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  • What Biden Believes
    By the end of the second debate, Joe Biden was tired.  He looked at his watch and then appeared to be silently thinking: “who has my jammies?”It was closing in on 10:30pm.But old Joe was not a diminished guy on the stage.  If the definition of a debate winner is which candidate was helped the most, then President Trump won.  But Mr. Biden held his own until the last round when he blurted out that he wants to eliminate the oil industry.I knew that all along but what I didn’t know until this week is exactly how Joe Biden feels about his country.  Yes, he’s a long-standing public servant and that should be respected. But, as far as the nation is concerned, Biden’s heart is in the wrong place.In a rare question and answer with a journalist, the former Vice-President said this: “America was an idea.  We hold these truths to be self evident (that all men are created equal).  We’ve never lived up to it ...”That is a far-left view; that the United States is not a noble nation because some citizens were and are denied equal rights.  So, we have to rearrange the country and create a powerful central government to “impose” social justice.  You may remember that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said pretty much the same thing when he opined America was “never that great.”It is apparent that Joe Biden has bought into a governing concept that harms some citizens to benefit others.  And if he is elected President, many Americans are likely to be hurt in the name of economic, environmental, and racial “justice.”It is certainly true that our country has treated blacks and Native-Americans unfairly throughout history.  I document that in my books “Killing Crazy Horse” and “Killing Lincoln.”  And, by the way, most Americans accept that history is flawed, not only here but in every single nation on earth.The intent of the Founding Fathers was to provide a system that would allow freedom and the pursuit of happiness without government interference.  We fought the Revolutionary War and the Civil War to ensure that promise.  Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Americans have died in conflicts against tyranny.Many of the colonists, including some of the Founders, understood that slavery was an insult to God and to humanity.  But the power did not exist in Philadelphia to force the southern colonies to outlaw it.  So, a new nation arose with a brutal deficit.Does that mean America has never “lived up” to its promise?  No, it does not.The truth that Joe Biden does not accept is that the United States today provides more opportunity to pursue happiness than any other country in the world.  Poor and desperate people in Honduras understand that.  Mr. Biden does not.This is an unfair world and we are all sinners, capable of personal bias and destructive actions. But the promise of America is a nation where wrongs can be righted and individuals are allowed the freedom to choose their own destiny.That promise has largely been fulfilled with the caveat that our system should constantly be improved because corruption and evil is never-ending on this planet.After 47 years in government, Joe Biden does not seem to see the truth about America and he is not alone.To me, that’s very sad.  
  • Will the Media Defeat Donald Trump?
    President Trump and everyone else knew that the NBC Townhall exposition would be contentious and that the ABC Townhall with Joe Biden, broadcast at the same time, would be gentle.   And that’s exactly what happened.   The NBC moderator, Savannah Guthrie, was under heavy pressure to make Donald Trump squirm.  The left had battered NBC for daring to put the President up directly against Mr. Biden.  Apparently, they feared Trump would get higher ratings than Biden.   So Savannah spent almost all her interview time on the liberal attack line: why the President doesn’t promote masks, his taxes, white supremacy, QAnon; the usual greatest hits.   Meanwhile, George Stephanopoulos, an avowed liberal democrat and chief correspondent at ABC News, did not even ask Joe Biden about the biggest political story in America: the exposure of his son Hunter as a person who used his father’s political power to make millions of dollars.   George, of course, knew he would look weak not asking about Hunter but his bosses at Disney, which owns ABC, want Biden to win the election so the fix was in.   That is the state of the corporate media in America today.   The question is, how did the national press become a political entity?  Why have standards of journalism collapsed?   The short answer is Donald Trump.  Many press chieftains despise the President because they see him as a vulgarian who panders to conservatives.  Therefore, they are directing their power to remove him from office, not responsibly seek the truth about his administration.    The long answer is the “media culture.”   Some years ago, Bernard Goldberg wrote a book about CBS News called “Bias” that credibly reports the left wing slant of the organization - an outfit that employed him for more than 20 years.   I worked for CBS for three years and saw what Bernie saw: an organization that valued a liberal point of view.  At the time, there was some discipline at CBS News so left wing bias was tamped down on the air, especially in local news where little political spin existed.  But the Dan Rather crew was very liberal and hired many like-minded people.   The same culture was in place at NBC News under Tom Brokaw and at ABC News starring Peter Jennings.  I worked at ABC for two years and knew Jennings well.  He was a social liberal but not aggressively left.  The boss at ABC News, Roone Arledge, was in the same category.   But, generally speaking, those managers who did the hiring at all the networks were looking for journalists who would “fit in.” Thus, most network news employees were men and women of the left.   President Reagan was not widely admired in the halls of the three networks.  But, again, ideological reporting was keep under control with exceptions like Sam Donaldson.  Most of the time, the digs against Mr. Reagan were far more subtle than they are today against Mr. Trump.   The harsh truth is that today most corporate news agencies have openly allied with the Democratic Party.  So, President Trump is not only running against a political organization, but also against companies that literally have billions of dollars and thousands of employees lined up to defeat him.   The nation’s two most powerful newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, are openly hostile to Donald Trump, as are the wire services which provide articles to smaller papers from coast-to-coast.   If, somehow, President Trump manages to win re-election, it would almost be a miracle and the Vatican should investigate.  Never before in American history has the press and the powerful social media corporations joined together in a single mindset to crush a presidential candidate.   And this colossal Constitutional abuse is happening right before our eyes.   As the dueling network Town Halls proved beyond any reasonable doubt.      
  • She's Speaking
    Kamala Harris is a dangerous woman.  She may be President of the United States one day and if that happens, everything will change in this country.  For the worse.  And maybe forever.Senator Harris possesses many weapons in her quest for power.  She identifies as African American and uses skin color to attack and deflect.  Her running mate, Joe Biden, got a heavy taste of that when she told the world in a primary debate that Biden’s bigotry brought her pain as a little girl who was being bused to an integrated school.A stunned Biden had no cogent reply.Kamala is also a proud feminist who “believes women.”  Brett Kavanaugh got a massive dose of that when the Senator convicted him of terrible crimes on nationwide TV.  Despite being a career prosecutor, Ms. Harris totally denied Kavanaugh any semblance of due process, attempting to destroy him and, by extension, his wife and two daughters.Later, when the FBI found zero evidence that Justice Kavanaugh had ever violated anyone, Senator Harris continued her witch hunt posture saying she believed a woman who accused Joe Biden of a physical crime.But, incredibly, Mr. Biden does not hold a grudge against Kamala Harris and seems to be happy having her as a running mate. By the way, Senator Harris now believes Joe Biden is the greatest guy, not guilty of anything.After last week’s debate, a focus group of regular folks run by Frank Luntz all agreed that Kamala Harris came across as “arrogant and condescending.”  Looked that way to me, too.  When Vice President Pence tried to correct misstatements by the Senator she snapped: “I’m speaking.”  Three times.And it was true, she was speaking - saying words that were false.  She said President Trump called the pandemic a “hoax.”  He did not.She said fracking would not stop if the democrats won.  She said the exact opposite at a Town Hall.She said Abraham Lincoln refused to nominate a Supreme Court judge while campaigning for a second term.  Not true.So what we have here is failure to communicate in an honest way.  But when Mr. Pence attempted to point that out, Ms. Harris gave him a look of contempt.  The message was clear: how dare you contradict me, Kamala Harris!  A woman who believes all women.  A woman who will not be silenced by the likes of you or any other misogynist.Perhaps I am being too harsh on Kamala Harris.  I have never met her.  She has accomplished much in her life.  But from what I have witnessed and heard, the Senator’s hobby is being ruthless, and her gleeful quest is to punish those with whom she disagrees.  In Washington, she has plenty of company in those pursuits.This makes her dangerous if you are a traditional American who believes in due process, honest discourse, and a country that does not divide people into race and gender camps.  So, if the Biden/Harris ticket wins, all of us including old Joe better had better watch our backs.That’s because the little girl on the bus is now a left-wing zealot consumed with obtaining power.  When Kamala is speaking, you interrupt at your own peril.
  • Donald J. Trump, RIP?
    Well it was fun while it lasted.  Kinda fun.  A few laughs.  But now many pundits believe it is all over for President Trump.  He’s going the way of John Adams, Benjamin Harrison, and Jimmy Carter.  One and done.  Bush the Elder territory.  Donnie, we hardly knew ya.The President has Covid.  It got past his Secret Service shield.  Some are happy. Don’t tell me they’re not.  Trump haters believe they see the end in sight.But, wait. There’s a month to go before the vote.  And Halloween has to be factored in. Joe Biden rising from his basement crypt, bellowing “if in fact” from behind his mask. Scaring the kids.  Do Americans really want old Joe at the wheel?  While Kamala lurks? Promoting San Francisco values?  Joe doesn’t even like her.  Is this the ticket the nation seeks?Polls say yes.President Trump interrupts. He’s a confronter.  Not nurturing.  The suburban ladies don’t like his style.  But do they understand what Joe and Kamala will bring? Do they get that higher taxes and centralized government will constrain freedom?  Do they want a no bail policy when a thug steals their car?  Would they like drug addicts openly setting up shop in the neighborhood?A great mystery of the universe is that President Trump, perhaps the most blunt human being since Nero, has not spelled things out for the people of this country.So it’s left to me, your humble correspondent, to do it.  Joe Biden is approaching the end of the trail. He is a man for no seasons, a fellow who will follow the left-wing agenda with no conscience pangs whatsoever.Abort babies in the third trimester?  Altar boy Joe is down with that.  Impose a “wealth tax” that essentially seizes private property? Joe has no objection even though he’ll have to pony up a percentage of his beach house to federal and state tax collectors every year.Ban most firearms?  Joe will not object.  Pay the healthcare costs for millions of undocumented people?  Biden will sign the checks even as the federal debt is north of $30 trillion.The truth is that Joe Biden has changed almost all his beliefs to comply with the wishes of the far-left zealots who control his party.  At this point, Joe stands for nothing and would happily watch the destruction of the Supreme Court and the free marketplace.Say it ain’t so, Joe!You can’t because it is so.  You won’t answer that critique because, as you said in the debate, it would become “the issue.”So why the deuce isn’t Donald Trump going door to door warning Americans that their traditional country is about to be disassembled if Joe Biden is elected? We know Joe believes authorities in Oregon can “handle” the vicious destruction of Portland because Joe said so.  Does Joe understand radical left violence has been going on in Portland for more than 100 days? Does Joe have a TV set?Instead of interrupting, President Trump needs to use his upcoming debate time to list the things that will happen to all of us if Joe and Kamala take over.Yes, some ideological zombies won’t believe it, but most hard working men and women will at least consider the incredible debacle facing this nation.  Socialism is on the way, get set for Sweden on steroids.Mr. Trump may be the Covid kid today, but there will never be a vaccine for what Biden/Harris will bring.  No doubt, we are all living in a time of fear and confusion.But if Democrats gain power, we ain’t seen nothing yet!
  • The Devil and Joe Biden
    A front page article in the Wall Street Journal reminded me that a Roman Catholic priest in South Carolina denied Joe Biden communion just about one year ago.  Reverend Robert Morey blessed Mr. Biden but refused him the host, later saying the former Vice-President’s liberal position on abortion defies church teaching.   As with many Catholic politicians, Mr. Biden fell back on the rationalization that he could not impose his “private” beliefs on other Americans.  But in Biden’s case, that rings very hollow.   For decades then Senator Joe Biden supported the Hyde Amendment, which disallows federal money for the abortion procedure because that violates the religious rights of Catholics and other religious people.  There are exceptions for rape, incest, and serious medical danger to the mother.   The Hyde Amendment was fair because pro-choice Americans can easily donate money to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers thereby assuring legal abortions can be made available to all.   There is no need for the federal government to force religious Americans to fund a life-ending procedure they reject on moral grounds.   But the new, progressive Joe Biden now repudiates the Hyde Amendment in a stunning reversal of conscience.  He also selected Kamala Harris, an aggressive pro-choice advocate, as his running mate.  Some describe the Biden-Harris ticket as the most pro-abortion political duo in history.   The Democratic platform is very clear: there should be no restrictions on abortion whatsoever.  A number of states have rebelled against that using “science” to justify regulations.  It is a medical fact that a baby is viable in the womb long before birth. Many legislators believe destroying a fetus after viability is a violation of human rights.   Joe Biden has not responded to that point-of-view and that’s his problem with the Catholic Church.  His political posture enables abortion at any time, for any reason. Just this week, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Vigano, warned Catholic voters that killing babies is “demonic.”   With almost 70 million Catholics registered to vote, Biden’s flip-flop on the Hyde Amendment and his political embrace of Senator Harris, could be a problem for him on Election Day.   However, the former Vice President is counting on the Catholic clergy remaining largely silent.  The church is frightened, intimidated, and under financial siege due to the clerical abuse of children.  Few American priests will speak out on anything.   After Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the nation’s most powerful Catholic voice, said the opening prayer at the Republican National Convention, he was brutally attacked on social and traditional media.  Some wealthy Catholic donors even resigned from church boards.  The message was heard loud and clear by Catholic clergy in America.   So Mr. Biden may well believe he has little to fear from the Church.   As for Joe’s faithfulness to the faith, who really knows?  In 1936, Stephen Vincent Benet wrote a short story entitled “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”  In it, a good man sells his soul for prosperity.  In real life, it would be unfair to suggest that any politician would ever do that.   Wouldn’t it?
  • Welcome to Loonistan
    The combination of Covid fear and a presidential campaign largely based on loathing, seems to have created a virtual army of loons who careen across the American landscape like decomposing zombies.   I mean mass hysteria doesn’t begin to cover it.   On the political front, both presidential candidates have obvious deficits yet many of their supporters refuse to acknowledge them. The absolute truth is that President Trump says whatever pops into his mind.  No filter.  Little verification.  That can cause problems, obviously.   Joe Biden’s mind is, well, hard to define. And it’s difficult to follow his thought process on many occasions.  Bewitched, bothered, bewildered.  Or something.   In his CNN Town Hall last week, Mr. Biden said “all the people” would still be alive today had Mr. Trump not botched the Covid response.  Quite the statement.   Therefore, the electorate now has to decide between two guys who could say anything at any time that might confuse and/or enrage us.   As Rod Serling once said: “we are traveling in another dimension.”   It is my belief that Covid combined with racial tension fused with political hatred on both the left and the right, has created madness in some precincts.  So let’s take a look.   On the right, a number of folks seem to think that wearing a mask to ward off the contagion is a “hoax.” They apparently believe this despite the fact that New York successfully blunted Covid cases after everybody masked up.   On the left, zealots are rooting for another lockdown so Trump gets hurt.  Vaccine?  Not until after November 3.   The racial thing is totally unhinged.  On campuses, the witch hunt to identify “racists” makes Salem look rational.  Writing for The Hill, Georgetown Law Professor Jonathan Turley reports this about the college environment: “An emerging view is that all whites are racist or at least presumptively racist.  Angela Bell, an assistant professor of psychology at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, put it simply: ‘if you have to ask if you’re a racist, you are.  And if you’re not asking if you are a racist, you are.’”   No word on whether Lafayette has a degree in being a racist.  According to Ms. Bell, everyone has the credits.   So we are living in the golden age of lunacy where a battalion of nurse Ratchets vigilantly patrols the media and academia. There is no escaping these people and no denying the USA is quickly turning into Loonistan.  New passports are on the drawing board.   So don’t be surprised if the nation’s next two big reality TV programs are “America’s Got Covid,” and “Dancing with the Racists.”   There will be no shortage of contestants.
  • Putting Your Money Where Your Knee Is
    Fascinating to see the nation’s intense culture war played out in Kansas City before the NFL opening game.  The Chiefs largely stood for the National Anthem and some players actually put their hands over their hearts.  My deceased father and grandfather, both war time vets, would have been proud.   The Houston Texans stayed in the locker room for the Anthem and I am thankful for that exposition.  It hurts me to see my country insulted so I’m glad I did not have to witness mass kneeling.   And I approve of clarity.  I now know exactly how the Houston team feels about America.   The football announcer Chris Collingsworth was extremely annoying, virtue-signaling that he “stands” with the players in their social justice protests.  Hey, Chris, spare us. We all know how noble you are.  And I’m happy to discuss your opinion on my news analysis program any time.  But using your entertainment platform to push a political view is exactly what the Academy Award pinheads do.   In truth, the bravest thing done at the game was play-by-play guy Al Michaels, a brilliant announcer, totally avoiding the culture stuff. By staying silent, Michaels knew he would be hammered by the “woke” mob, which is exactly what happened.   So here’s what’s GOING to happen to the National Football League.   Annoyed by the political correctness, many fans will stop buying merchandise from teams.  That huge source of revenue will plummet - with the Houston Texans leading the way.   TV ratings for the first game were down substantially from last year.  The teams are paid billions regardless, so they will not suffer there.  But the networks will.   Of course, the pandemic is severely limiting fans from going to the stadiums, so the ten dollar beers and six dollar hotdogs will be erased from the bottom line.  Along with the 30 dollar parking fee.   Right now, the average salary for an NFL player is $2 million per season; the lowest of all the major sports.  That’s because most players come out of college and sign for minimum union wages.  The NFL means “not for long.”  Many players are quickly injured and replaced by other young athletes. Average time in the league: less than three years.   What the players do not seem to understand is that the fans pay them.  And many spectators, perhaps most, do not want to see politics on game day.  I am among them.   I do respect dissent and well understand social injustice.  I have a charitable foundation that donates millions to help Americans who do not have equal opportunity for whatever reason.   Not virtue-signaling, just reporting.   The reason that I am able to give away millions of dollars is that the United States provided me, who had zero money when I left college, the opportunity to prosper.   The climb up was tough, requiring a massive amount of hard work.  I could not have done it in Sweden.  The NFL players could not have done it in Sweden.   So, this football fan objects to mixing politics with athletics.  As the cliche goes: give me a break!   However, I am interested in what the players think but not at the expense of seeing my country insulted.  So, no NFL gear for me this season.   And one more message to the protesting players.  Your salaries will start to decline as team revenue does.  Your knee will significantly affect your wallet.  Team owners are blowing smoke at you guys now, but money will ultimately prevail.   Always does.
  • What's the Matter?
    A friend of mine has a sign on his lawn that says “Black Lives Matter.”  Since I grew up with him in Levittown, New York, where blacks were not allowed to purchase homes, that piqued my interest.   He explained to me that justice is important to him and he believes African-Americans are denied a fair shake in America.   Millions of people believe that and their opinions should be respected.   I see the justice issue as more about poverty than skin color at this point in history.  My opinion should be respected as well.   Then I asked my friend if he was aware of the philosophy behind the Black Lives Matter movement.  I mean a sign is one thing, a well thought out political plan is quite something else.  Most Americans, including my boyhood chum, have no clue.   Enter Alicia Garza, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation and a proud Marxist, and we’re not talking Groucho here.  Nope, Alicia is a follower of Karl Marx, one of the architects of communism.  She freely admits that.   Ms. Garza is also an “opinion contributor” for USA Today and she lays it all out there - if you read between the lines.   On August 30, Alicia Garza wrote this: “We are in the midst of a black rebellion, spurred by decades of unequal treatment and undue violence against our communities...    “My work is about uprooting structural racism from every aspect of our society - our economy, our government and our communities.”   You can read “uprooting” as “overthrowing” because that is exactly what the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation wants to do.  The well thought out plan is to use racial disenchantment to batter the entire “white” power structure and eventually destroy the capitalistic system.   It could work because few understand the end game including the Democratic Party, and more than a few corporations that are pumping millions of donated dollars into the Black Lives Matter “movement.”   The smoke signals are key.  The far left including BLM are now demanding “economic” justice.  That means onerous taxation on the affluent and the seizure of private property through a series of “wealth taxes.”   Then there’s “housing justice.”  That means the government pays for sheltering low-income Americans.   “Education justice” means free college. “Worker justice” means guaranteed jobs and a “living wage.”  You get the idea.  A central government run by “woke” activists would provide pretty much everything and would confiscate private and corporate wealth to pay for it.   So that’s what’s in play and, again, the pro athletes, the casual liberal folks, the corporate virtue-signalers have no blankin’ clue.   However, some in the media do understand, but will not report the truth for fear their bosses will harm them.   So the next time you see a BLM sign please consider there is much more to this movement than words on paper or graffiti on a wall.  Marxism is now being slyly mainstreamed in America.   Somebody resurrect Paul Revere.
  • Mobbed Up
    You know President Trump scored some points at the Republican convention by the way his media enemies attacked after his nomination speech ended.  Almost instantly, an after-party hate buffet was served up by CNN and NBC News but it amounted to little.  By 11:30 on Thursday night only Trump supporters were still watching.  Most of the resistance had gladly entered the land of nod.   Did you notice that the President barely mentioned the media in his 70 minute address?   It was amazing.  He disciplined himself to lay off Morning Joe and the other Trump-loathing zombies.  Who knew the President could actually do that?   The reason the media was not scolded as usual is that Donald Trump had more important points to make.  So the fun-bunch press people receded for the moment in his mind.   There are two simple issues that could win Mr. Trump re-election.  First, that he is the candidate that can best reignite the economy when Covid finally subsides.  And second, that he will smash the radical left “mob” and Joe Biden will not.   Voters with weak attention spans can understand those things without repetition. And folks who don’t pay much attention to politics will decide the election.  There are legions of them.   Donald Trump helped himself at the convention but angry, rampaging fanatics helped him more.  Most Americans understand that police need stronger standards on using lethal force, but they despise the lawless conduct currently on display.   You are not going to win hearts and minds by threatening Senator Rand Paul and his wife as they walk home from the White House.  You will not hurt President Trump by terrorizing restaurant diners.   Joe Biden looks weak on the radical issue even as Mr. Trump makes it a centerpiece of his campaign.   The truth is that the more threatening radical leftists become, the more likely it will be that President Trump and senate Republicans will prevail in November.   The backlash against radicalism is already on display.  Let’s take the National Basketball Association for example. Players in the league are actively participating in the protest movement right now.  And some of them are aligning themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement.  Big economic mistake.   The BLM leadership is Marxist and destructive.  It condones violent protests and seeks to destroy police authority.  So, how much is that Laker jersey?   Millions of Americans disagree with BLM tactics and will not watch or support organizations that embrace violent chaos. Someone tell ESPN.   History is a fluid thing.  Weeks ago, it looked bleak for Mr. Trump.  Covid, unemployment, schools struggling to reopen, racial tension, I mean who could get re-elected with all that?   But things are changing fast.  And will change again and again before November 3. Both Trump and Biden are caught in a swirl of unpredictability.   Even as the debates loom.Get smart, fair, tough analysis of the election every night on   
  • Conventional Wisdom
    Here are some musings about the Democratic Convention.  Apparently, I was one of the few Americans that actually watched some of it.   First off, no speaker mentioned the police. Does the Democratic Party generally respect American law enforcement or not?  To completely avoid the “justice” issue was irresponsible.   Next, it is clear to me that despite the syrupy calls for national “unity,” the Democrats want a society that shows preference to minority groups.  This is based on historical wrongs that blacks experienced.  Skin color is obviously very important to the left and, under the banner of social and economic “justice,” white Americans may not receive equal recognition in policy.  That is certainly not a unifying platform.   But I must tell you there is no truth to the rumor that NBC will launch a new program called “America Has Racism.”  Word is circulating that LeBron James, Joy Behar, and Stephen Colbert, would evaluate folks and select the biggest racist.  Let’s see, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee; it’s got to be General Lee, right?   But again, that show is not happening and I’m glad to put the rumor to rest.   The Dem convention also featured a variety of speakers and I liked Kamala Harris the best. The very intense Senator Harris came across like Richie Cunningham’s mother on Happy Days.  So there you are, Mrs. C.   After smearing Brett Kavanaugh without any evidence in the Supreme Court hearing, Senator Harris now wants all citizens to be respected and beloved.  Or something.  Who knew?   President Obama looked almost casual in his denunciation of President Trump.  He believes the Trump administration is a “reality show.”  Mr. Obama could have been a lot worse on Mr. Trump, so this display amounted to little.   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pretty much admitted that she’s a communist in her 75 second speech.  The Dems only had three consecutive hours that night so I guess time was tight.  They had to go to Eva Longoria for an update on free Pilates for everybody.   Joe Biden’s speech was crisply delivered but said little other than he wants mandatory mask wearing.  He didn’t explain further, but blamed Mr. Trump for Covid deaths.  If any press agency bothers to check, the record shows that Mr. Biden was much more permissive about the pandemic than the President was in the early stages.  Maybe Joe doesn’t remember.  His speech writers certainly didn’t.   All-in-all the virtual Democratic Convention was exactly like past traditional conventions. Lots of bloviating, little problem-solving.   I expect a similar exposition from the Republicans this week although President Trump may use his platform to scorch the earth.  Mr. Trump is particularly angry these days over Covid destroying the economy, and the partisan press making his life miserable.  So the President could give new meaning to the word “vent.”   Just that possibility will garner him higher TV ratings than Biden.  And all the networks will carry every word.   So don’t fear the reaper, as Blue Oyster Cult once sang.  But he is likely coming on Thursday.
  • The Kamala Factor
    Like the vicious Covid infection back in February, it is taking a while for many Americans to understand the danger that is looming.  Joni Mitchell once sang: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone ...”   So please pay attention for Joni’s sake.   The Democratic Party, driven by its far-left spear point, senses it could win the presidency and both houses of Congress in November.  The Dems well understand they have a rare opportunity to control pretty much every aspect of American life.  They have a solid partnership with the powerful corporate media, an eccentric and unpredictable incumbent in President Trump, and a brutal weapon in racist and gender allegations.  The “woke” movement is an unprecedented threat to freedom of expression.   The question then becomes a simple one: do you think most Americans are aware of the big picture here?  The answer is no, by the way.   Let me provide a very vivid example of what I’m talking about.  California and New York have both become one party states because of the massive influx of new foreign residents.  Traditionally, immigrants favor the political party that “provides” more government assistance and that, of course, is how Democrats operate.     So today, Sacramento and Albany are ruled by liberal politicians who have imposed their philosophy: high taxes, less social order, aggressive restrictions and regulations on the private economy.   The results have been disastrous.  All you have to do is travel to New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to see the anarchy for yourself.  I don’t advise going to Portland, Oregon or Seattle because law enforcement in those places has collapsed.   The harsh reality on display in liberal precincts should easily put President Trump back in office.  But they will not.  Because many voters are still dependent upon news outlets that provide propaganda, not facts. Also, Mr. Trump is the most controversial president in history.   So if the Biden-Harris ticket prevails and the Dems gain control of both houses of Congress, expect a blanket amnesty for undocumented aliens.  In addition, those “legalized” by law will be put on the fast track to vote by mail. That will mean Texas and Florida, home to many undocumented folks, will likely become blue states.   And then the federal government will largely be controlled by the left, just like California and New York.   Enter Senator Kamala Harris who could very well preside over this Brave New World. She definitely sees the future and it is her. Joe Biden is Paul von Hindenburg in 1932 Germany.  An old guy who is malleable. Kamala is the ticket, so to speak.   Again, do you think most voters have any clue?  Do you think The New York Times and Washington Post will tell them?   But Joni Mitchell has to know that traditional America and the society it supports could soon be gone.  And Kamala can’t wait.
  • The Amazon Jungle
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is directly responsible for one of the most destructive actions in New York City history.  The Congresswoman from the Bronx is an ardent socialist who runs around spouting sympathy and support for the poor and working class.  Because of her far-left posture, she has become a media darling. Can I use that word?  If not, she is promoted constantly by the leftist press as a force for good.   But it is just the opposite, at least where the folks are concerned.   You may have heard Governor Andrew Cuomo last week almost begging affluent New Yorkers to return to the city.  Cuomo is a smart guy who knows that Gotham and the entire state is on the verge of financial collapse because of Covid and the vicious violent crime wave that Cuomo, himself, enabled by signing the insane no-bail law. The Governor did that to pander to the radical left, which has become a hobby of his.   Rich New Yorkers and many businesses are fleeing the city taking their considerable tax dollars with them.  Many will not return because who wants to live in a now dangerous place that has marginalized what was once the most effective police force in the nation?  The socialist mayor de Blasio has destroyed the infrastructure of the world’s premiere financial center.  It has been horrifying to watch.   But back to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.   Throughout the pandemic, the Amazon company has prospered as Americans are ordering products from home.  Amazon is expanding and hiring.  While many Americans are out of a job, Amazon workers are getting paid and have security.   You may remember back in 2018, Amazon wanted to build a plant in a working-class section of Queens.  It was estimated that 40,000 jobs would eventually be associated with the plant, not to mention the huge financial benefits to the surrounding neighborhoods.   But Ocasio-Cortez, in all her righteous indignation, raised hell saying New York City was giving Amazon too many tax breaks, which was rank propaganda.  Even the loon de Blasio saw the economic benefit of the corporation coming to town.   Tired of being attacked by socialist forces, Amazon quickly killed the deal knowing thousands of American municipalities would be thrilled to have the plant.   Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez then rhapsodized: “Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”  That would be CEO Jeff Bezos.   Had Amazon come to New York City, analysts estimate more than 40 billion dollars would already be in the city’s pocket.   Instead, de Blasio and Cuomo both know bankruptcy looms. Ocasio-Cortez is either not smart enough to understand that or doesn’t care.   She is expected to be re-elected in November.
  • By George, Let's Cancel
    For decades, billionaire George Soros has been donating big money to progressive groups seeking to change America into an “open society.”  In fact, that’s the name of some Soros non-profits; “the Open Society Foundations.”   In essence, the soon-to-be 90-year-old Soros sees the USA as an unjust country and believes the socialism of Europe should replace our capitalist system.  Soros wants to flood the American zone with foreign nationals in order to make that happen.  He supports lax border enforcement, amnesty for millions of undocumented people, and putting them on the fast track to vote.  That, of course, would cripple the Republican Party.   On the criminal justice front, Soros believes the US system is racist and most criminals should not be incarcerated.  He favors drug legalization and does not believe selling dangerous narcotics like heroin should even be a crime.   George Soros has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to people and organizations that approve of his vision, including a number of ultra-liberal state prosecutors in places that are currently seeing an explosive rise in violence.   Enter Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, who has occupied page two of that publication for decades.  Kass is the Trib’s lead columnist, or was until a few days ago, when he wrote an opinion piece about Soros that highlighted his funding of far left politicians.   Almost immediately, Kass was accused of being “anti-Semitic” in a bizarre series of attacks.  If you read the Soros article, you will see no mention of the man’s Jewish heritage, no reference to Judaism at all.   But to those protecting Soros from scrutiny, any negative mention of his name is deemed “anti-Semitic.”  It’s truly the Twilight Zone of defense mechanisms.   The absurdity continued with the editor of the Chicago Tribune, Colin McMahon.  After receiving a letter from some “ woke” people demanding John Kass be punished for daring to criticize the radical Soros, McMahon folded almost immediately.  He very publicly demoted Kass, who refuses to apologize for writing accurately about George Soros.   And so the cancel culture takes another scalp courtesy of editor McMahon.   If you understand history, you might realize that the cancel hysteria we are seeing in America today, actually began in Germany.  In the early 1930s, the National Socialist Party could not get more than 37 percent of the vote across that country.  So, the Nazis decided to silence opposition to Hitler by “cancelling” opponents in local governments, the press, and in the schools. The Nazis used a paramilitary organization called the SA to do this, often violently.   The result was Hitler’s appointment to Chancellor in 1933.  Few dared speak out against it.  Two months later, the Dachau camp was opened south of Munich to “officially” deal with the cancelled opponents of Nazism.   That strategy will not happen in the USA, there are too many safeguards in place.  But the theory is the same - shut up voices that oppose, in America’s case, the radical left.    Today, the cancel culture is on a roll, becoming a powerful force of intimidation as corporations and media bow before it. Literally, no one who challenges or even annoys the radicals is safe.   As John Kass has found out.
  • Too Cool for School
       “School’s out for the    summer.  School’s out    forever.”               - Alice Cooper  In Europe, 22 countries have allowed students to return to the classroom without any spike in Covid.  Did you know that?  If the answer is no, then you have once again been victimized by a dishonest American press which ignores facts that go against the anti-Trump narrative.   Many believe the kids are a key to the November election.  If schools cannot reopen, the psychological signal will be the pandemic has defeated the Trump administration.  Already, Nancy Pelosi is calling the contagion the “Trump virus.”   In 2016, women voted for Hillary Clinton 54 to 42 percent. Today, the school issue is obviously very important to mothers and grandmothers because they tend to be closer to the urchin action on the ground. Most women want their kids back in school safely.   But some, not all, Trump opponents do not want in person classes to begin and they use a speculative argument that it might not be safe.  Many teachers unions, fiercely pro-democrat, are opposed to classroom education this fall citing “danger” from the vicious contagion that might devastate the schools.   The national press, also pro-democrat, generally agrees.  And if one child contracts Covid in school, you will definitely come to know his or her name.   The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is pro in-person schooling but there may be some political pressure there, as the Trump administration is asking the medical establishment to help get the students back. So let’s go to another authoritative group that also believes kids should return to class: Harvard University medical researchers.   This is “science” for Joe Biden and his fans.   To support anything Trump at Harvard is to jeopardize your position at the nations oldest and most prestigious university.  Harvard has caved into political correctness and the “woke” movement that is crippling freedom of speech and robust debate, which can lead to problem-solving breakthroughs.  Simply put: the PC left rules Harvard.   Therefore, when issuing perhaps the most authoritative study on Covid’s impact on schools, the researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health were sure to include some Trump bashing to cover their rear assets.  Boring but necessary for their academic survival.   There are two key provisions in the study. Here’s the first:  “School closures may be among the least effective of (halting the spread of Covid).  A study of county rates of Covid across the United States from earlier this year found ‘no evidence that school closures influenced the growth rate’ in Covid infections, and two international studies similarly found large reductions in Covid spread from social distancing policies in general, but no significant effect from school closures on their own.”   Someone alert CNN.   Never mind.  The anti-Trump movement will never acknowledge the study.  Corruption at its most vivid.   But by reading this column as well as the entire study which is available online, the conclusion reached by the Harvard people is clearly stated: “Reopening schools should not be an us versus them argument.  It’s not a Democrat vs. Republican argument.  It’s about our children and about the evidence. We should be following the science that says in-person schooling for our kids is too valuable to give up and that the risks of school-based transmission appear to be low.”   So there you go, Alice Cooper.  With some exceptions in Covid danger zones, American schools should reopen with distancing and as many other protections as possible. Children need structure and the nation must regain some normalcy.   Let’s follow the “science.”  
  • The Anthem Blues
    The Los Angeles Times, a newspaper in a wee bit of economic trouble, recently featured a column suggesting America embrace a new national anthem possibly because the Star Spangled Banner, with all that rockets red glare stuff, may make some sensitive souls feel “unsafe.”   Writer Jody Rosen opined:  “the very idea of a national anthem, a hymn to the glory of the country, feels like a crude relic, another monument that may warrant tearing down. But if we must have an anthem, it should be far different than the one we have now, positing another kind of patriotism ... and it would also be neat if if was, you know, a decent song.”   Ms. Rosen goes on to suggest that the new anthem of the United States be a song by the late Bill Withers called “Lean On Me.”   Is that neat, or what?   So, I am envisioning the Olympics, an American has just won a gold medal and, as the honor is placed around his or her neck, the world hears this:               “Sometimes in our lives,              we all have pain, we all              have sorrow.                “But if we are wise, we know              there’s always tomorrow.                “Lean on me, when you’re                not strong - and I’ll be your                friend, I’ll help you carry on ...”   Fabulous.  The entire stadium singing along. What a message.  Everyone is safe. Everything will work out.  You know?   Forget the relic lyric “land of the free, home of the brave.”  That’s not inclusive enough!  Some of us are wimps, don’t we have a right to be represented in the national anthem? Talk about triggering!   So Jody’s idea is cool, groovy, and, yes, neat.  But it won’t work.  The lean on me song is too emotional, the anthem must be stirring.  If football players are going to brutalize each other, they can’t be singing “lean on me when you’re not strong” right before the on-field carnage begins.   Therefore, I am proposing that the new national anthem be a tune that cuts across boundaries.  A song that reflects the vibrance of our country.  That’s right, “Livin’ in America” by James Brown is the only choice.   I mean, seriously, how brilliant is this? Remember when Rocky IV knocked the pudding out of the big Russian guy, Drago?  Well, that happened immediately after the late Mr. Brown sang “Livin’ in America” just before the fighters were introduced.  Believe me, Rocky would not have been ferocious had he just sung “Lean On Me.”   Which is against the rules of boxing, by the way.   So let’s get down with the new national anthem.  Hit it:            “Superhighways, coast to coast, easy to get anywhere ... when there’s no destination that’s too far - and       somewhere on the way, you might find out who you are.         “Livin’ in America, eye to eye - station to station.         Livin’ in America, hand to hand across the nation!”   Who needs the War of 1812?  I can tell you, Francis Scott Key would gladly step aside for that.   Also, it would be impossible for Colin Kaepernick and his crew to kneel with James Brown wailing!   They’d be rockin’ in the free world along with everyone else.  Another problem solved.   So let’s do this people!   Take it home, James:          “Livin’ in America, so nice with your bad self.”          “Livin’ in America - I feel good!”
  • Backlash
    You may remember Patty Hearst, the heiress who was kidnapped by a radical left terror organization known as the Symbionese Liberation Army back in 1974.  During her confinement, Ms. Hearst somehow became a victim of “Stockholm Syndrome” and began sympathizing with her captors.   So I am wondering if Joe Biden is visiting Stockholm as well.  His recently released “platform” reads like a socialist manifesto, and Bernie Sanders is running around saying Mr. Biden enthusiastically embraces the progressive agenda.  After months of confinement in his basement, “moderate” Joe has somehow morphed into Che Guevara.   Enter Professor Helmut Norpoth, who teaches political science at Stony Brook University on Long Island.  Despite almost every poll saying Biden is well ahead of Trump, Dr. Norpoth is predicting that the President will win re-election with a 91 percent certainty.   Norpoth is not a poll guy.  He uses a “model” that has successfully called five out of six presidential elections since 1996.  The model only missed the George W. Bush victory over Al Gore, which was decided by the Supreme Court.   Dr. Norpoth not only says Mr. Trump will win, but also predicts it will be a landslide with the President receiving 362 electoral votes. Trump won 304 in 2016.   With more than three months until the vote, some skepticism about Norpoth’s “model” may be appropriate but the professor, himself, is a true believer.  He says he discounts all public opinion surveys and bases his conclusions on “enthusiasm” for each candidate.    We’ll see, professor.   But bolstering the Trump victory prognostication is a new poll done for The Sunday Express newspaper in London, England.  It asked this question: “Are you strongly or very enthusiastic about your choice of candidate?”   Trump voters 77 percent. Biden voters 43 percent.   Now, I don’t believe the polls mean much until mid-October but this election year is bizarre, to say the least.  Covid has engendered deep fear but not as much as the social disorder spearheaded by the radical left.   And here is the crucial point.  Americans don’t want violent crime causing blood in the streets.  Most of us don’t support defunding the police, or approve of anarchists destroying our history and “occupying” public spaces.  Many of us despise the “cancel culture” and the assault on freedom of speech the cancel fascists embrace.   President Trump is making his opposition to those things a central campaign issue.   Joe Biden is not.   I believe there is a fierce backlash brewing against the radicals.  Again, most Americans loathe this crew.   If Mr. Biden understands that, he has made no indication of it.   But then again, they build those basement walls thick in Delaware.  
  • Does Karl Marx Matter?
    They came for Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben with stunning speed.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson never knew what hit them.  Teddy Roosevelt got canceled in New York City, Junipero Serra, a saint, was defiled in California.  The Archbishop of San Francisco actually called that an evil act.  Few publicly supported his statement.   But it is not social justice organizations driving this destructive train.  It is not African-American citizens en masse.   No, this movement to demonize America’s history, traditions, religions and culture is led by Marxists and anarchists. And they know they have the sympathy of many corporations including those who run media operations. The radicals well understand they can do pretty much what they want to do especially if they live in “woke” areas.   The hyper-aggressive far-left tactics caught many including the President and the federal government by surprise.  Already reeling from the insidious Covid attack, authorities are having a difficult time separating the peaceful justice protesters from the political insurgents.  And very cleverly, the radicals are using some well intentioned Americans as shields to hide an absolute insurrection against the American system.   A few days ago, protesters marched to the homes of wealthy people in Southampton, New York, including the lavish estate of Michael Bloomberg.  Their message bordered on incoherent but what did emerge was an attempt to shame the rich as well as demand that they give a good portion of their assets to the “people.”   This, of course, is what communists want.   We have documented in this space that a leading radical group, the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation, was founded by three Marxists who want to destroy capitalism and the “white supremacy” power structure in America.   Thanks to recent reporting by the Capital Research Center, we now know a bit more.   The BLM Global Foundation uses the slogan “Black Lives Matter” to recruit street demonstrators and also to solicit donations. The Foundation has been very successful in raking in money while, at the same time, keeping its true political agenda hidden.   The corporate media helps because it has zero interest in scrutinizing the BLM Global Foundation.  That would be politically incorrect.   If the New York Times, Washington Post, or any TV news agency bothered, they would quickly discover, as I did, that the BLM Global Foundation has a close, financial alliance with the “Thousand Currents” group in Oakland, California.  That organization is an ultra-left, anti-American concern.   According to the Currents website, a woman named Susan Rosenberg is the Vice-Chairwoman of the board of directors.  Ms. Rosenberg, 55, has an interesting history. She was a member of the May 19th Communist group, and also traveled to Cuba with the pro-Castro Venceremos Brigade.   In 1982, the FBI put her on its ten most wanted list for terrorist activities.  Then in 1984, she was arrested for possessing 600 pounds of dynamite and a sub-machine gun. She was sentenced to 58 years in a federal penitentiary before being pardoned by President Clinton in 2001, right before he left office.   Now Susan Rosenberg and the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation are associated. But they don’t want you to know that. Shortly after the Capital Research Center wrote about Rosenberg, Thousand Currents scrubbed her name from its website.   It is not a reach to believe that fear and loathing will escalate in this country.  We’ve all seen the looting, arsons, and assaults. We know American law enforcement is under siege, and many media chieftains will not confront the radical mob.  We vividly see bad people on social media hurting their fellow citizens in ways never before witnessed in this country.   But here’s something you might not know. More Americans are legally buying firearms than ever before, according to FBI background checks.  Many folks have lost faith in the system to protect them.  So now they are arming themselves.   As an old song once put it: “the air is full of suspicion.”     Not a good place for any of us to be.
