The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Trump’s health report should quiet critics. It won’t.
- DOJ aims to have SCOTUS resolve the DACA question quickly.
- Sometimes, crime is just crime — unless the Rainbow Mafia needs to play the victim.
- Morality based on “consent” isn’t morality at all. The latest #MeToo story shows why.
- Cory Booker, 2020 Democrat hopeful, unloads on a woman in a tirade about Trump.
- Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
“Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.” —Thomas Jefferson (1822)
By Nate Jackson
There was a lot of crazy talk in that press conference about President Donald Trump’s health report yesterday, but none of it came from the podium. All the nonsense came from the Leftmedia due to chronic Trump Derangement Syndrome.
For some time now, Democrats and their media allies have obsessed about the president’s health — particularly his mental fitness — largely as 25th Amendment groundwork for their pathetic impeachment campaign. So the report given Tuesday by the White House’s lead physician, Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, deflated their hopes:
In summary, the president’s overall health is excellent. His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good. … We discussed diet, exercise and weight loss. He would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates and from a routine exercise regimen. … All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.
Jackson has spent a lot of time with Trump, and his report certainly calls into question all the baloney from author Michael Wolff and his book, Fire and Fury. “The guy can’t go put one coherent sentence after another,” Wolff insists. “He’s off. He can’t stay on subject. He can’t stay on point.” News outlets likewise have featured psychiatrists “diagnosing” Trump despite never having even met him. That got so bad the American Psychiatric Association told shrinks to knock it off with violating the “Goldwater Rule” — questioning from afar the mental state of a public figure.
In fact, due to the Left’s incessant questions, Trump insisted that he also take some sort of cognitive test, so Jackson complied, though he noted it was the first time a sitting president had undergone such a test. Trump scored a perfect 30 out of 30 on the very extensive Montreal Cognitive Assessment. Jackson noted, “If he had some type of mental, cognitive issue … this test is sensitive enough. It would pick up on it. He would not have gotten 30 out of 30 on the test. So I’m very confident at this particular stage that he has nothing like that going on.”
With a wink and a smirk, we might even concede that Trump is, as he called himself, a “very stable genius.”
Not so with the Leftmedia. Their utterly inane questions were something to behold. Questions ranged from asking about Trump’s love of fast food, Diet Coke and ice cream to wondering if he’d publicly step on a scale to prove he weighed 239 pounds. The obsession will continue.
Oh, and by the way, Jackson was also Barack Obama’s personal physician, and, as you recall, Obama refused to release some of his medical records…
By Thomas Gallatin
Last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup, a Bill Clinton appointee in “sanctuary” San Francisco, ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by Barack Obama’s former secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, forbidding President Donald Trump from following through on his decision to end Obama’s executive order-created DACA program. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that it would seek to bypass the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and take the case directly to the Supreme Court. That’s yuge.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the unusual move, stating, “It defies both law and common sense for DACA — an entirely discretionary non-enforcement policy that was implemented unilaterally by the last administration after Congress rejected similar legislative proposals and courts invalidating the similar DAPA policy — to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco.” Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSBlog, noted, “It’s an extremely unusual request, one that is granted once in a blue moon. It’s a signal by the Trump administration that they take this issue incredibly seriously and think the justices should, too.”
While this is indeed an unusual action, it is fully warranted given the fact that DACA is not law but an executive order, which a president is free to rescind. Meanwhile, Democrats aren’t actually interested in coming up with a legislative solution to DACA, though they do want to force Trump into keeping Obama’s lawless executive order. Reflecting on the real leftist agenda with the “s—thole” episode, Mollie Hemingway correctly observes, “The out-of-context leak was designed to dampen the prospects of an immigration compromise. You may want to sit down for this, but sometimes people care more about profiting from a problem than solving a problem. What if Democrats are using DACA recipients as human shields for their own electoral plans in November, and to get increased voter intensity, higher political donations, and greater turnout in upcoming elections?”
Why ask, though, when you can just state the fact: Democrats want to drag out DACA as long as possible, especially during an election year, all in a cynical ploy for votes. Trump is looking to end the stalemate.
