Maureen Dowd Thanksgiving Good Humor

Maureen Dowd Thanksgiving Good Humor — We are shamelessly without permission reprinting this column with an introduction by Maureen Dowd that appeared in the New York Times after Thanksgiving, and that we received by email. It perfectly illustrates to many still bruised over this last election that peace can be found and families don’t have to be broken up. Hat tip Joanne Yurchak.

WASHINGTON — First I had to deal with the president-elect scolding.

During his interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, Donald Trump chided me twice for being too tough on him.

Sitting next to our publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Trump invited everyone around the table to call him if they saw anything “where you feel that I’m wrong.”

“You can call me, Arthur can call me, I would love to hear,” he said. “The only one who can’t call me is Maureen. She treats me too rough.”

Then I had to go home for Thanksgiving and deal with my family scolding me about the media misreading the country. I went cold turkey to eat hot turkey: no therapy dog, no weaving therapy, no yoga, no acupuncture, no meditation, no cry-in.

The minute I saw my sister’s Trump champagne and a Cersei figurine as the centerpiece — my brother, Kevin, nicknamed Hillary “Cersei” during this year’s brutal game of thrones — I knew I wasn’t in a safe space.

My little basket of deplorables, as I call my conservative family, gloated with Trump toasts galore, and Kevin presented me with his annual holiday column with an extra flourish.

My colleague Paul Krugman tweeted Friday that “affluent, educated suburbanites” who voted for Trump are “fools.” What else is there to say, he asked.

Well, here is what Kevin, an affluent, educated suburbanite, has to say in his column, titled an “Election Therapy Guide for Liberals”:

Written by Kevin Dowd:  “Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest political feats in modern history by defeating Hillary Clinton and the vaunted Clinton machine.

The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

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Her game of thrones over, Cersei — as Kevin Dowd nicknamed Hillary Clinton — stood guard over the Dowd family Thanksgiving. Credit Kevin Dowd

The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust.

Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion. This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes.

The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the cast. This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants.

Here is a short primer for the young protesters. If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics. The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes. That can be her participation trophy.

If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day, fearful of the instruction they were receiving. Not one of the top 50 colleges mandate one semester of Western Civilization. Maybe they should rethink that.

Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other “ists.” I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and whining is not good preparation for the coming storm. The liberal media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility. I am reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories prepared for a Trump victory. I watched the networks and cable stations in their midnight meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.”
The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this fact.

Here is a final word to my Democratic friends. The election is over. There will not be a do-over. So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons. Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting. And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting. To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts. And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate.
As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie “48 Hrs.”: “There’s a new sheriff in town.” And he is going to be here for 1,461 days. Merry Christmas.”

Maureen Dowd Thanksgiving Good Humor

 

Anonymous Bill Clinton Child Molesting

Anonymous Bill Clinton Child Molesting
Sicko one.

Anonymous Bill Clinton Child Molesting — The New York Times, whose only reasons for existence are to empower globalists and murder helpless trees, has just released the bombshell that Donald Trump kissed a couple of girls.

Really.

The girls said they didn’t want to be kissed by The Donald. Here is a question for one to mull: Is it appropriate to bring forth hard to verify sexual allegations short weeks before a major election hence causing more important issues to be shunted aside? Like whether we should allow a culture that is OK with sexually abusing young girls to gain a foothold here?

Anonymous Bill Clinton Child Molesting
Sicko Two

Yes, you say?

OK, here is the hacker group Anonymous claiming Bill Clinton raped a 13-year-old on Jeff Epstein’s Pedo Island and that Hillary is OK with it.

Hat tip GatewayPundit.com.

By the way, the Trump campaign is calling The New York Times story complete fiction.

The Clintons have not addressed Bill’s trips to Pedo Island.

