I’m getting some feedback on “Mirrors” and I have to say I’m pleased – people are liking it. Wish it would sell more, of course! But, the main thing is that I’ve written a story that people like. And I’m very grateful for that.
So, the Ukraine thing – looks more and more like it is another self-own by the Democrats: it is the Bidens who might be in jeopardy, not Trump. My view: in any controversy regarding Trump, always work on the assumption that he’s the guy who didn’t break the law. We’ve long heard about Biden’s son getting sweet heart deals in Ukraine…and my bet is that this NSA “whistleblower” was a desperate rear-guard to try and keep it from coming out. RSM has thoughts.
Patriots ditch Antonio Brown after a mere 11 days with rising allegations of bad behavior. I don’t know what is true in this – it’ll come out over time, I’m sure.
We’re close to flipping the 9th Circuit – this is why we elected Trump and why we have to re-elect him. Once the Courts are firmly in the hands of judges who will enforce the law not only will the left no longer be able to impose their policies via judicial fiat, but we’ll be able to start rolling back the previous, unconstitutional rulings liberal judges made. All those years the Tru-Cons told us they’d do this…and they never, ever did: Trump has nearly done it in three years. All that was lacking was the will.
“Ad Astra” has a good review. I might have to go see it – and as the Progs are simply hating Sallone’s latest “First Blood” installment, I’ll probably have to check it out, too.
Trump’s approval rating is better than Obama’s at this point in his term. And this with, I’m very certain, polls cooked to make Trump look worse than he is.
HUGE congrats on the book Mark, that’s a hell of an accomplishment. Biden is dirty, Clinton’s are dirty and the Obama’s are dirty. A LOT of quid pro quo going on in that party … it’s how they do business. The Clinton Global Initiative was nothing but quid pro quo. The Obama’s were “above average wage earners” before his election and are now famously wealthy. Chelsea Clinton received a $600,000+ salary from NBC for …. well we have yet to figure that one out, and Hunter Biden was receiving $50,000 a month from the Ukraine while his dad was Vice President. But I am sure Hunter knew a lot about the Ukraine and how to run a successful business in that country.
Re: Trump’s approval ratings … I am surprised they are this high considering the relentless media attacks day in and day out. If Trump were to receive just a little positive press his approval poll numbers would be in the 60’s.
From a Politifact article about the Bidens and Ukraine:
LOL!! “I didn’t know about it until I read about it in the news,” seems to have been a standard denial in the Obama administration.
QUID PRO QUO. This denial proves they are guilty.
One of the Establishment number crunchers out there pointed out that there have been 70 national, head-to-head polls of Trump vs Biden and Biden lead in all of them…which makes me, for the zillionth time, wonder why I ever paid any attention to such people. Random public opinion polling will have outliers…in other words, in a series of 70, there should have been, say, 7 that didn’t agree with the rest. That they all said the same thing shows that…they aren’t polls; they are ginned up DNC press releases. And this leaves aside any discussion of, well, Biden. Joe Biden. Ancient of days; never too bright; failed Presidential candidate; plucked from being an obscure Senate backbencher by Obama who wanted an old, harmless white guy to balance the ticket…that Joe Bide. The Joe Biden who’s political base is Delaware. They are saying that this Joe Biden is going to absolutely crush Trump in 2020 because what working and middle class white people have been waiting for their whole life is to hand power over to an Establishment, career politician who has zero accomplishments to his name. It is just too absurd for words – keep in mind, I’m not saying that Biden can’t win: politics is weird and anything is possible…but to claim that Biden is the yearning of the American majority is just stupid…but that is what the head-to-head polls say. Because the people putting them out know their base is stupid and thinks we are, too.
There’s only one poll that matters, and that takes place on November 3, 2020. Two hours before the polls closed on November 8, 2016, “polls” were showing Hillary still had an 85% chance of winning. Polls, schmolls.
From the RSM article:
That is precisely what we’ve been dealing with for the last 2 years and 8 months. It’s about time for the President’s team to go on offense.
