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Image of the Day: Mainstream Media's Evaporating Credibility

From Forbes, our image of the day captures nicely the mainstream media's credibility problem, as their cries of "Wolf!" accumulate.  Simultaneously, it captures how three institutions most intertwined with conservative values - the military, small business and police - remain atop the list of public esteem.


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October 04, 2019 • 10:29 am

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On Identity Politics and the 2020 Presidential Election:

"With Americans working and with money in their pockets again, with the 2020 election approaching, Democrats are reaching for the race card the way a sick man reaches for the waters of Lourdes. Desperately. Their allies in media followed suit, with Trump called everything from a white supremacist, to a Nazi, and on and on. ...

"Watching our politics, as some Americans have their individuality stripped away by identity politics, as others are kicked to the margins of society, as I mourn journalism as I remember it, I'm reminded of something.

"Ernest Hemingway's explanation of how a man went bankrupt:

"Two ways. Gradually and then suddenly."

— John Kass, Chicago Tribune
— John Kass, Chicago Tribune
Posted August 22, 2019 • 08:02 am
On Elizabeth Warren's Apology:

"It's tough to say which of the 2020 wannabes is the biggest phony, but you can make a strong case for Liz Warren.

"'I am sorry for harm I have caused,' Warren said Monday at a presidential candidates forum on Native American issues. She was referring to the fact that she spent much of her adult life falsely claiming she's part American Indian in an attempt to advance her career.

"Yet what action, exactly was she sorry for? ...

"For saying she was Native American? Or that she got caught?

"Fact is, Warren isn't really sorry for anything. She's already proven that she'll do or say anything to benefit herself."

— The Editors, New York Post
— The Editors, New York Post
Posted August 21, 2019 • 08:00 am
On POTUS' Approval Ratings Among Minorities:

"A mounting number of voter polls show that, despite shrill denunciations of the president by the Democrats for his alleged racism, Trump is enjoying a dramatic increase in his approval ratings among minorities. This isn't, as some liberal news outlets and pundits have suggested, wishful thinking based on outlier polls. The trend began showing up in surveys early this year and appears to be gaining momentum. Some polls now show his approval numbers at 25 percent among African American voters and 50 percent among Hispanic voters. If those figures hold for the next 15 months, they will render Trump unbeatable in November of 2020.

"If this claim seems over the top, it should be remembered that Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite garnering only about 8 percent of the black vote and 29 percent of the Hispanic vote. Put another way, Clinton lost the election despite winning nearly 90 percent of the African American vote and two-thirds of the Hispanic vote. In other words, they simply can't beat the president if he holds them to significantly lower percentages of these key voting blocs. The Democrats and their media enablers understand this, of course, which is why they have worked so diligently to discredit polls that confirm the president's gains among minority voters."

Read entire article here.

— David Catron, Health Care Consultant and The American Spectator Contributor
— David Catron, Health Care Consultant and The American Spectator Contributor
Posted August 20, 2019 • 07:49 am
On Political Performance Art:

"This weekend we were treated to the latest installment of a new kind of political performance art created by Antifa and their white nationalist rivals. It may seem strange to call it art, but really that's what it is. Neither of these groups is an actual political force in America with policies or representing large constituencies. Neither are they true revolutionaries who are engaged in some war they can win.

"Both groups are, more than anything else, performers. They have costumes, they have painted signs, and they have scripts. Also, like any true artists, what they crave more than anything else is attention -- not votes, not money, not even influence, mostly just to be looked at and admired, or even hated.

"I struggled over whether to write this article because I believe both groups represent such an insignificant threat to the country that they should probably just be ignored. Stop pointing cameras at them, and they might just go have dinner or watch Netflix or something. But obviously, for myriad reasons, that isn't going to happen. So if this weird new strain of performance art is something we have to deal with, we should try to understand it."

Read entire article here.

— David Marcus, The Federalist
— David Marcus, The Federalist
Posted August 19, 2019 • 08:42 am
On Israel Denying Entry for Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar:

"It needs to be stressed that Tlaib and Omar aren't mere 'critics' of Israel, as the media incessantly claims. Critics would find fault with policies of the nation's government -- which, in Israel's case, has oscillated from left to right, from hawkish to dovish, for more than 70 years. Critics have been traveling to Israel forever. Critics of Israel serve in the nation's parliament and openly and freely take positions against the ruling government.

"Tlaib and Omar actively support a movement with the strategic aim of rallying the world to destroy the Jewish state economically. They aren't critics, they're enemies. The boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS) not only challenges Israel's right to exist, it relies on age-old antisemitic tropes, conspiracy theories, and blood libels to propel the message. Its most famous champions in the United States are Tlaib and Omar.

"Moreover, these congresswomen aren't merely random pundits prattling on about an imaginary apartheid state. They have power to enact policies that undermine the Jewish state. Omar sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It is Tlaib and Omar who are accelerating the Democratic Party's abandonment of our ally. As we've seen, no matter how odious their remarks, no matter how outside the norms of American political discourse they fall, Democrats will rally to defend them.

"Worse of all, the two were almost surely planning some provocation. Which is not something elected officials should be doing to allies."

Read entire article here.

— David Harsanyi, The Federalist
— David Harsanyi, The Federalist
Posted August 16, 2019 • 08:27 am
On the Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency:

"There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you've been told about for nearly three years. It was not 'Donald Trump's collusion with Russia.'

