THE STATE OF THE UNION (According to Honey’s experiences of the last few weeks)

Within the last few weeks I have had conservatives lambaste liberals to me as a Fifth column, never to be trusted. They tell me liberals are inbuilt enemies of this country with whom we must not associate in any capacities. They are disgusted with the way the left constantly puts down Trump and uses this crisis politically, almost celebrating this disease and our stock market’s decline, Anything that could help bring down Trump is okay by the liberals. Conservatives fill my inbox with bombardments of columns expressing the anger that they constantly feel against liberals and their stubbornness in facing the truth about how horrible their party has become, full of socialists and anti-semites.

Contemporaneously, I have had liberals accosting me with expressions of their terror, panic for our doom all because Trump isn’t doing enough and never takes it seriously and is incompetent and doesn’t care about this country – and don’t bother me about China being the cause when we all know, even if you don’t, the real cause is our horrible president and why is he allowed to be president when he is aiding in bringing about our doom, etc. And you are the only one who feels the way you do and will defend Trump no matter what. How can you finally refuse to face the truth that your president is horrible and causing this disease to spread because of his stupidity, his incompetence and his lack of caring for America? This president is making me sick and I can’t stand it and you refuse to agree with me.

Talk about living in alternative universes. Only this time it is me living in both at the same time.

How can we ever become the UNITED States of America when we are so divided? Is this unfixable?

Of course I sympathize with the first point of view for several reasons. I despise the way the current dem party is full of socialists and anti-semites. It used to be that one could always count on the dem party to protect Jews and love and support Israel. Now dem party platform is outright anti-semitic and the Marx Sisters are so egregious in their attitudes and statements and the party is not even able to summon the courage to condemn their rhetoric. When Trump moved the Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, not one Democrat could see fit to go to celebrate that glorious occasion. NOT ONE.

And if you listen to the dem debates, they were all jumping over each other to move further to the left in their economic choices and central government planning choices. No one condemned Bernie for his love affair with all countries communist. I cannot associate myself with a party for whom these are the best it has to offer.

And with liberals I know blasting me all the time because I refuse to see the light when it is they who run from the truth and have limited knowledge because they pay attention to news sources like CNN and associate only with fellow liberals, it would be easy for me to condemn all liberals outright because they are so obtuse and do not know how to argue and if I make a good point, they can’t stand it and out comes the immediate “I don’t want to talk about it.”

But where I draw the line is when I am told to reject them as anti Americans and the enemy. My liberal friends love America and are good, kind people who simply mean well but are fighting the wrong causes because they are being inundated with wrong information and closing themselves off from learning the other side’s thoughts. They are in fact cultish.

However, I believe they too want what is best for our country. They are just people I do not agree with. If they are frantic about global warming and abortion rights and the social issues, I have other things that concern me.

I tell them all the time, “I don’t impugn your motives. Give me the same courtesy and don’t impugn mine.”

That is where I draw the line with the first point of view above. I like to quote Dennis Prager (and I do often). He talks about liberals as being distinct from The Left. It is a good idea. So I am not ready to throw out my liberal friends because we disagree or because we become panic stricken over different things.

It is much easier for me to be absolute in disagreeing with those in the second category.

While I didn’t want Trump at all in the beginning, from the moment he chose Pence (my first choice before Pence backed out and then my support went to Ted Cruz) and for most of what he has done since, I have been in his corner and with some few disagreements about some of his policies, I think he is second only to Reagan as my favorite president in my lifetime. I agree with his mockery of the media and enjoy his driving liberals nuts. He is fun. And he is getting some serious things done for us that are beneficial for the long haul. I am sickened by those who despise him, especially by liberal Jews who should learn some gratitude for such a president, particularly after what we had to contend with with the last one.

And, above all, I tell my liberal friends, you will not change my mind so do not discuss politics with me. They hate when I discuss politics because they will not changer their minds, either, but it is usually they who bring it up to me, though they do not realize it.

I am put in a terrible bind.

