Evening Edition - December 9

December 9, 2018

Wait, you’re telling me that the left-leaning “fact checker” used by Facebook and Google fudges facts to make it appear that leftists are right about something they’re clearly wrong about?  If I told you I was surprised, I’d have to award myself Four Pinocchios.

https://www.westernjournal.com/snopes-fact-checker-facebook-google-botches-fact-check/

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Virginia’s West Point High School board voted 5-0 to fire French teacher Peter Vlaming for committing the unpardonable thought crime of referring to a biological female student as “she.”

 

Of course, it’s more complicated than that, although not any more rational.  The student “identifies” as male, so Vlaming was accused of “misgendering” him or xir or whatever pronoun…the student prefers.  But Vlaming denies any animosity: he says that as a devout Christian, his religious beliefs bar him from referring to a female as a male, so he simply didn’t use any pronouns in addressing the student.  But he did refer to…the student on one occasion as “she,” which…the student (wow, a world without pronouns gets tiresome!) claims made…the student feel “singled out,” creating a “hostile learning environment for...the student.  Vlaming claims it was a one-time slip of the tongue (as if anyone would ever refer to a biological female as “she” for any reason other than hate and malice!)  

 

Making it even more like an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” the school has no specific policy on gender preference pronoun use, which means the board voted unanimously to fire him for violating a policy that doesn’t exist. 

 

I’m happy to report that numerous parents and teachers are taking Vlaming’s side (funny how…the student…claims to feel so threatened by being singled out for attention, yet has turned a one-syllable slip of the tongue in a high school classroom into a national news story.) I’m also happy to note that Vlaming has engaged an attorney, who cited a policy that actually is written down.  It’s known as the First Amendment, and it certifies that free speech and the right to practice your religious faith without fear of reprisal outweighs the government’s power to tell you which pronouns to use. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/virginia-teacher-sacked-misgendering-transgender-student/

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Hillary Clinton’s email server is like a dead skunk she keeps burying in the back yard and thinking it’s buried forever, but then some overzealous bloodhound keeps digging it up and dropping right back on her doorstep again.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/outraged-federal-judge-orders-investigation-hillarys-email-server/

 

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Hate to keep belaboring the point, but yes, it turns out you can drill your way out of an energy shortage.  This news is definitely going to make the holiday season less merry for OPEC.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/gusher-feds-id-largest-energy-find-ever-worth-7-years-of-fuel

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MONOLOGUE Dec 8 2018

I’ve finally figured out how to make the media say really nice things about Republicans.  After watching the glowing and may I add, the deserved tributes to our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush from the media this week, and remembering the kind and effusive praise they also lavished on Senator John McCain after his death, I realize that the one way to get the press speaking with adoration toward a Republican is for that Republican to either die or say something really nasty about the current President.  For those who thought that former President Bush had a cozy and sweet relationship with the press during his long and storied career, think again.  He was deemed insincere for taking the Vice Presidency after being harshly critical of Ronald Reagan’s economic plans; he once threw Newsweek reporters off of Air Force One after they treated him pretty much like they treat the current President and for that matter, like they’ve treated every other Republican President in my lifetime.  He exchanged heated and terse comments with a number of reporters, including Dan Rather of CBS.  He was called wimpish by the media, despite the fact that he was a true, honest to God war hero, having been shot down during a mission as a young Naval aviator, and was rescued by a US Submarine before the Japanese got to him.  He was gracious, thoughtful, and diplomatic to be sure, but there wasn’t much wimpish about him.  He was tough political pro, and he built an impressive coalition of countries to stop Saddam Hussein’s brutal invasion of Kuwait.  He was an effective leader in legislation, though not given nearly the credit he deserves for some real legacy items, among them the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  His management of the post cold war realignment in the former Soviet Union and Europe is greatly under-appreciated in that when brutal communist governments collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down, the world did not degenerate into a world war or even civil war within the various countries who moved from dictatorship to freedom.  Sure, the press spoke of some of those things this week, but do your own research and go back and see how the media treated the 41st President when he was alive and in office or even running for office.  Don’t get me wrong—I’m glad the media spent this past week remembering this leader’s legacy of leadership and statesmanship.  But for them to pretend that they have always treated him with even a hint of that respect is just plain laughable.  One of the reasons the news media is held in such contempt by many of us is not just their blatant and unabashed bias, but because of their shameless hypocrisy in moments like these.    I’ve been reminded this week not to be very  concerned if the media scorches me or other conservatives for our beliefs.   One day, when I die, they might even be forced to say something nice.  But I’m also reminded that if we are to take them seriously, they need to start acting like objective observers detached from their own opinions and personal views and tell the story straight and honestly.  In the meantime, when it comes to President George Herbert Walker Bush, they finally got it right this week, even though he had to die for them to tell it.  

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Insightful reader comment (excerpted here) from Ann, who, incidentally, knows her French history:

CNN only showed the part of Macron's speech when he insisted that patriotism and nationalism are opposites.  His people want nationalism just like the people who voted for Trump, I think.  They do need a course in anger management, but did you see the police hitting the protesters?  There's nothing wrong with nationalism and it's not the opposite of patriotism, maybe just more economic than emotional.  I finally heard a part of Macron's speech which was nice, but, since that part didn't include barbed arrows shot at Trump, CNN hardly showed it at all.  I can easily say ‘enemy of the people’ to journalists who choose the part of the speech which will cause revolution, whether it's in the USA or France.

