Friday, August 2, 2019

Bitter Lemon

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Not that there's anything wrong with that.
As there's no Pulitzer Prize offered for "Subtlety in Editorial Cartooning," we see no particular downside to taking a direct approach in our criticism of CNN's Don Lemon and his wildly biased questions while moderating the most recent Democrat debate.

Lemon's declaration of Trump's bigotry as a "fact" is the sort of drip-drip-drip Chinese water torture of constant misinformation that has convinced half the country that Trump and his supporters (even his reluctant supporters) are racist bastards who always keep a noose in the glove compartment "just in case."

As journalistic standards don't really mean anything anymore, there's no point in our suggesting that Lemon and his ilk "live up" to rules which no longer apply. But entirely apart from that, there should be repercussions for those in public positions who deliberately use untruthful hate speech to divide and incite the American public.

And when we say "repercussions," we're not talking about the restriction of free speech. We're talking repercussions in the sense of marketplace pressures, or even condemnation of this kind of nonsense from any remaining journalists who aren't complete whores.

And it's a pity that Lemon's sleazy lack of professionalism is a distraction from the many interesting, accurate, and logical statements made by the Democrat candidates on Wednesday night. Oh, not regarding policies - but rather in their attacks on each other. Blood was drawn, and we enjoyed every drop of it!

Happily, we'll be spared any new debates for at least a few weeks. Perhaps during that time, Don Lemon can learn to prioritize journalistic integrity over his hate-filled ignorance.


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Michael "Wearing a Black Hole Would Make Me Look Slimmer" Moore is trying to promote the idea of Michelle Obama running for President, saying that while there are a number of Democrats who could beat Trump, only Michelle could crush him.

As genuinely nightmarish as the idea is, Moore might not be wrong. It certainly wouldn't be the first time that a completely unqualified, politically radical, self-invented facade of a person named "Obama" was put in the Oval Office.


Maoz said...

OMG, Stilt, that first one -- another master zing!

I've long considered the term "journalistic ethics" to be an oxymoron [emphasis on the "moron"].

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

Whether it's cars or correspondents...

A Lemon is a Lemon.

(and hearty giggles over that first cartoon)

Unknown said...

Many of us knew it all along. Big Mike does have the gear to wear a black ho(le).

Bobo the Hobo said...

Michael Moore: the original member of Meal Team Six

Roger Myers said...

" Perhaps during that time, Don Lemon can learn to prioritize journalistic integrity over his hate-filled ignorance. "

Sorry to say ' journalistic integrity' has become a contradiction of terms.

pgm1972 said...

My tweet to the Chair-gender-neutral-pronoun of the Dickhead National Committee that night:

"By the way, @TomPerez, great job with ur decision to not let FNC handle debates cuz u were sure they'd be biased. But it was OK for CNN to let Don Lemon Harangue Piehole up there with moderators. Has anyone ever told u how smart u are? I didn't think so."

Rod said...

It's not because I'm all that smart nor disciplined; it's mostly because I'm just busy right now. Thank you all for the entertaining updates because an occasional bit of so-called "news" like FNC over breakfast; Limbaugh & Hannity when I can hear them; and this forum are about the only means I use right now to know anything about these D. clown shows. The participants all act & sound like a bunch of little kids tattle-telling on each other and complaining about a teacher. The only thing they are trying to sell is bad cool aid. The FACT now that THIS is a big part of the means for someone to TRY to become POTUS is astounding.

BTW: To whoever first came up with it: the nickname "Horizontal" Harris is a sharp one. I hope it endures. The Russians would surely like that one at any high level summits. They'd never get the grins off their faces. Me neither.

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing of Trump's bigotry, but see little evidence of it. His expressions are crude, but effective. MSM only recourse is to spin what we hear with our ears and tell us what he means.

The people who complain that Trump is Mean !! are the the people who spout off Trump Hate 24/7/365 and wonder why he fights back. Doesn't Trump know that he is supposed to kowtow to their superiority ?

John said...

Based on the "Laugh In" Democratic primary debates, that entire field of candidates are duds trying to outdo each other with free stuff. Moochelle might indeed bubble up to the top (there must be a joke here...)

Susan Fineman said...

Totally eloquent, as usual!

TrickyRicky said...

OMG Stilton, you owe me a keyboard AND a monitor. That first cartoon takes the cake.
It brought to mind the phrase "A Horse Of A Different Color".

John the Econ said...

Another example of why I wouldn't make it as a politician: Suffering tools like Don Lemon. My first comeback would probably be "Hey Don, when did you stop beating your wife?"

As for Don's "professionalism", he's doing exactly what those who sign his paycheck want him to do; Divide America. Ironically, that's exactly what our newly rediscovered enemy, the Russians want to do. Funny, that.

Oh, and for those who think that America is divided today, just wait until the day these fools achieve their dream of socializing everything that matters. Today, getting "your fair share of the pie" can at least be achieved by getting off your ass and doing something to earn it. In effect, you are creating your own piece of pie. Under socialism, that's not an option; you don't get to keep much if any pie you create, which will largely be consumed by someone else who didn't. As a result, nobody bothers making pie anymore. Everyone is left fighting other citizens for their "fair share" of whatever pie there is left.

Michael & Michelle: I've been seeing the theory among fellow conservatives for at least 6 months now believing that the Democrat machine has Michelle waiting in the wings to jump in and save the party when it becomes painfully clear that the current batch of divisive crazy Marxists are going to go down in flames.

There are a couple of problems with this theory. First, Michelle would have to articulate an agenda that in the end would not be all that different than the far-left crazy we've been seeing for the last 6 months. Second, Michelle hates America even more than most of the current crazies. Third, America is over entitled and entrenched political dynasties like the Kennedy's, Bush's, and Clintons. Michelle does have the advantage of bringing back a substantial percentage of the black vote that has drifted away since Barack, but she'll alienate at least that many of the non-black vote.

Plus, we'll now have a new generation of voters who will remember those awful school lunches she forced on them. If she can destroy lunch, imagine what she could do to the entire country.

Speaking of getting crushed: Believe it or not, there was a time when Micheal Moore couldn't crush anything, either intellectually or physically:

Milton Friedman Puts A Young Michael Moore In His Place

It's hard to know for certain what happened to Micheal Moore after his more svelte youth, but I doubt it was socialism that did it. My recommendation for Micheal is to move down to Venezuela for the Madero Diet.

james daily said...

I simply cannot imagine any of these nitwits as President. Round heels Harris especially. Then, you bringing up the total retard Michael Moore who has never had an original idea in his life, has no clue what is going on.
One plank in the dems playbook has always been to improve the economy but with them it never happens so how can they improve on the best economy ever? You know moms and dads are happy that some of the kids are moving out of the basement although they have a college debt that would have bought a small house. How are they going to improve on the unemployment rate of minorities or anyone for that matter. If you want to work there are jobs out there to choose among. These people make me sick.

Shelly said...

Because Trump is exposing bigly the ugliness of left-wing policies, as no other Republican has ever dared to do because of their fear of being called names by the Democratic elite, said elite have pulled out their trusty old race card, the very thing that has always squelched Republicans in the past. Can you just imagine their frustration as they have thrown everything that has worked in the past to get rid of Trump to no avail? This proves to me Trump was exactly who was needed, someone who has no fear of alienating donors, giving it back as good or better than he gets. I am loving it.

As far as Moochelle goes, I don't really think she has any desire to stoop to living in the White House again. She is now fabulously wealthy and can indulge her every whim, jetsetting around the world, with no recriminations. And Bammy himself is pulling all the strings behind the curtain. Life is too good to go back to that nasty old White House. The very fact they are touting her reveals the absolute bleakness of their candidate field.

Colby Muenster said...

Merriam-Webster: "Definition of bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance."

Doesn't this perfectly describe Don Lemon?

The Democrats no longer have a platform, so we're down to "Here's your free shit that we took from rich, white people," and "Republicans are all racists." Frankly, I'm about fed up with being labeled a racist and bigot simply because I want everybody to pay their own damn way instead of sponging off us productive folks. I'm real sorry my great, great, great grandfather may have owned your great, great, great grandfather 200 years ago, but, gee whiz, I didn't have a lot of influence over that matter, did I?

Speaking of which, I have a good bit of Irish blood in me. The Irish were treated like dirt back in the 1,800's, so where's MY reparations?

Mooch running for prez? Somehow, I don't think she's interested. They're making money hand over fist now, and don't have the daily grind or the public eye. Honestly, the Obammy's are probably really enjoying the Trump economy; why poison the well?

Emmentaler Limburer said...

Rickn8or said

Over Kamala's dead body...

What? Hillary is running?

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Section147- Yet another example of leading from behind.

@Maoz- I can't claim that it's especially witty of me to tell Lemon to suck horse cock, but damn...I enjoyed doing it!

@M. Mitchell Marmel- And we may need a new Lemon law...

@Unknown- I don't know for sure, but I've seen some strange pictures...

@Bobo the Hobo- I am standing at my desk and applauding!

@Roger Myers- Even when I wrote the words "journalistic integrity," I was painfully aware that it's now an oxymoron.

@pgm1972- Perez should be happy to let Fox News handle a debate. Now that they've hired Donna Brazile, the candidates would get all the questions ahead of time!

@Rod- Ah, but you ARE smart and disciplined to avoid the "news" as much as possible. And yes, I hope "Horizontal Harris" sticks!

@Anonymous- If you press a liberal to cite an actual example of bigotry from Trump, they'll fail every time. Ditto with all the "violence" caused by Trump supporters. These things are myths.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@John- I would actually be afraid of a Michelle candidacy. Because things are insane now.

@Susan Fineman- Thanks, although I wouldn't consider using the phrase "horse cock" as Oscar Wilde-style wit (grin).

@Bobo- That was almost poetic.

@Navyvet- I don't care if someone is Gay (I know some outstanding Gay conservatives), but CNN does seem to go out of their way to hire those that are also grade-A assholes.

@TrickyRicky- I look forward to a day when horse cock is judged not by its color but by it's character.

@rickn8or- You're quite right that with all the scatological trash talk from the Left, it's hard to really believe they get the vapors from Trump's language.

@John the Econ- Great points across the board. I'll take minor exception to the idea that if Michelle ran for President, she'd have to articulate any kind of agenda at all. After all, Barry didn't. "Yes We Can" and "We Are Who We Were Waiting For"? The healing of America? I don't recall Barry offering any substantive policy positions at all (and to the extent that he did, he was lying). I think it's perfectly possible for a candidate to run - and even win - with no policy positions at all. And God help us all.

@james daily- I actually haven't heard any Dems talking about improving the economy, just redistribution of wealth. Life under Trump is improving by almost every metric, for every group. That being the case, all the Dems can accuse him of is racism, Russian collusion, and pussy grabbing. On any matter of substance, Trump wins.

@Shelly- It took me a long time to accept it but, yes, Trump is the only guy for the job at this strange time. He shrugs off the media, the insults, and the back-stabbers. No one else could or would, which is why the Dems have always, always, always won in the past.

And I agree that the biggest impediment to a Michelle candidacy is that there's nothing in it for her. She's never overtly wanted political power (wealth and privilege, yes) and she's got the world on a string now. Why would she bother?

@Colby Muenster- Didn't you get the memo? Black people can't be bigots because, uh, reasons. But seriously, he really is the worst kind of bigot. He just accused me of bring a racist or condoning racism, which makes me pretty damn comfortable with saying he should suck horse cock. Is it rude? Yes - as was his comment. And as Lemon's husband says, "turnabout is foreplay."

@Emmentaler Limburger- As long as Hillary can fog a mirror, don't count her out...

A. Dumas said...

Ouch! Brutally honest.

Anonymous said...


This is a off-topic, but I have a question. Has a blood test been done on the Walmart shooter? And if so, was he on any drugs, or did he recently stop taking some drug recently?

The same question goes for all of the other shooters.

Bill Moore

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@A. Dumas- I'm not sure honesty can be anything but brutal anymore.

@Bill Moore- I would hope that every mass shooter gets a thorough review of any drugs (legal or not) in their bodies, as well as a full psychological profile. It's not unlikely that shooters are on psychoactive medications since they're so widely prescribed these days, but how big a role - if any - those drugs play is going to be a complex question. Different bodies have different reactions. I'm on two such medications and have never felt an urge to hurt anyone. But I also remember an incident here in the Dallas area in which a nice guy (by all accounts) took a prescription medication to help him give up cigarettes, suddenly started acting like a maniac, and was shot dead by a stranger whose door was being kicked in.

Meds may or may not be part of the puzzle. But we'd better start doing a better job of assembling the pieces.

igor said...

Moochelle has baggage. Not gonna happen. I think the electorate (yes, The Great Unwashed Masses) are getting wise to them.