Donald Trump’s Greatest Hits

Donald Trump has gotten popular, in part, by challenging the media. But he has praised journalists on occasion. His 2011 book, Time to Get Tough, said David Gregory was “doing a fine job filling some awfully big shoes over at Meet the Press.” It was a reference to legendary and highly respected host Tim Russert, who had passed away.

So-called “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd,” who replaced Gregory, is a favorite Trump target. “The thing I find most offensive about Chuck Todd is the fact that he pretends to be an objective journalist,” Trump writes, “when in reality the guy is a partisan hack.”

In many ways, as Trump said, David Gregory was doing a fine job. Some of the criticism of Gregory’s performance as “Meet the Press” host missed the mark, such as when he interviewed Edward Snowden collaborator Glenn Greenwald. As we noted at the time, some in the media were aghast that Gregory asked Greenwald a perfectly reasonable question on “Meet the Press”: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”

Snowden, the NSA leaker, has been charged with espionage and still resides in Russia.

In his book, Trump takes on Jon Stewart, the host of “The Daily Show” on the Comedy Central network who is quitting after years of service to President Obama and the liberal-left. Stewart’s strategy is spewing curse words and invective toward conservatives and Republicans.

Trump recognized Stewart as Obama’s tool before it was recently revealed that Stewart was secretly meeting with people in the Obama White House, including President Obama, in efforts “by the president and his communications team to tap into Mr. Stewart’s influence with younger voters,” as The New York Times put it.

“I actually enjoy the guy,” Trump’s book says of Stewart, “but when he did a segment mocking presidential candidate Herman Cain, and used a very racist and degrading tone that was insulting to the African American community, did he get booted off the air like Don Imus? No. Where was the Reverend Jesse Jackson? Where was the Reverend Al Sharpton? Where was Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd to provide hard-hitting journalistic ‘analysis?’  Nowhere. Stewart should have lost his job—at least temporarily. But he didn’t and he won’t because liberals in the media always get a free pass, no matter how bad their behavior.”

Cain himself had noted that Stewart had mocked him using the racially-charged “Amos & Andy” dialect. He concluded that Stewart has a problem with black conservatives.

In other comments in his book, Trump discussed the journalists “who are obsessed with protecting Obama,” noting that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is among the “big Obama fans.” He added that “it was incredible to see how overprotective reporters got toward Obama when I simply said what everyone in America was thinking: ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’”

While he praises Fox News and Roger Ailes, the executive behind the popular channel, Trump faults the “disappointing behavior by people in the press” which “occurs on both sides of the aisle,” and singles out Charles Krauthammer of Fox News for special criticism. Trump said Krauthammer had attacked him on the air as a joke candidate, and that he was not given any rebuttal time.

Discussing a speech he gave to Republicans, during which he had used “strong language,” Trump admits, “I’m not a big curser but it did take place” and the controversial remarks were reported by the media. But Trump counters: “Of course, Joe Biden dropped the f-word in front of the entire media on a stage with the president. But Biden gets a pass because he’s with Obama, and as we all know, Obama can do no wrong in the media’s eyes.”

Other quotable comments from his book include the observation that The New York Times is Obama’s “favorite newspaper,” and that “The press constantly maligns, ridicules, and mocks the Tea Party folks.”

During the current campaign, Trump has not shied away from putting reporters on the spot.

Asked a question by Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, who distorted his position on illegal immigration, Trump fired back, “You know what, that’s a typical case. Wait. That’s a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take a half a sentence, then they take a quarter of a sentence, they put it all together. It’s a typical thing. And you’re with Telemundo, and Telemundo should be ashamed.”

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he said, “Anderson, you are not a baby, okay. You are not a baby.”

Asked by NBC’s Katy Tur if he had a gun and used it, he responded, “It is none of your business, it is really none of your business. I have a license to have a gun.”

After The Wall Street Journal attacked Trump and his conservative supporters in the media, the businessman responded by saying the paper had a “dwindling” readership and “is worth about one-tenth of what it was purchased for…”

After Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard said he was “finished” with Trump, he responded, “Bill, your small and slightly failing magazine will be a giant success when you finally back Trump.”

Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz notes, “Look, Trump thrives on being attacked. He’s a great counterpuncher. He particularly relishes doing battle with the media. And this latest story hands him a big fat gift to do just that.”

That “latest story” was in The Daily Beast and concerned some allegations about alleged marital rape from Trump’s divorce proceedings. Trump’s ex-wife Ivana responded, “I have recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly 30 years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit.”

