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"Reparations"

August 12, 2020

Attention, all the cowed corporations that alienated your customers by rushing to shower money and praise on “Black Lives Matter” in hopes of being spared the “racist” label and targeted for "canceling." That turned out to be like feeding your friends to a tiger in hopes that it would devour you last.

Over the weekend, rioters in Chicago caused at least $60 million in damage and injured 13 police officers. There were reporters of a fleet of cars and a U-Haul truck going around as part of an organized plan to loot as many stores as possible on Chicago’s upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district. The stores included Apple, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Best Buy, Nordstrom and a Tesla dealership. Here’s video of a woman yelling the George Floyd protester mantra, “I can’t breathe!” as she searches through a luxury store for a device to remove security tags from designer clothing.

And how did BLM repay its virtue-signaling corporate benefactors? They’re rallying in defense of the 100 people arrested and claiming that looting their stores is just a form of “reparations.” As one BLM organizer put it:

“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats. That makes sure that person has clothes. That is reparations. Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”

I don't know why they even have to defend the looters, since I can't imagine Chicago's liberal officials would prosecute them anyway.

This is all so jaw-droppingly bad that the mainstream media have their work cut out for them trying to convince Americans that they should vote in November to turn the entire nation over to the same people who are running New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Seattle and Portland. So they’ve reverted to their favorite ploy: the now-clichéd “Republicans pounce” angle. That’s where they try to make the story not about the actual bad news for Democrats but about how unfair it is that Republicans are pointing out the bad news for Democrats.

I’ll give you this link to Politico, although I hate to provide them any clicks for such a reprehensible piece of propaganda.

The thrust of this bilge is that “facing (a) bleak November,” desperate Republicans are “stoking fear by trying to redefine the Black Lives Matter movement as a radical leftist mob looking to sabotage the white, suburban lifestyle.” You see, we’re stoking racism and fear by trying to mischaracterize all the rioting, looting, lawless Marxists as rioting, looting, lawless Marxists. But they claim it’s not working because polls show high support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

This really isn’t that difficult to understand, unless you’re willfully trying to obscure the issue. I don’t know anyone who would disagree that black people’s lives matter. That doesn’t mean supporting the defunding of police or standing back and allowing criminals and anarchists to terrorize entire cities. You can have the former without the latter, but not if you hand power over to Democrats. They can't tell the difference so they're not willing to risk doing anything to stop the violence and lawlessness, which they have now proven beyond any doubt. Politico can blow smoke all day, but I can't believe that voters are dumb enough to go to the polls to demand that all of America be fundamentally transformed into Portland.

Hypocrisy In Full View

August 12, 2020

According to MSNBC, women’s groups are already mobilizing to fight any sexist or racist attacks on Joe Biden’s choice for Vice President Kamala Harris. Just like they did for Sarah Palin. Oh, wait…

I notice they’re already trying to blunt that reminder of their hypocrisy with the “Well, but…” rationale. Apparently, since they didn’t like Sarah Palin’s political views, it was okay to launch the classic sexist attack of questioning her unqualifications (even though she was the only one of the four – Obama, McCain and Biden – who had been a business owner and chief executive of a town and a state), to attack her family and to denigrate her with the most obscene sexist slurs for women. You know, just like it’s also okay to do that to Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, who is actually leading an international project to help empower women in business.

If they really want to stop racist attacks on people because of their political views, they should start with the guy at the top of their ticket, who recently told black conservatives that if they don’t vote for him, then “you ain’t black.”

Monday, the Seattle City Council defied thousands of citizens who turned out Sunday to back the police (so much for listening to protesters) and voted to slash the budget of the Police Department. All but one voted in favor, and that’s only because she didn’t think they cut the police budget enough. It was a decision so idiotic and destructive that even Mayor Jenny “The CHOP zone is a new ‘summer of love’” Durkan urged them not to do it.

Within hours of the vote, Police Chief Carmen Best emailed them her resignation. For the record, she’s black, and the City Council cares so much about black people that they’d already slashed her salary and sided with protesters who threatened her home (neighbors turned out and defended it.) Now, as Best pointed out, their cuts will mean layoffs of about 100 cops, likely the most recent hires, who are largely minority officers protecting black neighborhoods. Thanks, “progressives!” Although I expect there will be no need to lay off police since so many of them will also likely be handing in their resignations and getting the heck out of town, just like business owners and law-abiding taxpayers.

Best ended her resignation with a message to her fellow police officers that she looks forward to “seeing how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety. I relish the work that will be done by all of you.” Translation: “Goodbye, good luck, and may God have mercy on your souls.”

