News Gingrich’s latest message includes a short summary of President
Trump’s trade deals:
The breakthrough in trade
negotiations with Mexico is, to use one of President Trump’s favorite words, huge.
Most of the so-called experts had
said the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) couldn’t be renegotiated.
They insisted Trump had offended Mexicans so much with his harsh language that
the Mexican government wouldn’t come to the table. They asserted building the
wall would alienate the Mexican leadership. They were just plain wrong.
President Trump’s progress on NAFTA
sends five big signals:
1.Making good on a big, disruptive pledge that set
his 2016 campaign apart from every other candidate, President Trump kept his
word and is forcing a difficult negotiation toward success.
2.President Trump proved, once again, that tough
language and tough negotiating can actually lead to breakthroughs. Unlike most
politicians, Trump is willing to endure heat to achieve success.
3.As a result of his seriousness on trade, other
countries are now approaching Trump about trade negotiations (note German
Chancellor Merkel’s call this week for trade talks).
4.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried to
be clever when he ambushed and attempted to embarrass President Trump during a
press conference at the G7 Summit in Canada. Trudeau is now discovering that
Trump has a good memory. Canada now has virtually no leverage in trying to play
catch up with the U.S.-Mexico negotiations.
5.The Trump Administration’s continued attention
to economic matters – despite the liberal media’s daily efforts to get him and
his team off balance through dishonest reporting and smear stories – is paying
off. The average American sees the economy getting better and better. And the
average American increasingly thinks the success is due to President Trump.
I’m old enough to remember football legend Jim Brown playing
for the Cleveland Browns back in the 1960’s. He is still "the greatest football player of all time." And he is speaking up about President Trump, taking a knee, and the
black community. Brian Kilmeade interviewed him on Fox and Friends. I missed it, but Steven Beyer at Western Journal reported on the
NFL legend and social activist Jim
Brown appeared on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning and delivered a charge to
the “black community” by asking it to take responsibility over shifting the
blame onto President Donald Trump.
The former star running back
started the interview by heaping praise on Trump for
He told Fox’s Brian Kilmeade, “I
have access to the president, and anytime I have access to the president, and
he will listen to my thoughts, that’s all I can ask of him.”
“This president is accessible,”
Brown said. “He’s different. He’s challenging, and he pays attention to what I
Brown then turned his attention to
the black community, telling Kilmeade, “We should look at ourselves first
before we look at the president.”
Kilmede asked him if he felt Trump
was doing a good job of “producing” for the black community.
“Well, I tell you it’s very hard to
produce for the black community in a certain way,” Brown replied. “The black
community, and I’m a part of the black community, has a responsibility
regardless of what the president does. If you have a homicide rate in your
black community, then it’s not the president that’s created that homicide rate.
It’s the black community itself that needs to address it.”
“So I don’t want to put everything
on him, and I’m sorry to say the black community is not doing what we should
do, and that includes myself,” Brown added.
Kilmede asked Brown if he believed
the president to be a racist.
“I’m so glad you asked me that,”
Brown replied. “Of course not. Is America racist? Of course not.”
Brown went on talk about the national
anthem protests saying, “We should never denigrate our flag and
our national anthem. We should always be Americans first and we should work our
butts off to do the right thing and make it a better country.”
“But to not respect your flag and
national anthem is something I’d never do,” he added.
I go hot and cold on Mark Levin. But his column yesterday was
the lead link at Doug Ross’s Director’s Blue blog, and it’s a good one. Here’s
Challenge socialists on this single
point: What is their endgame?
When is enough government control
enough? Why won’t socialists -- or Democrat Socialist -- share their blueprint
for society? What industry is a “bridge too far” for socialism? Why can’t they
tell us what their limits are on taxation, control of industry, and how much of
society should be dependent upon their handouts?
Conservatives know their endgame:
it is called the United State Constitution. These four pages of wisdom,
condensed instructions gleaned from thousands of years of human experience,
ended up germinating the most magnificent nation-state yet to arise from
And a great percentage of our
fellow citizens neither recognize nor appreciate the magnificent society with
which they have been bequeathed. They take for granted this unique and precious
anomaly in the context of human history.
