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One of the mysteries of the week is what Jesse Jackson is up to in pushing Obama to pardon Hillary. What’s Jesse’s end game?
He’s in his own twilight. He has no love for the Clintons. Remember that he and Bill have gotten into it on more than one occasion in recent years. The fall of the Clintons might not benefit Jesse directly, but I think them losing power means that Jesse gains power and status as a longtime figure in the Democrat Party. He would not have to share a stage with them or operate in their shadow.
Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for “all crimes he may have committed as president.” Similarly, Obama seems to be able to pardon Hillary Clinton for “all crimes she may have committed as Secretary of State.”
I also wonder if Jimmy Carter’s pardon of the Vietnam War draft-dodgers is precedent for Obama to be able to give a blanket pardon to all Clinton Foundation employees (such as Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and others). Is that a way for Democrats to make all of this go away? Just give a blanket draft-dodger pardon to anyone who may have been involved in anything that the Clinton Foundation was doing for years and years?
It feels like the entire political Establishment WANTS scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation to end immediately before other powerful people are brought down or anyone figures out exactly what was happening over there. This could be why Cheryl Mills didn’t want Hillary to run for president again in 2016. Maybe it was not so much that Mills was smart enough to realize that Hillary would lose but that Mills was scared that a second presidential run would only succeed in drawing attention to everything that the Clintons wanted to hide about that foundation.
It sure feels like the Clinton Foundation could be a bigger scandal than Watergate…but this time the Dishonest Media has absolutely no interest in reporting on it (unlike the glee they took in bringing down Nixon). Because the Clintons going down would also drag much of the Democrat Party down with them, notice how no reporters seem at all interested in any of this.
I wonder if Jesse Jackson is trying to start a psychological push for the country as a whole to view the Clintons as guilty of something with that Foundation…because most people see someone who is said to need a pardon as being guilty of something. Innocent people do not need pardons. Mainly it’s just black people who even listen to Jesse Jackson, so here he is telling black people that the Clintons need a pardon. Which means he is telling black people that the Clintons are guilty of something. Why is he doing that?
Is it out of malice of some kind towards the Clintons?
Is he trying to ensure that the Democrat Party veers further Left and doesn’t attempt any future Centrist triangulation like Bill Clinton pulled off in the early 1990s?
Is he just jockeying for more power in the Democrat Party by pulling this stunt to further decimate the Clintons so he can push them off the stage?
I wonder what Jesse Jackson is up to here. It will be interesting to see what Al Sharpton says and does on the subject as well. If he starts calling for Obama to pardon Hillary as well and if other elements on the Left start doing this too, then there is for sure something up that we are not understanding.
It may also be that everyone on the Left is so shocked she lost that there is no plan and they are just wandering around speaking extemporaneously without concern or consideration of any bigger picture.
[Click above to embiggen: On November 8th, one larger-than-life political titan will go down in flames. Either the Establishment or the Deplorables will win and nothing will ever be the same.]
We’re down to 25 days left until the most bizarre election in our lifetimes. Either the Hilldenburg or the Trumptanic will be annihilated on November 8th. The Establishment is pushing hard for the Clinton Restoration…while the American people are in open rebellion against the globalist elite.
Today I think it’s worthwhile to spend some time as friends talking about what forces are currently in play. That’s the first step towards wrapping our heads around what could happen 25 days from now. Let’s start with some assumptions and decide if they are safe to make.
(1.) ASSUMPTION: Did John McCain and Mitt Romney lose because millions of people sat home (since they were too disgusted to vote for either of those Cocktail Partiers)? This is something that no one in the chattering classes ever talks about and you’ll never read about it in any of the books that the Establishment puts out that re-write election history. But for those of you out there who paid attention in 2008 and 2012, do you remember people being so unenthused with McCain and Romney that they just sat home to teach the GOP a lesson? These same people — the ones who sat it out in 2008 and 2012 — seemed to get up off the couch and vote for the Tea Party rebellion in 2010 and 2014. Remember how the Establishment claimed that Democrats would win big in those mid-term elections…and then how shocked the State Media was when historic losses were suffered by the Establishment? Recall how Eric Cantor was eviscerated and humiliated in 2014, despite that toad being one of the Establishment’s favorite pets? There’s something happening that no one has been smart enough to really identify…and it’s all about people who hate the Wonder-Bread-and-Mayonnaise sandwiches that the Establishment tried to force down people’s throats in the last two presidential races. A great many people seemed to say, “F*** that! This’ll teach them!” Only, the Establishment never learns…and so those idiots tried to force Jeb Bush and then Little Marco Rubio on us in the primaries. People openly rebelled and demanded a pendulum swing as far away from McCain/Romney as possible…and that launched Trump.
QUESTION: Are all of the people who didn’t bother to vote in 2008 and 2012 going to show up this time, since Trump is the polar opposite of a Cocktail Party elitist? If we can agree that the assumption above is correct — and that those wins by the GOP in 2010 and 2014 are because the people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 actually got up off the couch and went to vote in the mid-terms — then the question is whether those people will come out to vote for Trump this time. Logically, I can’t imagine any other candidate who could ever take on the Establishment the way that Trump is doing. If you hate the Establishment and John McCain and Mitt Romney made you sick, then I can’t imagine that you would be anything but excited to vote for Trump and watch the Establishment burn to the ground.
Personally, I think that Trump is gaudy and a little strange. Looking at other presidents we’ve had, I think we’ve had some oddballs occupying the Oval Office. I believe that Jimmy Carter is one of the strangest and most unappealing people to have ever lived. Trump’s hair and orange tan are off-putting and his decorating style is gaudy, let’s be real about that…but, man, just look at Jimmy Carter from that 1976 campaign. That was a special kind of hideous. And America decided to send Arkansas to the White House in 1992, with everything that came with that. So it’s not like we are a nation that holds gaudiness and/or weird looks against people. Trump also benefits because here the alternative to him is another four years of the Clintons…and they’ve proven that they haven’t changed much since 1992 (and just got older and both look like they are physically falling apart at this point).
These optics matter because I think there’s a weird balance that’s struck when the public considers how equally unappetizing Trump’s gaudiness and the Clintons’ sleaziness are when taken together. It all cancels out in a zero sum sort of way. To me that takes us back to who will sit out the election and who will be fired up to come out and vote. And I return to my premise that people will be fired up to come vote AGAINST the Establishment.
(2.) ASSUMPTION: Few people are super-excited about electing the first female president and doing so is not a motivator. Hillary’s campaign in 2008 made a conscious decision not to emphasize the “historic first female” part of her candidacy. I’m not sure why. Maybe because Obama was already doing the “historic first black” thing and Hillary thought she had a better chance if she ran as “just one of the guys” and downplayed the fact that she was a woman. She wanted to be seen as strong and as equal to the men. Maybe that worked and perhaps it’s why she actually beat Obama in the primaries with 18 million+ votes (and should have been the nominee if the superdelegates had not abandoned her). This time around, that catty and conceited campaign manager of hers, Robby Mook, decided to get very Alinksy and run a super-negative campaign…not an aspirational one where she focused on being the first female president. Sure, you’d hear people try to gin up attacks on anyone not supporting her as being misogynistic…and Mook is rolling out these October surprises to malign Trump as being anti-woman. But no one has ever made a classy, lofty, idealistic argument that it’s time our country had a female president and that woman should be Hillary Clinton.
If I had been on her campaign team, that’s the sort of campaign I would have ran for her. I would have gone back to the marketing done for Geena Davis’ old show Commander-in-Chief, which had great promotional billboards saying “A Woman Will Be President.” That’s actually the slogan I would have used for Hillary-2016: A WOMAN WILL BE PRESIDENT. None of this “Stronger Together” crap or that weird hospital sign she uses, with the H-with-an-arrow-through-it (that looks just like the road signs directing you to a hospital on the interstate). At this point, no one should ever feel bad for Hillary Clinton about anything because of the weird things she’s done in recent years to violate the public’s trust…but even those of us who poured our hearts and souls into her 2008 campaign should not feel bad about her losing this current election since Hillary Clinton clearly makes terrible decisions when it comes to her staff.
She was raging the other day about why she is not 50 points ahead of Trump and all I can say is that she picked the worst possible person to run her campaign, because Robby Mook is an idiot with pudding for brains. If they had hammered A WOMAN WILL BE PRESIDENT over and over again, I think they would have been so much more effective than doing this scorched earth thing where they just focus on relentlessly convincing people to hate Trump. This is clearly a “Change Election” and drilling in A WOMAN WILL BE PRESIDENT is one way they could have made Hillary Clinton be the change candidate. When the first female president is elected in the future, it will be a woman who is smart enough to use A WOMAN WILL BE PRESIDENT as her campaign slogan.
QUESTION: If people are not excited to vote for Hillary to make history because she totally bungled that part, can pudding-for-brains Robby Mook rile people up enough with hatred for Trump to head out to vote against him? I don’t think hatred is ever a motivator for people to actually do something constructive or time-consuming. The Left uses hatred to rev black people up with that Black Lives Matter garbage, but all that does is get people to riot and burn down their own neighborhoods. So, hatred as a motivator can encourage people to commit violence. But, can hatred make them go out into the cold and stand in line for 30 minutes to an hour and then go through the trouble of voting? I was very motivated on September 29th when I early-voted here in Chicago because I was so angry about what FBI Director James Comey did in fixing the investigation so that Hillary would not be charged with anything. I was truly angry at that man, but I don’t hate him. But my anger at him eclipsed any bad feelings I would have had if I didn’t vote for Hillary, out of old loyalty to her from 2008. I woke up early, got dressed, rode the Red Line downtown, went down to the Board of Elections early voting room in the basement of the county building, and stood in line to vote as soon as the office opened. Then I had to take the little electronic card, figure out how to put it into the machine, read a bunch of stuff, figure out how to cast my ballot…and then I spent about 20 minutes jumping through all the other hoops and doing all the checks they make you do to ensure that the machine recorded my vote the way that I wanted.
I don’t know how someone who is motivated by just hatred for Trump is expected to do all of this. If your motivation is hatred, you are acting on a primal/animalistic level like a cave person. You can set fires and smash things and bite and claw and scratch, but can you really use hatred as fuel to go through all the mess you need to go through to cast a ballot? And let me tell you, doing all this on September 29th was so much easier than doing it on November 8th when it will be an absolute madhouse everywhere. I believe that most people still vote on the actual election day. I avoided so much grief by doing all this early…but there was still grief. I had to be patient, fill out a form on a clipboard, deal with government workers, utilize outdated/backwards machinery, etc. I just don’t see how making people hate Trump is supposed to encourage people to come out and vote for Hillary.
Unless they are just trying to suppress Trump support and keep his voters at home by turning them against him. Maybe Mook knows he can’t convince people to vote FOR Hillary (or even AGAINST Trump) but he thinks that by scorching the earth he can just make people sit at home.
But, again, we’re back to Assumption #1 from above about who these people are that play weird games and stay home during presidential elections. If they stayed home to teach the GOP a lesson in 2008 and 2012, who would they be staying home to teach a lesson in 2016 if they fall for what Mook is doing? So, am I to believe that people who couldn’t stomach voting for either McCain or Romney because they were too Establishment are going to miss the chance to vote for the most anti-Establishment candidate we’ve ever had run for high office all because Hillary’s campaign found a tape of Trump talking about how much he likes having heterosexual sex with hot ladies?
(3.) ASSUMPTION: The Republican Elite want Trump to lose so that the Cocktail Partiers can stay in power, so they are rooting for Hillary to win since she will keep them in power (as they are all part of the same Establishment). I feel that this is the most safe of all the assumptions to make. There are so many critters in Republican ranks who would make an absolute fortune if Hillary Clinton becomes president…but whose livelihoods would be destroyed by a President Trump. And I’m not just talking about elected officials or political consultants.