"Here is the real collusion scheme: In 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government's law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic party, and the progressive Beltway establishment. This scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded -- which all the smartest people were supremely confident would never, ever happen . . which is why you could bet the ranch that it would.

"Plan A was to get Mrs. Clinton elected president of the United States. This required exonerating her, at least ostensibly, from well-founded allegations of her felonious and politically disqualifying actions.

"Plan B was the insurance policy: an investigation that Donald Trump, in the highly unlikely event he was elected, would be powerless to shut down. An investigation that would simultaneously monitor and taint him. An investigation that internalized Clinton-campaign-generated opposition research, limning Trump and his campaign as complicit in Russian espionage. An investigation that would hunt for a crime under the guise of counterintelligence, build an impeachment case under the guise of hunting for a crime, and seek to make Trump un-reelectable under the guise of building an impeachment case."

Read entire excerpt here.

— Excerpt from Andrew C. McCarthy's new book "Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency," excerpted by National Review
— Excerpt from Andrew C. McCarthy's new book "Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency," excerpted by National Review
Posted August 15, 2019 • 08:09 am
On Congressional Democrats' Election Security Concerns:

"After years of mocking Republicans' election security concerns, denying the very existence of voter fraud and fighting voter ID laws, Democrats have suddenly found religion on the issue of election security.

"Following frightening demonstrations of how to breach voting machines at a recent Las Vegas hacker conference, Democratic lawmakers are pointing the finger at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accusing him of blocking so-called 'election security' measures passed by Democrats in the House.

"There's one problem: it's all just a pretext. If their solutions are any indication, the Democrats don't actually care about election security. What they care about is securing power.

"Like their solutions to climate change, the Democratic solutions to problems with election security are not serious. The supposed solutions are just another way to justify an unprecedented consolidation of power in a federal government Democrats hope to control."

Read entire article here.

— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor and Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor and Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee
Posted August 14, 2019 • 08:17 am
On Elizabeth Warren's Gun Control Plan:

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren's strategy to curb gun violence is a jumbled patchwork of nonstarter policy proposals and red meat for the Democratic base, in case you were wondering how seriously she takes the issue.

"The Massachusetts senator's campaign team unveiled her plan this weekend in a blog post titled, 'Protecting Our Communities from Gun Violence.' ...

"The post lists three specific courses of action the senator plans to take in order to hinder mass shootings. Warren says she will issue executive orders, eliminate the filibuster, and send Congress a bill loaded with strict gun control initiatives. The senator's executive orders would require background checks for all firearm purchases, even those between nonfederally licensed, private individuals. Warren also says she will issue executive orders requiring all sellers to report multiple purchases to the same individual and that all sales be conducted with persons who are 21 years of age or older."

Read entire article here.

— Becket Adams, Washington Examiner
— Becket Adams, Washington Examiner
Posted August 13, 2019 • 08:26 am
On Jeffrey Epstein's Death in Custody:

"Move over, Lee Harvey Oswald.

"Jeffrey Epstein's supposed jail-cell suicide looks so fishy that the conspiracy theories could eclipse JFK and the grassy knoll in the public imagination.

"Coming 24 hours after court documents implicated big names in his kiddie-sex ring, it's all too neat.

"Not since Jack Ruby shot Oswald has there been so much skepticism about a death in custody.

"I subscribe to the cock-up theory of life: 'Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice.'

"But whoever authorized the alleged pedophile's removal from suicide watch deserves to be sacked."

— Miranda Devine, New York Post
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
Posted August 12, 2019 • 07:50 am
On School Districts and Cyberattacks:

"School districts across the country are increasingly becoming a major target of malicious cyberattacks, leaving both the federal government and state governments scrambling to find ways to fight back.

"Recent cyberattacks on school districts in Louisiana, Virginia, and Oklahoma have highlighted the threat. In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a statewide emergency last month in response to ransomware attacks on three school districts, and authorized state resources and cyber assistance to help the districts. ...

"While school districts may not seem to be the obvious target for hackers in comparison to governments or essential services, Doug Levin, the founder and president of EdTech Strategies, a consulting firm, told The Hill that they are easy targets due to outdated systems and the fact that they handle large amounts of money.

"'They are a soft target, for those that are doing not-very-sophisticated attacks and they are looking to ransom people and steal data, they are just scanning the internet for easy targets and outdated systems,' Levin said.

"'They manage a lot of money, facilities, buses, food service, providing some degree of health care, providing special education services, telecommunications systems,' he added. 'Schools are major expenditures.'"

Read entire article here.

— Maggie Miller, The Hill
— Maggie Miller, The Hill
Posted August 09, 2019 • 07:58 am
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following is still remembered as the most infamous incident in American industrial history?
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Quote of the Day   
"Everyone who already thought the case for President Trump's impeachment was a slam-dunk went berserk Thursday, claiming that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had just admitted to a quid pro quo with Ukraine.Except that what Mulvaney 'admitted' is that the administration was doing what it should -- pushing a foreign government to cooperate in getting to the bottom of foreign interference…[more]
—The Editorial Board, New York Post
— The Editorial Board, New York Post
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Why do you think House Speaker Pelosi will not call a vote on formal impeachment proceedings?