Evening Edition - August 28

August 28, 2018 |

Hmm

We may have finally discovered why the densest cities are so heavily Democratic.  It's because the denseness is in the air.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/27/air-pollution-causes-huge-reduction-in-intelligence-study-reveals

Lanny Davis

When I saw that Michael Cohen’s attorney/mouthpiece was Clinton fixer Lanny Davis, I expected that we were in for a lot of accusations against President Trump, no matter what the facts were.  I just didn’t expect to see the house of cards get blown over this quickly.  Davis must feel right at home on CNN, since they both seem to share the motto, “Accuse first, fast-check later.”   

https://www.westernjournal.com/cohen-lawyer-backtracks-comments/

 

 Hair-on-fire hysteria

One of the hallmarks of life in the age of Trump is the absolute, hair-on-fire, “these go to 11” hysteria of his critics.  To listen to them, everything he does is an unprecedented OUTRAGE that is “literally” going to cause the END OF THE WORLD!!!  Whoever imagined that when New York Times writer/”economist” Paul Krugman declared on Election Night that worldwide markets were going to melt down, throwing us into a global depression and we'd “never” recover, that he would soon look like the king of understatement compared to his media colleagues?

As the hysteria has ramped up and up, and the predictions have become more and more apocalyptic, America on the whole seems to be doing pretty well.  The CEO of Target said last week that he has never seen an economy this good.  Unemployment for nearly all demographics is at all-time lows.  Wages are finally starting to rise after years of stagnation. ISIS isn’t stamped out yet, but at least we’re no longer fighting them with both hands tied behind our backs. North Korea is balking at living up to the denuclearization promises they made at the negotiating table, but at least they came to the table, and if it takes a little more stick and a little less carrot to make them do what they promised, then it’s better than our previous policy of impotent tut-tutting as they kept building nukes and testing missiles. 

And then there were the trade deals: Trump was elected on a promise to craft better trade deals that wouldn’t result in US jobs being shipped overseas and artificially cheap goods being dumped here to bankrupt our domestic industries. The moneyed interests and the politicians in their cashmere pockets railed that Trump was going to start trade wars and crash the world economy.  But he understood that America held the strongest hand in the poker game; we’d just been sending in players for years who knew only one move: how to fold. 

We’ve already seen the EU come around, and now, after months of snide invective against Trump that was gleefully parroted by the US media, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto joined Trump Monday to announce that they’ve agreed to an understanding to replace NAFTA, the free trade deal Trump ran against.

And did Peña Nieto do as Democrats and the media no doubt hoped and rail about what a terrible idea this is?  Nope.  He said the new agreement will be “very positive” for both countries, and that NAFTA needed to be renewed and “modernized” (if he knew that, it would have been nice to have said it a little sooner, but such is diplomacy.)  He even praised Trump, telling him, “I recognize your political will and your participation in this.”  And horror of horrors, he even urged the liberals’ heartthrob, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to get on board.  Trump said negotiations with Canada would begin “pretty much immediately” so that all three nations would be trading partners again under a better deal.  It appears to be both a vindication for Trump and a triumph for his artistry of the deal.

In response to the news, the Dow hit yet another all-time high.  Meanwhile, I’m sure the response of Trump’s critics will be that this will literally mean the END OF THE WORLD!!!  Let’s hope it just means the end of their world.  All this screeching is making my ears hurt. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-mexican-trade-deal-nafta/



Media bias

Liberal media outlets are attempting to paint complaints by conservatives of bias against them by the media and then by social media as a false narrative and a paranoid delusion (funny, those are the two things I tend to see most often on liberal media channels.)  As the bias has become more and more obvious in recent months, the denials have become more strident, with NBC’s Chuck Todd giving us a prime example.  You can see it at this link, along with the results of a Harvard study of Trump news coverage:

https://www.westernjournal.com/chuck-todd-slams-conservative-echo-chamber-says-no-thing-media-bias/

That study found that during his first 100 days, Trump received 80% negative coverage in the mainstream media, compared to 60% positive coverage for Obama’s first 100 days (I'm stunned: only 60% positive for Obama?)  At CNN and NBC, the Trump coverage was 93% negative.  And at Fox News, it was 52% negative, 48% positive – “fair and balanced,” to coin a phrase.  It was even slightly negative toward Trump, but the other media outlets are sooo biased that to them, Fox looks like Trump’s PR network.

