If You’re Going To Have Two TV Icons Go Gay, At Least Have Aaron Sorkin Write It

I’m sorry.

I just cannot handle President Josiah Bartlett kissing New York District Attorney Jack McCoy on the lips.

I know that Grace and Frankie (a Netflix original series) is supposed to be a comedy about Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston coming out as gay and leaving their wives, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, to marry each other.

I understand that homosexuality is the new big thing.

I understand that homosexuals have a lobby that would make the National Rifle Association or the Realtors blush.

I understand that according to their own lobby, 3.8% of Americans identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. That’s as opposed to the 2% of Americans Mensa considers geniuses.

But wait. Only 1.7% of that 3.8% consider themselves gay or lesbian, which means that if their own statistics can be believed, there are actually more geniuses in the United States than people who have been making society uncomfortable with their attraction to the same sex.

That’s all great, but now we’re screwing with icons.

Liberal icons, but TV icons nonetheless.

I actually had to watch an episode of West Wing—fortunately, also on Netflix—to get rid of the bad taste of President Bartlett kissing DA McCoy on the lips. (“Decisions are made by those who show up.” Season 1 finale.)

And, with all due respect to the people who could put Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda in a single cast, it was hardly Aaron Sorkin’s (West Wing) or Dick Wolf’s (Law and Order) writing.

In fact, it wasn’t even the Dick Van Dyke Show. (Where’s Rose Marie when you need her?)

That’s right. You can have the best jockeys in the history of racing–but if they’re riding dogs, you lose in the gate.

This show might have had legs with better writing. It will get some favorable reviews because it is about being gay. It will get other favorable reviews because of the cast.

But, at best, it will have its life prolonged only because it is on Netflix and not a broadcast TV network where the ratings are transparent.

If Netflix really wants to make a contribution to TV, it should pick up West Wing where the series left off, convince Sheen to become a Supreme Court Justice to Jimmy Smits’ President, and make Waterston the Attorney General. That ought to be good for another four seasons. In the words of President Bartlett, what’s next?

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Greedy Scoundrels LOVE Reckless Irresponsibility—But Not Grown-Ups Like Huckabee

I watched the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Report on Fox News tear into Mike Huckabee last week as “Democrat light” based on his economic populism and was appalled at the attitude of the newspaper’s editorial board. (Predictably, he got the same treatment from CBS for different reasons.)

Perhaps the newspaper’s own economic success has warped its view of how the world really works.

Mike Huckabee is a grownup. Scott Walker is a grownup. So are Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.

The coming election is going to be about putting the grownups back in charge of our government. (If it isn’t, we have a bigger problem.)

In 2008 and 2012, irrespective of his politics, we put a person in charge who never built or ran anything. All Barack Obama did was hire David Axelrod to build his campaign team, and Axelrod delivered. And Obama was—to a majority of American voters—the perfect affirmative action hire.

The fallout from the last two elections is why this next election will be about putting grownups back in charge.

One thing that the folks sitting at the Wall Street Journal do not truly understand is that not everything that people at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and a host of other large corporations and banks dream up is either right–or even legal.

That, you can be legitimately pissed off at Wall Street without being a liberal.

That, as Robert Duvall’s character in The Godfather, Tom Hagen, said, “One lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns …”

Mike Huckabee understands that.

He couldn’t have been as successful working for the very same people who own the Wall Street Journal as he was without recognizing that.

Huckabee said: “I’m running for president because there’s a huge disconnect between Washington and the Real World. There’s a difference between making a speech and making government accountable to the people who pay for it.”

“We can never create prosperity for working people, grow our economy, and restore America as the greatest country on earth if we punish productivity and subsidize reckless irresponsibility.”

 You know what scares Wall Street about Huckabee?

Those words “subsidize reckless irresponsibility”. That’s because you can become very rich by being recklessly irresponsible. Example? You and I bailed out the AIG insurance company. Do you know why and where the money ultimately went?

The why is that AIG created unique insurance policies that protected the buyers of securities based on bad mortgage loans. Only, unlike your car insurer, they didn’t have any reserves to cover those policies if the mortgages went bad. As to where the money went, the people who bought those policies which were made up to cover bad mortgages that they created were—you guessed it—the list of companies I named in the beginning of this column (and a few more old and new Wall Street names).

You and I bailed these clowns out. We were fed a line of hogwash at the time that there would have been a meltdown of the economy if we didn’t bail them out. And the economy melted down anyway.

So how did these greedy rascals pay us back for bailing them out?

They got rich by using the “free” market to screw a lot of us.

If being against that is economic populism, if being against that makes you a liberal, than sign me up.

I’m a big believer in a free market also being an honest and fair market. Those are words that most Wall Street Masters of the Universe laugh at. Fairness and honesty are for suckers who live in Peoria, Illinois.

Huckabee doesn’t think so.

