Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Global warming is so yesterday

Earth Day came and went and with the predictable hysteria over global warming. Like the Dakota Pipeline protestors, they left behind their mounds of trash. At the Dakota Pipeline protest, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers spent over a million dollars hauling off 835 dumpsters full of trash. Protestors set fire to their campsite burning trash, plastic, even tires, spewing black smoke into the air. Oddly enough, a dozen dogs were abandoned and had to be rescued by a local shelter.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the evidence is piling up like trash at a global warming protest. CO2 is not a pollutant. 

A new study published by some level-headed scientists who actually spend their careers looking for the truth vindicates the dreaded greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. This study found that the EPA’s “CO2 Endangerment Finding” is, in their words, “totally false.” They analyzed the 14 different temperature data sets and found no manmade global warming at all. Furthermore, they found “that there is no published, peer-reviewed, statistically valid proof that past increases in atmospheric CO2 concentrations have caused the officially reported rising.” Any warming at all, which has been minimal, is attributed to volcanic, oceanic, and solar activity. In fact, according to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, 96 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide are natural. Of the remaining 4 percent, China is responsible for half of it, and they show no signs of complying with UN climate change standards. The United States accounts for 1.2 percent.

A new Chinese study is closer to the truth. It’s the sun, stupid! A team of scientists found, according to, “a robust relationship between solar wind speed and North Atlantic Oscillation.” The NAO can have a tremendous effect on hurricane activity, sea levels, and temperatures in Europe and much of eastern North America.

Satellites show that temperatures have remained steady for much of the last 20 years. This is in direct correlation to solar activity. Scientists are just now starting to understand this complicated relationship, but it certainly makes more sense that the sun is major factor than a trace gas like CO2 which makes up just four-hundredths of one percent of the atmosphere.

Still, pseudo-scientists like “Bill Nye the Science Guy” double down on the tired theory of manmade global warming. He even lied to an Earth Day crowd, telling them funding for science research is mandated by the Constitution. It’s not. And even if it were, there’s nothing that would mandate pouring more good money after bad.

Bill Nye continued to embarrass himself in an episode of “Bill Nye Saves the World.” He enthusiastically introduced a “dance routine” by actress Rachel Bloom called “My Sex Junk” in which she boldly proclaims that her “vagina has its own voice” and that “sexuality’s a spectrum,” we should “just do what feels right.” The painfully awkward Nye cheers her on from behind a turntable looking like a middle-age nerd trying too hard to be hip.

But this is the era of Trump. Suddenly whining about global warming looks as out of style as, well, Bill Nye. With all the so-called consensus (there is no such thing, by the way) it looks like somebody somewhere on their side could come up with a shred of evidence that supports their theory that we’re destroying the planet with CO2. They can’t. 

While we waste trillions on global warming, six of the ten most air-polluted cities in the United States are in California. Imagine where we’d be if those trillions were spent on combating real pollution.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What the MSM are missing about Trump's foreign policy

The mainstream media don’t seem to be able to wrap their minds around strategic missile strikes. They assumed the U.S. was going to war with either Syria or Russia or both because Trump approved missile strikes in response to a chemical attack. They’re making the same mistake regarding North Korea.

Surgical strikes have a rich history in American warfare. Ronald Reagan bombed Libya after our intelligence showed Muammar Gaddafi was behind the bombing of a discotheque in Germany frequented by U.S. soldiers. Clinton bombed Kosovo. George H.W. Bush attacked Saddam Hussein’s forces in Kuwait and drove them back to Baghdad. Neither incident resulted in our invading the country and taking it over. Yes, years later, Bush’s son would see fit to run Saddam from power, but the point is military use of force doesn’t have to result in regime change.

I think it’s inevitable that shots will be fired in North Korea. We will either shoot down NoKo missiles or we will determine where these missiles are coming from and take them out before they’re launched. With all the blustering going on with Kim Jong-un it’s probably the best course of action.

Too many people don’t understand Kim’s motivations either. This guy literally inherited a country. It’s a dump of a country but a country nonetheless. People are starving. The economy is in shambles. Eventually internal pressures reach a point where a coup is inevitable. How does one stave off a coup? By fabricating a common enemy. It’s the oldest trick in the dictator playbook.

Kim says they have to develop nukes to keep the United States from invading. The U.S. has no interest in invading North Korea. Heck, we’d have to knock half of it down just to make it inhabitable. We haven’t had an interest in invading North Korea since the Korean War. Kim knows this, but he also knows the best way to get his countrymen’s attention off their growling stomachs is to create a boogyman.

If you understand this, you understand that there’s no way this guy escalates a strike by the U.S. Quite the contrary. He uses any strike against his country to prove his point to his own people that an invasion is imminent. He knows that if he attacks South Korea or U.S. ships he leaves us no choice but to depose him. He also understands he’s got the best gig in the world. He just has to rattle his saber loud enough to rally the North Korean people behind him. 

With all that in mind, Trump can take out any perceived threat and not have to worry about escalation.

