Alex Parker


Does Hulu stand for “Hillary’s Ultra Liberal Utopia?”

As per Variety, the streaming service is developing a Clinton alt-history drama series, and it’s not their first time at bat for the Bernie basher.

The new show — based on a 2020 fiction novel by Curtis Sittenfield — would imagine a world in which Hillary never marries Bill. Instead, she dives straight into politics herself.


Hulu appears to have a stunning interest in Hil.

First, it released the docuseries Hillary, which IMDB describes as “a look at the life and work of Hillary Rodham Clinton, interweaving biographical chapters of her life with behind-the-scenes footage from her 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.”

According to The Daily Wire, Bernie Sanders gave it Two Thumbs Not Up.

That’s less than a surprise, since the program quoted her as sanding Sanders:

“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”

Speaking of baloney, some people might have a lunch-meat thing or two to say about the novel, simply titled Rodham (emphasis mine). In May, NPR called it “nauseating.”

But it’s vomit, with a twist:

Rodham is a nauseating, moving, morally suggestive, technically brilliant book that made me think more than any other in recent memory about the aims and limits of fiction.

Hillary’s early life is the same: the suburban upbringing, Wellesley College, law school at Yale. There she meets the same Bill: charming and unfaithful with, eventually, credible assault allegations against him. But here the story changes: She leaves.


Vox said of the book, it’s “what feminine ambition looks like when it is untethered from a man.”

In Rodham, not only does Hillary not marry Bill, but he doesn’t run for office in 1992. Instead, Slick Willie becomes a tech billionaire before choosing to give the White House a shot — in 2016, against his former flame.

Here’s more from Vox:

In this funhouse mirror version of the 2016 election, Bill becomes an amalgam of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, a dark horse who upsets a primary that was supposed to be a settled matter, a celebrity candidate with outsider cred and an enthusiastic fan base of tech-loving young men. (Bernie himself does not appear in Rodham, which seems uninterested in criticizing Hillary from the left. Trump, though, does.) Bill’s charisma and tech-world sheen make him political Teflon, unhurt by the accusations of sexual misconduct that fly around him, while Hillary finds herself accused of sexual harassment over having a junior staffer shave her legs.

As the election goes on, Bill’s avid young men supporters are overwhelmed with a profound, rootless hatred of Hillary. At his rallies, they begin a chant: “Shut her up!” And Bill, who loves a crowd, reacts with pleasure.

Sounds like the stage is set for her to enact revenge on reality, followed by credits rolling over her victorious form pointing a lightsaber toward the sky.

So fans of the former First Lady, rejoice — she’s getting what seems to be her wish, and perhaps yours, too: 2016 will never, ever die. It’ll just keep replaying, over and over.

That reminds of a question Essence put to Bernie after the first Clinton show aired:

Asked why Clinton was “still talking about 2016,” he responded, “That is a good question, ask her.”

Yes, ask her. I’m sure she still has so much to say.


Author: Alex Parker

Source: Red State: Hulu Tees Up a Second Hillary Series: Meet the Alt-History Tale of Ms. Rodham, No-Nonsense Never-Wife of Bill

On Tuesday, political commentator Van Jones did something a bit different than most of his colleagues at CNN: He complimented something done by Donald Trump.

Speaking on the network while footage from the Rose Garden played, Van said the President’s executive order on American police reform is “a good thing.”

Van explained:

“Mainly because you saw the support of law enforcement there. That gives you a sense of where the bottom is — where the floor is — for reform, and that floor is higher than it has been.”

Mr. Jones praised the idea of a national database:

“There is movement in the direction of a database for bad cops. We’ve never had a federal database for bad cops. That’s why these cops go all over the place doing bad stuff.”

Here’s more:

“The idea that you’re gonna have de-escalators now alongside cops — you can talk people down and not shoot people down. The chokehold — that’s common ground now between Pelosi and Trump. So you see good stuff there.”

As reported by Fox News, the order “touches on the use of force best practices, information sharing to track officers who have repeated complaints against them and federal incentives for police departments to deploy non-police experts on issues like mental health, homelessness, and addiction.”

Additionally, it forbids chokeholds “except if an officer’s life is at risk.”

