Evening Edition - February 4

February 3, 2020

The University of Montana held a Martin Luther King Day essay-writing contest open to all students, and the winners were white. The judging was blind with the entrants’ races not known, but the only students who chose to enter were white. Predictable response: fury and “OUTRAGE!” on the Internet.

Gosh, can you imagine how outraged the Rev. King would’ve been to know that someday, in his name, young Americans would be judged by the content of their essays rather than the color of their skin?! Oh, wait a minute

https://www.thecollegefix.com/white-students-win-mlk-day-essay-contest-at-u-montana-outrage-ensues/

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During the Super Bowl pregame show on Fox, President Trump gave an exclusive interview to Sean Hannity and in typical fashion, shared exactly what he thinks about various issues and political rivals. He talked about the radical left taking over the Democratic Party and how Nancy Pelosi is a “very confused, very nervous woman” who probably didn’t want impeachment, but she lost control. He also gave some quick takes on other people, such as Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders (“Well, I think he’s a communist…You could say ‘socialist.’”) Those who would protest that Bernie isn’t a communist should inform his campaign workers that they’re not fighting to bring gulags to America.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-hannity-super-bowl-interview

Ironically, the Trump comment that got the angriest response was his flippant riff about how Michael Bloomberg is short, which is fine, but he heard that Bloomberg wants a box to stand on during the debates, and that’s not fair. This ribbing seemed to infuriate Bloomberg, who responded that Trump lies constantly (Is it really lying to call Mike Bloomberg “short”?) I can tell you that if he’s too thin-skinned to take that, he shouldn’t be in presidential politics. Imagine if he had to stand up to what gets hurled at Trump every day!

By the way, speaking of lying, Bloomberg paid a reported $11 million for a Super Bowl commercial focused on pushing gun control that wildly misrepresented the facts (some might call that “lying.”) Jacob Sullum at Reason.com breaks it down…

https://reason.com/2020/02/02/michael-bloombergs-claim-about-children-killed-by-gun-violence-is-off-by-73/

In short, the ad claims that 2900 children die from gun violence every year in America. It doesn’t say that by “children,” Bloomberg means anyone up to age 19, which includes a lot of gang members who shot each other or were shot by police. The “child” that the ad centers around was actually 20 when he was killed, in a “gang-related” altercation in a Houston park. If you lower the cut-off age for “children” just two years to 17, the number of fatalities drops by about half. Factor out teen suicides, and it drops by 73%.

The ad’s call for background checks for all gun purchases and making “straw purchases” a federal crime are about laws that are already on the books. And the implication that we’re facing a rising epidemic of gun violence isn’t true, either. According to Pew Research, there were 4.6 gun murders per 100,000 Americans in 2017, down from 7.1 in 1974. There were also 7.3 crimes using guns per 1,000 people in 1993, plummeting to 1.1 per 1,000 in 2015.

The death of any young person is a terrible tragedy, but it appears obvious that it would be more effective to take action to counter teen suicide and gang activity than to impose more expensive, government-bloating gun control laws that infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens and that have never been proven to make any difference whenever they have been tried.

Bloomberg spent about $180,000 a word to air that ad, but I place far more value on the words of a real authority on guns, Jack Wilson, the firearms trainer and volunteer security guard who stopped the would-be mass shooter at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, in six seconds with one shot. Wilson told “Fox & Friends” that “had we operated by (Mr. Bloomberg’s) standards or his wishes, the carnage would have been significantly greater because the individual still had, after the shooting, still had seven live rounds in his gun and three more in his pocket. Even though the police department did arrive in roughly two minutes from the time the first call went in, by that time, you know, the carnage would have been much, much worse."

https://youtu.be/IO7NDlbcpCg

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The whole reason we developed the Western system of criminal justice that balances protecting the rights of the victim with respecting the rights of the accused is because people do bad things to other people…and one of the bad things they sometimes do is lie. That’s why, as important as the “MeToo” movement was in encouraging women to speak up against sexual abuse, it quickly went off the rails when its proponents started declaring that men shouldn’t enjoy due process rights, that we should “believe all women” without question, and therefore any accusation was tantamount to a guilty verdict

Over the weekend, there was some shocking proof of how unjust such an overreaction can be. One of the most famous early targets of MeToo activists was Johnny Depp, who was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Depp claimed he was actually the victim, but nobody believed him. He was vilified, and it reportedly contributed to him being dropped from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series, while Heard’s Hollywood career got a boost.

