Evening Edition - February 4

February 4, 2019

I wrote earlier about some Super Bowl ads I liked.  You’ll notice I didn’t mention this one from the Washington Post.

https://youtu.be/ZDjfg8YlKHc

That’s because my opinion is divided on this one.  I agree with the general thrust.  There are many good, professional people working in journalism, who often risk their lives to bring us the story.  As this ad reminds us, some go to places where they lose their lives (Friday was the 16th anniversary of the execution by beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl by terrorists in Pakistan.)  These people do perform a vital public service, and they deserve our respect.

On the other hand, the ad is annoyingly self-aggrandizing, particularly given WaPo’s recent track record for inaccuracy and bias. If “Democracy Dies In Darkness,” then journalism sickens when it’s soaked with sanctimonious self-righteousness.  I won’t even go into the choice of Ahmad Khashoggi to represent journalists killed in the pursuit of truth and free speech. 

But what about the fact that a 30-second Super Bowl ad cost $5.25 million to air, this one ran twice that long, and the very reporters that it was meant to honor are complaining about the Post freezing their pensions and squeezing them on salaries and benefits.  In a time when hundreds of online journalism jobs are being slashed, a number of angry reporters complained that for $5.25 million, the Post could’ve hired 10 journalists at $50,000 a year for ten years (or, I assume, for 20 years for the cost of a 60-second Super Bowl ad.) 

https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/03/super-bowl-washington-post-union/

I apologize to WaPo for bringing up all these unpleasant facts about their ad, but, hey, it’s news.  If I don’t tell everyone about it, democracy might die in the dark. 

Here are some more interesting reactions to that ad…

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/320695/

 

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Attorneys for the Covington Catholic school students gave everyone who publicly defamed those boys or encouraged violence against them 48 hours to retract or face lawsuits.  The 48 hours are up, and here’s the official list of about 50 celebrities and news outlets that may soon be seeing those kids’ red MAGA caps in court.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/50-celebs-reporters-others-covington-kids-lawyers-just-officially-targeted/

 

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Since the Governor of Virginia has once again stirred up a debate over wearing blackface makeup – particularly during earlier decades when it wasn’t as verboten as it is now – is there anything about this subject that all people of sound mind and good will can agree on?  I’d like to think that we can all agree that a Harvard professor’s claim that “Mary Poppins” is racist because Mary had black soot on her face after dancing with a bunch of chimney sweeps who pop up out of coal dust-filled chimneys is possibly the stupidest thing ever to appear in the New York Times opinion pages, and that would have to supercalifragilisticexpialidociously stupid. 

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/us-academic-sparks-mary-poppins-blackface-row-a4056126.html

The professor claims he got about a zillion “hate messages” from the alt-right over this.  I don’t condone hate messages in any form, but I have to question whether someone who looks at Mary Poppins and seeks a “parody of black menace” has the discernment to tell a “hate message” from a well-deserved raspberry, and the wisdom to realize that you don’t have to be an “alt-right” white supremacist to call something moronic when it’s plainly moronic.

This is a perfect example of George Orwell’s dictum that some ideas are so stupid that only an intellectual could believe them.  As proof, note that the only person the linked article quotes who took it seriously is a writer for the New Yorker. 

Believe it or not, there is another story in the news relating to a picture with blackface that’s actually soot on the faces of coal workers, and a liberal elitist searching for something to be offended about who took it out of context and wants it censored.  I miss the days when stories about intellectual ideas this dumb came no more often than once a week.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-privileged-elitist-who-saw-blackface-not-black-lung/

 

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Feel-Good Video of the Day:  Watch what happens when a “porch pirate” (one of those growing legion of thieves who steal delivery packages left at peoples’ doors) runs afoul of a Utah family’s black lab, Zero, who quickly went from Zero to Hero. Good dog!

https://www.foxnews.com/us/dog-helps-thwart-porch-pirate-at-utah-home

 

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This baker’s experience should serve as a reminder to some of our noodle-spined large corporations: just because a handful of leftists on Twitter try to bully you into doing what they say, that doesn’t mean you have to pay attention to them.  In fact, standing up to them just might bring you more business than you’d lose.  Plus your new conservative customers will actually have jobs, so they can pay you.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/unapologetic-baker-reintroduces-build-wall-cookies-orders-pour/

 

 

 

 

Stephen Green at PJ Media looks at the same terrifying poll I wrote about earlier, showing big majorities of Americans have been duped into thinking that 70%-plus tax rates on “the rich” are a peachy idea.  Green makes most of the same points I did, but a few others besides.  I particularly like his point that socialists fall into two categories: the Elites, who grow rich and powerful through government power and cronyism, and the Dupes, who get just enough free stuff to keep them voting for the Elites while wondering why they can never get ahead.

