Evening Edition - September 10

September 10, 2020 |

WINNING?!?

The far-left city council and mayor of Austin, which is sort of becoming the Portland/San Francisco of Texas, just voted to slash the police department budget by $100 million – despite the fact that Austin is by far the #1 city in America for increase in homicides.

At the link, City Council member Greg Casar boasts that “We won,” although I have to assume he’s speaking for criminals, gang members and homeless people because business owners, homeowners and the law-abiding are about to lose big-time. The number of police protecting the public is about to be severely reduced, such as a 50% cut in the property crimes unit and a 60% cut in the DWI unit. Some units will be eliminated entirely, including the street gangs unit and the parks police.

To be crystal clear: the entire six-member city council of Austin are Democrats, and all of them voted for this suicidal insanity. Austin has been working to lure high tech firms from Silicon Valley, and it’s obvious they’ve been successful. Unfortunately, it appears they’re bringing their idiotic leftist politics with them and recreating the California hellholes they fled from.

It’s sad to see it happen to a beautiful city like Austin, but luckily, Austin is still an island of liberal craziness in an ocean of sanity, so the Texas Legislature is considering a bill to remove oversight of the Austin PD from the city. Also, if enough people turn out at the polls in November to throw the bums out (I mean the bums at city hall, not the ones now sleeping in every restaurant doorway), the nightmare can end. The voters certainly have plenty of choices: as the article notes, about 20 candidates have lined up to challenge them. I’m sure there are at least six excellent replacements among them, but then, I find it hard to believe that anyone could possibly be worse.

And speaking of crazy leftist city councils voting to do away with police, in Minneapolis, where this lunacy started, the council was going to let citizens vote on whether to eliminate the police department. But it turns out the Charter Commission voted against putting that on the ballot because the city council never came up with any other plan to protect public safety once there were no more police. Now, the Star-Tribune reports that the council’s push to eliminate the police has “lost momentum.” Isn’t it sad when reality messes up your utopian liberal fantasies?

As blogger Lawrence Person puts it at the link, this now makes the Minneapolis City Council, in addition to being insane and incompetent, “a bunch of d*** liars.”

And finally, just to pound the last nail into the coffin of this sub-moronic idea of eliminating police, guess who just condemned it? Al Sharpton!

The Rev. Al said that defunding the NYPD is “something a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as an academic problem, but people living on the ground need proper policing.”

As I’ve been writing here for months, the people most harmed by the cuts in police are black residents in high-crime urban areas. They are disproportionately victims of crime and gang violence, and since the BLM/Antifa riots started, their neighborhoods and businesses have suffered the most from rioting, arson, and looting. Spoiled white college students burning down black-owned businesses to demonstrate how much they hate racism are just one reason why a recent Gallup poll found that 81% of black Americans either want the police presence in their neighborhoods unchanged (61%) or increased (20%.)

It’s no wonder that Joe Biden has gone from “absolutely” endorsing defunding police to claiming he never said he would defund police to ludicrously claiming that Trump wants to defund the police. When even Al Sharpton is telling the Democrats they’re crazy, you know they are Daffy Duck-level loco. Their campaign slogan should be “Give the people what they don’t want!”

WARNING! GRAPHIC IMAGES!

Warning! Graphic images! Pro-life activist Tayler Hansen shows off the results of the brutal beating he took at the hands of “peaceful protesters” in Portland after (and this is an especially interesting part of the story) a member of the media identified him to the violent Antifa thugs. Why, it's almost as if the objective journalists have picked a side or something...

EXCELLENT ARTICLE

This is an excellent article by Rav Arora, a young man from Canada who is only 19, but he could give lessons to about 99% of our professional “journalism” class, and a fair number of our politicians, on due process and withholding judgement until you actually know the facts.

This is a lengthy and well-documented recounting of the major police shooting incidents of recent months that have resulted in widespread looting and societal upheaval, and how so much of what is taken for granted about them is unproven or contrary to facts that later emerged. Not that being completely mistaken about what actually happened has prevented anyone from burning down a neighborhood, making a cringeworthy public pronouncement or demanding revolutionary action – or, as we’ve come to expect from Joe Biden, repeating with self-righteous, quivering-lipped conviction urban legends that have been long disproven.

SOW WHAT?!?

You have to hand it to the woke snowflake crowd: they are nothing if not endlessly creative in the ways they find to be offended. I thought that a recent story about a college professor who was vilified because in teaching Chinese, he used a Chinese term that sounds kind of like a racial slur in English (but it isn’t; it’s a Chinese word) finally represented the absolute nadir of PC stupidity. But no, just when you think they’ve reached dead bottom, they shovel a little more dirt out of the hole and go deeper.

