FLOTUS Parents Become Citizens

“Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Slovenian immigrants in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a private ceremony in New York City, the Associated Press reported. The husband and wife — a former car dealer and a former textile factory worker, respectively — had been living in the United States as permanent residents,” reports People magazine.

It happened in Manhattan. Melania’s parents came from Slovenia and have been living here as permanent residents for awhile.

You would think that is good news, nice news, something to celebrate.

Not in the hands of the media. Just look at the headlines:

New York Times: “Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’ Trump Hates”
CNN: “Melania Trump used visa opposed by her husband to get her parents’ citizenship”
ABC: “First lady Melania Trump sponsored parents’ green card application: Sources”
Washington Post: “Melania Trump’s parents become naturalized U.S. citizens despite the president’s hostility toward ‘chain migration’”

Other outlets such as Yahoo, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Independent and others echoed the chain migration slur.

They were damned no matter what they did. As immigrants who often live in the White House and travel on Air Force One, they would be criticized for living off the American public. As new citizens, they are attacked for their efforts.

According to liberals, we must be a welcoming community. But that only applies to people they like, like MS 13. But conservatives are undeserving.

Crime in Memphis No Longer Problem

“Is the ‘tough on crime’ era over?” asks a columnist in the CA today.

Wait, what? Did I miss something? Did it ever happen? Because it seems like crime is as bad as ever here.

This remark was in the context of last week’s Shelby County mayoral election.

The analyst refers to Mayor Strickland’s 2015 campaign, when he “hammered” public safety to voters. He claims that both Lee Harris and David Lenoir both tried the same approach, but for Lenoir, “tough on crime talk is waning.”

You see, Lenoir’s tough stance “was behind the times; that even though Shelby County has a high crime rate, people want their resources used to address the issues that fuel crime…(Lenoir) and Harris were saying roughly the same thing through the campaign, with a different emphasis: Crack down on violent crime but focus on prevention. Harris seemed more interested in talking about how poverty feeds the criminal justice system than actual criminal justice reforms.”

I guess gullible people will fall for that. When a criminal is taking stuff out of your house or holding you up or carjacking, we should all remember that he/she had a bad childhood and let it rip.

“Voters attitudes are probably changing, gradually, and they should,” he says. Why should they? The only way to stop crime is to stop crime. Rudy Giuliani did it in New York by concentrating on the broken window theory. He believed that little crimes lead to bigger crimes and it’s best to stop it early. Under him, New York became a much safer place.

Contrast that with Chicago. 71 shootings in just one weekend. Twelve died. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is following just such a course of action as Strickland and Harris want. We have plenty of weekend shootings ourselves; they are fewer because we have fewer people.

With Harris and Strickland in charge – and Janis Fullilove as Juvenile Court Clerk – what do you think will happen?

More money will be allocated to youth programs; toothless policies will also sop up taxpayer dimes; more young men will be dismissed from Juvenile Court else the race police will be sicced on the judges; they’ll be a move towards more gun control; illegal aliens will be allowed in to commit crimes.

None of that has worked in Chicago, by the way.

Won’t work here either.

It makes bleeding heart liberals feel better though.

Meanwhile, citizens will have to have a gate in their driveways, cameras outside and around the house, alarm systems, independent patrol companies, tough dogs and vigilance.

This will be the new Shelby County.

About Ohio 12…

The tight race there Tuesday night gets painted by the media as a warning sign for the GOP. According to them, we are always losing, even when we’re winning!
I liked this thread from Twitter by Thomas Wictor. He points out the truth.

(1) Ohio special election.

You’re all missing the point.

THIS is the point.

(2) We don’t know what @GOP and @realDonaldTrump decided.

I just saw something actually says the OPPOSITE of the claim.
(3) Balderson (R) got 40% of the 2016 turnout.

O’Connor (D) got 87% of the 2016 Turnout.
(4) And the Democrats STILL LOST.

This is a different way of looking at the same numbers.
(5) In a 2018 special election, the Republican got 100,052 votes.

In the 2016 general election, the Democrat got 112,638 votes.
(6) Trump got almost as many Republicans to vote in a SPECIAL ELECTION as Democrats voted in a GENERAL ELECTION.

