Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coronavirus vs. civil liberties

We’re in an odd time, some would say a dangerous time, when public health concerns and civil liberties collide. A pastor in Tampa was arrested for holding a church service. What’s interesting is not one of the parishioners was arrested. Personally, I think it’s irresponsible to organize a large gathering these days, regardless of the purpose. I’m also troubled that governments that claim over and over that they’re not declaring martial law are behaving like governments that have. If you’re arresting someone for leading a group of people in a worship service then martial law is already here.

It does appear that stay-at-home measures are working. Kinsa Health produces internet-connected thermometers (a little concerning in and of itself). Their national tracking map showed fevers holding steady or dropping all across the country with two notable exceptions, parts of New Mexico and a ring around New Orleans. The latter is believed to have been set off by Mardi Gras. Fevers have been dropping rapidly in the West, and with stay-at-home orders in those two hot spots of New Mexico and Louisiana they’ve seen those regions start to cool.

Which brings us back to civil liberties. I completely understand the concern over governments enforcing restrictions on your movements. The governor of Kentucky is prohibiting anyone from leaving the state unless you’re going to visit family members or crossing the border for groceries. How in the world he expects to enforce that on every interstate and highway in Kentucky is a mystery. I suspect it’s more bluster than anything else. I can just imagine Kentuckians being smuggled under tarps in the trunks of cars into Tennessee in some dystopian COVID-19 underground railroad. Such measures only serve to scare people rather than offer any real solutions.

What’s also interesting is the same folks who have advocated open borders between the U.S. and Mexico are all of a sudden hellbent on restricting travel from state to state. Many of the same concerns of the spreading of dangerous diseases have fueled the push for stricter border control with Mexico. Now border control is all the rage.

But what about that pastor in Tampa? Should he have been arrested? There’s an old saying with civil libertarians that “my liberty ends where your nose begins,” meaning you have full and unfettered liberty as long as you don’t infringe on mine. Exposing someone to coronavirus literally fits the description of “where your nose begins.” Yes, you have the right to congregate for a religious service, but you do not have the right to expose me to a potentially deadly disease. It’s curious that no one in the audience of that church service has been required to quarantine just in case they were exposed.

We may look back on this time and realize that we all overreacted. Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of hindsight. Were it up to me I would urge all who are elderly and/or experiencing underlying health issues to shelter in place and refrain from contact with the outside world. I’d send the rest of us back to work. But I’m not in charge. Those who are are doing everything they possibly can to keep the death toll as low as possible.

At some point tough decisions will have to be made. Is it worth destroying a country in order to save it? That becomes the reality at some point. Where that point is nobody really knows. One thing is clear. We all must learn a lesson about preparedness. That’s if the country survives to learn the lesson. 

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Trump haters shamelessly exploit national crisis

The news media’s handling of this coronavirus crisis has been nothing short of despicable. An idiot couple in Arizona ingested fish tank cleaner to keep from getting the disease and the media blamed it on President Trump. Governor Cuomo of New York fumed that he wasn’t getting 30,000 ventilators even though only 26,000 people in the state had coronavirus. The media blamed Trump instead of explaining that only a small percentage of people with the disease would need to be hospitalized.

This left-wing media are downright giddy about what this is doing to the economy. They would literally rather see this country burned to the ground than see Donald Trump win re-election. But do we really believe the American people are going to turn to Joe Biden? Bless his heart, but this guy is lost. He stumbles and rambles and wanders off camera. He does not generate a lot of confidence.

And Bernie Sanders is snapping at reporters for getting too close to him like a get-off-my-lawn grumpy old man. He’s staying in the race until New York. Why, we just don’t know.

President Trump has taken decisive action since the beginning of this crisis. Even before it became a crisis. Shutting off travel from China was a bold move. So was banning travel from Europe. The latter drew virtually no fire from the media. The former drew accusations of racism. As did his reference to the disease as the ‘Chinese virus,’ which was first coined by the same media that attacked him.

And then there’s the malaria drug. President Trump placed high hopes on this drug being effective in treating coronavirus. The media battered him for giving false hope, and then a man in Florida was virtually cured by it. Governor Cuomo said they should use the drug on patients in New York and he was hailed by the media as a genius.

Now President Trump hopes to open the country back up by Easter. MSNBC and CNN trot out activist doomsday doctors who claim it’ll be a disaster. Chris Hayes at MSNBC claimed 50 percent of the country would die. Of course this is the same network that claimed Mike Bloomberg had spent a million dollars per U.S. citizen when he’d actually spent a buck-fifty-two. Fifty percent of the country dead? Really? Right now the mortality rate in the U.S. is running around one percent. Even if the entire country got this virus, which isn’t likely, the mortality rate wouldn’t even begin to approach 50 percent. That’s just vicious, irresponsible journalism, if you can actually call it journalism.

