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JULY 24,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

ANOTHER LEFTIST HYPOCRITE – FROM FOX:    A Democratic congressional candidate in Ohio and former co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., failed 2020 presidential campaign has railed against corruption in her campaign but her political director is under investigation for misusing his own campaign cash.
Former Democratic Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner has made herself out as someone dedicated to rooting out "the corrupting force of big money" in American politics.  However, in that vein, the former Sanders campaign co-chair has a minor problem on her hands: her political director is under investigation for his misuse of over $134,000 in campaign cash over the course of four years.  Newbury Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins serves as the political director for Turner’s congressional campaign. Elkins admitted to misusing $134,100 in campaign funds for personal expenses between 2015 and 2019 and was recently referred for prosecution by the Ohio Elections Commission.  The Ohio Elections Commission voted 5-2 to move forward for prosecution, with Republican Commissioner D. Michael Crites calling Elkins's use of the funds "probably the most egregious and blatant violation I’ve seen during my tenure on this commission."  Turner is seriously bad news.  A leftist extremist with a filthy mouth, she will be the newest member of "the squad" if she's elected, as she probably will be.  Even Hillary Clinton is opposing her.  The Democratic Party needs thoughtful moderates, not recruits with hammer-and-sickle handkerchiefs. 

GREAT IDEA – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   A new conservative publishing house wants to get the “wokeness” out of bedtime.  Launching this week, Brave Books will focus exclusively on stories for kids, and offers parents “a conservative alternative to the current cultural activism that our children are being taught in schools, in the entertainment they watch and the books they read,” according to their website.  Company CEO Trent Talbot, who had his first child a little more than a year ago, conceived of Brave Books when, he said, he started to notice “that there is a real war going on for the hearts and minds of our kids. And everywhere I looked was propaganda,” the Montgomery, Texas-based dad told The Post.  An ophthalmologist by trade, Talbot pointed to Ibram X. Kendi’s picture book, “Antiracist Baby,” which urges parents and kids to “make equity a reality,” as content that needs a counterpoint. “Once my eyes were open I was seeing it everywhere and I couldn’t unsee it,” Talbot said. “I thought there was a need for books that could help parents teach the values they hold dear.” Wonderful gift for a child.  This man is doing something worthwhile.  We wish him success. 

July 24,  2021     Permalink

 

GIVE THE MAN CREDIT – OVERNIGHT:  Former President Trump has held a rally in Arizona.  A few nights before, President Biden held a town hall on CNN.

Biden's town hall was, uh, subdued, in the same way that a funeral parlor is subdued.  Trump's rally was gangbusters.  Man Walks on Moon!

It can't be denied.  Trump's base is alive and animated.  No one really knows how large it is, and that's the key question.  But that base is electric.  From RedState: 

Before Trump spoke the fire Marshall was reportedly saying they’d reached capacity with still more lined up outside waiting to get in. The theater has a 5000 seat capacity.

Most of the Republicans competing in the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial and U.S. Senate primary races spoke at the event, which was hosted by Turning Point Action.

Donald Trump spent a fair amount of time thanking all the people who'd been supportive of him.

Trump hit many topics, first among them was the audit going on in Arizona, saying that he believed the audit would support his position about the elections. He brought up the letter from former U.S. Attorney William McSwain in Pennsylvania, who said he had been told by Attorney General Bill Barr not to pursue election claims but to transfer them to the Democratic state Attorney General, who he already felt had compromised his neutrality.

Trump mocked Hunter Biden and the “ethical deal” the White House had worked on as to Hunter Biden's art. He said they didn’t want to make it transparent. He called it disgraceful and asked if anyone could imagine if one of his kids had done that.

Trump also took some shots at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for not standing up as much as he could to the Democrats.

Trump noted how he’d stopped the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. But he said Biden approved it and he stopped Keystone XL, costing Americans jobs. Yet they wanted to talk Russia, Russia, Russia about him, even though he’d been tough on Russia. Trump explained how the pipeline would put Germany in the grip of the Russians if the Germans received that much oil from them...He explained how he was about America First, yet Biden did things that placed America Last...

...Trump said he believed that the Democrats were “playing the ref” by making up things against Bill Barr and Brett Kavanaugh, hoping to frighten them with things like impeachment to influence their actions. He said he believed that’s why Bill Barr backed off pursuing questions about the election returns. Trump said he thought the Democrats really didn’t want to impeach Kavanaugh either, just frighten him into voting differently in the Supreme Court.

Trump said that people are now being cowed and the media was going along with it, that when you have “no press,” that’s how you get to a Communist country. He said we were seeing every institution being taken over and weaponized. He called out Critical Race Theory, calling it blatant racism and a radical Marxist ideology. He chastised Gen. Mark Milley for being focused on that theory, and not focused on winning wars.

