September 13, 2019

They say this is an unknown Democratic Presidential candidate who came out of nowhere, but from the picture and story, I’d swear she’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

(Note to Yes, we know this is from the Babylon Bee, a topical humor website.  You don’t have to “fact-check” it for us.  Although aside from the candidate’s age, I can’t find a single thing that isn’t 100% true of any of the candidates at last night’s debate.)

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The leftwing website attacked President Trump for floating the idea of banning flavored e-cigarettes.  The writer argued that making items illegal often just makes them more dangerous by driving them underground, creating black markets and making it profitable for shady characters to build and sell unregulated versions of them.

And if you think wasn’t immediately flooded with tweets asking why they keep insisting that making guns illegal will make them less dangerous, well, then you must not be familiar with the Internet.


Attention, AOC, and all the other far-leftists dreaming of abolishing the Electoral College so that New York and California can elect all future Presidents: you’re living in a dream world.  And that’s not from me.  That message came from liberal icon, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Debate Extra: In Defense of Joe Biden and Record Players

Joe Biden’s critics are always on the hunt for any gaffe they can use to claim he’s too old for the job. Last night, the snark brigades went into overdrive after Biden used the term, “record players.”  Hey, grandpa!  Nobody knows what a “record player” is anymore!

Except in this case, they’re the ones who are behind the times and Joe Biden is on the cutting edge of the trend.  It was just reported that vinyl records are on track to outsell CDs this year for the first time since 1987, and that trend is expected to keep growing.

Digital file streaming is still the dominant music format, but a growing number of fans of all ages, from Boomers to hipsters to teens, prefer the warm, rich sound and tactile experience of playing records. In fact, our own “Huckabee” writer Laura Ainsworth, who is also an award-winning retro jazz singer, has released three CDs, but when she recently brought out a “best-of” album, it was on vinyl LP only. (It’s terrific, by the way.)

So don’t try to tell me that I’m an over-the-hill old fogey because I play vinyl albums on a record player.  I happen to be the one who’s hip and trendy.  Even if I have had most of those albums since at least 1978. 

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I’m not going to analyze last night’s third Democratic debate in Houston line by line, partly because nothing much was said that I think will change anyone’s mind.  Also because having already wasted three hours of my life that I’ll never get back, I’m hesitant to throw away much more time on it. After all, there are still NINE MORE of these Democrat debates to come (I am seriously considering another line of work, like lion taming.)  But if you want to inflict it on yourself, here’s a link to the entire donkey-and-pony show:


Or to save your time, here’s a good summation by Fox News of the all the squabbling, Trump-bashing, Constitution-defying and government bloating:


And for a much more concise and hilarious recap, scroll through Stephen Green’s live blog of it at PJ Media.  His summation, with which I agree: “This wasn't a debate. It was an over-long display of huge egos touting small ideas to well-meaning (but sadly misinformed) kids and preening celebrity infotainment newsreaders. And yet, chances are a large number of American primary voters will make one of these jokers their nominee for the office of President of the United States. It's a joke; it just isn't a funny one.”


My take overall was that not much changed.  Once again, President Trump was the big winner, since it’s hard to imagine Americans entrusting any of these people to run a snowcone stand.  Elizabeth Warren did well enough that she’s likely to continue to pull more socialist votes away from Bernie Sanders, but they both come across as angry radical cranks who don’t like America very much and think it needs to be fundamentally transformed into Venezuela.  


Joe Biden was no more coherent than usual, but he probably had a strong enough showing to hold on to his poll lead as the “Oh well, at least he looks more electable than those other crazies” candidate.  But it wouldn’t be a debate without a few jaw-dropping moments from Uncle Joe, like his denial that the Obama/Biden immigration policies were comparable to Trump’s:  “We didn’t lock people up in cages. We didn’t separate families.”


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Actually, those so-called “cages” were built during the Obama years, and Obama was nicknamed the “Deporter-in-Chief” for deporting at least 3 million undocumented immigrants.  To be fair, though, deporting people who are here illegally and taking measures to secure the border were not considered mean, immoral and racist by Democrats until the moment Trump was inaugurated.


Biden wrapped up that impassioned defense by declaring, “I am the vice president of the United States.” Actually, he hasn’t been that since January of 2017.  He’s still called “Vice President” as a honorific title, just as I’m still called “Governor,” but I don’t go around telling people, “I am the Governor of Arkansas.”  I know it's not 2007 anymore.


But the biggest eyebrow-raiser came when the once law-and-order-promoting Biden declared that “Nobody should be in jail for a non-violent crime!”  Then why was Paul Manafort put in jail at all, much less in solitary confinement?  An aide later rushed to “clarify” that Biden meant only non-violent drug crimes.  So another tough break for Bernie Madoff.  


Another bad moment came when Julian Castro hammered Biden for contradicting himself on whether people would have to buy into his state-option health care plan or be automatically enrolled.  He rather mockingly suggested that Biden couldn’t remember what he said two minutes before.  He probably thought that was a great “gotcha” moment, but I thought it just made Castro look like a jerk.  Besides, why should anyone expect Biden to remember all the minutiae of a plan that’s never going to be enacted in that form anyway?  All such arguments over the petty details of various candidates “plans” are bigger time wasters than letting “Beto” O’Rourke say anything. 


