There has been another deadly school shooting, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, between Houston and Galveston. Eight to ten people are reported dead and several injured after a male student went on a shooting rampage outside an art classroom at Santa Fe High School. He has been subdued and arrested. At this writing, we don’t know much, but more information should be coming shortly. In the meantime, please pray for the victims and their families.
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Thank God, nobody was seriously injured after police exchanged gunfire with and arrested a man who burst into the lobby of the Trump National Doral golf resort in Florida at around 1:30 this morning and started shooting. He was carrying an American flag and shouting anti-Trump statements. The officers are being praised because this could have cost countless lives. The shooter was taken to a hospital. His identity hasn’t been revealed yet. But despite your suspicions, I’m fairly confident that it wasn’t Michael Moore.
More details will be forthcoming, keep an eye on the news for updates.
Those of us who support President Trump are used to the media putting the most negative spin possible on everything he does and says (their negative Trump coverage rating is over 90%, so if Bias were a college class, they’d be making an “A” in it). But this week, they went so far overboard that major media outlets such as the Associated Press and the New York Times actually had to swallow their hubris and issue corrections that tacitly admitted they’d been caught blatantly misrepresenting what Trump clearly said in order to inflame public outrage.
It all started Wednesday when Trump was talking about California's refusal to hand over dangerous illegal alien criminals to federal authorities. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims complained that under the state law, she might not even be able to hand over some members of MS-13, the Mexican drug gang known as one of the most violent, deadly gangs in the world, a group that rapes, beats and murders people without remorse. Trump replied, “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”
Now, anyone with the comprehension skills of a relatively intelligent raccoon would understand that Trump’s use of the word “animals” was in reference to the vicious, bloodthirsty members of the MS-13 gang. But many mainstream news outlets instead went bonkers, claiming that Trump had called all illegal immigrants “animals”…even though, to quote the Mayor from “The Music Man,” he couldn’t have been any clearer if he’d been a button-hook in the well water.
To his credit, Trump did not back down from the comment. His Press Secretary (full disclosure: my daughter), faced with a slew of idiotic questions about why Trump thinks all immigrants are animals, explained the facts to them in the kind of one-syllable words you reserve for explaining the alphabet to pre-schoolers, then hit them with some of the grisly acts of MS-13 that got them rightly branded as "animals” (although it is kind of defamatory to actual animals, most of which kill only to survive and don’t prey on their own kind.)
This was a slander too far even for some of Trump’s critics, who warned that in their zeal to trash Trump, all these media outlets did was trash their own reputations. A number of them finally recovered their misplaced senses of shame and issued “clarifications.” I put that in quotes because a genuine clarification of this story would read, “We’re so biased, we lied about what Trump said to make him sound like a racist.”
You know, I’m often asked how I, as a former Baptist minister and generally nice guy, can defend the things Trump says. In fact, I don’t defend all the things Trump says. There have been times when I thought he went too far and should take it back and apologize (note that I come from a bygone era when people who were offended by an ill-conceived remark would accept a sincere apology and go on with life instead of demanding that you be pilloried, scorned, ostracized, fired, impoverished, banished and your house set on fire with you and your family inside it.) Also, like many Trump supporters, I’ve developed lines around my eyes from wincing at some of his Tweets. I’ve had to make peace with the fact that a guy who came out of the New York construction industry does not share the same vocabulary as a Southern Baptist from Arkansas.
But I’ve also learned not to rush to the microphones and condemn “What Trump just said!” until I go to the videotape and find out what he actually did say. The media, having flushed objectivity and fairness down the toilet during Obama’s first primary election, are no longer reliable sources on this subject. That's why we Trump supporters didn't turn purple with outrage over Trump “hating immigrants”: we know he actually said we should enforce immigration and border security laws that were passed by bipartisan Congresses and signed by Presidents of both parties. Or why our heads didn’t explode over him saying that there are “good people” among the Nazis and white supremacists: we know he actually said there are good people on both sides of the debate about removing Confederate monuments. Or why we didn’t grab our pitchforks over claims that he was going to put immigrants into detention camps, when he never said anything remotely like that. The only President who ever put legal immigrants into detention camps was Democratic hero, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Ronald Reagan had a saying about dealing with the Russians: “Trust, but verify.” With the news media having proven themselves less trustworthy than the old Soviet Union when it comes to reporting on Trump, many Americans now look at their hysterical anti-Trump bulletins and think, “Don’t trust; will verify myself.”
Gina Haspel has finally been confirmed as the first-ever female head of the CIA. After a long, contentious and politicized hearing process (but these days, aren’t they all?), the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to confirm her, and the full Senate voted 54-44.
On the surface, Haspel would seem to be eminently qualified. She's a highly-decorated CIA officer of over 30 years, most recently serving as Acting Director after Mike Pompeo’s move to the State Department, and before that as the second-ever female Deputy CIA Director. But Democrats attacked her for running a CIA post in Thailand where terrorist suspects were subjected to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods (even though records showed she was transferred there after one of the incidents the New York Times accused her of being involved with was over) and her support for destroying videotapes of those incidents, which she said would have inflamed more terrorism and exposed the identities of CIA agents. Ironically, Democrats on the committee subjected her to a harsh interrogation over her support of harsh interrogations, but she eventually prevailed.
