Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Too Bad About Michael Flynn

I'm glad that Michael Flynn resigned quickly. Once it became clear that he had given wrong information to Vice President Mike Pence, it was inevitable that he had to go.

Hopefully it ends here.

And for all those Dems who are chomping at the impeachment bit -- do they not understand that Pence is even more conservative than President Trump?  Indeed, he's more conservative than just about anyone. Someone should warn the Dems to be careful what they wish for.

It's kind of like when the Dems were salivating, first for Trump to run, and second for him to win the Republican nomination. How'd that work out for ya?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Why I Cheered For Tom Brady

Normally, I don't care much for professional football. This year, however, I cheered for Tom Brady and the Patriots because I was offended at the left's attempt to force Brady to disclaim his friendship with President Donald Trump. Likewise for the Patriot's owner, Robert Kraft.

An essential component of liberty is that people can be friends with whomever they choose. That's why freedom of association is included in the first amendment. It's entirely inappropriate, therefore, for the political correctness police to tell Brady and Kraft that they cannot be friends with Trump.

Good for Brady and Kraft for not succumbing to that pressure.

The irony is that if their relationship with Trump had been something other than platonic, the left would protest any interference with it as homophobic.  For some reason, the left extends a tolerance to sexual differences that it will not extend to ideological differences.

I don't know anything about Brady's or Kraft's politics. I don't take their friendship with Trump to necessarily endorse everything he says or does. Friends can agree to disagree, to keep certain subjects off the table.

That's becoming increasingly difficult to do, because when it comes to Trump, liberals are like a dog with a bone. They cannot let it go.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

UC Berkely's Stuck in the 1960's

The demonstrations at UC Berkely last night in response to Milo Yiannopolous's scheduled speech looked like a throw-back to the anti-war protests of the 1960's.

The left was trying to shut down Milo's speech -- more of the free speech for me, but not for thee we've come to expect from progressives. These people demand tolerance for everything except an opposing viewpoint.

As I watched the anarchists literally try to burn everything down, I couldn't help but think that the school should lose its federal funding. When I clicked on the Daily Caller this morning and read that President Donald Trump had threatened to do just that, it was like he was reading my mind. That's a large part of why Trump was elected; he frequently says what ordinary people are thinking.

No, I'm not talking about the gaffes or the Billy Bush interviews. I think that because he has not spent his professional life as a politician, he reacts to things viscerally the way regular people do.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

God Bless Judge Gorsuch

I was thrilled with President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Any of the judge's on Trump's list of 21 would have been outstanding. I particularly like the way Judge Gorsuch writes -- which was one of my favorite things about Scalia. Likewise for Kentucky's own Judge Amul Thapar, who not only made the list of 21 but in fact made it to the final four; he also has a way with words that transforms an otherwise dry legal opinion.

I am one of the many voters for whom the Supreme Court was the most important issue in casting my vote for president. Trump kept his promise.

And I expect he will do so again after the end of the Supreme Court's term this June.

I was similarly impressed by the announcement last night. It was very dignified. The presence of Maureen Scalia was poignant, and yet it was upbeat. It felt historic.

MY C-J Column in Which I March Off the Feminist Reservation

Reprinted with permission of the Courier-Journal. Drawing all sorts of hate on Twitter, etc.  Liberals cannot stand a conservative woman who does not adhere to feminist orthodoxy.