Feds planning massive Northern California immigration sweep to strike against sanctuary laws (San Francisco Chronicle)
Homeland Security pursues charges against leaders of sanctuary cities (The Washington Times)
Cory Booker melts down, yells at DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over Trump comments (National Review)
Hope ‘n’ change leftovers: After four years of ObamaCare implementation, uninsured rate hits 12.2% (The Washington Free Beacon)
Who knew letting people keep more of their money leads to good things? (Reason)
Steve Bannon subpoenaed by both House and Mueller investigations (NBC News)
North and South Korea agree to compete, march together under same flag at Olympics (ABC News)
Not the droids you’re looking for: A “men’s activist” makes a 46-minute cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” without the women in it (Digital Spy)
Humor but true: Website satirizing feminism shuts down, unable to out-satirize feminism (The Resurgent)
Policy: The Supreme Court quietly gives religious liberty a big win (The Daily Signal)
Policy: Understanding the economic burden of the opioid crisis (American Enterprise Institute)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report.
By Lewis Morris
The murder of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien in North Adams, Massachusetts, earlier this month has taken on larger significance than local police would have thought possible. Steele-Knudslien was murdered by her husband Mark in their home. Mark later turned himself in and was arrested for the crime. While no motive was made known to the public, it appeared at first blush Christa was a victim of domestic violence. Then the Human Rights Campaign got involved.
Christa was transgender. The HRC emphasized this fact in the case when it tweeted that Christa was “the first reported murder of a trans person in 2018.” The case has not even gone to trial yet, but the HRC and the larger LGBT community is already convinced this was a hate crime simply because Christa was transgender.
LGBT activists and organizations would have us believe that any crimes perpetrated against members of their community are hate crimes, motivated solely by the fact that victims are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The violence that is supposedly committed against transsexuals in particular is of record proportions, if you are to believe a study the HRC published last year.
According to the study, 2017 was the deadliest year on record for transsexuals, with trans women four times more likely to be murdered than those who correctly identify as women based on their biology. How many transgender people were killed in 2017? Twenty-eight.
Murder is a terrible crime, and even one murder is a tragedy, but 28 people out of a self-identified population of 1.4 million hardly suggests genocide. Furthermore, the HRC would have us believe that every one of these murders took place simply because the victims were transgender, rather than robbery or acts of domestic violence. By the way, that 1.4 million number, reported in 2016, doubled from the prior year, and has risen since as more people become wrapped up in the wave of gender dysphoria.
The HRC and other LGBT organizations have a vested interest in driving this hate crime narrative. It keeps them at the center of their community making lesbians, gays, and transgender people look to them for social and political guidance, it keeps their coffers flush with donations, and it gives them political muscle.
Pushing this narrative, however, ignores a significant problem in the LGBT community, particularly in the case of Christa Steele-Knudslien, and that is domestic violence. Two studies reported in the homosexual-oriented publication The Advocate in 2014 found that domestic violence is rampant in the LGBT “community.”
The National Violence Against Women survey found that 21.5% of men and 35.4% of women living with a same-sex partner experienced physical violence from their partner, compared with 7.1% and 20.4% for men and women, respectively, with a history of only opposite-sex cohabitation. Another report from the CDC stated that “the lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner was 43.8% for lesbians, 61.1% for bisexual women, and 35% for heterosexual women, while it was 26% for gay men, 37.3% for bisexual men, and 29% for heterosexual men.”
If the HRC is truly concerned about the wellbeing of members of the LGBT community, it would want to explore the issue of same-sex domestic violence rather than push the hate crime narrative. Unfortunately, LGBT organizations have come to believe that creating an “us versus them” mentality has done more for their cause of gaining social acceptance. Meanwhile, disproportionate numbers of people within this community are suffering in silence literally at the hands of their own partners.
The miscategorization of these murders and acts of violence is a travesty of justice that insults and harms the victims and throws our justice system and our society off balance. Perhaps the most famous instance of this was the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Shepard was beaten and killed by two men who, according to the official narrative, identified him as homosexual and decided to kill him based on that fact.
