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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Back to the Future?


Friends, everyone should read this stimulating analysis of "Bidenomics".  It proposes that Biden is essentially returning to the big spending, inflationary policies of the 1960s and 70s.  If so, he risks steering us into another bout of "stagflation" -- possibly much worse than before, because, once we've printed and borrowed our way into an historically deep hole, we won't have the equivalent tools to rescue ourselves.  Anyway, Pinkerton's article merits our attention.  See what you think.  BTW, he glosses over just how Reagan got us out of the stagflation mess.  He says it's all about tax cuts.  He doesn't mention that Reagan raised taxes after he cut them.  In addition, he doesn't mention the punishingly high interest rates we suffered under in the late 70s and early 80s.  He doesn't mention the influence of oil prices either.  He doesn't mention a lot of things, but he nevertheless provides food for thought.

Friday, April 9, 2021

A Prince Among Men


Friends, today we bid "Adieu!" to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, consort to Queen Elizabeth II.  There's much to be said about Philip and the extraordinary life he led, but I will confine my remarks to this: he was, in a sense, a good stand-in for most men of his generation, insofar as he was, by all accounts, a man's man, but a man who lived day-in-and-day-out in the shadow of a woman.  And that, it bears mentioning, is not so easy a thing to do.  Philip's role was never clear, and the contours of his responsibilities changed as social mores evolved, or degenerated, depending on your perspective.  Certainly life taught him the importance of humility and of the infamous "stiff upper lip".  One thing Philip never was for even a split second was a whiner. And for that, and for much else, I salute him.


Prince Philip may always have deferred to his wife -- who to her immense credit seldom belittled him in the bargain -- but he still spoke his mind, sometimes to the immense consternation of "the Palace".  My favorite Philip-ism?  To Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay, "It’s a pleasant change to be in a country that isn’t ruled by its people."  Quite!


In other news, there's much gnashing of teeth and rending of (gender-neutral) garments among lefties today because of Senator Joe Manchin's recent disavowal of efforts to "weaken or eliminate" the filibuster.  As Chris Cillizza, a lefty true believer if ever there was one, says, Joe Manchin's obstinacy means that progressives' fondest hopes and most heartfelt desires, vis-a-vis the Biden presidency, are officially kaput...unless, of course, they can get themselves some bigger majorities in 2022.  Good luck!


The movers and the shakers in the GOP are getting together in South Florida to chart the future of the party, and that means that potential 2024 nominees are auditioning.  Notably absent will be Mike Pence, who presumably feels uncomfortable standing in the shadow of his former boss. 

Here's some witty advice for parents seeking to insulate their kids from the perils of wokeness.  It ain't easy!


And, finally, there's nothing sadder than a young person walking down the street with a mask on.  I mean, get a grip, man!  The coronavirus poses little danger to the young, AND you're freaking alone, AND you're outside, where infection is virtually impossible.  Such behavior ought to laughable.  Well, we'd laugh if we weren't crying (on the inside), anyway. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Boycotts, Boycotts, Boycotts!


Friends, you may have noticed that lefties love to protest injustice and boycott anything and everything that offends them.  President Trump says we conservatives need to get in on all the fun.  I'm not so sure.  I propose an alternative to the politics of (feigned) outrage...  It's all in my latest article, soon to appear at Townhall.  Enjoy!

How Conservatives Can Avoid the “Nice Guys Finish Last” Trap

Left-wingers have always had a knack for activism. In the 60s and 70s, they were the ones flooding the streets, protesting civil rights violations and the Vietnam War. Now, they're conjuring Twitter mobs out of thin air, organizing boycotts galore, and hectoring politicians, celebrities, corporate CEOs, and even their family members, friends, and neighbors, in response to any and all perceived violations of wokeness. Leftists seem always to be poised on a hair-trigger, ready to pounce on their enemies, and when they do...God help whomever bears the brunt of their searing wrath.

Often, we hear the argument on the right: why can we be as organized, as shrill, and as relentless as the Left? Why are corporate boards and advertisers, for instance, seemingly unafraid of offending us, when they blanch in terror at the first sight of a progressive with an upraised fist?

The answer, as usual, is staring us in the face: no one is afraid of us because we aren't scary in the least. Conservatives are mild-mannered (by and large), law-abiding, church-going, family-oriented, and usually polite and deferential. Heck, most of us even have jobs, which makes throwing rotten produce, or hurling digital invective, at those we find disagreeable difficult to reconcile with our busy schedules.

President Trump recently encouraged conservatives, and not for the first time, to follow the Left's playbook and begin boycotting companies that publicly condemned Georgia's new voting law. Let Coke, Delta, and Major League Baseball have it! “Don’t go back to their products until they relent.”

And, in response, you guessed it: Coke, Delta, and baseball didn't bat an eyelash. In fact, the MLB Commissioner wasted no time in moving the All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver. Meanwhile, have Coke, Delta, or Major League Baseball's profits withered overnight? Hardly. In fact, we have no reason to suppose even that President Trump has given up his beloved Diet Coke, which for him is the elixir of life.

The lesson here? Conservatives will simply never be as ruthless as progressives. We don't believe in the politicization of every consumer decision. We don't seethe with rage in our spare time, waiting to be told who and what to hate next. Besides which, we're not naive enough to believe that, if Coke, Delta, and Major League Baseball occasionally knuckle under to leftist intimidation, that makes Pepsi, or United, or the NFL any better. Give them time: they'll disappoint us with their cravenness too.

The answer, I suggest, is to organize conservatives as much as possible not around protests, boycotts, and upsurges of outrage, as around positive demonstrations of solidarity with those rare — very rare! — politicians, celebrities, corporations, organizations, and ordinary citizens who make themselves conspicuous by their decency, their rationality, and their patriotism. If the symbol of leftism is the clenched fist, then why not make the symbol of conservatism the high five?

