The Lefty Factor

I have mixed feelings about Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News.

I was never a big fan and really have not watched it much in the past few years. He was a blowhard and I didn’t like how he would blow hot and cold on Obama, climate change and other issues. Lots of commentators referred to him by his initials, BOR, with the ensuing meaning.

If he was as obnoxious and harassing to women as his accusers say – and there are too many and too similar to dismiss – he’s not a role model, is he? Evidently he treated his ex wife poorly, allegedly throwing her down a flight of stairs while his kids watched.

But I don’t like how he has now joined the group of other people taken out by the Left. General Flynn, Roger Ailes, Milo Yanniapolous and now O’Reilly. They have been targeted for removal so as to weaken and harm the conservative movement. Who’s next? Rush? Hannity?

New York radio host and sometimes Hannity substitute Mark Simone cleverly tweeted “There was no way to save Bill O’Reilly, unless he wanted to change his name to Bill Clinton, then liberals would be fine with it.” Absolutely true.

As in so many things, look to the New York Times, George Soros and Media Matters behind all this. It is rumored that 50 companies who sponsored The Factor were contacted and threatened if they continued to advertise on his show. Mobs gathered in front of Fox News to protest O’Reilly. That has the stench of Soros’ hire a protestor motus operandi.

Fox News will probably suffer from the loss. He was a big income maker and his loss and the subsequent schedule changes may not succeed. The Five has been moved to 8 Central Time; Tucker Carlson to O’Reilly’s 7 gig; Hannity stays the same; Eric Bolling inherits The Five’s 4 o’clock spot, minus the others. O’Reilly’s popularity helped keep viewers watching Carlson and Hannity. They may dive out now before those shows come on. The Five will be a weak viewership gatherer for Hannity’s follow.

The Murdoch brothers will not have the conservative viewers’ back, either. They are big climate change proponents and urged Fox to get edgy at the 2016 debates with Megyn Kelly’s acid tongue, Bret Baier’s skepticism and Chris Wallace’s left leanings. Expect more of that. They were all too eager to get rid of Roger Ailes. It didn’t take long to dump O’Reilly.
I agree with this commentator:

This is the opening salvo aimed at taking Trump down in 2020.

O’Reilly, as obnoxious as he is, gave Trump a platform, credibility, exposure and a huge audience. He also kept some of the other Fox backstabbers on their toes through his top dog position.

I think LSM got to the Murdoch’s through his pajama-boy sons and his new wife (ex-Jagger spouse) and pushed him to go against his instincts.

This will demolish Fox but also take away a key chip for Trump.

The question is will someone or something rise up to fill the gap and will it be in time? We’ve got almost 4 years but Bill-O’s ouster is a huge win for the left.

Look at what’s left.
Perrino? Hates Trump
McCallum – same thing
Tucker – don’t trust him. There’s clearly no love lost between him and POTUS
The Five? Give me a break. Between Juan and Bob it’s hostile territory and won’t work at 9pm.
Baier? Despises Trump.
Shep? A fruitcake SJW neverTrumper.

So between 1 and 10 pm it’s a non-stop Trump bash.

Sean will be gone because there will be ZERO lead-in for him.

The left, Antifa, the POS, Soros are all cheering tonight.

Oh well, one more big reason to cut the cable. Aside from Lou, Varney and Sean there’s nothing of value left.

Evidently Murdoch’s newspapers in Australia promote a globalist view and are constant Trump bashers.

What O’Reilly needs to do now is to turn his skills in investigative reporting on his enemies. He should dig into Sulzberger at the New York Times, George Soros and Jeff Bezos to start.

They need a taste of their own medicine. He could find a platform to do it. He could help at One America News, Right Side Broadcasting or Breitbart. He could do it via Youtube.

In today’s world it’s pretty easy to get a platform. Someone needs to do this and he’s got the ability and motive to do it.

Will he?

What’s Happening in Georgia?

