My Mom Died Today

It’s not that this day was unexpected. Daphne was 98 years old after all. I actually thought she’d live to 100. She was in good health and her mind was sharp as a tack but she was ready, she told us often 90 was old enough.

And even though you know this day will come, and you think you’re prepared, you’re really not. No matter how old you are you want your parents in your life. You want their approval, their council and you want to share the special events in your life with them.

My Mom was a beautiful woman and a very talented artist. She wasn’t exactly your warm and fuzzy Mom or Grandma. For a big chunk of our lives she lived in Mexico and we saw her once or twice a year when she visited. One year when Tori was about 7 and Kim was about 12, Mom was coming for a visit and I told the girls to change their cloths because Grandma was coming to see them. They went to change and a few minutes later Tori came out of her room with a puzzled look on her face, she asked, “Have I ever met her?” I laughed and said, “Well, probably not that you’d remember”. I missed not having her in our lives then.

But when she came back to America and settled in Ventura I realized how much I appreciated having her in my life even now. Mom may not have been warm and fuzzy, but she was never dull.

Being an artist, Mom had a laser eye for details. When I was casting she sent me a lock of her hair and thought the makeup/hair people on the series I was working on might be able to make her sideburns she could glue on because she didn’t have hair in front of her ears anymore. But my favorite story is when she called me and told me I should buy an eyebrow pencil for Dr. Dennis because he’d be SO much more handsome with fuller eyebrows. I told her I couldn’t possibly do that. But not to be deterred, Mother made him a lovely card and sent it to him. On one side was a picture of him, on the other side, the same picture with thicker eyebrows. We couldn’t stop laughing.

We talked several times a week by phone. If it was first thing in the morning or dinnertime, I could be sure it was Mom. The dinnertime ones were slightly annoying, but now I miss those calls. She might have heard something Frances Swaggart Show she thought I should know or yet another reason Obama should be impeached. But she always ended with, I love you, and I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.

She was very proud of her children and grandchildren although sometimes we weren’t sure how proud. When Kim was graduating from High School Mom happened to be visiting from Mexico. We took her to a party to see the kids off to their prom. I had made Kim a fabulous pink silk taffeta outfit and she was so pretty. Kim introduced us to her friends parents. This is my Mom, Michael and this is my grandmother, Daphne. Mom whispered to me, does she have to say I’m her grandmother, couldn’t she say I was a friend. She was proud of Kim, she just hated people to know she had an 18 year old granddaughter.

She was very proud that Tori graduated with a science major. She never understood exactly what Tori did at her job but she knew it was scientific and that was impressive. She was so pleased to know Jackson and Hayden were champion Lacrosse players, that Hayden got such good grades and that Jackson won an award for his art. She said they inherited that from her.

And we all know how proud she was when Kim married Dr. Dennis. I’m not sure she remembered the names of the other men in the family after that. At family events at the Macaroni Grill, Mom’s favorite restaurant, she would have a seating chart. Usually she wanted Dennis next to her or across from her. Sadly, the Macaroni Grill is no longer with us either.

During the last years of her life, Mom insisted that any gifts for her had to come from the 99 cent store. Partly because she didn’t need anything and didn’t want us spending money on her but also because she thought the 99 cent store was genius and she wanted us to love it too. She was, in fact, on her way to the 99 cent store, list in hand, when she suffered her stroke. The ER nurse took her list out of her hand when she arrived. The ER nurse said she looked like a model. Dressed beautifully, hair and makeup perfect. When I left the hospital after visiting Mom, I looked across the parking lot and there it was, the 99 cent store.

I’m trying to process what life will be like without her. My mother was a grand dame with strong opinions. She was eccentric to say the least. Life without her won’t be nearly as interesting. Bye, Mom, Love you.

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Have you ever awakened from a nightmare feeling disoriented and not sure if it was real or not? That’s how I feel right now. I just left a Townhall given by Assemblymen Matt Dababneh (District 45) and Congressman Brad Sherman. It was standing room only, four or five deep.

