Evening Edition - January 30

January 30, 2019 |

Fifteen long months after a 64-year-old man in Las Vegas opened fire on a concert crowd from a hotel window above, killing 58 people and injuring about 800 others, a three-page summary report has finally been released by a panel of experts from various fields who had access to thousands of pages of evidence and witness testimony. 

And we still don’t know why he did it.

You can see their conclusions at the link.  He was a manipulative loner who was in physical decline, and he might have wanted to die by suicide and achieve “infamy” in doing it.  Also, his father was a diagnosed psychopath and convicted bank robber who was one of the FBI’s 10 Most-Wanted Fugitives, so his father’s mental state and criminal notoriety might have influenced him.  But he left no note, video, manifesto or any other clue as to why he committed this horrific act against innocent people, carefully planned in advance and with no intention of escaping alive.   

It now appears that we may never know the specific reason why he did it, as if there could ever be a "reason" that would make any logical sense. The only thing we can say for certain from all the evidence presented is this:  Evil is real. 

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/fbi-las-vegas-gunman-sought-infamy-influenced-by-fathers-memory-1584677/

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As long as we’re doing a multiple-choice version of Fake News Wednesday, here’s a blast from the past: Remember the Russian model and alleged escort who was in jail in Thailand on sex-related charges during the 2016 election?  She claimed to have information about a Russian oligarch working with Trump’s campaign to interfere in the US election.  That set off a US media frenzy that got her sprung from jail and returned to Russia.


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Well, after all this time, she’s finally admitted that she made the whole story up to play the American media for suckers.  She figured that to them, claiming to know something about Trump colluding with Russia would be like waving a steak at a pack of hungry dogs, and it worked.  She told CNN (ironically), “I think it saved my life, how can I regret it? If journalists had not come at that time and that story had not come to the newspapers, maybe I would die [be dead by] now.”

She has a point.  At least, the only thing that’s dead now is the media’s reputation for journalistic integrity, and they’d already snuffed that out anyway without her help.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/escort-says-she-made-up-trump-dirt-story-to-save-her-life-in-thai-jail

 

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For those who claim there’s no difference between the two major political parties, an A-B comparison...

This op-ed argues that the first priority for Republicans post-shutdown should be to continue their push to advance religious freedom rights:

https://www.westernjournal.com/governments-first-priority-post-shutdown-must-advancing-religious-freedom/

And for Democrats, their first priority post-shutdown was to propose removing all “gender-specific” language from the witness oath for the House Committee on Natural Resources and to strike any mention of “God” by removing the phrase, “so help me God.” 

https://www.westernjournal.com/democrats-propose-removing-god-gender-specific-language-committee-oath/

So do you really think the two parties' priorities are interchangeable?

 

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With the State of the Union Address back on, Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow offered suggestions for what Trump should say to tout his many economic victories.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/state-of-the-union-2019-the-trump-economy-is-a-success-story-not-even-his-harshest-critics-can-deny

Since it seems unfair for Trump to get advice about his speech and not offer any to the Democrats, I asked “Huckabee” writer Pat Reeder to write a script for a suggested “Democratic Response” to the SOTU Address.  Here’s what he suggests…

CAMERA UP ON CHUCK SCHUMER AND NANCY PELOSI STANDING RIGIDLY, SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER, IN FRONT OF A PEACOCK-TAIL ARRANGEMENT OF AT LEAST 400 AMERICAN FLAGS.  THROUGHOUT THE SPEECH, BOTH STARE BUG-EYED AND UNBLINKING INTO THE CAMERA AS IF FACING A FIRING SQUAD OR ENGAGING IN A STARING CONTEST WITH AN OIL PAINTING. 

Pelosi:  Good evening… 

Schumer:  Good evening…

Pelosi:  We apologize if that gave you goosebumps.  Any resemblance between our on-camera demeanor and that of Alfred Hitchcock is purely unintentional. 

Schumer: Tonight, President Trump tried to bamboozle you with a lot of “numbers” and “statistics” and “facts” that, while they might be accurate, are morally wrong.


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Pelosi:  You might even be inclined to believe his claim that your life started going a lot better the minute we left power. 

Schumer:  With all due respect, this is because you are dumb and believe “faux news” from partisan sources, such as Fox, Rush Limbaugh and your own eyes. 

Pelosi: We have incontrovertible – for those of you in flyover country, that means “true” – proof that the economy actually does better under Democrats.  Top university professors, the kind who taught economics to the leaders of tomorrow, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have done studies proving that our policies are better for economic growth and job creation.

Schumer:  It’s only due to unlucky timing that the positive effects of policies by Democratic Presidents such as Carter and Obama don’t kick in until after they leave office and Republicans steal the credit. 

