Make Them Look in the Mirror

It is always astounding to see the hypocrisy of the Left. Ever notice that whatever evil they do, Democrats point to Republicans and childishly say look at what they’re doing? They always use deflection to cover their hypocrisy happily helped by their handmaids, the media.

Want to fight back? I saw this list by Mick O’Rourke at American Thinker. It occurs to me that it would be awfully handy to pull out when a Dem/Leftist/Progressive starts virtue signaling. If you are about to get hit by their moralizing at family gatherings (such as Mother’s Day), meetings with friends, etc., run this by them. It is indisputable.

“The most recent attempts of the left to play the part of public virtue police recalls an almost infinite treasury of liberal hypocrisy:

Demanding that private businesses (like Christian bakeries) be forced to violate their convictions of conscience by baking homosexual “wedding” cakes (though not critiquing Islamic or homosexual bakeries for similar practices) while defending other “private” businesses (like Facebook) censoring or de-platforming whomever they wish
Insisting that the government be allowed to regulate the most nitpicking minutiae of private life, down to how many ounces of soda you can drink, while equally insisting that the same government should never interfere in “private” decisions about your body (like, say, a woman extinguishing the life of her offspring in utero)
Lambasting the “violence” of “hate speech” (i.e., speech that dissents from leftist dogma) while assaulting restaurant patrons for wearing MAGA hats
Demanding that American taxpayers freely allow aliens to illegally cross into their communities, and blasting those who disagree as “racists,” while themselves choosing to live in predominantly white, low-immigrant areas; building expansive walls around their own homes; and steadfastly refusing to open their own properties to immigrants when asked.
Pretending to be great lovers of “science” if it seems to support leftist dogma like climate change while completely ignoring or denying what science has to say about the innate biological differences between the sexes or about the beginnings of life in the womb
Confidently asserting that homosexual desires are fixed and unchangeable, such that laws must be made preventing homosexuals who voluntarily seek to change from doing so, while also asserting that fixed and immutable biological traits (like possessing a Y chromosome) are totally fluid and changeable merely by “identifying” as a woman
Decrying the state-sponsored execution of guilty murderers, rapists, and terrorists while celebrating and promoting the state-sponsored execution of innocent unborn (and now even born!) children
Urging that we “await all the evidence” before dismissing obvious hoaxes (e.g., Jussie Smollet’s staged “hate crime”) while rushing to (false) judgment when the narrative fits preconceived biases (e.g., “racist” Catholic high school students allegedly “oppressing” American Indian veterans)
Forming the vanguard of an alleged resurgence in sexual mores and propriety toward women via the “Me Too” movement while also allowing its Hollywood branch to continue pumping out a steady stream of foul and semi-pornographic filth that largely created and sustains the very rape-and-smut culture they now claim to decry
Denouncing political commentary as causing “violence” against Democratic politicians, then quietly ignoring similar condemnations after shootings against Republican congressmen (committed by a Bernie Sanders–supporter)
Focusing keen media attention on (extremely rare) incidents of terrorism directed against mosques (particularly when there is any slight hope of pinning the blame on a right-winger) while studiously ignoring actual genocide committed worldwide against Christians, especially to avoid drawing attention to the Islamic origins of such genocide
Obsessively fixating on suppressing “hateful ideology” that leads to “violence” while fostering a new mold of political representatives who now openly advocate for socialism (Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), an ideology that has claimed 100 million lives
Denouncing non-leftist politicians who use filthy words in private but preparing to support and vote for leftist politicians who commit filthy actions, like fondling women and even children in public (and on camera)
Insisting on the provision of “safe spaces” for adult college students who may be “triggered” or threatened by hearing ideas which differ from their own while denying those same safe spaces in the form of single-sex locker rooms for minor students who may be threatened by actions from those with nefarious intentions
Forever attempting to restrict citizens’ rights to defend themselves with firearms, while ensuring that their own political and celebrity leadership always be flanked by heavily armed security”

I would have to add to the point about Smollett and the Covington Catholics, Justice Kavanaugh’s ordeal on unproved accusations. Innocent til proved guilty, except when it’s someone who they don’t like.