To continue on with our groundless conservative paranoia round-up, Western Media (a site I have an affiliation with) just became the latest conservative news organization to be demonetized by YouTube and have its ad revenue cut off, for vague reasons that make a Magic 8-ball seem detailed and cogent. 

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/08/24/youtube-cuts-off-conservative-news-orgs-ad-revenue-without-explanation/

And if you’ve noticed lately that Google news results look more like the magazine selection on the coffee table in Bernie Sanders’ office than a nonpartisan search engine, then you’re not alone.  Paula Bolyard at PJ Media ran an experiment, searching for news stories with the word “Trump” on Google.  The results returned were from almost uniformly left-leaning, anti-Trump sites.  Not one right-leaning site appeared on the first page of results. Only two (the Wall Street Journal with three stories and Fox News with two) even made it into the top 100 stories Google returned.  CNN was the top finisher with 21 stories (gee, I wonder which way those stories leaned?)

https://www.westernjournal.com/liberal-news-google-search-trump/

Liberals might try to dismiss this (“Of course, the results for ‘Trump’ were over 90% negative, you paranoid loon!  He gets over 90% negative coverage!”), but let me note that this article also quotes the results of a study by a San Francisco SEO company called “Can I Rank?” In analyzing over 2,000 Google searches for politically-charged terms such as “gun control” or "Black Lives Matter,” they found that they were nearly 40% more likely to get left-leaning results in the top stories returned.  There were no right-leaning stories at all in the top Google results for such terms as “minimum wage,” “abortion,” “NAFTA,” “Iraq war,” “campaign finance reform,” “global warming,” “marijuana legalization” or "TPP." Sixteen percent of results for politically-charged terms didn’t have a single right-leaning news story on the entire first page. 

Most tellingly, Googling “Republican Platform” returned the text of the platform followed by seven left-leaning articles criticizing it. Just for grins, I Googled “Democratic platform.”  I got back the text of the platform followed by various articles, none of them critical, from such liberal sites as Time, the Washington Post, the Nation, and the Atlantic.   

Liberal news sites (which have enjoyed a boost in views thanks to this nonexistent bias) scoff that any claims of anti-conservative bias are just paranoid nonsense. And Google, like all the other social media and Internet giants, claims this is just coincidental, a quirk of their non-biased algorithm (which seems to have a little too much “Al Gore” in it for my taste.)

As much as conservatives like myself hate government intervention, these sites have become the 21st century town square, the equivalent of public utilities.  We don’t allow the phone company to charge less or provide more free minutes to people whose politics align with the CEO of AT&T.  If these tech and social media giants don’t take their thumb off the scale, they might find it forcibly removed by government regulation.

By the way, if any liberals want to argue with me that Twitter, Facebook, etc., aren’t the equivalent of public utilities, note that they’ve already been ruled to be in federal court.  Some leftist trolls who liked to post nasty things on President Trump’s Twitter page ran to court when he blocked them, and a federal judge ruled against Trump.  The judge found that sites like Twitter are the new version of a public forum, so blocking people for their political beliefs violates their First Amendment rights.  If you’d like to read more about it, here’s an article with all the details.  I’m sure it won’t be blocked because it’s from the rabidly leftwing site Slate.com, where the writer chortled smugly throughout because the ruling stuck it to Trump.  He declared this ruling to be “an extraordinary victory for free speech on the Internet.”

