Tax cut demagoguery begins … First Lady insulted … an NFL update … Brokaw sees crisis … punishing climate change deniers … Swamp-dweller Price resigns … and Justice Thomas finally honored

Here are my observations on items in the news.

WITH TAX CUT DETAILS STILL TO COME, Democrats and other naysayers are already spouting how it will help the wealthy and ignores the middle class. Here’s a sentence from Binyamin Applebaum’s New York Times story on how President Trump’s tax cut plan helps the rich: “The plan would not benefit lower-income households that do not pay federal income taxes.”

“So, let’s see: a tax cut doesn’t help people who don’t pay taxes,” writes Steven Hayward, “Whoa! What a concept! Let that sink in a minute.”

I wonder if Applebaum’s desk at the Times is next to Paul Krugman’s, who on the morning after the presidential election, predicted “a global economic recession with no end in sight.” Krugman also mocked Trump’s GDP projection.

First Lady Melania Trump was insulted by a school librarian after reading to elementary students. (neon-nettle.com)

MELANIA TRUP ACCUSED OF RACISM – It wasn’t enough that the anti-Trumpers fabricated a racism accusation over the president’s SOB remark regarding the NFL players who are dishonoring the flag and our national anthem. After the First Lady read from Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” to an elementary class in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she donated ten Dr. Seuss books to the school, but the school librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, refused to accept the gift, criticizing Trump administration education policies and images in the books. Phipps Soeiro claims the illustrations in the Suess books are “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes.” Will this nonsense ever stop?

A FOLLOW UP TO MY “NO LONGER AN NFL FAN” PIECE – On September 25, I recalled my school days when we stood and pledged allegiance to the flag every morning, and how I couldn’t have imagined then the disrespect for the flag and our national anthem that we are experiencing today.

TWO DAYS LATER, the left-leaning Arizona Republic gave front page coverage with a color photograph of a Chandler High School senior who has been sitting during the pledge. When confronted by the teacher in private in the hallway, the black student said, “I personally don’t stand for the pledge because of everything that’s been going on in the African-American community, with police brutality and protests that have turned violent.” BUT, when the teacher asked her to stand in the hallway during the pledge in the future, the parents complained to the principal, who sided with the student, indicating he was proud of her. THE TEACHER later apologized to the student in front of the class, no doubt forced to do so by the principal. The teacher, I assume, needed the job and didn’t have the option of resigning. A sad day in our public school system.

AN ASIDE – In addition to the pledge that we responsibly recited beginning in elementary school, my public high school principal led us in the Lord’s Prayer. Can you imagine that taking place today?

GREEN BAY PACKER FANS, perhaps the most dedicated fan base in the NFL, said “hell no” to the players’ plea for fans to stand and lock arms in support of them during the playing of the national anthem on Thursday night. While a few did so, most stood with their hands over their hearts or saluted in military style.

HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE NFL POLICY MANUAL that makes it quite clear what is expected of each team. “During the playing of the national anthem, players on the field should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.  Players in the bench areas should do the same, and line themselves up evenly along the sidelines.”

MEANWHILE, OVER AT NASCAR, several car owners openly disagreed with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who said protesting during the national anthem was okay with him. “Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in,” said Richard Childress. Richard Petty agreed saying, “Any protester who works for him will be fired.”

“No one has the ‘right’ to protest on his company’s time,” writes Denise McAllister in a compelling piece published in The Federalist this week. “Here’s a lesson for those too immature or narcissistic to grasp it on their own: When you are at work, you don’t have the right to do, say, or wear anything you want. You have contracted your time to another person or a group, and it is your responsibility to do what they required of you. It is perfectly within their rights as employers to say they will fire anyone who does something they forbid on their time.”

Obviously, the 84 percent who supposedly support the players’ right to protest in the recent Seton Hall University poll are unaware of a person’s rights on or at a place of business.

AN ASIDE: As a public affairs vice president with a Fortune 500 firm, I was not permitted to cite my political opinions as I do in this blog, not even a letter to the editor of a newspaper.

MCALLISTER’S PIECE can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

NETWORK COMPLICITY – The networks seem to like what the players are doing to get back at the president for his remarks. Except for the Super Bowl, they typically do not televise the national anthem, but they obviously see this as a means to keep the controversy going.

TOM BROKAW just cannot stay retired, but MSNBC’s Morning Joe was more than happy to have him on air bad-mouthing President Trump. Referring to the president’s comments on the NFL, Brokaw claimed that Trump, and some people on the right, want “to destroy the prevailing culture in this country,” adding “This is a crisis point for this country.” Really? Tom. Really?