  • Bill's Column on the BLM Organization: 'It's News to Us'
    Americans are divided, angry, sad, inspired in some cases, and watchful of the Black Lives Matter Movement.  This week one of its leaders proclaimed on national TV that “if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn the system down.” Hawk Newsome continued saying he might be talking figuratively ... or literally. Very macho.  Very provocative.  Might be a threat. Now, you would think the national press would be all over this story, trying to get accurate information about the Black Lives Matter operation to the American people, who the press is supposed to serve.  I mean, this is an important story, is it not? Mr. Newsome, who heads the New York City chapter of Black Lives Matter, is the new Huey Newton, whom the 1960’s media largely adored.  Mr. Newton cofounded the Black Panther Party. Do you know who cofounded the current Black Lives Matter organization?  Bet you don’t.  Because the press has totally ignored the real story regarding the BLM movement. Three women are behind “The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation,” which is the central organization that directs policy. Alicia Garza, 39, is the chief strategic advisor.  Patrisse Cullors, 36, is also a top advisor. Finally, Opal Tometi, 36, is the third force. She works with the BLM Foundation and is also the Executive Director of the “Black Alliance for Just Immigration.” That group is associated with the “Freedom Road Socialist Organization,” a Marxist-Leninist group that has received funding from the Tides Foundation run by George Soros. Ah, the plot thickens. The three women who essentially run the BLM Foundation keep a very low profile.  No cable news interviews for them.  Nope, these ladies are serious. In an interview with a professor from Morgan State University, Ms. Cullors said: “Myself and Alicia (Garza) in particular are trained organizers.  We are trained Marxists.  We are super-versed on ideological theories.” So, do you think the protestors chanting “Black Lives Matter” in the streets understand what the “Black Lives Matter Global Network” really is?  And then there’s the “Thousand Currents” operation out of Oakland, California.  Ever heard of it?  I didn’t think so. Because the Black Lives Matter Foundation does not have tax exempt status, at least not yet, the radical left “Thousand Currents” outfit “fiscally sponsors” BLM.  The means it holds their donations, which now number in the millions.  Because the non-profit “Currents” is overseeing the cash, donors are allowed to write off donations to BLM, according to the IRS. Karl Marx would love this; a capitalist government allowing tax deductions for money earmarked to destroy it. And so ignorant celebrities and clueless corporations benefit financially when giving money to the radical left Black Lives Matter Global Organization Foundation.  Right on! Another question. When BLM receives the donated money where does the cash wind up?  Well, according to, 71 percent of it goes to salaries, benefits, and “consulting fees.” Wow!  How great is this?  Your mom could be a “consultant.” Interesting, right? The Black Lives Matter organization is run by Marxists who have access to lots and lots of money. Who knew?  Certainly not anyone who follows the national press.  Those “news” organizations couldn’t care less. As long as they can virtue-signal and damage “Donald Trump’s America,” the press is happy in its laziness and apathy. Does the truth matter? Not to the media. Power to the people!      
  • It's My Country and I'll Cry If I Want To
    It is almost beyond belief that America is being trashed the way it is.  I mean, here we have a country that provides more opportunity to more people than any other nation the planet has ever seen, and millions of its own citizens apparently want to destroy the traditions making that possible.   Never mind that tens of millions of folks all over world are trying to become American citizens.  Forget the absolute fact that the USA freed billions of people enslaved by fascism, communism, and Islamic fundamentalism.  Totally ignore our Constitution, and economic strength based on hard work as well as ingenuity.  Throw out our willingness to spend trillions to support the poor, not only here but abroad.   Yes, reject those facts and kneel in contrition to a false view of America.  One that is championed mostly by radical leftists who see the USA as an evil institution built on the backs of slaves and poor, exploited minority people.  Kneel and allow criminals to go unpunished, police to be demonized, babies to be aborted for any reason, private property to be destroyed, and your fellow citizens harmed if they dare challenge the liberal agenda.   Kneel.  Cower before the twitter mob that rejects President Lincoln’s statement “and malice towards none.”  Hope the brutish mob bypasses you.   Virtue-signaling is now a pandemic.  Insanity and psychic violence on gross display in prime time.  The corporate media loves it, profits from it, embraces the potential destruction and “enlightened” change the mob demands.   Never again should American voters be allowed to elect a person like Trump.  Now if you support him and the Republicans, you are not only deplorable, you are a racist.  You are not worthy of any consideration or even a job in some cases.     George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus, all were terrible men. Their statues and accomplishments must be destroyed.  It is virtuous to highlight their sins.  It is noble to spread the big lie: America was founded on white supremacy and the country still runs on that.   So kneel while the Woke mob burns our history, ignoring this reality: no person, no nation, is devoid of sin.  But it is the totality of a life that must be honestly evaluated as well as the totality of a nation.   The mob will never acknowledge that truism. The mob has no specific solution to any problem.  It only wants revenge for past injustice so it can rule in the present.  And the politicians, corporate chieftains, celebrities, professors, journalists, and even the clerics fear the mob.   So kneel.  Or else.
  • The Silence of the Lambs
    There is a big chill descending on freedom of expression in America. A few examples. Liberal journalists at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the The New York Times recently lost their jobs because they were not liberal enough.  The successful cable show “Live PD” was canceled by the Arts and Entertainment Network because of anti-cop fervor, and the legendary movie “Gone with the Wind” has been banished by HBO because it’s “racist.”   And that’s just a small sample of the Stalinist thought-terror presently enveloping the country.   Everyone’s scared. The totalitarian left, using the brutal police killing of George Floyd, has basically told American corporations that they will be branded racist if they allow or support criticism of the far left agenda.   A vivid example is the vicious Media Matters organization threatening companies that advertise on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program.  Media Matters, heavily funded by far left zealots like George Soros, accuses Mr. Carlson of “white supremacy.”  Disney, T-Mobile, and Papa John’s pizza cancelled sponsorship last week.   We can expect much more of this as the Stalinists understand it is their time.  The rush on the part of corporate America to “virtue signal,” that is, present themselves as champions of social justice and change, means any dissent from the Black Lives Matter agenda will not be tolerated.     We have never seen this before in America, at least on this kind of scale.  Individuals are losing jobs and careers simply for expressing honest beliefs.  Even in the 1950s when the communist witch-hunt was underway, you didn’t have this kind of assault on personal freedom across the board.   Twitter and social media are largely responsible.  In a blink, any American can be labeled a racist without a shred of evidence. And who will defend the accused?  No one. Because if you do - YOU become a racist, or a misogynist, or a “nationalist.”   The radical playbook written by Saul Alinsky is now dominating the media.  There are currently phrases like “all lives matter” that absolutely cannot be said.  If you put forth that you will stand and respect the National Anthem, you’re “insensitive.”  If you believe most police officers are noble, you are the enemy of justice.   I never thought I would see freedom of expression crushed in my country.  But that is what is happening.   We do need honest reform to help Americans, especially minorities, who are not treated fairly.  This can happen using robust debate and the exchange of effective  ideas. That’s the improvement process a free and mature society uses.   But the totalitarian left does not want a free society because things like the election of Donald Trump happen in it.  No, the radicals want to shut down opposing points of view, punish opponents, and have designed a frightening strategy to accomplish that.   It is obvious corporate America is surrendering to the totalitarians, and many in the media are enabling the suppression of freedom by promoting far left actions.   So who will stop this?  It will have to be “we the people” vehemently rejecting the far left revolt.  I think that will occur.  But with so much damage being done, I pray it happens soon.  Because the longer folks stay silent, the more we’ll be like lambs.  
  • Where There's a Will
    The insufferably arrogant columnist George Will is demanding President Trump be removed from office for a variety of offenses that make Al Capone look like Shirley Temple, if anyone remembers The Good Ship Lollipop girl.   Will is an elitist D.C. Republican who sees Mr. Trump as a Visigoth that doesn’t know which fork to use.  Since Will is syndicated by the ferociously anti-Trump Washington Post, his bread remains buttered.  No margarine, please.   So Curious George wants Joe Biden to be the next president, even as he watches violent anti-American behavior hurt thousands of citizens and actually kill some of them.  Question: will surrendering to the activist mob improve this country?  Will Mr. Biden stand up to the destroyers?   No chance.   Despite being clouded by his hatred for Donald Trump, George Will has to know that Joe Biden will never challenge Black Lives Matter or the other destructive groups that want to destroy the fabric of the nation. Under the banner of “social justice,” the radicals are now making gains which would only accelerate under a “woke” President Biden.   If the former Vice President does win in November, here’s what “we the people” can expect.   Many criminals will not be punished and will be released after arrest with no bail.  That’s because “non-violent” offenses like possession of heroin with intent to sell are now considered crimes caused by white society. Or something.   The police, not lawbreakers, will be suspect and in some places like Minneapolis, traditional law enforcement will be replaced by holistic policies.   Our politically correct culture will vastly expand.  All men accused by women will be guilty, all those who oppose liberalism will be branded bigots, due process will disappear.  Some college campuses will even ban non-liberal speech.  Virtue-signaling, not facts or reason, will dominate education.   Taxes will rise along with entitlement spending.  That will strangle the economy which will be increasingly regulated by the federal government in order to “combat” climate change.   A wealth tax will be passed, the first step in a program that would allow federal seizure of private assets. That’s something the socialists must have in order to impose a “just” society.  Not all Democrats are socialists but plenty of them are.   Illegal immigration will be accepted. Amnesty for undocumented people a certainty.  Sanctuary places that shield foreign criminals will continue their lawless conduct.  Millions of foreign nationals will be encouraged to apply for asylum and flood into the country.   Abortion at any time for any reason will be funded by taxpayers.  If you object on religious or moral grounds, you will be branded a “misogynist.”   Overseas, Biden will do what Barack Obama did, allow other nations to set the agenda. Israel will get hammered.  China will run wild. Putin will duplicate his seizure of Crimea elsewhere.  Maybe, Michael Moore will be Secretary of State.   I could go on but you get it, I’m sure.  A President Biden will do what the far left wants him to do.  Mr. Biden has changed just about every core belief he’s ever held and, despite his excoriation of the Trump administration, couldn’t even come up with a single thing he would have done differently to combat the pandemic or quiet the riots. The man is not exactly a problem-solver.   George Will’s personal animosity towards Donald Trump overrides all that I just enumerated and he is not alone.  Many Americans are ignoring danger ahead because they are fixated on a controversial President.   So here it is:  traditional America is under siege.  One presidential candidate will fight that.  One presidential candidate will not.   See you in November.
  • It's Not Black and White
    If you were looking for insight or intelligent analysis of the brutal Minneapolis police killing and its aftermath, television news has disappointed once again.   Most of the commentators are either frightened or angry, failing to provide desperately needed perspective. With lightening speed, the unnecessary death of George Floyd quickly became an opportunity for exploitation.  Looters and anarchists stole and destroyed, creating even more human misery. On TV and social media, anti-Trump people quickly blamed the President, while pro-Trump folks defended him, placing scorn on a hapless Minnesota mayor and street “thugs.”  A word, by the way, that President Obama used to describe looters.   Hour after hour, day after day, Americans learned little about the reasons behind a vitally important story.  What readers and viewers did get was reinforcement of their own beliefs, as fallacious as many of them are.   So, let’s get down to it beginning with the police.  At present, there are approximately 800,000 law enforcement officers on the job in the USA.  Most are good, honest civil servants but perhaps 10 percent are not. And that’s an army.   I use that number because human nature dictates about ten percent of every organization is corrupt.  Always been that way.  That’s the reason almost all police agencies have Internal Affairs squads that investigate misbehavior or incompetence.   Some African-Americans believe a much higher number of law enforcement people are corrupt and actively target blacks. That belief is often based on negative, personal encounters they have had with the police or other white authority figures.  There is no debating personal experience - we all are shaped by it.   The essential problem between police officers of all skin colors, not just white, and African-Americans is crime.  Blacks commit felonies and misdemeanors at a higher proportional rate than any other group.  That means law enforcement confrontation is much greater, especially for young black males.   Also, African-Americans are the victims of crimes far more often than other groups and most of the time justice is not achieved. The horrendous, ongoing black on black murder rate in Chicago and Baltimore proves this beyond any doubt.   Therefore, there is bitterness in many African-American communities over the criminal justice situation.  Add to that the fact that poor Americans cannot afford to hire experienced lawyers to defend them, and you have intense animosity towards the “white power establishment.”   The cacophonous, empty slogans and virtue-signaling about “race” are almost painful to endure. Yes, there are emotionally disturbed bigots who diminish minorities. They will always exist.  Ask Jewish people. However, the vile embrace of prejudice is largely shunned in the American public square.   But that doesn’t stop idiot commentators from depicting the USA as a hateful cauldron of bias.  Some of these pundits are even justifying the dangerous behavior of “protesters” who are attacking police officers and destroying property.  Make no mistake, these violent rioters only want to tear down, not resolve anything.   There is only one real solution to deprivation, crime, and helplessness and that is to teach the children well.  But that’s absolutely not happening in this country.  Many schools are simply holding stations with little discipline and standards of achievement.   If a child cannot read, write cursive, do math, speak properly, and does not understand that skills have to be developed so honest money can be earned, that child will likely become an impoverished adult without much hope.   Therefore, Americans fed up with “injustice” should focus on the only solution that provides a measure of protection against it: a disciplined and enlightened educational system. If good people begin to demand that for all children, then poverty and all the horrid consequences of it will be diminished.   If we don’t, the race dilemma will continue to suffocate our society - one citizen at a time.
  • Escape from New York
    In 1981, director John Carpenter released a movie that put New York City in a bad light, literally.  Gotham was portrayed as a depopulated, dark prison where federal authorities dumped violent criminals to fend for themselves.  Any attempt to “Escape from York” resulted in execution.Today in real life, the pandemic has devastated New York City, bringing fear and grief to its eight and a half million residents. Even before the contagion, folks were getting out.  According to the Census Bureau, 181 thousand people left New York state last year alone, an exodus that leads the country.Many moved to Florida, land of sunshine and no state income tax.  While New York ranks first in overall taxation, Florida is 47, and now has two million more residents than the Empire State.In spite of that, Florida will spend around $93 billion this year, while New York’s budget is an incredible $177 billion.  So the question becomes do New Yorkers get more services than Floridians?No, they don’t.Do New York kids get a better education?No, they don’t.Do New York drivers have better roads?Nope.And then there is the COVID invasion which could seal New York’s fate, at least short term. A significant number of businesses and workers may flee, having experienced hell for months. That means tax revenue will plummet.  So Governor Cuomo and his fun bunch of democrat legislators will have to raise taxes even higher or risk default.  New York currently runs a six billion dollar yearly deficit despite bleeding it’s workers for every cent.After COVID, some folks will no longer use the squalid subway system so it will fall deeper into debt.  Already the state has approved a new, punitive toll for driving into midtown. When does enough become enough?  New York City is a tremendous cultural bastion but, for some, it has become painful to live and work there.With so many residents packing up, city real estate prices will collapse, especially high end apartments.  Restaurants and stores will shutter, and the city could approach the brink as it did in the 1970’s.The incompetent totalitarian mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is already demanding a federal bailout.  The mayor has a very weak case after allowing his wife to spend close to a billion tax dollars on “educational” programs which amounted to little.Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to leverage the pandemic into a White House bid, but he has to know the desperate shape his state is in.  Because he is liberal, Cuomo is rarely challenged by the corrupt media but the stats speak for themselves. Many New Yorkers are fed up, fully understanding the chaos staring them directly in the face.In the “Escape from New York” movie, a thug named Snake Plessken is sent to the decaying city to rescue a President who is being held hostage there.The current President, Donald Trump, is a lifelong New Yorker or was. Realizing that Plessken or Batman or Green Lantern or anybody else cannot rescue Cuomo-land, Mr. Trump recently said adios and moved to Florida.Where he will have plenty of company going forward.
  • O'Reilly Editorial: It's Over - Open up the Country Now
    The United States of America has to open for business - now.  This pandemic is a war, and in order to fight a war, we must have a strong economy in motion. By opening the economy, and I mean everywhere - New York City, Los Angeles, everywhere – we are going to take casualties, people are going to hurt. There's no way you can avoid that. I am not insensitive to casualties, but the greater good is served by re-opening the nation now.  Here's how you do it.  The governors of all states have to tell businesses they can open with logical regulations they must follow.  Then you have to encourage senior citizens, those over 65, not to go out. It's safer if you're an older American to stay inside. I'm not saying you can't go get some fresh air, you can. But it's better if you don't go to the restaurant for a little while. If you can get somebody to go to the grocery store for you, it's better for you. There is no data that says when you open the economy in populated states, you get an immediate spike in the disease. That data does not exist and that's a good thing.  Now, if Vegas opens up and you see a big spike, that will be page one, and that might happen. If it does, then the governor of Nevada will have to shut it down. Disney World and Disneyland are getting ready to open, and on top of the exorbitant entry fee, you will now have to sign a waiver that says you are not going to sue if you think you got COVID from Cinderella. Don’t sign the paper, can’t come in. The house of mouse knows that the bloodsucking lawyers are lined up to sue them if anybody who visits Disney gets COVID. Pelosi and Schumer know it too, but they don't want a federal law limiting litigation, because these lawyers give the Democratic Party hundreds of millions of dollars.  How corrupt this is? I mean, it's just beyond belief corrupt. Again, this never gets reported.  Now, why is the press rooting against re-opening? Everybody knows it's because of Donald Trump, but not everybody will acknowledge that.  These media people who earn lavish salaries, what do they care? When there's somebody out in Missouri who owns a hair salon and isn't making any money - what do they care? They don't care about the folks. They couldn't care less. Their ideology dictates.  And why would Donald Trump would come out and say, ‘hey, I'm taking that controversial drug, hydroxychloroquine’?  If you read 'The United States of Trump,' you know he's a provocateur, word of the day. But why would he take time out from trying to convince the nation to re-open? Why go down a diversionary path? I don't think that's good. I would not have done that had I been president. I would do what I just spelled out in this editorial.  President Trump should be very clear to the American people: This is a war. You want to win a war? You can't destroy your country – that is how you lose a war.[Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s No Spin News, weeknights at 7 eastern right here on]
  • The Plan
    Did you know that last year, Americans paid more taxes to the federal government than ever before?  Two reasons: the robust economy meant workers were making more money.  And the Trump tax reform law eliminated deductions for state and local taxes above $10,000.  That means people like me have to fork over more federal income tax, because we can’t write off what we pay to the state, which, in liberal places like New York and California, is a lot.   So, it was shocking to see that the new Nancy Pelosi pandemic relief bill, which passed the House on Friday, calls for eliminating the $10,000 ceiling, thus putting more money in the pockets of the affluent.   Bernie Sanders, who pays property taxes on three homes, has not said a word.    That’s because the Democratic Party is heavily funded by fat cats in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Manhattan and the Hamptons, as well as other wealthy, liberal precincts.   This Bud’s for you, rich leftists.  Nancy P. gives back despite the phony rhetoric about the rich paying their “fair share.”   You might ask why a sop to the wealthy is included in a virus relief package in the first place.  Or why quasi-amnesty for the undocumented is in there.  Or major assistance to companies that legally sell marijuana.  Or dozens of other things that have nothing to do with fighting the pandemic.   The answer is politics.  Ms. Pelosi is signaling the updated Democrat platform leading to the election.     The Speaker knows the new relief bill will not be passed.  Only one Republican congressman, Peter King of New York, voted for it and no GOP senators will.  But Ms. Pelosi would like her party to understand where its future lies, and especially wants her fat-cat pals to realize that they will benefit financially.   This cynical and incredibly hypercritical game is not well understood by we the people and that’s why I have written this column.  And here’s something else that is a hidden truth.   If the new pandemic bill ever did pass, the nation’s debt would increase to $28 trillion; money the USA can never fully pay.  The Democrats have no interest in slowing down the massive government spending even though the gross fiscal irresponsibility is a real threat to eventually crash the economy.   But that is exactly what the socialists and their sympathizers want.  If the private marketplace collapses, the federal government will have to take it over - completely.  Something Bernie and his bros yearn for.   We live in a country full of distractions, distortions, and dismal challenges like COVID. Many of our leaders are not interested in problem-solving and often bury their true agenda in legislation that, in the case of the Pelosi bill, runs more than a thousand pages. The folks are not going to read the thing and neither are most members of Congress and the press, so let me give you the true headline: the Pelosi bill uses the contagion danger to advance left wing power.   And now you know the rest of the story.
  • Truth, Justice and the American Way
    Superman is appalled by the FBI’s abusive treatment of General Michael Flynn.  Way back in 1952, when television was just beginning to influence the world, a show based on the comic book hero Superman debuted.  George Reeves was the star and the program lasted six years - it is etched into the memories of many baby boomers.  At the beginning of each episode, a narrator would tell viewers that the Super guy was in business to promote “truth, justice, and the American way.”  So, now, the truth and justice thing is under siege because the nation’s most powerful law enforcement agency, the FBI, launched a corrupt investigation designed to damage President Donald Trump by linking him to Russia during the campaign of 2016. There is no longer any doubt about the FBI’s outrageous behavior.  Last week the Justice Department dropped its prosecution of former Trump national security advisor General Michael Flynn.  The DOJ did this after hand-written notes from an FBI investigator became public indicating the Bureau was discussing trying to entrap Flynn into a “lying to the FBI” crime.  Agents succeeded, and the General pleaded guilty.  Some believe he did that because the FBI threatened to prosecute his son who worked with his father on overseas projects. That remains to be proven.  Subsequently, General Flynn withdrew with his guilty plea.  The reason the FBI tried to set the elder Flynn up was to get him to “flip” on his boss, Donald Trump.  Then head of the FBI James Comey apparently was interested in harming the new President by linking him with Russia and may have believed Flynn had damaging information on Trump. As we know now, there was never any legal basis for the FBI to even launch a Russian investigation, much less secure surveillance warrants.  As we also understand today, much of the media reporting on “Russian-collusion” was false and defamatory. Superman would like to know exactly who is going to be held accountable for this scandal.  After all, the superhero disguised himself as Clark Kent, a “mild-mannered” reporter.  Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are asking the same question. US Attorney John Durham is in charge of the investigation into the FBI.  His upcoming report may lead to indictments. But what about the press?  Who will hold the New York Times and The Washington Post accountable for years of misleading reports and commentary? Who will hold Comcast responsible for MSNBC’s hateful false narrative? Is anybody investigating CNN?  Is its plantation master AT&T under scrutiny? What about Disney, will it be brought to justice for airing the blatantly dishonest “View” program among others? The answer to those questions is simple: no one in the media is likely to be held accountable. No person will be fired, the massive corporations involved will not be fined, no explanations or apologies for the thousands of falsehoods broadcast and published will be forthcoming. Because the sad truth is that the search FOR the truth is not part of the “American way” any longer.  And somewhere Superman is weeping.
  • Respecting the Office
    During a dinner with President Trump a few months ago, I expressed regret to him for the general behavior of the press in America. I did this not to pander to the President, but to discuss the disintegration of decorum that, as an American, disturbs me.   In the past, most credible journalists respected the office of the presidency, if not the person inhabiting it.  President Nixon strained that respect as correspondents like Dan Rather openly loathed the man.  But even Mr. Rather brought a modicum of respect to his White House beat.   In 1992, NBC News reporter Stone Phillips interviewed President Bush the Elder in the White House.  Using a poorly sourced newspaper allegation that alleged Mr. Bush had committed adultery, the journalist confronted the President.   Phillips: “Have you ever had an affair?”   President Bush: “I’m not going to take any sleaze questions.  I gave you a little warning. You see you’re perpetuating the sleaze by even asking the question - to say nothing of asking it in the Oval Office.  And I don’t think you ought to do that and I’m not going to answer the question.”   Stone Phillips backed off and the appropriateness of the question was widely debated.  To me, a journalist who has interviewed six Presidents, Mr. Bush was correct; the White House is the wrong place to attempt a tabloid exposition.     Today, many media people do not respect Donald Trump and, by extension, the position he holds or the place where he lives. The hate-Trump press explains its conduct by pointing to the President’s deficits.  They attempt to justify their bad behavior by pointing to his bad behavior - as if a third grade rationalization excuses the media’s gross disrespect for the Executive branch.   Americans elect presidents and once that happens the person assuming the office should be afforded a blanket of respect simply for holding the position. The presidency is the apex of our republic, something President Bush well understood.   In the summer of 2007, I interviewed then Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for President.  The chat was in York, Pennsylvania and was lively, to say the least. I challenged the senator and did not let him dodge.  I had no problem describing some of his positions as misguided.   The next time I interviewed Mr. Obama he was President and we were in the White House.  Whole new ballgame.  My questions were still challenging but my tone was more measured.  I mean, I couldn’t imply he was a pinhead as I can with senators and congresspeople.  His status as the head of the country meant I had to respect his office.   And I did.   I remember getting a flood of letters from anti-Obama people accusing me of being “too soft” on Mr. Obama.  These critics wanted rhetorical blood.  But that would have not only have been disrespectful to him, but to the country.   By the way, the three chats I had with President Obama were the toughest interviews he saw.  Check them out.   Today, President Trump is obviously not afforded respect by the media.  Many in the White House press corps have been encouraged by their corporate masters to make Mr. Trump look bad.  Legitimate questions are often asked in blatantly hostile tones.  It’s wrong.   Americans deserve accountability from all presidents and the job of the press is to seek clarity and truth.  But that’s not what’s going on today.  It’s “get” Trump all day, every day.   Respect for the office of the presidency has vanished and it is unseemly.  Donald Trump was awarded his job by the people.  To not respect that is to insult the people.   And that’s what’s happening.  
  • Maybe the Press Should be Quarantined
    If you are observant during this time of national isolation, you can learn a lot about your country and, perhaps, yourself.  This is a once in a lifetime experience that will change many things in America; some for the better, some for the worse.   On display right before our eyes is the collapse of honest journalism.  This has been brewing for a while.  In fact, Ted Koppel believes that I, your humble correspondent, ignited the situation by injecting opinion into a prime time cable news program beginning way back in 1996.  Mr. Koppel said that to my face on The O’Reilly Factor.   But Ted ascribes far too much influence to me.  All I did was take the newspaper editorial pages and hone them on television. Nothing wrong with that.  Of course, the concept can be misused by dishonest people but that’s been going on since William Randolph Hearst.   What we are vividly experiencing now in America is a herd media mentality that is using the medical catastrophe to sell a narrative to the folks: the virus is largely Trump’s fault and voters must banish him come November.   My opinion is not stated to support or engender sympathy for President Trump. Americans have seen him talk about the pandemic for hours each week.  Surely, we the people can arrive at a conclusion about the President using our eyewitness capabilities.   But the actual news reporting on the government’s response to the virus is heavily skewed to make Mr. Trump look bad. The hostility of many in the White House press corps is stark and anyone who denies that is a deceiver.  Obviously, the animus directed at Mr. Trump by “objective” reporters violates every journalistic tenet. Reporters can and should ask the toughest questions they can formulate.  But they should not inject hostility into the query.   What is happening here is failure to communicate honestly, with apologies to Cool Hand Luke.  National news organizations like The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, and CNN, among others, are all practicing “outcome journalism.”  These outfits do not demand their employees search for factual truth.  Instead, editors and TV executives want a clear outcome from the pandemic reporting.  And that is Trump must go. Therefore, almost every bit of the President’s virus response will be portrayed as wrong, stupid, or even lethal.   It should be noted that there are some pro-Trump expositions in the media, but the hate-Trump presentations heavily outnumber them.   Once a free society cannot get honest, objective information, it becomes less able to make responsible decisions.  That is absolutely happening right now in America. The relentless contagion of propaganda funded by massive media corporations has spread to every part of this country.   It is not an overstatement to say the press collapse is a virus that is harming us all.  And there’s no vaccine in sight.  
  • One World
    The global pandemic is the worst thing that could happen to the concept of “globalism,” a fervent left wing tenet.  Famous people from Barack Obama to Pope Francis have touted the benefits of a world with no power index - that all nations should be pretty much the same, because human beings share universal qualities.     Out of the “One World” movement has come the open border concept, aggressive socialism, “inclusion” that intrudes on fairness and liberty, and a variety of other misguided and even dangerous policies. Now, because of the virus, the philosophy of global equality is in tatters.   China is mainly responsible.  Beijing’s communist human rights violators lied to the world about the severity of the contagion. And China was enabled by the United Nations through the colossally incompetent World Health Organization.  Five days after the US government stopped flights from China, the WHO officially objected, issuing this statement:  “We reiterate our call to all countries not to impose restrictions inconsistent with International Health Regulations.  Such restrictions can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little health benefit.”   That incredibly irresponsible response from a UN agency led to intense condemnation of President Trump.  Joe Biden called the flight ban “fear-mongering.”  Congressman Eliot Engel said it was “racist.”   As the pandemic spread across the globe, the WHO became even more dangerous.  On February 29, it issued this statement: “Travel bans to affected areas or denial of entry to passengers coming from affected areas are usually not effective in preventing the importation of cases ...”   Just a few weeks later, almost the entire world went on lockdown.  Now, in attempt to save the WHO, some entertainers are participating in a “virtual” concert to benefit the organization which is under extreme pressure.   Last week, President Trump announced a suspension of the almost $500 million a year the USA donates to the WHO.  Mr. Trump saying the USA wants to investigate exactly why the World Health Organization misled the planet.   But almost immediately, Nancy Pelosi objected, calling the President a “science denier.”   There comes a point when fair-minded people have to speak up.  The far-left movement, of which Nancy Pelosi is a leader, is a demonstrably destructive enterprise.  It generally despises capitalism, does not respect private property, and sees America as an “oppressive” nation which is consistently wrong if not downright evil.   That mindset has now taken root not only in foreign countries, but also right here at home.  However, one of the few benefits of the pandemic is that far left concepts are increasingly being challenged with undeniable facts.   The truth is we do not live in a “one world” situation, no matter how many ill-informed people say differently. There are enormous differences among countries and some nations are exceedingly dangerous to the human condition.   Like China.     So you can sing “we are the world, we are the children” all you want, but understand by doing that, you are not making the world a better place.   Unless you think lethal pandemics are beneficial.
  • The Strategy
    There is a wall of doom being erected in America.  The media is building it by sensationalizing coverage of the pandemic, instead of providing facts and honest context to people who desperately need it.   Here are some recent headlines found on the net. - Economic Devastation Looms - Record Bankruptcies Predicted - Pandemic Will Cleve Nation in Two - Broke Americans Consider Selling Blood - Czech Nudists Told to Wear Face Masks Only the last story was based on a factual occurrence.  The others used speculative opinion throughout the articles.   While it is certainly true that the press has always used flaming leads, this time there is a dark reason to do it.  The deadly virus spreads quickly and without warning.  That creates mass fear.  And fear creates opportunity.   There are Americans, including some media chieftains, who believe four more years of President Trump is actually worse for the country than the contagion.  So while the virus is amongst us, it should be used to damage the President as much as possible.   Therefore, doom is a much better context than hope.  Any positive development is scrutinized while negative occurrences are quickly gathered and spotlighted.  You cannot build a wall of doom upon a foundation of better times ahead.   The primary construction crew of the horror wall is the usual far-left apparatus that also sees a chance to damage the capitalist system. Thus, a spate of reports on how much Americans will suffer economically even after the virus abates.   We saw this when Bernie Sanders demanded the federal government pay every workers full salary throughout the pandemic. That, of course, would collapse the US dollar as the Treasury Department would have to print trillions in paper currency to meet the obligation.   But that’s what Sanders, George Soros, and elements at The New York Times, want - economic and societal chaos.  So a new “world order” can be built based on Marxist redistribution principles.   With that in play, let’s welcome in the Thunder Doom spectacle.  It is here for all to see.  And please note exactly who is putting bricks in that wall.   They are not looking out for you.
  • The Winds of Change
    The pandemic will change many things on this earth including, very likely, your life.  But if you are looking for guidance and perspective on the post-virus world, you will not get that from America’s news agencies. Instead, you will see and read blatantly dishonest appraisals of the contagion situation designed to promote ideology and social engineering.   The foolish presentations on many TV news programs are boring and depressing.  More than a few “presenters,” as they call anchor people in England, are simply bewildered. They have no clue as to what is really happening. Whenever you hear an interviewer ask: “what do you make of that?”, please understand the questioner has no question. They have to say something, but they are really saying nothing.   So, for the benefit of you, the reader, let me lay out a post-pandemic vision.   First and most important, the false, far-left belief that big government is the key to a satisfying life for people has been shattered. The repressive Chinese Communists, who Bernie Sanders admires for combating poverty, are directly responsible for the plague.  Also, the UN-funded Word Health Organization enabled the totalitarians in Beijing to lie to the world.   Never again should China and the WHO be trusted on anything.   Around the globe, no leader was perspicacious enough to sound an early alarm about the contagion.  No one did it, despite the presence of the most sophisticated operational medical intelligence apparatus in history.   The first global action was taken on January 28 when the United States and Italy both stopped flights from China.  That action saved President Trump, who is now totally dependent on American science to develop an antidote to defeat the virus.  If that does not happen by September, Mr. Trump could very well lose the election - if it does come about, he will likely win.   That’s because the Democrats participated in three debates between January 1 and February 25 and there was not one mention of the Wuhan virus, nothing.  But there was plenty of talk about impeachment.   So now when the Democrats say the President was late sounding the alarm, they look foolish and dishonest.  In addition, their leading candidate, Joe Biden, criticized Mr. Trump for stopping the China flights.  This is not a good virus resume, no matter how the press tries to spin or ignore it.   On the issues front, the open borders crew, a significant part of the Democrat machine, is done forever.  George Soros and his fellow travelers were always dangerous and now there is pandemic proof of that.   In March, the FBI conducted a record number of background checks on gun buyers.  Even the dimmest citizen now knows that governments cannot protect you from harm.  You must protect yourself, and that includes financially.  Stop spending money you don’t have.   Finally, government-run health care is a virus victim.  Many countries in Europe that have socialized medicine are running death rates ten times higher than the USA.  Private care is always better.  Always.   As for your situation, here it is.  The economy and stock market will come back but many jobs will not.  Companies will use the pandemic to pare down on unnecessary workers and products.  In the future, more folks will work from home.  In the short term, salaries will drop because more people will be looking for work, and most companies have lost revenue during the great isolation.   Again, you need to protect yourself.  You have to develop a skill the marketplace needs.  Companies and unions will not provide you with economic security. Profit will continue to rule in post-pandemic America.   When normality returns, we will still have our bread and circuses to divert us from reality. But during this hiatus from life as we knew it, you might want to look hard at your own life.   The world is changing.  Get ahead of the curve.      
  • You Have the Right to Remain Stupid
    The vicious contagion presents perhaps the most significant personal opportunity for change in our lifetimes.  That’s because the bustle has broken down.  The pursuit of money, sex, power, and other magnets are all on hold. We are now apart from the daily machine that can grind us into unthinking, callous people.  At least most of us are.   So, how about some introspection?  Some inward evaluation.  An honest appraisal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Maybe we start with the country and then we’ll get to what’s really important - our own selves - as the country singers might say.   An essential question for me is: how did this country get so hateful?  If you are following the contagion news, you know the blame game has kicked in.  It’s the 'Trump virus,' according to a New York Times columnist. Another far left writer in that liberal journal (it no longer meets the standards of a newspaper) says the virus is enabled by ultra-religious Christians who 'deny science.'  Of course, she ties that into the climate change debate as well as President Trump.   On the right, some loons accuse China of weaponizing the contagion without a shred of evidence to back up the claim.   With so much craziness available on the net, often disseminated by corporate media, the divisive atmosphere has fueled a unique kind of American loathing.  Many of us actively despise those with whom we disagree.   Thus, in our newfound downtime, we might think about whether we are a part of the loathing movement and if we are, whether that is enhancing our individual lives.   And then there is 'what your country can do for you.' President Kennedy rejected that sentiment, but today the concept is warmly embraced by millions of Americans who firmly believe in the Bernie Sanders doctrine: that the government should provide.  No need for self-reliance, that’s for fools.  A vast central power structure will dictate what Americans can and cannot have.  We the people are not the deciders.  Bernie and his comrades would be.   It is simply incredible to me, a son of the Cold War, that socialism is on the rise in America.  Perhaps during the contagion we can think hard about our individual freedoms which are under assault from the virus.  Do you like being told how to live and where you can go?  How about you, Democratic Party, are you embracing the restrictions we are seeing?  They are obviously necessary.  But they are also a vivid message. This is what can happen all the time when big government totalitarians rule.   On the social front, are you a due process denier?  Do you condemn neighbors based on gossip?  Are you supportive of the trend that all allegations are convictions?  When Brett Kavanaugh was almost destroyed, it was an accusation, not hard facts, that brought him to the brink.  One brave woman, Senator Susan Collins, saved him.  Hundreds of our elected officials embraced the noose.   Finally, what about you?  Do you fear the virus?  Why?  Are you afraid to die?  Do you fear giving the contagion to people you love? Are strangers part of the equation?  Do you feel for the suffering and dying?  Do you pray for them?  Do you pray at all?   All throughout history the world has suffered as it is suffering now.  Those who see the big picture understand that dreadful plagues, wars, natural disasters, and human atrocities are all part of earthly existence.     People who accept that and learn from the viral calamity, are likely to prosper in the aftermath.   People who see themselves as victims and who lament the loss of individual pursuits, will stay in place.  And, in America, we still have that right - to remain selfish and even more harshly - to remain stupid.
  • The Contagion Chronicles
    Terrorists all over the world are watching the world panic closely.  Biological warfare has been a reality for decades.  You may remember that Saddam Hussein expelled weapons inspectors from the United Nations after the 9/11 terror attack, which led to the Iraq war.  Saddam’s terror thugs, the Mukhabarat, had indeed developed biological agents but secretly destroyed the program before the fighting began - completely fooling allied intelligence services.   Today, many nations have developed virus weaponry and terrorists would love to acquire the lethal bugs.  COVID from China (sorry race-baiters) has succeeded in severely damaging the worldwide economy and will eventually kill more than one million people. There will, I believe, be a vaccine soon that will ease the disaster, but more viruses are coming.   Some have speculated that Chinese researchers actually spread the virus after it escaped from a lab near Wuhan.  But my investigation says that is false.   In October, 2007, clinical micro-biologists at the University of Hong Kong released a report entitled “SARS-CoV as an agent of Emerging/Re-emerging Infection.”  The paper clearly states the danger:   “Coronaviruses are well known to undergo genetic recombination, which may lead to new genotypes and outbreaks.  The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb ... therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored."   But that warning was ignored.  Because governments are rarely proactive.  Most countries owe enormous amounts of money and the USA leads the league.  Once we get out of this plague, America will owe close to $25 trillion dollars.  Few countries spend money on medical theories because they simply can’t afford it.   So respirators and virus test kits were not stockpiled. Disease threats from the backwaters of China went largely unknown. And now the contagion rages.   Corona will change many things in America, here are just a few. The Second Amendment will be strengthened as self-protection rises.   Socialism in America will be crippled as the vital virus vaccine will likely emerge from private drug companies, the ones demonized by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.   America’s partisan media will lose even more credibility over foolish and distorted reporting designed not to inform the public, but to engender panic and disillusionment in order to harm the powers that be in Washington.   Trust in the financial markets will plummet. Folks will not only hoard paper supplies, they’ll lockbox cash.   Summing up: many people will suffer in many ways because primitive fools ate infected bats in China.  The damage is severe with evil people taking measure.   And the world should know it.Subscribe to watch Bill O'Reilly weeknights at 7pm ET.
  • It's Sick
    It is the speed of the contagion that has folks spooked.  That and the media play-by-play.  There’s a virus coming to your house. Just like that Stephen King book.   Just three weeks ago, life in America was pretty standard.  Now everything is shut down and Tom Hanks has Corona.  What happened?    Disease happened.  Global travel happened. Worldwide government bureaucracies initially failed as they usually do.  We have a list in this country: Al Qaeda, Katrina, Maria, Vietnam, Iraq.  On and on.   The committed left media is hyping and using the illness to try to drive President Trump from office.  Here’s Trump-hater Gail Collins in The New York Times: “Let’s call it TrumpVirus.  If you’re feeling awful, you know who to blame.”   Really astute analysis from Ms. Collins.  I don’t know how she does it.   More brilliance from Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.  She puts forth that telling people NOT to panic, as the federal government is doing, is a bad strategy.  Ms. Noonan apparently believes panic is okay.   If you look up the word “panic” in the dictionary, you’ll see this: “Sudden uncontrollable fear and anxiety, often causing unthinking behavior.”   Could it be that Peggy Noonan wrote her column in a panic?  Just asking.   Clear-thinking people are right to fear the Coronavirus because it spreads quickly from even casual human contact.  It’s an “airborne” contagion, unlike AIDS or Ebola.  That’s scary even if you tend to be brave.   So caution is a good protection.  Panic is not.  And blaming the virus on Donald Trump is stupid and loathsome.  No national leader could stop the illness and the USA is certainly trying to contain the infection.   Of course mistakes will be made.  This is a sudden plague upon the land.  Some things will work, some will not.   President Trump told the nation that “we are all in this together.”  But I don’t believe that at all.  Richer folks are better protected than the poor.  Country people have a stronger chance to avoid infection than citizens packed into the cities.  We are not together in America, we are badly divided politically, residentially, and culturally.   Finally, there will be people who attempt to exploit the virus for political and/or financial gain. They will try to use human suffering to advance their own interests.   I am watching these people.  And I will report back.  Because it’s sick.  
