Hurricane Michael Update
FEMA and local authorities are still assessing the destruction from Hurricane Michael to the Florida Panhandle and points north. Some areas are devastated, and many of our neighbors need urgent help. If you’d like to pitch in, donations of any size are greatly appreciated by those who are always first on the scene: Samaritan’s Purse (https://www.samaritanspurse.org ) and the Red Cross (www.redcross.org ). Thank you for your support!
Mr. West goes to Washington
It takes a lot to upstage President Trump, but leave it to hip-hop star Kanye West to pull it off.
Naturally, Trump’s critics are attacking the West meeting as a new low for the dignity of the White House, conveniently forgetting that Clinton lowered its dignity so much that his intern had to get under the desk to accommodate it. Also, they conveniently forget about this, from a Victor Davis Hanson column from 2016 (thanks to Instapundit for unearthing it):
“A few hours before delivering that State of the Union, President Obama met with rapper Kendrick Lamar. Obama announced that Lamar’s hit 'How Much a Dollar Cost' was his favorite song of 2015. The song comes from the album 'To Pimp a Butterfly;' the album cover shows a crowd of young African-American men massed in front of the White House. In celebratory fashion, all are gripping champagne bottles and hundred-dollar bills; in front of them lies the corpse of a white judge, with two Xs drawn over his closed eyes.”
Obama was applauded by the media for being “cool” and reaching out to leaders of African-American popular culture. Trump is being blasted, even though the rapper he met with is calling for independent thought, bringing jobs back to America, prison reform and giving the President a fair chance, not physically assaulting people you disagree with politically. That seems to be the 2018 Democratic platform, most recently endorsed by our former Attorney General Eric Holder.
And here’s how the media and fellow celebrities are treating Kanye West (whom they once hailed as a visionary genius), which would be considered vile racism that would cost you your job if it were aimed at any black person who toes the Democratic Party line (ask Roseanne, who lost a TV series for less). But in liberal media land, you get a pass for using disgusting racist stereotypes to attack people such as Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain and now, Kanye West:
PS to the Kanye West story: on the same day some musicians (or “music stars,” at least) were blasting West for praising President Trump, Trump was signing the Music Modernization Act, a landmark bill passed by the GOP Congress that will help songwriters and music creators collect royalties on old songs and digital streaming. And they need the income, considering how many have driven away half their audiences by making annoying leftist political speeches at concerts and awards shows.
Here’s something else you probably didn’t hear about from most media sources, but then, it couldn’t possibly affect your life that much: President Trump just signed a bill that’s designed to lower your prescription medicine costs. This will even help his many critics in the media who are obviously off their meds.
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
The past couple of days have been a wild ride for the stock market, with the Dow down about 1300 points over two days. But a few reminders:
The Dow has set new records over and over for the past two years. It was due for a correction, and those often happen in October. A number of factors helped this one along, from worry over interest rates to tech company woes to Hurricane Michael. But you only take a loss when you sell at the low point. We’ve been here before many times, and the longterm trend is always up. The story at the link quotes experts as saying that they don’t believe this is another 2008 (and look at how far stocks have climbed since 2008.)
The US economy has never been this good, and for anyone with a longterm strategy, this is known as a “buying opportunity.” If you just can’t stand to watch your 401k on a roller coaster, then go watch streaming episodes of “Huckabee” at TBN.org for a while until the roller coaster ride is over.
Bullies and bullying
First Lady Melania Trump is (as always) under fire from the media for giving an interview about her anti-cyber-bullying campaign in which she said, “You could say I’m the most bullied person in the world.” The same mass media and social media mobs who bully her 24/7 immediately started attacking and ridiculing her for saying she was bullied. Back where I come from, that’s called “proving her point.”
Melania Trump is, by any standards, an outstanding First Lady. She is beautiful, stylish, kind, classy, charitable, incredibly accomplished and successful in her own right, a fantastic mom, speaks at least five languages, and is an immigrant who loves and represents America to the world with great charm and grace. If she were not married to Donald Trump, the same women's and “fashion” magazines that have shunned her for two years while putting people like Lena Dunham on their covers (does she even wear clothes?) would be falling at her feet and worshiping her. Instead, they treat her like garbage, then when called out on it, get huffy and do more of the same.
Melania recently took a trip to Africa, where she represented the US beautifully while meeting with local dignitaries, visiting orphaned children and discussing saving endangered species. Did you even hear about that? If so, it’s probably because you heard some nasty critic in the media sniping at her about a jacket she wore or what shoes she picked for some event.
My message to the overage high school mean girls who are in a snit about Melania Trump calling them bullies is the same as what I tell media outlets that get on their high horse about being accused of dispensing “fake news”:
If you don’t like being called out on what you’re doing, then stop doing it.
How desperate is the left to destroy its political opponents personally? So desperate, they’ve giving new life to the old concept of the “permanent record.” You’d think the party that gave us Bill “Didn’t inhale” Clinton and Barack “Inhaled every day” Obama wouldn’t want to drag up people’s behavior as teenagers, but then came the Kavanaugh hearings (and no, I’m not downplaying the unproven allegation of sexual assault; I’m talking about the way they’re already trying to impeach him for perjury because they think he didn’t go far enough in admitting how much beer he drank in high school.)
But as bad as that was, try this: the Hollywood Reporter just ran a hit piece on White House policy advisor Stephen Miller written by his third grade teacher. She claims that at age 8, his desk was messy, he was shy and a loner, and he “ate glue.” Better than sniffing glue, which I suspect the editor of the Hollywood Reporter was doing when he greenlighted this ridiculous article.
If they really want to play this game, how about doing exposes on some Democratic Senators who, as I have it on good authority, were once seen babbling incoherently, crying, throwing around pablum, and messing their diapers?
And I don’t mean 80 years ago when they were infants; I mean during the Kavanaugh hearings.
Radio host Michael Savage has a new book out called “Stop The Hysteria: America’s Insanity from the Salem Witch Trials to the Trump Witch Hunt.” It traces the history of mass hysteria movements and how people gin up mob anger to achieve their goals. It always ends badly, but as he points out, the genius of the American free marketplace of ideas and free speech is that eventually, cooler heads prevail and the hysteria ends. But we are now in dangerous waters because between politicized media, social media bubbles and institutions from colleges to tech companies that allow only one viewpoint, the counter-forces of rationality are being silenced, leaving the mobs to rant on and grow ever larger and more violent.
At the link is an article about the book, and if you find the topic disturbing and important, then you should know that Michael Savage will be talking about it more when he’s my guest on this weekend’s episode of “Huckabee,” Saturday and Sunday at 8 and 11 EST on TBN.
Your daily helping of Fake News, courtesy of CNN:
No, Clarence Thomas was never accused of sexual assault.