Saturday, January 26, 2019

op ed review 1/27

Feeling pressure from his fellow Republicans to reopen the government, President Trump announced Friday afternoon that a deal was reached for federal employees to come back to work as negotiations on border security are given a little more time. Some call this a cave-in to Democrats, but see the column of the week below.

The viral video of a group of MAGA-hat wearing teenagers waiting for their buses last Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial has been paraded by news outlets as a confrontation with a Native American elderly man and has swept the weekend internet like the storm that is gripping most the nation. It pushed all the liberal buttons: “privileged” white boys from pro-life march, MAGA hats, “mocking a native American elder.”  But it was all fake.
MSNBC Claims Anyone Wearing MAGA Hat Is Looking to Fight, Covington Kids Are Symbol of White Privilege
Leftie actress Alyssa Milano ‘The Red MAGA Hat Is the New White Hood’
Lawyer Representing Covington Kids Receives Bomb Threat After Giving Celebs and Journalists 48 Hour Notice to Retract or Face Lawsuits
Nobody should be all that surprised that leftist mobs and their mainstream media allies perpetrated a false story about Covington Catholic schoolboys in MAGA hats supposedly "mocking" a Native American…. But what isn't good is the embrace of the dishonest narrative from the kids' own school and their own Catholic diocese, falsely condemning them in some amazing public calumny they have yet to retract.  It's shocking, actually. 
The Bishop of Covington now admits that he was "bullied" into condemning the students and fully apologizes.  ”..there have been death threats to some of the students and their families. The vitriol and hateful comments on some online stories, some of them appearing on websites that purport to be Catholic and pro-life, have been beyond belief and anything but pro-life."
Rush Limbaugh:  “Our old buddies at National Review were among the first to pile on these kids..”
“Five Days Later, NBC is STILL Pushing the Totally-Debunked Covington Catholic Narrative”
Savannah Guthrie of NBC interviewed the Covington student who was confronted by the Indian elder. "Do you think if you weren't wearing that (MAGA) hat this might not have happened?  Do you feel from this experience that you owe anybody an apology?”
Further insult:  NBC creates fake news claiming openly gay valedictorian at Covington Catholic was banned from making commencement speech. Complete fabrication.

“A political scalping occurred in Washington D.C. last week. Once again the liberal media and Democrats played the predictable race politics to attack Iowa Rep. Steve King, while members of the GOP political class fell in line—obliging the left and piling on one of their own in the act of political cannibalism…Why Do GOP Politicians Obligingly Eat Their Own?”

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell to more than a 49-year low last week
Supreme Court Allows Trump to Temporarily Enforce Trans Soldiers Ban

Women’s March in DC draws about 10,000. Protesters called for free abortions for all, President Trump’s children to be caged, and for Trump to “drop dead.” Heavy media coverage.
March for Life mostly ignored by the mainstream media.  One estimate: “well over 300,000”
3 Reasons Why the March for Life Was So Much Bigger Than the Women's March
New York Senate Democrats have passed the euphemistically-named Reproductive Health Act, which allows abortion up to the moment of birth, loosens restrictions on who performs abortions, and removes abortion from the state's criminal code.
“Governor Cuomo Directs One World Trade Center and Other Landmarks to be Lit in Pink to Celebrate Signing of the Reproductive Health Act”

Microsoft puts fake news filter NewsGuard into mobile browser “green-red rating signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or publishes falsehoods, propaganda…Among the green-rated websites: CNN, Buzzfeed, New York Times and Washington Post. Ones rating the red warning label: UK Daily Mail, Breitbart and the Drudge Report.

A new poll finds that support for a single-payer health care system depends on how the question is framed. When people were told "Medicare for All" would guarantee health insurance as a right, support rose to 71 percent. But when taxes were brought up, it plunged to 37 percent. Meanwhile, as the 2020 gets into swing, progressives embrace calls for a "Medicare for All" plan.

74 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning adults want Ocasio Cortez to run for president. They will have to wait until she is old enough.
Plurality of Democrats want US to move toward socialism, according to Fox News poll.

Media shuts out prominent Hispanic pastor who agrees with Trump on border.