I’ve never had a more difficult time sitting through a Townhall. I was crawling out of my skin wanting to run screaming or crying from the building. The event began with a lengthy talk from State Controller Betty Yee. She mentioned the people holding signs that said “Healthcare is a Human Right” and said she agreed. But there would need to be serious tax reform to pay for single payer healthcare. I was clearly outnumbered as the majority of the people applauded in agreement. These uninformed people want to impose the failing VA single payer system on all of us. About three quarters of the crowd were senior citizens that haven’t a clue it’s their healthcare that will be rationed, that sick people will flood into California for it’s “free healthcare” and overwhelm the system and that they will be waiting 6 months or longer to even see a doctor. And, of course, before you can say “healthcare” it will be over budget and out of control.

Controller Yee said tax reform would need to focus more on capital gains than payroll deductions. She said (and you will love this) that 40% of California’s state taxes are paid for by 7000 people. She said nothing about the other 38,993,000 paying their fair share. But she did brag about the earned income tax which gives about $6000 a year to low-income families.

She mentioned that she, Dababneh and Sherman were very opposed to Trump pulling out of the Paris Accord (to thunderous applause in agreement). She said how difficult it was to budget with the threat of the Trump administration pulling Federal funding from various programs. So, because the stock market was doing so well (why do they think that is?) they are putting money in the Rainy Day Fund as “Trump Insurance”. Again thunderous applause.

Congressman Sherman, with his permanent smirk, was up next. After 20 years in Congress, I consider him the poster boy for term limits. He congratulated Dababneh for being part of a state government that works (because it has a super majority and can run over the rest of us). He promised that the federal regulations Trump is rolling back, California will pass into state law.

He praised Dodd/Frank and promised to fight any attempts to change it because no bank should be too big to fail (thunderous applause). He fails to mention Dodd/Frank made the Big banks even bigger and denied small banks access to funds to loan small businesses. But we can rest easy, Brad Sherman is here to help. He proudly told the audience that he is sponsoring two bills, one to end Citizens United (but certainly not Union dues being used to fund Democrats) and one to end the Electoral College. Again thunderous applause.

If I wasn’t devastated enough he ended by saying never in our history, since Galileo, has science denying had such power. I’m sure he must be referring to those denying the science of gender. Gender is determined by DNA not wishful thinking.

Assemblyman Dababneh jumped up to heap praise on Sherman saying he was on the front line against the assault from the Trump administration.

He then went on to pat himself on the back for working to ensure his children will have the opportunities he had. He said he never loses sight that he works for us. He would fight against the Federal government trying to sell off our parklands to Big oil and developers (I picture Simon Legree twirling his mustache here). He is going to see that they provide more incentives for people to drive electric cars (read “force” them to). He is in full support of 100% alternative energy. (Ah, yes, instead of using and selling our ABUNDANT, CHEAP, EFFICIENT natural resources, let’s keep them in the ground and BUY expensive, unreliable solar panels and windmills that provide no income). Sadly, his children will not have the same opportunities he had if his vision is achieved.

He’s very proud that we will be having Cap and Trade and is concerned about Big farms and ranches being a greater threat to our environment than cars. As a vegetarian he thinks we should all eat more vegetables. Gee, do you think he’ll sponsor some legislation to see that we do? Why not?

One of my constant complaints at Brad Sherman Townhalls is that he doesn’t allow people to line up to ask questions. We have to have a number called or write questions on cards. This Townhall was even worse. An aide came up with cards and called out the names on the first five cards. They turned out to be either people who personally knew Dabaneh or were supporters. The first woman almost had the vapors telling him how wonderful he was. She was from Laguna but wanted to be an adopted constituent of his. Her Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, was so awful. She didn’t have a question she just wanted to breathlessly thank him. The next woman also had no question. She knew Dababneh and had asked him to sponsor the bill that would outlaw pedigree dogs from pet stores. She just wanted to thank him also. Next was a member of a union who wanted to thank him for supporting green energy that was employing him and his union members. Next was a woman who asked him to sponsor a bill to reduce bail to help people who couldn’t afford to pay it. They didn’t have time for any more “questions”. I couldn’t get out of there faster.