So, when I listen to an otherwise sane Kim Strassel blather on about how Huckabee’s “economic populism” could hurt the Republicans, then I have this to say: If it does hurt the GOP, they deserve it.

After two terms of Doogie Howser Obama, I’ll take grownups like Huckabee any day of the week.

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If You Don’t Like ‘Draw Muhammad’ Contests, Move To Pakistan

I watched CNN’s “coverage” of the two radical Muslims trying to shoot up the Draw Muhammad cartoon get-together in Garland, Texas.

For those of you who live on another planet, two jihaddis apparently drove from Phoenix to Garland—a suburb of Dallas—with assault weapons and body armor, jumped out of their car, and started to shoot in front of the venue.  They were both taken out by an uncommonly well-trained Garland School District policeman who killed both shooters with his service weapon—a serious feat of marksmanship. An unarmed security guard was shot by the terrorists but did not suffer life threatening injuries. ISIS took belated credit for the botched terror event.

So CNN—which was once more or less accurately called the Chicken Noodle News network—has Don Lemon together with muslimgirl.net editor Amani Alkhat, some imam nobody has ever heard of; and they were all hopelessly overmatched by Alan Dershowitz, who literally wrote the book, both in and out of court, on the First Amendment.

The Muslims were outraged at the Draw Muhammad cartoon event, which they seemed to think should have been banned because it was “offensive” and “provocative.”

In Pakistan, it surely would have been.

But this is America, and the whole can of worms reminds me of a story I’ve told in this space a few times.

On September 10th, 2001, I agreed to sell KRLV in Las Vegas. We took an earnest money deposit, and I went home that evening.

I, of course, awoke to 9-11 the next morning and the reality that, sale pending or not, we had a responsibility to our listeners to stay on the air through a very traumatic event and keep company with them. (It was not my first time. We owned a chain of Oklahoma radio stations on April 19, 1995 when Tim McVeigh blew up the Murrah Federal building.)

So, I tuned into my own station from home and heard a young woman on the top of the hour network news say, “America was brought to its knees this morning by…” (I won’t embarrass that network by rubbing their noses in it this many years later because none of those people are there any more.)

I called the studio line and told our morning host, Rodd Stowell, to pull the network off the air in mid newscast and come straight to us on the phone, when I said that America couldn’t be “brought to its knees” by a bunch of terrorists—it’s way too big and diverse. And, if you don’t believe that, get in your car and drive a lap of America.

And, most importantly, I pointed out that we have an absolute right to freedom of speech and religion guaranteed by the very first amendment to our constitution.

It is not uncommon in this country to find people with one ideological bent arguing for the free speech of people with the opposite ideological perspective. (“I hate what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”)

Alan Dershowitz, as an example, years ago was one of the lawyers who defended the rights of neo Nazis to march in largely Jewish Skokie, Illinois, despite the fact that he happens to be Jewish.

That’s how we used to handle freedom of speech in this country.

I watched as an alleged journalist threw softball questions to Amani Alkhat, who really seemed to want to say that the Draw Muhammad event shouldn’t have been allowed to happen because it would incite violence. She danced around the subject and said it without saying it.

It appears that Muslims—even those wringing their nice, middle class American hands over the weekend’s violence—would rather they be allowed to ban people from taking verbal and written shots at their religion.

I would suggest to muslimgirl.net that she probably could not run her little advertising-supported web site in, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and a whole bunch of other nations that do NOT have a guarantee of free speech.

This is America. If you really don’t like freedom, why not move to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan and see how the largest groups of Muslims live?

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You Can’t Be Both ‘Black’ And ‘Mayor’, Ms. Blake

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Blake (under normal circumstances, you are only allowed one last name in this publication) went on a predictably friendly CBS Morning News last week, where she apologized for calling a bunch of rioting thugs, thugs, defended her record of handling the crisis as mayor, and generally spewed leftist bullcrap in an attempt to explain away days of riots.

Here’s what “journalists” Charlie Rose, Nora O’Donnell, and Gale King DIDN’T ask her:

Madam Mayor: Did you really say that you gave space for people who wanted to destroy the city to do that?

Madam Mayor: What is the out-of-wedlock birth rate in the black community in Baltimore?

Madam Mayor: Would a whole lot of black fathers who appear to be missing in action have made a difference?

Madam Mayor: Why is it that most of our urban distress zones are currently run by and have been run for the last 50 years by Democrats?

Surely those would have all been journalistically reasonable questions.

Here’s an example of an answer that Madam Mayor was allowed to give without challenge:

If it were just about Freddie Gray, on the day that his mother begged the city, his family begged the city for peace so that she could mourn, you wouldn’t have seen what you saw on Monday. It’s about larger issues and those are those issues that we’re working on.

Mayor Blake is trying to be both “black” and Mayor, and you cannot do that–any more than you can be “black” and President.

