Who started this?

January 20, 2021

This week, you will no doubt be hearing a lot of balloon juice from the media about how Donald Trump is to blame for all the partisan vitriol infecting society, and how things will return to “normal” now that Biden is coming in. In response to that, Michael Goodwin at the New York Post has an excellent article, reminding us that it was, in fact, the left that started this with its all-out war on Trump, from “celebrities” holding up a replica of his bloody severed head, to riots and fires set during his Inauguration in 2017, to protesters storming in and “occupying” a Senate office building, to an attempted “Russia collusion” coup and two groundless impeachment votes.

If you really think that the divide between the elites in media, politics and big business and the working people of America for whom they show condescension and contempt but zero understanding was all caused by Trump, I’ll remind you that I wrote a book warning the elites about it (“God, Guns, Grits and Gravy”) that was published six months before Trump came down the Trump Tower escalator and announced he was running for President.


Today, Joe Biden will become President, and he has promised to embark immediately on undoing every Trump policy that made America stronger, brought peace to the Middle East, protected religious freedom, stemmed illegal immigration, stood up for American workers, stopped China from robbing us blind, sparked record job creation and wage growth, brought fuel prices down and made America energy independent. I’m not going to describe all of his plans in detail because I’ve spent the past year trying to warn voters what was coming. So I’ll just refer you to this article that lists the coming calamities.

And don’t forget his plans to pander to the transgender lobby by reversing a Trump policy that protects the rights of women and girls. Hope all you women who voted for Biden enjoy a future of all-male women’s sports.

Speaking of Biden’s plans to restore unity, compassion and decency, Planned Parenthood is salivating at the idea of getting even more tax money and doing away with the Hyde Amendment so there will no longer even be any pretense that Americans aren’t having their forcibly-extracted tax money used to slaughter babies in the womb in violation of their beliefs.

I fail to see how this reflects compassion, decency or even unity, considering that a CBS poll in June found that 55% of Americans support either some restrictions on abortion or a complete ban. In fact, abortion is largely a Democrat obsession, with 79% of Republicans and 58% of Independents thinking it should be restricted or banned. A Marist poll from one year ago found that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe V. Wade, 62% of Americans think it should either turn the issue of abortion back to the states or ban it.

The only unity Biden is likely to create with these policies is an almost universal feeling of buyer’s remorse.


Yesterday, we talked about what Washington, DC, looked like on “Inauguration Eve”; namely, an evacuated and secured war zone. Yes, Democrats are sending a message about their newly-established power by turning it into exactly that, but apparently House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had wanted to send it in even stronger terms.

According to Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, Pelosi had even wanted “crew-manned machine guns” (!!!). But her request was turned down, he said Tuesday evening to Martha MacCallum on FOX NEWS, “because there’s simply no use for that in a security arrangement for a civilian undertaking.”

In case you’re a leftist who pretends to know about guns but doesn’t know BBs about them, the term “machine guns” refers to fully automatic weapons, a giant step beyond the semiautomatic weapons used by many for hunting and self-defense that are so often condemned by the left. “Crew-manned machine guns” are probably best known by their associations with front-line warfare and also mass executions of Jews and other enemies by Nazi soldiers during the Holocaust. They mow people down. Personal, hand-held automatic weapons were used to commit shocking mob violence in America during Prohibition.

Just think of the image this would have projected, regardless of whether or not these guns were even loaded. I realize those on the left are trying to make a point about their new dominance, but this over-the-top show of power is shameful and dangerous and tells us a lot about their current state of mind. If anything would incite violence, it’s not Trump, who left quietly, but this symbolic boot-heel.

Pelosi had also requested, through the Capitol Police, the many thousands of extra troops, Cuccinelli said, adding, “Some of this has gone beyond any legitimate security need. But they’re disciplined, they’re professional, and the Secret Service has been choreographing this very effectively to maintain security and safety.”

When asked why there was a call for “such a tremendous force,” Cuccinelli said “all of it arose on January 6,” partially because Congress was the target.

"At the same time,” he wondered aloud, “where was this concern for the rest of America?”


Good question. He continued: “But when their own [Congress's] butt was on the line, all of a sudden they want every troop and soldier they can find to protect THEM.” He said they’re perfectly happy to do what it takes to keep members safe, but “not at the sacrifice of the rest of America.”

"Congressmen aren’t more important than any other American,” he said, and the DHS has been trying to keep everyone safe “through this entire difficult year.”

