There is only one outfit more protective of Barack Obama than the Secret Service and its initials are C.N.N.
With their nemesis sitting in the oval office you can bet they are working overtime to protect the former president.
When Donald Trump tweeted early Saturday, "Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory", CNN dove in front of the incoming charge in a way that would make Candy Crowley proud.
Up went the headline, "Trump falsely accuses Obama of wiretapping him."
"Falsely"? Did they check? Since when does a news outfit knock down a subject's assertion in their own headline?
Since November 8th, 2016 is when.
Another CNN web story read "Trump's baseless wiretap claim" and another, my personal favorite, "Trump, with no proof, claims Obama tapped his phones; former US official says 'this did not happen.'
Baking "with no proof" into a headline is redundant, as the word "claim" already implies there is no proof, but the phrase is used by the anti-Trump, pro-Obama activists running CNN to poison the notion that there is any credence whatsoever in the President's charge. And the "former US official" cited is Ben Rhodes, father of the Benghazi video narrative, brother of David Rhodes who is the President of CBS News, and Obama BFF.
It's not just CNN, there is an iron dome of media at the ready to protect Obama and strike Trump 24/7.
"Obama denies Trump's unsubstantiated claim that he wiretapped phones in Trump Tower" was how ABC positioned it. Trump's claim is "unsubstantiated" while Obama's denial need not be vetted, naturally.
NPR was less egregious but got the point across as well with "President Trump Accuses Obama Of 'Wire Tapping.' Provides No Evidence."
The BBC got right to the point with "Obama 'never ordered Trump tapping.'"
Editorializing inside a headline by television news is a new phenomenon and not employed when it comes to their progressive allies.
For example, last month CNN ran the headline "Pelosi: 'white supremacist' Bannon making America 'less safe'". If ever the term "with no proof" or "unsubstantiated" should be pressed into service you'd think this would be the time. But it wasn't. CNN was perfectly happy to let the notion that the president's closest advisor is a modern day Hitler, fly free around the atmosphere.
In January, CNN ran a headline after interviewing Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, which read, "McDonough: Obama 'historically free of scandal'". Not so much as a "claims" made it into that beauty.
We can go way back to 2009 to learn from a CNN headline, "Obama: Police who arrested professor 'acted stupidly'". "Provides no evidence" was nowhere to be found.
President Obama is a God to many in the establishment media and Donald Trump is satan, so while the wiretapping story is hashed out, expect more capricious activism to be embedded within headlines. For that, there will be plenty of proof.
The Battle of Fallujah is an ice cream social compared to even one day mired within the brutal walls inside the Lexington School system.
It is so bad on our poor children that it became apparent to all that Lexington High students needed an emergency "Stress Reduction Day."
Something had to be done before PTSD had fully set in so the normal academic schedule was scrapped, first responders(teachers) strapped on big red clown noses and our little Lexington High Schoolers " got to enjoy yoga classes and mindfulness training, as well as music, sidewalk chalk and bubbles."
After all, stress levels at the school were "alarmingly high" and remember, these students are "coming of age as America's "most stressed generation."...............if you need to puke I'll understand.
If you are not familiar with Lexington, Massachusetts picture one of the oldest and loveliest towns in America.
The schools are great(no metal detectors to mar the aesthetic.
The median family income is over $150,000 as compared to a truly stressful town like Lawrence:$37,000.
"Stress" in Lexington means a Battle of Beamers.
Dear Lexington High Schooler, You have no stress. You cannot even imagine what stress is. The fact that the social hierarchy is unfair and that 'Shawna got a Range Rover' and you didn't does not amount to stress. Having to do hours of homework each evening and dealing with your lame parents is not hardship.
Not only are your problems 'first-world' problems but they are occurring in the upper tip of that first world-the 1% if you will. And yet you routinely sum up your tiny and unimportant travails with catchy web parlance like "FML."
Well, almost no person in any civilization in the history of Earth has had it as easy as you do so please do us all a favor and STFU.
Love, Tom from Winchester- where we REALLY had it tough...
Because the talk radio landscape is so barren in Boston I am occasionally forced to leave the weather band and dip my toe in the waters over at NPR. I pay for it, right?
The program I ran into yesterday is called "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook. Tom's show is"intelligent" radio-far from those fiery barbarians of conservative talk that those countless rubes who get their hands dirty listen to.