The most successful demonstration of such constructive conservative “activism” in recent years was the failed leftist boycott of Goya Foods, and the much more effective right-wing “buycott” that followed it. When Goya CEO Robert Unanue, a Hispanic, triggered liberals with his praise of President Trump in July 2020, they vowed to bring his company to its knees. Conservatives, however, rallied, and many, including me, bought Goya products for the first time in our lives. Goya sales soared.

Americans of all stripes already know that leftists can be powerful, implacable, and vicious enemies. There's no need for conservatives to demonstrate the same malice and fanaticism. Instead, let's show that we can be loyal and generous friends to those who have the courage to stand up to the Left's incessant tirades and bullying.

After all, as Ben Franklin once reminded us: you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480/106.9.


And here it is at Townhall: 




In other news, I've spoken on many occasions about how deluded leftists are about race in America.  The less prevalent racism is, the more breathless their condemnations of omnipresent white supremacy become.  Here's a landmark study that deconstructs the Left's narrative on race and racism...not that a single progressive will ever read it, of course. 

Tucker is giving United Airlines a rhetorical broadside for its declaration that future pilots will be hired partly on the basis on race and gender.  Good for him.


The Republican Party is growing!  The GOP has a golden opportunity in Nevada, where the Dem party apparatus has been captured by socialist radicals.  Let's turn Nevada red! 

Things keep getting worse at the border, because...Trump!  That's the line the Biden administration is taking anyway.  Good luck with that.  I learned something new from this article: Mexico is unwilling to accept the deportation of "family units" including children under 7.  That means it's not just "unaccompanied minors" that we are saddled with nowadays.  Any toddler will do as a "Get-Into-America-Free" card for his parent(s), guardian(s), or kidnapper(s).


Lastly, at least in a political sense, this story is among the most important you will read today, or this week, or this month.  Our democracy is largely in the hands of avuncular, folksy Joe Manchin, the Democratic Senator from West Virginia.  If he and Krysten Sinema from Arizona agree to ditch the filibuster and pass a cornucopia of extremist bills, well, we're boned.  Manchin is a bit mercurial, but he's still making noises about how devoted he is to the filibuster, and thus to bipartisanship and respect for his Republican colleagues.  As long as that remains the case, most of the "Biden agenda" isn't going anywhere.  That's good!  Above all, we need to keep Sleepy Joe's approval numbers on the downslope, because if we do Manchin is highly unlikely to cave.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Flying the Friendly (If Chaotic) Skies


Great news, friends!  In future, commercial airline pilots won't be chosen for their experience or ability, but to satisfy some woke fussbudget's notions of "equity".  United claims that 50% of its future pilots will be women and minorities, which would represent a huge and rapid increase in their representation, presumably only achievable by re-imagining what it means to be a "pilot".  For example, is it really necessary to land the plane safely 100% of the time?  Psh!  I say 80-85% is pretty good.  That's a "B", right?  Very respectable!


Coke is facing criticism because of its...criticism of Georgia's new voting law, but will that flak translate into lower demand for Coke, or a diminution of Coke's profits?  That remains to be seen.  Probably the key question is: will President Trump find a substitute for his beloved Diet Coke?  One option: purchase grocery store brands of soda.  They're often indistinguishable from national brands, they're cheaper, and local grocery chains seldom weigh in on national politics. 

Politics is, in large measure, a numbers game.  Right now, "President" Biden's approval numbers are good but not great.  They've mostly been trending down slightly, as you see here: 


Now, in general we would expect a president's approval numbers to fall back down to earth after their post-inauguration "honeymoon" period.   Rod would doubtless tell us that Biden's numbers are bound to shoot up once the post-corona boom starts to bite.  I have my doubts.  Biden clearly didn't expect illegal immigration to be as much of a headache as it has become, and doubtless other obstacles and challenges will emerge, many of which we can't even imagine at this stage.  In any case, as this analysis demonstrates, not only are Republicans justified in expecting to pick up the House in 2022 -- if the circumstances are right they could win back the Senate too.


It would appear that reports of Kamala Harris's leading role in resolving the current border crisis were greatly exaggerated.  Harris is barely engaged with the crisis, and the press doesn't seem inclined to "press" her on the issue.  That's just as well -- who would want to take responsibility for this fiasco? 

And here's an analysis of the media's disdain -- nay, visceral detestation -- for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  Methinks they doth protest too much?

Monday, April 5, 2021

Giving Ron the Business


Friends, if you're a fan of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and you're rooting for him in 2024, here's the bad news: the mainstream media is increasingly choosing him as their favorite whipping boy.  Their attacks on the Governor are escalating.  And here's the good news: their attacks are escalating.  In other words, they take Ron seriously -- deadly seriously -- as a contender in 2024, and they want to head him off at the pass, i.e. destroy him preemptively, as they did once upon a time to Chris Christie and many other Republicans angling for the presidency.  Will they succeed?  Who knows, but I have a sneaking suspicion that DeSantis is up to the challenge.  Anyway, CBS's recent hit piece is the latest MSM contribution to the anti-DeSantis, anti-Florida campaign.


Meanwhile, another Floridian is defending himself from an avalanche of mostly personal, ad hominem attacks: Rep. Matt Gaetz.  It remains to be seen whether Gaetz's enemies can deliver the goods...or if they're hoping that a "narrative" alone can slay him.  Stay tuned. 

Justice Thomas is right: Big Tech's decision to ban Trump from their all-important platforms stinks to high heaven, and if we don't find a way to rein in these social media titans, future U.S. elections are going to anything but "free and fair".


