Eric Florack on June 23rd, 2019

Mike Gallagher, the 8th most recognized talk radio personality, in the U.S.A., is heard by over 2.25 million
listeners weekly. He compiled and wrote the following essay entitled,
“Obama: It was You.”
* It was you who spoke these words at an Islamic dinner – “I am one of you.”
* It was you who on ABC News referenced – “My Muslim faith.”
* It was you who gave $100 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to re-build foreign mosques.
* It was you who wrote that in the event of a conflict- “I will stand with the Muslims.”
* It was you who assured the Egyptian Foreign Minister that – “I am a Muslim.”
* It was you who bowed in submission before the Saudi King.
* It was you who sat for 20 years in a Liberation Theology Church condemning America and professing Marxism.
* It was you who exempted Muslims from penalties under Obamacare that the rest of us have to pay.
* It was you who purposefully omitted – “endowed by our Creator ” – from your recitation of The Declaration Of
Independence.
* It was you who mocked the Bible and Jesus Christ’s Sermon On The Mount while repeatedly referring to the ‘HOLY’ Qur’an.
* It was you who traveled the Islamic world denigrating the United States Of America.
* It was you who instantly threw the support of your administration behind the building of the Ground Zero Victory mosque overlooking the hallowed crater of the World Trade Center.
* It was you who refused to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, but hastened to host an Islamic prayer breakfast at the
White House
* It was you who ordered Georgetown Univ. and Notre Dame to shroud all vestiges of Jesus Christ BEFORE you would
agree to go there to speak, but in contrast, you have NEVER requested the mosques you have visited to adjust their decor.
* It was you who appointed anti-Christian fanatics to your Czar Corps.
* It was you who appointed rabid Islamists to Homeland Security.
* It was you who said that NASA’s “foremost mission” was an outreach to Muslim communities.
* It was you who as an Illinois Senator was the ONLY individual who would speak in favor of infanticide.
* It was you who was the first President not to give a Christmas Greeting from the White House, and went so far as to hang
photos of Chairman Mao on the White House tree.
* It was you who curtailed the military tribunals of all Islamic terrorists.
* It was you who refused to condemn the Ft. Hood killer as an Islamic terrorist.
* It is you who has refused to speak-out concerning the horrific executions of women throughout the Muslim culture,
but yet, have submitted Arizona to the UN for investigation of hypothetical human-rights abuses.
* It was you who when queried in India refused to acknowledge the true extent of radical global Jihadists, and instead
profusely praised Islam in a country that is 82% Hindu and the victim of numerous Islamic terrorists assaults.
* It was you who funneled $900 Million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Hamas.
* It was you who ordered the United States Postal Service to honor the MUSLIM holiday with a new commemorative stamp.
* It was you who directed our UK Embassy to conduct outreach to help “empower” the British Muslim community.
* It was you who funded mandatory Arabic language and culture studies in Grammar schools across our country.
* It is you who follows the Muslim custom of not wearing any form of jewelry during Ramadan.
* It is you who departs for Hawaii over the Christmas season so as to avoid past criticism for NOT participating in seasonal
White House religious events.

* It was you who was uncharacteristically quick to join the chorus of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose Egypt’s Hosni
Mubarak, formerly America’s strongest ally in North Africa; but, remain muted in your non-response to the Brotherhood
led slaughter of Egyptian Christians.
* It was you who appointed your chief adviser, Valerie Jarrett, an Iranian, who is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, an
off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
* It was you who said this country is not a Christian nation.

Eric Florack on June 21st, 2019

Lloyd Marcus at the American Thinker:

Trump’s speech revealed a far more ideologically conservative Trump than he was is 2016. When Trump ran for the presidency, he was not ideological. His leanings appeared to be towards the left. He probably thought conservatives were a bit paranoid and over-the-top sounding the alarm about how Democrats seek to undermine our country’s best interests. But when the American left responded with furious wrath and anger against Trump for his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, Trump’s eyes were opened. Incredibly, the American left’s vitriolic, insane 24/7 relentless rebuke and hatred for everything Trump does for America has pushed Trump further to the right.

Ehhh… No, not quite.

What’s done that is the wild popularity he has received every time he’s gone right. Trump is if nothing else a pragmatist. He understands that you go with what’s worked for you. It is precisely that wild popularity that Trump sees every time he goes to the right which has made the Democrats so scared and angry, (aside from the looming threat of jail time for a large number of them.)

