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Feb. 4, 2019

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“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” —Samuel Adams (1775)

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Gov. Northam, Please Don’t Resign

Mark Alexander

If not for double standards, Democrat party leaders wouldn’t have any.

It was OK in the first decade of this millennium that Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was considered the “conscience of the Senate” by his Demo colleagues, even though he had been an “exalted cyclops” in the Ku Klux Klan.

Last year it was OK that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee at the same time he was an advocate for fellow Muslim racist Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam black-supremacist haters calling for an “ethnostate.”

Now enter Gov. Ralph Northam. Just days after earning infamy for his comments in support of infanticide, a photo was “discovered” of Northam from his medical yearbook page. There are two people in the photo, one in black face and the other in a KKK robe. Northam admitted he was in the photo but refused to acknowledge which of the racist characters was him — apparently trying to decide which one would be “less racist.”

On Friday, Northam launched an apology tour: “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now. … I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”

Really? This is not a teenager’s high-school yearbook from 35 years ago, with a notation about “passing gas,” for which then-SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh was relentlessly skewered by Democrats. This is an adult’s medical-school yearbook. It is astounding that the mainstream media did not uncover this photo during his 2017 campaign for governor — when he was labeling his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie, “racist,” complete with an ad depicting minority kids being threatened by a guy with a Confederate flag on his truck. It would be interesting to know which media “journalists” suppressed knowledge of the photo. I have inquired with the editorial board of The Washington Post, but I don’t expect an answer.

Given the fact that a disproportionate number of aborted American babies are black, and Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger was an advocate of racially selective eugenics to contain less desirable ethnic groups like black people, the irony of Northam’s infanticide comments and now this photo is thick.

In what alternate universe does a major political party pressure its sitting governor to resign because he appeared in a 35-year-old racist photo but not because of his position (as a pediatrics specialist) advocating infanticide legislation? Fortunately, that bill failed to pass. Of course, the Virginia Democrat Party is controlled — as is the state — by suburban government bureaucrats who reside in northern Virginia and have no roots in the state.

Unbelievably, a day after declaring he was in the photo, Northam claimed he was not in the photo: “In the hours since I made my statement yesterday, I reflected with my … classmates from the time and affirmed my conclusion that I am not the person in that photo.”

He now recalls once darkening his face with shoe polish to portray Michael Jackson in a dance contest. “You remember these things,” he insisted, after admitting he didn’t. This pivot would be laughable if not so pathetic. The photo still appeared in his yearbook and he is likely under that hood or he NEVER would have admitted he was in the photo. The Jackson blackface story was concocted so Northam could “get out from under the hood.” (Ironically, for the last two decades of his life, Michael Jackson strived to appear in whiteface.) Now that Northam has “reflected” with his political tribe and his classmates, two of them may come forward and claim they were in the photo.

So will Northam resign? I hope not!

The reason Democrats may insist he resign, regardless, is that if he stays in office, the photo undermines their “racist Republicans” mantra, especially on issues like Donald Trump’s plan for what they consider an “immoral” and “racist” southern-border barrier.

And standing in the wings waiting to take Northam’s office is Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a black gubernatorial hopeful who has been stewarded by Al Gore and John Kerry. He is a DC native who moved to Virginia to support Demo Sen. Mark Warner. Fairfax will be a far more formidable leftist Democrat governor than Northam.

(A humorous footnote: Because the Northam story was about racism, CNN “accidentally” identified him as a Republican in its initial coverage.)

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Columbus Caused Climate Change?

Thomas Gallatin

Christopher Columbus started the Little Ice Age! That’s right — not only was that Genoan devil Columbus responsible for unleashing the scourge of Europeans upon the Americas, but now, according to a recent study released by researchers at University College London (UCL), he was also responsible for causing climate change.

You see, Columbus’s discovery of the New World brought disease from Europe that unleashed a genocide upon millions of Indigenous Peoples™ whose disappearance subsequently resulted in a massive overgrowth of vegetation across previously farmed land in Central, South, and North America. This surge in forestation tanked global CO2 levels, which in turn cooled the planet and threw it into a mini ice age.

