President Trump is toooo funny, and right on point…, again!

Ronn Blitzer of Fox News reported that, “President Trump retweeted a ‘photo-shopped’ image depicting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Muslim headwear with a backdrop of the Iranian flag, in the midst of a Monday morning Twitter spree where he shared a number of posts accusing Democratic leadership of supporting the Iranian government.”

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I don’t really think President Trump’s tweets should be characterized as “accusations,” but rather as restatements of actual events.

“The president’s political opponents have blasted him for ordering the drone strike against Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who has been linked to numerous attacks on American forces and more. Meanwhile, they largely have remained silent as the Iranian people have staged massive protests against their leaders, in the wake of the government shooting down a passenger plane and initially denying it.”

‘“The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue,’ said the original tweet from user @D0wn_Under.”

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“Trump later summed up his views on the matter, stating, ‘The Democrats and the Fake News are trying to make terrorist Soleimani into a wonderful guy, only because I did what should have been done for 20 years.’”

“You don’t see anyone standing up for Iran. You’re not hearing any of the Gulf members. You’re not hearing China. You’re not hearing Russia,” Former US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley said.

“The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership, and our Democrat presidential candidates.”

EXACTLY!

How true and how pathetic.

Well…, you could add the fake news media and your usual collection of Hollywood elites to the mourning mix as well.

But, we, of course, are forced to endure our dose of propagandistic mis-information administered to counter the truth.  “This kind of statement is ridiculous, inflammatory and dangerous. Rather than inform viewers, Ambassador Haley wants to divide Americans,’ said former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile.

On the contrary, Ms. Brazile…, it is your statement which is “ridiculous” and divisive…, not ambassador Haley’s.

Tony Shaffer for the RealClear Politics website added, “As someone who went toe-to-toe with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Afghanistan, I can assure you that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani got exactly what he deserved when he perished in a U.S. drone strike. What he certainly doesn’t deserve is praise from Democrat lawmakers who would rather mourn a war criminal than credit President Trump for making the world safer.”

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“As the leader of the IRGC’s Quds Force, [“Quds Force” is Iran’s unconventional arm that operates outside of the Iran’s borders] which has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, Soleimani was among America’s most vociferous and aggressive foes. He was personally responsible for the deaths of thousands, including the killing and maiming of hundreds of American soldiers. He was an evil, remorseless man, and his death is a positive development for the entire world — including his own country.”

“Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, however, is currently considering a resolution that labels the strike that killed Soleimani ‘provocative and disproportionate.’”

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“Disproportionate?”

How many more American soldiers would have to die to make this a proportionate action in your eyes, Nancy?

Another fifty?

Another hundred?

“Predictably, the Democrats have been stoking fears about Iran’s potential response ever since they’ve learned about Soleimani’s death, pretending that the strike jeopardized U.S. security rather than enhanced it. It seems no liberal lawmaker is immune to the lure of political opportunism in the midst of a presidential election campaign.”

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We’re not supposed to send a drone strike…, we’re supposed to send pallets of cash to those that regularly chant “death to America,” ala Obama and Biden, and hope for the best.  That’s the preferred democrat strategy for dealing with Iran.

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“But while the Democrats join our enemies in mourning Soleimani’s demise, those with knowledge of Soleimani’s terror campaigns are celebrating the death of a genuine war criminal.”

“This man was a terrorist in charge of an IRGC element that had been declared a terrorist organization. He was traveling, in violation of U.N. sanctions, to Iraq, with the apparent intent of inflicting harm on U.S. service members in the region. He was in a combat zone as a combatant in uniform — the legal basis to target him could not have been clearer, and the same goes for the moral justification.”

“The Democrats are politicizing this issue the way they’ve politicized every other issue since President Trump took office. They don’t even seem to care that they have to take the side of America’s enemies in order to criticize Donald Trump.”

Well said…, but who is taking the side of whom exactly?

Hmmm?

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Don’t worry, be happy!

That doesn’t mean be blissfully ignorant, however.

We need to keep the faith, and we need to use our brains.

There are a lot of people out there intentionally trying to get others to worry.

