On Roy Moore

It is really remarkable that a Republican Party that hates his guts and worked to get him pitted against Luther Strange in a run off so as to beat him was too staggeringly incompetent to find this information about Roy Moore’s accusers.

Moore is being accused of inappropriately touching several girls around 40 years ago. He has not been convicted, but the story is deeply troubling because these are multiple victims who do not know each other, all have similar looks, and they all have similar stories. That tends to bolster the credibility of the story.

There is no doubt that this is a media hit job, but that does not mean the story is not true. The GOP was clearly incompetent in getting this story out in the primaries. This morning, before the story even broke, a top Moore supporter told me he was worried because the race was too quiet. He is convinced anti-Trump Republicans are working with Democrats to sabotage Moore and hurt Trump. He blames McConnell.

I suspect that will be Moore’s tactic — attack McConnell and claim they’re working with the Democrats. Moore probably can and will use his wife to get ahead of this story as well.

Here’s the thing though — if true, Moore should step aside and it doesn’t matter who pushed the story out. This is about Moore’s conduct, not the creation of a hit job. But Moore denies it and there will be no prosecution or anything else. It’ll be a persecution complex campaign till it is over from here on out. And given Trump, will any of it matter.

I have to say, because this story does appear credible, I really am amazed that Mitch McConnell’s opposition research team was unable to stop Moore with this. That speaks volumes about just how incompetent the Washington political establishment on the Republican side has become.

VICTORY: Adoption Tax Credit Will Stay

Hours after Senate sources confirmed to me that they would preserve the adoption tax credit, the House Republican leaders are announcing they will keep it.

You did it.

Resurgent activists generated over 10,000 emails, tweets, and facebook messages to members of Congress over the last 72 hours and today you guys generated more than 5,000 phone calls in just a few hours.

God bless you.

Lankford to GOP: Keep the Adoption Tax Credit

In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) implored the GOP to put the Adoption Tax Credit back into the tax reform bill.

Hewitt expressed said he’d be surprised if the adoption tax credit was eliminated, to which Lankford concurred.

“I would be surprised if it’s eliminated, as well,” he said.”You are correct. [Adoption tax credit] is not just a pro-life issue, it is a pro-family measure that is built into the [tax] code.”

“Adoption is very expensive, much more expensive typically than delivering a child in a natural way in a family. So, there has always been an incentive. We want children to be adopted. We want to actually encourage this connection of families and connection of children in family. And if we can help a family offset the cost, that is beneficial to all of society.”

Lankford, who assumed office in 2015, has been consistent in his support of the pro-life agenda, including adoption.

Lankford joins Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) in publicly supporting the adoption tax credit.

Where Is Your God Now, Christian? How Could He Let This Shooting Happen?

There has been a lot of news about the church shooting in Texas and there has been much conversation on talk radio and elsewhere about it. But many people keep asking how Christians can believe in a God who would let this happen. They ask where God is and how can he be all good. I have not heard a lot of people take on this issue and figured I would at least attempt an answer.

Who’s funding sedition?

Liberals love to hate the Koch (sounds like “Coke”) brothers because of their reputation for supporting conservative and libertarian political causes through a nonprofit they founded that’s called Americans for Prosperity. The organization’s motto is “We protect the American Dream by fighting each day for lower taxes, less government regulation and economic prosperity for all” — what could possibly be wrong with that?

Plenty, according to the people at OurFuture.org.

Their website ominously warns “But the Koch brothers are a symbol of a greater problem of the power of money in politics—in particular, the ability of some über-rich people and large corporations to put their massive thumbs on the scale of democracy in ways that manipulate and ultimately overwhelm the will of the people.”

However, reality (and O.C.D. people like me) present a problem for our liberal activist friends at OurFuture.org. Several years ago, minimal research at a different website called OpenSecrets.org revealed that the Koch brothers weren’t even among the top 50 political donors — which means they really aren’t behind the really big money in politics. Big money tends to go to liberal Democrats, possibly because their votes are less expensive.