Anonymous Bill Clinton Child Molesting

 

 

Pope Condom Portrait And Gutless Hypocrites

Pope Condom Portrait -- The New York Times, June 29, ran a story regarding a controversy concerning the acceptance by the non-profit Milwaukee Art Museum of a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms.  While the premeditated insult pretending to be art is not yet on display due to gallery renovations, Catholics are understandably upset.  The Times, of course, included an image of the offending artwork.  OK, fine. It's a story and showing the image helps bring an understanding as to what the fuss is about.  The problem is that with regard to a far more relevant story seven months ago, the Times pointedly chose not to print an image that they thought might offend religious sensibilities, even though it far more integral to the events being discussed.  Why the double standard?  The answer is obvious. Despite its long boast, the Times bases its editorial decisions  entirely on fear and favor.  They are gutless hypocrites and a disgrace to journalism.The New York Times, June 29, ran a story regarding a controversy concerning the acceptance by the non-profit Milwaukee Art Museum of a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms.

While the premeditated insult pretending to be art is not yet on display due to gallery renovations, Catholics are understandably upset.

The Times, of course, included an image of the offending artwork.

OK, fine. It’s a story and showing the image helps bring an understanding as to what the fuss is about.

The problem is that with regard to a far more relevant story seven months ago, the Times pointedly chose not to print an image that they thought might offend religious sensibilities, even though it was far more integral to the events being discussed.

Why the double standard?

The answer is obvious. Despite its long boast, the Times bases its editorial decisions  entirely on fear and favor.

They are gutless hypocrites and a disgrace to journalism.

Oh yeah, and regarding the character of the “I think I’m smart” set, would the Milwaukee Art Museum accept a portrait of Mohammed ? Even if it wasn’t made of condoms?

Hat tip Breitbart.com

Pope Condom Portrait And Gutless Hypocrites

 

New York Times Graham Spanier Whitewash

The New York Times Magazine carried a paen, July 16, to disgraced former Penn State President Graham Spanier, by Micahel Sokolove.

Sokolove practically acquits him of the charges filed against him stemming from his handling of reports that one-time football coach and retired faculty member Jerry Sandusky was abusing children.

The charges were filed on Nov. 1, 2012 and are one count perjury,  two counts of endangering the welfare of children, two counts of criminal conspiracy, which are all third-degree felonies  punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines; one count of obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function and one count of criminal conspiracy, both second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines; and one count of failure to report suspected child abuse, a summary offense punishable by up to 90 days in prison and a $300 fine.

“The case against Spanier is at best problematic, at worst fatally flawed,” Sokolove says.

Sokolove writes about how the 66-year-old Spanier’s father flew into a rage at everything and beat him and made him eat everything on his plate and sometimes sent him to bed without dinner.

Sokolove writes that Spanier grew Penn State “from a remote outpost of American higher education into a top-tier public university” and had some of “world’s most decorated architects” design the new buildings on his watch.

He writes that Sokolove “paid his own way through Iowa State.”

Regarding the e-mails that led to the charges, Sokolove says that Spanier says he has no memory of writing it but that using the word “vulnerable” as in “The only downside for us is if the message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it. But that can be assessed down the road” was a bad idea.

And he blames the late Joe Paterno, anyway.

Maybe Sokolove’s biggest journalistic failure was his omission of any reference to the John T. Neisworth matter in which Spanier was told by a young man in 2002 about how Neisworth, a respected Penn State special education professor who literally wrote the book on autism, molested him. Neisworth would make a six-figure cash settlement to the man.

The contact was made with Spanier two weeks after Spanier had been told about Sandusky.

The New York Times whitewash is almost enough to make one take David Icke seriously.

 

New York Times Graham Spanier Whitewash

New York Times Graham Spanier Whitewash

 

 

Juiceboxers Take Media Ignorance To New Level

As bad as the bias was that permeated the institutions that supplied the news for most Americans things have taken a frightening turn for the worse.

Those who write for the sources our self-described intellectual elites favor have shown themselves to be not merely ignorant of the basics of their beats but shamelessly so.

It’s like something out of movie Idiocracy, which was made but eight years ago.

Mollie Hemingway writing for TheFederalist.Com lays things out in all their ugliness.

She notes that New York Times writer Kate Zernike had no idea who Friedrich Hayek was. (Answer: the author of “Road to Serfdom” and the Nobel Prize winner for Economic Sciences in 1974.)

