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Be sure to sign up for next week’s “poverty simulation”

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If you happen to be one of the well-heeled liberals living in the posh environs of Cupertino, California, mark November 2nd on your calendars. The economic disparity in your region is such that those with homes and good jobs in the tech sector are out of touch with their more financially challenged brethren. (Yes, we’re looking at you.) With that in mind, you need some sort of exercise to help you better relate to those living on the other side of the tracks or, more likely, in a cardboard box. Not to worry… the city has you covered. Come on down to the Cupertino Senior Center on the second of the month and take part in a “poverty simulator.” (Free Beacon)

Residents of Cupertino, Calif., and the surrounding enclaves populated by wealthy liberals will soon have the opportunity to attend a government-sponsored “poverty simulation” designed to educate participants on “the reality of a Silicon Valley that grows in disparity as much as prosperity.”

The event will take place on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cupertino Senior Center. During the two-hour simulation, participants will “work to overcome barriers to social services, live off insufficient income, and encounter unforeseen economic obstacles along the way,” according to the City of Cupertino website.

The poverty simulation will be hosted by the city and two local nonprofits, West Valley Community Services and Step Up Silicon Valley. The latter group describes itself as a “social innovation network focused on reducing poverty.”

So for two hours on a Saturday morning you will be able to learn how to access social services. I suppose that could come in handy if you lose your job. You’ll also be “living off of insufficient income.” Even if they take all of your money away at the door, how much were you going to spend between ten and noon on Saturday morning? Particularly when you’re inside of a retirement center.

If you’re so well off that you can’t “relate” to the less fortunate, perhaps there’s a better way to make an impact. You could go down to the local soup kitchen with a big bag of bread, cold cuts, cheese, and condiments and start making sandwiches to feed the hungry. You might consider calling the local battered women’s shelter and see if they need any help or donations. Heck, you could just walk down to the areas where the homeless congregate on the streets and start handing out food. I’ve seen people do it.

Nobody is going to learn about the experience of being poor in two hours when they’re just going to walk back outside, hop into their Tesla and drive back to their gated community. Real poverty is figuring out where your next meal is coming from and then not being able to enjoy it because you still have no idea where the next meal will come from. It’s being out on the street and knowing that you won’t have a locked door between you and any potential attackers when you lay your head down to rest that night.

Of course, as Andrew Stiles at the Free Beacon points out, if all you’re really interested in doing is trying to publicly express your opposition to poverty and make sure all of your friends see you doing it, carry on. Sounds like you’ve got this one nailed down pat.

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KOMO News’ sequel to ‘Seattle is Dying’ looks at homelessness along the entire west coast

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KOMO News really changed the discussion surrounding homelessness with its “Seattle is Dying” special earlier this year. Before that special was released, the conversation being mediated by so-called experts was largely about income inequality and rising rents. But those issues, while they certainly deserve to be part of the conversation, didn’t cover a lot of the things that business owners and cops experience every day on the streets. “Seattle is Dying” brought the conversation back to drugs, alcohol, mental illness, and what to do for people who don’t seem to want help.

Before I get to the video, KOMO had a story a few days ago which suggested there are indeed a lot of people on the streets who don’t want the help they are being offered:

A majority of people who the city’s Navigation Team referred to shelters this year did not take the referral and go to the shelter, according to new data released by the city

The data shows during the first quarter of 2019, of the 203 people who received referrals to shelters from the Navigation Team, 53 of them enrolled within two days of getting that referral. That’s only about one-quarter of the individuals who got referrals that actually went to the shelters.

During the second quarter of 2019, the number of individuals who took the referral from the Navigation Team and went to the shelters rose slightly to about one-third. It showed of the 224 people who were referred to shelters, 75 enrolled in the shelters within two days.

Why would homeless people rather sleep outside than go to a shelter? Ironically it’s because they don’t want to be around a bunch of drug addicts with mental problems:

Andrew Constantino, who now lives in a tiny house village, had similar concerns with shelters. Constantino described the rules at shelters as “almost punitive.” He said staying at shelters gives people very little agency over their own life and own decisions.

