When Your Token Keeps Talkin’ Too Much

Meggy Mac

Are Meghan McCain’s days numbered on The Bitchfest?

Whoopi Goldberg was noticeably exuberant on The View on Monday when warring co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar were out sick – and insiders have revealed to DailyMail.com that if Whoopi had it her way – one of them would be out for good.

Goldberg announced during the show’s opening that both Behar and conservative commentator McCain were ill but ‘will be back,’ warning people online not to start any rumors.

But insiders revealed Whoopi is growing less tolerant of McCain’s blow-ups on camera and the EGOT winner’s positive energy on Monday’s show was proof.

‘Whoopi is at her breaking point with Meghan. She’s been trying to hang in there, especially keep the peace with Meghan and Joy, but we all know she’s about to break,’ a source told DailyMail.com.

Beyond McCain’s on-air rants and spats with co-hosts, the source said she’s even more difficult behind the scenes.

The 34-year-old former Fox News commentator has reportedly developed a reputation for being nasty to certain producers, to the hair and makeup team and she regularly complains about the show’s executive producers to ABC bosses.

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Filling in for McCain was Tara Setmayer, an ABC and CNN contributor, whom Goldberg once told on air, ‘I wish you would come on here more.’

Rounding out the table was The View regular co-host Sunny Hostin and Friday host Ana Navarro.

Goldberg told producers on set, according to the source: ‘I could get used to shows like this. You all know what the difference was today.’

Apparently Whoopi wasn’t the only one who enjoyed Monday’s combination. Viewers on Twitter celebrated the pairing as well.

‘Did you notice how happy everyone was? Nobody was givin side-eye to the other hosts. It was great,’ @candice7799 wrote.

‘Finally a sensible conversation with sensible Republicans!! #TheView see how that went smoothly and everybody let the other one finish their sentence!!,’ @lanorikabeautif wrote.

‘#theview – Tara and Ana!!! Adult conversations today!! Gonna miss joy tho,’ wrote @jessica_2630 with an meme of a man dancing.

‘It was a great day on #theview No toxic behavior and taking the fun out of conversation. @abc Please hire Tara full time. Perfect cast. Whoopi, Joy, Sunny, Ana and Tara. The other two can go back to Fox News where they want to be,’ wrote @WhitneyFan90.

‘A gun control discussion with conservative and liberal views expressed with no screeching no eye-rolling, no huffing and puffing, no ‘I’m [fill in the blanks] daughter.’ #TheView,’ wrote @VAKnightStick

The View (aka The Bitchfest) has been on the air for 22 seasons. It was originally conceived as a new kind of talk show intended to appeal to women daytime audiences. The layout of the show is supposed to emulate a real-life setting of 4-5 women of diverse backgrounds sitting around a kitchen table or break room table having coffee and talking about stuff.

Lately the show has evolved into 3-4 women with liberal views ganging up on a token fake conservative. I say “token” because there is only one allowed on each show. The liberal view is never outnumbered. I say “fake” because the person filling that role is never someone like Dana Loesch or Michelle Malkin who is a solid conservative as well as being smart, good-looking and assertive. The role of token fake conservative is always played by a moderate or by a genuine fake conservative like Ana Navarro who claims to be a conservative but is really a liberal.

In 2017 the show hired Meggy Mac to play the role of token fake conservative. She is an overweight young moderate Republican whose main qualification is her last name. At the time she was hired her father was seen as a leader of the conservative opposition to Trump. The decision to hire Meggy Mac paid dividends when her father continued his feud with Trump to the grave and beyond.

But it turns out that Miss McCain is a little too conservative on some issues and a lot too assertive all the time. Like her father, she never learned to sit down and shut up. This has brought her into conflict with the show’s Head Bitch (Whoopi) and the Senior Bitch (Joy). The only reason Meggs hasn’t been bounced already is she is still a reliable anti-Trump voice.


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Trump Is Only Crazy On Even-Numbered Days

On odd-numbered days he’s Hitler.

CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Sunday weighed in on discussions about President Trump’s mental state, saying he thinks Trump is “more crazy like a fox.”

“I tell folks, I’m not a psychiatrist,” Acosta said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “I can’t assess the president’s mental state, but I will tell you is my sense of it, covering him for a pretty long period of time now, is that he’s more crazy like a fox.”

Acosta went on to note former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told him in an interview that Trump purposefully says sensationalistic things to stir reactions from the press.

“Bannon explains in an interview that I had with him, that what Trump tries to do is really control the narrative by saying sensational things that sound wild and nutty sometimes, and he does this because he knows it dominates the news cycle,” Acosta said. “That make it a priority for us in the news business to talk about him nonstop. And he loves that and he capitalizes [on] that.”

Acosta, who has repeatedly sparred with the White House, spoke with CNN’s Brian Stelter just days ahead of the release of his book, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” which dives into the Trump administration and its relationship with the press.

His comments about Trump came hours after George Conway, the husband of White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, said that Trump was “mentally unwell.”

“You’re mentally unwell. You engage in bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior which prompts criticism of you, which triggers more bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior,” Conway tweeted after Trump explained why he often took aim at the “corrupt” media. “You would have bene fired from any other job by now.”