We cannot safely assume Republican integrity isn’t also for sale. The fact that a number of Republicans campaigned on repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act but then voted to kill the repeal proved that Republican politicians aren’t more trustworthy than Democrats. Unfortunately, we may only deduce that Democrat votes are cheaper votes to buy.

Supporting free speech is wonderful and noble, but bankrolling criminal gangs poorly disguised as protesting mobs is an evil and disruptive act of sedition. Some of these masked “Antifa” types have committed wanton acts of violence, and destroyed private property in broad daylight.

Adding insult to injury, on several occasions the police have allegedly been ordered to “stand down” by the Democrat politicians in charge of liberal enclaves such as Berkeley (during protests to prevent speeches by conservative pundits) and Baltimore (to protest the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.) For example, in the video below, a cowardly mob swarms and attacks a nonviolent counter-protester in broad daylight, brazenly committing felonious assault while the police just stood there and watched it happen.

(Editorial note: YouTube has removed this video. Censorship at its finest.)

If the incident shown in the video doesn’t disturb you, then you also shouldn’t object to the targeted victim pulling out a concealed weapon and shooting four or five of his attackers, either.

And it will happen, sooner or later. People do have the legal right to protect themselves.

During the 2016 election campaign, an act of sedition occurred when people were transported by bus into North Carolina, specifically for the purpose of creating mayhem and social unrest. The police in Charlotte later revealed to the media that 70 percent of the criminals arrested during the protest possessed out-of-state driver’s licenses.

The website Zero Hedge reported that George Soros has funded much of this activity through his Open Society Foundation, but this is nothing new.

George Soros has been buying power and influence in Washington since the scandalous days of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Soros was the money behind MoveOn.org and made major donations to Media Matters. More recent financial records indicate that through the OSF, Soros gave $650,000 to the Black Lives Matter organization, to help fund the riots that took place Ferguson, Missouri after Michael Brown was killed.

While Soros hasn’t been credited with funding Yvette Felarca and BAMNsomeone with deep pockets has to be paying the legal fees for all the harassing litigation they have filed against Troy Worden and the Berkeley College Republicans. Their strategy seems to be to bankrupt the student organization with an endless stream of frivolous lawsuits. Everyone opposed to these anarchist tactics to divide Americans should support the Mr. Worden and the Berkeley College Republicans with a donation to his legal defense fund, found at this link.

Someone is funding this insurrection. But who’s behind it? It isn’t only George Soros, although it’s a pathetic joke and a travesty of justice that he gets a tax benefit as he buys political power through his “charitable” organization. Nevertheless, George Soros is far from being the only liberal activist with deep pockets and an insatiable desire for buying power in Washington.

Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer recently tried to launch a $10 million dollar advertising campaign calling for the impeachment of President Trump on Fox News, but the television network returned his money after viewers reacted negatively to the ads. Apparently a majority of the audience of Fox News would prefer for the president to first commit an impeachable offense. Normally, one would suspect that a super-successful hedge fund manager like Mr. Steyer would be making smarter investments with his fortune, but of course he has every right to let his money speak on his behalf.

There’s also billionaire hedge fund manager Jim Simons, who supports political action committees (PACs) of liberal Democrats such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, and apparently the same is true for hedge funds — both Simons and conservative political donor Robert Mercer are partners in the hedge fund known as Renaissance Technologies, which manages a tidy $30 billion in assets. That’s right — two of the biggest political donors in the last election cycle, one liberal and one conservative, both earn their income from the same company.

Nor should we neglect to mention the political contributions from Harvey Weinstein and the “intelligentsia” of Hollywood — or the influence of liberal internet entrepreneurs in social media (Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook) and search engines (Eric Schmidt of Google.) However, the average American cannot literally compete head-to-head with people like George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg or Tom Steyer, because the average American doesn’t have an extra $10 million dollars to burn.

