Thursday, October 18, 2018

By Larry Elder, Oct. 18, 2018

As is often the case in this era of President Donald Trump, the reaction is far more interesting than the action.

The action was rapper/entrepreneur, ex-George W. Bush denouncer and Trump supporter Kanye West, whom Trump invited to the White House. The reaction from left-wing black critics was predictable. But the reaction from a notable Trump-hating white pundit was unintentionally eye-opening. In the Oval Office, West spoke nonstop, and apparently unscripted, for nearly 10 minutes. During his monologue and subsequent questions by reporters, West talked about the pressure blacks face to vote Democratic; how conservative blacks are often bullied by other blacks into supporting the Democratic Party; and how the Second Amendment is unrelated to gun violence, because "illegal guns is the problem, not legal guns." But most importantly, he spoke about the pain he experienced growing up without a father.

First, the reaction by black critics. Last month, rapper Snoop Dogg called West an "Uncle Tom" — and that was before West's visit to the White House. After West's Oval Office monologue, rapper T.I. called him a "Sambo." On CNN, Bakari Sellers, a Democratic strategist, said, "Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don't read." CNN "political commentator" Tara Setmayer called West a "token Negro" and described him as "an attention whore, like the President." Apparently, Setmeyer forgot about the numerous celebrities, including rappers, who visited President Barack Obama during his eight years in the White House.

How dare West point to the most important issue, by far, in the black community: the number of children growing up in homes without fathers! After all, Obama, who also grew up without his biological father, even said, "Children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison."

The late rapper Tupac Shakur, who also grew up without a father, said: "I know for a fact that had I had a father, I'd have some discipline. I'd have more confidence. ... Your mother cannot calm you down the way a man can. Your mother can't reassure you the way a man can. ... You need a man to teach you how to be a man."

Then-Sen. Obama said the same thing in 2008: "I know the toll it took on me, not having a father in the house — the hole in your heart when you don't have a male figure in the home."

In regard to West being called a "coon," a "sell-out," "self-loathing" and an "Uncle Tom," Obama also knows a thing or two about that. In 2000, when he ran for Congress against Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., Rush branded Obama as an out-of-touch, not-from-the-'hood, Harvard-educated elite who taught at University of Chicago and who was not "truly black." Then-state Sen. Obama, beaten badly in the race, said, "When Congressman Rush and his allies attack me for going to Harvard and teaching at the University of Chicago, they're sending a signal to black kids that if you're well-educated, somehow you're not 'keeping it real.'" As President, Obama later said: "There's no one way to be black. Take it from somebody who's seen both sides of debate about whether I'm black enough."

Second, let's examine the reaction to West's White House visit from a prominent Trump-hating white critic, MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Analyzing why Trump invited Kanye West to the White House, Matthews inadvertently exposed the liberals' game of using the race card for votes. Matthews said the main reason Trump invited West was to assuage white voters' concerns about Trump. Matthews said, "White people won't vote for a guy — most of them — if they think they're racist."

Hold on!

Most nights, Matthews and his left-wing cable colleagues scramble to come up with new and different ways to call Trump "racist." They argue that Trump knowingly and intentionally crafts his message to appeal to white racists. On election night, CNN's Van Jones attributed Trump's victory to "whitelash" — claiming that "racist" white voters found a kindred spirit in "racist" Donald Trump. But Matthews, in an unguarded moment, conceded that most whites would not vote for somebody if they thought he or she was racist.

The con has been exposed.

Matthews said, in effect, that most white people are not racist, would not vote for a racist and therefore only a brain-dead white politician would run an election catering to racists. Yet virtually every night, he and his guests preach racism, racism, racism in America.

In fact, Matthews echoes the words of John O'Sullivan, then-editor of the National Review. Sullivan, in 1997, said, "White racism does exist, but its social power is weak and the social power arrayed against it overwhelming."

To the left, the only acceptable blacks are victicrats who believe racism is the top problem. Never mind the liberals — like Obama — who know damn well the top problem is fatherlessness. But Democratic politicians — like Obama — also need to keep blacks angry for votes.

Quite the Faustian bargain.

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By The Epoch Times, Oct. 16, 2018

President Donald Trump warned Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez that Washington will cut aid to Tegucigalpa unless a Honduran migrant caravan traveling north through Mexico is stopped and turned around.

“The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!” Trump wrote on Twitter on the morning of Oct. 16.

By The Gateway Pundit, Oct. 17, 2018

The caravan had approximately 1,300 people on Monday and managed to balloon in just two days, tripling the number of people heading northbound towards the U.S. border just in time for the midterm elections.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Hondurans were spotted in Chiquimula, Guatemala marching through rain, determined to make it the Mexican border.

By Maga Doodle., Oct. 17, 2018

The Feds just plugged a huge leak in our national security apparatus. Look, Washington leaks as a matter of course.

The leakers always have an agenda and usually it is just the back and forth of politics that is mostly harmless if embarrassing gossip.

By The Gateway Pundit, Oct. 17, 2018

Kristin Davison, the female victim said she was “terrified and traumatized” after Mr. Stark manhandled her and left bruises on her body, including on her neck and arms.

Fox News reported:

A Democratic operative for American Bridge 21st Century, a group founded by David Brock and funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, was arrested Tuesday after the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt accused the operative of grabbing and yanking her arm and refusing to let go.