Not a surprise but interesting:
I saw this report on CNN the other day and it was an eye opener. I think MN goes red this year, WI, MI, and PA will remain red and Trump will win in a landslide.
I would not be surprised to see Trump win all the states he won in 2016 plus at least another 5. He’s even campaigning in California. Now I don’t think anyone expects him to win California, but it’s pretty obvious that he intends to win the popular vote in addition to the Electoral College vote, and California is a goldmine of Conservatives, many of whom haven’t bothered to vote at all in recent years because it’s been an exercise in futility. I’m reminded of a book by Hugh Hewitt a while back.
Goes with the theory out there – which I agree with – that while Democrats are gaining a little in the cities (it seems to be mostly urban/suburban white women – higher end economically to whom Trump is just “well, I never!”), but the GOP is gaining massively everywhere else. That would flip places like MN, NH and NM.
This week is Constitution Week, and there’s an excellent article in the Convention of States weekly newsletter about the Constitution.
The following letter to the editor appeared in our local paper this morning:
In a bit of subtle irony, in the comics section of the same paper, the cartoon Pearls before Swine has Rat saying the following:
My first thought was to respond to this egregious, hate-filled screed, but then I got to thinking that would be akin to publicizing the name of a mass shooter, and actually drawing attention to the hate. Still, I marvel at the amount of hate some people have in their hearts, and I have to wonder just exactly what this letter writer hoped to accomplish.
Sorry—-I couldn’t get past the irony of such a screed filled with hate and bias written by a man named Swinehart.
But I digress.
How easily the sheeple simply overlook or ignore the tens of millions of innocent people murdered by the Left. MURDERED. Murdered in concentration camps—the real ones, where people were either gassed upon arrival or forced into slavery while being starved till they just died, murdered by purposeful starvation when the Leftist State sent storm troopers into villages, into homes, to strip them of everything that might be eaten, murdered by sentencing to Siberian gulags, murdered by being lined up along trenches they had been forced to dig and then machine-gunned down, murdered on death marches, murdered in Cambodia and Cuba and Viet Nam and Germany and Russia and Ukraine and….but the list is too long, and the indifference of Leftist apologists and hysterics too deep.
Note that I did not include the billions of children butchered, usually but not always in utero.
The Left loves to trivialize serious words by using them in such unserious ways.
But these same apologists find bottomless pits of outrage when it comes to hysterics over possible future outcomes related to environmental fears, fears which are not only not shared but are scoffed at by many serious scientists. They manage to arrive at peaks of outrage when their false accusations are treated as such, and have no problem blaming an evil Invented Other for anything that bothers them.
He is actually angry at “the GOP” for having to make an intelligent decision about whether his daughter’s injury was serious enough to require emergency room care. And then he stoops to such outrageous hysterical hyperbole he destroys any shred of credibility his rant might have had when he howls “…..attempting to equivocate between the two parties is akin to comparing a kid stealing candy to Jeffrey Dahmer”.
What a smug, self-satisfied, self-congratulatory toxic loon. And dumb as a box of hammers. He seems oblivious to the fact that it is the “…coffers of the wealthy…” Leftists which are to be filled by the massive hoax and accompanying transfer of wealth associated with buying into the Great Climate Change Scam. And his hero Noam is an integral part of the murderous Left I described, above, a true believer and advocate of All That Is Left. Which also makes him an enemy of truth. Don’t believe me? Look at the textbooks he either wrote or contributed to, in the move to destroy American education and replace it with Leftist indoctrination.
Looks like old Pigheart was one of his victims.
“…..attempting to equivocate between the two parties is akin to comparing a kid stealing candy to Jeffrey Dahmer”.
I’m not sure how you even have a conversation with someone who compares you to a serial killer/cannibal. I’m guessing Mr. Swinehart alienated way more people than he won over, which is why it seemed like a waste of time to respond. I’m betting, though, that someone WILL respond.
You are completely right—-even acknowledging these people and this kind of raving insanity is a waste of time. Personally, I love them—because as they identify the Democrat Party they also have to be generating a lot of “Eeeuuww! I don’t want to be in a party with people like that!”
