting made up headlines intended to convince credulous people — by which I mean most of the people amongst whom I’ve lived for the past several decades — that the world is coming to an end.

And that’s not an exaggeration. These people really do believe that Trump is a colorful amalgam of Satan, Hitler, the KKK Grand Wizard, and some hysterical television evangelist who wants to kill gays. That there is no evidence to support any of those claims is entirely irrelevant. Let me walk you through some of the madness.

Exhibit A is a little video that comes up every time I open Twitter. It doesn’t matter that I don’t follow Kirsten Gillibrand. It doesn’t matter that this was posted over 22 hours ago. And it doesn’t matter that this is not news. It’s the top of my Twitter feed no matter what:

It also doesn’t matter that it was President Obama who separated families and put kids in cages.

The stunning thing about this bathetic crying child video is that the Left is advocating an entirely new standard here: If you commit a crime and have children, it’s wrong for you to be arrested or punished for your crime.

The unspoken caveat, of course, is that this applies only if you’re in this country illegally. If you’re a born and raised American, whether white, black, or Hispanic, and you commit a crime, the fact that you have children is irrelevant. You should have thought of that before you ran afoul of the law. But not if you’re in this country illegally, taking jobs from Americans, getting free education for your kids, and getting free healthcare, if only by showing up in the ER when you can’t pay. Then, children are your “get out of jail free” card.

Exhibit B is the outrage over a photograph of Donald and Melania Trump with a baby that survived the shooting in El Paso:

When I see the photo, I see an affirmation of life. Out of the carnage, a baby survived. To me, this is a good thing. To Slate’s reliably over-the-top Dahlia Lithwick, this is proof that Trump is a man bereft of a soul:

That’s the president, grinning and giving a thumbs-up, as the orphaned child is held out like a trophy. If words weren’t inclined to fail, ghoulish and surreal might serve. This child has no parents because a shooter spouting Trumpist talking points about foreign “invaders” went to El Paso to kill them. And while the president refused to speak to reporters, who were scolded by the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, in a statement saying that the visits were all “about the victims” and not a “photo op,” hours later, Trump released a campaign-style video of his triumphal comforting tour.

It is clearly a horrifying spectacle of degradation when even consummate soulless showman Anthony Scaramucci is forced to say that the trip proved to be a “catastrophe” for the president, who was incapable of demonstrating the requisite quantum of “compassion” and “empathy” to win the reality show seal of approval. But for all its failures as a television event, Trump’s failure served to remind us how truly small he really is. And maybe that is enough.

(Of course, Slate also insists that all the Fast and Furious movies are gay. No, that’s not the Babylon Bee. It’s really Slate.)

The trip through a Leftist fantasy land continues with Exhibit C, which is Elizabeth Warren’s blatant lie that a white police officer murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson five years ago. Again, I’m not exaggerating. That’s what she tweeted out:

Now, I’ve always known that Warren is a liar, something I’ve been telling people going back to my unpleasant experience having her as my banking law professor. Nevertheless, the little lies she told about exams and assignments pale in comparison to her advancing her presidential ambitions by telling a lie intended to increase racial divisions in this country.

And yes, it is a lie. Obama’s own DOJ concluded that Brown was attempting to wrestle Officer Darren Wilson’s gun out of the officer’s hand when Wilson shot Brown in self defense. And the “hands up, don’t shoot” line is predicated upon that lie.

Moreover, Warren should not get any credit for using Biden’s formulation that Leftists believe in “truth over facts” and arguing that, even if Brown wasn’t the victim of a race based police murder, America is nevertheless awash in such murders. Statistics show with relentless regularity that officers are less likely to shoot black suspects, not more likely. Just the other day, Heather MacDonald again debunked the lie, relying on yet another study about officer shootings:

new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demolishes the Democratic narrative regarding race and police shootings, which holds that white officers are engaged in an epidemic of racially biased shootings of black men. It turns out that white officers are no more likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot black civilians. It is a racial group’s rate of violent crime that determines police shootings, not the race of the officer. The more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that members of that racial group will be shot by a police officer. In fact, if there is a bias in police shootings after crime rates are taken into account, it is against white civilians, the study found.

Of course, Warren’s lie pales before Exhibit D, which is the fact that Joe Biden’s entire campaign is predicated upon the “very fine people” hoax. Here’s Biden’s announcement that he was throwing his hat into the ring:

If you didn’t have the patience to listen to him slur his way through his “I’m throwing my hat in the ring” announcement, Biden explicitly accuses Trump of calling neo-Nazis “very fine people.” But of course, that’s not what Trump said at all. As any person who hasn’t been brainwashed knows, Trump was referring to those who were distressed at the Orwellian impulse to destroy history. Moreover, Trump noted, quite presciently, that no figure in American history would be free from purges. He then explicitly stated that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville were bad people who should be completely condemned:

Regarding Trump’s prescience, just this past June, Charlottesville announced it’s planning to erase Thomas Jefferson:

Nearly 200 years after his death, Jefferson’s birthday is set to be removed as a city holiday in Charlottesville, VA. Instead, the city’s mayor proposed replacing it with “Liberation and Freedom Day” in March to celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the area. The day is already celebrated, but Mayor Nikuyah Walker appears to want that day recognized as a paid holiday instead of Jefferson’s birthday.

