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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday was a big win for Trump

I have been watching national conventions every four years starting with Goldwater at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. They come around every four years, like the Olympics.

Because of the egos at Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, I watched it on C-Span last night.

While Jamiel Shaw spoke from his heart about the murder of his son by an illegal alien, Megyn Kelly went on and on interviewing another talking head about some nonsense. I flipped to MSNBC. Then CNN. Then C-Span. Then back again.

It was a exciting night that viewers would have enjoyed more had Fox News reined in its talking heads and concentrated on the convention instead. Instead, the RNC was secondary to the nightly blatherings of the bevy of "Fox News All-Stars" -- you know the people who told you last summer that Trump had no chance in hell of winning the nomination.

Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas gave one helluva speech, asking, "Are you safer now than you were eight years ago?" He is the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. God solid speaker who made some really powerful points.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke followed bringing the house down by saying, "Blue Lives Matter." He is a familiar face, but dang, he gave a forceful speech. To be fair, Megyn Kelly stopped talking long enough to carry him live.

From Politico:
Trump, Clarke said, “has spoken passionately to me of his belief in our American system of justice, and he speaks to the values that are at the foundation of our social contract.”
“Throughout his campaign and over many years before he has consistently and constantly raised his voice not only in defense of the character of the American police officer, but the need for all people to feel they are being treated fairly and respectfully by law enforcement,” Clarke continued.
Clarke has made a name for himself in the media, with frequent appearances and outspoken criticism of President Barack Obama and Democratic policies.
Responding to a POLITICO story previewing Obama’s address in Dallas memorializing five slain police officers, Clarke wrote on Twitter that the president “poured salt on an open wound.”
None of the cable three carried the delightful dual speech by Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and his wife, who followed Clarke. Sheesh. They had an entertaining yet serious speech about families and legal immigration.

Thank goodness for C-Span. I finally gave up and kept it on C-Span.

Rudy Giuliani gave the speech of his life. He called for Unconditional Victory over the terrorists. That's the attitude we need to have again.

The highlight for me was watching Trump enter the arena WWE-style through the fog to introduce his wife, Melania. She is a drop-dead gorgeous model who wore a white dress that ended below the knees. She spoke distinctly. English is about her third or fourth language. You really could not tell. She spoke from the heart and the teleprompter,

From the Hill:
Donald is and has always been an amazing leader. Now he will go to work for you,” the Slovenian immigrant said of her husband in her remarks to the convention floor.
“He’s sharp when he has to be, but he’s also kind and caring,” she said. “His kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see. That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with.”
The speech attracted widespread praise from TV pundits and applause from the GOP delegates.
Melania Trump would be the first foreign-born first lady since Louisa Adams. She’d also be the first former supermodel to head the East Wing and the first third wife of a president. 
Melania Trump, who became a U.S. citizen in 2006, sought to highlight her immigrant past due to her husband's ramped up call for tougher policies against illegal immigration.
“On July 28, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States,” she said. “The greatest privilege on planet Earth.”
The comments fit into a broader theme highlighted by other speakers during the convention’s first night that immigrants should enter the country by following the rules and waiting their turn to become citizens.
Melania Trump also tried to dispel any notion that Donald Trump would alienate minorities, saying, “Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people,” which she said included Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as Hispanics and African-Americans.
There was a nontroversy this morning about whether some lines in Melania's speech were lifted from Michelle Obama's similar speech to the 2008 DNC.

Monday's show was a well-coordinated, very enlightening and lively convention opener. Roger Ailes, who scripted the 1972 RNC in Miami, should have told his stars to sit on it. Let the speakers speak. They are new and fresh.

Would you watch a football game where instead of showing the players and the action on the field, they showed the talking heads talking about last week's game?

Of course not.


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  1. If Trump wins this election, the take-out message for every politician as regards the minority vote will be that minorities are just that: minorities.

    And that you ignore the white male vote, standing as it does at about 39% of the electorate, at your peril.

  2. Don, you forgpt to mention how Melania plagarized Moochelle's 2008 speech. You know, the parts about the values her parents taught her and that she tries to teach her son. Totally original thoughts that had never been expressed by anyone in a speech before Moochelle said them.