That ruling just might end up being more of a victory for free speech on the Internet than this writer is going to like. 

https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/judge-naomi-reice-buchwald-rules-trump-cant-block-twitter-users.html

 

 New Mexico update

More news about the New Mexico child abuse case that the media don’t seem to want to cover: the accused were allegedly not only running an Islamic jihadist training center for children, but a document recovered from the compound suggests they were also planning a terrorist attack on an Atlanta hospital.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/nm-jihadis-planned-strike-ga-hospital-trained-kids-target-leos/

 

 

Mr. Reich's Fantasyland

Clinton economic guru Robert Reich has always seemed like an intelligent fellow, even if his ideas tend to work a lot better in theory than in reality.  But his latest is straight out of “wishing will make it so” Fantasyland. 

Reich seems to believe there will be “overwhelming evidence (Trump) rigged the 2016 election,” and impeachment isn’t enough to remedy that: we must “annul” his presidency, reversing all his appointments and executive orders and erasing every trace of it from history. 

Mark Steyn had a great take on this, comparing it to the season of “Dallas” where Pam opened the shower door and found her husband Bobby alive again, so that the whole previous season following his death was “just a dream.”  In fact, “It was all a dream” has been the laziest cliché of drama for centuries.  My first thought was that Reich's comments reminded me of Stalin having people who displeased him erased from official photos, or Winston Smith’s job in “1984,” removing things from historical records that displeased Big Brother. 

My advice to Mr. Reich: you’re having a fever dream.  Go get some rest and sleep it off.  Try setting your alarm clock for 2024.  By then, Trump will be leaving office and America will be so great again, everyone will be tired of winning.  Maybe then they’ll elect a Democrat to reverse all that. 

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/pj-gladnick/2018/08/26/robert-reich-dont-impeach-trump-annul-his-presidency


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 UPDATE on Stefan Halper:  the mysterious origins of the FBI' "Russia" probe

A while back, I wrote about a whistleblower at the Defense Department, Adam Lovinger, who questioned the activities of someone named Stefan Halper (name ring a bell?), a Cambridge professor emeritus who was later implicated in the suspicious lead-up to the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  The Washington Post and New York Times did stories on Halper’s role in setting that up but kept his name secret at the time.

In breaking news, thanks to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, investigative reporter Sara A. Carter has expanded on what she previously reported about Halper, now saying that he “was involved in every aspect of the FBI’s investigation.”  That includes a role in the initial application for a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page, when in July of 2016 he approached Page at one of his intelligence seminars at Cambridge and befriended him, pumping him for information about the Trump campaign and Russia.  Halper has direct ties to Russian intelligence and appears to have been inserted into the Trump campaign.

Halper’s contacts with George Papadopoulos began in September of 2016, when he offered the young man a $3,000 contract and a trip to London, where Papadopoulos sat in a bar and happened to repeat within earshot of Australian diplomat and Hillary crony Alexander Downer a story he’d apparently been fed:  that the Russians had damaging information on Hillary.  Downer would later take that story to the FBI, providing pretense for them to investigate Russia “helping” Trump.

Halper is even tied to former Trump advisor and retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who was ambushed by FBI interrogators and ended up pleading guilty to lying –- something even his questioners don’t think he did.  In 2014, Halper arranged a get-together at one his seminars and invited both Flynn and a Russian woman, later advancing a story that Flynn had had some sort of suspicious contact with her.  

This man was reaching out to Carter Page, George Papadopoulos AND Michael Flynn?  What are the odds?

Lovinger’s attorney, Sean Bigley, pointed out on Sean Hannity’s show Monday night that Halper worked in partnership hosting the Cambridge seminars with a “noted Putin apologist” who’d spent a decade at the State Academy in Russia.  Halper taught the seminars with none other than the former head of Russian intelligence.  He also is known to have accepted funds from what British intelligence agency MI-6 believes is a front company for the Russian intelligence service.  (Christopher Steele is a former MI-6 agent.) 

Lovinger happened to stumble onto Halper’s odd activities at the Defense Department while doing his job going through contract paperwork; he noticed that Halper had received a contract for over a million dollars essentially to write reports.  What Halper was really doing at the Pentagon was a head-scratcher.  He was making trips overseas and conducting so-called “diplomatic relations,” which contractors are forbidden by federal law to do.  When Lovinger started asking questions, he was suspended without pay from his job as senior director for strategy at the National Security Council –- he’s surviving on the generosity of family and friends –- and he also lost his security clearance.