One individual who deserves special attention is Ben Shapiro. This guy has been so blatant about his wanting Hillary Clinton to win because Shapiro will make a lot of money in the next four years writing books and going on speaking tours railing against Hillary. He’s probably got drafts of his next books already written. He knows where and how his bread is buttered and he is eager to nibble on that sweet, delicious, buttery bread. I think a lot of supposedly conservative writers want a Hillary Clinton presidency because this is something they have been masturbating at the thought of for many years at this point. It’s like in a horror movie when Jason or Freddy or Michael Meyers finally shows up, after getting false-shocks or mere glimpses of the fiend here and there for what felt like forever. Well, if these guys have done so well for themselves for this long with Hillary just threatening to become president, they are going to rub themselves raw with her actually fulfilling her supposed destiny (as a harbinger of the apocalypse) and finally achieving her lifelong goal. The books will just write themselves.
There will be endless Clintonian scandals as crazy as Filegate, Travelgate, etc. Not only will all the misdeeds of FBI Director James Comey come to light and everything else involved with those email servers be obsessed about for years, but with Bill Clinton running around like a loose cannon there’s bound to be all sorts of illegal things that he would do as First Gentleman, since he would continue to act like he is the president. If Hillary made so much trouble for herself and the country as the first First Lady to try to operate out of the West Wing, don’t you think that people like Ben Shapiro know that Bill Clinton moving back into the White House guarantees all sorts of malfeasance that will make book-writing easy-peasy for four years? I think all of these people believe that they will finally be able to impeach and remove a Clinton from office by having Hillary move into the Oval…and they just see her presidency as being a chance for nonstop fun and profit.
There is so much sickness involved with the Clintons, on all sides, that having Hillary move back into the White House is just a guarantee for endless scandal, investigations, and Shakesperean high-drama. So many conservative media outlets were formed during the first Clinton administration. Since no one was allowed to really criticize Obama because of his skin color, during the last 8 years a lot of people haven’t been doing as well as they would have liked because they were scared of being called a racist if they had gone after Obama the way that the Left went after Bush or the Right went after the Clintons in the 1990s. Having Hillary back in the White House would mean that the Good Old Days could return again and everyone could get rich with new books, magazine subscriptions, movies, podcasts, and whatever other lucrative things they could come up with to profit from the treasure trove of scandals to come.
They all remind me of impoverished witch doctors in some Third World country who had been struggling without any “patients”…but then in stumbles Typhoid Mary, bringing of all manner of plagues, and they all know they will be eating well and making good bread for years to come once she takes up residence in town and everything unfolds as usual around her.
QUESTION (And this is the big one): Is the number of Republican Elite who want Hillary to win (to serve their own financial interests) larger than the number of Bernie Sanders cultists who will sit the election out? Additionally, is it larger than the number of blacks who will not care about the election because there is not someone the color of hot cocoa, Hershey’s bars, or a caramel frappachino on the ballot? What about the decent and honest blacks who realize voting Democrat gets their community nowhere and so they are going to roll the dice with Trump and vote Republican for the first time ever? There are an interesting collection of variables in play that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before in a presidential election. Let’s take a moment and have a look at them:
There’s a great Open Letter to Paul Ryan posted by Jeffrey Lord at Spectator.org that is worth your valuable time today. The “too long, didn’t read” of it is that Paul Ryan needs to resign as Speaker of the House immediately. I could not possibly agree more.
Lord makes some compelling arguments that further gel some things that have been obvious for a while, but too nebulous to get a firm hold of. One of the best new terms he’s coined is “The Trump Rebellion.” I really like that term.
As Lord sees it, the GOP Establishment and the Left have pretty much joined forces against the American people, whom they all despise. Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan are in the same cocktail party club…and everyone in there with them hates “the deplorables” (which is how these people all view regular Americans).
If you see yourself as one of the regular Americans and not part of the elite, then you really should think of yourself as being part of the Trump Rebellion. This has been building for a long time now.
I see in retrospect that it started in 2008 with those of us who backed Hillary Clinton then, when the Left pushed for Obama to be the nominee and for Leftists to take over the Democrat Party. The next phase came when people who didn’t like how far-Left Democrats had gone abandoned the DNC and became Democrats for McCain. Everyone who opposed Obama back then was called “racist” and other horrible names, because the Establishment had decided to go all-in with the transformation of the country the way that the elites wanted it. The Tea Party formed as a rebellion to this…and the Establishment used the IRS and other arms of the state to strangle Tea Party groups. Remember how the Media kept insisting that Democrats would win big in the 2010 and 2014 elections? The complete opposite was true, but our State Media’s propaganda was meant to depress turnout so that the Left could gain more power. In 2012, the GOP Establishment ran Romney but Romney never seemed to want to win and didn’t ever intend to be the guy who beat the first black president. The Establishment seems to have decided that Republicans won’t win the presidential elections and they do everything on all fronts to guarantee that the candidates who win the GOP’s nod are people who don’t intend to go all the way and win the White House. Why that is, I don’t know…but it’s clear that the Establishment enjoys keeping certain people in power and maintaining the status quo and part of that deal seems to be that Republicans have decided to become a permanent minority party, comfortable on the fringes.
It is so sickening watching Republicans work to elect Hillary Clinton. Everyone doing this believes that he or she will have a very comfortable life and lucrative career if they just continue to do what the Establishment wants and maintain the status quo. It is all about “transforming” the country so that the American people disappear and are replaced with Third Worlders brought in so that the big corporations can have cheap labor and Democrats can have votes. The deal in place with the Establishment seems to be that Republicans will lose elected offices but all of the big donors will get rich and the Republican politicians will find second careers on various boards or in appointed positions. They are all selling out the country and the American people to increase their own short-term wealth.
It is all so painfully obvious.
I think more and more people wake up to this every single day. But, people just don’t know what to do. The Establishment is trying every dirty trick it can think of to keep Trump from becoming President because they clearly believe he will dismantle the Establishment’s schemes. If they do succeed in stealing this election from Trump, I don’t think any of these problems will go away. Hillary will do what the Establishment wants her to do…which will be four more years of nightmares for the American people.
The anger is just going to keep building. I think it will continue to build until we are faced with a Second American Revolution, whatever that would look like. I don’t know how the Establishment can continue to enrich themselves while impoverishing regular Americans and continuing to bring in so many unskilled, uneducated, Third World colonists who suck up welfare benefits and eat up more taxpayer dollars. We’re at the tipping point where all of the hardworking people who get taxed to death are getting fed up with the money taken from them being redistributed to Spanish-speakers who scramble across the border to take advantage of the American people. All of this taking has got to stop.
The Establishment believes it is all-powerful and that with the Media it can control what people think and say. This handover of the Internet to the UN so it can be censored is part of their plan as well, but I think it’s going to backfire in a big way. It feels like watching some fool in a YouTube video messing around with a pressure cooker or deep fryer or some other device that is clearly about to explode, only the idiots manipulating the device have no idea that disaster is coming for them. Anyone with a brain can see they are in trouble, but they are so full of ego that they won’t entertain the thought that they have dangerously misjudged everything.
Are you angry about wha the Establishment’s done to our country?
Are you sick to death of what the Elite have been doing to all of us?
If so, I hope you have already voted for Donald Trump and that you work hard to get everyone you know to do the same thing. Join the Trump Rebellion. I sleep well every single night since I cast my ballot for him. It’s the most fulfilling and rewarding feeling I’ve ever had, voting for someone that the entire Establishment doesn’t want us to vote for.
Victim of Forced-Euthanasia Attempt at Joliet Area Community Hospice Doing Well, Regaining His Strength
Chester Siniawski, the man who survived a forced-euthanasia attempt on his life at the Joliet Area Community Hospice, continues to regain strength after his son, Chet, managed to free him from the JACH and move him into a hospital (where medical professionals actually work, not ghouls who try to kill people who want to keep living). Chester’s being fed three times a day now and is making huge steps in his recovery. A man who was cruelly denied food and starved for over two months is being given as much to eat as he wants and is loving it! He’s regained the use of his left side and, every day that he’s receiving proper nourishment and physical therapy, he gets closer to being the person he used to be, before his stroke in April.
The reason I care so much about this man is because of how horrific what was done to him truly is: he had a non-terminal stroke that he could recover from…but his own wife (who appears to have some kind of mental illness) wanted him to die and never recover, because she didn’t want to be bothered with having a husband in a wheelchair. Being a widow sounded more fun and a better time for her than having to care for a man who needed rehabilitation to regain use of his body after a stroke. That whole “in sickness and in health” part of the wedding vows didn’t seem to register with this woman. That right there is terrible enough…but on top of it there is actually a place in Illinois where someone this despicable can take her husband and staff will go along with a plot to withhold food and water from the man in order to euthanize him against his will. Just because his wife already has a black dress picked out and wants to put the “fun” back in funeral.
Forced-euthanasia has another, simpler name: MURDER. People who starve someone to death, when that person wants to live and be fed, are MURDERERS.
The Chester Siniawski case ended up being this perfect storm of horror and stupidity:
1. A man’s wife wants to be a widow and not a caregiver, so she decides it would be best that her husband be starved to death in a hospice instead of going to a hospital/rehab center where he would get better. This is the kind of thing that Alfred Hitchcock would have cooked up for a movie he could never have made…because no one would have believed it was possible to get away with.
2. The government of Illinois allows this demented woman to put her husband into the Joliet Area Community Hospice and check him in as a “resident,” because he legally could not be coded as a “patient”…due to the fact that he was not terminal. Only terminal patients can be coded as “patients”…so Chester was locked into this place to be starved to death as a “resident,” with his demented wife paying $250/day out of pocket to keep him in there until he could be euthanized against his wishes.
3. The whole time, Chester could speak and was begging to be fed. The ghouls working at the JACH would keep food of out his reach and allow his wife to eat the food instead of Chester. When visitors would bring Chester Muscle Milk protein shakes to drink or try to give him other food like soup broth, the visitors would be banned from visiting because they were trying to keep Chester alive and the wife/JACH wanted Chester to starve to death.
4. The Joliet police refused to get involved, even though a man who begged to live was slowly being murdered in a facility in their jurisdiction. The police claimed that because it said “hospice” above the door that they were not allowed to enter. Like it’s the movie The Ten Commandments and writing “hospice” on the doorframe in lamb’s blood has a magical power to keep an entity as powerful as the police from crossing a threshold.
5. No elected official in the entire state of Illinois or government agency would get involved because the place Chester was being slowly murdered in was called a “hospice.” Every one of these people said exactly the same thing: “Since people die in hospices all the time, no one can be murdered in a hospice. We won’t get involved if he’s being starved to death in a hospice because there must be a reason he is in there. If he was at home being starved, we’d send the SWAT team to help him of course. But because it says ‘hospice’ on the door, we are not allowed in there.”
6. Apparently, murder is legal if the building says “hospice” on it. Imagine the ramifications of that. The mob or drug lords could just buy a building, write “hospice” on it, and take people there…check them in as “residents” and then kill them. Since they died in a “hospice,” presumably no one in Illinois will care (since people die in hospices all the time and every state official we spoke with during this ordeal said that their jurisdiction stops at a hospice’s doors).
7. This really weird thing would happen when speaking to any of these officials and authorities where they would get really quiet, start to sweat a little, and their breathing would change. That happened when we would tell them that in Illinois euthanasia is illegal and that state statutes specify that deliberately withholding food, water, and other life-sustaining substances from a person with the intention of killing that person is murder. Chester Siniawski wanted to live and was begging for food and water, yet staff at the JACH listened to his wife and not him and would keep life-sustaining materials away from Chester so his body would shut down, with the goal of killing him. Officials would get really nervous and they’d even gulp as they tried to think about what to say next…since people are probably euthanized all the time in Illinois hospices with no one complaining. The reason this was an issue with Chester is that Chester did not want to die and his son and other relatives did not want him to die. So all the other people who are so used to looking the other way when euthanasia is happening didn’t know what to do when someone like Chester was actually being murdered.
