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Democrat Party leaders who couldn’t care less that Hillary Clinton is a liar and a crook who has gravely endangered national security will drop her in a New York minute if they think she’ll lose the election.

If the FBI recommends Hillary be indicted, party leaders plan to ease her out and replace her with Vice President Joe Biden, a billionaire friend who is wired into their thinking told Jack Wheeler, he reported in the HFR last week.

Millions of Americans would greet the Biden Switcheroo with sighs of relief.  Slow Joe would be a terrible president.  But he doesn’t lie nearly as often as do Hillary and Trump; isn’t being sued for fraud or investigated by the FBI; hasn’t committed or enabled sexual assault, and nobody has questioned his sanity.

Yet there are many obstacles lying in wait for the Biden Switcheroo.  Let’s discuss them.



If Hillary wins in November, the people she has most to thank are those who voted for Trump in the primaries, for nominating the only candidate more unpopular than she is.

That I think Hillary will win doesn’t mean I want her to win.  Trumpkins seem confused about that.

I could be mistaken. I grossly overestimated the intelligence and character of Republican primary voters (40 percent of them, anyway), grossly underestimated the selfishness, greed, cluelessness and cowardice of GOP “leaders” (upwards of 80 percent of them, apparently).

But I’m pretty sure the only way Trump could become competitive is if Bernie Sanders decides to accept the Green Party nomination and runs in the fall.

There’s a fair possibility this will happen.  Sanders is no more a Democrat than Trump is a Republican. 



WorserDemocrats should unite against “prattling demagogue” Donald Trump, who is “a lightning rod for the politically disenfranchised and marginalized who trust in nothing but their misplaced biases,” Rob Biller wrote in a letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette May 19.

I’ve a newsflash for Mr. Biller: Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries are neither smarter nor more moral than the bigots, thugs, morons and gullible fools who voted for Trump in the Republican primaries.

It’s difficult to imagine how anyone could be less qualified to be president of the United States than Donald Trump.  But he’s not the one who more than 100 FBI agents are investigating for multiple security violations and public corruption.

Hillary has been a national figure for a quarter century…which makes it all the more remarkable that her public record is devoid of anything resembling accomplishment.

It’s difficult to lie more often than Donald Trump, but Hillary trumps him (can’t resist the pun). The “mainstream” media have  downplayed evidence of Hillary’s wrongdoing, and her lies about it. But in the wake of the damning State IG report issued yesterday (5/25), that’s changing.  Fast.


SASSE 2016!

No independent since George Washington has been elected president.  Only former president Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 has been competitive (and that gave us Woodrow Wilson – thanks, Teddy…).  But both Trump and Hillary are so wildly unpopular that for the right independent, victory isn’t out of the question.

For there’s more than one way to skin a victorious cat.  My candidate for cat-skinner is Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.

Even if he finishes third in the popular and electoral votes, Sasse could be elected.  All he need do is best the two lying leftist scoundrels in enough states to keep either of them below 270 electoral votes.

If no candidate wins a majority in the electoral college, the House of Representatives will choose the president: the 12th Amendment which supersedes Article II, Section 1, Clause 3.  Each state delegation will have one vote.  California and Wyoming will be equal.  Among Hillary, Trump and Sasse, for whom do you think the current Republican majority in the House would vote?

Burke did say: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

Here’s what we who can do only a little better start doing right now:



The danger is greater today than it was in July of 1863 that government “of the people, by the people, for the people” may perish from the earth.

I’ve survived a long battle with cancer to find my country afflicted by twin deadly cancers.  The election of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump spells doom for the constitutional republic for which – during my service in the Marine Corps and Army Special Forces -- I was willing to lay down my life.

Even if he weren’t a liberal Democrat, a con man, a boor, and an ignoramus on public policy, I’d never vote for Trump because he’s the antithesis of everything my parents taught me a good man should be.

