MoveOn Organizes Today

Moveon.org hopes to birth hundreds of protests around the country today against President Trump.

Today’s program targets his executive order on building the wall. Of course. The movement’s chief, George Soros, wants open borders and the free flow of drugs. They don’t want anything to stop this. Plus, the Democrat party badly needs bodies to go vote for them in 2020. These illegals can help.

I looked to see if there were any protests in Memphis today.

As of this morning, surprisingly, there weren’t. The closest on the map is Jackson, then Nashville and Clarksville.

However, some local people will probably rally independently. First Congo Church in Midtown, which has organized to supply busloads of illegals with sandwiches, clothing and other help, may step forward. They are, after all, the headquarters of ACORN in Memphis.

What you don’t see is the millions of Americans who don’t agree with them and don’t support the flood of immigrants invading our southern border. We are peaceful people who believe in the rule of law.

State Nixes IRV

Thank goodness, the state of Tennessee understands the dangers of Instant Runoff Voting.

If you recall, it was approved by Memphis voters in the August election. However, a state election official has tossed it.

Here’s what the Daily Memphian reports:

Tennessee Elections Coordinator Mark Goins ruled Friday the Shelby County Election Commission cannot use instant-runoff voting in this October’s city of Memphis elections.

The ruling comes three months after a referendum in which voters approved keeping the system in place. IRV allows voters to rank Memphis City Council candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one candidate.

The memorandum opinion and final declaratory order by Goins concludes the election commission “cannot legally implement a process for redistributing and allocating votes using a system of ranking candidates to determine an instant runoff winner for elections in the city of Memphis under mandates of current laws adopted by the General Assembly.”

“Even if instant-runoff voting were authorized by state law, questions remain whether the proposed procedures would comply with Article 2, Section 7 of Memphis City Charter, although the coordinator cannot authoritatively interpret the charter,” Goins ruled.

The 2008 charter provision Goins cited requires that IRV be implemented “consistent with the mandates of federal and state law, and all applicable court decisions.” It also requires IRV to “go into effect prior to the next municipal election unless the Election Commission certifies that voting machine limitations made its implementation in time for that election unfeasible.”

Instant-runoff voting has never been used in a city election.

Goins ruled in a motion filed by the election commission before an administrative judge. The judge, Rob Wilson, ruled on procedural matters with Goins making the decision.

Goins’ formal order matches what he advised the election commission in a September 2017 directive. The state elections coordinator’s directives are considered the final word for election commissions unless or until they are challenged in court and overruled.

Shortly after becoming Shelby County Elections Administrator in 2017, Linda Phillips told the commission she had found a way to implement IRV on the county’s current touch-screen voting machines by lining up the same council race three times across the screen – allowing the first preference in the listing on the left of the screen, the second choice in the center, and the third in the listing to the right.
In his ruling Friday, Goins noted the IRV charter provision doesn’t limit voters to ranking just three candidates in a single race. Though he declined to interpret the charter provision, he noted “there is not authority for the SCEC to limit the ranking of candidates to three.”

“If the city of Memphis adopted an ordinance allowing voters to rank four candidates in the IRV process, then the AccuVote TSX DRE could not be used,” he added.

His larger point is that the city hasn’t put policies in place for using instant-runoff voting.

Those include “how to treat over-votes … how to treat skipped rankings … how to treat under votes … how to treat single-shot voting, known as bullet voting … how many rankings to use … and what happens if there is not a majority winner after the rounds of counting are complete.”

Another city charter provision establishes runoff provisions that since 1995 have applied only to races for the seven single-member City Council districts. In those races where no candidate gets a majority of the votes, the charter provision calls for a later separate runoff election between the two candidates who received the most votes.

That provision appears to be in conflict with the 2008 IRV charter amendment. Goins did not address it formally in Friday’s order, other than to say he no longer believes the state law governing runoff election provisions applies to the city of Memphis.

In 2018, city voters rejected a charter change question the council put on the ballot that would have repealed instant-runoff voting. The same voters also rejected a ballot question that would have eliminated the runoff provision.

Goins’ decision dealt only with whether state law allows the election commission to implement IRV.

The election commission can file a petition asking Goins to reconsider by March 4, and he would have 20 days to decide. If Goins chose not to take any action during that period, it would be considered a denial, and any denial could be appealed by April 16. The election commission could also appeal with a filing in Chancery Court in either Shelby County or Davidson County no later than April 16.