And what of Harvey Weinstein? He was lambasted by Me, Too people, but walks free without much consequence. Where are the protestors?

Lefties want to adhere to the law when it comes to the Russia hoax, yet want AG Barr to break it and reveal the redactions of grand jury testimony – a clear violation of their own law.

Then there’s Hillary, who broke the law in smashing her blackberry and in having a private email server. Totally illegal, but OK when it’s her.
There are countless other examples.
Surprise a liberal. They expect us to roll over and take their guff. Time to give back. Here are some tools.

How They Get Conservatives

The recent CA attack on Judge Lammey, someone I do not know, seems like an orchestrated hit job.

There is a method to what the Left does. It’s apparent in this experience detailed by Adam Sedia at the American Thinker. It sounds suprisingly familiar, doesn’t it?

I went from almost a judge to being fired within the space of forty-eight hours. Why? Because it came out that I was a conservative.

I had read stories about conservatives being blacklisted, fired, having their careers and reputations destroyed because of their political views. Never once did I dream it could happen to me, an insignificant lawyer in an insignificant part of the country. But just this past week the nightmare happened, and I learned firsthand the consequences of running against the leftist hive that dominates our world.

I live in Lake County, Indiana — the Chicago suburbs at the very northwestern tip of the state. It epitomizes the Rust Belt, with the great steel cities of Gary and East Chicago, the oil refinery city of Whiting, and the surrounding blue-collar suburbs. I grew up here and I practice law here. It has been a stronghold of the Democrats since the New Deal, and its political corruption is notorious. It was one of the last great political machines until the Bush Justice Department broke it up in the early 2000s. Even so, its vestiges still remain.

I had built a career over ten years as a civil litigator and had developed a reputation as one of the top local appellate litigators. When a vacancy in one of the Superior Courts occurred, several colleagues whom I admired and respected encouraged me to apply.

While most counties elect their judges, Lake County does not. It once did, but its judges were so notoriously corrupt and incompetent that the legislature abolished elections and put the county on merit selection. (Except for one judgeship, which the state constitution required to remain elected, but this is a technicality that would take too long to describe.) Under this system, when a vacancy occurs, a local commission of both attorneys and non-attorneys takes applications, conducts interviews, and submits a list of three names to the governor, who then appoints the judge. The judge is then up for a yes-or-no retention vote for six-year terms after that.

The system vastly improved the quality of the judiciary in the county. And it was no small secret that it was the legislature’s way of getting Republican judges in a county that would otherwise never elect them.

As a Republican precinct committeeman with a Republican governor, my chances were good. Or so I thought. You see, I had a deep, dark secret: I was open about my conservative views. In college fifteen years ago I expressed them in a column for the campus newspaper. And until my son was born three years ago I expressed them on social media. I toned things down as I settled down, but my views became more conservative the more I experienced.

Then it happened. Someone had printed and saved my social media posts from three years ago and more. There were nine of them, most of them links to publications like the National Review, Breitbart, and the Blaze: two were pro-life, one criticized illegal immigration, others made fun of radical feminism and warned about radical Islam, and several were critical of overreach by federal judges. They were strident, but fairly innocuous for social media. By no stretch of the imagination were they racist, sexist, or bigoted.

Whoever printed these mailed them anonymously to three of the nine members of the Judicial Nominating Commission, but the commission would not consider anonymous materials, and my name was among the three submitted to the governor.

Identical anonymous mailings went to a local Democratic attorney and the governor’s staff, but still no controversy materialized. Finally, several mailings went out – to the Urban League of Gary, the Indiana Chapter of the NAACP, Mayor Freeman-Wilson of Gary, the local Hispanic Bar Association, and the local black Bar Association. The Urban League complained to the local paper, which took up the story. As a judicial candidate, I was limited as to what I could say, and I tried to play things safe. Let the process work out. How naïve I was.

Of course the story ran, and of course it ran with glaring inaccuracies and outright misrepresentations. The damage was done. I was branded a racist. The local Republican party, to its great credit, stood by me and conveyed its support to the governor. But the governor caved and appointed a Democrat – a Democrat whose boss, the mayor of Hammond, had just called him a felon on the air.