“It’s just not very good conditions for humans to live under,” Constantino said in interview earlier this year. “You’re sleeping six inches away from a stranger, often that stranger has untreated or undiagnosed mental health issues or they might be struggling with addiction issues — or they’re scared.”

This week, KOMO News released a sequel of sorts to “Seattle is Dying” that includes a follow-up look at homelessness in Seattle but also takes a broader look at what is happening in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s titled “A Tale of 3 Cities.”

Speaking of Seattle, reporter and narrator Eric Johnson said not much has changed though in some ways the situation has gotten worse. Where police used to have an unofficial 3-gram rule for drug arrests, the new standard is the 7-gram rule.

As for the solution which Johnson’s earlier documentary proposed, there was lots of interest in how Providence, Rhode Island is addressing the homeless problem. The city held a two-day seminar for leaders from around the country, but no one from Seattle or King County attended it. “The trap we have set for ourselves through policy that holds hardly anyone accountable for hardly anything is still set,” Johnson said.

The sections on Los Angeles and San Francisco were previously released as stand-alone clips in June and July. If you missed them then, they are worth watching.

The last four minutes of the special deals with additional changes made in Seattle since the first special was released. If you stick through to the end you’ll see that new signage doesn’t necessarily mean much has changed.

The west coast’s progressive leaders are at war with reality and human nature. Not surprisingly, reality is winning. Hopefully, news reports like this one will ensure that mayors and city council members in these cities aren’t able to retreat further into their progressive bubble where the only problem they can see is a lack of affordable housing.

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Surrender: City of San Francisco Suddenly Figures Out They Can’t Win Their Latest War Against the NRA

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Last month, streiff wrote about a resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that formally declared the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The resolution was inspired by the mass shooting in Gilroy, CA on July 28th that killed 3 and wounded 17. Though the NRA had nothing to do with the shooting, the Second Amendment-defending organization is a frequent whipping boy for Democrats when mass shootings happen.

They responded to the resolution by suing the city, county and the supervisors on First Amendment grounds:

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and claims the city is trying to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA from doing business there.

A few weeks later, we find out that the city has decided to back down in its war on the group:

Mayor London Breed issued the advisory on Sept. 23, a few weeks after the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution labeling the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization” and calling on the city to take steps to assess possible ties between its contractors and the organization.

In a memo co-written by the city attorney, Breed wrote that the board can only enact new contracting requirements by ordinance. Resolutions have no legal weight.

In a desperate bid to save face, city officials say the NRA misinterpreted what the resolution actually said:

John Cote, spokesman for the city attorney’s office, said the resolution was never intended to change any laws.

“If the NRA thinks this is a win, it’s only because their lawsuit completely distorts what the resolution actually does,” he said.
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[Supervisor Catherine Stefani] said Tuesday that the resolution did not direct the city to assess contracting practices.

Cote and Stefani are both being dishonest (surprise). The resolution clearly states what the objective was:

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should encourage all other jurisdictions, including other cities, states, and the federal government, to adopt similar positions.

Resolutions are indeed typically more symbolic than binding, but this one was not written like that.

It’s not clear the NRA knew the resolution by its nature was essentially toothless. But what is clear is that any attempt the city makes in the near future to pass an actual ordinance on this matter will likely be met with the same response.

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San Francisco backs down to the NRA… for now

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As you may recall, San Francisco recently passed a municipal resolution effectively blacklisting the NRA in their city and encouraging everyone to refuse to do business with the organization or its members. This predictably resulted in the group bringing a lawsuit against the city in short order. It looks like their Mayor, London Breed, saw the writing on the wall and didn’t feel like waiting around for a court to smack them down. On Friday she issued a memorandum basically saying, our bad, nevermind. (Daily Caller)

The National Rifle Association of America declared victory in San Francisco today, after Mayor London Breed formally disavowed key provisions of a municipal resolution that signaled the blacklisting of contractors linked to the Second Amendment advocacy group…

Late last week, rather than await “instruction” from a court, San Francisco Mayor London Breed backed down. In a formal memorandum to City officials, she declared that “no [municipal] department will take steps to restrict any contractor from doing business with the NRA or to restrict City contracting opportunities for any business that has any relationship with the NRA.”