Mitch McConnell is saying something reasonable for a change!  He's pointing out that businesses that go along with the demands of woke activists risk alienating their conservative customers...and permanently damaging their brands.  Well, that's true, but only if conservatives punish these companies for their outrageous conduct in some measurable, meaningful form.  Right now corporate America is about a hundred times more intimidated by the Left than it is by the right.  Unless we change that equation, these cultural battles are lost to us before they even commence.


For his part, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is signalling his disapproval of the politicization of baseball.  My guess is that MLB ratings will sink ever lower in 2021, partly because of this odious wokeness.  Does the League even care?  I guess we'll find out.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Waddy = Freedom! Un-Waddy = Un-Freedom!


Friends, my (metaphorical) musket is always trained on the enemies of liberty!  Recently, I sounded off on the evils of Big Tech, which is seeking to silence voices of which it disapproves, including that of President Trump.  I told Sputnik News exactly what I think of that kind of Bolshevist thought control!


Meanwhile, the battle continues to rage over Georgia's Voter ID law and the Dem/progressive campaign to make Georgia pay for its insolence.  President Trump is calling for Republicans, conservatives, and patriots to boycott companies like Coke and Delta which are buckling under to leftist pressure.  I'm torn, personally.  I hate the politicization of everything, even soda pop and air travel, but the truth is that the squeaky wheel really does get the grease.  If the Left leans on corporate America and the right sits on its hands, well, you do the math...  Anyway, it's nice to see Georgia standing up for itself and standing by its new law, and it's refreshing that the PGA, at least, is refusing to cave.  Baseball is officially no longer "America's game", if you want my opinion!  The good news is that these small-minded boycotting tactics may well backfire: Georgians don't appreciate the "punishment" that the Left is now inflicting on them.  I predict Georgia will be back in the red column in 2022!


In other news, there's some confusion about whether the U.S. is seeing another coronavirus "surge", but there's little doubt that there is a surge in other parts of the world that are lagging in vaccine distribution.  Perceptions of risks relative to the dreaded virus continue to have little to do with actual patterns of risk, however. 

Could Republicans be competitive in New Mexico's upcoming House special election?  Don't bet on it, but if the GOP candidate were to win, it would show that the Dems are in very serious trouble in 2022.


I don't know what to make of the latest DC sex scandal involving Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.  He denies all the charges, so we just have to hope that the DOJ investigation will be (uncharacteristically) fair. 

The "beauty" of cancel culture is that eventually it leads to the cancellation of everyone and everything.  Even Robespierre eventually got Robespierred!  I believe it's called a "purity spiral" or something to that effect?  Anyway, it's nice to see Barack Obama get dinged for his insufficient wokeness...


Now here's an intriguing story.  What do you suppose would be the media reaction if a troubled member of the Proud Boys, or just a wide-eyed Trump supporter, drove his car into a barricade around the U.S. Capitol and killed a police officer?  Would tempered analysis of the perils of mental illness ensue?  Yeah, right.  The media would beat the drum of "right-wing extremism" and "white supremacy" for days, if not weeks.  Curious, then, that the partly political and racial motivations of the recent attacker at the Capitol don't seem to trouble the press or the reigning Democrats at all... 

SUVs for me, but not for thee?  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg got caught staging a photo op.  He wanted to be seen arriving at a Cabinet meeting via his eco-friendly bike, instead of a fleet of SUVs.  You gotta love these people!


Finally, heed the words of Charles Barkley.  The modern political and media environment really is designed to foster hatred, bitterness, vengeance, and anxiety.  It's toxic, simply put.  Here at WaddyIsRight we know this and try to analyze politics and cover the news more responsibly.  Sure -- we mock the Dems and their acolytes.  A good laugh at their expense is more than called for.  But hate Joe Biden?  Despise the woke SJWs?  Froth with rage at the decline of Western Civilization?  No thanks.  Life is too short.  Plus, I've met plenty of leftists.  They're arrogant and blinkered, but very few are bad people.  Cut off the constant flow of misinformation that deludes them, and most would return to sanity and decency in short order.  That's why Trump's number one error was not damming up the rivers of bile flowing out of the mouths of "journalists".  But I digress.  America just isn't such a bad place, and Americans aren't such bad people.  It's a shame, however, that our two-party system and our media is expressly designed to conceal these essential truths from us.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Have a Coke and a...Scowl?


Friends, Coca-Cola ain't what it used to be.  What is?  The iconic American brand has gone full "woke", or so it seems.  On Wednesday, the company bowed to pressure to condemn Georgia's new voting law, perpetuating the myth that it's racially discriminatory and designed to impede Americans from exercising their right to vote.  What's worse, the company remained silent until left-wing calls for a boycott became deafening, making it crystal clear that Coke was bullied.  On the upside, all this mealy-mouthed talk seems exactly that: TALK, backed by no meaningful action.  Still, it's depressing to see this kind of leftist group think infiltrate corporate America.  Truly, the world has gone mad, and the Left is running rampant.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Love Bites?


Friends, you guessed it -- that's the iconic kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker in 1979.  It's symbolic of the awkward embrace between the USSR and East Germany, which took its most tangible and historically ominous form in their joint membership in the Warsaw Pact, a military alliance that rivaled our NATO.  Well, in today's Newsmaker Show, Brian and I tackle the termination of the Warsaw Pact in March 1991, along with many other intriguing historical developments, including: the construction of the Eiffel Tower, Spain's expulsion of the Jews in 1492 and the history of European anti-Semitism, the reign of Oliver Cromwell in England, the long battle over Irish "home rule" and the future of Northern Ireland in the age of Brexit, and the extent of public support for Britain's (socialized) "National Health Service".