Hillary Clinton is even worse.  If they weren’t the presumptive nominees of their parties, neither Hillary nor The Donald could get a security clearance.

In their desperation to stop her, some conservatives refuse to recognize how little difference there is between the political views of Hillary and Trump, and none whatsoever in their (lack of) ethics.  Arsenic is as deadly a poison as cyanide.  I don’t plan to take either.



Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, Republicans should unite behind him, say, among others, (Republican National Chairman) Reince Priebus and (over the hill blowhard) Newt Gingrich.

Fat chance of that.  I wonder who (besides themselves) they think they’re kidding?

A conservative columnist I admire, former Army colonel Kurt Schlichter, despises Trump almost as much as I do, but plans to vote for him, because he thinks Hillary would be worse.  Hillary is a fascist, Kurt says.  Trump is more of a clown.

Rick Wilson, one of the few GOP consultants I think is worth a hoot, said he may vote for Hillary because he thinks Trump would be worse.

I don’t see how a principled conservative could vote for either.  To choose between Trump and Hillary is like taking sides in the Iran-Iraq war.  America wins only if both lose.



I’ve written often about how the Lying Swine betrayed the fundamental principles of journalism to shill for Democrats.  I’ve written recently about how (much of) the “conservative” media betrayed conservatism to shill for Donald Trump.

Where can a conservative go to find out what’s really going on?

If you’re reading this, you know the most important part of the answer. 



We know from the nasty things they say that some Trumpkins don’t care what the truth is.  But I doubt that 38 percent of Republican primary voters are cultists, or racists, or morons.  They’ve been misled.  The truth about Donald Trump and his dismal electoral prospects has been concealed from them.

The Trump candidacy is a product of his total domination of the news media.  He’s been given billions of dollars worth of free publicity, hours upon hours of nearly uncritical coverage.

The “mainstream” media have an ulterior motive.  They want Republicans to nominate the weakest possible candidate to run against Hillary in the fall.  But most conservatives learned long ago not to put too much trust in the Lying Swine. 

The worst offenders have been in the so-called “conservative” media, especially Fox News and (much of) talk radio.  From Hannity to Rush to Drudge and so many more, they’ve sold out their country in persuading their listeners to support a liberal Democrat crony capitalist pretending to be conservative. 

In their support of Trump, they have exposed themselves to be only pretend conservatives like him.



At the conclusion of a news conference in Jupiter, Florida on March 8, Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart News, a webzine deeply in the tank for Donald Trump, approached the candidate to ask him a question about affirmative action.

Someone grabbed her arm from behind and yanked her backward.  Ms. Fields stumbled but didn’t fall.  She didn’t see who grabbed her.  Washington Post reporter Ben Terris told her it was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager.

This was a thuggish thing to do.  But it wasn’t a big deal.  Ms. Fields was shaken and her arm was bruised, but she’d suffered no serious injury. In a sane world, Mr. Lewandowski would have apologized to Ms. Fields, perhaps while offering a self-serving explanation for his behavior.  She would have accepted his apology.  End of story.

That isn’t what happened.  What did is yet another example of the weirdness of the Cult of Trump.



“God looks out for widows, orphans and the United States of America.”

If you add up the amazing number of seemingly miraculous events that had to happen to bring our constitutional republic into existence, and to preserve it during the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II, it’s easy to believe this is true.

But a presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton makes me fear we’ve tried God’s patience once too often, that America as we have known it is about to disappear into history.

Trump’s nomination would mean the effective end of the Republican Party, and could mean the end of the Bill of Rights.

But the Lord works in mysterious ways.  It’s possible we could wake from the Trump nightmare closer to the republic our Founding Fathers gave us than we’ve been in generations.

It’s now more likely than not the Donald will fall short of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination; that Sen. Ted Cruz will win it on the second ballot.  If that’s so, Trump’s candidacy will have made possible the election of a more conservative president than Ronald Reagan.



