Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The U.S. such an outlier when it comes to gun deaths. Why? What can be done.

by Rod Williams, May 25, 2022 - Following the tragedy of the Uvalde school shooting we are hearing renewed calls for gun control. Not much will change. We could make small changes that might withstand constitutional muster but small changes will change little.  Not much will change because we have the right to bear arms. 

Unlike most of the world where rights are viewed as concessions granted by government, we believe we are endowed with rights.  It is not easy to take away a right. Rights cannot be taken based on the mood of the voters at a particular point in time. Rights are not subject to simple majority rule. 

Why do those who want to ban guns never propose repealing the Second Amendment? Why do those who want to impose gun control not come out and clearly say it is time to repeal the Second Amendment?

What they want to do is ignore the Second Amendment; not repeal it. If that can happen then none of our liberties are secure. If we can take away the right to bear arms by ignoring the Second Amendment, we can take away freedom of the press little by little, not by repealing the First Amendment but by ignoring it and rationalizing that it is antiquated and that "hate speech" must be prohibited. After all, when the First Amendment was written there were no blogs or Facebook or TV, or radio.  The logic that new forms of communication make the First Amendment obsolete and thus the First Amendment can be ignored is as logical as saying because we have automatic weapons instead of flintlock rifles the Second Amendment can be ignored.  

If the Second Amendment can be ignored due to public opinion and public opinion turns against the right to bear arms, then all of our liberties can depend on the public opinion of the moment.

The problem of gun violence in America is serious. We are an outlier. Why? What can be done? I wish I knew.

Also see: Pass and Enforce Red Flag Laws. Now by David French.

For more of my postings on the issue of gun violence see the following:

Also see: The Constitutionality of Gun Control by David Horwitz.

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Judge Rachel Bell rented office space in a building that her parents own, and directed grant money for the rent payments to be made to a company that she owns.

Judge Rachel Bell
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation is raising questions about how a Davidson County judge spent taxpayer money from a $200,000 federal grant. .... Her grant application promised a "restorative justice" program that would initially focus on young people charged with non-violent crimes in North Nashville's 37208 zip code. ... Dennis Dycus, who retired from the State Comptroller's Office where he spent 39 years auditing local governments and nonprofits for fraud, told NewsChannel 5 Investigates, "It's unusual, and as an auditor, I look for unusual things."

"You can't pay yourself, and that appears to be what is happening here," Dycus said. (link)

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The Uvalde school shooting won’t change a thing

 The Uvalde school shooting won’t change a thing

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Morgan Ortagus endorses Kurt Winstead

The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] – Once endorsed by former President Donald Trump for Tennessee District 5’s spot in the U.S. House, one former candidate is serving as a national security advisor for another campaign after Republican Party officials found her to be ineligible to run for office.

Republican Congressional candidate Kurt Winstead’s team announced on Monday that Morgan Ortagus was now serving as the co-chair of a newly formed National Security Advisory Committee for his campaign. (read more)

Rod's comment: What is up with this? If Ortegas were to endorse anyone, I would have expected it to be Andy Ogles. I perceive him to be the most Trumpish candidate left in the race. Winstead seems to lack firm conservative credentials. During the senate contest between Bob Corker and Harold Ford, Jr some years ago, Winstead contributed to the Harold Ford campaign. Plus, at times Winstead has seemed soft on abortion. Something is going on that I don't yet see. Stay tuned.

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Recent primaries are a mixed bag. They do not show repudiation of Trump but reveals his star is fading.

by Rod Williams, May 25, 2022- The recent primaries are an indication that Trump's star is fading. Not as fast as I would like, but it is fading. I wish it would have revealed a clear repudiation of Trumpism and it did not, but any fading is good. Does anyone think Trump will be more popular two years from now than he is today?  I don't see how that can happen. 

In recent primaries, some Trump candidates won, such as J. D. Vance of Ohio, and some lost.  Dr. Mehmet Oz is too close to call and the vote is subject to a recount. Even if Oz does win, it is an indication that only half of the Republicans in Pennsylvania will take their marching orders from Trump.  In some of the races, such as that of Sara Huckabee in Arkansas, Trump picked winners who would have won with or without his endorsement. A win by Huckabee indicates her strength; not the impact of a Trump endorsement. While a lot of Trump-endorsed candidates won their primary some were running unopposed or against weak challengers.

One of the losers who got a Trump endorsement was incumbent nut-job scandal-plagued Congressman Madison Cawthorn.  Despite Trump's endorsement and plea to give him a second chance, he lost his primary and will not return to Congress.  North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis took the lead in calling for Cawthorn's defeat. He said Cawthorn was ill-suited to serve in Congress. Tillis endorsed state Sen. Chuck Edwards. Tillis won; Trump lost. In Nebraska, Charles Herbster Trump's choice for governor lost after allegations surfaced that he had sexually harassed several women. There are limits to how much a Trump endorsement can do. 

On the other hand, the biggest nut-job in the U. S. Congress easily won her primary. Tump-endorsed candidate Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene easily defeated five other Republicans on Tuesday. She is a Q-anon supporter.  She was a regular contributor to a conspiracy website. She has supported almost every right-wing conspiracy theory circulating. She touts the Pizzagate theory, the Clinton kill-list, mass shootings as a false flag theory, and 9-11 as an inside job theory.  She has advocated executing Democrat politicians.  She has equated the Democrat Party with Nazies. She continues to claim Trump won the election in a landslide and that the election was stolen.  Her Covid-19 theory is that Dr. Fauci is criminally liable for helping create the virus as a bio-weapon. She believes California's wildfires are the result of some kind of “space laser” that set things on fire and the Rothschild banking firm was behind it.  You can't get nuttier than that but unfortunately, she is representative of much of the Trumpinista wing of the Republican Party these days.  I was hoping for a clear repudiation of extremism and just plain nuttiness. But it didn't happen.

Some Republican governors are standing up to Trump and winning. The most obvious example is Georgia where former senator David Perdue was recruited by Trump to challenge Gov. Brian Kemp and lost. He didn't lose by just a little, he suffered a humiliating defeat.

I think one can conclude that ‘Stop the Steal’ is not the basis of a guaranteed win.  Candidates who made the narrative of a 2020 stolen election the centerpiece of their campaigns did not do well.  The best example is the Georgia secretary of state race where Brad Raffensperger, who Trump had targeted for defeat over his refusal to find Trump votes in Georgia and who said the 2020 election was a fair election, won over Trump-endorsed candidate Jody Hice. There was almost no other issue in that race except Trump targeted Raffensperger for defeat because he defended the integrity of the Georgia 2020 election. 