There are a lot of people out there intentionally and knowingly pushing false narratives and pushing fake news in an effort to cause worry and anxiety in our lives.

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Jesus talked about worry and anxiety more than a few times, and he reminds us of how much God loves us, and how He can give us peace.

Whether you’re a Christian or not, Jesus’ words are worth our consideration.

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Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. “

Luke 21:14-15, 18-19 “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict….  But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Others have had some wise words regarding worry and anxiety as well.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom

“A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.” – George Herbert

“Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” – Vance Havner

So Jesus is saying He’ll help us with the worrying part…, but it’s up to us to be smart…, think for ourselves…, find the truth…, and see things for what they are and not what we’re told they are by people that may not have our best interests at heart.

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The other day I ran across Bishop T.D. Jakes addressing this exact topic while I was flipping through the channels.

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I was impressed by his message, and it was the inspiration for this blog actually.

“I came to tell you this mornin’ the devil is after your mind. He’s after your mind, brother. He’s after your mind, and let me tell ya somethin’: That’s why the car broke down. That’s why the roof started leakin’. That’s why they threatened your job. Let me tell ya somethin’: The devil don’t drive, and he don’t wanna go to work, so he doesn’t need your car, and he’s not after your job. He’s just usin’ that stuff to go after your mind ‘cause your mind is your power.”

If you acknowledge that evil exists…, that “”he” the Devil, the enemy, Satan, exists…, then you have to ask yourself, “Who and what is Satan using on the earth to help him deceive us?

Think about it.

Who is propagating lies and deception on Satan’s behalf?

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“He don’t want your kids. Sometime, you don’t want ‘em! You know the devil don’t want your kids. He’s just usin’ what you care about to drive you crazy because he’s after your mind so that you will lose your power. Your mind is your power. Your power is your mind.”

“So Jesus says, ‘Take no thought.’ I’m goin’ to go deeper. Can I go deeper? So when he said, ‘Take no thought,’ I was uncomfortable with it because I didn’t really wanna preach it, and I thought, you know, because I’m really tryin’ to get us to think, and he says, ‘Take no thought,’ and I had to really look into it to understand that he’s not telling us to be mindless. You know what I think? He’s actually tellin’ us not to be distracted. Do you not know, you can be so into the possibilities of what could happen tomorrow, that you miss the pleasures of today? You could be so engrossed trying fend off what could happen that you don’t embrace what is happenin’?

“Worry is a computer that keeps buffering. Worry is when you keep thinkin’ the same thing over and over and over again without resolution. He’s sayin’, ‘Do not buffer, do not buffer, do not buffer.’”

Amen, Bishop Jakes…, Amen.

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CNN’s Chris “Fredo” Cuomo is a big-talking baby who can’t handle his booze, just like the real Fredo!

According to Brian Flood of Fox News, “CNN host Chris Cuomo doesn’t appreciate being nicknamed ‘Fredo,’ but has no problem labeling the president ‘Dirty Donald.’”

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‘“Cuomo Prime Time’ on [a] Friday [last month] concluded with a segment in which the on-screen graphic referred to the president as ‘#DirtyDonald’ and the namesake host encouraged the moniker to trend on social media.”

Of course!  Isn’t that the liberal way?  Do unto others but don’t do unto me?

I’m not sure why I’m even bothering to comment on this, since I’ve never actually watched Cuomo’s show, nor has anyone else apparently.   It just seemed funny to me…, so here we go!

“Media Research Center analyst Ryan Foley wrote that the use of the nickname makes the CNN host ‘indistinguishable from a Democrat activist.’ The CNN host is the younger brother of Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York, and was caught on video threatening a man earlier this year who called him ‘Fredo.’”

“Political satirist Tim Young told Fox News that Cuomo’s newfound fondness of a nickname [for President Trump] is hypocritical.”

“President Trump has mocked CNN’s Chris Cuomo by comparing him to ‘Fredo’ from ‘The Godfather.’”

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‘“Cuomo is now officially playing the game that we’ve seen the left play since Trump won the Republican nomination in 2016, where if a joke or joke nickname I made about them, they scream that it’s the end of world… but when they do it, it’s perfectly alright,’ Young said.”