Would you invite someone into your home who you knew to be a thief and a rapist?

Of course not. So why are Republicans permitting the Lying Swine liberal media to pick their nominee for president?

If Donald Trump prevails in Cleveland, it’ll be all she wrote for the GOP, and for the constitutional republic our Founding Fathers gave us. But if we’re spared this awful fate – and I think we will – we need to examine why we came so close to catastrophe, and to figure out what we must do to keep this from happening again.

The Lying Swine have given Trump about $2 billion worth of free publicity, roughly six times as much as they’ve given all the other Republican presidential candidates combined. As the propaganda arm of the Democrat National Committee, the “mainstream” media do this mostly because they want the GOP to nominate the weakest possible candidate for the general election.

There isn’t much Republicans can do about media bias. But it is imperative for GOP leaders to stop pretending it doesn’t exist. The Lying Swine are the enemy – our foremost enemy.  They must be treated as such. 



History is pre-determined by prevailing economic conditions, said Karl Marx, which indicates he knew as little about history as he did about economics.

History has been shaped by what people who could influence events did or did not do.

Because men like Walsingham and Washington are rare, and men like Ewell and Chamberlain are not, human events are determined more by the ignorance, stupidity, cowardice, vanity, selfishness and greed of people in a position to influence them than by their virtues.

That’s why a thin-skinned misogynist demagogue who largely shares the “Progressive” views of Hillary Clinton (and lies as often as she does) could become the clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president.



I’m writing to wish TTPers a Merry Christmas, and to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making mine more merry.

My Christmas figures to be merry, because the odds are now substantial – and are rising – that it won’t be my last.

When I saw in July the blood test numbers that led to the diagnosis of multiple myeloma, they were all very bad.

The turn around began in late August, after the first 3-week round of outpatient chemotherapy. The decline in my cancer symptoms was spectacular, said my oncologist, who couldn’t keep the amazement out of his voice. The worst of my bad numbers plunged from 93 to 5.

There’ve been further declines, some of them substantial, in chemo rounds 2, 3, 4, and 5, which was completed last week. I don’t know why I responded so spectacularly well to outpatient chemo, but I’m sure the prayers of TTPers and others who’ve been praying for me have had a lot to do with it.

Enough about my cancer. Jack Wheeler asked me to comment on the cancer afflicting the GOP. Here we go.



“We have to respect the tradition in this country of people who want to defend themselves and their family from violence…. There are people at high levels in this government who have bodyguards 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The average American does not have that, and deserves the right to be able to protect their family.”

That was former Virginia senator Jim Webb making the most sensible comment during the Dem presidential candidate debate on Tuesday (10/13). In response, the audience sat on its hands.

The last thing in the world Democrats want to hear is common sense on guns, gun-control, gun-free zones, crime, and mass murderers.

All but two mass shootings since 1950 have taken place where ordinary citizens are forbidden to carry guns, says John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

As gun ownership in the U.S. has risen, violent crime rates have fallen. Violent crime is rampant in cities with strict gun control laws. There is very little of it in Vermont, which has none. This is very embarrassing to socialist gun-control freak, Bernie Sanders.



The polls make it clear Americans – Republicans especially – are disgusted with political insiders.

There’s something to be said for political experience. But as neurosurgeon Ben Carson – one of three outsiders at or near the top of the polls noted: “There is more than 9,000 years of political experience in Congress. Look where it’s gotten us.”

We’ve learned through bitter experience that what matters most in a public officeholder are intelligence, courage, and character –little of which are in evidence in Washington D.C. these days.

And an outsider president could compensate for his or her lack of experience in government by assembling a Cabinet for the ages. My dream Cabinet would consist of:



“Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels,” said the British wit Samuel Johnson (1709-84). A proud Tory, Johnson was speaking of us, during the American Revolution. Americans laughed and said Johnson, a worshipper of George III, must be talking about himself.