So now we have this current panic. At first my question was why is this the first time dances have been cancelled when this has never happened before. Then I asked why does everyone hate Trump and blame him when there are so few cases here and, according to one Rush rant, in 2010, 60 million Americans caught the Swine Flu and 20,000 died, 1800 of which were children, and Obama did nothing and I don’t remember one Republican chastising him or one person in congress or the media. And I am sick of this selective indignation.

And anyway. Just let’s get to work. We are America and when there is a crisis, we get out of it together. And if Trump was not exercised about it at first, neither was I until I learned more.

Trump’s knowledge was delayed we now know because China told no one what was going on. Once Trump learned about the disease and how it spread, he sprang into action and has not made one false move since as far as I’m concerned, mobilizing private industry and getting what we need started. I don’t love all of his proposed legislation of bailouts and money payouts, and prefer tax vacations and such and regulation drawdowns. But for the most part Trump is getting it right.

So there I am seeing and hearing both sides and having to sort it all. But what to do?

My prescription for this divide is simple and both sides have to want it.

I don’t need liberals to agree with me and there is surely small choice of my agreeing with them. I told one friend, “I am going to give you the best advice anyone ever gave you in your life. I love you and I am talking to you like a loving mother. Turn off CNN and never watch it again as long as you live. Listen to Rush if you want to know anything and Dennis Prager. Don’t read or watch anything if it disturbs you so much. But whatever you do, keep away from CNN!”

We must respect each other, liberals and conservatives. We can openly despise and put down The Left. But reasonable people everywhere can come to terms especially in a crisis like this. We are all in this together and we have to work together to fix things. We are Americans and we know how to do that better than anybody else.

Let’s be filled with love and gratitude for this great country and let’s get to work to fix thing.

Yet talking about contrasts again:

Here is an excerpt of a column I liked a lot by a realist, not a liberal (David Harsanyi):

But, on the other hand, there is no nation that can scale up production the way we can when we do take a war footing. I suspect that the risk-taking and entrepreneurial spirit embedded and fostered in American life will pay off. It took a week for an open-source project to come up with a 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype for hospitals. It takes only days for trucks to arrive with more food and supplies. In the United States, the instinct to hoard is psychological, not a matter of survival.

It’s difficult for us, the healthiest and safest generation in history, to contemplate that some things are beyond our control. People are dying. Even if we avoid the worst of the medical emergency, the economic one will be devastating for millions. Still, I’m not being a delusional patriot when I say there is no place I would rather be to ride it out than the United States.

And, on the other hand, another excerpt of a recent column about the new hope from the anti malarial pill which might help a lot, this bit of negativity, not surprisingly, from The New York Times:

With Minimal Evidence, Trump Asks F.D.A. to Study Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus,” the headline reads. And the subtitle: “The use of the existing drugs against the new virus is unproven, and some shortages have already been reported.

The article went on to claim that the president had “exaggerated the potential of drugs available to treat the new coronavirus, including an experimental antiviral treatment and decades-old malaria remedies that hint of promise but so far show limited evidence of healing the sick.”

Another Times article on the topic bore the headline “Trump’s Embrace of Unproven Drugs to Treat Coronavirus Defies Science.

You see what this liberal sheet just did? They took the great good news of hope that an inexpensive drug in conjunction with another, both already approved and easily available, and used the usual filthy things like, some experts believe or, we don’t really know enough to jump on a foolish bandwagon as Trump is ready to do, or warning that there are already reports of shortages – anything to mock hope, anything to disrupt belief in the possibility that something could fix this.

Disgusting people.

No one, not Trump nor his team of doctors, has announced that this has conclusively been proven to work 100%. It is merely something that, tested in a small controlled group, did work. And is that not a good thing?

To the left it is never a good thing if it brings credit to Trump or anyone on our side. It is only good if it helps them to have more power.

I may regret mentioning this, but here is a note I wrote recently to a friend mocking the liberal establishment for its hope that this at last will bring Trump down:

I tried to tell two friends that this was caused by China and they blew me off saying it doesn’t matter what caused it, we have to stop it. Translation, if you don’t have anything bad to say about Trump, I have no interest.

