December 31, 2017

AP Picks NFL’s Anthem Antics As Top 2017 Sports Story — But Not Empty Seats, Lower TV Ratings

On Christmas Day, perhaps to minimize its exposure, the Associated Press published its top ten sports stories of the year. Readers will not be at all surprised that “NFL players kneeling during the national anthem” as a result of President Donald Trump’s “feud with the NFL” was “the runaway winner … in balloting by AP members and editors.” Predictably, the AP didn’t mention the lower attendance and lower TV ratings which have resulted from the players’ ill-advised protests.


CNN: Unnamed Countries Believe U.S. Doesn’t Have ‘A Moral Leg to Stand on’ in Criticizing Iran

Early Saturday evening Eastern Time, CNN International Senior Correspondent Arwa Damon, opening a CNN-US panel discussion on the anti-government protests in Iran, read the Iranian government’s reactions to Donald Trump’s Saturday tweets which quoted and replayed related portions of the President’s September speech at the United Nations. Damon followed that statement with a stunning example of the gratuitous America-bashing we’ve become so used to seeing at CNN, as she broadened the topic to “how frustrated other countries are with the United States,” claiming that “a lot of nations and their populations” see the U.S. as “not having a moral leg to stand on.”


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You’d never know it from following the establishment press, but Donald Trump’s administration had a pretty good year. Not all of the accomplishments listed are particularly impressive, but many are, and there are a lot of them.

And here’s a great point:

By the way, I wish to thank the American left for pushing Trump farther to conservatism. Trump is not ideological, not viewing himself as liberal or conservative. But when Trump saw leftists’ vitriolic response to him doing anything good for America, it opened his eyes, pushing him farther to our side.

Positivity: Holy Family Feast — Mary Did You Know?

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In honor of the feast of the Holy Family:



Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know … Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak the praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

December 30, 2017

NBC’s Year-End Fake News Tweets Target Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

NBC News has given yet another fake news story to cap off a year of media sloppiness unlike any other. On Friday, the network breathlessly tweeted out a copy of a search warrant “made public today,” directed at “an e-mail address associated with Trump surrogate and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.” That the warrant itself was dated March 7 apparently didn’t curb NBC’s enthusiasm.


AP Engages in Classic Coverup Tactics in Story on Classified Emails Found on Weiner’s Laptop

In an unbylined 11:31 a.m. Eastern Time dispatch Saturday, the Associated Press demonstrated why anyone trying to get to the truth about the status of the Hillary Clinton’s private server-scandal — which is clearly not over, and clearly has not been “litigated a million times,” as CNN’s desperate Don Lemon claimed on Thursday in shouting down a conservative panelist — needs to go somewhere else to find it.


NY Times Column on How to Use Tax Cut Plays Into Trump’s, GOP’s Hands

New York Times “Your Money” scribe Ron Lieber seemed blissfully unaware that the suggestions he made and the language he used in his Friday column on how individuals and families might use their savings from the just-signed tax bill mirrors what President Donald Trump, Republicans, and conservatives have been saying for years.


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Positivity: MLK’s Niece Was Almost Aborted Until Martin Luther King Sr. Intervened

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From Rome (HT Life News), emphasizing how Ms. King was almost aborted until Martin Luther King Sr. intervened:

Dec 14, 2017, 12:03 am

… When it comes to her own advocacy, life issues have always hit home for King, whose parents in 1950 became pregnant with her before they were married.

At the time, The Negro Project launched by Margaret Sanger in 1939 was continuing to gain steam. Among other things, the project worked to promote contraception and abortion in the black community.

King said her parents had considered getting an abortion until her grandfather, Martin Luther King Sr., “prophetically” intervened. Though they didn’t have ultrasound machines at the time, King said her grandfather had strongly rejected the claim that the fetus was “just a lump of flesh.” He said that the baby was a granddaughter whom he had seen in a dream three years prior.