Here’s something else to think about. And don’t misinterpret this as saying this is being done on purpose. Trump’s approval ratings are rising. Just as, I’m sure, Kim’s approval ratings are rising in North Korea, public opinion tends to rally around a country’s leader in time of military conflict. Trump is doing what he thinks he needs to do to keep us safe. And he’s right. Allowing NoKo to develop precision-strike missiles does not serve the best interest of the United States.

But there’s a side benefit to keeping us safe. Military strikes will almost certainly bolster Trump’s popularity. He can use that new capital to get some things done in Congress that have been more difficult with his approval ratings below 50 percent. That may sound cynical, but it’s the political reality.

Trump can kill two birds with one stone. Make America safe again and make America great again in one fell swoop.

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Trump: How do you like him so far?

The libs may want to invest in a new narrative. The old ‘Trump is Putin’s puppet’ ain’t gettin’ it any longer. Trump’s Syria attack put an end to that. There are, however, some left-wing kooks who posit that Putin allowed Trump to bomb Syria to make Trump look good, more evidence that some of these people’s hatred for Trump knows no bounds. The Democrats and the media have been drilling the dry hole of Trump being in cahoots with the Russians to steal the election for months now. There’s obviously nothing to the allegations.

And isn’t it interesting how quickly the Susan Rice unmasking of Americans in intelligence reports story faded away? I was so surprised the ACLU didn’t file a lawsuit. (Too bad there’s not a sarcasm emoji.) If there’s a Russia connection it’s the Democrats playing Russian Roulette with issues Americans care absolutely nothing about. Remember Fight for $15? Heck, even global warming is becoming a distant memory. They didn’t connect with a single issue. Trump connected on all of his. Build the wall. Lower taxes. Get the economy moving again. Do away with stupid trade agreements that penalize the American worker. Repeal and replace Obamacare.

By the way, these were all problems that were, in large measure, either created or exacerbated by liberals. Which plays into my basic theory that liberalism can’t solve problems, it can only make them worse.

Hillary crawled out from under her rock with a postmortem on why she lost the election. She not only blames the Russians, she blames misogyny. What she fails to realize is men don’t hate all women. Just her. It’s a shame she’s trying to take all the other ladies down with her. Now Chelsea’s rumored to be contemplating a run for Congress. She’ll have to explain why she asked in a tweet if a picture of Abraham Lincoln with a Trump hat on was Photoshopped. No, Chelsea, he actually wore that at the Gettysburg Address. (Where’s that sarcasm emoji when I need it?) The Clinton dynasty is circling the drain and we watch and wave bye-bye with glee.

How distant does Obama’s feckless foreign policy seem after Trump popped a cap in Assad? Now we’re hearing reports that John Kerry was urging Obama to strike Syria to give him a negotiating leg up with the Russians. Obama refused. When you make John Kerry look like a hawk you’re doing something. Of course, it was Kerry and Susan Rice who assured us that Syria had destroyed all their chemical weapons. Those bold statements are emblematic of the naivete´ of the last eight years.

Remember Barack Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize? That was just nine months into his presidency. Flash forward and the entire Middle East is on fire. ISIS rose to take over large swaths of Iraq and Syria because we cut and ran in Iraq wiping out years of progress. And isn’t it great to have a president who actually calls ISIS ISIS instead ISIL? That was just another small indicator that Obama was out of step with the rest of the country.

While the media concentrate on the lack of a deal between Trump and Congress on repealing and replacing Obamacare, they say Trump is distracted by the palace intrigue of whether Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon get along. Truth is, the media are the ones who are distracted. Trump is busy checking off the bucket list he made on the campaign trail. Some issues are harder than others. No one said it would be easy, but so far it’s been very encouraging.

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

The real target of the Syrian strikes

President Trump's decision to strike Syria left much of the world stunned and many of his most ardent supporters disillusioned. There's so much at play that it's not nearly as simple as outrage over images of little children being gassed.

There are two things we have come to know about Donald Trump: 1) His reaction to being wronged tends to lean toward a knee-jerk reaction, and 2) Hardly anything he does isn't carefully calculated.
From a casual view of the past week it appears that Trump saw the images of dead and dying children in Syria, was distraught and outraged over the images, and ordered airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad's airbase. To see it as only that would be missing so much of what's at play.

Before I get to what is at play, it needs to be pointed out that no matter whether Assad was behind the most recent gassing of Syrian rebels, we know definitively that he's a bad man. He has killed tens of thousands of his own people with chemical weapons, conventional weapons, and starvation. Thousands more have been executed in mass hangings. Remember Obama's red line? Assad thumbed his nose at it and attacked his own people with more chemical weapons. Obama did nothing.

Trump's position has been it's none of our affair, but the most recent gassing changed that. It is odd that the day before the attack Trump said Assad should be left alone. At that point, Assad had the support of Russia and Iran and the assurance that we would not interfere in the Syrian civil war. By all accounts, Assad is winning that war against the rebels. And the rebels have now been taken over by jihadists, many of whom were fighting the Americans in Iraq. This is no longer a civil uprising over human rights. It's ISIS and other Muslim extremists who now own the rebel cause.