Marcus has this one at least partially correct…

Back in 2016, Donald Trump was aiming at the mythical political center. However, almost immediately upon arriving in the oval office Trump began to realize that his real strength came from the long ignored and long castigated right.

For the last several generations, since before Ronald Reagan, both Democrats and Republicans have been trying to convince America that the popular mood of the country was at or near what both parties defined as the center. What Trump has discovered is what I’ve been saying since Reagan… That the political center as defined by the establishment of both parties does not exist. ….that the American electorate is much farther to the right than anything that either party has coughed up since Reagan.

Which, in turn, explains the wild cultural popularity of both Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. ( And thus, their political popularity.)

For generations now the electorate has felt itself disconnected from the establishment of both parties. Along comes Donald Trump who shares in that disconnection and puts a thumb in the eye of the establishment of both parties, reminding both parties who it is they’re supposed to be working for.

I still insist that Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan. You see, Reagan understood these equations as one does the matter of breathing, as does Ted Cruz. (Which explains my support for Ted Cruz in the last cycle.)

Trump, meanwhile, understands it only as a matter of political calculation. Thing is, that still puts him head and shoulders,at this point, above anybody else in the field.

The Democrats understand this too, which is why we see the party leadership essentially rejecting the far left.. the Bernie Sanders /Cory Booker/ Pocahontas/ etc crowd, and trying desperately to hang on to the only hope that they’ve got… Joe Biden… Scant though that hope is.

It’s becoming increasingly clear they won’t succeed in getting Biden nominated…. and even if they do, he won’t win in the general.

All that to the side, the speech in Orlando reveals and reinforces everything that I’ve been saying about all these things for the last three years now.

Eric Florack on June 20th, 2019

It appears that we have China in a bit more of a vice than the news media here in the States has been telling us.

Bloomberg, this morning:

Giant Manufacturing Co. saw the writing on the wall early on. The world’s biggest bicycle maker started moving production of U.S.-bound orders out of its China facilities to its home base in Taiwan as soon as it heard Donald Trump threaten tariff action in September.

“When Trump announced the plan of 25% tariffs, we took it seriously,” Chairwoman Bonnie Tu said in an interview at Giant’s Taichung City headquarters in Taiwan. “We started moving before he shut his mouth.”

Giant is part of a growing number of global firms that are pivoting production out of China in reaction to the increasingly hostile trade relations between the two superpowers. Intel Corp. this week became the latest to say it’s reviewing its global supply chain, while Li & Fung Ltd., the world’s largest supplier of consumer goods, said the trade war is spurring it to diversify away from China.

That’s just two suppliers of many that are in the process of moving out of China and two more Western friendly sources if not directly to the United States.

A third: Black & Decker is leaving China and putting a plant up in the states. and so on, and so on, and so on right on down the line, this is happening.

These are the jobs that BHO told us we’re never coming back. Well guess what? They’re back and our economy is once again the envy of the world.

There are those who argue against tariffs, claiming they support free markets. I suggest that markets with a Communist dictatorship that refuses to follow international agreements is anything but free trade.

Reynolds adds an important point, referring to recent Iranian actions, and showing us that tariffs are not the only actions being taken…

Just remember, before fracking we had to be able to keep the Straits of Hormuz open. Now all we have to be able to do is keep them closed. And if Iran decides to close down oil shipments from the Gulf, it’s basically an oil embargo on China.

So not only are orders to manufacturers in China dwindling at what China should be considering an alarming rate, China’s manufacturing ability will also be disappearing given the state of energy supplies in that country.

The Chinese has been playing us for fools, ever since Nixon. I for one am glad to see someone with the stones to put the stop to it. I say once again, Trump was never my guy but I have to admit, he’s got this one 100% correct.

Eric Florack on June 19th, 2019

Here we go;

Jackson Cosko, a former aide to Senator Maggie Hassan and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, is headed to prison on Wednesday. Cosko is responsible for doxxing GOP senators during the Kavanaugh hearings last fall.

The former aide, Jackson Cosko, pleaded guilty in April to crimes related to an unparalleled effort to ransack a Senate office, extorting a Democratic senator, illegally harming Republicans for their political views, and blackmailing a witness.