But as Megan Fox at PJ Media reports, over the weekend, someone posted online an alleged recording of a private conversation between Heard and Depp in which she berates him for leaving when she started throwing pots and pans, and admits to slapping and hitting him but insists it’s okay because she didn’t punch him: "You didn't get punched. You got hit...but you're fine. I did not hurt you." There’s more at the link:

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/explosive-leaked-confession-of-domestic-abuse-of-johnny-depp-turns-metoo-upside-down/

The stunning recording quickly went viral with many commenters suddenly taking Depp’s side. If he was indeed the victim of not only domestic abuse but career-damaging lies, let’s hope this helps set things right. But more than that, let’s hope it provides a much-needed reminder that regardless of gender, anyone can lie, anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, and everyone deserves the protections of due process, including the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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The news that Rush Limbaugh disclosed at the end of his radio show Monday that he has advanced lung cancer was heartbreaking. Rush singlehandedly saved AM radio in the late 1980’s by introducing a type of talk radio unique and entertaining. His dominance of the medium has lasted for over 30 years, which in itself is a stunning run of leading the pack and creating most of it. Those who know him personally speak of his kindness and decency. His critics would not likely affirm that, but Rush has always used his bombastic on-air personality to build his audience and exploit the often hilarious double standards of the left.

https://www.westernjournal.com/rush-limbaugh-announces-diagnosed-advanced-lung-cancer

Rush plans to try to continue doing his show while taking treatment. We all pray that the treatments will work and he will continue, but there’s no doubt that his imprint on our political culture will remain as a force of nature

Predictably, many on the left celebrated the news of Limbaugh’s illness on line, demonstrating that the distance, anonymity and bubble culture of the Internet have bred all traces of human decency out of their souls. But I was grateful to see that other liberals who are totally at odds with Rush’s politics expressed sympathy for a fellow human fighting a terrible disease and scolded their political fellows for their lack of class and humanity.

https://www.westernjournal.com/leftists-pile-disturbing-reactions-rush-limbaugh-cancer-news/

One prominent Democrat who risked the ire of rabid leftist Presidential primary voters was Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who tweeted this message to Rush:

“I and my family send our love and best wishes to you and your loved ones at this difficult moment in your life. May your hearts and minds be filled with and strengthened by God’s love.”

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/356992

Rep. Gabbard again proved that she is a class act regardless of whether you agree with her politics, which she already proved to me by agreeing to be my guest on “Huckabee” on TBN.

One other thing I’d like to point out: one of the liberals who tried to justify the nasty comments about Rush’s cancer was Alex Cole of Newsitics.com, who snarked that he’d give Rush Limbaugh “the same compassion the right did with RBG dealing with cancer.” All right, here’s what I wrote in this newsletter on December 21, 2018:

“It was revealed that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday to remove two cancerous growths from her lung. The surgery was reportedly a success, and she is said to be resting comfortably. I wish her a speedy and painless recovery and hope you will remember her in your prayers.”

I assume this means that Alex Cole will also now ask his readers to remember Rush in their prayers.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter showed why his show’s name “Reliable Sources” is so oxymoronic (emphasis on “moronic”) by “fact-checking” President Trump’s joke about Mike Bloomberg requesting a box to stand on during the Democratic debate.

https://www.westernjournal.com/twitter-roasts-cnns-stelter-doubles-fact-checking-trump-joke/

He should’ve known that was a joke. Bloomberg is spending so much money that the Democrats will just change the debate rules for him and make all the other candidates stand in holes.

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  • Susan Munz

    02/06/2020 05:19 PM

    Right on!

  • Mrs. Betty L. Kirby

    02/05/2020 08:56 PM

    Now that our GREAT PRESIDENT has been acquitted, I am wondering what tricks the Dems have up their sleeves next. Mr. Trump can shake the dust off his feet (along with all the Dems) and get back to the important items on his list. My heart goes out to him and all of his family knowing that for over 3 years they have endured all the guff, criticism and attacks and are still standing strong. God bless him for what he has endured--both personally and as president. Those of us who know what the truth is will support him regardless of all the attacks. May people continue to pray for him daily. I am reminded of the Scripture which says: "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him." Surely the Lord has answered prayers or he would not have endured.

  • Michael

    02/05/2020 08:54 PM

    The RNC should have no problem gathering material for campaign ads. Just from the last two years of the SOTU, there would ample material of the Democrats disrespect and disdain for the President, but they show almost no respect for Americans. The Democrats are the true HATERS, though we know they accuse Republicans and Conservatives of exactly what they
    are and what they spew, right along with MSM. During the impeachment charade and listening to the House managers I looked up the Saul Alinsky Rules of Engagement against the Opposition and they, but particularly Schiff, were definitely using those Communist rules. I hope in the next election, We The People make the Democrats the political party the party of the past and they never again have majority rule in our Nation !!!

