Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Are we as divided as the media portray us?

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton tells GQ we’re beyond race, as a nation. The release of the interview happened to coincide with the burning of Milwaukee over the shooting of a black thug by a black police officer. In light of all the Black Lives Matter violence, is Cam right?

I think he is.

That’s hard to jibe with what’s happening in many cities across the nation, but it’s not when it’s put into perspective. Despite the Divider-in-Chief in the White House, I truly believe people are sick and tired of hearing about race. The very fact that we have a black president should be evidence enough that we’re over it. The only ones obsessed with race are the media and the liberals. Their reasons are now obvious. They thrive on division. The liberals have nothing else to stoke their base. The media have nothing else to draw viewers. When cities like Milwaukee burn, people tune in to cable news in droves.

And it’s not because we’re particularly obsessed with race. It’s the traditional fascination we humans have with disaster, any disaster. That’s why CNN milked the Malaysian airlines crash long past when it was either relevant or decent. The heart of any good story is conflict and racial conflict is just easier to conjure up.

Understand that Black Lives Matter was totally manufactured by cable news and social media sites. The movement was getting no traction whatsoever until the liberals who run both decided to make it important. The BLM Manifesto that was released recently exposes the movement for what it really is. It’s a limited number of malcontents who somehow still believe they’re owed something from white America.

News flash: We’re over you. And by ‘we’ I mean all Americans, of all colors.

We’re sick of the whining. We’re sick of the division. We’re sick of little weenies with service monkeys frantically searching for a safe space. We’re sick of political correctness and race pimps like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. We’re just sick of the whole mess.

As football season approaches, nothing proves this point better than our rabid love — or hatred — for the players and the teams. Our passion is color-blind. If you’re a Panthers fan, you love Cam Newton, I don’t care what color you are. If you’re a fan of a rival, then you think he’s a cocky SOB who got his comeuppance at the last Super Bowl.

You have to be a die-hard Browns fan to not think Johnny Manziel is a complete idiot. And now that he’s left Cleveland, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a fan of any color.

The Olympics are always a welcome reminder that race doesn’t matter. The only colors we cheer for are red, white, and blue. OK, I may have celebrated the green, black, and gold of Jamaica when Usain Bolt crossed the finish line in the 100 meter. Yeah, I know he’s cocky, but there’s just something about him.

We don’t celebrate race at the Olympics (unless you’re a leftist member of the media). We celebrate excellence. There are no quotas. There are no set-asides or affirmative action. It simply comes down to who is the best. What a beautiful thing. Unless, of course, you’re one of those weenie parents who thinks everybody should get a trophy. There’s gold, silver, and bronze. That’s it.

I even saw a guy disqualified for literally jumping the gun in a race. Four years of training and he’s sent packing in one second. And he was black! Where’s Al Sharpton when we need him?

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Media drop pretense about liberal bias

Jim Rutenberg, a columnist for the New York Times, has finally let the cat out of the bag. As if we didn’t know the mainstream media are in the tank for the Democrats, especially Hillary Clinton, Rutenberg laid it all on the line. He summed up Donald Trump as someone playing to our darker tendencies of racism and nationalism. He addressed America’s journalist with this admonition: “If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.”

Rutenberg’s wild rantings against Trump sound strangely familiar. Saying “that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes” sounds just like the hysteria leveled against Ronald Reagan back when it looked like he might take down perhaps the most inept presidency in American history. Reagan was a cowboy, a wild man, a lunatic with his finger on the button.

Now, let me say, Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan, but he’s just as dangerous to the liberal agenda as Reagan was. Back in Reagan’s day, the economy was in shambles. Today, our economy is certainly not as bad as 1979, but it’s the socialist policies of Barack Obama that make this the worst economic recovery in our history. 

Trump’s policies would change that.

He would lower taxes across the board, which has stoked the economy every time it’s been tried. He would lower the corporate tax from 35 percent to 15 percent. That would undoubtedly stimulate industry and create jobs, but it doesn’t punish those evil corporations as the liberals would like.

He wants to stop the endless stream of illegals coming up from Mexico. That has been the one issue that has resonated with the American people. Both Democrats and Republicans have been afraid to run on it for the presidency for fear of alienating the Hispanic vote. Trump saw it for the national security and economic stabilization issue it is. What liberals see coming up from the border is an endless stream of votes. They see another group of people they can trap on government dependence and blackmail with welfare programs, ensuring Democrat rule in perpetuity.

Mr. Rutenberg at the Times is scared to death that Donald Trump is getting ready to destroy their plan to establish a liberal caliphate in America. He offered as evidence of Trump’s unfitness for office media manufactured stories like Trump’s supposed “fight with the family of a fallen American soldier.” Or Trump’s supposed enticement of Russia “to meddle in a United States presidential election by hacking his opponent.”

