Congratulations to the identity politics mongers at Indiana University for finding a way to mark the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday by making a complete mockery of his dream of a colorblind society. Instead, they’re turning their Alumni Hall into a giant game board where every student and visitor will be judged not by the content of their characters but by the color of their skin.
They’re playing a game, all right. A very dangerous game that plays on and amplifies divisions and racism. It's one I can’t help believing that the Rev. King would forcefully condemn in no uncertain terms.
One of those “feel-good” stories to kick off your week, although the mugger who tried to rob a young woman who turned out to be a champion UFC fighter isn’t feeling so good.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio wants to give “free” health care to everyone, including illegal immigrants, but he's certain it won’t cause a flood of people to rush into New York and overload the system. He also thinks there’s plenty of money to pay for it, it’s just “in the wrong hands” (he will determine who should be allowed to have money, of course); but taking it away from the people who earned it won’t cause them to leave New York and take their money with them. He may think that in New York, the “wrong” people have all the money, but he proves that in New York, the wrong people have all the political power.
Bill DeBlasio’s grasp of economics reminds me of something that astronomer Carl Sagan reportedly once said about “Chariots of the Gods” author Erich von Daniken: Everything he doesn’t understand, he attributes to ancient astronauts in flying saucers. And unfortunately, there is an awful lot he doesn’t understand.
My condolences to Pat Boone on the death of his delightful wife, Shirley. She passed away Friday at their home in Beverly Hills at age 84. Pat and Shirley Boone are two of the most genuinely decent people I’ve ever known. I have great memories of being in Israel with them several times and of many events together.
Pat said, “I’ve parted with my better half for a little while … but we don’t die, we just move on to another place, and today was moving day. She’s changed her address is all and moved to a different mansion that I expect to join her in one day. I’m very confident of that.”
God bless them!
The government is still partially shut down, but Congress members are returning to work. The “intransigent” President Trump was waiting all weekend to negotiate with Democrats if they’d bothered to show up, but they had better things to do, like jet to Puerto Rico and see the "Hamilton" musical. They could probably offer the performers lessons on how to give the people a song and dance.
Meanwhile, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that public opinion is not moving in the direction liberals hoped. While a majority of Americans still oppose the border wall and blame Trump and the Republicans for the shutdown (no surprise, considering the hysterical, one-sided press coverage), that’s gradually changing, as support for the wall has risen by 8 points since last year, and opposition has dropped by 9 points.
If that doesn’t convince Democrats to give Trump the relatively small amount he’s requesting, maybe this will: the same poll found that despite all the apocalyptic rhetoric about the government shutdown, only 18% of Americans in the poll said they’ve been personally inconvenienced, and only seven percent called it a “major inconvenience.”
Democrats should reconsider the wisdom of giving taxpayers a few more weeks to ponder why a trillion dollars a year in debt is being ladled onto their grandchildren to pay for a lot of government that can shut down and hardly anyone notices it’s gone.
Conservative media outlets have been busy digging into the archives, finding examples of Democrats in years past who denounced the serious problems of illegal immigration and border security and who voted for much higher funding of a border wall than President Trump is asking for, yet they’re now saying the exact opposite. But amid this horde of hypocrites, at least there’s one Democrat who stands alone.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin is one of the most savage critics of Trump’s border wall. That’s par for the course for Democrats these days. But Fox News’ Katie Pavlich unearthed video of Durbin from 12 years ago, back when other Democrats, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, joined Republicans to pass the Secure Fences Act of 2006 in a landslide. Durbin, however, denounced the bill and voted against it. So kudos to him for showing a little intellectual and moral consistency…
Oh, wait: Turns out he blasted the 2006 bill because it didn’t provide a long ENOUGH border wall. He complained that it covered only 700 miles’ worth of the border.
Well, I guess my Diogenes-like search for an honest Congressional Democrat continues. I should have known better when Durbin ended his scathing attack on Trump’s wall as “medieval,” by adding, “Democrats support strong border security.” That’s what they all reflexively say now, immediately after blasting any suggestion for actually strengthening border security. If you’re old enough to remember Kevin Nealon’s “Mr. Subliminal” character on “Saturday Night Live,” you might think of him whenever you hear a Democrat follow a denunciation of the border wall by saying, “Democrats support strong border security”:
“And that’s the truth! (I’m lying.)”
Nice story about a random act of kindness that paid off in an unexpected way. Although if I were homeless, I think I might sell those tickets for money for a warm place to sleep.
Today’s Must-Read, Edge-Of-Your-Seat Story: A snappy Huck’s Hero salute to Army Sgt. Trey Troney. We all know the military provides recruits with incredible training and life skills. But when Sgt. Troney happened across a car crash while traveling in Texas, he sprang into action and improvised like a combination of Dr. House and MacGyver to save a man’s life.
Last year, there was a study published in the Journal of Human Behavior on how “fake news” goes viral on social media. It was widely quoted in the mainstream media. Turns out, the methodology was flawed, and it’s now been retracted. “Fake news” about “fake news!”
Funny Video Clip: Someone dug up a clip of Donald Trump making a cameo on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in the 1990s that eerily presaged his entire relationship with the media today.
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