I gotta be me
Actor Isaiah Washington didn't say he was about to wrap his arms around President Donald Trump, but he said recently staying in the Democratic Party was no longer something he could do.
"There's a risk and there's a penalty for it," the former "Gray's Anatomy" star said in a Fox News interview, "but you have to walk away when it matters and the reason I chose to walk away from the Democratic Party is that something doesn't feel right."
Washington, as a black man in Hollywood, is expected to toe the Democratic line, and he admits "walking away is a sacrifice," but he knows what he's seen.
"I don't know where I'm going," he said, "but I know where I come from, and if I look at the political image of the Democratic Party over the last 50 years of my life since I was 5 and very little has changed for my community, then I have some questions, more than questions.
"Now I have empirical evidence that something is wrong and there is room for this walk away movement," Washington added.
He also said there were more like-minded people in Hollywood, but they fear exposure.
"You got a lot of conservative or centric libertarian-minded people that really care about other people," Washington said, "but they are terrified to come out of the closet and say anything that's not in line with the Democratic Party. I'm going to support the policy over the person."
The fix was in
Although the plot to smear U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings last year was foiled when he was confirmed, a new book details how accuser Christine Blasey Ford and her attorney were "motivated" in their attack in order to blunt future rulings on abortion by the justice.
According to "Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh," the two also maneuvered in order for their charges to come near the end of the confirmation hearings so negative feelings against him would crescendo. Written by Ryan Lovelace of the National Law Journal, it further reveals how Ford and other accusers traded bogus charges "up the chain" through sympathetic Senate Democrats and their media cohorts.
Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, spilled some of the beans in an address to the University of Baltimore's 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April.
"In the aftermath of these hearings," she said, "I believe that Christine's testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. We were going to have a conservative [justice] elections have consequences, but he will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine."
But truth? What's truth when an important issue is at stake?
Irony with that discussion?
Although terminally woke CNN had no way of knowing what the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates would say about climate change in a town hall discussion last week, a commercial break following some of the discussion came with not just a little bit of irony.
After the candidates discussed how airplanes, businesses and meat were among the culprits in climate change, a commercial break featured advertisements for two travel-related companies, a large management company and Golden Corral, a buffet restaurant that focused on its "juicy, endless sirloin and saucy, St. Louis-style ribs."
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg had suggested decarbonizing fuel for air travel, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, had advanced moderating red meat intake, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, had pushed for incentivizing small businesses (over larger ones). The latter also revealed he supported abortion as a way to fight climate change.
Keeping it on the down-low
College campuses have become such places where diversity of political thought is unwelcome that a recent poll found 73% of all Republican students keep their political views secret in the fear their grades will suffer.
In the College Fix poll of 1,000 Republican and Republican-leaning students, 73% of those who identified as "Strong Republican" answered "yes" to the question: "Have you ever withheld your political views in class for fear that your grades would suffer?" In addition, 71% who said they were "Weak Republican[s]" and 70% who said they were "Independent-Leaning Republican[s]" answered "yes."
Further, students told the libertarian-conservative website they have intentionally written essays in line with the liberal views of their professors so their grades wouldn't be lowered. And one who didn't said he received his first ever "C" when he expounded on his true views.