Chicanery: Abracadabra, You Shameless Grifter!
What’s the Buzz’s third issue has quite a bit of fun, a few shenanigans, and a dash of chicanery. I know you guys don’t like a whole lot of introductory talk, so we will commence without further ado. We start our column off today with a bit of chicanery. Remember when Obama said those jobs weren’t coming back and asked people if Trump had a magic wand to wave? Apparently he didn’t mean it.
Barack Obama took to the Twittersphere to spew out the ridiculous notion that he is responsible for the economy Trump has put in motion. The former president mentions the Recovery Act, which simply pumped taxpayer dollars into business to make it appear as if the economy was on a path up. He doesn’t mention the stimulus bill had no effect, and in fact probably made the economy worse. From The Federalist: “As economist Brian Riedl put it, believing that government spending causes growth is like believing that taking a bucket of water from one end of the pool and dumping it into the other end causes the overall water level in the pool to rise.”
He doesn’t mention this either (from PJ Media): “Not even the water-carrying mainstream press could deny it. Here’s Brian Williams, who loved making stuff up, unable to make up any nice way to describe the Solyndra scandal, where a ‘green’ company was given half a billion dollars and then went out of business without creating one job. Obama called it a ‘stimulus success story’ and then the taxpayers lost $500 million and 1,100 people lost their jobs.”
So much for that steaming pile. We saw no answer from the former president as he took hit after hit from Twitterites who were there during that epic failure of a stimulus bill, and they let him have both barrels. The ever popular @miguelifornia, otherwise known as Michael Beatty, was having none of the malarkey. He had this to say:
I don’t believe I will find a more chicanery filled tweet than the one Obama ill advisedly sent out. Once the peeling of the layers started, there was no way that tweet would have been left unchallenged except by the complete rubes who still follow him. One question was so perfect, I must ask it here, as well. If jobs aren’t coming back, and Trump didn’t have a magic wand which could make them, how is it that the economy under Trump, who brought those jobs back with his magic wand (otherwise known as a pen), is now Obama’s doing? I thought you couldn’t get those jobs back, you shameless grifter?
Thus Sayeth the Hypocrite!
Speaking of shameless grifters, Pete BootEdgeEdge, otherwise known as Mayor Pete, has gotten himself into deep water with his comments about other people’s Christian faith. The South Bend, Indiana Mayor is quoted as saying he cannot “find any compatibility between the way this president conducts himself and anything I find in Scripture.” This is an odd bit of irony, as honestly, a few things Mayor Pete espouses do not quite square up to scriptural scrutiny either. From Dana Loesch:
“God did give commandments to uphold, commandments which conflict with policies such as late-term, post-birth, and partial-birth abortion, policies Buttigieg and his party are trying to normalize as mainstream Christian doctrine while passing judgment on the manner in which Trump tweets. If Buttigieg’s ‘positions are informed by his faith,’ as he so often says, you wouldn’t know it.” It’s a classic case of “those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Buttigieg is also battling statements from South Bend, Indiana residents who claim he can’t even run a city, much less a country.
From The New York Post: “But some in South Bend describe Buttigieg’s mayoralty as a nightmare during which FBI data show that violent crimes surged from 622 in 2012, his first year, to 1,088 in 2018, the latest for which statistics are available.” Stay at home mom Michelle Burger, 42, of South Bend’s very poor black West Side has this to say:
“If he’s the next president, I fear for our country. He couldn’t run our city. How can he run the United States? Look at all the crime — he didn’t do anything about it. Look at our quality of life. If he becomes president, the United States will become one big South Bend — a giant sinkhole. We’ll be in a new depression.”
The development and improvement Mayor Pete did accomplish largely ignored the African American community, and that isn’t the only issue between himself and his black constituents. Also from The New York Post: During the Dec. 7 Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Buttigieg largely sidestepped a question about black people being arrested for pot possession in South Bend at a rate four times higher than whites.
Councilman Davis later tweeted that the ex-mayor ‘looked like a deer in headlights last night when talking about systemic racism in the South Bend Police.’ ‘He tolerated it, he perpetuated it, and last night he lied to millions of Americans about it,’ Davis added.” Safe to say ol’ Mayor Pete skipped the whole “love thy neighbor” bit, as evidenced by a complete lack of concern for the homeless in his city.
Playing Hardball… Or Something Like That
#MSNBCMeltdown is trending, and you probably won’t believe why. But then again, if you were paying attention in 2016, it shouldn’t surprise you that Chris Matthews set the old socialist up for a good screwing again. Matthews was on with ol Sleepy Eyes after the Nevada caucus, and actually compared Crazy Bernie’s win to the Nazi takeover of France. That’s right, Chris Matthews compared a Jew to Hitler himself. Sounds very familiar, and it isn’t any more right than it was when everyone was comparing Trump to Hitler. And it may just be a little bit worse.
From Newsweek: “As the results came in and Sanders took an early lead on Saturday night, Hardball host Matthews claimed Republicans would release opposition research on Sanders that would ‘kill him’ if he became the Democratic nominee for president. But Matthews said it was ‘too late’ to stop him, at one point comparing Sanders’ victory over other top Democratic contenders to Hitler’s invasion of France.” It appears as if Chris Matthews prefers Trump for a second term over Sanders at all.
But what it looks like to me is a bit of subterfuge and sabotage, Russian hoax style. Throwing shade like that has only one purpose, and that is to muddy the waters and prepare the people for a shenanigan designed to destroy the Sanders movement. And speaking of the Russian hoax… it’s back. And this time, they’ve wrapped Bernie up in it. Oh yes. Apparently Sanders was given intelligence which said he was receiving aid from Russia, the goal of the Putin regime to achieve a Sanders win in November.