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‘“Fredo’ is a reference to Fredo Corleone, the weak and facile brother in the movie ‘The Godfather,’ who was played by John Cazale. The confrontation, which took place at a bar on New York’s Shelter Island, went viral when a man taunted him with the nickname.”

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‘“I thought that was who you were,’ the man said.”

‘“No, punk-ass b—-es from the right call me “Fredo.” My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,’ a heated Cuomo responded. ‘“Fredo’ was from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur — are any of you Italian?… It’s a f—ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f—kin’ people. It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool f—ing thing?’”

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No, Mr. Cuomo, it’s not an Italian slur…, it’s a personal slur directed directly at you. You’re the weak wuss of a younger brother just like Fredo.  Being Italian has nothing to do with it.

“After the man sarcastically told him, ‘You’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television,’ Cuomo reacted, ‘If you want to play, we’ll f—ing play.’”

You tell ‘em Fredo!  Ooops…, I mean you tell ‘em Chris!

‘“If you’ve got something to say about what I do on television, then say it, but you don’t have to call me a f—in’ insult,’ Cuomo continued.”

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Can I suggest you put your “big boy” pants on and chill, Chris?

‘“Hey man, listen, I don’t want any problems,’ the man, who appears to be holding the camera from below, told Cuomo.”

‘“Well, you’re gonna have a big f—in’ problem,’ Cuomo shot back.”

So hostile!

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Just like on TV, you’re big on words, but obviously light on action.  All of the people in the bar were probably a bigger audience than you usually get as well.

“The video ended with multiple people attempting to separate the two men.”

Ha!  Ya…, I can see Cuomo now, acting like he didn’t want anyone holding him back!

“President Trump mocked the video, tweeting that he ‘thought Chris was Fredo also.’”

‘“The truth hurts,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Totally lost it!’”

Well…, you’re right again Mr. President!

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I’m really tired of all of this Pit Bull bullsh#t.

How many times do we have to hear about Pit Bulls mauling some poor kids and then hear how Pit Bulls are getting a bad rap?

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And this is coming from someone who loves dogs, someone who’s had many dogs in his life and someone one who owns two dogs right now.

The latest headline I read was “Man saves baby, girl from pit bull attack.”

I’m sorry but, “[I] never once heard, man saves baby from Golden Retriever.” – User “Foxisright1” from FOX news commentary

True that.

According to Charlotte Alter for TIME Magazine, “Pit Bulls make up only 6% of the dog population, but they’re responsible for 68% of dog attacks and 52% of dog-related deaths since 1982, according to research compiled by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, an animal-news organization that focuses on humane work and animal-cruelty prevention.”

As glaring as these numbers are, they’re still not telling the whole story.

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There are “dog attacks” and then there are “dog attacks.”

I’m not concerned at all about a dog attacking an intruder.

I’m really not concerned about a dog attacking someone they perceive to be a threat to themselves or their masters either.

It’s these attacks by Pit Bulls on helpless children that bothers me to no end.

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Like I mentioned earlier…, I’m sorry but, “[I] never once heard, man saves baby from Golden Retriever.” – User “Foxisright1” from FOX news commentary

Clifton adds that, “For the 32 years he’s been recording, there has never been a year when pit bulls have accounted for less than half of all attacks. A CDC report on dog-bite fatalities from 1978 to 1998 confirms that pit bulls are responsible for more deaths than any other breed.”

“Another report published in the April 2011 issue of Annals of Surgery found that one person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, two people are injured by a pit bull every day, and young children are especially at risk. The report concludes that ‘these breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.’ That report was shared with TIME by PETA, the world’s largest animal-rights organization.”

Doesn’t this pretty much tell the whole story and make my case?

Yet with all of this being said, we still hear the “bullsh#t” from dimwitted Pit Bull lovers.

“Supporters say Pit Bulls are getting a bad rap. Sara Enos, founder and president of the American Pit Bull Foundation, said that it’s wrong to blame dog attacks on pit bulls, because it’s the owners who are to blame. ‘It really boils down to being responsible owners,’ she said. ‘Any dog from any breed can be aggressive, it matters how it’s treated.’”