Last night’s election for the Congressional seat vacated by now HHS Secretary Tom Price in Georgia was a squeaker.
The Democrat Jon Ossoff was over 50% most of the evening. All he needed was 50% plus one vote in the primary to have a victory. He was above that most of the night.
In the end he came up short with 48% of the vote. Hollywood and other Democrats had poured $8 million into the race. He had a chance because the GOP field was divided among 12 candidates. The guy didn’t even live in his district! He couldn’t even vote for himself, yet he got this close in a red state.

The Free Beacon also reported that he has a truth problem. He misrepresented his security work. “After claiming for months he had five years of experience as a congressional national security staffer with top-secret clearance, Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff has now admitted that he had clearance for just five months.”

The Left media willingly overlooked this.

Still, this was considered a rock solid Republican seat. It was the one occupied by Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Johnny Isakson. Tom Price won the last election 62 to 38. It was in Georgia, considered a red state.

It should have been easy. But, thinking back to election night 2016, maybe there are some problems there. Remember how many networks did not call Georgia for a long time? Why was that? Is there some mischief going on there? Drudge hinted at it with his headline about a “rare data entry” problem. At the end of the night, some ballots had to be counted by hand. Evidently there were earlier problems with machines that were stolen and missing for a couple of days. This kind of thing seems to happen when Democrats can’t win a race. Coincidence? Hmm.

The race now goes to June 20th between Ossoff and Karen Handel. Nine more weeks for money to pour into Ossoff. That’s longer than an entire British election for Prime Minister! They limit an election to six weeks.

Then next is now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s seat in Montana. The Dems are said to be drooling over that one, too.

Maybe it is a good thing that the Georgia GOP ran into a bit of a headwind. Evidently they need to get their party buttoned down in the Peach State.

Handel was a never Trumper. She has changed all that I imagine after President Trump helped her out in this race and will be backing her. She will have to unite with the other 10 or 11 Republican candidates and press forward.

It’s maybe a good thing for the Republican Congress, too. They MUST get on with healthcare and tax reform. If that means replacing Paul Ryan as Speaker, so be it. The Dems are mad with frustration and anger. They’ll do anything, throw anything at our candidates and they have the backing of 90% of the media. Time to get it together.

In the meantime, if you want to contribute to Karen Handel’s campaign, her website is Karenhandel.com. She could probably use a contribution.

Newsicide

That’s what newspaper and news media outlets everywhere are committing now. They can’t kill themselves fast enough. They see one newspaper ready to go over the edge to extinction and the new lemmings can’t resist doing it, too.

So today, our morning newspaper wants to speed up the process which they have already revved up before. They announce on Page 1 that there is no Local section anymore. Isn’t that the point of a local newspaper? National news is everywhere. You can’t escape it. It’s on Facebook, Twitter, the radio, even the local news stations fill up on it. But it’s the local stuff people like.

We want to know what’s going on in our government, our schools, our businesses and the lives of fellow Memphians. It helps us to make decisions in our own lives. The CA says it will give “a sharper focus on local news coverage.” They promise more on the front page. OK, but that is only for the most important local events. Sometimes what matters is in the smaller stories. When the newspaper gave up on daily news of record listings, that was a bad decision, too. In that is where you find a lot of information useful to businesses, families and neighbors.

There is – or was – the advertisements. It helps to know about new products or sales at local stores. But even that is shrinking.

Remember Lydel Sims and Edwin Howard? They wrote about humor and entertainment. There is no room for them anymore in a newspaper. That’s a shame, because they appealed to local tastes and values.

Reporter David Waters gives a very odd apology/explanation on Page 2. “High tech changes bring some high costs” is the title of the article that weighs the low cost of technology to the high cost in jobs. Obviously Gannett has made its choice.

There is a point, though, where the returns begin to shrink. Less local news will mean less local readership in all probability.

Why buy a newspaper or subscribe to one that doesn’t answer the populace’s needs?

You might as well just read Nextdoor Neighbors. You’ll find out more there about crime, schools, businesses and attitudes in your neighborhood.

And cost? Nothing. Hard to compete with that.

It’s hard to find the Appeal in the Commercial anymore.

All the News Isn’t Fit to Print Here

Today’s Commercial Appeal is the final one printed at 495 Union. This ends a continuity dating to shortly after the Civil War.