Pelosi:  That’s why we Democrats are here to set the record straight and make the case for why voters should once again entrust us with all three branches of government: the White House, the House and the Senate.

Schumer:  Tonight, President Trump boasted about the economy as if he deserves credit rather than blame.  He actually bragged that more women are working now that at any time in the past 65 years.

Pelosi:  It was shocking indeed to hear a President of the United States admit that he wants to turn back the clock 65 years and make women slaves.

Schumer:  President Trump also pointed to the 3.9% unemployment rate, the 4.4% Hispanic jobless rate and the 5.9% black unemployment rate.  He ignored the appalling fact that the rates for Hispanics and African-Americans are still higher than the overall rate.  There is no excuse for this oversight, as CNN and MSNBC devote much of their economic news coverage to it.   

Pelosi:  Democrats reject this racist inequality.  Elect us back to power, and we will bring the unemployment rates of all peoples up to the same level.  Equality! That’s the American way!

Schumer:  The President also mentioned that for the first time ever, there are more job openings than job applicants.  This is a real crisis.  Who is going to do all those jobs?  This is why we need open borders: so that we can once again return to the days when there were hundreds of applicants for every job, so no job, no matter how unappealing, went undone.

Pelosi:  Under Democratic leadership, you knew every job holder was more than qualified. Under the Republicans, you no longer have a Ph.D. to take your order at Burger King. 

Schumer:  As for the return of manufacturing jobs that the President spoke of, does he not realize how hard his predecessors worked to send those environmentally toxic jobs to other parts of the world, so that Americans could enjoy their time on unemployment, and when that ran out, disability, in a safe, clean, pollution-free environment? 

Pelosi: If given another chance, Democrats can get that toxic GDP growth number down to the point that America becomes a virtual Garden of Eden -- although you will not be allowed to refer to it that way in public schools or any government building. 

Schumer:  When President Trump complains about how many American jobs and dollars are flowing to China, remember: they’re inhaling smoke while we’re taxing cigarettes. 

Pelosi:  Who’s looking out for your health?  The Democrats are!

Schumer:  So when he talks of having a GDP growth rate twice that of President Obama’s, think of that as doubling the amount of arsenic in your water supply.  I’m sure you see our point.    

Pelosi:  We Democrats believe in the American Dream – so much so that we think everyone on Earth has a legal right to come here and try to achieve it. 

Schumer:  We want to build bridges, not walls.

Pelosi: Although we also want strict EPA regulations that will prevent any bridges from being built, too. 

Schumer:  We believe in free health care for all, free college for all, and a free minimum income.

Pelosi:  …That someone else will pay for.

Schumer:  So in conclusion, whoever the next Democratic nominee for President might be – whether radical socialist or moderate centrist socialist – please give him, her or xir your full support. 

Pelosi:  Don’t throw away your vote on an unviable third party spoiler like Howard Schultz.

Schumer:  You have our personal guarantee that every Democrat running for President is at least as qualified to work for Starbucks as he is.

Pelosi:  Thank you.

Schumer:  And may whatever deity you do or don’t believe in bless America. 

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Former Arizona Republican Senator and staunch anti-Trumper Jeff Flake, who had 1% support in the latest GOP presidential preference poll, announced that he will not run for President. Believe it or not, that's actually kind of a surprise. Instead, he will host a show on CBS (not CNN?) called “Common Ground.”  But judging from his comments at the link, I’m confused as to whether he knows what that is.

https://www.westernjournal.com/jeff-flake-signs-cbs-news-ruling-primary-challenge-gets-called-trump-jr/

In one breath, he bemoans the scarcity of politicians who seek common ground in the Washington, and in the next, he attacks the RNC for fully supporting Trump and Trump for concentrating on “a diminishing base” which will make it harder for statewide candidates to win. 

This is from someone who acted as an army of one, blocking well-qualified, constructionist judicial nominees just to try to force the Senate to pass an unconstitutional bill protecting Robert Mueller from ever being fired.  It was a pointless grandstand move that risked blowing the best shot at reining in an out-of-control liberal activist judiciary that America’s had in years. 

Fortunately, the Republicans actually gained seats in the Senate, so all those nominees could be renominated and confirmed after he was gone and could no longer hold up business and hold all his colleagues hostage.  And why is he gone?  Because polls showed there was no way he could win his own reelection.  Yet he’s now lecturing the GOP on how they don’t know how to win statewide offices?

There’s a difference between pandering only to the most extreme members of your base and thumbing your nose at the needs and concerns of your entire base.  He seemed unable or unwilling to find common ground with the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump because they were tired of their problems being ignored and their values demeaned by arrogant politicians.  I don’t know how Jeff Flake can host a show called “Common Ground,” but I will concede that it’s better than letting him host a show called “Common Sense.”   