(See, John Brennan?  If someone can lose his security clearance just for asking some innocent questions, is it any wonder you lost yours after all YOU’VE pulled?  But I digress…)

Sara Carter has much more detail on her website.  But a warning:  it’ll make you angry, especially about what happened to Michael Flynn.

https://saraacarter.com/whistleblower-exposes-key-player-in-fbi-russia-probe-it-was-all-a-set-up/

 

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  • Roberta Weathers

    08/29/2018 12:47 PM

    I enjoy and appreciate all you comments. I love Sarah! Please try to schedule Gene Watson on one of your shows. He has a great gospel album out and he is one of the greatest country singers. Keep up the good work. Prayers for you and your family. Roberta

  • Stephana Holmes

    08/29/2018 09:29 AM

    Mike, I LOVE your EVENING EDITION Emails. I Don't always have TIME to read Everything Everyday, but your EVENING EDITION helps to Recap All Current Events of the day.... That is Sooo helpful, Since we CANNOT Trust ANY TV "News" Networks to "Tell us the Truth. Anyways, wanted to say, Can YOU TALK TO TRUMP, and Explain to him, What MUST be done now is: SOME Insanely RICH Trump Supporting Conservative NEEDS to START a NEW CONSERVATIVE NEWS TV NETWORK B4 the 2020 Election !!!!!! After Seeing how the Crazy Left has Absolutely LOST THEIR MINDS over LOSING in 2016, I am Afraid that "tweeting" WON'T BE ENOUGH in 2020. We ALSO DESPERATELY NEED A NEW SOCIAL MEDIA Created SOON, To COMPETE with the LIBTARD AZZ of Facebook.

  • Lavada L. Adams

    08/29/2018 05:44 AM

    So much information to process every day coming from all the evidence of corruption in our government. Thank you, for helping sort all of this out in your Evening Edition.

  • Kay Womack

    08/29/2018 05:02 AM

    I am against renaming the Nelson building to McCain...Look what he was involved in the Lincoln Savings & Loan /Keating, etc.
    He should have gone to jail. Why should we name a building after him.
    May justice prevail.
    Kay

  • donald williams

    08/29/2018 01:06 AM

    IT MAKES ME SICK TOO SEE HOW ROTTEN THE DEM PARTY HAS GOT,,,ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY, THEY THROW AROUND MILLIONS LIKE I SPEND DOLLARS AND I AM BROKE. I HOPE WHEN THEY DIE THEY GO TOO HELL. ALL MY FRIEND FEELS THE SAME AS ME.

  • Daniel M Ward

    08/28/2018 11:18 PM

    I have and am supporting President, Mr Trump. On the issue with Jon McCain, I believe that the President Should at this time learn that it is better to forgive (John McCain) than to be forgiven for John McCain not agreeing with him. Biblically to turn the other cheek.

  • Diana Sneddon

    08/28/2018 11:06 PM

    We really appreciate all of your succint, informative and entertaining newsletters. Please keep them coming!
    Also, will you be starting a new season on TV of your wonderful Huckabee show? We hope so!??

  • Melanie Bruno

    08/28/2018 10:56 PM

    Regarding your first story, entitled "Hmm", I think not only the denseness (or density) is in the air, it's also in the mind, which prevents thinking. After all, they are only "skulls full of mush", as Rush says.

  • Doug Morgan

    08/28/2018 10:19 PM

    Thanks for your evening edition. It provides some stability for me before going to bed to see something but the media version of how incompetent Trump is. However, I've seen some comments this evening that many believe Trump should have flown the flag at half mast for Senator McCain. I am encouraged and respect the President whether I agree with him or not, he isn't a hypocrite. He didn't pretend to love the Senator like the past president who couldn't stand him did after his death.

