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MAY 21-22,  2023

TIM IS IN:  Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president.  his presentation was powerful and optimistic.  It's reported that some major Republicans believe Scott, an African-American conservative, has at least a fighting chance of becoming a major candidate, perhaps the only one other than Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis who can break out of the expected pack of contenders.  He has a superb life story, he's inspiring rather than depressing, and his race is a positive.  From Fox: 

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - As he formally declared his candidacy for president at his alma matter in the town where he grew up, Republican Sen. Tim Scott emphasized that "our party and our nation are standing at a time for choosing."

Scott, a rising star in the GOP and the only Black Republican in the Senate, on Monday became the latest contender to officially jump into the burgeoning race for his party's presidential nomination.

"Joe Biden and the radical left are attacking every rung of the ladder that helped me climb," Scott charged. "And that is why I am announcing today that I am running for President of the United States of America."

But the senator is mostly preaching what he described in an interview with Fox News on the eve of his campaign kickoff as an "optimistic, positive message anchored in conservatism."

However, the battle to be the 2024 Republican standard-bearer is currently dominated by former President Trump, who is the clear front-runner as he makes his third straight White House run.

Trump has continued to relitigate his 2020 election loss to President Biden as he repeats his unproven claims that his defeat was due to an election "stolen" through "massive voter fraud." Additionally, the former president’s listing of his many legal grievances have also become a campaign staple this year.

The question Scott faces is whether there's an appetite among Republican presidential primary voters for his optimistic vision.

The senator, however, standing in front of over 2,000 family, friends and supporters, asked "victimhood or victory? Grievance or greatness?"

COMMENT:  Great questions.  And Scott presented himself so well.  I don't make predictions here, but I feel this is a man to watch.

May 22, 2023       Permalink

 

GOOD, GOOD, GOOD!  That ex-Marine who risked his life to shield subway passengers from a deranged man, and who was thanked by New York by being charged with manslaughter because the assailant died, is getting huge support from around the country.  Americans understand the importance of this case.  From Fox Business: 

Marine veteran Daniel Penny's crowdfunding campaign to pay his legal fees in the death of an erratic homeless man on the New York City subway is among GiveSendGo's most successful fundraisers in its history, the company's co-founder told Fox News Digital.

"It's the No. 2 ever on GiveSendGo," Chief Financial Officer Jacob Wells said. "This definitely has sparked an emotional response with many people."

He added that, at one point, the fund was raising $1,000 a minute after the Marine vet was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter in the May 1 death of 30-year-old Jordan Neely.

According to Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass, Neely, who suffered from mental illness, was acting aggressively on the Manhattan subway car, "making threats and scaring passengers," when Penny dragged him to the floor and put him in a chokehold.

A woman in her 60s who was on the train told Fox News Digital Penny is a "hero" who intervened to protect other passengers from harm. Neely has a history of violent attacks on passengers.

The death has attracted national attention and has divided the country, with many calling Penny a "hero" and others denouncing him as a "murderer."

But more than 55,000 supporters have spoken with their wallets, flooding GiveSendGo with donations totaling more than $2,711,000 as of Sunday morning. 

Wells said, unlike GoFundMe, the largest crowdfunding platform, GiveSendGo allows campaigns for legal defense funds.

"It's so important for people to get a fair shake in our justice system, to be able to afford the most rigorous defense that they can and not just rely on a public defender that's overworked," Wells said.

He and his sister Heather Wilson launched the site in 2015 as a Christian alternative to GoFundMe, which he said is too quick to shut down campaigns that don't fit an agenda.

COMMENT:  Yes, the case has touched a nerve.  It is an American value to intervene, even at personal risk, to protect an innocent victim.   But the people who run the legal system in New York don't necessarily believe in that American stuff.  To them, the criminal is often the victim.  It's so obvious, comrades. 

If Penny is found guilty, who in New York would risk intervening, knowing he could be charged with a crime by the leftist zealots?  The answer is obvious.  "Don't get involved" will become the new rallying cry.

We're following the case closely.

May 21, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

MAY 18-20,  2023

MAYOR ADAMS STRIKES OUT:   Even those on our side had some hope for Eric Adams when he was elected New York's second black mayor.  A Democrat, yes, but also a former cop.  Maybe he had some steel behind the smile.