McCabe’s Outrageous Comments

Andy McCabe, one of the schemers behind the infamous Trump Russia hoax, has a lot of inconsistencies and fabulist comments to explain.

The Conservative Treehouse noted that his stories about when he talked to the President after the Comey firing and initiated the Russia probe, have some discrepancies. See here: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/02/15/mccabes-recent-statements-contradict-mccabes-prior-testimony/

Bad as that is, The Daily Mail reports that McCabe claims Jeff Sessions made some outrageous comments that don’t jibe with his previous behavior in the Senate. In fact, they seem like made up fables. Here’s the story:

Jeff Sessions ranted the FBI was ‘better off when you only hired Irishmen’ because ‘they were drunks, but could be trusted,’ new Andrew McCabe book claims.

He paints former Attorney General Sessions as unprofessional – someone who did not read intelligence reports and confused facts with news reports.

McCabe makes the explosive claims about Trump and his staff in an upcoming new tell-all book, The Threat.

In excerpts from the book obtained by the Washington Post, McCabe claims Sessions blamed migrants for social problems and held racist sentiments.

Sessions allegedly stereotyped Irishmen as honest drunks when comparing the FBI’s former workforce to their modern counterparts: ‘They could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?’

Sessions was fired by Trump the day after the mid-term elections in November last year.

McCabe doubled-down on the allegations against the Trump Administration in a recent ’60 Minutes’ interview on CBS, telling the broadcaster that lawyers were asked to consider secretly recording the President in the spring of 2017.

“McCabe … says no, it came up more than once and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it,” CBS anchor Scott Pelley said, describing his interview with McCabe.

Justice Department officials said at the time the remark was a joke and meant sarcastically.

McCabe also claims the President vented to him after firing James Comey that the suddenly former FBI chief was allowed to fly home from California at government expense.

Comey was giving a speech in Los Angeles when people in his audience told him cable news channels were announcing that he had been terminated.

The Comey deputy who took over the law enforcement agency writes that the vindictive President thought Comey should pay for his own airline ticket back to Washington to clear out his desk.

Instead the ousted lawman hopped on the same FBI jet he had used to fly west.

“I told him that bureau lawyers had assured me there was no legal issue with Comey coming home on the plane. I decided that he should do so,” McCabe writes, describing a phone call the following day.

“The President flew off the handle,” McCabe continues, quoting Trump: “That’s not right! I don’t approve of that! That’s wrong!”

“The President said, I want you to look into that!” he adds. “I thought to myself: What am I going to look into? I just told you I made that decision.”

The phone call started, McCabe recalls, with Trump calling him on an unsecure, unclassified line and introducing himself by an unfamiliar nickname.

“The voice on the other end said, ‘It’s Don Trump calling’,” he writes.

“I said, ‘Hello, Mr. President, how are you?’ Apart from my surprise that he was calling at all, I was surprised that he referred to himself as Don.”

McCabe also writes in his book that Justice Department officials at one point mulled a plan to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

They would have allowed Trump’s adversaries in his own administration to remove him from office with a majority vote of his Cabinet and the backing of Vide President Mike Pence.

McCabe, whose book is slated for a Feb. 19 release, may have a personal reason to go after the president: He recounts verbal slashing Trump offered on the expense of his wife Jill, who mounted a failed 2015 run for a state senate seat in Virginia.

The president asked after Jill, he writes, asking in a sneering tone: “Yeah, that must’ve been really tough. To lose. To be a loser.”

A statewide political action committee called Common Good VA contributed $467,000 to her campaign. Hillary Clinton headlined a fundraiser for the group shortly beforehand, raising $500,000 for it.

The PAC was run at the time by Terry McAuliffe, then the governor of Virginia. McAuliffe is a longtime Bill Clinton fundraiser and former Democratic National Committee chairman.

Jill McCabe’s campaign also received more than $207,000 from the Democratic Party of Virginia, over which McAuliffe exerted significant control.

Common Good VA was the largest single donor to the McCabe campaign.

Trump dismissed McCabe Thursday on Twitter, referring to his firing.
“Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a ‘poor little Angel’ when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax – a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey,'” Trump wrote.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement read on MSNBC that McCabe ‘was fired in total disgrace from the FBI because he lied to investigators on multiple occasions, including under oath.’

“His selfish and destructive agenda drove him to open a completely baseless investigation into the President. His actions were so shameful that he was referred to federal prosecutors. Andrew McCabe has no credibility and is an embarrassment to the men and women of the FBI and our great country.”

