Time for another periodic service check of your “Progressive” Slandermeter. As you may recall, in 2012, when applied to Mitt Romney, the Slandermeter needle pointed to “out of touch rich guy,” “sexist with binders full of women,” “cruel corporate raider who personally gave an employee’s wife cancer,” and the ever-popular, “Literally Hitler.” Then in 2016, Romney criticized Donald Trump quite harshly, and the needle on the Slandermeter swung back to “respected statesman” and “reasonable Republican I could have accepted.”
Well, Romney just said that thanks to the booming economy and the likelihood that the Democrats will nominate a fringe leftist loon in 2020, he believes that Trump will be renominated easily and “reelected solidly.”
So if your Slandermeter needle suddenly swings wildly back to “Literally Hitler,” don’t worry, it’s not broken. It’s operating exactly as it’s expected to.
If Mitt Romney is right and the Democrats do nominate a leftist fringe presidential candidate in 2020, it apparently will not be Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. During a recent podcast, she said three times, “I am not running for President.” I guess we should take her at her word. On the other hand, she says something else in the same interview that’s even more surprising and newsworthy, and I have a very hard time believing she’s telling the truth. That quote:
“I’ve read the Constitution.”
I was wondering when female student athletes and their parents would finally start to rebel against the transparent lunacy of allowing transgender males who “identify” as female to compete in girls’ sports. Well, the first outbreak of rebellion has started, and surprisingly, it’s in one of the bluest of blue states, a state that overwhelmingly backs the kind of politicians who force these reality-denying policies onto schools.
Frustrated parents from Plainville and Glastonbury, Connecticut, have started a petition that’s been signed by 150 parents so far, calling for an end to allowing males who “identify” as females to compete in women’s sports. This came after a biologically male student won the women’s 100-meter dash competition for the second year in a row. The parents say it’s not fair to make girls who've trained very hard to win compete against a male athlete when males are naturally larger, stronger and faster.
But this complaint was refuted by Western New England College Center of Gender and Sexuality Studies director Erin Buzuvis, who insisted, “A transgender girl is a girl and ought to be treated like a girl.” There's a famous quote attributed to George Orwell, and this is the kind of comment that must have inspired it: “Some ideas are so stupid that only an intellectual could believe them.”
A male who identifies as female may feel like a girl, dress like a girl, and even demand to be treated like a girl. But that doesn’t alter his muscle mass and bone structure, which are still male. That's what matters in athletics. The very fact that female athletes are being told to shut up and take it is more evidence that in the current push on the left to divide everyone up into competing identify groups, women's rights are now the last to cross the finish line.
Good luck to the parents in their effort to restore some acknowledgement of simple biological facts. In the meantime, they should be grateful that their girls are running track and not competing in wrestling against such athletes, who could cause serious injuries to the girls with their naturally greater strength that we’re all supposed to pretend doesn’t exist.
We all know how desperate President Obama was to get his legacy-making Iran nuclear deal. So desperate, he skirted the Constitutional requirement for treaties to be ratified by the Senate. So desperate, he acquiesced to demands that nobody who cared about preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons would have accepted. So desperate, he let Ben Rhodes mislead gullible reporters into creating an echo chamber so they could, in turn, mislead the American people. So desperate, he lifted sanctions and sent a planeload of cash to Iran. And so desperate he did all this, assuring us that Iran could be trusted to give up its threats and aggression, even as their Parliament was holding breaks to chant “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” as often as our politicians take coffee breaks.
But now, a new bombshell has landed (luckily, it isn’t a nuclear one fired by Iran). A draft report by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations claims that Obama administration officials worked with the Treasury Department to draft a license to grant Iran access to the U.S. financial system so they could convert billions of dollars in Iranian assets into American currency. Without this special license, giving Iran access to US banks would be a violation of sanctions. It was also a direct contradiction of Obama’s promises to Congress that the Iran deal would never allow this. Obama officials even testified to Congress that this would never be allowed, even though at that time, they’d already granted Iran the license to allow it.
Fortunately, the plan was reportedly dropped after Obama officials tried to get two banks to execute the conversion of rials into dollars, and the banks refused. They cited the complexity and the unwanted appearance involved in processing such a transaction for Iran. What does it say about the previous Administration that they couldn’t spot the appearance of impropriety in giving Iran access to US banks and billions of dollars, and bankers apparently had a superior ethical compass and did see it?
Subcommittee chairman and Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman said he believes the Obama administration intentionally misled the American public. That’s bad enough, but when you “intentionally mislead the public” by telling their Representatives things you know to be false during Congressional testimony, it seems as if that might rise to a slightly more serious charge than “misleading."
For the record, a former Obama Administration official denied the report’s findings, claiming the license didn’t give Iran access to US banks, but “was aimed solely to allow the movement of Iran’s own funds stranded at an Omani bank into euros at a European bank, where Iran could then make use of them.”
Oh, well, in that case, there’s nothing to be concerned about. In fact, I practically cried at the thought of all that poor, lonely Iranian money stranded in Oman where Iran’s mullahs couldn’t use it for…whatever Iran’s mullahs would spend billions on. I can certainly see why the Obama folks would want to help rectify that tragic situation.
There are hardly words adequate to describe the brilliance, good heart, and incredible example of FOX News contributor and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, nor to express how deeply saddened we are at the news he now shares with us.
In a letter read on-air by his colleagues at FOX News, Krauthammer reveals that after cancer surgery and almost a year of treatment and slow recovery, he was knocked back again with the news that his cancer has suddenly returned, very aggressively, and that his doctors give him only a few more weeks. He had anticipated getting back to his work but now says that “fate has decided on a different course for me.”
The letter reminds me a little of the heartfelt one President Reagan wrote to the nation after receiving his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. “I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer says. “It was a wonderful life --- full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
His appearances were always a highlight of Bret Baier’s “Special Report,” so much so that Baier was able to get approval from the higher-ups to have him on “the panel” every night. Everyone –- colleagues and viewers alike –- had been missing him greatly and hoping for his eventual return. But Charles is as much of a realist about this as he has had to be about other things, saying, “This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”
He has coped with hard realities ever since, at the age of 22, a dive to the bottom of a swimming pool broke his neck and took most of his ability to move. It almost took his life as well, but the Harvard medical student persevered and not only graduated but went on to become chief psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and later to enter the world of politics as a speechwriter and then a columnist and on-air commentator. (That world certainly needs the counsel of a good psychiatrist, but I digress.) For the fascinating story and a deeper understanding of his life and philosophy, be sure to read his book THINGS THAT MATTER.
It would be hard to find anyone else with such a huge intellect and such a small ego. In these times, we can benefit from his keen observations more than ever, so it’s fortunate they are recorded for posterity. As he says in his letter, “I am grateful to have played a small part in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.” We’re grateful for that, too. Let’s keep him in our prayers and our thoughts, remember his example always, and be thankful for his wise words over the years.