In this edited video legendary humorist and author Tony Hendra discusses his role in the history of postwar comedy. Hendra is best-known for playing Ian Faith, manager of the mock heavy metal band Spinal Tap. He was also a pioneer in early British political satire, working with Monty Python founding members Graham Chapman and John Cleese, and was the first managing editor of the National Lampoon, America’s pioneer multimedia comedy powerhouse, where he worked alongside Lampoon founders Doug Kenney, Henry Beard and Rob Hoffman. While at Lampoon Hendra produced the Woodstock mockery Lemmings, discovering comedy giants John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Christopher Guest.
It’s no secret that the same interests exerting ownership of major media regard Donald Trump’s candidacy as a very real threat to the status quo. This is reflected in the severely negative news coverage of the Trump campaign, particularly when contrasted with that of its counterpart–you know, the wife of the man who gave corporate media so much of their booty by signing into law the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
Unsurprisingly in the immediate wake of the first presidential debate of 2016 major cable news outlets unanimously argued that Donald Trump lost the matchup, or, at the very least it was “not his night.” For example, veteran MSNBC presstitute Chris Matthews effused that Clinton “cleaned [Trump’s] clock” and was the “home run debater–the Babe Ruth of debaters.”
Yet it wasn’t simply MSNBC that lauded Clinton’s performance. FoxNews’ Dana Perino, Brit Hume and Juan Williams all pointed to Trump being “on the ropes” and “on the defensive” through much of the exchange.
In recent days I discovered that the Canadian branch of the Israeli-US-based Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith is reporting that I am “well known for using academic credentials to deny the Holocaust.” On August 29, Daniel Leons-Marder mirrored the Canadian B’nai Brith report under the title, “Facebook Allows ‘Kill All Jews’ Post on Wall of Canadian Professor.” In an item Leons-Marder claims has been shared 11,000 times, he asserted “B’nai Brith Canada reported the image, which was ruled acceptable [by Facebook] within two hours, when it was alerted to it having been posted on the Facebook page of Canadian Academic Professor Anthony Hall, who is a holocaust denier.”
The B’nai Brith’s Aug. 29 announcement starts with a bald statement that “Police have launched an investigation into an antisemitic Facebook post that was exposed by B’nai Brith Canada last Friday.” The earlier August 26 statement emphasized the role of Facebook, introducing me in the controversy as being “well known for using [my] academic credentials to deny the Holocaust and promote 9/11 conspiracy theories.”
[Editor’s Note: Readers may recall that in 2005 the left was beside itself with reports that George W. Bush was ‘wired for sound’ during one of the 2004 presidential debates with Sen. John Kerry held just days before the election . The speculation even included commissioning a NASA scientist to analyze photos of the incumbent’s clothing. Except for some conservative media no similar discomfort has been exhibited of late over the former Secretary of State’s potential technological gadgetry. An official from the Presidential Commission on Debates now states that moderators will now be allowed to wear ear pieces to receive directions from their executive producers.]
The presidential debate moderators will not be allowed to wear earpieces, according to published reports.
But what about the presidential candidates themselves?
A voter in Maryland wrote Federal Elections Commissioner Matthew Petersen on Sept. 8 seeking a “clear response” to that question.
“I read reports that during the televised event questioning each of the candidates on their qualifications to serve as Commander in Chief, that Secretary Clinton had a microphone in her ear to receive prompting and guidance from advisers off stage,” wrote Laurence B of Columbia, MD.
[A check of his name and address at the Maryland State Board of Elections Internet site verified the writer’s identity as a registered voter.]
Photograph depicts porta-potties, hugs and smiles at scene
As we have sought to document at MHB on a routine basis, ‘active shooter drills’ are now common occurrences across the US. Such “training” is a consequence of the heightened federalization of local and regional law enforcement.
The September 23 Cascade Mall shooting north of Seattle in northwest Washington State took place shortly before 7:00PM local time, and has certain suspect features evident in photos, particularly evidence of tents and porta-potties on the scene, as observed by a MHB reader.
There is an absence of footage of wounded or deceased victims in triage or being given ambulatory services away from the scene. Instead, news media were told victims remained in the mall awaiting the local coroner. The Washington Postreports,
As of Saturday morning, the bodies of the four female victims were still inside the mall, Skagit County coroner Hayley Thompson said at a news conference Saturday. Thompson said when she gained access to the scene, the four female victims would be taken to Skagit Valley Hospital and undergo autopsies.
Such events are reported on by major news media uncritically, thus supporting the call for strengthened gun control measures while ironically stimulating gun purchases by a public that fears such restrictions.
