21 Photos of Pearl Harbor and a Day That Will Live in Infamy

Seventy-three years ago today, on Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, an act that plunged the nation into World War II. The surprise attack that Sunday lasted less than two hours but killed more than 2,500, wounded about 1,000 and ruined 318 American ships and airplanes. Today we honor the lives lost and remember the terrible day that, in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words, will “live in infamy.”

Pearl Harbor naval base and U.S.S. Shaw ablaze after the Japanese attack. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

The USS Shaw ablaze after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Aerial photograph, taken by a Japanese pilot, of the destruction of Pearl Harbor, Japanese bomber in lower right foreground. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

A Japanese pilot took this photo of the bombardment. A Japanese bomber is in the foreground. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Wreckage of USS Arizona. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Wreckage of the USS Arizona. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Explosion at Pearl Harbor seen from Hickam Field. Hickam Field suffered extensive damage and aircraft losses, with 189 people killed and 303 wounded. (Photo: Newscom)

Sailors at NAS Ford Island watch as the USS Shaw explodes. (Photo: Newscom)

Three civilians were killed in this shrapnel-riddled car by a bomb dropped from a Japanese plane eight miles from Pearl Harbor. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Eight miles from Pearl Harbor, three civilians died in this shrapnel-riddled car. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

USS Arizona, at height of fire, following Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Smoke billows from the USS Arizona during the height of the fire. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

The Japanese bomber, a thin line of smoke trailing in the wake, was struck by anti-aircraft fire during the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

A Japanese bomber, a thin line of smoke trailing in its wake, after being struck by anti-aircraft fire. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Pearl Harbor destruction after Japanese 'Kamikaze' attacks. (Photo: Newscom)

Some of the destruction after attacks by Japanese pilots. (Photo: Newscom)

Japanese suicide pilots who were used to attack Pearl Harbor. (Photo: Keystone Pictures/Newscom)

Japanese kamikaze, or suicide, pilots that were organized and used in the war in the latter half of 1944. (Photo: Keystone Pictures/Newscom)

Severely damaged and beached during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Nevada gets ready to leave her Hawaiian anchorage for permanent repairs at a U.S. port. Temporary repairs made at Pearl Harbor enabled the battleship to make the voyage under her own power. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

After being severely damaged and beached, the USS Nevada makes ready to leave her Hawaiian anchorage for permanent repairs elsewhere. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

One of the 80 U.S. Navy planes wrecked by Japanese bombs and bullets during the air attacks on Pearl Harbor. The plane was an OS2U, an Observation Scout built by Vought-Sikorsky. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

One of 80 Navy planes wrecked by Japanese bombs and bullets, this is an OS2U — an Observation Scout built by Vought-Sikorsky. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Inspection of what is left of an aircraft at Hickam Field. (Photo: Newscom)

Inspectors survey what is left of an aircraft at Hickam Field. (Photo: Newscom)

Burning ships in the harbor. (Photo: Newscom)

Ships burn in Pearl Harbor. (Photo: Newscom)

Captured Japanese photograph taken aboard a Japanese carrier before the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo: Newscom)

This captured photograph was taken aboard a Japanese carrier before the attack. (Photo: Newscom)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his first address to the nation after the attack. (Photo: CSU Archives/Newscom)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt makes his first radio address to the nation since the attack. (Photo: CSU Archives/Newscom)

The U.S.S. Neosho, navy oil tanker, cautiously backs away from her berth (right center) in a successful effort to escape the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. At left the battleship U.S.S. California lists after aerial blows. Other crippled warships and part of the hull of the capsized U.S.S. Oklahoma may be seen in the background. The Neosho was later sunk in the Coral Sea. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

The USS Neosho, a Navy oil tanker, backs away from her berth (right center) in a successful effort to escape the attack. At left, the battleship USS California lists after aerial blows. Other crippled warships and part of the hull of the capsized USS Oklahoma are visible in the background. The Neosho later was sunk in the Coral Sea. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

The U.S.S. Oklahoma lying capsized in the harbor following the Japanesee attack. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

The USS Oklahoma lies capsized in the harbor. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

Ruins of a B-17C aircraft rests near Hickam Field after the attack. Nearly half of the approximately 60 airplanes at Hickam Field had been destroyed or severely damaged. (Photo: Newscom)

Ruins of a B-17C rest near Hickam Field. Nearly half of about 60 airplanes at Hickam were destroyed or severely damaged. (Photo: Newscom)

A San Francisco newspaper stand on Monday morning, Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo: Newscom)

The day after: A San Francisco newspaper stand on the morning of Monday, Dec. 8, 1941. (Photo: Newscom)

U.S. Navy tug raises one of eight Japanese 'midget subs' from Pearl Harbor. It was one of five World War 2 Ko-hyoteki-class submarines that entered Pearl Harbor, one of which torpedoed the USS West Virginia. (Photo: Newscom)

A U.S. Navy tug raises one of eight Japanese ‘midget subs’ from Pearl Harbor. It was among five Ko-hyoteki-class submarines that entered the harbor; one torpedoed the USS West Virginia. (Photo: Newscom)

Proper Monitoring of Florida’s Highways a Matter of Life and Death

With its growing population and traffic congestion, Florida is dealing with a critical problem: securing the safety of its roads and highways.  Yes, the state has been spending a sizable amount in road improvement projects; a simple drive up I-75 is all that is needed to see the evidence of that.

But better roads and improved surface technology is only the tip of the asphalt.  Equally as important to ensuring road safety are the men and women responsible for monitoring our roadways and enforcing our traffic laws.

Between 2010 and 2017 the number of highway patrol officers (troopers) plummeted by 993, nearly half of the number of the 1,974 troopers the state allots to the Florida Highway Patrol.  These workforce challenges have mirrored the plummeting number of traffic citations generated during the same time period. Between 2011 and 2016, the number of speeding tickets generated by the Florida Highway Patrol dropped from 317,000 to 258,000, or a drop of 19%.  At the same time, the number of licensed drivers has increased from 15,374,230 to 16,568,874, with a commensurate increase in the number of registered vehicles at 16,682,411 in 2016 compared to 14,795,836 in 2011.  More tragically, between 2011 and 2016, the number of vehicular deaths has similarly increased from 2,403 deaths in 2011 to 3,176 deaths in 2016, a 32% increase.

Unquestionably, the causes of these trends are multiple. For one, Florida continues to grapple with one of the more robust growth rates in the country, a trend that has taken its population to 20.6 million inhabitants without any signs of slowing down. Moreover, Florida has 122,736 miles of road with 14,298 of those miles belonging to state and federal agencies.  More roads with more cars and more drivers generally amount to more accidents, with drug and alcohol use, and distractions such as texting while driving, playing integral roles in influencing these statistics.  Additionally, the shared jurisdictional responsibilities between state and municipality law enforcement agencies have led to confusion, frustration, and redundancy in costs.

