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What a week! Irma, Jennifer Lawrence, Maxine Waters, more

Written By | Sep 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2017 – Hurricane Irma is the big story this weekend. As I complete this column, word is that the center of the storm is in the Sarasota-Tampa Bay area and readying its next move. Apparently that will involve Irma’s re-creating Sherman’s destructive March Through Georgia. But in reverse. More or less.

I’m not making light of this. After doing its level best to destroy Florida, Irma will pack enough of a destructive punch to wreak Sherman-like havoc on the Peach State before it romps through Tennessee, Kentucky and lower Illinois/Indiana; prior to taking an antic turn and drifting northeast through Ohio and thence (we suppose) to Canada.

All this, of course, is the latest info we’ve gleaned from various meteorological sources, most of which have been varying degrees of wrong over the past week.

Matt Drudge, who’s typically a good choice for the latest info on all things hurricane and earthquake, is all over this. If you need frequent updates, go there.

But beyond Irma’s attention-grabbing headlines, however – which the MSM actually covers rather well, heavy reportorial breathing aside – there’s plenty of other more enjoyable news out there. As is our custom, we’ve dug up a few choice outrages for your reading pleasure.


We and others have been wondering for some time what will become of Glenn Beck’s once promising but now imploding news site, The Blaze. Despite its current fiscal and personnel issues, The Blaze, or what remains of it, still offers some good stories first before others get to them, like this juciful swipe at yet another airheaded Hollywood Idiotarian:

Tucker Carlson takes Jennifer Lawrence to woodshed for blaming powerful hurricanes on Trump

“Lawrence came under fire earlier this week when she claimed in an interview with a British media outlet that powerful hurricanes recently threatening the U.S. are doing so because Trump is in the White House.

“‘It’s been proven through science that climate change is due to human activity,’ Lawrence said, adding that voting is the only way to make a difference on that front. She also said it was “really startling” to see Trump be elected president.

“That’s when she made her controversial comment.

“‘You know, you’re watching these hurricanes now, and it’s really hard, especially while promoting this movie, not to feel Mother Nature’s rage [and] wrath,’ she said, alluding to Trump’s presidency.

“… In the end, Carlson had just one message for Lawrence.

“‘Being a celebrity is bad for your soul,’ he said.”

My Comment: Yeah, it is, Tucker. It is. Jenn should immerse herself in something useful, like a big sequel to “Hunger Games.” She doesn’t look to heroic – or too smart – as a political pundit.

To prove the point, let’s enjoy the following clip before we have even more fun at Jenn’s expense.

LegalInsurrection’s Leslie Eastman weighs in on this story and takes things even further:

“When will Hollywood ever learn that Americans want its elitist politics out of its entertainment?

“Just about now, actress Jennifer Lawrence is probably regretting her assertions that the recent spate of hurricanes hitting our country is the result of our nation electing President Donald Trump.

“And if she isn’t, then those who hire her for future productions should be deeply concerned. Hollywood has had an execrable year in box office, partly attributable to their stars’ Trump-hating remarks and continued smears about us ‘deplorables.’

“Legal Insurrection readers may recall my post on Axanar, the Star Trek fan-film that drew the legal ire of CBS. In part, the studio wanted to avoid competition against its upcoming Star Trek series, Discovery.

“Intriguingly, the showrunners of the new CBS series indicate that the show will liken Trump supporters to the warrior race called Klingons. The first season of the show presents the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire as a loose allegory for the 2016 election.”

Comment: What was it that Forrest Gump liked to say? “Stupid is as stupid does?” Follow the LegalIsurrection link above and read the whole thing. People – and not just deplorables like me – are sick of entertainment and sports figures that invade the average American’s space to display their political ignorance and personal shallowness. It’s not hard to imagine that this kind of moronic grandstanding by undeserving Hollywood mega-millionaires is motivating a significant number of now-former fans to take a pass on their films. Why reward this kind of behavior?


QB Colin Kaepernick playing for the San Francisco 49ers before the knee-down lunacy began. (Image via Wikipedia entry on Kaepernick, CC 2.0 license)

The same thing goes for the never-ending anti-National Anthem plague that’s spreading like political greyscale throughout the NFL. Unsurprisingly, the professional football league’s attendance (and viewership) has been steadily declining since current (unemployed) Chief Idiotarian, Colin Kaepernick, launched his asinine, one-knee-down “protest” fad. Grow up and find a safe space, Colin. Don’t inflict your ignorance on us.

The fast-fading New York Daily News just had to weigh in on this issue by smarmingly supporting Kaepernick. The only reward this decaying rag will get for the effort is a further reduction in readership. It’s what they deserve for publishing crap like:

Shaun King Calls For Complete Boycott Of NFL Over Colin Kaepernick

As for us, we’ll gleefully follow those overpaid, America-hating NFL creeps as they head for oblivion, just like those remaining overpaid, America-hating creeps still gasbagging on ESPN, Disney’s sinking cable TV answer to MSNBC.


Clinton with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the “reset button”, March 2009. Remember this bit of Russian collusion? (U.S. Government public domain image via Wikipedia entry on Clinton)

Speaking of Kaepernick and the legion of equally cretinous individuals that inhabits the entertainment world…

Arguably worse than any hurricane or self-important NFL loser is HRH Hillary Clinton, aka The Smartest Woman in the World. Yes, unfortunately folks, just like the “TV People” in the original film “Poltergeist”:

“She’s ba-a-a-ack!”