“Through these actions and our public advocacy, we hope the message is now clear,” says NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. “The NRA will always fight to protect our members and the constitutional freedoms in which they believe.”

On the surface, this certainly looks like good news for Second Amendment fans and an embarrassing loss for Mayor Breed and the City Council. You don’t issue that sort of a walk back unless someone with a basic understanding of the law whispered in your ear and let you know that you were walking into a legal buzzsaw. This was such a blatantly illegal maneuver that the authors of the original resolution should really be evaluated for criminal incompetence.

But is it really over and should the NRA drop the suit at this point? Yes, the resolution is being rescinded and the Mayor’s instructions sound clear enough. But in some ways, the damage has already been done. The city put out a very clear signal with their bungled resolution and both the people making contracting decisions and the private businesses around the city undoubtedly got the message loud and clear.

It may not be an “official policy” to reject deals with businesses associated with the NRA, but that doesn’t mean that anyone has to do business with them either. If there are multiple bidders for any particular bit of business and there’s an unofficial list of NRA associates floating around, those associates might just happen to not win the bid. Proving in court that the sort of discrimination I’m describing is taking place would be difficult, to say the least.

Now that the city has made its position clear, the NRA could face a sort of “shadow banning” of the same type that conservative Twitter accounts frequently run into. Some sort of oversight of the San Francisco municipal government at a higher level should be in order. Since all of their business dealings are matters of public record, periodic reviews of contracts awarded and bids received could be conducted to see if NRA associates are just coincidentally doing less business going forward.

Just as a reminder, the NRA is still engaged in a similar lawsuit in Los Angeles, where a nearly identical resolution was passed but the city isn’t backing down. As the Daily Caller points out, however, a federal district judge threw out the city’s bid to dismiss the suit entirely last month. All of the caveats I mentioned here should be kept in mind for that case as well.

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Marble Halls & Silver Screens w/Sarah Lee Ep. 7: The ‘Impeachment, American Dreamer, and Hard Street Drugs’ Edition

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Homelessness and open drug use are rampant in the Golden State.

Morning, gang. Recorded a good show last night that I hope tells you all you’d ever want to know about what’s going on with this “impeachment inquiry” the Democrats have come up with to make it look like they’re serious on impeachment. For the record, I’m not sure they are because they don’t seem to have anything impeachment-worthy, including these new allegations about Trump and Ukraine. If the transcript is released to Congress today, we should know more about the alleged inappropriateness of the phone call between the two world leaders. I have a feeling it’s not going to go the Democrats’ way…

I took the opportunity to review Jim Gaffigan’s newest film, the gritty and uncomfortable “American Dreamer” (trailer below). Ooof…it’s a tough watch, but probably an important one if you’ve ever been sitting at the bottom of your life, looking up, and wondering what you’re capable of to get yourself out of the hole. I get into all that in the show.

Finally, there’s a lot in last night’s show about Twitter user and English rapper Zuby’s visit to the United States. If you’re unfamiliar with the guy, he’s an English musician who also opines quite a bit on policy (usually American) from a very English libertarian perspective.

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He’s been tweeting his thoughts on the cities he’s been visiting and let’s just say his questions about what exactly is going on in California (San Francisco specifically) have been eye opening. I try to answer some of his questions.

Listen to the show in full below on Spotify. You can also find me at iHeart radio, Apple Podcasts and FCB Radio’s Spreaker.

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California doesn’t want Trump’s help with their homelessness crisis

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As has been discussed here on multiple occasions, the state of California is in the midst of an epic homelessness crisis. This is particularly true in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, but it’s gotten bad in other coastal cities as well. There’s been plenty of discussion and media coverage of this debacle, but little action has been taken toward a permanent solution.