Chris Cilliza had the dumbest tweet of the entire crisis when he tweeted “Viruses don’t, uh, recognize borders.” Well, Chris, viruses don’t have the capability of recognizing anything, but people at borders sure recognize viruses. Can you imagine, in the midst of all of this, that there’s still some resident of Moron Mountain who believes borders are bad?

Imagine if Trump hadn’t secured our borders in January. There’s no telling how rampant this disease would be. In fact, if he’d just done it a week earlier Patient Zero in Seattle who had just flown back from Wuhan wouldn’t have killed all those poor folks at the nursing home.

There’s so much we’ve learned through all of this. We’ve learned that liberal policies are deadly. Whether it’s open borders, shutting down an economy long term, or trying to ram through Green New Deal policies in a coronavirus relief bill that have nothing to do with coronavirus. 

Thank God Hillary never got elected.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Toilet paper and paper towels? Really?

I hate to say it, but I don’t have a whole lot of faith in the American public. After seeing the run on toilet paper and paper towels it’s obvious that the people have developed an every-man-for-himself mentality. Why paper towels and toilet paper? The shelves of my grocery store were stocked full of actual food items. Bread was gone. I’ve never understood that one. During impending snow storms people clear the shelves of milk and bread. Are they making French toast?

I went to the grocery store because we were actually running low on paper towels. I went to three different locations and it was the same story. Who started this? That’s the problem. Nobody really knows. Someone started buying up toilet paper and the madness started. Then it spread to toilet paper. What’s next?

Toilet paper aisle at Target
I started a hashtag on Twitter. #PanicIsTheVirus. I’m not suggesting that the coronavirus isn’t serious. If you’re over 70 and/or have health problems you should probably stay close to home. I don’t have any problem with the social distancing. But cancelling NASCAR? Sure, make the fans stay home, but race. And I’m not even a big NASCAR fan. What are the chances that someone in a full driving suit and helmet is going to either get the coronavirus or spread it? Zero. I certainly understand cancelling mass gatherings of people. I just wish we’d been a little less hysterical about it.

We’re having to walk that thin line between precaution and panic, and we’re solidly on the side of panic. Anybody remember the Hong Kong Flu of 1968? It killed over a million people worldwide and around 100,000 in the United States. I don’t recall the government shutting down all public events. The Asian Flu of 1957 killed almost 70,000 Americans. Where was the freak out?

The common denominator is Donald Trump wasn’t president. The people on the left have shamelessly used this crisis to try and topple the president. Again. The Russia hoax didn’t work. The Ukrainian hoax didn’t work. They’re hoping this time they’ll be successful. I doubt it.

These pandemics can last for years, but they usually peak within a few months. This one appears to have peaked in China. If we’re lucky we’re only looking at a few more weeks here in the United States before things can get back to normal.

What’s really interesting is how Taiwan, which is only 140 miles across the Taiwan Strait, has managed to keep its cases really low. Like us they’ve instituted tight border restrictions and limited public gatherings. That seems to be the key. All of these open border advocates are looking like idiots now. There’s a great reason why countries have borders. That’s never been more clear than today.

We’ve not yet peaked in the United States. It will surely get worse before it gets better. Probably several thousand deaths before it runs its course. If you’re in a high risk group then you should confine your movements. If you’re anyone else you should limit yours. No need to rush out for toilet paper and paper towels. And bottled water? Don’t people have taps in their houses? If the end of the world to you means drinking water from your sink and doing your business with a leaf then we’re much weaker than I thought.

Get it in one bag, people. This is not a time to be selfish. Buy what you need and stop hoarding. Leave something for others. We’ll get through this if you’ll just stop acting like animals. BTW, animals don’t need toilet paper.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Coronavirus—Calm down

Eighty. That’s the average age of coronavirus fatalities according to Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams. He also said if you’re young you have a better chance of dying of the regular flu than from coronavirus. Your chance of dying from it is way below a half-percent until you hit the age of 50 when it jumps to 1.3 percent. It goes to 3.6 percent when you reach 60, 8 percent at 70, and 14.8 percent when you hit 80. In other words, anyone under 60 who’s in reasonable health has virtually no chance of dying from coronavirus. Think that stops the panic? Not hardly. Why? Because the hysteria from the news media drowns out all else.

They’re amplifying the Democrats like Chuck Schumer who see victory in panic and a tanking economy. Each and every day the Democrats wake up to see what kind of new doubt they can put in the minds of Americans. At a time when everyone should be coming together they’re trying to tear us apart. And all because they know a robust economy means certain defeat in November.

I would love to see a political party just say, “Hey, things are actually going pretty good right now. We don’t see much that needs changing.” Think that’s going to happen? Instead both parties try to tear down whichever one is in power. How about looking out for us citizens? And I’m talking to both parties. But there’s too much at stake. Too much power on the line. I’ve never understood people who crave power. Me? I tend to avoid it. Someone wants to put me in charge I say, “No, thanks.” I don’t want to run things. Am I alone? Ever seen that mild-mannered guy at work go nuts with power once someone puts him in charge? It’s ugly.