The Women’s March on Washington and copycat marches last week consisted of thousands of women of good will and an indeterminate number of moonbats. They marched notwithstanding that American women have it much better than millions of women around the world. If the marchers had been men, progressives would have told them to “check their privilege.”
Instead, the marchers promoted the falsehood that American women are downtrodden victims. Someone remind these women that it has been illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work for 50 years.
Many women drove themselves to the march or came by Metro. That would not be possible in Saudi Arabia, where women are forbidden to drive or even ride mass transit. Nor can they wear make-up, mix with men to whom they are not related, swim, play sports or try on clothes before buying.
If Ashley Judd and Madonna truly want to demonstrate how gutsy they are, they should go to Saudi Arabia to reprise their speeches from the march. Of course, only men would see them. And Judd and Madonna would just confirm the Saudis’ assessment of America’s depraved culture.
To anyone who misconstrues Judd and Madonna as exemplifying American women, know this:  they do not represent most of us. Indeed, many of us are embarrassed by them. Portions of Judd’s “nasty woman” speech were so lewd and disgusting that I cannot even quote it. Yet she complains about language that disrespects people.
Question for the University of Kentucky:  are you sure you still want to feature Judd at your basketball games? It would be interesting to know how much, if anything, Judd donates to UK for those great seats.
Question for Ashley Judd: will you reconsider your decision not to run for office as a Democrat in Kentucky?  Please?
Women appeared to march for an array of issues that animate the left: Obamacare, immigration, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, abortion, climate change, equal pay.
The timing of the march — the day after the inauguration — reflected outrage that Hillary Clinton lost the election. Leftists attribute that loss to sexism, rather than the reality that Clinton was a terrible candidate who wanted to recycle failed policies.
It’s disappointing to lose a hard-fought election. But if Romney or McCain supporters had marched to “resist” the election of President Barack Obama, they would have been labeled racists.
Judging from the signs in the coverage of the march, many marchers support abortion rights and federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Indeed, pro-life organizations were banned from partnering with the march’s organization. That made clear that the march was not intended to and did not reflect the broad, diverse viewpoints of women.
On the other side of the world, China still limits the number of children parents can have. While some American women march for the right to “terminate” unborn babies, Chinese women are denied the right to have as many babies as they want — and the right to protest.
Back at the march, those hand-knit pink “pussy hats” that the marchers wore made a great visual, especially in the aerial photos. The hats were intended to contrast with the red “Make America Great Again” hats worn by Trump supporters, and to allude to the Billy Bush interview. To each her own, I suppose.
And then there were the women who wore costumes of giant vaginas in need of a bikini wax. It’s an odd choice for women who complain about being objectified and supposedly want to be taken seriously.
Imagine the left’s reaction if Clinton had won and men marched dressed as giant penises. Of course, it would never happen. And that’s the difference between the two parties. No wonder the radical left doesn’t play so well in middle America.
Those vagina costumes and “pussy hats” must have taken a lot of time and effort to make. For those who are not crafty, a one-size-fits-all vagina costume may be purchased for $149 online. What a luxury to have spare time and money for such accouterments.
Compare that to the lives of women in developing countries who spend their days looking for food and clean water, trying to avoid becoming victims of genital mutilation or human trafficking, just wanting to worship free from persecution.
The women in the giant vagina costumes have exalted a body part to a symbol, but they have failed to articulate what it’s supposed to symbolize. Fortunately, not everyone with “lady parts” embraces this left-wing ideology. That’s why, in the end, the march changed nothing. Clinton still lost.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump Hits the Ground Running

It's so refreshing -- watching an elected official follow through on his campaign promises. We have seen it in Kentucky this past year with Gov. Matt Bevin. And we saw it in the Commonwealth's legislative session, where the first Republican majority in the House in 92 years passed right to work and repealed the prevailing wage.

And now we are witnessing President Donald Trump using executive orders to undo the mess that President Barack Obama created, by executive order.  Note to Democrats:  live by the sword, die by the sword.

I've been really impressed with the administration's vigor in honoring its campaign pledges. Like Bevin and the Kentucky House, Trump was elected to do specific things and he is actually doing them. And doing them swiftly.

Forgive me for belaboring the point, but it's not something that we've seen among our elected officials in a really long time. Then again, Obama did put us on notice that he wanted to "fundamentally transform"our country. And he did, just not in a good way, but perhaps not in a permanent way.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thoughts on the Inauguration

President Donald Trump's inauguration felt historic to me and worthy of celebration, so I opted to watch it with a group of women. We toasted him with mimosas and agreed that the moment was meant to be shared. I say this as a counterpoint to the women who took to the streets the next day in their "pussy hats."  Women are not a monolith. Many of us are quite pleased with the outcome of the election. Indeed, Hillary Clinton only won 54 percent of the women's vote.

As for the inaugural speech, it did not strike me as "dark", as the media characterized it. It was a well-written and well-delivered. Trump was matter of fact about the reality that many Americans have been facing for many years. That is his particular gift:  he sees and hears the ordinary man and woman.  He doesn't like what he sees when it comes to the hardships they face -- made worse, in many instances, by government itself.

It was startling to see the president criticize those who were sitting on the podium with him. As I reflected on that, however, it seemed to me as more adult and honorable than the time-honored practice of bashing people behind their backs. Trump is nothing but forthright.

Sen. Chuck Schumer's speech was just bizarre. I was surprised to see him speak at all -- I don't remember that from previous inaugurations. He went on way too long. Neither I nor my friends could figure out what point he was trying to make. Sure, it's poignant to talk about the death of soldier in service to his country. I just couldn't see how that related to Trump's inauguration.

My sons were in the audience and said that the crowd was very polite, with exception of one lout who blew a whistle during the inauguration. Security quickly attended to him.

I commend Hillary Clinton for attending. I cannot imagine how hard that was.

The prayers and readings were a welcome reminder to pray for our new president and our country.  God bless America!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prayers For Bush 41

And Barbara Bush as well.  God bless you and heal you!

Obama Never Ceases to Amaze

The Chelsea Manning pardon is such an outrage it makes one wonder whose side this administration is on.

Manning committed treason, for which he could have faced the death penalty. Now the Obama administration has shaved his sentence by 80 percent.

Then there is the spectacular hypocrisy regarding WikiLeaks:  if John Podesta's embarrassing emails are leaked, that's a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the election. But if national security information is leaked -- that puts Americans lives in danger -- it's no big deal, apparently because the leaker is "transitioning.'

Friday cannot come soon enough.