On the way home I tried to think why this Townhall was so different. I’ve been to nearly all of Brad Sherman’s Townhalls for the last 8 years and they were usually very contentious. People yelling at him, booing, yelling at each other. Now everyone is applauding. I realized that when Obama was President, people who belonged to the Tea Party went to Townhalls to express their displeasure with what was happening. Now that Trump is President the Left is going to express their displeasure with what Trump is doing. They don’t understand Obama was taking their liberty from them and Trump is trying to give it back.

I don’t drink, but if I did, this would be the time to have a few.

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I’m on Norman Lear’s “People For the American Way” email list. Watching their heads explode is entertaining but every once and a while I just have to respond to what they are saying. Their recent missive said they were “fighting against Trump Republicans’ all-out assault on our constitutional rights and values – – the American Way.” They wouldn’t know what was Constitutional if it bit them and when did supporting Islam become the “American Way”?

The subject line of their email was, “CORRUPTION, EXTREMISM, LAWLESSNESS – WE CAN’T STOP FIGHTING”. The following was my reply:

Really? Do you have ANY ability to self-examine?

Corruption on the Right?? Did the Right conspire to ensure Bernie Sanders couldn’t win? Did the Right bus people to vote in different districts? Did the Right say you could keep your doctor and your plan? Did the Right go on five television shows to say Benghazi was caused by a video when they knew it wasn’t? Does the Right pay people to silence Conservative speech? Did the Right send debate questions to the candidate and indignantly deny it…..before admitting it? Did the Right set up an UNSECURED private server for the State Department putting classified information in danger and delete emails? The DNC is so corrupt Debbie Wasserman-Schultz had to resign. Do you really not know why you lost the House, Senate & White House? Or elections across the nation, Governorships, legislatures, etc?

Extremism? Since when did supporting the Constitution become “extreme? Since when did the Free Market become “extreme”? Since when did free speech become “extreme”? When did our sovereignty become “extreme”? When did not wanting our children indoctrinated become “extreme”? Telling our children there are more than two genders and gender is fluid is “extreme”. Taking away parental rights is “extreme”. Calling people who believe marriage is between a man and a woman (something the entire world believed for 2000 years) homophobes is “extreme”. Calling people who recognize Islam is not compatible with our culture Islamophobes is “extreme”. Calling people who want stop illegal immigration racist bigots is “extreme”. The Right doesn’t call people who disagree with them racist bigoted Islamophobic homophobes. They don’t silence people, they don’t harass sponsors. No, it’s the Left that is beating people with bicycle locks, burning cars & businesses, silencing people, and threatening to boycott sponsors unless they take Conservatives off television. THAT is “extreme”.

And Lawlessness? Where did the Constitution give Obama the authority to grant amnesty to illegal aliens? Didn’t he say 22 times he DIDN’T HAVE THE AUTHORITY? When were the laws against illegal immigration changed? I must have missed that. But it’s the Left (YOU) who is insisting we ignore our immigration laws. You who want Sanctuary Cities. That is the very definition of “lawlessness”. Where does the Constitution allow you to ignore laws you don’t like? Obama illegally made recess appointments. Invoked “executive privilege” to prevent investigation into Fast and Furious (that unlawfully allowed American guns to go to Mexican cartels). Obama changed rules regarding intelligence and unlawfully unmasked American citizens to allow the leaking of classified information. Congress passed (in bipartisan vote) DOMA, marriage is between a man and a woman, but Holder said he wouldn’t enforce it. Where does the Constitution give the DOJ that authority? How legal was it for the last DOJ to meet with Bill Clinton while his wife was under investigation? It’s the Left that supports Sharia law being recognized. Where does the Constitution allow two Rules of Law? Please explain how you support Sharia Law that gives women NO rights while supposedly fighting for women’s rights. Leftist Judges are actually helping illegal aliens avoid the law, where does the law authorized Judges to do that? Two illegal aliens raped a 14 year old girl but no charges were brought against them. When did rape become legal? I believe sex with a minor is illegal even if it’s consensual. It is the Left that is lawless.