On the other hand, in Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano won the Republican nominee for governor. He is a leading proponent of the stolen election narrative and was in Washington for the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6, 2021. He made the stolen election narrative a centerpiece of his campaign.

The best one can say about the recent primaries for that those of us who want to see the Republican Party return to pre-Trump sanity, is that the results were mixed. We did not get the clear signal of Trump's repudiation for which we hoped, but neither is Trump shown to be invincible and there is good reason to believe his star is fading. That is a positive takeaway. 


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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Heritage Foundation Is Wrong on Ukraine

 Its emerging populism undermines American interests and its own achievements.

by David French, The Dispatch, May 17 - I want to start today with the good news. On Monday the Senate voted on an overwhelming bipartisan basis, 81-11, to advance a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine. The vote came days after the House passed the package by a similar bipartisan majority, 368-57. The United States is still pouring resources into the fight against Russia, and it’s still largely united behind the Ukrainian people.

But there’s bad news. Resistance against Ukraine aid is growing on the right, and the center of right-wing resistance is no longer Tucker Carlson but one of the most powerful think tanks in Washington, the Heritage Foundation. 

Heritage’s opposition would be troubling enough on the merits, but compounding the problem, Heritage (a think tank, remember) has abandoned careful analysis in support of cheap, easily rebutted MAGA talking points. It’s sad to see.

Rod's Comment: I agree. I have been a supporter of The Heritage Foundation for decades. At one time they were a scholarly rational think tank advancing conservative principles and engaging in thoughtful policy analysis. They were comparable to American Enterprise Institute, Cato, The Hoover Institute, or the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  Now, however, they have joined the ranks of the Trumpanista populist where emoting is more important than thinking. Worse still is they have become Putin apologists and advocates of Russian appeasement. I am not sure if I am currently a member or not. Most years I renew my membership automatically without giving it any thought. They have been one of the organizations that I always support. Not anymore. They no longer represent me or the views I support.  It is sad to see Fox News, The American Conservative Union, and organizations like Heritage and other formerly conservative organizations abandon principles and become comfortable with authoritarianism and foreign policy appeasement. Unless Heritage does a course correction, they have seen their last dime from me. 

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Ben Shapiro REACTS To The "2000 Mules" Documentary

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Fact Checking Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘2,000 Mules’

by Khaya Himmelman, The Dispatch, May 21, 2022- On May 7, 2,000 Mules, a documentary film from right-wing provocateur Dinesh D'Souza, debuted in more than  270 theaters across the country. The movie, which grossed more than $1 million on the streaming service Rumble in under 12 hours, purports to have used cell phone geolocation data and video surveillance of mail-in ballot drop boxes to argue that President Joe Biden lost the 2020 election. ...

 ... The basic premise of the 90-minute film is that 2,000 “mules” or “paid professional operatives” delivered “fraudulent and illegal votes” to mail-in drop boxes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia. The film supposedly uncovers an “elaborate network” of “mules” in key states that would have changed the outcome of the 2020 election. 

... The movie, however, is riddled with errors and previously debunked claims of voter fraud, and it’s based on a faulty premise. ... deceptively edited video ... D'Souza spends a considerable amount of time arguing that Trump was winning key states and that Biden pulling ahead overnight on election night was suspicious. But the numbers have an explanation. ... Cell phone data, says Jones, “cannot show that a person dropped ballots in the box, only that they passed in its vicinity. It would be really difficult to use it to distinguish between someone who walked by on the sidewalk and someone who stopped and dropped in a ballot or two.” (To read the article which totally debunks this elaborate stolen election conspiracy theory documentary, follow this link.)

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HUD may be about to commit a serious policy mistake, again

From Ed Pinto of AEI Housing Center - Earlier this week, Inside Mortgage Finance reported that “[o]fficials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development are having daily discussions about whether to reduce the mortgage insurance premium that applies to FHA loans.”

As our research shows, such a premium cut would stimulate more demand against today’s record-low supply and would thus get easily capitalized into higher home prices. Therefore such a step would do little to nothing for housing affordability.

HUD needs to look no further than FHA's last MIP premium cut in Jan. 2015, which was quickly capitalized into higher home prices for FHA and non-FHA borrowers alike. We described this in greater detail in the op-ed HUD should put entry-level homebuyers first, not special interest groups for American Banker.

To read the op-ed, click here

Rod's Comment: When you are in a deep hole, you should stop digging. There are market forces that have caused the mushrooming of housing prices putting homeownership out of reach of many Americans and then there is government policy that contributed to the crisis. One such policy was the Federal Reserve purchasing too many Mortgage Backed Securities. The goal behind MBSs is to allow banks to sell off mortgages so they’d have more money available to lend to consumers. When that happens, then the market determines their value, and money spend purchasing MBS's is money not invested elsewhere. The market evaluates their value compared to comparable investments. The market evaluates the risk. When the Federal Reserve purchases them, then money for mortgage lending is created out of thin air. Excess money available for mortgage lending leads to higher prices for real estate. The old adage of too much money chasing too few goods applies. Home prices increase.  Now, HUD is going to make the problem even worse. In the short run, lowering the cost of a home mortgage will help some consumers, but cheaper mortgages drive up housing prices. 

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Realizing the Dream: What Does the Success Sequence Have to Do with the Economic Welfare of Black and Hispanic Young Adults?

By Rod Williams, May 23, 2022 -
Critical Race Theory and its derivative variations of "equity" doctrine teaches that American society is hopelessly racist and that the only way a minority can get their "fair share" is if government or corporate boards or society mandates a representative fair share. This doctrine excuses failure and discourages responsible behavior and striving for excellence. According to this doctrine, if a person fails, it is the fault of a racist society and the person who fails is simply a victim.  Too often, "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," is derided as a racist response to the problem of poverty. Advocates of "equity." do not think there should be any more White homeowners than Black homeowners regardless of income or credit scores and there should be no greater proportion of Black people in prison than White people regardless of who commits the crime. 

While a few individual minority members may have their lives improved by affirmative actions, it is not going to do much to lift many people out of poverty. There will still, for most people, be consequences for actions. We know what lifts people out of poverty: earning at least a high school degree, working full-time, and marrying before childbearing. I would add learning delayed gratification, but if you earn a high school degree, work full-time and marry before childbearing, you probably learned that along the way.