On the eve of her confirmation, new concerns were raised from Sen. Rand Paul about her close work with former CIA Director John Brennan (some have called her his protégé), who has since decided that his lopsidedly partisan, anti-Trump opinions should not remain covert, and he’s forged a new career attacking the President on liberal cable news networks. Paul wants to know what she might know about the emerging story of a partisan cabal within our intelligence agencies illegally spying on and undermining the Trump campaign and Administration. Some Republicans are concerned that Trump might have inadvertently promoted yet another anti-Trumper into a position of power where she’ll thwart his efforts to get to the bottom of the swamp. Although if Trump has to promote from within the high levels of those agencies, good luck finding any nominees who are completely uncompromised after eight years of Obama politicizing the system.
Let us hope those concerns prove ill-founded and if the agency’s Congressional overseers request documents from her, it won’t take the threat of waterboarding to get them.
Behold the Trusted Gatekeepers of “Facts”: The New York Times published a hit piece on the CEO of the DC think tank, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (spoiler alert: it’s not a liberal think tank.) The piece blamed his criticism of the Iran nuclear deal as being behind President Trump’s decision to kill it, although he claims he only wanted it fixed, not jettisoned entirely. The Times was then forced to run one of the longest corrections of all time, taking back virtually every accusation in the article short of the writer’s name.
The problem with running a correction instead of checking your facts before publication (and these types of mistakes could easily have been caught by any semi-conscious editor) is that everyone sees the accusation but hardly anyone sees the correction. To quote that famous Washington lament, “Where do you go to get your reputation back?”
Well, in this case, let’s make sure everyone sees the long correction and let the New York Times worry about getting its reputation back.
And by the way: if his criticism of the odious Iran nuclear deal did convince Trump to kill it, I will say this without fear of having to take it back: From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
For those who question the true intentions of the “progressive” wing of the Democratic Party, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was kind enough to lay out the whole “fundamental transformation of America” into Venezuela wish list in less than a minute. What she calls the left’s “truly great ideas” are all there, although much of it is couched in warm, fuzzy euphemisms such as “gun reform” and “Medicare for all,” so you have to read between the lines to see the open borders, gun grabbing, high taxes, unrestrained federal spending and massive government control over your life. But it’s all there if you listen closely.
It’s the most concise description of the left’s ruinous vision of America since the 1980s, when the pre-“in the tank for the left” “Saturday Night Live” ran a funny sketch (remember when they ran those?) featuring a Joan Baez impersonator singing a song about the liberal dream that included lines like, “Free needles for the addicts, free condoms for the kids…”
To throw enough of a scare into you to convince you to go to the polls and block the “blue wave” next November, I'll point out that virtually every outrageous lyric in that old “SNL” song has now come to pass, at least in places like San Francisco, where “progressives” actually managed to get into power and where citizens are being killed by criminal illegal immigrants turned loose on the streets and tourism is being killed by the parks full of homeless addicts, used drug needles and feces.
Come to think of it, if Sen. Warren wants an even shorter and more accurate summation of what the left wants to do to America, “We turn something beautiful into feces” would just about cover it.
Today’s Must-See Video! Here’s something special to kick off the weekend and give you a break from politics. It includes the very first recording ever made by Waylon Jennings (it’s a singing commercial)…the first demo ever cut by a young Steve Miller…and a 1912 recording by an unheralded pioneering female artist (she was not only the first Texan to make a record, she was the first person ever to sue a record label – and she won!)
This fascinating video was put together by George Gimarc, a radio DJ/record collector and one of the founders of the Texas Musicians Museum. It shows how these treasures were literally pulled out of trash bins and preserved for future generations. I told you about the TMM: a group of grassroots music lovers and collectors built this terrific museum, research center and performance space in Irving, Texas, purely on hard work, volunteerism and love of music.
That is, until a couple of weeks ago, when the city government revoked their lease with no warning and gave them just 24 hours to tear down, pack up and move thousands of priceless artifacts that had been carefully curated over three years of painstaking work. The exhibits honored hundreds of iconic Texas artists, from Leadbelly to Bob Wills, Buddy Holly to Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell to Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn and ZZ Top to Beyonce (she was born in Houston.) Volunteers worked all night to dismantle the dream. Now, it’s all in boxes, with storage and legal bills mounting as the music lovers who built the museum seek a new home.
These are good people who put their hearts into creating something truly special, only to see it crushed by the heavy hand of government. They have a GoFundMe page, and all it will take to save their efforts is for enough people to kick in just a few dollars each. Check out the video and see the kind of amazing musical history you’ll be helping them preserve, and share these links all around. And please toss ‘em a couple of bucks. Don't do it for me, do it for Roy Orbison and the Big Bopper (both Texans!) Thanks!