At this link, James Lileks relates the story of how a producer of the children’s cartoon “She-Ra” engaged in an embarrassing bout of online self-flagellation after using the word “sow” to refer to farming, and being criticized for racial insensitivity for not realizing how painful that term is to black people because slaves had to “sow” the fields (as do all farmers of all races everywhere on Earth since time began.) You have to read the hilariously lengthy Twitter thread of groveling this woman put herself through for her unwitting example of her white supremacy for using the word “sow.”

My response to the complaints would have been “Sow what?”

As you shake your heads at the funniest example of pointless self-flagellation since the monks who regularly smashed themselves in the face in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” I beg to remind you that these are the kind of people who create content that your children watch.

HERE IS WHY

For those who ask, “How can conservative Christians support Donald Trump?,” here’s a reason why. His Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just published the new final rule safeguarding free inquiry and religious liberty at public colleges and universities. Details are at the link, but among other things, it requires these schools not to deny student religious organizations any rights, benefits or privileges that other student groups enjoy, and it requires the schools to respect First Amendment rights or risk losing federal grant money. If we actually had professional journalists anymore, this would be frontpage news.

GOOD NEWS

Those of you who are fed up with seeing lawlessness go unpunished will be happy to hear this story. Last month, a video went viral showing two young women attacking Trump supporters outside the Democratic convention space in Delaware. They stole signs and tore them up, then even more outrageously, took a MAGA cap away from a 7-year-old boy, cursed at him when he pleaded for it back, threw it over a fence and appeared to strike at his mother when she tried to intervene.

The two bullies got away, but their rotten behavior was captured on video and went viral on the Internet. The little boy, named Riley, received a call from President Trump and an autographed replacement MAGA cap. Meanwhile, the video helped identify the two women. Both are from Wilmington, and are 21, which is certainly old enough to know better. It’s also too old for them to just now be learning that there are consequences for such thuggish behavior.

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings issued a statement saying that “harming another person — let alone a child — because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded.” So the two are now facing charges, and I don’t Portland-style tap-on-the-wrist-and-go-your-merry-way-to-do-it-again charges. I mean these charges:

Second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree assault, attempted third-degree assault, offensive touching and felony hate crimes (attempting to deprive someone of expressing their First Amendment rights.) It’s the kind of indictment that can lead to a lengthy stretch in the Graybar Hotel.

I would say that this news calls for doffing your MAGA cap to the Delaware Attorney General and throwing it into the air in celebration.

TWEET OF THE DAY!

Elon Musk takes Robert Reich to school. And it’s economics school, so it’s about time.

RULES FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME

This is a very informative article about some of the many reasons why nobody who isn’t blindly partisan actually believes the anonymously-sourced Atlantic magazine garbage piece by Jeffrey Goldberg accusing President Trump of bad-mouthing fallen World War I soldiers, the one that’s now been refuted by 21 on-the-record witnesses and the weather records. At the very end comes a tidbit you’ve probably not heard before:

Back when the New York Times’ David Samuels reported that Obama national security advisor Ben Rhodes created an “echo chamber” of ignorant young reporters to spoon-feed the Administration’s line to, that story also reported that Rhodes picked certain more high profile Beltway insiders to help “retail the Administration’s narrative” for extra validation. One of those insiders who was named in the story furiously responded, “I did not find this mention of my name amusing at all, because Samuels is making a serious, unsourced, and unsubstantiated allegation against me in an otherwise highly credible publication.”

And who was that reporter who was outraged that his character should be maligned by anonymous sources? Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic magazine.

I suppose he could argue that there’s a big difference: unlike with Trump, the anonymously-sourced slur on him was published in a “highly credible publication.”

GREAT OBSERVATION

Seen on Facebook and reported on Instapundit: “A woman who is 3rd in line to have access to our nuclear codes is claiming that she was duped by a hair salon. Let that sink in.”

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

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  • Sherry Stone

    09/13/2020 10:59 PM

    Is that because most of the Demonrats left California and moved to Texas? They brought their insane ness to Texas!

  • Jeanne Osterhout

    09/12/2020 07:51 PM

    “A woman who is 3rd in line to have access to our nuclear codes is claiming that she was duped by a hair salon. Let that sink in.” Priceless. I would like to see that emblazoned along with her photo EVERY WHERE POSSIBLE.

  • Gail S Denham

    09/12/2020 11:44 AM

    Thank the Lord for the Delaware Attorney Jennings - and the way the crime was dealt with - stealing the hat - tormenting a child. May her tribe increase. The country's gone mad with behavior of some young people. Please someone teach them manners, good judgment, responsibility, wisdom, - oh - and put them to work somewhere.