  • Hope and Change
    (Baltimore)  Cruising around the poor neighborhoods of this troubled city it is easy to see why millions of Americans want to destroy free enterprise and allow a giant federal government to take care of them. The false promise of Bernie Sanders is just another in a long line of political deception. The truth is simply too difficult for some Americans to hear.   Thousands of Baltimoreans live in hovels, surrounded by degenerate criminals selling narcotics and threatening lethal violence at any time.  Liberal authorities now demand sympathy for these brutal poison pushers and the result is that millions of honest poor people all over the country are trapped in their dire circumstance.    They can't flee because they have no money.  Their lack of resources almost always correlates to a poor education. Simply put, these Americans cannot compete for a decent salary.  And so they are prisoners, dependent on government subsidies to survive and subject to the daily indignities of danger and decay.   President Barack Obama promised impoverished folks and all Americans “hope and change.” But little changed during his eight years in office except more hopelessness.  That feeling often leads to addiction, making poverty and crime even worse. Baltimore is the poster city for that.   Mr. Obama tried to improve the lives of the poor but, again, did not succeed.  His “income redistribution” economic polices caused corporations and small businesses to freeze.  Hiring was scant and salaries stagnant.  Capitalism works best when the marketplace expands and workers are needed to increase profits.  That did not happen under President Obama.   Donald Trump has done better in the economic area but he is not going to improve the ghettos of Baltimore.  That’s because no government can do that.  If an American cannot perform a job effectively, he or she will face deprivation no matter what promises charlatans like Sanders and Warren make.   The solution to poverty is education but the cold truth is that honesty does not exist in the public school system because if you do tell the truth, you will be branded a racist.   So here is the unvarnished truth: children from chaotic homes with irresponsible parents need the confidence that comes with individual achievement. And in order to achieve you need discipline and motivation. All students must respect the boundaries imposed by the educational process or they will fail in life.  Got it, Bernie?   Therefore, every public school student in this country should be required to wear a uniform provided by the state. That will send a message to the child that they are involved in a serious enterprise that will require cooperation from each of them.   Students should learn at a reasonable pace, and be taught the essentials of life in the United States.  Not be given a curriculum of victimhood and failure.  Social promotion should be banished.   But the left in America opposes those things and provides a constant drumbeat that it’s impossible for non-affluent citizens to succeed.  The kids hear that.   Public schools must repudiate that terrible lie.   Those students who refuse to cooperate, should be placed in therapeutic schools, where they can get personalized support - not be allowed to disrupt other students who want to succeed on society’s terms.   It is my belief that committed leftists like Bernie Sanders really don’t care about elevating poor Americans because self-reliance and disciplined learning is the key to fighting poverty - not a giant state apparatus which the socialists adore.   Bernie’s bro Fidel Castro used his power to insure most Cubans stay poor.  That’s what happens when the state runs things.   Back in the USA, hope becomes sparse when a child has derelict parents and lives in a violent neighborhood. The only chance is to educate that child well and tell the kids the truth: learning, hard work, and honesty is your ticket to success in life.   Sadly, that is not even close to happening in today’s America.  
  • The Tribal States of America
    As America emerged victorious after World War II, an era of unity swept the country. Then television arrived, causing a cultural unification of the American people. Everybody knew who Ed Sullivan was. The Bonanza boys, Mary Tyler Moore, the Fonz, all had national recognition beyond anything ever seen. On the radio, the same pop music was played on AM stations all across the land and with the arrival of Motown, African-American entertainment finally went mainstream. In addition, black sports figures like Willie Mays and Bill Russell were admired from coast to coast. The word “united” really was appropriate in the culture and, to a lesser extent, in the accepted view of how the country should be run. Now that is gone. America is no longer a united assortment of states. We have devolved into tribalism because of technology. Our devices allow us to think small, to pursue our self-interest constantly with others who like what we like. Stamp collecting, hunting, fitness, finance, sports, religion, if you want to lose yourself in a specific world, you can easily do it. And you don’t even have to leave the house. Thus, our common culture is vanishing, no longer does entertainment or education or even faith bind us together. Today, it is every person for him, her or, insert your own pronoun, self. So the question becomes how can a nation made up of millions of self-absorbed tribes govern itself? There is little prevailing national interest anymore. “We’re all in this together” has vanished. It has been replaced by “where’s what I want?” Tribalism extends to politics, of course, and we are vividly seeing that in the struggles of the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders could not have happened ten years ago. Democrats were very happy with their liberal but conventional leader Barack Obama, a man who won the presidency while opposing gay marriage and espousing other traditional beliefs. Today, you cannot even run as a democrat if you don’t embrace gay nuptials or support late-term abortion. But some “moderate” democrats do remain. However, they are being eclipsed by traditional liberals, far-left progressives, and the socialist/communist element. The democrats are now divided into tribes. Some love Bernie, others support Bloomberg, South Carolina dems rallied for Biden. But these men share little common ground and are propelled by the tribes that support them, not a central party. The result, as we are seeing, is chaos. Senator Sanders leads the primary pack, but the democrat establishment does not want him to run against President Trump because the poobahs think he’ll lose. It is a becoming bitter situation. In the past, political winds have shifted every few years in America and that might happen again if the Democratic Party gets destroyed in November. But what will never happen again is a spirit of “E Pluribus Unum.” Out of many, one. High technology has rendered that motto obsolete so we need a new slogan. Perhaps something like: “In tribes we trust.”
  • Civility Unrest
    Back in 1960, my working class parents voted different parties; my mom went democrat with JFK.  My father voted republican for Richard Nixon.  I remember sitting at the dinner table eating “Spaghetti-o’s” listening to my folks tease each other about “canceling” their votes.   Over the decades, my friends and family members supported a wide array of politicians and I never had a problem with any of them.  In fact, I’ve interviewed seven presidents and respect them all for their service to America.  I even enjoyed my brief time with George McGovern, about as left wing as they come.   But today I simply cannot understand how any intelligent American can support Bernie Sanders, who despises the United States and wants to burn down our traditions.  I believe Senator Sanders to be a truly dangerous man and those who would allow him power, are putting my family in jeopardy.   Let’s start with Sanders saying, during the debate in New Hampshire, that America is “racist society” from top to bottom.  In order to believe that, you have to accuse millions of Americans who hold responsible positions of actively persecuting blacks and other minorities.   To buy into Sanders’ irresponsible statement, you must also believe that the United States’ social system, by design and execution, denies the equal pursuit of happiness to millions of its citizens based on skin color.     There is absolutely no factual basis to support that absurd point of view.  Yes, individual bias exists, but to allege it is national policy is a lie.   And Bernie Sanders embraces that lie.   The Senator also believes that private property is really federal property.  He promotes draconian taxation on corporations and wealthy citizens.  Beyond that, he wants to impose taxation on individual assets, acquired AFTER a citizen has paid income tax and other state financial demands.  This is his so called “wealth tax.”   To Sanders, it is a trade.  The federal government will pay for a citizen’s medical bills, dental expenses, eye glasses, hearing aids, elder care, child care, education from pre-k through college, and provide generous subsidies to low income Americans for every other life need.   In return, Sanders believes the federal government has the right to take whatever it wants from affluent citizens and private companies in order to pay for all the free stuff.  Sanders and Congress will decide how much of your pie will remain in the refrigerator. The feds will appropriate their “fair share,” and if you resist, you will be prosecuted.   So, if an American works hard, takes risks investing, and lives frugally in order to build long term financial security for his or her family, the feds would be able to seize those personal assets under the banner of “fair share.”   This frightening vision of Bernie Sanders would not only bankrupt the USA, it would punish every single American who has achieved economic success.     Therefore, folks who support Sanders and his socialist/communist viewpoint, are enabling a dangerous point of view that would directly harm me and my family.  So, I can no longer engage those people.  I must strenuously oppose them.   If I wanted to live in Cuba, and have the state determine what I can and cannot possess, I’d move there.   There is little economic difference between Bernie Sanders and the tyrants in Havana.   That’s the truth.
  • Barr the Door
    The most important man in President Trump’s life right now is William Barr, the Attorney General of the United States.  Yet, Mr. Trump may not understand that. However, the hate-Trump media brigades certainly do.   If Mr. Barr were to turn against the President, his re-election chances would be damaged. Significantly.     That’s because William Barr is a tough, honest prosecutor who is trying to uphold the crucial constitutional mandate of “equal justice for all.”  That means a corrupt media is not the dispenser of justice, nor is a sitting President who may have a personal agenda.   The latest controversy over Roger Stone, accompanied by presidential tweets, has put the Attorney General in a tough spot.  Mr. Stone was convicted of lying to authorities about his role in seeking damaging information against the democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign.     The sentencing recommendation from Justice Department prosecutors is seven to nine years in a federal penitentiary.  On average, a convicted rapist in this country serves four and a half years in prison so you know something is amiss.   Almost immediately, President Trump tweeted his outrage - targeting the prosecutors.  A short time later, four of them quit. That caused great joy and a spate of anonymous-sourced articles in The New York Times and The Washington Post, two organizations that are devoted to injuring President Trump.   Caught in the middle of the chaos is William Barr who then told ABC News that Mr. Trump’s tweeting about active criminal cases makes it hard for the AG to do his job.   Whereupon Fox Business Channel anchor Lou Dobbs questioned Barr’s “loyalty.”   But an attorney general’s loyalty is to his oath to uphold the constitution, not to any human being and that includes politicians who sometimes defy the human description.   So, now, the President and the Attorney General are, well, let’s use the word “unsettled.”   The ridiculous side of all this is - it didn’t have to happen.  All President Trump had to do was wait until Roger Stone is sentenced and then issue a pardon.  Presto, Mr. Stone could go bowling with you that very night.   But waiting is not Donald Trump’s style, confrontation is.  If you read my book “The United States of Trump,” you know the President always relishes the fight.   But a battle with William Barr is not like the dustup with the weak former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Barr is not a man to be pushed around and he does not want his professional reputation sullied.  The crucial Durham investigation into federal corruption is underway and President Trump would be well advised to stay out of all Justice Department business and let those chips fall.    Mr. Trump should also understand that the national media is heavily invested in diminishing AG Barr because it fears what the Durham investigation might bring.  The President would be foolish to help his enemies marginalize William Barr, who could expose disturbing FBI corruption that damaged Donald Trump.   Finally, President Richard Nixon tried to manipulate the Justice Department and that finalized his demise.   History can repeat itself.  
  • What's Left?
    After watching Friday’s debate, it is obvious the democrats have a conundrum.  Joe Biden’s campaign is falling apart, Bernie Sanders is leading, and Michael Bloomberg is looming.  All of that is good news for President Trump.Let’s start with “say it ain’t so, Joe.” The man cannot seem to get a cogent sentence out of his mouth.  In addition to incessantly saying the words “in fact,” he has no central message, nothing for voters to rally behind.  To use another of Biden’s overused phrases, “here’s the deal, Joe:” you say the current economy’s not good coming from eight years of economic malaise under you and President Obama?  Do you think that’s going to resonate when unemployment is the lowest it’s been in almost 70 years?  You told the world you would not have killed Soleimani.  You also opposed the raid that got bin Laden, the only member of the Obama cabinet to dissent.  What kind of deal is that, Joe?Now, it wasn’t your fault that Nancy Pelosi gave republicans a big stick during impeachment with the Ukraine stuff.  That tape of you getting a guy fired over there, as well as your son’s money grab, is hurting you. It’s possible to overcome that with a cogent message but, in fact, you don’t have one.The same cannot be said of socialist Bernie. His message is loud and clear.  If he ever becomes president, America as we know it would be vaporized.  Consider the Sanders wish list.- the federal government would pretty much run the private economy.  Profits and generous take home pay would be regulated by extreme taxation, and private property seized through a wealth tax.- U.S. foreign policy would be totally non-confrontational even in the terrorist arena. Few American troops would be deployed overseas, provocations would largely go unanswered, and the military budget slashed.- Criminal justice “reform” would replace punishment with “restorative justice” that seeks the “healing” of criminals.  That begins with no cash bail for most offenses and, upon convictions, alternatives to prison.- the total dismantling of US immigration law. That means open borders and federal payments to all immigrants for healthcare and other necessities.In short, Senator Sanders is a dangerous man.  He would destroy this country economically leading to staggering unintended consequences.I wish I could analyze the energetic Pete Buttigieg, who is rising in the democratic polls.  But I cannot ascertain exactly what he’s talking about. I do know that he wants to “turn the page,” but what page?  What book?  What does he want to do?  I can’t figure it out.With Elizabeth Warren no longer contending because few trust her, that leaves Mayor Mike Bloomberg who must be enjoying Biden’s collapse.  I will analyze Bloomberg as Super Tuesday comes closer, but for now I’ll sum him up this way: smart guy, ran NYC efficiently, likes what money can buy, humorless, hates Trump, loves America, climate change zealot, has trouble connecting with minorities, a key group for democrats.So there you have the definition of the democratic conundrum.  The party isn’t over, not yet.  But midnight is approaching.  
  • The No Gloat Zone
    After enduring years of investigation for allegedly colluding with evil Russians and threatening hapless Ukrainians over the phone, the temptation for President Trump to gloat over the failure of these two “scandals” to destroy his presidency must be powerful.   BUT DON’T DO IT, Mr. President.   Because there are more “bombshells” in the pipeline and these will be truly terrible.   CNN has also been looking into credible charges that Donald Trump diverted money from his re-election campaign to buy powerful hair products.  Don Lemon has an exclusive on the allegation which will be followed by a panel of 17 people who despise both Trump and hair mousse.  Carl Bernstein is particularly incensed by this scandal saying: “even Nixon wouldn’t do that.”   Not to be outdone, Rachel Maddow is developing a story based on very secret sources that President Trump is fond of ordering the Air Force One pilots to circle unnecessarily in order to exacerbate climate change. Ms. Maddow already has one source who actually witnessed Air Force One landing, and is working on getting John Bolton to confirm the whole sordid scenario.   In addition, word is The New York Times has been told, by a person close to another person, that President Trump browbeat a Sudanese official on the phone.  The Times has even secured a quote by the President who allegedly said: “listen, buster, this is a perfect call but that won’t stop me from slapping a tariff on you people if you don’t come up with dirt on Buttigieg.”   Not to be outdone, The Washington Post is developing a report that pinpoints the exact part of the Constitution violated by Mr. Trump when he labeled Mayor Bloomberg “mini-Mike.”  Some believe the newspaper may be interpreting the “disparagement clause” too broadly.  Nevertheless, Congressman Gerald Nadler will hold hearings on it, calling Randy Newman, who wrote the song “Short People,” as his first witness.   Finally, Adam Schiff has apparently been told by a whistleblower that President Trump spoke harshly about Robert DeNiro in the Oval Office.  That “venting,” as the whistleblower described it, has been classified but soon Schiff will also hold hearings on the allegation in the House Subcommittee on Unhealthy Obsessions.   So, in the face of all this, the White House should absolutely become a no gloat zone.   As the saying goes: it ain’t over til the fat lady runs out of bombshells.  
  • A Fair Wind
    Democrats are demanding a “fair” impeachment trial in the Senate where President Trump must be found guilty.  If he’s not removed from office, that’s not “fair.”   Got it?   It’s exactly like affluent Americans paying their “fair share” in taxes.   Is 50 percent of your income fair?  No?  60 percent?  Keep going?   The leftwing fairness doctrine is kind of like a little kid deciding how many Skittles to eat. What’s the fair amount?   All of them, that’s what.  Whatever I want is “fair.”   The media, most of it, wants Mr. Trump expelled, but the word fair is not often used in press circles anymore.  That’s because an even-handed examination of news stories will never again happen in America because the press is so proud of its liberal activism there isn’t even an attempt to fake objectivity these days.   Wait, I’m not being fair.  Recently, The Washington Post assigned a radical left columnist to criticize Rachel Maddow, a radical left TV commentator.  The Post knows its reputation as an objective provider of information is in tatters so the editors came up with that.   Everybody got a good giggle out of it with the possible exception of Ms. Maddow.   I think it is entirely possible that no one in this country believes the impeachment exposition is fair.  Certainly, those who support President Trump see no even-handedness in the exercise.  And the “Resistance” against Trump can’t possibly see any fairness in his likely acquittal.     So, finally, all Americans agree on a political issue: impeachment is not fair.  Common ground at last.   And while we’re on the subject, was the hysteria surrounding the “Russian-collusion” allegations fair to Donald Trump and his administration?  Did you see any “fairness” in that presentation?     This column is not about defending the President.  He and all other Chief Executives should be scrutinized.  There is nothing unfair about opposing or criticizing any politician unless you embrace dishonesty in the process.   But this destructive impeachment thing should not have happened.   President Trump can be removed by the voters in ten months.  A partisan play to force him out of office may be legal but it’s certainly not fair, especially to the American people who deserve problem-solving in Congress, not partisan scheming.   The cliche is “fair is fair.”   The reality is the entire concept of fairness may be on the verge of obsolescence.    Fair warning.  
  • Should You Hate the Media?
    1975 was an exciting time to be at Boston University’s School of Public Communication. There we were, about 30 students seeking a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism.  All of us thought our quest was noble, that we would become purveyors of truth, skilled fact-finders and truth-tellers in the Watergate tradition. The lessons presented were well worth the tens of thousands of dollars I had to pay for them.   Forty-five years later, having reached the top of my profession, I generally despise my own industry, something I never could have predicted.  Here’s why.   The national TV press is presently controlled by six major corporations that use their vast power to profiteer while attempting to destroy ideological enemies. The coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency has proved that statement beyond any reasonable doubt.     The stage was set early when a New York Times columnist wrote that because Mr. Trump was so loathsome (to him and his liberal colleagues), the basic tenets of fair journalism no longer applied.  Get Trump was the new rule.   The mandate of an honest journalist is to seek the truth, even if the facts of a story go against your personal belief system.  It is wrong to simply publish accusation and allegations, you must scrutinize all charges. If you cannot find solid facts to prove a story, you then must balance it - giving both sides equal weight.   Did that happen in the Russian-collusion situation?  Of course not.  The New York Times and Washington Post printed story after story damning the Trump operation. The network news and CNN took their cues from those liberal papers, constantly deriding the President and those who supported him.   Then Special Counsel Robert Mueller blew it all up.  Federal investigators could find no evidence of collusion.   But no apology for unbalanced and fallacious coverage was heard from the corrupt national media.  Instead, it segued into the shameful impeachment hysteria.   Please understand this: the primary reason the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat members knew the national press would give them cover and blatant support. The media portrayed Adam Schiff and other anti-Trump zealots as heroes.  This despite strong evidence the Ukraine whistle-blower secretly coordinated with Schiff, a blatantly political and deceptive act.   From the very beginning, there was no balanced coverage of the impeachment story, no attempt to put forth both sides or to provide perspective.  Mr. Trump was portrayed as guilty of “high crimes” in the Times and Post, as well as on television, in Hollywood, and in the publishing industry. Any high profile person who had the temerity to disagree was mocked or worse.   The cold truth is that the men who preside over The New York Times and The Washington Post, and they are all men, believe THEY should be running the United States, not Donald Trump, who is a vulgarian in their eyes. These men well know the Democratic Party will blindly follow their editorial lead as will TV news executives at CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS.   Thus, the so called “free press” in America has become an industry that now seeks power over Americans.  The far left vision these operations usually champion cannot be realized at the ballot box, the bosses know that. So it must be imposed by destroying progressive opposition, which the media does with enthusiasm.  Just ask Brett Kavanaugh.   The key question is: how many of us realize what is actually happening with the dishonest, power mad media?   Impossible to say.  But for those who do understand the corruption, the danger to American freedom is obvious.     And that is why I have come to despise my own industry.  
  • A Sharp Left Turn
    It is difficult to process just how far left some elements of the Democratic Party have moved since President Obama left office, so to speak, and that will definitely influence the upcoming primary vote.   You may remember that Mr. Obama once publicly opposed gay marriage, and his administration deported record numbers  of foreign nationals who had illegally entered the United States.  Compared to the leftist zealots today, Barack Obama could have filled in for Sean Hannity.   To provide perspective about exactly where some Democrats are now, it is worth enumerating a few of the policies that ardent leftists support: changing the free market economy to socialism where the federal government controls profit, production, and investment.    Allowing millions of foreign nationals into America while they “await” asylum hearings that could take years, while also using tax dollars to pay for the healthcare of all illegal aliens.   Allowing felonies like robbery and drug dealing not to be prosecuted and forbidding cash bail for many arrested individuals. Police in places like San Francisco and New York now issue citations or tickets for even violent acts like physical assault.   Permitting abortion for any reason at any time.  In some places, babies can be terminated after birth by an abortion doctor.   Just a few years ago, supporting those radical policies would have eliminated a political candidate from serious consideration for office.  Now, many in the Democratic Party embrace them.   The recent confrontation with Iran illuminates the situation.  There is no question that the Iranian general Soleimani was a terrorist, responsible for attacks on Americans including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.  Yet, among the democrats running for President, only Michael Bloomberg supported the drone strike on the Quds Force leader.  Bernie Sanders actually condemned the USA for killing the terrorist, a startling and disturbing position.   Nevertheless, Senator Sanders continues to compete effectively in the presidential race despite the fact that he would completely disengage U.S. forces from the Middle East, and attempt to run the private economy from Washington, something that has never been done in the history of this country.   Realistically, it would take a drastic shift in voter sentiment for Sanders or his fellow traveler Elizabeth Warren to win the White House.  That most likely will not happen this year.   But the dramatic shift to the left by the Democratic Party is now official and no one knows if the radical forces will grow.   Who would have thunk it?  
  • Exposing the Threat
    Perhaps the worst thing to happen in America last year was the continued rise of the totalitarian left, which now controls some democrat presidential candidates, and many college campuses, aided by a corrupt media.The “woke” movement is a threat to every American as the idea behind it is to literally destroy opposition to progressive policies.Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan put it this way: “The past decade saw the rise of the woke progressives who dictate what words can be said and ideas held, thus poisoning and paralyzing American humor, drama, entertainment, culture and journalism.  In the coming ten years someone will effectively stand up to them. They are the most hated people in America, and their entire program is accusation: you are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic; you are a bigot, a villain, a white male, a patriarchal misogynist, your day is over.”While Ms. Noonan’s description of the totalitarian progressive movement is stunningly accurate, she’s a bit late to the table.  She once wrote that she believes all “misconduct” accusations because she doesn’t know any women who would falsely accuse, a preposterous piece of analysis when money is often involved.Yet, let’s give Peggy Noonan credit for clearly identifying a brutal American problem: the presence and acceptance by the media of culture assassins.  “Bow to them,” Ms. Noonan writes, “and they’ll accuse you even more of newly imagined sins.  They claim to be vulnerable victims, and moral.  Actually, they’re not. They’re mean and seek to kill, and like all bullies are cowards.”But it is almost impossible to “stand up” to these brutalizers because they are well organized and funded.  Corporations fear their boycott abilities and the media gleefully trumpets every accusation they spew without skepticism.So who could possibly bring them down?I don’t know.  But I do know that many Americans indeed hate these people.  Their media projects almost always bomb and their overall loathsomeness is apparent to anyone with a sprinkling of intelligence.However, like Senator Joseph McCarthy and other destroyers, they are having their day. And they are hurting the country.Drastically.
  • Be it Resolved
    Every new year, columnists suggest resolutions to powerful and famous people who promptly ignore them.  Nevertheless, I am going to do this knowing full well that my effort might go unappreciated.  So what else is new?   I fully realize that it is presumptuous of me to tell others how to conduct themselves in the public arena.  But I do this with America’s welfare in mind.  So here we go.   President Trump might resolve to avoid consigning deceased people to hell.  There just doesn’t seem to be much upside to doing this.  Purgatory, okay, but Hades is a bit extreme.   Nancy Pelosi should resist scolding reporters who ask if she hates Donald Trump.  Even though she says she is praying for the President, it sure looks like she despises every fiber of his being.  She hasn’t consigned him to hell yet, but she once suggested that he visit San Francisco, which is pretty much the same thing these days.   Adam Schiff might consider a resolution not to meet with federal “whistleblowers” until the whistle is actually blown.  Advance coaching in whistle land smacks of corruption, Mr. Schiff.  Are you not aware of that?   Mitch McConnell should resolve to hold a fair impeachment trial providing it does not run longer than 90 minutes.  Enough time for Senator Lindsay Graham to call the proceedings a sham, and Senator Chuck Schumer to bring in a medium to contact President Andrew Johnson, who may be spending eternity in San Francisco.   Joe Biden has many resolutions from which to choose.  One would be not to say the words “in fact” twenty times in every paragraph.  Another might be to put Hunter up for adoption.   Bernie Sanders should resolve not to say the word “billionaire” in 2020.  But then Bernie would have very little to shout about in his speeches. Maybe he could replace billionaire with “Bloomberg.”  Same thing.   Elizabeth Warren might resolve to cut back on her “plans” because they are far too complicated.  A fun resolution would be for her to endorse making the crime of home invasion legal.  That way, people could take stuff from other people without the government’s help.  Which would cut down on the bureaucracy.   Vice President Pence should take a hard look at resolving to say just one thing in 2020 that Americans will actually remember.   Mayor Pete knows what his resolution must be.  No more wine in caves.  Far too dangerous with all those bats in there.  And for some reason Elizabeth Warren is put off with this wine-cave scenario.  Whiskey is okay.   Rudy Giuliani also knows his resolution.  No more Ukraine.  Even though the beaches are fabulous.  Wait.  Putin has seized the beaches.  Doesn’t matter.  Ukraine should never see the mayor again under any circumstances.   James Comey needs to resolve not to do anything in 2020.  Self-induced coma. Tubes for nutrition.   Nothing and Comey should bond.  For the good of us all.   Finally, the corrupt media should collectively resolve to keep on keepin’ on.  Why not?  As long as Trump is president why bother gathering legitimate information that shows the big picture both good and bad?  Why run with that when it is much easier and far more enjoyable just to hate Trump.  It’s a gas, gas, gas, as the Stones once sang.  Of course, the press has an election to cover this upcoming year and it will root, root, root, for the home team - the democrats!  Yay.  Be it resolved! The dems must win in 2020 or the media will be humiliated once again.   And so it goes, with thanks to Linda Ellerbee for coining that phrase.   Happy New Year!   Unless Trump wins.
  • Wisdom
    Americans are in danger and it’s kind of complicated so please stay with me here. Way back in 1722, an anonymous source who called himself “Silence Dogood” sent a newspaper editor a few opinions.  One of them simply said: “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom.”   Mr. Silence Dogood was really Benjamin Franklin.  And he was just 16 years old when he wrote that.  Incredible.   Today, there are groups that are paid big money by private individuals and political action committees to attack freedom of thought by designing propaganda campaigns that aim to silence opposition. Through his “Open Society Foundation”, far left billionaire George Soros funds some of this but he is not alone. Millions of dollars from both left and right wing zealots flow to the assassins of wisdom, something that would have appalled young Benjamin Franklin.   Let’s look at a few examples.  If you believe abortion is morally wrong based upon a theological dictum that says only the Creator can alter life from conception to natural death, your belief is no longer respected. No, some will brand you a misogynist, a hater of women.  You may very well be shunned as pro-life people were by the “Women’s March” organization.   If you believe in traditional marriage, again dictated by a religious tenet, you are “homophobic.”   Therefore, on some college campuses, your opinions will be shouted down because you violate “human rights.”   And in some areas you won’t even be able to buy a sandwich from Chick-fil-A because its founder believes in man-woman nuptials exclusively, as is his right under the Constitution.   It’s the same for global warming.  The fascist consulting groups are now saying that if you are at all skeptical of that, you are a “climate-change denier.”   This is particularly odious because the people who created that expression did so knowing that “holocaust denier” is a death brand all over the world.  If that sticks to a person, he or she is finished.   The propagandists know what they are doing and the press loves the branding.  It is provocative and hurts traditional people, something the media, in general, relishes.   Which brings us to the 14-year-old boy in Florida who was beaten by other children because he supports Donald Trump.  This is a stark warning to every thinking American.   That kind of violent action did not happen when Barack Obama was president even though there were strong feelings against him among some conservatives.  The malicious “birther” movement stemmed from that.   But the difference is that the press, academics, and responsible political leaders all rejected that hateful birther campaign.   Now, however, hate directed at President Trump is considered acceptable among many in the groups I just mentioned.  And the kids know it.   Freedom of thought doesn’t always lead to wisdom as Ben Franklin surely knew.  But lockstep rejection of different beliefs bolstered by loathsome propaganda does always lead to brutal tribalism.   The United States is headed down that road and we the people are in danger.   And only we the people can stop this by sending the fascists a message at voting time.  
  • Pray for the Press
    Few know this, but the Catholic Church has a patron saint of journalists.  His name is Francois de Sales and he was the bishop of Geneva in the early 1600s.   I’m not quite sure just why the saint was assigned to monitor the press, but there is an actual prayer under his banner.  A Christian journalist is encouraged to say this:   “Lord, you have called me to serve others by means of information.  Grant that I may always work in obedience to the truth, with courage to pay a personal price so that truth will never be betrayed.   “Help me to join truth to charity, to never injure anyone’s dignity, and to promote in all, to the best of my ability, justice and peace.”   Nice prayer, right?  But the majority of  journalists would never say it because the media is the most secular of institutions; agnostic and often hostile to theology, as it is deemed to oppress people by the “woke” mob.   At this point in history, the press has become tribal.  No longer is it in the “truth finding“ business.  Today, corporations dictate how the news will be presented.  And if you the journalist don’t like it - don’t let the door hit you.[[Give an O'Reilly Gift Membership this Christmas! Get a free book of your choice plus free IMPEACH THE MEDIA stickers with every annual gift certificate.]]   Don’t believe me?  Check out the owner of the Bloomberg news agency.  Michael Bloomberg recently ordered that his crew of journalists not scrutinize his run for president or any of the other democratic candidates.   But they can hammer President Trump all they want.   When asked about the outrageous direction on the CBS Morning show, Bloomberg essentially said that he pays his people so they will do as they are told.   Maybe we should all pray for the journalists at the Bloomberg news operation.   But the truth is that most media outlets follow Mike’s dictum.  Do as you are told or else.   That’s why the national press is so corrupt. The orders from many corporations are that President Trump must go, so don’t even bother with fair reportage.  Get him and those who support him.   As far as injuring a person’s dignity, this is now a sport for many media people.  The more damning the headline, the better. Click-bait.  Let’s brutalize individuals by portraying all allegations as facts.  Due process?  Not a press worry.  Who cares if families are hurt, careers ruined, individuals destroyed?    Why bother to search for the truth when that might delay or water down a salacious story?   Sadly, I have come to despise my own profession.  I know many of the people who run the news agencies and most prominent reporters and analysts.  And I know that they know, the media industry in America is largely corrupt  - driven by money and ideology.   But a paycheck is a paycheck and good media jobs are hard to get.  Thus, orders are followed.   Somewhere, Saint Francois knows all this too.    And he is weeping.    
  • The Smear Strategy
    My interview with President Trump last week made worldwide news.  Within an hour of a transcript being released, the government of Mexico was asking for an emergency meeting with Secretary of State Pompeo.  Mr. Trump had confirmed to me that he will designate the Mexican drug cartels as terror groups and that means the United States can attack them militarily.   The President’s statement that he did not know what Rudy Giuliani was doing in Ukraine also got big reaction because the former New York City mayor is being accused of interfering with U.S. foreign policy.  That’s part of the impeachment movement.  [[Give an O'Reilly Gift Membership this Christmas! Get a free book of your choice plus free IMPEACH THE MEDIA stickers with every annual gift certificate.]] In addition, President Trump made it clear that he believes former Vice President Biden committed “corrupt” acts in Ukraine and that was part of the aid holdup to that country.   The success of the interview immediately brought out smear merchants like Media Matters to personally defame me.  I knew that would happen, because any prominent person who gives President Trump a fair hearing will be attacked.   The strategy is obvious: punish any reporter, commentator, or politician who does not denigrate the President.   This, of course, is vile and hateful.  And one of the reasons the President might win re-election.  The folks know smears when they see them and honest people recoil from the garbage.  The American press has badly damaged itself by treating Donald Trump so unfairly. You don’t have to endorse his presidency but you should report both the good and the bad - that is if you want to practice honest journalism.   My interview with Mr. Trump was old school: straight-forward questions designed to elicit important information. So why would anyone attack me for doing a fair job?   The answer is simple: pure hatred.  The anti-Trump movement despises the President and wants to do him great harm.  And that loathing extends to anyone who does not participate in Mr. Trump’s destruction.  It is absolutely outrageous that so many in the communications industry condone this kind of thing.  Media Matters and all the other propagandists should be pariahs.   But they are not.  They are actually enabled by the corporate main stream media.     Appalling.  It really is.
  • Can America Handle the Truth?
    “Income Inequality” is the new attack slogan of the far left. It is being used to disparage capitalism, and portray the United States as a selfish, insensitive place.It is certainly true that there is a wide gap between the prosperous and the poor in America.  But that gap can be diminished if the truth about “inequality” was acknowledged.  But in our hyper politically correct society, it will not be.In 1965, democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan warned that the African-American family unit was under increasing pressure in poor neighborhoods.  Back then, 24 percent of black children were born out of wedlock. Today, the number is a shocking 72 percent.  For caucasian babies, the number is under 30 percent.There’s your income inequality equation.Cutting through the phony political rhetoric, there are two primary reasons that just 35 percent of African-American children are currently living with two parents. First, the welfare system; families headed by single mothers receive more government payments.And second is substance abuse.Drug and alcohol addiction is a scourge in America and the number one reason for child abuse and neglect.  And it is absolutely neglect to fail to train your child to compete in a nation of 330 million people.  Senators Sanders and Warren tell us that the federal government can mitigate economic failure but that is not true.  Only individuals can do that.The cold truth is that millions of American children of all colors are unable to develop their intellects and social skills because their parents don’t care about them.  So we see a legion of teenagers unable to speak proper English, read a book, or write a coherent sentence.  Many kids cover their bodies with tattoos, routinely spout vile obscenities, intoxicate themselves at will, and reject all discipline.How will these kids ever prosper economically in adulthood?They won’t.Who will help them?Not our government or public education system, that’s for sure.In fact, some of those who scream loudest about inequality are pouring more gasoline on the fire.  Many leftists are pushing for legalizing marijuana, an intoxicant extremely attractive to vulnerable teens.By allowing pot to be openly sold, the government provides yet another easy opportunity for unsupervised children to harm themselves.  Yes, illegal marijuana is widely available.  But American society should continue to warn about drug involvement, not glorify and sanction it.As a high school teacher, I saw up close what pot can do to unsupervised children.  You think income inequality is bad now, wait until you see what’s coming.And redistributing wealth from affluent Americans through onerous taxation is not going to stop that.Only by acknowledging reality, can America begin to deal with the intense inequality problem. Responsible parenting is the key to defeating the economic failure that leads to poverty.The truth should be told.
  • The Spectacle
    Walking across the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel in Indian Wells, California, I was startled to see CNN on a very large TV in the lobby.  Thank God the sound was down but the chyron on the screen silently screamed out: “Impeachment hearings, White House in crisis.”   Crisis?  Geez.  Of course, no one working in the White House has spoken about a “crisis,” least of all the guy who runs the place - Donald Trump.  Despite the anti-Trump press ginning up the impeachment follies, there does not seem to be much concern in the Executive Branch.   Now, that could change if information emerges that Tiffany Trump was paid $100,000 a month for serving on the board of the Ukrainian poultry commission.  That might become a problem, even though Tiffany is said to like chicken salad sandwiches and therefore might be of help to the commission.     But lacking that kind of exposition, the impeachment evidence seems a bit scant.  A guy wearing a bow tie says some State Department lifers were worried about something, I’m not exactly sure what.  An American bureaucrat stationed in Kiev testified that he didn’t much like Trump’s policy in Ukraine.  And an Ambassador that the President fired doesn’t like him and he doesn’t like her.  Or so it seems.   Somewhere impeached President Andrew Johnson uttered: “really?” That quote came from an anonymous source familiar with the afterlife.   It was not easy watching the impeachment hearings, that I can tell you.  It got so boring that, for the first time in my life, I was hoping the network would cut away from the political bloviating and put Dr. Phil back on.   I can’t say the same thing about Behar.  I’d rather watch the bow tie guy than her.   If this continues, the nets will have to start livening things up, or they’ll have no audience.  Perhaps flash a picture of Monica Lewinsky once in a while or Richard Nixon waving in front of the chopper.  Anything, to stimulate the proceedings.   In the end, President Trump will keep on keepin’ on, as the Grateful Dead once sang.  At least I think it was the Dead. But maybe it was Wolf Blitzer.  I’m not sure.   Anyway, the Republican Senators say they are not even watching the Impeachment Show, preferring old Roseanne reruns.  Those were the good old days.   The only winner here is Congressman Adam Schiff who finally found some shirts that fit around his neck.  Schiff may not bring the President down but he has become semi-famous and is likely to get a book deal.   The working title is:  “Are You Schiffing Me?”   Thank you and goodnight.  
  • Michael Bloomberg for President?
    The former mayor of New York City knows what most astute Americans know: the Democrats running for president have little chance of achieving that goal.  Some of the candidates are delusional, others befuddled.  So Mayor Mike wants in.  Kind of.  No Iowa or New Hampshire for him.  Nope.  He knows liberal loons dominate those democratic primaries.  His base is the liberal urban professional corps.  Thus, he is signing up essentially for Super Tuesday.   This is rich, so to speak.  Mayor Mike is worth north of $50 billion mostly accumulated in the finance world.  He is the poster boy for income inequality.  He would be in the capitalist hall of fame, if it existed.   Showing a picture of Bloomberg to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would be like whipping out a cross in front of Dracula.   Michael Bloomberg’s political philosophy might be called “pragmatic.” In New York, he largely kept the tactics of the prior Giuliani administration intact.  He inherited a falling crime rate from Rudy and for 12 years, supported aggressive policing including “stop and frisk.”   The left howled.   But Mike didn’t listen on the subject of crime and punishment.  He did, however, become a climate change crusader, and launched a jihad against soda and salt to combat obesity. Most New Yorkers yawned and popped open another Pepsi.   As president, I don’t expect Mike Bloomberg would do anything radical. Yes, he’ll bloviate about warming but will not attempt to dismantle America’s fuel industry.  He’ll huff and he’ll puff about other liberal causes but he’ll never blow the house down.   The main reason Mike Bloomberg wants to run for president is that he can’t stand the thought of Donald Trump winning again.  He sees Mr. Trump as a barbarian who somehow got under the gate.  I call this the “Romney syndrome.”  Mitt and Mike sit there all day muttering “how can this be happening?”   It will be tough for Mayor Mike because he’s not exactly a man of the people.  In fact, he refused to live in the big house that New York provides to mayors as a perk. That’s largely because Mike’s Manhattan townhome makes Gracie Mansion look like a lean-to.   Bloomberg is also a private jet kind of guy, warming or no warming.   So get set for a possible rumble between “the Don” and “little Mike.”  It could happen, especially if Democrats come to their senses.   And if it does occur, I know one thing. There will be a wealth of opportunities to hammer both men.   America certainly is the land of plenty.
  • A Fair Wind
    Absent any new evidence about President Trump’s conduct, the impeachment play is likely to hurt the Democratic Party, which is already reeling from the lack of a potent presidential candidate.   The Ukraine phone call is being framed by the democrats and their media allies as a simple transaction: the President demanding dirt on political opponent, Joe Biden, in return for money from the American taxpayer.   But that simple allegation is wrong.  Not because Mr. Trump didn’t want to hurt Biden, he did.  But the President’s motivation is much more complex than a one-off political tactic.   If you read 'The United States of Trump,' Donald Trump’s mindset will unfold before your eyes.  He seeks vengeance for the wrong he believes was done to him by people in the Obama administration, including Joe Biden and Barack Obama, himself.   Donald Trump thinks President Obama was behind the entire Russia-collusion fiasco and he is crazed about it.  He believes Mr. Obama, through confidants, tried to destroy him, mainly because of Trump pushing the birther stuff.  Here’s the truth: there is very bad blood between both men.   That bitterness was the President’s primary motivation for pressuring the Ukrainian leader.  Mr. Trump wants to secure evidence of corruption by the Obama administration. Biden was a way in.   Donald Trump may get his wish because the Justice Department is currently investigating possible corruption within the Obama administration during and after the 2016 campaign. US Attorney John Durham is the point man and a criminal Grand Jury may be already seated.   So, if President Trump had any patience, which he does not, the Ukraine call was totally unnecessary. Attorney General Barr’s Justice Departure will likely expose what really happened in the 2016 without Mr. Trump’s help.   Astute political observers know there is likely trouble ahead for the anti-Trumpers involved in trying to take him out three years ago.  Thus, now, they must damage the President as much as they can before stuff starts hitting the Justice Department fan.   Enter the American people who will be the ultimate deciders here.  Internal polling by the Trump side indicates a growing feeling of citizen anger by non-ideological voters who are tired of nonstop allegations against the President.  It is unlikely that public opinion will support the removal of a President when there are two sides to the Ukraine story.   The failure to secure even one House republican vote for continuing the impeachment process underlines the situation.  At this point, it is a partisan play.   President Trump would be wise to explain himself directly to the American people via a televised address.  He will never get a fair hearing from the press so forget using that vehicle.   But I believe a fair wind still blows in most places in this country.  And Donald Trump should cast his fate to that wind.
  • The Hit
    In May, 2011, U.S. intelligence pinpointed the hiding place of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. President Obama then canvassed his top advisors about how to deal with the situation.   Almost all of them, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, encouraged Mr. Obama to order a special forces raid on bin Laden’s compound and, eventually, that’s what happened.  But there was one major dissenter:  Vice President Joe Biden.  His counsel was not to use military force.  Apparently, he feared “blowback” from Pakistan and political damage at home if the American action failed.   I thought of that this weekend when the ISIS butcher Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by U.S. Special Forces in Northern Syria.  Joe Biden was quiet about the victory while President Trump was not; telling the world the ISIS leader got what he deserved and went out a coward.   Eight years ago, the bin Laden killing united most Americans.  We were happy the architect of 9/11 was gone.  I remember that my operation sold thousands of bumper stickers that read:  "Navy Seals 1, bin Laden 0.”   But the Trump takedown of the ISIS maniac was not greeted with universal applause.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi whimpered that she wasn’t informed in advance.  Well, that might be because the President believed you would leak word of the raid, madame.     Not a crazy thought.   Her fanatical cohort Congressman Adam Schiff issued a statement saying it was not the end of ISIS and criticizing Mr. Trump for his Syrian policy.  No joy from Schiff.   CNN host Jake Tapper, a devoted Trump hater, asked, what would ISIS do in response?  As if that should be a concern when trying to eliminate its leadership.   Another CNN “analyst” said that because the raid was a success, people that help America might be put at risk in the Middle East as if they aren’t at risk now.   Talk about ridiculous blather.   The sad truth is that Donald Trump will never be praised for anything, no matter how much it benefits the country.   Most Americans rightly praised President Obama for bold action in taking out bin Laden.  But President Trump gets little credit from the opposition in sending al-Baghdadi to the netherworld.   Something is very wrong when hatred overrides the national good.   Very wrong.
