Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Media ignore the true Russia collusion story

The left-wing media are frantically trying to paw dirt on top the story that Hillary Clinton was the one who orchestrated the Trump-Russia collusion hoax to deflect attention from her illegal e-mail server. John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence, declassified information regarding the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation at the request of Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The newly declassified information points to a briefing by CIA Director Brennan for President Obama on information they had unearthed that Hillary was the source of the rumor that Trump was colluding with the Russians.

The left-wing media—those that bothered to report the story—tried to discredit it by saying that both Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee had found no evidence that the story was true. They found no evidence to support it because they

apparently didn’t look. Let’s review what we do know.

Hillary Clinton paid for the now-debunked Steele dossier through her law firm, Perkins, Coie. Ironically, this was the same law firm for the Democrat Party. She labeled the payment to Perkins Coie as “legal services.” Sounds like money laundering to me. That alone should be worth an investigation, but for some reason too many politicians in Washington are afraid to investigate the Clintons. I wonder why.

Here’s what we definitively know. We know that the whole Trump-Russian collusion story was a hoax. There’s not one bit of evidence that it was true. So, if we know it wasn’t true then someone must’ve started the rumor. If we were to put together a list of suspects, who would be at the top of the list? That’s right, Hillary Clinton. She had the motive. She had the means. And we already know she paid for a bogus dossier that said what? That Trump colluded with the Russians. Hello! So, if you’re the intelligence community and you come across some information that tells you Hillary might have been behind the scheme, don’t you think you should investigate? 

Someone in the intelligence community did. According to the declassified info from the DNI, someone in the intelligence community sent the info to then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok. Apparently they ignored it. No, they did more than ignore it. They went after Trump instead.

There was never any serious evidence that Trump colluded with Russia. That’s obvious because there couldn’t be any serious evidence for something that simply wasn’t true. Yet Comey and Strzok continued to go after Trump. These were either two of the most inept cops to ever work for the FBI or two of the most corrupt. I’ll let you be the judge.

The question now is will anything come of the declassified information? Not likely. Comey was either unwilling or too scared to charge Hillary with obviously breaking the law in the e-mail server scandal. We know Peter Strzok’s problem. He had a serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The scariest part is the incurious media. You know what I always say. Media bias isn’t necessarily what they tell you, it’s what they don’t. Not telling you that Hillary was Suspect #1 the entire time in this whole charade is frightening. I’ve come to not believe anything I hear from the left-wing media unless I can independently confirm it. That’s probably a healthy way to operate. Unfortunately most people don’t have the time or inclination to confirm everything they read, hear, or see. And the mainstream media are counting on your ignorance. Please don’t give them the satisfaction.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Ever-changing Democrat Message

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Democrats keep changing their message. Joe Biden’s primary campaign theme was COVID. He was trying to portray the president as inept and uncaring. Two things happened to that message. First, the virus is largely in our rearview mirror. Yes, there are certain cities that continue to want to politicize it, but the people are finally starting the realize the truth. It’s best summarized in a Swiss analysis of the virus. They found that if you’re of school age or working age you have a better chance of dying on the way to work or school than you do from coronavirus.

That’s not to say that COVID isn’t deadly. It most certainly is. However it’s deadly if you’re in the high-risk groups. That would be the elderly and those with serious underlying health issues.

The other thing that happened to Biden’s COVID message was the Republican convention. For weeks the left-wing media had been telling their audiences the riots across America were actually peaceful. The media had to cover the RNC, and the speakers at the podium let the American public in on the truth. There were, in fact, riots all over America, and the rioters were people who wanted Joe Biden to be president.

The Friday after the convention, Biden switched messages. Yes, there were riots all across America, but they were Trump’s fault. This was Trump’s America. By then only the most braindead Biden supporter was buying that line. Everyone else knew the riots were, and are, aimed at police. What everyone doesn’t yet know is those behind the riots—Antifa and Black Lives Matters—are Marxist organizations that want to tear down America and rebuild it in the image of the Soviet Union.

When the “Trump’s America” message failed the Democrats pivoted to their latest lame claim. The wildfires in the West are caused by global warming and Trump, in Biden’s words, is a “climate arsonist,” whatever that’s supposed to mean. What it unwittingly does is open the door to the truth. The wildfires in the West have nothing whatsoever to do with global warming or climate change. One of the fires that burned over 10,000 acres was set accidentally by fireworks at one of those ridiculous gender reveal parties. The others have been deliberately set by arsonists.

The left-wing media and some law enforcement agencies have tried to shoot down the theory that the arsonists are Antifa. The evidence is still coming in on that. What we do know is that some of those arrested have been seen at anti-police rallies. Logically one could conclude that they could very likely be Antifa. Time will tell. What we know definitively is the fires are not caused by global warming. Governor Gavin Newsom points to record heat in California, yet the all-time heat records for most every city in California remain intact. Plus, how does a hot day cause a fire? Does he believe the forests just spontaneously combust? No, the wildfires are from decades of forest mismanagement coupled with arson and stupidity. It’s a deadly combination.

