Pentagon officials now believe that the Ukrainian airliner that crashed after takeoff from Tehran was shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile.
I’m now starting the countdown until the Democrats and the media begin blaming the crash and the 176 deaths on President Trump. I can already hear it: “If Trump hadn’t retaliated for the attacks on our base and Embassy, and forced the Iranians to fire missiles at us, they wouldn’t have been so paranoid that Trump might retaliate for that and accidentally shot down a passenger plane. It’s ALL TRUMP’S FAULT!”
I know I shouldn’t even think anyone could sink that low to score political points, but sadly, experience has taught me otherwise.
Oblivious Quote of the Day! Liberal media outlets assailed President Trump for talking tough to Iran while deescalating military tensions, accusing him of sending “mixed messages.” Or as the New York Times put it, he was generating “a chaotic brew of conflicting statements, crossed signals and mixed messages.”
So would they prefer if he’d blathered about peace while pressing the nuclear button? Projecting strength while letting your adversary know that you’re open to letting them walk away peacefully if they give in to your terms is military leadership 101.
Speaking of “mixed messages,” imagine how Trump’s critics would wet themselves if he’d sent out a really aggressive mixed message like, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”
It’s not a nice thing to call a lady, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been awarded the title of 2019’s “Porker of the Year” by Citizens Against Government Waste.
AOC earned the title by scoring 54% of the vote in an online poll, easily besting runner-up Elizabeth Warren (25%), whose consolation prize was a “Porker of the Month” award back when she proposed free college tuition and paying off student loan debt.
According to CAGW, the choice of AOC was a no-brainer (another thing it’s not nice to call her) because of her “Green New Deal” proposal, which was estimated to cost $93 trillion with only vague explanations for how to pay for it. She said people have the mistaken idea that taxes pay for 100% of government expenditures, but “government projects are often financed by a combination of taxes, deficit spending and other kinds of investments.” Well, that certainly clears it up.
To be fair, though, this is only a proposal, one that if God blesses America, will never come close to passing. Let’s also shine a light on some of the people in DC who are responsible for running up near-trillion-dollar deficits during a time of record high tax revenues and record low unemployment, and yes, that would have to include some Republicans, too.
Just for fun: The always brutally hilarious Kurt Schlichter handicaps the Democratic President candidates who are still sort of standing:
On that topic, a hat tip to Instapundit for finding this great observation on Twitter: “Donald Trump has been in politics for 3 years and is running in 2020 based off his accomplishments. Joe Biden has been in politics for over 40 years and is running in 2020 based off what he wants to accomplish.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, recently seen trying to convince us she’s a regular American by drinking a beer on social media, decided to up the ante on the “who can run furthest to the left” competition by declaring that as President, she wouldn’t allow any new houses or buildings to be built in America after 2028 unless they’re carbon-neutral. I guess she looked at the horrific homelessness problem in other leftist-run enclaves like San Francisco, L.A. and Seattle and said, “Hold muh beer!”
Some photos have surfaced of former President Bill Clinton posing with two women who are at the heart of the Jeffrey Epstein pedophile/sex slave accusations. They were taken on Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express,” when Clinton flew to Africa on it in 2002.
Having passed along that story, let me now add a big bushel of caveats. Epstein had loaned the plane for a humanitarian trip that included a number of celebrities, and there’s no claim that any of them did anything wrong or knew of Epstein’s unsavory private life. And a celebrity appearing in a photo with someone proves nothing other than they stood side-by-side for 1/125th of a second.
I pose for photos with dozens of strangers every week, at restaurants, airports and my TV studio. I’ve never met them before or seen them since. I’d hate for one of them to commit a crime, then have someone use a photo of us together to try to tie me to their misbehavior.
None of this is meant to assert that Bill Clinton did nothing wrong in his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein. I have no idea. It’s just a caution not to think this amounts to proof that he did. More details at the link above.
Judicial Sanity News: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a federal judge in El Paso who blocked President Trump from using $3.6 billion in military funds to build border barriers.
These days, if you dare to suggest it might be a bad idea for a young person who’s confused about his/her gender to disfigure their bodies with chemicals and surgery years before their brains have finished developing, leftists and transgender activists declare you a hateful transphobe and try to figuratively stone you in the town square.
But what if you actually were one of those kids, and you later decided your transition was a “horrendous mistake.” So you transition back to your birth gender, and start a nonprofit to try to help other young people in the same sad situation. You’re stunned to start hearing from hundreds of them around the world, which suggests this is a serious problem that’s hurting a lot of kids who were tragically misled by adults. Would leftists and transgender activists then have second thoughts and reconsider their rigid dogma? Or would they brand the former trans kid a “traitor” and try to figuratively stone her in the town square, too?
I think you can guess which way they went. But click the link for the rest of the story. You might be surprised by how much of a “follow the money” element there is to it.
Yesterday (January 8th) would have been Elvis Presley’s 85th birthday. Crowds of fans have gathered at Graceland for a multi-day celebration. There was also an auction of some of his belongings. Surprisingly, the Harley Davidson golf cart the King used to putter around his estate, which was expected to sell for up to $70,000, failed to bring the minimum bid of $20,000. Yet last year, his Harley motorcycle sold for a near-record $800,000. Click the link to see photos of some of the Elvis memorabilia, and see if you can figure out why more people might want to own that motorcycle than the golf cart.