Leftists, as opposed to my liberal friends, need this crisis, any crisis, to hang their hopes on. The worst thing that could ever happen to the left is if that anti malarial pill could do the trick. Their depression would be palpable.

Global warming, they would intone. Alarm, alarm. Look over here. Please, we need some climate catastrophes soon. Anything. Help. Please, help. I’m drowning. Nothing is working…..h e l p p p p p p p…

On civility

Consider this:

A democrat president nominates a person for the Supreme Court. Hearings are not used to demolish the character of the nominee or to lie about the choice. Republicans, generally polite, agree that elections have consequences and a president gets to choose his nominee and usually the nominee gets the votes of the vast majority of the Republican senators.

A Republican nominates a Supreme Court Justice and then it begins – the tearing down of the reputation, the lies about what America would look like if this nominee were on the Court, the witnesses and speeches and whatever they can use to destroy this person.

And though some Dems may vote for the President’s choice, the majority of the dems will vote no.

Consider the same kind of behavior for almost any other thing you want.

Consider how often the Tea Party members, Republicans in the congress, the Republican President and his supporters are called all sorts of hideous things. Nazis, treasonous (punishable by death), racists – you name it.

Show me the Republican public official who uses such name calling of Dems. More often there is a discussion of why we disagree with them. If we call them socialists, it’s because that is what they call themselves.

If we call them anti-semites, well, it is difficult not to the way they speak. But generally we talk about disagreements rather than call them names.

In colleges the fight against freedom of speech of those you may disagree with does not come from the right. It is leftists who promote violence and refuse to allow freedom for certain speakers to speak.

The IRS under Obama singled out conservative groups and delayed their ability to get tax exempt status. I can’t recall the IRS under any Republican president doing that against liberals.

Facebook punishes and restricts only conservatives, never leftists. Same with other social media.

And finally the press helps out the left by using the same tactics as the dems.

I ask you is civil discourse possible under these conditions?

Welcome to the party, pal!

Better late than never, I guess…

Twitter used to be interesting. I signed up a decade ago and quickly became addicted. You could meet smart people with similar interests, funny people with disturbing interests, and get breaking news a day before the cable nets got around to it.

A lot has changed in 10 years. Today, Twitter is mostly dumb people yelling at each other and self-appointed hall monitors trying to shut down accounts they don’t follow. On Saturday, feminist Meghan Murphy was permanently banned for stating that men aren’t women. Sunday, conservative commentator Jesse Kelly was permanently banned for … who knows? Twitter gave no explanation. In response, ur-blogger Instapundit deactivated his account and others are likely to follow.

With every dead account, Twitter gets a little less interesting. And since the social media site hasn’t been very interesting for years, that’s something CEO Jack Dorsey can little afford. There’s an obvious anti-conservative bias at play — most of the big names are booted for disagreeing with leftist narratives. Meanwhile, charmers like Louis Farrakhan say whatever they want.

Perhaps in a few years, everyone on the site can agree with each other about everything. Problem for Twitter is, there’ll only be a dozen members.

I’ve considered deleting my Twitter account a few times in the past year. Instead, I just spend less time there. I’ll tweet a joke or two, toss in a couple of links, then disappear for a few days. Sometimes, a few weeks. Then I enjoy real life, whether reading, writing, or hanging out with friends and family. (I also enjoy napping.)

Hopefully, Twitter will restore Murphy and Kelly’s accounts soon and Instapundit will return. But for their sakes, it might be better if they don’t. Real life is a lot more interesting than a dying social media service. […]

Well, it’s a start…

Barbra Streisand Says She Will Move to Australia If Trump Becomes President:

Streisand is just one of nearly a dozen celebrities who have publicly vowed to move out of the United States in the event that Trump is elected. Other stars who have made the same pledge include Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Samuel L. Jackson, George Lopez, Raven-Symoné and Cher.

Well, a good start anyway.