Even so, it’s very important to remember that George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Jim Simons all earn a great deal of income by investing and managing money that actually belongs to other people. Even they must replenish what they spend or eventually they run out of money.

Empty seats and lost revenue due to the current fan boycott of the NFL has been noted by the people who write the checks. According to adweek.com, top advertisers have begun threatening to cut ties with the league. Papa John’s Pizzas now blames the NFL for the nationwide decrease in Sunday pizza sales. Money talks, as the old expression goes. There is strength in numbers.

As individuals we may not be able to compete with the wealth of a George Soros, but whenever we have been united as one nation, nothing has ever been able to stop the American people. Boycotts do work. One can ruin a person’s career, especially if that person happens to be a conservative. When liberal activists discovered that the developer of JavaScript had opposed Proposition 8 in California, founder Brendan Eich was forced to resign from his own company, Mozilla Corporation, by the threat of a boycott of the company’s products.

NFL players can grumble all they want about being denied their right to protest (which isn’t true) while representing their employer “on the job”, which average Joe Taxpayer also cannot do, but they are apparently oblivious to the fact that without the fans, the players won’t have jobs.

There is a special name for football games played without fans — they’re called scrimmages. The brutal truth is, when fans no longer care, the games no longer matter.

Nothing grabs a person’s attention like the sudden loss of significant income. People who can afford to travel from one state to another in order to join some ginned-up protest probably don’t work for a living…but they are getting money from somewhere. Dry up the money behind these ne’er-do-wells, and this problem will soon fade from memory.

Perhaps the solution to ending sedition in America will be making hedge funds illegal.

Hey Liberals, If Comedians are Your Spokesmen, Your Ideology is a Joke

One of the most cringe-worthy things to watch is when really smart people – philosophers, scientists, deep thinkers – try their hand at comedy.  It’s so uncomfortable, so unnatural, so painful, their attempts often become fodder for actual comedians.

What’s strange is that those same comedians don’t seem to recognize that the exact same spectacle takes place when they try their hand at deep thinking.  It’s not that they aren’t entitled to having or sharing their own opinions, of course.  It’s the bizarre and inexplicable perception they seem to harbor that their late-night soliloquys represent profound truths that inspire the masses rather than blundering non-sequiturs and clumsy analogies that annoy the masses.

Take Jimmy Kimmel’s recent effort to become our national conscience on healthcare and guns – an effort that disappeared fairly rapidly after his silence regarding Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults and the surfacing of videos where Kimmel encouraged females on the street to grab his crotch.

After having set himself up as one with moral authority, Kimmel’s defense for those embarrassing realities of a lifelong comedian was that he’s just a comedian.  It was the old Daily Show Jon Stewart strategy: pretend to be a serious commentator on the news of the day, then when you’re exposed as a fraud, retreat behind the comedy clown mask.

And now, it’s uber-liberal Stephen Colbert’s turn:

Stephen Colbert got serious at the beginning of Monday night’s Late Show broadcast to talk about the recent massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas in which 26 people were killed. Colbert reminded the audience that the largest mass shooting in American history was a little more than a month ago, and frustratingly little has been done to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again…

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Colbert urged against hopelessness and pointed out that not doing anything to affect change isn’t just morally wrong—it’s also unnatural. “Five thousand years ago if your village had a tiger coming into it every day and was eating people, you wouldn’t do nothing. You would move the village, you would build a fence, or you would kill the tiger,” he said. “You wouldn’t say, well, I guess, y’know, someone’s going to get eaten every day because the price of liberty is: tigers.”

Of course this intellectual vapidity earned rousing applause from a studio audience of people whose brains were engaged to analyze the depth crotch-grabbing videos.  Anyone watching with even a modicum of rational thinking quickly realized how Colbert was setting his anti-gun side up for intellectual obliteration.  After all, if your village had a tiger coming into it every day to eat people, Stephen is right – “you wouldn’t do nothing.”  What would you do?

Charles C.W. Cooke answered the obvious:

You’d shoot it.