 

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There’s a new book out by a self-proclaimed “White House insider,” dispensing nasty gossip on President Trump and his staff that I’m sure the media will slurp up with a big wooden spoon.  Trump dismissed the author as a low-level “gofer” peddling “made-up stories and fiction.”  This would hardly be the first such book to be treated as revelatory by the media. But I wonder if they realize what they are revealing about themselves by retailing one of the stories.

The book claims that during a 2017 tour, Trump pointed to a small room off the Oval Office and said, “I’m told this is where Bill and Monica…”  He then stopped himself.  It also claims he told guests, “We’ve remodeled it since then.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-reportedly-points-bill-monica-room-white-house-tours/

I assume this is meant to depict Trump as a crass, disgusting vulgarian for bringing up such a thing.  Two points:

1.  I’m sure the guests were already thinking it, since the President his critics love made that room world-famous.

2.  They want us to be appalled at Trump for lowering the dignity of the Oval Office by talking privately about what the President they revere (and whom they wanted to return there as “First Man” by electing his wife) actually did in the Oval Office. 

Sorry, my Outrage Meter isn’t that directional. 

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What more can I say except, “That’s my kid!”

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/press-pool-cracks-sarah-sanders-uses-jim-acosta-shut-another-unruly-reporter/

 

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  • LeeMar Zarr

    02/01/2019 09:51 AM

    I am no lawyer...BUT if abortions can be made in NY at the time of life, and what seems like afterwards wouldn't this new law eliminate all MURDER charges? Would not the lawyer easily tell the court..."Your honor, my client did NOT murder this person...he simply ABORTED him."

  • Walt malesa

    01/31/2019 06:34 PM

    Governor, I think we just have to call all the crazy democratic policy’s “miracle economics” since they will need some kind of miracle to pay for them. If I thought they would know how to use one, I would send them all calculators.

  • Ann R Golden

    01/31/2019 12:14 PM

    Dear Mike,

    I realized this morning that fake news accomplishes its objectives multiple ways. 1) It fuels the ‘opposition’. 2) It exhausts the supporters on the battlefield of facts vs phony fact-checks and questionable retraction. People give up on convincing others due to fear And discouragement. It breeds hate on both sides. Even Children fight in grade school.

    I realized it was wearing me down. I am making a comeback. We need coverage on this effect.

  • Tom Reiva

    01/31/2019 11:01 AM

    Guess we won't get the Schumer/Pelosi Liars Club show on the 5th after Trump speaks. Instead the Dems have gone even lower and selected some losing candidates to critique him. Don't think I'll tune in.

  • joella dixon

    01/31/2019 10:11 AM

    i saw a commercial on the nbc today show this morning encouraging congress to impeach trump. i was shocked that a news program would run such and ad and hope that others will boycott this show pretending to be news. who paid for the ad? what can we do?

  • Dave Waege

    01/31/2019 09:43 AM

    Pat Reeder hit a home run with his suggested Democratic response. For the last several days there has been non-stop news about abortion. As a retired pastor who holds Scripture above all else, I am appalled at the media and liberal politicians' views on abortion. Quoting every passage from the Bible that addresses abortion is a waste of breath on such people, as is reminding them of long-held principles of life from medical professionals. A thought that comes to mind is is the future of our country with fewer and fewer people to carry out our military operations, as well as carrying out the basic services in our communities. Having lived my whole life(76 years) in the Midwest, I have seen any number of once-thriving towns, become ghost towns. Schools have closed or merged with neighboring schools miles away, businesses that once served many people have closed their doors.

    As abortions continue to snuff out more lives, the lives of towns and businesses will also be snuffed out. I pray the tide can be turned around.

    Dave Waege

  • Joan Chambers

    01/31/2019 09:03 AM

    Dear Mike,
    Is possible for you to have Luke Rosiak on your show?
    I thought he sounded interesting.
    Thank you

  • Patricia Marseglia

    01/31/2019 02:42 AM

    Thank you for continuing to fight the fight of faith!

  • Pam Fancil

    01/31/2019 12:08 AM

    The site where we were to see Sarah shine, was a miserable non-stop annoying, rambling retirement ad. It lasted about 1/8th as long as it took to get there! And that annoying ad could not be stopped.
    I’ve, more or less, come to accept those stuck throughout your report, and those non-stop individual ads at the end, which are absolute scam pieces, but a link you insert—that’s too much.
    I also found the Pelosi piece way too long.
    Maybe I’m in the minority, but you are one of a very few places I get my news. Every evening I’m looking to you to catch up on important matters of the day. I can’t wait, but I guess what I really want is a Readers Digest version; sorry!