 

He also adds the important point that when they talk about how America once prospered with high marginal tax rates (which nobody really paid), they never mention that America at that time was also the only major post-World War II industrial power, so than impediment wasn’t fatal.  That started to end in the ‘70s, but the Reagan tax cuts and code simplification saved the US economy.  The current gaggle of “Democratic” Socialist know-nothings want to “turn back the clock” to the system that was failing by the ‘70s, only this time in a world with much stronger competitors on all sides.  Like voting for any of the announced Democratic Presidential candidates, it’s a recipe for economic disaster.   

 

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/politico-soak-the-rich-resonates-with-majority-of-americans/

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Conservative comedian Steven Crowder created a meme that summed up last week’s two biggest news stories very well in just two photos.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/steven-crowder-calls-leftist-hypocrisy-abortion-covington-boys-1-brilliant-meme/

 

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Yet another reason why we should find better uses of US taxpayer money than supporting the U.N.: It can’t even hold a Holocaust remembrance event without insulting Israel.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/un-sharpie-snub-israel-holocaust-remembrance-event/

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A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that years of indoctrination into class envy, revisionist history and numbskull economics have had their desired effect: a large majority of Americans are now all on board with the Democrats’ calls for soaking the rich with tax rates of 70% and up.

Of course, all this is predicated on things they haven’t been told.  For instance, how such tax rates burden economic growth, kill job creation and drive investment capital overseas and into tax shelters, harming everyone (the argument that we had such rates before and it didn't hurt is specious; we also had different tax rules and nobody paid anywhere near that percentage.)  Or the fact that even the “rich” don’t have nearly enough money to pay for all the pie-in-the-sky freebies that liberals are promising even if you taxed them at 100%, so the definition of “rich” will soon expand to include them.  It’s always very tempting to take something when someone else is paying for it, but you think a lot harder when you know you’ll be getting the bill yourself.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/04/democrats-taxes-economy-policy-2020-1144874

And while I know there’s no more exciting way to kick off your week than with a brisk discussion of tax law, since so many people seem to be enamored of the “tax the rich” cries of far-left Presidential hopefuls like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, you might be interested in what this professor emeritus of law at Case Western Reserve University has to say about why her “wealth tax” would be nearly impossible to collect and probably unconstitutional.   

https://www.city-journal.org/elizabeth-warren-wealth-tax

 

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You might have noticed that I have no qualms about referring to people on the far left, such as Elizabeth Warren and, so far, every announced Democratic Presidential candidate, as "far-left.  This is because I have a very non-PC habit of being honest. You might also have noticed that the mainstream media is filled with descriptions of various conservative figures and groups as being "far-right" or "extreme right," while there apparently are no "far-left" or "extreme left" people or organizations.  Wearing a MAGA cap makes you a rightwing extremist, but putting on a black Antifa hood and bashing someone whose views you dislike in the head with a bicycle chain means you're just a public-spirited liberal, I guess.

At the link, Robert Stacy McCain of the American Spectator takes a closer look at the media's strange perception problem, in which moderate conservatives appear to be on the "far-right" and far-left extremists appear to be in the center.