Believe it or not, we also tackle some current events, including: China's deceptive PR on green energy, the threat China poses to its neighbors, and the notable constancy in US-China and US-Russia relations, despite occasionally hot political rhetoric.  We also discuss Cuomo's ongoing travails with women accusing him of inappropriate behavior, and his wily survival strategy.

Man, oh man!  What a lineup.  Only a crazy person wouldn't listen to such an informative show, am I right???


In other news, bankruptcy gets a little closer every day! 

And, in case you had any doubt, even the WaPo agrees that Biden's claims about Georgia's election integrity reforms are bogus:


Great news!  There will be soon be a lot more potheads in New York State!  In other words, Cuomo's reelection committee is about to get a big shot in the arm.  Meanwhile, the mayor of my hometown, Rochester, New York, is proposing that marijuana revenues be used to fund reparations.  Man, we truly do live in the best of all possible worlds...


We could soon see the reemergence of Trump rallies!  That would be a huge relief to CNN and MSNBC, which have missed Trump (hatred) terribly.  Heaven knows nobody's tuning in to watch Biden mumble his way through a speech.


In its ongoing effort to embody the spirit of Big Brother, Facebook won't allow anything "in the voice of Trump" on its platform(s).  What a mockery of democracy and free speech!  FB ought to be ashamed. 

Finally, you'll be pleased to learn that the flag of transgenderism is flying proudly over the White House!  Really, though, shouldn't there be separate flags for L, and G, and B, and T, and Q, and...whatever else the Left is celebrating these days?  In addition, surely we can't forget the BLM flag, and there ought to be a flag to fete Asians as well (just, for the love of all that's holy, don't make it yellow!).  Oy.  When will the virtue signalling stop???

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Guess What, Joe? We're Laughing At You, Not With You


Behold!  As promised, I bestirred myself to write an article, and here it is!  I analyze how SNL's recent satire of Biden portends real problems for Sleepy Joe, insofar as, even hermetically sealed in his protective bubble, he's only been modestly popular.  Exposed to the light of day -- and to comedic, not to mention editorial, scrutiny -- he'll wither instantly.  It won't be pretty either.  I predict that Biden's average approval numbers will soon dip below 50%, and with that decline all hope the Dems have of passing most of their harebrained agenda will go up in smoke.  In short, things are looking up!  See if you don't agree...


In other news, you might enjoy this preview of Governor's races in 2022.  In 2022, control of the House and the Senate will be on the ballot, for sure.  In addition, we need to keep our eye on races for Governor and even Secretary of State, because these state-level officials help to oversee elections, and as we all know unless the 2024 election is fair we haven't a snowball's chance in hell of winning it...which we need to, if this country is to avoid falling into the pit of Bolshevik despair.  Ergo, these state-level races matter! 

Here's Tucker Carlson's (characteristically brilliant) take on the legacy of George Floyd's death.  In essence, the politicization of Floyd's demise, and the demonization of law enforcement, have led inexorably to a rise in violent crime and the consequent victimization of thousands of innocents.  So, if the goal of BLM and its fellow travelers was to kill as many black people as possible, so far they're doing a bang-up job!


Finally, if you listen to liberals (and I'm not sure why you would), you've heard that Georgia's new election law is just like "Jim Crow", i.e. just like early 20th century segregation in the Deep South, which systemically denied blacks the right to vote.  Well, it ain't.  Once again, the Dems are crying "Wolf!" when they're practically swimming in sheep. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Digging Biden's Grave


Friends, I've been remiss in writing articles lately.  Expect all that to change soon.  

There are several stories catching my eye.  One is SNL's recent pivot to mockery of Sleepy Joe.  Believe it or not, this could be the biggest political development since Jan. 6th.  Why?  Biden's "popularity", such as it is, is one of the only cards the Dems have to play in forcing their agenda through a divided Senate.  Biden's popularity, moreover, is undergirded by the extraordinary deference that journalists and opinion leaders have shown him.  They've treated him like a Faberge egg, as a matter of fact.  Sooner or later, their natural cynicism and meanness has to kick in.  When it does, Biden will wilt and stumble...and the progressive agenda will pass away like a fever dream.  Mark my words.


Why will Biden fail?  For many reasons, but first on the list is this one: he's ridiculous.  He's a semi-animated corpse, a tired old white guy, leading a party and a movement that hates the past, and white guys even more so.  Wise up, Sleepy Joe!  When they're done with you, they'll toss you aside without a second thought. 

Here's a FANTASTIC analysis of where we are in terms of race-baiting in America.  Why does the Left insist that everything is racist these days, and that the only way to combat racism is to hate white people?  Read on and find out.  The second article is telling: "color-blindness" has been turned into a sin instead of a virtue.  It's all part of the plan. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Look Out! It's a White Guy!


Friends, if there's one thing that the mainstream media has taught us, it's that white males are all that's wrong with America: we're racist, we're sexist, we're homophobic, we're Republicans, we're conservatives, we're Trumpers, and, to make matters worse, we're responsible for all the violence in this country -- or, at least, all the violence that's worthy of reporting.  No wonder people hate us!  This article exposes how empty and silly part of this narrative is: whites simply aren't responsible for even a proportionate amount of violence in this country.  We're remarkable only for our quiescence, in fact.


In other news, "President" Biden held a press conference!  I listened to a small part of it.  Sure, he's a national disgrace, but I found it interesting that at least the press was, uh, pressing him on a few points.  They seem to have forgotten about COVID -- Sleepy Joe's got that licked -- but the border crisis is finally on the MSM's radar, and they don't like how little access they're getting to migrant facilities.  Good for them!  Do your job for a change, you hacks!


