Tag: Jussie Smollett

Join Jim & Greg as they walk through reporter Drew Holden’s thorough look at how President Biden has tried to limit oil and gas exploration at every turn and only now pretends to support it. They also react to actor Jussie Smollett getting 150 days in jail for fabricating a hate crime in Chicago. And they roll their eyes as the dubious Bulletin of Atomic Scientists refuse to adjust their “Doomsday Clock” over Russia’s nuclear saber-rattling.

 

What Jussie Smollett Really Teaches Us

 

The American Left is socially distanced from the truth.

Many people have already moved on from the celebrated trial of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for staging a 2 a.m. attack on himself on a frigid Chicago night in 2019. You know the story. He was found guilty by a unanimous vote of a 12-person jury. Chicago Police diverted many resources – time, money, and people – to investigate his alleged attack. Chicago has other, more pressing issues.

Juror Admits Smollett’s Obvious Guilt Played Decisive Role In Verdict

 

A juror in the Jussie Smollett trial acknowledged to a Chicago news reporter Monday that deliberations never centered on Smollett’s race, sexual orientation, politics, or celebrity status. Instead, she said, what ultimately convinced the jury to convict was Smollett’s obvious guilt.

“Deliberations took nine hours because Starbucks screwed up the foreman’s order,” she said, adding “It’s obvious except to the most blinkered partisans that Smollett was guilty of perpetuating a hoax which caused the city to redirect well over $100,000 in taxpayer funds to investigate a fake crime even as record-setting actual crimes ravage the city, especially in minority communities.”

Since his conviction, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated Smollett for Best Performance On The Witness Stand by a Gay Man of Color. Additionally, the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter has awarded Smollett a lifetime achievement award for his work on behalf of black immigrants from Africa.

After a quick review of Thursday’s special podcast, Jim and Greg wince as the nation suffers the worst inflation crisis in nearly 40 years. They also applaud the Chicago jury that convicted actor Jussie Smollett of fabricating a hate crime and making false reports to police. And they throw up their hands as Dr. Fauci says you’ll soon need a third shot to be considered fully vaccinated and Pfizer’s CEO is already talking about a fourth shot.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the Women’s Tennis Association for following through on its threat to take its tournaments out of China after failing to see clear evidence that Peng Shuai is not being censored, not being intimidated, and that her rape allegations are being taken seriously. They also groan as Stacey Abrams runs for governor of Georgia again and wonder how President Trump’s disdain for incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp could influence the race. And they dig into why the media is paying vert limited attention to the ongoing trials of Jussie Smottlett and Ghislaine Maxwell.

 

Framing Immigrants of Color for a Violent Hate Crime Is Peak Democrat

 

Imagine it: actor and outspoken conservative James Woods files a police report claiming he was assaulted on a sub-freezing night in Pocatello, ID, by two men wearing pussy hats and shouting “Enjoy the blue state model, cuz!” Woods believes that he was targeted for his political beliefs and is the victim of a hate crime. Additionally, he’s underpaid. Police conduct an investigation during the course of which evidence accrues that Woods was never attacked but instead has perpetuated a hoax. The considerable amount of incriminating evidence includes a check written to — and text messages exchanged with — his alleged assailants.

Woods, though seemingly in legal jeopardy, is suddenly gold again when Pocatello police and the local D.A. drop the matter like the kind of hot potato for which Idaho is famous, but not after conducting an investigation that cost taxpayers over $130,000. But all is not well for the actor: a subsequent special prosecutor investigation determines that Woods seemed to be getting special treatment from the local authorities, who are known to share Woods’ political sympathies. Woods, in other words, seemed to get a pass from authorities because his hoax was on the right side of history.

Worse still for the actor, the special prosecutor finds sufficient evidence to file new charges against him. Now on trial on six counts of disorderly conduct, Woods’ has a story to tell and, actor that he is, he’s sticking to it. White progressives, meanwhile, are confused as history has taught them to be accustomed to Democrats attempting to frame working-class immigrants of color for crimes that were, in fact, orchestrated by one of their own. Indeed, that’s one of the reasons they’re white progressives.

