Sorry, but every time I see this guy
I see this guy
The 37 year old Mayor Pete Buttigieg is someone I just can’t take seriously.
I know he went to Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar and served in Afghanistan, but those are more detrimental to him than beneficial today. Clinton and Obama both went to Harvard and Yale (but missed military service) but so what? They were horrible presidents with little knowledge of the world outside of politics.
Same with this guy.
The fact that he’s gay – which he never fails to ram home to us – may get him primary votes from those who like to shock normal Americans, but it will also turn off many. The black vote in particular is said to be more anti gay than the majority population. This is a constituency the Dems must have.
So maybe he’s shooting for the vice president slot.
Has anyone considered his background seriously? Dad was a professor at Notre Dame who was a proponent of Marxism and Communism. Not just a fringe guy; Dad pushed it hard and it rubbed off on his son. Notice how the media overlooks this bit of information?
They tend to skip over his record as mayor of South Bend. His stewardship appears to have been both bad for crime and bad for jobs.
Here’s a report from Front Page:
On March 31, a South Bend grandma brought her grandson to the hospital. The 11-month-old baby boy had been shot. His grandmother’s car had also taken fire. It was another early morning in South Bend.
Around the same time, Mayor Buttigieg, was toting up the $7 million in donations from his charm offensive as his bid for the 2020 Democrat nomination got underway. The national media never bothered reporting the shooting of an 11-month-old boy in the city he was supposed to be running, but instead confined its coverage of South Bend matters to a publicity stunt wedding officiated by Buttigieg.
The horrifying shooting of an 11-month-old boy on the millennial mayor’s watch was not an unusual incident. In the last few days, even as the media was gushing over Buttigieg’s presidential ambitions, two Indiana University South Bend players were injured in a shooting on Notre Dame Avenue, a blind date ended in a shooting, and yet another shooting added to the bloody toll in the real South Bend.
Those are quite a few shootings for a city of barely 100,000 people. But South Bend is a violent place.
While Chicago is notorious for its murder rate, in 2015, Buttigieg’s South Bend actually topped Chicago’s 16.4 homicides per 100,000 people with a homicide rate of 16.79 per 100,000 people. Those numbers put Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s city on the list of the top 30 murder capitals in the country for the year.
In January, three shootings in one week killed two teens and left a woman paralyzed from the waist down. In one summer week, the casualties included a 12 and a 13-year-old. Last year, a man shot 6 people when he opened fire on 50 partygoers in a house and was sentenced to 100 years in jail.
By 2017, shootings had risen 20% on Mayor Buttigieg’s watch. Rapes increased 27% and aggravated assaults rose from 183 in 2013, the year before Buttigieg took office, to a stunning 563 assaults.
It’s hard to know which are flying faster, bullets in South Bend or dollars into Buttigieg’s campaign.
Mayor Buttigieg excels at buzzwords and gimmicks. He’s just terrible at actually running a city.
That’s why property crime in South Bend is rising. It’s why the city is overrun with gangs. It’s why South Bend is poor, blighted and miserable. Violence is just one of the many symptoms of Buttigieg’s failures.
South Bend’s top employers are the local schools and hospitals, and the local government. And a local casino. Unemployment and taxes are higher than average. Meanwhile the average income is below $20,000. The poverty rate is 25%. African-American poverty rates are double. Hispanic poverty rates are 10% higher than the national average. And even Asian-Americans are poorer than usual in South Bend.
Buttigieg’s failed city is a tragic counterpart to Lake Wobegon where everything is below average.
The media has ignored the reality in South Bend while touting Buttigieg as a rival for the hearts of Rust Belt voters. But Buttigieg hasn’t won by winning over traditional Rust Belt voters. South Bend’s white population has dropped steadily on his watch and the city is on track for majority minority status. The remaining white population is skewed toward a white lefty elite coming for its educational institutions.
South Bend isn’t a typical Rust Belt city. It’s a typical blue city, divided sharply between poor minorities and a leftist elite without any of the culture or tech industries that keep New York or Los Angeles going. Its traditional population has been leaving steadily and that departure only accelerated during Buttigieg’s disastrous time in office.
Much has been made of Buttigieg winning reelection by 80%. This isn’t a testament to his unique charisma. Democrats have had a lock on the mayorality in South Bend for two generations.
The media cheers that Buttigieg won 80% of the vote. It neglects to mention that it was 8,515 votes. That’s about the 8,369 votes that came in during the primaries. Buttigieg raised $337,161 dollars while his Republican opponent, Kelly Jones, had raised $584 dollars. The millennial wunderkind needed $40 bucks a vote while his unknown Republican opponent managed at around a quarter a vote.