So, although factors such as congestion and carelessness certainly drive the number of vehicular fatalities up in any given year, so do fewer numbers of troopers.

And one of the big causes of attrition among troopers is pay.

Perhaps the most straightforward concept for improving the FHP’s funding situation is simply to increase the amount of money the legislature allocates to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) for the FHP.  However, with the legislature’s competing funding priorities, it has been difficult to adequately fund highway enforcement

Another solution would be to simply do away with the FHP and allow the monitoring of Florida’s highways to be undertaken by Florida’s sheriffs.  The FHP workforce could then be transferred to the various sheriffs’ departments to handle the extra load along with some extra state funding.

However, a pilot program of this sort died in the State House of Representatives in 2017, and it does not appear there is any more appetite for such a program in 2019. Another possibility is transferring the FHP out of the auspices of the FDHSMV and placing under the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).  Such a move, in theory, could save millions in administrative costs while streamlining law enforcement responsibilities within the state.  But FDLE is not eager to absorb the FHP and its associated responsibilities.

Whichever alternative is chosen, it is clear that adequately patrolling Florida’s highways will continue to be a challenge that if left unresolved will cost Floridians’ lives.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The Federalist Pages. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by Sid Verma on Unsplash.

The Word “Mean” is the Leftists’ Lethal Weapon

Founded upon Christian principles, Americans have always eventually done the right thing – freed the slaves, gave women the right to vote and so on. While we are an extremely compassionate people, throughout our history we have made adult commonsense decisions to preserve our homeland; good stewards of God’s gift of America.

Today, leftists’ (Democrats, Hollywood and Fake news) most powerful weapon to overrule commonsense and further their anti-America agenda is the word “mean.” Far too many Republicans and conservatives regard being declared mean by leftists an immediate stop sign; preventing the enforcement of our laws and blocking the implementation of commonsense solutions good for America.

Fully supported by American leftists, illegals are saying screw you America. We are invading your country whether you like it or not; arrogantly breaking our immigration laws. They demand to feed on our welfare safety-net set up for Americans. Outrageously, Obama gave illegals freebies unavailable to Americans; free attorneys and more. Obama used taxpayers’ money to spend over 60 grand per illegal to settle them in America. We spend $11 to $22 billion each year on freebies for illegals

Obama spread illegals around the country, irresponsibly putting medically untested children of illegals into our schools infecting our kids with strange diseases. That was mean. Leftists like Obama are consistently mean to Americans.

Can you believe illegal students in our schools are allowed to demand that U.S. students not wear clothing to school that features the U.S. Flag on Mexican holidays? Illegals claim wearing U.S. gear on a Mexican holiday is racist, insensitive and mean. Incredibly, leftist school administrators agree and send U.S. students home for wearing t-shirts which feature our flag

We welcome people who had a burning desire to become Americans and entered our country legally. For years, I witnessed the character and passion of such migrants when I performed my original song, “Celebrate America” at Immigration Naturalization Ceremonies in Maryland. Many wept after taking their oath of allegiance.

The illegals invading our country today have no desire to become Americans; no desire to assimilate. Quite the opposite. Illegals give learning English, embracing our culture and honoring our flag their middle fingers. Fake news hides the fact that many of the thousands of young men illegally invading our country are known gang members

Irresponsible foreign parents send their children unaccompanied to make the extremely dangerous journey to the American border armed with abortion pills because the chances of being raped are high. Fake news hides the truth that illegals are committing horrendous crimes on Americans including decapitating a 13 year old girl in Alabama. Leftists attempt to silence anyone who states these truths by calling them mean racists.

Leftists hide the truth that the illegals invading our country are defiant; demanding rights while disrespecting our homeland. Fake news media and Hollywood flood the airwaves with images and lies portraying the invaders as good people simply seeking a better life. Therefore, it is mean and racist to attempt to stop them. Republicans, Conservatives and Trump voters who understand that without borders we do not have a country are branded mean racist haters by the American left.

Leftists strategically use the word mean to block the enforcement of immigration law. However, leftists have no problem being mean to Americans. For example: Leftists hide and financially support illegal felons who murder, rob and rape Americans in their sanctuary cities; extremely mean to Americans.

Thirty-two year old Kate Steinle was shot and killed by Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, an illegal with numerous felons, deported numerous times. Sanctuary city San Francisco kept welcoming Zarate back and outrageously acquitted Zarate of Kate’s murder

Republicans and conservatives sought to pass Kate’s Law which would give mandatory jail-time to deported illegal felons who keep coming back. Democrats fought Kate’s Law tooth and nail, in essence, saying screw you to protecting U.S. Citizens.

Imagine returning home from vacation. To your shock and horror, your backyard has been transformed into a ghetto tent city with women, children and a large number of young men. Gang symbols are spray painted on your house siding. There are piles of trash. Invaders have broken into your home. Valuables have been stolen. The invaders run a massive number of extension cords from inside and outside your home to power their electrical needs. Your wife and daughter are sexually threatened. Your middle school son has developed a strange cough.

Upon contacting law enforcement and your Democrat mayor to remove the invaders from your property, you are excoriated; called a mean racist. Your mayor demands that you purchase more homeowners insurance, upgrade your electrical power and make various other concessions to accommodate your poor guests who are only seeking a better life.

Local fake news TV shows up. Keeping the mob of tattooed young men flashing gang signs off camera, the leftist reporter interviews a women holding a child. Overwhelmingly sympathetic to the invaders, the reporter airs a news story portraying the invaders as good people who are simply seeking a better life. You are branded the villainous mean white racist homeowner who refuses to share your stuff. More illegals arrive daily invading other homesteads throughout your community.

My fellow Americans this is exactly what is happening to our country. Fake news media is attempting 24/7 to brand president Trump the mean bad guy for not opening our border to the free-flow of illegals. Democrats, Hollywood, social media and fake news media are doing their part to convince Americans that attempting to stop the invasion of our home is mean and racist.

Thank God president Trump is not deterred or intimated by leftists’ never-ending campaign to brand him mean and racist. Trump continues to make adult commonsense decisions in the best interest of Americans.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is by Giorgio Encinas on Unsplash.

Concerning The Pipe-Bomb Maker! Food for thought…

The average guy thinks about this stuff:

1. A guy builds 13 bombs, none of which work.
2. Mails them to 13 people, none of whom open their own mail.
3. Leaves fingerprints and DNA, even though his fingerprints and DNA are in the FBI system…he’s not concerned about being caught.
4. Misspelled FLORIDA on ALL 13 envelopes. He LIVES in Florida!
5. Mails envelopes within 10 miles of his home…again, not a bit concerned about being caught!
6. Has NEW pro-Trump signs and anti-Hillary signs plastered all over his van in a predominantly LIBERAL area, but the van has no visible damage to it.(miraculous?!!)
7. None of the envelopes have USPS cancellation on stamp.
8. Two more envelopes get delivered in California while the guy is in custody…somehow the envelopes make it miraculously through numerous security check points from east coast to west.
9. Guy somehow gets VIP home addresses that are UNKNOWN to 99.999% of the world.

