Three Things You Need to Know - December 11, 2017

Thank Goodness Alabama's Election Is Tomorrow

There's one great thing about the Alabama special election that most people aren't talking about.

But first, over the weekend, the media was frantic about Roy Moore's absence on the campaign trail.

Instead of making one last push to win over voters, Moore was found at the Army-Navy football game watching his son play.

How dare he prioritize football and family over the circus?

One of Moore’s accusers, Beverly Nelson, lawyered up with Gloria Allred and presented a key piece of evidence against Moore: a signed yearbook. Late last week, she admitted that she wrote half of the inscription in the yearbook.

Oops.

Does that confirm she lied about the whole incident? Not exactly-but, it's difficult to take her seriously after this. If you want credibility you have to be outwardly honest, not just wait until you get caught. Also, if you want credibility - never go to Gloria Allred.

The people of Alabama will reveal how they really feel about Roy Moore tomorrow.

But, again, there's one great thing about the Alabama special election that most people aren't talking about - and it's incredibly important.

Mercifully, tomorrow it will finally be over.

CNN's Fake News

I wasn’t sure it was possible for the mainstream media to lose any more credibility… and then Friday afternoon happened. CNN - “The Most Trusted Name in News” - broke into their regularly scheduled programming with the mother of all scoops. They had undeniable proof that the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians. An email was now in their possession showing that the DNC hacked emails had been offered to the Trump campaign on September 4th. That’s TEN DAYS BEFORE Wikileaks began releasing them online.

There it was. The uppercut they’d been looking for. Social media began to explode from the jubilation. CBS picked up the story claiming that multiple sources had come forward verifying this email and its contents. MSNBC, not to be outdone here, rolled out their own “intelligence and national security” correspondent who was also claiming “multiple sources” were confirming this bombshell. It appeared the media had beaten the Muller investigation and proved collusion with one damning email. Bette Midler and the View ladies were probably getting their Save the dates ready for the impeachment party.

Oh, there’s just one small problem here. All of this… the CNN breaking news, the ensuing social media hysteria, and the follow-up stories on CBS AND MSNBC were all FAKE NEWS. The date on the email - the smoking gun - was September 14th… not the 4th. That means, whoever sent the Trump Team this email, was merely showing them what Wikileaks had already published. The entire point and angle to this “coup de grace” news story was bogus and based off of a lie.

Fake News… that term gets thrown around a lot lately. To qualify being called “fake news”, the information in question has to have been delivered deliberately with the intention of misleading the public. Mistakes are not fake news, but this story WAS NOT a mistake. Multiple sources were cited by CNN, CBS and MSNBC, and they were all confirming the September 4th date. Answer me this. How can multiple sources, with an obvious high level of access, all give the same bogus date to three different news outlets? This wasn’t a mistake. This was a deliberate attempt to influence American opinion.

The question now is, who’s behind all this? Well, we know the House Intelligence Committee has access to these emails. Was this an attack by Democrats within the committee? Whoever it was, they appear to be powerful. There’s a rule in journalism that calls for the outing of a source if they intentionally try to mislead you. So far, the quote “multiple sources” are being protected. Why?

To the media: look, we get it. You don't like the Trump administration. In many cases you have good reason to feel the way you’re feeling, but can you try and show just a sliver of professionalism here? How about checking your information before going public… you know, BASIC STANDARDS OF JOURNALISM. We already have Russian intelligence services attempting to sway public opinion via cyber warfare, internet trolls, and social media ads. We don’t need you spreading fake news along with them.

John Lewis' Boycott

Being President is impossible.

It’s a never-ending stream of lose-lose situations. Like President Trump visiting the opening of the new Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi this weekend. For Trump, it was damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Can you imagine the outcry if he had declined the invitation to speak at the museum opening? Yet he did speak at the opening and got nothing but criticism and protests from black leaders for his effort.

President Trump attended the museum opening at the invitation of Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant. Trump took a brief tour of the museum, then gave a short speech. It was fine, a normal presidential thing to do. Speaking in general, and promoting better race relations is not Trump’s strengths. This was a missed opportunity for him to do more to try to heal division and change the perception that he is racist. He could have done better in this situation, but at least he was there. He made an attempt.

Similarly, Georgia Representative John Lewis could have and should have, done more. As soon as he heard the President might attend the museum opening, he announced he would boycott it. The mayor of Jackson, Mississippi also boycotted. How does this help heal racial division? Why would you squander an opportunity to improve relations with a president they consider to be set against them? For the sake of the wider community, why couldn’t you set aside your hate for the president for a few minutes and at least pretend to get along?

It’s amazing that some Civil Rights icons, like John Lewis, seem to have forgotten the larger lessons of love and forgiveness that Martin Luther King Jr. taught us. If you can’t set politics aside for the opening of a Civil Rights Museum, and just before Christmas, then you’re never going to be able to set aside politics.

We desperately need to get over ourselves, lose some pride, and reach out to our neighbors, yes, even those who don’t vote the same way we do. We are so entrenched on our political teams that it’s making us crazy. We won’t even entertain the idea of having a conversation with someone from the other side.

Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but Christmas is a pretty good time for that.

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I'm going to introduce you to what is by far the most annoying trend on social media involving a particular emoji. The annoying online trend features the clapping emoji 👏 in 👏 between 👏 each 👏 word.