  • Gladys Hizer

    01/31/2019 12:07 AM

    Loved Sarah's quick wit and dad's too. Heard that the Virginia situation did not pass and as Hannity said, "Not abortion but infanticide."

  • Donald Forbes

    01/30/2019 11:32 PM

    Best new york investment advice: Invest in the planned parenthood abortion mill. A new spare parts business opportunity has just been born. Who ever said big business is immoral. (I should explain to liberals that all of the foregoing was sarcasm).

  • Carl Smith

    01/30/2019 10:53 PM

    How about a Print Page Button. Great summary as usual.

  • Francesca Coppola

    01/30/2019 10:23 PM

    It is beyond my comprehension how any country like America can pass a law that allows a mother - carrying a baby in her womb and feeling it move it's hands and feet around in the womb can decide at the moment of birth if she wants to keep it or kill it. It is killing an infant - know as infanticide. Further, how can a political party - Democrats - bring this death bill to pass, how people can applaud it gleefully and how the same political party - Democrats - complain about babies being 'yanked' & separated out of their mothers' arms or not being treated like Americans - when they are not citizens of America and illegal? The Dems have reached the rotten bottom of their barrel -- death to innocent babies - lies and slurs against the highest office in the country - disrespect to others who don't think like they do and trying to brainwash them to their evil and sick thinking. Forgive them Father, they know not what they do. Protect our president - he is doing the right things while Dems are forming a Socialist, Godless and Radical Progressive America. Evil is as Evil does.

  • Melanie Bruno

    01/30/2019 09:48 PM

    Chuckie and Nutty Nan? Please; I couldn't stand it more than a minute; I had to stop.

  • Edward Vanover

    01/30/2019 09:26 PM

    Gotta love that Sarah! Watching her always makes me think of a whole bunch of bad guys who have shot their wads and are facing a fully armed person. And like always, they keep thinking that they'll win.
    As for flake Flake, you would think he'd find employment with a network that has more than family members as habitual watchers.

  • Bob Horn

    01/30/2019 09:24 PM

    When the (full term) baby is delivered it is made comfortable while the mother and doctor decide.....
    And they call Republicans "NAZIS"! That is so horrible I almost lost my dinner when I heard it. Dear God
    please turn this once great moral nation back on a righteous path.

  • ken moore

    01/30/2019 09:14 PM

    Schumer: & Pelosi need to be tried for treason

  • Don St. John

    01/30/2019 09:14 PM

    Pat Reeder------that sucker is good, really good!

  • Karen Bird

    01/30/2019 09:11 PM

    Great Job on Martha tonight!!!!

  • Nelda White

    01/30/2019 09:01 PM

    I guess that the wall or fence to be built is only immoral to people who do not believe in the bible. If they believe in it and have ever read it, then they know that God believed in walls and fences for border protection. Hope they are not second guessing Him. Our founding fathers did build our constitution and laws based on the bible. They have changed many of those laws, like taking out the sodomy law. Our founding fathers put in laws that were agreeable with our constitution, so why did they change it?

  • Flo Huckabee

    01/30/2019 08:51 PM

    Laughed til I cried reading the Plousy and Somewhere skit! The sad part is it is SO TRUE! They really are this stoopid!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jerry Korba

    01/30/2019 08:41 PM

    In the past i commented on how truly this Kamala Harris does not meet the standard at least by fly over peoples standards to sit on the Senate floor. It may not be very nice to say I thought she would be excellent as a seal trainer's assistant (that is an insult to the assistant) at the zoo give her a microphone and she can sing with the seals, She claps her hands well and moves her arms about well. when she talks about terminating our healthcare insurance companies I think people should not talk like that out loud if U wish to be President. I know Mrs. Harris is way below the pay grade of President Of the USA. Check with the San Diego Zoo and take that Butcher Cuomo from NY with ya and the rest of your clown club if the Zoo hired all of you you could have the Zoo out of business in a couple of weeks your that dam good!!!!!!!!!

  • Paul Russ

    01/30/2019 08:40 PM

    The Las Vegas massacre 15 months ago with 58 people killed and 800 injured is a horrid example of evil. It is a tragedy beyond words.

    It is tragic to note that the FBI leadership could only put limited resources into an investigation that yielded a 3-page report.

    This is a crime against the humanity of the victims.

    It is also tragic that the FBI can invest infinite time and resources investigating Russian collusion without ever considering the involvement of obvious participants.

  • Sheri Zillmer

    01/30/2019 08:25 PM

    How can we possibly get your words more coverage?

  • Mary Gail Hunt

    01/30/2019 08:18 PM

    I just want to say, thank you so much for the evening chuckles! With all that's going on I'm thankful for your humor??????. Very sincerely! Gail Hunt