Just for the record, asking if a Muslim, who openly advocates sharia law over U.S. constitutional law, allowed his wife to speak at the Democrat convention is not fighting with the family. It may have been a question better left unasked, but it was the question on everyone’s mind.

Trump also joked that the Russians had Hillary’s missing 30,000 e-mails and the media would surely reward them if they released them. The liberal media acted as if they didn’t get the joke, instead accusing Trump of advocating a hack. Another ridiculous media fabrication.

But now we know the gloves are off. You can already see the hatchet stories all over the news. Donald J. Trump is the most dangerous man in America, according to the whacked-out libs in the media. They get in line behind Black Lives Matter and all the advocates of illegal aliens. If this is the crowd that’s most upset about a Donald Trump presidency, let’s do it.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What everyone seems to be missing on the Trump-Khan controversy

Is anyone in this country allowed to savage another without consequence? Apparently some believe Khizr Khan is. You know the story by now. His son bravely sacrificed his life in Iraq. The Democrats highlighted Humayun Khan’s sacrifice on the last night of their convention. It was a moving tribute not only to Captain Khan but to the diversity of America. Had it been left at that it would’ve been great. But Hillary and the Democrats couldn’t resist. Neither could Khizr Khan. He turned a moving tribute to his son into a malicious attack against Donald Trump.

Media pundits over and over said Gold Star families, the families of fallen heroes, are off limits to criticism. No one is disputing their sacrifice. Everyone shares their sorrow, although we can never fully comprehend their loss unless we, ourselves, experience it. But that doesn’t mean you get to stand before a national television audience and attack someone and distort their position on an issue without a response.

Khan said, “If it was up to Donald Trump, he (his son) never would have even been in America.” That’s a ridiculous statement. Donald Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims coming to America after the San Bernardino terrorist attack that killed 14 people. Prior to that, he had been adamantly opposed to a ban. In light of how easy it was for Tashfeen Malik to enter the country, Trump decided the only course of action was to ban Muslim immigration until we can ensure that we’re filtering out the terrorists. It’s a common sense approach that I’ve been calling for since 9/11.

Khan said Trump had never read the Constitution, insinuating that Muslims—or anyone else—have a Constitutional right to migrate to this country. Let’s be crystal clear about that. They don’t. United States law, under the Constitution, gives the president discretion to cut off immigration to this country as he sees fit.

Then Khan used the death of his son in one of the lowest public displays in modern politics. He told Donald Trump from the podium of the DNC, “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.” That’s when Khizr Khan crossed over from simply warping a tribute to his son into a political speech using his deceased son as a human shield. What kind of person would use their own loss to call someone else out to measure their own against it?

Donald Trump doesn’t need me to speak for him, but if you want to know what kind of sacrifice he’s made, ask him about Freddy. Frederick Trump, Jr. was Donald’s eldest brother. He was handsome, an airline pilot, and full of promise. He was also an alcoholic. Donald idolized him and did everything he could to stop the drinking. At age 43, Freddy Trump died from complications associated with alcoholism. Freddy’s alcoholism had such a profound effect on Trump that he eschewed alcohol and cigarettes.

I’ve never heard Trump recall the painful, fatal spiral of his older brother then scold someone else that “you have sacrificed nothing and no one.” 

And what did Trump say that was so bad about Khizr Khan? He asked if his wife, who stood silent beside him on stage at the DNC, was allowed to speak. It was a question that was on everyone’s mind. Trump simply asked it.

Trump has had nothing but praise for Captain Khan, but has defended himself against the slanderous attacks from his father. Since when does someone get to use their grief as a weapon? Since the DNC so shamelessly exploited the life of Captain Khan.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DNC implodes over Wikileaks

I must say that I was dreading this week. I just came back from the Republican convention, but attending the Democrat convention would be like spending four days at the DMV, so I came home instead. I had planned not to even watch the goings-on in Philly, but then manna dropped from heaven.

Wikileaks hacked into the DNC and provided enough talk show material for a month. Here’s just a sample. Hillary supporters infiltrating the Bernie Sanders campaign. DNC members going to Morning Joe’s boss on BSNBC about programming content. A Politico writer getting his story vetted by the DNC before sending it to his editor. Conspiring to plant a mole inside a Sanders event in Kentucky or West Virginia to ask him about his religion. Oh, and my favorite, a DNC member killing horses for insurance money.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, says there are other hacked e-mails to come that have to do with the Clinton Foundation. He tells ITV the next release will “provide enough evidence” to lock Hillary up.

This I have to see.

It’s like a train wreck in Philly. Debbie What’s-her-name Schultz is forced to resign as the presiding chairman of the convention, and who do they get to replace her? Some woman named Fudge! After all the lying that’s gone on at the DNC, they now have Chairman Fudge! This is too good.

