Post Super Bowl, memo release, SOTU and much more. A beautiful day to kick things off (for lack of a better phrase. We had a lot of ground to cover on the Cooper slush fund, the arrests at the Gov’s office, environmentalists nazis (yep), wine, women, men and the world. But first, the Super Bowl.
Regardless of your feelings about the horrible inept NFL leadership and players who forgot they were players, the Super Bowl was an astounding game yesterday between two teams sans controversy. There weren’t any kneelers, there weren’t any political statements, but two outstanding sports/entertainment athletes on a battlefield to determine the winner! No second place honors, just winning!
I’m not the biggest fan of the NFL, not even close, but if you believe that anyone can be anything in this country, this game proved it! It was Rocky Balboa against Apollo Creed, David/Goliath, Trump/Clinton. It was just an amazing game. It overshadowed what was supposed to be a stellar half-time show. It was supposed to be a series of funny or memorable commercials during which players played, but it was just the opposite. It was a dynasty of winning against an unfathomable under-dog. (https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/super-bowl-52-eagles-patriots-peter-king-mmqb)
From there, we had to cover the developing story around how our poll driven and mostly silent Governor finds himself at odds with environmentalists who had to be arrested on Friday in his office to potential investigation amidst a $58m slush fund. (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2018-02-02/15-pipeline-protesters-arrested-at-governors-office)
Nope, this one stinks so bad even friendly media can’t ignore it. Why is the Governor having to speak through mouthpieces on this one? Probably because he hasn’t polled it yet to figure out the answer. You can lead or you can follow. . . well, he mostly follows and he mostly hides. (http://www.wral.com/cooper-s-control-of-58-million-pipeline-fund-raises-questions/17309077/)
Since Cooper clearly doesn’t believe in cheap abundant energy (and I don’t say that without reason) one has to wonder how the rest of the democrats feel about the rest of the economic good news. Seems that every new great story has a democrat screaming about how terrible it is or that Obama somehow made it possible. But we well know that if it was as bad as democrats had predicted, they’d just as quickly blame the current Prez. But liberals, more and more, appear to be pulling against the country rather than for it. (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/4/american-companies-bring-jobs-back-to-the-us-and-d/)
Along those lines, even former Ted Cruz supporters are finding and increasingly popular President more appealing, not because of WHO he is but WHAT he’s accomplishing. The Spectator dovetails the previous piece about the left continues to find problems that are actually accomplishments while Cruz supporters move more towards support. (https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/02/i-wanted-ted-cruz-to-be-president-but-donald-trump-is-working/)
In the second hour, we continued the story about the environmental left and how their desires aren’t so much rooted in “helping” but “controlling” how you live, what you do, and how you do it. It’s never been about the environment, it’s about power. Rupert Darwall has a phenomenal new book called “Green Tyranny” which traces much of the environmental movement back to Nazi Germany, I kid you not. There is a great deal of common ground between the militant environmental left and the National Socialists that frowned on meat production, favored wind energy, pushed against owning cars and used the power of government to make it all happen. The real totalitarians aren’t in the White House, many are completely involve in the anti-offshore drilling movement and others were arrested in the Guv’s office last week. (https://www.encounterbooks.com/features/rupert-darwall-totalitarian-roots-environmentalism/)
We then veered over to the ludicrous argument about transgenderism. Current teenagers are showing a spike of genderless attitudes while science continues to show that such a state is completely a “social construct.” There are measurable differences between boys and girls at one month of age from brain scans. It is scientific, it is TRUE. Just as one cannot know what it is like to be of a certain race unless you are, or to be a twin unless you are, so too is it true that NO man or woman can KNOW what the other sex is like. It is fabrication or desire, not a manifestation of truth. (https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/01/31/sex-differences-in-brain-structure-are-already-apparent-at-one-month-of-age/)
And this is alarming in many ways that show how far we’re willing to move away from facts in honest discussiong: (https://www.yahoo.com/news/not-just-boy-girl-more-teens-identify-transgender-050223523.html)
We touched briefly on a horrific story out of Knightdale involving a monstrous father who seduced his daughter and had an incestuous child while trying to marry her. The real monsters aren’t in novels and sci-fi, they live amongst us as pedophiles and socio-paths. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/04/north-carolina-father-daughter-couple-arrested-for-incest-after-having-love-child.html)
We also wanted to provide you the latest germ update. And this one involves airports. While traveling you may want to consider that the kiosk, arm-rest, trey table or seat belt buckle play host to hundreds of thousands of CFUs (Colony Forming Units), the equivalent of bacterial and fungal colonies some of which are harmful pathogens. While it should make you feel at least a bit better about your amazing skin, more than likely you just got creeped out. (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-germs-airports-20180203-story.html)
And finally, to end on a happy note for your wine lovers out there. While being a lush has tons of documented negative health affects, it appears that a far more moderate amount of alcohol may well help cleanse the brain. Yep, you wanna stave off some of that Alzheimer’s you might want to grab a glass of Chardonnay. Moderation is, once again, worth noting! (https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/5268/in-wine-theres-health-low-levels-of-alcohol-good-for-the-brain.aspx