Like South Bend’s poverty and crime statistics, these are figures that the media doesn’t report because it would reveal that their shiny new candidate is a hollow façade with nothing inside except spin.
Mayor Buttigieg isn’t winning 80% because he’s universally beloved. That percentage isn’t a testament to his popularity, but to a political system in which hardly anybody except a few lefties bothers to vote.
The truth about “Mayor Pete” is that he’s the son of a Marxist prof working in Notre Dame who used the death throes of a dying city to polish his brand and then jump into the 2020 race over dead bodies.
South Bend is a human tragedy. And while Buttigieg isn’t solely responsible for his woes, he has exploited it, instead of trying to fix it, using buzzwords and gimmicks to build a national brand.
That’s something he has in common with fellow failed hipster mayor and 2020 candidate, Cory Booker.
But Senator Booker was at least clever enough to put a little distance between his tenure in Newark and his 2020 bid. Mayor Buttigieg is betting that the national media won’t bother looking at South Bend.
So far he’s been proven right.
The media keeps touting Buttigieg’s Ivy League credentials, his identity as a gay politician, and his charm. When it mentions South Bend, it’s only to claim that he “turned it around” and that he won his last election by 80%. South Bend hasn’t been turned around. Downtown has gotten a hipster revamp, while the rest of South Bend chokes on crime, violence and misery. But Buttigieg knows that the national media will never bother doing more than reporting on new bike paths and an organic grocery.
The 11-month-old boy who came into the hospital with a wound in his shoulder won’t catch their eye. But as Mayor Buttigieg keeps raising money hand over fist, South Bend continues to bleed and die.
And Buttigieg is hoping that he can sneak into the White House before the blood gets on his hands.
Don’t forget hypocrisy, too. He likes to throw verbal bricks at Vice President Pence concerning his religious beliefs and values. But when it comes to Buttigieg, Pete says Pence should not concern himself with his beliefs and values. OK for Pete, not for Mike.
Unfortunately for the media, few listen to them anymore. People find out the truth in other ways. They can’t polish up this candidate.
Our Congressman, Steve Cohen, never fails to go where angels fear to tread and expose his ignorance.
To make it worse, he likes to embarrass us frequently and on national TV.
Here he equates Trump to the Notre Dame fire:
Once again, Democrats always accuse others of what they are doing themselves. Talk about taking a torch to the Constitution; Cohen wants to get rid of the electoral college, take away any restrictions on voting and redistribute wealth.
When I found out that Notre Dame was aflame yesterday, I turned to Fox News. I, as everyone else, watched in horror. Who could watch the spire fall and not feel terrible? You didn’t have to be Catholic to be sad at the loss of great art, history and craftsmanship. It took centuries to build and hours to fall.
There was really no other place to watch the live coverage than Fox News. Fox Business did not carry it wall to wall, if you will, and One America News did not have enough people stationed there to broadcast continually. MSNBC, CNN and other network lackeys were not even a possibility.
Unfortunately it fell to Shepherd Smith to lead the coverage on Fox. Since giving up nightly newscasts, he positioned himself to be the one to swoop in whenever any disaster occurs. In the past he has shown himself to be very biased and always pushing the audience into his liberal orbit.
He didn’t fail to offend this time either.
The Gateway Pundit nailed him:
Fox News host Shepard Smith cut off a French elected official who speculated the Notre Dame fire was not an accident.
The Fox News chyron was pushing the narrative that the fire was an accident and stated that “the spire was under construction before the fire, collapse.”
“Not on my watch,” Shepard Smith said scolding Philippe Karsenty, a French elected official who questioned the “politically correct” narrative that the Notre Dame fire was an accident.
Mr. Karsenty brought up the fact that churches across France are getting desecrated and vandalized on a weekly basis — this angered Shepard Smith because how dare anyone speak the truth.
“Even the Nazis didn’t dare destroy it [Notre Dame cathedral],” Karsenty said. “And you have to know for the last year we’ve had churches desecrated each and every week all over France so of course you will hear the story of the politically correct which will tell you it is probably an accident.”
Shepard Smith immediately cut off Karsenty — “Sir. Sir! Sir! We’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something for which we don’t know.”
Shepard Smith would not let the guest speak and eventually ended the call saying, “No sir, not here, not on my watch!”
What hypocrisy! Speculation has been what Smith has been about whenever it comes to something about Donald Trump. He, like his MSNBC and CNN counterparts, has always been quick to push the Russia hoax narrative. Smith hasn’t let facts stop him there.