  • Judy Radley

    09/12/2020 12:54 AM

    Here is another thought that occurred to me after talking on the phone, not texting, but actually talking to my mom on the phone tonight. Could there possibly be a correlation between those people of all ages who have had flu shots in the past, have already been inoculated against any and all covid viruses, as reason being that parts of the ingredients in flu shots, those of us who have been getting a flu shot and a whooping cough shot (the one with 3 or 4 letters to it), have antibodies already that will stop all covid virus 'spikes' from attaching themselves to cellular membranes and that is why possibly the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions, are more at risk because they chose not to get flu shots or couldn't because of the mixture of ingredients would cause death or make a person with pre-existing conditions worse? If this is actually true and proven, then the whole virus panic is truly more political than scientific. I have many, many relatives in my family, and none, have been infected with covid, I mean if I were to count the number of relatives in my family who are still living today, it would be at least 100 people, who live all over the country, and NONE of them, even those who have pre-existing conditions, have never gotten infected nor sick. And if they did, no one knew because no symptoms showed up, and no one else they spent time with in close quarters, got sick either. And my relatives, many who work in medical environments as nurses, or doctors, or medical research careers, would always get flu shots, as they spend time with all ages of people in the public, and none of them have gotten sick, they also are very health conscious and get flu shots every year. So that is why I was wondering tonight that maybe those in the population that have had flu shots over the years, have a natural resistance to covid viruses. Would you have someone on your team check with a reliable source to see if there is any correlation between those who've had flu shots in past, and currently have not gotten sick, even those who get tested before they fly on planes or those who get tested because of the line of work they are in, have always tested negative for the virus. It may seem that the CDC would know for sure about this, but who can trust those institutions now days as anything positive gets pushed aside in order to just sensationalized the dumbest and worst stories to keep people living in fear and in their own prisons in their minds, thanks to the nonsensical media's misinformation they spew out over the airwaves as propaganda against America for any reason, all the time now. Plus my more cynical side thinks that China is the one not only causing viruses that get brought to the US and all over the world,but they are the ones covering up the biggest, most universal conspiracy that will ever be uncovered soon, thanks to President Trumps unyielding leadership to help protect all Americans but others in other nations too, to finally prove how really incredulous China Communism and communism as a whole, is more evil and horrible than anyone can imagine, and of course the Democrats turn a blind eye to it all...... yes, a good reason why the '3rd in line to get our nuclear codes' is so easily fooled by the devil, in my opinion, because they live and condone evilness and don't care to stop it, unless it is in their front yard.

  • Billy Elliott

    09/11/2020 11:10 PM

    What Austin done is not right.
    But Gov. Abbott came through and said if any other city or town in Texas defunds their police dept. their taxes will be frozen. They will not be able to raise any of their taxes from that point. If they’re not going to protect the people, they don’t get to tax them.
    We need more like him.

  • Richard Boultinghouse

    09/11/2020 09:22 PM

    Like your comment about Nancy P. She wasn't duped or set-up; she's a super rich, self import symbol of her party. That symbol is a Jackass, if I remember correctly.

  • Robert W Gauer

    09/11/2020 08:08 PM

    That Great Observation, "A woman who is 3rd in line to have access to our nuclear codes is claiming that she was duped by a hair salon. Let that sink in.” should scare the daylights out of anybody who's got two brain cells left to run together. That ought to give you a real sinking feeling!
    And that's after reading the major portion of an exceptional commentary, the likes of which I don't see much of these days. Mike, my MAGA cap's off to you!

  • joe Reynolds

    09/11/2020 07:56 PM

    " Duped by a beauty salon" would be a good bumper sticker!

  • Carl Smith

    09/11/2020 07:41 PM

    I departed my Hometown of 62 years, 20 years ago BECAUSE the snowbirds were already bringing their Ideas that Caused the States they departed to Fail! Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome is STILL the definition of Insanity!

  • Phyllis Greene

    09/11/2020 03:53 PM

    Thank you, Mike, for a Breath of Fresh Air! I love Sarah. I can’t believe Bill Clinton is from The same state as you. It is a beautiful place, filled with Nature, beautiful countrysides, and Honesty (except for one or two). I miss my home state of North Carolina & the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when my husband went to Heaven he left me in a good place, Florida!

  • Joyce Birch

    09/11/2020 01:42 PM

    You are the best when it comes to truth and it all makes sense to me. I feel for the President because he has all guns aimed at him from all sides, foreign & domestic. How much more TAXPAYER MONEY are the demon dems going to spend on another investigation (Shifty Schift!)? The country needs this money because of the virus & yet they have the nerve to do this. Shameful.
    Sara Sanders would make a great President in 2024. I hope she runs for Governor! She has what it takes. She's a class act! Prayers for our beautiful country & for the President of the United States.

