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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>HEALTH: December 5, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Tyrrell.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Do you spend much time reading the Journal of the American Medical Association? I must say I do not. Perhaps that is because I exercise regularly, eat nutritious meals, avoid drinking to excess and put in a 40-hour workweek &mdash; well, actually, a bit more than that, but I enjoy my work. At times, my work would more properly be described as recreational. One more thing: I took Pascal&rsquo;s bet a long time ago. What was his bet? Well, if one lives a good life, a life that the Almighty would approve of, why not go all in? Why not believe in the Almighty? That is what old Pascal came up with.</p>\n<p> A RECENT report in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that an increasing number of Americans could improve their health by taking Pascal&rsquo;s famous bet and all that it entails. According to the Journal, Americans are falling behind the industrialized world in terms of longevity. Our longevity has declined for the past three years, and, according to the compilers of the report &mdash; Virginia Commonwealth University&rsquo;s Steven Woolf and Eastern Virginia Medical School&rsquo;s Heidi Schoomaker &mdash; the problem goes back to the 1980s. They lay the causes of a loss in longevity to obesity, alcoholism, drugs and suicide. In other words, they put the blame on life choices.<br />\n Moreover, there is not much the medical corps can do to solve the problem. Writes Daniel Flynn in The American Spectator&rsquo;s newsletter Spectator A.M., &ldquo;This decline in life expectancy coincides with a massive increase in healthcare spending.&rdquo; Flynn suggests that we look for the cure for declining longevity elsewhere. American lives lack meaning, he writes, and he goes on, &ldquo;People fill the void by drinking, doing drugs, and overeating. When they come to see a hole at the bottom of the void that means to them that nothing can ever quench the thirst, they cease the search for meaning in their life and take action to end it.&rdquo; He concludes, &ldquo;A doctor cannot cure the kind of sickness from which Americans increasingly suffer.&rdquo; Who can cure it? A social worker? A gifted psychiatrist? A rabbi, minister or priest?</p>\n<p> I DO NOT know what Flynn would prescribe, but I suggest a worldly philosopher and man of science: Blaise Pascal. He lived from 1623 to 1662. Pascal argued that, whether God exists or not, a rational person should live as though God does exist and try to believe in Him while abiding by His laws, as the laws are handed down from the Old and New Testaments. His famous bet was based on the idea of the Christian God. Yet it is applicable to many religions. If God does indeed exist, the rational person gains infinitely; for instance, he gains Heaven. If God does not exist, the rational person has lost nothing. Pascal&rsquo;s argument is said to be an appeal to self-interest as opposed to an appeal to the evidence. I say it is the first giant step in believing in the existence of a just God. After taking this step, one can consider the more complicated arguments for the existence of God &mdash; for instance, those of St. Thomas Aquinas.<br />\n Choosing a dissolute lifestyle has always struck me as a painful waste of time, particularly when there are so many productive and interesting things to do in a free society like ours. Consider President Donald Trump. He has made a lot of money and become president of the United States on his first run for the presidency. He neither drinks nor avails himself to tobacco. Now, one need not go to extremes &mdash; not that I would say there is anything extreme about Donald. An occasional drink is perfectly acceptable, and a thick cigar is acceptable, too, particularly for the male of the species. Moreover, I wouldn&rsquo;t always turn my back on dessert, and eating moderately is advised in all circumstances, especially if one wants to avoid joint replacement, heart disease, diabetes and dozens of other time-consuming and life-threatening diseases. As for suicide, it is a life choice that almost always ends badly. I would not even consider it.<br />\n I suggest the alcoholics, the drug users and the obese who find life not worth living consider Pascal&rsquo;s strategy and acquire the professional services of a good rabbi, minister or priest.</p>\n<p> THIS brings to mind those who are in the service of the Lord. The recent findings of the Journal of the American Medical Association tell us there are people out there in dire need of your help. Instead of marching for peace or to save the planet, why not spend some time with an alcoholic, a drug addict or someone terminally overweight? I think Pascal would agree with me. Those suffering in such situations greatly need you. The world can come later.</p>\n', created = 1576012492, expire = 1576098892, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9adaee2cfedc61f45c4a1a08019f5eab' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>HOMELESSNESS: September 26, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Tyrrell.