You know, maybe we should be putting people in power who don’t want it. Kinda tough to do that, though. If they don’t want it they probably won’t take it. So, we’re stuck with people who run for office who love telling the rest of us what to do. Not all of them, obviously, but too many of them. And that’s what we’re seeing on display right now. We saw something similar during the Obama administration with the Ebola outbreak. Obama invited a good deal of criticism when he refused to restrict travel from African nations. We dodged a bullet on that one. Or maybe the Ebola scare as it pertained to the United States was overblown.

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 afflicted 28,652 people worldwide. Of those, 11,325 died. That’s a kill rate of 40 percent. Only 4 people came down with it in the U.S. and one of them died. What saved us was the disease was confined primarily to Africa. Travel from Africa to the U.S. is low compared to China. Business conducted with Africa is low compared to China. President Trump greatly curtailed travel to and from China in late January. I thought he should’ve done it earlier, but it was the first time it had been done.

What’s interesting is to go back in time and look at the predictions from the World Health Organization on the number of Ebola cases. They predicted in excess of 20,000 worldwide. We got over 28,000. What are they saying now about coronavirus? They’re being pretty quiet when it comes to estimates. Understandable given all the hysteria.

The ordinary flu has already killed over 12,000 people in America alone. Be cautious, but don’t be foolish. The panic industrial complex is playing you.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Biden is inevitable

I always hated that guy who came back after the fact and said, “I told you so,” but, um, I told you so. When every pundit had left Joe Biden for politically dead I said, “Wait for South Carolina.” Even as we approached South Carolina some pundits were claiming Bernie Sanders would win. I explained to you several weeks ago that Iowa and New Hampshire don’t matter. They matter less each passing election. Why either party stakes so much on them is a curiosity. I think that will change in 2024.Now what?

Well, Joe won big on Super Tuesday (or Super Thursday as he preferred to call it) and that’s because of his performance in South Carolina. Now, I don’t profess to have any inside knowledge of the Democrat machinery. At the risk of getting a “Go to hell!” from Donna Brazile, I’ll do a little speculating on the backroom workings of the DNC. I suspect they wanted Pete Buttigieg. He’s young, he’s smart, he’s gay. The perfect progressive. He’d just won Iowa (supposedly) and looked like the fresh face in comparison to the Jurassic bark of the old “get off my lawn” candidates on the debate stage. I expected one of them to randomly shout out “Bingo!” at any moment. The DNC elders looked at South Carolina as the litmus test. If Pete could miraculously pull out a win there then he’d be their man. If he couldn’t he’d have to step aside for the good of the party.

Then Joe Biden ran away with it in South Carolina, raking in almost half the vote. At that point it was clear that he was the only one who could beat Bernie. And the last thing the DNC wants is Bernie as their nominee. It goes far beyond the fact that Trump would mop the floor with him. The DNC establishment knows that a Bernie nomination would effectively relegate the Democrats to third-party status. This is the interesting part. It’s not that they don’t agree with him. Many in the DNC are just as socialist as he is. They just don’t say it out loud. It’s like pooping. Everybody does it, but, egads, you never discuss it in polite company.It’s all about winning. Both parties have that mentality to a certain degree, but the Democrats seem to place it above all else. They would love to see the economy tank so that it hurts Trump. Heck, they’d love to see the coronavirus become a crisis in America if it hurts Trump. I’ve never seen a group of people like this in my life who place party before country. If you think I’m being unfair look at the impeachment. Look at the two-year-long Trump/Russia hoax. Heck, Donna Brazile was on TV on Super Tuesday claiming the RNC chairman was using “Russian talking points” before she told her to “go to hell” for speculating on what the DNC was up to.What is the DNC up to? They’re devising a strategy to win. Even if it means elevating a guy as the party’s standard-bearer who looks like they found him on a beach with sandals and tube socks and a metal detector. When Donald Trump is the youngest man in the race alarm bells should be going off.Mayor Pete’s smart. He knows he had no chance of getting the nomination. He has a much better chance of being president if he’s on the ticket with Biden. When Biden loses he’s positioned for 2024. If the economy keeps booming that may be a moot point.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The mainstream media give lying Democrats cover

I must confess to a renewed interest in the Democrat debates ever since Mike Bloomberg got in. No, I don’t think Bloomberg is the least bit interesting. What I enjoy is seeing the other candidates freak out over him. Like Elizabeth Warren in their first meeting in Vegas. They were back at each other in South Carolina. This time Warren retold the debunked story of losing her job as a teacher because she was pregnant and then accused Bloomberg of telling a pregnant female employee to “just kill it.” Bloomberg vehemently denies it, but no one wanted to call Elizabeth Warren on her lie of being fired because she was pregnant.