But even that was not the end. Two days later, the partners at my firm called me into a meeting. Some corporate clients, they said, complained about my political views and stated that they could no longer do business with the firm if I remained there. It was them or me, and the firm chose them. My bosses were gracious about it. They complimented my work and allowed me time to stay on and find new employment, but I was still fired.

I have some prospects, I have the support and commiseration of my friends and colleagues, and in many ways the end of my career marks a new beginning. I have grown tired of private practice, its constant battle, its grueling hours, and its thankless clients. If anything, losing my job has freed me from this drudgery. Better opportunities await, but they all require me to abandon my home. After this experience, I gladly do so.

This whole ordeal has taught me three lessons. The first I already knew but had not yet experienced. While Democrats always circle the wagons around their own, Republicans will fall over themselves to throw their own under the bus. I had seen it in national politics, and learned the hard way that it holds true on the local level as well.

I also learned that to the Left, its enemies are not human. The anonymity and persistence of the mailings put myself and my family in grave fear for our safety. I cannot describe the sleepless nights, the caution exercised every time we stepped out of the house. I made police reports, but without an actual threat, all they could do was document the mailings. None of that mattered. All that mattered was power politics and stopping me at all costs — simply for my personal views.

If this anonymous mailer wanted to assert that I wrote what was in those mailings and that they should disqualify me from office, what shame was there in doing so openly and publicly? They certainly had nothing to fear from me, my family, or my friends. Keeping the process secret stifled open, civil discourse and left the process beholden to rumor and innuendo.

But what is even sadder is that this tactic worked. It set a dangerous precedent for future nominees to the bench. This has shaken my faith in the judicial nomination process, the legal profession itself, and humanity in general.

Nor was I human to the business world. Never mind the firm’s long and productive relationship with its corporate clients. Those clients were willing to kill that relationship over one employee’s nonconforming political views. And while my bosses were clearly sympathetic, the value of the clients’ business mattered more than the personal relationship I had developed with them.

But perhaps most importantly, it taught me never to hide or be ashamed of my views. I knew the local bar would despise my opinions, so I tried to play it safe. The mailings were anonymous, so I had plausible deniability. I pled ignorance, hoping the storm would blow over, but everything ended up no different than if I had come out and stated openly that I was a conservative and that my views aligned with the President of the United States and those who elected him.

Finally, it must be said that all of this did anything but moderate my views. Indeed, it has only confirmed my opinions. The Left is a mindless, heartless, bloodthirsty mob marching in lockstep, out to destroy anyone who doubts its uncompromising and ever-changing orthodoxy. It must be stopped at all costs. The Republican Party is an ineffective means of combatting that juggernaut because its leadership lacks a spine when it counts most. And finally, if being successful requires me to be a leftist, I choose failure every single time.

Adam J. Sedia, aside from practicing law, is a prize-winning poet and composes music as a hobby. He lives with his wife and children.

And they said the McCarthy era was bad.

Leftists Target Judge

Yesterday’s CA ran an aggressive story about Judge Jim Lammey. It accused him of being a racist, holocaust denier and anti immigration advocate.

Whenever I see something like that I immediately wonder if the Soros machine is not behind it. That may seem a stretch, but Soros has enough money to trickle down to city judges. He definitely has a movement to vote out all conservative, Constitution loving District Attorneys. Kim Fox of the Jussie Smollett fiasco is one of his hand picked DAs. You see what she’s like.

It’s also a Saul Alinsky tactic to find a target, freeze it, tag it and make fun of it. That’s what’s going on.

The CA followed up today with another story attacking Lammey, this one basically asking Democrats to comb through all conservative elected officials’ facebook and twitter posts to see if they can hang the racist term on them.