Biden says he plans to run again in 2024.  Can you imagine?  Soon these press conferences will feature smelling salts and a fainting couch... 

Polls differ with respect to Biden's approval rating, of course, but most agree that it's headed down.  That's what you would expect, after all.  The honeymoon period is ending.  My take: without rising approval numbers, Biden's chances of strong-arming his radical agenda through the Senate grow dimmer and dimmer.


And even if Biden does tame the Senate, he'll have to contend with a federal judiciary stacked with Trump appointees.  Can we count on them to uphold the Constitution and stymie Bidenism?  Heck, no.  We can't count on "conservative" judges for anything...but there's always a slight chance that they'll have a good day and slow down the express train to Bolshevism a tad. 

Great news for those of you who are card-carrying members of the KKK (which I assume is most of you): Georgia has reinstituted Jim Crow!  About time, right?  Of course, I jest, but the apocalyptic rhetoric coming from the Dems because of Georgia's new election integrity measures really takes the cake...  I mean, Dems, why not compare Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to Super Hitler, while you're at it?

We got an unusual mea culpa from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently: he admits that Twitter's persecution of the New York Post over its reporting on Hunter Biden's laptop was a "mistake".  On the other hand, it was a "mistake" that went on for two weeks, and for which no one was held accountable, and which Twitter reserves the right to repeat, whenever the political interests of the Left demand it.  In other words, the standard for the suppression of tweets is...whatever Twitter says it is, moment to moment.  Of all the Big Tech slimeballs, I think Dorsey might be the King of the Slimeballs.

And here's an article that addresses how we can respond to, and even win a few victories against, wokeness and "cancel culture".  The upshot?  Don't give in!  In fact, give as good as you get.  Make them sweat, for a change.  I couldn't agree more, except for the fact that, sometimes, when you stand and fight, you lose.  On the other hand, when you surrender every time, you lose every time.  Food for thought.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

It's Open Season on "The Most Dangerous Game" in America's Cities


Friends, one of the biggest stories not being covered by the mainstream media (and there are many!) is the startling, unprecedented rise in murders in our cities.  Thousands died needlessly of criminal violence in 2020 in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Los Angeles, and beyond.  Democrats like to talk about there being "two Americas": one privileged and prosperous and safe, and one downtrodden and poor and riddled with violence.  Well, they're half right.  There really are two Americas, but, contrary to popular misconceptions, urban America isn't poor.  Per capita incomes there are high, and cities are awash in revenue, compared to rural areas.  They certainly suffer from no shortage of government spending.  Nonetheless, they are cesspools of violence.  That's true for a number of reasons, but high on the list is chronic mismanagement by woke (and usually corrupt) bureaucrats, exacerbated by deeply ingrained hostility to police and the criminal justice system, stoked by politicians for selfish gain.  And the simple fact is that Democrats insist on making the rest of America -- our suburbs and countryside -- more like our cities in terms of public policies.  That would be the same cities they've already driven into the ground, and from which people are fleeing in droves.  And what's equally tragic is that most of the murders in these cities go unremarked by "progressives", because they aren't politically or ideologically useful.  I mean, unless you can blame a murder on a police officer or a conservative white male, who cares, right?  You can only shake your head at nonsense like this -- shake your head and pack some heat!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The More, The Merrier


Friends, there's awesome news today: thanks to the good folks in Cambridge, Massachusetts, there's now precedent for the legal recognition of polyamorous and/or polygamous relationships!  We figured this would be the next shoe to drop after gay marriage, and we were right!  This means I'm one step closer to the harem I've always dreamed of...  I have to admit, though -- I'm a little wary of marrying human females.  In my experience, they're highly overrated.  Can I marry a litter of puppies instead?  Puppies are adorable.  Alternatively, I'm keen on robot women.  They're way more compliant than "traditional" women...  Anyway, baby steps, right?


In other news, President Trump was asked to name the rising stars in the GOP, and at the top of his list was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis!  That shows excellent taste.  I still have a premonition that DeSantis could end up being the Trump-approved candidate in 2024. 

More good news: the U.S. military just got a little more fat-chick-friendly.  How, you ask?  It decided that, from now on, men and women will be judged based on separate standards of physical fitness.  No word yet on how many push-ups "trans" soldiers will be expected to do...  My guess is zero.


Mexico's leftist president is conceding the obvious: Biden's perceived laxity is fueling the migrant surge at the U.S. border.  It sure looks like the Biden administration is looking to Mexico to save it from its own stupidity and cowardice, too.  Good luck with that! 

I agree with President Trump that Mitch McConnell has outlived his usefulness, but he's making all the right noises when it comes to H.R. 1 and all the other horrible bills that the Dems are pushing right now:


Lastly, my hometown of Rochester, New York made the news today, as did the very grocery store where I shop!  Wow!  My neighborhood Wegmans was briefly besieged by BLM protestors, you see.  How exciting!  Wegmans is a cool store, as any Western New Yorker will tell you.  There are much worse places to be trapped... 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Off With Their Heads!


Friends, "cancel culture" grows more merciless by the day.  The latest casualty?  Western New York/Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed, who has cancelled himself because of an incident between him and a young lady back in 2017.  Reed seemed set on running for New York Governor in 2022, and he had even moved substantially to the center politically in recent months to make that bid more realistic.  Reed was one of the first Republican Congressmen to endorse Donald Trump in 2016, so his descent into RINOism of late distressed many of his constituents -- and it didn't exactly endear him to me either.  Be that as it may, the destruction of a political career over a misadventure in a bar seems profoundly unfortunate.  Tom Reed may be incapable of forgiving himself, but I for one say he deserves a second chance, especially given how contrite he is about his mistake.  In any case, repairing his relationship with his loved ones is ultimately more important than running for any office.  I wish Congressman Reed and his family all the best.