    1. Moochelle's 'totally original thoughts' which were probably lifted from this Biblical source:

    2. Her speech writers lifted it. The Bible is like sunlight, the cross and garlic to a radical totalitarian like her.

  3. The numerous talking heads is exactly why I stopped watching such events and merely catch up on the highlights the next day. - Elric

  4. The talking heads think that It's all about them, but they are just an annoyance to be endured. Until recent years I thought Howard Cosell was the head jackass, but he has lots of competition now.

    1. "an annoyance to be endured".

      Yup. Gotta strip off the hide ... and there's plenty of that ... before you get to the meat.

  5. Most speeches have something drawn from somewhere else.

    If the Demos are crying about this, then the rest of the night must have been gold.

    And, yes, Rudy and David Clarke were fantastic. I think the DOJ is going to be a different place.

    PS I also got tired of Ms Kelly pushing her Lefty nonsense for an hour.

    1. Yeah, Rudy KILLED. He absolutely killed. Righteous anger from somebody who knows. I heart Rudy Giuliani.

  6. The media hatred for Trump is really amazing, to me anyway. I am reminded a little of LBJ and Vietnam, maybe Nixon, but here the intensity and its unity are remarkable. I cancelled the WSJ a few weeks ago but it still shows up at the door every day for some,reason,intent on its hypocritical mission of saving the US from DT while warning against HC as the angel of death for all integrity in life. Fox has become so bad, except for the remarkable Greta, we now watch Gunsmoke reruns instead of the panel and it's unworthy oracles. We have seen so many a most favorite character has become Matt's horse Buck. The way his fore locks are groomed in each scene is of special interest. Matt Dillon is the epitome of 1950s America, administering death to evil without remorse, Kitty a self made woman of the West who is prone to ask Matt about an egregious evil doer "When are you going to kill him Matt?".
    Trump probably can't ride a horse but he has some of that older attitude about fixing a problem without hesitation or regret. I hope he wins. If he does and is successful the Media will be crippled for years, even as they continue to get rich off of him. Odi et amo...

    1. I had to actually call WSJ to get them to stop sending me their unwanted newspapers followed by demands that I pay for them and I actually had to suggest that they were engaging in a fraudulent business practice in doing so before they agreed to stop. I will never subscribe to any printed media again (other than Touchstone).

  7. I find myself switching over to Fox Business in the evenings sometimes after Special Report and sometimes right after the Five. Lou Dobbs and Kennedy are entertaining and informative.

  8. I saw Rudy's speech this afternoon. Very good, but not a word about immigration. We can bomb the living h*** out of ISIS strongholds and a lot of other places (fight them over there). But until we get the courage to bite the bullet and begin shutting down mosques and deporting muzzies, we are going to continue "fighting them over here" no matter how badly we tear 'em up in the middle east. They are growing rapidly here and the battle vs. islam is going to be won or lost right here, and depends on immigration policies and actions.

    1. I am concerned that the harder we hit the Muslims over there, the more frequent and deadly their attacks will be on us here. We have already allowed too many of them into the country, and with little to zero border security we should be ready for the worst. - Elric

  9. By the way, I greatly enjoy many of the immigrants I come in touch with on a daily basis. The guys from El Salvador who just painted my house were delightful and did a first rate job. But we've got 20% unemployment and a lot of our native citizens are hurting and need these jobs. Senator Sessions has the right idea, we need to shut down the entire enterprise and take care of our own. OK I'll stop for a while, my mouth and my posting get me in enough trouble.....

  10. If it were up to me, I'd round up the muzzies and send 'em back to their countries of origin, or something close. Bring the troops home from these countries, and just leave them alone. The rationale years ago was that we needed the military presence to ensure the flow of Saudi and other petroleum resources. We don't need to do that any more. Let's separate ourselves from the muzzie world and just call the whole thing off. No hard feelings. The chances of my ideas being implemented any time soon approach zero, but the left never lets stuff like that get in the way of their kooky campaigns.

  11. I also watch on CSPAN. I don't even bother with the news channels until after the convention adjourns; only then will I switch to the talking heads for a brief moment.