With the first presidential debate just around the corner recent data from Ad Age indicates Hillary Clinton has outspent Donald Trump by about 3,300 percent for television and radio ads. Yet she has almost nothing to show for it. Most recent polling now indicates the race is a virtual dead heat in battleground states.
This despite the fact that major news media have provided very negative coverage of the Trump campaign (essentially subsidized partisan advocacy) and an overwhelming majority of deeply monied interests are supporting the Democratic candidate.
Son attended Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012
[Editor’s Note: This is a somewhat curious story that has nevertheless been reported by regional and national news outlets without question. Newtown Middle School teacher Jason Adams, was arrested in April for carrying a loaded .45 in a holster on school grounds. At the end of the spring term he resigned from his teaching position after initially pleading not guilty to the charge. He now claims that harassment by “conspiracy theorists” was so severe he had to arm himself. The following article required minor editing–particularly the passage where Adams’ attorney John Maxwell references alleged threats received by Adams and his spouse. Further, there is no explanation as to why Adams’ proximity to the Connecticut-New York border has anything to do with their security.}
A former Newtown teacher who brought a loaded gun into school says [he] purchased the weapon after receiving threatening messages from conspiracy theorists claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre never occurred, his attorney said Thursday.
Off the reservation? On April 6, 2016:
The ex-teacher may have a clean record in a matter of months following his court appearance on Thursday morning.
[Editor’s Note: Below is an important September 22 CNN interview with a Charlotte North Carolina police official concerning the ‘rioting’ in that area this week. Significantly, the police spokesman remarks that “probably 70%” of those arrested on September 21 “had out of state IDs”. In other words, most of the alleged “protesters” are in fact carpet bagger types, probably sponsored by George Soros Open Society foundations like Campaign Zero, as the commentaries below suggest.
If Soros or other financial elites wish to fund non-profits that in turn hire mercenary rioters to incite racial discontent that’s one thing. But the fact that news media present the event as spontaneous and indigenous to the area is quite another. How is their editorial decision-making different in this instance from how they “reported” Sandy Hook, Boston, San Bernardino, Orlando, and so many other opaque events throughout Obama’s second term? Perhaps Soros and/or similar coordinated interests are subsidizing “journalists” as well-JFT]
Confirming what many had suspected when viewing the sudden and intense collapse into anrchy that occurred in Charlotte this week, Todd Walther, spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police told CNN’s Erin Burnett:
“This is not Charlotte that’s out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals.”
“We’ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside. They were coming in on buses from out of state. If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night. I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs. They’re not coming from Charlotte.”
So who is footing the bill for all this? The same man that has time and time again before it. If you see BLM In town , this is all on George Soros Money!
Legendary iconoclast Tony Hendra joins Real Politik to discuss the history of postwar comedy and his role therein. Hendra is best-known for playing Ian Faith, manager of the mock heavy metal band Spinal Tap. He was also a pioneer in early British political satire, working with Monty Python founding members Graham Chapman and John Cleese, and was the first managing editor of the National Lampoon, America’s pioneer multimedia comedy powerhouse, where he worked alongside Lampoon founders Doug Kenney, Henry Beard and Rob Hoffman. While at Lampoon Hendra produced the Woodstock mockery Lemmings, discovering such figures as John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Christopher Guest.
[Editor’s Note: We are not surprised that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre event has culminated in its participants’ direct intervention in the public schooling process through implementation of behavioral/ mental health programs. This trajectory has been evident since at least early 2013 and reported on at MHB (i.e. here and here). Such measures also involve overt and coordinated maneuvers of the Obama administration harnessing such federal agencies as the Department of Health of Human Services and Department of Education to further make over public education in a fashion similar to Scotland’s cradle-to-grave Getting It Right For Every Child. As noted in late 2014,
Using the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as its justification, the Obama administration has recently given the psychiatric business and pharmaceutical industry a major gift by quietly introducing a behavioral and mental health program in public schools throughout the United States. The maneuver was initially laid out on January 16, 2013 in President Obama’s executive policy, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence.
The document is partly devoted to articulating Obama’s proposed gun control measures that failed to move gain legislative traction in 2013. Yet an under-reported section of Now is the Time is applied to “making schools safer” and “improving mental health services” for students.
In September 2014, for example, DHS put $99 million toward ‘mental health provider training’ for public schools, while DOE allotted $70 million to create “School Climate Transformation Grants” along shared lines.-JFT]
For Nicole Hockley, the mother of a child killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, this week marks an important milestone on a journey that began with her 6-year-old son Dylan’s death four years ago.
On Monday, Miami-Dade became the first school district in the country to implement Sandy Hook Promise — a violence-prevention program founded by Hockley and others who lost family members during the massacre — in all of its schools.