8. The Joliet police only got involved when they were told they would have liability if Chester Siniawski, who was not a terminal patient, died and family members had repeatedly told the Joliet police that he was being murdered. The Illinois State Police had to actually intervene and tell the Joliet police that they would be liable for wrongful death and other lawsuits if they refused to speak with Chester and ascertain if food and water were being withheld from him against his wishes as family members claimed.
9. Not long after this happened, all the dominoes started falling. The JACH found a crooked judge that had some personal connection to the hospice who threw an unconstitutional gag order on the Siniawski family and forbade them from making any more videos of Chester begging for food and saying he wanted to live. The JACH did not want any more video evidence that Chester wanted to live and wanted to be fed. The fact that Chester asked for food and stated clearly that he wanted to live prohibited the JACH from continuing to starve Chester, the way that other people in that horrible facility are no doubt starved by whoever wants to euthanize them.
10. What I think happened at the JACH is that the staff just got used to people being brought there who no longer wanted to live or who had stopped resisting efforts to kill them. So the staff probably felt they were do-gooders in helping people end their lives by doing things like withholding food so their bodies would shut down. They pump these people full of drugs, keep food away from them, and end their lives. No doubt they go home each night believing they are angels of mercy and don’t see themselves as murderers or ghouls. But, when a man like Chester Siniawski begs to be fed and says over and over again that he wants to live and staff members instead listen only to his wife (who states clearly she prefers him to be dead), then there is a serious problem.
11. A guardian ad litem was appointed to Chester and at first seemed to side with the JACH and the efforts to starve Chester to death, since — again– I think that these people are all so accustomed to looking the other way so that people who really want to die can “end their lives with dignity,” despite euthanasia being illegal in Illinois. All of these people working in the legal system or in government seem to want to keep places like the JACH open so that they have somewhere to take a spouse or relative when they want to kill them in the future, should that person become too much of a hassle to care for when they are sick. Or, they want to have a place to go to have their own lives snuffed out if they suffer an illness or just get bored with being alive.
12. After speaking with Chester and observing things that his wife was doing, the guardian ad litem had no choice but to agree with Chester’s son Chet that Chester wanted to live, wanted to be fed, and should be moved to a hospital.
13. At the hospital, Chester’s wife continued trying to kill him by insisting that he have a Do Not Resuscitate order placed on him and she lied to nursing staff, claiming she still had Power of Attorney over Chester. Nursing staff were accustomed to just accepting things that a spouse says as true, so Chet had to bring in the doctor and show him that Chester’s wife no longer had any legal authority to make any decisions for him and that she was in fact delusional and wanted him dead. This woman is so hell-bent on killing Chester that she even refused to admit he was getting better and making progress in the hospital, when he clearly was rebounding after being allowed food and hydration again.
14. The doctors concluded that Chester was able to speak, think, answer questions, process information, and make his own decisions. Any papers saying otherwise were ripped up. Chester can read and can write his own name. He asked for Chet to be his guardian if anything else happens to incapacitate him.
15. The hardest part of all of this is the fact that Chester can’t wrap his head around the fact that his wife of 30+ years wanted him to die and not recover from the stroke. In his wife’s mind, the fact that Chester will have to be in a wheelchair at least temporarily meant that he shouldn’t live and it would be better and easier for everyone if he was taken to the cemetery instead of a rehab center. Chester’s in his 60s and could live another 20 years, but his wife would tell people that if he can’t play ball with dogs out in the backyard and can’t walk on his own, then it would be better if he was just dead. Meanwhile, Chester kept saying he wanted to live and didn’t want to die…but his wife would not listen.
The whole thing was like that Monty Python sketch about the Black Plague, where a cart was pushed through the streets demanding people bring out their dead…and one of the people tossed into the cart kept pleading, “But, I’m not dead! Don’t take me! I’m not dead!” Chester’s wife essentially insisted that he should be dead and the ghouls working at the Joliet Area Community Hospice went along with that and allowed Chester to be starved and denied life-sustaining materials for months. Police and other officials refused to listen after hearing the word “hospice,” because they said that whatever’s going on in the JACH must be okay because they trusted the staff to not be murderers. But…what if they are murderers? Why just trust that they aren’t doing anything wrong when family members come forward and plead to authorities that a man like Chester Siniawski was being starved to death and forcibly euthanized against his wishes?
I still can’t believe this all happened in America in the year 2016. It’s all like something that would happen in a Muslim country or the Soviet Union back in the day. It is my most fervent hope that once he is well enough and fully recovered that Chester sues the Joliet Area Community Hospice out of existence and also files whatever civil rights suit he can against the Joliet police and other government entities that refused to listen and wouldn’t help him when he was pleading to live and not be murdered.
The ONLY reason this man is still alive is because of GoFundMe, Twitter, Facebook. YouTube and other social media. I also credit Andrea Shea King for talking about Chester’s plight on her popular radio show and Tea Party groups around the country who also shared the video of Chester asking for food and begging to live. Once that video got out there to as many people as it did, it became impossible for the Joliet Area Community Hospice to keep food away from Chester.
Once Chester started being allowed to eat, he got strong enough to progress from Muscle Milk to soup. After soup came stew. And then fully solid foods. The JACH staffers had managed to starve this man to the brink of death, but that video of him begging for help made them back off…and that created a window where Chet and other visitors were able to bring Chester nourishment. He would have certainly died without that video….which is a video that a crooked Joliet judge tried to suppress and keep people from ever seeing.
The lessons from all of this are really clear:
A. If you have not done so, you should craft a living will that expresses what you want to happen to you if ever you are in a situation like Chester Siniawski. You’ve suffered a stroke or other injury/ailment…and you are in a bed but are not terminal. You can breathe on your own and can speak, but you are not your usual self. Do you want to be starved to death and denied life-sustaining nourishment/hydration and euthanized? You might even want to include a reference to Chester Siniawski specifically and what happened to him…and say what you want to happen to you if ever you are in Chester’s place. Personally, I do not want to ever be starved to death. I want to be fed. I want to be given water. I want the chance to recover as much as I can if ever I am struck down by a stroke or some other trauma. I do not want to be euthanized as long as I can speak, answer questions, and my brain is still working.
B. If you are ever in a situation where you are incapacitated, try your best to have someone take a video of you expressing your wishes. And put that video on YouTube and get it out there. Make it impossible for a facility like the Joliet Area Community Hospice to forcibly-euthanize you against your wishes. Prevent authorities and officials from being able to look the other way as you are murdered. Forget vanity. Beg for your life on camera. State clearly that you want to live and want to be fed.
C. If anyone you love is in a situation like Chester’s, get video! The video is what saved this man. Whip out your phone, talk to your loved one, get the person to answer questions about whether or not he/she wants to live, and if the person wants to live then make sure that video is public so the whole world knows. It’s the only way to save that person’s life, as Chester’s case proves. If it’s not on video, then it didn’t happen. That’s the biggest lesson to learn from all of this.
I really don’t feel comfortable getting into what happens if someone actually wants to die and be starved to death or euthanized. In Illinois, all of that is illegal…and that is the law on the books. Clearly, authorities don’t enforce this just like the government has chosen to ignore and not enforce immigration law. We’re in an age where our culture is seemingly deciding that some laws will be followed and others won’t be, particularly when emotions run high and people feel passionately about things on personal levels. I doubt the Joliet Area Community Hospice is making money off selling body parts like Planned Parenthood does, so the staff’s motivation in starving people to death isn’t one of profit…but instead these ghouls think they are doing something good and providing a needed service, regardless of what the law says. They are secure in the belief that they will never be prosecuted for killing anyone by starvation/dehydration because every representative of law and government is clear in stating that they will always look the other way. If you want to die in Illinois in a hospice or if your family wants to kill you in a hospice, then no one will ever consider that murder, regardless of what the law says. Whether or not Illinois ever formally legalizes euthanasia, the fact is that it’s clearly happening here and has been for years and everyone in power is fine with that. This is where we are as a culture and a society. Until giant lawsuits happen against euthanasia centers and local government that allows this, nothing is going to change. Maybe people don’t want this to change.
I just come back to the fact that life is such a precious gift. Every day, each of us ages. We’ll never be who we were at 18 or 25 or 30 or whatever. Our health deteriorates. We lose abilities. In time, we become ghosts of our former selves. As an American, I just don’t like the idea of ever giving up…and so I won’t ever give up. That’s my choice. I want to keep fighting and living for as long as I can. I hope that the people I love want that too for themselves. And if they do want to fight and keep living but staff at a facility and other actors try to kill them, you better believe I will do whatever I can to keep them alive. How sad it is that our elected officials and trusted public servants don’t feel the same way and operate under the kind of “death is better” mentality that the Soviet Union would have subscribed to.
[Click above to embiggen: the ALA’s latest effort to silence and censor us and keep people from buying SHUT UP!]
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment went on sale today and it has debuted as #199 of the top political books on Amazon.com (#11,412 total for the whole Amazon site).
This is amusing because we had absolutely no marketing budget, aside from word of mouth. The American Library Association hates this book with a burning passion and already ALA members on the ALA Think Tank page are threatening to scan the book and post it to TOR networks to violate our copyright and crater sales of the book.
You read that right: librarians who are part of the American Library Association are openly stating that they plan to scan the book and violate copyright law by then putting the book out there on TOR networks, so that Megan Fox and I as the authors of the book are harmed by librarians’ actions.
This, again, is a classic illustration of how the Left operates: if they do not agree with what you have to say, they look for creative ways to harm you, to hurt you, to silence you, and to shut you up. It’s shameful that librarians are behaving this way…which is why all of you reading this should start asking questions about the kinds of people that your local public libraries employ. The comments being left today about violating our copyright (on purpose) and sabotaging the launch of our book SHUT UP! all appear to have been made during the work day while the librarians doing this were on the clock.
If they are using library equipment to scan our book in order to violate our copyright and upload it to TOR, wouldn’t the library that employs them be criminally and/or civilly responsible for that wanton and willful act of copyright infringement?
When the Left does not want you to have information and does not want people writing about the terrible things that it does, the Left comes up with creative ways to silence conservatives and discourage participation in the political arena. In our case, librarians on the Left don’t want anyone else looking into what’s been going on in these public libraries. So, Megan Fox and I must be destroyed financially in their worldview. It took many hours of our time and effort to write our manuscript…and then a large sum to hire the formatters, designers, and other professionals to prep and launch the book for sale.
For librarians to want to destroy authors’ profitability is heinous.
Doesn’t this go against everything these hypocrites claim they believe in?
People who say they love books should never decide to actively violate copyright laws so that authors can not afford to invest the time and resources to write new books.
Destroying the profitability of a book such as ours, that is highly critical of the American Library Association, is a new low for Leftists.
[ Click above to embiggen: isn’t it time to admit the go-along-to-get along garbage just doesn’t work out for the best? ]
We live in an apartheid state, where the institutional Left controls the government of our country…despite Leftists themselves being a small minority (around 22% or so) of the population. People who consider themselves “conservative” account for almost 70% of the population, regardless of what party they affiliate with. But, the Left wins the Culture Wars because Leftists are disciplined, committed to victory, and count on conservatives doing incredibly stupid things every day that Democrats just LOVE. Here are ten things you need to permanently stop doing — starting today — because each of these simple things is just like mailing a $1,000 check to the DNC to further their efforts in the Culture Wars:
10. Using the word “liberals”. There’s just no nice way for me to say this, but if you are using the word “liberals” in conversation, in anything you write online, or are even thinking it when referring to Democrats you are a complete and total idiot.
