Screwing Kavanaugh mattered

© 2018 Jim Spence -  A few more musings on the 2018 mid-terms. There is a saying that all politics is local. Most often this statement is true, but in the U.S. Senate races all things in the battleground states were national.
Before explaining, let's just say that we don’t interact with socialists much. It sort of goes against the grain of who we are to mingle with people who define things like "compassion" and "generosity" by how willing they are to hand over our precious resources to wasteful bureaucrats. Accordingly, we do our best to politely stay away socialists. However, when we must interact with a socialist, we don’t bring up the subject of what constitutes intelligent public policy because well…..it is like bringing up the topic with a three-year-old. Like a three-year-old, socialists don't like to work much. And they tend to only care about what they want right now. They like to consume resources, but they have no idea how wealth, resources, and rising income streams are created. Not only do they not know, they don't want to know. Thinking is always subordinated to "feeling." We raised our kids already and we never tried to reason with them when they were toddlers.
One of the bell weather talking points of most Trump haters emerged during the Kavanaugh hearings. There was little doubt there was a central clearing house for bullet points that were damning of Kavanaugh. Over and over we heard from Democrats on television and elsewhere say that Kavanaugh did not have the proper “temperament” to be a Supreme Court justice. One had to wonder what sort of temperament should be required for someone to quietly accept the fact that hack politicians had fabricated rape accusations in the bizarre hope that absurd uncorroborated claims from decades ago, might somehow derail the Kavanaugh nomination. Who needs anyone who will sit calmly while political assassins empty a dump truck of excrement on his head?
The Kavanaugh episode was historic because reasonable people might have wanted to oppose Kavanaugh because they disagreed with his judicial philosophy. These types could have simply asked a few questions about opinions he wrote that they disagreed with, and then vote no based on his legal opinions. Of course this would be the classy way to vote no. On the other hand, with Democrats, engaging in shameless character assassination ruled the day. And when Democrats showed a vindictively evil side, many of the non-Trump hating public, who are also fair-minded, did not care for it. 
Here's the point. In the blue states it never matters what Democrats do, they win no matter what. However, in battleground states integrity and fairness matters. And particularly in red states, it turns out that Dianne Feinstein’s gutless charade against Kavanaugh created a political squeeze that helped destroy the political careers of Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and also enhance the GOP majority in the Senate. Each of these three Democrats, was running for re-election in a battleground state. Each was forced to choose between the demands of New York socialist Chuck Schumer’s whims, and the overwhelming preferences of their local constituents. These three senators all decided they could get away with voting against the Supreme Court nominee of a president that carried their state by a wide margin. It seems they forgot Trump took their states in 2016 due mainly to the fact that voters wanted him to make the SCOTUS nomination. All three, under partisan pressure to screw over Kavanaugh, as the saying goes, CHOSE POORLY. Their decisions to screw Kavanaugh were not well-received. The lone Democrat senator from a battleground state who supported Kavanaugh, was Joe Manchin. Manchin was not so coincidentally re-elected. Had it not been for the Kavanaugh affair, the blue wave would have been bigger.
Another interesting development last night was the incredible speed and accuracy with which Fox News projected that the Democrats would re-take control of the House. Switching back and forth between all the networks last night was illuminating. After the pollsters so clearly failed all news media outlets in 2016, it was obvious that more scientific methods of forecasting election outcomes was needed. Just two days ago The Hill, a left leaning news site posted an opinion piece claiming the GOP was bracing for a massive wipe out in the governor races. Nationwide the Democrats wound up with one less governor than they began the night with.
Not every media outlet stood pat while clinging to obviously flawed systems for projecting election results. It seems that Fox was the only network that substantially improved its analytics. Early in the evening Fox went so far as to announce that it was projecting the Democrat takeover of the House. This must have stunned its audience. Switching to all the other networks for confirmation of Fox’s bold prediction proved fruitless. None was projecting any such thing. After returning to Fox, explanations were provided by the chief analytic guy who explained how Fox felt it knew so early on that the GOP was going to lose the House. We’ll spare you the jargon used in the explanation. Safe to say Fox understood much earlier and more than any other network, what was most relevant in the mountains of data everyone had the opportunity to gather. It was almost ironic that only the pro-GOP network in America was the first to tell America the GOP was going to lose the House. In the meantime CNN, the NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, etc. were all engaged in nearly identical race-by-race vote count updates. None had a clue about the bigger picture like Fox. Grasping the big picture and paying for superior analytics just did not seem to be anywhere near the top of the agendas at all of those "news" outlets. No surprise there.
Share/Bookmark