Interestingly, the response to this on facebook backed the judge, as this one shows. Lammey writes his thanks and then reprints the comment and others:

Some of you may have seen in the Commercial Appeal the article written about The Honorable Judge Jim Lammey of Shelby County Criminal Court Division V. To say the article is an unfair characterization is an understatement. I have known Judge Lammey for over 20 years, first as an Assistant District Attorney and then as a Judge.
As a prosecutor he was fair and consistent in his assessment and handling of cases. We settled many cases including murder and other serious felonies. His ability to consider the applicable law and the facts always resulted in a fair outcome—more often better than some defendants’ criminal history warranted. The many victims of violent crimes that he used his trial skills protecting surely remain grateful for his tenacity and zeal in standing for their rights. When he decided to run for Judge without hesitation I gave him my unfettered support.
As a Judge, he has maintained the characteristics that led the public to elect him. His policies of allowing prosecutors to agree with front end probation is a continuation of his belief and trust that the Assistant District Attorneys can be trusted to weigh the facts and the law in reaching a fair settlement of cases. I have witnessed him grant time-cuts to those repeat offenders that come back before him praying for mercy. I’ve seen his compassion when these folks present him with certificates of completion of rehabilitative programs at the correctional center and his willingness to give them a second chance—more often, a third, fourth and fifth chance.
I might add that most of these clients are African Americans.
This article attempts to paint Judge Lammey as an unfair racist because of his policy of following the rule of law. Requiring illegal aliens to register with the department of immigration is the law. He owes no apology for that.
The article demeans the character of the man I have experienced for 20 years that has ruled against me many times—but never in an unjust manner.
This reporter doesn’t know the family man and patriot Jim Lammey is. He has raised four God fearing children that support our country and exemplify the qualities he possesses. His family has experienced tragedy and overcome adversities few could endure.
I only wish this coward of a reporter would have taken the time to investigate the true man in the black robe.
The article implies that Judge Lammey is a holocaust denier. For those that know him, you know that he is a learned reader of history both US and world. Don’t believe me? I challenge anyone to stop by his chambers (where everybody is welcomed) and open a discussion on any subject of world affairs.
I personally read the majority of the Judge’s Facebook posts and rarely ever does he express his personal opinion regarding articles he shares. Often debates are sparked between commenters on the posts and he remains silent. The posts are mostly about the current state of affairs in our country and illegal immigration is one of many. He never claims to agree or accept as true the content of all posts although it’s his God given right to do so.
The article paints a much different picture. He is the Judge of a Court of record. Everything he says or does in a criminal case is there for the world to see. The system has a checks and balances method of correcting him if he’s wrong.
For the record, if it is not abundantly clear, I support Judge Lammey. Political affiliation I have always stated has never impacted my dealings with any of our Criminal Court Judges. I believe we have the most experienced trial court judges in the country. Each is unique but their collective experiences is unparalleled. I’ve known all ten and considering the magnitude of serious cases they have dealt with while being judge and before taking the bench, I wouldn’t trade a single one.

Here are more comments:

“I served on a jury in Judge Lammey’s court. He was fair and impartial. Helped greatly in explaining the law and making it clear to the jury what our responsibilities were. Given another opportunity to serve in his courtroom again and I would jump at the chance.”
“I knew Jim Lammey when he was a prosecutor and I worked in some of the courts where he worked. I always thought he conducted himself as he should. I helped him in his first election and will help again, if he asks. We need more judges like him.”

“I’ve read and commented on many of his posts, and I’ve never seen any race related comments whatsoever. I have known Jim Lammey since high school. He is a man of integrity!!”
“What a wonderful characterization of Judge Lammey. A great American, husband, Christian,father, and son.”
“Hang in there Jim. We have your back”

“I saw the article….i’ve been mad all day! Jimmy is a good man of high integrity. Praying people see the man I’ve known since we were kids.”

“Reporters don’t care about full investigation…the article got clicks.”

“We have known Jimmy since high school. Anyone who knows Jim KNOWS what a good fair man he is and has always been. Shame on the reporter for tryin to impure his character. He is a fine man, father, brother, husband , judge and NOT what was being portrayed. Ask anyone who knows him.”

“Jimmy I’m appalled. You are a great guy!! A good friend and a great judge. How anyone could think you would do anything less than abide by the law is beyond me. You have our support. Thank you for all you do.”

“Jim Lammey is a strong man (needs to be in his job!) of high character. I go to church with Jim who is a faithful Christian and family man. I know he regularly seeks God’s help and direction. There may be some judges with issues but Jim Lammey’s only issues are finding justice and fairness. People like Jim, much less justices like Jim, are hard to come by. Any haranging about this man is sadly misplaced.”

