Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday's video: Trump and the courts

The latest from the PC police: Erase the Ingalls!

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In the interest of full disclosure, I never read the “Little House” books. I became acquainted with the Ingalls from the TV show. Based on the episodes, the Ingalls came across as nice people dealing with the harsh realities of surviving in the prairie.  
Now, we learn that Laura’s books are racist or something like that.
Am I the only one who reacts with anger when I see a story like this? This is the latest in the war against U.S. history, or more correctly the war against the Europeans who settled North America.    
Check this reaction from Professor Thomas from The University of Pennsylvania:    
The Left is going after another great American treasure: Laura Ingalls Wilder and her beloved Little House on the Prairie collection. They cite the same old reasons — racism, racism, and more racism.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) says they are stripping Wilder’s name from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for children’s literature, an award Wilder was the first to receive. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award will now be known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. The ALSC says the award “may no longer be consistent with the intention of the award named for her.”
More likely, the modern radical ALSC is no longer consistent with the original intention of the ALSC.
The group explained:
The decision was made in consideration of the fact that Wilder’s legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness.
In other words, the Little House books aren’t politically correct.
So Laura’s books are full of stereotypes? What book from that time was not? Have you seen a Western movie?   
There are two problems here:
First, Who are these people or the ALSC? Who pays their salaries? Who voted them responsible for rewriting history? Did I miss something?
Second, the “skin color obsessed” ALSC is missing the point of Laura’s stories.    
She wrote about a family that survived the prairie. It was her family story and a rather good one to say the least. Pa and Ma Ingalls were devoted parents who raised a family and went to church on Sundays.    
Maybe the ALSC forgot that these white Europeans were also the ones who wrote the U.S. Constitution and created the system of “rights” that  they now enjoy.
The ALSC is apparently concerned that Mary, the older sister, was afraid of Indians. I guess that this is now the new standard of white supremacist values.
Again, who appointed the ALSC as arbiters? It’s time for state legislatures to stop funding these organizations.
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday's show: Political correctness meets "Little House", Justice Kennedy, ICE and others

Friday's show:  
Political correctness meets "Little House", Justice Kennedy, ICE and others....

Friday's video: PC meets “Little House”

How about an up-and-down vote on abolishing ICE?

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The Democrats’ latest talking point is about abolishing ICE. In fact, some Democrats are introducing legislationto that effect:   
A Democratic congressman introduced legislation to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), calling the agency “heartless.”
“ICE is tearing apart families and ripping at the moral fabric of our nation,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) said in a statement. “Unfortunately, President Trump and his team of white nationalists, including Stephen Miller, have so misused ICE that the agency can no longer accomplish its goals effectively.”
“The heartless actions of this abused agency do not represent the values of our nation and the U.S. must develop a more humane immigration system, one that treats every person with dignity and respect.”
Add to this that the idea has now became an issue in New York, where Cynthia Nixon is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo and an outsider upset Rep. Joseph Crowley. Nixon calls ICE “a terrorist organization“.    
So let’s do it the right way.  Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should call for a vote. Force every Democrat to vote up or down on this issue.    
My guess is that a vote to abolish ICE will go down and not get many votes, specially from those red-state Democrats seeking reelection in Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, and West Virginia. It won’t play well with centrist Democrats trying to win House seats this fall.
It won’t play well either with the agents handling a horrible situation on the border, nor with honest Americans who can distinguish between a terrorist organization and ICE.
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Your Trump Derangement Syndrome episode for the day in one headline......

Your Trump Derangement Syndrome episode for the day in one headline:   "Reuters editor apologizes, could be disciplined after blaming Capital Gazette shooting on Trump."

How reckless can this man be?    

Just curious, did he blame Senator Sanders when one of his supporters went out looking for GOP congressman to shoot?   

The Annapolis shooting was a horrible thing and let's wait for more details, or information about the shooter's intentions, before we politicize it.

Finally, how can Reuters keep such a biased reporter on the political beat?   Who can believe any story written by this man after this tasteless display of bias?

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thursday's show: Democrats and ICE, Lopez-Obrador in Mexico and other stories

Thursday's video: Let's have an up and down vote on ICE........

Thursday's video:   Let's have an up and down vote on ICE........

LO promising like BO?