Also coming across as jerks: the protesters who started chanting when Biden was talking about the deaths of his daughter, son and first wife.  They were ejected.  I assume from their inability to control their mouths like adults that they are probably “Beto” supporters.


Among the rest of the pack: Kamala Harris often attacked Trump directly as if she thought he was watching (he wasn’t; he was speaking in Baltimore at the time, but that didn’t prevent him from being the big winner of this debate.)


“Beto” blew the cover off the Democrats’ longtime denials that gun control is just a route to confiscation by declaring, “H**l, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15!” Proving once again by both his vocabulary and content that he has no adult-level control over his mouth.


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For the record, he also called Trump a “white supremacist” without providing any evidence and claimed American history really began in 1619 when the first slave arrived, not on July 4th, 1776.  I think he realizes the Presidency is not in the cards and is angling for a job with the New York Times.


One of the better lines of the night came from Amy Klobuchar, who was practically written off but may get a boost thanks to the unimpressive competition.  Refuting Bernie Sanders’ claim that Americans wouldn’t lose their preferred private health insurance plans under Medicare for All, which he had famously backed by shouting, “I wrote the d**n bill!,” Klobuchar snapped, “You wrote the bill, I actually read the bill.” 


Booker, Buttigieg and the rest left no more impression on me than the background extras in the insane asylum scenes of “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.” Bring back Marianne Williamson!   


Finally, I’ve been complaining for a long time that these are not real, substantive debates, they’re just game shows constructed by the TV networks to draw ratings.  So imagine my surprise when candidate Andrew Yang actually proved me right by offering $1,000 a month to 12 lucky Americans who could enter to win at his website, all to promote his “universal basic income,” or “free money from a government that’s back to running trillion-dollar deficits,” idea. He claims he has a lot of lawyers who insist that giving away money to voters is not a violation of campaign finance laws, but a number of experts are skeptical of that.


Political analysts called Yang’s bizarre offer unprecedented.  It’s believed to be the first time a Democratic politician has ever created a giveaway program funded by his own money.



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  • Dusty

    09/15/2019 07:33 PM

    Truly amazing when Biden stands there on what he will do now for health care and for the working people. What in 8 years did he and Pres Obama do . Why did they not make health care for all ? They had all that time. Obamacare was horrible, I know having family on it. Now for JOBS why did they not make jobs and now we have many coming back. Our military was taken down for 8 yr WHY. See we need our military more and more per the strife in Israel, Iran, Afgan, Syria and now Saudi who has hit them now? Hear Sen Sanders say control world pop. with abortion and we US pay for this. WHAT? I hear Warren say taxes on the retired per a lot of wealth there but now I am told by liberal friends this is only for those with over 50 Million is this true? I have not seen this. Now for Green Peace and what this will cost us all.? Yes we need to work on our pollution but what do we do about China where you can hardly breath. Now we stop our plastics and clean up our waters will help with fish and drinking etc. We can plant gardens for all and freeze or can our stuff? We did this during WW11. We can teach others to also do this. Pres is trying and Bolton would never have been my pick way too old now. So try Mr Pres for someone military has a lot of experience and can do the job? Not sure you had the right ones. Get the heck of twitter please stop and no more negative or against the likes of Legend and his wife who is not so smart not worth the battle with these people. No idea on the working people. Attack on VP Biden was not nice and these are some of the Demos who have not been nice and this shows what they have been doing and continue per racism and all. Hear Kings family here in Atlanta say this is wrong on what is being used. Hear Condoleeza Rice on her latest interviews on how wrong this has become and how it is being used by Demos is so wrong hurting all of us as a society. No more STOP> So wish she would run for office such a sharp lady. Think she saw the writing on the wall with Bush and says is this worth it.

  • Willard D Elsasser

    09/15/2019 12:04 AM

    Does Yang really have $120k of his own money to give away or is it his campaign money? I don’t see why it would be against campaign finance laws if it was his own money. Maybe I’m confused but it doesn’t matter because I’m not signing up anyway.

  • jack macdonald

    09/14/2019 05:00 PM

    Big amen to Rodney Burke's submission.

  • jack macdonald

    09/14/2019 04:54 PM

    Just wondering: I know the Supreme court has ruled under the presumption that the 1st amendment allows for parties like the Communist and Socialist parties to have legitimacy I wonder how that differs from Yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. Free speech can obviously be interpreted to not be protected in all instances. My thought is that this amendment is in the USA constitution and it's becoming more clear every day the the Democrats to not believe in the constitution so why do they deserve its protections? It was never intended to give voice to communism, nazism, or most other isms other than capitalism. So, our Supreme court placed our nation in jeopardy one more time with their hairbrained interpretations. I doubt the founding fathers had this in mind when they penned the 1st amendment. So much for the wisdom of our nine omnipotent justices. One of numerous bogus rulings from this court.
    This prompts me to believe that the Democrat and Democrat/Socialist parties should be outlawed because they do not believe in the Constitution and are doing everything in their power to dismantle it. How does this square with common sense? Time to run this by the Supremes again to see if they can get it right?