And the mainstream media is not even curious…to call the mainstream media a media is a bad joke on America.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is by jesse ramirez on Unsplash.

Google Maps out Plan to Drive away Right

Google doesn’t want to search the web’s content — it wants to control it. That’s not news to conservatives, who’ve been the company’s favorite target of political bias since before President Trump. We were told it was all in our imaginations, that Google would never manipulate its programs to promote one political view over another. Well, that’ll be a lot harder for the company to say with a straight face now that its emails are public.

Thanks to the Daily Caller, Americans are getting an honest look at just how “impartial” Google is. The answer? Not very. Turns out, the post-election cryfest in 2016 was just the beginning of an organization-wide brainstorm on how to suffocate the conservative message. The blockbuster messages are just another example of how low Google is willing to sink to strangle even legitimate news outlets from participating in the national conversation. When CFO Ruth Porat promised they would “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to advance [Google’s] values,” she wasn’t kidding.

In this latest scandal, the debate wasn’t if to bury conservative news outlets — but how. Google engineer Scott Byer suggests singling out Breitbart and The Daily Caller first. If they were questioned, the group decided, they’d explain that both were “opinion blogs,” not genuine media sources. “I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources,” Byer writes, “because not doing so hides real information under loud noises.” How many times, he fumed, “did you see the Election Now Card with items from opinion blogs (Breitbart, Daily Caller) elevated next to legitimate news organizations? That’s something that can and should be fixed,” Byer wrote.

“Beyond that,” Byer urges, “let’s concentrate on teaching critical thinking. A little bit of that would go a long way. Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years — demographics will be on our side.” When another engineer pushed back, insisting that “right-wing folks… go to those sources because they believe the media doesn’t do its job,” Byer had an idea. Instead of just blocking out Breitbart and Daily Caller, Google would make sure their information was “link[ed] to critiques of those sources.”

Fortunately, the “fact-checking” idea backfired in a major way at the end of last year. Google executives were forced to call it off when it was obvious that the only people being fact-checked were conservatives — and most times, for things they never said. In January, the company announced it would drop the feature, which would have been an even bigger victory of conservatives if it meant they were ending all of their search manipulations.

But judging by the lead-up to this year’s midterms, not much has changed. This spring, Google was back on the apology circuit for search results that linked the California Republican Party to Nazism. Earlier this month, the company got another black eye for elevating a Wikipedia entry on the National Federation of Republican Women to the top spot, even though it mocked the organization as the National Federation of Republican “Enablers.” Then there was the sudden association of President Trump with Google image results for “idiot.”

A few years ago, people might have believed these were accidents. But by now, we’ve all seen the fallout of Google’s algorithmsfollowed the moneylistened to executives’ disgust for conservatives, or worse, been censored ourselves. Online political bias isn’t a delusional conspiracy theory of the Right. It’s real. “Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honor freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) pointed out, “and it is Congress’s responsibility to the American people to make sure these tech giants are transparent and accountable in their practices.” Goodlatte was looking forward to hearing CEO Sundar Pichai’s explanation for his company’s inconsistencies at this week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, but because of the passing of President George H.W. Bush the hearing has postponed.

But don’t think Google is off the hook, Goodlatte told reporters. “We expect it to occur [next week], and it’s very, very important that it does occur.” When a company that oversees 90 percent of the world’s search traffic has a vendetta against half of America, “it’s disturbing,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned. The American people have a right to know if they’re being treated fairly — and a right to relief when they’re not.


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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Tommy Robinson’s “Brexit Betrayal Rally” December 9th in London

Tommy Robinson sent out the following in an email. Please support this rally in any way you can.

Brexit Means Exit Rally

During these last few weeks I have been extremely busy in preparing for and organising what I feel is an essential call to action for those of us who believe in democracy and the right to justifiably challenge injustice at the hands of those who’s duty it is to see that these very same values are upheld within our country.

In 2016, we the British people were given a referendum and subsequently handed the opportunity to vote and participate in what followed the largest democratic mandate in the history of the United Kingdom. We, the British people did vote and that vote resulted in the country’s decision to leave the European Union.

However, at the same time you are reading this, Parliament is orchestrating what could be catastrophic for not just you the electorate, but for Great Britain as a whole! With the possibility of a complete reversal of the peoples decision to leave the European Union, I strongly urge you to ask yourself this….

Will we still be a democracy governed by a democratic Parliament?

The answer upon asking myself this question is ABSOLUTELY NOT!

There are many people who do not understand or cannot gauge the severity of such resistance to the democratic electorate, but what I can tell you for certain is this..Whether you voted to leave or remain in the EU, your vote as a British Citizen must count and the subsequent result of your vote must be upheld, anything other than this will be a complete betrayal to the British public!

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN ME……….

LONDON: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2018
ASSEMBLE: 11:45am, outside THE DORCHESTER Hotel, Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
MARCH: begins 12:15pm, from PARK LANE to WHITEHALL
RALLY: 1:00pm (to start), OPPOSITE Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA
DETAILS: https://www.facebook.com/events/337417170419593/

A range of speakers will explain how Mrs May’s ‘Deal’ betrays Brexit and how we could and should leave the EU.

The march and rally will be led by myself Tommy Robinson and Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP Leader.

As with every demonstration and organised event, it bears a financial cost, but one in which I feel is absolutely 100 percent justified. Therefore I am eternally grateful for any help and support you may be able to give in contributing to making this event the spectacle that it deserves to be and ensuring our voices as the people are heard and no longer ignored!

The following is a list of absolutely everything I am hoping to source along with the associated cost. This is enough production to make a 16ft x 8ft stage with 6 speakers on stands around the stage area and a 10kw per side line array system to the sides, 2 gazebos behind the stage with fencing around the gazebos / genie and stage steps plus standard crowd barriers for the front:

Stage
1 x 16ft x 8ft Prolyte stage 3ft high (£200)
5 x 8ft balustrades (£100)
1 x 4ft balustrades (£20)
1 x set modular steps (£50)
Sound
1 x 20kw full PA system (£3500)
2 x Sennheiser hand held radio mic with stand (£110)
1 x media player and ipod cable, set audio cables (£20)
Power
1 x 60kva diesel road tow generator (£350)
1 x 60amp power distribution box (£60)
1 x set mains cables (£30)
Back Stage
2 x 3mtr sq Black gazebo with sides (£100)
8 x basic folding chairs (£0.0)
Fence
40 x standard steel crowd barriers (£600)
40 x Heras fence panels with bases (£600)
Transport
2 x audio technician (£500)
4 x road crew (£800)
London charges
1 x LEZ charge HGV (£200)
1 x LEZ charge 3.5t (£100)
4 x congestion charge (£46)
Others/Misc
High visibility vests for all stewards (£600)

Estimated total cost for demonstration £8146+VAT

Forgive me if none of the above list makes much sense to you, however it is always extremely important for me to list or itemise anything that you the public are generously contributing towards, so you can have a clear picture that not only is everything tangible but I see it as nothing but an investment in our future prosperity.