"Pinche Gringo" says it all

© 2018 Jim Spence -  Some full disclosure seems appropriate regarding my personal biases. I am an economic policy wonk. For more than thirty-five years I have committed my time and energy to understanding what is working economically/financially. Because we get paid to know what works and what doesn’t for our investing clients and ourselves, good national and state economic/financial policies really matter to me. Anytime any investor pretends that something works when it doesn’t, it is costly to that investor in a VERY DIRECT way. With voters the direct connection is not made often enough. It seems that the goal of politics these days is to have no immediate consequences for abject stupidity.
We can learn plenty about America based on yesterday's election. Perhaps the most instructive story of the night was El Paso’s Robert Francis O’Rourke. O’Rourke wound up accomplishing what most Democrats would do under the similar circumstances. He gathered up more than $100 million dollars from progressive donors, including several Democrat billionaires, and squandered the money quickly. O'Rourke was trying to win Texas’s U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Cruz. The problem was it was a tricky identity politics coup attempt by O’Rourke. Like the NAACP’s Rachael Dolzeal and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Robert Francis O’Rourke has always been able to talk a good game about "white privilege," especially to minority voters and those susceptible to white guilt in the Texas electorate. It was a great irony that he simultaneously engaged in classic cultural appropriation, which is the rage today. O'Rourke went by the very Hispanic sounding nickname of “Beto.” Yep, it seems that O’Rourke was oblivious to all the amazing benefits of "white privilege" when he tried to scrub the white from his DNA and make himself seem "brown." Still, O'Rourke got as close as anyone could with more than $100 million in contributions from left wing crony capitalists. He almost beat the real Hispanic in the race.....Ted Cruz. But in the end, the majority of Texas voters understood Robert Francis O’Rourke's true cultural identity. They realized that O’Rourke is just another, “pinche gringo.”
Don Lemon White Men Terror
Let’s make some broad and general observations about the trends in America. New England, the Pacific Northwest, and California are hopeless. The electorates in these regions are sinking deeper into the financial death spiral of socialism. Politicians who live in these areas are running out of other people’s money. Just yesterday a municipal bond offering from the Portland (Oregon) area came across the desk. The politicians were raising money to get this……..fund extravagant pension promises they made years ago to retired and soon to be retiring government bureaucrats in the local education system. It seems that the politicians never made sure retirement investments were made over the years to meet their huge pension promises. When pensions are funded at the 12th hour with borrowed money, it is a tell tale sign the elected officials are running a thinly veiled government Ponzi scheme. This financial negligence signifies that local elected officials have been buying votes with pension promises that are put on the equivalent of taxpayer credit cards. Current taxpayers in these areas will be funding the previous generation’s retirement accounts instead of funding their own. Socialists always prefer to tax the young workers to fund the retirement lifestyles of retiring bureaucrats. Of course there is a limit to how much of this can be done......just ask the Greeks. Look for taxes in areas like Portland to keep soaring and many workers and businesses that know how to do simple math to exit that area just as they are doing from Connecticut and California where the pension death spiral is farther along.
Closer to home Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada voters are increasingly getting conned by socialists just as New Mexico voters have been for decades. These states seem destined in the years ahead to tip over and surrender full control to Democrats. As this happens, look for the tax burdens on workers and businesses in these states to more resemble those in California. Living standards are sure to stagnate or fall in Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada as gullible voters lap up promises made by socialists. Higher taxes and fewer jobs are virtually assured as costs soar out of control. It is a recipe for Europe-like economic and financial stagnation. Sadly, millions of poorly educated Americans with college degrees are falling for these financial shell games like rubes gambling at casinos.
On the national scene, Barack Obama’s endorsement power is still not worth a teaspoonful of sour owl dung. Obama decided to charge very late into the Georgia and Florida governor races to campaign for a couple of race-card playing Democrats who were both running for governor. Both of Obama’s endorsed candidates lost.
In the end, the abrupt arrival (with Trump) of rising wages, falling unemployment, and less government domination of every aspect of our lives, was on the ballot yesterday. So was the idea of secure borders. You would think that those very desirable results would have “sold” better than they did. Nope. Not after twenty-four months of every news media outlet except Fox working night and day to get Americans to believe Trump is the Anti-Christ. More opportunity to work and succeed is not as big a deal as it once was in an increasingly entitled America. One too many American generations has been indoctrinated by the cesspools known as public education, the woefully biased news media, and the hypocritical entertainment industry. The result is millions of entitled Americans take widespread prosperity as a birthright, not a function of sound public policies.
Look for the Democrat House to do everything in its power to torpedo the great economy, the news media to provide help to Democrats every single day, and the entire socialist movement in America to blame every financial setback on anyone who is not a socialist.