Only education can help them. Not
all of them, to be sure, but many: those who possess both open minds and a
willingness to learn.
He asks a good question, one which my ultra-liberal friends
and relatives might have difficulty responding to. The full article is here.
Breitbart has reported on the "the extent to which major technology companies such as Google are surveilling their users." But the segment that I hope everyone will watch (it’s less
than 4 minutes) is Dr. Robert Epstein’s appearance on Tucker Carlson from (apparently) a few months ago and re-broadcast last Friday.
Video credit: YouTube
[another platform for surveillance] via thelibertydaily.com
Dr. Robert Epstein, a research
psychologist at the American Institute of Behavioral Research and
Technology, joined Carlson to discuss an upcoming presentation on “The
Search Suggestion Effect (SSE): How Search Suggestions Can Be Used To Shift
Opinions and Voting Preferences Dramatically.”
The researchers looked at the power
of Google and Facebook to influence elections over a period of five years and
came up with powerful results.
“I can tell you we should be
paranoid because what Google and Facebook can do is really mind-boggling,” he
told the host.
“For example, if Mark Zuckerberg on
election day last year, if he had chosen to press the enter key early in the
morning and just sent out a message to Hillary Clinton supporters only saying,
‘Go out and vote,’ that would have sent her an additional 450,000 voters that
day with no one knowing that this had occurred. And that’s just Facebook,” he
“What Google can do is really off
the scale. Our studies show that Google can take a 50-50 split among undecided
voters and change it into a 90-10 split with no one knowing they had been
manipulated and without leaving a paper trail,” the research continued.
“It has to do with those search
suggestions. Literally from the very first character that you type into the
search bar you are being manipulated,” Epstein said. “And we’ve done 16 months
of experiments. We’ve done all the research now and we know exactly how this
works… The threat is absolutely, positively profound.”
Read the rest here or watch
the video. Please share with all your social media friends.
After millions of dollars spent, a
presidential visit, and a lengthy vote certification process, Republican Troy
Balderson has become the newest congressman representing Ohio's 12th District
-- at least, for the next two months.
Balderson, a state senator from
Zanesville, beat Democrat Danny O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, by
1,680 votes, according to final vote totals from the Aug. 7 special election
released Friday by elections officials.
Let’s get this straight. We – at
least the vast majority of us – on the side of the argument that Donald Trump
is currently representing believe in stuff like: national borders, free speech,
protecting citizens’ interests, equality of opportunity, lower taxes, smaller
government, democratic accountability, the family, personal responsibility,
rising standards of living, property rights, the rule of law, checks and
balances, the Constitution, liberty. There is nothing in any of this we should
feel awkward or guilty about. It does not make us Nazis. Or even semi-Nazis. Or
alt-right. Or any of the other pejorative terms which – according to our
opponents – make it wholly acceptable to punch the teeth out of anyone in a
MAGA baseball cap.
Trump Derangement Syndrome has
caused some conservatives – not all of us, thankfully – to lose sight of why it
is that we fight.
We fight because we’re right. And
yes – as Trump is one of the few conservative presidents to get – it really is
I am posting and linking since I expect it will resonate
with most Cleveland Tea Party members. Full article is here.
Cleveland Tea Party would not have a role to play in, say,
the ongoing targeting of the Colorado baker who won’t produce a cake
celebrating gay marriage or transgendering. However, one of the three core Tea
Party values is limited government, and the Cuyahoga County Council is planning
to take it upon itself to further meddle in the lives of residents. Our friends
at Ohio Value Voters sent out the message below (warning: Cringe Alert). Mark
your calendar, make some phone calls, or send messages:
Re: Cuyahoga County Human Rights Commission
Residents of NE Ohio
12th at 5:00 Pm
The Cuyahoga County Council has
been quietly working on legislation to establish a county-wide "Human Rights Commission"
that will affect every city, resident, business, and church in the
county. The three-person commission is intended to hear ALL cases of
discrimination in Cuyahoga County relative to sexual orientation/gender
identity. LGBT citizens will be provided legal assistance paid for by our
tax dollars. This piece of legislation hurts business, puts our safety at
risk, and punishes people of faith. This ordinance permits
biological men, who consider themselves to be women, to enter a woman's
bathroom or locker room in "all places of public accommodation."
