Evening Edition - February 26

February 26, 2019 |

Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos was detained for several hours in Venezuela after socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro became angered that he showed viewers video of Venezuelans searching for food in the garbage while Maduro was blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country for his starving people.  Fortunately, Ramos was eventually released, but he and his crew were scheduled to be deported today. 

After his release, the stunned Ramos had this to say:  “I never thought they were going to do something stupid like this, I never thought they were going to take the whole interview and rob us…What I told Nicolás Maduro is that millions of Venezuelans and many governments of the world did not consider him a legitimate president but a dictator. That's what I told Nicolás Maduro. He obviously did not like it."

Hold on…So socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro treated the press the way a socialist dictator would..and this came as a shock and a surprise to Univision reporter Jorge Ramos?  Seriously? I think this proves he doesn’t belong on Univision. 

He belongs on CNN or MSNBC.

Or maybe the Bronx can elect him to Congress. 

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/angry-about-video-of-starving-venezuelans-maduro-detains-jorge-ramos/


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I don’t want to be one of those conservatives who reacts to every ridiculous thing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says.  I just wish she’d help me by not saying so many of them. 

So in the name of kindness, in response to her arrogant reply to critics of her ludicrous “Green New Deal” that she’s in Congress so “I’m the boss” and we’re just baying from the cheap seats (fact check: she’s only one of 435 people in the House, which is – brace yourself, AOC – just one-half of one of the three branches of government), I’ll let a 16-year-old who obviously paid more attention in civics class than she did handle the job of telling her who really works for whom.

https://www.westernjournal.com/hs-junior-cj-pearson-lashes-ocasio-cortez-anyone-boss-people/

 

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About three weeks late, some intrepid professional journalists who gave Jussie Smollett a sympathetic and unquestioning platform are finally starting to notice that his claim of being attacked by racist Trump supporters who just happened to be carrying a rope and a bottle of bleach and who actually recognized him from TV while wandering around Chicago at 2 a.m. when it was nearly 20 below zero had some “red flags.”  I believe I said last week that it had more red flags than a Chinese military parade.  If you’re just now noticing that, you might want to have your optometrist check you for colorblindness.  And not the good, racial kind but the literal kind.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/43976/robin-roberts-now-says-jussie-smolletts-story-was-emily-zanotti

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President Trump is in Vietnam for more denuclearization talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  Until more news breaks, here’s a rundown of some key points to look out for:

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/431514-five-things-to-watch-as-trump-kim-meet-for-vietnam-summit

 

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Note to Chief Justice Roberts: When conservatives complain about liberal activist judges, I believe this is what they mean.  The Hill reports that a county superior court judge in North Carolina tossed out a constitutional amendment requiring voter ID – which was approved by an overwhelming majority of the state’s voters – on grounds that the Republican General Assembly is “so gerrymandered that its members do not truly represent the state's residents and thus should never have proposed a voter ID amendment in the first place.”  He also struck down an amendment capping the state’s income tax on the same grounds.

Conceivably, this judge must believe he has the power to strike down any and every law passed by the legislature, or any constitutional amendment approved by the voters that was proposed by the legislature, just because he doesn’t approve of the way the districts were drawn from which they were elected. 

This goes beyond an “activist judiciary” into the realm of a “Madness of King George" judiciary.

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/431241-judge-tosses-north-carolina-mandatory-voter-id-law-cites

The NAACP celebrated the ruling, calling the voter ID amendment “racist” and an attempt at “unconstitutional overreach."  The staggering judicial overreach doesn’t seem to bother them.  I already wrote about this, but it bears repeating:

A study of the effects of voter ID laws in ten states published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that “strict ID laws have no significant negative effect on registration or turnout, overall or for any subgroup defined by age, gender, race, or party affiliation”…and they “do not decrease the participation of ethnic minorities relative to whites. The laws’ overall effects remain close to zero and non-significant, whether the election is a midterm or presidential election, and whether the laws are the more restrictive type that stipulate photo IDs.”

https://freebeacon.com/politics/study-voter-id-laws-dont-stop-people-voting/

However, according to my own unscientific study, the effect of activist judges who overstep their powers and trample on the will of the voters has a major negative effect on both constitutional government and voters’ attitudes toward their government.  But I suspect that if it keeps up at this rate, it will eventually have a positive effect on the sale of tar and feathers. 