Share/Bookmark

What's at stake?

Pelosi will be a Wrecking Ball
Share/Bookmark

Friends and Enemies


© 2018 Jim Spence -  Here’s a good question for all Americans to answer on the eve of another American election. Is the media the enemy of the people?
All educated Americans want freedom of the press. But do we also want advocates instead of fact finders working at these jobs? How did journalism die?
It seems to have started with the advent of CNN and the twenty-four-hour news cycle. When we began to get "news" all day every day we moved from a press that was mostly fact finders to a profession that got crowded out by agenda driven advocates. There is simply not that much "news."
You could see it all unravel in slow motion with the transformation of people like Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw. When Fox splashed on to the scene, we got a taste of something new. We saw agenda driven advocates pushing to the right instead of only to the left. There was room for Fox because the media had drifted so far left before Fox arrived, that drift left a gaping hole in the marketplace. Notice I said, "marketplace" not a "search for the truth."
Fox essentially took half of the “market” and the rest of the “news” media kept pushing even farther to the left to try to get what market share remained, from others who were also tailoring their narratives to leftists. Sadly, when you are in the advocacy business and you are pushing only a left wing agenda, it is a highly crowded space. There are literally dozens of morally outraged correspondents preening for the cameras all day every day.
But we have not answered the question. Is the media the enemy of the people? I would say NO. All of the left-wing media outlets have both friends and enemies and their friends are people. The same is true for Fox. Fox has friends and enemies.
What about those of us who don’t want to have someone with a narrative in mind to go searching for tidbits to support their narrative and call it “reporting.” It is important to realize how deeply advocacy has been embedded in the culture of the news media. Virtually every news media outlet in the U.S. (except Fox) and virtually every public school in the U.S. indoctrinates Americans in the hopes of assisting Democrats. The same is true with the entertainment industry. The goal of pop culture is to help Democrats. Their efforts work. You can see the effects in the ways that those being manipulated parrot the talking points. Kavanaugh doesn’t have the temperament. Nazi’s weren’t socialists. It is all about regaining a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and possibly the U.S. Senate now that the Supreme Court battles are over for the time being.
Many of us recall Johnny Carson and then Jay Leno. These top shelf talk show hosts made fun of every sitting president during my lifetime every single night. It all stopped with the arrival of Barack Obama. For some reason Obama was a hands-off guy at NBC. Suddenly pop culture had changed. For Obama’s eight years Americans could not find a late night comedian willing to crack jokes about our president.
My how things have changed. These days late night comics have not only resumed the joke cracking about the president, they have gone straight to crucifixion. It is all part of the shift leftward by pop culture. Scan the news and you will find countless headlines written by outraged columnists who blame Trump and the Republicans for everything including hurricanes. He is also blamed for the nut job who sent non-working bombs to Democrats earlier this month. Yet there was not a single peep from these same “fact finders” about the root cause of a deranged Democrat-supporter who actually shot at and hit Republican Members of Congress at a softball game in Virginia. You had to watch Fox to discover the shooter was a Bernie Sanders disciple.
Is the news media the enemy of the people? Of course not. No more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for the supporter who shot Steve Scalise. However, the vast majority of those working in the news media, public education, and entertainment industry, are the enemy of something even more precious, they are the enemies of the solemn duty to engage virtuously in a fundamental search for truth……not advocacy. Not sure about all of this? Just ask former CBS news correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.


