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NASCAR’s Taxpayer-Supported Ads

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This week, NASCAR and other professional sports have been making their cases for keeping public money rolling into their accounts. For years, the U.S. Military has been spending large sums, up to $100 million a year, to professional sports for advertising to aid in publicity and recruitment efforts. While the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball have benefitted from this money, NASCAR has apparently received the lion’s share. Georgia Republican Representative Jack Kingston, who is leading the charge, had this to say: “I think as a conservative, we’ve got to measure our friends in the military with the same yardstick we measure a social program.”
Further, Kingston made the observation that “If I’m in this budget climate where for every dollar spent, 40 cents is borrowed, if you’re spending $5 million, you ought to be able to show a congressional oversight committee or appropriations committee what you get for that money.” Agreed. In principle, Kingston is right on the money. However, as NASCAR spokesman Jon Schwartz points out, the money being spent on sports sponsorships isn’t being stopped, it is being moved:

“It doesn’t save taxpayers any money because it doesn’t include a reduction in spending by the military. It reallocates marketing dollars away from this valuable channel,” he said. “Singling out sponsorships is like telling a carpenter he can’t bring a key tool to the job site. Leaving decisions like these in the hands of a few members of Congress is misguided.”

Obviously, Schwartz, as a spokesman for NASCAR, is somewhat biased in his opinion, but he is absolutely right. Kingston can huff and puff about knowing what taxpayers are getting for their money when it comes to sports advertising, but let’s face it: $100 million is a drop in the bucket. It probably amounts to the percentage of my annual household budget spent on popsicles for my children (my line-item for desserts is slightly higher), although I’m sure this isn’t even a close analogy. Kingston sounds all conservative and limited government-ish in his rhetoric, but the amount of money being spent is still the same. The only difference being that this money will now be spent elsewhere. In other words, it’s like me telling my kids that things are getting tight around the house and we’re going to need to stop buying popsicles for them. But instead of not spending it, I am actually only “reallocating” the popsicle money to some other item in our family budget, netting a “savings” of exactly zero. It’s all budgetary “smoke and mirrors.”
However, Kingston’s point of “showing what you get for that money” is still valid. And, strangely enough, the military sports advertising campaign is one of the very few taxpayer expenditures where “we the people” actually can see what our money is getting us. Every American is able to flip on his television, or visit a NASCAR race and see the Army logo prominently displayed on Ryan Newman’s #39 racecar or the National Guard logo emblazoned on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s #88 car with his very own eyes. The tangible benefit of the presence of the logo is certainly more difficult to quantify—advertising is not like tanks, or cruise missiles, or popsicles—but it is very easy to see “what we get” for the expense. If this is really Kingston’s benchmark for all government spending, he should have begun elsewhere. I recommend Kingston occupy his time with discovering “what we get” for the nearly $90 billion (that’s “billion, with a “b”) spent by the Department of Education every year. That’s a chuck of taxpayer change that I would definitely support being “reallocated.”

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Anderson Cooper Resorts to Grade School Bullying on Subject of Trump’s ‘Girth’

This is purely despicable.

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For as often as CNN feigns remorse at the bombast displayed by President Trump, you would think that someone at the network would be responsible for making sure that the left-leaning infotainment company practices what they preach.

Apparently not.

This week, as the network once again spends hours and hours attempting to belittle and delegitimize the Trump White House, anchor Anderson Cooper went a step further and resorted to fat-shaming the leader of the free world.  Even more disturbing was the fact that the attack came as Cooper was discussing a series of controversial tweets by the President that themselves have been characterized as “bullying”.

Cooper said, “Leadership today also apparently consists of spreading vile conspiracy theories on Twitter about a former staffer for then-Congressman Joe Scarborough and doing it over and over again. Traumatizing her family and her husband so deeply that he begged the company to take down the president’s tweets because they’re not true about his wife.”

After playing a clip of Trump defending his Tweets at a press conference earlier, Cooper said, “What a little man. He’s just a little man. He’s the leader of the free world, and he is a little, little man. A self-proclaimed wartime leader — a leader in the midst, he says, of a transition to greatness for the country, spreading falsehoods about a dead woman, despite the pain and the pleas of her husband and family and doesn’t have the guts to say he doesn’t care about what they think. No, no, he doesn’t have the guts to say, ‘You know what, I don’t care what they think because this serves my political purposes.’ That’s why he’s doing it. He doesn’t have the guts to say that because he is just a little man despite his girth and size. He’s a little man inside, and he knows that. That, too, is now what leadership looks like. The president of the United States raising conspiracy theories about a dead woman, though her family is begging Twitter to take them down.”

If anyone had remarked on the “girth” or “size” of any other world leader, they would immediately be yanked off the air and sent to sensitivity training.