When you are elected to an office and assume command responsibility, you cannot see that responsibility through the lens of being black, Hispanic, Jewish, Christian, or any other modifier. Your responsibility as the Mayor, Governor, or President comes first–and the rest comes after.

You cannot modify your responsibility to match your ideology or upbringing. If people need to be arrested, you need to have them arrested. You can’t tell the cops to “stand down” when rioters are burning down a CVS drug store. If bad cops need to be fired, you need to fire them. You cannot allow people to riot because you are black and fancy yourself to be one of them.

Like it or not, when you get elected to an executive position, in the parlance of the 60’s, you become “the man”; and you need to worry about fixing the problems, not making people adore you.

The rest of the week brought fairly quick charges against the six cops involved in the arrest of Freddie Grey and predictable wailing from the left that what’s needed here is more money for the inner city to “break the cycle” of poverty and no education.

Check and see how much money has been spent by liberal local Democrat administrations in the last 50 years in Baltimore. I’d be willing to bet you could buy the entire population a $50,000 house with what has been pissed away in Baltimore on “anti-poverty” programs. The government—at any level—cannot eradicate poverty. Only people who no longer wish to be poor can get out of poverty. You cannot shower someone who doesn’t care with money and get a positive result.

Now, all of that said, I’m also going to bet that the Freddie Grey arrest was wrong, that the cops deserved—for the most part—the charges which were leveled, and that what happened in Baltimore is not happening in a vacuum.

If you treat people like animals, they will almost always exceed your expectations.

I saw a black guy who is now a writer (but used to be a banger) tell a TV network that he had never had a positive interaction with the Baltimore police. Never a “hi, how are you?” but always a “what the F are you doing on this corner?”

What would your reaction to that crap be?

Mine would be to elect a new Sheriff. Of course, that’s just me……

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In Defense Of Collateral Damage: We Are At War

Like most Americans, I was saddened to see the deaths of USAID Contractor Dr. Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, who were being held hostage by al Qaeda when our CIA went after some high value targets with drones, likely controlled at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada.

The mainstream media spent all of Thursday two weeks ago wringing its collective hands at how terrible the news is.

Folks.

We are at war.  Weinstein and Lo Porto were both experienced people who knew darn well what the risks were and went anyway. They were both true humanitarians, without whom this world would be a much worse place.

But the fact is that in war, people get killed. There is collateral damage, and bad things happen. Bad things like hijackers flying two planes into the World Trade Center and killing about 3,000 innocent people who did not intentionally place themselves in harm’s way.

Now, is it right that people should get killed in a war zone? Of course not. But does being there make it more likely?  Of course it does.

What’s worse about the little hissy fit being thrown by the media is that in the same time frame, we killed two “Americans” who had volunteered for duty with al Qaeda, one of whom was the infamous Adam Gadahn, who has been charged with treason and had no right to call himself an American citizen. If anyone in the world deserved to get killed by an American drone strike, it would be Gadahn. If those boys in the control trailer at Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas knew they got Gadahn, they should have gone to dinner at the Venetian to celebrate.

To listen to geniuses like Charlie Rose, Gale King, and Norah O’Donnell on CBS, you’d think the world is coming to an end. Raised eyebrows, clucking, the whole thing you expect from people like them. Like it’s somehow wrong to kill your enemies in a war. Apparently, CBS wants a kinder, gentler form of war. A war where nobody is hurt or killed.

Regular readers of this space know full well that we have a fair amount of disdain for the Obama administration. But, here, they’re apologizing for an unavoidable accident that occurred while the President was actually doing something which made sense. And, also, for killing people which, like they used to say in Texas, needed killing.

I would agree with the libertarian wing of both parties that in ordinary circumstances, a American citizen is entitled to a trial by jury before he or she is executed. But in neither the case of Gadahn nor Ahmed Farouq were the circumstances ordinary. Gadahn was born Adam Pearlman in Oregon in 1978 and raised a Christian. He appeared in videos as “Azzam the American,” declaring “the streets of America shall run red with blood.”

He became the only American charged with treason since the World War II era. There was a $1 million reward for his capture. Farouq didn’t have the same fame but was the deputy emir of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

If you commit acts of war against America, you lose your rights. As they would say on ESPN, Booyah!

Not only should the drone crew who got these clowns have dinner at the Venetian, but they should be comped at the Garth Brooks show at the Wynn–where Brooks should have them take a bow on stage.

I’ve got no sympathy for the position of even Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox, who insists on a strict construction of the Constitution in these cases. You take up arms against your country, it is no longer your country. The Judge is wrong in this limited case—in my opinion.

The Obama administration has done a generally poor job of engaging radical Islam—in many cases refusing to even call it radical Islam.

But, in this case, I cannot find any fault for doing what they actually set out to do, which was to kill a bunch of really bad guys.

It was unfortunate that some good guys got killed as well, but we are at war.

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