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Back in 2008, we were all amazed at the Obama impact on crowds. I remember an article by Fouad Ajami where he warned us about the crowds:
There is something odd — and dare I say novel — in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail. Hitherto, crowds have not been a prominent feature of American politics. 
We associate them with the temper of Third World societies. We think of places like Argentina and Egypt and Iran, of multitudes brought together by their zeal for a Peron or a Nasser or a Khomeini. 
In these kinds of societies, the crowd comes forth to affirm its faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right…
…The political genius of the man is that he is a blank slate. The devotees can project onto him what they wish. 
…The day after, the crowd will of course discover its own fissures. The affluent will have to pay for the programs promised the poor…
…as the devotees sustain the candidacy of a man whose public career has been a steady advocacy of reining in the market and organizing those who believe in entitlement and redistribution.
The morning after the election, the disappointment will begin to settle upon the Obama crowd. … Victory will steadily deliver the sobering verdict that our troubles won’t be solved by a leader’s magic.
Wow — is he talking about Obama, Andrés Lopez-Obrador, or both?
Down in Mexico, Lopez-Obrador is using the Obama playbook, the game of telling crowds what they want to hear.     
My friend Allan Wall compiled this list of “promesas” or promises:    
To bring about the Fourth Transformation of Mexico, without violence.  (By “fourth transformation,” AMLO means after one, Independence; two, The Reform; and three, The Revolution.)
To End corruption. 
To establish the “kingdom of justice” upon the earth.
To only earn half the presidential salary of current president Peña Nieto; to not have as president a fleet of planes and helicopters.
In the southern state of Oaxaca, to finish turnpikes to the coast and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and to give teachers a pay raise
AMLO says he won’t live in Los Pinos, he will sell the federal government’s planes and helicopters, and that high-ranking functionaries will have to get medical attention at ISSSTE, Seguro or Seguro Popular and not private medical care paid for by the government.
The Soconusco region of Chiapas will be one of the most prosperous in Mexico.
To have a government of “republican austerity,” which would include lowering the salaries of “those above to increase the salaries of those below.”  Better salaries would be given to teachers, nurses, doctors, police, soldiers, and government workers.  A “government without luxuries.”  He promises to sell the presidential plane, not to reside in Los Pinos – opening it to the public, to fight corruption, and to improve Mexico’s image abroad.
universal pension for the elderly.  
To work closely with the private sector.  
To have 4% economic growth.  
To invite the Pope, and other religious and social leaders of the world and Mexico, to study and solve the problem of violence in Mexico.
It sure sounds like “we’re the ones we’ve been waiting for” or something like that.
Like Obama 2008, Lopez-Obrador’s promises lack specifics.    
How is Mexico going to have 4% economic growth unless he attracts foreign investment or privatizes PEMEX?    
How is he going to work with the private sector when most of them are scared to death of what he is campaigning for?
The promises get silly when he plans to cut the president’s salary or do away with the planes and helicopters. Is a President Lopez-Obrador going to travel on commercial flights?  Seriously, how much money is this going to save?
Increase teachers’ salaries?  But most Mexican middle-class families send their kids to private schools to avoid the ideology and bad quality of public schools.  It would make more sense if he gave poor Mexicans a chance to get out of poverty by attending private schools.
Invite the Pope?  I’m sure that the cartels will be very impressed with that.
Improve Mexico’s image abroad?  Really?  Maybe he can start by making Mexico more hospitable to Mexicans.
It sure reminds me of the Obama crowds of 2008 that the late Fouad Ajami wrote about specially the part about the coming post election disillusionment.
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Overturning "Roe v Wade" will not end abortion in the US

Overturning "Roe v Wade" will not end abortion in the US.    Instead, overturning the opinion will send it back to state legislatures.    

My guess is that some states will write laws creating a right to an  abortion and others will not.      Most will pass abortion laws with certain restrictions, as they do in most countries.   

The two biggest consequences of overturning "Roe v Wade" will be political:

1) The issue will be debated openly in the political arena, from state legislatures to campaigns for office.    For example, Hispanic Democrats in Texas will be forced to explain to Hispanic women why they support abortion after 20 weeks; and,

2) Modern technology will show that there is a life or that abortion will end such a life.

Nevertheless, the biggest benefit of overturning "Roe v Wade" is that judicial confirmations will no longer be endless questions about abortion.    We will get back to a time when judicial nominations were about judicial temperament rather than "wedge" issues like abortion.

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June 2007: Talk radio is a business not a right wing conspiracy

(A post from June 2007)

In the late 1980's, most AM stations were dying in the US. They could not compete with FM stations over music formats. After all, who wants to hear music on the AM band rather than FM?