Bruins fans do not listen to Tom, I would guess.
Anyway, Tom was interviewing an author named George Packer who essentially informed me that the 1% and greed in general have destroyed this country....nothing new at NPR.
But it is the final minute of what was aired on this state-funded oracle or progressivism that caught my ear, in regards to America's decline...
"It may be that Barack Obama's job is to manage that decline, to make it as tolerable and equitable and successful as possible.."
"A successful decline, maybe that's what our leaders should be aiming for and talking about."
"There is nothing exceptional about America as a great power"
"I would rather we said that we've had our moment as the great power and now we're gonna be a power, and we're going to be a more just and fair and free power" I get it. George is not a big fan of the USA as currently constituted and is giddily waiting for us to be taken down a notch or two. This is all very boilerplate Occupy Wall Street.
BUT, it is taxpayer-funded Tom Ashbrook's quick response that really gets my attention. In reply to Packer's entire closing package of anticipating and celebrating the decline of the country, note Ashbrook's response...
"There's a great goal right there......that's a tall order, let's work for that."
Tom's over-enthusiastic validation tongue-bath was on my dime.
The tax-fattened NPR thought blob is happy to bite the hand that feeds it at every turn because any attempt by thoughtful Americans to turn off the spigot results in some calcified hack on Capitol Hill telling soccer moms that we're out to kill Elmo. So now, I will go back to listening to the weather band while still holding out hope that my pipe dream of a sudden national awakening one day results in the "successful decline" of NPR.
I have no real problem with Mickey Mouse. In fact, he plays a large role in my house, serving as spiritual leader to my two-year-old daughter.
There is no one she loves as much as Mickey Mouse. Not me. Not her mother. No one.
If Mickey or any other major character from Mickey's clubhouse issued a fatwa on me I would be dead within an hour - the victim of a sophisticated IED consisting of legos, sippy cup parts and Silly Putty.
Once again, there is no bad blood between me and the mouse. As a mater of fact I enjoy the (somewhat weird) Hot Dog dance.
I simply have a few questions:
1.Why does Donald Duck have a severe speech impediment while Daisy Duck can speak normally?(though she sounds like a middle-aged woman who smokes too much and hangs out in the bar at Applebees).
2.Why is Mickey's slave a dog? Pluto would destroy Mickey in a fight. It just seems like an inverse hierarchy is all.
3.What is Pete? What animal is he? And why keep him? He is always trying to screw with the clubhouse folks, devising ham-handed plots which are easily overcome with a little help from Tootles.
4.What is with Donald's uniform? Is he in the Dutch Navy? Is he AWOL?
5.Why does Mickey almost forget to summon the clubhouse at the beginning of each and every show? Let's roll that in to Tootles' responsibilities so that we can have some continuity and not be interrupted by the "Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse!" chant, incessantly.
6.If Mickey is going to need Tootles every two minutes then why not wear him like Flavor Flave did the clock?
7. And this one goes out to my cousin Kara who, as we speak, is probably carrying a dagger in her teeth, dressed like a cat burglar, climbing up the side of Mickey's hotel room in order to snuff out his little rodent life: Why does Mickey ask the audience(us) if we want to help him on his quest and then sit there slowly bobbing left to right, looking like an evil, wafting, clown dirigible, waiting for a response? Like I said, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is fine. It ain't great.
Wouldn't it be fun if the company fell in to the hands of someone with a real sense of humor, though? Imagine if the "Mystery Mousekatool" was napalm?
It's not gonna happen though. Those days are gone so we'll just have to leave it to the greats...
This will mark the end of the following companies:
House of Lords
Old Mr. Boston
Absolut Vodka (Seagram Americas)
Smirnoff Vodka (Heublein)
Amaretto di Saronno
B & B (D.O.M.)
Bailey's Irish Cream
Harvey's Bristol Cream
Early Times (Kentucky)
Old Mr. Boston
Black & White
Cutty Sark Scots Whisky
Dewar's Scotch Whisky
Haig & Haig "Pinch"
J & B Whisky
Johnny Walker Black
Johnny Walker Red
Ben Nevis Distillery
Hart Brothers Ltd.
Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen
Old Bushmill's for starters.
All the bars and clubs will close as well. Of course this study is nonsense.