1. The Silent Sam saga continues. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reached an agreement to give its toppled statue of an anonymous Confederate soldier (there’s a similar statue in down town Alexandria, Virginia, about a ten minutes drive from where I type this) to the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, along with a $2.5 million trust to display it somewhere other than on a campus.
But professors, alumni and students accused the university’s board of governors of entering into a corrupt deal with a “white nationalist” group, so the judge who originally approved the agreement voided it, finding that Sons of Confederate Veterans lacked the legal standing to enter into the pact.
For the record, I don’t understand what kind of “standing” any group needs to come to a contractual arrangement. I don’t understand why the school can’t give the thing to a museum without having to pay 2.5 million bucks for the privilege. I don’t understand how the University allowed a bunch of vandals—the statue was illegally pushed over by student protesters who were never punished—to trigger this problem in the first place.
I don’t understand why a work of art showing a realistic representation of actual historical figures, for there really was a Confederacy, there really were soldiers who fought and died for it in the belief that it was a patriotic duty, and there really is a value to the culture, and especially education, in remembering controversial events and times, is viewed as so dangerous that it must be hidden from view.
James L. Leloudis, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is supposed to be explaining things to people like me when he said, “The people who erected the monuments went out of their way to make it clear that they honored the living as well as the dead, and most particularly, those ex-Confederates who returned from war and committed themselves to the long, bloody and ultimately successful effort to re-establish white supremacy.” For example, when “Silent Sam” was dedicated, a former Confederate soldier named Julian Carr delivered a speech praising the Confederate Army for saving “the very life of the Anglo Saxon race in the South” and recalled that he had “horsewhipped” a black woman “until her skirts hung in shreds” because she had publicly insulted a white woman.
Isn’t that fascinating! How times have changed! That certainly explains how Jim Crow took over, especially once President Woodrow Wilson encouraged the effort after his election in 1912. But now “Sam” looks at a very different South! You, see, students, the reason….Sam? Sam?
2. “Nah, the mainstream media isn’t so rotted through with blind Trump hate that they make utter asses of themselves!” Soon to be former lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted Friday of attempting to extort millions from Nike. He was also arrested for domestic abuse in November of 2019. You will recall that he was briefly regarded by the “resistance” news media as a hero for promoting the lawsuit of an opportunistic porn star with the flamboyant name “Stormy” who had extorted money from Donald Trump after a sexual dalliance, and this became Plan K in the parade of bogus impeachment theories. So eager were those infected by the rampant Trumphatredvirus to grasp at any theory, however crack-brained, to remove the elected President without having to defeat him in an election—you can see now why that last part seemed hard—that they couldn’t see that Avenatti was a self-promoting con artist as obvious in his manner and aura as Professor Harold Hill.
I could see it. I’ve dealt with a lot of slimy lawyers. On Fox, Tucker Carlson quickly dubbed him him the “creepy porn lawyer.” You see, if confirmation bias hadn’t digested you brain, it was obvious.
Yet he was featured on CNN 74 times over the course of 10 weeks. MSNBC gave him 57 interviews during the same time period, including seven in one day. You see, he could be counted on to say horrible and embarrassing things about the President; he was like a one-man House impeachment. Over all, Avenatti appeared on TV 147 times. Anti-Trump media figures and opinion makers fell in love.
- CNN’s fake media watchdog Brian Stelter told Avenatti in 2019, “Looking ahead to 2020, one of the reasons why I’m taking you seriously as a [2020 presidential] contender is because of your presence on cable news.”
- ABC’s “The View” co-host and #1 Idiot Joy Behar thanked Avenatti for “saving the country.”
- CNN contributer Ana Navarro said on the air that Avenatti was “like the Holy Spirit.”
- Bill Maher, always a keen judge of those with as much legitimacy as he has, pronounced him “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.”
- MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle said, “The Democrats could learn something from [Avenatti]. [He’s] messing with Trump a lot more than they are.”
Talking yesterday to CNN’s Anderson Cooper who feted Avenatti often—left-biased legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin–James Carville would call him a hack—at least had the integrity to say, “You know, I feel kind of snookered, because I took him seriously.”
And why was that, do you think, Jeffrey, Anderson, Ana, Brian, Stephanie, Joy, Bill and the rest? What have you learned?
3. Find your honest reporting where you can get it. Interviewing Joe Biden, Univision’s Jorge Ramos, the celebrated (and pro-illegal immigration) Spanish-language reporter, confronted Biden on his attacks on President Trump’s immigration policies as “an assault on human dignity,” and “cruel and callous.” Biden has said that he and Barack Obama “didn’t lock people up in cages. We didn’t separate families.”
“At that debate in Houston, you said this about the Obama-Biden administration, and I quote, ‘we didn’t lock people in cages,’ but you actually did,” Ramos told Biden. “We found a picture of an eight-year-old boy from Honduras….This was in 2014 at a detention center in McAllen, Texas,” Ramos continued, handing Biden a photograph of a child detained in an immigration facility. “Many people will say these are cages.”
Presented with evidence of his lie, Biden said, “Yes, yes, yes and what happened was that all the unaccompanied children were coming across the border. We tried to get them out. We kept them safe and get them out of the detention centers….that were run by Homeland Security and get them into communities as quickly as we can.”
Then he attacked Ramos, saying, “You know you’re not telling the truth here about the comparison of the two things.”
Biden’s campaign is dying fast, and journalists, smelling blood in the water, are circling for the kill. Biden should, if he cared about his party’s chances of avoiding running a socialist with Communist aspirations against Donald Trump, would graciously resign and allow a more moderate and sane—that wouldn’t be hard—alternative to Sanders pick up his supporters. He’s not going to do it, because he lacks the ethical character to do it.