The problem with the Democrats’ messages is they play catchup. The real danger is their own supporters. Do you really believe the guy who tried to assassinate the two deputies in Compton was a Trump supporter? And where was the condemnation from BLM? Where was the outrage from Antifa? There was neither condemnation nor outrage because they support it. They cheer it on.

The Democrats try to imagine all sorts of problems in America, but the problem is them. 

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Invisible Exploited Children

What’s up with all the missing children lately? We saw the report of the U.S. Marshals’s Operation Not Forgotten which rescued 26 children and safely located another 13. They also arrested 26 adults. More recently Operation Homecoming found 8 more children in Indiana. Over the last few weeks, U.S. Marshals have found 72 missing children. That, however, is just a fraction of the children who go missing each year.

The FBI’s National Crime Information Center says there were 421,394 missing children last year. Many are caught up in custody disputes

when one parent essentially kidnaps his or her own kids and goes on the run with them. Many of those children are never located. Too many children are kidnapped for the underground sex trade in this country. It’s unbelievable but true. Accurate numbers are hard to come by, but the State Department estimates between 15,000 and 50,000 women and girls are trafficked each year just in the United States.

When the story on Operation Not Forgotten broke and then was quickly pushed aside by political and COVID news, one of my sons asked me why this wasn’t the biggest story in the country. It’s hard to say why. I think part of the reason is it’s such an ugly story people tend to look away. We don’t want to think that child sex slaves are being traded right here in our country, but they are, and we need to start paying attention.

It’s not like the story is new. The U.S. Marshals have aided in the recovery of over 1,800 children since they first teamed up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2005. There are some QAnon posts that attempt to make this look like something new and tie it to some Democrat-run sex ring, but there’s no evidence of that whatsoever. What there is evidence of is an ongoing problem of exploited children and a near blackout of the story by the media.

The problem lies in separating the parental disputes from the child sex trade. I, by no means, make excuses for parents who flee the state with their children, but at least we can get our minds around that. What is unfathomable is anyone who would sexually exploit a child. What’s even more despicable is it’s sometimes the parents themselves. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott told WOIO-TV, “We’ve had some cases where the mother or father, or both, may have been prostituting their own child.” Can you imagine? Most of us can’t.

So, what do we do about it? Unfortunately, there’s not much we as citizens can do about it. Law enforcement is tracking down as many of these animals who exploit children as they have leads. What we can do is pay more attention to the problem. What we can do is support news outlets that shine a light on the problem. What we can do is insist our local officials make our own communities as inhospitable for child trafficking as they possibly can. What we can do is care.

The fact that Operation Not Forgotten got so little press is an indication of our indifference. So many people like my own sons are much more outraged because they’re barely adults themselves. It’s easy for them to think, “that could’ve been me.” For the rest of us, we need to be thinking, “that could’ve been ours.” It’s only after we personalize this issue that it will ever go away.

We think of child sex trafficking as just a third world problem. It’s not. It’s our problem too. 

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Kyle Rittenhouse: Hero or Villain?

You would think the left-wing media would’ve learned a lesson or two from slandering Nick Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing teen who was confronted by a Trump-deranged Indian guy banging a drum and the media made it look like the snotty white kid was blocking the poor man’s way. Sandmann has already bagged multi-million-dollar settlements from the WashPo and CNN, and his lawyer ain’t quite done yet.

Then along comes Kyle Rittenhouse. He’s the young man charged with double homicide in Kenosha, WI. The left-wing media are already portraying him as a white supremacist, yet I was not able to find anything that would remotely link him to that movement. You can argue he shouldn’t have been walking around

Joseph Rosenbaum

Kenosha with a rifle. Then his lawyer claims he was not carrying illegally. Of course, no one on the left has a negative thing to say about the guy Rittenhouse shot who was pointing a pistol at him. No admonition for him saying he shouldn’t be packing.

I withheld judgement on the Rittenhouse shooting for a couple of days and gave myself time to explore all of the available videos and eyewitness testimony. Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man to be shot by Rittenhouse, was a convicted child molester. Not that being a child molester makes you an automatic target, but it gives you a little insight into who we’re dealing with. He was an unhinged, violent criminal who earlier in the day was seen screaming over and over again, “Shoot me, nigga!” Apparently he got his wish.

Video shows Rosenbaum running after Rittenhouse who apparently had just put out a dumpster fire. This is not some analogy for Joe Biden’s campaign. He had literally, according to reports, just put out a fire in a dumpster that Antifa members had set. It was reportedly close to the car dealership Rittenhouse was guarding. Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse until he cornered him up next to a car. Rosenbaum then grabbed for Rittenhouse’s rifle at which time Rittenhouse discharged his weapon and Rosenbaum lay mortally wounded.