Does any of this ring true?

No. The man is delusional, as well as being a traitor.

Quick, Call Dave Ramsey!

Most people have heard of Dave Ramsey and his financial advice. He wants people to be free of debt. He has a radio show and started his Financial Peace University to aid in this endeavor.

People call in with worries about their debt and he advises them to pare down their lifestyle to get rid of student loan debt, credit card debt, etc.

It appears that Democrat wunderkind Stacey Abrams needs his help. Desperately.

Abrams is the pick the Democrats made to counter the SOTU address. She’s also a writer of trashy romance novels – the kind filled with heaving bosoms and readily undone zippers – as well as being the poor sport loser in the Georgia governor’s race.

Turns out she could use a little of the Ramsey advice. According to the Daily Caller, “Abrams owes back taxes amounting to $40,201 for 2015 and $13,851 for 2016. She owes $96,512 in student loan debt and another $77,522 in credit card debt spread over nine different accounts. In total, she is about $228,000 in the red. This number is actually higher if you count her $178,500 in real estate debt and her $4,434 car loan.”
Her first job after college paid her $95,000, so she wasn’t denied a good paying job.

American Thinker adds, “What is even more interesting was that Abrams had been generously compensated by Third Sector Development, which she founded and headed, as well as another get-out-the-minority-vote non-profit, also an Abrams creation, the Voter Access Institute, to the tune of almost a half-million dollars in a three-year period. That hefty salary was funded out of $12.5 million in donations from sources Abrams refuses to reveal, a quite unusual stance for non-profits to take when their operations are aboveboard.”

And she wasn’t even successful. The Daily Caller finds, “The non-profits accomplished little in reaching their implicit goals, despite the large amount of money involved. The Georgia Democratic Party only received 3 percent more votes in the 2014 gubernatorial election than in 2010. Black voter turnout actually declined by more than two percentage points.”

This didn’t even help:

But isn’t that today’s Democrat party? Hypocrites, thugs, liars and cheaters.

Shelby GOP Reorganizes

Although I did not attend the caucuses yesterday, I spotted this good rundown of what happened at the Daily Memphian.

Bill Dries is a decent reporter and here is his article for those who do not get the Daily M.

One caveat, however. He said the Shelby GOP lost all the races in the August election. Republican Mick Wright actually won the District 3 County Commission seat.

The only contender to become the new chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party says the party needs to have candidates for local office that are more representative and extend the local brand of conservatism beyond the suburban Republican base.

Chris Tutor, an attorney at the Butler-Snow law firm, is, so far, the only person seeking the chairmanship of the local party in advance of the Feb. 28 party convention at Arlington High School.

The conventions to choose the leaders of the local Republican and Democratic parties are held every two years.

“I want to be careful about how I say this,” Tutor told The Daily Memphian at the end of local party caucuses Sunday that determined who the delegates will be to the convention.

“I think in the past we have had candidates that maybe aren’t as representative as we would like,” he said. “I am insistent upon and dedicated to going into the African-American community, going into the Hispanic community, recruiting people from these communities who share our values – who are people of integrity who care about the common good and are going to join us.”

The turnout of about 150 at the once-every-two-year caucuses was less than in 2016, possibly a reflection of the disastrous 2018 political year local Republicans had – losing all 10 countywide offices on the August ballot to Democrats.

It also may have reflected the University of Memphis Tigers’ basketball game underway Sunday afternoon at FedExForum at about the same time.

While county offices went blue – or Democratic – last year, Tennessee remained a solidly red – or Republican – state in the November midterm races for governor and U.S. Senate.

“We’re outnumbered at best 60 percent to 40 percent,” outgoing local Republican Party chairman Lee Mills said, referring to the Shelby County Democratic partisan political majority. “As we move forward, what we have to do is engage people in the suburbs who generally don’t vote a lot.”

He points to low turnouts in municipal elections in the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County outside Memphis, below 20 percent in some cases.

“We have to work as a party to get the other 85 percent interested in Republican politics,” Mills said. “Ninety percent of those people in the suburbs are Republicans.”

Mills is not seeking another one-year term as party chairman. He became interim chairman in 2016 following the resignation of Mary Wagner to take an appointment to the Circuit Court bench from then-Gov. Bill Haslam.

“It’s time for a break,” Mills said. “There’s a lot of time involved in this. It’s time-consuming. It’s hard on your family, and three and a half years is enough.”

Mills will remain on the state party’s executive committee.