  • He's Still the Avenger
    The crowd in Dallas on Thursday apparently did not care about impeachment, or Syria, or the latest negative dispatch from CNN. No, about 30,000 folks showed up to hear Donald Trump give a 90 minute speech at The American Airlines Arena and what they wanted was action.The President loves these rallies, you might say he lives for them.  The mass adulation makes it all worth while.  And, as his adrenaline flows, he gives the crowd what it wants.Vengeance.  Verbal action.Beto O’Rourke is described as “very dumb.”  Joe Biden is corrupt.  The democrats are influenced by “loons,” a word the President borrowed from me. “Pocahontas” Warren doesn’t stand a chance against him!The avenger has spoken.If you read “The United States of Trump,” you will learn what Donald Trump knows very well: negative emotion is a powerful weapon.  And nobody has a bigger arsenal than the President.The press tries to match him in vitriol but cannot because Mr. Trump is such a good performer, such a bombastic soul, that the vicious guttersnipes in the media can’t compete, as hard as they try.And Donald Trump’s supporters feel he is justified in lambasting his political opponents, including the press, because those entities not only attack the President, but also demean those who voted for him.  So, the Trump people want payback and their leader is more than happy to provide it.There is no question that the hatred towards Donald Trump has inoculated him from nonstop charges of incompetence and misbehavior.  The “outrage du jour” has grown tiresome even as the President’s unforced errors mount.The truth is that many Americans don’t care about the phone call to the President of Ukraine.  It’s not important to them and certainly not enough to remove an elected president no matter what his intent.Same thing with Syria.  And North Korea.  And using his Miami hotel for a summit meeting.What Trump supporters do care about is the ability to protect themselves with firearms, stopping massive illegal immigration, having options in the job market, and defining America as a noble nation.Trump people despise socialism, free loaders, politically correct virtue-thumpers, grievance peddlers, and arrogant far-left celebrities.They believe they live in the best country on the planet and that Bernie Sanders’ revolution is an insane vision that has more in common with Havana than Houston.Traditional folks are fed up with liberal zealots who deny Americans due process, and think the government has a right to seize private property in order to provide free health care not only to Americans, but to illegal aliens as well.Faced with all that, Donald Trump has more material than Don Rickles at a Hollywood awards show.  The President has an applause line every 30 seconds. Who needs speech writers when a clown like Beto is center stage?The avenger and the folks both know that when he comes to town, rhetorical scores will be settled.And to them, that’s the way it should be.
  • O'Reilly's Column: 'The Hope'
    Nothing much new in the fourth democratic debate.  All the candidates say the country is essentially falling apart and needs a massive amount of giveaways from the federal government.   The only thing different this time around is the paltry amount of time Joe Biden was given by the liberal moderators. Old Joe got two questions about his son vacuuming up money in China and Ukraine and that was it.  He did not directly answer the queries, deflecting the issue by attacking Donald Trump.   Elizabeth Warren seems to be emerging as Bernie Sanders fades.  But none of the candidates has captured the imagination of liberal voters.  There’s no Bill Clinton or Barack Obama in the field.   That’s good news for President Trump who needs some cheering.  If the Dems back the socialist Warren, I do not believe the working folks will vote for her in great numbers.  In order to buy the Senator’s economic vision, you’d have to believe the federal bureaucracy is efficient and caring.   It isn’t.  It never will be.     The debate was kind of sleepy but my eyes opened when some of the candidates proposed putting drug company executives in prison for causing the opioid epidemic.   Since the democrats generally favor letting street drug dealers OUT of prison, how does that square?   None of the somnambulant moderators brought that up and that’s the biggest problem with the debate format.  The questions are predictable and the answers are rarely challenged.  I mean, journalists should not be starting arguments but they should point out when questions are not answered or don’t make sense.   Finally, you have to love the recovering Bernie Sanders who says unfettered capitalism is destroying the world. Beijing certainly agrees.  No NBA controversy for Bernie.   There are many more democratic debates ahead.  The hope on the left is that some candidate will catch fire. Could happen but right now the campfire needs a few more logs.
  • The Gamble
    President Trump never folds ‘em, ignoring Kenny Rogers completely.  The river boat gambler President now believes the impeachment deal is his straight-flush to reelection.   Let’s examine his perspective.   From the outset of his presidency, Donald Trump has believed that Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton all did unethical, perhaps illegal things, and have gotten away with them.  In 'The United States of Trump,' I document how President Obama knew in August of 2016, that Russia was trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign.  The US Intelligence services thoroughly briefed the White House about the intrusion.   Mr. Obama keep that secret.  Mr. Trump remains furious about it, believing the Obama administration was trying to set him up - and that they succeeded - Robert Mueller was appointed to take Trump down.   This deep-seated belief on the part of President Trump has caused him to seek payback through the Justice Department’s investigation’s of the 2016 election.  That’s what prompted Mr. Trump’s call to the President of Ukraine.  Donald Trump wants information that might “expose” corruption within the Obama administration and he doesn’t care where it comes from.   Enter former Vice President Biden, whose official dealings with Ukraine and China enriched his son.  While CBS News among others continues to incredibly put forth there is “no evidence” that Biden used his position for family benefit, his own words on Ukraine contradict the dishonest spin.   President Trump is not a subtle man and he is taking a major gamble by seeking to expose “corruption” in the Obama administration.  The media will never acknowledge any wrongdoing took place under Mr. Obama no matter what information and evidence comes out.   Also, the nation’s press is heavily invested in destroying Donald Trump and will not admit he was abused in any way.   Therefore, the press is saying that Mr. Trump is attempting to subvert the 2020 election by his attempts to gather information about corruption.  Democrats are using that point of view to drive impeachment proceedings in the House.  Because President Trump will certainly benefit by Biden’s diminishment, this argument has traction.   Donald Trump understands the media narrative but believes he can persuade the American people that it is false - that Mr. Biden is corrupt and he, the President, is a hero in his effort to expose that.  Already, Joe Biden’s approval ratings and donations are declining so, initially, the President may be winning.   By the way, Mr. Trump’s campaign money is rising.   As for the actual impeachment, no one knows how it will play out.  Donald Trump believes many American voters will be angered by it and support him against the democrats.  He sees impeachment as a ticket to reelection.   It’s a huge gamble, that outlook.  But Mr. Trump has run the table before.  
  • The Sting
    If you read my new book “The United States of Trump,” you will learn exactly why the President made the request for information on Joe Biden to the President of Ukraine.  Simply put, Mr. Trump believes that Mr. Biden as well as President Obama and Hillary Clinton got away with unethical, perhaps illegal, political activities in the “Russia Collusion” thing.   That belief has almost become an obsession for the President.  He is driven to expose the three who he is convinced caused him and the country grave harm.  Mr. Trump is determined to uncover the corruption he believes took place during the 2016 campaign and beyond.   Enter the “whistleblower,” an anonymous federal employee who has caused Donald Trump much harm.  Apparently, the still unnamed person gathered hearsay, hired three attorneys, then brought a damning and “urgent” accusation to a federal Inspector General who, intriguingly, states the informer may have a political bias.   That’s allowed in our political system but the situation is a “sting,” no question.  The whistleblower does not have to prove anything, just accuse. Think Christine Blasey Ford.   As soon as all hell broke loose, the Trump administration released a transcript of the Ukraine call, believing no wrongdoing occurred.  But there doesn’t have to be wrongdoing.  Just the allegation of “abuse of power,” is enough for the nation’s anti-Trump press to convict the President and demand he be removed from office.   The truth is Nancy Pelosi is hitching a ride on the impeachment train - she’s not the driver.  She knows the press will provide cover for the democrats and believes the impeachment process, even if it doesn’t result in removal, will damage Donald Trump in his re-election bid.   If President Trump ever stops reacting and starts thinking, he should tell the nation that his conversation with the president of Ukraine had to do with gathering facts about possible government corruption at the highest level.  Spell it out, Mr. President.  As America’s chief law enforcement agent, you have the sworn duty to expose nefarious activity in the federal system past and present.   Mr. Trump should absolutely explain why he wanted Ukraine’s help in the Russian matter.  It may be complicated but it’s necessary for the American people to hear.   The sting that has ignited an impeachment inquiry and damaged the president is absolutely NOT what it appears to be.  There was a legitimate and important reason why President Trump asked a foreign leader about Joe Biden.   The corrupt American press will never report that reason.  So Donald Trump must do it himself.  Again, I detail some of this in the book and new information about “corrupt bargains” continues to come forth.   Summing up: Mr. Trump should tell the folks what he knows and what he seeks from the Ukraine.   His entire presidency might depend on it.
  • The Promise
    “Well we’re waiting here in Allentown, For the Pennsylvania we never found, For the promises our teachers made, If we worked hard, if we behaved.”                              - Billy Joel      It takes more than that.  Hard work and behaving, I mean.  It takes discipline and persistence as well if you want to pursue happiness at a high level in the good, old USA.   Most educators and even parents do not lay it out.  They don’t tell children that economic success comes at a price in a competitive, capitalist system.  An American must be able to make money for a company, or for his or her self in private business.  Ability and production is everything in the “for profit world.”   You produce by developing skills.  Working intensely over a period of time to do certain things very well.  Then you discipline yourself to fulfill every job expectation.  That’s how you prosper.   If you are unwilling to do that, and millions of Americans are, you can get by - but the struggle will be significant.  You may live “paycheck to paycheck,” you’ll likely owe money.  And, if a health or any other kind of crisis hits, you’ll get hammered.   That’s the deal the Founding Fathers set up.  The government protects citizens from bad guys, foreign and domestic, allowing Americans to practice self-reliance, to “pursue happiness” the way they, the citizens, design the journey.   All of that is under siege right now.  The Democrats have decided that the American system, as designed in 1776, is both rigged and obsolete.  They want to destroy it, and much of the media has bought in.   Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are running for president on the “guaranteed outcome” ticket.  They have both proposed that the federal government essentially pay your bills.  In return, you will do as you are told and hand over a substantial amount of your earnings and assets to Washington.   If you don’t have much in earnings and assets, this may seem like an attractive deal.  Also, if you don’t want to work hard developing a skill, the senators have appeal.   Of course, the far-left promise is a cynical mirage.  The federal government is incapable of administrating to 330 million people plus millions of foreign nationals who continue to pour into the country.   Fidel Castro could not even provide a decent standard of living for ten million people on a tropical island with verdant soil.   The United States has become a selfish nation with many of us demanding instant economic gratification.  So it is easy for charlatans to set up a “victim” scenario.  Most Americans have no chance, they wail.  White supremacy keeps minority citizens down, greedy corporations steal from all workers.  That’s what the “pay your fair share” stuff is all about.  The wealthy are stealing from the non-wealthy.   Sanders and Warren are both millionaires who live in comfort.  But neither really cares about money.  No, what they want is power, and they have created a gigantic false promise in order to achieve it.   As I’ve said before, these are dangerous people especially if you believe in freedom.  Because they don’t.
  • The Ignorance Factor
    Many Americans, including this one, are perplexed by some disturbing opinions being put forth in this country.  Let’s start with a recent Gallup Poll that says 43 percent of Americans, including 52 percent of democrats, believe it was a mistake to send U.S. troops to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attack.   If you remember, the mass murder was enabled inside Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and his outlaw al Qaeda militants were based.  The terrorists trained on Afghan soil and were protected by the Taliban government.   After the 9/11 murder, President George W. Bush demanded the Taliban arrest bin Laden and hand him over for prosecution under threat of U.S. and NATO invasion, which is exactly what happened after the Taliban refused to take action against al Qaeda.    Subsequently, Afghanistan has been an ongoing problem and fair-minded people can debate the policy there.  But to say troops should not have removed the criminal Taliban in the first place, is absolutely irresponsible.  If the USA did not avenge the al Qaeda attack, terrorism would have increased everywhere and President Bush would likely have been impeached.   And then there’s private property, which is protected from government seizure by the Constitution.  According to polling on, about 35 percent of democrats support the socialist proposals of either Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.  Both presidential candidates have made it clear they would impose a “wealth” tax on the assets of affluent Americans.  That is seizure of private property because those assets have already been subjected to tax.     Finally, there is now acceptance in liberal states like California and New York of abortion on demand up until birth, a practice some believe has Nazi-like implications.  This view is so extreme that Hillary Clinton and others running on the democrat side never could have endorsed it even three years ago.  Today, it is policy for many democrats including the aforementioned Sanders and Warren.   What has allowed the radical left agenda to flourish is a sweeping change in the national media.  Reacting with rank hatred to the Trump administration, the press has now mainstreamed far left thought.  No longer is a zealot like Elizabeth Warren an outlier.  Nope, she’s presidential timber in many media precincts.   The uninformed and/or apathetic American picks up on this.  No longer are politicians who deny due process or advocate Constitutional violations even challenged.  Now they stand on debate stages smiling at press moderators who have no problem with their radicalism and even, in the case of late-term abortion, embrace it.   But it is the attitude of many regular folks, not the media, that is most worrisome.  The ignorance and apathy being documented in national polling is frightening.  The United States was founded on the philosophy that life and private property is sacrosanct and that an attack on the country where thousands of citizens die, is an act of war.   Apparently millions of us don’t get that.   Or don’t want those principles anymore.   Either way, we had better take notice.
  • O'Reilly's Weekly Column: 'The Con'
    Elizabeth Warren is a dangerous person because she has little concept of the truth or responsible governance.  The senator from Massachusetts apparently does not believe in honest reporting about herself or public policy.  In short, she’ll pretty much say anything.   Recently, Ms. Warren put forth her assessment of the current “climate crisis.”  That’s right, climate change has changed.  Now it’s a crisis and we all may die.  Soon.  Unless Elizabeth Warren is elected president so she can change the entire economy and social structure in America in order to save all our lives.   And if you oppose Warren’s draconian changes to combat the climate crisis, then you are evil.  You hate the poor and minorities.  Here’s how Elizabeth Warren frames it.   “To really address our climate crisis head-on, we must address the legacy of environmental racism and recognize that climate change doesn’t impact every community equally ...   “Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely to be exposed to air pollution than white Americans.  Intense storms bear down on these communities - with recovery that is slow, painful, and often lacking total support from the government.  Latinx families and workers are vulnerable to record heat waves and heat-related deaths.”   Now, I know Senator Warren is smarter than your humble correspondent but I am challenging her assertion that hot weather is driven by demographics, that it seeks out “Latinx families.”  I do not believe storms and extreme weather stalk minority groups.  Sorry.   In addition, it is a fact that the tax payers funded Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts to the tune of $114 billion.  $41 billion went to relieve Hurricane Maria carnage.  At least $16 billion to Hurricane Harvey.   Warren has to know that but does not care about facts that do not fit her loopy narrative: climate change will kill us - minorities first.   Socialists like Elizabeth Warren have seized on the very real problem of worldwide pollution to attempt a power grab.  And only “racists” oppose them.   I wrote about this last week in a column called “The Trap.”  But now things are escalating.  Chicken Little is an amateur beside Elizabeth Warren who is hysterically warning that the sky is, indeed, falling.  Only it will fall on Harlem and East LA first.   Senator Warren should host a podcast called “The Nonsense Zone.”   Her entire presentation is preposterous.  Yet millions of Americans are buying her overall wish list: that the government should run the economy, that men should be denied due process, and that your money and assets really aren’t yours at all - they are hers for the taking.   Elizabeth Warren is a menace to traditional American society.  Her vision would curtail individual freedom drastically.  She is far more dangerous than any storm.   If she ever achieves power, climate is the least thing we’ll have to worry about.  
  • The Trap
    Just in time to capitalize on the race hysteria in America comes a new book entitled “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi, who directs the antiracist center at American University in Washington, D.C. I have not read the book, but I did see an interview with Mr. Kendi, who said some interesting things about the “new” social culture in the USA. In his chat with a reporter, the author sets himself up as a definer of what is racist.  “When someone says to me they’re not racist, my typical response is  - what does it mean to be not racist?” Mr. Kendi said. “I don’t know what a not racist is, other than someone who is denying their own racism.  This denial is the heartbeat of racism itself.” Wow, that’s quite the high bar.  If you don’t think you are racist, that opinion proves you’re racist.  Check, please. Think about this.  You can no longer defend yourself against charges of racism because your denial is racist.  Same thing with denying accusations from a woman, as Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas did.  If you say you’re innocent, then you are attacking women. This is the “trap.” If you watch TV news, and I hope you limit that, you know the left is branding an increasing number of opinions as racist.  For example, if you oppose illegal immigration, you get the r-word label.  Same thing if you support tough criminal penalties for drug dealers.  And Ibram Kendi takes it a step further.  If you are not actively involved in “combating climate change,” you guessed it, you are committing a racist act. Says Kendi: “Climate scientists have found that the effects of climate change are harsher on the Global south, which is primarily populated by people of color.  So to do nothing about climate change, or to support policies that are driving climate change, is to be racist...” So by that thinking filling your car with gas is a racist action.  Who knew? This kind of racism litmus test is impossible to pass, and that’s the idea.  The far-left cadres are setting up their opposition.  If you oppose liberal policies, which have recently failed dramatically in places like Venezuela and San Francisco, you are a very bad person who must be marginalized or even shunned. When you think about it, the “trap” is a brilliant piece of propaganda that the mass media has enthusiastically embraced and uses as a stone axe against anyone who dares to disagree with liberal orthodoxy.  This is on display nightly during the leftist cable news programs. There is no counter to the “trap” on TV, or college campuses, or on the editorial pages of the radical left newspapers.  In our new politically correct culture, there is no room for respectful debate.  And, anyway, “we don’t talk to racists.” Again, quite an impressive totalitarian play.  Of course by just saying that - I’m a racist. Horrifying doesn’t even begin to cover it.  
  • Fascist Times at the University of Michigan
    Imagine donating $378 million dollars to a college and then have some alumni demand the school sever ties with you.  Well, that’s exactly what happened to businessman Stephen Ross after he held a fundraiser for President Trump.   Ross is a billionaire seven times over.  He owns the Miami Dolphins and the stadium where the team plays.  He made his money in real estate and investments.  Stephen Ross is obviously a rock solid capitalist who believes Mr. Trump’s economic vision is more in line with his than, say, Elizabeth Warren.   Enter Kumar Rao, a Michigan grad and hard left guy.  Rao is senior counsel for a group called “Center for Popular Democracy,” an organization devoted to destroying political opponents.  Funded by fanatics like George Soros, the CPD is “pro-immigrant,” attached to teachers unions, and promotes “social justice.”   Rao got some U. of Michigan alumni to sign a defamatory letter that stated: “We ask that the University remove Ross’ name from campus buildings and signage ...   “Simply stated, supporting Donald Trump’s predisposition and commitment to white supremacy, xenophobia, corruption, and clinical ignorance is flatly inconsistent with the values and legacy of the University of Michigan.”   After receiving the letter, administrators at U of M essentially told Rao and his fellow fascists to stuff it.  “We don’t exclude or include people from our university community based on their political views,” a spokesman said.   How refreshing.   I sincerely hope most folks associated with U of M and Americans in general understand just how dangerous the attempt to punish Stephen Ross really is.  The attacker Rao and his cohorts are clearly saying that citizens who support President Trump must be harmed.  There’s no other way to read their demand letter.   That’s what happens in totalitarian countries.  Rao is imitating Mao.  Is he not?   Once again the deep villain George Soros is up to his neck in this.  His Open Society Foundation donates to Rao’s crew.   We are, indeed, living in turbulent times where political differences are no longer accepted.  Today, it’s hurt your opponents any way you can.  The strategy is up close and personal and there is big money behind it.   The University of Michigan did the right thing. Many other schools have not.  Fascism is on the march in the USA.  And it’s likely coming to a theatre near you.
  • The Return of the Loch Ness Monster
    In 1933, most likely in a small, smoke-filled pub, someone came up with the idea of creating a giant lake bound creature to attract attention to a remote region in central Scotland.   It was the middle of the depression and to say people were suffering economically in the Loch Ness area, is the understatement of the 20th century.  Things were monstrous - so why not create one?  Maybe folks might go up there to check out the mystery, then spend money in the pub.    It worked.    All the world over folks heard about the Loch Ness monster (nicknamed Nessie) and more than a few believed the myth.   Tourists and money poured in, followed by actual scientists who eventually put out a statement: “The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a phenomenon without basis.”   In other words - a hoax.   Today in America, the monster is Donald Trump.  And those who would like to destroy the President are trying to create a fearsome creature: a White Supremacist with colossal power who is wrecking havoc on the nation.   After failing to cripple Mr. Trump with charges of conspiring with Russia to subvert the election of 2016, the race card has been dealt again.  But it’s not that Trump is a beneficiary of “white privilege” anymore.  Nope.  Now the President is a full-fledged “White Supremacist.”   Listen to Senator Elizabeth Warren:  “It’s just one piece of evidence after another, when he has been so embraced by the white supremacists and has not distanced himself, then he’s there.”   Senator Kamala Harris:  "[President Trump] is someone who empowers white supremacists, and who condones their behavior ...”   Well, in my opinion, the Trump-haters are creating a myth similar to Nessie.  So let’s examine what’s happening in a fact-based way.   If you understand what white supremacy really is, you know the best example is The Third Reich.  Under Hitler, the German people were told that they were the master race, based primarily on their “aryan” caucasian blood lines.   If you read my book “Killing the SS,” you will learn how that white supremacist philosophy was put into policy.  The result was millions dead, tens of millions brutalized.   While researching my upcoming book “The United States of Trump,” we could not find one example of the President discussing skin color in a pejorative way or promoting caucasian dominance.  Of course, Mr. Trump’s statements against illegal immigration, Muslim terrorism, and the economic failure of some third world countries are being used to create a racial theory, but theories are not facts and are often wrong.   Likewise, when Mr. Trump criticizes a staunch opponent like Congressman Elijah Cummings, some allege that skin color motivates the controversy, but there is absolutely no evidence that is the case.  Donald Trump castigates perceived enemies of every color and race.  His speech is remarkably uninhabited, sometimes brutal.   Without direct evidence, branding the President a white supremacy adherent becomes a cheap piece of political propaganda.  And I would say the same thing about any politician maligned that way if flimsy evidence were used in the smear.  In the upcoming Trump book, I spend some time on the Charlottesville controversy and the factual evidence will demonstrate that white supremacy did not play a role in the President’s statements.   Of course, for Trump-haters, no amount of evidence will back them off of racial condemnation.  They will use every possible slur to damage him.   But fair-minded Americans should closely scrutinize the racial demonization that is currently embraced by some democrats and members of the national media.   The propaganda distributors in Nazi Germany were experts in how to create myths surrounding racial accusations.  They were specialists in demonization.  As the despicable Nazi Joseph Goebbels once said: “if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”   Many Americans do not approve of President Trump.  That is their civic and constitutional right.  But he is not a white supremacist and does not seek to “empower” those dangerous people.   Another myth that should be deposited at the bottom of Loch Ness.
  • Danger: Far Left Ideology Zone
    Bernie Sanders could star in a slasher movie.  With those hands wildly swinging around, all you’d have to do is put a blade in one of them.  Bystanders would drop like Chinese stocks.  No one would be safe.   Elizabeth Warren could be in a remake of The Wizard of Oz.  Put a black pointy hat on her and she could easily direct those hyper-active flying monkeys to pluck corporate CEOs off the streets and drop them in a deep lake somewhere.   Tarantino could direct both those films, although Senator Warren might object to all the swearing.   Bernie would be okay with it, as long as the crude verbiage was directed at billionaires.   But those cinema fantasies are nothing compared to the reality that millions of Americans apparently would like to see Sanders or Warren run this country.  If that ever happened, and if the Democrats gained control of both houses of congress, America would become a very chaotic place.  Fast.   Senator Sanders is the most dangerous. A true zealot, Sanders actually honeymooned in the totalitarian Soviet Union and, by his own admission, found things to admire about a country in which millions of people were murdered in order to impose government control.   Sanders is a product of the hippie movement and is a “share the land” kind of guy.   The problem with that outlook is that you have to confiscate land in order to share it.  Sanders does not hesitate on that front, bellowing that corporations and affluent Americans must “pay their fair share.” And that calculation will be made solely by Sanders and his followers.  You won’t have a say in it.   Old Bernie will also tell you exactly how your health maintenance will be handled.  And you will do as you are told, under pain of law.   Elizabeth Warren is almost as menacing as Sanders but not quite as bellicose.  She’s a hardcore socialist who wants the federal government to run the private economy so income inequality and social injustice can be banished.  On the justice front, we don’t need that pesky due process thing.  As she did with Brett Kavanaugh, Warren will decide who’s guilty in this country.  That will certainly save everyone a lot of time.   So here’s the truth about both Senators Sanders and Warren if they ever achieved White House level power: the economy would likely crash.  I’m not talking a recession, I’m predicting a full blown economic horror.  Corporations would relocate overseas, private capital would also leave the country, jobs would be lost, and wages would collapse as more workers were laid off.   Catastrophe doesn’t begin to cover it.     Millions of Americans are too distracted or foolish to understand that the free stuff train will run out of fuel quickly, especially since fossil energy will be banned. Then, the federal government would have to start punishing profit-makers, investors and savers in order to pay trillions of dollars in entitlement bills.   This Sanders-Warren movement is completely unhinged.  It is even demanding American taxpayers fund health care for foreigners who break our immigration laws.  In addition, it espouses direct government payments to Americans who “cannot or WILL NOT work.”   In the latter category, we’re talking millions of substance abusers here.   To me, an American who has worked hard all his life, support for a candidate or political party that wants to take away my money and my freedom is simply incomprehensible.   But, sadly, millions of my fellow citizens disagree.   They are ramped up to give up their ability to operate independently.  They want Bernie or Elizabeth or Beto to tell them exactly what they can or cannot have.   As a product of parents raised during the Great Depression, I never thought there would be a replay.  But a President Sanders or Warren, would likely guarantee one.
  • The Evil White Man Syndrome
    To understand the current “racist” label in politics, you must uncover the overriding current philosophy on the far left.  And that comes down to this: the United States has always been a patriarchy run by evil, corrupt white guys who delight in delivering pain to everyone else.   Put Donald Trump’s picture next to that definition.   The radical left is so extreme on this that even socialist bomb-thrower Bernie Sanders is now being shunned by some of his fellow travelers.  Old white guys do not have it going on in 2019.   Recently, a tape was uncovered where Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Illinois warned Americans that white men are the primary cause of violence in the USA and we had better watch them.   Similar “white guys are malignant” stuff appears in the media nearly every day with the subliminal message being women and minorities should be running the country, calling all the shots.   Of course, the aforementioned Donald Trump is the template for anti-white male sentiment.  For more than three years, the President has been ruthlessly attacked by many leftwing women and minorities.  But if Mr. Trump counterattacks, he is branded a racist and misogynist.  So he can’t defend himself without bringing on further attacks.   It doesn’t help that the President often personalizes his verbal missiles as the recent “go back to where you came from” controversy clearly demonstrates.  The personal attacks by the President often obscure his valid points, thereby giving his opponents cover and momentum.   The Elijah Cummings - Trump dust up illustrates this point.  Congressman Cummings, head of the House Oversight Committee, is doing everything he can to wreck Trump’s presidency.  No question about that.  So the President is angry with Cummings and tweeted that he has not improved bad conditions in his own district.  Then Mr. Trump gets personal and calls that area of Baltimore “rat and roach infested.”  Presto!  Trump’s a racist.  Again.   The President should have remembered the firestorm over his “S-hole countries” remark.  Whenever you denigrate places where people reside those folks are going to be offended.  And since many blacks live in Baltimore, the reoccurring drumbeat strikes up:  Trump’s a racist, an evil white man.   It doesn’t matter that Elijah Cummings and everyone else in Baltimore knows his district is in tough shape.  The media will not allow non-minorities to state that.  In America today, speech that criticizes “people of color” is racist speech.  And don’t you forget it.   So far, the majority of Americans have not bought into the “white men are evil” campaign but the committed left media surely has.   Therefore, the political landscape now favors non-white men, at least in the Democratic Party precincts and that’s something of which Joe Biden should be acutely aware.   With the hugging attacks and the Kamala Harris busing thing, white guy Joe has taken two to the head.   One more and there could be a knock out.  Another white guy bites the dust.  
  • We'll Tell You What to Say
    If you research the city of Berkeley, California, you will learn that it is named after an Irish Catholic bishop, that it is home to about 112,000 people, and that it was the center of the “free-speech” movement during the Vietnam protest years. So how, then, did Berkeley turn into a fascist enclave? It is a fascinating story. First of all, if you live in Berkeley you know the prevailing philosophy is far left, politically correct, and not tolerant of opposing points of view. It’s like living in Burma, not a lot of subtlety. They may call it Myanmar but the country is really just guys with guns telling you what to say and do as you traverse the road to Mandalay. In Berkeley it’s not guys or guns. It’s a diverse city council enforcing it’s fascist dictums through ordinances and intimidation. In an unintentional homage to George Orwell’s brilliant 1949 novel “1984,” the Berkeley junta has adopted an ordinance to replace “gendered language” in the city’s municipal code, in effect telling anyone dealing with the city what they can’t say. Thus, the pronouns “she,” “he,” “her,” and “him,” are now banned. Also, many other words. Here’s a partial list: manpower, chairman, fireman and firewoman, fraternal, ombudsman, patrolmen, sister, brother, heirs, fraternity and sorority. Far out! The city leaders are graciously providing alternatives to the banished words. For example, “manpower” is now called “human effort.” A brother is to be called a “sibling.” Berkeley councilman (sorry council member) Rigel Robinson told the San Francisco Chronicle that “gender-neutral language creates a lot of room to acknowledge that it’s not just men running the country.” Right on, my man! Sorry, my gender neutral friend. George Orwell wrote of a society where totalitarianism and repressive regimentation of speech and thought ruled. Few thought his descriptions of “newspeak” would ever actually happen in America. And speaking of America, the “Inclusive Language Guide,” put forth by Colorado State University suggests that students no longer say that word. That’s right, “America” is not to be uttered on campus. Why? Here’s the explanation: “America encompasses more than just the U.S. (so) by using the word one erases other cultures ...” OMG! How woke is that? By the way, CSU also suggests students not use the word “straight” because it implies you’re abnormal if you’re not straight. Or something. Kind of confusing. If a college kid is asked directions, I guess it has to be: “turn left at the bookstore and then go forward without deviating. Yes, that sounds very inclusive. America (sorry academic pinheads) has really changed, hasn’t it? George Orwell saw it coming. Here’s what I see coming: a citizen uprising against the social and political madness that is currently gripping this country. I hope I’m as perspicacious as Orwell.  
  • The Truth
    Bad parenting, not capitalism, is the main cause of “income inequality” in America.  The left, including liberal educators, media, and politicians will never admit that, but it’s absolutely true.   We begin with education.  If a young child is not exposed to learning by age two, that innocent, helpless person is already at risk in a competitive society.  If there are no books in the home, no awareness-building games, no fun dialogue with the parents, the child may not develop a curiosity about life.   As the child gets older, parents must participate in the learning process - emphasizing the tremendous importance of academic discipline and monitor school work on a daily basis.   Millions of American parents simply refuse to do that.   Now the environment.  If the home is full of conflict, loud noise, unpredictable behavior by one parent or both, the young child may not develop intellectual skills and will likely be unsteady and insecure.   Then there is the work ethic: if a child does not understand that accomplishment is based on performance, doom is nearby. Hard work must be taught, it is not inherited or casually acquired.  The word “hard” is there for a reason.   Many parents are irresponsible, lazy, apathetic and self-absorbed.  They intoxicate themselves in front of their children, they use inappropriate language the kid will also use, they avoid attention-giving to their precious offspring.   And then there are parents who abandon their children - surely reserving a prime spot for themselves in hell.   As a high school teacher in the 1970’s, I dealt with derelict parents and they always had a basket full of excuses.  But they all had one thing in common: their gratification was more important than the success of the child.  Educators, no matter how skilled, usually cannot overcome bad home environments.   And then there is the social aspect in America.  Parents failing to teach their kids proper grammar, table manners, polite behavior.  Permissive mothers and fathers who allow children to be tattooed and pay for skin-piercings.  Does anyone really think those things will lead to more economic opportunity?   Parents who set no boundaries, who embrace crude behavior in the home, who fail to supervise smart phones and computers, are now legion in the USA.   Add all that up and the heavy odds are the neglected child will not become well educated or be able to command much money in the marketplace.   Charlatans like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren tell us that the federal government will provide for children who are mistreated by their parents.  That is a false promise.  But republicans are misleading the country too, by failing to actively promote good parenting and self-reliance based on smart, disciplined behavior.   When was the last time the GOP put that in their platform?  How about never.   It is too risky for politicians to call out bad parents, even though they are the primary source of generational failure.  Too many judgements have to be made and, hey, it’s none of our business!   Income inequality will get worse in this country because parenting is getting worse.  That is the cold truth that the presidential debates will never reveal.  No political system can nurture individuals so they can achieve success if the basics of personal responsibility and education are absent.   And only parents can instill those basics.  
  • The Plan
    You should know that some powerful people like radical leftwing billionaire George Soros, and others who believe as he does, have a plan for your life.  Of course, they would never state that plan, because many Americans would recoil from it.  However, the plan has been largely accepted in many parts of the world, even if the folks enduring it don’t exactly realize what the deuce is going on.   So here’s how it goes: “inequality” is common the world over.  The relatively very few who are affluent have much more than those folks who, for whatever reason, have not been able to compile assets.  Therefore, an authoritative government must correct this wrong by making it extremely difficult for any person to become wealthy.  As for those who already have money and property, they must pay their “fair share.”   In true words that means the government must punish them by confiscating as much cash as possible from the “haves.”   Led by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, this plan has now been embraced by the Democratic Party.  Joe Biden gives lip service to parts of the plan but really doesn’t buy it.  Therefore, Biden must be destroyed by the cadres who endorse the plan.  That process is well underway.   If you would like to see what may await you if the plan is implemented in America, you might travel to Munich in southern Germany.  Other than the language and old buildings, Munich could be an American city.  Most folks live in small houses or apartments, go to work everyday, have nice cars and drink alcohol on a regular basis.   But look beneath the surface and you can clearly see the results of the plan - people are dependent on the government in Berlin and there is little upward mobility.   The German economy is vibrant but workers cannot accumulate much money to invest, to make their assets grow.  That’s because of taxes.  Ready? German workers in Munich pay 8 percent of their income in local taxes.  Then Berlin comes in for its piece: 12 percent “health” tax for government run medical care, 19 percent value added tax (VAT) on just about everything you buy, and an income tax that ranges from 14 to 45 percent of your gross wages.   Add it up, and German workers cannot save significant money or improve themselves much economically.  Thus, they stay where they are, year after year after year.  Today’s children will likely be in the same economic circumstance as their grandparents.   The result is that almost every German is the same materially. There are few ostentatious displays of wealth in Munich.  There is not much “inequality” on display either.   The folks accept the plan because it offers security.  After you pay the tax, medical care is free.  Pensions are guaranteed.  Housing is modest and subsidies will be provided if you can’t or won’t work.  The addicted are supported but barely.  Not much homelessness.   But forget about ever accumulating enough money to buy that chalet in Gstaad or a villa on the Riviera.  That is not going to happen in the working precincts.  The German government makes it impossible.   That is the vision of the present day Democratic Party in America.  From sea to shining sea, we will all be similar: dependent on Washington for medical care and retirement entitlements; happy to be secure with what we are allowed to keep after the government decides how much to take from us.  On paper, “inequality” will be banished forever.   That is the Plan and it does not include gold stars for achievement.  Most media and many American citizens are solidly behind it.  Will it prevail?   Maybe.
  • Party Time
    The Democratic Party will be on vivid display this week in Miami.  Two debates over two nights featuring twenty candidates for president and five moderators.  Lots of folks bloviating with one common theme: Donald Trump is Satan.   NBC News is sponsoring the debate, and it should be quite a shootout.  I say should because it likely will not be.  NBC and its parent company Comcast have symbolically purchased a huge amount of land on the left side of the river and they are eagerly cultivating it.   For a responsible journalist this debate is wonderland.  Here are just a few penetrating questions that could be asked.   Senator Sanders, you said on CNN that as president you would try to put private health insurance companies out of business.  Wouldn’t that be unconstitutional? Senator Gillibrand, you told the Des Moines Register that opposing abortion is similar to racism.  Many Christians believe abortion is the taking of a human life.  Are these Christians racist in your opinion? Senator Warren, you have called for the elimination of ICE.  How would you deal with people who enter the USA illegally?  Would there be any penalty?  Please be specific. Vice President Biden, in 1975, you said quote: “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather... and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”  That’s a strong anti-reparations statement.  Why did you say it? Mr. O’Rourke, you oppose all border barriers.  But they have worked in San Diego and Yuma, Arizona, among other places. How would you stop millions of people from illegally crossing the southern border?  Be specific please. Those questions are just appetizers.  The democrats on stage are so far left that grammar school kids could put them on the spot.  Free health care, free college, “decent” housing, guarantees of jobs and income.  It’s an entitlement festival in a country that currently owes $22 trillion dollars.   It is a national tragedy that the debate moderators will likely avoid scrutinizing their political soulmates with facts and incisive followup questions.  Yes, Lester Holt and Chuck Todd might try to shake things up a little, but only a little.   After all, holding the democrats accountable for radical positions would help one Donald Trump.   And on the debate stage in Miami, there will be no sympathy for the devil.  That is unless the Stones show up.
  • Sins of the Past
    A House subcommittee recently held a hearing on reparations for slavery.The issue is a far left favorite because it does a number of things.  It reinforces the radical belief that the United States was founded by racist white men who installed a system whereby white guys would run everything and blacks, women and others would be exploited.It also defines poverty among minorities as not the fault of individuals but of an unjust society that exists to this day.  Personal responsibility does not count when the legacy of slavery dropped a curtain of oppression on the black race and there is no recovering from that.  At least in the eyes of the radical left.According to a poll taken by Marist College, 58 percent of African-Americans favor reparations for slavery and other historical injustice.  Just 8 percent of white Americans support reparations.That eight percent must include most of the democrats running for president because only Bernie Sanders has clearly stated opposition to reparations.  The others either support it, or want to “have that conversation.”Which they really don’t want to have but are too gutless to oppose a bad policy.I say that having some experience with brutal injustice as far as my ancestors are concerned.  According to The Freeman’s Journal published in Dublin, my ancestors living in County Cavan, Ireland had their land seized by British authorities after failing to pay the onerous land tax.  The Reilly family had no funds as the famine whipped out their crops.  In a dispatch dated April 6, 1849, the correspondent witnessing the forced evictions writes: “The scene was heart rending in the extreme ... manhood was stript of means, and left to pine in want and misery.  Women might be seen worn to skeletons with the clammy dew of death on their emaciated brows.  Not content with sending these miserable creatures adrift in the world, they (the British) set fire to their once comfortable dwellings.”The devastation to my ancestors led twin 16 year old boys, James and John, to sail on a “coffin ship” from Ireland to Brooklyn where they made their way in a hostile country without family or friends.The point is that historical injustice has existed since the dawn of man.  You cannot right the serial wrongs and it is brutally unfair to impose burden on innocent people in an attempt to do so.Millions of white people in America were harmed by the Civil War when their ancestors died in the conflict that freed the slaves.  To demand their tax dollars for reparations today or those of any contemporary American is unjust.Native Americans surely deserve reparations if African-Americans receive them.  And just the other day there was an oped in the New York Times suggesting that homosexuals receive reparations as well.In my opinion, there is no way reparations will become policy unless radical leftists take control of the country.  Cash for victims would cause far more damage than benefit as it would further divide Americans along racial lines.Clear-thinking people understand the horror of slavery and the damage it has done to all black Americans.  The federal and state governments have an obligation to help minorities in constructive ways.  But cash payments and property grants will not be constructive.In 1975, Joe Biden weighed in on the reparation issue saying: “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father or grandfather ... and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”Too harsh, in my opinion.  And Biden would never say that now in the age of Political Correctness.  Summing up, it is time to put aside grievance and work together for a stronger, more just country.  And, as Joe Biden surely knows, reparations would not accomplish that.They just cause more strife.
  • Life as We Know It
    When it comes to the subject of abortion there is far too much talking, and not nearly enough thinking.  Terminating a fetus is a life-death decision that should be treated with grave concern for both the mother and the developing fetus which contains human DNA upon conception.   There are scientific facts involved with taking life from a mother’s womb and destroying it.  The most important fact is that no human being can know with certainty when life actually begins.  Christian doctrine says that upon conception, a soul enters the human cell mass and therefore it is human, a creation of God.   Those who justify abortion reject that belief and embrace a variety of other standards for defining a human being.  But there is no exact scientific definition here, that is a fact.   One can have an opinion but is that enough to terminate a life that will enter the world after nine months?  Christians and others say no.  Secularists say no problem (aborting a fetus).   Doctors in America are apparently siding with the life movement.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, which studies abortion in the USA, only seven percent of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will perform abortions.     However, you will not hear that statistic much from the American media which has succeeded in framing the abortion-life debate as good versus evil.  But, incredibly, the evil is on the pro-life side. If you oppose abortion you are a denier of female equality, a misogynist.  If you don’t subscribe to unfettered abortion you are violating “reproductive rights.”   Recently, Georgia, Alabama, and some other states passed new laws placing limits on aborting fetuses.  In response, the CEO of the Disney Corporation, Robert Iger, threatened to deny Georgia all Disney film business.  For this, Iger is being celebrated as a hero in Hollywood.   In New York, where there once were limits on abortion, now there are none.  The Roman Catholic Governor, Andrew Cuomo, championed a new law that says abortion can take place at any time for any reason up until birth.   Mr. Cuomo describes himself as a practicing Catholic but acknowledges his enthusiasm for the very liberal abortion law puts him at odds with his faith.  If there is a judgment day, that should be a very interesting discussion that Andrew Cuomo might have.   The Bishop of Springfield, Illinois is already denying the sacraments to politicians in his state who did what Governor Cuomo did.   Former Vice President Joe Biden, now running for president, is also caught up in the abortion war.  For 43 years, Biden supported the Hyde Amendment which bans the use of federal money for abortions outside of rape, incest, and permanent damage to the mother’s physical health.   The thinking behind the Hyde law is that the federal government cannot force Americans who oppose abortion on moral grounds to pay for it through their tax dollars.  That seems to be fair, that is if you believe in freedom of religion.   But suddenly Joe doesn’t think it’s fair.  That’s because the far left, which is driving the Democratic Party, has villainized every pro-life position including the Hyde Amendment.  So Joe is scared.  He’s also a Catholic.   A humane society should be able to limit abortion while protecting mothers in dangerous circumstances.  Abortion should not be a political issue, used to demonize.  Yes, American women have rights.  But so, too, do developing cells that will shortly become human beings.   If you deny that last statement, you might be accused of playing God.  You don’t know and I don’t know when a human being becomes a human being.  So shouldn’t we all respect and promote life?   That’s what human rights are all about.   Or am I wrong?