Well, that’s what a rational person would do.  Just like a rational person would acknowledge that the only thing that caused the evil monster who shot up the Texas church to drop his gun and run was another citizen with a gun.  It wasn’t a sign that said, “No tigers allowed in this village.”

Again, this is why the left should wisely use late-night comedians as their joke tellers who effectively mock the appearance, speech patterns, and mannerisms of conservatives regularly.  But they should never turn the duties and responsibilities of articulating the intellectual rationale of their ideological positions over to men whose critical thinking skills are pretty much confined to the inner workings of the whoopee cushion.

Critics: Keith Urban Song ‘Female’ is Transphobic, Mansplains, and Too Heavy on Biblical References

Last night at the CMA’s, country music singer Keith Urban performed a new song called “Female.”

https://twitter.com/CountryMusic/status/928473236114882560

The singer was inspired to produce and release this song immediately, especially in wake of revelations in Hollywood involving serial creep Harvey Weinstein. Urban was inspired by those speaking out against Weinstein— particularly the females. Urban is married to Academy Award-winning actress and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman, who has worked closely with Weinstein in the past.

What inspired him to grab onto the song? Him being surrounded by strong women in both his personal and professional life:

“As a husband and a father of two young girls, it affects me in a lot of ways,” Urban told Billboard earlier. “And as a son — my mother is alive. It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it’s incredible how now I’m surrounded by girls. But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team. The song just hit me for so many reasons.”

Here’s what he told reporters at the awards ceremony last night:

“When I heard this song, I felt very strong about the spirit in the song,” Urban told Fox News on the red carpet at the 51st Country Music Associated Awards.

“I’m in the middle of making my record but when I heard that song, I just pushed everything to the side,” he told us.

“I said, ‘I really want to record this song right now.”

Take a listen to the song for yourself:

Urban touches upon the various, multifaceted roles women take. As the lyrics note:

“Sister, shoulder, daughter, lover

Healer, broken halo, mother

Nature, fire, suit of armor

Soul survivor, holy water

Secret keeper, fortune teller

Virgin Mary, scarlet letter

technicolor, river wild

Baby girl, woman child/Female.”

I see nothing wrong with this, but many critics assert he’s mansplaining about sexual harassment, is transphobic assigning women with the female gender, and inserting Biblical references.

The Verge thought it was weird for Urban, a practicing Catholic, to reference Adam and Eve in his song “Female”:

When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it

Just cause she was wearing a skirt

Now is that how it works?

When somebody talks about how it was Adam first

Does that make you second best?

Or did he save the best for last?

There are no annotations on this verse yet, either. I’m not sure what’s stopping people from wading in here. Maybe it’s Keith’s choice to put sexual assault on the same plane as vaguely rude readings of Bible stories? Maybe it’s the insertion of creationism into a song that is otherwise not really about disproved science?

A man who respects women believes they are made in the image of God, but how dare they be told they differ in biology yet play an important role in complementing men? Blasphemous!

One Twitter user suggested Urban keep his mouth shut on women because not all women are females. Huh?

The tweet has since been deleted, but women were rightfully quick to criticize this idiotic tweet.

 

However, the song was generally well-received:

Of all the musical genres out there, country music is the most transcendent and uplifting out there — even with the bro-country and pop-country that has emerged in recent years. Country music hasn’t become tainted like rap or pop has, so many so-called cultural critics who seek to restructure politics are eager to taint good music too. Leave country music alone!

Urban should be applauded for writing a song about true female empowerment. Strong women are usually supported by strong men. Men must be equally uplifted and should be acknowledged when they condemn piggish behavior by other individuals belonging to the same gender.

I, for one, will play “Female” on a regular basis and hope you do too.

In Virginia – The Swamp Voted and The Swamp Won

On the heels of Tuesday’s election, Democrats and the MSM are awfully smug, all echoing the party line that the New Jersey and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial victories foreshadow a 2018 Democratic electoral tsunami.  Concurrently, the conservative never-trumpers are slyly gleeful. To them, this is proof that their endless prognostications that the impending burst of  Trump bubble has begun, with Virginia being Exhibit A.