Tutor wants to see the local party do what some Republican contenders have been doing individually – reach beyond the suburbs in search of conservative voters in the heart of the Democratic majority within Memphis. It mirrors what some local Democrats have attempted to do in recent years in the heavily Republican suburbs with both organizations and candidates.

“I’m a true believer. I think our vision for human-flourishing political conservatism works yesterday – it works today. It works tomorrow,” Tutor said. “It works for white people in Germantown just like it works for black people in Whitehaven. It works for urban Memphis. It works for suburban Shelby County. It works across the board.”

Mills expressed the same sentiments and goals early in his tenure as party chairman.

The only overtly partisan election in Shelby County this year is the special March election for the vacancy in state Senate District 32 between Republican nominee Paul Rose and Democratic nominee Eric Coleman.

The regularly scheduled 2019 elections in Shelby County are the Arlington municipal elections in September and Memphis elections in October with any city council runoff elections in November. All are nonpartisan contests.

The two local parties, through their executive and steering committees, could make endorsements in the races.

Otherwise, 2019 is a rebuilding effort for the Shelby County Republican Party.

“We are going to find diverse representatives who again share the Republican vision, who are center right, common sense conservatives who are good people, who care about their neighbors and who care about the common good,” Tutor said. “We are going to find those people. We are going to bring them in and we are going to put them in the leadership and we’re going to run them.”

Mills warned of a blue wave in Shelby County well in advance of the 2018 county primaries, pointing to the Democratic base in Shelby County – the largest in any single county in the state – just as the Republican base in Shelby County is the largest in any single county in the state.

“A majority of the money spent by (unsuccessful U.S. Senate Democratic nominee) Phil Bredesen and that group was all in Shelby County,” he said. “Those people were energized and they spent a lot of money to get the vote out in Shelby County Did we do a great job with it? We did the best job we could. We spent over $100,000 to get out the vote. We’ve never spent that much money. In the end it didn’t help us.”

The difference amounted to a much bigger potential Democratic base in Shelby County that was energized in its reaction to the first two years of President Donald Trump.

“Right now, what’s the reason to vote? The schools in the suburbs are good. The taxes in the state are low – as in zero. The national economy is going well,” Mills said. “When Republicans are satisfied and Democrats are energized – anti-Trump – they turn out in droves and we stay home.”

Tutor said that doesn’t mean refuting Trump for Republicans.

“We support and are thankful that President Trump is president,” he said. “That doesn’t mean everybody in the party always agrees with what he does or what he says. We want to focus on local issues. We want to focus on Shelby County and Memphis.”

The Shelby County Democratic Party begins its local party convention process in March, with current party chairman Corey Strong expected to seek another term. Strong emerged in a 2017 reorganization of the local Democratic Party after the state party abolished its old structure.

Dem ‘Dark Money’ Won 2018

The very money the Democrats decry won them the 2018 midterms in the House of Representatives.
Well, that and some well planned cheating.
This article from the American Thinker lays it all out:

The Center for Responsive Politics that tracks political spending revealed that Democrats outspent Republicans by $526 million in the 2018 midterms.

The final U.S. Federal Election Commission campaign disclosure reports revealed that $5.725 billion was spent by both major parties in 2018 midterms, substantially exceeding the $5.2 billion CRP preliminary estimates released in October. The Democrats gained a 22 percent advantage by spending $2.926 billion versus just $2.400 billion by the GOP.

Democrats outspent Republicans in 2018 for both houses of Congress, but the disparity was widest for House of Representative candidates, where the Democrats’ $932 million in spending was 50% more than the $632 million spent by Republicans. The $300 million more in spending helped Democrats gain 8.6% more votes to gain majority control of the House of Representative with a net 41-seat gain.

Democrats also outspent Republicans on Senate candidates by $600 million to $430 million, a 40% advantage. But Republicans gained a net two Senate seats to strengthen their majority control. Most analysts credit President Trump’s barnstorming America with 39 stadium-size campaign rallies in support of Republican candidates for the shocking election-day outperformance.

The campaign spending by party committees and declared partisan outside groups was similar with $1.279 billion by Democrats, compared to $1.247 billion by the GOP. But undisclosed so-called “dark money” spending of $81 million by liberal groups swamped the $43 million by conservative groups.

The mainstream media tend to argue that Democrats and liberals, as the advocates for social justice, are forced to collect more small contributions from the poor to be competitive with their “fat-cat” Republican opponents. But it was Democrats that enormously benefited from the 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court decision that removed the aggregate contribution limits for individuals during any two-year period.

