Evening Edition - May 28

May 28, 2019

(Warning: This story contains some very shocking content and is for adults' eyes only.)


There is a story going all around the media about the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  It started with an article in the Times of London that referenced biographer David Garrow, who describes newly-released FBI memos discussing alleged secret tapes made by bugging Dr. King’s hotel room.  The FBI files allegedly include claims that King had affairs with up to 40 women, engaging in a sex orgy and watched as a pastor friend raped a female parishioner.  


A number of publications rejected this story, but it eventually came out, mostly because of Garrow, who won a Pulitizer Prize for his previous biography of King and who, as a “Democratic socialist,” can’t be accused of being hostile to Dr. King. He says this "poses so fundamental a challenge to his historical stature as to require the most complete and extensive historical review possible."



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As someone who has always been deeply inspired by the actions and words of the Rev. King, I am both very disturbed by these allegations and deeply skeptical.  For one thing, even Garrow hasn’t heard these alleged tapes, which aren’t set for release until 2027.  All he has to go on is FBI memos talking about King and the tapes.  We know that at the time, J. Edgar Hoover and others in the FBI hated and feared Dr. King and were determined to get any dirt on him and use it to blackmail him into ending his civil rights crusade.  A corrupt law enforcement agency that would spy on an American citizen in an attempt to extort him would hardly flinch at lying about him or framing him, or badmouthing him in internal communications they never expected anyone to see (wow, this story suddenly seems awfully relevant to today.) 


I would urge everyone who hears this story to bear those facts in mind before making any judgements. All this is based on is half-century-old secondhand comments written by notoriously biased people with a big ax to grind.  There is, as yet, zero evidence to back it up.  I’m upset that I even have to write about it, but the lack of evidence didn’t stop major media outlets from turning it into a big story, so I have to comment on it.  


Sadly, we live in an age where believing accusations without evidence or due process, even against people from different times who are no longer around to defend themselves, is considered “social justice.”  In this article, a reader makes a thought-provoking argument: even if it does turn out to have some truth to it (a big if), could some good come of this if it is seen as a bridge too far that finally ends the left’s war on historical figures?  Would leftists really demand that we demolish Dr. King's dream and fulfill the dreams of his enemies by renaming all the streets named after him or tearing down his memorial in Washington?  Please read it to the end.




As the reader notes, maybe this will spell the turning point at which these mobs with torches who are burning history books and smashing statues finally grow up and realize that there are no perfect human beings -- that people with deep flaws can do great things, and that when we commemorate the great things they did, we aren’t glorying their faults. 






(Warning: Not Nice Language At Link)  Well, one Democratic politician finally apologized for this, how many more to go?



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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is miffed at the New York Times for allegedly not doing its job as a loyal lapdog for the left, which includes always painting conservatives in the worst possible light and using photos of them taken only in mid-sneeze.  The story is about former Trump aide Hope Hicks allegedly wrestling with the “existential question” of whether to comply with a House subpoena.  AOC attacked the paper both for story and its photo of Hicks, which she claimed was a “glamor shot” of someone who’s “considering participating in a cover-up led by the President.”




Wow, so much wrong on so many levels.  First, there is no “cover-up.”  All of these officials have already given countless hours of testimony to Robert Mueller’s team, who found no crimes.  And the very people who were screaming “cover-up” last week are now screaming like stuck pigs because Trump allowed the Attorney General to declassify any and all secret documents to find out what the investigators were up to. 


Second, as the linked op-ed points out, the Times article is 22 paragraphs of conjecture and fake news because Hicks never talked to them about whether she was wrestling with an existential question, an alligator or anything else. 


Finally, what isn’t mentioned here, but what I’m sure “Huckabee” contributor Laura Ainsworth would notice (she’s written about these hyper-consumer-driven women's magazines inexplicably pushing socialism before): One of the biggest boosters of AOC is Glamour magazine, which writes regular fawning articles about her, all illustrated with beautiful glamor shots of her, and I haven’t heard her complain yet.