All Eyes on the Legal System, Again

 

You are forgiven for being distracted from the slow-motion train wreck unfolding before our eyes as it descends upon the US Capitol. Why watch politicians arguing over a massive inflation-inducing, pork-infested spending package wrapped in a looming debt-limit crisis when you can watch jury trials? At least it may be more fun to watch than more media and government fear-mongering over the Xi – excuse me – Omicron coronavirus variant. We must not offend our would-be overlords.

Two verdicts last week affirmed our jury system. Everyone knows that Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal was followed up by the convictions of three Georgia men in the murder of Ahmad Arbery. The winner was justice; the biggest winners may be the jurors themselves, who at least in the Rittenhouse trial withstood attempts to intimidate them. Kyle is a winner, too, but he will suffer consequences for many years to come.

Jussie Delayed Is Jussie Denied

 

“This is MAGA Country!” inner-city white supremacists shouted at “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett as they put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him. It happened in the wee hours of the morning, in the middle of a polar vortex, in the noted GOP stronghold of Chicago. The poor actor (I mean rich celebrity) could only defend himself with half-frozen Subway foot-long.

Everyone with more than three brain cells thought the story was nonsense, especially if they had spent any time in Chicago. Everyone but our betters in the national media and Hollywood, that is, who were duped from the jump. Local journalists doggedly revealed the truth and the story quickly collapsed. Today, Jussie faced the consequences:

A grand jury returned a six-count indictment accusing actor Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police when he reported a racist and homophobic attack last year, a special prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Soup for the Republican Soul

 

The last two months have been unkind to Democrats. Since being sworn in as the majority in the House of Representatives, the Party of Government seems hellbent on losing one news cycle after another. In the roughly eight-week period between Virginia governor Ralph Northam admitting to having performed in blackface to last Thursday when Jussie Smollett’s lawyer suggested that her client’s alleged Nigerian attackers may have been wearing whiteface, it’s tempting to think that God loves Republicans and wants them to be happy.

So overwhelmingly has the GOP dominated the news cycle that merely the last two weeks have provided ample Soup For The Republican Soul, from the self-immolation of Michael Avenatti to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s deeming itself a hate group. Let’s take a look at five more examples.

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Rob Long of National Review Online and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for sending Jussie Smollett a bill for more than $130,000 to cover the costs of the police to investigate his hate crime hoax.  They also shake their heads as the supposedly moderate “Economist” magazine labels Ben Shapiro a “sage of the alt-right” but then changes it to call him a “radical conservative.”  And they have a lot of fun with the news that Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx didn’t really recuse herself from the Smollett case in the legal sense, just in the “colloquial” sense.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America laugh as Utah Sen. Mike Lee hilariously demonstrates the absurdity of the Green New Deal with a picture of Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor and Star Wars references during a floor speech. They also dig into what happened in Chicago after state prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. And they also rip Biden for attempting to win over progressives by condemning “white man’s culture” and saying he wish he could have done something more during the Anita Hill hearing. 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are grateful to see Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson rebuke Jussie Smollett for perpetrating a hate crime hoax and damaging the reputation of the city. Johnson also blasted the media for ignoring serious issues while providing wall to wall coverage of Smollett. They’re also horrified by reports of a active duty military officer who plotted to kill many people with bombings, shootings, and outbreaks of disease. And they correct MSNBC hosts Katy Tur and Ari Melber for claiming that George Washington was a “native son of New York”.

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These days wearing a poncho to the wrong halloween party can get your life ruined on Twitter due to the claim of cultural appropriation.  I find the term itself to be a supercilious one used by the perpetually offended. That being said what Jussie did was attempt to capitalize on cultural elements in order to […]

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Hello you fellow right wing, knuckle-dragging troglodytes and welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 213!!! it is the Ten in Twenty edition of the show with your 2 in 2 hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. We come to you every week….but you *know* that already, don’t you? What, you ask, are the topics for this week? Where, you ask, is the beef?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate the comments former CBS reporter Lara Logan made on media bias turning into media activism. They also discuss Bernie Sanders launching another presidential campaign and wonder if the 77-year-old democratic socialist will be able to make waves in 2020. And they also chuckle as California Sen. Kamala Harris stumbles badly over her response to the Jussie Smollett hoax.