She excoriates David Savage of the Los Angeles Times who wrote earlier this month about that Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice John Roberts saying they  “rely on well-established rights, such as freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, but extend those rights for the first time to corporations, wealthy donors and conservatives.”

So people who disagree with him who he calls “conservatives” didn’t have free speech until now?

How do these idiots get hired?

Ms. Hemingway describes how Ron Fournier of Vox (a new media site that hipsters think is hip) mixed up a map showing rates of gun ownership with that of gun violence.

She  points out that fellow Voxster Matt Yglesias mocked an airline for saying that the African nation of Ghana has giraffes by tweeting out a map of Africa saying “Where giraffes live versus where Ghana is”.

She gives a special category to Yglesias who wrote about South Florida without knowing what the Everglades was.

The name “juiceboxers” has been coined for these hip young precious pumpkins who were raised to believe  that whatever they said was right as long as it parroted political and social fashion.

Let us make sure they are not the future of communication.

 

Hat tip Ed Driscoll.

 

Juiceboxers Take Media Ignorance To New Level

Juiceboxers Take Media Ignorance To New Level

 

 

 

Lazy Infantile New York Times

NYTBuildingLazy Infantile New York Times. Why should anybody treat the old media with respect?

 

The New York Times had for many years held a position of respect if not reverence among America’s ruling class.

With the advent of the World Wide Web things have gotten a bit more transparent and the idol is starting to crumble disconcerting the self-proclaimed smart set that have long worshiped it.

Not that the paper ever deserved the honor that had been bestowed upon it.

It fell hard for the Piltdown Man hoax .

It covered up shamelessly for the progressive mass murderer Joseph Stalin.

But still it sailed on, its favor coveted by those who lusted for power.

Well, now we are finding out more about who runs the place, namely that they are greedy, petty, extremely childish and rather stupid.

Taiwanese satirists TomoNews has done a brutal recreation (see below) of the May 14 firing of first female editor Jill Abramson, who accused the powers-that-be at the company of sexism because her salary of $525,000 was $34,000 less than the guy she replaced.

The company bosses in response said she was a crap administrator who caused disruption and was unable to stop the circulation decline or increase the paper’s web presence.

We think they are both right.

The stuffed moose in the video, by the way, was something Publisher Pinch Sulzberger brought to board meetings as some kind of pop-psychology-based motivation tool.

Regarding the once-vaunted editorial page, even the liberal reporters at the paper say it has become boring, innaccurate and inane. The New York Observer has a rather long expose about it.

It quotes one former Times writer as saying  “(Columnist Thomas) Friedman is the worst. He hasn’t had an original thought in 20 years; he’s an embarrassment. He’s perceived as an idiot who has been wrong about every major issue for 20 years” and that Maureen Dowd “who has been writing the same column since George H. W. Bush was president.”

That’s a liberal that’s being quoted by the way.

 

 

 

Social Justice Beautiful Scam

Social Justice Beautiful Scam Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman will get $25G per month to promote “social justice” and ponder income inequality.

Paul Krugman, the economist who writes about “social justice” for The New York Times, has been hired by the tax-funded  City University of New York (CUNY) to “contribute to the build-up” of a new “inequality initiative” at the school’s Luxembourg Income Study Center.

“You will not be expected to teach or supervise students,”CUNY said.

The Luxembourg Center is devoted to studying income patterns and their effect on inequality.

Krugman will be paid $25,000 per month. Promoting “social justice” is a great gig if you can get it.

In a completely related matter concerning “social justice” hypocrites, Media Matters for America is fighting an effort by the Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff.

Media Matters is a progressive group dedicated to the cause of “social justice” that describes itself as “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media”

Social Justice Beautiful Scam

 

Philly Inquirer Smacks New York Times

It’s not often we will give things associated with The Philadelphia Inquirer credit for doing anything right, but that’s only because they so rarely do.

However, when they do we give credit and Jimmy Kempski’s Philly.com smackdown of a smug, self-righteous, politically correct and otherwise pompous New York Times story by Juliet Macur certainly deserves credit.

Read it here.

Philly Inquirer Smacks New York Times

Consequences For Breaking Promises

Myron S points out that immediately after our congressmen and senators took an oath this year to support and defend the Constitution many of them sought to undermine it by infringing on the people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

He wonders why that shouldn’t be enough to immediately disqualify them from office.

