Judd Apatow goes there, calls O.J. a murderer

Oh no he didn’t.

The so-called “king of comedy,” who says he gave up stand-up because he knew he could never be as funny as Adam Sandler (a telling comment), is determined to prove to all us doubters that Bill Cosby is a rapist.

The bravery of comedian Judd Apatow knows no bounds: last night on the Tonight Show,Apatow returned to his favorite topic—rape—and guess what? He’s against it! So bold.

Apatow, of course, first came out publicly against Bill Cosby in January when he tweeted, officially, that the things Cosby has been accused of are bad. An unpopular opinion, perhaps, but one he’s courageously stuck to over, and over, and over, and over.

Even Whoopi Goldberg acknowledges the Cos is a rapist. But Judd Apatow, defender of Tim Allen and, now, women everywhere, is unbowed. Naturally the media can’t praise him enough.

Bill Cosby opponent Judd Apatow saw Hannibal Buress’s Dr. Huxtable joke and raised it a gasp-worthy stand-up takedown of his own. Yep, he went there. He really went there.

More like yawn-worthy.

Zombies for Clinton

No surprise this project was orchestrated by smear merchant turned propagandist David Brock, typical of the soulless apparatchiks the Clintons tend to attract.

One day in May, operatives from a Washington-based super PAC gathered New Hampshire mayors, state representatives and local politicos at Saint Anselm College for a day of training.

They rehearsed their personal tales of how they met Hillary Rodham Clinton and why they support her for president. They sharpened their defenses of her record as secretary of state. They scripted their arguments for why the Democratic front-runner has been “a lifetime champion of income opportunity.” And they polished their on-camera presentations in a series of mock interviews.

The objective of the sessions: to nurture a seemingly grass-roots echo chamber of Clinton supporters reading from the same script across the communities that dot New Hampshire, a critical state that holds the nation’s first presidential primary.

When heritage is hate

The Lost Causers are emboldened by a recent CNN poll that shows a majority of respondents believe the Confederate battle flag is more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism.

Among African-Americans, 72% see the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism, just 25% of whites agree. In the South, the racial divide is even broader. While 75% of Southern whites describe the flag as a symbol of pride and 18% call it a symbol of racism, those figures are almost exactly reversed among Southern African-Americans, with just 11% seeing it as a sign of pride and 75% viewing it as a symbol of racism.

Heritage, not hate, say the flag’s defenders. Southern pride, they claim, not racism.

(I’ve never been big on the idea of pride when it comes to region, race, gender or sexual orientation. Pride is something you accomplish. I’m no more proud to be a Southerner then I am to be gay. I was born a gay Southerner — it took no effort on my part.)

It begs the question: What is it about the South’s past elicits such pride? The South I prefer to claim — and I’m as Southern as they come, descended from Confederate veterans, born and raised in Georgia, as was my father, grandfather, great-grandfather … — is made up of people who changed the region for the better.

They did so by exposing the elitism, demagoguery and bigotry that dominates the Southern narrative — instead, many continue to fetishize fairy tales, fostering a regional persecution complex that forwards the ridiculous claim that whites are the true victims.

Witness this post by the vice-chair of Georgia’s Civil War Commission, titled, without irony, “We are in a war to save American culture.

“I am certain I do not need to tell you that we are facing a crisis. In fact, we are facing the greatest threat to our heritage in modern times. The forces arrayed against us are formidable. Their first declared goal is to remove the Confederate Battle flag which flies beside the Confederate Soldier’s monument in Columbia, South Carolina. It was put there in 2000 as part of a political compromise. But do not be fooled into thinking they will stop there. The radical leftists who are driving this crisis are committed to the complete eradication of all things Confederate.”

No, the “crisis” is being driven by those who romanticize the Confederacy.

Nixon in a pantsuit

The shamelessness of Hillary Clinton knows no end.

Clinton, according to her would-be employees, has left full-time organizers with little choice but to criss-cross the country and work as “free help”.

Multiple political organizers and fair-wage advocates painted a picture of a candidate preaching economic opportunity while putting prospective employees in a bind: former campaign staffers are taking unpaid fellowships from now into August, with hopes of securing a job they expect to consist of almost the same responsibilities that they handle as fellows – only with the addition of a pay check and benefits.

Untrustworthy. Unethical. Perpetually aggrieved. Remind you of anyone?

But Hillary is lucky. Victimization is in. And, by the way, she’s a woman and a Clinton, so any criticism of her policies or lack of accountability will be interpreted as “the politics of personal destruction” by her chorus of irredeemable operatives/lackeys (Lanny Davis, Paul Begala, Bill Clinton …

The former president also highlighted what he saw as silver lining in the attacks on her trustworthiness.