Rittenhouse then dialed someone up on the phone. It’s presumed it was 911, but we can’t be sure at this point. He told the person on the other end he had just shot someone. Suddenly several Antifa members began pursuing him. He was either pushed or he tripped and fell to the ground. Several Antifa thugs jumped on him. One, Anthony Huber, attacked him with a skateboard. I listened aghast as one news report, on Fox News of all places, said no one attacked Rittenhouse on the ground. Beating people senseless with a skateboard is standard operating procedure with these Antifa thugs. Rittenhouse shot Huber who staggered away then collapsed to the ground dead.

The third unfortunate man to encounter Rittenhouse was Gauge Grosskreutz. He was carrying a pistol even though he was forbidden to carry because of another conviction and violating probation. Before he could shoot Rittenhouse he was shot in the arm. Anthony Huber, who died of his wounds, was convicted of domestic violence.

But it’s Kyle Rittenhouse who’s being vilified by the mainstream media. They’ve called him a white nationalist, a white supremacist, and worse, all the while ignoring the horrific records of the thugs he shot.

Look, Kyle Rittenhouse isn’t necessarily a hero like some on the right want to portray him, but he was clearly acting in self defense. I think prosecutors charged him because they were afraid not to, but imagine what’s going to happen when they have to drop the charges.

You think you’ve seen unrest? Buckle up.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

It's time for a new COVID approach

I had another son come down with coronavirus. That makes two out of three. The first was back in March. He’s made a full recovery except for his sense of smell. It’s not completely back, but it’s getting there. The second son is almost over it and close to the end of his quarantine period.

I was thinking about the grandmothers on both sides of our family. These two boys of mine are the only ones actually safe enough to visit them. Then I started thinking what a great place to be that is. Can you imagine no longer being afraid of this virus? Can you imagine no longer needing to wear a mask?

Don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not suggesting everybody get this thing. It can be lethal for some people, but we pretty much know who. You
have an elevated risk of death if you have underlying health issues, if you’re elderly, or if you’re obese. What a fortunate thing to know. We’re not that lucky with most viruses. The Spanish Flu killed indiscriminately. The average age of death was 27. Even so they didn’t shut down the entire economy. Large gatherings were canceled, but they never shut down restaurants or retail stores. Historians point to three waves of the Spanish Flu, but it was primarily the so-called second wave that made it so deadly. World War I ended and troops carrying the virus returned to their homelands. American soldiers quickly spread the virus across our country and an estimate 675,000 people died. Most of that was over a three month period in the last quarter of 1918.

By the summer of 1919 the disease was pretty much gone. Despite everything we’ve tried to do we’re seeing the same trajectory for COVID. Only this time we’re prolonging the misery. This is the first time in history that we’ve quarantined healthy people. What is generally a three month ordeal has turned into six with no end in sight because we’ve put the virus into slow motion.
These viruses seem to have minds of their own. They reach a certain infection level and then they’re done. Herd immunity. With Spanish flu it was about a third of the world’s population. If COVID is similar then we have a ways to go. I don’t want to get coronavirus, and I’m not encouraging you to purposely get it either, but it appears the virus is going to infect a certain percentage of the population before it’s gone. By hiding otherwise healthy people from it we’re merely delaying the inevitable.

I know you’re hoping we get a vaccine before a third of the population is infected, but how is the vaccine any different from herd immunity? In other words, if the healthy among us already had it then a vaccine wouldn’t be necessary. And there could be negative health effects from a vaccine.

I’ve written here about all the studies that show Vitamin D deficiency being linked to bad cases of COVID. It’s almost criminal that our so-called health experts haven’t been telling everybody to get their Vitamin D levels checked. Low Vitamin D is the source of so many other illnesses it would not be bad advice even if we weren’t fighting COVID. Why they’re not mentioning it is beyond me. But we never stop hearing about the masks. It’s almost as if they’re wanting to see how pliable we are.

We want to survive it if we get it, but we can’t continue to run and hide. We have to stop allowing this virus to control our lives.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Democrats are unified around division

I was amused at the theme of this year’s Democratic Convention. Unity. They announced the theme then proceeded to divide the country. The only thing they’re unified on is division.

All of a sudden the coronavirus is Trump’s fault. Is anybody buying this? Hard to tell. The first night of the “convention” tanked. It was 28 percent lower than the opening night four years ago. That’s to be expected given the circumstances, but it was also about content. It was—in a word—boring. Everything was pre-recorded. Heck, Michelle Obama’s speech was pre-recorded even before Joe Biden had picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, which left some viewers wondering if she had simply snubbed her. How busy are you that you can’t wait until Joe picks the running mate before you record your speech?