  • Goose/Gander
    There’s a 16th century proverb that says “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”  Basically, it means that treatment should be similar for people in the same circumstances.  Yes, there could be a gender thing here with the gander reference but back then, male-female equality wasn’t exactly in vogue, right Henry the Eighth?Anyway, I’m wandering.  Today the goose thing illustrates that double standards are unfair and unacceptable.  Except in American politics and journalism, of course.For two solid years, the federal government investigated Donald Trump and his associates.  No geese involved but Russians were.  Bad Russians who sabotaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential run.  And according to CNN and others, Mr. Trump “colluded” with those nasty Russians and perhaps even drove them to the airport. But along the way, investigators found out that some FBI people were not being fair in the probe, in fact evidence shows certain agents were out to “get” Donald Trump.Geese everywhere are appalled by that allegation and would like to know what exactly happened.So would the President and the Attorney General and, therefore, some of the investigators are now being investigated.Enter the editorial board of the uber-left San Francisco Chronicle which is objecting to finding out if the fix was in during the Russian Collusion probe even though the paper lustily cheered on the investigation of Mr. Trump. The Chronicle had strong suspicions that Trump was guilty of all kinds of things and was not shy about stating that.  But last week, the newspaper suddenly pulled back on it’s desire to know the truth about public malfeasance editorializing: “Americans should welcome objective examinations of law enforcement and intelligence, but Barr’s record predicts nothing of the kind.  The attorney general has signaled enthusiasm for Trump’s deceptive and self-serving version of events by recklessly accusing authorities of ‘spying’ on his campaign.”Uh, how does the San Francisco Chronicle know the spying assertion is “reckless?”  Surely, the paper understands that FISA warrants were obtained by the FBI using false information.  And those warrants were used for surveillance on Trump campaign people. It seems to me that disqualifying William Barr from overseeing an investigation into possible FBI corruption is kind of “reckless” itself, is it not? Geese in and around the Bay Area know the Chronicle could not care less about learning the truth about anything that does not fit it’s ideological outlook.The paper is a political journal, not a vehicle for honest reporting. For some, that statement might seem, well, a bit reckless.  But it’s not.  The San Francisco Chronicle can’t handle the truth.  So it doesn’t even bother to seek it.
  • Defending Trump
    Because I am a simple man, allow me to pose a simple question: do you believe the national press in America really wants to find out if powerful government people actively tried to subvert the Trump campaign and/or his subsequent administration? Yes or no? Perhaps you have noticed that The New York Times is objecting to Mr. Trump declassifying government documents that may demonstrate exactly how the FBI and other agencies behaved during the Clinton email investigation and the Russian-Collusion thing. You may also have observed that the ardently leftist media is angered because President Trump has given Attorney General Barr “extraordinary powers” to investigate the investigators. Even if that were true, which it is not, why would the press object to finding out if our federal government embraced corruption during a presidential election? Isn’t that a vital thing for the nation to know? But the anti-Trump media does not want that exposition for two reasons: first, corruption established would help Donald Trump in his quest for reelection. And second, if the fix was “in” that would implicate the press as enablers of the scandal. As an American, I would like to know if elements of my government tried to illegally derail Donald Trump. My wish has nothing to do with ideology or party politics. I simply do not want my country to be a corrupt place. But that assessment puts me at odds with most in the media who are fighting against any fact-finding about the FBI and others. The Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC News and most political websites will use their power to try to derail and “cover up” the Barr probe. Hear that Nancy Pelosi? Do you care? Why am I even asking her? And just by writing this column, I will be scorned for “supporting” President Trump. That means I can be derided by Saturday Night Live, vilified on the net, threatened by zealots, and attacked personally by the media in a variety of ways. All because I don’t want a crooked FBI or U. S. intelligence apparatus. It is astounding that we, as a country, have come to this place. President Trump is certainly a controversial leader and, if you oppose him, that is legitimate political thought. You should not be scorned by anyone for holding it. However, if you are fine with most of the national media actively trying to destroy a President and then desperately attempting to block the truth about what could be massive corruption in attempting to harm Mr. Trump - then you deserve to be scorned. That’s not what a patriot does.
  • Mayor Pete vs. Thomas Jefferson
    In order for any candidate other than Joe Biden to win the Democratic nomination for president, they have to get progressive far-left support.  Mr. Biden doesn’t need that, because his name recognition and ties to President Obama have established a base for him outside the kook zone.   Pete Buttigieg understands the Democrat landscape and has made overtures to the far left in a number of ways.  One of them is trying to diminish Thomas Jefferson.   If you have read “Killing England,” you know that the brilliant Jefferson forged much of the freedom language contained in the Constitution.  All Americans benefit from Jefferson’s incredible foresight to this day.  Even Mayor Pete.   But, as with every human being, Thomas Jefferson was a flawed man.  He kept slaves on his Virginia property and entered into a sexual relationship with at least one of them.   Because of that, Mayor Buttigieg apparently believes that Jefferson should be held to account by removing his name from certain things.  On May 17, there was this exchange on the radio:   Hugh Hewitt: “You talk about going to every Jefferson and Jackson dinner when you’re campaigning state-wide.  Should Jefferson and Jackson dinners be renamed everywhere because both were holders of slaves?”   Pete Buttigieg: “Yeah, we’re doing that in Indiana and I think it’s the right thing to do.”   Jackson, of course, is Andrew Jackson.   If Buttigieg’s standard becomes accepted outside the radical precincts, most American presidents, patriots and icons will be banished from positions of esteem.  The cold truth is that black people, Native Americans and many other groups were, at times, treated badly in America mostly by white men in positions of leadership.   It was wrong and cannot be justified.   But for Buttigieg to judge Jefferson and Jackson by modern codes of conduct is foolish.  It is the totality of a person’s life that renders the final determination.  It is the time and place concept that honest people must consider.   Mayor Pete was heavily criticized in traditional circles for his rather shallow and politically driven mindset.  He did not like that and lashed out, calling his detractors purveyors of a “right-wing media noise machine.”   He named Fox News commentators Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson as two of the biggest “noise machine” offenders.   But why isn’t Buttigieg, himself, a “left-wing noise machine”?  He certainly is espousing far left thoughts, is he not?   Most people understand that all historical figures have deficits.  Martin Luther King, Jr. did.  John F. Kennedy did.  George Washington held slaves.  Abraham Lincoln tried for controversy on the slavery issue.   Should all the things named after those men be re-examined?  And who will lead the Star Chamber doing that?  Mayor Pete?   We the people get it.  We know the far-left generally believes America is not a noble nation.  It must be changed.  Total make over.   The politicians who buy into that are kind of dangerous, I think.   Finally, it is deeply distressing to watch the political correctness brigades try to tear down history.  And if this continues, I don’t see how Yale University survives.   In 1718, the prestigious school in New Haven, Connecticut was named after Elihu Yale, a slave-trader, Indian-abuser and all around bad guy.   So the name Yale has to go, right?  Maybe Mayor Pete and his crew can come up with a replacement name.  How about Noam Chomsky U?  Maybe Fidel U.  Or Che University.   My vote goes to Che.  Harvard vs. Che.  Che Law School.     Somewhere Che Guevara, the communist revolutionary with the jaunty beret, is nodding in agreement.   Viva, Che!  Long live political correctness.
  • No Such Thing as Not Guilty
    In criminal proceedings, if an American is found not guilty of a crime, then charges cannot be brought again.  That’s called “Double Jeopardy” and it is not permitted under our legal system.   If a prosecutor investigating a criminal allegation does not bring formal charges for whatever reason, the subject of the allegations must be considered innocent under the law.  In fact, ethics dictates that investigators go out of their way to protect uncharged citizens so they will not be tainted in any way.   But now the Congress of the United States along with the press are rejecting so called “due process,” undermining one of the pillars of the U.S. Constitution.   It began on social media when extremists put forth that “all women” must be believed when lodging allegations against men.  Never mind that there is a lucrative industry set up to bring lawsuits claiming abuse and many of these cases have been found to be bogus.  Nearly every corporation in America has insurance in order to fend off lawsuits demanding money for “misbehavior.”   Then came the horrendous Brett Kavanaugh hearings when sitting United States Senators like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker along with veterans like Dianne Feinstein tried to convict the judge of terrible crimes based solely upon accusation.  Later, the FBI found absolutely no evidence against Brett Kavanaugh, but the senators who smeared him refused to apologize.   Some of Kavanaugh’s defenders used the words “witch hunt” based upon the 17th century executions of alleged “witches” in Salem, Massachusetts.  19 human beings were put to death in the Salem hysteria and the current senator from that state, Elizabeth Warren, would have been very comfortable with the proceedings based upon her lack of support for due process.   The situation is actually dire on many college campuses across the country.  There, panels of administrators hold “hearings” on alleged misbehavior that can ruin a student’s life.  Radical leftists are usually the ones supporting these tribunals.   But the absolute worst is the American media which makes celebrities out of people like Stormy Daniels.  Headlines scream about lurid occurrences regardless of validity.  Again, this kind of irresponsibility almost destroyed the entire Kavanaugh family.   Think the media was remorseful?   Sure.   Finally, even though the Mueller Report found no crime on the part of the President, the media and many Democrats stand by their conviction of him.  He colluded, he obstructed.  Like the Salem judges, we know what happened, we don’t need “evidence.”   So file the nation’s abandonment of due process under “social justice.”   Or lack thereof.    
  • Hate Masquerading as Virtue
    If you want a vivid example of political hatred, look no further than the May 6 editorial on Tiger Woods in the reliably left Baltimore Sun.  On that day, Mr. Woods received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump, a great honor.   But that’s not how the Sun sees it.   The paper attacks Tiger Woods for associating with the President saying: “A growing list of athletes have declined invitations from President Donald Trump to visit the White House as a stance against his racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric.  Sadly, Tiger Woods isn’t one of them ...   “Is Mr. Woods oblivious, or does he just not care that the president regularly demonizes minorities and emboldens those who hate?”   Well that last bit may be true.  The President certainly has emboldened the Baltimore Sun which obviously hates Mr. Trump.   But the rest of the editorial is brutally unfair and almost hysterical in its outrage.   President Trump “regularly demonizes minorities?”  How? By saying he’d like border security?     I am writing a history book about Donald Trump and have not found a pattern of minority denigration.  My guess is the Sun people are going back to Charlottesville and the birther thing.  The editorial staff is, of course, entitled to an anti-Trump opinion but calling the President a racist is cheap.     Insulting Tiger Woods for his choice to accept the Medal of Freedom is even worse especially because his skin color is highlighted by the paper.   The Baltimore Sun is doing exactly the same thing Hillary Clinton did when she called Trump supporters “deplorables.”  You are a deficient person if you associate with the President, according to the paper.  Especially if your skin is dark.   This kind of demonization is often used in totalitarian countries but it is unusual in America.  Although Abraham Lincoln was cursed as a lover of blacks (much harsher terms were used), our political heritage largely stayed away from calling politicians vile names.  And racist is the most vile label.   The Baltimore Sun has largely endorsed policies and politicians who have just about ruined that city.  The latest mayor resigned over corruption charges a few days ago.   The terrible governance supported by the Sun has badly damaged poor people in the inner city.  Is that racist?  Might be.   The newspaper’s circulation has sunk to about 130,000 daily so it will soon be out of business, at least in print.  But before it disappears into oblivion - expect more “virtue-signaling” from this crew.   Yes, the very noble Baltimore Sun has no problem trashing Tiger Woods because he might not see the President as “racist.”  Mr. Woods, you see, is not entitled to visit the White House or accept a personal honor.   Nope, Tiger Woods must bend to the Baltimore Sun’s smear.  Or else, be smeared himself.
  • Wise Up, Young People
    There has always been a divide between older folks and youth, it’s normal - experience versus energy.   But today in America the divide may be at historic levels.  And because of that, there is danger to the nation.   Let’s start with the “Green New Deal.”  All Americans should keep an open mind about climate change and treating the earth more gently.  There are nearly eight billion human beings on the planet and pollution is a powerful problem.  Clean energy, protecting nature, and zero tolerance for littering are imperative.   But rank speculation and empowering anti-freedom programs are even more dangerous than lax environmental enforcement.  Younger Americans seem almost eager to have government bureaucrats tell them what to eat, what doctor to see, what appliance they can use.   The Green Deal is based on totalitarianism, a central authority that compels behavior - or else.  Does Beto or Ocasio-Cortez even understand that?  I don’t know.   It seems, based on polling, that many younger Americans seek dependence on government.  They embrace the nanny state.  No longer is Horace Greeley’s self reliance adage “go west, young man” advice relevant.     Now, it’s “we’ll take care of you, young person, don’t you worry.”   The move toward dependency is a selfish play.  I want stuff - please provide it.  That, of course, includes protection against climate and a permissive culture.   I took some teens to the Santa Monica pier the other day.  Hundreds of children were having fun on the rides, playing the games.  But there they were - the public pot smokers - getting high in front of the kids.   They did not care a whit.  They are selfish and vastly inappropriate.   And our society no longer calls them out.   What younger Americans will lose if the dependency and permissiveness continues is personal motivation, the will to accomplish things on your own.  The leftists understand that young people are a power base for them and therefore feed youth a steady stream of gibberish about socialism and environmental doom.   It’s all about attaining power; give the folks pot and circuses.  Keep them distracted and inebriated.   Wise up, young Americans.  You’re being used.  You won’t like living in Cuba.  
  • Propaganda U
    Speaking at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, conservative Michael Knowles was assaulted by a student who apparently objected to his opinion that “men are not women.”   The President of the college, C. Mauli Agrawal, was forced to issue a statement condemning “physical disruptions of peaceful activities.”   But before Chancellor Agrawal got around to those words, he wrote this: “A student group brought a speaker to campus - a speaker whose professed opinions do not align with our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our goal of providing a welcoming environment to all people, particularly to our LGBT community.”   How very virtuous.   The headline should have been violence against a speaker will result in expulsion. Instead Mr. Agrawal buried that lead under a pile of political correctness.   Many college administrators know they have to do that in order to keep their jobs.  No longer are American higher learning institutions places where the free exchange of ideas is encouraged.  Nope, now “social justice" is mandatory and dissent from the far-left line is punished.   The situation is so extreme that the President of the United States had to issue an Executive Order informing colleges that federal money will be denied if freedom of expression is denied.   Right now academic fascism dominates many college campuses.  There are no longer two sides to a story.  If you depart from liberal thought, a student or professor may very well be punished, shunned, or both.   The acceptable narrative goes like this:  white men are the oppressors and just about everyone else is a victim.  Minorities and women are routinely persecuted and exploited by a corrupt capitalist system that denies “justice.”   The economy is fixed and white rich guys get all the stuff.  Therefore, every person should be provided with health care, a free education, a good paying job, and cradle-to-grave security.   In addition, black Americans must receive cash payment for the slavery legacy, all migrants should be admitted into the country, and climate change danger should allow the federal government to mandate how we live on a day to day basis.   If you are not “welcoming” - you are not welcome on campus.  And Chancellor Agrawal will decide who is inclusive and who is not.  All hail, C. Mauli Agrawal, our champion of “diversity.”   Hey, George Orwell, thanks for the heads up on the “Thought Police.”   They have arrived.
  • Bernie's Taxing Behavior
    Senator Bernie Sanders, 77 years old, says he will release his tax returns on Monday and that is very good news, indeed.  Finally, the nation will have a role model when rendering to Caesar.   In fact, Bernie looks a bit like old Julius, before he was brutally stabbed to death by fellow Romans in the senate, none of whom Bernie knew personally.   As Americans well know, Bernie Sanders, originally from Brooklyn, would like the federal government to take a lot money from affluent citizens and give it to those less fortunate.  In Brooklyn that has been known to happen by climbing through broken apartment windows, but Bernie favors legalizing the transaction.   You see, the Senator is a “democratic socialist,” which means no matter how we vote, the Feds would still take our money in great amounts and then “provide” fantastic entitlements to the folks.   Bernie Sanders, himself, knows something about money because he is a millionaire.  Or as Bernie would pronounce it - a “me-yon-air” which in Brooklynese means “forgetabouit.”   The Senator and his wife own a cute condo in Washington, a kind of a big deal house on Lake Champlain in Vermont, and another property up there someplace.   The Lakefront pad is worth about 700k.   Even though Bernie is doing pretty well in the capitalist marketplace, his heart still lies with the Fidel vision: free health care, free education, housing and food supplements, and, just maybe, free Ben and Jerry’s for all but the rich.   The Cherry Garcia guys are Vermonters and big Bernie supporters.   And there are a lot of those, supporters of Sanders, I mean.  When he ran for President in 2016, cranky Bernie raked in $228 million campaign donated dollars.   Nice haul. And with that money, Bernie got a big car, driver, meals, lodging, and get this, Fidel, private jets!   That’s right, Politico is reporting that since the election of 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders has spent $342,000 on private air travel.   Oy Vey.   Upon hearing that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “does he use Netjets?”   That’s false.  I’m sorry.  She didn’t say that at all.   However, it is possible that senior-citizen Bernie Sanders misheard the “Green New Deal” platform.  When he heard “Green” he flashed to his checking account.   I didn’t say that did happened, but it’s possible!   So this American citizen, who is skeptical of socialism, is looking forward to seeing the tax returns of Senator Bernard Sanders, especially the charity part where he helps the poor.   In 2014, Bernie donated just $8,350 to charities.  Not a lot.  On a private jet that would get you from Vermont to New Hampshire.   But maybe now that he’s a “me-yon-air” twice over, the Senator’s largesse will increase.   We’ll know on Monday.  After the weekend with Bernie.  
  • Biden His Time
    Former Vice President Joe Biden now wants the big job, but the radical left does not want him.   Too old, too white, too capitalist.   So this is presenting a problem for the Democrats because all the polls say the same thing: Biden might be able to best Donald Trump in the 2020 election.   Bernie Sanders and his younger socialist comrades will not beat Trump.   A quick glance at the field defines the problem.   Sanders is so far left that it is inconceivable working class Americans will support his vision of Washington running everything: the economy, health care, education, what we eat for breakfast.   Elizabeth Warren is even more radical than Bernie plus she has the Indian thing.   Kamala Harris is California left, that means open borders, sanctuary cities, enormous taxes, militant climate change polices, and restorative justice.  Ms. Harris is apparently not big on due process either having convicted Brett Kavanaugh.  She also believed the “victim” Jussie Smollett.   Tough resume for Kamala.   Beto O’Rourke does not think there is a “problem” on the southern border even though authorities say about 100,000 foreign nationals tried to enter the USA in March alone.  Mr. Beto actually lives in the besieged city of El Paso but again, no problema en el pais.   Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker are all polling around two percent - a long climb.   Joe Biden and his advisors well understand how weak the democrat field really is, but they did not count on the radical playbook.  Want to dust somebody off the floor - accuse the person of “misconduct.”     So a number of women have embarrassed Biden by alleging that he acted “inappropriately” toward them years ago.  Almost immediately, Elizabeth Warren proclaimed Biden guilty as charged.  Anybody got a rope?   If Biden does enter the race, there will be more women, and if you don’t believe me, ask Donald Trump, who might put it this way if he were chatting with Biden: “me, too, Joe.”   Trump survived, Kavanaugh survived, and Biden probably will.  But at age 78, Joseph Biden from Scranton, Pennsylvania is now going up against an evil he could not even imagine just five years ago.  The progressive monster is off the slab, out the door and no one in town is safe.   So here’s my analysis and it comes in the form of a warning: the radical left doesn’t want you, Joe.  And those people have no limits.  
  • Wolves and Sheep
    After the big nothing Mueller Report, there should be severe scrutiny of liberal journalists who irresponsibly and dishonestly used the Russian-collusion investigation to convict President Trump and members of his administration of a variety of crimes.   It was the usual corrupt media play - no due process, biased speculation, incredible hatred toward a person they despise; Donald Trump.   The worst offenders were CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.  To say their coverage of the Mueller investigation was disgraceful is an extreme understatement.  Using anonymous sources and false assertions, these news organizations ginned up a phony narrative that divided the country and interfered with its governance.   And what price will these organizations pay?  Who will hold them accountable for all the deceit and incompetence? The sad truth is that some Americans will continue to pay attention to them - that’s the sheep component.   But the fault is not only on the left.  A bunch of “never-Trumpers” on the right have embarrassed themselves as well.   Journalists have the absolute obligation to cover an important story like the Mueller investigation aggressively.  That’s a given.  Accusations of governmental misconduct must be vetted.  But when personal or partisan emotion enter into news coverage, that’s corrupt.   And that’s what happened during the last two years with the Mueller investigation.  The situation became so extreme that Robert Mueller, himself, issued a statement saying a report that President Trump had ordered his attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie about the Russia thing was false.   That story came from the despicable website Buzzfeed and was quickly picked up by the hate-Trump media which is the game they play: disseminating unsubstantiated information from biased sources.   Now, the hate-Trump media will insinuate that the President did “something” wrong even though Mueller spent $30 million and cannot define what that “something” might be.   However, the partisan wolves will continue to howl, and jaded Americans will tune in to hear the deceitful braying, and vote for political charlatans who could not care less about truth or fairness.   This entire ordeal is terribly bad for America.  Honesty in reporting has collapsed and partisan loathing is now the coin of the realm.  This is not really about President Trump, although his election lighted the fuse.   No, this is about a Republic that has granted the press the power to make billions of dollars but, under the Constitution, is not accountable to anyone on how they derive profit.   And we now know beyond any doubt exactly how many media operations are making money.  That is by peddling false narratives and rank hatred.   Paging Edward R. Murrow.  
  • Cool it on Climate Change
    Beto O’Rourke scared the kids recently.  He likes the “Green New Deal” because if we don’t go back to the 18th century we will all be killed by storms or locusts or something. Mr. Beto apparently believes “Climate Change” will threaten the kids fairly soon and wants unprecedented government regulations to stop that warm feeling.  Yes, Washington, D.C. can reverse all this hot weather by telling Americans exactly what they can and can’t do in their lives. It is encouraging to see that Mr. Beto has so much confidence in the Washington people.  Maybe because he’s from El Paso, Texas, he stands in awe of the awesomeness of most politicians.  Skeptical that the feds can neutralize climate change?  Nah, not Beto.  He’s seen first hand how well the VA system and Obamacare works.  By all means, let’s have the feds tell Americans how they can travel, what they can eat, what kind of dwellings are acceptable, and how cows are killers. The far left is now conducting a political seminar on how America really should be run.  In addition to the “Green New Deal,” there should be a “New Deal” for unborn babies.  And that new deal says if you are unwanted for any reason, you can be executed inside the womb at any time.  Beto O’Rourke and others in the progressive movement are fine with that.  Such a deal. And in order to impose the new deal philosophy on Americans who don’t approve, let’s pack the Supreme Court with more Justices.  Remember that show “Eight is Not Enough?”  Now it’s nine is not enough.  Let’s have 20 Justices or 30.  As long as they all think like Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Even though progressives like Mr. Beto and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez enjoy mostly favorable media coverage, the folks are wise to what’s going on. The Green New Deal is a big con, a power grab attempt based on the absurd belief that Washington can control the world’s climate. Yes, all Americans should be environmentally correct.  Don’t litter or waste resources.  But we have a right to live our lives without Beto O’Rourke coming to our neighborhoods and scaring the young uns. Finally, I have a new deal for the fanatical progressive movement: wise up and nix the nonsense.  That’s what will really cool things down.
  • Donald Trump's Revenge
    Here’s how powerful President Trump really is: fake news, he made the phrase part of America.  The news media helped him by generally being unfair and blatantly dishonest, but Mr. Trump drove the point home with a vengeance.   And that’s the right word because both parties want to hurt the other.   While President Trump’s job approval numbers remain around 45 percent, the media’s favorability among Americans is plummeting.  The left-leaning Columbia Journalism Review polled 4,214 adults and found that the American press now ranks lowest among all major institutions in the USA.  Lower than Congress, even.   The poll goes on to say that 90 percent of Republicans believe the media is biased and 58 percent of Democrats agree.   Those are shocking numbers considering that after Watergate, the press was a glamour industry in America.   A recent Investors Business Daily poll found that 69 percent of Americans believe the news media “is more concerned with advancing its points of view than reporting all the facts.”   So Donald Trump’s withering criticism of the anti-Trump press seems to have taken deep root.   And here’s the thing: it is not difficult to cover a politician fairly, even if you don’t like the person.  Just gather facts, people, and don’t ignore the truth if it helps someone for whom you hold disdain.   Sounds simple and it is.   But here’s why that’s not happening.  TV News in particular makes big money off either hating or loving Mr. Trump.  Playing it straight down the middle does not motivate many viewers.  They want partisan displays to reinforce their beliefs and that’s what they get.   Newspapers are also slanting their coverage to an ideological base.  Not many conservatives buying The New York Times perhaps because the paper’s liberal columnists outnumber right-leaning scribes ten to one.   But the unintended consequence of that  editorial bias is the destruction of honest reportage.  Most folks now understand that and if the still don’t get it - the President is there to point it out.  Over and over and over.   The simple truth is that Donald Trump cannot fake it.  Even if the press does.          
  • The Liberal Emergency
    Right this second, as you are reading these words, four committees in the House of Representatives are thinking up more ways to investigate President Trump.   Instead of concentrating on solving vexing problems like a 22 trillion dollar debt, or a record trade deficit with China, or thousands of poor people trying to surge the southern border, these Democrats in the House are worried about things like Ivanka Trump getting security clearance from daddy.   Many Americans are confused by this.  So many problems, so few Congressional solutions.  Is Ivanka really that important?  Why is so much time being spent on utter nonsense?   There is an answer to that question, and it has to do with the national emergency situation and the liberal mind.  Above everything the USA is experiencing in 2019, above all, is one simple but powerful belief on the left.   President Trump himself, is the true national emergency.  Destroying him is top priority, everything else is dust in the wind.   If you understand that, you can prepare yourself for the near-term future.   Soon, the Mueller Report on alleged collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russians trying to sabotage the 2016 election will be released.  Robert Mueller and his merry men have run up a $30 million tab on the taxpayers.  Because of that, the report has to say there were bad things afoot, Watson.  But don’t expect any heavy duty accusations.  Don’t expect Sherlock Holmes to expose a villain with incontrovertible evidence.   If my guess turns out to be correct, most Americans will shrug and go about their business.  But not those annoying leftwing zealots.  Nope, they will continue to allege, accuse and insinuate, keeping those CNN panel people very busy.   Yes, for sure, the National Emergency is not at the southern border or any other threatening situation.  The real emergency is getting rid of Trump using any and all means.   And that’s what we will see right up until Election Day, 2020.
  • The Woke Nightmare
    The media loves them and Colin Kaepernick would play for them if he could.  They are out of the closet and in your face.  They are on the march, determined to change America into a bright, shining beacon of socialism where white men are guilty and everyone else is a victim.   Say hello to your little friends, the progressive cadre now dominating cable news and the democrat agenda. It is a George Soros pity party where you get to bash the Founding Fathers and every American who respects them.   The progressive wrecking crew wants reparations for all injustice, not just slavery.  They are “woke” to the fact that women are always mistreated, blacks are targeted by police, LGBT folks are persecuted, and babies can be killed after birth in the name of “reproductive justice.”   Above all, the progressive Huns want to loot, they will ride into the village and take 70 percent of your stuff.  Don’t like it, you’re a racist, homophobe, misogynist, bigot who does not deserve to be heard.  In fact, if you open your mouth, we’ll take more of your stuff.   The enlightened progressive well knows the planet will die from climate change denial unless we follow their directions explicitly.  America is the problem, of course, because we don’t provide citizens with free healthcare, education, decent housing and food, a guaranteed job at a guaranteed wage where you can never be fired and where you get family leave and disability payments simply upon asking.  What does any of that have to do with global warming?   Shut up or we’ll boycott you.   And what’s with these borders?  What about migrant justice?  All persons have the right to live in the USA!  It’s only the bigots who oppose that!   Ten years ago, the progressive movement could not have fielded five presidential candidates.  They are now running wild, passing out the pitchforks and whipping up the groundlings.  Backed by mobs of Twitter assassins and financed by shadowy groups like MoveOn and Media Matters, the far left can hurt you quick.  And will.  Happily.   But what the progressives don’t know is that a backlash is coming.  They surely have intimidated corporate America and have the support of the corrupt media.  But fair-minded Americans understand what is happening and they don’t like it.   It is a matter of time until a group forms that will confront the totalitarian left and fight for real justice.     It is just a matter of time.  
  • The Extreme Team
    As part of the research for my upcoming history book on President Trump, I am speaking with a lot of people who know him.  Most of the conversations involve compiling information that I will then confirm or, if I can’t, not use.  There will be no speculation in the book and, most importantly, no anonymous sources.  Everything I write, apart from opinion quotes, will be front and center fact, making the book almost unique in this age of corrupt media reporting built around invisible sources.      Recently, I spoke with the President’s eldest son, Don, Jr., about his father and the rank hostility surrounding him.  He said something very interesting:      “I’m pretty damn conservative, but I have friends who are not.  I used to be able to say, okay, I can put myself in their shoes and I can argue their side of the deal and do it pretty effectively.  I can’t do that anymore, Bill.      “Post-term abortion, the black face (Virginia), there is no double standard they won’t blow out of the water.”      Trump, Jr. is essentially saying there is no reasoning or fairness in much of the liberal movement.  And the fact is that not one high-profile Democrat that I know of spoke out against the Virginia Governor when he calmly discussed killing a baby after birth.  Not one.      No high-profile progressive person who condemned Trump supporters after the bogus Jussie Smollett story has apologized.      Not one famous person who convicted Brett Kavanaugh of heinous crimes without a shred of supporting evidence, has said ‘maybe that was wrong.’      In the two decades that I analyzed the news on television, I tried to consider what the liberal message was.  I wanted to evaluate it using facts as my guide.  Sometimes I agreed with it.  For example: the military strategy to pacify Iraq after the invasion was terrible and based on a faulty view of the world.      But now the liberal movement has gone so far left it makes Scandinavian politics look moderate.  In its denial of due process and hatred of all things Trump, the progressive movement has actually become dangerous to America.  The Twitter mob that drives progressive thought has obliterated honest debate and pushed an extreme agenda onto the Democrat Party.      Every Democrat running for president is petrified of the Twitter mob.      And they should be.  These people will viciously attack you if their insane views are criticized or even questioned.  And the national, corporate-run media will now gleefully pick up the libel and defamation coming out of the far-left Twitter sewer.      Politics has changed for the worse in the USA.  No longer are opposing points-of-view acceptable.  Today, it’s a pack mentality bent on vengeance.  And it’s taken over an entire political party.      No one can justify that.          
  • Hating on the Press
    This week some unhinged guy wearing a Make America Great Again Hat pushed a BBC photographer at the Trump El Paso rally.  Predictably, there were howls of indignation from the media, many placing blame on the President for the assault.   The man was ejected from the event but not arrested by Texas authorities.  He should have been.  Journalists are entitled to protection - no exceptions.   But President Trump is also entitled to defend himself against verbal and written assaults from the press.  The BBC has brutalized him and America in general for electing him.  That editorial posture does not allow violence but certainly Trump supporters understand that the media hates their guy and actively wants to harm him.  That kind of consistent venomous display leads to strong emotions.   President Trump, himself, often overreacts to the media.  He is not a man who overlooks personal slights and they come at him 24/7.  Yes, it would be better for the country if he fought selected press battles rather than launching a general anti-press campaign.  But the truth is that the American media has become so corrupt, someone needs to fight back.   I understand what Mr. Trump is feeling because the press consistently attacks me.  This week I spoke at a fundraiser for the Police Athletic League of New York City, a fine charity that has helped impoverished children for decades.   After it was announced that I would be the speaker, the lunch quickly sold out, and the PAL took in a lot of money.  But on the day of the event The New York Times chose to run an article attacking me.  The reporter wrote that he asked me to comment, a total lie.  It was a hit piece all the way.   Some on the net picked it up and said I had been disinvited to speak, another lie.  I spoke for 30 minutes, the event was a nice success.  I am proud that I helped the kids.   President Trump endures media garbage like that every day.  Everyone knows this and many Americans don’t like it - even some who don’t like him.   So, yes, it is unacceptable for any person to assault reporters or camera people in any way.  But it is also unacceptable for the press to lie constantly in pursuit of advancing a political agenda.   The press mandate in America is to seek the truth.   The President’s mandate is to lead the country to prosperity and safety.   The people’s mandate is to hold both the media and the President accountable for what they do.   In a responsible, legal way.
  • Ignoring Truth
    It’s been a tough week in America for the truth.  While the hate Trump media counts all the President’s “lies,” the Democrat who replied to Mr. Trump’s State of the Union speech put three whoppers out there with no scrutiny whatsoever.   Stacey Abrams, who almost won the governorship of Georgia, told the world that the U.S. economy is essentially bad.  By every calculated measure, that is a false statement.     Then Ms. Abrams stated that the federal tax cut has not benefited working Americans.  Not true.  An exhaustive study by the Cato Institute shows the average family of four pays about $3,000 in taxes less than it did before the cut.   Finally, Ms. Abrams contends that “voter suppression” is a huge national problem when there is not a shred of evidence to back that up.  In fact, Georgia had a near record turnout for the vote on Ms. Abrams’ candidacy.   Even though Stacey Abrams misled all who watched her speech, CNN’s Anderson Cooper said on the air that he liked her talk better than President Trump’s address.   The only thing that I can think of is that Mr. Cooper is a big fan of Jon Lovitz, the compulsive liar on Saturday Night Live.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.   Then there’s the border wall thing.  The left is saying it’s a fabricated crisis, that it’s fear-mongering by President Trump and his allies.  Hard to believe when tens of thousands of migrants are being bused to the U.S. border with the intent of illegally crossing into the USA.  And then there’s the tons of narcotics that are smuggled across the border by murderous cartels.   But no worries, mate.  It’s fear-mongering bunky.   Finally, late term abortion.  It was actually applauded in New York State by people who apparently believe that the vague category of a “woman’s health” is a valid reason to terminate a baby who could live outside the womb.   In Virginia, the governor there agrees with Adolf Hitler that even a birthed baby can be executed if the mother doesn’t want it.  The T-4 program in Nazi Germany killed an estimated 300,000 babies.  What’s the difference from the brutal idiocy coming out of Richmond?   There is truth in the world but it is now being obscured by fanatics who want to advance their political agenda at any cost - even if that means terminating infants alive in front of them.  What say you, Kamala Harris?   It is my job to tell you the truth so here it is - too many Americans are more than happy to accept lies and turn the other way while bad things happen.   That kind of national attitude will lead to disaster.  It’s just a matter of time.    
  • A Bad Moon Rising in America
    In order to know what is truly happening in the USA you have to pay attention and many Americans, perhaps most, are refusing to do that.  Headphones firmly affixed, texting fingers getting stronger by the hour, millions upon millions of folks have checked out from the reality of their country.  It is my job to bring as many of them back as I can.      So here it is.  Using propaganda techniques that would humble Stalin, the media has allied itself with the far-left progressive movement to crush traditional thought in America.  They have turned President Trump into Czar Nicholas II, branding him a menace to society and a threat to democracy.  Along the way, they have convinced some citizens that the President is a corrupt racist and anybody supporting him is in that category as well.  Even if you’re a high school kid.      It doesn’t matter whether you approve of Mr. Trump or not; the above analysis is true beyond any reasonable doubt.      The result of the unprecedented Trump hate campaign is primarily playing out in two areas: economics and social.  Let’s take money and property first.      As you may know, two elected socialists, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have each proposed radical government action.  Ms. Warren wants to confiscate wealth from high-asset Americans, Ms. Cortez would like a top income tax rate of 70 percent.      Writing in The National Review, Kevin Williamson is perceptive about Senator Warren: “she has proposed to begin seizing a portion of the assets of some wealthy Americans, a course of action that the federal government has no constitutional power to undertake...      “What Warren is proposing is essentially a federal version of the hated asset-forfeiture programs that have been so much abused by law-enforcement agencies - minus the allegation of criminal conduct and made universal and annual.”      Simply put: Elizabeth Warren believes the government has the right to take a portion of your stuff every year and it will decide exactly who gets looted and how much it will steal.      Hello, Fidel, how’s hell?      Warren’s communist impulses will most likely not get far, but the radical intrusion into social matters is quite another story.  The ordeal of the Trump-supporting high school students in Washington, D.C. is a shocking example of the social fascism that is gripping America.      Perhaps the nation’s most astute columnist, Victor Davis Hanson, lays the frightening situation out on the website “American Greatness.”  The article is entitled “Attack of the Techno-Lynch Mob.”      Mr. Hanson opens by describing the boys who found themselves confronted by a native-American activist: “they were white (enough said) and smiling (indicative of their smirking privilege and lack of victim status)...”      Then Mr. Hanson puts forth the threat to us all.  “Like racing dogs leaving their starting blocks, the electronic mob sprinted out in competition to lynch the Covington kids within seconds of the initial staged video posting that purportedly showed a supposedly solitary Native American ‘swarmed’ by a crowd of smirking Brett Kavanaughs intent on bullying and blocking the ‘elder’s’ passage...      “The competition to appear tough, cruel, defiant - and morally superior - is fed by crowds of anonymous laptop and smartphone shock troops.  But what has altered is that we now have no sheriff.  Or rather, our town marshal - Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc - are on the mob’s side, as if the bulwark between civilization and savagery has left the porch and (joined) the mob ...”      In the past, the American press would have been all over the new social fascism, exposing and condemning it, using its constitutionally vested power to protect the attacked students.  But not now because the press, generally speaking, has joined the mob.      In the past, unconstitutional calls for seizures of private property would also have been challenged mightily by the media.  No longer.      That’s because the press now sympathizes with those who call for government strong arm methods against the prosperous.  In addition, the media, in the tank for the “virtue” crowd, actively supports the denial of due process as the nation saw in the Kavanaugh hearings and during the Covington coverage.       Stalin, Fidel, and yes, even Adolph, would be very pleased.      So please pay attention to your country and urge others to do so.  The bad moon has risen, it’s right before our eyes.               
  • How the American Press Collapsed
    The presidential campaign of 2020 is already underway, but don’t expect much accurate reporting about it.  That’s because the national media has decided that Donald Trump must not be re-elected and has partnered up with the Democratic Party.      The coverage of Senator Kamala Harris is a perfect example of my contention.  Ms. Harris’ announcement of her intention to run for president was greeted with warmth by the national media.  On Good Morning America, her interview was almost a hug.  Good for you, Kamala!  You go, girl!      So where was the question about Senator Harris convicting Brett Kavanaugh of heinous crimes without any evidence?      Where was the scrutiny of Kamala Harris comparing ICE agents, hard working men and women, to Ku Klux Klan members?      Where?  Nowhere.      Embarrassing doesn’t even come close.      So how did all this press corruption happen?      In 1983, 50 companies controlled 90 percent of the American media.  Today, six conglomerates control the same 90 percent.  They are National Amusements (CBS, MTV, BET, on and on), Disney (ABC, ESPN, Marvel, on and on), TimeWarner (CNN, HBO, TBS, on and on), Comcast (NBC, Dreamworks, Universal, on and on), 21 Century/Newscorp (Fox, NatGeo, FX, on and on), and Sony.      The corporate culture in these massive operations is always politically correct and most often liberal politically, with a few exceptions like the 89 year old Rupert Murdoch.  With so few controlling news messaging, it is not difficult to form a political bloc.      In addition, the Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, a liberal guy, and The New York Times is controlled by the Sulzberger family, avowed Democrats.  That paper has not endorsed a Republican for President in almost 60 years.      It is nothing new for the national press to lean left in America, but openly aiding a political party is unique.  In the past, the media would half-heartedly fake it.  Not anymore.  Now, it’s “us” against Trump.  And “us” is the press and the Democrats.      So don’t expect individual reporters and commentators to present the campaign fairly.  Careers would be ruined if they did that.  No, the spin will be Trump and his supporters bad - the Democrat candidate and leftist policies good.  Inside national newsrooms, there is no room for the “diversity” to which liberals give lip service.  The corporate chieftains have sent a clear message: get Trump out.  And it will be acted upon. All day, everyday.      Enjoy it.  
