Voting Has Started

Although the election date is March 3, early voting has started.

Here’s a little info provided by the Shelby County Republicans. Paul Boyd is the former Probate Court Clerk.

Candidates fro RNC delegate are provided here as a courtesy. Those candidates from Shelby County are Peggy Larkin, Nichole Bufolino, Elaine Ervin, Jim Craig and the bottom 9th Congressional district list.

State wide candidates – vote for 14
Steve Allbrooks
Julia Atchley-Pace
Mae Beavers
Chad Blackburn
Linda D. Buckles
Jane Chedester
Beth Scott Clayton
Douglas M. Englen
Lei Ann Gleaves
Shannon Haynes
Jack Johnson
Amy Jones
William Lamberth
Peggy Larkin
Jennifer Inman Little
Mary Littleton
Raul Lopez
Paulina Albornoz Madaris
Nazar Sharanshi
Robin T. Smith
Dalton Temple
Rick Tillis
Susan Richardson Williams
Marsha Yessick
Jake Adams
Wanda J. Cooke
Leslie D. Mills
Patricia D. Mills
Larry M. Sims

8th Congressional Distrist – vote for 3
Nichole Bufalino
Joseph S. Coury
Elaine S. Ervin
Charlotte Kelley
Steve Maroney
Jim Craig

9th Congressional Distrist – vote for 3
Charlotte Bergmann
Drew Daniel
Tina R. McElravey
Terry Roland
Arnold Weiner

Film Looks at Memphis

A new movie spotlights three American cities in the grip of decay.

Memphis is one of them featured in “America Lost.” Tyler O’Neil of PJ media reports:

When Donald Trump won his historic upset victory in 2016, media outlets briefly turned to the “forgotten” men and women of rural America and those in once-great American cities now crumbling. The “Great Revolt,” as Salena Zito explains it, describes a political realignment aimed at revitalizing broken communities. Yet according to a groundbreaking new film, the true answer to urban decay, broken families, and ballooning debt from dependence on social programs isn’t more government but a return to the traditional sources of meaning: faith, family, work, and community.

Filmmaker Christopher Rufo traveled to three crumbling American cities — Youngstown, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; and Stockton, Calif. — and documented the deep human struggles of communities left behind as the 1950s industrial boom yielded to a new kind of economy in the 21st century. America Lost explains why top-down government solutions fail to address this urban decay and the film suggests a better path forward.

“Political leaders have long promised to transform poor communities from the top-down, but the situation in places like Youngstown, Memphis, and Stockton is more desperate than ever,” Rufo told PJ Media on Thursday. “While making America Lost, I witnessed another model: communities have stopped waiting for solutions from D.C. and started to take their destiny into their own hands. I call this the ‘inside-out’ model, which recognizes that families, neighborhoods, and churches are the real building blocks of society, and within the direct control of local communities. That’s the hope for the future of these cities.”

America Lost represents the culmination of 5 years of research on Rufo’s part, exploring the “lost American interior.”

“Today, more than 50 million Americans live in distressed communities, with high rates of unemployment, addiction, crime, and violence,” he explains in the film. “I thought I’d be telling an economic story, but over time I discovered there’s a deeper, human crisis. We’re coming apart economically, to be sure, but we’re also coming apart as a culture.”

Turning to Youngstown, a burgeoning steel hub in the 1950s, the documentary shows images of former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama addressing this once-great American city. “For decades, presidential candidates from both political parties have made the pilgrimage to Youngstown, promising to revive the middle-class industrial economy, but nothing has stopped the city’s decline. Since the fall of the steel mills, the public bureaucracy has taken over as the dominant social and economic institution in Youngstown.”

America Lost shows footage of old empty houses getting bulldozed and abandoned houses lying in disrepair. “Today, Youngstown is the poorest city in America. It’s lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs and more than half of its population,” Rufo narrates. “They’ve lost the human bonds that once held people together.”