For some reason, this vote reminds me of something George Burns once said. When he worked with his wife Gracie Allen, they did what was usually called a “Dumb Dora” act. But he had to explain to new writers that normal “dumb” jokes didn’t work for Gracie. She had to say things that weren’t simply dumb, but they had to be SO dumb in such a cockeyed way that they’d sort of make sense to somebody who was totally coo-coo. Watching the Seattle City Council react to violence in the streets and a 525% leap in crime by voting to slash the police budget (because if there are no police to arrest criminals the crime numbers will plummet) makes me wish George and Gracie were still around so that the Seattle City Council could go work as their writing staff and stop destroying a once-great city.

Judge Jeanine Pirro said something interesting about Joe Biden and #2 pick Kamala Harris in her appearance on Tuesday’s HANNITY TV show. It was almost a throwaway line as people were talking over each other, but it was this: “I mean, American people, we can sense who’s authentic and who isn’t, and you know what? The longer this goes on...the more I believe Joe Biden isn’t even gonna be on the ticket in the end. Because I can’t believe he picked this woman.”

In fact, former Obama adviser David Axelrod doesn’t think she WAS Biden’s choice.

She did get all of 2 percent of Democrat support when she was running for the nomination. But if former Vice President Joe Biden somehow does make it to Election Day without self-destructing with some monstrous, indefensible gaffe –- that’s a big unknown, a little less than three months out –- and actually (shudder) wins the election, his Vice President will very soon become President of the United States. I think everyone, at some level of consciousness, knows this. In fact, it might be about the only thing on which Democrats and Republicans can agree, though Democrats won’t admit it publicly.

At his Tuesday White House press briefing shortly after the announcement, Trump came right out of the gate with his opinion, saying Harris is “the meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate.” Coming from him, with the way he’s been treated, that’s saying a lot.

Trump said that in regard to the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, also saying that he “thought it was terrible for her and...terrible for our nation.”

The President was right. It was also terrible for the #MeToo movement, which was used for political purposes by Harris and others who were desperate to keep Kavanaugh off the bench. Harris might not ever admit it or even realize it, but the way those hearings were conducted actually set women in the workplace BACK, as it made men terrified of even taking a business meeting with a female colleague. This is true even if Harris personally managed to advance her own political career and end up on the presidential ticket as a result, in part, of her moment in the sun.

Oh, and speaking of #MeToo, Harris said in 2019 that she believed the women who complained about Joe Biden’s weird behavior with them, all that hair-sniffing and otherwise getting all kissy and hands-y.

One of them, former congressional aide Amy Lappos, after describing the creepy way Biden physically handled her, said, “There’s absolutely a line of decency. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It’s not cultural. It’s not affection. It’s sexism or misogyny.”

In April of last year, when Harris was asked about the various women’s claims, she said she “believes them and respects their being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.” Well, yay all you women for coming forward! Kamala believes you, but that doesn’t mean she won’t do what she can to help the man who did these things become President and to proudly serve beside him, however sexist or misogynistic he may be!

One suggestion: if she’s going to stand beside him, she might want to switch to some cheap store-brand shampoo and quit using that expensive stuff that smells so good…

Recall that at the time this topic was in the news, THE INTERCEPT had obtained a 1993 transcript of Tara Reade’s mother calling in to an episode of LARRY KING LIVE (which, incidentally, was called “Washington: the Cruelest City on Earth”) about her daughter’s problems with “a prominent U.S. senator.” As you’ll recall, Reade came forward with extremely serious accusations against then-Sen. Biden. Harris hasn’t commented specifically on Reade’s story, but I doubt she’s been put on the spot, either, or will be, at least by the mainstream media. (Seriously, do you think the media are going to hit her with a “gotcha” question now?) I won’t go into detail here about what she says Biden did to her, but if you don’t know and would like to, the details are here.

Imagine if some Republican man –- say, a U.S. senator –- had been accused of doing something THIS SERIOUS to an UNDERLING while he was IN OFFICE, and Kamala Harris were questioning him about it with the cameras rolling. Think how utterly ruthless she would be. That's because it’s not about women; it’s about politics. If the accused is a political enemy, you know she’ll treat him as guilty until proven innocent, because you’ve seen her do that with Kavanaugh. (She’s even attacked him since.) If it’s Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, she sets the accusations aside and becomes his running mate.

She’s not the only one to put political power above all. It’s what Democrats do. THE DAILY CALLER contacted 24 Democrat senators, including Harris, to ask if they would even consider the allegations by Reade. Their offices were given 24 hours to respond, and not one of them returned the call.