Almost 20 people will lose their jobs as the production now moves to Jackson, Tennessee.

You would think that this information would be secondary to other news in the paper, as it is in some ways, an admission of failure on the newspaper’s part. But, no, it took up three quarters of the front page with a similar amount taking up Page 2 and a continuation on Page 5.

It’s almost as if they’re proud of it.

That’s how liberals operate, however. They never admit they haven’t succeeded; it’s blamed on something else. The men who lost their jobs in this layoff and in a subsequent one in the newsroom don’t much matter to the people who pretend to be for the working man and woman. The remaining employees certainly don’t want to cause themselves problems by any criticism.

Did they consider that doing this would undermine a customer’s trust that the newspaper would continue? Many won’t even consider subscribing now and others in doubt might cancel to avoid trouble if the breakdowns continue and the publication folds up tent.

You might think that a group of people who embrace the concept of fighting climate change would consider the carbon footprint a journey to and from 80 miles away would cause on our fragile planet. Evidently not. That is left to us plebes to curb our gas and energy usage, not them.

Ah, progress. It’s another way liberals mask their plans. This will be better and more efficient, the direction of newspaper production says. “Jackson’s press is newer, more proficient and more precise. After we get Monday’s paper out, these presses will never see a newspaper again,” he said.

Anyone consider truck breakdowns, weather and other factors in delivering from 80 miles away?

The reporter mentions that the CA managed to print during war, depression, cataclysmic events here and in the world.

He quotes an earlier time when a headline said, “Men and machines – and lots of them – make the South’s greatest newspaper.”

Few men, no big machines and no great newspaper. See any connection there?

What Trump Is Doing

The new meme for the media is that President Trump is reversing himself on issues across the board.

It is so obvious that they have plotted to use this ploy by the same phrase repeated on different networks ad nauseum. The hope is to anger and alienate the Trump voter from the president. Never forget that they want ouster, via impeachment, scandal or something more nefarious.

The GOP and Trump voters should ignore this tactic and use their own eyes and ears to evaluate what he’s doing.

For instance, some are upset that Trump did not officially call China a currency manipulator. It was a term he used in the campaign repeatedly. Yet after Xi Jinping’s visit to Mar-a-lago, Trump appears to have softened his China stance.

But did he?

He has already successfully labeled China a currency manipulator by threatening to do something about it. To avoid that something, China has acted and conceded on several goals Trump wanted. Why would you fulfill a threat if the other person has withdrawn it? It isn’t currently an issue and Trump did it without any kind of belligerent talk, chest thumping or threats.

In return, China has stopped oil and coal deliveries to North Korea, abstained in a vote at the U.N. for the first time, stopped flights from Beijing to Pyongyang and said they were open to talks about halting the NoKo nukes without North Korea involved.

What did we give in return? No concessions that I can see.

Those accomplishments alone – in his first 100 days – are more than Clinton, Bush and Obama did in 24 years.

So should supporters be angry about it?

When Trump was running for president a friend of mine argued that he would be disastrous in dealings with China because he would impose a 35% tariff on goods, meaning that the price of goods here would go up and she and others would no longer be able to pay for them.

I mentioned that Trump had tactics he used in business outlined in the Art of the Deal. You pick a stance on higher ground than you think practical, then negotiate – always to your advantage – from there. Thus, he would not let China take advantage of us, but he would not be unreasonable in achieving his goals either.

She didn’t understand and remained frustrated, angry and fearful.

I never believed Trump would have to go through on that promise because he is too savvy in deal making and could avoid it.

It will be like this in future issues. Why carry out a campaign threat if the issue is satisfactorily handled?

Council Assures Uber Surge

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting the group made the decision to hike parking meter rates downtown by .25 cents. This would mean that those people brave enough to travel downtown to patronize a restaurant or go to an event will now be out $1.50 an hour.

The vote was 10 to 1 and they also extended parking meter hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. It used to be just until 6 p.m. which gave people some free time for parking. Out of their magnanimity they have left the prices off for Sunday, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, 4th of July and Thanksgiving.