The Great Delusion


Friends, no one can deny that hate and violence motivated by hate are real and extremely upsetting and frightening to people who may be targeted (and to plenty who may not be), but that doesn't change the fact that the recent media narrative about anti-Asian bigotry and violence is factually deficient in a number of ways.  A)  There's insufficient proof of a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, and such crimes are in any case very rare by any objective standard; and  B)  the media's consistent implication that hate crimes are invariably committed by whites is grossly inaccurate; and C) Asian-Americans are much less likely to be victims of any kind of violence than are members of other racial and ethnic groups.  Ergo, to fetishize "Asian hate" (committed by "white supremacists") is to to construct a narrative that explains very little of the violence in America, and very little of the violence and hate experienced by Asians themselves.  It does, however, advance the Left's master narrative, which demands the demonization of whites and the utter disregard of hate and violence perpetrated by anyone else.

This brings up a larger and more vexing question: how does one even begin to have a dialogue with people whose perceptions of the world and its problems are fundamentally at odds with the facts, and whose delusions are nurtured and sustained by a media that exists for no other purpose?  The "conversation" about "Asian hate" currently pursued by the mainstream media solicits one and only one response from the public: concurrence.  To question the narrative of "Asian hate" in any way would be, of course, to perpetuate "white supremacy", even if that narrative was deceptive and flawed to begin with.  The BLM movement was sustained by similar "logic": it was easier for almost everyone in America to nod knowingly and express sympathy for black Americans victimized by the police than it was for them to use their powers of critical thinking to question the idea that the police are really the problem.  The truth is, therefore, that the reality of hate and violence as it is experienced by Asians, and by non-Asians, in America is irrelevant to how leftists perceive it, which will always be in stark "antiracist" and therefore anti-white terms, not to mention in alarmist terms, despite the society-wide reduction in violence over the last several decades.  Until we change the media itself, and its agenda of fearmongering and race-baiting, we will never have a fruitful dialogue about how to reduce hatred and violence in this country.  Quite simply, the Left has poisoned the well, and anyone who drinks of it will be poisoned too.


In other news, the Trump Train is about to get rolling again!  President Trump has decided to build his own social media platform, and I for one eagerly await it.  I assume it will become an instant sensation on the right, and we desperately need an alternative to the Big Tech platforms, because it would appear that the wind went out of Parler's sails after Amazon's infamous efforts at sabotage.  Bring it on, therefore, President Trump!  The sooner, the better.


Well, it looks like the Biden administration's policy of denying the existence of a crisis at the border is crumbling under the pressures of (gasp!) reality.  That's the good news.  The bad news is that Biden intends to "fix" the problem of migrant detention by no longer detaining them.  That's right: in future, the Border Patrol will be a revolving door -- a processing agency only -- that exists to usher migrants to wherever they wish to go.  That will ease the troubled consciences of AOC and her ilk, whose hearts bleed for the detainees, but it will also accelerate the flow of migrants and assure them that illegal immigration is promptly rewarded in the USA.  In other words, things are about to go from bad to worse. 

Lastly, I know some of you don't care for these coronavirus vaccines, but personally I'm glad to have received my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine and I look forward to my second.  There's still a lot we don't know about COVID, but one thing is clear: it's better NOT to have COVID than it is to have it.  The vaccines seem to do a good job of protecting people from that specific threat.  Be that as it may, the Biden administration is claiming credit for the increasing availability of COVID vaccines, but the fact is that the Trump administration laid the groundwork for their development and production on an industrial scale and at "warp speed".  We will soon, in all likelihood, be in a position to get back to "normal" in this country, and it will be as a result of the leadership of Donald Trump and Mike Pence when we do.  Despite all the media naysaying, the United States handled the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic better than many other countries, as Europe's current agonies amply prove.  We might be justified, therefore, in giving ourselves a tentative pat on the back.  While we're at it, let's tip our hats to DJT as well.

Friday, March 19, 2021

The New Normal Isn't Normal At All


Friends, the "trans" agenda has gone way, way beyond allowing people to redefine their gender identity.  It's now about insisting that you, and all of us, must agree with and support anyone who is "trans".  Failure to do so is "hate", and expressing disagreement is "hate speech".  Check out this article about a father who is facing jail time for resisting the court-ordered "transition" of his daughter into masculinity.  In fact, not only is he unable to prevent this transition -- he's not even allowed to speak out about it!  Granted, that's Canada -- a socialist dystopia if ever there was one -- but if you think this sort of thing can't happen here you're in for a rude awakening!


The national and international politics surrounding access to coronavirus vaccines is getting darn interesting!  So far Israel, the U.S., and the U.K. are the world leaders in providing their populations with the vaccines.  Countries that are lagging are starting to confiscate the limited supply, therefore.  It appears we're using our stockpile of AstraZeneca vaccine to strong-arm Mexico into deterring Central American migration.  And this is just the beginning!  If there was ever an object lesson in why you DON'T want to be dependent on other countries for critical medical supplies, this is it.


This piece is full of nonsense.  It's an argument for slavery reparations.  It's worth a read, however, because it attacks the issue from a direction that could be fruitful for the Left.  Giving giant checks to every descendant of slaves in America is probably infeasible.  Changing the ground rules for everything from education, to hiring, to health care, to welfare, to government-backed loans is eminently feasible.  Basically, instead of cutting checks the government could mandate discrimination -- "positive" discrimination in favor of blacks.  And, if in favor of blacks, why not in favor of every "protected category" that lefties so admire?  This is the future, folks: "antiracism" requires us to treat whites as second-class citizens...and anyone who objects is a white supremacist.  Simple as that. 