The technique is most often used — unironically — by the social justice types to express indignation or condescension.

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It's meant to imply that the person who is writing the message is so much more "woke" than you that they are righteously allowed to clap in your face. Just looking at it is enough to test your blood pressure. Among the most recent standouts is the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's decision to play a transgender character, which LGBTQ advocates would view as a good thing, right? You know, her being an ally to their cause and all. Here's one of the myriad tweets that sums up the feeling:

For weeks, the social justice types had been raging about Johansson, who was slated to portray a crime kingpin who was born a woman but identified as male in the film Rub & Tug.

In an interview with NPR — naturally — a trans activist had this to say about it:

Casting male actors to play trans women and female actors to play trans men really reinforces the idea that trans men are really women who are pretending to be men and tricking people into thinking they're men as opposed to the truth, which is that transgender men are living authentically as themselves. And we look like men and we feel like men, and we are perceived as men, and there's no reason, like, women should be playing us.

Listen to the full interview here:

Boy, if it weren't already confusing enough…

In response to this so-called backlash, Scarlett Johansson released a statement to her critics, noting to "tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."

But, finally — as most people do these days — she buckled. She released the following statement:

In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive.

What's the source of all this outrage? Because, we all know that the small but vocal mob — who the mainstream media has for some reason given a platform, and whose voice is louder than the rest of ours — is able to bully until they get what they want.

There's no winning.

Let's say that Scarlett Johansson had refused the role to begin with, on the grounds that she will not play a transgender character. You can guarantee the same crowd that's outraged now would be in fits. There's no winning. The best we can do is treat those around us with respect, live humbly and, for heaven's sake, don't clap between every damn word.

We should all be praying for success at the Trump/Putin sit-down

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92 percent of the world's nuclear weapons are in TWO countries: the U.S. and Russia. And as I'm speaking right now, the leaders of both countries are sitting down at a table to try and figure out how to coexist with one another. Sounds kind of important right? And even though the media will slap-fight each other to death today in an attempt to turn the Trump/Putin summit partisan, what's happening right now in Helsinki is probably the least most partisan thing happening right now… like anywhere. As in, the entire planet.

If there was ever a time to be partisan… this isn't it. To any Democrat, Republican or mainstream media pundit looking to turn this into some gotcha political narrative… what the hell is wrong with you? The last time the U.S. and Russian presidents sat down for a summit was in 2010… eight years ago! Here's a small rundown of how "cold" our relationship has been since then.

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Russia still has troops in Georgia after their invasion during Obama's first term. Keep in mind, Georgia was a country considering joining NATO. That invasion was Russia's coming out party. It was a warning to the world that things were about to change, and they were just getting started. They would then invade, steal and annex Crimea from Ukraine. They'd also invade, destabilize and wage war in Eastern Ukraine. That war is still going on to this day, but rarely does the media talk about it anymore. And the backdrop to that invasion and silent war was an accusation from the Russians that the United States deliberately encouraged the fall of the Ukrainian president and government.

Meanwhile, Russia continues supplying troops and equipment to their side, and we are now providing military training and anti-tank missiles to ours.

And Ukraine is just one of the proxy wars currently being fought between the two nuclear powers. Syria is the other. In April, we admitted to killing nearly 200 Russians in that conflict.

Over the past four years, over 700 Russian citizens and companies have been sanctioned, 35 diplomats have been declared persona non grata, 2 Russian diplomatic compounds have been closed, one consulate and two diplomatic annexes. Oh… and Russia has ejected over 700 U.S. diplomatic staff.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher. Russia currently maintains an arsenal of 6,600 nuclear weapons. We have 6,450. The next closest nuke holders are France with 300 and China with 280. It's not even close. Between Washington and Moscow, there are over 13,000 nuclear weapons pointed at one another.

Forget partisan politics. The two toughest kids on the block just met for a sit-down, and we should all be praying for their success.

It's not just the Twitter mobs, the Leftist extremists and the flagrant fourth-wave feminists who want ICE abolished. As we've seen, there's a growing number of politicians who want to see it as well.

Cue Alejandro Alvarez, who in his 32 years has managed to cultivate his brand as a "serial immigration violator." Alejandro has been deported 11 times. Well, he's facing deportation once again, after allegedly "slashing his wife with a chainsaw." His wife is in recovery and is expected to survive.

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Around 3:00 pm last Wednesday, police arrived at Alejandro's. When they arrived, they found Alvarez's wife suffering from "traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw." The couple's three children were huddled in fear inside the home. Alejandro's wife was rushed to a nearby trauma center for an emergency surgery.

Alejandro fled the scene of the crime, but was eventually hauled in by police and booked under "suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto."

Sounds like the kind of guy who should be in our country illegally, right?

ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley noted that "Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody."

This is the new reality.

This is the new reality. The immigration agency has to ask for permission, to file requests, to have illegal immigrants who are guilty of crimes dealt with. Luckily for Alejandro, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, so maybe he'll get another pass and be back on the streets in no time.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Why is nobody talking about this?

Alabama law enforcement officials say that an illegal immigrant and an immigrant in the United States on a green card are responsible for the brutal murders of a grandmother and her 13-year-old special needs granddaughter in what investigators say is violence related to Mexican drug cartels.