Pelosi’s requests were so out of proportion to any known threat that it actually prompted none other than Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib to join nine of her colleagues, including the other far-left members of “The Squad,” in writing to Pelosi and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging that national security powers not be expanded.

Consistent with the “even-a-broken-clock-is-right-twice-a-day” theory, they wrote, “We firmly believe that the national security and surveillance powers of the U.S. government are already too broad, undefined, and unaccountable to the people.” Though the letter makes some points I’d gladly debate –- including their description of the July 6th attackers simply as a “Trump mob,” as if Trump had sent them –- it must be snowing in Hades because I never thought I’d agree with Rep. Tlaib about anything, even a little.

The letter is also endorsed by the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), and the leftist organizations Demand Progress, Free Press and Win Without War. Could this be an issue on which at least some on both the left and right can find common ground?

"For our part,” the legislators wrote, “we pledge to oppose any attempts to expand the domestic national security or surveillance powers of the United States government at the expense of the rights of our people with every tool available to us as duly-elected members of Congress.” Is it too much to hope that when they say “our” people, they’re actually including Trump supporters? Most Democrat leaders hardly consider Trump supporters to be people at all, let alone “our people.” So pardon me if I can’t help thinking there’s something about this I’m missing.

MacCallum also reported Tuesday that pipe bombs were found at the entrances to both the RNC and the DNC headquarters. The unusually non-partisan bomber, as of this writing, is still at large.

In an update to the story on National Guard troops being “ideologically vetted,” Kevin Corke on FOX NEWS said Tuesday afternoon that the head of the Guard has confirmed that a dozen members have been removed from duty because of “suspected far-right extremist ties.” The decision to take them off inauguration duty was apparently based on “inappropriate texts or comments” these members had made. We're not told what they said that was considered inappropriate but would love to know.

Cuccinelli emphasized, “There is NO --- I repeat, NO --- identified threat from any of these people to the inauguration, or any suggestion that I’m aware of that any of them had any intention to do anything other than their duty in the National Guard.” The Secretary of Defense concurred, he said. This is what Cuccinelli called a function of the heightened anxiety in Washington.

"If only they’d been so anxious about the violence all across the country for the last year, we might not have gotten to a point where this seemed to some people to be an acceptable form of political expression,” he said. Agreed, though I'd stress that the vast majority on the right still find it totally unacceptable.

Check out the BABYLON BEE’s satirical PSA about how we learn to riot.

Chad Wolf, former acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said this level of vetting is “the same as the vetting that was done for most inaugurations.” That includes the involvement of the Secret Service and the FBI.

We respectfully disagree that this is normal, as they’re now apparently picking apart every last tweet and chance acquaintance, placing tens of thousands of troops –- American troops –- under the intense scrutiny of multiple bureaus. This deployment represents the largest military presence in Washington in American history during peacetime. Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who, as he puts it, “spent my life in the preparedness and security field,” DOES find the current steps deeply concerning, linking to this from Sara Carter.


The message it sends our troops: we don’t trust you.

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott doesn’t think the vetting is normal at all and, in fact, is highly offended that the troops he sends would be subjected to this. He tweeted on Monday, “This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.”

Texas sent more than 1,000 National Guardsmen to Washington for the inauguration, but Gov. Abbott said, “I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.

As BREITBART editor and host Joel Pollack noted on Monday, DILBERT creator Scott Adams (who also hosts the enlightening daily podcast “Coffee with Scott Adams”) remarked that “once you start evaluating soldiers for political loyalty, you are on your way to creating something like a Revolutionary Guard that protects one party or leader. Democrats are becoming what they think Trump is.”

"Becoming”? The Democrats, as a party, are THERE.

Must-See Video

January 20, 2021

Tuesday, on his last full day in office, President Trump gave a farewell address. Some “news” channels which are now in the full-time propaganda business didn’t even air it, but you can watch it at this link, and you should.

It’s a reminder of some of the many great things about the Trump Administration that his critics refused to give him credit for even as they benefited from them personally. (I’ve been especially annoyed recently to hear Joe Biden branding the coronavirus vaccine roll-out as a “disaster,” when (A.) it’s only been a disaster in Democrat-run states; (B.) he and his fellow Democrats mocked Trump for saying there would be a vaccine by the end of 2020, and for his efforts at creating one, which worked; and (C.) when Obama/Biden were in office, they were completely ineffective in dealing with pandemics such as swine flu.)