Given what we’ve been seeing out of the Democrats lately, this is the tip of the iceberg. I am not at all convinced that this guy acted alone and without direction.

And let’s just for the sake of argument say that he was acting alone and without instruction. Are Hassan, and Sheila Jackson Lee, arguably two of the most wack doodle people in government, going to be asked to take responsibility for creating the environment where this kind of thing happens, or are they going to find some way to blame Trump for it?

davidl on June 19th, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Moron-NY) wants to have it both ways on abortion. One Silly Gilly declares being pro-life a religious belief. It isn’t. Sobeit. Two, she then proposed to ban pro-lifers from holding federal office, see Legal Insurrection.

The problem for Silly Gilly is that the Constitution bans a religious test for office, from Legal Information Institute:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Whenever, Silly Gilly votes on the basis of her religious test for office she violates her Oath of Office.

Eric Florack on June 19th, 2019

“There are more people in line for the bathroom at Trump’s rally than Biden had at his entire rally.”

-Dan Bongino, Former Secret Service Agent to president Clinton

As I have said previously the real tragedy here is not the perception that Biden is the best candidate the Democrats have, it’s that the perception is accurate.

Eric Florack on June 18th, 2019

It’s time to come back to reality and recognize for once and all that government has been destroying Health Care since the sixties… To the precise degree that government has been put in charge of it in the name of saving it.

Look closely at when healthcare costs started getting out of control. Lbj’s “great society”. Every single time the government decides to step in to lower healthcare costs, the costs respond by going through the ceiling.

Want to lower healthcare costs? Make it affordable? Get government out of healthcare entirely. It’s the only answer.

Eric Florack on June 18th, 2019

A collection of one or two lines thoughts that have occurred to me over the last few weeks:

# If a baker cannot be allowed to deny service to a homosexual couple supposedly because the bakery is a public accommodation, why is it that we still allow Facebook and Twitter to shut down accounts?

# TMZ reports:

Britney Spears’s longtime manager Larry Rudolph says the singer may never perform again

Uh huh.

Promise?

# Billy Beck: “The whole root of the concept of “justice” lies in bringing human action into accord with reality.” That’s true enough, and well said… But how does one explain reality to a Democrat? If these last two years have shown us anything, it’s that the Democrats consider reality to be an entirely new concept.

#Issues and Insights has a new article entitled Venezuela: A Humanitarian Crisis The Left Couldn’t Care Less About.

Oh, they care all right. It’s just they haven’t been able to figure out any way to blame the right for it.

# In a similar vein, Rick Moran asks: Are Hong Kong’s Days of Freedom Numbered?

The answer is, “probably”. We’ve heard it from the left so many times now it’s become knee-jerk. “Democracy dies in darkness”. Yet, the left-wing press in this country refuses to touch what is likely the largest story of our times. could it possibly be that they don’t like the idea of projecting the truth of the matter, a left-wing government is the oppressor? That, as with Venezuela, they haven’t figured out a way to blame the right for that oppression?

Eric Florack on June 17th, 2019

So says the New York Post this morning:

Notorious race-faker Rachel Dolezal has publicly announced that she is bisexual, just in time for Pride month.

Dolezal, who infamously posed as black to become president of the NAACP‘s chapter in Spokane, Wash., took to Twitter on Saturday for the unexpected update on her sexuality.

As I said in May of last year, following her welfare fraud conviction..

There’s a number of questions that spring from this, however. Chiefly among them why would she be trying to pass yourself off as black if she didn’t think there was some kind of an advantage to it?

Some kind of, shall we say, privilege?

But perhaps it’s time to consider another parallel.

We just got through spending two years with fake charges of collusion with the Russians. That and of course the fake polling data, which suggested that Donald Trump had absolutely no chance to win the election. We had the Jessie Smollett affair. Global warming, where in the we’ve been fed fake data for years and of course much more.

Now, of course, all of this comes from the left.

Rachel Dolezal is a Democrat.

Do you see the trend yet?

Eric Florack on June 15th, 2019

I will start here;

Sharia law is totally incompatible with Western culture and thereby is totally incompatible in these United States, and for that matter anywhere in the western world. Europe is finding this out as Thomas Sowell recently noted.

Indeed, “Death to America” does seem to leave very little room for negotiation, and if the last couple of decades hasn’t made it clear, you’re probably a liberal Democrat.