Racism is the last refuge of losers – and political scoundrels wanting the losers’ votes.

Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, the “Black Lives Matter” crowd speak of “race traitors.” There is no such thing, because no one owes allegiance to a race. We are individuals, with our own aspirations, abilities and shortcomings, virtues and vices. We should be judged by the content of our character, not as members of an enormous herd into which we were born.

Egged on by America’s Racial-Divider-in-Chief, the racists and scoundrels of “Black Lives Matter” are now calling for a race war and the indiscriminate killing of whites. Here’s a suggestion on how to stop this.



Every day this week I shaved, brushed my teeth, showered, dressed myself, made my own breakfast. Big steps for a recovering invalid.

I have multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. Just after I started chemo, I fell down the stairs, tore my left anterior cruciate ligament, complicating treatment for both.

For the last six weeks, I’ve essentially been confined to my bed, with another week or so to go. If you sent me an email, and I haven’t responded, this is why.

I hate being an invalid even more than I thought I would. But I have so much to be grateful for. I owe so much to my wife Pam. To all the caregivers who’ve been so wonderful to me. And I’m especially thankful for your prayers.

Your prayers are working. The first two rounds of chemotherapy have reduced sharply the symptoms of my cancer.



There is no American living today whom I admire more than pioneering neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Reared in poverty in Detroit by a single parent mother who often worked three scut jobs to put food on the table and clothes on the backs of Ben and older brother Curtis, his is a genuine Horatio Alger story

No other candidates for president in either party can claim to have saved lives, as Ben Carson has. No others can match his record of achievement. Yet Dr. Carson is running less for ego gratification than any of them.

The contrast between Dr. Carson and the prime egoist in the race, Donald Trump, could not be sharper. Mr. Trump brags constantly. Ben Carson lets his achievements speak for themselves. Mr. Trump bullies and name-calls. Dr. Carson searches for common ground.

Ben Carson also contrasts vividly with Barack Hussein Obama, whose self regard is enormous, his accomplishments sparse.

His achievements, temperament and platform make Dr. Carson an attractive candidate. So leftists are trying to tear him down, and are (as is customary) abusing the truth to do it.

On Meet the Press Sunday, host Chuck Todd asked Dr. Carson: “Should a president’s faith matter?”



At a town hall meeting in Rochester New Hampshire Friday, a questioner asserted President Barack Hussein Obama is a closet Moslem. Donald Trump did not respond. Faux outrage ensued.

“Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS and hateful rhetoric about Moslems is just plain wrong,” tweeted Hillary Clinton.

“I would correct them and I would say ‘The President is a Christian and he was born in this country,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Mainstream” journalists wondered why so many “still” suspect Mr. Obama may be a Moslem. Given the president’s bizarre refusal to acknowledge Islamists are motivated by their interpretation of Islam, his unwillingness to take effective action against ISIS, and his dalliance with the mullahs in Tehran, Americans have more reasons than ever to suspect he’s a closet Moslem.

Or who his father really is. Stanley Ann Dunham, Mr. Obama’s mother, met Barack Hussein Obama Sr. in Hawaii. The behavior of her parents suggests Stanley Ann may have been pregnant before the family moved there[1]. (The footnote suggests just where she became pregnant.)



“There’s a sucker born every minute,” said P.T. Barnum (1810-1891), the Donald Trump of the 19th Century. These days suckers cluster on the Right.

Conservatives love the idea of Donald Trump – a D.C. outsider who doesn’t care about political correctness, says what people are thinking but are afraid to say, said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

But Mr. Trump himself is a shallow, unserious narcissist, all bluster and no substance. “It’s silly to argue policy with this guy,” Gov. Jindal said. “He has no idea what he is talking about, he makes it all up on the fly.” When his ignorance is exposed, Mr. Trump responds with bullying and name calling.