As for the aforementioned endorsement of law enforcement, the National Fraternal Order of Police — the country’s largest law enforcement union — had big words for the directive via a statement:

“It strikes a great balance between the vital need for public and officer safety, and the equally vital need for lasting, meaningful, and enforceable police reform. … In our view, President Trump and Congressional leaders are working constructively with law enforcement and community stakeholders to undertake earnest law enforcement reforms that will make our officers and the public they protect safer.”

Back to Van, he wasn’t all adulation. The Commander-in-Chief’s speech, evidently, left him less than enthused:

“It started off with a lot of unity, and then it moved off into politics, and a whole bunch of stuff that people are gonna fight about. And then it kind of tried to come back to unity at the end. All that stuff is classic Trump. It will be gone tomorrow.”

Yet, again, it raised the (low) bar:

“But what will be in place — there is a new floor, a higher floor, for Congress to now depart from that includes law enforcement support for data, for de-escalators, for better training. And — again — chokeholds. I think progress has been made, muddied by, I think, a speech that was…over the line in a lot of ways if you’re trying to go for unity. But I think the speech goes away over time. I think the progress that the people have made, in getting even the Trump White House, the Republicans, and now law enforcement along with Democrats to take steps forward is really powerful.”

That seems to suggest Trump and the GOP were less likely to champion reform than were Democrats. Is that correct?

Either way, a “good thing” is a good thing.

“[T]he speech, I don’t give it a high rating,” he reiterated, “but the executive order is a step in the right direction.”

Find the Safe Policing for Safe Communities order in its entirety below, courtesy of Fox News:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. As Americans, we believe that all persons are created equal and endowed with the inalienable rights to life and liberty. A fundamental purpose of government is to secure these inalienable rights. Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers place their lives at risk every day to ensure that these rights are preserved.

Law enforcement officers provide the essential protection that all Americans require to raise their families and lead productive lives. The relationship between our fellow citizens and law enforcement officers is an important element in their ability to provide that protection. By working directly with their communities, law enforcement officers can help foster a safe environment where we all can prosper.

Unfortunately, there have been instances in which some officers have misused their authority, challenging the trust of the American people, with tragic consequences for individual victims, their communities, and our Nation. All Americans are entitled to live with the confidence that the law enforcement officers and agencies in their communities will live up to our Nation’s founding ideals and will protect the rights of all persons. Particularly in African-American communities, we must redouble our efforts as a Nation to swiftly address instances of misconduct.

The Constitution declares in its preamble that one of its primary purposes was to establish Justice. Generations of Americans have marched, fought, bled, and died to safeguard the promise of our founding document and protect our shared inalienable rights. Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial leaders must act in furtherance of that legacy.

Sec. 2. Certification and Credentialing. (a) State and local law enforcement agencies must constantly assess and improve their practices and policies to ensure transparent, safe, and accountable delivery of law enforcement services to their communities. Independent credentialing bodies can accelerate these assessments, enhance citizen confidence in law enforcement practices, and allow for the identification and correction of internal deficiencies before those deficiencies result in injury to the public or to law enforcement officers.

(b) The Attorney General shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, allocate Department of Justice discretionary grant funding only to those State and local law enforcement agencies that have sought or are in the process of seeking appropriate credentials from a reputable independent credentialing body certified by the Attorney General.

(c) The Attorney General shall certify independent credentialing bodies that meet standards to be set by the Attorney General. Reputable, independent credentialing bodies, eligible for certification by the Attorney General, should address certain topics in their reviews, such as policies and training regarding use–of-force and de-escalation techniques; performance management tools, such as early warning systems that help to identify officers who may require intervention; and best practices regarding community engagement. The Attorney General’s standards for certification shall require independent credentialing bodies to, at a minimum, confirm that:

(i) the State or local law enforcement agency’s use-of-force policies adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and local laws; and

(ii) the State or local law enforcement agency’s use-of-force policies prohibit the use of chokeholds — a physical maneuver that restricts an individual’s ability to breathe for the purposes of incapacitation — except in those situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.