It’s certainly worth wondering about.

Meanwhile, New York Times columnist Louis Micahael Seidman wrote an article titled “Let’s Give Up On The Constitution.”

Our obsession with the Constitution has saddled us with a dysfunctional political system, kept us from debating the merits of divisive issues and inflamed our public discourse. Instead of arguing about what is to be done, we argue about what James Madison might have wanted done 225 years ago. he said.

What an offensive and horrible thing to write. Seidman should be arrested for  that. He should be subjected to summary justice and hanged from a tree for  that.

Golly gee, what could ever protect him from such a fate?

Thoughtless and stupid people have taken over the major old media outlets. The bright side is that those outlets will soon be dead — and all without having to violate the Constitution.

New York Times Lies About Pope

New York Times Lies About Pope — I guess it’s a sign of the Times. The self-esteemed Grey Lady, that paper that likes to bill itself as America’s paper of record appears to have been caught in blatant falsehoods regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s involvement in the priest pedophilia coverup.

Father Raymond J. de Souza, a chaplain at Queen’s University in Ontario, spells it out.

The New York Times on March 25 accused Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, of intervening to prevent a priest, Father Lawrence Murphy, from facing penalties for cases of sexual abuse of minors.

The story is false. It is unsupported by its own documentation. Indeed, it gives every indication of being part of a coordinated campaign against Pope Benedict, rather than responsible journalism.

Before addressing the false substance of the story, the following circumstances are worthy of note:

 • The New York Times story had two sources. First, lawyers who currently have a civil suit pending against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. One of the lawyers, Jeffrey Anderson, also has cases in the United States Supreme Court pending against the Holy See. He has a direct financial interest in the matter being reported.

 • The second source was Archbishop Rembert Weakland, retired archbishop of Milwaukee. He is the most discredited and disgraced bishop in the United States, widely known for mishandling sexual-abuse cases during his tenure, and guilty of using $450,000 of archdiocesan funds to pay hush money to a former homosexual lover who was blackmailing him. Archbishop Weakland had responsibility for the Father Murphy case between 1977 and 1998, when Father Murphy died. He has long been embittered that his maladministration of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee earned him the disfavor of Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, long before it was revealed that he had used parishioners’ money to pay off his clandestine lover.  He is prima facie not a reliable source.

• Laurie Goodstein, the author of the New York Times story, has a recent history with Archbishop Weakland.  Last year, upon the release of the disgraced archbishop’s autobiography, she wrote an unusually sympathetic story that buried all the most serious allegations against him (New York Times, May 14, 2009).

 • A demonstration took place in Rome on Friday, coinciding with the publication of the New York Times story. One might ask how American activists would happen to be in Rome distributing the very documents referred to that day in the New York Times. The appearance here is one of a coordinated campaign, rather than disinterested reporting.

It’s possible that bad sources could still provide the truth. But compromised sources scream out for greater scrutiny. Instead of greater scrutiny of the original story, however, news editors the world over simply parroted the New York Times piece. Which leads us the more fundamental problem: The story is not true, according to its own documentation.

The New York Times made available on its own website the supporting documentation for the story. In those documents, Cardinal Ratzinger himself does not take any of the decisions that allegedly frustrated the trial. Letters are addressed to him; responses come from his deputy. Even leaving that aside, though, the gravamen of the charge — that Cardinal Ratzinger’s office impeded some investigation — is proven utterly false.

The documents show that the canonical trial or penal process against Father Murphy was never stopped by anyone. In fact, it was only abandoned days before Father Murphy died. Cardinal Ratzinger never took a decision in the case, according to the documents. His deputy, Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, suggested, given that Father Murphy was in failing health and a canonical trial is a complicated matter, that more expeditious means be used to remove him from all ministry.

To repeat: The charge that Cardinal Ratzinger did anything wrong is unsupported by the documentation on which the story was based. He does not appear in the record as taking any decision. His office, in the person of his deputy, Archbishop Bertone, agreed that there should be full canonical trial. When it became apparent that Father Murphy was in failing health, Archbishop Bertone suggested more expeditious means of removing him from any ministry.