  • Harold Levi

    02/05/2020 05:15 PM

    Mr. Mike, Sir, We will butt heads on the description of Marxists. Keep in mind that a woman cannot be a little bit pregnant. In the same vein, you cannot be a little bit Marxist. You can use sugar-coated names to make it seem nice, but you are a Marxist or you are not. The great majority of the Democrats are Marxist, but seen that you like to soft-peddle things, I suppose you can call them Socialists - - but they remain a Marxists! Why is Bernie labeled as a Democrat? He says he is an Independent - OR does he just lye all of the time? Oh, BTW, Nazi is a German acronym for National Socialist, which means Nazis are a version of Marxist (Leftists).

  • Dot whitley

    02/05/2020 04:37 PM

    There were many good comments about the stupid criticism about the Martin Luther King thing in Montana . If more people would be honest about racism, by saying that it has nothing to do with the discontent of many blacks, then they might wake up eventually. Humoring them hasn't worked .
    I am so saddened about Rush being seriously ill, and I do pray he has the best of doctors, and will be with us many many more years. We need him, and others like him.
    Dot

  • Linda Rush

    02/05/2020 07:42 AM

    I loved this comment from
    Tammy Meme Bearden in the comments section of a KY 3 post: (thought I would share). She does not know that I am, but I love what she wrote and thought you might, too.

    When Nancy Pelosi ripped the speech, was she spitting in the face of the brave 100 year old Tuskegee Airman, a young black girl given a scholarship to rescue her from a substandard public school, the baby girl who survived a premature birth, the soldier who came home to surprise his family, a grieving brother who lost his sibling to an illegal alien and a grieving Mother and her 13 year old son who lost their husband/father to a terrorist?

    The unbridled hate is real with this one!

  • Rick Gooden

    02/05/2020 06:19 AM

    Nancy Pelosi's actions at the STATE OF THE UNION address last night were nothing short of
    shameful,disgraceful and dispickable.She clearly has no class,no dignity and no respect for this great country at all.I just wish we could impeach her from our government for good.She single handidly shame's and disgraces this country,while our thoughtful and hard working President continues to make it greater each and every day.GOD BLESS DONALD J. TRUMP,his family,the Republican party and the U S A !!! ??....TRUMP 2020.

  • Rick Gooden

    02/05/2020 05:33 AM

    Nancy Pelosi's behavior at the STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS was nothing short of shameful,
    dispickable and disgraceful.I just wish we could impeach her from our government once and for all.She has absolutely no class,no dignity and no respect for this nation at all.Her shameful actions
    should sicken any and every living person throughout this great country that our thoughtful and hard working President is making greater each and every day !!! GOD BLESS DONALD J. TRUMP,his family,the Republican party and the U S A....TRUMP 2020 ??

  • Wanda Magdalen

    02/05/2020 05:29 AM

    We all owe Rush so much for all the good that he has done for our country by always telling us the truth in what’s going on in the U.S.A!
    I know that he’s been a Blessing to my family for over 20 years!
    Our Prayers are with Rush, Kathryn and their extended family!
    Thank you Mike for including your kind words about Rush and shame on the left for joking about his bad news!
    My husband and I are both cancer survivors and just remember that what goes around, comes around!
    God Bless you Mike

  • Patricia Young

    02/05/2020 01:36 AM

    Nancy Pelosi. She was an embarrassment. If there is something physically wrong with her I apologize. Someone who loves and cares for her should try to keep her from public view. She is embarrassing herself.

  • Jan St Anne

    02/05/2020 12:44 AM

    The President's speech, tonight, at the STATE OF THE UNION was perfect in every detail. I often stood up in my living room and applauded with the others. The lack of respect by the "white" dressed Dems was a perfect example of their inability to govern like grown ups and statesmen/women. A very wise man once said "Let the dead bury their dead" came to my mind as I watched the Dem party displaying how dead their party has become as Americans. Pelosi fidgeted and chewed her cud and looked like a half crazed old person then tore up the speech. It showed what hate has done to her. She needs to be ousted. Thank you President Donald Trump for being a true STATESMAN.