Yet many on the Right can’t tell the differences between Trump the Act and the real Donald Trump. And when conservatives who can point them out, Trumpkins accuse them of selling out to the GOP establishment, of secretly supporting Jeb Bush.

The act is magnificent. Mr. Trump is the greatest showman of our era, just as Barnum was of his. But would you entrust P. T. Barnum with the national security of your country or the future of your children?



I’m glad I live in a time of automobiles, air conditioning, indoor plumbing, the Internet and especially (given my present circumstances) great medical advances.

But if I had to live in an earlier period, I’d want to be a soldier in the Union Army (preferably in the 24th Wisconsin, with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea). I can think of no greater cause than to fight to eradicate America’s original sin.

Slavery isn’t America’s original sin because it was unique, or uniquely horrible here. If prostitution is “the world’s oldest profession,” slave trading is second. Since the dawn of recorded history, slavery has been practiced ...



Those who style themselves “true conservatives” aren’t the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, as their constant misuse of their favorite epithet indicates.

“RINO” is an acronym, for “Republicans In Name Only.” Those who use it think only a “true conservative” can (or should be) a Republican.

The voting index maintained by the American Conservative Union indicates Republicans in Congress are a scoche more conservative than the voters who elected them.

But rank-and-file Republicans despise Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, for a very good reason: They’re not Republicans. They’re Whigs.



As Jack Wheeler has been predicting for many moons, President Barack Hussein Obama has evidently given Vice President Joe Biden the green light to seek the Democrat nomination for president.

At this writing, Ms. Clinton’s sole credible opponent is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an aging Socialist crackpot who nonetheless has a charming authenticity about him, reminiscent of Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy, who shocked the political world in 1968 when he almost upset President Lyndon Johnson in the New Hampshire primary.

That prompted LBJ to drop out of the race, Robert F. Kennedy to get into it. Had Sirhan Sirhan not gunned him down, Bobby Kennedy probably would have out-muscled Vice President Hubert Humphrey for the nomination.

Joe Biden is no Bobby Kennedy. He’s a dirty old man who’s groped women in public, likes to skinny-dip in front of female Secret Service agents assigned to guard him. The news media won’t mention this, but Hillary surely shall. This is going be a lot of fun to watch.



“They covered child sacrifices with loud noises of flutes and drums so the cries of the wailing would not reach the ears of the people,” wrote the Greek historian Plutarch (AD 46-120) of religious practices in ancient Carthage.

For most Democrats and “mainstream” journalists, not much has changed.

Posing as buyers of fetal tissue, the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group in California, secretly recorded stomach-turning evidence – while Planned Parenthood and its apologists responded with misdirection, deception, and outright lies.

If you can watch without gagging what USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers, a Democrat, described as “the strategic crushing of the unborn to better harvest their hearts, lungs and livers,” odds are you’re a sociopath.

Most Americans aren’t, which is why PP sociopaths try so hard to block release of more videos.



The Trump boomlet is fueled by disgust with the gutless, brain dead, duplicitous GOP “leaders” in Congress, who – in the immortal words of Henry Clay – “aren’t worth the powder and shot to kill them.”  

But Cleveland debate watchers saw he has no solutions for illegal immigration, Islamic terror, or anything else. The evening’s big winner was former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

“Carly Fiorina is the Ronda Rousey of politics,” said an admiring John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog. Ronda Rousey is a (gorgeous) Mixed Martial Arts fighter who Sports Illustrated said is “the world’s most dominant athlete.”

Ms. Fiorina won the debate, said 22 percent in an online poll conducted by Survey Monkey for NBC News. Mr. Trump was second, at 18 percent. But 29 percent said The Donald did the worst job in the debate. His net score of –11 tied him for last with Sen. Rand Paul.

He still leads the GOP field. But now that the real Donald Trump is emerging, I don’t think it will last.



“Government works better now than probably it ever has,” President Barack Hussein Obama told the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart last month.

