Memorial Day

May 31, 2021

Once a year, on the last Monday in May, we set aside a day to honor our fellow Americans who made the greatest of all sacrifices so that the rest of us could continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty and security.

Memorial Day was born after the Civil War, when families would take a day to tend and decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers. It soon spread to the North, and became known as Decoration Day. Eventually, it became a national holiday to honor all American military veterans who gave up their homes, their families, their very lives -- everything they had, or ever dreamed of having – all in sacrifice for their country. And just how many have made that ultimate sacrifice? Brace yourself:

From the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812, the Civil War and Spanish American war, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other wars, police actions and rescue missions around the world since 1776, over one million, three hundred and eight thousand Americans have died in uniform.

Imagine if all those soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen could come back to life for a Memorial Day parade. Picture them marching past in rows of ten, each row taking just 10 seconds to pass. That parade would stretch on and on, row after row, 360 rows per hour, for hour after hour, 24 hours a day, for over 15 straight days. That is the enormity of the military casualties America has experienced since 1776. That doesn’t even include the millions more who sacrificed their limbs, their sight, their peace of mind, and the best years of their lives, all for us.

Make you realize just how ignorant and slanderous it is to claim America's history is built on slavery, racism and selfishness instead of freedom, compassion and sacrifice.

Today's military members, like those before them, risk their lives to protect the cherished American principles of liberty, equality, democracy, fighting tyranny and defending the weak. Previous generations guarded these bedrock principles so that they could be passed down to us. It is now our sacred duty to preserve them for future generations.

Every year, the American Legion sells poppy pins to support veterans and their families. May 22nd was National Poppy Day this year ( I hope you bought one and are wearing it proudly. The poppy became the symbol of Memorial Day, thanks to the famous poem, “In Flanders’ Fields,” by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae. He wrote it in memory of his friend Alexis Helmer, whom he watched die in battle in World War I.

The poem starts, “In Flanders’ fields, the poppies blow,

Between the crosses, row on row…”

Read the poem. It's very short, but it still conveys a powerful message of the depth of those soldiers' sacrifice and the debt we owe them all.

The pandemic is waning, but there are still fewer group activities than usual available where we can gather to show our support for veterans and our gratitude to those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. But we can all proudly fly our American flags. And we can offer support to some of the many great veterans’ support organizations, such as the VFW and the American Legion.

Another great new organization with an especially timely mission is Code Of Vets, founded by Air Force Veteran, Gretchen Smith. She and a staunch supporter, the late Charlie Daniels, once appeared on “Huckabee” on TBN to talk about the group’s efforts to provide support to veterans struggling through the pandemic. You can learn more and donate at It’s tax-deductible, and with their 1% operating costs, you can rest easy knowing that 99 cents of every dollar given goes directly to help veterans in need.

And of course, one more thing we can all do from wherever we are is to stop for a moment and think of all the rows and rows of crosses in veterans’ cemeteries…say a prayer of thanks to them…and remember that each and every cross represents a genuine American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

McCrae’s poem ends, “To you, from failing hands, we throw the torch. Be yours, to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders’ fields.” If you really want to memorialize these greatest of American heroes, then take up the torch they passed to us. Hold it high. And NEVER let it drop.

Covid-News Roundup

May 30, 2021

A German research team believes they may have discovered what might be causing rare blood clots in some recipients of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The Washington Post’s “fact-checker” is the latest to admit that anti-Trump political bias played a factor in the media discounting and censoring questions about the coronavirus’ origin.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is under renewed fire after an article he wrote in 2012 surfaced. In it, he argued that “gain of function” research (making bat viruses more contagious to humans in a lab to help study them) could trigger a pandemic, but that the benefits of such experiments outweighed the risks. Sounds more like Dr. Frankenstein. For the record, the Obama Administration disagreed and banned gain of function research, but that can be gotten around by giving grants to labs that do it in other countries, like…well, you know.

Thanks to the sudden ease-up on censorship, we’re finally seeing a paper written by a British professor and a Norwegian scientist, claiming that COVID-19 has “no credible natural ancestor” and it was created by Chinese scientists who tried to cover their tracks by retro-engineering it to make it look as if it came naturally from bats.

