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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 the Impact of Robert Mueller's Congressional Testimony on Democrats' Calls for Impeachment:
 
 

"Among his talents, Donald Trump has a special gift for driving his detractors so crazy that they do really stupid stuff. The decision by Democrats to force Robert Mueller to testify before Congress is Exhibit A.

"Bumblin' Bob was a train wreck of epic proportions. The fallout is immediate, starting with this: Impeachment is no longer an option.

"It had a slim chance before Wednesday's painful slog and no chance after it. ...

"There are two other major developments growing out of the hearing.

"First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now has the responsibility to get her party back to its job of governing. She gave the impeachment caucus and its fanatical leaders, Reps. Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, time to gin up public support, but they have gotten nowhere because the facts were not as they promised."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted July 25, 2019 • 08:52 am
 
 
On Police Shootings in Black and White:
 
 

"White police officers are not more likely to shoot minorities than their non-white counterparts, according to a new study.

"'If anything, black officers are more likely to shoot black citizens,' Dr. Joseph Cesario, co-author and professor of psychology at Michigan State University, wrote in the report. 'But this is because black officers are drawn from the same population that they police. So, the more black citizens there are in a community, the more black police officers there are.'

"The 'systematic nationwide study' from MSU and University of Maryland -- described as the first of its kind -- debunks the commonly-held belief that white police officers unfairly target black and brown citizens in use of lethal force. A flurry of media reports over the span of a few years and the efforts of two major media outlets, the UK's Guardian and the Washington Post, roiled both the nation and the political theater.

"'There are so many examples of people saying that when black citizens are shot by police, it's white officers shooting them. In fact, our findings show no support for the idea that white officers are biased in shooting black citizens,' Dr. Cesario wrote.

"The findings of the study are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), incorporating data about every officer-involved shooting since 2015. Researchers collected the age, sex, race and experience level of each officer who was found to have shot a suspect."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Phillip Nieto, The Daily Caller Contributor
— Phillip Nieto, The Daily Caller Contributor
Posted July 24, 2019 • 08:53 am
 
 
On the Reasons Behind Recent Iranian Aggression:
 
 

"Rarely has a foreign country seemed so eager to get bombed by the United States as Iran does right now.

"In its latest provocation, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. It wasn't a subtle operation. Revolutionary Guard forces rappelled on to the tanker from a helicopter, and if you have any doubt, it was all captured on videotape.

"The act raised the stakes in the regime's confrontation with the West. After the last round, when the Iranians shot down a U.S. drone, President Trump order a retaliatory strike that he abruptly cancelled, citing his fears of disproportionate casualties. Our natural instinct would to hit Iran hard for its depredations and to establish a deterrent against such attacks before they get worse. But in this case, Iran clearly wants to provoke a reaction, which suggests the administration's more cautious, 'rope-a-dope' approach may be the right one.

"Skeptics doubted that the administration's unilateral sanctions could truly bite after the nuclear deal opened Iran for business with Europe. They were wrong. The oil embargo and banking sanctions, imposed after Trump pulled out of the deal, have been cratering the Iranian economy. The regime's aggressions are an attempt to find a way out of the economic punishment."

 
 
— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted July 23, 2019 • 07:50 am
 
 
On the Shift of Minority Voters:
 
 

"The 2018 election was a watershed in the shift of minority voters toward Republicans.

"Consider the example of the very left-wing African-American female candidate for governor in Georgia. She alienated enough African-American males with her radicalized platforms that the Republican candidate wound up with a significant percentage of African-American male votes.

"In Florida, a left-wing African-American candidate for governor lost almost one out of five African-American female votes because of his opposition to school choice.

"In Michigan, a charismatic Republican African-American veteran and businessman, John James, received more votes for the Senate in Michigan than any Republican since the year 2000. James is running again, and if he wins, the historic monopoly that the left has on the African-American vote will collapse.

"All around the country, President Trump is attracting Latinos to his rallies in record numbers. There is strong support in the Latino community for job creation, income growth, small business prosperity, and enforcing the law.

"The left's reaction to these threats has been hysteria."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Posted July 22, 2019 • 08:00 am
 
 
On Sanders Campaign Fight With Unionized Staff Over Pay:
 
 

"Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of the many faces that make up the progressive left within the Democratic Party. He's an unapologetic democratic socialist. He has an economic agenda that would cost us trillions of dollars. And he's staunchly pro-labor union. That is until his campaign staff starts making demands for better pay, right? Yeah, it seems so. The Sanders campaign has unionized and is demanding $15/hour for staff nationwide and so far the left-wing candidate's leadership is silent on the matter. You just can't make this up. The far left guy unionizes the staff, makes minimum wage hikes part of the campaign platform, and then decides to slow walk paying his own staff the wage he wants to enact nationwide for workers as president. Excuse me while I grab some popcorn ..."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Matt Vespa, Townhall.com Senior Editor
— Matt Vespa, Townhall.com Senior Editor
Posted July 19, 2019 • 07:40 am
 
 
On the House Vote Against Impeachment of President Trump:
 
 

"The House on Wednesday voted 332-95 to kill the first articles of impeachment brought forward under the new Democratic majority, showing off a deep divide among Democrats on whether to go forward with an effort to unseat President Trump.

"A majority of Democrats, along with the chamber's Republicans, voted to table the measure sponsored by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), while 95 Democrats voted in favor of it.