Democrats LOVE being called “liberals”…and, in fact, large sums of money have been spent focus-group testing this word…because low-information voters who have no understanding of political issues react positively to hearing the word “liberal”. It sounds open-minded, positive, and kumbaya to them. Even if you scream it with what you believe is pure acid and venom in your voice, an independent voter will still think good things about Democrats because “liberal” is a happy, fun, positive word to them. Focus groups do not lie. Companies and entire industries live and die by them…and political parties depend on them for national victories.
We know the institutional Left is draconian, close-fisted, and determined to control every aspect of our lives via aggressive government regulation and intimidation efforts using agencies like the IRS and NSA as anti-American goon squads and enforcers of the Left’s iron will. But, to independents and low-information voters who don’t pay much attention to politics, the word “liberal” conjures images of running through fields of posies being tickled by butterflies. Democrats are thus able to cloak their real agenda behind this hippy-drippy front…and idiot conservatives HELP THEM masquerade like this by parroting the specifically-designed branding that the institutional Left has chosen for itself.
My boyfriend Justin’s mother CarolAnne refuses to stop using the word “liberal” though, because she says “I know what it means and I think it’s an insult to be called that”. CarolAnne is one of the most stubborn people you will ever meet…and she refuses to see that it doesn’t much matter if conservatives think “liberal” is a dirty word, since it’s really moderates and independents whom Democrats are targeting with this branding effort. CarolAnne can think “liberal” is a pejorative…but her neighbor, LucyBelle down the road (who doesn’t follow politics much), thinks it’s a nice word and she feels good about herself for voting for “the liberal”…because that must mean she is a big-thinker and is open-minded. The tee-vee says that conservatives are backwards but “liberals” are good and “progressive” and LucyBelle wants to feel like a big smarty for doing what the tee-vee told her. See how that works?
You’re an idiot to ever help Democrats by using their chosen terminology for themselves…because you are encouraging low-information people like LucyBelle to keep voting Democrat…since doing that makes them feel good about themselves (despite the ruinous effect it has on their lives and pocketbooks). CarolAnne enjoys reminding me that Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and the writers at Breitbart.com use the word “liberal” all the time — and I think they, too, are foolish to do that.
I adore Coulter about 90% of the time, but you need to understand that her brand is all about preaching to the choir…and she’s not much concerned with winning any elections or getting independents and moderates to sever their emotional affiliations with the Left. Coulter’s brand is based on railing against “liberals” because the people who buy her books enjoy hearing the word “liberals” and it’s an instantaneous way for her to get their attention. The thing she’s not much concerned with is the fact that there are tens of millions of people out there who don’t know what Coulter is so angry about, because being “liberal” sounds like a good thing to them. She’s actually leaving money on the table and doesn’t realize it, because if she was railing against “Leftists” or “lefties” I bet she’d sell even more books. I really wish she’d come out against the word “liberal” and launch a second act to her career dedicated to its elimination…because that would send the DNC into seizures of panic as its entire 30-year branding campaign would be annihilated in one swoop.
I think Rush Limbaugh is a national treasure and admire him immensely…but he needs to stop using the word “liberal” too…and should excoriate any conservative pundit or writer who calls Democrats this. I keep hoping one day he eliminates the word “liberal” from his lexicon, because he’s the only person alive who could put a stop to conservatives consistently helping Democrats’ brand management this way. But, I think there’s a part of Rush that is doing what Coulter does…and it’s catering to their audiences (who enjoy saying the word “liberal”). I wish he’d be more strategic and would make it one of his Action Items to get people to see that stamping out the word “liberal” in conservative usage would send Democrats into a panic. They honestly wouldn’t know what to do if they lost this brand advantage.
Just try this experiment for a week: wherever you would normally say the word “liberal”, instead say the word “Leftist” or “lefty”. Following this convention, “liberalism” becomes “Leftism”. Not only will everything you say carry more of a punch…but you will also drive Democrats CRAZY by doing this. They are like vampires doused in Holy Water when they are called “Leftists”. Try this on Facebook if you have any Democrat friends. Start talking about the bad things that Leftists or Lefties do and just watch your Obama-voting Facebookers become apoplectic over your new choice of terminology.
People tend to ignore you when you are going on about “liberals” anyway…so why not shake things up and use “Leftist” and “Lefty” as your descriptors and start to change the brand awareness that people have of Democrats. You know how exterminators need to change the bait once in a while to get bugs to start eating the poison again? That’s what needs to happen here with the word “liberal”. Because, honestly, these people are Leftists…they do want to push the country towards socialism and eventually communism…and calling them “liberals” is like calling cockroaches “hug-a-bugs”. Just because you’re a fool who likes giving horrible things cutesy nicknames is no reason to keep doing what you’ve always done while bemoaning the sorry state of the country. Stop using the word “liberal” and start calling these people “Lefties” and watch independents abandon Democrats in DROVES.
Okay, so I didn’t intend to do this and had no plan on writing a live commentary transcript of the Oscars…but a few friends surprised me and apparently we’ve found a live stream via ABC.com and Oscar.go.com. I believe the actual show will livestream and not just this pre-show stuff.
So, since we’re going to watch it anyway I might as well comment on it.
If you want to watch too, you can click HERE for the stream
This is really shocking to me because I didn’t think that ABC and Disney were with-it enough to livestream this on computers…because I thought they were obsessed with ratings on the tee-vee Nielsen “boxes” out there. But, frankly, more and more people are moving away from having tee-vees and just livestreaming. I’ve been doing that since 2009 and will never go back.
702pm CST — Hilarious. George Clooney is there with some random woman on his arm. He always has “some girlfriend” with him who is always gorgeous and has a very tentative grasp on English, but trademarked deer-in-headlights looks. I love that straight women can’t tell he’s gay…like he’s cast some magical spell that blinds them. The same spell, incidentally, that Rock Hudson and even Liberace cast in the past.
Anne Hathaway comes off so classy and charming in interviews. She’s a lovely young lady. And then moments later that Jennifer Lawrence takes the microphone and says, “Yo, yo, yo, whaddup, yo!”. And pretends to be a street person from a ghetto”. I’m sure she’s a nice girl too…but, really? No one has taught her how to behave like a lady in public. One day, years from now, she’ll cringe at how stupid she made herself look.
The feed we’re watching is the “Backstage Pass Red Carpet” thing. There’s some young girl and a gay guy talking. Which is kind of the only people who care about this show.
I have to say something…and I almost can’t believe it because I think he’s such a jerk in real life…but Ben Affleck is looking hot these days. I love him in the beard, and the wig he’s been wearing the last year looks great on him. You can’t even tell it’s fake hair. I just wish the guy would stick to being an entertainer and would keep his political views to himself.
708pm CST — Another gay man who women think is straight…Hugh Jackman. He has both a wife and a longtime boyfriend in Australia.
Honestly, I think I am going to note every single one of these guys in this transcript as they pop up on the screen tonight. See how many you can spot yourself.
The reason I think it matters is because these guys get involved in political activism…and they have agendas that they don’t reveal to their fans. I think anyone involved in politics needs to be upfront with people, and to acknowledge all of their allegiances. Guys who are closeted in Hollywood need to toe certain lines and do things that the Gaystapo Dons force them to do. And when election season rolls around these guys head out as foot soldiers for the Left’s messaging department…which makes me believe that they need to be open about who they really are and where their loyalties rest.
Guys like Aaron Shock and Lindsay Graham and Dan Rutherford also need to come out of the closet too, because they’re actually elected officials…but actors who moonlight in the political sphere have the same responsibility to be out and open. And I don’t think we should keep their secrets.
713pm CST — It’s kind of fun to be watching this and not giving a damn who wins anything. I have no emotional vested interest in any of this.
I must note that I really like Seth MacFarlane. He’s the kind of straight guy that I have always thought was cool. He’s juvenile and crass sometimes, but he’s just so cute it’s endearing…and I love how well he enunciates and how he delivers lines. He’s a great impressionist and voice talent…and it’s amazing what he created in terms of a tee-vee and animation empire using his imagination.
If you don’t know this already, MacFarlane also almost died on 9/11. He was scheduled to fly from Boston to LA on one of the hijacked flights…but something his assistant did kept him from making the plane. And the guy really seems to always make the most of life after that near-miss.
What a nasty, rude, and snobbish woman Halle Berry appears to be. She just totally snubbed the people who wanted to interview her on the red carpet. Anne Hathaway and others were very nice, but not her.
In case you’ve never been there, the theater they host the Oscars in is right at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood. It’s a really great complex that was built on a corner…and it’s just ingeniously designed. There’s a mall in there and a big open courtyard and it’s really stunning. The rest of the area around Hollywood is pure trash…but that Hollywood and Highland development is great.
720pm CST — they aren’t switching over to the show feed, it’s still the red carpet stuff even though everyone is inside. I’m starting to get scared they aren’t really going to show the awards, but will just keep showing people standing there outside…which is kind of funny.
It’s amazing how big Twitter has become, and I still don’t really understand it. They have this whole metrics thing happening where people are predicting the winners based on Twitter feed activity. I should really take that as the final nudge that makes me take time to really figure out how to use that and appreciate it.
It seems to be a great resource for polling and market research.
Apparently, while the show is on they’re going to have random people talking…and I think they will show the people right after they win but not the show itself.
So I might have to take back that thing I said about ABC and Disney being smart about streaming this show…since they might actually still be stuck in the past after all.
That obnoxious Sherri Shepherd from The View is going to be on. She’s the one who said once that she doesn’t know if she really believes the Earth is round because she’s never seen it from space with her own eyes.
725pm CST — Okay, on Oscar.Go.Com camera they actually let you play director and you can choose the veiws from different cameras….which is interesting. They just showed Reese Witherspoon rubbing her shoulder and complaining about her dress itching, but she didn’t know she was on camera. I kind of love when that happens.
They’re also trying to get some of these fools to use the “Thank You Cam” feature…so that they can leave the stage and then go backstage and thank all the people they want to read off a list, starting at childhood and then working their way through everyone who works at the talent agency that represents them. This is another thing that’s supposed to get these people to stop using their time on the stage to read off boring lists of names.
Honestly, if you have one chance to stand up before a billion people and say something…talk from your heart and say something about love and life and being a positive person and working hard at things that mean something to you. Don’t read a list of names. Be original and memorable, even it’s the first and last time in your life.
731pm CST — this is so surreal and random. This Backstage Pass Award Show thing is ABSURD…it’s totally not allowing us to see the actual show, but instead we get to see Sherri Shepherd and some guy talk about what they are seeing on the show. It reminds me of being in a foreign country and someone is telling you what’s being said on tee-vee there, because the people on the screen are talking in gibberish. And then I tell you what I’m hearing these people say. This is either the dumbest thing ever or it’s super-fun. I can’t decide yet.
That Sherri Shepherd has a big bop of hair on the top of her head…can’t decide if it looks like a tumor or some kind of pastry she keeps up there. They’re showing the audience reacting to Seth’s monologue. You can almost hear Seth talking, but he’s drowned out by Sherri. “Seth’s telling a joke. They’re laughing. Nicole Kidman looks kind of amused but doesn’t get the humor. She’s Australian”. It reminds me a little of being in a movie theater in Florida where someone is saying ‘What are they talking about?’ and another older person shouts back “SHE SAID…blah blah blah”.
Sherri: “They are listening intently. They are concentrating”.
The other man is unknown to me, so I’m just going to call him something. His name is Larry now, since he’s sitting there with Sherri.
I just realize how much Sherri looks like Star Jones before she went on that crash diet.
Sherri: The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!
I have no idea what she’s talking about. She just said someone won “The Bathroom Award” for something. What???
739pm CST — they are talking about Best Supporting Actor.
