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The Democratic Party has chosen a slogan for the 2018 midterm elections, in an attempt to convince voters that this time, they’ve really learned their lesson about all that arrogance and contempt they showed for working Americans, and seriously, they can be trusted now. The rather redundant slogan is, “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.”
Unfortunately, it took only nanoseconds before it was being razzed all over Twitter for its similarity to Papa John’s Pizza’s slogan: “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” If Democrats are going to claim they can bring you better jobs and wages, they probably don’t want to remind everyone that the last time they were in charge, not that long ago, people were lucky to find jobs delivering pizzas.
Personally, I think I have a slogan for them that’s far more accurate, but I doubt they’ll take me up on it: “Fool you once, shame on us. Fool you twice, shame on you.”
The Carlin rule
By Mike Huckabee
The late comedian George Carlin had a theory that politically-correct people take accurate, simple descriptive terms and bleed them of offensiveness by adding more and more syllables until they become such vague euphemisms that they’re meaningless. His famous example was how “shell shock” was twisted into “battle fatigue,” then “operational exhaustion,” and currently, “post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Well, it’s too bad Carlin is no longer around to ridicule the new Associated Press Stylebook for reporters, since it seems they’ve been copying their style from watching his old HBO specials. For instance, you’ll be glad to hear we no longer have a “refugee” or “migrant” problem because there are no refugees or migrants anymore. They’re now “people struggling to enter Europe.” No word on what you call refugees who want to enter some other place, or who just pour across the borders of some nations without having to struggle at all, or if that term also applies to American tourists struggling to fit all their luggage into a rented Fiat at the Rome airport.
Also, the word “Islamist” must no longer be combined with terms like “terrorist” or “militant” because, of course, Islam has nothing to do with the militants and terrorists who are fighting for ISIS, the Islamic State of Iran and Syria. I guess according to the AP, “Isis” refers only to the 1970s children’s TV show.
Finally, there are no more “pro-life” or “pro-choice” people. Now, they’re “anti-abortion” and “pro-abortion rights.” Notice how that switches the negative prefix to the pro-lifers and the positive prefix to the anti-lifers (a much more accurate term). Also notice that the pro-life side is now anti-abortion, but the other side is merely “pro-abortion rights.” That subtly distances them from saying they are in favor of the actual procedure. How you be pro-abortion rights and not pro-abortion is beyond me, but it makes the term longer and more vague, so it’s following the Carlin rule.
Personally, I am pro-abortion in only one way: I’m in favor of aborting the new A.P. Stylebook.
Free speech at UC-Berkeley
By Mike Huckabee
The cradle of the free speech movement, UC-Berkeley, now seems to be firmly in the hands of people who belong in a cradle, because they have a tantrum whenever anything upsets them. The latest example of their ongoing efforts to stifle non-leftist speech is that conservative Ben Shapiro was booked to speak in September by the College Republicans, but officials blocked it. Their excuse: lack of a venue. They just can’t find a lecture hall where he can speak with only two months advance warning. (FYI: the central campus alone is 178 acres and includes dozens of buildings, and presumably, not a single one will have a large room empty for an hour or so in September.)
By Mike Huckabee
The latest bright idea from the green movement: people who care about preventing climate change should not have children. It sounds like a ridiculous overreaction, but to be fair, if everyone who believes that deeply in far-left causes stopped reproducing, it might eventually solve quite a few of the world’s problems.
Food stamp update
By Mike Huckabee
After climbing to the highest levels in history over the past six years, participation in the federal food stamp program has dropped to its lowest level since 2010. There are now about 5 million fewer people on food stamps than in 2013. This is at least partly connected to a big drop in applications after some states started requiring able-bodied people without children to work or take job training if they want food stamps. I guess nobody ever taught them one of the great truths of life: food tastes better when you worked for it.
What do you do when you’re diagnosed at age 80 with an aggressive form of brain cancer that requires surgery followed by chemo and radiation? If you’re John McCain, you go on a hike.
Some school officials in San Francisco have decided that the current government-mandated school lunches aren’t unappetizing enough, so they’re going to do away with the only beverage kids can stand to wash them down with. I’m sure this will end well, even though it’s already been tried in Los Angeles and did not work out well at all.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to pay an $10 million legal settlement to a former Gitmo detainee who killed a US soldier and blinded another in a grenade attack is going over with Canadians about as well as a broccoli-flavored donut at Tim Horton’s. Here’s how a wounded veteran expressed his outrage.
In Washington, when liberals talk for an hour and say nothing, the press praise them for being thoughtful and articulate. But none of them could have perfectly summed up the current state of the war on ISIS in just four words the way Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis did. But then, when liberals were in charge of the war on ISIS, these four words wouldn’t have applied anyway.
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