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is hosting an event called "Realizing the Dream: What Does the Success Sequence Have to Do with the Economic Welfare of Black and Hispanic Young Adults?" This may be of interest to social workers, policymakers, educators, and citizens concerned with countering the current doctrine that excuses poverty and failure. This event is live in Washington D. C. but one may watch the event live on this link. After the event concludes, a full video will be posted within 24 hours. Below is more information about the event:

The success sequence—earning at least a high school degree, working full-time, and marrying before childbearing—is a proven path to the American dream. Ninety-seven percent of young adults who follow the sequence avoid poverty by their 30s, and a vast majority enter the middle class and beyond. But some have argued that the success sequence is less effective for African Americans, Hispanics, and young adults from low-income families. Is that true?

A new AEI and Institute for Family Studies report, “The Power of the Success Sequence for Disadvantaged Young Adults,” takes up this question. AEI’s W. Bradford Wilcox and Wendy Wang of the Institute for Family Studies will discuss the paper and spotlight a new video series, “Straight Talk About the Success Sequence.” A panel discussion will follow with Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, Ian Rowe, Isabel Sawhill, and Delano Squires.

To watch the event live or to view a video of the event within 24 hours after the event, follow this link

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John Ryder, RIP

John Ryder
by Rod Williams, May 23, 2022- Longtime Republican strategist, attorney, and civic leader John Ryder is dead at the age of 72.  He passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

I did not personally know John Ryder but I had met him and heard him speak several times, once I think was at a meeting of the Federalist Society and over the years twice, maybe three times, at First Tuesday events. He was impressive. He knew stats and numbers and facts and could spout them without notes. He could explain strategy and make it understandable and he was a wealth of knowledge on election laws. Many credit him as one of the leaders in turning the Tennessee Republican Party from a minority party into the supermajority party in the state.

He was former general counsel for the Republican National Committee, helped shape redistricting efforts across the state and the U.S., was a former chairman of the  Tennessee Valley Authority board, and was active in Memphis and Shelby County governments serving as assistant county attorney for Shelby County,  litigation counsel for the Shelby County Election Commission, and headed the Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission. He also taught election law at Vanderbilt University.

Those who know him well say Ryder was never bombastic and was always calm and well-mannered, something we see too little of in today's extreme partisan environment. One can not get more partisan than John Ryder and yet he had Democrats as friends and was respected by those who were his political opponents.

Former Senator Lamar Alexander said of Ryder, "He had good manners, and good taste so as society grew increasingly uncivil and coarse, John continued to have his pleasant disposition. He didn't raise his voice. He showed respect for his opponents, and he enjoyed fine wine and the opera." "With deft legal skills and an easy manner, John Ryder helped build the Tennessee Republican Party over nearly a half century. He effectively served the Republican National Committee as its counsel and the people of this region as a TVA board member. I admired John and counted him as a friend."

Scott Golden, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party issued the following statement:

We have sadly just learned of the passing of our friend and a true champion for all Tennessee Republicans, Mr. John Ryder of Memphis. There are very few in our state that haven’t had the impact of the life of Mr. Ryder. 

While working as an attorney at the firm of Harris Shelton, he volunteered and consulted in a variety of different capacities in both government and politics. Most recently, he just finished as President’s Trump appointee to the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

For 16 years he served our state on the board of the Republican National Committee, completing his final tenure as the RNC’s General Counsel. 

He’s been the Shelby County attorney and led multiple Republican redistricting efforts for the last 30 years. 

Mr. Ryder has been a confidant of almost every elected Republican in Tennessee for the last half century through his tireless and selfless giving, support, and expertise. With his in-depth knowledge of both legal, bylaw, and rules, Mr. Ryder has crafted the process by which the Republican Party selects our Presidential nominees during his many appearances at the RNC Conventions over the years. His unmatched legacy and resume will never be forgotten by those who knew him and I am fortunate to have called him a friend and mentor as have many Chairmen of the Tennessee Republican Party. 

Our deepest sympathies are with his wife, Lain, and his family during this time. Thank you for sharing John with the entire State of Tennessee and our Republican family and know that he will be truly missed by many.

For more see this, this, and this.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Are the Good Times really over for good? Homeowners need nearly 40% or more income to buy in Nashville, than last year.

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square,  May 14, 2022  – Demand for homes in certain areas of the country has caused supply to dwindle, prices to skyrocket and buyers needing nearly 50% more income than they would have last year to even enter top markets, according to a report by the real estate brokerage firm, Redfin.

“Housing is significantly less affordable than it was a year ago because the surge in housing costs has far outpaced the increase in wages, meaning many Americans are now priced out of homeownership,” Redfin Deputy Chief Economist Taylor Marr said.

Because more people are working remotely and can live anywhere to work, many are flocking to cities in the Sun Belt, with the most popular destinations being Tampa, Phoenix and Las Vegas. They are also the most expensive, with potential homeowners needing more than 40% more in income than they did last year to buy.

Buyers are flocking to the Sun Belt “partly because they’re relatively affordable compared to pricey coastal job centers, but the resulting rise in home prices may make them less popular in the future,” the analysis found.

Tampa has quickly become the least affordable market, with homebuyers needing 47.8% more income than they did a year ago, more than in any other metro area in the U.S., the report found.

Home buyers in Tampa would need to earn $67,353 annually to afford a monthly mortgage payment of $1,684. Last year, they needed to earn $45,562. Most workers don’t make a $21,791 increase in their salary in one year, let alone in a decade. That means many who might have been able to afford to buy last year have been priced out. But those who can are buying with the median sale price hovering at $363,750.

Phoenix home buyers need to earn $87,026, an increase of 45.7% from the previous year, to afford a monthly mortgage payment of $2,176 in the area. The median sale price is $470,000.

Las Vegas buyers need to earn $79,620, up 45.6% from a year ago, to afford a monthly payment of $1,990. The median sale price is $430,000.

Homeowners need nearly 40% or more income to buy in Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, in Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas, in Anaheim and San Diego, California, and in the metro areas of Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Redfin analyzed median home sale prices between March 2021 and March 2022. It focuses on affordability based on buyers taking out loans, not paying cash. It defines a monthly mortgage payment to be one that is no more than 30% of a homebuyer’s income.