Mollie Hemingway made the case on Tuesday that Biden “messed up” when he picked Harris. She’s not someone who will help get back any of those voters lost in 2016, Hemingway said. Instead, he picked “a far-left California Democrat.” I haven’t even addressed the issues here –- much more in the coming days –- but yesterday I linked to a piece that listed the “package” we’d be getting from Biden and the Democrats. (Scroll down to point #10 to compare “packages.”) Harris backs it all, 100 percent. Taken as a whole, this is scary, scary stuff, I dare say for most Americans.

Finally, look who tweeted enthusiastic congratulations to Harris on Tuesday. Yes, it’s the son of George Soros.

A lot can happen between now and Election Day. Judge Pirro is right when she says Biden might not even be the nominee by then. If he’s not, does that mean Kamala Harris advances to the top spot? No, the DNC gets to pick, and I'll bet they already have, "just in case." As the Magic 8 Ball says, “ASK AGAIN LATER.”

Healthy Again

August 12, 2020

Back in April, Democratic New York City councilman Paul Vallone reported that he’d contracted COVID-19 and suffered mild symptoms. But over the weekend, he revealed to the New York Post that he was actually severely ill and panicking because he suffers from sarcoidosis, an auto-immune disease that attacks his lungs and that left him with little immune system. He couldn’t breathe and was so weak, he couldn’t get out of bed. He said, “I needed something to stay alive.”

His doctor gave him hydroxychloroquine and a standard antibacterial Z-pack. Luckily, his pharmacist was able to provide it without having an anti-Trump politician or reporter block him from doing his job. Vallone told the Post that “within two to three days, I was able to breathe. Within a week, I was back on my feet.”

For all the grief President Trump has taken for allegedly spreading “dangerous misinformation” by simply saying that he’d heard good things about HCL and it might be worth trying, Vallone is grateful to him for speaking up when nobody knew of any treatment. He said, “At that time, there was only fear and panic; he offered hope in a possible treatment when there was none. With my sarcoidosis and then my COVID symptoms, it basically saved me. For that, my family will always be thankful.“

I’m glad he’s healthy again, and if it costs him his Democratic Party membership card to credit Trump and thank him, then that’s a small, small price to pay.

"The Switch"

August 12, 2020

Over the years, I’ve often imagined that somewhere in Washington, maybe hidden under the Capitol dome, there’s a big switch, like the one in the lab in Frankenstein movies. Whenever the Party in power in the White House changes over, someone throws that switch, and immediately, all the standards change to the exact opposite of whatever they’ve been for the previous four to eight years.

Just a few of many examples: Under Democrats, the homeless problem disappears from the news. (Switch!) This uncompassionate Republican President is entirely to blame for the homeless population, even though they were there before he ever got the job…Bush was a “war criminal” for ordering bombing in the Middle East. (Switch!) Obama could order drone strikes that would kill dozens of innocent people and nobody cared…Obama built illegal immigrant detention centers on the border. Democrats yawned. (Switch!) Trump puts children in CAGES!...Obama weaponized government agencies against his political opposition and hey, they had it coming. (Switch!) Trump made a phone call and mentioned the guy who might be running against him in two years. IMPEACH HIM!!

The greatest example may be Hillary Clinton sucking up to Vladimir Putin, then (Switch!) becoming the biggest Russia hawk since Joe McCarthy after losing the election. Democrats who’d spent decades as Russia apologists suddenly started snarkily calling Trump voters “Ivan” and blaming Hillary’s loss on Russian skulduggery instead of her horrible record, awful personality and open contempt for the American people. What made this the ultimate metaphor for the changing double standard is that before the switch, Hillary once brandished a red “Reset” button prop to kowtow to Russia – an actual, physical “switch!”

I bring all this up because we have a new example of “The Switch” that rivals even Hillary’s “switch” from Putin sycophant to 1950’s style Russkie baiter. Throughout the Obama Administration, on my radio and TV shows, I chronicled Obama’s habit of legislating via executive order. Few in the Democratic Party or the media seemed to care, and even Republicans declined to challenge him, beyond public complaining. As one of Obama’s aides put it, “Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Pretty cool.”

Except it wasn’t cool: it was plainly unconstitutional. Duties like making immigration law or ratifying treaties are specifically reserved for the people's elected representatives in Congress. Then Trump was elected, and (Switch!) suddenly, the President had no power to issue executive orders. Every EO was challenged in court. He dosen’t even have the power to rescind an Obama executive order (DACA) that Obama repeatedly admitted he had no power to create before he did it anyway.

And then came this weekend’s executive orders to extend coronavirus relief when Congress deadlocked (remember, Obama justified his DACA order by claiming that if Congress wouldn’t act, he had to.) And what was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reaction? She was fine with Obama's end-runs around Congress, but now, she’s threatening a legal challenge because Trump's orders are “Absurdly unconstitutional!” (FYI: Trump had the DOJ vet his orders and determine that they are constitutional under the President’s power to allocate relief funds in the case of natural disasters.)