While the top 10 percent of the population works in the public bureaucracy, the bottom 50 percent “survives on public assistance, disability, or is currently incarcerated.” The movie zeroes in on Nikki, a high school student deciding whether or not to leave the area entirely in search of new opportunities. “The choice is heart-wrenching: stay to be near friends, family, and the last vestiges of community; or pack up and leave Youngstown forever.”

Rufo warns that Youngstown is a warning about America’s future. “At heart, the crisis in America’s forgotten cities is a crisis of meaning. All of the old structures that once provided a solid foundation — faith, family, work, community — have slowly fallen apart.”

After Youngstown, the documentary turns to Memphis, which used to be “an economic jewel for black people,” providing struggling people a ticket to the middle class. Yet now the city is crumbling. Joseph, a black man in his thirties, opens up about his tragic story. Both of his brothers were killed, he sold crack and spent time in prison. “It really makes you feel like you’ve been set up to fail, growing up in an environment like this,” he says.

Rufo zeroes in on the 38126 zip code of south Memphis, where 93 percent of all households are headed by a single mother, 78 percent of all families are on public assistance, and only 20 percent of all working-age men are employed full-time throughout the year. Out of 6,000 residents, there are only ten nuclear families.

America Lost tells the story of Contrina, a single mom with two daughters from two different men — each serving time in prison in two separate states. “It’s like a piece of your heart is missing,” one of her daughters says. Contrina wants to break the cycle, encouraging her daughters to graduate high school, got to college, and get married before having children.

“There’s no way of getting around the fact that in order to truly understand American poverty, we have to address the question of family,” Rufo narrates. “The challenge in places like Memphis is that the family has been broken all the way down. Fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons have all been displaced from their traditional roles.”

“For the past 50 years, we’ve tried to solve these problems through public policy. The federal government currently spends more than $3 billion a year in Memphis, but nothing works,” he narrated.

Finally, the film turns to Stockton, a California city with about a quarter of four racial groups: black, white, Hispanic, and Asian. The city filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Rufo drives past tent cities with California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Love. As they drive past a memorial for a black man killed in gang violence, Love says, “If I had stayed in this neighborhood, that could have been me right there.”

“I met countless young men who survive on a combination of the drug trade, violence, and the generosity of girlfriends,” Rufo narrates. “It’s a merciless world of all against all.”

“In cities like Stockton, we’ve been fighting an invisible war for nearly three generations. We now spend $1.1 trillion a year on anti-poverty programs, but the official poverty rate hasn’t changed in half a century,” he explains. “Both political parties have treated human beings as functions in a math problem. If we can just change some of the variables, cut spending here, increase spending there, we can fix this.”

“But the truth is that human beings can’t be reduced to the mathematical sense. We’re complex individual creatures who live in a vast web of family, culture, economics, and community. No matter how careful its design, the bureaucracy can never satisfy our deeper human needs,” Rufo warns. He described meeting men and women who are “searching for a sense of meaning, purpose, and a moral order.”

“I didn’t set out to tell a story of religion, but the reality is that faith-based organizations are still the cornerstone of poor communities. In places like Stockton, inner-city churches are often the only remaining institutions that offer a clear sense of meaning, purpose, and community,” the filmmaker concludes. “In the men’s recovery home at victory outreach, they have an astonishing 70 percent success rate helping addicts and gang members turn their lives around. Their secret is that they speak to the heart of the human condition and transform people through genuine human relationships.”

The key to combatting “this new American poverty” isn’t top-down government programs but a reformation of the heart. “The solution for our forgotten cities is not just to revive their economies, but to create a new foundation for our fractured, postmodern world. We must rediscover the traditional sources of meaning, faith, family, work, and community, and adapt them to the modern condition.”

America Lost tells a compelling story about the “new American poverty,” why government cannot meet the deep human problems, and why faith and family best form the bedrock for regrowth in America’s forgotten cities. The film offers a gritty but important look at the “forgotten” cities that illumines social displacement extending far beyond these hollowed-out communities. America Lost isn’t just important for understanding the “Great Revolt,” it’s also a vital resource in combatting the social malaise spreading throughout the entire society.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

And here’s a clip from the film:

More on the movie here:

It hasn’t been scheduled for theaters but you can stream it for $9.99.