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Meghan McCain Trashes Chris and Andrew Cuomo Over Hokey-Jokey CNN Segment

You know things are rough at CNN when The View is producing more hard-hitting journalism than the “worldwide leader in news”.

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In New York State, there is great heartbreak this week.

Not only was New York City the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic for weeks on end, but Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo is now being accused of recklessly endangering a vast number of at-risk Americans by sending COVID-19 patients to be treated at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Despite this horrific controversy being the number one story out of New York State this week, Governor Cuomo’s brother, CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo, refused to bring it up while the two spent a significant portion of the latter Cuomo’s show together, enraging America in the process.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo sparked Twitter outrage on Wednesday night when he again did not address New York’s growing nursing-home controversy in his latest interview with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and instead performed prop comedy with giant cotton swabs.

The response was swift.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., has been the leading voice calling for an investigation into the Democratic governor’s original March directive. “Today I joined my [New York GOP] colleagues in the House to call for a federal investigation of Cuomo’s failed nursing home policies,” Stefanik tweeted Friday. “NOW they admit they unethically changed the way they report nursing home deaths. An INEXCUSABLE tragedy for NY — NEED ANSWERS.”

But you would never know it if you watched “CNN Prime Time,” where Chris Cuomo spent 25 minutes chatting up his older brother, who he calls the “Love Gov” on-air, and never asked about the controversy. Instead, the CNN anchor played a clip of his brother taking a coronavirus test where a nurse placed a cotton swab up his nostril and joked about the size of his sibling’s nose, complete with props.

Perhaps the most biting criticism came from Meghan McCain via Twitter.

You know things are rough at CNN when The View is producing more hard-hitting journalism than the “worldwide leader in news”.

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Tara Reade Legal Team Quits After CNN Publishes Hit Piece on Biden Accuser

Where was their hit piece on Stormy Daniels?

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The Democrats certainly spent an inordinate amount of time talking about Stormy Daniels and the Access Hollywood incident, didn’t they?  Are we all remembering just how much time was wasted on those stories?

Sure, they are stories that we should hear.  They shouldn’t be squirreled away forever, and we are Americans who have the right to vote for whomever we want – including someone who may says things that make us uncomfortable.  But those stories very well could have come and gone in a  night or two, if it weren’t for the mainstream media’s incessant and constant coverage of them.

Now that Joe Biden is being accused of sexual assault by a former staffer, however, much of the infotainment industry is dead quiet.

Well, expect for CNN, who has decided that it’s not only a good idea to publish a hit piece attacking Biden’s accuser, but then they go and brag about their handiwork forcing her lawyers to quit.

A lawyer who represented Tara Reade, the woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, announced Friday that Reade is no longer his firm’s client.

Doug Wigdor said the decision to no longer represent Reade was made on Wednesday, the day after CNN published an extensive investigation about Reade’s background and past statements. In the report, CNN first revealed problems with Reade’s claim that she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch University in Seattle; the school denied to CNN that she ever graduated from the university.

Wigdor had sent CNN a lengthy statement on Monday responding to numerous questions related to the story. However, Reade directly contacted CNN on Monday night to discuss the issue of her degree from Antioch, telling a CNN reporter that she had asked for and received permission from Wigdor to reach out directly.

CNN would go on to repeat their claims against Reade later in this same gloating piece, only further pushing the idea that Reade is not credible.

This is in spite of the fact that several witnesses have emerged to state that they explicitly recall Reade telling them of the incident around the time that it occurred in 1993.

 

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Shock Jock Stern Says Trump Should ‘Resign’, Claims it Would be ‘Patriotic’

Some people will say anything for a buck.

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Whenever some mainstream media figure says something that gets our blood boiling, we need to step back and take stock of the situation.

You see, these figureheads get paid to do that.  Their livelihood depends on just how riled up they can get us, as we then present their content to our friends and followers in order to either espouse their wisdom or to eviscerate their ethos.

Stern makes millions while your blood pressure waxes and wanes, and the more outrageous the things coming out of his mouth become, the more likely it is that he’s getting desperate for attention.

This week was no exception.

Stern ranted: “One thing Donald loves is celebrities, he loves the famous.

“He loves it. He loves to be in the mix.”

His comments come despite Trump being a one-time frequent guest on his show.

Trump even attended the 2008 wedding of Stern and model Beth Ostrosky.

Laying into Trump voters, Stern said: “The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most.

“The people who are voting for Trump for the most part … he wouldn’t even let them in a f***ing hotel.

“He’d be disgusted by them. Go to Mar-a-Lago, see if there’s any people who look like you. I’m talking to you in the audience.”

Then came the clincher:

“I do think it would be extremely patriotic of Donald to say ‘I’m in over my head and I don’t want to be president anymore.’

