(I miss you. Jimmy!)
1 What a revolting development THIS is!
Liberals traveling to Washington, D.C., may soon have a place to stay that’s catered to them – an anti-Trump hotel scheduled to open in spring 2018. The Eaton Workshop hotel is billed as “the world’s first politically motivated hotel,” according to Bloomberg. Its founder, Katherine Lo, told the news outlet that the 209-room hotel will open near the National Mall, mere blocks from the Trump International Hotel.
Lo said the hotel isn’t meant “to bring together left and right,” but to attract liberal guests and those who consider themselves “woke.” “Self-selection is definitely one of our strategies,” she said. “We wanted to emphasize that it’s a place for people who are thinking outside the box and want to effect a change in the world.”
The hotel will prioritize community outreach, Bloomberg reported, hosting a series of progressive lectures and fireside chats and partnering with local artists and museums to provide art installations and exhibitions. An anti-Trump video installation in the lobby will also show footage of the 2012 and 2016 elections…Locations are also planned in Hong Kong, Seattle and San Francisco in the coming years that would have spaces for radio stations, multimedia studios and venues for musicians and artists to express their activism.
“We plan to have new ideas in the minibar — an activist toolkit, for example, that includes sheets with information to help you call your congresspeople,” Lo told Bloomberg. “And if we’d been open during this year’s Women’s March, I could have seen us putting poster boards and markers in the rooms.”
I have been reading essays from various quarters concluding that Trump-Hate is fast becoming a clinical condition. This would support that; the question is how many travelers are this far gone into hyper-partisan madness. That aside, we have yet another example of the irresponsible and unAmerican push to shatter American society, make everything political, and to encourage partisan isolation, apartheid, and warfare.
The hotel is cultural poison.
2. Ah, this couple was made for each other! Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore,posted a letter on Facebook over the weekend indicating that more than 50 Alabama pastors still supporter her husband. The letter with their endorsement originated before the GOP primary, however. Mrs. Moore deceptively made these pastors appear to endorse Moore despite the subsequent llegations of his molesting one young teen, assaulting a second, plying another with liquor, and generally being too creepy for normal people to think about without getting ill. Already some of the pastors listed have asked to be removed from the list.
The pastors did endorse Moore in the first place, though, so I wouldn’t want to speculate on how many of them would echo the brain-exploding excuse by Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who said,
“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist. Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
[Warm-Up Open Book Quiz! Name the rationalizations!]
When I see wives standing up for politicians like Moore, I often wonder, “How can they do that? ” Here’s how: they are sleazy and unethical too.
3. Ugh. Now another woman has accused Bush 41 of groping her during a photo shoot, this one in 2003, and when she was only 16. I believe her, in part because of the ex-President’s spokesperson describing the “joke” he liked to tell female admirers about how his—I still can’t believe I have to write this—favorite magician was “David Cop-A-Feel.”
There is strong evidence that the federal government is Sexual Harassment And Assault East, perhaps not as bad as Hollywood, but just as hypocritical and inexcusable. George H. W. Bush was part of that privileged and abusive old boys culture. The Harvey Weinstein Ethics Train Wreck is just now arriving at the Capitol, which is ironic, since Bill Clinton and his unprincipled defenders started it rolling way back in 1998.
4. While we are on the topic of an offensively clueless former VP, I am astounded that in the middle of the explosion of sexual harassment and groping allegations, Joe Biden would have the gall to make noises about running for President. I’m not so astounded that no mainstream media reporters have had the integrity to point out this..
…and, of course, this…
There are more, and these were just the examples when a photographer was on hand.
I wonder who Joe’s favorite magician is?
5. Ann Althouse, fuming about the news media’s and Democratic Party double standards regarding sexual harassment, writes:
“Anita Hill on Weinstein, Trump, and a Watershed Moment for Sexual-Harassment Accusations” by Jane Mayer at The New Yorker.Trump 10 times. My first question was: Does it mention Bill Clinton? Because the Clarence Thomas hearings raised the national consciousness of sexual harassment, but it happened for political reasons at the time, and for equally political reasons the issue got suppressed again when it seemed more important — to the kind of people you’d think would want to forefront the issue — to protect Bill Clinton. Even during the 2016 presidential campaign — the one Trump won — it was necessary to keep protecting the old President because his wife, who’d vigorously defended him against “bimbo eruptions,” was (for some insane reason) the Democratic Party’s candidate for President.
The answer to my question — does the New Yorker article mention Bill Clinton? — is no…. and because of the Trump-but-not-Clinton focus, I declined to read it. I have been angry about the politicization of sexual harassment for 20 years.
…Hill was believed by the people who wanted to keep Clarence Thomas off the Supreme Court and not by those who wanted him on. Paula Jones was disbelieved by those who wanted to keep Bill Clinton in the White House, but believed by those who wanted him out….
Gloria Steinem in 1998: “We would not be doing our job if we didn’t take into account that this president and his policies are crucial to the lives and welfare of the majority of women in this country. That’s not bending over backwards: that’s being sensible. Having said that, if Clinton had raped women, beaten up Hillary – real private sins would not be forgiven, no matter what the value of the public behavior.”
Real sins? Real sins? What the hell?
What the hell indeed. It looks like finally, 20 years late, Bill might finally face an itsy-bitsy sliver of accountability, with articles like this one popping up. But it’s too late, and to some extent I resent the pretense that this in any way makes up for so many years of flagrant hypocrisy on the part of feminists and progressives.
This is in the same category as John McCain coming out after he had lost the South Carolina primary after pandering to conservatives and condemning the state’s use of the Confederate flag. This is Barry Bonds being condemned for using steroids after he has shattered records, made millions of dollars for himself and baseball owners, and retired. Bill Clinton was the main speaker at the 2o12 Democratic National Convention accusing Republicans of a “war on women”! He was campaigning for Hillary while she was saying that the victims of sexual assault had a right to be believed! He has been pulling down obscene speaking fees at corporations, which he could not have done if he had been firmly and decisively labeled an ambassador for workplace harassment. In important ways, he and his enablers made Harvey Weinstein possible.
I’ve also been angry about this for 20 years. It was my disgust that started me blogging about ethics.