In which alternate universe is the president dwelling? He certainly isn’t living in America. It seems he is living in an alternate reality created by a pathological narcissism – among other mental maladies.

Being clinically nuts isn’t one of the grounds for impeachment (“Treason, Bribery, or other High crimes and Misdemeanors”), under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution. Maybe it’s time to consider Article II’s Section 1, Clause 6 and the 25th Amendment designed to clarify it.   It’s probably the only way for SloJoe Biden to live in the White House.

Consider how Martian it is of Zero to make his claim given this small sample of examples to the contrary:



I thought the liberal giants of my youth were usually mistaken, but I never doubted their intelligence, their good intentions, or their patriotism.

Those of us who are or were in Army Special Forces will always be grateful to Jack Kennedy for giving us the Green Beret. No politician has been a more effective defender of America’s national security than Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson, D-Wash.

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-NY, the premier sociologist of his time, was a “social scientist” who was really a scientist. What a concept! Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn, was a passionate advocate of equal rights at a time when the only other politicians who were, were Republicans.

Not a single Democrat in high public office today resembles Jack Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, Pat Moynihan or Hubert Humphrey. “Liberal” is an appellation derived from the word “liberty.” Most Democrats today aren’t liberals. They’re fascists.

Little illustrates this more clearly than their reaction to the shocking videos of Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish trade in the body parts of aborted fetuses.



After smashing through the gates of the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga in his rented Ford Mustang convertible, Mohammed Abdulazeez, 24, murdered four Marines and a sailor with his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

The death toll would have been higher had not Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt sacrificed themselves to permit other Marines to escape, the FBI said. “Our Marines acted the way you’d expect,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Brier, commander of the 4th Marine Division. “Some willingly ran back into the fight.”

In a related story, flamboyant businessman Donald Trump had a substantial lead for the Republican nomination for president in polls this week.

It wasn’t until Tuesday (7/21) – five days after the massacre – that President Barack Hussein Obama ordered flags at federal installations be flown at half staff in honor of the Chattanooga victims.

The day before, Donald Trump had ordered the flags on all his U.S. properties flown at half staff. This well-publicized action likely shamed the president into acting.



An agreement was made in Vienna on Tuesday (7/14) only because the Obama administration capitulated to every single demand made by Iran.

“It's a deal worse than even we imagined possible,” said Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol. “It's a deal that gives the Iranian regime $140b in return for ... effectively nothing: no dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, no anytime/anywhere inspections, no curbs on Iran's ballistic missile program, no maintenance of the arms embargo, no halt to Iran's sponsorship of terror.”

“This deal sets in place every key component of a nuclear program that Iran needs to develop a weapon,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. It gives Iran “a license to kill,” said Israeli minister Miri Regev.

Here’s the scary question: Did President Zero do this on purpose? Was this his malicious goal all along?



Kate Steinle, 32, was walking with her father along the Embarcadero in San Francisco in the early evening July 1 when she was shot at random by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, an illegal alien from Mexico who’d committed 7 previous felonies in the U.S.

Mr. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported five times. It would have been six, but for the fact San Francisco is a “sanctuary city.”

ICE asked to be notified if San Francisco released Mr. Lopez-Sanchez, so he could be deported. But San Francisco does not honor such requests from federal immigration authorities. Credit for his release so he was free to murder Kate Steinle goes specifically to San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

Statistics on crimes by illegals are horrifying, but are ignored by Democrats and the media. When someone in the public eye mentions them, like Donald Trump, he is viciously vilified.

Yet, while Mr. Trump deserves criticism for how he said it, the thrust of what he said is indisputably true.



Our 70,000 page tax code “has grown so corrupt, complicated, intrusive and antigrowth that I’ve concluded the system isn’t fixable,” said Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY.

He wants to repeal the whole thing, replace it with a 14.5 percent flat tax on individuals, businesses, capital gains and estates.