With that in mind, the White House sent some officials out to the west coast to investigate the matter and see if the federal government had any programs and resources available to help with the situation. So the California state and municipal government leaders warmly and gratefully greeted them with open arms to see if any significant progress could be made.

Naw, I’m just kidding. They told President Trump to mind his own business. (USA Today)

Trump administration officials confirmed Tuesday they are on the ground in California looking at ways to intervene in the state’s mounting homelessness issue, which President Donald Trump has criticized as “disgusting” and a “disgrace to our country.”

But many elected officials and homelessness experts in the Golden State said any White House assistance would be disingenuous given federal housing cuts have helped exacerbate the problem. Some also accused Trump of using the homelessness issue to win over conservative supporters ahead of the 2020 election.

“We need federal support and resources to build more housing for people living on the streets,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “But simply cracking down on homelessness without providing the housing people need is not a real solution.”

State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) was quoted as saying, “Trump needs to back off and focus on his own mess of an administration.”

Well, isn’t that just lovely? What’s more amazing is that these officials are criticizing a proposal that hasn’t even been made yet. Thus far there have only been suggestions of possible courses of action, including federal funding to build or renovate more federal housing dedicated to providing temporary housing for the homeless. They’ve also discussed additional funding for law enforcement to help get those people off the streets and support for mental health initiatives.

What sort of horrible monster would propose things like that???

It’s difficult to imagine what California’s leaders are thinking here. They are making almost no progress on their own and their own citizens don’t even want to cooperate. When San Francisco drafted a proposal to cordon off part of a large municipal parking lot so the homeless living in cars and RVs could park (and sleep) there safely, homeowners in the neighborhood came out to protest and quashed the plan.

Meanwhile, the streets are still being covered in feces and urine. Crime levels in areas where the homeless are camping are surging. The homeless are dying in droves, averaging more than three per day in Los Angeles.In San Francisco people are afraid to ride the trains because there’s so much crime taking place.

And you don’t want help from Washington just because it would have President Trump’s name attached to it and it might look like he was getting things done? (That’s the obvious reason, let’s be honest.) Fine, ingrates. Sink or swim on your own. I’m sure there are plenty of other cities that will be grateful for the help.

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Here we go. NRA sues San Francisco

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Last week we discussed the embarrassing decision by the San Francisco City Council to label the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization.” While that was bad enough to start with, they went several steps further, declaring that they would “limit business interactions with the NRA and its supporters.”

This was clearly a bridge too far for the NRA. They initially released a statement calling this action “a reckless assault on a law-abiding organization, it’s members, and the freedoms they all stand for.” But they aren’t stopping there. Now the case may be heading to court. (Washington Times)

The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and says the city is seeking to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA. It asks the court to step in “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”

It sounds like the NRA has a pretty solid case here. If the city had only passed some sort of nonbinding resolution calling the group a “domestic terrorist organization” they might have gotten away with it. The best they could probably do in that case would be to accuse the city of slander or something along those lines, but their prospects for success wouldn’t be as promising.

But when the city elders decided to declare that they would limit business with the NRA and its supporters, they definitely crossed a line. When it comes to the awarding of contracts to do business with the city, every qualified entity or individual has to be given a fair opportunity to bid and compete. I somehow doubt that the NRA is doing much municipal business with the city (unless they’re offering firearms safety instruction there), but they certainly have members in the region who might be.

San Francisco seems to clearly be saying that they will deny any members or other groups supportive of the NRA and Second Amendment rights the opportunity to bid for such work. That’s got to be illegal and a judge should eventually find that they’ve crossed the line and order them to retract the order.

If I had to put on my prognostication hat here and guess how it plays out I’d say that the City Council is realizing that they really stepped in it this time and they’re currently looking for a way to save face. That could come in the form of some sort of statement saying everyone misunderstood them and they didn’t mean they would cut off official business. (Perish the thought.) It was all just a statement of principles. They might even redo the resolution to make that more clear. And if that happens, the lawsuit probably collapses and goes away.