I don’t know if that’s true, but the authors say they had “prima facie evidence of retro-engineering in China” for a year, but were ignored by academics and major journals. It would have been nice if we'd at least been allowed to hear their theory and look at their evidence. To paraphrase the great scientist Adam Sandler, once again, things that could’ve been brought to our attention LAST YEAR!

The makeup chain Sephora caved to the woke mob and canceled its partnership with popular social media influencer Amanda Ensing, because she was a Christian conservative who supported Trump. The accusation of her being opposed to “inclusivity” got her banned from Twitter, where she’d had over a million followers.

Now, in a blow back against the cancel mobs and corporate bullying, free speech attorney John Pierce is representing Ensing in a defamation lawsuit against Sephora. Pierce said they “picked on the wrong target,” and issued this statement:

“Ms. Ensing is intent on exposing cancel culture for what it is — a poisonous cancer that is destroying the norms of free speech and the fabric of America. Sephora and its leadership will be held accountable for globally defaming her. No matter how long and hard the fight, Ms. Ensing will make an example out of Sephora that will serve to deter other massive corporations from thinking they can simply steamroll individuals and destroying their lives for the sake of pandering to a leftist, woke and un-American mob.”

This should be fun to watch. It’s too bad people who are wrongfully censored just for expressing their political views can’t also sue Twitter. Come to think of it, why CAN’T they sue Twitter?...

Friday, despite the usual suspects (Romney, Collins, Murkowsky, Portman, Sasse and Cassidy) voting with the Democrats, the Senate Dems failed to overcome the Republican filibuster and the proposal to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol violence was defeated. Democrats are still vowing that they will investigate and railing that “this isn’t over,” but they might want to think twice about that.

I understand that with their policies causing one disaster after another, from the border to the Middle East to the economy, they’re desperate for a straw man to whack, to distract the public’s attention from their own miserable failures. But so far, the more we’ve learned about January 6th, the worse it’s been for their side.

Their initial hyperbolic narrative was that, in the worst assault on the federal government since the Civil War, armed insurrectionists egged on by President Trump launched a lethal assault that left five people dead, including a police officer who was viciously beaten with a fire extinguisher. We now know that none of that is true. The people who launched the violence planned it long before Trump even gave his speech, in which he urged his followers to “peacefully and patriotically” protest. Nobody beat a police officer with a fire extinguisher. He died of natural causes, and all but one of the deaths were unrelated to the events at the Capitol.

Shamefully, on Friday, Hillary Clinton tweeted that Republicans were trying to cover up for a mob that “killed a policeman.” That’s either an unconscionable lie to exploit the officer’s death to slander her political opponents, or else she’s too ignorant of the facts to be commenting. The truth has been widely reported so there’s no other option.

The only violent death was the police shooting of Trump supporter Ashli Babitt, who, like all the other protesters, was unarmed. One person who was allegedly inciting others to commit violence was a known BLM agitator. Many people there that day committed no violent acts, and it appears the cops stood aside and let them walk on in. Many legal authorities believe prosecutors will have to walk back some of their initial charges for lack of evidence.

As for it being the worst assault on Congress since the 1860s, here’s a list of assaults on Congress that includes, among others, a shooting in 1954 that injured five Congressmen and two bombings, in 1971 and 1983.

Not included are the deranged Bernie Bro who hoped to change the balance of power by shooting Rep. Steve Scalise and trying to kill other Republicans, or Flight 93 on 9/11 that was reportedly headed for the Capitol before the heroic passengers took it down.

The Democrats might want to consider that if they keep picking at this scab, they might not be able to stop the bleeding. They’ll give a platform to people who were protesting because they believed the election was rigged. That could feed the growing demands for audits of ballots in swing states.

We’ve already seen that while they're raring to investigate January 6th (the only riot of the past year that they actually want to investigate), they’ll fight tooth and nail to keep anyone from investigating the election that was the basis of the Capitol assault. Do they really want to keep questions about the election in the headlines for months longer?

Besides, Americans have a host of problems they want dealt with, many of the Democrats’ own making. They don’t want all of Congress’ time taken up with endlessly rehashing a riot from last January that wasn’t as bad as the riots many Americans suffered in 2020 that the Democrats excused and defended. All things considered, the Democrats would be smart to heed their own advice and “move on.”

Now we know why the White House tried to sneak Biden’s first budget proposal out on a holiday weekend when nobody was paying attention.