Advice to Trump: Channel Your Inner Godfather

My favorite writer, Kurt Schlichter, has written a hilarious piece with advice for Trump. Enjoy!

With Democrat dreams of a soft coup now a heap of smoldering wreckage, and no need to play Mr. Nice Guy to please prissy softcons on Capitol Hill, President Trump is finally free to channel his inner Michael Corleone. It’s about time to re-christen Don Jr., and use that opportunity to take out the heads of the five families.

Trump already tossed mealy-mouthed ambassador Gordon Sondland out on his Nadler. Then military Twitter started buzzing with delight – well, not Blue Falcon Twitter but the one with vets who aren’t half-stepping weasels – at the news of That’s Lieutenant Colonel to You Bratwurst and his brother Other That’s Lieutenant Colonel to You Bratwurst being marched out of the West Wing with their all stuff, probably mostly Doritos and Mounds bars, in bankers’ boxes. About time – these doofuses may fool the establishment civilians but not the vets. We all served with their likes, and the fact these guys get celebrated by our feckless elite is not unrelated to the fact that our military has not decisively won a war in 30 years.

This long overdue purge needs to be just the beginning.

For three years the Democrats and the Fredocons have tried everything to keep Donald Trump from fully exercising the powers of the office the American people elected him to. Things other presidents do as a matter of course – like demand the investigation of massive corruption involving stripper-impregnating crack afficionados – is suddenly an impeachable crime against the Constitution. As a practical matter, flushing these floaters during the endless fake investigations would have been a political problem, but the never-ending story has finally ended, with Trump standing atop a pile of his enemies’ skulls. He now needs to make that pile grow higher by adding the figurative severed noggins of the treacherous quislings still lurking within his administration.

Get firing.

This includes names you have heard, like Christopher Wray, the hapless FBI head who thinks the best way to address the FISA crimes is to vector in some deep state cleaners to whitewash the mess. He has no interest in reforming that ruined organization. So, can him and get someone Barr recommends who will put cops in charge instead of political paper-pushers.

Then there are some other less-familiar, but higher-level types. Presumptively fire every ambassador who worked for Obama, keeping only those who proved they do not suck. The same with U.S. Attorneys, and their key assistants. And start relieving some generals and admirals who are not with the program – start with the ones at West Point and Annapolis who decided to investigate our young warriors over the circle game instead of telling the liberal blue check whiners to go pound sand.

But mostly it is names you have never heard, anonymous moles burrowed into the bureaucracy doing damage to patriotic conservative initiatives in their passive aggressive way (Jim Geraghty wrote a hilarious book on this called The Weed Agency).

Clean house. Ruthlessly. And if you can’t find them because of our archaic civil service laws, well, Nome needs bureaucrats too.

No president would tolerate treachery, and now Trump is free to punish it too.

Oh, and there is another power of the presidency Trump should exercise – pardons. What has happened to people like LTG Mike Flynn, Roger Stone, and others is a shameful embarrassment. They must be pardoned, now, to demonstrate that we will not tolerate a dual track justice system where the elite’s pals get a pass but those aligned with the dissenters get framed. Pardon them all, and commute Manafort’s sentence to time served.

Now, the spineless likes of Snitt Romney will object, since the practice of proactive manhood in defeating enemies rather than groveling before them shames these invertebrates. Maybe we should put it in terms that posturing prance can understand by invoking his prior career as a consultant sending American jobs overseas to line his and his Bain buddies’ bank accounts: “We’re not firing you. We’re mindfully practicing impactful policies to realize the full potential of our diverse team of forward-looking thought leaders.” Or, shorter: “Pack your Schiff and get the hell out.”