Why not consider the possibility of terrorism? The news media in the 1990s never did much investigation into the rise of radical Islam. They were deaf and blind to it. When 9/11 happened, most of us were completely in the dark about Al Qaeda, Bin Laden and radical Islam. The American public had not been informed about it. Who immediately thought of Al Qaeda when the towers were falling? Big media fail.
Smith was finally relieved of his constant need to prattle when Neil Cavuto came on at 3. He’s another self satisfied sanctimonious twit who foists the liberal angle on viewers in espousing anti Trump blather. So it was no surprise when he followed right behind Smith in the virtue signaling.
The Daily Caller has the encounter Cavuto had with Catholic League spokesman Bill Donahue:
“Well, Neil, if it is an accident, it’s a monumental tragedy. But forgive me for being suspicious. Just last month, a 17th-century church was set on fire in Paris. We’ve seen tabernacles knocked down, crosses have been torn down, statues, —” Donohue stated.
As Donohue mentioned, a number of churches in France have been vandalized during the early part of 2019. Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, burned an altar cloth, destroyed the Eucharist and smeared a cross with excrement.
“We don’t know that. So if we can avoid what your suspicions might be. I do want to look at what happened now,” Cavuto responded, cutting off his guest. “A very pricey rebuilding and renovation effort going on that involved a good deal of Catholic fundraising campaign I know in this country and abroad. This renovation was paid for up front. So, in other words, all the monies were there. Now I’m wondering how much more the Catholic Church commits to this or do you think they now first want to get to the bottom of it?”
“First, they have to get to the bottom of it and they will rebuild it. There’s no question about that. They certainly, the Catholic Church will come up for the money for it, that’s not even a question. I’m sorry. When I find out that the Eucharist is being destroyed and excrement is being smeared on crosses, —” Donohue pushed back.
“I love you, Bill, but we cannot make conjectures about this. So, thank you. Bill, I’m sorry. Thanks very much. I do want to let people know, and again we’re not trying to be rude to our guests here. There’s so much here we don’t know about what happened here.”
Did the Murdochs’ empire feel pushback from Muslims after the New York Post’s front page concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar’s thoughts about 9/11?
AOC had suggested a ban on the Post. “Ocasio-Cortez applauded the boycott initiated by the Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA), posting to Twitter on Saturday, ‘Two years ago, Bodega owners across NYC (& cheered by neighbors)shut their shops citywide to protest Trump’s #MuslimBan. Today, that same community is banding together to reject sales of the NY Post at bodegas citywide. This is what real unity (& NYC solidarity) looks like’.”
It doesn’t take much for media people to run. Just the thought of a boycott and an accusation of racism will do.
Sad, because there are a lot of questions to be asked in the Notre Dame fire.
Why not talk about the threats to it by Muslims?
Why ignore the spate of attacks on Catholic churches in France before this?
Why did it take so long for firefighters to get there?
Why did it start just after the cathedral closed?
Why were no workmen there and how did the fire start if they had planned to keep electrical stuff away from the wood?
These questions may be easily explained, but with the horrible reputation the media has for not investigating – and for downright lying – why should we believe them or the French government?
In our own country look at the massacre in Las Vegas. We have never received answers to who did it, what the role of the FBI was and how it happened. No one in the media has pursued it either.
That’s the sad state of affairs today. Add to it that the media and many governments want the secular world to replace all faith, just watch and this story will disappear.
If a mosque had burned; if a black church had been on fire; if a gay nightclub had been in flames, Smith & co. would have immediately started in on Islamaphobia, racism, homophobia. They would have jumped to conclusions faster than the fire spread.
It’s just when it’s Christianity – and in particular, Catholicism – it won’t be defended.
They certainly didn’t.
Mr. Reagan lays out very clearly how George Soros is trying to influence our country by inserting District Attorneys General who will promote his progressive views in jurisdictions across the land.
In this video he points out what is happening in Hinds County, home to Jackson, Mississippi.
Our own newspaper has continually railed against our own Shelby County DA Amy Weirich. That is part of the plan as you can understand in this video:
Roger Stone, whose arrest was highly publicized by CNN, shared in the Spectator what his life has been like since then. He’s been hit with every kind of stick they can legally use against him.
It is a frightening and sad article:
Undisclosed location, Florida
In January, when heavily armed FBI agents swarmed my south Florida home in the predawn hours to arrest me for a series of process crimes, it changed my life far more than I ever imagined. The judge in my case has issued a gag order so I am not permitted to discuss the case, the prosecution, the court or the specific charges against me and will not do so here. As the judge said, the place for talking is in court — and that time will come.