Minutes from a 1971 meeting of New Jersey’s Riverdale Board of Education show that Warren actually resigned, and her resignation was “accepted with regret.” Yet she still stands by the story to this day, just like she stands by the story that she’s an American Indian. She’s not. CBS News, which hosted the debate, “fact-checked” Warren’s story and found it to be “mostly true.” However, they used as their source Elizabeth Warren. They simply dug up other instances where she told the story to see if they matched. Interestingly enough, they didn’t. In 2007, she told an audience at Berkeley that she was working on an ‘emergency certificate.’ She went on to say, “I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, 'I don't think this is going to work out for me.' I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years.” That’s a far cry from being fired because you’re pregnant. Why did CBS News label it “mostly true?”

The unwillingness of the mainstream media to call these Democrats on their lies is journalistic malpractice. Joe Biden bragged on the debate stage in South Carolina that he had beaten the NRA twice and would take on the NRA again, along with the gun “man-a-factures” and win because their guns had killed 150 million people since 2007. CBS News “fact-checked” his statement about taking on the NRA and labeled it “mostly true,” yet they totally ignored his lie about 150 million people killed since 2007. The truth is, on average, 40,000 people are killed by guns each year. About 60 percent of those are suicide. Even if you include suicides the total number in the last 13 years would only total around a half-million, not 150 million. Heck, that’s half the population!

Tom Steyer is one of the biggest liars in the race. He’s been on a crazed crusade for years to save us from some sort of imagined climate catastrophe. At a town hall before the debate he took a question from a frightened little snowflake who confessed she was terrified of climate change. He then went on a tirade about how he would tell the car manufacturers what kinds of cars they could make. He would tell the builders what kinds of buildings they could build. He would declare war on the “fossil fuel” industry. (By the way, oil doesn’t come from fossils.) He then went on to blame climate change for childhood asthma and dirty drinking water in Flint.

The public needs to understand one thing. Even if you believe all this nonsense about climate change, CO2 has nothing whatsoever to do with dirty air and dirty water. There is no CO2 in smog. CO2 doesn’t cause tainted water in Flint. But did the mainstream media call him on that? Of course not.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Republicans are pandering on climate change

Few things hack me off more than pandering. Too many politicians do it. We’re watching it right now in the Democrat primaries. Talk to a union group and they’re all about the “working man.” Talk to a black group and they're all about civil rights. Talk to some rainbow group and they’re all about gay rights. Whatever it takes to get the vote, right?

Well, the Republicans are just as bad. The House GOP leadership is coming out with their own climate change agenda. Call it Green New Deal Lite. Why? Because they’ve been polling again. They found out that the younger end of their party believes all this hogwash. Instead of debating people on the facts, they’d just rather pander. It’s easier. Doesn’t require much intellect. Just give the people what they want.

Never mind that the whole green agenda is designed to end America as we know it. You see, socialism is at the heart of the green agenda. Just listen to AOC some time. She’ll start off railing on the “carbon polluters” then segue into asthma sufferers (like CO2 has anything to do with asthma) and then she’s quickly on to making the rich countries pay the poor countries for this climate crisis they’ve caused.

By the way, where is the climate crisis? Oh, it’s everywhere. Floods, droughts, snow, lack of snow, heat, cold. It’s what we used to call weather. Now it’s climate change. The only problem is there’s absolutely no evidence that anything we’re doing is causing the climate to change. Doesn’t matter. It’s the “in” thing. Notice how hysteria has been substituted for proof? If you can’t prove, shout it.

The Republicans have found it easier to succumb to the shouting rather than debate the issue. They’re more afraid of losing younger voters who’ve been brainwashed by Bill Nye the Science Guy than losing their country. Because, after all, holding onto power is the most important thing. Only it isn’t. Holding onto our country is the most important thing.

President Trump understands this. That’s why he’s ignoring the pandering pachyderms and boldly extracting the last vestiges of climate change hysteria from his budget. Trump’s budget would eliminate funding for the Energy Star program and shift that cost to businesses that want to participate in it. I’ve never really understood the notion of conserving something there’s not a shortage of. You conserve water in a drought. You conserve money if you don’t have any. It makes little sense to conserve energy when we’re not running out of it. I’m all for saving money, but that should be my prerogative, not a mandate from the government.

“If you look at what the president says and does, it’s clear that he and his administration do not believe in the need for climate action, investment in clean energy, or protecting clean water and clean air,” so says Josh Freed to Roll Call. He’s the senior vice president for the climate and energy program at liberal think tank Third Way. Josh is a liar. President Trump has made it crystal clear that he’s all about clean air and clean water. Josh wants you to think he’s not so he can persuade you somehow that clean air and clean water have something to do with carbon dioxide. They don’t.

But the Republicans are no better. Part of their plan to fix climate change is to address all the plastic in the ocean. I’d love to clean that up too, but it has nothing to do with climate change. It’s time to stop pandering and tell the American people the truth.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Biden ain't done yet

I love watching the pundits pontificate about Iowa and New Hampshire like they really matter. Do they? Sometimes. It’s impossible to tell. They’re becoming less and less relevant. After this year’s debacle in Iowa it’s doubtful if they’ll ever be the “first in the nation” again. At least on the Democrat side.