Speaking of the Senator for The Great State of Wherever He Thought He Could Get Elected (R?-?), who is just probably noticing that after a week his usefulness has passed and no one is calling from CNNMSNBC anymore, he needs to be dealt with. This idea of a recall is not a thing – Utah is stuck with their over-coiffed mistake and his kids Tagg, Torrp, Fipp, Sneep, Spume, and Nurvis, for another four years and so are we. But Romney needs some discipline, and not the kinky kind he enjoys by being publicly humiliated by the likes of Candy Crowley on-stage before the American people. Romney needs to be out of the club – he’s already been warned not to pack for CPAC – and denied the gravitas he so desires. He’s no respected elder stateman. He’s a punchline in a Pulp Fiction gimp joke.

And John Tessio Bolton needs to be frozen out too, but please – don’t blame his moustache for the sins of the guy who owns the lip it lives on. The moustache is still loyal.

The time to act is now. Impeachment turned out to be a Swalwellian toot and it’s done. The election is a long way off, and the lapdog media is unlikely to stir people up with fake outrage over these necessary and proper actions since people are too busy getting rich and not having their kids killed in stupid new wars.

Time to settle all family business.

A Speech for the Ages

President Trump’s State of the Union address was spectacular.

But lost in the enormity of it was just how fabulous his closing lines were. The Trump campaign has put them with a video. If it doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I’d be surprised.

The speech is as well written as the Gettysburg address. It should go down in the annals of history. Take a look:

What Democrats Really Want

Blogger Don Surber made a good list of what is really the Democrat platform.
If you vote for one of them – any of them – this is what you can expect.

What do Democrats want for America?

1. Open Borders. Democrat mayors across the United States order their police to ignore lawful orders to turn over to ICE illegal aliens who have committed violent crimes.

Julián Castro was the first Democrat presidential candidate this time to call for ending deportations. He wrote, “Immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security. Migration shouldn’t be a criminal justice issue. It’s time to end this draconian policy and return to treating immigration as a civil — not a criminal — issue.”

The rest of the candidates followed his lead.

2. Gun confiscation. Another presidential wanna-be, Beto O’Rourke said, “I am if it is a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield; if they high impact high velocity round when it hits your body shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers. When we see that being used against children and in Odessa I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15 and that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa and Midland there weren’t enough ambulances to get to them in time. Hell yes we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

Hammers kill more people than rifles do.

Confiscating rifles is a step toward gun confiscation.

3. Reparations. Elizabeth Warren said, “I believe it’s time to start the national, full-blown conversation about reparations.”

We know what she means. They will talk about it until they get a plurality — and then they will instantly announce the time for talk has ended, it is time for action. They have been at it for 30 years and are up to 26%.

4. Trillions in new taxes. Bloomberg wants to go after “high earners,” while Warren wants to confiscate 2% of the acquired wealth of billionaires.

Confiscate Harvard’s $40 billion endowment fund portfolio first.

5. Medicare for All. It is actually Medicaid for all as it would eliminate private insurance. Even liberals choke on this one.

The Atlantic said, “The Eye-Popping Cost of Medicare for All. According to new figures: more than the federal government will spend over the coming decade on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid combined.”

6. Yuppie Chow. The word Yuppie fell out of favor but forgiving $1.6 million million (or $1.6 trillion if you prefer) in student loans is welfare for mainly young urban professionals, most of whom are white. Colleges fleeced them, now they want to fleece taxpayers.

7. Legalizing Crime. They have legalized pooping in the street, using hard drugs (needle exchanges) and shoplifting (stealing less than $960 is no big deal) in cities in California. New York state has ended requiring bail.

8. Eliminate the Electoral College. Unable to win the last election constitutionally, Democrats want to get around it by having states give up their electors to the candidate with the most votes. The problem with that the Constitution requires approval of each house of Congress and 38 states to eliminate the Electoral College. I do not see an honest judge approving this scheme.

9. Letting felons vote.

They call this restoring their rights.

How about we begin by restoring their rights to own a gun?

Allow me to summarize all this. Democrats are out of touch, out of power, and out of their minds.

And that’s what makes them so very dangerous. That and the way they will lie, cheat and steal to get there.

A Revealing Look at Bolton

American Greatness takes a look at John Bolton and how he conducts business. It’s not a pretty picture.
He’s not the stalwart, reliable conservative we thought he was.