(d) The Attorney General shall engage with existing and prospective independent credentialing bodies to encourage them to offer a cost-effective, targeted credentialing process regarding appropriate use-of-force policies that law enforcement agencies of all sizes in urban and rural jurisdictions may access.

Sec. 3. Information Sharing. (a) The Attorney General shall create a database to coordinate the sharing of information between and among Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies concerning instances of excessive use of force related to law enforcement matters, accounting for applicable privacy and due process rights.

(b) The database described in subsection (a) of this section shall include a mechanism to track, as permissible, terminations or de-certifications of law enforcement officers, criminal convictions of law enforcement officers for on-duty conduct, and civil judgments against law enforcement officers for improper use of force. The database described in subsection (a) of this section shall account for instances where a law enforcement officer resigns or retires while under active investigation related to the use of force. The Attorney General shall take appropriate steps to ensure that the information in the database consists only of instances in which law enforcement officers were afforded fair process.

(c) The Attorney General shall regularly and periodically make available to the public aggregated and anonymized data from the database described in subsection (a) of this section, as consistent with applicable law.

(d) The Attorney General shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, allocate Department of Justice discretionary grant funding only to those law enforcement agencies that submit the information described in subsection (b) of this section.

Sec. 4. Mental Health, Homelessness, and Addiction. (a) Since the mid-twentieth century, America has witnessed a reduction in targeted mental health treatment. Ineffective policies have left more individuals with mental health needs on our Nation’s streets, which has expanded the responsibilities of law enforcement officers. As a society, we must take steps to safely and humanely care for those who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse in a manner that addresses such individuals’ needs and the needs of their communities. It is the policy of the United States to promote the use of appropriate social services as the primary response to individuals who suffer from impaired mental health, homelessness, and addiction, recognizing that, because law enforcement officers often encounter such individuals suffering from these conditions in the course of their duties, all officers should be properly trained for such encounters.

(b) The Attorney General shall, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services as appropriate, identify and develop opportunities to train law enforcement officers with respect to encounters with individuals suffering from impaired mental health, homelessness, and addiction; to increase the capacity of social workers working directly with law enforcement agencies; and to provide guidance regarding the development and implementation of co-responder programs, which involve social workers or other mental health professionals working alongside law enforcement officers so that they arrive and address situations together. The Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall prioritize resources, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to support such opportunities.

(c) The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall survey community-support models addressing mental health, homelessness, and addiction. Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall summarize the results of this survey in a report to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, which shall include specific recommendations regarding how appropriated funds can be reallocated to support widespread adoption of successful models and recommendations for additional funding, if needed.

(d) The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in coordination with the Attorney General and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, prioritize resources, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to implement community-support models as recommended in the report described in subsection (c) of this section.

Sec. 5. Legislation and Grant Programs. (a) The Attorney General, in consultation with the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall develop and propose new legislation to the Congress that could be enacted to enhance the tools and resources available to improve law enforcement practices and build community engagement.

(b) The legislation described in subsection (a) of this section shall include recommendations to enhance current grant programs to improve law enforcement practices and build community engagement, including through:

(i) assisting State and local law enforcement agencies with implementing the credentialing process described in section 2 of this order, the reporting described in section 3 of this order, and the co responder and community-support models described in section 4 of this order;

(ii) training and technical assistance required to
adopt and implement improved use–of-force policies and procedures, including scenario-driven de-escalation techniques;

(iii) retention of high-performing law enforcement officers and recruitment of law enforcement officers who are likely to be high-performing;

(iv) confidential access to mental health services for law enforcement officers; and

(v) programs aimed at developing or improving relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, including through community outreach and listening sessions, and supporting non profit organizations that focus on improving stressed relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


June 16, 2020


Author: Alex Parker

Source: Red State: Did CNN’s Van Jones Just High-Five Trump’s Executive Order?

In this time of tumult, the President’s getting high fives from some unlikely places.

As I covered on March 17th, Beelzebub had to bundle up; an anchor on CNN praised Donald Trump.

From my article:

Incredibly, anchor Dana Bash gave a high-five to the Commander-in-Chief after dismissing criticism from neurosurgeon/reporter Snajay Gupta.