She added, “Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck on his campaign.”

Since then, a story has surfaced about Trump criticizing an opposing attorney who wanted to breast-pump in front of him. Trump told CNN he may have said to her that it was “disgusting.” He added, “Bottom line. I beat her.” He said the judge had even awarded him legal fees.

For turning the tables on the media, Trump deserves the praise of those who are sick and tired of the liberal media setting the national agenda and demonizing conservatives.

I have a feeling that the Donald Trump hit parade will continue.

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Booker T. Washington: ‘Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are’

“Cast down your bucket where you are… Opportunities never come a second time” – Booker T. Washington

On the third of his four voyages, Columbus sailed south along the west coast of Africa before heading west across the Atlantic Ocean.

Then he was caught in the doldrums, a notorious condition of no winds and intense heat.

After drifting aimlessly for eight days and running out of drinking water, Columbus vowed if the winds returned, he would name the first land he saw after the Holy Trinity.

The winds returned and, on JULY 31, 1498, he sighted an island off the coast of Venezuela which coincidentally had three peaks.

Columbus obtained fresh water for his sailors and, in the process, was the first European to see South America.

Columbus named the island Trinidad in honor of the Holy Trinity.

Booker T. Washington, the president of Tuskegee Institute, referred to a story like this in his address to the International Exposition in Atlanta, September 18, 1895, as recorded in Up From Slavery (1901):

Atlanta was literally packed, at the time, with people from all parts of the country, and with representatives of foreign governments, as well as with military and civic organizations.

The afternoon papers had forecasts of the next day’s proceedings in flaring headlines. All this tended to add to my burden. I did not sleep much that night.

The next morning, before day, I went carefully over what I planned to say. I also kneeled down and asked God’s blessing upon my effort.

Right here, perhaps, I ought to add that I make it a rule never to go before an audience, on any occasion, without asking the blessing of God upon what I want to say.

Washington continued:

A ship lost at sea for many days suddenly sighted a friendly vessel. From the mast of the unfortunate vessel was seen a signal, ‘Water, water; we die of thirst!’

The answer from the friendly vessel at once came back, ‘Cast down your bucket where you are.’

A second time the signal, ‘Water, water; send us water!’ ran up from the distressed vessel, and was answered, ‘Cast down your bucket where you are.’

And a third and fourth signal for water was answered, ‘Cast down your bucket where you are.’

The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket, and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River.

He continued:

To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land or who underestimate the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man, who is their next-door neighbor, I would say:

‘Cast down your bucket where you are’ – cast it down in making friends in every manly way of the people of all races by whom we are surrounded…

Washington stated:

To those of the white race who look to the incoming of those of foreign birth and strange tongue and habits of the prosperity of the South, were I permitted I would repeat what I say to my own race:

‘Cast down your bucket where you are.’ Cast it down among the eight millions of Negroes whose habits you know, whose fidelity and love you have tested.

He said:

Opportunities never come a second time, nor do they wait for our leisure.

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On Modern Feminism, From A Male Perspective

A small contingent of women (probably today’s feminists) take the same position as other “minorities” that there is a large majority keeping them down. They are playing on political correctness to accomplish certain goals they define improperly as those of women in general. But the concept is false on two levels.

First, it defines women as a class, a mass, a collective. Women are individuals, just as men are. Each woman has a mind, heart, lungs, brain, the capacity to learn, act, and achieve, and the ability to choose her own goals. And, by the way, the 2010 census tells us that women are a majority, not a minority. They comprise 50.8% of the U.S. population.

Second, it defines women’s goals as universal. They aren’t. Because each woman can define herself as well as decide what to do with her life’s energies. Many women become lawyers, doctors, politicians, business owners, technicians, cab drivers, school teachers, IT specialists… (As the King of Siam says in The King and I, “et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.”) Lo and behold, some women even choose to be housewives, mothers, homemakers, and matriarchs.

Yes, women have not always received proper treatment in society at large. According to the great historical author Barbara Tuchman, many women in the Middle Ages chose the convent over a marriage in which they would be dominated, often cruelly, by a husband who thought they were chattel. Up until the early 20th century, women did not have the vote. There was a glass ceiling forty or fifty years ago. My wife once told her father she wanted to be an architect. He discouraged her. It was unlikely, he explained, that a woman could be accepted in that profession.