Why in the world would Assad invite worldwide condemnation by gassing some innocent children? Some say he didn't. There are intelligence reports that say the Obama administration had been running weapons to the Syrian rebels for some time. Those weapons, they say, included chemical weapons. There's evidence suggesting that's what the Benghazi attack in 2012 was all about. If that's true, the Syrian rebels, now controlled by Muslim extremists, are in possession of chemical weapons. After seeing Trump pull back from deposing Assad, it's possible the chemical attack was actually an act of desperation on the part of the rebels to bring to pass exactly what happened: airstrikes against Assad.

I hope and pray that our intelligence information showing Assad was responsible for the attack is accurate. Let's assume that it is. Trump could've waited days, if not weeks, to formulate a response. He didn't. Nor did he act immediately. He waited until the visit by Chinese President Xi to act. I believe this was on purpose.

What was the primary reason for the meeting with Xi? Talks about our trade imbalance, yes, but the main focus was on North Korea. Everyone knows North Korea is a puppet regime of China. The airstrikes against Syrian were a not so subtle message to Xi that this is what happens to tin-horn dictators that hack off the president.

Xi heads back to China with one certainty. Donald Trump doesn't play. It also makes it clear that Trump's no Putin puppet. Every bad actor around the world has to be sleeping less soundly now.

For those who fear escalation, I think this airstrike should actually ease your mind. Trump has demonstrated that he can punish Assad any time he wants to and never set one pair of boots on the ground. We don't want to invade Syria. We don't need to invade Syria. If Assad decides to get out of line again he can expect a night sky filled with Tomahawk missiles. It's a marvelous behavior modifier. 

But make no mistake, those missiles weren't meant for just Assad. They were a message to Kim Jong-un, the ayatollahs in Iran, ISIS, and every other despot around the world. Don't screw with the U.S.A.

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

If the media won't cover it, did the scandal really happen?

You're probably sick hearing me say it, but media bias isn’t so much what they tell you, it’s what they don’t. Truer words were never spoken when it comes to the Susan Rice scandal. If you’re asking, “What Susan Rice scandal?” then you’ve been tuned exclusively to CNN, ABC, or NBC.

Let's start with a baseline of knowledge. You’re familiar with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and his rendezvous with an intelligence source at a secure location at the White House. He came out of that meeting incredulous that someone inside the intelligence community had unmasked the names of U.S. citizens caught up in surveillance. Eavesdropping on foreign entities doesn’t allow the exposure of U.S. citizens they may talk to or about unless that person is believed to be involved in something unlawful or if their lives are in danger. In this case, it was neither, and the citizens being surveilled were associates of Donald Trump.

Republicans in Congress, including Nunes, have been wanting to get to the bottom of who ordered the unmasking of the names of U.S. citizens. Now we know. It was Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor. Huge news, right? Not if you’re CNN, ABC, or NBC. The only mention on MSNBC was on Greta’s show. They’re probably regretting that hire about now.

CBS did mention the story but only to defend Rice. It’s indefensible. The Daily Caller reported that Rice ordered spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls by Trump aides and Trump himself. This makes Watergate look like a traffic ticket.

The big question, of course, is what did the president know and when did he know it? I would suggest it is inconceivable that Susan Rice ordered detailed spreadsheets on Trump and his associates, distributed the information to various intelligence heads, including Obama’s Director of National Intelligence and the CIA director, and Obama knew nothing of it. 

One of the big fears of Barack Obama was that he was allowing our intelligence agencies to become too aggressive in gathering information on U.S. citizens. Remember when James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, was asked under oath before Congress if the NSA was collecting “any type of data at all” on American citizens? He said, “No, sir.” The Snowden leaks proved him a liar, revealing that the NSA was collecting domestic call records in bulk on American citizens.

Speaking of lying, don’t forget it was Susan Rice who went on five different Sunday talking head shows on September 16, 2012 to spread the lie that the Benghazi attack was a protest that boiled over because of a Mohammed video. Many parts of the Obama administration were rotten to the core and now we’re starting to smell the stench.

Yet, according to the same news media who won’t cover the Susan Rice story, it’s Donald Trump who lied when he tweeted back in March that Obama had Trump Tower “wire-tapped.” The media now seem obsessed with taking him literally. Wire-tapping to Trump, and to many others, is a catch-all phrase for surveillance. It’s splitting hairs, but they’ve sunk their teeth into the phrase like a determined dog because it’s the only hope they have.

The evidence is starting to show that Trump was right. He and his associates at Trump Tower were under surveillance, and possibly for up to a year before he took office, and President Obama may very well have ordered it. The fact that a large segment of the mainstream media chooses to ignore it should shake you to your core.

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let's stop the facade—Men and women are not the same

It’s time to stop pretending. As much as some people would like you to think there are no differences in men and women, there are. And the differences are huge. And they’re to be celebrated. Instead, we’re told that gender is simply a state of mind.