Nationwide, Americans are migrating despite high costs, or because of them. A seller leaving New York with a median home sale price of $677,654, for example, is more likely to afford purchasing a home in Las Vegas or in Tampa even if the homes are overvalued there because they are far less expensive than in New York. Likewise, the cost of living is less, and Nevada and Florida levy no state income tax.

A record 32.3% of users nationwide looked to relocate to a different metro area in the first quarter of this year, a separate Redfin analysis found. That’s up from 31.5% a year earlier, and up 26% from 2019.

“Skyrocketing home prices and rising mortgage rates have made relocating to a more affordable area the only viable option for some prospective homebuyers,” the report notes.

Nationwide, homebuyers need to earn $76,414 annually to afford a monthly mortgage payment of $1,910, an increase of 34.2% from the previous year. The national median home sale is $412,687, a 17.3% increase from last year.

While housing costs skyrocket, wages are increasing but not at near the same pace. The average hourly wages in the U.S. grew by 5.6% last year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Over the last decade, median home prices increased by roughly 30% while household incomes increased by 11% over the same time period, a Bankrate analysis found.

From 2019 to 2021, “the average house-price-to-income ratio increased from 4.7 to 5.4 — a 14.9% increase and more than double the recommended ratio of 2.6. In other words, homes cost 5.4X what the average person earns in one year,” an analysis by Clever Real Estate found. It also notes that since 1965, after accounting for inflation, home prices increased by 118% while household incomes increased by only 15%.

As home prices outpace wages, inventory continues to decline. An analysis by the National Associations of Realtors and points out that a household earning $75,000 to $100,000 can afford to buy 51% of the active housing inventory today compared to being able to purchase 58% of the homes for sale in 2019.

One possible course correction could come from the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, and thereby mortgage rates. Marr notes, “The good news is that there’s a positive side to rising mortgage rates, too: They will likely slow price growth and curb competition for homes, providing a reprieve for some prospective buyers.”

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Tennessee Supreme Court rules in favor of education savings account program

By Jon Styf | The Center Square, May 18, 2022 - Tennessee's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that an education savings account program passed by the General Assembly in 2019 was constitutional.

The program, which would have started in Nashville and Shelby County, had been challenged based upon the state's Home Rule Amendment. The court did state, however, that the two areas do have standing to challenge the program.

The case will return to the trial court for a ruling on its legality outside of the Home Rule Amendment.

"Every child deserves a high-quality education & today's Tennessee Supreme Court opinion on ESAs puts parents in Memphis & Nashville one step closer to finding the best educational fit for their children," Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee tweeted in response to the opinion.

The program was aimed at allowing low-income students in low-performing schools in Davidson and Shelby counties to use vouchers to attend a school of their choice. Those students were set to receive approximately $7,000 to choose their school even though, at that point, schools in Shelby County spent $13,000 per student each year and Nashville schools spent $16,000 per student.

The new Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement passed the Legislature at the end of this year's session and later signed into law by Lee will replace the previous school funding formula, the Basic Education Program.

The Senate Democratic Caucus blasted the decision in a statement. 

"Private school vouchers, paid for with public school tax dollars, do not work and this scheme has failed students every place it has been tried," the statement said. "In this decision, the Supreme Court erased constitutional protections for local control and years of precedent.

"Not only does this decision usher in a terrible education policy, but it invites more political meddling that surely results in local governments losing freedom and independence from state interference."

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in a statement while there were still more court proceedings ahead, the court's decision was a "major step forward."

"The Education Savings Account program has always been about helping Tennessee students — giving eligible families a choice in education, an opportunity they currently do not have," Slatery said. "It challenged the status quo — a move that is always met with resistance. We applaud the Court’s decision that this pilot program is indeed constitutional."

The nonprofit Beacon Center of Tennessee also hailed the decision, which joined the lawsuit along with the Institute for Justice to represent parents. 

"We are so pleased that the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed today what we have always known: The ESA law is not a violation of the Tennessee Constitution’s Home Rule Amendment," said Beacon Center President and CEO Justin Owen. "We are fully confident after this decision that families in Nashville and Memphis will finally get the choice opportunities that they deserve."

The lawsuit from the governments of the two counties alleged that the two areas were targeted without their consent, which the lawsuit claimed violated the state's Home Rule Amendment.

A Court of Appeals previously ruled against the ESA program before the state appealed that ruling to the Tennessee Supreme Cour 

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Titans CEO says Nashville would owe nearly $2B toward Nissan Stadium renovations under current lease

By Jon Styf | The Center Square, May 19, 2022 — Tennessee Titans Chief Executive Officer Burke Nihill estimated that Nashville would owe $1.839 billion under the terms of the team's current lease if Nissan Stadium in Nashville was renovated instead of having a new stadium built.

The estimate is based upon maintenance and a lease stipulation saying the city must pay for capital projects to keep the stadium in "first-class condition to keep pace with comparable facilities."

The Titans, state and Nashville are preparing to fund a new estimated $2.2 billion stadium next to the current stadium with plans to build a mixed-use development on 130 acres next to the new stadium.

Nihill also confirmed that Titans ownership was preparing to be able to pay $700 million in private investment toward a new stadium between ownership, an NFL loan and other private investments. That would leave an estimated $1.5 billion of a new stadium to be paid with public funds, including a $500 million appropriation from the state and $1 billion in sales taxes from the city and state.

Nihill said that he prepared the Nashville-paid renovation estimate "in as objective a way as possible" figuring in $945 million for near-term stadium renovations and $894 million for maintenance and upgrades between 2026 and 2039 if the Titans were to use their option to renew the Nissan Stadium lease. A new lease would leave the Titans in charge of paying for stadium maintenance after the initial costs.

"What we have been trying to do is take the taxpayers in Nashville out of that risk position," Nihill said at Thursday morning's Metro Nashville Sports Authority Finance Committee meeting.

"This is something that our ownership and our leadership just doesn't accept. And so, we're kind of like ducks swimming out of water like crazy trying to find an elegant solution to find a result where there's a long-term lease where, whatever the risk is, it's on the Titans and not the taxpayers."

Nashville councilmember at-large Bob Mendes, however, believes that Nashville should do its own analysis of city obligations for renovations under the current stadium lease before making a funding decision. A 2017 city-funded analysis estimated that Nissan Stadium required $293.2 million in capital improvements over 20 years.

"Listen, we can all love the Titans & still understand they are a counterparty in a 10 figure negotiation," Mendes tweeted. "If Metro doesn't have its own analysis of the lease obligation, then the only salient point is that Metro doesn't have its own analysis. There's really no excuse for that.