The BernMe folks should be livid. I can’t imagine supporting a machine that purposely set out to destroy my candidate. But Democrats have a history of rallying around each other when the weather gets tough. We’ll have to see if Hillary can hold the party together.

The Republicans put on a nearly flawless convention. Sure, there was the dust-up early in the week with the roll call vote that no one could really figure out what it was all about. Yeah, there was that Ted Cruz speech, but Ted Cruz did far more damage to himself than Trump. In fact, I think that speech helped unify the party. Many Cruz people finally abandoned him for Trump.

And the Trump kids? Even if you don’t care for Trump you have to give it to him as a father. Yes, I know Ivana and Marla had something to do with their upbringing but still. Compare and contrast these kids to other rich kids like, say, Paris Hilton or the Kardashians. Man! It’s like Camelot all over again. Admittedly, Trump’s no JFK, but these kids blow the Kennedy kids out of the water. That’s what will appeal to women voters. Not just the glamor, but the underlying sense that if Trump can produce that many exemplary kids he can’t be all bad.

Meanwhile, back at the DNC.

The theme of the week seems to be Black Lives Matter. The theme of the RNC was Blue Lives Matter. The RNC featured cops and military members. The DNC features the parents of thugs who try to steal a cop’s gun and get shot in the process. What a contrast.

The DNC is all about victims and thuggery. The RNC was all about safety and security.

It’s Trump’s to lose. The stars are aligning in a way that all he has to do is not get in his own way, which he’s prone to do.

And, if Julian Assange is right, the Democrats may be HQing their presidential campaign from jail. I don’t think the American people are stupid enough to elect a criminal. If so, we deserve what we get.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The media have blood on their hands in Dallas

Ordinarily, I’m not the type who screams at his television. To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of television “news” shows because they mostly degenerate into people shouting over one another. One thing I rarely do is watch any news on the weekends. After wallowing in the issues Monday through Friday, I find it best for my sanity if I take a break for a couple of days.

It was the Saturday after the Dallas police shootings and my wife wanted to catch up on the news so I reluctantly switched from a documentary about the greedy rich to CBS. It was a special edition of 48 Hours. I watched as they trotted out the ‘white guilt’ professors and the Black Lives Matter activists until I found myself literally screaming at the television. Yep. I had become ‘that guy.’

What so infuriated me was knowing that they know. What I mean by that is I know the statistics on police shootings. I know white folks are far more likely to be shot by the police than black folks. I know that study after study has revealed there’s no evidence of racial bias in police shootings and that there is no war on black people. And I know that the people at CBS know this. The question is why do they continue to lie?

I’ve often said media bias isn’t what they tell you, it’s what they don’t. If all they show you are the cases where white police officers shoot unarmed black people then eventually you’ll believe that’s all there is. Names like Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Eric Garner have become household names. You can’t name a white victim.

The truth started to raise its head so the Washington Post had to do their best to tamp it back down. They said it was true that more whites are killed by police than blacks, but you have to look at that in relation to their percentage of the population. Sounds fair but it’s not the whole story.

You not only have to look at the percentage of shootings in relation to the makeup of that particular group in the general population, you have to look at the propensity of that group to commit crimes. In other words, how likely are police to come into contact with a certain group?

For example, I don’t know the percentage of American nuns, but let’s just say it’s 1 percent. I can almost assure you that the percentage of nuns that have contact with the police as criminals is near zero.

So, understanding that contact with the police surely has to factor into who gets shot, black folks make up 13 percent of the population and make up 24 percent of the police shootings. However, they commit 52 percent of the murders. They commit almost 40 percent of all violent crimes. If you just compare their percentage in the population to their percentage of shootings you might come to the conclusion that the system is somehow racist. 

It’s not.

The government makes it almost impossible to get a true picture of crime by race because they categorize all Hispanics as white, which, of course, skews the white stats. To give you an example, out of the current FBI Top Ten Most Wanted list, five are Hispanic. But here’s a startling statistic: 40 percent of cop killers are black. 

No matter how you slice it, black criminals grossly overrepresent their numbers in the general population and white criminals underrepresent theirs. If you really look for a war on blacks, you won’t find one.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The sprezzatura of socialism

I just got back from Europe. I love the history and the scenery and the change of culture and all that, but I’m always reminded of just how bad socialism can be. 

We flew into Paris and took a train to Avignon. That’s in the south of France in Provence. We followed the signs in the train station to the taxis, but when we got there we found no cabs. About 30 of us stood in the hot sun for about 20 minutes before I walked back into the train station and up to the information counter. The nice lady behind the counter called two taxi companies in town. Closed.

We arrived in Avignon on Sunday about 6:15pm. Most taxi drivers in Avignon don’t work on Sunday, and those who do don’t work after 6pm. One taxi showed up to deposit someone at the train station and quickly sped off without picking up a new fare.