“When people go to personal attacks this far before the election, that means they’re scared of you,” he said. “And they should be.”

The look

I tend to be frightened of couples who look at each other this way.

It’s particularly common among religious conservatives, a not-subtle declaration of female submission.

If either of the Duggars  were writing the caption for the picture above, it would probably read something like this: “Isn’t Jim Bob wonderful? What a handsome, inspiring, confident, awe-inspiring leader of men.”

“And didn’t he handle that whole molestation thing masterfully?”

Academy of the Overrated: The new class

I googled “most overrated” and came up with lists featuring names like Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow, which betrays the concept. You have to be rated highly by some to be overrated by others.

Here’s my list:

  • Judd Apatow
  • Lena Dunham
  • Kanye West’s intellect
  • Paul Thomas Anderson movies
  • Cocaine
  • Kale
  • Beyonce
  • James Franco
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Soccer
  • The Kennedys
  • Every New York Times’ columnist
  • Nate Silver
  • Apple
  • Elon Musk

Right-wing fanatic: Gay engineers can’t be trusted

So what caused Tuesday’s deadly Amtrak derailment? Some anti-gay zealots are suggesting engineer Brandon Bostian’s sexuality may have played a role.

Today on her radio program, American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios also mentioned the engineer’s sexual orientation, saying it was likely “a factor” the crash.

“Now I am not saying, I am not inferring to those of you that are gay rights activists and like to monitor this show, I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,” Rios said. She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are,” and mentioned the story of an airline pilot who “put his entire plane at risk because he had an emotional, angry outburst to something that happened,” which she says was related to hormone therapy he was receiving.

End it already

Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, Rev. Lovejoy, Lenny and Ned Flanders, is leaving “The Simpsons.” But the show will go on, even though it lost its edge around the time Barney stopped drinking.

Jean tells CNN Money that the characters Shearer portrays will not be “killed off” but producers will turn to “the most talented members of the voice over community.”

How much money does Matt Groening need? The “Family Guy” crossover was bad enough.

Nothing to see here

New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters explains how the Clintons deal with their scandals du jour:

“What we’re seeing consistently from the Clinton world is that there appears to be no criticism of her leadership, of the former president’s leadership, that is legitimate,” Peters said on Morning Joe Thursday. “They’re basically saying ‘Off-limits.’ Anything you want to say, anything you want to report about their background, you’re biased, you have an ax to grind, and you’re part of the vast right wing conspiracy.”

Or you’re sexist.

Monday meanderings

  • I’d vote for the candidate who supports gay marriage but has no interest in attending a gay wedding.
  • If I was transgender or transitioning I’d be really pissed that Bruce Jenner is about to become the most famous transgender or transitioning person. It would be sort of like Ryan Seacrest becoming the most well-known gay guy.
  • Although I’m sympathetic to their cause, is there any group sadder than moderate political coalitions? Moderation is not only barely breathing, it’s irrelevant, sad to say. Blame talk radio, gerrymandering and yourselves.
  • Interesting how the quality of television programming has improved while the quality of television news is in  the toilet.
  • You can’t claim to be a fan of movies if you’ve never seen “The Third Man.”
  • I’d also call it Starfucking:

Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. Fuck.

— Andrés du Bouchet (@dubouchet) April 17, 2015

Scientology’s presidential enabler

Just another reminder that the Clintons should never be trusted.

Travolta told writer Josh Young that just before “Primary Colors” went
before the cameras last April, the actor was in Washington to promote
Scientology – a controversial belief Travolta and scores of other
Hollywood types embrace.

“The next day, I met with Clinton,” Travolta told George.

“He told me: “Your program sounds great. More than that, I’d really love
to help you with your issue over in Germany with Scientology.'”

Clinton was referring to Germany’s refusal to register Scientology as a
religion because the government considers it a radical cult that cheats
members out of their life savings – an allegation that Scientologists
vehemently deny.

“I was waiting for the seduction that I had heard so much about. I
thought, “Well, how could he ever seduce me?'” Travolta recalled.

“And after we talked, I thought, “Bingo!’ He did it. ^Scientology_ is
the one issue that really matters to me.”

For Travolta, Clinton reportedly went to the extraordinary length of
assigning National Security Adviser Sandy Berger to be the
administration’s Scientology point man.

Berger briefed Travolta in the same manner he would a senior senator,
George reports.

A White House official said last night, “it is perfectly normal and
logical” for Berger to get involved in the Scientology issue because “it
is in the general area of human rights concerns and this is something we
have raised with the German government.”

In November, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with German
Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel – and urged him to stop being intolerant
toward Scientologists.