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In a “victory” for feminism, a federal judge in Texas sided with a men’s rights group and ruled that it’s unconstitutional gender discrimination for the government to register only men for the military draft.  There is no draft at the moment, but if it comes back and women start getting drafted to go to war, they can thank feminists.  That is, once they’ve finished thanking feminists for siding with transgender rights groups and putting men into women’s bathrooms and locker rooms and destroying school athletic programs for girls.  I don’t think feminists have thought this whole “helping women” idea through very carefully.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/43873/judge-rules-male-only-military-draft-emily-zanotti

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Here's an interesting story that supports the claim by some conservatives that mainstream media outlets consider it their job not to tell the whole truth but to run interference for liberal politicians.  CNN had no problem with interviewing Daniel Di Martino, a Venezuelan expatriate who is speaking out on how socialism slowly ruined his native country.  Socialism sounded good at first, but by the time things started sliding, the people were powerless to stop it. 

But when Di Martino then started warning about the dangers of Democrats who want to bring the same disastrous policies here under sanitized euphemisms such as “Democratic” socialism, suddenly, the CNN hosts cut the interview short with a defense of Bernie Sanders and company.  They told viewers, “Now, just to be clear, neither AOC nor Bernie Sanders is pushing for a Venezuelan style of socialism.  They want the Green New Deal and Medicaid for all, but you’re saying that is perhaps a path down that road.”

(On a side note, I wonder how many CNN anchors ever cut off a guest who was accusing President Trump of hating immigrants and corrected him that Trump just wants to enforce existing immigration laws against illegal entrants?)


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I’ve made this point before, but I’ll keep making it every time the other side tries to rewrite history: Nobody ever pushes to institute “Venezuelan style socialism.” Not even the socialist politicians in Venezuela promised what we now know as “Venezuelan style socialism.”  It always starts with happy, pie-in-the-sky false promises of unsustainable freebies like “Medicaid for All,” and only then does it devolve into corruption, oppression and starvation. 

If you don’t believe me, dig back into the archives and read some of the glowing profiles in the American media of socialist dictator Hugo Chavez for his pursuit of “social justice,” his “populist” policies and his use of Venezuela’s oil to aid the poor.  None of the Bernie-friendly US media outlets were warning about “Venezuelan style socialism” then. By the time we started hearing about what was really going on, it was too late: the downward spiral was irreversible.   

(Speaking of Bernie, he has no trouble calling President Trump an authoritarian, but he still can’t bring himself to call Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro a “dictator,” even as he’s blocking humanitarian aid from getting to starving people.)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bernie-sanders-refuses-to-call-venezuelas-maduro-dictator-says-democratic-operations-taking-place

No politician ever says, “Vote for me, and I’ll crash the economy, take away your freedom, censor the media, threaten you with state violence and leave you with no food, medicine or toilet paper!”  But if they believe in policies that have resulted in that outcome every time they’ve been tried for over a century, then it’s the duty of the media to inform the public that this particular political product may be hazardous to the nation’s health.  

It used to be said that Democrats would go home at reelection time, tell the voters how hard they were working to stop those wasteful rascals in Washington, then go right back to taxing and spending the second they were reelected.  For years, their winning formula was based on talking conservative and hiding what they really planned to do from the voters.  Open liberals like George McGovern and Walter Mondale got massacred at the polls.  But today’s crop of Democrats have dropped the mask.  They believe that generations of leftist indoctrination in schools and relentless media assaults on conservatives have bamboozled voters enough that they’ll elect someone who openly espouses ruinous, failed socialist policies that are a surefire recipe for widespread misery.

I certainly hope they’re wrong.  But you at least have to give them credit for at last being honest about what they are and what they plan to do.  Anyone who votes for them can’t complain 20 years from now that nobody ever warned them America could ever become like Venezuela. 

 

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 It’s a funny thing: if you listen to leftist politicians, media figures and celebrities, you would think that everyone agrees with their views – well, everyone except a few knuckle-dragging cave people who live between the enlightened coasts.  They’ve even managed, through a combination of mainstream media mockery, social media shaming and violent intimidation, to cow many Americans into being too afraid to voice contrary opinions in public.

But when they have a chance to voice those opinions in private, we discover just how out of the mainstream the left really is.  I already mentioned the study finding that self-identified liberals now outnumber conservatives in only six states.  Now, there’s more evidence that not everyone shares the smug belief that leftists are “on the right side of history.”

