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Shutting Down Trump’s Rally is Going to Backfire

By on 3.11.16 | 9:03PM

I am watching the images of protesters shutting down Donald Trump's rally in Chicago while listening to Trump being interviewed by Greta Van Susteren. 

Naturally, my mind goes back to Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. 

John Roberts is reporting that the protesters (many of them Bernie Sanders & Black Lives Matters supporters) are shouting, "We won! We stopped Trump!" But that victory will be very short-lived. As much as I object to Trump, this is bound only to strengthen him with the images of angry protesters with Trump now acting like a champion for the First Amendment. Of course, Trump sees an opportunity as he told Van Susteren that far more people are watching the images on TV than would have attended the rally.

The question is will this spread to other cities. If it does it is likely to harden the resolve of Trump supporters who might be even more disposed to violence then they are now. In which case, I fear lives will be lost.

But assuming it doesn't come to that, the students ought to bear in mind that the violence in 1968 resulted in the election of Richard Nixon.

Keith Emerson, R.I.P. UPDATE

By on 3.11.16 | 4:01PM

Keith Emerson, keyboard player with the '60's group The Nice and most notably with the '70's progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has passed away. News of his death broke through his ELP bandmate Carl Palmer's publicist. Palmer's statement did not include a cause of death. Emerson was 71.

Emerson was arguably the greatest keyboard player in rock 'n roll history. With his jazz and classical music influences, he was certainly the most innovative.

While with The Nice, Emerson re-arranged Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo à la Turk" from a 9/8 time signature to the more conventional 4/4 and renamed his rendition "Rondo" Many years later, Brubeck jokingly told Emerson he couldn't play the song in 4/4 time.

Trump Supporter Who Punched Protester: “Next Time, We Might Have To Kill Him.”

By on 3.11.16 | 1:03PM

Consider what Donald Trump said during his closing statement in last night's GOP debate in Miami which aired on CNN:

The Republican Party has a great chance to embrace millions of people that it's never known before. They're coming by the millions. We should seize that opportunity. These are great people. These are fantastic people. These are people that love our country. These are people that want to see America be great again.

Among these great, fantastic people who love this country is one John McGraw who saw fit to sucker punch a protester at a Trump rally in Fayettville, North Carolina earlier on Wednesday. McGraw was subsequently arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. He was not the least bit sorry for his conduct telling a reporter with Inside Edition: "The next time we see him, we might have to kill him."

‘The Young Messiah’ Opens Today

By on 3.11.16 | 12:51PM

The Young Messiah opens today in theatres around the country, and I encourage everyone to see it. It’s a movie about the seven year-old Christ, and it encourages Christians to wonder what He was like as a child. The Gospels don’t much tell us, and we’re left to speculate. Was he a normal kid? Did he like to run around and play with toys? Or was He already gifted with more than human intelligence and knowledge? It’s a puzzle as old as the earliest heresies. Was He human more than divine, as the Arians claimed, or was He divine but not truly human, as the Monophysites asserted?

In the film, Christ is both, which is the orthodox view of the question, and as The Young Messiah has been praised by bishops you don’t have to rely on me that the writers and directors, Cy and Betsey Nowrasteh got it right.

The film isn’t a theological lecture, however. It’s a stunningly beautiful and well-acted film that you can’t take you eyes off as you watch it. Go see it!

Has Tonight’s GOP Debate Given Rubio a Reprieve?

By on 3.10.16 | 11:35PM

Over the past few days, many anti-Trump conservative writers have been calling upon Marco Rubio to drop out of the race after having won only two GOP contests and lagging 20 points behind Trump in his native Florida. I have not been among them. I still think Rubio is the most viable Republican candidate in the field. If he should fail, I'd rather see him go down fighting than just give up because Ted Cruz says so.

Rubio explained why he did not drop out of the race after a disappointing night on Tuesday. His wife told him about a old man who recently had surgery and was told to rest. Instead, he has been going outside and holding up a Rubio sign. If that man wasn't giving up on Rubio then why should he give up on himself?

Ben Carson Has Gone From Praying to Playing for Trump

By on 3.10.16 | 8:25PM

When Ben Carson withdrew from last week's GOP debate prior to formally suspending his campaign, I wrote, "Whatever Carson does from here on out he will do no harm."

It would seem that I must take back that statement as it appears that Dr. Carson will be endorsing Donald Trump tomorrow becoming the second ex-GOP presidential candidate to do so following Chris Christie. 

I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised given the hubaloo between Carson and Cruz during the Iowa Caucus when the Cruz campaigned prematurely suggested he was withdrawing from the race. 

The Thuggishness of The Trump Campaign UPDATE

By on 3.10.16 | 8:06PM

When you consider the months of boorish behavior from Donald Trump, can one really be surprised when that behavior rubs off on his staff?

How else does one explain Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski assaulting reporter Michelle Fields following his press conference on Tuesday night? The incident has been captured on audio.

How else does one explain the efforts of the Trump campaign to defame Fields' character and reputation rather than discipline Lewandowski?

If Trump can pull off stunts without consequence, his staff figures they can do the same.

Dislike the media to your heart's content. But there's just no excuse for what happened. Fields is not only with a media outlet sympathetic to Trump, she was hardly doing anything out of the ordinary. I fail to see how posing a question to Trump about affirmative action warrants being physically accosted never mind engaging in defamation.

A Critical Mass of Islam Hates Us

By on 3.10.16 | 3:51PM

Donald Trump has waded his way back to the question of Muslims by telling CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview yesterday, "I think Islam hates us."

Trump elaborated, "But there is a tremendous hatred, and we have to be very vigilant, we have to be very careful, and we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States, and of people that are not Muslim."

There is no doubt that a critical mass of Muslims hate America and the West at large. If one reads Osama bin Laden's 1998 fatwa, he decrees it is the duty of every Muslim "to kill the Americans and their allies" be they military or civilian. Later that year, the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were attacked. Three years came the 9/11 attacks.

President Obama: “I Have Not Contributed to Dividing the Country.”

By on 3.10.16 | 3:30PM

Barack Obama may have spent most of his morning press conference holding babies and snuggling Canadian Prime Ministers (they're best friends! though they've only met once), but he took a moment to reassure those gathered in the Rose Garden that he is definitely not the reason that the country seems to be at war with itself.

He's uniter, not a divider, and it's simply not his fault that people resist their basic urge to like him, thus upending the natural order.

Loretta Lynch Won’t Rule Out Indicting You For Questioning Climate Change

By on 3.10.16 | 1:19PM

Attorney General Loretta Lynch was cagey yesterday when asked whether she'd be willing to file charges against Hillary Clinton if the FBI investigation into the former Secretary of State's bathroom email server, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that she would consult with "officials" before she did anything rash, like cross Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 

On the subject of whether she'd considered indicting Climate Change heretics for their crimes against groupthink, she was less evasive