Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dem IT scandal gets scant attention from MSM

What if I told you Republican congressmen had used Russian IT people who were caught stealing data from the congressional servers and the FBI had raided one of the Russian’s houses and seized smashed hard drives? CNN would never stop talking about it. Bob Mueller would hire a whole new fleet of Hillary-donor lawyers to investigate. This would be the biggest scandal since Watergate. Bigger!

Now substitute Pakistani IT guys for the Russian ones and Democrat congressmen for the Republicans and you have the biggest story of the decade that’s being totally ignored by the mainstream media.

On top of that, these Pakistani brothers have ties to a money man who has ties to terrorism.

Hats off to the Daily Caller and Luke Rosiak for staying on this story. Were it not for them we might know very little about Imran Awan and his brothers. Imran was hired by Debbie Wasserman Schultz as her information technology guy. He managed to weasel his way into about a dozen other Democrat congressional offices and brought along his two brothers and two of their wives. They worked part time and, collectively, made $4 million over a seven year period. That is until they were suspected of illegally downloading data from congressional servers. The Capitol Police cut off their access to the servers and is now actively investigating them for theft of data and of real property in the form of computer equipment.

Now we learn from Rosiak at the Daily Caller that the FBI raided one of their homes and carried away government hard drives that had been smashed. Wonder if they borrowed Hillary’s hammer. What’s more, Imran Awan, as far as we can tell, is still on Schultz’s payroll, although his job description has been reclassified.

I don’t have the space to get into the full details of this story here, but it reads like a spy novel. All sorts of weird things going on, suspicious activity, even the rumor of blackmail with the data stolen from the congressional servers. Oh, and we learned through a leaked e-mail on Wikileaks that Imran Awan had Schultz’s username and password for her DNC account when she was chairman of the DNC. Couple that with a recent analysis of the so-called hacked e-mails that indicated they were downloaded on site instead of remotely hacked and it adds a whole new dimension to this case.

What’s downright scary is this may be the very first time you’re hearing about this. The Awan brothers have been under investigation since February! This most recent revelation of the FBI raid and the smashed hard drives was ignored by every major media outlet including Fox News. Bizarre.

The Awan brothers’ firing as IT guys has links to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to some sources. They report that their firing was part of a massive house-cleaning by Tillerson prior to his taking over at State. Some of the Democrat members the brothers ran IT for were on the House intelligence committees. It’s even been reported that they were running IT for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence itself, which would give them access to highly classified intel on military operations. After the death of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens in an operation in Yemen, the brothers were abruptly fired. The terrorists somehow knew we were coming. Some suspect the Awan brothers of leaking the information.


If even half of this is true, it makes Russian collusion look like a joke. We certainly know the Awans are accused of stealing congressional data. Why the blackout?

UPDATE: Imran Awan was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport trying to flee the country. He's been charged with bank fraud. Congressman Schultz has finally fired Awan. As of this writing, the mainstream media are still ignoring this story.




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




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Healthcare: Either you believe in the free market or you don't

Have you ever walked into a room, stopped, then thought, ‘What did I come in here for?’ That’s our Republican-controlled Congress. It’s like they can’t remember why they’re there. Let me give them a gentle reminder. REPEAL OBAMACARE!

Very few people in Congress understand how they got control of the House and the Senate. Sen. Rand Paul is one who does. His steadfastness against McConnell’s ‘Obamacare Lite’ bill helped seal its fate. It backed the Republicans into the uncomfortable corner of considering the only option they had left: Complete repeal.

How many times did the House and Senate vote to repeal Obamacare while Obama was in office? I always called those ‘show votes’ because they were for constituent consumption, not real policy. Each time they had a chance to actually defund Obamacare they punted. With few exceptions, like Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz, the RINOs in the Senate went along with the Democrats in fully funding the one program that ultimately gave them absolute control in Washington. 

And when they got that absolute control, what did they do? They cowered behind the law like it was an immovable monolith at Stonehenge. After all those ‘show votes,’ they couldn’t bring themselves to actually vote on repeal when it counted. So they set about crafting their own government-run healthcare program. Sure, it was light years better than Obamacare, but it was still government-run healthcare. As Rand Paul pointed out, it was a big bailout for the insurance companies.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that we need lots of competition in the insurance industry. The last thing we need is for all of them to go away save one. That, I’m convinced, was the core objective of Obamacare. Single-payer healthcare. But we don’t need to be subsidizing insurance companies either. What we need is an unadulterated free market when it comes to health care and health insurance.

So-called believers in the free market put their faith to the test when it comes to healthcare. Either you believe in the free market or you don’t. In other words, either you believe competition will lower the cost of health care and health insurance or you don’t. If you’re satisfied with either Obamacare or the lame replacements put forth by the Republicans in the House and Senate, you don’t.

