Let's go to the video for this one. (Watch it first before reading the words quoted below in the tweet.)
This is from Therese Patricia Okoumou, who climbed onto the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day. She is a naturalized citizen from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who has been living in New York City for 10 years. After being arrested and released on bond, she explains why she did what she did.
"I don’t see people dying"
-- Geraldo Rivera to San Juan mayor Carmen Yuli Cruz
"There are none so blind as those who will not see."
-- John Heyward, 1546
"Seek, and ye shall find."
-- Matthew 7:7-9
(Okay, in fairness, Geraldo may not have been talking about Puerto Rico at all when the said, "I don't see people dying" and instead perhaps was just quoting the bad first-draft version of The Sixth Sense before they rewrote it and fixed things. On the other hand, that doesn't explain earlier during the presidential campaign -- )
"I have tapes"
- also Geraldo Rivera, about recordings that may have "embarrassing" statements by Trump
"Contrary to my on-air remarks- a search of my files found No Relevant #TrumpTapes."
-- same Geraldo Rivera.
(Then again, taking all this and thinking back to his certainty of discovering the Al Capone treasure, Geraldo does seem to be somewhat challenged when it comes to finding things.)
Which ultimately leads of necessity to --
Top Quote of the Day:
“Dying is a continuum. If you don’t get fed for seven, eight days and you’re a child, you are dying. If you have 11 people — like we took out of a nursing home — severely dehydrated, you are dying.”
-- San Juan mayor Carmen Yuli Cruz, needing to explain to Geraldo Rivera the concept of the process of dying, as opposed to already having died.
"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
-- Trump. August 9, 2017
We've seen it.
Sorry, guy, Old News.
Been there, done that. So, you're not scaring them. August 6, 2017. Geez, it's like he was watching TV only three whole days earlier, and that's how he came up with the phrase. But you're three days late with the whole, "Like the word has never seen."
This is "fire and fury." And we've seen it. And honestly -- honestly -- I wouldn't be surprised if he did, too.
For reasons that I'll explain, this all is difficult to classify. But we'll try.
"That is everything."
-- Donald Trump Jr to Hannity/Fox, about 5-person meeting
Okay, the first problem. This isn't officially a quote of "today," since it came a week ago during Don Jr.'s Fox interview, insisting that all information was now out and public about his secret Russia meeting that included the Trump campaign head Paul Manafort and Jared Kusher, a top Trump adviser and son-in-law. The problem is, that qualifies the quote for today is that an eighth participant at the secret Russia meeting has now been uncovered. Updates as they occur., since it doesn't seem like this clown car is over, with more pouring out by the day. Perhaps investigators should check with any "event party service" companies in the area to see if more chairs were ordered. We're long past the "Imagine if this had been Hillary Clinton and her campaign" mantra. We've entered John Le Carre Land...
And all that brings up a second quote, which makes the concept of "Quote of the Day" dicey, since there are now two of them. It comes from Michael Carpenter, who had been Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, and was discussing on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell all the participants at the secret Russia meeting, including Rinat Akhmetshin who has been identified as a former Russian counterintelligence officer.
"There are very few former counter-intelligence officers in Russia."
-- Michael Carpenter, Pentagon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Obama Administration
"She helped create ISIS. Hillary Clinton could be considered a founding member of ISIS.”
-- former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani .
In fairness, former Mayor Giuliani is right. Hillary Clinton "could" be considered that. Provided the person doing the considering is accepted as being wrong. And in equal fairness, in all other matters here, the former mayor is wrong. So, overall, his "wrong to right" quotient is pretty high. Like 100%. Given a margin of error of +/- 0.
It's certainly possible that since there was no actual use of the concept "9/11" that Mr. Giuliani could employ, he got befuddled. That said, he has tended to get very twisted and befuddled when using "9/11" for pretty much everything, so I guess it can be excused, or at least understood.
The former was appearing on "Fox News" at the time (shocking, I know, but yes, he really was...!). And after making his outlandish charge, he was asked by host Bill O’Reilly to explain why this all made her responsible.
Mr. Giuliani did his best. Yes, I know that it was an uphill battle given the impossibility of the task, but at least he tried:
“By being part of an administration that withdrew from Iraq. By being part of an administration that let [former Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki run Iraq into the ground, so you forced the Shiites to make a choice. By not intervening in Syria at the proper time. By being part of an administration that drew 12 lines in the sand and made a joke out of it.”