That said, I’m not going to get into theological particulars, I have no intention of getting in a religious debate about this. Going down that particular rabbit hole gets us into the argument of what is and is not Sharia, which seems to have as many definitions for it as there are Muslims and those definitions tend to change minute-to-minute. In any event, being preached at about religious freedom by a group of people who don’t believe in religious freedom, be they islamists, or a liberal Democrats, is a non-starter.

Ultimately what we must measure compatibility by is whether or not any individual…. And I mean any individual, supports the concepts put forward by the founders of this country. When you view the situation through that filter, a couple of things emerge. First you’re going to filter out any islamists, particularly the extremists who want to tear America down. The second thing that comes in the play is is that it also has a tendency to remove a good majority of liberal Democrats for the same reason.

We have discussed here on many occasions the idea that multiculturalism simply does not work, particularly when the values of cultures you’re trying to force together are diametrically opposed to each other.

Eric Florack on June 15th, 2019

What we’re seeing in terms of reaction from Democrats as regards the Mueller report being released, reminds one of several different images.

# Marvin the Martian ( Where was the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!!)

# The Black Knight from Monty Python’s holy Grail…( “The Black Knight always triumphs!!! Have at you! I’ll bite your legs off!”)

# Captain Ahab… (All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby-Dick. He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.)

Will there be an admission of guilt and an apology coming from those who perpetrated and extended the life of this nearly three-year and 675 million-dollar hoax?

No.

The ego of the defeated will not allow for apology here. Such an apology requires by definition an admission that they were wrong, and they will never admit is that the whole thing was a hoax, by and large one they were taken in by as well, albeit willingly.

It’s time for the country to heal. The problem is the cure. The only way to heal a cancer patient is to excise the cancer. The, that means there needs to be serious legal repercussions so this two-year-long 675 million dollar hoax perpetrated on the American people.

What needs to happen is heavy legal consequences for these things, a public reckoning. The image of the perpetrators of this hoax and those that the hoax protected, being frog marched off to the vertical bar hotel for a stay of many years.

Alas!, I fear what will happen is the charges from the left… (and in this I include the GOP establishment) …will get more crazy, we will see more Democrats foaming at the mouth. The volume on the left has been turned up to 11 for the past couple of years. history has shown us that every time they’ve lost like this, they turn the volume up still one more notch. Of course, that causes the charges to get more and more distorted, and more senseless.

But, such is today’s Democratic Party and it’s enablers in the GOP. Justin Amash, Mitt Romney, stand up and take your bows.

Okay, this is a little dated. But it’s worth a look….

Since then, Oberlin College has been hit with more problems. 22 million of them. The $11 million was only a third of the jury’s finding. It turns out the Hitler youth and their taxpayer funded leadership was hit for a grand total of $33 million worth of penalties.

It’s not nearly enough of course, but it’s a start.

Steven Hayward over at Powerline looks at this and wonders if they’ve learned their lesson. The answer: Probably not… and I think that’s probably correct.

After all, we are dealing with leftists here, who are entirely disconnected from reality.

Have such people learned the lesson in the case of the Russia scam they tried to perpetrate on the country?

No.

They’re still doubling down. So, nobody should be surprised if the So-called professors at Oberlin College don’t learn their lesson either. They’re all part and parcel of the same deal. It’s pretty much a guarantee that the faculty at Oberlin College is going to be doubling down on this one too. In fact, they already are.

The words of Viktor Frankl ring true in this case…

I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some Ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”

Frankly I wonder how many people actually recognize the threat posed by such people in our society today.

I’m with Glenn Reynolds on this one. Hit them back, hit them harder and hit them where they bleed the most. Money. It’s the only way we’re going to get this situation under control, and get our country back.

Of course, the first step would be getting government out of the education game entirely. How much of Oberlin’s funding comes from government?

Translation:

How much of our tax money is supporting Oberlin college’s efforts to fill the minds of our young with the kind of leftist mush that caused this whole thing in the first place?

Whatever else this series of events is, it is a blueprint for fighting back against the social justice warrior nonsense that we’ve been subject to for the last 40 some-odd years and longer. David French at National Review agrees, saying in part…

The case represents an important moment — the moment when the American legal establishment learned that it can potentially impose steep costs on institutions that participate in the kind of cruel, malicious, and vicious mob tactics that have become an all-too-familiar part of the American political landscape. It turns out that the law can indeed offer an answer to the worst forms of illiberal behavior.