“It’d be so patriotic that I’d hug him and then I’d go back to Mar-a-Lago and have a meal with him and feel good about him because it would be such an easy thing to do.”

Stern and Trump once considered each other friends, but the radio host has been on a fairly solid anti-POTUS bender as of late.

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Legendary Radio Host Says Trump Supporters Should Drink Disinfectant and ‘Drop Dead’

What ever happened to “united we stand, divided well fall”?

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The sheer angst of the anti-Trump crowd has now jumped the shark, and devolved into a verbose and virulent hatred of the leader of the free world.

Never before has a politician been so loathed by such a large swath of the nation, and we have no one to blame for this but the mainstream media and their insatiable hunger for conflict.  We can never forget that, in order to sell advertising space, our media networks and personalities need We The People to despise one another.  We must be at each others’ throats in order for their schtick to stick, and to keep us tuned in during the commercial breaks.

Howard Stern knows this all too well, and despite his reputation as a “shock jock”, his latest profane foray into Trump-bashing is simply unbelievable.

From Monday’s broadcast:

Stern said, “Boy, oh boy, I got to tell my buddy Donald Trump, Jesus Christ resign from the presidency. Do the world a favor. You don’t want to be president. Go work at Mar-a-Lago. Have a nice rest of your life. This guy is out of his f-cking mind. I don’t know what Donald is doing. I mean, when he holds a press conference, it’s like you go oh f-ck.”

He continued, “I don’t know what to say what’s going on with Donald. I mean, these statements are idiotic. Hey, I have this idea. Maybe since Clorox works on surfaces, couldn’t they just pour Clorox into your asshole.”

He added, “I would love it if Donald would get on TV and take an injection of Clorox and let’s see if his theory works. Let him, volunteer. Or hold a big rally, say f-ck this coronavirus, with all of his followers, and let them hug each other and kiss each other and have a big, big rally.”

Co-host Robin Quivers said, “A big cocktail of disinfectant.”

Stern said, “Yeah, and all take disinfectant and all drop dead.”

What ever happened to “united we stand, divided well fall”?

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Hollywood Director Pleads with Former Presidents to Lend a Hand in Ousting Trump

Now they’re just getting desperate.

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New York City may very well be the United States’ coronavirus epicenter, but Hollywood is undoubtedly the nation’s epicenter for Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Over the course of the last three years, a steady stream of anti-Trump sentiments have been spewing froth from Beverly Hills.  The liberal elites of Tinsel Town absolutely loathe the 45th President of these United States and it shows.

One of the most frequent of these Hollywood Trump haters has been legendary director Rob Reiner, whose latest tirade against the Commander in Chief invokes several former Oval Office dwellers to join him.

Hollywood director Rob Reiner is once again sounding the alarm about what he calls President Donald Trump’s “mental illness” and is begging former presidents, including Barack Obama, to intervene to save lives.

“There is no question. Trump’s mental illness is killing people,” the Oscar-nominated filmmaker of A Few Good Men tweeted on Saturday, in an apparent reference to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. “We are in a crisis of epic proportions. I call on Bush, Obama and every prominent American, Republican and Democrat, to step forward to stop this insanity and save human life.”

Just last week, Reiner was insisting that Donald Trump’s actions in the race of the coronavirus pandemic were directly responsible for the deaths of several thousand Americans.  This allegation was made in spite of the fact that the national death count for COVID-19 has remained lower than many experts had predicted, including some who worked directly with Trump via the White House coronavirus task force.

 

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Bill Maher Rips Mainstream Media, Says They’re Making ‘Fake News’ Accusations Accurate

You’ve got to give credit where credit is due, and Maher has hit the nail on the head here.

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Bill Maher may very well be one of the most liberal comedians around, but he’s no dummy.  He can see the writing on the wall, and he’s not afraid to try to clue his audience in as to what it says.

That’s why this week, Maher used his HBO talk show to tear the mainstream media a new one, claiming that their increasingly outlandish behavior is making Donald Trump’s “fake news” schtick stick.

From Friday night:

Maher said, “Now that we’re starting to see some hope in all this, don’t hope-shame me. You know, the problem with nonstop gloom and doom is it gives Trump the chance to play the optimist, and optimists tend to win American elections. FDR said, ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ You know, as full of shit as he is, I could see Trump riding that into a second term.”

He added, “Everyone knows Corona is no walk in the park. Because you literally can’t walk in the park. But at some point, the daily drumbeat of depression and terror veers into panic porn.” And “you don’t have to put hot sauce on a jalapeno.”

Maher concluded, “We need the news to calm down and treat us like adults. Trump calls you fake news, don’t make him be right.”

You’ve got to give credit where credit is due, and Maher has hit the nail on the head here.

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