Here are a couple of examples of Glamour’s hard-hitting political headlines about AOC:


“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wore a Cape to the 2019 State of the Union - A Congressional Superhero” and “What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Hoop Earrings Mean to Latina Women Like Me.”  Here are a lot more, in case you want to start off your week feeling a little queasy.



The moral is that she who lives in a glass house whose walls are lined with glamor shots shouldn’t throw stones. 





Remember Michael Wolfe’s anti-Trump garbage book, “Fire and Fury”?  It got a lot of media hoopla for its salacious claims about Trump and his family that Trump and his inner circle called a pack of lies until Wolfe was finally forced to admit that he had no evidence to back it up. 


Well, Wolfe has another anti-Trump book coming out which I’m not going to help publicize by naming it.  This one’s not even out yet and already its key “bombshell” claim – that Robert Mueller drew up an obstruction of justice indictment against Trump – has already been denied by…Robert Mueller.  His spokesman told Fox News, “The documents described do not exist.”




Let’s hope that the fact that the only person who would know the truth has already debunked it as a steaming pile of horse apples will be enough to keep talk shows from booking this known fabulist.  But of course, he’ll still get plenty of TV time when he’s called in to repeat his nonsense over and over to various House committees.

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The latest mean, cruel, heartless OUTRAGE from President Trump: he wants to force the sponsors of immigrants to pay back the taxpayers for any welfare benefits they receive. How horrid!  


Oh, did I mention that’s already a federal law signed by President Bill Clinton, which the government has just never bothered to enforce?  And that Trump’s move is praised by a black conservative group because these immigrants are using up resources that were meant to help poor Americans?




Our prayers today for those affected by the large tornado that struck last night near Trotwood, Ohio, about eight miles northwest of Dayton.  At this writing, about five million people in Ohio are without electricity.  The full extent of the damages isn’t fully known yet, so watch the news for updates.  In the meantime, Red Cross shelters are open for those who need them.  And if you’d like to help, you can make a donation at www.redcross.org .





I imagine most Americans have no more interest in the European Union Parliamentary elections than they do the latest cricket scores.  But this weekend’s results are sending shockwaves that could realign the entire continent, and it appears to be part of a worldwide movement, at least partly fired and inspired by Donald Trump’s 2016 victory.


Across Europe, in Italy, France, Greece, Poland and other nations, conservative populist and nationalist parties made big gains while leftwing/socialist parties fell like dominoes.  This will give you an idea of how widespread the leftist carnage was.




In the UK, the big winner in the EU Parliamentary elections was the Brexit Party, formed just seven weeks ago, which ran on a platform of getting out of the EU. Leader Nigel Farange said, “We'll take our seats, I hope we're not there for too long.”




You know liberalism is taking an undeniable beating worldwide when even the New York Times has to grudgingly admit it.




It wasn’t all good news (the radical left Green Party also made gains.)  But the overall message was that the people are fed up with being told by entrenched pompous elitists that they must sit down, shut up and take it as their traditions and national identities are obliterated, their free speech is crushed, their jobs and lifestyles are sacrificed on the altar of “climate change” as their leaders continue riding in jets and limos to their mansions and eco-conferences, and their countries are overrun with migrants who refuse to assimilate. 


This follows a stunning week of worldwide popular rejections of smug leftist central planners, from Australia to India to Europe.  Just as here in America, the left was certain that, having taken over the media, entertainment and academia, they had brainwashed and browbeaten people into falling in line and that their eternal reign was an inevitability, with everyone too afraid to stand up to them for fear of being branded a racist/Nazi/white supremacist.  Sadly for them, their nations still have free elections, and now a lot of leftist politicians will soon be looking for real jobs.  With their resumes, good luck with that.   


The unrepentant champion of open borders, Angela Merkel, remains in power in Germany, but her governing coalition has been significantly weakened, and she’s halfway through her final term.  She’s warning about “dark forces” in the rise of nationalist candidates and saying that German children need to be taught about their history to avoid a repeat.  I couldn’t agree more, but let’s teach them what Nazism was really all about, and that “Nazi” isn’t just a name you call a political opponent who wants secure borders.  She warns in this article…




…about the rising tide of anti-Semitism and how synagogues in Germany must be guarded by police, yet she seems to see no connection between that and her decision to allow in a million migrants, mostly Middle Eastern Muslims who refuse to assimilate to German culture.


