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.







Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Why don't the Dems care who killed Seth Rich?

If you've even heard of the Seth Rich story it’s probably as some wild conspiracy theory. That’s if the mainstream media have covered it at all. You’ve probably heard that Fox News pulled their recent story about him. That much is true, but that doesn’t change the mysterious facts around the case which carry much more weight than any Trump/Russia collusion.

Seth Rich was a DNC computer expert who was murdered in the wee hours of July 10, 2016. Authorities have called it a botched robbery but nothing was taken. Not his wallet, not his money, not his cell phone. Nothing. The family calls it a botched robbery because they say there were signs of a struggle. The curious thing is Rich died from two gunshot wounds to the back. That doesn’t sound like someone who died trying to fend off robbers.

CNN released a piece titled ‘Seth Rich and the myth behind the unsolved murder case,’ yet in the piece they did nothing to dispel the myth other than state the Rich family doesn’t want Seth’s name associated with a conspiracy. But too much evidence points to Rich as being the leaker behind the Wikileaks e-mails.

Rod Wheeler is a former DC homicide detective turned private investigator. He was hired by someone associated with the Rich family to help find the killer. However, when he uncovered that Seth Rich could very well have been the Wikileaks leaker of the DNC e-mails, the family suddenly distanced themselves from him.

Detractors in the mainstream media have spread the lie that Wheeler’s only clue that Rich was the leaker came from a Fox News reporter. The truth is Mr. Wheeler claims to get his information from a federal investigator who told him he’s seen Seth Rich’s computer and case file and he believes Rich is the source of the leaks. Wheeler calls this federal investigator very credible.

A man by the name of Kim Dotcom has sparked new interest in the Seth Rich case by claiming to be the go-between for Seth Rich and Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. Dotcom’s not his real name, obviously, and someone as flamboyant as Dotcom needs to be approached with caution. However, Dotcom isn’t the glue that holds this theory together.

We now know that Seth Rich was a huge Bernie Sanders fan. He tweeted and posted anonymously in rants against the Democrat establishment and corporate monied interests. He certainly had the motivation to expose the corrupt Democrat machine that is now widely known to have fixed the primaries for Hillary. Being a computer expert within the DNC, he also had the opportunity.

What’s more, Julian Assange, who guards his sources very closely, has all but said that Seth Rich was his source for the DNC e-mails. He has offered a $20,000 reward leading to the conviction of Seth Rich’s killer. Now ask yourself what possible interest Julian Assange would have in a low-level DNC staffer unless he had a serious connection to him.

I have friends who are neck-deep in this investigation and they tell me they’re getting huge “brush back.” Rod Wheeler, the private investigator, says Donna Brazile, the former acting DNC chairman, called the police and the Rich family demanding to know why a private investigator was snooping around this story. If this were really some conspiracy theory like space aliens at Area 51 or the chupacabra then why are the Democrats so concerned?


It’s because they know that the Trump/Russia story is a dry well. The conservatives may have stumbled upon a gusher.


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






Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The 'Russian hacking' story comes into focus

I have long told my radio audience that I am a professional dot connector. I don’t take news stories at face value. I look at everything that may be related to see if it being part of the story makes sense. I also look for odd stories that seem out of place that may be connected.

Almost a year ago, a computer expert for the DNC, Seth Rich, was shot in the back and killed in his upscale D.C. neighborhood. The official police story was a botched robbery, but nothing was taken. When the so-called Russian hacking of the DNC was revealed I immediately thought of Seth Rich. His involvement was dismissed as a conspiracy theory. Now we’re starting to see the real picture come into focus.

Rod Wheeler is a former D.C. homicide detective. He’s now a private investigator who has been hired by Seth Rich’s family. According to Fox 5 in Washington, Wheeler says his source inside the police department tells him Seth Rich was in contact with Wikileaks. “That’s confirmed,” he says. He also says his source was told to “stand down on this case” and is not allowed to officially share information.

Is it a coincidence that Seth Rich, a computer expert at the DNC, was in touch with Wikileaks, and then confidential e-mails from the DNC show up on Wikileaks? Is it also a coincidence that the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, offered a handsome reward leading to the conviction of Seth Rich’s killer? How would Assange even know who Seth Rich was? And if he knew, why would he feel compelled to offer a reward for the conviction of his killer?

Consider also this hacked e-mail from John Podesta on February 22, 2015. “I’m definitely for making an example of a suspected leaker whether or not we have any real basis for it,” he wrote. Am I accusing Podesta of putting a hit on Seth Rich? No. My point is Podesta acknowledged a full year before the DNC hacking scandal broke that they had a leak. A leak and a hack are two different things. One is internal, the other external.

The Russian hacking has never made any sense. The supposedly most sophisticated hackers in the world, the Russians, could only break into one e-mail account? That was the account of DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Podesta e-mail account was not a DNC account. It was a Gmail account.

And speaking of Schultz, there’s the case of Imran Awan. He was the IT guy for dozens of Democrats on the Hill, including Schultz. He’s currently under investigation by the Capitol Police for stealing data from the congressional servers. We know from another Wikileaks e-mail that he had the username and password to Schultz’s DNC e-mail account. Awan was a convicted criminal even before he went to work for the Democrats. He was also in debt up to his eyeballs. He had the motivation and he had the opportunity. The only dot left to be connected is between Awan and Seth Rich.

And did you know that the FBI has never examined the DNC servers to see who hacked them? They took the word of CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC. CrowdStrike has had to walk back some of their claims of Russian hacking. Its co-founder and its president now refuse invitations by the House Intelligence Committee to testify about the Russian hacking.


The dishonest mainstream media continue to ignore the obvious dots in order to push their fake Trump/Russia storyline.