Furthermore, under canon law at the time, the principal responsibility for sexual-abuse cases lay with the local bishop. Archbishop Weakland had from 1977 onwards the responsibility of administering penalties to Father Murphy. He did nothing until 1996. It was at that point that Cardinal Ratzinger’s office became involved, and it subsequently did nothing to impede the local process.

The New York Times flatly got the story wrong, according to its own evidence. Readers may want to speculate on why.

Here is the relevant timeline, drawn from the documents the New York Times posted on its own website.

15 May 1974

Abuse by Father Lawrence Murphy is alleged by a former student at St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee. In fact, accusations against Father Murphy go back more than a decade.

12 September 1974

Father Murphy is granted an official “temporary sick leave” from St. John’s School for the Deaf. He leaves Milwaukee and moves to northern Wisconsin, in the Diocese of Superior, where he lives in a family home with his mother. He has no official assignment from this point until his death in 1998. He does not return to live in Milwaukee. No canonical penalties are pursued against him.

9 July 1980

Officials in the Diocese of Superior write to officials in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee about what ministry Father Murphy might undertake in Superior. Archbishop Rembert Weakland, archbishop of Milwaukee since 1977, has been consulted and says it would be unwise to have Father Murphy return to ministry with the deaf community. There is no indication that Archbishop Weakland foresees any other measures to be taken in the case.

17 July 1996

More than 20 years after the original abuse allegations, Archbishop Weakland writes to Cardinal Ratzinger, claiming that he has only just discovered that Father Murphy’s sexual abuse involved the sacrament of confession — a still more serious canonical crime. The allegations about the abuse of the sacrament of confession were in the original 1974 allegations. Weakland has been archbishop of Milwaukee by this point for 19 years.

It should be noted that for sexual-abuse charges, Archbishop Weakland could have proceeded against Father Murphy at any time. The matter of solicitation in the sacrament of confession requir
ed notifying Rome, but that too could have been done as early as the 1970s.

10 September 1996

Father Murphy is notified that a canonical trial will proceed against him. Until 2001, the local bishop had authority to proceed in such trials. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is now beginning the trial. It is noteworthy that at this point, no reply has been received from Rome indicating that Archbishop Weakland knew he had that authority to proceed.

24 March 1997

Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, Cardinal Ratzinger’s deputy at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, advises a canonical trial against Father Murphy.

14 May 1997

Archbishop Weakland writes to Archbishop Bertone to say that the penal process against Father Murphy has been launched, and notes that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has advised him to proceed even though the statute of limitations has expired. In fact, there is no statute of limitations for solicitation in the sacrament of confession.

Throughout the rest of 1997 the preparatory phases of penal process or canonical trial is underway. On 5 January 1998 the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee says that an expedited trial should be concluded within a few months.

12 January 1998

Father Murphy, now less than eight months away from his death, appeals to Cardinal Ratzinger that, given his frail health, he be allowed to live out his days in peace.

6 April 1998

Archbishop Bertone, noting the frail health of Father Murphy and that there have been no new charges in almost 25 years, recommends using pastoral measures to ensure Father Murphy has no ministry, but without the full burden of a penal process. It is only a suggestion, as the local bishop retains control.

13 May 1998

The Bishop of Superior, where the process has been transferred to and where Father Murphy has lived since 1974, rejects the suggestion for pastoral measures. Formal pre-trial proceedings begin on 15 May 1998, continuing the process already begun with the notification that had been issued in September 1996.

30 May 1998

Archbishop Weakland, who is in Rome, meets with officials at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, including Archbishop Bertone but not including Cardinal Ratzinger, to discuss the case. The penal process is ongoing. No decision taken to stop it, but given the difficulties of a trial after 25 years, other options are explored that would more quickly remove Father Murphy from ministry.

19 August 1998

Archbishop Weakland writes that he has halted the canonical trial and penal process against Father Murphy and has immediately begun the process to remove him from ministry — a quicker option.

21 August 1998

Father Murphy dies. His family defies the orders of Archbishop Weakland for a discreet funeral

New York Times Lies About Pope