The Trump Kim summit is over and the reactions from the media have been varied, & the spin has already begun but even Joe Scarborough is admitting that this is a big deal:

It very fair to say that we aren’t going to know the long term results of all of this for years but Trump is already winning the PR war per this conversation with George Stephanopoulos

G: You’ve set the bar for nuclear agreements by criticizing the Iran nuclear deal, said it’s the worst deal ever made.

T: Terrible deal.

G: Does that mean that any deal with North Korea has to be tougher than the Iran deal?

T: I don’t think a deal could be softer. First of all, we’re not paying $150 billion, OK, we’re paying nothing from that standpoint other than, you will see what happens.


On a completely unrelated side note I had to open up a browser that I wasn’t signed into to get that Morning Joe tweet as I had forgotten they had blocked me a long time ago. Perhaps the judge in the Trump-Twitter was ignorant of the fact that all a blocked person has to do in order to see a tweet is to open a new browser that they’re not logged in to. But I’m flattered that the show blocked me as it indicated they have no confidence in their ability to counter my points among their most loyal fans.

That’s why I never block folks unless they are putting porn images into my timeline, let the left’s own arguments show them for what they are.


The Trump/Kim summit also demonstrates something that it took me a long time to figure out about Trump. Complements and Insults are throw away lines to be used whenever they suit him. One should not take an insult, even the worst possible insult as anything of substance and by the same token one should not take a complement from Trump as more than a bit of expediency. Both complements and insults are tools to be used to achieve ends. What Trump really thinks about a person is kept close to the vest and can not be determined by any complement or insult. His foes inability to figure this out is one of their great weaknesses.

Oh one exception. Trump’s complements to and about me were of course completely sincere.


Speaking of summits while the results of the Trump/Kim summit will take months and years to evaluate the results of the Trump/Kardisian summit are already worrying some on the left:

Donald Trump is succeeding at something few people thought possible. He is getting some black people to compare him to Barack Obama. Obama didn’t get Alice Johnson out of jail. Obama didn’t pardon Jack, even though Ken Burns asked him to and produced an entire documentary explaining why.

Donald Trump isn’t killing the Republican Party.

He is killing the Democratic Party.

He is singlehandedly making people forget the strength and resilience and heart of the party that once tried to define itself as the place for the little guy, for the left-outs, for the have-nots.

The key words in that are “once tried to define itself” because with black unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent and the gap between the black and white unemployment rate is down to 2.4% the difference between “defining itself” and doing is the difference between Trump and the Democrat Party.

Don’t’ get me wrong as Powerline notes Alice Johnson was a big time Drug dealer and deserved what she got but after 21 years she’s not likely a danger to anyone, but gestures like this showing that America is the country of 2nd chances is good for the country in the long run.


A little more Trump? The president has managed to Sack the NFL with his move on the Eagles (ironically a team that didn’t kneel during the 2017 season. By dis-inviting them and then following up asking for a list of possible pardon targets he has invited them to put their money where their mouths are and provide names of folks who have been mistreated by police who deserve pardon. There has been no response from the NFL crowd but it will be interesting to see if they thread the needle of recommending cop killers and traitors on one end or snubbing the offer on the other.

Given what we’ve seen from the players I expect them to charge directly into the jaws of this trap rather than doing something useful with it.


Speaking of sportsmen who don’t care for Trump there is a lot of talk about where Lebron James is going to end up next year. I’ve heard speculation from Philly, Houston, LA and even Boston but in all that talk there was one thing I was hearing on sports radio that I found very appealing.

The question was how long Lebron would stay in the league, from what the hosts were saying his goal is to stay long enough so that when his oldest son is drafted by a team, he can play beside him.

There are a lot of reason why people don’t care for Lebron, but I’ve got to tell you that as far as I’m concerned a man with such a goal in mind has his priorities in life straight and it certainly won’t hurt the black community to have a role model who is clearly concerned about being a father who is there for his son.