That’s the power of Trump.
(7) I know that people mong fear in order to make you read their Websites, but as always, they’re making you afraid for no reason.

Most people are still stuck in the pre-Trump era.
(8) All you need is enough people to win.

You don’t need a “mandate.”

Bill Clinton never got a mandate, but he was always held up as The Best Democrat Who Ever Lived.
(9) Remember the 1984 New York Times article about Trump?


So it’s virtually certain that he knew DOWN TO THE VOTE what he needed in Ohio.

He didn’t NEED 87 percent of the 2016 turnout.

Do not second-guess him.

LEFTISTS are all about symbolism and rhetoric.

Trump is about RESOURCES.
(11) “Hillary won the popular vote!”

And Hillary has two feet.

Neither fact has anything to do with winning the presidency.
(12) You know why Republicans always struggle?

Because they let the Democrats set the terms.
(13) @Acosta is used to this Communist Chinese bullshit working.

(14) “It’s great to be underestimated.”

–Donald John Trump
(15) @realDonaldTrump always said that the FAKE-NEWS media is the enemy of the people.

@Acosta then VOLUNTARILY DEFINED HIMSELF as the fake-news media.
(16) Thus Acosta shows himself to be a nitwit, and his yappy dog act is a waste of time.

Trump is careful to always refer to the FAKE-NEWS media.

Acosta is too stupid and arrogant to see that.
(17) This is no exaggeration:

@realDonaldTrump is the most radical political leader in human history.

Only Mohammed bin Salman matches him.

And that’s why they work together so well.
(18) Trump has thought of everything.


One secret to his success is that he has abandoned the superfluous.

If you don’t NEED 87 percent of the electorate to show up, why waste time trying to make it happen?
(19) Stop worrying about symbolism and rhetoric.

That’s Acosta’s job…

Fireworks at Meeting

Tempers flared yesterday at the Midtown Republican Club meeting even before it officially began. The topic was a post mortem on Thursday’s election.

Fireworks began when I asked President Goff if he had read the editorial yesterday by a Democrat blaming the GOP loss on hyperpartisanship.

He replied he had not, but he believed it to be true. He also pointed to Washington and blamed the things that were going on there for drifting down to us and bringing a blue wave.

This got an immediate reaction from one member in particular, who said that it was precisely the fact that we don’t back President Trump, have officials who back Trump and lackluster candidates that back away from Trump as the reason turnout was tepid. Certainly the energy of Trump voters was missing here Thursday.

Goff did not agree. He thinks that Trump and Republicans everywhere need to adopt a more moderate, less aggressive approach. He then got hammered about the Democrat partisanship. A shouting match between him and another person ensued.

Some of us felt that the election was validation of partisanship. Democrats voted for Democrats with little crossing over. It is my opinion that they usually do.

Blame then turned to the governor race which several felt hurt the local election because it was so nasty. The Boyd and Black feud may have turned off usual Republican voters. Perhaps some stayed home because of it.

That wasn’t true across the state, however. Tennesseans voted Republican in large numbers elsewhere. It was in Shelby County that they stayed home.

Inevitably the issue of race came up. Some felt that the loss of our two main black candidates, Paul Boyd and Robert Hill in the primary, made us look exclusive. Everyone agreed that we need to concentrate on black outreach and that maybe if either of them became Shelby GOP Chairman, it might help to dissuade people from using race against us.

Goff explained that in his race for County Commission District 7, he had gone to three black churches and appeared on black radio. He felt he got good feedback from them, but that the other candidates did not do that.

Regardless, Goff lost by big numbers. His opponent, Tami Sawyer, got 7,700 votes; he got 1,854.

Conservative radio host Ben Ferguson has excoriated the Shelby GOP for not going on his program or others on WREG. GOP Executive Committee representative Tim Beacham disputed that. He said Republican candidates were not invited on his show. Goff added that he had wanted to go on conservative radio but no one would schedule him. Beacham added that the Shelby GOP dropped $60,000 on radio ads on these stations.