Don't look now, but "President" Biden just pulled a Jerry Ford: he stumbled on the stairs leading up to Air Force One.  Quick, reporters: look away!  Wanna take bets that SNL will start making fun of Biden for his clumsiness?  Yeah, right.  They wouldn't dream of it.


The rapidity with which the Left was willing to blame the recent killings in Atlanta on "white supremacy" is enough to make your head spin!  These people define the term "rush to judgement"... 

"President" Biden has made it clear: all men accused of sexual harassment are presumptively guilty...except, one assumes, Biden himself.


And this one is well worth a few minutes of your time.  The Left is peppering major corporations with shareholder proposals to advance their agendas of "climate justice", "racial justice", "trans justice", and other forms of justice which are, of course, the opposite of justice.  Why is it only the Left, or mainly the Left, using these strategies?  How about a shareholder proposal to ban race preferences?  I'd like to see that!  How about you? 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Windy City Waddy


Friends, I've long since grown weary of lording it over my fellow Western New Yorkers: their fawning obsequiousness fills me with ennui.  Ergo, it's time to conquer new worlds.  Case in point: I was recently interviewed by the hosts of "Chicago's Morning Answer" on AM 560.  The topic was my article on Gov. Cuomo and why he should remain in office -- until New Yorkers throw him out in November 2022.  Listen in and experience the unbridled eloquence!


In other news, "President" Biden may be looking for a way out of the looming cataclysm at the border.  As I predicted long ago, the only way for Biden to play Mr. Nice Guy at the border AND keep the numbers of migrants vaguely under control is to outsource enforcement to Mexico.  Moreover, the only way to convince Mexico to play "bad cop" versus the Central Americans is to give it something it wants.  Turns out that "something" is COVID vaccines!  The New York Times puts a nice spin on it here, but this is at bottom a very cynical gambit by the Biden administration.  If it fails, a full-blown humanitarian and political disaster will ensue. 

Good news!  While the NYPD has given up looking for murderers and what not (that's "racist", as you must know by now), it's determined to root out meanness and "hurtful" behavior.  Whew!  That's reassuring, because the only kind of trauma that truly moves progressives is psychological trauma, presumably since, safe in their gated communities, they can't imagine any other kind.


"Making liberals cry again" always was the number one reason to vote for Donald Trump in 2020.  Well, the election didn't quite work out as we planned, but there's an upside: since Trump left office, CNN's ratings are circling the bowl.  Hooray! 

In response to "President" Biden's accusation that he is a "killer", President Putin of Russia recently advised Biden to "stay healthy" (wink wink?), and he furthermore challenged Biden to a live debate.  Presumably, Putin wishes to underline the fact that Biden is a) old and feeble, and b) incapable of (coherent) dialogue.  Could this be just the beginning of verbal (and literal?) fireworks between our two countries?  It's sad to say it, but half of America will be rooting for Putin in this contretemps.  Count on it!


It appears that, in effect, Dan Bongino has been chosen as the heir to the radio empire of Rush Limbaugh.  Congrats, Dan!  I enjoy your website immensely, and I'm sure you'll deliver a good thrashing to the lefties every weekday.  Take no prisoners!!! 

Finally, the Dems, in a rare act of magnanimity, have decided they were wrong to suggest that any election result, once it has been certified, should be viewed as sacrosanct, and any attempt to overturn it is tantamount to "insurrection".  In fact, they've discovered that certified election results are utterly bogus -- when they indicate that a Republican has won.  Boy, I'm glad we cleared that up!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Whither the Filibuster?


Friends, the filibuster, a venerable Senate tradition, has a long and checkered history.  Its most fervent champions were Democrats who used it to obstruct civil rights bills in the 50s and 60s.  Now Democrats are its most impassioned enemies.  The filibuster requires a degree of bipartisanship in order to advance bills and pass legislation.  The Dems have an ambitious progressive agenda that enjoys virtually no Republican support, however, and they'd like to pass it, thank you very much, and bipartisanship be damned!  There are three obstacles to their plan: Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Since SCOTUS is unlikely to be determinative, it's really down to those two lonely, "moderate" Dems.  My advice, therefore: write a letter to those two Senators praising their devotion to the ground rules of democracy and their commitment to working across the aisle.  They need support, now more than ever!

That's one of the topics that Brian and I discuss on this week's Newsmaker Show.  We also cover the Cuomo debacle, the Newsom debacle, the Tucker Carlson-Pentagon kerfuffle, the COVID Relief Bill and our looming fiscal calamity, and Mike Pence rising like a phoenix from the ashes.  So, that's two debacles, one kerfuffle, a calamity, and a mythical bird.  You heard it here first!  In addition, in our "This Day in History" segment, we cover the abdication of Nicholas II in March 1917 and the tragedy of the Bolshevik Revolution, the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939, and the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty".

It's a humdinger, folks!  Tune in ASAP!


In other news, "President" Biden is politely asking illegal immigrants to...illegally immigrate later, at a more convenient time.  Whew!  This guy is TOUGH, no? 

Biden is also encouraging changes in the nature of the filibuster, although he doesn't (yet) support its abolition.  My prediction: the filibuster will eventually die, but it will be a death of a thousand cuts.


President Trump says he will wait until after the 2022 election to decide whether he's running in 2024.  Why wait, I wonder?  Strategically, I suppose that freezes the rest of the field and keeps Trump in the news.  He's like a modern-day (non-fictional) Hamlet.  It's equally likely that Trump isn't announcing a 2024 run because he hasn't decided yet whether he wants to attempt one.