Texas Finds 95,000 Non-US Citizens Registered To Vote -- 58,000 Have Actually Voted In Recent Elections


Kurt Schlichter 1/25

“Gee, I Guess Now I’m Going To Have To Be Happy With Only 90% Of The Stuff I Wanted Trump To Do”

Just chill. The wailing and gnashing of teeth on the hardcore conservative side over Trump’s delaying action in the battle for the wall is way over the top and typically overdramatic.

Trump’s caved-in! We’re doomed! Pelosi annihilated him with her master stratagems and it’s all over for conservatism!

Oh please. Lighten up – and many of you are my pals. But you need this bucket of cold water. What happened Friday doesn’t matter. Not at all. Well, that’s not quite accurate. It could matter, if you decide to keep doing exactly what Nancy Pelosi wants you to do, freaking out. That’s why she employed her brilliant stratagem of just saying “No”   (actually) it wasn’t brilliant – it was obvious. She was counting on you to set up as a do-or-die test for Trump over something where she and Chuck Schumer held a veto. Thanks to Paul Ryan and the RINOS, the House belongs to the Democrats, and the Senate can’t pass anything without 60 votes and we have 52 plus Mitt. So Trump can’t build a wall without their OK, and the emergency power thing is no panacea – it will last about 30 seconds before some Obama judge enjoins it.

You were going to let your support for Trump be entirely contingent on the Democrats’ approval? What were you thinking? You weren’t, and I get it. You’re emotional. No one has been used and abused worse than conservative voters. We’ve been lied to by decades by pseudo-conservatives who promised to do what we wanted but never did it even when they could. Sure, they could always manage to do the stuff the donors wanted – how about a new tax cut! – but the stuff we really wanted? Nah.

So I get that you have trust issues. You should – you’ve been burned so often you’re crispy. But now we crispycons have a guy in the White House who actually wants to do the stuff but can’t, as opposed to the establishment jerks who didn’t want to but could have. So spazzing out makes zero sense. Get a hold of yourself.  So we lost this round? We’ve lost before, and we’ll lose again. This is for the long-haul folks. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. There’s no magic wand where one term of Vitamin D cures a century of progressive pathology.

Trump’s instincts have been right all along. We doubted he could win. He did. We doubted he would actually remake the courts. He has. We doubted he’d fight for the wall, but he did, and he paid a price. Who else would have withstood the heat this long? Who would have even picked the fight? Mitt? Jeb!? Chet the Unicorn? Name the Republican you want to replace him with. Who’s the guy who is going to stand up to the cultural fascists like Trump? Who’s going to fight for you harder? What’s his name?

I’m not ready to even accept that we’ve lost the battle – let’s see what happens in three weeks. But what was the better plan for the shutdown skirmish? Keep it going? Friday morning was bringing reports of airport shutdowns. That might have made it real to the Normals. See, we political types were watching and caring, while they weren’t. But it looked like they were about to start. Maybe Trump’s instincts, which you have to admit have been remarkable, told him it was time to cut his losses. Remember Alinsky Rule No. 7? “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

Did any of you see any indication at all that the shutdown tactic was about to deliver us victory, that it was not becoming a drag? Me neither. Cut your losses. Pull back here, counter-attack there. We’ve been attacking for two years, racking up conservative triumphs you’ve never experienced unless you were one of us who was of age during the Reagan years. Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh – what other GOP president would have held course and made them happen? Trump’s remaking the courts and rebuilding our military. He gutted Obamacare and Obama’s regulations. He’s pulling us out of useless wars, useless agreements with Iran, and useless climate change scams. He’s got clarity on Israel, on the garbage mainstream media, and America’s useless elite…

We’re winning, politically and culturally. Yeah, they’re fighting back, except that’s what opponents do, and opponents sometimes score. But if this was baseball, we and Trump would be batting .900, yet some of you can’t accept net success. It’s like some of you are only comfortable losing, but that’s not your fault. Thanks to the useless GOP establishment, you’re just used to losing.