After hearing Martin Luther King Sr. describe how his granddaughter would look, Alveda King’s parents decided against the abortion and she was born in 1951.

Despite hearing this story many times in her youth, King took a different path after her father and uncle died. She had been married, divorced, and no longer had the support system she once did, so when the pro-choice women’s movement began to grow, “I joined it because I’m a freedom fighter.”

However, she said, following the birth of her first child, she was coerced into having two abortions. When she became pregnant again, and was planning to have another abortion, her grandfather gave her the same message he had given her mother: “That’s not a lump of flesh, that’s my great-grandchild.”

She decided to keep the baby. Seeing her baby’s heartbeat on the sonogram confirmed that decision.

“I heard with new ears,” she said, explaining that her uncle’s words, “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere,” began to take on a new meaning in her mind.

“He also said the Negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the future of his children for immediate comfort and safety,” she said, and recounted how, after being “born again” in 1983, she immediately began advocating for life.

In addition to her famous family ties, King had a career in law, was a college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. In law classes she taught, King said she would bring up the abortion issue and make the argument that “a woman has the right to choose what she does with her body, but the baby’s not her body. Where’s the lawyer for the baby?”

“It began to rock everything,” she said, explaining that she began to face resistance from Sanger’s Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau, which had been re-named as “Planned Parenthood.” The organization objected to her pro-life views, arguing that her uncle had received the group’s “Maggie Award” in 1966.

However, King said that Martin Luther King Jr. had never supported the organization’s agenda. He declined to attend the award ceremony, she noted. …

Go here for the full story.

December 29, 2017

CNN’s Lemon Shouts ‘No!’ 9 Times, Goes to Ad Break to Stop Conservative’s Hillary-Email Talk

At CNN, it’s not unusual to see one conservative or center-right guest in a panel discussion stacked with leftists, including the host. That’s bad enough, but there has clearly been an increase in the number of times the lone conservative or center-right guest also ends up on the receiving end of rude, abusive treatment one would never see directed at other panelists. Such was the case Thursday evening, when conservative talk radio host and CNN political commentator Ben Ferguson was shouted down and cut off by host Don Lemon.


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Positivity: Gun-toting grandma shouts ‘get ready to die,’ scares off would-be home intruder

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Sometimes guns don’t have to be fired for their self-defense-enhancing properties to be effective.

From Futnam County, West Virginia:

Updated: 3:14 AM EST Dec 27, 2017

A West Virginia grandmother scared off a would-be home intruder on Christmas Eve.

WSAZ reports self-described “tough old lady” Yvonda “Bonnie” Gatens woke up in the early hours of the morning to hear someone trying to pry open her bedroom window.

She called 911, grabbed her gun and set out to confront the suspect.

“I come up right here, real quietly (and said) ‘get ready to die,’ and he went this side, he just fell over,” Gatens recalls, laughing.

She insists the gun was cocked and she was ready to open fire.

“Right at the foot of my bed? I mean, give me a break,” Gatens said. “If you come in here, it’s going to be you or me, and I’ll see to it that it won’t be me!” …

Go here for the rest of the story and a funny line from the gun-toting granny.

December 28, 2017

Delusional Politico Pair: Trump Is Building on ‘Obama’s Economic Legacy’

This one’s for the “They can’t possibly believe what they’re writing” file. Thursday morning, Ben White and Nancy Cook at Politico actually claimed that President Donald Trump is building “his 2018 political message by rebranding” predecessor Barack Obama’s “economic legacy.”


No Coincidence: Out-Migration Is Highest in 3 Deep-Blue States Complaining the Loudest About Tax Law

Early Thursday afternoon, Brad Wilmouth at NewsBusters posted on clueless Alysin Camerota’s morning interview of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on CNN. After Cuomo whined about the new federal tax law’s $10,000 limitation — not an “elimination,” as he falsely claimed — on state and local tax deductibility, he contended that New York and California are the nation’s “economic engines.” There is some truth in that, but how long can that continue if so many productive people continue to leave those two states?


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