Under the Gun: Katie Couric Busted Editing to Deceive in Her Gun Control Documentary

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Well, she did spend a lot of her on air career working at NBC, the “edit” masters of television. Yes, NBC is very well known for their selective and deceptive editing touches to many stories they want(ed) to slant in their favored political agenda direction, or to make somebody look really bad…

(FOX News) – The makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists, an audio recording of the full interview shows.

At the 21:48 mark of Under the Gun a scene of Katie Couric interviewing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization, is shown.

Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

The documentary then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene.

However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked…..

Only, there wasn’t a pregnant pause in silent answer to Couric’s question. Instead, there was a very well-informed and robust round of answers to her question with a lot of facts and information to dispute her premise that she obviously deliberately set-up for the editing. The raw audio is VERY, VERY damning of Couric…

The Washington Free Beacon has the full coverage here: Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists

Since this hit the fan in the last couple days the people involved are trying hard to cover their asses and explain it away, but are failing (that is also covered in TWFB link under its updates).

Ed Morrissey @ HotAir isn’t taking any bait or buying any crap coming from the documentry’s producers who are urging him to “watch the film”

As Allahpundit already noted in an update, however, the cable channel that aired the documentary (EPIX) doesn’t seem to care about accuracy or honesty. They call the substitution of the actual answer for an unrelated response shot “creative and editorial judgment.” Apparently, Couric also chalks this up to the “creative” urge. The Yahoo News anchor issued a statement in support of Stephanie Soechtig: “I support Stephanie’s statement and am very proud of the film.”

Soechtig eventually offered this non-apology of the “I’m sorry that my brilliance was misunderstood” variety:

“There are a wide range of views expressed in the film. My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans’ opinions on background checks. I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way.”

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Also, please note the irony of the documentary’s tag line: In the gun debate, truth is the ultimate weapon. Good Lord.

Yep, the liberal/leftist MSM has done a fantastic job of not only cooking its own goose these last over 8 years, but burning the Hell out of it.

And, Goebbels— er, Katie, if you’ve lost the very liberal/left WaPo and HuffPo you’ve really lost it:

WaPo: Audiotape: Katie Couric documentary falsely depicts gun supporters as ‘idiots’

HuffPo: Here’s A Pro Tip For Katie Couric Before She Does Another Documentary: Don’t delete arguments you solicit.

And now some are calling for Katie Couric to be fired for her deliberate deception…

NRO: Dear Yahoo, Fire Katie Couric

Bearing Arms: The Fraud In “Gungate” Is Real, And Should End Katie Couric’s Career

Reason TV give Mz. Couric a bitter taste of her own edit treatment:

Lessons in Liberal Hypocrisy, Deception, and Idiocy

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Leo DiCaprio is so very concerned about the end of Earth due to ‘climate change’ disease, or something, that he insists we all reduce our carbon footprints with fossil fuel usage, and stop being so damn selfish ans self-centered, and lower our life’s expectations and … then he jumps a couple planes and flies over 8000 additional unnecessary miles

Leo DiCaprio picked up an environmental award in NYC this week — but hypocritically expanded his carbon footprint by 8,000 miles when he obtained the honor, by taking a private jet from Cannes, then flying straight back to France on another jet for a model-packed fund-raiser a night later.

DiCaprio was at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and was spotted there partying at club Gotha on Monday with model Georgia Fowler, then jetted back to New York for the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball at Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, where he was honored by the clean-water advocacy group and Robert De Niro.

Just 24 hours later, DiCaprio reappeared back in France for amfAR’s glitzy Cinema Against AIDS gala, where he gave a speech.

DiCaprio’s foundation just pledged $15 million to environmental causes at this year’s World Economic Forum. And during his Oscar acceptance speech, he said, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species.”