For instance, everyone hates Donald Trump, right? You'd sure think so from the Oscar telecast. Then how come, despite an unprecedented onslaught of negative press, his approval rating has been inching upward until Rasmussen now has it at 49%, one point higher than the sainted Barack Obama at this same point in his first term?

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_feb25

But at least we all agree that Trump has made us a laughingstock and a pariah in the eyes of the rest of the world, right?  Actually, according to the latest Gallup poll, 58% of Americans believe the US rates “very” or “somewhat” favorably in the eyes of the world, the highest rating they’ve seen since 2003.  Democrats are predictably negative about the way the world sees us (they’ve got to stop getting their news from Stephen Colbert), and Republicans are predictably optimistic, but the improvement is due to an 8% leap in Independents thinking that other nations respect America more. 

https://news.gallup.com/poll/247064/americans-perceptions-world-image-best-2003.aspx

Recently, liberals regained full power in states such as New York and immediately went hog wild with pro-abortion laws, legalizing the killing of babies up to and even after the moment of birth.  Result: a new Marist poll found that for the first time since 2009, the percentage of Americans who say they are pro-life or pro-choice is now evenly split at 47-47%.  Just one month ago, the pro-life side was at 38% and pro-choice was 55%.  The biggest shifts to the pro-life side were among Democrats and young people. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/poll-americans-become-pro-life-recent-push-dems-expand-abortion/

If you wonder exactly what kind of radical abortion stances Democrats are taking that are so repulsing the American people, here’s what they did yesterday that you probably never heard about: all the prominent 2020 Democratic Presidential hopefuls in the Senate joined forces to block a bill to require doctors to provide the same care to a baby born alive during an abortion that they would have to provide to any other human being.  In other words, when infanticide came up for a vote, they voted “Yay.”  They actually think they will help them get elected President.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-to-vote-on-born-alive-bill-to-protect-infants-who-survive-a-failed-abortion

Or how about the Democratic Governor of Illinois, who is pushing a pro-abortion bill so radical, it would turn Illinois into the “abortion capital of America.”  Is this a signal that he’s planning to run for President, too?

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/illinois-abortion-bill-will-make-state-the-abortion-capital-of-america-pro-life-group-warns

These trends against the leftist orthodoxy are all things you’d never suspect if you listen to the prevailing media narratives.  This is why it was wise of old school liberals to keep their real beliefs hidden until after elections and not to flaunt them too much afterward.  Liberal policies are like house brand hot dogs: you can’t advertise what’s really in them if you want people to swallow them.

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House Democrats are seeking to kill the Second Amendment using one of their favorite weapons: strangulation with red tape. They’re bringing two gun bills up for votes.  One is a universal background check bill that would criminalize all private gun sales, such as a gun owner selling a gun to a lifelong friend, without the government’s permission. It’s named in honor of gun victim Rep. Gabby Giffords, and in a long-standing tradition of liberal gun control bills, it would not have prevented the crime it's in response to, since her attacker got his gun after passing a background check. 

The other bill would allow the government to block someone from buying a gun by extending the background check period indefinitely through a never-ending bureaucratic timeline loop (see the link for details.)

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/25/house-democrats-plan-vote-to-criminalize-private-gun-sales/

Neither bill has much chance of making it past the Senate, but you should be informed about them.  That way, the next time you hear a liberal call for “common sense gun laws,” you’ll know how they define “common sense.” 

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After dealing with so many criminal dunderheads like Jussie Smollett, it’s time for a true Huck’s Criminal Mastermind.  How about the woman in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, who called the police to complain that she’d been scammed.  She said she’d paid over $260 (US) and got brown sugar instead.  When the cops asked, “Instead of what?,” she replied, “Cocaine.”  When they asked if she’d like to make a detailed fraud complaint, she thought better of it and hung up.  Perhaps proving that she really didn't get the drugs she wanted – this time, at least. 

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/woman-complains-to-cops-that-she-got-brown-sugar-instead-of-cocaine-police-say

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  • Gary Stilwell

    02/27/2019 07:56 PM

    Another post on the ocasio-cortez person---she was dumping on the "Capitalistic" society we have and deriding it. When she was elected, she complained how expensive it was to live in Washington, and was hoping for a soon payment from the same "Capitalistic" government she abhors--I think it would be interesting to send in a "public records request" to find out who paid her bills before she got that nasty "capitalistic" paycheck. Seems she is not "that" mad at Capitalism, when it pays her salary--I noticed she didn't refuse it.