  • Jayna Gibson LeGette

    08/28/2018 10:14 PM

    Thank you sir, I enjoy reading your e-mails!!! Keep up the good work and God bless America !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carole Kniepkamp

    08/28/2018 09:12 PM

    We have not had a net increase in Social Security benefits in several years, while the cost of bread, milk and necessaries (Have you seen the price on toilet paper?) has risen. I know gas is down, but we seniors don't go far. Just to doctors and grocery stores. Do you foresee a raise in Social Security benefits now that the economy is so much better?

  • Mandy Cummins

    08/28/2018 08:04 PM

    Thank you for taking the time to create your 'evening edition' - haven't disagreed yet, and it's comforting to know that someone with more pulse on reality and nearer some of the scary parts of it, you are able to let your readers know they are not crazy for their thoughts and support of President Trump. The truth itself is all that matters while others are trying to pick and choose what matters most. If we can't reach truth, we have no hope for peace. God bless you and Sarah.

    Thank you,
    Mandy

  • Donald L Huntsman

    08/28/2018 07:18 PM

    Really enjoy your take on the world's politics. really informative. Thanks so much for all you do!

  • Li yu Chang

    08/28/2018 06:55 PM

    It is past obvious of the media and deep state bias against President Trump. However, there are projects that need to be implemented any way. The massive project of renewable energy that we have the design for, will put thousands of Americans to work permanently forever. Have one of your people email me and I will explain. I have tried to connect with your team for several years now and no one has responded. This would be a good time.
    Love you and all you write, Li. p.s. Your daughter is doing a fantastic job, we all love her.

  • Linda Westergard

    08/28/2018 06:24 PM

    Please talk. about how 3 NC appointed liberal judges are trying to totally disrupt our coming election, and thus, make it impossible to seat a congressional delegation (including Mark Meadows) from NC. People across the country need to know how totally out of control things currently are around here.

    PS.... I would hate to have Sarah's job today. While I was decidedly not a fan of McCain...... I believe our man Trump made a serious error in not immediately having the flag flown at half staff. It only gave the media one more thing to gloat over, and Sarah one more difficult day. Praying for both of them.

  • Pamela Tilden

    08/28/2018 05:54 PM

    With all the evidence against the crooked, underhanded FBI, DOJ, Obama, Hilary, the Clinton Foundation and on and on is anything going to be done? I mean these organizations and people continually get away with all of these terrible things and nothing happens. Poor President Trump is continually harassed by everyone. I swear if President Trump gave everyone a thousand dollars the left would find something wrong to lie about on the crooked media. And then we have the worthless Jeff Sessions who does nothing! He needs to be kicked out immediately and replaced with someone competent. I am just so disgusted. I want all of these people to be punished but it doesn't seem that anything will ever happen. We seem to be spinning our wheels while the left and all their crooked cohorts speed ahead passing us by laughing loudly.

  • Dale Powers

    08/28/2018 05:51 PM

    Mike,

    To touch briefly on the reworking of NAFTA,
    It has always been my thought that how could it be advantageous to American workers to compete with a worker making a pittance of their wages? Of course Companies would move production where labor was cheap, and labor laws next to non-existant.
    Not to mention the fact that, if Mexican citezens can eek out a better life in their home country, why would they come here illegally to begin with.

    Keep up the gteat work Mike!

  • Firewagon

    08/28/2018 05:50 PM

    Angry, dismayed, disillusioned, disheartened, dismayed, that NOT ONE "criminal," seditionist has even been charged with their crimes!

  • Amelia Little

    08/28/2018 05:43 PM

    Thank you for my evening moment of sanity. And humor! Now, if we can just get a lot of the people to figure out about the social media bias and that google isn't going to have fair and balanced numbers of articles when they google something, that would be a good thing. Too many people only look at the first page, or maybe the first 10 articles and then try to point out to us deplorables how bad the right is, and how right the left is (that doesn't sound right, now does it?)

  • William RoachW

    08/28/2018 05:27 PM

    Your articles are right and my family and have been praying that GOD keep the Left and Democrats from taking over again.Personally, never again!