  • Karen L Burns

    09/11/2020 01:11 PM

    Mike,
    I'd like to share a poem with you that the Lord gave me several years ago.

    We Want America Back!!!

    The one our forefathers fought for to be free;
    The one that our soldiers want it to be.
    Not the one that innocent babies kill
    Merely at the whim of a human's will.

    The one that was established on the Word of God;
    The one on whose land our ancestors trod.
    Not the one that chooses His Word to forget;
    Simply to be captured by the enemy's net.

    The one for the people, all race, color, and creed.
    The one following God in faith, honor and deed.
    Not the one that kicks God out of school
    And that chooses to ignore the golden rule.

    The America for whom freedom should ring
    Must once more be fought for with our total being.
    We're tired of the games politicians play
    It's time for Americans to kneel down and pray.

    We Want America Back!!!

  • Linda Leak

    09/11/2020 12:38 PM

    Again, thank you so much for your newsletters. They bring me hope and humor. These are really very sad times for America. So much anger and hate out there. Now the Western United States are on fire. And Portland, OR has been under siege for months by the left. Now it will burn up with forest fires.

    So again, thank you for giving me hope that all will work out in the end.

  • Michael Kamrath

    09/11/2020 11:53 AM

    I was annoyed by your rant against criminals, street gangs AND the homeless. What should we do with them? Death camps ... I mean, how dare they not have housing!

  • Bill Slater

    09/11/2020 11:00 AM

    Austin Council member Casar may (and likely will) learn the meaning of "Pyrrhic victory.” No parks police in Austin? Welcome to the outdoor experience for homeless, druggies and assorted criminals. No street gangs unit? Time to pack up the U-Haul.

  • Bryan C. Loy

    09/11/2020 10:36 AM

    Governor, I'm 64 years old, I've been watching Al Sharpton(not going to call him Rev, cause like Jesse Jackson, if he's a preacher, I'm an airline pilot, and I'm not) show up at every hot spot of trouble involving blacks for no other reason than to fan the flames for his own glory and advancement, and his statements against defunding the police in NYC(and anywhere else for that matter) is the only thing I have ever agreed with him, which goes to show that even a blind hog finds an acorn every once in a while. Thank you for what you do, Governor, and keep up the good fight!

  • Nelda Rose White

    09/11/2020 10:35 AM

    Do these same offended people get offended when and if the read the bible and Jesus uses the term sow. White's were sowing long before there was even an America. Stupidity knows no bounds.

  • Stephen Russell

    09/11/2020 09:28 AM

    Seeds for civil war 2:
    Rules for me not for Thee
    Elites not wearing masks
    Defund police
    Fake data & numbers for virus
    Politics with lockdowns & masks.
    Local mandates doing nothing
    NO science behind mask mandates
    & "feeling, being" Used by Dems, media, celebs.
    Virus is a hoax Game for power

    Building UP strong in nation.
    Gonna bust soon

  • LAVON MOTSINGER

    09/11/2020 08:11 AM

    I applaud your common sense in presenting truth in a logical fashion! We live in a world of emotion that is causing turmoil in our nation.

  • William Chaffin

    09/11/2020 07:56 AM

    Gov., I may have the answer to why some cities are solid blue in a red state. From 1973-1975, I attended the University of Texas courtesy of the US Army. I was a Viet Nam vet going there to finish an engineering degree. I was shocked to hear some of the professors declare themselves socialists back then. Then voting laws were changed to allow college students to register and vote where they attended college. UT had over 50,000 students then when Austin was a much smaller town. Imagine what a 50,000 voting bloc, indoctrinated by socialist professors, can do to a town with a 300,000-400,000 population can do. I think that probably applies to all cities which have large university populations. I don't know if there is a will to be able to change that voting law. It can sure destroy some nice cities.

  • Linda Orf Strebbing

    09/11/2020 07:08 AM

    With all this defunding of police, I cannot see in a million years how Biden can ever win, laying aside his inability to string 2 thoughts together, even with a promoter.... unless of course they cheat

  • Sandra Miller

    09/11/2020 01:10 AM

    Please do not call him Reverend. He's not.

  • Floyd A Unger

    09/10/2020 11:42 PM

    Thank you

  • Renee Kendrick

    09/10/2020 11:26 PM

    There is one...and only one...woman for which I would cast my vote for president. Her name is Sarah Huckabee Sanders! (Especially, if she has Mike Huckabee as her VP pick!) Now that is a WINNING TICKET!!! Saaaaalute!

  • Arthur H. Wilson

    09/10/2020 10:13 PM

    Governor,hope I can get past the following “Captcha” and “I’m not a robot”-at 92 CANNOT decipher whatever pops up! If you don’t receive this — I’ve cancelled, my glowing comment!