If you are able to support me in getting this event staged please do so by clicking the following link and do whatever you can. EVERY bit of help counts!

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO SUPPORT: https://donorbox.org/brexit-betrayal-demonstration

Only YOU have the power – in London, on 9th December 2018 – to join us in telling our MPs and establishment that they must STOP this betrayal of face the consequences at the ballot box!!

Thank you,

Tommy

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VIDEO: Journalists Tell So Many Lies, They Can’t Keep Their Story Straight

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Podcast: A Homeschooling Mom Shares Why, and How

Where do you begin if you’re thinking about homeschooling? Can you do it if you’re not a teacher? And how can you make sure your kids get enough socialization? We’re joined by a special guest, Colleen Trinko—yes, Kate’s mom! Colleen, who is a teacher, homeschooled her five children for many years, and now works with other homeschool families to advise. Plus: A feminist is kicked off Twitter, seemingly for saying “Men aren’t women.”


We also cover these stories:

  • President Donald Trump is now threatening additional tariffs on cars in response to General Motors Co.’s announcement of layoffs and plant closings.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there’s no “direct reporting” linking the Saudi crown prince to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
  • In an interview, Ivanka Trump made the case for why her use of a personal email was not at all the same as what Hillary Clinton had done.

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Still the Smartest Guy in the Room

Well, whaddaya know? In the midterm elections of November 6, 2018, the American people rewarded the president––for only the third time in almost a hundred years––with a net gain of three and possibly four Senate seats, lost half the House seats that his predecessor lost, and left the radical leftwing Democrats not rejoicing at their meager gains, but still chomping at the bit to bring down the president who has effectively destroyed everything they believed in, worked for, and thought they achieved over the past 75 years.

The Blue Wave that the leftist media has been predicting for a year now turned out to be a blue puddle, with even their most aggressive spokesperson, former House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, making nice and wanting to make deals with the man who sits in the Oval Office.

And Republicans still control the Senate and can still boast that President Trump is solely responsible for:

  • Two rock-ribbed conservative justices on the Supreme Court (for the next 40 years!),
  • A booming economy,
  • Sky-high employment of women, blacks, Hispanics, and young people,
  • A significantly strengthened military,
  • Equitable foreign-trade deals,
  • And the beginning of The Wall, which promises to stop the rising tide of illegal aliens and sanctuary cities and the punishing price they cost hard-working Americans.

PLOTTING ANOTHER COUP

After President Trump’s annihilating defeat of Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 election––306 decisive Electoral votes to Hillary’s paltry 232––Americans witnessed an unprecedented reaction from what used to be called the loyal opposition. It was not the requisite graciousness of the disappointed loser. Nor was it the anticipated anger and frustration of those who knew their political philosophy and programs were about to be overturned.

Instead, when the new president was elected––and even before that, on the very day in June of 2015 that he announced his candidacy––the Grand Poobahs of D.C. who always considered themselves the smartest guys in the room by virtue of their educations, lofty positions, fancy credentials, grandiose senses of entitlement, and vaunted self-regard, got together and decided that:

  1. They reviled the results of the election and the loss of the prestigious jobs they believed they’d maintain under a Democrat chief executive,
  2. They feared that a Trump administration would discover the vast corruption of the previous Obama regime and act to prosecute the criminals involved,
  3. They believed it was the job of these far-left socialists, communists, and jihadist sympathizers from Obama’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, Obama’s Department of Justice, Obama’s Central Intelligence Agency, Obama’s National Security Council, et al, to destroy the Trump candidacy and, failing that, his presidency.
  4. They resolved to put their brain trust together, their collective professional experiences, and do anything and everything in their power to depose or criminalize or impeach a duly elected President Trump.

And they fervently believed in their ability to actualize this plan because they had already successfully executed a coup d’état only eight years before, ferreting Barack Obama––of dubious American citizenship and the paltriest of credentials––into the core of America’s body politic, concealing his past history, enlisting their reliable media whores to savage anyone who questioned his eligibility and even his very competence, and counting on their Hollywood stooges to use their vaseline camera trick to give the Obama persona a gorgeous glow.

The plot was hatched, and as Rudy Giuliani, one of the president’s lawyers, told TV host Sean Hannity in mid-August, ex-CIA director John Brennan was behind the entire bogus investigation into the alleged collusion of the Trump presidential campaign with Russian operatives.

The entire salacious sham is spelled out here in graphic detail by Forbes’ reporter Paul Roderick Gregory.

However, with Pres. Trump’s ascension to the presidency, they dreaded––with good reason––that their carefully-constructed House of Cards would be dismantled by a seasoned chief executive who loathed their visceral antipathy to the notions of American exceptionalism, a powerful military, booming capitalism, the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution, and borders that protected America against foreign invasion, et al.

In fact, the multi-billionaire George Soros, the mad genius behind so many of these anti-American philosophies and the chief financier behind a huge number of leftwing organizations which help elected Democrats (and many RINOS––Republicans in Name Only) and also those with seditious and/or treasonous agendas, recently admitted as much to The Washington Post, saying that President Trump has almost destroyed the New World Order, and “that he (Soros) did not foresee Trump’s meteoric rise to power.”

According to Zerohedge.com, Mr. Soros “actually has a reason to feel that way because Trump has single-handedly presided over the dismantlement of the Liberal-Globalist world order that Mr. Soros has worked for decades to build. In a simple spree of tweets, and presiding over the return of [Judeo]-Christian morals, ethics, and values in American society, ideas that are absolutely anathema to the atheist billionaire,” the president has literally decimated the Soros vision.

Boo hoo!

CAST OF CHARACTERS

My personal belief is that the entire Obama regime––indeed the entire country, the entire world––was run by  George Soros, with the brainy Valerie Jarrett as his personal emissary. In the coup he effected, the wily hedge-fund mega-mogul anointed Mr. Obama the titular head of what now appears to have been a collusion-riven criminal enterprise.

And make no mistake, the fish always stinks from the head. Today, the faux former “president” Barack Obama is still running around the world talking amiably to despots and, recently in Africa, admitting that he was born not in the United States but in––ta da––Kenya! Exactly why “Birthers” like me thought that, according to the U.S. Constitution, he was ineligible to even think about running for the presidency, much less occupying the Oval Office fraudulently for eight years!