"A core concept in a negotiation is to know your walk away point. If Metro has no independent thoughts about the lease obligations, then it doesn't know when it should walk away. It's hard to have confidence in a negotiator who relies on the other side for the walk away point."

TJ Ducklo, the Chief Communications Officer and advisor to Nashville Mayor John Cooper, said in a statement that the mayor's priority is to remove the tax burden on Nashville residents under the current stadium lease and that the terms of the lease would require the Metro government to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to renovate the existing stadium and maintain it over the remainder of the lease.

"We have no plans to commission another study to tell us what we already know: Renovating the stadium would cost Nashvillians hundreds of millions of dollars," Ducklo said. 

Nihill said that the 2017 assessment was a different scope than what the team believes is required of Nashville under the Titans' current lease. Nihill said the city must keep the stadium comparable to other NFL stadiums built between 1989 and 2009, including Miami's renovated Hard Rock Stadium, FedEx Field in Maryland, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Nihill said the last three will likely be renovated or replaced before 2039. He said that 30 stadiums in the U.S. fit the comparable facility definition.

Economist J.C. Bradbury of Kennesaw State University in Georgia believes the city could challenge the first-class stipulation.

"The notion that first class is some objective standard that Nissan can't come close to meeting with more modest changes is an important aspect here," Bradbury tweeted. "Municipal leaders could clearly push back on this and win in court."

Nihill said Thursday that the team estimated a new stadium would cost between $1.9 billion and $2.2 billion, though Cooper's capital estimate for the facility was recently $2.2 billion.

Taxes that will contribute to the estimated final $1 billion in stadium funding including state and city sales taxes from spending within the stadium and 50% of the state and city sales taxes for spending in the new development district the Titans plan to build around the stadium.

The funding will also include a new 1% hotel tax on all Davidson County hotels and motels.

Bradbury has explained that sending funds that Nashville and Tennessee normally would take in to pay for city and state funded work and giving $1.5 billion in public funds for a new Titans stadium is the same as committing general fund dollars, because those same taxes are the current source of plenty of general fund dollars.

"It's a misnomer to say that it's not raising taxes on locals because what you're doing is transferring commerce that was already taking place in Nashville that was generating sales tax revenue for the city and state and then diverting that to the Titans," Bradbury said. "So that's revenue that was previously going to funding other priorities for government that now has to be made up through other means."

Nihill confirmed that Titans ownership, the Adams family, is currently collecting assets in order to pay for the team portion of funding for a new stadium.

"The Adams family is quite literally just putting all of the Adams' assets in the mix," Nihill said. "Things that the family has owned for 50-60 years. They're being sold, they're being liquidated to be able to help pay for this contribution." 

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Monday, May 16, 2022

New Titans stadium estimated to cost $2B, will not burden Metro’s General Fund,

Mayor Cooper: Nashville’s football stadium will not be taxpayer burden under new plan Opinion

Rather than pouring over a billion dollars into an aging stadium, we began working with the Titans and the state on the idea of building a new enclosed stadium for Nashville.

John Cooper, Guest Columnist, The Tennessean, May 12,2022- We are working on plans for a new stadium because doing nothing is not an option, and renovating the current stadium would be financially irresponsible. Tourists and spending around the stadium will pay for this project, not Nashville families.

Doing nothing Is not an option  ... Right now, under the original lease, Nashville taxpayers are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars per year for stadium maintenance and improvements. Those are general fund dollars that we need for other essential priorities... The lease obligates Nashville to provide a “first-class” stadium until 2038, an obligation that now means either renovating the current stadium or building a new stadium. ... – unlike our current arrangement – will not burden Metro’s General Fund. (link)

Rod's Comment: Based on what I know about this proposal at this time, given the current funding package, I am in favor of building the new stadium. 

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As the author of A Disgruntled Republican I often post items that I think may be of interest to the conservative, Republican, libertarian, or the greater community. Posting of a press release or an announcement of an event does not necessarily indicate an endorsement. Rod

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Yes, the Biden administration did fund crack pipes

 The latest media ‘fact check’ turns out to be false

by: Grace Curley, Spectator, May 16, 2022- Nina Jankowicz, who has her own lengthy rap sheet as a serial spreader of fake news, is heading up the Department of Homeland Security’s new “Disinformation Governance Board.” If the director of the Ministry of Truth really wants to tackle lies, I have the perfect place for her to start: the White House Briefing Room.

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki was caught flat-out lying on Thursday .... In February of this year, Washington Free Beacon reporter Patrick Hauf wrote a piece headlined, “Biden Admin To Fund Crack Pipe Distribution To Advance ‘Racial Equity.’” ... HHS put out a statement totally denying the report: ... It turns out that these safe-smoking kits do include crack pipes after all.(read it all at this link)

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Bastiat Society to host a Nashville in-person event with Daniel J. Smith. Are Markets Moral?

AIER’s Bastiat Society program in Nashville will host an in-person event with Daniel J. Smith

About this event

AIER’s Bastiat Society program in Nashville will host an in-person event with Daniel J. Smith, Director of the Political Economy Research Institute and Professor of Economics in the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University.

Even the harshest critics of market societies begrudgingly recognize the efficiency of markets in generating unprecedented material abundance. Rather, modern critics argue that markets lead to unjust distributions of wealth by encouraging immoral behavior. In this talk, Smith argues that markets aren’t just more efficient; they are also moral and moralizing. The least-off in society are the primary beneficiaries of market institutions. By encouraging the adoption of commercial virtues, markets also foster morality and tolerance.

Daniel J. Smith is the Director of the Political Economy Research Institute and Professor of Economics in the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. He serves as the North American Co-editor of The Review of Austrian Economics and is the President of the Society for Development of Austrian Economics. His academic research and policy work uses Austrian and public choice economics to analyze private and public governance institutions. While his primary research areas are on monetary institutions and public pensions, he has also done fieldwork following natural disasters and even examined the governance institutions of brawling soccer hooligans, cyclists in the Tour de France, and the patricians of historic Venice. Other academic and policy research he has undertaken examines the effects of occupational licensing, payday lending regulation, and the morality of markets.