In a microcosm, this is what’s wrong with socialism. As it turns out, French taxi drivers are not only paid strictly on salary, they’re union. In America, there would be taxi drivers jockeying for position to pick up these people at the train station. Why? Because their pay is determined by how many people they service in a day. Some days are better than others in America. The more you hustle, the more you make. In France, every day is the same. You’re paid whether you’re driving or sitting. There’s no incentive to hustle. There’s no incentive to help the customer.

Same goes for restaurant servers. Although Americans typically tip, tipping in France is not the norm, and French servers act accordingly. What’s the motivation to take your order in a timely manner or get your food out quickly? You have to be aggressive to get good service. You have to constantly flag your server down and stay on them.

I had to laugh when I was researching this piece. Survey after survey ranked France near the top in productivity and I was left scratching my head until I realized the stipulation. These surveys were based on “productivity per hours worked.” In other words, the French work far fewer hours than we do, which means their overall productivity is much lower.

One opinion writer, James Sproule at the London Times, figured this out. He acknowledged that most surveys compared the UK to France based on hours worked. However, he pointed out that the employment rate in the UK is 72 percent compared to 64 percent in France. “If improving productivity is your sole aim,” he wrote, “British businesses simply need to reduce the number of people they employ, letting go the least productive workers. The results would be bad for society and terrible for the workers concerned, but such a move could boost productivity figures by 8 per cent.”

In other words, the motto of France could be ‘We don’t get a lot done, but at least we don’t work a lot.’

I think a much better way of looking at productivity is by taking the gross domestic product of a nation and dividing it by its population. When you look at it that way, the United States is almost 50 percent more productive than France. And what’s the difference? One country is driven primarily by capitalism while the other is driven by socialism. 

Socialism makes people lazy. It destroys their incentive to produce. It also makes life miserable, especially for people who expect decent service. We in America should take heed. We’re inching ever closer to European socialism. And it doesn't end well.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ignoring the reality of terrorism doesn't make it go away

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department have become so politically correct that it’s nearly impossible for them to recognize the true enemy of America, much less protect us from it.

Let’s start with Exhibit A: The doctored transcripts of the Orlando terrorist’s 911 conversations with police. At first they redacted any reference to ISIS or its leader. Their excuse was they didn’t want to encourage others of like mind. Everybody knows the attack was on behalf of ISIS, but Obama and the left are trying to recast it as a gun problem.

When the full transcript was finally released there was one glaring error. The terrorist was quoted as saying “Praise be to God” and “In the name of God the merciful.” It is impossible to believe that he used the word “God.” All of his Facebook posts used the word “Allah,” but printing “Allah” would inextricably link his terrorist act to his Muslim faith. That’s something the Obama administration has avoided at all costs.

In the wake of Orlando, the FBI claims threats have been made against Muslims. I certainly don’t doubt that nor do I condone it, but it was the FBI’s response that was so troubling. An FBI spokesman and assistant special agent told reporters, “Civil rights violations are a priority for the FBI.” Really? Civil rights violations are a priority? How about stopping terrorists?

Of course, Obama himself refuses to use the term “radical Islamic terrorists.” He acts as though it’s merely a matter of semantics. It’s not. If you cannot clearly define the enemy you cannot effectively defeat it. This PC president is so opposed to profiling that he goes out of his way to ignore the obvious. Trying to act as though the Orlando terrorist had nothing to do with Islam removes one of the most powerful tools in police work. Profiling is a weapon in the defensive arsenal of law enforcement that’s been repeatedly proven useful. Countries around the world — notably Israel — have employed it with great success and it’s kept them relatively safe.

Obama says people who kill in the name of Islam are not Muslims. If he really believes that, why does he accommodate the terrorists at Gitmo with prayer rugs, Korans, and sharia-compliant diets? 

Understand, not all Muslims are bad people, but most of the terrorists these days are Muslim. To ignore that salient fact places us all in peril.

Former Obama advisor Van Jones said on CNN that if we’re going to profile we need to be looking for young white males because they’re the ones who shoot up schools. As far as schools go, he’s exactly right, but the Orlando killing was not a school shooting. It was a terrorist act. The terrorist made it perfectly clear that he acted in the name of Islam, clear for everyone except the liberal left.

If the consequences weren’t so grave this avoidance of Islam would seem silly. Political correctness has been getting us killed since at least 9/11 when then-Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta forbade profiling at airports. It’s exactly how Mohamed Atta got on the plane. Had the ticket agent been allowed to act on his instincts he would’ve flagged Atta before he boarded. In one phone call he would’ve learned that Atta’s visa had expired and he wouldn’t have been allowed on the plane. Without the ring leader, it’s doubtful the attack would’ve gone forward.

The same mistake was repeated at Ft. Hood, the Boston Marathon bombing, San Bernardino, and several others. Those who will not learn from history are bound to repeat it.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.