Meanwhile, Donald Trump was on tour making a couple of stops in battleground states. The Democrats complained that tradition states the opposing candidate lays low during the other party’s convention. Donald Trump is nothing if not unconventional. He actually had a live audience. It was so much more exciting than anything on DNC-TV.

What the Democrats harped on was how bad Trump is. Andrew Cuomo said Trump didn’t create division, but division created Trump. That’s actually true to a certain extent. What created Trump was a lack of awareness from both major parties. The reason Trump connected is because he was saying some things neither party would dream of saying out loud. We have to build a wall. We have to stop getting raped by China. We have to embrace capitalism and completely shun socialism.

For too long the Republicans have gone along to get along. Can you imagine what a Romney presidency would’ve looked like. We’re better off that he lost. It gave America four more years of unbridled liberalism to figure out that’s not what this country is all about. If there’s any single person who’s most responsible for Donald Trump it’s Barack Obama. The vote in 2016 was not only about Hillary, it was about more of Obama. The people rejected it.

But not by much. Trump was savvy enough to actually campaign to the Electoral College. The Democrats were campaigning to win the popular vote. Both won, but Trump won the only one that counts. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but the Democrats may be doing the same thing again.

This business of mail-in voting—which I call mail-out voting—is not popular with the American people. Try as they may to convince people it’s the same as absentee voting, it’s not. Absentee voting is when you personally request a ballot. Mail-out voting is when they mail out a ballot to everybody who’s registered to vote, regardless of whether they’re dead or they’ve moved.

President Trump has been watching this coming for months. It’s like sitting across the street from a bank and watching it get robbed in slow motion. OK, there’s the getaway car pulling up. Now they’re getting out of the car. Alright, they’re putting on the ski masks. They’re walking in the door. They’re getting ready to rob the bank! That’s what Trump’s been seeing, and the mainstream media want you to think he’s delusional. Instead, they want you to believe he’s taken over the post office and is scooping up drop boxes all over the country, neither of which is true.

But that’s the playbook of the Democrats, and it has been for quite sometime. They don’t have a platform. All they have to sell is fear itself.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Football's out. What's next?

Football’s being canceled left and right and basketball will surely follow. Why? Because people are scared. Are they justified? Not really. Don’t get me wrong, COVID can be quite deadly with the wrong people, but most of us aren’t the wrong people.

Swiss Policy Research put out a list of 30 COVID facts that everyone should read. Some of the highlights include this little factoid. If you’re of school age or working age the risk of your dying from COVID is about the same as your risk of dying on the car ride to work. Think about that. Your risk of dying on the way to work is obviously not zero, but it’s not enough to even concern you. Here’s something else they found. Up to 80 percent of all people who test positive will have no symptoms. In other words, while you’re freaking out over getting it, there’s a chance you’ve already had it never knew it.

Even with the higher risk age group of 70 to 79-year-olds, 60 percent remain symptom-free. They say about 95 percent of people who get this thing only suffer moderate symptoms or less.

Of course, it’s that 5 percent we need to worry about. Hardly a week goes by that I don’t see another study linking Vitamin D deficiency to serious symptoms of COVID. Vitamin D is so important for a wide swath of health-related issues, including your immune system. Why do we never hear Drs. Fauci and Birx urging you to get your Vitamin D checked? In fact, I went in for my yearly physical and asked my doctor if they were going to check my Vitamin D. He said they hadn’t planned on it, but they could. They did. Mine was very low. I’m now taking Vitamin D daily to try and get it back to a normal level.

Why is this not routine? Vitamin D is one of those essential things we should be checking, and it’s so easy to fix if your system is out of whack. It’s tied to so many ailments, yet doctors rarely recommend getting it checked, and no one on the national level has identified it as a possible complication with COVID, despite numerous studies.

Here’s something else from the Swiss Policy Research. The median age of people dying from COVID around the world is over 80. This is something we’ve known since the get-go, yet we continue to foolishly put COVID-positve patients back in nursing homes. In many countries, upwards of two-thirds of all the extra deaths occurred in nursing homes. Imagine if we took two-thirds of the deaths out of the count. This disease would not be nearly as scary. Unless you’re in a nursing home it’s very likely you’ll never die from it. 

In fact, it’s very unlikely that you’ll die from it period. While we’re looking at probably 200,000 or more deaths before this thing is done, well over 600,000 people die each year in the U.S. from heart disease. Same for cancer. Yet we don’t sit around in a panic over either of those diseases. I know, you can’t catch heart disease or cancer, but remember that first stat. If you’re school age or working age you have a better chance of dying on your way to work than dying from COVID.

So, what’s my point? My point is we have to go back to our lives. College-age football players have virtually no chance of dying from this. Canceling football unduly adds to the panic. Stop it. Just stop it. 

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.