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September 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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A bad 24 hours for journalism

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Since last night, we’ve witnessed several examples of unacceptable news reportage.

First, a new woman emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh but even some journalists can’t believe what they are watching.  The new woman’s story is based on a corroborating witness who wasn’t at the party.  What?  Apparently he heard something about the party after it happened.  Again, what?

Jedediah Bila wrote this:   

New Yorker piece doesn’t even confirm that Kavanaugh was at the party, contains an admission of memory gaps by Ramirez due to intoxication, and has numerous people on the record disputing her claim. 

Once again, I’m awaiting facts: evidence, corroboration, possible testimony

Caleb Hull put it this way:    


• She didn’t know who it was for 35 years

• Kavanaugh was nominated

• She met with Dem lawyer for 6 days to “assess her memories”

• Accused Kavanaugh

• She still isn’t even sure it was him

• All the witnesses deny it

• Kavanaugh denies it

• Other outlets passed on story

It looks as if the second woman’s story has more holes than the first woman’s story.

How can a business continue to be this sloppy?  Don’t these news organization have editors or people on staff who double check this stuff?

Journalism did not do much better on Monday morning.  First, we heard that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein had resigned.  Then we learned that he was on his way to The White House to resign or get fired.  It was all because of that Friday story about the Deputy AG preparing a case to bring down the President through the 25th Amendment.

Well, it turns out that he did go to the White House but it was prearranged and now he will meet with President Trump on Thursday.  To be honest, I did not understand how the Deputy AG was on his way to see the president in the White House on the day President Trump was in New York.  Maybe I’m too logical.

The second “woman story” is just bad journalism.  The Deputy AG story is just another case of “sources” not knowing what they are talking about.

In the meantime, journalism suffers again.

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September 25, 2018 at 6:23 am

Monday’s show: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest:  Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda……The Kavanaugh story and justice……..My guess is that most women are outraged at these attacks on Kavanaugh–it could be their husband or son next?……..Rosenstein and the NY Times story……..Secretary Pompeo vs former Secretary Kerry……..Warren Commission report about JFK 1964………and other stories…………Click to listen:


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September 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Monday’s video: A bad day for journalism.

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September 24, 2018 at 2:39 pm

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Vote and move forward with Judge Kavanaugh

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We were hit on Sunday night by new allegations that Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a woman problem.  The allegations are brand new and it may take a day or two to clear the dust.

It appears that another woman remembers something from his college days.

I guess that we know now what the delay for Christine Braley Ford to testify was all about.  She was buying time to allow the other story to develop.  Maybe I’m too cynical but it smells like the delay was planned to give others more time.  

The GOP was trying to show respect for Ford.  On the other hand, Ford was being told to delay, like the coach who goes to the mound to give the guy in the bullpen a little bit more to get ready.

According to Power Line, the whole point is to feed the narrative that Judge Kavanaugh was a repeat offender.  They want to turn Judge Kavanaugh into a Bill Cosby or Harvey Weinstein character. Didn’t he pass several FBI background checks?

Now, it ‘s up to the GOP.  They can continue the farce and invite the new accuser or take a vote and move on.  If they take a vote, they will have to count on every GOP vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.  If they delay this, then they run the risk of losing the Senate and never putting this good man in the court.

At the same time, my instincts tell me that there are a lot of women watching all of this Kavanaugh show and wondering:  Is my husband next?  Or my son?  Or my father?

In other words, it does not take a lot to destroy a man these days.  In fact, just accuse him of something that can’t be proven and you have a friendly media willing to carry the accuser’s water.

This is why I continue to believe that this overreach will explode in the Democrats’ faces.  Add to all of this the names of Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, and DNC # 2 Keith Ellison and the party may regret the whole thing.

Worst of all, whatever happened to justice for the accused?  I guess that it does not apply to any conservative who believes that abortion should be settled by states rather than justices.

I repeat:  There is a woman out there wondering if her husband is next.  She will not be voting for the Democrats in a few weeks.

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September 24, 2018 at 6:02 am

Beto vs Ted round 1

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Senator Cruz and Representative O’Rourke finally met each other in the first debate.  There are two more debates later in the campaign.