https://spectator.org/who-is-far-right/

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Comments 1-22 of 22

  • C

    03/27/2019 06:16 AM

    I'm writing this comment to you after reading absolutely every comment left here by others. My bottom-line impression is that English is in jeopardy of disappearing as our native tongue. Not one comment was free of mistakes in every category: spelling, punctuation, sentence construction and context. It was nearly impossible in some of the cases to even understand what the commentator was trying to say. This is the result of shoddy English classes where these mistakes are overlooked by careless teachers/teacher assistants. I know what I'm talking about. When my son was in college I read some of the reports he had to hand in and I was appalled by the lack of correction provided. His professors paid no attention to his English mistakes whatsoever. I doubted that anyone had read his reports at all. Now I see that this problem is nationwide. It permeates every level of our society. My fear is that in another 10 or 20 years, absolutely no one will be left who will be able to put together anything that resembles a coherent argument about anything. Plus, no one will be able to even write their names, let alone a love letter or a Christmas card. Our society will be illiterate in the extreme and consequently fair game for every dictator who comes down the pike. No one seems to think it's important to take an extra few minutes to proofread their work. My conclusion is that we, as a people, have become so used to instant gratification that we never give a thought to going back to the top, re-reading what we've written, making changes where necessary, and THEN pressing Send. My 14 yo grandson makes straight As in HS, but he still prints his name...and it looks like the handwriting of a 6 yo. I sometimes weep when I think of the loss of permanent things such as books and personal letters. These things last for decades and bring the past back to life for family members. Thankfully, my family kept even the mundane letters that I can read now, after 100 years in some cases; which make it possible for me learn about them and how they felt about their lives. But you get the point, I'm sure. (FYI...I spent a few minutes proofreading these comments and found a few typos which I corrected. When I write something, I want to be proud of it.)

  • Francesca Coppola

    02/05/2019 05:20 PM

    Add actress Alyssa Milano to the lawyers' list of attacked Covington Catholic boys. She wrote in an op-ed - "Alyssa Milano: “I Was Right to Say MAGA Hat is New KKK Apparel" - she wrote, "Last week, a group of boys engaged with a Native American man beating a tribal drum. The exchange was caught on video. And watching that video, each of us saw what we wanted to see. Because the divisions in this country are so deep they’re fossilized.

    Still, some things in that video cannot be disputed–no matter what angle or how extended the cut is. These boys, who attend a religious school, were there on a school trip protesting against a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. Several of these boys were wearing red MAGA hats, a hat that has become synonymous with white nationalism and racism. Several were doing a “tomahawk chop.” Several were laughing.

    When I saw that video, I saw boys flaunting their entitlement and displaying toxic masculinity. It seemed to me like they were reflecting the white nationalism and racism that the hats on their heads have come to represent." I sent out a tweet that read, “The red MAGA hat is the new white hood.” Right-wing pundits and anonymous trolls alike screamed for my head–literally and figuratively. My husband received death threats on his cell phone. Many demanded an apology.

    Here’s the thing: I was right.

  • donald williams

    02/05/2019 01:31 PM

    reo should get the job, college writing should have nothing too do with it. sen Sheldon whitehouse, dan Goldberg and shiwali prtel should get their head out of the trough, stop demorating and think about country. one other comment, take our guns and we become slaves too the rich. just take a look at all the other countries that has taken the guns away, (PEOPLE BECOME SLAVES) too the rich. and the rich stay in power with free stuff too the poor,,,,,(IT JUST DOSENT WORK) WAKE UP AMERICA, HUCK RUN FOR PRESIDENT, I WILL SUPPORT U.

  • albert behrens

    02/05/2019 12:37 PM

    I will not watch SOTU tonight.

    Instead, I will pray that Psalm 109 can be implemented against Satan's Messengers - Schumer, Pelosi, and the left wing/neo communist Democrats and Rinos.

    Tear down those Strongholds of Evil!!

    All the BEST to you and your family!

  • leemarZarr

    02/05/2019 09:39 AM

    WHY is it EVERY TIME you click on NEXT there is NO next or it starts all over or ERROR!...Where are the OTHER 53 Comments on this/ Why does the COMMENTS say "0" when there are comments....Mike INSIST on RELIABLE service from this yAAWhooo service...that I know you are paying good money for!

  • Becky Aheren

    02/05/2019 09:38 AM

    I am very surprised, that the picture of Hillary Clinton, in black face has not came our in all the discussions of the virginia governors album with black face. She and Bill are shown at a party as such. I bet its being hidden, and they do not want to include her, and are protecting her again. Where are the conservative journalists in this? I think it should come out.

  • Jim Kindle

    02/05/2019 09:27 AM

    Once again enjoy your news item but you spend so much on this black face stuff and that Gov of Virginia which to me is as interesting and news worthy as absolutely nothing of value. However we have a President who wants to appoint a new AG who has a long time record of abetting a murder (Ruby Ridge) is a out and out anti gun promoter who would by his own record be worse than the Holder and Obama conspiracy! Why no mention of it ?????