I totally agree that Pit Bull owners need to be held accountable for the behavior of their dogs as well, but that doesn’t give the dog carte blanche to tear up whoever they want.

“Many Pit Bull advocacy organizations, including BAD RAP, did not want to comment for this story. But there is a growing backlash against the idea that pit bulls are more violent than other dogs. ‘There is not any breed of dog that is inherently more dangerous,’ said Marcy Setter of the Pit Bull Rescue Center. ‘That’s simply not true.’”

These people can peddle this “bullsh#t” all they want, but again, like I said, I’m sorry but, “[I] never once heard, man saves baby from Golden Retriever.” – User “Foxisright1” from FOX news commentary

“Pits are IEDs [homemade bombs] just waiting to be triggered….I know several who are super cool dogs and great with kids…until they aren’t.” – User “Foxisright1” from FOX news commentary

“Even PETA, the largest animal-rights organization in the world, supports breed-specific sterilization for Pit Bulls. ‘Pit Bulls are a breed-specific problem, so it seems reasonable to target them,’ said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s senior vice president of cruelty investigations. ‘The public is misled to believe that pit bulls are like any other dog. And they just aren’t.’ Even the ASPCA acknowledges on its website that Pit Bulls are genetically different than other dogs. ‘Pit Bulls have been bred to behave differently during a fight,’ it says. ‘They may not give warning before becoming aggressive, and they’re less likely to back down when clashing with an opponent.’”

“But Nachminovitch said PETA stands by breed-specific sterilization as a common-sense solution to what has become a human-safety issue. ‘These dogs were bred to bait bulls. They were bred to fight each other to the death,’ she said. ‘Just because we’re an animal-rights organization doesn’t mean we’re not concerned about public safety.’”

I’m glad someone at least is concerned about the public’s safety.

 

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What you talkin’ ‘bout Sleepy Joe?!

What you talkin’ ‘bout Mr. Excitement?!

What you talkin’ ‘bout Creepy Joe?!

What you talkin’ ‘bout #2 (Obama’s #2)?!

What you talkin’ ‘bout Quid Pro Quo Joe?!

Speaking to overflow “crowds” of 10 to 20 people, Joe Biden has continued to call President Trump’s Iran policy into question.

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As if Joe Biden has a clue regarding any matter of foreign policy!

It’s a well-known fact in Washington that Joe Biden hasn’t shown ANY ability to properly understand and/or strategically react to any foreign policy situation over that last 40 years in an advantageous manner!

I’m sure Creepy Joe would prefer we fly a plane load of cash over to Tehran…, beg for their forgiveness, and hope for the best.

Oh wait…, Quid Pro Quo Joe and his “friend” Barack already tried that!

And as for Crazy Bernie, Lizzie the bag lady, and Pistol Pete…, I’m sure the Ayatollah and his friends have been having a good laugh at their expense.  They’ve also been praying to Allah that Americans are stupid enough to elect one of these “special” people!

However President Trump chooses to react to Iran’s latest missile attack, I’m sure his course of action will project American strength and resolve, and not American weakness and fear.

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President Trump gives Iran the option of picking its own poison.

But let’s not forget that our reaction of taking out Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was in response to the Iran instigated attack on our embassy in Iraq, along with a long list of other terrorist acts.

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Iran spends over a billion dollars a year promoting terrorism around the world while sponsoring groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Iran was the one who started this, not The United States and not President Trump.

By threatening to further retaliate against US bases, US assets and US personnel, the leaders of Iran have made President Trump’s job much easier, however.

It is much easier to hold a country accountable for its actions as opposed to some innocuous terrorist group.

And that has been the problem all along…, where do we direct our retaliation?

Well, Iran has just solved that problem for The United States and President Trump.

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Since it’s common knowledge that most terrorist organizations in the Middle East are bankrolled by Iran, Iran has put itself in an awkward position.

Iran has positioned itself to “pay the price” for the actions taken by any group against The United States.

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And President Trump has put them on notice.

As anchorman Ron Burgundy observed, I think Iran will find that this “was not a good choice.”