Guess who won Iowa in 1972. Edmund Muskie. Guess who won New Hampshire in 1972. Edmund Muskie. Guess who wasn’t the Democrat nominee in 1972. Edmund Muskie. George McGovern was, and he got shellacked by Richard Nixon.

Tom Harkin won Iowa in 1992. Paul Tsongas won New Hampshire. Bill Clinton won the nomination and the presidency. Remember the Comeback Kid?

The so-called experts have left Joe Biden for dead. It’s not even close to being over. Iowa and New Hampshire are two insignificant states. I don’t mean that in the sense that the people there are insignificant. I mean it in the sense that neither is representative of the country as a whole. New Hampshire has just over a million people and is 94 percent white. Iowa has three times the population, but it’s still 91 percent white. Not that I have anything against white folks. I am one, but the Democrat Party nationally is only 60 percent white, according to Gallup. They’re 22 percent black and 13 percent Hispanic.

Want to find a state that looks more like the Democrat Party? Go to South Carolina. It’s 68 percent white, 27 percent black, and 6 percent Hispanic. You have some wild cards there like Jesse Jackson winning in 1988 and John Edwards winning in 2004, but John Edwards was born there and lived in neighboring North Carolina. Jesse Jackson is, well, Jesse Jackson.

Joe Biden is camping out in South Carolina. He skedaddled from New Hampshire even before the polls closed. Smart move. It should’ve been obvious to everyone that Bernie was going to win New Hampshire. He lives right next door. 

Who should be really concerned is Elizabeth Warren. She lives right next door too. In fact, Massachusetts is a much more influential media market than Vermont. Her implosion will be studied by political scientists for years to come. I think it boils down to really one thing. Her Medicare for All plan was going to tax the hell out of the middle class and she wasn’t willing to lie about it. Oh, she dodged it like crazy, but her illusiveness on the issue made it clear she was going to sock it to the middle class if she got in. Bernie, on the other hand, has managed to be evasive enough on the funding end of his plan that the media have just stopped asking. If there’s one thing you can say for Elizabeth Warren it’s that she isn’t willing to outright lie to get the nomination.

Joe Biden is. Joe will say practically anything to anybody to win. That’s why I still have my money on him. The latest poll from East Carolina University has Biden winning South Carolina by 18. That would be a huge boost to his campaign. Biden could be the Comeback Kid of 2020. However his lies and deceptions will catch up with him.

The buzzword for Biden’s demise is Burisma. By the end of 2020 I predict it will have the same ring as Watergate. The Democrats are doing their best to downplay it. Ironically it’s the impeachment of President Trump that has brought the issue front and center. Like 2016, the Democrats will nominate a damaged candidate. And like 2016, Donald Trump will take full advantage of it.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Iowa Caucus is what America will look like

In Mongolia they have a term for chaos in a cluster. If you’ve never been to Mongolia you’re in luck. It just came to Iowa.

The Democrats are in complete disarray. The Iowa Democrat Caucus looks like it was organized by Anonymous. It sort of was. This is the changing face of the Democrat Party. Two socialists are fighting off the last vestige of the old guard. It looks like bingo night at the retirement home. The chairman of the Democrat Party in Iowa is Troy Price who comes from the LGBT wing of the party. Remember those pirates in the movie Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks? That’s basically what’s happened to the Democrat Party. “Look at me,” the radicals of the party say. “I’m the captain now.”

President Trump called Bernie Sanders a communist during a Super Bowl interview with Sean Hannity. He’s right. Elizabeth Warren? We’re generous if we call her a socialist. Joe Biden? He’ll be whatever you want him to be. He just wants to be president.

What would America look like with the Guy Fawkes party in charge? It wouldn’t look much like America, this I can tell you. Bernie and AOC have already joined forces to ban fracking in five years if they ever—God forbid—seize power. We are now the number producer of oil and gas in the world. That’s because of fracking. Take it away and we’re right back to being a net importer of oil instead of a net exporter.

It’s funny how liberals hate American oil but don’t mind so much foreign oil. Back when the fracking boom started people like Sen. Chuck Schumer wanted to shut them down while at the same time asking Saudi Arabia to up its production. It makes no sense.

Of course, Bernie and AOC are cut from a different cloth. They want to end oil production and importation altogether. They want to ground planes and ban gas-powered cars. Have you ever read the book or seen the movie Atlas Shrugged? In that movie all the planes are grounded by the moochers and looters and the only way to travel relatively quickly across country is by rail. The “loochers” are trying to get their hands on that too. Everything they touch turns to rust. In their quest for fairness they utterly destroy capitalism and the United States in the process. For people like AOC and Bernie, that movie has a happy ending.

Look at the mess that was the Iowa Caucus. Look at the utter chaos and disorganization there. Then ask yourself if you want the rest of the country to look like that. Now take a look at our country right now. Unemployment at historically low rates. Stock markets at historically high levels. An economy that’s firing on all cylinders. Trade deals renegotiated in our favor. Energy security. We’re no longer literally held over a barrel.