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




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Texas has the right idea

It’s a pretty sad day when you have to pass a law to compel police officials to enforce the law, but that’s just what they did in Texas. At least one municipality in Texas has routinely thumbed its nose at federal law and federal authorities when it comes to criminal illegal aliens. Criminal illegals are persons who have committed criminal acts in the United States and for whom the feds have made an immigration detainer request. That means they’ve asked the local authorities to hold this criminal until ICE can pick them up.

One week in late January, Travis County, Texas, declined 142 requests to hold illegal immigrants. That was about 69 percent of all requests for that week. This included criminals accused of sexual offenses against children, domestic violence, and kidnapping. Travis County is primarily Austin. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has made quite a name for herself as a sanctuary sheriff.

Hernandez has the backing of activist judges like Sarah Eckhardt who believe in what Sheriff Hernandez is doing. Were the issue ever to appear before Eckhardt it would be struck down. Both are part of the problem.

Gov. Gregg Abbott signed SB4 into law. Not only does it fine law enforcement officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration detainer requests, it makes it a crime.

“This is racist and wrongheaded,” the ACLU predictably fired back. The ACLU is far more concerned about the criminals than the victims. Despite the protestations of DNC Chairman Tom Perez that no human is illegal, some actually are. That would include murderers, bank robbers, and rapists. It also includes anyone who breaks into our country.

Is that to say that all illegals are murderers, bank robbers, and rapists? Not at all. It’s merely a reminder that breaking into this country the first time is a misdemeanor. Second and subsequent times are felonies.

The opponents of this law are screaming that it allows police to randomly profile illegal aliens. Personally, I don’t have a problem with that, but it does no such thing. Police can only inquire as to one’s immigration status if the person is either accused of a crime or a witness to one. In fact, otherwise profiling is prohibited by law.

The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops strongly opposed this bill. They have a long history of supporting illegal immigration. You have to wonder whose side their on. It’s certainly not the side of law and order.

We have immigration laws for a reason. They are designed to keep people with disease, terrorist ties, or criminal histories out of the country. There is an orderly way to come into this country. Two-thirds of the people coming up from Mexico come the legal way. Makes you wonder what the excuse is for the other third.

If you’re saying it takes too long go, that’s a cop-out. No one has a right to bust in line just because they’re impatient. We need to be reminded that immigration isn’t about the immigrant. It’s about the country they’re immigrating to. What do they bring to the table? If your answer is cheap labor, that’s not a benefit to the millions of Americans who have seen their wages depressed because employers can pay illegals under the table.

I applaud Gov. Abbott and the Texas legislature. They’ve taken a courageous stand against the forces that are eating away at the very fiber of our country. SB4 should be the pace car for the rest of the country.


Who wants to take bets on how quickly it takes an activist judge to shoot it down?


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



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Day, May Day! Communism is dying!

Well, we made it through another May Day. This one was particularly boisterous because Donald Trump is president. We heard from the usual assortment of misfits and communists, and the usual violence accompanied the marches across the globe. What was especially evident this year is the May Day movement has never been so irrelevant.

A quick primer. May Day started off as a pagan holiday once upon a time in ancient Rome. With the Christianization of Europe, May Day morphed into a celebration of the Virgin Mary. In England, it’s a Celtic tradition and many places still crown the May Queen.

Then in the late 19th century the commies came along and hijacked the day. They turned it into International Workers’ Day. The Soviets took May Day to a whole new level with huge military parades in Red Square. It’s also a big day in communist China, North Korea, and Cuba.

Castro is dead. His brother is stepping down from power early next year. Word is Cuba may transition into something resembling a republic. Kim Jong-un is flailing about desperately trying to rally his people behind him by making the United States the focus of all evil. His days are numbered, and he may be pushed over the edge, ironically, by China. Donald Trump has forged an amazing friendship with China’s President Xi. Something like 90 percent of NoKo’s economic support comes from China. Could it be that China is poised to make a dramatic lurch toward freedom?

I remember when Ronald Reagan was derided for saying he was going to relegate the Soviet Union to the ash bin of history. But relegate, he did. Almost overnight the Soviet Union crumbled. All the naysayers who screamed that he was going to start World War III quickly pivoted to give Mikhail Gorbachev the credit. The truth, of course, is Ronald Reagan drove them to bankruptcy.

The Chinese are not stupid. They understand history. They also surely understand that communism is unsustainable. Propping up Kim Jong-un is simply delaying the inevitable. They can no longer count on indifference and appeasement from the United States. Had the Democrats remained in power then communism would have had unwitting accomplices in the furtherance of communism. Useful idiots, as Vladimir Lenin purportedly called non-communists who did his bidding, although the attribution cannot be confirmed. Ours were useful idiots without the useful part.

Then the Neville Chamberlain Society was suddenly thrown from power. Trump ushered in tough talk against communist nations that would make Reagan blush. Capitalism has never had a better friend, communism never a more dangerous foe. Communist nations survive through brute strength and absolute power. That strength needs nourishment. Trump is persuading China to starve the North Korean beast. Cuba is running on fumes. Not to mention Venezuela.

Dropping 59 Tomahawk missiles on Syria while dining with President Xi was a calculated move by President Trump. This guy has negotiated with some of the most ruthless mobsters in the country. You don’t build in Atlantic City and Vegas without dealing with the mob. Trump knows a thing or two about intimidation. 

China saw President Obama as a doormat. They see Trump as the door. A very strong locked door. They know they’re not walking through unless he opens it. And Trump isn’t going to open it unless there’s serious change.


Don’t forget how quickly the Soviet Union fell, all the while the left cowered in a corner. Sound familiar? This past May Day may be looked back on by history as one of the last gasps of communism on planet Earth.


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