Share/Bookmark

Days of Our Lives


© 2018 Jim Spence -  Daytime drama writers have to be creative. They have to come up with forty-minutes of gripping shtick five days a week. Because all-important viewer ratings are at stake, teams of daytime drama writers choreograph illicit romances, cunning intrigue, acts of violence, endless double dealing, and hypocrisy on steroids for viewer consumption. Do you ever get the feeling you are living inside a daytime soapbox drama where the story lines are disguised as news journalism? The parallels are getting spooky.
The writers for the Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives have nothing on the news journalism industry. Consider how the contrived accusations against Brett Kavanaugh were depicted by the story writers. We are talking about thirty-six year old unverified claims that were held by Democrat Dianne Feinstein until the time to vote for or against Kavanaugh’s confirmation arrived. For several days, the stunning new "episodes" were performed by seasoned tear-stained actresses, who generated maximum dramatic effect as they reminisced. In the end, no minds in the Senate were changed after listening the dubious accounts and checking with eye-witnesses, no minds of course except for Lisa Murkowski. However, since there is a lively debate over whether Murkowski actually has a mind, it is questionable to assert her “mind” got changed by the coercive daytime drama techniques employed by writers of the Democrat’s shock intended episode.
Let’s move on to the “spontaneous” amassing of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America and their trek through Mexico. The daytime drama writers want us to believe that all of the sudden thousands of people came together and decided they needed to leave at the same time to seek “political asylum” at the U.S. border. It is a mere coincidence that these migrants all showed up in the same place at the same time with brand new backpacks. And somehow arrangements had already been made for thousands of meals during their days on the road. Every day there is plentiful drinking water, changes of clothes, laundry services, sleeping bags, and sanitary items. These incredible logistical problems somehow like their asylum needs fell miraculously into place for a trip that also and coincidentally, will culminate in their arrival at the U.S. border just before the mid-term elections.
Let’s think about this daytime drama charade for a minute. Who is financing this junket? The Honduras government suggests it is Venezuela, a socialist country in South America that is on the verge of national starvation. Others believe it is Democrat financier George Soros who is footing the bill to put his arch enemy Donald Trump on the spot. One thing seems certain. There has been some pretty cool calculating going on and lots of planning while the news journalists report on location about the amazing spontaneity of it all.
Yesterday, the Days of Our Lives-like narrative made a quick turn. It seems that ten packages containing explosive devices, none of which actually exploded, were sent to Democrats and ardent Democrat supporters like CNN.
Of course the Secret Service, FBI, Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms and Explosives have begun an investigation. Donald Trump called the attempts by the perpetrators, "despicable acts of political violence."
Not long after the condemnation from Trump, CNN’s CEO decided he was NOT going to wait for the discovery of forensic evidence that is sure to flow out of the massive investigations by federal law enforcement officials. CNN President Jeff Zucker concluded by the end of the day he knew it was time to keep doing what CNN does every day. He pointed the finger at President Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and blamed them as the original source of the incident.
No doubt CNN longs for the good old days when it mounted relentless attacks on Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney without consequences or push back. The fact that Trump fights back against CNN's endless barrage of words is reason enough for Zucker not bothering to wait for the forensic results of the investigation. Zucker not only said, “Continued attacks on the media,” were to blame for these incidents, he went further. “There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media. The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that,” he declared. Zucker did not mention the effect of his own words, just those of his enemy.
Sarah Sanders was quick to respond this morning. “I think it is absolutely disgraceful that one of the first public statements we heard from CNN yesterday was to put the blame and responsibility of this despicable act on the president and on me personally. When the person that is responsible for this is the person who made and created and put these suspicious packages in the hands, in the arms of innocent American citizens,” Sanders said.
There seem to be plenty of possibilities. Right wing nuts, left wing nuts, low IQ dummies, international terrorists, would-be election manipulators on either side. The early reports suggest these suspicious devices had virtually no chance of exploding. Was the whole thing staged for dramatic effect?
Beyond CNN’s absurd reaction to the latest episode of "news," which has been parroted by most of the mainstream press, the twenty-four hour news cycle will require, as night follows day, that this curious story will become an orgy of pundit speculation. All of this will occur before law enforcement has any chance to gather the “facts.”
Why is this so? The answer is pretty simple. Since there is no journalism in America anymore, just political advocacy, the facts, whatever they turn out to be, simply won’t matter. Before the facts ever come out we Americans will be doused with agenda-driven narratives disguised as news journalism.
Life in America has descended into a daytime political soap box drama and the writers have to fight for those viewer ratings by behaving outrageously. There are so many perpetrators of this atrocity you can't count them all. The copy writers in the mainstream news media are indistinguishable from the daytime soap writers.