I can’t imagine the American people would look at all this and just ball it up and throw it in the fire over some pipe dream of a socialist utopia. There is no such thing as a socialist utopia. Just a socialist dystopia. You can see the future. Just pick up a copy of the third movie installment of Atlas Shrugged. Or, better yet, look south to Venezuela.

Do you realize Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world? Eighteen percent of the world’s total. By comparison the United States has less than 3 percent of the world’s total. Yet we run circles around them. Why? Because they gave in to people like Bernie Sanders.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Pam Bondi saves the day

Thank God for Pam Bondi. You would’ve thought the Trump defense team would’ve learned something from Adam Schiff and the Democrats droning on for 21 hours in their pursuit to overturn the 2016 election. I was excited that the Republicans would get their turn and we’d get some excitement injected into the impeachment trial.

Then came Ken Starr. Watching a hog sweat looked electrifying by comparison. Starr wasted time on the history of the special council. He bored us with backstory of how the special counsel replaced the independent counsel which was created after Watergate. That law was scrapped in 1999 for the special counsel law. And I’m sitting there thinking there was no special counsel in this impeachment. It appeared to me that Ken Starr was trying to tell everybody that the Whitewater investigation he headed against Bill Clinton wasn’t his fault. Who cares?

It wasn’t until late afternoon on the first full day of President Trump’s defense that we finally saw somebody with something to say. Pam Bondi, a former attorney general from Florida, at last explained to viewers at home what this impeachment trial was all about. It’s about Joe Biden. Democrats will tell you Biden has nothing to do with it. Biden has everything to do with it. Here’s why.

President Trump is being impeached for supposedly abusing his powers as president to investigate a political rival. President Trump contends he wanted Ukraine to investigate Biden because his actions appeared to be corrupt. In order for President Trump to exonerate himself he has to show there was probable cause to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Bondi laid out the case.

Hunter Biden took a position on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson, Chris Heinz, was a partner with Hunter Biden in an investment firm called Rosemont Seneca. When Hunter took the gig with Burisma, Heinz sent an e-mail to Kerry’s top aides letting them know he had nothing to do with Burisma or Biden’s decision to join them. Heinz severed his business ties with Hunter Biden. 

Burisma was a corrupt entity that everybody in the Obama administration knew was corrupt. At the time Hunter Biden joined them making 83 grand a month, the British Serious Fraud Office was investigating Burisma’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, for money laundering. The left will argue that Viktor Shokin, Ukraine’s chief prosecutor, would not cooperate with the Brits on the money laundering investigation and thus allowed Zlochevsky to successfully move his ill-gotten booty out of the UK to Cyprus. That could very well be true. However, it’s difficult to understand how Joe Biden was coming to town to rid Ukraine of a corrupt prosecutor while his own son was working for the corrupt oligarch this prosecutor was supposedly helping.

Optics. They love to use that word in Washington. I can’t think of a situation with worse optics. And don’t tell me Joe didn’t know his son was working for Burisma. Everybody in the Obama administration knew. Obama himself should’ve pulled Joe aside and told him to get Hunter off the board of that corrupt company. If Joe didn’t then Obama should’ve sent someone else. He did neither.

That sets up the obvious question. If the chief prosecutor in Ukraine is investigating a corrupt company that the VP’s son works for, why is Joe trying to get the guy fired? That’s exactly what President Trump was asking, and it got him impeached. It’s doubtful the president will be removed, but now we know why they were so desperate to do it.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Doing the Greta

I don’t believe I ever seen such a freak-out over climate change like we’re seeing now. Fueled by the Australian wildfires, climate change is sweeping the world like, well, wildfire. Spain has declared a national climate emergency. What’s going on in Spain? Nothing. They’re just freaking out because everybody’s freaking out over Australia.

Australian bushfires are nothing new. The worst were the Black Saturday Bushfires in 2009. It was Australia’s worst natural disaster ever recorded. Second worst were the Ash Wednesday Bushfires of 1983, followed by the Black Tuesday Bushfires of 1967. See a pattern? Neither do I.

Early European explorers reported seeing huge bushfires. Most are set by lightning, but Aboriginal people routinely set wildfires to create better grass to fatten up kangaroos. Something called fire-stick farming was also used to grow things like bush potatoes. In fact, some plants require fires to survive.

What’s lost in all the reporting and hysteria about climate change is that global warming or climate change or whatever they’re calling it on any given day has never—and I repeat, never—caused a fire. Never. Fires are either caused by lightning, lava, or humans. Many of these current fires in Australia are the result of arson. The media say the number of people arrested for arson has been exaggerated. That could be, but it still doesn’t change the fact that global warming never set a fire.