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Friday, President Trump confirmed that he’s picked State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as our UN Ambassador, and William Barr to fill the empty space created by both the departure and the presence of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.  Both seem to be solid choices, and it will be interesting to see how the liberal media manage to slime them, considering Nauert is herself a former journalist and Barr already served as Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush, whom they’ve just spent the past week demanding that Trump emulate.

The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strossel made a great point: you can tell Barr must be a pretty good choice for Attorney General based on how many Democrats immediately started demanding that he recuse himself from anything important.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-picks-attorney-general-un-ambassador/   

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  • Sarah E Miller

    12/10/2018 02:16 PM

    Is there a reason why I can't find this particular newsletter on the front page? I accessed it via the link at the bottom of the December 10 newsletter.

  • Dan Archer

    12/10/2018 06:17 AM

    Just love your commentaries. They make you think but at the end they always give a thoughtful chuckle. Keep up the good work and a Merry Christmas to Sarah and all your God loving family.

  • Amelia Little

    12/10/2018 03:46 AM

    That poor misguided Virginia student is going to have a hard, hard, life. No matter how much the pc police try, all this pronoun stuff isn't going to change how most of us speak. Most people don't have the time to check with each and every person if he or she self identifies as some gender other than what they obviously are. Heck, it seems there's a new gender popping up every other day....I'm not going to try to memorize them, especially since all are pretty ludicrous. I'm sure, when she gets into the real world, there are going to be many times when she will be called a she (I have no idea what pronoun she prefers) and she isn't going to get any living or working done if she spends all her time crying and feeling singled out.

    Of course the democrats want the AG to recuse himself from pretty much everything. How are they going to advance their agenda if the AG actually does his job? And, why should the AG recuse himself? If anyone should recuse himself (resigning would work, too) it's rosenstein. Actually the entire special counsel should recuse themselves, fold their cards and get out of Dodge--talk about conflict of interest, it seems the whole panel fits in this category.

  • Rebecca Holstine

    12/10/2018 12:52 AM

    I never use Snopes. I found I could do my own research and believe in what I would find, much more than I could believe Snopes. Also I have to make a comment on the testimony of James Comey. 250 times, he "didn't recall, couldn't remember, and didn't know". He learned well from the Clintons, didn't he? And this is the man we trusted with the FBI. I look forward to your column each and every day. And thank you again for giving us Sarah. She is a jewel.

  • Rose Howell

    12/09/2018 11:59 PM

    Hi Mike,
    Many are not so praising of former President Bush (41). Can you refute that he is placed in Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination? I believe he was with the CIA at the time. I've read that when asked where he was when JFK was killed his response was that he did not remember (who says that of those alive at that time? No one).

    I've also read quite often that he was in fact a globalist and wanted a world ordered government. Your thoughts?

    And wasn't Trump banned from the funeral of Barbara Bush?

    I'm 73 and remember seeing him campaign at a Catholic high school in our neighborhood. He arrived in a helicopter.

    Regards,
    Rose Howell

  • Carl Smith

    12/09/2018 10:49 PM

    Great analysis as usual. Heather Nauert will be considered an 'Uncle Tom' of Journalism. She is NOT mainstream BRAIN DEAD so she will be treated like any other Constitutional Loving American- a disgrace to her Sex, her occupation and her Country. Besides all that she worked For the only Semi Correct news outlet left -Fox, for how much longer is in doubt now that the Murdoch Spawn are running the show.

  • Stephen Russell

    12/09/2018 08:28 PM

    Killing the Deep State:
    800 Reward Info?
    Witnesses come forth
    Public comments on services?
    Petitions.
    Protests in DC or elsewhere
    ID lobbyist firms.
    Media: FNC The Next Rev, Judge Jeannie, etc.
    Turncoats in Deep State.
    Only ways to end Deep State nationwide or just DC

  • Beth Mulvihill

    12/09/2018 07:56 PM

    Political correctness is tearing America apart. The s hool broke the law and Impray the teacher wins. He was notmin the wrong.

  • Beth Mulvihill

    12/09/2018 07:56 PM

    Political correctness is tearing America apart. The s hool broke the law and Impray the teacher wins. He was notmin the wrong.

  • Mike Dill

    12/09/2018 07:06 PM

    I have been quiet about the nasty language, snide jokes and accusations that have been going on from both sides of the political aisle ever since Trump took center stage. I am wondering when those on "my" side of the aisle, the conservatives, will start to wake up and read their scripture, where God says clearly that we are not to return reviling with reviling, but on the contrary, we are to "bless those who persecute" and "not curse them." It doesn't even stop there. In Romans chapter 12, it is summarized nicely. - God says that we are to be kind and giving to those who behave as our enemies. It doesn't mean that we are to cave in and agree with their misguided notions - but are to listen with respect and compassion, then point out in a kind and caring manner and voice where they are mistaken. Think about it. How the "average" American would feel after a month or so of that kind of exchange. Personally, I think that even those who tend to lean "left" would be moved toward a decent and civil presentation from the "right." Your thoughts?

  • Diane Alton

    12/09/2018 06:32 PM

    Have you figured out who is 'individual 1' yet?

  • Kay Scyphers

    12/09/2018 06:16 PM

    I appreciate your take on everyday happenings and your comments regarding them. I also appreciate your daughter's explanations of the President's policies and comments and the harassment she must endure everyday, as do you. Keep on standing up for what is right and good! Thank you.