He is the co-author of Money and the Rule of Law: Generality and Predictability in Monetary Institutions (Cambridge University Press), written with Peter J. Boettke and Alexander W. Salter, and The Political Economy of Public Pensions (Cambridge University Press), written with Eileen Norcross. His research is published in academic journals, such as Public Choice, Economics of Governance, Constitutional Political Economy, and The Review of Austrian Economics, and in chapters in books published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Wiley-Blackwell. Smith has published numerous op-eds in national and regional outlets, including in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Investor's Business Daily, and Daniel received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and a B.B.A. in economics and finance from Northwood University.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

General Winstead assembles "A" team for 5th Congressional District race.

Kurt Winstead

Nashville, Tenn. – General Kurt Winstead (Ret.), a conservative Republican candidate for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, announced today major additions to his campaign leadership team.

“We have so much momentum. Our conservative message to the Republican voters in the 5th District is resonating, and I am so excited about our senior campaign team that will help us win this election,” said Winstead.

The new additions include:

  •  Fred Davis, a veteran media consultant, who has advised on a number of successful state and federal campaigns including Governor Bill Lee, Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Lamar Alexander. Davis will produce the television and radio advertising.

  • Tony Fabrizio and David Lee will act as pollsters for the campaign. Fabrizio and Lee are veteran consultants and pollsters. Combined, they have worked for decades on hundreds of Congressional and Senate campaigns across the country. Fabrizio also served as chief pollster for President Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections.

  • The Stoneridge Group, a well-respected conservative political consulting firm based in Atlanta will lead the campaign’s direct mail and digital efforts.

The campaign previously announced its initial team, including:

  • Chris Devaney is Winstead’s senior advisor. Devaney a former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman who served in senior roles on multiple winning campaigns in the Volunteer State, including managing Governor Bill Lee’s successful campaign in 2018.
  •  Kim Kaegi serves as the campaign’s finance consultant. Kaegi has over thirty years of statewide fundraising experience across Tennessee. Kaegi has worked for dozens of campaigns including Governor Bill Lee, Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Bill Hagerty, and Congressional campaigns of Diane Black, Tim Burchett, Stephen Fincher, David Kustoff, and Phil Roe.
  • Jimmy Granbery, a Nashville businessman, is the finance chairman for the campaign.

“This campaign team is one of the best in the country and has the experience to win,” said General Winstead.

Recently, the Winstead campaign announced $1 million cash on hand after a successful fundraising effort following his formal announcement in March.

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Ogles Camp Announces $453K for 5th District Bid In First 30 Days

May 13, 2022- Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles says his campaign for the Republican nomination for the open 5th Congressional District seat has netted $453,000 in the first month since joining the race. Ogles didn’t officially enter the contest until the end of the Federal Election Commission’s most recent reporting deadline, so he won’t have to make official disclosures until July 15 — 20 days before the primary.

The Ogles campaign says none of his fundraising total came in the form of loans and that all contributions were from within Tennessee. Here’s the full release:

COLUMBIA, TN – Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles raised $453,000 in the first thirty days of his bid for the 5th District Congressional seat. Ogles, who was a late entry into the race, officially became a candidate on April 6th.

Mayor Ogles stated, “I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support I’ve received since entering the race. Not only has the fundraising response been incredible, the results in recent straw polls in both Wilson and Marshall Counties, as well as the candidate auction in Williamson County demonstrate the strength of my grassroots campaign.”

Mayor Ogles attributes his success with the grassroots to his decades of activism where he has helped lead the charge against Obamacare expansion, government overreach and various tax increases. “Tennesseans want elected officials who will fight for them in the same way President Trump fought for us. During Covid I never wavered, I fought for freedom and liberty in the face of threats, and I will fight for Tennessee against a Federal government that has gone too far and grown too powerful,” said Ogles.

Recently Mayor Ogles made national headlines as he refused to close Maury County during Covid. Ogles actively campaigned against State and Federal mandates by holding the ‘Freedom Matters’ tour where he recruited other elected officials and TN citizens to standup against government overreach with the town hall meetings consistently drawing crowds between 500 and 800 individuals.

Lee Beaman, a well-known businessman and conservative fundraiser, who serves as Mayor Ogles Campaign Chairman added, “I recently attended an event with several very conservative Members of Congress who were asking about the 5th Congressional Race and I told them Andy Ogles is Tennessee’s Ron DeSantis and, like the Florida Governor, Andy is a true fighter for the people and he is exactly who we need serving us in Congress.”

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Hagerty: DHS disinformation board likely illegal

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square, May 7, 2022 -  U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty says the creation of a board within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tasked with combating "disinformation" is likely illegal.

Creating the board and hiring its new director without Congressional authorization violates several federal laws, Hagerty, R-Tenn., argues. Knowingly and willfully violating one of them carries a $5,000 fine and up to two years in prison, he adds.

Hagerty sent a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas saying his “actions merit review by Congress, both as a general matter, as well as under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and because the actions may be in violation of provisions of the Antideficiency Act.”

He told Mayorkas that “you will comply with the requirements” of the CRA when it comes to the creation of DHS’ disinformation board because the law requires “any agency action that falls within the definition of a ‘rule’ must be submitted to Congress for review before it can take effect.”

Creating the board and hiring its new director, Nina Jankowicz, “may also be a direct violation of provisions of the Antideficiency Act,” Hagerty wrote. The law prohibits “making or authorizing an expenditure from, or creating or authorizing an obligation under, any appropriation or fund in excess of the amount available in the appropriation or fund unless authorized by law.”

Federal funding available for the board and for Jankowicz’s salary “is ‘none,’” he said, because “Congress explicitly defunded it, just weeks ago.”

Citing a section of the fiscal 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Hagerty said the law “specifically prohibits the Secretary of Homeland Security from using any funds provided by Congress to carry out Section 872 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which means it defunded any action to ‘allocate or reallocate functions among the officers of the Department of Homeland Security or to establish, consolidate, or alter organizational units within the Department of Homeland Security.’”

Hagerty also put Mayorkas on notice, writing: “As you know, an officer or employee, including you, who violates the Antideficiency Act ‘shall be subject to appropriate administrative discipline,’ and, for willful violations, faces a criminal fine, imprisonment, or both.”

A federal employee who willfully violates the Antideficiency Act “shall be subject to appropriate administrative discipline including, when circumstances warrant, suspension from duty without pay or removal from office.” A federal employee who “knowingly and willfully” violates it “shall be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned for not more than 2 years, or both.”

After receiving a wide range of criticism about the DHS’s disinformation board, Mayorkas hit the television circuit last weekend and testified before the Senate on Wednesday. DHS also published a fact sheet about its disinformation initiative, calling it an internal working group.