The problems that occurred Thursday night with the two hour delay in vote counting by the Election Commission was brought up but never answered. But many of us felt that a big mistake had been made in the Election commission’s decision to stop the early voting downtown location. The Democrats complained that not having that poll would hurt black voters and dissuade them from going to a poll out east.

That gave Democrats an issue to bash Republicans with and that fueled their turnout. The newspaper and other media made it a front page story and because they made such an issue of it we got more bad publicity. That may have turned off voters, too, even though it was a decision by the Election Commission, not the GOP.

Many of us asked why we don’t fight back. Democrats do. Even though Chairman Mills wrote an op ed explaining that no one was being turned away, it was ineffective. We keep stumbling while they walk all over us.

Two young men associated with College and Young Republicans said we need to up our data bases. They pointed out that it was too late to do this in 2018. We need to work now for the 2020 elections. Democrats use this tool effectively.

One of the young men, who is working for Rep. David Kustoff, mentioned that the $3.5 million spent by George Flinn in that election could have made a big difference had it been applied in Shelby County. He also believed that we’re going to have to approach fellow Memphians via issues rather than party. He explained that the College Republicans had done that on the campus of U of M somewhat successfully.

We Midtowners tussled with that suggestion because most of us feel unable to discuss our Republican identity with others and don’t do that anyhow. Few campaigning in Annesdale Snowden or Central Gardens wants the difficulties that would ensue to anyone of us who does that.

Even though the discussions got heated, and Mr. Goff did apologize for his early comments, it was a good thing to have a frank discussion.

Families sometimes need to brawl to get issues addressed. We need more of this and less navel gazing.

Next Thursday GOP Chairman Lee Mills will address the Lunch hour Republican Club. The topic is again, a recap of the election: “Facing an organized and well-financed Democratic Party for the first time in years, a twenty-point voter registration disadvantage, and national political headwinds, the Shelby County Republican Party suffered significant losses in last week’s local election. Join Chairman Lee Mills and the Lunch Club NEXT THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 to hear him break down the election results, dig into the numbers, and share his perspective on how the GOP can bounce back.”

Here’s the information:
August 16, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Owen Brennan’s Restaurant
6150 Poplar Ave. #150
Memphis, TN 38119
TWO Easy-Order Menu Choices: $20 all inclusive (salad, entree, drink, tax, and gratuity), or entree-only.
Seating will be limited, so please RSVP today!

I hope the turnout will be good.

Inefficiency Reflected at the Ballot?

Yesterday I looked at the Shelby GOP website, shelbygop.org.

It still had up information on the pending Aug. 2 election. Today it still does. It has an image of a finger pointing with the sign “Go Vote.”

Today it has been updated to show that Tom Leatherwood has been chosen to run in the vacated post of Ron Lollar, who recently died, for the District 99 candidacy. But it still has up that there will be a special convention to nominate someone on Aug. 6.

Couldn’t someone update this site daily? Doesn’t anyone care?

No one cared either when I went into the headquarters on Germantown Parkway yesterday to get some signs.
Two of us went in the office and no one was sitting at the front desk. Finally a meek voice squeaked out “hi.” It was a young woman sitting at a laptop behind a curtain in the back. She wasn’t really helpful when we enquired about a sign. We were just told to take whatever was out front, which we did.

If someone had gone in for some information on which to base a vote, would that have encouraged a voter to go Republican? It looked like no one cared.

Most or all of these posts are volunteer, but if they can’t keep someone there with a Republican attitude, it’s not really doing any good, is it?

What Happened?

How did Shelby County Republicans lose so badly on Thursday?

That’s a post mortem that will be going on for a while. It should be thoroughly examined. The August 2 election is one that we should have won easily in several of the offices..

Saturday on his radio broadcast Ben Ferguson was excoriating the Shelby GOP leadership. Charlotte Bergman was being interviewed by him and he laid into her about the loss.

He said over and over that “we got our asses kicked” on Thursday. She defended herself and the party but he was really, really angry that we lost so terribly. I think she finally hung up on him. He told her that her defense was that of a politician protecting her own bid for election and not that of her constituents The same went for other Republicans running for office here in Memphis. It was something to hear.