And the party is in a bind—this kind of lunacy is, more and more, its base, but as Nancy Pelosi is learning it’s dangerous to scold them or distance yourself from them.. So the party is more and more defined by this kind of hatred and stupidity and ignorance.
But…“Republicans are the most dangerous organization in human history.
I thought that was the NRA! You know, with all their incitement to violence and all.
Which reminds me—why don’t I, a lifetime member of the NRA who gets their newsletters and magazines and tons of mailings, ever get any of those incitements to violence? The Left has me intrigued—I’d like to see an incitement to violence from the Right, just to see what one looks like.
So the party is more and more defined by this kind of hatred and stupidity and ignorance.
Yes it is. Case in point … Donny Deutsch re: the Ukraine phone call:
This is a moment in time that all the other calls for impeachment, which to me when you’re talking about campaign finance, voting people cannot connect with. This is a very simple tale that is almost unimaginable. And this one does feel different. And this does feel like the time the Democrats need to storm the gate. Are you on John’s side or are you kind of leaning more where I am?
In fact this recent dust up surrounding the Ukraine phone call stirred up a lot of irrational hate. The Democrats seem much more interested in identifying and punishing those who don’t buy into their insanity rather than trying to determine how best to expand liberty and opportunity for the people they govern. Or hope too anyway.
I don’t understand—is the push to unseat a sitting president now based on something to do with campaign finance? Something the stupid old voting people “can’t connect with” but they CAN decide the president shouldn’t be able to talk to heads of state? Or ??????
I love the fuss over the phone call. LOVE it. Because I think the “voting people understand that the president has to be able to talk to other heads of state without some sneaky TDS SOB hiding behind the curtains to report what he is saying. Or, worse, to lie about what he is saying. I think the “voting people” understand that without taped phone calls between heads of state they can invent anything they want to invent.
But mostly I love it because while they have been howling at the moon over what Trump said or how they interpret what Trump said they are still calling attention to the fact that whatever Trump said was about Ukraine finally investigating a massive corruption scheme involving the front-running Dem candidate.
You would be surprised at the number of veterans who identify as “liberals”.
It’s okay though we have their number… #youareadisgrace to anyone who identifies themselves as liberal.
I think you will find the “Liberal” vets to be people still angry and resentful about being sent to Viet Nam. That war was the origin of a lot of seething anger, which I believe has morphed into continuing rage at the alleged perpetrators of that war. I’ve met a lot of Viet vets who cling to irrational hatred and bitterness and anger, and who can’t move on from that experience. 50 years later it still defines them, and too often is used as a crutch, an explanation for never becoming part of society, for claiming ongoing victimhood.
Men returned from WW Two, a war in which they never had a promise of a specific date on which they could go home, sometimes going from theater to theater of war, and went on to go to college, get good jobs, raise families and participate in the American Dream. For some reason many of those who fought in Viet Nam have not been able, or willing, to move on. And I will bet they are, for the most part, those who now support the Left.
I honestly think Democrats need to be held accountable for child abuse. Responsible adults don’t tell ten year olds that they only have 12 years left on the planet. Responsible adults don’t tell ten year olds that gender neutral bathrooms and gender fluidity are acceptable. Children are incapable of processing that information properly and when told by the “adults” they will believe it.
This is straight up child abuse.
Responsible adults don’t tell 5-year-old about a classmate deciding he doesn’t want to be a boy any more and then having him go into the bathroom and come out wearing a dress, terrifying and traumatizing them so much that some of the boys become afraid to use the bathroom at school for fear it will turn them into girls—one parent’s story about what happened in a kindergarten in California.
Responsible adults don’t dress their little boys dress as female hookers and encourage them to mimic sex acts and dance suggestively for adults. And responsible adults don’t cover this story as if it was just a cute story about a cute kid.
Responsible adults don’t have elaborately dressed transvestites coming into their libraries to read to young children and promote their lifestyles.