Initially, Mayorkas said DHS had been talking with secretaries of state and the new board’s focus would be on the upcoming midterm elections. But the fact sheet states its focus is on “disinformation spread by foreign states such as Russia, China, and Iran, or other adversaries such as transnational criminal organizations and human smuggling organizations. Such malicious actors often spread disinformation to exploit vulnerable individuals and the American public, including during national emergencies.”

Mayorkas defended the Jankowicz selection despite numerous claims she’s made that have been proven to be false, while she labeled many Americans exercising their free speech as “disinformation launderers,” even labeling Loudon County, Virginia, parents who opposed curriculum being taught to their children as “disinformers’ engaged in ‘disinformation for profit.’”

Twenty attorneys general demanded that Mayorkas immediately shut down DHS’ disinformation board, or working group, regardless of what it’s called, arguing it’s unconstitutional, illegal and un-American. If he doesn’t, they said they will take legal action.

Hagerty gave Mayorkas until May 16 to submit to Congress the rules and policies the DHS disinformation board would implement. He also instructed Mayorkas to submit a letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, President Joe Biden, Congress, and Comptroller General of the United States that includes specific information about “the violation if it has indeed occurred.”

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Buy tickets now! 

Come join Davidson County Republican Party for a must-see debate with engaged Republican candidates for the Congressional 5th District.

All proceeds raised will go towards supporting the Republican candidates for Metro Nashville Public Schools and judges. Prize draw and drinks reception included.


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Judge declines to place ousted Republican hopeful back on ballot

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday denied a congressional hopeful's motion to reverse his removal from the GOP primary ballot.

In his 19-page decision, U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw said that while the Tennessee Republican Party may have possibly violated its own bylaws in kicking video producer Robby Starbuck off the ballot, it did not violate the U.S. Constitution. ... Last month, state GOP officials confirmed that Starbuck, small business owner Baxter Lee and former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus did not qualify to run in the upcoming Republican August primary. All three had received challenges over their voting records. Starbuck has been the only candidate who has fought to overturn the Republican Party's decision in court. (link)

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Facts should matter. Social Security and Federal welfare programs combined equal 41% of Federal spending; National defense is 11%.

by Rod Williams, May 14, 2022- Last night I was at a family function and the discussion ranged widely and was most enjoyable. At one point we were talking about the unbelievable rise in housing costs in Nashville and how homeownership was increasingly out of reach of young adults.  This led to more discussion along the lines of how things did not look good for the younger generation and how in the past the next generation could be expected to have it better than the previous generation but that was no longer the case. 

As an example of how things were looking grim for the younger generation, I mentioned that the Social Security Trust fund would be depleted in the mid-2030's and some difficult choices would have to be made which would further burden the younger generation. We also talked about the impact of inflation and the rising national debt.

At this time one of my family spoke up and said, something along these lines: "If we would quit wasting money on the military we wouldn't have a problem. I read some report that said China at 400 new warships so we needed 400 new warships. If we would just fucking learn to get along with other people we wouldn't need to spend all of this money on the military and we could solve our other problems. And, we are doing nothing to save the planet from global warming, which is the biggest problem we face." It continued until she took a breath.

Her voice was showing emotion and her rant was a stream of consciousness. This person has a heart of gold and is a good person, but she is super woke and a snowflake.  You cannot have a rational conversation with her. She is too emotional and so certain of the righteousness of her cause that she cannot consider that issues are complex and nuanced and someone with a different point of view may have something to offer. I knew it was time to let it drop. The subject was changed and we had a most pleasant rest of the evening sharing stories and discussing non-controversial topics.

Reflecting back on the exchange, what can you even say to someone who thinks we can live in a world without national defense. What do you say to someone who thinks we do not need to be concerned about the Chinese threat and that we need to learn to get along? I would like to ask, was Hitler someone we should have ignored and we should have learned to get along with? Do people who say these things really think we would not be living in a society that looks a lot like the former Soviet Union or East Germany of current North Korea, if not for our engagement in the cold war? How can one even think like that? How divorced from reality do you have to be to hold that opinion? 

There is no point in trying to talk with someone so irrational and so emotional,  Also, I know that people like this are not going to have their minds changed by facts but facts should matter. 

  • We currently spend 3.7% of GDP on the military. 
  • We spend 4.8% of GDP on Social Security.  
  • Social Security spending is 17% of federal spending.
  • Spending on the military is 11% of federal spending.
  • Spending on other income security programs such as food stamps, unemployment and housing assistance is 24% of Federal spending.
  • Social Security and Federal welfare programs combined equal 41% of Federal spending,

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Mark Green on the baby formula shortage, the new Ministry of Truth, discriminatory race-conscious college admissions and more.

From Congressman Mark Green:

An Update from Washington: 

To Tennessee's parents who are struggling to find formula for your baby: I hear you. Over 100 Republican lawmakers are calling on President Biden and FDA Commissioner Robert Califf to immediately address the formula shortage. Tennessee was tragically one of five states where formula was completely sold out during the week of April 24th. Just know I am working to get immediate solutions from this Administration. No parent should have to worry about finding formula for their baby. 

This week, I joined Senator Ted Cruz, Congresswoman Michelle Steel, and more than 80 Republican lawmakers in filing an amicus brief over discriminatory admissions practices at Harvard and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Harvard and UNC's admissions policies intentionally divide applicants by race. These race-conscious admissions decisions inflict a heavy toll on Asian-American students. Read more here

 In other news, I'm demanding answers from Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas over his department's new "Disinformation" Governance Board. Make no mistake about it: This board is right out of the Chinese Communist Party's playbook. Read our letter with 174 lawmakers.

During this week's House Armed Services Committee hearing, we heard from Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth and Army Chief of Staff General James McConville regarding FY2023's Army budget requests. I'm concerned that President Biden's proposed defense budget shrinks the Army by 12,000 soldiers. You can listen to my remarks and questions here.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn, A Woman With Principle

 Fox News Radio, May 4, 2022 - On this episode, Jason shares his thoughts on social media censorship and changes he’s noticed on Twitter since Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform. .... Jason sits down with>Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)reflects on her adolescence and how her work experience outside of politics molded her to be the trailblazing politician that she is today. Jason and Senator Blackburn discuss the importance of integrity and being a person of your word.

 To listen to this podcast follow this link. Go to timestamp 15:40 for the Marsha Blackburn interview. This is interesting. She talks about selling books for Southwest, the battle over the state income tax, and conflict with Taylor Swift. I learn that Marsha Blackburn as a teen gave Ukelali lessons and does not like pineapple on her pizza. 

