Closing Thought–29Apr21

From the “Can’t Fix Stupid” Files

It’s Tucker again!  And there is a wealth of stupid falling from that open mouth.

This stupidity comes from FOX News (where else?) presenter Tucker Carlson……

Tucker Carlson says he’s so unhappy with society and the media in America that if he was a younger man, he would consider leaving. In an interview with sports website Outkick, the Fox host questioned some of his life choices and attacked his fellow journalists as “cowards” and “cringing animals” who refuse to chase “the tough stories on the people with the most power,” the Guardian reports. “The media is basically Praetorian Guard for the ruling class, the bodyguards for Jeff Bezos,” he said. “That’s the opposite of what we should have.” The journalists of his youth were “fearless,” Carlson said, but today’s are “small-minded, status-obsessed, insecure.” “I really hate them for it,” said Carlson, whose new Tucker Carlson Originals show launched on the Fox Nation streaming service Friday.

On his main show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson regularly attacks lesser-known journalists, some of whom have reported harassment and death threats afterward, the Washington Post reports. During the Outkick interview, Carlson also slammed “liberal arts education” and said he wished he hadn’t gone to college. He said he pushed all four of his children to skip college, though none of them have done so. Asked what he would do if he was 30 years younger, the 52-year-old said he would move to Idaho or Montana to start his own newspaper instead of becoming part of a “system based on lies”—or just leave the country altogether. “I love America, but if I were 22, I might look to see if there’s another place that’s going to treat me as an individual and not as a member of a tribe,” he said.

No need to be retrospective…..it is never too late….go now while you can.

Any suggestions for Carlson?

Plus I will chip in for a ticket to the country of choice….may I suggest Russia since you have passed off their propaganda as fact…..Putin will embrace you and Trump will give you the medal of ignorance.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Biden’s State Of The Union Address

Biden was invited to a joint session of Congress to give the traditional SOTU address on 28 April……he accepted….this will be a break with tradition for Presidents don’t deliver a State of the Union address to Congress until their second year in office…….and the speech went something like this…..

President Biden addressed Congress for the first time since taking office Wednesday night, calling for America “to do more than just build back. We have to build back better.” How so: by making sure corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans are paying their fair share, CNN reports. The network says he laid out an economic and infrastructure plan that amounted to “a far more progressive agenda than his 2020 campaign would have suggested.” More from the address, reactions to it, and the Republican rebuttal from Sen. Tim Scott:

  • The New York Times and CNN have more on what was included in the address, which also touched on foreign policy, immigration, coronavirus vaccination, the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, and more.
  • Scott, the only Black GOP senator, said in his response that Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan is “big government waste.” The Times also has more on his rebuttal, which also called out coronavirus shutdowns and the growing divide over systemic racism: “America is not a racist country,” he said.
  • The AP fact-checks both Biden’s and Scott’s speeches. It finds a number of issues with Biden’s address, including his claim that “There’s a broad consensus of economists—left, right, center—and they agree that what I’m proposing will help create millions of jobs and generate historic economic growth.” The statement “glosses over the naysayers” some of whom say the spending is too much. It also finds misleading statements from Scott’s response; more here.
  • The AP also has details on the “diminished mood” of what is typically a more “electrifying evening,” but was much less so this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also notes that many Republican lawmakers simply didn’t attend. Those who did, including Mitch McConnell, rarely stood up to applaud. But Biden name-dropped McConnell poignantly, recalling that “it meant a lot” when McConnell suggested Biden name a cancer research bill after his late son, Beau.
  • A poll conducted after the address found that 71% of respondents felt more optimistic after hearing it, CNN reports.
  • WTVY rounds up some of the reactions that have come in from lawmakers. The Daily Beast notes that on Fox News, Chris Wallace was predicting the speech would be popular with Americans while Ben Domenech argued it would be a quickly-forgotten “blip.”

I heard nothing new….his daily news updates has told us everything we need to know….this was nothing but a much deserved victory lap.

But let’s face reality…this is nothing more than a wish list that will go NO further than the Senate and as we know this is where great bills go to DIE!

For me it was redundant and boring….but that was nothing new for me.

Then there was the GOP response…..given by South Carolina senator, Tim Scott…..

A typical Repub response….Dems bad and Repubs good…..and as usual there was no plans for the future other than to repeat lies and misinformation…..the party used Scott to try and change the conversation on race and the stupidity of the party…..and yet he failed on this issue completely.

Scott just reiterated the obstructionism that we have lived with since 2008.

All in all it was a wasted evening for me.

But that is something that I am use to with the American experiment these days.

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Spotlight On Giuliani

I have never thought Rudy was all that even in the shadow of the Towers on 9/11….and my dislike only grew…..through his failed presidential fiasco and through the Trump years where to me he sounded like a babbling moron I always thought he was.

Now the DOJ has raided Rudy’s office on his dealings with Ukraine…apparently something may be a bit hinkey with his dealings…..

Federal investigators from the office Rudy Giuliani used to lead searched the former New York City mayor’s Manhattan apartment and Park Avenue office early Wednesday, sources tell numerous outlets. Insiders tell the New York Times that Giuliani’s electronic devices were seized in connection with an investigation of his dealings in Ukraine. Sources tell the Times and AP that the United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan, which Giuliani led from 1983 to 1989, pushed for a search warrant last year but the Justice Department under former President Trump refused to sign off on it. The AP reports that in doing so now, prosecutors are indicating they have probable cause that Giuliani committed a federal crime; that does not mean he will be charged. The Times calls it “an extraordinary move for prosecutors to take against a lawyer, let alone a lawyer for a former president.”

Giuliani lawyer Roberto Costello confirmed the searches to the Times, calling them unnecessary and “legal thuggery.” Giuliani has not been charged and he has denied wrongdoing, CNN reports. He hasn’t commented on the Wednesday search yet, but he has previously described the investigation as “pure political persecution.” The Times reports that investigators have been focusing on whether Giuliani illegally lobbied for the administration on behalf of Ukrainian oligarchs. Giuliani has longstanding connections in Ukraine and worked on behalf of Trump to try to dig up damaging information on President Biden and his son, Hunter. Two Soviet-born men who aided Giuliani’s investigation were arrested in the US in 2019 on campaign finance charges. Politico reports that investigators suspect Giuliani was paid for his efforts to persuade Trump to oust US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

Sorry but all I have is …”could not happen to a more deserving slug”….he went form “America’s Mayor” to “America’s Court Jester”…the Fool On The Hill”.

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”