But not anymore. Women are seen in all walks of life and a great many of them are visibly and admirably successful. Ask Condoleeza Rice. Ask Carly Fiorina. I’d say ask Hillary Clinton, but she takes the lying narrative to new heights, as does Michelle Obama, who recently claimed that America had somehow been unfair to her. Sure.

The narrative is false because certain people use it as an excuse, a tactic. Without the narrative, they can’t portray women as victims, and being victims is the way they gain sympathy—and inspire guilt in all the rest of us. This is not the way most women feel, of course. Most women nowadays work. They have jobs and responsibilities outside child rearing or cooking dinner (which they do in addition to doing their outside jobs). Women feel like individuals. They act like individuals. They don’t act like a class, a mob, or a collective, because they aren’t one.

The narrative may be partly a plot to elect Hillary Clinton, the intent being to inspire the kind of guilt that got Obama elected because he was black. However, Carly Fiorina is also a candidate and willingly puts the notion down. It is true that the position of women in the society has improved, but in the minds of most women it is probably about the same as it has always been because human nature does not change. Women want marriage, family, solvency, and children. They want a home and all the other “entitlements” they’ve always had, including having men open doors for them and buy them diamonds. They want to be attractive and sexy and often easily compete on an intellectual level with men. They don’t really need to compete, of course. They just need to be what they are – naturally smart and talented in many areas – and they need to take credit for what they do.

By the way, getting a woman elected president does not improve the lot of women in general, because achievement is not a class thing. It’s an individual thing. A woman who wants an education can get one, even if she doesn’t have a university door held open for her, even if she isn’t married, or even if she isn’t encouraged by a father to become an architect. She can work hard and make her own way. Nobody is holding women back. In fact, it is rare among men to even stereotype women nowadays. Not only is it politically incorrect, but it’s also repugnant to everyone but the crudest types.

Nobody needs permission to achieve, at least not in American society. It’s what makes our country desirable for women, unlike Muslim countries where women are less than chattel, and in many Hispanic countries where males often engage in traditional misogynistic attitudes. There are pockets in our society where the attitude toward women in general is negative, but women do not need to remain in those pockets. They can break free fairly easily—by reading books, acquiring skills, and learning to move themselves forward and upward in society.

Attitudes are only attitudes. The glass ceiling no longer holds anyone down if she exhibits intelligence, talent, and the will to work smartly hard. The best ammunition with which to fight a fictional war on women is to ignore the enemy that doesn’t exist.

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Gun Control: Eating Steak With Teaspoons

President Obama told the BBC he’s “stymied” because he’s not gotten his way regarding gun control –yet. So, apparently we should just relinquish our guns during a Second Amendment burning ceremony on the National Lawn.

Obama’s upset more Americans don’t agree with his definition of “common sense” gun control. If Pew Research is correct, a majority of us lean more toward Lt. Col. Allen West’s “index finger” definition whereby individuals should be trusted to call the shots. Pew says the majority of Americans still support gun rights.

Nevertheless, we should submissively fall in line, believing the government will protect us. And crazy people who prey on the innocent in gun free zones like schools, theaters, churches and military facilities will voluntarily lay down their arms, too. Sure.

Of course, we have no reason to protect ourselves from ISIS, although according to the FBI, ISIS-connected young Muslim men are radicalized in all 50 states. Nor would we ever need to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government like those crazy old white men, America’s Founders, wrote about in the Constitution.

Oh, and we’re supposed to believe Obama really wants gun control legislation to be passed the “old-fashioned” way, with Congress making laws, when he’s already cranking out executive orders like a Chinese sweatshop?

Every time there’s a mass shooting, we’re told now is the time to hop on the gun control bandwagon. We’re expected to ditch logic, facts, and common sense — or statistics proving gun control never works. We should overlook irritating facts like how lawlessness prevails in places which already have stringent gun laws like in the president’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Or Baltimore, Maryland, which, incidentally, made the “25 Most Violent Places in the World” list in 2013 and 2014, along with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Baghdad, Iraq and Mogadishu, Somalia and Muzaffarabad, Pakistan.