Rush Limbaugh and talk radio saved the AM dial. Limbaugh started a trend ("opinions on the radio") and it literally saved the AM dial and created lots of jobs all over the US radio. Today, Limbaugh reaches 20 million people. Sean Hannitty reaches over 10 million listeners!

Why is talk radio conservative? I don't know for sure but it is. The best answer is that conservative talk radio has listeners and liberal talk radio does not.

Question: What's wrong with that? The liberals have not been able to succeed on the radio. Why blame conservatives for that? Blame the liberals!

At the end of the day, privately owned radio stations respond to listeners and the advertisers. Radio is a business except for NPR which is subsidized by the federal government.

Why blame conservatives? Blame the liberals who are not supporting liberal hosts!

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June 2007: Doom and gloom update: Get ready for global cooling

(A post from June 2007)

We've had some fun with global warming over the past year. To be fair, I believe that we should be concerned about climate change. I want clean water and air as much as anyone. After all, I have to breath the air and drink the water, too!

At the same time, we need to be rational about it. Today's environmentalists are not rational. They hate capitalism and use global warming to push their socialist agenda. 

Now, we hear that global cooling is on the horizon:
"This just in from Chicken Little: It's a cloud, not the sky, that's about to fall. So button up your overcoat. Earth is about to cool off.

"It's global cooling, not warming, that is the major climate threat to the world," says Timothy Patterson, director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Center at Carleton University in Canada. He sets out in Toronto's National Post a fascinating and wholly credible argument, backing up what many of his scientific colleagues regard as nothing less than blasphemy." (A coming cold day for a warm globe)
What's next? Who knows? Global warming, global cooling! Who knows what the doom and gloom crowd will come up with next?

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June 2007: Chemical Ali will soon join cousin Saddam

(A post from June 2007)

Today, we learned that 'Chemical Ali' was sentenced in Iraq.    He will soon join Saddam who was executed months ago.

Why did they call him Chemical Ali? Because every Iraqi knew that he was a first rate criminal. 

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wednesday's show: The Janus decision, political upset in New York and other stories

Wednesday's video: The "Janus" decision and politics

Wednesday's video:   The "Janus" decision and politics

Keep Maxine talking................

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Our wonderful Cuban mother had a great comeback whenever one of us would get out of line. She would say in Spanish something that loosely translates to “keep talking because you are not helping your cause”!     
Maxine Waters’ latest rant is the greatest thing that’s happened to the GOP since President Carter’s malaise speech.    
Who knew that the GOP Santa Claus came in late June?
We hear that Rep. Andy Biggs introduced a House measure calling for her censure.  My guess is that such a vote would get a lot of Democrat support if it was in secret.
In other words, Democrats are starting to realize that their side has crossed a line, as Roger Simon wrote:   
Self-destructive, nincompoop behavior is rampant with members of the so-called Resistance (what a desecration of the real Resistance that is!) now showing up at restaurants to harass members of the administration while they eat.  Do these clowns have any idea how that plays in Middle America?  Do these people think they are accomplishing anything but their own defeat?
Simon is correct in two ways.   
First, the left is obsessed with resisting for the sake of resisting everything President Trump; and, 
Second, they do not know how it plays in Middle America. They don’t understand the values of so many places that they have to win to gain a majority in the House or preserve those red-state Senate seats. They are clueless!
So don’t censure this crazy lady. It’s true that Representative Waters is obscene and as crazy as it gets.  However, keep her talking because she is contributing to the demise of today’s Democrat Party.
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The Supreme Court got it right again!

Another big Supreme Court decision:   "Supreme Court deals blow to unions, rules against forced fees for government workers.

The decision means that employees "....cannot be forced to pay so-called "fair share" fees to support collective bargaining and other union activities."

It's really a big blow for the Democrats.    For too long, the Democrats have used public sector unions as "cash boxes".   Just look at California and Illinois.

My guess is that it won't impact private sector unions, where employees and employers negotiate. 

Again, this is a defeat for public sector unions who have dis-proportionally favored Democrats on the assumption that the entire membership agreed with them.

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Remember when we said that the 2016 election was about judges?

Trump won, we got Gorsuch and the "Janus" ruling today.  It will end the cozy relationship between public sector unions and the Democrats.  Private sector unions will go on but the political landscape in California, Illinois and other "blue" states will change......