Recent fires in Australia are the result of what they call dry lightning or electric power lines blown down by high winds. None of this is new. What’s new is the social media freak-out. Well, if global warming isn’t causing the fires it must be contributing to them. That depends on how you frame that argument. It would be a hard argument to sell. The record high for Australia is 123.3 degrees. That was set in 1960. The second highest was 122.9 set in 1998. Third is 121.8 set in 2019. See a pattern? Neither do I, but you can almost bet they weren’t freaking out in 1960. They were, however, in 2019.

It seems that we don’t have a climate change problem. We have a lemming problem. Too many people are more than willing to follow the crowd over the cliff without even an ounce of proof. That’s my argument-stopper when it comes to this issue. If you believe humans are causing the planet to warm, show me the proof. They can’t. They can’t because there’s not any proof.

Oh, they point to the so-called 97 percent consensus. The irony is that debunked talking point started in Australia with a guy named John Cook of the University of Queensland. Cook has no expertise in climate science. He studies the human brain. I guess he figured out what that brain needed to be convinced of manmade climate change when there’s no evidence. He invented the 97 scientific consensus talking point. He took a bunch of climate change studies, threw out two-thirds that didn’t give an opinion (red flag right there) then tortured the rest of the data to come up with a 97 percent consensus. And it’s been used by everybody pushing the global warming theory ever since.

Problem is there’s no truth to it. But don’t tell the folks in Spain. It might ruin their little “climate emergency.” And don’t tell Greta Thunberg. She might have to dock her plastic boat she’s sailing around the world, a boat that took untold petroleum to make. But you’re still skeptical about manmade global warming even with all this hype? How dare you. 

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

CrowdStrike strikes again

I smelled a rat from the second the New York Times story broke. ‘Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment’ their headline blared. It seemed all too convenient. Just before the impeachment trial begins that will most certainly explore Joe Biden’s role in getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired who was looking into corruption at a company where his son was raking in $50,000 a month, the Russians magically hack that same company looking for dirt on Biden. The insinuation is, of course, that the Russians are working in league with Donald Trump to spring him from the impeachment trap and nail Joe Biden at the same time.

“Cybersecurity officials” told the New York Times about the hacking. I wondered immediately if these “cybersecurity officials” had anything to do with CrowdStrike. Remember CrowdStrike? They were the IT company for the DNC that claimed Russians had hacked their e-mails. The only problem is they wouldn’t turn over the servers to the FBI. The FBI, according to James Comey’s own testimony, simply relied on the investigation done by CrowdStrike. Odd isn’t it? It’s like you have a bank robbery and the FBI shows up but a private investigator has already done the investigation, so you just take his report and file it as fact.

This whole thing reeks of a set-up. No doubt Trump’s attorneys, if they’re any good, will make Hunter Biden’s deal with Ukrainian gas company Burisma the centerpiece of their defense. After all, the president was impeached for allegedly using his office to investigate a political opponent. Trump’s defense is he was asking the Ukrainians to investigate a legitimate appearance of corruption. So, just as we begin the trial the Russians hack into Burisma looking for dirt on Joe? All too convenient, isn’t it?

Well, you don’t know the half of it.

I began researching my suspicions about the “cybersecurity officials” that supposedly tipped off the Times. It’s a company called Area 1 Security. One of the co-founders is a guy named Blake Darché. Guess where Blake used to work. That’s right. CrowdStrike. Oh, he didn’t just work there. He helped found CrowdStrike.

I’m sure the scheme of claiming the Russians hacked Burisma was designed to not only taint any real dirt Trump’s lawyers may have on Biden, but to further bolster the story that the Russians hacked the DNC. To learn now that CrowdStrike people are involved in both does just the opposite. Again, I’m sure, no one will be able to independently confirm Area 1’s assertion that the Russians hacked Burisma. And, again, authorities will take their word for it. Three of the founders, including Darché, were hackers for the NSA. These kinds of people are invaluable if they’re working on your side. They’re extremely dangerous if they’re not.

It took me all of about five minutes to uncover Area 1’s connection to CrowdStrike. You can’t tell me a New York Times reporter couldn’t do the same thing. Which leads us to only one conclusion. They knew but they didn’t report it.

Oren Falkowitz, co-founder of Area 1, laid it on thick for the Times. He said, “The timing of the Russian campaign mirrors the GRU hacks we saw in 2016 against the DNC and John Podesta.” He added, “Once again, they are stealing email credentials, in what we can only assume is a repeat of Russian interference in the last election.” Oh, it’s a repeat, all right. It’s a repeat of the same charade they pulled before. I hope and pray that we’re smarter now than we were then.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Hollywood will even back a mass murderer over Trump

People don’t want another war. I get that. I don’t want another war either. I think we can achieve what we need to achieve with Iran without putting boots on the ground. What I don’t understand is the lionizing of Qasem Soleimani. When I read the list of atrocities this guy is responsible for I was stunned we hadn’t killed him before now.