But Trump also warns us about the sudden, anti-American turn of the left; the blacklists and censorship and intolerance; the bigotry and class warfare; all the things they once claimed to oppose and are now rushing to impose. It’s going to be a hard two years until the 2022 elections, and there’s no guarantee that things will change even then if conservatives get demoralized instead of getting organized and fighting back, the way the (peaceful) Tea Party movement did in 2009. He also reminds us of the importance of engaging with hearts and minds, not with violence.

This is Trump at his best and most presidential. I wish he’d spoken like this sooner and more often. The partisan media may ignore this speech, but I predict it will become historic, as the American people begin to realize how badly they were gas-lighted by the media. While I hope and pray that President Biden will keep his word to be a unifier and that America will heal and prosper, I suspect that Americans will soon start to miss Trump's pro-American, pro-growth, pro-freedom policies, even if they don’t miss the tweets.

Also, the media treated First Lady Melania Trump shamefully for four years, and then they also ignored her farewell message. I think you will want to see that as well.


Parler Update

January 19, 2021

Parler’s CEO John Matze said there have been significant positive developments and the free speech Twitter alternative is hopeful that it will be back online soon, after Amazon cut off its hosting service with no warning.

One negative development is that Matze and his family had to go into hiding because of death threats, ironically from leftists who accuse Parler (“without evidence”) of hosting the planning of the attack on the US Capitol (they want to kill anyone who promotes violence.) So far, it appears that any planning took place on other platforms – and incidentally, if it was planned in advance, doesn’t that prove that Trump’s speech did NOT incite it?

If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took her responsibilities seriously, she would call for a vote rescinding her latest bogus impeachment on those now-disproven grounds. But she’s too busy posing for photos with the same National Guard troops that she referred to as “stormtroopers” when they were protecting federal buildings that her office is not in from violent leftist rioters.

Until Parler returns, a number of other services are making it clear that they’ll be happy to accept the thousands if not millions of users who are abandoning Twitter and Facebook. Here’s an article about two more, Signal and Telegram, which you might find interesting.

Most telling detail: a tech expert who usually has to explain new services like this to his parents heard from his parents to tell him they had already signed up for Signal. So when Twitter and Facebook tell you that they’re just driving out dangerous rightwing extremists, remember: they’re talking about your parents.


On Wednesday, when Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, Washington, DC, will host nearly 30,000 armed troops, more than five times the number currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. For the first time, the entire week preceding the inauguration was declared a “National Special Security Event.”

As described by THE EPOCH TIMES, the city has been brought “to almost a complete halt. More than a dozen Metro stations around the National Mall and the U.S. Capitol Building were closed...the streets of Washington are eerily empty. Buses, streetcars and other forms of public transportation, even bicycles, have been shut down. Most stores are closed, and many have been boarded up.”


The area for blocks around the White House looks like a war zone.

Now, if the new administration really were afraid of some kind of armed insurrection, they could've simply announced that the oath of office would take place inside the White House with streaming video for all who cared to watch. Truly, many of us will be finding better things to do. Even Trump has kindly RSVP'd that he and his "plus-one" will not be attending, thank-you-very-much.

The pandemic would've given Biden the perfect reason to take it inside. But no, Democrats WANT the accompanying visuals of an occupied city, a militarized zone, the rows of National Guard troops bussed in from every state, the bomb detectors, the dogs, the block after block of high fencing topped by razor wire. Because it makes a statement the likes of which we have never seen.

A statement about conservatives.

All this theater is to convey the message that anyone who didn’t support Biden, who (gasp) might have voted for Trump and who (double gasp) might even slightly question one single vote is –- like Trump himself –- a “dangerous extremist" and WILL be kept in check.

The media have their role to play in making this connection, of course. Don’t click on this link unless you have a strong stomach, but...this is CNN.

So far, though, things have been calm, and Trump has told his supporters to remain peaceful. He said, "In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking, and NO violence of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”

I will never make light of what happened on January 6 or try to shift blame away from those on the right who participated as some have done. That said, it was a relative handful of brain-dead protesters (augmented, as we have learned, by some Antifa and BLM) who breached the Capitol and horrified most conservatives.

Never mind all the looting, burning and assorted violence during 2020 in “blue” cities that were turned into occupied zones for real. And never mind the pathetic lack of crowd control around the Capitol. The left is using the Capitol Hill breach as an excuse to treat all conservatives like members of ISIS.

