Category: Weekly Reviews

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We don’t separate cops from their police unions, so why do we separate teachers from theirs?

 

I’ve grown weary of hearing about how wonderful our teachers are (give them a raise!), but how awful their unions are. Teachers compose and support these awful unions. Without teachers, they don’t exist. So if you despise the unions, put the blame where it belongs: with teachers.

 

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All of these recent “assaults” on Americans’ civil liberties (I’m looking at you, California) seem to be a big surprise to a lot of people.

 

But this stuff doesn’t really surprise me. I’m a cigarette smoker. If you smoke, you long ago got used to bans and taxes and stigma and the tyranny of big government and majority rule.

 

Welcome to the club, fellow Americans.

 

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Trump’s biggest threat comes from the TINOs — Trumpers in Name Only. These people pretend to support Trump because they feel they must, but their real goal is to undermine him. The TINOs, like their soulmates who are Democrats, are swamp creatures threatened by change to the status quo.

 

I mean, are Lindsey Graham, Jim Jordan, and Mitch McConnell really MAGA fans?

 

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Take a look at the picture above. The old lady represents everyone who’s had it with the violence and intimidation employed by Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other leftists referred to by mainstream media as “peaceful protesters.” The guy on the left represents everyone who voted for Portland’s Democrat leadership.

Which side do you support?

 

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Meteorologists now refer to certain phenomena as “rain events.” Apparently, it’s no longer impressive enough to simply say “rain.”

 

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Signs on Netflix

 

The Web site Decider describes this genre – the crime drama set in a small town — as a sort of “comfort food” for a lot of viewers. You have a grizzled, often hard-drinking cop. He is likely divorced or widowed, and frequently has a teenage daughter. The tone is grim. Murder happens.

Signs (Znaki in the original Polish) is a decent series, but nothing special. It does, however, fit the “comfort food” bill. You get what you paid for.

And you’ve got to love actress Helena Englert’s ass (below).

 

 

This pose … I am imagining the director saying, “Raise your leg a bit, Helena, and show us a bit more butt cheek.”

 

 

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Am I the only one who thinks this looks like an ad for Grindr?

 

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Dinkle vs. King

 

 

 

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China apparently believes we are a nation of idiots. Just mail a package of seeds to an American, he will mindlessly plant them in his backyard and – presto! – you’re not growing carrots; you’re growing biological destruction.

That’s much more efficient for China than, say, exporting something like the Wuhan Flu, which tends to infect your own citizens.

 

Speaking of China … I’m sorry, but Mark Cuban and his fellow NBA owners need to make a choice: Either they are patriotic Americans, or they are in bed with China. Can’t be both.

I’d say more on this topic, but it’s Saturday and right now I have to go plant some seeds.

 

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Jim Jordan – where to begin with this guy? At times, he seems quite impressive. Like when he went after Saint Fauci, who seems hellbent on currying favor with Hollywood, sports fans, and liberals in general. I also thought Jordan was spot-on during the Trump impeachment.

But Jordan was exposed as a sputtering hypocrite on Tucker Carlson’s show a few days ago, in which he repeatedly dodged questions about Big Tech’s influence over the upcoming election.

Jordan is big on expressing outrage. Problem is, that’s our job, not his. Jordan wasn’t elected to whine and complain about Big Tech; he was elected to actually do something.

Has he, too, been bought off?

 

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Ben Jealous

 

Favorite Name of the Week: Ben Jealous

 

I wonder how often this guy has pissed people off when, during introductions, he extends his hand and says “Ben Jealous?”

 

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Dinkle vs. King

 

 

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Literally.

 

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I tried to watch a baseball game and wound up feeling like Michael Douglas in 1993’s Falling Down, in which his working-stiff character no longer recognizes his own country. In my case, I no longer recognized America’s pastime.

Not only were the “fans” in the stands ridiculous-looking cardboard cutouts, but for some reason the announcers were speaking Spanish. All of that on top of Major League Baseball’s decision to get all political and … well, maybe it’s time I moved to a tiny cabin in the mountains of Wyoming. Michael Douglas could relate.

 

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I watched a video last night that posed a familiar question: “Why do most Hollywood movies suck?” The answer was also familiar: Hollywood is first and foremost a business, and so the stories we get are all market-tested to ensure studios get the most bang for their (big) bucks.