Responsible adults would not tell children that merely having a gun in the house means they will die, so they should tell their teachers about the gun so the teacher can protect them.
What hard-core Leftists WILL do is encourage children to report their parents to the State for any of the things the Left has decided must be controlled by the State. They did this in the USSR, they did this in Nazi Germany, and they are trying to do this here in the United States.
What I said, regarding splashback on Biden:
Biden in 2016 on what he told Ukraine: “I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money’”
What is funny is watching the Left trying to spin this, which always comes out to “Well, Biden was wrong, but…….TRUMP!!”
And then there is Jonah Goldberg, the guy who has broken my heart because I thought he was such a great researcher and writer but who has turned out to be more weaselly Trump-hater than anything else. He ‘splains to us that the only reason Trump is doing this is politics because Trump doesn’t really care about corruption.
And the tinfoil hat brigade is explaining that the reason the Left has gone after Trump on this is specifically to drag Biden in on it, and down and out of the race, to pave the way for Kama Sutra Harris. Obama’s behind it, having one of his old aides file the complaint.
Kama sutra Harris. Too funny. I am of the mind now that when people ask me why I support Trump I simply say it’s because I don’t support child abuse.
And Goldberg and Steve Hayes have been HUGE disappointments
If you really want to make heads explode, and open up a whole new avenue of discussion, you can add sex trafficking to that. Sex trafficking is the fate of many children dragged to the border only to be abandoned when they have served their purpose, a fate the Border Control tries to head off by separating children temporarily to be able to question them about their relationships to the accompanying adults, which the Left fights with extraordinary vigor, to the point of sending down puppet Congresscritters to indulge in cheesy street theater at detention centers. Why does the Left oppose protecting children in this way?
BTW, can’t take credit for the Kama Sutra Harris comment—thank Roseanne Barr for that one. I, however, am the one who told a Lefty that my comments went over his head faster than Kammy Harris’s feet in Willie Brown’s office.
Straight up child abuse …. and it needs to be confronted
One of those responses I cheer and wish I had said:
Yea he pretty much nails it doesn’t he:
… you’re selfish, badly educated, virtue-signaling little turds inspired by the adults around you who crave a feeling of having a noble cause while they indulge themselves in western luxury and unprecedented quality of life. The piece ends by saying wake up, grow up, and shut up until you’re sure of the facts before protesting.”
That pretty much sums up the entire WOKE movement
Meanwhile, MSNBC is busy again this morning saying that Trump questioning the legitimacy of Hunter Biden’s $50,000 a month job in the Ukraine is “beyond the pale”. Evidently questioning the establishment is not appropriate, but they are running with this like they did with the Russian collusion hoax …. they are consistently outraged ….. and stupid.
MSNBC is hilarious this morning. “Republicans” Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, and Mark “Appalachian trail” Sanford were just on screaming that Trump is guilty of TREASON and the “the punishment for that is death”, so Trump “should be thankful” that they are only recommending impeachment.
I have never known this level of hate. And don’t want to.
So yesterday in Houston there was a rally held for the indian Prime Minister and Trump was scheduled to talk. Well the media activists thought for sure it would not go well and were ready with cameras. You won’t see any of that footage today because ….
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued an enthusiastic endorsement of Donald Trump on Sunday, and lauded their ‘chemistry,’ as he seeks more support from Indian-American voters. During one of Trump’s largest rallies to date, which was dubbed ‘Howdy, Modi!’, the Indian leader made his support of the incumbent president very clear, giving kudos on a strong economy, good foreign relation initiatives and the president’s celebration of Diwali in the White House. Modi said Trump has always been friendly, warm and accessible – words with which not many other world leaders have used to describe this president.
George Will has positioned himself to “retake the conservative mantle”:
Would conservatives be better served by Trump losing in 2020 and having to find an actual policy agenda going forward?
Yes, yes, and yes. There’s no question about that.
What would that look like?