According to Dana, The Donald’s “tone” over the past couple days has been fantastic:

“If you look at the big picture, this was remarkable by the President of the United Sates. This is a nonpartisan, this is an important thing to note and to applaud, from an American standpoint, from a human standpoint.”

Satan get your snow shoes:

“[Trump] is being the kind of leader that people need, at least in tone, today and yesterday, in tone, that people need and want and yearn for in times of crises and uncertainty.”

Well, now there’s another anomaly: On Monday, a Hollywood actress threw Tinseltown a wicked curveball.

In a post to Twitter, Kirstie Alley thanked POTUS for his leadership amid a crisis:

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to thank you for your recent decorum, sincerity, and care towards us. You’re taking charge and leading in a manner needed and wanted for this country. I highly commend you for your boundless energy and willingness to solve problems.

Thank you.

My eyebrows just hit my hairline.

Some loved the tweet. Others? Not so much.

One of those would be Howard Stern’s former “Stuttering John,” comedian and podcaster John Melendez.

He asked if Kirstie’d gone insane.

Her reply:


It’s not Kirstie’s first time to go to bat for Trump. In 2015, she liked the Big Guy:

And, reportedly, there was this:

Later, she dropped out:

But apparently, the lady’s returned.

And don’t get it twisted — she knows what’s what when it comes to socialism:

Back to her letter to the President, here are a few tips of the hat she received from admiring Twitterers:

Personally, I believe Kirstie’s right — I’ve been impressed with Trump’s apparent strength over COVID-19 and all it’s brought. In my view, he’s exhibited qualities of solid leadership.

But just in case you’re worried that Hollywood actresses are starting to favor the President, allow me to alleviate your concern:

Hope you feel better.


Author: Alex Parker

Source: Red State: It’s Gotta Be Giving Democrats Fits: A Hollywood Actress Praises Trump for His Leadership and ‘Care’

Whoa — in two tweets Wednesday, the President’s personal attorney indicated he’s considering suing House Democrats over their investigation into Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:

“We are carefully considering our legal options to seek redress against Congress and individual members. For engaging in an organized effort that exceeded their limited powers, under the Constitution, and …for trampling on the constitutional rights of citizens by engaging in several illicit plans, carried out by illegal means, to remove the President of the US, on knowingly falsified charges allegations.”

Giuliani — who’s been subpoenaed by Congress in the probe — also broached the subject on Fox program The Ingraham Angle Tuesday. He explained to host Laura that a constitutional lawyer and civil rights attorney suggested he “bring a lawsuit on behalf of the President and several of the people in the administration.”


“Maybe even myself as a lawyer against the members of Congress, individually for violating constitutional rights, violating civil rights. They’re doing extraordinary things.”

The former mayor of New York claimed Democrats are impeding his ability to work with leaders of other nations.

Rudy called the Dem frenzy “worse than McCarthy.”

But wait — there’s more.

On Monday night with Sean Hannity, Giuliana said there’s significant evidence the Obama White House ordered Democrats to go in cahoots with Ukraine in order to get dirt on then-candidate Trump:

“The reason why the President of the United States had an obligation to ask the president of Ukraine to follow up on these allegations because there is substantial — I don’t want to exaggerate it but pretty close to overwhelming evidence, including a finding by a Ukrainian court that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats cooperated with Ukrainians with the order coming directly from the White Hous …to dig up dirt on her political opponent, and they did.”

So it’s a Ukrainian extravaganza.

One person who surely isn’t enjoying the festivities: Joe Biden. The Dems’ obsession is cookin’ his goose.

Onward, therefore, Elizabeth Warren, to a 2020 stage upon which you’ll be crushed by a guy who takes no prisoners during debate.

And, despite the opposition party’s greatest dreams, that’s what’s going to happen — he’s gonna be taking no prisoners, not being a prisoner.

Once again, their focus on trying to defeat Trump rather than win an election with superior policies and a superior candidate will be their undoing.

And the beat goes on…and they’re gonna get beat.


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Author: Alex Parker

Source: Red State: Rudy Giuliani Ups The Ante: Trump May Sue House Democrats, And There’s Evidence Obama Colluded With Ukraine

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