DNC in the Dumps

The media always talks about how divided the GOP is. From the way they talk, you’d think the Republicans had lost the election, had little control of state legislatures and were the minority in Congress. None of it true. Surprise.

It is true that there are different factions in the GOP seemingly at war with one another. Look back at the past 50 years and see that it’s been that way for a long time. There were elected officials who fought Reagan, Bush and Bush 43. The first big legislation that W pushed, No Child Left Behind, had to scrape together votes before it passed. It was not a slam dunk.

That’s just how an organization that values individualism and freedom operates.

In truth, things are dire for the Dems. Their fund raising is in the toilet. The Washington Free Beacon reported:

he Democratic National Committee’s already dire financial standing worsened during the month of August, according to its Wednesday night filing to the FEC.

The DNC raised just $4.4 million last month, the second lowest August fundraising figure for the party in the past decade. The party had less cash on hand at the end of the month than it did at the beginning, as its spending outpaced its fundraising by $44,575.

And it gets worse. The DNC’s debt substantially increased from $3.4 million to $4.1 million, a figure equal to about 60 percent of the committee’s total cash on hand.

By contrast, the RNC raised $7.3 million in the month of August, giving them $45.8 million cash on hand. Neither do they have any debts, while the DNC owes more than $4 million.

They are bankrupt in candidates, too. There aren’t that many of them out there since the Obama years drained them of 1,200 offices nationwide. Most of the senior people are seniors – more than 70 years old like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Without lower ballot offices, the top tier is drying up.

They are bankrupt of ideas, too. Everything they preach sounds like it came from FDR’s playbook or Joseph Stalin’s. They have no strategy except to give things away and hope to attract voters doing that.

An internal DNC poll recently found that their main issues are not popular:

“Raising the minimum wage to $15 is as unpopular as it was when the Obama White House tried to make it Democrats’ rallying cry in the 2014 midterms. Participants in battleground-state focus groups said they see that rate as relatively high and the issue in general as being mostly about redistributing money to the poor. The DCCC memo urges candidates instead to talk about a ‘living wage,’ or to rail against outsourcing jobs.”

Then on free college tuition:

“The call for free college tuition fosters both resentment at ivory tower elitism and regret from people who have degrees but are now buried under debt. Many voters see ‘free’ as a lie — either they’ll end up paying for tuition some other way, or worse, they’ll be paying the tuition of someone else who’ll be getting a degree for free.

“Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Gerstein Bocian Agne Strategies conducted online polling of 1,000 Democrats and 1,000 swing voters across 52 swing districts for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Their advice to candidates afterward: Drop the talk of free college.”

Whenever the media starts running down the GOP you know they are doing it because they understand the “threat” we bring to their hegemony.

Don’t listen. Look at facts instead.

Google in the Newsroom

If you think newspapers and media are biased now, wait til you see what Google has planned.

Google is already so rife with liberal bias itself, it’s ridiculous. However, they don’t think you are liberal enough so they are going to make you as liberal as they can.

How? Their plan is to place 1,000 “journalists” in local newsrooms in the next five years.

Kristen Hare from the Poynter Institute explains:

Many local newsrooms have been cut to the bone so often that there’s hardly any bone left. But starting early next year, some may get the chance to rebuild, at least by one.

On Monday, a new project was announced at the Google News Lab Summit that aims to place 1,000 journalists in local newsrooms in the next five years. Report For America takes ideas from several existing organizations, including the Peace Corps, Americorps, Teach for America and public media.

Unlike foreign or domestic service programs or public media, however, RFA gets no government funding. But they are calling RFA a national service project. That might make some journalists uncomfortable – the idea of service and patriotism, said co-founder Charles Sennott, founder and CEO of the GroundTruth Project. But at its most fundamental, local journalism is about protecting democracy, he said.

Here’s how RFA will work: On one end, emerging journalists will apply to be part of RFA. On the other, newsrooms will apply for a journalist. RFA will pay 50 percent of that journalist’s salary, with the newsroom paying 25 percent and local donors paying the other 25 percent. That reporter will work in the local newsroom for a year, with the opportunity to renew.