Yes, I plan to vote for Senator Cruz.  My mind was made up before the debate.  Nevertheless, I was curious to watch Beto, or the man so many are already comparing to the Kennedys.

Honestly, Beto looked stiff, maybe nervous, and totally uninspiring.  It’s hard to see how he pleased his base with that performance.

First, he looked uncomfortable talking about issues.  He went to slogans and clichés every single time.  How many times did he say he visited all 250-something counties?  Or the one about working with President Trump when we can and standing up to him when we must?  Or the silly line about the GOP tax plan being good to the rich?

Does Mr. O’Rourke understand that Texas is booming and no one down here is giving President Obama the credit?

Then he started talking about uninsured Texans.  Can someone remind Mr. O’Rourke that the Affordable Care Act is in fact the law of the land?  How can so many be uninsured?  Didn’t Beto tell Texans that they can buy a subsidized policy in the exchange?  To my knowledge, President Trump has not stopped anyone from buying a policy on the exchange.

On the other side, Senator Cruz just pricked each Beto balloon with ease.  In baseball terms, Beto had very little on the ball last night.

It won’t get easier for Mr. O’Rourke.  He will soon debate foreign policy, and I can’t wait to hear his position on Israel.

It won’t get easier when they talk about abortion, an issue that does not play well with Hispanic women – or his vote against banning abortion after 20 weeks.

Overall, not a good debate for Mr. O’Rourke.  It didn’t help that his explanation of the 1998 drinking and driving incident contradicts police reports.  To be honest, I’m not that worked up about the incident twenty years ago, but Beto sounded like a man who didn’t anticipate such a question.

To be fair, Senator Cruz is not a TV-friendly candidate.  At least he was prepared and had a game plan.  Beto, on the other hand, just seems to be counting on some kind of magic.  Beto thought he could charm another audience, but he really didn’t.

Beto showed that he is a candidate traveling too much rather than doing issue-oriented press conferences.  He’d be better off going on Texas talk radio than going on Ellen again.  He needs to get better at handling tough questions, the sort his “Beto-mania” sycophants are obviously not asking him.

Last, but not least, the two reporters were good. 

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September 23, 2018 at 6:01 am

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The “Flores playbook”

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We’re still enjoying Pete Flores’s super-victory in a state Senate election in South Texas.  He flipped a Democrat seat in a district that the GOP assumed it couldn’t win.  In fact, the GOP had not win this district in 139 years!

How did Mr. Flores do it?  How did a novice politician defeat an experienced and well known former congressman?  How did a GOP candidate win a district that’s 73 percent black and Hispanic?

He did it with big ideas, as Newt Gingrich wrote:

The big choices in this 17-county border district were:

Right to life versus tax-paid abortion.  As Catholics, many Hispanic voters simply won’t vote for liberals who are for tax-paid abortions.  Of course, every Democrat who is campaigning for free government-run health care is campaigning for tax-paid abortion.

Safe borders versus dangerous gangs.  As Patrick explained, “most law-abiding Hispanics support controlling the border, stopping criminals and keeping their community safe from gangs like MS-13.”  He pointed out that he campaigned four years ago on repealing the sanctuary city law in Texas and got about 50 percent of the Hispanic vote.  Flores’s own campaign website clearly states: “Our borders must be secure, and our communities must be safe. … We will make Texas borders secure and a bad place to be for criminals and gangs.  We are and must remain a state where the rule of law reigns.”

Gun rights versus gun control.  Many Hispanic voters strongly support the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.  They distrust and oppose liberals who want to have government control their guns.

Local rule versus centralized bureaucracy.  Most Hispanic voters favor smaller government, lower taxes, and more community rather than Washington controls (or Austin controls in this case).

Work versus welfare.  There is a strong work ethic in the Hispanic community, and the job-creating power of the Trump system is being admired and applauded.  Currently having the lowest Hispanic unemployment rate in history is a real asset for Republicans in the 2018 campaign.

Flores understood his district, a rural conservative district where they value life, safe borders, the 2nd Amendment, and hard work.

How does the GOP compete from coast to coast?  Talk about big issues as Mr. Flores did!

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September 22, 2018 at 4:31 am

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