I’ve been watching the NCAA tournament, as I do each year the Tar Heels have a shot. It’s a way of leaving all the politics behind. Now the NCAA has dragged politics into sports. There was no regional contest in North Carolina. That was the NCAA’s way of protesting the now-famous bathroom bill. Commentators made mention of the controversy on several occasions, always closing with a quip like “everyone should be welcomed at the tournament.” News flash. Guess who’s not welcomed at the tournament. Women players. Why? Because they are literally in a league of their own.

You may have noticed the NCAA’s ‘Done’ PSAs that have run ad nauseam during the tournament. It shows various female athletes then one says, “Enough.” Another kicks a soccer ball then says, “Yeah, I’m over it.” The tag line at the end is “Genders don’t play sports. Athletes do.” In other words, there’s no difference between female and male athletes. That’s the big lie.

What the NCAA is doing through their silly protest over a common sense bathroom law and their obvious ignorance of physiological differences is set women’s sports on the path to extinction. I want something understood right up front. I want to protect women’s sports.

There’s a reason why there’s a women’s basketball team and a men’s basketball team. The NCAA wants you to think there’s no difference but there’s a huge difference. Just like there’s a difference in where men and women go to the bathroom. Keeping those facilities separate is not about exclusion. It’s about common decency. Like my wanting to protect women’s sports, I also want to protect women from perverts. That’s what the North Carolina bathroom bill is all about. Actual transexuals—people who have physically transitioned from male to female or vice versa—are not affected by the law. They can, by law, go to the bathroom facility that matches their new sex. What we’re talking about are cross-dressers.

Anybody can be a cross dresser. Anyone can claim to “feel like a woman.” In this age of political correctness we’re told we must simply accept the gender someone wants to be. The NCAA, by their boycott of North Carolina, tells us we must accept the gender any individual adopts. Fine. But don’t start objecting when guys who “feel like a woman” start going out for women’s sports. It will be the end of women’s sports.

You take a 6’9” guy who didn’t quite make the men’s squad and put him on the women’s team and he’ll put up 60 points a night. If four other guys have the same idea, that’s the end of women playing at that school. It’s easy to see how this mentality spreads. And don’t tell me it won’t. Who would’ve believed even three years ago that we would be arguing over which bathroom to use?

The NCAA has laid the path for just such a scenario and they would be helpless in court to stop it given their radical agenda. We don’t pit a Division III school against a Division I for a reason. We like competition to be fair. We don’t pit men against women in sports for the same reason. If we do, women will be driven out of sports.

Is that what the NCAA wants? I hope not.

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The real hacking scandal the MSM ignore

I feel like I'm living in some parallel universe. The news media, the Democrats, and even some Republicans continue to beat the drum of some sort of collusion between Trump and the Russians. What if I told you that neither the FBI nor any other intelligence agency had ever inspected the DNC servers that were supposedly hacked? That would be front-page news, right? It’s true. FBI Director James Comey confirmed it in testimony in January and again this week before the House Intelligence Committee.

If the FBI didn’t determine the DNC servers were hacked, who did? It was a private firm hired by the DNC itself. This is the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse. Hillary’s people concoct this story that the Russians hacked their servers in order to help Donald Trump. Instead of investigating the allegations themselves, the FBI just took the DNC’s word for it. This is akin to a private investigator investigating a murder scene and the police just taking his investigation at face value. This is the big story in all of this and nobody’s talking about it.

If the Russians didn’t hack the DNC who did? Let’s look at the evidence. When we say “hacked the DNC” what does that mean? As far as we know, then-DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s e-mails were the only ones hacked. Forget John Podesta. His e-mail account was a Google Gmail account. That, by definition, was not on the DNC server. That was an account any 16-year-old amateur hacker could break into.

So who had access to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s e-mails?

There’s only one person aside from Schultz herself who had access to her e-mail and dozens of other Democrats’ e-mail accounts. It’s a guy who’s currently under investigation for accessing Congressional members’ computer networks without their knowledge or permission and stealing data and equipment from Congress. Imran Awan. He and his brothers—Abid and Jamal—managed IT for more than two dozen Democrat members, including the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. They owed money to a shady operator with ties to terrorists. The three men apparently went through little or no security scrutiny to get their jobs. After all, we wouldn’t want to make them feel uncomfortable just because they’re Muslim.

Who opened the gates and allowed this Trojan horse inside? Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She’s so politically correct that she wouldn’t dare question three guys who are Muslim and have ties to terrorism. In fact, even though they’re under police investigation for all sorts of crimes against the United States, Imran Awan still works for Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

But it gets worse.

According to the now-leaked e-mails from Wikileaks, Imran Awan had access to Schultz’s username and password at the DNC! Hello. We have leaked e-mails from Schultz’s account and the one guy who had access to her DNC e-mail is now under investigation for stealing data from Congress. Here’s the amazing thing. The Awan brothers are not under investigation by the FBI. It’s the Capitol Police. I’m not knocking the Capitol Police but you have guys stealing possibly sensitive data from Congress and the FBI is not called in?