Sennott and Steven Waldman co-founded RFA, which comes from a partnership between Google News Labs and the Groundtruth Project. RFA also gets support, and its reporters will get training, from the Center for Investigative Journalism, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the Solutions Journalism network and the Knight Foundation (which funds my job covering local news at Poynter. Poynter also gets funding from Lenfest and Google News Labs).

This will give Google an amazing role in what Americans get as news.

There’s a reason why newspapers are in decline and this is just more of the same medicine.

With jobs tight in newspapers, how are the older reporters going to feel about younger, cheaper people flooding their market? You can imagine there will be resentment, plus labor problems. Most newspapers already have interns, but for a limited time. This makes them permanent.

But, perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps they will embrace it. After all, subverting America is waaaay more important than a few little jobs, eh?

Mueller Time

Observed this on twitter:

LETS BE CLEAR. Robert Mueller is Costing YOU. 100K a day for 17 Lawyers. 45K a day in Staff. 30K a day Operational Costs. $175,000.00 A DAY

I assume it’s correct because nothing is cheap.

Mueller was given the post May 17. Let’s add up how many working days that is. Let’s say that amounts to 80 days, give or take a few, since holidays take days out of the total. We’re talking millions of dollars. Imagine if he keeps it up through December.

What a waste! In any other time, Congress would have put a stop to this invasive, fruitless waste of money.

Trump at His Finest

Watching President Trump’s very serious, excellent and heartfelt speech at the UN this morning stands in complete contrast with yesterday’s ridiculous Emmys.

Trump gets who we are. He gets what needs to be done. He is ready to do everything he can for this country.

That liberal clown show by the entertainment industry Sunday night with all its frenetic Hollywood dance stunts and hateful rhetoric is not who or what this nation is. TV people have no idea what the middle of the country believes or wants. All they know is what they want us to be and that is mini me’s who embrace globalist ideas.

Contrast, too, the times when Obama addressed the U.N. His harshest words were not for dictators or rogue regimes, but for Americans. He did not think we should lead. He thought we were the problem in the world. Obama was only there to bask in the adulation of people he liked more than his own countrymen. It was always about him.

Glad Trump called him out for the terrible Iran deal he made.

Trump may be a political outsider, but that’s what the Founders always wanted. They did not want a permanent political class. They understood that leadership comes from the people, not the elite.

Today Trump showed he is more than able to govern. He showed that he’s not afraid to call out evil. He did not swagger, nor did he boast. He was in command.

If you didn’t get to hear it this morning, go listen to all 40 minutes of it.

America is back.

Vindication for Bill O?

Maybe Fox News was a little too eager to dump Bill O’Reilly.

Newsmax carried this story:

A 2015 arrest by Detroit police of a key accuser of Bill O’Reilly for giving a false report of a crime has raised serious doubts as to her credibility.

In April, O’Reilly was fired from Fox News shortly after Perquita Burgess claimed the host made sexually suggestive comments to her, including calling her “hot chocolate.”

Burgess worked at Fox News for several weeks in 2008 as a clerical temp.

Shortly after an April 1st New York Times report detailed sexual harassment allegations by several women against O’Reilly, Burgess called a 21st Century Fox hotline claiming alleged workplace misconduct by O’Reilly. 21st Century is the parent company of Fox News.

At the time her charges emerged, O’Reilly’s program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” was already in the throes of an advertiser-boycott campaign being pushed by several liberal organizations.

The boycott started after the New York Times report that seven-figure settlements had been reached with five women who said O’Reilly had subjected them to inappropriate behavior. O’Reilly told the Times he signed off on the settlements to protect his family from controversy and had not admitted any guilt.

All of the allegations included in the Times report were more than a decade old.

Burgess’s more recent allegations, however, played a significant role in O’Reilly’s termination at the network, a source close to Fox News told Newsmax.