But Williams College political science professor Darrel Paul commented after analyzing the richest 15% of congressional districts that “the big story of the 2018 election is the swing of the rich toward the Democrats.”

Of the top six individual political donors in 2018, four gave $218 million to Democrats and liberals, compared two that gave $168 million to Republicans and conservatives. Democrat candidates also pocketed $110.5 million more from contributors who gave between $2,700 and $9,999; $120.9 million more from contributors between $10,000 and $99,999; and $9 million more from contributors giving $100,000 or more.

The Democrats fundraising strategy of running 515 women candidates compared to 188 Republican women was wildly successful, with Democrats raising $383 million from women donors versus Republicans raising only $131 million from women.

The fat cats are predominantly allied with the Democrats. They will keep the uber rich purring, while undermining the ability for the middle class to get ahead. Thank God for Trump’s veto power.

A Darkening Controversy

Who knew that doing blackface was such a “fun” activity for Democrats?

We’ve got Gov. Northam in it (or as a Klansman); his attorney general admitting to doing it to look like Michael Jackson.

Ted Danson did it in 1993:

He said it was a tribute to Whoopi Goldberg.

And now you have the Queen of Mean on the View – everyone’s “favorite” liberal doyenne of what we peasants can and cannot do – Joy Behar admitting she’s done it, too!

On Twitter Jon Levine said, “Joy Behar admitted during a taping of The View in 2016 to dressing as a “beautiful African women” at a Halloween party when she was 29 which involved makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin”

You see, when it’s a liberal, it’s not doing blackface, it’s using makeup to darken the skin. The NYT headlined the story about the AG as “Virginia Attorney General Says He Also Dressed in Dark Makeup.” It’s just makeup, so that’s OK, according to them.

Blogger Matt Walsh tweeted, “Megyn Kelly was fired from her show for asking a hypothetical question about blackface. Joy Behar actually wore blackface, and admitted it, and showed a picture of it on TV, yet she still has her job.”

Trump Triumphs Again

Once again, the brilliance of President Trump shined through in his State of the Union address.

Yes, he had excellent points about the issues he addressed. But it was the strategy of – once again – exposing his enemies for who they are that is insanely genius.

One look at the faces of Democrats showed how wildly successful he was last night.

The clever speech caused the uniformed Dem women in white to jump to their feet when he touted more jobs for women. They reveled in cheering themselves. Seldom do you see such a display of narcissistic self congratulations.

They stood up for themselves, but along with the other Democrats did not stand for major American values. They did not cheer freedom, job creation or lowering black unemployment. That said volumes about their motives.

When Trump mentioned the danger of infanticide, they did not support him. They were glum. When he vowed America would never be a socialist country, they were glum.

Take a look at their faces:

Chuck Schumer wore a smirk throughout.

So did Nancy Pelosi. And she gave a sarcastic clap.

The Left’s darling, AOC, frowned.

Bernie Sanders did not appreciate the hit on his socialism.

Other presidential aspirants like Kamala Harris, Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand wore scowls throughout as well. Perhaps there had been too much vinegar in their salad dressing?

One person I didn’t see – thankfully – was Rep. Steve Cohen. Usually he makes sure he gets plenty of camera time. It’s surprising considering Memphis was represented twice in the president’s speech. First there was Alice Johnson whose sentence was commuted by Trump and then with the mention of St. Jude.

Was Cohen suffering from sour stomach?

The soul of the Democrat party was on view last night.

It was not a pretty picture.

Sore Loser Stacey

I watched the Democrat response to the State of the Union address, although I find these infuriating.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Bitter Stacey Abrams, the failed gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, spoke for about ten minutes. She looked like a preacher in her big red dress with a choir of supporters on bleachers behind her. Abrams, indeed, was talking to the choir – her own party.

Her speech was one big virtue signal. She talked about how great her Dad was in giving his coat to others and in his life of kindness. Perhaps he should be running instead of her. It was standard Democrat sob story stuff.

Abrams touched on her failed election, saying that she wants election integrity. However, she also is OK with giving illegals a vote. That doesn’t square.

Her other point was to criticize Trump for the shutdown. Analysis has shown that the shutdown did no damage to the economy or to our job situations.

For those who stayed to watch Abrams, they probably remained unswayed. Democrats love her for being a Democrat, but she was quite a comedown from the terrific speech by the president.