On Wednesday, September 12th at
5:00 pm the County Council of Cuyahoga County, Ohio will hear public testimony
against Ordinance No. O2018-0009 sponsored by: County Executive Budish and
Councilmembers Brady, Miller, Houser, and Simon.
The above linked Heritage Foundation article is good but rather
long. I found a shorter related article – and it pulls no punches – zeroing in on
“Marxism and Marriage” at American Thinker here.
I also checked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
which already has jurisdiction over claims related to LGBT; see here. The
Cleveland Field Office website is here; its page for filing a charge of
discrimination is here. So the Cuyahoga County Council's intended power-grab can also be filed under the Department of Redundancy Department.
James Delingpole’s “History Teaching Has a Dangerous Left-Wing Bias” is mostly about teaching the history of England, but he
references NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s put-down of the USA from a day or two ago: “We’re not
going to make America great again. It was never that great.”
The teaching of history in America more and more shares Gov. Cuomo’s guilt-ridden perspective. And I am thinking of all the Confederate
and Founding Father statues and plaques that are being torn down, which will
ultimately result in history text books filled with blank pages and lies. Delingpole
concludes his article:
Apart from being objectively untrue
– the historical achievements of the Anglophone empires and their various
scientists, inventors, writers, painters, explorers and warriors far, far
outweigh their defects – this approach is also insidiously dangerous.
There’s a reason why young
Victorians were raised on GA Henty novels with titles like Under Drake’s
Flag and Winning His Spurs. The narrative of national pride
filled young men and women with the confidence to go out and achieve
extraordinary things on behalf of their great nation.
There’s a reason, too, why young
Americans used to pledge allegiance to the flag.
We’re encouraged by the modern left
to pour scorn on such outmoded jingoism. But it was nothing of the kind: just
people uniting in love of their country and recognising that it was a cause
worth fighting and dying for. The less you value your nation’s history and
traditions, the less you feel they are worth defending. Such negativity is a
recipe for decay and defeat. It’s so obvious, so well-documented that only a
left wing historian could be deluded enough to imagine otherwise.
Most days I visit several news aggregators to find reports,
analyses, and commentary. A couple of weeks ago, one of the aggregators,
Lucianne.com, was down for several days. It wasn’t the first time it went down,
and I wonder about why it happened. For the last two days, another aggregator,
Politipage, has gone blank. Hmm. Maybe these were just technical crashes. Both these aggregators lean conservative.
In what are probably related developments, some prominent
conservative voices have been demonetized or blocked from Facebook or other
platforms. Among them are Diamond and Silk, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Avi Yemini.
Glenn Reynolds (Mr. Instapundit) has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today titled “When Digital Platforms Become Censors: Facebook,
Twitter, YouTube and other tech giants say that they’re open forums. What
happens when they start to shut down voices they consider beyond the pale?”:
Call 2018 the “Year of
Deplatforming.” The internet was once celebrated for allowing fresh new voices
to escape the control of gatekeepers. But this year, the internet giants
decided to slam the gates on a number of people and ideas they don’t like. If
you rely on someone else’s platform to express unpopular ideas, especially
ideas on the right, you’re now at risk. This raises troubling questions, not only
for free speech but for the future of American politics and media.
That’s his opener. The rest of his commentary is here.
It is difficult to equate a “free press” with the dishonest Mainstream
Media that produces negative propaganda round-the-clock. Legal Insurrection has
the latest anti-Trump strategy:
Since election day in 2016, various media outlets have attacked
Trump and his supporters on a near daily basis. Yet when Trump refers to fake
news as an enemy of the people, they become outraged and claim he is attacking
the free press.