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San Francisco embarrasses itself again by declaring NRA a “terrorist organization”

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At some point, we may want to consider just putting a big fence up around San Francisco and charging tourists an entrance fee to walk around inside and stare at the curious residents who live there. I find myself struggling to remember the last time I read a story about the City by the Bay that didn’t involve some jaw-dropping level of stupidity. So I suppose it’s rather pointless to complain about their latest fit of nonsense, coming in the form of declaring the National Rifle Association to be a terrorist organization. Still, I suppose we should take a look at the coverage from CBS San Francisco and see what all of this is about.

By a unanimous vote, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors have passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization and urging other cities to follow their example.

While the vote was mostly symbolic, city officials were ordered to “take every reasonable step to limit” business interactions with the NRA and its supporters.

Supervisor Catherine Stefani, whose district includes the Marina and Presidio neighborhoods, sponsored the resolution because of federal inaction in the wake of a mass shooting in nearby Gilroy where a gunman opened fire at the city’s famed Gilroy Garlic Festival, slaying three, injuring 20 before killing himself.

What’s perhaps even sadder is the fact that the NRA actually felt they had to respond to this meaningless gesture. The group tweeted out an answer, calling the vote “a reckless assault on a law-abiding organization, it’s members, and the freedoms they all stand for.”

The one aspect of this whole “domestic terror” debate that liberals always seem to miss is that we don’t actually have a statue under federal law criminalizing or even defining “domestic terrorism.” All of our terror laws focus on attack and threats coming from outside our borders. (We could probably use such a statute, but it’s not in place yet.)

But that doesn’t mean that San Francisco’s vote is without teeth. You’ll note that the resolution demands that the city “take every reasonable step to limit business interactions with the NRA and its supporters.” We are once again facing the liberal tactic of blacklisting those they disagree with, only now it’s being officially endorsed by a municipal government rather than some random celebrity or Twitter mob.

The phrase “and its supporters” is of particular concern. Is the city planning on refusing to accept contract bids from anyone with an NRA membership or a pro-Second Amendment bumper sticker on their truck? Will they start firing municipal employees who are members? Any actions such as those should land them in court immediately, and I certainly hope that’s what happens.

This is yet another example of how we are now truly living in the boycotocracy. Seeking to economically damage anyone you disagree with is a festering problem that will continue to spread. And before long, conservatives will be doing it to liberals in a game of oneupmanship, if that’s not already happening. Eventually, we find ourselves in a state of civil war that’s only missing the actual firefights. At least for now, anyway.

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If You Are an NRA Member San Francisco Just Declared You to Be a Literal Terrorist

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Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors crawled over the mounds of feces, threaded their way through a forest of contaminated hypodermic needles and circumnavigated the homeless sleeping on the sidewalks to convene for a very important meeting. They voted unanimously to declare the nation’s largest Second Amendment group a domestic terrorist organization. Not a figurative terrorist organization, and actual one.

Read the resolution.

“The NRA conspires to limit gun violence research, restrict gun violence data sharing and most importantly aggressively tries to block every piece of sensible gun violence prevention legislation proposed on any level, local state or federal,” said Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who sponsored the measure. A longtime advocate for gun safety, Stefani also introduced a resolution earlier this year that authorized the San Francisco Police Department to use funds from the U.S. Department of Justice to help improve the collection, management and analysis of gun-crime evidence.

“When they use phrases like, ‘I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands’ on bumper stickers, they are saying reasoned debate about public safety should be met with violence,” she said.

This is the kind of kabuki that so typically comes from far left sh**holes, like San Francisco, where real problems are ignored in favor of virtue signalling but it should be a warning to all of us. Consider the implications. If the NRA is a terrorist organization and you are a member, guess what? If you donate to the NRA-ILA, do you know what that potentially means? If you distribute their materials or wear their trademarked gear, what does that make you? And while San Francisco can’t go after the NRA, per se, this could easily become a virtual bill of attainder for such NRA members and gun owners that may exist in San Francisco County.

These people are not concerned about public safety. They aren’t interested in any kind of a negotiated agreement. They are after total victory and the confiscation of all firearms not in the hands of law enforcement, the military, or the personal protection details assigned to safeguard the persons of the people voting on these resolutions.