Intelligent, dialogue- and character-driven narratives don’t translate well overseas, and so we have a glut of special-effects-heavy comic-book movies that play well in China. Quality stories have been exiled to the land of cheap indies and to streaming TV.

OK, but I have another question: Why are so many of the “good” shows such downers? In the past, Hollywood routinely cranked out product that was smart and – gasp! – uplifting. Not so much anymore. Today, even the comedies are cynical and snark-filled, even mean-spirited.

 

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I’ve been watching The Twelve on Netflix. It’s a drama from Belgium about a jury charged with determining the guilt or innocence of a woman accused of two murders. It’s not bad, but it’s a bit bloated; I began to grow impatient with all of the subplots by about episode 7. Just resolve the mystery already, I’m thinking.

But I hope we can all agree that actress Charlotte De Bruyne looks mighty fine — front and back (below).

 

 

 

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Speaking of ass, it had been awhile since Fox News entertained us with a sex scandal. But last week we learned that Ed Henry, of all people, got canned for sexual shenanigans with a co-worker named Jennifer Eckhart (above). Apparently, Eckhart wound up handcuffed to a bed while naughty Ed did all sorts of things to her. She claims this bedroom play was non-consensual.

Until this scandal, Ed was pitched to the public as the ultimate nice guy, a dutiful sibling who selflessly gave part of his liver to his sister, who was in need of a transplant.

What a swell guy — or so I thought. Then I learned that Ed also ran into trouble in 2016 when he got involved with a Las Vegas stripper.

Sounds like Ed might have given away the wrong organ.

 

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I need to do a better job of monitoring the porn-star world. Someone named Mia Khalifa was in the news this week, but I had never heard of her. Apparently, she is upset that her porn background is hurting her goal of transitioning to mainstream acting work, while men face no such stigma.

Mia is also warning young women to stay away from the porn industry, which she says is toxic. Below, Lebanese-American Mia in one of her porn shoots.

She looks like she’s having a miserable time, doesn’t she?

 

 

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Five years ago, I was a news junkie whose typical daily diet looked something like this:

 

 

I am still a news junkie, but today my daily diet looks more like this:

 

 

So, what happened to me? As the great political pundit Roseanne Barr famously explained to Jimmy Kimmel: “I’m still the same; you all moved.” Gradually, inexorably, my preferred news sources went off the far-left deep end.

 

I don’t know if Trump Derangement Syndrome was the cause of this leftward lurch, or if it was simply inevitable, but I can no longer stomach former favorites like Rachel Maddow and the HuffPost.

 

Tucker Carlson, Tim Pool, and conservative Web sites have their biases, of course, and I don’t always agree with them. And it’s hard to overlook the clown-like excesses of the New York Post (see above).

 

But they are not insane (see below).

 

 

 

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We hear a lot about the culture war between big cities (predominately liberal) and rural America (Trump country). But I suspect the real battle will be between big cities and the suburbs.

It’s one thing when Antifa occupies downtown Seattle, but what happens when they try to torch a suburban Applebee’s?

 

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Cancel culture is clearly Anthony Fremont (above) wishing people into the cornfield in that old episode of The Twilight Zone.

The far left reminds me of nothing so much as spoiled children terrorizing the adults. Do as we say or you will be destroyed.

 

 

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It’s the Fourth of July and all hell might break loose tonight and I’m tired of all the squabbling and fighting and I refuse to do it today so I’m just not going to say anything other than my brief observation above about the “woke” crowd and cancel culture and all of that crap so instead I’m just going to spend the day watching old Columbo episodes.

Besides, this computer is dying and it’s an effing pain in the ass to work on this site.

 

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Yes, I realize that King and Rowling both come from humble beginnings. But the problem with both of them, in my humble opinion, is that they’ve spent most of their adult lives in little rooms staring at computer screens.

Or, in King’s case, a typewriter.

 

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I dunno. Kind of looks to me like the chick is trying to escape.

 

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Dear Black People,

Even you must be amazed at the power of yelling “racism!” at any white person who objects to progressive policies. Celebrities, corporations, politicians of all stripes, the media – all of them are terrified of being called the “r” word.

But come on now. This is getting way out of hand, don’t you think?