Conway, a repeated critic of Trump, later tweeted that it was “astonishing” that the press would not confront the “fact that we have a psychologically unwell and unfit president.”

Russiagate fizzled. No collusion, no obstruction. The new investigations of Trump, his family, his friends, and everybody that ever met a Trump have so far yielded nada planada. Trump was looking and acting an awful lot like a president in Europe. The economy is doing good and we’re at peace. There are no natural disasters on the horizon.

So what do journalists do on slow news days? They trot out some of their bloviating gasbags to say that Trump is Hitler. But only on odd-numbered days. On even-numbered days they bring out their “experts” who say Trump is crazy.

This all would make sense if Trump was really acting like Hitler, or if he was saying and doing crazy things. There are some crazy people in Washington, but Trump isn’t one of them. There are some powerful (or formerly powerful) politicians in this country who are losing their mental faculties due to old age and/or booze. But Trump is a teetotaler and he is sharp as a tack mentally. There are a bunch of people in this country who should never be trusted with power, but Trump has spent the last three years letting the Deep State investigate (attempt to frame) him and his family, but Trump has done nothing to retaliate.

Do they really believe the bullshit they are telling us or do they think we are stupid?

I’m going with they think we are stupid. All the news outlets didn’t accidentally edit Trump’s comments on Charlottesville to make it seem as if he was praising white supremacists. And the flip-flops the Left has made since Obama left office regarding the use of executive power required skilled precision. The finest drill team in this country could not execute an about-face as smoothly as the Democrats have done repeatedly over the past three years.

One of my pet peeves is bad liars. Like when someone gives you a story for why they were late and the story is so transparently false that you feel insulted because only a moron would believe it.

Are the Fake News Media mocking us?

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“YouTube Made Me A Nazi”

YouTube’s Founder*

You think I’m joking? The NYT thinks it’s true.

The Making of a YouTube Radical

Caleb Cain pulled a Glock pistol from his waistband, took out the magazine and casually tossed both onto the kitchen counter.

“I bought it the day after I got death threats,” he said.

The threats, Mr. Cain explained, came from right-wing trolls in response to a video he had posted on YouTube a few days earlier. In the video, he told the story of how, as a liberal college dropout struggling to find his place in the world, he had gotten sucked into a vortex of far-right politics on YouTube.

“I fell down the alt-right rabbit hole,” he said in the video.

Mr. Cain, 26, recently swore off the alt-right nearly five years after discovering it, and has become a vocal critic of the movement. He is scarred by his experience of being radicalized by what he calls a “decentralized cult” of far-right YouTube personalities, who convinced him that Western civilization was under threat from Muslim immigrants and cultural Marxists, that innate I.Q. differences explained racial disparities, and that feminism was a dangerous ideology.

“I just kept falling deeper and deeper into this, and it appealed to me because it made me feel a sense of belonging,” he said. “I was brainwashed.”

Over years of reporting on internet culture, I’ve heard countless versions of Mr. Cain’s story: an aimless young man — usually white, frequently interested in video games — visits YouTube looking for direction or distraction and is seduced by a community of far-right creators.

Some young men discover far-right videos by accident, while others seek them out. Some travel all the way to neo-Nazism, while others stop at milder forms of bigotry.

The common thread in many of these stories is YouTube and its recommendation algorithm, the software that determines which videos appear on users’ home pages and inside the “Up Next” sidebar next to a video that is playing. The algorithm is responsible for more than 70 percent of all time spent on the site.

The radicalization of young men is driven by a complex stew of emotional, economic and political elements, many having nothing to do with social media. But critics and independent researchers say YouTube has inadvertently created a dangerous on-ramp to extremism by combining two things: a business model that rewards provocative videos with exposure and advertising dollars, and an algorithm that guides users down personalized paths meant to keep them glued to their screens.

“There’s a spectrum on YouTube between the calm section — the Walter Cronkite, Carl Sagan part — and Crazytown, where the extreme stuff is,” said Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google, YouTube’s parent company. “If I’m YouTube and I want you to watch more, I’m always going to steer you toward Crazytown.”

There is a bunch more if you want to read it. It’s all bullshit.

The article is based on some false premises. The first false premise is the idea that bad ideas should be censored. If you want to control what other people can read, watch, and/or listen to, you might be a fascist. To quote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis:

“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”

How do we know an idea is bad? We put it out there in the Marketplace of Ideas and see if it sells. If it sells, we judge it on its results. Socialism is a bad idea that still has a sizeable share of the marketplace. Socialism is responsible for more deaths than Hitler and the Black Plague combined, and yet we have a Socialist running for President. (Actually, we have a bunch of Socialists running, he’s the only one who admits it.)

Liberty is messy. Living in a free country requires advanced citizenship.

A second false premise in the article is the idea that the far-right is anything more than a disorganized bunch of losers. They are not a large movement of people, they are a small number of misfits and shit-stirrers. None of them have ever accomplished anything of significance. They don’t have any money either.