Think about it – what do Nancy and Chuck want you to do right now? They want you to say “Gosh, Trump didn’t get the wall yet so I’m going to stop supporting him” and to give up in despair. Maybe you should do as I do, and make it a rule not to do what Chuck and Nancy want you to do. So calm down. Don’t be manipulated. If you want the wall, keep backing the only possible politician who has any chance at all of delivering one…if you don’t support him, your chances drop to zero…..if you want to see what will happen if we abandon Trump like the Democrats are trying to manipulate us into, check out my latest novel, Wildfire.  We better get our heads right and look at the long-term fight instead of wetting ourselves every time stuff doesn’t go our way. We’re going to lose a lot of fights before we win this war.

Kurt Schlichter was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.

“If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., were a conservative, all anyone would be talking about is how uninformed she is. She would be facing trick questions from reporters designed to expose her lack of knowledge, and brutal sketches on ‘Saturday Night Live’ mocking her intelligence and fitness for office. Instead, SNL fawns over her, while CBS’s ‘Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert — far from making jokes at her expense — eats ice cream with her…..Boy, it’s good to be a socialist. … Once people decide you are ignorant, it’s hard to recover — just ask Sarah Palin or Dan Quayle. Of course, they were conservatives, so the standards are different.”
                -Marc A. Thiessen

“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview on Monday that she believes a system that allows people to become billionaires is “immoral. Wrong, fool. A system that doesn’t permit people to keep what they earn, that punishes success and achievement while rewarding legalized plunder of the unearned for political gain is immoral. A system that results not in economic prosperity and a rise in the standard of living for each generation, but instead results in stagnation, mediocrity and ultimately despair–THAT’S immoral.”
                -Dr Michael Hurd

Ocasio-Cortez: It’s ‘Immoral’ that our system ‘allows billionaires to exist’

Not to be outdone, Elizabeth Warren proposes new wealth tax.
Elizabeth Warren also calls the border wall a “monument to hate”
Immigrant activist says Pledge of Allegiance 'rooted in ... white supremacy'

New York Times reporter fishing for dirt for his #ExposeChristianSchools piece.

World Economic Forum agrees for the first time to promote LGBT ‘global order’

”The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”
  — Norman Thomas, six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new Al Gore….the 29-year-old former bartender who’s putting the “socialist” back in the Democratic Party says: “The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”

“There’s a reason fake climatologists keep making outrageous predictions based on flimsy science: Money. Mr. Gore’s net worth is in excess of $200 million. He jets everywhere to give his doomsday speeches (often $100,000 per), and he lives in a 10,000-square-foot mansion that expends 21 times more energy than the average U.S. household. But do as he says, not as he does.”

1500 Private jets fly into Davos World Economic Forum so they can discuss global warming.

“The alarmists’ models predict warming over the poles. That would reduce severe weather events, which are largely driven by the temperature difference between the poles and the equator. The corrupt alarmist kleptocracy ignored this rather obvious fact and propagandized a non-existent increase in severe weather events to keep the cash flowing. However low your opinion of global warming hysterics may be, it isn’t low enough.”

“The Covington chronicles: on hating the face of a teenage boy”  the anger unleashed resembles Orwell’s Two Minutes Hate….In Nineteen Eighty-Four Orwell wrote of the feeling stirred up in the audience—interestingly enough, by a propaganda film designed for the purpose:A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.

Ben Stein: “Stalin, Hitler 'Came to Power Promising Same Things Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Promising’”

Candace Owens Interview: Why Black People Should Leave The Democratic Party?

“The news media in the United States is horribly, perhaps irrevocably, broken. We’re well past the point of urging the press to do better. Something is seriously wrong.”

What if the FBI Had Probed Obama to see if he was an agent of Iran?

The Oscar nominees for Best Picture were announced today and you’ll be shocked to learn that all of the films in contention, save one or two, have a “woke” (liberal) social message to offer.

The Shaming of Karen Pence

On Tuesday, Egard Watch Company released an advertisement on YouTube in response to Gillette’s controversial ad regarding alleged "toxic masculinity.  “What is a man?”   

8 Things We Saw At The 2019 March For Life

How Pro-Life Is Your State? Here Are the Top and Bottom Ten (Washington State is dead last)

Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story

Amazing gymnastics performance by Katelyn Ohashi. Judges give perfect score.

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”
            -Thomas Jefferson