  • David Molony

    09/14/2019 12:39 PM

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  • Ashley Holtam

    09/14/2019 12:17 PM

    President Trump is touting that he just got his 150th pick for judicial nominees approved. When I looked into the nominees: Mary McElroy and Stephanie Gallagher, I was surprised that these were both judges originally selected by Obama and McElroy was endorsed strongly by Sheldon Whitehouse. I thought President Trump's nominees were conservatives. Maybe Mitch McConnell is pulling the wool over the President's eyes and working a little too closely with Chuck Schumer. What's going on???

  • Jerry

    09/14/2019 10:14 AM

    The entire theme of the Socialist party is to make Americans as unhappy as they can. They see Americans as loving and generous and we have a real zest for life if the Socialist could get control of that they would stop it in an Iranian second. Most Americans like the idea of having nice things good food and drink we like our toys big and small as we see in parts of Socialist run cities what you get is run down unhealthy living conditions poverty unwillingness to work mental illness this is what the Communist said 90 years ago the United States will ruin itself from with in Obama got it started Clinton wanted to keep it going look at the policies on Socialists running for President want to do they want to carry out the Communist's prediction.

  • Amelia Little

    09/13/2019 11:24 PM

    I may have to depend on you to read any BabylonBee articles. My nephew regularly posts them on fb--this evening, when I clicked on it--it was just the picture. When I tried to "react" it wouldn't let me. When I tried to comment, it said "the owner" of the post took it down. Now, since my nephew posted it--is HE the owner? Or would that be the BabylonBee?

    I admire you folks who actually sit through any debates. I haven't watched any of them, but read/hear recaps from you, Hannity, etc. But, it seems the same "issues" are debated in every single one. Medicare for all, gun control (confiscation) border control (except maybe it wasn't covered in this last one?) Now I read there are MORE debates scheduled. One would think that there would be different issues being debated each time. One can only go over the same ground so many times. Unless they just each get more radical with their looney toon ideas with each subsequent debate.

  • Diane Niford

    09/13/2019 09:29 PM

    So ... does all this craziness mean that the only presidential candidate who is a liberal is President Donald Trump?

  • Judy DuCharme

    09/13/2019 09:26 PM

    Yang said he was going to give the money to people who felt they could manage their money better than the politicians...we’ll, that’s what republicans think and therefore want less taxes and less govt. restrictions.

  • gary Stilwell

    09/13/2019 07:35 PM

    second comment on the castro attack on biden---
    I would not have expected this type of lack of research on your part----

  • Gary Stilwell

    09/13/2019 07:31 PM

    Mr. Castro's comments---you might want to review the actual statements made by that squinty-eyed biden--I don't like him, but the guy(castro) claiming this is incorrect--he apparently was projecting his response before he actually analyzed what the man(biden) said--put your mouth in gear before your brain???????

  • paul marshall

    09/13/2019 07:26 PM

    Could only watch a little at a time , laughing so hard ----I probably missed a lot . Reminded me of the clowns in the car at the circus . Only difference is that CLOWNS CAN ACTUALLY THINK.

  • Peter Rienstra

    09/13/2019 07:14 PM

    Glad I did not listen or watch this comedy of errors by a bunch of people trying to be reconnized . I have not found a category to put them in .they sure are not candidates for an elected office . The democrats have totally lost their way . No wonder they do not try to work with President Trump

  • Roger Mell

    09/13/2019 06:31 PM

    We've finally found Hillary's "deplorables."
    They were right up on the stage.

  • Verlyn Steinbach

    09/13/2019 06:25 PM

    I saved 3 hours, but the clips I saw impressed me that Beto swears like a 12 year old trying to impress his parents.

  • Sherri Dodd

    09/13/2019 06:00 PM

    It’s not yangs own money it’s from campaign funds

  • Joyce Birch

    09/13/2019 05:43 PM

    I honestly can say that I can't stand any of the democratic candidates! I watched one round & turned it off & watched Fox. I live in CT run by democrats & taxed to the hilt & I can't move out.
    We just got hit with another tax on all variety of foods, ready-to-go, prepared foods, ice cream cups, cookies, Yogut, pizza, sub sandwiches, & the list goes on & on. They're totally out of their minds!! Trump has to win! He might help CT, but we need him!

  • rodney burke

    09/13/2019 05:26 PM

    I must agree, there iwas nothing that changed. The same delusional ranting of what they are going to give and what they will take away. the 93 Tril over 210 years has NOT changed. Health care will be rationed, they apparently are not intelligent enough to look at Canada and FB. I think a cage in San Q would be a fitting place for all these raving lunatics. They are a "clear and Present Danger" to everything that is America. there is a crime being committed and there seems to be no punishment for it. Destroying a government is at minimum sedition. if not worse. AG needs to get busy and deal with the obvious behavior and the advocacy of destruction of the USA