"It's the first time the Democratic House has been confronted with a vote on impeachment and comes a week before former special counsel Robert Mueller is set to testify before two committees on Capitol Hill."

 
 
— Cristina Marcos, The Hill
— Cristina Marcos, The Hill
Posted July 18, 2019 • 10:00 am
 
 
On Democrat Leaders Contravening U.S. Immigration Laws:
 
 

"Illegal immigrants subject to ICE enforcement have been given their constitutional right to due process, with the right to a hearing in a federal immigration court and the right to be represented by counsel. If they show up at their hearing and are not granted relief by an immigration judge, they have the right to appeal. If they lose that appeal, they are issued a final order of removal.

"Once a final order of removal is issued, the immigrants must either voluntarily depart the U.S. or turn themselves in to an ICE facility for deportation. If they fail to depart or turn themselves in, then their case is referred to the ICE fugitive unit, which is tasked with finding them.

"It is a long process to get to the point where ICE is knocking on someone's door to enforce a final order of removal. Those now subject to a final deportation order either failed to show up to immigration court; showed up and lost their case; waived their right to appeal; lost their appeal; did not show up for their appeal hearing; were granted voluntary departure but did not leave; or failed to turn themselves in to ICE for court-ordered removal.

"In each case, a federal judge has ruled that they do not have the right to be in the United States and must leave. But Democratic leaders are now saying they should be allowed to stay, in contravention of our immigration laws."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Mark Thiessen, Washington Post Columnist, Fox News Contributor and American Enterprise Institute Fellow
— Mark Thiessen, Washington Post Columnist, Fox News Contributor and American Enterprise Institute Fellow
Posted July 17, 2019 • 11:25 am
 
 
On the 2020 Democrats' Campaign Funding Shortage:
 
 

"Months of bleak polling couldn't stop the parade of lower-level Democrats crowding into the presidential primary.

"But bankruptcy might.

"Eleven Democratic presidential candidates -- nearly half of the sprawling field -- spent more campaign cash than they raised in the second quarter of the year, according to new financial disclosures filed Monday. Eight contenders active in the spring limped forward with less than $1 million in cash on hand, and several top-tier contenders were already spending multiples of what their lower-profile competitors raised.

"The financial squeeze is set to drastically shrink the lineup of Democratic contenders in the coming months, barring major shifts in momentum, as candidates grapple with the doldrums of summer fundraising and the high costs of staffing national campaigns and building donor lists big enough to qualify for future Democratic National Committee debates. The numbers also reveal the tremendous pressure on lesser-known candidates to make a splash in the debates at the end of this month -- potentially the last chance some will have to attract a burst of support as their expenses pile up.

"'This is the doomsday scenario for a lot of campaigns, where they're grasping for air to keep their campaigns alive and to live another day,' said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic strategist in Washington. 'You can't build an organization. You can't build an operation that turns enthusiasm into votes without having resources to do it.'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— David Siders, Zach Montellard and Scott Bland, Politico
— David Siders, Zach Montellard and Scott Bland, Politico
Posted July 16, 2019 • 08:08 am
 
 
On Picking and Choosing What Laws to Follow:
 
 

"[A]s ICE prepared to conduct a nationwide operation, Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi held a press conference to instruct those who have violated our nation's laws on how they can evade federal law enforcement. How they can evade the law. How what ICE is doing is un-American and they need to resist.

"Are you kidding me?

"The Speaker of the House, a lawmaker for decades, is instructing those who have violated the laws that Congress enacted -- who were ordered removed from the country by a federal judge after due process -- to evade arrest? Since when is that appropriate? What other laws can we ignore? What other law enforcement officers should we evade? Can I ignore the tax law and not pay my taxes?

"The Speaker has made it clear that we can pick and choose what laws we want to abide by. Is that also true for all the mayors who are all over TV saying they will resist ICE and help people evade arrest? Can we pick and choose what laws we abide when we're in their cities? Can we park in no parking zones in San Francisco and not worry about paying fines? Can we evade Atlanta's police officers when they are trying to execute a judge's order? Can we resist police in Chicago when we don't want to be arrested? If not, why not? All of these mayors have made it clear we can pick and choose what laws we want to respect, and we can ignore the ones we don't like."

 
 
— Thomas Homan, Former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
— Thomas Homan, Former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Posted July 15, 2019 • 07:55 am
 
 
On the Current Debate Over Citizenship and The Census:
 
 

"The current debate over the constitutionally mandated decennial U.S. Census has led to Democrats in Congress charging that the simple inclusion of the question, 'Is this person a citizen of the United States?' is fundamentally and inherently racist. That question has been asked in one form or another since 1820 save for 2010 under President Obama. Further, the very same question is asked annually by the American Community Survey, under, yes, the Census Bureau. Even the United Nations, in their Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, encourages asking the question. The 'citizenship question' is necessary for the allocation of resources, fair allotment of Congressional seats, and to understand our immigration situation.

"Yet, since Congressional Democrats can't refute these fundamental truths, they are compelled by both necessity and tradition to denounce the very question as racist. Nancy Pelosi recently, and absent any support, declared the question was part of President Trump's effort to 'make America white again.' Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, never one to sit out a fake race war, chimed in with, 'It's about reducing the number of people of color being counted in the census. That's exactly what it's about.' No substantive arguments, again. No rational argument, so just a racist one."

 
 
— Paul M. Curry, Esq., Political Columnist and Commentator
— Paul M. Curry, Esq., Political Columnist and Commentator
Posted July 12, 2019 • 08:00 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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