This introduction from RedState’s Kire Davis is perfect. You must spend the 8 minutes listening to the monologue and delight in the discomforted laughs of most of those in the audience.
If that’s you and you chose to ignore the show for yet another year, sit down, hold on to your hat and press play on this video of Gervais’ opening monologue. It is everything you ever fantasized about a host saying to a room full of spoiled celebrities. From the culture of vanity to pedophilia to Felicity Huffman and Hollywood’s coziness with Jeffrey Epstein – Gervais tore down every single sacred cow of Tinseltown and dared people not to laugh. He called out every glaring painful hypocrisy and it was glorious.
Excerpt – also via RedState
Wallace: Some analysts suggest that the impeachment of President Trump has emboldened enemies like Iran and North Korea to think that they can confront him. Do you think that, as misguided as it may be, that some of our enemies think that this president is more vulnerable because of the impeachment effort?
Pompeo: You should ask Mr. Soleimani.
Wallace: I understand that, but he was going ahead before you killed him. And the question is, do you think that impeachment is emboldening our enemies?
Pompeo: I don’t. I think that our adversaries understand that President Trump and our administration will do the right thing to protect the American people every place that we find risk.
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Even under Obama’s range of appeasement attempts, Iran struck American interests and held its sailors hostage. And that’s hardly the start of a litany of hostile actions taken by the regime since the 1970s.
Impeachment is not the cause, nor does it logically connect with the most recent lashing out by the Mullahs and their henchmen. Trump has pursued a policy of retaliation and deterrence by force. He’s ratcheted up sanctions, angering the leadership of Iran. He doesn’t appear weak in as much as his strength has backed the regime into a corner. The Iranians understand bombs a lot more than they do political battles.
Fox News appears to be fairly committed to turning its hard news division into a cheap clone of CNN. Wallace has had numerous, disingenuous dust-ups during the Trump administration, seemingly straining to present his journalistic “credibility.” He’s even gone so far as to laughably accuse Trump of engaging in the “most direct, sustained assault” on the press ever. Anyone who’s been alive for more than five minutes knows how stupid of a claim that was by Wallace. . . .
And of course who is better at skewering the left than the folks at Babylon Bee. This excerpt from their satire brought to our attention by RedState:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a press conference held on Capitol Hill Friday, mourning Democrat leaders called for flags to be flown half-mast to honor the death of Qasem Soleimani.
Flags were spotted flying at half-mast around the country, notably at The Washington Post, The New York Times, and in front of several celebrities’ homes. The celebrities went out and bought an American flag for the first time just to fly it at half-mast for this important time of grief.
“The grieving process is painful but necessary,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar. “As a nation, we need to stop and grieve this great, austere, revered religious scholar. He was one of the good ones.”
In a rare moment of unity with The Squad, Pelosi gave each of the girls a hug, telling them to just “let it all out” in their time of sadness.
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t seem to know what was happening but adjusted her glasses to look smart.
A teary-eyed Barack Obama was also seen solemnly lowering the flag in front of his seaside mansion. “To think, this all could have been prevented with a few pallets of cash.” He sighed and stared off into the distance, a look of pain and regret on his face. “If only Trump had targeted a U.S. citizen with a drone strike instead.”
Later, Democrats clarified they meant we should fly the Iranian flag at half-mast, not the “offensive and problematic” American flag.