Monday's HOT MIC
19 dead, 50 injured being reported from the Manchester concert. Some are reporting it was the work a suicide bomber. How horrible for the families, how frightening for all of us. Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia didn't come any time too soon. Will our politicians finally screw their heads on right and start focusing on this greatest of all threats? (plaintive and hopeless plea)
Roger, I returned to my hotel room in Miami tonight and flipped on the TV to get an update on the London bombing. CNN was all hands on deck—speculating about whether Trump would be impeached. Good gravy. Nineteen people were killed tonight. Can't they give it a rest for one news cycle? Or even 20 minutes?
Tears for Manchester.....
Manchester, England England....
No, the anti-Italian term "Wop" is not an acronym for "without papers." National Review's Jonah Goldberg destroys this common misconception at The Corner.
I tweeted that I thought this “without papers” thing was ridiculous. To my amazement, I found out that a great many people believe it to be true, including people far more well-read and educated than I am. So, it’s not ridiculous to think it’s true. It’s more like one of those things everyone knows is true — like the need to drink eight glasses of water every day — that turns out not to be.
From the online etymological dictionary (one of my favorite sites):derogatory for “Italian,” 1912, American English slang, apparently from southern Italian dialect guappo “dandy, dude, stud,” a greeting among male Neapolitans, said to be from Spanish guapo “bold, dandy,” which is from Latin vappa “sour wine,” also “worthless fellow;” related to vapidus (see vapid). It is probably not an acronym, and the usual story that it is one seems to date only to c. 1985.
Many people do believe the "without papers" explanation, however. Here's why it doesn't make sense.
What I find so fascinating is that so many people thought it was true. My Dad grew up in the Bronx in the 1930s where Jews, Italians, and Irish traded epithets quite a bit. The idea that the Jews and the Irish would single-out the Italians (as likely to be as American-born or immigrants as anyone else) for lacking sufficient citizenship paperwork just strikes me as bizarre. Lots of people showed up at Ellis Island without “papers.”
Goldberg concluded by quoting his own book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change. In that book, he tells the story of how Will Rogers went to Europe in 1926. When The New York Times asked Rogers what he thought of Benito Mussolini, he described the Italian dictator as "some Wop."
"I have to assume that Rogers didn’t have Mussolini’s lack of paperwork in mind," the author quipped. Case closed.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement have arrested over 41,000 illegal immigrants since Trump's executive order on immigration enforcement. Here's more from National Review's Austin Yack at The Corner:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested over 41,000 illegal immigrants between January 22 and April 29, the 100 days following President Donald Trump’s executive order on stricter illegal-immigration enforcement. In comparison to the same period in 2016 under the Obama administration, there was a 37.6 percent increase in arrests.
According to the ICE report released last week, nearly 75 percent of those arrested under the Trump administration were convicted criminals; more than 2,700 of them were convicted of violent crimes such as rape, homicide, kidnapping, and assault.
“ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security,” said ICE acting director Thomas Homan, “which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens.”
“However,” Homan added, “when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.”
Trump is proving to be a "law and order" president, indeed.
Oh, now this is interesting:
Do you think the media will find a way to blame Trump?
The teenage girl who had exchanged sexually explicit text messages with former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) lied about her age and political motivations to harm Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a report by the investigative news site WhoWhatWhy.
In a report published Monday, the website said the girl who exchanged the messages with Weiner was closer to 17 and not 15, as initial reports said. That also puts her above the age of consent in North Carolina, which is 16.
In addition, she and her family were also not Clinton supporters, as the girl claimed in a letter published by BuzzFeed, according to social media posts unearthed by the website. The report also says the girl initiated the contact with Weiner and then sought advice from a GOP figure behind "prior efforts to harm Weiner and other Democrats."
The website suggests this could mean that Weiner was the target of a politically motivated plot.
“Seeing that Weiner is both a repeat offender — his sexting addiction cost him his job in Congress as well as a shot at becoming mayor of New York — and associated with one of the most important people in Clinton’s inner circle, it is conceivable that this was a set-up from the beginning, with the objective of embarrassing the Clinton campaign,” the WhoWhatWhy report reads.
I don't know who "WhoWhatWhy" is and don't care much what their politics are, but their "reporting" leaves a lot to be desired.
First, what's this "closer to 17" bullcrap? She's either 15, 16, or 17 - "closer" doesn't count. And if she's 15, Weiner is guilty.
Secondly, here's their "evidence" of a dark Republican "plot":
WhoWhatWhy cites a number of social media messages and photographs to argue that the victim was from a Republican-friendly family and that this suggests a political trick may have been in play.
It says that the victim celebrated Trump's victory on social media, that her father is a registered Republican and that her mother tweeted derisively about the Black Lives Matter movement.
The report also added that Chuck Johnson, a conservative writer, was one of the individuals who connected the girl to The Daily Mail.
“It’s not yet clear whether the motive was primarily money, a plot to smear Clinton, or both,” the report notes.
Sure. All Republican-friendly families would jump at the chance to trap a Democrat and destroy Hillary Clinton's campaign, right?
And "celebrating" a Trump victory by a Republican family is a sure sign of a plot. And how do we know that Trump and the Russians aren't behind this?
I weep for Hillary that she was the victim of this nefarious scheme. Of course, Weiner is a sexual predator, a serial sexting creep, and a deviant. But it's not his fault. The little girl fudged her age by a few months.
What fools these mortals be.