Oh, did I tell you Imran Awan had a criminal record and bankruptcy? Not only did Schultz and the Democrats hire him, he didn’t even have to have Secret clearance. He also had major money problems giving him motive to sell secrets for cash.

While we continue this wild goose chase for Ruskies under every rock, the prime suspect is still sitting in Schultz’s office.

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What to do about Obamacare

Unless you’re the most die-hard clinger to Obama’s legacy, the consensus is Obamacare was an unqualified failure. The only question now is what to do about it. The Republicans have put forth their plan, at least the first phase of it. The awkwardly-named American Health Care Act got low scores from the Congressional Budget Office. Of course, this is the same CBO the projected Obamacare would cost less than half this year what it actually does.

Obamacare needs to be replaced. What do we replace it with? Here’s a novel idea. How about the free market?

That’s not meant to be flippant. The free market lowers cost in every other imaginable sector. Cars are cheaper because of competition. Groceries are cheaper because of competition. So are clothes and houses. All of these are arguably bigger necessities than health insurance. Notice I said health insurance and not health care. There’s a big difference.

Healthcare is what we need when we’re sick or injured. Most of us—the vast majority of us—don’t need that on a daily basis. What we do need is transportation, shelter, food, and clothing. Only the most ardent socialists would argue that the government needs to provide those for us. Only the most ardent communist would argue that the free market hasn’t brought the cost of those necessities down.

So, why can’t the Republicans quite trust the market?

Good question. I suspect it’s the same Republicans who talked about how great capitalism was then bailed out the banks and the auto industry. These people are called Keynesians. That is, they subscribe to the economic theories of British economist John Maynard Keynes. Keynes believed the free market was great until it didn’t work, and then you needed the government to come in and bail it out. The free market is always preferable to government intervention.

What the Republicans all need to understand is the problem with health insurance isn’t all the government’s fault. Somewhere along the line the patient was disconnected from the product. HMOs are largely to blame for that. We became accustomed to paying a $10 or $15 co-pay for an all-you-can-eat buffet of health services. The result was higher healthcare costs.

Let me put the cookies on the low shelf. Let’s say you were able to drive into the dealership and get an oil change and pay a $10 co-pay. Who pays the other $40 or so? What if you could buy a new set of tires and pay a $10 co-pay? The last time I bought tires they were around a grand for a set of four. Who pays the other $990? The short answer is you do. It wouldn’t be long before your auto insurance went through the roof.

We were on the right track with health insurance. The market was moving us to higher deductibles and lower premiums. That’s basically where health insurance started. Remember? It was called ‘major medical’ or ‘hospitalization.’ Instead of paying for every oil change and new tire it paid for the big things, like a major accident. And healthcare was reasonably affordable.

Now we have an even better tool called HSAs, Health Savings Accounts. You can use pre-taxed dollars to save for that ‘major medical’ expense. The problem with Obamacare was not only did the deductible skyrocket, so did the premium.

The market would fix that. Let insurance companies do business across state lines, just like auto insurance. Let the market drive down the high cost of health insurance. Then we’ll worry about those who can’t afford it. 

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

News media ignore truth in 'Trumptap' scandal

I’ve often said media bias is not what they tell you, it’s what they don’t. There’s no truer example than the Trumptap scandal. After President Trump tweeted that he’d been wiretapped by the Obama administration, the mainstream media had a meltdown. The same media that had been beating the drum of an unfounded Russia conspiracy derided Trump’s claim as “false” and “baseless.” The scary part is they all knew that it wasn’t.

Something I noticed during last year’s campaign is the British news media are much more likely than the American media to report the truth about American politics. Three different news outlets in the UK were reporting, independent of one another, that a FISA warrant was requested on at least two occasions last year. FISA is the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It was designed to eavesdrop on foreign powers or those believed to be agents of foreign powers.

The British news outlets reported that someone either in Obama’s Justice Department or in the intelligence community went to the FISA court in June requesting a warrant to tap the information coming out of Trump’s campaign headquarters at Trump Tower. They named Trump specifically. That request was denied. One outlet says they tried again in July and were denied again. They all three agree that another attempt at a FISA warrant was made in October of 2016, just weeks before the election. This request did not include Trump as the target, rather it focused on individuals in the campaign. That request was granted and the subsequent inquiry turned up nothing.

The Washington Post’s so-called Fact Checker column was the only mainstream media outlet that even mentioned FISA. They determined that the three British outlets, including the BBC and a former member of Parliament, weren’t reliable enough. And that was that. By the way, Louise Mensch, the former Tory member of Parliament who writes for Heatstreet, is decidedly anti-Trump. One can only imagine that her reporting of the FISA warrant was meant to cast aspersions on Trump. 

The Fact Checker column the day after Trump’s initial tweet was the only mention of the FISA court in the mainstream media. If you were watching CNN you got headlines like “Trump’s baseless wiretap claim” and “Trump untethered to facts.”