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Every morning, I take the four morning newspapers I subscribe to into the kitchen and glance at their front pages as I eat. Occasionally, I have a little trouble downing my matutinal feast, as the front pages, especially those of the New York Times and the Washington Post, are usually repulsive.</p>\n<p> THE WALL Street Journal and the Washington Times generally cover the same stories as the Times and the Post, but their editors are more considerate of us readers. They realize that their newspapers are probably going to be read, at least at first, by readers who&rsquo;re breakfasting. Thus, no corpses, no people bleeding to death, no catastrophic accidents and, please, no victims of starvation or other grisly events involving food. Those are invariably the subjects covered by our Newspapers of Conscience, or whatever they&rsquo;re pleased to call themselves.<br />\n Last Sunday &mdash; the Lord&rsquo;s day! &mdash; was no different. The Times featured 64 shooting victims on its front page. At least they were portrayed in a dignified manner. Just headshots, though why they appeared on the front page I have no idea. I plan to take up the matter with a friendly psychiatrist. The Post featured a homeless man reposing on his side in baggy, dirty clothing, apparently asleep. The picture on the front page was snapshot-size, though it was repeated on the front page of the Post&rsquo;s &ldquo;Outlook&rdquo; and took up almost the entire page. It took up so much of the page that a girl&rsquo;s well-turned ankles could be seen as she passed the recumbent man. He, for his part, was at least well cushioned by fat, so he was getting some restful sleep.</p>\n<p> THE PICTURE highlighted yet another article about homelessness in California, written by one Chris Herring, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. I hope Herring gets his Ph.D. before he, too, becomes homeless. He spent thousands of words saying nothing of much interest. His point is that both Democrats and Republicans are intent on the same policy toward the homeless &mdash; which, by the way, is not true.<br />\n Herring concludes: &ldquo;While Democratic politicians criminalize homelessness, they at least see its root causes in stagnating wages and lack of government-funded affordable housing &mdash; diagnoses supported by research. Trump, on the other hand, blames high taxes, overregulation, poor public service delivery, mental illness, and drug addiction,&rdquo; whereupon our young Ph.D. candidate lays the blame for &ldquo;mass homelessness&rdquo; on Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Why not Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, too?<br />\n Actually, the president has it about right when he attributes homelessness to mental health and drug addiction, but why stop there? Why not go back to the Nixon years? It was about that time when the nationwide extirpation of vagrancy laws began. Now the homeless are completely out of control.<br />\n Up until the late 1960s, you could not just flop down on a sidewalk to nap. If you did, it would be only a matter of time before a cop nudged you with his billy club. Now, of course, we have free shelters where you can sleep and soup kitchens where you can dine. One has to rouse oneself when it&rsquo;s time for the hired help to clean up the shelter, but that&rsquo;s not so bad. One can, if he or she is in San Francisco or any of the other enlightened California cities, even make his or her toilet in the great outdoors &mdash; say, on a lamppost or a park bench. I saw a Washingtonian do it here in this enlightened city just the other day. After finishing one&rsquo;s toilette, one is free in our great cities to then go out and hassle tourists or beg on the street until it is time to dine at the shelter or perhaps some upscale soup kitchen supplied by one of our do-good organizations.<br />\n As I have said, the homeless are now completely out of control. They are people who, for whatever reason, have refused to conform to minimum standards of self-restraint or decency. Every relaxation of standards they just took advantage of. Every amenity offered them they took advantage of.</p>\n<p> NOW, STATE and local governments are criminalizing homelessness. It is back to the &lsquo;60s, and I favor it. Yet, I doubt the homeless will just disappear. They are too far gone.<br />\n &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1576012492, expire = 1576098892, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:35ac558dade7c1f40bc7e2c9c227fb80' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>THE POPE: September 19, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Tyrrell.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Recently, Pope Francis gave a press conference while returning to the Vatican from a trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. During his press conference he, of course, lied. What else does one do at a press conference? The lies were understandable; he was making a political statement against capitalism and against America, two of his favorite bugaboos. Yet, is it ever all right for the pope to lie? I shall leave that matter to the theologians. I do wonder, though, who is hearing the pope&rsquo;s confession these days?