Maybe President Trump should have let Speaker Pelosi and her fellow Democrats take that junket to Brussels. They could have learned about all the money the EU gave Turkey to stop the flow of refugees into Europe, and how much of it was spent on a 10-foot security wall hundreds of miles long, guarded by machine gun crews and armored patrol vehicles. Hey, Democrats want America to be more like Europe!
This story could spell bad news for the fast-rising “Jeff Flake for President” juggernaut.
I’m sure many of you are keeping a close eye on the weather this week. But rest assured, no matter what you hear, the government shutdown is not making weather forecasts less reliable. Also, unfortunately, the hot air generated by the parts of the government that are not shut down will not make the weather any warmer.
More Narrative Disruption: We have been assured that Americans are clamoring for more gun control laws. In Virginia, 26 new bills were introduced in the legislature, which would have given Virginia some of the most restrictive and punitive gun laws in America. Would have, except that all 26 have now been tabled or defeated.
It’s not bad enough that easily-triggered keyboard warriors tried to destroy the lives of innocent kids, but they also mistakenly tried to destroy the life of a kid who wasn’t even there but had the same last name.
The misidentified victim of the social media mob asked if people had nothing better to do with their Saturday than “scour the internet for drama & then dig up info on a family & rile up an army to attack them.”
Sadly, no. No, they don’t. And that's yet another aspect of this whole sorry episode that deserves some serious reflection.
The Supreme Court overruled federal judges in California, Washington, D.C., and Washington State and temporarily lifted their stays on the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Full details on the ban and the court case are at this link.
This isn’t a final ruling, just a temporary victory for Trump while the case is sent back to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. If they rule against Trump and lift the restrictions on transgender military members (and does anyone doubt they will?), then it can go to the Supreme Court, where I would expect Trump to prevail – both because the SCOTUS often overturns the far-left 9th Circuit Court and because the temporary stay was a 5-4 ruling. The same four liberal Justices who said no to the the temporary enforcement of the trans ban will probably say no to making it permanent and be outvoted in an appeal.
By that time, it will have taken at least until the three-quarter point in Trump’s first term before the court system will have finally confirmed that the Commander-in-Chief runs the military, not federal judges. Wonder if they’ll confirm the same about his duty to protect the borders before he begins serving his second term?
Feel-Good Story of the Day: A woman wanted her 96-year-old dad, who is both a widower and a heroic World War II veteran, to know that people remembered him on his birthday. So she put out word on social media, asking people to send him a birthday card. His birthday was two weeks ago, and the cards are still coming in…at last tally, closing in on 60,000 of them!
Ainsworth: UPDATE on the story that helped ruin MLK Day
Not that leftists in the media will ever apologize for what they did to the Covington High School boys --- except perhaps by issuing insincere statements crafted by lawyers to fend off the threat of lawsuits --- but the truth of what happened is gradually emerging. If so-called “journalists” had just looked deeper into the story before running with the narrative of “white kids bad,” they wouldn’t have just pounded another nail into the coffin of their reputation.
Will journalism ever recover from this low point? If I were entering college now, I doubt that I’d be pursuing a communications degree. Come to think of it, I probably wouldn’t be entering college now at all. It would be too much of a dumbing-down. And brain cells are too valuable a possession to expose to such risk. With rare exception, going to college today would be like moving to Flint, Michigan, and chugging gallons of tap water daily.
Anyway, here’s an update on the manufactured firestorm that helped ruin MLK Day and dishonor that great man.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez remains the gift that keeps on giving…to Republicans. At a Martin Luther King Day forum for Millennials in New York, she drew cheers from the crowd for declaring that it’s immoral for society to allow billionaires to exist when there are poor people in Alabama, and that “the America that we’re living in today is dystopian, with people sleeping in their cars so they can work a second job without healthcare.” Actually, the unemployment rate is at historically low levels, job creation is setting new records, wages are rising in real terms for the first time in years, a small fraction of workers hold more than one job, and there are smart ways to lower health care costs, but her party rejected them in favor of Obamacare. The places where people have to sleep in their cars because they can't afford housing are largely liberal centers of income inequality such as Silicon Valley.
But her statement that really grabbed my attention was this:
“The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
Talk about evoking a sense of nostalgia if not outright déjà vu. Having occupied this planet for over twice as long as she has, I’ve heard similar predictions more times than I recall. That’s not in any way to downgrade the need to protect the environment and be good stewards of the Earth. But radical environmentalists have made crying “Apocalypse” their go-to strategy for motivating the public for so long that nobody pays any attention to them anymore. Some of them have even admitted that that’s exactly what they are doing and tried to justify it.
If you want to know why this type of alarmist prediction for the world ending only works on the very young and naïve, here’s a list of 12 environmental doomsday deadlines from the past 30 years, all of which came and went. And this is only the tip of the rapidly melting iceberg. They could have included many more and gone back even further. My favorite was the prediction that by the mid-‘80s, the oceans would be so dead that tuna would be a rare delicacy selling for $80 a can. I’m really glad I didn’t invest my life savings in tuna futures.
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