“One person being critical is Steve Mulroy who might be the biggest jerk in all of Shelby County.
Steve Mulroy might want to reconsider his criticism.”

“I was just talking to some of the peeps on my dart team last week about what a good/fair by the law Judge Jim Lammey is. I will personally and the whole Arnold family will tell anyone that he is a Good man and Judge ! Don’t listen to the BS…. I hot your back Judge !!!”

“Bias media. Wonder who is pulling the reporter’s strings. Is there a political move going on?”

“I can attest to your unbiased and fair demeanor from day one as a prosecutor to criminal court judge.”

“And the Commercial Unappeal wonders why readership and subscriptions are dropping off. They have to try to create controversy to sell a paper. Losers.”

“Notifying ICE of convicted illegal aliens is part of the job. Absurd criticism!”
“Thanks Jimmy for your outstanding work. If we had more with your abilities and hard work, the world would be a better place. I’ve know this family for years and never had one bad thing said or insinuated about them. Stand strong Jimmy. It’s a sad world we live in and we need more like you.”
“Jim Lammey I have known you ever since I moved here to TN I have always found you to be a honorable man. Keep your head up.”
“The Commercial Appeal is a liberal newspaper that will do anything to sell a paper. The reporters are biased and most people only buy it to read the obituaries which includes the CA. Judge Lammey is a
respected, admired and loved person in Shelby County.”
“I do not read the Appeal for the such as bias news, as most news is today. Most all news is strictly propaganda and lacks facts and truth… Where is the nonpartisan news??? Now do I need to read this trashy article about Jim ? A man of Christ and Honor who offers great value to his family and our community. Peace Be With You +++”
“Jim Lammey needs to be our next mayor.”
“I support you, Jim Lammey. Continue to stand up for your beliefs and values! 🇺🇸😊”
“I too will add my vote to his character. As a court reporter who worked with him both before and after he took the bench admire him for a job well done. He goes by the law at all times and gives people multiple chances to correct their way of life. I am so sorry he was given a review by someone who does not know him or been in his courtroom to observe him.”
“Agree. More Fake False news”
“Well said. I’ve seen him action, nothing be respectful, and doing the job he was hired to do. Keep up the good work Judge.”

“I, too, would like to thank Scott Hall for bringing this to my attention. Jim Lammey, during the 10 or so years I practiced criminal defense in Memphis, was one of the most open-minded and fair judges before which I had the pleasure of practicing criminal or otherwise. My clients comprised a melange of colors, creeds, ethnicities, and yes, political persuasions. In every instance, he acted with proper decorum, forethought, and respect. He demonstrated and still demonstrates an increasing rare set of abilities: even application of the law and an impartial assessment of the merits or demerits of the matter at hand. Based upon some of the comments I’ve read on social media and other outlets, Jim Lammey, in the execution of his sworn duties, exhibits another skill that’s in short supply–the ability to disregard extraniety before casting judgment.”

Whenever any ugly allegation like this occurs, you have to ask yourself who benefits? Obviously, the anti American left/Dems/Progressives. It made seem odd that they work all the way down to the judicial level, but they are obsessed. They are determined to stop the country from being what it is supposed to be.

We can expect more.

What You Missed at the WHC Dinner

While President Trump was busy rallying the crowd in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the press was busy rallying its fellows at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

There was no comedy headliner at this year’s affair. Maybe because journalists can dish it out, but they don’t like having it served back at them. Without the president there, though, they still managed to get in som hits on their favorite target.

The organization’s chief, Olivier Knox, whined his way through a pathetic speech. He said,

I don’t want to dwell on the president. This is not his dinner. It’s ours, and it should stay ours. But I do want to say this. In nearly 23 years as a reporter I’ve been physically assaulted by Republicans and Democrats, spat on, shoved, had crap thrown at me. I’ve been told I will never work in Washington again by both major parties.

And yet I still separate my career to before February 2017 and what came after. And February 2017 is when the president called us the enemy of the people. A few days later my son asked me, ‘Is Donald Trump going to put you in prison?’

He wishes. That would make him a hero among those who matter – the press corps and the stooges who inhabit the swamp.