</p>\n<p> HIS MOST obvious lie came when he said that his conservative critics, mainly in the United States, have criticized him for saying what he claims were &ldquo;the same things&rdquo; that previous conservative popes have said about capitalism. He mentioned Pope John Paul II, who is dead and cannot rebut him. Pope Francis said: &ldquo;They are the same things John Paul II said. The same! I copy him.&rdquo; Then he threw in something about his critics screaming that &ldquo;the pope&rsquo;s too communist&rdquo; &mdash; &ldquo;the pope&rdquo; meaning him.<br />\n My vast research staff has combed John Paul II&rsquo;s statements on capitalism and come up with nothing like the infantile statements that Francis regularly trots out. Francis challenges the very premises of capitalism. When John Paul II challenged capitalism, it was the capitalism that took advantage of a lawless culture. He had no argument with capitalism informed by a healthy culture. As the late theologian Michael Novak wrote, capitalism and culture are two different things. Both capitalism and a law-abiding culture are necessary for prosperity. Incidentally, Novak is the theologian who worked with Pope John Paul II on his encyclical &ldquo;Centesimus annus.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> AS FOR CRITICS saying Pope Francis is &ldquo;too communist,&rdquo; I shall leap to the pope&rsquo;s defense in this dispute. He is not &ldquo;too communist.&rdquo; He is a standard-issue Peronist. He subscribes to the same garbage can of economic and class beliefs as Juan Per&oacute;n did years ago when he bankrupted Argentina. Argentina was once a prosperous, productive country. Now it is a basket case producing greedy minds like Pope Francis, who apparently believes wealth is created by passing the collection plate. Any other way of creating wealth is utterly beyond him.<br />\n During his airborne press conference, the pope seemed to be mocking his critics in a most unpapal manner. &ldquo;We have to be gentle, gentle with the people tempted by these attacks, by these things,&rdquo; he said. Going on, he joshed, &ldquo;Because they are going through problems, and we should accompany them with gentleness.&rdquo;<br />\n Well, I, too, prescribe gentleness. Moreover, I shall be gentle with the pope. He is obviously an economic illiterate, but what&rsquo;s worse is he has strayed far from his supposed area of expertise &mdash; namely, spirituality and morality. He is rapidly becoming a typical blowhard politician. Perhaps he&rsquo;s angling for a seat at the United Nations. The priorities of his papacy would put him in the running for secretary-general.<br />\n According to the New York Times, his papacy&rsquo;s priorities are &ldquo;reaching out to the poor, advocating justice for migrants and other marginalized people, and protection of the environment from capitalism run amok.&rdquo; Yes, run amok. Each of these priorities is, of course, best accomplished by capitalism. In the past 25 years, the number of people worldwide living in abject poverty &mdash; on a budget of $1.90 a day &mdash; has declined by two-thirds. Global GDP, thanks to capitalism, more than doubled between 1992 and 2017. In other words, we are already &ldquo;reaching out to the poor&rdquo; and &ldquo;advocating justice for migrants and other marginalized people.&rdquo; As for protecting the environment, America has a cleaner environment than Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius or any other impoverished country to which the pope might travel in his fuel-guzzling airliner.</p>\n<p> ONE OF THE world&rsquo;s great achievements over the last 25 years has been the creation of wealth and the spreading of it. The world has never enjoyed such prosperity. It is about time the pope greet the modern world. It has problems enough in the areas where the pope&rsquo;s legitimate authority reposes &mdash; that is to say, on issues of spirituality and morality.</p>\n', created = 1576012492, expire = 1576098892, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:b30c04496e5ccfb69cd8a48635c193a2' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>CLIMATE CHANGE: September 12, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Tyrrell.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Climate change is one of those issues that the bien-pensants around the world all agree upon. We must act! If we do not act, people will lose their beach houses. Plants will wither and die. Birds will fall from the sky. Just last week, whole communities in the Caribbean were swept away.</p>\n<p> THERE ARE, however, problems with eliminating or ameliorating climate change. For one thing, modern technology cannot seem to keep up with people&rsquo;s ability to dream. Daydreams outpace technology every time. Dream up a problem such as climate change and I guarantee you it will be years before climate change is solved by technology. Though when I ponder some of the solutions now being offered for climate change, it might be worth the wait.<br />\n Consider Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She has dreamed up a vast scheme. She calls it the Green New Deal. It envisages all our homes and office buildings, and even factories being revised and rebuilt according to her green code. Others are more moderate. They would only wipe out the commercial airline industry, though the automobile industry could be next. Already there is an ambitious plan afoot in our country to end the life of the plastic straw.