Something that’s always bothered me about Hollywood is that they pick certain people and then fawn over them forever. Like Tom Hanks or Robert DeNiro. Sherri and Larry are fawning over DeNiro now. That means they will save fawning over Tom Hanks for later.
The thing with “movie stars” is that they really just play the same part over and over again…and usually they are just playing a version of themselves.
People are loving Seth MacFarlane as host according to Sherri and Larry. I have no idea if he’s really funny, because ABC is not streaming that. They keep saying on this Backstage Pass Show that “If you have access to a tee-vee you would know…” and the like. I think it’s kind of hilarious that in 2013 I don’t have a tee-vee and that 80% of my friends don’t either.
They now have Jess Kagle from EW.com on…who I think invented those exercises for ladies. I think almost every man who works for EW.com is complete garbage but the women who write over there are pretty funny. The guys are just tools, though, especially the gay ones.
745pm CST — Okay, this is really funny. Whenever the telecast goes to commercial, they turn out the lights in the auditorium. Then people race from their seats and go running to the bathroom. You can see all this on the “Audience Cam” on this Backstage Pass Show. When someone gets up and runs, a “seat filler” comes and takes that person’s place so there’s no bald spot in the audience.
It’s really enjoyable to watch these weirdo feeds like this. Much better than the actual show.
They are pushing some kind of Oscar APP that has all sorts of things on it…Oscars.com and download something on backstage pass. I don’t know how to do any of this stuff because Justin’s in charge of all this tech.
So they are showing a little of Seth’s opening number. He’s so cute. He reminds me of Justin, actually. Justin can sing and dance and has a beautiful voice…he’d be great on the radio, too, but he has stage fright.
749pm CST — Okay, I kind of like Sherri a little more now. She just told a story about how nobody can tell Octavia Spencer and her apart, and that in Hollywood she gets mistaken for her all the time. She said that last year a very big star came up to her and said “You are going to take this Oscar home tonight” and Sherri hugged her and was crying and saying “And when I do I am going to hold it in the air and you will know it will all be because of you”. I kind of love that. I love messing with stupid people like that.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR = Christophe Waltz for that Django movie.
I’m never going to see that thing. Too violent. It’s like that Inglorious Bastards movie. I just don’t want to watch blood and hear swearing and deal with any of that. If I want to experience it, I can ride the Red Line train here in Chicago.
The audience is clapping and I guess that Christophe is giving his speech. Sherri just called Samuel L. Jackson an “Uncle Tom”, but I think it’s in relation to his role in the movie and not her personal feelings of him.
That Christophe Waltz guy is talking and he stutters and stammers in real life. Not sure if he’s nervous or if he just does that. He seems so weird.
754pm CST — so, they are in a commercial break again and everyone’s sitting in the dark.
They’re showing the backstage areas that people walk through after they win…and it looks like just another hotel ballroom area/conference setup. Sometimes I don’t know how I feel about everything really being not all that special behind the scenes…because really all of this celebrity stuff is fake and everything ends up being no different than a setup at a local hotel near you. Politics is like that too. All of these elected officials are really just people, and ultimately their offices are no different from the office you work in. The same personalities exist and the dynamics are the same.
757pm CST — they are showing Helena Bonham Carter, who just dresses like a slob all the time. She’s the new Cybil Shepherd. That classless Jennifer Lawrence was just talking and laughing loudly while someone was talking on the stage. Apparently she was raised by wolves or something.
They are talking about Seth MacFarlane’s movie Ted…which is really funny. It’s course and vulgar and I never thought I’d like it…but I watched it when I was sick and it was so funny it made me feel better. And, during one part of the movie, they showed local newscasts from around the country in the 80s and they had one broadcast set in Cleveland…with a period-perfect 80s background of the skyline, which I thought was a fun shoutout.
800pm – that Christophe Waltz guy speaks little English…he’s German…and he’s being interviewed by that Jess Kagle from EW….who looks just like Christophe. So Jess made a joke about them being “bookends” and Christophe had a very harsh, Teutonic response of “Vee are not ends. I must read book to now first how am end”. Totally lost in translation.
I’ve never much liked foreign people. I find them grating. The media LOVES them because the media likes to indulge them like small children…but I don’t like all the fumbling and the accents and the nervous laughter because they don’t understand. It’s such a time waste. Learn English, and then let’s talk.
803pm CST — some cartoon people were talking about the cartoon that won, but they’re not telling me what the cartoon was. Was it Wreck it Ralph? I like that movie. Justin loved it because it was about video games.
They have George Clooney on now and he brought a flask and is drinking from it. He’s such trash. What’s hilarious to me is the guy is wearing a full gray beard tonight…and he brought another beard in as his date.
Hilarious…but Octavia Spencer actually dressed like Sherri Shepherd and vice versa tonight. They really do look like twins.
808pm CST — I actually really like watching the show via this “Backstage Pass” thing on ABC. It makes me feel like I’m in the control room working the event. I’ve never felt comfortable being in an audience…I prefer being backstage at an event, working it. So this is kind of the experience I am used to with stuff. Sitting in a seat and just watching is weird for me. It’s so much more fun to be on staff at something and to be part of putting on the event…not just being a guest sitting there.
Watching it this way also minimizes all the things that are grating about the show when you watch the actual broadcast. You’re seeing all the backstage stuff but none of the actual show.
Paul Rudd is there now…looking super hot. He’s such a nice guy.
That Melissa McCarthy is horrible though. She’s the female Chris Farley. I just can’t stand her. All she does is make gross-out jokes and use her weight as a humor crutch. Apparently, years ago she played a sweet classy character on Gilmore Girls…but now she’s reduced herself to just being the loud, pig in movies for comic relief. Like the parts that Chris Farley would be playing if he was still alive and had a sex change.
Like the Pie has won a few awards now…which was apparently about a bakery somewhere.
815pm CST — that Larry guy who is there with Sherri is annoying. He’s one of those typical “California guys” who are entertainment reporters. Such a tool.
Sherri and Larry are plugging the Samsung Galaxy tablet products now. Justin and I have a Kindle Fire that his mom gave us after she got her new one…and it is nice to read books on it. I never thought I’d like that, but it’s really fun. And when I was on bed rest I played the Angry Birds Star Wars and the Plants vs. Zombies games and enjoyed those. It’s such baby steps withe me and technology though. It’s just hard for my brain to get into this new stuff.
That Larry guy is so dumb…he just said the Oscar statues are solid gold. Dummy, they are plated. A solid gold statue that size would be a million dollars in gold.
Apparently Larry’s real name is “Cameron”, which is so fitting. But I’m going to keep calling him “Larry”.
821pm CST — they have a video playing of some guy who does the abridgement of books. John Carr, best animated short, was his name. It was so random.
They’re playing the JAWS theme to get people off the stage when they are rambling.
Nicole Kidman looks HORRIBLE. People, don’t ever get plastic surgery. You never look right afterwards.
She’s not as bad as Melanie Griffith or Meg Ryan these days, but she’s getting scary.
823pm CST — now they are doing a “Bond retrospective”.
I actually miss the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies. Those were silly and fun. I don’t like the Daniel Craig ones. They are too bleak and dull to me. It’s just like the new Batman movies that Chris Nolan made. I like the Tim Burton cartoony movies…but not too cartoony like the Joel Schumacher ones.
Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy are up on stage with the people who won for Brave…so I guess that Brave won the animated movie award. I don’t think I will ever watch that. Cartoons are so hard for me to sit through. The only reason we saw Wreck it Ralph was because Justin loves video games….and I remembered games from NES and the arcades when I was a little kid. The Brave animator wore a kilt and Sherri keeps asking what’s under his kilt. Honey, if you need to ask then you won’t know what to do with it.
The Avengers guys are going to come out. Chris Evans is a total babe. He has a gay brother too, who is even more handsome than him.
Man this show is funny. Sherri and Larry have no idea what’s going on and they have no real idea who is winning either. I love it.
I think someone is singing on the stage now.
“Do something crazy!’…the photographers are shouting at the people who have the statues after they win. The photographers always want people to make weird faces or kiss the awards, etc.
There’s an announcement, and then the people come out so the photographers can be prepared.
Sherri is talking about how she wants to have relations with Channing Tatum, but that Robert Downey JR. is sexier because he went to prison and prison is sexy to her. We’re learning a lot about this Octavia Spencer lookalike tonight.
Larry says he needs ice water so they have to have a break now.
830pm CST — Samuel L. Jackson wore a red velvet jacket…..and the guy who won the visual effects award is with him. That guy has freakishly long white hair like a monster. One Avenger is missing, Chris Hemsworth. Sam Jackson looks like a pimp according to Sherri.
Man, can Chris Evans wear a suit. Robert Downey Jr. is the luckiest man alive. He has had so many second chances. He’s like Hollywood’s patron saint of do-overs.
What’s really funny is that Sherri and Larry don’t have a tee-vee either…so they have no idea what’s happening in the auditorium.
They are finding out what’s happening based on Twitter. Twitter really is like the big thing now apparently.
When I say that, it sounds like I’m talking about moving pictures or areoplanes.
Samsung sponsors this live feed so every 30 minutes either Sherri or Larry says something like, “I just can’t believe how great this Samsung Galaxy is” etc.
Yawn, that Anna Karenena won the best costumes…but you just know that whatever movie has the flounciest period dresses is going to win the costume design award. I just envy people who know how to sew and make things like that. A friend of mine in LA, Leah, met me for lunch once and she stepped out in this gorgeous 1950s coat that was stunning…and she made it. It was so pretty that if you’d have wanted to buy something like this it would be $2,500 easily. But she made it. I wish I could do things like that. But, they don’t teach boys to sew in school and I never thought to learn on my own.
841pm CST — Les Miz won best makeup. That’s a movie I will never see. Too depressing. When I was in high school, Les Miz came through Cleveland and I ended up seeing it four times because different groups I was in all got tickets and I had to go. That was too many times to see that show in a week. I’ve had my fill for good on that one.
Sherri said that Jennifer Anniston is wearing a prom dress. I just keep thinking, ‘Why is Jennifer Anniston even there?’. She would make more sense being at a prom.
I’m kind of at the point with this where I just want it to be over.
Can I make it through to the Best Supporting Actress award?
Do I even care?
Honestly, I don’t. I kind of want to switch this off and put “House of Cards” on Netflix.
848pm CST — they showed this really cute featurette of the “Mominees”…the mothers of different nominees. I really love seeing the moms of these different people, and how they are so proud of the kids. So great.
Sherri was making fun of the little girl’s name from “Beasts of the Southern Wild”…Quackzhenloreece Wallis or whatever the heck that is. The girl’s mother’s name is Qualyindria. It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The book Freakonomics has a whole chapter on this, and what names like this do to children…or how the names are the manifestation of the upbringing. Giving a child a name that’s hard to pronounce is just stupid…because the kid will have to forever correct people. Why do that to the kid? I’ve seen a lot of people calling the little girl “Alphabet Soup Wallis”…and who needs that?
Will Smith is actually going to put her in an all-black remake of Annie, which is a shame because there should be new things written with good black characters…not just taking an older story and making “the black version of it”. This is more of Hollywood being racist, because they don’t see black people as worthy of having their own original characters. Instead, they make “black Wizard of Oz”, “black Honeymooners”, “black Steel Magnolias”.
It’s like constantly throwing black people scraps…and the Left just loves it, thinking “that’s good enough”.
Sad, sad, sad.
900pm CST — You know, I’ve lived in Chicago for 8 years now…but I still think of time in EST and I have to remind myself that I’m “an hour behind”. This is especially funny when watching something broadcasting from LA, because they are two hours behind me and three hours behind Cleveland. I just keep trying to remember how much longer the show will go on…and I think it’s over around 11pm EST, which would be 10pm CST….so an hour left of this.
Twitter is apparently loving Seth MacFarlane…and they are happy that “Like the Pie” won awards.