But he’s also been slammed for his use of private jets and yachts. Environmental analyst Robert Rapier, who said the actor’s movie-star lifestyle “diminishes his moral authority to lecture others on reducing their own carbon emissions,” told us of DiCaprio’s latest trips…

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His publicist’s excuse says Leo didn’t charter any flights, but simply “hitched” rides with people already going that way, so, you know, it’s all good. Um, that doesn’t smack of reduced ‘fossil fuel’ dedication. That’s like saying, “Hey, I didn’t buy the drugs, I just used somebody else’s”. It is a very lame rationalization that falls very flat for the jet-setting playboy who demands better from the rest of us. Oh, and his millions of donated dollars does not erase his carbon footprint. This whole pyramid sceme mentality of the ‘climate change’ hoax cult is more and more total bullshit. He’s not getting away with it: ‘Do as I say not as I do’: Leonardo DiCaprio *serious about #ActOnClimate (*UNLESS he’s got an award to accept)

Then there is this mentally warped dame who claims she’s an “artist”…

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An Australian artist has filmed herself having un-simulated sex with a stranger in a so-called ‘rape representation’ to encourage debate on the patriarchal nature of sexual violence.

Sophia Hewson – who arranged and choreographed the three-minute piece called Untitled (“are you ok bob?”) – invited the man to her home in New York to record the video.

Throughout the scene the focus is on Miss Hewson’s face as she looks towards the camera, and only the arms of ‘Bob’ – the man’s pseudonym – can be seen.

“The raped woman is nearly always depicted with her face downcast and her eyes averted,” she explained in a statement on her website.

“The most confronting aspect of Untitled (“are you ok bob?”), isn’t watching as a woman is struck or penetrated, it’s seeing her look back out at us from the experience.

“Caught in her gaze, the viewer is not only forced to bear witness to her subjectivity, but implicated in her desolation.”

The work of the 31-year-old artist, who was born in Cambridge, UK, but is now based in Melbourne, Sydney, has often explored the relationship between female objectification and the role of male power.

She says her latest work is “conceptually challenging” as it “threatens our assumption that man’s power is unsurmountable”.

She also said she wanted to highlight the idea that rape is “more than an unwanted sexual act, that it is the foundation for the entire institution of the patriarchy, and hence it is the crucial battleground for dismantling male power”….

Who, exactly, is “in power” here, really? I mean, she planned the event, invited the guy over, arranged, set-up, choreographed (which means she told him exactly what he had to do and when), and then willing participated in ‘her’ staged coitus with this guy. This “artwork” is a total bullshit lie, and if she ‘wins’ any awards for it they are all complicit in the lie. And she cannot, after all her ‘hard word’ claim that in her head she was saying “no”, or whatever excuse she would use to imply it wasn’t consensual on her part. We’re supposed to see ‘her’ version of the ‘truth’ in her glaring face? Nah, I don’t think so. I look and I see smugness and defiance. This sounds and looks like a really bad “ripped from the headlines” Law and Order: SVU episode.

MORE:

‘Pulsating hall monitor blob’: @IowahawkBlog sticks a fork in ChooseMyPlate.gov

And then there are our nation’s public schools, and when they aren’t pushing for boys in girls’ bathrooms and in locker room showers, are fascistically banning science books and slamming shut open minds and debate: Oregon school board bans books that question climate change

And our already PC squashed and demoralized military: Costly Renewable Energy Regulations Prevent Our Military From Doing Its Job

Social injustice via AoSHQ: Money – A third of cash is held by 5 U.S. companies. Two of those companies (Alphabet (Google) and Microsoft) were in the top 5 donors to Obama in 2012. I’m sure the other 3 are mostly democrat donors too…

One of Ben Rhodes’ “Force Multipliers”: Group that helped sell Iran nuke deal also funded media $100,000 to do so

‘Dying laughing’! Guy who live-tweeted mandatory diversity training session MIGHT be our new hero (and yours!) [pics]

Wait, I thought PP isn’t ‘political’ at all, but champions of “women’s healthcare”: ‘#WarOnBabies’ escalating? Planned Parenthood ‘training a political army’ [photo]

Hating America at Google

North Carolina High Schools Will Stop Naming a Valedictorian Because It Leaves Some Children Behind