I guess we should just chalk it up to coincidence when non-partisan groups like the Institute for Policy Innovation tell us that 16 out of 20 of the U.S. cities with the highest violent crime rates, like Baltimore, are run by Democrats. Must we overlook the possibility that the policies and practices of liberal leaders from the party that booed God during their 2012 convention inspire crazy people of all political leanings to do crazy things? Should we ignore statistics showing despite Maryland’s highly restrictive gun laws, Baltimore’s homicides increased in the first five months of 2015 by 43 percent, and non-fatal shootings by 82.5 percent? When recently asked about the chaotic mess that is Baltimore, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says more gun laws should help. Help who? Might it be time to address that more laws won’t fix a spiritual problem? People can’t even keep Ten simple Commandments.

Are we really supposed to believe criminals care about regulations? China’s a perfect example because it’s largely illegal for private citizens to own and sell guns. Possession or sale of them leads to anywhere from a 3-year prison term to the death penalty. The Chinese government values human life like Planned Parenthood values babies, therefore; it’s obvious these gun laws are not devised to protect citizens, but the other way around. Even still, crazy people find a way around the rules. As I’ve written before, the same day the Sandy Hook shootings happened, with no guns available, a crazy, knife-wielding Chinese man stabbed almost two dozen kids at a central China elementary school. He did that despite the fact the government had recently banned knives after a spate of deadly knife and cleaver attacks on school kids that left 20 dead and 50 wounded.

Take away guns and crazy people will use knives. Take away knives and they’ll use something else until everyone’s forced to eat steak with teaspoons.

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Why The Media Loves Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the politically unhinged train wreck equivalent of the Kardashians.

National news media executives understand the clickbait appeal of big booties and big mouths swinging around in public.

They also enjoy the fact that Trump has chosen to identify as a Republican.

Sure, “The Donald” has supported liberal issues throughout his life and has donated mightily to the Clintons; but what does that matter when he’s shouting out Lindsay Graham’s cell phone number and calling everybody names?

Just as entertaining are his responses to angry veterans, Republicans, and Neil Young, who demanded Trump stop using his song, “Rockin’ in the Free World.” First, he tells the giggly media that everybody who’s angry with him loves him. Then, he busts them.

The national media gleefully covered “The Comb-Over” detailing that “not very bright guy” Lindsay Graham “loved” him when Lindsay wanted campaign money and Neil Young “loved” him when he wanted money, too.

Fact is, both Graham and Young were busted; and Neil Young’s rep suffers a bit more as he professes support for Bernie Sanders while schmoozing “The Donald” for investment funding.

Trump is correct when he excoriates the national media for bowing to his every taunt, every slur and every unintelligible word salad dressed with the occasional structured sentence.

He cares for the opinions of no one other than his own, laughingly labeling thoughtful conservatives Charles Krauthammer and George Will as “jerks.”

He is a creature trained to deliver memorable soundbites with less depth and more sting than any other reality show performer. He writes the headlines and the punchlines, relieving reporters of heady research into actual policy fragments articulated by otherwise serious candidates.

It’s a lot easier to record, post, point and laugh at Trump than it is to research the sequence of events enriching Jeb Bush through his promotion of the outrageously controversial “Big Government” Common Core fiasco.

National reporters are relieved of the tedium to research and report on the effects of actual fiscal policies by the former Governor for result and comparison.

I get the sense that it’s more fun for political reporters on the national beat to write about Trump’s latest bloviation or “Trumpadillo” than the Clinton family enriching themselves through Hillary’s scandalous State Department favors for corporate and foreign benefactors.

There’s more.

Trump is wealthier than any of the other wealthy candidates, and he likes to spread the loot around when he can profit promotionally.

He’s getting a lot of free press right now while media executives prepare to send their reps to his staff with advertising contracts in hand.

If he stays in the race, there will come a time when Trump’s team will have to start writing checks for the kind of attention he’s getting now; and the media execs know it.

Bring him in the studio! Send the video team! Link the latest “Trumpadillo” to the Twitter and Instagram feeds and FOLLOW, LIKE and FRIEND them!

Get the copywriters screaming “Trumpadillo” headlines all across the fruited plain, and link those to the home page!

Trump may or may not be worth over $10 billion. It doesn’t matter, as long as he spends a few hundred million on advertising. He won’t admit he spent a dime, and that doesn’t matter as long as the deposits keep coming in.

At this point, there are hundreds of people running for president. Many of them are louder, more coarse and just as annoyingly entertaining as Trump. You won’t hear about them because they have no chance of spending as much money as Trump.

Don’t blame the system. They wouldn’t be heard even if the media was “required” to give all candidates air time. Metrics and rules would be created to stifle them.

Trump would still be promoted clickbait because of his historical and potential future media spending.

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