In March, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-FL, and Mike Lee, R-UT, proposed a more modest plan that would reduce our current 7 personal income tax rates to 3, with a top rate of 35 percent.

Either would be a vast improvement over the ugly mess we have now. Neither will ever be enacted.

Every conservative reform plan with which I am familiar fails to take into consideration public opinion, or its vulnerability to demagoguery. So here’s what I propose in lieu of Sens. Paul, Rubio, and Lee.



To the "Black Lives Matter" crowd, most black lives don't. About 7,000 blacks are killed each year - more than 90 percent by other blacks. To most Democrats, only those shot by white police officers or white bigots matter. Just 25 percent of about 400 local police killings a year involve a white cop and a black victim, an FBI study found. Shootings of blacks by police have been cut in half since 1981. For every black killed by a white cop, black criminals murder 70. It is 25 times more likely a black will commit a crime of violence against a white than vice versa. There's so much crime in black communities because they're poor, Democrats say. They have it backward. Crime causes poverty, not the other way around.  Businesses flee violence-riddled neighborhoods, taking jobs with them. Property values fall. Democrats prefer nostrums designed more to enrich themselves than to help the poor.  One clear example is the Dems' "War on Poverty," on which we've spent more than on all of America's real wars combined. As social service spending exploded, urban decay accelerated.  Here are other examples:



Major health insurers seek eye popping rate increases for 2016 - 25 percent in Oregon, 30.4 percent in Maryland, 36.3 percent in Tennessee, 51.6 percent in New Mexico. Despite subsidies for the industry of at least $16 billion, many insurers lose money. Far fewer signed up for Obamacare than they expected (and the administration claimed). Those who did sign up are older and sicker. Subsidies for insurance companies mask the true cost, says Stephen Parente, director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute. When they expire in 2017, premiums for the cheapest plan could rise nearly 100 percent for individuals, 50 percent for families, he says. That's on top of sky high deductibles.  Obamacare is a cancer inside the body of health care in America -- and it is metastasizing.



Little illustrates more clearly how frivolous “progressives” have become than the announcement by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that Alexander Hamilton will be replaced on the ten dollar bill by a woman, identity TBD. This isn’t because there haven’t been many women in American history deserving of the honor. Foremost among them, arguably, is Harriet Tubman (1822-1913), who after escaping from slavery returned to Maryland’s Eastern Shore 13 times to rescue 70 other slaves. During the Civil War, she risked her life to spy for the Union. In later life, she became a leading suffragette. Among other women deserving of honor are Betsy Ross, “Molly Pitcher,” Harriet Beecher Stowe, Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. But none of these admirable women contributed nearly as much as Alexander Hamilton, after George Washington arguably the most important of our Founding Fathers – and the most anti-slavery to boot. That Mr. Lew didn’t have a woman in mind when he announced Alexander Hamilton would be dumped for one indicates he’s making the move for a cheesy reason: gender politics irrespective of achievement. And now he is learning the hard way how difficult it is to appease those who practice gender politics.



"Universities emulate greenhouses where fragile young adults are coddled as if they were hothouse orchids," says Victor Davis Hanson, who taught the classics at Fresno State University. "Hypersensitive students are warned about ‘micro-aggressions' that in the real world would be imperceptible." Many colleges have established "designated areas where traumatized students can be shielded from supposedly hurtful or unwelcome language that should not exist in a just and fair world," he says. By contrast, Columbia University Prof. Todd Gitlin recalls when he was in college years ago having to watch the Nazi propaganda film "Triumph of the Will" in a sociology class. "The pedagogical tactic was precisely to produce discomfort," he said. "Discomfort was the crucible for a 'teachable moment.'  Universities are not fallout shelters. Attention to the appalling causes disturbance. Deal with it. You're at college to be disturbed." So what do we do with this -- how do we get college kids to stop being hothouse flowers?  Here's one way to start.