  • Donna Yates

    02/05/2019 08:44 AM

    Mike, It's really disheartening to know that people are more concerned about a man's stupidity from 35 years ago is more alarming to people than his backing of full term abortion.
    I for one do not care that this man dressed up in blackface or even in kkk outfit. We as a Country until recently have moved on from this type of racism. I don't understand why it is more important to divide a country through the media than it is to know there are elected officials who supports genicide of babies.
    Is this something George Soros and his cronies are responsible for creating? I don't understand why anyone would or could kill a baby especially a pediatrician. Or why the media is more concerned about his past from when he was young and stupid than his supporting the murdering of human life. It makes me wonder if he has already participated in this genocide.

  • Lisa Ford

    02/05/2019 02:14 AM

    These far left people, never really expanded the common sense side of their brains. Ghee, even I, a person they would consider stupid knows, aggravate the money & the money will leave. I guess they never stood in the long unemployment lines of the 80's. Layoffs were so common then. And trust me, I don't miss those days. And the job hunt has changed so much, one cannot hardly call it, "pounding the pavement". They just click a bunch of buttons & go back to gaming & think they worked hard at finding a job. And the scarey thing is, these same stupid & lazy ones, may unfortunately need a good dose of reality, before they say, a dah! The rich have the jobs. But it might also clean up Hollywood. If these young ones no longer have money to go to the movies, no acting jobs. That in a way could be a hidden blessing. But what I want to say is, what they think is truth, is many big fat lies, they have taken in hook-line & sinker. Especially, the real big fat one, that dems aren't prejudice. Do the research, KKK is packed full of Democrats. That info is online. And ghee I wonder who built the projects, put the blacks & others on the other side of the tracks. They didn't want them in Manhattan. Planned Parenthood started out wanting to rid the earth of blacks. We really could go on & on here. I am sick of the lies & racist junk. Thank you media & democrats! And people are way too touchy today. Get over it! Move on. Get thick skinned. And forgive them all along the way. Everyone is so so babied today. Everything offends them. Quick lesson. Look the other way & move on. I get offended at loud rap music too. I push my button, to put up my window & get away from them in traffic. And I go on with my day. One more comment, how do people get so much free time to be on the internet getting offended & gaming too. Idle hands are the devil's workshop. They need some good hard labor to fill their days. Like go chop some wood, cut the grass or help an older person with their yard work. The computer is not life. God & people are. Priorities need to be taught. Put the internet in its place. Turn it off & allow the brain to think on its own each day. Thank you for speaking truth.

  • KAREN RUSSELL

    02/05/2019 02:03 AM

    Loved this newsletter Mike! You made me laugh at the ridiculousness of politics in this country. Better for my health to laugh than to get angry. Thanks for telling it like it is. Please keep up the good work and best wishes to your lovely, brave daughter.

  • Carl Smith

    02/05/2019 01:38 AM

    Great commentaries as usual, "like" I would expect anything else? notice a reply about masking the Freak show that the lame stream media will of course put on- I suggest watching C-Span and then to get a slightly biased "Now WE are going to tell YOU what he just said" I would skip the Legacy networks and the Comedy News Network and LSMSD.

  • Liliana Medhurst

    02/04/2019 10:36 PM

    Washington Post left out one very important piece of information when it said knowing sets you free.
    It mentioned knowing with out mentioning the word TRUTH.
    We know a lot from the WP and it is FALSE.
    So we know a lot of mis information and it sets us free to live in ignorance to the truth, to believe a wrong agenda not based on fact but on biased opinion which leads to concern, fear of the future, hopelessness, sense of doom.
    Thats why l love your column l learn the truth. Bless you because freedom is peace obody and soul.f mind

  • Maureen Innis

    02/04/2019 09:16 PM

    Mike, your comments on class envy reminded me of my son-in-law. He has always worked hard, been honest, on time at his job, gone the extra mile, gets along well with people, been a real asset to his employer. When the top management noticed all this and wanted to give him a promotion, he had to keep it quiet because his co-workers would accuse him of "white male privilege". I asked my daughter if she was joking, and she assured me it was true. The irony and total insanity behind these people who accuse someone who is willing to work hard at their job is this: my son-in-law's family immigrated here legally in the 70's from Pakistan. He has brown skin.

  • James B. Pollan

    02/04/2019 08:30 PM

    I enjoy reading your comments each day. I told Dr. Grant Etheridge that Idid, and he said he was going to try to get in touch with you.
    Keep up the great commentaries.