  • Debbie Graham

    02/27/2019 04:24 PM

    Did you see the biography about the Trump dynasty? It was on A&E Tuesday night from 6-10....Pretty enlightening...Do you know who
    made the biography? I'm thinking Democrats because there weren't many nice things being said...

  • Amelia Little

    02/27/2019 03:15 PM

    I guess we could thank the new-comers who espouse socialism (no matter what pc adjective they use) to shout out loud and clear exactly what they want to do to our country (and that would include the muslim ones who obviously, by their comments, don't really intend to hold up the Constitution of the United States of America, but who intend to bring us under radical muslim control.) I guess they think there are so many people who believe like them that they will be embraced with open arms. In addition to the under-wraps old democrats, there are too many young people who have been indoctrinated to think socialism is the answer, but I would like to think there are many rational, educated people (of any age) who can actually think for themselves, and perhaps go beyond msm for factual news who will turn their backs on socialism. Medura isn't the only one who doesn't want what is happening in Venezuala to be broadcast to masses in other countries--socialist politicians in every country join him, I am sure, and the msm is more than eager to help them. I'm wondering, if socialism were to come along, sure, there would need to be some (government run) news channels, but not nearly as many as now, so what would all these toe-licker "journalists" fall back on to make a living? How many would end up in the trenches like the mere mortals? I'm sure each one thinks s/he is soooo important that s/he will be one of those selected to remain on as a mouthpiece of a dictator. Maybe they should check into the news world of Venezuela, and see how that part of socialism works.

  • Vernon Hinz

    02/27/2019 11:58 AM

    hat is it with these states thinking they can over ride the constitution and go against the people. I just seen an article today in the Arkansas Gazette the state of Colorado is putting through a law that states they are not going to accept the vote of the electoral collage in national races. How can they do that?

  • Susan Crabtree

    02/27/2019 10:52 AM

    I never thought I would feel like a victim in my own country. I feel helpless against the wave of anti-conservativism rampant in this country. I pray every day that President Trump will prevail and be supported by our party.

  • Josee Allen

    02/27/2019 09:17 AM

    I keep asking anyone who will listen if they can name a single 'socialist revolution' that has not ended in labor camps. massacres and famine. No one seems to be able to think of one.

  • T. Kraft

    02/27/2019 09:12 AM

    Amen, thank you and your daughter for the wonderful service you are doing. God bless you both and your family and co-workers. Will keep praying for you and our country.
    T. Kraft

  • William Lacure

    02/27/2019 09:02 AM

    Concerning the county superior court judge in North Carolina tossed out a constitutional amendment requiring voter ID – which was approved by an overwhelming majority of the state’s voters, how do we the people go about removing any of these liberal activist judges?
    i am sure its a long drawn out process even if we can somehow do it but its worth the ask.
    Thanks for your work and may God bless you and your family especially Sara.

  • Jerry Korba

    02/27/2019 08:24 AM

    You have mentioned people Like Ramos AOC Sanders and the list of people that hold public office on both side of isle, they think stupid act stupid the one thing is they are not stupid. Point is these people make a living at doing things that do not make America great. Ramos talks like an idiot only to get illegals to get American money for free; Maxine Watters look at what she has done for her district she is a failure at making her district great what does she actually do she howls to impeach our President while her district achieves poverty for most she makes about 200 k a year for that, the list of failures whether they are a candidate for President or a member of Congress most of them have done very little to make America great.Lets get to the point the left does not want this country to be great that means they would have to work what they do is amp up racism we are not racist, they buy and can't pay. divide people into groups we should be free Americans and not controlled by Government it no wonder our President works 20 hours a day to fix all these freeloaders have done.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    02/26/2019 11:50 PM

    I believe that having something that has cost you nothing doesn't always register as valuable. So many have taken advantage of the sacrifices of others, that those sacrifices have been cheapened and mean nothing to them. I'm embarrassed by many of the elected officials who treat the sacrifices of our military, our police, our firefighters, and first responders so lightly that to them they are insignificant. This country was not founded on insignificance. World wars 1 and 2 were not insignificant the President's border wall is not insignificant. Only our politicians that treat the American people as beneath them, are insignificant and need to be replaced.