You would get arguments outside the political class from people like Yuval Levin and hopefully me. Within the political class, people would start paying attention to those arguments. Postwar conservatism was a bookish movement—Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences and Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman—that evolved into a network of intellectual think tanks like American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, and the Heritage Foundation.
I think we’ll have that again. There will be younger writers and younger politicians, and we’ll have a genuine fight to see what comes next. There are signs of intelligent life in Congress, which knows it has delegated its job to presidents who will not always be progressives. But first, we have to clear the ground and remove this awful presence from our lives.
George Will longs for the days conservatives were relegated to “think tanks” where they talked about conservatism and then strongly espoused those ideas at all the Georgetown cocktail parties.
Can they just get back to those days???
Can they just get back to those days???
I don’t think poor George has the slightest clue how much push back there will be to prevent that. I know a lot can happen in the next 13-1/2 months, but the Left’s (and their enablers like George will) rhetoric and actions are currently paving the way for a Trump landslide. The “polls,” though, will still show him losing right up until he doesn’t.
Are any fiscal conservatives upset at this?
Not really. Literally no one is reporting on it (OK, maybe it’s just Google that is preventing anyone from seeing who is actually reporting on it) but my bet is that, since we buy 5 times as much from China as they do from us, we are making more than enough to subsidize farmers who are being hurt by the trade war. Even using Bing, the only reference I could find was nearly 9 months old, and on the Council on foreign Relations blog no less.
Fielding, the government has been subsidizing farmers for decades via crop insurance, hazard insurance, and incentives to grow certain types of products … all subsidized by the federal government. For Christ’s sake pay attention.
The real question is why do you support a party that actively engages in child abuse and human trafficking?
I thought the Tea Party was riled up about all of that, not really, but that is what they said they were riled up about. Where are they now?
They are trying to stop people like you from abusing our children and raping our women.
These are MUCH bigger priorities
I thought the Tea Party was riled up about all of that
All of what — that Democrats support policies that enable child abuse and human trafficking (or oppose policies that would combat it)? Wasn’t even on anyone’s radar in 2009, much less the Tea Party’s.
i wasn’t clear, the tea party, which you are a member cared about too much government spending and picking winners and losers. Well they don’t seem to care to much about that now. How times have changed.
I’m still not following you. Could you give some examples of anyone associated with the Tea Party saying they no longer care “about too much government spending and picking winners and losers?”
Like you not caring about the farmer bailout. Trump is picking farmers as a winner because they vote for him. I don’t hear much talk about the deficit, though through Barry’s term you guys were screeching about it. The deficit is going over a trillion this year yet we have low unemployment and a decent economy.
Fielding, you are ignoring some pretty basic economic fundamentals. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you are just ignorant and not doing it on purpose.
Let’s compare the federal deficit in 2010 (Obama’s first budget year). It was $1.3 trillion and GDP was $14.96 trillion, making the deficit 8.7% of GDP. Trump’s deficit for FY 2019 is projected at $960 billion. Projected 2019 GDP is around $21.1 trillion, making the deficit 4.55% of GDP. In case your math skills are as lacking as your reasoning skills, that’s a drop in the percentage of GDP of nearly 48% since 2010.
Would I like to see the federal government live within its means? You bet. Has the budget situation improved compared to the average of Obama’s two terms? You bet.
Oh, and the farm tariff bail out? His tariff policies resulted in temporary harm to farmers. I don’t have a problem with Trump attempting to ameliorate the harm with revenue from the tariffs. I’m guessing you’d criticize Trump if he DIDN’T bail them out too.
Can you imagine, if the media were populated by investigative journalists, not driven by political and ideological motives but simply a quest for the truth, how much different our conversations would be?
Spook you definitely destroyed Fieldings spin attempt on the deficit. LOL They just don’t think things through do they? And yet they seem so sure of themselves.
If the media were to objectively report facts on the ground rather than their narrative filtered thru their obsessive hatred of Trump … his approval numbers would be in the 60’s and our conversations would be grounded in reality and common sense. Wouldn’t that be nice? But it’s impossible with people who are delusional bordering on mental retardation and who harbor so much hatred for anything they deem unworthy.