Predictable Democrat stooge, Sen. John McCain, said Trump’s claim was unprecedented. He said Trump was accusing Obama of “violating the law.” McCain knows full well that if Obama or anyone in his administration got a FISA warrant they were not violating the law. Their pretense for the warrant may be questionable, but the frightening prospect is a sitting president was using the intelligence community against a political foe. At the very least, that’s a gross abuse of power.

This issue should be quite simple to sort out. Take a look at the FISA applications for 2016. Apparently there were 10,700 of them between 2009 and 2015, according to ABC News. Only one was rejected entirely. There’s a pretty low bar when it comes to FISA approval. The fact that the probe against Trump was rejected (possibly twice) should help Trump’s case. Also, the fact that the one warrant granted turned up nothing should put the whole Russia controversy behind us.

The left-wing media don’t want to put that behind us. They want to milk it for everything it’s worth. They have managed to scare the American public with a complete non-issue. Finally Republicans have started fighting back by showing as many Democrats with Russians as anyone else.

The truth will set you free, but only if the media report it.

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What conservatives can learn from the Oscars

I must admit that I was determined not to watch the Oscars this year. Like many of you, I had grown weary of awards shows that turned into Trump-bashing festivals. Traditionally, my wife and I have watched the Oscars from red carpet to Best Picture. She coaxed me into watching the red carpet broadcast with the promise that when it turned political we would turn it off. Next thing I knew, we were watching the opening number of the Oscars.

Jimmy Kimmel took heat from both sides for his role as host. Here’s the deal. If Kimmel did not make jokes about Donald Trump during the Oscars it would’ve been comedic malpractice. There hasn’t been this much comedy gold in a White House since Bill Clinton—maybe ever. Trump’s feud with Hollywood was ripe for the picking. And, for the most part, I thought Kimmel’s jokes were not only funny but fair.

The left went nuts when Kimmel held up the 8-year-old star of the movie of Lion, Sunny Pawar, like he was the Lion King. Little Sunny happens to be from India. They said it was somehow racist. And then there was the brilliant stunt where Kimmel lured a dozen unsuspecting tourists into the auditorium under the guise they were viewing past Oscar gowns. In a passing impromptu interview with on of the tourists named Yulerie he had a hard time understanding her name. “It rhymes with jewelry,” she explained. Kimmel asked what her boyfriend’s name was. He said, “Patrick.” Kimmel replied, “Now that’s a name.” To the hypersensitive-offend-me-with-everything-liberals, that was racist because she was Asian.

Cue the rolled eyes.

Mark Rylance, who won last year’s best supporting actor Oscar, seemed to scold the people losing their minds over Trump. “Opposition is really good in society,” he said before presenting the Oscar for best supporting actress. “Something women seem to be better at than men is opposing without hatred.”

Even the commercials seemed to be more unifying. Cadillac’s ad showed crowds of protestors dating back to the ‘60s and flashing forward to today. It then reminded us, “What doesn’t make the news is this: We carry each other forward—no matter who we are or what we believe.” It closes by saying, “While we’re not the same, we can be one. And all it takes is the willingness to dare.” 

Aside from some foreigners who won and made snide remarks about the United States, the theme at this year’s Oscars seemed to be “Enough.” Enough with the hysterics. Enough with the hatred. Enough with the notion that if you disagree with me you must be evil. The behavior from the left, and specifically Hollywood, since Trump won leaves us longing for a time when we looked at one another and simply said, “You’re wrong.” That used to pass for division in this country. The people who profess to love everyone have taken hatred to a whole new level.

But it is incumbent upon those of us who point fingers not to fall into the same trap. We can’t flip the channel every time someone makes a joke at our expense. We can’t scream someone down just because they’re losing their minds at us. We can’t fail to see a good idea just because we didn’t think of it first. We can’t fuel the furnace of hatred with more hate. 

As conservatives, we have to be very careful not to be so thin-skinned that we can’t laugh at ourselves. Otherwise, we become just like the hysterical snowflakes on the other side.

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ICE raids just a fraction of what's needed

Reality aside, whether or not something is actually happening in the minds of the public depends, in large part, on the media coverage. That may sound strange but it’s true. For example, ice has been melting and reforming in the Arctic for millions of years. It wasn’t until 1979 when satellite technology advanced to a point that we could see it that it became big news. That news coverage changed the perception, but it did not change the reality.

The same can be said for a different kind of ice, the recent ICE raids. The media are in hysterics over Trump’s 680 criminal illegal alien arrests last week. However, Obama averaged 1,250 arrests per week in his last year in office according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). An average of 1,250 arrests and the media hardly noticed.

And, yes, I said criminal illegal aliens. It’s already a misdemeanor to break into this country the first time. The second and subsequent times are felonies. Those people targeted by ICE are illegals with criminal records for crimes other than merely coming here illegally. The sad reality is we’re only arresting a fraction of those people who need to be kicked out of the country.

According to the current acting ICE director, there are 950,062 illegal aliens in the country with active deportation orders. These people have been convicted of crimes in the United States and ordered to self-deport. The Trump raids constitute just .07 percent of those with deportation orders. ICE currently has in custody 11,006 criminal illegals. The vast majority of those were obviously arrested under Obama. Still, that’s only about 1 percent of those with active deportation orders.