The Confederate battle flag had nothing whatever to do with the gruesome murders Dylann Roof committed in the Emanuel AME Zion church in Charleston, South Carolina. But Gov. Nikki Haley is right to seek its removal from a monument to Confederate soldiers on the grounds of the state capitol. Conservative CNN commentator Erick Erickson explains why. And, as Gov. Haley noted, "the hate-filled murderer" and others of his ilk have appropriated the Southern Cross as a symbol of white supremacy. It no longer matters that for many Southerners who followed it into battle, it wasn't. Robert E. Lee was more critical of slavery than were Union generals U.S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. Lee was against secession. He fought for the South because he could not fight against Virginia, his home state. We should all thank God the South lost. But it is false and malicious to assert all Confederates were virulent racists, akin to Nazis.



Given the furor that's erupted, you'd think Indiana was the first state - not the 20th -- to pass a law to protect freedom of conscience. The Indiana law would permit discrimination against gays, said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the Washington Post. Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Ashton Kutcher said much the same thing, more crudely. Apple "will never tolerate discrimination," Mr. Cook said. Apple does business in 4 of the 10 countries where homosexuality is punishable by death; builds many of its products in China, where Christians are persecuted. But Mr. Cook is by no means the only hypocrite among critics of Indiana's law: Illinois passed its RFRA in 1998. State Sen. Barack Obama voted for it.  Indiana's law, like those in the other 19 states, mimics the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Congress approved nearly unanimously and proudly signed into law by Bill Clinton. "The anti-Indiana backlash is a perfect storm of hysteria and legal ignorance, supercharged by the particularly censorious self-righteousness of the Left," said National Review Editor Rich Lowry.  It's yet more evidence that lefties aren't "liberals" at all - they're fascists.



Dylann Roof, 21, sat in a Bible study in the Emanuel AME Zion Church in Charleston, South Carolina for nearly an hour before murdering 9 of the parishioners he told police had been "so nice to him." As most of us were recoiling in horror from such evil, "progressives" - pouncing like vultures on fresh killed carrion - politicized this awful crime. "This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," said President Barack Hussein Obama. Since 2001, there've been 14 shootings with as many or more victims in Norway, France, Switzerland, Britain, Germany, Finland, Serbia, Brazil and Mexico. He knew this, yet he used Roof's lunacy to promote his Hate America racist agenda -- and to promote gun-control laws for the purpose of disarming citizens.



Monday (3/23) was the fifth anniversary of passage of Obamacare. Seven Democrat senators marked it by asking for delay of yet another provision of the law. Putting companies with 51 to 100 employees in the costlier "small group" market could be "harmful and disruptive," they said in a letter to HHS Secretary Silvia Burwell. The uninsured should be given another chance to avoid the fine for not having health insurance, three House Democrats said in a letter to President Obama in February. "If ObamaCare is so great, why do Democrats repeatedly try to hide its more unpleasant features?" Investors Business Daily asked then. Here are the lies President Obama told, which he assured us were true, before the law was passed:



Two stories dominated the news this week. One is really, really important. The other is frivolous. Of course, the news media focused more attention on the frivolous story. Hackers stole sensitive information from databases of the Office of Personnel Management on 4 to 14 million federal employees, who now could have their identities stolen, or worse. This was a cyber Pearl Harbor which "wrecked American espionage," said John Schindler, a former counterintelligence officer for the National Security Council.  Actually, it was no real hack at all, but we'll get to that. The news media gave more attention to Rachel Dolezal, who was president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane and a part time professor of Afro-American Studies at Eastern Washington University until her parents outed her as being 100 percent white. Conservatives chortle as liberals, who said Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is a woman because he/she thinks he/she is, perform verbal somersaults to make pseudo-distinctions between him/her and Ms. Dolezal. Once, journalists told us what we needed to know as well as what we liked to hear. It's easier to write about Rachel Dolezal than about the implications of a cyber Pearl Harbor.  But there's another, truly sinister reason.