In fact, President Trump warned Iran that if it hits any Americans or American assets “we have targeted 52 Iranian sites” for retaliatory strikes.

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According to Jeremy Diamond, Caroline Kelly and Greg Clary of CNN, “Iranian ambassador vows ‘harsh revenge.’”

And “Iranian foreign minister says airstrike ‘dangerous and foolish’”

Samantha Vinograd, an American foreign policy commentator who serves as National Security Analyst at CNN, said “Iran will consider this an act of war.”

Oh really?

Just like we consider an attack on any of our embassies an act of war.

We’ve heard it all before…, “death to America,” “rivers of blood,” yada, yada, yada.

“Donald Trump on Saturday drew what may come to be seen as the most significant red line of his presidency in a three-part tweet, vowing specific military action against Iran if it ‘strikes any Americans, or American assets.’”

“[President] Trump reiterated his warning in a series of tweets early Sunday, saying the United States just spent $2 trillion on military equipment.”

‘“We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way…and without hesitation!’ he tweeted. ‘They attacked us, & we hit back. If they attack again, which I would strongly advise them not to do, we will hit them harder than they have ever been hit before!’”

‘“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020’”

‘“He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!  — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020’”

“The string of tweets came after the White House formally notified Congress on Saturday of the US operation that killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani on Thursday.”

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‘“Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities,’ Trump tweeted from Florida. ‘They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat.’”

“And later Tuesday, while speaking with reporters as he entered a New Year’s Eve gala at Mar-a-Lago, the President said he doesn’t want war but that if it comes to conflict, Iran wouldn’t last long.”

‘“I don’t think that would be a good idea for Iran,’ Trump said, adding later that a potential conflict ‘would go very quickly.’”

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MrEricksonRules has been promoting a strategy like this for years.

All that was needed was an identifiable enemy who could be held accountable and a leader bold enough to issue this type of ultimatum.

Way to go, Mr. President…, way to go.

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Hollywood hypocrites love to “dish it out,” but they sure can’t take it!

Ricky Gervais is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, director, producer, and musician.  He is best known for creating, writing and acting in the original British television series “The Office.”

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He also hosted The Golden Globe awards show last night, and according to Yahoo senior writer, Ethan Alter, Gervais “attacked Hollywood” in his monologue and “went a little too far.”

Awwww, poor Hollywood!

Inexplicably, I actually caught Gervais’ opening monologue last night, and I thought it was actually refreshing to see all those Hollywood prima donnas take their comeuppance.

If pointing out Hollywood’s hypocrisy and laying out the truth is going too far, then so be it!

You haven’t seen President Trump, or his supporters crying about the abuse they’ve been forced to stomach at the hands of all of these Hollywood hypocrites, have you?

‘“This is the last time I’m hosting these awards,’ Ricky Gervais said moments after taking the stage at the 77th Golden Globe Awards for his fifth hosting gig. Based on the audience reaction to his bridge-burning, F-bomb-laden monologue, this might be the last time he’s allowed in Hollywood… let alone at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s [HFPA’s} annual shindig. The mood in the room was essentially summed up by everyone’s favorite L.A. neighbor Tom Hanks — this year’s recipient of the HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award — whose face displayed an expression of shock and disgust every time the cameras found him in the crowd.”

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“One of those jokes that noticeably raised Hanks’s ire was Gervais’ suggestion that the license plate on his HFPA-hired limo was made by Felicity Huffman during her brief prison stay after she was swept up in the college admissions scandal.”

HA!

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“Gervais proved anything but embarrassed as he continued to call out the rich and famous on their privileged lifestyle. ‘If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a political platform to make a political speech,’ he warned. ‘You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything, you know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and f*** off. OK?’”

BWAHAHA!

Thank you for that Rickey!  No truer words were ever said!  And they are words that many of us have been dying to say for many years.

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“Meanwhile, tech world titan [and Apple CEO], Tim Cook, looked on stone-faced as Gervais praised Apple TV+’s marquee series ‘The Morning Show’ as a ‘superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing made by a company who owns sweatshops in China. You say you’re woke but the companies you work for — Apple, Amazon, Disney — if ISIS started a streaming service, you would call your agent, wouldn’t you?’”

