Don’t give up on GOP … Flynn case not closed yet … Porter is gone, but … the Rice CYA e-mail … the bias Associated Press … sickening Olympic coverage … Holder still wrong … and surprising coverage from CNBC

Here are my observations on some of the news of the day.

I’VE ABOUT HAD IT with all of the negative commentary on big-spending Republicans and what it will do to the nation’s debt. The media cites voters who might ask – ‘They’re the party of fiscal responsibility … we didn’t give them the majority to spend us into oblivion.’ They follow with criticism of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for caving to the demands of Sen. Chuck Schumer.

But the bias media knows that the majority in the Senate goes only so far. Sixty votes were required to provide needed funds to restore the strength of our military, suffering from an eight-year deterioration the Obama administration, and the GOP has just 51. The importance of that funding made it necessary to negotiate with the opposition, which unfortunately resulted in spending beyond the needs of the military.

I would advise voters, who are concerned with what may appear to be a party that has abandoned its long-held position of fiscal responsibility, ensure that all Republican Senators be re-elected in November. And recognize the opportunity to give the GOP a 60-vote majority by denying re-election to the 10 Democrat Senators.

Columnist Byron York (zimbio.com)

BYRON YORK, columnist for the Washington Examiner and frequent guest on Fox News Channel, has written a very interesting timeline on the Michael Flynn case. Why is it that former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that his agents did not believe that Flynn lied, but nine months later – with Comey gone – was Flynn charged with one count of making a false statement?

“… to outside observers, mystery still surrounds the case,” writes York, “and there is still a lot to learn about it.”

I wouldn’t ignore the role disgraced deputy attorney general Sally Yates (an Obama holdover) played in bringing the focus back on Flynn. If interested, I highly recommend you read York’s column in its entirety by clicking here.

ROB PORTER, former secretary to President Trump, resigned after it was disclosed that he had abused two previous wives. He’s gone, and no longer on the taxpayers’ payroll. But that’s not enough for the media. They have to know who knew what, and when. I ask, why?

Democrats in Congress, too, aren’t satisfied that Porter is no longer in the White House. They questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray today on the investigation and reporting timeline on Porter to the White House, obviously desiring to embarrass the Trump administration.

Where were these determined media people when we wanted answers to the Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS and Clinton e-mail and Foundation scandals? Crickets.

HOW MANY OF THOSE LIBERAL MEDIA INQUISITORS do you think will be as vigorous in their pursuit of answers to the thinking behind the recent revelation that former national security advisor Susan Rice sent an e-mail to herself? Why did she feel the need to produce an e-mail detailing a meeting of Obama, Rice, Yates and others as a reminder that the on-going investigation of Russian influence be done “by the book?”

MEDIA BIAS AT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS was revealed by Fox contributor Stephen Miller, noting the AP’s reporting that Trump’s $4.4 trillion spending plan “features soaring deficits.”   In 2015, however, the AP didn’t offer the same deficit criticism while seemingly praising Obama for his budget “pledging help for the middle class,” while noting in 2016 that Obama funding was aimed to “combat terror threats and global warming.”

AND IN ITS COVERAGE AT THE OLYMPICS in South Korea, the media is doing its best to deny that North Korea is perhaps the most brutal regime in the world today with headlines like these of Kim Jung Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is representing North Korea at the games:

The Washington Post: “The Ivanka Trump of North Korea captivates people in the South.”

CNN: Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics”

YAHOO: “Kim Yo Jong, N. Korea’s political princess”

BBC: “Kim Jong Un’s sister, Sweet but with a tomboy streak”

All this while criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for meeting with North Korean defectors and hosting Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto, who died as a result of torture at the hands of the North Koreans.

“It’d be nice to say that the American media doesn’t hate this country,” writes Ben Domenech in The Federalist, “It’d be nice to claim that the American press, while maintaining objectivity and balancing against bias, is still inherently American – that they are patriots who love this country even as they report on its defects.”

FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL Eric Holder says the Trump administration was wrong to have apologized to the conservative organizations caught-up in the IRS targeting scandal. Best known for being held in contempt of Congress for failing to answer questions regarding the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious gun-running scheme, Holder claimed the IRS people were cleared of wrongdoing.

His probe cleared the IRS, saying there was bungling, there was no ill intent, and Lois Lerner was actually a hero in that she reported the bad practices when she spotted them.

Wrong. She was involved in a major CYA, and skated with her pension.

While the DOJ has officially apologized to the mistreated organizations and provided a settlement, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) wants Lerner prosecuted.

CNBC ONLINE commentary by Jake Novak indicates that “voters are starting to become more positive about the economy and more willing to give Trump credit for it.” Despite that revelation, the networks are still hesitant to give the president credit for anything.

Courtesy imgkid.com

The business network reviewed polls by Quinnipiac, which showed an upward trend in Trump’s approval rating, but considered a statement by pollster/statistician Nate Silver as “major news.”

“This seems important … it’s not just that voters increasingly know how Trump is handling the economy,” said Silver, “but also that they’re giving him more credit for it instead of treating it as having been inherited from Obama.”

“What is new is that the voters are showing more than ever that they don’t need to like a president or a political party to support their perceived success,” concludes Novak, “That means that the Democrats may be concentrating their fire on the wrong target. Trump has endured maximum character assassination for years.”

Use of ‘s–thole’ crude, but not racist … DACA may be dead … Scott Adams’ small business presidential rating … record tax revenues … growth predictions … Samantha Powers a simpleton … Chelsea Manning to run for senate … and Illinois AG candidate robbed at gunpoint in Chicago

Here are my observations on the news of the day.