A vast American television audience was allowed to view the spectacle of my arrest, because CNN arrived 15 minutes before the FBI swat team. CNN denies it was tipped off, instead chalking its good fortune up to a ‘hunch’. President Trump asked in a tweet ‘Who alerted CNN?’ Who indeed?
This week, it was widely reported that the FBI is refusing to turn over emails between the agency and CNN in the days before the raid on my home. Now the US Department of Justice is being sued for these documents and perhaps we will learn the truth about how and why CNN was present and why it was allowed to stay when the street was sealed off to all others.
CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, Politico and the Wall Street Journal have repeatedly accused me baselessly of collusion with the Russians, conspiracy, and treason. That is not the case. I plan a vigorous legal defense. I will be vindicated.
The vicious biased media coverage since I was charged has been well beyond anything I have seen in 50 years of American politics. At an appropriate time I will document the lies and misrepresentations. Of the press, suffice to say, CNN is not a news organization but a propaganda front. I do not get my news from CNN for the same reason I do not eat out of the toilet. Wolf Blitzer can kiss my ass!
The last two years have taken an extraordinary toll on my family. We lost our home, our savings, and my ability to make a living. I am no longer allowed to talk and write about the topics people most want to pay me to speak about.
This week, we moved from our nine-room home to a one-bedroom apartment. Frankly, I got tired of the tour buses pulling up in front of the house and hearing the dissertation from the tour guide regarding my arrest. I was also getting on average of 10 death threats a week. The new place is much smaller but more secure.
Unfortunately, because we could not afford a moving company, my wife Nydia and I did the move ourselves. In a freak accident on the final day of our move, Nydia broke her ankle when the truck broke out of gear, slid and hit her. She is on the mend and still supervising the unpacking of our things in our new residence.
So far, more than 35,000 Americans have donated to my legal defense fund. I am increasingly confident that I will be able to mount an aggressive defense in what is a complex case. My lawyers think I will need at least $2 million and I believe that I can raise it.
In all of the reporting regarding the charges against me, there is one constant: I am called a ‘self-described dirty trickster’. I have never described myself like this anywhere and was impressed with the professionalism of the Los Angeles Times when it corrected this particular smear. I did once acknowledge in an interview that others described me as a ‘dirty trickster’, and therefore I am probably stuck with it.
I was also shocked to watch USA Today’s Susan Page on MSNBC discussing her newly published biography and diaries of Barbara Bush. These contain a falsehood that is so wrong it requires correction. Barbara Bush said in her diary that when she learned I was ‘hired’ for her husband’s 1988 campaign, she then had me ‘fired’. Unfortunately I was never hired for H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign and never wanted to be.
I had been regional political director for Ronald Reagan’s 1976, 1980 and 1984 campaigns and knew Bush would squander Reagan’s legacy. It is true that in the last two weeks of the 1988 Bush campaign, Lee Atwater and James A. Baker III asked me if I would undertake a specific mission to go to California to troubleshoot there. ‘Every week I increase our television budget, yet we trail Dukakis by three points,’ Baker said. Because Baker had convinced President Ronald Reagan to campaign for my client New Jersey governor Tom Kean in 1981 over the objections of the Reagan political staff, I felt I owed Baker and agreed to take on this voluntary assignment.
I quickly ascertained the Bush campaign in the Golden State was rotating too many television spots without putting sufficient weight behind any one commercial. Baker quickly corrected this and Bush carried California by one point. After the election, I got a nice hand written note from then Vice President George H.W. Bush thanking me for my effort. I guess he didn’t show it to Barbara.
I did find it curious that Barbara was ‘too sick’ to fly from Houston to Los Angeles for Nancy Reagan’s funeral but not ‘too sick’ to fly from Houston to Boston and then drive two hours to New Hampshire to campaign for her loser, low-energy son Jeb the very next day. You would think that Mrs Bush would pay her respects to the wife of the man who had breathed life back into her husband’s failed political career after he lost back-to-back US Senate races in Texas and got skunked in the 1980 Republican presidential nomination contest. I always found Barbara to be vindictive, inebriated, self-important and rude. Her attack on me from beyond the grave required an answer. I pointed out that, while she had set a countdown clock for the end of Trump’s presidency, she had died and Trump was still president.
The media reactions to my comments were immediate and distorted. The Huffington Post said I ‘made fun of Barbara Bush’s illness at the end of her life.’ I did no such thing. Barbara Bush had said President Donald Trump was ‘greedy,’ which is laughable when she and her family profited from the Savings and Loan crisis and given her father-in-law Prescott Bush’s role in financing the Nazi war machine. The media said my comments were ‘vile’ when the only thing vile is their incomplete reporting of the facts.