Evidently, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution, with its massive increase in the burning of fossil fuels, that enough CO2 was produced to reverse the cooling trend.

Now that pesky fact often cited by skeptics of the dogma of anthropogenic climate change — that the 17th century’s Little Ice Age was caused by natural forces rather than human activity — can finally be refuted. In fact, it can now be argued that mankind was actually entirely responsible for causing the Little Ice Age as well as this current global-warming phenomenon.

Not only that, but it can be concluded that Europeans (white people) are most responsible for causing climate change. UCL geography professor Mark Maslin argued, “The really weird thing is, the depopulation of the Americas may have inadvertently allowed the Europeans to dominate the world. It also allowed for the Industrial Revolution and for Europeans to continue the domination.” Check and mate! How’s that for killing two birds with one stone? Oh, wait — that analogy is no longer PC. It’s feeding two birds with one scone.

Never mind the fact that during the era known as the Little Ice Age, the sun was in the Maunder Minimum, a period of 28 years in which fewer than 50 sunspots were observed. Contrast that with the modern era, when there have been between 40,000 and 50,000 sunspots. To be clear, correlation does not prove causation, but it does raise the question. And it’s a far more scientifically plausible theory than blaming Columbus and his crew of Europeans for climate change.

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TOP HEADLINES

  • Elizabeth Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation for her DNA stunt (Washington Examiner)
  • Pentagon announces nearly 4,000 additional troops heading to U.S.-Mexico border (The Hill)
  • Border agents discover 60-foot tunnel to Mexico (Fox News)
  • Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after U.S. does same (Associated Press)
  • Iran unveils long-range cruise missile on revolution anniversary (Reuters)
  • CBS rejects pro-flag, anti-Kaepernick “Just Stand” Super Bowl ad (Washington Examiner)
  • Covington teen’s lawyer releases brutal 14-minute video showcasing lies of Nathan Phillips and media (PJ Media)
  • European nations recognize Guaido as Venezuelan leader (Associated Press)
  • Men run the news 2 to 1 despite demands for diversity, equality everywhere else (Washington Examiner)
  • Humor: Dumb football game keeps interrupting commercials (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: It’s time to make a trade deal with China (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: The three major problems with a carbon tax (National Review)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights.

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SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “How can we not believe in the greatness of America? How can we not do what is right and needed to preserve this last best hope of man on Earth? After all our struggles to restore America, to revive confidence in our country, hope for our future — after all our hard-won victories earned though the patience and courage of every citizen — we cannot, must not and will not turn back. We will finish our job. How could we do less? We’re Americans.” —Ronald Reagan

Real hope ‘n’ change? “Between the shockingly unfair treatment of the Covington Catholic kids and now Virginia Governor Northam’s statement on post-birth termination of live babies, I’d say there’s a powerful cultural backlash brewing.” —Ari Fleischer

Inquiring minds want to know: “Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal? Asking for a friend.” —Dan Crenshaw

Braying Jenny: “The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate. The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though.” — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non Compos Mentis: “It’s Friday, so call me crazy, but I can’t wait for next week. On Wednesday, our @HouseJudiciary Committee will have the first hearing on gun violence in 8 years. A new Congress is putting your right to be safe over any other rights.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell (“Our right to bear arms IS our ‘right to be safe.’” —Allie Beth Stuckey)

The BIG Lie: “CNN — the network that promotes the hashtag #FactsFirst — mislabeled embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as a Republican on Friday during a segment about the Democrat’s apology for his racist 1984 medical school yearbook photo.” —Fox News

Friendly fire: “If it wasn’t [Northam] in the photo, he should have said that on Friday. I have no idea what was going on in the governor’s office on Friday.” —former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

And last… “Remember the Northam ads against Gillespie that showed minority kids getting run down by a dude in a truck with a confederate flag? Talk about projection.” —Katie Pavlich

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