Robert Stacy McCain tell us another story of how the honored cultural elites turn out to be less than meets the eye:

Stunning revelations of an Australian paedophile ring involving celebrity arts figures have been laid bare by the daughters of a prominent playwright.
Rozanna and Kate Lilley, the daughters of playwright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men including the late Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, The Australian reports.
Sharp, Australia’s foremost pop artist, designed record covers and posters for Bob Dylan, Donovan and Eric Clapton and wrote songs for Clapton’s band, Cream.
Ellis was a political commentator, writer and film maker who penned 22 television and screenplays.
The Lilley sisters, who each have written new books, say their mother encouraged underage sex between her daughters and famous men she entertained at her Sydney house.
The sisters say the men enjoyed having young girls around and their mother, considered a left wing radical and admired feminist, encouraged their joining in the libertine sex scene of the times.

If you have the stomach for it I suggest reading the whole piece but in fairness I have to say that given what we’ve seen from Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey and so many others of the left I have to take exception to the use of the word “shocking” in this context.


Entertainment? The movie Solo is aptly named as it seems to be alone in the Star Wars universe in it’s inability to make it into the black. Apparently the idea of treating the customer base as a group of people to be lectured to on social issues rather than a customer base to be served just doesn’t work in terms of the bottom line.

And apparently the plan for Disney is to extend this to the Marvel movies as ace reports:

Anyway, Disney may be facing tougher times ahead, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

When all this is over, I’d like Disney to stand as a cautionary tale about injecting SJW politics into movies, TV shows, childrens’ cartoons, and sports coverage.

When you position yourself as a de facto political organization, you should be treated as such.

PS: Captain Marvel seems like it just might be a Social Justice Warrior bonanza. I have high hopes that it will be the first Solo-like dud of the MCU.


Some house keeping.  After 9 years on the radio and podcasting we ended the podcast last month.  The time just isn’t there and the weekly format meant that I was behind on some news while missing other news.  As an alternative I’ve been doing a series of pieces called “Interviews with Immigrants” where I do audio interviews with folks who were born elsewhere about the hows and whys and wherefores of coming here.  So far I have talked to people from Haiti, Iraq and El Salvador with more on the way.  The plan is to start putting them up by the of the month.


Finally some blog/stat/dough updates

You may have noticed a few changes here.  Fausta has been ill and has been unable to post, Zilla also has had some health issues in the family and has been absent as well as had JD Rucker.  We wish all of them speedy recoveries and hope they choose to return when they are feeling better.   Sadly we have also said goodbye to Michigan Mick who choose depart for personal reasons and wish him the best with the knowledge that there is always a place for him to opine if he feels the need to opine.

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Yesterday the Golden State Warriors Closed out their 3rd NBA title in four years decisively sweeping away LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This has prompted quite a bit of “Greatest Team of all Time” talk and without question this team is to this point the most dominant of the 21st century Lebron James comparing them to the New England Patriots is quite apt.

But for those of you who are buying into the “greatest team of all time business” let me provide you to this link to the stats page of a fellow named Russell who was known to play a little basketball in my youth.

If you scroll town to the “playoff section you will note that next to Mr. Russell you will note that there are little gold rings next to 11 of the 13 seasons listed.

Now if we concede that there are more playoff rounds in the current era (even while ignoring that fewer teams means less dilution of talent) and penalize Mr. Russell’s Celtics have of those titles we still find they have 2 1/2 more rings that the current Golden State team.

When they get those two rings, then call me back and we’ll talk.

Furthermore for those who are saying Lebron James is the greatest player of all time, a perfectly reasonable argument if you’ve ever seen him play, particularly when we consider that he’s apparently been playing this year’s finals with a broken hand, you might also note that while his own stats are loaded, in his 13 years he has played so far, 12 of them as an all star he has in 8 trips to the NBA finals come out with a ring 3 times.