I can just barely hear Jennifer Hudson singing from Dreamgirls. I actually really like her and a friend of mine here in Chicago knew here when she was growing up. There’s a truly awful show called Smash on NBC that’s a train wreck, but they brought Jennifer on this season and she’s so good. She’s good in everything she does and appears to remain a nice person. So, I love when she gets kudos. It makes me sad that Whitney Houston never had a big movie career and an Oscar and all that. Whitney’s voice was better than Hudson’s…and I think Whitney was a better actress…but Whitney had her demons and was brought low. So tragic. Someone is going to get an Oscar for playing her in the next few years too. Just watch.
904pm CST — they are talking about that depressing French movie Amour winning best foreign film. That’s another one I’ll never see. It’s about dying and someone wearing diapers. If ever there’s a day when I am feeling too happy and need to be depressed I’ll just drive around the southside of Chicago awhile and look at all the neglect and ruin. I just don’t like to watch depressing movies.
People are upset that they’re playing the JAWS music to shut people up who ramble in their speeches. I remember years ago they actually tried to bribe people with plasma TVs when those first came out. If you went out there and you spoke for under 30 seconds or whatever you got a plasma TV, but if you went 31 seconds or more you forfeited the TV. It didn’t work and they never tried that again. People just wanted to read those lists of names.
Personally, I think the second they name more than two names in a row they should turn off the microphone and maybe even open a trap door.
They are talking about that Silver Linings Playbook….which is one I will probably rent for like $2 on Amazon Instant.
I really, really love that streaming video. Instead of going to the movies and dropping like $25 or $30 between Justin and myself, I can watch something for $2 or $3 and can even pause and rewind when Justin talks through parts.
Mark Wahlburg and Ted the Bear are in a little clip. Ted really was funny. Shockingly vulgar, but funny.
There’s apparently all kinds of things happening on stage that Sherri and Larry know nothing about…..so it’s like watching an alternate universe broadcast of this show.
917pm CST — That Larry is so stupid. He doesn’t know the difference between sound mixing and sound editing. Mixing happens on set…but editing is done in post-production.
Halle Berry wore her spacesuit to the Oscars. She looks ridiculous.
It is really funny to hear Sherri talk about Octavia Spencer. They keep showing Octavia in the audience and Sherri narrates like she’s having an out of body experience. I love it.
There’s apparently a tie for the next Oscar. I think it’s Best Supporting Actress? Maybe?
It’s a cool story that Anne Hathaway’s mother played the role of Fantine in the first touring company of Les Miz.
Anne just won the Oscar…and it was not a tie….so I don’t know what Sherri and Larry were talking about with a tie.
I just adore her. I really do. She is a classy, sweet, young lady. And she knows how lucky she is and how charmed a life she’s leading. She is so humble and sweet.
You know what’s interesting is that many years ago when I worked at a hotel in Cleveland we’d have all sorts of celebrities come through. The ones who ALWAYS were the nicest were the ones who were either old stars who’d had long careers or people who ended up having long careers. All the ones who were snobby and demanding and nasty are nobodies right now. So, when I see Anne Hathaway I see someone who is going to have a very long career and do a lot of interesting things…and I bet she never, ever loses the sweetness.
931pm CST — They’re showing Hugh Jackson eating popcorn. It’s funny, the show is so long they have to eat in the commercial breaks to keep blood sugar up.
Sherri has succeeded in winning me over. As they were eating the popcorn, she was making munching sounds and saying “Oooh, this is some good popcorn. I gotta eat it all up! It’s so good!”. It was hilarious.
Argo won for film editing. I actually liked the movie, and not just because Affleck looked sexy all up in that. I got to meet the Empress of Iran once when she was in Chicago years ago and years before that I met an Iranian author who wrote the book Daughter of Persia. I know Argo is mostly fiction, but it was a great and fun story. It’s the kind of movie I can watch again and again.
I saw Zero Dark Thirty and thought it was nothing special. I was mainly just shocked it ended up not being an Obama propaganda film. I really thought it would be. And I didn’t like that the Jessica Chastain character was made to be like this Buffy the Vampire Slayer figure…and NOBODY wanted to catch bin Laden but her, and everyone was all “Alright, we’ll get him…but just shutup about it!”. Ridiculous. I saw the movie with a good friend in a GIANT theater though and so it was a fun and memorable movie experience…but I don’t think it’s worthy of any awards and I won’t be watching it ever again.
That Skyfall movie was forgettable too. Justin liked it. We saw that one in theaters too. He plays that Adele song over and over again. I still keep thinking Skyfall is about a satellite, but that was Die Another Day.
938pm CST — Anne Hathaway is very Audrey Hepburn tonight. But with a little more spunk.
One thing I never get is Adele. I have nothing against her, but they keep saying “Adele is amazing!”. I think she’s okay. I wonder if a lot of the media praise is because Adele is heavy-set. And so they feel a need to praise her. This is like how the media feels a need to overly praise anything a black person does…which has the net effect of really lowering the bar and cheapening the really great achievements of talented black people. Don’t call Adele amazing unless she really is…and I’ve just heard better than Adele.
Anne is having her pictures taken…and as she’s standing there she’s about to tear up…she’s so touched. It’s very sweet. Sherri is shouting at her, ‘Show us your booty girl!’. “That’s yours momma”. “Lookit your diamond bracelet you are a walk-in mansion”.
Oh, Sherri. You are too much. But not in a bad way.
945pm CST — So Larry just did another plug for Samsung and he said something like, “Look at all this great technology that Samsung has provided”. Sherri wasn’t feeling it but was contractually obligated to say something nice about Samsung so she was mumbling that, “Yah, they hooked us up, all up in here. They sure did. All technological and everything”.
So, they just showed Halle Berry chomping on popcorn like a goat.
And then Sherri spotted Bradly Cooper and was talking about “Do you think he is back with Zoe Zaldana”….Sherri, honey, Bradley’s gay. Another one that straight women can’t seem to spot. Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Zac Efron, John Travolta, Tom Cruise….it’s not that hard to spot.
1000pm CST — someone just suggested I checkout Nikki Finke’s coverage of the event because she has a tee-vee and can see what’s happening (unlike me)…and I just love Nikki Finke. Her site is Deadline.com.
If you don’t know her, she’s hilarious…and Hollywood hates her, because she calls people out on being stupid all the time. She’s really careful in what she chooses to do…but when she goes after something, she can just destroy someone or something. She is a force. And I get almost all my entertainment news from her and her team. LOVE them.
I think I read on Deadline about what a nasty pig Tommy Lee Jones is. Apparently, he’s hated in Hollywood…because he is so nasty. He was Al Gore’s roommate at Harvard.
Salma Hayek is such a moron. She’s wearing a Halloween costume again. One of my favorite things that they ever did as an in-joke at the Oscars was once many years ago when they had Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz present an award together. I think it was for something with sound. Neither of them speak English, despite both living here for many, many years. Salma and Penelope had to read off cards, and I think the cards were written in Spanish…and they had to translate in their heads. Both of them struggled with the segment, and parts of it ended up like “Me think this am good”. They sounded like cave people, and they just stared blankly ahead like morons. It was unintentionally hilarious. So much so that it just had to have been done on purpose.
10005pm CST — they’re doing the In Memorium part. Back in the 80s and 90s Sigourney Weaver used to host this part a lot. Then for a while they’d play Donna Summer’s “Con Te Partiro”, but they’d have Andrea Boccelli sing it with Charlotte Church. Andrea Boccelli’s gay too, by the way.
Sherri’s saying that after Norah Ephron died she sent her a recipe. That’s kind of creepy. I hope she meant that she left it to her in a will, not like a ghost sent it. Because would you really want to make something the ghosts told you to make? Maybe it’s poisoned because they are lonely and want you to join them.
Sherri said: Oh, that Ray Bradburry. He made some of those science fiction works.
I just checked Nikki Finke’s transcript and she says that MacFarlane is making jokes about Christians. Not cool. And I appreciate not having to listen to that.
1006pm CST — Daniel Radcliffe is on with Kristen Stewart. He’s adorable, and I think he is straight but because he is so little that’s why he’s not an aggressive guy. Plus he’s British. I saw him in Equus on Broadway and it was worth every cent. That Kristen Stewart is dreadful. She always looks like she’s in such a bad mood. She never smiles and always has dirty hair. I just don’t get her.
Apparently Barbara Streisand sang.
I never understood the appeal of that woman…but a friend told me there is some book about her early days that changed his opinion on her. I forget the name of the book, but want to read it.
I still laugh at the legal concept of “The Barbara Streisand Effect”…when Streisand tried to sue someone because she didn’t like that he was photographing the California coast, which included her Malibu home. She sued to shut that project down, but only ended up giving the project way more exposure than it would have had if she hadn’t sued to stop it. So, the moron ended up hurting herself by lashing out at the photographers. Idiot.
The funny thing is that very rich people or big companies make this same mistake all the time. They get to this place of arrogance where they think they have high paid lawyers and can do whatever they want…but they don’t understand the PR nightmare they cause themselves.
I still don’t know what “tie” they are talking about. What tie? They keep saying that someone tied for an award…but I don’t know who.
1015pm CST — Adele won for Skyfall…and then backstage was talking about how she needed to go to the toilet. She has a surprisingly low-class accent, like a dockworker on the Thames. This is also the kind of thing that are media thinks is so much fun…but I just don’t like listening to that, “Allo, Guvna, I fancy a trip to the loo” garbage. It’s really great she’s comfortable in her own skin and she doesn’t feel the need to conform in terms of appearance, but can you not talk about having to use the bathroom in front of a global audience? Do we really need to share all this?
1026pm CST — that means it’s 1126 in Cleveland. I remember as a kid when the Oscars would be on I’d be long in bed already, but in high school I’d stay up until 1130…and I’d always be asleep before Best Actor and Actress and Picture happened.
Some weird little guy won something, I think Argo…and he was SO STRANGE….they had him in the backstage Thank You Cam area and he reminded me of a serial killer.
Sherri just made a comment about “Clooney feeling his beard” right at the moment that he put his hand on his date’s leg. SO FUNNY.
Tommy Lee Jones is eating candy.
I’ve been wondering why that Kerri Washington from Scandal is there, but she was in that Django movie. I love the show Scandal, by the way. Forget the weird political stuff that Washington says whenever she can…the show is great.
Tarantino is all disheveled and looks like he’s been drinking.
I like Pulp Fiction, but I never liked anything else from him.
Sherri’s saying on Twitter that everyone loves that Tarantino was drunk. I can’t stand drunk people. They’re just exhausting and boring to me. And the worst part is that the next day they refuse to admit how bad they were the night before. I don’t believe they don’t remember their bad behavior.
Supposedly there is just 36 minutes left in the show.
Richard Gere is getting his picture taken with Adele. It’s so weird to see him looking like he’s 80 with shock white hair. Remember when he was married to Cindy Crawford? So funny. Straight women believed that one too!
Here’s something I didn’t know: the Oscars are engraved at the Governor’s Ball party after the show. The statues are blank when they are given out…and at the party the people go to an engraver’s station and get it engraved, so they don’t have to wait to take the statues home. That’s interesting.
Ange Lee won for Best Director. He should have won for Brokeback Mountain.
I never saw Like the Pie. There are a bunch of animals in it like Jungle Book. I like animals and everything but I don’t want to watch a whole movie about them. Going to the zoo once in a while is enough.
Sherri’s reading off Twitter reactions again. Do you know what historiography is? It’s the study of how history is recorded and presented…and it’s fascinating to me thinking about how Twitter and Facebook are going to affect historians in the future…because more is being documented than ever before.