And he said the right things.  And we were sympathetic.  After all, he had a City Council that was just to the left of Lenin, and a state legislature that thought Lenin was a right-wing plant. 

But, alas, our hopes are fading.  Eric, who may mean well, seems to be going the way of the standard Democratic crowd.  Maybe the big boys had a little talk with him.   From Fox: 

Conservatives on social media ridiculed New York City Mayor Eric Adams’s new proposal to combat shoplifting and crime at retail stores throughout the city.

The Democrat mayor’s plan, laid out in bullet point format during a local Fox 5 broadcast, included providing "De-escalation training for retail employees," and putting kiosks in stores that connect "would-be thieves" to social service.

Twitter users mocked the mayor for his soft, unrealistic plan that seemed no harsher than putting unruly children in a "time-out corner," as one described. Others argued that the mayor’s plan would make the city more "dangerous" than it has already become. 

Conservative Twitter influencer @AGHamiltion29 shared a screenshot of the Fox affiliate’s outline of the mayor’s proposal Friday. According to it, Adam’s plan would implement four key actions: "Give first-time offenders intervention programs instead of prosecution," provide "de-escalation training for retail employees," "establish neighborhood retail watch groups to share theft info," and "install kiosks in stores to connect would-be thieves w/ social service programs."

AG trashed the plan, simply declaring, "These are not serious people."

Others on the platform shared the user’s sentiment. Some, like The Spectator contributing editor Stephen L. Miller, called it a glorified version of the defund the police initiative.
Seeing as there was no serious crackdown or punishment implemented in the plan, Miller tweeted, "Anything but police is still defunding the police."

Breitbart News columnist AWR Hawkins torched the first point of the plan, writing, "Notice, the very first part of this Democrat mayor's response to soaring shoplifting losses in NYC is to lessen punishment for first-time shoplifters. (He might as well provide first-time shoplifters with bags they can use to carry stolen merchandise out.)"

Communications special advisor for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Steve Guest observed, "These kiosks will be stolen first."

COMMENT:  So sad, so sad.  David Dinkins was the first black mayor of New York, and served in the late 1980s.  A decent man, he came to office describing New York as a "gorgeous mosaic," and pledged to be mayor of all the people.  But it didn't take long after he was sworn in for the black establishment to get to him, and pretty soon David Dinkins went soft on crime, and the city gave up on him.  In his run for re-election he was defeated by Rudy Giuliani, who made crime his issue and produced dramatic results. 

We may be seeing the same thing again.  The Adams prescription for shoplifting and other crimes comes right out of the radical left-wing playbook.  It is guaranteed to fail.  People are leaving New York by the busload.  But can the Republicans come up with another Rudy?  In Chicago, a complete fool who did nothing right has just been replaced by an even more complete fool whose first steps have been disastrous.  When you play racial politics, that is usually the result.

May 20, 2023       Permalink   

 

WHERE ARE THE DEM GENIUSES?  You'd think from our twisted press that the Democratic Party is possessed of a special wisdom and ability, whereas our side is 100 percent D-.  Not, true, not true, as we celebrate the real truth coming out.  From issuesinsights.com:

If Republicans are the stupid party – and you will get no argument from us here about that – perhaps the correct label for today’s Democratic party is “brainless.” Witness what it did in just the past few days:

President Joe Biden showed up at the pro-abortion EMILY’s List gala, where he said “I also want to thank my buddy Kamala who I work for up in the White House for leading on this issue.”
This is not the first time Biden has mistaken Harris as president. The fact that she could be

president is worse, since there are few in public office as dimwitted as she. Recently, Harris offered this pearl of wisdom at an event honoring National Small Business Week: “Some of our younger small business owners actually self-identify as entrepreneurs. They’re small business owners also.”

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman, the darling of the left, had this to say to a witness during a Senate Banking Committee hearing this week:

“Is it a staggering responsive … responsibility … that the the head of a bank could literally could literally crash our economy. Astonishing. That’s like if you have, I mean like … and, and they also realize is that-that-that now they have, it’s in the guaranteed a guaranteed way to be saved, by again by no matter no matter how, you know. So, it’s, it’s, you know, isn’t it appropriate that the those kinds of this kind of control should be more stricter to prevent this kind of thing from going? Or should we just go on and start bailing and sailing whoever bank, regardless of how however there’s their conduct is?”