It’s hard enough to find a parking space downtown and crime has always got to be a consideration at nighttime. But our genius Council members couldn’t resist the greed of more money. They expect they’ll gather $1.4 million for the city, “maybe more,” said Berlin Boyd. Martavius Jones was the sole holdout.

But will they make more? It reminds me of the axiom that the more you tax something, the less of it you will sell. Tax less and you’ll find more people willing to purchase something, or in this case, go downtown.

Looks to me that the people to profit from this will be Uber and Lyft drivers. Faced with all the difficulties of going downtown, many will just opt for taking an Uber and skipping the hassle and the increased fee.

In the end, they may end up with less from the meters than they had before. But that’s not a surprise from our city government that can’t ever see the long term consequences of their actions.

New Book on Hillary Campaign

Yesterday on his program, Rush Limbaugh mentioned a new book coming out about the 2016 campaign, this time about Hillary.

It details the division, anger and mismanagement of her campaign.It’s called “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.” Of course I had to order a copy. It comes out April 18th.

Here’s an excerpt published in The Hill:

‘We Got An Ass-Chewing’

Hillary was so mad she couldn’t think straight. She was supposed to be focused on the prep session for that night’s Univision debate in Miami, but a potent mix of exhaustion and exasperation bubbled up inside.

She’d been humiliated in the Michigan primary the night before, a loss that not only robbed her of a prime opportunity to put Bernie Sanders down for good but also exposed several of her weaknesses. How could she have been left so vulnerable? She knew — or at least she thought she did. The blame belonged to her campaign team, she believed, for failing to hone her message, energize important constituencies and take care of business in getting voters to the polls. And now, Jake Sullivan, her de facto chief strategist, was giving her lip about the last answer she’d delivered in the prep session.

“That’s not very good,” Sullivan corrected.

“Really?” Hillary snapped back.

The room fell silent.

“Why don’t you do it?”

The comment was pointed and sarcastic, but she meant it. So for the next 30 minutes, there he was, pretending to be Hillary while she critiqued his performance.

Every time the Yale lawyer and former high school debate champ opened his mouth, Hillary cut him off. “That isn’t very good,” she’d say. “You can do better.” Then she’d hammer him with a Bernie line.

It wasn’t just Sullivan in her crosshairs. She let everyone on her team have it that day. “We haven’t made our case,” she fumed. “We haven’t framed the choice. We haven’t done the politics.”

“She was visibly, unflinchingly pissed off at us as a group,” said one aide who was in the room for the humiliating scene. “And she let us know she felt that way.”

Hillary had been up into the wee hours the night before, agitating over her loss. This is because we made poor choices about where we traveled, she thought. She emailed Robby Mook to tell him she believed she’d spent too much time in the cities of Detroit and Flint and not enough in the working-class white suburbs around them. Sensing just how angry she was, Mook responded by putting together a morning conference call so that Hillary could vent. But that didn’t settle her; if anything, it left her more perplexed and angry, as her debate-prep team witnessed firsthand.

Her aides took the browbeating — one of several she delivered in person and on the phone that day — in silence. They had a lot of their own thoughts on what went wrong, some of which echoed Hillary’s assessment: her message was off for Michigan, and she had refused to go hard against trade; Mook had pinched pennies and failed to put organizers on the ground; the polling and analytics were a touch too rosy, meaning the campaign didn’t know Bernie was ahead; she had set up an ambiguous decisionmaking structure on the campaign; and she’d focused too heavily on black and brown voters at the expense of competing for the whites who had formed her base in 2008. The list went on and on.

The underlying truth — the one that many didn’t want to admit to themselves — was the person ultimately responsible for these decisions, the one whose name was on the ticket, hadn’t corrected these problems, all of which had been brought to her attention before primary day. She’d stuck with the plan, and it had cost her.

Months earlier, Hillary Clinton turned her fury on her consultants and campaign aides, blaming them for a failure to focus the media on her platform.

In her ear the whole time, spurring her on to cast blame on others and never admit to anything, was her husband. Neither Clinton could accept the simple fact that Hillary had hamstrung her own campaign and dealt the most serious blow to her own presidential aspirations.

