Recommended Reading (01/01/17)

Happy New Year!

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Sorry liberals. Bigotry didn’t elect Donald Trump.

Bluntly put, much of the white working class decided that Mr. Trump could be a jerk. Absent any other champion, they supported the jerk they thought was more on their side — that is, on the issues that most concerned them.

A New Year’s Request for the Left

At every turn professors and administrators are whispering in the ears of black and brown students, telling them, “Your country hates you. Your country has always hated you.” At every turn it whispers in the ears of its LGBT students, “Your nation hates you. Christians hate you.” It tells white students, “You’re despicable, and you’ll remain despicable unless you ally with us, unless you join our crusade.” It’s impossible to converse with this form of leftism.

Progressives Have Let Inner Cities Fail for Decades. President Trump Could Change That.

Bottom line: The suburbs and exurbs disdained by most urbanists and Democratic politicians continue to add residents and jobs as inner cities continue to languish.

Random Thoughts: Looking Back

Back when I taught at UCLA, I was constantly amazed at how little so many students knew. Finally, I could no longer restrain myself from asking a student the question that had long puzzled me: “What were you doing for the last 12 years before you got here?”

The 10 Most Annoying Liberals of 2016

What a bunch of….let’s just go with asshats, because I can’t use the words I’d like to use to describe these clowns.

If the Mainstream Media Covered Jesus’ Birth

Network news anchor Brent Fullworth: We bring you a live update on the birth of Jesus Christ from our correspondent, Bethany Smug, who is standing by in Bethlehem. Bethany?

Bethany: Brent, what we know is that a carpenter named Joseph and his alleged virgin wife, Mary, traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to pay a tax that had been decreed by Caesar Augustus. It’s rumored the two were delinquent, but finally consented to pay.

Brent: A couple of tea-party types, Bethany?

Bethany: That’s the rumor, Brent. When they arrived, they couldn’t find a room at the inn —- even though Mary was with child —- because of the heartless cuts Republicans made to housing vouchers.

Those we left behind

While we conservatives savor the political victories of 2016, I want to take a moment to look back at some of those who won’t be by our sides as the calendar flips.

So let’s take a look back at some of those we, as a nation, lost this year.

Recommended Reading (12/24/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

How Charlie Sykes Helped Turn Wisconsin Red

Sykes helped to create a climate of opinion in Wisconsin that led to actual policy results. With the steady, smart, daily spadework of persuasion, Sykes opened his microphones to conservative reformers in politics, education, and the courts. Long before the “blue wall” crumbled in the 2016 electoral map, Charlie Sykes had been scaling the ramparts of Wisconsin’s entrenched liberal fortresses.

How Women in Media Missed the Women’s Vote

How many times did we hear that women—more than half the voting population, remember—would thrill to the prospect of breaking the “highest, hardest glass ceiling?” How many articles chronicled the disgust women felt for the sexist comments and stories of groping by the Republican candidate? The mismeasure of the women’s vote couldn’t be because men were driving the conversation. Over the past few decades, women have filled campaign staff rooms, press pools, and media opinion pages.

No, ironically, the problem is that women in media have spun their own cocoon.

Michelle Obama’s ‘Hopelessnes’ Shows it Sucks to be a Liberal

It’s a shame that Michelle Obama says she’s feeling hopeless this Christmas, especially after all the wonderful opportunities she’s had as America’s first lady. It goes to show you that liberalism is like a disease that won’t be satisfied until it devours all of you. Undoubtedly, all the designer gown-wearing, Hollywood hobnobbing, $100-per-serving wagyu steak indulging and taxpayer-funded globetrotting won’t fix the hopelessness which ails her. It’s hard to be hope-filled when you tangle yourself in a web of bitterness and resentment over America’s past.