 

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I’m watching America’s young people tear the country apart and I am thinking: I might have gotten behind some of this when it was “Occupy Wall Street.” You know, when the main villains were the 1 percent, and the goal was payback on the rich.

But now that city streets are turning into Charles Manson’s wet dream, a war between the races … no. Just no. You are not doing it right.

 

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I’m not sure how much longer this chaos can go on. The rule of law doesn’t apply – unless it suits you. Democracy doesn’t apply – unless it suits you.

Are those of us who cling to old-fashioned things like the rule of law and democracy just suckers?

 

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White people embarrassing themselves

 

 

Hard to say who’s more pathetic, miserable-looking Jimmy Fallon bending the knee to the idiot woman pictured above, or Jimmy Kimmel, who has decided to emulate Joe Biden by going into hiding.

 

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Those are plants? For a moment, I thought it was a gathering of Democrats.

 

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I joined Gab some years ago, but it’s disappointing because there are so few members and it has little social clout. I joined Parler the other day, hoping it can succeed where Gab fails. Supposedly, Gab and Parler are censor-free social-media sites, a welcome alternative to the Big Boys.

The problem is the unfettered monopoly enjoyed by evil giants Facebook and Twitter. Congress is afraid to place limitations on Twitter and Facebook, or Congress is simply too corrupt to act.

 

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I’ve never read a Harlan Coben book, but I might have to do so. The miniseries based on his novels, while no artistic masterpieces, are always entertaining – no matter which country produces them. I enjoyed Safe and The Stranger, both set in Britain, and now I’m enjoying The Woods (above), which was produced in Poland, of all places. Next up from Coben: The Innocent, set in Madrid.

 

 

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It sure is easy to react emotionally to all of the bad news these days. I do it myself, daily, whenever I look at Twitter or cable news.

There will be some new outrage — cops, statues, Google, corporate cowardice — and I’ll want to rail at the heavens. Instead, I will retreat to my bathroom, close the door, and yell at the toilet bowl.

This can be problematic, as I live in an apartment and the vents allow my voice to carry to the neighbors upstairs. They must wonder why I harbor such hostility toward my toilet bowl.

At any rate, I’m certain I am not alone. I’m guessing there are millions of relatively quiet Americans who will finally do some big-time venting of their own in November.

 

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Can we please stop saying that conservatives hold a 5-4 majority in the Supreme Court?  It should be obvious by now that John Roberts has joined the liberals.

 

 

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This is a little trick used by devious news reporters, mostly in the print media but also by TV and video hacks: When you are writing something and do not particularly want to include one side’s opinion, you wait until deadline looms, then call the person and ask for a comment. You cross your fingers and hope that the person does not actually answer your call, so that you can leave a message.

You wait an hour or so, and then publish/broadcast your story. When you say that so-and-so did not immediately provide comment, what you do not say is that you only gave them an hour to reply.

I know this trick, because I would occasionally use it myself, back in my misbegotten youth when I was a (gulp) newspaper reporter.

 

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Terrible Thing to Admit, But True:

I will be watching the Trump rally tonight not because I expect anything new from Trump, but rather to see what kind of circus develops in Tulsa.

 

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Turn out the lights …” ?

 

Well, it was fun while it lasted, which was about 225 years, give or take. I’m talking about the great American experiment, which seems on the verge of collapse. The implosion no longer seems like a question of “if,” but rather a question of “how soon.”

 

Trump has the toughness to stem the decline, but he lacks the moral authority. Biden has neither toughness nor moral authority. He barely has a functioning brain.

And so it will be left to Millennials to preside over the likely demise of the U.S.A.

 

It’s tempting to blame the Millennials for all of this, because they are such clueless snowflakes. But they were spoiled by their parents, the Baby Boomers.

It’s tempting, in turn, to blame the Boomers, but they were spoiled by their parents, the so-called Greatest Generation.

As far as I can tell, no one spoiled the Greatest Generation. Since they started this destructive chain of pampered children, should we start calling them the Worst Generation?

Just kidding.

I think.

 

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Maybe we’ll all come to our senses and everything will turn out just fine. My pessimism might be misguided. I have been wrong many times before.

