Friday's HOT MIC
Everything that is wrong with America and comedy summed up in one tweet:
More from The Daily Beast:
Over the past week, opposition to the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has been driven by a late-night talk show host who had expressed little interest in health care policy prior to this year.
Jimmy Kimmel’s nightly monologues decrying Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) bill became must-see TV, as the ABC host systematically attacked both the specifics of the legislation and Cassidy himself.
Behind the scenes, the ABC star was getting an assist. Kimmel and his team were in touch with health care officials, charities and advocacy groups, multiple sources told The Daily Beast. He also was in touch with the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) who, according to a source familiar with their conversations, “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of [Graham-Cassidy].”
Yes, I know that I am a comedian who also writes and speaks about politics, but I have also been a political activist since I was in college. I also don't talk about politics much on stage. Now that we have gotten to the point where a comedian who read up on an issue becomes the alleged voice of reason I fear that we are well past even hoping for serious policy discussion again.
This also perfectly illustrates something I alluded to here recently. The entertainment industry is no longer subtly biased for the Democrats. It is essentially just another biased news source. Schumer is using a late night comedian to get free advertising for Democratic policy.
Burn it all down.
I couldn't let my McCain anger go, so I went live on our FB page about it:
So this happened in St. Louis earlier today ...
All that's missing is a guy with a trident.
Professor who has a fondness for profanity-laced rants against "ANYONE" who voted for Trump won't be disciplined by Bridgewater State University. Turtleboy Sports has the original story here but be careful, there is some strong language on the other side of this link. The professor has a penchant for railing against Trump supporters on Facebook, posting things like "**** ANYONE" who voted for Trump and saying they have blood on their hands. He also comes armed with the now familiar white supremacist slander as well. Here is the statement that the university issued about Professor Potty Mouth.
Now let's play a little game of "What if someone had said this about Barack Obama and his supporters?" The only question would be whether we measured the time between the university finding out and the professor being fired in minutes or hours.
College campuses in 2017 are cesspools of unhinged ideological intolerance. Emotionally weak, perma-victim professors froth and rant about their progressive politics and they do it from positions of power. I never used to be a fan of trying to get people like this fired, but I am rapidly changing my opinion on that. I don't know if anything else will stop this kind of behavior from out of control academics.
More leaking. Will this ever end?
None of my conservative or Republican friends in Arizona can stand Maverick. He keeps winning because older Republicans reflexively vote for him and he has all of the donor money in the state locked up.
Here is the saddest tweet of the day -- and probably true, too:
Is sports commentator Clay "Boobs and 1st Amendment" Travis really serious about running for the Senate? (I wrote about the possibility earlier this week, here.)
It appears he is:
Yes Paula, in regards to AG Sessions and Trump's failure to drain the swamp, there are all sorts of theories being bandied about, including my favorite: that Trump and Sessions are playing a very clandestine game of 4-D chess against the nation's internal enemies or something. One of the proponents of this wishful thinking is author (and the planet's only expert on WWI flamethrowers) @ThomasWictor. The man has a fascinating Twitterfeed -- I'll give him that.
My own personal take is -- I have no idea. But many conservatives are getting -- as I said -- increasingly frustrated.