The Christmas Story Retold in Light of the Ghoulish Practices of Planned Parenthood

At this time of the year, in churches around the world, the opening chapters of Matthew and Luke will be read afresh, describing the miraculous births of Jesus and His forerunner John. In light of a recent 500-page Senate report, detailing some of the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood, I thought it good to retell the story, but with a striking new twist.

Liberals Are Coming To Christmas Dinner: A Survival Guide

As they choke down their Tofurkey and kale, constantly remark on how delicious whatever kind of meat you’re eating is. Do not serve yourself a lot when the plate is passed; just take a little so you can ask them to pass it a few more times.

Recommended Reading (12/17/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Michelle Obama, Hopeless in Hawaii

Poor Michelle Obama, the highly praised and highly partisan First Lady, complained to Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview that she has lost hope.

Mrs. Obama said that her husband did deliver on his promises of offering hope to the American people, but that now “we are feeling what not having hope feels like.”

The so-called “hope” delivered by the current administration consisted of the lowest home ownership rate in 51 years, millions of additional people on food stamps and in poverty, 15 million more Americans no longer in our nation’s workforce, stagnant wages, and skyrocketing health insurance premiums.

The Five Stages of Losing an Election to Donald Trump

Though many things have changed in American political life over the past couple of years, one aspect remains a comforting constant: Democrats never lose an election. Not really. Not fairly.

From the night of November 8 onward, the political coverage has been dominated by a series of conspiracies to explain the election of Donald Trump. Never acceptance. Always denial.

The 5 Biggest Liberal Freak-Outs Over Trump’s Election

If conservatives made it through eight years of Obama, liberals can make it through eight years of Trump. Of course, as a general rule, conservatives aren’t snowflakes who whine about being triggered and desperately need safe spaces to cope with the fact that there are people who disagree with them. Liberals tend to be a bit more fragile. So when something upsets their little world, things can go sideways quickly, which makes for amusing reading for the rest of us.

Trump Election Saves Us From the Evil Party

Recommended Reading (12/10/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

The Remarkable Pearl Harbor Day Bible Story

Some remarkable things came out of December 7, 1941, such as the bravery of our soldiers. One of the other remarkable stories regarding December 7, 1941 is the role the Bible played in comforting Americans.

The 7 Worst Examples of Fake News From the Mainstream Media

What they really want is to use “fake news” as an excuse to encourage social media platforms to censor conservatives.

Yet, for every piece of “false news” there are probably five pieces of news put out by left-wing sources that either don’t feel compelled to tell the truth about conservatives, have become largely indistinguishable from Democratic Party press releases or that have fallen so in love with a narrative that they don’t care whether a story is true or not as long as it fits.

The blue state depression

People are leaving the Hillary-supporting states in droves

When I say the blue states are in a depression, I don’t mean the collective funk they are in because they lost the election to Donald Trump.

I’m talking about an economic depression in the blue states that went for Hillary. Here is an amazing statistic…

Liberal professor: The Clintons have done enough damage

President Obama famously said a key element of his strategy is: “Don’t do stupid s—.”   Hillary Clinton was unable to learn this simple lesson, despite losing to Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary (and serving in Obama’s Cabinet for four years thereafter). The Clintons, of all people, should have been aware of the challenges of a presidential campaign — yet, they still did an amazing number of stupid things.

Democrats Have Become the Old Fogeys of Politics — Ideologically & Physically

There’s no question their Democratic Party and its ideology — liberal, progressive, whatever misnomer you want to choose — are out of ideas, flat out.  That is the secret behind the failure of the Hillary Clinton campaign that no one on the side nostalgically known as the Left — once FDR’s party of the working class, now the party of the coastal rich — wants to admit.

If Virginia O’Hanlon Had Asked Fidel Castro about Santa Claus

I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there IS a Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in the Communist Party paper Granma, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, El Presidente. Is there a Santa Claus?

– Virginia O’Hanlon

Dear Virginia:

Your little friends are wrong. Of course there is no Santa Claus.