This is, I think, a tipping point in the long-term war against those attacking our country, our culture, our way of life. The war against the SJW brownshirts isn’t over, it never is. But the recent events these last couple of years with regards to liberals being hauled up in front of the public and exposed as liars and thugs is, at least for now, tipping the balance.

Again, the exposure of the Russia scam as exactly that, the attacks on Christian businesses such as Chick-fil-A which have largely proven unsuccessful, and so many other instances, indicate a massive backlash that’s coming against the left. The American people have had enough. They’re starting to fight back. The giant has awoken.

Eric Florack on June 13th, 2019

A few years ago I happened to be at a Burger King restaurant that happened to be in Virginia. Could have been anywhere I suppose.

I was in the process of ordering my Whopper when suddenly this enraged individual came up pushed me aside and started screaming about how he had meat in his sandwich. He had apparently ordered one of those god-awful veggie burgers that Burger King was playing with at the time.

Ignoring the fact that the guy had pushed me and probably deserved being decked right there, I couldn’t ignore the laugh that was coming up. I looked at him somewhat incredulously and told him, “You’re at a burger joint. Did you really expect this to end well?”

The little fellow looked up at me with shock on his face, as if he’d never considered the idea is that there might be a problem here, and that his own judgement was the cause of it.

This incident occurred about the same time that the Masterpiece Bakery thing was going on where a couple of homosexuals came up from three counties away to order a cake for their wedding to get turned down so that they could raise hell over the issue. It wasn’t hard to imagine this guy was trying to pull the same garbage.

So you can imagine the smile on my face when this article shows up this morning in the New York Post:

The alternative meat market is booming, with plant-based fake meats that look, taste and bleed just like the real thing taking over grocery stores and fast food restaurants.

Part of the appeal for diners is that eating less red meat can cut the risk of heart disease and other health risks. But nutritionists and registered dietitians say ordering a meatless burger at a chain — especially one where you can get fries with it — might not be that much better for you.

“Are they healthier as far as sodium, calories and fat content? Definitely not,” Sharon Zarabi, a registered dietitian and bariatric program director at Lenox Hill Hospital, told MarketWatch.

It seems to me there’s another comparison to be made here. Alternative energy. It costs more, just like the supposedly meatless Burger, it doesn’t work as well, and all the studies show it’s not any better for you or the environment either.

I can just imagine the look on the face of that little twerp in Virginia upon being informed about this article.

davidl on June 11th, 2019

John Dean is both a convicted liar and a professional liar. He was also Jerry Nadler’s lead witness, in Nadler’s faux impeachment hearings. Representative Matt Gaetz(R-FL) kindly provides Mr. Dean with a new orifice should Mr. Dean desire an enema, video

Transcript from PJ Media:

GAETZ: Do you have personal knowledge regarding the truth or falsity of a single material fact in the Mueller Report?

DEAN: I think if you recall the first thing I said I’m not here as a fact witness.
GAETZ: You’re here to provide historical context.
DEAN: Exactly.
GAETZ: And throughout history, you accuse presidents of acting like Richard Nixon and you make money off of it.
DEAN: Not all presidents, no.
GAETZ: But, a few. More than one.
DEAN: Those who do act like him I point it out.

Dean will compare any republican president to Richard Nixon for cash.  Yet remains mum on democrat presidents.  Funny that!

Eric Florack on June 10th, 2019

Jon Gabriel at AZCentral:

Treating Donald Trump as an anomaly is misguided. Look around the globe: He’s the new normal. . . . American news is often parochial, barely noticing developments around the world outside of the occasional feature on NPR. But Trump-style populism is breaking out all over, upending the staid, polite politics of nation after nation. . . . It’s understandable that politicians, pundits and lobbyists who prospered under the old order would want to return to its, in retrospect, genteel ways. But voters will not be shamed into renouncing their frustration with politics as usual. The more insults hurled, the greater the populist reaction.” And his counterparts abroad, like Trump himself, are achieving considerable policy success.

This is a trend I have noted in previous postings. As I suggested then,this is not a short-term trends. Nor can it all be attributed to Trump. The man is certainly is a lightning rod, but he’s not the origin of this. The origin of the trend is the extreme frustration with politics as usual, and this is happening, as the article suggests, worldwide.