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday's show: The Trump travel ban, Maxine Waters and other stories

Tuesday's video: Maxine Waters is out of control

Tuesday's video:   Maxine Waters is out of control

It’s just the latest example of the left pushing politics in your face, from sports highlights to now having a family dinner......

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We’ve been following the story about the Red Hen Restaurant vs. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
As you know, Sarah and her family were told to leave the restaurant. It’s just the latest example of the left pushing politics in your face, from sports highlights to now having a family dinner.    
What else do you need to understand about Trump Derangement Syndrome? My guess is that Dr. Krauthammer must be running a panel up in heaven telling everyone that the left down here is beyond repair.
The article explains that it may seen as “discrimination” in some jurisdictions in the country. 
Frankly, keep the courts out of this and let Trump voters do their thing.  
Here is a memo to business owners looking do a Red Hen: If you do not want to do business with the 62 million of us who voted for Trump then let us know.  Put a sign on the door and we will be delighted to take our money to someone else.  
By late Saturday, the Red Hen’s website was down, the reservations phone line disabled, and the voicemail full. We can be sure that it’ll be a while before manager/co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson tries that again
It’s stupid to play politics with customers. At the same time, we can play that game, too.    
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Let them say that the world hates Trump as the money flows to the US...........

Here is another bit of good news:   
"Over $300 billion was repatriated to the U.S. in the first quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) -- the most on record."
Let them say that the world hates Trump as the money flows to the US.

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The Supreme Court makes it a nice day for the pro-life movement.

The Supreme Court makes it a nice day for the pro-life movement:   
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that counsel pregnant women to make choices other than abortion, invalidating a California law requiring them to prominently post information on how to obtain a state-funded abortion.
The court, in a 5-4 ruling, said the state law likely violates the First Amendment. The court also cast doubts on similar laws in Hawaii and Illinois.    
Good decision.   It's a good idea to let women "choose" something other than abortion.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday's show: Mexico election update, Sarah vs the restaurant and other stories

Monday's video: Sarah and the restaurant

Monday's video:  Sarah and the restaurant

What happens if Lopez-Obrador loses in Mexico?

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Over the last two weeks, I’ve been on the phone or social media with many friends in Mexico. We usually narrow our talk to this:
1) Do you believe these polls showing Andrés Lopez-Obrador ahead?
2) What if he loses? What happens then?
As of today, all of the experts have Lopez-Obrador winning the election. It’s the “3rd time it’s a charm” story, a reference to his two previous defeats in 2006 and 2012. The candidate said this: 
“This is going to be a peaceful, orderly change, but at the same time, it will be radical,” Lopez Obrador said recently, drawing cheers and cries of “Presidente! Presidente!” from a crowd in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende..    
Despite the lead in the polls, most of my Mexican friends do not believe them. They cite a lot of good reasons, such as “no one answers political questions on the phone”.    
Others are a bit more humorous: Didn’t the experts say that Germany had a 90% chance of beating Mexico?   
Yes, they did!
What really worries my friends is this: What happens if he loses?   
Back in 2006, Lopez-Obrador shut down cities and even held an inauguration ceremony to proclaim himself “el presidente”.   
I remember people on the sidewalks of Mexico City protesting his defeat. It was bizarre, to say the least.
My friends say that it will be worse this time because Lopez-Obrador is convinced of victory. His supporters believe that only fraud can deny them their “turn.”
It may be a crazy summer down in Mexico. If he wins, the peso takes a hit. If he loses, the streets go crazy.
Last but not least, a Mexican friend told me that it was a lot more fun when elections were not contested. I don’t know if “one-party rule” was better but at least the ride to the airport was not delayed by demonstrations.
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And now for a report from the real world........

Down in the real world, or where most of the people who don't watch CNN live, there is a good feeling about the economy.   

This is from CNBC:   
For the first time since President Donald Trump took office, the CNBC All-America Economic Survey shows more than half the public approving his handling of the economy, and it appears to be having some impact on his overall job approval rating.
And catch this:    
The survey suggests that the recent controversy over the president’s decision to separate children from their parents at the border has had little effect either way.
It's only a poll.   We always caution people that polls are polls.    However, President Trump's approval is rising in other polls, too.

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Krauthammer in 2017: Democrats and Resistance' is not a winning issue

The Democrats should heed what Dr. Krauthammer said in 2017:   
"They don't have a message," Krauthammer said of the "resistance" movement in June 2017. 
"This is the same reason that Hillary lost."
Indeed it is.    

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