<br />\n Oh, yes, there is another problem with climate change. It is not a winning issue with the electorate. Any government that attempts this sort of Green Adventure almost immediately falls. I cannot think of a country on Earth whose majority supports climate change legislation. Possibly there is one in the Vatican. We know the pope favors it. Yet I would say that the Vatican is not a conventional democracy.</p>\n<p> AUSTRALIA IS a conventional democracy, and climate change legislation has not done very well in Australia. Seven prime ministers have come to power in Australia in recent years, and all came a cropper in one way or another because of climate change. The most famous example of a climate changer being defeated by a climate change denier in Australia was in 2013. In that election, then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who ran on a platform of carbon taxes, was demolished by Tony Abbott, who once referred to climate change activism as crap. He sounds downright Trumpian to me.<br />\n Last Wednesday, we saw the Democrats&rsquo; lonely crowd of candidates traipse across a stage for a ghostly pageant hosted by CNN. The network finished dead last in the ratings that night, with the other two cable news channels elbowing it aside. The network&rsquo;s average audience during the seven-hour event (yes, seven-hour!) was a measly 1.1 million viewers, according to the Hill. The topic of the spectacular was climate change. Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, apparently thought it was the major issue with the Democratic hopefuls, and obviously, they agreed.<br />\n Gaffable Joe Biden, Pocahontas, Comrade Bernie Sanders and all the rest arrived on stage Wednesday night to talk about climate change all night long if need be. They compared it to World War II. They compared it to cancer. They blamed it for wars already in progress and wars in the future. One ludicrous comparison was between climate change and overpopulation. The wretched of Africa could be saved by Planned Parenthood&rsquo;s arrival to the Dark Continent, all wearing pith helmets and garb from L.L. Bean.</p>\n<p> FRANKLY, the Democrats&rsquo; obsession with climate change is more than odd. It is delusional. As The American Spectator&rsquo;s Hunt Lawrence and Daniel J. Flynn wrote in commenting on the Wednesday night revels, health care &ldquo;matters to voters in a real, tangible way, and not in an abstract sense like climate change.&rdquo; Health care consumes 18 percent of the American budget, trending upward toward 20 percent by mid-decade. Americans now spend $3.5 trillion or so on health care, with the federal, state and local government footing 45% of the bill. How will we pay for it in 2025? The subject was not even discussed last Wednesday by the leading Democratic contenders.<br />\n Lawrence and Flynn are putting their money on health care, not climate change, as an issue in 2020.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />\n &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1576012492, expire = 1576098892, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:2b375e02561953a9896aa9027041b303' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This week&#39;s conservative focus ... Biden Candidacy</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Tyrrell.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Recently, in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Vice President Joe Biden &mdash; the gaffable Joe Biden &mdash; stitched together a stupendous concatenation of gaffes that ought to put him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. But apparently, it will not.</p>\n<p> THIS IS GOOD news for those of us who like a good laugh or a whole string of good laughs. If Joe makes it to the Democratic nomination after surpassing Beto, Pocahontas, Crazy Bernie and all the others, the 2020 election will be the most entertaining in American history, and then President Donald Trump can get back to ministering to the economy, the courts and affairs of state. Yet, first savor Joe&rsquo;s Hanover masterpiece. It apparently will be the first of many. The mainstream media is urging him on.<br />\n In Hanover, Biden said that when he was vice president, at the request of a four-star general, he traveled to the Konar province, a dangerous province in Afghanistan, to pin a Silver Star Medal on the chest of a heroic Navy captain. The Navy captain, Biden recalled, had rappelled down a ravine under enemy fire and brought out the body of an American serviceman, though the serviceman had passed. The captain complained that he was unworthy of the award. Biden even summoned up the hero&rsquo;s words from memory well: &ldquo;Sir, I don&rsquo;t want the d-mn thing. ... He died. He died.&rdquo; And Biden added to the agog New Hampshire audience, &ldquo;This is the God&rsquo;s truth.&rdquo; According to The Washington Post, he even swore, &ldquo;My word as a Biden.&rdquo; It was apparently a very emotional moment.