  • Jerry Korba

    02/05/2020 12:21 AM

    America is proud of Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House of Representatives what a class act. The people on the Left side of the House you are a classy set of people. You didn't change my mind about you the people from the Left side of the House did what you have done for the last 3 years NOTHING. I would have been disappointed if you were to do the the Nation good. Your crude behavior this evening is nothing new this is what the Left does sits for crude nasty rude hateful behavior don't worry the people in your districts don't care you made sure they can't understand normal behavior kudos to the Leaders of the Left you have striped decency, the will to work and the opportunity to work your voters sit in their toxic waste while you express your toxic behavior on what is a Formal National Gathering. While the Left sits on its hands while American citizens applaud the wonderful accomplishments the Conservatives have brought back to America for next 200 plus days do what you do best Nothing just stay out of the way your time is running out tick tock tick tock MAGA Vote a D-RAT out. Pelosi as Queen RAT of the D-Rats tonite you might as well have eaten a bag of DCON your DONE.

  • Michaela Hadlow

    02/04/2020 11:23 PM

    I just finished watching the State of the Union address. If Nancy Pelosi remains Speaker, she should NOT be allowed to sit behind President Trump while he is speaking! She was rude and distracting! Thank you!

  • Anne B Eagle

    02/04/2020 11:15 PM

    Is it possible for all the Conservative radio and TV program hosts to organize a national prayer campaign for Rush? We all know that our God is an awesome God, capable of miracles. And we need a miracle for Rush ----a total cure which will give him many more productive years on this earth.

  • Allison Boyle Runkles

    02/04/2020 10:58 PM

    Mike, I cannot tell you how shocked my husband and I were when we witnessed the infantile show Nancy Pelosi displayed when she tore up the President’s speech immediately following his closing. Such poor judgement, that which I have not witnessed in a long time. The “Sour Grapes” syndrome showed through on National tv. She is a pitiful excuse as an example of how a powerful, smart, political woman in our Congress behaves in 2020. She and the Democrats looked and acted like school children with pouting faces and showing petty attitudes by remaining seated during standing applause for what should have shown rallying bipartisan approval for many of the things that have been accomplished over the last three years. They cannot bear to acknowledge some of the wonderful things that are making our wonderful country better...because they would have to admit Donald Trump was a major force in bringing positive improvements during his time as President! Ignorance and a truly hateful spirit are the only reasons I can attribute it to, and I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t be terribly disappointed in this rabid group of important people (in their own minds, anyway). I feel a little better now that I’ve gotten that off my chest. I truly thought the President did a magnificent job tonight...as well as during the last 3 years!

  • Janet Underwood

    02/04/2020 10:39 PM

    I missed most of the SOTU, due to not refreshing my screen, but got to see Nancy -- she who hates no one because she was raised in a Catholic home and they don't hate anyone -- do a Oscar-worthy impersonation of pure hatred by ripping up Trump's speech at the end. I'm sure she was sorely disappointed that not only did Trump not see her childish tantrum, but no one else paid any attention to it as well. These people are seriously mentally ill and far too unstable to be trusted with public office! Can you imagine if (Lord forbid), circumstances put Nancy in the White House and she lost it there like she did at the SOTU? Scary stuff.

  • Myra A PearsonI

    02/04/2020 09:48 PM

    I watched the first part of President Trumps speech, but decided to turn it off. Watching Nancy play with something in her mouth, or her tongue was having tantrums, was boring.

  • Amelia Little

    02/04/2020 09:13 PM

    Bloomberg is a buffoon--easy enough for him to say wait for the police, what with his armed body guards. The police response time in TX was very prompt (but, as you point out, there would have been more deaths but for Mr Wilson) but can you imagine the response time in NYC???? When I first read of his factless gun ad--I also thought- how many of those "children" died on the streets of say, Detroit, Chicago, NEW YORK CITY during gang activity. Thanks for the facts on that. I'm sure bloomberg legislated gun control during his tenure as mayor. But since I couldn't remember--I wondered if he was spending too much time and worry about the size of pop you buy from 7-11?

    I have recently read about two college guys whose lives were ruined by some gal crying rape--when there was evidence to the contrary. Neither case went to court (because even the most liberal court doesn't seem to have fallen off that wagon yet) but the universities refused to even read evidence, police reports, etc. The college did have to pay handsomely to one fellow--am not sure of the final outcome of the other. If there was justice, those who falsely accused someone, should have to pay. If this was done, perhaps there would be fewer false accusations which absolutely hurt the cases where there was rape involved. The red flag laws are going to reap the same results as the metoo movement.

    I have been listening to Rush Limbaugh since 1989. I love his delivery--and chuckle at the people with no sense of humor who are "offended" by what he says or how he says it. Sure hope his treatments are successful--we need all the conservative talk show hosts we can get. I also remember when the democrats were pushing the FCC to ban conservative shows. Thank goodness the FCC panel had people with brains and it went no where. I still laugh when I remember good ol' hil, in the 2008 run for primary who yelled (I know she yelled--I watched it) that no one was going to shut the democrats up, blah blah blah. As usual, the democrats pull something, then try to project it on the Republicans.