He also attacked Shelby GOP chair Lee Mills on Twitter, saying he had “Been too busy jockeying for Ron Lollars seat appointment since July 6th when he passed away to worry about Election Day. Just a theory.” And, “Apparently he is wanting to be appointed to state rep Ron Lollar seat and his WIFE would be able to vote him in. Conflict of interest!!!!!”

According to @benfergusonshow “Neither his show nor @600WREC ever heard from Shelby County GOP leaders or even Lenoir campaign. That’s crazy. Always take Free publicity.”

In this morning’s Trunkline from the Shelby GOP, Mills answered his critics. He said,

Politics is a finicky thing. One day you are on top. The next day you are at the bottom. The results from last Thursday are disappointing to say the least. Words are hard to come by and the emotions I felt on Friday are hard to explain.

Over the past eight years, under Republican leadership, Shelby County has paid down record amounts of debt, rightsized government agencies, found new innovative ways to fix old problems and made government work better for everyone. The results are right there for everyone to see.

Many folks have theories as to why we lost. At the end of the day, the Democrats had more votes. Whose fault is it? I refuse to point fingers and speculate as to why many Republicans chose not to vote. What I can say is that we did everything we could do with the resources we had.

Could we have done more? Maybe. Could we have done things differently and more effectively? Apparently. Could we have changed the outcome? Doubtful. The truth is this; we made thousands of calls, block-walked with the help of RNC staffers, mailed ballots that contacted hundreds of thousands of voters, purchased new media, billboards and used a substantial amount of county party resources to drive voters out.

We appreciate everyone who voted. We appreciate the candidates who stepped up to run for office. It’s a hard thing to do and that needs to be recognized publicly.

Now we start to work toward the November State and Federal Election. We will rally and work hard to make sure that our State and Federal Candidates are elected. Bill Lee, Marsha Blackburn and our local slate need our help!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite passages:

“Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.” – John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

That’s at least a better attempt than the pathetic column John Ryder wrote in Sunday’s Commercial Appeal. It was headlined, “The agony (and opportunity) of election defeat.” The former Republican National Committeeman was playing nice – too nice – when he wrote, “First the loser must endorse the winner…In politics there are no participation trophies..Losing is an opportunity to reassess…There is no shame in losing. There is shame in not learning from your loss. And there is shame in turning your back on our democratic process.”

Frankly, that sounded like awarding a participation trophy. If it was supposed to make people feel better, it may have, but it didn’t do anything substantive.

We also need to check into why the votes were so late to be released by the Election Commission. Any time there is a lag in votes and the Democrats end up winning, well, it looks suspicious to me. I haven’t really seen an explanation for it.

Tomorrow at the Midtown Republican Club meeting the topic is “discussion and deciphering of the recent election.” I do not know who will be on hand to discuss and decipher, but it will be interesting to hear the explanations.

It’s going to be tough to recover from this loss. I, for one, would like to see concrete plans on how we win again. Do we get new candidates? (Some of Aug. 2 people were rather shopworn.) Do we work on digital outreach? Have a 20 year plan? Work towards getting more young people?

Something drastic needs to be done.

Bad Night for Shelby GOP, Good for State

We lost race after race in Shelby County yesterday. It isn’t pretty. Now the Democrats – and militant ones, too – will be in charge of the County as Mayor, Sheriff’s office, Trustee, Probate Court Clerk, Assessor and county commission seats.
Hello tax increases.

Poor Republican turnout hurt us. Perhaps some of the same old candidates put up hurt, too. There really isn’t any good news for Republicans – here.

However, lest anyone despair, the state GOP did well. Turnout appears to have been 2 to 1. Marsha Blackburn got almost twice as many votes as Phil Bredesen for the Senate seat. We now have a single gubernatorial candidate to focus on rather than the ugly fight that went on and turned off many voters.