Joseph Duggan writes:

During his four decades as an accumulator of power in the nation’s capital, a holder of high offices in the State Department, and finally a stint as President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton has been well known for his scrupulous attention to the hiring and firing of his staff.

He always has demanded unwavering personal loyalty as well as fealty to his own—not his president’s—policy agenda. He has performed the most rigorous vetting on all who have been selected to serve on his various staffs, both the small number of political appointees a political appointee such as himself is allowed to have as well as the more numerous personnel selected from the foreign service, civil service, military services, and intelligence agencies.

The extremes to which Bolton goes to enforce his Bolton-centric scheme of things were exposed dramatically in the episode of his handpicked choice as deputy national security advisor, Mira Ricardel. The latter had a well-deserved reputation as “Bolton’s Bolton”—that is, a screamer, a browbeater, and a toxic boss par excellence. Ricardel’s exercises in Attila the Hun’s management methods were so over-the-top that they attracted the displeased attention of First Lady Melania Trump, who took the rare step of publicly calling for Ricardel’s dismissal. Ricardel had denigrated and disparaged members of the first lady’s staff.

Notwithstanding the public denunciation of Ricardel by the first lady, a standoff ensued. Bolton never relented in his support for his hatchetwoman. Ricardel finally was pried away from her White House position in November 2018 at a moment when Bolton was out of the country and unable to barricade her office door.

This incident illumined in high relief that Bolton’s loyalties are never to his superiors but always to himself and to others only so long as they remain his sycophants.

The strange case of the Vindman twins (Alexander and Yevgeny) should be examined in the light of Bolton’s Roi du Soleil management style.

In July 2018, three months or so after becoming President Trump’s national security adviser, Bolton hired both Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman as a Ukraine policy specialist for the National Security Council and his identical twin brother, Army Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, as deputy legal counsel in the NSC’s “ethics” office.

Bolton is totally responsible for this pair of unusual hires. There is no explaining this strange duo of appointments as something that the bureaucracy simply slipped over on Bolton. That is not Bolton’s way.

Anyone who has been involved in national security affairs in Republican administrations since 1981 knows that it is impossible that the Vindman brothers were given sensitive jobs in Bolton’s NSC without Bolton having become assured of their usefulness and loyalty to Bolton and his agenda. Both the Ukraine policy and the “ethics attorney” slots are of vast personal priority to Bolton.

On the face of it, it is very odd for any administration to hire a pair of identical twin Army lieutenant colonels to work at the very same time in the same office in any part of the government, much less on the elite, super-sensitive National Security Council staff. Concerns over conflicts of interest are magnified when one of the identical twins is an “ethics counsel” privy both to allegations and self-disclosures of sensitive financial data and any legally and ethically questionable actions by NSC staffers.

In Washington, if a person in Yevgeny’s position and with his political bias breaks the seal of the confessional, he doesn’t get excommunicated; he gets lionized in the mainstream media.

Given the bizarre situation Bolton had brought about with the twins serving in sensitive positions on his staff, one might have expected that Alexander and Yevgeny would have recused themselves from dealing with one another in any fashion that could be construed as a possible conflict of interests.

But the NSC is a particularly gassy precinct of the swamp, so expectations of prudence and “abundance of caution” between identical twin Army officers on the NSC staff of course were misbegotten.

So here we are. Acting on his own, without authorization, Alexander Vindman reported his jaundiced view of President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to friends in the State Department and intelligence agencies whom Vindman—unilaterally and going over the head of his superiors—asserted had a “need to know.” This led directly to the “whistleblower” complaint that ignited the impeachment conflagration.

Alexander Vindman also conflated his policy disagreement with President Trump into an ersatz “ethical” concern, and he shared his version of the phone call with his preferred in-house ethics lawyer, his own twin brother. Yevgeny Vindman is not the only ethics lawyer on the NSC staff. Alexander could have exercised a prudent compartmentalization of the information he considered so sensitive as to require the impeachment of his commander-in-chief. But instead of avoiding involvement of his brother in this matter, reportedly his first recourse was to decide that Yevgeny had a “need to know.”