Fielding … How times have changed.
This is the understatement of the year. Times certainly have changed and it doesn’t bode well for the Democrat Party which is quickly becoming an urban cult rather than a serious political party.
Biden asking Doocey to “ask the right questions” … too funny. They are really getting mad that their protected little bubble world they live in is being questioned and examined.
Here’s a “right question”: Does the President of the United States have the right to inform the leader of a foreign nation that efforts to blackmail that country into covering for an American criminal will not be tolerated by this administration, and the foreign nation is not only free to investigate, indict and charge anyone it chooses, this country’s president encourages it?
The media has not learned one thing over the last few years. MSNBC is going full tilt on this Ukraine deal and it is going to turn out badly for them. I think years from now a study will be done on how the media destroyed itself thru activism rather than practicing journalism. It’s only a matter of time before CNN and MSNBC fold their tents or go in different directions and I think that time begins after Trump is reelected. The media is staking their credibility and their very livelihood on Trump’s defeat.
I think the Left is starting to realize that on Day One of Trump Term Two, the gloves will be on the ice and the real brawling will commence. That is when the DOJ will line up the Dem criminals and indict them, and heads will explode. Not now, not with an election in the wings and not enough time to finish it all and let the dust settle. But there will be four years till the next election, four years to convict these people and get their crimes and misdeeds in the public record, four years for the Complicit Agenda Media to be held up to the scorn and contempt they so richly deserve, and hopefully four years of some conservative network presence.
This IS CHILD ABUSE
‘You have stolen my dreams and childhood’: Greta Thunberg sobs as she tells world leaders: ‘You’re still not mature enough to tell it like it is, the eyes of future generations are upon you’
Watch the video and just look at what the Democrat Party has done to these children. It’s not right
What can you expect from the party that (1) promises rewards to foreigners for dragging children across a dangerous and inhospitable country on trips that can be deadly, thoughtless of the dangers these children are forced to endure, and then (2) vigorously fights any efforts at the border to determine if these children are in the legal or parental custody of the adult who took them there, in spite of the information that so many of these pawn children are then abandoned when they have served their purpose, many to end up in sex slavery.
Emotionally torturing children with promises of imminent death and destruction of the planet is just par for the course.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) claimed to have held an AR-15 and immediately regretted it, saying it weighed as much as “10 boxes that you might be moving.”
Speaking to reporters last week, she added that AR-15s use a “.50 caliber” bullet that ought to be licensed.
“I’ve held an AR-15 in my hand,” she said. “I wish I hadn’t. It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving. And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber, these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the streets.”
Actually, I think old Sheila may have hit on a compromise that will make everyone happy: We ban all 50-caliber AR-15s.
There. Problem solved.
LOL! Even I would be in favor of banning every .50 caliber AR-15 in the country — hell, in the world.
Sounds like a movement….
More insanity from the man who is showing early signs of dementia:
Joe Biden – Male convicts that identify as female will be housed with women.
“In prison the determination should be that your sexual identity is defined by what you say it is not what in fact the prison says it is.”
What could go wrong?
Trump in response to Greta the climate chick:
Donald J. Trump
She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!
I haven’t done a quote of the day in a while, and the following seems appropos given the current conversation about AR-15’s:
Trump gave a speech at the UN today that I missed and oddly enough no media outlet I could find is covering it so I found the partial transcript on line and quickly knew why it wasn’t being covered. It was brilliant and below is his conclusion
“Love of our own nations makes the world better for all nations. So to all the leaders here today: join us in the most fulfilling mission a person could have, the most profound contribution anyone can make: Lift up your nations. Cherish your cultures. Honor your histories. Treasure your citizens. Make your countries strong, and prosperous, and righteous,” he said. “Honor the dignity of your people, and nothing will be outside of your reach. When our nations are greater, the future will be brighter. Our people will be happier. And our partnerships will be stronger.”
This is where the world needs to go. Sovereign, diverse, flourishing countries and cultures is the only way this world can move forward in peace.