On Twitter, @unseen1 laid it out:

1. You have all heard about the open seats the GOP has to defend and how this is going to lead to a blue wave and a dem takeover of Congress. Well tonight that narrative got a 2×4 of reality upside the head at least in Tennessee.
2. In Tenn primary 4 of those open seats were up for grabs. Three of those seats were in the House District 2, 6th and 7th and one in the senate.
3. In House district 2 the turnout so far with 95% reporting is 96,800 GOP votes to 30,300 Dem votes.
4. In the 6th district, the turnout so far with 99% reporting is 104,700 GOP votes to only 30,600 Dem votes
5. In the 7th district the gop candidate ran unopposed so no turnout numbers for the GOP side but on the dem side with 88% reporting only 32,700 people bothered to show up. This is NOT a blue wave turnout numbers
6. Finally in the Senate race for an open seat. This is the one the dems were really pushing a couple months ago as a possible flip for the dems. With 96% reporting the turnout so far is 710,500 GOP votes to only 375,300 dem votes.
7. Turnout was up for BOTH parties. Again not what a blue wave would show. Dems might have “energy” but they don’t have enough voters and are being matched with a corresponding increase in GOP voters.
8. Quick what happens when two equal but opposite waves come together?
9. Destructive interference. Destructive interference occurs when waves come together in such a way that they completely cancel each other out. When two waves interfere destructively, they must have the same amplitude in opposite directions.

Thank goodness for the sane parts of Tennessee. We’re not one of them.

No Bias Here

If you’re interested in seeing Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, Death of a Nation, it’s here in Memphis and opening today.

But read how the ever so balanced media – in this case the CA aka Gannett – describes it:
“President Trump is compared favorably to Abraham Lincoln in the latest hairball of proto-‘Handmaid’s’ hallucination ejected from the esophagus of conservative lickspittle Dinesh D’Souza.”

Wow! And they wonder why we’re not reading their newspaper or watching their TV news shows.

This author should be ashamed of himself and face dismissal.

Not going to happen.

My Sample Ballot

It’s very important to vote tomorrow.

If we get Lee Harris as County Mayor, he will happily raise taxes. He’s admitted this already. You can watch your property tax bill get a hike. He’s also a friend of Planned Parenthood, which is an issue that is important to many of us. He’s sought the endorsement of Our Rev (revolution), which is a Leftist organization centered on Bernie Sanderson pushing socialism.

David Lenoir has done an excellent job as Trustee. He will manage our money well as County Mayor. He will get along well with the County Commission, something Mayor Luttrell has not been able to accomplish.

I am endorsing Diane Black for governor. She’s been impressive in the House and has helped President Trump repeatedly. Her values are right for Tennessee – Right for Life, NRA, low taxes. Randy Boyd and Bill Lee have not had to work with a legislature. And Beth Harwell leans a little too RINO for my taste.

Here are my other choices:

Robert Trouy for Assessor.
George Chism, Trustee
Dale Lane, Sheriff
Tom Leatherwood, Circuit Court Clerk
Richard DeSaussure, Criminal Court Clerk
Bobby Simmons, Juvenile Court Clerk
Chris Thomas, Probate Court
Donna Creeson, County Clerk
Wayne Mashburn, Register of Deeds
Sam Goff, County Commission Dist. 7
Charlotte Bergman, House District 9
Brian Kelsey, Tennessee State Senate, Dist. 29
Mary Wagner, Circuit Court, Div. 7
David Rudolph, Circuit Court, Div. 9
Jennifer Smith Nichols, Criminal Court, Div. 10
Ford Canale, City Council

Then there is a ballot initiative concerning whether the local officials should determine raises for the county officials or whether the state should regulate it. I voted no because I think the amendment gives too much leeway to local officials who might want to reward friends with higher salaries.

Early voting was light in Republican votes – it often is.

Let’s hope Republicans get out and vote tomorrow. All these offices really have a direct effect on our daily lives. We need responsible people in charge.

Pence Endorses Black

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted this yesterday:

.@DianeBlackTN is running for Governor of TN & a strong supporter of #MAGA agenda of tax cuts, military $$ & a champion of right to life policies. There are great candidates running but Diane has been my friend for years, we served together in the House, & she has my support!
9:59 AM – 27 Jul 2018

If Pence endorses her, will Trump soon follow?