Mr. Russell also played 13 years, 12 of them as an all star and during that time went to 12 NBA championships winning 11 the final two as Player coach!

Now I think you can make a very fair argument for James as the greatest of all time, just as you can for Michael Jordan and for Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who for some reason never in included in this conversation despite winning the first of his six rings at the age of 23 two years after Russell last (1970-71) and his last at the age of 40 in the 1987-1988 season when a 24 year old Michael Jordan was in his fourth year three years removed from the first of his six tiles.

But to dismiss Bill Russell from that conversation, a man who not only went 12/13 in going to the finals and 11/12 at winning them but also won two titles while coaching the team as well, that’s just nonsense.

I’m sure the NBA was just delighted by this statement from Lebron:

James, who stumped for Hillary Clinton last year on the campaign trail, sat contemplating for a few moments, before chalking up his state’s “wrong” choice to a lack of education.

“I don’t think a lot of people were educated,” he responded. “That’s one of the biggest problems we have when it becomes vote time. People are just not educated on either the individual or what’s going on in the state of the world. They make choices and say things that’s uneducated.”

Because nothing sells the advertising that makes the NBA the profit machine that it is like declaring the half of the public that voted Trump uneducated.

Now I like James’ He’s one of the hardest workers in basketball, and in my opinion the way he carried his team down 3-1 to a championship was the greatest display of leadership and effort ever on a basketball court, a signature moment for the NBA. And I think he is both wise and correct in noting that “his voice is more important than my knee” in explaining why he won’t be protesting during games.

But if you are a fan in Ohio who voted Trump, as much as you might admire James’ skill you aren’t going to invest your money in someone who disrespect you and yours.

I think Allahpundit has it pegged:

when asked elsewhere if he thinks there’ll be demonstrations by other players, he says he wouldn’t be surprised. The “take a knee” thing may be just getting started. Good news for Trump.

May the NBA and James like the NFL be happy in the choice they’ve taken.

Last year the NFL tried to spend an entire season pretending that the protests against the National Anthem were not hurting attendance while trying to appease players who decided they’d want to be social justice warriors of the pampered 1%.

This season attendance and rating continue to drop as athletes decide to focus on protest rather than play and the athletes doubled down asking the NFL to dedicate a month to protest.

Four NFL players submitted a 10-page memo to the league’s top officials asking for “overt league support” and a month of anti-police activism.

The 10-page memo was obtained by Yahoo Sports and was endorsed by Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles’ Torrey Smith and former NFL player Anquan Boldin. The memo was sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent.

Bennett has sat during the national anthem during games and raises a fist on the field after making plays in protest of the police.

The memo asks for the league to make the month of November as “activism awareness month” such as the league does with breast cancer.

This was a bombshell aimed directly at the blue collar white fan base that Roger Goodell would like to avoid, but alas for him a more media savvy person recognized that NFL base that is getting angry at pampered athletes dissing the country and law are upsetting his base too.

Ed Morrissey saw where this was going:

After this, what will be more likely: NFL players decide to obey Trump, or NFL players make a special show of defying Trump? Given his relative popularity in the urban areas that support these teams, bet heavily on the latter. And even those who might have eschewed protesting during the anthem before this for reasons of patriotism will now have incentive to show solidarity with their teammates, knowing full well that Trump’s comments will put pressure on them to show that they’re not going to take orders from him.

This fad may have petered out naturally after a few more months; Trump’s all but guaranteed that we’ll get it through the 2020 election. And that may mean that NFL players will need to keep it going through 2024, given the unpopularity of the protests everywhere else. It’s a win-win, I guess.

Sure enough the NFL commissioner who wasn’t willing to critique his players was more than willing to hit Trump

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump on Saturday for encouraging league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, saying Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”

Oddly enough I don’t recall him calling the protests “divisive”, nor complaining about the “unfortunate lack of respect” for police or the country and the flag.