WORD FROM ANOTHER WACKO – Liberal activist Naomi Klein is blaming oil and coal companies for the devastation of Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma and has called for their prosecution for climate denial. “You know,” she said, “These are not just natural disasters. These are disasters that have become unnatural, that have become unnaturally catastrophic, because of the impacts of climate change, but also because of deregulation” – and get ready for this – “because of inequality, of racial injustice.” (Media Research Center)

TRUMP CLEANS A “SWAMPER” FROM HIS CABINET – Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price represented what Donald Trump saw wrong in the Washington D.C. swamp during the campaign – individuals who spent taxpayer money like it was their own. In Price’s case, he chalked up $1 million in private air travel in less than nine months. President Trump was not happy, and called for Price’s resignation Friday. There are those who speculate Trump’s dissatisfaction with Price was linked to his inability to pass the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. Maybe. Regardless, he’s gone.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I GUESS – Many conservatives criticized the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture for snubbing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at its opening last year. At the same time, the museum devoted considerable space to the Black Panthers, hip hop, the Black Lives Matter movement and even a pin reading, “I Believe Anita Hill.”

Now, as the museum celebrates its first anniversary, Thomas will finally be honored, but at the same time, the museum has accepted gear worn by Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem. Believe it.

 

 

 

 

Another plea to investigate the FBI … wackos blaming climate change for hurricane Harvey … and those phony Democrats

Here are my observations on a few items in the news.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER – In my August 3, post, I asked “How Long Does It Take,” to conduct an investigation in the government? I referred to the January 12, 2016 announcement that the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz would review broad allegations of misconduct involving then FBI Director James Comey and how he handled the probe of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail practices.

This past weekend, Roger L. Simon, wrote in PJ Media, “Time for a Full Investigation … of the FBI.” Better late than never. The impetus for Simon’s piece was the recent FBI refusal to turn over documents regarding Hillary Clinton e-mails, because of a “lack of public interest,” news I reported to you in my September 2, post.

“To millions of Americans,” wrote Simon, “Hillary Clinton was as guilty as O. J. Simpson. You would have to be an imbecile not to think she didn’t know she was doing something illegal secreting her professional e-mails as secretary of state on a private server hidden in a residence bathroom. And yet James Comey’s ultimate decision on Clinton depended on her putative ignorance after literally decades of government service.”

How much more tarnished can the FBI get? “Something must be done and quickly,” says Simon, “The FBI itself needs some form of investigation and reorganization. Otherwise a huge percentage of the country will continue to distrust it.”

If trust in the FBI isn’t restored, we might as well rename it the GDS – Guardians of the Deep State, according to Simon.

(Courtesy granitegrok.com)

 YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING – “The Chicken Little – Sky is Falling” crowd has begun tying the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to climate change. “Make no mistake: We are being warned,” wrote liberal columnist Kathleen Parker, “Storms of the Harvey variety will become not one-in-1,000-year events but one-in-100. And then, well, who knows beyond worse-is-coming? The least we can do is exercise our free will – and our reasoning powers – to mitigate the effects of human activities on global warming to the extent possible.”

Balderdash, Ms. Parker.

Progressives who blame Houston’s success for the hurricane disaster, targeting greedy Texans in the global hub of the oil and gas industry, were shamed in The Wall Street Journal’s September 1,  lead editorial.

“Harvey, the Storm That Humans Helped Cause,” read The New York Times headlined article by David Leonhardt, a regular critic of the president and his policies. “The severity of Harvey is almost certainly related to climate change,” he wrote, “Add up the evidence, and it overwhelmingly suggests that human activity has helped create the ferocity of Harvey.”

An unidentified overseas clichéd columnist was quoted by WSJ writing, “Houston, you have a problem, and some of it of your own making. Houston is the Sodom and Gomorrah of fossil fuels, which cause global warming, which is producing more hurricanes.”

The WSJ then came back to earth with a comment from political scientist Roger Pielke Jr., who noted that the link between global warming and recent hurricanes and extreme weather events is “unsupportable based on research and evidence.” Pielke points out that hurricanes hitting the U.S. have not increased in frequency or intensity since 1900, and floods have not increased in the U.S. since 1950.

If that isn’t enough, NOAA has reported that “it is premature to conclude that human activities have had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global cyclone activity.”

Even the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it lacks evidence to show that global warming is making storms and flooding worse.

Wonder why we haven’t heard from Al Gore?

THOSE PHONY DEMOCRATS – How can you believe House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who has long supported the right to an abortion and funding for Planned Parenthood? She now says that the Democrat Party should not require its candidates to support the right to an abortion. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) agrees, but Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) oppose Pelosi.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-TX), who heads the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, has said that he would be open to funding pro-life candidates in 2018.

As I see it, the Democrats, who have long tarred pro-life Republicans as anti-women, have seen their position weaken, and along with it, their status in the House and Senate. Will voters fall for this obvious position change for votes? I don’t think so.