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I recently shared a meme comparing photos of two cities, Detroit and Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945 and today, to show that liberal Democrat governance is more destructive to a city over the long haul than an atomic bomb attack. When a city’s voters keep electing a leftwing government year after year, you can reasonably expect that the quality of life will start to plummet. I’m always baffled as to why voters don’t realize that. I guess all those years of Democrats demonizing Republicans as racist monsters has convinced these cities' voters not to even try anything different, just keep slowly sinking into the quicksand.
But if you are cursed with incompetent liberal leaders, the least you could hope for is that they wouldn’t be actively working to make the city worse. By that measure, residents of Austin really drew the short (non-plastic) straw. The city was already so liberal, Texans refer to it as “the people’s republic of Austin.” Then, over the holidays, city leaders voted to allow homeless people to set up tents and camp and sleep anywhere, even on sidewalks (one exception: not at city hall, where the politicians have to work. But anywhere else that will make life difficult, dangerous and unsanitary for people who don’t work at city hall.)
By Mike Huckabee
What would happen if Hollywood made a “mismatched buddies” action/comedy about two guys with nothing in common being thrown together as they pursue a criminal? Sounds like the winning formula for countless hit “guy flicks,” like “48 Hours,” right? But wait, Hollywood found a way to improve on the formula: what if the “comedy” largely consisted of the two guys talking about the consequences of their own “toxic masculinity” for women and the environment?
Apparently, you’d get “Stuber,” a movie that opened over the weekend on 3,050 screens and made a paltry $8 million. That’s an average of less than $2623 per screen for the entire opening weekend, marking the worst box office for a major movie release in three years.
At the link, John Nolte hilariously (and fair warning, a bit vulgarly) describes the movie and puts it into context with all the other recent “woke” comedies that tried to preach PC morality to the audience, only to find there was no audience (or if anyone was out there, they were not “woke,” as in they just came into the theaters to catch a nap.)
Here’s a piece of advice for Hollywood: you’re not in the business of promoting abortion, impeaching Trump or protesting men who act like men. You’re supposed to be in the entertainment business, but you won’t be much longer if you keep cranking out bombs that insult half the audience (say, I thought liberals also hated people who manufacture bombs?) Remember this bit of wisdom: “Pictures were made to entertain; if you want to send a message, call Western Union.”
That wasn’t said by Ronald Reagan or Donald Trump or even me. It was said over 70 years ago by Sam Goldwyn, one of the most successful movie producers in Hollywood history.
Ignorance and arrogance
By Mike Huckabee
I’ll also link to this excellent article by Derek Hunter at Townhall.com, on how the House Democrats’ so-called “Squad” (AOC, Tlaib, Pressley and Omar) and many of their radical supporters perfectly represent what has long been identified as perhaps the most dangerous and annoying combination of personality traits ever: ignorance and arrogance.
Ignorance is not stupidity; it simply means lack of knowledge. Ignorance is forgivable because we’re all ignorant of some things, but wise people try to learn more about important subjects to cure their ignorance. Arrogance is also an understandable flaw; it’s easy to get a big head when you really are the best at something or a recognized expert in your field.
But possibly because of the leftist takeover of the education establishment, which preaches socialism to ignorant youth while teaching them nothing of value about history, civics or economics (but a lot about self-esteem), the combination of ignorance and arrogance is epidemic in some quarters. It leads people to believe they are experts at things they really know nothing about, and to insult and smear the motives of anyone who holds a differing view or tries to bring up inconvenient facts of which they are not aware.
Sound like anyone you know? Or maybe four people you know?
This is a tactic that Democrats have used on Republicans for years, accusing us of “xenophobia” for wanting to enforce our long-standing immigration laws; of Islamophobia for thinking it’s a bad idea to let people from nations that are hotbeds of anti-American terrorist activity flood into the USA without proper vetting; and of racism for…well, disagreeing with them about anything. Now, some like Pelosi are finding out what it’s like to have to deal with the ignorant, arrogant creatures they created and set loose on American society.
As Hunter so perfectly puts it at the link above, “Frankenstein’s monster always returns to the castle and destroys it.”
America's lawmakers aren't really lawmakers
By Mike Huckabee
Speaking of the currently widespread combination of ignorance, arrogance and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we got a prime example during a House hearing when AOC tried to condescendingly lecture Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan that “asylum seekers” are not committing a crime, even if they didn’t follow the proper procedures for requesting asylum and entered the US illegally. It did not go well for her.
In fact, Homan laid down the law to all the Democrats in the room about what the law says and how their own actions caused the border crisis they’re blaming ICE and Trump for. It’s ironic that someone would have to explain the law to America’s lawmakers, but judging from what I’ve seen on C-Span lately, I suspect they aren’t really lawmakers. They just play lawmakers on TV.
To follow up, here’s Homan on “Fox & Friends,” explaining how he’d just “had enough.”
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Warning: this is a tragic story about a freak accident, and reading it might make you feel squeamish for the rest of the day. But it is an important consumer warning to avoid hard metal straws that are being promoted as an alternative to plastic straws that are allegedly destroying the environment.
It also gives me another chance to remind you that the entire anti-straw jihad is based on an unverified straw usage statistic that came from a few phone calls made for a school project by a then-9-year-old boy. Because of that, we now have one verified death caused not by plastic straws, but by the substitute that radical environmentalists want us to use because the other kind will theoretically kill us.
This has also led to nonsensical responses like threatening California restaurant wait staffs with arrest if they give diners a straw without being asked, or a law that took effect July 1st in DC that can fine restaurants up to $800 for offering customers a plastic straw.
FYI: here are the current crime stats from the DC Police Department, just in case you were thinking that maybe the Democratic city leaders had no crimes more serious to deal with than driving whatever restaurants survive the new $14-an-hour minimum wage out of business with draconian plastic straw fines.
Things worth considering before voting: Pete Buttigieg is one of the top tier Democratic contenders for President of the United States. His prior experience is being Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, which doesn’t seem to be getting much of his attention these days. When he did recently give it any attention, it was to smear his own police department as a bunch of racists. When they didn’t take kindly to that, he tried to fix it by sending them pizza. That didn't go over any better.
I can only imagine how he would deal with China or Iran if he were President. Hope Domino’s delivers there!
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