Pamela Geller compiled a list of atrocities that include the 2005 assassination of Lebanese President Rafik Hariri, the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, even the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks slaughter. Soleimanin’s Quds force created the terrorist group Hezbollah. 

This guy was a terrorist of the worst kind (like there’s a good kind of terrorist). He was behind the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. The U.S. government estimates that over 600 U.S. troops lost their lives under his orders. He was an innovator in IEDs, land mines, and chemical warfare. He was responsible for raining rockets on Israel. He was responsible for the killing of more than 100 civilians in the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994.

Yet after the killing of this monster, Colin Kaepernick tweeted, “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.” Actress Rose McGowan tweeted, “Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize.” Nice, Rose. You’re apologizing for taking out a mass murderer.

Others like Sen. Rand Paul expressed concern that killing Soleimani may be, as he put it, “the death of diplomacy.” Perhaps. I think diplomacy has been dead a long time with Iran. If pallets of cash are diplomacy then we’re going down the wrong road. Trading cash for hostages is not diplomacy. It’s bowing to terrorists. I’m not suggesting Rand Paul is for that either. I think what concerns him—and me—is the prospect of another long war. This is different. Or, at least, it should be.

There is absolutely no reason for boots on the ground in Iran. None. If regime change is what we’re after then it will happen organically if we just leave them to their own devices. What we must do is end their spread of terrorism around the world. Killing Soleimani was a huge step in that direction. Iran need to be on notice that wherever we find them killing people outside of their own country we’re going to hit them and hit them hard. We have a distinct advantage in that regard. We’re over here and they’re over there. We’re also over there and around the world. It’s much easier for us to strike them than for them to strike us.

But if it is easy for them to strike us elsewhere in the world we need to evaluate if we really need to be there. I think that’s what will separate Trump from other presidents when it comes to fighting terrorism. Yes, we need to protect ourselves and our allies, but are we meddling in places we have no business meddling? I’m not saying that excuses attacks against Americans. I’m just saying if we find ourselves taking fire somewhere we need to do some soul-searching and determine if we should really be there in the first place.

As I’ve said in this space before, Iran cannot win a tit for tat conflict. But we need to seriously reflect on our influence around the world and make sure it’s a force for good. I think both Paul and Trump would agree.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Baghdad is no Benghazi

No sooner had protesters attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad than libs took to social media to call it Trump’s Benghazi. The funny part is, unlike Benghazi in 2012, this actually was a protest that got out of hand. President Trump didn’t blame it on some video of Mohammed. He placed the blame squarely where it belongs, in Tehran.

I love the fact that the Trump-haters are comparing this to Benghazi. It gives us a chance to compare and contrast. The comparison is both compounds were attacked. The contrast is in Baghdad we fought back against the attack while in Benghazi President Obama left our people to die. Benghazi was never a protest that got out of hand. It was a planned terrorist attack. Baghdad appears to be a protest in response to our airstrikes on a militia group in Iraq backed by Iran. Benghazi was simply a terrorist attack by Muslim extremists. Muslim extremists appear to be at work in Baghdad, but there’s no indication that it was a concerted terrorist attack. If that information changes it’s doubtful you’ll see Trump’s national security advisor make the Sunday news show rounds to blame it on a video.

Right after the attack, I was on NewsmaxTV to talk about the political ramifications for President Trump. Some, including Pat Buchanan, have posited that Trump could lose the election over Iran. With all due respect to Mr. Buchanan, that’s not likely. You see, Donald Trump understands foreign policy better most any other president in modern times. He knows full well that putting boots on the ground in Iran is not an option. Remember when he told Syria we were going to make them pay for any chemical attacks and people screamed that Trump was going to get us into another war? What did he do? He hit ‘em hard.

For those of you who complain about Trump’s tweets, you can pretty much sum up his foreign policy by how he manages his Twitter account. Remember the line delivered by Sean Connery in ‘The Untouchables?’ “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.” That’s the Trump way!

In this tit for tat we’ve got more tat than Iran has…well, you know what I mean. They can’t possibly win. An escalating back and forth will ultimately leave their country in ruins. Unless they manage to get a terrorist into the United States, it’s not likely they can inflict much damage on us.

That goes to Trump’s point that we need to secure the border. If an Iranian terrorist does hit us and we find out he came across our porous southern border then it’s going to be hell to pay. The left will, predictably, blame it on Trump, but what are we supposed to do? Send them more pallets of cash? I don’t think so. Those days are over.

You wanna compare Baghdad to Benghazi? Great. Reinforcements of Marines were sent into the embassy in Baghdad. Apache helicopters buzzed the protesters in a show of force. In Benghazi Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ignored the frantic cries for help from Americans on the ground. Trump will never leave our people to die, this I can tell you.

Iran has picked a fight with the wrong dude. This ain’t Obama’s America. We don’t trade hostages for pallets of cash. We don’t hesitate to call Islamic terrorism Islamic terrorism. And we don’t back down from a fight. 

Anybody still think the Iran nuke deal was a good idea?

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast.