BY RAUL HERNANDEZ
ZUCKER’S TRAINED SEALS
Anderson Cooper: If Trump ‘Took A Dump On His Desk,’ Jeffrey Lord Would Defend It.
Yeah, but Anderson Cooper conveniently ignores the fact that his boss and CNN’s executive Jeff Zucker pays Trump apologists, zealots, and party loyalists like Lord to show up on panels and defend Trump like political pit bulls.
Zucker is okay with his panels, and he likes Trump.
He also said in a new profile that even with the attacks on his network coming from Trump, he still enjoys him on a personal level.
“I like Donald,” Zucker said in a recent New York Times profile. “I guess I shouldn’t call him that. I like President Trump. He’s affable. He’s funny.”
Zucker added that he found Trump to be “good company.”
Lord is one of Trump’s head cheerleaders and knows that putting down the pom poms would result in his disappearance from Zucker-engineered panels and the end of fat CNN paydays.
Zucker is about ratings and profits.
This means allowing outrages lies and political stump speeches to be dispensed through the filter of entertainment —finger pointing, shouting and interruptions.
When a trained seal does a trick, he is rewarded with a fish. Lord is simply fulfilling his CNN performance/entertainment contract and didn’t deserve the scathing criticism from Anderson.
ZUCKER NO PROBLEM WITH TRUMP PANELISTS
CNN’s Jeff Zucker sees no problem in giving Donald Trump surrogates airtime, according to an article in the New York Times.
The article published in April is titled, “CNN Had a Problem.Donald Trump Solved It.”
In part, here is what Zucker said in the lengthy interview with the NYT about his panelists:
“As Zucker sees it, his pro-Trump panelists are not just spokespeople for a worldview; they are “characters in a drama,” members of CNN’s extended ensemble cast. “Everybody says, ‘Oh, I can’t believe you have Jeffrey Lord or Kayleigh McEnany,’ but you know what?” Zucker told me with some satisfaction. “They know who Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany are.”
A Chip Off the Old, Old Block
During the Saturday funeral service for Fox News’ founder and former CEO Roger Ailes, his son reportedly made a point to threaten the people who had “betrayed” his father, the Huffington Post reported.
“I want all the people who betrayed my father to know that I’m coming after them, and hell is coming with me,” Zachary Ailes, 17, said during a speech at the service, according to Lifezette.
Okay, General Zachary Sherman, but don’t forget to burn down Fox News on the way to the sea.
MONUMENTS COMING DOWN
Another Confederate monument was taken down in New Orleans last week amid cheers, according to published reports.
This statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was on New Orleans busy Lee Circle for 133 years.
It was the fourth and final monument of the city.
“This ‘cult’ had one goal,” he explained, “through monuments and through other means, to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity.”
I like to read history books about the Civil War and enjoyed Ken Burns’ PBS series, “The Civil War.”
Many who fought in that war didn’t do so to keep slavery. They did so because they were defending their homeland against an invasion from the North or were looking for adventure so they went off to war.
Most people aren’t aware that at least 2,500 Mexican Texans joined the Confederate Army, according to the Texas State Historical Association.
The most famous was Santos Benavides, who rose to command the Thirty-third Texas Cavalry as a colonel, and thus became the highest ranking Tejano to serve the Confederacy. Though it was ill-equipped, frequently without food, and forced to march across vast expanses of South Texas and northern Mexico, the Thirty-third was never defeated in battle.
Other Texas Mexicans, resentful of growing non-Hispanic political dominance of their communities, enlisted in federal blue, according to the Texas State Historical Association.
“Many joined the Union Army for the bounty money offered upon enlistment, but some enlisted because they opposed slavery or to satisfy grudges against landowners, attorneys, and politicians who had used the American legal system to take valuable land from Tejanos during the preceding decade,” the Texas State Historical Association.
There were more than 600,000 lives lost during the Civil War because people thought they had a right to own other human beings and treat them like animals.
History should not honor with monuments those leaders and generals who lead others to bloody battlefields that caused so much death, destruction, and suffering.
They aren’t heroes but were aiders and abetters of a lost cause and share the responsibility for the death and damage they caused.
Some argue that slavery was one cause of the Civil War to justify this relics to racism.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson writes that “The Civil War started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states.”
Noting, “When Abraham Lincoln won election in 1860 as the first Republican president on a platform pledging to keep slavery out of the territories, seven slave states in the deep South seceded and formed a new nation, the Confederate States of America.”
Adding, “The incoming Lincoln administration and most of the Northern people refused to recognize the legitimacy of secession. They feared that it would discredit democracy and create a fatal precedent that would eventually fragment the no-longer United States into several small, squabbling countries.”
Trump understands that the special counsel is able to subpoena his tax records that will indicate his financial ties to Russia and China. His financial empire is standing on hundreds of millions of dollars of loans that will be traced to Russia.
Michael Flynn will be pressured to give details of conversations he had with Putin regarding Trump. Flynn has the most liability and is looking at a long prison sentence. He will cooperate. Flynn will implicate Pence’s involvement in a White House coverup.
There is a reason why Trump wanted former FBI director Comey to end the investigation against Flynn.
Trump protected his tax returns because they are financial road maps of his business deals throughout the world, including Russia.
Sessions will also resign because his name will reappear in this investigation and not in a favorable light.
RATTLING FBI CAGES
Don’t poke the FBI with a political stick or send a thug to threaten one of its agents.
It isn’t wise to do, ask former Sheriff Lee Baca.
Trump should have talked former Los Angeles Sheriff Baca before firing FBI Director James Comey using the lame excuse that it was because of the way Comey treated Hillary Clinton.
Baca would have told him that the nation’s chief law enforcement agency isn’t easily intimidated by threats or provocations and would have probably shared his experience with Trump.
Baca would have told him about FBI agent Leah Tanner.
Earlier this year, Tanner testified before a federal jury that she was threatened with arrest by ex-Sheriff Baca’s deputies if she continued investigating the brutality and corruption at the Los Angeles County Jail.
After they learned of the FBI investigation, Baca’s ex-Undersheriff Paul Tanaka sent thugs with guns and badges to Tanner’s home to deliver a threat.
The visit to Tanner’s house was all part of an effort to obstruct an FBI investigation from probing into inmate brutal beat downs by deputies assigned to the jail.
Tanner testimony at Baca’s trial was crucial and helped find the former sheriff guilty. Last week, he was sentenced to three years in prison.
Baca, Tanaka and former Capt. William “Tom” Carey found out that the FBI had managed to get a cellphone to inmate-turned-informant Anthony Brown to have him report about the savage beatings of inmates, most who were handcuffed by jail deputies, according to the Los Angeles Daily news.
Tanner was part of the FBI team investigating Baca and his jail.
The phone was discovered in August 2011, the Daily News reported.
It was inside a Doritos chip bag in Brown’s cell and found by deputies who were conducting a routine sweep of contraband inside the jails.
Tanner said the FBI purposely kept its investigation a secret from the Sheriff’s Department so agents could collect evidence without disruption.
She testified that deputies were falsifying reports to hide their beat-downs and “drive-bys,” which occurred when a cuffed inmate was already on the ground after a beating and deputies would come by and punch and kick him.
After Brown’s phone was discovered, Tanner said she no longer went inside the jails to conduct interviews with other inmates.
On September 2011, two sheriff’s sergeants went to Tanner’s house and threatened to arrest her and said she was suspect in a felony complaint.
“We can do this right here,” Sgt. Scott Craig could be heard saying on a surveillance tape taken by sheriff’s investigators and played for the jury, according to the Daily News.
Tanner took that to mean “that they could arrest me right there in front of my neighbors,” she told the jury.
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Baca was the ninth person to be convicted and sentenced to prison as part of what Fox convinced several juries was a cunning conspiracy to interfere with FBI agents as they worked to gather evidence for a grand jury investigation into allegations of widespread abuse by deputies working in county jails run by the sheriff’s department.
A 10th conspirator, former sheriff’s Capt. Carey, plead guilty in a deal with prosecutors and testified against Baca. Carey will be sentenced later this month.
Several other deputies were convicted in a series of trials for beating inmates or helping to cover up the abuse.
Trump’s firing of Comey has rattled a lot of cages at the FBI, and many agents are now doubling down on efforts to find evidence linking Trump and some of his cronies to the shady deals with the Russians, according to published reports.
By Raul Hernandez
Two Documentaries Worth Watching
It is powerful, brutal and frank.
It forces America to look deep inside its soul and thumb through years of the cruelty of its racist history. It is a painful, thoughtful and agonizing journey.
The documentary, “I am Not Your Negro” is based on a book by James Baldwin, who died in 1987. Director Raoul Peck crafts the documentary from a book that Baldwin didn’t finish writing, “Remember This House.”
The documentary, which is narrated by Actor Samuel L. Jackson, links the Civil Rights movement to Black Lives Matter. It is directed by Raoul Peck.
I had read Baldwin’s essays in high school in the book “Notes of a Native Son.” This weekend I watched the documentary, which got very high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
It is worth renting.
Another new documentary, this one on NetFlix, that is worth watching is “Losing Sight of Shore,” which chronicles the voyage of four women who row from the U.S. to Austrailia for two charities.
It is about courage, persistence, and determination. The incredible journey documents the problems of fighting the weather, currents, fatigue, depression, boredom and the hand blisters from hours of rowing.
This documentary is not yet rated.
Colbert’s Ratings Soared
Trump’s cult following, aka supporters, racists, and enablers, criticized and were outraged about the remarks made by late-night comedian Stephen Colbert about Trump and some demanded that he resign.
Under this headline at on the Huffington Post: “Fire Who? ‘The Late Show’ Just Scored Best Ratings Since Premiere,“ I posted the following remarks in the comments section:
I think sane Americans should fire the crude, vulgar, crass and disgusting joke who makes the nation blush and lives in the White House, part-time.
Call the White House and demand that Trump be fired
(Hopefully, an adult will pick up the phone).
Well, I got 1,000 reader approvals for my comments.
The Right to Remain Silent
I recently read a very interesting article about Attorney James Duane on VICE titled, “A Law Professor Explains Why You Should Never Talk to Police.”
In 2008, James Duane, a professor at Virginia’s Regent Law School, gave a lecture about the risks of talking to the police that was filmed and posted to YouTube.
It’s had a million views since it was posted.
One very interesting and little known 2013 Supreme Court ruling allows prosecutors to tell jurors that defendants invoked the Fifth Amendment or making use of the right to remain silent when they were arrested.
For that reason, Duane thinks that you shouldn’t even tell the police that you are refusing to talk. Your safest course, he says, is to ask in no uncertain terms for a lawyer, and keep on asking until the police stop talking to you.
MARK TWAIN LIFE, HUMOR AND WAY WITH WORDS
“I believe that our heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.” — Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clements.
I watched the Ken Burns’ videos on Mark Twain this weekend for the second time.
I enjoyed reading Mark Twain’s books and love his humor. I found his life to be fascinating, despite his short temper.
He was a Southerner and a Northerner, an inept businessman, a riverboat pilot, aConfederate soldier who never fought in a battle, tireless wanderer, a failed gold prospector, he was considered the funniest man on earth, a brilliant performer on the lecture circuit, and most of all, he was a self-taught genius with words.
And, of course, Twain was one hell of a newspaper reporter who covered controversial stories, colorful characters, and interesting places, including saloons and whorehouses.
He wrote books, magazine articles, plays and lectures with a unique writing style, words read by millions,
Actor Halbrook: “He used the way we talk and turned it into literature.”
Black writer David Bradbury said Mark Twain wrote about race believing that if we were going to be a country, this ugly issue would have to be debated and discussed.
“Mark Twain told the truth. He saw what we were all about and wasn’t afraid to deal with things that other people were afraid to deal with,” Bradbury said.
Mark Twain’s friendship with black people during his childhood when he listened to an old blackman’s ghost tales and listening to slaves’ spiritual music.
CNN’S JEFF ZUCKER
This White House Correspondents’ Dinner by Samantha Bee nailed it when she launched into scathing criticism on CNN and its parade of panels that turn into endless chains of verbal regurgitation and fact-free diatribe from the left and the right.
What is most irritating is the right-wing Trump zealots like panelists Jason Miller, Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany who get paid by CNN’s Jeff Zucker to sling BS and defend Trump no matter what he says and does.
It make for a good reality show. But the whole thing usually becomes a political Jerry Springer Show with the same cast of characters passionately working the alternative-facts to earn paychecks.
Trump’s poodle Mike Pence reminds one of a showroom salesman at a funeral home who is trying to sell you the most expensive coffin because it has a better warranty while wiping the smudge marks from the coffin’s brass handles with a white handkerchief.
KIM JONG UN
Sadly, something needs to be done to stop the Asian version of Donald Trump — Kim Jong un— from getting long-range missiles with multiple warheads or further advancing his nuclear technology.
Hopefully, Trump will be long gone and his erratic and unpredictable administration won’t have to deal with this serious problem, North Korean nukes.
Or, by some miracle, North Korea will decide to cease its nuclear program or Jong Un will be taken out by his military.
I believe the U.S. will take out Kim Jong un when he is around his generals and then immediately hit North Korean communications centers with a barrage of missiles.
If Jong Un, like Trump, he is the only one who can authorize the use of nukes.
I am not a military general or tactician. But here is some food for thought.
North Korea’s electrical power grid is frail at best so this speaks volumes about its capability to communicate to its troops on the field.
A lightning strike on North Korea might keep casualties down as much as possible. But the refugee problem is going to be horrendous. But allowing North Korea to advance its nuclear capability until every continent on the planet is unsafe is certainly not an option.
SORTING OUT THE WHITES
A Florida principal in a district accused of discriminating against black students will not return to work at her school after instructing staff that “white students should be in the same class,” according to news reports.
Christine Hoffman, principal of Campbell Park Elementary in St. Petersburg, sent an email to teachers at the predominantly black school on April 18 with guidelines for how to sort students for next year’s classes, including the directive that “white students should be kept together,” the reports stated.
She later apologized, attributing it to poor judgment.
I don’t buy the poor judgment BS.
Hoffman’s guideline is called trying to normalize bigotry under the guise of “improving” education.
It is the same bigotry that enacts Jim Crow legislation aimed at keeping minorities from voting and calling it “Voter ID” laws.
Under Trump’s presidency, Hoffman and many in the GOP feel comfortable with their kinder and gentler form of racism because of how it’s being packaged and articulated.