RedState's Tuesday WaterCooler 12/20/2016 - Open Thread - Judge Jeanine Rants; It's a Wonderful Life's 70th; Cool Cookies, Words, & Singing

watercooler featured

Fox Host Jeanine Pirro’s Embarrassing Rant

Last weekend, former Judge and a Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro, took umbrage with Michelle Obama‘s recent opinion of her husband’s “success” inspiring hope to the country. How odd for a wife to support her husband [sarcasm] even when fact explicitly overrides opinion. One would expect the same of Melania Trump, wouldn’t one? In fact, Melania defended her husband when a video emerged admitting to adultery and groping women at will. Let’s see defending a spouse’s record versus defending lewd behavior?

Pirro’s embarrassing rant isn’t merely defending the President-elect, she’s worshipping him.

“Michelle, you may not realize it, but Americans rejected you and everything you stand for [Obama inexplicably ends his term with a 55% approval rating],” Pirro explained. “They know what hope is. Hope is when people — 30,000 at a time — stand in line in the cold [what cold?], with their children, hoping to get the glimpse of a man [sounds a lot like “getting shivers” up the leg] that they think could change the course of their lives from the downward spiral that you and ‘Mr. Hope and Change’ have put them on.”

Actually, Jeanine, Barak Obama held the attention of as many cold and hopeless, vying for an opportunity to catch a “glimpse of a man that they think could change the course of their lives.” What the Hades does that have to do with the price of beer in China? Not a thing evidenced by “the downward spiral” a weary country finds itself.

Even Trump responded to Michelle’s comments without his usual penchant to counter-punch.

“And I actually think she made that statement not meaning it the way it came out. I really do,” Trump added, noting that Obama “could not have been nicer” in greeting his wife, Melania Trump, at the White House last month.

Good for him.

Below the fold

This Washington Post Holiday Cookie Generator is glorious! All you have to do is plead with your brain for your most favorite cookie ingredient – mine is cinnamon. Type it into the blank field, click search and abracadabra…pOoF! “Showing 59 cookies below.”

Packed on the page are totally irrelevant and anti-happiness details like fat content, calories, carbs, yadda yadda. Then, step-by-step comprehensive directions, picture, and rating for those of us you who might only visit your kitchen appliances once a year.

Cool Word-of-the-Day. Humbuggery means pretense; sham. It’s a noun pronounced huhm-buhg-uh-ree. Origin unknown, but first used around 1820 as an extension of humbug. Nothing profound here, but it sure is one of those words you get into your head and you can’t stop repeating.

An “Oh, Holy Night at the Washington, DC Redline platform. A woman visiting the District from Las Vegas with her family clicked on the video camera for an impromptu performance at Union Station. The video has warmed a cool 300,000 humbuggery’d hearts on Facebook, I hear.

Today in History. 20 December 1946. Today in 1946 an average guy learns how extraordinary his life truly is. Before Frank Capra conceived the screen version, “It’s a Wonderful Life” was first a two-page twinkle in a historian’s eye, titled “The Greatest Gift.” The movie, when stripped of its multitude of metaphors, is about understanding our gifts at exactly the time we are living them.

Its protagonist, George Bailey, is delivered from discouragement by Angel, Second Class Clarence Oddbody who offers an unorthodox answer to his prayer, “show me the way.”

 Clarence: You’ve been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.

See, George doesn’t want hope; he needs help. It’s fundamental. The wingless angel removes the thing George believes is in the way of “everyone feeling happier.” In one “screwy” night, he is reminded that his responsibilities are gifts, not burdens.

After a toast by his brother Harry, “To my big brother George: The richest man in town,” the camera breaks to a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. On the blank leaf opposite the books title page, there is an inscription.

Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings! Love Clarence”

Hi, RedStater’s! You’ve found the Company WaterCooler. It’s RedState’s only Daily open thread. Here is where we regularly talk off-topic about general stuff, like the weather or sports or breaking news or holidays. A hodgepodge, if you will, of various and sundry subjects. Enjoy!