“I had no idea who this woman was,” O’Reilly told Newsmax. O’Reilly denied ever having a conversation with her.

“So when it came out, it was stunning,” he said.

The day after O’Reilly was fired, Burgess went public with her account in a high-profile appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

Burgess told the audience she noticed O’Reilly making a “grunt noise,” or clearing his throat, when he passed by her desk.

She said on another occasion he remarked, “Looking good there, girl!”

Burgess, an African-American woman, also said O’Reilly once called out to her, “Hey, hot chocolate.”

She said the remark was “very plantational.”

According to Burgess’s account, she found the alleged remarks and leering behavior “uncomfortable” and “embarrassing.”

Burgess stated she shared her experiences with her sister and boyfriend, but did not report them to the network.

The day Fox announced his departure from the network, O’Reilly issued a statement saying the charges leveled against him were “completely unfounded.”

Newsmax has obtained two documents that cast doubt on Burgess’s credibility.

A Detroit Police report dated Feb. 11, 2015, documents Burgess’s arrest on charges of making a false report and obstructing a court order.

According to the police document, Burgess called authorities and alleged her boyfriend had struck her in the face with a gun. Police said when they arrived at the scene Burgess “appeared intoxicated.”

The arresting officer stated: “I asked Ms. Burgess where the gun was that she was struck with in the face, she replied there is no gun. I again asked her where the gun was, and if she had been assaulted. Ms. Burgess stated there was no gun, and he didn’t assault me!”

The boyfriend told police she had threatened him, saying she would call “the cops saying you hit me with a gun!”

According to the police document, Burgess was arrested for filing a false felony report and for violating a personal protection order.

In a statement provided to Newsmax, Lisa Bloom, Burgess’s attorney, acknowledges the police report involving her client, but states that Burgess and her former boyfriend “both believe the charges were based on a misunderstanding and were not pursued by the police or prosecutors.”

In another document, a social media user thought to be Burgess tweeted on Nov. 24, 2012: “… up until 10 years ago Laurence Fishburne could get every oz. of my hot chocolate.”

Addressing that tweet, Bloom stated: “Ms. Burgess has used many terms to refer to herself, including on occasion ‘bitch’ and the N word. That does not give others – especially her superiors in her workplace – permission to use offensive language about her.”

O’Reilly voiced frustration that the media had published harshly negative accounts about him without checking on the background of the accusers.

“The press just printed everything she said,” he said. “She’s on ‘The View,’ and nobody’s even checking her out? I mean, come on.”

“This is why people use the term witch hunt,” he said.

O’Reilly, a best-selling author and star of the No. 1-rated cable news show for 16 years, maintains there is “not one shred of evidence to back any of these accusations.”

In his 42-year career working for 12 major news organizations, O’Reilly says, he was never the subject of a single human resources complaint regarding his behavior in the workplace.

O’Reilly described the push to get him kicked off Fox’s airwaves as “a well-organized political hit, very well-funded,” and did not rule out future legal action against those who orchestrated it.

He added that he expects more revelations relating to his departure from Fox News.
“We have evidence, I can tell you, that is shocking. Physical evidence that will come out that is shocking,” he said with emphasis. “I’ve seen it. So this is the first. There will be others.”

The usual suspects all involved in this story: Lisa Bloom, Gloria Everywoman’savictim Allred’s daughter; the liberal side of Fox News including the Murdoch bros. who want to see it go Left; media people who hate O’Reilly; advertisers who fear a suggestion of racism, sexism, etc. more than truth; political types with a gripe against a successful conservative host.

O’Reilly may get some satisfaction, but it’s too late for Roger Ailes and Eric Bolling’s son, even if they eventually get vindicated, too.

Journalist Employs Psychic Powers, Hex

Can the liberals get any more crazed? Every time you think you’ve heard one make an over the top comment, another one pops up with something even more bizarre.

Remember Sally Quinn? She was married to Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during Watergate. She also was with CBS News and wrote for the Washington Post.