He continued, taking up his saga of a family trip to Mexico:

… if the president tried to keep me out of the country, at least Uncle Josh is a good lawyer and will get you home (he told his son).

I’ve had to tell my family not to touch packages on our stoop. My name is on a statement criticizing the president for celebrating a congressman’s criminal assault on a reporter. I’ve had death threats, including one this week. Too many of us have. It shouldn’t need to be said in a room full of people who understand the power of words but fake news and enemies of the people are not punch lines, pet names or presidential. And we should reject politically expedient assaults on the men and women whose hard work makes it possible to hold the powerful to account.

You mean the powerful like the head of the FBI, former CIA director, National Intelligence chief and a former president? Because it didn’t seem like you held any of them to account.

The narcissism from this creep just drips from his words. Have many people heard of Oliver Knox? I doubt it. Maybe that’s why he so feverishly wishes the president would throw him a crumb.

I was amused yesterday to hear OAN’s chief White House correspondent, Neil W. McCabe, answer the question of his own attendance at the WHC Dinner. He said he would not be attending, but did last year for the first time.

He found the treatment of Sarah Sanders by Michelle Wolf absolutely “toxic.” He was embarrassed and repulsed by the whole evening.

He’s not alone. Most of us were. We’ll take an old fashioned political rally any time over the prancing and self congratulations of the media. After all, we can get that any day, at any time, anywhere they spew.

Sleepy Joe Starts With a Yawn

Joe Biden starts his campaign with a smear. In his doofus video announcing his candidacy (how many times now?) for president he tries to pin racism on Trump for his remarks after the Charlottesville event.

Maybe Biden should go back to plagiarizing Brit pol Neil Kinnoch, because this didn’t work. It was a lame introduction and hardly surprising.
And by the way, whatever happened to him being in charge of curing cancer?

I digress.

Here’s what Trump really said. Keep it handy, because it will come up against liberal friends (if that’s possible) time and again.

Q: You said there was hatred and violence on both sides?

Trump: I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame object both on both sides. I have no doubt about it. You don’t have doubt about it either. If you reported it accurately, you would say that the neo-Nazis started this thing. They showed up in Charlottesville. Excuse me. They didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis. You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group — excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.

George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me. Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him. Good. Are we going to take down his statue. He was a major slave owner. Are we going to take down his statue? It is fine. You are changing history and culture.

You had people and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists. They should be condemned totally. You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. The press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group too.

And then there was this. Nowhere does he call the white supremacist groups “great people.” He was referring to the vets.

“Thank you very much. As you know, this was a small press conference, but a very important one. And it was scheduled to talk about the great things that we’re doing with the secretary on the Veterans Administration. And we will talk about that very much so in a little while. But I thought I should put out a comment as to what’s going on in Charlottesville. So, again, I want to thank everybody for being here — in particular I want to thank our incredible veterans. And thank you, fellows. Let me shake your hands. … Great people. They’re great people.

“But we’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time.

“I just got off the phone with the governor of Virginia, Terry Mcauliffe, and we agree that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now. We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true — really, I say this so strongly, true affection for each other. Our country is doing very well in so many ways. We have record, just absolute record, employment. We have unemployment the lowest it’s been in almost 17 years. We have companies pouring into our country, Foxconn and car companies and so many others. They’re coming back to our country. We’re renegotiating trade deals to make them great for our country and great for the American worker. We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottesville, to me it’s very, very sad.

“I want to salute the great work of the state and local police in Virginia. Incredible people, law enforcement, incredible people. And also the National Guard. They’ve really been working smart and working hard. They’ve been doing a terrific job. Federal authorities are also providing tremendous support to the governor; he thanked me for that. And we are here to provide whatever other assistance is need. We are ready, willing and able.

“Above all else, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We’re proud of our country. We’re proud of who we are. So, we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other. Ideally we have to love each other.

“And now to the Veteran’s Administration where I’m so proud of (Veterans Affairs Secretary) David Shulkin and the job you’ve done. What you’ve done in such a short period of time, I think you folks would attest to it. …”

The Shiny New Candidate

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.

Pretty damning.
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.

A New Low for Stevie

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.

Virtue Signaling at Fox

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.