It gets worse. There are about 3 million criminal illegal aliens just walking around our country. The ones we have in custody make up only .37 percent of those who should be in custody. If there are 20 million illegals in the country then about 15 percent of them are bad actors. That’s a pretty alarming rate, and that’s just the ones we know have criminal records. Countless crimes by illegal aliens go uncounted because we have no idea who they are.

If you knew that 15 percent of any group was statistically criminal would you feel good about letting them on an airplane without going through security? Then why on earth are we letting people come unvetted to this country?

The Washington Examiner cites immigration experts as saying the reason most of these criminal illegal aliens aren’t in custody is because of sanctuary cities. So many of these criminal illegals are jailed in sanctuary cities then set free. Many of the ICE raids would be unnecessary if cities simply did their jobs and held criminals until ICE agents arrived. And we only need look to the Kate Steinle case in San Francisco to see what happens when they don’t.

I hear all sorts of excuses for illegal aliens. It takes too long to get here, or it cost too much to come here. The figure that’s now taken hold in the pro-illegal movement is $7,000 for a green card. It’s actually $1,000 for a green card. If your home loan takes too long or the fees are too much does that mean you rob the bank?

It’s time we stopped making excuses for illegal immigration. Two-thirds of the people coming up from Mexico come legally. Two-thirds come the right way! There is no excuse for coming any other way.

So, what do you call 680 criminal illegals arrested in one week? A good start.

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Flynn's departure emboldens the media

The media smell blood in the water. There are four people in Trump’s orbit who they’ve been trying to take down and they just got their first kill. General Mike Flynn, the now-former national security advisor to the president was the first. They hope he won’t be the last.

Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Sean Spicer are all on their hit list. Unfortunately, Flynn gave them the rope to hang him. In the end, it wasn’t some ridiculous violation of some arcane law (the Logan Act), it was the fact that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence which caused Pence to repeat the lie.

And it was all so unnecessary. Flynn was talking to a Russian ambassador about all sorts of issues, including the Obama sanctions against his country. Trump’s position had been that he would take a look at those sanctions once he became president. Telling the ambassador that was neither illegal nor improper. Misrepresenting the conversation apparently damaged Flynn’s credibility, and credibility is crucial to a national security advisor.

It’s a dangerous game to give the media their pound of flesh. Thus far in this administration, they have been relegated to mere spectators. They’re accustomed to driving the narrative. They’ve convinced themselves that Flynn, Conway, Bannon, and Spicer drive the narrative in the Trump White House. What they fail to realize is that Trump drives the narrative in the Trump White House. They seem to believe if they can destroy his inner circle they can destroy him.

With the Flynn kill it’s even more than that. To a journalist, Watergate is the gold standard. It’s the Pulitzer. It’s journalistic immortality. Before Flynn’s resignation, I predicted you’d hear the famous question crafted by the late Senator Fred Thompson and uttered by Senator Howard Baker: What did the president know, and when did he know it? Now it’s on every reporter’s lips.

Russia has been made the bogeyman. Seems like I remember not too long ago Hillary Clinton was hitting a reset button with her Russian counterpart. What happened? Well, what happened was Hillary was desperately searching for a vehicle to derail the Trump train and cloak-and-dagger intrigue reminiscent of the Cold War era seemed to be the only option. Vladimir Putin had made Obama look like a White House intern by comparison. His KGB ties and sinister looks made him the perfect personification of the leader of SPECTRE.

The left-wing media ran with the narrative. Any type of contact with Russia was suddenly an act of treason, despite the fact that since the fall of the Soviet Union they ceased to be our mortal enemy. Meanwhile, fraternizing with the true enemy of the United States—China—was not only tolerated but encouraged. China is a country that has hacked into defense contractors, social media outlets, and countless other American companies. They’ve manipulated their currency to our detriment. They’ve employed slave and near-slave labor to unfairly compete against American businesses, and they’ve killed or imprisoned millions of their own people.

But don’t look over there. Look over here at Putin and the Russians. Putin may have ordered the murder of somebody, somewhere. He rides a horse shirtless and snarled at Obama as a weak and ineffective leader. God forbid a future national security advisor was trying to build a diplomatic bridge with the likes of him.

No, let’s cozy up to the brutal butchers of Beijing instead.

Flynn’s departure was probably necessary, but it breathed new life into the left-wing media who were all but relegated to irrelevancy. Now it gets interesting.

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

84 Lumber fumbles the Super Bowl ad

There are three things we’ll remember from Super Bowl LI. The greatest comeback in the history of the big game, Brady winning a record five Super Bowls, and the day 84 Lumber went all in on supporting illegal aliens and lost.

A couple of weeks before the Super Bowl I was alerting my listeners that Fox had nixed the long version of 84 Lumber’s commercial. The network found it too political because the beautiful young mother and the beautiful young girl make it to the border only to find a large wall in their way. In the version we all saw on TV they catch a freight, walk for days, and cross a river to finally arrive in the Promised Land. It was promised by the last several administrations, a promise that was expressly against the law. 