The Boston Globe has decided to organize
a protest in print, proving once again that the media thinks it is part of the
Stelter of CNN is pretty excited about this:
More than 100 newspapers will publish editorials decrying
Trump’s anti-press rhetoric
“The dirty war on the free press must
That’s the idea behind an unusual
editorial-writing initiative that has enlisted scores of newspapers across
The Boston Globe has been contacting
newspaper editorial boards and proposing a “coordinated response” to President
Trump’s escalating “enemy of the people” rhetoric.
“We propose to publish an editorial on
August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask
others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,” The
Globe said in its pitch to fellow papers.
The effort began just a few days ago.
As of Saturday, “we have more than 100
publications signed up, and I expect that number to grow in the coming days,”
Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN.
The rest of the report is here. Sad to see that cleveland.com
is on board the anti-Trump Train, such as here. Let's see if it runs an editorial tomorrow.
It looks like there was a big blue
bust when the so-called “blue wave” trickled into town during Ohio’s special
election. Reports are suggesting that there were over 170 people listed in
Ohio’s 12th Congressional District who were registered as being over
116-years-old. How does that happen? Well, that’s a very good question,
especially in a town where voter fraud is thought to run rampant and a
Republican might just barely defeat their Democratic opponent.
It was Republican Troy Balderson
who won (so far) by a very slim number of votes, close to 1,600, and that
accounts for less than 1% of the votes in the district. That means the election
is so close that law demands a recount. Of course, that’s Ohio law,
specifically. It’s also reported that there are at least 3,000 provisional
ballots yet to be counted. That number is higher than the number by which
Republican Balderson has apparently won, which likely contributes to the
further demand for a recount. It’s like you can’t win an election if you’re
Republican without people wanting a recount and some invisible person who is
116-years-old, or older, shows up magically to defeat you.
Full report is here. No wonder Danny O’Connor has not
conceded (see here).
Most of us are aghast at the
destruction of our history, whether the result of indoctrination taking the
place of education in schools, or Confederate statues being torn down, or a commemorative
plaque of George Washington being removed, etc. etc. Daniel Greenfield looks down the road that we
are on, and it is scary. From his article “Rename America”:
Equity Office has recommended renaming the Texas city because of Stephen F.
Austin's alleged views on slavery. But why stop at just renaming Austin when
Amerigo Vespucci took and sold slaves.
Texas is named after Stephen F. Austin, but America is named after Amerigo
Election officials in Ohio found
588 uncounted votes Wednesday in a suburb of Columbus, county officials said.
After counting the ballots,
Republican Troy Balderson received 198 votes; Democrat Danny O’Connor got 388
votes; and Joe Manchik, 2 votes. Thus, O’Connor gained 190 on Balderson, who
currently leads by 1,564 votes in the close race.
Full report is here. If this follows the usual plot, election officials will keep
“finding” ballots until O’Connor wins. At any rate, O'Connor has not conceded.
that 170 registered voters listed as being over 116 years old still existed on the rolls of Ohio’s 12th
Congressional when GAI accessed the data last August. That’s 10 percent of
Balderson’s current margin of victory, pending provisional ballots. And 72
voters over the age of 116 who “live” in Balderson’s district cast ballots in
the 2016 election.
the Left hasn’t given up trying to create conditions favorable for voter fraud
in Ohio. As former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has pointed out, “hyper-partisan liberals…have their eyes on Ohio.” Electing
a Democrat as the state’s top elections official would undoubtedly roll back
the hard-won safeguards Ohio has implemented. And as Blackwell points out, as
goes Ohio, so goes the Presidency.
I had previously linked to Ken Blackwell’s article in the
Cleveland Tea Party blog here.
12th District, outside of Columbus includes Zanesville and Mansfield
Cleveland Tea Party members: Do you have family, friends, or
colleagues who live in the Ohio 12th District ? Tomorrow, Tuesday,
Aug. 7 is the Special Election for the US House seat recently vacated by Rep. Patrick Tiberi. State Sen. Troy Balderson (R) is running against Danny O'Connor (D).
Easy Action Alert: call, email, text, or otherwise
encourage those you know to VOTE tomorrow.