This world champion political loser is embarking on a uniquely arrogant pay-per-view “book tour” promoting her latest in a long line of content-free, ghostwritten tomes. Her newest cut-and-paste compendium of fake news predictably blames everyone but Her Hillaryness for her notorious 2016 loss to that YUGELY deplorable oaf, Donald Trump.

Even Democrats are weeping and gnashing their teeth, fervently wishing that this vicious excuse for a human being would, just like that bloated warmist Al Gore before her. (Oh, wait. Gore didn’t go away either.)

Our real President couldn’t resist getting in on the fun with this charming retweet:

The real story, says Don Surber, just gets better. Even Hillary’s MSM and online sycophants are condemning this awful nightmare that simply won’t go away. Surber quotes from a savagely anti-Hillary piece appearing, of all places, in that left-wing Democrat house organ, Politico:

“President Donald Trump may be the only person in politics truly excited about Hillary Clinton’s book tour.

“Democratic operatives can’t stand the thought of her picking the scabs of 2016, again — the Bernie Sanders divide, the Jim Comey complaints, the casting blame on Barack Obama for not speaking out more on Russia. Alums of her Brooklyn headquarters who were miserable even when they thought she was winning tend to greet the topic with, ‘Oh, God,’ ‘I can’t handle it,’ and ‘the final torture.’

“Political reporters gripe privately (and on Twitter) about yet another return to the campaign that will never end.”

In other words, Hillary’s fake book tour is not “the final torture.” Not by a long shot. It would appear that Hillary has morphed into one of the Walking Dead. Worse, like global warming climate change, she’s real.


Maxine Waters, CDN image.

In today’s ongoing political circus in The Swamp, we also are compelled to endure the Living Dead as well as the Walking variety. Take, for example, U.S. Representative-for-Life  Maxine Waters (Demagogue-CA). We have come to count on Maxine for an almost daily example of blithering idiocy, usually under the adoring care of TV’s eager, ratings-hungry MSM blow dries. For that reason alone, the MSM adores her.

Let’s check out this genius Congressperson-for-Life via


“I think we should focus on domestic terrorism also. So I would like to ask again, given all that you have said about how difficult it is and about privacy concerns, do you have any thoughts about what can we do to begin to deal with the KKK, the white nationalists, the extremists, the alt-right? They’re on the Internet; they’re Breitbart. If you look at the YouTube, you see how much they want to kill me and others. What can we do?”

Comment: What media maven wouldn’t eat this stuff up? No mention in Maxine’s diatribe regarding her Antifa and #BLM friends, all of whom want to beat, bloody or exterminate any individual who is not them. (Which they often do.) This kind of reality is not part of MaxineWorld. Seriously, Maxine, rational people in this country, right or left, have absolutely no desire whatsoever to see you dead. Really. They just want you to go away.


The Cavalcade of the Brainless seems to loom ever larger. Via Gateway Pundit, here’s additional left-wing insight and compassion, this time aimed at our current Secretary of Education by an esteemed barrister, the hilariously-named Rob Ranco:

“United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Thursday a plan to overhaul an Obama-era policy on how college campuses investigate sexual assaults.

“Like clockwork, liberals attacked DeVos, but one liberal civil rights attorney took it to another level. Rob Ranco, a partner at Texas-based Carlson Law Firm said he’s be ‘ok’ if DeVos were sexually assaulted.

“… Ranco received a huge backlash on Twitter:”


Let’s wrap up today’s media smorgasboard with one more example of lefties behaving badly. This amusing, non-fake story is once again via the New York Daily News:

Al Sharpton’s daughter Ashley Sharpton arrested after cops say she attacked cab driver

“Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter’s birthday celebration ended in handcuffs early Saturday after she attacked a cabbie in Midtown, police sources said.

“Ashley Sharpton, 30, is facing charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after she allegedly grabbed the keys from a cabbie on W. 48th and Ninth Ave., then shoved and punched the cab driver when he demanded them back.”

Reverend Al, January 2015. (Image via Wikipedia entry on Al Sharpton, CC 2.0 license)

Comment: Poor Ashley! It’s not her fault that larceny seems to run in the family. Her dad, the shallow, despicable “Reverend” Al, has been dodging actual indictments throughout his racialist career. That would include his initial claim to fame, taking the “victim’s” side against the cops in the notorious Tawana Bradley Affair dating from the late 1980s. Both father and daughter are two more examples of media-indulged left-wing royalty accustomed to being treated far better than the rest of us because, well, they’re better than the rest of us. Prediction: Ashley will either get off scot-free or, at worst, be sentenced to perform 30 minutes of community service at Macys. As for dad, the noted tax scofflaw has already been “sentenced” to a lucrative MSNBC contract, apparently for life. Such are the rewards of political correctness.


My head is spinning! That’s enough news for today. But I’ll be back with more when I find the time. And the dirt. But that shouldn’t be hard, as 2017 remains an absurdly target-rich environment. (Oops. Is it okay to say that?)

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Senior Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17