Then there’s the 89-year-old Sen. Diane Feinstein, who returned to the Senate after spending three months at home recovering from shingles, who when asked about her absence told reporters: “I haven’t been gone. I’ve been here, I’ve been voting. Please, either know or don’t know.”

At least they are just spouting nonsense words. The policies being pushed by the party aren’t just brainless, they’re dangerous.

Rep. Cori Bush, D-Missouri, this week introduced a Reparations Now Resolution that would provide $14 trillion in funds to descendants of American slaves. “What we’re talking about is freedom and equity and calling on this country to acknowledge the harm that it has inflicted,” Bush said.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., tweeted in support of the bill saying: “Reparations means equity. Reparations means justice. Reparations means dismantling the systems that have kept us marginalized.”

Aside from the impossibility of figuring out how to divide the spoils, to say nothing of raising the money, a reparations bill would be massively divisive, given that 68% of Americans oppose it, including 58% of Hispanics and 65% of Asians. Just 48% of rank-and-file Democrats back reparations.

Keep in mind, these are just a few of the most recent examples.

COMMENT:  What the Dems have done is to make stupidity prestigious.  Who needs to be smart when you can get so many benefits being stupid?  Who needs ideas when you can get to be vice president of the United States without a single one?  Why, the Dems are the anti-sucker party.  I'm running to get my membership card, printed on recycled cardboard.

May 19, 2023       Permalink

 

 

NEXT UP:  South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott is about to enter the presidential sweeps.  It's an important moment.  Scott isn't perceived as having much chance for the Republican nomination for president...but vice president?  That's a different story.  He's an African-American conservative who's taken much abuse for standing up for his principles.  He's a fine speaker, and he may be the next vice president of the United States.  From Fox: 

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., will spend a whopping $6 million on commercial ads in key presidential primary states, despite not yet officially entering the race, a senior official on his team said Friday.

Scott will spend an initial $5.5 million to run television ads statewide in Iowa and New Hampshire through the first GOP presidential debate, the official told Fox News Digital. The sizable purchase includes broadcast TV, cable, satellite and radio.

The figure would be the largest purchase of any 2024 Republican presidential candidate to date.

Additionally, Scott will launch a seven-figure digital ad campaign through that period, the official said.

Scott has not yet joined the 2024 Republican primary, although he is expected to do so next week. He launched an exploratory committee for a potential bid in April when he said he would "never back down in defense of the conservative values that make America exceptional."

The ad buy comes just ahead of a "special announcement" Scott is scheduled to make at Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday, May 22.
The South Carolina school is Scott’s alma mater.

Despite not yet joining the race, Scott spent time in both Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this month.

The South Carolina senator hosted a town hall in Waukee, a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, on May 6. That same week, he also headlined a town hall at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Scott has also held campaign-style events in South Carolina, which holds the third contest in the Republican presidential primary schedule.

"I see that America is starving for positive, optimistic leadership," Scott told CBS News in April.

He also said he intends to be a unifying candidate who is focused on solutions more "than anything else." Scott added that he hopes to share the story of his own humble upbringing, which he says represents the importance of the American Dream.

"I want to provide that alternative not to any specific candidate, but for the American people," Scott told the outlet. "The difference between me and others, I believe, is that my focus is on the fact that I used to be a kid who didn't see a future. I used to be a kid that was angry about the cards that I was dealt. I was blessed by a mother who never surrendered. I was blessed by a mentor who always loved and supported my ideal self. And it's because of those two individuals that I now have greater faith in the future for others."

He continued: "And I see my responsibility of sharing the good news of who we can be because we have been. If we can unite this country around the solutions, focusing more on those solutions than anything else, it's my only path forward, and it's the one I've chosen."

COMMENT:  Watch this man closely.  He has substantial appeal.  His message may well resonate in these troubled times.  And no one can call him a racist.

He has raised a war chest.  He appears to be very well organized.

May 19, 2023       Permalink 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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