Think I’m kidding? Oh, this is going to get much worse.

As Tucker Carlson reported Monday night, Democrats, to ramp-up the drama, demanded that all troops sent to Washington for Inauguration Week undergo a sort of “ideological vetting” (their words), to make sure every one of them professes loyalty to the new regime. “Not loyalty to our country, not loyalty to our Constitution, but loyalty to the aims of a specific political party,” was the way he put it.

The concern among leftists apparently was that the National Guard is mostly white, male and conservative-leaning, with only about 25 percent of them having voted for Biden. Memphis Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen (also white and male, incidentally) assumes that the other 75 percent “are in the large class of folks who might want to, uh, do something.”

"Do something”? If Rep. Cohen stands by this –- he said it on CNN, among friends –- it sure sounds as if he suspects the 75 percent of the National Guard that is white, male and conservative of wanting to assassinate the incoming President.

I wonder how the more conservative members of the Guard might think about this. What about all those Americans who join out of love of country and would never dream of “doing something” to government officials of either party? Now they’re automatically suspect?

Gen. William Walker said on GOOD MORNING, AMERICA that members of the Guard are being “screened before they leave their state. It’s a “credentialing process so they’re screened and they’re repeatedly screened until they are actually put out on the street.” Also, “it's layered so the FBI is part of it, the Secret Service is part of it, and once they are certain there’s no insider threat, then that soldier, guardsman or airman is given a credential. Gen. Walker did not elaborate on the nature of the “inside threat.”


In a statement, the Army said they’re working with the FBI to identify all who were part of the attack on the Capitol to see if any of those people have a connection to the Army. And that makes sense if those individuals were part of the violence. But if they just happened to be in the huge, overwhelmingly peaceful crowd of Trump supporters, we are heading into dangerous territory.

Here’s another report about the vetting of troops, but leading into that discussion are pictures of something we don’t quite know what to make of. Are “armed” soldiers patrolling the streets around the White House and Capitol with rifles that don’t have magazines? We’re not offering any speculation about what this means, just expressing bewilderment.

It does seem we might have an intra-military conflict brewing, with those who share the ideology of the incoming administration to be trusted and those who disagree with it to be suspected. If it’s true, this is a far cry from what the military used to be, with Republicans and Democrats proudly fighting alongside one another, as buddies, to defend their flag and their nation. This radical change is a prescription for disaster.

And how will the new administration know who is with them or against them? Why, they’ll have to spy on them, of course, with a new internal spy agency created just to deal with “domestic terrorism.” And that is already in the works, in the form of a bill with over 100 co-sponsors in the House.

Leftists will love this new power as a way to go after “pro-Trump fanatics.” Every word uttered by every conservative white male in America (especially if he owns guns and a MAGA hat) will likely be monitored if this becomes law, and not just by Facebook and Twitter. It's like another Patriot Act for these times --- what could go wrong?


Phil Spector Dies In Prison

January 19, 2021

Saturday, renowned rock music songwriter/producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector died in prison of natural causes at 81. He’d been in a prison health facility since 2013 for undisclosed reasons. He was serving a sentence of 19 years-to-life and wasn’t eligible for parole until 2024.

Spector, with his patented “Wall of Sound,” created some of the greatest and most influential hits of the early rock era, starting in 1958 when he scored his first #1 hit as writer/lead singer of the Teddy Bears’ “To Know Him Is To Love Him” (certainly the opposite of how people felt about Spector.) He produced many artists and created a number of groups, often with Darlene Love singing uncredited lead. His sessions were the beginning of the Wrecking Crew, the great musicians who appeared on hundreds of hits in the ‘60s. His style influenced everyone from The Beach Boys to Bruce Springsteen to Meatloaf.

His groups included the Crystals and the Ronettes (led by his wife Ronnie Spector), and his many classic hits include “He’s A Rebel,” “Be My Baby,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Then He Kissed Me” and the perennial Phil Spector Christmas Album (“A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records.”) Later famous Spector productions include John Lennon’s “Imagine,” George Harrrison’s “My Sweet Lord” and the album “All Things Must Pass,” Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” (Spector considered it his greatest record, but it wasn’t a hit at the time), the Beatles’ “Let It Be” album (his production of that is still controversial) and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” which was named radio’s most-played song of the 20th century.