Share/Bookmark

A picture sums it up

Sleazy Tactics Destroying Kavanaugh
Share/Bookmark

All this prosperity may have to do

© 2018 Jim Spence - The U.S. economy has NEVER turned around like it has over the last twenty-one months. Unfortunately for all of those who are benefiting, Donald Trump makes it harder for all the good news on the economy to get through. He seems compelled to say or tweet things that are devoid of class while he is engineering an economic renaissance the likes of which has not been seen since the Reagan revolution pulled America from the abyss of Jimmy Carter’s follies.
The biggest mistake any American can make on their future is to be so hostile towards Trump’s dumb words that they become willingly ignorant about basic economics. Sadly, many Americans are just that. They are oblivious about the nature of our financial system. Accordingly, they make poor decisions regarding their personal finances and they oppose an obnoxious policy maker like Trump who is making their lives better. Favoring smoother talking politicians who sandbag the economy seems to be the preference.
America is not entitled. There won’t always be plenty of income if too many Americans stop thinking about good public policies and concentrate on how they feel about the offensive things said or tweeted by Donald Trump.
Once Americans get past the offensive nature of Trump, it is not hard to note the changes in America over the last two years. They are nothing short of astonishing. For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year. There are more Americans employed now than ever before in our history. U.S. jobless claims are at their lowest level in nearly five decades. The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record. Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record. Unemployment claims are at 50 year lows. The American economic story since the Trump inauguration is even more fantastic for long suffering minorities. African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows. African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018 and Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent. Asian-American unemployment is at record low of 2 percent. Women’s unemployment recently registered its lowest rate in nearly 65 years. Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years. Veteran’s unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades. The unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low. The unemployment rate for disabled Americans also recently hit a record low. Blue-collar jobs are growing at the fastest rate in more than three decades with manufacturing employment growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
All of this great news on jobs is not accidental. It is driven by the PRO-JOBS policies of Trump. All of these jobs are washing through to America’s household finances. Median household income in the U.S. rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high. Wages are growing at their fastest rate since June 2009. A whopping 3.9 million Americans have come off the food stamps roll since the election two years ago. Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history and accordingly, home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade. Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.
Job creators and risk takers are finally reacting to positive policies that help them grow. Small business optimism has hit historic highs with NFIB’s small business optimism index breaking a 35 year-old record in August.  An astonishing 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest reading ever and consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
What do we hear about instead of all of this good news? We hear about Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking habits at prep school. We hear about a murder at the Saudi Arabian embassy and finger-pointing at Trump that include demands that he tell us what he is going to do about it. We read tweets from Trump calling a porn star a horse face.
It is a sharp contrast with Mr. Obama who spoke eloquently for eight years. Talk is cheap. Obama never came close to producing the kind of economic results we have seen over the last twenty-one months.
Obama confined his insults and merely took advantage of pop culture’s insistence that it is always open season on “typical white people” and also on entrepreneurs. But Obama failed all Americans with atrocious economic policies.
It would be wonderful if Mr. Trump would take a vow to stick to enacting good public policies but…..if he won’t do so, which seems likely, all this amazing prosperity will have to do.
Share/Bookmark

Quacky

Image result for duckWe are all very excited at the Spence house. We did a DNA test on one of the family pets. It seems that our favorite duck Quacky is 1/1,024th bald eagle.