Who are the henchmen the poseur Obama chose to run his corrupt regime, the “smart guys” who contrived the phony Steele Dossier and who orchestrated the plot to destroy the Trump candidacy and then presidency? We can start with the poseur himself.

THE NOT-SO-SMART SMART GUYS

  • Barack Obama, former state senator from Illinois, former “president” of the United States: supposedly educated at Occidental College, Columbia University, Harvard Law School (but every transcript and diploma––if, in fact, they exist––sealed forever!).
  • Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to Barack Obama: Stanford University, University of Michigan Law School.
  • John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2013 to 2017), former Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to Barack Obama: Fordham University, master’s from University of Texas at Austin. Oh, and also voted for the Communist Party candidate in the 1976 presidential election!
  • James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2013-2017): College of William and Mary, University of Chicago Law School.
  • Peter Strzok II, former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI: bachelor and master’s degrees from Georgetown University,
  • Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI (2016 to 2018): Duke University, Washington University in St. Louis Law School.
  • Rod Rosenstein, United States Deputy Attorney General: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Law School,
  • James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence: University of Maryland, master’s from St. Mary’s University in Texas.
  • Hillary Clinton, former first lady of Arkansas, former first lady of the United States, former U.S. senator from New York, former Secretary of State: Wellesley College; Yale University Law School.
  • Sally Yates, U.S. States Attorney and U.S. Deputy Attorney General under Mr. Obama: U. of Georgia undergrad and law school and executive editor of Georgia Law Review.
  • Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor (2013 to 2017), U.S. diplomat, Brookings Institution fellow, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, staff of the Nat. Security Council and Asst. Sec. of State for African Affairs (under President Clinton): Stanford Univ (Phi Beta Kappa), Master’s and Doctorate degrees from New College, Oxford (in England).
  • Bruce Ohr, former associate deputy attorney general under Mr. Obama, Harvard (degree in physics), Harvard Law School.

DISTAFF COLLABORATORS

And let us not forget the wives of these Deep State colluders, as scrupulously documented by journalist Marilyn Barnewall in her must-read article, “Deep State Husbands.”

Barnewell tells us about the central roles played by Bruce Ohr’s wife Nellie Ohr: (Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges with a major in Russian History and Literature, Master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford Univ.). But Ms. Nellie just revealed that she would refuse to testify because of spousal privilege or some such nonsense. If she has nothing to hide, why on earth wouldn’t she testify?

Then there is Peter Strzok’s wife, Melissa Hodgman, who according to Barnewell, “must be admired for being very quiet as her husband’s romantic episode with Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyer Lisa Page has been media-blasted on front pages world-wide. Or perhaps the Page episode was part of a plot?”

Ms. Hodgman-Strzok’s career boost happened at precisely the time the FBI needed someone at the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) to, if need be, control access to any illicit contributions or other transactions from publicly-traded entities (like governments and corporations) involving the Clinton Foundation.”

And let us not forget the wife of Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Lisa H. Barsoomian (called the “Guardian of the Deep State’s Secrets Gate, and as an expert in destroying evidence, or “the cleaner”).

According to Barnewell, Barsoomian “has represented Robert Mueller three times, James Comey five times, Barack Obama 45 times, Kathleen Sebelius 56 times, Bill Clinton 40 times and Hillary Clinton 17 times.  Another source says that between 1998 and 2017 Barsoomian herself represented the FBI at least five times.”

This is the short list, but there are many other like-minded collaborators. Hillary Clinton (Wellesley, Yale Law School) is way up there, her mission in life to bring down the legal, legitimate, fairly-won presidency of Donald J. Trump, the guy who permanently wiped her off the political map.

Look at all their fancy credentials. I have… including the oh-so-impressive degrees of the executives and reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times, on and on and on.

I’ve also researched the degrees and advanced degrees of the men and women who fancy themselves anchors and commenters and reporters on MSNBC and CNN and the leftist networks ABC, NBC, CBS, and also PBS and radio’s NPR, and that is not to omit the career leftists at Fox, like Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith (and, I suspect, Bret Baier and Brit Hume), who consistently fail to conceal their anti-Trump bias.

All the Ivy League schools these leftists attended, as well as the London School of Economics, the graduate schools of Stanford and Cornell and U. of Chicago and the Columbia School of Journalism, on and on, should be deeply ashamed of the colossal and deeply dishonest and biased and sometimes sociopaths they graduated!

All of them wrote and talked on and on for months and months on end about Bad Trump and Good Democrats and all of their predictions fell far short of the Blue Wave they predicted!

WHAT HAPPENED

In the midterm vote the other day, Americans told the aggressive, arrogant and vociferous left that they failed to seize the ultimate reins of power because:

  • The pink pussy hats didn’t work.
  • Hollywood didn’t work.
  • The bought-and-paid-for demonstrations didn’t work.
  • The pajama boy college snowflake meltdowns didn’t work.
  • The fake dossier and the Russian-collusion thing didn’t work.
  • The creepy porn lawyer didn’t work.
  • The Kavanaugh hit job didn’t work.
  • The racist allegations didn’t work.
  • The illegal-alien invading army from Honduras isn’t working.
  • Oprah didn’t work.
  • The New York Times didn’t work.
  • The billions poured into their campaigns didn’t work.
  • On and on and on and on.

WHAT DID WORK

November 6, 2018, will go down in history as the day the American electorate affirmed America’s legacy that our brilliant Founding Fathers established 242 years ago, and that the American public has now opted for once again––a balance of power––with the lion’s share remaining with the president!

And who accomplished this stunning feat? None other than President Donald J. Trump, who single-handedly wrested the reins of power from the previous thug regime which had effectively contaminated our country’s most esteemed agencies––the FBI, CIA, NSA, the Pentagon, Homeland Security, et al––and implanted hundreds of far-left judges, as well as an entire industry of media whores, far too many of whom were and are:

  • Anti-American.
  • Anti-Semitic.
  • Against the U.S. Constitution.
  • Against a strong American military.
  • Against free speech.
  • Against gun rights.
  • Against fair trade.
  • Against American law enforcement.
  • Against secure borders.
  • Again, on and on and on and on and on.

THE SMART SET––REALLY?

There is no doubt that the immense number of people who attempted to impeach, indict, or generally bring down the Trump presidency were of the upper-crust of America’s intelligentsia––educated, sophisticated, seasoned in the nefarious ways of Washington D.C., and ferocious in their mission to cover their own crimes by eliminating the one person––President Trump–– who could and would expose them and call for his Attorney General to indict them, prosecute them, find them guilty, and imprison them.