. . . Dinesh is definitely not premature in assessing
the moment we are in as critical to the future of our nation, even its
existence as we know it. And he has made the most impassioned film he
could to help move people in the right direction. This alone makes it
compelling. Most films are made for no reason at all but wealth and
self-aggrandizement and show it.
The question remains -- as it
is with all works of this nature -- will anybody see it who doesn't already
agree with it? Reporting from my new home in Nashville, I am not
optimistic. I was alone in the theatre with one other couple. Whatever
the case, D'Souza has to be applauded for his effort. He's a patriot and
an immigrant who makes a great case for legal immigration all by himself.
The full review at PJ Media is here. The documentary is
currently at several Cleveland area theaters (Valley View, Beachwood,
Middleburg Hts.). Click on the movie website here; when you select “Get Tickets”
the area theater details will pop up.
I have not seen the movie, but I have read a related article
that Mr. D'Souza published the other day at American Greatness here; entitled “The Switch
That Never Happened: How the South Really Went GOP,” it is adapted
from the book.
Sunday on ABC’s “This
Week,” Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) said President Donald Trump’s “chaos” was
turning off “suburban women.”
Kasich said, “First of all, the
chaos that surrounds Donald Trump has unnerved a lot of people. Suburban women
in particular here are the ones that are really turned off. And you add to that
the millennials you have it very close.”
State Senator Frank LaRose is the GOP candidate for Ohio Secretary
of State. His website has his bio, and I am not pleased to read that he introduced
legislation to make it easier for Ohioans to go online to register to vote. From
Bill 318 will simplify absentee voting for all Ohioans by allowing voters to go
online and request a vote-by-mail ballot. Currently, voters must mail requests
for an absentee ballot to their local board of elections. This bill will make
the process more efficient and more secure all while improving speed and
convenience for voters.
More efficient and secure? Or maybe
more opportunities for voter fraud. (Remember the Soros-funded Secretary of State Project? To paraphrase Stalin, it’s not who votes; it’s who counts the votes.)
So conservative voters may be looking at another
liberals once again have their eyes on Ohio. This time, they want to
take over the office in charge of making sure the state's elections are fair,
honest and transparent. Judging from the money they're spending and
false outrage they're spewing, leftists will stop at nothing until they have
one of their own in charge of counting
votes in Ohio. We have to stop them.
. . .
[C]apturing the Ohio secretary of state's office
is vital to the left's master plan of electing America's next
president. No Republican has won the presidency without winning
Ohio. A critical swing state, Ohio has voted for the winner in
presidential races in twenty-eight out of the last thirty
elections. As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.
have full access to the Clinton Money Machine and the Obama
Operation. While it may seem strange to witness millions of dollars
pouring into a down ballot race in the heartland, there is a method to the
Democrats' madness. Delve below the surface, and you will see that
the Democrats have their sights set on 2020, defeating Donald Trump, taking
back the presidency. Winning the [Ohio] secretary of state's race is
a means to that end.
wrong hands, that office will become a de facto arm of the Ohio Democratic
Party and the Democratic National Committee. Eric Holder and a
laundry list of presidential wannabes know that. Realizing what our
rivals are capable of, Republicans should be on high alert. They
mean business. They've got millions. They don't fight
fair. It's that serious.
candidate for this high office is Kathleen Clyde. She fits the
pattern of coming from the far left of the political spectrum and being loud
and confrontational in her style. She is advancing the preposterous
and obviously unconstitutional notion that if a presidential candidate does not
release his taxes, he is immediately and irrevocably kept off the ballot in
Ohio. You can see how far-fetched and far left her agenda is.
. . .
person the Democrats nominate, whoever it is, will target Ohio as the missing
piece to the puzzle they need to claim the Oval Office so they can pick up
where Barack Obama left off. If they seize control of the Ohio
secretary of state's office and they control the machinery of government in the
Buckeye State, they will set to work pressing their advantage. That
is why Republicans are taking action: because winning the Ohio secretary of
state's race is absolutely vital to the integrity of our elections and the
future of our country.
You can read Blackwell’s full article here. I plan to
re-post this shortly before Election Day.