Adele was holding the Oscar in front of her face and Sherri yelled at her to move it. What’s so fascinating is that Sherri and the other media people go out of their way to say how beautiful Adele looks…but it’s that thing they do where they really think she’s fat but they know they can’t say that, so they shift heavily to the other side and compliment her. They did this same thing with that Gabby Siboudebe from Precious two years ago as well. “She’s so beautiful! We love her!”…but the tone in their voices give them away.
1042pm CST — Best Actress. They’re making fun of Quacktoeticktockshone Wallis’ name again. Her, the French old lady, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, and Jennifer Lawrence are up for this.
Jennifer Lawrence won. She fell onto the ground. Not on purpose. That must be embarrassing.
Nikki Finke at Deadline is saying that Stephen Spielberg is hated in Hollywood. I’ve heard that over the years too…that he’s just an ass to deal with. He should really have like 8 Oscars by now….but people just don’t like him. The Oscars are really a popularity contest and the people who vote hold all kinds of grudges.
BEST ACTOR — Daniel Day Lewis. First Oscar win for an actor in a Speilberg movie. I never liked Daniel Day Lewis. I don’t know why, I just don’t like him. I have not seen Lincoln all the way through and doubt I ever will. I got like 20 minutes into it and didn’t like the special effects and all that vampire stuff.
Plus, Sally Field is still Nora Walker to me and her as Mary Todd is just Nora in a Halloween costume.
I really wish I remember who said they were going to do this, but years ago there was someone who said she was going to wear vampire fangs…and when she lost the award she was going to snarl at the camera…because they make the losers sit there and be polite and clap for the winners. That would have been funny.
Sherri is talking about some move called “Who’s Your Cabbie” that she made and all of three people saw.
1053pm CST — Michelle Obama is there….why?
Just think of the taxpayer money that was sunk into this appearance. Inappropriate.
And I think it’s hilarious that a lot of straight people can’t tell she’s wearing a new wig. She’s always worn a wig, but the “bangs wig” is the newest one. I actually like it on her, to be honest. She still wears the ugliest clothes I’ve ever seen…but this wig is nice on her.
Wow, Ben Affleck is hot. And that is an awesome wig on him, better than Michelle’s.
Turns out Michelle was not there…just on tape. Sherri and Larry were confused.
BEST PICTURE is coming…
I don’t remember George Clooney being in Argo. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should watch it…and let me know if you see George Clooney in it. I swear I don’t remember him in there, but I watched that when I was sick and so maybe I just wasn’t paying attention or was on too many pain meds that day.
I think it’s hilarious that everyone hates Spielberg. Apparently, they really like Affleck though…and him not getting a Director nomination was a big oversight because people thought he was a shoo-in, and so they didn’t vote for him.
That’s it for the show.
I have no idea what the real telecast was like, but the Backstage Pass Award Show was wonderful. It was a lot of fun to watch this like I was in the production booth. Such a neat experience…and in the future I really recommend you try it too. Sherri and Larry were funny…sometimes unintentionally. The last thing I heard her say before I closed the feed was that she always thought that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were brothers, for real brothers. This woman is hilarious.
QUESTION for COMMENTS: What did you think if you watched the show?
[ NOTE: If you do want to watch the Oscars, but don’t have a tee-vee…then EW.com is a good place for coverage. If you follow this link, they have a really well-put-together “dashboard” that has a live commenting feature and a little video screen that I think will show the awards ceremony. Right now they are just showing the pre-show stuff…and maybe ABC won’t let them show a live feed of the telecast itself, but if they don’t then EW will have a running play by play and screenshots of the event. I’ve never seen a “dashboard” like this before and really like what they put together. ]
So, tonight is “Oscars Night”….which is technically one of the “High Drinking Holidays” here in Boystown; these are either lesser-known or essentially gay-specific “holidays” that straight people almost entirely ignore, but gays relish as excuses to get dressed up funny and then drink like crazy. There will no doubt be buff twenty-somethings painted gold and dancing on tables in shiny Speedos…meant to represent Oscar itself. The more talented drag queens in town will channel the ghosts of the great stars of the past, so Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Swanson, and others could walk the Earth yet again tonight…albeit with an extra part or two tucked away somewhere that they never had in life. A handful of bars will show the entire four hour telecast, which is technically illegal and against ABC’s broadcasting rules…but the day the entertainment industry will ever sue a gay bar for copyright violations is probably the day after I personally win an Oscar for something myself.
I have absolutely no interest at all in watching the Academy Awards this year…just as I haven’t cared about the awards or the ceremony itself in a good number of years. That’s not how it always was for me, and in fact when I first moved to Chicago I participated in “Oscars Night’ along with a lot of other guys in Boystown. I even went to a few of the fundraising events where we had to dress up as a characters from movies…and enjoyed being Kevin Costner to my friend Althea’s Whitney Houston in our The Bodyguard tribute…or Marty McFly in the year 2015 for a Back to the Future group outing I was part of, back in 2005 or so.
I don’t think my lost interest in the Oscars is all that attributable to getting older or a “been there, done that” jade towards life…because I’m still as psyched for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, other holidays as I am every year. It’s just that movies are no longer as big a part of my life as they used to be, and I just don’t think Hollywood itself is all that relevant to my world.
My boyfriend Justin’s down in Arkansas visiting his parents this weekend and it’s one of those blue sky days here in Chicago with the sun shining brightly, melting all the snow, so it would be nice to get out of the apartment and watch the Oscars somewhere, I suppose…but I just don’t want to sit through it and would rather spend the evening catching up on books I’ve been meaning to read and trying another attempt to perfect my recipe for kung pao chicken (so it’s actually not-too-spicy-for-Justins). Whenever Justin’s out of town I make things for myself that he either doesn’t like or that are too-spicy-for-Justins (as he calls it), and I try to tame things down so that in time they can be Justin-approved favorites.
If he was here, he’d be scoffing at the Oscars because this is a tradition that he and his mom have…where they have a pressing need to pee all over a lot of things. The two of them very much enjoy going on for hours about how much they don’t like something, but they never of course realize how much power they give these things over them…or how wallowing in negative energy is just plain bad for their souls. His mother, CarolAnne, calls here at least three times a day (morning, noon, and night!) to go on about how terrible this or that is…and so I picture the two of them huddled by a flickering tee-vee in Eureka Springs, Arkansas tonight jeering at the screen…and maybe tossing handfuls of popcorn at the set as the two of them watch all four hours of the thing they supposedly both hate.
I’ve talked about this before, but one of the things that I really find dangerous about the Internet is the way it brings out real nastiness and negativity in a lot of people…particularly those who are anonymous and hide behind screen names. If you bop around to various conservative sites today, you’ll find a lot of angry and sometimes near-apoplectic people going on about how much they hate Hollywood or how they just despise actors and actresses and the political views these people have. It’s exhausting to even read this…and so cliche, too, because it’s the same things they go on about year after year; really, it’s like picking up the phone and hearing CarolAnne on the other end and wondering what day it is because a recorded message would be less repetitious and reliable.
While I do believe the Left has won the Culture War and that conservatives are foolish not to appreciate the ongoing role that Hollywood plays in Democrats’ hold on power, I just think being hateful and nasty towards anything or anyone is just wasted energy. There are plenty of things out there that I don’t especially like…but instead of hating them I just mock them relentlessly. Ridicule, and the act of getting others to laugh at a particular entity, is a far more effective strategy than just repeating the same screed you used the last time opportunity afforded you a chance to “vent” about how terrible this or that really is.
So, the Oscars mean nothing to me anymore…but I don’t hate them…and I don’t hate the people who hand out these awards or who receive them. I just think the whole thing is ridiculous at this point and whatever magic the ceremony had for me was lost long ago. I realized this morning that I had never properly charted out the WHY of all this…or bothered to think about at what point the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences lost me as a fan and viewer. I love absurdity and enjoy terrible singing and dancing and shows that go on and on without edits or endings…so the Oscar telecast used to be right up my alley, down to the post-telecast shower I’d take before heading to bed where the bottle of shampoo would no doubt become a makeshift award while I thought for a moment or two about what I’d say to a billion people if I ever had the chance to be up on that stage.
I realize today that there are Five Reasons why the Oscars mean nothing to me anymore…and also that I’ve come to see the Oscars as one of the most virulently racist events on our national calendar.
[ Click above to embiggen: I took a photo of the orange chicken in the pan when it was done the last time I made this, and that’s how it looks when the dish is finished. I think the yellow and orange peppers not only give the dish crunch but also add a visual element that brings home the “orange” in the chicken…and I like the whole pieces of orange segment that are scattered around the pan to give little bursts of orange flavor when eaten. You can see the seasoning on the chicken from when it was broiled, which is a peppery taste I like as an extra addition to the flavor profile. ]
Orange Chicken is my boyfriend Justin’s favorite dinner…but over time I evolved it from what’s typically found in Chinese restaurants so it’s also a little bit French “a l’orange” too. I also added a lot more color in the form of yellow and orange bell peppers and made it healthier than normal by not using anything fried (the way Chinese restaurants typically bread and then fry chicken for this dish). A lot of time I’ll have something in a restaurant and come home and try to make it for us in our apartment…and then I’ll change the things I didn’t like about the restaurant version and amp up the parts of it that Justin and I loved the most. It is a creative license that all cooks use…and it’s also a way to make things similar to what you like when you eat out but with whatever you happen to usually have in your kitchen.
When I make Orange Chicken, there’s enough for three meals for Justin and myself:
1. The first night we eat this over brown rice
2. The second day, we have an orange chicken sandwich (by just slicing open and toasting some baguette and then adding the orange chicken cold as a sandwich filling…you can heat it up too, if you want, but it’s great cold).
3. The last day I make us Orange Chicken lettuce cups by just using the leftovers as the filling of lettuce cups (literally, peeling off large leafs from a head of iceberg lettuce and then adding the warm orange chicken to it).
* Chicken breasts (when I make it for Justin and myself, I buy one of the big Value Packs of chicken that have between 6-7 breasts; since this lasts us for 3 days I think if you want to make it for just one night then use only 2 breasts…but it’s more cost effective to just make a 3-day batch).
* Oranges (you can use fresh or canned Mandarin oranges…or clementines if you’d rather use tangerines…the little “cuties” oranges they have in the fall are nice too).
* Bag of colored peppers (you should have this where you live…a bag in the produce aisle that has orange, yellow, and red peppers in it; use the orange and yellow ones for this dish and leave the red ones for something else another day or for snacks later).
* Orange marmalade (for the sauce)
* Your favorite kind of Asian-style sauce (I use whatever’s cheapest at the store: Panda Express Orange Chicken Sauce…Safeway Brand’s Sesame Orange Sauce…or any other Orange Sauce in the Asian foods aisle at your store).
* Brown rice (or the rice you like)
I think what’s fun about making Orange Chicken this way is that there’s a lot of flexibility to get into your own groove; you can really put your own personal spin on this, particularly when it comes to the sauce.
How to Make It:
Step One: I start the chicken off first, because that takes the longest. This is especially true if you are making the chicken in your Crock Pot (in which case, just do that the way you normally do and when the chicken is ready just pull it apart with your fork so it’s in bite-sized chunks). I only recently acquired a Crock Pot and have always made the chicken in the oven at 350 degrees for as long as it takes to cook it. Before it goes into the oven, I sprinkle it with Lemon Pepper seasoning from Grill Mates (but you can use any seasoning you like for the chicken…I just think the lemon pepper spice is nice later on with the orange flavors). I also add a little chicken broth to the broiling pan and then cover it for the first half of cooking.
Step Two: Make the brown rice. It takes forever, depending on the kind you get. The good thing is that the Orange Chicken can wait for the rice to be done if your timing is off. The final Orange Chicken dish actually tastes even better if it has time to rest and for the flavors to develop.