  • Carl Smith

    02/26/2019 09:57 PM

    What I have been advocating for the last two years is FINALLY catching on. THE Media is NOT FAKE, It's Corrupt and carrying out Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals --ON STEROIDS--Because they were co-opted by the Despicable Morons clinging to their guns and their Bibles and Voted their conscience. Now they (Media) are acting like pre-schoolers who have been denied their Oreo and Milk before Nappy Time. This is just exacerbating the Lefts Pure Hatred of the sitting POTUS. Now I will state it ONE MORE TIME- The Media are digging their own graves and nailing the Coffins shut BECAUSE THEY will be the First to Lose their PROTECTED FREEDOM as Granted by the Constitution while the push to NOT disarm Law Biding Citizens but TAX ammunition out of reach. They said it COULD NEVER happen IN GERMANY because the German people were too well educated to be Fooled by a Tin Pot politician. I'm afraid I cannot say the same for OUR EDUCATED YOUTH. They are buying Socialism like FREE Candy from Stovers. I now end my rants with Forrest Gump- Shorthand for Just Can't Fix Stupid!

  • BernaDdette Kathleen Dillon

    02/26/2019 09:32 PM

    It is one of the saddest days in American history. American parents have been given permission to murder our children in cold blood! Does not matter how old your kids are. Murder is now legal in California and other states. If God tossed my state into the Pacific ocean, I would not be surprised. Pelosi and Newsome should be impeached!

  • Keet Parakeet

    02/26/2019 09:32 PM

    Couple of things:
    1. You don't have a reply option on the main version of the newsletter & having one so I could comment on things that don't make the evening addition with reruns would be nice.
    2. The Gun control nuts bill that would require disclosure of online accounts. What does that say about those folks in their state who A. were busy as bird dogs with fleas & who noticed that people with Facebook accounts don't have time for anything else and/or B. Waltzed over to read Twitter's listing of what you let them collect do with information about you that they collect if you open an account & use their product Then decided, respectively "Nah...I don't have the time" & "If you think I'm going to consent to THAT you are out of your ever loving mind." Does that proposed statute allow those non social media folks to get a gun at all? Inquiring minds would like to know.
    Keet

  • Tammy

    02/26/2019 09:25 PM

    I live in Illinois and am so ashamed to say that. We hope to move some day.

  • Colleen Ryan

    02/26/2019 08:43 PM

    I just laughed like crazy reading your articles! It just goes to show how utterly stupid people have become. :/

  • Kenneth Nicholson

    02/26/2019 08:18 PM

    I fear for my country. God will not stand for baby killing and democrats are ramping it up even more. I am appalled by abortion, but to add killing an infant who survived an attempted murder is beyond my comprehension.
    If you don't learn from history, you are bound to repeat it. This is all that needs to be said about " Democratic socialism". Are the democrats that far removed from reality.

  • Floyd Rine

    02/26/2019 08:15 PM

    I am 86 years old and cannot understand how America can vote for some men and women we have in Congress.

  • Mary O. Minshall

    02/26/2019 07:38 PM

    I notified both of my senators, Jackie Rosen and Catherine Cortez-Masto that I am very disappointed with them for voting against S. 311 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Every baby born alive in the USA is a citizen entitled to all the rights thereof and allowing him or her to die is tantamount to murder.

  • william fuhrer

    02/26/2019 07:30 PM

    What is the difference between a Communist and a Socialist? Is it only that Communists carry cards?

  • Jody Maas

    02/26/2019 07:24 PM

    You asked, dear sir, I respond. I thought you and the Republicans in Congress and in the party were watching the fox at the door. Absolutely enraged that this is going on; and we Deplorables are being duped by you (Republicans) as well as the Democrats: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Popular_Vote_Interstate_Compact?fbclid=IwAR2HifqDIy54i7PChvm7aKDvWXO_btgFC6pa-wjZaiLBo-u8ZTbxI6Y-Ws8

  • Stephen Russell

    02/26/2019 07:21 PM

    Jorge Ramos experience: Wake Up Fool, this is Socialisim.
    Join in & aid Him or Help others, 2 bad he didnt hold for 5 days or 3 months.
    Let it sink in Ramos.
    Join the world