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Note that this is an update. The date has been changed. Ignore any previous version of this announcement.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Voters More Worried About Inflation Than Abortion Rights

Rasmussen Report, Thursday, May 12, 2022 - Despite news reports that the Supreme Court may be ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion rights haven’t displaced inflation at the top of the list of issues most concerning to voters.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 87% of Likely U.S. voters are at least somewhat concerned about inflation, including 60% who are Very Concerned. That’s barely changed since January.

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New Update to The Liberal Speak Translation Guide: “Gender Affirmation Treatment”

by Rod Williams, May 13, 2022- The new addition to our Liberal Speak Translation Guide is "Gender Affirmation Treatment," or "Gender Affirmation Surgery."  I first saw this in a description of a movie on Netflix then I started seeing it in mainstream publications and in NPR news reports. This is such a loaded term.  It implies that the gender in a person's head is their real gender.  It implies that treatments such as hormone therapy, hormone blockers, breast implants, tracheal shave, vaginoplasty, or other actions to make one's body conform to the thought in one's mind is the correct course of action. It is fixing a mistake of nature. This term says that giving a male, female characteristics (or vise versa)  simply affirms reality. 

 Intended for use when listening to NPR, mainstream media, academics, and liberal politicians. These terms may also be encountered when talking to any liberal. If your child recently went away to college and returns home for a visit, you may encounter these terms. If you watch MSNBC you will need this guide; the liberal speak term is the term that is always used. Because sane people acquiesce and surrender their culture many of these terms become standard usage. Please do not surrender to the liberal attack on our culture by using the liberal speak terms. 
Liberal Speak

"Gender Affirmation Treatment," or "Gender Affirmation Surgery." 
Sex change, sexual reassignment surgery or sexual reassignment treatment,  genital mutilation.                   
Minor-Attracted Persons or MAP
A pedophile.  A sicko who is sexually attracted to children. 
A recognition that bad outcomes may not have occurred if one had exercised prudence, caution, responsibility or wisdom.

As in "slut-shaming." An expression of disapproval, verbal or by body language or facial expression that you disapprove of someone else's morals, values, grooming, or looks. It is a failure to hide your judgment of another.
Referring to a male who decides he is a female by his real legal birth name he used before he adopted his new made-up feminine name.

Illegal alien
tax expenditures
Any of your money you get to keep.  The mortgage interest deduction on your home is a "tax expenditure."

kinetic military operations
Arsenal of Weapons
Gun Collection
Economically challenged
Delicate Wetlands
The Underclass
Cruelty-Free Materials
Synthetic Fiber
Heavily Armed
Knows right and wrong
Your Fair Share
More Coerced Theft or your income
Commonsense Gun Control
Gun Confiscation Plot
Illegal Hazardous Explosives
Fireworks or Stump Removal explosives
Product of conception
Unborn Baby
Nonviable Tissue Mass
Unborn Baby
Equal Access to Opportunity
Equal Access to Opportunity
Preferential treatment
Equal Access to Opportunity
Reverse Discrimination
Multicultural Community
High Crime Area
Fairness or Social Progress
Upper Class or "The Rich"
Successful People
Progressive, Change
Big Government Scheme
Homeless or Disadvantaged
Bums or Welfare Leeches
Sniper Rifle
Scoped Deer Rifle
Investment For the Future
Higher Taxes
Healthcare Reform
Socialized Medicine
Extremist, Judgmental, or Hater
Victim or Oppressed
Criminal or Lazy Good-For-Nothing
Religious Zealot
Church-going, God-fearing
Fair Trade Coffee
Overpriced Yuppie Coffee
Exploiters or "The Rich"
Employers or Land Owners
The Gun Lobby
NRA Members
Assault Weapon
Semi-Auto (Grandpa's M1 Carbine)
Fiscal Stimulus
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Revenue enhancement
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Investment for the future
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Same-Sex Marriage
Legalized Perversion
Mandated Eco-Friendly Lighting
Chinese Mercury-Laden Light Bulbs
Green Energy
Overpriced electricity produced from unreliable solar panels or windmills
Diverse or Lifestyle Choice
Sinful and Perverted

12- 3- 2021- I discovered a new politically correct term today and this is a doozy.  Someone once crudely said political correctness was an attempt to pick up a turd by the clean end.  That is a good description for many politically correct terms but is a real good fit for this one. The term is “Minor-Attracted Persons” or “MAPs” for short. The Daily Wire reports that it was coined by an Old Dominion University (ODU) professor of sociology and criminal justice named Allyn Walker.  We think of these people as pedophiles, filthy perverts, sick people, who are sexually attracted to children. Since the only behavior, the liberal culture finds abhorrent is judgmentalism, expect this term to gain traction. 

12-9-2018 - It is time for a liberal speak translation update. The culturally loony left keeps getting loonier.

Twitter has decided to ban “dead naming.” If a man decides he wants to change his sexual identity and adopts a new feminine name, even if it is not his legal name, it violates liberal standards to call him by his real name.  Take the example of Bradley Manning, the former United States Army soldier who was convicted by court-martial in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other crimes. He decided he was a she and said he was now "Chelsea Manning." To call him a "he" is politically incorrect and to refer to him as "Bradley Manning" is to commit the liberal sin of "dead naming."

Another word that needs explaining that has entered the vocabulary is "shaming," such as "slut-shaming," "fat-shaming," "mommy-shaming,"  "body-shaming,"  This is an expression of disapproval, verbal or by body language or facial expression that you disapprove of someone else's morals, values, grooming, character, behavior or looks. It is failure to hide your judgment of another.

A term that should have been on this list but I somehow overlooked it "victim-blaming." An example of "victim-blaming" may be to point out that if one had exercised better decision making maybe bad things would have not happened to them. For instance, if a female college student dresses provocatively, teases guys, gets crazy drunk, and then goes back to the dorm with a guy and he takes advantage of her, to say she did not exercise caution and prudence is "victim-blaming." To point out that to decrease the chances of being poor one should finish school and not have children before you get married is blaming the victim.

3-12-18 - This is the first time I have updated since April 2011. At that time if a news story said, "she filed a lawsuit," we knew what that meant. Now "she" might be a he who dresses like a woman or wants to think he is a woman or has embraced his femininity or sufferers from gender confusion. 

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