THE PRESIDENT’S USE OF “S—THOLES” is still getting negative press by the left-leaning media, even though examples of its common use continue to surface.

In the blog, Althouse, Ann Althouse devoted her January 12, 2018 post to the subject of this slang word.

A wretched place … (a) a dirty or dilapidated dwelling; (b) a remote, downtrodden, or unpleasant city, town, etc.” – Oxford English Dictionary

With that definition, Althouse stated that the dictionary cited a number of examples of its use dating back to 1930. I don’t have the space here to publish them, but if interested, you can read her blog.

“It was said by the President of the United States, but in a private meeting,” she wrote, “where I presume he, like many presidents before him, have said “f—k” and other bad words of the time. We know Nixon did. LBJ did.

“So what is the big deal? The big deal is that its racist. Supposedly. That’s in the mind of the hearer, as the hearer really hears it or chooses to speak of it, and the motivations there are not untainted. Anything about Trump that can be called racist, will be called racist,” she added.

It’s realistic to believe that the president was referring to “s—thole countries,” not individuals. “Is Haiti not a wretched place?” asks Althouse.

“S—thole” is a perfectly good rude, slangy word,” concludes Althouse, “It is not a racial term, and shame on the people who are making it racist.”

“Let’s be clear about one thing,” writes Ben Domenech in The Federalist, “Haiti is a s—hole. I’ve been twice. It is a really hellish place.

“When this story broke yesterday, people immediately seized upon it as indicative of the president’s racism. That’s wrong,” he added.

I often wonder how many Democrats would be willing to bring a Haitian family into their homes as immigration sponsors. I think not. As I wrote yesterday, they are mainly interested in their projected votes.

To wit, I understand the National Review’s Rich Lowry caught CNN host Joan Walsh off guard when he asked if she would rather live in Haiti or Norway.

“Anti-immigration appetites are fed when people are unwilling to admit the truth about what they are arguing,” Domenech claims.

HOW ABOUT THIS observation from Philip Kennicott, culture editor of the Washington Post? He asks: “Did Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Il) speak sharply to the president, saying no one should speak like that, not in the White House, not in decent society?”

“It’s kind of weaselly to sit there and listen and then afterwards talk to the press and let them, who didn’t experience the context or have the ability to shape and propel the conversation – do your chiding and slamming for you,” Kennicott suggests.

Certainly, Kennecott knows that Durbin would not confront the president like that.

I’m reminded of the Sen Jeff Flake’s shameless glory-seeking take down of President Trump on the Senate Floor. He didn’t have the courage or character to vent his beliefs to the president in private, which could have been arranged.

MEANWHILE, the president said this weekend that the DACA is probably dead because Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperate needed money away from our military.

DILBERT CREATOR SCOTT ADAMS writes in his blog that President Trump has earned the highest presidential approval of all time. No, he isn’t referring to those ”popularity” polls– if you are a Democrat, you disapprove of him; if you voted for Trump you probably still approve of him; and if you are an anti-Trump conservative, you believe he is going a good job, but you disapprove of him anyway.

Adams is referring to the small business optimism, calling it the new standard for presidential approval because “economics” captures most of what a president influences. Think about it. Adams points out that the threat of war; even a trade war, a terror attack, immigration and other issues all directly influence the economy.

“The economy captures all the goodness and badness of a presidency without really trying,” Adams believes, “and the measure that best reflects the future of the economy, in my opinion, is small business optimism.”

HARD TO IMAGINE, BUT … The Treasury collected a record $390,847,000,000 in individual income taxes in October-December, but despite the record revenues, the federal government ran a deficit of approximately $225 billion during the quarter. With that, I was reminded of the quote of the late Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Il) – “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”

(Courtesy Gary Varvel)

GROWTH NUMBERS – Even with 3 percent growth, economists are skeptical about continued impressive growth. Many of them hold back credit for the consumer confidence to the White House, but a recent CNBC/Moody’s Analytics Survey noted that the improvement in business attitudes and spending is a direct result of the changing of the guard in Washington and may be contributing to a more consistent growth pattern.

Joseph LaVorgna, chief economist Americas at Natixis, notes that while his forecast is an outlier, he says the fourth quarter could even hit as high as 5 percent, and he sees the 3 percent pace continuing into 2018.

FORMER UN AMBASSADOR Samantha Power caused a bit of a stir in foreign policy circles with her tweet – “Does anybody else pine for the good old days when we weren’t talking or thinking about buttons – the size of nuclear buttons, the ease of hitting the wrong button, etc.?”

The best response came from Richard Grenell, who is currently up for confirmation as our ambassador to Germany, “Your good old days were actually when North Korea assembled their nuclear program, began perfecting their launch, and miniaturized a nuclear warhead. You ignored this developing storm.”

Makes me thankful that the Trump administration has a powerful voice in UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

CHELSEA MANNING has announced that she will challenge Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin, who is up for re-election in November. It’s difficult for me to understand what she is thinking. The DNC will surely support Cardin, who is considered an over whelming favorite to win a third term.

CHICAGO, CHICAGO, my kind of town. Aaron Goldstein, a candidate for Illinois attorney general, was robbed at gunpoint while taking promotional photos with campaign workers for his campaign. It happened in the Northwest Side ward, were he is the Democrat committeeman.

The robbery took place mid-afternoon as three men in their early 20s approached the party and demanded belongings and cameras from Goldstein’s group. At least one of the thieves had a gun.

Just a reminder to those who think Oprah Winfrey would be a great president. Here’s another photo of her with sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. (mediaoutrage.wordpress.com)