Again, if you haven’t yet seen the PragerU video about this vile hoax, you must — and then please share it widely:

I have one more item to add to the Exhibit list when it comes to the fact that there is no news today, there’s only a fantasy world. Exhibit E is the fact that everyone — left, right, center, outer space, pro-Trump, anti-Trump, pro-Clinton, anti-Clinton — does not believe that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. On my Facebook and Twitter feeds, I’ve seen people say the Clintons did it (to protect Bill), Queen Elizabeth did it (to protect Prince Andrew), the Russians did it (to protect Trump), Trump did it (to protect himself), the FBI faked it and he’s in a room somewhere being debriefed, or that every single high profile person in Epstein’s famous little black book paid off the prison guards. The one thing that nobody says is that Epstein offed himself.

In other words, in the fantasy land that is the American political scene in 2019, the only thing that binds Americans together is their shared disbelief that a high profile prisoner who was supposed to be on suicide watch successfully offed himself. If we could vote on that one thing and that one thing alone, our nation would finally have harmony….

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Are there any normal Democrat primary candidates?

Watching the Democrat primary candidates emerge on the debate stage will be like watching a clown car disgorge its contents. Currently, they’re a joke.

I’ve been looking at the roster of current candidates for the Democrat primary and I have to ask — are any of them normal? Please understand that I’m not talking about qualifications. I’m really just talking about normalcy, as Warren G. Harding would have said. And for the ones who are normal, they are so undistinguished it’s almost breathtaking.

Just think about this roster of announced or thinking-about-announcing Dem presidential candidates. They make Jeb! look like a normal dynamo. Indeed, they make every Republican candidate ever look normal, scintillating, and highly qualified:
John Francis O’Rourke — Hit and run drunk driving, cow porn poetry, feeding his wife baby feces, eating dirt, sweating excessively, and so much more. Much, much more.

John Hickenlooper — Watches hardcore porn with his mother. ‘Nuff said.

Elizabeth Warren — She’s Fauxcahontas with a tin political ear and she drinks beer like a robot.

Joe Biden — Do I need to say more than “bad touch” Biden?

Cory Booker — I call him Spartawuss. Ace calls him “the Fiercely Heterosexual Cory Booker.” I’d respect Booker more if he’d just admit that he’s gay. Oh, and he admits to assaulting a woman in college.

Amy Klobuchar — The politician who would give Joan Crawford a run for her money in the “no wire hangers” category.

Kamala Harris — A woman who started her political career by sleeping her way to the middle, who lacks any charm, who has bad political instincts, and who lies about smoking pot in college. No, just no.

Andrew Yang — There’s the whole “don’t circumcise me, bro” thing, plus there’s that thing about handing out taxpayer money like candy. Why doesn’t he start with handing out his own money like candy?

Marianne Williamson — Her campaign asks people to “think. love. contribute.” She’s a New Age guru. Do I need to say more about that, either?

Bernie Sanders — Aside from being a hardcore communist, which means he cheerfully accepts one of the most evil, deadly ideologies in human history, he honeymooned in the Soviet Union, never met a totalitarian dictator he didn’t like, and drunkenly sang songs half-naked while in Russia. Really?

Kirsten Gillibrand — Do we really want as president a woman who sounds like a Barbie doll on helium and one, moreover, who panders to the Left even more than Elizabeth Warren? I don’t think this woman has stuck to any principled position ever.

Jay Inslee — This is a man with zero name recognition. Other than that, he’s a generic Leftist politician who’s been tight with the Clintons. He’s a Leftist of last resort.

Pete Buttigieg — The only openly gay candidate (sorry, Cory, you should have been honest). Buttigieg sounds great on paper, at least if you’re a Leftist (he loves Bernie), and he’s got that whole Bill Clinton Rhodes Scholar thing. The problem is that Buttigieg presides without distinction South Bend, Indiana — and that’s the sum total of his management experience.

Julian Castro — Like Inslee, a completely generic Leftist politician. His only distinctive qualification in the Democrat Party is that he’s Hispanic. Haven’t we learned from Obama that electing to the presidency because he’s a token representative of his race doesn’t presage good outcomes?

Tulsi Gabbard — Sorry, Tulsi, but you’re way too close to Assad in Syria. That’s some serious bad judgment.

John Delaney — Who?

Trump is now and always has been an eccentric, so maybe he doesn’t meet the “normal” metric. Nevertheless, before becoming president, he had a stunningly accomplished career distinguished by actual accomplishments. Moreover, in his two years as president he’s racked up a string of executive successes both domestic and foreign capped by getting a clean bill of health from political operative Robert Mueller and his team of Trump-hating attorneys.

I don’t see any of the Democrat clown car passengers taking Trump on successfully in 2020. Of course, that’s what everyone said about Trump vis-a-vis the Republican primary candidates so no, I’m not making predictions. I’m just struggling to deal with the facts before me.

Sitting here, I see a bunch of really weird or totally blah people, all of whom lack significant accomplishments. And that’s not even factoring in their hard, harder, hardest Leftist positions and their active or passive embrace of the anti-Semitism Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have made the Democrat Party’s worst kept secret.

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