  • A Disturbing Partnership
    The conservative group Media Research Center has released its annual analysis of the three nightly network news programs.  MRC says that coverage of President Trump on those three broadcasts was 90 percent negative for the year 2018.   Paging Claude Rains?  I’m shocked, shocked, gambling is going on at Rick’s Cafe!   Alert Americans know that the media fix was in from the beginning.  Donald Trump, who the national media believes is a vulgarian, was never supposed to be president.  And after he was elected, the press took the voters' repudiation of their liberal political views personally.   The President, himself, did nothing to court the media, which always wants its collective butt kissed.  Quite the opposite.  Using Twitter as a six-gun, Mr. Trump fires away at the press, branding many outlets fake news.   Now it’s vendetta time.   So with another presidential election less than two years away, the national media has pretty much partnered up with the Democrats to get Trump out.   I mean the Dems could run “El Chapo” and MSNBC would endorse him.   Never before in American history has there been an alliance like this - powerful media corporations operating in concert with a political party to accomplish an electoral goal.  All Americans should be concerned - even those who despise the President.   Let’s take the massive Comcast corporation, for example.  It owns the National Broadcasting Company, NBC.  On its roster is NBC News which runs The Today Show, The NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, and CNBC.  All of those vehicles are skeptical of Donald Trump, and one of them, MSNBC, is in business to destroy him.   Comcast also owns Saturday Night Live, a program that marginalizes Mr. Trump using Trump-hater Alec Baldwin.  There has never been anything like this in the history of broadcasting.   Then there’s print.  Liberal Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and the Uber-left Sulzberger family controls The New York Times.  Both papers compete furiously to see who can damage Mr. Trump more.  All reporters and columnists working for the papers well understand the prevailing wisdom of those who sign their paychecks.   The Democrats also understand that wisdom and take full advantage of it.  The party knows that no benefit of the doubt will be given to the Trump administration while democrat policies will generally be praised.  When a radical-leftist like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can become an overnight media star, you know the tipping point has been reached.   The gigantic Disney corporation owns ABC News which trots out former Clinton Chief-of-Staff George Stephanopoulos as its marquee anchor.    Newsflash: George is not a fan of Donald.   CBS features late night talk show guy Stephen Colbert who now uses his program as a safe space for democrats to make political announcements and hold bake-offs if need be.  “We’ll be right back with Steny Hoyer’s impression of Mike Pence!”   The unspoken alliance between the nation’s most powerful media companies and a political party is flat out dangerous not only to accurate information flow, but also to democracy itself.  When one political point of view dominates, it wins.   Not 90 percent of the time - 100 percent.  Right, Fidel?  
  • The Cable News War
    For cable news, Donald Trump is no longer the gift that keeps on giving. At first he was, but now big change is in the air - and it’s all because of the President. When Mr. Trump initially announced his candidacy for President, the curiosity factor drove millions of Americans to watch him on cable news. The shock of seeing a flamboyant political neophyte take on well known pols like Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee was immediate. Then came the Republican debates - and the sight of Mr. Trump diminishing his opposition in very personal ways, blew up decorum. This was reality TV at it’s best and viewers flocked to it. There was Trump calling Governor Bush boring to his face. Senator Rubio became “Little Marco.” Carly Fiorina was labeled unattractive by Mr. Trump. Anything could happen at any time. The arrogant, mostly liberal national press dismissed Donald Trump as a vulgarian but gave him constant exposure. He was good for ratings and was destroying the Republican Party in the process. Both positive things for the media chieftains. But then Trump won the nomination and faced Hillary Clinton. Once again the establishment TV news media derided Trump but hung on his every word. He remained great for business and couldn’t possibly defeat Mrs. Clinton. They were absolutely certain of that. But then he won again. Almost instantly, business plans were put into place. CNN and MSNBC, with a large helping hand from NBC News, set themselves up as the “resistance,” openly demonstrating to their viewers that fair coverage was not even being considered. The mandate became “destroy Trump.” Anti-Trump Americans now had two networks that would bash the President non-stop. Because MSNBC was more vicious than CNN, it garnered the biggest audience of the two. On the other side, Fox News made a corporate decision to support Donald Trump and appeal to the 60 million Americans who voted for him. Because FNC stood almost alone in defending Trump, it remained the highest rated cable news operation - there was no where else for the President’s supporters to go. But all three cable networks basically stopped covering the news, devoting most of their presentations to Trump. Unending Trump. Always Trump. Many viewers became exhausted. So, Fox News has begun losing viewers especially in the 25 to 54 years old category. MSNBC is actually beating FNC in prime time on some nights which rarely happened in the past. Correction, it never happened. Many philosophers believe that hate is a stronger emotion than love, and that might be what we are seeing here. The MSNBC people are better haters than the CNN crew although it’s close. MS trounces CNN in the ratings because their Trump loathing is kept at a white hot temperature. It’s almost amusing to watch. How do they keep it up every hour on the hour? Fox News allows some of its on air talent to hate Trump too, and that is not sitting well with its core audience who now have alternatives on radio and the net. But the basic problem with FNC is a lack of entertainment value. Hating is fun for some; defending the object of hate, not so much. When Donald Trump leaves the national stage, all three cable news operations will likely decline in a major way. Covering the news fairly and accurately is difficult. Today, cable news doesn’t even try. If you are looking for accurate information and honest perspective, you better bring a strong microscope. Americans know that. They clearly see what’s happening. And when the blood sport of Trump-era politics finally ends, viewers will not be back for an encore. They have had it.  
  • The Person of the Year
    My person of the year is Senator Lindsey Graham who single-handedly exposed the enormous wrong-doing in the Brett Kavanaugh catastrophe.  Graham stood up for due process and in the process of doing that, he saved Kavanaugh and protected all Americans.  In this climate, any American can be accused of anything at anytime.  All we have is a presumption of innocence which was on the verge of being destroyed by political partisans.   Time Magazine also selected a person of the year.  The struggling magazine departed from tradition and opted for a number of people; journalists at risk.   The murdered columnist Jamal Khashoggi was cited, as were the five journalists murdered by a psycho in Maryland.  In fact worldwide, at least 52 journalists have been killed so far this year.   The theme of Time Magazine’s essay is that danger to journalists is increasing.  And that is true.  Putin in Russia, the Chinese Communists, and Islamic fanatics will kill journalists as a convenience.  So will the drug cartels in Mexico, African warlords, and the little rocket man in North Korea among others.   But there is another aspect to the Time selection that is heavily implied but not stated.  And that is the magazine’s opinion that President Trump enables danger to the press.   This is standard operating procedure for the left-leaning press of which Time is a charter member.  The irony of the media’s indignation toward the President is that the press fails to report the truth: yes, Mr. Trump has attacked “fake news.”  But he is absolutely correct that much of the reporting about him has been unfair and, at times, fabricated.  The use of anonymous sources is at an astonishing level, and much of the press coverage is driven by economics.   Of course Time and other anti-Trump media outlets will never admit the truth.   Here it is.  Newspapers now direct their reporting to a specific readership.  The editors at The New York Times, for example, know their careers depend on promoting liberal ideas and disparaging conservative opposition.  If a reporter were to wear a “Make America Great Again” hat in the Times newsroom - that person’s career would be over.   Same thing at The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS.  My question is when did the press become a monolithic institution?   So, congratulations to Senator Graham for the “No Spin Man of the Year” award.  I’m sure the rest of the press will applaud my choice even if it offends their corporate masters.  
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
    The faithful are not coming, at least not the way they once did.  Churches and Synagogues are seeing declining weekly attendance as America becomes a devoted secular nation.  The winds of change have not been kind to the spiritual, even as the Christmas season is upon us once again.   Much of the diminishment of religion comes from the media - which often marginalizes people of faith, portraying them as zealots who intrude on the “rights” of others.  For example, while LGBT progress is met with parades, those who promote biblical beliefs are accused of bigotry and shunned by some.   And on the subject of abortion, if you stand to protect innocent life, then you are a hater of women, not worthy of being taken seriously.   Tough to fight that, so millions of folks don’t even try.  And some of them are supposed to be religious leaders.   Centuries of Irish-Catholic tradition compel me to attend weekly mass, even though it is not always a rewarding experience.  Yes, the hour honors the creator and that is always a positive, but the application of Christian theology to a complicated world is almost non-existent in many churches.  Simply put, 90 percent of the Catholic sermons I hear are boring.  And I have heard them all over the world.   Having researched a bestselling book called “Killing Jesus,” I know the Nazarene was anything but dull.  In fact, his sermons were so provocative and meaningful that they frightened the Roman Governor Pilate who ordered Jesus executed on grounds of alleged sedition about which no evidence was produced.   It was the words of the Nazarene that got him executed.   But today, the men in charge of channeling the words of Jesus to believers are largely timid and detached from the every day struggles that people of faith face.  I suspect it is similar in Jewish houses of worship.   Instead of hearing for the six thousandth time about how the mustard seed fell on fallow ground, I’d like to hear something about confronting hatred.  What should a Christian actually do when malice appears - as it so often does in our lives?   I’d like a sermon on how to cope with hand-held devices that can instantly access evil.   How about bearing false witness against your neighbor, which is epidemic in America?  How should we deal with people who do that?  Turn the other cheek?  Or slap them down?   I have thousands of sermon suggestions that I know I will never hear because of clergy apathy.   Organized religion is dying in America.  Not because of scandal, although that has hurt.  No, the churches have immediate seating because the environment they foster is often irrelevant to our lives.     Jesus inspired.     His stand-ins are tired.
  • The Silent Threat
    While the public and congress are focused on the vicious condition of opioid addiction, another scourge has taken root in our society especially among young people ages 13 to 25: Internet Disorders. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) formally classified “Gaming Disorder” as an addiction last June, placing it with drugs, alcohol, and gambling as a virulent scourge. But dopey games are just part of the overall problem.  Addiction to devices and machines can destroy human potential in a variety of ways. Teenagers are at the greatest risk even though their parents can easily become addicted as well.  The family that texts together has replaced the family that prays together. Let’s get very specific.  Most teens cannot function without their iPhone.  Their entire social world is built around them.  No longer do kids call each other, it’s Snapchat and texting - especially Snapchat where they can send pictures with their words.  Incredibly, email is obsolete in urchin-land.  Everybody is snapping and chatting. The result is no voice or in person contact.  Talk to a teenager face-to-face and it’s very likely the kid will not look you in the eye.  They look down.  Like they do when snap chatting. Witty conversation?  Forget it.  Here’s a typical lead sentence on a device: U there, dude?  LOL.  LMAO. If you don’t know what that means - good for you. So, the art of conversation has been largely destroyed.  Along with that, personal empathy is declining.  You can’t feel a person’s pain or joy for that matter through a machine. Then there’s the ability to concentrate.  Killing the SS is a huge hit but one of the few books that is actually selling in America. Young people don’t want to break away from their devices to devote time to a book or even a TV show.  It’s much easier to google anything and absorb information in 60 seconds or less. Why watch a scheduled show when there are a million clips on YouTube available 24/7?  Do you know any young American that consistently watches a news program?  I don’t.  Headlines are available on the net and that’s what the kids want; quick, short dispatches that don’t take time away from Snapchatting. And then there are the games.  Fortnite is big.  But ask a kid what the word “fortnite” means and you’ll get a blank look.   Fantasy football is huge.  Minecraft used to be the rage.  And you can shoot video zombies all day long without being arrested. All in all it is a bleak landscape.  When I was a kid we were outside on the ball fields.  Everyday.  Weather did not stop us. Now young backsides are parked on computer chairs or couches.  The outdoors is almost inconceivable.  Nothing out there.  Can’t charge the phone in the forest. Internet addiction is changing the world and not for the better.  Human beings that resist the pull of the machines and strive to become well rounded people will prosper greatly in the future.  But, sadly, most people will not resist internet addiction. And they will suffer the consequences.
  • The Trump-Media War
    In a way, CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s editorial bomb throwing in a press conference with President Trump was a Pearl Harbor moment: the Trump administration has now officially declared war on the media, essentially banishing the provocateur by pulling his White House credential.   Predictably, CNN has sought to capitalize on the situation by filing a law suit asserting that First Amendment free press “rights” are at stake, even though CNN has other White House correspondents on the scene.  No matter, the cable news network wants Jimmy there so he can continue to stir up chaos.   Putting aside the legalisms, it is clear that there is gamesmanship on both sides.  CNN and most of the national media is no longer in business to bring information to Americans, their game plan now is to destroy the Trump presidency.  It’s an ongoing news reality saga designed to get ratings and circulation: can the media bring down Trump?   For his part, the President is genuinely outraged by the constant press attacks but often tries to use them to his advantage.  He knows conservative Americans generally distrust the media and plays to that perception.  Press persecution gives the President a certain victim status and casts doubt on the negative reporting about him.   While the animus between Mr. Trump and the media is truly terrible, the truth is that most presidents loathed the press. In my lifetime, only John F. Kennedy was able to control the media and use it to his advantage.  Dwight Eisenhower basically dealt with a compliant media because TV was in its infancy and he was a hero of World War II.   But leave it to Ike’s predecessor to lay it out there about the American media.  A few years ago, I came across a private letter that President Harry Truman wrote to a friend.  Truman was furious about negative newspaper coverage and opined this way:   “In going over the history of various Presidents I find that this is nothing new.  Washington was abused in the press of his time and there was never a more thoroughly misrepresented President than Thomas Jefferson.  Of course, you are familiar with how they treated Andrew Jackson but they did not get away with it in his case like they did with some of the others.”   President Truman continues pointing out that “they almost hounded (Grover) Cleveland to his grave.”   The difference today is that there is big money to be made with a hate-Trump format.  CNN well understands that.  Harry Truman would not.   It remains to be seen if the judiciary understands that it is not journalism involved in the White House controversy but show business.  The old adage is: the show must go on.   Jim Acosta and his corporate masters really hope that will be the case.
  • Muzzling the White House Press Corps
    Critical mass has been reached concerning the hostility between CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta and President Trump.  The display at the press conference this week was embarrassing and unnecessary.The back story is important here.  CNN is the lowest rated cable news network even though it has embraced a “hate-Trump” posture.  Every on-air person in the organization well understands they are encouraged to incorporate a negative tone into anything Trump.MSNBC also has that philosophy - and its personnel is better at bringing the hate than the CNN people, with one exception: Jim Acosta.As someone who has interviewed five presidents, I know it is a difficult task.  Viewers expect straightforward questions that elicit information.  But often presidents do not want to answer certain queries and that’s when things can get bumpy.Do you insist on an answer?  Do you point out the dodge?  How do you handle a president who is hostile to you?Skilled journalists know that you can be persistent without being disrespectful.  A reporter might not like the president, but he or she should always respect the office.  That doesn’t mean you forgo tough questions, I never did that, but it does mean you think about your tone and phrasing.Mr. Acosta does not do that.  He apparently wants to goad Donald Trump into a confrontation.  Here’s how Acosta lighted the fuse the other day.“As you know, Mr. President, the caravan is not an invasion...”First of all, that is Acosta’s opinion.  It is a statement, not a question.  Acosta knows that the President has labeled thousands of migrants heading for the southern border an invasion.  So the White House correspondent for CNN is deliberately taking a contrarian point of view trying to provoke a response, rather than asking why Mr. Trump considers the march an invasion.It is Jim Acosta’s job to get information to CNN viewers, not be captain of the debate team.  If he wants to give opinions, CNN should give him a primetime show.  And then there’s the tone.  In a followup, Acosta actually asked a question.  But did so in an accusatory way.“But do you think that you demonized immigrants ...?”President Trump obviously does not think he did that.  So why the edge on Acosta’s part?  Why the fuse?All he had to say was something like this: “Mr. President some people believe that you have overreacted to the migrant situation and used it for political gain. Have you considered that?”Tough but fair, right?But again, CNN does not want to secure information from President Trump, the network wants to make him look bad.  And Mr. Acosta is happy to do that by being as insulting as possible.Predictably, President Trump lashed out at Mr. Acosta calling him rude and a bad person.  That’s gold for CNN as it hits the internet all over the world, and Acosta gets to play the victim.  Another successful day at the office.I really hate to say this, but the Trump administration would be in the right if it pulled Acosta’s credentials.  The well is simply filled with too much poison and presidential press meetings are being disrupted by the CNN-driven carnival.Maybe the network brings back Larry King to replace Acosta.Well, that may be over-adjusting.    
  • Our Country
    An outfit called “” recently put out a poll on why Americans are so divided politically. The results are somewhat predictable but instructive none-the-less. When asked if America is a better country than most others, 82 percent of the respondents agreed. Only 18 percent did not. But among that 18 percent were folks who describe themselves as “progressive activists.” 54 percent of Americans in that category do not think the USA is a better place. While their raw numbers are small and often non-existent in rural America, the PA crew has clout. A number of billionaires (think George Soros) inhabit far left precincts and so do an increasing number of celebrities (think Robert DeNiro and Barbra Streisand). Some internet and media barons also swim in progressive activist waters, using their wealth and cyberspace power to get the PA message out. But it is the national press that most of all advances the far left agenda. The networks and major urban newspapers were always liberal. But now, after the election of Donald Trump, they have abandoned all moderation and have allied themselves with the PA movement. What every progressive activist has in common is the often false belief that they are virtuous people. They strut around condemning folks who disagree with them, calling them racist, sexist, etc. The progressive movement is built on self/righteousness and grievance. As the study shows, the PA’s do not believe America is a noble nation and want a complete overhaul of our economic and political system. They also embrace political correctness which is designed to inhibit speech and, as we saw with Brett Kavanaugh, the progressive activist forces do not believe in the presumption of innocence when their political opponents are involved. For the vast majority of Americans who do believe their country is a better place, the progressive extremists don’t really register all that much. Folks who closely follow the news sense the danger and are rebelling against the corrupt media. However, those who are politically engaged are the minority in this country. Most citizens can’t tell George Soros from Georgie Porgie. The progressive activists are counting on a distracted populace. They have money, the media, and are driven to tear down the structure we have in place. The PA’s are largely ruthless people who brook no dissent and will destroy opponents if they can. Those of us who truly understand this movement must spread the word about what’s really going on. Where is Paul Revere when we need him?
  • Who's Behind the Caravan
    By some accounts, there are 14,000 human beings walking thousands of miles to the southern border of the United States. Every person in the migrant caravan needs food, water, and facilities. There are vehicles involved and tents and other things that cost money. There are organizers on the scene. So who is providing the money for the migrant march? The organization that put it together, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, depends on donations to operate. In August, the activist group based in Honduras put the word out on social media that asylum could be obtained in America if certain directions were followed. Thus, the planned mass journey began to take shape. Because Pueblo Sin Fronteras is based in Honduras, it is not required to list its donors. But you can safely assume that it’s not money from Tegucigalpa that’s powering this engine. A good guess is that shadowy far left political groups in America are putting up the cash. The plan seems to be to goad President Trump into doing something that will mobilize young liberals and Hispanics to vote for Democrats in the midterms. Earlier this year, the migrant child separation deal on the border worked well for the left as President Trump had to change his immigration policy because “babies were being ripped from their mothers.” The anti-Trump forces got a lot of mileage out of that one. Don’t count on the corrupt American media to uncover the money behind the caravan just as the press ignored the presence of far left zealots in the Kavanaugh controversy. Again, a journalist’s mission is to try to find the truth of a story. Do you think that’s happening in the age of Trump? Do you? If the migrant caravan was secretly designed as a political play to hurt President Trump and the Republicans in the November vote, that is one enormous story. It would take resources and will to get the facts surrounding the march and its funding but the effort should be a top priority for an honest press. Sadly, I don’t expect answers anytime soon.
  • How the Left Helps the Violent Gang MS-13
    My local newspaper on Long Island, Newsday, is your typical center-left daily publication that is struggling to survive. Few working class Long Islanders buy into the paper’s politically correct posture, which is predictable and dull.   But there is one issue that Newsday cannot be PC about, and that is the influx of El Salvadoran gangsters into Long Island.  The vicious gang, MS-13, has established a foothold here with an estimated 2,000 members causing violent havoc.   About 40 percent of all the homicides on Long Island are attributed to MS-13 gangsters, most of whom are in this country illegally.  The gang’s motto is “kill, rape, control.”  They sell drugs, extort money from store owners, and force young, unsupervised Hispanic children into a life of crime.   Newsday is appalled and devotes a lot of ink to exposing the foreign gang.  Just about every day there is an article about MS-13’s crimes and the toll they are taking.  But despite the intense coverage, Newsday has no solution to the atrocities and, indeed, has enabled them.   The root of the problem is that vicious criminals are able to sneak into this country and then openly live here.  The solution to the problem is to prevent them from coming in at all.  That would take ultra-strict border enforcement including a stout wall.   Does Newsday want a wall?  No, it does not.  Does the paper want a zero tolerance system for folks who enter illegally?  Nope.   Newsday even shows sympathy for the Sanctuary movement which protects foreign criminals from federal authorities.  Does the paper endorse Kate’s Law, which would harshly punish convicted criminals who defy deportation and return?  As far as I can tell, Newsday does not support Kate’s Law or any other targeted measure to control illegal immigration.   So, all the articles about the terrible MS-13 violence ring kind of hollow.  Newsday and its politically correct leftist brethren actually enable the foreign thugs by opposing tough, common sense methods to neutralize them.   Or am I wrong?   It is estimated that more than ten thousand Salvadoran gangsters are roaming the streets of America right now.  President Trump wants a wall, supports Kate’s Law, and opposes Sanctuary cities and counties.   Newsday criticizes the President’s positions but then turns around and bemoans the huge damage being done by MS-13.   Makes no sense whatsoever.  Unless, of course, politics are more important than human lives.
  • Your Truth is a Myth
    One of the hip sayings in the world of leftist politics is speaking “your truth.”  But that is a false flag.   There is only factual truth.  The rest is belief.    If “your truth” departs from verifiable truth, it is just bilge. Enter The University of North Carolina, which is becoming a major bilge zone these days.  UNC Professor Jennifer Ho has nominated Dr. Christine Ford for the Distinguished Alumna Award for speaking “truth to power” while accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Apparently, Professor Ho has totally discounted the FBI’s investigation that found no corroboration of Dr. Ford’s accusations.    Apparently, Ms. Ho herself has corroboration because she is flat out stating what Dr. Ford put forth is true.    But wait.  There’s a subtlety here. Professor Ho writes: “this letter nominating Dr. Ford is not about partisan politics, it is about recognizing that the simple fact of speaking one’s truth, especially when that truth involves sexual assault, is an act of bravery.” Memo to Professor Ho: “one’s truth” is not THE truth, madame, unless it is verified and buttressed with proven facts.  But surely that opinion is not the prevailing wisdom at UNC.   So, if we are granting awards to brave people who speak their “truth to power” perhaps Brett Kavanaugh will be considered for one. I mean, the Justice emphatically denied under pain of felony any misconduct involving Dr. Ford.  He spoke “his truth” to the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.  He forcefully called for the basic right of due process, the presumption of innocence.   For his efforts he was castigated worldwide.   Did he not show bravery?  He could have walked away. Of course the poobahs at the University of North Carolina will never honor Brett Kavanaugh.  Any professor even advocating that would be shunned and perhaps fired if he or she lacked tenure.  The entire university system in this country is biased left and the fix is in.  Speaking “truth to power” is a one-way street where you make a sharp left to enter. I say enough.  UNC and most other colleges have no credibility with honest people.  Many of their administrators and teachers are fanatical zealots who are running wild spreading their “truth.” But it isn’t the truth, it’s ideological propaganda designed to attack and marginalize those with whom they disagree.  Freedom of expression on college campuses is largely a myth in this country. That is speaking the truth.  And the one-sided award nomination at UNC backs it up.
  • The Anger Poll
    Have you noticed that most political polling is rigged?  Agencies consistently ask more Democrats than Republicans about issues of the day.  Why?  Can’t they balance it out?   Sure they could.  But they don’t because they know most people will not look at the methodology behind the poll.  But I always do.  And the vast majority of the time, the fix is in.  More Dems are polled.   That’s because the corporations paying the pollsters often skew left.  Pollsters make nice money, so why derail the gravy train by being fair?  Give the check writers what they want.   Enter polling about Brett Kavanaugh.  Consistently, we are told more Americans believe his accuser rather than him.  I don’t believe it.   Certainly, the country is split over conservative vs. progressive values.  It is true that many American women have been treated badly by men.  It is also a fact that many in the media are gleefully participating in the destructive of Judge Kavanaugh.  With all that in play, it seems logical the public might side against the Judge.   But there is much more emotion on Kavanaugh’s side.  Many Americans like me are furious that the man is being denied due process by the left.  Morons like Senator Richard Blumenthal loudly bellow that they believe the accuser.  Based on what?  The accusations remain uncorroborated in every way.   Simply put, America will become an unjust nation if stuff like this continues.  There isn’t a man in the country safe from misconduct allegations.  Not one.  According to the leftwing mob, all “survivors,” “victims,” or whatever other label is used, must be believed, no matter if the allegations are denied.  And if you don’t immediately believe the accuser, than you are an abuser.   I never thought I’d see this in my country.  And I am angry about it.  Very angry.   And I don’t think I’m alone.  
  • O'Reilly on Kavanaugh "Fighting for His Life"
    The latest to emerge from the very busy left wing propaganda machine is that Judge Brett Kavanugh is essentially seeking a job, and therefore his fate should depend on a perception of him rather than affording the man the fairness of due process. Pretty slick.  If you apply for a job, your hiring depends on a subjective evaluation by your employer - not any rules of law.  But there is a very different standard to confirming a Supreme Court Justice.  It’s not the same as hiring a bus driver. What’s at stake here is the attempted subversion of America’s political system based upon allegations.  However, we do know some things about the Kavanaugh case with certainty. The Democratic Party was always adamantly opposed to Kavanaugh’s presence on the court and vowed to defeat him. Senator Diane Feinstein held back the first accuser’s story for six weeks. By doing that, she avoided any serious vetting of the allegations before the Senate vote.  She could have confronted Kavanaugh early on but did not apparently for political reasons. The first accuser, Christine Ford, hired one of the most radical left attorneys in the country, who is working free of charge. The second accuser refuses to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, nor has she filed a criminal complaint. The third accuser also hired an attorney who is heavily invested in harming the Trump administration.    There is no debate on the above, thus circumstantial evidence indicates a political component in the attacks against Judge Kavanaugh. If this is the case, and reasonable folks know it is, then the American people are watching a subversion of our Constitution.  If unverified allegations can force a Supreme Court nominee to withdraw, than every other federal nominee to any position can be treated the same way. Thus, vital appointments to our government will be dismissed and/or delayed based upon accusations that may be politically driven.The result: chaos at the federal level. It is apparent that Judge Kavanaugh is not only fighting for a job, but also for his life.  Should he withdraw, his reputation will be shattered forever. Christine Ford was a polished witness, there is no doubt about that.  So, those who want to believe that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her as a teenager will not be dissuaded.   However, for those Americans who will base their decision on facts, there are some troubling aspects to Dr. Ford’s assertions. She has identified by name three people who attended the party where the alleged assault took place.  All three of them, including Dr. Ford’s former best friend Leland Ingham Keyser, deny any wrongdoing happened.  Ms. Keyser’s lawyer issued a statement saying his client does not know Kavanaugh and was not at the party.  Dr. Ford does not remember who drove her home after the alleged assault and no one has come forward to say they drove her.  Even at age 15, that’s a troubling memory loss. Dr. Ford claims her therapist made a “mistake” writing notes documenting that she said four boys were in the assault room.  Under oath, the Doctor now says there were two boys present: Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Mark Judge signed his own sworn affidavit saying no assault happened. In this time of mob activism, it would be foolish to decide a vital issue based on emotion.  The fair-minded American must evaluate facts and the personal testimony they have seen given by Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. All I can say with certainty is that the Judge would never be convicted in a court of law based upon how the facts line up right now. And that’s an important thing to consider when there’s a man fighting for his life.        
  • Will Accusations Ruin America?
    It was sad but not surprising to hear liberal CNN commentator Chris Cuomo say that the presumption of innocence should only apply to court cases, not the court of public opinion in America. Think about that for a moment. That means that any unproven accusation can be validated on the whim of opinion. No one is entitled to a doubt benefit in his or her life. The media is already doing this, most often by putting the word “disgraced” in front of someone’s name when no action other than an allegation has been established. Thus, the national press drives the “accusation as fact” industry which is quickly destroying the fabric of a just society. Senator Diane Feinstein and her cohorts knew that Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family would be grievously hurt by a 37 year old accusation of sexual assault very short on facts. Feinstein even admits she does not know the truth and held back accusation details until they could be used for maximum political benefit. Her and her party’s goal is to keep Judge Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court and, apparently, anything goes. Now, Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Ford, will apparently forego testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee along with Judge Kavanaugh who is eager to testify. Why, Dr. Ford? Why not tell your story to the world if it has devastated you for 37 years? Most who oppose Kavanaugh will applaud your courage no matter what you say. The entire Democratic Party, Hollywood, and many powerful media chieftains are actively rooting for you. That’s a lot of support. The harsh truth is that corporate and political America is terrified of the metoo movement which can kill a career instantaneously. There is no defense possible when all “victims” must be believed. Right before our eyes, Americans are seeing due process disappear, trampled by an angry mob seeking vigilante justice for past abuses. When Dr. Ford hired a far left activist lawyer to go on television to smear Judge Kavanaugh’s name, I knew the storyline. Women who are abused, and there are millions of them, don’t usually wait almost four decades to seek justice. They don’t usually hire lawyers associated with a man like George Soros who spends tens of millions of dollars trying to destroy his political enemies. These are actions that need to be fully explained by Dr. Ford. But don’t count on Chris Cuomo or the rest of the leftist media to seek such an explanation. That will not happen. Because if the accusation is enough to cripple your political enemy then, hey, that’s a good thing. For in the world of shakedown money and hate politics there is no innocence at all, presumed or otherwise.
  • Evil
    To understand true evil, you have to see it.  That’s why the yearly 9/11 memorials are so important.  Millions of Americans saw their lives grossly harmed after Muslim terrorists committed mass murder on that day in 2001.  Their leader, Osama bin Laden, was pure evil and eventually was killed by Navy SEALs.  But that event did not assuage the pain he caused.In my town there lives an elderly man whose two sons were killed in the World Trade Center.  This man has led a life of honor, contributing mightily to his community and to his country.  He and his devoted wife suffered unimaginable pain 17 years ago and every day since.  There are tens of thousands of other Americans suffering as well.The man in my town still believes in a just God even though no justice was granted him.  He well knows that he will never understand why evil visits the virtuous.  He simply accepts the fact.In America, many of us tend to look away from evil.   How can thousands of murders take place in Chicago without a national outcry?  How can some call dope pushers who sell deadly substances “non-violent” criminals?  How can clergy abuse children?  How can people falsely accuse others for money or power ruining lives?The evil list is extensive.  But those who actually acknowledge an evil presence in the world are relatively few.In writing my upcoming book “Killing the SS,” I saw first hand that evil lurks in every human being.  The Nazi SS guards who oversaw massive murder and torture in Hitler’s concentration camps were usually common folks before the war; farmers, merchants, laborers.  Yet they killed babies, children, and adults without objection.Then they ate dinner.Millions of Germans looked away from the evil of The Third Reich and some even helped the war criminals escape.  It is simply incomprehensible.  But it happened.Today, we give lip service to fighting ISIS and other evil barbarians.  But very few Americans actually do the brutal work that needs to be done.  The rest of us often take a “pass” when evil drives by - especially if it doesn’t attack us.But evil does, indeed, affect the righteous and the awful alike.  It exists inside each human being and it is active in villains everywhere.We must see evil for what it is and fight hard against it.  We must also understand that no one is immune from it.  A good man on Long Island can tell you that first hand.
  • Hating the Press
    Writing for The Atlantic, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd delivers an interesting opinion - it isn’t Donald Trump who is most responsible for demonizing the American media.  No, it began in 1996 when Roger Ailes opened Fox News up for public consumption.I must say I was engaged in reading the piece since I was there when FNC began and saw the evolution of the network up close and personal.  My take is that Chuck Todd is so wrong there isn’t an adjective in the world to describe it.Now, I don’t know Mr. Todd at all.  He never invited me on MTP as his predecessor the late Tim Russert had done.  In fact, Mr. Russert and Roger Ailes were friends.  In my conversations with Tim, he seemed amused that Fox News was going against the obvious liberal bent of the national press which was widely acknowledged in private conversations.But I do know something about Chuck Todd and that is that he and his wife are social friends with many Democrats.  In 2015, they hosted a dinner party for Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton’s former communications director.  On the guest list was John Podesta, Secretary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Kristian Denny Todd is a longtime worker for Democratic officials and also donates money to the party.  Chuck Todd worked on the presidential campaign of Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.There is nothing wrong with any of that but it shades Todd’s analysis of what is the real problem with the American media.  Todd opines that Roger Ailes was heavily invested in harming perceived liberal scribes.  The truth is that Ailes saw a business opportunity because the media just about ignored half the country by promoting liberal ideology in its presentations.Yes, that personally offended the conservative Ailes but, generally speaking, media people were unimportant to his business plan.  He saw moguls like the uber-liberal Ted Turner, creator of CNN, as foolish not dangerous.  He devised a way to defeat them by putting on more interesting programs that included, sometimes heavily, a conservative point of view.Chuck Todd makes the assertion that Ailes was really behind the rise of Donald Trump.  That’s more baloney than even Subway could sell.  When Mr. Trump began his campaign, Ailes, an astute political observer, was not on board at all.  He wanted a more disciplined opponent to Hillary Clinton, whom he believed stood for nothing.In the Trump-Megyn Kelly controversy, Roger Ailes openly supported Ms. Kelly, an impossibility if he was colluding in thought with Donald Trump.What is also striking about Chuck Todd’s media analysis is that he, himself, works on the most biased news operation in American history: MSNBC.  Yet, Todd ignores that fact entirely while lambasting Fox News for commentary he considers inflammatory.  Maybe Chuck Todd might want to dial in his own operation from time to time.Mr. Todd concludes his column by asking the press to “fight back” against attacks against it.  He is convinced the American media is righteous in its search for the truth and the “facts.”To me, this is pure delusion when more than 90 percent of network news coverage is negative towards President Trump.  That’s a fact, Chuck.I believe that if an employee of The New York Times or NBC News wears  a “Make America Great Again” hat to work that would be a career killer.  I believe that most national journalists print and broadcast anti-Trump stuff from anonymous sources without verifying anything.I believe that the vast majority of New York and DC based media lean left.  I believe there is no will to find the “truth” if it goes against corporate or personal ideology.Of course, I could be wrong.Not likely, though.Finally, it is a good thing that Chuck Todd wrote his media call to arms article. It gave me a chance to rebut using on the record, eye-witness information.  Maybe it will become a trend.
  • Attack of the Internet Monsters
    When I was a little kid, the bigger kids in my Levittown, New York neighborhood took me to a Saturday matinee to see “The Attack of the Crab Monsters.”    Made for about twelve dollars, this Roger Corman chiller featured radioactive crabs that role reversed - they ate people on a remote island.    Judging by their paper-like on screen appearance, these crabs were definitely soft shell and had an interesting quirk: once a crab consumed someone, the crab could imitate the digested person’s voice.  So, in the middle of the night the crab would bellow: “Betty, this is Laura, please run out into the dark by yourself and save me. I fell into a cave!  Betty, pleasseeee!”     Of course, Betty would skip right out into the night without telling anyone, and another dinner was served.     Those crab monsters scared me so much that for three weeks when my mother called me for supper I replied: “do you think I’m stupid?” These days, the internet is far more frightening than anything Hollywood ever put out, with the possible exception of Gary Busey.     First of all, there are millions of cyberspace vehicles all over the world which are completely unsupervised.  They distribute anything and, if it’s outrageous enough, it can go “viral.”       That sounds like a disease and it certainly can be.  Human beings are routinely smeared on the net by other human beings seeking to do them grave harm.     And if you’re famous or a political candidate, forget it.  America’s antiquated libel laws protect sociopaths who delight in defamation.  There is absolutely no protection for people in the public eye.     So what happens is - everyone is slimed.  If you “google” a famous person, you will likely see ghastly things written about them.  No one is safe.     Back in the day, public slander and libel actually had to go through checkpoints to find its way into the public discourse.  If great men like Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy were alive today, they never could have governed.  Dwight Eisenhower would have been sacked as Supreme Allied Commander during World War II.  Martin Luther King, Jr. could not have led his people.     Only after these men died did history reveal their human weaknesses.    Today, all of them would have been shredded on the net.     So think about that the next time some website or press vehicle quotes an anonymous source in order to destroy a person of influence.  We live in a country where personal attacks are vicious and unceasing.  We live in a time where accusations instantly turn into facts.    We live in a culture that seemingly has little problem with that.     It’s enough to make the crab monsters look like Shirley Temple.      Google her.
  • The Age of Betrayal
    No matter how this Michael Cohen thing turns out, the lawyer has betrayed his former client Donald Trump. That’s a fact. As you know, Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes no one forced him to commit. And, now, in order to lessen his punishment, he is accusing his former friend of bad things. The President must be getting used to this. Two alleged paramours both accepted cash from him to keep quiet about personal interactions that, again, no one forced them to do. Then after pocketing the hush money, they violated the agreements to keep quiet. More betrayal. Of course, some will point to “circumstances” to diminish the betrayal part of these stories and, indeed, the media embraces the revelations no matter how they are delivered. In America, betrayal is now routine, accepted as standard behavior. Divorce courts are packed with those betrayed by their intimate partners. Most judges couldn’t care less. It’s “no fault” time in the marital arena. No such thing as punishment for the betrayer anymore or even a stern word about it. After all, there’s always an excuse, a rationalization. Rarely an admission that trust was violated. American children see this up close and personal. As religion slowly recedes into non-relevance, the vivid story of Judas Iscariot is fading as well. But there is a reason the New Testament spends so much time on Judas. The act of betrayal is sinful the scriptures say, the betrayer of Jesus destroys himself in remorse. That’s not likely to happen these days as betrayal is actually glorified in some ideological precincts, and in the awful world of gossip. If powerful people are harmed by those they once trusted, The View will pay the betrayer’s travel expenses to dish the dirt on TV. The women who betrayed Donald Trump have actually become celebrities. Michael Cohen once publicly said he would always be loyal to “Mr. Trump.” He certainly knew the President’s character after working so closely with him. But now Cohen opines that his friend of many years is a danger to the country. Maybe Cohen is auditioning for the role of Brutus in the prison play. The lawyer’s sudden impulse to protect America from Donald Trump is a bit dubious, don’t you think? Whether the President is guilty of anything or not is unknown at this point. But Mr. Cohen’s character is not unknown. More worrisome is the fact that millions of married couples continue to proclaim their loyalty to each other in traditional wedding vows that were designed to emphasize fidelity. Sadly, these words mean little in modern America. Betrayal is now the order of the realm. And everyone should know it.
  • Media Danger
    It was perplexing to read a recent column by my friend Juan Williams where he hammered President Trump for attacking the media as the enemy of the people.      Said Juan: “Trump doesn’t want his followers to trust the press.  By tarnishing news reporters, he is telling his fans to ignore reporting on possible collusion and his possible obstruction of justice.”      While it is true that the President does not want Americans to trust the press, isn’t it also true that he has a good reason for that?     Any rational person knows that the national media has been supremely hostile to Donald Trump from the very beginning of his political journey.  That is way beyond any doubt.      And on a personal note, why would Juan Williams trust the leftist press after what  members of it did to him?      The year was 2010, Juan was on The O’Reilly Factor and said he became nervous when some Muslims boarded his plane after what occurred on 9/11.     A few hours later, Juan Williams was fired from his position as a news analyst for the National Public Radio corporation.      After the firing, Juan said this about NPR: “I don’t fit into their box.  I’m not a predictable black liberal.”      Also after Juan’s sacking, Fox News gave him a new contract.  He remains there today.      So Juan Williams should be very conversant on the biased media, and surely he has seen the statistics that show more than 90 percent of nightly network news coverage is against Donald Trump.  It would be impossible for Juan Williams not to know that.      Therefore, Juan’s outrage over the President’s anti-media screeds, doesn’t quite stack.     What is Mr. Trump supposed to do?  Not fight back against a media that actively seeks to destroy him?     Juan fought back with words against the same liberal media, did he not?      Of course, Donald Trump goes to extremes at times with personal invective and overstatements.  That is certainly true.  But it is him against the media hordes, so he apparently believes that scorched earth rhetoric is needed to protect himself.      The real danger for the country is largely being overlooked in all this.     The culture of truth so important for the press and elected officials to embrace has been obliterated by ideology.  No longer is the goal to find out what really happened. Now, politics and journalism is a series of battles designed to destroy the other side.  The truth be damned.      Juan Williams was hurt by a left wing news operation that has no tolerance for dissenting opinion from its employees.  He might incorporate his experience into his current analysis of why President Trump is disparaging the media.      Just some friendly advice from a fellow journalist who does want the truth to be told.
  • Enabling Evil
    Having spent a good part of the last year writing my upcoming book “Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals on Earth,” I am tuned into violent behavior more than ever before. Many of the German killers who slaughtered children, women, and defenseless men were ordinary people before Hitler started World War II. They held jobs as merchants, farmers, and local politicians. They had families. They believed in God. Yet they murdered millions of civilians on orders from deranged Nazi leaders. They volunteered to serve in “Deaths Head” units. They relished working in Concentration Camps where they could brutalize at will because it kept them off the front lines. Those Germans who were not a part of the SS certainly knew about the brutality against Jews and other civilians and, incredibly, most of them accepted it. Human beings have a tendency to rationalize their bad behavior and to look away from evil, if they even think about it in the first place. Certainly we have seen that throughout history. Now we are experiencing open evil here in America. Over the past two and a half years, more than seven thousand human beings have been shot in Chicago, the nation’s third largest city. The criminals causing the destruction are largely comprised of black street gang members who sell narcotics in poor, minority neighborhoods. They are callous, violent individuals who have no regard for human life. These men gun down children, women, the elderly, and anyone else unlucky enough to be in their proximity. Just last weekend, gang murderers opened fire at people attending parties. The two day toll: 72 people shot, thirteen killed. So what is the difference between the murderers in Chicago and the SS? If you want to be honest, there is no difference. The Democrat machine runs Chicago. It is led by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, a close confidant of former President Obama, who actually worked as a “community organizer” near where the unprecedented violence is now occurring. Mr. Emmanuel has no clue and looks foolish at press conferences where the mass murder is chronicled by city officials. Mr. Obama has been largely MIA on the carnage, even while in the Oval Office. While the media spends hours hyping the illegal immigrant situation in order to diminish President Trump, the press is very tentative about the Chicago gang story. They cover it only occasionally and with no passion whatsoever. They put people on the air who spout gibberish like if the government provides more money and jobs, the problem will be solved. Here’s the truth. Those gang members killing innocents are evil and no social program will change that. They should be locked away for decades. The political players in Chicago are largely cowards, just like most of the German population was during The Third Reich. I mean really, death is death, whether it’s on the South Side or in Dachau. Finally, all Americans should engage on this issue. If we do not, we are looking the other way. While innocent people die.