All of this happened under the all-seeing eye of John Bolton.

The Justice Department’s legal counsel issued an authoritative statement that the highly classified information Alexander, with his own spin and Yevgeny’s blessing, fed to his friend in the intelligence community, was in no way a matter for the jurisdiction of the intelligence community inspector general. Nevertheless, the IC’s inspector general took his own invalid action to cloak the Vindmans’ friend with “whistleblower” protection while the leaks to the mainstream media, the disingenuous interactions with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and his staff, and the histrionic impeachment farce ensued.

President Trump fired the insubordinate Bolton on September 10. During the week that followed, the “whistleblower” complaint emerged in the news, at first connected to a communication between President Trump and an unidentified foreign leader. On September 18, the Washington Post reported that Trump had made some kind of “promise” to the foreign leader. On September 19, the IC inspector general gave a secret briefing to Schiff and other congressional leaders. The same day, the Washington Post reported that the whistleblower complaint involved Ukraine.

The sanctimonious Alexander Vindman is suspected of perjury in his October performance in front of the House Intelligence Committee. Vindman had sworn in a deposition that he did not know the whistleblower. When, in an open hearing, committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) asked Vindman to identify the specific agency within the intelligence community employing the person with whom he had shared his version of the Trump-Zelensky call, Schiff interrupted the proceedings to say that Vindman was not allowed to answer the question because it would “out” the whistleblower. Schiff also is widely suspected of having lied when saying he does not know and has not had contact with the whistleblower.

Yevgeny Vindman reportedly is the NSC staffer given charge of reviewing John Bolton’s self-sanctifying memoir manuscript, which somehow leaked to the New York Times last week.

A Ukrainian-born immigrant who has contributed far more to the public good than both of the Vindman twins put together, Yakov Smirnoff, has a phrase that fits today’s situation: “What a country!”

The American people have John Bolton, and only John Bolton, to blame for the presence of the self-serving Vindman twins on the NSC staff. We have only Bolton to blame for empowering this gossipy pair and their confidants who have made a mockery of the common-sense security precept of “need to know.”

The Deep State doesn’t like it when one of their own is expelled. We have seen that they will do anything to keep their power, even if it means throwing the country into chaos.
Shame on Bolton. He should have been better than that.
His fate will be to live in a no man’s land. The Left will still hate him and the Right will not have anything to do with him.

He’s not that old, so he’s sentenced himself to oblivion.

Height of Hilarity

The President tweeted this picture last night, after it came out that the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) admitted in a secret order that at least two of the spy warrants against Carter Page were not lawfully authorized.

Trump had said he believed Obama was spying on him and after becoming President elect and decamped to his New Jersey golf club.

Of course the media made fun of him, but he looks to have the last laugh.

Now Warren and Iran

Found this nugget at Don Surber:

Breitbart News reported, “Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) son-in-law, with whom she is close, has troubling ties to the Iranian regime, according to a new book by Peter Schweizer.

“The book, Profiles in Corruption, reveals progressive leaders’ little-known ties to corrupt businesses and governments and discusses the Massachusetts senator in a chapter.

“The chapter details the business deals of Warren’s son-in-law, Sushil Tyagi, who is married to her daughter, Amelia. Tyagi was born in India but moved to the United States, where he met Amelia while they were both pursuing MBAs at Wharton Business School.

“Warren and Tyagi are close. She attended his brother’s wedding in India, recounting it in her memoir. She and her husband Bruce Mann in December 2009 served as witnesses for a power of attorney corporate document he filed in India.

“Since his marriage into the Warren family, Tyagi ‘has been involved in a series of curious — even troubling — business ventures around the world,’ Schweizer writes.

“Tyagi runs Tricolor Films, and in 2008, produced a film called The Song of Sparrows, directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi.”

So you don’t take the foreign bribe directly. You do it through a son (Biden), a stepson (Kerry) or a son-in-law (Warren). File that under things they didn’t teach you in PolySci class.

It’s troubling how many ties to Iran Democrats have.