And why not? Healthcare is far too important to leave to the free market, some say. Is that so? What’s more important than health care or health insurance for most Americans? Food? Surely. Shelter? Without a doubt. Clothing? Yes. Transportation? Of course. Funny how all of these things are deemed more important than health care or health insurance, and the price of them all is dictated by the free market. Why can’t we get our minds wrapped around the fact that the same goes for health care and health insurance.

I keep making the distinction between the two because they’re both different. Health care is what you need when you’re sick or injured. Health insurance is what you pay for along the way in case you’re sick or injured. Everybody in Washington is trying to get the high cost of health insurance down, but they’re working at the problem from the wrong end. The reason health insurance is so expensive is because health care is so expensive.


Reconnect the patient with the product and you’ll see health care costs go down. Make people pay for everyday things like a doctors visits or prescription drugs and competition will drive prices down. Save health insurance for the big stuff.


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




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This should do it for global warming, but it won't

There’s a new peer-reviewed study that’s completely being ignored by the mainstream media. It shows that “nearly all” of the global warming reported by NASA, NOAA, and the Met Office in the UK is due to fudging numbers. The report is titled “On the Validity of NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature Data and the Validity of EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding.” That last part is in reference to the Obama EPA using global warming to wreak havoc on industry and our economy.

This comprehensive study looked at temperature data on record and found some astounding manipulation. It found that nearly all of the current warming they’re showing is due to adjusting the data. The authors wrote, “The conclusive findings of this research are that the three GAST data sets are not a valid representation of reality. Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever—despite current claims of record-setting warming.”

What’s worse, they went back in time to adjust temperatures to make it look like we were warming from the 1940s. “Each dataset pushed down the 1940s warming and pushed up the current warming,” says Joe D’Aleo, a co-author of the study. “You would think that when you make adjustments you’d sometimes get warming and sometimes get cooling,” he said. “That almost never happened.”

What this means is this whole business of manmade global warming is a complete fabrication. It’s a hoax. Because this study is not being covered by the mainstream media there won't be the public outcry that should come from such fraud. But fraud it is, and the fraudsters should be jailed.

You see, there’s money in global warming. If you’re conducting research and you want a grant, then you need to feed into the hysteria of manmade global warming in order to get the money. In other words, you have to fabricate your research to get the money. That’s called fraud, and it’s been going on for decades. It’s time the fraudsters were brought to justice.

It’s nearly impossible to tally up the total cost of global warming hysteria. Best estimates put it in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Imagine what those diverted resources have done to our economy, to our deficits, to our debt. The people behind the number-fudging at NASA, NOAA, and the Met need to be brought up on charges and prosecuted. This is the only way this out-of-control fraud will be stopped.

As we chronicled in our movie, An Inconsistent Truth, Al Gore and his henchmen have managed to ring hundreds of millions from the taxpayers. They, too, should be held accountable. Instead, they want to jail the “climate deniers.” It’s time to turn the tables. Hearings should be held. Testimony should be heard. We need to put this idea of manmade global warming on trial once and for all so the world can see the truth.

Despite this new peer-reviewed study, the proponents of global warming stick their fingers in their ears and close their eyes. They don’t want to hear anything that upsets their world.


The fact that they refuse to acknowledge the evidence is evidence itself that the global warming movement is not scientific. It’s not even political. It’s a religion. Religion is based on faith, and these Branch Algorians share a blind faith in the words of their prophet, Al Gore. This cult has bled into every aspect of our lives. They’ve shamed millions into changing their lifestyles. It’s time to put it down.



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





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

To tweet, or not to tweet. That is the question.

Much has been made about President Trump’s tweets. The Never-Trumpers shake their heads in disgust. The #Resistance goes ape, which includes the mainstream media. Even some supporters occasionally cringe. He should just stop tweeting, they all say, but that would be a huge mistake.

I’ll be the first to admit that some of Trump’s tweets are less than presidential, but we’ve never had a president quite like Trump. He has what I refer to as straight-pipe disorder. Everything he thinks goes straight to his mouth, or, in this case, his fingers. He seems to have never had an unuttered thought. And that’s what’s so great about this guy.

How many politicians have you met in your life who were guarded about everything they said? Not to knock the guy, but that’s Mike Pence in a nutshell. Some wish Trump would be more like his VP. I don’t agree.

Barack Obama pledged to have the most transparent presidency in history. In a sense, it was. We could see through everything he did. But honest it was not. That’s one thing you can say about Trump. What you see is what you get. It’s not like we didn’t know what we were getting. It was his bare-knuckles, New Yorker style that endeared him to millions of Americans. It is unusual for the president to attack a couple of media hacks on Twitter, but this president is nothing usual.