It calls for spending $6 trillion, with a 25% increase in spending, partially paid for by new taxes, but still leaving a $1.8 trillion deficit. I assume that will be much larger than projected because projected revenues from big tax increases seldom materialize, since rich people didn’t get rich by handing their money over to the government. They’ll move it into shelters and out of productive investments that create jobs, which will reduce revenues even more in a vicious cycle.

The Daily Mail has a lot of numbers, most of them pretty terrifying, but I don’t like to throw a lot of numbers at you. So I’ll just suggest you click the link and brace yourself.

I will pass these along, though, just to give you an idea of the general thrust: Biden wants to spend $36 billion on “climate investments,” $2.1 billion on “gun violence,” and give $861 million to Central American nations to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration.

I’ll take care of that last one: They’re coming here because it’s so much better than where they are now. I’ll take that $861 million in cash or a money order (sorry, no checks, the fed is too overdrawn.) Don’t worry, I guarantee I’ll use the money more productively that the Central American politicians ever will.

In case you missed it: here’s video of my appearance on Fox & Friends to talk about the Biden “budget” proposal (sorry, when we’re talking about spending over $6 trillion including $1.8 trillion we don’t even have, I can’t use the word “budget” without quotes.)

If there’s one thing leftists hate, it’s successful Christian conservatives who don’t bend their knee to the woke Twitter mobs. So they’ve long targeted Chris and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” Their first “so what” attack on the Gaines family was for attending a church where the pastor opposed same-sex marriage. That failed to shock anyone but the terminally clueless. Now, The Hill newspaper has tried a new tack, running a hit piece that accused Chip Gaines of donating $1,000 to a school board candidate who (gasp!) opposes Critical Race Theory in schools.

This assault blew up in their faces in two ways:

1. Anyone in their right mind should oppose Critical Race Theory in schools. It’s divisive, Marxist-derived, racist garbage that teaches children to feel shame, guilt or helplessness based on their skin color. Most parents didn’t even realize until recently that their kids were being indoctrinated with this poison, and now there’s a nationwide movement to kick it out of schools. Tennessee just became the latest entire state to ban it.

2. The school board candidate Chip Gaines donated to…is his sister.

The Hill reporters might need Chip to come to their houses with his tool belt to help remove their feet from their mouths.

Brandon Morse at has a good lesson on why parents need to be watching their children’s school officials like hawks. At a school board meeting for Desert Valley Elementary in Arizona, parents got up and made it clear that they did not want racist “Critical Race Theory” being taught to their kids (the crux being that America is a racist nation and all white people are evil oppressors.) After the meeting, someone leaked a private email in which school principal Tonya Neve complained about the school “giving those wackos a platform to spread propaganda” and talked about ways to silence “those pushy voices.”

After it hit the news, the Peoria Unified School District claimed it was unaware of Neve’s contemptuous name-calling of parents. They later said, Neve has “taken a position outside of our district for next school year and will no longer be serving our district.” Strange use of the word "serving," but I'll let it pass.

So three lessons to take away:

1. Speak up and fight back against this racist, Marxist indoctrination of our children.

2. Watch your school officials like a hawk to make sure they got the message and hold them accountable if they don’t.

3. Both 1 and 2 go double for anyone who lives in whatever district that principal moved on to.

Remember the Bellevue, Idaho, deputy who made the hilarious viral video in which he pretended to be calling LeBron James to ask advice on how to peacefully handle a knife-wielding maniac? He was suspended by his department over that, and now he’s been fired.

Nate Silvester told Sean Hannity that he’s the latest victim of cancel culture. He said he’d made lots of other videos in uniform that attempted to humanize police officers, but nobody complained until he made fun of LeBron James and his bizarre political position on policing. Then again, leftists have never been famous for their ability to laugh at themselves, or even to make funny jokes about their opponents (this is why late night hosts get lots of applause from their studio audiences, but nobody laughs anymore.)

I hope the people of Bellevue let their officials know that they don’t appreciate them punishing a police officer to appease a Twitter mob. But I have a feeling Silvester will be fine. He says he has job offers from around the country, and he’s writing a book. Better yet, considering that the ratings for “Saturday Night Live’s” season finale tied the previous week for lowest of the season, maybe NBC should hire Silvester to replace Lorne Michaels and show the cast and writers how to be funny.