You are projecting. You are accusing the Right of what the Left does in spades. You are harming this country and causing more division with your “extreme” claims. You need to do some “extreme” soul searching.

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Let me ask you, is assault and battery still a crime? Is damaging property still a crime? How about looting? Setting fires to cars or businesses? Isn’t the above flyer inciting violence? Isn’t that against the law? And isn’t the job of the police to protect citizens and arrest lawbreakers? By what legal authority do the Police Chiefs of Berkley, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, etc. have to order their officers to stand down when these illegal acts are happening before their eyes?

Without the Rule of Law we have anarchy. That is what we are living with today. America has been successful because we’ve had a civilized society where we respected each other’s individual liberty and different opinions. As a whole we respected the Rule of Law. We believed we were a country of laws not men. Why has this changed?

There are those on both sides of the aisle who refuse to enforce our immigration laws for various reasons. As we’ve allowed more and more people to enter our country illegally, as our public officials have turned a blind eye to the variety of laws being broken, identity fraud, employing illegals, tax fraud, voter fraud etc. respect for the law is eroded. And as illegal aliens see public officials ignore the law and defend them, they see no reason to respect our laws. We are filling our country with people who believe the Rule of Law is arbitrary.

We have Judges not just ignoring the legal status of criminals but aiding and abetting them. In Boston an illegal alien UBER driver, Luis Baez, raped a woman UBER sent him to pick up. ICE asked for high bail as he had been deported twice, was a repeat offender of Class A felonies and a flight risk but before ICE could even finish their argument the Judge gave Baez a $2500 bail and he disappeared.

In Maryland, charges against two illegal aliens accused of raping a 14 year old girl in their school bathroom have been dropped. Although no reason was given, and the victim’s story hasn’t changed, the assumption is that the sex was consensual. Have the statutory rape laws change? Legally, a 14 year old can’t consent to sex. Apparently, our laws don’t apply to illegal aliens. The boys are still facing child pornography charges but, nevertheless, the state feels an obligation to educate the young men.

In Oregon, Multnomah County Judge, Monica Heeranz, helped an illegal alien elude ICE agents waiting outside the courtroom by allowing him to use the Judge’s private entrance to escape. We have the expectation that our judicial system is going to uphold our laws. Isn’t Justice supposed to be blind? Aren’t our laws supposed to be applied equally, regardless of race, religion or gender? Apparently, only American citizens are to be held to the letter of the law.

In another case an illegal alien committed $35,000 in food stamp fraud. The Judge told her if she were an American she’d be facing serious charges, but because he didn’t want to get her deported he let her go without consequences. She wasn’t even required to pay the money back. Does anyone doubt if any American citizen committed, tax fraud, identity fraud, food stamp fraud, etc. they’d be held accountable?

As egregious as the previous examples, I’m even more concerned about how violent Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other anarchist groups have become. How free speech is under assault and how our police departments are standing down and allowing it to happen. How do property owners feel having the police stand there watching anarchists destroy their property? How do the victims of violence feel as the police watch them being beaten?

If you’ve seen video of the riots (and they ARE riots, not protests) you’ve seen masked men dresses in black attacking people defending free speech. In the attached video the man beating the Trump supporter with a bike lock is a Professor at Diablo Valley College, Eric Clanton. Ironically, he teaches “ethics”. I’d love to hear his explanation of the ethics of beating people with a bike lock. Our tax dollars are paying him to indoctrinate our children with his version of ethics. He cares nothing about free speech. He cares nothing about diverse ideas or the Rule of Law. We survived 240 years being a country that respected the right of the individual to have diverse ideas. And for the last several centuries no one was insisting everyone accept their world view or be beaten, not allowed to speak, have their character assassinated, or lose their livelihood. They are now.

May I ask the darling Snowflakes what you are afraid of? No one is forcing you to listen to a speaker you disagree with. You have the right to stay home. But what right do you have to deny others their right to hear a speaker? What right do you have to beat people and destroy property? How does a different point of view harm you? You talk about “diversity and inclusiveness” but you don’t want diversity of ideas or to be inclusive of people you disagree with. College is a time for you to mature. I have some disturbing information for you, in the real world there will be no “safe spaces” and you will be offended by many things people say and do. There will be no trigger warnings or protection from micro-aggressions.

