Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Media use Charlottesville to get Trump

President Donald Trump was widely criticized for condemning the hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville “on many sides.” Turns out he was right.

Before we get into the details, let me say without hesitation that I find the KKK, Nazis, and white supremacists repugnant. What one of them did by driving his car into a crowd of protestors is beyond horrible and he should be punished severely for it.

But that sentiment really goes without saying. Criticizing the president for not calling out the Nazis and Klan by name simply misses the point of the bigger problem that Trump did point out. What happened in Charlottesville was the clash of the idiots. I told my radio audience it was the Antifa (An-TEE-fuh) against the Noteefa. A bunch of redneck klansmen decided to march in Charlottesville. Why they marched has been widely overlooked.

There’s a movement that has gained steam over the last few years to whitewash history by removing any and all monuments to the Confederacy. That’s a mistake. No matter which side you’re on, it's a dangerous thing to erase history. Think what you will about the Civil War or the War Between the States or whatever you prefer to call it, there’s one thing that’s immutable. It happened. It’s also instructive to remember that it happened. Removing statues and monuments is not remembering. It’s trying to forget.

And where does this stop. Are we now going to tear down the Jefferson Memorial because he owned slaves? Are we going to raze Andrew Jackson’s home, the Hermitage, because he owned slaves and slaughtered Indians?

I’ve got a neat little policy that has served me well all my years. If there’s something that I don’t like, I stay away from it. I don’t try to tear it down. If that’s where we’re heading then we have a lot of work ahead of us.

There’s a bust of Margaret Sanger at the National Portrait Gallery. Sanger was an advocate of eugenics. In 1921 she wrote, “the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.” Some say that was code for blacks. Even if it wasn’t, her call for limiting procreation based on her subjective definition of worthy mental or physical capacity is disturbing. The Nazis later used eugenics with chilling precision. Sanger is the founder of Planned Parenthood, not something I would be particularly proud of. As an advocate of genetic cleansing is her bust worthy of display at the National Portrait Gallery? I’ll choose not to visit it the next time I’m in Washington.

And does Martin Luther King’s serial infidelity and flirtation with communism overshadow his work as a civil rights leader? I don’t think so, but under the logic of the radical left he would be disqualified for memorialization. That is if the left actually found adultery and communism objectionable.

If one goes back and reviews the video from Charlottesville one will learn that the Antifa attacked the Nazis and Klansmen as they were marching down the street. Doesn’t excuse the running over of a protestor, but it does add credence to Trump’s call for the end of hatred and bigotry “on many sides.”

And let’s not elevate these Nazis to the intellectual level of the Third Reich. Most of these folks have the IQ of a soap dish. They couldn’t take over their own trailer park. 

The media like to talk about “bringing the temperature down.” Rather ironic when they’re taking a blow torch to the situation in order to score points against Donald Trump.

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The continued media coverup of DWS

The Debbie Wasserman Schultz/Imran Awan scandal continues to be all but ignored by the mainstream media. Since last we visited, Imran Awan, the ringleader of a trio of brothers running IT for congressional Democrats, was arrested at Dulles airport trying to skip town. He was arrested on bank fraud charges.

I believe those charges are important in understanding the entire scandal. Awan was charged with allegedly lying to loan officers of the Congressional Federal Credit Union. He got a home equity loan on a property he owned. The problem was he was renting the property at the time which is against the rules. Enough for federal agents to swoop down on someone? Probably not.

Awan and his brothers have been under investigation by the Capitol Police since February for allegedly stealing equipment from congressional offices and data from congressional computer servers. Depending on who you talked to, they performed IT services for anywhere from 24 to 31 Democrats. Once the investigation commenced, most of the Democrats dropped their services. Debbie Wasserman Schultz inexplicably reclassified Awan’s job description after he was banned from access to congressional servers and kept him on the payroll until his arrest at Dulles.

We also know that Awan wired the money he obtained in the home equity loan back to his home country of Pakistan. The exact amount he has wired to Pakistan over the years is impossible to determine at this point. Needless to say, it’s in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Judge Andrew Napolitano at Fox News Channel says his sources are telling him that Imran Awan not only had access to dozens of Democrats’ e-mails but every single congressman. Not only that, but Napolitano claims Awan was selling the information he obtained. We don’t yet know to whom or for what purpose. 

So, here’s a guy with access to who knows what information from congressional sources. He’s being investigated for not only stealing it but selling it. We also know that he had Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s username and password for her Democratic National Committee account. Yes, the very one that’s suspected of being hacked by the Russians. There have also been independent analyses of the information stolen from the DNC and it’s been determined that the information was downloaded at a speed that makes it unlikely that it was obtained remotely. In other words, the stolen information from the DNC that was allegedly hacked was not hacked at all. It was downloaded internally.

Now who had the access? Who apparently has a pattern of behavior of stealing data? Who’s been wiring large sums of money to Pakistan? The only question that remains unanswered is where the hell is Mueller? This is obviously a stronger lead than any Russian hacking, yet not only does the special counsel ignore this story but so do the mainstream media. Since Awan’s arrest there’s been hardly any attention given by the MSM. When they do it’s under the cloud of this being some right wing conspiracy theory.

Look, we’ve been covering this story since February. It’s been my personal belief all along that this is the biggest scandal of the decade. Debbie Wasserman Schultz berated the Capitol Hill Police chief for not returning a laptop that Awan allegedly hid in an alcove in one of the House office buildings. The Capitol Police found it during their investigation of Awan. Congressman Schultz’s desperate attempt to get it back raises serious questions about her involvement.

It’s doubtful that she’s that naive. The big question is does the investigation end with Schultz, or is that just the beginning?

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