OUCH!

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Tyler McCarthy of Fox News added that, “The biggest stars in TV and film gathered in Beverly Hills in the hopes of kicking off the 2020 awards season with a highly coveted Golden Globe award, and notoriously controversial host Ricky Gervais wasted no time laying into the Hollywood elite vying for a big win.”

“He called out the many stars in the room for their relationship to large corporations like Apple, Amazon and Disney.”

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“Gervais then mocked the stars in attendance for their relation to the late sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Gervais declared that Epstein didn’t kill himself, prompting groans from the crowd.”

‘“Shut up, I know he’s your friend but I don’t care!’”

BAM!

“He also took a shot at Leonardo DiCaprio for his film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ being three hours long.”

‘“Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and, by the end, his date was too old for him!’”

Ha!

“He added: ‘Even Prince Andrew is like, “Come on Leo, mate. You’re nearly 50.”’”

OUCH, and double OUCH!

Way to go Ricky!

It was a beautiful thing, watching all of the stunned faces as the comedic tables were turned on them for a change.

Mr. Erickson is one of your newest fans, among a whole bunch of new fans after last night!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

“Thank you” to you and the thousands and thousands of people who have taken the time to visit my website, view my blog, comment on it and share it!

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My website was viewed over 11,000 times in 2019!

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The viewership of my website has more than tripled each year!

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Why the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” would be difficult to remake today.  

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is probably my favorite Christmas movie of all-time.

I feel that the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a story frozen in time, however.

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If the movie were to be remade today, I believe the basic concept of the movie could be redone, but the story itself, as we know it, would become almost unrecognizable.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” was made in 1945 and released in 1946.  In this movie we see George Bailey’s life from roughly World War I (1914-1918), George Bailey was born in 1907, through to the period just after the end of World War II (1945). Two world wars, an influenza epidemic, and a devastating economic depression…, it definitely wasn’t the easiest of times. George’s breakdown happens on Christmas Eve of 1945.

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We see how the Great Depression of 1929 causes a run on the banks and threatens the Building and Loan. During World War II, George acts as an air-raid warden and keeps serving the community, while his brother Harry becomes a Navy pilot.

An uplifting story like “It’s a Wonderful Life” was just the thing for the hearts of people who’d just been through difficult and trying times during World War II.

There aren’t many people still alive today who really know what “difficult and trying times” are!

Difficult and trying times these days equates to Donald Trump being elected, breaking your smart phone or your smartphone’s battery dying on you!

But I digress.

Firstly, it would be tough to remake “It’s a Wonderful Life” because there just isn’t another actor around like Jimmy Stewart anymore.

There wasn’t another Jimmy Stewart then and there isn’t one now.

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If I was forced to make a short list of actors who I thought could conceivably play the role of George Bailey, the list would include (not in any particular order):

John Krasinski

Robert Downey Jr.

Jim Carrey

Denzel Washington

and Tom Hanks

 

Second, a bank or a savings and loan just aren’t family type businesses anymore.  That whole storyline would have to change…, but change into what?  And that would take away to whole “run on the bank” part of the story away as well.  The closest thing I could imagine for a more current version of the story would be a stock market crash, or something along those lines.

Third, there aren’t any tollhouse keepers on bridges anymore, and in any case, 911 would have been called, the EMTs would have been there, and then it would have been off to the hospital.  End of story.

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Also, as far as George crashing his car into a tree after drowning his sorrows at Martini’s bar, he probably would have gotten a DUI ticket and taken into custody, thus ending the story as well.

In addition, a lot of the suspense in the story would be lost, as communications are just a lot better now.  There would be no telegrams, or the inability to get ahold of anyone.

Like I said at the top of the article, if “It’s a Wonderful Life” were to be remade today, “The basic concept of the movie could be redone, but the story itself, as we know it, would become almost unrecognizable.”

Please be my guest and view a related article about “It’s a Wonderful Life” at:

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/its-a-wonderful-life-karolyn-grimes-jimmy-hawkins-tell-all

Or view the original movie trailer at:

https://youtu.be/sFXoAVi4FPk

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