College used to be about the free exchange of ideas. It used to be a time for students to test their limits, defend their positions, debate, explore and hear new ideas. Today, most Professors are Progressives and you are only hearing the Progressive doctrine. You only hear socialism is good, capitalism is bad. You aren’t exposed to anything else. You haven’t been taught civics, the value of the Constitution, or the Federalist papers. You aren’t taught respect for the Rule of Law. You see nothing wrong with just ignoring laws you don’t like. You live in a bubble with only one point of view expressed. But what if that point of view is wrong? Does it not occur to you that if you can silence others, you can be silenced too? What makes you think angels will be in charge of the government you want to provide everything for you?

When we become a nation of men not laws, we all lose.

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This morning Rush Limbaugh said there were 238 Republicans in the House and they only need 217 to repeal and replace Obamacare. Although EVERY Republican ran on repealing Obamacare, Rush said there are 40 or 50 Republicans who don’t want to repeal or replace it. He is doubtful it will be repealed.

I also heard from a reliable source that a group of Republican Senators were laughing at the idea that there would ever be a border wall. So, basically, after millions of us worked feverishly to give Republicans the majority in the House, the Senate and the White House, primarily to do two things, REPEAL OBAMACARE and BUILD THE WALL, they are telling us to “Go F**k ourselves”.

In 2009, with majorities in both houses Obama didn’t have the votes to pass Obamacare either. But Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi twisted arms, bribed and threatened to get it done. I was there for the vote in both the Senate and the House and I saw first hand how the sausage was made…….and it’s true, it isn’t pretty, but they got it passed, didn’t they? If Ryan and McConnell can’t get the new repeal and replace bill passed they need to resign. I don’t believe it’s because they can’t, but because they won’t.

Ryan didn’t support Trump, wouldn’t campaign for or with him. I understand that, but whether or not he wanted Trump to win, he knows why he won and on what issues. Ryan ran on them too. He knows the voters elected an outsider because we are fed up not being represented while paying the bills, with the deceit, lies, and obfuscation from the insiders. And yet, Ryan continues it. The healthcare bill, written in secrecy, Ryan tried to shove down our throats along with taking funding for the wall out of the CR proves to me Ryan doesn’t want Trump to succeed. I think he would rather lose the majority than pass any of the policies Trump promised. Then he can blame the lack of a majority on not bring able to do ANY of the things Trump promised.

If Ryan and McConnell cared about the “Will of the People” and wanted to prove to the Left that Republican policies create job growth, economic growth and individual Liberty, they would have had bills ready to go. They would have already been working with their members to build support. They would have also included Conservatives in the process. They don’t care what we want. They don’t believe in Republican principals. They only give them lip service.

We now see the true colors of the Republican leadership. We still believe in Republican principals, but they don’t. I think they are more comfortable being in the minority because they don’t want to do what we want them to do but they don’t want us to know. They don’t want to secure the borders, they don’t want to stop refugees from dangerous Middle Eastern countries, they don’t want to reduce taxes or reform the IRS or repeal Obamacare or reform Social Security or Medicare. They just want to say they do. But now that they have the majority, we see that’s true.

What is the big deal with shutting down the government anyway? Essential services don’t shut down. Nothing important shuts down. Nearly every President has had a shut down or two or more during their presidencies. Reagan had EIGHT…..and the sky didn’t fall. The earth didn’t stand still.

Pelosi said last week they have no ability to shut down the government, only the party in power can. Oh, but they blamed Republicans for the Obama shut down and many Republicans agreed. Apparently Republicans are responsible for ALL shut downs no matter who’s in power. Our leadership can’t even defend our position. The GOP said Republicans would lose the next election because of the shut down……but we didn’t. We won BIG TIME. We not only won the majority in both houses, we won many Governorships and legislatures. So what is the paranoia over a government shutdown?

We’re the MAJORITY, why are we caving into the Democrats who have vowed to fight everything Trump does and find a reason to impeach him? Why does Ryan think the Democrats won’t threaten a shut down EVERY time we try to fund the border wall? The wall was Trump’s “read my lips” moment.