As I posted over the weekend, talking to these

people about gun control is a chump’s game. Their objective is clear and if you are engaged in this kind of negotiation you are part of the problem.

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Backlash: Actor calls for blacklisting Trump’s Hollywood donors

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RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, co-chair Tommy Hicks Jr., RNC Finance Chairman Todd Ricketts and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale will host a fundraiser in Beverly Hills on September 17. The Hollywood Reporter noted that it will be Trump’s first trip to Hollywood since making some pointed remarks about the entertainment industry on the heels of recent mass shootings.

“Hollywood is really terrible,” he answered. “You talk about ‘racist.’ Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing, with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

Actor Eric McCormack responded to the article by calling for names to be published of everyone in attendance. He wants to “be clear about who he doesn’t want to work with”, you see.

McCormack, born and raised in Canada, was quickly reminded about the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. (He holds joint Canadian and U.S. citizenship.) Lists in Hollywood based on political differences bring up memories of the Cold War and McCarthy’s pursuance of Communists in Hollywood. Isaiah Washington, former cast member on Grey’s Anatomy, tweeted with a question to the CEO of Twitter – Is McCormack’s tweet good for society?

The actor was criticized for sounding like a fascist, too.

It isn’t surprising that McCormack tweeted such nonsense. His membership in #TheResistance is well-known. He’s best known for his role in NBC’s Will and Grace from 1998 to 2006. In 2016, NBC brought the show back with the specific intent to criticize President Trump and his administration. The show’s creators actually thought that resisting Trump’s presidency was a good idea and a great reason to do a reboot of the once popular show. They were wrong.

I watched a few of the shows of the series reboot but it was basically unwatchable. The writing was bad, the jokes were usually non-existent, and there was really no reason for a conservative to watch. It was a shame, too, because I enjoyed the original show, back in the day. Back then it was fresh and a little edgy with openly gay characters but most of all, it was funny. The dialogue was clever and quick-witted. Everyone was subject to good-natured jabs. The reboot was completely one-sided – ugly remarks aimed at Trump and his administration, and Republicans in general. Fortunately, the show was cancelled this summer after three seasons. The show’s ratings steadily dropped each season. It turns out that Americans don’t want such blatant partisan politics in silly sitcoms during primetime viewing hours. Bringing back a show from the 1990s just because Trump won the 2016 election and Hillary was Hollywood’s candidate of choice didn’t work out so well. Just ask the creators and stars of Murphy Brown about it.

Bipartisan political jabs do still work, though, in sitcoms and the reboot of Roseanne is a great example of that. The show was hugely popular but the liberals couldn’t stand it and then Roseanne Barr was caught up in a Twitter kerfuffle of her own making.

Freedom of speech is a one-way street for liberal Americans. Trump knows this and uses it to his advantage. His politically incorrect speech worked to his favor in 2016.

Trump’s fundraiser in Beverly Hills is during Emmy week. There will be numerous events for the television entertainment industry to celebrate itself. The Trump re-election campaign is clever that way. His trip to California will take away some of the spotlight from Hollywood. There is also a fundraiser scheduled in San Francisco – the belly of the liberal beast – on September 17.

A “save the date” invite shows that the president will visit the Bay Area region on Sept. 17 for an event at an undisclosed location hosted by RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, co-chair Tommy Hicks Jr., RNC Finance Chairman Todd Ricketts and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. Though polls show that Trump is unpopular in solidly blue California, where Republicans account for less than a quarter of the state’s registered voters, Dhillon predicts that Trump’s events will sell out quickly.

“Every presidential candidate who has the potential to raise money comes to the Bay Area, and I expect he’s going to have a series of very successful fundraisers here,” Dhillon told POLITICO, “because there are millions of Californians who support him.’’

Let’s hope Dhillon is right. California went completely Democrat in 2018, including Orange County, once a solidly Republican oasis. The Trump fundraising swing through California also includes an event in San Diego on September 18.

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