No problem, they all thought. We are smart and he is, well, not so smart.

But ha ha ha on all of these misguided egomaniacs. In spite of the massive, collective effort all of them made over the past three years to bring down our chief executive and Commander-in-Chief, they now have to deal with the cold hard fact that President Donald J. Trump––who has formidable education credentials himself––is indeed the smartest guy in the room!

Watch out!

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images is republished with permission.

Meet the Woman Who Helped Make Thanksgiving a US Holiday

For much of the 19th century, Thanksgiving was celebrated only by New Englanders and Northeastern transplants in the upper Midwest and New York.

Without the dogged activism of Sarah Josepha Hale—a novelist, poet, and the editor of “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” a lifestyle magazine with an impressive pre-Civil War circulation of 150,000—Thanksgiving may never have become the national holiday it is today.

Sometimes referred to as the “Godmother of Thanksgiving,” Hale—whose other enduring cultural contribution is the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—wrote thousands of letters and editorials promoting a national day of Thanksgiving before President Abraham Lincoln adopted the idea in 1863.

Between George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation and Lincoln’s, no president had issued such a proclamation (nor had Congress, which did not recognize the holiday until 1941), though many states and localities designated their own days of Thanksgiving.

Hale saw Thanksgiving as an important supplement to the nation’s principal civic holiday: Independence Day. While Independence Day celebrates the birth of our nation, our Founding Fathers, and our founding principles, Thanksgiving celebrates the origins of the American people, family, and faith in God.

As Hale wrote in 1852: “The Fourth of July is the exponent of independence and civil freedom, Thanksgiving Day is the national pledge of Christian faith in God, acknowledging Him as the dispenser of blessings.”

Nondenominational faith in a providential God was a prominent component of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation—as it had been in Washington’s first proclamation—and it has remained so in nearly every presidential proclamation since.

While Independence Day celebrates our freedom, Thanksgiving celebrates the faith that prevents that liberty from degenerating into licentiousness. While Independence Day celebrates our nation’s sovereignty, Thanksgiving reminds us that God should be the source of our highest devotion.

Hale envisioned that a nationwide celebration of Thanksgiving would also help bind the nation together more tightly. Living under the same Constitution and the same federal government was, in her estimation, not enough to forge one people from America’s diverse inhabitants and distinct regions.

As Hale wrote:

Everything that contributes to bind us in one vast empire together, to quicken the sympathy that makes us feel from the icy North to the sunny South that we are one family, each a member of a great and free nation, not merely the unit of a remote locality, is worthy of being cherished. We have sought to reawaken and increase this sympathy, believing that the fine filaments of the affections are stronger than laws to keep the union of our states sacred in the hearts of our people.

Thanksgiving, Hale believed, would strengthen the “fine filaments of affection” by spinning a shared American origin myth from a distinctly regional history.

Plymouth Rock would become the cradle of the American people, not just New Englanders. The Pilgrims would be scrubbed clean of their idiosyncrasies and regionalisms and become embodiments of shared American values: courage, fortitude, faith, good will, and charity.

The Pilgrims were better raw material for this sort of mythologizing than other early colonists. The settlers of the Jamestown colony were the Pilgrims’ equals in courage and perseverance, but their purposes were more mercenary than messianic. They sought cheap land and fortune.

As the descendants of Jamestown settlers pushed up the James River, they did not build townships brimming with civic virtue as the Pilgrims did. Instead, they built plantations worked first by indentured servants and, later, by African slaves.

Also unlike the Jamestown settlers, who were overwhelmingly single men, the Pilgrims came across the sea with families in tow, making the Plymouth colony not just a portrait of civic association and American grit, but also a fine representation of domestic life.

For Hale, recognition and reinforcement of the family was central to the Thanksgiving holiday. She wrote:

“It is a festival which will never become obsolete, for it cherishes the best affections of the heart—the social and domestic ties. It calls together the dispersed members of the family circle, and brings plenty, joy and gladness.”

Thanksgiving is a celebration of domestic ties. Rarely do extended families come together to revel in Independence Day’s fireworks and cookouts, parades and pool parties. Adults generally stay in the towns and cities they have moved to. If they travel, it is to the shore—not over the river and through the woods.

This seems natural. Family life has little to do with the historic events or the principles of government we commemorate on the Fourth of July.

For Hale, and evidently for Lincoln also, the Civil War emphasized the need to strengthen the strained filaments of affection, buttress divided and decimated families, and remember God’s painfully obscured providence.

But the dimensions of civil society that Thanksgiving buttresses—shared cultural attachment, faith, and the family—are critical to a republican people in both peaceful and tumultuous times.

Our nation, to a greater extent than most, relies on a flourishing civil society. Our constitutionally limited government permits society to develop along its own trajectory, for good or for ill, making family and religious institutions critical sources of moral training.

Americans do not share a common ancestry or ethnicity, so building a shared historical narrative is all the more important to the sense that we are one people.

For these reasons, Lincoln was wise to make Thanksgiving an official holiday.

This article has been updated to correct a reference to a Virginia river. The Jamestown settles moved up the James River, not the Charles River as was originally written.

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John W. York, Ph.D., is a policy analyst in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation.

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Indulgences for Hollywood as Movie Studio Buys Gun Offsets

In 2014, Hollywood movie mogul and fierce NRA critic Harvey Weinstein appeared to acknowledge the movie industry might be able to have a positive impact by reducing its glorification of criminal violence. Weinstein explained,

I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be… I know for me personally … I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already. For me, I can’t do it. I can’t make one movie and say this is what I want for my kids and then just go out and be a hypocrite.

To his credit, Weinstein eventually made good on his promise. Following a widely reported sexual harassment scandal, in 2018 The Weinstein Company declared bankruptcy.

In the meantime, the rest of Hollywood has picked up the slack by continuing to churn out depictions of graphic violence. As Weinstein knew, the glorification of violence sells. So one enterprising film company sought to develop a way to quell their moral pangs while continuing the on-screen carnage.

According to an October 25 press release, startup studio Level Forward (a partnership between gun control activist and Disney heiress Abigail Disney and Killer Content) will now only produce content that is “gun neutral.”

The press release explained,

For each prop gun that appears in a production, financiers and producers will add a “GUN NEUTRAL” budget line item to cover the cost of destroying real-world guns and to invest in community-based arts programs targeting youth in the most gun violence-ridden communities. An average of $15 per prop gun will be charged.

As part of the program, Level Forward has pledged the money to destroy 10 guns for every prop gun that appears in one of their productions. And Level Forward does not appear to be toning down the on-screen violence due to budgetary concerns. In its first three Gun Neutral films, 166 prop firearms were used, resulting in a pledge to destroy 1,660 real firearms.