</p>\n<p> THE PROBLEM is that, as the Washington Post found out, practically every detail in Biden&rsquo;s histrionic rendition of the event was wrong. Biden visited the Konar province as a U.S. senator, not as vice president. The soldier who performed the act of heroism was a 20-year-old Army specialist, not a captain in the Navy. Finally, the soldier, Kyle J. White, never had a medal pinned on him by Biden. He got his award six years later from then-President Barack Obama. And, oh, yes, it was a Congressional Medal of Honor, not a Silver Star. Congratulations, Kyle, but remember you have only earned one more Congressional Medal of Honor than Joe.<br />\n As the Post reports, &ldquo;In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.&rdquo; As I have mentioned above, this gaffe is truly stupendous. It goes even beyond Sen. Elizabeth Warren&rsquo;s repeated tales of being an American Indian, or beyond any of the other phonies seeking the Democratic nomination. It is a world record, if world records for such BS are kept. And now we are told the press is encouraging further theatrics from him.<br />\n What is Joe&rsquo;s response? I would say he chose nonchalance. Said the gaffable one: &ldquo;I was making the point how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we&rsquo;ve lost.&rdquo; And he continued, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong?&rdquo; Well, Joe, my answer to your question is: everything. You got everything wrong.<br />\n You seem to think that it does not matter if you pinned a medal on a Naval officer or an Army specialist. Or was it a tail on a donkey? It does not matter if you pinned the medal on some guy or if Barack Obama pinned it on some guy. It does not matter if we have troops stationed in Africa or the Alps. It does not matter if our missiles are pointed up or pointed down. Joe, it is all BS, and you are not the only one seeking the Democratic nomination for president by trafficking in BS.<br />\n There is Pocahontas, who made a career based on her phony claims of being Native American, and Harvard accepted her claims. Why? Because the claims helped Harvard meet a minority goal. There is the millionaire socialist, Bernie Sanders, who has a carbon footprint that includes three homes and a wife who bankrupted a college she oversaw. There is the Irish kid from Texas who claims the Hispanic-sounding name of &ldquo;Beto,&rdquo; though it is really Robert Francis O&rsquo;Rourke. There is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whose marriage to a man is now seen as a shrewd political move. And there are those candidates who throw the term &ldquo;racist&rdquo; around with abandon. They call themselves people of color, though upon second glance, they might more properly be called people of shades.</p>\n<p> THEY ARE ALL phonies, and now the New York Times&rsquo; house &ldquo;conservative&rdquo; has leaped to gaffable Joe&rsquo;s defense. On &ldquo;PBS NewsHour&rdquo; last week, David Brooks acknowledged that Biden might &ldquo;embellish&rdquo; his speeches. &ldquo;But he&rsquo;s not mendacious. He&rsquo;s not irresponsible,&rdquo; he said. No, David, if Biden is not mendacious and not irresponsible, perhaps he is delusional? Maybe he can claim he is suffering delusions of candor.</p>\n<p> September 5, 2019</p>\n', created = 1576012492, expire = 1576098892, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:14f54e90e50e67fd7c0413339465aa01' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>JOE BIDEN: September 5, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Tyrrell.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Recently, in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Vice President Joe Biden &mdash; the gaffable Joe Biden &mdash; stitched together a stupendous concatenation of gaffes that ought to put him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. But apparently, it will not.</p>\n<p> THIS IS GOOD news for those of us who like a good laugh or a whole string of good laughs. If Joe makes it to the Democratic nomination after surpassing Beto, Pocahontas, Crazy Bernie and all the others, the 2020 election will be the most entertaining in American history, and then President Donald Trump can get back to ministering to the economy, the courts and affairs of state. Yet, first savor Joe&rsquo;s Hanover masterpiece. It apparently will be the first of many. The mainstream media is urging him on.<br />\n In Hanover, Biden said that when he was vice president, at the request of a four-star general, he traveled to the Konar province, a dangerous province in Afghanistan, to pin a Silver Star Medal on the chest of a heroic Navy captain. The Navy captain, Biden recalled, had rappelled down a ravine under enemy fire and brought out the body of an American serviceman, though the serviceman had passed. The captain complained that he was unworthy of the award. Biden even summoned up the hero&rsquo;s words from memory well: &ldquo;Sir, I don&rsquo;t want the d-mn thing. ... He died. He died.&rdquo; And Biden added to the agog New Hampshire audience, &ldquo;This is the God&rsquo;s truth.&rdquo; According to The Washington Post, he even swore, &ldquo;My word as a Biden.&rdquo; It was apparently a very emotional moment.