Share/Bookmark

Claiming victim status is in the DNA


© 2018 Jim Spence - The mainstream news media never uses the term “identity politics,” despite the fact the strategy is the most important philosophical pillar of the Democrat's political playbook.
What does the term “identity politics” mean?
Identity politics is how the Democrats like to think about human beings. Democrats don’t think of voters so much as individual human beings. For constructing their election strategies, they prefer to lump people together according to the “groups” that Democrats think they belong to. This identity grouping is done for the purpose of determining a person’s ability to cite grievances. Typically the grievances are very generalized and based simply on the idea that the people are members of certain groups.
There is an end game evolving with this strategy. Democrat’s ultimate strategy is to convince everyone in every group, except white men, that they are victims. This explains why Democrats are so willing to slap the racist label on any white person who is seeking office as a Republican. In the Democratic playbook, at election time, all white men are oppressors.
It was actually quite comical a couple of years ago when a CNN reporter stopped legendary Cleveland Browns running back and accomplished movie actor Jim Brown, as he exited a meeting with then President-elect Trump. Brown quickly bristled at her identity politics slanted question. He glared at the offending reporter and said to her emphatically, “I am not a victim.”
After making many millions of dollars in a wildly successful acting career after playing football, who could argue with Jim Brown? The answer is only a Democrat could argue that he is some sort of victim, by trying to lump him into their group-based victim’s hierarchy.
At first glance, it might seem odd that lately Democrats have taken to throwing “white women” under the rhetorical bus too. In the Democrat’s minds, white women are becoming tricky little hybrid identities. Sure, they are victims, simply because they are women. But they are also oppressors because they are white. Democrats have been slow to recognize they have been alienating white women by inferring that those of them who have white husbands, are all racists. Democrats also freely accuse the white women who don’t vote Democrat of being accomplices in white men's endless oppression of other, "groups."
What is the informal hierarchy for Democrat’s victim groups? Blacks lead the list, they are followed closely by Hispanics, Native Americans, all illegal immigrants, gays, lesbians, trans genders, and non-Christians, except of course for Jews who enjoy "privilege" except for that little holocaust thing.
How valuable is it for a Democrat to be able to claim they belong to a victim’s group? Apparently it is critical. Check out the machinations of presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. Warren has been claiming she is part Cherokee for quite some time. Recently she actually went so far as to get a dubious DNA test done, ostensibly to prove her identity with Native American heritage. She did this despite the fact that the validity of such DNA tests for this purpose, is scientifically dubious at best. Over the weekend, Warren jubilantly announced the results of her private “DNA” test proved she actually does have some Cherokee blood.
Amusingly, the Cherokee Nation immediately responded to her saying Warren’s use of a DNA test to justify her claim of Native American ancestry were inappropriate. “A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship,” the Cherokee Nation said in a statement released Monday. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses, while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens,” the tribe said.
Still, according to Warren, supposedly she is between 0.09 and 1.5 percent Native American. This means she has possibly at least one Native American ancestor between get this……….6 and 10 generations back. Apparently, the average American’s DNA would yield similar results thanks to plenty of DNA combinations dating back to 1492.
It turns out that Carlos D. Bustamante, the Stanford University professor who actually conducted the Warren DNA test, said Native American DNA does not exist in DNA researcher’s databases because tribal leaders discourage members from participating in genetic testing. And according to Warren’s close political pals at the Boston Globe, “To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, Bustamante used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American. That’s because scientists believe that the groups Americans refer to as Native American came to this land via the Bering Strait about 12,000 years ago and settled in what’s now America but also migrated further south.”
The Elizabeth Warren story is not so much about her absurd claims for the purpose of securing group identity as it is about the political value perceived by those in the Democratic Party, of simply NOT being “white.”
Put me down in the Jim Brown camp. Jim Brown is not a victim. Neither is Elizabeth Warren or Colin Kaepernick for that matter. And the millions of poor whites in America did not really squander their "privilege." They never had any to squander. In the end, real victims don’t want to be victims. If you are a victim, it means something bad has happened to you…….unless you are a Democrat politician. If you are a Democrat politician, you crave victim hood. You also try to brainwash your constituents with the group identity scam for the political purpose of convincing them there is value in being a victim.
It would seem that multi-millionaire Kanye West recently discovered he is not a victim. What a shame.