  • General Kelly vs. the Phantoms
    The announcement this week from General John Kelly, Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump, that he has agreed to keep his job until 2020, must have come as a shock to the anonymous sources who told a number of news agencies that Kelly would be replaced.   On June 29, citing “people familiar with the matter,” The Wall Street Journal reported that General Kelly was out this summer.   “Sources” told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that Kelly would not be around much longer.   “Sources say Chief of Staff John Kelly May also be on the way out,” CBS News headlined.   “Eight current and former White House officials tell Stephanie Ruhle and her colleagues there is eroding support for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ...”   Wow!  Eight unidentified White House sources talking to MSNBC!  Isn’t that something?   Again at CBS News, “sources say” a (White House) purge is coming.   The always reliable New York Times also predicted Kelly’s demise based on nothing but hatred for Donald Trump.   The deal in journalism is that if you get a story wrong, you apologize.  And if an anonymous source misleads you - you can identify that source.   Does anyone think the news organizations that falsely reported Kelly’s departure will apologize?   Anyone?   That’s why reporting about the Trump White House is a corrupt joke.     Protecting sources who disseminate false information is against the rules of journalism.  Printing and broadcasting erroneous information is a betrayal of the public trust.     No wonder just 32% of Americans trust the media, according to a recent Gallup Poll.   Folks ask me all the time what can be done about press dishonesty.  I tell them to walk away from media that deceives them.  Sometimes that works.  The despicable New York Daily News is collapsing, and many other newspapers are in dire trouble.   On television, once President Trump leaves the stage, look out below for falling news ratings.     Finally, every journalism school in the country should show their students this column.  But that will not happen because many J-School teachers sympathize with the hate-Trump press and have no problem with bogus hidden sources brutalizing the administration.  The truth be damned.   So that’s where America is vis-à-vis freedom of the press.     The media is now playing a game called “Get Trump.”   But there is no Maxwell Smart involved with this fiasco. Nope.     Only lame anonymous sources who can say pretty much anything that makes Donald Trump look bad and get it distributed.   Dishonest and disturbing.
  • The Anti-Trump Theme of the Week
    Not many folks know it but there is organized messaging going on among political operatives in America on both the liberal and conservative sides.  This is a shadowy world where smear campaigns are designed and executed with frightening ease.   But these days, the left has much more reach because of a national media that is eager to hear anti-Trump stuff.     Here’s how things work.   Far left outfits like Media Matters, Mother Jones, the Bonner Group, and Avaanz, routinely contrive narratives in order to debase political opponents.     In the case of President Trump, a kind of “theme of the week” is designed and fed out to sympathetic media people.   This summer we have already seen the following themes:  Stormy Daniels accusing Donald Trump of something after she was paid non-disclosure money for an alleged tryst years ago, migrant children being torn away from their mothers at the border, Putin running roughshod over the President in Finland, and this week a tape about money paid to a Playboy model who also alleges sex with Trump.   These stories dominate news coverage and are obviously promoted to demean the President.  They give his legions of media critics easy opportunities to frame criticism anyway they want.  It is nonstop sniping at its meanest.   The TV displays on the news and on late night shows almost totally obliterate anything positive happening in the country and put supporters of Donald Trump on almost constant defense.  In fact, the far left organizations also target Trump boosters on television and radio with nasty invective, boycotts, and even rank defamation.     The message is clear: defend Trump at your peril.   President Obama was also the target of smears, the birther stuff being the most vivid example, but since the national media basically loved him, the Obama haters had a much tougher time getting the garbage picked up.   With Donald Trump there are few problems placing a negative lead story on MSNBC or other hate-Trump vehicles. Ever wonder where all these “anonymous” sources come from?  Well, political groups run some of them, doling out the unattributed dirt to sympathetic media who don’t check anything.  Every anti-Trump story is fit to print.   Also, it is not unusual for money to change hands when accusations are made.  The far left groups are very well funded.   Of course, all of this subverts our Republic.  But you will not see much reportage about the political smear industry because many news organizations make good use of it.   In reality, the guttersnipes have been around since George Washington was in charge.     But never have they been as powerful as they are right now.
  • Russian Confusion
    Forget about Russian collusion, it’s now all about Russian confusion.  With President Trump meeting the Russian tyrant Putin in Helsinki, the story becomes what will happen between the two countries in the future, not what has happened in the past.Here are a few observations.   The Mueller investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign or even Donald Trump himself cooperated with Russians in subverting the 2016 election is effectively over, and FBI guy Peter Strzok finished it off.   I am now branding Strzok “Reasonable Doubt” Peter.  Mueller’s criminal case hangs on providing proof of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.  Because Strzok was involved in the investigation and, after being dismissed by Mueller for bias-laden texts, never investigated himself by the Special Counsel, doubt about the whole case has now been firmly established.  Thus “Reasonable Doubt” Peter has sunk the collusion ship.   There may be peripheral indictments but Mueller’s evidence must be incontrovertible.  The left will be deeply disappointed by the outcome.   On the policy front, President Trump does not really care about Crimea or what Putin has done in the past, he simply wants a “deal” with Russia going forward.  I’m not exactly sure what Mr. Trump is hoping for, but that should soon become apparent.  An agreement about reducing nuclear weapons is certainly in play - but I don’t see Putin cooperating on much else.   It should be clear to everyone that Vlad is a menace to the world and the President should certainly be aware of that.  He is trying to neutralize the martinet going forward but that is not likely to happen. It’s worth a try but Vlad is a psychotic megalomaniac.  Tough to play nice with a person like that.   Finally, Putin has already won the Russian collusion campaign.  Some of his high tech hackers have been indicted by Mueller but so what?  They will not likely be apprehended anytime soon.  Their interference in the 2016 election has succeeded in embarrassing our current president with ongoing allegations, gravely harming the FBI, creating partisan hatred among the American populace, and pretty much destroying the image of the American press as a seeker of truth.   I’d say that’s a huge overall victory for Putin the Disrupter.  Wouldn’t you?   Too bad Vlad can’t take a victory lap.  But that’s impossible.  As he will tell the world this week, he and his country did not do a thing.  Nyet.
  • Extreme Measures
    Somehow, the Democratic Party believes the road back to power must include driving on the left even though America has always been a right side country.      This week the extreme rhetoric from the left included demands to dismantle ICE, telling American women they might be killed by a Supreme Court nominee, and opposing a marketing campaign by the University of Wyoming that features cowboys.  According to liberal loons on campus, cowboys conjure up the image of a heterosexual, white man and that is unacceptable to the “inclusion” crowd.      While the press is openly sympathetic to the hard left madness, the folks are getting annoyed.  Very annoyed.  It is hard to see the South and Midwest supporting any liberal democrat running this November.      In Florida, a key battleground state, it looks like Governor Rick Scott will pound liberal Senator Bill Nelson.  Place your bets now.      Because the left wing echo chamber is so loud, Democrats are missing signs of catastrophe.  Yes, President Trump is bombastic and rude.  But his base has accepted his presentation and stands firm behind him.        Liberal political rallies are actually frightening with a thread of violence in the air.     Trump rallies are more like theatre, with many folks showing up for the verbal entertainment.      It was interesting to see the two socialists Bernie Sanders and Bill DeBlasio socializing together at Bernie’s Vermont lakefront estate recently.     Both men want to be President.     Neither ever will be.      While Donald Trump is derided by many hard left people as an ignorant boor, he is clearly outwitting the liberal zealots.  His Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, comes across as a nice guy and a patriotic American.  So, when Democratic Senators inevitability attack him on television during the confirmation hearings, the country will once again see left-wing hate on display.      That will be unsettling to many independent voters who may not like the President, but know unhinged diatribes when they hear them.  Paging Robert De Niro.      The truth is that the Democratic Party does not have an effective leader and most of their wannabes have a tendency to say foolish and deceitful things.  That will not subside and is actually celebrated by Hollywood and the media - who apparently have forgotten that Election Day is less than five months away.
  • Virtue Fascism
    Fascism is an overused word that essentially means a mindset where opposing points-of-view are not tolerated and must be punished. The owner of that restaurant in Virginia who refused to serve presidential spokesperson Sarah Sanders certainly is guilty of a fascist display in my opinion.  Ms. Sanders is a law abiding American who works for the federal government. That’s who she is.   Is that restaurant owner entitled to deny service to all government workers with whom she has a beef?    Do they have to pass some kind of ideological litmus test before she serves them?  This is about as un-American as it gets, yet the business owner sees herself as virtuous; as the guardian of enlightened moral thought and behavior.    Forget the fact that about half the country supports the policies of the President, this woman believes she has a right to discriminate against those people.  If you study history, you know that the “virtuous” mindset has been used by people who promoted the most bigoted and destructive belief systems on earth.  Racial purity, economic equality (communism), religious intolerance, etc. In each of those cases, attacks on human beings were perpetuated in the name of “virtue.”  God is on our side. All power to the people. We are the master race! In the case of Sarah Sanders, the expulsion from the restaurant was triggered by President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration. The left is crazed over the temporary separation of migrant children from their parents during the processing period after an adult comes into contact with ICE.  But few liberals said anything when President Obama did the exact same thing. The southern border is a chaotic mess and overreactions are, indeed, hurting kids, as I have pointed out. Both President Trump and President Obama are obligated to protect ALL children if they can.  Thankfully, Mr. Trump recognized that last week and reversed most child separations with an Executive Order. But that action did not enable Ms. Sanders to get a meal.  No, the restaurant owner is willing to shun Sarah and her family because she disagrees with her politics.  This “virtue fascism” is taking deep root in America. The MeToo movement, with tremendous help from a corrupt press, is obliterating due process and proudly celebrating its demise.    On college campuses, non-liberal students are under siege, sometimes receiving unfair grades designed to punish them, and even being falsely accused of bigotry.   All in the name of virtue.  We are heading down a dangerous path.  The Spanish Inquisition torturers believed they were extremely virtuous and justified their brutality because, in their warped minds, it advanced the cause of Christian righteousness.  The Salem Witch hunters did the same thing.  Mao and his killer cadres preached virtuous equality as they killed millions. The same for Pol Pot and his Cambodian slaughter crew.  True virtue is loving your neighbor as yourself, and accepting honest differences from sincere people. It is decidedly not attempting to harm people who hold different views.  The restaurant lady in Virginia may think she is promoting virtue by her foolish passive-aggressive action against Sarah Sanders, but of course she is not.   Quite the opposite.
  • The People Smuggling Industry
    It is quite apparent that the national press in America is no longer concerned with finding the truth about important matters.  Ideology and the crass pursuit of profits have pretty much destroyed honest journalism in this country.  A vivid example is the chaos surrounding the southern border.  Millions of foreign born people have illegally crossed from Mexico and congress still cannot come up with policies that might stem that tide.  The truth about what is happening down there is horrifying but largely unreported.  Smuggling human beings into the USA is now an enormous criminal enterprise that operates openly in Central America and Mexico.  The process begins with the “vaquetones,” usually young men who scour poor neighborhoods for desperate people who want to live in America.  The vaquetones (translation: the brazen) direct the migrants to the actual smugglers called coyotes, a term invented in the 19th century to describe Mexicans who provided laborers to the Southwestern United States.  The modern coyotes, often associated with the Mexican drug gangs, are ultra-violent and in charge of setting the fees the migrants must pay.  Prices vary wildly and are negotiable but two thousand dollars a head is common.  The coyotes arrange transportation to the border and lodge the migrants in cheap hotels before the crossings.  The longer the trip, the higher the fee.  Coyotes also dispense advice like “if you bring a child, the gringos are more likely to let you stay if you get caught.”  Mexican officials are bribed along the way as the migrant pipelines are well known to authorities.  Coyotes are often brutal to the defenseless migrants, especially the women.  Mexican police generally don’t care, so anything goes.  Once at the U.S. border, the “cuidanderos” (caretakers) enter the picture, guiding migrants across and bringing them to safe houses, where they stay just a few hours before going on their way.  That is if they aren’t dead.  Last year the International group “Migration” reported 412 migrant deaths but, of course, the number was much higher.  Thousands of trekkers simply disappear.  The humane policy would be to crush the people-smuggling industry by making it extremely difficult to illegally cross the border.  A well designed wall would go a long way in accomplishing that and so would mandatory e-verify for American employers with criminal penalties for those who refuse to comply.  The Democratic Party strongly opposes the wall and criminal penalties for violating immigration law even in cases of violent criminal aliens.  Kate’s Law, which would mandate federal prison time for criminals who defy deportation, was killed by democrats under President Obama.  The press will never report the incredible violence and corruption surrounding the people smuggling cartels.  For the far left, open borders should be the policy and anyone who opposes that is a bigot.  The media is sympathetic to that point-of-view.  If Americans actually knew how awful the border situation really is, perhaps congress would move to protect we the people as well as the poor migrants themselves.  But the folks don’t know.  Because the press will not tell them.
  • Trump's Moment
    Donald Trump is feelin’ groovy.  Once again he has mashed his critics and emerged victorious - at least in the short term.  His detente with North Korea is something Presidents Clinton, Bush the Younger and Obama could not secure, yet the bombastic Trump pulled it off, at least temporarily. Already, two Norwegian lawmakers say they want the President nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  Wouldn’t that be something?  Mr. Trump swaggering into Oslo to eat a little herring and admire the big Viking statue. The Bible says that those folks who disobey God will be banished and experience “weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”  I can assure you that much gnashing is underway amongst the hate-Trump media.  They know the Singapore display was a big win for the President, and despite attempts to diminish the meeting, they could not do it. So, as I predicted, the press is quickly pivoting back to the Russia deal, its best hope to destroy Trump.  Using yet another anonymous source, ABC News is reporting that the President’s long time lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, will turn against Trump and tell all. We’ll see if this provocative story turns out to be true.  If it does not, what will happen to George Stephanopoulos who reported it?  Will ABC suspend him like it did with Brian Ross? The flamboyant writer Hunter Thompson once wrote the following:  “The TV business is uglier than most things.  It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench ... a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.” Very true.  And in America, it is the TV industry that is arrayed against President Trump.  All except Fox News which is generally behind him. The meeting with North Korea and its despot Kim Jung Un was a first step in trying to convince Little Rocket Man to stop being a menace to the world.  There must always be first steps to solve any problem. The American people know this.  They also know that the media is generally hateful and dishonest, and that President Trump, himself, is undisciplined in his reactions to criticism. Finally, most folks know that President Obama left America a far weaker country than it was before he took office.  For all his faults, President Trump has already reversed some of that.  The chat with Kim was a good thing even if the rotund martinet backs away from denuking. Hope is usually positive.  Hate is always negative.  That should be the headline this week around the world.
  • The News Snooze
    By an overwhelming majority, more than 5,000 Americans told the Pew Research Center that they are “worn out” by the amount of news coverage on display in the USA.  The exact number of those having news “fatigue” is 68 percent.      I feel their pain because even though I have worked in the news business for 45 years, I too am enervated after news consumption.  The way information is being presented these days is generally numbing and there are many reasons why.      On television the same phrases are used over and over.  The lazy interviewer who will not formulate a specific question often asks a guest “what do you make of that?”      Here’s what I make of that - you’re a moron if you can’t frame questions that do anymore than elicit tedious generalities.  A five year old can ask “what do you make of that?”  Good grief.      Then there’s the inevitable answer to the unfocused question: “at the end of the day, blah, blah, blah ...”      I mean how many times must we be subjected to “at the end of the day?”  Or “kick the can down the road?”  Or “move the goalposts?”  The cliches are exhausting.  There should be fines.      Then there is “breaking news.”  Everything is breaking.  Breathless anchors tell you that “sources close to the White House” say Trump eats cheeseburgers at 2am.  I love the “sources close to the White House” thing.  That could be the guy selling pretzels on Pennsylvania Avenue.      Newspapers are worse.  It’s always “a source familiar with the situation but who cannot be identified because he or she is not authorized to comment on anything for fear they might lose their job and their vacation home.”      Nevertheless, the anonymous source says that President Trump once yelled at a gardener at one of his golf courses in an undisclosed country.  The source spoke to the Times on the condition that his quote be as boring as possible.  He went on to say that the gardener may sue the President for defamation if he can find a sleazy lawyer to take the case on contingency. The source made it clear that he did not actually hear the gardener say the word “contingency” but another source told him that the man was mad and may have said it in Spanish.      The Times has confirmed that the Trump organization has hired some Hispanic gardeners in the past and it is certainly possible that one of them got yelled at by Mr. Trump.  White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that on Trump golf courses there are many workers who might screw up once in a while and gardeners might be included in that group.  The Times “stands by” its story although we have no idea if it’s true and don’t really care.      On CNN, the gardener story leads the eight pm broadcast with a panel of eight discussing the likelihood of a defamation verdict against President Trump.  On the panel are six pundits who, at the end of the day, believe the alleged gardener scolding was racially motivated.  Also appearing on the panel is a convicted felon who supports President Trump, and an actual gardener named Francisco who claims a customer once yelled at him for killing a shrub.      The panel discussion lasts for 15 minutes until acrimony breaks out over whether Trump could have hit the unnamed gardener rather than just verbally abused him.      CNN then takes a break but not before promoting it’s next panel on Russians possibly colluding with Roseanne to move her show to Syria. So the Pew team got it right: most of the country has been worn down by insane news coverage and the folks are tired.      Or more accurately: sick and tired.     
  • The Roseanne Dilemma
    The culture war heated up this week with the self-destruction of Roseanne Barr.  It’s a fascinating story that has wide implications for all Americans who care about free expression - but not in the way you might think.   The recent success of Ms. Barr’s sitcom on ABC set back the Stalinists who have succeeded in muting almost all non-liberal entertainment since President Trump was elected.   Roseanne galvanized millions of Trump supporters by simply playing a character that approved of the President.  Of course, there were anti-Trump characters in the show, but the fact that the President was liked by Roseanne herself sent the leftist totalitarians into spasms of indignation.   Now, that’s all gone.  In an amazingly self-destructive act, Roseanne tweeted an attack on former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, an African-American, using a vile racist depiction.   Understanding that boycotts and disparagement were on the way, the Disney Company, which owns ABC, immediately cancelled Roseanne and cut all ties with the performer.   That was the correct thing to do even though Disney has allowed incredibly vicious smears on the ABC network, and on one of its cable properties, ESPN.  In fact, that sports channel recently hired one of the biggest haters in the country to broadcast on its air.     But you cannot justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior.  As Roseanne herself admitted, she has no defense for her race-tinged attack.   The White House has pointed out Disney’s hypocrisy and it is up to consumers to decide whether their products remain worthy.  But this incident has done damage to race relations in America and that is a damn shame.   Most white Americans, I believe, do not dislike blacks, and have been unfairly tarnished with the “white privilege” accusations peddled by anti-American people.   On the other hand, most black Americans do have personal stories of being scrutinized or worse because of their skin color.  Those experiences are real and should be respected.   However, unfair treatment is not a license to hate a country or a race of people (Caucasian).  Most African-Americans understand that and also know that they are entitled to equality; the same chance at the pursuit of happiness to which whites are entitled.  America has made great strides in this direction and the false narrative that we are a country driven by “white supremacy” is vicious propaganda.   But now that propaganda has been given momentum by a stupid tweet from Roseanne Barr.  The freedom of expression that she used has damaged the country and made it more difficult for people of good will to find common ground.   Roseanne has given far left zealots and the race baiters a gift.  It is awful to watch and we should all be noting who is exploiting the terrible tweet.   With freedom comes responsibility.  Words to always remember.
  • Defending Trump
    You may have noticed that the hate-Trump media is trying to ruin Sean Hannity.  In recent weeks, both The New York Times and The Washington Post have run articles disparaging the broadcaster, leading CNN, NBC News and other leftist organizations to pile on.   The goal is to silence President Trump’s most visible media defender, and in the process send a message to others on TV and radio that you can be destroyed as well if you approve of Trump.   One aside: The New York Times is very proud it got me off the air.   So far, Mr. Hannity has taken the pounding and not wavered.  In fact, his stalwart defense of the President has enhanced his power.  Talkers Magazine has selected Sean Hannity as the most influential voice on American radio, a first for him.     That will just further infuriate the haters on the left.   It really doesn’t matter what you may think of President Trump.  What matters is that almost all media coverage of the man is negative with the exception of Fox News.  A recent study by the Media Research Center says that in the first quarter of 2018, the three nightly network newscasts delivered negative coverage of President Trump more than 90 percent of the time.   Think about it.  The economy is good, wages are rising, North Korea may suspend its nuke weapons program, and the American military is being rebuilt.     And TV News can’t find positive stories?     You may call that corruption.   If Sean Hannity and Fox News were off the air, where would Americans see anything positive about the President? Maybe Roseanne.   Do the American people really want across the board vilification of their leader?  You have that now on the three late night programs, in the newspaper industry (with some rare exceptions like The Wall Street Journal editorial page), in Hollywood, and on the network news.   Is that a healthy thing for the USA?    No, it is not.   If the Trump-haters manage to destroy a voice like Hannity’s, this country will suffer.  Again, it doesn’t matter whether you subscribe to his support of the President but it does matter very much that his point of view is available.   One more thing.  Many so called journalists take direct cues from their corporate masters and say what they think the bosses want to hear.  These charlatans know that if you deviate from the party (liberal) line, your career will be hurt, and you may well be shunned on the personal level as well.   Sean Hannity does not respond to corporate interference.  He believes every word he says and does not embrace cues or threats from management. I’ve known the guy for more than 20 years so I tell you this with certainty.   Having experienced media attacks for decades myself, I can tell you they are maddening, frustrating, and debilitating.     I know what Hannity is going through and I know the far left won’t stop trying to destroy him.   That’s the real price of free expression in America.
  • Is He Crazy?
    My friend Billy Joel is one of the great lyric writers of all time.  One of his more memorable lines is “you may be right, I may be crazy.  But it just might be a lunatic you’re looking for.” When it comes to President Trump, keep that lyric in mind.  All over the world, villains and allies alike are assessing Mr. Trump’s state of mind.  For example, in eight years, President Obama got nowhere with North Korea.  But in one year, President Trump is on the verge of getting that outlaw regime to freeze its nuclear weapons program. It is impossible to know exactly why NK dictator Kim Jung Un has rather suddenly agreed to stop his bellicosity (word of the day).  But a very educated theory put forth by me says that Trump made a discreet deal with the Chinese to neuter Kim.   As you may know, China could easily close its border with North Korea, denying the country a flow of oil and food.  Also, Chinese agents might stir up big trouble with Kim’s population - folks who rarely have enough to eat. So if a powerful someone told the Chinese to wise Kim up in return for a relaxation of trade and tariff threats - that might be a motivator.  In addition, Kim himself has probably noticed that Donald Trump has outwardly threatened him.  Pulling the trigger on that threat is certainly a possibility. The vicious Mullahs in Iran are also considering Trump’s capacity for aggression.  Surely, the theocrats did not fear past American Presidents.  Now, it’s a different story.  The Iranian leadership is in a similar position to Kim - the population is restive.  Trump could severely damage the Mullahs economically and militarily. Back home, the American people know that Donald Trump is unpredictable and can be kind of crazy in his presentation at times.  During the campaign, he called his opponent “Crooked Hillary.”   He labeled Senator Marco Rubio “Little Marco” and told Governor Jeb Bush he was boring.  Do timid politicians do that? Nevertheless, more than 60 million Americans voted for Mr. Trump.  Was it a so called lunatic they were looking for? In some ways, yes.  Most voters are tired of standard political garbage; they want a shakeup in Washington. They are getting one. It remains to be seen if President Trump’s dramatic departure from the political norm will benefit the country in the long run.  But for now, his capacity for dramatic, unpredictable action is affecting the world.  All thinking people should understand that it is wise to tread softly around the most powerful man in the world. Really, no one knows what the President is capable of doing.  No one.
  • Political Evil
    The Democratic Party associated with the Kennedy family is gone.  I’m not speaking of John and Bobby Kennedy but of the Yonkers, New York Kennedys - my maternal grandmother.  She would be horrified about what is going right now.      Last month in Atlanta, a bunch of wealthy democrats gathered very privately to plan political strategy.     Among those attending the conference were Democratic National Committee Chief Tom Perez and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a very best friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton.      According to reporting by The Washington Beacon, the conversation was all about a future liberal agenda that might be imposed on the country.     Heading up the wish list were the following: free health care for all via Medicare, free college tuition, and reparations for slavery to African-Americans.      Of course to pay for all that, the federal government would have to seize corporate and individual assets; it would have to go socialist.      While many democrats would undoubtedly balk at a socialist system, the people in Atlanta are deadly serious.  Headed by a group called “The Democracy Alliance,” the leftists have already enlisted organizations like Planned Parenthood and the Collective PAC to their cause.     But it is another group at the conference that is the most alarming.      The Solidaire Network is made up of wealthy liberal donors who give money to groups and individuals who foster protest and take “direct action.”  That could mean organizing sponsor boycotts, paying pressure groups to demonstrate outside a business, or even paying individuals to accuse public figures of wrongdoing.  This kind of behavior has a name: Black Political Power.      Most Americans are totally unaware of this revolting strategy even though it was made public when one of the women accusing President Trump of “misconduct” had her mortgage paid.  In fact, for years big money has been secretly dispersed in order to destroy people.  There is an audio tape of a far left lawyer offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Virginia woman if she would accuse Donald Trump of “misconduct.”  A close associate of mine has heard the tape and we are urging the person who has it to turn it over to a U.S. Attorney.      According to reports, the Solidaire Network has formed a “resistance” fund.  It’s mandate is to combat “immediate threats” to immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, black people, and LGBTQ communities.  The fund has access to millions of dollars which means major damage can be done to anyone or anything targeted.      You will not hear about the Solidaire Network or the Black Political Power abusers from the national media that often sympathizes with the hard left point of view.  But the next time you see a person in politics attacked, accused, boycotted, or investigated - take a pause.     There is hidden evil in this country and it is causing grave damage.      Do democrats really want to be involved with that evil?  Open question.     But a few weeks ago in Atlanta some of them were.
  • Dining With the Press
    The absolute collapse of the media in America can be seen through the prism of the White House Correspondents' Dinner held Saturday in Washington DC.  Set up to raise scholarship money for under funded students who might want to pursue journalism, the event used to be an enjoyable evening that attracted hundreds of media and political notables.   This year the dinner was a sparsely attended disaster.   One of the reasons is that President Trump refused to show up, knowing very well the press generally despises him and would relish diminishing his presence.  President Bush the Younger felt that way too, but did go to the dinner a few times knowing that some boundaries were in place.   When shock jock Don Imus viciously attacked President Clinton in 1996, the press was not pleased and Imus got hammered.  He crossed the line.   President Obama, of course, received gentle treatment from the likes of Jon Stewart and Seth Meyers.  As emcees, they poked him a little but it was completely within reason and Mr. Obama seemed to enjoy himself.   On Saturday sans Trump, the emcee from a left wing satire show put on a hateful display that even liberals criticized.  Anyone surprised?  Obviously, the President made a wise decision not to go.   In the past, I attended a number of the dinners mainly because my charitable foundation donated money to the kids.  In 2015, I sat next to one Donald Trump at the Fox News table.  The crowd was generally nice to him back then.   To me, the dinners were pretentious but fun.  Many journalists take themselves ultra-seriously and that is always boring, but I met a lot of folks with whom I never would have spoken had I not been there.   One year the rapper Ludacris approached me and I thought all hell was going to break loose.  I had criticized Pepsi Cola for using the guy in ads because his lyrics are violent and harmful, I believe, to impressionable young people.  Ludacris and I had a private conversation which was instructive.  I didn’t change my opinion but saw a human being rather than a caricature.   Another time, I was seated next to Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia.  When I told him that I was writing a book called “Killing Jesus” he actually scolded me saying the Gospels have that covered.  It was amusing debating my book with the very powerful judge.   The highlight of those dinners was the big party held at the French Embassy afterward.  One year, I spoke with Attorney General Eric Holder for a while.   The conversation was respectful and I learned a lot about his point of view.   Later, I met Katy Perry and the actress Elizabeth Banks.  Both are very liberal but we had a few laughs and they couldn’t have been nicer.  In fact, all kinds of folks mingled with those who oppose them politically.  But no meanness was on display.   That’s all changed now.   If President Trump and his wife Melania had attended the Saturday event, disrespect not humor would have been hurled in their direction.  Nothing good natured about it.  The emcee would have played to her base - a media that has changed both in its goals and presentation.  Today it’s all about “getting” Mr. Trump and anyone who may support him.   Gone is the actual search for truth by the press. That’s been replaced by lurid headlines often based on nothing more than self-serving allegations or political bias.   Last week Tom Brokaw seemed stunned that the media “perp walked him” based upon a misconduct accusation from 25 years ago.  I was surprised by Mr. Brokaw’s surprise.  Has he missed all the figurative executions in the press over the past year?  Is that possible?   President Trump has not missed those because he has been a prime target.  If he had agreed to sit on the dais at the Correspondents Dinner you know some one would have invited Stormy Daniels and her attorney to the event simply to be crass.   The American people have picked up on the nastiness and unfairness that the media now embraces so warmly.  That has made a deep impression, alienating millions of news consumers in the process.   Because of that, the media will not recover its reputation - no matter how many dinners it throws.  It’s become a hateful and unfair industry.  For certain.  
  • Flying Soon? Read This!
    It is a cold fact that America’s airline industry has descended into a chaotic mess which is often painful for passengers and always exploitative.     Consider foreign people wanting to travel within the USA on vacation.  The family of four decides to visit New York City, Washington DC, and Orlando, Florida.     Domestic plane tickets are needed so the dad, let’s call him Malcolm, calls any airline.      “Sir, what class of service would you like?  Premium, Comfort Class, Efficiency, or Painful seating?”      “Uh, I don’t really know.  Can you describe them?”     Certainly, sir.  Premium Class will cost your family thousands of dollars.  You will get a big seat and a choice of food.  Not really much of a choice because we only stock three entrees for each selection and they always run out.  Chances are your family will get the cold chicken plate.  Drinks are free.”     “Is Comfort Class a better deal?”     “Depends on your family’s needs, sir.   Comfort seats are small but you do board right after the premiums and can take a bag on the plane.  You can purchase the cold chicken plate for ten dollars.  You get water free.”     “So what’s comforting about Comfort Class?”     “The name, sir.”     “Oh.  How efficient is Efficiency Class?”     “Excellent question, sir.  Here your family will get seat selection 24 hours in advance.”     “What else?”     “Nothing else comes with that class, sir.  But you can buy many things.  Pretzels and soda, beer and wine, peanuts and chips - you can buy them all at outrageous prices.  Also, you can take luggage with you on the plane for a fee depending on the weight and color of the bag.  If we like the color it’s a little less.  You can take a book with you free but a device will cost you ten dollars.  There is no WiFi but some passengers just like to look at their devices.  It’s a security thing.”     “And the Painful Section?”     “Very low unit pricing here, sir, if that’s a priority for you.  You sit in the back of the plane, board last, and we can’t guarantee an actual seat number.  We find many passengers wrestle for seating which can be challenging but satisfying if you win.”     “What about my family’s luggage?”     “We charge 50 dollars per bag unless it weighs more than two pounds, then it’s 75 dollars.  Also, you may not get your bags when you land but sooner or later someone will take them off the plane.  Then we’ll notify you about their location.  Again, sometimes this is challenging but can be fun if you like scavenger hunts.”     “But Painful Seating is inexpensive, right?”     “That’s the beauty of it, sir.  A family of four can fly DC to Florida for $125.”     “Wow, that’s tremendous!”     “There is some supplemental pricing that you should know about, sir.  If anyone in your party has to use the lavatory, it’s ten dollars a visit.  If you use a paper towel, that’s another five dollars.  If you are wearing shoes, there is a one time charge of seven dollars.  If by some miracle you get an aisle or window seat, there’s a thirty dollar supplement because it’s less painful.     “Water is five dollars but you can keep the bottle.  If you look at the inflight magazine, the tariff is three dollars.”     “I don’t think Painful Class is for us.  What about pets, we have a dog.”     “We kill pets, sir.  So what can I book for you today?”     “A rental car.”
  • The Stalinists are Here
    The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, recently showed an impressive bit of courage when a far left mob tried to intimidate him.  Demanding that Cook pull the National Rifle Association’s video channel from Apple’s streaming platform, the Stalinists warned Cook that bad things would happen if he did not comply.     Cook rejected the censorship publicly, reportedly saying: “Democracy without discourse is not a democracy.”    But the American Stalinist movement has no use for democracy and that is a growing danger to this country.  Using boycotts and threats, organizations like Media Matters and The Color of Change are attacking freedom of expression almost every day.  And the establishment media just stands there with their collective thumbs in their mouths.     As long as the folks being harmed are conservative, there will be no outcry from the press.     Recently, the dean of the CUNY law school in Manhattan, Mary Lu Bilek, told students that preventing a conservative professor from speaking is itself “free speech.” That’s insane and destructive. Somewhere far below, Joseph Stalin is smiling.     This mob mentality has gone far beyond political correctness.  In the past year, America has witnessed a frightening number of Stalinist-type attacks on free expression.  If you disagree with Black Lives Matter, for example, you are shut down as a bigot.  If you suggest due process to the Me Too Movement, you are a misogynist.  If you wear a sombrero as part of a Halloween costume at Yale, you are denigrating a minority group and therefore must be punished.     In addition, the totalitarians believe that religious Americans including clergy have no right to opt out of funding abortions.  If you protest that your tax dollars are being used for fetus termination or birth control, you are a human rights violator, not worthy of being heard.     The situation is so extreme that, in some places, ALL Caucasians are being branded as racists simply because of their skin color.  On more than a few college campuses, being white is considered a “micro-aggression” so “safe spaces” for minorities are demanded. If you know your history, you are certainly aware that dictators like Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Fidel Castro totally eliminated free expression in their countries.  Not only did their oppressive governments move to criminalize free speech, but individuals who objected became pariahs subject to brutalization.     That kind of demonization is happening right now here in the home of the brave.  Just look at the scathing and well organized attacks on non-liberal media people.       By the way, have any left wing concerns been boycotted?  Anyone on CNN or NBC subjected to organized smears and taunts?  Don’t think so.     We are now at the point where fair-minded people need to rise up and punish the boycotters.  I will soon buy an Apple product and I don’t even care what it is.  I will also write down the sponsors of Laura Ingraham’s program and purchase their stuff as well.     Finally, I will not buy from companies that pull ads because they are scared of the Stalinists.  Capitalism and free expression can defeat the totalitarians as the descendants of Joe Stalin found out.   But we must take the fight to them.
  • Leaking Credibility
    Isn’t it strange that all the leaks being associated with President Trump are negative?  Can’t some secret source “close to the President” whisper something like: “hey, Trump was really on his game today.  He put China on the defensive very effectively.”       But as the late John Belushi once said, noooooooooo!     The leak situation is totally anti-Trump and completely out of control.  The primary leaks are now coming from the Justice Department/FBI, from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s office, and from the White House itself.       The information from anonymous sources is almost exclusively directed to hate Trump organizations like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.     These self-described journalistic pillars use all kinds of shadows to cover their “sources.”   We read “according to someone familiar with the situation,” or “a person close to the investigation,” or my personal favorite: “someone with knowledge of the conversation.”     It’s all a ruse of course; basic rules of journalism say a reporter must verify what anonymous sources say - not print or broadcast unattributed information as truth.  That rule was established to keep self-serving or false statements from being widely circulated.     At this point, I rarely see any verification from the media. The disturbing truth is that anonymous sources are being used to drive an overriding narrative: Trump is bad as is anyone who supports him. So no longer are there rules of journalistic engagement.  It’s like due process in the media - gone.  If we say you’re guilty- you’re guilty, honey.     It’s almost as if a bizarre game is being played out in front of the American people.  Maybe we brand the game “Let’s get Trump.”  But before we bring him down, we’ll make sure he suffers on a daily basis so everyone can watch while we sell advertising.     This is not about approving or disapproving of the President.  This is about destroying the man.  What a bitter play is on display before us.     Bill and Hillary Clinton have experienced a similar assault.  But the Ken Starr investigation did not leak stuff everyday as the Mueller crew is doing.  And the newspapers were largely sympathetic to President Clinton as was CNN.  Maybe there were anonymous leakers trying to kill Bill Clinton but they couldn’t get their unverified stuff in print or on the air. I guess that’s possible.     To me as a loyal American citizen, this hateful leaking is depressing because it is harming the country by empowering corrupt journalists, and the loathsome leakers themselves.  If you have something important to say - say it - with your name attached. “Not for attribution” is the coward’s creed.     Isn’t it?
  • The Idiocy of Whiteness
    An American in pursuit of happiness, Dr. Marshall DeRosa teaches Constitutional Law and American Political Theory at Florida Atlantic University.  But radical elements on campus do not like DeRosa because he is conservative.  Therefore, they have falsely branded him a “white supremacist” putting his life and livelihood in a precarious place.  At the University of Denver, two “scholars” have one-upped Florida Atlantic.  Cheryl Matias and Paul Le write about white skin color this way: “Whiteness embraces White ideology, and because Whites are at the apex of the racial hierarchy, whiteness becomes normalized and is invisible...  “This is particularly troubling because the normality of whiteness means that Whites do not believe that they are actively investing in White supremacy or racism, which keeps oppression intact.”  Wow.  So if you are born Caucasian you practice white supremacy no matter what!   Good grief, Charlie Brown.  This kind of nonsensical drivel has taken deep root on many college campuses and is being actively peddled as fact in some media precincts.  College administrators are paralyzed with fear over the racial attacks, not wanting to be branded like Dr. DeRosa.  Thus, racism goes unchecked - only this time it is bigotry directed at folks with white skin.  There is also a radical element that is attacking heterosexual people as oppressing those with alternative lifestyles.  The goal here is achieving power for special interests.  Under the banner of “diversity,” demands are being made on campus ranging from special “safe spaces” for minorities, to alternative grading for students who are victims of “white supremacy.”  On the political front, reparations for slavery is the goal; cash payments to African-Americans for the suffering of their ancestors.  If you oppose the anti-white movement, you instantly commit a “macro-aggression” against non-white people and, of course, that must be punished.  The way this racism is being framed is simply stunning.  And dangerous.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., brutally assassinated 50 years ago this week by a true racist, made it quite clear: people are not to be judged by the color of their skin.  Dr. King, I believe, would be very upset with the growing attacks on “whiteness.”  These racial assaults deeply divide Americans and create seething resentment.    The USA, as it stands now, is in trouble.  We have lost due process in the public arena, standards of journalism have collapsed, and aggressive racism is accepted and even encouraged on many college campuses.  We are a divided people; grievance is growing and so is hatred for each other.  It is sad for me to watch this.  Skin color should never be an issue.  After many years of anti-black policies, America has finally developed a system where racism against minorities can be responsibly confronted.  It’s not perfect but it’s usually effective.    However, to demonize and accuse based upon a contrived white supremacy narrative is a display of staggering injustice.  And there isn’t an antidote to that or even a public outcry.  We had better get this stuff under control, or very bad things are going to happen.
  • Shooting Straight on the Gun Controversy
    It is a good thing that millions of American young people are now engaged on the gun violence issue, as the country benefits from civic involvement.    But it is a bad thing that so many folks calling for government regulated gun policy have no idea how to really solve the problem.     The mayor of Chicago, an uber-liberal named Rahm Emmanuel, has been in office for six and a half years.  During that time, nearly 20,000 people have been shot in the Windy City, close to 5,000 of them are dead.     In fact, almost twice as many Americans have been killed by gunfire in Chicago than in Afghanistan, where war has been raging for almost 17 years.  Bet you didn’t know that.     Chicago and the state of Illinois have pretty strict gun regulations.  Anyone owning a firearm of any type must register and get a card from the state police.  You cannot carry an exposed gun in Illinois and the state does not honor carry permits from other states.     Of course, the gun killers in Chicago do not register with anyone; they buy guns from other criminals. They are armed, dangerous, and out-of-control.     Mayor Emmanuel has had long enough to mitigate the murder problem.  He and his liberal city council cannot do it.  Emmanuel is big on rhetoric, short on ideas.  Guns are readily available to killers in his city.  While gun crimes in other cities like New York have declined, the Windy City is more dangerous than Kabul.     The violence in Chicago is driven by gangs of hoods, mostly black.  They sell narcotics, extort money from honest people, and war among themselves.     Gang members usually come from poor families where the father is absent.  They are largely uneducated and disrespectful.  To them, life is cheap.     The state of Illinois really doesn’t want to confront the gang member profile because it is politically incorrect to do so.  The race hustlers will brand you a bigot if you define the root cause of the violence: the failure of the family.  Illegal firearms should never be acceptable but guns don’t pull their own triggers.     The dissolution of the traditional family will never be fixed in our lifetime.  Instead, white supremacy will be blamed for the chaos and nothing will change.  The honest people living in the gang-ridden neighborhoods are terrorized every day.  And Rahm Emmanuel is not coming to help them.     In truth, the federal government could diminish gun crime by making all criminal activity involving firearms a federal offense with mandatory time in the penitentiary.  If you are caught carrying an illegal gun - that’s five years, first offense.  Shoot someone - 25 years to life.  The feds should take punishment for gun violations away from states like Illinois which have failed so miserably to protect their citizens.     But that would load up the federal prison system with more minorities - something the left cannot abide.  After all, it is white supremacy and guns that force gang thugs to kill people.  Not really their fault.     So the kids “marching for our lives” might consider just how complex this gun issue really is.  But they will not be told the story of Chicago in any meaningful way.  No, they will believe that gun bans and other legislative measures will stop the madness.     When, of course, they will not.