The Gun Neutral concept will remind some of carbon offsets. Carbon offset policy attempts to apply market forces to reduce carbon emissions and can be government mandated or voluntary. In the U.S. in the mid-2000s it became fashionable for elites to purchase carbon offsets to repent for their jet setting high-consumption lifestyles. Critics charged that this hypocritical approach to environmentalism was akin to the medieval practice of buying indulgences for sins.

However, perhaps a comparison to the medieval Catholic Church isn’t fair to the church in this instance.

In order to carry out the Gun Neutral program, Level Forward has partnered with the group One Less Gun. On the One Less Guns website, visitors are told that for a donation of £5 (about $6.50) they too can assure one gun is destroyed. At an average of $15 per prop gun, Level Forward appears to be paying $1.50 per gun purported to be destroyed.

We’re not sure if the Catholic Church ever offered a bulk rate on indulgences.

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Democrat Socialism and Sodomy: Two Social Poisoned Pills

I became interested in links between democrat socialism and sodomy. During my research I found, to my surprise, that today they are inextricably linked.

Socialism and sodomy have the same goals, the destruction of heterosexuality and the traditional nuclear family.

The targets are straight males and fathers who are married with children. But why is this the goal? Isn’t this a poisoned pill for every society?

Sodomy predates Christianity

Many look at sodomy from a biblical perspective citing the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:1-30. However, sodomy predates Christianity. It was a political issue for centuries that ancient nations dealt with in different ways both socially and in law. In her 2014 column “Did Spartan Warriors Embrace Homosexuality?” Kayla Jameth wrote:

Crete, Athens, Corinth and Thebes practiced classic pederasty. A homosocial institute that encouraged love in a myriad of forms between an older man (erastês) and a youth (erômenos). The terms carry certain connotations that directly or indirectly influence modern views on this relationship.

The mentor, or erastês, is intended to be an older man who guides the youth through the upper echelons of society. This was an ancient form of social networking. Erastês means “lover”. This has been taken to imply a sexual relationship. Especially as erômenos means “beloved”. These are not so much descriptions of the individuals as titles for their place in the relationship.

Were all pederastic relationships sexual? I doubt that was the case, as the majority of men now, and likely then, identify as straight/heterosexual. That’s nothing more than statistics. Were there bisexuals and bi-curious individuals? Without a doubt, but once again not to the exclusion of straight individuals.

The article “Before Homosexuality: Sodomy” notes:

Same-sex sexual acts have a history; today they are called homosexuality. Before homosexuality they were called sodomy. In England during the reign of King Henry VIII sodomy became a civil offense with the passage of the buggery Act of 1533. In Germany in the late 1860s the transition from a religious model to a medical model for same-sex sexual acts begin. It was at this time the term homosexual came about. [Emphasis added]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:

Gay and bisexual men are the population most affected by HIV in the United States. In 2016, gay and bisexual men accounted for 67% of the 40,324 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and 6 dependent areas. Approximately 492,000 sexually active gay and bisexual men are at high risk for HIV; however, we have more tools to prevent HIV than ever before.

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Where does Socialism fit in?

Thomas Harrison, co-director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy and a member of the editorial board of New Politics, in his 2009 column “Socialism and Homosexuality” wrote:

MARX AND ENGELS NEVER SUBJECTED homophobia to the sort of historical materialist criticism that they, especially Engels, applied to the family and the oppression of women. Indeed, Engels in particular evinced all the prejudices of high Victorianism when it came to homosexuality. 

[ … ]

Engels’ pioneering analysis, published in 1884 as The Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State, tried to show that the family and the oppression of women were not embedded in “human nature,” but arose historically in conjunction with the emergence of class societies2; the abolition of class society, therefore, could be expected to free women and abolish the family, at least as a site of gender inequality. At the same time, Engels presents heterosexuality as unproblematically “natural.” Homosexuality is briefly mentioned, disparagingly, in connection with ancient Greece as nothing but a product of misogyny.

Harrison then outlines the new Democrat Socialist view on sodomy stating, “Without excusing Engels’ ugly homophobia, and that of Marx, it seems short sighted to simply equate them with the standard-issue bigots of their time. Marxism, as a method of historical analysis and a theory of democratic revolution from below, created the tools for understanding the relation of gay oppression to misogyny and compulsory heterosexuality, and for pointing the way toward liberation.”

The neo-Marxist must embrace gays as victims of oppression. In the United States, gays are not oppressed and are subject to equal protection under the law. The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges. Overt oppression of gays is seen in predominantly Muslim countries such as Iran.

Anyone who criticizes sodomy is labeled homophobic, unless they are Muslims. The great oxymoron is the political joining at the hip of Democrat Socialists with Islamists. In the end one will win politically. If the Islamists win then sodomy will be outlawed. If the Democrat Socialists win then heterosexual males and families will be outlawed. These are two poisoned pills that will kill any society.

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The President MUST Appeal The Acosta Ruling

Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, verbally ordered the President of the United States to reinstate CNN Reporter Jim Acosta’s hard pass to access the White House on Friday.  The judge, who sits in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has not posted his ruling yet, forcing us, at least temporarily, to rely on press reports for details.

Predictably, CNN has called the ruling a huge victory for the First Amendment.  However, according to numerous press reports, Judge Kelly took issue, not with any alleged affronts upon the First Amendment, but rather, the process used to revoke Acosta’s hard pass.  According to one news outlet, the judge said that Sarah Huckabee Sander’s “belated efforts at [answering Acosta’s concerns] were hardly sufficient to satisfy due process.”  Additionally, according to Breitbart, the judge found that in creating press conferences, the President created a public forum to which limited due process rights attach.

I disagree.  Contrary to Judge Kelly’s view, the White House press conference is an internal working of the executive branch done solely for a public relations and communications purpose and at the pleasure of the President of the United States. As such, and as reported previously by The Federalist Pageswhen the Court interferes with how the President conducts his press conferences, it is essentially intruding into the rightful powers of the President of the United States, as Chief Executive, in conducting the internal dealings of the executive branch.

Seen from this angle, which is the dominant issue in this matter, it becomes clear that the President must zealously pursue this case for the sake of the preservation of the autonomy of the executive branch.

Let’s be clear.  There is no finality to Friday’s ruling.  

The judge’s order was the implementation of a temporary restraining order against the President until such time that the case actually goes to trial.  Strategically, the President now has a couple of opportunities available to him.  First, he can let the case play out at the District Court, and if the judge should rule against him at the trial, he can appeal.  Alternatively, the President may appeal the temporary injunction as a matter of law, right now.  Either way, it is imperative that the President take the case to the next level. If he does so, it is likely that a higher court would not accept the invitation for the judiciary to intrude into the inner workings of another branch of government.  If argued as a matter of separation of powers and the comity between the branches of government, it is likely the district court’s position will not be upheld.  If it does, I am equally confident the Supreme Court will take this case because of the constitutional implications it carries to the inner workings of government, and will reverse it.