Share/Bookmark

Carl Jackson tells it like it is

© 2018 Jim Spence -  It is time for a history lesson courtesy of Townhall.com contributor Carl Jackson. Jackson says the teaching of history is critical. However, revising history to fit a political narrative is what Democrats have been doing at high schools and on major college campuses for decades. Jackson says, redacting important facts from the teaching of history has become the favorite past time of activists Democrats involved in the revision of history. How else can we explain that the simple truths regarding the delivering true freedoms are not known by the vast majority of adult Americans, even people who vote Republican for other reasons, do not know much about the facts Jackson establishes.
Most people know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which was later signed into law to abolish slavery in the United States. However, most Americans don’t know, because they were never taught properly, that it was the Republican Party that introduced and passed the 13th Amendment, which effectively ended all forms of slavery and involuntary servitude in America.
The GOP did not stop there. Republicans also spearheaded the passage of the 14th Amendment granting all freed slaves U.S. citizenship. Then came the 15th Amendment, also passed by Republicans, which recognized the right to vote for former slaves. Did you know that the very first Civil Rights Act was passed against the wishes of Democrats in 1866? The law protected the rights of freed slaves.
Did you know that over the opposition of Democrats in 1871, the GOP passed the Anti-KKK Act, which effectively destroyed the Ku Klux Klan. Later the Klan was revitalized by Democrats, including former Klan member and Democrat Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, who was in the Senate until 2010, when he finally died.
The era of Reconstruction is largely lamented in the history textbooks. However, there were some good things that happened during Reconstruction. The very first black Congressmen were elected during Reconstruction. All of these men were Republicans. Were you taught these facts?
President Dwight D. Eisenhower created a Commission on Civil Rights back in 1957, and in 1960 he sent federal inspectors to the voter registration polls to insure fair treatment of blacks who were attempting to exercise their rights to vote. In 1964, it was the Republican vote in Congress, particularly in the Senate that passed the Civil Rights Act. A higher percentage of Republican Senators supported that law than Democrats. Did your history teacher explain this to you? I am guessing not.
Do you find Martin Luther King Jr. to be one of the most compelling figures in human history? Do you think it is taught at any level in our education system that it was not until Republican President Ronald Reagan’s tenure that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday became a national holiday?
And how about the actual presidential numbers on  appointing more blacks to high-level positions in the federal government? Do the history teachers at any level in America teach students that Republican President George W. Bush, more than any of his predecessors, created major advancements for people like Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, and so many other gifted black Americans?
Everyone knows that inner city schools are an abject failure. Democrats won’t send their kids to them if they have options. But poor African American families in the inner cities don’t have alternatives. In 2011, it was a Republican Congress that tried to change this situation when it voted to fund the D.C. school voucher program. This was a real reversal of the damage done by Mr. Obama and Democrat Harry Reid when these two Democrats stripped the funding away from the voucher program as a payoff to their National Education Association buddies. The NEA is a stalwart Democratic Party contributor that resists all efforts to promote educational reforms especially school vouchers. Has this ever been explained to you?
Carl Jackson summarizes this situation well in his column at Townhall.com today:
"Republicans were instrumental in using the law to greatly diminish the effects of racism in America so that everyone, regardless of race, could reach their God-given potential. But, legislation alone can’t change a man’s heart. That part is up to God, and unfortunately the modern Democratic Party wants nothing to do with Him. As long as that’s the case, we can expect racism to be an unresolved issue in American politics for generations to come, and I’m convinced Democrats are OK with that."
Share/Bookmark