It was indeed one of the most passionate speeches he’s done of late, fully focused on defeating the Democrats and calling out radical leftism in all its forms as the preeminent issue that we face... in order to save the country.

COMMENT:  Sounds like a man running for president, but I doubt if he'll make his decision for many months.  He'll do a great deal of internal polling, he'll test out lines, he'll measure the degree of support he has within the party, and he'll only run if he has a heavy chance of winning.  You may be sure he dreams of returning to the White House in a limousine driven by Kamala Harris.  He'll make sure she has a license, and insurance.

July 24, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

 

JULY 23,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY IN THE WORLD – FROM FOX:    Media critic Joe Concha sounded off Friday after the MLB's Cleveland Indians decided after more than 100 years to change their name to the "Cleveland Guardians."  Concha told "Hannity" that it is clear the move was made to appease left-wing political groups but added that there had been little objection to the name until recently.  "If the term Indians is so overtly racist, how did it survive for a century?" Concha asked, adding that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki's defense of the name change was further revealing.  "They are so afraid of the woke mob in their own party," he said of the Democrats.  Host Tammy Bruce remarked that the most vocal opponents of the Indians' name likely don't even follow baseball.  Concha added that the move may spell doom for other mascots like the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the Florida State University Seminoles and the Atlanta Braves.  "Or, maybe it's just a symbol of pride and tradition; celebrating Indian culture."  In that regard, he remarked that it is clear what the left-wing "woke" mob will target next in professional sports: The New York Jets.  The Jets, who share a stadium with the intracity rival Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., could ostensibly come under fire because they are named for passenger airliners, he said.  Yes, those evil passenger liners ruining the climate.  And those fools in business class, destroying the world.  You know, crime is soaring in America, children are being murdered by the carload every day, and maybe we should concentrate on that rather than the names of football teams.

July 23,  2021     Permalink

 

OUR GUYS ARE DOING THE JOB – OVERNIGHT:  The nation is at a crossroads, especially in the way we educate our children.   But the good guys are fighting back against the lunatic ideas that are flooding our schools.  From Epoch Times: 

Despite growing opposition to critical race theory (CRT) and a growing number of states passing laws to ban it from classrooms, education and teachers’ unions are vowing to teach the controversial subject matter anyway. But one outspoken Florida mom says it’s time to “fight fire with fire.”

“I think parents have realized you have to fight fire with fire,” Quisha King told the Epoch Times.

“You have to be as strong, as forceful, and as unrelenting as they are.”

King is the Florida mother who gained notoriety when she blasted the Duval County school board with strong opposition to CRT. In response to the National Education Association’s threat to go after those who dared oppose CRT, King said “bring it on.”

In an effort to help citizens fight back against the behemoth education system, Tea Party Patriots Action (TPPA) is now distributing a 46-page booklet (pdf) teaching parents and students how to get organized in their effort to fight back.

As described on its website, “the United We Stand toolkit is part of TPPA’s campaign to encourage people to attend their local school board meetings to oppose CRT, and to urge a full return to in-classroom instruction.”

“I think it’s good to help parents understand how to recognize (CRT) and how to detect it because they don’t really understand how it’s being worked into the system,” King said. “It’s a great, handy guide so they’re armed with something.”

“I think we need more things like that,” she added, saying she has also tried to help parents by creating informative videos.

“We encourage every parent and concerned citizen who cares about the future of our country to attend their local school board meeting, learn what is going on locally, and ensure schools are fully open,” TPPA Honorary Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement regarding their new anti-CRT campaign. “Teachers should be teaching reading, writing, arithmetic, and history without indoctrination.”

“I think there’s a sense of urgency with this because kids are in school for 12 years or 13 years if you include kindergarten,” Martin explained to The Epoch Times. “I don’t think it’s fair to wait just for the elections. We’ve got to understand what’s happening and work to unwind it at a policy level as well.”

“Obviously the first thing is to start going to school board meetings,” Vero Beach, Florida, activist Susan Mehiel told The Epoch Times. “The second thing is to start electing school board members who are true to their word.”

According to Mehiel, people need to start electing “non-teaching people on those boards,” rather than repeatedly pulling from the same barrel of rotten apples. She also suggests people establish a good relationship with their local representatives.

COMMENT:  A good approach.  I think it's clear that the political left learned over the years that they could not win nationally, or even in state elections, unless they started taking over local institutions, which would give them a base.  It's also clear that they've concentrated on school boards, with the obvious intent of influencing the young generation.  One of the most common comments we hear these days from people on our side, about their school boards is, "I thought these were our neighbors."  Now, thanks to the new activism by conservative parents, school boards are at the center of political discussion...and combat.

July 23, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

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