Unfortunately, he was notorious for private behavior that ranged from controlling to sociopathic. It caused his career to be mostly over by the 1980s. His wife Ronnie wrote on Instagram that he was “a brilliant producer but a lousy husband” who was “not able to live and function outside of the recording studio. Darkness set in, many lives were damaged. I still smile whenever I hear the music we made together, and always will. The music will be forever.”

He was infamous for waving his pistol in the faces of artists, which came back to haunt him in 2003, when nobody believed his claim that actress Lana Clarkson decided for no apparent reason to use his pistol to commit suicide in his living room.

As Antony says in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.” In Phil Spector’s case, there is no way for the evil of the murder he committed ever to go away with time, but thanks to the recording studio, the good he did will live on forever. And so, the controversies and debates about him will also go on forever, along with the great music he created.


A new international study of ten nations by a group of Stanford researchers found that the ruinous mandatory lockdowns early in the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus pandemic provided no clear, significant benefits over other voluntary measures, such as social distancing or travel reduction, in any country.

In a related story, with Joe Biden safely on his way to the White House (and although I’m sure it’s just a coincidence), Democrat Governors and Mayors are finally starting to question the wisdom of making their constituents continue suffering from endless business lockdowns.

I’m sure this also has nothing to do with the fact that Biden will be taking office amid a huge jump in unemployment benefit filings, due to the never-ending blue state business shutdowns.


President Joe Biden

January 19, 2021

Tomorrow, Joe Biden will be sworn in as President after the most controversial, contested, and crooked election in our history. Just to make sure that none of the 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump forget how much they hate him and us, Democrats in Washington impeached the President for a historic 2nd time, using this time the phony excuse that he is responsible for the awful and inexcusable criminal assault on our Capitol by a group of anarchists who were a small number of the tens of thousands of people who attended a rally earlier in the day. Most were unaware that anything had even happened until they returned to their homes or hotels and saw it on the news. While President Trump could have and should have spoken sooner and more forcefully to denounce the riot, I’ve carefully read and listened to his entire speech that day. To say he caused is ludicrous. But don’t take MY word for it. The most distinguished constitutional scholars of our land who neither supported nor voted for Donald Trump have dismissed allegations of President Trump having incited a riot as nonsense. But Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the angry mob of Congressional Democrats decided that impeaching Donald Trump in the hours before he leaves office will be good for the country. These are the same Democrats who joined with the media all last summer in actually defending and supporting the rioting and looting of American cities and the deadly assaults on police officers across the land. 


Conservatives condemned the lawless anarchy in our streets then and equally and forcefully condemned it when it happened in DC on Jan 6. There should be no double standards. But the left in America has gone beyond a double standard-they have NO standards. Just emotional outrage, hate and blind bigotry toward everyone who won’t surrender to their iron-fist. The 2nd phony impeachment is being done without any evidence presented, hearing, witnesses, or due process. Serial killers like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer were given more due process than President Trump. And when a mob, whether it’s rioters or members of Congress and the media deny judicial process and rush straight to a verdict and sentencing, it’s not justice. This is one mob reacting to another mob and that is the logic of a lynching. I sure wish that members of Congress were as concerned about the destruction in the places of business owned by law-abiding citizens in Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, New York, or Los Angeles as they were by the destruction of where THEY do business.

And while soon to be President Biden continues to claim he wants healing and unity, is that what he expects will result from the condescending rage directed toward the half of America who voted for President Trump? I’d love to see the country “come together” and act like America again, but I won’t march willingly behind those who truly believe voices like mine should be closed off from social media, or kept from employment and freely harassed in restaurants, shopping centers, or public places.

If Joe Biden wants to unify the country to respect the rule of law for all, stop Big Tech from crushing competitors and conservatives, and to move toward ending poverty, building roads, standing up to China, and taking care of our military, I’m all in. But if he keeps his pledge to push abortion even to the moment of birth, wants taxpayers to fund the folly of letting 7 year old kids surgically change their gender, opens the borders of our country with no controls, punishes work by taxing people who have jobs to redistribute their money to those who refuse to work, and forces churches and faith based colleges and organizations to surrender to views that violate the teachings of the Bible, then count me out. That’s not asking for my cooperation, but my surrender to an agenda that’s antithetical to my faith, my family, and my freedom. And that’s not a call for unity, but uniformity. It’s not asking me for tolerance, but obedience. And it’s not a call for healing, but more hurt and hate. And to that I’m pretty sure I speak for many of the 74 million Americans who will respectfully say, “No thanks.”