This blind spot is widespread among European leaders, but it’s glaringly obvious to their citizens who don’t live behind walls and armed guards, hence this weekend’s smackdown at the polls. 


As blogger Niall Kilmartin points out, the German government deals with Islamophobia by censoring any criticism of Muslims by force of law.  It deals with anti-Semitism by warning Jews to avoid appearing too Jewish in public and bringing attacks on themselves.  And then, it accuses anyone who objects to such policies of being the second coming of the Nazis. 




At this point, the best that can be said of Angela Merkel’s long tenure is that nobody will ever say she was the worst leader Germany ever had. 



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  • Pat Lamb

    05/30/2019 11:24 AM

    As a child, I felt badly when I heard about Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Now I see our country fighting fires, dealing with 500+ tornados in one month, hurricanes, people flooding across our southern border, floods preventing farmers from planting crops and destroying much of our country, the country in debt, babies being murdered, and more. While all of this is happening, many in Washington seem not to notice and go on talking and talking about getting rid of the president. God will not protect a country that murders His gift of babies. What will it take for them to wake up????

  • Anne Amato

    05/29/2019 05:52 PM

    The Governor is quite correct.....no human being is perfect. We erect statues and memorials to those who have accomplished remarkable deeds--especially those who have done much to better society and humanity.
    Dr. King was such a person, and a great man for many reasons. Why anyone would want to sully his memory is beyond me.....of course....the reason is probably a thirst for money or personal fame by the author.
    Considering the so-called "tapes" that exist. Please remember two things: 1) Dr. King had many political enemies including the FBI Director and 2) "Tapes"? Really? Considering the historical time period, these "tapes" may be only of the vocal variety....(so just voice)....and just how difficult would those be to fake? Not very. Especially by people dedicated to destroying Dr. King and his agenda. And...if...."movie" types, they would probably not be referred to as "tapes"....in this day and age, "movie", "videotape" would be more likely to be the term used. And the questions remain--exactly why would they have been held for release in a future time?
    And...even if true...so what? Every human has flaws--every human has potential gifts.....and when a person's gifts outweigh their flaws, they should be celebrated for those gifts.
    Just one old example---Van Gogh was said to have become crazy enough to cut off his ear....if true....does his mental state diminish his contribution to the world of art? Should we banish his "Starry Night" (and other great works of expressionist art by him) into a trash bin? Think the answer would be "No!"

  • Betty Harbour

    05/29/2019 02:47 PM

    I don't believe any of the mess the so called News people have posted about Dr. King. He was for all people not just a few.

  • Amelia Little

    05/29/2019 02:41 PM

    I would hope that President Trump would announce that he is now going to enforce the law signed by President Clinton regarding the sponsors paying for the illegals they sponsor. This time around, it should certainly include all those who are actually financing the migrations. So, you want to PAY people to come to the US illegally? It's your money, but be forewarned that you will also be paying all the expenses incurred. And, on the same note--since liberals don't seem to be in the mood to actually talk about illegal immigration and immigration reform--I would suggest that President Trump have all the current laws be enforced, especially those laws that would require ICE being notified of the impending release of criminals who are illegals--and that those people would HAVE to be held until ICE picked them up. Add to that, any city, county, state that would call themselves sanctuary cities to eat all the costs related to being one. Oh, and law enforcement officials in such places? They should be charged for breaking the law for harboring illegal alien criminals--to say nothing of being removed from their office.

  • Amelia Little

    05/29/2019 12:36 PM

    I could see liberals wanting to remove all traces of MLK. There is the "poor blacks, the world OWES us for something that happened a couple hundred years ago. Let's march and riot!!!" These folks, if they ever knew what MLK was about and for, they must have rejected him because what they are doing is absolutely opposite of MLK's "dream." I appreciate your information that the MLK/women stuff isn't supposed to be released until 2027 and that what this fellow writes is "info" from and "insider"--yeah, well, I think I'll wait for the real version. Just like the "insider info" about President Trump and the Russian prostitutes--seems the insider was a liar, or the person writing about it was just making it all up--after, he didn't name this anonymous source--and those sources always make me wonder if they are real people or figments of people's imagination--or just plain out made up, the writer knowing he's lying.