Step Three: Notice that I don’t cut the chicken up into little pieces before it’s cooked. That’s largely because I think doing that is gross and it always leads to a giant mess. So, I cook the chicken breasts first and when they are done I cut them up into little pieces for the Orange Chicken. When I took Chinese in school my teacher told us that the reason food in Chinese culture is cut into small pieces is so that knives do not need to be placed on the dinner table; this is supposedly because the war lords and feuding generals wouldn’t want anyone to have a knife handy at dinner time to make trouble…so all the necessary cutting was done in the kitchen. I like making food bite-size as much as possible because it means washing less silverware later. It also makes it so much easier to portion food and also set things aside for later. The chicken’s pretty much doing its own thing for a while while it cooks so I do the other stuff I need to do while this is going on.
Step Four: This is when I make the sauce for the chicken. In a large pan on the stove I plop four large, heaping tablespoons of the orange marmalade. This will add sweetness to the sauce and will also eventually coat random pieces of chicken with orange peel that’s in the marmalade. This saves me from having to zest oranges and try to get that orange peel myself. The marmalade does all that for me, which is awesome. Once the marmalade is in the pan, I then pour in some of the Panda Express orange sauce or the Safeway brand orange ginger sauce. I buy these when they are on sale and so there’s a 50/50 chance I’ll be using one or the other every time I make this. The price point for buying the sauce is when it’s $2.99 or so…which happens at least once a month for either of them. Sometimes, Dominick’s (which sells the Safeway store brands) has the sauces 2 for $3…and then I stock up. The reason I add the marmalade to the sauce is because I don’t think the orange sauces out there have enough orange flavor to them…but I also don’t like Orange Chicken without the pungent tang of the Chinese style sauces. Without that tang, then the dish tastes too much like chicken a l’orange (which isn’t a bad thing, per se, but it’s not Chinese style then). The sauce part of this dish is where you can really tailor things to your taste. Adding more marmalade makes the sauce sweeter and more orange-flavored…but adding more of the Panda Express or Safeway prepared sauce makes it more tangy and savory. It’s up to you what you like best.
Step Five: I turn the flame on very low for the sauce while I head over to chop up the orange and yellow peppers. Cut the tops off first (where the stem is) and then slice them all in half so you can scoop out the seeds. Then I cut them so they are little square shapes. I don’t like using long slender strips of peppers for Orange Chicken and think the little square pieces look nicer in the final dish. When you’ve got them all chopped up, add them to the sauce in the pan on the stove.
Step Six: Let the peppers simmer a little but turn the fire off if they start getting too much heat. You want them to be somewhat crunchy so they add a nice texture to the finished dish…and not cooked all the way through.
Step Seven: When the chicken is done, take it out of the oven and cut it up into little pieces. This is where if you’ve used a Crock Pot instead you can just pull the chicken apart with a fork into pieces and then you add it to the pan with the sauce and the peppers. I like to add the chicken into the pan a few pieces at a time and then stir everything around…then add more chicken…stir some more…etc. until all the chicken is added and everything is evenly coated with sauce. There’s no need to have too much sauce because the flavors will be very strong. I swear it took me like 30 years to learn this, but less sauce is actually better. Let the flavors of the chicken and the oranges and the peppers come through and not have everything drowned in sauce. If food is a superhero, then sauce is the cape…the cool accent that makes everything soar, but not an oppressive burqa that hides the food underneath from the world. Once everything has been stirred together, I turn the flame on high for a few minutes which makes the sauce stick to the chicken and for the whole thing to have a cohesive flavor. I stir everything around a few more times and then I let it all rest for 5 minutes.
Step Eight: While the Orange Chicken is resting, I peel roughly 2 oranges and divide them into segments…then I cut each segment into half if it’s a big orange. Justin is a very picky eater, so I have to make sure all the white tendons from inside the orange are removed and the segments are all clean. If you are using Mandarin oranges from a can, then just drain them of their juice and add them to the Orange Chicken that’s cooling on the stove as-is. If you are using small tangerines or little “cuties” oranges, then use about 4 of them. I like putting them on top of the Orange Chicken at the end so that they absorb the warmth from the food around it but they don’t cook and don’t burst (as they would if you added them when there was a flame under the pan). I like the orange pieces to be whole like this because they add little flavor explosions here and there when you’re eating the dish later. I always make sure people get an even helping of the orange pieces when I dish up the food into the bowls and I save a few orange pieces for garnish on the plate too. Presentation really is a big part of any meal. You can make the most inexpensive food taste “expensive” by just elevating your presentation a little and always making sure you have at least three different colors in every plating (in this case, I have yellow and orange from the peppers and then the white of the chicken…and I’m tempted to serve this dish on a plate with broccoli or green beans sometimes because I love having that brilliant green color on there too). Food really is art, and when you are cooking you are an in-house Picasso.
Step Nine: Before I plate anything up, I clean all the pans and dishes I used to make the meal and all the utensils that got dirty up to this point. This way there’s no mess later for me to deal with after we eat.
Step Ten: I dish up the brown rice (which I planned to be ready right now) and then on top of it I add the Orange Chicken: one bowl for Justin and one bowl for me. I then divide the remaining Orange Chicken that’s in the pan into two separate bowls: one for tomorrow’s cold sandwich version of this dish and the other for the day after’s lettuce cups. The only thing I’ll need to stretch this meal over three days instead of one is a French baguette and a head of lettuce. I’ve found that dividing the remainder after I’ve plated up dinner that first night is the best way to stretch what I’ve made over the next two days because I’m not relying on something being “leftover” since the plan was always to do that stretching from the beginning. This is also a way to portion control if you are watching your food intake so you don’t overeat.
Neither Justin nor I use chopsticks and we just eat this with a fork. I make a hot tea to drink with it, like I’d get at a Chinese restaurant, but Justin likes his Diet Orange pop. Another fun thing you could do is add a little orange juice to a glass of club soda and you could make a bubbly orange drink to complement the chicken dish. I don’t drink anymore, but if I did I’d serve this with Blue Moon or another such beer that has an orange-y zing to it. I think a wine that would be nice with this is a Riesling because of its sharp sweetness. Another good pairing is an Italian Prosecco, which some people think is just for the summer time but is super cheap in the fall and winter as a result of that misconception. A sparkling Prosecco with some orange chicken is a very nice combination for people who enjoy alcohol in moderation.
I really don’t like ordering Orange Chicken from Chinese restaurants since I started making my own version because they fry their chicken and bread it, which are two things I avoid by roasting the chicken in the oven (or cooking it in the Crock Pot). I also like the crunchiness that the bell peppers add to my version…which Chinese restaurants don’t do. Even though I do like Panda Express’s Orange Chicken and its sauce, I miss the vegetables that I put in mine and I also like the extra orange flavor that the marmalade brings. A few times I tried making this dish with carrots in addition to the peppers, but it was overkill in my opinion. The carrots also had a weird flavor with all the orange notes around them…so while I do add carrots to the Hawaiian chicken I make, I don’t put the carrots in my Orange Chicken. You can try them if you like, or if you can’t find any orange or yellow bell peppers…but I think you’ll find that the carrots are weird in this.
What I love most about making this Orange Chicken is how CHEAP it ends up being; there’s a Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood that we love called Ping Pong, but we can’t walk out of that place without spending at least $50 for the two of us for one meal. Here, I can make a better version of Orange Chicken that feeds us for three days for less than half that price.
Cost of Ingredients:
Here’s the list of ingredients and what they cost to make Orange Chicken in Chicago the last time I made it (November 2012):
* Chicken Value Pack: 7 breasts of chicken for $12
* Oranges: “Cuties” box of little oranges for $6 (and I used about $1 worth of the oranges by taking three of them for the dish) = $1
* Pack of Colorful Peppers: $5 (and I used 2/3 of them, so about $3.50 worth of yellow and orange peppers) = $3.50
* Marmalade: $3 (and it’s enough to make this dish three times, using 1/3 of the marmalade each time…so one use is about $1) = $1
* Panda Express Orange Chicken Sauce: $4 (and I used 1/3 of it, so each bottle is good for making this dish three times)= $1.50
* Brown Rice: $1 (I used the Uncle Ben’s quick-brown rice that comes in a big pack of around 5 bags…so I think this was about $1 each) = $1
So, that was a total of $20 and the Orange Chicken will be used for 3 meals, so that’s less than $7 for the first night’s meal. The next day’s sandwich bread costs $2, so that’s about $8 for that meal…and the lettuce head is $2 or so, so that’s another $8 for the third day. That’s $23 to feed two men for three days.
We’ll actually eat the cuties oranges and the leftover red peppers as snacks for the next two days, too, so nothing will go to waste. The sauce and the marmalade leftover will be used the next time I make orange chicken. Between Justin and I, we’ll finish off the French bread and the lettuce head the day we eat those meals…so yet again we reach my goal of bringing dinners in under $10 and only throwing away plastic bags and packaging into the garbage and never, ever wasting or tossing out good food.
If you decide to make this dish, please let me know how it turns out for you in comments below. If you have your own twist on Orange Chicken I’d love to hear that too.
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November 7th, 2012
Today begins the nasty and pointless tradition in Republican ranks that celebrates the eating of our own, where every hack in Washington will scramble for camera time to denounce you for failing to win the 2012 election; if the results had been different, they’d be singing your praises…but today they’re sending you hatemail. I want to thank you for putting yourself forward in service and for trying to save our country from financial ruin we all know is coming. You had a plan to fix what was wrong and get us back on track but the Ministry of Truth that is our national media kept the public from ever understanding how big of a mess this country is really in. Much like John McCain four years ago, you not only had to run against Democrats but also its propaganda-spewing MiniTru…and they proved too powerful a tag team in the end.
Over the last few months of the general election campaign I really became an admirer of yours and last night’s defeat doesn’t change that. You are a remarkable man who was uniquely talented to address the challenges we face today, but Minitru was just too influential in preventing Americans from seeing that. Going forward, I hope you continue to serve behind the scenes in ways that help Republicans counter the Left’s home field advantages in the media. You’re too smart and too capable not to have another act in politics…so though you won’t be president now, perhaps you can help use the next four years to make another excellent Republican the nation’s 45th President in 2016.
Last night I subjected myself to watching Steve Schmidt on MSNBC all day, where he trashed Republicans and enthusiastically joined the Left in mocking conservatives for what I assume is a hefty paycheck. No doubt people affiliated with your campaign will be making the rounds soon, too. This always seems to happen when a Republican loses, where the blame-game starts and the knives come out for the sort of revenge and pettiness that Barack Obama actually advocated in his campaign. I know that you and Anne and your family are prepared for all this, but I wish it didn’t have to happen because unlike John McCain four years ago you actually fought hard in this race and ran an excellent campaign.
MSNBC, of course, trashed your selection of Paul Ryan as VP but he remains an excellent choice because the two of you could have accomplished so much together. You rolled the dice because the payoff would have been worth the risk and you’re a personal hero to me for doing that. Too often people in politics are too afraid of plowback to either do what they know is right or to say what they really think, but you didn’t hedge or play it safe. You went big…and though last night you went home I think you are a remarkable man for leaving absolutely nothing on the field.
A Jewish friend of mine has been saying all morning that you’re a real “mensch”, a class act who would have been a remarkable president. I’m sorry that more Americans didn’t see that…but am hopeful that whatever you do next in life inspires other “mensches” in conservative ranks to step forward and offer themselves in service to the country as you did. You are expert at spotting talent and helping people reach their potential…so I hope you look to 2014 and 2016 and help coach an all-star team who’ll succeed where you came up short this time.
Thank you, Governor Romney, for trying to spare us all from the nightmares and ruin to come. I hope the detractors and hacks aren’t too hard on you today (though I know they will be, because that’s what they do) because you don’t deserve scorn for trying to do what ended up being the impossible: to fight the Left and the media at the same time. You gave it your all and held nothing back and for that I am so very thankful.
Proud Romney Voter