Recommended Reading (12/03/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Recount All You Want but Mob Rule Will Not Prevail

Given all the talk about ditching the Electoral College, fair representation is the last thing on the minds of those who didn’t mind it at all when polls predicted a Hillary electoral landslide. Truth is, if they really cared about fairness, they’d ditch the Super Delegates system which was rigged for Hillary when it robbed Bernie Sanders early on.

Blue State Blues: 10 Things That Journalists Did Wrong in 2016

I spent a good deal of time this year thinking about what was wrong with journalism. I had a chance to observe the front rank of the field up close, as I joined the Trump traveling press corps. And I made a few mistakes myself. My conclusions follow.

A week of Trumpisms

Trump’s got hotels and golf courses and properties all around the world. CNN says it’s 144 companies in 25 countries.

Good for him. I hope all of them are obscenely successful for the next four years.

Equally, I hope the country becomes as successful as Trump says he wants to make it.

If we’re as successful as Trump wants to make us, who cares how well he is doing?

Wisdom the GOP ignores at its peril

Now that Republicans will be running the White House, the House and the Senate, they’d better succeed in streamlining and simplifying our bloated government. Quotes from some of our greatest minds can guide them.

On  a Sunday Morning: Marking 75 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years later, a small band of survivors, including the 94-year-old Stratton, who will attend with his wife of 66 years, gathers on Oahu. It will be, almost surely, the last milestone anniversary involving living participants. From our distant perch, it seems impossible to understand and fully absorb the magnitude of Pearl Harbor: in that vanished world, young men did things that we cannot imagine, and the events themselves, while framed by formidable scholarship and many excellent narrative histories, are also shrouded in myth. We cannot stand where Americans stood then or feel what they felt, but we can remind ourselves that there is no hell on earth like war, no bravery or love of fellows more surpassing than that seen in the armed forces—and no hardship we face now that compares remotely with the darkness that that American generation confronted, across two oceans. It all started on that quiet Sunday morning, 75 years ago. On December 7, pause a moment if you can.

Recommended Reading (11/26/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Sorry Liberals, But Wisconsin’s Results Were Not “Rigged”

What’s the old saying again?

“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

That appears to be true for computer science as well. University of Michigan Statistics Professor J. Alex Halderman is a celebrated professor in the world of statistics and computer sciences. He is also, apparently, a complete liberal loon who can’t get past the fact that states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

Be Thankful for Trump’s Presidency

To my liberal and Democratic Party friends (not always one and the same), please enjoy the freedom you have to protest and fear the unknown that is President-elect Trump.

While Trump tweets and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence demonstrates calm maturity,

political opponents from “Saturday Night Live” to MSNBC, from the Broadway stage to the streets of Portland, all have the freedom to freak out, cry, pout and insult them in a variety of fashions, from rude and crude to self-aggrandizing.

Liberal professor: The End of Identity Liberalism

Hillary Clinton was at her best and most uplifting when she spoke about American interests in world affairs and how they relate to our understanding of democracy. But when it came to life at home, she tended on the campaign trail to lose that large vision and slip into the rhetoric of diversity, calling out explicitly to African-American, Latino, L.G.B.T. and women voters at every stop. This was a strategic mistake. If you are going to mention groups in America, you had better mention all of them. If you don’t, those left out will notice and feel excluded.

Many in Milwaukee Neighborhood Didn’t Vote — and Don’t Regret It

At Upper Cutz, a bustling barbershop in a green-trimmed wooden house (in Milwaukee, WI), talk of politics inevitably comes back to one man: Barack Obama. Mr. Obama’s elections infused many here with a feeling of connection to national politics they had never before experienced. But their lives have not gotten appreciably better, and sourness has set in.

I Voted for Trump. It’s Time My Alma Mater Became More Diverse.

The day after the election, you responded by literally sitting on the ground and crying. What is worse is that student funds were used to provide said students with hot chocolate and coloring supplies. This is not what adulthood looks like.