This shouldn’t shock anyone. Nor should it shock you that Adam Schiff, according to the president himself, was the one who allegedly leaked this intel to the press. But the gymnastics the media performed while spinning this takes the cake. From The Washington Post: “It is not clear what form that Russian assistance has taken. U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost Sanders’s campaign against Hillary Clinton, part of a broader effort to hurt Clinton, sow dissension in the American electorate and ultimately help elect Donald Trump.”
Now that bit of twisted trickery does have a dash of truth in it, which is how they get you to believe all that bullshit. The Russians did indeed use social media to boost Sanders’s campaign. And they used it to boost Clinton’s campaign. And they used it to boost Trump’s campaign. However, unless there is empirical evidence to show their ultimate goal is to reelect the one person who would smack them down the hardest, their only apparent goal was to sow dissension in the American electorate. And what a marvelous job they have done, right?
Crazy Old Coots
For his part, Bernie Sanders has issued a statement to Vlad, saying “I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president. My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.” He did that bit of prestidigitation real well, didn’t he? It is well known Sanders favors all things Russia, and the Soviet regime is the main reason he is a socialist. So his words to Putin should be taken with a grain of salt.
Speaking of Crazy Old Coots, Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has given us a few reasons just this week to be very concerned. Or highly amused, depending on one’s disposition. Piling on top of rude behavior towards voters, a tendency to forget where he is at, and really weird old timing references, that lying dog faced pony soldier now claims he was arrested in South Africa trying to visit Nelson Mandela. This ol’ fish story was repeated twice more, for a total of three times in two weeks.
It goes a little something like this: “This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid. I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island.” -Joe Biden.
Of course, the man he was allegedly arrested with, Andrew Young, says he has never been arrested in South Africa, and does not recall a time when Joe Biden was. He had this to say: “Now, people were being arrested in Washington. I don’t think there was ever a situation where congressmen were arrested in South Africa.” A search of news reports and records conducted by the New York Times turned up absolutely nothing.
Shaking in His Boots… Probably Because He’s Giggling
He isn’t the only one prevaricating on the campaign trail though. No less than three Democrat candidates have actually tweeted that Donald Trump is afraid of them. One of them mustered up enough bluster to try intimidating Trump, though he fell a little short. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to sense a pattern.
Elizabeth Warren is the latest to send up smoke signals designed to make the dimwitted folks who follow her think Trump is shaking in his boots. I think Lieawatha’s scalping of Mini Mike Bloomberg went straight to her head and kinda mixed things up a little bit more. Her tweet said this:
And speaking of Mini Mike! His campaign tweeted out a thread any six year old would be very proud of. The only thing is, they didn’t seem to take into account the internet’s propensity to grab hold of the silly stuff they tweet and meme the daylights out of it. Here’s the campaign’s tweet thread:
And here are some of the best memes Twitterites have posted:
Look Out, Nanshy!
Susan Sarandon is trending on Twitler. And watching the left devour itself is still the most hilarious thing since ever. The actress had the audacity to tweet out about Nancy Pelosi, whom some are holding up as a sort of Madonna due to leading the impeachment farce. Why that is a good thing continues to elude me. The Hollyweird star replied to Pete BootEdgeEdge’s call to support anyone who can keep Pelosi in her position with this tweet:
The snarling and snapping were exactly what you would expect, and has already resulted in the death of one man’s rather short career. Tony Posnanski, whoever that is, took to Twitler to bemoan the fact that he was fired from Elizabeth Warren’s campaign, and it is all Sarandon’s fault. According to Posnanski (who is this guy, really?), he called Sarandon a “piece of shit,” and was fired as a result of it. But it was Sarandon’s fault. Can’t make this stuff up.
Patience is a Virtue, and Fred is a Horse
On a completely different track, did you know there was such a thing as service horses? Like a service dog, miniature horses can be trained to be therapy and service animals, given they have the same intelligence, can perform the same tasks, and usually live longer than dogs. No one knows this better than Ronica Froese, who took her trained service horse on a flight to California, in first class.
Once again, from The New York Post: “Ronica Froese made the journey starting on Feb. 7 with her equine companion Fred, who was specially trained to make the high-altitude trip, according to WXMI. ‘I paid an arm and a leg for tickets, but I did so because it was Fred’s first time and I wanted him to be comfortable,’ Froese told the station.” Ronica had her service horse dressed up real nice for the flight, choosing to disguise Fred as a lucha libre wrestler.
And that’s just some of the buzz going about the Twittersphere (and the interwebs in general). So much this week to report on, it may take two WTB articles to chronicle it all. I will leave you with this lesson in “Why one should wait for it instead of jumping right on in.”
Wait. For. It.
Nine year old Quaden Bayles made the trending list for a brief moment in time. The Australian boy is known for activism on behalf of anti bullying and is an advocate for dwarfism, which he suffers. A few days ago, his mom posted a video of him in which he appears to have a breakdown because he had been bullied. A kind heart started a gofundme account to send him and his mom to Disneyworld, and it reached $100 thousand in a very short time. Which is when all hell broke loose.
Soon people were posting snippets and clips of the boy that appear to portray a very different side of him, saying he was 18, an actor, and had “finessed” everyone. Long story short, after all the dust settled back down, we find that Quaden Bayles is actually nine years old, as told by news media covering his activism. The fairest tweet I saw after the crap hit the fan is this:
Now we really do not know for certain Quaden joined forces with his mom to “finesse” people, in all fairness. There is no evidence save for a few context-less posts on his Instagram of him holding a stack of money (which could have been him messing in his brothers paycheck, one twitter user was fair to point out.) that he finessed anyone. The gofundme was created completely separate from him; there’s even an ocean separating him and the man who started it. But I guess we won’t know the long and short of it, though, because POOF!
The whole crazy drama has simply disappeared.
Which is why I advocate waiting.
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