I don’t blame Trump for this. I believe he wants to do what he promised to do. He’s done many things I’m very happy with, like Justice Gorsuch, unleashing our natural resources, reigning in the EPA, making space travel NASA’s objective again, giving our schools back to local control, enforcing our immigration laws, and many other things. But I believe Ryan and McConnell and a handful of RINO’s are trying to sabotage Trump.

If Ryan and McConnell can’t get Trump’s agenda passed with a Republican majority either they don’t want to or they’re incompetent. Either way they need to GO!!

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“In Germany, they first came for the gypsies, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a gypsy. Then they came for the Bolsheviks, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Bolshevik. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics. I didn’t speak up then because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up.” – Martin Niemoller, A Lutheran Pastor arrested by the Gestapo in 1937

We can update that quote to today, First, they came for Glenn Beck and I said nothing because I wasn’t a Glenn Beck fan. Then they came for Bill O’Reilly and I said nothing because I wasn’t an O’Reilly fan. Then they came for Hannity………..

Who will speak when they come for me?

Do any of you actually think Media Matters cares if O’Reilly made sexist remarks to women? O’Reilly has consistently been the highest rated Fox News show. Beck was one of the highest rated when he was forced off Fox. I’m not particularly an O’Reilly fan. He’s a bit too “fair and balanced” for me. But we can’t sit by and allow Media Matters to pick off our Conservative voices one by one. I heard that Fox plans to replace O’Reilly with a “non-political” commentator. Really? Who would that be?

I’ve heard from many Conservatives on Facebook and Twitter who don’t like Fox and don’t care if O’Reilly is fired, some who are cheering his firing. They don’t think O’Reilly or Fox are Conservative enough. But that isn’t the point. Conservatives have ONLY ONE network that comes close to reflecting their values. Are we going to “say nothing” and watch the ONLY Conservative network turned into yet ANOTHER Liberal propaganda outlet?

The election of Trump will not stop this. In fact, I believe his election has caused the Left to double down on their attempts to silence Conservative voices. They are SO angry and SO well funded. They can pay people to sit in their basements and call advertisers to threaten boycotts if they continue to sponsor Conservative shows. We don’t have the means of combatting them. This is not grassroots outrage over O’Reilly harassing women, it is a well funded, well organized campaign to silence Conservatives and they have no intention of stopping. Just click on this link to see who’s behind this.

The Left marches in lock step. We are all too willing to throw our own under the bus. We complain about the biased media, the media that out right lies, the media that ignores news that conflicts with their world view, the media that changes “Allah Akbar” to “God is Great”, the media that ignores the Rule of Law, but we believe them when they say a Conservative did something wrong.

I don’t know all the details of the allegations against O’Reilly but I read about the latest one. She is a Black woman who said Beck “leered” at her and he once called her “hot chocolate”. Really? Have we forgotten the Lacrosse trial? A completely made up media story that ruined many young men’s lives? Or the fake claim that one out of five college girls are raped on college campuses?

“Settling” a lawsuit is not an admission of guilt. I think we all know it’s cheaper than going to trial……and that’s why many file lawsuits. Do you remember the Black fireman, here in Los Angeles, who had always been a jokester and liked by his fellow firemen, who sued Los Angeles because, as a joke, his fellow firemen put dog food in his spaghetti sauce. He said it was a racist act. There were pictures of him pulling jokes on other firemen and he worked for years with them and never claimed racism. It was pretty clear it was just “boys being boys”, but Los Angeles settled for millions.

I don’t know if O’Reilly “harassed” women or not but you and I both know people are offended today by things they weren’t offended by ten or twenty years ago…or ever before. These days women are offended by being whistled at (personally, I miss being whistled at). But I’m not going to throw O’Reilly under the bus without the facts nor will I remain silent and allow Media Matters to take down Conservative voices.

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From the time I first heard the “experts” claim man was causing global warming I was skeptical. I’ve always believed we should question everything. When we were told the debate was over before there ever was a debate, I was more skeptical. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear”.