In the past few years, though, she’s jumped the shark even by DC shark standards. She told the Daily Mail last week that she has psychic abilities and once put a hex on three people who ended up dying.

At one time, she was a religion editor for the Post. Makes sense, huh?

Quinn has fought the impulse to put a hex on President Trump, even though friends have asked her to do it. “I don’t do that anymore,” she said.

No, but the psychic part of her is still operating. I guess. I don’t think she predicted Trump’s victory, but she does his defeat. Quinn doesn’t think he’ll serve out his term in office. “I could be wrong, but I think this is worse than Watergate, because what you’re talking about here is collusion with a foreign enemy, and that’s treason,” Quinn told the Daily Mail.

We’re supposed to take her seriously, as a journalist and a psychic, since she’s been so correct on other matters.

Quinn then had the temerity to lament the polarization of American politics. “The environment right now is more toxic and more poisonous than I’ve ever seen,” she said.

Isn’t it funny that whenever the liberals lose and have little power, it’s suddenly a divisive world again. (See Oprah story below).

But she wouldn’t mind you buying her new book, even if you’re a conservative, I wager. It’s called “Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir.”

God help us.

Turnabout for Katy Tur

I confess I’m not familiar with Katy Tur. I don’t watch alphabet network TV, nor do I watch their spinoff “news” shows.

Evidently she feels the need to share with the world how she felt when Trump won and Hillary lost Nov. 8. Tur described it:

“The room goes wavy. My stomach churns. I can feel the bile in the back of my throat.

“I’ve heard him insult a war hero, brag about grabbing women by the pussy, denigrate the judicial system, demonize immigrants, fight with the pope, doubt the democratic process, advocate torture and war crimes, tout the size of his junk in a presidential debate, trash the media, and endanger my life.”

“Does anyone really believe he’ll respect term limits? I have a vision of myself at sixty, Trump at a hundred, in some midwestern convention hall. The children of his 2016 supporters are spitting on me.”

She loves to throw her ridiculous accusations that he’s some kind of monster. Well, turnabout is fair play, isn’t it? This is how I would have reacted, had Hillary won:

“The room would have gone wavy. My stomach would have flipped. I would have felt ready to vomit.

“I’ve heard her insult people in the military (and let them die at Benghazi). Her husband has raped many women, been an offense to justice, played with immigration to get votes, detested religious people who are deplorable, doubt the American rules of government, advocate killing and murder (Vince Foster, Ron Brown and at least 50 other people), get a creepy wandering eye in a presidential debate, trash the media and the vast right wing conspiracy, and endanger our lives.

“Does anyone really believe she’ll respect term limits? I have a vision of myself at sixty, Chelsea Clinton as president in some midwestern convention hall. The children of her husband spitting on me.”

Those crimes of Hillary are greatly more evil and worrisome than a little locker room talk.

Of course I could have added disrepect the American voting system by wanting the demise of the Electoral College,
lie about her emails and email server, take bribes from Russians and other corrupt dictators via the Clinton Foundation, call half the country irredeemable and give away our uranium to dubious world players who dislike us.

And these are just a few points.

When you read about Tur you find out she’s actually more disturbed than your average MSNBC/CNN/NBC etc. reporter.

Tur had an affair with Keith Olberman for 3 years. Can you imagine the amount of abuse she got from that crude loudmouth?

Then there is the business of her father being her mother, too. Her father decided to transgender to a woman a few years ago. Mother’s Day must be a challenge for Tur and her brother.

Don’t forget, these media people think they understand Americans and know better than we do on any subject.

We just can’t listen to them anymore nor care about their feelings.

You Missed One, Mr. Mayor

While our mayor and public officials are busy worrying about what damage Confederate statues might do to our citizens, there is one statue that they don’t talk about.

It’s not Christopher Columbus, although he was moved to a park in east Memphis, or the miniature of slave owning autocrat Ramses. It’s this one:

E.H. (Boss) Crump. He stands at the entrance to Overton Park with a defiant, goofy pose. As a friend of black Republicans, I find this unacceptable.