That state of denial would become more obvious than ever to her top aides and consultants during one conference call in the thick of the public discussion of her server. Joel Benenson, Mandy Grunwald, Jim Margolis, John Anzalone, John Podesta, Mook, Huma Abedin and Dan Schwerin were among the small coterie who huddled in Abedin’s mostly bare corner office overlooking the East River at the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters. Hillary and Bill, who rarely visited, joined them by phone.

Hillary’s severe, controlled voice crackled through the line first. It carried the sound of a disappointed teacher or mother delivering a lecture before a whipping. That back end was left to Bill, who lashed out with abandon. Eyes cast downward, stomachs turning — both from the scare tactics and from their own revulsion at being chastised for Hillary’s failures — Hillary’s talented and accomplished team of professionals and loyalists simply took it. There was no arguing with Bill Clinton.

You haven’t buried this thing, the ruddy-cheeked former president rasped. You haven’t figured out how to get Hillary’s core message to the voters. This has been dragging on for months, he thundered, and nothing you’ve done has made a damn bit of difference. Voters want to hear about Hillary’s plans for the economy, and you’re not making that happen. Now, do your damn jobs.

“We got an ass-chewing,” one of the participants recalled months later.

Hillary came back on the line to close the lecture. It was hard to tell what was worse — getting hollered at by Bill or getting scolded by the stern and self-righteous Hillary. Neither was pleasant. You heard him, she admonished. “Get it straight.”

When News Isn’t

Some days it doesn’t pay to look at the news.

Yesterday was one of those days. The level of stupid was just too high to pay attention to it. Story after story was so off the deep end that sanity objected. Some days I don’t know if I’m listening to news programs or fantasy or Access Hollywood gossip.

For instance, there was actually a serious story about the color of Ivanka Trump’s contact lenses. She was “accused of using colored contacts after images reveal her eyes keep changing color, from deep brown to green.” The Daily Mail noted that “The 35-year-old, who naturally has dark brown eyes, appeared to be wearing green or deep hazel contacts during her sit down with Gayle King last week.” They wondered if “Over the past few months, Ivanka has gone from a businesswoman and lifestyle guru to a key White House insider, and any alternations to her appearance may be reflections of that change.”

I had to roll my eyes on that one. Unless she has blazing red demonic eyes, I don’t think I care.

Then there was the unfortunate comment by Sean Spicer at the press briefing. He said in regard to the Syrian chemical attack that “even Hitler didn’t gas his own people.” Clearly, he got carried away. He later apologized. But CBS News led their broadcast with it saying it was “a colossal error of historic proportions.” Hardly. How many Republicans ran for cover over that gaffe? Maybe a little perspective is needed here on the media’s part, eh?

The media was also getting onto Spicer about Monday’s Easter egg roll at the White House. The New York Times headlined on Page 1 “The latest test for the White House? Pulling off the Easter egg hunt.” No kidding. Seems the White House was a little late in ordering the wooden eggs that are traditionally placed on the lawn Easter Monday.

They continued: ““It’s the single most high-profile event that takes place at the White House each year, and the White House and the first lady are judged on how well they put it on,” said Melinda Bates, who organized eight years of Easter Egg Rolls as director of the White House Visitors Office under President Bill Clinton. “I’m really concerned for the Trump people, because they have failed to fill some really vital posts, and this thing is all hands on deck.”

Spicer was asked about this, too, at the press conference. Maybe that’s why he stumbled over the Syrian gas answer. How do you deal with such inane obsessions? Next they’ll say Trump will lose 2020 electoral votes over it. You can’t make this stuff up, as they say.

During the day, too, the stock market gyrated 140 some odd points. They’re obsessed with the tax reform issue. Trump has promised one, but hysteria grips Wall Street, too.

Finally I read a comment by Mitch McConnell who said that Trump’s low poll numbers mean the GOP will lose a lot of seats in the 2018 election. Hmm. He was one who never thought Trump had a chance in the election. He’s also the senator with the lowest approval ratings in that body.

Can it get anymore ridiculous?