We have been witnessing the blind-folded fear of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). It’s hard to understand why people have been so willing to believed we’re causing the poles to melt when the same people told us we were going to freeze over in the 70’s. Experts said Y2K would bring down civilization when all our computer systems failed. Experts told us there would be a bird flu pandemic….then a swine flu pandemic….then an H1N1 pandemic. There were fewer deaths from those types of flu than the regular flu. How many times do the experts have to be wrong before people become more skeptical?

The reality is that most of us aren’t all that worried about global warming but those that are worried, or pretend to be, are teaching in our Universities, working as journalists and representing us in government….and they have had the microphone.

Last May Jimmy Kimmel, in a rebuttal to the film “Climate Hustle” invited six Southern California professors to dazzle us with their expertise. They told us their fields of study relevant to AGW and then they sold us the science by telling us we better F**KIN believe them. They even ended their dissertation with a seven year old telling us mother**kers to believe them.

Since May Dr. James Enstrom, a retired UCLA environmental scientist, and I have exchanged emails with two UCLA professors who were featured in that video, Aradhna Tripati and Alex Hall. We asked them to debate a climate skeptic. I told them American Freedom Alliance would arrange a debate and if they were so certain that they were correct they should welcome a debate to prove the skeptics wrong and put the matter to bed. They refused. I tried every argument. Science is based in skepticism, science is never settled, science isn’t decided by consensus and that there actually isn’t a consensus. Nope. The debate is over, they claimed. If there was a debate, I missed it……we all missed it.

In spite of not being able to get a climate alarmist to debate, American Freedom Alliance brought Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, one of the most prominent climate skeptics, to Los Angeles to speak on February 9th.
You might think a talk on science wouldn’t interest many people but we had an overflow audience. Dr. Soon is as entertaining as he is informative.

The day after Dr. Soon spoke, he, Dr. James Enstrom and I spent the day at UCLA visiting climate alarmist professors and administrators around the campus to see if they would be willing to speak to Dr. Soon. Of course none were available. The most fun was accidently running into Professor Tripati, who had rejected all our email requests. We were outside her office when she came out. We introduced Dr. Soon, and ourselves, and she became very nervous. We asked if we could have a few minutes to speak with her. She said, unfortunately she was very busy. She was just on her way to the ladies room and then to a “proposal”. I guess she couldn’t think of a better excuse on the fly. Dr. Enstrom gave her a request letter, two prior email letters and the Breitbart News article about Dr. Soon’s talk. ( She hurried down the hall. We were standing at the top of some steps across from her office as Dr. Soon laughed and pointed out Professor Tripati going back into her office.

We had lunch at the Faculty Center but one of the professors who was to join us became concerned about being seen with us so we had to meet him later in a more private place. Dr. Soon, Dr. Enstrom and I were joined by two UCLA professors who are not in the cross hairs of AGW activists. The President of the Bruins Republican club and Richard Sherman, chairman of the Los Angeles Republican Party, also attended the lunch. One of the professors, when introduced to the President of the Bruins Republicans, said she must be very lonely. She may be outnumbered but she’s in good company.

The President of the Bruins Republicans told us about a new class offered this semester. It’s called, “Donald Trump, Why He’s Wrong and Why We Can’t Agree to Disagree”. I’m taking a wild guess no such class about Obama was offered during the last eight years. But what a stunning example of how pervasive the indoctrination at UCLA has become.

Our most important visit of the day was to the office suite of Chancellor, the Provost, and the Vice Chancellor for Research. The discomfort of the staff members at the entrance of the suite when we introduced Dr. Soon was very entertaining. We left them the information we had given the other offices. I took pictures of Dr. Enstrom and Dr. Soon in front of the glass doors as the staff ducked for cover.

It was raining when we left Murphy Hall, the administrative building, and we had to dash across the campus to the parking structure our cars were in. All in all it was an interesting and productive day. We got plenty of exercise walking all over the campus and up and down flights of stairs. We had a long lunch with stimulating conservative conversation and we were very entertained by the reaction to us daring to bring a famous climate skeptic into their “safe space”.

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