Furthermore on Friday another story came out about Stephen Curry saying he’s not going to the White House over Trump and the Warriors hedging about going 

”I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Myers said. ”It’s not as clear as, well I assume some people think it is and some people think it isn’t. So, from our opinion, my opinion, it deserves a proper forum. It deserves the right amount of thought, and so when we make the decision we at least put in the right amount of time to make it.”

Stephen Curry has been outspoken about not attending, saying at media day Friday, ”I don’t want to go … my beliefs stay the same.”

So the President, understanding that this is another gimme for his base, decided to make things easier for them by taking the decision out of their hands.

Now by this time it should have been pretty obvious that the President is trolling the left here and hoping beyond hope that they choose to bite because he understand that to his base, particularly in state that the left needs if they want to win in 2020 can’t afford to upset those voters who decided to abandon them.

So if they were smart they would have let it go.

They Didn’t

And the msm has piled on with some disingenuous breast beating:

Trump knows this. He is an avid consumer of TV and culture. Which means that he is purposely playing at and with racial animus here. That is a dark thing to do as the leader of the United States. And something he deserves to be condemned for.

This is from CNN which has spent the last 5 years playing the race card and doing all they can to divide the country.

However some people get it like the folks at Powerline:

Liberals have responded with predictable hysteria in defense of Colin Kaepernick’s (and others’) First Amendment rights. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement that criticized Trump without, however, mentioning the National Anthem issue, which suggests how sensitive it is to the league’s hierarchy.

And Rich Lowry:

He takes a commonly held sentiment — most people don’t like the NFL protests — and states it in an inflammatory way guaranteed to get everyone’s attention and generate outrage among his critics. When those critics lash back at him, Trump is put in the position of getting attacked for a fairly commonsensical view.

and Allahpundit who while he sees a silver lining for the left as well

All of which … works out pretty well for both sides. Liberals are forever grumbling that pro athletes aren’t as “socially conscious” as they should be given their influence; James and Curry have the cachet to change that, and to do so at the expense of Democrats’ least favorite politician. Trump fans will hate every minute of that and some apolitical fans will grow annoyed at having politics crammed into yet another form of entertainment, and the backlash will benefit Trump. As a matter of raw populism, you can’t do better than the white-identity-politics president in a war of words with a group of black superstar athletes defending another black athlete known for complaining about how oppressive America is. I’d bet a kidney that Steve Bannon, Trump’s populist id, couldn’t be more excited about last night’s shot at anthem protests and today’s fallout.

but forgets that this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while helping the left in places that they are already winning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.

Because nothing is going to win over white working class voters than a bunch of rich athletes talking about how oppressed they are by the country that made them rich.

The left doesn’t seem to get this or if they do, they are too afraid of getting any single part of their fragile coalition together to risk keeping silent, they don’t want to see a bunch of primaries where they are flanked on the left.

What’s really ironic here is Trump is using the tactics of the left against them and playing by the same rules that they normally do or as Kurt Schlichter put it

The left will miss the old rules come election day.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Ed. You’ll want to see these two follow up posts

The NFL Lost my wife today

and

The NFL Question Every 2018 Red State Democrat Candidate Now has to Answer

Also I had Robert Stacy McCain stay with me for a week, we hit Harvard, Clark, UMass Amherst, He did TV in Worcester, gave speeches in Lexington and did an event on feminism in Leominster. You can find it all here.

Update 2: Guess what NFL shirt is the #1 seller for the Pittsburgh steelers

or buy Amazon and give the NFL nothing

Plus the ultimate NFL twitter irony

Update 2: “America Good”


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we are going to hold not being Jordan against him? C’mon! Jordon at worst is the 2nd greatest player of all time (I’d give the nod to Russell) so I think we can forgive him for not having the same drive in some areas.

it is the media hype that has changed the expectations game on him, he has wisely used it to become even richer than his considerable skills would have made him. If we have unrealistic expectations of him it is our fault not his.