Shepard became the poster child for the homosexual-rights movement, and Wyoming, where the murder took place, became the image of a redneck land filled with backwards-thinking homophobes. Unfortunately, for leftist and LGBT activists, the truth was not so convenient.
Investigative journalist Stephen Jimenez did extensive research into Shepard’s murder and, after 13 years of work and interviewing more than 100 people connected to the case, he found that Shepard was likely murdered over a drug deal gone wrong.
Shepard knew his two killers, one with whom he carried on an infrequent homosexual relationship. They bought and sold drugs from each other, and several people Jimenez spoke to knew with certainty that Shepard was a drug addict and dealer. This inconvenient fact angered the LGBT community, which railed against Jimenez’s work and vilified him in the press.
LGBT and leftist groups don’t like it when facts get in the way of their narrative that America is filled with angry white men of privilege who lash out at anything different. That’s why you’ll keep hearing about phony “hate crimes” that, in reality, were brought about by other problems.
For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.
For more of today’s top cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.
MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST
- Morality Based on Consent Isn’t Morality at All — The #MeToo story about Aziz Ansari sheds light on the real roots of America’s sexual crisis.
- Booker: Mentally Fit for Office? — The New Jersey Democrat erupts in a Senate hearing, accusing the DHS secretary of not feeling his hurt.
- Trump: Working Is Good for Your Health — States will now be allowed to implement work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.
- Video: The Inconvenient Truth About the Republican Party — Racist. Sexist. Republican. These words are virtually interchangeable. Right? Let’s take a look at history.
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Ben Shapiro: Stop Feministsplaining Sex to Men
- Walter Williams: Constitutional Ignorance — Perhaps Contempt
- John Stossel: Selling Hate
- Byron York: Paul Manafort Has a Point
- Star Parker: Republicans Must Lead Abortion Debate
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Ben Shapiro: “There’s a word that has become popular in feminist circles these days: ‘mansplaining.’ The word is a mashup of ‘man’ and ‘explaining’ and refers to men who condescendingly explain the facts of life to women. … Well, feminists, it’s time to stop ‘feministsplaining’ sex to men. The #MeToo movement has been good for America. It’s good that women who have been sexually assaulted and abused are coming forward; it’s good that we’re finally having conversations about the nature of consent and the problems with a casual hookup culture that obfuscates sexual responsibility. But the #MeToo movement hasn’t stopped there. Men are now being pilloried for the sin of taking women too literally — of not reading women’s minds. … How about this: no feministsplaining and no mansplaining when it comes to sex? How about we instead focus on communication between men and women? How about sexual partners demand more from one another than physical release so they aren’t disappointed that they’re being treated as sex objects? A system prizing love and commitment doesn’t require nearly the amount of explanation as a system that dispenses with both.”
Insight: “Those who lack the capacity to achieve much in an atmosphere of freedom will clamor for power.” —Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)
From the “Limo Left-Elite” Files: “No educated person wants to live in a s—thole with stupid people [who are] violent, racist, and/or misogynistic. We would like to live a more rural lifestyle but won’t sacrifice tolerance or diversity to do so [especially in] states where the majority of residents are voting for things against their own interests [because] they don’t want brown people to thrive.” —Melinda Byerley, Silicon Valley Tech Exec, on Middle America “deplorables”
What a novel idea! “I should get in the backseat and close my mouth for a while.” —Matt Damon
Hollywood is still protecting its own: “Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me.” —Alec Baldwin
About that border wall… “I don’t f—ing regret that s—. Only thing that I f—ing regret is that I f—ing just killed two. I wish I killed more of those motherf—ers. … I will break out soon, and I will kill more. Whoever f—ing get in front of me, just like that. There’s no need for a f—ing trial.” —illegal immigrant Luis Bracamontes, who killed two California law enforcement officers in 2014
Alpha Jackass: “Wishing you a #metoo moment. Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive.” —Georgetown University adviser Jeff Bernstein to Allie Stuckey, a conservative pundit
And last… “Gonna be incredible when some Democrat screams ‘YOU LIE’ at Trump during the State of the Union and the entire media cheer wildly.” —Ben Shapiro
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