  • dave allen

    05/29/2019 08:48 AM

    as a proud SPONSOR of my wife and some of her family from Ecuador, i can attest that you know ahead of time exactly what that means - you promise to keep them out of the welfare system. your income determines how many immigrants you can sponsor.

    so now, of course, we need to teach the left what the word SPONSOR means. will the insanity never cease?

  • Anne B Eagle

    05/29/2019 08:02 AM

    Conservative policies work. Keep America prosperous. TRUMP 2020 ! And we all need to point out these facts to our children and grandchildren. And to tell the socialist leaning folks to take a 3-month mission trip to Venezuela.

  • Floyd Kimmel

    05/29/2019 01:46 AM

    I was 15 when Martin Luther King was assassinated. I can remember the things he stood for and the fights he fought for the rights of all people not just black's. Well anyhow, this guy writing about Dr. King need to show me a whole lot of evidence hardcore and rock solid.
    To destroy a man you 1st have to destroy his good name, his good works, and his legacy.

  • Ruth Ferraro

    05/28/2019 11:39 PM

    It seems to be that these people will do anything to sell books & make a name for themselves. I'm referring to the slandering of Dr. Martin Luther King. I didn't realize people could stoop that low. How sad this country has become.

  • Joe Jones

    05/28/2019 10:48 PM

    I read them

  • Carl Smith

    05/28/2019 09:32 PM

    No one can deny the Climate is changing. It's hard to Stop evolution from occurring and contrary to popular belief Man is NOT Omnipotent. Then even if you believe man IS omnipotent and can select his/her Gender how can WE account for a nation that constitutes only 5% of the World Population can possibly benefit from limiting a basic building block for Agriculture ( Carbon Dioxide)? Since I was led to believe as a teen that Memorial Day was NOT a celebration of my Birthday I'm confident in stating that at 81 EVERY Natural or Man Made Disaster has NEVER Destroyed Mother Earth including overpopulation and not being able to feed 3 Billion People? I believe it was Winston Churchhill who stated that the further we can look Backward the farther we can look forward. Without history as a guide how can we possible prevent making the same mistakes all over again?

  • Gladys Hizer

    05/28/2019 08:41 PM

    Read about the "scandal" of Martin Luther King and was skeptical immediately. He was said to be a Republican and has relatives who are so right away I was concerned about the article. I don't want to know anything bad about people who can't defend themselves.
    Billy Graham had people go into hotel rooms ahead of him because it had been known that women put themselves there for whatever reason ....to trick him or throw themselves at him, who knows?
    We just have to pray for those misguided people who look for anything negative to say or write about. Reading your columns gives balance and I do like Fox News people for balance as well.

  • Donna Crosswait

    05/28/2019 06:00 PM

    I was a college student in the 60's and held Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in high regards. I remember very vividly when he was assassinated. I am appalled with these allegations and see no purpose in bringing them out 50 years after he was tragically killed. If there is any truth to it, why wasn't it brought forth then and why wasn't he prosecuted then? I personally cannot see any good come out of this. Then again, God can do anything.

    By the way, I believe if there ever was a U.S. citizen close to sainthood, I would nominate Billy Graham.

  • George Curl

    05/28/2019 05:52 PM

    Dave Garrow is a "Progressive Democrat" by his own admission. The "Progressives" are the folks pulling down statues. complaining about parks named after Confederate soldiers and trying to rewrite textbooks to their own making. It makes sense that they would put Dr.King in their sights as well. After all he didn't preach their socialist agenda. That flies in the face of Progressive Democrats." Rant over

  • Paul

    05/28/2019 05:49 PM

    All that's coming up, past and present has a peculiar odor. Smelling like a honeybucket before being emptied. Well, it must be the Deep Swamp coming to the surface both here, and in Europe. God is doing a mighty work and we need to continue in prayer as the Bible commands.