Make no mistake, although this case is being painted with a brush held by Acosta and the media, it actually represents, yet another small but significant intrusion onto the proper balance of powers; an intrusion with which the Framers, except for John Marshall, would be in total disagreement.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Federalist Pages. The featured photo is by rawpixel on Unsplash.

FLORIDA: 2018 Election Postmortem

Coming from the business world, I understand the importance of conducting a Project Review (aka, “Project Audit”) whereby we make note of what went right and what went wrong. The intent is to pass these lessons on to others for the future. This is equally applicable to politics which is why I want to review the lessons I learned from the recent 2018 mid-term elections. This may seem a little dry, but it includes some important lessons for both parties to observe.

I have been keeping track of the voting numbers for two cycles now (2016 and 2018), representing Mr. Trump’s rise to the presidency, and the ensuing mid-terms.

The first thing I learned is the national and local political polls are useless and do not reflect reality. Frankly, they are a joke. I do not know their selection criteria for conducting surveys, but whatever they are doing, it is horribly wrong. This was proven in 2016 and 2018. To this day, they would have us believe Gillum and Nelson are still up by six points (and Mrs. Clinton by double-digits). The people who run these polls should find another line of work.

I found the early voting data provided by the state (in my case, Florida) to be much more reliable. In studying the data from both elections, I found the following:

* Republicans win the Mail-In votes (aka, Absentee).

* Democrats win the in-person Early Voting votes. Republicans do not find this convenient as it interrupts their business day.

* Republicans win the Election Day votes.

Turnout is ultimately based on the drumbeats of the parties. Whichever party can inspire their constituents to vote, wins. To illustrate, even though Florida Democrats had approximately 250K more registered voters than the Republicans, the GOP was able to get their members to the voting booth:

66.28% of all registered Republicans voted.
59.77% of all registered Democrats voted.

This resulted in 150K more Republicans voting than Democrats.

In the Tampa Bay area, I found:

  • Hillsborough County (representing downtown Tampa) is solid Democrat.
  • Manatee County is solid Republican.
  • Pasco County is solid Republican.
  • Pinellas County – Republicans lost the lead in early voting to the Democrats on the last day, but overtook the Democrats on election day.
  • Polk County is solid Republican.
  • Sarasota County is solid Republican.

This happened both in 2016 and 2018. Likewise, state-wide early voting resulted in a slim lead for the Democrats, but the Republicans outvoted them on Election Day by 171K votes.

Whereas large metropolitan areas voted Democrat, e.g., Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami, all the rural areas voted strongly for the Republicans. For example, Republicans in tiny Citrus County, on the upper west coast of Florida, had 20K more votes than Democrats, thereby easily negating Jacksonville with +6K votes for Democrats. It was the rural and West Coast counties that carried the day for Republicans.

Other observations:

  • Surprisingly, eleven of the twelve amendments to the Florida Constitution passed (#1 was the one defeated). Frankly, I was surprised by this. The only explanation I can think of is, due to the volume of legislation, people grew tired and simply checked off the “Yes” box in order to expedite their time in the voting booth.
  • The campaign races were incredibly costly. I am told the Governor’s race alone was the most expensive in our history. The Senate race was also expensive. Even the races for the State Senate and House were expensive. There was one State Senator who spent over $500,000 on his campaign. As you probably know, I consider this enormously frivolous. We should be spending the money on more worthwhile endeavors than the media.
  • I was not made aware of any voter fraud down here, except for one instance where a non-citizen tried to vote and the Democrats wanted it accepted. Of course, it was disallowed. There was also concern about northern students attending Florida colleges voting twice (once here and once back home in the north), but I have heard nothing tangible about this. The same could be said for northern retirees who have a house in the South for winter.
  • Following close races for the Senate and Governorship, there was a clamor to recall the votes. In the process, Broward and Palm Beach Counties came under scrutiny for possible election fraud and incompetence. Both counties are strongholds for the Democrats, thus heightening suspicions by Republicans. Full investigations are underway. I cannot remember the last time, if ever, an election was overturned here in Florida, including the famous Bush/Gore debacle back in 2000. Unfortunately, this proves our voting procedures are far from bullet-proof. Personally, I had no problem with the punch-card approach. Regardless, here is another reason why reforms should be enacted in our electoral process.
  • There were a lot of close races, be it for the Governorship, U.S. Senate, County and Municipal races. Whoever won, be it Red or Blue, should be sensitive to this and realize the people will be watching their performance. Translation: They better get off their duffs and do something.
  • The polarity of the country becomes more pronounced with each election. This is caused by differences in morality between the parties in terms of our perspectives as to what is right, and what is wrong.

Mid-term elections used to be as interesting as watching grass grow. Attendance was low. No more. The votes cast in Florida in 2018 were approximately 80% of those cast in 2016, an incredible figure. Thanks to the polarity of the country, the days of sleepy-eyed mid-term elections are long gone and we will continue to have massive political struggles from now on.

Thus closes the 2018 elections.

Keep the Faith!

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EXCLUSIVE: Mich State Dept investigates college for potential campaign finance violations

  • The Michigan State Department launched an investigation into Schoolcraft College over possible campaign finance violations.
  • The investigation was prompted by an ethics complaint, filed by Michigan attorney Karen Woodside.

The Michigan State Department is investigating Schoolcraft College for potential campaign finance violations after school employees allegedly used public resources for political activism.

The Michigan Department of State confirmed to Campus Reform on Tuesday that its Bureau of Elections unit launched an investigation into  Schoolcraft College for potentially illegal activity. Fred Woodhams of the Michigan State Department told Campus Reform that the investigation will take a couple of months to complete.

The Michigan Department of State confirmed to Campus Reform on Tuesday that its Bureau of Elections unit launched an investigation into Schoolcraft College for potentially illegal activity.    

Michigan attorney Karen Woodside filed an ethics complaint against Schoolcraft College, as previously reported by Campus Reform. Woodside’s complaint alleged that some employees used school computers during office hours to campaign for a property tax hike on the Nov. 6 election ballot. The ballot initiative did pass and is set to give the school increased funding through 2029.

Employees urged residents to vote in support of the initiative, referring to the ballot question passing as “winning,” according to emails obtained by Campus Reform.

According to Michigan campaign finance law, “a public body or a person acting for a public body shall not use or authorize the use of funds, personnel, office space, computer hardware or software, property, stationery, postage, vehicles, equipment, supplies, or other public resources to make a contribution or expenditure” for local ballot questions.

An incident in which communications show “express advocacy” can be addressed by Michigan’s Secretary of State Elections Bureau, according to Watchdog.org.

Campus Reform reached out to Schoolcraft College, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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