Surely Isis, crime, jobs and the threat of nuclear attacks are worth more coverage than Easter egg hunts and contact lenses.

Wednesday, I have observed is usually the day of most hysteria. Things build on Monday and Tuesday then hit a peak Wednesday. Tuesday must have supplanted it this week because of the Easter holidays.

That and the full moon.

These are the times when you have to change the channel to HGTV or do your laundry or work in the garden. They’re more real than the news coverage.

Alabama Gov. in Tape Scandal

Our neighbors in Alabama are experiencing a top notch scandal.

And this time, it’s a Republican governor caught in a knotty and naughty mess.

We haven’t heard or seen much about it; the CA is intent on destroying itself with boring news from across Tennessee, punctuated by the usual Trump hating attacks. Neither has the national media talked about it much. Ironically, the governor involved had some pretty nasty comments to make about the Trump tape released before the election that almost knocked him out of contention.

The Horn News reports:

A governor who once opposed President Donald Trump because of Trump’s lewd comments regarding women has become wrapped up in a dirty sex scandal of his own — and Monday it led to his impeachment.

Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, announced he would never vote for Trump after years old audio tapes showed the then-presidential candidate engaging in “locker room talk” with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush.

But now Bentley faces impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee Monday over an embarrassing sex scandal and accusations of abuse of power.

Bentley was caught in a messy affair by his own wife when sultry text messages and ironically audio-recording of inappropriate conversations he was having with his top aide surfaced.

His wife Dianne immediately became suspicious when messages he was sending to his mistress were also sent to his state-issued iPad… that was in his wife’s possession.

“I sure miss you. I need you. I want you. You are the only one,” the married governor said in a text message to Rebekah Caldwell Mason, his top aide at the time.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Robert Bentley.

A suspicious Dianne Bentley did investigating of her own to get to the bottom of her husband’s suspected affair.

In March 2014, she secretly recorded her husband making a phone call, presumably to Mason. She started the recorder on her phone and left it in her purse, telling her husband she was going for a walk on the beach. In less than a minute after she was gone, the governor makes a call and professes his love to Mason, according to the report.

These recordings, and Bentley’s reaction to them, became a key part of the basis of the accusations the Alabama Ethics Commission made saying he misused state personnel and resources. The commission has referred the case to a prosecutor to decide whether Bentley should face criminal charges.

On election night in 2014, a paranoid Bentley believed his opponent had a copy of the recordings, and thought he knew who leaked them.

In an attempt to cover up his affair, he ordered Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier to travel to Greenville to confront the suspect. Collier recounted the story last year in a news conference, a day after being fired by Bentley.

Collier, after learning of the tapes, said then that he confronted Bentley about the relationship. The governor also asked state law enforcement to look into who mailed letters to Mason criticizing her about the relationship, the report said.

His use of government resources to allegedly cover up his wrongdoings didn’t stop there.

The governor’s former protection detail leader Ray Lewis testified that he expressed concern about Mason flying on state aircraft with the governor since she was not a state employee.

He said the governor’s campaign leased an aircraft. “He said to me the reason he leased the plane was so that Rebekah could be on the plane because he knew I objected to having her on the state aircraft,” Lewis told the special counsel.

Lewis also testified that on at least one instance, the governor asked him to stop and pick up Mason as they were driving to an event in Birmingham.

Another campaign staffer, Heather Hannah claimed Bentley threatened her to keep her mouth shut — or else.

The first lady’s chief of staff told the special counsel that Bentley twice delivered what she considered threats because he believed she had helped his wife record his steamy conversation with Mason.

“He confronted me one night, he came in and put his finger in my face and was like you will never work in the state of Alabama again if you tell anybody about this,” she said. The confrontation happened in the kitchen of the governor’s mansion, she said.

Hannah said the first lady brought her the recordings and asked her to make a copy. The first lady called her husband “dumb” after catching him and was upset because “part of her still was trying to hold on to the fact that he was not having an affair,” Hannah said.

It’s clear that this Anti-Trump governor has different standards for himself and the President, and only condemns inappropriate behavior when he isn’t the one in question.

— The Associated Press and The Horn News editorial team contributed to this article