  • Shutting You Down
    When I began analyzing current events on the brand new Fox News channel in 1996, the country was a far different place than it is today.  Yes, the national media tilted left but conservative voices countered that on talk radio, still powerful at the time, and the political pressure groups were not much of a factor.  The rise of social media has changed all that.  The ardent left quickly realized the unchecked power of creating propaganda websites like Media Matters and The Huffington Post.  While the right launched a few advocacy operations, Breitbart comes to mind, the far left moved quickly to create fear and chaos.    They have largely succeeded.  If Americans oppose leftwing policies, they become targets of scorn.  I first experienced that pernicious activity a few years ago when Media Matters, aided by the despicable Mother Jones magazine, accused me of falsifying my network reporting during the wars in El Salvador and the Falkland Islands.  Even though I produced proof that what I did in those situations was true, there was no let up.  The far left was determined to link me to Brian Williams, who lost his job anchoring the NBC Nightly News because he exaggerated his reportorial exploits.  I only survived that ordeal because Fox News chief Roger Ailes knew the attacks were BS and stood up for me.  Emboldened by the damage they could do to political opponents, and using millions of dollars in donated money from guttersnipes like George Soros, the far left ramped it up on social media creating a Star-Chamber atmosphere where accusations were heralded as truth.  Using some minority and women’s groups as fronts, the left wing totalitarians have succeeded in demonizing opponents as bigots, misogynists, and racists.  Hollywood has followed closely behind, sending the chilling message that anti-liberal thought will not be accepted by the industry.  The black-list from the 1950’s has returned in a different form.  Then there are the sponsor boycotts.  The far left knows who is advertising where and is threatening American corporations at will.  We saw this a few weeks ago with the NRA.  Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and myself, among others, have been targeted with boycotts.  Most sponsors cave and drop ads at the behest of leftist concerns, not wanting to engender ongoing controversy.  It hurts the bottom line.  So freewheeling political debate is being badly damaged.  On many college campuses, Republican students are under intense scrutiny.  There is a far left mob-mentality in place.  How many young people can stand up to that?  The result of all this is a tremendous fear that is stifling free expression.  Any allegation is now a conviction, even those lodged by dishonest people who are paid directly, or are “accusing to profit” like Stormy Daniels.  National TV programs such as The View allow unchallenged far left political attacks under the guise of entertainment.  The Disney Company owns The View so you can see how far up the ladder the smear-machines have gone.  The uber-left now owns the destroy industry and is using its power to attack a presidency as well as drive political opponents out of business.  And all this is being done under the accepting eye of a media that no longer seeks the truth, preferring lurid, unverified reports to get clicks and viewers.  A dastardly situation has befallen America.  And I don’t see a solution in sight.  People are being destroyed because of their political viewpoints.  No question about it.
  • Shape Up
    Alert people know that attending a funeral or memorial service is a solemn occasion that demands a certain decorum.  You are there to honor the memory of the deceased and show respect to the family.  A few weeks ago, I sat in a non-denominational chapel awaiting an emotional service for a very kind woman I had known for 40 years.  Her grown children and young grandchildren were devastated by her sudden death from a heart attack.  All the mourners in the chapel were appropriately dressed except for one select group.  As an old school guy, I wore a tie and jacket as did many of the older men.  Some guys had open collars but were neat and shoes were generally polished.  Most of the women had dressed conservatively and their clothing could best be described as “church going.”  Then there were the males under the age of 35.  Many of them wore sneakers and hoodies, jeans or cargo pants.  Most had not shaved.  The contrast in appearance to the women they were with was stunning.  Two questions: did these young men not realize they were dressed inappropriately or did they not care?  And why didn’t the ladies tell them to change their clothes before they arrived? After the service which was held in Denver, I asked a well dressed younger man those questions.  I did not want to confront the clothes violators themselves because of the venue.  Conflict at a funeral is not good.  Anyway, the guy essentially told me that forethought is not big for many of his peers.  They are not introspective people, thinking about proper etiquette and the like.  It was a Saturday.  Jeans and sneaks are their weekend uniform.  So they wore them to the service, not thinking twice about it.  The woman question was more complicated and the young man had no answer.  The ladies obviously understood how to dress for a solemn occasion but, apparently, did not share the insight with their male companions.     Over the past few years, standards of behavior in public have dropped dramatically.  For example, folks used to be neatly dressed when they boarded an airplane.  Now many passengers look like extras from The Walking Dead.  On the plane leaving Colorado where the temperature was around 25 degrees, the guy in front of me wore short pants and an untucked floral shirt.  He was going to New York, not Honolulu.  I wanted to say “hey, Don Ho, are the bare knees really necessary?”  Fearing arrest by a federal marshal, I withheld the verbiage.  Doing your own thing can actually be a positive in America because many of us prize individuality.  But there are lines that should be respected if you care about other people.  When the memorial service for my mother was held a few years ago, no one came dressed inappropriately.  That’s because they knew what was acceptable in the church.  My family does not deal with morons and that cuts down on the angst of life.  But getting back to the ladies and their foolishly dressed male companions in Denver.  I think it’s all about judgments and standards.  Younger people do not want to judge, generally speaking.  They have been taught not to confront insensitive or even boorish behavior - don’t stress about it.  Let it ride.  If I had told Hoodie Joe and Adidas Mike that their attire at the service was inappropriate, I would have been the problem, right?    “Who is this guy,” they might have said.  In an age of self-involvement and narcissism, traditional rules of engagement even at funerals are dissolving.  Society now looks the other way, preferring to accept the appalling.  That’s the legacy of the “no clue generation” and you don’t have to attend an event to see it.  Simply turn on your computer.
  • The Bridge
    (Manalapan, Florida) Just south of Palm Beach is one of the wealthiest enclaves in the world; a place of privilege and entitlement where the benefits of capitalism shine forth like a harvest moon.  Estates on the Atlantic Ocean here routinely sell for $50 million or more, and most every home in the area is groomed with a fairyland precision.  Property taxes can easily exceed $100,000 a year.   The denizens of Manalapan mostly drive sleek foreign automobiles or tank-like SUV’s.  They signal when turning into the parking lots of expensive restaurants.  When they emerge from their vehicles, wealth is apparent from the design of their clothing to the chic time pieces on their wrists.   As with every other community in America, there are both good and bad people here.  There is greed, there is charity.   If you drive north on A1A, you will quickly come to a light after the Eau Hotel (where high season rooms can run $2,000 a night, breakfast not included).  Make a left at the light and you see a bridge crossing the Intra-Coastal waterway.  If you drive over the bridge, you enter a different country.   The tiny town of Lantana is as far away from Manalapan, symbolically speaking, as Tierra del Fuego is.  The area is solid working class where most people cut their own lawns and buy luxury items at Walgreens.  I commandeered an outside table at the Kona Bay Cafe and watched the ebb and flow.   The first thing that struck me was the body ink on the young women.  Almost every female had tattoos.  Many of them.  All over.  I did not see one tattoo anywhere in Manalapan.   When I speak to young Americans about economics, I tell them the truth: if you secure a visible tat, many white collar operations will not hire you.  The ink sends a class message about which cautious corporate executives form judgments.   As Dennis Miller opines: used to be that tattoos signaled bad-ass outlaws.  Now your zoftig home health care worker may have one.   It took me less than two minutes to cross the bridge separating fabulous wealth from paycheck dependence.  The culture gap is vivid but folks on both sides of the divide have one big thing in common: they each get to cast ballots.  All Americans are equal inside the voting booth.   A few miles north of Lantana is President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Hotel.  It is very high-end, a place where wealthy Americans relax with dirty martinis by croquet courts.   But the swells didn’t elect Donald Trump, working class folks did and millions remain supporters despite the unprecedented attacks on him by the media.  But why do they stand by Mr. Trump?  After all, he’s a rich guy, born into big money.   My take is that most Americans do not hate their fellow countrymen who have assets.  The vast majority of folks do not covet thy neighbor’s goods.   Hillary Clinton foolishly called some Trump supporters “deplorables” and they voted for the man because they are sick of phony politicians who peddle deceit.  They don’t much care anymore about personal failings, knowing every human being has them.  They also understand that the press actively protected John and Ted Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and other democrats from scandal.  They bitterly comprehend that media rules change depending on which party is in office.   What the folks on the other side of the bridge really want is not TV news bilge, but a real chance for them and their children to improve their circumstance in the marketplace.  President Obama did not deliver on that.   We’ll see if President Trump does.   In the meantime, there are far more voters getting breakfast in places like the Kona Bay Cafe than there are dining at Mar-a-Lago.  Everybody should remember that because in the USA, it is the great equalizer.
  • An American Coup D'état
    The story of our time is the coup d’état that is being planned in this country. Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it?  In most countries, coup d’états happen when the military tries to overthrow the government. The United States military would never do that… but the national media certainly would.  With so many citizens refusing to pay attention to their country, the media is trying hard to influence policy rather than report facts.  The mission of the press has largely shifted into liberal advocacy and a hatred toward conservative, traditional Americans.  If you visit political websites on the net – always risky if you care about truth – you will notice article after article based on anonymous sources. Accusations have become convictions, fodder for late night comedians and cable news yakkers.  It’s a vicious, corrupt system that has taken deep root in our political landscape. Well known newspapers and television networks are also doing it - especially to the Trump White House. More often than not, these stories develop into a get-Trump jihad. Accusations – not facts - are being used to destroy the Trump administration. This is a coup by the news media. And at this point, there’s no way to stop it. The media is rooting for the Democrats, and right now, I do not believe the Democrats want to know the truth.    The party is hoping that it will win the House next November and that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller will accuse Mr. Trump of some wrongdoing.    If both of those things happen, articles of Impeachment will be drawn up in the House in early 2019.  The fundamental struggle of the left in this country is to destroy the Trump presidency using this two-pronged effort, with the media in coordination with the Democratic Party. The American left simply wants to get President Trump out of office. They are hell bent on destroying him.    The White House must know that there is a coup underway and powerful media companies are going to spin every story in a negative way to marginalize Donald Trump to the extent that he can’t even function.  The Trump White House needs discipline in all areas if it is to overcome the forces aligned against it.  By now, the administration should understand there will be no fairness or perspective provided by the press.  Donald Trump is guilty - of everything. Yet there’s still far too little urgency in the White House about this.   President Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly need to sit down and create a unit to combat this. Get the smartest lawyers and the most eloquent spokespeople, line them up and play whack a mole on these stories. Put that unit out and let them deal with all this horror. Because that coup is underway. 
  • "Shut Up," They Explained
    Many years ago, Laura Ingraham politely advised Barbra Streisand, "Shut Up And Sing!"  No one, not a soul, accused Laura of being anti-Semitic or anti-songbird.  She also opined that The Dixie Chicks should do the very same thing and was not maligned for being anti-Texan or anti-overrated band.  When Laura instructed Robert De Niro to "shut up and act," no one claimed she was anti-Italian or anti-prep school dropout.  But, as you know, Ingraham crossed some strange line of demarcation last week when she suggested that LeBron James should "shut up and dribble."  This all started when King James, as he is rightfully known, declared that President Trump "don't give a f*** about the people."  Last year he also referred to the President of the United States as a "bum."  Perhaps he thought his comments were protected under the "divine right of the King" doctrine. But in fact, profanely denouncing the president is offensive to about half the population, including Laura Ingraham, who has never been keen on celebrities' spouting off on subjects about which they know little.  Let's stipulate that LeBron James is more than merely the greatest basketball player on Planet Earth.  He is generous with his time and money, an intelligent guy with an engaging personality, and seems to be an all-around good person.  But LBJ has lately become more political, and never let it be said that he can't go to his left.  Beyond Trump-hatred, he has lent his tacit support to the Black Lives Matter movement, even though it has been plagued by anti-cop rhetoric.  On the plus side, James has also decried the wanton violence that has killed so many young black men.  No one should ever conflate LeBron James with Colin Kaepernick; James will never be seen in clothing adorned with cops portrayed as pigs.  Of course LeBron James and other athletes are free to say whatever they wish, but they can't spew vitriol and then hide beneath the bench.  If you denounce President Trump, don't expect to go unchallenged simply because you are a star or because you are black.  Laura Ingraham was well within her rights to criticize LeBron James.  But when she did, the well-oiled anti-Trump and anti-Fox machine immediately went into action.  Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright appeared on the No Spin News this week and implied that Laura Ingraham singled out LeBron James because of his skin color.  Seawright, usually a very reasonable and moderate man, described her words as "red-meat, right-wing racial rhetoric."  The New York Daily News condemned Ingraham's "racist comments," while ESPN's Michael Wilbon said "she comes off like a bigot."  Someone named Tiffany Cross actually went back in time on MSNBC, saying "the descendent of colonizers does not get to tell the descendent of slaves what they can talk about."  According to Ms. Cross's illogic, a black person can never, ever be criticized by a white person.  Do you think that applies to a white liberal mocking Justice Clarence Thomas or Senator Tim Scott?  When it comes to standing up for black men and women, the left in America is very selective.  Black conservatives are fair game for any and all criticism, no matter how demeaning or profane.  No one can doubt we are in a dangerous time in America.  The far left and the media, which frequently overlap, truly wish to destroy conservatives and President Trump.  If they can't do that by making cogent arguments or by putting forth great candidates, they resort to name-calling and ad hominem attacks.  One of the most useful implements in their tool box is the "R-word."  Oppose unfettered immigration and open borders?  Racist!  Didn't like President Obama?  Racist!  Right now, that vile epithet is being hurled at a woman who has never exhibited the slightest trace of racism, and who has adopted children from Guatemala and Russia.  It's not fair and it's not right, but that is the political hothouse in which we find ourselves in 2018.  The word "racist" is actually meant to end any debate or conversation, and it's extremely effective in that regard.  You might think of it as another way of saying … Shut Up!
  • Gold Medals in Hatred
    Some of you may have believed that Trump Derangement Syndrome was a condition that would gradually fade away, just as certain childhood syndromes can improve.  Unfortunately, that belief was naïve and unrealistic.  Rather than abating, TDS has metastasized and is actually growing more virulent in certain sectors of America, especially the far left arenas of the media and universities.  As a public service (or disservice?), we hereby present a brief rundown of some of the despicable things that were said and written just over the past week.   First, there is the mandatory stipulation that the White House badly bungled the case of Rob Porter, the alleged wife abuser who resigned under pressure.  The administration put forth varying timelines and excuses, resembling The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.  That being said, here are some of the more egregious and hate-filled syndrome sufferers:  On ABC, Megan Murphy of Bloomberg News claimed that the qualifications for White House Chief of Staff include a willingness to "degrade your humanity, your integrity, your very being."  Meanwhile, CNN guest Anushay Hossain slandered all women who support President Trump, saying, "they are trapped with their abuser, which is Trump."  After the president tweeted his condolences to the mother of a young man who died of an opioid overdose, CNN contributor Dean Obeidallah declared that President Trump "should be charged with manslaughter"  Speaking of health care, CNN asked New York Times' science reporter Donald McNeil why fewer Hispanics received flu shots this year.  McNeil, with absolutely no evidence, theorized that it was perhaps due to President Trump's "hostility to Spanish language and Hispanics."  MSNBC, in addition to the usual Trump-hatred displayed every morning on Morning Joe, gave a platform to Eddie Glaude, who insisted that the president "doesn't give a damn" about poor people.  But the gold medal in derangement goes to a writer named Anand Giridharadas, a guest on Joy Reid's MSNBC show.  Reid, who always seems to be auditioning for the role of that network's Trump-Hater-In-Chief, sat by meekly as Giridharadas called President Trump "the commander in chief of rape culture."  Joy Reid, by the way, was recently forced to apologize for making anti-gay remarks.  Despite that, the New York Times lauds her as "a hero of the resistance."   In the print category, special mention goes to the Boston Globe's Kevin Cullen, who charmingly described President Trump as a "mean-spirited ingrate" who regularly embraces "racists and racist thought."  Of course, it's not only President Trump who is subjected to unhinged abuse on a daily basis.  Those in advanced stages of Trump Derangement Syndrome are eager to mock anyone associated with the president.  Vice President Mike Pence was a major target this week when he attended the Winter Olympics.  It was actually stunning to watch as so many in the mainstream media derided Pence while fawning over Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong.  Even though the younger Kim is North Korea's version of Joseph Goebbels, CNN gushed that she was "stealing the show at the Winter Olympics."  To the Washington Post, she is "the Ivanka Trump of North Korea."  This praise is for a woman whose family kills and tortures on an industrial scale.  The word "shameful" doesn't even begin to describe the coverage.  Meanwhile, the same media were denouncing Vice President Pence because he met with North Korean defectors and brought Otto Warmbier's father to the games.  Warmbier, of course, was the college student who was arrested and tortured in North Korea before being sent home to die.  The partisans on The View actually mocked Mike Pence for his deep religious faith.  The always-lovely Joy Behar diagnosed the vice president as having a "mental illness."  Whenever you think Behar can't go any lower, she finds a new way to plumb the depths.  ABC must be proud.  These are just a few examples in a week that was not at all atypical.  Next week's cable news and papers will be surely filled with still more vitriol.  But what happens if the media gets their wish and President Trump is someday impeached or forced to resign?  The vicious disease will simply mutate into Pence Derangement.  President Mike Pence will be greeted with nearly the same level of loathing, as will his new vice president, unless he decides to name Nancy Pelosi.  Our chattering classes simply hate Republicans and want to drive them out of office, and there is no end in end in sight.  Why?  Simply because that's what they do.  Trump Derangement Syndrome remains a disease with no known cure.
  • An All-Too-American Tragedy
    You probably know that Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe were mowed down and killed last Sunday in Indiana.  You may have also heard that the driver who killed them is Manuel Orrego-Zavala, an immigrant from Guatemala.  But if you watch network news, you could be unaware that Orrego-Zavala is a twice-deported illegal immigrant who was without a license and whose blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.  According to the Media Research Center, NBC's "Today" ignored the story.  And when CBS finally got around to mentioning the killer's illegal status two days after the crash, its intrepid reporter warned against "politicizing" the death.  Heaven forbid!  Meanwhile, pundits and immigration activists started the usual caterwauling, saying this was a tragedy that says nothing, nothing at all, about illegal immigration.  A little more about that Uber driver:  Jeff Monroe was 54 years old, married, described as "a guy who would go out of his way for anybody."  He had worked for the same company for 20 years and was driving to save up some money so that he and his wife could perhaps attend the 2020 Olympics.  A little more about the Colts linebacker:  Edwin Jackson was just 26 and a very unlikely NFL star.  He was an outstanding high school wrestler but received nary a college football scholarship.  So he walked on at Georgia Southern, wound up leading the team in tackles, and was voted captain by his teammates.  Following a similar pattern, Jackson was not on the radar of any NFL team and was ignored in the draft.  Instead, he tried out as a free agent and eventually wound up as a starter with the Colts.  He was a much-loved man who beat the odds time and again.  Then there is the villain:  37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Zavala was convicted of drunk driving in California in 2005.  He was deported to Guatemala in 2007 and again in 2009, ordered not to return to the USA for 20 years.  To the surprise of absolutely no one, Orrego-Zavala defied that decree and wound up in Indiana.  Just last year he was using an alias when he was convicted of driving without a license.  Local authorities did not notify federal immigration officials.  The miscreant is now behind bars, facing both state and federal charges.  One of his attorneys has complained that his client is "distraught and confused."  Of course, that's far better than the status of Jeffrey Monroe and Edwin Jackson, who are are dead.  This crime, especially because one of the victims was a prominent athlete, will add fuel to the already enflamed debate over illegal immigration and crime.  President Trump declared it "disgraceful" that an illegal immigrant was again responsible for death.  For the president and immigration hawks, this is more evidence of the need for a border wall. On the other side, liberal Democrats claim these killings had nothing to do with illegal immigration, ignoring the fact that the driver should never have been here.  TV talking heads frequently tell us that immigrants commit proportionately fewer crimes than native-born Americans.  That actually may be true, but they intentionally and misleadingly omit the word "illegal."  People who came here legally from all over the world to join the American family are very possibly more law-abiding than born-and-bred citizens.  But illegal immigrants are a far different story.  Those who break into the country are far more likely to engage in criminal activity here, be it gangbanging or drunk driving.  Isn't it simple common sense that someone willing to break the law to enter a country is more likely to commit other crimes?  Far more important than mere numbers is a simple fact:  Every single crime committed by an illegal immigrant, whether jaywalking or murder, would not have been committed if that person was not here to begin with.  Just this week an interesting poll came out showing that the left's propaganda has been remarkably effective.  According to a survey taken by Quinnipiac, only 17% of Americans believe "undocumented immigrants" commit more crimes than American citizens, while 72% feel otherwise. Unfortunately, that is impossible to check because there is no national database tracking how many crimes are committed by illegal immigrants.  But no sentient person can doubt that many Americans would be alive today if our borders were more secure.  We hear about the high profile cases like Kate Steinle and, now, Edwin Jackson.  But thousands of other innocent Americans are dead, thousands of families are grief-stricken because we have porous borders and too many politicians and pundits like it that way.  Donald Trump is president in large part because he vowed to build a wall on the southern border.  It is way beyond time to call in the backhoes and bulldozers. No, the wall will not prevent all illegal crossings, nor will it end all crimes by illegal immigrants.  But had a wall been in place, it is likely that Manuel Orrego-Zavala would not have been able to enter the country repeatedly.  It's also likely that Edwin Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe would be alive today and two more American families would not be in the depths of mourning.  Can anyone disagree?  Anyone?
  • State of Disunion
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was downright effusive after Tuesday night's speech.  "This was earnest and lofty," she gushed, "and he is known for his earnestness."  Of course, she was critiquing Joe Kennedy III, who delivered the official Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address.  As for the evening's main event, Maddow accused President Trump of being a warmonger.  "He wants a war with North Korea," she assured her left-wing viewers.  That was actually mild compared to other post-speech media reactions.  Maddow's MSNBC running mate Chris Matthews denigrated the reference to MS-13 gang-bangers as "very ugly."  He was referring to the president's words, not the killers themselves.  Over on CNN, one-time Obama aide and former proud communist Van Jones said the president "was selling sweet-tasting candy with poison in it."  Another delusional CNN reporter put forth a truly bizarre analysis of Melania Trump.  According to Kate Bennett, the First Lady was wearing off-white to protest her husband's policies toward women.  Yes, she was serious.  ABC's Cecila Vega claimed the president was "stoking" racial tension when he contended that the National Anthem should be respected.  And MSNBC's hate-filled Joy Reid actually mocked President Trump for praising church, family, police, and military.  You know, all those awful things that so many progressives regard as symbols of Amerikkkan oppression.  Okay, so it's not exactly breaking news that most media types deeply despise the president.  But they don't hate him nearly as much as Democrats in Congress.  Anyone watching the speech on television had to be stunned when cameras caught reaction shots of the opposition party.  Now, no one expects Democrats to be standing and cheering – Republicans were stoic and silent when President Obama put forth his progressive promises.  But this week the Democrats went way beyond anything we have seen before.  They were sour, angry, and bitter, even when the president mentioned the National Anthem or God, for God's sake.  One got the feeling that if President Trump extolled the tasty virtues of apple pie, the Democrats would have staged a mass walkout. Members of the not-so-loyal opposition party, perhaps taking their cues from exceptionally dour Nancy Pelosi, failed to cheer higher wages, the defeat of ISIS, or even historically low black unemployment.  The American people felt differently.  According to a CNN snap poll, 70% of viewers had a "very positive" or "somewhat positive" reaction to the speech.  A poll taken by CBS found that 75% of those who watched the State of the Union approved of what they had heard.  All this raises one extremely important question:  What will Democrats run on in the upcoming midterm elections?  The party seems confident that it will retake the House, but based on what policies?  Their number one issue at the moment seems to be raw hatred of President Trump.  That may win some votes in far-left precincts, but not enough to win a House majority.  Americans are just not that infused with vitriol.  The Democrats' other major priority seems to be unfettered illegal immigration.  They don't freely admit that, but just look at the parts of President Trump's immigration plan to which they object.  The Dems say they want protection for DACA recipients, and the White House has offered that in spades.  But they object to curtailing chain migration and booed when the president brought it up.  Unlike most Americans, Democrats don't want to end the Diversity Visa Lottery, and they truly loathe the idea of building a border wall.  So on what will they campaign?  Rescinding the tax cuts?  Reinstating burdensome federal regulations?  Bringing back the individual ObamaCare mandate?  Right now they can only hope that special counsel Robert Mueller comes up with something bad, really bad.  If his investigation ends without a searing indictment of President Trump himself, the promise of impeachment will fall by the wayside. They also want the president to damage himself with some ill-conceived tweets or comments, which is certainly within the realm of possibility.  But Trump's core supporters always seem to forgive and quickly forget.  It is surely possible that the Democratic Party will win a majority in the House, maybe even the Senate.  But they did not do anything to help their chances Tuesday night.  Sitting like angry, spoiled, petulant children is not a winning election strategy.  The Democratic lawmakers who actually came out best this week were John Lewis, Barbara Lee, Frederica Wilson, and a handful of others.  They skipped the speech and were thus not seen scowling on camera.  In retrospect, that was not such a bad decision.
  • The DACA Dilemma
    Every president leaves office with messes that need to be cleaned up, and Barack Obama was certainly no exception.  He departed with a sluggish economy, soaring debt, the lousy Iran deal, a strained relationship with Israel, and many other problems.  But his greatest stink bomb was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, aka DACA.  On June 15, 2012, with the stroke of his mighty pen, President Obama offered temporary sanctuary to young people who were brought to the USA illegally by their parents before they were 16. Republicans argued that the president was vastly overstepping his authority, but the "temporary" program endured.  Conveniently, the DACA beneficiaries came to be known as "dreamers," a public relations coup that should have earned someone a promotion and bonus.  Of course, a Hillary Clinton presidency would have enabled DACA to go on indefinitely and be expanded.  But, to the Democrats' eternal dismay, the big prize went to a man whose calling card was opposition to illegal immigration.  By last September, when President Trump announced that the program would end in six months, there were nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants shielded from deportation.  And Democrats bizarrely decided that this was the single most important issue facing America today.  Many Democrats recently demonstrated their willingness to shut down the entire federal government if they didn't get their way on DACA.  That didn't exactly work out the way they had planned, and Chuck Schumer was last seen eating sautéed crow in the Senate Dining Room.  But the issue is far from settled.  Who are these "dreamers" who have become darlings of the far left and their allies in the media?  Progressives usually describe DACA recipients as model citizens, valedictorians, and gallant soldiers fighting in the United States Armed Forces.  Democrats want them to have not just legal status, but a path to full citizenship and the eventual right to vote.  To quote The Church Lady, "how convenient!"  Meanwhile, many conservatives contend that the DACA beneficiaries are simply illegal aliens by another name and have absolutely no right to be in the USA.  Beyond that, they claim many of the "dreamers" are criminals or are taking low-wage jobs from American citizens.  There is some truth on both sides.  Economist John Lott recently found that while "dreamers" make up about 2% of Arizona's population, they are 8% of the state's prisoners.  He concluded that illegal immigrants are far more likely to commit crimes than citizens or legal immigrants.  DACA recipients, whose average age is 25, also tend to be less educated and less skilled than native-born Americans.  Immigration expert Mickey Kaus, writing in the Washington Post, reported that most beneficiaries are not in school and are laboring at low-wage jobs.  He added that many "dreamers" were not brought here as children, but crossed the border on their own, and that a grand total of about 900 have joined the military.  By our rudimentary math, about one-tenth of one percent of DACA beneficiaries are in uniform.  On the other hand, the majority of those protected under DACA are certainly law-abiding people, many of them living in the only country they have ever known.  Giving them the boot would constitute cruel and unusual punishment.  The latest poll on DACA and immigration comes from the Harvard-Harris organization, which surveyed Americans just prior to the government shutdown.  Most voters support some form of legalization for the "dreamers," but a large majority also wants less immigration overall and far tougher border security.  Congressional leaders and President Trump will be tweeting and arguing and running toward the cameras for the next few weeks, but the general outlines of a solution seem fairly obvious.  There will be a deal that enables non-criminal DACA beneficiaries to remain in the USA, although whether they will someday be granted full citizenship will be a bone of contention.  That would be tantamount to giving them preference over all the other eager immigrants who have been waiting in line and following all the rules.  As a show of good faith, Republicans will probably ignore their more hawkish anti-immigration colleagues who want to penalize sanctuary cities and enact some form of Kate's Law.  Democrats will agree that the visa lottery system, as it is currently managed, must be relegated to the dustbin of history, and that a "big, beautiful wall" is inevitable.  They will also concede that preference should be given to skilled and educated immigrants who can contribute to America on day one.  President Barack Obama, probably illegally, started a massive new program that was intended to be temporary.  But, as the late economist Milton Friedman said, "there is nothing so permanent as a temporary government program."  Now it's President Trump's turn to dramatically change that program in a way that does not unduly punish innocent people, most of whom were brought here involuntarily.  Everyone at the negotiating table has to remember that American citizens always take priority over illegal immigrants, no matter how heart-rending their circumstances. So let the bargaining begin.  Or, as the recently departed Monty Hall said so many times, "Let's Make a Deal!"
  • Embracing Lawbreakers
    "All Americans are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country … Our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders … by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before."  President Trump?  No, as many of you may know, that was President Bill Clinton in 1995.  If you dismiss that as ancient history, how about this tough talk from Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer just eight years ago:  "Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple … When we use phrases like 'undocumented workers,' we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious."  Then there was Hillary Clinton in 2014, arguing this:  "Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay."  What an astounding and rapid change there has been in the Democratic Party, which now embraces and implicitly encourages lawbreakers.  As one example, just this week Senator Dick Durbin proudly declared that he is focused "full time" on making sure DACA beneficiaries are protected.  Full time?  One wonders what his Illinois constituents think about that.  Shouldn't he devote at least a few minutes to the state's massive debt or the rampant murders in its largest city?  The newest pro-lawbreaker Democrat is Phil Murphy, who was sworn in as Governor of New Jersey on Tuesday.  He promises to be "welcoming" to illegal immigrants and has even vowed to establish an "Office of Immigrant Defensive Protection."  Murphy wants to ensure that illegal immigrants get "free" legal representation, in-state college tuition, and are protected from those dastardly feds who are trying to enforce the law.  New Jersey taxpayers, though their state is in financial peril, will pick up the tab.  Why are so many "progressive" Democrats suddenly eager to put illegal immigrants ahead of American citizens?  Some cynics suggest this is all about locking up future votes by making sure more people are dependent on big government.  That could be part of it, to be sure, but there seems to be something else at work.  Part of being a "progressive" these days is making sure that everyone else knows you are a very good and extremely virtuous person.  And one sure sign of virtue is defending people who entered this country illegally.  You can see this at work with our language police.  One way of displaying your virtue is always using the proper terms, those that have been given the seal of approval by our elites.  Saying "people of color" is an instant signal to others that you are "woke" and properly progressive.  But if you ever mix the words just slightly and say "colored people," you will be forever banished to the cultural version of Siberia.  Then there is "undocumented."  As the above quotes indicate, not long ago Democrats and liberals spoke freely about "illegal immigrants."  It is accurate and it is pithy.  But how things have changed!  The word "illegal" is almost up there with the "n-word" when it comes to hateful slurs.  Immigration activists will tell you that "illegal" is out of bounds, and don't get them started on "alien," which is totally beyond the pale.  The Associated Press has actually issued a total ban on the term "illegal immigrant," while the New York Times says it is code for "racial and ethnic hatred."  You know, it's one of those dog whistles we hear so much about. So the country is divided. On one side are people who use politically correct terms to describe illegal immigrants.  They argue, based on dubious statistics, that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans, and that sanctuary cities are safer because illegal immigrants are more willing to come forward to report crimes.  They should consider perusing a new study by the economist John Lott, whose research reveals that fully 8% of Arizona's inmates are so-called "dreamers."  That's four times their representation in the state's population.  Meanwhile, a new Homeland Security report shows that 73% of all individuals arrested for international-related terrorism since 9/11 were born in another country.  Their despicable "dream" is to kill innocent people and destroy America.  Right now, the open borders crowd is enraged because President Trump and Attorney General Sessions are not afraid to describe illegal immigrants as illegal immigrants. They decry sanctuary cities and want effective law enforcement.  But the left, which dominates the news media and most universities, will continue to police our language and our thoughts, searching for any violations.  One side endorses the rule of law; the other excuses lawlessness and gives sanctuary to lawbreakers.  The battle lines are drawn, the differences could not be more stark, and the nation's Cold Civil War seems to grow more heated every day.
  • Annus Horribilis for NFL, Hollywood
    At the end of 1992, Queen Elizabeth gave her famous ‘Annus Horribilis’ speech. It was a ‘horrible year’ that included plenty of royal scandals.   Well, 2017 was pretty horribilis for a couple of American institutions – the National Football League and the movie business.  And both were partly done in by the scourge of liberalism.  The National Football League's woes began the year before when it chose to look the other way as Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem.  What started with a single player snowballed into a mass movement, especially after President Trump entered the fray.  At the end of the year (as opposed to "at the end of the day") the league lost about 10% of its television viewers in the just-completed season, a slide that continued into last weekend's first round of the playoffs.  The league has tried mightily to blame other factors, but the in-your-face disrespect of the flag and National Anthem turned millions of Americans away from pro football.  It's not the sport itself, as last Monday's college football title game attracted 13% more viewers than the year before.  The raw numbers:  Monday night NFL football games on ESPN averaged about 11-million viewers this season.  The Alabama-Georgia college game, also on ESPN on a Monday night, had more than 28-million.  So let's not blame cord-cutting or head injuries or anything else.  Of course, the NFL remains a rich and powerful organization.  Rich enough to give Commissioner Roger Goodell, a disaster by most measures, a new contract that may be worth $40-million a year.  Heckuva job, Roger.  And the sport is rich enough to pay Jon Gruden $100-million to coach the Oakland Raiders for the next ten years.  The National Football League actually has something very much in common with the Democratic Party.  They can both come back from their recent setbacks, but both had better stop alienating average Americans whose support they both need so badly.  Then there's Hollywood and the movie business.  Fewer Americans went to movie theaters in 2017 than at any time in more than two decades.  Sure, the industry was hit by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and others that followed in its wake, but the decline started long before that.  Franchises like "Star Wars" continue to do well, but serious dramas have taken a huge hit.  Part of it is that producers and directors and writers insist on ridiculing America and portraying this nation as a downright terrible place.  George Clooney decided to direct an abomination called "Suburbicon," which mocked white America and the suburbs.  The film brought in a whopping $5.8-million at the domestic box office, enough to cover the catering budget on some movies.  Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Sequel" was another bomb as audiences never warmed to another lecture by the portly and wealthy environmentalist-in-chief.  Other liberal offerings also sank big time in '17.  Will the movie industry change?  Possibly, but it's far more likely that film makers will continue to poke their fingers in the eye of middle America.  It might not make for boffo box office, but it gets you invited to swell parties.  Speaking of Hollywood and swell parties, last week's Golden Globes awards, at which left-wing celebrities lavish each other with honors and praise, lost a ton of viewers from the year before.  Americans are simply growing weary of being slapped around by elites who look down on them and their lifestyles.  Overall, 2017 was a pretty rotten year for institutions that insist on diminishing America and its traditions.  And that made it a pretty good year for the rest of us.
  • Churchill, Islam, and Political Correctness
    Winston Churchill, the subject of the movie "Darkest Hour," is considered one of the greatest human beings to live in the 20th century.  In a BBC poll, citizens of the UK voted him the greatest Briton of all time.  The plaudits are well deserved, as Churchill is widely credited with rescuing Great Britain from the depths of despair.  In 1940, a Nazi invasion of Britain seemed inevitable and many British politicians wanted to cut a deal with Hitler.  Not Churchill.  He rose to his feet in the House of Commons and gave one of history's most stirring speeches.  "We shall defend our island," he vowed, whatever the cost may be … We shall never surrender!"  One month later, the German Luftwaffe began bombing British cities, killing more than 20,000 civilians.  But the Brits endured and Hitler eventually abandoned his dream of a massive naval invasion.  That was just one small chapter in the epic life of a truly remarkable man.  But there's this one thing:  By today's standards, Winston Churchill would probably be considered an Islamophobe.  Churchill was in his mid-20s and a British Army officer when he wrote "The River War," which documented his experiences in the Sudan.  "Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities," he wrote.  "But the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it.  No stronger retrograde force exists in the world."  It's always dicey to criticize an entire religion, but Catholics and evangelical Christians get pounded all day long.  Young Winston also wrote this:  "The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolutely property – either as a child, a wife or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men."  The words sound inflammatory to our sensitive ears, but in fact Churchill was laying out a very simple case:  Muslims are often wonderful and peaceful and kind people, but the faith itself has a lot of problems.  Among those problems is the fact that in most predominantly Muslim nations, half the population is treated horribly.  We all know this, and it can be proven by posing a simple hypothetical:  In which Islamic country would you feel comfortable raising your daughter or your gay son? While the argument about Islam is an interesting one, Churchill's words raise another question that is especially relevant in our era of widespread statue demolition.  If Winston Churchill were around today, and had he written the same thing, would this incredible leader be destroyed by the forces of political correctness?  We are pretty sure he wouldn't be invited to sit down with the ladies of The View.  And if he were, Whoopi and Joy would storm out of the studio.  It's actually an amusing image, come to think about it.  It's a good sign that most of the Churchill statues in Britain have not been defaced.  The few that have been damaged have been vandalized by isolated loons with various axes to grind.  There is also a powerful statue of Churchill in Washington, and of course a bust in the Oval Office.  So he seems to have thus far defied the recent trend of literally knocking heroes off their pedestals. If anyone is offended by a few words Winston Churchill said about Islam more than 100 years ago, they should remember a few words written much more recently by the historian John Lukacs, who pithily explained what Churchill accomplished in 1940:  "Then and there he saved Britain and Europe, and Western civilization." As you may know, Winston Churchill's mother Jennie was born in America.  His ties to the United States ran long and deep, which is why one particular honor probably meant more to him than any statue or medal.  In 1963, shortly before Churchill's death, President Kennedy proclaimed him the very first "honorary citizen of the United States."  It took an act of Congress, but Winston Churchill, who always loved and admired America, was finally an American.
  • Evil Vanquished, Media Yawns
    During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump frequently told cheering crowds that he would absolutely destroy ISIS.  "Their days are numbered," he vowed.  That promise rang hollow to his political enemies.  After all, the Islamic State had run roughshod over much of the Middle East.  It had enlisted tens of thousands of bloodthirsty warriors, while more volunteers flowed in every day from around the world eager to fight for the radical Islamic cause.  Wherever the ISIS savages ruled, there were beheadings, drownings, beatings, and assorted other subhuman acts of depravity.  The group truly inspired terror and for a time seemed unstoppable. That once-dire situation is far different today.  You didn't hear much about it, but this month Iraq declared complete victory over ISIS.  The terrorist group, once the very face of evil in the modern world, has lost 98% of the territory it once held.  Its dreams of an enduring, powerful caliphate have been dashed.  How did all this happen so quickly, and with such little fanfare?  Some military analysts credit President Trump for lifting many of the stifling rules of engagement that had been put in place during the Obama years.  The new president gave his commanders free rein and they rained holy hell on ISIS.  But others contend that President Obama and his team deserve the credit.  They truthfully point out that ISIS began losing territory before Donald Trump's inauguration  But take a moment to consider a simple question.  Would you trust your war strategy to James Mattis and H.R. McMaster, who have a total of seven stars on their epaulets?   Or would you prefer people like habitual liar Susan Rice and failed novelist Ben Rhodes?  To ask the question is to answer it.  No one should forget that in 2014 President Obama described the Islamic State as a "jayvee team."  He actually considered climate change a "potential existential threat" to the world, but not ISIS.  This is not to say that Barack Obama ignored ISIS, but fighting terror never seemed to be at the very top of his to-do list.  Another question is why this great news has received so little play in the media.  The reason is largely because the near-demise of ISIS took place during a Republican administration.  Don't believe that?  Just remember what happened with Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union.  The media and the Washington elite despised President Reagan.  The hatred didn't quite reach the levels of today's Trump-loathing, but that was only because Reagan didn't demean the press and never uttered the words "fake news."  But the distaste for Reagan was very real.  The scribblers at leading newspapers considered him a "cowboy" who could easily trigger a nuclear war.  They assured themselves, and one another, that he wasn't very bright and had no business being president.  Longtime Democratic power broker Clark Clifford famously referred to Reagan as an "amiable dunce" and predicted he would be "a hopeless failure." So the chattering classes were absolutely horrified on March 8, 1983.  That was the momentous day when President Reagan denounced the Soviet Union as "the focus of evil in the modern world."  Prior to that, U.S. presidents simply tried to get along with the Soviets and their succession of tyrants.  The reaction was swift and merciless.  New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis called the speech "primitive," while his Times colleague Tom Wicker said it was "smug and a near proclamation of Holy War."  The times may change, but the Times never does.  Then, lo and behold, a few years later the Berlin Wall fell and the truly evil ideology of communism collapsed.  Hundreds of millions of people who had suffered through lives of misery and terror and deprivation were finally free of the communist yoke.  Much credit was heaped on Ronald Reagan for his willingness to confront and outspend the Soviets.  But the American left saw things differently.  Many liberals declared that communism was destined to fail, regardless of who was in the Oval Office.  The Cold War ended, according to Time magazine's Strobe Talbott, "because of internal contradictions" in the Soviet Union.  He actually wrote this:  "Even if Jimmy Carter had been reelected and been followed by Walter Mondale, something like we have now seen probably would have happened."  He wrote it, and he probably believed it.  Newsweek's Eleanor Clift agreed, opining that "the Soviet economy was collapsing."  Of course, these geniuses never made any such observations prior to the Soviet demise.  Many on the American left actually preferred to credit lifetime Soviet apparatchik Mikhail Gorbachev.  Anyone but Reagan, that amiable dunce who rescued millions from oppressive and brutal existences.  As for today, all sane and civilized people should be grateful that ISIS is a shadow of its former self.  The terror group will still carry out and inspire individual attacks, but its fantasy of a massive caliphate is in ruins, much like the Soviet Union's dreams of worldwide communism were shattered.  Was it Reagan who defeated communism?  Trump who demolished the Islamic State?  That brutal war of opinion will endure, but Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump have the superior weaponry - facts.
  • Taxes Reformed, Media Deformed
    Did you know that President Trump pushed through tax reform primarily so he could enrich himself, his family, and his billionaire cronies?  Yup, that was the prevailing media story line over the days and weeks before the bill finally passed.  Here's a brief sampling of the unhinged commentary:  New York Times: "Tax Bill Lets Trump and Republicans Feather Their Own Nests."  Bloomberg:  "Goodie for Trump Oozes Out of Tax-Reform Fog." Think Progress:  "The president cashes in."  MSNBC:  "Millionaire Republicans are cutting THEIR OWN TAXES and those of the super rich." CNBC: "GOP tax bill includes a provision that could enrich Trump and Republican senators."  New York Times, The Sequel:  "The tax bill's generosity toward real estate titans stands in