Don’t Cry For the First Woman Almost-president

What people should have been telling their daughters, if they wanted them to grow up to understand anything, is that Hillary Clinton didn’t lose the election because life is unfair. She lost it because she had more baggage than the carousel at a major airport, a paranoid streak that rivaled the one last seen in Richard M. Nixon, and a sense of entitlement, encouraged by her fans and her supportive if often unfaithful husband—a set of liabilities that vastly exceeded her skills.

America’s real hate-crime epidemic is killing cops

When police officers doing their duty aren’t safe, then no one is.

It’s Time for School Carry

There is no rational justification for continuing banning guns on school grounds. More than 300,000 Wisconsinites are licensed to carry a concealed weapon. Tens of thousands carry a weapon every day. Despite the dire warnings of opponents of the Second Amendment, Wisconsin has not turned into the Wild West and neither has any other state that permits concealed carry.

Recommended Reading (11/19/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Smoked pot? No college? Police still may hire you

“We have a national crisis,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a former New York City police officer and now a lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. “For the first time in my life, I would say I could never recommend the job. Who’s going to put on a camera, go into urban America where people are going to critique every move you make? You’re going to be demonized.”

D.C.’s Museum Of The Bible: One Year Out

The Museum of the Bible will lay out the impact of the Bible from ancient times to the present, for it is impossible to have a conversation about world history, literature, and even food without mentioning the impact of the Bible.

Deplorable liberal media glorify anti-Trump rioters

Since the early hours of Nov. 9, when it was clear Trump won, liberals have hit the streets from D.C. to New York protesting.

And the liberal media has turned them into martyrs of a noble cause, giving them the press and the airtime that they should be devoting to our new president. The Washington Post, CNN and others are cheering on these protesters with wall-to-wall coverage.

7 Things Liberals Should Learn From This Election But Won’t

A big part of Barack Obama’s initial appeal to many of the Americans who voted for him in 2008 was the unspoken promise that he’d lead us into a post-racial era. How racist could America be if we had a black President, right? Unfortunately, Obama and his allies on the Left took us in exactly the opposite direction. Day in and day out, any white person who didn’t toe the liberal line was called a racist and falsely accused of having white privilege.

The Coddled Generation That Wasn’t Taught to Grow Up

There are millions of fine young people across America today, people of character, people of principle, people of discipline, people of maturity. But there are millions of others who have been coddled all their lives, almost never taught to lose or be put in their place or take full responsibility for their actions. It is some of those young people who are protesting on the streets and being comforted by their professors as they cry on college campuses in the aftermath of the elections.

We need to give Donald Trump a chance

I believe Donald Trump deserves a chance, as any other president would have. The American people spoke and elected him for a reason. Even if you don’t agree with the reasoning, he is still our next president. The gridlock and divide that has swept our nation will only be perpetuated if Donald Trump isn’t given a chance from the get-go.

Why ‘deplorables’ elected Trump

“They still don’t get what the Trump win was all about. All those people protesting and calling their fellow citizens racists, sexists and xenophobes don’t have a clue why Hillary really lost.”

How to survive a post-election meltdown Thanksgiving

It’s true and you know it. You’re afraid somebody will say something. And you’re afraid that you’ll respond, and you will.

That’s when the jellied cranberry hits the floor.


Recommended Reading (11/12/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Lots and lots of good stuff this week!

And now a word from flyover country

Throughout the primaries, on both sides of the aisle, people chose the candidates they saw as the outsiders.

Maybe they hoped that someone would finally take the time to listen to them.

Maybe they were tired of being told they were wrong, and stupid, and unsophisticated.

And maybe on Tuesday, they told us all that it was time to pay attention.

This is not a day care. It’s a university!

Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic. Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen.

Change can be painful

Looks like those who are scared to death of change—the change agent’s name is Donald Trump—are not moderates and conservatives, it’s well-educated liberals, the very elites who like to lecture the rest of us on our need to accept change.