The third false premise is the odious assertion that most or all Trump supporters are alt-right or far-right. The author doesn’t come out and say it explicitly, but it is a safe assumption because that is what all Leftists claim. They think Trump supporters are evil and Trump voters are stupid.

As usual with articles like this, examples of racism and far-right ideology are lacking. If you say that those Peckerwoods are posting racist stuff, show us what it is. Link to it or provide screencaps. Put up or STFU.

Leftists have one little problem. Their ideas stink. In the Marketplace of Ideas all they have are Edsel’s and New Coke. So they use the same strategy that Obama used to win his first election – eliminate the competition.

If Leftist ideas are so obviously good, and Conservative ideas are so obviously wrong, why are they so afraid of debating their ideas with us? Why do they shout us down? Why do they deplatform us?  They say they are opposed to fascism but they behave like fascists.

Ima gonna let you in on a little secret: Leftists lie.

*Not really


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Weaponizing Our Compassion

This guy distills what many on the left claim to believe:

I wish white Christian Conservatives had the same passion for migrant children, school shooting victims, sick toddlers, young black men, Muslim families, LGBTQ teens, the environment, and women’s autonomy over their bodies that they have for embryos.

Then they’d actually be pro-life, and then we’d all be able to go about the work together of caring for humanity wherever there is need to do so.

In the minds of Leftists, Conservatives are the haters. Conservatives hate black people, gays, women, Muslims, Mexicans, foreigners, and trannies. Leftists, on the other hand, love everyone. (Except white Conservatives and cops)

Conservatives care about migrant children. But illegal immigration is out of control and enforcing our laws sometimes hurts kids when their parents break the law. If we cite and release illegal immigrants asylum seekers with kids most of them will not return for their hearings.

But enforcing the law results in parents and kids being separated. Then the Leftists start waving pictures of kids in cages (taken during the Obama administration) and of a little girl crying while her mom is given a pat-down search, loudly voicing their outrage at the heartless Trump administration.

It is emotional manipulation. They are weaponizing our own compassion to use against us. When they show those migrant caravans they always make sure that the women and children are close to the cameras. When a child dies in custody for any reason, we hear about it, and they always make it sound like they died from neglect.

But there are things the media won’t show us. We know that those migrant caravans are being organized and funded by someone, but the media treat that information like a taboo subject.

What do people do when they know someone is trying to manipulate them emotionally? They clamp down their emotions. They become skeptical of everything. Eventually, they quit listening.

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Shut Up About Politics

Country singer John Rich wrote a song titled “Shut Up About Politics. He performed it live on The Five. Now Twitter has decided it’s dangerous.

This may sound strange coming from a political junkie, but a lot of people in this country need to shut up about politics.

Celebrities are at the top of that list. Being an actor does not give you license to be a drama queen. I want to be able to watch television and movies, listen to music, or enjoy a ball game without being force-fed someone’s political views. I want to see Matt Damon act and not have to be reminded of his odious ideology. If I wanted lectures on morality I would go to church.

I’m not talking about movies and songs with a political message. If you make a political movie or song you run the risk of having it bomb. I’m talking about when a celebrity makes it difficult/impossible to enjoy a non-political song because of who is singing it.

Another group that needs to shut up about politics are teachers. You are supposed to teach your students, not indoctrinate them.

Last but not least, the haters need to shut up about politics. (This group includes a lot of teachers and celebrities.) If you can’t discuss politics without wanting to hurt anyone and everyone who disagrees with you then you need to shut up about politics. Find some other reason to hate people.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I just don’t want to hear them.

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President Trump’s D-Day Address

This is an open thread.

Below, Oddjob answers the President’s critics.

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Toxic Masculinity Beat The Nazis

Once upon a time, “manliness” was considered a virtue.

Can you imagine our modern media reporting on D-Day?

“We have breaking news. The invasion of mainland Europe has started. Allied forces are making an amphibious landing in Normandy. He’s a live report from our embedded reporter on Omaha Beach. Jim, can you tell us what is happening?”

“It’s a disaster, Wolf, an unmitigated disaster. The first wave has been was wiped out, taking heavy casualties from German machine guns. The second wave is pinned down on the beach. A few soldiers have managed to crawl to the base of the cliffs. Hundreds of bodies are lying all around me.”

“Thanks, Jim. We have an update. A senior administration official tells us that two divisions of paratroops were dropped in Normandy last night, but as many as half of them missed their drop zones and there is massive confusion. Here is our military affairs correspondent to tell us what this all means.”

“Thanks, Wolf. Well, it is obvious that Eisenhower is incompetent and needs to be replaced. But the problem goes even higher. There has been a failure of leadership in the Oval Office. FDR allowed our best general to be sidelined by Ike just when we need him most. If General Patton was running this invasion our boys wouldn’t be used as target practice by German gunners.”

“Thanks, Martha. We’re going to take a commercial break right now, and when we return we’ll have the former assistant to the French ambassador here to talk about the civilian casualties caused by today’s invasion.”

If Trump was POTUS in WWII the Democrats would have leaked the plans for Operation Overlord to the Nazis.

 

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One of the Mulberry Harbors in operation

 

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