    I don't recall reading about any politician or talk show host wishing bad on Justice Ginsburg. But, on forums on fb--there were conservative people who were quite nasty and hoped she'd die soon, etc. And celebrated Rep Cummings' death. Of course, there were those on the left (even prominent people) who blamed his death on the President!

  • William Schlumpf

    02/04/2020 09:07 PM

    Maybe if they banned illicit drug sales the "gun problem" would be solved. Ooh, hat sounds kinda redundant, or rhetorical or something, doesn't it?

  • Catherine Zeien

    02/04/2020 08:55 PM

    Tulsi Gabbard showed real humanity and compassion in her note to Rush. The liberals who are cheering for the disease are just soulless, heartless thugs. If they or their loved ones, God forbid, develop cancer, I hope their comments come back to bite them HARD! Those types are so messed up!

  • Dwight Bolton

    02/04/2020 08:46 PM

    My Family and I are Praying for you..

  • Kay DeWitt

    02/04/2020 08:07 PM

    One more time I thank you for reechoing the cry of my heart in this newsletter and I decided to copy, and paste, what I wrote in my comment to your earlier newsletter so you can SEE why I say this....So, only hours before I read what you wrote in this newsletter I wrote:

    "as far as Schiff accusing the President of DECENCY not mattering at all to him, his very accusation makes a mockery of GOD'S perspective ON what makes FOR "decency" because Schiff's hatred FOR President Trump is not only lacking in decency, it is LACKING IN HUMANITY because his hatred was birthed in the pit of hell by the evil one who is the very antithesis of decency! "

    In this newsletter, after stating that "the bubble culture of the internet have bred all traces of human DECENCY out of their souls" you go on to state how " other liberals scolded their political fellows for their LACK OF class and HUMANITY. "

    As far as the relationship to gun control as any kind of answer to stopping the gun violence, I will make NO comment because this is a subject too near and dear to my heart to but scratch the surface of what I have to say ABOUT this....
    SUFFICE IT TO SAY....

    I am dedicating my whole life.....however much time of it I have left...to trying to tell my world that loving a potential shooter with HIS unconditional has the SUPERNATURAL POWER to persuade him to put DOWN his gun! And that is not even open for debate because I have LIVED the truth OF that and I have written letters from gang kids to PROVE that I have!!!!....which is WHY I am saying it's time for Christians to step up to the plate and also love potential shooters to wanting to put down their guns!......AND....

    As far as what you said about the internet breeding all traces of humanity out of "their" souls , I just want to close this by saying that, part of my cry for our dying kids is that MODERN TECHNOLOGY IS DEHUMANIZING OUR KIDS which is why, months ago, when, in Long Island, a kid stabbed another kid to death...in a mall parking lot....MANY kids who WATCHED this horror, not only did nothing to HELP the kid being stabbed, but has their ce!I phones held high so they could put a video OF this stabbing on the internet!!!!!.....THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD HAVE CARED MORE ABOUT TRYING TO STOP ANOTHER PRECIOUS LIFE FROM BEING DESTROYED LIKE THIS KID'S LIFE WAS DESTROYED THAN PUTTING ALL THEIR ENERGIES INTO DESTROYING THEIR LEADER......AND....

    Do you know WHY this kid decided to slaughter another kid? Because he walked his girlfriend home after a party because she ASKED him to...so she wouldn't have to walk home alone!!! Do you see some kind of analogy here between this kid's motive for "slaughter" and the Democrats motive for " slaughter "?...Just thought I'd ask!!!

  • Pam Fancil

    02/04/2020 08:00 PM

    Gov, when I heard the sad news about Rush, I was at a loss on how to get some important information to him. The documentary, “Eating Yourself Alive” is a lifestyle my husband and I have just begun. If there is any way you can encourage Rush to watch it, I believe there may be hope. Thank you in advance.

  • Janet Underwood

    02/04/2020 07:21 PM

    Good news! Just found out that AOC, Al Greene, Auntie Maxine, and a few other Dems plan to "boycott" tonight's State of the Union address. So glad there won't be any camera pans to their dour faces. And how fitting it is for them to not show up--they haven't shown up for work for three years now! Why are they still being paid?

  • Stephen Russell

    02/04/2020 07:11 PM

    Bloomie: cant create any new ads, has to recycle old stuff & dictates that hes elite & above it all.
    At least Dems are buying his ads while we dont have 2.
    Unless we have lame RINOs 2.
    All that money wasted GIGO