  • leemarZarr

    02/04/2019 08:06 PM

    Mike, could you please answer this or ask "why not?" Is there a law or anything that says people behind/to side, or in the edges of the camera's field of view have to be in focus? Can't there be "masking" that is painted like in movies to show the scenes of the nation behind him and not any faces. As long as the President stays within the "masked" areas he is the only one visible and the people only see him and no other distractions. If Hollywood can use this technique to make the actor look like he or she or (?), is in a setting when they are actually in-front of a green screen, and the image is painted on a glass sheet why can't this be done for the President so WE the People can not be distracted by all the smug/snaring faces, eyes rolling, gum chewing and nose picking etc....? Just would like to know why the President and WE the People have to subjected to all the distractions? Oh yes, please have the President wear a one way directional mic that is very limited in picking up noises behind him. Microphones with limiters work great for this. This way maybe We the People can see one intelligent broadcast of the President's State of the Union address that means something to the people instead of all the "showboating" that other broadcasters will spew upon We the People.

  • Toby M Vincent

    02/04/2019 06:43 PM

    Sad that more people are enraged over va governor pictures than over his comments about late term abortions

  • Anne Turner

    02/04/2019 06:41 PM

    With do many brain washed kids now at voting age how do do sensible people possibly combat this epidemic of people who have not a thought but for themselves and all the freebies they will get. There is such a culture of entitlement prevailing that I am afraid pir society is doomed. I do not have much hope of pulling out of this. The very idea that so many support these socialist principles when looking at other countries is beyond me. Having traveled extensively, I know how the middle class live in socialist countries and how their health care is rationed. Full employment and rising salaries aren't enough. We want it all, NOW! We deserve it. When you give children trophies just for showing up, how do you expect it to be any different? When you take away the idea of any Higher Power in charge, the. our baser appetites prevail. I feel like it, so it must be right. Unfortunately, qMr. Trump doesn’t help himself much and leaves himself open to criticism of the rankest sort. I still don’t get where he comes off at being racist, antisemetic, etc., etc.

  • Sam Edge

    02/04/2019 06:06 PM

    You are spot on today with your observations and comments. Why can't big businesses leave "politics" out of Super Bowl commercials anyways. But no, every year you can expect several to inject their own bias and try to "brain wash" viewers. Well the WPO inclusion of Ahmad Khashoggi in their ad completely insulted me and instantly discredited their message. Also, we have eaten Zaxby's for many years and like their food, but taking a cheap shot at one of their competitor who closes on Sunday as a matter of religious preference infuriated me to the point that I will no longer support a single Zaxby's chicken finger. The highlight of the Super Bowl to me was Galdys Knight singing the most beautiful "National Anthem" I've ever heard. And her resistance to falling for the anti-American Colin Kaepernick crowd is commendable. Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their historic win #6, and to Julian Edelman for his MVP performance!

  • Douglas Morgan

    02/04/2019 05:51 PM

    Mike, your reference to the photo of coal miners with their faces black from coal dust reminded me that my grandfather and great grandfather mined coal in Eastern KY and WV. Both had Black-Lung. I once asked my grandfather why he mined coal when it gave him black lung and he told me, “I went down there to be able to feed you, your mother and your brothers and sisters in hope you wouldn't have to do that someday."
    I believe the person that was so offended by the photo and it make him feel "unwelcome" was Rashaad Thomas, a black activist that hates his countgry. My guess is that one day in a coal mine would kill him! He should try it!

  • Karen M. Solie

    02/04/2019 05:44 PM

    Gov Huckabee
    Can you pls give us an update on the GoFundMe wall? Thanks.

  • Brian Kelley

    02/04/2019 05:43 PM

    Hust a plain old thank you

  • Ray Colbert

    02/04/2019 05:17 PM

    Regarding Pro-life vs "Pro-choice". I have never understood why we have not figured out that the "choice" should NOT be
    1. keep the unborn child vs
    2. not keep the unborn child (termnate it)

    The pregnant women should have the choice whether to keep the unborn child. However, that should NOT equal terminating another life. Instead, pregnant women should be given the choice to give the child for adoption (as soon as she decides not to keep it (including within weeks of days or weeks of conception.) At that point, it becomes a surrogate mother and adoptive parents relationship (overseen by the appropriate government agency. I would MUCH rather see the issue be how does our society pay for saving lives. I can also see that we would need to make sure no one "games the system"
    I am interested in your (and others) thoughts on this idea. Thanks! Ray