Protests and Play-Doh therapy? Enough already

All protesters MUST obey the laws of the City of Milwaukee.

I understand the protesters may return to downtown this evening. In my view, the first person in the group who steps into the street should be arrested.

I believe we’ve set a bad precedent here by allowing previous protests to take place outside of the law. Why even have permits or laws if we’re not going to enforce and/or require them?

Law, Order, and Trump

The Republican candidate supported police and expressed concern about the growing homicide toll in black neighborhoods—in contrast with his opponent.

I’m with Smug

Only smugness could have led Clinton to declare, with a satisfied smile, that Trump voters could be bunched in that “basket of deplorables.”

That now-famous formulation only hinted at a much deeper disdain for what proved to be a winning electoral coalition. How smug must you be to suggest that nothing’s wrong with taking a knee when the national anthem is played? How much smugger can you get than criticizing a liberal Supreme Court justice for calling such protests “stupid”?

Clinton’s smugness was everywhere.

Democrats day of reckoning is here

In a period of time where the same American people screamed for change, and elected Barack Obama twice in the hopes that that change would come, we now know the consequences of what happens when it doesn’t. Voters get angry or they disengage.

One of the key mistakes Democrats and the Clinton campaign made was choosing not to listen to these voters, many of whom were Democrats, because we assumed these voters would never – ever – vote for someone like Donald Trump.

Why Hillary Clinton couldn’t rally the black vote

Of course, the internet recorded Donald Trump’s history of racial discrimination and his divisive tone toward women. But, what transcended that was Trump’s anti-establishment stance. That has finally taken the wool from over the eyes of many African-Americans — including myself — in relation to the Clinton family, media and the establishment.

Madison’s liberal mayor on Hillary Clinton

The definitive article explaining Donald Trump’s success was published two weeks ago in the October 31, 2016 issue of The New YorkerTHE UNCONNECTED: The Democrats lost the white working class. The Republicans exploited them. Can Hillary Clinton win them back? The obvious and short answer is obvious: No. The longer answer is: she never tried.


Recommended Reading (10/30/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Democrats should ask Hillary Clinton to step aside

FBI director James Comey’s  announcement about the renewed Clinton email investigation is the bombshell in the presidential campaign. That he announced this so close to Election Day should tell every thinking person that what the FBI is looking at is extremely serious.

If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process: They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately…

The 5 Biggest Revelations About Hillary Clinton From WikiLeaks

Whether you’re a fan of Julian Assange or not it’s impossible to deny that the WikiLeaks hack has provided Americans with a secret keyhole view into the dingy and sordid backrooms where Hillary Clinton does her business. WikiLeaks has released an enormous amount of information and some of it definitively shows that Hillary Clinton isn’t fit to be President.

Evidence suggests Trump will face a rigged election

If this race is close, or there is clear voter fraud, Donald Trump should not cede his right to challenge the results. If Clinton wins in a landslide, as the media is predicting, then there is no argument and he should concede. Why would Trump give up that right before the votes have even been counted?

My former Republican Party

I grew up with parents who liked the old line that they didn’t leave the Democratic Party—the Democratic Party left them. My father’s political heroes were Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. My mother had been a campaign volunteer for Sen. Eugene McCarthy in 1968. But the party of George McGovern was not for them. As the left turned on “Amerika,” they kept faith in America.

Now it’s my turn to watch the Republican Party drift away.

Hillary’s Teachers’ Union Sellout

A one-time charter school supporter, Clinton now does the bidding of the American Federation of Teachers.

This Is How Early Voting Became a Thing

Some people who couldn’t vote on Election Day were lying in order to get absentee ballots.

The Jerry Springer election

“I can’t take it anymore. This stupid presidential election has turned into a lousy Jerry Springer show.”

“Ah, yes, you speak of a series of salacious stories about Donald Trump, as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton. Story after story is being published daily. It’s certainly getting ugly out there.”