So (Switch!) now, the Constitution that was ignored for eight years suddenly must be followed to the letter, according to Nancy Pelosi. How long do you think it will take for the switch to be flipped back the other way if Joe Biden is (shudder!) elected President? Considering that he’s vowed to reverse Trump’s protections of First Amendment religious liberties in his first week in office, I think we all know the answer to that.

We’re sad to report that veteran character actor Wilfred Brimley died last week in Utah at 85 from several ongoing medical issues.

Instantly recognizable by his gruff voice and iconic walrus mustache, Brimley played many roles in movies and TV over the years, from “The Waltons” to “Seinfeld,” and from menacing villains in films like “The Firm” to crusty but loveable grandpas in movies like “The Natural” and “Cocoon.” He was famous as a commercial pitchman for Quaker Oats and for PSAs for diabetes (or as he called it, “die-a-beetus.”) He was also active on social media, interacting with fans and poking fun at his image, such as suggesting his pro wrestler name might be “The Under-Quaker” or the “DIE-a-BEASTUS.”

Here’s a bit of surprising trivia: like Cliff “Charley Weaver” Arquette, Brimley began playing old coots when he was still relatively young and aged into the part. Brace yourself: when he played the retired grandpa in “Cocoon” in 1985, Brimley was 51. As a blogger friend of mine noted, Tom “Still Doing His Own Insane Stunts” Cruise is 58.

I always urge people not to pay attention to any polls this far out. But since the media are pointing to polls with Biden in the lead to practically declare him President already (and poor Joe might believe it), I think it’s only fair to use this poll to pour a little castor oil into their Kool-Aid.

A stunning daily tracking survey last week by Rasmussen Reports found that President Trump’s approval rating has risen to 51% (at this point in his first term, Obama was at 44%.) But that’s not the most jaw-dropping part. Trump’s approval rating is 49% among whites, 48% among blacks and 63% among other non-white minorities. How is this possible with all the bad news he’s dealing with, like the coronavirus, the economic shutdown and the riots?

I’m sure the media will dismiss this as an outlier, and maybe it is. They’ll claim that Rasmussen is unreliable, even though it was one of the most accurate polls in 2016. And it would not be wise for Republicans to put too much faith in it. Still…maybe this poll is picking up early trends that tend to form as people start paying more attention to the election. Maybe it’s different from the other polls because they are just so inaccurate. This is a poll of likely voters, not “adults” or “registered voters” or “whoever was actually willing to answer the phone,” like those pro-Biden polls.

Or maybe people just aren’t swallowing the efforts by the media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) to blame Trump for a virus unleashed by China or for far-left radicals burning down Democrat-run cities. Maybe they see through all that and realize that Trump was creating record jobs and rising wages for all races before the coronavirus hit, and that he’s far more likely to get the economy running again than the people who kept it sputtering for eight years under Obama, and now insist that China isn’t a threat and we need to keep everything shut down even longer.

Or maybe minorities realize that Trump has done more for them in three years than the Democrats have in decades; that Democrats have let their neighborhoods burn and shielded the arsonists and gangsters while taking away their police protection; and that the only argument they have to keep voting for them is that they’ll call you a racist or say you “ain't really black” if you don’t.

Or maybe the poll is entirely wrong, and there’s nothing to see here. I hope the Democrats believe that, and I hope that Republicans just keep working toward the election as if they believe that.

Constitutional Rights For Me, But Not For Thee: The city of Dallas, which was perfectly okay with allowing mass anti-police demonstrations, shut down a planned convention by the conservative group Young Americans for Liberty just three days before it was set to begin, citing the spike in coronavirus cases (and I wonder what caused that?)

Politicians claimed it was the hotel’s decision, but that hotel is run by the city. Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who was scheduled to speak at the event, called it “surprising, coming from Texas.” But unfortunately, the left has made big inroads in Texas, at least in urban areas. The major cities are all run not just by Democrats but by far-left “progressives” (recall the similar situation in Houston, which allowed mass protests but canceled the state GOP convention.)

I don’t know if this is because even Texas allowed leftists to take over schools and indoctrinate children, or if so many people fled blue states but brought the policies with them that they fled from. But you can certainly see the results. Not just in the blatant partisanship and disregard for First Amendment rights, but also in the spiraling crime. US cities are disproportionately run by Democrats, so it’s hardly surprising that murder is up in 36 of our 50 largest cities. But it might surprise you to learn that at #1, with a 64% increase in murders in one year, was Austin, Texas.

But when you realize how liberal the “Keep Austin Weird” government of the Lone Star State’s bluest city is, then maybe it’s not so surprising after all.