A Facebook insider is taking credit for Joe Biden's "victory" in 2020, and with good reason: Facebook buried and censored stories prejudicial to Biden, and it registered millions of new (Biden) voters.  If ever there was an argument for breaking up Big Tech, here it is! 

If you want to know what's wrong with America, and what's wrong with the Left, this story puts it in a nutshell: identity politics.  It's the rocky shoal on which the American experiment may well founder.


Finally, everyone should read this article and consider its arguments carefully.  Are public schools doing more harm to America's children than good?  Would we be better off placing responsibility for education in the hands of parents, rather than bureaucrats?  Is our current socialist model the only viable model for the management of elementary and secondary education?  I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Monday, March 15, 2021

It's Official: The Left's Cuomogasm Is OVER!


Friends, these are tough times to sport the last name "Cuomo".  After being feted by the press and by people-in-the-know for most of 2020, Andy is now hanging on for dear life.  Interesting wrinkle, though: New Yorkers are hardly unanimous in demanding his resignation.  Cuomo's enemies may have to sustain a long siege of Albany if they want to browbeat "America's Governor" into retirement.


Linda brought to my attention the outrageous and thoroughly unprofessional attacks that senior members of the U.S. military are mounting against Tucker Carlson.  Now Ted Cruz is taking up Tucker's cause.  Actually, it's not Tucker's so much as America's.  Whatever you might think about Tucker Carlson, we simply cannot have the military taking sides in political debates.  We're flirting with banana republicanism here, folks! 

You won't be shocked to hear that fewer young Americans are going to college these days.  After all, dorms have become holding cells, and classes are hardly ever being offered in the classroom.  The question is: will recent enrollment declines be sustained even after COVID recedes?  There's reason to think they might.  The practical value of a college education is not what it once was, and the expense has skyrocketed.  Of course, since the Dems are throwing money at higher ed, it may not matter.  Who needs students when you've got federal subsidies?


Things are getting interesting in the Golden State, where Yours Truly was born in the Year of Our Lord 1974.  Governor Newsom will almost certainly be subject to a recall election, and polls indicate that it could be a close contest.  The national and even the state GOP have so far put virtually no resources into this effort, but sooner or later Republicans will have to decide whether to go all-out in an attempt to win back control of the Governor's mansion in Sacramento.  Maybe Arnie would like to reoccupy it?  He wouldn't be my first choice, ideologically speaking, but I wouldn't say "Hasta la vista, baby" to his face, either. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Joe Biden=Pied Piper?


Friends, what's going on at the border is truly alarming, and it's despicable, when you consider the cynicism of the Biden strategy on immigration.  First, keep in mind that Biden has made it clear: if you're under 18, or if the government can't prove that you're over 18, you will be allowed to stay in the United States.  Thus, anyone who is a minor, or who is the parent of a minor, knows that our laws against illegal immigration simply don't apply to them.  That sets up the conditions for a sharp increase in the amount of illegal migration, needless to say.  It also puts migrant children in grave danger, of course: it puts them in the hands of the "coyotes" who smuggle them across the border, who are also often engaged in the drug trade and extreme violence.  It also turns children into a commodity: they are essentially "get into America free cards", which are naturally leveraged by many adult migrants to increase their chances of staying in this country.  What becomes of these children once they are released into the general U.S. population with their parents, or their "parents"?  Who knows -- and little do the Democrats care.  That's because all this illegal immigration also provides Democrats with a critical opportunity.  There's no question that non-citizens vote in our elections.  If the Dems' harebrained election scheme, H.R. 1, passes, then many more will do so.  But even if non-citizens don't vote in sufficient numbers to steal the 2022 and 2024 elections, the Dems have decided that "demographics is destiny": they believe that revolutionizing the ethnic makeup of the U.S. population, and thus, in the long term, of the electorate, will guarantee them permanent political domination.  They're wrong, because Hispanics and Asians (not to mention blacks) are not the progressive automatons that Democrats assume them to be, but their calculations may be sound in the short and medium term.  Look at Georgia: it's domestic and international migration that has transformed it from a red to a purple state.  Look at California: it's immigration that transformed it from a purple to a deep blue state.  Make no mistake, therefore: Democrats may genuinely care about migrant children (ignoring the suffering that their own policies engender), but they also see them as pawns, as tools that they can manipulate to achieve and maintain political control.  We owe it to those children, and to our own, native-born American children, to create a system of immigration based on the rule of law and on the integrity of borders, because ultimately all of us benefit from both.

Anyway, check out this article, which examines Biden's policy dilemma from a "progressive" perspective.  From their point of view, the massive numbers of illegal immigrants don't yet register as a problem, but the "challenges" in providing necessary services to those migrants do.


This article reinforces my view that political opportunism underlies what appears to be rank incompetence in the administration of our border policy: 


Here's an eloquent exploration of the link between illegal immigration and rising crime, and the Dems' failure to take either problem seriously.

This one is important, folks.  Although polling on Biden's job performance generally puts him above 50%, if NBC is showing him underwater, that's significant!  Biden is handing out stimulus checks like they were candy, and still the American people are nonplussed.  When the honeymoon is over, it sure looks like Biden won't be a popular president -- sorry, I meant "president".


Remember all those high-handed edicts that emanated from governor's offices and the federal government during the pandemic?  Your business must close.  Your loan payments are suspended.  Your rent is NOT due.  Well, now the courts are beginning to weigh whether the government had any such authority to begin with.  About time!!! 

Finally, no one doubts that, in the midst of a pandemic, the government may incur some unusual expenses.  So be it.  However, the amount of spending that has gone on in the last year is completely outrageous and will do serious long-term harm to our nation's fiscal soundness.  There's also been an incredible amount of waste.  As taxpayers, you ought to be indignant!