But still, I can’t shake off the sound of Dandy Don Meredith crooning his famous game-closer: “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

 

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Thanks, Seattle. You’re making my city, Minneapolis, look like the second-dumbest metropolis in the country.

 

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I’m going to go ahead and thank Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender on behalf of Mayor Jacob Frey, for supplanting him as the dumbest politician in Minnesota.

 

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The Fruit Loops seem to be winning.

My next-door neighbor, Minneapolis, is planning to abolish the police. The police, according to Minneapolis’s city council, will be replaced by some amorphous, vague, pie-in-the-sky groups of benevolent neighborhood patrols.

They want to get rid of the cops and figure out the rest later. Oh, boy.

I might have to move.

 

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The only winners in our brave new world are the usual suspects: the so-called “elite.” While the rest of us go without police, they will be fine with their private security. They will also be fine because, while the little people fight among themselves over what scraps the economy provides them, and fight over the police, and over race, and gender, the “elite” will watch their stocks increase in value.

Divide and conquer? More like distract and prevail.

 

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Once upon a time, I thought (foolishly) that perhaps Bernie could stem the root of all our evil: income inequality. But then Bernie went off the radical-left cliff. Later, I thought that perhaps Trump could help the little guy. But Trump seems more interested in helping out his big-business golf buddies.

And so here we are, still looking for a hero.

 

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At any rate, the media continues to pour poisonous Kool-Aid. Who is helping them pour, and who is drinking it?

 

Pouring the Kool-Aid –

 

Ilhan Omar

Keith Ellison

LeBron James

 

Drinking the Kool-Aid –

 

Drew Brees

Roger Goodell

College kids

This idiot woman:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pouring and Drinking –

 

Twitter

 

Laughing at Us –

 

China

 

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OK, Hollywood stars, I’ll give up my police department when you give up private security and move to the inner city 

 

 

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Forty million unemployed; riots in the streets of major cities; a pandemic; an extremely important presidential election.

Sounds to me like the crisis stage predicted in The Fourth Turning. 

 

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I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that the country is falling apart. With the “greatest generation” fading into memory (or fading out of memory), we are now led by an unholy alliance of spineless Baby Boomers and spoiled Millennials. Sigh.

Correction: heavy sigh.

 

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Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson doggedly, admirably continues to call out The Swamp:

 

 

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This doesn’t surprise me. What surprises me is that, while we hear a lot about YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook shutting down conservative voices, not so much with Amazon.

Some years ago, I wrote one of those user “reviews” about a book I purchased from Amazon. The book was conservative in tone, and I had mild praise for it. Emphasis on the word “mild.” But the Powers That Be didn’t like my little review and so, unlike every other review I had posted to the site, that one was deemed unworthy.

Of course, I couldn’t prove any nefarious motive on Amazon’s part. There was no explanation from the Jeff Bezos giant. All I know is that my blurb contained no profanity, nor did it have an inflammatory tone. 

 

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Who gets to ignore coronavirus restrictions: George Floyd protesters and mourners

Who must follow coronavirus restrictions: churchgoers and Republican conventioneers

 

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Every time I see one of those sign-language interpreters — and they are omnipresent these days — I am reminded of that hoax interpreter during a Nelson Mandela memorial in 2013 (above).

I mean, 99 percent of us have no idea what these people are signing. For all we know, they could be saying, “Don’t listen to this fool. Shop at Dave’s Bait and Tackle!”

 

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Everyone — OK, almost everyone — agrees that what happened to George Floyd was outrageous, and the Minneapolis cops need to be brought to justice. But after reading the above account of Floyd’s 2007 home invasion, can we please stop referring to this guy as a “gentle giant”?

Do you think that’s how the victimized woman thinks of him?

 

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Is there anything worse than being a racist in America?

Answer: Yes. Being a person who, with little or no evidence, accuses someone else of being a racist. If you do that you are, well, “human filth” maybe?

I keep hearing that, as a white American, I don’t know what it’s like to be a young black man in America. Can’t argue with that. But here’s the thing: I also don’t know what it’s like to be a cop working a dangerous neighborhood, especially during looting and riots. And neither do you.

 

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Bad timing award to Elon Musk and his astronauts. Sorry boys, but there’s too much crap going down on the mother planet. Get back to us when you land on Mars, and maybe then we’ll pay attention.

 

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