At a macro level, both conversations seems somewhat on target. However, following the threads down the rabbit hole show facts that not only seem to disprove their thesis, but in actuality negate them.

The New Jersey election can be dismissed quite quickly. If this election weren’t following two terms of a high profile Republican, this would just be another dark blue Democratic state electing yet another Democratic governor. Not only is New Jersey overwhelmingly liberal, Gov. Christie gave the voters no reason to continue to vote Republican. He is brash loudmouth, tainted with a petty scandal involving creating traffic jams at a bridge. Additionally, Mr. Christie evidently thought it was good local politics to be a Dallas Cowboy football fan, and pictures of him lounging in the owner’s box undoubtably didn’t win him the love of Garden State citizens. The results of this race was a simple reversion to the norm. Nothing more, nothing less.

But it’s in Virginia where the facts are misunderstood and distorted. Yes, Democrats came out in larger than average numbers. Yes, Democrats proved to be highly engaged voters. And yes, in some area suburbs went against the norm, and voted Democratic, not Republican. Also, it doesn’t seem Republicans were either enthused or motivated to bring victory to Mr. Ed. Gillespie.

But Virginia isn’t a normal state, and these talking points are too simplistic and distort reality. First of all, Virginia is a blue state. Calling it purple just isn’t correct. It might not be deep blue, but it is at least a nice Carolina blue. While Mr. Trump won traditionally democratic states such as Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania; Virginia went for Hillary Clinton by 5 percent over Mr. Trump. Republican it’s not.

The outgoing governor, Terry McAuliffe is a life-long Democratic Party hack, being tied to the Clintons for decades. He was Co-Chairman of Bill Clinton’s 1996 Presidential reelection campaign, was the DNC Chairman for several years, and was Chairman of Hillary’s first presidential campaign.

But the real issue was northern Virginia demographics. Hillary won this region of the state by over 20 percentage points. Northern Virginia is basically a suburb bedroom community to our nation’s capital; therefore, it’s no small wonder the federal government is by far the largest employer.

There is perhaps no liberal Democratic group more highly aggrieved toward President Trump than public sector unions, which are essentially federal government employees. They are the swamp he is attempting to clean out, and they have resisted him since the beginning. Considering some of the deep state shenanigans, voting against Mr. Gillespie was perhaps the most ethical and legal method of resistance against the President they’ve attempted thus far.

Have no doubt, the deep state hates Mr. Trump. They cannot abide the thought of him in the White House. Whether it’s Mr. Tillerson either clearing out the State Department, or Mrs. DeVos shaking up the Education Department,  or Mr. Pruitt completely rearranging the EPA, or ICE rounding up illegal aliens, most federal employees in DC have been in an enraged snit since election night a year ago.

When you top all of this off with a bland, uninspiring, establishment Republican candidate with deep ties to the Bush family and the RNC, an 8% win for the Democrat is easy to understand and even predict.

These facts, a highly enthused single-issue Democrat base, a much higher percentage of suburbanites voting Democrat and an under motivated Republican base doesn’t mean the final results can be extrapolated to any other state. There are too many distinctives attached to the commonwealth, not the least of which is the bureaucratic deep-state’s hatred of our President.

Perhaps the best way to see these results is as an affirmation for the President Trump. He must be doing something right for these swamp things to have such an abiding animus against him. And it is this continuing rage which will rebound to his favor in fly-over country in 2018. You know,,,where the basket of bible clutching, gun clinging, beer drinking deplorables live?

There’s a Deep South saying: “If you wrestle a pig, don’t be surprised if you wind up filthy.”  Well, the swamp has voted, and the swamp MSM is now cheering the victory as some kind of long-term indicator of Trump ruination. But it’s really just swamp things doing what swamp things do. Nothing more. Nothing less.