True, he was mayor of Memphis from 1910 to 1915. But he was also a racist who kept blacks under his thumb through intimidation and violence. Look what he did to Robert Church, the South’s first black billionaire.

At first, Church and Crump coexisted well enough. Church had a mansion on South Lauderdale in a predominantly white neighborhood. It irked Crump. Church also was a prominent Republican, pushing for black voting. Crump retaliated by causing Church to lose everything from his properties to his organizations. Crump said to a newspaper “You have a bunch of niggers teaching social equality, stirring up racial hatred. I am not going to stand for it. I’ve dealt with niggers all my life, and I know how to treat them … This is Memphis.”

Crump had a plan, as described by Placesjournal.com

In the afternoon of February 26, 1953, fire destroyed a landmark in south Memphis, on Lauderdale Street. A stately three-story home, with eighteen rooms and twin gables, burned from its spires down.

Firefighters weren’t late to the blaze — in fact, they’d ignited it. The city of Memphis, which was then hosting a convention of fire safety officials from around the country, had authorized the burning of the vacant mansion in order to demonstrate a new, efficient, fog nozzle fire-hose. Thousands stood in the street to watch. For two hours, firemen in black helmets and black slickers fought flames that burst through the roof and out of the windows. After blasting down each fire, they set another part of the home ablaze. Afterwards, the ruins steamed. 1

But there was much more to this demonstration than a test of new firefighting equipment. As locals understood, the burning of this particular home was an assertion of power, because of who it had belonged to and what it symbolized. Abandoned, weather-beaten, but still grand, the mansion at 384 South Lauderdale represented the pinnacle of black achievement in the city.

Blacks got the message and stopped living in white areas.

Yet Crump stands there proudly today and no one says a thing.

Perhaps it is because Crump and Strickland share more than just being mayor of our city. They both have a (D) by their names.

Uh- O – Look Who’s Coming to 60 Mins.

So Oprah Winfrey, having conquered the daytime TV talk show, magazines and the weight loss market (for everyone except herself), now turns her efforts to hard news.

Well, sort of hard news. She’s about to join CBS’ “60 Minutes” as a correspondent.

Her first topic, on Sept. 24, will be America’s political divisions.

It’s an issue she’s certainly contributed to abundantly. She never missed an opportunity to hit Republicans. Remember how she treated George W. Bush? She piled on with Katrina, claiming there were more rapes and deaths in the Super Dome than there were. She refused to travel with First Lady Laura Bush to Afghanistan because she didn’t want to help a Republican in any way.

Then there was her treatment of Michelle and Barack Obama. Godlike reverence is a phrase that comes to mind. She was said to have brought him a million votes in the 2008 Democrat primary. He reciprocated by awarding her the Medal of Freedom. After the 2016 election, Oprah joined him and some other worthless celebs in the Pacific for a vacay.

Oprah admitted she “couldn’t breathe after the election” of Trump. She was all in for Hillary.

She’s even thought about running for president herself, saying that if he could win, she could, too. Maybe that’s what all this is about.

Sure, she’s who I turn to as a fair analyst of America’s political divisions. Not.

What will she tackle after that topic?

You can bet race will be a constant. Beef producers and tainted hamburger? Remember how the beef people sued her. Maybe she’d like payback. How about what happens when celebrities give away cars to poor people who can’t even afford the tax on them?

Or the truth about weight loss. There’ll be plenty of celeb interviews you can bet. Look for some with sob stories to get first attention.

Maybe how you deal with having eight houses and what a difficulty that is.

Marriage advice from someone who perpetuated a relationship that gave an OK to live in relationships. There are lots of possibilities.

Not that 60 Minutes really matters anymore. There was a time when most Americans wouldn’t miss it and actually believed the stories they sold us.

Not anymore. It’s as irrelevant as Oprah is, so they’ll make a good match.