Okay, let's look at the reality. This is really easy.
First, the United States withdrew from Iraq under an agreement signed by George W. Bush.
And second, by all accounts -- all, as in all -- ISIS was formed after Saddam Hussein was deposed, and his army had their guns taken away from them. They reformed as dissidents, and that group became ISIS.
As I said, really easy.
And the thing is, not only does this show clearly that in No Way could Hillary Clinton be considered a "founding member of ISIS" and having "helped create ISIS" -- in fact (really), but Mr. Giuliani's own logic, it is George W. Bush who "helped create ISIS" and "could be considered a founding member of ISIS."
To be clear, George W. Bush is not a founding member of ISIS, nor can he be considered so (unless one wants to continue the Giuliani Theorem of Wrongness), although Mr. W. Bush's actions did help in creating in. But I'm just using Rudy Giuliani's logic here. If "logic" can be considered the right word.
Sometimes you just want to give Rudy Giuliani a big hug and say, "Yes, yes, I know you thought you were going to be president one day, and it just didn't come remotely close to happening, and so you're really sad about it and pretty bitter, but you'll be okay. Especially if you remember the admonition of the man who can be considered the founder of your own party, Abraham Lincoln."
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt."
Maybe that should have been the Quote of the Day...
On his radio program the other day, dear Glenn Beck chimed in to add his insane voice to the fine group of conspiracy theorists about who killed Justice Antonin Scalia. However, his theory was a bit different than most others. ("A bit" in this case will be defined as "an unbridgeable gulf of a distance so vast that known physics don't allow a connection.)
Mr. Beck believes it was an act of God.
No, not in the sense that the phrase is used, an inexplicable event out of Man's control. No, Glenn Beck actually means it was a specific action taken by the Lord Almighty. It was God intentionally smiting down Justice Scalia as a way to frighten conservatives so much into seeing the alternative if a true conservative isn't elected president. (It should be noted that Mr. Beck is a vociferously support of Ted Cruz, to the extent that he broke down supposedly "weeping" when he gave his endorsement. But then, Glenn Beck "weeps" the same way gardeners turn on sprinklers as part of the job...)
Really. Glenn Beck says that God killed Antonin Scalia. Where is Lt. Columbo to bring out the handcuffs when you need him?
Here the radio showman is, explaining in the words of God how he believes the Supreme Being would explain it all to voters--
"I just woke the American people up. I took them out of the game show moment and woke enough of them up to say, look at how close your liberty is to being lost. You now have lost your liberty. You replace one guy, and you now have 5-4 decisions in the other direction. Just with this one guy, you've lost your liberty -- so you'd better elect somebody that's going to put somebody on (the Supreme Court) because for the next 30 years, if you don't, the Constitution as you know it... the Constitution is hanging by a thread. That thread has just been cut, and the only way that we survive now is if we have a true constitutionalist."
You want to know the really lunatic thing about this? Oh, okay, yes, of course, you know what the "really lunatic thing" about this is. That's a given. But I mean, if you strip away the certifiable craziness and religious ranting and are left with the "reasoning" behind the explanation on the assumption that anyone would try to believe this.
The really lunatic thing about this that the explanation is based on the premise that God wants someone elected who would put a "true constitutionalist" in Justice Scalia's seat on the bench.
Now, first, if a "true constitutionalist" was so deeply important to God that He would kill Antonin Scalia, then that means He, being a "true constitutionalist" Himself would want the current president to also follow the Constitution to the absolute letter of the original intent. And that means God wants President Obama to nominate a replacement now, which the Senate would vote on now -- not obstruct until after the election.
And second, if God actually felt the divine urge to kill a sitting justice just so He could add a "true constitutionalist" there...why not kill one of the liberals?? Merely keeping the status quo seems like such an incredibly inefficient and inexplicably poor use of Godly powers.
But finally -- and perhaps most of all -- if God's Plan was that He really, honestly, wanted a "true constitutionalist" in that seat on the Supreme Court...then why -- WHY in God's name didn't He just freaking leave Antonin Scalia in it??!!!!
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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