By Breitbart, Oct. 17, 2018

As hard as the media worked to cover and lie for her for over those first 24 hours, the unassailable facts have forced them to throw in the towel. The science is settled: Elizabeth Warren is a fake Indian.

Here’s a quick list of the headlines Warren is dealing with today:

By Breitbart, Oct. 16, 2018

Massachusetts senator (and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful) Elizabeth Warren is not Native American.

Native American identity is about belonging to a community. It is a specific political, legal and social formation akin to a form of citizenship that is particular to each tribe, nation, confederacy or otherwise sovereign and self-determining Indigenous government—numbering 567 federally recognized tribes and hundreds of Alaska Native, Hawaiian and state-recognized entities across the country.

By Bongino, Oct. 17, 2018

Do conservative fiscal policies drive economic inequality? Every liberal and their mother will tell you as much.

“The GOP tax bills look like attempts to entrench a hereditary plutocracy…it’s class warfare aimed at perpetuating inequality into the next generation” wrote the nauseatingly partisan economics Nobel laureate Paul Krugman ahead of the passage of the wildly successful Trump tax cuts. 

By The Gateway Pundit, Oct. 17, 2018

For over a year The Gateway Pundit has spoken out about how the tech and social media giants are censoring and eliminating conservative publishers and conservative content.

***  In September The Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft testified to Congress on Facebook targeting of conservative publishers and content.

By Breitbart, Oct. 17, 2018

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

In metered-market households Tuesday night, The Conners drew a 7.5 rating/12 share, off about 35 percent from the 11.6/19 for Roseanne‘s premiere in March. It was Tuesday’s second highest-rated show in metered markets, behind NCIS (8.1/13).

The hourlong Roseanne premiere ended up with 18.44 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s same-day tally.

By Breitbart, Oct. 16, 2018

On Monday’s Hardball on MSNBC, Steve McMahon, a top Democratic strategist, said that “some people close to the Clintons and close to Hillary Clinton who look at the field and think if Joe Biden doesn’t run, it’s an awfully weak field and someone like Hillary Clinton could get back in.”

He added that some of these confidants are “whispering in her ear” that she might be able to win the nomination if Biden decides not to run.

By Roll Call, Oct. 16, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is nothing she would trade for President Donald Trump’s border wall, setting a hard negotiating stance in advance of an expected December showdown over the issue.

“It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that,” the California Democrat said during a discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. 

By KMBC, Oct. 17, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Senate race is blowing up over a hidden camera inside Democrat Claire McCaskill's campaign headquarters.

In the video on conservative website Project Veritas, McCaskill staffers talked about Planned Parenthood donations reportedly being hidden.

By Chron, Oct. 17, 2018

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Interest in the midterm election is at a fever pitch in much of the country, with both Democrats and Republicans far more passionate than they've been in more than a decade.

Could this be the year that Tennessee's Montgomery County shows up to vote?

By Variety, Oct. 17, 2018

Marc Burstein has been covering elections since 1998. Now the ABC News executive is gearing up for what he believes will be an event of seismic proportions.

The 2018 midterm elections on Nov. 6 were always going to be contentious, says Burstein, ABC News senior executive producer of special events, but in the wake of the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Republican and Democratic voters are energized in ways that no one had previously anticipated.

By Reuters, Oct. 17, 2018

CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (Reuters) - More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand trekking through Guatemala on Wednesday, defying calls by authorities not to make the journey after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off regional aid in reprisal.

By LMT Online , Oct. 17, 2018

The number of migrant parents entering the United States with children has surged to record levels in the three months since President Donald Trump ended family separations at the border, dealing the administration a deepening crisis three weeks before the midterm elections.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record and an 80 percent increase from July, according to unpublished Homeland Security statistics obtained by The Washington Post.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

By CNN, Oct. 15, 2018

(CNN)Democrats in the US House of Representatives are beginning to quietly prepare to hold the Trump administration accountable if they win the majority in November.

In more than a dozen interviews, CNN has learned that Democrats on virtually every committee in the House of Representatives are carefully positioning themselves to be ready in the event that they find themselves in the majority after the midterms.

By City-Journal, Oct. 15, 2018

As a small-business owner in New York City, I could hire entry-level workers at about $12 per hour; their labor, in turn, earned me between $13 and $15 per hour. It was an excellent arrangement. I provided a service for my customers and jobs for low-skilled workers. Working for me, they developed their skills, then moved on to better-paying opportunities, either with me or with other employers. I didn’t make a lot of money doing this, but I made enough, while developing a talent pool for more complex projects. 

By Washington Times, Oct. 15, 2018

What will it take to keep the planet habitable? According to some eco-warriors, all that’s necessary is to end capitalism — the one economic system that has lifted billions from poverty and suffering.

The latest United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report led Eric Holthaus, a Grist writer, to tweet enthusiastically, “The world’s top scientists just gave rigorous backing to systematically dismantle capitalism as a key requirement to maintaining civilization and a habitable planet.”

By Liberty Nation, Oct. 15, 2018

Rapper Kanye West’s recent meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office elicited a strong response from Americans on the left and the right. Wearing his MAGA hat, West discussed several different issues including the 2nd Amendment, prison reform, and strange iPlanes.

While much of his speech was admittedly incoherent, West did make some astute observations about American society. But there was one remark he made that stood out, and it represents the approach conservatives should have to issues involving race.