<br />\n The problem is that, as the Washington Post found out, practically every detail in Biden&rsquo;s histrionic rendition of the event was wrong. Biden visited the Konar province as a U.S. senator, not as vice president. The soldier who performed the act of heroism was a 20-year-old Army specialist, not a captain in the Navy. Finally, the soldier, Kyle J. White, never had a medal pinned on him by Biden. He got his award six years later from then-President Barack Obama. And, oh, yes, it was a Congressional Medal of Honor, not a Silver Star. Congratulations, Kyle, but remember you have only earned one more Congressional Medal of Honor than Joe.<br />\n As the Post reports, &ldquo;In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.&rdquo; As I have mentioned above, this gaffe is truly stupendous. It goes even beyond Sen. Elizabeth Warren&rsquo;s repeated tales of being an American Indian, or beyond any of the other phonies seeking the Democratic nomination. It is a world record, if world records for such BS are kept. And now we are told the press is encouraging further theatrics from him.</p>\n<p> WHAT IS Joe&rsquo;s response? I would say he chose nonchalance. Said the gaffable one: &ldquo;I was making the point how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we&rsquo;ve lost.&rdquo; And he continued, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong?&rdquo; Well, Joe, my answer to your question is: everything. You got everything wrong.<br />\n You seem to think that it does not matter if you pinned a medal on a Naval officer or an Army specialist. Or was it a tail on a donkey? It does not matter if you pinned the medal on some guy or if Barack Obama pinned it on some guy. It does not matter if we have troops stationed in Africa or the Alps. It does not matter if our missiles are pointed up or pointed down. Joe, it is all BS, and you are not the only one seeking the Democratic nomination for president by trafficking in BS.<br />\n There is Pocahontas, who made a career based on her phony claims of being Native American, and Harvard accepted her claims. Why? Because the claims helped Harvard meet a minority goal. There is the millionaire socialist, Bernie Sanders, who has a carbon footprint that includes three homes and a wife who bankrupted a college she oversaw. There is the Irish kid from Texas who claims the Hispanic-sounding name of &ldquo;Beto,&rdquo; though it is really Robert Francis O&rsquo;Rourke. There is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whose marriage to a man is now seen as a shrewd political move. And there are those candidates who throw the term &ldquo;racist&rdquo; around with abandon. They call themselves people of color, though upon second glance, they might more properly be called people of shades.</p>\n<p> THEY ARE ALL phonies, and now the New York Times&rsquo; house &ldquo;conservative&rdquo; has leaped to gaffable Joe&rsquo;s defense. On &ldquo;PBS NewsHour&rdquo; last week, David Brooks acknowledged that Biden might &ldquo;embellish&rdquo; his speeches. &ldquo;But he&rsquo;s not mendacious. 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R. Emmett Tyrrell

12/09/2019 - 2:36pm
HEALTH: December 5, 2019 Do you spend much time reading the Journal of the American Medical Association? I must say I do not. Perhaps that is because I exercise regularly, eat nutritious meals, avoid drinking to excess and put in a 40-hour workweek — well, actually, a bit more than that, but I enjoy my work. At times, my work would more properly be described as recreational. One more thing...
09/28/2019 - 6:51pm
HOMELESSNESS: September 26, 2019 Every morning, I take the four morning newspapers I subscribe to into the kitchen and glance at their front pages as I eat. Occasionally, I have a little trouble downing my matutinal feast, as the front pages, especially those of the New York Times and the Washington Post, are usually repulsive. THE WALL Street...
09/24/2019 - 10:11pm
THE POPE: September 19, 2019 Recently, Pope Francis gave a press conference while returning to the Vatican from a trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. During his press conference he, of course, lied. What else does one do at a press conference? The lies were understandable; he was making a political statement against capitalism and...
09/16/2019 - 3:42pm
CLIMATE CHANGE: September 12, 2019 Climate change is one of those issues that the bien-pensants around the world all agree upon. We must act! If we do not act, people will lose their beach houses. Plants will wither and die. Birds will fall from the sky. Just last week, whole communities in the Caribbean were swept away. THERE ARE, however,...
09/11/2019 - 11:43am
This week's conservative focus ... Biden Candidacy Recently, in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Vice President Joe Biden — the gaffable Joe Biden — stitched together a stupendous concatenation of gaffes that ought to put him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. But apparently, it will not. THIS IS GOOD news for those of...
09/09/2019 - 2:02pm
JOE BIDEN: September 5, 2019 Recently, in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Vice President Joe Biden — the gaffable Joe Biden — stitched together a stupendous concatenation of gaffes that ought to put him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. But apparently, it will not. THIS IS GOOD news for those of us who like a good laugh...
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