Mika and Morning Joe had it coming. Mika especially. Once upon a time I would tune in when Fox & Friends was in commercial break (which it seems like it’s more commercials than content these days). The vitriol toward Trump and the outright lying about the issues became too much for me. I couldn’t believe that Trump had never gone after them. Then he did and the entire mainstream media came unraveled. It was an attack on all women, the DNC said. No, it was a counter-attack against Mika who has relentlessly lied about Donald Trump for months.

Mika and Joe vehemently disputed Trump’s account of their visit to Mar-a-Lago in December, but it begs the question. What were two Never-Trumpers doing at Mar-a-Lago in the first place? Like typical Washington cocktail crawlers, they seem to want to be with the In-Crowd despite their distaste for Trump. I don’t know about you but I don’t show up at the house owned by the guy I’ve been bashing on the air. (OK, so I did show up at Al Gore’s house in our movie, but that was just to allow him equal time. He refused, by the way.)

Yes, Trump’s tweets are raw, they’re sometimes vicious, and they’re always entertaining. They’re also a window into the heart and soul of the most powerful man in the world. Many of his tweets that the mainstream media derided have shown to be true. Let’s not forget the ‘wire tapping’ tweet that the leftists labeled ‘Fake News.’ Congress and the special counsel are all now investigating the unmasking of Trump associates and countess other Americans as part of the Russia investigation.

The media even accuse Trump of racism and anti-semitism for retweeting a post from a guy who’s supposedly tweeted racist and anti-semitic things. I retweet all the time. It never dawns on me to do a background check on the tweeter.


Besides, Trump’s daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren are Jewish. The anti-semitic label rings hollow. As does the Russia collusion. But have you noticed? They’ve moved on. To Trump’s Twitter account.


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





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The lessons of 'Lion'

If you haven’t seen the movie, Lion, I suggest you do. It’s the true story of a five-year-old from India who goes off with his older brother one night to look for scraps to sell to help support their mother. The older brother leaves the five-year-old asleep on a bench on a train platform. When the young boy awakens, he goes searching for his brother. He boards a decommissioned train that takes him on a two-day journey to Calcutta. There he fends for himself on the streets until he’s picked up and taken to an orphanage. He’s too young to be able to tell the adults where he’s from. They run ads in the Calcutta newspaper but no one claims him.

He’s finally adopted by an Australian couple and moves to Tasmania. There he’s raised as a typical Aussie. When he’s 25 year old, he visits the home of an Indian couple who serve up Indian cuisine. He starts having flashbacks of his youth and becomes obsessed with finding his real mother and his brother. The bulk of the movie is about his journey to reconnect.

I’ve thought a lot about the movie since I watched it with my family. The obvious point is how different his life was because he was raised in Australia instead of India. He’s wrought with guilt over his privilege, which we hear a lot about from the left these days. I’ve given that a great deal of thought.

We are all either victims or beneficiaries of our circumstances. There’s no doubt this young man had a much better life because he decided to board that train on that fateful night. But should he feel guilty?

Guilt is the currency of the left. Whether it be global warming or income inequality, they use it to try to force a redistribution of wealth. But redistributing wealth does not cure poverty. Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.” You have to first understand why people are poor, and reasons vary from country to country.

India is one of the poorest places on Earth and has been for a very long time. About 24 percent of the population is at or below the poverty level. That means around 276 million people live on less than $2 a day. Why? A lot of India’s ills can be traced back to the caste system, a social order that far predates British colonialism (although that certainly didn’t help). The caste system is a Hindu concept that dates back to 1,500 BC. Basically, you were born into a class and you could not escape it. It was your spiritual destiny. Lack of upward mobility is what has kept Indians in poverty for centuries.

If you ever wondered why Indians seem to be so smart but so many are poor, that’s why. You take Indians out of India a plop them in the Western world and they prosper. The left doesn’t seem to get that concept. Instead, they develop one redistribution scheme after another when the answer is the very system they loathe: capitalism.


America is where dreams come true. Why? Because it’s where you can go as far as your hard work, tenacity, and ingenuity can take you. Instead of asking why people are poor, we need to be asking why people are rich. Instead of hating them, we need to be emulating them. Rich people, for the most part, don’t become rich by stealing other people’s money. Lincoln said it best. “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.”


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





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Comey time bomb may be ready to blow

You’re familiar with the expression, “Be careful what you wish for,” I’m sure. The Democrats certainly are. Their whole “Get Trump” scheme seems to be blowing up in their faces. First, contrary to a top story on CNN just two days prior, former FBI Director James Comey testified that President Trump had been exactly right. Comey had told him on three different occasions that he was not under investigation for collusion with the Russians. That should have been the headline for the mainstream media. Instead it was “Trump lied,” a reference to Comey’s contention that Trump had mischaracterized morale at the FBI, a non-story in this whole soap opera. But Comey’s testimony lit the fuse to a power keg that appears ready to blow.

During Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, we learned that he leaked contents of his personal memos of meetings with Trump to the New York Times. I had questioned just two days prior to his testimony if Comey might be the source of the news leaks citing “senior FBI officials.” After all, it didn’t get anymore senior than Comey. I wanted to know after Comey’s testimony how many of those stories citing FBI officials were written by Michael S. Schmidt. He’s the one who leaked the Comey memos as fed to him by Comey. As it turns out, Fox News connected the dots.

Comey and Trump’s first meeting was held on January 6 at Trump Tower. At the request of Comey, the meeting was a private one-on-one meeting between the two men. In that meeting, Comey disclosed to Trump the now-famously debunked ‘Russian dossier.’ This was the one from that shady British agent who sounded like a poor man’s James Bond. In it, he claimed Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a hotel in Moscow that President and Mrs. Obama had slept in. I guess Trump was too lazy to pee on the bed himself. A few days later, that Russian dossier story shows up in the New York Times citing “two officials with knowledge of the briefing.” The only two officials with knowledge of the briefing were Comey and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

A couple of weeks after that story, another story appeared in the Times stating that Comey would be staying on as FBI director. Comey was in the middle of his term as director. There was never a question as to whether or not he’d stay on, unless you were in that private meeting with Comey and Trump where Trump asked him if he would like to stay on. That question has been framed as some sinister threat by the left when Trump was trying to fill positions in his administration.

When Trump tweeted that he’d been “wiretapped” by the Obama administration, the Times cited “senior FBI officials” who said it was false. Of course, surveillance of Trump’s associates now appears to have been widespread, but the mainstream media choose to argue over the semantics of the term “wiretapped.” Now they’re obsessed with any “tapes” Trump has of White House conversations. Of course, there are no “tapes.” Nobody uses tapes anymore.

Almost every single one of the leaked stories to the Times was either authored or contributed to by Michael S. Schmidt, the reporter Comey admits leaking to.

Now we’re learning there’s a document that shows Loretta Lynch, as attorney general under Obama, had agreed with Democrats not to prosecute Hillary Clinton. That is the textbook definition of interfering in an election.

Keep on peeling that onion, Democrats. The stench is rising.



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




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Paris accord does nothing about real pollution

Donald Trump is famous for stepping on his own message. There’s no doubt about that. However, the message is still worth sending and he sent a big one when he pulled us out of the Paris Climate Treaty. The bullet we dodged is largely unknown by the American people. It’s time they knew.

First of all, and this is a trap many conservative outlets fall into as well, the Paris agreement does not reduce pollution. It ostensibly reduces CO2, which is not a pollutant. In fact, CO2, if you’ll remember back to 5th-grade science class, is beneficial to the planet. It’s what plants take in from us in order to give us oxygen. The reduction of CO2 could only hope to be a two-tenths of one degree reduction by the end of this century. And that’s if you make the leap of faith that reducing CO2 emissions has any effect on temperature.

The evidence suggests that it does not. According to satellite data, temperatures over the last two decades have remained steady despite the increase in carbon dioxide. 

And before we get too far away from this lame argument that CO2 is a pollutant, it’s instructive to bring in a recent World Health Organization study. Real air pollution is how we should be measuring countries. How clean is their air? We’re talking smog. Air quality that is actually detrimental to health. And, by the way, there is no CO2 in smog. The WHO ranks the United States as one of the cleanest countries on the planet. We’re as clean as Iceland when it comes to air quality. We’re also cleaner than all of the G-7 nations, the ones that have been having a hissy-fit over our leaving the Paris agreement.

This is something the Branch Algorians can’t seem to get through their thick skulls. The real issue is air pollution. We have spent untold amounts of money on technology that converts real air pollution into carbon dioxide, and we’ve been very successful at it. Now the crazy dirt people out there want us to pay up. Obama committed us to $3 billion for the so-called Green Climate Fund. This is the conduit through which wealth is redistributed. We’ve already coughed up a billion dollars and guess who gets the money. Countries like Iran and North Korea and other countries hostile to the United States. And do you really think they’ll use the money to reduce CO2? Do you?

I remember a trip to Rome several years back. I don’t want to gross you out, but at the end of the day I would blow my nose and the discharge would be black. Their air pollution is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. People walk around Beijing with surgical masks on. They routinely issue air quality warnings. The Paris agreement does nothing to change that. Do you hear me? The Paris agreement does nothing about real air pollution. Nothing.

We have got to educate the American public on how they’ve been bamboozled. Al Gore shortened carbon dioxide to “carbon” for a reason. To fool you into believing that CO2 was something dirty. It’s not. CO2 is as natural as oxygen. They’ll probably demonize that before it’s all said and done.


President Trump needs to seize this opportunity and completely change the discussion. We’re a world leader in clean air. The rest of the world needs to follow us instead of us following them over this cliff of economic destruction under the guise of “saving the planet.” According to the World Health Organization, we already are.


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