Ironically none of this coverage mentioned that I have written a best-selling book on the Bushes, documenting all of their misdeeds. It’s called The Bush Crime Family.
After I was charged, I took a sabbatical from my daily syndicated radio show on Infowars. Although I do not agree with him on many things, I am grateful to Alex Jones for giving me a platform. I was also somewhat surprised that he attributed his much-discussed claims about the Sandy Hook massacre to his own ‘psychosis’. Then, I noticed on Saturday that he said there were posses of men dressed like clowns looking to abduct and sexually abuse children. I hope Alex is alright. The collusion among social media companies to censor his broadcasts are outrageous. Unfortunately, this is part of a broader and systematic campaign to ban non-liberal voices on the internet.
On another note, I read that Natasha Bertrand left The Atlantic and went to Politico. She is among the most dishonest and disingenuous journalists in the media today and essentially writes whatever horseshit is fed to her by House Democrats. She will be right at home at Politico.
The best thing about this pretrial period is that I am back in the gym. By the November trial I will be in the best condition of my life.
If you listened to Glenn Beck’s radio show yesterday, you may have heard him talk about a recent Blaze TV show that discussed immigration. Beck also appeared on Hannity’s TV show to get the message out.
He said they had done extensive research on who was behind it. He put it up for free because he feels it’s so important. Here it is:
This bizarre rant by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez caught a lot of attention.
She’s building an IKEA piece of furniture while eating popcorn and addressing such topics as climate change.
She has no manners as you can see because she talks with her mouth open. Oh, that and her incredible narcissism shine through.
What’s next? AOC talking politics in the shower or on the toilet?
However, I prefer this one:
Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals always emphasized making fun of the target. We need more of this.
James Woods tweeted this image.
After the New York Times anonymously (always a red flag) reported that Mueller’s team now says Barr’s synopsis of their report left out information, the media has jumped on it as proof – once again – that Trump is guilty and Barr complicit.
As a writer comments at The Conservative Treehouse, “The real problem we have is outlined in the part of the story everyone will read-over without recognizing,… because we have become immune to the insanity of it.”
We have. The ridiculousness of this two years plus charade strikes MSNBC, CNN, NYT and all the other liberal media outlets as reality. What world are they living in? A disputed dossier that has prostitutes weeing on a bed (is that even illegal were it true?) and Trump knuckling under Putin (Trump who doesn’t knuckle under anyone and has in fact put in harsh sanctions against Russia) seems totally rational to them.
The Treehouse sums it up well:
I’m going to skip over the part where everyone recognizes these are the same damned FBI agents investigating Trump in 2016… who transferred into the Mueller team in 2017… to continue the plan into 2018 and 2019. As if that wasn’t alarming enough… I digress…
What exactly would forty FBI agents be investigating?
Is someone actually going to try and tell me Forty FBI Agents didn’t know the Vast Russian Conspiracy was a bucket of nonsense from, um, at least day #2?..
These are the best investigators in the world? These are the elite investigative units that we count on to investigate serious crimes and avoid terrorist threats?
Who are they? Name them! Every one of them needs to be named, publicly. We paid for this, don’t we have a right to know the name of every person who participated in this investigation?
With the publication of the report doesn’t President Trump get to confront his accusers, in sunlight? Democrats demand transparency; OK, I’ll play. Make them live up to their own rules…. I want the names of every FBI individual who participated in this investigation.
Again, think about it.
What does forty FBI agents working on this fabricated Russian case for three years tell us about the operational integrity of the FBI as an institution?
Dallas, Texas, sniper
Fort Lauderdale, Airport
Then there was this. Remember?
Inspector General Horowitz found that out. FBI agents taking tickets (bribes?).
The FBI has been a corrupt institution since its first days when J. Edgar Hoover ran it. Did we ever get any satisfaction on the JFK assassination? What was their involvement in Martin Luther King’s assassination? How about Waco and Ruby Ridge?
We’re caught up in a ridiculous liberal fantasy here again.
Hopefully the American people in flyover land are ignoring it all. When you think of the tiny audiences that CNN, MSNBC, the NYT and WaPo have, it is not reflective in any way of what most Americans think. In our daily lives we worry about jobs, family members with illnesses, how to pay our bills, car accidents, our kids’ education, etc. We’re not thinking about how we can be racist, sexist, or whatever phobic towards our fellow citizens or whether some fantasy pee happened years ago.
The reality based in New York, LA and DC does not square with reality for most Americans. All this squabbling signifies nothing. We know it, but do they?