President Trump has a new promise, only this one is for the American people. He promises that illegal aliens will no longer cross our border at will. Illegal aliens will stop taking American jobs. Illegal aliens will stop killing American citizens and draining our coffers of valuable resources.

84 Lumber chose only to show you illegal immigration in the most positive light. What they didn’t show you was the MS-13 gang member getting up early in the morning, stealing his way across Mexico, hauling illicit drugs across the border, then killing Americans on the other side. What they didn’t show you were the 25 Americans killed, on average, each day in America by illegal aliens.

Sure, there are plenty of people coming across the border who just want a better life. The problem is we don’t know who’s who. That’s the whole point of legal immigration. Proponents of illegal immigration love to point out that our country was built on immigration. That’s true, but it was also built on the rule of law. There is a right way to come into the country and there’s a wrong way. Two-thirds of those coming up from Mexico into the United States come legally. Two-thirds. It’s the other third that’s breaking in. It’s the other third that we have no idea who they are.

You don’t have to be a Republican or a Democrat to recognize common sense. If two-thirds of the people coming up from Mexico are coming legally, what’s up with the other third? Why are they breaking in? The short answer is a disproportionate number of them couldn’t come the legal way because of shady backgrounds, disease, gang affiliations, terrorist ties, or myriad other reasons.

Someone on Twitter told me “human beings should allowed to travel without fear.” My response was that Americans should be allowed to live without fear. Right now we can’t.

I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life. I’ve never assumed that I have a right to break into someone else’s country. If France or Canada or any other country I travel to decided they no longer wanted Americans, I wouldn’t break in. And I darn sure wouldn’t sue to get in. I recognize that countries have a right to control their borders and their people. That means they, and they alone, get to decide who comes in and who doesn’t.

Too many people believe it’s a God-given right to travel freely wherever they please. It’s not. The reason we have borders in the first place is to protect the people within them. A country without borders is not a country at all. These days the stakes are so much higher. It’s literally a matter of life or death. Which side are you on?

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Trump takes national security seriously

It’s interesting, isn’t it? A guy makes a campaign promise. He gets elected on that promise. In the first two weeks he keeps the promise. And people lose their minds.

Let’s get a couple of things straight up front. President Trump’s executive order is not a Muslim ban. There are roughly 49 Muslim countries in the world. The ban only affects 7 of them. In other words, citizens from 42 Muslim countries still freely travel to the United States. Secondly, the ban is far from unprecedented. President Obama banned Iraqi refugees for six months in 2011. Critics of Trump’s ban will tell you the two are different, but they’re only different in their scope. Trump’s ban casts a wider net, something that’s been needed for a long time.

I was reading a so-called ‘Politifact’ analysis and it argued that comparing the two is flawed. They had to admit that the two policies are similar. However, they argued, “Obama’s suspension was in direct response to a failed plot by Iraqi nationals living in Bowling Green, Ky., to send money, explosives and weapons to al-Qaida.” They act as if there’s no threat to the United States now. Let’s take a look.

In June of last year, 3 Somali men in Minneapolis were found guilty of trying to join ISIS. That was just the tip of the iceberg. Too many Somalis have been arrested to name here. Remember the mall attack in Minnesota where nine people were stabbed? An off-duty copy shot the man dead. He was a “soldier of the Islamic State,” according to a news agency linked to ISIS. He was also Somali. Somalia, by the way, is on the travel ban list. 

Mahmound Amin Mohamed Elhassan pleaded guilty last October for his involvement in international terrorism. He’s from Sudan, another country on the list. He was also a barista at Starbucks. Interestingly enough, Starbucks has blasted Trump’s travel ban and has vowed to make a special effort to hire refugees from these countries. Can’t imagine that I’ll ever set foot in another Starbucks.

This list of seven countries wasn’t pulled out of thin air. The Department of Homeland Security compiled a list last year following passage of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria were placed on the list in January of 2016. The DHS later added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. That’s how Trump got the seven countries. These were seven countries already under great suspicion during the Obama administration for being state sponsors of terror.

Anyone who’s followed the news understands why these countries are suspect. Large swaths of Syria and Iraq are under ISIS control. In fact, ISIS controls some passport offices in Syria. The other passport offices are controlled by Bashar al-Assad. Can you imagine either one of those not wanting to send undesirables to the West?

Al Qaeda is big in Yemen. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has tried to smuggle bombs aboard aircraft bound for the United States. Somalia is headquarters for Al Shabaab, another al Qaeda affiliate. They’re constantly trying to launch attacks on the West. ISIS has set up shop in Libya over the last two years, thanks to Obama’s failed Arab Spring. Sudan has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. for over 20 years. Iran? You need to ask?

Basically, Trump is taking all the intelligence we’ve gathered over the last decade or so and is actually doing something with it. For the first time, a president’s actually trying to keep us safe.

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